Lido Civic Club of Washington DC to Host Annual Past Presidents Night, November 22, 2014

The Lido Civic Club of Washington, DC will honor their Woman and Man of the Year for 2015. They are Gracia Martore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gannett Co., Inc. and Joseph A. Martore, President & Chief Executive Officer of CALIBRE Systems Inc. The Lido Civic Club will also honor Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, with the National Public Service Award.

The Lido Civic Club of Washington, DC, an 85 year old Italian and American civic and charitable organization, will be honoring this Saturday, November 22, 2014, at the Italian Embassy, a dynamic Italian-American couple as their Man and Woman of the Year for 2015. They are Gracia Martore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gannett Co., Inc. and Joseph A. Martore, President & Chief Executive Officer of CALIBRE Systems Inc. The Lido Civic Club will also be honoring Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, with the National Public Service Award.

Gracia Martore became CEO of Gannett in October 2011. Ms. Martore is the chairman and president of Gannett Foundation which supports non-profit activities in the communities which Gannett serves. The Foundation invests in the future of the media industry, encourages employee giving, reacts to natural and other disasters and contributes to a variety of charitable causes. Ms. Martore champions and actively participates in USA WEEKEND’s annual Make A Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of community service.

Joe Martore joined CALIBRE in March 2004 as part of its acquisition of Strategic Management Initiatives, Inc. (SMI), which he co-founded and served as President & CEO. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Mr. Martore serves as a principal consultant to the U.S. Army. Mr. Martore currently is a member of the MIT Engineering Systems Division Alumni Advisory Council, and serves on the Boards of Directors for the Professional Services Council (PSC), the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA, and the Laurel Grove School Museum Association.

Gene L. Dodaro is the eighth Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). As Comptroller General, Mr. Dodaro helps oversee the development and issuance of hundreds of reports and testimonies each year to various committees and individual Members of Congress. These and other GAO products have led to hearings and legislation, billions of dollars in taxpayer savings, and improvements to a wide range of government programs and services.

“We look forward to honoring these three outstanding individuals who have given much to our community and who make us all proud of our Italian heritage,” said Francesco Isgro, President of the Lido Civic Club.

“We are honored to host Lido Civic Club of Washington DC at our Embassy for the Annual Past Presidents Night – said Ambassador of Italy to the U.S. Claudio Bisogniero – This organization enjoys a great tradition in keeping Italian heritage alive among Italian Americans in the D.C. area and beyond, and in supporting Italian culture and the study of Italian language especially among young generations”.

About the Lido Civic Club: The Lido Civic Club is an Italian-American organization serving the Washington metropolitan area since 1929. Through the Lido Civic Club Charities, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, it has awarded $417,000 in scholarships to Italian-American students in the area. The Lido Club also funds Italian cultural programs, supports wounded warriors, and performs other philanthropic activities in the Washington D.C. area and beyond. Lido has no paid staff and does not employ or retain lobbyists.

 

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Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo: conferenze su editoria e cultura digitale

22/10/2014

Il progetto di enciclopedia multimediale di Umberto Eco, lo scrittore Flavio Stroppini, la digitalizzazione delle biblioteche in collaborazione con la Library of Congress: sono questi i principali appuntamenti della quattordicesima edizione della Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo, programmati a Washington DC dall’Ambasciata. Il tema di quest’anno è: ”Scrivere la nuova Europa: editoria italiana, autori e lettori nell’era digitale”. “La nostra è una lingua di antiche tradizioni ma al tempo stesso moderna e in continua evoluzione. E’ il quarto idioma più studiato del mondo, e l’ottavo per uso su Facebook”, sottolinea l’ambasciatore d’Italia Claudio Bisogniero. Non mancano nel programma i temi scientifici incentrati intorno alla figura di Galileo, con una serie di eventi che celebrano i 450 anni del grande scienziato.

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USA, crescita record per l’italiano nel programma “Advanced Placement”

Washington, 22 ottobre 2014 – Richiesta in forte crescita per l’italiano nel programma Advanced Placement (AP), che permette agli studenti delle scuole americane di maturare in anticipo crediti universitari sostenendo un esame nella lingua di Dante. Secondo i dati resi noti dal College Board, organizzazione che si occupa di favorire l’accesso all’insegnamento universitario, al 30 giugno 2014 gli esami di italiano contabilizzati sono stati 2331, con un incremento del 17,7% rispetto all’anno precedente. Si tratta di un record sia in termini assoluti che percentuali, con un incremento superiore a quelli fatti registrare da tutte le altre lingue ammesse all’esame AP. In aumento anche il numero delle scuole USA in cui si tengono corsi di italiano riconosciuti: dalle 213 del 2013 alle 236 del 2014. Un passo significativo verso l’obiettivo 2500 esami all’anno, che dovrà essere raggiunto nel 2016 per confermare l’inclusione dell’italiano tra le materie per cui sono previsti esami AP. Un risultato che da diversi anni l’Ambasciata d’Italia a Washington è impegnata a perseguire attraverso una capillare strategia di coinvolgimento della rete consolare e degli Istituti di Cultura negli USA, delle associazioni di italiani e di italoamericani, delle scuole e di numerose altre tipologie di attori.

“I dati che ci ha comunicato il College Board ci incoraggiano molto. Sono il frutto di un’azione che abbiamo svolto a più livelli”, ha commentato l’Ambasciatore d’Italia a Washington, Claudio Bisogniero. “Basti pensare all’avvio degli Osservatori della lingua italiana nelle nostre circoscrizioni consolari, all’attivazione di borse di studio a studenti e insegnanti e di seminari di aggiornamento per insegnanti, o alla creazione del sito dedicato www.usspeaksitalian.org. Anche se siamo consapevoli che ci sia ancora molto da fare, le cifre dimostrano che l’obiettivo di 2500 esami è a portata di mano e testimoniano del buono stato di salute di cui gode la nostra lingua, oggi al quarto posto tra quelle più studiate negli Stati Uniti”.

Per saperne di più: intervista dell’Ambasciatore Bisogniero alla Voce di New York: http://www.lavocedinewyork.com/AP-Italian-ad-un-passo-dall-obiettivo-intervista-con-l-ambasciatore-Claudio-Bisogniero-sui-dati-dell-esame-del-College-Board/d/8238/

 

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U.S. Homeland Security deports Italian drug-trafficking suspect with alleged Mafia ties

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A longtime California resident from Italy, who is wanted in his native country for drug trafficking and colluding with the Mafia, was turned over to Italian authorities Wednesday at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport by Sacramento-based officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Vincenzo Coluccio, 65, was transported from Sacramento to Italy on board commercial aircraft escorted by ERO officers. Upon arriving in Rome, Coluccio was transferred to the custody of Italian authorities. Coluccio is charged in a warrant issued by judicial officials in Milan with conspiring with the Mafia and drug smuggling. The allegations carry a prison term of 12 years.

Italian authorities allege Coluccio is a prominent member of the Mazzaferro crime family, which operates in the country’s Calabria region and has longstanding links to international drug trafficking. Through Interpol, Italian officials sought assistance from the U.S. to facilitate Coluccio’s repatriation to Italy so he could face the pending charges.

In March, Sacramento ERO officers arrested Coluccio at Folsom State Prison where he was serving a sentence following a 2012 conviction in California Superior Court for felony drug charges and a weapons violation. On July 15, an immigration judge, noting Coluccio’s prior felony convictions, ordered him removed from the U.S., paving the way for this week’s deportation.

Department of Homeland Security databases indicate Coluccio originally entered the U.S. in the late 1960s on a visitor’s visa, but he became a legal permanent resident soon after through marriage. In 2010, he was arrested by Los Angeles-based agents with Drug Enforcement Administration for possession and sale of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. He was also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

“This repatriation should serve as a stern reminder to non-citizen, career criminals that they will find no refuge here,” said John Martinez, acting field office director for ERO San Francisco. “Once again ICE’s close collaboration with its international law enforcement counterparts has led to a foreign fugitive being returned to face justice and the citizens of both nations are safer for our efforts.”

 

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