first_imgBefore marching in the annual “Celebrate Israel” parade in Manhattan on June 5, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order requiring public agencies controlled by his executive branch to divest from companies and institutions that “participate in boycott, divestment, or sanctions activity targeting Israel.”The order, announced to a beaming crowd of Zionist leaders and business executives at the elite Harvard Club, also requires the commissioner of the Office of General Services to compile and maintain a list of targeted entities.“Cuomo’s action has the ugliest attributes of McCarthyism: identifying organizations that engage in speech we dislike and ‘Let’s blacklist them,’” Baher Azmy, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, told the Associated Press. “This is a well­-orchestrated, well­-funded, organized strategy to disproportionately punish U.S.-based activists. Really ugly.” (AP, June 5)The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, launched by Palestinian organizations in 2005, continues to expand in its tenth year, driving corporate giants like Veolia, Orange, CHR International and G4S from the Israeli market; pushing Israeli enterprises, including SodaStream and Ahava, out of the occupied West Bank; and winning campaign victories.The BDS movement demands that Israel end its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantle the “Apartheid Wall” in the West Bank, extend full equality to its own minority of Palestinian citizens and allow the return of Palestinian refugees ethnically cleansed from their homes.Announcing his broadside, Cuomo peppered his speech with predictable bluster: “If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you. If you divert revenues from Israel, New York will divert revenues from you. If you sanction Israel, New York will sanction you.”But it is not immediately clear who his order, which mentions only public investments in entities that support BDS, might actually affect. None of the companies that have changed their policies following massive campaigns have acknowledged the role of BDS, much less endorsed it.Gilad Erdan, Israeli public security and strategic affairs minister, railed that “BDS was a factor in the decision of security company G4S to sell their operations in Israel.” However, the British-Danish security conglomerate, a contractor with Israeli prisons and occupation forces, demurred, preferring to cite “strategic and commercial grounds” for its decision.The company’s claim has an element of truth. BDS has always sought to impact its commercial targets by impacting negatively on their bottom lines, that is, lowering their profits, rather than through moral appeals. And organizations whose support it has sought and won, like the United Church of Christ and the United Electrical Workers, have no stock to buy or sell.While time will tell, Cuomo’s order reads as if it had been carefully drafted to avoid any practical consequence, including an inevitable legal challenge on constitutional grounds.But political grandstanding or not, Cuomo’s action joins a growing raft of measures by Israel and its allies to repress a global surge of solidarity with Palestinians.French courts have convicted a series of BDS activists on grounds of “discrimination,” with four in the city of Toulouse currently facing charges for distributing flyers encouraging the boycott of Israeli goods.While Cuomo snickered on Sunday that passing legislation can “often be a tedious affair,” nine states, as well as Nassau County, New York, have enacted anti­-BDS bills over the past year. These measures range from rhetorical denunciations of the movement to attempts to impose policies against it like Cuomo’s, with similarly unclear results.Last month, BDS co-­founder Omar Barghouti announced that Israel had refused to renew his travel document, imposing an effective travel ban on him.“Having lost many battles for hearts and minds at the grassroots level, Israel has adopted since 2014 a new strategy to criminalize support for BDS from the top,” Barghouti told the New York Times June 5 after Cuomo’s announcement.And over recent months, the movement’s website, bdsmovement.net, was hit with a series of Distributed Denial of Service attacks that online security firm eQualit.ie described as having “a level of sophistication and commitment not generally seen.”“These latest cyber­attacks against BDS seem to be part of a full-­fledged Israeli war on the movement that includes McCarthyite legal repression, use of intelligence services and yet more funding for ‘brand Israel’ propaganda,” Mahmoud Nawajaa, general coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee, said in a statement on June 2.Catron is a member of Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition and an organizer with Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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first_imgSaint Mary’s will begin screening testing Sept. 22, the College announced an update posted to the Live.Learn.Work. website.“Screening testing allows an organization to discover positive cases, in particular among asymptomatic individuals,” the website said.The current plan will test 60 students a week, approximately 5% of the student population, through early November. According to the website, all undergraduate and graduate students who attend in-person classes are eligible for testing, and faculty and staff will not be tested at this time.Students that will be removed from the random selection pool include “anyone who tested positive within 12 weeks of the current week, students who are currently in quarantine/isolation and students who withdraw effective immediately, during the semester.”The testing will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Health and Counseling Center. Students will be informed of their selection on Friday by email and text message. They will then be required to make an appointment via SignUpGenius. Students who do not attend their appointments will be subject to a disciplinary process.These rapid antigen tests will be free of charge to students.Tags: Health and Counseling Center, random testing, saint marys covid response, screening testinglast_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pellegrini adamant West Ham will not sell Arnautovic or Carrollby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic will not leave West Ham United this month, manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.Both strikers have been linked with moves away from the London Stadium.”Andy will still be here with us, he is an important player for us,” Pellegrini said ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie with Birmingham.”He is just coming back from a long, long injury, and the way he is taking advantage of his minutes he will return to the player that we all know.”I am also sure Marko Arnautovic will stay here with us. Good players always have offers but that is different to rumours.” last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Sack Solskjaer? Why dumping manager won’t change anything at Man Utdby Chris Beattie16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Pick a manager… Allegri, Poch.. any manager. Would any manager be able to get a tune out of this lot at Manchester United…?With international week comes the sack talk. Partly due to the need to fill the vacuum left by a barren league programme. But also due to the growing belief inside boardrooms that the best time to remove a manager is during such a recess. A chance to regroup and allow the new man to get his feet under the table before the action resumes.They’re already at it in Italy. AC Milan dumping Marco Giampaolo on Tuesday – just three months into his job. And they won the weekend, never mind being beaten at Newcastle United.But should defeat at St James’ Park be the last straw for United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?Well, for many – including some United ‘exes’ – the answer is ‘yes’. With the headlines blazing and the place apparently leaking, it only appears a matter of time before the board admit they were wrong and send Solskjaer back to Norway.Max Allegri has picked up his English lessons again. Mauricio Pochettino is trying to engineer a way out of Tottenham. It’s all lining up. Ed Woodward can get rid of Solskjaer and replace him with someone more suited to the job. Or so they say…Because no matter who is in the dugout, they’ll still have to make do with what’s available to them. Sunday’s team on Tyneside was nothing like what Solskjaer had at his disposal on the opening day for that win over Chelsea. Three of the back four were missing: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw. Paul Pogba was also absent, as was Anthony Martial in attack. Essentially, injury has robbed Solskjaer of almost half his first-choice team. And while critics will argue ‘it’s a squad game’, it really isn’t when you’re undergoing an overhaul as Solskjaer is now driving through. With Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez now pulling on an Inter Milan shirt for a living, the attack may be paper thin, but long-term it was the right call to shuffle off both players. Indeed, Lukaku is already finding how things can quickly turn in Italy. His coach at Inter, Antonio Conte, having to defend a sluggish performance from the striker for their defeat to Juventus. It was Lukaku’s first big test since his move from United – and it ended with his manager explaining away a lethargic showing.Of course at United, Lukaku would be getting a game today. But that’s not the issue. Solskjaer, with the support of the board, wanted to go in a different direction. And crucially, that support remains.As mapped out here, the club’s top brass have recognised the predicament that has befallen their manager. If results had been the same with Solskjaer’s first-choice XI, then serious questions would be asked. But not today. Not with this reality.Instead, the discussion has been about what’s been put in place – and whether it’s working. And the consensus is positive. The youth policy is showing the right signs. The progress of Scott McTominay and the introduction of Axel Tuanzebe have both pleased management. As have the impact of their three summer signings, Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Wan-Bissaka. On what they’ve seen this season, no-one inside Carrington have doubts about any of these five not being long-term prospects for the club.Indeed, the only criticism, said in some jest, is that Maguire could be doing better by his manager at the other end of the pitch. Being more decisive with that chance at 1-0 at West Ham, along with a soft free header at Newcastle, and the spotlight wouldn’t be so acute on Solskjaer as it is today.But in the aftermath of that Toon defeat, there were some positives – if we care to consider the long-term.It was significant that the two leading voices to react to the loss were David de Gea and Marcus Rashford. Both fresh from committing themselves to new contracts, their reactions were of men who have bought into something. They were taking ownership. Not so much for the result, but something far bigger – the project. De Gea, particularly, spoke of someone determined for this plan to succeed – and well aware of his place inside it. Time will tell if a new leadership group is forming, but the signs are that De Gea and Rashford do have the stomach for this fight the club is in.And it is a fight. Results have the club spiraling. But there are reasons. Reasons the board have accepted. They know, given current circumstances, a change of manager would make little difference. last_img read more

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first_img Twitter Login/Register With: “Our three 2017 shortlist finalists are all remarkable artists with significant careers dedicated to the creation of solid bodies of work that demonstrate the excellence of contemporary Canadian photography,” said Edward Burtynsky, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury and internationally renowned Canadian photo artist. “We look forward to announcing the winner of this year’s Scotiabank Photography Award on May 9.”Scotiabank has a long-standing history of acknowledging the importance of photography in Canada and around the world through the Scotiabank Photography Award, as the sponsor of the CONTACT Photography Festival, and as Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institute – a global centre for excellence in photography at the National Gallery of Canada.The Scotiabank Photography Award Jury is composed of pre-eminent members of the Canadian arts community:Robert Enright, Professor and University Research Chair in Art Theory and Criticism, University of Guelph, Ontario, and Senior Contributing Editor Border Crossings Magazine, Winnipeg, ManitobaMarie J. Jean, Executive and Artistic Director, VOX centre de l’image contemporaineMark Lewis, ArtistThe winner of the 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award will receive a cash prize of $50,000, a major solo exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre, and a primary exhibition at the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. In addition, Gerhard Steidl of Germany will publish and internationally distribute a book of the winner’s work. The two shortlisted artists will receive cash prizes of $10,000 each.The 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award winner, Suzy Lake, will have a solo Primary Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and beyond, open to the public free of charge, from April 28 to August 13, 2017.The 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award winner will be announced on May 9, 2017, at the Ryerson Image Centre. For more information about the prize please visit www.scotiabank.com/photoawardAbout ScotiabankScotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 23 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 88,000 employees and assets of $887 billion (as at January 31, 2017), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Scotiabank proudly celebrates the creative vision of Canada’s most gifted photographers with the 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award shortlist finalists:Raymonde April, Montréal, QuébecDonigan Cumming, Montréal, QuébecShelley Niro, Brantford, OntarioKnown as one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious photography awards, the Scotiabank Photography Award recognizes the achievements of an established mid to later career artist and the outstanding contribution that he or she has made to contemporary art and photography in Canada.“The extraordinary 2017 finalists capture our imaginations, expose us to new ideas and enable us to see the world through a different lens,” said Barb Mason, Group Head and Chief Human Resources Officer at Scotiabank. “Scotiabank is proud to play a role in celebrating excellence in Canadian contemporary photography and to help to raise the international profile of Canadian artists.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-–The “permanent legacy” of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is at risk and a complete record of the Indian residential school system may never materialize if the current disorder surrounding the handling and transferring of historical documents continues, according to the Auditor General of Canada.In Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s spring 2013 report, his office found that nearly three years after the work began and with a year left before the money runs out, no one knows how much it will cost to gather all the historical documents, who will pay for it or what materials are even “relevant” for the project.The report found that the TRC and the federal department of Aboriginal Affairs had failed to find “common ground” on the transfer of historical documents from Ottawa’s vaults.“We concluded that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada had not taken adequate steps in relations to the creation of as complete a historical record as possible of the Indian residential school system and legacy,” said the report, in a section titled, Creating a Historical Record of Indian Residential Schools.The report found that the TRC and the federal department couldn’t agree on what constituted relevant documents, where to search, what time frames the documents would cover, what formats to use and who would pay for it all.“The scope of the undertaking is still undefined. Canada and the Commission need to cooperate in order to assess what has been accomplished, what remains to be done, how long this will take and what resources are required,” said the report.Both the TRC and Aboriginal Affairs agreed with the report’s findings and recommendations.The TRC and Aboriginal Affairs said they would jointly work to define “the work to be completed” and “develop a project plan for the provision of documents.”The Library and Archives Canada estimates that the total cost of gathering historical Indian Residential School documents could hit at least $40 million and take 10 years to find and digitize all the material. The documents are scattered across 24 departments and agencies and that, laid side by side, would stretch for about 20 kilometres or fill 69,000 boxes.The TRC has a total budget of $55 million, plus $8 million additionally for administrative costs. The TRC’s mandate ends in July 2014.Aboriginal Affairs told the Auditor General’s Office that it has obtained about $20 million to provide the documents, but $5 million of those funds could not be used as a result bureaucratic obstacles.The search for documents faced a rough initial start following the signing of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement in 2006. Despite the agreement including a section requiring Canada to provide “all relevant” documents to the commission, Ottawa failed to make one department responsible for coordinating and gathering the material. It wasn’t until February 2010 that the Clerk of the Privy Council tapped Aboriginal Affairs to lead the project.The TRC and Aboriginal Affairs, however, then failed to come to any conclusion on the definition of “relevant” documents, and the squabble eventually ended up in Federal Court. There were also disputes from other federal departments about their roles and responsibilities in tracking down Indian residential school documents for the TRC.Aboriginal Affairs at one point claimed that it had already found the relevant documents for the TRC, but based this assertion on documents it had compiled in relation to settling claims from individual Indian residential school survivors.“The department’s view was that most of the relevant residential school documents in Library and Archives Canada had already been collected,” said the Auditor General’s report. “There was no analysis from the department supporting that view.”The department then took the position that Canada’s responsibility did not include searching for additional archival documents and federal departments did not have to go digging for documents at Library and Archives Canada. It effectively transferred that responsibility to the TRC which “strongly disagreed” and held to its claim that the federal government’s responsibility included finding archived documents.The issue hit Federal Court and on Jan. 30, 2012, the court ruled that Canada’s obligation included documents held in the vaults of Library and Archives Canada.The Auditor General’s report also found that the TRC’s plan to create a national research centre to hold the estimated over one million residential school document has also been fraught with problems.Despite having selected an organization to handle this project in October 2012, the TRC had still not developed a “detailed plan to guide its work and resolve a number of issues affecting the transfer” of historical material. The report found that the TRC had not set “the terms and conditions of the agreement with the selected organization, the description of the historical record…or the process of transferring the documents…to the national research centre.”The TRC had also failed to obtain “disposition authority” from Library and Archives Canada, which is required by federal law, to dispose of its documents.The TRC said that it is developing a detailed plan and was in the process of having detailed discussions with the selected organization, federal government departments and the Manitoba government. The TRC said it was also in discussion with Library and Archives Canada to get disposition authority.“It remains to be seen what impacts the disagreements to date will have on achieving a fair, comprehensive and lasting resolution to the legacy of residential schools,” said the Auditor General’s [email protected]@APTNNewslast_img read more

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first_imgMUMBAI: David Warner had little opportunity to stake his claim for a place in Australia’s World Cup squad as he served a year-long ban for ball-tampering and so it is no surprise to see the batsman cranking out the runs in the Indian Premier League. Cricket Australia slapped former captain Steve Smith and his deputy Warner with 12-month suspensions, which expired last week, for the Cape Town scandal and the duo are expected to be included in the 15-man World Cup squad. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTwo months out from the World Cup in England, Warner showed he had lost none of his marauding form by smashing 85 in 53 balls in Hyderabad’s IPL opener against Kolkata Knight Riders. The 32-year-old continued in the same vein against Rajasthan, the day after his international ban ended, scoring 69 off 37 deliveries, and then remained unbeaten on 100 against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday. Warner leads the run-getters’ list and has also notched three consecutive 100-run partnership for the opening wicket with Englishman Jonny Bairstow, who scored a blistering 114 against Bangalore. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The 12 months has done me well,” Warner said after putting up the highest opening stand of 185 with Bairstow on Sunday. “I’m nice and refreshed. “What a terrific innings here by Jonny, and a fantastic partnership by both of us.” Warner’s Sunrisers trail only three-times champions Chennai in the early stages of the Twenty20 tournament. Led by former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Super Kings look unstoppable and have won all three of their matches. At the other end of the scale, Dhoni’s protege and current India captain Kohli has a mighty task on his hands if he is to lead Bangalore to a first IPL title after losing their first three games. Despite having Kohli and talismanic South African AB de Villiers in their ranks, Bangalore’s batting has already failed twice. They were all out for 70 in the IPL opener against Chennai and bundled out for 113 on Sunday against the Sunrisers, losing by a huge margin of 118 runs. The tournament has already seen some epic highs, such as a Super Over finish between Kolkata and Delhi, but also some disappointments and controversies.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a petition seeking permission for Muslim women to enter mosques to offer prayers. A bench headed by Justice S A Bobde issued notice to the Centre and asked it to respond to the plea filed by a Pune-based couple. The bench told the counsel appearing for the petitioners that it will hear the matter because of the apex court’s judgment in the Sabarimala temple case. “The only reason we may hear you is because of our judgment in the Sabarimala temple case,” it said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details On September 28 last year, a five-judge constitution bench headed by then chief justice Dipak Misra, in its 4:1 verdict, had paved the way for entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, saying the ban amounted to gender discrimination. In the current petition, the couple has sought the apex court’s direction to declare as “illegal” and “unconstitutional” the practice of prohibiting the entry of Muslim women into mosques to offer prayers. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Referring to constitutional provisions, the petitioners have said there should not be any discrimination against any citizen of the country on the ground of religion, race, caste, sex and place of birth. They have added that a life of dignity and equality is the most sacrosanct fundamental right and a Muslim woman cannot be prohibited from entering a mosque. During the hearing, the bench sought to know from the petitioners’ counsel as to whether Muslim women were allowed to enter a mosque in foreign countries. The counsel informed the bench that Muslim women were allowed to enter a mosque at the holy Mecca and also in Canada. However, the bench asked the counsel whether the fundamental right to equality could be asserted against non-State actors. “Can you invoke Article 14 of the Constitution and claim equal treatment from another human being?,” it asked. The petitioners’ counsel told the court that the mosques in India were enjoying the benefits and grant extended to them by the State.last_img read more

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first_imgRabat – Moroccan “K-1”and “Kickboxing”World Champion, Badr Hari, was sentence on Friday to 12 months in prison and six months probation. The athlete was sentenced on charges of assault and battery, according to Dutch media. The kickboxer will also have to pay more than 21,000 euros in damages.The Public Prosecutor had asked for a ten-year prison sentence on the charges brought against him by a Dutch millionaire for “savagely attacking him in a night-club.”Badr Hari on Friday appeared before the court on charges of assaulting a reveler in a private box at the Sensation White event at Amsterdam Arena. Hari was accused of being one of several men who assaulted the travel industry entrepreneur Koen Everink and left him hospitalized with face and leg injuries. In court appearance in last month, Hari had denied all the charges against him and claimed to be innocent of each one.Hari will serve only 4 months, since he had already spent 8 months in custody.Born in 1984 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Badr Hari began practicing kickboxing at the age of seven, under the guidance of former World Champion Mousid Akamrane. He is famous for having a devastating knockout power and being an emotional fighter.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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first_imgManchester United defender Antonio Valencia could reportedly leave the club before the end of the January transfer window, according to Sports Mole.Valencia’s current deal with United expires at the end of the season and having fallen out of favour, was expected to leave on a free transfer in June.However, reports in the English press say the Red Devils are prepared to allow the Ecuador international to leave either on loan or on a free before the transfer window closes on January 31, which has attracted the attention of Newcastle United and Fulham.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Valencia, who will turn 34 later this year, has made played over 300 games for United since joining the club from Wigan Athletic in 2009.The right-back is still officially United’s club captain, but has only featured in five Premier League games this season and was again left out of the squad for Friday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal.Valencia is currently behind Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot for the right-back position at Manchester United this season.last_img read more

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