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12Oct/19

Two Topless Femen Activists Make Out in Front of Hassan Mosque

Rabat – Two activists from feminist movement Femen protested in support of gay rights in Morocco by kissing each other topless in front of the Hassan Tower in Rabat on Tuesday, June 2nd.The two women adorned only with the slogan “In Gay We Trust” written on theor bare torsos kissed each other in the esplanade of the Hassan Tower in the Moroccan capital Rabat to denounce what they described as “the injustice inflicted on the homosexual community in Morocco.”Femen said in a communiqué carried by news website Telquel that the recent conviction of three homosexuals to three years imprisonment by the Moroccan justice is “the latest example in a long series of cases where Morocco has imprisioned people because of homosexuality.” According to the same source, the movement has also called on Morocco “to abolish homophobic laws and honor the commitment it made during the drafting of its constitution in 2011 to ban and combat discrimination against anyone.”Article 489 of the Moroccan Criminal Code criminalizes “licentious acts against nature with an individual of the same sex.” Under the Article, sexual acts between people of the same gender are punishable by from six months to three years in prison.Video of Topless Femen Activists; Some May Find It Inappropriate read more

07Oct/19

Brock Alumni Network Spotlight WaterlooWellington committee

Three of the six Waterloo-Wellington Brock Alumni Network committee members gather at the Huether Hotel for a social with fellow grads. From L-R: Ted Soepboer, Melissa Campion and Amaris Gerson.With Brock alumni living all over the world, regional alumni networks are a way for graduates to stay connected to the University, regardless of distance. Networks are divided by geographical location or ‘affinity group’ (based on like-minded experiences or academic programs) and provide alumni with an opportunity to maintain connection with Brock from afar and socialize with local alumni.In Ontario alone, there are five networks, including the up and coming Waterloo-Wellington Network. With close to 2,500 Brock grads living and working in the Waterloo-Wellington area, six alumni have come together to form a committee to organize and execute alumni events in their area.Marty Fraser (BBA ’94), Don Critelli (BAdmin ’78), Melissa Campion (BA ’06), Sara Glover (BA ’09), Ted Soepboer (BBA ’08; MBA ‘10) and Amaris Gerson (BRLS ’08) form the Waterloo-Wellington alumni network committee, and are actively working to deliver three events per year.“Our committee represents the broad range of disciplines and perspectives that Waterloo-Wellington is comprised of. Everyone brings their own skill-set to the table and is genuinely excited to be a committee member” said Ted, a financial analyst with Miovision Technologies in Kitchener.Many members of the current committee found themselves joining after attending an event. For both Ted and Marty, the structured tasting of Niagara wines at the Walper Hotel in downtown Kitchener was what bolstered their interest in a network. This sold out event was hosted by Allie Hughes (BA ’09) and brought many graduates out to their first alumni event!Others decided to join a Network committee as a way to continue volunteering and giving back to Brock – which Melissa says is her ‘other side of the brain.’ Melissa, an event coordinator with the Alzheimer Society of Cambridge has truly taken her commitment to Brock to another level, volunteering on both the Waterloo-Wellington and Niagara alumni network committees as she splits her time between both regions.To date, the committee has planned two events: a social mixer and pool night at the Huether Hotel in Uptown Waterloo, and an upcoming professional development workshop at Bingemans in Kitchener. On Wednesday, October 30, Waterloo-Wellington alumni will be treated to a career development presentation, a networking reception, and a variety of appetizers at this newly renovated venue. To purchase your $15 ticket for this event, register online.If you are interested in getting involved in any Brock alumni network committee across Canada, or would like to start a new one that currently does not exist, please contact Emily Hutton at ehutton@brocku.ca read more

24Sep/19

Australia resources sector supports record FY18 exports

first_imgAustralia’s exports of goods and services surpassed A$400 billion (US$295 billion) for the first time in the 2018 financial year to end June, with resources making up the majority of sales.Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed resources exports – including minerals, metals, coal and petroleum – were a record high A$220 billion in the 12-month period. This was a 11% rise from the previous year due to higher exports of coal, gold, base metals and LNG.Despite lower prices, iron ore remained Australia’s largest source of export revenue with A$61.4 billion shipped.Coal exports were only just behind, reaching a new record high of A$60.1 billion – up 11%, or A$5.9 billion, from the previous year.Gold exports, including mined and refined yellow metal, set another record for export values with A$20.1 billion of the precious metal shipped in the 12-month period. This is the first time in Australia’s history gold exports have exceeded $20 billion, showing just how important the weak Australian dollar – relative to the US dollar – has been to the sector’s resurgence.Exports of base metals and other minerals showed strong growth as a result of higher commodity prices and totalled $38 billion in 2017-18, also a record high.The Minerals Council of Australia said this resources export revenue was delivering benefits to all Australians.“The minerals industry and mining equipment, technology and services sector continue to provide high-paying jobs for more than one million Australians, particularly those in regional areas,” the MCA said.“And, Australia is also poised to seize future opportunities for minerals resources that will come from growth in new consumer, energy and transportation technologies around the world.”Australia has extensive resources of the rare earth elements, base metals, lithium and precious metals that are essential materials in smart phones, electric vehicles, modern energy systems and industrial machinery, according to the MCA.“This means maintaining a competitive minerals sector is essential for Australia’s continuing economic prosperity, jobs and regional communities.”last_img read more