BORDER-ZINE
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ISSUE 3: Sept 2013

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The Centre for Cross Border Studies and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development are supported by the EU's INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body

Welcome to BORDER-ZINE...

the E-Zine from the Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD).

This information service is an initiative made possible with funding from the EU INTERREG IVA Programme, through the Special EU Programmes Body. It is part of our larger INTERREG IVA Project -  the Ireland Northern Ireland Cross Border Cooperation Observatory, Phase 2 – otherwise known as INICCO-2 that is being jointly managed and delivered by CCBS and ICLRD.

The E-zine is published regularly throughout the year. We welcome your contributions on forthcoming cross-border events, research and other cross-border projects.
If you would like to use our online information bulletin please send your event or news item by email to carolanne.murphy@qub.ac.uk

**NEW** PARLIAMENTARY CROSS-BORDER MENTIONS
We now publish monthly summaries (in PDF format) of Parliamentary cross-border mentions on our website. Both the NI Assembly and the Oireachtas (Dáil & Seanad) are covered.
Each reference has a link to the full item, be it a Question, Ministerial Statement or Debate.
Read or download the reports >>

CENTRE FOR CROSS BORDER STUDIES APPOINTS ANTHONY SOARES AS NEW RESEARCH AND POLICY MANAGER
Anthony joins the Centre for Cross Border Studies having been the founder and co-Director of Queen's Postcolonial Research Forum, as well as the Coordinator of the BA in Spanish & Portuguese Studies at Queen's University, where he was appointed as Lecturer in Portuguese Studies in 2001.

His major research interests are related to the emergence of national and community identities in postcolonial contexts, with a particular focus on Timor-Leste. Anthony spent two periods of fieldwork in Timor-Leste, but as one of his interests is on migrant communities, he also undertook research with East Timorese communities in Australia, Portugal and Northern Ireland, looking at the extent to which they saw themselves continuing to contribute to the construction of their homeland, and how they created networks that transcended national borders, including those that exist on the island of Ireland.

Prior to this work, Anthony also completed research in 2001 on the then-emerging Portuguese migrant community in Northern Ireland.

BORDER PEOPLE - TRAINING FOR INFORMATION ADVISORS
Crossing the border to live, work, study or retire can create questions and finding accurate answers can be difficult.  This Autumn the Border People project will begin a series of training sessions for Information Advisors working or volunteering in organisations that deal with cross border enquiries from the public.
The one-day course will provide an overview of the social welfare system on the other side of the border and will focus on common cross border issues e.g. exporting benefits, where to pay tax, where to access health care, where to claim illness benefit, etc.
The first training session will take place in late October in the North West (possibly Letterkenny).  Ten events will be held in total, in locations with most demand. 

So make sure to add your address to our registration form [Eventbrite] so that your county will be counted

SCHOLARS AT RISK (SAR)
News and updates will be posted here www.universitiesireland.ie/category/scholars-at-risk/ regularly
  • Scholars at Risk – Ireland in partnership with Universities Ireland
    Summary of activities, January 2012 – January 2013
    Read more >>
  • UNIVERSITY VALUES – July 2013 bulletin published
    Download PDF
  • Scholars at Risk calls for letters on behalf of Professor Kemal Guruz of Turkey
    Read more >>
PUBLICATIONS

REPORT Published on Civic Engagement Education

A new report from the Children and Youth Programme (CYP), entitled ‘Education for Civic Engagement in Post primary Schools in Ireland and Northern Ireland: A Rights Perspective’, examines policy and provision for education for civic engagement in post primary education in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Read more >>

BOOK - European Border Regions in Comparison: Overcoming Nationalistic Aspects or Re-Nationalization?

Edited by Katarzyna Stoklosa, Gerhard Besier
Further details >>

ARTICLE - Getting Paid in Cross Border Trade

The European Commission has developed a guide for SMEs to assist them in managing cross border credit and collections.
The presentations from the seminar are also available and if you would like to receive copies of either, please contact 
Chambers Ireland
3rd Floor Newmount House
Lower Mount Street
Dublin 2
Phone: +353 1 400 4300

Read the full article >>
Source: In Business – Connecting Irish Business [Q2 2013 pps 46-7]

ARTICLE - Integrating Energy Markets

Electricity markets expert David Newbery talks to Owen McQuade about the integration of European markets and the impact on the Single Electricity Market (SEM).
Read the full article >>
Source: agendaNi [Issue 58 May/June 2013 pp52]

CROSS-BORDER EDUCATION

ANNUAL SCoTENS CONFERENCE 10 – 11 October 2013

The annual SCoTENS conference will take place on Thursday – Friday, 10 – 11 October 2013 in the Radisson Blu Sligo Hotel.
The title of the conference will be Learning Teaching: Reimagining the Profession.
The keynote speakers are Professor John MacBeath, from the University of Cambridge and Dr Sotiria Grek from the University of Edinburgh.
In addition to the usual plenary sessions and workshops, Dr Conor Galvin from UCD and the head of the SCoTENS research sub-committee has agreed to lead a special workshop for those intending to apply for SCoTENS ‘Seed funding’ in January 2014.
For further information, please email p.mcallister@qub.ac.uk

EUROPEAN MATTERS

NEW EU RULES FOR USING DEBIT AND CREDIT CARDS IN CROSS-BORDER TRANSACTIONS

On 24/07/2013 the Commission proposed new rules to cap charges on debit and credit card payments across the EU. The package would also see increased security for payments and clearer rules for all operators. The idea behind this update of current rules is to make it easier and safer to use cards in cross-border transactions.
Read more >>  

Waste•smART – CREATIVE COMPETITION

The European Environment Agency (EEA) invites you to share your views about waste in Europe in a new creative competition, Waste•smART.  Each year, EU citizens generate an average of half a tonne of household waste per person. Waste can be an economic loss and it can also negatively impact the environment as well as human health.
Express your thoughts by 30 September 2013 through: photo, cartoon or video. The winner of each category (photo, video, cartoons) will be awarded a cash prize of EUR 500.
All participants must be aged 18 or over.            
Read more >>

EUROPEAN CONFERENCE - A European Strategy for Gender Equality: Tackling Discrimination in the Workplace and Beyond

Despite countless legislative efforts, gender discrimination continues to exist in Europe at all levels: be it an unspoken social norm, a pay gap, or even physical violence and harassment, figures are still high across Europe. 
 
Public Policy Exchange welcomes the participation of all key partners, responsible authorities and stakeholders in this international symposium that will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss the latest developments in the context of the 2010-2015 Strategy for Gender Equality. The symposium will explore how social, cultural and political obstacles can be overcome in order to implement innovative policies that will put an end to gender discrimination in the workplace and in society.
 
This conference will take place at The Silken Berlaymont Hotel, Brussels on Wednesday, October 9th 2013.  
Further information and how to register >>

EU CONSULTATION ON BUSINESS INSOLVENCY
The European Commission launched a public consultation on a European approach to business failure and insolvency, which puts the focus on helping sound businesses to survive and honest entrepreneurs to get a second chance while protecting creditors' right to get their money back.
Key issues are the time required to discharge a debt, the conditions for opening proceedings, the filing of claims and the rules for restructuring plans. These can have an adverse effect on cross-border investment.
This consultation is open until 11 October 2013 and can be accessed here >>

ASSOCIATION FOR BORDERLAND STUDIES 1st WORLD CONFERENCE: Call for papers
9-13 June 2014, Joensuu, Finland – St. Petersburg, Russia
The Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) invites proposals for individual papers and posters as well as complete panels and roundtables related to multidisciplinary study of borders, border areas and cross-border interaction. The organizing theme for the 2014 World Conference is: Post-Cold War Borders: Global Trends and Regional Responses
Contributions from all world regions are encouraged. 
Further details >>

PEACEBUILDING

£1.2M DIGITAL ARCHIVE PROJECT FOR INCORE

The University of Ulster is to establish a £1.2m digital archive project at its Magee campus. Called 'Accounts of the Conflict' the project will be housed at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), and will offer long-term storage and preservation of stories related to life in Northern Ireland and the border region during the period of the conflict.
 
Organisations, groups and individuals will be able to deposit digital copies of stories with the new archive which will link to the existing CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) website. INCORE staff will offer advice and assistance to any current story-telling project but will also be keen to hear from any organisation or group which had done story-telling work at any time in the past.
Read more >>

FIRST NEWSLETTER OF THE COLLECTIVE ACTION FOR POSITIVE PEACE PROJECT (CAPP)
It focuses on the issue of sectarianism. It also contains details of the launch of the CAPP project.
Download the CAPP-Newsletter [PDF 1219Kb]

DECADE OF CENTENARIES - 1912-1922 EXHIBITION & WORKSHOPS

The Southern Peace III Partnership is holding a series of exhibition and workshop events in the Craigavon, Armagh, Banbridge and Newry and Mourne District Council areas between 9th – 21st  September 2013 entitled ‘Decade of Centenaries - 1912 – 1922’.
This programme is funded by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
Download the Centenaries invite [PDF 1372Kb]

IRISH CHURCHES PEACE PROJECT
The ICCP team is keen to meet clergy and church leaders who are interested in supporting better links with other churches within their community.  The project hopes to have a regionally based staff team of 6 Good Relations Officers working throughout Northern Ireland and the border counties.
 
If you would like to speak to someone about the project please contact John Kelly on  07841 919794 or by e-mail john@icpp.info or contact ICPP office on 028 9266 0069 or by e-mail admin@icpp.info
 
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIP: Full Funding for Peace Leaders to Pursue a MA or Professional Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies

The Rotary Peace Fellowship provides peace leaders with two options to pursue academic and practical training in peace and conflict resolution.Candidates can apply for either a master’s-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centres. The master’s-level program requires, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in a related field, and three years of relevant work experience. The certificate program requires five years of experience and proficiency in English.
 
Up to 100 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements.  The 2015-16 academic term deadline is 1 July 2014.
Application information will be available in January 2014.
 
FORTHCOMING CROSS-BORDER EVENTS

NICEM 15TH ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS & EQUALITY CONFERENCE

Friday, 20th September 2013 at the Wellington Park Hotel, Malone Road, Belfast.
The key theme this year is the European Protection of Fundamental Rights II.
  • Section 1: EU Charter of Fundamental Rights & European Social Charter of the Council of Europe 
  • Section 2: Public Sector Duty: Empire strike back?
  • Section 3: Judicial Review and Public Interests Law of the year in GB and in NI
  • Section 4: Flag, emblem and parade: democracy, rule of law and human rights protection
Speakers from Ireland, North and South, Britain and Europe. 

INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH: OPEN CONFERENCE
Croke Park, Dublin, 8 October 2013
The conference presentations will cover a range of themes focusing on policy areas which impact on public health and health inequalities.
The aim of the Conference is to provide an open platform to:
  • showcase multidisciplinary work in public health,
  • provide opportunities for partnership working,
  • assist with personal development/capacity building in public health,
  • promote existing online learning working groups
  • promote leadership

“THE POTENTIAL FOR CROSS BORDER EXCHANGE AND LEARNING IN RESPECT OF CHANGE IN THE COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR.”
Seminar and debate 18 October 2013, Newry
 
The Building Change Trust commissioned former CCBS Director, Andy Pollak and Brian Harvey to write an opinion piece on “The Potential for Cross Border Exchange and Learning in respect of change in the Community and Voluntary Sector.” This will be published and presented at an open seminar and debate taking place on Friday 18 October at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry, commencing with registration at 10.30, closing at 12.45 with a networking lunch.
Further details, including agenda and speakers, will be announced in due course.
 
To attend the event, please register via EventBrite >>
 
WEBSITES

THE HEALTH WELL

The Health Well website aims to be the authoritative source of health-related evidence, data and good practice across the island of Ireland, incorporating a number of thematic Hubs.
The Knowledge Update highlights some recent examples of information resources added to the Health Well and each of its Hubs.
To view more resources available to you on the Health Well, please follow this link www.thehealthwell.info
 

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