Sport management students attend topnotch conference

Malcolm Gladwell, centre, meets a group of Sport Management students.Forty-seven Sport Management students heard from leading sports professionals and rubbed elbows with author Malcolm Gladwell at a recent MIT Sports Analytics Conference.The students attended the conference in Boston, Mass. March 4 and 5, hearing speeches from industry leaders in the world of sport. It featured panalists such as Mark Cuban (owner, Dallas Mavericks) and Brian Burke (general manager, Toronto Maple Leafs).They also met Gladwell, who was a featured speaker at the conference. Gladwell is the author of such bestsellers as The Tipping Point and Blink.The conference “was highly educational and provided a mix of professionals from across the sports industry, allowing us to understand concepts from the viewpoints of respected leaders from each of the various sports present,” said student event organizer Kyler Nurmsoo. read more

UN agency voices concern at mounting number of Afghans displaced by fighting

“We expect further displacement may take place until conditions are safe for the population to return to their homes,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva. “This fresh displacement adds new hardship to a population already hosting 116,400 people earlier uprooted by conflict and drought.” Some families were reported to have gone back from Kandahar city to Panjwai and Zhare Dasht in Kandahar province during daylight but to have returned to the city at night as they felt it was too insecure to stay overnight, she added. The Afghan government has created a disaster management committee in Kandahar to coordinate relief efforts together with the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), UNHCR and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), distributing plastic sheeting, blankets and warm clothes for children to approximately 3,200 families in Panjwai and Zhare Dasht.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food aid. The government is currently assessing the needs of the displaced in the southern provinces and UNHCR is ready to assist when it becomes clear what is required.Meanwhile, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that it will conduct a study on violence against education personnel to assess what can be done to improve their safety after last week’s murder of an Afghan women’s rights defender and leading advocate of education for girls, Safia Ama Jan.The study will be dedicated to the memory of Ms Ama Jan, who was gunned down outside her home in Kandahar. “Her courage was an inspiration to us all,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement. “And her violent death serves as a grim reminder that those working to defend human rights, including and especially women’s rights, the right to education and education for girls, are often working on the front line, with their lives constantly under threat. “National authorities and the international community must stand united against the forces that would seek to destroy the efforts made by people such as Safia Ama Jan.” read more

Supreme Court rules on police powers for snooping on text messages

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Mar 27, 2013 10:47 am MDT OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada says police need wiretap authority, not just a search warrant, to snoop on cellphone text messages as part of criminal investigations.In a 5-2 decision, the court has sided with wireless giant Telus and quashed a general warrant that had forced the company to turn over all texts to police.The case arises from a warrant the Ontario Superior Court granted to police in Owen Sound, Ont., that ordered Telus to turn over texts from two of its customers.The warrant forced the company to e-mail police a copy of the customers’ texts every day for two weeks, unbeknownst to the owners of the phones.Telus appealed to the Supreme Court after losing its initial bid to quash the warrant.The case before the Supreme Court is one of several involving privacy concerns in an age of electronic communication. Supreme Court rules on police powers for snooping on text messages read more