Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, August 3, 2013

UK - Distance king Farah looks for ‘Mo’

(Medeshi) - As double Olympic champion Mo Farah knows he is there to be shot at. But such is his self-belief that it will take someone and something special to scupper the Briton’s bid to repeat the feat at the world championships in Moscow.

UK embassy in Yemen to close amid global terror alerts

(Medeshi) - The British embassy in Yemen is to shut temporarily and several other embassies have been told to be vigilant after the US issued a terrorism warning.

Somali pirates get life in prison in killing of four Americans

(Medeshi)- WASHINGTON — Three Somali pirates were sentenced to life in prison yesterday for the shooting death of four Americans, including a southern California couple, in a 2011 hijacking off the coast of eastern Africa.

Saudi Arabia : Makkah rains a ‘blessed’ relief

(Medeshi) - Heavy rains after noon prayer in Makkah were seen as blessings of the holy month’s last Friday.
The downpour came as a welcome relief for hundreds of thousands of worshippers in the Grand Mosque who were facing sizzling temperatures close to 43 degrees Celsius. It began raining at 2:30 p.m. and lasted nearly two hours.

More secure, Somalia welcomes foreign investment: deputy PM

Foreign Minister Fawzia Yusuf Haaji Adam
(Medeshi) - Nairobi - Xinhua- With piracy drastically down and terrorism waning, Somalia is encouraging businesses around the world to come and invest in this resource-rich "virgin land" that is full of opportunities.

That was message to global investors from Somalia's first woman Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Fawzia Yusuf Haaji Adam, who was on a visit to Kenya's capital Nairobi, when she spoke to Xinhua here in an exclusive interview on Friday.

British firm drills for Ethiopia’s first oil

(Medeshi) - Tullow Oil, the British explorer that found Kenya's first crude a year ago, is about to find out whether the resources extend into neighboring Ethiopia, a nation dependent on agriculture that's yet to discover any petroleum. Tullow, Africa Oil Corp. and Marathon Oil Corp. plan to complete their Sabisa well in western Ethiopia's South Omo Block this quarter.

Friday, August 2, 2013

US : Jury recommends life for 'S/V Quest' Somali pirates

(Medeshi) - A US jury has recommended that three Somali pirates be sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 killing of four Americans off the coast of East Africa.

US diplomat flees Kenya after fatal accident

(Medeshi) - An American diplomat in Nairobi who killed a Kenyan father of three in a car crash while speeding in his SUV was rushed out of the country by US embassy officials, Kenyan officials said.

London : Ahmed Qasim still wanted by police a year later

(Medeshi) - Police are asking for assistance to locate 23-year-old Ahmed Qasim.
Ahmed Qasim is wanted on a recall to prison after breaching his licence in August 2012.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

US Embassies to Close Sunday Amid Terrorist Threat

(Medeshi) - U.S. embassies in a slew of Muslim countries will close on Sunday due to a credible and serious security threat.

The embassies will close in response to "a specific threat against a U.S. embassy or consulate," according to a senior U.S. official, who called it a "concerted effort" to target an embassy or consulate in a Muslim country.

A new window of cooperation between Somaliland and Somalia opens

(©-Medeshi) - Somaliland and Somalia will cooperate on security issues according to local officials . The two countries will particularly cooperate on issues of preventing piracy as well as extremism and the prevention of Al Shabaab suicide attacks .

Leaked document: UK Gov. cannot interfere Barclay's decision to stop money remittances

(Medeshi) - In a recently leaked document the FCO has written that "MSBs are a high risk sector for banks. The Government estimates that £1.5 bn is laundered through MSBs every year. Within that sector, Somalia in particular is a high risk corridor owing to the absence of any formal financial sector and state regulation in the country, which makes it extremely difficult to know who the recipient of the money is.

Turkey to help rebuild Somali police, intelligence forces after attack

(Medeshi) - The Somali ambassador to Ankara has stated that Turkey will step up its efforts in training police and intelligence forces in Somalia after the recent bombing attack on the Turkish mission in Mogadishu by al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab, adding that Turkish support was valuable.

Somalia and Somaliland : Muffled voices

(Medeshi) - WHEN Liban Abdullahi Farah was gunned down in Galkayo, a city in the central province of Puntland, in July, he became the sixth journalist to die violently in Somalia this year. This comes as a media law just introduced in Mogadishu, the capital, forces journalists to reveal their sources, curtailing whatever press freedom existed previously.

Rotterdam company signs contract with Somalia

(Medeshi) - Rotterdam-based Atlantic Marine and Offshore has signed a major order with the Somalian government to set up a coast guard operation.

Kenya: Gov't to pay $460k to rendition victims

(Medeshi)- NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A lawyer says a Kenyan court has awarded compensation to 11 victims of the largest illegal deportation of terrorism suspects in Africa to countries with appalling human rights records.

UN helicopter crashes near Ethiopia’s capital; injuries reported

(Medeshi) - By Associated Press - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — A helicopter carrying U.N. personnel crashed in Ethiopia on Wednesday, injuring several people on board, officials said.

Genel a buy ahead of production boost with drilling excepted to start in Somaliland

(Medeshi) - By Garry White - Telegraph - Genel Energy reported progress on a number of fronts yesterday, with a “substantial” rise in oil output expected next year.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Somalia to set up coastguard to protect resources: presidency

(Medeshi) - MOGADISHU -AFP –  Somalia will set up a new coastguard force to combat piracy as well as to strengthen its control over its territorial waters and natural resources, the presidency said Wednesday.

Somalia : Foreigners destabilizing us, claims Al-Shabaab's Godane

(Medeshi) - Africa Review - The supreme leader of the Somalia's Al-Shabaab has accused foreign countries of destabilizing the terror group as he sought to rally its leaders and fighters following reports of internal rifts.
Through a voice message on Tuesday, Ahmed Abdi Godane, who is better known as Sheikh Mukhtar Abdurahman Abu Zubayr accused countries like Qatar and Turkey of using divisive tactics to scatter the radical Islamist group.

Somaliland : Hargeisa International Book Fair , 16th to the 21st of August 2013

(Medeshi) - Redsea-Online Cultural Foundation and its partners are delighted to invite you to the sixth Hargeysa International Book Fair (HIBF) taking place from the 16th to the 21st of August 2013 in Hargeysa, Somaliland.

US money laundering laws, banking decisions hurting Somalis

(Medeshi) - A Sh113 billion ($1.3 billion) per year stream of cash that the people of Somalia depend on for food, shelter, and other necessities is under threat according to a new report from Adeso, the Inter-American Dialogue, and Oxfam released today.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Two Kenyans kidnapped by Somali Shebab in 2012 freed: official

AFP(Medeshi) - Two Kenyan officials kidnapped by the Somali Islamist group Shebab during an attack in northeastern Kenya last year have been released, the Kenyan presidency announced Tuesday.

Facebook refuses UN request on Somali pirates

(Medeshi) - NAIROBI, Kenya - Jason Straziuso - The Associated Press— United Nations investigators hoped they would get some help from Facebook when they asked to see information on suspected pirates operating in Somalia.

But Facebook refused.

History -The Isaq Somali Diaspora and poll-tax agitation in Kenya , 1936-41

(Medeshi) - Poll-tax agitation has been a fairly common phenomenon in Africa. On most occasions it has involved little more than vocalized protest. In a few instances, however, it has led to resistance that has been both serious and violent; the earliest example of the latter is probably to be found in the widespread Fante uprisings that occurred immediately after the introduction of the Gold Coast Poll Tax Ordinance of 1852; a later example is the Natal uprising of 1906 which has been attributed in large measure to the introduction of poll tax at the end of the previous year.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Somalia turns back deportees from Sweden and Holland

(Medeshi) - An airplane carrying Somalis deported from Holland and Sweden has recently been turned back from Mogadishu airport

Death penalty for Kenyan in killing of UK man

Medeshi) - LAMU, Kenya - Associated Press  — A Kenyan man was Monday sentenced to death for the September 2011 killing of a British man who was shot dead and his wife kidnapped by Somali gunmen at an island resort on the Kenya coast.

Somali tax collectors fear for life after 5 killed

(Medeshi) - MOGADISHU: The Somali traders in Mogadishu’s markets have long faced down rebels and warlords demanding money.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Somaliland : Egal International Airport to re-open on Eid-day

(Medeshi) - Egal International Airport is to re-open on Eid day after the extension of the runway and other maintenance works have recently been completed, the local press has reported . The extension of the runway and other related works took more than a year and the project has been carried out by China Horn Group contractors.

Wounded officers in Somali bombing arrive in Turkey

(Medeshi) - Three Turkish security officers who were wounded in a bombing attack on Turkish mission in Somalia arrived today in Ankara by a medically equipped airplane. The plane also carried the body of an officer who was killed in the attack.

Managing simmering conflict in Somaliland

(©-Medeshi) - The government of Somaliland showed unusual nervousness after the Consultative and Rectification Council was recently created. Part of the nervousness is because up until now it had no serious opposition from the parliament or from the political parties. It looks that the long honey moon the government had since winning elections three years ago is coming to an end.  The creation of the council therefore touched the wrong nerve of the government. The President spoke about it and so are Ministers as well leadership of both Chambers of Parliament.