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October 2013

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Road Trip to Malaysia

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On a self-drive tour of this Southeast Asian Peninsula, Audley specialist Angela Jordan discovers an exciting land of raw beauty, historic towns and culinary marvels.

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Vietnam and Cambodia gluten free

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I would like to visit Vietnam and Cambodia with my husband and a couple of friends. I have coeliac disease and it’s essential there is no gluten in my diet. Friends have advised me not to visit these countries, assuming I will find it difficult to find suitable meals. I would be interested to find out your view on this before I take my plans any further? If you could reply to me by email it would be much appreciated.

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The most vulnerable island of sinking nation – Fuvahmulah

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Fuvahmulah is comparatively one of the largest islands in Maldives. Similarly, the environmental threats facing this island are comparatively large too. Recently, the troubles has taken a new twist with reports of severe erosion filling the big headlines in newspapers and with government officials having forced to answer questions relating to the huge devastation facing this island with a vibrant population of about 10,000.

Bandaara Kilhi, The clear water lake which is among the most clear in the Maldives.
Bandaara Kilhi, The clear water lake which is among the most clear in the Maldives.

No matter how critical the condition is, how urgent it is to make a start now, no real action is seen in progress as yet, but the usual spin and constant lies of relevant authorities.

These incidents did not start instantaneously. It was predicted much earlier and is now predicted to see worse circumstances in the coming days. During September 2007, a big portion of soil adjacent to the lagoon broke off from the mainland and collapsed into the sea from four different areas near the Bodu Fannu region of the island. The former island chief, answering to a reporter said that “if a solution was not found soon (for erosion) the island would be facing an environmental disaster”. It has been noticed that the overall speed of erosion recently has rapidly increased. A local news website reported the collapse of a 37 feet long portion into the lagoon this week itself. Now this is becoming alarmingly depressing. This not a political issue, but rather a moral issue, which deserves some serious attention. The question we need to ask our selves is what we as individuals can do? Are we going to stand with fingers crossed doing nothing till we drown into the middle of Indian ocean? Or else, are we ready to do stop further erosion? More specifically, are we going to wake up those ‘sleeping’ officials at relevant ministries before it’s too late? May be some would prefer to wait till the father of environment arrives with some sort of magic designed exclusively to stop our problem once and for all.

On 13th April 2008, a big crowd of youth from the island took matters into their hands when they gathered in front of the island office in protest of the widespread illegal theft of sand from the beautiful lagoons of the island. The group demanded for an immediate ban on taking sand from fuvahmulah Lagoons. They put forward a proposal outlined with 14 points that tells the island office how they could stop the illegal actions. Of course, what motivated these youths was not that some poor folks snatched a few bags of sand to finish that construction of that unfinished room, but what motivated them is the huge impact these actions has on the overall environment of an island they love so much.

Fuvahmulah Thundi, Peoples enjoying at the beaach

Recently, there seems to be much hype about the construction of seawall or seawalls near the affected areas. In April, Haveeru Daily reported that Environment ministry has tasked a private company named Riyan with doing detail designs on a possible seawall for Fuvahmulah. In reference to the environment ministry officials, the paper reported that the development of this seawall is divided into a number of phases. According to Riyan Pvt Ltd, they were to test on two types of seawalls, revetment and breakwater seawall, of which one type could be selected by the environment ministry to be built in the affected areas of fuvahmulah. The sound of this gives a relief to all of us. But do we know how far this has progressed now? Do we know for sure this is not yet another political gimmick?

Relating to the September collapses, the former island chief mentioned, “Erosion is already a huge problem for the island,” he said. “With the reef collapses it will only get worse. Already the original size of the island has changed due to erosion. We are constantly reporting such occurrences to the concerned authorities. Even recently a team from the Environment Ministry came here to carry out some research and published a report. But nothing has ever been done about it.

Some kids having fun at Fuvahmulah Thundi, Its amazing pebbles keep shining with the kids activities.
Some kids having fun at Fuvahmulah Thundi, Its amazing pebbles keep shining with the kids activities.

While I salute the courage of our youth and feel proud for their unwavering affection for this island, I detest the ignorance of the top officials at environment and atolls ministry, who are either lost daydreaming in their AC rooms or busy playing their part in the current political theatre. No matter what, one fact remains clear. If not resolved soon, we would see the disappearance of a major piece of land from the map of this nation, leading to the evacuation of an entire population, probably in the next few decades.

Article by Huxam

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Maldives police defended their move to stop unlawful presidential election and MDP Nasheed has come out on the roads protesting

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DSC_0071 DSC_0053 The Supporters of MDP Calling for a Early election MDP Protestors in the middle of the commercial main road of Male City.

Mohamed Nasheed & Supporters of MDP Protesting on the roads.
Mohamed Nasheed & Supporters of MDP Protesting on the roads.

Maldives police defended their move to stop presidential elections that were supposed to take place here on Saturday, insisting that a vote would have been “unlawful” and could have sparked “national instability.”

Maldives democratic party’s Presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed (Anni) has come out on the roads as usual protesting against the President of Maldives Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, and the Maldives police service who stopped the election, On the roads supporters of MDP keep calling and for a election, It’s the second delay of the Maldives presidential election.

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Single traveller to India

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I’m newly single and want to get away from the uk leaving on Christmas Day if possible for eight days – I’m a keen traveller and would love to visit India or any other long haul destination. Can you recommend a safe holiday destination for a lone female?

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Digital Dispatches: Focus on Burma (Myanmar)

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Burma is one of the most talked about destinations of the moment – which is no surprise when you look at these evocative images, taken by our Burma specialists.

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Happy Teachers day to the Maldivian teachers and Edhurun

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Teachers’ Day is celebrated as a tribute to the valuable contribution made by teachers to the society by imparting knowledge and enlightening and shaping the career of students. Celebration of Teachers’ Day is fairly popular in many Island of Maldives across the Atolls and is even acknowledged by UNESCO.Celebrating teachers day in Fuvahmulah, Teachers to keep learning, improve teaching quality, embrace innovation and serve as exemplary models for their students.

GN Atoll Education Center Principle Mr Abdulla Rasheed Speaking at Silver Jubilee 2011 at GN Atoll Education Center

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Big is Beautiful: Canada, Alaska and the Arctic

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Canada, Alaska and the Arctic are vast and wonderfully varied – which means almost endless options for adventures. To help narrow it down, our specialists reveal their personal favourites.

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Sri Lanka golf

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My wife and I are looking to go Sri Lanka at the end of January 2014 for about 15 nights (flexible). Approx split would be 6 days cultural, 3 days golf and 6 days beach. Do not require tea plantations. It should include pick up and return to airports(excluding UK). Being a very experienced world traveller I normally do my own arrangements. However as this is a new destination and there is so much variety it requires real expertise. Would appreciate if you could you give me your suggestions on an itinerary and approx. cost. Audley have been recommended by a friend who has used your company before.

Best Regards

Philip

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Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed – The Vice Presidential Candidate for PPM on Presidential Election 2013 in the Maldives.

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Running mate for Hon. Yameen Abdul Gayyoom PPM, Former Minister of Home Affairs, Republic of Maldives, Former Minister of Justice, Minister of Civil Aviation & Communication Republic of Maldives ·
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Jameel was born in Fuvamulah which is located in the southern part of maldives and was educated in law in Pakistan, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.Jameel is also famous for his outstanding oratory skills and academic excellence.
Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, born 1969, Maldivian lawyer and politician who served as Minister of Justice from July 2005 to August 2007.A direct descendant of Sultan Giyasuddin, Jameel was born in Fuvamulah which is located in the southern part of maldives and was educated in law in Pakistan, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.Jameel is also famous for his outstanding oratory skills and academic excellence. He has obtained a PhD related to Criminal Law from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London. This was a merit scholarship funded by the Commonwealth. Jameel is the only scholar in Maldives with a PhD from SOAS-University of London. Jameel is also a senior member of JICA Alumni Society of Maldives.He also served as the Minister of Civil Aviation and Telecommunications for the newly elected President of the Maldives, His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Nasheed
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Employer: Raajje Chambers
Position: Partner
Location: Male, Maldives
Description: Raajje Chambers is a corporate law firm, mainly handling commercial and corporate legal issues. Our client profile includes government bodies, private developers, public sector companies, venture capital firms, banks and multinational companies.
Time Period: July 2005 to August 2007
Position: Minister

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Born October 13, 1969

Country Maldives

Political Views Moderate

Religious Views Muslim

“No stability with Nasheed contesting polls”

Maldives can never have stability through elections which has opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed’s name on the ballot, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin’s running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said Monday

PPM will reject polls if ballots aren’t safe

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Thursday alleged that moving ballot papers to polling stations in the islands lacked sufficient security and said the party would not agree to such an elections.

Injunction is a step towards valid polls: PPM

Following the supreme court injunction indefinitely delaying the second round of the presidential elections, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has described it as an important step towards a valid elections.

MDP trying to cover up elections fraud: PPM

Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) requested an extraordinary parliament sitting in order to cover up the fraud in the first round of presidential elections held September 7, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) alleged Sunday.

MDP policies will destroy youth, Jameel says

Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party’s (MDP) youth and sports policy will destroy the youth of the country, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin’s running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said Saturday.

PPM ‘won’t agree’ to runoff if doubts exist

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) will not agree to the presidential runoff scheduled for next Saturday until the questions surrounding polling in the first round are resolved, party presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin’s running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed warned Friday.

PPM considers intervening in JP’s case

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) is considering intervening in the court case filed by Jumhoory Party (JP) alleging vote rigging in the first round of the presidential elections held Saturday.

“Won’t hand Nasheed power even if he wins”

Even if former president and opposition presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed wins the second round of the presidential elections, the people will not “hand him power,” Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin’s running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said Tuesday.

“Atolls with PPM, MDP support in Male fading”

All the Atolls in the Maldives are now with Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) whilst the support for opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in the capital Male was also fading, PPM presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin’s running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said Monday.

JP draws ire over suspected Mocom oil deal

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin’s running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed on Saturday hit back at Jumhoory Party (JP) over its claims to probe Yamin’s alleged involvement in the $800 million illegal oil trade.

Vote to Waheed, Gasim a ‘waste’, Jameel says

Every vote given to Jumhoory coalition presidential candidate Gasim Ibrahim and incumbent President Mohamed Waheed Hassan in the upcoming presidential elections will be a vote wasted, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin’s running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said

Maldives will fail if PPM ‘fails’ elections

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom said Monday that if his Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) fails in the upcoming presidential elections, it would mean the whole country would fail.

PPM seeks legal resolution to EC concerns

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) is trying to find a legal resolution to the “unaddressed” concerns of the party over the elections commission, Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, running mate of the party’s presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin, said Sunday.

Yamin will get more votes than I did in 2008

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom said Monday that his Progressive Party of Maldives’ (PPM) presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin would receive more votes in the upcoming presidential elections than he did in the 2008 election.

Gayoom urges supporters to vote for Yamin

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Saturday urged his supporters to vote for Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin and his running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed during the upcoming presidential elections.

Rival manifestos threaten sovereignty

Some policies included in rival manifestos for the upcoming presidential elections threaten the independence and sovereignty of Maldives, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin’s running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said Monday.

Will serve justice to ‘economic atrocities’

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) would bring those responsible for the “economic atrocities” committed by former President Mohamed Nasheed’s government to justice, PPM presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin’s running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed pledged Wednesday.

PPM functions with Gayoom’s advice: Jameel

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) still functions with the advice of party president and former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, PPM presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin’s running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said Tuesday.

Yamin vows to reform judiciary

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin on Sunday vowed to reform the judiciary even if the constitution has to be amended.

Jameel slams Gasim and Jumhoory coalition

If a businessman is elected president of Maldives, the interests of the people will get suppressed, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin’s running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said Friday.

GIP-led coalition a failure: Jameel

The coalition led by President Mohamed Waheed Hassan had failed even from the beginning as its intention was not national interest, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said Monday.

Ex-AG as home minister, Amal to head gender

President Mohamed Waheed Hassan has decided to appoint former attorney general Aishath Bisam to the home minister’s post and veteran educationist Dr Amal Ali as the new gender minister.

‘Nasheed shouldn’t think of going to Addu’

Progressive Party of Maldives’ (PPM) running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed has accused former President Mohamed Nasheed of being the root cause of all the problems faced by the Maldives at present and warned the rival presidential candidate not to visit Addu for his campaign.

‘Happy’ with govt listening to PPM: Jameel

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) is happy with the government starting to listen to the wishes of the party, the party’s presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin’s running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said Monday.

“I will vote against all three ministers”

Progressive Party of Maldives’ (PPM) deputy leader and Fonadhoo MP Abdul Raheem Abdulla said Sunday that he would cast his vote against the newly appointed ministers.

MDP, pres coalition pose no challenge: Jameel

Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and incumbent President Mohamed Waheed Hassan’s coalition pose no challenge to Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) in the upcoming presidential elections, PPM presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin’s running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said Saturday.

“Place in second round for PPM guaranteed”

Based on the reception and welcome received from the people during the campaign visit to the islets, a place in the second round in the upcoming presidential candidate has been guaranteed, PPM presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin said Thursday.

Prez Waheed’s coalition pose no threat to PPM

The coalition of political parties backing President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik for the upcoming presidential elections pose no threat or danger to Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM),former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom asserted Tuesday.

“Only conflict of interest behind Jameel axe”

The only reason behind the dismissal of Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed from the post of Home Minister was conflict of interest, President’s Office said Saturday.

Political rivalry behind my axe: Jameel

Political rivalry was behind the decision to dismiss Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed from the post of Home Minister, Jameel said on Saturday.

Jameel axed from Home Minister’s post

Home Minister Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed has been axed from his minister’s post by the President, he said Sunday.

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