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Italy + Covid

By Michelle Rahimi

Italy update


The Italian government has extended its entry ban on Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, and Indian nationals until August 30 to contain the spread of COVID-19.


Roberto Calasso, a notable and well-respected figure in European publishing, and known as the driving force behind an esteemed Milan-based publisher, as well as a prolific author himself, has died at 80, his company said.

Calasso has directed Adephi since 1971, with also being its chairman since 1999. He is known to adhere to the philosophy that its important to publish books not on how they might sell but on whether they have something important to say.

Calasso was known for having eclectic taste when it came to determining what titles Adelphi would publish. His 1988 “Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony,” an exploration of Greek mythology, was his best-known work.

France Update

Mauritius Island


Two weeks after France was put on England’s amber-plus list, there are still questions as to why the Government continues to mandate quarantine for all arrivals from the country.

On Friday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps defended the Government’s decision, saying that the country was not on the amber-plus list just because of infection rates on the French island of Réunion.

Speaking on Sky News he said: “The Beta variant, it is not just– as has been reported – on an island thousands of miles away, it was also an issue in northern France. So, it has been an overall concern.”

About the author:

Michelle Rahimi is a Diplomacy and International Relation’s Master’s candidate at the School for International Training, located in Brattleboro, Vermont, United States of America.

She obtains an extensive passion for international relations with first-hand knowledge from traveling across many countries and is experienced in working with different teams and individuals from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

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