by : Cabdishakuur CasooweNairobi
Xukuumadda Federaalka Itoobiya ayaa Markii ugu horreysay abid lagu soo daray gabar Soomaali ah, taasoo loo magacaabay Wasiirka Arrimaha Haweenka, Dhalinyarada iyo Carruurta.
Ra’iisul Wasaaraha Itoobiya Abiy Axmed ayaa xilkaas taariikhiga ah u magacaabay Maareeyaha guud ee warbaahinta Nabad TV, Filsan Cabdullaahi Axmed.
Filsan ayaa in muddo ahba ahayd qof u dooda xuquuqda haweenka iyo Carruurta, waxayna kasoo jeeddaa Deegaanka Soomaalida Itoobiya.
Intii ay ku guda jirtay howlaha la xiriira u doodista xuquuqda dumarka, waxay aasaastay telefishin sidoo kale u ol’oleeya xasiloonida oo ay ku magacowday Nabad TV.
Iyadoo dareenkeeda kala hadleysay BBC-da ayey shegetay in tallaabadan uu qaaday Dr Abiy Axmed ay tahay horumar weyn oo la gaaray.
“Waa guul Soomaalida usoo hooyatay, in gabar Soomaaliyeed wasiir loo magacaabo, tan labaad, muddooyinkii ugu dambeeyayba waxaan aad uga hawgalay Telefishenka Nabad TV, oo inbadan waxaan u istaagay xuquuqda haweenka deegaanka”, ayay tiri Filsan oo wareysi gaar ah siisay BBC-da.
Filsan ayaa sheegtay in sababta ay markii horeba ugu doodeysay Arrimaha Haweenka ay ahayd maadaama aysan Dumarka qeyb ka ahayn siyaasadda.
“Si gaar ah waxaan ugu istaagay haweenka deegaanka, oo aan ka dhex muuqanin xisbiga cusub ee loo dhisay deegaanka Soomaalida, sidoo kalena waxaan ol’ole ugu jiray sidii loo hagaajin lahaa nolosha carruurta”.
Waxay muujisay inay diyaar u tahay sidii ay kaalinta cusub ee la siiyay uga soo bixi lahayd.
“Waxaan rajeynayaa inaan guulo fiican kasoo hoyiyo xilkan la ii magacaabay ee Wasiirka Haweneka, Dhalinyarada iyo Carruurta, haddii Alle Idmo”, ayey tiri.
Go’aanka gabadhan Soomaalida ah loogu daray Golaha Wasiirrada ee Dowladda Federaalka Itoobiya ayaa qeyb ka ah isbadallada waaweyn ee uu la yimid Ra’iisul Wasaare Abiy Axmed, tan iyo markii uu xilka qabtay sanadkii 2018-kii.
Mr Abiy ayaa hormuud u noqday isbaddal siyaasadeed oo ka curtay Itoobiya, kaasoo saameyn aad u weyn yeeshay.
Tallaabooyinkii ugu waaweynaa ee uu qaaday waxaa ka mid ahaa inuu sii daayay maxaabiistii arrimaha siyaasadda u xirneyd iyo inuu xor ka dhigay warbaahinta.
Aasaaskii Telefishinka Nabad TV
Filsan Cabdullaahi waxaa u suurtagashay inay dalka Itoobiya ka hirgaliso Telefishinkii ugu horreeyay ee madax banannaa oo laga hirgaliyay deegaanka Soomaalida.
Telefishiinka Nabad oo baahintiisa ugu horreeya Af-soomaali ku billaabay wuxuu tabiyaa warar iyo barnaamijyo madadaalo ah, ujeeddadiisa ugu weyna ay tahay inuu shacabka isku soo dhaweeyo.
Howlaha ugu waaweyn ee uu qaban jiray Telefishinkeeda waxaa ka mid ahaa in loo ol’oleeyo nabadda iyo in tooshka lagu ifiyo arrimaha lidka ku ah xasiloonida.
Wareysi ay goor sii horreysay siisay BBC-da ayey ku sharraxday ujeeddada ay u aasaastay Nabad Tv.
“Waxyaabaha igu kallifay inaan tallaabadan qaado waxaa ka mid ah deegaankeenna Soomaalida wixii ka dhacay, oo loo wada joogay, sababtoo ah ma jirin meel ay bani’aadanka xorriyad uga hadlaan, gaar ahaan dumarkana aad bay ugu dhibaateysnaayeen oo aysan heysanin meel ay wixii ay qabeen ku sheegan karaan. Marka muhiim bay ahayd inaan TV noocaas ah oo shaqadaas qabta hirgaliyo”, ayey tiri.
Dowlad deegaanka Soomaalida Itoobiya ayaa sidoo kale muddooyinkii dambe laga hirgaliyay isbadallo badan oo furfurnaan ah, wixii ka dambeeyay markii maamulka lagu wareejiyay xukuumadda uu madaxweynaha ka yahay Mustafe Cumar.
‘Doorka Soomaalida ay ku leedahay siyaasadda dalka Itoobiya’
Filsan waxay aaminsan tahay in Soomaalida dalka Itoobiya doorka ay siyaasadda dalka ku leeyihiin inuu aad u yar yahay.
Waxay horay BBC-da ugu sheegtay iney muwaaddiniinta deegaanka Soomaalida ay takoor kala kulmaan dalka.
“Dad badan oo ku nool deegaanka Soomaalida intooda badan ma aaminsana iney Itoobiyaan yihiin, si marka arrimahaasi wax looga baddalo waa iney dowladda laamaheeda kala duwan ay qaadaan tallaabbooyin wax ku ool ah” ayey tiri.
“Deegaanka Soomaalida wuxuu leeyahay aqoonyahanno deegaanka Soomaalida iyo dalka intiisa kalaba anfacaya. Marka waa in la helaa nidaam dadkaasi u suuragelinaya ka qayb gal ballaadhan u horseedi kara”. ayey tiri Filsan Cabdullaahi Axmed.
Filsan Cabdullaahi Axmed waxay ku dhalatay magaalada Jigjiga oo ay waalliddiinteeda ku noolaayeen, waxayna ku soo barbaartay magaalada Addis Ababa, waxbarashadeeda jaamacadeedna waxay ku qaadatay dalka Ingiriiska.
Donald Trump has refused to wear a face mask once again during a tour in Michigan – despite an official warning he could be banned from visiting the state if he did so.© Getty One official had warned Mr Trump could be banned from visiting Michigan in future if he did not comply with the law
The president was visiting a factory belonging to the Ford Motor Company, which has shifted its focus to manufacturing ventilators and personal protective equipment.© Reuters Donald Trump did pose with a transparent visor, but did not wear a mask
Mr Trump’s defiance came despite Ford’s own policy stating that all visitors must wear a face mask at its sites.
Surrounded by executives wearing masks, he told reporters: “I had one on before. I wore one in the back area. I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”
At one point, he took out a White House-branded mask from his pocket, and said he had worn it elsewhere on the tour while out of public view.
The 73-year-old has consistently disregarded guidance from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, urging Americans to wear masks in close company to try and curb the spread of coronavirus.
Although the company “encouraged President Trump to wear a mask when he arrived” at the plant in Ypsilanti, executive chairman Bill Ford said: “It’s up to him.”
Prior to the president’s visit, Michigan’s attorney general Dana Nessel had warned that wearing a face mask was the law in the state – and if Mr Trump failed to do so, he would be told not to return to enclosed facilities there.REPLAY VIDEO
Trump breaks Michigan law requiring masks
Ms Nessel told CNN: “If we know that he’s coming to our state and we know he’s not going to follow the law, I think we’re going to have to take action against any company or facility that allows him inside those facilities and puts our workers at risk.
“We just simply can’t afford it here in our state.”
At least two people who work in the White House and had been physically close to Mr Trump have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19.
However, the president is tested daily, and said on Thursday that he had tested negative.
Speaking to reporters during the tour of the car plant, the president also suggested that he will start staging campaign rallies at outdoor sites.
With little more than five months left until the presidential election, Mr Trump is behind his Democratic rival Joe Biden in national polls – as well as some battleground states such as Michigan, which he won four years ago.
An official working for Mr Trump’s campaign said outdoor rallies could take place as early as the middle of June, adding: “It’s clear he’s chomping at the bit to resume the rallies.”
But another adviser to the president suggested this timetable might be too optimistic, meaning such events might have to wait until after the 4 July holiday.
The president has been warned that the 2020 race is going to be much tougher than his surprise victory in 2016.
More than 94,000 people have died with coronavirus in the US, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
The country also has over 1.5 million confirmed cases, with the president claiming he views this as a “badge of honour” and a tribute to the volumes of testing taking place.Click to expand00:1901:36 HQ ‘I’m taking it and I’m still here’
On Monday, Mr Trump revealed he is taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against coronavirus, despite it being unproven as an effective COVID-19 treatment.
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Since first being recorded late last year in China, the Covid-19 coronavirus has spread around the world, and been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. However, differences in testing mean that the number of cases may be understated for some countries.
The number of deaths is a more dependable indicator. The disease has hit certain countries, including Italy, Spain and the US, with particular cruelty.
Meanwhile in Asia, where the disease began, the spread continues, although in China it seems for now to have passed its peak.
In Europe most countries have closed schools, and many are in lockdown.
Finally, a reminder that most people who contract the disease recover; many may never notice they had it at all.
Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is being regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the current situation at the date of publication. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will continue to be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.
£20m in NHS fundraising
A 99-year-old war veteran hailed as a “one-man fundraising machine” by the Duke of Cambridge has now raised more than £20m for the NHS.
Capt Tom Moore originally aimed to raise just £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.
More than 976,000 people have now made donations to his JustGiving page.
And more than half a million people have called for Capt Tom to be knighted in a petition to the Honours Committee.
The petition, which was set up earlier this week, has received more than 553,000 signatures after his efforts grabbed the nation’s attention.
As he finished the challenge on Thursday, Capt Tom said it was “an absolutely fantastic sum of money”.
In a tweet, he said he would be doing “less walking” on Friday but would be talking to TV channels in the United States, Argentina, Europe and the Middle East.
Speaking to BBC Radio 2 he said the sum of money was “absolutely enormous” and “very difficult to imagine”. He also thanked everyone who had donated for their support.
“I say thank you very much indeed. I appreciate it because the object for which we’re donating is so important and so necessary… I think you’re all so kind and thoughtful contributing to this cause,” he said.
The total includes an undisclosed donation from the Duke of Cambridge, who with the Duchess of Cambridge recorded a special video message for the veteran.
Prince William said: “It’s amazing and what I love also is that he’s a 99-year-old war vet.
“He’s been around a long time, he knows everything and it’s wonderful that everyone has been inspired by his story and his determination.
“He’s a one-man fundraising machine and God knows what the final total will be. But good on him, and I hope it keeps going.”
In response, Capt Tom said: “It’s absolutely amazing that my super prince can say something like that.”
He also said it was “a moment we will never forget”.
Capt Tom, who is originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, has seemingly risen from nowhere to the status of near national treasure.
Keighley Town Council has tweeted that it will “honour the fundraising hero” with the freedom of the town.
Capt Tom began raising funds to thank NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip.
With the aid of a walking frame, he completed 100 laps of the 25-metre (82ft) loop in his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, in 10-lap chunks well before his birthday on 30 April.
NHS Charities Together said it was “truly inspired and humbled” by his efforts.
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Stay at home: The UK government has announced strict measures to help tackle coronavirus. Police now have the power to enforce stay at home measures in the UK. Staying at home will help control the spread of the virus to the wider community, and particularly the most vulnerable. People are advised to only leave their home when absolutely necessary, for example to shop for essential food and medical supplies. One form of exercise alone or with your household will be permitted. Public parks may be forced to closed if the public do not adhere to social distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet.
The World Health Organization and the NHS offer the following advice to stay safe and protect against the spread of coronavirus:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds. Always wash your hands when you get home or into work. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands). When you cough or sneeze put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Avoid contact with people outside your household. Maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who doesn’t live with you
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
More information from the NHS can be found here. © Reuters A message reading “Thank you NHS” is displayed on the outside of Wembley Stadium
Self-isolate for 14 days if you have coronavirus symptoms:
- A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- A new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
- If you live with others (and especially those who are high risk) then you should all stay home
- Use the NHS 111 service if your symptoms get worse or do not get better after 7 days
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
- Schools across the UK are now shut until further notice, with only the children of key workers attending classes
- Brits have been advised to stay at home and avoid all social gatherings under current measures. Gyms, retailers selling non-essential goods, restaurants and pubs have been closed. Food outlets will be allowed to offer takeaways without planning permission
- However the government has advised against all non-essential world travel for a period of at least 30 days
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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is distributing gloves, bleach, and other equipment to hospitals and clinics across the country
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Somalia is at a critical juncture where immediate action can still curb the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply concerned about the impact that the virus could have on communities weakened by violence and conflict, where displacement, malnutrition, and outbreaks of disease are already widespread.
“Somalia is at a crossroads, where we can rapidly scale up to get information and resources out to communities and health care facilities against COVID-19, or move too slowly and never catch up,” said Juerg Eglin, ICRC’s head of delegation for Somalia. “Speed is critical, and we are working with our colleagues at the Somali Red Crescent to fight COVID-19 from fully taking hold.”
The Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) and ICRC are racing to reach 120,000 households with information on how COVID-19 can be prevented and soap and chlorine tablets. Some 8,000 families were reached this week in Baardheere. In other parts of Somalia, 260 COVID-19 information sessions were organized this week around SRCS clinics, reaching 2,600 people.
Somalia is at a crossroads, where we can rapidly scale up to get information and resources out to communities and health care facilities against COVID-19
“If we have a surge in cases, the health system will not be able to cope,” said Ana Maria Guzman, health coordinator for the ICRC in Somalia. “Accurate information has to be on the forefront of the response, so people can take steps to protect themselves and their families.”
Nearly 500 health workers and SRCS volunteers have been trained in COVID-19 prevention and symptoms. The ICRC is distributing gloves, bleach, and other equipment to hospitals and clinics across the country.
To ensure no one is left behind in the race to stop COVID-19 in Somalia, the ICRC has also provided six-months’ worth of soap for all detainees and staff to places of detention in Mogadishu and Kismayo. This effort will continue, in addition to helping set up infection prevention control measures and sharing information on COVID-19 with inmates and staff, in more than 20 places of detention across the country.
“We must do everything we can to prevent the virus from entering a prison,” said Guzman. “Physical distancing is nearly impossible and an outbreak of COVID-19 in a jail would be devastating for both inmates and staff.”
While COVID-19 poses an invisible threat to Somalia, conflict has not stopped, and still drives displacement and suffering. The ICRC is also working to ensure that its life-saving work does not stop due to COVID-19 but can continue safely for both its staff and the people they serve.
“Violence continues. Climate shocks continue. We will have to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable in Somalia, with the additional threat that COVID-19 brings,” said Eglin.
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Rebecca Ratcliffe in Bangkok Lobsters for face masks? Aussie fishermen want to make a deal Third of councils axe garden waste collections due to staff shortages © Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Zoltán Balogh/EPA
As coronavirus lockdowns have been expanded globally, billions of people have found that they are now faced with unprecedented restrictions. Police across the world have been given licence to control behaviour in a way that would normally be extreme even for an authoritarian state.
On Tuesday, police in Kenya gave their “sincere condolences” after a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed on his balcony in Nairobi as police moved through the neighbourhood, enforcing a coronavirus curfew.
“They come in screaming and beating us like cows, and we are law-abiding citizens,” said Hussein Moyo, the father of Yasin, the boy who was shot. © Provided by The Guardian The funeral of Yasin Hussein Moyo, 13, who was shot by police in Nairobi. Photograph: Brian Inganga/AP
Concerns are growing that police forces around the world are using gruelling and humiliating punishments to enforce quarantine on the poorest and most vulnerable groups, including tens of millions who live hand-to-mouth and risk starving if they do not defy lockdowns and seek work.
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By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press
© Provided by Associated Press A 5-minute test kit for COVID-19 developed by Abbott Laboratories sits on a table ahead of a briefing by President Donald Trump about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
WASHINGTON (AP) — For a few moments in the Rose Garden, the coronavirus pandemic is a bucking bronco with President Donald Trump on its back. His arm swings an invisible rope. He seems to be hanging on for dear life.
“Ride it like a cowboy,” he growls. “Just ride it. Ride that sucker right through.”
This rodeo riff came during the daily White House coronavirus task force briefing, where science meets all things Trump. © Provided by Associated Press President Donald Trump speaks as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is seated right, about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
It’s where the teetotaling president serves a 5 o’clock cocktail of public-health policy, twisted facts, invented achievements, performance art, hectoring, cheerleading, erraticism, improvisation, self-praise, pet theories and a dash of eloquence. Shaken not stirred. Late in starting, finished when he feels like it.
The self-styled “wartime president” is, at least, a showtime president. He’s enjoying the high ratings of his briefings and boasting they’re up there with “The Bachelor.” Meantime on the streets of the country, people are recoiling in the wake of each passing stranger’s exhalation. In jammed hospitals, patients are fighting for life. The death toll arcs upward. © Provided by Associated Press President Donald Trump reaches for a box containing a 5-minute test for COVID-19 from Abbott Laboratories, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Still the show must go on.
Trump is the animated star of his production. Dr. Anthony Fauci is the stoic straight man, a venerated infectious disease scientist whose facial expressions are closely watched as if he is one oddball Trump remark away from losing it. He doesn’t. But he’s very tired on four hours of sleep.
Day after day, Trump free-associates, harangues reporters, assails critics and spreads misinformation on all aspects of the crisis, at times overshadowing the fact-based information that public health officials have come to deliver, in the moments when Trump steps aside to let them speak. It was here one day that Fauci broke ranks in Trump’s presence to refute his claims about a drug treatment for COVID-19.
On this bright Sunday, the briefing was moved to the resplendent garden from the clammy confines of the press briefing room, a long-ago indoor swimming pool that still feels like one. With social-distancing signs posted on the backs of chairs, it has taken on the character of a hazmat zone. It gives literal meaning to the pandemic’s cliche that we’re all in this together. © Provided by Associated Press President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Out in the garden, Trump shoos away gnats and begins in buoyant fashion. The news is going to turn dark but he will take his sweet time getting there. © Provided by Associated Press President Donald Trump listens to a question from a reporter as he speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
“Beautiful day in the Rose Garden,” he tells the press corps. “Tremendous distance between chairs. Social distancing. You practice it very well. We appreciate it. That’s great.”
Next up is word about a coming diagnostic test, almost instant, he says, and you don’t have to get a swab shoved so far up your nose like he did when he submitted to a virus test a few weeks back. He’s complained about it ever since. The new test is so easy that he said he just might get another one. © Provided by Associated Press Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Washington, as President Donald Trump listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Executives step up to say what their companies are doing about producing and shipping critical medical supplies. Praise for Trump’s leadership is standard in their brief remarks. This is a president who wants a public display of appreciation and has said he may not call people back if he doesn’t get that. © Provided by Associated Press Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listen as President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
We hear some basics about the world: “Think of it: 151 countries. Somebody said to me today … they didn’t know that we had that many countries. A hundred and fifty-one countries. That’s something.”
We hear a series of unverified statements: about an unidentified New York hospital he’s been told is hoarding masks, an uncorroborated theory that the fatality rate in the U.S. is lower than in other countries, his conviction that the speedy new tests will be “a whole new ballgame.”
He trots out the rhetorical bronco, saying some aides wanted him to just hang on and ride it out until the crisis passed but he felt he should do more. © Provided by Associated Press Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, takes the podium to speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Washington, as President Donald Trump listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Trump’s doggedly positive spin, evident for several months, begins to fray when he announces a month-long extension of social distancing guidelines that were to expire Monday.
“The better you do,” he says of distancing, “the faster this whole nightmare will end.”
This whole nightmare.
As the briefing slips into its second hour, it becomes apparent that Trump is conditioning Americans to expect far more deaths from COVID-19 than anyone would think from his history of minimizing the crisis. Gone is the talk about the virus maybe going away like magic in the warmth of spring.
Fauci and other public-health authorities had told him 100,000 to 200,000 people could die in this country from the virus if not enough is done to mitigate the pandemic.
The president then invokes a far grimmer number, 2.2 million, an estimated death toll if no steps were taken to fight the pandemic, and summons Dr. Deborah Birx of the task force to explain it.
Why introduce an even starker scenario than the already scary one?
Because if 100,000 to 200,000 end up dying, Trump still wants history — and voters in the fall — to judge his effort a success. If the toll is in that range, he says, “We all, together, have done a very good job.”
Behind such bravado, though, is a president seeing the pandemic — “the viciousness of it” — in increasingly personal and sober terms. “A lot of people are dying,” he says, “so it’s very unpleasant.”
He says a friend, “a little older, and he’s heavy, but he’s a tough person,” landed in a hospital. “I call: ‘How’s he doing?’ ‘Sir, he’s in a coma. He’s unconscious.’ He’s not doing well.”
He speaks at length of body bags and “freezer trucks” he’s seen on TV taking the dead from Elmhurst Hospital in Queens. The building is so familiar from his New York childhood that “I can tell you the color on the outside, the size of the windows. I mean, I know it very well, right?”
“I’ve seen things that I’ve never seen before. I mean, I’ve seen them, but I’ve seen them on television in faraway lands. I’ve never seen them in our country.”
The sun is slanting low in the garden as Trump brings this briefing to a close.
“I want our life back again,” he says.
“I want our country back.
“I want the world back.
“I want the world to get rid of this.”
Coronavirus – Somalia: Debt relief milestone in Somalia, as World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), call for global payment suspension in light of COVID-19
The development is welcome news for Somalia – which is carrying $5.2 billion of debt – as it prepares for one-person, one-vote elections later this year
The top United Nations official in Somalia congratulated the Horn of Africa nation on Wednesday for achieving the benchmark set by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), confirming its eligibility for debt relief.
James Swan, Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Somalia (UNSOM), said that by reaching the so-called “decision point” for debt relief under the Highly Indebted Poor Countries’ Initiative (HIPC), Somalia has passed an historic milestone on its path to peace and prosperity.
“Achievement of the HIPC decision point is a major step forward for Somalia’s economic progress, allowing the country to advance towards its long-term objective of inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction,” he said in a statement.
“All Somalis can be proud of this achievement,” he added.
The development is welcome news for Somalia – which is carrying $5.2 billion of debt – as it prepares for one-person, one-vote elections later this year against the backdrop of extreme humanitarian challenges.
Some 5.2 million are in need of assistance, alongside ongoing attacks by the Al-Shabaab terrorist group and the worst locust outbreak in 25 years.
The World Bank Group and the IMF believe it is imperative at this moment to provide a global sense of relief for developing countries as well as a strong signal to financial market
Global debt relief call: World Bank, IMF
It also coincided with a call by the World Bank Group (WBG) and the IMF for all official bilateral creditors to suspend debt payments from the world’s 76 poorest countries and enable them to redirect funds towards confronting the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a joint statement, the two Washington-based institutions also asked leaders of the G-20 leading economies to task them at their spring meetings on 16 to 17 April with assessing the impact and financing needs of each of the countries, which are part of the International Development Association (IDA).
Mr. Swan, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, said that the country’s debt breakthrough was testament to the federal authorities’ ability to manage public finances. “It also reflects strong collaboration between the Federal Government and the federal member states,” he added. “The World Bank Group and the IMF believe it is imperative at this moment to provide a global sense of relief for developing countries as well as a strong signal to financial markets,” it said.
The World Bank and the IMF established the HIPC Initiative in 1996, to ensure that no poor country finds itself in a situation in which it cannot service and manage its debt burden.
Reaching “decision point” not only confirms Somalia’s eligibility for debt relief, but also fully normalizes its relations with international financial institutions. It will also now qualify for certain types of grant financing to meet its public finance and development needs and to access private-sector financing instruments.
The second and final step after decision point, known as the completion point, would open the way for full and irrevocable reduction in debt under the HIPC Initiative.
In a press release, the IMF said debt relief for Somalia – the 37th country to reach decision point – would help it make last change for its 15 million people by allowing its debt to be irrevocably reduced from $5.2 billion at the end of 2018 to $557 million once it reaches completion point in about three years’ time.
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The 12-day training at Kismayo Central Police Station, organized by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), was designed to improve safety and order on Jubbaland’s public roads
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Twenty-Five Jubbaland police officers have undergone training to hone their skills in traffic management, road traffic rules and regulations, road accident investigations and public order management.
The 12-day training at Kismayo Central Police Station, organized by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), was designed to improve safety and order on Jubbaland’s public roads by equipping the officers with the knowledge and tools needed to perform their duties effectively.
The training focused on management of road traffic accidents, road traffic investigations, and how to work with different partners and stakeholders in road traffic management
“The training focused on management of road traffic accidents, road traffic investigations, and how to work with different partners and stakeholders in road traffic management. We also looked at the conduct of traffic police officers, because one must be professional in order to manage traffic,” said Victor Nahabwe, AMISOM Police Training and Development Coordinator.
Lt. Col. Bashir Hiis Khalif, the commander of Jubbaland Traffic Police, said the training was important in refreshing the knowledge of the officers under his command.
“The traffic officers are already familiar with road traffic rules as they have been applying them for some time. However, they needed this training to refresh and review their traffic management skills and how best to enhance relationships with the motoring public and other road users. I am happy that they have gained new skills,” he said.
Capt. Ibrahim Mohamed Ali, a Jubbaland traffic police officer, said the training was important for improved performance of their jobs.
“This training has boosted our morale and refreshed our skills and knowledge. This will help improve performance, make us more effective as there will be changes in how we work,” he said.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Union Mission in Somalia.
Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:
Global death toll nears 8,000
The number of deaths from coronavirus around the world has risen to 7,948, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Infections, meanwhile, are nearing 200,000: the site says there are now 198,006 recorded cases worldwide with 81,950 patients recovered so far.
Travellers scramble to reach home
People around the world have begun racing to find a way to their home countries after nations began closing their borders, airlines cut flights and governments urged their citizens to return home. On Tuesday, Australia warned that overseas travel was becoming “more complex and difficult” and joined Canda, New Zealand, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates in calling back its citizens.
WHO calls for aggressive action in south-east Asia
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that some countries in south-east Asia are heading towards community transmission of Covid-19 and called for “aggressive” action to stop the spread. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO’s regional director, said the response in the region needed to be “scaled up”. Hours later, Thailand recorded a jump in cases of nearly 20% to 212.
US death toll passes 100
The US death toll passed 100 as coronavirus reached every state. California governor Gavin Newsom warned that most schools in the state will likely remain closed for the rest of the school year – until the end of August – because of coronavirus.
Treatment hope in Japan
Shares in the Japanese firm Fujifilm have shot up after medical authorities said a drug developed to treat new strains of influenza appeared to be effective in coronavirus patients. Fujifilm, best known for its photographic products, also makes favipiravir which had produced encouraging outcomes in clinical trials in Wuhan and Shenzhen involving 340 patients, according to Zhang Xinmin, an official at China’s science and technology ministry.
More trouble ahead for financial markets
Financial markets are set for another volatile day as the selling frenzy of the past two weeks continued in Asia Pacific on Wednesday where Australia’s main index lost 6.4%. More significantly, US futures trading suggest renewed losses on Wall Street when markets open in New York later. The S&P500 is set to lose more than 5% while the FTSE100 in London is on track to dip 3.7%. This is despite a mini rally on Wall Street on Tuesday and UK chancellor Rishi Sunak’s unveiling of a £350m package to do “whatever it takes” to shore up businesses.
Non residents banned from Taiwan
Authorities have said non-residents will be banned from entering the country from midnight. The restrictions exclude diplomats and holders of alien resident certificates.
Canadian emergency spreads
Two Canadian provinces have called a state of emergency, including the country’s most populous province, Ontario. It came as British Columbia announced another 83 confirmed cases on Tuesday, bringing the province’s total confirmed Covid-19 infections to 186. Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is expected to unveil a multibillion-dollar stimulus package on Wednesday.
Australians told to stop travelling
Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, has stepped up the country’s response to the coronavirus crisis by announcing sweeping new measures to try to slow the spread of coronavirus, including a ban on indoor gatherings of more than 100 people, a global do-not-travel order, and strict new rules for visiting aged care homes. Amid continued evidence of panic-buying at supermarkets, he pleaded with people to stop hoarding, calling it “un-Australian”. Thousands of Australians have been left stranded overseas, as airlines cancel flights, and countries across the globe shut their borders entirely in an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Kylie Moore-Gilbert not among prisoners released in Iran
British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has not been reported among the 85,000 prisoners temporarily released from Iranian jails out of fear coronavirus could sweep through the country’s overcrowded prisons.
by Martin Farrer The Guardian
Defender patrol boats combine an unmatched ability to conduct high-speed maneuvers in a compact deployable package
DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti, February 28, 2020/APO Group
Four Defender patrol boats arrived in port at Djibouti City, Djibouti, in two shipments in late February as part of a train-and-equip partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the Djiboutian military.
They are used extensively by the U.S. Coast Guard and other Department of Homeland Security agencies
The 27-foot boats were delivered to the Armed Forces of Djibouti (FAD) on February 22 for use by the Djiboutian Navy.
Defender patrol boats combine an unmatched ability to conduct high-speed maneuvers in a compact deployable package. They are used extensively by the U.S. Coast Guard and other Department of Homeland Security agencies.
The delivery, facilitated by U.S. Embassy Djibouti, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa, reflects the enduring security relationship enjoyed by the United States and the Republic of Djibouti.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ambassade des États-Unis en Djibouti.
USAID and its partners will also strengthen the capacity of Ethiopian civil society organizations and political parties to respond to the needs of all Ethiopians more effectively
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, February 28, 2020/APO Group
Today, the United States and the National Elections Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) signed a memorandum of understanding for a new $30.4 million program to support the upcoming national elections. United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Sean Jones and NEBE Chairwoman Birtukan Midekssa jointly unveiled the new USAID Ethiopia Election and Political Processes Program, which will help strengthen the capacity of NEBE officials to organize, administer, and conduct free and fair elections.
These elections belong to the Ethiopian people and we are proud to be welcomed as a partner in supporting free and fair elections
Under the partnership, U.S. support will utilize technology and leverage the reach of the Ethiopian media to educate the public about elections, while ensuring greater transparency and promoting meaningful participation among all citizens in the political process—with a focus on women, youth, and other traditionally marginalized groups. USAID and its partners will also strengthen the capacity of Ethiopian civil society organizations and political parties to respond to the needs of all Ethiopians more effectively.
“These elections belong to the Ethiopian people, and we are proud to be welcomed as a partner in supporting free and fair elections, and ensuring that the voices of Ethiopians in every corner of the country are heard as this country continues its remarkable journey,” said USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Sean Jones.
The USAID Ethiopia Election and Political Processes Program is implemented by the Consortium for Election and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS), which includes the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the International Republican Institute (IRI), Internews, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA).
Source: U.S. Department of State
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Department of State.