Tag Archives: Top News

GKSD, Most Inspiring Woman award to Anber, Jnifen, Bezzaz and Daniele

ROME (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The Summer Dinner was held on 18 July at Villa Miani in Rome. Hosts: Angelino Alfano, President of the San Donato Group Kamel Ghribi, President of GKSD Investment Holding and Vice-President of the San Donato Group Paolo Rotelli, Vice-President of the San Donato Group and Ettore Sequi, former Secretary General of the Foreign Affairs Office and now General Secretary of ECAM Council. Also present Ignazio La Russa, President of the Senate Licia Ronzulli, Vice President of the Senate Maria Elisabetta Casellati, Minister for Institutional Reforms and Regulatory Simplification, Orazio Schillaci, Minister of Health Adolfo Urso, Minister of Enterprise and Made in Italy, Paolo Zangrillo, Minister for Public Administration, Gianni Letta, former Undersecretary of State for PM Silvio Berlusconìs government, Maurizio Enzo Lupi, President of Noi Moderati-MAIE Parliamentary Group, Alessandra Ricci, CEO and General Director of SACE and journalist Roberto D’Agostino.
Elenoire Casalegno presented the event during which GKSD Investment Holding and Gruppo San Donato awarded the Most Inspiring Woman award to Mays Anber, Afef Jnifen, Rajae Bezzaz, and Eleonora Daniele. The four women share the same commitment to supporting civil and human rights, more effectively through their professional successes, which make them influential and trusted voices on current political and social issues.
Mays Anber, with 5 million followers on social platforms to defend the rights of refugees around the world, is executive director of the 7 Dimension Medical Center in Dubai, an excellence in the healthcare sector. Anber, with a 15-year career in the media, is currently undertaking a PhD focusing on organizational justice and employee wellbeing in international organizations in the United Arab Emirates. She is a “Celebrated Supporter” of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Afef Jnifen, model and television presenter, was the first Arab female face of L’Orèal, soon becoming, thanks to her reputation, a supporter of civil and human rights. She is currently an ambassador for Action Innocence, a Foundation that helps protect the dignity of children online against the risks of pedophilia and sexual abuse. In the past, she has also collaborated with Telefono Azzurro and inaugurated the Inter Campus in Tunisia in 2011, which secures the rights of thousands of children in the suburbs of Tunis, using the values ??of sport and football as educational tools. She was honoured at the Fashion 4 Development Annual First Ladies Luncheon, in New York, with the title of new Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East.
Rajae Bezzaz, a correspondent for Striscia La Notizia since 2015, was born in Tripoli, Libya, to Maghrebi parents, and at the age of nine years, she moved to Italy. Her investigations highlight a marked common thread: the delicate balance between the reception and hospitality of immigrants and the intracultural differences between the West and the Islamic world, themes that fascinate and divide public opinion in Italy. In 2021, she wrote the book “The Happy Arab – The Revealed Life of an Unorthodox Muslim” in which she tells with irony and deep insight about her point of view on being a woman on the borders of two worlds and cultures very distant from each other.
Eleonora Daniele is an Italian journalist and television presenter. She founded the Life Inside Onlus association, intending to support people with autism and their families. The association was founded in memory of her brother Luigi, who suffered from autism and passed away in 2015.

– Photo press office San Donato Group –

(ITALPRESS).


Source: medNews

Italpress signs a partnership with the Moroccan agency MAP

RABAT (MOROCCO) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The Italpress press agency and MAP, Agence Maghreb Arabe Presse, have signed an international partnership in Rabat which will allow them to enhance information on the Euro-Mediterranean area for their respective subscribers through a mutual exchange of news.
Italpress and MAP will share editorial content in English and Arabic and will collaborate on special projects, the organization of events in Italy and Morocco, forums and round table meetings on Mediterranean issues, an increasingly strategic geographical area in the international geopolitical panorama.
The agreement was signed by the director of Italpress, Gaspare Borsellino, and the general director of MAP, Fouad Arif.
“Signing this collaboration with MAP, Maghreb Arab Press Agency, one of the most important and authoritative press agencies in the Mediterranean, is a source of great pride and satisfaction for us,” said Gaspare Borsellino. “I am convinced that this partnership will bring mutual benefits for the growth of our agencies both nationally and internationally”.
“This agreement – said Fouad Arif – opens new exciting prospects for our agencies. We share with Italpress a common vision of excellence in journalism and a constant commitment to the highest standards of professionalism”.
The Italpress news agency was founded by Gaspare Borsellino in Palermo 36 years ago. Today, the agency has its central editorial office in Palermo, and has editorial offices and television and multimedia studios in Rome and Milan, and a correspondence office in New York and international partnerships with other European and Med area agencies.
The Maghreb Arab Press Agency was founded 65 years ago and broadcasts 7 days a week in Arabic, French, English, Spanish and a local dialect.
The Italpress delegation, was led by Gaspare Borsellino accompanied by Emanuele Borsellino, member of the agency’s Board of Directors. They were welcomed by the top management of Map led by the General Director Fouad Arif and the managing director Moahammed Rida Brain.
During the signing of the partnership, there were also other representatives of MAP, including Hind Ben Abdennebi and Lamyaa Bouamar, advisor to the director general, and Hinde Nejjar, Head of Bilateral and Multilateral Cooperation.
After signing the agreement, the director of Italpress Gaspare Borsellino visited the various departments of the Moroccan Agency and subsequently also the headquarters of M24 (Group Television) and RIM (Radio AllNews of the Map dedicated to 24-hour information), where he was welcomed by Noujoum Dabssi, broadcast director of MAP.

– Photo MAP –

(ITALPRESS).










Source: medNews

Maltese PM welcomes the decision to include Malta’s idea of a European Commissioner for the Med

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (MNA/ITALPRESS) – Malta’s Prime Minister Robert Abela welcomed Ursula Von der Leyen’s decision to include Malta’s idea of having a European Commissioner for the Mediterranean in her work programme. He said this shows that despite Malta’s small size, it can be effective and make a difference.

Prime Minister Robert Abela proposed the appointment of a European Commissioner for the Mediterranean to better tackle the challenges of the region.

“This augurs well for the next five years where we look forward to work with President von der Leyen to develop further our comprehensive partnerships with southern neighbours,” the PM said on X.

Last November, Robert Abela insisted that the Mediterranean region had a lot of potential and should be given the importance it deserved. He proposed the appointment of a European Commissioner for the Mediterranean. Abela said this while attending a European Council meeting with other European leaders last November in Croatia, following an invitation by European Council President Charles Michel, to discuss the European Union’s Strategic Agenda for the period between 2024-2029.

The Maltese Premier added that Malta had given her its support and voted in her favour in the European Council, because he maintained that she is the person best suited to push forward European priorities in the next five years. (ITALPRESS).

Foto: Agenzia Fotogramma


Source: medNews

Libya and Tunisia discuss further cooperation on migration

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (MNA/ITALPRESS) – Libya and Tunisia discussed the progress made following the tripartite meeting that brought together the heads of state of Libya, Tunisia and Algeria, in order to coordinate the efforts to enhance aspects of bilateral cooperation, coordination and consultation at the regional and international levels in matters related to migration.

The Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed Menfi met the Tunisian Prime Minister, Ahmed Al-Hashani, and both stressed the keenness to advance cooperation between the two countries.

Meanwhile Libya’s Acting Interior Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Emad Al-Trabelsi, said that Libya currently hosts over 3 million irregular migrants, placing a significant burden on its resources.

During a press conference following the Trans-Mediterranean Migration Forum, Al-Trabelsi announced that Libya has deported 10,000 migrants to their home countries with coordination from Tunisia and Italy. He emphasised the country’s commitment to voluntary repatriation policies. He mentioned that Italy and Malta have expressed their intention to hold the next forum in Libya to enhance cooperation and coordination on migration issues.

Al-Trabelsi warned that Libya would cease cooperation with any international organisation that does not operate seriously or adhere to its official duties within the country. He noted that between 90,000 to 120,000 migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa enter Libya annually.

The minister highlighted that Libya has spent more than $330 million to combat the irregular migration crisis, yet has only received $30 million in aid from the European Union. This discrepancy underscores the heavy financial strain Libya faces.

(ITALPRESS).

Foto: Agenzia Fotogramma


Source: medNews

Immigration, von der Leyen “I will propose commissioner for the Mediterranean”

STRASBOURG (ITALPRESS/MNA) – “Many pessimists think that migration is too divisive an issue on which they can find agreement, but we have demonstrated exactly the opposite. We have more solid agreements, now we must focus collectively to implement them and we must support the Member States to transform them into reality.” Ursula von der Leyen made this declaration during her speech before her re-election as President of the European Commission.
“We need a common approach to be more effective and we need to develop broader partnerships especially with neighboring countries. The Mediterranean should have our full attention: this is the reason why I intend to appoint a commissioner for this region, because the future of the Mediterranean is the future of Europe”.
-photo Agenzia Fotogramma –
(ITALPRESS)


Source: medNews

Maltàs PM insists on addressing the roots of migration

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Maltàs Prime Minister Robert Abela declared that an effective strategy for immigration should involve countries of origin and transit, together with clear targets which are set up hand in hand with these countries.
Robert Abela was addressing the Trans Mediterranean Migration Forum in Tripoli, during his second day in Libya. “We cannot have an effective strategy for migration without the involvement of the countries of origin as well as the transitional countries, because clear and rational goals need to be set hand in hand with these countries,” Abela said.
The Forum, which was organised by the Libyan Government, was attended by various countries from both the European Union and Africa.
In his address, the Prime Minister maintained Maltàs principle, that of addressing the issue of immigration at the roots with strategic cooperation with everyone, preventing the departure of immigrants from Africa to Europe.
He mentioned two categories of immigrants, those fleeing their country due to conflicts and those for economic reasons, adding that both types require specific solutions with the involvement of origin, transit and destination countries.
Prime Minister Abela spoke about financial assistance to these countries, saying that these should create wealth and opportunities for their peoples through this investment, but added that it should be done wisely, and Europe should see that the investment is yielding results.
Abela also declared that more cooperation is needed from countries of origin in the repatriation of their citizens, who have been found to be illegally residing in the country of destination, and who do not deserve asylum.
Robert Abela stressed that Malta has been pushing for strategic cooperation between Europe and Africa, adding that Libya is already doing a lot to fight human traffickers, but added that this effort has to be made by everyone.

foto: DOI

(ITALPRESS).


Source: medNews

Meloni “The Mediterranean is a priority for the government”

TRIPOLI (LIBYA) (ITALPRESS) – “I think everyone sees that for this Italian government the Mediterranean is a priority. There cannot be the Mediterranean without Italy and Libya together. This is also the reason why we have improved our cooperation a lot in these two years”. This was declared by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in her speech at the Trans-Mediterranean Forum on Migration in Tripoli.
On migration “we need a 360-degree approach”, explained Meloni. The priority is “to fight human trafficking, one of the major crimes in the world according to the United Nations, these are traffickers who make money by using peoplès desperation without guaranteeing them respect for human rights: we cannot allow this.”
For Meloni “illegal migration is the enemy of legal migration. In Italy it has happened in recent years. We have not been able to legally let in many people because we have too many illegal migrants”.
“The problem of migration cannot be solved if we do not go to its origins” and it is important “to create a new cooperation between Europe and Africa”, she added. “I don’t think,” she stated, “that the charitable approach is the right one. The indiscriminate and violent approach is definitely the wrong one. The right way is equal strategic cooperation, and by bringing investments that solve problems for both”.
Then Meloni gave the example of energy resources, also speaking of the need to “concentrate efforts on a strategy that binds our destinies for the future. It is something, she added, that we want to grow together. Italy has decided to set a good example with the Mattei plan for Africa”.

– Photo screenshot video Palazzo Chigi –

(ITALPRESS).


Source: medNews

Malta and Libya agreed to extend agreement on migration

LA VALLETTA (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Maltàs Prime Minister Robert Abela has announced the extension of an agreement on migration with Libya, following bilateral meetings between Abela and Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh in Tripoli. The agreement, initially signed in May 2020, has been extended for another three years.
Abela praised the existing agreement’s effectiveness, claiming it has “meant saving the lives of thousands of people including women and children and a sharp drop in arrivals of irregular immigrants.” He stressed the need for continued cooperation between European countries and countries of transit or origin to address illegal immigration. The agreement will include training and assistance in civil protection provided by Maltese authorities to Libyan counterparts.
However, the extension of this agreement comes amid longstanding concerns about the treatment of migrants in Libya. Malta has also faced repeated accusations of ignoring distress calls and participating in illegal pushbacks of asylum seekers to Libya, a country deemed unsafe for disembarkation by the United Nations.
During a press conference, Abela emphasised the strategic importance of the partnership between Malta and Libya, framing it within a broader context of EU-North African relations.
The timing of this agreement came just ahead of today’s Trans-Mediterranean Migration Forum in Tripoli. This summit will bring together EU member states, the European Commission, and African countries to discuss migration issues.
Robert Abela will address the Forum on Migration in the Mediterranean.
Meanwhile, the Maltese Prime Minister highlighted potential collaborations in sectors such as renewable energy and trade. He added Malta could serve as a “commercial bridge” between Europe and North Africa.Abela said Malta viewed Libya as a strategic partner with the European Union in the Mediterranean in important areas such as renewable energy.
“Malta emphasised the importance of the Mediterranean region… our country has the credibility to push for a strategic partnership between Europe and North Africa. Our country is also advocating for a European Commissioner for the Mediterranean, as evidenced by the MED9 meeting in Malta, where we stressed that the Mediterranean should be made a centre of clean energy that drives the commitment for a decarbonised Europe and Mediterranean”, Abela said.
The two counterparts also discussed the potential for further growth in commercial relations between the two countries, including an agreement on air connectivity. Malta was the first EU member state to resume flights between Malta and Libya. “Malta can continue to facilitate and serve as a logistics hub between Europe and North Africa”, Abela said, describing the two countries’ ports as “a commercial bridge between the two continents”.
-photo DOI-
(ITALPRESS).


Source: medNews

Palermo, 350 thousand for the 400th feast of Santa Rosalia

PALERMO (ITALPRESS/MNA) – According to the Municipality of the Sicilian capital, 350 thousand people have poured into the street to celebrate the ‘Santuzza’ This confirms a record turnout for the 400th feast of Santa Rosalia in Palermo.
“It was a popular party,” commented the mayor of Palermo Roberto Lagalla, adding, “It was a party offered to the many tourists visiting Palermo, on the occasion of the fifteenth-century feast of Santa Rosalia in the city of Palermo. Yesterday evening showed that the emotion felt during this year’s feast is still strong, which, I am sure, will remain in the memory of the many who have been able to live it up so closely. The wish is that the message that we wanted to convey in this feast, which is hope and desire to be reborn, remains imprinted, but also an invitation to love and respect the city and to do it together.
Lagalla said the fifteenth century was organized in a spirit of collaboration and synergy. “For this, I must thank the Curia and Archbishop Lorefice for the path of sharing undertaken already last year given the fifteenth-century anniversary. I thank Deputy Mayor Cannella and his personnel, the Council, and the committees that contributed to the realization of the feast, from the Sicilian Region to the Sicilian Regional Assembly, and to all the cultural and trade associations. My thanks go to the organizers, starting with Marco Balich who believed in the story of Santa Rosalia and her miracle. A heartfelt thanks to the Administrative officials and to those who allowed the feast to be held safely and, therefore, to all the police, the Commissioner, the Municipal Police, the Civil Protection, and all the voluntary associations.”
The Mayor of Palermo mentioned the great curiosity around this feast, as confirmed by the surge in visits, amounting to 134% more than shown in recent weeks by the website dedicated to this year’s edition. “I thank the journalists, even those who came from other parts of Italy and abroad.”
Finally, Roberto Lagalla thanked the cleaning companies that have already been at work since last night, in particular the areas of Cala and Foro Italico. He also thanked the creative companies that allowed the realization of this feast and its story, the Balich Wonder Studio, the Odd Agency, and AlbaMedia including all the artists, workers, and volunteers who have enabled this incredible success”.
– photo Comune Palermo –
(ITALPRESS)


Source: medNews

Malta with the steepest rise in the EU population in a decade

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Malta saw the steepest rise in population in the EU in a decade despite having the 27-country bloc’s lowest fertility rate. According to published Eurostat figures, between 2013 and 2023, Maltàs population increased by almost a third, and nearly all of that growth is due to migration. Maltàs population reached 563,000 by the end of 2023, after growing by nearly 21,000 in the space of a year.
Malta has the lowest fertility rate in the EU, with women, on average, giving birth once in their lifetime. While Maltàs birth rate is 1.08, France has a total fertility rate of 1.79 live births per woman. Between January 2013 and 2023, the EU’s population rose 7.5 million (or 1.7%); net inward migration was the driving factor behind this growth. The rate of population increase during this period was highest in Malta and Luxembourg, with their populations increasing overall by around a quarter (28.3% and 23%, respectively). Population numbers fell in 10 countries. The biggest decreases in percentage terms were in Bulgaria (down 11.5%) and Croatia (down 9.6%).
(ITALPRESS).
– Photo credit: Malta Tourism Office –


Source: medNews

1 2 3 165