French President François Hollande awarded UNESCO peace prize

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The President of France, François Hollande, will receive the United Nations cultural agency’s peace prize this year for his “valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa,” it was announced today.“After analyzing the global situation, it is Africa that held the attention of the Jury with the various threats affecting the continent,” said the former President of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, who chaired the Jury of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize.“Having assessed the dangers and the repercussions of the situation on Africa, and on Mali in particular, as well as on the rest of the world, the Jury appreciated the solidarity shown by France to the peoples of Africa,” Mr. Chissano said after the Jury’s meeting in Paris.The award, created in 1989 by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), honours people, institutions and organizations that have contributed significantly to the promotion, research, preservation or maintenance of peace. It is named for the first president of Côte d’Ivoire.Northern Mali was occupied by radical Islamists after fighting broke out in January 2012 between Government forces and Tuareg rebels. The conflict uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and prompted the Malian Government to request assistance from France to stop the military advance of extremist groups.“The Jury condemns the violation of Mali’s territorial integrity, the violation of human rights, the taking of hostages and the destruction of the cultural heritage of humanity in Timbuktu,” Mr. Chissano said. “The Jury therefore decided to award the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize to Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic, for his great contribution to peace and stability in Africa.”Previous winners of the prize include former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; Nelson Mandela and Frederik W. De Klerk; Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat; King Juan Carlos of Spain; and former United States President Jimmy Carter.The award ceremony for the prize – which consists of $150,000, a gold medal and a diploma – will be held on a date to be announced. read more


UN expert urges Israel to stop highway construction through Palestinian community

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“The projected six-lane highway extending 1.5 kilometres will do irreparable damage to the community, cutting off local roads and blocking access to kindergartens, schools, health clinics, offices, and places of worship,” warned the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk.“The residents of Beit Safafa, who were not consulted at any stage of the planning, will be placed in an absurd situation where places within their own community – previously accessible within ten minutes’ walk – would require travel by car on bypass roads and a bridge.” Mr. Falk noted that the purpose of the highway, known as ‘Begin Highway,’ is to annex the Gush Etzion settlement bloc and pave the way for further expansion of Israel’s illegal settlements around East Jerusalem. “It will consolidate the highway network from Gush Etzion settlement in the southern West Bank through West and East Jerusalem, leading to the Ma’ale Adumim settlement bloc and the E1 area,” he said. Mr. Falk recalled the recent findings of the International Fact Finding Mission on Israeli settlements, which recommended that private companies should no longer be able to profit from their involvement in the illegal Israeli settlement enterprise. “Companies taking part in the construction of the illegal highway in Beit Safafa, under the auspices of the Moriah Jerusalem Development Company and their implementing partner, D.Y. Barazani Ltd., must be held responsible,” he stressed. “Earth moving equipment of Volvo, CAT, Hyundai and JCB has been seen at the construction sites.” The project, which began in September, was challenged in the Jerusalem District Court last December, but the residents’ petition to stop construction was rejected. An appeal filed with the Israeli High Court against the District Court’s decision was also rejected in March. An appeal hearing as to the petition has been scheduled in the High Court for 26 June. read more


Security Council extends UN peace mission in Liberia for another year

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“Long-term stability will require the Government of Liberia to develop and sustain a self-sufficient, capable, and competent security sector to build the confidence of all Liberians,” the 15-member body said in a unanimously adopted resolution.It endorsed the continued drawdown of the mission’s military component agreed upon last year by a further 1,129 personnel by next September, with the goal of leaving UNMIL’s military strength at some 3,750 personnel by July 2015. As of last July there were 5,757 UN peacekeeping troops in the West African country, where the world body has played a major role in restoring stability and democracy. At the height of its operations, which began in 2003, UNMIL totalled more than 15,000 troops and well over 1,000 police personnel, and helped oversee two series of democratic elections after more than a decade of civil war which, beyond the death toll, drove 850,000 refugees into neighbouring countries, displaced scores of thousands more internally and inflicted untold damage on the nation’s infrastructure.While welcoming overall progress towards restoring peace, security, and stability, today’s resolution, which maintained the current authorized strength of UNMIL’s police component at 1,795 personnel, including 10 formed police units, noted the continuing problems with violent crime and sexual and gender-based violence.“Women and girls in Liberia continue to face a high incidence of sexual and gender-based violence,” it declared, calling on the Government to continue to combat sexual violence, particularly against children, and in coordination with UNMIL, to continue to fight impunity for perpetrators of such crimes and provide redress, support, and protection to victims.The resolution also called on the Governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia to further enhance their cooperation over their joint border, scene of recent violence, by increased monitoring, information sharing and coordinated actions, and implementing a shared border strategy to support the disarmament and repatriation of foreign armed elements on both sides of the border and the voluntary return of refugees in safety and dignity.Other clauses called for an ongoing battle against corruption, promotion of transparency, good governance, human rights and reconciliation, participation of women in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and security and rule of law organs that are fully and independently operational. read more


West Africa UN Security Council welcomes positive developments but concerned about political

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In a statement issued following a briefing by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, members of the 15-member body expressed their concern that political tension may continue to erode governance in Guinea-Bissau and jeopardize achievements in the country since the 2014 elections. “They called upon national leaders of Guinea-Bissau to work to sustain stability through substantive political dialogue in order to prevent escalation of tensions or relapse into conflict,” the statement indicated. “They also encouraged them to foster a climate conducive to national reconciliation, as well as democratic, social and economic reconstruction.” Reiterating their strong condemnation of the recurrent terrorist attacks carried out in the region, in particular in Mali and the Sahel, as well as in the Lake Chad Basin region—notably by Boko Haram—members of the Security Council stressed the need to combat all forms of terrorism. In this regard, they expressed particular concern about the protection of civilians, the main targets of these attacks. “They welcomed, in this regard, the regional and international efforts to mitigate the security, humanitarian and development consequences of these attacks,” the statement said. “They reaffirmed that Member States must ensure that any measures taken to counter terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international refugee law, and international humanitarian law.” The Security Council also commended the efforts of the African Union and ECOWAS, as well as of Member States of the Sahel, to strengthen border security and regional cooperation, and said they remain committed to working closely with them and others to address cross-border security threats and prevent the spread of violent extremism and terrorism. In addition, they expressed their concern about the trafficking of drugs and other illicit goods, as well as the smuggling of migrants and human trafficking, stressing the need to strengthen the fight against criminal activities in the sub-region. Welcoming the success achieved in the fight against Ebola and reiterating their concerns about the humanitarian, social and economic consequences of this disease, the Security Council expressed its support and solidarity to affected countries and called for the strengthening of the early warning mechanisms and resilience of national health systems. They also called upon the international community to sustain support to the affected countries and encouraged all the bilateral and multilateral partners to fulfill the commitments made during the Ebola recovery conferences held in Brussels, Washington and New York. read more


The cycle of revenge in South Sudan will hurt everyone – UN

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The situation in Bor-Pibor area is particularly concerning with fears of violent clashes between youths from the Dinka Bor and Murle communities, David Shearer, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan, told journalists at a press conference today. “We are worried that might spark more widespread fighting between those two communities [and] hence the reason we are providing support to the peace efforts on the ground,” he added, noting also the work that is being done with the Government to ease the situation. “The important thing is that we de-escalate tensions and provide an opportunity to talk rather than to fight because fighting only will result in a greater cycle of revenge [that] will be of no benefit to [anyone].” In his remarks, Mr. Shearer, also the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), spoke of violence in various regions of the country, including attacks on peacekeepers and relief personnel, which have severely constricted the humanitarian operating space, and underscored the Mission’s resolve to do everything it can to ensure that assistance reaches those in need. “The attacks have a direct consequence on humanitarian activities and the assistance that can be provided to people who desperately need it,” he said, terming such violence as an “extraordinarily selfish thing to do”. SEE ALSO: UN appalled at killing of aid workers in South SudanThe senior UN official also praised the work of journalists in the country as well as humanitarian actors on the ground who, despite considerable challenges, are reaching thousands across the country with much needed assistance. “I think we owe them a real debt of gratitude,” he expressed. read more


Fleeing DR Congo violence thousands take perilous lake journey to Uganda –

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With attacks on villages in the DRC province of Ituri continuing over the weekend, UNHCR calls for increased humanitarian access to the area, to cover the population’s enormous protection and assistance needs.Refugees crossing to Uganda talk of growing attacks against civilian populations, as well as killings and destruction of private property. UNHCR staff also received many reports of civilians being hacked to death and killed with arrows.UNHCR works with the Ugandan authorities for the registration and the relocation of the new arrivals to settlements further inland. However, more support is needed to face the demanding situation.Among the critical priorities is the preparation of new settlement areas, together with psycho-social interventions to help refugees overcome their trauma. Meanwhile, crossings through Lake Tanganyika towards Burundi and Tanzania declined significantly last week, currently reaching some 8,000 and 1,200 respectively. Army advances against the armed groups inside DRC, as well as a dwindling supply of readily available fishing boats and canoes, may have contributed to the drop in new arrivals.However, UNHCR is afraid that flows could soon pick up again, given the unpredictable and volatile nature of the conflict.Over the past year, some 120,000 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, joining the 510,000 refugees that were already in exile. With Congolese refugee flows to neighboring countries expected to further increase in 2018, UNHCR is urging donors to step up their support. Of the $368.7 million that UNHCR has requested for the DRC refugee situation, only one per cent has been funded so far. More than 22,000 desperate Congolese refugees crossed Lake Albert to Uganda last week, with four drowning when their boat capsized, the United Nations reported Tuesday, warning that even more lives could be lost on often-perilous lake routes from the conflict-hit eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).“The refugees either use small canoes or overcrowded and rickety fishing boats, often carrying more than 250 people and taking up to ten hours to cross,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland.“Overloaded with luggage and fishing nets, the small canoe, which was carrying the four refugees who drowned on 11 February, had paddled for nearly two days when it was hit by high waves, causing the passengers to fall overboard,” he added.Since the beginning of the year, some 34,000 Congolese have arrived in Uganda.  UNHCR staff have reported several other incidents of boats going adrift due to engine failure or insufficient fuel, prompting rescue operations by the Ugandan authorities.On 7 February, UNHCR partners recorded two more deaths at the DRC shores of Lake Albert – which spans the border into Uganda – where thousands of people are waiting to cross, as some wrangled to get onto the boats. read more


As fighting in Libya escalates so does number of children at imminent

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Calling the escalation in fighting “the worst in years”, Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, issued a statement reminding all of Libya’s warring parties that they are obliged “to protect children at all times in full compliance with international law”.“Killing, injuring and recruiting children, and attacks on education, medical and water facilities are all grave violations of children’s rights and must cease immediately”, they stated – reminding that in line with Security Council resolution 2427, “prevention measures must be put in place to better protect children”.Together they also urged for “safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to all children in need, and for a ceasefire to allow civilians to safely leave areas under conflict”.Children caught in the middleNearly 1,800 children are among the civilians who need urgently to be evacuated from frontline fighting, as the raging violence has already displaced 7,300 others, the two UN officials said. Moreover, around 500,000 children are estimated to be affected by violence across the country’s west.“Children trapped in conflict areas are at risk of running out of food and losing access to medical care” they explained. “Unable to leave these areas, they cannot safely seek protection or assistance”.Pointing out that the violence has also left nearly 1,000 refugee and migrant children held in detention centres “in grave danger”, Mses. Fore and Gamba stressed that “they should be immediately released and provided with safe shelter until their asylum claims can be processed or they can be provided with safe repatriation assistance for reunification with their families”.For their sake, and the sake of the country’s future, the fighting must stop – UN officials“The principle of non-refoulement must be respected”, they maintained, underscoring that unaccompanied minors, many of whom are in transit, “are at risk of grave violations including recruitment and use, sexual violence or abduction”.The fighting is also depriving children of their right to education.The two UN officials detailed that the academic year has not only been suspended in all schools throughout conflict-affected areas, but seven are acting as shelters for displaced families. Additionally, a recent attack on an education warehouse destroyed five million schoolbooks and national school exam results.“Libya has suffered through more than seven years of persistent conflict that has left at least 820,000 people, including some 250,000 children, in dire need of humanitarian assistance”, the UN officials stressed, “and the situation is deteriorating yet again”.“For their sake, and the sake of the country’s future, the fighting must stop,” concluded Mses. Fore and Gamba. General Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army, which controls much of eastern and southern Libya, has waged a two-week military campaign to take Tripoli from fighters loyal to the UN-recognized Government.  122,088 students can’t access their schools in #TripoliThe ongoing hostilities has disrupted education in nine municipalities in the Libyan capital. Teaching teams are unable to access schools in affected areas. Children should not bear the brunt of armed conflicts#NotAtarget pic.twitter.com/k1QJwMVXlI— UNICEF Libya (@UnicefLibya) April 18, 2019 read more


SME International Forum 23 March 2006

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Amongst the markets likely to be represented are Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea and the USA. This coursewill include input from UK SME companies – and includes a uniquechance to meet and influence the frontline UKTI personnel from the key global automotive markets. The SME Forum will take place at the Chesworth Grange Hotel, Kenilworth on Thursday 23 March. It is an open workshop where SME companies with existing or potential business interests in the international markets listed above can meet country experts for advice. The afternoon is free for UK companies to attend. For more information, or to attend the SME Forum, please contact Pat Shaw on 020 7344 9260 (email pshaw@smmt.co.uk) to reserve your place. Further details available in the attached leaflet.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) From 20 – 24 March 2006, SMMT and partners in the Automotive Sector Group, the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and Construction Equipment Association (CEA) trade organisations will be running an industry briefing course for UKTI staff based overseas who have specific responsibility for the auto industry. The objective is to make these commercial officers more aware of the strengths of the UK industry, to be more effective in identifying business opportunities and bringing support to UK companies. read more


The UK motor industry Get your facts right

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On the first day of the Commercial Vehicle Show, Europe’s biggest business-to-business show of its kind, SMMT is publishing Motor Industry Facts – 2006, the pocket-sized guide to facts and figures for the UK automotive sector. The fully updated booklet is packed with industry statistics, from registration and production data, to sector profiles and the rising cost of utilities. For the first time, SMMT Facts 2006 contains data on the bus and coach industry; on motorhomes; on engine manufacturing and on the use of satellite navigation and in-car entertainments.Manufacturing facts:Last year, UK sites produced 1.8m cars and commercial vehicles and 3.1m enginesDuring 2005, average electricity costs rose 33.9 per cent, gas costs by 94.4 per cent and crude oil costs by 49.9 per centNissan (Sunderland), Toyota (Burnaston) and BMW MINI (Cowley) were the top three car producers in 2005. GM in the UK topped the commercial vehicle producers listCommercial vehicle facts:In 2005, CV production breaks 206,000 unit level for only the second time since 1999Total new CV registration stood at 385,969 units last year, up 39.5 per cent in five yearsRegistrations of new buses and coaches rose 14.8 per cent since 1996Motorhome registrations jumped 71.8 per cent in last five years63 per cent of CVs produced in the UK were destined for export marketsCar facts:Total car registrations in 2005 stood at 2,439,717 unitsDiesel new car market increased 145 per cent in ten years to 897,887 unitsFleet registrations has risen 16.4 per cent since year 2000184,490 more new superminis left showrooms in 2005 compared to 10 years agoImproved CO2 performance greatest among new 4x4s and people carriers10 million combined new and used car sales in 2005In 2005, 2.1m in-car entertainment and satellite navigation systems were sold in the UK, a massive 1860 per cent increase in just five yearsSMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Motor Industry Facts – 2006 contains a wealth of useful information on the UK automotive industry. At a challenging time, we hope that the market trends and key safety, security and emissions information remind everyone what a positive, forward-thinking industry we have in the UK.’Motor Industry Facts – 2006 can be downloaded, for free, by clicking on ‘download report’More detailed production, first registration, used sales and vehicles on the road reports are available from SMMT Data Services. For more information call 020 7235 7000.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


EU Commissions CO2 plans cast a cloud on the horizon

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‘We recognise the importance that cars play in climate change but everybody has a role to play in reducing CO2 emissions. It is important to put this in context and if the Commission is intent on placing the onus onto car manufacturers, then we see serious difficulties ahead. There is a huge threat to employment and the economy. Not only will the choice of cars be reduced by these measures if we are to meet the limits, but independent estimates place a projected increase in the region of £2500 to the sale price of each new car.’ The motor industry is a world leader in many fields of expertise, based on a long tradition of innovation and fulfilling consumer demand. Preserving the environment is always a key consideration for car manufacturers and the technological solutions are available, but at a cost. New markets and jobs are only created when there is clear demand and an economic basis to back this development. ‘The industry is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our products and we have proven that we are doing our bit by hitting interim targets of our voluntary agreement. We have also already produced and brought to market cars that can meet the 120g/km limit – the problem is that motorists do not buy them!’ said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. While the motor industry accepts that it has an important part to play in the climate change debate, it has grave concerns over the impact of proposals made today by the EU Environment Commissioner, Stavros Dimas. For more than a decade, car makers have voluntarily made significant progress in reducing CO2 emissions from their vehicles, but this proposed legislation is likely to result in less choice for the motorist and higher prices on the dealer forecourt. Car makers believe that a concerted drive by all the stakeholders – Government, oil companies, suppliers and motorists – would not only be the quickest and most effective solution to reducing CO2 but also the cheapest. The motor industry has shown its willingness and capability to produce technological solutions. What is now required is an integrated approach from all stakeholders to work towards these important aims of the Commission, without causing a negative impact on consumer choice and the economy.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


October registrations show best gain of 2009

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For more detailed charts and documents, please see the attached. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ·         New car registrations were up 31.6% in October to 168,942 units·         Year-to-date registrations at 1,685,981, down 12.3% ·         Fourth month of growth sustained by the Scrappage Incentive Scheme (SIS)·         Private demand up 86% in the month, further supporting positive impact of SIS “October has seen this year’s biggest monthly increase in registrations with the successful scrappage scheme accounting for over 20% of them,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “We have seen additional demand created by the extension of the scheme and customers wanting to avoid the VAT increase planned for January. Encouragingly, there has also been an increase in demand in the fleet and business sectors, which will be critical in sustaining recovery next year.” read more


SMMT Open Forum highlights importance of CV sector

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SMMT yesterday hosted its second Open Forum event of the year which focused on component and commercial vehicle manufacturing. Over 70 people attended the event which welcomed van, truck, trailer, bus and component manufacturers and bodybuilders to discuss aspects of the UK’s supply chain, technology issues and the manufacturing outlook.Attendees were offered greater insight into respective manufacturing sectors through presentations from industry experts.Neville Jackson, Chief Technology and Innovation officer and member of the Automotive Council Technology Group, provided an overview of the technology issues facing the commercial and off-road vehicle sectors. Presentations were also given by Ian Henry, Director of AutoAnalysis and independent Analyst, Peter Symons which outlined the future outlook for the sector.A panel discussion provided an opportunity for attendees to put questions to the speakers, followed by closing remarks from SMMT Chief Executive, Paul Everitt.SMMT took the opportunity to announce the appointment of Nigel Base as Commercial Vehicle Development Manager at the forum too. Nigel joins SMMT from his most recent role as Aftermarket Director at a premium truck manufacturer and will be responsible for strengthening the standing of the UK commercial vehicle sector. The role will continue to build positive relationships between UK-based commercial vehicle manufacturers and industry bodies.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


SMMT delivers Growth Paper at crossparliamentary motor briefing

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SMMT today launched its Growth Paper at an All-Party Parliamentary Motor Group (APMG) meeting, where senior MPs delivered their perspectives on economic growth, manufacturing and trade and export activity in the UK.Chaired by Lorely Burt MP, this morning’s APMG meeting provided senior MPs with the opportunity to share views on manufacturing, trade and export activity in the latest government drive to deliver sustained growth and rebalance the UK’s economy.Keynote speakers, Justine Greening, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and Adrian Bailey, MP and Chair of the Business Select Committee, spoke of government’s priorities for growth, trade and UK manufacturing, as set out in its ‘Plan for Growth’, published in March this year.SMMT provided a briefing document, ‘UK Automotive – Driving Growth‘, outlining the importance of the UK’s automotive sector, which employs over 700,000 people, contributes an average annual economic value of £8.5bn and exports to over 100 markets worldwide.Click through to see the latest statistics about the UK’s automotive sector.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


International Bulletin March 2013 Edition

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A New Principal at Huntington Elementary

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By Julie JohansenJody Truman Carter will be the new principal at Huntington Elementary beginning July 1.After Mr. Garth Johnson announced his retirement, the Emery School District administration interviewed candidates and Mrs. Carter was selected.Carter has been with the district for 20 years. She has taught second, fourth and fifth grades at Book Cliff Elementary in Green River and also at Huntington Elementary for the last 14 years.A resident of Huntington, she is the daughter of Kay and Judy Truman of Huntington and is married to Justin Carter. She received her teaching degree from Southern Utah University and is working on her Masters in Education Administration at Grand Canyon University.Mrs. Carter’s number one goal is to improve student achievement and feels that her greatest challenge will be funding since budgets are being cut because of a drop in student numbers. However, she will continue to enjoy working with the students and faculty at the school, she said. read more


UPDATE Brocks International Centre building reopened July 22 2013

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Power has been restored to the International Centre at Brock and the building has been re-opened as of 12 noon today (Monday, July 22).The building was closed over the weekend for safety reasons when Friday’s thunderstorms compromising the building’s electrical system.ESL classes that were cancelled today will resume tomorrow morning (Tuesday, July 23).Staff and students in the International Centre are also advised to throw away any perishable food items that were left in fridges over the weekend as the power was off for an extended period of time.


Brocks United Way campaign sets new record

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Greg Wight, United Way of St. Catharines and District campaign chair, and CEO and president of Algoma Central corporation, and Diana Panter, Brock’s United Way campaign co-chair, draw the winner of a trip aboard a laker on the Welland Canal. Sandra Boone in Recreation Services won the trip for donating to the campaign using payroll deduction.Brock’s United Way campaign has set a new record and surpassed its fundraising goal.With $145,032 raised by the time of Tuesday’s campaign wrap-up celebration, donors left the initial goal of $123,000 in the dust. And that left campaign co-chair Diana Panter “thrilled.”Both she and her fellow campaign chair, Curtis Gadula, were crediting this year’s success to upping their communication efforts with faculty and staff, reminding them to donate through payroll deduction and to participate in money-raising events, including a trivia night and Halloween fun run.Then there was the tactic of revealing which faculties are the most generous – a title that Graduate Studies handedly earned with a participation rate of 23 per cent while Business lagged in last place with only 11 per cent chipping in.Rebranding the campaign and having Algoma Central Corporation donate a trip on the Welland Canal aboard one of its lakers for a donor to win also helped the cause, Panter noted.Combined, all efforts helped raise overall participation to 20 per cent, up from 17 per cent last year.While it was far from the goal of 50 per cent participation, Panter and Gadula have plans for a similar campaign next year.“Perhaps we’ll change an event or add another event to keep people interested,” Gadula said.Brock’s campaign total pushes the United Way of St. Catharines and District closer to its $3.205 million-goal.Frances Hallworth, the charity’s executive director, praised Brock’s approach to enticing people to donate.“They do a wonderful job here and I think part of the success is using a committee structure, which makes it easier to reach the different departments,” Hallworth said.Brock is among the top 10 of 210 corporate or organizational campaigns that contribute to the local fundraising drive. read more


Brocks Dirty Badger Trail Race expands for 2017

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It has become an annual late-summer ritual at Brock University.The Dirty Badger Trail Race returns to the flowing running trails around the main Brock campus for the fourth time on Saturday, Aug. 26.The race is approximately seven kilometres long and each year draws more than 100 runners from the Brock and wider Niagara community.“This is the fourth summer we’ll be running the Dirty Badger and I’m more excited for this year’s event than any other. The race course is the most exciting we’ve used yet,” said Eric Walter, Brock Sports Zone Manager and race organizer.The race starts and finishes across from the Isaac’s Bar and Grill patio, which will also host a post-race barbecue with live music.Racers can sign up as individuals or as part of a team — with prizes up for grabs for the group showing the best enthusiasm and team spirit. The North Face will also be on hand giving away prizes for participants and spectators.New this year is Dirty Badger Kids, which allows children of those racing the chance to take part in race-related activities supervised by instructors from Brock Sports Camp. The program costs $15 and is open to kids from six to 14 years old.“Dirty Badger Kids is going to be a lot of fun and it lets parents take part in the race without having to worry about what their children are doing,” Walter said.Registration is now open on the Brock Sports Dirty Badger website. Race entry, which includes lunch and a Dirty Badger shirt, is $29 until Monday, Aug. 7 or $39 until registration closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25.The race is open to everyone, and in the two weeks leading up to the race, Brock Sports will host drop-in runs for anyone wanting to give the course a try. read more


3 in lead in Hong Kong as 2019 European Tour begins

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HONG KONG — The 2019 European Tour got underway on Thursday with Aaron Rai, Jason Scrivener and Yusaku Miyazato shooting 5-under 65s to share the lead after the first round of the Hong Kong Open.They were already 10 strokes ahead of Masters champion Patrick Reed, who made four bogeys and a double bogey in a 75 — a week after contending at the World Tour Championship in Dubai.Tommy Fleetwood missed out on a second straight Race to Dubai title last week and he began his latest bid to become Europe’s No. 1 by shooting 69.Sergio Garcia shot 70.Rai and Scrivener reached the turn at 1 under, only to find some hot form with the putter in the back nine as they benefited from favourable afternoon conditions following a breezy start to the day.An approach to within a few inches of the cup, setting up a tap-in eagle at No. 13, was the highlight of Rai’s round.Scrivener picked up four shots in five holes from the 12th.___More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more


Buckeye Brief Burrow back Dixon and Booker injury updates from Urban Meyer

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Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (left) and redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow (right) walk into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 10 Ohio State football team is back to preparing for a more traditional style offense in UNLV, compared with Army’s triple-option offense the Buckeyes faced in Week 3. Coach Urban Meyer spoke on Tuesday’s weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference, providing injury updates on quarterback Joe Burrow, wide receiver Johnnie Dixon and linebacker Dante Booker.Meyer said Burrow, who was locked in a battle with redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins for the backup quarterback position before the season began, has been cleared to play since breaking his throwing hand before the season.“Joe has been cleared. He’s practicing,” Meyer said. “He started practicing last week, but we weren’t comfortable with him and we’ll make that decision as this week progresses. But it’s still very close. I think both the quarterbacks give us an opportunity to move the ball.”Dixon didn’t play in Ohio State’s 38-7 victory Saturday against Army, which prompted the question of if Dixon was dealing with another knee injury for the wide receiver. Dixon has struggled with his physical health since his freshman year in 2014, but Meyer said Dixon was held out of Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury.“I don’t think it’s long-term,” Meyer said.Dixon tried to play through the injury during warm-ups, but Meyer said Dixon’s hamstring was still bothering him, resulting in freshman Trevon Grimes seeing his first action on the field.Here are more updates from the Week 4 teleconference.On Dante Booker: “He’s got a little bit of a sore shoulder and also he… It was just a schematic issue that was all assignment-based. We felt the other guys were more prepared for that. On the secondary: “That’s probably No. 1 on the hit list, as far as where we need to see progress on our pass defense, which obviously the secondary is the primary. “But it also goes along with pressuring the quarterback and coverage as well. That’s No. 1, as far as we need to see marked improvement from the first two games.”On Jalyn Holmes: “Jalyn’s a very instrumental part of energy of our team. He’s a leader of our team and everybody respects him. I still think there’s still more to be had with his ability and hopefully it’s going to continue … we’re going to have those opportunities to change the game because when he does, he’s a tremendous talent.”On the offense’s progress versus Army: “I think all phases were better and obviously no disrespect to Army, it’s just a different group than we faced the week before. We’re still a work in progress and still working very hard as a staff and players to become the kind of offense we want to be.”On UNLV: “Very tough team to navigate and obviously they feel that they have very good players. I think they’re seventh in the country in total offense so they know what they’re doing.” read more