Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent with CNN and anchor of the daily interview program “Amanpour,” has been selected as the 2010 Senior Class Day speaker. She will address Harvard College graduates and their guests on May 26 at 2 p.m. in Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard.“Christiane has reported from every major crisis of our generation,” said Nworah Ayogu ’10, first marshal of the Class of 2010. “Based on her life experience and perspective, we are extremely excited for her speech. The Class of 2010 is honored to have one of the greatest journalists of our time as our Class Day speaker.”Senior Class Day is a student-focused, somewhat informal celebration that takes place the day before Commencement. In addition to a featured speaker selected by the Senior Class Committee, the exercises include award presentations and undergraduate orations.In her work as an internationally renowned journalist, Amanpour has covered stories on the Gulf War, the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina. She has reported on crises in the Palestinian territories, Pakistan, Somalia, and Rwanda.Throughout her career — which has spanned a quarter century — Amanpour has interviewed many world leaders, including Iranian presidents Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and the presidents of Afghanistan, Sudan, and Syria. She was the first international correspondent to interview British Prime Minister Tony Blair, French President Jacques Chirac, and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf after 9/11.In recognition of her coverage of the Bosnian war, the city of Sarajevo named Amanpour an honorary citizen in 1998.Amanpour has received nine news and documentary Emmys, four George Foster Peabody Awards, three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award, an Edward R. Murrow award, and an inaugural Television Academy Honor. She has received honorary degrees from the American University of Paris, Georgetown University, New York University, Smith College, Emory University, and the University of Michigan.Amanpour started her career at CNN in 1983. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She lives in New York City.For more information on Harvard’s 359th Commencement, including its schedule.
Photo: © lionsrugby.com British and Irish Lions rugby union head coach Warren Gatland claims his side answered their critics with a 12-3 win over Crusaders in Christchurch.It got their tour of New Zealand back on track following defeat to the Blues earlier in the week.Gatland said people had already “written off the tour after two games” and that they’ve had to “stay strong”. The Lions are next in action against the Highlanders on Tuesday.
Frances Spears is one of Donegal’s best-known small business owners. Her business, Mourne Antiques in Letterkenny, is continuing to operate despite tough economic times. Here she takes a break from running her busy shop to tell us all she loves about Donegal.What is your favourite place in Donegal and why? Ards Forest Park. It’s incredibly beautiful and peaceful.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The weather this summer! Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?My father, Arthur Spears. Although not a native of Donegal he has taken it to his heart and has a great interest in its history, people and archaeology. He always puts a positive spin on things.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Packie Bonner. An old hero of mine.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?The great beating of Down in the Ulster Championship.What was Donegal’s saddest moment? The recent closures of so many family-run and long-established businesses has been a terrible blow to the county.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Donegal Pens, made by the young McGarvey brothers. They are nicely made, get the Donegal name out there, and are so easy to post as gifts.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Daniel O’Donnell – he sends a glow of warmth wherever he goes.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Anyone running a small business and keeping it going at the moment.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Shay Given, he is a great inspiration to the youth. And of course he’s from Lifford like myself!What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?La Fantasia, LetterkennyDonegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Golden EaglesYour nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?Brid Dillon, of Dillons Supermarket.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?‘Come here’, used before any sentence – e.g. Come here, I’m away home; Come here, I’ll see you later; etc.Will Donegal win the All Ireland this year?AbsolutelyWhat is your favourite Donegal food?It used to be Oatfield Chocolate Orange sweets (it always gave me a lift to find them in strange parts of the world), but Filligans Raspberry Jam is just delicious.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?The driving!If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?It would be great to have Letterkenny invest in a major tourist attraction for the town, possibly something that could link the old and new town with easy accessibility to both. And I would definitely move the Tourist Office back into the town centre. (Think I need more money!)MY DONEGAL……WITH BUSINESSWOMAN FRANCES SPEARS was last modified: August 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Frances SpearsMourne AntiquesMY DONEGAL