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Attaque terroriste contre un complexe hôtelier de Nairobi

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Un groupe d’hommes lourdement armés a pris d’assaut un complexe hôtelier de Nairobi, au Kenya, où des explosions et des échanges de tirs sont rapportés. Le groupe islamiste somalien Al-Shabab a revendiqué l’attaque.

Les autorités, qui ont mis en place un vaste périmètre de sécurité autour de l’hôtel DusitD2, dans le quartier des affaires, dans le nord de Nairobi, tentent de reprendre le contrôle des lieux.

L’attaque a été revendiquée par le groupe terroriste somalien Harakat al-Shabab dans un court message diffusé par leur agence de presse Shahada.

« Nous sommes derrière l’attaque à Nairobi. Les opérations se poursuivent. Nous donnerons des détails plus tard », a plus tard déclaré à l’agence Reuters le porte-parole d’Al-Shabab, Abdiasis Abou Moussab.

Selon un bilan provisoire des autorités hospitalières kényanes, au moins une personne a été tuée et quatre autres ont été blessées.

La police n’a pour sa part donné aucune information sur les auteurs de l’attaque ni sur les motifs qui les animent. Le chef de la police kényane, Joseph Boinnet, s’est contenté d’évoquer la possibilité d’un acte terroriste.

Des soldats se cachent derrière un camion.Des soldats se protègent des tirs des terroristes sur le complexe hôtelier DusitD2, à Nairobi. Photo : AFP/Getty Images / RAPHAEL AMBASU

Des images de la télévision locale montrent des colonnes de fumée noire qui s’élèvent au-dessus du secteur cossu de la capitale kényane, où de nombreux policiers, soldats et membres des forces antiterroristes sont déployés.

Les images de la télévision montrent aussi plusieurs voitures en feu et des hélicoptères survolant la zone de l’attaque.

Un soldat escorte des civils qui tentent de fuir l'hôtel DusitD2. Un soldat escorte des civils qui tentent de fuir l’hôtel DusitD2. Photo : Reuters / Baz Ratner

Selon des témoins cités par l’agence Reuters, une forte explosion a d’abord retenti à l’entrée du complexe hôtelier avant que des hommes armés ne fassent irruption en tirant dans les salles de l’hôtel. La déflagration a été entendue à plusieurs kilomètres à la ronde.

Une deuxième explosion a plus tard été rapportée lorsque les forces de sécurité ont détruit le véhicule avec lequel les terroristes sont entrés dans le complexe.

Des dizaines de personnes sont évacuées du site, au fur et à mesure que les forces de sécurité poursuivent leur progression dans les rues et les immeubles du complexe.

Des soldats et policiers armés dans une rue.Des policiers et des membres des forces de sécurité kényanes progressent lentement dans les rues du complexe hôtelier attaqué. Photo : Reuters / Thomas Mukoya

Le Kenya est régulièrement la cible d’attentats des milices Al-Shabab depuis que Nairobi a déployé des troupes en Somalie, en 2011, pour lutter contre l’organisation islamiste liée à Al-Qaïda qui déstabilise la région en vue d’étendre son influence dans la Corne de l’Afrique.

Les milices Al-Shabab ont revendiqué les deux derniers attentats les plus meurtriers au Kenya : celui du centre commercial Westgate en 2013 (67 morts ) et celui de l’université de Garissa en 2015 (148 victimes).

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List of Tourist Attractions Open Now in Ottawa

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With Ontario now in Step 3 of 2021 three-step plan for reopening, museums and other indoor attractions are allowed to reopen with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors.

Here is a list of Ottawa attractions you can visit starting July 16th.

Do remember to wear masks and buy tickets in advance.

Parliament Hill

Parliament’s Centre Block and Peace Tower are closed for renovation.

You can join for tours of the Senate of Canada Building (2 Rideau Street), House of Commons at West Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill, and East Block at East Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill.

When: Grounds open; guided tours of Parliament are suspended through the summer of 2021.
Where: 111 Wellington Street, Downtown Ottawa

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Ottawa performer leapfrogs from gymnastics to Broadway to TV

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A new AppleTV+ series set in a magical town that’s stuck in a neverending 1940s musical includes a pair of Ottawa siblings in the cast. 

Warren Yang and his sister, Ericka Hunter, play two of the singing, dancing residents of the village portrayed in Schmigadoon!, a small-screen series that takes its cues from classic musicals like Brigadoon, Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music, and skewers them with the offbeat comedic mastery of Saturday Night Live. 

In fact, you’ll recognize many of the names from SNL, starting with executive producer Lorne Michaels, creator of the late-night, live-comedy sketch show. Schmigadoon! also stars SNL cast member Cecily Strong and comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who hosted SNL in May. They play a New York couple who get lost on a hike and stumble into a strange town where everyone sings and dances. 

For Yang, a relative newcomer to show-biz, the series marks his television debut. For Hunter, the younger of his two older sisters, it’s the latest in a career path that began with dance lessons as a child more than 30 years ago. She attended Canterbury High School, Ottawa’s arts-focused secondary school. 

“Her dream was always to perform,” said Yang, 34, in an interview. “But that was never the path I thought was an option for me.” 

While his sister studied dance, Yang did gymnastics. He was an elite gymnast throughout his youth, ultimately leaving Merivale High School at 16 to train in Montreal, finishing high school through correspondence courses. He was a member of the Canadian National Team and received a scholarship to study at Penn State, majoring in marketing. 

A few years after graduation, Yang was working at an advertising agency in Toronto when he got a call from a Manhattan number. To his astonishment, they asked if he would be interested in auditioning for a Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.

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COVID-19: uOttawa to require vaccination for students living in residence

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Vaccination will be mandatory for students who want to live in residence at the University of Ottawa this year, with proof of vaccination and at least one dose required before move-in, or within two weeks of doing so if they can’t secure a shot before arriving.

Those who can’t receive a vaccine for “health-related reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code” will be able to submit a request for accommodation through the university’s housing portal, according to information on the university’s website.

Students with one dose living in residence will also have to receive their second dose “within the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health.”

People who haven’t been granted an exemption and don’t get vaccinated or submit proof of having done so by the deadlines set out by the school will have their residence agreements terminated, uOttawa warns.

“Medical and health professionals are clear that vaccination is the most (effective) means of protecting people and those around them,” reads a statement provided to this newspaper by uOttawa’s director of strategic communications, Patrick Charette.

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“It is precisely for this reason that the University of Ottawa is requiring all students living in residence for the 2021-2022 academic year to be fully vaccinated. The University recognizes that some students may require accommodations for a variety of reasons and will be treating exceptions appropriately.”

Faculty, staff and students are also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, the statement notes.

“Ensuring a high vaccine coverage in all communities is critical to ensuring an ongoing decline in cases and ending the pandemic. This will be especially important with the return of students to post-secondary institutions in our region in the fall of 2021.”

Neither Carleton University nor Algonquin College is currently mandating vaccination for students living in residence, according to the websites for both schools. But uOttawa isn’t alone in its policy – Western University, Trent University, Durham College and Fanshawe College have all implemented similar requirements. Seneca College, in the GTA, is going even further, making vaccination mandatory for students and staff to come to campus, in-person, for the fall term.

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