Casablanca – The Casablanca stock exchange will hold, next Thursday, a workshop on sharia -compliant financial marketing.The event will be held in partnership with the Moroccan association for participatory finance (AMFP) with the participation of experts from the fields of finance and marketing as well as Islamic scholars from Dar El Hadith El Hassania.The workshop will end with the signing of an agreement between the AMFP and the professional association for the stockbroking firms (APSB).
Rabat – The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) has requested the African Football Confederation (CAF) to postpone its match with Morocco, scheduled to take place in June. The scheduled match, which is part of the first round of 2019’s African Nations Cup qualifiers, coincides with the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.Cameroon, Africa’s third top team according to FIFA’s ranking, will be representing Africa in the cup, following its victory against Egypt (2 -1) in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), held in Gabon in February. Cameron’s request for a postponement will help them prepare for their upcoming tournament in Group B with Chile, Australia and Germany.The Cameron Football Federation is currently facing obstacles within its football’s department. Team coach, Hugo Broos, threatened to quit the team following management and funding problems in the national team’s set-up, blaming the officials who “sit in their chairs doing nothing” while the players work in “poor conditions.”The national Moroccan football team might play a friendly match against another team in order to prepare for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Morocco is set to play against Mali on August 28.Morocco had already started its preparation for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers by playing friendly matches. Last week, Morocco beat Burkina Faso (2-0) and Tunisia (1-0).
Rabat – Nineteen people were killed and 1,588 were injured, including 72 seriously, in 1,230 traffic accidents that occurred in urban areas on April 10-16, national police said.These accidents were mainly ascribed to non-control of vehicles, non-respect of priority, excessive speeding, pedestrian and driver errors and driving under the influence of alcohol, the source pointed out in a statement.Over 39,859 traffic tickets were issued by the police during the same week. The sum of fines paid by road traffic violators stood at around 5.6 million dirhams, the same source said.
Rabat – The pulse of Morocco’s leadership in Africa has quickened, instilling the Kingdom’s presence throughout the continent. The latest recognition of the country came from Niger, whose minister of foreign affairs said that Morocco provides “multifaceted support” for his country.Fifty years ago, Morocco established diplomatic relations with Niger. Today, the fruits of corporation continue to thrive and prosper.At the 4th Morocco-Niger Joint Committee, held on Dec. 25-26 in Rabat and co-chaired by foreign minister Nasser Bourita and his Nigerien counterpart Ibrahim Yacoubou, the latter affirmed that Morocco represents a “very serious and important partner for Niger.” “Morocco’s support for Niger is growing bigger and more diversified in the sectors of trade, transportation, investment, justice and training,” he said.The session was concluded by the sealing of 16 agreements in the economic, tourism and cultural spheres, as well as in health, training, justice and transport.Among the agreements are an accord between the Moroccan Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion (CDG) and the Nigerien National Social Security Fund (CNSS), as well as a cooperation agreement between Morocco’s employers’ association (CGEM) and Niger’s chamber of commerce and industry (CCIN).A cooperation agreement between the Casablanca-Settat chamber of commerce, industry and services and the CCIN and a partnership declaration between Barid al Maghrib and Niger Post were also signed.An agreement on air services was established as well as another on the 2018-2025 program of tourism cooperation agreement.Three agreements in the judicial field, namely a draft agreement on judicial cooperation in civil, commercial and administrative matters, a protocol of cooperation between the two countries’ ministries of justice and a plan of action on justice were inked.Two memorandums of understanding were signed. One in the health sector and another in pharmacy and health products.The two officials also vowed to implement a framework cooperation agreement on training and internship and a draft program for the implementation of the cultural agreement, signed in 1967.Yacoubou said that the 4th session and the signing of the 16 agreements constitute “one of the most important phases in strengthening bilateral cooperation.” He invited Bourita to visit Niger to forge ahead with this bilateral cooperation.Further and BeyondMorocco’s return to the African Union is “an additional asset given to the political, historical and economic weight of Kingdom,” the Nigerien official said, whose country never recognized Polisario, and was among the first countries to support Morocco’s return to the AU and its request to join ECOWAS.“Our organization is strengthened and Africa is strengthened by the leadership of Morocco in many issues,” said Yacoubou.
Rabat – Herve Renard, Morocco’s national football team coach, has managed to convince Moroccan-Algerian midfielder Zinedine Machach to join the Moroccan national football team.Born to a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother, Machach plays for the Italian team Napoli, current leader of Italy’s serie A.The news was confirmed by Moroccan sports TV Channel Arryadia. Via Twitter, Arryadia posted, “Convinced by Herve Renard, Zinedine Machach will wear the Moroccan colors. Born to a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother, Machach has been playing for Napoli since January 2018 for a four and a half year contract.”Machach and several other Moroccan footballers playing internationally are expected to make Renard’s Morocco squad for the World Cup in Russia.Born in France, the 22-year old footballer began his youth career with AS Cannes and Olympique Marseille before signing with Toulouse in 2014.
Rabat – Rain and cold weather are making their comeback today in most of Morocco, says the National Meteorological Directorate.Clouds and stormy showers will sweep over Souss, Chiadma, Abda, Doukkala, southern High Atlas as well as the northern and southern provinces.In the afternoon, clouds will become dense with rain and thunderstorms on the north, the reliefs of the Atlas, the western plains, the east, the Mediterranean and the south-east slopes and will be moderate to strong on the north of the High Atlas and the Rif at night. Snowfall on the reliefs of the High and Middle Atlas will reach more than 1,600 m.Strong winds are forecasted on the northern and central plains, the east, the Saiss, the reliefs of the High and Middle Atlas and the southeast.Minimum temperatures will range from -04 to 02 ° C on the reliefs of the Atlas, from 02 to 07 ° C on the Oriental, the Rif, the Saiss, the plateaus of phosphates and Oulmes and the southeast, from 07 to 12 ° C on the interior plains, the Mediterranean, Loukos, Gharb, Chaouia, the plains of Tadla, Rhamna and the northeastern provinces of the South and 12 to 16 ° C elsewhere.Maximum temperatures will be around 08 and 13 ° C on the reliefs of the Atlas and the plateaus of phosphates and Oulmes, 13 and 20 ° C on the north, the center, the interior plains, the Oriental, the Saiss, the southeastern slopes and the north of the southern provinces and between 20 and 25 ° C over the rest of the southern provinces.Mediterranean waters will be calm, while the coast of the Atlantic will be agitated.
A Jan. 27 Canadian Press story, based on information from Restaurants Canada, stated that delivery and take-out accounted for eight per cent of sales for quick service restaurants and six per cent of full-service restaurants sales in Canada for the first quarter of 2018. In fact, those numbers are for delivery only.The Canadian Press
Rabat – Like every year, Google honored Morocco’s Independence Day with a new doodle featuring Morocco’s red and green flag waving.Besides the Moroccan flag, the doodle and Google signs have been rendered in light and dark brown color, which symbolize the color of earth and stability.Read Also: Independence Day: Importance of November 18 in Morocco’s HistoryMorocco celebrates its independence on November 18 which marks the end of the French and Spanish colonial rule. In 2017, Google celebrated Morocco’s independence day with a doodle featuring the outstanding architecture of Ksar Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate. The letters of the word Google were also featured with red and green to symbolize the colors of the Moroccan flag.
Rabat – A founding member of the Polisario Front has slammed Algiers’s official position as “observer state” in the Western Sahara dispute.Bachir Dhkil, a founding member of the Polisario Front who fled Tindouf in 1990 over ideological divergences with the separatist group, said in an interview that “Algeria should come to the negotiation table and help find a solution to the conflict it created in the first place.”Dhkil’s remarks come after the latest UN Security Council briefing on the conflict between Morocco and the insurgent group he helped to found in 1973. Dhkil welcomed the UN Security Council’s determination to open negotiations to find a peaceful settlement to the conflict. He said, however, that negotiations should ensure that “Algiers be a full participant and shoulder more responsibility.” Calling Kohler’s briefing an extraordinary development, he said: “The Security Council is getting to understand Algeria’s role in the conflict, which will bring them closer to securing a political settlement.”“Algiers is responsible for the genesis and the escalation of the Western Sahara question…. Algeria not only trains and finances the Polisario Front, but it also gets in the way whenever there are peace talks and prospects of a peaceful settlement.” Dhkil highlighted that there have been in the last 40 years “demographic and geographic changes that show that the Polisario Front is not the sole representative of the people in Western Sahara.”“The most viable and beneficial solution is Sahrawi autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty,” he said.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is staying out of a lawsuit involving the television show “Empire.”The high court said Tuesday it won’t take a case involving the Fox show, which follows a black family navigating the ups and downs of the record industry. That means a decision in favour of “Empire” co-creators Danny Strong and Lee Daniels stands.Actor Clayton Prince Tanksley sued in 2016, claiming that “Empire” was substantially similar to a television show he had pitched at a competition in 2008. The lawsuit said Daniels was a judge at the competition and expressed an interest in the show Tanksley called “Cream,” which involved a black record executive. A trial court dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that the shows weren’t substantially similar. An appeals court agreed.“Empire” debuted in 2015.The Associated Press
Companies in this story: (TSX:STLC)The Canadian Press HAMILTON — Stelco Holdings Inc. says it saw a significant earnings boost in the fourth quarter as both shipments and steel prices rose while it reduced tariff costs. The company says it had a net income of $110 million, or $1.23 per share for the quarter ending Dec. 31, up from $15 million or 21 cents per share for the same quarter a year earlier.Adjusted net income came in at $100 million or $1.13 per share, which was up from $52 million a year earlier but below analyst expectations of $142 million or $1.36 according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company says it has been using a flexible model that allowed it to reduce costs from the U.S. metal tariffs by 41 per cent from the third quarter to $23 million.Stelco says it continues with efforts to reduce tariff exposure into 2019, and supports the Canadian government’s efforts to eliminate the tariffs as well as measures to safeguard increases of foreign imports into the Canadian market.It says it has issued a special dividend of $100 million or $1.13 on top of its regular quarterly dividend on the strength of its results.
RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit that claims President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by accepting profits from foreign and domestic officials through his hotel in Washington.The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia say government spending at the Trump International Hotel violates the Constitution’s emoluments clause. The clause bans federal officials from accepting benefits from foreign or state governments without congressional approval.Trump’s lawyers argue that the emoluments clause only bars payments made in connection with services the president provides in his official capacity. They are challenging a Maryland federal judge’s decision to let the lawsuit go forward.A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear the case Tuesday.The Associated Press
LONDON — Britain’s justice secretary has signalled the government might take a more conciliatory approach to Brexit as Parliament prepares for another round of votes on alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal deal with the European Union.The House of Commons is set to debate options on Monday in hopes of finding an approach that can command a majority. Lawmakers rejected her Brexit deal with the European Union for a third time last week, though the agreement failed by fewer votes – 58.David Gauke told the BBC on Sunday the government “would need to consider very carefully the will of Parliament” though he didn’t pledge to support any plan lawmakers might back.Amid reports May is planning a fourth vote on her withdrawal, Gauke said May is “reflecting on her options.”The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS — The Latest on recent opinion by the U.S. Justice Department that could put $220 million in lottery revenues at risk (all times local):3:30 p.m.The U.S. Justice Department says in a federal court brief that the New Hampshire Lottery Commission has failed to demonstrate that it wouldn’t be immune from 1960s law enacted to crack down on the mob.On Thursday, the Justice Department filed the brief in Concord, New Hampshire, in response to a judge’s order for it to clarify its interpretation of the Wire Act. States fear losing at least $220 million annually in lottery profits if the Wire Act is determined to apply to all forms of gambling that crosses state lines.The department also affirmed any early promise to not prosecute state lotteries or their vendors while it continues to review whether the Wire Act applies to lotteries.In 2011, New York and Illinois asked the Obama administration whether selling lottery tickets online violated the law. The department concluded that online gambling within states that does not involve sporting events would not break the law.The department did an about-face in November, saying the law applies to any form of gambling that crosses state lines.That prompted the lottery commission in February to file a federal lawsuit demanding that a judge rule that the law does not apply to lotteries.__10 a.m.A recent opinion by the U.S. Justice Department has put a handful of states in danger of losing at least $220 million annually in lottery profits.The states are anxiously waiting on a clarification from the Justice Department about its opinion that could outlaw lottery tickets sold online if strictly interpreted.The uncertainty was created by an opinion on a 1960s law enacted to crack down on the mob.Decades later and with the internet ruling everyone’s lives, New York and Illinois asked the Obama administration whether selling lottery tickets online violated the law. The department in 2011 concluded that online gambling within states that does not involve sporting events would not break the law.The department did an about-face in November, saying the law applies to any form of gambling that crosses state lines.The Associated Press
At a press conference in New York today, Mr. Ban said he was encouraged by the expectations surrounding the high-level meeting on climate change which he will convene on 24 September at UN Headquarters, adding that he intends to use that opportunity to generate necessary political will “to give strong political impact and guidelines to the forthcoming Bali meeting.” Stating that US participation in the upcoming meetings is “crucial,” Mr. Ban said he was encouraged by the initiative taken by President Bush on the subject of global warming, particularly at the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Germany last month. In addition to climate change, the two leaders are also expected to discuss UN reform, the continuing crisis in the Sudanese region of Darfur, as well as UN-US relations and other pressing geopolitical concerns. While in Washington, Mr. Ban is also scheduled to meet with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. Upon his arrival in Washington this evening, he will attend a private dinner with political leaders and experts on climate change.Mr. Ban will continue his discussions on climate change, which he described as an issue “close to my heart” when he makes an official visit on 26 and 27 July to San Francisco – the birthplace of the UN. Together with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mr. Ban will tour local businesses in the Bay Area that are using ‘green’ technologies. “I look forward to seeing first-hand how California leads the world on this issue of supreme importance,” he stated.Mr. Ban said San Francisco has held special memories for him since he was a young foreign exchange student there in 1962. When he returns next week, he plans to meet a woman he knew as Mrs. Patterson when she opened her home to the young Korean student. The two have stayed in touch and Mr. Ban is looking forward to the visit. “I cannot wait to see her,” he said. 16 July 2007On the eve of his meeting in Washington, D.C. with United States President George W. Bush, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the two will discuss climate change ahead of a special session on the issue planned for September in New York and a global conference to be held two months later in Bali.
31 January 2008The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed a draft law in Ireland that would speed up the asylum process for people seeking protection in the country. The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed a draft law in Ireland that would speed up the asylum process for people seeking protection in the country.The new Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill offered “a unique opportunity to strengthen Ireland’s existing asylum system by introducing a single asylum procedure,” said Manuel Jordão, Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ireland.The draft legislation, which must be tabled in parliament, would bring Irish law in line with the European Union’s asylum directives while simplifying the asylum process. The current multi-stage system, criticized by Ireland’s Department of Justice as far too lengthy, would enable decision-makers to examine grounds for protection with wider scope to make a ruling at the initial and appeals stages of the asylum process.Mr. Jordão said the bill would enhance the quality of asylum decisions, greatly reduce the risk of gaps occurring in the assessment of asylum claims, speed up decision-making and reduce the time asylum seekers live in accommodation centres.
A statement released yesterday by the “Friends of Lebanon” called for the immediate election of a president without prior conditions and the establishment of a national unity government. Lebanon is still without a president after 18 failed attempts to hold elections since November last year. In recent days, the capital, Beirut, has seen deadly violence on the streets between pro- and anti-Government militias. The Friends’ statement added that, “We remain deeply concerned by the situation in Lebanon,” and called for the immediate cessation of violence, the withdrawal of gunmen from the streets, the unblocking of roads and the reopening of Beirut International Airport. The group of ministers and representatives also talked yesterday by phone with a Lebanese Government minister. 13 May 2008A group that includes foreign ministers and representatives from the European Union and the Arab League, as well as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has welcomed an Arab League initiative to send a delegation to Lebanon to promote dialogue in the fractured country.
19 August 2008Around 2000 civil society groups are slated to attend the upcoming annual United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) conference on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which will focus this year on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a senior UN official said today. Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information, told a press briefing that the DPI-NGO conference will be held in Paris from 3 to 5 September, the first time the event is being staged outside New York since it was inaugurated 61 years ago.Mr. Akasaka added that he hoped the new venue would provide an opportunity to reach out to a new constituency of NGOs, particularly those in developing countries.The theme of this year’s conference will be “Reaffirming Human Rights for all – the Universal Declaration at 60”. Mr. Akasaka described its focus on human rights as “timely and relevant.” Key participants are expected to include former French health minister and human rights activist Simone Veil, and Ingrid Betancourt, who was recently released from six years in captivity in Colombia, and who will address the conference by video link from UN headquarters. The conference will take a different format from previous years, with expert panels and human rights defenders taking part in round-table discussions. The chair of the conference, Shamina de Gonzaga, told the briefing that while there was no pretence that the Universal Declaration has been fully implemented, conference participants were trying to recognize the work of NGOs, the UN and Member States in making it a reality. To prepare for the conference, DPI has launched a website in English and French, designed to provide useful information to NGOs which are participating in the conference.
21 January 2009Water supplies for over a billion people around the world are under threat from increasing populations, expanding cities, industrialization, climate change and even the rising demand for food, warned the United Nations, as delegates from more than 60 countries kicked off a meeting today in preparation for the upcoming World Water Forum. The three-day meeting in Rome continues negotiations on a global plan of action for adapting to the challenges that affect how countries manage freshwater resources, in preparation for the World Water Forum, slated for March in Istanbul.Industrial development requires more water, and as the demand for energy increases, more water will be diverted to generate hydro-electricity, noted the World Water Council, the organization that stages the triennial Forum, in a press release. The pollution of lakes, rivers and underground reservoirs reduces the amount of clean water available and along with climate change adds further pressure to the mounting strain on the stability of water supplies.In addition, “agriculture accounts for around 90 per cent of the consumption of the freshwater and is by far the biggest water user,” said Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General for Natural Resources Management and Environment of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). “Generally, it takes between 2,000 to 5,000 litres of water to grow enough food for one person per day,” he added.As the world population is set to grow from around 6.5 billion to over 9 billion by 2050, demand for food production will increase along with the competition for scarce water resources from industry and private households.“Feeding the world in a sustainable way, also responding to growing climate change threats, requires new concepts and a strong political will to solve the world’s growing water problems,” stressed Mr. Müller.Because agriculture consumes such a large proportion of freshwater, maintaining harvests with just a one per cent decline in water consumed would create a 10 per cent increase in water availability for other sectors.“We have to radically rethink our ideas about the relationship between food, water and the environment if we are to deal with water scarcity and achieve the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] targets,” said Pasquale Steduto, Chief of FAO’s Water Development and Management Unit.“The World Water Forum, by bringing together government officials from different sectors, civil society, private sector, consumer organizations and universities, presents a tremendous opportunity to ensure that the international agenda on water management reflects this new way of thinking,” he added.Global drought, which in part is responsible for the recent food price crisis, are predicted to become more frequent in many important food producing areas already coping with water scarcity, including the Colorado River in the United States, the Indus River in southern Asia, the Yellow River in China, the Jordan River in the Middle East, the Nile Delta in Africa and the Murray Darling River in Australia, all of which are “closed” with no possibility of using more water.“The recent food crisis has caused world leaders [to] refocus their attention on the global food system and the issue of hunger. At this meeting we hope to impress upon world leaders that sustainable water management is inextricably connected to food security,” said Mr. Steduto.“By fully integrating agriculture into the global policy debate on water, we can address a wide range of development issues, including food security, poverty reduction, environmental sustainability, clean energy and rural and urban sanitation,” he noted.Senior officials attending the meeting in Rome are expected to conclude negotiations on a global action plan, to be finalized and approved by the Ministerial Conference at the World Water Forum in Istanbul.
“It is accountability above all that is called for in the aftermath of the regrettable violence that has caused so much misery for so many,” Justice Richard Goldstone said as he presented the mission’s report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, which mandated the probe.Following its three-month investigation, the mission concluded that serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law were committed by Israel in the context of its military operations in Gaza from December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009, and that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity. The four-member team, whose 575-page report was released earlier this month, also found that Palestinian armed groups had committed war crimes, as well as possibly crimes against humanity. Justice Goldstone urged the 47-member Council to implement a number of measures, including referral of the mission’s report to the Security Council, since neither the Government of Israel nor the responsible Palestinian authorities have so far carried out any credible investigations into alleged violations. “The lack of accountability for war crimes and possible crimes against humanity has reached a crisis point; the ongoing lack of justice is undermining any hope for a successful peace process and reinforcing an environment that fosters violence,” he stated. The report recommends that the Security Council require Israel and the authorities in Gaza to report to it, within six months, on investigations and prosecutions it should carry out with regard to the violations identified by the mission. It also recommends that the Security Council set up a body of independent experts to report to it on the progress of the Israeli and Palestinian investigations and prosecutions. If the experts’ reports do not indicate within six months that independent proceedings are taking place, the mission says the Security Council should refer the situation in Gaza to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) – the independent, permanent court that investigates and prosecutes people accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.“Now is the time for action,” said Justice Goldstone, a former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. “A culture of impunity in the region has existed for too long.” The other members of the team are Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science at the University of London; Hina Jilani, Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and former Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights Defenders; and retired Colonel Desmond Travers, member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI).Also briefing today was High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who presented her first periodic report, as requested by the Council, on key concerns and observations regarding the occupied Palestinian territory, including during the period of the Gaza conflict.She said her report notes significant prima facie evidence of gross violations of international human rights law and serious breaches of international humanitarian law by both Israel and Hamas during the military operations. It recommends that all allegations of breaches – whether through attacks on civilians and civilian objects in Gaza or indiscriminate rocket attacks into Israel – be thoroughly investigated by credible, independent and transparent accountability mechanisms. The High Commissioner added that conditions on the ground in Gaza continue to deteriorate. “With very few exceptions, Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants are trapped. They cannot exit the 45-kilometre long strip.” Specifically, she referred to “the almost unbearable curtailment of Gazans’ right to work, their right to access to water, food, adequate housing and education, and their entitlement to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. These conditions impair the life and dignity of the people of Gaza.” 29 September 2009The head of the United Nations fact finding mission into the Gaza conflict today urged an end to impunity for human rights violations committed there earlier this year, given evidence that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants are guilty of serious war crimes and breaches of humanitarian law, which may amount to crimes against humanity.