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The UAE prepares to legalize gambling with new regulatory body

With its glitzy luxury resorts and a world-renowned horse racing industry, the United Arab Emirates soon might have a new card to play in attracting visitors — gambling.

The UAE introduced a new regulatory body to oversee commercial gaming on Monday, made up of casino and gambling experts from the United States. Gambling is currently illegal in the UAE, where some laws are based on the Quran, which forbids the practice.

The new federal body, called the General Commercial Gaming Regulatory Auth

Lebanon bans 'Barbie' movie for 'promoting homosexuality''

Authorities in Lebanon moved to ban the “Barbie” movie from cinemas on Wednesday, saying it promotes homosexuality and violates the nation’s values.

Culture Minister Mohammad Mortada banned the film from cinemas after delaying its release date to late August, saying it contradicts the “moral and religious values as well as the principles of Lebanon,” state-run media reported Wednesday.

The minister said the movie also “promotes sexual deviance and transsexuality,” by Lebanese state-run media o

‘Wildly different experiences’: Student parents at Queen’s

When Slade Stoodley comes home after an ENGL 451 lecture on Victorian fairy tales, he likes to consult with his study buddy and three-year-old daughter, Evee.

Ever since Evee was born during Stoodley’s first-year exam period, being a student parent has been a balancing act.

“We knew right off the bat when I was going into school, that this was going to be a different dynamic from the rest of my colleagues—because I was going to be a young father,” he told The Journal in an interview.

Curtis Heinzl

KFL&A Public Health sees uptick in STI cases

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health is seeing a “spike” in gonorrhea cases among post-secondary aged individuals, says Nicole Szumlanski, manager of the sexual health program at KFL&A Public Health.

In response, Student Wellness Services (SWS) at Queen’s is partnering with the KFL&A Public Health Unit to increase drop-in testing availabilities for asymptomatic students.

Starting in February, the quick-tests became available twice a week and has recently increased t
Herbert Wang

Queen’s projects $43.9 million shortfall in student fee revenue

Queen’s overall revenue is anticipated to be $37.6 million lower than was outlined in the 2022-23 operating budget.

Provost Teri Shearer presented Queen’s Financial Projection Report as of Dec. 31 at the Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month. The report demonstrated the University’s projected overall operating deficit of $28.2 million.

Lower enrolment from international undergraduate and graduate students caused a projected $43.9 million shortfall in student fee revenues.

“Almost 97 pe
Herbert Wang

Prime Minister Trudeau and President of European Commission stop in Kingston

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen visited Kingston’s Canadian Forces Base (CFB) on March 7. During her two-day visit to Canada, she was hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and they both attended the CFB for a joint press conference.

“It is a real pleasure to welcome President von der Leyen to Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

Von der Leyen and Trudeau discussed shared priorities such as responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, fighting climate change,
Herbert Wang

André Picard gives talk about health care at Queen’s

“Welcome, boomers. Let’s talk about health care,” is how award-winning journalist André Picard started his lecture, “Medicare 2050: Rebuilding the Health System for an Aging Society” on March 2 at Ellis Hall.

Picard has been a health reporter and columnist at The Globe and Mail for almost 36 years. He was brought on the health beat early in the HIV/AIDS epidemic after covering similar stories for his student paper, The Fulcrum.

His reporting for The Globe has been nominated for the National Ne

‘All gone’: Queen’s students affected by earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Scrolling through Instagram, Selim Dag, ArtSci ’24, came across a photo of his hometown of Adana, Turkey. In the photograph, his town was destroyed.

Thinking to himself, he thought, “What the hell? This is a joke, right?”

Dag immediately rang his father, who lives in Adana. His father picked up FaceTime rushing down from the 24th floor of his building. The building collapsed while Dag was on the phone.

“The first few hours, I lost my senses. I was punching the walls [...] I just burst out cry

Black-owned health services support racialized communities

Sometimes, when clients find it hard to express their feelings, psychologist E.L. Adams will switch on a song.

Adams told The Journal he grew up listening to ’80s music, country, and Motown. He uses music in his practice to help clients to delve into past experiences and connect with others.

“It can be difficult to see, reframe, or feel connected—given people’s circumstances,” he said. “A lot of times with mental health, people feel like their situations are unique, and they feel isolated, the
Max Yi

Queen’s updates cybersecurity measures to protect data

The Queen’s IT team faces tens of thousands of cybersecurity threats to systems every day, according to Marie-Claude Arguin, Queen’s chief information officer and associate vice-principal (IT services).

Queen’s is changing its multi-factor authentication (MFA) system through the Microsoft Authenticator App on Feb. 27. The authenticator app will send two-digit numbers to the device the user is logging in with, and those numbers need to be inputted to log in. The app will now display the location

Graduate students at Queen’s rally to abolish tuition

Queen’s graduate student union, PSAC 901, wants Principal Patrick Deane to abolish tuition for graduate students and increase working wages.

The union held the rally outside Richardson Hall—where Principal Deane’s office is located—with speakers from the SGPS, Queen’s Faculty Union Association (QUFA), and Ontario Public interest Research Group (OPIRG) Kingston on Feb. 7.

The students invited Deane to a town hall on Jan. 17 to ask him questions and air grievances as he’s lobbying the provincial
Curtis Heinzl

Black student associations respond to racist incident at AMS debate

This article discusses anti-Black racism and may be distressing to some readers. The Peer Support Centre and BIPOC Talk can be accessed here.

Several Black student associations on campus spoke to The Journal about the recent events involving the distribution of a racist image of a candidate in the now-concluded AMS executive election. The candidates’ team, ERA, dropped out of the running.

The Queen’s Black Academic Society (QBAS) President Teshi Bollo-Kamara, ArtSci ’23 and Vice-President Amai

Islamophobia an ongoing issue in Canadian society

The panel opened at 6 p.m. at Mackintosh-Corry Hall on Jan 30, with sociology Professor Dr. Fauzia Husain sharing her experiences of Islamophobia at Queen’s and elsewhere.

“Make sure you don’t make Canada look bad,” Husain said her family told her before she came to the panel. “Make sure you don’t come off as angry. In other words,

make sure you don’t confirm the stereotype.”

“I asked myself, will playing nice keep me safe? Will playing nice keep other Muslims safe?” Husain said.

Husain, who

Petition calls to dismantle Queen’s Autism Speaks Canada branch

Vera Aube, ArtSci ’23, was diagnosed with autism over the winter break. After three and a half years at Queen’s, they now feel “validated” to speak out on behalf of the neurodivergent community.

Aube is petitioning to stop the Autism Speaks Canada (ASC) branch at Queen’s, alongside three neurodivergent friends. Almost 500 people have signed the petition since it opened around two weeks ago. The petition requests that the AMS “dismantle” Queen’s branch of ASC and replace it with another organiza
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