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Italy approves new decree to keep cruise ships out of Venice lagoon
1 April 2021 - Italy's government has ruled that large cruise ships and container vessels must not pass close to Venice's historic centre and should instead dock in a different location to preserve the famed lagoon. 'Anyone who has visited Venice in recent years has been shocked to see these ships, hundreds of metres long and as tall as apartment buildings, passing through such fragile places,' Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said on Thursday [1 April]. (more)

Venice bans cruise ships from historic centre
1 April 2021 - Italian authorities have approved a ban on cruise ships entering the historic centre of Venice. The country's culture minister said on Wednesday [31 March] that the decision came in response to a request from UN cultural body UNESCO. Critics argue the ships cause pollution and erode the foundations of the city, which suffers from regular flooding. On Wednesday, Italian ministers agreed that large cruise and container ships would no longer be able to enter the city's Giudecca canal, which leads to the historic St. Mark's Square. (more)

New technology may save Venice from future devastating floods
5 November 2020 - Venetians saw a glimmer of hope during a recent high tide flood. For the first time in 1,200 years, they did not have to stow their belongings and prepare for water to surge into their homes and businesses. Instead, a new flooding defense system that has been under development since 1984 finally completed its first trial and successfully held back water from the Adriatic Sea. (more)

Italian cities see bicycle boom after COVID-19 lockdown
23 June 2020 - Italy has seen a surge in bicycle sales since the government ended its coronavirus lockdown as people steer clear of public transport and respond to government incentives to help the environment. Some 540,000 bikes have been sold nationwide since shops across the country reopened in early May, according to sector lobby Ancma, a 60 percent increase in the first month compared to the same period in 2019. (more)

Archaeologists have mapped an entire Roman city using scanning technology
8 June 2020 - Archaeologists have mapped a complete Roman city for the first time using ground-penetrating radar, revealing highly detailed images that they say could revolutionise our understanding of how such sites worked. ... the team from the universities of Cambridge and Ghent have discovered a large public monument of a kind never seen before, which may relate to the religious practices of the people who lived in the area before the Romans. (more)

In Italy, 'suspended shopping' helps those facing economic hardship during pandemic
24 April 2020 - In Italy, where the coronavirus has shuttered more than 2 million businesses and left 1 in every 2 workers without income, some Italians are putting a new twist on an old custom to help the needy and restart the economy. On a recent morning, a shopper asks that 10 euros ($10.83) be added to her bill for what's called la spesa sospesa, 'suspended shopping.' The concept derives from the century-old Neapolitan tradition of 'suspended coffee' -- when a customer in a cafe pays in advance for someone who can't afford it. (more)

Andrea Bocelli's lone Easter Sunday concert scores YouTube record
16 April 2020 - Andrea Bocelli's solo Easter concert in a deserted Milan cathedral has scored a record as the most watched classical music concert on YouTube. The 25-minute livestreamed 'Music for Hope' concert by the Italian tenor reached more than 2.8 million concurrent peak viewers in the largest simultaneous audience for a classical live stream in YouTube history, YouTube said on Wednesday [15 April]. (more)

Opera singer Andrea Bocelli will perform live on Easter from Italy's empty Duomo Cathedral
9 April 2020 - Like most churches this Easter, the historic Duomo Cathedral in Milan, Italy, will be closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. But over the empty pews on Sunday, the voice of famed opera singer Andrea Bocelli will echo through the cathedral during a special audience-free concert, which will be livestreamed. (more)

Italy: In Naples, pandemic 'solidarity baskets' help feed the homeless
7 April 2020 - In lockdown since March 10, Naples, a normally bustling city of more than 2 million, is now a ghost town. Acts of charity, long a hallmark of this city, have become more important than ever as a means of sustenance. Pina Andelora and her partner Angelo Picone ... realized that with their city's soup kitchens closed, they could still be useful. They would prepare meals for the homeless. [They relied on an old Neapolitan custom -- lowering food baskets from their balcony.] It has been done for centuries. (more)

Opera star Bocelli to sing from empty Duomo cathedral in Milan on Easter Sunday
7 April 2020 - Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, one of the world's most famous tenors, will perform from Milan's empty Duomo cathedral on Easter Sunday in a livestreamed concert intended as a symbol of love, hope, and healing amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The concert will be streamed on Bocelli's YouTube channel www.youtube.com/andreabocelli at 1700 GMT on April 12. (more)


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Italy: New study on Transcendental Meditation finds reduction of perceived stress and specific cerebral changes
31 July 2020 - Research conducted at IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy found that even a few months' practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) has positive effects on psychological well-being, and that these effects are correlated with measurable changes in the brain. In the new study, published in the journal Brain and Cognition earlier this year, magnetic resonance imaging showed that the reduced anxiety levels perceived by those in the TM group are associated with specific changes in the connectivity between different cerebral areas which have an important role in the modulation of emotions and inner states. (more)

Italy: Bob Roth, David Lynch Foundation CEO, to keynote at 2018 Global Wellness Summit - October
19 July 2018 - The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the annual gathering of leaders and visionaries to positively impact and shape the future of the US$3.7 trillion global wellness economy, has announced that Bob Roth, CEO of the non-profit David Lynch Foundation and one of the world's top experts on meditation, will keynote at the conference taking place 6-8 October in Cesena, Italy. Over the past 45 years, Roth has taught Transcendental Meditation (TM), a simple, evidence-based technique to calm the mind, to many thousands of people: from at-risk youth and inmates to CEOs, military leaders, and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jerry Seinfeld. 'I'm excited to share new research findings and insights into why meditation needs to come out of the realm of philosophy and be categorized as serious and scientific medicine for the 21st century,' Roth said. (more)

Katy Perry, Bob Roth address international Vatican conference - 'Unite to Cure: A Global Health Care Initiative' - on Transcendental Meditation
4 May 2018 - On Saturday, 28 April, Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation (DLF), and world-renowned pop music star Katy Perry addressed the world's leading scientists and physicians, patients, ethicists and leaders of faith, government officials and philanthropists on the subject of Transcendental Meditation, at the international 'Unite To Cure: A Global Health Care Initiative' conference at the Vatican. The Cura Foundation's 4th International Conference was designed to 'create an open discussion and help speed cures for patients all over the world'. Roth, an expert on Transcendental Meditation, spoke about DLF's work bringing TM to at-risk youth worldwide. Katy Perry described the many good effects she has experienced in her life from practising Transcendental Meditation since 2010. (more)

Italy: Conference in Milan presents success of Consciousness-Based Education
7 May 2014 - The 1,500 seat conference venue was filled to capacity for the recent Scuola Senza Stress conference in Milan, Italy. The large audience was drawn to learn from distinguished education experts from Italy, the USA, and the UK, all about how Consciousness-Based Education can create 'stress-free schools', transforming the lives of students, educators, and families in Italy. The conference was endorsed by local officials in Milan, including Dr Guido Podesta, President of Milan Province, who gave the introductory speech at the conference, and also spoke in support of Stress-Free-Schools at an inaugural press conference held at the provincial palace. The Album of Events page of Global Good News is currently featuring a series of photos from this event. (more)

Italy: Educators present Stress-Free Schools to administrators, faculty, students, parents in Milan
5 February 2014 - The purpose of the recent Scuola Senza Stress (Stress-Free Schools) conference in Milan was to show how implementing Consciousness-Based Education could create stress-free schools, transforming the lives of students, educators, and families in Italy. The 1,500 seat hall was at near capacity for the event. Highlights of the conference were talks by educators, including Dr Ashley Deans, a long-time expert in Consciousness-Based Education, who described the benefits of incorporating the programme in schools. Giovanna Finocchiaro, pioneer of Scuola Senza Stress in Italy, shared her experiences with the programme at a school in Sicily. (more)

Italy: Local television interviews David Lynch about cinema, Consciousness-Based Education
5 February 2014 - In 2005 filmmaker David Lynch established the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to ensure that every child, anywhere in the world, who wanted to learn Transcendental Meditation could do so. In Milan for the recent Stress-Free Schools conference, Mr Lynch was invited to appear on a popular local television channel. During the interview he spoke about the cinema as well as several of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes to improve the quality of life both for individuals and the society--Transcendental Meditation, Consciousness-Based Education, and Stress-Free Schools. (more)

Italy: Stress-Free Schools conference draws Milan officials' praise for Consciousness-Based Education
5 February 2014 - A recent conference in Milan, Italy, focused on the effectiveness of Consciousness-Based Education, including the practice of Transcendental Meditation, in creating 'Stress-Free Schools'--Scuola Senza Stress--and transforming the lives of students, families, and the community as a whole. Distinguished speakers from Italy, the UK, and the USA included provincial president Guido Podesta, filmmaker David Lynch, founder of the David Lynch Foundation, which presented the conference at the provincial palace, and Giovanna Finocchiaro, a schoolteacher in Sicily and the pioneer of Stress-Free Schools in Italy. (more)

Milan, Italy: David Lynch talks Stress-Free Schools - Scuola Senza Stress - to promote harmony, peace
5 February 2014 - On a recent visit to Italy, world-renowned filmmaker David Lynch spoke at a conference about Stress-Free Schools, gave a live presentation about the conference on a nationally broadcast television programme, and met with local people who practise Transcendental Meditation. Everywhere his message was the same--encouraging implementation of Consciousness-Based Education in schools to promote national peace, harmony, and prosperity. (more)

Italy: Expanding programmes support development of consciousness and better quality of life
17 July 2013 - In the past year several new developments unfolded to improve the quality of life for Italians. A course in Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture was offered, more students enjoyed Consciousness-Based Education, and news of the Transcendental Meditation programme began to reach a wider audience across the country. (more)

Italy: National assemblies deepen knowledge and experience of meditation
17 July 2013 - In the past year, two large national assemblies in Italy have given people who practise Transcendental Meditation special opportunities to deepen their understanding of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Vedic Science. At the same time participants enjoyed creating a coherent, peaceful influence in the environment while accelerating their development of consciousness through group practice of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced technologies of consciousness. The assemblies were held in Castel San Pietro Terme, a renowned spa town near Bologna, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. (more)


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Researchers find coronavirus was circulating in Italy earlier than thought
16 November 2020 - The new coronavirus was circulating in Italy in September 2019, a study by the National Cancer Institute (INT) of the Italian city of Milan shows, signaling that it might have spread beyond China earlier than thought. ... The Italian researchers' findings, published by the INT's scientific magazine Tumori Journal, show 11.6 percent of 959 healthy volunteers enrolled in a lung cancer screening trial between September 2019 and March 2020 had developed coronavirus antibodies well before February. (more)

Italian valley evacuated as cathedral-sized glacier slips
7 August 2020 - A melting glacier as large as a cathedral is at risk of breaking apart due to a heatwave, forcing the evacuation of part of an Italian alpine valley. A heatwave has created a layer of water under the glacier, which is made up of about 500 cubic metres of ice -- roughly the size of the Milan cathedral -- making it more prone to a break. (more)

Coronavirus deaths in Italy overtake China as economic damage mounts
21 March 2020 - The world's richest nations poured unprecedented aid into the global economy on Thursday [19 March] as coronavirus cases ballooned in the new epicenter Europe, with the number of deaths in Italy outstripping those in mainland China, where the virus originated. (more)

Coronavirus: Italy's death toll overtakes China's
19 March 2020 - Coronavirus has killed more people in Italy than in any other country, after deaths there rose by 427 in a day. The number of deaths now stands at 3,405, which is more than in China where the virus originated last year. There have been 3,245 reported deaths in China, but there have been questions over the reliability of its data. (more)

Italy in coronavirus lockdown as deaths soar and economy fades
10 March 2020 - Shops and restaurants closed, hundreds of flights were canceled and streets emptied across Italy on Tuesday [10 March], the first day of an unprecedented, nationwide lockdown imposed to slow Europe's worst outbreak of coronavirus. ... The government has told all Italians to stay at home and avoid non-essential travel until April 3, radically widening steps already taken in much of the wealthy north, which is the epicenter of the spreading contagion. (more)

As coronavirus slams Italy, paralysis and anxiety spread
28 February 2020 - At the epicenter of Europe's worst outbreak of coronavirus to date, daily lives have taken on an eerie, aimless calm. ... As the economic shocks triggered by this paralysis in the country's northern industrial heartland reverberate across Europe, Italians are still trying to get to grips with how a seemingly isolated case could balloon within days, to bring the eurozone's third-largest economy to the brink of recession. (more)

Italy scrambles to contain coronavirus outbreak after admitting hospital mess-up
25 February 2020 - Italian authorities were on the defensive Tuesday [25 February] as they faced tough questions over the country's handling of the novel coronavirus, which is rapidly spreading across the country's northern regions. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has tried to allay fears that the central government has no control over the affected regions after he was forced to admit that a hospital in the northern town of Codogno had mishandled the region's first coronavirus case and had contributed to the deadly virus' spread. (more)

'Venice is on its knees': Mayor blames worst flood tide in 50 years on climate change
13 November 2019 - 'Venice is on its knees,' Mayor Luigi Brugnaro says as the lagoon city suffers through some of the worst flooding in its history. The highest tide in 50 years has brought seawater that is threatening monuments and works of art in the historic city. With more than 85 percent of the city flooded, Brugnaro says the city is in a state of emergency and that he has asked Italy's government for help. Water driven by strong winds and storms overwhelmed seawalls and smashed brick docks, shoving boats into streets and leaving parts of landmarks such as St. Mark's Basilica and La Fenice Opera House underwater. (more)

'Lucifer' heat wave holds Italy, eastern Europe in fiery grip
4 August 2017 - Swathes of southern and eastern Europe sweltered in temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104°F) on Friday in a heat wave nicknamed 'Lucifer' that has fanned forest fires, triggered weather warning alerts, and damaged crops. Italy and the Balkans were worst affected, though areas as far north as southern Poland also basked in abnormally hot temperatures, and European weather hub Meteoalarm issued its highest grade 'red' warnings for 10 countries. (more)

Opium numbs the pain for Indian pickers exploited on Italian farms
19 July 2017 - For almost three years, Amandeep started most of his working days eating opium and ended them smoking heroin. In between he picked watermelons for up to 13 hours a day in what activists say are exploitative conditions faced by thousands of Indian labourers in Italy's Pontine Marshes, just south of Rome. About 30,000 Indians, mainly Sikhs from Punjab state, live in the Pontine Marshes, a region that Italy's fascist regime drained for agriculture in the 1930s. Most work as labourers and over the last decade many have been forced to work for virtually nothing to pay off debts to agents who promised good jobs and organised travel from India. This is known as debt bondage -- the most prevalent form of modern-day slavery worldwide according to the United Nations. As many as 46 million people are estimated to be enslaved globally ... A growing number of these labourers [Indian workers] are taking drugs to cope with long hours, poor conditions and very low pay, according to interviews with workers, doctors, police, and rights groups. . . . At least one worker told a mobile health clinic that he wanted to quit but found it difficult as poppy use was 'strongly encouraged' on his farm. (more)

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