Snowfall records shattered across the Peace Region

first_imgAnother record for September 12th at the North Peace Airport station has also already been broken, as a further roughly two centimetres fell at the airport between midnight and 5:00 a.m.No snow has previously been recorded at the airport on the 12th day of September.Castellan said however that the all-time record for the Fort St. John area on September 12th still stands, as 12.7 centimetres of snow was recorded at the Baldonnel weather station back in 1936.The snowfall also broke official records in Chetwynd and Grande Prairie on both days.The Chetwynd Airport recorded two centimetres of snow on Tuesday, which is the first time snow has been recorded at the station on September 11th. The further 3.4 centimetres that has so far fallen in Chetwynd is also a first-ever.Grande Prairie has also broken back-to-back snowfall records, and a snowfall warning in the Swan City remains in effect as of noon Wednesday. The Grande Prairie Airport weather station saw one centimetre of snow on Tuesday, and since midnight has recorded a further 10 centimetres of the white stuff.No snow had previously been recorded in Grande Prairie on either the 11th or the 12th. Records in Grande Prairie date back to 1936.As for whether records were broken at any other B.C. Peace communities, Castellan said that unfortunately, snowfall data was unavailable for both the Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson airport weather stations. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first snowfall of the 2018/2019 fall and winter season has caused a number of records to fall across the Peace Region.Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan said that Fort St. John saw a new record snowfall for September 11th.The 6.2 centimetres of snow that fell at the North Peace Airport weather station yesterday was 3.8 centimetres more than the previous record of 2.4 centimetres that was set in 1993.last_img read more

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Steelhead LNG awards FEED contract for floating LNG terminal hulls to Hyundai

first_imgEach hull is expected to measure 340 metres in length, 60 metres in width, and feature five individual tanks that provide approximately 280,000 cubic metres of liquified natural gas storage.“This agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries for two At-Shore LNGTM hulls again demonstrates the technological innovation and creative solutions that we are developing as part of the Kwispaa LNG Project to offer Asia-Pacific buyers with cleaner and competitively priced LNG from Canada,” said Steelhead LNG CEO Nigel Kuzemko. “Our goal is to help meet the world’s rising demand for LNG and reduce worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, with our co-management partners, Huu-ay-aht First Nations, we are committed to working with all levels of government to realize the tremendous potential benefits the Kwispaa LNG Project can provide to local communities, British Columbia, and Canada.”The awarding of the contract is the start of the process leading to the construction of two At-Shore LNG™ hulls at a total price of US$500 million.“As a global leader in the shipbuilding industry, we are tremendously pleased to be partnering with Steelhead LNG for the design of the At-Shore LNGTM hulls for the Kwispaa LNG Project,” stated Hyundai Heavy Industries. “This agreement is a reflection of our world-leading technical and manufacturing capabilities, and we look forward to proceeding into FEED for this important project.” BARCELONA, SPAIN – Steelhead LNG announced today that it has signed a contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries for the Front-End Engineering and Design of two At-Shore LNG™ hulls for its proposed Kwispaa LNG Project.Kwispaa LNG is a proposed LNG export facility located at Sarita Bay on the west coast of Vancouver Island. With a Final Investment Decision anticipated in 2020, the first phase of the project is expected to be operational in 2024.On Wednesday, representatives from Steelhead LNG, the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, and Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Shipbuilding Division formalized the contract for the design of the two At-Shore LNG™ hulls at the Gastech Conference in Barcelona.last_img read more

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Skin and haircare tips to ensure safe Holi

first_imgKolkata: Are you worried about the effects of harsh chemicals found in the colours that we use to play Holi?The city-based doctors have prescribed some guidelines on how to play a safe Holi without causing damage to the skin, eyes and hair. Holi is the festival of colours and people love to spend the day by rejoicing and merrymaking. Dr Madhumita Bhattacharya, consultant, department of dermatology at a private hospital in the city, shared effective tips to avoid the side-effects of the chemicals found in colours. Here are some tips to help you take some precautionary measures for a beautiful Holi. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Dr Bhattacharya said the amount of colours and water one uses during Holi can have a serious toll on your skin unless you are well-prepared in advance. So, here’s what you should do before stepping out of your house. Dr Bhattacharya suggests you should rub ice cubes on your face which will help to close pores on your skin and ensure colours don’t seep into your skin and cause breakage. One should apply oil on your face. Those who have dry or normal skin, can apply oil on their face and body. Oil will keep your skin moisturized all along. People can use coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil for this purpose, she said. One should also use a waterproof sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe doctors suggested the women to apply nail paints before playing Holi which can be removed later. People are also advised to drink lots of water before playing Holi. It keeps one hydrated and will provide energy. The doctor said one should wear sunglasses and remove contact lenses before going outdoors. If colours enter the eyes one should immediately rinse with cold water. Dr Bhattacharya said one should avoid scented or perfumed colours as they might cause allergies. One should wear dark full sleeves cotton clothes which will cover the whole body and can protect from harmful colours. She also urged people to use organic colours. After playing Holi, people should use a mild soap to remove the colours from their skin and use baby shampoo to wash their hair followed by conditioner. One should strictly avoid the use of kerosene, petrol and spirits to remove stains as they will damage the skin.last_img read more

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Griezmann whistled as Atletico come back to draw with Levante

first_imgMadrid: Antoine Griezmann was jeered during his last game for Atletico Madrid and Rodrigo might have scored his final goal for the club as they came from behind to draw 2-2 against Levante in La Liga on Saturday. Griezmann received whistles at the City of Valencia Stadium from the visiting fans, who were also heard chanting “out, out, out” before goals from Sergio Camello and Rodrigo ensured Atletico at least ended the season with a draw. Diego Simeone has dismissed fears of a mass exodus, despite both Diego Godin and Griezmann already announcing their departures, with the likes of Rodrigo, Juanfran and Filipe Luis all expected to follow. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIf this was to be their farewell outing for Atletico, it was an underwhelming finale as Levante, who only secured safety from relegation last weekend, claimed a deserved point. They might have been disappointed not to take all three after leading 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Erick Cabaco and Roger Marti before then playing against 10 men for the best part of 40 minutes after Angel Correa was sent off. But Atletico fought back, Rodrigo firing into the top corner before 18-year-old substitute Camello scored his first goal for the club, finishing at the back post. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersGriezmann was unable to add to his tally of 133 goals in 257 games across all competitions in what became a bitter end to his five successful seasons for the club. Godin was given a rousing goodbye ceremony at the Wanda Metropolitano last weekend but the timing of Griezmann’s announcement, perhaps deliberately, meant he avoided a last meeting with the Atleti fans. But those that made the trip to Valencia were determined to make their displeasure known and it was noticeable that Griezmann made a swift exit after the final whistle. Camello, born in Madrid and a product of Atletico’s academy, delivered a more positive message for the future and a timely reminder of Atletico’s ability to endure in recent years, despite the departures of their biggest stars. Levante took the lead through a brilliant opener from Cabaco, who flicked in with the back of his heel after a header back from Ruben Vezo. Roger doubled the advantage shortly before half-time, intercepting a loose pass from Thomas Partey before skipping over Rodrigo and firing past Antonio Adan, who was standing in for the injured Jan Oblak. Atletico’s task became more difficult when Correa was sent off for a petulant kick on Chema but Rodrigo gave them hope with a stunning strike into the top corner, before Koke’s shot fell kindly for Camello at the back post.last_img read more

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Pak ST minister invites top clerics to see how moon cycle works

first_imgIslamabad: In an unusual move, Pakistan’s science and technology minister on Monday invited the country’s two leading clerics to see how “easy” science has made it to predict the lunar calendar to calculate the start of the holy fasting month of Ramzan. In a statement that could further anger the conservative clerics in the Muslim majority nation, federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry invited Mufti Muneebur Rehman and Shahabuddin Popalzai to see how the moon cycle works. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report His invitation as the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan advocated a science-based lunar calendar to calculate the start of Ramzan. “We are inviting Maulana Muneebur Rehman and Shahabuddin Popalzai to come and witness how the moon cycle works,” wrote Chaudhry on Twitter. “And see for themselves how easy science has made it to predict the lunar calendar. There is no need for an arduous task,” he said sarcastically. Since assuming office as the minister for science and technology, Chaudhry has been pushing for using science for the Islamic calendar and doing away with the traditional moon sighting method used by the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests “Every year on the occasion of Ramadan, Eid and Muharram a controversy starts regarding moonsighting,” Chaudhry said in a video he tweeted on May 5 in which he recalled watching the committee use telescopes to make their calculations. Recently, Pakistan’s National Assembly, the lower house, was told that Rs 3.06 million was spent on the sighting of the moon for Muharram, Ramazan, Eidul Fitr and Eidul Azha in 2018. Earlier this month, the minister formed a five-member committee comprising officials from the S&T ministry, Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) and Pakistan Meteorological Department to prepare a lunar calendar and publish it by the 15th of Ramzan. Speaking at an event at Karachi University, he said the ministry was also working on a mobile phone app that will enable people to sight the moon on their devices, the Express Tribune reported Monday.last_img read more

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Govt took several measures to promote right to have access to

Rabat – The government has taken several measures to promote the right to have access to information, said, Tuesday in Rabat, communication minister, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi.Speaking at the house of representatives’ question time, El Khalfi said that the ministry elaborated a modern press and publishing draft law which does not provide for prison sentences, in the light of the results of the scientific committee in charge of consultations on bills on the press and publication.He added that the law has four legislative bills namely the draft bill on press and publishing, the draft bill on professional journalist, the press national council draft bill and the draft bill on press-related professions. He added that his department has also laid down legal provisions on the right of journalists to have access to information, in line with the provisions of the constitution of 2011.He recalled in this regard the national conference on the right to have access to information, held by the Ministry of Employment and administration modernization in June, with the participation of representatives of civil society, the private sector, the media and researchers. read more

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Rooney Cristiano has overtaken Messi as the worlds best

Rabat – Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney said that he believes his former teammate at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo, ‘has overtaken’ Lionel Messi as the best player in the world. Speaking to his club’s television channel MUTV, the England Captain expects the Portugal international to win another Ballon D’Or.“I think so. I am sure it’ll be difficult to give it to anyone else,” he said regarding the prospects of Ronaldo retaining the prestigious trophy for the third time in his career. Scoring 20 goals in 13 Liga and Champions League games so far this season, the Real Madrid ace heads a 23-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon D’Or, which will be awarded in Zurich on January 12.

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Morocco Slams Switzerland for allowing Polisario to Join the Geneva Convention

Fez – Morocco rejected on Tuesday the decision of the Swiss government to accept the accession of the Polisario Front, the separatist movement that calls for the independence of the Western Sahara, to the Geneva Convention.In a letter sent to the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Salaheddine Mezouar, Moroccan Foreign Minister, stressed that “Polisario” is a “secessionist movement established by Algeria to hit the stability of Morocco and its territorial integrity” and should, therefore, not be included as a member of the Geneva Convention 1949.The letter considers the decision of Switzerland “null and void, and unacceptable”. It also criticizes the Swiss government for failing to announce the consideration of its membership to the other members, and for failing to objectively study the legitimacy of any party wishing to join the convention. The letter also described the procedure as “not based on legal grounds and politically dangerous.” Morocco defends its disapproval of the decision by highlighting that the war between the Kingdom on one side, and the Polisario with Algeria on the other side, ended more than twenty five years ago.“The absence of an armed conflict should be sufficient for sponsors to refuse the Polisario Front’s request”.The letter also condemns Switzerland’s portrayal of Sahraoui citizens as being in armed conflict against Morocco and specified that the only legitimate representative of Sahraoui citizens is Morocco. The Polisario, the letter reminded, is not recognized by the United Nations.The Geneva Convention was established after the Second World War to guarantee the humanitarian treatment of war prisoners.Edited by Miriam El Ofir© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permissionThe views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy read more

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Adoha Retracts its Decision Expresses Support for Saad Lamjarred

Casablanca — Morocco’s real estate developer Adoha has now stated its support for Saad Lamjarred “during this painful and difficult time.”Adoha was asked about poster ads featuring Saad Lamjarred last week, after they were removed a few days following the singer’s arrest in Paris on charges of of “aggravated sexual assault.” When asked if the removal meant anything, the company’s communications manager, Ouidad Melhaf, stated that “it has nothing to do [with his arrest]” and that the removal of posters featuring the singer simply “coincided with the end of the contract between Adoha and the star.”While the earlier statement was neutral regarding Adoha’s support (or lack thereof) of the singer, it seems the company is now choosing to take a clear stance on the matter, as is reflected by an Adoha editor’s note published on November 4. “Mr. Saad Lamjarred is still a representative figure of the Adoha group,” says the note. The removal of the posters have “nothing to do with the problems that Mr. Saad Lamjarred has encountered,” adds the statement.“Adoha would like to reiterate its support for Saad Lamjarred during the painful and difficult time he is experiencing,” it concluded.Though the French justice system has yet to make a decision regarding Lamjarred’s implication in a serious charge of “aggravated sexual assault,” Adoha’s does not seem quite so unsure about Lamjarred’s innocence. read more

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The 3 Most Common Injuries in Car Crashes in Morocco

Rabat – According to the Ministry of Equipment Transport and Logistics, more than 3,500 people were killed in traffic accidents in Morocco in 2016. Here is a closer look at the most common injuries that can occur in a car crash.There are a huge number of reasons why people are injured in car crashes. These tend to on whether a person not wearing a seat belt, where they were hit in the vehicle (the side, rear or front), whether the document was facing straight ahead at the moment of impact, whether there was a low-speed collision or high-speed, or whether the car had airbags that were activated. All of these factors can not only determine the insurance claim that a person may be able to make from a crash, but also the severity of the injury.Soft Tissue Injuries Soft tissue injuries are one of the most common injuries that can occur from car crashes. These types of injuries are caused by damage to the body’s connective tissues, which can be anything from muscles to ligaments and in some more severe car crashes, even tendons. A whiplash injury, where the connective tissues are stretched in the head and neck due to sudden movements, is one of the most commonly claimed for. A number of people are affected by whiplash meaning the whiplash claims average payout could be huge. Car accidents can also cause more severe soft tissue injuries in the neck and back, which can in some cases be life-changing depending on the severity.Scrapes & CutsLoose objects in the car could cause a number of scrapes and cuts on an individual. Shattered glass caused by impact can also cause a series of issues, and simply scraping a body part on any inner part of the car upon impact in a crash can cause this kind of injury. These tend to be minor issues within a car accident, however some cases have seen deep cuts that have led to a significant loss of blood. Airbags that activate/deploy within a car crash can also cause a number of scrapes and cuts, but this is a lot more minor than a serious head injury or damage that could occur without the deployment of an airbag.Head InjuriesHead injuries as a whole can be extremely dangerous, although others can be somewhat minor and simply be a bump to the head. If the head makes impact on the steering wheel, airbag or window, there could be a number of bruises or scrapes that could occur. However, in some more severe cases, head injuries could be internal, with skull fractures and brain bleeding being life threatening and in some cases, cause long-lasting brain damage. If this occurs in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you are more than likely able to make a claim as this can be a potentially life-changing situation depending on the severity of the head injury.Sponsored content read more

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Moroccos Thriving Aeronautic Industry Attracts International Interest

Rabat – Morocco’s aeronautic industry is growing exponentially thanks to its proximity to Europe, low labor costs, and political  stability.Since 2001, the Moroccan aeronautics sector has seen a remarkable and considerable growth.From 2001 to 2011, the number of companies active in the aeronautics industry increased from 10 to more than 100. Total employees increased from only 300  to more than 10,000 with a total sales of over $1 billion, according to the Moroccan Agency of Investment and Development (AMDI). In 2016, Morocco’s Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment, and the Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy said, “The Moroccan aeronautics industry has seen … huge growth these last few years. The sector has multiplied by six in 10 years.”Morocco now has 130 aeronautics companies.Morocco’s strategic location gives it access to Europe, the Middle East, and the rest of Africa. This advantage has made the North African country a favorite destination for big international aircraft manufacturers, such as Bombardier, Boeing, and Safran.In September 2016, the American Boeing company announced plans to create a “Boeing industrial ecosystem” in Morocco to attract 120 suppliers for Morocco’s aeronautics exports, generating $1 billion and creating more than 8,200 jobs.“Through our business in Casablanca, we have already seen with our own eyes the unique opportunities offered by Morocco to aeronautics subcontractors in terms of cost effectiveness, all while producing quality products,” said Boeing Vice Chairman Raymond Conner.The Seattle-based aerospace company has settled in Morocco since 2001.Boeing also has a joint venture with France’s Safran in Casablanca to build aerospace parts such as wire bundles and harnesses for aircraft makers like Boeing and Airbus.According to Safran’s general delegate in Morocco, Hamid Benbrahim El Andaloussi, “Morocco is now regarded as one of the most aeronautical platforms in the region. It is, without question, the most competitive aeronautical base in the natural extension of Europe.”Safran has been operating in Morocco for more than 15 years with more than 2,700 employees in seven companies and joint ventures. Safran’s companies in Morocco involved in activities such as aeronautical cabling, thrust reversers and nacelles, engineering, and engineering maintenance.The company’s employees are primarily young people in their 20s, of which 70 percent are young women. Women make up 40 percent of the managing staff.Bombardier has plans to invest $200 million in Morocco by 2020 and create 850 direct jobs and 4,400 indirect jobs.In July 2014, US-based Alcoa Aerospace also announced that “it would invest €4.6m in a production unit in Midparc specialising in fastening systems for the aerospace industry,” reported Oxford Business Group.“Bombardier’s Moroccan facility today produces wing components, slats, ailerons, winglets, flaps, fuselage parts, fuselages, nose extensions, doors, floors, nacelles, and subassemblies for various programs of regional aircraft and business jets,” a Moroccan Bombardier spokeswoman told the aviation outlet AIN in July.Bombardier is the world’s third-largest aerospace and transportation manufacturer, based in Montreal. In 2014, the company built an aerospace-manufacturing facility in Morocco.Great logistics, stable economic environmentMorocco boasts of many economic free zones which provide an important platform for Morocco’s growing aeronautics sector. These include Casablanca’s Aeropole Nouaceur and Midparc free zones, in addition to zones with aerospace facilities in Tangier; Kenitra, north of Rabat; Oujda, in northeast Morocco; and Sale, near Rabat.Midparc’s Director General Aref Hassani told Morocco World News that there are 16 companies such as Hexcel, Stelia (an Airbus company), Arconic (an Alcoa company), Eaton, and Thaler which are operational in the Midparc free zone, in addition to 2 companies “under study before construction.”Hassani added that among the 16 companies, 12 are French, 3 are American, and 1 is Canadian.Foreign direct investment website fDi Intelligence ranked Casablanca among the 15 aerospace cities of the future in 2016, and 6th in the top 10 aerospace cities “in terms of cost-effectiveness.” Morocco is situated only 14 kilometers south of Europe, across the Mediterranean, with much lower labor costs.According to Midparc, Morocco is a “competitive platform for export” with an average monthly wage of $327, which is “almost ten times lower than in Spain.”In its 2018 Investment Climate Statement, the US Department of State wrote, “Morocco enjoys political stability, robust infrastructure, and a strategic location, which are helping it emerge as a regional manufacturing and export base for international companies.”In the World Bank’s most recent Doing Business report for 2018, Morocco ranked 69th worldwide. Morocco scored 67.91 points with a more favorable business climate than that of neighboring countries in North Africa, such as Tunisia (88th), Egypt (128th), and Algeria (166th).The report also stated that Morocco’s scoring enabled it to rise to the third position in the MENA region behind the UAE (21st) and Bahrain (66th). Among African countries, Morocco also took third place, behind Mauritius (25th) and Rwanda (41st).Training centers to meet needs of aeronautics industryTraining centers are part of Morocco’s plan to boost its attractiveness for aeronautical industry investments. Morocco boasts of an Aeronautics Professions Institute (IMA), which the Group of Moroccan Aviation and Aerospace Industrialists (GIMAS) established in partnership with the Moroccan government.The center, near Casablanca’s international airport, was inaugurated in 2011 and provides Moroccan aeronautical companies with a skilled workforce and human resources.Before 2011, Morocco never had any specialized centers for training technicians and operators , said El Andaloussi, president of IMA.“IMA’s medium-term objective is to train 800 persons per year in aviation and aerospace professions thanks to a tool of international standards in place as a result of a partnership between GIMAS, the UIMM (Union of Metallurgical Profession Industries) and the state of Morocco,” Midparc said.In September, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani inaugurated the Moroccan Private Aviation Academy (MAPA) in Benslimane, near Rabat.El Othmani said that the school will meet the growing needs of the aviation industry and will train pilots and aviation maintenance technicians.MAPA received the national license for airline pilot training and the EASA European Approval for Aircraft Maintenance Technicians. read more

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King Mohammed VI Decision to Integrate Holocaust in Text Books Unfounded

Rabat – Morocco’s relationship with its Jewish communities has been the subject of wide interest—both scholarly and journalistic—in recent years.While the world generally views the Arab-Jewish relationship as conflictual and continuously tumultuous, a recent message by King Mohammed VI to a symposium on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, has opted for the contrary. The King said that, at least in the Moroccan context, peaceful coexistence between Jewish and Muslims is real and has been so for generations.Drawing attention to a history of peaceful coexistence between different faiths in Morocco, the King reiterated Morocco’s desire to not only fight anti-semitism, but also to promote religious tolerance and open-mindedness in school. The message was delivered by Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani at a roundtable on “The power of education in preventing racism and discrimination: the case of anti-Semitism.” The King underlined Morocco’s historical role as a champion of religious dialogue and peaceful cohabitation.Antisemitism, the King said, “provides a breeding ground for violent extremism and growing insecurity.” He added, “Anti-Semitism is the antithesis of freedom of expression. It implies a denial of the other and is an admission of failure, inadequacy and an inability to coexist. It implies an anachronistic return to a mystified past.”The King called participants at the UN roundtable to “promote education for peace” and invest in education and culture to win the battle against the proliferation of exclusive and racist ideologies. The legacy of exclusion and suspicion, he concluded, should not be passed on to future generations.Holocaust in Moroccan school books?Following the King’s message, a number of international media outlets have speculated about the implications of the King’s insistence on religious cohabitation and the teaching in Moroccan schools of an inclusive and comprehensive approach to history. Journalists have raised the possibility that Morocco might include the Holocaust and other episodes of Jewish history in Moroccan history textbooks. The King’s message, they argued, points to a willingness to integrate historical episodes that were previously sidelined or ignored by Moroccan textbooks.But whether King Mohammed’s insistence on a collective and inclusive Jewish-Muslim history will indeed be taken into account in the country’s history textbooks is bound to remain media speculations. The Moroccan Ministry of Education did not respond to Morocco World News repeated requests for comment. Fatima Ouahmi, head of the ministry’s communication department, told us that she is “not qualified to answer.”Agence France Press (AFP) also reported earlier today they contacted the communication department of the Ministry of Education for comments. The ministry refrained from commenting, telling AFP to refer to the original message. The King has not ordered the government to include the Holocaust in Moroccan school books, AFP reported.Rachid Aguadou, the director of the cabinet of the Ministry of Education was unreachable.We’ve been here beforeWhile King Mohammed VI’s much-reported message has taken on a new meaning in media circles, especially given the context of the King’s continued focus on youth-related matters, headlines about the complex history of Moroccan Jews have been around much longer.In October 2017, Israeli outlet Haaretz reported a partnership between Morocco and the US Holocaust Museum to “educate about the Holocaust and counter intolerance.” Prince Moulay Rachid endorsed the museum’s proposal on Morocco’s behalf. He was reported to have accepted the museum’s suggestion to work on a project “to bring the lessons of the past to address the lessons of the present and to make a better tomorrow.”Haaretz added that museum director Sara Bloomfield invited Prince Moulay Rachid to attend another event in Washington, D.C., to honor his grandfather, King Mohammed V, “who refused to hand over Jewish Moroccans to the Vichy France occupier during the Nazi period.”Moroccan Jews and Muslims: A complex historyFor all the positive accounts about Morocco’s genuine concern for its Jewish population and government-backed efforts to integrate minorities in the public sphere through various cultural events or participation in international forums on socio-religious tolerance, the numbers and historical records tell a mixed tale. In a 2016 book on Jewish-Muslim cohabitation in Morocco, the Moroccan historian Mohammed Kenbib retraces the trajectory of Moroccan Jews between 1858 and 1948 to the present, shedding enormous historical light on inter-community relations in Morocco. The book pointed to Morocco’s dwindling Jewish populations since 1948, between the creation of the State of Israel and mounting fear among Jews around the world about their security and well-being in other parts of the world. Raising questions about remnants of Morocco’s Jewry and the ties now binding Morocco with its Jewish communities—both living in Morocco and dispersed across the globe, Kenbib speaks of the Jewish presence in Morocco in terms of one of the North African kingdom’s greatest cultural and historical assets. Kenbib’s book, however, is rueful and nostalgic about the gradual loss of Morocco’s Jewish heritage. Whereas in 1948 Morocco had over 265,000 Jews, the numbers today are just somewhere around 10,000, Kenbib’s various sources concurred. Other sources say as few as 3,000 Jews live in Morocco today, indicating the general tendency towards emigration to places where they feel relatively more safe. The majority of Jews of Moroccan descent now live in France, Israel, the US, and Canada, while thousands others are disseminated around in the world.Despite the massive emigration of Moroccan Jews, Morocco’s current tiny Jewish community still remains the highest in number among Jewish communities in the Arab world. And, like King Mohammed VI’s message at the UN symposium, Kenbib’s book is filled with suggestions and historical examples of functional cohabitation between Muslims and Jewish Moroccans. The thesis stands in stark contrast with the suggestion that the entirety of the Arab world has been historically founded on the marginalization and downright exclusion of Jewish communities. read more

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Maghreb Region Expected to Gain 32 Million Inhabitants by 2050

Rabat – According to a study from the High Planning Commission (HCP), the total population of the Maghreb region will increase from the current total of 100 million in 2018 to 132 million by 2050, a predicted growth of one million a year.The current population of the Maghreb region is mostly centered in Algeria and Morocco, accounting for 77 percent, and this will remain true in 2050.The study analyzed the three factors that have the most direct impact on population growth:  mortality, birth rate, and migration. The study credits the high birth rate in the region for the predicted population growth. If this figure is reached, the population of the Maghreb will account for 1.35% of the world in 2050 as opposed to the current 1.5%. However, when solely looking at the demographics of the African continent, Maghreb representation will decrease from the current 7.8% to 5.2% by 2050 due to the population growth also predicted in other African regions.The study also assessed past population growth in the Maghreb region and found that between 1980 and 2018, the population of the Maghreb population doubled from 50 million to 100 million, an annual increase of 1.3 million inhabitants.The population growth may have detrimental effects on employment, protection of the elderly, urbanism, water, and health. It will also cause an increase in pollution, global warming and climate change.Read also: Mohammed is Most Common Name in Berlin, 24th Most Popular in Germany read more

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Amazon to bring 1day delivery to Prime members

NEW YORK — Two-day delivery is going out of style.Amazon, which hooked shoppers on getting just about anything delivered in two days, announced Thursday that it will soon promise one-day delivery for its Prime members on most items.The company hopes that cutting delivery times in half will make its $119-a-year Prime membership more worthwhile, since every other online store offers free deliveries in two days. Amazon also can’t compete with Walmart and Target, where ordering online and picking up at a store is becoming more popular with shoppers.Amazon didn’t say when the change to its Prime membership will happen, but says it has already been growing its selection of items eligible for one-day deliveries in the past month.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press

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Communities hit by gas blasts get 80M to fix infrastructure

ANDOVER, Mass. — The utility blamed for a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in September has agreed to pay $80 million to three communities to cover the costs of repairing roads and other infrastructure torn up during restoration efforts.The settlement with Columbia Gas of Massachusetts was announced Tuesday at a news conference.Andover Town Manager Andrew Flanagan says nearly $62 million of that has already been paid.Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera says it was the best deal that could be reached and spares taxpayers from bearing the financial burden. The third community affected was North Andover.Columbia Gas President Mark Kempic called it the “best possible outcome” and thanked the communities for their “strength, patience and resilience.”One person died , dozens were injured and thousands were left without gas service for months.The Associated Press read more

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Nasser Zefzafi Calls for March to Honor Mouhcine Fikris Death

Rabat – Hirak Rif (Rif Movement) leader Nasser Zefzafi, serving to 20 years in prison, has called for a march to honor the 3rd-anniversary of Mouhcine Fikri’s death.Zefzafi’s call for march came in a letter he dictated to his father on the phone. He addressed the letter to all Rifians living in Europe, calling on them to gather in Paris, on October 26.In his letter, Zefzafi told the Rifians to not let “despair control them and obstruct their way. Our path to freedom is long and difficult.”  He added that “patience and hope is the weapon to fight their struggles until achieving their purpose.”“Our people (Rifians) are going through difficult times which can be overcome and fought by leaving aside all that leads to division and discord,” Zefzafi wrote.The Hirak Rif leader, who is serving time in Ras Lma prison in Fez, recalled that “the victory of their ancestors over colonialism started from leaving tribal conflicts and uniting ranks because the interest of the Rif region is above everything else.”Read also: Hundreds Rally in Rabat in Solidarity with Hajar RaissouniThe death of Mouhcine Fikri was the catalyst for the Hirak Rif movement.Fikri, an informal sector fishmonger, was crushed to death in a garbage truck in October 2016 while attempting to retrieve his goods. Local authorities had seized and disposed of his merchandise in the truck.Many activists, led by Nasser Zefzafi, were arrested for conspiracy against the security of the state after they protested the living conditions in Al Hoceima in 2016 and 2017.Fikri’s death caused a surge in protests in Al Hoceima and the surrounding areas. Chanting social slogans, the protesters decried social disparities in the region and called on the government to establish infrastructures such as roads, universities, and hospitals.The sentencing of the activists also prompted protests. The Hirak movement came to Rabat, with protests outside parliament calling for the immediate release of the activists. read more

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New Yorks High Line park marks 10 years of transformation

NEW YORK — The creators of New York’s High Line park turned a disused rail line into an urban oasis, art showcase and tourism magnet that welcomes 8 million visitors a year.The park is now marking two milestones. Its final section opened Wednesday, days before the 10th anniversary of the opening of the first section on June 9, 2009.The elevated rail line was built in the 1930s to raise freight trains above street level. Efforts to preserve the line started in the 1980s, after the trains stopped running.The blocks surrounding the High Line then were largely undeveloped and considered dangerous by some.Anthony Annaruma remembers the area when it was frequented by sex workers. Now, he’s working on a new building where apartments will sell for millions of dollars.Karen Matthews, The Associated Press read more

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Wrapping up session UN Human Rights Council to send expert to Myanmar

14 December 2007The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its sixth session today in Geneva, adopting 13 resolutions and decisions, including a request that the independent expert on Myanmar return to the South-East Asian nation for further assessments. The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its sixth session today in Geneva, adopting 13 resolutions and decisions, including a request that the independent expert on Myanmar return to the South-East Asian nation for further assessments.The 47-member body adopted a resolution by consensus asking Special Rapporteur Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro to conduct a follow-up mission to look into the ongoing human rights violations resulting from the violent repression of recent peaceful demonstrations in Myanmar before the Council’s next session in March 2008.“Several reports of killings indicate that the figure provided by the authorities may greatly underestimate the reality,” he wrote in a report presented to the Council earlier this week, with at least 31 people having died during the crackdown by the Government on protesters a few months ago – 16 more than had been acknowledged by the authorities.Regarding Sudan, the Council adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the African nation by one year.In a separate resolution, the body voiced concern that the country had not implemented the many recommendations of the Group of Experts, comprising seven independent rights experts.In particular, the Council said it was worried about the fact that perpetrators of past and ongoing human rights violations and international humanitarian law in the war-ravaged Darfur region have not been brought to justice.More than 200,000 people have been killed in the area and at least 2.2 million others displaced since rebels began fighting Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed in 2003. read more

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Harsh winter in Tajikistan prompts UNICEF to rush aid deliveries

With Tajikistan facing the harshest winter in three decades amid severe shortages of water and gas supplies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has rushed in emergency supplies to meet immediate critical needs.“Our immediate concern right now is to urgently provide life-saving measures and assistance to children and women,” said Ruth Leano, UNICEF’s Deputy Representative, in Tajikistan.Half of the estimated 7 million people affected by the crisis are children, close to 1 million of them under the age of five, when they are most vulnerable. Since the onset of the severe weather and the energy shortage over the past weeks, UNICEF has delivered emergency health kits, jerry cans, baby blankets, hygiene sets, high protein biscuits, and generators to child and maternity hospitals and residential child care institutions in Tajikistan.The agency said that all 3,800 primary schools and 400 kindergartens have almost no, or very limited, heating.Tajikistan’s Ministry of Health reports that acute respiratory infections including pneumonia have increased by two-fold and maternal mortality has also doubled in comparison with the same period last year. There are reports of some newborn deaths in maternity departments of hospitals owing to electricity cuts and the cold weather. 13 February 2008With Tajikistan facing the harshest winter in three decades amid severe shortages of water and gas supplies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has rushed in emergency supplies to meet immediate critical needs. read more

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UN health agency asks for public suggestions on curbing harmful alcohol use

During its World Health Assembly in May, nations asked WHO to create a global strategy to combat destructive alcohol use, and the Internet discussion will run from 3 to 31 October.“This web-based public hearing is broad and inclusive and will provide and opportunity for everyone, including the public, to present their views on effective strategies to reduce the burden resulting the harmful use of alcohol,” said Ala Alwan, Assistant Director-General of WHO’s Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Cluster.Submissions can be made to the WHO website in all of the six official UN languages, and will form the documentation to be discussed during upcoming separate meetings with alcohol industry representatives, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), professionals and Member States.Benedetto Saraceno, Director of the agency’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, called for maximum participation in the online hearing.“We are particularly interested in getting views on integrated approaches that can protect at-risk populations, young people and those affected by harmful drinking by others,” he said. 2 October 2008With more than two million people dying from alcohol-related causes annually, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is launching a month-long online forum to give a voice to the public on how to curb harmful consumption. read more

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