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Kion Cosmetics Wins International Award for Excellence in Natural and Vegan Cosmetics

SÃO PAULO, Aug. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On July 20, Kion Cosmetics, cosmetics line of Brazilian company Brazilian Kimberlite Clay, took The Winner 2019 Trophy Awards prize for technological innovation and excellence in natural and vegan cosmetics, at the Castle Hotel and Spa, in Tarrytown, New York, USA. The prize was awarded by International Business Magazine. With high performance formulation, all of the brand’s lines are developed with rare clay and natural vegan products not tested on animals.

Alan de Oliveira, Urandir Fernandes de Oliveira, Luciano Didier e Urian Fernandes de Oliveira.

In addition to recognizing the excellence of Kion Cosmetics, this award is one of great importance, because it helps to expand the name of the brand, opening doors for new business in the international market,” says Urandir Fernandes de Oliveira, President of BKC, noting that the line has a wide variety of facial, body and hair products, with innovative technology that is effective in treating wrinkles, lightening, cleansing, hydration and measurement reduction.

Founded three years ago, the company has caught the notice of multinationals in the premium sector and has started to sell in the world’s key commercial centers, such as London, Dubai, New York and Beverly Hills. “Before we actually get started with large scale production, we begin to introduce Kion products at international fairs, and the level of acceptance has been so high, we were exporting before we got to commercialization in Brazil,” explains Luciano Didier, Director of Development of International Business.

The focus for this year is on Asian markets, such as China and Thailand, as well as expansion in the United States. In Brazil, the plan is to open some 60 kiosks and shops in the country’s main shopping centers. Products can also be purchased via e-commerce at kioncosmetics.com, in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish, or via telemarketing (+55 11 25770275).

The primary raw material used in Kion products is red Brazilian kimberlite clay, which is considered rare because it was formed more than 850 million years ago and has more than 130 cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications. Classified as the most powerful element for rejuvenation of the skin, this clay is extracted in Corguinho, Mato Grosso do Sul, in Brazil.

“The efficacy of the crystals and the mineralogical power of the clay has been proven by the Kosmoscience laboratory in Brazil, and Bureau Veritas in Canada,” explains executive director, Alan Oliveira.

Kion Cosmetics participates in the industry’s leading international fairs, such as In-Cosmetics, Cosmoprof and Expocosmética, among others. Specialized publications such as Glamour UK, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Russia and Cosmetics Design have already recognized the brand’s unique properties.

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In Shock and Tears, Mogadishu Mourns Loss of Slain Mayor

Mogadishu residents are mourning the loss of their mayor, who died Thursday of injuries suffered in a suicide bombing July 24 that killed at least six other people.

Abdirahman Omar Osman, 53, simply known as “Injineer Yariisow,” which translates from Somali as “the small engineer,” was the highest-level Somali government official killed in the city’s frequent deadly terrorist attacks in recent years.

With tears running down his face, Aden Osman stood motionless in front of Mogadishu’s city headquarters, the place where the late mayor was targeted as he was meeting with senior officials of his administration on security.

“Indeed, the terrorists that killed our mayor made us feel a deep pain and sadness inside, but we cannot let them tear us down and make us demoralize,” said Aden Osman, 21.

“The people of this city have lost a great man and a leader. We have been mourning for three days, and flags will remain at half staff, Ibrahim Omar Mahadalle, deputy regional administrator of Mogadishu, told VOA Somali. “May Allah rest his soul in peace. He led this city by example.”


Abdirahman Omar Osman fled from Somalia’s civil war in 1990s. He lived in Britain for 17 years, where he became a naturalized British citizen.

Somalis in London who also mourned his death remembered him as a statesman.

Mahadalle, who first met Osman in London 15 years ago, described him as “a patriot, optimistic and brave man.”

“Despite living in London, he was always busy with Somalia affairs and how his home country would return to its own legs,” said Mahadalle

“Today the people of Mogadishu lose their mayor, but I lost my father. May Allah grant him the highest rank of paradise,” Mohamed Omar, the late mayor’s son and a student at London’s Queen Mary University, tweeted as tribute to his father.

Hard worker

Politicians he worked with, close friends and colleagues described Osman as a hard worker.

Among the dozens of government jobs he held was adviser to former Prime Minister Abdiwali Ali Gas, who also was the Puntland regional leader.

“When I was the prime minister between 2011 and 2012, Osman was my adviser. I remember him as a humble man with more work and less talk,” Gas said.

Husein Jabiri, a friend of the late mayor, said, “The loss of Osman hurts me. He was a close friend of mine. We worked together at the ministry of information. He was a sincere and hardworking leader. I pray to Allah to grant him eternal peace.”

More grief, loss

The death of the influential mayor was not the only major source of grief for residents of Mogadishu, which has over 2.5 million residents and accounts for about one-quarter of the country’s total population.

“For a city that has been struggling in defiance of lawlessness, deadly terror attacks and anarchy for nearly three decades, I think the death of its mayor meant to us only an addition of a salt to an already bleeding wound,” said Yusuf Abdullahi, 26, a recent university graduate and Mogadishu resident.

Hotel and restaurant attacks and assassinations of government officials have been common occurrences in the city, but among the major terror attacks that always remain fresh in people’s minds is the deadly hotel bombing in Mogadishu in December 2009 that killed at least 20 people, including three Somali Cabinet ministers.

In June 2011, Abdishakur Sheikh Hassan, the Somali interior minister, died in a hospital after a suicide attack at his home, apparently carried out by a niece.

In October 2011, the Islamic militant group al-Shabab used a truck bomb to kill more than 70 people, mainly young students waiting for exam results at the Education Ministry.

In October 2017, another militant truck bomb killed 587 people in the country’s deadliest terrorist attack.

“People in this city have had enough of grief and losses of their loved ones, and the mayor’s killing is another sadness,” said Mogadishu University’s Dr. Mohamed Isse Liban.

“Mogadishu saw a number of its great men and women being killed one after another in terror attacks. It seems as if people here wait for their death in an open graveyard,” said Ahmed Abdi Hadi, a Mogadishu resident.

Funeral delayed

Mogadishu on Saturday began preparing to say its final goodbye to the mayor. About 100 prominent residents and officials gathered at the airport to await the return of Osman’s body from Doha, Qatar, where he had received treatment for his injuries. But government officials eventually told the crowd that the plane would not come until Sunday and that the mayor’s funeral had been delayed.

Investigation under way

Somali officials said the fatal attack was under investigation. The terrorist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was targeting U.N. Special Envoy to Somalia James Swan, an American citizen, who had met with the mayor last month.

Francisco Madeira, special representative of the chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, and Swan both called for the arrest of Osman’s killers.

“As we come to terms with the passing of the mayor, terrorists should be aware that their cowardly attack will not break the people’s resolve to forge ahead,” Madeira said in a statement Thursday.

“He was a true friend and companion of AMISOM and supported, without reservation, our mandate to help usher in a stable, peaceful and prosperous Somalia,” said the AU envoy.

Swan, the U.N. envoy, said, “His work must be continued, and those responsible must be brought to justice.”

Source: Voice of America

More Than 100 Rescued Migrants Stranded in Cameroon

More than 100 migrants from Togo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Benin are stranded in Cameroon after they were rescued by the central African state’s military from their capsizing vessel in the Atlantic Ocean. The migrants, who are calling on their governments for help, say they do not have food or money.

One-hundred-seventeen men, women and children lie on the bare floor at the government school in Ebodje, a Cameroon village on the west coast of Africa near the Atlantic Ocean.

Christian Djongo, village chief of Ebodje, says officials have been looking after the unexpected visitors for five days.

He says on July 29, his community joined the Cameroon military to save the lives of the migrants from the sea. He says immediately after removing them from their vessel that was almost capsizing, the community gave them clothing, coffee and food. He says townspeople are now hoping for assistance from the government because they no longer have food for the stranded migrants.

They say their vessel, nicknamed Ave Maria, left Ghana for Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, and had on board 65 people from Burkina Faso, 41 from Togo, a man from Nigeria, three people from Benin and seven crew members from Ghana. There were 43 women and 24 children.

The vessel ran out of fuel at sea in Cameroon territorial waters and was rescued after several hours by the Rapid Intervention Battalion of Cameroon’s military and fishermen.

Witnesses said some migrants dove into the sea in an attempt to swim to safety and were rescued by local fishermen.

No deaths were reported but since the ordeal, the vessel’s crew is requesting additional payment from passengers to refuel the boat and most of the migrants say they can’t pay.

Twenty-seven-year-old Burkinabe migrant Ali Rachid says he was struggling to find his way to Spain through Equatorial Guinea.

He says it is easier to travel to Spain through Equatorial Guinea because the central African state enjoys good diplomatic relations with its former colonial master and the two countries have Spanish as their official language. He says from Spain, he has dreams of traveling to any other European country.

Thirty-two-year-old Benin migrant Raoul Amadi says he left Ghana for Gabon, where he was told by a relative who had been there for five months that he could get a job as an electrician. He says after observing the difficult conditions they went through at sea, he now wants to return home.

Amadi says he no longer wants to continue with the vessel and is pleading with his government to help him and his peers to return home.

Leonie Legouda, a resident of Ebodji, says since the migrants arrived in his village, life has become more difficult.

“Their presence here is a nuisance to the whole community. They are harvesting our crops and stealing our fowl and goats. They should leave now,” Legouda said.

Most of the migrants had no travel documents, but were identified through national identity cards. Some of the travelers want to return to their countries of origin, while others want to go to Ghana. Cameroon’s military says it has opened an investigation.

Source: Voice of America

Fate of Refugees and Migrants in Recently Shut Libyan Detention Centers of Concern

The U.N. refugee agency welcomes the closure of three detention centers in Libya but voices concern about the whereabouts and fate of the refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who were held in the facilities.

The U.N. refugee agency has been advocating for the release of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants from Libya’s detention centers for a long time. And, so it says it is pleased that three of the country’s largest facilities–Mistrata, Tajoura and Khoms–have been shut.

However, UNHCR spokesman, Andrej Mahecic tells VOA he has no idea what has happened to the inmates.

To our knowledge, there are 19 official detention centers run by the authorities that are currently active in Libya with nearly 5,000 refugees and migrants that are arbitrarily detained there, Mahecic said.

Mahecic says UNHCR is closely following developments. He says refugees should not be put in detention. In Libya, he says people held in facilities near battle zones are at particular risk, as was seen in the tragic events that unfolded in Tajoura last month.

The Tajoura detention center on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli was hit by an airstrike on July 2. More than 50 people, including children were killed and 130 injured. The vast majority were sub-Saharan Africans trying to reach Europe.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, says the attack could amount to a war crime. Mahecic says children should never be locked up and, in all cases, detention should only be a measure of last resort.

What we are calling on now is for an orderly release of all refugees in detention centers to urban settings and we stand ready to provide these people with assistance through our urban programs that would include some form of financial assistance, medical and psycho-social support, Mahecic said.

The United Nations describes Libyan detention centers as appalling, overcrowded places. It says detainees are denied sufficient food and medical care and are subject to abusive treatment, including torture and rape.

Source: Voice of America

African Union Envoy: Sudanese Finalize Power-Sharing Deal

The African Union envoy to Sudan said Saturday the pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council have finalized a power-sharing agreement.

Mohammed el-Hassan Lebatt told reporters that the two sides fully agreed on a constitutional declaration outlining the division of power for a three-year transition to elections. He did not provide further details, but said both sides would meet later Saturday to prepare for a signing ceremony.

The pro-democracy coalition issued a statement saying they would sign the document Sunday.

Mass protests, then coup

The military overthrew President Omar al-Bashir in April following months of mass protests against his three-decade-long authoritarian rule. The protesters remained in the streets, demanding a rapid transition to a civilian government. They have been locked in tense negotiations with the military for weeks while holding mass protests.

The two sides reached a preliminary agreement last month following pressure from the United States and its Arab allies, amid growing concerns the political crisis could ignite civil war.

That document provided for the establishment of a joint civilian-military sovereign council that would rule Sudan for a little more than three years while elections are organized. A military leader would head the 11-member council for the first 21 months, followed by a civilian leader for the next 18. There would also be a Cabinet made up of technocrats chosen by the protesters, as well as a legislative council, the makeup of which would be decided within three months.

But the two sides remained divided on a number of issues, including whether military leaders would be immune from prosecution over recent violence against protesters. It was not immediately clear whether they had resolved that dispute.

Troops kill protesters

The two sides came under renewed pressure this week after security forces opened fire on student protesters in the city of Obeid, leaving six people dead. At least nine troops from the paramilitary Rapid Support forces were arrested over the killings.

In June, security forces violently dispersed the protesters’ main sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum, killing dozens of people and plunging the fragile transition into crisis.

Protest leader Omar al-Dagir said the agreement announced Saturday would pave the way for appointments to the transitional bodies.

The government will prioritize peace (with rebel groups) and an independent and fair investigation to reveal those who killed the martyrs and hold them accountable, he said.

Sudan has been convulsed by rebellions in its far-flung provinces for decades. Al-Bashir, who was jailed after being removed from power, is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide stemming from the Darfur conflict in the early 2000s. The military has said he will not be extradited. Sudanese prosecutors have charged him with involvement in violence against protesters.

Source: Voice of America