Sicily ousts 21 media handlers in crackdown on waste

Updated 20 November 2012
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Sicily ousts 21 media handlers in crackdown on waste

ROME: The new head of the heavily-indebted island of Sicily has kicked off a campaign to cut waste by firing his 21-strong press office, which costs the region 3.2 million euros ($ 4.09 million) a year.
The team is four times as large as the one employed by the Italian government during flamboyant ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi’s era in power, and each journalist goes by the title of “news editor,” Italian media said yesterday. Incomes range from 4,000 to 6,000 euros a month after tax, while the press officer based permanently in Brussels is paid 12,000 euros ($ 15,400) a month — a situation newly-elected governor Rosario Crocetta has slammed as untenable.
The press office budget is “a sum with which we could pay 200 precarious workers, people who earn 600 euros a month and who don’t have the means to buy milk for their children,” said the center-left governor voted in in October.


Images of a father carrying his disabled son during graduation in Yemen tugs at the heart strings

Updated 19 April 2018
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Images of a father carrying his disabled son during graduation in Yemen tugs at the heart strings

  • Yemeni journalist and photographer Farouk Muqbel took footage of an elderly father in Sanaa

In video footage that will pull at the heart strings of even the most hardened, a proud father can be seen giving his disabled son a piggyback during his graduation ceremony in Yemen.  

The inspiring moment of the elderly man and his son was captured by Yemeni photojournalist Farouk Muqbel, who was filming the graduation ceremony of the Al-Noor Center for the Care and Rehabilitation of the Blind in Sanaa on Wednesday.

The father’s pride can be clearly seen as he carried his son who was graduating from secondary school.

The Al-Noor center was founded in 1967 and serves over 200 students, mostly children, who have visual disabilities.

The center’s manager told Human Rights Watch in 2016 that when the conflict started on March 26, 2015, the Houthis militia set up an office on the ground floor of the kindergarten building and placed guards at the compound’s entrance.