October 2

Security Council calls on all parties to Yemen conflict to take urgent

In a statement to the press, the Council underlined its full support to relief workers delivering aid “in very difficult conditions across Yemen.” Council members expressed concern at all reports of obstruction of the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Yemen. They welcomed the establishment of the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM), and called upon all States to adhere to its provisions. Urging all parties to fulfil their commitments to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance, including measures to further ensure rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access, the Council further underlined the importance of the delivery of commercial goods and fuel for civilian purposes to all parts of Yemen. Further to the statement, the Security Council called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, including to take all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians and civilian objects, to end the recruitment and use of children in violation of applicable international law, and to work urgently with the UN and humanitarian aid organizations to bring assistance to those in need throughout the country.“The members of the Security Council urged all parties to the conflict in Yemen to take urgent steps towards resuming a ceasefire,” said the statement, emphasizing that cessation of hostilities and compliance with related Council resolutions should lead to a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire. The members of the Security Council further emphasized the importance of establishing fully the “De-escalation and Coordination Committee.”The members of the Security Council also urged the Yemeni parties to fulfil their commitments made during the last round of talks between 15-20 December 2015 and further urged the parties to participate in a new round of talks, building on the progress that has been achieved so far on ending the conflict. Calling on all Yemeni parties to engage in political talks “without preconditions and in good faith, including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultations in accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism,” the Council underlined its strong support for the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in facilitating these talks.In a briefing to the Council yesterday, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said a “deep divide” between the warring parties in Yemen, following the collapse of a truce, is forestalling the next round of peace talks. As such, he called on Council members to support efforts towards a cessation of hostilities. “The parties are divided over whether a new round of talks should be convened with or without a new cessation of hostilities,” he explained, adding that: “I have not, unfortunately, received sufficient assurances that a new cessation of hostilities, should I call for one, would be respected.” read more

October 2

Exercise research impacts Canadas older generation

Kimberley Gammage, left, leads a test subject during her research into exercise environments and older adults.Niagara has one of the oldest populations in Canada, and that fits the research of Kimberley Gammage just fine. The associate professor in Physical Education and Kinesiology is studying how exercise environments impact older adults.Gammage, along with Allan Adkin and Panagiota Klentrou, is studying how the social and physical environments of exercise affect balance outcomes, body image, and anxiety levels in older adults. The gym can be an intimidating place, but getting stronger isn’t always measured by how much you can lift, or how long you can ride a bike. The psychological and physical environments of exercise affect outcomes as well, Gammage said.With the study, Gammage’s team tests subjects aged 60 to 90 years old. It involves a 12-week period of exercise, which includes cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and balance training. Many outcomes are assessed, including psychological variables such as body image and confidence, as well as physical outcomes like strength and balance improvement.Gammage’s passion for the research stems from her days as a fitness instructor. Her research is used to help understand exercise motivation and patterns that will encourage exercise for life. This includes exercise as an older adult.Exercise helps older adults on multiple levels, she said.“There are huge benefits for older adults above the physical improvement, including independence, increased confidence, enhanced mobility and being ready for life’s challenges,” she said.Many participants stay long after testing as has finished and develop regular exercise routines. By identifying the physical and social factors that affect exercise for older adults, researchers can better identify why they stop exercising. It will also tell us more about how to motivate older adults to incorporate exercise in their daily routines.Undergraduate and graduate students volunteer their time to supervise and conduct testing.To find out more, or to volunteer, email [email protected]:• Physical Education and Kinesiology read more