MOSCOW — Bolivian leader Evo Morales has visited Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on expanding economic ties.Speaking after talks in the Kremlin Thursday, Putin hailed the “strategic co-operation” between the two countries, including Russia’s investment in Bolivia’s natural gas fields and a project to build a Russian research nuclear reactor in the country.He said Russian companies are considering investments in lithium mining in Bolivia and plan to participate in the planned reconstruction of Santa Cruz airport.Both leaders noted that they have similar views on international issues and underlined their shared emphasis on respect for sovereignty and opposition to unilateral sanctions.Morales praised Putin for leading global efforts to “protect international order, oppose use of force in international affairs and prevent interference into other nations’ internal affairs.”The Associated Press
“I was deeply saddened by the death of Pope John Paul II,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued in New York. “Quite apart from his role as a spiritual guide to more than a billion men, women and children, he was a tireless advocate of peace, a true pioneer in interfaith dialogue and a strong force for critical self-evaluation by the Church itself.”The Secretary-General, who recalled having the privilege of meeting the Pope several times in recent years, said he was always struck by the Pope’s commitment to having the United Nations become, “as he said during his address to the General Assembly in 1995, ‘a moral centre where all the nations of the world feel at home and develop a shared awareness of being, as it were, a ‘family of nations.””Mr. Ping, for his part, described the Pope’s passing as “a great loss for Poland, for the Catholic community and for humanity as a whole.”“During his long and intense life of service both as a spiritual leader and as a statesman, the Pope demonstrated a unique and inspiring moral authority to the world,” Mr. Ping said in a statement.“As a Christian, I have been profoundly moved and touched by his faith, by his love for all and by his deep capacity for forgiveness,” he added.Mr. Ping noted that the Pope “worked tirelessly to promote peace, and to bring together people of all races, nations and religious backgrounds. Hence he made tremendous contributions towards upholding the values of the United Nations.”The Pope “will be remembered as a man of great courage and humility, as well as a servant of peace and justice.”
It has become an annual late-summer ritual at Brock University.The Dirty Badger Trail Race returns to the flowing running trails around the main Brock campus for the fourth time on Saturday, Aug. 26.The race is approximately seven kilometres long and each year draws more than 100 runners from the Brock and wider Niagara community.“This is the fourth summer we’ll be running the Dirty Badger and I’m more excited for this year’s event than any other. The race course is the most exciting we’ve used yet,” said Eric Walter, Brock Sports Zone Manager and race organizer.The race starts and finishes across from the Isaac’s Bar and Grill patio, which will also host a post-race barbecue with live music.Racers can sign up as individuals or as part of a team — with prizes up for grabs for the group showing the best enthusiasm and team spirit. The North Face will also be on hand giving away prizes for participants and spectators.New this year is Dirty Badger Kids, which allows children of those racing the chance to take part in race-related activities supervised by instructors from Brock Sports Camp. The program costs $15 and is open to kids from six to 14 years old.“Dirty Badger Kids is going to be a lot of fun and it lets parents take part in the race without having to worry about what their children are doing,” Walter said.Registration is now open on the Brock Sports Dirty Badger website. Race entry, which includes lunch and a Dirty Badger shirt, is $29 until Monday, Aug. 7 or $39 until registration closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25.The race is open to everyone, and in the two weeks leading up to the race, Brock Sports will host drop-in runs for anyone wanting to give the course a try.