Month: October 2019

“Fifty-eight years ago, Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld died in a plane crash in the Congo while trying to broker a peace agreement to end the conflict in the country”, said Mr. Guterres, calling the former UN chief “a tireless and fearless champion of peace” who took “robust action when needed”.Today’s honourees were military and police personnel, international civil servants, national staff and UN Volunteers from 38 countries who served in 12 different UN peace operations around the world.“Hailing from different backgrounds, our fallen heroes were united in their efforts to help the UN attain its most important objective – to save further generations from the scourge of war”, said Mr. Guterres. “The medal we posthumously honour them with, bears the name of Secretary-General Hammarskjöld”.It is also inscribed with the fallen hero’s name, “forever linking them in our hearts and in our memories”, said the UN chief.Mr. Guterres quoted Secretary-General Hammarskjöld in saying: “The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.”“Today, as we honour our fallen colleagues with the Dag Hammarskjöld medal, let us also honour them by living up to his call to never abandon the pursuit of peace”, he stressed. “I offer my highest tribute to those we remember here today, and my sincerest condolences to their loved ones left behind”, he concluded, asking for a moment of silence.A ‘true’ hero lost In a special event as part of the commemorations, the UN chief paid tribute to the late Private Chancy Chitete of Malawi, who was hit by enemy fire while protecting and administering lifesaving first aid to his wounded Tanzanian comrade, Corporal Omary.Private Chitete became only the second winner of the UN’s highest peacekeeping award, the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” which was established in 2014 for uniformed and civilian personnel who meet the criteria, and named after the late UN peacekeeper Captain Diagne – the first posthumous recipient of the award – who saved hundreds of lives in Rwanda in 1994, before being killed.  “The world does not have many true heroes”, said the UN chief, but Private Chitete, who was serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), was “indeed one of them”.In November last year, while conducting an operation to stop armed attacks which were disrupting the Ebola response in local towns, peacekeepers came under heavy fire. As bullets were flying, Private Chitete dragged Corporal Omary back to an area “of greater safety”, Mr. Guterres recounted. “Both were evacuated for medical treatment. Corporal Omary survived.  Private Chitete did not”.   “Private Chitete’s selfless heroism and sacrifice helped the peacekeepers achieve their objective and dislodge the militia from its stronghold and that was vital for the Ebola response to go on”, he commended. “He personally made a difference. A profound one”.The ceremony marked the first time the award has been conferred since its initial presentation to the family of Captain Diagne in 2016, said the Secretary-General, adding: “We could not have found a more deserving recipient”. Speaking of “the true cost of peacekeeping”, the UN chief called for a moment of silence for those who “paid the ultimate price” to protect others and “to give war-torn countries a chance for peace and hope”.The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned –Secretary-General Hammarskjöld“Today, in 14 missions around the world, our peacekeepers serve heroically to preserve peace and stability”, he said, adding that they also “face grave threats”.He noted that UN missions in Mali, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Lebanon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo “are among the most dangerous that we have ever undertaken”, saying that “last year we lost 98 military, police and civilian peacekeepers from 36 countries”. “We ask much of our peacekeepers”, Mr. Guterres said. “In return, we must continue to do all we can to ensure they are as safe as possible”.“Today, we honour the memory” of the peacekeepers who did not return home, and “recommit ourselves to carrying forward their mission for a better future”.Honouring 119 fallen heroesFollowing the wreath laying, the UN chief honoured 119 brave men and women with the Dag Hammarskjold medal.After laying a wreath to honor fallen Peacekeepers, @antonioguterres reminds the world of the sacrifices of the men and women who serve under the UN flag. Remarks: #PKDay #A4P @UNPeacekeeping— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) May 24, 2019 read more

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Nigeria’s current UN Permanent Representative, was elected to head the world body by acclamation on Tuesday in the General Assembly Hall in New York and will succeed Ecuador’s Maria Fernanda Espinosa.The newly-elected @UN General Assembly President @UN_PGA, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande of Nigeria, was elected Tuesday. Here’s our news video of the day.— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) June 4, 2019 Strengthening global action to tackle climate change, which is integral to the effective implementation of the SDGs. Accentuating inclusion, human rights, and the empowerment of youth and women, respectively. Promoting partnerships for advancing the achievement of the SDGs, in particular Goals 1, 2 and 4 on poverty eradication, zero hunger and quality education, respectively.,He also highlighted that efforts must be maintained to strengthen the relationship between the General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).“I will count on the support and solidarity of all Member States as well as the Secretariat”, he maintained, saying that he would use his office’s advocacy tools to promote multilateral approaches for “workable solutions” to pressing issues. “I will work with Member States on streamlining our work and improving the way we do business at the UN”, he added.Noting the growing number of events, which may risk undermining genuine dialogue and over-stretching delegations, he assured “I will work with you all on appropriate solutions, as I believe we must make the UN more efficient, effective and accountable to the people we serve”.,President-elect offers ‘invaluable insights’ – GuterresIn his remarks, Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated Mr. Muhammad-Bande and noted some of the “many important and admirable qualifications” he brings to the office.  He cited the president-elect’s tenure as Nigeria’s UN Ambassador; his expertise in political science and public administration; and the “invaluable insights” he has into Africa’s challenges and world affairs in general, particularly regarding the Organization’s peace and security work, sustainable development and human rights.The UN chief said that “as we gear up to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations”, he hopes to use the occasion “to reaffirm the value of international cooperation and the vision of the Charter”.Mr. Guterres also commended the current Assembly President, María Fernanda Espinosa for her “outstanding work”, saying “I am most grateful for her support for United Nations reform and her overall stewardship of this body”.The Secretary-General concluded by offering the president-elect his support “as we strive to reach our shared goals and uphold universal values”. “Peace and security, poverty eradication, zero hunger, quality education, climate action and inclusion will constitute a major priority of my presidency”, said the Nigerian ambassador.When he takes the reins at opening of the 74th session in September, he committed “to promoting partnerships that are needed from all stakeholders to achieve our objectives, and ultimately ensure that we do our best to ensure peace and prosperity, particularly, for the most vulnerable”.Mr. Muhammad-Bande spoke about a number of September’s high-level events that will be convened at UN Headquarters in New York to support the Sustainable Development Agenda, including a High-Level Political Forum, the Climate Change Summit, the High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development, the High-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage, as well as the high-level meeting to review progress made in addressing the priorities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).“The promotion of human rights and the empowerment of women and youth deserve special attention, and I will be devoted to the promotion of gender parity throughout the whole UN system, starting from my own Office”, said the president-elect.Noting that the 75th anniversary of the UN’s founding would be commemorated during his tenure, he called it “a unique opportunity for us to reduce the trust deficit between nations”.To “achieve the visions of our founding fathers, we must ensure that indifference and cynicism does not creep into our Organization”, he asserted, saying that the 193-nation Assembly “must play its role in bridging the gaps and promoting collective action”.,Mr. Muhammad-Bande’s in-tray includes: Promoting international peace and security, in particular, conflict prevention. read more

As part of this year’s WHD commemorations, the UN and partners are launching the #WomenHumanitarians global campaign to pay special tribute to and raise support for the work women do to save lives and alleviate human suffering.  The campaign tells the stories of 24 women over 24 hours, to show the range and diversity of their roles in humanitarian action. They include a driver in the Central African Republic who brings food to people in need; a woman who provides legal advice to refugee women and children from Somalia; and a midwife in Liberia who has cared for mothers and babies for three decades and has more than 800 girls named after her. “This World Humanitarian Day, we showcase the commitment and drive of some truly amazing women in the humanitarian community”, said UN humanitarian chief and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock.  “The dedication of these women to help the world’s most vulnerable people is admirable, particularly those women who are often the first to respond in their communities when faced with a crisis,” Today, and for the rest of this month, Mr. Guterres invites everyone to share through their online and social media platforms their own “powerful stories” of humanitarian aid workers to “reaffirm our common commitment to strengthening the role of women in humanitarian operations”. “On World Humanitarian Day and every day, we stand up for humanitarian workers around the world”, concluded the Secretary-General.  The attack sixteen years ago on UN Headquarters in Iraq was one of the most lethal in the Organization’s history, and marked a turning point in how the UN and aid groups operate in the field. Here are hear first-hand accounts from some of the survivors.‘Important lessons’: Deputy Secretary-GeneralAt a wreath-laying ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday, which observed a minute of silence in honour of those who died in the Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad, and “so many others who have perished in the line of duty”, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said that these losses “have seared our awareness as members of a close-knit” UN family, and also  “brought important lessons”. “We are changing the way we operate around the world, with strengthened safety and security measures, preparedness training programmes, integrated rapid response, increased counselling and mental health support”, she said. “We are doing more to address the needs of surviving staff, as well as families of the victims in their long journey of healing”.  Since August 2003, more than 4,500 aid workers of all genders have been killed, injured, detained, assaulted or kidnapped while carrying out their work. That averages out to five attacks per week. Moreover, women humanitarians are at particularly high risk of robbery, sexual assault and other violence.  Protect humanitarians The UN emphasizes that under international law, all humanitarian workers must be safeguarded.“World leaders, and all parties to conflict, must ensure that humanitarians are protected from harm, as required under international law”, Mr. Guterres stressed. And yet, serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law continue around the world, which “must be investigated and prosecuted” always, he added. The UN held a wreath-laying ceremony to honour the memory of UN staff killed in the 2003 attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. The day of the attack, 19 August, is now observed annually as World Humanitarian Day, by UN Photo/Loey FelipeSince 19 August 2003, more than 4,500 humanitarians have been killed, injured, detained, kidnapped or otherwise prevented from carrying out their life-saving duties. “That is an average of 280 humanitarians attacked in a year, or five every single week”, underscored the UN deputy chief. “Last year saw the second highest number of attacks on aid workers on record, with 405 aid workers attacked, 131 killed, 144 wounded and 130 kidnapped in a total of 226 separate incidents”. Every day, over half a million humanitarian workers around the world stand on the front lines of war and disaster, braving dangers and difficulties to deliver assistance to people in crises, she noted. About 40 per cent of them are women, many of whom work in some of the most dangerous corners of the globe.  “Their presence makes our efforts more effective, from addressing health epidemics to providing support to victims of gender-based violence”, maintained Ms. Mohammed.  “Thanks to their efforts millions of people have found protection from conflict and had hope itself rekindled”.UN family unitedOver the course of 24 hours, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, is recounting the stories of 24 incredible women, showing the range and diversity of their roles in humanitarian action – from an international model who established a school for girls in her native Democratic Republic of the Congo, to a volunteer in Lebanon who provides thousands of free meals to refugees and other people in need.Meanwhile at an event in Gaza, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick spelled out: “Women across Palestine are leading vital humanitarian work, but they continue to be under-represented and face ongoing obstacles in carrying out their work because of their gender”. “Today”, he continued, “we not only honour their contribution, but we commit to doing more to support their work.”Other special events took place across the world, including in Burundi, Ethiopia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, the Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Thailand and Ukraine.On Twitter, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) offered “a special thank you” to women humanitarians on the ground “helping people rebuild their livelihoods and boost their resilience”.“Our thoughts go to all IOM [International Organization for Migration] staff who have lost their lives while working towards a better world”, tweeted the migration agency. “Today, we honor their memory, strength, and resilience”. As it joins the international community in celebrating “the lifesaving work of women humanitarians”, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) tweeted: “We also recognize the millions of women caught in conflicts and crises”.In its tweet, the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recalled that during the past 20 years, over 90 per cent of disasters requiring humanitarian aid were climate-related and that their number and severity is rising. Listen to an interview with Silvia Risi from the Food and Agriculture Organization. She talks about her humanitarian work in DR Congo and what it means to be a woman humanitarian: Marking the official day’s tenth anniversary on Monday, the UN is honouring the contribution of tens of thousands of women humanitarian aid workers who provide life-saving support to vulnerable people caught up in crises in some of the world’s most dangerous places. The day is commemorated each year on 19 August, the date back in 2003 when the UN headquarters in Baghdad was targeted by a large terrorist truck bomb, killing 22 people, including Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top representative in Iraq.19 August is the 🔟th anniversary of World Humanitarian Day. To mark the day, hour by hour, we will be sharing 24 stories of incredible #WomenHumanitarians working to make a difference in the 🌍.👩🏿👩🏾👩🏽👩🏼👩🏻Watch this space!!#WHD2019— UN Humanitarian (@UNOCHA) August 16, 2019 This year’s focus salutes the efforts of women humanitarian workers across the world who rally to people in need and are often the first to respond and the last to leave.“From supporting civilians caught up in crisis to addressing disease outbreaks, women humanitarians are on the front lines”, said Secretary-General António Guterres.These unsung heroes have long been working in their own communities in some of the most difficult terrains – from the war-wounded in Afghanistan, to the food insecure in the Sahel, to those who have lost their homes and livelihoods in places such as Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. “Their presence makes aid operations more effective by increasing their reach”, said the UN chief. “It also improves the humanitarian response to gender-based violence, which increases during emergencies”. Across the globe, 250,000 aid workers are women – a figure that amounts to more than 40 per cent of the humanitarian workforce. But aid work is becoming increasingly dangerous.Listen to or download an interview with Melissa Fleming, currently the communications chief for refugee agency UNHCR, and Adiba Qasim, Yazidi survivor and refugee:  read more

With the accent firmly set on whole vehicle type approval, it is gratifying to see the return of the UK’s bodybuilders to the nation’s favourite road transport event, the Commercial Vehicle Show 2013.Not since the CV Bodybuilder Show in 1994 has there been an opportunity for the road transport industry to compare such a wide range of bodywork and trailers under one roof. In addition, all the companies exhibiting will be showing their very latest technology, designed to maximise payload and reduce fuel consumption.Paul Bratton, Director of SDC Trailers is particularly pleased to be a part of the CV Show 2013. “The 2012 CV Show was a spectacular success for SDC Trailers and certainly made us realise that the industry needed a show that would give our sector a great shop window in which to exhibit our products – and would also provide an excellent networking opportunity. For SDC Trailers, the CV Show ticks all the boxes.”The CV Show will be held from Tuesday 9 April until Thursday 11 April. Opening times are 08:30-17:30.Registration is now open at where prospective visitors can register by clicking on the ‘free tickets’ panel on the home page.The Commercial Vehicle Show is owned by the CV Show LLP comprising the Road Haulage Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and IRTE Services Ltd, the trading company of the SOE (Society of Operations Engineers).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Lotus has announced new graduate opportunities across its Lotus Cars and Lotus Engineering divisions following recent investment of a £10 million Regional Growth Fund grant.The Lotus Graduate Training Scheme will comprise of a two-year rotation programme that will see successful candidates moving throughout the Lotus Cars and Lotus Engineering divisions. The rotation process will offer a comprehensive view of all divisions and disciplines before trainees choose to specialise.Once the two-year rotation has been completed, trainees will be enrolled onto the Institution of Mechanical Engineers MPDS scheme and will work towards becoming chartered engineers.Aslam Farikullah, Group Lotus Plc Chief Operating Officer, said, “Lotus stands for performance, excellence and passion; being part of this iconic brand is something of which our people are proud and we are delighted to welcome the next generation of Lotus experts. We have a flexible, agile business culture, great facilities and tremendous support from our shareholders so our new starters are nurtured and flourish quickly.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

The Brock Badgers women’s soccer team has had the results of four games of the ongoing 2017 season forfeited due to an eligibility issue.Ontario University Athletics announced the decision by U Sports (formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport) on Thursday, Oct. 5. The ruling is the result of Brock using an ineligible player in four of the first five regular season women’s soccer games.Brock Sports Director Neil Lumsden said the use of the ineligible player was the result of an oversight, and called the situation a learning experience on a number of fronts.“This is a very unfortunate situation but the coaches and players will not let this setback derail their goal of finishing the season on a positive note and making the playoffs,” Lumsden said.The forfeit impacts a 2-2 tie against Wilfrid Laurier on Aug. 25, a 1-1 tie against Waterloo on Aug. 27, a 1-0 win over Guelph on Sept. 8 and a 1-0 loss against Western on Sept. 10. All will now be recorded as 1-0 losses.“The eligibility violation was reviewed and verified, and as a result, games in which the Brock University athlete participated in are forfeited,” the OUA said in announcing the U Sports decision.The ineligible player has now been removed from the roster and head coach Kevin Trethowan said the team will work harder than ever to overcome the setback.“This is a huge setback for us but we can’t let off-the-field factors impact our performances on the field,” he said. “Playoffs are still within reach and we will still be pushing to make them. We are a resilient bunch and this will only make us stronger.”The Badgers have five games remaining in the regular season including home games against Guelph and York this weekend and away games against McMaster, Waterloo and Laurier Oct. 15, 21 and 22, respectively.With the forfeits, Brock’s record stands at three wins, seven losses and one tie. read more

It will be a busy week for Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts, with a theatrical performance, panel discussion and series of public workshops all lined up in a matter of three days.The programming, sponsored by the Walker Cultural Leader Series, takes place Thursday, March 15 to Saturday, March 17 at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) in downtown St. Catharines.Kerr Mesner, of Pennsylvania’s Arcadia University, will kick-off the three-day lineup Thursday with the debut of In Transit: Artistic Interventions in Precarious Times. The one-person performance piece combines multimedia, live theatrical performance and audience engagement to create an evocative and thought-provoking dramatic experience. His autoethnographic theatrical piece explores the intersections of queer identities, Christianity’s contributions to anti-queer violence and the challenges of embodying transgender identities within current political contexts.Mesner weaves a story arc between live theatrical performances from his 2017 piece, In Transit, and multimedia excerpts from the film version of his 2014 play, Intervention, that was part of his doctoral dissertation.He performs in the Marilyn I. Walker (MIW) Theatre Thursday, March 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.On Friday, March 16, a panel discussion, “Tensions of Engagement in the Canadian Immigrant Theatre Context,” will take place in the MIW Theatre at 7 p.m.Ruth Howard of Jumblies Theatre, Lina de Guevara of Puente Theatre and Professor Yasmine Kandil of Brock University will discuss how applied theatre with immigrants and refugees in Canada has evolved over the past few decades. Moderated by Brock Professor Natalie Alvarez, the panel will examine whether the medium has had a positive and tangible impact on this community, and on settler Canadians.Kandil began her immigrant journey in Victoria, B.C., where she worked on multiple projects exploring celebration as a means for immigrant youth to claim a space in their new home. She is currently engaged in the second phase of devising a theatre piece that examines narratives of immigration and settlement for Brock students and local immigrants and refugees in relation to expectations, obstacles and assimilation.Beginning Saturday, March 17, Brock’s visiting scholars and theatre makers, including two panelists from the previous evening’s event, will present workshops about their work in the Dramatic Arts field.Howard, founder of Toronto-based Jumblies Theatre, explores her recent Four Lands touring project in a workshop held in Studio B of the MIWSFPA from 10 a.m. to noon. Her work on issues of diversity has won many awards. Jumblies Theatre is known for its work with minority groups, engaging non-artists and a larger spectrum of participants through community-based theatre.Following from 1 to 3 p.m. in Studio C will be de Guevara’s workshop, which examines the different tools used to research immigrant and refugee narratives. She was the first immigrant artist to establish a theatre company in Victoria that focused solely on promoting the narratives of immigration and settlement, with the purpose of bridging the gap between the minority group and predominantly white culture of Victoria. Her work has spread to other provinces in Canada since she began her Canadian journey almost 40 years ago.Admission to all three days of programming is free thanks to sponsorship from the Walker Cultural Leader Series, founded by Marilyn I. Walker. However, participants are asked to register for the March workshops in advance through Eventbrite.The Walker Cultural Leader Series brings leading artists, performers, practitioners and academics to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University. read more

It’s a crucial part of the research process that’s often overlooked.Much energy is focused on gathering and analyzing data. Research data can include things like interview transcripts, measurements from laboratory instruments, answers to questionnaires, protein sequences and many other types of information as varied as the researchers themselves.The data and their interpretations are the stuff of discoveries and breakthroughs, leading to new or deeper insights that shape the world around us.But storing and securing this goldmine of information has often not been well thought out, leading to data getting lost in the system, being unavailable to the wider research community or even violating basic principles such as research participant confidentiality.To that end, the Canadian government has created a Draft Research Data Management Policy. Brock University, like many other research institutions that rely upon federal government research funding, is preparing a response to this draft policy.“This consultation is an opportunity for Brock as an institution and for the federal government to prepare for this future: What resources are in place? What resources are needed? How will these proposed requirements ensure greater return on research investments?” says Interim Associate Vice-President Research Michelle McGinn.  McGinn and officials from the Office of Research Services, the Research Ethics Office, the Library, and Information Technology Services have formed a group to gather feedback from the Brock research community and co-ordinate Brock’s response.The exercise is not just academic.“The draft policy indicates that researchers may be required to include a data management plan in their applications for federal government grants or as a condition for release of those funds,” says McGinn.She says once researchers publish their work, they’ll be required to deposit the associated research data in a recognized digital repository.The draft outlines key elements of a management plan, including:how data will be collected, documented, formatted, protected and preservedhow existing datasets will be used and what new data will be created over the course of the research projectwhether and how data will be sharedwhere data will be depositedIt also identifies those responsible for particular aspects of the plan, and spells out ethical, legal and commercial constraints data are subject to.McGinn describes how issues of data collection and storage play out in her collaboration on a research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.“Our project is predominantly interview based,” she says. Those interviews need to be shared with researchers from four Canadian universities and two international institutions.“Do we buy recorders that have a special proprietary format?” McGinn says. “Or do we have something that records in a broadly available format such as mp4 or wma so that anyone on the team can listen to them?“Where do we store those files so they’re secure and not available to just anyone?” she says adding that, at the moment, the team is using Microsoft Office 365’s One Drive, but not all the project’s researchers have institutional access to that system.Once a research project has finished, the question becomes, where should these data be stored long term and who should be allowed to access this information?Metadata Librarian John Dingle, who focuses on research data management, says there are a number of data hosting options, including: Brock University Dataverse, housed under the Ontario Council of University Libraries’ Scholars Portal Dataverse; the nation-wide Portage Network created by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries; and the fledgling Images and Data subcommunity within Brock’s Digital Repository.He notes that many disciplines already have data repositories in certain subject areas, such as genetics, and that the Library can connect researchers to these repositories.“There’s an increasing recognition that the research data that comes out of a project is as important as other more traditional forms of scholarly output,” says Dingle. “It’s important for being able to be transparent and reproducible in research but also gives opportunities for reuse and building on other peoples’ work.”Who is allowed to have access to these research data needs to be worked out at the very beginning of the research application process, says Manager of Research Ethics Lori Walker.This is mainly because research depends upon informed consent from any people participating in the research. People would need to agree not only to the project they’re involved in, but also to the use of their information in other research that may have similar purposes or even different purposes.Walker says in some research situations, people may have shared sensitive information that may put themselves, their families or communities at risk or disadvantage if made public.She says she is optimistic that the finalized Research Data Management Policy will strike the right balance due to the “energetic and positive culture towards this change at Brock.”“The end result is going to be an increase in the quality of research and the impact of research data, especially if information can be re-analyzed, and re-used by other researchers. That’s a very ethical thing, that you get the most use out of the data that people contributed.”The group encourages Brock researchers to provide feedback on the draft by: Providing comments to be incorporated into the collective response by Friday, Aug. 17or e-mailing comments directly to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research by Friday, Aug. 31. read more

PORTLAND, Ore. — Franklin Porter scored 24 points, Josh McSwiggan scored 19 and Portland beat Cal Poly 72-67 on Friday night.Down 33-23 at halftime, Portland (5-2) rallied in the second half, shooting 9 of 13 (69 per cent) from beyond the 3-point line and 61 per cent (14 of 23) from the field. JoJo Walker contributed 12 points for the Pilots.Marcellus Garrick’s 3-pointer less than two minutes into the second half put Cal Poly out front 38-25 before the Pilots took the lead with an 18-3 run. With less than two minutes left, Tuukka Jaakkola’s layup off his offensive rebound brought the Mustangs within 63-60. Porter responded with a 3 and pair of free throws and Walker made 1 of 2 foul shots with 45 seconds left and Portland held on.Jaakkola led Cal Poly (1-4) with 13 points and Mark Crowe scored 10.The Associated Press read more

NEW YORK — Jordan Allen scored 24 points with six 3-pointers, Dimencio Vaughn added 19 with three 3s and seven rebounds and Rider broke away early to beat Wagner 89-65 on Saturday.Stevie Jordan made 10 assists and Frederick Scott and Tyere Marshall added 10 points apiece for the Broncs (2-1), who made 11 3-pointers and held Wagner to 35 per cent shooting in the first half.Wagner led 5-4 on Jonathan Norfleet’s 3, but Vaughn scored five in a 9-4 run and the Broncs began to pull away while the Seahawks went scoreless for more than seven minutes Allen’s 3 amid a 7-0 run put the Broncs up 36-17 and they led 43-22 at halftime behind Allen’s 15 points and Vaughn’s 14.Allen and Vaughn hit consecutive 3s for a 26-point Rider lead early in the second half and the Broncs were never threatened.Nigel Jackson scored 14 points with four 3s and Romone Saunders and Tim Graham added 10 points apiece for Wagner (2-4).The Associated Press read more

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) attempts to outrun Minnesota junior defensive back Eric Murray (31) during a Nov. 15 game in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith just two games left in the regular season, Ohio State has reached one of its goals: competing for championships in November.With a win over Indiana, the Buckeyes will have clinched a spot in their second straight Big Ten Championship Game. But there is another award opportunity that not everyone saw coming. According to, an online gambling site, OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has 15/1 odds of winning the 2014 Heisman Trophy as of Wednesday evening. Those odds currently put Barrett as the third-highest favorite behind Oregon redshirt-junior quarterback Marcus Mariota (2/5) and Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon (9/4). In comparison, Barrett is third in the nation in overall quarterback passer rating, sporting an 87.9 rating, as Mariota holds the top spot with a 90.9 QBR.Barrett has accounted for 38 total touchdowns and 3,127 total yards in 10 games this season. The Buckeyes’ last Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Troy Smith, accounted for 2,746 total yards and 31 total touchdowns during 2006-07 season.OSU sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott said Wednesday that his teammate deserves to be in the Heisman discussion. “He is a great leader. First of all, I think he is playing as good as any player in the nation,” Elliott said. “I think he should definitely be in the talks. I think he is right up there.”Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman echoed Elliott’s comments adding that he, along with others close to Barrett, is not surprised by the young quarterback’s success. “I told you guys. I know what kind of guy he is, and what kind of player he is and competitor and a leader,” Heuerman said Wednesday. “I don’t think there are a lot of people (who know him) that are really surprised. He has done a great job. He has worked for that every step of the way. Hats off to him.”With the Buckeyes sitting at 9-1, 6-0, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he has previously spoken to his team about handling success. He added that no such conversation is needed when dealing with Barrett. “No. This kid is so grounded. That is once again a credit to his family,” Meyer said Wednesday. “If I saw it (problems with handling pressure), certainly I would jump in the middle of that but I haven’t given it two thoughts.”Barrett said Wednesday that the added attention and Heisman talk has been surreal for him. “It is kind of crazy to think about. That is really never on my mind … but I am grateful that I am on that list,” Barrett said. “But the objective every week is to go out there and win games.”Barrett has broken multiple school records this season, including most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback (189) and longest rush by a quarterback (86). Both records were previously held by senior quarterback Braxton Miller, whom Barrett replaced following Miller’s season-ending torn labrum injury. Barrett is also just two touchdown passes away from breaking Smith’s record of passing scores in a season. Meyer said Monday that Barrett has acknowledged there are things he could be doing better despite breaking multiple records.“J.T. is a Heisman candidate that knows that he could have played much better Saturday, and that’s the best thing about coaching these guys right now,” Meyer said about Barrett and the Buckeyes. “I hope it doesn’t change. That’s something we’re watching very closely with guys that are starting to get some notoriety.”Barrett said he has the same goals as his head coach and is doing his best to remain levelheaded. “I hope it doesn’t change me, I hope I stay the same. I will try hard to be the same: working hard, being here on a Wednesday night until probably 9 o’clock,” he said. “I am going to do my best to make sure it doesn’t. I have people here to keep me grounded so it is really unlikely for that to happen.”Despite the Heisman attention, Barrett said the attention remains on the Buckeyes’ next opponent. “Being 1-0 at the end of the week, making sure that is the main focus,” Barrett said. “Not thinking about the Big Ten Championship Game, not thinking about that team up north, but just beat Indiana. That is the objective this week.” The Buckeyes and Hoosiers are scheduled to square off Saturday at noon from Ohio Stadium. read more

OSU freshman defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) pays tribute to his brother, former OSU defensive lineman Joey Bosa, by doing the ‘Bosa shrug’ after his first career sack during the Buckeyes’ season opener on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For the first-year defensive linemen who have received the most playing time other than Nick Bosa — redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and freshman Robert Landers — 2016 has been a great season. Coming into the year, Nick, brother of former OSU All-American and current San Diego Charger Joey Bosa, was expected to make an impact — unlike his fellow freshman counterparts on the defensive front.After Bosa suffered a torn ACL during his senior year of high school, and starting defensive tackle and redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle went down with an achilles rupture in the first game of the season, it became apparent OSU needed some big-time minutes from their young players. Although Bosa had a successful rehab period, he still needed time to develop after missing much of the offseason’s drills.According to the Florida native, 2016 has been about growth more than healing, although the time away ensured he was ready to go late in the season.“I’ve grown tremendously this whole year,” Bosa said. “From the first day going full speed in camp to now I think … I’ve actually learned how to play football. Let’s just say that. High school was a lot of brute strength and athleticism. And now, I think I have a pretty good skill set. It’s just been fun to progress all year and learn new things every week. The knee is fine.”Before Bosa started picking up steam as a defender, the interior of the OSU defensive line was a bit of a question mark. That was, until, the trio of Jones, Hamilton and Landers emerged as quality defensive linemen.Jones leads the group with 46 total tackles, while Hamilton and Landers have combined for 25. Of Landers’ 16 tackles, eight are for a loss. Success in his first real playing time with a team in national-championship contention is still a little surreal for Jones.“It set in for my family, not for me yet,” he said. “I’m still in a trance still trying to figure this all out. I’m excited. I’m just ready to go.”OSU is a program that expects contributions from first-year players the moment they step onto campus, like many other top football universities in the nation. Although the expectation might seem lofty, it has helped lots of players develop into NFL-ready talent as soon as they leave Columbus. While it’s a bit like a dream for Jones, Bosa had different things in mind when he committed to the Buckeyes.“I obviously have high expectations of myself,” he said. “I’m not going to come in and not expect to play. The fact that I’ve contributed to a national championship run is surreal.”While the players have been hard at work all week preparing for the task ahead in Clemson, most players agreed the extra practice is a chance to fine tune their skills. Although Jones agreed the bowl practices are helpful, he said they have more of an impact for next season.“Bowl practice, period, is really like a mini camp for us ‘cause it’s a chance for the young guys to showcase their talents and show them we can still play,” Jones said. “This kind of just showcases us for next year’s season.”Recently, Nick Bosa watched his brother throw up an O-H-I-O after getting a sack against Cleveland in the Chargers’ loss last Saturday. Although he has yet to break out any patented moves like Joey’s shrug, Nick said he might give it a try.“We’ll see,” he said. “I’ll probably just be screaming my head off. Too much adrenaline.”Bosa and company will be squaring off against Clemson on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium. read more