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Ready, Set, RUN! for Barnardos in the 2020 Virtual Cook Medical…

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Running and exercise is proven to be good for your mental healthBARNARDOS Children’s Charity is calling on Limerick supporters to don their running shoes and help raise funds for Barnardos in the 2020 Virtual Cook Medical Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon taking place on September 26 and 27.Now in its 22nd year, Cook Medical Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon is firmly established as the premier women’s running event in Limerick and the Midwest. Sign up and raise funds for Barnardos today!Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Barnardos was delighted to be nominated as a chosen charity in 2020 and all funds raised will go directly to the charity’s Early Years and Family Support Services in Limerick.Aoife Brown,Barnardos Project Leader Limericksaid: “It’s fantastic to be nominated as a chosen charity for the Virtual 2020 Cook Medical Limerick Mini Marathon. The event always created a really wonderful atmosphere in the city over the years.While it’s a pity it’s had to go virtual because of Covid19, we have no doubt that the sense of fun and community will remain in 2020. The funds raised on behalf of Barnardos will go a long way towards supporting the vulnerable children and families we work with, many of whom have endured far too much during the pandemic.Whether you’re running, walking or jogging on September 26 & 27 we hope you will consider doing so in aid of Barnardos!”Barnardos works with 618 children and families in communities throughout Limerick City and County, providing support when it’s needed most. Please lend your support and run in aid of Barnardos. bit.ly/LimerickMM Advertisement Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter LimerickNewsReady, Set, RUN! for Barnardos in the 2020 Virtual Cook Medical Limerick Women’s Mini MarathonBy Meghann Scully – September 15, 2020 118 TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Previous articleWedding numbers to double in new Living With Covid planNext articleLimerick Chamber lays bare COVID-19 impact on business in region across key sectors Meghann Scully center_img Print Linkedin WhatsApp Facebook 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 Email Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

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Regional Cooperation Essential to Combatting Hezbollah Threat in Latin America

first_imgBy Antoni Belchi / Voice of America / edited by Diálogo staff February 14, 2020 The III Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial Summit highlighted the need for countries of the region to work jointly to wipe out terrorist cells, especially those belonging to Lebanese movement Hezbollah and the Colombian guerrilla National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish).The countries signatories to the statement that resulted from the summit, including the United States, Colombia, and Argentina, expressed their “concern over activities that [terrorist] networks still conduct in some areas of the Western Hemisphere.”Addressing Hezbollah in Latin America, Diego Mella, an expert in counterterrorism and military intelligence, told Voice of America that the presence of this group “isn’t anything new” in the area. He warned about the “triangle” along the borders of Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil, where “violence is the law.”Mella, a former captain in the Miami-Dade Police Department in Miami, Florida, who is now a military analyst, believes that a coalition among Colombia, Brazil, and the United States would be the best option to put an end to “guerrillas and narcotraffickers.”Luis Fleischman, a sociology professor at Palm Beach State College, agrees, but warns that this coalition should be of a “defensive or preventive” nature.Fleischman advocates for “an important coalition to prevent an expansion of these groups” which, according to reports, are present in several Latin American countries.Concern over Hezbollah in VenezuelaFleischman, who founded the Palm Beach Center for Democracy and Policy Research, said that the January 20 document signed at the summit in Bogotá, Colombia, highlights the “bastion of terrorist groups” that have been in Venezuela for a long time.As such, he says, it’s essential to conduct an exhaustive follow-up and to carry out joint action to achieve change in the region.A problem since the 1990sHezbollah has been present in Latin America since the 1990s. Militias funded and trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard began to infiltrate through the so-called tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.Their expansion in the region had a second phase a few years later, when Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez took office.Joseph Hage, a political analyst specializing in Middle Eastern studies and terrorism, told VOA that the father of Tareck El Aissami, Venezuela’s current Economy vice president and Industry minister, had “opened a communication line between Hugo Chávez and Syrian President Bashar al Assad,” enabling contact with Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon.“Hezbollah took advantage of the presence of Shiite Lebanese people and had Venezuela’s help with documents, residency permits, and passports, so they could move around Latin America,” he said.Hezbollah’s modus operandi in Latin America tends to follow the same behavioral pattern: “They establish commercial ties in Latin America, and then engage in narcotrafficking, money laundering, weapons supply […], any kind of illicit business.”According to Fleischman, a “change of regime in Venezuela is crucial for these groups to stop proliferating” in the country.last_img read more

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