0 Arts & Entertainment The event continues next weekend with a kite-flying event and live music by local, regional and national bands. D'Ann Lawrence White , Patch Staff Posted | Updated Reply Sand sculptor Manuel Campos, originally from Colombia and now living in Jacksonville, captured the 2021 People's Choice Award with his eye-catching pregnant mermaid creation. Sand sculptors from throughout North America created sculptures based on the theme, "Sandlantis." Sand sculptors from throughout North America created sculptures based on the theme, "Sandlantis." Sand sculptors from throughout North America created sculptures based on the theme, "Sandlantis." Treasure Island's own professional sand sculptors, Meredith and Dan Doubleday of Sanding Ovations, created sculptures for the event's sponsors. Sand sculptors from throughout North America created sculptures based on the … [Read more...] about Pregnant Mermaid Sculpture Wins Sanding Ovations’ People’s Choice
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A few days before Christmas last year, Cuong Pham boarded a plane in Texas to fly to his home country of Vietnam, he said. He had last visited the country about a decade before, but this time, Pham wouldn't be returning to the U.S., where his wife and three children live. He was being deported. Pham didn’t want to go back, he said, “because all my life is in the U.S. It's not here.” I want to go back to my family, my wife and children…. I don’t even know what I’m going to do next. Pham was one of a small number of Vietnamese nationals who were deported last December despite a bilateral agreement that apparently excludes them from being deported, according to several immigration and civil rights advocates. In 2008, the U.S. and Vietnam signed a repatriation agreement that explicitly excludes Vietnamese nationals who arrived in the U.S. before July 12, 1995 — the date the two countries reestablished diplomatic relations — from being subject to deportation. Many of … [Read more...] about They came here as refugees. Now the U.S. may be deporting some Vietnamese nationals.
HELSINKI, Finland — Sanna Marin, 34, is set to become the world’s youngest sitting prime minister when she is sworn in this week in Finland, after being elected to the position by her party late Sunday. The country’s coalition government consists of five parties, four of which are led by women, with Ms. Marin now at the helm. Four of the women are under the age of 35, which Finnish political experts say is more significant, symbolic of the rise of a new generation of politicians in the Nordic nation, which has had strong female representation for decades. “The past week has been extraordinary,” she told reporters, according to Helsingin Sanomat , a leading Finnish newspaper. “Now is the time to look ahead. What is needed now is action beyond words to build trust from all government parties.” Formerly the country’s transportation minister, Ms. Marin was voted in by fellow lawmakers in her Social Democratic Party after a turbulent week in which Prime Minister Antti Rinne … [Read more...] about Sanna Marin of Finland to Become World’s Youngest Prime Minister
When Sanna Marin, 34, was sworn into office on Tuesday, she became the world’s youngest prime minister, a fact that drew international attention this week when her party elected her as Finland’s next leader . But while the world is just becoming acquainted with the new, left-leaning leader, Ms. Marin has been a rising star in Finland’s Social Democratic Party since first entering Parliament in 2015. For many, she was a natural choice for her new role. “She doesn’t come out of nowhere,” said Johanna Kantola, a professor of gender studies at Finland’s Tampere University. “And she is quite well-liked.” Ms. Marin was voted in by her party after a turbulent week in which Prime Minister Antti Rinne resigned over criticism from within his coalition government of the handling of a postal workers’ strike. Mr. Rinne will continue as chief of the Social Democrats. She takes up the leadership at a volatile, polarized time in Finnish politics. In elections in April, the Social … [Read more...] about Who Is Sanna Marin, Finland’s 34-Year-Old Prime Minister?
Plenty of high-profile authors are serving up historical fiction this season, including Colm Toibin , Lauren Groff , Anthony Doerr and Jonathan Franzen . But there’s still plenty of room for writers who aren’t marquee names — at least not yet. Consider, for example, Judith McCormack, whose THE SINGING FOREST (Biblioasis, 302 pp., paper, $16.95) blends thought-provoking reflections on the moral reckoning of war crimes with a warm, wry, almost Anne Tyler-esque depiction of a young woman’s attempts to decode her eccentric professional and personal families. Leah Jarvis is a fledgling lawyer working for a brilliant but cantankerous immigration specialist whose latest case, taken on behalf of the Canadian government, involves assembling enough evidence to deport an elderly pensioner back to his native Belarus. The novel opens with a chilling glimpse of the Kurapaty forest, where thousands, probably hundreds of thousands, of the victims ofStalin’s security police have lain … [Read more...] about The Season’s Best New Historical Novels