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02-Feb-17 14:32. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

New Radio station for London Italians

London ONE radio is the new web radio for the Italians in London. It was founded by Philip Baglini, already director of the web magazine “L' Italoeuropeo”. London ONE radio aims at promoting Italian culture and gives voice to the Italians who live in London and throughout the UK. Italian music plays also an important part together with the interviews to Italian artists performing in the UK.

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02-Feb-17 14:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Youth unemployment hits 39% in Italy

Italy's Constitutional Court rejected a bid by the country's biggest trade union, CGIL to call for a referendum on former prime minister Matteo Renzi's “Jobs act” which made it easier to fire workers. The judges did however approve two other referendums proposed by CGIL, regarding the use of vouchers to pay workers who have no contract and on extending the rights of people working on projects assigned by tender processes. Work vouchers give workers no rights to sick pay, holidays or leave. They were introduced as an experiment in 2008, but their use reached 70 percent in 2015. The voucher scheme is now out of control and action must be taken to curb its use. Renzi hoped making dismissals easier would have encouraged firms to hire, but the unemployment rate rose in November to its highest since June 2015, shortly after the measures began to be applied and youth unemployment in Italy skyrocketed to 39%. Italy has one of the highest jobless rates in the euro zone and almost 40 percent of the population aged between 15 and 24 are unemployed. There are more than 600,000 young people unemployed in Italy.

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13-Dec-16 13:20. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Young Italians are the new poor

According to the Catholic charity “Caritas” young Italian workers are the new poor. The Caritas' report showed that not only unemployed people but also workers, families and the young live below the poverty line. The traditional pattern that saw poverty levels increase with age no longer holds in Italy. Differently from before, poverty is inversely proportional to age. The young are much more likely to be poor than the elderly.

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13-Dec-16 13:19. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Emilia Romagna bans children without vaccinations from nursery

The Emilia Romagna regional council has ruled that Children who haven't received their vaccinations will not be allowed to attend nursery in the region. The main reason is to protect the weakest children, who for health reasons, may not be able to be vaccinated and thus are exposed to contagion.

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13-Dec-16 13:15. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italian is now the 4th most studied language worldwide

Italian is at the fourth place in terms of the most-studied languages worldwide. This means Italian is growing in popularity as a foreign language around the world. The reasons for learning the language range from family ties to food and culture appreciation. The number of foreigners studying Italian has risen to 2,233,373 in the 2015/16 academic year - up from 1,700,000 the previous year. According to the General Assembly of the Italian Language in the World, student numbers have shown a particular increase in France and Germany but also in Australia and the USA. In the rankings of the most popular studied languages we see English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Italian. The top three have clear CV-boosting potentials but the appeal of Italian is somewhat less obvious.

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07-Nov-16 11:52. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Italian language grows in popularity

Italian is at the fourth place in terms of the most-studied languages worldwide. This means Italian is growing in popularity as a foreign language around the world. The reasons for learning the language range from family ties to food and culture appreciation. The number of foreigners studying Italian has risen to 2,233,373 in the 2015/16 academic year - up from 1,700,000 the previous year. According to the General Assembly of the Italian Language in the World, student numbers have shown a particular increase in France and Germany but also in Australia and the USA.

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07-Nov-16 11:49. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Sex Education Initiative to tackle violent crimes

According to figures from women's rights organization “Telefono Rosa”, last year alone 128 women in Italy were victims of femicide, while thousands more have suffered domestic abuse or were victims of stalking. Figures from Istat released in 2015 showed that the majority of femicides and rapes in Italy are carried out by partners or ex-partners. The overall number of incidents have declined slightly but acts of violence are becoming more serious, with more women risking their lives. Currently, sex education is totally lacking from the Italian school curriculum. The Italian feminist association FCome argues that introducing classes on sex education, consent, and gendered violence, into the Italian school curriculum, is necessary in order to tackle the "wave" of violent crimes against women.

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07-Nov-16 11:47. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

World's first dedicated wine educational school to open in Perugia

The “wine school”, the world's first and more authoritative educational centre dedicated to wine is going to open in Perugia. To realise this project Perugia's “Università dei Sapori”, which offers a wide variety of culinary courses, and the Umbria's branch of Italy's Foundation of Sommeliers (FISU) joined together in a partnership. The “Università dei sapori” is a training centre promoted by Confcommercio Perugia to create, develop and spread expertise, professionalism, and the culture of Umbria in Italy and worldwide.

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11-Oct-16 16:25. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Almost 40% of Italian teenagers are habitual smokers

Italy is the European country with the highest number of teenage smokers, as was revealed by a research carried out in 2015 by Espad (European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs) on students aged 15-16. Almost 2 in 5 Italian teens are “habitual smokers”. The survey showed that Italian students smoked significantly more than their peers. Apparently 37 percent of students from 15 to 16 are smokers or occasional smokers. This data is well above the average of 21 percent recorded in the 35 European countries surveyed.

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11-Oct-16 16:21. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Young Italians not fleeing the nest

ISTAT reported that nearly 7 million young Italians live with their parents. This number represents 62.5% of the population under 35. They are students by 35.5% and unemployed people by 29.7%. The remaining 31.8% are workers. The overall number of under 35 Italians living at home is quite high considering that the European average of young people living at home is 48.1%.

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