Khartoum: Crowds of jubilant Sudanese took to the streets of Khartoum on Friday, chanting “civilian rule” after protest leaders struck a deal with the ruling generals on a new governing body. Chants of “the martyrs’ blood has not been shed in vain” reverberated around the same streets where more than six months of protests culminated in the landmark roadmap for a new political future after the toppling of veteran president Omar al-Bashir in a palace coup in April. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’The deal, reached in the early hours of Friday after two days of hard-won talks brokered by Ethiopian and African Union mediators, provides for the interim governing body to have a rotating presidency, as a compromise between the positions of the generals and the protesters. The blueprint proposes that a general hold the presidency for the first 18 months of a three-year transition, with a civilian taking over for the rest. The issue had led to weeks of deadlock, which was marred by a brutal raid on a longstanding protest camp outside army headquarters in Khartoum that killed dozens of demonstrators and wounded hundreds on June 3. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”Today we can say that our revolution has embarked on the right path in achieving our goals,” said north Khartoum resident Somaiya Hassan. “I think we will be able to change the horrible situation of our people,” she said, as fellow residents flashed victory signs and waved national flags. As the crowds celebrated, there was no visible security force presence on the streets. The feared paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces, who have been widely blamed for last month’s violence, appeared to be confined to base. The convoys of pickups mounted with heavy machine guns, that had become a routine sight in the capital, were nowhere to be seen. Crowds beat tin cans and plastic water bottles as they marched along the capital’s main avenues chanting revolutionary slogans. Men, women and children stood in their vehicles as they joined convoys of vehicles honking horns and chanting: “Civilian rule, civilian rule.” “Now we can congratulate each other,” said Mohamed Hussein, who had taken his children out in his car to watch.
Everyone experiences stress — the body’s natural way of responding to challenges or barriers.Although stress is normal, too much can be detrimental to your health. Long-term stress can lead to ailments such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and anxiety.Learning how to reduce and manage stress will be examined at an employee workshop later this month.Facilitated by Brock’s Employee Assistance Program provider, Morneau Shepell, the complimentary Stress Relaxation Techniques seminar will help faculty and staff better understand stress response, discuss the importance of managing stress for optimal health and will provide an opportunity to practise stress-reducing exercises.The workshop takes place Thursday, April 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in Welch Hall 204.This is the second time this year Brock’s Human Resources Office is offering the workshop. Nearly 30 employees participated in a January session.“Stress relaxation is a popular topic,” said Kathryn Walker, Manager, Health Management and Wellness. “We all deal with stress. The seminar will provide employees with practical tools and examples that will assist them in relaxing and coping with inevitable stress.”Brock employees are invited to register on the Focus on Learning website.