PRRD could pull plug on funding Tumbler Ridge Museum unless concerns are

first_imgThe video above is from the last PRRD Board meeting on July 26, 2018. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District could be pulling the plug on funding the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation unless the Foundation addresses the concerns of the PRRD’s Board of Directors.At last week’s Regional Board meeting in Tomslake, Director Rob Fraser brought forward a motion that the PRRD send a letter to the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation Board and the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark Board asking for clarification regarding a meeting that the two Foundations held with several evaluators from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.Fraser explained that he was asked to attend that meeting, which took place in Tumbler Ridge, as a representative of the PRRD. The Regional District Board voted unanimously in favour of sending a letter asking for clarification about the discussions; to immediately halt plans to move any of the museum’s paleontological assets unless they were part of the museum’s normal operating procedures; that the two Foundations work to establish better working relationships with the District of Tumbler Ridge and the Royal BC Museum; and that the PRRD will consider all items outlined in the letter as part of any subsequent funding request. According to Fraser, the two UNESCO evaluators voiced concerns about the current state of the Museum, the continued operation of which is necessary for the Tumbler Ridge Geopark to keep its UNESCO designation.Fraser said that after speaking about his concerns with fellow PRRD Directors Lori Ackerman and Don McPherson, he felt that the PRRD should do something to reduce the risk that the Geopark’s UNESCO be revoked.center_img 1NB 1 – Tumbler Ridge Museum●NB 1 – Tumbler Ridge Museum●NB 1 – Tumbler Ridge Museum He said that the UNESCO representatives were conducting an evaluation of the Geopark in Tumbler Ridge, which is necessary for the geopark to retain its UNESCO designation.The Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark is one of two geoparks in Canada with a UNESCO designation, with the other located in New Brunswick.During the discussions, Fraser said that several things were said that caused him to become concerned, chief of which was that Dr. Lisa Buckley – the paleontologist who is responsible for the museum’s collection – had been exploring options to move some of the museum’s paleontological assets.Dr. Buckley is said to have been exploring alternate locations to have the museum’s assets moved to in case the museum were to close its doors once again due to a lack of funding.He said that in addition to the museum looking into relocating the fossil collection, the Museum Foundation also was said to have denied the UNESCO evaluators and Global Geopark Board members access to one of the Foundation’s digs.Fraser said that his understanding for the TRMF to deny the two parties access to the dig was because the request was made on short notice and to preserve the secrecy of the dig’s location if the Foundation were to lose its funding.last_img read more

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MP Bob Zimmer to hold second meeting on disinformation and fake news

first_imgMany letters were sent to Zuckerberg requesting his appearance at the meeting; all of which were denied. Instead, Facebook Vice President of Policy Solutions, Richard Allan, was sent in Zuckerberg’s place.While the upcoming meeting will continue to focus on holding digital platforms to account, the Committee will also examine Foreign Influence in Democracies and Data as a Human Right: Protecting Our Citizens – Data Security and Privacy.Zimmer says he is looking forward to welcoming Countries to Ottawa to continue the work that was accomplished at the meeting in London. He also says this meeting will provide an opportunity to hear from social media platforms about how they are protecting users from online threats.“I am looking forward to welcoming our international colleagues to Ottawa as we continue to build upon what we accomplished in London. With several countries, including Canada, holding elections this year it is vital that we continue collaborating to protect our democracies from the global threats of foreign influence and disinformation on digital platforms. This meeting will also provide us with the opportunity to hear from these platforms about what they are doing to protect our citizens from the threats of manipulation that we know are active online.”The second International Grand Committee Meeting on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ will be taking place on May 28, 2019, in Ottawa. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. Bob Zimmer will be hosting a second International Grand Committee Meeting on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ in Ottawa.The Committee, co-chaired by U.K. M.P. Damian Collins and Zimmer, has announced that a meeting will be taking place in Ottawa on May 28, 2019.The first meeting was held in London on November 27, 2018. That meeting was intended to have Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, testify before Nations on his Company’s practices when it comes to dealing with disinformation and ‘fake news’.last_img read more

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Highway robber who looted people by offering lift arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: A 28 years old highway robber who robbed a person by giving him lift in the taxi was arrested from Sohna in Harayana. The accused had forcefully withdrew victim’s money through his ATM cards before dumping him at isolated place. Police identified the accused as Arshad Khan, resident of Gurugram in Haryana. The law enforcement agency in their press statement said that on January 24, the complainant came to Vasant Kunj (South) police station and informed that on January 14, at around 7:30 PM when he was waiting at Mahipalpur Chowk at NH-8 for a rideable vehicle to reach his office at Gurugram, a taxi came there and offered him ride for Gurugram. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic “He boarded into the taxi in which three passengers (accused associates) were already present. When they reached near the mall at NH-8, they forcefully robbed his belongings including his mobile phone and purse with an ATM card and cash of Rs. 1,500,” police said. The complainant was thrashed and taken to Sohna from where they threatened him and got his ATM card’s PIN code from him. They accused withdrew Rs.1.50 lakh from his account through ATMs and kept him with them till 2.00 AM in the night. After that they dumped the complainant at an isolated place near KMP Expressway, Haryana. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Devender Arya said that Vasant Kunj (South) police team started reconstruction of the entire sequence of events right from the start of commission of crime from where taxi had commenced its journey and up to the place where the victim was dumped by the assailants. On March 11 on the basis of secret information the accused was arrested from Sohna after a raid conducted by team of Inspector Sanjeev Kumar which was constituted under the supervision of Sh. Ramesh Kumar, ACP (Vasant Vihar) DCP Arya further stated that during preliminary interrogation, confronted with the evidence against him, the apprehended accused confessed of his involvement in the highway robbery and disclosed that they had committed many crime like this earlier as well. “The accused disclosed his involvement in more than two dozen incidents with similar modus operandi in Delhi and Gurugram, Haryana, ” said DCP Arya.last_img read more

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GST Councillike institutions needed to promote healthcare rural development

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday made a case for setting up GST Council-like federal institutions to promote healthcare, rural development and agriculture sectors by optimally utilising resources of the centre and states.The successful experiment of GST Council, which is a constitutional body for making recommendations to the union and state governments on issues related to goods and service tax, needs to be replicated in other areas. He said agriculture, rural development and healthcare is one area where the central government spends a lot of money on supporting farmers, creating infrastructure and building health centres for poor population. Also, the state governments are spending money on these sectors. He said there is a need for utilising the resources in an optimal manner by enhancing coordination between the centre and state governments for essential developmental activities. “I think a coordination body on a non-statutory basis like the GST Council, as a federal institution can do that job (coordination),” Jaitley said in a video message on Twitter. “I strongly believe federal institutions after the successful implementation of the GST Council must be experimented in the areas of rural development, agriculture and healthcare. This will help the poorest section of population. We stand as a political party also committed to enforce this,” the minister said. He said the GST Council is an “excellent federal institution”, which in its 34 meetings has decided thousands of issues with consensus leading to benefits to traders and people and developing ‘New India’. The GST Council, chaired by the union finance minister, comprises finance ministers of all states.last_img read more

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Rexha reveals bipolar diagnosis

first_imgLos Angeles: Bebe Rexha has revealed that she is struggling with bipolar disorder and the pop star says she is not “ashamed anymore” about it. The singer said the diagnosis put her mind to ease as she was unable to understand the cause of her sickness. “For the longest time, I didn’t understand why I felt so sick. Why I felt lows that made me not want to leave my house or be around people and why I felt highs that wouldn’t let me sleep, wouldn’t let me stop working or creating music. Now I know why. “I’m bipolar and I’m not ashamed anymore. That is all. (Crying my eyes out)” Rexha wrote on Twitter. The ‘Say my name’ hitmaker added her next LP will be her favourite because she is “not holding anything back”. “I love you all very much. And I hope you accept me as I am,” she said.last_img read more

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US Socialist Dem Sanders tax returns show hes a millionaire

first_imgWashington DC: Self-described Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, the 2020 presidential candidate who has long assailed America’s growing income inequality, released 10 years of tax returns Monday that confirm his newfound status as a millionaire. The senator, who routinely rails against “millionaires and billionaires” and the “rigged” economic system that protects their standing, saw his income spike on royalties from sales of his book, “Our Revolution,” published shortly after his 2016 race for the Democratic nomination. According to tax returns released by the Sanders campaign, Sanders had an adjusted gross income of 561,293 in 2018, 1,131,925 in 2017 and 1,062,626 in 2016. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHis 2015 income was substantially less, at 240,622, the returns showed. “These tax returns show that our family has been fortunate. I am very grateful for that, as I grew up in a family that lived paycheck to paycheck and I know the stress of economic insecurity,” Sanders said in a statement. “I consider paying more in taxes as my income rose to be both an obligation and an investment in our country.” The increased wealth of the liberal candidate who has positioned himself as a champion of the people has raised questions about whether he can still speak for working-class Americans. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSanders said he will still “strive every day to ensure every American has the basic necessities of life, including a livable wage, decent housing, health care and retirement security.” The release comes amid continued pressure on billionaire President Donald Trump to show his tax returns. The New York real estate tycoon refused to do so during the 2016 campaign, saying that he was under audit, but the Internal Revenue Service has said this is no impediment to their release. Democrats have seized on the issue of Trump’s undisclosed taxes since taking control of the House of Representatives in January, and have cited a little-known law that allows Congress to review anyone’s returns to conduct an investigation. On Saturday, Democratic lawmakers gave tax authorities a final deadline of April 23 to hand over Trump’s returns, but it remained unclear if his administration will comply.last_img read more

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Weather affects restaurant evaluation

first_imgWhat makes people rate a restaurant positively? More than food, it is the weather that matters, say researchers. A study suggests that customers left more negative remarks on comment cards on days when it was raining than on days when it was dry. “Restaurant managers may see more than the usual bad reviews on certain days, and it may have nothing to do with the service or the quality of the food,” said co-author of the study Milos Bujisic, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Restaurants can’t control the weather, but it may affect how customers review them,” he added. For the study, published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, the researchers examined the comment cards left at 32 Florida restaurants. The researchers rated the comments on a five-point scale from 1 (very negative) to 5 (very positive). They also examined weather data from the National Climatic Data Center for each restaurant’s location on the days the comment cards were left. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThey examined 14 different weather variables, but only three were related to customer comments – rain, temperature and barometric pressure. Higher temperatures – which in Florida can often mean it is uncomfortably hot –were linked to more negative comments. Higher barometric pressure was also connected to negative comments in Florida, which is also probably different from much of the country, the researchers said, because rising pressure is often associated with fair weather. In an another experiment, 158 people from around the country who visited a restaurant within the last 24 hours were asked to rate and describe the weather conditions right before their restaurant visit. The results showed that people who described the weather as more pleasant also rated their mood more positively. Better moods – and not the weather itself – were related to more positive word-of-mouth.last_img read more

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Cong says 391 jawans killed in 1086 Naxal attacks in 5 years

first_imgNew Delhi: Condemning the Naxal attack in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli, the Congress has attacked the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying that in the five-year tenure of PM Modi the incidents of Naxal attacks on security personnel have increased manifold.According to Congress leader Pawan Khera, 1,086 Naxal attacks have taken place in the past 5 years in which 391 jawans have been killed and 582 civilians have lost their lives. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The year 2016 witnessed maximum number of Naxal attacks as the year reported 262 attacks in which 60 soldiers were killed and 122 civilians lost their lives. In the year 2018, total of 217 incidents of Naxal attacks had taken place in the country in which 73 jawans and 108 civilians were killed,” Khera said while addressing reporters at a Press conference. In the year 2014, when Narendra Modi took the charge of Prime Minister of the country, the nation reported 185 Naxal attacks in which 97 jawans and 127 civilians were killed, while in the year 2015, 56 jawans and 89 civilians had lost their lives in the 170 Maoists attacks and in the year 2017, 76 soldiers and 109 civilians had lost their lives in 199 Naxal attacks. In 2019 (till date) 53 Naxal attacks have taken place in which 29 jawans and 27 civilians have been killed. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAttacking PM Modi for politicising the sacrifices of jawans, the Congress leaders said, “In the past 5 years, ‘fake chest thumping’, ‘hyperbole, ’empty slogans’ and ‘acronym building’ has characterised Modi govt’s narrative towards our national and internal security. They have sought to deeply politicise the blood and sacrifice of our jawans, but have become mute when such cowardly attack takes place.” Attacking PM Modi for blaming Congress for Dantewada Maoist attack in April, the Congress leader said, “When a Naxal attack had taken place in Maoist hotbed, PM Modi desperately sought to pin the blame on the newly formed government of Chhattisgarh, but they never talk about the killing of about 1,000 CRPF personnel in the last 10 years of BJP rule in the state.” Holding BJP responsible for the spread of Naxal activities in Chhattisgarh, the Congress leader asked as who is responsible for the spread of Naxalism to three more districts under BJP’s CM Raman Singh? “After 2017 Sukma attack, Modi govt announced Rs 1, 000 crore package for security in Naxal affected areas. There has been hardly any implementation of that package. Will the Home Minister or PM Modi share the blame for it?” Khera alleged. “The Congress-UPA had launched an Integrated Action Plan (IAP) in 88 Naxal affected districts. A total fund of Rs 13,000 crore was earmarked specifically for Maoist-hit districts in 2013-14, but the Modi government abolished this scheme,” Khera said. Accusing PM Modi of abolishing another key scheme specially meant for the development of backward districts deed, the Congress leader said, “In 2007, Congress government had created a special fund called ‘Backward Region Grant Fund’ (BRGF) for 250 backward districts of India, which was abolished by the Modi government.”last_img read more

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NCLT starts bankruptcy process for Anils RCom

first_imgMumbai: The lenders to the crippled Reliance Communications (RCom) Tuesday moved NCLT to appoint a new resolution professional and form a committee of creditors, the first step to begin the bankruptcy process of the Anil Ambani group company that owes close to Rs 50,000 crore to 31 lenders led by State Bank of India. Meanwhile, RCom through the existing resolution professional, sought 13 months exclusion in the insolvency process citing the stays it had on the process by the appellate tribunal and the Supreme Court. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe RP sought the exclusion from April 30, 2018 to May 30, 2019 as the initial insolvency proceedings was stayed by the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) and later by the apex court. RCom was in trouble for years forcing it to discontinue operations two years ago. Its effort to stave off bankruptcy by selling spectrum to Reliance Jio got scuttled after the long legal and government delays for approvals. Also, the company has not been successful to meet any of the several publicly made promises to pay back the lenders by monetising real estate and spectrum assets. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysLast month company chairman Anil Ambani managed to avoid a contempt of the Supreme Court and a possible jail term after a last-minute bailout by elder brother Mukesh who extended him over Rs 480 crore to pay back vendor Ericsson, which was the first operational creditor to drag it to NCLT last year. Earlier, China Development Bank from which RCom had borrowed over $1 billion, had dragged it to the NCLT which was settled after giving a portion of its headquarters DAKC in the nearby Navi Mumbai. On May 3, SBI held a meeting to shortlist an RP after issuing a request for proposal in April for a new RP. RCom’s committee of creditors will have to approve a new RP with a 66 percent vote after the NCLT starts the insolvency process. The Mumbai bench comprising of VP Singh and Ravikumar Duraisamy directed the existing RP to file a progress report by May 30 when it will hear the matter.last_img read more

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Obesity rising faster in Rural areas

first_imgObesity is increasing more rapidly in the world’s rural areas than in cities, according to a study of global trends in body-mass index (BMI). The study, published in the journal Nature, analysed the height and weight data of over 112 million adults across urban and rural areas of 200 countries and territories between 1985 and 2017. Height and weight can be used to calculate BMI, an internationally recognised scale which tells us whether an individual has a healthy weight for their height, said researchers led by Imperial College London in the UK. The study found that from 1985 to 2017, BMI rose by an average of two kilogrammes per square metre (kg/m2) in women and 2.2 kg/m2 in men globally, equivalent to each person becoming five to six kg heavier. Over half of the global rise over these 33 years was due to increases in BMI in rural areas. In some low and middle income countries, rural areas were responsible for over 80 per cent of the increase. The team found that since 1985, average BMI in rural areas has increased by 2.1 kg/m2 in both women and men. However, in cities, the increase was 1.3 kg/m2 and 1.6 kg/m2 in women and men respectively. In 1985, urban men and women in over three quarters of the countries had a higher BMI than their rural counterparts, they said. Over time, the gap between urban and rural BMI in many of these countries shrank or even reversed. “The results of this massive global study overturn commonly held perceptions that more people living in cities is the main cause of the global rise in obesity,” said Professor Majid Ezzati of Imperial’s School of Public Health. “This means that we need to rethink how we tackle this global health problem,” Ezzati said. The team found important differences between high-, middle-, and low-income countries. In high-income countries, the study showed that BMI has been generally higher in rural areas since 1985, especially for women. The researchers suggest this is due to the disadvantages experienced by those living outside cities: lower income and education, limited availability and higher price of healthy foods, and fewer leisure and sports facilities. “Discussions around public health tend to focus more on the negative aspects of living in cities,” said Ezzati. “In fact, cities provide a wealth of opportunities for better nutrition, more physical exercise and recreation, and overall improved health, which are often harder to find in rural areas,” he said. Rural areas in low- and middle-income countries have seen shifts towards higher incomes, better infrastructure, more mechanised agriculture and increased car use. These factors not only bring numerous health benefits, but also lead to lower energy expenditure and to more spending on food, which can be processed and low-quality when sufficient regulations are not in place. All these factors contribute to faster increase in BMI in rural areas, researchers said. “As countries increase in wealth, the challenge for rural populations changes from affording enough to eat, to affording good quality food,” said Ezzati. The main exception to the global trend was sub-Saharan Africa where women gained weight more rapidly in cities. This was possibly because of more low-energy work, such as office work, less need for physical domestic tasks and greater access to processed foods, researchers said.last_img read more

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Moroccos air company consolidates partnership with UN

first_imgNew York – Morocco‘s “Royal Air Maroc” company concluded on Wednesday in New York with the United Nations Organization an agreement to promote and facilitate the travels of the UN staff, particularly those working for the UN development program and the UN children Fund (UNICEF).The Moroccan carrier will be giving transport facilities in its worldwide network to UN staff on business trips, mainly in Africa, says a RAM release.The UN humanitarian operation in Africa, through the UNICEF and the UNDP, are both numerous and important and they affect all social aspects (health, education, culture, food), says the release which explains that the company is proposing 80 international destinations and 26 African ones from the Mohammed V airport in Casablanca, one of the largest hubs connecting Africa to the rest of the world.last_img read more

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Spanish Magazine ¡Hola Publishes Exclusive Photos of Princess Lalla Soukainas Marriage

Casablanca- The Moroccan version of Spanish celebrity magazine ¡Hola! has recently published exclusive pictures and details from the royal wedding of Princess Lalla Soukaina, niece of King Mohammed VI, to businessman Mehdi Regragui.A picture of Lalla Soukaina next to her spouse, and another next to HM King Mohammed VI and other members of the royal family recently made the front page of the Spanish magazine ¡Hola! in its Moroccan version.According to Moroccan magazine Tel Quel, the Moroccan version of ¡Hola! exclusively earned the rights to publish pictures from the marriage of Lalla Soukaina, daughter of King Mohammed VI’s eldest sister, Princess Lalla Meriem. The traditional wedding ceremony of Princess Lalla Soukaina to Mehdi Regragui took place at the royal palace in Rabat, at the residency of Princess Lalla Meriem, in the presence of several members of the royal family, according to news website Yabiladies.Princess Lalla Soukaina’s spouse, Mohamed El Mehdi Ben Abdelmottaleb Regragui, is the grandson of Fqih Regragui, a former advisor to the late King Hassan II, and former professor of Arabic at the Royal College. read more

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Solo Exhibition by Sébastien Preschoux to premier in Marrakech Sept 12

Marrakech – Solo Exhibition by Sébastien Preschoux, “The Reslience of the Centaur,” to premier at the David Bloch Gallery, Marrakech, September 12-October 4.The Reslience of the Centaur is Sébastien Preschoux’s third solo exhibition at the David Bloch Gallery.Preschoux has chosen the challenge of working on a black background, which makes rendering colors more difficult. He overcomes this by layering inks and paints so that the colors finally manage to contrast with the black background and reveal all their vibrance. This new brightness in his work has resulted in larger paintings with nuanced and contrasting colors. The forms are floating or misaligned. Preschoux works in 2- and 3-dimensions in association with the photographer Ludovic L.E. Couster, who uses argentic cameras. This grants Preschoux freedom in terms of size and variety.Another of his series, called “Kinolution,” illustrates his work with both preparatory and finished artworks, reflecting the evolution and research of kinetic effects. The whole exhibition is realised on paper or wood, allowing the revelation of fine traits that are essential to the sublimation of the chromatic and kinetic effect the artist is constantly researching.“La Résilience du Centaure” (The Resilience of the Centaur) is a deeply personal and intimate exhibition of the artist’s work. Strongly influenced by the Bauhaus movement, Preschoux competes with mechanical design, producing his own equivalent.Preschoux was selected to realize a scenographic intervention at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris as part of an exhibition “RAIN,” from March to June in 2012. read more

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More lenient state laws could chill lowalcohol beer market

OKLAHOMA CITY — Beer snobs in states where grocers could offer only low-alcohol brands are raising their mugs to stronger brews thanks to updated laws.But the changes could indirectly chill the industry in two others where such regulations remain.Rules that went into effect in Oklahoma in October allow grocery, convenience and retail liquor stores to sell chilled beer with an alcohol content of up to 8.99 per cent. Previously, grocery and convenience stores could offer only 3.2 per cent beer. Liquor stores, where stronger beers were available, were prohibited from selling it cold.Similar changes went into effect in Colorado Jan. 1 and will take effect in Kansas later this year. Now, Utah and Minnesota are the nation’s only “baby beer” markets. That future of the nation’s low-point beer market appears murky.Tim Talley, The Associated Press read more

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European Commission Mobilizes over 5 Billion Euros to Reinforce External Borders

Brussels – The European Commission presented on Thursday the Draft EU Budget 2017 of 134.9 billion Euros, including 5.2 billion Euros aimed at reinforcing the external borders of the European Union and addressing the refugee crisis and irregular migration.The budget is meant to fund stronger tools to prevent migrant smuggling and address the long-term drivers of migration in cooperation with countries of origin and transit, as well as stronger policies for legal migration, including resettlement for persons in need of protection, and instruments to support Member States with respect to the integration of refugees inside the EU.The Draft EU Budget includes about €3 billion to fund actions within the EU, such as: the setting up of the European Border and Coast Guard, the proposal for a new Entry-Exit System to strengthen border management, the proposals to review the Common European Asylum System, including a reform of the Dublin mechanism, and the establishment of an EU Agency for Asylum. It also includes €200 million for the new instrument to provide humanitarian assistance within the EU.Furthermore, the draft budget proposes €2.2 billion for actions outside the EU, in order to address in particular the root causes of the refugee flow.With MAP read more

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French Minister Calls for Strengthening of Ties With Morocco in Frances

Rabat – Rachida Dati, former French Minister of Justice who is of Algerian-Moroccan descent, has called upon France to “strengthen ties” with Morocco, which she sees as her country’s best ally in the fight against terrorism.In an announcement published Monday on the site LesEchos.fr, Dati stated that Morocco can serve to change the image of Islam in the public eye. “It is more necessary than ever to highlight the experiences that can serve as an antidote to a perverted [version of] Islam,” she said.Dati praised Morocco for its successes, as well as the benefits it has given to its citizens by enabling them to “control their destiny, to access knowledge and culture, and to participate effectively in the fight against discrimination of any kind.” Dati hopes that, using Morocco as a positive example of Islamic government and society, Morocco and France can form a stronger political bond in the fight against terrorism.France has been the target of several terroristm attacks in the past few years, including the murder of a Catholic priest, the truck attack in Nice, shootings in Paris last November, and the shooting at Charlie Hebdo in January of 2015. read more

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ANRT Orders Moroccan Telecom Companies to Fully Restore VoIP

Rabat – Skype, Whatsapp and Viber – immensely popular VoIP services that have been banned in Morocco for almost a year – have been fully restored, according to anonymous sources who spoke to Le360.The National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT) sent letters to Maroc Telecom, INWI and Meditel on Thursday ordering them to allow Internet calling services to be functional again.News of VoIP’s return to Morocco comes three days before the United Nations Convention of the Parties 22 (COP22) conference starts in Marrakesh. Two weeks ago, ANRT’s former director, Azeddine El Mountassir Billah, was dismissed from his position without prior notice under unclear circumstances.The regulator is current facing a lawsuit by a Moroccan citizen who claims the ban directly harmed him economically and personally. ANRT argues that consumers do not have the right to sue the agency because the users have not signed a contract with the government entity, as Moroccan telecom firms have.The ban met fierce resistance from Moroccans living abroad when it was implemented in January. Over ten thousand citizens signed a petition calling on Head of Government Abdelilah Bekirane to lift the blockage.Moroccan parents with dual citizenship in Western countries posted pictures that showed their children holding letters with a request to King Mohammed VI to intervene in ANRT’s decision.A study by the American Center for Technological Innovation at the Brooking Institution last month revealed that the Morocco economy has lost $320 million as a direct result of the VoIP ban. read more

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MoroccanCanadian Athlete Turned Away at US Border

By Constance RentonToronto – 19-year-old athlete, Yassine Aber, was turned away at the US border, after being detained for 5 hours, despite possessing a valid Canadian passport.Born to Moroccan parents, Aber was born and raised in Quebec and has lived in Canada all of his life. Travelling with his athletic team on Thursday, the kinesiology student from the University of Sherbrooke, was headed south of the border for a sports competition. Accompanied by his coach and 5 other teammates, Yassine Aber arrived at customs at 1:30pm on Thursday. According to CBC’s Radio Canada online, Yassine, the only Arab individual in the group, was asked by customs officials for his cellphone and his password. Photographs and fingerprints of Aber were taken before he was ultimately turned back told he did not have the required paperwork.His Canadian passport, which should have been all that he required to cross the border, was not enough this time. “They took me twice to an office with an agent. They made me fill in papers and made me talk about myself, where I come from, where I was born. At the end of the day, they told me they I could not enter the United States.”When asked how he felt about the experience, Aber said “The reasons are somewhat ambiguous. I have an official paper that says I did not have valid papers, passports or immigration visas. My passport is Canadian and it is valid until 2026. I tried to get more information, but they did not want to give me any.”According to the same source, though people have been quick to blame the incident on the controversy caused by the Trump ban, Aber is reluctant to make the connection.“I do not know if it’s really that, the reason. I do not want to accuse anyone,” he said. Meanwhile his team and his university are hard at work determining the best way to make sure this incident will not be repeated in the future. read more

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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Metro meetingGrocery and pharmacy chain Metro Inc. holds its annual meeting and releases its first-quarter results on Tuesday. The retailer reported in November that sales grew more than 15 per cent in its first full quarter since acquiring the Jean Coutu Group pharmacy chain.CN resultsCanadian National Railway will release fourth-quarter results on Tuesday. CN and rival Canadian Pacific Railway have both been accused by Canada’s forestry and legume industries of prioritizing other commodities, costing companies millions amid surging demand for Canadian goods abroad.POT lotteryThe Canadian Securities Exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange and Aequitas NEO Exchange will assign the coveted POT stock symbol on Wednesday by random lottery. The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018 to become Nutrien Ltd., which now trades under NTR.Housing outlookCMHC issues its Housing Market Assessment report on Thursday, which serves as an “early warning system” for the country’s housing market. The agency recently reported that the annual pace of housing starts dropped in December, but remain at an “elevated” level when compared with historical averages.BoC speechBank of Canada senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins will speak before the Toronto Region Board of Trade on Thursday. She is expected to discuss ways that the business cycle and longer-term factors shape wages and the overall employment picture in Canada, and how these dynamics influence monetary policy. read more

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Supporters of Raja Throw Stones at Players Bus 4 Injured

Rabat – After losing to Rapide Oued Zem (3-1) on Wednesday in the small town of Oued Zem, the players of Raja Casablanca were targeted by “angry supporters,” who threw several rocks and firecrackers at the players’ bus, injuring four, according to AFP.Videos that circulated in social media showed the players–visibly shocked–talking to the press about the attack. One of the player said that he wanted to lodge a complaint against the perpetrators.The Raja spokesman told AFP Thursday that four people were injured (three players and the driver) during the assault, adding that the club was going to file a complaint. “The Raja [supporters in the] public is very severe with the team because they are used to winning,” he said. “It’s a shame…we almost lost our lives,” he added.The triple winners of the African Champions League is known for the fervor of their fans, the atmosphere that prevails during their matches, and acts of violence and vandalism accompanying some of their games.In February, supporters of the green team started a fight with the supporters of the red team, KACM, which resulted in considerable material and financial loss for Marrakech Football stadium.The disciplinary committee of Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) penalized Raja team supporters for vandalizing the stadium and throwing chairs at other spectators and law enforcement agents, which resulted in 14 injured.FRMF fined the Raja club MAD 50,000 and restricted Raja supporters from attending two upcoming matches. Twenty supporters also received jail time.According to AFP, Morocco’s iconic football club, Raja, “has been in financial crisis for several months, with repeated strikes by players protesting delays in paying their salaries.”The Raja club president, Said Hasbane, resigned from his position last month. read more

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