Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Leaked : Shadowy agreement on Egal Airport ground services in Somaliland

  - Following is a document which has been leaked to Qaran News exposing secret agreement between Safeway Travel and Ethiopia Airlines to handle the ground services of Egal International airport.

Somaliland : View Hargeisa through Google Earth

 ActionAid International Somaliland Hargeisa.

Somaliland president receives the Turkish ambassador in Hargeisa (Photos)

  President A. M Silanyo received in his office today the Turkish ambassador  to Somaliland and Somalia. Ambassador Olgan Bekar who was accompanied by a large delegation also visited Somalia this week .

Friday, November 7, 2014

Saudi council urges easing ban on women driving

 Abdullah Al-Shihri, The Associated Press - RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's royal-appointed advisory council recommended to the government for the first time that the kingdom's blanket ban on women driving be lifted, but with conditions: Only women over 30 will be allowed behind the wheel and only until 8 p.m. each day, and no makeup allowed while driving, a council member said Friday.

Soaring charcoal prices hit livelihoods in Somaliland

 HARGEISA, 7 November 2014 (IRIN) - The livelihoods  of vulnerable families, including the poor and internally displaced, in the self-declared independent republic of Somaliland have been hard hit by steep rises in the price of charcoal, the main fuel for cooking in the region.

Two Somalis among three killed by fire in Saudi Arabia

 (AN) - Three people, including two Somali brothers, suffocated to death in a fire that broke out Thursday in a poor Jeddah neighborhood, said Col. Saeed Sarhan, Makkah Civil Defense spokesman.

Somalia’s economic recovery boosts fuel demands, posing danger

  (Africa Bulletin)- Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, which once earned the nickname of the most dangerous city in Africa, is recovering from the two decades long of civil conflicts and ideological wars, and heading towards rebuilding and economic recovery.

Somalis in Copenhagen: Growing Up as Children of “Unwanted Immigrants”

 By Helle Stenum -  Open society foundations - A large influx of refugees from Somalia arrived in Denmark in the ’90s fleeing civil war. At first they gained acceptance.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia September 2014 | Issued on 17 October 2014

 - OCHA - HIGHLIGHTS - Humanitarian partners step up response in drought and conflict affected areas in the most affected regions.

Uganda officers suspended over 'sex crimes' in Somalia

 (Al Jazeera)  Uganda has suspended 15 of its senior military commanders over their conduct in Somalia, including allegations of sexual exploitation, the army said.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Somaliland is ahead of much of Europe in transferring money via mobiles

  Somaliland is way ahead of much of Europe when it comes to transferring money via mobiles. Telesom of Somaliland  launched the Zaad  mobile money transfer system back in 2009. The system has been embraced by developing countries where few people have access to a bank account but many have a mobile phone.

GOV.UK - improving economic livelihoods for Somali women

  GOV.UK - Case study : Sweet path to success: improving economic livelihoods for Somali women . A UK aid funded programme is helping disadvantaged women and youth by providing vocational training on life skills.

Somaliland: Canadian Public Diplomacy to Empower Regional Education

 Hargeisa - November 5, 2014 – Public Diplomacy and to Empower Regional Educations and Training Events News. On Saturday, November 1st, Friends of University of Hargeisa School of Social Work Committee in partnership with Carleton University School of Social Work hosted their third annual fundraising dinner at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Gardens in Ottawa. The event was a huge success.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Press Release : Somaliland Development Fund – Hargeisa

 Netherlands Ambassador Joost Reintjes met with President Silanyo at the Presidential Palace in Hargeisa today, to reiterate the Netherlands continuingsupport. Speaking at the
event Ambassador Reintjes welcomed the increased co-operation.

Gunmen shoot dead 5 people in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province

 (Arab News) - JEDDAH: Unidentified gunmen shot dead five people in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province late on Monday evening, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Nine other people were wounded in the attack in Al-Dalwah town in Al-Ahsa district, a police spokesman was quoted as saying. A local online newspaper, http://www.hasanews.com/, reported that six people were killed and 12 were wounded, some seriously, in what it called a “terrorist attack” on the ceremonies in the village.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Journalists arrested after covering protest in Somaliland

 (CPJ) - Nairobi, November 3, 2014--Authorities in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland arrested two journalists from privately owned television stations last week after they each aired coverage of a protest in the northwest town of Gabiley, local journalists told CPJ.

Costa Rica :Ebola scare after 14 illegal Somalis detained, some complaining of symptoms

 November 3rd, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rican health authorities were placed on alert over the weekend when authorities arrested 14 illegal immigrants from Somalia in Cañas, Guanacaste, at least one of which complained of Ebola-like symptoms.

Somalia to UN: Hands Off Our Politics

  VOA- The president of Somalia is telling the United Nations to keep out of the country's internal politics.

Monday's statement from President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud came after the U.N. envoy to Somalia, Nicholas Kay, expressed concern that lawmakers are being bribed to vote against the prime minister in a possible no-confidence motion.

The other Somalia - Somaliland flourishes within a chaotic and violent region

 By ARMIN ROSEN - City Journal - Hargeisa, the capital of the unrecognized state of Somaliland, is built into a depression in the middle of a desert; from nearly every point in town, a visitor looks up at a lip of baked orange hills and a blank sky. If he has arrived directly from the Somali capital of Mogadishu—as I did, during a recent reporting trip—the lack of armored vehicles and the sudden scarcity of guns are striking and welcome.

Puntland mobile subscribers must hold valid ID card

 Puntland, a region of north-east Somalia which declared itself an autonomous state in 1998, has announced new conditions for mobile telephony users and customers of money remittance services, local news source Dalsan Radio reports.

UN tells Somalia to quit paying for votes

  MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- The U.N.'s representative in Somalia says he is concerned bribes are being paid to parliamentarians to vote to oust the prime minister. Somalia's president, a political rival, had a quick reply that could be summed up in two words: Butt out.

SOLJA condemns the arrest of two TV journalists by Somaliland authorities

 - Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA) condemns the arrest of Mukhtar Nouh Ibrahim of Horn Cable TV on 30th October 2014 and Mohamed Hassan Sh Mohamoud of SOMSAT TV was arrested on 31st October in Gabiley, about 50 KM west of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland

N.Ireland : Khat ban to take effect next month

 (londonderrysentinel ) The consumption of the plant, Khat, a stimulant used by some members of the United Kingdom Somali and Yemeni communities is to be listed under misuse of drugs legislation in Northern Ireland from November 11.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

DNO Appoints Chief Operating Officer for Somliland and other countries

 (Global Wire Europe) Oslo, 28 October 2014 - DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, announced today the appointment of Jeroen Regtien as Chief Operating Officer based in Dubai, effective 1 January 2015.

Kuwait and Saudi in new row over energy: report

 AFP - Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are locked in a new energy row, this time over a jointly operated offshore natural gas field also shared with Iran, a newspaper reported Sunday. Citing Kuwaiti sources, Al-Rai newspaper said work at the Dorra field had been halted due to differences between the two countries over the routing of the gas they extract.

Floods Threaten Somali Food Security

 By Joe DeCapua VOA - After a poor rainy season early this year, parts of southern Somalia now are being hit with severe floods. The rainy season that began in October has caused flooding along the Shebelle and Juba Rivers. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warns that’s making ongoing food insecurity even worse

Mogadishu car bomb attack claims a life

 MOGADISHU: At least one person was killed and two others wounded on Saturday in a car bombing in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, police said.