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شركة لونغي تبلغ تصنيف قياسيا في قابلية التمويل البنكي في أحدث نتائج لتقرير بلومبيرغ

شيان، الصين، 9 آب/أغسطس، 2019 / بي آر نيوزواير / — سجلت شركة لونغي سولار، وهي شركة فرعية تابعة لشركة لونغي لتقنية الطاقة الخضراء المحدودة، أعلى تصنيف لها في قابلية التمويل البنكي في أحدث تقرير لبلومبيرغ عن تمويل الطاقة الخضراء لشركات الطاقة الشمسية للعام 2019.

تقرير بلومبيرغ عن تمويل الطاقة الخضراء يقوم باستطلاع البنوك والصناديق والمطورين و ركات الهندسة والمشتريات والبناء وشركات العناية الفنية الواجبة من بين 48 شركة مصنعة لوحدات الطاقة الشمسية التي يعتبرها متمتعة بالتمويل البنكي (على سبيل المثال، يمكن استخدامها في مشاريع الطاقة الشمسية من دون ديون واجبة). في نتائج 2019، ارتفعت لونغي بشكل ملحوظ إلى 91 ٪، وهو أعلى مستوى على الإطلاق، وهو مؤشر واضح على نضوج لونغي كعلامة تجارية راسخة في الصناعة.https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_06qx5blu/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

حصلت لونغي أيضًا على “نجمة” تشير إلى أنها تتميز بـ”أعلى أداء” في مختبرات تطور الأداء الكهروضوئي  (PVEL) 2019  لناحية درجة موثوقية الوحدة الشمسية. وقد حصلت وحدات لونغي على “أفضل أداء” من بين جميع فئات اختبار بي في إي أل الأربعة للحرارة الرطبة والتدوير الحراري والحمل الميكانيكي واختبارات الوهن المستحثة المحتملة.

وسمى تقرير بلومبيرغ عن تمويل الطاقة الخضراء أيضًا “أفضل 15 علامة تجارية منتجة للوحدات الشمسية مستخدمة في المشروعات الممولة بالقروض لأجل” منذ 1 تموز/يوليو 2017. ووفرت العلامات التجارية الرائدة الثلاث حوالي 5 غيغاواط  من الصفقات الممولة بقروض لأجل. تعد لونغي ثاني أكثر العلامات التجارية استخدامًا إذ أنها تشارك في صفقات تجارية يقدر ما تولده من طاقة بـ 1،447 ميغاواط..https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/0_fe3ccz9f/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100012/type/1

صنفت لونغي أيضًا على أنها الشركة المصنعة للوحدات الشمسية ذات الجدارة الائتمانية الأفضل. يستخدم تقرير بلومبيرغ عن تمويل الطاقة الخضراء درجة مقياس ألتمان زي – وهو  مجموعة من النسب المالية – للوصول إلى الجدارة الائتمانية للمصنعين. وهو مؤشر على خطر إعلان شركة الإفلاس في العامين المقبلين. حصلت لونغي على درجة 3.1 مما يشير إلى الصحة المالية القوية للشركة واستبعاد إعلانها الإفلاس. تعتبر علامة لونغي الأعلى على مقياس ألتمان زي بين مصنّعي الوحدات الشمسية المتميزين بالاستقامة.

بالإضافة إلى قابلية التمويل البنكي وموثوقية لونغي، تعمل الشركة أيضًا على نطاق واسع باعتبارها واحدة من أكبر الشركات المصنعة للطاقة الشمسية من حيث الطاقة الإنتاجية الحالية والمخططة. وفقًا للتحليل المستمر الذي أجرته بي في تيك لإعلانات التوسع في القدرة العالمية، يجب أن تتجاوز سعة التجميع الإجمالية لوحدة لوحة لونغي 13 غيغاواط في العام 2019، لتصبح أكبر مصنع للوحدات الشمسية في العالم بفضل أحدث توسع لها.

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CIFF Shanghai 2019 Announces Exciting Lineup of Global Architects, Designers and Brands

SHANGHAI, Aug. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The 44th edition of the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) has unveiled an exciting lineup of exhibitors and attendees for its highly anticipated event in Shanghai from September 8 to 11. The 44th CIFF will be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Hongqiao, and is expected to welcome over 150,000 attendees from 200 countries and areas.

The 44th edition of the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) is expected to welcome over 150,000 attendees from 200 countries and areas.

Themed ‘A Paradigm for Global Living’, CIFF Shanghai highlights the latest global trends in home furnishing and fosters cross-border dialogue and exchange within the community. More than 1,500 exhibitors covering multiple catergories such as furniture for home, office and outdoor, home textile products, and woodworking machinery, will showcase their products and services to attendees across four exhibition zones.

“Design is the main focus of this year’s second CIFF event in Shanghai,” said Yang Huawei, General Manager of China Trade Macalline Exhibition Co. Ltd. “During this event, we hope to bring the world’s leading ideas and trends to China to strengthen the value of design within our industry, help international brands enter the coveted Chinese market, and build a global furniture community without borders.”

The 44th CIFF Shanghai will host an international architecture design forum themed "Designed for Humans: From Alvaro Siza’s Modernism into the Digital Future"CIFF Shanghai will host a lineup of forums, competitions and presentations, including an international architecture design forum planned and organized by CIFF and the Aedes Architecture Forum, a world-renown independent institution and exhibition space for the international communication of contemporary architecture and urban design.

The forum is themed Designed for Humans: From Alvaro Siza’s Modernism into the Digital Future and 7 world-class architects will gather in Shanghai to provide contemporary design insights, including: Sou Fujimoto, Founder of the Sou Fujimoto Architects Japan; António Choupina, Portuguese Architect and Founder of CH.A Architectural Design Firm; Martha Thorne, Pritzker Prize Secretary; Anouk Legendre, Co-founder of XTU Architecture and Design Firm in France; Philip Feng YUAN, Professor of College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai; Mario Carpo, Professer of University College London, and Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Professor of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

The 44th edtion of CIFF Shanghai will continue to strengthen its feature as an international platform for the industry. In Hall 3.1, the ‘International and Lifestyle’ Hall, an array of international brands will showcase their latest collections and designs to the Chinese market. CIFF Shanghai will welcome exhibitors from renowned global brands including Thomasville Furniture, Elements International, Casa Chic, JAB Furniture, HABA, Brianform, Rossini Furniture, CUUNION, Lexington Furniture, COCO-MAT and more. The brands will present their latests productes to the visotors.

In Halls 7.1 and 8.1, CIFF Shanghai will host the second edition of the Shanghai International Furniture Machinery and Woodworking Machinery Fair in partnership with Hong Kong Adsale. Chinese and overseas woodworking companies, such as Jintian Haomai, WEINIG POWERMAT and Biesse Worldwide, will make their debut at the exhibition, and unveil the latest woodworking technology to industry attendees.

For more information, please visist: www.ciff-sh.com/en/

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ZTE and China Mobile empower China’s first 5G sporting events with 5G Live TV solutions

Delivering an innovative, multi-angle viewing experience for the 2nd National Youth Games

SHENZHEN, China, Aug. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile internet, has announced today that ZTE and the Shanxi Branch of China Mobile broadcast the 2nd National Youth Games of China with integrated 5G Live TV solutions. With ZTE’s 5G technologies widely adopted in video collection, editing, broadcasting and transmission for the live streaming of the 2nd National Youth Games, it is China’s first 5G sporting event.

ZTE’s Digital Intelligent Indoor System 5G-QCell solution covers multiple major venues, including the main stadium. This solution delivers an innovative viewing experience by providing the audience with three distinctive 5G scenarios, including multi-angle views, flexible zooming, and free viewpoint, fully meeting the audience’s personalized needs for game watching.

Backed up with technologies such as MEC and low latency coding, ZTE’s 5G Live TV solutions reduce the live end-to-end latency to less than 1 second, so that the off-site audience can experience the games in real time.

Moreover, by means of the industry-leading video production and playback technologies, the on-site spectators can enjoy a special viewing experience on the multi-angle live streaming APP.

In addition, the IPTV subscribers of the Shanxi Branch of China Mobile can also access the real-time multi-angle UHD live games on the IPTV platform, watching the high-definition game from four different viewing angles, thereby providing subscribers with a customized game watching experience.

Meanwhile, ZTE will provide the 5G-QCell deployment solution for the future network capacity expansion and new service functions, such as MEC and LBS(Location Based Services).By August, ZTE has shipped over 80,000 5G QCell products worldwide.

In May 2019, ZTE signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Sport Bureau of Shanxi Province, Shanxi Radio and Television Station, and the Shanxi Branch of China Mobile, in a bid to create a distinctive live streaming experience for China’s first 5G national sport games.

The application of 5G Live TV solutions in the 2nd National Youth Games sets a great example for the future live streaming of sporting events. With the large-scale deployments of 5G networks and vigorous development of 8K/VR/AR video technologies, ZTE will continue to promote 5G Live TV commercialization in collaboration with partners, exploring the live streaming solutions, industry applications, and in-depth cooperation among industry players in the 5G scenario.

About ZTE

ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE’s strategy, the company is committed to providing customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE’s products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. For more information, please visit https://www.zte.com.cn/global/

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ZTE Corporation
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وزارة السياحة في كيرالا تطلق تطبيقها وتطرح عروضها السياحية الموسمية

تريفاندرام، الهند، 9 أغسطس، 2019 / PRNewswire / – يحتوي تطبيق كيرالا ” Kerala ” السياحي على العديد من المميزات التي يتوقعها المرء في دليل سياحي. وقد قام حوالي 20.000 شخص بتنزيل التطبيق حتى الآن. الهدف من ذلك هو جعل تكلفته خمس روبيات، من خلال توفير خدمة شخصية لكل مسافر.https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_lzkf0zad/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

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قامت إنفيس مالتيميديا “Invis Multimedia” بتصميم التطبيق بالكامل.

يتضمن التطبيق تفاصيل أكثر من 500 وجهة سياحية. كذلك يوفر التطبيق تفاصيل عن 78 مهرجانات في كيرالا من خلال التطبيق. يعرض الموقع الالكتروني حوالي 1113 صورة حصرية من كيرالا، من ضمن هذه الصور عالية الجودة، يوجد 200 صورة في التطبيق. وبالمثل، يحتوي الموقع على 764 مقطع فيديو من الوجهات والمهرجانات في كيرالا؛ بينما يحتوي التطبيق على 294 مقطع فيديو. يمكنك تنزيل التطبيق من هنا: https://www.keralatourism.org/mobile-applications/official-app

العروض الموسمية

تتوفر باقات العروض السياحية الموسمية التي تم إطلاقها خصيصًا هذا الموسم الموسمي في التطبيق والموقع الالكتروني الخاص بوزارة السياحة في كيرالا. كما تتوفر معلومات مفصلة عن العروض في موقع كيرالا السياحي www.keralatourism.org.

هناك حوالي 162 باقة سياحية، منها 106 باقة تقدمها الوكالات السياحية. وهناك أيضًا 65 مقدم خدمة يشاركون في عروض الباقات السياحية الموسمية، تفضل بزيارة: https://www.keralatourism.org/monsoon-packages.

تلقينا حتى الآن أكثر من مائة استفسار عن هذه العروض السياحية.

الاستبيان الخاص بالمراحيض

نشر تطبيق وموقع السياحة في كيرالا معلومات حول 914 دورة مياه، وسيتم إضافة معلومات عن 152 مرحاضًا قريبًا. مع إضافة المزيد من المراحيض، يتم اختيار كل مرحاض بعد الفحص الشخصي وضمان نظافة المراحيض. كخطوة تالية، سيتم أيضًا إضافة مراحيض عامة في محطات الحافلات وجوانب الطرق (والتي قد لا تكون صحية). يمكن رؤية ثلاث إلى أربع صور مرجعية للمراحيض في التطبيق بحيث يمكن للمستخدم التعرف على جودة المراحيض من خلال عرضها في التطبيق نفسه.

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‫اقتصاد الأسود الجديد: إماطة اللثام عن قيمة الأسود وموائلها

برستول، إنجلترا، 9 من أغسطس 2019 /PRNewswire/ —  توفر موائل الأسود في المتوسط خدمات منظومة بيئية –  أي الفوائد التي يجنيها البشر من وراء المنظومات البيئية الصحية –  أكثر مما تجنيها مناطق أخرى في أفريقيا. ولكن تلك الخدمات عرضة لخطر الاختفاء. يستكشف اقتصاد الأسود الجديد نهجًا جديدًا فيما يتعلق بحماية الأسود والتنمية الاقتصادية ويدعو إلى الاستثمار في خدمات المنظومة البيئية لمساندة البشر والأسود على حد سواء.

تمثل الأسود جنسًا بالغ الأهمية بين الكائنات الحية. ولكنها في طريقها للانقراض وقد اختفت فعلاً من عدة بلدان أفريقية. ودائمًا ما تترد الحكومات في إنفاق الأموال على حماية البيئة عندما يتعلق الأمر بأحد المساعي المرتبطة ببناء النظم الاقتصادية والقضاء على الفقر. وقد ورد ما يلي في التقرير الجديد الذي أصدرته مؤسسة Equilibrium Research، الذي كلفها بإعداده صندوق رعاية الأسود بمناسبة الاحتفال باليوم العالمي للأسود  في عام 2019:

  • تدعم الأسود خدمات المنظومة البيئية دعمًا مباشرًاعن طريق اجتذاب السائحين فيدر ذلك دخلاً قوامه ملايين الدولارات بصفة سنوية.
  • كما تدعم رعاية الأسود وحمايتها خدمات أخرى ضمن المنظومة البيئيةعن طريق الحفاظ على موارد المياه اللازمة لمياه الشرب والطاقة ودعم الأمن الغذائي وتخزين الكربون للتخفيف من وطأة التغيرات المناخية وحماية المجتمعات من الكوارث البيئية.
  • وللأسود أهمية خاصة فيما يتعلق بالمعيشة والقيم الثقافية والروحيةحيث تحتل موقع القلب من الثقافة الأفريقية.
  • تدر الأسود فوائد اقتصادية وتجتذب مصدرًا جديدًا للعوائد في إطار فهم أعمق لخدمات المنظومة البيئية، وهو ما يمكنه مساعدة المجتمعات والمختصين في حماية الأسود ورعايتها في الوصول إلى مصادر متعددة للتمويل بما يدعم موارد الرزق والتنمية المستدامة وجنس الأسود.

وفي صدر هذا التقرير صرح كادو كيوي سيبونيا، الرئيس التنفيذي لصندوق الحياة البرية الأفريقي، قائلاً: “الاستثمار في حماية الأسود ليس مجرد عمل خيري قد يؤدي إلى حماية قطعان أحد الأجناس التي تعيش على أراضينا أيًا كانت أهميته. بل تؤدي رعاية الأسود كذلك إلى حماية العديد من القيم التجارية وقيم البقاء التي تعتمد على الأسود اعتمادًا مباشرًا أو التي تعتمد على موائل الأسود حيث نجني تلك القيم بوصفها فوائد محصلة دون تكلفة إضافية للحماية.

على صناع القرار الأفارقة أن يحافظوا على خدمات المنظومة البيئية بوصفها آليات ضرورية لدعم الحياة إذا ما أرادت أفريقيا استعادة سمات تنوعها الحيوي ودعم المجتمعات العمرانية سريعة التوسع ودعم اقتصادها النامي. ويمكن للكشف عن قيمة الأسود وموائلها الإسهام في تحقيق هذه الأهداف.

وكما وصف “اقتصاد الأسود الجديد” المزايا الأكبر التي يجنيها الاقتصاد من موائل الأسود، فإنه يؤكد على أهمية تقدير قيمة خدمات المنظومة البيئية وشرح أهميتها بشكل أفضل وإعادة بناء خدمات المنظومة البيئية لتحسين الغذاء والماء وأمان البشر إضافة إلى استخدام السوق من أجل خدمات المنظومة البيئية بغرض دعم جهود الحماية والتنمية في جميع الأرجاء التي تضم موائل للأسود. وعلى صناع السياسات وضع تلك المزايا في اعتبارهم عند وضع خطط التنمية والمساعدة في إنشاء نماذج عمل تدعم خدمات المنظومة البيئية والأسود على حد سواء والتعبير عن احتياجات المجتمعات البشرية. وتستطيع الحكومات والجهات الدولية المانحة تقديم المساعدة في هذا الشأن عن طريق الاستثمار في حماية الأسود وتجديد قطعانها بوصفها مؤشرات على خدمات صحية للمنظومة البيئية.

وإذا ما اتُّخِذت تلك الخطوات، فسوف يصبح اقتصاد الأسود الجديد واقعًا ملموسًا حيث تنمو قطعان الأسود مع تحصيل مجموعة كاملة من المزايا الإضافية.

ملاحظات:

ينعقد الاحتفال باليوم العالمي للأسود  في العاشرمن أغسطس كل عام. تهدف الحملة إلى إحداث التقارب بين الناس على مستوى العالم للإعراب عن أهمية الأسود والتوعية بالقضايا التي تواجهها جهود حماية الأسود.

تشمل خدمات المنظومة البيئية العديد من الفوائد التي يجنيها البشر من البيئة الطبيعية ومن المنظومة البيئية الصحية التي تؤدي وظائفها بالشكل الملائم. وتشمل تلك الفوائد المهام البيئية الرئيسة التي تؤدي إلى استمرار الحياة – كالتمثيل الضوئي وتدوير العناصر المغذية – عن طريق توفير الغذاء والماء وأراضي الرعي ووسائل زراعة الغابات والأدوية والعديد من المواد الأخرى إضافة إلى العديد من المهام التنظيمية كحماية السواحل والتخفيف من وطأة آثار التغيُّر المناخي، كما تشمل فوائد ثقافية وروحية منها انتعاش السياحة والقيم الترفيهية والجمالية للمنظومات البيئية وأهميتها للفئات الدينية.

اختفت قطعان الأسود من 92% من موائلها التاريخية المعروفة وانخفضت أعدادها من حوالي 200 ألف حيوان وجد منذ مائة عام مضت إلى أقل من 20 ألف في الوقت الحالي.

أُنشئ صندوق رعاية الأسود  من قبل شبكة حماية الحياة البرية  بالتعاون مع مؤسسة ليوناردو دي كابريو لمضاعفة أعداد الأسود في أفريقيا واستعادة الأسود التي فقدتها القارة على مدى الأعوام الخمسة وعشرين عامًا المنقضية. كما يهدف صندوق رعاية الأسود، إلى جانب تجديد قطعان الأسود، إلى ترميم موائلها وكل ما توفره تلك الموائل لسكان المنطقة وللحياة البرية. يوجه صندوق رعاية الأسود جميع التبرعات التي يتلقاها مباشرة إلى المشروعات الهادفة إلى الحفاظ على الأسود والاستثمار في أفضل الأفكار الداعية إلى استعادة جنس الأسود ودعم المشروعات التي يتم تنفيذها خارج حدود أية دولة بعينها في جميع الأرجاء التي تضم موائل للأسود.

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Equatorial Guinea’s Border Wall Plans Provoke Anger in Cameroon

Cameroon has instructed its military to be on the alert as Equatorial Guinea says it is building a border wall to stop Cameroonians and West Africans from illegally entering its territory. Equatorial Guinea’s announcement comes as officials of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) regional economic bloc, of which Equatorial Guinea is a member, are encouraging the free movement of people and goods to boost economic growth in the region.

Thirty-two-year old Cameroonian merchant Kome Pascal imports wine from Equatorial Guinea. He also exports cement, roofing sheets and farm produce from Cameroon to the neighboring nation.

“I feel very bad because goods will not come again into Cameroon and farmers who sell in Equatorial Guinea, what do they expect them to do with their goods,” he told VOA. “Building that particular wall is not going to permit Cameroonians to sell their goods.”

When Equatorial Guinea said it was building the wall and erected milestones on the border near the Cameroon town of Kye-Ossi, Cameroon army chief Lieutenant General Rene Claude Meka visited the border. Meka said he was told the neighboring state was not respecting territorial limits and was encroaching on Cameroon land. He said the Cameroonian army would not tolerate any unlawful intrusion.

Anastasio Asumu Mum Munoz, Equatorial Guinea ambassador to Cameroon, was called up by Cameroon’s minister of external relations on Thursday to explain his country’s plans for the border.

Ambassador Munoz said his country plans to build a wall, but that reports that the its military had installed milestones in Cameroon territory are misleading.

Equatorial Guinea has always accused Cameroon of letting its citizens and West Africans enter its territory illegally.

More than 100 migrants from Togo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Benin on their way to Equatorial Guinea and Gabon are currently stranded in Cameroon after they were rescued from their capsizing vessel in the Atlantic Ocean.

Cameroonian-born Christian Mbock, visiting lecturer of international relations at the National University of Equatorial Guinea, said the wall will stop illegal migrants and secure Equatorial Guinea.

“There was a problem in Equatorial Guinea because there was a coup there, then the government had to protect itself and said that the government was suspending the implementation of [CEMAC’s decision for free movement],” he said. “It is a complex situation.”

Equatorial Guinea has often sealed its border with Cameroon, complaining of security threats posed by illegal immigration.

In December 2017, Equatorial Guinea said it had arrested 30 foreign armed men from Chad, the Central African Republic and Sudan on the border. The report said they possessed rocket launchers, rifles and a stockpile of ammunition to destabilize the government of President Theodoro Obiang, who has led oil-rich Equatorial Guinea since 1979.

Cameroon said it also arrested 40 heavily-armed men on the 290-kilometer boundary.

Both countries are members of the CEMAC, which in 2017 said it had reached a milestone when heads of state meeting in Chad lifted visa requirements for their 45 million citizens traveling within the six-member nation economic bloc.

Source: Voice of America

Mogadishu Mayor Targeted by Female Bomber

The Somali government says the recent explosion that fatally injured the mayor of Mogadishu was carried out by a female suicide bomber with special needs who was assisted by a second woman.

A statement issued by the Somali government Friday said both women had been working for the city government without going through a proper vetting process.

The statement said the women took consecutive leaves from work within a period of month to travel to areas of the country controlled by terrorists.

The July 24 explosion was claimed by the militant group, al-Shabab. Eight people were killed, including Mogadishu Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman, known as Engineer Yarisow, and other officials from his administration. The mayor died in Qatar on August 1 due to injuries suffered in the attack.

A VOA Somali investigation has learned that both women gave false names in order to work for the local government.

The female bomber was blind and had been working for the mayor as the special needs coordinator since May, 2018. The name she gave was Basira Abdi Mohamed. VOA Somali Service’s program, The Investigative Dossier, has learned from multiple security sources that her real name was Maryam.

The woman assisting her was known to authorities as Deggan but she gave a false name too. Investigative Dossier learned from security sources that her real name is Hodan. She also gave false information about her qualifications during her vetting process in late 2018. She had been recommended by Maryam who requested she be employed in order to support her special needs, but the administration failed to do a background check. Hodan survived the explosion and is believed to have escaped to al-Shabab-controlled territory.

Investigative Dossier learned from multiple sources that the two women took leave from work in the month prior to the two independence anniversaries (June 26 and July 1) that Somalia celebrates every year. The celebrations were held at the mayor’s headquarters and the Presidential Palace. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo attended both events. According to security sources, Maryam made a strong effort to attend both events. It’s believed she attended the ceremony at the Mayor’s office on June 26. Officials are still trying to determine if she made it to the palace ceremony four days later. Security forces are investigating whether the women intended to target the president.

According to two security sources, when Maryam took leave in June she told the mayor she was going to see a doctor. The mayor helped her and gave her $10,000 to cover her medical expenses according to a senior official. Information she gave suggesting that she was going to travel to India for treatment proved false, instead she traveled to al-Shabaab territory according to security sources.

On the day of the attack, CCTV cameras captured the two women entering the mayor’s headquarters in the early afternoon. Maryam asked to meet with the mayor, but his assistant insisted that he was very busy.

An hour earlier, the mayor received the new United Nations envoy to Somalia, James Swan, in his office. The women arrived after Swan had left according to security sources.

Both women entered the building without anyone checking them and without being scanned. A female security agent at the gate who searches women was on a break at the time, an official says.

The meeting between the Mayor and his officials begun just before 4 pm local time, the explosion occurred about 30 minutes later according to Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, the district commissioner of Hamarweyne who was injured in the attack.

Maryam arrived in the room very early and sat five seats from the mayor’s chair. Her assistant, Hodan, was restless. She sits and gets up, walks in and out of the room, according to an official.

According to an assessment made, the blind woman carried the explosive device in her body.

Who was Maryam?

She was born in 1992 in El-Adde town, Hiran region. In 2005 she entered a special needs school in Mogadishu. She then started activism and to speak for the rights of the disabled people. She described herself as an advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities.

In 2015 she formed Somali Women Disability Association and was invited to make speeches at conferences and events in Mogadishu. She met high profile individuals including former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and current President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo according to photos circulated on Somali media. The United Nations office in Somalia highlighted her work for the disabled.

When she joined the local government Mayor Osman welcomed her and used the occasion to highlight the plight of people with special needs.

Somalia is holding a memorial and prayer service for the late Mayor Friday in Mogadishu.

Source: Voice of America

Mogadishu Mayor Targeted by Female Bomber

The Somali government says the recent explosion that fatally injured the mayor of Mogadishu was carried out by a female suicide bomber with special needs who was assisted by a second woman.

A statement issued by the Somali government Friday said both women had been working for the city government without going through a proper vetting process.

The statement said the women took consecutive leaves from work within a period of month to travel to areas of the country controlled by terrorists.

The July 24 explosion was claimed by the militant group, al-Shabab. Eight people were killed, including Mogadishu Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman, known as Engineer Yarisow, and other officials from his administration. The mayor died in Qatar on August 1 due to injuries suffered in the attack.

A VOA Somali investigation has learned that both women gave false names in order to work for the local government.

The female bomber was blind and had been working for the mayor as the special needs coordinator since May, 2018. The name she gave was Basira Abdi Mohamed. VOA Somali Service’s program, The Investigative Dossier, has learned from multiple security sources that her real name was Maryam.

The woman assisting her was known to authorities as Deggan but she gave a false name too. Investigative Dossier learned from security sources that her real name is Hodan. She also gave false information about her qualifications during her vetting process in late 2018. She had been recommended by Maryam who requested she be employed in order to support her special needs, but the administration failed to do a background check. Hodan survived the explosion and is believed to have escaped to al-Shabab-controlled territory.

Investigative Dossier learned from multiple sources that the two women took leave from work in the month prior to the two independence anniversaries (June 26 and July 1) that Somalia celebrates every year. The celebrations were held at the mayor’s headquarters and the Presidential Palace. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo attended both events. According to security sources, Maryam made a strong effort to attend both events. It’s believed she attended the ceremony at the Mayor’s office on June 26. Officials are still trying to determine if she made it to the palace ceremony four days later. Security forces are investigating whether the women intended to target the president.

According to two security sources, when Maryam took leave in June she told the mayor she was going to see a doctor. The mayor helped her and gave her $10,000 to cover her medical expenses according to a senior official. Information she gave suggesting that she was going to travel to India for treatment proved false, instead she traveled to al-Shabaab territory according to security sources.

On the day of the attack, CCTV cameras captured the two women entering the mayor’s headquarters in the early afternoon. Maryam asked to meet with the mayor, but his assistant insisted that he was very busy.

An hour earlier, the mayor received the new United Nations envoy to Somalia, James Swan, in his office. The women arrived after Swan had left according to security sources.

Both women entered the building without anyone checking them and without being scanned. A female security agent at the gate who searches women was on a break at the time, an official says.

The meeting between the Mayor and his officials begun just before 4 pm local time, the explosion occurred about 30 minutes later according to Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, the district commissioner of Hamarweyne who was injured in the attack.

Maryam arrived in the room very early and sat five seats from the mayor’s chair. Her assistant, Hodan, was restless. She sits and gets up, walks in and out of the room, according to an official.

According to an assessment made, the blind woman carried the explosive device in her body.

Who was Maryam?

She was born in 1992 in El-Adde town, Hiran region. In 2005 she entered a special needs school in Mogadishu. She then started activism and to speak for the rights of the disabled people. She described herself as an advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities.

In 2015 she formed Somali Women Disability Association and was invited to make speeches at conferences and events in Mogadishu. She met high profile individuals including former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and current President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo according to photos circulated on Somali media. The United Nations office in Somalia highlighted her work for the disabled.

When she joined the local government Mayor Osman welcomed her and used the occasion to highlight the plight of people with special needs.

Somalia is holding a memorial and prayer service for the late Mayor Friday in Mogadishu.

Source: Voice of America