Italian cabinet passes education law decree(ANSA) - Rome, September 9 - The Italian cabinet approved on Monday a law decree presented by Education Minister Chiara Carrozza. "With this measure, 27,000 substitute teachers will be hired as full-time. Then there is a three-year plan to employ 69,000 teachers," Carrozza said. "In a moment of crisis like this one, the government is giving an important signal," Carozza added. Premier Enrico Letta said the law decree also contained a new norm that extends the validity of foreign student visas to the end of the students' study programmes. The new...
Recordati buys Spain's Laboratorios Casen Fleet(ANSA) - Milan, September 9 - Recordati pharmaceuticals company has purchased the entire share capital of competitor Spanish Laboratorios Casen Fleet for 93 million euros in cash. The purchase price "will be entirely financed with the liquidity the company has", Recordati said in a statement, adding that "the closing of the transaction is foreseen to take place in the next few weeks". Laboratorios Casen Fleet is headquartered in Madrid though its production base is in Utebo, Saragozza.
Rock climber dies in Aosta while scaling mountain(ANSA) – Aosta, September 9 – A climber died on Monday after falling from a rock face in Valle d'Aosta, northern Italy. His climbing companion was unhurt and rescued by the local emergency services by helicopter. Police in Breuil-Cervinia near the area where the accident took place are working on reconstructing the dynamics of the fall, which cost the man his life.
Early flu bug has 40,000 Italians laid up(ANSA) - Rome, September 9 - Approximately 40,000 Italians have already been hit by an early flu virus, researchers from Milan's Biomedical Science University said on Monday. The virus, a precursor to the "real epidemic season," is less debilitating and weaker than what is to come, Dr. Fabrizio Pregliasco said. Doctors said that flu season is expected to begin sometime in October or November this year and that the most predominate influenza strain has yet to be identified.
Quarter of checked betting joints guilty of violations(ANSA) - Rome, September 9 - Police inspections in August throughout Italy found that at least one quarter of over 2,000 betting establishments were in violation of laws regulating operations, authorities said on Monday. Finance police said that of the 2,264 betting parlors subject to checks, 563 were suspected of violations, 184 videopoker machines were confiscated and 203 illegal gambling joints were closed. Police also cited 290 people and in 11 cases found that minors were participating in illegal betting.
34 Camorra drug smugglers caught(ANSA) - Naples, September 9 - Italian police on Monday arrested 34 suspected drug traffickers working for the Naples Camorra mafia. Some 110 million tonnes of cocaine with a street value of around 12 million euros was seized as police uncovered way-stations in Spain and Netherlands. The suspected head of the operation, Vincenzo 'o dottore' (The Doctor) Scarpa, was arrested at Rome's Fiumicino Airport Sunday en route for Madrid. Four million euros of assets were seized.
Italian writer Alberto Bevilacqua dies aged 79(ANSA) - Rome, September 9 - Popular Italian writer Alberto Bevilacqua died after a long illness aged 79 on Monday. Bevilacqua was a highly prolific author who produced over 40 books between the early 1960s until last year that helped tell the story of life in Italy after World War II. His breakthrough novel was Caliph, published in 1964. Two years later he won one of Italy's top literary awards, the Campiello Prize, for This Kind of Love. He also directed and wrote the screenplays for several movies, including the successful film adaptations...
Italy beginning to see signs of recovery, says OECD(ANSA) - Rome, September 9 - Italy's economy is beginning to show signs of recovery, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Monday. The Paris-based organization that measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment said in their monthly index that Italy's rating had risen from 100.5 to 100.6. The economies of the United states and Great Britain in July also continued to consolidate previous growth, the index said.
Pope calls for Syria talks on Twitter(ANSA) - Vatican City, September 9 - Pope Francis on Monday urged world leaders to try to find a negotiated solution to the Syrian conflict and avert a US attack in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. "I ask (you) to undertake with courage and decision the path of meeting and negotiation," tweeted the pope on the #prayforpeace hashtag he has used since a major fast and vigil Saturday.
Doctor, migrant killed after being run down following fight(ANSA) - Milan, September 9 - A woman doctor was killed overnight after being run down while giving medical assistance to an Indian man stabbed in a fight with some of his compatriots. The stabbed man was killed too in the incident late on Sunday at Chiuduno, near the northern city of Bergamo. Police have detained an Indian man they suspect drove the car at the doctor, 44-year-old gynaecologist Eleonora Cantamessa, and the migrant, as well as several other Indians suspected of being involved in the attack. Cantamessa reportedly...