Bail hearing set for man charged in plane sabotage case

MIAMI — A bail hearing is scheduled for a mechanic charged with sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner as part of a labour dispute.Prosecutors are seeking pretrial detention for 60-year-old Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani at Wednesday’s hearing. Defence attorneys are expected to argue that he should be released from jail on bail.Alani was arrested earlier this month on a criminal complaint charging that in July he disabled an airliner with 150 people aboard at Miami International Airport because he was upset that ongoing labour negotiations were jeopardizing his chances at earning overtime.The aircraft did not take off and no one was injured.Alani is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Iraq. Prosecutors have not filed any terrorism-related charges in the case. Alani also has not yet entered a plea.Curt Anderson, The Associated Press read more

Thesis defences — July 15 to 19

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19.All are open for the University community to attend.PhD thesis defencesMatthew Mallette, a PhD candidate in Applied Health Sciences, will defend his thesis, titled “Effects of local muscle temperature manipulations on neuromuscular function,” on Monday, July 15 at 1 p.m. in South Block 361.The examination committee includes Stephen Cheung, Supervisor; David Gabriel, Michael Holmes and Joffre Mercier, Advisory Committee; Christopher McNeil, External Examiner (Faculty of Health and Exercise Development, University of British Columbia); Stephen Emrich, Internal Examiner; and Heather Gordon, Chair. —Kevin McGuiness, a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Humanities, will defend his thesis, titled “The Boogeyman in the Cultural Imaginary: From the Fairytale to the Slasher Film,” on Tuesday, July 16 at 1 p.m. in Welch Hall 147.The examination committee members are Cristina Santos, Supervisor; Barry K. Grant and Leah Bradshaw, Advisory Committee; William Indick, External Examiner (Associate Professor of Psychology, William Paterson University); Christie Milliken, Internal Examiner; Heather Gordon, Chair.Master of Science thesis defenceHeather Marie VanVolkenburg, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will present her thesis defence on Tuesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. in MCH 313. Her thesis is titled “Exploring Diversified Vineyard Ecological Soil Management Strategies: Impacts of cover cropping, Spanish River Carbonatite, and smooth pigweed (Amaranthus hybridus) interactions on an agroecosystem.”The examination committee includes: Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Kevin Stevens, External Examiner (Wilfrid Laurier University); Liette Vasseur, Supervisor; and Fiona Hunter and Frederique Guinel, Committee Members.Master of Arts thesis defenceXiaoyang (Nick) Xia, a Master of Arts candidate in the Department of Psychology, will defend his thesis, titled “An Alternative Measure for Attitudes towards Bisexual People,” on Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes: Dawn Zinga, Chair; Michael Ashton, Supervisor; Christine Tardif-Williams, External Examiner (Associate Professor, Child and Youth Studies, Brock University); Michael Busseri, Graduate Program Director; and Andrew Dane and Gordon Hodson, Committee Members. read more