Rabat – President Donald Trump said the United States will be “watching very closely,” as he called on the same African nations that he previously deemed“shithole countries” to support USA’s joint 2026 World Cup bid.Considering his past statements, many assumed that African countries would come out in droves to support Morocco’s bid. Instead, since Trump’s threat, no African country has pledged support to Morocco. Needless to say, Morocco has been very active in the last decade helping other African countries improve their economies and with 2.57 billion dollars of foreign direct investment, Morocco is the first in Africa’s 2017 Investment Index. As soon as President Donald Trump spoke, South Africa obliged. The South Africa Minister of Sport and Recreation Tokozile Xasa, announced, “We are very clear that we can’t support Morocco,” adding, “ Our parliament was very straightforward in this regard‚ it is the mandate of the country and it is an obligation for sporting bodies to understand what the country’s agenda is.”South Africa prides itself as one of the most active defender of Africa’s causes, even though this recent action reveals that it is not above stabbing the back of another African nation. Despite past differences, Morocco prides itself on prioritizing the needs of other African nations. We should help each other in time of need and not be at the mercy of a bully.While United 2026 has received the endorsement of all South and Central American countries for 2026, Morocco has yet to receive more than few votes of support from the 54 African countries. Morocco has been at odds with Algerian leadership for more than 5 decades, and yet, they are still supporting the Moroccan bid.Algerian leadership understands that a vote against Morocco is a vote against the Moroccan people. The Algerian people would never forgive their leadership, had they endorsed United 2026.African countries are not the only ones hesitant to support Morocco; Arab nations have displayed mixed responses, as well. Saudi Arabia–a state that Morocco typically defends tooth and nail–chose the 2026 World Cup bid to retaliate against Morocco for being neutral during the kingdom’s previous political breakdown with Qatar.While the Arab League and the OIC came out in collective support of Morocco’s bid, not many individual countries from these 2 organizations have come out in full support of Morocco.Most African and Arab countries are secretly hoping that FIFA disqualifies Morocco before the final vote, so that they won’t have to consider disappointing Trump. However, this will not happen. FIFA was supposed to send another group of inspectors to Morocco, and as of today, they have not shown up. Gianni Infantino, the FIFA head has apparently decided to let the vote to take place on June 13. No one would have expected that France, which maintains an excellent relationship with the United States and Canada, would support Morocco without any reservations so early in the bid process. That’s a real friendship without any calculations. The French people and government are Morocco’s true friends. They have been defending our sacred cause at the UN for decades, and they are not about to let go of the Moroccan people. Moroccans will continue to say “Vive la France!”Meanwhile, Spain is cleverly waiting for the right moment to pledge its support to whichever bid will cause less embarrassment. One thing is sure: a vote against Morocco will not make the more than 700,000 Moroccans calling Spain home very happy.The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent any institution or entity. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
PhD in Psychology — Colin PerrierColin Perrier, PhD student in Psychology, will present his thesis defence on Friday, July 30 at 10 a.m. in WH 147. The title of his thesis is “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Might be Destroying your Intimacy: A Test of Mediational Models in a Community Sample of Couples.” Examining committee members are Marilyn Rose, chair; Dan Perlman, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, external examiner; Stan Sadava, supervisor; Lynn Rempel, internal examiner; Nancy DeCourville and Tony Bogaert, committee members. All are welcome to attend.PhD in Psychology – Dana RekerDana Reker, PhD student in Psychology, will present her thesis defence on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. in Plaza 600F. The title of her thesis is “Relation of Temperament and Authoritative Parenting on Subtypes of Adolescent Aggressive Behaviour.” Examining committee members are Marilyn Rose, chair; Louis Schmidt, McMaster University, external examiner; Drew Dane, supervisor; Ayda Tekok-Kilic, internal examiner; Michael Ashton and Linda Rose-Krasnor, committee members. All are welcome to attend.Master of Arts in Community Health — Meagan BarkansMeagan Barkans (MA Community Health) will defend her thesis on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. in WC204B. The title of her thesis is “Contraband Tobacco on Post-Secondary Campuses in Ontario.” Supervisor: Kelli-an Lawrance; ?advisory committee: John Hay and Daniel Malleck; external examiner: Russell Callaghan, University of Toronto; ?chair: Brian Jeynes. All are welcome to attend.Master of Science in Kinesiology — Daniel HarrissDaniel Harriss (MSc Kinesiology) will defend his thesis on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. in WC204B. Title: “The Effect of an Eight Session Skate Treadmill and Agility Training Program on the Degree of Separation in Ice Hockey Players.” Supervisor: Kelly Lockwood; advisory committee: Jae Patterson and Philip Wilson; external examiner: Michael Kennedy, University of Alberta; chair: Gail Frost. All are welcome to attend.Master of Arts in Health and Physical Education — J. Paige GregsonJ. Paige Gregson (MA Health and Physical Education) will defend her thesis on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. in WC204B. Title: “Examining the influence of the coach athletic relationship on motivation and performance in female rugby players.” Supervisor: Philip Wilson; advisory committee: Diane Mack, Philip Sullivan and Michael J. Plyley; external examiner: Craig Hall, University of Western Ontario; chair: David Ditor. All are welcome to attend.Master of Arts in Community Health — Amanda KirkwoodAmanda Kirkwood (MA Community Health) will defend her thesis on Thursday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. in WC204B. Title: “Patterns and Correlates of Tobacco Use among Young Adults at College and University.” Supervisor: Kelli-an Lawrance; advisory committee: Terrance Wade and Teena Willoughby; external examiner: Lynn T. Kozlowski, University of Buffalo; chair: Martin Tammemagi. All are welcome to attend.Master of Arts in Community Health — Katrina MooreKatrina Moore (MA Community Health) will defend her thesis on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. in WC204B. Title: “Father involvement in the breastfeeding process: Determining contribution aspects.” Supervisor: Lynn Rempel; advisory committee: Dawn Prentice and Daniel Zinger; external examiner: Elaine Scharfe, Trent University; chair: Heather Lee Kilty. All are welcome to attend.Master of Science in Health Sciences — Samantha HajnaSamantha Hajna (MSc Health Sciences) will defend her thesis on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. in WC204B. Title: “Role of Family Eating Practices on Daily Nutrient Intake, Dietary Patterns and Measures of Body Composition in Peri-Adolescents.” Supervisor: Paul LeBlanc; advisory committee: Brent Faught and Jian Liu; external examiner: Anwar Merchant, University of South Carolina; chair: Deborah O’Leary. All are welcome to attend.Master of Science in Health Sciences — Nicole CoverdaleNicole Coverdale (MSc Health Sciences) will defend her thesis on Thursday, Aug. 12 at 10:30 a.m. in WC204B. Title: “Baroreflex Sensitivity and Development Coordination Disorder.” Supervisor: Deborah O’Leary; advisory committee: Brent Faught and Panagiota Klentrou; external examiner: Maureen MacDonald, McMaster University; chair: Paul LeBlanc. All are welcome to attend.Master of Science in Health Sciences — Cedomir (Chad) TosevskiCedomir (Chad) Tosevski (MSc Health Sciences) will defend his thesis on Thursday, Aug. 12 at 10:30 a.m. in WH147. Title: “The Relationship between Body Mass Index and Breast Cancer Recurrence/Progression and Breast Cancer-Specific Death.” Supervisor: Martin Tammemagi; advisory committee: Jian Liu and Brent Faught; external examiner: Margie Parthimos, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; chair: Ana Sanchez. All are welcome to attend.Master of Education — Danny DamianoffDanny Damianoff, Master of Education student, will present his thesis defence on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Self-Directed Learning, Lifelong Learning, and Transformative Learning in the Society for Creative Anachronism.” External examiner: John Dirkx, Michigan State University; supervisor: Ann Marie Guilmette; committee members: Jonathan Neufeld and Edward Sykes; chair of the examining committee: Mary-Louise Vanderlee. All are welcome to attend.Master of Arts in Leisure Studies — Andrew DepnerAndrew Depner (MA Leisure Studies) will defend his thesis on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. in WH147. Title: “A Comparison of Self-Determined Motivational Experiences between Participants and Non-Participants Following the Physical Activity Component of the CATCH Kid Club.” Supervisor: Scott Forrester; advisory committee: Erin Sharpe and James Mandigo; external examiner: Michael Kanters, North Carolina State University; chair: Trent Newmeyer. All are welcome to attend.Master of Science in Health Sciences — Daniele ChiricoDaniele Chirico (MSc Health Sciences) will defend his thesis on Monday, Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. in WC204B. Title: “Left Ventricular Structure and Function in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder.” Supervisor: Deborah O’Leary; advisory committee: Panagiota Klentrou and John Cairney; external examiner: Brian Timmins, McMaster University; chair: Brian Jeynes. All are welcome to attend.Master of Arts in Physical Health and Education — Melanie HedleyMelanie Hedley (MA Physical Health and Education) will defend her thesis on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. in WC204B. Title: “Lived Experiences of Children with Disabilities.” Supervisor: Maureen Connolly; advisory committee: Nancy Francis and Jae Patterson; external examiner: Jason Candy, Niagara College; chair: Gail Frost. All are welcome to attend.