Daily Archives: January 16, 2019

Canadian Kidnapped in Northern Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU A Canadian national was kidnapped in an area of Burkina Faso that the government has warned is under growing threat from jihadist attacks, Security Minister Clement Sawadogo said on Wednesday.

Sawadogo said the man was abducted around 1945 GMT on Tuesday by a dozen gunmen on a mining site owned by Vancouver-based Progress Minerals near northern Burkina Faso’s border with Niger.

Progress Minerals chief executive Adam Spencer declined to comment.

Second Canadian, Italian missing

In addition, a Canadian man and an Italian woman went missing earlier this month, Sawadogo said. “We have alerted our entire security presence to find these people,” he said.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday that the government is aware a Canadian is missing in Burkina Faso and is working with local authorities.

“The relevant Canadian agencies are very much engaged in this difficult situation,” Freeland told reporters in Quebec.

Attacks by Islamist militants have surged in the country in recent months and Burkina Faso has declared a state of emergency in several northern provinces since Dec. 31.

Security has deteriorated in Burkina Faso in the past three years as jihadists with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State, many based in neighboring Mali, seek to increase their influence across the poorly policed scrublands of the Sahel region just south of the Sahara Desert in West Africa.

U.S. troops in the area

In response, international forces from the United States, France and other European powers have sent troops and equipment to help stamp out the threat.

Tuesday’s kidnapping occurred on the third anniversary of an attack in a hotel in the center of the capital Ouagadougou that killed dozens, shocking a country that until then had largely been spared the violence that has plagued its neighbors.

The same day, militants kidnapped an Australian doctor and his wife, both in their 80s. The doctor’s wife was later freed. The attacks were claimed by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Last year, eight people died and dozens were wounded in a coordinated militant assault on the army headquarters and French Embassy in Ouagadougou.

Source: Voice of America

Canadian Kidnapped in Northern Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU A Canadian national was kidnapped in an area of Burkina Faso that the government has warned is under growing threat from jihadist attacks, Security Minister Clement Sawadogo said on Wednesday.

Sawadogo said the man was abducted around 1945 GMT on Tuesday by a dozen gunmen on a mining site owned by Vancouver-based Progress Minerals near northern Burkina Faso’s border with Niger.

Progress Minerals chief executive Adam Spencer declined to comment.

Second Canadian, Italian missing

In addition, a Canadian man and an Italian woman went missing earlier this month, Sawadogo said. “We have alerted our entire security presence to find these people,” he said.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday that the government is aware a Canadian is missing in Burkina Faso and is working with local authorities.

“The relevant Canadian agencies are very much engaged in this difficult situation,” Freeland told reporters in Quebec.

Attacks by Islamist militants have surged in the country in recent months and Burkina Faso has declared a state of emergency in several northern provinces since Dec. 31.

Security has deteriorated in Burkina Faso in the past three years as jihadists with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State, many based in neighboring Mali, seek to increase their influence across the poorly policed scrublands of the Sahel region just south of the Sahara Desert in West Africa.

U.S. troops in the area

In response, international forces from the United States, France and other European powers have sent troops and equipment to help stamp out the threat.

Tuesday’s kidnapping occurred on the third anniversary of an attack in a hotel in the center of the capital Ouagadougou that killed dozens, shocking a country that until then had largely been spared the violence that has plagued its neighbors.

The same day, militants kidnapped an Australian doctor and his wife, both in their 80s. The doctor’s wife was later freed. The attacks were claimed by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Last year, eight people died and dozens were wounded in a coordinated militant assault on the army headquarters and French Embassy in Ouagadougou.

Source: Voice of America

We are ready for the tough year ahead – Banyana Banyana captain

Captain of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana, Janine van Wyk, says they are ready for the tough year ahead.

The squad is in Cape Town to play two top international friendly matches as part of their preparations for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which kicks off in June in France.

South Africa will face The Netherlands on Saturday, 19 January 2019 � THE INAUGURAL WINNIE MANDELA INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE� at the Cape Town Stadium, a 2010 FIFA World Cup venue.

Kickoff is at 15h00.

Three days later (Tuesday, 22 January 2019) they will be up against Sweden at 19h00 �THE ALBERTINA SISULU CENTENARY CHALLENGE� at the same venue.

The Netherlands are ranked 7thin the world while Sweden is two spots down in 9thposition.

This is Banyana Banyana’s maiden World Cup tournament.

They have been working hard since their arrival in the Mother City on Wednesday, 9January, and are looking forward to the two fixtures.

Camp is going really well. All the players are buzzing at training and ready for another tough year ahead. We know there is a lot of hard work to be done and what better test for us than playing top quality teams such as The Netherlands and Sweden, said Van Wyk.

We have come a long way and have grown so much in our game over the past year. I am pretty confident that it would be tough for opponents to break us down if we manage to stay on top of our game. The good thing is we have played and lost to both nations before, so we know what to expect. We could not have asked for such great start to our preparations in such an important year for women’s football. Whatever the outcome this time around, the main aim is to make sure we are ready for the tournament in June � and it all starts here and now.

Banyana Banyana have a full compliment of players with the arrival of the Australia-based duo of Refiloe Jane and Rhoda Mulaudzi in camp, who have aleady attended their first training session.

The pair had to delay reporting for national team duty due to club commitments � they helped their club to a 1-0 victory on Sunday, 13 January before jetting off to join their compatriots in Cape Town.

Meanwhile the squad was given a tour of Parliament on Monday, 14 June where they got to learn about what happens in our of the most important venues in our country.

The Parliament of South Africa is South Africa’s legislature and under the country’s current Constitution is composed of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. It has undergone many transformations as a result of the country’s tumultuous history. From 1910 to 1994, it was elected mainly by South Africa’s white minority, before the first democratic elections were held in 1994.

Our visit to the Parliament was extraordinary. It is a day I will never forget, and I want to believe the players and everyone that went won’t. There were many interesting facts that made me want to learn more about the History of our beautiful country, added Van Wyk.

You know you see all these things happening on your television set but don’t quite understand, and with this visit we got to hear what really takes place, why some things are done or not done � it was just mind-blowing. Next time I see this I will have a very different view. We have a very interesting history in our country and we got to understand much with this visit.

On Saturday (12 January) Banyana Banyana visited another important landmark of South Africa � the Table Mountain.

We have a very beautiful country with a very rich history and we can only appreciate just how previledged we are as a team to get a chance to visit these places, which we otherwise may not have gone to as individuals. We have learnt a lot over these past few days and it’s outings like these that take your mind off football just a little bit and you get to recharge your batteries in an education way. We really thank the opportunity and will not take this for granted, said Van Wyk.

Entry is free to the two matches but fans have to collect tickets at Computicket, Shoprite and at Checkers to gain entry into the stadium.

Source: South Africa Football Association

We are ready for the tough year ahead – Banyana Banyana captain

Captain of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana, Janine van Wyk, says they are ready for the tough year ahead.

The squad is in Cape Town to play two top international friendly matches as part of their preparations for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which kicks off in June in France.

South Africa will face The Netherlands on Saturday, 19 January 2019 � THE INAUGURAL WINNIE MANDELA INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE� at the Cape Town Stadium, a 2010 FIFA World Cup venue.

Kickoff is at 15h00.

Three days later (Tuesday, 22 January 2019) they will be up against Sweden at 19h00 �THE ALBERTINA SISULU CENTENARY CHALLENGE� at the same venue.

The Netherlands are ranked 7thin the world while Sweden is two spots down in 9thposition.

This is Banyana Banyana’s maiden World Cup tournament.

They have been working hard since their arrival in the Mother City on Wednesday, 9January, and are looking forward to the two fixtures.

Camp is going really well. All the players are buzzing at training and ready for another tough year ahead. We know there is a lot of hard work to be done and what better test for us than playing top quality teams such as The Netherlands and Sweden, said Van Wyk.

We have come a long way and have grown so much in our game over the past year. I am pretty confident that it would be tough for opponents to break us down if we manage to stay on top of our game. The good thing is we have played and lost to both nations before, so we know what to expect. We could not have asked for such great start to our preparations in such an important year for women’s football. Whatever the outcome this time around, the main aim is to make sure we are ready for the tournament in June � and it all starts here and now.

Banyana Banyana have a full compliment of players with the arrival of the Australia-based duo of Refiloe Jane and Rhoda Mulaudzi in camp, who have aleady attended their first training session.

The pair had to delay reporting for national team duty due to club commitments � they helped their club to a 1-0 victory on Sunday, 13 January before jetting off to join their compatriots in Cape Town.

Meanwhile the squad was given a tour of Parliament on Monday, 14 June where they got to learn about what happens in our of the most important venues in our country.

The Parliament of South Africa is South Africa’s legislature and under the country’s current Constitution is composed of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. It has undergone many transformations as a result of the country’s tumultuous history. From 1910 to 1994, it was elected mainly by South Africa’s white minority, before the first democratic elections were held in 1994.

Our visit to the Parliament was extraordinary. It is a day I will never forget, and I want to believe the players and everyone that went won’t. There were many interesting facts that made me want to learn more about the History of our beautiful country, added Van Wyk.

You know you see all these things happening on your television set but don’t quite understand, and with this visit we got to hear what really takes place, why some things are done or not done � it was just mind-blowing. Next time I see this I will have a very different view. We have a very interesting history in our country and we got to understand much with this visit.

On Saturday (12 January) Banyana Banyana visited another important landmark of South Africa � the Table Mountain.

We have a very beautiful country with a very rich history and we can only appreciate just how previledged we are as a team to get a chance to visit these places, which we otherwise may not have gone to as individuals. We have learnt a lot over these past few days and it’s outings like these that take your mind off football just a little bit and you get to recharge your batteries in an education way. We really thank the opportunity and will not take this for granted, said Van Wyk.

Entry is free to the two matches but fans have to collect tickets at Computicket, Shoprite and at Checkers to gain entry into the stadium.

Source: South Africa Football Association

SOUTH AFRICA; PRES RAMAPHOSA ON DRIVE TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SERVICE

PRETORIA, President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to visit various government departments in a bid to build an efficient and effective public service, which puts the people first.

The President’s drive will see him visiting the Department of Defence and Military Veterans, as well as the State Security Agency in Tshwane this morning.

The visits form part of the commitment given in the President’s 2018 State of the Nation Address that he would engage with and visit senior officials in government departments to ensure that the work of government is effectively aligned, the Presidency said.

Last year, the President visited the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Ramaphosa has emphasised the building of a developmental State that puts people first and has dedicated public servants who work diligently to improve the lives of the people.

The President has commended many public servants, who are committed and dedicated professionals and perform their tasks faithfully. [However], he has also noted that there are some whose indifference to the needs and concerns of citizens have led to a deterioration in the quality of services and assistance rendered, the Presidency said.

The President has called on public servants to serve the nation with commitment, diligence, humility, respect and honesty, and to make sure that they are effective agents of transformation.

Source: Nam News Network