The action plan sets out a series of measures to enhance the overall protection of children affected by armed conflict, including the cessation and prevention of child recruitment, and the release of children from national security forces. The Sudanese Government also committed to appoint a high-level focal point to coordinate the implementation of the plan and to collaborate with the UN in monitoring progress. With that signing yesterday, all seven countries whose national security forces are listed by the UN Secretary-General for recruitment and use of children have committed to the objective of Children, Not Soldiers, a global campaign to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children by Government security forces in conflict. The other six are Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. “Twenty years after my mandate was created, governments around the world now agree that children should not be associated with national security forces in conflict,” said Leila Zerrougui, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict in a press release . “The Action Plan signed today will bring about a more protected future for the country’s children. I look forward to its full implementation and reiterate my full support to the Sudanese authorities to reach this objective,” she added. Signing ceremony of Action Plan to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in national security forces on 27 March 2016 in Khartoum, Sudan. Photos: UN of for Children and Armed Conflict ‹ › Sudan’s State Minister of Social Welfare Ibrahim Adam Ibrahim signed the action plan on behalf of the Government. “We will work to promote and protect children’s rights in areas of armed conflict and displacement. We are also committed to strengthen existing mechanisms that are included in the Child Act of 2010 and the Sudan Armed Forces law,” he said. Upon successful completion of all measures agreed to in the action plan, the Sudanese Government Security Forces will be removed from the annexes of the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict. Chad completed the requirements of its action plan and was delisted in July 2014. In a joint declaration, the three co-chairs of the UN Country Task Force on monitoring and reporting pledged support for Sudan. They are Bintou Keita, Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID); Marta Ruedas, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator; and Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Representative. read more

Launched by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), World Antibiotic Awareness Week (14-20 November) aims to increase awareness on global antibiotic resistance as well as to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy-makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.“Without urgent action, the world is headed for a ‘post-antibiotic era’ in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill, the benefits of advanced medical treatments such as chemotherapy and major surgery will be lost,” is one of the key messages WHO is transmitting through this campaign. “Without effective antibiotics, a growing list of infections is becoming harder to treat. This includes pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning & gonorrhoea.” it warned. With the theme ‘Antibiotics: Handle with Care,’ the campaign conveys the overarching message that antibiotics are a precious resource and should be preserved. They should be used to treat bacterial infections only when prescribed by a certified human or animal health professional. Antibiotics should never be shared or saved for the future. WHO is encouraging all countries, health partners and students, and the public to join the campaign and help raise awareness of antibiotic resistance. A variety of resources are available to support local campaigns and a number of additional materials will be made available in the lead up to the week. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. Photo: WHO Why is this message important?Causes of antibiotic resistance:Over-prescribing of antibioticsPatients not finishing treatmentOver-use of antibiotics in livestock and fish-farmingPoor infection control in hospitals and clinicsLack of hygiene and poor sanitationLack of new antibiotics being developedAccording to WHO, antibiotic resistance has become one of the biggest threats to global health and endangers other major priorities, such as development. It is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world, compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases and undermining many advances in health & medicine. Following proper use of antibiotics, such as using these only under medical advice and disposing these drugs in safe and proper manner are some of the ways the general public can help in addressing this threat. Additionally, preventing infections by regularly washing hands, handling food in a safe and clean manner, avoiding close contact with sick people, practising safer sex and keeping vaccinations up to date are also important ways in which a person can maintain good health and avoid illness, WHO said. Antibiotics also important for the food we eat“Access to effective antibiotics is also essential to protect animal health, as well as to improve animal welfare, treat sick animals, food security and food safety,” added WHO. With a specific call on people engaged with animal health, production and agriculture, the agency underlined the need to ensure that antibiotics are used under appropriate supervision, such as well-trained veterinarians. It also called for fostering research on and the use of alternative treatments methods and not solely relying on antibiotics and for raising awareness on the responsible and prudent use of antibiotics in animals and plants, based on international standards. Collective global response to a global problemOne of WHO’s major priorities is tackling antibiotic resistance. Its supreme governing body, the World Health Assembly, at its 68th session in May 2015, endorsed a global action plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including antibiotic resistance. This action plan aims to ensure prevention and treatment of infectious diseases with safe and effective medicines. Quiz: How much do you know about antibiotic resistance? Furthermore, in September this year, Heads of State met on the side-lines of the 71st General Assembly in New York and committed to a broad, coordinated approach to address the root causes of AMR across multiple sectors, especially human health, animal health and agriculture. Countries have also reaffirmed their commitment to develop national action plans on AMR, based on the global action plan. read more

“I am puzzled and disappointed by this decision by the Myanmar Government,” said UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee. “This declaration of non-cooperation with my mandate can only be viewed as a strong indication that there must be something terribly awful happening in Rakhine, as well as in the rest of the country.”Ms. Lee had been due to visit Myanmar in January to assess the state of human rights countrywide, including the human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.The Special Rapporteur said she hoped Myanmar would revisit the decision.This declaration of non-cooperation with my mandate can only be viewed as a strong indication that there must be something terribly awful happening in Rakhine, as well as in the rest of the country.“Only two weeks ago, Myanmar’s Permanent Representative informed the Human Rights Council of its continuing cooperation with the UN, referencing the relationship with my role as Special Rapporteur,” she said. “Now I am being told that this decision to no longer cooperate with me is based on the statement I made after I visited the country in July.”Ms. Lee had previously been afforded cooperation and access to Myanmar, and had maintained a relationship of mutual respect with the Government. The Government has now claimed that her end-of-mission statement in July was biased and unfair. The Special Rapporteur’s mandate requires two visits to Myanmar a year, in order to report to the Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly. Since taking up the mandate in June 2014, she has visited six times. While the Government had responded positively to past requests to visit, access to some areas had been consistently refused, with the authorities citing security concerns. The Government is also not cooperating with the Human Rights Council independent international fact-finding mission on Myanmar, established in March 2017. “It is a shame that Myanmar has decided to take this route,” said Ms. Lee. “The Government has repeatedly denied violations of human rights are occurring throughout Myanmar, particularly in Rakhine state. They have said that they have nothing to hide, but their lack of cooperation with my mandate and the fact-finding mission suggests otherwise,” said the expert. read more

The Committee, mandated with monitoring the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, received the two complaints in 2016.The women had been prosecuted, convicted and fined in 2012 for wearing the niqab, based on a 2010 French law which stipulates that “no one may, in a public space, wear any article of clothing intended to conceal the face.” The law has the effect of banning the wearing of the full Islamic veil in public, which covers the whole body, leaving only a narrow slit for the eyes. The Committee of 18 independent experts from around the world, stated in two rulings, that the right to practice one’s religion includes the wearing of distinctive clothing and head coverings. “The State has not demonstrated how the full veil presents a threat in itself for public security to justify this absolute ban,” the decision read, adding that the French Government had not adequately explained why hiding one’s face is forbidden for religious reasons, while it is authorized in other contexts such as sports, or artistic settings.The experts also concluded that the ban, rather than protecting fully veiled women, could have the effect of confining them to their homes, impeding their access to public services and marginalizing them.The Committee acknowledged that Governments’ law enforcement entities must be able “in some circumstances” to demand that individuals show their faces, meaning they would have to uncover them in specific and “concrete situations”, where public security was at stake, or for formal identification purposes.Committee members noted, however, that the scope of the French law was not limited to such specific contexts and that it prevents people from hiding their faces in public spaces “at all times”.“The decisions are not directed against the notion of secularity, nor are they an endorsement of a custom which many on the Committee, including myself, regard as a form of oppression of women,” said Yuval Shany, Chair of the Committee.He explained that the decisions reflected the position that a general criminal ban did not allow for a reasonable balance between public interests and individual rights.Anyone can bring an alleged violation of human rights to the attention of the United Nations committees tasked with monitoring the realization of various international human rights treaties, and thousands of people around the world do so every year. Once a case has been deemed admissible and a decision has been made, there is no possibility to appeal against the committees’ decisions, as they are final.If a committee concludes that a violation of a treaty has taken place, the decisions – which are not legally-binding – offer recommendations for the State involved in the case, which then has 180 days to provide information on the steps it has taken to implement those recommendations.In these two specific cases, recommendations include a compensation of the two petitioners, and measures to prevent similar violations in the future, including a review of the 2010 law. read more

Purpose-built coach total6312.5%5128.2%739-6.8% Purpose-built double-deck coaches >16t0-100.0%2728.6%3748.0% Purpose-built coaches 3.5t to 16t40.0%30-21.1%40-47.4% Purpose-built single-deck buses <8.5t50.0%70-20.5%99-10.0% Purpose-built single-deck coaches>16t5915.7%4559.9%662-4.3% “The bus and coach market dropped 30.6% in June this year. Although coaches posted a 12.5% increase in the month, the overall purpose-built bus and coach total fell 39.5%,” said Wendy Williamson, SMMT Bus and Coach Manager. “Last year the 2012 Olympics led to a sharp rise in registrations for the first half of the year with volumes falling after July. This should see registrations for the second half of 2013 level off, stabilising for the end of the year.” Purpose-built single-deck buses >12t to 16t61-30.7%399-7.6%809-4.3% UK bus and coach registrations: 2013 and % change on 2012 Purpose-built bus total240-46.1%1441-22.8%2686-19.4% Bus and coach registrations fell 30.6% to 636 units in June.Overall registrations declined 21.3% for the first half of the year to 3,861 units.Converted bus registrations fell 20% to 333 units.Video analysis Purpose-built bus and coach total303-39.5%1953-16.5%3425-16.9% *Converted: Bus <3.5t48-7.7%347-19.7%78522.8% *Converted: Bus 3.5t to 8.5t285-21.7%1560-26.8%2846-9.5% Purpose-built single-deck buses>16t22-29.0%188-26.6%41812.1% Purpose-built single-deck buses >8.5t to 12t3057.9%149-1.3%32712.4% June% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change *All buses and coaches636-30.6%3861-21.3%7058-10.9% Purpose-built double-deck buses122-59.6%635-32.4%1033-39.7% *Converted: Bus >8.5t001-66.7%2-81.8% *Converted bus total333-20.0%1908-25.6%3633-4.3% * All vehicle manufacturer-built minibus registrations are included in the converted bus <3.5t category.** All converted bus volumes are counted in the SMMT van and truck news release. These vehicles are also represented here as they form an important part of the UK bus and coach marketClick through to download the June 2013 bus and coach registrations news release and data tablesClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Photos by Dusty Butler Emery swim hosted its annual senior night on Thursday in a meet against Gunnison and Richfield.The following seniors were honored: Sydney Terwilleger, Abigail Olsen, Makyan Nielson, Hannah Morris, Deegan Minchey, Gage Jensen, Keldan Guymon, Parker Stilson, Alexis Johansen, Levi Olsen, Elijah Beagley, Jonathan Seely, BriAnne Bass and Jace Collard.The boys’ 200 medley relay team won the first contest for Emery. Kaelee Hooley won the 200 free in the next event for the Spartans.Sydney Terwilleger finished on top in the 100 fly and 100 back, Angellena Migliori took first in the 100 breast while Alejandra Garcia took first in the 500 free. Both boys’ and girls’ 200 free relay teams went on to win their respective events.Keldan Guymon won the 50 free and 100 fly. Deagan Minchey had a first place finish in the 100 free while Gage Jensen took the 100 breast.There were many other Spartan swimmers that had good times, finishing in the top three of several events. The Spartans swept the competition with top finishes in both the girls’ and boys’ team rankings at the conclusion of all 22 events.Emery will have one more meet before region next week. They will head to Price on the Saturday to take on Grand and Carbon in the Last Chance Invite. read more

An Alford plea is a plea “under which a defendant may choose to plead guilty, not because of an admission to the crime, but because the prosecutor has sufficient evidence to place a charge and to obtain conviction in court.”Doolin’s body was found in a creek after disappearing from a youth football game in Allen County in November 2015.Police did find Madden’s DNA at the scene and he was arrested a week later after the crime.Related Article: Berea man charged with rape in Laurel CountyMadden is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 24 and 25. SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WHAS) – A Kentucky man has pleaded guilty for the murder and kidnapping of a 7-year-old girl who disappeared from a football game in 2015.According to ABC affiliate WBKO, Timothy Madden entered an Alford plea for the rape and sodomy of Gabbi Doolin during an appearance in an Allen County courtroom on Saturday.- Advertisement – read more

By Murray KnuttilaProvost and Vice-President, AcademicOn Friday, March 11, the University will resume negotiations with CUPE 4207 (Unit 1) and with a government-appointed mediator to pursue a fair and reasonable collective agreement with the union that represents Brock teaching assistants, course coordinators, lab demonstrators and grader-markers.CUPE 4207 has declared a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 14 if a settlement has not been reached.In recent days many people on campus, but especially the students, have expressed deep concern about the impact a labour disruption would have on their studies and on the fulfillment of their academic year.As Provost, I can assure the Brock community that the University truly realizes the concern being felt by students and their families, and as we head into this weekend of negotiations, we continue to work hard to reach a fair and appropriate collective agreement that would avert a strike.These are difficult economic times in Ontario for universities and unions to be negotiating collective agreements. However, Brock has been in collective bargaining for numerous months with several unions representing our employees, and in the past month we have successfully reached three agreements with unions.Earlier today we reached a tentative agreement with CUPE 4207 (Unit 2), the union that represents ESL co-ordinators at the University.We remain hopeful that we will also achieve successful results with CUPE 4207 (Unit 1).The University understands very clearly that students want to complete — and we want them to complete — their course of study in a timely fashion. If that should be delayed by a strike, the University, with the guidance of Senate, will make every effort to ensure that that time is made up in as reasonable a way as possible.As for contingency measures in the event of a labour dispute, the FAQ pages of the University’s Collective Bargaining website contain a lot of information about how a strike could affect campus operations and services. And every day we continue to expand the volume and types of information in those FAQs.If a collective agreement is not reached this weekend and a strike seems likely, the University will communicate detailed information to the Brock community through email, Facebook, Twitter, the University website and the Brock News online.In the coming days we will be continually updating the Collective Bargaining pages as new information becomes available, and I implore members of the Brock community to monitor the site to stay abreast of developments.Get The Brock News in your email. read more

The artistic salute to Brock University’s 50th anniversary will be on display in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre lobby until Sept. 28An exhibit of photographs and artifacts honouring the University’s 50th anniversary is on display this week in the lobby of Brock’s Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.Assembled by the City of St. Catharines, the exhibit Brock & St. Catharines: 50 Years of Partnerships uses artwork, photos and other items to explore the relationship between the City and Brock.The exhibit will remain in the theatre lobby until Sept. 28, before moving to the Burgoyne Room at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, where it will be on display until spring 2015.The exhibit includes historic images from the 1960s, when Brock University was founded.

DARTcritics started as a class blog but has grown to fill the void of local arts criticism. They call themselves critics with class.But more than being clever, the student writers behind the DARTcritics website are providing theatrephiles with thoughtful, arts criticism about performances in Niagara and beyond.That wasn’t always its purpose, however. The two-year-old theatre review website, which was recently relaunched with a new look, started as a forum for Dramatic Arts Prof. Karen Fricker to post standout assignments by students in her theatre criticism class. But it soon became apparent the site served a larger purpose.DARTcritics picked up where slashed and shrunken newsrooms left off with their arts coverage. Other than a handful of metro and national dailies, few newsrooms boast a dedicated arts and entertainment reporter anymore, leaving a void to be filled.“What we discovered was that in some instances, the reviews that we published were among the only, if not the only, review response that productions would receive, because there is so little arts criticism in Niagara,” Fricker said. “This was a startling and empowering realization for the students — that they were in dialogue with art and artists in a privileged way.”Of course, seeing their names in print was nothing short of thrilling, too. Hayley Malouin was hooked the moment she got her first byline for her review of London Road, a musical about an English town coping with the murders of five of its women.“I thought ‘OK, we’ll see some shows,’” said Malouin, who signed up for Fricker’s class in her third year. “I wrote the first review and got it up on the blog and was ‘This is like crack.’”Being published was an incentive, but writing reviews for posting was ultimately a way for Malouin to use what she had learned from Fricker about articulating her opinions of a production beyond saying whether or not she like it.“I hated (London Road) and finding out why I hated it was so fun,” she explained. “It really changed my view of what happens in theatre. There’s this critical side to it – this analytical side to it…. I think you can be analytical and creative and that’s a really special thing.”Fricker, a former critic with The Guardian in the U.K., capitalized on the opportunity to turn DARTCritics into a bona fide source of arts criticism last April when Malouin and fellow student Nick Leno landed funding from BUSU to cover St. Catharines’ In the Soil Arts Festival.She also coached the duo to be editors and social media curators. This summer, they’re running the site like a newsroom with two staff writers, fourth-year DART students Elizabeth Amos and Alex Jackson. Together, they cover theatre in Hamilton, Niagara, Toronto and Stratford, thanks to support from the Match of Minds program run by the Office of Research Services and BUSU.The relaunch of the DARTcritics site coincides with this summer’s move of Dramatic Arts to the new home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines, Fricker noted.“It’s such an exciting moment for the arts at Brock and in St. Catharines more broadly, with the new First Ontario Performing Arts Centre opening in the autumn, as well as our own building,” she said. “This seemed the perfect occasion for us to take DARTcritics to a new level with a new look, and more reviews.”Fricker will resume the editor’s post when classes resume in the fall, but for summer, the site is “Nick and Hayley’s baby.”“It’s a great experience of entrepreneurialism and leadership for them.”It has also carved out a potential career path for Malouin. Theatre criticism has become something she would like to pursue further, either as a freelance writer or by developing her own theatre review site.Still, there has been one downside to being a DARTcritic: it’s tough to shut off and watch a show for pleasure.“I see theatre and can’t not be critical now,” Malouin said. “People see that as a negative but it’s not. I’m always on now when I see a show. I do wish I could go see a Mirvish show and say ‘That’s great!’”Visit DARTcritics read more