UN agency voices concern as renewed fighting forces more Sudanese to flee

A return to fighting in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state between Government forces and a rebel group has unleashed a new wave of refugees seeking sanctuary from the violence, the United Nations refugee agency warned today. According to media reports, intense fighting between Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA-North), including ground assaults and aerial bombardments, has prompted the daily exodus of some 100 refugees to flee into the border town of Yida in neighbouring Unity state.“As tension is building up again in border areas, we remain extremely concerned about the safety of the refugees in Yida settlement, which is located in close proximity to the border,” Melissa Fleming, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a media briefing in Geneva. “The presence of a refugee settlement in highly militarized border areas close to a conflict zone hampers efforts to preserve the civilian and humanitarian character of asylum,” Ms. Fleming added, pointing out that the safety of the refugees in Yida could not be guaranteed and that UNHCR was working with the refugee community to relocate the settlement to a safer location. She noted that the continuing violence coupled with an acute lack of food would add to the refugee flow and said UNHCR was anticipating that the Yida camp would swell from its current 64,229 inhabitants to an estimated 80,000 by the end of the year. Turning to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, where 23 cases of hepatitis E have been confirmed across the Jamam, Yusuf Batil and Gendrassa camps and 16 fatalities have already been documented, Ms. Fleming voiced concern that some 105,000 refugees could soon be cut off by the rainy season’s heavy downpours and consequent flooding. The Upper Nile region is largely affected by seasonal rains and is vulnerable to further environmental damage from floodwaters coming from the Ethiopian highlands. “Many roads are already flooded and may soon become impassable,” Ms. Fleming said, noting that in some areas, up to three kilometres of supply routes were already submerged by 50 centimetres of water. She also expressed particular concern for the refugees in Doro camp, located near the town of Bunj, where some 75 families have been affected by flooding. The families have been relocated to dry areas, she said, and targeted assistance, such as blankets to children under the age of five, has been provided. Moreover, 14 tons of nutrition assistance reached Doro over the weekend. There are close to 201,000 Sudanese refugees currently in South Sudan, with more than 170,000 located in Upper Nile and Unity states. They have arrived from Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile states after fleeing conflict and food shortages over recent months.UNHCR is currently seeking $186 million in funding to provide the Sudanese refugees with assistance. However, the agency has only received 40 per cent of this amount. read more

UN rights expert urges DPR Korea authorities to spend less on military

“I continue to be concerned with both the human rights and humanitarian situation in the country,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK, Marzuki Darusman, told reporters ahead of his briefing to the General Assembly. He added that it is very concerning that some 16 million people in the DPRK – of a total population of 25 million – continue to suffer from varying degrees of chronic food insecurity and high malnutrition. It is also disconcerting, said Mr. Darusman, that the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, has declared that his first, second and third priorities were to strengthen the military. “Slow economic growth coupled with what is known as a ‘military first policy’ will of course be detrimental to the welfare of the people of the DPRK,” the Special Rapporteur stated. The expert urged the Government to re-think its approach to the ‘military-first policy’ and re-allocate enough resources to improve people’s living standards. At the same time, he stressed the need for the international community to provide continued humanitarian support to the people of the DPRK without making the support contingent on any political conditions. “Overall, during this reporting period, there was no sign of improvement in the human rights situation in the DPRK,” stated Mr. Darusman, who has not been granted access to the country, despite repeated requests, since his appointment in August 2010. In his report to the Assembly, he focused on freedom of opinion and expression, provisions of the criminal procedure code that are not in line with international standards, the case of Mr. Oh Kil-nam and his family, the situation of asylum-seekers and trafficking of persons, and the economic situation of the people of the DPRK and its impact on economic, social and cultural rights.Among his recommendations, Mr. Darusman emphasized the need for the Government to ensure the overall protection and promotion of human rights in the country as provided under international human rights instruments, and to cooperate with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The independent expert also stressed that “egregious” human rights abuses in the DPRK have been extensively documented by various actors, including UN entities, for decades. “I wish to call on States and the international community to undertake a comprehensive review of the relevant documents, to assess the underlying patterns and trends, and to consider setting up a more detailed mechanism of inquiry,” he said.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Mr. Darusman, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Ebola UN special envoy says combating stigma integral to overall crisis response

“It is really important that we all understand the roots of the stigma and work to address it,” Dr. Nabarro said, briefing to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at UN Headquarters. “We are all in this together.”“I think all of us have a role to try to reduce the stigmatization,” he said.The Special Envoy said that even UN people travelling from affected countries have been stranded in airports for 24 hours and “treated as criminals.”“What I am suggesting is to engage with those who are reacting in extreme ways,” the special envoy said. “Craig Spencer’s discharge was helpful in reducing that fear,” Dr. Nabarro said referring to the first and only person to be diagnosed with Ebola in New York City who was released from hospital yesterday and greeted with a hug by the New York City Mayor.Saying he was pleased to see on Facebook calling for donations, the special envoy said: “We need a second button – a button of solidarity” aimed at reducing stigmatization and discrimination.“Let’s try to use social media to express solidarity and to show we are anti-discrimination,” he said. “We have done it for HIV. We must do this for Ebola.”Dr. Nabarro was briefing NGOs the day before he and Anthony Banbury, the head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), brief the General Assembly on the public health crisis emanating from the Ebola outbreak. Together they will speak to reporters after they brief UN Member States.Also today at UN Headquarters, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, briefed the Security Council on the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), saying that there were no longer signs that security could seriously deteriorate in the country heavily-affected by Ebola. However, he said it would be appropriate to defer consideration of the drawdown of UN troops and police, until the Ebola crisis is over.“As an international community, we must seize the current moment, and see how best we may, collectively, help to transform [it] into one that is positively catalytic for the country,” he said, recalling that, as the Secretary-General noted in his August report, to “reimagine our engagement in Liberia.” Even as the international community scales up its response to the immediate challenge of defeating Ebola, “we must also consider how we may collectively support the rebuilding of Liberia post-Ebola,” said Mr. Ladsous. In his briefing today, Dr. Nabarro said that 2 or 3 million of the world’s population were now “emotionally engaged” in the issue with hundreds of thousands working on the Ebola response.”It’s becoming an issue that is deeply affecting societies, governments and many aspects of global affairs,” he said.Dr. Nabarro emphasized that “when everyone is fully involved, there is a slowing of the outbreak,” saying “that is a real source of inspiration.”And while noting “some signs of progress,” he cautioned that they are “small signs”, and that “there is not enough certainty to say that we know the trajectory toward the end of the outbreak.” He also drew attention to “the need to be working on post-Ebola now.”Meanwhile, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported that Mali’s Ministry of Health has confirmed the country’s second fatal case of Ebola virus disease. The case occurred in a nurse who worked at a privately-run clinic in the capital city, Bamako.Like Mali’s first case, this second is associated with the outbreak in Guinea, WHO said. Intensive contact tracing is under way in both countries, with support from WHO, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) MSF, and other international partners.According to WHO’s latest statistics, there are more than 13,000 reported Ebola cases in eight countries since the outbreak began, with nearly 5,000 reported deaths.WHO is expected to release updated figures on the state of the outbreak later today. read more

After migrant catastrophe in Mediterranean UN urges robust rescue operations

In a press release issued earlier this morning, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said he was “deeply shocked” at the capsizing of an overcrowded double-deck boat on 13 April in waters 120 kilometres south of Italy’s Lampedusa Island.According to UNHCR, 142 people have been rescued by Italian authorities while eight bodies have also been recovered. 400 others are still missing and feared dead.“This only demonstrates how important it is to have a robust rescue-at-sea mechanism in the central Mediterranean,” Mr. Guterres said. “Unfortunately Mare Nostrum was never replaced by an equivalent capacity to rescue people, and at the same time the legal avenues for those who need protection to be able to come Europe.”Italy’s ‘Mare Nostrum,’ a major search and rescue programme aimed at saving migrants in the Mediterranean, was replaced in December by the European Union’s current ‘Triton’ operation amid an uptick in sea crossings in the region. 2015, in fact, has already seen some 31,500 people make crossings to Italy and Greece – the first and second largest countries of arrival respectively. UNHCR has reported that numbers have also been recently picking up as weather conditions in the Mediterranean improve. “For all those in need of protection it is very important to increase the number of resettlement opportunities, humanitarian admission opportunities, to have a more flexible visa policy, to have enhanced family reunification programmes, and to have an effective mechanism to rescue people at sea in the central Mediterranean,” the UNHCR chief added. The UN refugee agency has been advocating for a comprehensive and urgent response from the European Union and shared specific proposals including the establishment of a possible scheme to compensate shipping companies involved in rescuing people at sea, increasing credible legal alternatives to dangerous voyages and a pilot relocation programme for Syrians refugees arriving in Italy and Greece. Speaking from Doha, Qatar, where he is presiding over the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), added that it was unacceptable that migrants continued to die “in spite of our efforts.”“It is a crime that needs to be addressed,” Mr. Fedotov told the UN in an exclusive interview. “We need to protect the rights of migrants, we need to support them; we need to protect women and especially children.”He said that it is an urgent priority to introduce measures to protect the human rights of smuggled migrants in accordance with the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air.”Mr. Fedotov also stressed that the international community should confront the criminals and break up their networks. “This means cooperation among nations, inter-governmental organizations and civil society must be strengthened,” he said. read more

Flags of nonmember observer States to fly at UN offices

The resolution, “Raising the flags of non-member observer States at the United Nations,” was adopted by a vote of 119 in favour to 8 against, with 45 delegations abstaining. The text also requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take “the measures necessary” for the implementation of this decision during the Assembly’s seventieth session, which begins on 15 September, and within 20 days of the adoption of the resolution. The Assembly took today’s decision noting the participation of non-member observer States that maintain permanent observer missions at Headquarters, of which there are currently two – the Holy See and Palestine, in its sessions and work. read more

Outdated UN system a reflection of worlds dysfunction Eritrean Minister tells Assembly

Mr. Saleh said that, 70 years after the birth of the UN, “it is undeniable that we continue to live in an unfair and unequal world, where conflicts and wars rage, extreme poverty persists in the midst of plenty, children die from easily preventable diseases and justice is routinely trampled.” “The United Nations Organization itself is a reflection of this unfair, unequal and undemocratic global order,” he continued. “In the UN, the overwhelming majority of member States are marginalized. This assembly of nations, which should be the most powerful organ, is bereft of real power and influence, with decision-making dominated by a few among the few.” He added that there is a need “to persist in our efforts to rebuild and revitalize the United Nations” and “strive and cooperate at the national, regional and global levels for sustainable and equitable development.” “Today, Eritrea is making remarkable progress in building a nation based on citizenship and an inclusive state and the respect of human dignity and rights. It is peaceful, stable, secure and harmonious.” He added that it was also “building a solid basis for sustainable development with social justice,” as well as fighting human trafficking and giving youth and women “adequate opportunities to pursue a high quality of life and build their nation.” read more

Côte dIvoire UN officials condemn beach resort attacks

United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terrorist attacks that reportedly killed at least 14 civilians and wounded many in Côte d’Ivoire’s beach resort town of Grand Bassam earlier today.“The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attacks carried out today in three hotels in the town of Grand Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire,” Mr. Ban’s spokesman said in a statement, adding that “he expresses his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the people and Government of Côte d’Ivoire and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.”Mr. Ban reiterates the UN’s commitment to stand with the people of Côte d’Ivoire at this difficult time and extends his full support to the Government in its efforts to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice, the spokesman added.A condemnation also came from the UN tourism agency.“We are appalled by this horrible act of violence,” World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said in a statement. “Our thoughts at this difficult moment are with the families and friends of the victims and the people of Côte d’Ivoire.”He said UNWTO reaffirmed its full support and confidence in the West African nation’s tourism sector which has been growing over the last years.“We trust that tourism will continue to play a key role in advancing development in Côte d’Ivoire,” he said, noting that the country’s commercial capital of Abidjan will host a 19-21 April meeting for the 58th UNWTO Commission for Africa and the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Conference & Symposium. read more

Next round of IntraSyrian talks planned for 13 April – UN envoy

Speaking to the media today, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said that between now and then, he plans to visit Damascus and Teheran – and perhaps Amman and Beirut on the way– as well as to meet some Turkish and Saudi authorities in Europe.“Frankly the next round of the intra-Syrian talks need to be quite concrete in the direction of a political process leading to a real beginning of a political transition,” he said, adding: “Now since this is real stuff, I need to verify the international and regional stakeholders’ position in order to see how is the level of positive critical mass leading to concrete results in the next round of talks.”In the Syrian capital, Damascus, he plans to meet the Foreign Minister and the Deputy Foreign Minister, but has no appointment to see President Bashar al-Assad. The main purpose of the trip is to see whether there is “a critical understanding, or mass, of what could be a framework of a political transition,” Mr. de Mistura said, citing that the cessation of hostilities took place because “there was, at a certain point, a critical mass on which we could work on.”Also briefing the press on humanitarian aid delivery, Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to Mr. de Mistura, said that “April was supposed to be our best month,” but “it’s not looking so.”“So far I am disappointed and disheartened at what we achieved over the last week,” he said, noting that five convoys were not able to go for the last four days, and as a result, 287,000 people didn’t get the relief in hard-to-reach areas or in besieged areas.He said that despite a new procedure that a permission will be issued within seven days and the final clearance will be given within another three days, four of the five were not given facilitation letters by the Government, and the other was blocked by some of the armed opposition groups.With a major vaccination campaign entering into its intensive phase, he noted that there are problems in many places, urging the Government and the armed opposition groups not to stop volunteers and health workers who are to vaccinate millions of children for epidemic diseases.“One positive thing” is that in the very near future, up to 500 wounded, sick and their relatives will be evacuated from the four towns, Madaya, Zabadani, Foah and Kefraya, he said. “It’s one of the biggest medical evacuations that have been planned.” read more

Marching towards peace FARCEP begins turning in arms – UN Mission in

The UN Mission in Colombia said the Transitional Point of Normalization of Pondores, department of La Guajira, in northern Colombia, according to figures from tripartite Monitoring and Verification Mechanism, composed of the Government, the FARC-EP and coordinated by the UN Mission. Members of the FARC-EP – some of them pregnant or breastfeeding – walked about nine kilometres from four pre-grouping points near to the Pondores transitional point, where the FARC-EP camp will be located and where the separation of forces will take place, a task which the UN Mission will verify. “As a UN Mission, this moment is crucial because it means we will continue to verify the ceasefire and cessation of hostilities through our participation in the Tripartite Mechanism, and we will be able to begin the operational part of the verification of the laying down of arms,” explained the Deputy Head of Observers of the Mission, José Mauricio Villacorta. According to the Mission, the women and men marching today join more than 6,300 FARC-EP members who began mobilizing on Saturday, 28 January, to zones and points using 36 travel routes in 14 departments of the country, according to preliminary figures from the Colombian Government’s High Commissioner for Peace, on one of the country’s largest logistics operations. FARC-EP members were received today at the Pondores site by High Commissioner for Peace Sergio Jaramillo, FARC-EP leader Ivan Márquez, Colombian authorities and Mr. Mauricio Villacorta, in a symbolic act to highlight the parties’ commitment and the imminent start of the laying down of arms, which the UN Mission will verify, to enable the transition to civilian life. “This shows that we are bringing the agreement to reality,” said Mr. Jaramillo, who added: “This is a moment of joy.”Iván Márquez, who headed the FARC-EP negotiating team in Havana, Cuba, where four years of negotiations on the eventual peace accord took place, stated: “Something good is happening in Colombia: it’s peace […] This peace is irrepressible, unstoppable; let us go forward.”“To date, we have focused on the planning and preparation phase so that the Mission can carry out the tasks of registering and storing weapons,” said Mr. Mauricio Villacorta. Once FARC-EP members are in the camps the first step for the laying down of arms is the registration of arms and weapons. Unstable armaments – such as gunpowder, grenades and anti-personnel mines – will be destroyed in site. After 180 days, the UN Mission in Colombia is set to remove all the weapons from the camp.In early October 2016, Colombian voters narrowly rejected the historic peace accord between the Government and the FARC-EP. That deal led to a cessation of hostilities and agreements on key issues such as political participation, land rights, illicit drugs and victims’ rights and transitional justice. The two sides signed a new agreement in late November. read more

UN agriculture agency and World Bank reinforce partnership to end hunger and

The United Nations agriculture agency and the World Bank have opened a new chapter in their longstanding partnership by further strengthening their cooperation to end hunger and poverty at global and national levels. The two organizations have signed a new agreement to work closely together supporting the member countries in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), improve rural livelihoods, enhance efficiency of food production and distribution, and ensure sustainable management of natural resources worldwide.The framework agreement – which enables the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to provide technical expertise to governments for projects funded by the World Bank -– was signed yesterday in Rome by Daniel Gustafson, FAO Deputy Director-General for Operations, and Hartwig Schafer, the Vice-President of the World Bank’s Operations Policy and Country Services.This enhanced partnership realizes faster mobilization of FAO assistance to member countries in order to advance the 2030 Agenda for and its corresponding SDGs. “The tools […] will increase financial resources for development, especially in situations of protracted crises and fragile States,” says to Mr. Gustafson in a response during the signing ceremony.For his part, Mr. Schafer stressed that the new agreement is about joining forces on the front lines of crises and building on each organization’s comparative advantages, adding that it “becomes even more relevant in the context of emergency response, fragility and limited capacity to implement critical development programs in the countries.” The new agreement will go beyond FAO and World Bank investment programmes, says Mr. Schafter in a video interview. Through the FAO Investment Centre both international bodies have been working together for over 50 years providing development support to invest in agriculture and rural development. The Centre has contributed to over $100 billion worth of investments worldwide. read more

Ebola situation worsening in DR Congo amidst growing funding gap UN health

“We are entering a phase where we will need major shifts in the response”, said Mr. Tedros, adding that the challenges can only be tackled if the international community steps in to “fill the sizeable funding gap”, which is around 50 per cent underfunded.Pride and respect for WHO staffThe head of WHO said also in the statement that Dr. Mouzoko’s death had “moved him profoundly” and added that the much-respected epidemiologist deployed by the agency “was on his mind the whole time of the visit, as they met with other dedicated colleagues”.Dr. Moeti underlined that colleagues have been through something “unimaginable and yet they were willing to continue the vital work”. Reiterating the importance of having the security situation under control for both staff and local people, she said WHO would continue to work with various groups and embed their response at the community level.More than 1,200 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola have been recorded since the outbreak began, with more than 760 deaths confirmed. Following their visit to Butembo, to express gratitude and show support to staff, in the wake of the recent attack at a treatment centre that killed Doctor Richard Mouzoko and left two others injured, World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus and the agency’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, reiterated their commitment to “defeat Ebola”.During the visit, Dr. Moeti and Mr. Tedros assessed the next steps needed to adjust the response, after meeting local political, business and religious leaders, calling on them to accelerate their efforts to help stabilize conditions on the ground.“Most Ebola response activities, including community engagement, vaccination, and case investigation, have been re-launched following a slowdown in the wake of the attack, however a rise in reported cases in recent weeks is straining resources even further”, WHO said in the statement.“We will continue to adjust the response, as we have done for each context in each community,” said Dr. Moeti, calling for action. “In the end, it is only through ownership by all the affected communities that the outbreak will end. Some would have Ebola drive us apart. We can only defeat it if we all work together”, she added.WHO Director-General @DrTedros and @WHOAFRO Regional Director, @MoetiTshidi, have concluded a visit to Butembo, #DRC, following the death of WHO epidemiologist Dr Richard Mouzoko who was killed while working on the #Ebola response.Their statement: https://t.co/NDHMHpMHig pic.twitter.com/Ur64IWq9DQ— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) April 30, 2019 read more

Design for environment concept AClass above for MercedesBenz

Overall energy consumption has been reduced by eight per cent 26 components of the latest model are made from renewable raw materials CO2 emissions over the full lifecycle of the car are nine per cent below that of the outgoing model Emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and volatile hydrocarbons are down 17, six and eight per cent respectivelyImprovements in the manufacturing process, as well as the body, chassis and engine design, have seen overall emissions reduced. Modified petrol engines, for example, now have higher output, but consume up to 10 per cent less fuel. They also comply with Euro IV emission limits, a full two years ahead of the 2006 deadline.In terms of end of life recycling, the new A-Class already meets the target rate of 85 per cent by weight, the Europe-wide requirement from 2006. With further design changes in the future, it is set to meet the recycling target of 95 per cent from 2015.When it comes to preserving resources, Mercedes-Benz uses a range of high quality recycled plastics, and channels materials from end-of-life vehicles and scrapped car parts back into the production of new vehicles. A total of 54 recycled components with a combined weight of 34 kilograms are in the new A-Class. That’s 21 per cent of all the plastic parts used, more than three times that of the outgoing model. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 21 per cent of all plastic components are produced from recycled plastics – three times higher than for the outgoing A-Class Mercedes-Benz has demonstrated their green design credentials with the new A-Class.The new car has been developed and re-designed around a total environmental concept covering the vehicle’s entire lifecycle, including its manufacture. An analysis of 40,000 individual processes was conducted, all of which were then optimised from an environmental standpoint.Environmental performance has been improved in the following areas: Emissions in the manufacture and use of the new A-Class have fallen 17 per cent, saving around 1,300 litres of petrol per vehicle read more

Strategic Analysis of European Market for Electric Corner Modules

This research study gives a detailed analysis of European Market for Electric Corner Modules. Market Analysis of ECM for Hybrid, Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles are dealt in detail. Cost Benefit Analysis for Electric Corner Modules compared to conventional hybrids, Legislative Trends, Drivers and Restraints, Market Trends and Forecasts are also being covered in this research service.Strategic Analysis of European Market for Electric Corner ModulesClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

New staff representative elected to Board of Trustees

Giulia Forsythe has been elected as a representative of ongoing staff to the Board of Trustees.Forsythe will serve a three-year term, from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020, and joins continuing staff representative Kristen Smith.Gratitude was extended to Gloria Gallagher for her dedicated service on the Board of Trustees over the past three years.  Her term on the Board ends on June 30, 2017.A special thanks was also offered to those who allowed their names to stand for election.Three individuals ran in the election and more than 326 ballots were received.The Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of having staff representation on the Board and is pleased to see such staff engagement in the process — both from those who stood in the election and those who voted.Full details about the election results can been viewed at:  https://brocku.ca/university-secretariat/2017-election-of-an-ongoing-s read more

CCOVI lectures broadcast live on web

Vineyard operators and wineries across Canada began going online this week to join industry researchers at the country’s leading academic research institute for grape growers and winemakers.Antonia Mantonakis will be featured in the next CCOVI lecture series event.The Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock has taken its popular lecture series to live webcasts, making it accessible from coast to coast. Although most of the lectures take place on campus, this new initiative lets anyone with a computer and the internet to virtually “attend” the discussions and ask questions of the speakers.The first webcast this week attracted a handful of log-ons, but CCOVI director Debbie Inglis says the pieces are in place to attract and service a wide national audience.Quebec grape grower Fabien Gagné, one of the first to join this week, welcomed the initiative and the knowledge it provides to people regardless of their address. “The webcast is a great addition to your formula,” said the owner of Vignobles Saint-Rémi, located south of Montreal.Dr. John Paroschy is director of operations, research and development at Château des Charmes winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Although he regularly attends the lectures in person, Paroschy says the webcasts are a big step forward for the industry and the university. “It’s an important communications tool between CCOVI research and the industry, presenting the current status of research in viticulture, oenology and wine business,” he said. “Now that the lectures are offered via live webcast, anyone can follow the lectures from their computer if unable to attend.”Inglis said the new project is part of CCOVI’s heightened focus on community outreach. CCOVI is dedicated to advancing the Canadian grape and wine industry through research, continuing education and outreach services.This year’s CCOVI lecture series runs from February through May, featuring 13 experts examining topics ranging from grape growing and winemaking techniques to the marketing of Canadian wines and how the emerging wine-producing region of China might impact world markets.Now in its third year, this year’s series is the largest yet, with twice as many speakers as in past years. Our next lecture is on Monday, March 22 at 3 p.m. EST presented by Dr. Antonia Mantonakis from the Faculty of Business and her lecture is entitled “Little things that make a difference, but shouldn’t: Insights into consumer behaviour”.Quick link:– CCOVI lecture series read more

New Brock plan will cover tuition for international PhD students

Moving to further deepen its robust research scene by attracting more global scholars, Brock University is increasing international doctoral fellowships to match the tuition costs for international students who are enrolled in a PhD program.The announcement comes just weeks after Brock said it will freeze tuition for international students in research-based master’s and PhD programs. The new initiatives take effect May 1.Officials say the moves are part of a strategy to broaden the scope of world-class research at Brock while creating an enriched campus experience that better prepares all students to succeed in a global career landscape.“Our own recruitment efforts tell us that some of the best young minds in various countries would love to pursue their graduate studies at a North American institution,” said Diane Dupont, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies at Brock.Paul Adachi, who graduated with his PhD in psychology, receives the Spirit of Brock medal from Kristine Freudenthaler during a Spring 2015 Convocation ceremony.“It is known that students who earn graduate degrees often settle in the country where they studied, so attracting the best and brightest represents a great intellectual gain for Niagara.”Jamie Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost for Enrolment Management and International, said a large proportion of overseas doctoral students are attracted by the options they have to advance their careers with world-renowned researchers and in state-of-the-art facilities such as Brock’s Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex.“Increasing the number of exceptional young scholars who attend Brock is not just an investment in their own careers, it’s an investment in the strength of the University, the Niagara region, and the country,” said Mandigo.“Bringing the next generation of researchers onto our campus to pursue their doctoral studies not only reflects our ongoing commitment to cutting-edge research, but also to the scientific pursuit of ideas and knowledge that crisscross international boundaries and borders.”Brock currently has 27 international students enrolled in doctoral studies and would like to see this number increase in all Faculties that offer PhD programs. read more

Everton moves up to 6th in EPL after beating Cardiff 10

LIVERPOOL, England — Everton climbed above Manchester United to sixth place in the Premier League after beating Cardiff 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.The Welsh visitors made life difficult for the Toffees but Marco Silva’s team ultimately deserved the win given to them by Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 59th-minute goal, securing a fourth consecutive home success.Theo Walcott broke into the box on the right and saw his shot saved by Neil Etheridge but the rebound was a tap-in for former Swansea midfielder Sigurdsson.Silva stuck with the side that drew 0-0 with Chelsea two weeks ago, meaning no place for Kurt Zouma, who was ineligible to face his parent club, while Neil Warnock recalled Harry Arter following suspension.___More AP English soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/PremierLeague and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Ohio State field hockey prepares for Penn State

Junior forward Peanut Johnson (3) goes for the ball during a game against Ball State on Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2, in overtime.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerOhio State field hockey is set to take on the two-time defending Big Ten champions, Penn State, coming off a loss.The Buckeyes and the No. 10 Nittany Lions are set to face-off Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field at 1 p.m.OSU (3-5) lost to then-No. 11 Louisville (7-1) on Tuesday afternoon, a game in which senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner scored two goals. The game marked the third time OSU taken a late loss against a ranked opponent.Wagner said Wednesday that she believes the team is on the verge of a breakthrough.“It will be a battle for us,” she said via email of OSU’s showdown with Penn State (6-2). “But I think mentally and physically we are getting stronger and will hopefully be prepared for a win.“The will and heart is there. We just need to have strong defense and strong finishes.”The Nittany Lions are coming off a 5-1 defeat of Lock Haven University on Tuesday, and they’re looking to rebound after losing their Big Ten opener to Michigan on Sept. 19 at home.Penn State’s leading scorer, senior forward Taylor Herold, found the back of the net twice against Lock Haven to bring her season total to eight goals.Herold is four points away from 100 in her career, tallying 42 goals and 12 assists in 72 games. “What worries me about PSU is their fast forwards and quick passing,” Wagner said. “They are a team that is always aggressive and strong.”OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she’s happy with her team’s aggression right now, but they have to protect the net against Penn State’s high-powered offense.“We have very good balance on our attack right now,” Wilkinson said. “But we will need to limit the amount of shots we are currently giving up, especially against a team like PSU.”  In its three games against ranked opponents — Syracuse, Michigan State and Louisville — this season, OSU allowed an average of 13 shots on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro said, despite the pressure she carries in front of the net, she is confident her team can get it done against the defending conference champions.“Every game is a challenge. It does not matter what title the team has,” Tamburro said. “It is about who shows up to play. I have confidence that we will rise to the occasion and give it all we’ve got.”Penn State leads the all-time series with OSU, 34-10-2, dating back to 1977. The Nittany Lions have won the last two meetings, including a 6-1 victory in State College, Pa., in 2013.OSU has three days off to get ready for Sunday’s showdown, while Penn State travels to East Lansing, Mich., Friday afternoon to face Michigan State. read more

Ohio State womens basketball set for matchup with No 22 West Virginia

OSU junior guard Ameryst Alston goes for a 2-point shot while VCU freshman guard #13 Brittani Burgess and sophomore guard #14 Adaeze Alaeze try to intercede in the first half of the OSU Women’s basketball game against VCU November 23, 2014. OSU went on to win 96-86.With the Big Ten season around the corner, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is set to end its non-conference season on a high note against No. 22 West Virginia.The Buckeyes (7-4) and Mountaineers (9-1) are set to complete a home-and-home series dating back to last season, in which the Buckeyes won in Morgantown, W.Va., 70-61. Following that game, the Mountaineers would go on to win 17 of their next 18 games.Sophomore forward Shayla Cooper said she hopes to make a big impact in her first game for the Buckeyes.“I’m looking to bring a lot of energy, a lot more rebounding,” Cooper said.Cooper, a transfer from Georgetown, had to sit out until the end of fall semester due to NCAA transfer rules. In the two games she played for the Hoyas in 2013, she totaled 32 points and 17 rebounds.She spoke highly of her own defense, which will likely be needed against a deep Mountaineer frontcourt.“I’m more like the muscle of the team,” Cooper said. “I’m the one that’s going to get those rebounds, like when we played Pitt and we needed that one rebound.”The Mountaineers frontcourt starts with 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore center Lanay Montgomery, who has totaled 66 rebounds in 10 starts this season.OSU coach Kevin McGuff said he was glad to have Cooper as an eligible player on the team.“It’s good to have her now,” McGuff said. “It’s good to have another body.”At 6-foot-2, Cooper provides depth, especially since the Buckeyes starting lineup is currently comprised of four guards and only one forward.One of those guards, junior Ameryst Alston, is looking forward to playing with Cooper for the first time.“Definitely, really excited to have her back,” Alston said.  “I’m really looking forward to playing with her finally, like in an actual game.”Alston said that Cooper’s presence is also important both offensively and defensively.“She’s definitely going to bring energy, for sure,” she said. “She’s such a physical player, so that’s definitely something that we need, as far as rebounding.”In addition to Cooper’s eligibility, freshman forward Alexa Hart was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, her first weekly award. Alston was also named to the Big Ten Honor Roll.With a win, the Buckeyes would be on a four-game winning streak heading into conference play. That would be the longest of the season and would be a tie for the longest in the past two seasons under McGuff.The game against the Mountaineers is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start on Monday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State dominates William and Mary in 9762 blowout

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) hands the ball off to senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State (8-3, 2-0 Big Ten) kept it close with William and Mary (6-3) for about seven minutes before bursting out on a run to end the first half. The Buckeyes never took their feet off the pedal again and drove away to a dominating 97-62 victory at the Schottenstein Center Saturday afternoon.One of the top shooting teams in the nation, William and Mary shot just 52 percent from the field and only 31 percent from 3-point range. It was held to its fewest 3-point shot attempts on the season at just 16, and Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said that was a key heading into a matchup against the No. 2 3-point shooting team in the nation.“I had this conversation with Ken Pomeroy at some point in the last three or four years about teams that shoot this volume [and then with this efficiency]. What’s really key is limiting their attempts,” Holtmann said after the game. “Now that extends you, that opens you up to slips and drives and that affects your 2-point field goal percentage a little bit, but I’ve seen those guys shoot through eight games and if we were going to allow them to shoot 28-30 3s, they’re going to make 14 or 15 of those and we’re in trouble.”Ohio State had its best shooting day of the year, hitting a 65 percent of its shots from the field and 52 percent from 3-point range en route to its highest point total of the year. Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop led the charge for Ohio State with a career-high 27 points and five rebounds. Freshman center Kaleb Wesson also posted strong numbers in his seventh start, finishing the game with 17 points and seven rebounds.Guard David Cohn led the Tribe in points with 15, while forward Nathan Knight and guard Connor Burchfield also registered double-digit point totals with 13 and 12, respectively. Down by one with 12:28 remaining in the first half, Ohio State went on an 20-2 run, led by Bates-Diop’s eight points, to jump out to a commanding 39-22 lead. The Tribe had made 8-of-10 shots from the field — including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, but once leading 20-19, shots refused to fall down as it shot just 5-for-16 the rest of the half, going only 2-for-7 from beyond the arc.William and Mary finished the half strong, however, going on an 8-2 run to bring the score to 48-32.Holtmann said he was disappointed in the early defensive effort by his team and said that every team goes through a bit of a lull at some point in the game. But he was impressed by the way his team stayed strong defensively outside of those first eight minutes.“I just didn’t think we were playing quite hard enough and we’ve had pockets in the game where we don’t always have the kind of effort we need to have defensively,” Holtmann said. “I’m sure most teams can say that, but we certainly and when that happens, we get really exposed. Outside of the first few minutes when we were kind of just trading baskets with them, I was pleased with that.”Ohio State came out firing in the second half, making its first 10 field goal tries with Bates-Diop accounting for five of those makes. And while the Tribe attempted to keep the game from getting out of hand, holding Ohio State to only a 28-20 advantage in the first eight minutes of the second half, the Buckeyes went on a 14-0 run to put the game well out of reach.Redshirt senior guard Kam Williams compared the second half of this game to the second of Ohio State’s 20-point comeback win against Michigan, another strong shooting team, in how the team improved defensively to shut down the opposing offense.“We were always on our toes because we know they’re capable of putting a lot of points up. With their 3s,” Williams said. “We just had to make an adjustment like we did in the previous game. Put more pressure on them, clog up the lanes. Just made them feel us and it worked out for us.”The Buckeyes have a week off before hosting Appalachian State at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Schottenstein Center. read more