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Burkina Faso hotel attacked

first_imgGunmen attacked a four-star hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Jan. 15, highlighting so-called “Islamist extremist” organizations’ operations in West Africa — and the role of Burkina Faso and other regional states as partners in French and United States “counterterrorism” operations.The attacks took place at the Splendid Hotel, a facility popular with foreign nationals, diplomats and military operatives from Europe and North America. Nearby Cappuccino Café was sprayed with bullets, leaving many casualties.After a several-hour standoff involving more than 100 hostages, Burkinabe police and soldiers, led by French and U.S. Special Forces, stormed the hotel and retook the area. Paris and Washington maintain military operatives in this landlocked nation and coordinate a task force ostensibly designed to track down members of al-Qaida of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and similar organizations. (BBC, Jan. 18)Hostages released after the operations said gunmen targeted those who appeared to be of European ancestry; many lay wounded after being hit by bullets. One U.S. citizen, six Canadians, French, Dutch and Swiss nationals were among the 29 people who died.Burkina Faso’s government declared three days of national mourning beginning on Jan. 17 and announced that police and military forces stepped up security measures there in conjunction with neighboring states, including Mali, which has experienced similar incidents.Newly elected President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré stated, “These truly barbaric criminal acts carried out against innocent people, claimed by the criminal organization al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), seek to destabilize our country and its republican institutions, and to undermine efforts to build a democratic, quiet and prosperous nation.” (Aljazeera, Jan. 18)The online agency SITE, which monitors global posts on such actions, reported that AQIM had taken responsibility.Power struggles add to instabilityThe impoverished state of Burkina Faso underwent a national uprising in October 2014 that ousted longtime Western-backed dictator Blaise Compaoré. After mass demonstrations pushed for Compaoré’s removal, another coup occurred illustrating divisions in the military.In September, an attempted coup by the Regiment of Presidential Security (RSP), headed by Gen. Gilbert Diendéré, sought to oust interim President Michael Kafando weeks before the election. Diendéré was a former ally of the ousted Compaoré, who is now in Ivory Coast. Nevertheless, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré was elected as the new head of state on Nov. 29.In 2015, during the transition and period leading to the national elections, Diendéré attempted to take power ostensibly to try to halt the election and change the character of the constitutional model. Decisions regarding the elections and the current government’s composition resulted from negotiations among various political interests, the military and envoys from the regional Economic Community of West African States.Pascaline Compaoré, a junior fellow at the Conflict Prevention and Risks Analysis Division, noted in an article posted Jan. 15 on the website of the Institute of Security Studies in Dakar, Senegal, “[Former President] Compaoré’s regime depended heavily on the … Regiment of Presidential Security. Despite the former president’s ousting, the RSP continued to interfere in the political transition process. Some of its members, under the leadership of General Gilbert Diendéré, were responsible for the 17 September 2015 coup attempt, which resulted in the disintegration of the corps.”The report continued, “The coup d’état pointed to a lack of concrete progress in neutralizing the RSP. During the first post-putsch cabinet meeting, it had been decided that the RSP should be disarmed and reintegrated into other army postings. That some of these soldiers could continue to threaten the country’s security and stability remains a cause for concern. The dismantling of the RSP created an important security gap, which must be addressed with urgency given the volatility in the region and the backdrop of instability in the country.”This Jan. 15 attack is not the first; there have been two other incidents in northern and western Burkina Faso. Mali underwent a similar disturbance in November at a hotel housing foreign diplomats and Western military personnel.Prior to the attacks at the hotel and café, the Burkinabe Ministry of Defense released an advisory reporting that 20 armed men killed a policeman and a civilian in an attack on the village of Tin Abao in the country’s northern region. It was not immediately clear who was behind that incident.In December, the French embassy warned its citizens not to travel to a national park in eastern Burkina Faso amid reports that Malian-based Islamist groups had pledged to abduct foreign nationals. Al-Mourabitoun, which claimed responsibility for an attack in Mali late last year, said in May that it was holding a Romanian man abducted from northern Burkina Faso.In other reports, 50 unidentified gunmen carried out an offensive operation against a Burkina Faso security brigade near the western border with Mali in October; three people were killed. The then-transitional government blamed the incident on disgruntled elements in the RSP who were involved in September’s attempted coup.Operation Barkhane and ‘war on terrorism’Burkina Faso and Mali have become centers in the U.S. and French “war on terrorism.” Large deployments of imperialist Pentagon and French military troops are also in Niger and Chad.Operation Barkhane, a force based in Chad that was purportedly established to combat Islamist fighters throughout the Sahel region, is stationed at the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso. This French-led unit was created in 2014 as the successor to other military contingents in Mali, known as Operation Serval, and Operation Epervier in Chad.Barkhane consists of a 3,000-person French force permanently headquartered in N’Djamena, Chad’s capital. The operation has representatives from five countries — the former French colonies of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. They are described as the “G5 Sahel.” The military operations units are named after a crescent-shaped dune in the Sahara Desert.Until recently, Burkina Faso was a major producer of cotton and other agricultural commodities exported to Western states. It has emerged as a major center for gold mining, and is now the fourth largest producer of the mineral on the African continent.Neighboring Niger contains large deposits of uranium, which is mined and controlled by the French-based Areva nuclear energy corporation. The U.S. has constructed drone stations and other offensive weaponry in Niger in cooperation with Paris to guard its corporate interests.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Arrest of suspect in TamilNet editor’s murder seen as encouraging

first_img Sri LankaAsia – Pacific June 15, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arrest of suspect in TamilNet editor’s murder seen as encouraging January 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka News News Receive email alerts Sri LankaAsia – Pacific RSF_en Organisation to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information News Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists News Reporters Without Borders welcomed the arrest of a suspect in the murder of Dharmeratnam Sivaram “Taraki”, editor of the news website TamilNet and Daily Mirror columnist and urged the government to step up its efforts in the investigation.After more than a month and a half of inactivity, police appear to have made progress in their investigation into the abduction and murder of D. Sivaram by arresting a man found with the chip from the journalist’s mobile phone, the organisation said.Four men seized the 46-year-old journalist on 28 April as he was leaving a Colombo bar with friends just a few metres from the Bambalapitya police station. His body was found the following day in the Himbulala district close to parliament. He had been killed with a single bullet to the head and bore marks of a beating.While welcoming the arrest, Reporters Without Borders stressed that it was essential to identify the killers and the instigators of the murder and to find the motive for this killing of one of the country’s best known Tamil journalists.The organisation said it expected police to inform the press about the latest developments and that they would leave no stone unturned in pursuing their inquiries.It also urged the international community to increase pressure on Colombo to end the impunity enjoyed by killers of journalists and human rights activists.Although police have not officially announced it, the suspect, Arumugam Sri Skandarajan, also known as “Peter” was arrested near Colombo on 13 June in possession of the chip from D. Sivaram’s mobile phone. Police, led by the Superintendent Sarath Lugoda, have also found a vehicle that was apparently used in the kidnapping and apparently belonging to an official of the Tamil party PLOTE. The arrested man is also a former armed militant of this movement which clashed violently with the LTTE in the 1990s. He apparently spent several years in prison in the 1980s for his involvement in a coup attempt in the Maldives.Journalists in Colombo said the suspect has reportedly told police that he was contacted by an “associate” and asked to borrow a PLOTE vehicle before the murder of D. Sivaram. He was given the mobile phone chip so he could check on the origin of calls the journalist received.He was taken before a judge in Kaduwela on 14 June, who gave police permission to keep him in custody for continued questioning until 20 June. Another man arrested by police, Veluthan Nallanather, was freed for lack of evidence. The court banned the press from naming the two arrested men.Some journalists in Colombo were treating the arrest with caution. “This tells us nothing about the instigators of the murder”, one said. “Police might be tempted to deflect attention from the implication in the murder of Tamil warlord Karuna’s henchmen,” said the journalist who spoke on condition of anonymity. July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Search is on for Rachel and Thomas

first_imgNewsLocal NewsSearch is on for Rachel and ThomasBy admin – November 11, 2013 601 Email by Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up RACHEL was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to make her way in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17, she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humour and guts to get by.Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do in order to move ahead.Thomas has grown up without a father’s influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed.He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can’t take life too seriously.They sound like character descriptions for a blockbuster movie and, in fact, they are.The personality profiles are the character requirements of UK casting agency Open Call who launched their search for two lead actors for the Walt Disney production next week.Now, young Limerick male and female actors who consider themselves suitable to fit the role of either of those characters are being urged to join a meet and greet with the casting directors of the new Star Wars film who are on a month long trawl of Ireland and the UK.“Rachel must be beautiful, smart and athletic while aspiring actors for the role of Thomas must be handsome, smart and athletic also”, they say.Aspiring thespians, who fit the character and age profile should make tracks, armed with a picture/headshot of themselves, to Filmbase at Curved Street in Dublin ‘s Templebar on November 23 and 24 between 10.30am and 2.30pm WhatsApp Advertisement Twittercenter_img Print Previous articleMotorcyclist killed in county LimerickNext articleParents stand by crèche prosecuted by HSE admin Facebook Linkedinlast_img read more

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Taiwanese Community Donate PPE to Rathfredagh Cheshire Home

first_img Previous articleGavin will get the post-Covid ball rollingNext articleLimerick Hoteliers urge Government to address tourism crisis Meghann Scully LimerickNewsTaiwanese Community Donate PPE to Rathfredagh Cheshire HomeBy Meghann Scully – May 28, 2020 230 “DURING my recent GoFundMe fundraising campaign for Rathfredagh Cheshire I was kindly contacted by the Taiwanese Community in Ireland who have now made a donation of PPE to the staff and residents of Rathfredagh Cheshire Home.“The PPE donated included 500 surgical masks, 12,500 pairs of medical gloves, 400 goggles and 300 protective gowns along with 10 non-contact infrared thermometers.“This PPE was deliver last Friday see photo – Vivian Cafferty of the Tiawan Ireland Association, Dr. Pierre Yang Taiwanese Representative in Ireland, Dr. Angle Cheng Chairperson Tiawan Ireland Association, Kathryn Selley and Margaret Molyneaux of Rathfredagh Cheshire Home and Deputy Niall Collins.“On my own behalf and on behalf of the staff and residents of Rathfredagh Cheshire Home I’d like to sincerely thank the Taiwanese Community in Ireland for their support and kind generosity.” Niall Collins said. Twitter Advertisement Email Facebook Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img WhatsApp Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postniall collins Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedinlast_img read more

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Many homes promised for social housing in Donegal still not at construction stage

first_img Pinterest Many homes promised for social housing in Donegal still not at construction stage Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – June 7, 2016 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Out of 76 homes promised for social housing in Donegal, just eight are at construction stage.38 units were approved in May last year, eight of which are in the construction phase in Ardara, the others are still at planning stage or about to be tendered.A further 10 units in the county which were approved in July 2015 are being planned while 28 homes giventhe go ahead in January are at planning stage or about to be tendered.Councillor Gary Doherty says with the amount of people on the social housing waiting list questions needs to be answered:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/gary1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+center_img Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleESB customers still without power in Donegal following thunder and lightningNext articleTrial of Julian Cuddihy charged with murdering his parents starts today admin 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Two men arrested in Derry in relation to drug offences released

first_imgHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Two men arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs offences have been released on bail pending further enquiries.They were arrested by police on patrol at Glenabbey Drive yesterday afternoon.The men who are aged 21 and 27, were assisting police enquiries into possession of Class B drugs. Twitter Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook By admin – June 25, 2015 Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterestcenter_img Previous articleGAA Programme catch up – 24/06/15Next articleHarps head to Tolka as league resumes admin Facebook Two men arrested in Derry in relation to drug offences released RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more

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Six recommendations made for LUH following gynaecology report

first_img Pinterest Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Facebook By News Highland – September 23, 2020 Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmecenter_img Previous articleBreaking: Local school closed due to Covid outbreakNext articleKnockalla Hill Climb Cancelled News Highland WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Six recommendations made for LUH following gynaecology report Six recommendations have been made to the running of Letterkenny University Hospital following a recent report into gynaecology services at the hospital.The information was released at the latest sitting of the Regional health Forum West, following a query from Cllr Gerry McMonagle, asking when will Saolta carry out an immediate review of all Departments/Specialities at the hospital.The Saolta Group commissioned a Review of the Gynaecology Service at Letterkenny University Hospital in November last year.The Clinical Services Review Report made six recommendations including increasing capacity and staff capability, reviewing the referral and triage system for gynaecology patients, improving communication processes and improving governance structures.These recommendations are currently being put into effect by an Implementation Group within Saolta.In addition, a national level Oversight Group will provide assurance that the recommendations are actively implemented within the agreed timeframe.Furthermore, a Special Measures Team has been on-site in Letterkenny University Hospital since early July identifying and driving operational changes.In the review report, Dr John Price recommended that the Gynaecology Service at Letterkenny should undertake a self-assessment against the HIQA National Standards for Safer, Better Healthcare, 2012.Work undertaken to date on the self-assessment is also to be expanded in the coming months to include all clinical services in the hospital. Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

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Atlantic treaty to help build best practice network

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Atlantic treaty to help build best practice networkOn 9 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EASHW) and theOrganisation of American States have struck a deal to co-operate on health andsafety best practice and how it can be applied on both sides of the Atlantic. They have agreed to launch a website, providing access to databases held byboth groups and allied organisations. But the agreement also commits the institutions to developing joint healthand safety projects, making companies “better informedÉ about regulatorydemands, new research findings and best practices”, thereby easing themanagement workload of businesses operating in countries across the Americas(including the Caribbean) and around Europe. EASHW director Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, said the move would put all concernedin “a better position to meet the health and safety challenges ofglobalisation”. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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BYU Women’s Soccer Releases 2018 Schedule

first_img Brad James June 7, 2018 /Sports News – Local BYU Women’s Soccer Releases 2018 Schedule Written by Tags: BYU Women’s Soccer/Jennifer Rockwood/Marquette/Nebraska/Santa Clara/Stanford/Texas A&M FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Thursday, BYU women’s soccer coach Jennifer Rockwood announced the schedule for the 2018 fall season.The Cougars will challenge themselves before conference play with five teams from Power 5 conferences on the non-region slate.This includes a home opener against the reigning college cup champion Stanford Cardinal August 30.The match against the Cardinal is one of three against Pac-12 schools as they face UCLA in an exhibition August 10 and meet Utah on the road September 7.Additionally, the Cougars will visit Nebraska and Texas A&M on August 20 and 24, respectively.The Cougars will also face the Marquette Golden Eagles at Milwaukee on September 17.The West Coast Conference slate commences September 27 as the Cougars host Gonzaga.The final home match for the Cougars will be October 27 as they host the Santa Clara Broncos.last_img read more