The NIAF 2017 Photo Contest

The NIAF 2017 Photo Contest

NIAF borrowed the title of that great song made famous by the one-and-only Dean Martin as this year’s photo theme. But, despite the lyrics, don’t think submissions must be exclusively romantic photos. They can also reflect love and passion for all things Italian, from a lovely cappuccino to a shimmering view of a Calabria beach, from a perfect pizzaiolo to an exquisite glass of Barolo. However, photos with a human element earn more points than without.

Terms of application:

You may submit one image only. Photos must be one that you have taken yourself or that belongs to you personally.
Technical quality, composition and clarity are important, but judges will also look for images that best express this year’s theme.
Following all the rules about photo resolution and photo size is essential.

All submissions must be sent via email as high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) jpegs to no later than October 10 at 12 noon EST.

Photos that are not both high resolution (at least 300 dpi) and large dimension (12” by 8” is great but larger is better) will be disqualified.

Don’t know if your jpeg is high resolution or large enough? Please read our NIAF 2017 Photo Contest Submission Tips (pdf).

Before submitting your entry, read the official rules (pdf).

No purchase necessary. NIAF membership not necessary.

Deadline to Submit:
Tuesday, October 10 at 12 noon EST

Winners will be notified via email and announced on NIAF’s website, Facebook page and other social media on Monday, October 16, 2017.

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Grand Prize:
One Grand Prize winner (U.S. resident only) will be awarded:
• Two tickets (winner and guest) to NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala Awards Dinner and for all Gala events the weekend of November 3-4, in Washington, D.C.
• Roundtrip airfare or train fare for two (within continental United States) if air or rail transportation is required to attend.
• One room, two-night stay at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel during the Gala weekend.
• The winning photo will be displayed at NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend, on the NIAF website, and on NIAF’s social media.
• The winning photo will be featured in the 2017 Winter issue of NIAF’s Ambassador magazine, published in early December.
• The winner will receive a one-year associate membership to NIAF (transferable).

Second Prize: Five Second Prize winners will each receive a one-year associate membership to NIAF (transferable). Second prize images will be displayed at NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend, on the NIAF website, on NIAF’s social media, and in the 2017 Winter issue of NIAF’s Ambassador magazine, published in early December.
Prof. Enzo Siviero on Mediterranean Bridging: TUNeIT and GRALBeIT The Connective Mobility Concept and Mission

Prof. Enzo Siviero on Mediterranean Bridging: TUNeIT and GRALBeIT The Connective Mobility Concept and Mission

Connectivity and Mobility are two major factors for the development and welfare of geo-areas, countries and communities in the world, as well as the “missing links” are often strongly responsible for the underdevelopment, isolation and persistent inequalities among the concerned geo-areas. A glance to the specific thematic connectographies will offer a surprisingly clear picture of the above assumptions.

Whereas a deep insight to the geo-distribution of the HDI (the United Nations Index of the Human Development and welfare) along the years does suggest effective geopolitical interpretations and proposals to overtake these unacceptable conditions.

The mission is to transform the “missing links” in “fixed links”. In particular if we pay attention to the geo-areas and countries around the “Mediterranean” along their history we can discover very easily the reasons of the nowadays reality:

  • A persistent stratified distribution of the “HDI” systematically decreasing along the geo-latitude;
  • A mere role of transit for the “Mediterranean Basin” along the transoceanic routes of the maritime trade where the European center of gravity is in the Northern range of the North Sea, whereas the Euro-Mediterranean countries play the role of a mere land market;
  • The most impressive phenomenon of boat-people migration of all time.

A look to the other similar geo-areas in the world, like the Extreme East, China-Korea-Japan does confirm the answer: connective mobility for the generalized development of the all geo-areas.

The answer for the wide Mediterranean geo-areas is the integration of Africa and Europe by an appropriate system of connective-mobility: “TUNeIT & GRALBeIT” is an important component of that system.

TUNeIT is an acronym of Tunisia and Italy the fixed link between Cape Bon and Mazara del Vallo is foreseen part in tunnel and part as bridge with 3 to 4 intermediate artificial islands, the total length is around 140 km composed by railway and road.

GRALBeIT is an acronym of Greece-Albania and Italy fixed link between Valona and Otranto foreseen as a bridge, the total length is around 80 km with a couple of artificial intermediate islands. It has the same cross section as TUNeIT.
The countries involved are, beside Tunisia and Italy also Nigeria (for the infrastructures in Africa), Albania and Greece (for the connection with the so-called Silk Road and Asia).

Connecting the Mediterranean countries by intelligent "fixed links" is a necessary mission for the Mediterranean Engineers.
To create the “Mediterranean connective-mobility network" is a must so that the AfroMed-countries can quickly develop in a suitable way overtaking the inequalities among and within the countries.
Consul General Philip Reeker at the Whirlpool EMEA headquarters

Consul General Philip Reeker at the Whirlpool EMEA headquarters

On July 13, Philip Reeker visited the new Whirlpool Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) headquarters in Pero, near Milan.

The award-winning building was inaugurated in May by Prime Minister Gentiloni. CG Reeker was welcomed by Davide Castiglioni, Vice President of Whirlpool EMEA and Managing Director of Whirlpool Italy.

Castiglioni gave a company presentation and explained how Whirlpool EMEA was born in 1989 with the acquisition of Ignis (Italian) and Philips (Dutch), companies that were traditionally headquartered in Comerio, near Varese.

In Italy, Whirlpool EMEA has six industrial sites with 6,000 employees and two research and development centers.

Whirlpool is firmly committed to keeping its EMEA headquarters in Italy thanks to the country’s excellent design centers, Industria 4.0 (the GOI’s technology investment incentives), and high quality workforce.
Redimibile Sicilia, the new book by Gaetano Armao is out

Redimibile Sicilia, the new book by Gaetano Armao is out

‘Redimibile Sicilia. L’Autonomia dissipata e le opportunità della insularità’,  is the title of the new book by Gaetano Armao published by Rubbettino Editore, now out on bookshelves.

The book, that speaks about the future of Sicily from an autonomist point of view, will be presented in Palermo, Villa Amarù on August 3rd starting at 6 pm.

The presentantion will be attended by the author together with Pietro Busetta (University of Palermo), Mimmo Milazzo (CISL Sicilia) and Andrea Piraino (University of Palermo). The meeting will be moderated by the Journalist Salvo Toscano (Live Sicilia).

Gaetano Armao graduated with honors from University of Palermo in 1985, specializes with honors on financial intermediation jurisprudence at the University of Ferrara in 1988, attended the european community and internal public law doctorate at the University of Palermo. Assistant Professor of administrative law at the Political Science faculty of University of Palermo in 1992 and visiting scholar at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of London in 1993.From 1996 he teaches administrative law and public accounting at the University of Palermo and economics public law at the University Mercatorum. He is a fellow member of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London. Court of Cassation attorney with offices in Palermo and Rome, has been and expert consultant for the European Council and consultant for national and regional governments end for the Parliamentary Antimafia Commission.
A conference promoted by the AmCham's Italy Medical Devices working group

A conference promoted by the AmCham's Italy Medical Devices working group

According to The Boston Consulting Group, the medical devices sector represents one of the pillars of the Italian economy with an estimated value of 10 billion euros (4th market in Europe) and a relevant employment impact (approximately 68,000 people). Italy’s demographic situation, combined with ethical necessity of providing effective cures to those in need, also make the medical device sector a matter of key concern within public debate.

As such, it is necessary for the public and private sector to cooperate in attempt to create a more efficient healthcare system, able to better guarantee public wellbeing. It is to this extent that AmCham’s Medical Devices working group will organize on the 3rd of October, in Rome, a conference to discuss means to develop the medical device industry by overcoming existing impasses. It is the groups’ hope that, through such event, the Chamber may launch a cooperation between the private sector and public institutions so that they may better guarantee public health.