Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Yusuf Islam - Father & Son

Yusuf Islam Sings Father & Son On BBC. For all those who say that Yusuf said to kill Salman Rushdie, please read the following statement from the man himself: http://www.yusufislam.com/faq/3ed8ab9cb40dcd15dc38b7f0efc2f696/

Google puts South Sudan on maps

|Medeshivalley.com|BBC |

South Sudan Google MapGoogle has updated its maps to include the newly independent nation of South Sudan.
The move follows a campaign by a South Sudanese journalist, who posted an online petition calling for the new nation to be marked on web maps.
He said his country was still missing from websites including Microsoft, Yahoo! and National Geographic.
The country became independent in July following decades of conflict in which some two million people died.
Journalist John Tanza Mabusu, who is South Sudanese but lives in Washington, launched a petition on the website Change.org.
The petition, which got 1,600 backers, called on mapping services to include the new nation.
"The inclusion of South Sudan will give the people of that new nation pride and a sense of belonging, as citizens of a sovereign nation on the map," said Mabusu.

Nigeria lower house approves Britain prisoner transfer

|Medeshivalley.com|BBC |

File photo dated 30/03/00 of a Prison officer in the Rotunda area of HMP Manchester
UK prisons hold more than 600 Nigerian inmates

Nigeria's lower house of parliament has approved a deal in which offenders convicted in Britain will serve out their jail terms in their home country.
The agreement still requires approval from the Senate, where it is likely to pass soon.
About 600 Nigerian inmates are being held in British jails, but it is not clear how many will face deportation.
The decision follows a visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron to Nigeria in July.

US drone strike kills 16 in Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|Press TV |

An American drone firing missiles (file photo)

Artillery fire kills 36 Somali civilians

|Medeshivalley.com|Press TV |

Al-Shabab fighters prepare an artillery machine at their base in Mogadishu, Somalia. (File photo)
Heavy artillery fire in a northern district of Somali capital city of Mogadishu has killed 36 civilian and seriously injured 69 in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa nation, Press TV reports.
The victims lost their lives when the African Union and Somali forces barraged what they thought was al-Shabab fighters' positions, a Press TV correspondent reported on Saturday.

Two people killed in Denmark barracks explosion

COPENHAGEN, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- At least two persons have died in an explosion at a former military barracks in the town of Store Andst in southern Denmark, police here confirmed Saturday evening.
Speaking at a press meeting in Store Andst late Saturday, a police spokesman said the police are investigating the area as a potential crime scene.

Mo Farah, Savinova named European Athlete of the Year


PARIS, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The 5,000m world champion Mo Farah of Britain and 800m world champion Mariya Savinova of Russia was named European male and female athlete of the year respectively on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old Somalia-born Farah, who also won the silver in the 10,000m at the world championships in August, won the award ahead of last year's winner Christophe Lemaitre of France.
Farah will receive his award along with Savinova at the ceremony in Spain on October 15.
Editor: Mo Hong'e

Friday, October 7, 2011

Libyan Sami al Saadi to sue UK over rendition claims

|Medeshivalley.com|BBC |

Sami al-SaadiA Libyan man who claims MI6 arranged to send him home to be tortured in Colonel Gaddafi's jails has begun legal action against the UK government.
Sami al-Saadi, a member of a Libyan mujahideen group opposed to Gaddafi, is claiming damages for the ordeal he, his wife and four young children suffered.
CIA documents recently found in Tripoli provide evidence of the UK's alleged involvement in the 2004 "rendition".
The UK Foreign Office confirmed it had received "pre-action" legal papers.

Nobel honours African, Arab women for peace

|Medeshivalley.com|Reuters and Khaleej Times |
OSLO - Declaring women’s rights vital for world peace, the Nobel Committee awarded its annual Peace Prize on Friday to three indomitable female campaigners against war and oppression — a Yemeni and two Liberians, including that country’s president.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first woman freely elected as a head of state in Africa, shared the award worth $1.5 million with compatriot Leymah Gbowee, who promoted a “sex strike” among efforts to end Liberia’s civil war, and Yemen’s Tawakul Karman, who called her honour “a victory for the Arab Spring”.
“We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society,” Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland told reporters.

Hertz suspends Somali workers for praying on job


Two Hertz transport buses are seen outside its rental-car pickup area July 17, 2006, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.SEATAC, Wash. - Rental car company Hertz indefinitely suspended 34 Somali Muslim shuttle drivers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for praying on company time, and the workers' union is trying to put them back in the driver's seat after what it calls a sudden policy change.
The drivers are required to clock out, under the terms of a settlement two years ago with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Hertz spokesman Rich Broome said.
"We felt it was reasonable for our Muslim employees who need to pray a couple times during the workday to clock in and clock out," Broome said.

37 Somali blast injured arrive in Turkey for treatment

|Medeshivalley.com|AFP |
ANKARA — Thirty-seven Somalis who were seriously wounded in a massive truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed more than 70 arrived in Ankara on Thursday for treatment, Turkey's Anatolia news agency reported.

Somaliland's secret recipe for stability

|Medeshivalley.com|Progressio |

“I was once passing through Entebbe airport in Uganda,” recounts Suad Abdi, “and the official looked at my passport and said ‘My word! You are from Somaliland, a country much smaller and poorer than ours and yet you’ve got through 3 presidents in less than 20 years while we have been stuck with the same one for so many many years! How do you make sure they move on when their time is up?’”

U.K. Pledges $31 Million to Help Wipe Out Guinea Worm Disease

|Medeshivalley.com|Health Blog |

The British government has pledged about $31 million to help eradicate guinea worm disease, a donation that public-health experts say will bring them close to finishing the job.
A quarter century ago, the crippling parasitic infection afflicted 3.5 million people a year in more than 20 countries. This year, there are expected to be just over 1,000 cases in four African countries. More than 98% of those cases are in South Sudan, with a few dozen in Ethiopia, Mali, and Chad.

UK : Schoolboy killed in Sheffield turf war

|Medeshivalley.com|The Star |

Abdulla Awil Mohamed, 18, from Burngreave

A STUDENT was hit on the head and killed by a road sign after a car ploughed into a group of youths following weeks of bitter run-ins between Somali and Bengali youths in Sheffield.
Abdulla Awil Mohammed, aged 18, died of severe head injuries when a car careered into him and fellow Somalis on Coleridge Road in Darnall in March.
The Kia Picanto was steered onto the pavement, striking three of the friends, before it smacked into a street sign.
Abdulla, a first-year Sheffield Hallam University civil engineering student from Burngreave, was hit on the head by the sign as it fell.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Video report : World mourns death of Apple's Steve Jobs


Saudi Arabia : Indian siblings shot dead in town outside Taif

|Medeshivalley.com|By MD RASOOLDEEN | ARAB NEWS|

Siblings Ahmad Yasin and Zakir Ahmad

USA : Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is dead

|Medeshivalley.com|By JORDAN ROBERTSON | AP|

CUPERTINO, California: Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, has died. He was 56.
Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause. He died peacefully, according to a statement from family members who said they were present.
“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” Apple’s board said in a statement. “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.“

Somaliland Government condemns Al Shabaab‘s Mogadishu bombing

HARGEISA (SomalilandPress)—Somaliland government today condemned Somali’s Al-Qaeda link terrorist group Al Shabaab for their truck bombing of Mogadishu hall where students assembled to register an entrance exam to Turkish scholarship. A truck full of explosive driven by a suicide bomber ramp the entrance of the building killing over 70 students and civilians Wednesday morning. The wounded were estimated to surpass 160 consisting of students, civilians and soldiers.

Kenya kidnap attacks by Somalis drive terrified tourists out of paradise islands

|Medeshivalley.com|Xan Rice in Lamu | The Guardian |

Kenya kidnap attacks by Somali gangsters have left hotels on Lamu island empty. Photograph: Steve Davey / Rex Features

US : Steve Jobs dies at 56

|Medeshivalley.com|FP |

Top story: Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, died of complications from pancreatic cancer yesterday. He had waged a public battle with the illness, continuing to introduce new Apple products even as he underwent treatment.
One of Jobs's first successes was the creation of the Macintosh computer, which was introduced in 1984 and represented a breakthrough in user-friendly personal computers. After an acrimonious break with Apple in 1985, he went on to found Pixar Animation Studios, which produced a string of critically and commercially successful digitally animated movies.

UN Habitat : Improvement of Burao and Bossaso local government offices completed


Work on the Burao municipal offices wrapped up in May 2011 and included a new council meeting hall, upgraded sanitary facilities, and general improvements of the municipal premises.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

US taking famine-hit Somali lives

|Medeshivalley.com|By Mike Jennings | Press TV |

In just over three months, almost 30,000 children under the age of five have lost their lives due to the worst famine Somalia has seen in 60 years.
That figure is released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on nutrition and mortality surveys.
Moreover, drought, violence and political instability have painted even a grimmer picture for those Somalis still struggling for their lives.
Figures released by the United Nations indicate that 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished. The world body adds that 3.2 million Somalis are in need of immediate lifesaving assistance -- that is 2 out of 5 people living in Somalia.

Al Shabab claims deadly Mogadishu blast


US NGOs still in the dark over terrorism law in Somalia


Terrorising NGOs
JOHANNESBURG, 5 October 2011 (IRIN) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has repeatedly appealed to Al-Shabab to allow food aid into famine-affected parts of Somalia under its control. But, were the militant group to acquiesce, US aid workers fear they could risk legal action if they were part of the humanitarian operation.

Al-Shabab is classified as a terrorist organization by the US government and contact with the group could lead to sanctions, including 15 years’ imprisonment. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Somalia : 139 killed in huge Mogadishu blast (Update )

|Medeshivalley.com|Press TV |
A powerful bomb explosion has rocked Somalia's capital Mogadishu, killing at least 139 people and injuring scores more, Press TV reports.
Eyewitnesses say the deadly blast occurred when a bomber drove an explosives-laden truck into a gate near a government ministry and detonated it.
At least 93 people were also wounded in the attack.
There are reports of grim scenes of the blast aftermath, with bodies strewn around a government compound in the center of the city near the Ministry of Education where students were reportedly taking an exam.

Somalia : Al Shabaab suicide bomber kills 65 in Mogadishu

|Medeshivalley.com|Frederick W. Kagan| Crtitical Threats |
An al Shabaab suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden vehicle into a checkpoint at the entrance to Somalia’s Ministry of Education in Mogadishu. The blast killed over 65 people, with the casualty number expected to rise over the next few days. Shortly after the explosion, al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack on one of its websites.

SOMALIA: Al-Shabab tax move threatens livelihoods


Somali families rely hugely on remittances sent from their relatives abroad (file photo)
NAIROBI, 4 October 2011 (IRIN) - The prospect of permanent closure faced by two of Somalia's main telecommunications companies and a major money transfer firm has alarmed officials and analysts concerned about the impact on livelihoods and aid distribution as much of the country grapples with a food emergency that in some areas amounts to famine.

On 30 September, the Islamist insurgency Al-Shabab ordered the firms, Nationlink, Telecom Somalia and Dahabashiil, the largest money transfer firm in the country, to cease operations.

Truck Bomb Kills Dozens in Somalia’s Capital

|Medeshivalley.com|NYTimes |By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

NAIROBI, Kenya — A huge truck bomb exploded on a busy street in central Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, on Tuesday morning, killing more than 50 people and possibly signaling a comeback for the Shabab militant group, which has lost territory in recent months.
Witnesses reported horrific scenes with dozens of bodies strewn across the streets, including those of students who were registering for scholarships to study in Turkey which has become a major aid donor to Somalia in recent months.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Somali pirates face hell in US prison system

|Medeshivalley.com|By Daniel Nasaw BBC News Magazine, Washington|
Two Somali pirates are expected to be sentenced to life in US prison on Monday, joining nine others who have just begun long sentences for their roles in hijacking attempts. What's in store for them as they enter the alien, unforgiving world of the American jail system?

Amazing photo of colliding galaxies with distorted shapes

|Medeshivalley.com|Space.com |
Radio StarsCredit: ESOMonday, October 3, 2011: The most complex ground-based astronomy observatory, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), has officially opened for astronomers on the Chajnantor plateau in Chile.

Warplanes : Surrounding Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com| strategy page |
September 28, 2011: The U.S. is setting up two more bases for its Predator and Reaper UAVS, in order to keep an eye on Islamic terror groups in Somalia, Yemen, Eritrea and East Africa in general. The new bases will be in Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia (apparently near the Red Sea coast.)

Somaliland in first humanitarian mission to Mogadishu


Somaliland flag
HARGEISA, 3 October 2011 (IRIN) - A humanitarian delegation from the Republic of Somaliland donated relief aid for 9,000 drought-displaced families in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu, during a visit on 30 September, the first such visit since the region declared unilateral independence from the rest of the country in 1991.

"We plan to distribute food for 9,000 families and medicine for four hospitals," said Hasan Abdi Awed, chairman of Somaliland's Chamber of Commerce and leader of the eight-member delegation. "The food we are distributing will last the beneficiary families for one month."

Harassment and attacks on Journalists in Puntland and Somaliland

|Medeshivalley.com|reporters without borders |
With growing concern, Reporters Without Borders has registered at least eight serious press freedom violations ranging from arbitrary arrest to shooting attacks on journalists in the past two months in the semi-autonomous northeastern region of Puntland and the breakaway northwestern territory of Somaliland. In most of these cases, there has been no investigation and no one has been punished.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

US drone crashes in Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|Press TV |

Two Kenyan troops missing after chasing Somali kidnappers

Two members of Kenya's navy are missing after their boat capsized while chasing suspected Somali gunmen who had kidnapped a disabled French woman from a prized Kenyan resort, an official said.

Famine Continues in Somalia (Infographic)

In July 2011, the UN declared Somalia to be in a state of famine. Tens of thousands of Somalis have already died of starvation and disease, and those numbers are expected to reach three quarters of a million or more by year’s
As the death toll rises, outside help is slow to intervene and aid agencies have been blocked by the militant group known as al-Shabab, leaving over a quarter of a million people trapped, with absolutely no access to food.

UN jobs: Public Administrative Reform Expert, Hargeisa, Somaliland


Closing Date: Monday, 10 October 2011

I. Position Information
Job Title: Public Administrative Reform Expert Duty Station: Hargeisa, Somalia Reports to: Matrix:Head of Sub-Office,Hargeisa and Project Manager, SIDP, Nairobi Reports: Country Director and Programme Manager, respectively Current Grade: P4
II. Organizational Context
The Governance Programme of UNDP Somalia consists of three pillars: (i) capacity building and institutional development, (ii) democratic governance (constitutional dialogue and elections) and (iii) local governance/decentralization