Shock and alarm after French journalist kidnapped

first_img Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists February 24, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today voiced deep anxiety after French cameraman Gwen Le Gouil (photo AFP) was kidnapped 70 kilometres east of Bosasso, economic capital of the semi-autonomous Puntland region in the north east of Somalia.The worldwide press freedom organisation called on the local authorities to do their utmost to ensure that the journalist was quickly released.The journalist, who was working on a report into the activites of people-smugglers, was reportedly abducted late morning in the Shimbrah area by traffickers of labour, who demanded a ransom of 70,000 US dollars. The Puntland authorities were believed to be negotiating with his captors.“This kidnapping is all the more alarming since it happened in a lawless country in which eight journalists have been killed since the start of the year, making it the world’s most dangerous area for journalists after Iraq” the organisation said.“Even though Puntland has been relatively peaceful for several years, it is no longer the case since the upsurge of war between the Islamic Courts and Ethiopian troops, supporting Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG)” it added. to go further Follow the news on Somalia Receive email alerts SomaliaAfrica “This kidnapping is all the more alarming since it happened in a lawless country in which eight journalists have been killed since the start of the year, making it the world’s most dangerous area for journalists after Iraq. We call on the local authorities to do their utmost to ensure that the journalist was quickly released” the organisation said. December 16, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Shock and alarm after French journalist kidnapped January 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation March 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region News News SomaliaAfrica Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Limerick man’s photos helped save lives in Somalia

first_imgNewsSocietyLimerick man’s photos helped save lives in SomaliaBy Editor – December 22, 2017 2076 Concern worldwide photographer Kieran McConvilleA LIMERICK city man’s images played an important role in raising vital funds for aid agency Concern Worldwide, which helped save thousands of children’s lives in Somalia.Concern photographer, Kieran McConville, took photographs of a severely malnourished five-year-old girl called Yasmiin Hassan on March 15 this year.They were used in Concern’s ‘East Africa Appeal’ which raised more than €1.5 million. That money helped Concern staff treat children like Yasmiin and return her from near death to a smiling, healthy child, who is still visited by the charity’s staff to ensure she remains in good health.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Kieran said he was “delighted” when he saw images that clearly show the  recovery Yasmiin made just 12 weeks after he saw her in such an emaciated state.Five year old *Yasmiin at Concern Worldwide’s nutrition center in Mogadishu, Somalia“I met Yasmiin when she was at her lowest ebb, but the beauty and energy of a five year old were still there deep down,” he said.“What our team in Mogadishu have done for her is just brilliant – and they’ve been doing this for thousands of children this year.“They are simply amazing and so are the Irish public, who have been really generous in their support. At a time when the people of Somalia are dealing with so much darkness, this is a glimmer of light.”Yasmiin smiling with her mother three months after treatmentConcern Worldwide has heaped praise on the people of Limerick and the rest of the country for helping save the life of Yasmiin and other children in war-ravaged Somalia through their generous donations.Yasmiin – one of 1.1 million Somalis forced to flee their homes due to conflict – weighed the same as an average two-year-old when she was brought to a Concern nutrition centre on the outskirts of Mogadishu in March.Her condition was so bad, her mother, Aamiina, believed she would suffer the same fate as one of her brothers, who sadly died with similar symptoms at a time when they had no access to a health clinic.However, after 12 weeks of treatment, Yasmiin made a full recovery and Concern’s health and nutrition team maintain contact with her to ensure she remains healthy.Carol Morgan, Regional Director Concern Worldwide“Life and joy returned to her eyes,” said Concern’s Regional Director for the Horn of Africa, Carol Morgan.“She increased her weight from 12.4kg to a healthier 16.7kg – and measurements of her left upper arm also confirmed an improvement to her health.“It brings immense joy to the staff when you see the recovery of children we care for like Yasmiin. The staff know they saved that child’s life.“Her smile is a great relief just weeks after being in such an emaciated state. It is truly heart breaking to see any child malnourished.“You see an emptiness and loss of happiness in their eyes. They stare ahead at nothing, not focusing on anything. They don’t play and have no energy – so it is such a relief to see them recover.”The East Africa appeal followed the severe drought across East Africa that left an estimated 20 million people facing starvation.Concern treated 53,425 children aged from birth to five for malnutrition in Mogadishu and the Lower Shabelle regions of Somalia between January and October this year.The aid agency said the number of children it reached in the country in 2017 was three times higher than the amount of children reached in 2016.Yasmiin when arrived at Concern clinic on March 15 and 12 weeks later after treatmentMore news here Fun home-schooling challenges launched by Concern TAGSAamiinaCarol MorganConcern WorldwideEast AfricaKieran McConvillelimerickMogadishuSomaliaSomalisYasmiin Hassan Previous articleBeyond the neon runesNext articleChristmas Crooning this Saturday Night Editor RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Print Linkedincenter_img Email Limerick singer Johnny Duhan among 80s stars thanked by Concern Twitter Facebook Advertisement Limerick Trócaire worker seeks local support Former Limerick footballer nets award for his voluntary worklast_img read more

The Negotiator Conference and Expo 2012

first_imgFor the first time The Negotiator held a Conference & Expo on the same day – and at the same venue, The Hilton on Park Lane – as the ever popular Negotiator Awards. The Conference was sponsored by GMG Property Services Group, Homelet, Reapit and Fully Furnished and supported by ARLA, NAEA and NAVA.More than 30 service providers had stands on the day – with all possible needs catered for, from software to corporate magazines and window displays to furniture providers.Whilst the conference was packed with interesting speakers such as Jones Lang LaSalle’s Head of Research John Neale, presenter Kate Faulkner, ARLA President Jane Ingram, and Guy Charrison, President, NAVA; the programme allowed for plenty of time to visit the exhibitors.We were delighted with the response to our stand and have several new partners as a direct result of the day!” Toby Limbrick Network AuctionsThe Expo gave delegates the opportunity to meet new and old faces and see people they may have only ever have chatted to on the phone. As Harry Simons, Partner, MPL Interiors said of his company’s experience of the Expo, “It was a productive day and provided a great chance for MPL to meet new clients and catch up with many existing ones. Many thanks to the Negotiator team for organising a very well-run and successful Conference.”For both delegates and exhibitors it went beyond networking to actually sealing deals.Toby Limbrick’s company Network Auctions also took a stand, he said, “We were delighted with the response to our trade stand at the Negotiator Conference. We were busy with enquiries from 8.30am until the close and the calibre of attendees was impressive, I’m pleased to say we have several new partners as a direct result of the day!”Susie Jones, Development & Relationship Co-ordinator, Lets with Pets commented, “Our stand was busy all day, the level of interest was such that there were even delegates coming to speak to me whilst seminars were running. I made some very good links and we have already seen results from a number of the enquiries made about the scheme on the day.”For those who couldn’t make the event, here is a listing of exhibitors.Speaker presentations are also available to download at www.thenegotiator.co.uk on the Conference tab; they’ll make more sense to those who attended, missing as they obviously do, the dynamic presentation of the speakers themselves – but they give a flavour and no doubt will reinforce a sound decision to come to the Conference next year if you missed it. February 15, 2012The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » The Negotiator Conference and Expo 2012 nextMarketingThe Negotiator Conference and Expo 2012The inaugural Negotiator Conference & Expo was the support act to The Negotiator Awards 2012. If you didn’t make it, here is a flavour.Property Drum15th February 20120735 Viewslast_img read more

New unemployment insurance claims lower than previous week

first_imgWeek Ending April 04, 2009. There were 1,370 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 191 from the week before. Altogether 18,500 new and continuing claims were filed, 99 less than a week ago and 7,555 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,979 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 24 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,184 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program which is an increase of 44 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external) Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at:  http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

Switzerland to start easing COVID-19 restrictions from April 27

first_img“The transition from one stage to the next will take place when there has been no significant increase in COVID-19 cases,” the government said.”Sufficient time must elapse between each stage to allow the effects of the relaxation to be observed. The criteria are the number of new infections, hospital admissions and deaths, and hospital occupancy rates.”Switzerland has shuttered schools, non-essential shops and many businesses for a month as it sought to halt the epidemic’s spread. It has also extended billions in financial assistance to businesses and eased bankruptcy rules, to prevent companies from going under.Europe should move with extreme caution when considering easing lockdowns, the World Health Organization’s regional director said on Thursday. Topics : The Swiss government will start a gradual relaxation of restrictions brought in to tackle spread of the new coronavirus from April 27, it said on Thursday.Doctors, hairdressers, massage and cosmetics parlors will be the first businesses to be allowed to reopen, it said. This will be followed by compulsory schools, shops and markets from May 11, it added.In a third stage it will reopen secondary schools, vocational schools and universities from June 8. The government also foresees allowing an existing ban of meetings of more than five people to be relaxed, although the details of this stage will be announced at the end of May.center_img The COVID-19 outbreak has so far claimed 973 lives in Switzerland, although the rate of positive tests has slowed in recent days.Neighboring Austria has already announced a partial exit from its own lockdown, while Germany has announced its own small steps out of the lockdown.last_img read more

John Roughan: Why the ‘health approach’ to marijuana won’t work

first_imgNZ Herald 5 May 2019Family First Comment: Well said by John Roughan“By the time we come to the referendum we might be seeing what the “health approach” to methamphetamine and other drugs really means. It means implied approval, causing increased use and public liability for addiction. At that point we might decide the criminal law gives the best, cheapest and healthiest message after all.”#saynopetodopeCampaigners for legalising marijuana used to be amiable libertarians who asked for nothing more than the right to grow or buy their drug of choice and the freedom to smoke it without risk of prosecution as drinkers of alcohol can do.Anyone who thinks that is all they will be voting for at a referendum next year is going to be surprised when the Government announces some details of what is proposed, possibly today.The people who have been leading the campaign to legalise marijuana in recent years are definitely not libertarians. They probably don’t even smoke pot or anything else.They are puritans who regard all pleasurable drugs as a problem demanding tighter regulation and much more health treatment.The reason they give for wanting to decriminalise marijuana is that they believe the criminal law has failed to stamp it out and merely discouraged users from seeking the treatment they need.But just quietly, they are also excited by the prospect of designing a regulatory regime that may be applied to all drugs, especially alcohol. A “model drug law” it was called in a report produced by the NZ Drug Foundation for the 2017 election.It will be interesting to see how much of that report’s proposals have been adopted in the regime the Government will put to the referendum. One News has had a tip that a minimum purchasing age of 20 will be set for legalised marijuana.That, of course, was the age public health professors urged Parliament to set for alcohol when they attempted to reduce its availability in 2010. They have never accepted that defeat and will try again at some stage with a new Parliament.The Drug Foundation’s “model law” for marijuana goes much further than any restrictions the public health professors proposed to the previous Government for alcohol. Licensed outlets would be more strictly limited and be “as uninteresting as possible”.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12227735last_img read more

Palm Beach County Announces On-site COVID-19 Testing

first_imgPALM BEACH COUNTY – Palm Beach County has announced that they will offer on-site testing for COVID-19, along with several other measures.On-site testing (swab sample collection) will begin on Tuesday, March 31st at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Preapproval and appointments will be required.Telephone registration and appointment scheduling for COVID-19 testing will begin on Monday, March 30th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Individuals requesting testing will be approved through telephone screening conducted by The Healthcare District of Palm Beach County. Health Care District of Palm Beach County testing line: (561) 642-1000Palm Beach County also reiterates that all Non-critical retail and commercial businesses in Palm Beach County have remained closed until further notice. The continuing operation of critical businesses is necessary to provide goods and services to the public, to keep the public healthy and to ensure the availability of supplies.A list of critical businesses can be found here: Emergency Order Number 2aPalm Beach County still remains under a State of Emergencyhttp://discover.pbcgov.org/PDF/COVID19/Declaration-of-Continuing-State-of-Emergency_3-25-2020.pdfSCHOOL INFORMATIONStarting Monday, March 30th, schools across Palm Beach County will be distributing ‘Grab and Go’ bags. The hours for Food distribution will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.Please be sure to check the full list of food distribution locations as some have changed.·last_img read more

10,600 classrooms to come up in Rajasthan

first_imgAs part of an action plan for time-bound implementation of budgetary announcements, 10,600 new classrooms will be constructed at a cost of ₹1,181 crore in Rajasthan’s government schools and the information technology infrastructure strengthened. The utilisation of budgetary allocation is set to improve quality of education in the State.Minister of State for Education Govind Singh Dostasara said here that the new classrooms would include computer rooms, science laboratories, library rooms and arts and crafts rooms. Besides, the projects for renovation of 83 school buildings and construction of 23 new buildings will be taken up this year.Mr. Dotasara said at Shiksha Sankul here that the Education Department would establish IT labs in the schools which were yet to be connected with the new communication network. “We are taking steps for ensuring a high quality of education and making available basic facilities of drinking water and toilets in the schools,” he said.The Minister said the works such as construction of boundary walls of schools would be taken up under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, while regular monitoring would be carried out to provide all facilities to the students.last_img read more

The 3rd HCL International Junior Squash Concludes

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)NOIDA, India, October 8, 2018/PRNewswire/ –Rutvik Rau won the U-19 category for BoysAnanya Dabke and Tejas Chawla won the U-17 category for Girls and Boys, respectivelyAasya Patel and Paarth Ambani won the U-15 category for Girls and Boys, respectivelyChitrangada Goel and Ansh Tripathi won the U-13 category for Girls and Boys, respectivelyAnahat Singh and Gurveer Singh won the U-11 category for Girls and Boys, respectivelyHCL, a leading global conglomerate, today announced the successful conclusion of the 3rd HCL International Junior Squash Championship. A Silver event under the Asian Squash Federation (ASF) calendar, rated five star by the Squash Racket Federation of India (SRFI), this International Junior Squash Championship is HCL’s annual flagship Squash tournament. Hosted at the Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida, the 5-day championship is one of the highest-level tournaments in India. The winners of the Championship were felicitated by Asian Games silver medallist, Mr. Deepak Kumar with a total prize purse of approximately Rs. 6 lacs across all categories.(Photo: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/765466/HCL_International_Junior_Squash.jpg )The top players will receive ranking points for the matches played during this tournament, which will add up to their Asian rankings in the relevant age group. The Championship, which saw a participation from 372 players, was organised under the aegis of The Squash Racket Federation of India and the Uttar Pradesh Squash Rackets Association to promote the sport at a competitive level.advertisementSundar Mahalingam, Chief Strategy Officer, HCL Corporation and Shiv Nadar Foundation, said, “I would like to congratulate all the winners and participants for the great performance they have displayed over the last five days. This was HCL’s third initiative in a row to promote junior squash in the country and the growing participation every year is very encouraging. We will continue to build on this initiative to provide a serious platform to young upcoming players in the country.”Harish Prasad, National Squash Development Officer at Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI), said, “It was a great experience to see these young players battle each other for the title. We saw tremendous enthusiasm amongst the young players and foresee a bright future for Indian Squash. The support that HCL is extending towards the sport is commendable and we should now start working at the grassroot level to identify more such talented players and give them opportunities like this.”Deepak Kumar, Asian Games Silver Medallist and the Guest of Honour of the ceremony, said, “It’s heartening to see the performance of these young players. Initiatives and tournaments like this are important to ensure that India players are trained better to compete at international platforms. I congratulate all the winners and also encourage the other participants to keep up the sporting spirit.”The Championship was played in a knockout format followed by play-offs of the top 8 positions in all categories. The details of the winners and runners up are as follows:CategoryBU19BU17GU17BU15GU15BU13GU13BU11GU11RutvikTejasAnanyaPaarthAasyaAnshChitrangadaGurveer AnahatWinnerRauChawlaDabkeAmbaniPatelTripathiGoelSinghSinghSankalp Karata AmiraJehUditiRohanKhushbooPriyaan UnnatiRunner-up AnandDasmah SinghPandole Mishra AryaThakker TripathiapatraGondiAbout HCLFounded in 1976 as one of India’s original IT garage start-ups, HCL is a pioneer of modern computing with many firsts to its credit, including the introduction of the 8-bit microprocessor-based computer in 1978 well before its global peers. Today, the HCL Enterprise has a presence across varied sectors that include technology, healthcare and talent management solutions and comprises three companies – HCL Infosystems, HCL Technologies and HCL Healthcare. The enterprise generates annual revenues of over US $8 billion with more than 1,24,000 employees from 140 nationalities operating across 41 countries, including over 500 points of presence in India. For further information, visit http://www.hcl.com.Source: HCLPWRPWRlast_img read more

Serbia 2018 World Cup team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions

first_imgSerbia Share on LinkedIn Read more Twitter Share on Pinterest features Eight years on from a poor World Cup in South Africa in which they finished bottom of Group D, Serbia aim to ignore the similarities with that 2010 campaign – once again they won their qualifying group – and put in a mentally stronger and and more tactically astute display.The early signs do not offer the expected level of promise, however. Serbia seemed on course to reach Russia as comprehensive Group D winners in front of Wales and Republic of Ireland but a series of poor displays towards the end of the qualification campaign, equally poor player selection and a lack of tactical versatility from Slavoljub Muslin saw the experienced manager blamed, sacked and replaced by his assistant, Krstajic, despite Serbia qualifying as group winners.In an effort to distance himself from Muslin and his mentor’s fall, Krstajic introduced a number of tactical tweaks and called up the Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, whose untamed personality did not seem to fit with Muslin’s tranquil nature.Krstajic, a former Werder Bremen defender, had no such dilemmas about including the 23-year-old. “Our best players will always have a place in my team,” he said. “Sergej Milinkovic-Savic proved he can be counted on for the future and is bound to become the backbone of this squad.” Pinterest Topics World Cup 2018 World Cup 2018: Guardian Experts’ Network Which player is going to surprise everyone at the 2018 Fifa World Cup? Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has surprised everyone this season in Serie A, putting in one commanding display after another for Lazio. The 23-year-old dictates the play similarly to Paul Pogba – and has been linked with a move to Manchester United – but is also capable of playing further forward, just off the striker.Which player is likely to disappoint?Dusan Tadic. He must have been affected by some of the negativity surrounding him at Southampton this season and it could disrupt his flow at the World Cup. Tadic played a vital role in helping Serbia reach Russia but the creative midfielder is likely to be pushed further to the right as Krstajic looks to accommodate Milinkovic-Savic. This could easily be a blow to his confidence.What is the realistic aim for Serbia at the 2018 Fifa World Cup and why?The Serbian public tends to harbour bloated expectations about the national team’s chances. Traditionally the country has had high-class individuals who have displayed a chronic lack of togetherness at major competitions. Players and fans consider qualifying for the knockout stage behind Brazil a minimum, and elimination at the last-16 stage might be publicly perceived as a huge underachievement.Milos Markovic writes for Sportske.net.Follow him on Twitter here. Vladimir Stojkovic: Serbia’s prickly partisan trying to forget his ‘ugly past’center_img Reuse this content Share on Facebook World Cup Share on Twitter Share via Email This article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 32 countries who have qualified for Russia. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.Serbia return to the World Cup after failing to qualify for the 2014 tournament. The nation is hoping that Mladen Krstajic’s star-studded squad can overcome a chronic mental fragility which has held them back in the past. Facebook With The Sergeant – as they call him in Italy – in a pivotal midfield position, Krstajic embarked on an Asian tour in November 2017 to prove that the Lazio man could be trusted to play alongside Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic and the Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic. Milinkovic-Savic’s assist for Adem Ljajic – another one of Muslin’s disputed selection choices – in a 1-1 draw against South Korea was deemed more than enough proof that he will have an important role to play in Russia.Steering away from the 3-4-3 formation Muslin relied on for the most part of the qualifiers, Krstajic implemented the biggest change in defence. Regarded as the strongest part of Serbia’s team – along with the burgeoning midfield – a backline including Branislav Ivanovic and Aleksandar Kolarov was expected to help forge an impressive wall in front of the goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic. But Krstajic has shaken things up by introducing a 4-2-3-1 system and made Kolarov his captain, which raised a few eyebrows after Ivanovic was stripped of the armband.The striker is the one part of the team Krstajic will not be altering, with Aleksandar Mitrovic hitting swashbuckling form during his loan at Fulham. The Newcastle reject has come a long way in a matter of months since moving to London and could be Serbia’s biggest fear factor in Russia. He could be the player who glues together all the parts of the puzzle and provides the guts up front that Serbia have been sorely missing on the biggest stage.Probable starting XI Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Serbia probable starting XIlast_img read more

Korean Bank to Fund Philippines New Cebu Port

first_imgzoom South Korean bank Korea Eximbank (KEXIM) has granted its approval for a financial injection for the Philippines’ proposed new Cebu International Container Port in Consolacion.The port project cost is estimated to be around PHP 9.19 billion (USD 181.6 million), according to the Philippine News Agency.Out of this amount, PHP 7.96 billion (USD 157.2 million) is up for official development assistance (ODA) funding, while the Philippine government would contribute with PHP 1.23 billion (USD 24.3 billion).Set to commence the implementation phase in the third quarter, the port project is reportedly scheduled to be completed by 2020. The new port, which would reduce congestion and vessel waiting time in the Cebu International Port, is set to almost double container yard capacity from the current 7,373 TEU to 14,400 TEU.KEXIM would further finance USD 1 billion worth of infrastructure projects in the Philippines. Relevant Philippine authorities are currently conducting feasibility studies for several projects targeted to be presented for possible KEXIM financing.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more