Government is encouraging more businesses to hire apprentices in Nova Scotia through an expanded procurement program. In January, 2016 government launched a pilot program that required contractors bidding on provincially funded school construction projects to take part in Nova Scotia’s apprenticeship program. It has now been expanded to include all provincially funded construction projects over $1 million and is now a permanent program in Nova Scotia. “The apprenticeship system is an integral part of growing our skilled workforce and building a stronger economy,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “This initiative is one concrete way government can work with the private sector to employ more apprentices, who are primarily young people, here in Nova Scotia.” During the pilot phase, more than 90 employers who train apprentices were part of the construction teams that built the new schools in Nova Scotia. “We are pleased to see the expansion of this program. Apprenticeship is a proven way to increase productivity, transfer knowledge and fine tune skills,” said Duncan Williams, president and CEO of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia. “It is a great industry and we need to attract the best and brightest as projects become increasingly more complex.” The program applies to contractors whose portion of the bid exceeds $100,000. Exceptions will be made for smaller companies and those whose work does not fall within a designated trade. This is a joint initiative between the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and the Construction Association of Nova Scotia. Contractors must show proof of participation in the apprentice system to perform work on these projects. They can apply for such proof by visiting https://nsapprenticeship.ca/employers-industry/proc-project .
Bengal Association, New Delhi organised ’12th Bangla Cine Utsab 2019′ from September 13-15, 2019 at Muktadhara Auditorium. National Award Winner and Renowned Bangla actor Rituparna Sengupta was invited as Chief Guest of the inaugural ceremony. Various full-length feature films and short films by renowned as well as budding Bangla cine directors and producers were showcased during the three-day festival. pics/naveen sharma
Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): The Indians finally showed some stomach for fight as Gurpreet Singh impressed in defeat at the hands of former world champion Viktor Nemes, while Naveen stayed in medal contention, albeit with a bit of luck, here on Monday. Naveen was the first to lose, to 2018 Pan-American champion Oscar Pino Hinds by technical superiority, but the Cuban reached the final to help the Indian stay alive in the 130kg category of Greco Roman style. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhNaveen now has to first win against Heiki Nabi from Estonia and then defeat Kyrgyzstan’s Murat Ramonov to reach the bronze medal round. It was Gupreet Singh (77kg) and Manish (60kg) who brought some cheers to the dejected Indian camp by winning their respective first rounds convincingly. In a sensational start, Gurpreet pinned Austria’s Michael Wagner after wriggling out of a difficult head-lock position, while Manish won his 1/16 round against Finland’s Lauri Johannes Maekhonen by technical superiority. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterGurpreet later fought his heart out against world number two Serbian to make exit from the championships. “I have learnt my lessons. Mere power and stamina won’t do. And it has to be a combination of two techniques to win against these wrestlers,” Gurpreet said after his bout. The wrestler from Mohali said he genuinely thought of winning a medal and Olympic qualification. “I did not come here to just participate. But I have learnt that I need to have more power in in my arms. Now I will try to win Olympic qualification at the Asian event next year,” he said. Up against the world number two Serbian in 1/16 round, Gurpreet led 1-0 after getting a passivity point and maintained the lead till the end of the first period. In the second period, it was Gurpreet who conceded a point on passivity but wriggled out of a tricky ground position to avoid more damage. Viktor, while trying to push Gurpreet out of the mat, lost balance near the edge of the circle and fell with the Indian on him, but the referee still handed two points to the Serbian. India’s coach Hargobind Singh challenged the call but lost and as a result lost one more point. The Serbian kept his lead to advance to the next round. In poetic justice, Nemes later lost his quarterfinal to Kazakshtan’s Askhat Dilmukhamedov, who benefitted from debatable refereeing. It though ended Gupreet’s hopes of getting a repechage round. In the very competitive 60kg category, Manish trailed 0-3 after losing first point for passivity but turned it around brilliantly, logging 11 points in a row to win by technical superiority. Manish was faster and more aggressive on the mat while the Finn hardly attacked. However, in his next bout against Moldova’s world number three Victor Ciobanu, Manish lost by technical superiority. The Moldovan later lost a fiercely fought quarterfinal to Japan’s wily wrestler Kenichiro Fumita, spelling Manish’s ouster.
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Audiovox gadget turns mobile device into portable TV – with no blocky catch on charging port by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Oct 10, 2013 11:06 am MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A new gadget lets you watch TV on your phone or tablet without a blocky attachment.Audiovox’s “mobiletv” gizmo allows you to pick up free TV signals and watch them on Apple and Android mobile devices without eating into your cellular data plan. The accessory doesn’t have to be attached to the mobile device physically. Previous mobile TV antennas could hang precariously from the charging port.The consumer electronics maker’s device, which costs $130, can be set up within 25 feet of your tablet or smartphone — on a windowsill, for example, if you’re in a building. It works over Wi-Fi and lets consumers watch major broadcast networks like ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, PBS, Telemundo and Ion using the Dyle Mobile TV app. The app is downloadable for free from Apple’s App Store or Android’s Google.The networks and TV stations that are available differ in each of the 38 markets where Dyle operates, such as New York and Los Angeles, so you should check www.dyle.tv before buying. Not every TV station sends out the kind of TV signals that can be captured by mobile antennas. For now, these signals allow for images that have a relatively fuzzy resolution of 416 by 240 pixels, although work is being done to boost the quality.Unfortunately, watching TV this way blocks you from surfing the Web or pulling down fresh emails at the same. But a planned future software update is meant to make that possible.The gizmo weighs less than 2 ounces and lasts four hours without being plugged in via its USB charger. The company says it fits in your pocket. It has a retractable antenna that extends to 6 inches and works even while in a moving vehicle.Such devices are geared toward consumers who either don’t want to pay for TV or want to get around the blackouts that are common in fee disputes between content owners and pay TV distributors.Salil Dalvi, co-general manager of the Mobile Content Venture, which operates Dyle, said the technology could also be used by pay TV channel operators that want to reach mobile viewers who are worried about exceeding their monthly data limits.The Mobile Content Venture is a joint venture of 12 major TV station owners as well as broadcast networks Fox, Ion and NBC.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (8-3) at PITTSBURGH (7-3-1)Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBCOPENING LINE — Steelers by 5RECORD VS. SPREAD — Los Angeles 6-5, Pittsburgh 6-4-1SERIES RECORD — Steelers lead 23-9LAST MEETING — Steelers beat Chargers 24-20, Oct 12, 2015LAST WEEK — Chargers beat Cardinals 45-10; Steelers lost to Broncos 24-17AP PRO32 RANKING — Chargers No. 6, Steelers No. 8CHARGERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (8), PASS (10).CHARGERS Defence — OVERALL (9), RUSH (13), PASS (7).STEELERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (6), PASS (2).STEELERS Defence — OVERALL (6), RUSH (9), PASS (6).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Steelers have won four of last five meetings. … Pittsburgh 15-3 at home all-time vs. Los Angeles. Chargers won last visit to Heinz Field in 2012. … Los Angeles making first Sunday night appearance since 2014. … Chargers QB Philip Rivers coming off game when he set NFL record for highest completion percentage (96.6) and tied mark for consecutive completions (25). Rivers also has multi-TD game in every outing this season. … RB Melvin Gordon will not play due to MCL sprain in knee. … RB Austin Ekeler leads league in average yards per scrimmage touch (7.5). … WR Keenan Allen has caught TD in three straight games. … Defence has allowed league-low 15.8 points in past eight games. … Rookie S Derwin James only player in league with 75-plus tackles (78), three-plus sacks (3 1-2) and two-plus interceptions (3). … Pittsburgh’s six-game winning streak snapped last week in loss to Broncos. … Steelers are 27-8 in prime-time games at Heinz Field. … Pittsburgh is NFL-best 18-3 in December games since 2013. … Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger seventh all-time in career passing yards (54,729). Rivers is eighth (53,467). They were selected in same 2004 draft. … Roethlisberger’s 97-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster last week gave him four 90-plus yard passes in career, most in NFL history. … Roethlisberger threw for 462 yards against Broncos, his sixth game of 450-plus yards. No other QB in NFL history has more than four. … Game features pair of brothers. Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt plays older brother Derek, fullback for Chargers. Pittsburgh centre Maurkice Pouncey will share field with twin brother Mike, who plays same position for Los Angeles. … Steelers win would assure 12th straight non-losing season, second-longest active streak in NFL. … Watt is first Steelers outside linebacker to reach 10 sacks since James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley in 2010. … Pittsburgh DE Stephon Tuitt expected back after sitting two games with elbow issue. … Fantasy tip: Smith-Schuster is thriving opposite Antonio Brown. Smith-Schuster has already surpassed rookie totals in receptions and yards receiving.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press
Just in case you missed the lunacy of it all, NBA commissioner David Stern summed up in one word Dennis Rodman acting as a quasi-U.S. diplomat in meeting with North Korea suppressor Kim Jong Un and calling him a “cool guy.”“Ridiculous,” the outgoing commish said.Rodman was in North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters as part of a project for HBO. Somehow, the strange Rodman ended up attending a game and convening afterward with Kim, who has been a dictator and continues to defy United Nations acts on nuclear weapons.In an interview with Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes, Stern – suspended Rodman many times during the former player’s NBA career with the Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers – did not hold back his disdain for Rodman’s laudatory remarks about Kim.”I think it’s ridiculous,” Stern said. “I think that if you’re going to meet someone with the record on human rights, and nuclear testing in a reckless way, counterfeiting U.S. dollars, and exporting a horrible brand of whatever it is that he’s exporting, starving his people, and locking them up, it should be done only in conjunction with the State Department with an agenda. If not, you shouldn’t go.”Rodman went on ABC on Sunday and rambled mindlessly about how the dictator was a basketball fan, a good guy and that Kim wants President Obama to call him, among other things. It was pointed out by interviewer Charlie Rose that Rodman did not intend to meet with the country’s leader when he arrived in North Korea.“No,” Stern said. “But then it was the burden of somebody to try to educate Dennis a little bit so he doesn’t come back and say, ‘The dude is really cool. His father was great. His grandfather was great. And really why doesn’t the President just give him a buzz?’ ”Surely, if this was an NBA matter, Rodman would be suspended by Stern indefinitely.
Monday 15 Apr 2019, 5:14 PM File photo. Mary Lowry arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice https://jrnl.ie/4592949 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mary Lowry’s evidence called into question by murder accused Patrick Quirke’s defence laywers Quirke has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bobby Ryan in 2011. Short URL Share1 Tweet Email By Eoin Reynolds File photo. Mary Lowry arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie No Comments Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie MARY LOWRY IS manipulative and her evidence about Patrick Quirke contained lies and should not be believed, defence lawyers have told a jury at the Central Criminal Court love rival trial.On Day two of the defence closing speech Bernard Condon SC went through the evidence of Lowry, detailing what he told the six men and six women is evidence of her attempts to rewrite history. Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bobby Ryan, a part-time DJ known as Mr Moonlight. Mr Ryan went missing on 3 June 2011 after leaving his girlfriend Mary Lowry’s home at about 6.30am.His body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm owned by Lowry and leased by the accused at Fawnagown, Tipperary 22 months later in April 2013. The prosecution has claimed Quirke murdered Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Lowry (52).Condon opened by telling the jury to consider the quality, not the quantity of the evidence they have heard. Much of it, he said, relied on Mary Lowry and even if proven true, would say nothing about murder but suggest she was in a relationship with Quirke that was at different times good, bad, and indifferent. The end of the relationship was bitter and petty, like many relationships when they break up.‘Her own mind’ Lowry’s first attempt to revise history, he said, was when she said that the accused was not good friends with her late husband Martin Lowry. All the evidence, he said, states otherwise.In the witness box she described her affair with Quirke as “sordid” but Condon asked if this was just her talking with hindsight, looking back on something she now regrets and trying to put herself in the best light possible. She had also said that she was “controlled” by Quirke but, Condon said, this is based only on Lowry’s unsupported evidence.He asked them to consider the statement made to gardaí by her brother Eddie Quigley in which he said he told Patrick Quirke: “Mary will make up her own mind and you and me won’t change that.”That, Condon said, is a very different view of Mary Lowry to the “naive or vulnerable person she seeks to put across”. She was, counsel said, “about the business of manipulation. She was manipulative.”He further asked whether the episode when she gave out to Bobby Ryan for five hours travelling back from Bundoran because he had spent the previous night dancing and talking to another woman was evidence that Lowry was controlled or controlling.She had made light of it, Condon said, telling the jury that his ear must have been “reddened”. But Condon reminded them that Bobby Ryan’s response was to suggest that they end the relationship.She lied in her account of what happened in Bundoran, Condon said. Firstly, she told gardaí that Bobby wasn’t feeling well and didn’t want to dance. When he went to the toilet she started dancing with another man and when she came back Bobby was dancing with another woman and spent hours chatting to her.In her evidence to the jury, Condon said, she said she asked Bobby’s permission to dance with another man and he said it was fine. This, he said, was an “out and out lie”. She had also changed her story, counsel said, from saying that Bobby had met the woman the night before to saying this was a woman he knew from years ago and they were just chatting about old times and therefore there was no problem.If she can’t give a coherent story about this incident, Condon asked the jury how they can believe what she says about Patrick Quirke.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Apr 15th 2019, 5:14 PM 22,917 Views
Hyderabad: Telangana BJP on Sunday welcomed the decision of Election Commission of India (ECI) removing the national party status to the Communist parties. Terming as long overdue, BJP State chief spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said, given the rules and regulations, the Left parties had performed so poorly in the last elections that their vote share has dipped so low making them lose the national party status. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us He said “with an exception being in government in Kerala, the Communist parties had been left with some presence in West Bengal and Tripura. Adding, it is the time the Communist parties reflected on what they had achieved in over 100 years of their presence in India. Also, how did they add any value with their presence, he asked. He said that people in the country are increasingly realising that the Communist parties have no concern for the people, national integrity, national security and sovereignty. Their stands and positions are always anti-India. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Krishna Saaga Rao wondered as to what the Communist parties are doing in India. Because the communist ideology is completely based on a single party system, the multi-party and Parliamentary democratic system is not acceptable ot it. There is only a single-party system in the seven Communist-ruled countries in the world. This is making people to ask the relevance of the Communist parties in a multi-party democratic system like India. “We are in a massive course of transformation under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. People of India started realising which political party’s ideologies, their stands and positions are relevant to India. They are protecting it and it is BJP.”
Seriously. Why you would pick April 1st to make such a bizarre announcement is beyond me, but Harmonix sent out a note today, revealing that tracks from Grand Funk Railroad, the J. Geils Band, and yes, Manchester post-punk legends Joy Division will be coming to Rock Band 3 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii. The game will be offering up the pre-New Order band’s best known track, “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” which is admittedly a lot less harsh than some of the band’s. The song will be available next week, so you’ve only got a few days to perfect your Ian Curtis dance.
In order to impart knowledge and to interact with young theatre enthusiasts, ‘Living Legend series – face to face’- an interactive session was held on February 2 in the national Capital. The second edition of the interaction session, which is also a part of ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’, was inaugurated by legendary actor Nana Patekar and scholar Dr Kapila Vatsyayan. The series consisted of an interactive session where eminent personalities get to interact with the students and audience. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Nana Patekar shared his journey from stage to the big screen. He said: “The beginning of any journey is struggling, so be calm. If you are making mistakes, it is blessing in disguise.” Listening to the doubts and fears of new theatre talents, Nana Patekar shared some essential sources of his acting skills about theatre after carefully listening to the doubts and inhibitions of the young. Sharing his unfathomable attachments with the farmer families of Maharashtra, he said: “I can read faces. They are expressionless at times.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe interaction was very unconventional since he sat at the stairs, surrounded by the students, and shared many lighter moments. Audience got a chance to witness another side of Nana Patekar with lots of humour mixed with seriousness messages.Confessing his love for the theatre, Nana Patekar stated: “Theatre is special because there is so much new to do every day at stage. What you performed yesterday is gone, what you will perform next day will be something entirely new. You can wear a new blanket of emotions every day.” Dr Kapila Vatsyayan, eminent scholar, author and researcher, started the session by her deep rooted association with NSD as she said: “National School of Drama is established at historical soil and I am related to it since its inception.” Stating the value of basic cognition about an art, Dr Vatsyayan said, “I was taught every art form from the beginning because it provides strong foundation to everything you do in that field.” She expressed her gratitude towards her aficionado teachers by thanking them, “I give my heartfelt thanks to my teachers, for educating me and guiding me, I couldn’t have done anything without their instructions.”
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WestJet updates travel agent and companion discount program Share Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Agent Rates, WestJet, WestJet Vacations CALGARY — WestJet is offering travel agents and one companion 50% to 75% off regular published Y fares, based on availability, for bookings made by Dec. 15 with no blackout dates.To take advantage of the special rates agents are asked to call WestJet’s Travel Support team at 1-877-664-3205, Monday to Sunday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. MT. Taxes and fees are extra.Fares and space are limited and subject to availability. The 75% discount on Y fares applies when G inventory is available. The 50% discount on Y fares applies when M inventory is available.Agents are asked to provide the following details at time of booking:Flight information (dates of travel and preferred/alternate flight numbers)Names and contact information of travellersAgency information (personal IATA/UFTAA code [VER# or ACTA#] and IATA/TIDS)A valid credit cardReservations are permitted any time prior to departure (based on availability) for domestic, transborder and international flights.A valid IATA/UFTAA and a valid 10 digit ACTA/verification number are required. The IATA/UFTAA ID card number is a mandatory field. “We will electronically verify your ACTA/verification number for validation. Please be prepared to show your IATA or UFTAA at the airport,” says WestJet.More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upSome restrictions apply, including: travel agent bookings are non-commissionable and non-refundable; Plus fare seats may not be booked through the travel agent discount program; codeshare and interline bookings may not be booked through the travel agent discount program; and free seat selection is not included (but may still be purchased at the regular pre-reserved seat prices).WestJet Vacations has also sent out a reminder about its travel agent and companion (positive space) discount program, offering travel agents and up to three additional companions 20% off positive space air and hotel packages on one file (in one hotel room). Individual deviations are not permitted. The booking deadline for these special rates is also Dec. 15, with several blackout dates for the remainder of 2017, including: Sept. 4 – 5, 2017; Oct. 5 – 6, 2017; Oct. 9 – 10, 2017; Nov. 9 – 14, 2017; Dec.14 – 24, 2017; Dec. 26 – 31, 2017. Monday, August 28, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: WestJet Travelweek Group Share WestJet hands out the hardware at Travel Partner Awards gala Friday, October 27, 2017 Posted by TORONTO — There were plenty of awards handed out at last night’s WestJet 2017 Travel Partner Awards event, all glittering and all showing off the success WestJet’s partners have seen selling WestJet and WestJet Vacations product to their clients.A total of 13 awards were given out, recognizing everything from Top Growth Consolidator for WestJet to Top Revenue Growth for WestJet Vacations.“Our travel partners play a significant role in the success of WestJet and WestJet Vacations and our annual Travel Partner Awards are just one way of saying we value you,” said Lyell Farquharson, Vice President, Sales and Distribution. “Every day, our TA partners help us deliver unforgettable travel experiences for our mutual guests, and we enjoy recognizing the dedication and support of the travel trade with this special evening.”More than 200 agents attended the event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto last night, where guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a four-course meal. Sponsors included Bahia Principe, Barbados and AMResorts.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTHere’s a list of the winners:WestJet, Top Revenue Growth: MeritWestJet, Top Guest Count Growth: Uniglobe WestJane Clementino and Lyell Farquharson with the winners of WestJet Vacations Top Guest Count Growth – TravelSavers (CNW Group:WestJet)WestJet, Top Growth TMC: American Express GBT and HRGJane Clementino (Director, Agency Sales) and Lyell Farquharson with the winners of WestJet Top Plus Sales Growth – American Express Global Business Travel (CNW Group:WestJet)Bahia Principe, Top Growth Sales: Red Tag VacationsWestJet Vacations, Top Revenue Growth: ExpediaWestJet Vacations, Top Guest Count Growth: TRAVELSAVERSAMResorts, Top Growth Sales: ExpediaWestJet, Top PLUS sales growth: American Express GBTWestJet, Top U.S. Agency: Voyages a la CarteBarbados, Top Growth Sales: Ensemble Travel GroupTop Growth, Online Travel Agency: PricelineTop Group, Incentive, Convention Sales: Uniglobe Premiere TravelTop Growth Consolidator: HuntingtonLyell Farquharson (Vice President, Sales and Distribution) and Robert Dungan (Director, Business Development) with the winner of Top Growth Consolidator, Huntington Travel (CNW Group:WestJet)Keynote speaker Ron Tite, Founder and CEO of The Tite Group, said the retail travel industry has seen plenty of upheaval but that travel agents are emerging from the fray stronger than ever. “The disruptors are the ones solving the problems that the establishment can’t or won’t solve – and we’re the establishment,” he said. The revolution started when people realized they could book their own travel: “We love the notion of power to the people, of DIY.”Guest speaker, Ron Tite. (CNW Group:WestJet)But over time all that do-it-yourself travel booking has created a power vacuum. “People want expert advice, they want speed and efficiency, they want expertise. That’s why use of travel agents went up in 2016. People are coming back.” He added to laughs from the travel agents in the crowd: “People [booking their own travel] realized, they don’t actually want your job. They thought they did. They don’t.”
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — The head of Burundi’s journalists’ union spends all but half an hour each day in a tiny room in an undisclosed location in the capital in fear for his life, as this central African nation is engulfed in turmoil over the president’s decision to run for another term.Alexandre Niyungeko says he received death threats after publicly opposing the president’s plan to run again. Like dozens of other human rights activists, journalists and opposition officials he has gone into hiding to protect himself from what he says are death squads backing the government. Niyenguko, the head of the journalists’ union, said he went into hiding after he was told that members of the ruling party’s youth wing were planning to kill him.After he gave an interview on TV about the coup saying it was the consequence of Nrurunziza’s candidacy, he received dozens of messages telling him his days were numbered.He then moved his family to somewhere he hoped they would be safe and chose another location for his own hiding place.“It’s a shame and irresponsible to see security forces and intelligence service attacking media daily, as if there were no laws,” he said. “I feel like a father who is unable to protect his own children.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Even the vice president of the country’s election commission doesn’t feel safe and fled the country over the weekend. Spes-Caritas Ndironkeye left for Canada without notifying her boss, said commission spokesman Prosper Ntahorwamiye.The media in particular has been targeted, with grenade attacks against four independent radio stations and a TV station, leaving just the state-owned media on the air. Journalists who witnessed the attacks charge that it was done by government intelligence officials and police.“I am deeply worried by the extremely tense situation in Burundi. We are receiving alarming messages from human rights defenders and journalists fearing for their safety,” the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said recently.Burundi, a country of 10 million people which exports mostly coffee and depends heavily on foreign aid, experienced an ethnic-based civil war from 1993 to 2003 which killed at least 250,000 people.The current violence has led to a mass exodus of more than 90,000 refugees fleeing the country since the protests began, many of whom fled violence before.Presidential elections are slated for June 26, but regional leaders on Sunday called for the poll to be postponed to create an environment more conducive to the polls. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes How do cataracts affect your vision? Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share A climate of fear has engulfed Burundi as attacks against those opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza are on the rise.“The life of anyone who opposes Pierre Nkurunziza is in danger. People are being assassinated here and there,” leading opposition figure Agathon Rwasa told The Associated Press.The protests, which have left 20 dead and hundreds injured, came to a head on May 13 when an army general announced a coup against the president while he was out of the country at a regional summit about the crisis in neighboring Tanzania. The attempt was defeated in 48 hours and has been followed by a spike of attacks on anyone opposing the president.On May 23, opposition leader Zedi Feruzi, who had called for the protests, was killed in a drive-by shooting that also killed a bodyguard and wounded a journalist. A day earlier two people were killed in a grenade attack on a marketSome neighborhoods in the capital are now experiencing almost daily running battles between police firing live bullets and stone-throwing protesters who vow not to leave the streets until the president drops his candidacy. Protesters barricade their neighborhoods at night and stay awake in fear of late night attacks by police or pro-government militia.
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