Celia Hatton, Jim Steinman, North Africa discussed on BBC Newsday

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From the BBC World Service still to come an assessment of police reform in the United States following the conviction of the officer who killed George Floyd. Years for regional stability in North Africa and a tribute to Jim Steinman, a rock legend and a master of the power ballad That's on weekend with me, Celia Hatton, But first a summary of World News. BBC News. Israeli aircraft have carried out overnight raids on the guards, a strip in response to barrages of rockets fired by Palestinian militants. More than 30 rockets were directed it towns and cities in southern Israel. It's the most serious exchange of fire between the two sides in months. Myanmar's military ruler is due to meet regional leaders during his first foreign trip since seizing power in February. Men on her line is scheduled to take part in the ASEAN Regional summit in Jakarta. The talks are expected to focus on the violence used against anti coup protesters. India has recorded the world's highest ever number of new Corona virus infections for the third day running. In the last 72 hours, there have been nearly a million new cases hospitals of being overwhelmed with severe shortages of oxygen. United States could resume distribution of the Johnson and Johnson Corona virus vaccine within hours after review concluded it was safe and effective use of Thesiger dose jab was halted earlier this month because of a suspected link to rare blood clot. Experts concluded that its benefits outweighed the risks. Fears are growing for the crew of an Indonesian submarine that went missing off barley. On Wednesday. The military had warned the vessel only had enough supplies to last until the early hours of Saturday morning. There are 53 crew members on board. Brazilian president gyroball scenario has announced he's reducing the Environment Ministry budget by a quarter despite promising to increase spending on tackling deforestation. Mr Boss Narrow said the figures went fixed and the funding could be restored once the budget was finalized. Reintroduction of quarantine free travel between New Zealand and Australia has suffered a set back less than a week after it began. New Zealand has suspended flights from Western Australia following the announcement of a three day coronavirus lockdown in Perth and the nearby region of peeled BBC news. Hello. You're listening to weekend from the BBC World Service on Celia Hatton. I have two guests with me for the rest of the program For the next two hours. They're going to be giving us their personal take on the news and the issues of the day they are vanden, A Saxon Emporia. She's a British born chartered accountant, entrepreneur and Management consultant now based in the city of Tuna in India, and Emma Beals, International policy analyst and senior adviser at the European Institute for Peace. Well, Very warm. Welcome to you both, Um let's let's turn to you first. You were Born in New Zealand, and now you're in London, but you have a special focus on Syria. Can you take us through that path? Yeah, it might sound like an unusual path and probably is so I left New Zealand and traveled a lot. Some some great people had given me advice about coming from a small town in New Zealand and really needing to see a bit of the world before I What I had all the answers, too little could offer very much in terms of solutions to anybody else. So you know, I worked in London for a little while after I arrived, and then I got really captivated with the beginnings of the Arab spring like a lot of lot of my peers dead. And began to do journalism and Could have started reporting on the conflict in Syria, You know, not long after it started, and because it has been such an ongoing conflict, and I have lived in the region for the majority of the last decade that has I've really become quite deeply entrenched in and continue to work on it because You know the tragedy of it continues. And so it's really difficult to sort of look away and pivoted from journalism or into policy analysis and peace building Because there's a certain point they think a lot of journalists who work on Syria will feel like this. Where you feel a little bit like you're shouting into the void just by explaining the tragedy that's happening and you want to try to actually help find some of the solutions. Do you feel that there's a sustained interest in Syria here among the journalism community the people around you, or do you think that people are starting to direct their attention elsewhere? What's your feeling? I think there's a cool group of people for home. Their hearts are really in it. And they're in the right place and among the aid, community and policy community, you know, people have said to me you have been in this business for much longer than I have that. You know, it was the war in the Balkans and so on with it, that really captured them in the same way. Just because of what you know the tragedy of what they were seeing. So I think there are, you know. That core group of people who have not given up or or lost interest as you say, but I think in terms of interest in the wider world definitely has sort of subsided because you know, last month there was the acknowledgement of the 10 year anniversary of the uprising. That's a long time to try and get people to sustain interest. Well, we're certainly gonna be Turning back to you. Ah, few times over the program to learn more about your work there, and we're really pleased to have you here, Ventana. Let's let's turn over to you. Now. You are a first for me on weekend, you and I met at an event in London was two years ago. And I I told you then you'd be a great guest for the program. Here. You are so very welcome to you. Thank you at the time you You told me your story. You were Born in the U. K. You spent a good deal of your career in Eastern Europe. And now your based in India, can you? Can you elaborate on that path? A little bit? Yeah, sure. I mean, I was really a rebel for an Indian kid. At that times. They're born in the seventies. So while I was studying, I also DJs on local radio, much to the upset of my father, who was a very kind of strict Indian dad and He gave me three choices for life, and they were doctor, lawyer or accountant. And I didn't want to do any of those. I am. I just loved working on the radio station. Celia is, you know it's great fun, but my but unfortunately, the radio station I was working for went bankrupt. My dad said very solemnly to me. Do you realize if you'd been a chartered accountant, you would have been able to save the radio station on D It was like, Yeah, he hit me on. I realized he was right, Actually, So I went often studied chartered accountancy with the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales. OK, qualified with the medium size firm. Then you know, the revel in me came out again and wanted to explore the world and explore what was going on. So back in 96, you know, a little while after the fourth Moved to Romania.

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