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‘NRC a plan hatched by BJP to displace Gorkhas from Hills’

first_imgDarjeeling: The National Register of Citizens (NRC) has become the most debatable issue this election in the Darjeeling constituency.The TMC and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) allege that it is a conspiracy hatched by the BJP to displace the Gorkhas. BJP President Amit Shah while addressing a rally in Alipurduar had recently threatened to implement NRC in Bengal to throw infiltrators and illegal immigrants out. “This is a very well-planned conspiracy hatched by the BJP to displace the Gorkhas from this region. One should carefully analyses the sequence of events. We should all unite against it,” alleged TMC leader NB Khawas. The TMC leader said despite repeated assurances the BJP had failed to include the 11 Gorkha sub communities in the ST list. They made multiple committees to examine the demand. The recommendations of the committees were not made public. Later, they assured that a bill would be tabled to include the 11 Gorkha sub communities. This too did not see the light of day. “Finally an RTI was filed to find out the status. The reply to the RTI clearly stated that granting of ST status would lead to an influx of immigrants from Nepal. This shows the Union Government’s actual stand and why they don’t want to grant the ST status,” Khawas said. The TMC leader said following this when the demand was being raised by the public that a son of the soil (Bhumiputra) should be fielded from the Darjeeling constituency, the sitting BJP MP of Darjeeling stated that whosoever are raising this demand are all Nepal born. “Following this BJP President threatened to implement NRC in Bengal. The National Register of Citizens has made thousands of Gorkhas in Assam D-voters or Doubtful voters. Their names have also not featured in the NRC. He wants a rerun of Assam in Bengal. The Gorkhas will have to prove their citizenship with land documents and even their family tree. They are just trying to create unrest and displace the Gorkhas,” Khawas said. BJP candidate Raju Bista while campaigning in Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling town on Tuesday claimed that the NRC would not effect the Gorkhas in anyway. “On the contrary it will act as a security for the Gorkhas and will drive away the Bangladeshis and Rohingyas from the state,” Bista said. “How can Bista say this? He should know better and explain how it will not affect the Gorkhas. He should study the history of the land to get a clearer picture,” said GJM president Binay Tamang. Tamang said 87.2 per cent of the people residing in the Hills live in tea gardens, cinchona plantations, forest villages, DI Fund land, and municipality leased land. “They do not have land right documents so how will they produce land documents required for NRC. We are fighting for land right document for the Hills,” Tamang said. He further said PM Modi should clarify the BJP’s stand on Gorkhaland and how NRC will not affect Gorkhas during his election campaign in Siliguri on Wednesday. “We are eager to see what new dream he shows the Gorkhas this time,” Tamang said.last_img read more

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169 FIRs and DD entries filed till date

first_imgNEW DELHI: A total of 169 FIRs/DD entries have been lodged by the Delhi poll authorities under violation of model code of conduct till date. Out of which, 20 is against AAP (12 FIRs and 8 DD entry), 22 against BJP (12 FIRs and 10 DD entry), eight against Congress (3 FIRs and 5 DD entry), one FIR against BSP and one against SP (1 DD entry), two against CPI (M) (I FIR and 01 DD entry) and 114 (110 FIRs and 4 DD Entry) are against under the head of others/non-political. Similarly, till Friday, around 3.16 lakh hoardings/banners/posters have been removed in all over Delhi out of which 30,533 are removed from New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 1.34 lakh from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 1.06 lakh from North Delhi Municipal Corporation.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka bans face covering after attacks

first_imgColombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday announced a ban on face covering, a week after Islamist militants carried out coordinated suicide bombings that killed 253 people. Sirisena said he was using emergency powers to ban any form of face covering in public. The restriction will take effect from Monday, his office said in a statement. “The ban is to ensure national security… No one should obscure their faces to make identification difficult,” the statement said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework It came days after local Islamic clerics urged Muslim women not to cover their faces amid fears of a backlash after the bombings carried out by jihadists affiliated to the Islamic State group. Muslims in the majority Buddhist nation account for about 10 per cent of its 21 million population. Most Sri Lankan Muslims practise a liberal form of the religion and only a small number of women wear the niqab.last_img read more

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Cyclone Fani intensifies into severe cyclonic storm: IMD

first_imgNew Delhi: Cyclone ‘Fani’ intensified into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ on Monday evening and is headed towards the Odisha coast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.It could take a shape of an ‘extremely severe cyclone’ by Wednesday, prompting the government to put the National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Coast Guard on high alert, officials said. In its 9 pm bulletin, the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said the storm currently lays about 620 km east-northeast of the Trincomalee in Sri Lanka, 770 km east-southeast of Chennai and 900 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The Cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ (pronounced as Foni) over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 16 kilometres per hour in last six hours, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm. “It is very likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and into an extremely severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards till May 1 evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards towards the Odisha coast,” the bulletin said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the country’s top body to deal with emergency situation, Monday took stock of the situation arising out of cyclone ‘Fani’ and assured the state governments concerned of all assistance from the central government to face the storm. The NDRF and the Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and the fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea as cyclone ‘Fani’ is expected to intensify into a ‘very severe storm’ by Tuesday, the Home Ministry said. The wind speed of a cyclonic storm is 80-90 kilometres per hour with wind gusting up to 100 kmph. In case of an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’, the wind speed goes up to 170-180 kmph and could gain the speed of 195 kmph. Light to moderate rainfall at a few places is very likely over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha on Thursday. The precipitation is likely to increase intensity with ‘heavy to very heavy rainfall’ at isolated places over coastal Odisha and adjoining districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh from Thursday. Light to moderate rainfall is expected at many places. Downpour at isolated places is also very likely to start over coastal districts of West Bengal from Friday, the IMD said. The NCMC met here under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and took stock of the situation. Chief secretaries, principal secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal attended the meeting through video conference. Senior officers from the central ministries and agencies concerned also attended the meeting. The NDRF and the Indian Coast Guard are coordinating with the state governments. The home ministry has assured the state governments to release in advance the first instalment of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), as per their request, a Home Ministry statement said. During the meeting, officers of all the state governments concerned confirmed their full preparedness to deal with any emerging situation arising out of the cyclonic storm. Further, the state government highlighted that there is a seasonal ban on fishing in sea up to June 14 due to breeding season. The state governments were advised to effectively enforce this ban According to the IMD, the cyclone’s landfall over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is ruled out. However, the possibility of landfall in Odisha is under continuous watch. Regular warnings have been issued since April 25 to fishermen not to venture into the sea and asking those at sea to return to the coast. The IMD has been issuing three hourly bulletins with latest forecast to all the states concerned. The Home Ministry is also in continuous touch with the state governments and the central agencies concerned, the statement said. The NCMC meeting followed directions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is closely monitoring the situation. The NCMC will meet again Tuesday to take stock of the situation.last_img read more

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Bosnia opens library housing ancient Islamic manuscripts

first_imgBosnia opened Wednesday a new library to house its ancient Islamic manuscripts, which were saved from destruction during the 1992-1995 war by residents who hid them in eight different locations.The Gazi Husrev-beg library houses more than 100,000 items, the oldest being an Arabic-language handwritten manuscript dating to 1106.During the 1990s inter-ethnic war in Bosnia and siege of Sarajevo, the collection had been hidden, with 500 of the most valuable manuscripts and books locked up in a bank vault. To eliminate the threat that the items could one day be lost, “all manuscripts are digitised and copies are saved at three different places around the world,” said Ahmed Alibasic, who chairs the library’s management board.About 60 percent of the collection are in Arabic while 30 percent are in Turkish.“The knowledge is a gift from God and our task is to transfer it,” Bosnia’s grand mufti Husein Kavazovic said at an official opening ceremony, attended also by Qatar’s Minister for Religion and Islamic affairs Ghaith Bin Mubarak Al-Kuwari.Qatar donated some $8.8 million (6.5 million euros) towards the construction of the library, which is named after one of Sarajevo’s founders who had constructed the first library in the Bosnian capital in 1537.Bosnia was part of the Ottoman Empire from 1463 to 1878 and more than 40 percent of its 3.8 million inhabitants are Muslims.last_img read more

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Morocco Records Over 27,000 New Cases of Tuberculosis Every Year

first_imgRabat- Tuberculosis still infects thousands of Moroccans each year.El Hossein El Ouardi announced on Monday in Casablanca that Morocco registers over 27,000 new cases of tuberculosis (TB) every year.On the eve of World Tuberculosis Day, the Moroccan Ministry of Health announced its latest records of the number of people afflicted with TB in the country. According to Akhbar Al Yaoum, Minister of Health El Hossein El Ouardi announced that Morocco saw 27,000 new cases of TB in the last year.According to the same source, tuberculosis spreads in the working class neighborhoods of large cities such as Casablanca, Salé, Fez and Tangier. It affects mostly young males between 15 and 45 years old.“Casablanca recorded the largest percentage of cases at 20%, registering 5,000 of the cases reported in the kingdom overall,” El Ouardi said.El Houssein El Ouardi said that the Ministry of Health has developed a new plan to fight tuberculosis. “It will depend on providing free medicine, bringing the treatment to remote areas, signing partnerships with non-governmental organizations and the private sector, as well as controlling socioeconomic determinants to eliminate the disease,” El Ouardi said.El Ouradi explained that with this new plan adopted by the Ministry of Health, entitled “Early Detection for 95% of Cases,’’ “the treatment success rate increased by 85%, and the number of cases  has been reduced by 3% compared to last year.” “The Ministry of Health has allocated a budget of MAD 30 Million($3.5 million US), to the new plan, in addition to a grant from the  Global Fund to Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2012-2016, which is estimated at MAD 85 million ($10.5m US),” the Minister of Health concluded. Edited by Jessica Rohanlast_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Opens Press House In Tangiers

first_imgTangier – King Mohammed VI dedicated on Monday a press house in Tangiers, a socio-cultural compound for the integration of Moroccan media professionals in their Arab and Mediterranean space.First of the kind in the Arab world and in Africa, the compound is a site for journalists to meet. It offers several services of training, competence reinforcement and leisure.It is expected to contribute to integrating the Moroccan media in the Arab-Mediterranean space by promoting communication among professionals in the region and the values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. The Press house includes a Mediterranean center for media studies and research that will endeavor to reinforce ties between press organizations of the Mediterranean and enrich dialog and mutual knowledge among countries of the region.The establishment of the center in Tangiers illustrates the place of this cosmopolitan city, crucible of civilizations and ultimate site of inter-cultures dialogue, the third media pole at the national level after Casablanca and Rabat.Several public and private radio stations, a satellite TV channel and several papers are also located in Tangiers.Extending over a 5,000 m2-area, the press house also features a continuous training center, a conference room with a capacity of 300 seats, an open-air theater, an exhibition space, a VIP lounge, a sports hall, a children leisure space, a swimming pool, a restaurant and parks.The compound was built at a cost of MAD 14.3 million in partnership between the communication ministry, the Agency for the development of northern provinces, the Council of the Tangiers-Tetouan region, the urban commune of Tangier and the prefectural council of Tangiers-Assilah.last_img read more

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Israeli Newspaper: Palestinian Land Doesn’t Belong to the Jews

first_imgTaroudant, Morocco- According to the Palestinian Safa News Agency, the Hebrew language newspaper Yated Ne’eman published an article Thursday morning under the title: “This land is not registered in the Land Registry for the people of Israel,” refuting the Israeli and Jewish people’s claim to the land.The newspaper, which is affiliated with the United Torah Judaism movement, a Jewish orthodox movement, posed the following question: “The pressing question is to whom does this land belong?” The author provided an answer to his query saying, “We should not make a mistake; this land is not registered in the Land Registry in the name of the Israeli people and the Jewish people have no legal claim to this land, so this land is owned by others.” A snapshot of the articleAccording to the same source, the article generated “scathing criticism from other Jewish parties,” accusing the newspaper’s editors of “serving Hamas’s agenda through publishing such an article”.The author of the article quoted Moti Yogev, a member of the Knesset for the Jewish Home party, which is a far-right and religious zionist political party in Israel, as saying, “We must first and foremost answer the pressing question: who are the owners of this land?”Following the latest round of discussions led by John Kerry to revive the peace process between Israel and Palestine, US attempts have be unfruitful, following Israel’s refusal to release Palestinian prisoners and to stop its settlements activities in the occupied Palestinian territory.last_img read more

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DBM Maroc Launches the First Moroccan Hybrid Laptop

Casablanca- DBM Maroc has recently announced the launching of the first made-in-Morocco hybrid laptop (tablet + laptop), according to Le360.DBM group, which markets its products under the brand name Accent, has announced the release of “TransformerTB1010,” the first hybrid laptop made in the country.According to the same source, the head of IBM Maroc, Karim Almazouzi, said the brand new product is a serious competitor to other renowned international groups who produce similar products, especially American and Korean companies. Mr.  Almazouzi also explained that IBM Maroc’s share in the Moroccan market amounts to 30%, indicating that there the group intends to increase its ratio in the market of electronic panels. DBM Maroc was established in 1996, and now has more than 100 employees. The group also has two highly developed assembling units in the industrial zone of city of Muhammadia. read more

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Gad El Maleh Pays Tribute to His Country on Green March…

Rabat – Moroccan comedian Gad El Maleh has once again shown how close Morocco is to his heart no matter how many years has spent living in France and other countries.The Casablanca native, who left Morocco when he was 15 years old, painted his profile picture with the Moroccan flag to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Green March.The Moroccan Jew, who is a celebrated public figure in France, changed his profile on Saturday, the day after the Green March anniversary. As soon as his picture was posted on his Facebook page, it was shared by over 3,700 people and it garnered over 121,000 likes and several thousand comments.Most comments thanked the Moroccan French comedian for not forgetting his native country and for showing support for its territorial integrity.Although he left Morocco at an early age, El Maleh always seizes every opportunity to show how proud he is of being Moroccan. He has made a habit of mixing French and Moroccan Arabic in his one-man stand-up comedy shows.The Moroccan people celebrated on Friday the 40th anniversary of the Green March, a peaceful march of 350,000 people to support Morocco regaining its lost sovereignty over the Sahara, dubbed in the West and by media the “Western Sahara.” read more

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46% of Canadians $200 or less away from financial insolvency: poll

CALGARY — A new poll says the number of Canadians who are $200 or less away from financial insolvency at month-end has jumped to 46 per cent, up from 40 per cent in the previous quarter, as interest rates rise. A survey conducted for insolvency firm MNP Ltd. in December also found that 31 per cent of Canadians say they don’t make enough to cover their bills and debt payments, up seven per cent from the September poll.The results released today also indicated that 51 per cent of respondents say they are feeling the pinch of interest rate increases, up from 45 per cent a quarter ago.As well, 45 per cent of those surveyed say they will need to go further into debt to pay their living and family expenses.MNP’s president Grant Bazian says many Canadians have so little wiggle room that any rise in living costs or interest payments can tip them over the edge.Ipsos, which conducts the quarterly poll for MNP, surveyed 2,154 Canadians online from Dec. 7 to Dec. 12.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.The Canadian Press read more

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European Commission: Algeria Imposes Taxes on Humanitarian Aid Sent to Tindouf…

Brussels – Algeria continues to impose taxes on European humanitarian aid sent to population held in captivity in Tindouf camps, the European Commission said.“Until the beginning of 2016, purchases intended for distribution in the form of donations to the Sahrawi refugees in the Algerian territory were still subject to local tax, which varies depending on products,” European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides said in a reply to a written question by MEPs.The European Commissioner said that between 2010 and 2014, the European Commission has assessed the amount of VAT paid in Algeria on local purchases of goods destined for population held in captivity in Tindouf to one million euros, or an average of 200,000 euros per year, equivalent to 2% of the annual amount of the aid provided by the European Union. Several MEPs have questioned the European Commission about the massive embezzlement by the Polisario of European humanitarian aid sent for population held in captivity in Tindouf, and which was revealed by the European Anti-Fraud Office’s (OLAF).They noted that according to an estimate made in the last 30 years, the EU has paid between 10 and 15 million euros in taxes to Algeria.With MAP read more

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US Tourism Declines After Trump’s Travel Ban

Rabat – The unwelcoming message sent by Trump’s travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries has resulted in a rapid decline in desire to visit the United States.After heavy opposition and months spent battling courts, a revised version of US President Donald Trump’s travel ban went into effect on the evening of Thursday, June 29. Those from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan are now banned from the country for 90 days unless possessing a bona fide relationship in the States.Immediately following the controversial announcement, European travel groups cancelled plans to visit the country: Hostelling International USA recorded a loss of more than 2,000 overnight stays in the US. Group organizers stated that tourists were suddenly made aware that the US may not be as welcoming a place as it once was.Russ Hedge, chief executive of Hostelling International USA, told the Washington Post that the overwhelming number of cancellations made following the ban “was startling,” adding that the company had “never seen anything like that.” The company has more than 50 hostels worldwide and makes most of its bookings online, where international business to the US has decreased.In a statement from investment bank Robert W. Baird & Co., Vice President Michael Bellisario said, “The travel ban is only a negative at this point. It hurts travel, regardless of whether we’re talking about one of the banned countries or not.”Since Trump’s election as President of the United States in November 2016, the country’s share of international tourism dropped by over 18 percent, according to data from the check-in-tracking company Foursquare. While international tourism rates have risen by six percent, Trump’s strong “America first” rhetoric and policies seem to have made international travelers wary of paying a visit to the US.The US Supreme Court will take on the travel ban’s case in its entirety when it resumes case hearings in the fall of 2017. Until then, the nation’s tourism – and its use of the welcome mat – may be on hold. read more

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Meet the New Faces at Rabat’s National Zoo

Rabat – Rabat National Zoological Garden is updating its roster of animals this November, enriching and diversifying its African animal collection.Big ones, small ones, weird ones, and even legendary ones, the new animals at the zoo are making a buzz.“African Savannah” leopards will join the variety of mammals in the zoo. This species dwells in a wide range of habitats within the continent, from mountainous forests to grasslands and savannahs. Un couple de #panthères tachetées (#léopards) rejoint la famille de #Rabatzoo. Vous pouvez les découvrir dans la biozone “savane africaine?????? ??? ?? ?????? ?????? ????? ????????? ???????. ?????? ?????? ?????? ?????? ???????? ?????????. pic.twitter.com/F0rRyqYaFH— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) November 14, 2017“It is a species of the almost extinct cat family in North Africa that was once seen in the High Atlas Mountains and lives mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and the western Kalahari Desert in Namibia,” said the zoo in a statement.Morocco’s iconic monkey, the Barbary macaque, has been added to the zoo’s picturesque animals.Les #singes magots sont de retour @Rabatzoo au cœur de la « Montagne de l’Atlas ». Savez-vous qu’il n’en reste que 20.000 dans la nature ????? #???? ??????? ??? ????? ????????? ??????? ?? ??? “???? ??????”. ?? ?????? ??? ?? ????? ??? 20000 ?? ??? ??????? ?? ??????? pic.twitter.com/1yz8paWtIM— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) November 15, 2017The only native primate north of the Sahara, the Barbary macaque is in danger of extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).Morocco has launched a campaign to save the endangered monkey species, as the IUCN warned that they may “disappear within 10 years.”And for the grand finale, the zoo is welcoming for the first time the adorable and rare white lion.Pour la première fois au #Maroc, un animal qui ne s’observe qu’exceptionnellement dans certaines réserves d’Afrique arrive à #RabatZoo. Souhaitez la bienvenue à notre #lion blanc ???? ??? ?? ??????: #????? ?????? ???? ???????? #????? #??????. ????? ????? ??????? ?????? pic.twitter.com/h8vPCP3im6— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) November 16, 2017A recessive gene gives white lions their unusual colors. It was widely believed that the species could not survive outside of captivity up until 2009, when the first pride of white lions was reintroduced to the wild. It is for this reason that a large part of the population of white lions now reside in zoosRabat’s zoo has also seen the birth of several animals, as part of the conservation strategy for endangered species.The newborns consist of nine sheep with cuffs, eight bald ibis, seven dorcas gazelles, six barbarous deer, four catta lemurs, three servals and several other wild and exotic species.C’est le week-end! Faites vous plaisir et rendez nous visite au Jardin Zoologique de Rabat après une longue semaine de travail ou d’étude ? pic.twitter.com/YtA38ScZ33— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) October 6, 2017Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer que notre chèvre naine et notre petit Lama sont désormais baptisés #Amkran et #Tadefi ? #RabatZoo pic.twitter.com/v6KRnDAfqA— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) September 19, 2017????? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ????? ???????. ???? ?????? ??? ???????? ???? ?????? ??? ??? ?????? ???????? ??????? ?????. #RabatZoo pic.twitter.com/sryvN9LXol— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) September 25, 2017The zoo added that these new births come to enrich the zoo’s collection of African fauna, bringing its total number of animals to around 2,000, living in biozones reproducing the original ecosystems of these species.The veterinary and zootechnical teams of the zoo said that they are taking the necessary steps to ensure the acclimatization conditions of these newborns. read more

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Morocco’s Hakimi, Lekjaa, Renard Winners of 2018 CAF Awards

Rabat – CAF awarded Morocco’s head coach Herve Renard “Men’s Coach of the Year” and Moroccan football team player Achraf Hakimi “Youth Player of the Year,”CAF also awarded Fouzi Lekjaa, president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), “Federation President of the Year “The CAF Awards ceremony took place this evening in Dakar, Senegal. CAF President Ahmad Ahmad arrived in Senegal to participate in the ceremony. Read Also: Morocco’s Hakimi, Renard Among Finalists in 2018 CAF AwardsRenard was competing for the best coach award against Senegalese coach Aliou Cisse and Tunisia’s Mouine Chaabani.A masterful coach, Renard has won two Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) championships, one with Zambia in 2012 and one with Cote d’Ivoire in 2015.Renard has also achieved great performances with the Atlas Lions, especially in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The head coach and his Atlas Lions also qualified to the 2019 CAN.Atlas Lion’s star Hakimi was competing for the best young player against AC Milan midfielder Frank Kissie and Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi.Hakimi, who plays with Dortmund on loan from Real Madrid, is the fastest footballer in the German league with a speed of 35.10 kilometers per hour, according to Kicker.Last month, the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) ranked Hakimi the top fullback in the European leagues in the previous three months. He outperformed several stars with a score of 85.3.Mohamed Salah, ‘Player of the Year’CAF awarded Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who plays for Liverpool, “Player of the Year.”South Africa’s Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana, who plays for Houston Dash, won two prizes: Women’s Player of the Year” and “Goal of the Year.” Her fellow country women Desiree Ellis won “Women’s Coach of the Year” award.Mauritania received “Men’s National Team of the Year” and Nigeria won “Women’s National Team of the Year.” read more

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Moroccan-American Rapper French Montana Defends Artist R. Kelly

By zakaria OuadghiriRabat – Moroccan-American rapper French Montana told TMZ on Saturday that artists like R. Kelly have received unfair treatment in the music industry because of their personal issues. “All the greats went down like that,” Montana said. “Let somebody enjoy their legacy. Whatever happened, happened.” He later tweeted, “Let me be clear. My heart is with the victims.”The documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” broadcast recently on the US channel Lifetime, has re-ignited public debate on the allegations facing R. Kelly. The series looks back at years of accusations of statutory rape, physical violence, and kidnapping involving the American singer.Read Also: French Montana Drops ‘Famous’ Remix to Raise Money for UgandaMoroccan-American rapper Kevin Gates and his wife Dreka parodied the documentary. A video shows the couple inside a car joking about artists who have been sexually assaulting underage girls “for years.”Kanye West made similar comments. “If we’re gonna tear down artists, let’s go ahead and take da Vinci out the Louvre. Let’s take down all the art.” DJ Paul of Southern hip hop group Three 6 Mafia sided with Montana and West. “You know he got talent, his personal life shouldn’t have nothing to do with that.”Celine Dion is reportedly pulling her 1998 duet “I’m Your Angel” with Kelly from all streaming services. Lady Gaga also removed her collaboration with Kelly “Do What U Want (With My Body)” from streaming platforms, sharing a statement that she supports Kelly’s alleged victims.Kelly is currently under investigation in both Georgia and Illinois regarding his alleged sex crimes. read more

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Turki Al Sheikh’s Egyptian Club Divides Moroccan Map, Angers Moroccans

Rabat – A map of Morocco without Western Sahara may come as no surprise to Moroccans because the football club that posted it is owned by Turki Al Sheikh, the former chairman of the General Sports Authority in Saudi Arabia, who has seemingly held an anti-Moroccan sentiment for a quite some time.The Egyptian football club, the Pyramids FC, disrespected Morocco’s sovereignty over its southern provinces. The club posted a map yesterday to announce the time of a game between two Egyptian football teams, Zamalek and Pyramids FC.The map shows the time of the football game in each time zone. The map shows Western Sahara divided from Morocco. Up to publishing time, the football club has not deleted the provocative map from Facebook and Twitter. Several Moroccans commented on the post, condemning the division of the Moroccan map into two parts.Read Also: Arab Football Union Divides Moroccan Map, Excludes Western Sahara“Why are you dividing the Moroccan map while it is historically complete from Tangier to El Guira,” one wrote.Another commenter said that the relationship with “our Egyptian brothers is a relation of brotherhood and love since thousands of years. This [penguin] will not be able to sow enmity and hatred between us,” referring to Al Sheikh.It is not the first time that Al Sheikh, known for his unfriendly comments towards Morocco, has received backlash for dividing the Moroccan map.Read Also: Western Sahara: Everything You Should Know About Morocco’s Autonomy PlanIn December 2018, the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA), chaired by Al Sheikh, divided the Moroccan map into three parts, excluding Western Sahara from Morocco.Al Sheikh’s unfriendly position toward Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup made the move appear intentional.The official launched a campaign against Morocco during the 2026 World Cup bid last summer.He also politicized the bid by commenting on the Moroccan neutrality in the Gulf crisis between the Saudi coalition and Qatar.Read Also: Facts about Western Sahara Conflict that You Should KnowThe Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) informed Morocco World News in December that it had contacted the Secretariat General of the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) about the mistake of the map.The UAFA then deleted the map immediately. FRMF is expected to report on the Pyramids’ map again. read more

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Boeing dealing with second software problem on troubled jet

Boeing has found another software issue that needs fixing on its 737 Max jets, and the discovery explains why the aircraft maker is delaying its schedule for getting the planes back in the air.A Boeing spokesman on Friday called it a “relatively minor issue” and said the plane maker already has a fix in the works.The spokesman, Charles Bickers, said the latest issue is not part of flight-control software that Boeing has been working to upgrade for months.That software, known by its acronym MCAS, is suspected in two recent deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that led regulators to ground the plane worldwide last month.The Associated Press read more

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The Latest: Trump to raise money for GOP in 2 Texas cities

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s trip to Texas on Wednesday (all times local):10:40 a.m.President Donald Trump is heading to Texas to raise re-election money in two areas that backed his Democratic opponent in 2016.Trump is to stroke donors at separate events Wednesday in San Antonio and Houston.Republican Party Chair Ronna McDaniel said the pair of fundraisers would bring in at least $6 million to be shared by Trump’s re-election effort and the Republican National Committee.In between fundraisers, Trump planned to sign a pair of energy-related executive orders.__12:37 a.m.President Donald Trump will announce an executive order during a trip to Texas on Wednesday that could make it harder for states to scuttle pipelines and other energy projects based on concerns about their impact on water quality.Trump has made it a priority to expand energy development, in part by rolling back government regulations.Pointing to Washington state and New York, Republican lawmakers have complained about states using the permitting process to stop energy projects.Trump will order the Environmental Protection Agency to issue new guidance that states will have to follow to comply with the Clean Water Act.A second executive order will streamline the process for infrastructure projects that cross international borders. The move follows Trump’s decision to issue a new permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.The Associated Press read more

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FM: Morocco Supports the Democratic Aspirations of Venezuelan People

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita has reiterated Morocco’s support for all actions in favor of the Venezuelan people’s legitimate aspirations to democracy. Bourita announced Morocco’s support after his talks with Colombian counterpart Carlos Holmes Trujillo in Rabat on Friday, June 21. During the meeting with Trujillo, the Moroccan minister discussed the worsening situation in Venezuela.Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro named himself president for a second term in January of this year, following a widely boycotted election. International commentators and activists within Venezuela continue to call for a fair and democratic election, with most supporting the leader of the opposition, Juan Gaido. Bourita said that Morocco continues to closely monitor developments in Venezuela.“It [Morocco] maintains regular contact with those who carry the legitimate aspirations of the Venezuelan people to democracy and change,” Bourita said.Bourita also announced that he received Jose Ignacio Guedez, Guaido’s special envoy on Friday, June 21.During the meeting, Bourita announced Morocco’s readiness to “listen to the latest developments in the political and humanitarian situation in Venezuela and to work in a regional setting.”Read also: Colombia Renews Support for Morocco’s Western Sahara StanceBourita also recalled that he had a telephone interview with Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido. The phone interview is the second of its kind. The first took place on January 29.During the conversation, Bourita informed Guaido of Morocco’s support for the legitimate aspirations of the Venezuelan people.Earlier this year, Guaido reiterated his determination to renew relations between Morocco and Venezuela on a “healthy and serene basis” and to remove the obstacles that hindered their development, including Maduro’s presidency and its position on the Western Sahara conflict.Guaido’s supporters in the interim government also informed Morocco of its determination to reconsider their recognition of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi republic SADR.The foreign affairs advisor at the Venezuelan National Assembly, Manuel Avendano, said that recognizing the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) was more in line with “left ideologies, like those of Nicolas Maduro’s regime” rather than “a real quest for a peaceful and political solution to the dispute over the Sahara.” read more

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