NEW YORK (AP) — The American Library Association has announced its winners of the Carnegie medals for literary excellence. James McBride won in fiction for his novel “Deacon King Kong.” Rebecca Giggs won in nonfiction for “Fathoms: The World in the Whale.” McBride and Giggs each have strong childhood memories of libraries. McBride would visit them often because they were a “safe space” and because his family couldn’t afford to buy many books. Giggs remembers her mother getting into aerobics “in a big way” and, a few nights a week, dropping off her and her sister at a library near the workout space.
Chris Collins | The Observer Thirty-six boats raced across Saint Mary’s Lake on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Hall’s Regatta for a crowd of over 1,000 people, according to Fisher Regatta commissioner Ryan O’Donnell. “The turnout was a lot nicer than last year because there was no rain,” he said. “There were a lot more rectors than in previous years that showed up to watch their dorms and there were a lot of families at the finish line, a lot of kids and older adults.”O’Donnell estimated that between 12 and 15 boats sank at one point or another during the race. The purpose of the Regatta, “along with having fun,” is to raise money for St. Adalbert’s, a local Catholic school. Last year, the event raised $5,000 renovate the gym, according to Aaron Collier, co-director of advertising and photography for the Regatta. “Last year, we redid their basketball court floor and we’ll continue to do more, along with our partnership with McGlinn Hall,” Collier said. “So as we continue to do these things, it’s really inspirational, it’s a lovely event.”“This year we’re raising money to renovate the front entrance,” O’Donnell said “We’re trying to give them a foyer-type entrance so when you get in, you have to be allowed into the rest of the building. It’ll make the school a lot safer and more secure.“We have, so far, raised $7,000,” he said. “That’s not a set number, we’re getting more donations and we’re hoping by the end to have $8,000. We’re almost there.” Collier said that in addition to the races, there was “so much going on for the people,” including, free hamburgers and hot dogs, a slushie machine, a DJ, Spikeball and people lounging on blankets. The races were split into men and women’s divisions; O’Donnell said there were 20 boats competing in the men’s and 16 in the women’s. “My favorite boat today had got to be the ‘meat boat’,” Collier said. “So the meat boat is this beautiful piece of machinery and basically, all it is is wood, random empty barrels, more wood. The problem with it is you have to row and in order to row, you have to stand on it. But you stand on it with 13 other guys and it’s just not that conducive to, well, movement. What happened is their boat flipped three different times and they still found the willpower to get over to the other side. I don’t understand how they did it but they did.” O’Donnell also said he had some clear favorites in the competition, including one that was powered by a tandem bicycle. “One boat put an anchor into their boat because they wanted to camp out in the middle of the lake,” he said. “Another put a futon on their monstrosity and rode that across. There was the party barge, as always, from Fisher that put 15, 16 guys on it and it totally capsized. Then there was the inflatable pool that made it to the finals, even though it was technically illegal.”Pangborn Hall defeated Ryan Hall to win the women’s division while a boat built by Moreau Seminary and raced by Old College beat out Knott Hall and the American Society of Civil Engineers in a three-way final for the men’s. While O’Donnell said he loved seeing which boats sank, his favorite part of the Regatta is seeing how happy it makes the spectators. “I really enjoy that other people enjoy the Regatta,” he said. “Being on staff, you sometimes miss out on the actual fun times that are happening because you’re busy, but after you sit back and think about it, I really enjoy that everyone else had a fun time.”Collier said the sense of unity that comes from the Regatta is his favorite part of helping to plan the signature event. “Regatta is one of the most spectacular events to ever come to the campus of Notre Dame and that’s very true for a multitude of reasons. The biggest reasons of which are simply that this event is something that brings people together. It brings people together and tears boats apart.“Quite frankly, I believe Fisher Hall is responsible, personally, for between 40 and 50 percent of the pollution present in Saint Mary’s Lake,” he said. “Why is that so true? Because we really suck when it comes to getting boats out of the water — or people really suck at building them. Either way.”Chris Collins | The Observer Tags: 26th annual, fisher hall, fisher regatta
By Colombian War College December 29, 2016 Major General Juan Carlos Salazar Salazar, president of the Colombian War College (ESDEGUE, per its Spanish acronym), and Brigadier General Jorge Arnoldo Fuentes Hernández, provost of Honduras’s Defense University, signed an academic cooperation agreement between both educational institutions in late November. The agreement was formalized on the principles of alignment and mutual support between the two Latin American countries. The joint effort calls for student and teacher exchanges, sharing scientific research, and other activities of common interest that may allow for the best use of human talent, infrastructure, and teamwork in educational, training, and specialization programs. It also deals with the exchange of information about graduate programs and the development of joint research projects and activities that may contribute to solving their shared national defense and security issues. In the official ceremony, the president of ESDEGUE recalled the transnational realities and threats common to the region, and emphasized the need to join forces to confront them. “No one is able to solve these problems alone. That is why we need each other,” he said. The provost of Honduras’s Defense University celebrated the signing of the cooperation agreement and highlighted the vast experience Colombia has in the field. “We know that accords are needed with other countries that are much more developed than Honduras. That is why this accord with Colombia is needed,” he stated. The mission of Honduras’s Defense University is to provide training and specialization to professionals in the military, aeronautical, and naval sciences, and to develop their leadership, technical, educational and administrative capabilities. It also includes providing them with a solid ethical and moral formation that will allow them to plan the defense of their homeland, the strengthening of their state, and the peace and stability of their democracy. The Colombian War College provides an interdisciplinary educational approach to training military strategy leaders, as well as national and international civilian leaders to face security and defense challenges.
My Christian Daily 25 May 2017Family First Comment: Interesting results from a poll in the UK. “According to the poll, only one per cent of respondents support the abortion limit being raised to birth – something being pushed for by one of Britain’s largest abortion providers, BPAS. Almost nine in ten supported a woman’s “legal right to independent counselling from a source that has no financial interest in her decision”.An overwhelming majority of women want the abortion limit lowered, and 65 per cent of Britons say using taxpayer money on abortions abroad is wrong, according to a new poll.The findings also revealed that almost 80 per cent of people support a five day ‘consideration period’ before an abortion, as is the case in the Netherlands.Nearly nine in ten people believe sex-selective abortions should be explicitly illegal.Independent counsellingThe poll was commissioned by the Where do they stand? group which encourages people to find out politicians’ views on issues including abortion, assisted suicide and embryo research.In Great Britain, abortions generally can take place up to 24 weeks but disabled children can be aborted up to birth.According to the poll, only one per cent of respondents support the abortion limit being raised to birth – something being pushed for by one of Britain’s largest abortion providers, BPAS.Almost nine in ten supported a woman’s “legal right to independent counselling from a source that has no financial interest in her decision”.Lower abortion limitResults from the poll included:• 70 per cent of women want the current time limit for abortion to be lowered;• 60 per cent of respondents think the abortion limit should be reduced to 20 weeks or below;• 21 per cent believe it should be lowered to 12 weeks;• 65 per cent oppose taxpayer money being spent on abortions overseas;• 84 per cent of women want improved pregnancy support for women in crisis;• 76 per cent of Britons want doctors to verify that women are not being coerced into abortion;• 70 per cent of parents want the introduction of parental consent for girls who are 15 and under;The poll was carried out by ComRes which questioned 2,008 British adults online between 12th and 14th May 2017. Data were weighted to be representative of all GB adults.http://mychristiandaily.com/most-women-want-lower-abortion-limit-poll-finds/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.