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Airline personel fed up with security

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

n ice front has developed between airline staff and the personnel enforcing security at Norwegian airports, with accusations of “security groping” prevalent among women.

Hans Jacob Opsahl says he has received repeated complaints, primarily from female employees, of crass treatment by security personnel.

PHOTO: JON-ARE BERG-JACOBSEN

In the wake of the terrorist attack on the USA on Sept. 11 2001, flight crews and pilots were required to undergo full security checks, beginning in May 2004, similar to those for passengers. These checks also apply to all ground crew and airport personnel. In practice, flight crews must undergo checks several times in the course of a working day.

On Tuesday evening a crisis meeting was held between airline companies, Civil Aviation Administration organization Avinor and the Civil Aviation Authority at Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL). A Widerøe airline pilot has threatened to resign in protest over what he calls harassment by security personnel, and a petition of signatures from OSL employees is being collected.

Amateurish and offensive
“I believe that the security company employees are a greater security risk that passengers or flight personnel. If there is a terrorist attack on Gardermoen I will eat my hat if security isn’t involved. I have 37 years experience with SAS and will not be checked by amateurs straight off the street,” said Hans Jacob Opsahl, chief elected representative for 600 SAS ground crew workers.

Opsahl also accuses security personnel of amateurish groping, particularly of female employees.

“I have had at least a dozen complaints from female employees who have had their breasts grabbed and had metal detectors rubbed against their crotch. Several women have also had guards pull out their waistbands and stick their hands in deeply,” Opsahl said.

“I have had several reports that, especially attractive women, have been thoroughly checked by men and have been refused requests to have women do this job,” Opsahl said, and called the behavior deeply offensive.

Personnel safety representative Jens Isaksen of SAS Ground Services has aired the problem with manpower firm Adecco.

“I have reported several instances of what must be called unprofessional execution of security checks, and our staff have reacted to these,” said Isaksen, and added that it is not unusual for ground staff to be security checked 10-12 times a day.

Jack Netskar of the Norwegian SAS pilots’ union said his members also felt the constant checks were a burden.

“Security can never be 100 percent and I don’t think we have much to gain by thoroughly searching pilots all the time,” Netskar said.

Puzzling charges
OSL information chief Jo Kobro was baffled by the problem.

“I am unaware of controllers groping women during security checks and find it strange that only ground employees have experienced this,” Kobro said. “If anyone experiences unpleasantness during a security control the duty officer should be called and informed and the video footage from the surveillance cameras will be checked afterwards,” Kobro said.

Kobro said that unprofessional conduct was not accepted at OSL and that all security personnel had to undergo training and were tested by European Union inspectors.

“I think anyone can find a security check unpleasant but these are regulations that must be carried out. As long as the Civil Aviation Authority follows EU regulations there is nothing we can do,” Kobro said.

By Hans O. Torgersen, Per Annar Holm and Jonathan Tisdall

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Cricketing day – World Cup

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

Kiwis go through after easy win World Cup Group C, St Lucia: New Zealand 331-7 (50 overs) beat Kenya 183 (49.2 overs) by 48 runs .

Scorecard  
Michael Mason made two early breakthroughs for the Kiwis. New Zealand booked their place in the Super 8 phase after comfortably beating Kenya by 148 runs in St Lucia.

Kenya’s top-order quartet David Obuya, Maurice Ouma, Steve Tikolo and Tanmay Mishra all fell early while superb Kiwi fielding engineered three run-outs.

Only Ravindu Shah (71) and Thomas Odoyo (42) provided resistance as Kenya were bowled out for 183 in their final over.

Ross Taylor, Stephen Fleming, Scott Styris and Craig McMillan earlier hit half-centuries in New Zealand’s 331-7.

Kenya captain Tikolo had elected to field after winning the toss on a slow-looking wicket, and Odoyo had opener Lou Vincent caught at slip for a duck in the first over.

But then Fleming and Taylor put on 105, and the Kiwi skipper hit three huge sixes and seven fours before running himself out for 60.

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Mishra, who had dropped Taylor in the fourth over, then spilled a seemingly comfortable catch from Styris off the bowling of Tikolo when he was on 20.

The Kiwis’ total was also boosted as Kenya sent down 21 wides.

Taylor pulled up with a hamstring problem – which will rule him out of their final group game against Canada – while 72 not out and required treatment.

Vincent briefly re-emerged as his runner, and Taylor lofted a six over midwicket before he pushed a soft return catch to Tikolo’s gentle off-spin for 85.

It left Styris and McMillan to push the score along before Styris holed out in the deep for 63 off 62 balls.

The bearded McMillan’s destructive qualities took the score over 300 with his 71, including five sixes, coming from just 48 balls, leaving them on course to book their place in the second phase. 
 
Odoyo celebrates his wicket from the fourth ball of the day
Seamer Michael Mason, preferred to spinner Jeetan Patel in the line-up, struck early for the Kiwis when he trapped David Obuya lbw in the third over.

Ouma was then superbly run out by a direct hit from Vincent as Kenya pushed for a quick single in the sixth.

Despite a couple of brief rain delays, Mason soon claimed the key wicket of Tikolo, who spooned a catch to Vettori, while Mishra failed to atone for his fielding errors when he edged James Franklin to Fleming at slip.

As New Zealand hurried on to make sure the game reached the 20-over mark in order to constitute a match, it left Kenya vulnerable to a heavy defeat under the Duckworth-Lewis formula if the rain came again.

Collins Obuya (21) was comically run out going for a second run when Shah stayed in his crease as the Kiwis removed the bails with both batsmen stranded at the same end.

Shah and Odoyo gave the score respectability, but Shah’s dismissal at 122-6 left Kenya looking unlikely to force an upset.

Jimmy Kamande was bowled by a slower ball from Vettori while aiming an agricultural swipe across the line, while Lameck Onyango became the third run-out victim of the innings after another direct hit from the livewire Vincent.

Odoyo was ninth man out when he lifted Shane Bond to Jacob Oram in the covers, and Franklin picked up his second wicket when Peter Ongondo skied a bouncer which the bowler caught himself.

The heavy defeat also leaves Kenya’s net run-rate well adrift of England’s in Group C, which would send Michael Vaughan’s side through if the weather were to wash out their final group game on Saturday.

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The father of the Norwegian Crown Princess is dead

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s father, Sven O. Høiby, died Wednesday, aged 70.PHOTO: HÅKON MOSVOLD LARSEN / SCANPIX

Sven O. Høiby, father to Crown Princess Mette-Marit, passed away on Wednesday, aged 70.

Høiby had been ill for some time, having been diagnosed with lung cancer in the autumn of last year. He had been receiving treatment at both the national Rikshospitalet and at Sørlandet Hospital in Kristiansand.

“On behalf of the family I would like to inform you that Sven O. Høiby died today, Wednesday March 21,” Espen Høiby told news agency NTB.

The crown princess had a turbulent relationship with her father after she married Crown Prince Haakon, but there were clear signs of reconciliation in recent times.

After the 2001 wedding father and daughter had largely only met at major events in the crown couple’s family life.

Sven O. Høiby and Mette-Marit’s mother divorced when their daughter was 11 years old. She grew up with her mother, but spent regular weekends with her father, news agency NTB reports.

The Crown Prince and Princess visited Høiby in hospital, and also brought along his grandchildren. Høiby was a well known figure in Kristiansand before his daughter married into the royal family and he never regretted having a periodically sensational media profile, including a late, high profile marriage to a stripper.

In a recent book revealing the dubious methods employed by gossip weekly Se og Hør, Høiby was revealed as a central source for the magazine, and that he had been well paid for supplying information, especially about his daughter Mette-Marit.

By Nicolai Heyerdahl and Jonathan Tisdall

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Disrimination: When will it end in our society?

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

 

In our African society,  there is a lot of discrimination amongst ourselves. For example, a child can pass with good marks say KCSE B+, this child may end up not being admitted in any college but  if a child from a rich family gets even C, he or she might end up in a good college.

 

In my community, there was a girl child who sat for her KCSE education and scored grade B+, this girl was an orphan staying with the grandmother who was aged. Despite her hard work, doing her studies with lantern and in case of no paraffin, she could use moonlight to do her homework, since she was on a day school next to the grandmothers place, but due to discrimination, she was not accepted anywhere.

 

Her friends from the same class who were well off and performed poorly, managed to go to colleges. Being so much frustrated, she ended up becoming a barmaid in order to get money for her living and caring for the grandmother.  As per now she is leading a measurable life in the streets.

 

Discrimination has really spoilt our society, the rich wants to be more rich not bothering about the poor.

 

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Pauline Onyango, Kisumu – Kenya

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Nigerian projects to benefit from world bank funding

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

Lagos (Nigeria) The World Bank has approved US$75 million floating development fund for Nigeria, the World Bank task team leader, Professor Folusho Akinwande, said here.

Akinwande said on Wednesday in Bauchi, about 400km from Abuja, while inspecting some projects at Gitar village in Bauchi Local Government Area that the fund would facilitate the implementation of the Local Empowerment and Environmental Management Project (LEEMP) in Nigeria. He said the amount was provided to accelerate infrastructure development in rural communities and to facilitate the execution and management of viable environment projects.

Akinwande added that 820 communities selected from nine states of Nigeria would participate in the four-year World Bank-assisted programme. He named the states as Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Enugu, Bayelsa, Katsina, Niger, Imo and Oyo.

Akinmewade said that the bank had achieved over 65 per cent success in the implementation of the LEEMP projects in some Nigerian states.

He said that the Bank had mapped out strategies to enhance effective monitoring and transparency in the execution of the projects.

The Bauchi State co-ordinator of the LEEMP project, Alhaji Nasiru Shehu, said 90 communities were participating in the programme.

Shehu disclosed that N300 million (aboutUS$2.2 million) had so far been disbursed to the rural communities in the state out of the N600 million (about US$4.5 million) set aside for the programme.

“LEEMP has encouraged communities to initiate projects which are people-oriented such as schools, clinics, roads and water supply,” he added.

Earlier, the deputy governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Abdullahi Mahmood, said the state government had approved payment of its 50 per cent counter-part funding to enable the state access the fund.

Mahmood assured the bank of the state government’s co-operation and pledged to partner with other donor agencies for the development of the state.

 

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NGOs have requested the Prime Minister of Lesotho to convene a special summit on Zimbabwean crisis

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

Maseru (Lesotho) The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) based in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, has called on the current chairperson of the SADC region, and Prime Minister of Lesotho, Pakalitha Mosisili, to convene a special summit to discuss the political situation in Zimbabwe.

In a statement released here Wednesday, the council said the crisis has reached a point where Zimbabweans need to be strongly persuaded and directly assisted to find urgent solution to the crisis that may eventually affect the entire region.

It further said that their continued silence and inaction in the face of intensifying suffering and destruction in Zimbabwe cannot be of any value or benefit to their vision as a region or individual member-states, adding that the SADC heads of state’s intervention and leadership is urgently needed.

The statement further noted that the Zimbabwean government’s disregard of law needed to be stopped before the matter turned into a full-scale humanitarian crisis which the SADC region and the African continent would regret for years to come.

They also urged the Zimbabwean government to recognise opposition parties as legitimate political institutions and to work with SADC institutions such as the SADC Parliamentary Forum as well as the African Union and the Pan African Parliament to find a lasting solution to the problems in the country.

The Executive Director of the Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (LCN), Mr Seabata Motsamai told APA that Mr Mosisili, as the chairman of SADC was supposed to have responded to the matter a long time ago, but to date, he has been silent.

 

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Police intensifies security measures ahead of IAAF world country championships

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

Nairobi (Kenya) Police in Mombasa, Kenya, have mounted aerial, sea and foot patrols in readiness for the 35th edition of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) world cross country championships starting Saturday to ensure maximum security during the event.

A police statement issued in Nairobi on Wednesday confirmed that police have intensified security in the country’s second largest city where the championships will be hosted.

“Police have intensified foot patrols and deployed hundreds of police and sniffer dogs as well as horse-mounted security patrols to make the event successful,” the statement said.

The statement said criminal activities have decreased drastically following the intensified patrols.

 

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Senegalese musical icon in slavery film

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

London (UK) The Senegalese international music star ; Youssou N’Dour, makes acting debut in a new film, playing the liberated slave ’Olaudah Equiano’, APA learns here.

N’dour, 47, is the only black actor in the “Amazing Grace’, a new film about slavery. The film is one of the activities lined up for ’Wilberforce 2007’, as Britain rolls out a 34-week programme beginning March 25, for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the day the Abolition of Slavery Bill was finally passed by the British parliament in 1807.

The film producers hailed the Senegalese maverick as a handsome and experienced actor who clearly knows how to occupy a stage. “He remains calm, gracious and of a token black character”.

Equiano, the slave-turned-businessman, whose book about his experiences became a bestseller in the last decade of the 18th Century, finds a modern equivalence in N’Dour – a musician who bridges two cultures and who has also built an entertainment empire (record label, studio, newspaper, website, night club) in Senegal that employs 300 people.

However, Youssou N’Dour sees his role beyond acting Equiano. “I prefer to be seen as an embodiment of Equiano ! I am not the main character playing the role, but I am the only black and I have to represent the whole black movement”.

“When I talked to the producers, there was one thing that was important for me. They said I would be playing a character who brought a lot of information to the parliament and to William Wilberforce ; and that I was doing the same thing – I was bringing a message from Africa to the Western world,” N’Dour said.

In the slavery film due to be unveiled Friday in London, N’Dour has been made up in the movie to look like the round-faced Equiano. The film-makers say the Senegalese also shares Equiano’s sense of a dual identity.

N’Dour, who in the 1980s campaigned vigorously for the release of Nelson Mandela, had performed at concerts for Amnesty International, Live 8. His music has won him fans and recognition worldwide. He is also a UNICEF ambassador.

Expressing his position on issues bordering on politics, race and forgiveness, N’Dour remarked : “I can help anybody directly or indirectly. I can participate in giving a message and help debate….in stable democratic Senegal and elsewhere in Africa”, he told the media Wednesday in London.

N’Dour strongly welcomed Amazing Grace as a film that will encourage debate – about the guilt of the West, the complicity of African slave traders, and whether the sins of the past can now be absolved.

 

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African countries urged to adopt Senegalese electoral system

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

Paris (France) Senegalese president, Abdoulaye Wade, who has just been re-elected for a second five-year tenure in the first round of the 25 February poll, said his country’s electoral system could be exported to the other African states to ease the electoral process in the continent, APA learnt here.

The Senegalese computerised electoral system is certainly expensive, but absolutely reliable. Our digital system could serve in Africa where electoral disputes and snags arise”, President Wade said Tuesday in Paris as guest of honour during a reception.

To stave off contests over the electoral process in the continent, African states should “adopt a digitised system”, President Wade advised, underscoring that such devices enabled the registration of about five million voters against less that two in 2000.

“This system is expensive, but I am sure that northern countries could help African states to implement it”, he reminded, arguing that “it is because I endured wrongs for 27 years as an opposition leader that I have finally sought to set an absolutely reliable system”.

“Senegal managed to hold a landmark presidential poll which has been hailed by nearly 2,300 electoral observers through the world. The poll was smooth because there was in fact no violence”, the Senegalese head of state explained.

 

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Former Tanzanian ambassador on fraud charges

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) Investigations into a fraud case involving a former Tanzanian ambassador to Italy, Costa Ricky Mahalu, and two other persons, have been completed, APA learnt on Wednesday.

The accused include accountant Steward Prosper Migwano and administrator Grace Alfred Martin, who are charged with conspiracy leading to a loss of 2.11 million euros of public funds in 2002 in Italy.

The Wednesday announcement was made by Prevention of Corruption Bureau officer Joseph Molle before Senior Resident Magistrate Sivangilwa Mwangesi at the Kisitu Magistrate Court in Dar es Salaam.

Molle`s announcement came in the wake of a court order seeking to know the prosecution’s position in respect to the investigation of the case which only began in February 2007.

Your Honour, we are pleased to inform your honourable court that we have completed investigations. We ask for a preliminary hearing date, he said.

The court then set 23 April for the preliminary hearing.

The accused are jointly charged with conspiracy and theft of public funds after they inflated the cost of a building meant for the Tanzania high commission in the Italian capital Rome.

The accused allegedly falsified receipts to show that the building had been bought for 3.11 million euros, when in fact it cost only 1.11 million euros.

The accused have denied the charges and have been granted bail, pending the 23 April hearing.

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Euro-African Conference on immigration – preparatory meeting in Dakar

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

Dakar (Senegal) A preparatory meeting for the Euro-African Conference on immigration, slated for 10-11 July in Morocco, is due to be held on 6-7 June in Dakar. It will convene high ranking officials of European and African countries, reliable sources told APA Tuesday.

A second meeting of the conference steering committee will be held the eve of this meeting, according to a dispatch by the Moroccan News Agency(MAP)copied to APA here on Tuesday.

The Euro-African conference on immigration will attempt to tackle the migration issue within the scope of cooperation between origin, transit and destination countries through the creation of innovative financial mechanisms to boost Africa’s economic development, the same source added.

It mainly aims at prompting cooperation through the reinforcing of financial means ; logistic, technical and material tools and human capacities to curb migration influxes.

The first meeting of the steering committee, in charge of setting up the conference, was held last March in Rabat with the attendance of 20 representatives from African and European countries, as well as the European Commission.

 

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Africans wake up – learn – forgive and forget

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

Africans should learn to forgive and forget…this issue of blaming the Europeans for their wrong doings during the time immemorial is stale.

We should try to forget and try to prosper by opening our eyes widely to build Africa.

There are some European countries that were very poor a century ago and they have really achieved alot. I know Africa can do the
same only if we stay focused, fight corruption,and end ethnic confrontation.

Africa gains nothing and Europeans loose nothing when we keep on blamimg them for the past. A high percentage of Africans is intermarrying with the whites and so this means that times are changing and we should also try to change with time.

How long does it take to build tube stations? How long does it take to have lights in each homested? How long does it take to have nice roads? SURELY.. AFRICA..the majority of
your population is abroad somewhere and they return home after their studies abroad…do we have to wait a decade to prosper?

Are we bewitched or what? GOD BLESS AFRICA…

By Clay Onyango

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Mistreatment of immigrants in Sweden

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

Hallo Norway,

I recently looked at the Stockholm Blog and found some terrible news there.
Apparently, Mr. Osewe and other kenyans recently became victims of un-called
for violence from some security guards on patrol in the Stockholm Subways.
Probably, the violence and mis-treatment had racist motives. Please, read Mr. Osewe’s blog entry of march 18’th in www.kenyastockholm.wordpress.com to
get a better understanding of the matter. However, racist motives or not – this mis-use of power can’t be accepted in our society -.

I hope this issue gets the attention it deserves and that we can all join forces to bann this kind of behavior.

It is not the first time swedish immigrants has been mis-treated this way by the so called “security guards” patrolling in the Stockholm Subways.

These “guards” are often provocative and instead of providing a secure environment, they are more likely to create un-neccessary commotion around them.

Best regards,

Lars Nyquist

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Sweden: Launching of “Making A Difference”

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

Dear friends and fellow Kenyans,
The launching of M.A.D (making a difference) will be held on the 6th of April (Good Friday). We are hosting a party with series of events for the children in Alby Skolan from 1400hrs.

A talent show for the kids will be among the events and we therefore request parents who would like their kids to participate to please call or e-mail us for registration.

The program for the day will be distributed on arrival. Punctuality will be highly appreciated to make it a success. All are welcome to support our kids.
For more information contact the below.
073-7012061 Carol e-mail wambi73@yahoo.se,
073-7803451 Sandy e-mail  bkenya2001@yahoo,
073-9709573 Cathy  e-mail osayi5@hotmail.com

Thanks
.
M.A.D  (making a difference )

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Kenya due to buy power from Tanzania

Posted by African Press International on March 21, 2007

By Correspondent David Mambo

Tanzania`s gas and oil exploration efforts have won praise from Kenya and Uganda energy commissioners. Kenya`s Director of Energy Exploration and Production Don Riaroh said his country was readying itself for purchasing electricity from Artumas Group of Tanzania.

“If all goes well, Kenya will start buying electricity from Tanzania later this year. Currently, we are upgrade our systems so that power can flow between the two countries,? he said.

Riaroh expressed satisfaction with the pace at which Tanzania was faring in search for various forms of power.

He said the country was moving in the right direction by moving away from total dependence on hydro-electricity.

“Tanzania`s speed in oil and gas exploration vividly signifies that East African countries will soon be joining a global oil producing family,“ he said.

He said the development at Mnazi Bay gas project were impressive.

On his part, the Ugandan Commissioner for Petroleum Exploration and Production, Reuben Kashambuzi said, Tanzanians was a very lucky nation for successfully managing to produce own power from Mnazi Bay gas reserves,.

The two energy commissioners were hosted by Tanzania?s Energy Commissioner, Bashir Mrondoko, at the weekend in a two-day visit in Mtwara.

They visited Mnazi Bay`s gas processing facility and power station in Mtwara town.

Mrindoko said the commissioners` trip to Mnazi Bay was an extension of the East African Energy Conference held in Arusha last week, at which the trio led their countries delegations to deliberate energy development strategies in the region.

Artumas Vice President Ian Horswill, said his company was in discussion with the government of Tanzania to produce 300MW for sale to Kenya.

At the same time company was looking into the possibilities of pumping 300MW into the national grid, through either Songea to Makambako or use the Mtwara to Kidatu route, and then proceed with it to the north from there.

Last month, the Minister for Economy and Planning, Dr Juma Ngasongwa, during his visit at Mnazibay said Artumas was ready to sell 300MW to Kenya.
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