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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MAYHEM IN OTTAWA!

Parliament Hill shooting: One gunman dead, hunt for suspects continues

Chaos has broken out in downtown Ottawa and a Canadian soldier wounded following a series of shootings on and around Parliament Hill.
The mayhem started when a uniformed soldier standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was shot and wounded by an assailant who is believed to have hopped out of a Toyota Corolla. CPR was performed on the soldier and he has been transported to hospital by ambulance. CBC reports that the soldier is a reservist who is serving in Hamilton from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

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Gunfire later broke out inside Parliament Hill's Centre Block, where one gunman was confirmed killed, reportedly by House of Commons Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. However, police say there are "numerous" shooters involved. A reporter with the Globe and Mail captured the moment in this gripping video:


The shooting then continued near Rideau Centre Mall, a shopping centre near Parliament Hill. It is in "full lock down until further notice," and several embassies and legislative buildings around the country have also boosted security.
CBC reports that all military bases in Canada are currently on heightened security, in the interest of the safety of the men and women working at them. Buildings throughout Ottawa's downtown core are also under lockdown.
Reuters is reporting that an Ottawa hospital is treating three patients, two in stable condition. Their identities are not yet known.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is safe and off Parliament Hill. He has cancelled a planned Toronto meeting with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was to be named an honourary Canadian citizen. Harper will make a statement on the attack later today.
The situation is still developing. Updates will follow.
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Loans board paid Sh214m to ghost students


Officials from CAG office appear before the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
 PHOTO | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER 
By Frank Kimboy The Citizen Reporter

IN SUMMARY
According to Mr Majura, some of the money was disbursed to students, who were studying abroad. According to him, Sh9.6 million was sent to Peoples Friendship University in Russia while Sh132 million was sent to Universities in Algeria and Cuba.

Dar es Salaam.
 About Sh214.5 million were disbursed by the Higher Education Students Loans Board (HESLB) to discontinued students and those who had postponed their studies in 2012/2013 financial year.
The deputy Controller and Auditor General, Mr Benja Majura, told the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee yesterday that disbursement was against HESLB’s Lending Manual and Financial Regulations.
Mr Majura and other officials from the CAG office met with PAC members to discuss the CAG 2012/13 Annual General Report as the committee prepares to summon various ministries and public institution to answer queries raised in the report.

JK starts 9-day Asia tour



He will also hold talks with Chinese Doctors who have worked in Tanzania for the past half a century.
PHOTO|FILE 
By The Citizen Correspondent

IN SUMMARY
From Beijing the President will fly to Jinan province where a special military showcase from servicemen of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been prepared for him. That will be the first time for PLA to perform for a head of foreign state.

Beijing.
 President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete embarked on a nine-day tour of the Asian region, the first leg of which he will be in China for bilateral talks.
In the six-day tour of China, President Kikwete will oversee signing of development partnerships and take part in celebrations marking 50 years of Sino-Tanzania diplomatic cooperation.
The President kicked off the tour yesterday after a special invitation by his Chinese counterpart, according to a statement from the State House. This is the second China tour for Kikwete during his presidency. The first was back in 2008 then as the chairman of African Union (AU) representing the continent in the first Sino-Africa conference.

Oil, gas policy ready next year - minister

BY GADIOSA LAMTEY

22nd October 2014

Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Stephen Masele
Much awaited Local Content Policy, 2014 on oil and gas will be ready by June next year, the government has pledged.
 
The pledge was made by the Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Stephen Masele when he officiated opening of the two-day 3rd Tanzania Oil/Gas Conference and Exhibitions (TOGaCE) yesterday in Dar es Salaam.

JK in China for six-day state visit

BY THE GUARDIAN REPORTER

22nd October 2014

Officials from the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania bid President Jakaya Kikwete farewell at JNIA in Dar es Salaam yesterday just before he jetted off for a six-day state visit to China.
President Jakaya Kikwete is in China for a six day state visit at the invitation of the country’s President Xi Jinping.
 
The visit, which began yesterday, is the second for him, and from China he is expected to visit Vietnam for three days.
 
In a press release issued yesterday in Dar es Salaam by the State House Directorate of Presidential Communications, it was explained that in China, the President will tour at least three provinces and hold talks with top Chinese government officials. 

Tanzanian speaker visits Sohar Industrial Estate


Tanzanian speaker visits Sohar Industrial Estate

MUSCAT — Anne Makinda, Speaker of the National Assembly of the United Republic of Tanzania, and her accompanying delegation yesterday visited Sohar Industrial Estate. They were received by Musallam bin Mohammed al Shahri, Assistant CEO for Operations at the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE). During the visit, Makinda and her accompanying delegation listened to an integrated show on mechanism of work in Sohar Industrial Estates. The show was presented by Abdul Qadir bin Salim al Balushi, Director-General of Sohar Industrial Estate. He touched on the importance of Sohar Industrial Estate, its strategic location in the Sultanate and the region, the future of the investment projects, basic services provided by the Sultanate and management of the Estate for investors. — ONA

UAE has ability to be world’s premier business capital


Khaleej Times Business
Staff Report / 22 October 2014

A wave of major new development and infrastructure projects ahead of Expo 2020 will position the UAE as the most compelling destination for businesses. 

Dubai: A panel of influential players in the UAE’s real estate market have unanimously agreed that the country can fend off its global competitors to become the world’s premier business capital.

Steve Morgan was joined by Badr Al Gargawi, Dr Khaled Ahmed, Anita Mehra and Hazel Wong on the panel discussion during ‘The Global Real Estate Debate’ in Dubai on Tuesday. — Supplied photo
A wave of major new development and infrastructure projects ahead of Expo 2020 will position the UAE as the most compelling destination for businesses seeking a gateway to the wider Middle East and Africa through a base that is cost-effective, incredibly well-connected, and offers an attractive cosmopolitan lifestyle, they said.
The panelists addressed the topic “Can the UAE become the business capital of the world?”, as questions were posed to them directly from an audience of 150 high-profile people from the local real estate and business community.