Indian cricketers in IPL should be allowed to vote wherever they are

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin Monday said Indian cricketers criss-crossing the country to play the ongoing IPL should be allowed to cast their votes in the upcoming general elections at cities where they might be when polling is held in their respective constituencies. Ashwin’s request came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi tagged several sports personalities including him, Shikhar Dhawan, Dipa Karmakar, Hima Das and Sakshi Malik on twitter, urging them to create awareness for higher voting. “I would also like to request you @narendramodi sir to enable every cricketer playing in the IPL to be allowed to cast their votes from which ever place they find themselves at,” Ashwin wrote in response to the’s tweet. Ashwin might have directed his request to the Prime Minister but the country’s election process is administered by the Election Commission of India (ECI), an autonomous constitutional authority. Political leaders are not involved in the conduct of the polls. The general elections will be held from April 11 to May 19 in seven phases, the dates clashing with the IPL which started on March 23. Ashwin hails from Chennai but is playing for Kings XI Punjab in the Twenty20 League. Similarly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is from Ranchi in Jharkhand but is leading the Chennai Super Kings. The Indian cricketers participating in the league would be living out of their suitcases during the event, the knockout schedule for which is not yet out. They may not be in their home towns to exercise their franchise due to their professional commitments. “Always thought voting is the fulcrum of our democracy and I definitely would like to urge the entire country, each and everyone of you from every nook and corner of our country to vote and choose their rightful leader,” read his first tweet.last_img read more

PSG win 6th French title in seven years

first_imgParis: Paris Saint-Germain won the French Ligue 1 title for a sixth time in seven seasons on Sunday after second-placed Lille could only draw 0-0 at Toulouse. Qatar-backed PSG are now 16 points ahead of Lille who have five games to play after a season which saw them only lose on three occasions in another dominant league campaign. Christophe Galtier’s Lille, three-time French champions themselves, stumbled to a stalemate at lowly Toulouse but had Thiago Mendes’ second-half effort chalked off by VAR for handball. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I have regrets over the ruled out goal because I don’t think it was intentional,” Galtier said. “PSG deserve the title and it’s not a surprise to anyone. The suspense didn’t last.” PSG now have eight French championships since their maiden victory in 1986 although they squandered three earlier chances to secure this season’s title by failing to beat Strasbourg and being beat by second-placed Lille and Nantes in the space of 10 days. However, in a disappointing European run, Thomas Tuchel’s men failed to reach the later stages of the Champions League losing to Manchester United in the last 16. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterTuchel, in his first year as boss, has complained about not having enough players as the world’s most expensive footballer Neymar, fellow striker Edinson Cavani, winger Angel di Maria and defender Marquinhos have missed large parts of the season through injury. The German has had to call on youngsters Colin Dagba, Moussa Diaby and Christopher Nkunku to fill gaps but World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe has proved his 180 million-euro ($202 million) price tag with 27 goals in 26 league appearances. The Parisians host Monaco, the only other outfit to lift the trophy since 2013, later on Sunday with Neymar set to return from a foot problem which has kept him sidelined since January.last_img read more

Gurugram to seal 560 illegal borewells

first_imgGurugram: In a crackdown on illegal borewells, the Gurugram district has planned to seal 560 illegal borewells in various localities. In doing so, FIRs will also be registered against the owners of plots, where illegal borewells and pits were detected. A senior official of the District administration said a raiding team of 22 officials will be set up for a drive.”Presently, a 22-member team is conducting the drive to check and dismantle illegal tubewells in the district and it will submit their reports every fortnight,” said a senior official. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe action by the district administration is in compliance with the orders of Punjab and Haryana High Court, the builders and colonisers, who have obtained a licence from the Town and Country Department, Haryana has been directed to make arrangement of recycled treated sewage water for construction purposes. “HUDA department will keep a record of treated water taken by each builder from its Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and whether it was sufficient to meet its needs. HUDA and MCG will provide primary and secondary treated sewage water and the builder will have to finally treat it (Tertiary treatment) at the construction site before using it for construction purposes,” said a senior official from Gurugram district administration. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarExpressing concern over the depleting groundwater reserves the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in an order dated April 9, directed the district authorities to file a fresh status report on the matter within four weeks. The court gave the directive with reference to a 2008 public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Sunil Singh against the Ministry of Environment and Forests and others on illegal extraction of groundwater through bore-wells. According to data obtained from the agricultural department’s groundwater cell, from 2014 to 2018, the groundwater table fell by 2.5 metres in Gurugram district and by 3 metres in Gurugram city. The department of agriculture also found that in 2018, the district overdrew on its groundwater reserves by 226 per cent. Gurugram city alone overdrew its supply by 308 per cent. In 2013, the Central Groundwater Board (CGWB) had categorised the district as “over-exploited”.last_img read more

Real Madrid Terminates Carlo Ancelottis Contract

Rabat- Florentino Perez, the President of Real Madrid, informed Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti that the club has decided to terminate his contract.According to Spanish media, Flotentino Perez held a meeting with the Italian coach this afternoon and informed him that he will no longer be Real Madrid’s coach.The decision was made public during a press conference held by Florentino at 8 pm local time. “I want to tell you that we have decided to relieve Carlo Ancelotti of his duties as Real Madrid coach. It’s been a very difficult decision for the board but as I always say, we haven’t come here to take the easy decisions but the best decisions for the institution,” he told the press.“Carlo Ancelotti in these two years, has won the affection of the board and my personal affection and that of the fans. Carlo is part of our history. But as we all know, in Madrid the demands are great. We think it’s time for a new impulse which can allow us to win new titles and achieve our maximal level of competitiveness,” he added.The decision comes after a poor second half of the season that caused the Spanish club to end the season without winning any title.Despite his failure this season, Ancelotti leaves an impressive legacy with the Los Blancos. In his first season in 2014, Ancelotti led Real Madrid to win its 10th Champions’ League Title and the first title in 12 years, in addition to the Copa del Rey, the European Super Cup and Club World Cup. read more

Turkish Anchor Insults Moroccans After Wedding of Al Bani Turkish

Rabat – A Turkish anchor has lashed out at Morocco and insulted Moroccans following the wedding of famous Turkish actor, Murat Yildirim, and former Miss Morocco, Imane Al Bani.In an excerpt from a Turkish television show, “Söylemezsem Olmaz,” the anchor appears angry at Yildirim for not valuing his Turkish culture during the wedding celebration and urged the bride to “wear a [Turkish] silk outfit.”The anchor continued, lambasting Morocco and politicizing the issue, saying “Why you are showing me Moroccan culture from the morning to the evening? A country [Morocco] that was not even accepted by the African Union, Africa does not want to accept it. A country we don’t  know how it entered [the territory] of the Western Sahara.” “I receive many insults from Moroccans – I don’t even know their language,” she continued, “I simply need to see a Turkish wedding in my own country.”The anchor kept lashing out at Moroccans and criticizing the wedding. “I don’t like the wedding at all,” she said.“[Oh Moroccans] go away from my account, do not insult me in Arabic,” she added.While the show was being broadcast, some Moroccans commented, denouncing the racism of the anchor. “Comments are saying that this racist behavior,” one of the colleagues of the anchor said. “No, it is not related to racism,” the anchor answered.The wedding of the couple has caused an uproar in Turkey. Last week, on the same show, the wedding was judged for being “too Moroccan.” Yildrim was, therefore, criticized for somewhat for representing his Turkish traditions in the wedding.During the wedding, which took place in December at the CVK hotel in Istanbul, the married couple wore traditional Moroccan wedding outfits, including the Moroccan caftan and the ‘Jabador.’Various clips of the wedding, which took social media platforms by storm, showed the guests dancing to the rhythms of Morocco’s “Deqqa Merrakchiya,” a popular Moroccan folk music from Marrakech. read more

Moroccos Imports of Russian Wheat Increase by 300

Casablanca – Morocco’s imports of wheat from Russia has increased by 300 percent over the last season, indicating a new level of economic cooperation between Morocco and Russia. Morocco’s importation of wheat quadrupled during the previous season. This increase was due primarily to the poor agricultural year 2015-2016 which resulted from draught.According to Ukrainian agricultural consultant, UkrAgroConsult, Russia shipped nearly 650,000 tons of wheat between July 2016 and January 2017. This represents four times Russia’s average shipment to the kingdom. In its analytical report, the firm explained that this significant increase in the import of wheat followed Morocco’s poor harvest in the previous season.The increase in commercial transactions can also be explained by the increased collaboration between the two countries. Previously, Morocco had been importing its wheat from European and American Markets, which were capable of meeting Morocco’s local demand of wheat.After Morocco’s Monarch, King Mohammed VI, visited Russia last March, a number of cooperative agreements between the two countries were signed. At the time, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, told the press that the agreements would further strengthen the strategic partnership between Morocco and Russia. read more

Prosecutors urge judge to consult with court monitor on PGE

SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. prosecutors are urging a federal judge to work with a court-appointed monitor to determine ways Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can prevent its equipment from starting more wildfires.In a court filing Wednesday, the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco said Judge William Alsup should refrain from immediately imposing new requirements on the utility.Alsup earlier this month proposed ordering PG&E to remove or trim all trees that could fall onto its power lines and to cut off power during certain wind conditions.PG&E said the judge’s proposals would interfere with state and federal regulators.The judge is overseeing a criminal verdict against PG&E stemming from a deadly explosion of a company gas pipelines in 2010. He is considering additional terms of probation against the utility in that case.The Associated Press read more

Supreme Court to rule on whether energy companies can abandon old wells

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada is set to rule today on whether energy companies can walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land without having to clean up behind them.A 2016 ruling in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench allowed a bankrupt energy company to sever its connection with unprofitable and unreclaimed wells when their assets were sold off to creditors.The Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the ruling.Since the case came to court, an estimated 1,800 wells representing more than $100 million in liabilities have been abandoned.Alberta’s provincial energy regulator ordered the trustee for Redwater Energy Corporation to comply with end-of-life requirements to render the abandoned properties environmentally safe.The company’s trustee did not comply, and filed its own counterclaim that included a constitutional challenge to the regulator’s action.The energy regulator and the Orphan Well Association, an industry-funded group that cleans up wells that have been left unreclaimed, have appealed the ruling to the high court.A group with the support of thousands of farmers also wants to see the high court reverse the decision.The Action Surface Rights Association has intervened in the case because it believes rights of landowners have been overlooked in the case.The Canadian Press read more

Tangier Rolls Out Red Carpet for 19th National Film Festival

By Sarah Goodman and Ahlam Ben SagaRabat – The red carpet stretched from the street to the stairs, ushering the Moroccan film industry into Tangier’s Ahmed Boukmakh Cultural Center to inaugurate the 19th National Film Festival and to celebrate 60 years of the Moroccan cinema.Organized by the Moroccan Center of Cinematography, the festival runs through March 17 and is screening fifteen feature-length films and fifteen short films by contemporary Moroccan filmmakers. A range of actors, directors, producers, and politicians mingled in the neon-lit, neo-Moorish atrium of the Ahmed Boukmakh Cultural Center at the Friday evening opening. Distinguished guests included the Minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laaraj; President of the Regional Council, Ilyas El Omari; President of the Municipal Council, Bachir Abdellaoui; and the Wali of Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima regions, Mohamed El Yaakoubi.Photo credit: Sarah Goodman/Morocco World NewsCalling the festival a “platform for the meeting of minds and for communication,” El Yaakoubi welcomed the audience and industry members present. “This festival aims to develop Moroccan cinematic production and promote Moroccan film, which will enrich the [corpus of] Moroccan cinema. I congratulate everyone and wish success to the festival in its 19th edition.”Moroccan actress Fatima Ouechay and director Narjiss Nejjar were both honored during the evening’s proceedings for their contributions to Moroccan cinema. Accepting the award, Nejjar said she felt “honored to take part in the festival.” Her film, “Apatride,” is among those nominated.  Other films in this year’s lineup include Nabil Ayouch’s “Razzia,” Morocco’s entry for the the 92nd Academy Award for Best Foreign Film; Rabii El Jawhari’s film “Tarantella,” the only entry with dialogue entirely in Modern Standard Arabic; and “Volubilis,” by Faouzi Bensaidi, which previously screened at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.Photo credit: Sarah Goodman/Morocco World NewsIn addition to the selection of the films nominated this year, CCM organized a retrospective series of Moroccan films to celebrate 60 years of Moroccan cinema. Tangier’s Cinéma Rif hosted festival screenings of works considered classics in Moroccan cinema today, with films spanning the 1960s to the early 2000s.CCM was originally established in 1944. While Morocco’s first national film festival was held in Rabat in 1982, Tangier first began hosting film festivals two decades earlier in 1968.Moroccan filmmaker Mohammed Mouftakir, director Ismail Ferroukhi, journalist Jihane Bougrine, documentary filmmaker Raymond Zanchi, and French producer Alice Ormières sit on the the competition’s jury to decide the best films of the year.Photo credit: Sarah Goodman/Morocco World NewsNominations:Short Films:“Lettre d’amour” by Soufiane Ait Majdoub, “Yto” by Noureddine Ayouch, “L’appel” by Maria Kenzi Lahlou, “Dernière photo” by Faical Hlimi, “Le retour du roi Lear” by Hicham El Ouali, “Roujoula” by Ilias Al Faris, “Ales” by Fayçal Ben, “Petite clair de lune,” by Rachid El Ouali, “Yara Zed” by Hamza Atifi, “Al Massrahia” by Khalid Douache, “Jour d’automne” by Imad Badi, “Les corbeaux” by Madane El Ghazouani, “Le depart” by Hamza Boumalki, “Silence du père” by Mounia Agoumi, and “Scénario” by Rachid Zaki.Feature-length Films: “Volubilis” by Faouzi Bensaidi, “Razzia” by Nabil Ayouch, “Burn Out” by Nour-Eddine Lakhmari, “Apatride” by Narjiss Nejjar, “Jahilya” by Hicham Lasri, “Les voix du désert” by Daoud Aoulad Syad, “Lahnech” by Driss Mrini, “Le papillon” by Hamid Basket, “Kilikis, la cité des hiboux” by Az Alarabe Alaoui, “Le cri de l’âme” by Abdelilah El Jaouhary, “Tarantella” by Rabii El Jawhari, “Larmes de sable” d’Aziz Salmy, and “Korssa” by Abdellah Toukouna. Two documentaries were also nominated: “House in the fields” by Tala Hadid and “Silence des cellules” by Mohamed Nabil. read more

RapeAccused Saad Lamjarred Thanks Fans for Support After Release

Rabat – Following his release from jail last week, Saad Lamjarred shared a photo of himself soaking in a luxurious pool on Sunday, December 9, writing: “Thank you allah (sic) Thank you to my fans , media , journalists , artists, friends, lamjarred and Regragui families for your notable support ..I love u (sic) all .. mum and dad god bless u (sic) both, I love u (sic).”The singer added “And life goes on,” promoting his new song “Baddek Eih,” which will be released on December 17.Lamjarred ended his post, saying, “It’s good to be back to u dear fans,” and a hashtag praising King Mohammed VI in Arabic: “#LongLiveTheKing.” Read Also: Moroccan Singer Saad Lamjarred is Out of Jail, AgainCharged with two counts of rape, the 33-year-old singer was released on parole on Wednesday, December 5, after his second arrest on August 26 in Saint-Tropez in southeastern France, when a young French seasonal worker filed a rape charge against him.Following the Saint-Tropez incident, Lamjarred paid €150,000 bail and was let out on probation.On September 18, Lamjarred went back to jail after the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal’s decision after the prosecutor’s office in Draguignan appealed his release.The singer is already on trial for the sexual assault of French national Laura Prioul in 2016.Upon his release, several Moroccan celebrities congratulated Lamjarred through social media posts, welcoming him back, including Moroccan singer Miryam Labiad who shared an Instagram story, saying: “Thank goodness, Welcome back.” read more

Saudi Arabia Consumers Boycott Almarai Milk After Moroccos Boycott

According to Moroccan news site Hespress, the Saudi company has bought land belonging to the headquarters of Centrale Danone in the kingdom and is expected to open its first subsidiary by the end of 2018 or early in 2019.Founded in 1977 in Saudi Arabia, Almarai is a partnership between the Irish agri-foods pioneer, Alastair McGuckian, and Saudi prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer. Almarai is now the world’s largest vertically integrated dairy company.Read Also: Boycott: Saudi Arabia’s Almarai to Replace Centrale Danone? Rabat- The Moroccan boycott against high prices of gasoline, soda-mineral water, and milk might have inspired Saudi Arabia’s new boycott. The country is boycotting Almarai, the same dairy company expected to replace Centrale Danone in Morocco.Saudi Arabia’s Almarai, the largest dairy company in the Middle East has become a boycott target for Saudi consumers as the company raised its milk prices by 7 cents.Saudi citizens launched an online campaign with hashtags reading, “let_it_go_sour” and “change_it_with_another” (in Arabic), similar to how Morocco’s boycott emerged, when Moroccan boycotters wrote “let_it_spoil” and “let_it_rot” referring to Centrale Danone’s milk boycott. Unlike Centrale Danone, Almarai was more quick to publicly react to the consumers’ boycott launch, saying in a press release that it raised milk prices because of its own increased production costs.Saudi boycotters wrote comments on Twitter like: “ Honestly, Almarai thinks that it’s the only brand in the market.”??????? #??????? ???? ????? ?????? ?? ????? #???_?????_??????? ???? ??? ???? #????_????— Suliman Kordi (@sulimankordi) July 4, 2018“ Thank god, I have been boycotting Almarai for a year and four months now.”??? ????? ?? ???? ?? ??? 4???? ???? ????? #???????????? ? #???? ?? #???— ?????? (@umar0555) July 4, 2018Recently, Almarai has shown interest in investing in Morocco following the launch of the ongoing boycott on April 20 targeting the leading dairy brand in the country.For years, many Moroccans expressed their wish to have Almarai dairy product brands in Morocco due to their “high quality.” read more

Puerto Rico board seeks US Supreme Court intervention

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico’s finances says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a recent ruling that found the board’s members were illegally appointed.The board said Thursday it also will ask for a stay of the federal appeals court ruling pending Supreme Court consideration.The board said a majority of its board members voted to appeal the ruling and said all seven have been legally appointed.The appeals court had said its decision would not invalidate any of the board’s actions and gives U.S. President Donald Trump and the Senate 90 days to decide whether to keep the board members or appoint new ones.The board has overseen a couple of multimillion-dollar debt restructuring deals for the U.S. territory.The Associated Press

France Gave Algerians Fewer Visas in 2018 than 2017

Rabat – France granted fewer visas to Algerians in 2018 than in 2017, according to a report of the General Directorate of Foreigners in France (DGEF) published on January 15.The French Consul General in Algeria, Marc Sedille, told Algerian state news agency TSA in November that the drop is due to the change of service providers at the beginning of the year and service stopping for almost a month; the introduction of France-Visas, a stricter application system; and the tightening of border controls because of the influx of migrants.Read Also: France to Begin New Schengen Visa Application ProcedureThe number of visas France granted to Algerian nationals fell from 413,976 in 2017 to 297,104 in 2018, a decrease of 28 percent. In contrast, France granted more visas to Moroccans and Tunisians in 2018 than in 2017, according to the French interior ministry. Moroccan visa approvals increased by 3 percent and Tunisian approvals by 13 percent.France visa approvals by NationalityThe French Ambassador to Algeria Xavier Driencourt told TSA that President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit in 2018 had been cancelled due to the “yellow vests” protests since November.Driencourt also said that French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also cancelled a visit to Algeria scheduled for December 2018. “In December, the government had a number of emergencies to deal with.” read more

Facebook launches AI to find and remove revenge porn

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is rolling out technology to make it easier to find and remove intimate pictures and videos posted without the subject’s consent, often called “revenge porn.”Currently, Facebook users or victims of revenge porn have to report the inappropriate pictures before content moderators will review them. The company has also suggested that users send their own intimate images to Facebook so that the service can identify any unauthorized uploads. Many users, however, balked at the notion of sharing revealing photos or videos with the social-media giant, particularly given its history of privacy failures.The company’s new machine learning tool is designed to find and flag the pictures automatically, then send them to humans to review.Facebook and other social media sites have struggled to monitor and contain the inappropriate posts that users upload, from violent threats to conspiracy theories to inappropriate photos.Facebook has faced harsh criticism for allowing offensive posts to stay up too long, for not removing posts that don’t meet its standards and sometimes for removing images with artistic or historical value. Facebook has said it’s been working on expanding its moderation efforts, and the company hopes its new technology will help catch some inappropriate posts.The technology, which will be used across Facebook and Instagram, was trained using pictures that Facebook has previously confirmed were revenge porn. It is trained to recognize a “nearly nude” photo — a lingerie shot, perhaps — coupled with derogatory or shaming text that would suggest someone uploaded the photo to embarrass or seek revenge on someone else.At least 42 states have passed laws against revenge porn. Many such laws came up in the past several years as posting of non-consensual images and videos has proliferated. New York’s law, which passed in February, allows victims to file lawsuits against perpetrators and makes the crime a misdemeanour.Facebook has been working to combat the spread of revenge porn on its site for years, but has largely relied on people proactively reporting the content up until now. But that means by the time it’s reported, someone else has already seen it, chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said in an interview with The Associated Press. And it’s often tough and embarrassing for a victim to report a photo of themselves.“This is about using technology to get ahead of the problem,” Sandberg said.Facebook still sees user-contributed photos as one way to address the problem, and says it plans to expand that program to more countries. It allows people to send in photos they fear might be circulated through encrypted links. Facebook then creates a digital code of the image so it can tell if a copy is ever uploaded and deletes the original photo from its servers.The company does not expect the new technology to catch every instance of revenge porn, and said it will still rely on users reporting photos and videos.By Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press read more

Frontier attendants airline reach tentative deal

DENVER — Frontier Airlines flight attendants have reached a tentative contract deal with the Denver-based budget carrier to replace an agreement negotiated while the company was bankruptcy nearly a decade ago.Both sides agreed to terms for the contract Tuesday, leading the union to call off a planned demonstration Wednesday by over 200 flight attendants from 20 airlines in Denver for their annual convention.The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA says the deal includes significant pay increases, schedule flexibility and quality-of-life improvements. It declined to release details until after Frontier’s union representatives reviewed the details next week. But local President Jen Sala said it would put the airline on par with other major carriers.Negotiations have been going on since November 2015 to replace a 2011 contract, the first reached after flight attendants unionized.The Associated Press read more

Moroccan Embassy Norwegian Students Deported From Laayoune Not Observers

Vegard Fosso Smievioll and Kjersti Brevik Moller, two law students from Bergen, were denied entry into Laayoune and deported, along with five Spanish lawyers, on Sunday.The students were sent by the NGO Rafto Foundation to observe the trial of human rights activist Nazha El Kahlidi, who is charged in Laayoune with usurping the journalism profession. The trial is controversial, with organizations like Amnesty International calling on Morocco to drop all charges against El Kahlidi. Norwegian newspaper NorwayToday reported  the deportation of the students in its article on Sunday “Norwegian observers denied entry to Western Sahara.“ The report  prompted an immediate response from the Moroccan Embassy. In a press release Monday, the Moroccan Embassy asserted that the students should not be considered “observers.”“Being an observer, all over the world, is an official statute that includes competencies and legal procedures: no country on earth, Norway included, would ever accept that students could credibly be designated as observers and have the competencies to observe a trial,” said the press release.Students sent to ‘provoke an incident’ The Moroccan Embassy added that the students were deliberately sent by Rafto Foundation to be arrested and “to provoke an incident and catch the attention and the emotion of the Norwegian public.”Read also: Investigative Documentary: ‘From Tindouf to Laayoune – Road to Dignity’“Morocco regrets that Norwegian students can be used to distract the parties involved from the positive confidence measures the General Secretary of the United Nations has initiated.”In its article, NorwayToday included unfounded political background under the heading “Western Sahara occupied for nearly fifty years.”The embassy’s press release emphasized that much of the article’s wording conflicts with the official UN position on Western Sahara.In particular, it highlights that while the article designates Morocco as “occupying” the Sahara, the UN in fact considers Morocco an “administrative power.”The embassy also rejects the article’s allegations that Western Sahara has rich natural resources.“Everybody knows there are no rich phosphate resources in the Sahara since the US Geological Institute has made a study that concludes that Sahara contains less than 2% of the phosphate resources present in the rest of Morocco.” Finally, the embassy reminds that Polisario forbids the UN to enter tindouf refugee camps and that 2015 estimates the number of refugees at 150 000. It appears that NorwayToday has since retracted any statements on this point, as the article in its current form does not touch on these issues. read more

Wild Rose approves sale to Sleeman

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – An Alberta-based brewing company has officially approved its sale to a Japanese-owned brewery.Wild Rose Brewery Ltd. has been acquired by Sleeman Breweries Ltd. after an approval vote by shareholders on Thursday.The Brewery has been a staple in Alberta and the craft brewing community for the past 22 years.CEO of Wild Rose Bill McKenzie says the move is good for the company and other craft beer makers.“If you keep making great beer, good things are going to happen for you. It’s a display of how our culture is perceived. I think with the expansion of the craft category over the last few years, it’s been good for everybody.”Please visit https://t.co/rdyUcrquPs for an exciting new announcement on the sale of Wild Rose Brewery! pic.twitter.com/9WsTpkiVKO— Wild Rose Brewery Ltd (@WildRoseBrewery) May 10, 2019This is not the first acquisition for the company founded by John Sleeman in 1988. Sleeman began as a small craft brewery and has since grown exponentially, in part, through the purchase of small local craft brewers.“We recognize that Alberta is a province with high growth potential and see a number of synergies between Wild Rose and Sleeman that make this partnership extremely exciting for both organizations,” said Jesse Hanazawa, president and CEO of Sleeman Breweries. “Not only do our businesses share a passion for craft beer, but we also share the drive to achieve industry excellence while maintaining a winning organizational culture. We look forward to working closely with the Wild Rose team to ensure both they and Sleeman are able to reap the many benefits of this strategic partnership.”The deal will be finalized on May 31, 2019, and McKenzie says consumers have nothing to worry about.“This won’t affect our beer at all. It’s the same ingredients, same beer, same great Calgary water. Our beer is one of the main reasons why we’re in this situation and we’re not going to mess with that.”As for the future of jobs, he says the partnership will look to strengthen its focus in Alberta, meaning jobs are here to stay and more could be added in the future. read more

New building phase begins at Baltimore 5B renewal project

BALTIMORE — A $5.5 billion redevelopment effort in Baltimore that’s been touted as one of America’s biggest urban renewal efforts is moving forward, as officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the latest construction phase.Developers and politicians held the ceremony for the Port Covington initiative on Monday. The South Baltimore project aims to transform a mostly industrial waterfront into an 18 million-square-foot mixed-use complex.One of the project’s owners is investment banking giant Goldman Sachs.Political leaders have enthusiastically backed the redevelopment vision conceived by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank. At the Monday groundbreaking, Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young portrayed it as “vitally important” to the future of Maryland’s biggest city.In 2016, Baltimore authorized a $660 million tax increment financing deal to pave the way for the Port Covington plans.The Associated Press read more

Lawyer vintner plead guilty in college admissions case

BOSTON — A New York lawyer and a Napa Valley vintner have admitted to participating in the college admissions bribery scheme.Gordon Caplan and Agustin Huneeus Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston federal court.Caplan was co-chairman of the prominent law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher. The Greenwich, Connecticut, resident was charged with paying $75,000 to get someone to correct the answers on his daughter’s ACT exam after she took it.Huneeus’ family owns vineyards in California’s Napa Valley and in Oregon. Authorities say he agreed to pay $300,000 to rig his daughter’s SAT score and have her designated as a water polo recruit to the University of Southern California.They are among 14 parents who have agreed to plead guilty. Actress Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty last week.The Associated Press read more