Brazil court suspends BoeingEmbraer deal until next year

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian federal court has at least temporarily blocked a US$4.75 billion joint venture between Boeing and Embraer until the incoming government takes office.The two aerospace companies announced their intentions in July to create a merger to run Embraer’s commercial aviation business. The deal would result in Boeing holding 80 per cent of the resulting company and Embraer the remaining 20 per cent.The left-leaning Workers’ Party said Friday that Judge Victorio Giuzio Neto ruled this week to block the merger following a petition by of the party’s congressmen. The lawmakers contend the deal will cost Brazil jobs and expertise.Boeing declined to comment. Embraer sent a statement to The Associated Press saying it will appeal.President-elect Jair Bolsonaro takes power Jan. 1.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Impressive Turnout at FSJ for LNG Rally

first_imgCitizens created posters and banners to show support.The rally wrapped up around noon with hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages being served. The convoy then travelled out towards Charlie Lake and returned to the main rally site around 11 am. The rally took place where the old visitors’ information used to be built on the corner of 100th St and 96th Ave. The rally featured appearances from MP Bob Zimmer, MLA of Peace River North Dan Davies, the Mayor of Fort St John Lori Ackerman, MLA of Peace River South Mike Bernier and Mayor of Taylor Rob Fraser. Right to left- Rob Fraser, Lori Ackerman, Vivian Krause, Alan Yu, Mike Bernier, Dan Davies, Bob Zimmer.As well, the rally hosted Vivian Krause as the keynote speaker. Her speech focused on her work uncovering the foreign money that is being used to fund protest groups in hopes of stopping Canadian crude from reaching international markets.Krause is a Vancouver-based blogger and researcher who focuses on the source of funding for numerous Canadian environmental charities. She runs her own blog surrounding the topic Fair Question and she also writes for The Financial Post. FORT ST JOHN, B.C. – Horns blared and a convoy of trucks filled the highway this past Saturday to show support for the liquified natural gas export industry in British Columbia.Hosted by the group FSJ for LNG, a two-part rally took place in the Energetic City. First, the event was kicked off by a 110 vehicle convoy in co-operation with the Peace Region Vehicle Enthusiasts near the UFA card lock. The starting line up to the 2018 FSJ for LNG Vehicle Convoy. Photo by Jessica Telizynlast_img read more

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Body found near Pouce Coupe trestle bridge

first_imgAt this time, the case has been handed over to the Coroners Service and they are investigating the cause of death.The Coroners Service believes the incident is not suspicious.  The Coroners Service does not expect to release any further information on the case.The RCMP are not providing any further details as the case is not criminal in nature. POUCE COUPE, B.C. – RCMP and emergency crews were called to a scene near the public path and entrance to the Pouce Coupe trestle bridge after the discovery of a body on August 12.According to the B.C. Coroners Service, a body of a male in his teens was found at the Trestle Bridge.RCMP had asked that residents avoid the area as they were investigating the incident.last_img

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Turner turns on the heat as Oz level series with 4wicket win

first_imgMohali: Unheralded Ashton Turner took an experienced Indian attack to the cleaners with some unbelievable hitting, helping Australia chase down a record breaking target of 359 runs and level the five-match series here Sunday. It was the highest ever total that Indian team failed to defend in its ODI history, losing the game by four wickets. Playing only his second ODI, Turner hit an unbeaten 84 off 43 balls with five boundaries and as many six sixes to help Australia win in only 47.5 overs. Earlier in the day, Shikhar Dhawan fired India to 358 for nine with a sublime 143 off 115 balls. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe partnership of 86 off 39 balls between Turner and Alex Carey became the turning point after Peter Handscomb and Usman Khawaja had set the platform with a 192-run third-wicket stand. The big lad, who has been a designated finisher for Big Bash League side Perth Scorchers, showed his finishing skills against world’s best death bowler Jasprit Bumrah (3/63), hitting him for an effortless ramp shot. The swagger with which he lofted Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/67) over long-on and deep mid-wicket, earned him a few fans among the home crowd and the poor Indian fielding did help his cause with Kedar Jadhav and Shikhar Dhawan dropping sitters. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenTurner used his big reach to hit those big sixes down the ground off Kuldeep and Chahal. Khawaja (91 off 99 balls) and Handscomb (117 off 105 ) set the tone as they played Yuzvendra Chahal (1/64 in 10 overs) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/80 in 10 overs) with ease. The duo kept Australia in the hunt taking 73 runs off Vijay Shankar (0/29 in 5 overs) and Kedar Jadhav (0/44)’s combined 10-over spell. Khawaja and Handscomb found the gaps with ease and the dew made it difficult for the Indian spinners with ball looking like a slippery bar of soap. Khawaja was finally done in by a short ball from Bumrah and once Handscomb was dismissed, India were smelling victory but Turner changed it all. Batting first, India looked a completely different side with opening duo putting on 193 runs on arguably the flattest track on offer during the ongoing series. While Dhawan got his 16th hundred in ODIs, vice-captain Rohit (95 off 92 balls) missed out on what could have been a very well-deserved 23rd hundred with Australian bowlers looking like lambs for slaughter. Pat Cummins (5/70 in 10 overs) and Jhye Richardson (3/85 in 9 overs) shared the spoils but were taken to task by the Indian openers for their wayward bowling. Dhawan, who last reached a three-figure mark against Pakistan in an Asia Cup match in September 2018, was in fluent touch from the onset, hitting 18 fours and three sixes. It released the pressure on Rohit, who initially was watchful even as Dhawan went after the bowling. With another opening slot hopeful KL Rahul inducted into the playing XI, the 33-year-old Dhawan finally looked to have been shaken out of his comfort zone and played like only he could. On a ground where it all started with a dream Test debut back in 2013 against the same opposition, the southpaw decided to ease any worries that the team management had with regards to his form going into the World Cup. With left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff and premier speedster Pat Cummins feeding him on his legs, Dhawan got a flurry of boundaries inside the first six overs. There is a saying about Dhawan that if he gets a cover drive in the initial overs, he is a difficult man to stop. On a track, where the bowlers needed to pitch it further up, the Aussies bowled short and it helped Dhawan to muscle it through the mid-wicket region repeatedly. Glenn Maxwell’s (0/61 in 8 overs) venom-less off-breaks were like cannon fodder for Dhawan, who deposited two half-trackers for maximum. Rohit also gained in confidence as lofted Adam Zampa (1/57 in 10 overs) for a huge six. Finch (/22 in 3 overs) introduced himself but his friendly slow left-arm bowling was treated with contempt by Rohit. He picked up Richardson’s slow bouncers and guided one behind square and pulled one in-front. However, in his bid to reach the three-figure mark with a six, he deposited the third one down deep mid-wicket’s throat with five to get for his hundred. Dhawan continued to attack as he surpassed his previous best of 137 against South Africa at the MCG during the 2015 World Cup. He looked good for a double hundred but was out trying to give Cummins the charge but the platform for a big score was set by then.last_img read more

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Senco launches Aham range of jewellery for men

first_imgSenco Gold & Diamonds, the fastest growing jewellery retail chain in India on April 17 unveiled ‘Aham’- the first signature men’s jewellery collection of its kind in the presence of the Kolkata Knight Riders star cricketers – Lockie Ferguson, Matt Kelly, Sandeep Warrier and Rinku Singh.Aham offers a signature collection of rings, bracelets, cuff-links, ear-studs, chains and pendants in diamond, gold and silver. The price of the collection starts from Rs 30,000 for the gold collection, Rs 2000 for silver, and Rs 40,000 for the items in diamond. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSpeaking on the occasion, Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds, said, “We are delighted to launch our new range of Aham collection, which has been designed especially for the cosmopolitan man; urbane, dignified and grounded. The signature range can be used as part of daily wear, as well as on social occasions or for sheer power dressing by the men of honour.” “It’s a great opportunity for the brand as Bengal’s biggest and India’s fastest growing jewellery chain, to explore the trend of fashionably premium men’s accessories, which is still a signature for the men of honour going by its ancient roots, and reinforce our association with the men in action on the 22 yard – the Kolkata Knight Riders,” he added. He further thanked the star players of KKR, who graced the ocassion and wished them luck for the ongoing IPL.last_img read more

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DSP booked for accumulating disproportionate assets

first_imgGhaziabad: Ghaziabad police have booked a senior police officer of Deputy Superintendent of Police rank who has been posted as DSP of PAC in Ghaziabad on accumulating undeclared wealth and unaccountable assets. Police officials said that the senior cop has been booked after a report was sent to DGP-UP police and he ordered to lodge an FIR into the case.According to police, the accused has been identified as Ashok Kumar, a resident New Vijay Nagar area in Ghaziabad. Cops added that Kumar is currently posted as Assistant commander of 47th battalion of PAC of Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Upon receiving the directions from Director General of Police (DGP), an FIR under charges of corruption was lodged against Kumar. The DGP acted upon the investigation report sent to the office in Lucknow and upon finding the discrepancies, a case was lodged,” said a senior police officer of Ghaziabad police. The officer further said that an enquiry was set up for Kumar’s income between January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2012 which revealed an expenditure of Rs 47.49 lakhs. However, the examination of wealth under him and his wife’s name revealed value of Rs 1. 43 crore, which is almost 201% more than his wealth. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe report also said that Kumar owned illegal property in various cities of NCR region while he had accumulated disproportionate assets during his service. “Acting on the directions from Police headquarters, an FIR under the section of 13.1A (Criminal misconduct by a public servant) and 13.2 (Any public servant who commits criminal misconduct shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall be not less than one year but which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 has been registered against Kumar,” added officer. Meanwhile Kumar denied all the charged imposed on him citing time to be fake and it has been a conspiracy against him.last_img read more

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Abhishek spends pool time with Aishwarya Aaradhya

first_imgMumbai: Actor Abhishek Bachchan, who is celebrating his 12th wedding anniversary in the Maldives, has posted a photograph his “girls” — wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya — enjoying quality time in the pool. The “Refugee” actor has been actively sharing images from his vacation on Instagram. In the latest image, Aishwarya is seen sporting a pair of sunglasses and is striking a pose with her daughter in her arms. Abhishek captioned the image: “Happiness, My girls..” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Aishwarya and Abhishek tied the knot in April 2007 and welcomed their bundle of joy, Aaradhya, in 2011. The star couple have shared screen space in several films such as “Kuch Naa Kaho”, “Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke”, “Dhoom 2”, “Umrao Jaan” and “Guru”. Their last film together was filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s “Raavan”. On the work front, Aishwarya was last seen in “Fanney Khan” while Abhishek was last seen in “Manmarziyaan” along with Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal.last_img read more

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TMC calls for ouster of Nayak over alleged political bias

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has written to the Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India (ECI), urging him to recall or cancel the appointment of Ajay V Nayak as Special Observer in Bengal in the remaining phases of the Lok Sabha elections.The letter from TMC, undersigned by the party general secretary Subrata Bakshi, alleges that Nayak has political and organisational allegiance to the RSS and BJP leaders. The letter from the ruling party in Bengal comes in the wake of a statement by Nayak on Saturday that the present Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujasituation in Bengal is like what it used to be in Bihar 10-15 years ago and that ‘everything is not well with democracy in Bengal’. “It is the duty of all observers to exhibit political neutrality through their conduct and behavior. The entire incident raises reasonable apprehension about Nayak’s political allegiance and whether he would be competent to perform his duties as a Central Observer in an unbiased and fair manner,” the letter states. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt highlights the fact that barely two days after the end of the second phase polling in Bengal, Nayak had himself remarked that barring a few stray incidents polling was very high and peaceful in the state. The Election Commission had also declared after the first phase that voting was largely peaceful in the state. “It is not understood what happened within less than 48 hours that made him (Nayak) make a remark about Bengal and bring it as a justification for deployment of Central Forces in nearly 92 percent of the polling booths in the third phase of election in the state. In the backdrop of the Commission’s own observations, the comments by Nayak appear to be highly misplaced and we have reasons to believe that he has started acting in a partisan manner with pre-conceived notions, to destabilise the conduct of elections in the state in a free and fair manner by creating a fear psychosis among the electorate,” the letter reiterates. The letter further appeals to the ECI not to allow Nayak to act as a political mouthpiece when he is duty bound to act in a neutral manner. “He should not make statements to benefit any political party, particularly when such statements are not in conformity with the statements and actions of the ECI,” the letter states.last_img read more

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Burqa banned in Ravanas Lanka why not in Rams Ayodhya Sena

first_imgMumbai: The Shiv Sena Wednesday welcomed Sri Lankan government’s decision to ban burqa and masks on grounds of national security and asked the Narendra Modi-led regime to follow suit. In an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana, the Sena asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to follow Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisenas footsteps and ban burqas and other face-covering garments in India considering the threat it poses to the nations security. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe Sena mouthpiece said, “We welcome the decision by the Sri Lankan president. If this can happen in Ravana’s Lanka, when will it happen in Ram’s Ayodhya,” it said. The editorial said even France, New Zealand, Australia and England have banned burqa. “Why is India lagging behind,” it asked. The editorial said this task (of banning burqa) is as gutsy as the surgical strikes. “Face masks can prove detrimental in identifying people and the ban was necessary under emergency situation. The Sri Lankan president has shown courage. Modi should follow suit,” the editorial said. Meanwhile, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi hit out at the Sena saying that the fight against terrorism does not entail the dress, but the mindset.last_img read more

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Pak nabs 10 Chinese for trafficking young girls to China for prostitution

first_imgLahore: At least 10 Chinese nationals, including a woman, have been arrested in Pakistan for allegedly luring young Pakistani girls into fake marriages then forcing them into prostitution in China, the country’s premier probe agency has said. The Federal Investigating Agency (FIA) arrested eight Chinese nationals, including a woman, on Monday and last week, two Chinese nationals were arrested when a marriage ceremony was being performed in Fasialabad, about 150 kms from Lahore. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”On Monday, we have arrested seven Chinese men and a Chinese woman for their alleged involvement in trafficking of Pakistani girls to China for the purpose of prostitution,” FIA Punjab Director Tariq Rustam told PTI. The FIA swung into action following reports of Chinese nationals being involved in organ trade and forced prostitution of Pakistani girls, mostly from the minority Christian community, after marrying them and taking them back to China. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsRustam said that their leader, indentified as ‘Candice’, was among those arrested. He has been living near the Lahore airport for the last one year. “The girls were moved to the rented houses acquired by the Chinese in Lahore where they were taught Chinese language before they leaving for China after completion of their marriage related documents,” he said, adding the girls were forced into prostitution in China. “We are collecting the data of the girls trafficked to China during the last couple of years. Their number may run into hundreds,” he said, adding that we are interrogating the arrested Chinese nationals and hopefully arrest all those involved in the crime. The Government recently ordered the FIA to take action against the gangs involved in smuggling of Pakistani girls to China on the pretext of contracting marriage. According to the local media reports, poor Christians girls are lured with money and promises of a ‘good life’ by the illegal matchmaking centres to marry Chinese men who are either visiting or working in Pakistan. These centres produce fake documents of Chinese men showing them either as Christians or Muslims. Most of the girls reportedly became victims of human trafficking and forced into prostitution, the report said.last_img read more

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These sporting activities to be kept outside DU quota

first_imgNew Delhi: The administration of Delhi University has decided to exempt some of the sports from the ambit of sports quota. A member of Delhi University standing committee stated, “committee members have collaboratively decided to include only those games in the sports quota, which fall under the category of Olympics, Asiad and Common Wealth Games.””Accordingly some games that will be deluded from the sports quota are Korfball, Soft ball (excluded only for boys), Handminton, Ball badminton, Baseball and yoga, Though, yoga is included in ECA (Extra Curricular Activities),” official said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”Apart from this Kho-Kho, Cricket and Chess will stay in the sports quota. Previously 33 games were included under sports quota but now only 27 games will remain,” official added. Though, the experts are expecting this year that admissions rate through sports quota will fall this year as the Admission Council of DU has instructed every college of its university to reserve 1 per cent seats for ECA among the 5 percent sports quota. Total seats calculating both the quotas is 3,100. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe official further added that the standing committee has sent three proposals to the Academic Council- The DU entrance exam should be taken in both English and Hindi Medium. The exams include every other programmes excluding the language programme. The students from government schools and village areas should be provided 1 per cent reservation in cut-off. The ward quota reservation for teaching and non-teaching staff should be increased. Presently 3 seats for each category is reserved.last_img read more

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Morocco Calls For international support to peace and stability in Central

first_imgRabat  –  Morocco continues to follow with concern ongoing developments in the Central African Republic (CAR) and calls for internationally-supported emergency measures to prevent deterioration of the situation, says a release of the Moroccan ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation.In this context, Morocco welcomes the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution 2127 that approves the deployment of the International Support Mission, an African Union (AU) peacekeeping force known by its French acronym MISCA, as well as the deployment of French troops to assist it for a period of 12 months as a new decisive step that will help stabilize and settle the crisis in this African country.Morocco also takes note of the UN Security Council decision to consider a possible transformation of MISCA into a UN peacekeeping operation if conditions on the ground require it. The Kingdom of Morocco, which has been maintaining for a long time brotherly relations with the CAR, embodied by active and diversified solidarity, has, consequently, decided, upon instructions of King Mohammed VI, to deploy elements from the Royal Armed Forces for the UN Integrated Peace building Office (BINUCA) and stands ready to support the Central African Republic in its path toward peace and stability, the release points out, before expressing thanks to France for its untiring efforts for peace in the African continent.last_img read more

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Morocco summons French Ambassador on torture allegations

first_imgRabat – Minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida summoned, on Friday at the ministry’s headquarters, France’s ambassador in Rabat Charles Fries to express Morocco’s strong protest following information about a complaint lodged against the Director General of Territory Surveillance (DGST) concerning an alleged torture complicity in Morocco. A statement by the foreign affairs ministry said that Bouaida affirmed that Morocco flatly rejects the cavalier procedure that runs counter diplomatic usages and the baseless judiciary cases that were cited. The minister delegate said that this grave, unprecedented incident in relations between the two countries is likely to undermine the climate of trust and mutual respect which has always prevailed between Morocco and France.  The Kingdom of Morocco insists on providing urgent and accurate explanations for this unacceptable step and holding those responsible accountable.last_img read more

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Freedom of All Commends Military Justice Reform Bill in Morocco

first_imgLondon – British NGO “Freedom of All” lauded, Friday, the approval by the ministers’ council, chaired by King Mohammed VI the draft law on military justice.This draft law, which excludes civilians from the competence of military courts, is a new milestone to further the rule of law, President of the NGO Tanya Warburg told MAP.This is for sure a noteworthy and important achievement on the path of reinforcing accomplishments by Morocco in the field of human rights, she added. The approval by the ministers’ council of this bill is a swift and positive reaction by the Moroccan government to proposals by the national council for human rights (CNDH), she noted.last_img

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Morocco Second Largest Exporter of Goods to Southern Brazil

Rabat – Morocco ranked second place among countries exporting goods to the Rio Grande Port in Southern Brazil, in the period from January through July 2015, according to the Huffpost Maghreb, citing Brazilian sources.The administration of Rio Grande Port conducted an investigation on the origin of imports and found that Russia and Morocco topped the international exporters respectively.During seven months, the two countries together exported around one million tons of goods. Russia was top on the list of largest exporters with 438,196 tons of goods unloaded in Brazil, followed by Morocco (340,390), US (331,133) Argentina(311,795), Qatar (229,984), China (196,862) and Lithuania (155,495) tons.The study also revealed that the main Moroccan products exported were phosphate accounting more than 975,000 tons, followed by petrochemical products such as fuels and chemicals totaling over 200,000 tons.According to the same source, the imports unloaded at the Rio Grande port during this period totaled 3,345,177 tons.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

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Morocco Disturbing Video Shows Man Attacked by Homophobic Mob for Wearing

Rabat – A hate-monger mob shouted anti-gay slurs at a man they perceived to be homosexual before punching him repeatedly in the face, shows a new video posted on YouTube. The 55-second video now making the rounds on social media in Morocco shows a ‘homosexual’ young man being attacked by at least three people for wearing a bra and makeup in public.According to the video, the homophobic mob and the young man had a verbal confrontation before they punched him and repeatedly kicked him in the face The mob assaulted him while calling him homophobic epithets. They also forced him to remove all of his clothing before allowing him to leave. The victim can also be seen deeply traumatized following the homophobic attack in the street.This comes only few months after another homosexual man in the city of Fez was brutally beaten and booed by dozens of angry men while hurling anti-gay slurs.The Moroccan criminal code prohibits sex between men and can be punished with anything from 6 months to 3 years imprisonment and a fine of 120 to 1200 dirhams.Warning: footage in this video is extremely disturbing© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Morocco Belgium to Foster Cooperation in Counterterrorism

Rabat – Morocco and Belgium discussed, Monday in Rabat, means to boost cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism.This came in a meeting between Moroccan minister delegate to the Interior, Cherki Drais, and a delegation of Moroccan-Belgian parliamentary friendship group, led by Belgian MP Andre Frederic.The meeting was an opportunity to discuss collaboration in the fight against terrorism, which constitutes a “major concern” for both countries, and to assess cooperation between the two countries, Frederic told the press after the meeting. Through this visit, the Belgian delegation intends to meet with Moroccan ministers and parliamentarians to “take stock of our common concerns to maintain a democratic functioning of our respective States,” he said, highlighting the common will to uphold the friendly relations between Moroccans and Belgians.During this meeting, Drais recalled the reforms initiated under the leadership of King Mohammed VI in various fields.He also highlighted Morocco’s political process, notably the 2011 constitutional reform and the last elections in 2016, underlining efforts made in fighting poverty and insecurity, particularly through the large-scale anti-poverty project National Initiative for Human Development (INDH). read more

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Relations between Spain and Morocco are Excellent Rajoy

Madrid – Relations between Spain and Morocco are “excellent”, said on Monday evening Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, during a televised debate between the leaders of Spain’s four main parties.Cooperation between the two countries covers various fields, including the fight against terrorism and illegal immigration, Rajoy added.The acting Prime Minister underscored the importance his government attaches to relations with the United States, Europe and Latin America. For the first time the leaders of four political parties have taken part in a televised debate before Spain’s June 26 election. The debate brought together Mariano Rajoy, Socialist Party leader Pedro Sánchez, Pablo Iglesias of Unidos Podemos and Albert Rivera of Ciudadanos.Spain returns to the ballot box on June 26 after an inconclusive December election stripped Rajoy’s center-right party of its absolute majority.With MAP read more

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Egyptian Journalist Gloats Over Victims of Hurricane Irma Deems it Sign

Rabat – For Ahmed Mansour, journalist at Qatari Channel Al Jazeera, destructive hurricane Irma which is making its way across the Caribbean Islands and US state Florida, is a “display of God’s greatness which many dare to deny.”In a Facebook post, the Egyptian journalist published a picture depicting the swarmed highways of the US State as many citizens are evacuating Florida, captioned with “the grand escape from Florida … 20 million American running away in fear of hurricane Irma which is wiping out everything in its wake,” adding a Quranic verse stating: “and He will show you His signs, and what signs of Allah will you deny?”For many of the 4 million followers of Mansour, the comment did not go so well, describing it as a show of hate speech and religious intolerance. The journalist was severely criticized for gloating over people’s misfortune, ones that are in grave and deadly danger. Others accused him of misusing and misinterpreting a verse of the Quran, twisting its original meaning to suit his opinions. One Facebook users pointed out in a comment of Mansour’s post: “What signs?! Even the murders and killing and destructions happening in Muslim countries are part of His [God] signs!”In another comment, a Moroccan Facebook user residing in Miami, Florida, responded to Mansour by explaining that it was a matter of “evacuation measures, following the instructions and advice of the US government to avoid any casualties.”He added that “the US is applying its prevention measures and familiarize its people since childhood to follow its SOS alert. It is out of precaution and not fear!” The man also made sure to remind the journalist that if his post “contained some kind of hatred or gloating against non-Muslims, do not forget that many Muslims actually live in Florida.”Another commentator pointed out the double standard in Mansour’s discourse: “Back in 2015 when a crane fell on pilgrims in Mecca causing hundreds of death, or when again thousands died in the stampede the same year, you called that a ‘test’ from God and a ‘technical’ issue.”“How is this any different?” demands the man, adding that Mansour’s comment show grave “hypocrisy and unprofessionalism.”Mansour seemed to not think much of the criticism addressed against him. Soon after he publish another Facebook post with a video showing a dozen of airplanes “fleeing” Florida’s airport in fear of the hurricane, captioned with the same Quranic verse.The Egyptian journalist was probably encouraged by the support of some of his followers, who expressed the same hateful and gloating opinions against the victims of the Irma hurricane.Update: The Egyptian news anchor removed the controversial post from his Facebook account following the uproar he caused. read more

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Hawaiian Air flight diverted after flight attendant dies

SAN FRANCISCO — Officials say a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to New York City was diverted to San Francisco after an attendant died of an apparent heart attack.San Francisco airport spokesman Doug Yakel says Hawaiian Airlines Flight 50 landed in San Francisco Thursday night after a flight crew member had “a suspected heart attack.”Yakel says medical personnel attempted CPR during the flight, but suspended these efforts prior to landing.The San Mateo County Coroner declared the flight crew member deceased on arrival.Yakel says the passengers were put on other flights.Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Alex Da Silva didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.The Associated Press

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