updated 6:32 PM MDT, Jun 21, 2017

Durban Filmmart- Somalia Projects at this Year's DFM -Rajada Dalka (Nation’s Hope)

Rajada Dalka (Nation’s Hope) (Somalia) – produced by Andy Jones, Cynthia Kane, and Lyric R Cabraland directed by Hana Mire
 
The full press release on the projects that have been selected to pitch at this year’s Durban FilmMart is below.
The DFM is also open to filmmakers and interested people, not only these selected projects.
 
8th Durban FilmMart announces Official Project Selection for 2017 edition

14 June 2017

8th Durban FilmMart announces Official Project Selection for 2017 edition

A record 22 fiction feature films and documentaries projects in development from around Africa have been selected for the 8th edition of the Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place in Durban, South Africa from July 14 to 17.

A joint programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s film industry development unit, the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), the DFM aims to showcase and increase awareness of African cinema through stimulating film production on the continent by encouraging collaborations amongst African filmmakers.

The projects this year have been selected from across Africa, including Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Benin, DRC, Namibia, Somalia, Mozambique and South Africa.

"We are more than delighted with this year’s submissions and selection of projects," says Toni Monty, Head of the DFO. "We have a range of countries represented as well as an interesting selection of topics and themes, which we are sure will engage and pique the interest of the visiting experts and peers. With 12 feature films and 10 documentaries, this promises to be a bumper edition and we look forward to welcoming and engaging with the film-makers on these projects in the hope that the DFM will act as a facilitator and catalyst for the further development of these films.”

EU NAVFOR Confirms Attack by Suspected Pirates on Oil Tanker in Gulf of Oman – Vessel Now Safe

 
EU NAVFOR can confirm that oil tanker, MT NAVIG8 Providence, came under attack by suspected armed pirates earlier today in the Gulf of Oman.
MT NAVIG8 Providence was at sea 100 nautical miles east of Muscat when she was approached by six armed men in a skiff.  It is understood that as the skiff moved towards the tanker, there was an exchange of small arms fire between the suspected pirates and the maritime security team on board the tanker.

Etihad Guest launches Ramadan campaign in collaboration with emirates Red Crescent to support Somalia in year of giving


To celebrate the Year of Giving, Etihad Guest has launched a special Ramadan campaign with Emirates Red Crescent to provide thousands of meals to families and children in need in Somalia.

Members of Etihad Airways’ award-winning loyalty programme can donate their miles to the emergency response in the African country, with 750 Etihad Guest Miles providing one meal. The aim of the campaign is to achieve 15 million miles of donations which would provide 20,000 meals.

The Etihad Guest partnership with Emirates Red Crescent is one of the many elements of Etihad Airways’ contribution to the UAE’s Year of Giving programme.

Yasser Al Yousuf, Managing Director, Etihad Guest, said: “We are asking our members to make an easy but crucial statement this month by letting their miles make a difference to thousands of children and families in need in Somalia.

“The message is simple: the more donations we receive, the more people Emirates Red Crescent is able to feed. We have an ambitious goal of providing 20,000 meals and we hope that Etihad Guest members will join with us in supporting this important cause.”                                                               

EU NAVFOR Flagship ESPS Galicia Welcomes Official Representatives from Galmudug Authorities Aboard

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During their European Union counter-piracy patrols off the coast of Hobyo, the commanding officer of EU NAVFOR’s Spanish flagship, ESPS Galicia, took the opportunity to welcome on board Galmadug’s State Minister of Home Affairs, Omar Mohamed Diriye.

Other officials were also invited on board, including the Mayor of Hobyo, Abdulahi Ahmed Ali, Deputy Commander of the Galmudug Coast Guard, Farah Adan Ali and the former Minister of Fishery, Marine Resources and Ports of Galmadug, Mohamed Aden.

The visitors were briefed on the recent piracy incidents off the coast and Operation Atalanta’s efforts to deter acts of piracy and protect World Food Programme vessels as they transit along the coast of Somalia.  After the meeting, a tour of ESPS Galicia was arranged to enable the Galmudug visitors to meet members of the Spanish crew, as well as the Force HQ team, led by Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas.

The visit was seen by all as an excellent opportunity to strengthen ties between the European Union and Galmudug authorities.