FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The School District 60 Board of Trustees have elected Stephen Petrucci as the new School District Superintendent.Petrucci is taking over the role of Superintendent after Dave Sloan announced his retirement at a District Meeting in March.Petrucci says he is excited and honoured in having the Board of Trustees confidence in taking on this new position, adding that he is thankful for the leadership team that the Board has in place. “I’m really excited and honoured to work with the School District, with the Board of Trustees, and having their confidence to do the job and I’m really thankful for the leadership team that we have in place in the School District and I’m going to continue working with them towards our goals.”Petrucci, currently the Assistant Superintendent, will not be taking over the role as Superintendent until Sloan’s retirement in October. In the meantime, Petrucci will be working with Sloan during this transition period.Petrucci has been with the District for 25 years starting at North Peace Secondary School as a French Immersion Teacher, eventually working his way up to being positioned in the Board Office and becoming Assistant Superintendent in 2013.
New Delhi: Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, son of late Uttarakhand chief minister ND Tiwari, died of “asphyxia” as he was strangulated and smothered, according to autopsy report. Following the postmortem at AIIMS here, police on Thursday registered a case of murder and transferred it to the Crime Branch for investigation, a senior officer said. The autopsy was conducted by a medical board comprising five senior doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The medical board unanimously concluded that the cause of death in this case is asphyxia as a result of strangulation and smothering. It is a sudden unnatural death, placed in the category of homicide,” the head of the AIIMS’ forensic department, Dr Sudhir Gupta, said. The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch and it has started investigating the matter, the officer said. Crime Branch officers visited Rohit Tiwari’s residence on Friday and questioned his family members and domestic helps, police said, adding that a team of forensic experts also visited the house. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The officers are going through footage from CCTV cameras installed in and around the house to find leads, ascertain the sequence of events and track people who entered the house, they said. Rohit Tiwari (40) died on Tuesday.He was brought dead to the Max Hospital in Saket in south Delhi. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Vijay Kumar on Tuesday had said that Rohit Tiwari, a resident of Defence Colony in south Delhi, was brought to the hospital around 5pm in an ambulance and doctors declared him dead. His mother Ujjwala Tiwari, who was admitted at Max hospital, received a call from her house about her son being “unwell and bleeding from the nose”, he said. “Max hospital received an emergency call from the residence of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari at 4:41 pm this (Teusday) afternoon. An ambulance brought Tiwari to Max Hospital, Saket, where he was declared brought dead at the emergency department,” the hospital had said in a statement. Narayan Dutt Tiwari died at the age of 93 on October 18, his birthday, last year.He, too, was undergoing treatment for age-related complications at the Saket hospital. The Congress veteran, who had served in various positions at the Centre, was the chief of minister of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Rohit Tiwari joined the BJP ahead of the 2017 Uttarakhand assembly polls and had recently indicated he could join the Congress.
Rabat – Managing Director of Morocco’s National Railway Office (ONCF), Mohamed Rabie Khlie, was unanimously re-elected as head of the International Union of Railways (UIC) – Africa Region, for a second term (2018-2022).This re-election was endorsed at the 91st General Assembly of the UIC, ONCF said in a release.This renewed confidence in Morocco is the recognition of the efforts made by the ONCF, particularly during the last five years on the African continent, in terms of exchange of experiences with other rail networks and the support provided to them to modernize and develop their networks, the source added. The ONCF also adopted several initiatives aimed at strengthening South-South cooperation in the rail sector, the statement said.The UIC aims at promoting rail transport at world level with the objective of optimally meeting current and future challenges of mobility and sustainable development and developing all forms of international cooperation among members.
TORONTO — Ontario has hired lobbyists in Texas and is threatening protectionist measures of its own as it tries to convince state officials not to pass a Buy American bill.Premier Kathleen Wynne claimed victory last month after a successful Ontario push to stop similar provisions in New York state.Now Wynne says she is concerned a bill to extend Buy American provisions to virtually all state agencies in Texas is going to a final review and could get approval as soon as this weekend.“Protectionist actions like those in this bill have the potential to severely hinder our trade partnership and put jobs, workers and businesses both here and in the U.S. at risk,” she said in a statement.The bill would force suppliers to buy iron and steel only from American sources. Those industries have been lobbying hard in favour of the bill, said Monique Smith, Ontario’s representative in Washington. D.C.“A lot of the rhetoric around these provisions are very compelling for Americans, but they don’t necessarily make sense from a trade perspective,” she said.NAFTA checklist: From dairy to liquor, a handy guide to key issues, as formal process set to startTrump’s ‘Buy American ’ edict is pitting pipeline companies against steel manufacturersSmith, the consul general in Texas and representatives from Alberta have met with legislators in Austin to highlight the importance of the current trade relationship. As well, Ontario has hired lobbyists in Texas for their expertise in the state legislative process.Trade between Ontario and Texas amounted to more than US$12 billion last year, including in the tech, automotive and construction sectors.If the bill is approved, Ontario may introduce legislation to allow the province to restrict its own procurement policies and processes for Texas firms, Wynne said.“As premier, I will continue to push for open, fair and competitive access to government contracts and free trade overall,” Wynne said in Thursday’s statement. “However, we are also prepared to respond strongly to this action.”Ontario had feared New York’s Buy American policy could have had a domino effect with other states if it was approved.“I hope we don’t have to do this too many times,” Wynne said at the time. “I hope the message is clear.”At the moment, Smith is keeping an eye on Buy American movement in Illinois, Pennsylvania and California. They aren’t necessarily full pieces of legislation, rather provisions within other bills, but officials are looking at the potential effects on Ontario, she said. The California provision calls for putting American food in school lunches, Smith said.Wynne has been increasingly vocal about concerns over signs of increasing protectionism in the U.S., in Buy American policies and a pending renegotiation of NAFTA. She has met and spoken with various U.S. governors as part of a strategy to win over high-profile allies to Ontario’s views on trade.She will be among several premiers heading to Washington, D.C., next month to promote the benefits of free trade and talk NAFTA.The Canadian Press
The body of an unidentified woman was found in Maharagama this morning, the police media unit said.The police said that the body was found in Pamanuwa near a paddy field. The cause of death was not yet known. The Maharagama police are conducting investigations.
Brock University is saddened by the loss Chelsea Feddema (BA ’10, BEd ’11), a recent graduate who worked as a supply teacher for the District School Board of Niagara.We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and her friends at this time.Obituary and funeral service information:http://obitsforlife.com/obituary/512038/Feddema-Chelsea.php Visitation at Mountainview Christian Reformed Church, 290 Main St. East, Grimsby, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where the funeral service will take place on Thursday, May 10 at 4 p.m. Private burial.In lieu of flowers, donations in Feddema’s honour may be made to Rose City Kids, Welland.“Communal grief for natural teacher” The St. Catharines Standard (May 8, 2012)
The seven, all members of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, are Anglo-American, ChevronTexaco, DaimlerChrysler, Eskom, Heineken, Lafarge and Tata Steel.The plan was unveiled at the residence of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki by US Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, US Ambassador Randall Tobias and US Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.They were joined by three international agency heads: Dr. Lee Jong-wook of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Richard Feachem of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Dr. Peter Piot of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).Using existing infrastructure will reduce the costs of new and scaled-up national programmes, the corporations said.“The GBC has always been at the forefront of innovative responses to AIDS through its highly effective advocacy with the business sector,” Dr. Piot said. “This new initiative is one of the very first examples of genuine partnership between the public and private sector.”The initiative will start in Cameroon, Ghana, India, Nigeria, the Russian Federation and South Africa.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson later on Thursday, Secretary-General António Guterres said that he was “gravely concerned by the resumption of the military offensive in southwest Syria and its continued devastating impact on civilians.”“The Secretary-General fully supports today’s statement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi,” said Stéphane Dujarric, adding that there needed to be an “immediate suspension” of hostilities and the resumption of negotiations.“He calls on all parties to take all necessary measures to safeguard civilian lives, allow freedom of movement, and protect civilian infrastructure, including medical and educational facilities, at all times, in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law,” the statement continued.“The Secretary-General further reiterates his call for the United Nations to be allowed to conduct cross-border and cross line humanitarian deliveries to resume without further delay for the benefit of people in need within Syria,” it concluded. “More than 320,000 people are now displaced and most are living in dire and insecure conditions, including some 60,000 people camped at the Nasib/Jaber border crossing with Jordan,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi said, in a statement.Although local communities in Syria have opened their doors to take in many of the displaced, most are forced to live in open spaces or in makeshift shelters that offer little safety and protection from the elements, he added.“There are large numbers of women and children among the displaced, as well as elderly, injured and sick people and I am especially concerned about them,” he continued, adding that among the displaced are local humanitarian workers who have “selflessly served the civilian population throughout the duration of the conflict.”Mr. Grandi underscored the immediate priority of finding a political solution to the conflict to spare civilians further suffering. Fighting between pro-Syrian government forces and opposition militia, has been intensifying for weeks across Dara’a Governorate, close to the Jordanian border, as well as the Golan Heights border area with Israel.I call on all parties to redouble efforts to cease hostilities – UN refugee chiefHe said that while the UN and partners are doing what they can to deliver life-saving aid to the people of south-west Syria – both from within the country and across the Jordanian border – the security situation is hindering efforts to reach many people in dire need.“I call on all parties to redouble efforts to cease hostilities, to allow humanitarian actors to deliver life-saving assistance, shelter and evacuate the wounded,” Mr. Grandi said, spelling out that civilian protection, safety and security along with that of humanitarian workers is of “utmost importance.”It is “a core principle of international humanitarian law that needs to be guaranteed by all parties to the conflict and the international community at large,” he stressed.“I commend Jordan for generously providing protection to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees since the beginning of the crisis and for providing and facilitating assistance to those in need inside Syria,” he said.But, “given the immediate dangers,” added Mr. Grandi, “I am advocating for granting temporary refuge in Jordan to those in need of safety and for the international community to provide immediate and substantive support to Jordan, in a spirit of solidarity and responsibility sharing.”Underscoring that UNHCR is prepared to immediately scale up its assistance inside Syria and to Jordan, the High Commissioner concluded: “Thousands of innocent lives are going to be lost, once again, if urgent action is not taken.”
Trains cancelled and delayed due to mechanical fault A number of Heuston and Connolly services have been affected. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 17,734 Views Apr 18th 2017, 9:24 AM http://jrnl.ie/3344872 Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter 8 Comments Share Tweet Email File photo Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieA NUMBER OF Irish Rail services have been affected by mechanical issues this morning.Iarnród Éireann said the 8.37am Dún Laoghaire to Dublin Connolly train has been cancelled.Meanwhile, there are delays to some Heuston services due to an earlier mechanical issue on the 7.30am Heuston to Portlaoise train. Short URL Read: Three people ‘extremely lucky to survive’ boat overturning on River Boyne Delays of 50 mins to 07:30 Heuston-Portlaoise due to mechanical issue which has now been rectified.— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) April 18, 2017 Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 9:24 AM Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter By Órla Ryan Delays of 45 mins to the 08.00 Hstn – Cork ex Kildare. Services have now resumed out of Heuston Station.— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) April 18, 2017
Chinese Web giant Baidu is offering its “robust, mature, and secure” autonomous driving technology to global car makers.A new project, named Apollo after the lunar landing program, provides an open, complete software platform for manufacturers to develop their own self-driving systems.“[Artificial intelligence] has great potential to drive social development, and one of AI’s biggest opportunities is intelligent vehicles,” Baidu’s Chief Operating Officer Qi Lu said in a statement.The complete package, Apollo includes vehicle, hardware, and software platforms, as well as cloud data services. Baidu will even throw in a complete set of testing tools, plus source code for obstacle perception, trajectory planning, vehicle control, and vehicle operating systems, among other functions.No official partners have been announced ahead of Project Apollo’s soft launch in July; the program will open first for restricted environments, then to urban road conditions toward the end of the year.That may be difficult, though, considering China’s ban on self-driving car testing—at least until the country’s regulations are approved. Luckily, Baidu has been honing its craft in the US; the company last year received a testing permit for use in California.Baidu hopes to gradually introduce fully autonomous driving on highways and open city roads by 2020.The search giant jumped on the bandwagon in 2015, when it successfully completed road tests for independently operated vehicles in Beijing. Last fall, it teamed with Nvidia for work on an artificial-intelligence-driven autonomous car platform.“Baidu took the initiative to open our autonomous driving technology to the industry in order to encourage greater innovation and opportunities, making better use of our technology to drive the evolution of the entire industry,” Lu said.“An open, innovative industry ecosystem initiated by Baidu will accelerate the development of autonomous driving in the US and other developed automotive markets,” he continued, boasting that the Chinese firm is first to open its technology and platform to manufacturers.
At 12:02 a.m. Monday morning, Battle Ground Public Schools announced it was taking advantage of an infrequently used state statute in an effort to bring clarity to ongoing negotiations.The district Monday asked the Public Employment Relations Commission to conduct a process called “fact finding.” The organization will “examine information where there is disagreement and provide a nonbinding opinion that will advance the bargaining process,” according to the district statement.“At this point, the district believes the parties are deadlocked on the fundamental issue of providing resources for employee compensation and the legislation implementing the (school funding) decision,” the district said in the announcement.The process, laid out in state law, is rarely used, PERC Executive Director Mike Sellars said. The Grandview School District, southeast of Yakima, requested fact finding in 2016 over a security system implementation. In 1994, the Federal Way School District requested fact finding for insurance and compensation-related issues.The results of the fact finding, however, are not binding.“Essentially, it is more like an arbitration where the arbitrator decides the resolution, but in this instance it is merely a recommendation,” Sellars said by email.
Posted: July 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, VISTA (KUSI) – Firefighters put out a small brush fire in Vista in around 20 minutes Monday morning, officials said.The fire broke out around 5 a.m. near the intersection of Breeze Hill Road and La Tortuga Drive near the Vista courthouse, Vista Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Schroeder said.Crews knocked down the flames of the around 600-square foot fire in about 15 minutes.No injuries were reported from the blaze, but if the fire had spread quickly it would have prompted evacuations, Schroeder said.Initial investigation pointed to a nearby homeless encampment as the probable source of the fire, Schroeder said.Vista firefighters remained on the scene for around an hour to fully knock down any remnants of the fire. KUSI Newsroom Firefighters subdue small brush fire near Vista homes July 2, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
#IfSportsStartedToday 16 team college football playoff— Steve Salle (@stevesalle23) July 18, 2016 @TheHerd @ColinCowherd @KristineLeahy #IfSportsStartedToday NFL OT should switch to NCAA OT Rules— Jed Mosby (@Underrated_9) July 18, 2016 Every baseball player in the sport today would lop off 35-40 games they’re all looking for exits off the interstate to go on the IR, the DL, or something. But they are totally handcuffed to tradition.”Colin asked the the Herd audience to use the hashtag #IfSportsStartedToday to give examples of changes they would make if their favorite sport started today, and they didn’t have to worry about upsetting tradition. Some of Colin’s no-brainer, tradition be damned, quick fixes include:Major League Baseball – Shorten the season to 120 games, move up the playoffs do they aren’t competing against football.NFL – Eliminate the preseason. The football is terrible, and why do pros need a preseason when college kids don’t?College Basketball – Turn all college basketball into mostly tournament format using in season tournaments leading in to the conference tournaments and NCAA Tournament.NBA – Ditch corner three pointers.NHL – 3 on 3 for the entire game. One halftime. Nobody likes watching two.#IfSportsStartedToday tweets came flying in, here are some of the best.#IfSportsStartedToday Any player shooting under 50% on free throws, has to shoot underhand. Or as I call it, grandma-style.— Kristine Leahy (@KristineLeahy) July 18, 2016 @KristineLeahy @JonGoulet Ask @ColinCowherd NFL rule change! A personal foul cannot offset a regular foul #IfSportsStartedToday— Mikey Campbell, Jr. (@MikeDucket) July 18, 2016 #IfSportsStartedToday what would @ColinCowherd change? #TheHerdhttps://t.co/1l54f3u8eW— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 18, 2016 People are always roped into doing things they don’t like just to fulfill tradition. Your family has Taco Tuesday every week, even though you cringe when you see your wife unpack the ground beef and the packet of taco mix. But, you keep eating those disgusting tacos just because your family did it every Tuesday as a kid. It’s tradition, and your’e beholden to it. Ditch it. Try something new. The same principle applies to sports.So many of the problems in sports today exist only because they are beholden to outdated traditions that can’t be changed because it will anger the fist shaking traditionalists. The MLB baseball season is brutally long. Hockey has two halftimes, which makes it less attractive for TV. The NFL Preseason is unwatchable.Today in The Herd, Colin used Rob Manfred as an example of a progressive minded commissioner who has been hamstrung by nagging baseball purists in his effort to make the game more appealing to the younger generation.“Rob Manfred would cut off 35 to forty games tomorrow. Do you think he wants his playoffs to start in the middle of a football season? Of course you don’t want a season that’s so long, we’re four months in and just had the All-Star break. .@TheHerd Get rid of NFC and AFC. Why couldn’t Manning and Brady play in Super Bowls all those years? #IfSportsStartedToday— Dan Canova (@DanCanova) July 18, 2016 #IfSportsStartedToday hockey would have a two-point line. https://t.co/5xAU3XBzGV @ColinCowherd @TheHerd— Ben Lloyd (@TypicalLloyd) July 18, 2016 #IfSportsStartedToday I wouldn’t let the NFL and NBA overlap.— Braden Henderson (@_CoachH) July 18, 2016 Advertisement #IfSportsStartedToday MLB use metal bats, pitchers pitch from 50 with bear attack suit on. PEDs legal and fights— Randy M Jones (@23theRealRandy) July 18, 2016 #IfSportsStartedToday The Browns would still suck— Garrett (@Hoopdini_) July 18, 2016
October 17, 2011– GE Healthcare announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave 510(k) clearance of an innovative technology to aid the physician in breast cancer diagnosis. GE estimates that by 2020, more than 1 million women worldwide will be examined using SenoBright, and this technology can help lead to more productive diagnosis paths for nearly 250,000 women.GE Healthcare’s new SenoBright contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) technology is designed to produce contrast-enhanced images of the breast using a legally approved X-ray contrast agent and a dual energy acquisition technique. Launched in 2010, SenoBright is already in use at 17 major mammography centers in France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Japan.SenoBright uses X-rays at multiple energies to create two separate but almost simultaneous exposures. The resulting images specifically illuminate and highlight areas of iodinated contrast.“CESM presents two images per mammographic view, one that looks like standard mammography and a second image that showed the contrast-enhanced areas that can help localize a lesion. As the images are familiar, it can therefore be easily reviewed by surgeons and oncologists. Moreover, in terms of workflow, a CESM exam takes from 5 to 10 minutes,” said Clarisse Dromain, M.D. Gustave Roussy Cancer Institute, France.The diagnostic challenge“Worldwide, more than 1.2 million people annually are diagnosed with breast cancer. Since 1965, GE Healthcare has made significant progress in providing solutions for breast cancer detection and diagnosis that really bring a change to people’s lives. Today through ‘healthymagination,’ we continuously develop innovations to reduce costs, increase access and improve quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery around the globe,” said Anne LeGrand, GE Healthcare’s vice president and general manager of the company’s global X-ray business.Clarity of resultsDigital mammography is considered a relevant means of breast cancer screening, delivering proven clinical outcomes. The sensitivity and specificity of images can, however, be affected by a range of factors. Dense breast tissue can overlap with lesions, which are not always visible on an X-ray, and radiologists’ interpretation of images can vary. Inconclusive digital mammography presents a range of challenges to healthcare professionals and patients. Ambiguity can result in diagnostic error.Same staff, same equipment— same daySenoBright is intended to allow for a procedure to be conducted by the same staff, using the same mammography equipment, potentially on the same day as a traditional screening exam, thereby helping medical professionals to cut the critical time patients often have to wait from detection to diagnosis. GE Healthcare estimates that 2,500 digital mammography systems upgradeable to SenoBright are in clinical use today – delivering an excellent investment for these customers– and providing added functionality to an existing and vital tool.CESM technology is intended to work as an upgrade to GE Healthcare’s Senographe DS and Senographe Essential digital mammography equipment. 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Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Barroso pointed to greatly increased trade over the past 10 years — 280 percent in goods, 380 percent in services.For his part, Wen called for the EU’s arms embargo against China, which was imposed in 1989 following the suppression of protests Tiananmen Square, to be lifted.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day BRUSSELS (AP) – An EU-China summit is emphasizing the increasing trade ties between the two.The high-level meeting, which is being held Thursday in Brussels, is also being used as a fond farewell to Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. China will choose new leadership this fall.European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said it was “appropriate” to use the occasion look at progress made since Wen took office ten years ago and almost ten years since the launch of a strategic partnership between the two sides. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Comments Share
Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments Share JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The African president has his hands firmly on the reins of government at home and is frequently on the move, flying around the globe.At age 91, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe shows few signs of slowing down amid periodic speculation about whether he is ill or in decline.Cabinet ministers from both his party and the opposition who have worked with him say he pays immense attention to detail regarding policies, laws and the national budget. During negotiations ahead of a new constitution in 2013, Mugabe sat with his party’s key leaders for as long as 10 hours, scouring through each clause. Yet Mugabe was soon on the road again.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Mfundo Mlilo, spokesman for the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, a group that seeks change in Zimbabwe, lamented a kind of fatigue among many Zimbabweans, saying the message that Mugabe must resign “somehow got lost” in the past decade and that few people respond to calls for street protests. He anticipates, however, that economic hardship will drive popular discontent.In one possible flashpoint, Zimbabwe’s government has threatened to evict vendors who can’t get formal employment from the streets of major towns. Some vow they’ll stay despite the order.Still, Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party remains dominant, sweeping parliamentary by-elections in 16 constituencies on Wednesday. Major opposition parties boycotted the vote, saying a lack of electoral reforms favored the ruling party, which has been rocked by internal purges seen as the early stages of a battle by rival factions to succeed Mugabe. The president has two vice presidents, including longtime aide Emmerson Mnangagwa; a previous deputy, Joice Mujuru, was fired after being accused of plotting to assassinate Mugabe.The president has traveled to Singapore in recent years for medical care, and in February, he tripped at the Harare airport after returning from Ethiopia, triggering fresh speculation about his health as well as Internet memes that depicted his falling pose on a dancehall stage, a running track and plunging in a waterfall. Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 must play golf courses in Arizona FILE – In this Thursday, May 14, 2015 file photo, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, centre, officiates at the Presidential Graduation ceremony of police officers at the general police headquarters, in Harare, Zimbabwe. The African president has his firmly hands on the reins of government at home and is frequently on the move, flying around the globe. At age 91, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe shows few signs of slowing down. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)n This weekend, he will preside as chairman of the African Union over a meeting in Johannesburg of leaders from around the continent. The talks could focus on political unrest in Burundi, the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and African migrants fleeing conflict.The selection of Mugabe as head for one year of the 54-member African Union strikes some as a poor precedent on a continent where democratic change has struggled for a foothold in many regions. Mugabe is also the rotating chief of the Southern African Development Community, a 15-nation group.“It sends a very bad message in terms of peaceful transfer of power,” said Muna Ndulo, a law professor and head of the Institute for African Development at Cornell University in America.Africa’s oldest leader, Mugabe is a resilient, sometimes ruthless operator who fought in a guerrilla war, denounces the West, crushed or co-opted dissent at home and has been in power for 35 years with no clear successor.This weekend’s gathering in South Africa will follow more than a dozen international trips that Mugabe has made this year, including to Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of the World War II victory over Nazi Germany and most recently to Egypt for a trade conference. In public, the frequent flyer looks dapper in a suit and tie and often shows a wry sense of humor, though observers say his speeches tend to be shorter than in the past, which suggests he is slowing down a tad. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Only President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola and President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea have ruled longer than Mugabe in Africa.On a trip to South Africa earlier this year, Mugabe mixed statesmanship with self-deprecating humor at a news conference, calling for a “political environment of freedom” that allows Africans to be “masters of ourselves” and thanking journalists “who focused on me as a real dictator” for giving him publicity.“The gift of politicians is never to stop speaking until the people say, ‘Ah, we are tired,’” Mugabe said in closing. “You are now tired. I say, thank you.”Mugabe’s extraordinary longevity is, needless to say, discouraging to long-suffering opposition figures who blame him for Zimbabwe’s economic dive and what they call a flagrant disregard for human rights. He became leader after independence from white minority rule in 1980 and was re-elected as president in 2013 in a disputed vote that highlighted opposition disarray. Under Zimbabwe’s new constitution, he can serve a maximum of two five-year terms, theoretically making him eligible to rule until 2023. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
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