Fisher leaders disappointed over outcome of talks

“Both India and Sri Lanka failed to note it was the livelihood issue of Tamil Nadu fishermen and it has to be approached with a humanitarian touch,” he told The Hindu. (Colombo Gazette) “The whole exercise turned out to be futile and it was totally disappointing,” U. Arulanandham, president of the Alliance for the Release of Innocent Fishermen (ARIF), told The Hindu . It was shocking that Ms. Swaraj could not prevail upon the Sri Lankan government to secure the release of 115 boats detained in the island nation for more than one-and-a-half years, he said. A cross-section of fisher leaders has expressed disappointment over the outcome of the recent high-level meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Delhi to find a solution to the long-standing ‘livelihood issue’ of Tamil Nadu fishermen, The Hindu newspaper reported.“We are not at all satisfied with the decision to set up a Joint Working Group (JWG), joint patrolling and hotline between the Coast Guards of the two countries to address the issue as none of the measure would help to find a solution to the issue,” a leader who was part of the delegation that held talks with their Sri Lankan counterparts, ahead of the high-level meeting, said. It was also distressing to note that Ms. Swaraj could not secure the release of the mechanised and country boats held in Sri Lanka, he said.Mr. M. Ilango, leader of the National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF), said the decision to set up a JWG was only an eyewash. “If Ms. Swaraj and Mr. Samaraweera could not decide on securing the release of the boats, it will be foolish to hope the JWG will secure the release,” he said.The decision to set up joint patrolling and establish hotline between the two coast guards was aimed at chasing away the Tamil Nadu fishermen, he said. No doubt Ms. Swaraj, recovering from an illness, took sincere efforts to find a solution, but the exercise went in favour of the Sri Lankan fishermen, he alleged. Most of the boats were badly damaged and the fishermen would receive only some wooden planks and scraps when the Sri Lankan authorities returned the boats, he rued. The Tamil fishermen from northern Sri Lanka, who were crying foul about destruction of marine resources, should understand the steps taken by the State government to protect the marine resources, he said.Mr. P. Sesu Raja said it was unfortunate that the Indian government, which wrested an assurance from the Sri Lankan government that the fishermen would not be attacked, failed to secure an assurance that they would not be arrested till alternative arrangements were made. The leaders had high hopes that the two governments would work out a solution and allow Tamil Nadu fishermen to fish in the Lankan waters in the Palk Bay for specific period till they switched over to deep-sea fishing or phased out bottom trawling; but, they were disappointed. read more

OWeek offers wide variety of events for all students

Brock University is known for its stellar student experience and this year’s O-Week activities prove that there really is something for everyone.Brock University’s Students’ Union has broadened this year’s O-Week offerings in response to student input, making sure there’s something for people who love a party and those who prefer a more laid-back student event.Riding on the success of last year’s Orientation Week theme, BUSU is hoping to create a sense of tradition for future O-Weeks by sticking with the successful Brockchella theme.“The theme was well-received by the student body and we felt it would resonate again in 2016. We would like to continue building the Brockchella brand until the student feedback tells out we’re out of touch,” said Steve Kosh, marketing manager at BUSU.Over the years, BUSU has listened to students and adapted its O-Week schedule to reflect their feedback including increasing inclusive and diverse programming that engages groups of students who wouldn’t normally attend O-Week events.First-year Experience, a new program focusing on supporting students’ transition from high school to post-secondary, is introducing three new events with the objective of attracting more introverted students.“There has been a lot of data that speaks to the need for more programming for introverts and international students, so we created events that engage these groups,” said Victoria Parlatore, First-year Experience co-ordinator.Robert Maunder, residence life assistant, adds that this is exactly the rationale behind running alternative programming along with the traditional O-Week events such as offering Games Night at the same time that the Big Ticket Concert is taking place.“We want everyone to get the first-year experience they deserve,” he said.This year’s Big Ticket Concert headliner, Ontario-native Alessia Cara, was also chosen in response to this feedback, reacting to a noticeable shift among incoming students each year.“For the last five years, our concert headliner has been within the EDM genre, but we felt it was time to explore something different. We’re seeing this culture shift among institutions and demographics when it comes to musical entertainment and what they want to see,” said Curtis Bell, events co-ordinator at BUSU.Bell highlights the hard work that campus partners put into O-Week every year to fulfill the changing needs of Brock students.“We see more and more demographics of students come out to these events and that’s because more staff and departments are coming together to build on the diverse programming we offer. When you have those dedicated individuals who are student-driven, we’re able to give students a high-energy and entertaining O-Week,” he said.Brockchella 2016 schedule:Sunday, Sept. 4Residence Move-in Day: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Brock Badgers Lacrosse games: 12 and 2:30 p.m. at Alumni FieldInternational Student Orientation: 12:30 p.m. in Pond InletStudent BBQ: 5 p.m. in Isaac’s Bar & Grill PatioResidence First Night Dinner: 5 p.m.Kick-off Party and Live Burn: 8 p.m. in Schmon Tower FieldTower Party: 9:30 p.m. at Schmon Tower FieldMonday, Sept. 5 (Labour Day)Res Games Pump Up: Noon in Isaac’s Bar & Grill PatioInternational Student Orientation: 12:30 p.m. in Pond InletResidence Summer Games: 1 p.m. in Intramural Fields (behind Zone 2 parking lot)Badger Bash: 6 p.m. in Jubilee CourtDrive-in Movie: 8 p.m. in Schmon Tower FieldTuesday, Sept. 6Vendor Fair, Campus Tours, Clubs Fair and First-year Experience Hub: 10 a.m. in Weatherstation FieldFaculty and Athletics orientations: Several sessions in different locations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Real Sex, Real Stories Edutainment Speaker: 5 p.m. in David Howes TheatreComedy Night: 7:30 p.m. in Bob Davis GymnasiumWednesday, Sept. 7Best of Downtown, Vendor Fair, Clubs Fair and First-year Experience Hub: 10 a.m. in Weatherstation FieldAnnual Picnic: 5 p.m. at Burgoyne WoodsWelcome Wagon: 5 p.m.Landmark Cinema Free Admission Movie Night: 7 p.m. at the Pen CentreIsaac’s Goes Interactive: 7 p.m. in Isaac’s Bar & GrillMeet and Compete: 8:30 p.m. in Fireplace Lounge-Earp ResidenceThursday, Sept. 8Outdoor Yoga: 10 a.m. in Weatherstation FieldRopes Course: Noon at Youth University Ropes Course and Rock Climbing WallTea Social: 2 p.m. in Global Commons-International Centre (RM 104)Condom Poker and Dirty Bingo: 7 p.m. in Ian D. Beddis GymnasiumBoard Game Night: 8:30 p.m. in CJ’s Lounge-DeCew ResidenceIsaac’s Pub Night: 9 p.m. in Isaac’s Bar & GrillFriday, Sept. 9The Hour Escape Room: 10 a.m.Open Mic Night: 6 p.m. in Isaac’s Bar & GrillPaint Party: 9 p.m. in Weatherstation FieldSaturday, Sept. 10Brock Bazaar: 9 a.m. in Zone 1 parking lotBrock Cares: 10 a.m.Big Ticket Concert with Alessia Cara: 7:30 p.m. in Weatherstation FieldGames Night: 8 p.m. in CJ’s Lounge-DeCew ResidenceSunday, Sept. 11Residence Campfire: 8 p.m. in Alphie’s Trough read more