Standing Committee to summon Facebook executives to appear at the International Grand

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics has unanimously adopted motions to summon Facebook executives to appear at the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy in Ottawa on May 28.Committee Chair, M.P. Bob Zimmer, says Facebook executives have repeatedly ignored requests to appear before the Committee and that it is Mark Zuckerberg’s and Sheryl Sandberg’s duty to answer questions from international lawmakers about the social media platform’s privacy and data practices.“Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly ignored our committee’s invitation to appear and personally give testimony regarding the handling of Canadians’ private information on his platform. He also refused to appear before the first meeting of the International Grand Committee in London, UK. It is clear from the motions’ unanimous support that our committee feels strongly that Mark Zuckerberg and his COO Sheryl Sandberg have a duty to appear before the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy and answer questions from lawmakers representing over 372 million citizens worldwide.” Representatives from at least 10 countries, including Canada, will be participating in the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy, including Argentina, Chile, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Singapore, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.last_img read more

NEATs Learn to Can Series

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team has brought back their canning and preserving sessions they share are designed for beginner and novice canners.With three different hands-on workshops, there is something to learn about canning, fermenting and pressure canning. Learn to CanCovers the basics of water bath canning and provides a broad overview of safe methods perfect for beginner or novice canners. $40 Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Calvary Baptist ChurchLearn to FermentCovers the basics of the fermenting process including science and safety. This class is perfect for those that have never fermented or have been experimenting and would like to learn more. $35Thursday, September 12th, 2019 and Tuesday, September 17th, 2019, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Calvary Baptist ChurchLearn to Pressure CanThis class builds on the Learn to Can and specifically focuses on pressure canning. You will learn how to safely and confidently can low acid items like soup stock and meat. While Learn to Can is not a prerequisite, it is recommended that participants have a basic knowledge/experience of canning. Thursday, September 26th, 2019, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Calvary Baptist Church To view the FB event page to select the session you would like to attend and purchase tickets; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Cancer survivor delivers baby via IVF

first_imgKolkata: A 30-year-old woman, who was detected with cancer in 2015 and had undergone a surgery that led to the removal of her right side ovary, recently delivered a girl at a city hospital.The woman, a resident of Chandannagore in Hooghly, was newly-married when she was detected with the disease. She had a harrowing time when she came to know about it. Her desire to be a mother was almost shattered till she consulted Dr Biswajyoti Guha, a city-based doctor, who instilled confidence in her and helped her to conceive the baby. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIn 2015, the patient had an oophorectomy on the right side ovary under the treatment of Dr AP Majumder, a renowned oncology surgeon, who is no more. At that time, the woman had undergone chemotherapy and Dr Majumder had requested Dr Guha to take necessary measures to ensure the woman conceived and became a mother. The woman has been under Dr Biswajyoti Guha’s treatment for a long time and conceived twice. However, both the times, she suffered miscarriages during initial weeks of pregnancy. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter she suffered miscarriages, Dr Guha referred her to Dr Kaushiki Roy, who gave her necessary advice and guidelines. After a prolonged effort, she became pregnant through IVF treatment. Her health condition was also not stable and this was the major concern of the doctors, who had been treating her. According to Dr Guha, the patient had developed gestational diabetes and obstetric cholestasis during pregnancy. The doctors had taken all kinds of preventive measures to ensure that the woman delivers the baby without any complications. A few days ago, the woman gave birth to a baby girl with the help of a team of doctors— surgeons Dr Biswajyoti Guha , Dr Satyen Das, Dr Aparupa Ghosh , neonatologist Dr Runa Majumdar , anaestesist Dr Shamik Nandi and Dr Avik.last_img read more

Pleasant Tuesday morning in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a pleasant Tuesday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, the Met said. “The sky will remain partly cloudy,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS. The humidity at 8.30 a.m., was recorded at 80 per cent. The city received 0.6 mm of rain in last 24 hours. The maximum temperature was expected to hover around 27 degrees Celsius. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 172, which is moderate. Monday’s maximum temperature settled at 8.4 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average while the minimum was 12.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the normal.last_img read more

Europa quarter-finals: ManU face Messi again

first_imgNYON (Switzerland): Barcelona will meet Manchester United in the Champions League last eight in a repeat of the 2009 and 2011 finals which were both won by the Catalans, with the help of goals from Lionel Messi. Manchester City face Tottenham Hotspur in an all-Premier League clash, their first European meeting, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus meet Ajax Amsterdam, who are back in the last eight after a 16-year absence. Five-times European champions Liverpool, the fourth English representatives and beaten finalists last year, will face Porto in a repeat of last year’s last-16 tie which they won 5-0 on aggregate. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe semi-final pairings were also made with Tottenham or City to face Ajax or Juventus and Manchester United or Barcelona to meet either Liverpool or Porto. The draw had an unusual feel with neither Bayern Munich nor Real Madrid in the hat, the first time both European giants have failed to reach the last eight since 2005-06. Five-times winners Barcelona, who are in the last eight for the 12th successive season, will be away in the first leg after UEFA switched the order to avoid United’s home match clashing with Manchester City, who host Spurs in their second leg. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryTottenham and City will meet three times in 10 days in April with a Premier League fixture following hot on the heels of their second leg. “We have already proved last season against Real Madrid and Dortmund, this season against Inter or Barca away, that we are ready to compete,” Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said. “Then you need a little luck and team spirit.” Ajax, once a major European power who struggle to compete financially with clubs from bigger leagues, ousted Real Madrid in the last 16 and their tie against Juventus will be a repeat of the 1996 final, which the Serie A club won on penalties. They also met in the final of the old European Cup in 1973 with the Dutch side winning 1-0. “I’m neither happy nor sad. Ajax eliminated Madrid so they are no joke,” Juventus director Pavel Nedved said. “I liked them a lot against Madrid so we will have to be very careful. We will have to face Ajax with great commitment. I expect two great games.” Juventus are unbeaten in their last 10 games against Ajax, winning five of the last six. Porto, who won the competition in 2004 under Jose Mourinho, are confident they can spring an upset after last year’s mauling. “We have to keep dreaming and believe we can go further,” said midfielder Jesus Corona. “What can I say?” said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, whose side knocked out Bayern in the round of 16. “It’s Porto, we’ve played there already and we know how good we had to be last year. We saw the character and quality Porto have.” Chelsea were the last English team to win the Champion League in 2012. The two-legged quarter-finals take place on April 9-10 and 16-17.last_img read more

TMC to release election manifesto on March 26

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress is likely to release its Lok Sabha election manifesto on March 26.The manifesto will not only focus on Bengal but will have a national perspective stating the role TMC needs to play in constituting a new government at the Centre. Apart from English and Bengali, the manifesto is likely to be released in Hindi, Nepali, Santhali and few other languages too with the Trinamool Congress fielding as many as 24 candidates from Odisha, Jharkhand, Assam, Bihar and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe manifesto is also likely to talk about the various developmental and social schemes undertaken by the Trinamool government since 2011. Schemes like “Kanyashree”, “Rupashree”, “Gitanjali” is likely to find a place in the manifesto. “It will lay emphasis on Bengal but with our party supremo emerging as a key figure in national politics, it may focus on the role of our party if the BJP is voted out of power and a new government is formed,” a senior party leader said on condition of anonymity. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe manifesto is likely to raise the issue of various decisions taken by the Narendra Modi government in the last five years that have resulted in hardships and sufferings of the common people. It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee had slammed the Narendra Modi government at the Centre against its decision of note ban, implementation of GST and also against the saffron party’s politics of divisiveness and spread of hatred among the masses.last_img read more

Royals unlucky as ball hits stumps but bails stay put

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Royals were left high and dry after the ball hit the stumps but the bails were not disturbed during their tie against Kolkata Knight Riders here. In a lopsided contest on Sunday, the Royals lost to KKR by eight wickets with 37 balls to spare. Asked to bat first, Royals could only muster 139/3 in 20 overs. KKR cantered to victory, losing just two wickets. But things could have been different had the ball dislodged the bails when Chris Lynn was batting in the fourth over off Dhawal Kulkarni. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Lynn, who went on to make a 32-ball 50, was batting on 13 when a length ball came into the Australian who was cramped for room. It got an inside edge that hit the leg stump, the stump lights turned on but the bails were not dislodged as the ball raced towards the fine leg boundary. This got Twitter into a frenzy as many posted jokes and memes in a light hearted manner. The Royals were about to celebrate but their joy was cut short, with social media enthusiasts having a good time out of it. KKR raced to 140/2 in 13.5 overs and are now top of the table with eight points from five matches. The Royals, meanwhile, are languishing in seventh place with just two points from five games.last_img read more

Shatrughan Sinha’s wife Poonam joins SP

first_imgLucknow: Bollywood actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha’s wife Poonam Sinha joined the Samajwadi Party here Tuesday. “Poonam Sinha has joined the Samajwadi Party in presence of SP leader Dimple Yadav in Lucknow,” said the Samajwadi Party in a tweet. The party’s official Twitter handle also carried a picture showing Poonam Sinha joining the party in the presence of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav, an MP from Kannauj. Sinha is likely to be fielded from Lucknow seat against Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is a BJP candidate, said party sources. Singh filed his nomination from the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat on Friday. Lucknow is going to polls on May 6 along with a total of 51 constituencies across seven states in the fifth phase of elections.last_img read more

Sikkim Police constable on poll duty feared drowned in Ganga

first_imgKolkata: A constable of Sikkim Police, who had come to Bengal on poll duty, reported went missing while he was bathing in river Ganga at Jangipur in Murshidabad.Despite extensive search operations the police constable was not found till Sunday. According to sources, a few sections of Sikkim Police have been deployed in Bengal as Central Forces for the Lok Sabha elections. They have been sent to Jangipur for the third phase of elections, which is scheduled on Tuesday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBefore the poll duty, some of the police personnel decided to spend some time to explore the area. On Saturday afternoon, five constables of Sikkim Police, including the missing one identified as Ningur Chiring Lepcha, went to the bank of Ganga. All of them were taking a bath in the river when suddenly one of them noticed that Lepcha was missing. After waiting for him for almost one hour other constable informed their unit and superiors about the incident. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayImmediately, police personnel from Raghunathgunj Police station went to the spot along with divers and started a search operation. Some local residents also went to the river to search for the missing police constable. However, till night Lepcha could not be traced. Again from Sunday morning search operation was conducted but till evening there was no trace of Lepcha. Sources informed that the search operation will continue on Monday as well. Lepcha’s family members have been informed in Sikkim. Other police stations adjacent to the Raghunathgunj police station area have been asked to keep a vigil on the banks of the Ganga. They have provided with the details about Lepcha’s physical description.last_img read more

Jan Dhan deposits near magic Rs 1 lakh crore

first_imgNew Delhi: The total deposits in bank accounts opened under the Jan Dhan scheme, which was launched about five years ago by the Modi-government, are set to cross Rs 1 lakh crore soon. The total balance in the Jan Dhan accounts, which has been steadily rising, was at Rs 97,665.66 crore as on April 3, as per the latest government data.The total number of Jan Dhan accounts have crossed 35.39 crore. The deposits stood at Rs 96,107.35 crore on March 27 and Rs 95,382.14 crore in the week before. More than 27.89 crore account holders have been issued the Rupay debit cards. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) was launched on August 28, 2014 with an aim to provide universal access to banking facilities to all households. Enthused by the success of the scheme, the government enhanced the accident insurance cover to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1 lakh for new accounts opened after August 28, 2018. The overdraft limit was also doubled to Rs 10,000. The government also shifted the focus on accounts from ‘every household’ to ‘every unbanked adult’. Over 50 per cent of the Jan Dhan account holders are women, while nearly 59 per cent accounts are in rural and semi-urban areas. The objective of PMJDY is to ensure access to various financial services like availability of basic savings bank account, access to need based credit, remittances facility, insurance and pension to weaker sections and low income groups.last_img read more

Hundreds of students miss NEET exam in K’taka due to train delay

first_imgNew Delhi: Hundreds of students from Karnataka missed the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) on Sunday as their train reached Bengaluru an hour after the scheduled reporting time for the exam, officials said.Over 13 lakh students had registered for the exam for admission to MBBS and BDS courses which was conducted by the HRD Ministry’s National Testing Agency (NTA) for the first time. The exam was conducted successfully in rest part of the country, officials said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe 16591- Hampi Express en route Bengaluru reached the city at 2.30 pm due to which hundreds of candidates could not appear in the exam, they said. Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took to twitter saying, “Mr. @narendramodi, You pat your own back for others’ achievements but will you also take the responsibility for your cabinet min’ incapabilities. Hundreds of students in Karnataka may not be able to take up NEET because of delay in the train services”. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadOn Saturday, the HRD Ministry had announced the postponement of the NEET exam in Odisha in view of the Cyclone Fani. The NTA had on Friday announced changes in some centres owing to the Lok Sabha elections and advised students to download fresh admit cards. As per the official guidelines, students appearing for NEET were supposed to be dressed in light clothes with short sleeves worn with salwar/trouser. The NEET dress code barred students from wearing any outfit having big buttons, brooch/badge and flower. The NTA had notified candidates will be subjected to extensive and compulsory frisking before entering the examination centre using metal detectors. The answer keys for the entrance examination will be available by the night giving students an opportunity to evaluate their performance.last_img read more

Anne didn’t want British accent in ‘The Hustle’

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Anne Hathaway says she was initially not sure about the idea that her character in upcoming comedy The Hustle has a British accent. The Chris Addison-directed film features Hathaway and actor Rebel Wilson as two women who seek revenge against men who have tricked them in the past. It is a remake of 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which was itself inspired by the 1964 film Bedtime Story. Hathaway, 36, who appeared on Good Morning America, said her character is of British origin, something which was done against her “will”. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”I didn’t want to do it. I just thought, if I mess this up it could be such a face plant’,” she said, adding the director “insisted” that she speak with the accent. Hathaway, however, is “relieved” that the British press has liked her accent and appreciated her performance in the film. “When the director asked me to play this character British, one of the reasons why I didn’t want to do it was I just thought this could be exhausting for everybody. Everybody knows I’m not British. I didn’t want to put myself or you through that,” she added.last_img read more

FIFA 2014 World Cup Countdown

By Marisa FernandezBuenos AiresThe most important sporting event in the world is in its final countdown to June 12th.  On that day, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the men in yellow will be taking on the men from Croatia.  The tournament will host 32 teams from all corners of the globe, competing at 12 venues throughout Brazil, accompanied by over 600,000 fans all passionately supporting their teams and eagerly hoping for the final glory. The hubbub for football madness is overwhelming everywhere, but especially in Brazil and Argentina, the two eternal death-match contenders. Brazil is the land of football, Brazilians like to say and they have been preparing for the event since they were elected as hosts of it.  Football means life and passion for them, and they really “live” this championship in their country.Airports, travel agencies, hotels, banks, merchandisers and others are all bracing to welcome international travelers for the football premier, despite Brazil enduring a year of international news showing protests over charges in political affairs such as wasteful spending, corruption and other complaints. Brazil is hoping that negativity will be left aside when people are engaged in football.“We’re prepared to offer the world a marvelous spectacle made richer with happiness, respect and kindness that is characteristic of Brazilian people” said President Rousseff Dilma when presenting the World Cup Trophy for public viewing in Brazilia, as reported by Associated Press. In fact, everything there is well-prepared: TV broadcasting, blogs, ads, stamps, games, clothes, banners, flags, mascots, ball, and more unusual objects transformed just for the sake of football passion.When talking about winners, Brazil will declare for sure to get the sixth cup as they have painted on buses showing their extrovert sense of pride in football.  But Pelé, the greatest Brazilian footballer, who won the World Cup three times, is wary about tipping them as winners. “Football is a box of surprises” he said to CNN, pointing to Argentina, Italy, Germany and Spain as major challengers. “But Brazilian football is still the best and most beautiful in the world,” he added.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Saudi Arabia Says Eid Al Adha to be Celebrated on Oct….

Fez- Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday night that the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha will be observed Saturday October 4. Experts gathered to sight the moon in order to ascertain the exact date of the Eid al-Adha celebration as the Islamic calendar is lunar-based. In the lunar Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah.The Eid al-Adha celebration marks the end of hajj, a religious pilgrimage undertaken by millions of Muslims each year. The day of Arafat, known the most important day of the pilgrimage, will fall on October 3rd , according to Saudi Arabia’s announcement.The Islamic calender is based on Moon’s movements and many Muslim communities rely on eye-sighting of the crescent to mark the start of a month while some countries base the calender on astronomic charts.The last month of the Islamic lunar calendar,”Dhu al-Hijjah” which literally means “Possessor of the Pilgrimage,” marks when Muslim pilgrims from across the world congregate at Islam’s holy capital Mecca to visit the Kaaba.The Hajj (pilgrimage), one of the five pillars of Islam, is performed on the eighth, ninth and the tenth of this month.The Day of Arafa, the eve of Eid al-Adha, takes place on the ninth of the month while Eid al-Adha begins on the tenth day and ends on the thirteenth. read more

Brussels: King Mohammed VI Pays Costs of Moroccan Suffering from Heart…

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has responded to a Facebook solidarity campaign launched to raise donations for Mohammad Laamarie, a Moroccan citizen in Belgium, who suffers from a heart condition that requires a costly surgical procedure.The 65-year-old Moroccan was visiting his family in Brussels when he suffered three heart attacks that almost claimed his life. He was immediately taken to the hospital where his family was informed that he needs an urgent Coronary artery bypass. To their surprise, however, the doctors reportedly demanded the family to pay 30,000 Euros before performing the operation on the patient.Given the high cost of the operation, the family decided to launch a solidarity campaign on Facebook to raise donations called “1 Euro pour sauver Mohammad” (1 Euro to save Mohammad). According to the supervisors of the fundraising campaign, king Mohammed VI gave his instructions to the Moroccan ambassador in Brussels to visit the patient and to assure his family that the monarch will personally pay a portion of the operation that is due to be performed on Thursday.The solidarity campaign said that they received hundreds of phone calls from anonymous people offering help just few days after the launching of the campaign.The donations will be used to support a portion of the hospital costs, all post-operative care as well as medications and other necessary medical care when Mohammed is back to Morocco, the campaign added. read more

Pacific Rim trade bloc meets in Tokyo, prepping for growth

TOKYO — Trade ministers of a Pacific Rim trade bloc are meeting in Tokyo, gearing up to roll out and expand the market-opening initiative.The Pacific Rim free trade agreement, rejected by President Donald Trump after he took office in 2017, took effect at the end of last year after Australia became the sixth nation to ratify it. So far, seven of the 11 member countries have done so, and others are expected to follow through soon.The trade officials are expected to discuss expanding the bloc at the meeting Saturday in Japan’s capital.Known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, it aims to streamline trade and slash tariffs to facilitate more business among member nations with a combined population of nearly 500 million people and GDP of $13.5 trillion.The Associated Press read more

Five Questions on Moroccan Parliamentary Elections Answered

London – With the Moroccan parliamentary elections date nearing, here is a comprehensive account of what you need to know about the upcoming elections.Elections are pivotal; it is a time when citizens have the chance to have their say in who should be elected to run their country. It is a time for democracy and a time when citizens of a nation contribute to their futures. In a nascent democracy like Morocco, voter turnout will show to what extent Moroccans believe elections will have an impact on their daily lives and their country’s future.On October 7, it is estimated that around 16 million Moroccans will head to the polls to pick representatives for the 395-seat of the lower house of parliament. How many Political parties does Morocco have?Moroccans will choose from 30 parties to represent them in the Chamber of Representatives, which is the lower house of parliament. The parliament consists of 395 seats. For a political party to be able to form a government, in needs to obtain at least 198 seats. Because of the balkanization of political parties, the prospects for a party to obtain absolute majority of seats are very dim. In the 2011 legislative elections, though the Party of Justice and Development, obtain a majority of 107 seats, it needed to form a coalition government with other parties.How many voters are expected?Around 16 million Moroccans are registered to vote. Voter turn out is generally poor in Morocco; about half of the population cast their ballots. In the 2011 parliamentary elections, 45% of registered voters participated in the elections. The lowest voter turnout in Morocco’s history was recorded in the 2007 legislative elections with only 37% of registered casting their votes.Voter turnout in this week’s election will be an important indicator of the people’s trust and support for politicians and the parties. It is further expected that some sections of society will abstain from voting.Who are the main candidates? The main battleground is held between the current ruling Islamic Justice and Development Party (PJD) and the opposition the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM). The Istiqlal (Independence) Party is also set to do well in the upcoming election.Despite 30 parties taking part in the elections there are 8 major parties, which enjoy a strong electoral base:Justice and Development Party (107 seats in 2011 elections)Istiqlal Party (60 seats in 2011)National Rally of Independents (52 seats in 2011)Authenticity and Modernity Party (47 seats in 2011)Socialist Union of Popular Forces (39 seats in 2011)Popular Movement (32 seats in 2011)Constitutional Union (23 seats in 2011)Progress and Socialism Party (18 seats in 2011)What are the main issues of concern to Moroccan voters? The Islamist-led government in the kingdom has struggled to reform key areas of society, which has caused dissent in the country. Health, education and pensions are sectors that remain largely unchanged.The public schooling system needs much change; many have turned to private institutions because of the state school failure.Healthcare remains in dire need of reform, with large healthcare disparities from one region to another. The health ministry has however, developed a new program of hospitals in regional and provincial areas, which have been taking place throughout the year, with an annual budget of one billion dirhams over a five-year period.Unemployment also, plagues the country, unemployment benefit has been implemented in the country, however, its eligibility conditions make it difficult to obtain.Who are not voting?Observers fear that millions will abstain from the upcoming elections, as a move to show their dismay and dissatisfaction with current government progress. Millions of Moroccans have lost trust in their politicians and believe that whether they vote or not, the elections will not have no impact on their daily lives. Most political parties are accused of cronyism and corruption.Though the 2011 constitution guarantees the rights of Moroccans living abroad to vote in the elections, this provision has not been implemented. Over five millions of Moroccans living abroad are deprived of their right to choose the representatives who will run their country in the coming five years. read more

A Foreign Student’s Opinion on the Diversity of Moroccans

By Johanna MeyerRabat – When talking about Morocco with westerners one often hears of the beautiful Sahara Desert at night with its clarity of stars, of the souks in Marrakech, tagines and Friday couscous, but one seldom hears of the sheer diversity of Moroccans themselves. The first aspects of Morocco that struck me, upon arrival, were the many languages I heard on the street, followed by the wide array of attire worn by people of all ages.I frequently step into a taxi in which the driver speaks three to five languages fluently. As I half failingly attempt to tell him my destination in my broken Darija, I often sit next to a fellow female taxi patron wearing a djellaba and hijab who in tern is sitting next to her friend wearing the latest on trend platform shoes with skinny jeans and a sleeveless top. This deliberate choice of garb is not a mere representation of preferences for fashion trends, but can also be indicative of one’s level of religiosity or interpretation of their faith. In less jargon-filled words, perhaps the woman wearing her djellaba and hijab has a different interpretation of how to embody her devotion to Islam than her friend without a hijab, who may also be a Muslim woman.Yet, these different choices hold no bearing on the bonds of friendship I witness in my taxi. It seems each day I spend in Morocco I see the triumph of relationships over personal beliefs and any superficial sense of superiority. This diversity of interaction among people of different faith interpretations is rare to witness in my homeland and is a beauty to behold in Morocco.Diversity is accompanied by acceptance, which I have found to be a defining characteristic of my experience in Morocco. Even when I have looked physically different from others with my foreign face and opinions, I have been treated with respect and dignity.Moroccans have a beautiful way of not allowing the diversity of others to negatively impact their lives, even when they do not agree with the choices or beliefs of those around them. It seems commonplace in Morocco to experience not simple tolerance, but a higher level of acceptance of the true diversity of the human spirit. read more

France Bail Judge Recalls Saad Lamjarred to Review His Release

Rabat – Saad Lamjarred will appear in front of the judge determining bail conditions in Draguignan, at the request of the Court of Paris.According to Media Part, the Moroccan singer could go back to detention after his September 18 hearing. Saad Lamjarred was released on judicial supervision following a complaint of rape filed recently against him by a young French seasonal worker in Saint-Tropez.The 33-year-old artist was arrested on Sunday, August 26, in Saint-Tropez in southeastern France after police received a new rape complaint from another woman. The singer is already facing a trial on charges of rape for a 2016 incident in France. After two days in custody, the pop star was placed under judicial supervision and prohibited from leaving France or contacting the complainant. In addition, the singer was required to pay bail of €150,000.The singer of “Ghazali” met the victim in a nightclub in Saint-Tropez, on Saturday night, August 25. He invited her to his hotel room and, according to Lamjarred’s lawyer, they had “a consensual sexual relationship.” The woman, however, immediately reported to the authorities that Lamjarred had beaten and raped her.Following his arrest, the Moroccan singer’s name was ruled off the list of nominees in the All Africa Awards (AFRIMA) competition, which will take place in Ghana in November.Lamjarred had been nominated in three categories: Best singer in Africa, best song in Africa for “Casablanca,” and best artist in North Africa.Bachir Abdou’s son was previously arrested in France on October 26, 2016, for the sexual assault of Laura Prioul. The trial has not yet commenced.French authorities temporarily released the artist on bail under electronic surveillance on April 13, 2017, after he spent nearly six months at the Marriott Champs Elysées in Paris pending his trial. read more

Gabon’s Ali Bongo Arrives in Morocco to Recover from Stroke

Rabat – Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba has arrived in Rabat to recuperate after a stroke at the invitation of King Mohammed VI. The King persuaded Ondimba to choose Morocco instead of London.The president, who suffered the stroke in Saudi Arabia in October left Riyadh this morning, according to a Moroccan diplomatic source, AFP reported.On Tuesday, Ondimba’s wife announced that the president would leave Riyadh for Rabat to finish recovery. Read Also: Gabonese President Ali Bongo to Finish Recovery in MoroccoBongo’s wife, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba said, “To pursue his recovery, the president, consulting his close family members, has made the decision to accept the proposal of his brother, His Majesty the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI … My husband will arrive tomorrow in Rabat, the capital.”AFP reported that the president’s recovery would take a few weeks.Gabon’s Vice-President Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou had already taken over official duties in Bongo’s absence.King Mohammed VI and the Gabonese president share strong friendship.  In 2017, Bongo shared a picture of himself and King Mohammed VI as teenagers, illustrating the long-standing friendship between them. read more