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Somalia: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:24 am
Somalia’s first innovation tech hub has officially opened in Mogadishu, supporting the growth of tech startups in the African country. The tech hub in the Somali capital is called iRise Hub, and it provides a co-working space, as well as research, incubation, and acceleration services for new startups. This is a first for Somalia, but Tech hubs continue to drive innovation across Africa, with 314 hubs currently operational in 93 cities across 42 countries.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:37 am
Somalia’s first innovation tech hub is set to open in Mogadishu this September, supporting the growth of tech startups in the country. The tech hub based in the country’s capital will be called iRise Hub, and will provide a co-working space, as well as research, incubation, and acceleration services for new startups. While connecting, collaborating and sharing ideas, Somali entrepreneurs at iRise Hub will aim to further develop the tech sector in the country.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:39 am
Dalkom, a privately owned operator based in Somalia, has signed an agreement with Intelsat SA for satellite services that will lead to expanded broadband access and capacity in East and Central Africa. Intelsat SA, integrated satellite communications specialist and operator of the world’s first globalized network, will assist Dalkom Somalia in increasing its broadband enterprise and direct-to-home (DTH) services in East and Central Africa and the Middle East. The multi-year agreement will allow Dalkom to incorporate Ku-band satellite services provided by Intelsat 17 to extend their current services
Bloomberg Africa, 7:30 am
Two bomb blasts in Somalia’s capital carried out by an al-Qaeda-linked militant group left at least 20 people dead, including two members of parliament and the deputy mayor of Mogadishu. A car bomb exploded on Friday at the Central Hotel in Mogadishu and then a suicide-bomber came into the compound and detonated his explosives, police captain Mohamed Aloley said in an interview at the scene. Mohamed Aden, another police officer, said by phone that at least 20 people have been confirmed dead, and more than 30 injured.
Makula Dunbar, 6:53 pm
“We used to get monthly bills from the U.S. to pay the children’s school fees and to buy food. This month we did not get any money, so we request that the U.S. and the government of Somalia cooperate in lifting the ban,” Mogadishu resident Safiyo Hassan told CCTV Africa. Roughly $1.3 billion in remittances from the Somali diaspora is sent to Somalia from the U.S. annually. According to CCTV Africa, this trumps foreign aid to the country and is done so through money transfer services and banks.
Makula Dunbar, 12:30 pm
Somali Members of Parliament (MP) are speaking out against the involvement of the United Nations in repairing the political landscape of the country. According to CCTV Africa, Nicholas Kay, UN Envoy to Somalia expressed concerns about MPs changing votes for cash rewards, an obvious hindrance to progress. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud refuted the accusations saying that the UN should respect the country’s leaders
Andrew Friedman, 10:11 am AFKI Original
Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization said Ebola could lead to failed states in West Africa. In this two-part series, AFKInsider considers that possibility. It’s true Ebola has exposed tremendous weakness in the countries most affected, and failures in the international community to prepare for global health emergencies that threaten international peace and security. However, when the head of the World Health Organization joins a chorus of voices that say the disease suggests the near end of days, it does nothing to help those afflicted or the countries struggling to deal with outbreak. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are not Somalia. Pretending they are does no good for anyone.
Andrew Friedman, 5:04 am AFKI Original
Why, is maritime law all of a sudden extremely relevant to politicians and those conducting international business? Offshore oil. Grievances over maritime borders in the Gulf of Guinea have recently boiled over into a request for arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea by Ghana against the Ivory Coast.
Andrew Friedman, 7:31 am AFKI Original
Many African independence movements will be watching the Scottish referendum with great interest. This includes both pro-independence and pro-unity forces in Somalia, Tanzania and others across the continent. A smooth transition to independence that quickly ingratiates a newly independent Scotland into the international system may embolden movements thousands of miles away while a particularly bumpy road towards independence for the comparatively wealthy and well-positioned Scotland may lead to tremendous consternation.
Keren Mikva, 2:32 pm AFKI Original
After his incredible victory in the 5000-meter race at the 2012 Olympics in London, the iconic image of Farah holding his arms on top of his head looking astounded went viral. The pose was quickly dubbed the “Mobot” celebration, and politicians and celebrities, along with everyday fans, began sharing pictures of themselves doing the same pose in honor of Farah’s success. Somalian-British sporting hero Mohammed “Mo” Farah has become a running icon across the globe. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Mo Farah.
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