Day: October 2, 2019

UN chief applauds French Government for antideath penalty initiativeUN chief applauds French Government for antideath penalty initiative

In a video message for the French Foreign Ministry’s meeting on the death penalty, Mr. Ban applauded the French plan and expressed hope that it would help reinforce the emerging consensus on abolition. “The message for abolition is heard across legal systems, traditions, customs and religious backgrounds. It is heard in all regions,” the Secretary-General stated. According to the French Government, the aim of the campaign is to step up the action taken in recent years to raise awareness of the abolition of the death penalty ahead of the upcoming fifth World Congress against the Death Penalty, to be held in June 2013 in Madrid, Spain. France is a strong opponent of capital punishment and abolished the death penalty in 1981. In addition, some 150 States have either abolished the death penalty or have instituted a moratorium, either in law or in practice. Moreover, in 2007, the UN General Assembly adopted its first ever resolution calling for a worldwide moratorium on its use. Mr. Ban emphasized that the application of capital punishment invariably entails cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and is rarely meted out across society in an equitable manner. “Application of the death penalty tends to be discriminatory,” he said. “The poor, the powerless and persons belonging to minority communities are executed in disproportionate numbers,” he added. The overall global trend on the use of the death penalty has seen the number of executions worldwide decline. Nevertheless, there has been a recent spate of executions in Gambia as well as in Iraq, where 96 people have had their death sentences carried out since the beginning of 2012. During the month of August alone, 26 people have reportedly been executed by the Iraqi authorities, including 21 in a single day. “People around the world have long demanded an end to the death penalty,” the Secretary-General stated. “The United Nations stands with you in doing all that we can to end the death penalty.” read more

Nuclear ambitions of DPR Korea and Iran top agenda at UNbacked nonproliferationNuclear ambitions of DPR Korea and Iran top agenda at UNbacked nonproliferation

Speaking at the start of the conference, the head of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA), Angela Kane, urged member states to create an enabling environment that will help to address nuclear threats posed by the DPRK and Iran. “The whole raison d’être of this review process is to focus on implementation of commitments relating to the treaty’s three pillars, nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy,” Ms. Kane said.“What is most needed now in NPT arenas is to revive a sense of forward progress, however slow, however difficult it may be,” she added. The two-week Geneva preparatory committee meeting focuses on a range of issues to prepare the agenda for the 2015 Review Conference. The NPT, a landmark international treaty which entered into force in 1970, aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament.The DPRK withdrew from the NPT in 2003, but Iran remains a signatory, one of 189 parties to the treaty. Ahead of today’s meeting, representatives of China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States, which make up the permanent membership of the UN Security Council, met in a two-day advance meeting under the rotation leadership of the Russian Federation.In their final statement, the representatives stressed “the fundamental importance of an effective IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) safeguards system in preventing nuclear proliferation.” They also discussed support for the IAEA in detection of possible nuclear weapon programmes in non-nuclear weapons states.In today’s speech, Ms. Kane said that the readiness of the nuclear-weapons States to increase the detail of their reporting on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation activities will get increased scrutiny in the years ahead. As a result, she said, her office has created a “place-keeper page” on its web site to serve as a future repository of data voluntarily submitted by the nuclear-weapons States.She also welcomed the increased attention from civil society to the importance of accountability in implementation of past commitments on disarmament and non-proliferation. read more

UN partners seek record 13 billion to bring lifesaving aid to millionsUN partners seek record 13 billion to bring lifesaving aid to millions

The $6.5 billion sought to assist millions of Syrians inside the country and across the region is the biggest amount so far requested for a single humanitarian emergency. The conflict, which began in March 2011, has left some 8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.“As we look towards the fourth year of this appalling crisis, its brutal impact on millions of Syrians is testing the capacity of the international community to respond,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said at the launch of the appeals in Geneva.In total, aid agencies are aiming to 52 million people worldwide with assistance, launching humanitarian response plans for 17 countries, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a news release. Complex crises in Syria and its neighbours, as well as in Philippines and Yemen have displaced or affected 35 million men, women and children who need emergency relief, protection and basic services to sustain them on a daily basis. The protracted crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) has deteriorated into a major humanitarian emergency with more than half a million people displaced and half the entire population in urgent need of aid. “I have seen people in desperate circumstances in the Central African Republic and Yemen, the typhoon-devastated parts of the Philippines and in many other countries I have visited this year,” said Ms. Amos, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.“It is hard to put into words their despair, but also the dignity with which they endure the most painful and difficult circumstances. We count on the continued support from our partners as we work to save lives and support the millions of people caught in crisis.”A total of 568 aid organizations are participating with projects in Afghanistan, CAR, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Myanmar, occupied Palestinian territory, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, the combined plan for Syria and neighbouring countries, and Yemen. The plans for the Sahel will be launched early next year.“What is clear already is that 2014 will be a very challenging year for all of us. Globally, forced displacement levels are approaching record highs. It is critically important that humanitarian organizations are properly in a position to respond,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. Funding for consolidated and flash appeals reached an unprecedented $8 billion in 2013, exceeding the previous high of $7.2 billion in 2010. Despite the generosity of donors and individuals, funding of the coordinated plans and appeals is only at 60 per cent of requirements. read more

José Graziano da Silva reelected as head of UN Food and AgricultureJosé Graziano da Silva reelected as head of UN Food and Agriculture

The election took place on the first day of FAO’s biennial governing Conference, which is running in Rome, where the agency is headquartered, through 13 June. According to a press release, in ballot by FAO member countries today, Mr. Graziano da Silva received a total of 177 out of 182 votes cast.Nominated by Brazil, Graziano da Silva was the only candidate during this year’s election cycle. His new term will run from 31 July 2015 to through July 2019.Addressing the plenary after his re-election, Mr. Graziano da Silva reaffirmed FAO´s commitment to ending hunger and malnutrition.Since taking up the post of FAO Director-General, Mr. Graziano da Silva has spearheaded major transformational changes within the Organization, making FAO more responsive to its Members’ needs.He sharpened the focus of FAO’s work on five strategic objectives, with the new goal of totally eradicating hunger and malnutrition. He also reinforced institutional capacities both in the agency’s headquarters and in the field; found significant cost-savings by streamlining administrative procedures; increased collaboration with external partners; and enhanced support for South-South Cooperation. Mr. Graziano da Silva joined FAO in 2006 as the head of its Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and was first elected Director-General on 26 June 2011. Prior to that, he led the team that designed Brazil’s highly-successful ‘Zero Hunger’ (‘Fome Zero’) programme and led its initial implementation.José Graziano da Silva is the eighth FAO Director-General since the Organization’s founding in 1945. read more

Security Council calls for regional solutions to challenges facing Africas Great LakesSecurity Council calls for regional solutions to challenges facing Africas Great Lakes

Adopting a Presidential Statement, the 15-nation Council spotlighted, among other things, cross-border issues, including the large flows of natural resources, migrants and refugees, as well as the activities of armed groups and criminal networks in and around the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).“Solutions to the prevailing situation in the Great Lakes region should come within a regional perspective, by addressing the root causes of conflicts, many of which are regional in nature,” the Council underscored.The Council expressed grave concern over the continued illicit exploitation of natural resources and their trade in the eastern DRC, urging coordinated efforts by the signatory States of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework, regional organizations and the international community to undercut the economic lifelines of armed groups benefitting from those activities.Today’s adoption of the text followed the 21 March Council open debate on the prevention and resolution of conflicts in the Great Lakes region, held under Angola’s presidency for the month.On the security front, the Council reiterated the importance of neutralizing all armed groups in country’s eastern part, particularly the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the various Mai Mai groups, in accordance with resolution 2277 (2016).Noting the announcement of the resumption of joint military operations between the DRC’s Government and the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), the Council called for immediate restart of such activities in earnest to completely neutralize those armed groups.Turning to the political front, the Council urged regional support for initiatives aimed at promoting inclusive dialogue amongst national stakeholders and stressed the importance of enabling the full and free participation of peaceful political parties, civil society and the media in the political process.The Great Lakes region includes Burundi and Rwanda as well as Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.While welcoming the credible and peaceful conduct of elections in some States in the region, the Council noted that the recent and ongoing electoral processes in other States raise deep concerns about the risk of instability, human rights and humanitarian law violations and abuses, and further displacement of people.The Council called on States in the region to take steps to ensure that electoral processes promote peace and security through timely, peaceful, inclusive and credible elections. read more

Warning signs are flashing in crisistorn Central African Republic warns senior UNWarning signs are flashing in crisistorn Central African Republic warns senior UN

Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour said he was struck by the improvements in the capital, Bangui, such as “bustling markets and signs of growing economic life” and a “police, justice and corrections institutions beginning to take form.” In Bambari, within the Ouaka prefecture, where clashes between armed groups killed numbers of civilians and displaced a significant population, Mr. Gilmour saw a fledging gendarmerie, police, judiciary and civil authorities.Calling it a “town without armed groups,” Mr. Gilmour said Bambari “represents a model of hope of the possible way forward,” due to the collaboration between Government forces, UN peacekeepers from the UN Integrated Stabilization Mission, known as MINUSCA, international partners and non-governmental organizations. The senior UN official warned, however, that armed groups are coalescing and continuing with “atrocious attacks” against women and children, even as disarmament has stalled, attacks on peacekeepers continue, and deployed forces battle without sufficient resources.“This is a time for leadership, strengthened partnerships, and a coordinated approach that puts Central Africans’ ‘Human Rights Up Front’,” Mr. Gilmour said referring to the UN initiative to prevent and respond early to large-scale human rights or humanitarian violations.“Warning signs are flashing and must not be ignored,” stressed Mr. Gilmour.Clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, plunged the country of 4.5 million people into civil conflict in 2013. According to the UN, more than half the population is in dire need of assistance. Despite significant progress and successful elections, CAR has remained in the grip of instability and sporadic unrest.Fresh violence surfaced earlier this year. As of May 2017, there were more than 500,000 internally displaced persons nationwide, a figure that had not been reached since August 2014. read more

Security Council stresses need of sustainable solutions for millions displaced in DarfurSecurity Council stresses need of sustainable solutions for millions displaced in Darfur

“The Security Council reiterates its demand that all parties to the conflict in Darfur create the conditions conducive to allowing the voluntary, informed, safe, dignified and sustainable return of refugees and internally displaced persons,” said the 15-member body in a Presidential Statement it adopted Wednesday.The Council also voiced concern that improvements in the security situation has not translated into a commensurate reduction in the level of human rights violations and abuses, such as sexual and gender-based violence, and serious violations against children, perpetrated with impunity.Further, the Council also said that six years after the adoption of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, the people of Darfur had yet to fully benefit from it.In that context, the UN body reiterated its support for the Doha Document as a viable framework for the peace process, and welcomed the signing of an African Union (AU) High-Level Implementation Panel road map by the Government and armed movements and urged them to make immediate progress on its implementation.Turning to the AU-UN Mission In Darfur (UNAMID), the Council said it was “still too early to reach conclusions on the full impact of [the Mission’s] reconfiguration” and requested that UNAMID and the UN country team closely monitor the reconfiguration’s impact on the ground and to promptly report back on any adverse effects.With phase two of UNAMID’s reconfiguration due to begin on 31 January, the Council said it supported a recommendation by the Chairperson of the AU Commission and the Secretary-General for a review – prior to the renewal of UNAMID’s mandate in June – that would consider a new mission concept with adjusted priorities reflective of trends and the situation on the ground. read more

Cameroon violence needs urgent investigation says UN rights chief ZeidCameroon violence needs urgent investigation says UN rights chief Zeid

Amid a backdrop of protests in the English-speaking north-west and south-west regions of the West African country, that escalated in late 2017 into clashes between State military forces and armed groups, Zeid condemned an ambush on a Government convoy that took place earlier this month.But he cautioned that the Government’s “heavy-handed response…will only make matters worse for the women, children and men caught in the middle”.To date, the violence has forced more than 21,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries, according to UN humanitarian staff, while 160,000 have been internally displaced, many reportedly hiding in forests to protect themselves.I am deeply worried that these killings … may not be isolated cases — UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein“There are reports that armed elements have carried out kidnappings, targeted killings of police and local authorities, extortion and have torched schools,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said. “There are also reports that Government forces are responsible for killings, the excessive use of force, burning down of houses, arbitrary detentions and torture.”To prevent the situation from deteriorating further, Zeid urged the Government to launch independent investigations into alleged violations by State security forces and abuses by armed elements.In a statement, the High Commissioner also noted serious violations in the far north of the country, where the authorities continue to confront the terrorist group Boko Haram.Zeid said that he was “utterly appalled” by a video reportedly showing members of State armed forces executing a woman, a child and a baby who were accused of belonging to the separatist militants, and insisted the Government had an obligation to investigate the crime.“I am deeply worried that these killings captured on camera may not be isolated cases,” he said.Given the seriousness of the reported violence by State and armed actors, the UN official added that it was “regrettable” that the Government had failed to grant the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) access, despite repeated requests.“We will now need to explore other options, including remote monitoring,” Zeid noted. read more

Thursdays Daily Brief Press Freedom Day Tuna Day cultural dialogue GlobalGoals awardsThursdays Daily Brief Press Freedom Day Tuna Day cultural dialogue GlobalGoals awards

The UN has said it is “gravely concerned” over reports of a worsening humanitarian situation facing civilians across northwest Syria, with rising casualties, and “waves of displacement” due to intensifying conflict.Briefing reporters at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, said that over the past 48 hours, “at least seven people have reportedly been killed in south rural Idlib, while two were reportedly killed in Hama governorate yesterday.”Read our full story here.Mali: crimes against humanity may have taken place in last month’s Ogossagou attack Listen to or download our audio 3-minute News in Brief for 2 May 2019 on SoundCloud: Following a string of hate-fuelled attacks on places of worship around the world, the High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations (UNOAC), said on Thursday that it was with a “heavy heart” that he was opening the annual UN-backed forum in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the role of cultural dialogue in building human solidarity and countering violence.Miguel Angel Moratinos said the theme of the 5th World Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, Building Dialogue into action against discrimination, inequality & violent extremism, was very timely as those gathered at the Forum, which wraps up tomorrow, would no doubt reflect on the “horrific terrorist attacks” that had taken place over recent days and months.Find our full coverage of the high-level opening event here.Harsh drought conditions in Somalia could trigger major humanitarian crisis, UN warns The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, released on Thursday the preliminary findings of a special fact-finding mission on serious human rights violations in the Ogossagou region, Mopti, in Mali, this past 23 March.During the attack that day, at least 157 members of the Fulani (or “Peule”) community were killed, 65 were wounded, and 220 homes were reduced to ashes, including some in which people had taken refuge.“Around 5am, a group of at least a hundred men, identified as ‘traditional hunters’ (dozos) along with a dozen men in military clothing and others in civilian clothing, led an attack… killing indiscriminately men, women and children, and burning down houses with torches,” explained a MINUSMA press release.The fact-finding mission found three mass graves, containing at least 150 bodies altogether.“I am profoundly shocked by the cruelty of these abominable acts against the civilian population, especially women and children,” said UN Special Representative for Mali Mahamat Saleh Annadif, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.These events took place against a backdrop of ongoing inter-communal violence. They could amount to crimes against humanity if it is proven that they took place in a context of systematic attacks against civilians, according to the Rome Statute.World Tuna Day highlights importance of sustainably managed fish stocks for the health of the ocean Thursday is World Tuna Day, which serves to highlight the importance of this valuable food source to the marine ecosystem and the global economy, says the UN.Established just two years ago, the day raises awareness about the importance of tuna – a staple of the seas – and serves to promote more sustainable fishing practices.Highlighting that tuna and tuna-like species are very important economically to all countries – and a significant source of food – the UN warns that tuna is threatened by an overwhelming demand, especially for traditional canned tuna, and as sashimi and sushi.Confirming that approximately 7 million tonnes of tuna are landed yearly, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) emphasizes the whole aquaculture sector’s role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular, Sustainable Development Goal 14, to conserve the ocean and its resources.Festival in Bonn to drive action towards meeting SDGs And sticking with the SDGs, a global festival of action, kicked off in Bonn, Germany, on Thursday aiming to inspire SDGs campaigners to scale up and broaden the global movement, and make the 17 goals a reality.Organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign, the ground-breaking event runs until Saturday, providing an interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools and approaches to SDG advocacy.Bringing together more than 1,500 political decision-makers, activists, experts, business leaders and creatives from over 130 countries, the festival is expected to motivate not only organizations but also individuals, in the push towards 2030.Watch the opening ceremony here:  A free press is ‘cornerstone’ for accountability and ‘speaking truth to power’: Guterres A senior UN official has warned that harsh drought conditions currently afflicting South West state in Somalia, are likely to trigger a major humanitarian crisis, if urgent action is not taken. George Conway, acting UN Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, issued the warning while he was assessing the effects of the prolonged drought on vulnerable populations, in Baidoa. Highlighting the underfunding of this year’s Humanitarian Response Plan – currently only 19 per cent met – Mr. Conway said on Thursday it would require “strong advocacy with donor and financing partners” to avoid a crisis, and stop it increasing “potentially over the edge into more disastrous conditions”.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), drought conditions during the 2018-2019 rainy season have led to an increase in the number of people designated as “food insecure”, since October of last year.Grave concern over escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria At a time when disinformation and mistrust of the news media is growing, a free press is “essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights”, said the UN Secretary-General, in his message for World Press Freedom Day, marked on Friday.No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information, said António Guterres, describing unfettered journalism as “the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power.”Read our full story here.Not faith, ‘but those who manipulate the faithful’ driving wedge between religions, UN-backed forum in Baku told read more

Automotive Academy unveils newlook websiteAutomotive Academy unveils newlook website has a refreshed new look and feel, providing more information to employers, employees and training organisations, as well as the world’s media. The Automotive Academy has unveiled its new website, the internet home of training for the motor manufacturing industry. The Automotive Academy is a unique partnership between the automotive industry and government, making globally competitive training materials available to everyone in the industry; from shop floor to boardroom and from the largest vehicle manufacturer to the smallest SME. Academy chief executive, Dr Alan Begg, said, ‘Our web site is fast becoming the best single source of up-to-date material on training in the motor industry. The new easy-to-use site provides access to all the Academy course brochures, contact details for the key people in all our regional spokes, as well as the latest Academy news. Its new look makes it much easier for people to find exactly what they’re looking for, making more time for our globally competitive training. ‘ More from: to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Toronto Maple Leafs name Brock alumnus assistant GMToronto Maple Leafs name Brock alumnus assistant GM

The Toronto Maple Leafs hired Brock University alumnus Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager.The Toronto Maple Leafs shook up their head office Tuesday, letting go of two longtime executives and hiring Brock University alumnus Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager.The 28-year-old (BSM ’07) was considered a rising star after three seasons with the Ontario Hockey League‘s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.“The chance to work for the Toronto Maple Leafs is like a dream come true,” Dubas said in a release. “I’m truly excited to begin helping this team win and learn from men like (president) Brendan Shanahan and (general manager) Dave Nonis.Dubas is the latest in a line of Sport Management grads who have found success after Brock. Andrew Tinnish (BRLS ’99; BSM ’01) holds the same assistant GM position with the Toronto Blue Jays.Sport Management Associate Professor Craig Hyatt — who taught Dubas in his third year — called Dubas’ hiring a tremendous accomplishment for the department, which isn’t quite 20 years old.Brendan Shanahan (right) and Kyle Dubas answer questions from the media. Source: Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs)“Our early alums are in the ranks of middle management,” Hyatt said. “(Dubas) and Tinnish are really the first wave of grads becoming upper management in some very big league organizations. It’s only a matter of time before all of our grads out there in five, 10 years in middle management positions are knocking on that door and getting through in professional and amateur sport industry upper management positions. It’s showing maturation of the program.”Sport Management has continued to grow in popularity and has close to 600 undergrads and about 12 graduate students enrolled.“It shows students there is hope that with a lot of dedication and hard work and paying your dues, you can make it as upper management in the Canadian sport industry,” Hyatt said.During his time at Brock, Dubas was a scout for the Greyhounds, the team his grandfather coached to a championship in the 1960s, and at 20 he became the youngest-ever National Hockey League player agent.His attention to modern analytics is a growing trend in the NHL, and it was one aspect that intrigued and impressed new Leafs president Shanahan.“Kyle is a young executive that has made a strong name for himself in hockey with a progressive style, work ethic and maturation beyond his years,” Shanahan said. “He has a fresh approach that we feel will benefit our club for years to come.”Dubas will work alongside veteran GM Dave Nonis, filling one of the positions that opened after the departure of Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle.“We’re excited about the addition of an up-and-coming hockey executive in Kyle,” Nonis said. “He is an innovative thinker that will bring enthusiasm and impressive abilities to our club. His work ethic, character and demonstrated leadership in Sault Ste. Marie make for a valuable combination that will certainly have a positive impact on our organization in many ways.” read more

Suit seeks benefits for clients of disgraced Kentucky lawyerSuit seeks benefits for clients of disgraced Kentucky lawyer

Conn has been imprisoned for his role in the largest Social Security fraud in history, affecting hundreds of disability recipients.A federal appeals court decision earlier this year restored benefits for about 300 of Conn’s former clients.Prestonsburg attorney Ned Pillersdorf says the new suit is aimed at people who gave up on their appeals but are truly disabled and deserve to have benefits restored Eric Conn (Photo Courtesy: Pike Co. Detention Center LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a group of people who lost federal disability benefits after their lawyer was arrested for fraud.The suit filed Friday in eastern Kentucky aims to revive the cases of about 500 people who most likely gave up the legal fight after the government began revoking benefits for lawyer Eric Conn’s former clients four years ago.- Advertisement – read more

International philosophers coming to BrockInternational philosophers coming to Brock

There will be some deep thinking coming to Niagara this week.From Thursday through Saturday, a prestigious international conference taking place at Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts will draw up to 60 of the world’s leading philosophers to downtown St. Catharines.The 41st edition of the annual Merleau-Ponty Circle, considered one of the most significant gatherings in Continental European thought, is being hosted by Brock’s Department of Philosophy. The conference director is associate professor Rajiv Kaushik, whose research on conference namesake Maurice Merleau-Ponty includes the 2011 book Art and Institution: Aesthetics in the Late Works of Merleau-Ponty and the 2013 book Art, Language and Figure in Merleau-Ponty: Excursions in Hyper-Dialectic.Brock had presented a proposal to host the annual conference when the 2014 event was held in Geneva. This week, scholars from as far away as China and Australia will be in Niagara for the 2016 Merleau-Ponty Circle.The conference theme this year is “Merleau-Ponty: Doing Philosophy from the Outside,” and seeks to open up the meaning of philosophy to other disciplines. The theme is a play on a series of 1948 radio lectures given by Merleau-Ponty titled “Man Seen from the Outside.” Merleau-Ponty was deeply engaged with a variety of fields apart from philosophy, and the conference aims to continue this approach to philosophy by encouraging connections between philosophy and other academic disciplines.The conference is scheduled in a way that allows all participants to attend all presentations. This, says Kaushik, gives scholars “the rare opportunity to engage in a deep and sustained way with the research of other presenters, who are generally internationally well-regarded scholars.”This year’s keynote speakers include:Rudolf Bernet, from the University of Leuven, Belgium, who has published hundreds of articles in psychoanalysis and phenomenology, and authored a number of widely-acclaimed books.Veronique Foti, a Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Penn State University. She is a leading researcher in Merleau-Ponty scholarship and works in the areas of European, Continental and Ancient philosophies, as well as philosophy of art and literary theory.Edward S. Casey, from Stony Brook University in New York, was the president of the American Philosophical Association (Easter Division) 2009-2010 and works in the areas of phenomenology, aesthetics, philosophy of space and time, ethic, perception and psychoanalytic theory. His research investigates place and space, including landscape paintings and maps.The entire conference takes place at the Marilyn I. Walker School for Fine and Performing Arts and First Ontario Performing Arts Centre.More information can be found on the conference website.The public is welcome to view the conference art work in the MIWSFPA Visual Art Gallery during regular gallery hours. read more

Experts will explore privilege race and social justice at White Privilege SymposiumExperts will explore privilege race and social justice at White Privilege Symposium

Jada Monica Drew, executive diversity & leadership trainer and author. Keynote title: “Building Youth Leadership using the Youth Action Project (YAP) Approach,” Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. See more at: Debby Irving, racial justice educator and writer. Keynote title: “White Privilege 101: Getting in on the Conversations,” Friday, Sept. at 6 p.m. See more at: Afua Cooper, community activist, scholar, dub poet and James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax. Keynote title: “Enslaved African Canadian Teenager and White Male Privilege,” Friday, Sept. 30 at 6:45 p.m. See more at: Jasiri X, mentor, educator and community leader. Keynote title: “America’s Most Wanted: Hip Hop, Media, and Mass Incarceration,” Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. See more at: Shauneen Pete, associate professor, Regina University. Keynote title: “Acting Up: Activism and Action,” Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. See more at: White privilege knows no borders, says a world-renowned diversity scholar and founder of the White Privilege Conference.Eddie Moore Jr. says that while many in Canada believe prejudice and racism are problems for the U.S., no country is immune to issues of racial inequality and injustice.“White supremacy, white privilege and oppression is a global phenomenon,” he says. “It knows no borders.”Moore said the way to change the status quo is to expose it, analyze it and take action.“I really believe that some of the challenges associated with these issues are a result of not enough people naming it and examining it,” he says.The White Privilege Conference has been held in the United States for the past 18 years and for the first time the discussion is coming to Canada. Brock University will host the White Privilege Symposium Sept. 30-Oct. 1.“By bringing this symposium to Canada, it’s an opportunity to have some really bold and courageous conversations,” Moore says. “When we are able to share our knowledge, experience and wisdom we can come up with better results.”Shauneen Pete, Associate Professor at the University of Regina and Executive Lead on Indigenization of that university, said white privilege is an important conversation in Canada, especially considering its history.“The story of Canada is not a story about multiculturalism but a story of colonial white dominance: this truth must become a part of the social narrative we tell about ourselves,” she says. “In order to achieve the dream of reconciliation, members of the dominant group and those new Canadians who align with them, must learn the truths of our racialized past and begin to practice anti-racism in their personal and professional lives.”Debby Irving, a racial justice educator and writer, says most people incorrectly associate the term privilege with wealth. It’s a misconception she herself believed for most of her life, until she was a graduate student and a class opened her eyes to the privileges being white had afforded her.“In fact, privilege refers to access to rights, resources and other societal benefits,” she says. “One way to think about privilege is as the opposite of discrimination. Discrimination couldn’t exist without privilege, and vise versa.”Pre-eminent thinkers and researchers from both sides of the border exploring race, privilege and social justice will be presenting during the event at Brock.The following scholars will present keynote talks and workshops at the symposium:Ritu Bhasin, community activist and lawyer. Keynote title: “Breaking the Shackles of Oppression & Addressing Privilege: Rise through the Authenticity Principle.” Saturday Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. See more at: Eddie Moore, Jr., founder WPC, community activist and scholar. Keynote title: “White Privilege 101: Getting in on the Conversations,” Friday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. See more at: Shirley Cheechoo, Brock University Chancellor, actress and filmmaker. Keynote title: “My Road To Healing As A Residential School Warrior,” Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4:45 p.m. read more

Raptors Lowry says Warriors game just another regularseason gameRaptors Lowry says Warriors game just another regularseason game

TORONTO — Kyle Lowry refuses to entertain suggestions that playing two-time defending champions Golden State means more than any other game.The Toronto Raptors’ all-star guard, who can sound grumpy on a good day, was particularly ornery when asked about the game after Thursday morning’s shootaround.“Just another regular-season game. Next question,” Lowry said, his black hoodie pulled up over his head.“Why?” a reporter asked, thus prompting a playful exchange.“What is it though? What are we in right now?” Lowry asked.“Regular season.”“There you go,” said Lowry.Playing the best in the league doesn’t happen every day though, the reporter replied.“What are we at, where are we at?” Lowry asked.“Game 23”“Of what?”“Of 82.”“Of what?”“The regular season.”“There you go. Good answer. Next question,” Lowry said.Lowry spoke prior to Thursday night’s much-anticipated tipoff against the Warriors at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors (18-4) boast the best record in the league and will put their six-game win streak on the line against Golden State. The Warriors (15-7) have won three straight, despite missing sharpshooter Steph Curry.Raptors coach Nick Nurse planned to approach the game much the same as Lowry.“One of the things that I kind of reflect on today is the games just keep on coming so fast. Like, I can’t believe we’re on Game 23, right?” Nurse said. “You don’t really get to enjoy much, and you don’t have time to feel sorry for yourself because it’s just one after another. We’re going to play tonight, we’re going to get on a plane and go to Cleveland tomorrow, it just keeps on coming.“You’ve just got to kind of treat ’em like they’re a win over anyone equals one win over everyone else. That’s really all that matters this time of year.”Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press read more

Heat go up 31 then scramble to top Pelicans 106101Heat go up 31 then scramble to top Pelicans 106101

MIAMI — Josh Richardson scored 20 points, Dwyane Wade added 18 and the Miami Heat wasted most of a 31-point lead before hanging on to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 106-101 on Friday night.Kelly Olynyk scored 13 for Miami, which snapped a six-game home losing streak. The Heat led by 31 points in the second quarter, then saw the lead cut to three in the final moments before escaping.Anthony Davis finished with 41 points for the Pelicans, who got 21 from Jrue Holiday and 15 from Nikola Mirotic. The Heat held a massive 49-12 edge in bench scoring, led by Wade.He had a drive with 1:23 left to get the lead up to 103-97, and Richardson’s driving basket with 26.1 seconds remaining all but sealed the much-needed win for Miami.Miami entered on a six-game losing streak, and decided to make a key change in an effort to turn things around — the black “Vice” uniforms, whose unveiling coincided with the start of the home slide, were ditched in a decision that was made shortly before game time. The Heat donned their red uniforms instead, calling the switch “an organizational decision.”Plus, as part of the tributes around the NBA this week to the late broadcaster Craig Sager and his most unique sense of fashion, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and his assistants wore their outlandish best. Spoelstra wore a blue and white plaid coat, assistant Dan Craig went with a leathery look and Juwan Howard wore sneakers that loosely resembled the sort of colorful jackets Sager made famous.The Heat led by 20 after one quarter — their biggest lead at home through 12 minutes since Jan. 30, 2007. By the midpoint of the second quarter, the lead was a season-high 31. Richardson had 14 points, Wade had 11, the Pelicans had missed all 11 of their 3-point attempts and Miami was up 52-21.Richardson’s 3-pointer with 2:56 left in the half pushed Miami’s lead to 59-28.And then things got interesting, quickly.New Orleans needed only 97 seconds for a 12-0 run that cut the deficit to 19, and the Pelicans went into the locker room down 61-41. Davis then scored the Pelicans’ first 11 points of the second half with a jumper, two 3-pointer and three free throws after getting fouled on a 3 to get his team within 65-52.E’Twaun Moore left with 1:34 left with what appeared to be a left knee injury, and was unable to put any weight on that leg as he was helped to the locker room.TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans is 9-2 at home, yet only 2-10 on the road. … Davis hadn’t scored more than 33 points in a road game this season. He’s reached 40 or more twice at home. This also marked the most he’s scored in any of his six appearances in Miami since joining the NBA; before Friday, his high on the Heat home floor was 29, set on Christmas 2015.Heat: Friday started a stretch in which Miami will play nine out of 10 games against Western Conference teams. … The game marked Miami’s 390th consecutive home sellout, tying the Phoenix Suns (1990-99) for the seventh-longest in NBA history. … Whiteside now has at least one blocked shot in 22 straight games, the fourth-longest such streak of his career.HEAT INJURIESMiami’s injury situation is getting worse, not better. The Heat are up to 62 games missed by eight different players because of injuries — Goran Dragic is still out with his right knee injury, Tyler Johnson sat again with his right hamstring strain, Dion Waiters hasn’t played this season while he recovers from ankle surgery and Derrick Jones Jr. is now out with a right hamstring strain.COMEBACK TRYThe Pelicans failed in their bid for history. The largest halftime deficit ever overcome in franchise history was 19 — they were the New Orleans Hornets then — at Memphis on Jan. 30, 2010. When trailing by 20 or more, New Orleans is now 0-38. And it has never rallied from more than 23 down at any point in a game to win.UP NEXTPelicans: Visit Charlotte on Sunday.Heat: Host Utah on Sunday.___More AP NBA: and Reynolds, The Associated Press read more

Pakistan loses Hafeez early after NZ scores 274Pakistan loses Hafeez early after NZ scores 274

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — New Zealand’s tailenders frustrated Pakistan before being bowled out for 274 on the second day of the third and final cricket test on Tuesday.Pakistan lost opener Mohammad Hafeez without scoring off Trent Boult’s fourth delivery to stutter to 0-1 at lunch.B.J. Watling held New Zealand’s first innings together with a gritty unbeaten 77 off 250 balls as Bilal Asif (5-65) wrapped up the innings just before lunch by claiming the three remaining wickets.It was the off-spinner’s second five-wicket haul in his five test matches.Resuming on 229-7, debutant Will Somerville couldn’t add to his overnight 12 but denied Pakistan a breakthrough with his staunch defence for well over an hour.Watling showed some aggression against fast bowlers and completed his half century off 199 balls by guiding Hasan Ali to the third man boundary.Watling, 42 overnight, also completed 3,000 test runs when he reached 66, with only four boundaries, in a determined knock of more than 5-1/2 hours as New Zealand added 45 more precious runs.Asif extracted sharp bounce and turn off the wicket and finally got through Somerville’s defences when he clean bowled the No. 9 batsman.Asif then claimed the last two wickets in successive overs when Ajaz Patel (6) was caught in the slips and Trent Boult (1) was clean bowled while attempting an ambitious shot.Leg-spinner Yasir Shah (3-75) couldn’t add to his three-wicket burst before lunch on day one and still needs two wickets to become the quickest bowler to complete 200 test wickets.Boult then provided New Zealand early success when Hafeez edged the left-arm fast bowler low to Tim Southee at second slip before Pakistan had scored.The Associated Press read more

Offensive line paving the way for Ohio State footballOffensive line paving the way for Ohio State football

When Ed Warinner took over as the offensive line coach of the Ohio State football team last spring, he inherited an offensive line that lost three starters from the previous season. In Warinner’s second spring at OSU, there is much more certainty on the offensive line with four returning starters, all entering their senior seasons. Jack Mewhort is entering his third season as a starter and his second season as the Buckeyes’ left tackle. Left guard Andrew Norwell will also be a third-year starter, while center Corey Linsley and right guard Marcus Hall will be second-year starters. All four players started all 12 games last season and have 81 career starts between them. Warinner said he expects his veteran group to step up and provide leadership for the team this year. “They’re playing well, they’re veteran guys, and they’re doing well in school and they’re taking care of their business,” Warinner said. “It’s showing the other guys, this is how you do it, which is really good.” As the left tackle, Mewhort will be expected to lead the unit up front once again this season. “He is a real pro at being in a meeting, paying attention, taking notes, asking questions, studying, lifting weights, doing extra, being on time, just doing things the right way, and he plays well,” Warinner said of Mewhort. Warinner said Mewhort leads by example, but becoming a better vocal leader is a “skill he’s trying to develop.” Mewhort’s status as a team leader came into question last June when he and then-teammate Jake Stoneburner, a senior tight end-turned-wide receiver on last year’s team, were arrested for obstructing official business. Warinner said Mewhort has grown from that experience. “Jack was a good kid before that incident, he just made a bad decision,” Warinner said. “He just learned that, you know, you got to be responsible and accountable all the time.” Mewhort said the incident made him more mature. “I made a bad decision, and it really blew up on me,” Mewhort said. “I grew up a lot from that.” He said OSU coach Urban Meyer viewed him as a leader prior to that incident, and Mewhort said he “betrayed his trust.” “I had to earn a lot of trust back from a lot of guys, and I spent most of the year doing that,” Mewhort said. “I’m just trying to become the leader that everybody can look to.” Mewhort said all four of the senior offensive linemen are focusing on becoming better leaders this spring. “We’re all seniors now … this is our last year together,” he said. “We want to be the guys that people can look to for leadership, and we’re definitely working towards that.” Norwell said it feels “way different” going into this season because of the continuity within the offensive line unit. “We’re functioning together … we improved,” he said. “We got some guys in there that are leaders and we’re just paving the way for the 2013 season, and we’re going to keep improving and get this team rolling.” Of his four returning starters, Warinner said Hall made the most noticeable improvement this spring, but that all four have gotten better. “Marcus has improved his footwork and … his quickness and change of direction and just all the little mechanics of playing O-line,” Warinner said. “I think Norwell’s bending better … Jack’s a little more confident out on the edge … Corey’s real strong and solid inside.” That does not mean Warinner is complacent with the offensive line’s current progress though. “If our offensive line doesn’t get better, our offense won’t get better,” Warinner said. “Every position’s got to improve. We’re not satisfied with where we were at. We’ve got to improve individually. There’s a lot of things we can get better at.” Warinner said he started back with the basics again this spring, but added that “ground zero’s a little higher up” this year. “You start to move faster,” Warinner said of the progress of his offensive linemen this season. “Your accumulated knowledge and experience helps you … one thing we’ve been able to do is probably install more plays.” While most of the offensive line remains set from last season, the one spot that remains uncertain is right tackle, where the team is replacing Reid Fragel. Fragel only played his senior season at right tackle but is a potential 2013 NFL draft selection. The competition to start at right tackle is currently between rising sophomore Taylor Decker and rising redshirt sophomore Chase Farris, Warinner said. Mewhort said that competition has been a “great battle.” “Both of those guys are working their butts off every day. They’re both going really hard, they’re both great players,” he said. “They’re both learning a lot, and they’ve come a long way just in the three or four practices that we’ve had so far.” Warinner said the Buckeyes’ second-team offensive line currently consists of rising redshirt junior Darryl Baldwin, rising sophomore Jacoby Boren, rising redshirt sophomore Tommy Brown, rising junior Antonio Underwood and either Decker or Farris, depending on which player does not win the right tackle battle. Warinner has not been the only coach taking notice of the offensive line’s progress. Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel said his group will continue to benefit from competing against the offensive line in practice. “We go against a really, really good offensive line every day,” Vrabel said. “If we can compete against those guys, I think it’s going to make us better.” read more

Wrestling After win at Big Tens Buckeyes look to continue success atWrestling After win at Big Tens Buckeyes look to continue success at

Sophomore Myles Martin checks the clock as he looks for back-points against Bo Nickal of Penn State on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorComing off the first team win at the Big Ten wrestling tournament in over 50 years, Ohio State enters the NCAA Division I Wrestling National Championships with high hopes.The team is sending nine wrestlers to compete at the tournament. Four of those wrestlers are fresh off a Big Ten individual championship, including redshirt freshman Kollin Moore.Moore was the second seed at 197 pounds at the Big Ten tournament, but upset Minnesota’s top-seeded Brett Pfarr to take home the championship. One of the focal points of Moore’s game as a freshman has been his aggression, which he showcased in his match against Pfarr.“It’s been my level of aggression all year and I don’t really like to change it for anybody,” Moore said. “I think it works out to my advantage a lot.”Moore will compete in his first NCAA tournament, but many of the other Buckeyes will be competing for their second or third time.Among those is sophomore 184-pounder Myles Martin. Martin won a national championship at 174 pounds in 2016 and hopes to repeat that success at the 184-pound division.“Last year for nationals, I just kept telling myself to just go compete, have fun, and whatever happens, happens,” Martin said. “It’s going to be hard to replicate last year, but I’m going to do my best to do it.”Cornell’s Gabe Dean sits atop the 184-pound rankings as the reigning back-to-back champion in the weight class.While Martin will look to play David to Dean’s Goliath, junior Kyle Snyder will be assuming the role of Goliath in the heavyweight division.Snyder won a national championship last year, but some of his best achievements have come on the international scene. Snyder is an Olympic gold medalist and recently won the Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix.Snyder has grown to appreciate the level of competition he faces in his role atop the heavyweight rankings.“I hope that I face everyone’s best attempt,” Snyder said. “I want my best version of myself on the mat versus their best version. Whoever wins, wins.”Snyder’s confidence does not stop with himself, though, as he said he feels very confident in OSU’s ability to win the team championship.“If everyone wrestles to the best of their ability, I think Ohio State – we have the best combined nine wrestlers there,” Snyder said. “If everyone gets the most out of themselves, focuses on having fun and scoring points – lots of points – that we can be team champions.” read more

Football Ohio State wide receivers relying on JT Barrett as he dependsFootball Ohio State wide receivers relying on JT Barrett as he depends

Sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) runs the ball during the Ohio State game against Maryland on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeye won 62-14. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State redshirt quarterback J.T. Barrett is a confident player and has never been one to say he doubts his wide receivers.Through the issues in the passing game, Barrett has remained steadfast in critique of himself and timing difficulties with his targets. But his confidence in his receivers hasn’t faltered. Likewise, the trust the wideouts have in Barrett hasn’t wavered.Now, it seems that mutual conviction is becoming legitimate with Barrett’s confidence in his arm and his receivers growing with each throw. It has manifested itself in a third different wideout — Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell and now Binjimen Victor— emerging as a potential go-to target for the third straight week.“Not a jump, but a steady incline [from the receivers],” head coach Urban Meyer said. “Very pleased with their attitude and they’re making plays.”Four throws in Saturday’s 62-14 Ohio State victory against Maryland exemplified the strengthening connection between Barrett and his receivers.On Ohio State’s first offensive series, Barrett rifled a third-down pass between two defenders to Dixon to move the chains. Barrett later connected with the 6-foot-4 Victor on third-and-6 from the Maryland 8-yard line in the back of the end zone for a score. Sophomore wideout Austin Mack caught a back-shoulder fade for 20 yards on the following drive, and then hauled in a touchdown reception with a defender on his back while getting two feet in bounds with 10 seconds left in the half.Barrett deserves credit for his play — including 20-of-31 passing for 261 yards and three touchdowns Saturday — and the play-calling has improved. However, the wide receivers have also managed to get open more recently, which has allowed the quarterback to build confidence and compete at a tempo the team will need in a showdown with Penn State in three weeks.“It’s great seeing [Barrett] make those passes and having confidence in us to make those contested catches,” Mack said. “Shoot, keep it coming.”Both Campbell and Dixon recorded more than 100 yards and a score in one of the two most recent games, displaying their potential to be the go-to playmaker at receiver. Saturday, Barrett turned to his big target in Victor for four catches and a team-high 55 yards. Campbell and Dixon each had three receptions during those weeks, but their play was significant enough to be noted by opposing coaches on scouting reports.Victor’s five targets were all against man coverage and thrown to a spot where Victor can elevate above the defender and be the only one to come down with it.“Down in the red zone, top shelf, I mean that’s where the ball has to be,” Barrett said. “Based on coverage, I think that was something good.”Victor is a different receiver than Campbell and Dixon. Campbell is used over the middle or on bubble screens when he can use his speed in the open field. Dixon is a deep-ball threat.Victor might not be more than a red-zone target, but he’s Ohio State’s tallest receiver and its best option in jump-ball scenarios.The trio of Campbell, Dixon and Victor all bring something different to the table for defenses that have to design a scheme to minimize their impact. And Mack, who showed Saturday he can be another option for Barrett, might be the best route runner on the team with less speed than Campbell and Dixon, but more than Victor.The competition hasn’t been great. And it is uncertain whether Ohio State’s wideouts can be difference-makers against the Penn States of college football, but they deserve recognition for finishing the plays Barrett makes and giving him options — two elements of the offense which weren’t present in early September.The next logical step: consistency.“I wouldn’t say we’re where we need to be,” Campbell said. “But I like where we’re at.” read more