Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the family of Guy-André Kieffer, a Franco-Canadian journalist who disappeared in Côte d’Ivoire in 2004, urge the Ivorian authorities to comply without further delay with the formal request they received a year ago from two French judges in charge of France’s investigation into his disappearance. Reports Côte d’IvoireAfrica to go further The Ivorian authorities have still not responded to the request sent on 23 February 2015 by the two French investigating judges, Cyril Paquaux and Gaëlle Beuf, who asked them to question several people including the former first lady and other former officials who could shed light on Kieffer’s fate.A French and Canadian dual national based in Abidjan, Kieffer was investigating shady practices in the production and export of cocoa when he was kidnapped on 16 April 2004. He has been missing ever since.The civil parties who are registered in the case, were briefed by Paquaux and Beuf on 3 February about the current state of the investigation. It was their first meeting with the judges since Paquaux was assigned to the case in 2014.The association Vérité pour Guy-André Kieffer joins RSF and the Kieffer family in urging the Ivorian authorities to act at once on the year-old request from the French judges.“President Alassane Ouattara has personally undertaken on several occasions to both Osange Silou-Kieffer and RSF to shed all possible light on Guy-André Kieffer’s disappearance,” said Clea Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “One of these occasions was during a meeting with RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire in Abidjan in 2014.“Now that the Ivorian government is well established and stable, it is important to act on these promises and question the witnesses again. The Kieffer family, RSF and the association Vérité pour Guy-André Kieffer call on the authorities to comply as quickly as possible with the formal request from the French judges, so that they can advance the investigation, which has been stalled for several years.”Inter alia, the French judges have asked the Ivorian authorities to question former First Lady Simone Gbagbo, currently detained in Côte d’Ivoire, her former security chief, Anselme Yap Seka, also under judicial control, her brother-in-law, Michel Legré, and former Ivorian intelligence officer Jean Tony Oulaï.Côte d’Ivoire is ranked 86th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.For more information on the Kieffer case, click here. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF_en Côte d’IvoireAfrica Help by sharing this information November 27, 2020 Find out more News February 10, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF asks Côte d’Ivoire to comply with Kieffer case request from French judges October 29, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Organisation RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election News Receive email alerts October 16, 2020 Find out more
HMS Bulwark is ready to assume the mantle of the nation’s flagship after completing six months of gruelling training.The last phase of that training, following a £30m refit, was played out on the shores of Hampshire with an invasion of Browndown Camp near Gosport.Seen through a night-vision camera lens, a large landing craft leaves HMS Bulwark to carry out a beach landing near Gosport in the dead of night.The assault ship is ready to assume the mantle of the nation’s flagship after completing more than two months of exacting training – the last hurdle in six months of trials, tribulations and tests following a £30m refit.That last hurdle was Operational Sea Training – delivered by the world-renowned Flag Officer Sea Training organisation from Devonport.Given the unique nature of an amphibious ship with its ability to deliver troops and kit from the sea directly to the shore, in addition to all the usual OST tests such as fire, flood, air, sea and submarine attack, and disaster relief, the FOST instructors also assess Bulwark’s sailors and marines on their adeptness at choreographing all the machinery of war from the ship to a beach, before moving inland.So the last fortnight of the three-phase training period saw assaults staged by air (courtesy of the Jungly Sea Kings of the Commando Helicopter Force) and sea (courtesy of Bulwark’s inherent Royal Marines unit and their landing craft, 4 Assault Squadron) as the ship, bolstered by trainee Royal Marines from the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone, dealt a blow to the dastardly ‘Ginger’ forces at Browndown Camp in Stokes Bay on the Solent.In doing so they knocked out key targets – a Challenger 2 main battle tank (the largest piece of armour a landing craft can carry) and Royal Marines in Viking armoured vehicles will ruin your day if you’re a bad guy – and helped with the evacuation of civilians eager to escape the war zone.All of which is pretty challenging to direct, however well equipped the 18,000-tonne assault ship is. Throw some very “particularly inconsiderate weather conditions” into the mix, and you’re testing the 350+ souls aboard Bulwark (plus the FOST staff) to the limit.The FOSTies are tough taskmasters, but were evidently suitably impressed by Bulwark because she passed her ordeal, much to the delight of her Commanding Officer Capt Alex Burton.The FOST seal of approval means (a) Bulwark can deploy, if required, and (b) will be relieving her sister HMS Albion as the flagship next month.“I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved since starting our training, and how hard the ship’s company have worked throughout,” said Capt Burton.“We still have plenty of challenges ahead as we prepare to take on the responsibility of the Royal Navy’s flagship – but we are ready to deliver whatever may be required in the future.”That immediate future includes being the largest (and warriest) attraction at Southampton Boat Show between September 22 and 25.From there the ship sails to Brest in Brittany to pick up around 100 French Marines before heading north to the Clyde to take part in the second of this year’s Joint Warrior exercises, a combined air-sea-land war game run from Faslane.[mappress]Source: royalnavy, September 16, 2011; View post tag: A/S View post tag: Warship Back to overview,Home naval-today Amphibious Assault Warship ‘Ready to Deliver’ as Britain’s Flagship View post tag: Flagship View post tag: Ready Industry news View post tag: Assault View post tag: Britain’s View post tag: Amphibious September 16, 2011 View post tag: deliver View post tag: to Amphibious Assault Warship ‘Ready to Deliver’ as Britain’s Flagship Share this article
View Comments Thanksgiving is almost here! Along with tuning into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, eating too much turkey and perfecting that pumpkin pie recipe with grandma, there is one tradition that almost always seems to go down: drama, whether it’s about politics or the best way to cook the bird. Tony winners Matthew Broderick and James Corden joined forces to sing “Fugue for Turkeys.” Inspired by Guys and Dolls’ “Fugue for Tinhorns,” the performance involves an epic dance break with Broderick and Corden holding poultry, so what’s not to love? Check it out below! Matthew Broderick
â€œDr Amao is seen as a synonym for integrity and that is what is required in doping matters and we at Okpekpe want honour and integrity to continue to be our watchword.â€œWe will be sending Dr Amao’s name to the IAAF as well as the kind of sampling materials (urine kits) that will be used with the expiry date and the mode of transporting it to a WADA-accredited laboratory,â€ Esan further said and revealed that materials needed for a successful doping control have been secured.â€œWe have a doping station built in Okpekpe for the race. This is where the sample collection session will be conducted by doping control officers who have been trained and authorized by the Nigeria anti-doping agency with delegated responsibility for the on-site management of sample collection session.â€Esan also revealed that testing kits needed for effective anti-doping in accordance with IAAF anti-doping rules have arrived.â€œWe are ready for the race and those who qualified to be called elite athletes based on the times they have returned in the last 24 months are the ones open to testing. Those running for fun or charity are excluded. We have also advised athletes with illnesses or conditions that require the use of medication listed on the World Anti-Doping Agencyâ€™s Prohibited List to apply for Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) with the relevant agency before coming for the race,â€ said Esan.The Okpekpe international 10km road race is one of two road races in Nigeria certified by the IAAF and the only one recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).The race holds on Saturday May 12,2018 in Okpekpe, Etsako East local Government Area of Edo State and it is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have announced Dr Akin Amao will continue in his position as the head of the anti-doping unit of the sixth edition of the race scheduled to hold on Saturday, May 12,2018 in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State.Amao, one of Nigeriaâ€™s foremost sports medicine practitioners and former head of the Medical Unit of the Ministry of Youth and Sports was in-charge of the doping control of the fourth and fifth editions of the race in 2016 and 2017 and has been retained for this yearâ€™s event.â€œWe are delighted to announce that Dr Amao will continue in his role as the head of the anti-doping unit of the IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race. With the elevation of the race to a silver label status, the first of its kind in Nigeria nay West Africa, it is only necessary we retain the best hands that earned us the elevated status and Dr Amao is one of them,â€ said Dare Esan, spokesman for the race who has covered as many as eight IAAF World Championships in athletics and the Olympic Games.