The Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life will award its first Evangelium Vitae Medal to Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), according to a University press release issued earlier this week. “We are looking for an American who has contributed over a long period of time significantly to the pro-life movement, especially at the beginning of life,” said David Solomon, chair of the Fund’s governing committee. “It was the active role he’s played, specifically in political life … that made us choose [Doerflinger].” Doerflinger has been a leader in the pro-life movement for over 30 years, according to the University’s press release. Solomon said Doerflinger works with the USCCB in Washington D.C. on pro-life issues and was especially active in presenting the USCCB’s stance on abortion in the federal government’s recent healthcare debates. The University’s Center for Ethics and Culture established the Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life earlier this year. It relies on private donors, not University money, to dedicate itself to pro-life issues, specifically at the beginning of human life, Solomon said. A five-person committee, which includes Solomon, Notre Dame Professors Fr. Wilson Miscamble, Carter Snead and Daniel Philpott and Associate Director of the Center of Ethics and Culture Elizabeth Kirk, controls the fund. The Fund will announce the Evangelium Vitae Medal recipient each year on Respect Life Sunday, Solomon said, and award it on the Feast of the Annunciation, which falls on March 25, 2011. The award includes a $10,000 prize and a specially commissioned medal, according to the press release. This medal is part of a larger initiative by the Fund to Protect Human Life, which will be formally announced within the next six weeks. “We’re starting a big new pro-life initiative in general, and we’re going to call it the Project Guadeloupe,” Solomon said. “It’s a project that will both involve education efforts here at Notre Dame and research efforts.” The initiative will encourage programs such as an annual life seminar on Notre Dame’s campus, a number of courses about life in the Notre Dame curriculum and a two-year master’s degree and service program based on pro-life work, Solomon said.
… Baird, Archibald, Foster and Perry being consideredTHE final team to represent Guyana at the South American (SA) Senior Championships set for two weeks from now in Ecuador, has not yet been selected by the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG). However, national men’s javelin record-holder Leslain Baird, and Penn Relays silver medallist jumper Emanuel Archibald are among those being considered.Speaking with Chronicle Sport yesterday, AAG president Aubrey Hutson confirmed that the selection had not yet been finalised, but noted that the Association is hoping to take about six athletes to the event. As always though, finances will be the defining factor.“We’re still working on it. It depends heavily on our financial capabilities,” he said.Pressed about possible choices, Hutson related that overseas-based Emanuel Archibald and Andrea Foster had indicated their interest to represent and were being considered, while Baird and local sprinter Rupert Perry were also being given some thought.With the local National Seniors Championships not being held until July 1 -2, and the South American Senior Championships set for June 23 – 24, Hutson said the athletes will be selected based on how close, in their respective events, they are to the qualifying marks of the World Championships.“We couldn’t hold trials because of the South American Junior Championships. So we’re looking to send persons who wish to qualify for World Championships. We’re looking at those athletes whose times are close to the (World Championships) qualifying time and will give them a chance,” Hutson explained.The National Seniors Championships had originally been set for June 3-4, in time to assess the seniors, and make a selection, before the South American Senior Championships. However, after a late request was made for Guyana to hold the South American Junior Championships, that event was held on that date instead.This left the National Seniors being pushed to July, leaving a void of trials for the SASC, and saw the AAG installing this new criterion.Archibald has been enjoying a notable season thus far, which peaked with his silver medal claim at the Penn Relays men’s long jump clearing 7.47m, while representing his school University of the West Indies.Archibald was last year awarded a scholarship from the National Sports Commission to attend the University in Jamaica.However, the World Championships qualifying mark for the men’s long jump is 8.15m. Archibald also participates in the triple jump and dabbles in sprints. However, even in the triple jump Archibald’s 15m personal best is some distance from the 16.80m qualifying leap required to make it to the World Championships.A CARIFTA Games bronze medallist, Foster is a middle-distance runner studying on a scholarship at Essex College in the USA. Foster has had a SB of 2:11.48s and 4:40.00s respectively in the women’s 800m and 1500m. For her, she has to bring her times down to 2:01.00s and 4:26.70s to make anywhere near London this August.In the case of Baird, not even Guyana’s national record of 69.97m in the men’s javelin is far from the 83m the IAAF has set for persons to qualify in this event.Perry is another sprinter. However, he has a huge task achieving the 10.12 seconds and 20.44 seconds qualifying marks for events that Jamaica’s Usain Bolt will no doubt dominate when he takes his final race.