Former refugee running as Somalia’s first female president


Fadumo Dayib was once a Somali refugee. A Harvard graduate and mother, she now lives a comfortable life in Finland. Despite the overwhelming odds, she running as Somalia’s first female president.


Fadumo Dayib is trying to do something no one has ever done before. Despite overwhelming odds, she is vying to become Somalia’s first female president. Those long odds have a lot to do with her own story. She has been a refugee for most of her life. Despite not learning how to read until she was 14 years old, she now has a master’s degree from Harvard in public administration and is working on a Ph.D. But in a country with a dismal human rights record and a long history of oppression against women, running for the highest public office in the land comes with risks. Fadumo Dayib joins me now. Welcome to the program.

FADUMO DAYIB: Thank you very much, Rachel.

MARTIN: Why do you want to do this?

DAYIB: Because I see what I’m doing as a moral obligation and a civic duty towards my country. I’ve watched for almost 26 years, hoping for a competent leadership to come that can bring us all back. There’s 1.5 million Somalis in the diaspora, 1.2 million internally displaced inside the country. And they’re all yearning to have a dignified existence to go back.

MARTIN: What is life like – if you are a child in Somalia right now, what does your future hold? What is day to day life like?

DAYIB: It’s very bleak. If I speak about a child in Somalia who wakes up and might be in an internally displaced camp, this is a child who sees violence because majority of the women and children also get raped. They, you know, experience attacks by al-Shabab. And of the 12 million Somalis that I spoke about, 75 percent are under the age of 30. Of that, 68 percent are unemployed. That’s why they end up either joining piracy or joining al-Shabab, or going on to migrate and dying on their way to the West.



Japan’s women of the sea have hope in G7

Japan’s women of the sea hope G7 will boost their dying way of life

The ama divers of the Shima peninsula, who harvest shellfish from the seabed, see the nearby gathering of world leaders as a chance to promote their culture

Miyako Fukui, a Japanese ama diver, shows a live abalone shellfish on her boat at a fishing port near the site of the G7 summit in Ise-Shima.
Miyako Fukui, a Japanese ama diver, shows a live abalone shellfish on her boat at a fishing port near the site of the G7 summit in Ise-Shima. Photograph: Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

Hours earlier, the 64-year old put on her face mask, fins and wetsuit, took a deep breath and propelled herself into the depths in search of lunch.

She is one of a dwindling number of ama – female divers who eschew breathing apparatus as they scour the seabed up to ten metres down for shellfish, seaweed and the occasional octopus and lobster.

With their way of life under pressure from falling seafood stocks and waning interest among younger women, Nakamura and her fellow divers are hoping that this week’s G7 summit in nearby Ise-Shima will boost the campaign to prevent their profession becoming a cultural relic.

Akie Abe, the wife of Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, is hoping to take leaders’ spouses to watch a demonstration by ama divers, whom she has described as the embodiment of “Japanese values”.


College for entrepreneurship education to rise in KAEC

College for entrepreneurship education to rise in KAEC


THREE leading entities have joined to create an elite educational institution located at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Saudi Arabia modeled after Babson College’s top-ranked entrepreneurship education programs in the United States.

Babson Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of Babson College; Lockheed Martin; King Abdullah Economic City; and the Saudi Arabia Economic Offset Program (EOP) office announced at the recent Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education’s International Exhibition and Forum for Education (IEFE). Continue reading

Trial program that allows leashed dogs inside four previously “No animal” county parks likely to stay

Dogs having their days at designated county parks

 Published May 22, 2016 – 12:30am

HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Kirsten Wong holds her 13-year-old dog, Mickey, Friday afternoon after a walk at Auhalani Park.

By KIRSTEN JOHNSON Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Hawaii Island dog owners have something to bark about. A trial program that allows leashed dogs inside four previously “No animal” county parks is probably here to stay.

Since 2014, Ainaola Park, Gilbert Carvalho Park, Ahualani Park and Machado Acres Park have allowed county-licensed dogs within certain areas, so long as they’re tethered by a leash less than 6 feet long and owners pick up their waste.

The policy has bucked an overarching no animal rule in place at most county recreational parks and all county beach parks.

Parks and Recreation spokesman Jason Armstrong said Friday the department plans to continue the program and is “expecting to make (it) permanent.” It’s worked out well, he said, and has reduced the number of complaints the department once received resulting from confrontations between pet owners and other park patrons.

“The complaints have tapered off,” he said. Continue reading

Do we need amusement parks?

Hidden costs at amusement parks

Summer is a time for sleeping in and water fights, and as the season approaches, many amusement parks are also gearing up for their busiest time of year.

As exciting as the idea of going to an amusement park may be, however, the overall cost of a day at the park may surprise you. Take an amusement park in Orlando, for example. The overall price tag for a day at either Universal Studios or Walt Disney World is over $600.

Why is it so expensive, you may ask?

For starters, a basic entry ticket to a theme park can run you anywhere between$20 to $105 — and that doesn’t include parking, access to additional parks or miscellaneous purchases you may make while inside.

In other words, there are quite a few hidden costs you need to be aware of before planning your next summer trip.

If you’re unsure of some of the extra charges associated with theme parks, check out the slideshow below to minimize your spending and maximize your fun during your summer vacation.