Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Nigeria is Africa's Largest Oil Exporter

The office of President Goodluck Jonathan's, summing up his first 100 days in office, declared that one of his administration’s achievements was Nigeria again retaining its position as Africa’s largest oil exporter, surging ahead of Angola after the insurgency in the country’s militant Niger Delta was quelled.

US accused Qatar of funding Somalia’s Al Shabab militia, Wikileaks reveals

|Medeshivalley.com|electronicintifada|by Ali Abunimah |
The United States accused its close ally Qatar of funding the Al-Shabab militia in Somalia, newly released diplomatic cables reveal.

Black Hole Caught in Act of Swallowing Star

|Medeshivalley.com|Space.com |by Charles Q. Choi |
For the first time, a black hole has been caught in the act of tearing apart and swallowing a star that got too close. Scientists, who until now had witnessed only the aftermath of such events, say the observation is shedding light on "relativistic jets," bursts of matter that shoot out at nearly the speed of light.

Saudi prince in Mogadishu pledges aid

|Medeshivalley.com|AFP |
MOGADISHU - A delegation from the Saudi royal family arrived Saturday in Mogadishu on a one-day visit to see how best to assist the Horn of Africa country hit by famine and drought, officials said.

Operations Manager - DFID Project, Hargeisa, Somaliland .

|Medeshivalley.com|UN Jobs |
Closing Date: Thursday, 01 September 2011

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO: FAO/021/2011 Issued on: 22nd August 2011
Deadline For Application: 01st Sept 2011
DUTY STATION: Somaliland, Hargeisa, Somalia with frequent in-country travel ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: Somalia Country Office (FAO-Somalia) DURATION: 6 months with possible extension for project duration

Friday, August 26, 2011

Pictures: Hurricane Irene Bears Down On US

|Medeshivalley.com|Sky News |
Pictures: Hurricane Irene Bears Down On US
The east coast of America, including New York, is on hurricane alert with the monster storm Irene set to make landfall.

Terror Region: The Pirate Corridor


Photograph by: Mohamed Dahir, AFP/Getty Images

While Western armies were embroiled in long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Islamic extremists and pirates in Somalia closed ranks. Ragtag high seas bandits that were a mere annoyance to international shipping 10 years ago have evolved into a major threat.

Pirate groups now supply Islamists with weapons, and in return receive combat training from terrorist groups. Islamist militia Al-Shabaab is believed to "tax" 20 to 50 per cent of the profits of pirates operating in zones under its control.
Increased co-operation with pirates has allowed Islamist groups to learn the ways of high seas hijacking.

Somali youth in Portland plans fundraising dinner to help famine victims in Mogadishu

|Medeshivalley.com|By Kimberly A.C. Wilson, The Oregonian |
Young Somalis in the Portland-area felt powerless as news broke last month about the drought and famine again devastating their homelands in the Horn of Africa.

Kingston Somali Community Association summer 2011 newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of the Kingston Somali Community Association newsletter. This newsletter is intended to keep our clients, community members and the wider public informed of news and developments about KSCA.
Read the newsletter at our website here : http://e-voice.org.uk/kingston-somali-community/files/view/KSCA_newsletter_approved_final_PDF.pdf
M. Ali
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Somalia: Man Buried alive for suspected adultery (Graphic photos)

Graphic photos of Al Shabaab burying a man alive for suspected adultery

More Somalis fleeing to Yemen


More Somali refugees travelling to Yemen
GENEVA, 26 August 2011 (IRIN) - An increasing number of Somalis, fleeing drought and insecurity, are making their way to Yemen aboard overcrowded, rickety boats, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said.
At the same time, the number of Somalis arriving in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, or crossing into Kenya is dropping, UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told journalists in Geneva.
More than 3,700 Somali refugees have reached Yemen’s coast so far this month, the highest arrival rate this year.

London Police to Deploy 4,000 Extra Officers on Notting Hill Riot Concern

London’s police force will deploy more than 4,000 extra officers on the streets of the capital on the two days of the Notting Hill Carnival amid concern that gangs are planning a repeat of this month’s riots and disorder.

In Somaliland, less money has brought more democracy

|Medeshivalley.com|the Guradian
Unable to access foreign aid, Somaliland's government has had to negotiate with citizens and business leaders for financial support – and provide stability and democracy in return.
As the humanitarian crisis in southern Somalia threatens millions of lives, Somalia's little-known northern neighbour, Somaliland, is doing so well that its government recently offered to send aid across the border.

Astronomers discover planet made of diamond


Thursday, August 25, 2011

My short memories from Libya and Kaddafi on the peak of power

In mid 1976 I saw and almost met with Col. Kaddafi walking at the main street that comes from the old church in the centre of the capital Tripoli that was later turned into the main post office with a white 505 Peugeot sedan car driven-by while security guards were keeping close for the safety of the colonel. I was young and new to the country at the time and small leaflets of his Green Book could be seen all over the bookshops with people calling him the “the Colonel."

Israeli pilots freed from Eritrea ( Report + Video )

|Medeshivalley.com|infolive.tv |

Doctor envoy for Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News| 
Doctor Kani Torun has had significant success in Congo and Kenya.
Doctor Kani Torun has had significant success in Congo and Kenya.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has appointed a doctor familiar with Congo as Turkey’s new ambassador to famine-stricken Somalia.
Doctor Kani Torun has had significant success in Congo and Kenya.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has appointed a doctor familiar with Congo as Turkey’s new ambassador to famine-stricken Somalia.

Somalia : People Party - "We Recognize No TFG in Country; Mandate Ends August 20"

|Medeshivalley.com| ecoterra |
A statement from the office of the Somali Part based in the British capital London said Sunday that the mandate of the transitional government of Somalia led by Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed and speaker of the parliament Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden has legally ended yesterday on 20th August 2011.


STATUS-SUMMARY:Today, 24. August 2011 at 23h45 UTC, at least 34 larger plus 18 smaller foreign vessels plus one stranded barge are kept in Somali hands against the will of their owners, while at least 594 hostages or captives - including a South-African yachting couple as well as a Danish yacht-family with three children and two friends - suffer to be released.But even EU NAVFOR, who mostly only counts high-value, often British insured vessels, admitted now that many dozens of vessels were sea-jacked despite their multi-million Euro efforts to protect shipping.

SOMALIA: Countdown to calamity


Somalia has not seen peace for decades (file photo)
NAIROBI, 25 August 2011 (IRIN) - Somalia has had no functioning government since January 1991, when former President Siyad Barre was ousted.
Since then, fighting between warlords, government forces and various alliances of Islamist insurgents has resulted in the deaths of thousands of Somalis and displaced hundreds of thousands more.
In the north, the former British protectorate of Somaliland declared its independence from the rest of Somalia in May 1991, and in 1998 the northeastern region of Puntland declared itself an autonomous state.

Somaliland: Puntland Government hands out lengthy prison terms to ambushed Somaliland officials en route to Taleeh

GAROWE (SomalilandPress)— Puntland’s Highest Court today handed 10 year prison terms to the ambushed Somaliland officials who were en route to Taleeh when they were snatched by Puntland militias armed with heavy weapons. It was on 10th August whilst this delegation was on a working visit to the small town of Taleeh located within the Somaliland borders that a Puntland militia ambushed the Somalilanders killing one official and kidnapping the remainder of the delegation. The delegation consisted of all the top officials from Sool province, ranging from the Attorney General of Sool to the Minister of Education of Sool province.

How an Ethiopian slave became a South African teacher

|Medeshivalley.com|BBC |
Bisho Jarsa, trained as a domestic servant, went on to become a teacher
By : Sandra Rowoldt Shell,University of Cape Town.
When Neville Alexander used to visit his maternal grandmother Bisho Jarsa as a boy, he never suspected the extraordinary story of how she had come from Ethiopia to the South African city of Port Elizabeth.
Bisho was one of a group of Ethiopian slaves freed by a British warship in 1888 off the coast of Yemen, then taken round the African coast and placed in the care of missionaries in South Africa.

Saudi Arabia discovers 9,000 year-old civilization

|Medeshivalley.com|Reuters |
Saudi archaeological dig to challenge studies that claim domestication of animals took place 5,500 years ago in Central Asia.
Credit: Reuters/Screenshot

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

World powers rush in to rebuild Libya

|Medeshivalley.com|Al Jazeera |
By unfreezing assets and offering loans, governments from London to Beijing are extending help to the 'new' Libya.

Libya's oil refineries, such as this one in Az Zawiyah, have produced only a trickle during the civil war [Reuters]

Most Spectacular and Mindblowing Photos of Nature

|Medeshivalley.com|From → Photography|

Eritrea thrown out of IGAD meeting on Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|Daily Monitor By Argaw Ashine|
The six-country Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Wednesday blocked Eritrea's representative from attending a ministerial meeting on Somalia. Eritrea reactivated its membership to the bloc after four years of self-suspension, a decision initially welcomed by the IGAD secretariat.

Food Security Situation Deteriorating in Somaliland

August 24, 2011 - Los Angeles, Calif. – With famine already affecting five zones of southern Somalia, the food security situation in many areas of Somaliland - the autonomous, generally more stable region to the north - has now reached critical levels and is rapidly deteriorating. Having worked since 1991 in the region, International Medical Corps teams on-the-ground are already reaching severely malnourished people with lifesaving nutrition interventions in Somaliland as well as within Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.

With K’naan in Somalia: Photos from the Edge

|Medeshivalley.com|National Geographic |
Poet, rapper and songwriter K’naan has returned to Somalia for the first time since he fled his native land with his family in 1991. Traveling with Sol Guy, his business partner and manager (and National Geographic Emerging Explorer), his mission is to help raise awareness (and relief funding) for millions of starving people.

Mosaic Company Commits $200,000 Toward Famine Relief in the Horn of Africa


The Mosaic Company logo. (PRNewsFoto/THE MOSAIC CO)
PLYMOUTH, MinnAug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) today announced a $200,000 donation to support famine relief efforts in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. The American Refugee Committee (ARC) will immediately receive a $100,000 donation and Mosaic will match all donations to ARC for famine relief in Somalia made on GiveMN.org, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Libya: Brief encounter with Kaddafi and short memories from Tripoli

In mid 1976 I saw and almost met with Col. Kaddafi walking at the main street that comes from the old church in the centre of the capital Tripoli that was later turned into the main post office with a white 505 Peugeot sedan car driven-by while security guards were keeping close for the safety of the colonel.  I was young  and new to the country at the time and  small leaflets of  his Green Book could be seen all over the bookshops with people calling him the “the Colonel."

Liquid Assets: The Big Business of Water - CNBC

A Global Crisis -- Nearly a billion people worldwide lack clean drinking water. Farmers fight for it to water their crops. A precious resource is at risk. -- How long can we go to the well - before it runs dry?


Libyan rebels seize Gaddafi compound

|Medeshivalley.com|Al Jazeera |
Muammar Gaddafi's whereabouts unknown as hundreds of rebels fight their way into his fortified Bab al-Azizya compound.

Tender : Feasibility Study and Detailed Design for Berbera - Togochale Road

|Medeshivalley.com|Tender |
Feasibility Study and Detailed Design for Berbera - Togochale Road
(Berbera–Addis Ababa Corridor) in Djibouti: General Procurement Notice
EuropeAid Co-operation Office - EuropeAID

Chinese to handle Somaliland port extension


<em>Somaliland foreign<br /> minister Mohamed<br /> Abdillahi Omer</em>
Somaliland foreign
minister Mohamed
Abdillahi Omer
Hargeisa, Somaliland --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 22 August 2011 - Chinese petroleum firm PetroTrans is to carry out extension works to the port of Berbera, in the wake of signing a transaction agreement with the government of the breakaway enclave of Somalia.
The Horn of Africa has been attracting increased investment in the area of exploration by foreign oil firms, due to its proximity to east Africa, where oil has been discovered in Uganda and natural gas found in Tanzania.
“Redevelopment of Berbera Port to make it a gateway to East Africa is the major project of the framework of an agreement signed by the government of Somaliland and PetroTrans Company,” Somaliland foreign minister Mohamed Abdillahi Omer told Reuters.

Djibouti Asks for Assistance from India to Harness its Renewable Energy Sources

|Medeshivalley.com| Press Information Bureau, Government of India |
Dr. Fouad Ahmed Aye, Minister of Energy, Water and Natural Resources, Republic of Djibouti held bilateral discussions with Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy in New Delhi today. Both the leaders held detailed discussions about possible cooperation between the two countries in the field of Renewable Energy. 

Somaliland must take a tough stand on biased UN policies

The UN offices in Kenya have often been blamed for being a middle entity for aid funds for Somalia and Somaliland. Much has been said about these funds being lavishly spent in UN Nairobi offices . That matter seems to have been condoned by both the Somali TFG and the previous and present  Somaliland governments.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Somalia: 2 Soldiers Executed

|Medeshivalley.com|Reuters |
Two government soldiers accused of killing a civilian and a soldier were executed on Monday, as the Western-backed government came under international pressure to hold its forces accountable for abuses.

The UN Nairobi Centre Advocates War between Puntland and Somaliland


The UN Somalia Support Centre in Nairobi Advocates War between the two Peaceful Enclaves in the Horn of Africa. By M. Arrale
The UN Somalia Support Centre in Nairobi attempts to establish conflict between Somaliland and Puntland as the UN organizations operated in Puntland tries to instigate a border conflict between the two administrations by taking advantage of the disputed regions of Sool and the Eastern parts of Sanaag which are territorially attached to Somaliland but ethnical belong to Puntland. Knowing the sensitivity of the disputed areas, the UN offices in Garowe with permission of their officers in Nairobi usually paid visits to areas across the border without the consent of the administration in Hargeisa.

'Disputed Votes, Deficient Observation' – South Kordofan election report .

PRESS RELEASE : Disputed Votes, Deficient Observation – South Kordofan election report from the Rift Valley Institute.

Saudis respond generously to King Abdullah's Somali famine call

|Medeshivalley.com|By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR | ARAB NEWS|

Malnourished children from famine-stricken southern Somalia are seen at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Sunday. The number of Somalis arriving in Mogadishu to seek assistance is increasing by the hundreds every day. (AP)

Fighting rages for Libyan capital

|Medeshivalley.com|BBC |
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UAE Aid targets thousands in Somaliland

|Medeshivalley.com|The national |Maey El Shoush|
DUBAI - Six thousand families in Somalia will soon receive enough food to survive for three months thanks to a donation by the Al Maktoum Foundation. Rice, sugar, oil and flour will be sent to the northern part of the country, where many of the hungry are arriving.

K’naan opens his heart to Somali famine victims

|Medeshivalley.com|theglobeandmail |

Canadian based Somali rapper K'naan, centre, visits Mogadishu's Banadir hospital, Somalia Sunday, Aug, 21 2011. - Canadian based Somali rapper K'naan, centre, visits Mogadishu's Banadir hospital, Somalia Sunday, Aug, 21 2011. | AP
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“Do you see why it’s amazing when someone comes out of such a dire situation and learns the English language just to share his observation?” raps Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist K’naan in his song Somalia.

Libya : Pockets of resistance as rebels claim Tripoli

|Medeshivalley.com|Al Jazeera |
Libyan leader's whereabouts still unknown as clashes break out in capital and rebel leader announces end of Gaddafi era.
The head of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) has announced the end of the Gaddafi era, while sporadic fighting continued across the capital, Tripoli.

Travel Warning U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Bureau of Consular Affairs

August 19, 2011

The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Somalia and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Somalia. This replaces the Travel Warning dated December 27, 2010, to update information on security concerns.

Puntland : Range Resources signs contract with Sakson for drilling rig

(Source: Datamonitor)Range Resources Limited, an oil and gas exploration, development and production company, has announced that its joint venture partner and PSA operator Africa Oil Corp has signed a contract with Sakson Drilling and Oil Services who will provide a 1,500 horse-power, top drive drilling rig to drill two highly anticipated exploration wells in Puntland, Somalia.

Somali Pirates Hijack Chemical Tanker Anchored Off Oman Port

|Medeshivalley.com|Bloomberg |
Somali pirates hijacked a chemical tanker within 3 nautical miles of the Omani port of Salaleh, the first seizure within territorial waters and while a vessel was at anchor, the International Maritime Bureau said.
Armed pirates boarded the Fairchem Bogey on Aug. 20, taking 21 crew hostage and putting the vessel on course for Somalia, according to the bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre.

11-year-old pupil to address AU on Somalia

11-year-old pupil to address AU on Somalia
Accra, Aug. 22, GNA - Andrew Adansi-Bonnah, the 11-year-old pupil who has embarked on a project to raise GH¢20 million to help victims of the raging famine in Somalia, is to address the African Union, which would hold a Pledging Conference on August 25 in Addis Ababa.
A statement signed by Kobla Asamani, Technical Adviser, said Master Adansi-Bonnah has received a letter from the AU to address the conference as his initiative which began barely a month ago, receives global recognition.
Master Adansi-Bonnah’s team leaves for Addis Ababa on Wednesday.
The statement quoted a letter from the AU dated August 18, 2011 addressed to Ghana’s Embassy in Addis Ababa as saying: