Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Saudi Arabia should grant citizenship to the long serving foreigners

(Medeshi) - It about time that Saudi Arabia respects and becomes grateful for the contributions by foreign workers to the development of the infrastructure of the country. Saudis should grant citizenship to the children born in Saudi Arabia to foreign workers. Saudis should allow children of foreign workers go to Saudi universities .

Saudi Arabia: Greedy sponsors denounced

(Medeshi) - Saudi sponsors and agents have been denounced for taking advantage of expatriates’ difficult situation and fleecing them during the amnesty period when foreigners were struggling to have their status rectified.

Polio Eradication Suffers A Setback As Somali Outbreak Worsens

Polio paralysis  both or one of the legs of a patient
(Medeshi) - Somalia hadn't had a case of polio for nearly six years. But in the past few months, the virus has come back. Now the East African country has the worst polio outbreak anywhere in the world.

Corruption still rampant in Somalia

(Medeshi) - UNITED NATIONS: Corruption in Somalia remains rampant despite the country’s new leadership, with 80 percent of withdrawals from the Central Bank made for private purposes and at least 33 percent of monthly revenues from port operations unaccounted for, UN experts said.

Somaliland : Scuba Diving Berbera Coast

(Medeshi) - With a reputation of hostility, out-of-control drug trades on land, abandoned beaches, and waters plagued with pirates, very few picture Somalia (also called Somaliland) as a vacation destination.    And, for the most part, a trip to Somalia is nothing close to a traditional vacation.  Experienced scuba divers, however, are among those few who can hear the country’s name and push aside the negative hype, imagining instead the blissfully blue waters and teeming marine life of the Red Sea.  The rarely-visited beaches, surprisingly, are something that off-the-beaten-path travelers consider a plus–the feeling of having the water all to oneself is increasingly rare in this era of global development.

Kenya Fires Its Ambassador to the United States amid Somali Protest

(Medeshi) - Somali Rights - Saturday, July 20, 2013
A day after hundreds of Somalis demonstrated in front of the Kenyan Embassy in Washington, DC, Kenya has fired its Ambassador to the United States of America, Mr. Elkanah Odembo. Mr. Odembo, who has been Kenya’s Ambassador to the United States, was fired altogether without any subsequent diplomatic appointment. The dismissal of Mr. Odembo was done so abruptly that even his replacement has not been confirmed by the Kenyan parliament.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Piracy Updates off the Coast of Somalia

(Medeshi) - WASHINGTON, July 19, - /African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Fact Sheet
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs - July 18, -
The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia was created on January 14, 2009 pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1851. This voluntary ad hoc international forum brings together over 80 countries, organizations, and industry groups with a shared interest in combating piracy. Chaired in - by the United States, the Contact Group coordinates political, military, and non-governmental efforts to tackle piracy off the coast of Somalia, ensure that pirates are brought to justice, and support regional states to develop sustainable maritime security capabilities. The European Union will assume the chairmanship in 2014.

London : 3 year old Somali boy killed by recovery truck outside home

(Medeshi) - A three-year-old boy was killed outside his own house after being struck by a recovery truck.
Last night his devastated mother told how Mohamed Mohamed was about to go to the park with his father when the tragedy unfolded.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Debating reform of Somaliland’s House of Elders (Guurti)

(Medeshi)  - Over the past 20 years, clan elders in Somaliland's Guurti, the upper house of parliament, have negotiated inter-clan disputes and kept the peace, carefully steering the self-declared republic away from the fate of south-central Somalia, which lapsed into a long, bloody civil war after the 1991 fall of the government of President Siyad Barre.

Heatwave ignites fire at Mitcham Common in South London

(Medeshi) - Firefighters have been tackling a grass fire in an area the size of about four football pitches in south London.
Crews were called to the blaze in Mitcham Common just before 12:30 BST. The fire is now under control, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.
LFB said its crews are dealing with 21 grass fires a day across London, compared to five a day last year.
Since May there have been 1,010 grass fires, almost double the total in 2012.

Pontus Marine Limited Somaliland , a fisheries company (Video)

(Medeshi) - A company named Pontus Marine Limited to trade by shares for the development of the fisheries business in Somaliland was recently launched at the People’s Palace Hall at Queen Mary University in East London.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stops hiring workers from Ethiopia

(Medeshi) - Saudi Arabia has slapped a temporary ban on recruitment of workers from Ethiopia. The ban will continue until investigations are completed into the killing of Saudi children by some Ethiopian maids. The decision was taken by the Ministries of Interior and Labor, an official statement said.

Woman state official killed, two reporters shot in Somalia

(Medeshi) - A woman state administrator has been killed in Somalia and two reporters shot and injured in the war-torn country.
The Deputy Commissioner of Somalia's Yakshid District in north Mogadishu, Ms Rahma Dahir Siad, was killed near her home on Wednesday evening.

The journalists, Mr Mascud Abdulahi Adan, of Dalsan radio and Mr Mohamed Farah Sahal, for Goobjoog radio, were attacked on Wednesday evening in Kismayu, according the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), in south Kismayu.

Somaliland lifts its ban on UN flights to Hargeisa

(Medeshi) - UN aircraft can now resume flights to Somaliland. This has been announced by the Somaliland Minister of Civil Aviation and Air Transport, Mahmud Abdi Hashi, who said that as of July 15 all UN flights are again able to land and take off in Somaliland airports. The Minister said the ban had been lifted after considering the Aviation agreement reached by Somaliland and Somalia during the round of talks held in Turkey earlier this month.

UAE national beats Indian bus driver in public

(Medeshi) - Police in Dubai have arrested a man whose YouTube film alerted them to an alleged attack by an Emirati man on an expatriate driver.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ethiopia : Swede 'beaten in Ogaden' housed at embassy

(Medeshi) - A Swedish-Ethiopian politician from Gothenburg, assaulted on a trip to Ogaden, has been safely housed at the Swedish embassy in Addis Ababa where immediate arrangements are being made for him and his family return home.

Western oil exploration in Somalia may spark conflict - U.N. report

(Medeshi) - By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau -UNITED NATIONS |(Reuters) - Western commercial oil exploration in disputed areas of Somalia and discrepancies over which authorities can issue licenses to companies could spark further conflict in the African nation, U.N. monitors warned in a confidential report.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hassan Mahmood stabbed to death in Birmingham Park

The incident happened in the South Yardley area of Birmingham
(Medeshi) - A 15-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed after a fight in a park had a bright future ahead of him, his headteacher has said.
Hassan Mahmood died after being stabbed in a Birmingham park following a clash between two groups.

News Release - Somalia : Food rations for detainees

(Medeshi) - Nairobi (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has made a symbolic gesture to detainees in Somalia by providing them with food rations to mark the holy month of Ramadan. The rations, containing dates, meat, milk, rice, beans, sugar and tea leaves, were distributed to detainees in Mogadishu, Beledweyne, Baydhabo, Bosaaso, Galkacyo, Garowe and Qardho.

10 Somalis relocated from Malta to Ireland

(Medeshi) - 10 Somalis, consisting of three families granted protection in Malta, left today to start a new life in Ireland, the Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement.

The latest departure brings the total of beneficiaries of international protection who were relocated to Ireland from Malta since 2007 to 40 immigrants.

Kenyan Forces Will Remain in Somalia Until Country Stabilizes

(Medeshi) - Bloomberg - Kenya’s government rejected accusations by Somalia that its forces breached their peacekeeping mandate and said the troops will remain there until the Horn of Africa country stabilizes.

Saudi Arabia orders 400 London taxis

(Medeshi) - Al Arabiya - The London Taxi Company will manufacture 400 of its unique cars for a transportation company in Saudi Arabia, al-Yawm reported Monday.
The order consists of 200 black taxis, and 200 in other colors.

US: Two Somali women charged with voter fraud in Rice County

(Medeshi) - Voter fraud charges have been filed against two Somali women who say they didn’t realize they voted twice in the general election last November.
Farhiya Abdi Dool, 38, and Amina A Hassan, 31, each face one felony charge for voting once by absentee ballot and once at a polling place during the 2012 general election. The women, both naturalized U.S. citizens, were charged June 21 via complaint summons and will make their first appearances in Rice County District Court next Monday.
Neither woman has an attorney listed in court documents as representing them. But supporters of Dool’s say that her actions were an honest mistake that shouldn’t be punished with a felony charge.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Israel begins sending Eritreans home, disregards human rights concerns

(Medeshi) - Israel has begun a forced repatriation of Eritrean migrants, despite warnings from human rights activists that migrants are likely to face prosecution upon their return home, Reuters reported.

Somaliland lifts flight ban on UN Aircrafts

(Medeshi) - Hargeisa, July 15, 2013 (SDN) —Somaliland government has lifted a ban on UN flights imposed in May this year, Somaliland’s minister of civil aviation Mr. Mohamoud Hashi Abdi announced today. Aviation minister made this announcement during a press conference he held today in his office.
Read the full article at qurbejoog

WFP And ECHO Start Cash Distributions To Somali Refugees In Ethiopia

(Medeshi) - ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its first cash distributions to refugees in Ethiopia this month, with the financial support of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Somaliland : Leaked document about the government decision to take control of Somaliland airspace

(Medeshi) - Leaked document about the events surrounding the UN flight ban in Somaliland airspace and Somaliland's decision to take control of its airspace:

Puntland Government Suspends Local Council Elections

(Medeshi) - PRESS RELEASE
14 July 2013
The President of Puntland State of Somalia H.E. Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud (Farole), in lengthy consultations with the Vice President, Parliament Speaker, Council of Ministers and National Security Council members, Chairman of Transitional Puntland Election Commission (TPEC), and prominent members of civil society, has issued the following decision regarding the suspension of Local Council Elections scheduled for tomorrow, Monday July 15, 2013.

New face mask prevents human corona viruses pass through air

(Medeshi) - Geneva, Switzerland,  -- Viroblock SA, a Swiss start-up, has recently  presented new data at ICPIC 2013 in Geneva, showing that their face-mask containing proprietary novel cholesterol depletion technology traps and kills over 99.9995% of H1N1 flu viruses (swine flu), 99.999% of H5N1 flu viruses (avian flu) and 99.997% human corona viruses on pass through air. Aimed at helping protect people from these respiratory pathogens, the mask is up to one hundred times more effective than a similar mask without Viroblock technology. The company will now start direct sales in Switzerland and is looking for distributors in other countries.

Kenyan peacekeepers aided illegal Somalia charcoal export - U.N

(Medeshi) - Reuters  - The case of the failed ban on Somali charcoal outlined in the report highlights the difficulty of cutting off al Shabaab militants' funding and ensuring compliance with U.N. sanctions when there is little appetite for enforcing them on the ground.