Covid: Strike fears as Italy’s workers require Covid pass (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Strike fears as Italy’s workers require Covid pass. “Italy’s Green Pass becomes mandatory for all workplaces on Friday, but there are fears of disruption among transport workers and at ports where Covid vaccination rates are relatively low. While more than 85% of Italians aged over 12 have had at least one jab, about three million Italian workers are estimated to be still unvaccinated.”

The Upcoming: Federico Fellini museum to open this month in Emilia-Romagna’s Rimini

The Upcoming: Federico Fellini museum to open this month in Emilia-Romagna’s Rimini. “The seaside city of Rimini, in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, is welcoming a brand-new museum dedicated to Federico Fellini this month, allowing for an aftermath of last year’s centennial of the acclaimed Italian film director and screenwriter. The Federico Fellini International Museum is scheduled to open on 19th August, becoming the world’s largest museum devoted to the life and work of Fellini and his poetic heritage. It features drawings, costumes, exhibitions, film screenings, scenographic elements and multimedia presentations, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the world of Fellini, who is regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century.”

Search Engine Land: Google passes on 2% “Regulatory Operating Cost” for ads served in India and Italy

Search Engine Land: Google passes on 2% “Regulatory Operating Cost” for ads served in India and Italy. “Beginning on October 1, 2021, Google will include a 2% ‘Regulatory Operating Cost’ surcharge to advertisers’ invoices for ads served in India and Italy, according to an email sent to Google advertisers on Tuesday. The surcharge applies to ads purchased through Google Ads and for YouTube placements purchased on a reservation basis.”

Italy’s capital of culture: Parma (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Italy’s capital of culture: Parma. “Beyond being the capital of iconic food such as Parmigiano and Prosciutto, Parma is a city of incredible cultural heritage that gained the prestigious title of ‘Italian Capital of Culture for the year 2020’ but had to put a year-long calendar of events on hold due to the pandemic. Eighteen months later, the city is ready to celebrate its cultural heritage with the world on Google Arts & Culture.”

Mike Shouts: Italy Has A Mobile Game To Promote Italy’s Cultural Heritage

Mike Shouts: Italy Has A Mobile Game To Promote Italy’s Cultural Heritage. “Published by Italy Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ITALY. Land of Wonders aims to bring the cultural heritage and wonders of Italy to the rest of world. While it has the young people its sight, the game is targeted both children and grown ups. The game is officially released on July 19 and available for both Android and iOS smartphones and tablets through Italy MFA’s new portal dedicated to Italian culture in the world.”

Reuters: Italy fines Google for excluding Enel e-car app from Android Auto

Reuters: Italy fines Google for excluding Enel e-car app from Android Auto. “Italy’s competition regulator has fined Google 102 million euros ($123 million) for excluding an e-mobility app developed by Enel from the U.S. tech giant’s Android system. For more than two years, Google has not allowed Enel’s JuicePass to operate on Android Auto – a system that allows apps to be used safely in cars – unfairly curtailing its use while favouring Google Maps, the regulator said on Thursday.”

California State University Channel Islands: Professor coordinates virtual tours of Florence culture guided by CSU International Program faculty

California State University Channel Islands: Professor coordinates virtual tours of Florence culture guided by CSU International Program faculty . “CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) students and the public can stroll through the streets, churches, public squares, restaurants and markets of Florence, Italy guided by some of the instructors of CSUIP in a new series of videos called ‘International Digital Education with Academics and Scholars’ or IDEAS.”

Wanted in Milan: Italian schoolgirl takes online lessons in mountains surrounded by goats

Wanted in Milan: Italian schoolgirl takes online lessons in mountains surrounded by goats. “Schools in Italy’s ‘red zones’ are closed under the nation’s covid-19 restrictions, meaning millions of children of all ages are taking lessons online from home. Not so in the case of 10-year-old Fiammetta, in the northern Trentino province, who is connecting with her fourth-grade teachers and classmates from high up in the mountains, surrounded by goats.”

Reuters: Google signs deals with Italian publishers for content on News Showcase

Reuters: Google signs deals with Italian publishers for content on News Showcase. “Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it had sealed agreements with various Italian publishers to offer access to some of their content on the U.S. tech giant’s Showcase news platform. Google News Showcase is a global vehicle to pay news publishers for their content online and a new service that would allow partnering publishers to curate content and provide limited access to paywalled stories for users.”

Travel+Leisure: Italy Heads Into Another Lockdown As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Travel+Leisure: Italy Heads Into Another Lockdown As COVID-19 Cases Surge. “The ‘red zone’ regions — those with more than 250 cases per 100,000 residents — are now under strict lockdowns, with all non-essential stores closed and people only allowed to leave their homes for work or health reasons. Currently, half of Italy’s 20 regions, including the cities of Milan, Rome, and Venice, are under those orders. Those in the ‘orange zone’ can’t leave their towns or regions, but restaurants and bars are allowed to offer takeout and delivery, the news site explained. The current restrictions will be in place through at least April 6.”