Kidnapped foreign journalists freed

first_img February 24, 2021 Find out more News SomaliaAfrica Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia News News March 2, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Freeman and Cendon were kidnapped as they left from their hotel in Bosasso, in the northern semi-autonomous region of Puntland, on 26 November. They had been in Bosasso for about a week to report on piracy. to go further “While we welcome the release of Freeman and Cendon, it is intolerable that journalists are kidnapped for ransom in connection with their legitimate work,” NUSOJ secretary-general Omar Faruk Osman said. Help by sharing this information Organisation center_img Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about yesterday’s abduction of two foreign journalists – a Briton and a Spaniard – in Bosasso (northeastern region of Puntland). Two Somalis were with them when they were kidnapped. “We pin out hopes on the competent authorities, who should be aware that time is the key factor in achieving a positive outcome in this kind of case,” Reporters Without Borders said. RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region RSF_en News January 4, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kidnapped foreign journalists freed The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and Reporters Without Borders welcome the release today of British reporter Colin Freeman and Spanish photographer José Cendon, both employed by the London-based Daily Telegraph newspaper. “We reiterate our call for the immediate and unconditional release of three journalists – Amanda Lindhout, Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi and Nigel Brennan – who were abducted in Mogadishu on 23 August,” Faruk added._____________________27.11.08 – Two foreign journalists kidnapped in PuntlandReporters Without Borders is very concerned about yesterday’s abduction of two foreign journalists – a Briton and a Spaniard – in Bosasso, the business capital of the semi-autonomous northeastern region of Puntland. Two Somalis were with them when they were kidnapped.“This abduction is a reminder that banditry, piracy and politically-motivated crime pose a constant threat to foreigners – journalists and humanitarian workers – who go to Somalia,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We pin out hopes on the competent authorities, who should be aware that time is the key factor in achieving a positive outcome in this kind of case.”Gunmen intercepted the two journalists at around 10 a.m., shortly after they had left their hotel in central Bosasso, on Puntland’s northern coast, to go to the airport to fly to Djibouti. The British journalist’s identity is known but his employer does not want the media to name him. His Spanish colleague is freelance photographer José Cendón. Both were covering piracy in the Gulf of Aden. It is believed they are still being held in the area.One of the two Somalis with them when they were abducted was their fixer. The other one was understood to be a journalist. Their identities cannot be published for security reasons. There is so far no independent confirmation as to whether they are currently also being held against their will.Torn by clan rivalry and the greed of uncontrolled armed gangs, Puntland is used as a base by the “families” responsible for hijacking civilian vessels and organising smuggling between Somalia and Yemen. The area is also the fief of Abdullahi Yusuf, the president of Somalia’s transitional federal government.Three journalists and six humanitarian workers are currently hostages in the southern part of the country. Canadian reporter Amanda Lindhout, Australian photographer Nigel Brennan and Somali journalist Abdifatah Elmi have been held by an independent militia in Mogadishu since 23 August. Two foreign employees of Médecins du Monde were kidnapped near the Ethiopian border and four Action Against Hunger employees were kidnapped at Dhusa Mareb airport, to the north of Mogadishu.French freelance journalist Gwen Le Gouil was held hostage for eight days at the end of last year while in Bosasso to do a story on the smuggling of illegal migrants across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen, a crossing in which many lose their lives. This lucrative trade is controlled by small bands based on clan ties and backed by their own militias. The local authorities struggle to control the situation in the region, where a sizable proportion of the population lives off these various criminal activities. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Somalia RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

TOP 50 BAKERY RETAILERS

first_imgMichele Youngretail and brands director, BB’s Coffee and Muffins, No.10We currently have 177 stores throughout the UK and Ireland. This represents an increase on last year as we have opened about 20 new stores in the last 12 months.The main problems we faced in 2007 centred around the industry cost increases and the challenge to ensure that we maintain our value-for-money retail price positioning, which has been key to our success.Our store design is currently under review and will evolve accordingly, as BB’s is very much a place where our customers want to feel relaxed, and we expect to open a further 20-25 stores in 2008 and aim to reach 200 stores next year.The menu is constantly being reviewed to ensure that we meet customer taste preferences and demands. We have some exciting new products in the pipeline for 2008, which suit our customers’ needs.Simon Hargravescommercial director, Pret A Manger, No. 9Overall 2007 was an excellent year, but commodity price pressures – particularly wheat price increases – have dampened our success. We now have 175 shops, an increaseof 21.We expect to have 206 UK shops by the end of 2008. We have an ongoing refurbishment programme to keep our shops fresh and relevant. We also continue to model our shops to suit their local area and customers. For instance, shops in retail areas and shops in worker areas.The menu will evolve, as always, as we focus on taste, provenance and quality.Peter Williamsbakery director, Simmons Bakers, No. 33We have 29 bakery shops at the moment and plan to open another by March.It will be our aim to open one to two a year. We also have a growing wholesale business, which accounts for about 25% of bakery sales.With health trends growing, speciality breads such as the GI loaf are seeing good growth. But doughnuts are still by far our biggest-selling product. We make anywhere between 4-5,000 jam and ring doughnuts a day.The biggest challenge in 2007 was, by far, rising ingredients and fuel costs. We were forced to put a price increase on some of our products in October, on top of our annual increase in April.Kevin Grahamregional director for Europe, Israel and South Africa, Subway, No. 2Subway has doubled its number of stores in the UK and Ireland in the last two years and now has over 1,100 stores. It has plans to open another 1,000 stores in the UK and Ireland by 2010. The level of growth we’ve experienced in the UK and Ireland is a fantastic achievement. It reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of the development agents and franchisees, together with the power of the Subway brand and the strength of its systems, policies and procedures.The chain’s popularity among consumers has seen sales of subs continue to rise – one of the key product advantages is that subs are made up in front of the customer, exactly the way they want them. n—-=== Next year’s Top 50? ===John ChalmersMD, Chalmers Bakery, No. 51We’ve had many highlights this year, particularly the Scotch Pie World Cup. On the downside, we’ve had the usual staffing problems, but we’re lucky because we’re able to employ people from the EU. We now have 17 shops, the same as last year, but one is being refurbished at the moment. We want to make the bakery more modern and attractive to customers.We’re not actively looking for a new site, but if one pops up in the correct location then we’ll take it.last_img read more