Syria humanitarian efforts falling short UN relief chief warns calling for end

“This is a conflict that is affecting every Syrian,” said Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, in a briefing to the Security Council this afternoon on the humanitarian situation in Syria.“We have lamented the possibility of a lost generation of Syria’s children: it is now a reality,” she added.Specifically, Ms. Amos said Syria’s economy has contracted some 40 per cent since 2011, with unemployment now exceeding 54 per cent. In addition, three quarters of the population live in poverty, and school attendance has dropped by more than 50 per cent.She noted that Council resolution 2165 – which was adopted in July and aims at increasing access to people most in need – has helped the UN to overcome some of the challenges faced, by permitting direct delivery to hundreds of thousands of people, complementing the considerable cross-border deliveries conducted by non-governmental organizations. Since the adoption of the resolution and primarily through cross-border deliveries, supplies had been distributed in nearly all the hard-to-reach locations in the four governorates, leading to a more effective response, she noted. However, no more than two besieged locations have been reached in any month since the adoption of the resolution, and only one location has been reached in each of the past two months.“Despite the progress we have made, it is still not enough,” Ms. Amos stressed. “We have faced considerable challenges in implementing resolutions 2139 and 2165 and continue to fall short of meeting the humanitarian needs of all the people we aim to reach in Syria,” she added.Council resolution 2139, from February 2014, demands that all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities, allow humanitarian access in Syria across conflict lines, in besieged areas and across borders.At the passing of resolution 2139 in February, there were 220,000 people besieged by either Government or opposition forces; of those, 212,000 remain besieged today, she noted.Ms. Amos also emphasized that the Council should continue to call for an end to the “bureaucratic steps” that hinder the delivery of assistance, as well as push for the inclusion of medical supplies in convoys and call for the lifting of sieges. Noting that some 12.2 million people – more than 5 million of them children – are now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance throughout the country, Ms. Amos said that continuing violence has forced nearly half of Syrians from their homes, many of them multiple times.Consequently, there are now some 7.6 million people displaced inside Syria. In addition, more than 3.2 million people have fled the country, with countries in the region and communities hosting refugees bearing an “enormous burden,” Ms. Amos stressed. Moreover, Ms. Amos said that despite repeated calls from the Council for the fighting to stop and “hard-hitting” reports from the Independent Commission of Inquiry of ongoing abuses of human rights, civilians continue to be killed and injured every day in Syria. “As the situation on the ground becomes more dangerous and difficult it is even more important that humanitarian actors are able to use all tools at their disposal to reach people in need, from within the country and across borders,” Ms. Amos said. In addition, Ms. Amos emphasized that humanitarian appeals for Syria and the region remain critically underfunded, with the appeal less than half funded.“Every day that passes more Syrian children, women and men die,” Ms. Amos said. “More look to the international community for help and support. We on the humanitarian side will continue to do all we can,” she added.The conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, has led to well over 150,000 deaths, and more than 680,000 people have been injured. It has also spawned a refugee crisis in which some 2.5 million people are being sheltered in neighbouring countries. At least 10.8 million people are in need of assistance inside Syria, including at least 6.5 million who are internally displaced. read more

Through UNbacked project Ethiopian marmalade will soon hit shelves at Eataly

Thanks to a partnership between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Eataly to support family farmers around the globe, a cooperative of women in Ethiopia are now ready to ship their 4,000 jars of jam to Rome, where they will soon reach the shelves.“The success story in Ethiopia illustrates what FAO is aiming to do on the ground: empowering women farmers to generate extra income and improve their livelihoods,” the agency said in a press release.“The result: better food and nutrition, stronger local economies, and small businesses that will be able to thrive on their own once FAO’s intervention ends,” it adds.FAO reported that for a few years Tsega Gebrekidan Aregawi ran a small kiosk in the northern Ethiopian town of Mekelle, where local university students would stop by to purchase fresh fruit juice, biscuits and homemade marmalades on their way to and from class.“At that time, Tsega could hardly imagine that some of her own products might someday fly from Africa to reach international markets,” FAO said. “But things changed last year when FAO and the Italian food chain Eataly reached out to her and her five-woman cooperative with a challenging offer.”Tsega and her colleagues were offered support in producing more cactus pear marmalade, which would be then bought and shipped to European tables.“The group rose to the challenge,” according to FAO. “So far, they’ve produced 4,000 jars of marmalade and are now looking at using the revenues to even expanding their output and the variety of what they produce.”Each jar will be bought at 3.50 EUR, a price FAO said is considered in line with local market standards and which covers production costs and guarantees significant revenues for its members.“Our lives have changed since we started in this endeavor,” Tsega said.“These are the kind of results we expect from agriculture,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said, congratulating them on their success. “Family farming and small scale producers have a lot to offer – to their local communities, and on international markets. Their potential is large; they just need the right kind of support to unlock it,” he added.The partnership between FAO and Eataly is also providing support to other small producers in other countries, helping them to find new markets, improve value addition, and get better prices for their goods.The teamwork with Eataly is an example of FAO’s focus on partnerships. Since 2013, the Organization says it has signed over 60 agreements with a wide range of different stakeholders, including the private sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations, cooperatives and academia. read more

With West Africa set to be declared free of Ebola virus transmission

“Governments will need resources to help communities prevent infection, detect potential cases and respond rapidly and effectively,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a regular informal General Assembly meeting on Ebola recover and response, stressing that the international community must make good on the pledges made in 2015 to support the over 10,000 survivors in West Africa.Remarks were also made by World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan (via video link), Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, Special Adviser on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and former Special Envoy on Ebola Briefing Dr. David Nabarro, and the Deputy Health Minister of Liberia, His Excellency Tolbert Nyenswah (video link), among others, including Ebola survivors.Sierra Leone declared the end of Ebola transmission on 7 November and Guinea, where the epidemic began two years ago, on 29 December, with both countries now observing a 90-day period of heightened vigilance. Liberia is slated to declare the end of the recent flare-up tomorrow. “That means that tomorrow – January 14th – all known chains of transmission will have been stopped in West Africa,” Mr. Ban said. “These achievements could not have happened without the decisive leadership of the Presidents and other national authorities of the three affected countries, and the engagement of all communities. “Of course, significant challenges remain. We can anticipate future flare-ups of Ebola in the coming year,” he added, noting that Liberia’s experience in combating two flare-ups shows the resilience and capacity of affected countries to reactivate emergency response mechanisms and contain the virus. “But we also expect the potential and frequency of those flare-ups to decrease over time. Governments will need resources to help communities prevent infection, detect potential cases and respond rapidly and effectively.”Apart from the original chain of transmission, there were 10 new small outbreaks between March and November this year, apparently due to the re-emergence of a persistent virus from survivors. One challenge is that after recovery and clearing the virus from the bloodstream, the virus may persist in the semen of some male survivors for as long as nine to 12 months.Mr. Ban paid tribute to the “courageous health workers, burial teams, and others,” and called for a concerted effort to counter the distress, mistrust and stigma caused by Ebola.In the face of “an active outbreak, a rising death toll, an exponential infection curve, and perhaps, above all, uncertainty and mounting fear […] our Organization faced a fundamental test of our collective strength and will – and we mobilized,” he emphasized. “Governments and communities in the region stepped up in extraordinary ways. Dozens of countries provided life-saving contributions. We created the first-ever United Nations emergency health mission and coordinated a unified response, with key contributions from UN Country Teams,” he said.“The end of Ebola transmission in West Africa is testament to what we can achieve when multilateralism works as it should, bringing the international community to work alongside national governments in caring for their people,” the Secretary-General said. General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft also praised the role of national authorities, local communities, health workers, ordinary citizens, civil society and the international community in combatting the epidemic, including the Assembly itself.“Both by generating political engagement through six dedicated meetings and by establishing the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), the Assembly demonstrated solidarity and an ability to take swift action in the face of an emergency,” he said, while warning that the crisis is far from over since both survivors and the three Governments continue to face considerable challenges. “It is important therefore that the international community remain seized of this matter; that partners continue to provide support to affected communities; and that lessons are learned on how best to prevent and manage future global health crisis,” he said.For her part, WHO chief Dr. Chan said tremendous strides had been made towards defeating the largest, longest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history. And with Liberia set to be removed tomorrow from the list of countries with ongoing Ebola virus transmission, marking the first time that all three most-affected countries had logged 42 days without a case of the disease – twice the incubation period of the virus – “this is a monumental achievement.”Indeed, she explained, every chain of transmission had to be broken; tens of thousands of contacts had to be monitored. And while vigilance and response capacity must be maintained throughout 2016, WHO expected that “all survivors will have cleared the virus from their bodies by the end of the year.” Meanwhile, the countries would need international solidarity to ensure a safe transition, and the period of intense vigilance must continue as recovery proceeded.“While the job is far from being finished, the situation will not return to what it was 15 months ago. The steps taken at national and international levels to defeat the disease were unprecedented [and] no one, no one, will let this virus take off and run away again,” underscored Dr. Chan. read more

UN refugee agency steps up support as winter bites for displaced in

UNHCR distributes winter relief items to Hasansham camp in Iraq in November 2016. UNHCR/Bathoul Ahmed Khazer N-1 IDP camp for internally displaced people from Mosul. UNHCR/Jordi Matas ‹ › “I burn plastic and cardboard in order to get some warmth during the winter. We barely survive here,” said a 70-year-old Aisha, who lives in an unfinished building converted into a shelter for internally displaced people in hard-to-reach Qudsaya, a mountain town a few kilometres from Damascus in Syria. She is among millions of people affected by the wars in Syria and Iraq, who lost their homes, and are terrified by the upcoming winter months. “Overall, assistance is increasingly moving towards cash, which offers flexibility and independence to recipients. Regionally, half of displaced Syrians being targeted, or 1.6 million people, will receive some form of cash assistance. For displaced Iraqis, 75 per cent will benefit from cash payments,” stated Mr. Saltmarsh, adding that the distribution of winter items is underway, including clothing, blankets, heating fuel, insulation materials and other basics. With winter approaching and temperatures falling, the United Nations refugee agency is preparing to open more camps and increase life-saving assistance to support the nearly 15 million people displaced by fighting in Iraq and Syria.The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that the existing camps in Iraq are rapidly filling up, and it might become a struggle to find new sites and accommodate more people. UNHCR currently has six camps open – in Erbil, Duhok, Kirkuk and Salah Al-din governorates. The camps in Erbil and Duhok alone host more than 47,485 displaced Iraqis, or 68 per cent of the almost 70,000 Iraqis who have fled Mosul since a military offensive began on October 17. The numbers fleeing the city have been stable in recent days, but could climb again if clashes in the city intensify and safe routes out emerge.According to UNHCR spokesperson, Matthew Saltmarsh, UNHCR is working very hard to find shelter solutions and provide enough assistance to assist displaced Iraqis, with a plan to reach 1.2 million people in the next few months. UNHCR has launched a ‘Winter Assistance Plan’ for 2016-2017 to raise money for accommodation of displaced people and refugees in countries like Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq. But the $355 million plan has been only partially funded. The winter assistance in Syria has already reached 800,000 people, with a budget of $30 million. Iraq’s Al Alam Camp for internally displaced people. UNHCR/Nasreddine Touaibia Internally displaced Iraqis flee fighting in Mosul. UNHCR/Ivor Prickett read more

Disarmament and nonproliferation mutuallyreinforcing Security Council told

Participants at the Security Council’s meeting on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. UN Photo ‹ › In Libya, timely action by the Council enabled international inspectors to help the Government secure and remove vulnerable stockpiles of chemical agents. In Syria, successful engagement by Russia and the United States resulted in that country eliminating its declared chemical weapon programme under UN supervision and with unprecedented international cooperation. “Regrettably, we continue to find evidence of the use of toxic chemicals as weapons” by the Government of Syria and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), she added.On the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), she said their “provocative and dangerous” nuclear and ballistic missile activities have undermined international norms against nuclear proliferation and nuclear testing. She urged the Council to remain united and facilitate the resumption of diplomacy for a peaceful settlement. Ms. Nakamitsu explained that resolution 1540, adopted in 2004, continues to stand as a pioneering achievement in cooperative action to prevent non-State actors from acquiring weapons of mass destruction and related material.For that resolution to remain effective, it is imperative to keep pace with global trends and emerging technologies that continuously lower the threshold for the acquisition and use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material, she said. Ms. Nakamitsu went on to stress that the most effective approaches to non-proliferation must involve a mixture of active, robust and wise diplomacy, strong international cooperation and a solid commitment to fully implementing the decisions of the Council. “The Council’s engagement on weapons of mass destruction has always been grounded on a common understanding that measures for disarmament and non-proliferation are two sides of the same coin and are mutually-reinforcing,” High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu said, as she briefed the 15-member body on the threat posed by the proliferation of such armaments.She noted that the disarmament and non-proliferation efforts by the Council over the past 25 years have achieved important and historic outcomes, even as the international community continues to grapple with isolated cases of proliferation and the unresolved question of disarmament. In responding to the 1991 invasion of Kuwait, the Council required Iraq to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction programme and mandated on-site inspections toward this end. It has since been confirmed that those obligations were carried out and the Council has effectively normalized Iraq’s international non-proliferation obligations, Ms. Nakamitsu said. As for the Iranian nuclear issue, direct engagement and a shared commitment to dialogue and cooperation resulted in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which the Council endorsed in resolution 2231. Two years later, international inspectors continue to verify the implementation of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments. read more

UN chief in Mali to mark dedication service and sacrifice of peacekeepers

UN staff reporting on the visit took the opportunity to go out with the team ahead of the arrival of Secretary-General António Guterres. The UN chief will be in Mali to mark the 70th anniversary of UN peacekeeping, alongside the dedicated men and women who serve in the Organization’s most deadly operation, known as MINUSMA, a French acronym that stands for the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali.“Patrols are conducted to reassure the population, to help them overcome the feeling of insecurity. At the beginning of the crisis, people did not dare to go out because they were scared of armed groups and of attacks”, explains Masserigne Faye, Coordinator for the police component that’s integral to the mission.Overall, the capital appeared calm and peaceful on Sunday night, with drivers happy to allow the joint patrol to look inside their vehicles as part of routine inspections.“It’s very good, it allows us to work freely”, said one taxi driver, Mamoutou Kané, after opening the trunk of his cab.“We think it’s reassuring for the population. We want it to last”, said another bystander, Boubacar Traoré, sitting outside a small grocery store in the Medina Coura neighborhood.But it’s not the capital in the south of Mali causing the greatest security concerns at present, but rather the northern and central areas of the land-locked north-west African nation, that stretches deep into the Sahara Desert.The first UN peacekeepers were deployed in Mali in 2013 following a violent insurrection by separatist rebels attempting to take control of the north of the country and a subsequent military-led coup. MINUSMA is here to help maintain a fragile peace agreement in support of the national authorities and provide protection for civilians caught up in conflict. But with many peacekeepers now being targeted by armed groups fighting Malian Government forces, the mission faces huge dangers. The UN Secretary-General will show his solidarity with them on Tuesday, but he will also be expressing his solidarity with Muslims fasting for Ramadan. He himself will be observing the fast during his visit.“Each peacekeeper in Mali, in performing their service, is facing sacrifice on a daily basis”, said the Special Representative for the Secretary-General, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who is also head of MINUSMA, in an interview with UN News on Monday.In March, during a key Security Council debate on improving UN peacekeeping operations, Mr. Guterres told Member States that “UN peacekeepers are often under-equipped, under-prepared and unready” adding that “our peacekeepers are vulnerable, and they are targeted for attack”.He said three areas needed a fresh focus: more realistic expectations about what missions can achieve; making them stronger and safer; and mobilizing greater political support with well-structured, well-equipped, and better-trained forces.To enhance the effectiveness and security of peacekeeping operations, the UN is conducting comprehensive reform of the whole peace and security pillar, including improving security for peacekeepers in the field and the “Action for Peacekeeping” initiative, with Mali a top priority.fullscreen MINUSMA has already taken measures on the ground to reduce casualties: “By increasing training, by increasing patrols, by taking precautions to inspect roads before trucks drive through them, by taking advantage of the arrival of combat convoy contingents, we have really made significant progress towards diminishing casualties”, said Mr. Annadif.His Chief of Staff, Lizbeth Cullity, said that a recent attack on mission forces in May showed the impact of steps already taken to improve the preparation and safety of peacekeepers: “It was due to that kind of preparation, the rehearsal, the drills of going through that, just before the attack, that we believe that we were able to save lives”, she told UN News.During his two-day visit, the UN chief is meeting troops and other MINUSMA personnel. He will also meet Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and other government officials in Bamako.On Wednesday, Mr. Guterres is set to leave the capital and travel to the regions, where he will meet with local authorities and UN staff, as well as women, youth and religious representatives. read more

Steady start to 2017 as van market sees modest growth

Van registrations rise 1.2% in January 2017, with 21,363 new light commercial vehicles joining UK roads.Demand for pick-ups continues to rise, up 28.9% at 3,439 units.Heavy van segment sees gains, growing 5.6% compared with January 2016. The new van market got off to a positive start in 2017, with January seeing a small 1.2% growth in registrations, according to data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Heavy vans weighing between 2.5 and 3.5t, which make up the bulk of the market, rose 5.6% in January. Meanwhile, pickups’ popularity continued to grow following a successful 2016, with registrations increasing 28.9%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Vans are the backbone of British business so it is positive to see the strength of the market continue into 2017. With the success of the sector so closely linked to business confidence, government must ensure the conditions that have delivered this growth are maintained. Download the LCV registrations press release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

UK new car market dips in February

The UK new car market dipped in February, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 80,805 new cars were registered, a -2.8% drop compared with February 2017, in what is traditionally one of the quietest months of the year ahead of the March number plate change.Continuing recent trends, demand for petrol and alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) rose in February, up 14.4% and 7.2% respectively, with the former driven by some new, smaller models coming to market. Registrations of new diesel cars declined -23.5%, a disappointing performance given the latest low emission vehicles can help address air quality issues.So far this year, the UK new car market has declined -5.1%, with registrations by business, private and fleet buyers all down, -29.8%, -7.1% and -2.1% respectively.Meanwhile, double digit growth for petrol and AFVs has been unable to offset the move away from diesel, which now commands a 35.6% market share. The discrepancy in demand suggests diesel car owners are keeping their older cars for longer.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Although the new car market has dipped, it remains at a good level despite the drop in demand for diesel. Consumers should be reassured, however, that the latest cars are the cleanest in history and can help address air quality issues, which is why they are exempt from any restrictions.Looking ahead to the crucial number plate change month of March, we expect a further softening, given March 2017 was a record as registrations were pulled forward to avoid VED changes.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 80,805 new cars driven off forecourts in the month, -2.8% down on 2017, as UK new car market dips.Demand for petrol and alternatively fuelled vehicles continues to rise, but diesel demand falls again.Year-to-date market for new cars down -5.1%, with 244,420 units registered nationwide.SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE AND DATA read more

Castle Country Baseball Teams Named Southern Utah Champions

Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Carbon’s 13U team. Left to right: Skyler Madden, Maizen Pritchard, Camden Wilson, Quade Henrie, Jared Saccomano, CJ Smuin, Riley Davis, Wyatt Falk, Peyton Molinar, Ridge Nielsen. Photo courtesy of Laurie Molinar.Youth baseball teams from Carbon and Emery counties were named champions of Southern Utah during a tournament in Richfield over the weekend.At the first round of state, Emery 8U won the first round, beating out Carbon. Both will advance to the second round of the state contest in Salt Lake City on July 5 and 6. Carbon’s 10U A team beat out Beaver in the championship game while the 14U team overtook North Sevier for first place honors. Finally, for the sixth consecutive year, the athletes that are a part of this year’s 13U team took the first place title, beating Beaver. All four teams will travel to Salt Lake City to compete in the second round.Also during the tournament, Emery’s 12U team won the B trail contest with a victory over Panquitch. Other solid finishes for Carbon teams included a second place finish for the 8U team as well as the 10U B team.Participants on the championship teams are as follows:Emery 8UJaxton Smith #9, Brock Esplin #27, Jory Justice #15, Austin Leonard #4, Jesse Drage #13, Jess Larsen #14, Kamden Huntington #8, Mckoy Truman #12, Brodie Bernard #3, Drake Stilson #34Coaches: Rob Smith, Jordan Leonard and Jay Stilson.Emery 12UAyden Rowley #27, Jace Frandsen #7, Hayden Christiansen #1, Quade Oveson #10, Hayden Abrams #6, Braxton Butler #5, Boden Christman #8, Deacon Mangum #13, Kade Larsen #15, Josh Howard #9, Treven Gilbert #17Coaches: Craig Rowley, Jake Frandsen and Jay HowardCarbon 8UPlayers: Mattie Prichard, Zane Richens, Jase Bosone, Korbin Ware, Julian Vasquez, Mason Powell, Miles Grant, Alex Martinez, Karsen Sandoval, Taysen Madsen, Tru Brown, Jack MadridCoaches: Tosh Grant, Derek Martinez and Jared MadridCarbon 10UMiddle row: Marcus Vigil, Ricky Sandoval, Jakson Basone, Kayden Dunn, Zachariah Tyerman, Daxtyn Mower, Ty Simkins, Kaeden Sandoval, Connor Falk, Curtis JonesCoaches: Johnny Dunn, Ricky Sandoval and Carter SimkinsCarbon 13USkyler Madden, Maizen Pritchard, Camden Wilson, Quade Henrie, Jared Saccomano, CJ Smuin, Riley Davis, Wyatt Falk, Peyton Molinar, Ridge NielsenCoaches: Pat Smuin, Ryan Falk, Frank Saccomano and Shane HenrieCarbon 14UPlayers: James Castro, Braxtin Henrie, Chet Anderson, Colton Lowe, Jeriden Alderson, Ray Burdick, McGuire Kocks, Ashton Ferguson, Landon Powell, Diego VegaCoaches: Ty Alderson, Justin Powell, Ty Anderson Emery 8U Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Carbon 8U Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 12U. Photo courtesy of Jana Jeffs Larsen. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 12U. Photo courtesy of Jana Jeffs Larsen. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 12U Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 12U. Photo courtesy of Jana Jeffs Larsen. Carbon 14U Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Carbon 10U. Coaches: Back row: Johnny Dunn, Ricky Sandoval, Carter Simkins Middle row: Marcus Vigil, Ricky Sandoval, Jakson Basone, Kayden Dunn, Zachariah Tyerman Front row: Daxtyn Mower, Ty Simkins, Kaeden Sandoval, Connor Falk, Curtis Jones. read more

Goodman program helps ease transition to business school

This year’s “Day in the Life of a Goodman Student” event will be held Nov. 18. Unlike many of his fellow classmates, Sept. 3 wasn’t the first time Justin Gravestock walked into a university-level business classroom.Nor was O-Week the first time the new Bachelor of Business Administration student got introduced to the world of student clubs and case competitions.That’s because Gravestock’s first day at the Goodman School of Business was actually last November when, as a high school student, he spent a day on campus at the annual “Day in the Life of a Goodman Student”.The full day of meet and greets, business competitions and campus tours paved the way for an easy transition from high school to university – and also helped Gravestock pick Brock as his first choice for university.“I’ve never really heard of anything like this,” said Gravestock. “[Most schools do] your orientations and your presentations but never anything so specific for a business student. That’s what attracted me the most to it. I thought Goodman was really unique.”For high school students like Gravestock who want a more in-depth look of the business school life, this year’s “Day in the Life of a Goodman Student” promises exactly that.Robyn Makar, a third-year BBA dual degree student, is a member of the Brock Business Badgers.The Nov. 18 event includes a mock business competition, a sample lecture, lunch at a residence dining hall, an interactive campus tour and the chance to watch the PepsiCo Apprentice Challenge.It’s such a full day that Robyn Makar, co-ordinator of the event, thinks it probably could be called “A Year in the Life of a Goodman Student”.“I think it encompasses everything that a Goodman student kind of goes through within a year,” Makar said.“The lectures, being involved in clubs, events on campus, watching a case competition, participating in one yourself, it gives you the whole experience.”Makar, a third-year BBA dual degree student, is a member of the Brock Business Badgers, a team of student ambassadors who connect Goodman students with the community.The student club works with high school students to ease the transition into university life.Unlike Gravestock, Makar never attended “A Day in a Life”. Her experience as a first-year student from Sarnia was completely different from Gravestock’s.“All my friends went to [other schools], stayed in the [same] area, and I did this big leap all the way over to Brock by myself and I feel like the transition was really rough,” Makar said.“I want to tell all the students how much I learned in the first two, three years of school. All the tips and tricks that make university life easier.”Makar’s first tip for incoming students is to get excited to watch the PepsiCo Apprentice Challenge, where the teams are guaranteed an interview for a position with PepsiCo Foods Canada.“Watching a case competition and applying those skills yourself it gives you an insight of what you could be doing. [It] gives some perspective as to what [your] education is really giving [you].”How to apply:Applications for “A Day in the Life of a Goodman Student” will be accepted from Grade 11 and Grade 12 students until Oct. 31. read more