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Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Visiting Scholar – Short Term

first_imgThe Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Visiting Scholars conductresearch on important issues related to the United States, Europeand World Order at the Johns Hopkins University School of AdvancedInternational Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.During the academic year 2019-2020 the university intends to hostthe following scholars:• 1 academic year scholar for a nine (9) month period fromSeptember 2019 to May 2020• 2-3 short-term scholars for an in-residence period of between 1and 3 monthsScholars are integrated into research, training, and outreachactivities of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor atthe university. During the academic year 2019-2020 research andrelated activities will focus on Europe’s role in global order.Scholars will join a cohort of post-doctoral fellows who will focuson this subject during a regular series of high-level seminars,peer review sessions, and opportunities for direct engagement withsenior foreign policy practitioners and leading scholars ofstatecraft and world order. Each scholar is expected to complete aresearch paper during the period of residence according to theterms of the assignment entered into with the Foundation.To view the posting seeking long term scholars, visithttp://apply.interfolio.com/57774Applicants must have a doctorate or be at the post-doctorate level,have demonstrated research capacity, be fluent in English, and beeligible for a J-1 visa. Preference will be given to those who areno more than 6 years beyond completing their dissertation, althoughothers are also eligible.For the short-term scholars, preference will also be given toqualified and competitive candidates from Austrian institutions,but we encourage applications from candidates from other countriesas well.StipendEach scholar will enter into a research assignment with theAustrian Marshall Plan Foundation and will receive a monthlystipend of up to $5,000, minus U.S. taxes; an office with computer;Internet access; access to Johns Hopkins University libraries andother facilities. Each scholar is expected to take care of his/hertravel, accommodation, health care coverage and livingexpenses.Application ProcedureEach applicant should submit the following (in English):1. A cover letter supporting the application.2. A 3 to 5 page double-spaced statement that proposes a researchproject, including its relevance to the research interests asoutlined above.3. A curriculum vitae.The applicant is responsible for collecting all materials andsubmitting them before March 30, 2019.The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Visiting Scholars areselected by the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and theAustrian Marshall Plan Foundation. Applicants will be notified byApril 30, 2019.The 2019-2020 academic year scholar begins on September 3, 2019.Short-term scholars can begin anytime between September 3, 2019 andMay 1, 2020.Interested, qualified applicants should send inquiries, coverletter, a current CV, and other documents via the Apply Nowlink.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more

News story: Gloucestershire robots sent to teach kids in the US and Australia

first_img The UK is leading the way in educational technology and is home to more than a quarter of Europe’s edtech businesses. By 2020, the global market for the sector is expected to total £129 billion and it’s great to see local, startup businesses like Ohbot tapping into this demand and creating new jobs as a result. Not only does DIT have a dedicated team of International Trade Advisers across the South West to support ambitious and innovative businesses like Ohbot looking to access new markets and increase exports, but we also have a team of experienced sector specialists and an overseas network in 108 countries. We can offer a range of guidance and support, including international market research and exporting workshops, as well as enabling contact with buyers and distributors in new markets. The Ohbot robot has formed an integral part of digital skills training in schools. (c) OhbotLast year, the business began working with DIT to help increase its exports and expand its international presence. DIT identified key target markets where demand for educational technology was growing and introduced the business to potential buyers. It also put the firm in touch with an export manager who offered on-the-ground support and advice about attending South by Southwest (SXSW), a series of film and technology festivals and conferences, in Texas earlier this year.DIT has also provided financial support to help Ohbot exhibit at global shows and meet with Microsoft representatives from the US.To cope with the increase in demand, Ohbot plans to hire 5 new members of staff to work at its manufacturing site at Halliday Mill, as well as brand and marketing specialists.Mat Walker, co-founder at Ohbot, said: Paul Shand, DIT’s Head of South West said: Ohbot, a Gloucestershire company that makes robots for the education sector, has secured contracts in the US, Australia, and Canada with support from the Department for International Trade (DIT).The business recently signed a contract with the Microsoft Store in the US after exhibiting at Bett, a global education training and technology show in London.The deal will see Ohbots supplied to all 80 Microsoft stores across the US and Canada to help children at its YouthSpark summer camps learn technical skills. The robots are used to help kids have fun while learning how to code. The business also secured its first deal with an Australian distributor to supply robots to schools across the country with additional orders expected over the next year.The Stroud-based business, founded by Dan Warner and Mat Walker in 2014, designs and manufactures affordable robots to teach children digital skills such as coding.center_img We’re a relatively new company and started Ohbot in 2014 using Crowdfunder and Kickstarter sites. We knew there was demand in the UK for technology that could teach children about coding and robots, but initially didn’t have the contacts or the know-how to showcase our robots internationally. Working with DIT was key to our international success. The team of advisers introduced us to buyers and distributors, which means that children across the globe will be able to learn about technology by using our products. For businesses that are considering launching their products internationally, I would say don’t hesitate. Working with DIT has had a huge impact on our business. If we can succeed on the global stage, so can other South West businesses. For more information or to access online support, including the find a buyer, and export readiness tools, visit great.gov.uk.last_img read more

The Latest: Australia’s 2-test tour of Bangladesh postponed

first_imgThe first test was to start on June 11 in Chattogram. The second from June 19 in Dhaka.Both were part of the world test championship. The final of that tournament is scheduled for next June. Trying to find a new slot for the tests will be a challenge.Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts says “the global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honor our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date.”The Bangladesh-Australia series is the second in the world championship to be postponed. England returned home from Sri Lanka last month at the start of the outbreak.___ The Latest: Australia’s 2-test tour of Bangladesh postponed Associated Press Southampton says it has “put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Southampton has become the first Premier League club to announce its players will defer some of their salaries amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League had wanted all squads to take a 30% pay cut but the move led to a standoff with the players’ union.The league has been indefinitely suspended.Southampton says players will defer part of their salaries in April, May and June “to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve.”Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, his coaching staff and directors will also defer some pay over three months. April 9, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Australia’s two-test cricket tour of Bangladesh in June has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Imaginary Feathers Found on Dinosaur

first_imgThe science news outlets are all talking about a new dinosaur with feathers, but where are the feathers?  Bjorn Carey at LiveScience said that Guanlong wucaii were “likely covered in feathers” and MSNBC said it was “likely feathered as a chicken.”  John Roach on National Geographic News even went so far as to say, “Scientists say the 160-million-year-old animal, which had simple feathers and an elaborate head crest, is the oldest known tyrannosaur” (emphasis added in all quotes).    We went to the source looking for the feathers.  The original paper by Xu et al. in Nature1 says nothing about feathers.  Neither does the news story about it by Thomas R. Holtz in the same issue of Nature.2  Holtz does mention “feathered dinosaurs” from China, lists “feathered maniraptorans” in passing, and refers to an earlier discovery, Dilong paradoxus, that had some kind of coating that he calls “simple fuzzy ‘protofeathers’” in quote marks.  Still no conclusive feathers for Guanlong.  The plot thickens in The Case of the Missing Feathers.    The first solution to this mystery is to go back to an Oct. 6, 2004 story in National Geographic about D. paradoxus.  This mentions a “at least a partial coat of hairlike feathers” on this small tyrannosaurid, but the description of the feathers is not what most of us picture when we think of a bird feather.  These are called “featherlike structures” that apparently were for warmth or insulation, not flight.3  Since Sinosauropteryx had these “featherlike structures”, the discoverer assumed that this new fossil, along with birds, were “all expressions of the same evolutionary change.”  Holtz said, “then we have to infer that tyrannosaurids also had some expression of the same trait [feathers].”  Yet even these structures on D. paradoxus seem questionable.  The article goes on: “The description of Dilong paradoxus is based on the fossils of four specimens, including a fragmented one with evidence of protofeathers—precursors to the feathers found on modern birds.”  Then the article speculates on whether T. rex youngsters sported the downy coats, without mentioning any fossil evidence for such a claim.    Back to Guanlong wucaii.  Now we have the context for the claims about feathers in the science news articles, despite the absence of the word in the scientific paper.  The end of the MSNBC article quotes Mark Norell of the American Museum of Natural History, one of the co-discoverers of both fossils, who made a big point about the “featherlike structures” on the earlier find.  After referring back to Dilong paradoxus, he explains about the new fossil: “Because they’re so closely related [sic], there’s no reason at all to think it didn’t have feathers.”  (His museum is the same one with an exhibit that boldly announces to the public, “Birds Are Dinosaurs.”)1Xu et al., “A basal tyrannosauroid dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of China,” Nature 439, 715-718 (9 February 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04511.2Thomas R. Holtz Jr., “Palaeontology: A Jurassic tyrant is crowned,” Nature 439, 665-666 (9 February 2006) | doi:10.1038/439665a.3See Jonathan Sarfati’s analysis on AIG #1 and AIG #2.  The fossil impressions could be from flayed collagen fibers, not feathers.This is very strange.  Only one specimen of the earlier fossil, a fragmented specimen, had some kind of hairy skin filaments, that were not feathers, but “protofeathers” or “featherlike structures.”  Then the new fossil has none at all.  One team member leaps from fragmentary evidence to pure imagination in a single bound, assuming evolution relates these two dinosaurs to birds according to a common evolutionary innovation.  From there, the news media print color drawings of Gualong coated in colorful plumage, with the word FEATHERS in bold type in the headlines.  What is going on here?  Why are they doing this to us?    Horsefeathers.  They should know better.  We are onto their tricks.  They are mixing and matching fragments of flimsy evidence to fit a preconceived speculation and market it as fact.  For earlier and similar claims, see 05/06/2004 on the questionable museum exhibit, 06/18/2001 on a New Mexico tale, and 08/21/2001 and 10/30/2002 on problems with feather evolution.  Mark Robertson on AIG called for more skepticism over the weak claims, and AIG has many other articles on dinosaurs and birds.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Why Billboard.com is Destined for Failure

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Billboard.com currently attracts about 4 million unique visitors each month. Compare that to the conservative Quantcast estimates of MOG at 7.7 million monthly visitors and Imeem at a whopping 16 million monthly uniques. Although it is expected that Billboard will see a traffic spike due to its recent web redesign, it’s doubtful that it will increase its numbers to rival those of today’s top music communities. We need to remember that while Billboard is still a reputable music industry news source, it is completely irrelevant to cool hunters. By the time a single reaches Billboard’s charts and gets featured for streaming, Hype Machine and Imeem users are more than familiar with them. In fact, they’ve probably grown bored with the multiple remixes and have decided to form a backlash movement against them. Let’s face it, Billboard, Spin and Rolling Stone magazine have become irrelevant to the younger generation of music fans. In fact, Forbes just published a story on how music network Pitchfork is replacing them. And you know if Forbes thinks Pitchfork is the next big thing, then the über hip have already left in droves. One of Threadless’ top selling shirts bares the slogan, “I listen to bands that don’t even exist yet.” If you’re on the bleeding edge of music, you probably want to stick to your favorite music site rather than switching to the bubblegum selection of Billboard’s mainstream offerings. Related Posts Tags:#music#web dana oshiro Musicians and their fans are meant to be hip, sometimes tragically so. RWW recently reviewed 18 streaming music services and our readers still had at least a dozen more suggestions. New and innovative music sites are springing up like daisies this summer, so at first glance when Billboard magazine announces the launch of their new online community, smaller independent sites should be shaking in their boots. Powered by streaming music from Lala.com, a Ticketmaster concert sales engine and All Music Guide’s artist info, Billboard aims to offset waning sales and encourage a new generation of fans. The site offers newly searchable charts, music news, artist interviews and videos. Billboard’s vice president of online Joshua Engroff also spoke about the company’s plans to launch iPhone and Facebook applications. The company stresses the fact that subscribers and non-subscribers will be able to search charts at no cost and listen to singles before choosing to purchase them. Nevertheless, despite Billboard’s hopes to further evolve into a consumer brand, I can’t help but think the web redesign is too little and too late. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Pacquiao-Horn nears sellout

first_imgManny Pacquiao training for his fight against Jeff Horn set on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBRISBANE, Australia—The drawing power of Manny Pacquiao remans as strong as ever with his fight against Jeff Horn billed as the “Battle of Brisbane” headed for a sellout.“They (Australian organizers) told me that 45,000 tickets have been sold and that they’ve added 5,000 more,” said Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s longtime adviser, referring to the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium, venue of the world title fight.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Pacquiao on Horn: ‘I never underestimate my opponent’2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIEScenter_img And so as not to disappoint the fans, Koncz said Sunday that Pacquiao needs to score an impressive win over Horn, who may hardly be known globally but is regarded as a local icon here.“Manny needs to make a statement. We can’t go and have a 12-round decision,” said Koncz, who arrived here six days ahead of Team Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKoncz feels that Horn’s come-forward style makes him ripe for Pacquiao’s picking.“Horn is a great kid. Nothing personal against him, but he is not in the league of Manny, hasn’t got the experience of Manny, probably has the heart of Manny. “But with all of Manny’s experience ad abilities, if we can’t win this fight decisively and have a knockout, then Manny and I need to sit down and consider what we will gonna do in the futue. So it is imperative we have to make a statement.”A knockout, according to Koncz will boost Pacquiao’s stock in the sport, which dipped a little because of his failure to stop an opponent in the last eight years.RELATED VIDEO Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Pacquiao not guaranteeing KO vs Horn: ‘Just wait and see’last_img read more

Sisi Rondina takes tough UST loss in stride ‘as long as we learned something’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Going up against a double block, Rondina tried to squeeze the ball down the sideline but the space was too tight that she connected with the antenna giving the final point to Ateneo, which improved to 7-1.“I just had to laugh earlier because when I hit the ball it was over, I was the one that let my team lose because a lot would’ve happened if I scored that one,” said Rondina. “I’ll accept this loss with my heart as long as we’ve learned something from this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US figure skater Mariah Bell probed for reportedly injuring South Korean rival Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There were a lot of missed chances for Cherry Rondina and University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.The Tigresses had the chance to get shared ownership of the top spot, but Ateneo came back from a two-set deficit and stunned the Golden Tigresses, 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11, despite Rondina’s historic performance.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Rondina finished with 35 points, the most a Golden Tigress has scored in a single game in the Final Four era, but she missed a chance to cap the historic performance with a win as UST settled for the third spot in the standings at 5-3.“We always say ‘what if’ but someone has to win,” said Rondina in Filipino. “Someone won, we just have to learn from what we did today. We fell short, that’s it, the kids still lack experience.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRondina is on her fifth year and is no doubt one of the most experienced players in the league but her teammates like Eya Laure, Mafe Galanza, Rachelle Roldan, and Kecelyn Galdones—all of whom played in the fifth set—still has some learning to do especially in the collegiate level.Despite Rondina’s heroism, her final attempt was what ultimately doomed UST. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Juventus boss thinks Higuain is better than Kane

first_imgG. Higuaín ‘I’d pick Higuain over Kane!’ – Allegri thinks Juventus star is the better striker Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 16:15 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Juventus Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League Videos The Tottenham forward has been in sublime form in the 2017-18 campaign but Juve’s head coach would not swap him for the Argentine Massimiliano Allegri says he would always choose Gonzalo Higuain over Harry Kane as Juventus prepare to face Tottenham in the last 16 of the Champions League.Juve host Tuesday’s first leg at Allianz Stadium against a Spurs team that confounded many expectations by winning Group H ahead of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.Kane comes into the meeting in red-hot form, with eight goals in his last seven appearances, while Higuain is enjoying a similarly prolific sequence, boasting six strikes from four matches. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Much has been made of the two strikers going head-to-head in this tie, but Allegri was unequivocal in his response over whom he felt was the better player.”What a question! Higuain, of course!” he said with a smile at Monday’s media conference.”Given the choice between Higuain and Kane, I would still pick Pipita as my number nine, even if Kane is a top-class striker.”Higuain will shoulder an extra burden after it was confirmed Paulo Dybala (hamstring) would miss out, while Blaise Matuidi (thigh) is also unavailable for the opening leg, and Allegri was giving little away as to who would come in for the Frenchman.”Of course someone will replace him because we have to play 11, but it’ll be someone with different characteristics,” Allegri said. | @OfficialAllegri : “The tie is 180 minutes long. It’s an evenly balanced contest and we need to approach it with the highest level of concentration.” #JuveTOT #UCL pic.twitter.com/7eFpDw1opW — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) February 12, 2018 “We’ll try of course to play a match according to the players and specific skills and features they have. We know we have 180 minutes to play, we know the weaknesses Tottenham have and also their qualities.”[Claudio] Marchisio convinced me and [Rodrigo] Bentancur also very much convinced me. There’s also [Stefano] Sturaro who can play in Matuidi’s role, and he’s probably the one most similar to Matuidi.”If not we’ll have to change formation or at least fill the roles with players with different characteristics. A lot depends on the players.”Tomorrow we’ll have to play an excellent match from a tactical point of view, because otherwise if we just focus on the physical aspect we could suffer a lot.”last_img read more

Uber Canadas service animal policy criticized by some disability rights advocates

first_imgTORONTO – Uber Canada has launched a new policy on how its drivers deal with customers who have service animals, but some disability rights advocates say exemptions built into the rules could still lead to discrimination.The company’s policy says drivers who refuse to give rides to customers with service animals will be dismissed.But drivers could get an exemption if they provide Uber with “written evidence, like a doctor’s or cleric’s letter … confirming that they belong to a group protected by human rights legislation and how carrying the service animal is an undue hardship,” the policy says.Uber Canada said the exemptions reflect the two most common reasons their drivers have provided for not wanting service animals in their cars: dog allergies and religious rules about contact with dogs.“Service animals must be fully accommodated, by law and by good conscience,” Uber Canada Legal Director Jeremy Millard said. “The exemptions clause was written to reflect very new court rulings on this subject.”Uber encourages drivers to use “every method … to avoid conflict and ensure service animals are carried,” including not seeking the exemption or putting a blanket down on their vehicle’s seat, Millard added.But the exemptions have raised concerns among some who use service animals and those who advocate for them.“It’s a bit puzzling and concerning to me that they are bringing religious freedoms into the mix,” said Yvonne Peters, a Winnipeg lawyer who has had guide dogs for over 40 years. “Everybody’s rights need to be accommodated, but in this case it feels to me like religious freedom would trump the rights of a service animal user (under the policy).”Matt Dierckens, who sits on the Guide Dogs Users of Canada’s board of directors, argued that people who have a medical or religious problem with service animals should simply not become Uber drivers.“If you sign up (to drive) for the service, then you are most likely going to get service dogs, it’s just one of those things that’s going to happen,” said Dierckens, who used to have a guide dog and said he was repeatedly denied Uber and taxi rides because of it.Allowing drivers a means to refuse rides to people with service animals puts Uber at odds with most other businesses and services, said James Hicks, national co-ordinator of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities“If restaurants can’t refuse people, if hospitals can’t refuse people then why should Uber drivers be allowed to refuse people,” Hicks said, noting however, that people’s beliefs and medical needs also need to be respected.“If it’s just that somebody doesn’t like dogs, well that’s too bad,” he said. “But if it’s actually something that’s going to cause them distress of any kind, whether it’s physical or mental, then I guess that’s a different story, and there’s not much we’re going to be able to do about it.”According to religious traditions followed by some Muslims, a person must perform “ritual ablutions” if they come into contact with a dog’s saliva, said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.“Each party in this (Uber) situation have human rights that need to be considered,” Gardee said. “At the same time, the National Council of Canadian Muslims strongly urges Muslim drivers to accommodate services dogs for riders with disabilities by considering a broader interpretation of relations between dogs and human beings that is found within the religious tradition.”The Canadian Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on 11 different grounds, including race, age, sex, ethnic origin, religion and disability.Employers and service providers have a legal duty to accommodate people who have needs related to those grounds, but there are limits to how far they are expected to go, the Canadian Human Rights Commission says.Organizations do not legally have to accommodate a persons’s disability, for instance, if they can show that doing so would cause an “undue hardship.”That hardship could be high financial costs, or risks to health and safety, but there is no standard legal definition of “undue hardship,” the Human Rights Commission says. Each case must be viewed and judged individually.last_img read more