More than a foot of snow possible in mountains above Tahoe

first_imgRENO, Nev. — The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a winter storm warning for Lake Tahoe where more than a foot of snow (31 centimetres) is possible in the upper elevations by Thursday morning.The warning for the Greater Lake Tahoe Area is in effect from 3 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday as the first of a series of storms makes their way into the Sierra.Six to 15 inches (15 to 38 centimetres) of snow is expected above 7,000 feet with up to 4 inches (10 centimetres) forecast in the lower elevations.Forecasters warn the combination of snowy weather and heavy holiday traffic could cause travel delays for many hours on area highways.A winter storm warning also is in effect Wednesday night into Thursday further south in the Mammoth Lakes region.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Lebanese businessman pleads guilty to violating US sanctions

first_imgWASHINGTON — A Lebanese businessman accused of providing millions of dollars to the Hezbollah militant group has pleaded guilty to violating U.S. sanctions.The Justice Department says Kassim Tajideen appeared in court Thursday in Washington.The 63-year-old is accused of violating sanctions that barred him from doing business with Americans and U.S. companies because of his support for Hezbollah.Prosecutors say Tajideen conspired with at least five other unidentified people to conduct over $50 million in transactions with U.S. businesses.They say Tajideen and the others also conducted transactions that moved about $1 billion through U.S. financial systems.Tajideen was arrested in Morocco and extradited to the U.S. in March 2017.Hezbollah has members in Lebanon’s parliament and Cabinet and is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fort St Johns top cop retiring this week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John’s RCMP detachment commander, Inspector Mike Kurvers, will be retiring at the end of this week.Fort St. John City Council took a moment to thank Kurvers on Monday for his 28 years of serving with the RCMP, the past four of which have been in the Energetic City. Kurvers was born in the Netherlands, and began his career with the RCMP in Moosomin, Saskatchewan in 1990.After several years, Kurvers’ career took him across the country, working general duty in Richmond and Mission, B.C. He spent seven and half years with the Emergency Response Team, the RCMP’s equivalent of the SWAT team, before moving to the West Shore RCMP in the Victoria area. Moving back to the Lower Mainland to stops at the detachments in Burnaby and Richmond once again, Insp. Kurvers got to experience first-hand the excitement of the 2010 Winter Olympics while serving as the detachment’s liaison for all of the City’s planning to host the Games.“The Olympic experience was fantastic,” said Kurvers. “We weren’t part of the integrated security unit, so Richmond had to development its own plans because we had the Olympic Oval and YVR. We created an operations plan for the Celebration site. I kind of lucked-out because Holland House was involved. I’m fluent in Dutch, so it was very handy.”After Richmond, Kurvers moved back to the Island District detachment in Victoria with the Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit before moving to become the detachment commander in Fort St. John in 2014.Kurvers said that the experience of commanding the detachment has been incredibly rewarding.“This place has been fantastic. The city has been great, Mayor has been great, Council’s been great, and members are good. They come and do their jobs.”Kurvers said that while he isn’t involved in the search for another Inspector that will take over as detachment commander, he says that Staff Sergeant Perret will serve as interim detachment commander for the time being.last_img read more

BC Court of Appeal to hear provinces oil transport reference case Monday

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – British Columbia’s Court of Appeal will consider a key question regarding provincial powers in the political battle over the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project during a five-day hearing that starts Monday.The B.C. government’s reference case asks the court if the province has jurisdiction to regulate the transport of oil through its territory and restrict bitumen shipments from Alberta.Specifically, it asks if proposed amendments to British Columbia’s Environmental Management Act are valid and if they give the province the authority to control the shipment of heavy oils based on the impact spills could have on the environment, human health or communities. The province is also asking the court whether the amendments are overridden by federal law.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have said only Ottawa, not the provinces, has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines.Alberta and Saskatchewan have both filed documents as interested parties supporting the federal government in the case.When B.C. filed the reference case last year, Alberta announced it would ban B.C. wines and accused Horgan of trying to break the rules of Confederation in newspaper ads.Last summer, the Federal Appeal Court overturned approval of the project to triple oil shipments from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., ruling that the National Energy Board had not properly considered its impact on marine life nor had Ottawa meaningfully consulted with Indigenous groups.Last month, the board found that the pipeline is still in the public interest despite the risk that an increase in tanker traffic could adversely affect southern resident killer whales, hurt related Indigenous culture and increase greenhouse gas emissions. It added 16 new recommendations for federal government action in addition to the 156 conditions in its initial approval in 2016. The federal government purchased the pipeline last year.Trudeau has said the expansion is in the best interests of all Canadians and his government has committed $1.5 billion to an ocean protection plan that includes millions for research on B.C. killer whales.Horgan said last year the aim of the case is to protect the province’s coastline and economy from the harms of an oil spill.“We believe it is our right to take appropriate measures to protect our environment, economy and our coast from the drastic consequence of a diluted bitumen spill,” Horgan said in a statement when the reference case was announced last April.center_img “And we are prepared to confirm that right in the courts.”last_img read more

Special weather statement issued for Highway 97 in the Pine Pass

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Highway 97 in the Pine Pass.According to Environment Canada, a cold upper trough moving through British Columbia will give some late season flurries to the mountain passes and Northern B.C. overnight and into Friday morning.Flurries are expected above 1300-1500m elevation, however, flurries could briefly descend lower during periods of intense flurry activity. Precipitation is expected to change back to rain on Friday as the airmass begins to warm up.DriveBC is warning motorists to be prepared for winter-like conditions.For up-to-date road conditions, you can visit Drivebc.ca.last_img read more

TRS can ensure heavy flow of funds for T’gana if it wins 16 LS seats: KTR

first_imgHyderabad: Claiming that a coalition government would be formed post the Lok Sabha elections with neither the NDA nor UPA getting a majority on its own, TRS working president K T Rama Rao on Thursday said his party can ensure heavy flow of funds for Telangana if it won 16 Lok Sabha seats.”If five-six regional parties or like-minded parties come together…if we can win 17 seats from Telangana, we (TRS) 16 and our friend Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM) will anyway win Hyderabad (Lok Sabha)…a situation of Telangana people deciding who should sit in Delhi’s chair will definitely come… Then funds would come like a flood,” he said. The total number of LS seats in Telangana is 17. Rao, who was addressing a TRS meeting at Warangal, in preparation for the coming Lok Sabha polls, said surveys conducted by national-level media organisations showed that neither NDA nor UPA was in a position to form the government on its own. Citing more such surveys, he claimed the NDA and UPA may not get more than 150 and 100 seats, respectively. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader also alleged that the popularity graph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was waning as seen in BJP’s defeat in Rajasthan and other states in the assembly elections in December last year. Saying that the atmosphere in the country was not the same as in 2014, he said the people have understood after five years that Modi “can give good speeches, but cannot do anything that can bring a change in the lives of common people”. Modi did not agree to the requests of Telangana to give national status to an irrigation project in the state or funds to schemes though the NITI Aayog made recommendations to the effect.last_img read more

Pramod Sawant tipped to succeed Parrikar as Goa CM

first_imgPanaji: BJP’s Pramod Sawant is tipped to be the new chief minister of Goa, party sources said here Monday.Parrikar, 63, who died Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer, was cremated with state honours here Monday evening. Sawant is now Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly, while the two would-be Dy CMs are Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MLA Sudin Dhavalikar. As per the power-sharing arrangement reached with allies, an MLA each from two small parties backing BJP in the coastal state will be made deputy chief ministers, the sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’After a stalemate following a series of meetings with the allies, the BJP managed to break the deadlock, offering them their pound of flesh, by accepting the key demand for deputy CM’s posts. . “We have managed to convince the alliance partners and finalised the formula of two deputy chief ministers for the state, a senior BJP functionary said. Union minister Nitin Gadkari Monday evening had said a consensus eluded the BJP and its allies on the next Goa chief minister, adding the BJP had zeroed in on the CM candidate but the allies were yet to get on board. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThere were a series of meetings involving the Goa Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party’s three MLAs each, an equal number of Independents, and BJP legislators since late Sunday night to reach a consensus on Parrikar’s successor. Gadkari had flown into the state early Monday to lead the discussion. Parrikar was heading a coalition government comprising the BJP, three MLAs each of the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the MGP and three independents. Congress is currently the single largest party in the state with 14 MLAs. The BJP has 12 legislators in the 40-member Assembly, whose strength now is 36 after Parrikar’s death. The strength of the House has reduced due to the demise of BJP MLA Francis D’Souza earlier this year, and Parrikar on Sunday, and resignations of two Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte last year. All the state Congress MLAs met Governor Mridula Sinha on Monday and staked claim to form a government in the coastal state. The MLAs, led by Leader of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, went to Raj Bhawan and handed over a letter to Sinha, saying it was the single largest party in the Assembly and should be allowed to form the government. “We are saddened by the chief minister’s demise, but before his final rites are performed, a new government has to be formed…The governor acknowledged that the Congress is the single largest party and she said she will get back to us,” Kavlekar told reporters. Parrikar was cremated with state honours here Monday, with thousands bidding the affable politician a tearful farewell. BJP president Amit Shah, some Union ministers and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states attended the funeral at Miramar. Parrikar’s eldest son Utpal lit the funeral pyre.last_img read more

Robert Vadra moves Delhi HC seeking quashing of ED’s money laundering case

first_imgNew Delhi: Robert Vadra Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of a money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in which he has been questioned by the probe agency. Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, has also sought that various provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 be declared unconstitutional. His plea, in which he has sought quashing of the ED’s FIR lodged in 2017, has been listed for hearing on March 25. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The ED case relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. The property is allegedly owned by Vadra. A trial court had on Tuesday extended Vadra’s interim protection from arrest till March 25 in the case. In his plea, Vadra has sought that Sections 3 (offence of money laundering), 17 (search and seizure), 19 (power to arrest), 24 (Burden of Proof), 44 (offences triable by special courts) and 50 (Powers of authorities regarding summons, production of documents and to give evidence, etc) of the PMLA be declared ultra vires or unconstitutional. Besides Vadra, Manoj Arora, his close aide and an employee of Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality LLP, has also filed a similar petition in the high court.last_img read more

Sven-Goran Eriksson, Roca emerge frontrunners as AIFF shortlists 35 for coach’s job

first_imgNew Delhi: Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson headlines a list of 35 names shortlisted for the post of the Indian football team coach, which also includes the highly successful ex-Bengaluru FC manager Albert Roca. The much-travelled Sven-Goran, a Swede, and Spaniard Roca apart, Tommy Taylor (England), Hakan Ericson (Sweden), Tomislav Sivic (Serbia), Lee Clark (England) and Lucas Alcaraz Gonzalez (Spain) are some of the other candidates shortlisted for the coveted post. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSven-Goran, who was in charge of England for five years until 2006, had last month expressed his interest regarding the job to the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The Indian team’s spirited showings in recent times had a ripple effect with the position of the men’s coach attracting over 250 applications, an unprecedented number that also includes some well-known names from Europe. The post has been left vacant since Stephen Constantine resigned after the Indian team’s failure to make the knockout round of the AFC Asian Cup. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”The federation has received over 250 applications. 125 were selected after that and out of which 80 qualified as per the AIFF’s requirements. After that, around 35-40 names, based on various criteria, have been forwarded to the technical committee. Seven to eight will be called for the final interviews, following which the appointment will be made,” an AIFF official told PTI on the condition of anonymity. As a manager, the 71-year-old Eriksson won 18 trophies with various clubs in Sweden, Portugal and Italy, between 1979 and 2000, and became the first manager to win league-and-cup doubles in three countries. However, the Swede was not as successful in international football. Besides England, he had managed the national teams of Mexico, Philippines and the Ivory Coast. Under Roca, Bengaluru FC played four finals in his two seasons in charge – making the final of the AFC Cup in 2016, the Federation Cup in 2017 and the ISL and Super Cup in 2018. Under his charge, Bengaluru FC won the Federation Cup and the Super Cup, but missed out on the AFC Cup and the ISL titles.last_img read more

Maneka Gandhi gets notice for telling Muslims ‘vote for me or else…’

first_imgSULTANPUR: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has been served a show-cause notice by the District Magistrate of Sultanpur, from where she is contesting the national election, and a report has been sent to the Election Commission after she was seen on camera telling a gathering of Muslims to vote for her or else she may not be inclined to be responsive to their requests. “I have already won this election, now it is for you to decide,” the BJP leader could be heard saying on Thursday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The Election Commission has taken cognisance of the matter. District Magistrate, Sultanpur has issued a show-cause notice to her and a report has been sent to the poll body,” BR Tiwari, Additional Chief Election Officer said. Maneka Gandhi, later in the day, clarified that her words had been twisted. “I love Muslims and I had myself called a meeting of the BJP’s minority cell. I only meant to say that I am winning the elections and their participation would be like ‘daal pe chaunka’.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA three-minute clip of her speech in Sultanpur’s Turabkhani area is being shared on social media. “This is important. I am winning. I am winning because of the love and support of people. But if my victory is without Muslims, I won’t feel that good. Dil khatta ho jayega (Things will become sour). Then when a Muslim comes to me for work, I think let it be, how does it matter. It’s all give and take, isn’t it? We aren’t all sons of Mahatma Gandhi, are we? (laughter). It’s not that we keep on giving and then losing in the election. This victory will happen with or without you.” A little later, she also says, “I have already won the elections, but you will need me. This is your chance to lay the foundation. When the election comes and this booth throws up 100 votes or 50 votes, and then you come to me for work we will see…I don’t see any divides, I see only pain, sadness and love. So it is up to you…” Criticised over the comments, Maneka Gandhi later accused the media of twisting her comments. “I love Muslims… I only meant to say that I am winning the elections and their participation would be like ‘daal pe chaunka’ (seasoning).” Maneka Gandhi, the MP from Pilibhit, began her campaign from the Sultanpur seat about 10 days ago. The seat is currently held by her son Varun Gandhi. But this election, Varun has shifted back to Pilibhit, a seat he won in 2009. Maneka Gandhi has won the Pilibhit seat six times.last_img read more

Algeria’s Bouteflika offers ‘democracy’ if re-elected

first_imgADRAR, Algeria – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s campaign chief promised on Sunday that constitutional changes would create a “broad democracy” if the ailing incumbent wins re-election next month.Former prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal gave scant details of the long-promised changes as he opened the re-election campaign with a speech in the southern desert town of Adrar.Sellal was one of six senior regime figures who fanned out across the vast North African country to campaign on behalf of the president, who is too sick to take to the hustings himself. Bouteflika’s decision to seek a fourth term despite a mini-stroke, which confined him to hospital in Paris for three months last year, has drawn heavy criticism not only in opposition ranks but also from some within the regime.Former president Liamine Zeroual has slammed the 2008 constitutional amendment that allowed Bouteflika to seek and win a third term and demanded a handover of power.Sellal told the rally in Adrar that the constitutional changes, first promised in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region in 2011, would be adopted this year.“Algeria will have a broad democracy, a participatory democracy. Every citizen will take part in the country’s development,” said Sellal, who stepped down as prime minister to run Bouteflika’s re-election campaign.“We are going to expand the rights of the people’s elected representatives and the opposition parties will have their constitutional rights,” he told a crowd of about 1,000 people.Sellal gave no further details of the proposed changes, a draft of which he handed to Bouteflika in September last year.Press reports had suggested that the changes might create a post of vice president but that was denied by Sellal on Friday.The former premier, who was closely involved in the 2004 and 2009 campaigns that returned Bouteflika to power, insisted earlier this month that the president need not be on the road himself to campaign for re-election.last_img read more

Morocco Arrests Six People Wanted by International Arrest Warrants

Rabat – National police services caught, in coordination with the general direction for territory surveillance (DGST), four European nationals of Moroccan stock about whom international arrest warrants were issued by the Belgian and Dutch legal authorities, the Interior ministry said in a statement on Saturday.The same source said that these individuals are involved in criminal acts related to voluntary manslaughter, hold-ups against cash in transit companies, jewelry robbery at an European airport and armed assault against a Belgian hospital to help a convict escape, said the same source.These security operations enabled to arrest two other Moroccan citizens, also wanted by an international arrest warrant, the statement added, noting that the first suspect was wanted by the public prosecutor at the Tangiers first instance court for international drug trafficking and the second was wanted by the Tangiers judiciary police for forming a armed gang related to the heist, last February, of the sum of 420,000 MAD from a gas station. These operations are part of international cooperation to fight cross-border organized crime and of Moroccan security services’ efforts to apprehend wanted people by national or international arrest warrants, it said. read more

In Pictures: Second Day of Prince Moulay Rachid’s Wedding

Rabat – The Moroccan Royal family celebrated on Friday the “Berza” ceremony during which Prince Moulay Rachid and his spouse are officially shown in couple before their families and distinguished guests, according to the most authentic ritual of the Moroccan tradition.During the Berza ceremony (when the bride and the groom are installed to be seen and admired by the entire audience), the festive atmosphere prevailed and was marked by ululations, prayers for the happy couple and burning incense.Souvenir pictures of the King and Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan with the newly-wed couple were taken on this occasion. The ceremony crowns two days of festivities, notably the Hdiya procession (gift-offering ceremony) on Thursday which was marked by the participation of delegations from Morocco’s 16 regions displaying the Moroccan culture’s diversity and richness.On Thursday evening, the guests attended, in the Royal Palace, the traditional henna ceremony which is a basic ritual to celebrate the Moroccan wedding read more

Elderly Muslim Man Beaten to Death on His Way to Pray…

By Jonathan WalshRabat – Mushin Ahmed, an 81 year-old Muslim man living in Rotherham, England, was murdered by two 30 year-old men on his way to morning prayers at his local mosque, a court has heard.The local men, Dale Jones and Damien Hunt, accused the innocent man of being a “child groomer” before they repeatedly kicked, punched, and stomped on his head. Ahmed was left with brain damage, serious injuries, broken dentures, and the mens’ shoe prints pressed into his face. He was found unconscious over two hours after the attack and died in the hospital 11 days later.The incident took place at 3 A.M. on Monday, August 10 of last year. Prosecutor Andrew Robertson QC told the courts that evidence showed both men had been drinking heavily and taking drugs cocaine and diazepam before carrying out the attack.Robertson continued to describe how the murder was the second racist attack carried out by the duo that night, following an attempted assault of an Asian taxi driver.“There was an incident of blatant aggression by Jones that demonstrated his racist attitude. A taxi driver came down Doncaster Road. The driver was Asian. Jones began shouting racial slurs,” he said.The driver then left the scene before Jones and Hunt turned their attention to Ahmed.“Jones immediately accused him of being a groomer,” Robertson explained, “no doubt his word for ‘pedophile’ and no doubt an accusation made for no better reason than Mr. Ahmed being Asian.”Witness Shane Rice, who was with the men at the time of the attack, told courts Ahmed did not give the men any attention following their initial insults.“He never said one word back to him and just carried on,” Rice explained, though after persistent abuse, he did face the men and ask “What do you want?”It was then that the men hit Ahmed before continuing the attack.Despite this, both Jones and Hunt have pleaded not guilty to murder.Official statements by Ahmed’s wife describe him as “a loving, friendly man who was proud to live in England.” read more

Happy Birthgiving Day, Mom

Agadir – March 3rd will mark my 33rd birthday, Yes you read right, I am a woman and I’m writing my age. I never saw the point of girls hiding their age; we were all a kid, a teenager, we will all get to the age some are ashamed of disclosing, if we are meant to live to that age, we will.But this piece isn’t about women’s reluctance or fear of telling their age. This piece isn’t even about my birthday (Not that I would write an article about my birthday!) but I wanted to share a perspective about this “special day” that I discovered some years ago, when I turned 26, I was thousands of miles away from home, I called mom and enthusiastically said “Happy birthgiving day, mama!”. She was so happy and touched, and that to me was my birthday gift. And from then on I realized how much more amazing it is to shift my perspective from the ego, to the selfless soul, and make this day about the people I love instead.The day anyone is born is the day that marks the birthgiving day for their mother, the day the father became a father for the first time, or second. It is the day a grandmother celebrated having a grandchild. The day your aunt got excited for becoming one for the first time, or for having an extra nephew to buy cute baby clothes to. So in writing, and in two days I will verbally I say, Happy birthgiving day, mom,  Happy New father’s day, dad. And to my grandmothers who passed away, God bless your soul, I know how excited you were for my existence, and how proud you were. You are on my mind every day.On your birthdays, wish your mother a happy birthgiving day, and watch her face shine, or hear the joy in her voice, that is your best birthday gift.And for the people whose parents have passed, I am sorry if what I wrote has saddened you, but your birthday will always be the day that amazing person brought you to this world, and I wish you all much happiness.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

GCC Countries Voice Support for Moroccan Sovereignty Over Western Sahara

Rabat – The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) voiced its support for Morocco’s claim over Western Sahara during a joint summit in Riyadh, during which King Mohammed VI spoke of a “proxy war” being fought with Morocco through the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.“What we are witnessing, in fact, is a proxy war, in which the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG) is being used to infringe on Morocco’s legitimate, historical rights in its Sahara, through biased statements and unacceptable behavior regarding the Moroccan Sahara,” the king said.The statements referred to by the monarch constitute the use of the term “occupation” by the UNSG to describe Morocco’s presence in the Western Sahara after the international leader’s visit to the Tindouf refugee camps in Algeria housing displaces Sahrawis last month. “We stress our support to all political and security causes that are important for your brotherly country, mainly the Western Sahara,” King Salman of Saudi Arabia said during the opening speech of the summit of regional leadersIn addition to Saudi Arabia, the GCC includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – all of which are forms of monarchies.King Salman also stressed the GCC’s “categorical rejection of any harm to the interests of Morocco” over the disputed territory for which the Algieria-backed Polisario Front demands a referendum on independence.Earlier at the summit, Morocco’s monarch had urged Gulf monarchies to support his country to defend it from “plots against its territorial integrity,” adding that the UN Security Council’s yearly discussions on the Western Sahara taking place this month were being used “to blackmail Morocco”.“This time, the situation is serious,” he said. “It is also unprecedented in the history of this artificial dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.”The monarch and Moroccans alike rejected an explanation from Ki-moon’s office saying that his his use of the controversial term in March was not deliberate and that he regretted causing the “misunderstandings.”As a political reaction to the Ki-moon’s speech in Algiers, Morocco expelled the peacekeeping mission MINURSO from its offices in Laayoune and Dakhla and cancelled it’s USD 3 million grant to the operation. The U.N. established MINURSO in 1991 after brokering a peace deal between Morocco and the Polisario Front – two sides that had been fighting for 16 years.Morocco maintains a close alliance with Saudi Arabia and the GCC in trade and military endeavors.In 2011, the GCC had proposed that Morocco and Jordan, both fellow monarchies, join the regional organization, but though the initiative failed, the bloc set up a USD 5 billion fund for projects in the two countries.Morocco has supported the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen since efforts began. In March 2015 an F16 warplane belonging to the North African country was downed. read more

Fraudulent Money Transfer Attempts from Morocco Increase 62% in 2017

Rabat – Two-hundred and twenty attempts to illegally transfer money, worth MAD 39.5 million, abroad from Morocco have been recorded during the first six months of 2017.The figure is a 62 percent increase from the same period in 2016, when 136 cases worth MAD 28.2 million were registered.The Bab Sebta border crossing with Spain has already seen 55 attempts to illegally export money this year. The other most popular locations are airports across the country: Marrakech-Menara (48 attempts), Fes-Saiss (30), Tangier’s Ibn-Battuta (28), and Rabat-Salé (22). The Beni Ansar border post in Melilla registered 15 attempts, while Casablanca’s Mohammed V airport registered 13, and Agadir’s Al-Massira airport registered six. Moroccans themselves were the main nationality who tried to illegally smuggle money, attempting to export MAD 24.4 million. Next were French nationals (MAD 2.3 million), Iraqi nationals (MAD 1.9 million), Spanish nations (MAD 1.8 million), Mauritanian nationals (MAD 1.5 million), British nationals (MAD 713,141) and Iranian nationals (MAD 617,542).At customs, passengers are required to declare if they are transporting currencies in banknotes of a value equal to or greater than MAD 100,000. read more

After Spectacular Goal for Genoa, Adel Taarabt Hopes to Re-Join Moroccan…

Rabat – After long-range efforts to regain his football skills, Moroccan international midfielder Adel Taarabt scored a fabulous goal on Wednesday for his Italian team, Genoa, in a Serie A game against Napoli.Despite their loss, Genoa showed great skill in terms of defense, especially in the second half of the match. The 28-year-old Moroccan opened the game with the stunning strike in fourth minute of the match. Ten minutes later, the opponent’s forward and midfielder Dries Mertens scored an equalizer.Napoli’s second goal came at the 30-minute mark, again by Mertens. Ervin Zukanovic, Genoa’s defender, scored a goal in his own net, giving the opponent a 3-1 lead. However, Armado Izzo trimmed the deficit to one point, when he scored a goal for his team in the 60 minute of the match. In a post-match interview with beIN Sports, Taarabt expressed his happiness in Moroccan Arabic to score his goal against “one of the best teams in the world after Barcelona or Real Madrid.”The footballer said that he played two games against Wednesday’s opponent. “I scored two goals against them so far. I am happy. […] We hoped for more in order to achieve more points. Unfortunately, we could not, but I am happy that I have scored against them.”The footballer expressed hope over his future, explaining that he was working hard to get back in shape after gaining weight during a two-year absence. “I worked for more than three months to get back to my level. I am happy and Inshallah [God willing] I have to keep going like this.”After being asked by the beIN Sports reporter about if he was expecting an invitation from Morocco’s football coach Herve Renard to participate in the upcoming World Cup Qualifier game against Ivory Coast, the footballer answered the question with sparkling eyes. “I did well with Genoa to be able to re-join the Moroccan team.”“The Moroccan squad played good matches. There is still a solo match to be qualified for the World Cup and I hope to be invited by Herve.”The midfielder added that he “needs to keep working on himself like now. I am now more grown up, and I hope we can make it to the World Cup.” Taarabt concluded his message by wishing to receive a call from Renard “in order to travel to Ivory Coast and achieve a good result.” read more

Reddit raises $300M in finance round led by China’s Tencent

SAN FRANCISCO — Social media service Reddit Inc. says it has raised $300 million in a financing round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent.Reddit’s CEO, Steve Huffman, told CNBC on Monday that values the privately held company at $3 billion.Half the new money came from Tencent, Asia’s most valuable tech company. Other investors included Sequoia, Fidelity, Andreessen Horowitz, Quiet Capital, VY and Snoop Dogg.The announcement prompted criticism of Reddit for linking itself with a company from China, where the ruling Communist Party enforces extensive online censorship. Access to Reddit is blocked in China.Tencent operates online games and popular WeChat social media service. It owns 40 per cent of “Fortnite” creator Epic Games and 15 per cent of photo service Snap.The Associated Press read more

High-Speed Train Derails in Turkey, Kills 9

Rabat – Ankara Governor, Vasip Sahin has stated that ongoing “technical investigations” were in progress to find the cause of the train crash. Sahin stated the high-speed train collided with a locomotive that carries out track inspections.The crash took place at the Marsandiz station, approximately 8 km from Ankara’s main station. The passenger train carried 206 people at the time of the accident. Read Also: Egypt train crashes into vehicles, kills 22Turkish Transport Minister Cahit Turhan stated that of the nine killed in the accident, three were train operators. According to reports, three of the injured passengers are in critical condition. Turkey’s trains accidents resulted in fatalities and injuries on multiple occasions this year. In July, a train derailed in the country’s northwest region killing 24 people and injuring more than 70. In November, a train collision in the Sivas Konya province left 15 injured. The accident is reminiscent of the Moroccan ONCF train derailment in October. The train derailed between Rabat and Kenitra killing seven people and injuring eighty-six. read more