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Confirmed: EU Marks 15 Third Countries as ‘Safe’ – EU Members Not Obliged to Open Borders to All
The European Union Member States have finally approved a list of 15 countries, considered as safe due to their epidemiological situation related to the Coronavirus, after days of discussions and disagreements. *Last Saturday, we reported that a draft list of 54 countries was being discussed by EU members. Later on, the EU narrowed down the list to 15 countries, and the same turned out to be final.As of July 1, residents of Algeria, Australia, Canada, China*, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay, will be permitted to enter Europe SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.However, travellers from these countries must first check with the EU country they wish to visit, as the Member States are permitted to exclude some of the countries from the list when it comes to who can enter their borders since the policy is not legally binding.“There are now 14 (+1) countries on...
Friendship between Iran, Italy deep-rooted in traditional parliamentary ties
TEHRAN, Jun. 15 (MNA) – President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Italian Republic Roberto Fico said that friendship between Islamic Republic of Iran and Italy stems from traditional parliamentary ties.In a message on Monday, he congratulated his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf's election, saying friendship between Iran and Italy is deep-rooted in traditional parliamentary relations.Italian Parliament speaker pointed to the spread of the coronavirus global pandemic, COVID-19, and said, “both countries are fighting against the dire consequences of the andemic.”Ghalibaf's election indicates Iran's determination for passing crisis and returning to the normal conditions. He reiterated, “I am confident that cooperation between Iranian and Italian parliaments will be expanded by taking advantages of valuable situations and holding bilateral talks on issues of mutual concerns.” ...
‘Italy still eager for trade with Iran’
TEHRAN - Chairman of Iran-Italy Joint Chamber of Commerce Ahmad Pourfallah has said that despite the U.S. sanctions Italian companies are still willing to engage in trade with Iran, IRNA reported on Sunday. According to Pourfallah, despite the U.S. pressures, small and medium-sized Italian enterprises have not cut their ties with Iran and Italy still holds the first place among Iran’s European trade partners. “In the post-sanctions era when the sanctions were removed from Iran’s economy, over 1000 business firms and more than 300 companies from Italy came to Iran,” Pourfallah stated. He noted that Italian companies are still looking to find ways to continue their economic ties with Iran, adding that every month four or five Italian companies visit Iran to hold trade talks. “The two sides had on the agenda to boost their mutual trade to $13 billion,” Pourfallah said. Mentioning the negative impact of the U.S. sanctions in the trade turnover between...
Iran-Italy co-production ‘Just Like My Son’ goes to Locarno filmfest.
Costanza Quatriglio’s ‘Just Like My Son’, the first sizeable Italian-Iranian co-production in more than 50 years, will be screened at the out-of-competition section of 2018 Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. ‘Just Like My Son’, an Italian-Belgian-Croatian-Iranian co-production, is Quatriglio’s debut feature shot in 2017 in Iran and Italy with an Italian, Iranian, Croatian crew and a multinational cast from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and a number of European countries. The Italian, Persian and English-language film is the first Italian feature jointly produced by Iran in more than 50 years. About 40 percent of the film was shot in Iranian cities of Varamin and Sangan. Just Like My Son’ has been inspired by true events, narrating the story of an Afghan teenage boy, Ismail, who escaped from the persecution of the Hazara ethnic minority of Afghanistan. Now a grown man, he lives in Italy, but everything changes when he discovers that his mother may still...
Europe’s Most Spectacular Bike Path Has Just Opened on Italy’s Lake Garda
The first stretch of Garda by Bike, the bicycle track positioned 50 meters above Lake Garda in northern Italy, has just opened. The track has attracted much attention because it is not only spectacular, but has also adopted ingenious engineering solutions. Harnesses, cables and even helicopters had to be used to hook the thin wooden and steel walkway to the rocky walls of the mountain at 50 meters above lake. Steel struts inserted six meters into the mountainside and protruding outward for 2.6 meters sustain the track.The two-kilometer stretch, which departs at Limone sul Garda, took two years to complete and cost €7 million. It included covering large sections of the mountainside with wire netting to prevent rockslides.Once completed (expected in 2021), the circular bike path will measure 140 km, and will traverse the regions of Trentino, Veneto and Lombardy, with the possibility to connect to two major bike routes,...
‘The Secret of Butterflies’ to vie at Italy’s Salento filmfest.
The 3D animated Iranian film ‘The Secret of Butterflies’ directed and produced by Ali Tanhaee will take part in the 15th Salento International Film Festival in Tricase, Italy.The 80-minute adventure/comedy animation narrates the story of an insect named ‘Brownie’ who embarks on a risky and adventurous journey to become a butterfly.The animated film had won two nominations for Best Film and Best Director awards at the 31st edition of International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Iranian city of Isfahan.The 15th edition of Salento International Film Festival, aimed at promoting international independent films as the most powerful form of cultural communication and link between cultures and peoples, will be held on 1-10 September 2018 in the historical Italian city of Tricase. ...
IF YOU BUY ONLY ONE $30,000 FERRARI BOOK THIS YEAR, MAKE IT THIS ONE, From 0 to 512 (pages) in 10 seconds
For $30,000, you aren’t going to be able to get a Ferrari, unless it’s the kind that fell off the back of a truck or is long past the collectible stage. However, for that same amount you are able to get a Ferrari coffee table book, which comes with its own chromed-out stand that invokes the cylinder heads and exhaust pipes of one of the automaker’s iconic V-12 engines.Penned by Italian writer and journalist Pino Allievi for Taschen, Ferrari, Art Edition is a 514-page book that uses Allievi’s words and hundreds of rare photos to tell and show the story of where the iconic Italian marque came from and where it is going.Allievi, who worked with Enzo Ferrari himself on the 1988 book Ferrari Racconta, worked closely with Ferrari on the project and it features exclusive content from the brand’s archives.Said to be a production that’s “unparalleled in its scale,” Ferrari...
Rouhani Wins Election
Hassan Rouhani will serve a second term as a solid majority of voters delivered the pragmatist incumbent a strong mandate in the Friday presidential vote that saw a turnout unseen in recent history. He got 23.5 million votes, leading by 8 million ballots from his nearest rival Ebrahim Raeisi, who got 15.7 million votes, indicating a 57% to 38% victory, according to Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli who spoke in a televised news conference on Saturday afternoon.   Polls opened on 8 a.m. local time and were supposed to close by 6 p.m. But long queues outside most polling stations prompted the election organizer (Interior Ministry) to extend the voting four times.   The counting started soon after midnight and the first partial results Saturday morning indicated that Rouhani was ahead by a wide margin. In a brief address after the final results were officially announced, the president said with his reelection “peace and...
The Resistance Now: Trump trip may include 'not welcome' protests
World to Trump: ‘Go back to your country!’ Trump’s first overseas trip – to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium, Italy and the Vatican – is expected to be besieged by protesters. People to attend a “Trump not welcome” protest in Brussels on Wednesday 24 May. Protesters say they are “united in saying ‘No!’ to Trump”, who they say has spent his past months “dividing and excluding people, denying climate change, intimidating the media [and] phasing out solidarity”. Trump is visiting the Belgian capital for the Nato summit; a day earlier he’ll be in Vatican City to meet the pope. Rome-based activists are planning a protest there too. ...
Italy makes 12 vaccinations compulsory for children
The government in Italy has ruled that children must be vaccinated against 12 common illnesses before they can enrol for state-run schools. Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni blamed a decrease in vaccinations in part on a "spread of anti-scientific theories". Italy has recorded nearly three times as many measles cases so far this year than for all of 2016. If children are not vaccinated by the age of six, the school starting age, their parents will be fined. Conspiracy theories about the health risks of certain vaccinations - largely based on one discredited paper - have circulated around the world, leading some parents to shun immunisation. In Italy, the number of two-year-olds vaccinated against measles has dropped from more than 90% to below 80%. This is well short of the World Health Organization's recommended coverage of 95% or more. Measles is highly contagious and can lead to death. Measles outbreak across Europe What's behind the 'anti-vax' movement? The long shadow...
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