• Sensex jumps over 100 pts, Nifty crosses 11,700

    first_imgMumbai: The benchmark Sensex traded on a flat to positive note during the early trade on Tuesday after opening over 100 points higher. The Sensex of the BSE opened at 38,988.57 from its previous close at 38,871.87 on Monday. At 9.36 a.m., it traded at 38,926.09 higher by 54.22 points or 0.14 per cent. The Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened at 11,711.55 after closing at 11,669.15 on Monday. It traded at 11,684.95 during the morning trade session, up 15.80 points and 0.14 per cent. On Monday, Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) who have played a key role in pushing markets to fresh highs, bought Rs 898 crore worth of stocks, while Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs) off-loaded scrips valued Rs 1,032 crore.last_img read more


    first_imgAre dwarf rabbits relatively weaker? Rabbits have powerful hind legs designed for running and jumping. They need living space that will permit them ample freedom of movement even when they are confined. Dwarf rabbits tend to be more active and energetic than some larger breeds and require relatively more space. Is it alright to feed my rabbit roti, rice and other Indian food items? No! Rabbits have their own dietary needs and certain food items which they can consume. All cooked food must be avoided. Food with condiments, masala, oil etc. is also bad for your rabbit’s health. You should NOT give your rabbit rice or roti or any wheat based item like bread or pasta. Even raw fruits should only be given in small quantities. Rabbits can enjoy a variety of fresh leafy vegetables such as coriander, spinach, carrot tops or lettuce and also hay. But keep in mind that over-feeding your pet rabbit can have adverse effects. Also Read – Feel what you fear What do I do if my rabbit has fleas? Even though rabbit fleas are not that common in indoor pet rabbits, they do occur occasionally. If your rabbit is infected by fleas he/she might be showing symptoms like self-biting or chewing, excessive scratching and licking. To get read of fleas, run a flea comb thoroughly through your rabbit’s fur coat and then dip the comb in soapy water or alcohol to drown the fleas before combing again. If the condition persists use a rabbit-safe topical solution on the backside of the rabbit’s neck so that he/she does not lick it off as consuming the solution can lead to side-effects and stomach problems. If you have more than one rabbit, then kept them separate so that they don’t lick off each other’s solution. Don’t use any medication on your pet without consulting your vet first. Avoid flea collars and flea powder as the dosage could be too strong for you rabbit to handle. Avoid flea dips as taking a bath is stressful for your rabbit and could send him/her into shock.last_img read more

  • India have strong side for World Cup, says Dhawan

    first_imgNew Delhi: India opener Shikhar Dhawan Tuesday said the selectors have picked a “very strong side” for the the ICC World Cup starting May 30 in the United Kingdom. The MSK Prasad-headed selection committee Monday named a 15-member squad, which will be led by Virat Kohli, with Rohit Sharma being his deputy. Dinesh Karthik pipped Rishabh Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper’s slot. “For the world cup we have a very good and a strong side and we are looking forward to the competition. We will perform really well once we get there,” Dhawan said at a event organised by Fortis Healthcare and Delhi Capitals to raise awareness for organ donation. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Talking about his IPL side Delhi Capitals, who are currently placed second on the points table with five wins from eight games, Dhawan said the experience of coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Souran Ganguly is helping the side. “The support of the coaches Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly… Their experience as a captain along with the belief they instill in us is great. At the same time the young boys in our team are also getting mature.” “It has been a good season for us. It’s a clean slate for the Delhi franchise, new name, new adminstration, support staff everyone was new. Our team is strong and is a balanced side with the overseas and Indian players. The way we are performing is good.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later The stylish opener missed out on his maiden century of the season when teammate Colin Ingram hit a six to give Capitals a seven-wicket victory, but Dhawan has no regrets. “I was not thinking of the century, it was more important to win the match. At that time it was important to hold on to my wicket and take the team over the line because we had lost a couple of matches from a winning position.” “People are only seeing that I missed my century by three runs but they should also see that I score a 97. If I have scored it once I can score it ten times more,” Dhawan said.last_img read more

  • Golden oldie Pizarro out to spoil Bayern’s double dreams

    first_imgBerlin: Werder Bremen’s Peruvian veteran Claudio Pizarro hopes to ruin Bayern Munich’s dreams of a domestic double when he faces his old club in the German Cup semi-final this week. Pizarro is an icon at both Bayern and Bremen, having scored over 100 goals for each club, and is chasing a record ninth appearance in the German Cup final when the two teams meet in Bremen on Wednesday. In a Bundesliga career spanning two decades, the 40-year-old made over 300 appearances for Bayern and is in his fourth spell at Bremen. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBayern recently offered him a job as club ambassador after his playing career, but with a place in the German Cup final at stake on Wednesday, there is no question where Pizarro’s loyalties lie this week. “If I come off the bench, it won’t be easy for Bayern,” said the ageing striker last week. “I texted a few of the Bayern guys after the draw. They know it won’t be easy, and I think they would have preferred different opponent.” The game is the second of two back-to-back clashes between the teams. Bremen showed how tough an opponent they can be in a hard-fought Bundesliga game in Munich on Saturday. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterTen-man Werder were eventually sunk by a late Niklas Suele goal, but Pizarro said that the cup tie in Bremen would be “a completely different story”. “We will pick ourselves up. When it is 11 against 11 in our own stadium, we will show that we are able to score goals,” he said on Saturday. Bremen will also be hoping to count on Pizarro’s German Cup pedigree on Wednesday. The Peruvian has appeared in eight German Cup finals, more than any other player in history. He has won the competition five times with Bayern and once with Bremen in 2009. He also lost two finals with Bremen, both against Bayern, in 2000 and 2010. Pizarro admitted that he is itching to experience one more final at Berlin’s Olympiastadion. “I try to tell the players who have never played in a Berlin final how amazing it is,” he said last week. “I tell them almost every day how special it is in Berlin, in order to prepare them for Wednesday.” Pizarro may make a rare start for Bremen on Wednesday, after first-choice striker and captain Max Kruse picked up a knock to his thigh during Saturday’s league defeat. Bayern, meanwhile, are hoping that Mats Hummels and James Rodriguez will return to full fitness in time for the cup clash. The other semi-final pits Bremen’s traditional rivals Hamburg against Bundesliga high-fliers RB Leipzig on Tuesday.last_img read more

  • Unnerved by personal attacks, Tiwari firm on putting up tough fight against opponents

    first_imgNew Delhi: Even after AAP’s North East Delhi candidate Dilip Pandey sought votes for himself and asked people not to vote for a “singer-dancer” like Manoj Tiwari, the Delhi BJP chief seems unnerved by such personal attacks on his art and hard work. With just two days to go for the polls in Delhi, the saffron party has concluded that it remains unbothered by the alliance storm that both the Congress and AAP had kicked up. Irrespective of who was responsible for the alliance’s fall, the BJP has resolved to put up a tough fight against both its major opposition parties. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesResponding to allegations from the AAP camp, Tiwari had said that while Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his entourage had intended the “singer-dancer” remark as an insult, the sizeable Poorvanchali population in North East Delhi has not responded accordingly. With a large part of the voting population in Tiwari’s constituency being Poorvanchali, they seem to have taken it as a challenge to elect him and prove AAP wrong. It seems that Tiwari is proving too tough for his opponents in the Poorvanchali-heavy constituency. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAccording to age-old poet Tulsidas, people of a group tend to be charged-up when their own are insulted, and this will come true in all likelihood when the Capital goes to polls on May 12. The fact that former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit contesting against Tiwari will also not be able to sway voters in the area. This is purely because Tiwari has connected with Poorvanchali people on an emotional level that no other candidate could possibly achieve. Moreover, popular Haryanvi singer-dancer Sapna Chaudhary campaigning for Tiwari in NE Delhi has lent her support for the saffron party in large numbers. And the combined campaign efforts from both Tiwari and Chaudhary have turned AAP’s belittling attack into something Poorvanchalis can be proud of. Taking inspiration from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tiwari has made sure AAP’s insults reach all of the Poorvanchali population in Delhi, which has resulted in massive support from the community for the Delhi BJP chief. And this is exemplified by Tiwari’s comment, saying that people of Delhi will teach Congress and AAP a lesson when the results come out on May 23. Further, it seems very clear that while both Congress and AAP are busy blaming each other, the electorate in Delhi will focus on voting for a party that can get work done, especially ones relating to outstanding development.last_img read more

  • USS Elrod Docked In Tangier Port

    first_imgTangier – Guided-missile frigate USS Elrod is docked since Sunday in the Tangier city’s port as part of a visit to foster cooperation between the American navy and the Royal Marine on maritime security.A group of students from the American School of Tangier toured the frigate and were given details on its equipment and mission.In a statement to MAP, commanding officer of Elrod Brad Stallings said that the visit is an occasion to strengthen cooperation with the royal marine and share expertise. Elrod is currently on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.Upon return from deployment, Elrod is scheduled for decommissioning after more than 30 years of service.last_img read more

  • Morocco: Oil Prices Down as of Oct. 1, Diesel Unchanged

    Rabat – The prices of premium gasoline, fuel oil n2, fuel oil n2 ONE and special fuel will decline as of October 1, 2014. The price of diesel oil will remain fixed at MAD 9.69 per liter, announced the Ministry of General Affairs and Governance on Tuesday.The price of special fuel will drop by MAD 166.97 per ton, to stand at MAD 6,361.30 per ton, while the price of fuel oil n2 ONE will fall by MAD 101.48 per ton to reach MAD 5,585.87, the Ministry said in a statement. The price of fuel oil n2 will decrease by MAD 101.47 ton to MAD 5,787.42, while the price of premium gasoline will cost MAD 12.87 per liter. read more

  • PSA Peugeot Citroen’s Moroccan Factory to Produce 200,000 Cars a Year

    Rabat – The new factory of the French leading carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen will produce 200,000 cars and 200,000 motorbikes a year, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Investment and the Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy said.The new plant, to be completed by 2019, will generate 4.500 direct jobs and 20,000 indirect, said the Minister in an address before King Mohammed VI, who chaired on Friday the signing ceremony of the agreement to set up the PSA Peugeot Citroen plant in the integrated industrial platform, Atlantic Free Zone.The Minister said that the new factory will be achieved for a total cost of 6 billion dirhams will also export car parts worth 1 billion Euros per year. The new factory will also house a research and development center employing 1500 engineers and technicians.Following the example of French carmaker Renault, the setting of the PSA Peugeot Citroen factory in the Kingdom will add fresh impetus to the activities of large-scale enterprises in Morocco as well as to small and medium sized enterprises.After highlighting the well-connectedness of the industrial integrated platform Atlantic Free Zone, the Minister underscored the assets offered in terms of the quality of human resources and logistics that facilitate supply and exports.This new investment will help the region of Gharb Chrarda Bni Hssen develop industrial activities and create jobs.The setting up of PSA Peugeot Citroen in Morocco is also part of Morocco’s industrial acceleration plan 2014-2020 which lays out a clear vision for the future of industry in Morocco. read more

  • Morocco Dismantles 6-Strong Terrorist Ring For Recruiting ISIS Fighters

    Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau for Judiciary Investigations (BCIJ) dismantled, Sunday, in coordination with the Spanish security services, a terrorist network composed of 6 members operating in Casablanca for recruiting and sending Moroccan fighters to ISIS terrorist organization.A former convict in a terrorism case in Italy is among the arrested people, said a statement by the interior ministry, noting that the arrests are part of preventive operations to fight terrorism.This operation was led in parallel with the arrest of 4 accomplices of this network living in Spain, in the cities of Toledo, Valencia and Barcelona’s suburbs, including a Portuguese man who converted to Islam and two women. This dismantling operation was conducted as part of the efficient security cooperation between Morocco and Spain in a context marked by the upsurge of ISIS’ threats, it said.The accused will be brought before justice once the investigation is completed under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office, said the statement. read more

  • Volubilis, Morocco’s Magnificent Roman City

    By Aine MarslandMarrakech – Continuing on my road less travelled: We journeyed to the plains of ancient Mauretania. It’s impossible to adequately describe the magnificence of the area, but let’s try!Originally a Berber settlement before the Romans arrived, conquered, and renamed the area Mauretania Tingitana, was a fertile triangle between Meknes, Fez and Rabat, with direct connections to the ports of Tangier and, thus, the rest of the Roman Empire. Volubilis began its story in Neolithic times, with remains found dating back some 5000 years. Settled between the Zerhoun mountain and its river valleys, it was a fertile area for growing crops. Fast forward to the Romans arrival in around 150 BC and its rule under a descendant of Cleopatra. This site ticks all my boxes: prehistory, romance and famous folks.The modern museum in VolubilisBy the 2nd century, Volubilis had approximately 20,000 inhabitants. It was surely one of the most majestic cities in North Africa. In only another hundred years, the Romans were defeated and control of the plain returned to the original tribes of the area. History tells us it was here where Moulay Idriss (787) established the Idrisid dynasty of Morocco. After the capital moved to Fez, archaeologists tell us people lived here until the 14th century. Thereafter, it seems to have been slowly deserted. By the 17th century, Moulay Ismail demolished parts of the city to build his new palaces in the area, most notably the city of Meknes.This beautiful city was in the midst of destruction from all sides, being demolished stone by stone and recycled into newer palaces. Humans, however, were not the only things to cause destruction to Volubilis; it’s tallest buildings were flattened by an earthquake in 1755.Roman scriptIt seems to have remained dormant until the early 20th century, when archaeologists rediscovered it and excavations began in earnest. In the 1960s, several of the arches were restored and rebuilt, something that is frowned on today. But look at the beautiful pictures of the Triumphant Arch of Caracalla!Now we jump into modern times. In 1997, UNESCO listed the area as a World Heritage Site. In 2000, another area was discovered by INSAP and said to be the headquarters of Idriss I. Many of the objects found have been taken to the Archeological Museum in Rabat. There is also a small Museum on this site that you can visit.I am fascinated by the rich history of this site, inhabited for a 1,000 years, only to be cast aside for the new imperial cities of Fez and Meknes. I really recommend a guided tour, who can explain the complex history of North Africa’s conquest, the discipline of Roman architecture, as well as its being one of the founding sites of Morocco’s history as a nation. I can’t possibly cover its history in a few words and pictures, but please take the time to look it up online or even in a book!Local child descendant of original dwellers of VolubilisTriumphant gate of CaracallaVolubilis: Detail of mosaicVolubilis: Roman script© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

  • The Latest: EU concessions on Brexit deal would be ‘stupid’

    LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s plans to leave the European Union (all times local):12:40 p.m.A top European Commission official says it would be ‘a stupid thing’ for the European Union to make any concessions to Britain that would put the bloc at a disadvantage just to clinch a Brexit agreement.Jyrki Katainen says “there’s no reason to give any concessions” to Britain which knew of the consequences of leaving the bloc. He said the EU has negotiated in good faith and had reached a good deal that was rejected by the British parliament.Katainen said he doesn’t see “much room for manoeuvr” on a backstop deal designed to prevent a hard post-Brexit border that would bring back customs and identity checks between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K.Katainen was speaking Monday after talks with Cypriot Finance Minister Harris Georgiades.Georgiades said although Cyprus wants to “definitely avoid” a no-deal Brexit and would opt to “pause the process” in order to give negotiators more time to hammer out terms that are “benign and less damaging for all.”___9:35 a.m.A leading Brexit supporter says he will back Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal with the European Union if she wins concessions on controversial language designed to prevent border checks in Northern Ireland.Boris Johnson, the former U.K. foreign secretary, writes Monday in the Daily Telegraph that it would be “unadulterated good Brexit news” if May negotiated an expiration date for the Irish border backstop plan. Currently, the backstop clause would indefinitely keep Britain in a customs union with the EU if no other way were found to avoid physical border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.Tuesday is a crucial day for May’s Brexit deal, with Parliament considering a number of amendments that could prevent Britain from leaving the EU without an agreement on future relations.The Associated Press read more

  • France Delays Fuel Tax Increase to Calm ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests

    Rabat – In an attempt to pacify the fierce protests which have sent thousands of protestors into French streets, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the suspension of the tax increase planned for January, on Tuesday.The French government will suspend the implementation of tax increases on petrol and diesel for six months, while electricity and gas prices will be suspended during the winter, AFP reported.“This anger, you would have to be deaf and blind not to see it, nor hear it,” Philippe said in a televised address after three weeks since the beginning of the yellow vest protests. “No tax merits putting the unity of the nation in danger,” he added.The six-month period will allow consultations  to examine measures that might be introduced to ease the burden of  the serious situation.“The French who have donned yellow vests want taxes to drop, and work to pay. That’s also what we want. If I didn’t manage to explain it, if the ruling majority didn’t manage to convince the French, then something must change,” Philippe said in his televised address.The tax raised prices 23 percent in a year, to an average of €1.51 per liter of diesel, after President Emmanuel Macron introduced a fuel tax to promote alternative energy. The last time fuel prices were this high was the early 2000s, says AFP.Read also: French Officials Respond to Second Weekend Of ‘Yellow Vest’ ProtestsInstead of responding to the protesters’ demands initially, Macron chose to condemn the protests which caused a serious crisis during in the second year of his presidency.“Shame on those who have abused other citizens and journalists. Shame on those who have tried to intimidate elected officials. No room for this violence in the Republic,” Macron tweeted on the second weekend of the yellow vest protests.Far-right National Rally party leader Marine Le Pen, who has been on the side of the yellow vest protests, tweeted that she had asked Philippe during their meeting to “end the strategy of confrontation chosen by Emmanuel Macron for the past three weeks.”However, the prime minister’s office said a planned meeting on Tuesday between Philippe and a “yellow vest” delegation had been canceled for “security reasons.”Two of the protest leaders, Jacline Mouraud and Benjamin Cauchy, told AFP, that “they had received threats from hardline protesters who warned them against entering into negotiations with the government.”Read also: French PM Meets Yellow Vest Protesters, Officials After Weekend of ChaosWhy are French people protesting?The demands of the yellow vest movement, which started three weeks ago, are mainly to abolish the fuel tax increase scheduled to take effect January and a higher minimum income. Some protesters ask for the return of a wealth tax on high-earners which the French government canceled in 2017.In his election campaign, French President Emmanuel Macron proposed measures to encourage companies to invest in the country, in turn generating job opportunities. After he became president in May 2017, Macron started implementing tax cuts for entrepreneurs and high-earners.The measures stirred anger among the “yellow vest” protestors who have blocked highways around the country and brought serious destruction to streets, shops, and public property.Read also: France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Continue, Police Struggle to Gain ControlThe protests have resulted in the deaths of four people “including an 80-year-old woman who died in hospital on Sunday after being hit by a tear gas canister in Marseille,” according to AFP.The yellow vest movement developed into fierce street clashes with police in Paris each weekend, which caused the arrest of 412 people on Sunday while 363 remained in custody. read more

  • Norwegian Tourist Shared a Pro-Muslim Video 3 Years Before Her Murder

    Rabat – Three years before she was murdered in Imlil, Norwegian Maren Ueland shared a pro-Muslim video on her Facebook page.The video shows a seemingly Western woman looking suspiciously at a bearded man in an Islamic outfit carrying a bag.The frightened lady tries to protect her child while looking at the man from across the street, when a couple of police officers are seen rushing out of their car behind the bearded man. Surprisingly, the last scene shows the police apprehending another man, while the bearded guy was giving a hand to a child, to the astonishment and shock of the terrified lady.“Never judge people by their appearance. Dear All Must Share It,” an accompanying comment reads next to the post, which goes back to January 2015. Maren Ueland shared the video on her Facebook account.Maren’s post has ironically reflected how a peaceful young woman who loved life and defended Islam died at the hands of ruthless criminals who pledged allegiance to ISIS, which claims to be inspired by the teachings of Islam.Moroccan police found the bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway in an isolated area near Imlil, in the Atlas Mountains, on Monday, December 17.On Wednesday, Moroccan authorities hinted that the murder of the two Scandinavian women was potentially linked to terrorism. Police arrested four suspects in the murder on Tuesday and Thursday.Shocked by the sad news, millions of Moroccans condemned the murder of the two Scandinavian women and expressed their condolences to and solidarity with the families of the victim.Moroccans’ strong condemnation of the murder and their outpouring of solidarity with the families of the victims elicited the gratitude of the Danish and the Norwegian ambassadors to Morocco. Both expressed their deep gratitude to the Moroccan people for standing up against terrorism and showing empathy to the victims and their families. read more

  • Morocco Adopts Bill on Extradition Agreement with India

    Rabat – The Government Council adopted Bill 99.18 on Thursday, approving an agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and the extradition of fugitive offenders, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Moroccan Minister of Justice Mohamed Aujjar signed the agreement on November 12, 2018, in New Delhi.The agreement aims  to strengthen bilateral cooperation between Morocco and India in countering organized crime and terrorism through extradition, Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said Thursday at a press briefing after the Government Council meeting. MoS @Gen_VKSingh met with Minister of Justice of Morocco, Mohamed Auajjar during the visit of Moroccan Justice Ministry delegation to India. Discussion focused on strengthening bilateral relations, followed by signing of the Extradition Agreement. pic.twitter.com/4oBdbpAVGT— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) November 13, 2018The agreement provides a legal framework for extraditing fugitive offenders in both countries and specifies the extradition procedure and conditions, El Khalfi added.The legal agreement emphasized the need to protect suspects’ rights during the extradition process, the minister noted.As part of the agreement, both parties will cooperate in serving summons, judicial documents, and letters of request and in executing judgments, decrees, and arbitral awards.Read Also: Morocco and India Sign Extradition Agreement for ‘Fugitive Offenders’Under the contract, the extradition process excludes individuals prosecuted for political offenses, El Khalfi said.“The agreement will not affect the rights and obligations of the contracting States which they have assumed under international conventions and treaties.”The contract also includes some common provisions regarding extradition waiver proceedings, property submission, provisional detention, and costs arising from extradition, according to El Khalfi.In September 2018, Morocco and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of cybersecurity. “The MoU intends to promote closer cooperation for exchange of knowledge and experience in detection, resolution and prevention of security-related incidents” between the two countries, according to Indian news outlet India Blooms.India and Morocco enjoy friendly bilateral relations. Last year, both countries signed many agreements and MoUs on various sectors including air service, tourism, social programs, mining and geology, and information technology. read more

  • Azelio to Partner with Morocco’s MASEN to Build Full-Scale Verification Project

    Rabat – Private Swedish company Azelio  will team up with Morocco’s Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) to build a “full-scale verification project” in Morocco this year.The company, which specializes in Stirling-based energy solutions,  also opened an office in Morocco to work “closely with MASEN and Moroccan suppliers,” reported  Renewables Now.The reporte added that Azelio’s first market installation is also planned in Morocco for the 2020 year. Read Also: Morocco’s MASEN Concludes Integrated Partnership on Solar TechnologyThe company is now looking forward to expanding its presence internationally.In addition to a headquarter in Sweden, the company also has an office in China.“The company is currently in an extensive expansion phase, finding new partners and establishing presence all over the world,” said Azelio.Morocco has recently attracted several international industrial companies. The country is keen on becoming a commercial and industrial hub for the African continent, and renewable energy sources have become one of the most crucial sectors for Morocco’s aspirations. Morocco’s Minister of Energy and Mining Aziz Rabbah said last month that Morocco produced 35 percent of its electricity output from renewable energy sources by the end of 2018.Earlier this month, Bloomberg ranked Morocco among the 22 countries that invested more than $2 billion in clean energy. read more

  • 2019 Crans Montana Forum to Kick Off March 14 in Dakhla

    Rabat – The fifth annual Crans Montana Forum is coming close. The four-day forum will open under the theme Building a Powerful and Modern Africa Dedicated to its Youth.The forum will kick off on March 14 in Dakhla. The official opening, however, is schedule for March 16, according to a statement from the forum.More than 5,000 participants will attend the forum. The forum will also mark the presence of 50 international and international organization. The program of the symposium will cover meetings to discuss several issues, including universal health coverage and health security digital revolution; renewable energies; and agro-industry.The participants of the forum will land on Thursday, March 14 at the Dakhla airport to register their participation.On Friday, March 15, the forum will open to discuss the main challenges facing youth organizations in a meeting under the theme “Youth, Peace and Security in Africa.”In the afternoon, the participants will have the opportunity to discover Morocco’s Dakhla, known as the “the pearl of the south”According to the forum’s program, the offer is available upon request.Saturday, March 16 will mark the official inauguration session,which will open with a royal speech to the participants of the forum.In the afternoon, the forum will include a high-level panel to tackle challenges of digital transformation, in addition to other topics to be discussed during the high-level meeting.On Sunday, the forum will offer an intergovernmental conference on universal health coverage for African ministers of health.Read Also: Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament Moustapha Cissé Lo Honored at Crans Montana ForumThe meeting will discuss challenges and prospects of universal health coverage.According to the forum, “young talents from all over the continent will actively take part in the various debates and will be officially welcomed in the 2019 class of the New Leaders for Tomorrow.”The statement added that there will be more initiative programs held on the sidelines of the forum to “facilitate exchanges and discussions between th Moroccan southern territories’ youth and their peers from all over Africa.”The last Crans Montana Forum took place on March 15-20, 2018 and focused on Africa and South-South Cooperation.At least a 1,000 attendees from 131 countries attended the forul.The previous annual version of the Forum was an opportunity to engage in fruitful exchanges on topics such as food security and sustainable agriculture, the oceans economy and the fisheries sector, renewable energies, and the African Green Revolution.Created in 1986 in Switzerland, the Crans Montana Forum is a non-governmental organization that focuses on encouraging international cooperation, dialogue, development, stability, peace, and security in the world.The forum’s mission is to work “Towards a More Humane World.” read more

  • Dozens of Moroccan Teachers Injured as Police Used Water Cannons to…

    Rabat – In an overnight protest Wednesday night, April 24, police attempted to disperse protesting teachers with water cannons and batons, leaving dozens of the contractual teachers “seriously” wounded. 65 contractual teachers sustained “serious injuries.”A member of the national commission of the National Coordination of Teachers Forced into Contracts (CNPCC), Abdessamad El Amrani, said riot police met protests with violence, that not only left 65 in “serious conditions” but also sent some to intensive care. El Amrani added that most of teachers’ injuries were on their hands, backs, and legs due to the strong force of the water cannons and the batons.Read also: Contractual Teachers Start 6-Day Sit-In Monday in MoroccoThe incident came amid contractual teachers’ call for three days of marches in response to the Ministry of Education, which declared it would “suspend dialogue with teachers’ representatives” until striking teachers return to work. The protesting teachers have accused the education ministry of failing to abide by the agreements negotiated in an April 13 meeting. Contractual teachers said they would extend their strike until April 25 or more. The education ministry and teacher’s representatives have held several negotiation meetings since February 20 when the street marches began, but they have not yet come to a mutual understanding.Read also: Morocco’s Contractual Teachers: Each Protest Gets Bigger As More Join UsThe teachers have threatened a “blank year” of not returning to work for 12 months in protest of the ministry.Contractual teachers argue the education ministry does not put them on an equal footing with permanent teachers. They have been agitating for the abolishment of the fixed-term contract, some terms of which do not grant them the same level of job security as public sector teachers and to be hired into the public sector. Although the ministry promised it would abandon its contract scheme and later decided to amend some terms in the contract, all its attempts to find a middle ground with teachers have failed.Teachers consider the education ministry’s offers “patchy” and blame it for the consequences. read more

  • New Davis Cup goes virtual to increase sponsorship revenue

    MADRID — The changes in the Davis Cup go beyond its revamped format.In addition to a new playing formula that will bring nations together for a weeklong tournament in a single venue, the Davis Cup is also implementing a new sponsorship strategy that will make tennis’ top team competition look different to television viewers — all depending on where they are watching it.The group behind the new Davis Cup — led by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique — is planning to use virtual replacement advertising during broadcasts at the inaugural “World Cup” of tennis in Madrid from Nov. 18-24, meaning sponsors’ logos and banners will be superimposed digitally on the courts. A viewer in the United States will see something different than one in Asia or one in Europe, or those watching matches in person at Madrid’s “Magic Box” tennis complex.The strategy adds flexibility to sponsors and will allow organizers to sell different sponsorship packages worldwide, widening revenue possibilities. Instead of having one presenting sponsor for the whole tournament, organizers can sign deals with multiple companies.“One of the things that happens in terms of sponsorship is that it is pretty difficult to find one of those global brands that has interest all over the world,” Kosmos Tennis CEO Javier Alonso told The Associated Press. “With the modern technologies that are available right now on the market … we are targeting to have three or four different feeds and in each feed we will have a different sponsor with virtual replacement technology.”Even global companies could take advantage of the new model, as they can promote specific products in different markets. A car company could advertise one vehicle in Europe and another in Asia, and a beer company could promote one product in South America and another in Oceania.The technology, called “DBR,” or digital board replacement, is already being used successfully by the Spanish soccer league, a sponsor and partner of the revamped Davis Cup. The league says it was one of the first competitions to implement the virtual sponsorship strategy some five years ago, and currently it distributes specific feeds to nine different regions.“It’s a format that is much more attractive to sponsors,” said Oscar Mayo, the Spanish league’s director for international development. “It’s a model fully developed and we will share our know-how and provide support.”The technology allows for customized images to be superimposed anywhere on the field without being affected by camera movement or the position of players. It is used especially on sideline boards and the “3D” carpets near the goals in soccer matches. Similar technologies have been used in broadcasts of auto racing, golf tournaments and American football games, showing speeds, distances and first-down markers to add to the viewers’ experience.Kosmos’ goal is to have at least three separate regions with specific feeds in this inaugural season, expanding it to more territories and new sponsors in the coming years.“At the end of the day, you can multiply by three or four the income that you are generating because the expense is not huge,” Alonso said.The added costs are usually related to the need of having more satellites to distribute the different feeds. Kosmos estimates an extra cost of about 100,000 euros ($112,000) for each additional feed.The plan to use the new technology was already in the long-term plans for Kosmos, the investment group founded by Pique, but it was fast-tracked after longtime Davis Cup sponsor BNP Paribas decided last month not to continue investing in the competition. The bank said it would end its 17-year title sponsorship “as the competition’s format evolves.”“It was a surprise when it happened but we already had another plan, so we could handle it,” Alonso said. “Already with what we have signed (in sponsors), I would say probably we already have 30 or 40 per cent of what they had before. We are OK.”Davis Cup organizers said the new formula, with all matches played in a single week and at the same venue, has been key to attracting new sponsors.“People understand the concept of one city, one location, everyone together, so it’s been a good response to the change,” ITF president David Haggerty told the AP. “Under the old format you weren’t sure where the finals would be, so if you were a business you didn’t know if it would be a country that was important to your business or not, whereas here everyone knows the next two years we are in Madrid and companies can make a very informed decision.”The Spanish league said the new format was crucial for its decision to join in.“This new event has a lot more visibility compared to before,” Mayo said. “It will be at the same level as the great sporting events in the world, bringing together fans and players from several countries.”The season-ending tournament will feature 18 teams drawn into six groups of three, with the group winners advancing to the knockout stage, along with the two-best second-place teams. The nations will play within their groups Monday-Thursday, with the knockout rounds Friday-Sunday. The matches will take place on hard courts in three stadiums in morning and afternoon sessions that will include two singles matches and a doubles match between two nations.The new Davis Cup is part of a 25-year partnership between Kosmos and the ITF, which made the deal to try to increase revenue for the local tennis federations.___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoniTales Azzoni, The Associated Press read more

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