16 October 2007The top United Nations official in Sudan today met with a senior minister to discuss the decision of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to suspend its participation in the Government of National Unity. Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, the Secretary-General’s Acting Special Representative for Sudan, spoke with Sudan’s State Minister for Foreign Minister Ali Karti, who briefed him on the reaction of the National Congress Party to the SPLM withdrawal.Mr. Zerihoun recommended that the two parties settle pending issues through direct discussions and consultations, and was encouraged by their assurances that they will try to do so, according to a news bulletin released by the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).On Friday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement calling on the parties to take the necessary steps to deal with the outstanding issues concerning the implementation of the January 2005 comprehensive peace agreement that ended the long-running north-south civil war in Sudan.Since then Mr. Zerihoun has met with the SPLM’s Secretary-General Pagan Amum and with Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, the President and Vice-President of the Government of Southern Sudan.
Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Parents, relax: Scientist explains why backpacks do NOT harm your child’s back even if they’re heavy: Research from Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Michael Holmes about the effects of backpacks on children was recently featured on the websites of the The Daily Mail newspaper in the U.K. and The Hindu newspaper in India. Holmes believes there is little evidence linking backpack use and pain.Brock University boasts record-breaking enrolment: Newstalk 610 CKTB reported on Brock’s rising student enrolment. With more than 5,000 new students starting their studies, the University’s fall enrolment is expected to surpass 19,100 students.Brock volunteers provide ‘well-oiled machine’ on Move-In Day: The co-ordinated effort of Brock’s Move-In Day volunteers was reported in stories on CHCH and in the St. Catharines Standard. The six-hour event saw 850 volunteers helping nearly 2,400 students as they moved into the University’s seven residences.University students roll up their sleeves for Brock Cares: The upcoming Brock Cares Day of Service, during which an anticipated 300 student and staff volunteers will help service organizations across Niagara, was featured in an article on Newstalk 610 CKTB.Anthony (The Genius) Romero following his dream in the octagon: Brock Alumnus Anthony Romero’s (BRLS ’18) ongoing mixed martial arts career was profiled in a St. Catharines Standard story. After a Sept. 7 fundraiser at Memorial Park in Welland, Romero will return to in-ring action on Sept. 15 in Niagara Falls, N.Y. If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at [email protected]