Kinder Morgan says Trans Mountain project could be a year behind schedule

first_imgCALGARY – Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. said Wednesday that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project could be a year behind schedule as it continues to encounter permitting delays.The estimate is three months further behind from the company’s last estimate in December, and now potentially puts the $7.4-billion project in service by Dec. 2020 depending on regulatory, permit and legal approvals.Calgary-based Kinder Morgan Canada (TSX:KML) said it has scaled back spending in 2018 to focus on securing needed final approvals for the project, which faces significant opposition from numerous Indigenous groups, environmentalists and municipalities in British Columbia.Steven Kean, chief executive of American parent company Kinder Morgan, said on an investor call that the company will hold back on major construction spending until it has more confidence in the reliability and timing for getting permits for the project that would close to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain system.“We’re not going to get all the permits before we would begin construction, but we do need to see that there’s a process in place and we can count on it.”The company scored a victory for its project in early December when the National Energy Board ruled in its favour, allowing it to bypass some bylaws in Burnaby, B.C., that were found to be obstructing the project.The regulator has not, however, made a decision on establishing a process to deal with potential future permitting delays for the project, as requested by the company.Kinder Morgan Canada repeated in its earnings results that if the project continues to face unreasonable regulatory risk the company may not be able to proceed with the project, but Kean downplayed the chances on the call.“We don’t expect to find ourselves in an untenable position, but we’ve made that point in the filings seeking the relief that we’ve asked for from the regulator — and so we’ve said the same thing to our investors that we said to the regulator.”Kinder Morgan Canada, which also operates the existing Trans Mountain pipeline as well as other oil and gas transportation and infrastructure, reported net income of $46.4 million for the three months ending Dec. 31, up from $17.8 million a year earlier.last_img read more

Bell Media opens gates to HBO content Hollywood movies under new Crave

first_imgTORONTO – Viewers hoping to catch the latest HBO series and fresh Hollywood movies have a new choice in their streaming options.Bell Media says it’s throwing open the gates to its vast library of content that was previously only available to cable subscribers of The Movie Network and HBO Canada.Starting next week, Canadians will have access to a bulked up version of the Crave streaming platform, dubbed Crave+, for an additional fee of about $10 per month.It’s a significant change for cable subscribers who were hanging onto their TV packages for access to TMN and its sister channels.Under the new Crave+ they will have the option to join other cord-cutters, though some cable providers may sell the Crave package at a discount with other set-top TV offerings.The move comes as Bell Media contends with competition from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.“Every day you read about a new offering that’s in the marketplace,” said Bell Media chief executive Randy Lennox in an interview, highlighting how Crave is now considered both a TV and online option.“We’re trying to be on both sides of the highway.”The new Crave+ package includes all of Showtime and older HBO series previously on CraveTV, plus a roster of more recent shows like new seasons of “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld.”Customers who don’t want the extra stuff can hang onto a basic Crave package, which includes series from Vice, Showtime and Crave exclusives like “Letterkenny” and “Star Trek: Discovery.”Bell Media is in the midst of widespread changes to its TV channels which include a decision to retire its brand The Movie Network and replace it with channels under the Crave name.Companies in this story: (TSX: BCE)last_img read more

The Latest Leaders celebrities expected at climate talks

first_imgKATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on the U.N. climate conference (all times local):10:45 a.m.No global climate summit would be complete without a few celebrities.Monday’s gathering of ministers and national leaders for the start of the U.N. talks on tackling global warming is getting a dose of glitz.Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has long campaigned against climate change, is expected to draw crowds, while there are reports that other Hollywood celebrities will make an appearance as well.Other VIPs attending the meeting in Katowice, Poland, include adventurer Bertrand Piccard, who co-piloted the first solar round-the-world flight, and Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, whose climate campaigning has received support from students around the globe.___8:45 a.m.Leaders from around the world are arriving for the ceremonial opening of the climate conference in southern Poland that will discuss ways of curbing climate change.The two-week conference in Katowice is expected to work out how governments can report on their efforts to reduce green gas emission and keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), as agreed in 2015 in Paris.Host Poland will propose a declaration Monday for a “just transition” away from coal mining, the supplier of its main source of energy, to take into consideration the situation of people employed in the sector.Critics say the declaration should more broadly cover all aspects of transition from fossil fuels to green energy.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Mogul Sumner Redstone settles lawsuits with exgirlfriend

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Ailing 95-year-old media mogul Sumner Redstone has settled a series of lawsuits pitting him against his ex-girlfriend days before a trial was set to begin.Redstone’s attorney, Robert Klieger, said Tuesday that Manuela Herzer will return $3.25 million that Redstone had given her and relinquish any claim she has over his estate or health.The settlement agreement says it ends seven lawsuits and countersuits between Redstone and Herzer that began in 2015 after their breakup and involve his estate, allegations of elder abuse and invasion of privacy.Sumner, the majority shareholder of CBS and Viacom, said he had given Herzer tens of millions of dollars.The legal fight had largely centred on whether Redstone, who has been in mental decline, was able to testify and make decisions for himself.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Candidates for School District 59 Board of Trustees

first_imgThe four candidates looking to be elected to the two seats in Electoral Area I are Becky Borton, Jessica Fairful, Crystal Hillton, and Andrea Smith.The three candidates looking to be elected to the two seats in Electoral Area III are Jennifer Lalonde, Angelica Schurmann, and Tamara Ziemer.The five candidates looking to be elected to the two seats in Electoral Area IV are Chad Anderson, Kim Erickson, Darcy Heartt, Travis Jones, and Nicole Soontiens.The local government elections are taking place on October 20th. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – There will be an election for six of the seven seats on the Peace River South School District’s Board of Trustees.Of the seven seats on the School Board in the South Peace, two represent Electoral Areas I, III, and IV, while Electoral Area II only gets one seat.Roxanne Gulick was the lone candidate to submit nomination papers for Electoral Area II, which serves the Tumbler Ridge area.last_img read more

Liard River Hotsprings closed after heavy snow

first_imgMUNCHO LAKE, B.C. – The Liard River Hotspring Provincial Park is closed after heavy snow.A snowfall warning remains in place for Fort Nelson and the Muncho Lake regions.  The forecast is calling for up to 35 cm of snow before the storm moves out of the area Monday.According to a post on it’s Facebook page, the campground and the hot springs are closed due to several trees that have fallen after the heavy snowfall.  The post goes onto say “There is No ACCESS to the campground or hot pools under any circumstances.As soon as the park has been made safe the BC Parks website and this page will be updated.” Snow has been reported from Pink Mountain on the Alaska Highway all the way up to Watson Lake, Y.K.With the heavy snow from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake, camping or travelling in the area is not recommended.A cold arctic airmass and Pacific moisture associated with a low on the North Coast will result in continued heavy snow for higher elevations between Fort Nelson and Watson Lake. Further snowfall accumulations of 15 to 35 cm are expected through Sunday and into Sunday night. The town of Fort Nelson should receive rain while areas south of Fort Nelson may see up to 10 cm.last_img read more

South Dinajpur to conduct twoday drive on voting rights

first_imgBalurghat: South Dinajpur district administration will conduct a special awareness drive for two days to encourage people to cast votes during the upcoming Parliamentary elections slated for the region on April 23.Addressing mediapersons the district magistrate Deepap Priya P said on Monday: “The district administration will organise an awareness drive for two days starting Tuesday to encourage the voters, especially the new ones, to cast votes,” she said. Priya P said the district administration was on alert to ensure free and fair polls in the region. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The Election Commission of India has directed us to ensure voters’ participants in large numbers in the upcoming poll. We have introduced a special mask mascot to attract young generations to enlist their names in the electoral roll. We are happy to announce that our initiative has received good response from people,” she said. Answering a question about the deputation of Central forces in South Dinajpur, she said the district administration is yet to receive any information on the issue. In a significant announcement, the district magistrate said mediapersons on the basis of their applications may be able to cast Election Duty votes. “We know that the district correspondents remain busy covering the reports on poll. If they want, they can cast ED votes. This is happening for the first time in the district,” she said. She also sought cooperation from the media to ensure hassle-free polls. She said the district has 1305 polling booths and 144 sectors. Later, during the press conference she unveiled a huge election mascot.last_img read more

Brisk walk staves off disability

first_imgJust one hour a week of brisk walking may stave off disability in older adults with arthritis pain, aching or stiffness in a knee, hip, ankle or foot, according to a study unveiled on Monday. “This is less than 10 minutes a day for people to maintain their independence. It’s very doable,” said Dorothy Dunlop, a professor at Northwestern University in the US. “This minimum threshold may motivate inactive older adults to begin their path towards a physically active lifestyle with the wide range of health benefits promoted by physical activity,” said Dunlop, lead author of the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAbout two in five people with osteoarthritis – most of whom have it in their lower joints – develop disability limitations, researchers said. The study found an hour of weekly moderate-to-vigorous physical activity allowed older adults to maintain their ability to perform daily tasks like getting dressed or cross a street before a traffic light walk signal changed. The weekly hour of exercise reduced their risk of mobility disability by 85 per cent and their risk of activities of daily living disability by almost 45 per cent. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFour years after the start of the study, 24 per cent of adults who did not get the weekly hour of brisk physical activity were walking too slowly to safely cross the street, and 23 per cent reported problems performing their morning routine. The researchers analysed four years of data from more than 1,500 adults in the national Osteoarthritis Initiative from Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Pawtucket, Rhode Island. All the adults had pain, aching or stiffness in lower extremity joints from osteoarthritis but were free of disability when they began the study. Their physical activity was monitored using accelerometers. “Our goal was to see what kind of activity would help people remain free of disability,” Dunlop said. Guidelines in the US recommend older adults with arthritis should participate in low-impact activity. For substantial health benefits including reducing the risk for heart disease and many other chronic diseases, these guidelines recommend older adults participate in at least 2.5 hours a week of moderate-intensity activity. However, that level of activity can be daunting for inactive older adults with lower extremity pain, Dunlop said. “We hope this new public health finding will motivate an intermediate physical activity goal. One hour a week is a stepping stone for people who are currently inactive. People can start to work towards that,” Dunlop said.last_img read more

RKM president unveils exhibition art galleries

first_imgKolkata: Swami Smarananandaji, president Ramakrishna Math and Mission inaugurated the annual exhibition 2019 titled Bharat Parikrama of Swami Vivekananda at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture at Golpark on Monday.He also inaugurated two art galleries at the institute. The sketches were made of line drawing on Swamiji’s travels in India as a wandering monk after the death of Sri Ramakrishna in 1886 till he left for The United States to attend the World’s Parliament of Religions which was held in Chicago in 1893 have been made by Rathin Mitra. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMitra has donated 138 line drawings to the institute. Inspired by the philosophy of Swamiji since school days, the nonagenarian artist travelled extensively in the country and visited the places where Swamiji had visited before he left for the US. Swamiji stayed in the houses of the kings, senior government officials among others and interacted with people all walks of life. The exhibition tells the story of Swamiji as a wandering monk. In modern India Swamiji was the first person who travelled extensively in the country to know the rich heritage and culture of the ancient country and its people. It will be held till May 4 from 11am to 6pm except Sundays and holidays. It may be mentioned that a museum was recently inaugurated by Swami Suviranandaji, general secretary Ramakrishna math and Mission at Khetri in Rajasthan. The Raja of Khetri Ajit Singh was Swamiji’s disciple and the latter stayed in his palace. Mitra was born in Howrah in 1926. His works have been appreciated both in the country and abroad and exhibitions have been held in different parts in the country, including the Victoria memorial Hall. From the 1980s he started working on the heritage buildings of Kolkata and made their sketches. It was around this time when many of the landmark buildings in the city had been demolished to make room for high-rises.last_img read more

BJP has ignored issues of farmers and youth but has contributed to

first_imgGautam Buddh Nagar: With just a few days left for Gautam Buddh Nagar District to go polling, almost every party is trying hard to attract voters while their start campaigners are conducting public meet, road shows, rallies to seek votes for their candidate.On Sunday, Congress Party’s star campaigner and party General Secretary of western UP, Jyotiraditya Scindia, organised a Sadbhavna Sammelan in sector 51 of Noida. He further conducted a rally in Khurja area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderWhile campaigning for their candidate Dr Arvind Kumar Singh from Gautam Buddh Nagar Lok Sabha seat, Scindia trained guns on the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) citing that the BJP party has not fulfilled any of their promises and has only divided the country in the name of religion. “The BJP party has ignored issues of farmers and youth but has contributed to spread hatred in the country on the name of caste. The condition of youths in our country is deteriorating day by day and no possible solution has been made by the BJP to overcome the problem of unemployment,” said Scindia. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFurther targeting the government on farmer’s issues, Scindia said that the condition of farmers in our country is very miserable under the BJP rein. “Farm distress is a major issue in the region. People’s lands have been acquired, their compensations are either pending or are inadequate. The MSP (minimum support price) for crops is low, the situation needs to be improved,” added Scindia. Speaking on the occasion, Congress candidate Arvind Kumar Singh said their party will have a 17-point agenda for Gautam Buddh Nagar, including jobs, farm distress, flat buyers’ issues, private school fees regulation and women safety among priorities. He assured the locals youths to create 30 per cent reservation in jobs for local candidates.last_img read more

LS polls in TN ends peacefully 70 turnout

first_imgChennai: Elections to 38 Lok Sabha seats and bypolls for 18 Assembly segments in Tamil Nadu on Thursday was by and large peaceful and the tentative turnout for Parliamentary polls stood at 69.55 per cent, Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said.The turnout figure is likely to go up as data was still being collated, he said. When the figure goes up, it is expected to be more or less correspond to the final tally of 73.68 per cent recorded in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The turnout in the 18 assembly segments recorded 71.62 per cent (both LS and Assembly polls turnout were based on available data at 7 pm) and with Lok Sabha elections in Madurai segment ending at 8 pm, the data collation was still on, Sahoo told reporters here. There was no major law and order issues and a CAPF jawan fired one round in the air to disperse crowds (near Arakkonam), he added. DGP (Elections) Ashutosh Shukla said when the crowds tried to enter a polling station at Kilvisharam under Arakkonam Lok Sabha segment, a Central Armed Police Force jawan opened one round of fire in the air. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Superintendent of Police, Vellore rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control,” he added. Minor incidents of violence were reported from five towns, including Gudiyatham and Ariyalur, and the situation was brought under control immediately, he added. Police said four BJP men were allegedly injured in a clash with workers of the DMK and Congress in Kanyakumari. On complaints of technical glitches, Sahoo said 375 ballot units, 228 control units and 766 VVPAT were replaced. “Based on the low replacement rates, we can say the EVM performance has been very good.” The EVMs and VVPATs will be moved to counting centres by poll authorities and police in the presence of political parties, the CEO noted. On allegation of deletion of about a lakh of voters’ names in Kanyakumari by the Congress, he said they could give a complaint and it will be acted upon. Tamil Nadu brought out the many colours of elections when several centenarians like 102-year-old Jegadambal of Nagapattinam and lakhs of first time voters braved the scorching sun to cast their vote. From Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, DMK chief M K Stalin, Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan were among those who exercised their franchise standing in queues. Party leaders and top film stars including Rajinikanth, Ajit and Vijay were among the prominent personalities who turned up to vote. Indisposed 96-year-old DMK veteran, K Anbazhagan, a colleague of late M Karunanidhi was wheeled in at a booth here to cast his vote. Just after tying the knot, several couples arrived in their traditional bridal attire at the polling stations in areas including Nallampalli (Dharmapuri) and Srivilliputhur (Virudhunagar) to cast their votes. Rain and shine played spoilsport to an extent in some parts of the State in keeping voters away from the polling stations for sometime. While Chennai and other northern parts of Tamil Nadu was blazing hot, some southern parts of the State including Kanyakumari received showers. People switched to protest mode as well in a couple of regions like the villagers of Top Station in Kurangani hill ranges of Theni District to protest lack of basic amenities. “Of the 185 voters of this village, none came forward to cast their vote,” Theni District Collector M Pallavi Baldev said. Two elderly men died after casting their votes in Sivagiri (Erode) and Vedappatti (Salem) respectively. A 65-year-old man, who collapsed after emerging from a polling station, was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead in Coimbatore while an 85-year woman died while she was standing in a queue at a booth there. Deletion of names from voters list, non-issuance of voters’ slips, malfunctioning of EVMs and technical glitches delaying polling process were among the key complaints of the people. After casting his vote, Stalin alleged that there has been distribution of cash and accused the Election Commission of being an “ally” of central and state governments. Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan, DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran and Kanimozhi, and Karti Chidambaram of Congress are among key contenders. Radhakrishnan told reporters in Kanyakumari: “This is a massive democratic festival which will decide the fate of India. I have exercised my franchise… A silent revolution is happening.” AIADMK leader and state minister D Jayakumar said 13 per cent voting in the morning “is a joyous thing.” “This shows there is a wave for Amma and MGR,” he said, exuding confidence that the AIADMK-BJP combine will emerge victorious. Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader T T V Dhinakaran alleged “malfunctioning of EVMs is an achievement of the Modi government.” About 1.40 lakh police personnel and 160 companies of CAPF were deployed in 17,720 polling stations to manage law and order.last_img read more

NCM issues notice to Pitroda over 1984 riot remark

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on Friday sent notice to Congress leader Sam Pitroda over his “hua to hua” remarks on 1984 anti-Sikh riots and directed him to tender an unconditional apology to the Sikh community. The notice, issued on a complaint filed by Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, said that the remarks had hurt the sentiments of of the Sikh community. It said that the Commission had taken the complaint very seriously and noted that the 1984 riots were a blot in the history of mankind. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “The Commission directs you to explain your view on the statement. You are also directed to tender an unconditional apology towards the Sikh community immediately,” it said. Pitroda, who is Chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress, and a close aide of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, had on Thursday said 1984 “hua to hua” (it just happened) triggering strong criticism from the BJP and the Akali Dal. He apologised for his remarks on Friday.last_img read more

Typhoon victims eat cats dogs to survive

first_imgTACLOBAN – Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are struggling to survive after the devastating disaster, with survivors in Tacloban city especially facing difficulty in finding food and clean water. Hospicio Doldolea, a disaster victim, said, “some people in rural areas started eating cats and dogs to survive.”Victims suffering from hunger plead for immediate help from the international community.Meanwhile, as corpses which have remained in the streets for days are expected to be buried in a mass grave tonight, they will be lined up in bags waiting to be taken to burial sites, according to officials.  Typhoon Haiyan swept through the islands of the Philippines on November 8, leaving at least 4,400 people dead and thousands displaced.last_img read more

Moroccan parliament to vote on controversial rape prosecution law

first_imgSidi Ifni, Morocco- Following the bitter controversy that rape prosecution avoidance law has caused in Morocco, the Justice and Human Rights Commission of the country’s Parliament has proposed to eliminate a paragraph from the Moroccan penal code.  Article 475 permits a rapist to avoid prosecution for rape if he marries the underage victim.Morocco’s conservative society has traditionally preferred to permit a rapist to marry his victim rather than permit the victim’s family to suffer the dishonor and shame of rape.  The case of Amina Filali, a sixteen year old girl who killed herself by ingesting rat poison after being forced to marry the man who raped her, went viral on social media two years ago, and has spurred women’s rights associations to call on the government to intervene and revoke the rape law, which many think is an infringement of  women’s rights. The proposal to revoke the rape avoidance provision has come as one of the promises of the current Islamist-led government to restore dignity to underage victims of rape.Amending Article 475 of the penal code gained much international attention after the Filali suicide, and the suicides of other girls who were forced to marry their rapists.While some wronged families have had no other choice but to agree to a judge’s decision requiring their raped girl to marry her rapist in order to protect the family’s honor, women’s rights activists have deemed forced marriage under the provision a serious threat to girls’ dignity, life, and human rights.Since 16-year-old Amina al-Filali was married to her 23-year-old rapist and committed suicide in 2012, calls for revocation of the provision have escalated to address the injustice.According to some Moroccan women, marrying a raped girl to the man who raped her is tantamount to rewarding the rapist, not penalizing him for his heinous crime.It is now up to the Parliament to vote on the Commission’s proposal to Amend Article 475 and repeal the paragraph once and for all.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Morocco Participates in the Al Jazeera Annual Forum

Fez – Al Jazeera kicked off its 8th Annual Forum Monday in Doha with the participation of delegates from 51 countries, including Morocco under the theme: “Change in the Arab World: Where To?”Organized by the Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, Al Jazeera‘s 8th Forum is a youth platform that opens windows of opportunity to young individuals from different backgrounds to debate issues of common interest in “the context of the current transformations in the Arab world.”Morocco is being represented by a high level delegation, including Mr. Mustapha El Khalfi, Minister of Communication and Government Spokesman, and Ms. Soumiya Benkhaldoun, Minister-delegate for Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Executives Training, according to state news agency Mahghreb Arab Press. In His opening speech, Dr. Mustafa Souag, Acting Director General of Al Jazeera Network, said: “AlJazeera will continue to cover human rights issues wherever possible, and will strive, as it always has, to give every human a right to defend his/her rights and make his/her voice heard because it is a voice for the voiceless and a platform for those who have no outlet.”Soumiya Benkhaldoun took part in the the first plenary session of the forum entitled: Reviewing the Arab World’s Path to Change: Decade in Review,” discussing the major changes that affect the Arab World in the past decade. Mustapha El Khalfi will be a part of a panel entitled “reconsidering the movement of change.”Participants that are  scheduled to speak at the Forum include: Mr. Bulent Arinc, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Ahmed Tomeh, Prime Minister of the Provisional Government of the Syrian National Coalition, and Ali Laarayedh, former Tunisian Prime Minister.This international forum gathers 400 participants from different fields, including academic, activists, journalists and politicians, to discuss change in the Arab World and share ideas on other international and local issues.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Morocco to Dissolve Associations that Dont Declare Source of Foreign Funds

Taroudant- Driss Dahak, the government’s Secretary General, called on Monday for more control over foreign funds for the Moroccan associations.During a meeting of the Committee on Public Finance Control in the House of Representatives, Dahak said that he had prepared a package of administrative procedures within the framework of the government’s efforts to expand its control over foreign funds that associations receive.According to the Secretary General, associations receive approximately 240 million MAD in foreign grants. To better control these grants, especially the source of the funds, the Secretary General called for close collaboration between the Exchange Office, Bank Al Maghrib, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.While the law makes it necessary for the associations to declare foreign funds received and their origins, Dahak noted that some NGOs do not report foreign grants for several reasons, mainly “ignorance of the law” or simply because they “do not want to declare that”.The Secretary General said that the government would enact harsh penalties against the associations that do not declare received foreign funds and report their origins. The penalties may result in the dissolution of associations that do not respect the law.Edited by Timothy Filla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Graffiti Glorifying ISIS in Northern Morocco

Rabat – Graffiti glorifying the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria were discovered on one of the walls of the Hriq neighborhood in the northern city of Martil.According to Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya newspaper in its Thursday December 4th issue, authorities were mobilized after the discovery of some graffiti depicting the flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in the Hriq neighborhood known to be a bastion of Jihadism in Morocco.The newspaper added that some people took pictures of the graffiti revering the deeds of the terrorist organization the Islamic State. The local authorities, however, were quick to react and confiscated the pictures taken by the neighborhood residents in order to collect data and identify the perpetrators. The Hriq neighborhood exported tens of jihadists who have joined the ranks of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the newspaper said.It went on to add that the culprit might be a jihadist who returned from the Middle East or someone who is planning to do so in the future.This is not the first time. In the eastern city of Berkane, Moroccan security services arrested 3 people on suspicion of incitement to terrorism via a video published on the Internet.The three individuals pledged allegiance to the Islamic State leader “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi” in a video posted on YouTube entitled “Appearance of Jund Al-Khilafa in the Maghreb Al-Alqsa. read more

Only 58 of Moroccans Are Able to Save Money HCP

Rabat – According to recent research, it is almost impossible for Moroccans to save any money. A study on household confidence conducted by the Moroccan Planning Authority (HCP) has shown that only 5.8 per cent of Moroccan households can save part of their income.The study has found that Moroccan households remain pessimistic about their ability to save money in the coming months. In the first three months of 2015, the study says, 84.9 per cent of households feel they cannot save in the next 12 months, compared to 15.1 per cent who said they can.Nearly 56 percent of households think that their income covers their expenses, while 38.2 per cent of them say they take loans or tap into their savings.During the first three months of 2015, 74.3 per cent of households expect an increase in the number of the unemployed in the next 12 months, against 9.1 per cent who think otherwise. With a negative level of -65.2 points, the balance of this indicator recorded an improvement of 2.8 points from the previous trimester and 3.9 points compared to the same period of last year.58.3 per cent of Moroccan households consider it is not appropriate to make purchases of durable goods, while 21.3 per cent disagreed. The balance of this indicator stood at -37 points or 1.1 point increase from the previous trimester.87.8 per cent of households estimate that food prices have increased during the last 12 months, 11.6 per cent think they stagnated and 0.6 per cent believe they declined.With a level of -87.2 points, the balance of this indicator deteriorated by 2.7 points from the previous trimester and Improved by 2.2 points compared to the same period of 2014. read more

Eight Moroccan Artists Take Part in a Program in the US

Rabat – Eight of the best young Moroccan artists are participating in an artistic program in the United States co-organized by the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE) and the U.S. Embassy in Rabat.The program aims to teach the Moroccan artists about U.S. culture and contemporary art through the experience of American artists and their major role in the development of society.The Moroccan artists will also seize the opportunity to unleash their skills and show the American art specialists the potential of Moroccan art. They will also visit Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. The program includes eight creative artists: Marouane Sitti, Mohcine Ennou, Abderrahmane Doukkaneand, Amine Slimani, and plastic designers Fahd Bouksimi, Yasmina Ouahid, Rachid Ouhnni, and the painter Asmae Bennani.They were selected after a competition co-organized by MACECE and the US Embassy under the theme “I Have A Dream”.The artists’ photographs were taken in front of the US Capitol Building,  and Smithsonian Institution of American Art, and the National Portrait Gallery.Pictures credit: US Embassy Rabat read more

Morocco Premiere Events Celebrates First Anniversary of its Artisans Showroom

Taroudant – Morocco Premier Events’ artisans showroom, the first such place in the United States devoted to Moroccan history, crafts and culture, opened one year ago in Northern Virginia just outside Washington, D.C., in a brand new modern space to provide a window on Morocco’s diversity and culture by showcasing Moroccan handicrafts and arts.The official launch of the showroom by “La Maison de l’Artisan” in partnership with Morocco’s Ministry of Handicrafts, Social Economy and Solidarity, coincided with a special “Morocco Days” exhibition sponsored by the City of Alexandria, Virginia) in April, 2015. The showroom is part of Morocco’s “Vision 2015” plan to promote Morocco’s brand and image in the U.S. and elsewhere.Strategically located near Dulles Airport, the showroom features handmade Moroccan products such as tapestries and carpets, basketry, intricately carved wood and wrought iron furniture, traditional embroidered Moroccan kaftans, metal lanterns — the list goes on. The showroom also features items combining both traditional and modern styles, ranging from painting and wall decorations to traditional costumes and tea cups.The initiative pays tribute to the genius and the dexterity of Moroccan artisans who have preserved the traditional heritage of Morocco, a country proud of its centuries-old history and civilization.The exhibition is also home to a library of books on history, religion, and the literature of Morocco, which reflect the diverse splendor of the culture of the Kingdom.Hassan Samhrouni, CEO and founder of Morocco Premier Events, said that the showroom has made a significant contribution to making the American public aware of the rich cultural and traditional heritage of the Kingdom, according to MAP.He added that a number of meetings and exhibitions, notably with U.S. designers, were were held last year. The showroom has hosted groups of students for tea and educational lectures and videos.Thanks to the success of the showroom, Morocco Premier Events has been able to exhibit Moroccan craftsmanship in several other centers, including the prestigious Washington Design Center, said Samhrouni.It has also established a relationship with the George Washington Textile Museum University.The project is not just about showcasing Moroccan culture and tradition but also for enhancing U.S.-Morocco business. Samhrouni stressed the need for Moroccan products and producers to meet the requirements of the U.S. market in order to compete with products from other countries, such as China.“After some twenty five years in the U.S., I am very excited to bring the diverse culture of Morocco in such a tangible way to the American people,” Samhrouni told MWN.“Just as the U.S. is a country of immigrants of diverse backgrounds, Morocco has been a crossroads of many peoples, cultures, and religions — living together for thousands of years.I am grateful to have had the support to bring this project to life in this great country of America.Morocco Premier Events, in its continuing efforts to open up Morocco more to the U.S. market, will take part in an upcoming exhibition entitled “New York Now” to be held January 30 to February 3 in New York City. More information is available at. read more