Kolkata to experience evening showers rainy Holi expected

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted light to moderate rainfall in various South Bengal districts including the city particularly during evening hours in the next 48 hours.The MeT department on Saturday said that there will be scattered rainfall in the city and also in some parts of South Bengal in the next two days due to the impact of a collision between Western disturbances and a wind that is blowing towards the Western direction. Western disturbances are low-pressure waves that travel from West to the East across the plains. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to a senior MeT department official, there may be thundershowers coupled with strong breeze in some districts including West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia. “An impact of the Western disturbances and a wind that moves towards the East direction may trigger light to moderate rainfall in the city. “Various South Bengal districts may receive light to moderate rainfall while some others will witness lightning and thunderstorms. The city may witness rains during the evening hours bringing the mercury down by a few notches,” a MeT official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOne or two moderate spells over the city are possible during the coming two to three days until March 18. Thereafter, there is likely to be a break in rains. However, once again, on March 20 and 21, some on and off showers may make an appearance over the city of Kolkata. It may be mentioned here that people in the city and other South Bengal districts have started experiencing comparatively hot weather conditions in the past few days as the mercury has begun to soar up.last_img read more

Mark Mathews makes waves at the RR camp

first_imgJaipur: Acclaimed Australian surfer Mark Mathews offered the Rajasthan Royals an insight into overcoming fear and adversity in life when he was hosted by the IPL team here. From being just another boy in coastal Australia who used to enjoy surfing with his mom to eventually conquering some of the biggest and heaviest waves around the world, Mathews’ journey has been turbulent yet hugely successful. The 36-year-old joined the RR camp last evening to share some of that inspiration. He made a presentation titled ‘Life Beyond Fear,’ showcasing an array of exhilarating videos featuring his surfing escapades along with his team around the world. The idea of surfing being a team effort, may not have made complete sense to anyone new to the sport until Mark threw light on his amazing support staff of rescuers and photographers who used to join him around the world. Mark also spoke about how his career took an unexpected U-turn when he was met with a life-changing surfing accident off the New South Wales coast in 2016. As a result, he ended up with a dislocated knee, major nerve damage, snapped ligaments and torn artery. While his career was on the verge of an untimely end, Mark was inspired by a young quadriplegic boy who he met during that time. He shared his thoroughly rousing story of recovery which began ever since, leaving everyone at the Royals camp spellbound at the end of it. Mark’s evening came to a close after a round of questions by some of the players including England’s Jos Buttler and former Australian skipper Steve Smith. Agenciesalast_img read more

PMO cleard decks for Hansrajs nomination

first_imgNew Delhi: The sudden decision of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to field Punjabi folk singer Hansraj Hans from North West Delhi parliamentary constituency added to the woes of government officials as they were assigned to ‘manage’ the resignation of Hans from the post of vice chairman of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis office on ‘most urgent’ basis.As per the highly-placed sources, the officials of the Prime Minister’s Office were in constant touch with the concerned officials of the Ministry of Social Justice, who were assigned the responsibility to expedite the resignation procedure of Hans. The Punjabi singer was holding the post at the Commission since July 2018. As per the sources, the officials were directed by the PMO to complete the resignation process as fast as they can on Monday, a day prior to the announcement of Hans as BJP’s nominee for North West Delhi Lok Sabha seat in place of sitting MP Udit Raj. “The resignation process of Hans was completed by 7 pm and notification was also issued in this regard. The PMO made a final call in the late midnight to ‘confirm’ the completion of resignation process,” the sources said. However, the ministry has not yet removed Hans from his post on the website of the commission. Notably, the BJP announced candidature of Hans hours before the deadline for filing of nomination on Tuesday.last_img read more

All booths to be under Central Force vigilance for fifth phase

first_imgKolkata: All polling booths in the seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal which will go to poll in the fifth phase on May 6, will be manned by Central Forces, said sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). According to sources, there will be a total deployment of 578 companies of Central Forces for the fifth phase, to ensure a free and fair poll. The fourth phase held on April 29 had witnessed a deployment of Central Forces in 98 percent polling stations. On May 6, elections will be held in Bongaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampore, Hooghly and Arambagh. The Election Commission has already identified the trouble-prone areas in these constituencies. The election officials are leaving no stones unturned to present an election devoid of any major incidents. All the poll-bound district administrative officials have been issued necessary guidelines to conduct a smooth election. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned here that in the third phase of elections, Central Force jawans were deployed in around 90 percent polling stations. The Opposition parties had alleged many incidents of intimidation in the first two phases of elections, when lesser number of polling stations had been under the coverage of Central Forces. Meanwhile, the Election Commission on Tuesday rejected BJP’s demand of repolling at various polling stations in Nadia and Birbhum. After going through the reports submitted by the district election officials, the Commission said that there will be no repoll in the two districts.last_img read more

Man held for duping homebuyers and investors of Rs 435 crore

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police Economic Offences Wing arrested a man in a case related to cheating investors to the tune of approx. Rs 4.35 crores.The Delhi Police said that the accused with their agents lured people that they had acquired 30 acres land and enrolled 700 members for membership of flats near Bakhtawarpur in Delhi. Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary confirmed the arrest. “We have arrested Jitender Saini in the case,” said additional CP. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe investigating agency said that in the year 2016, a case under sections 406/420/120B of IPC was registered on the complaint of RN Govil at Subhash Place police station. Police said that later the case was transferred to EOW pursuant to PHQ order. The complainant had alleged that the officials of a welfare society including Saini along with the agents allured that they had acquired 30 acres land and enrolled 700 members for membership of flats near Bakhtawarpur in Delhi. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”The complainant was also assured of membership and share certificates. Believing the accused, the complainant along with his family members booked 4 flats and paid approx. Rs. 34 lakhs,” police said. Similarly, 47 more victims (investors) also filed complaints alleging the same allegations. Thus the accused have cheated them to the tune of approx. Rs. 4.35 Crores. Engineer files complaint: An executive engineer had filed a complaint against a proprietor in a cheating case. According to the case filed with EOW, the suspect through forgery procured tenders/work orders. “It is to inform that it has also come to notice that during the investigation that the suspect had provided the fake sales tax and fake sales tax return acknowledgement for the year 2008,” complainant told police. According to police, the complainant is executive engineer, PWD, Health Maintenance Division (Central) Delhi based hospital. The documents further read that the enquiry conducted has substantiated that the allegations of the complainant wherein the alleged obtained tender on the basis of the forged officer orders. Police have registered a case under sections 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (Using as genuine a forged 1[document or electronic record) and 120 B ( Punishment of criminal conspiracy) with EOW. Another case has been filed a case against Noida bases construction company.last_img read more

South India got stepmotherly treatment will play key role in voting out

first_imgNew Delhi: Alleging that south India received “step motherly” treatment under the Modi government, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said the south will play a key role in voting out the ruling dispensation and “overwhelmingly” side with the Congress.Emphasising that all sections of the country are equally important to the Congress and have been equally sought after, he said party president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Kerala’s Wayanad sent a message that under Congress rule, the concerns and aspirations of southern states will not be ignored at the Centre. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”I think the south will definitely play an instrumental role in deciding the political fate of the country, particularly in the context of voting out the present ruling dispensation, under whose tenure, the south has an understandable case of step-motherly treatment under the Centre,” Tharoor told PTI in an interview. He alleged that in the last five years of BJP rule, there has been a “widespread assault” on the spirit of cooperative federalism which has held the country together since Independence. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”This is partly on account of cultural factors such as the beef ban and the drive to impose Hindi as a national language, but also because of larger issues such as the uproar regarding the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission which has implications on the financial and political security of the southern states,” he said. The Congress, particularly with Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from the south, has made a very effective outreach towards the southern states, the former Union minister said. The Congress chief contesting from Wayanad has sent a clear message that under Congress rule, the concerns and aspirations of these states will not be ignored at the Centre, least of all under a potential prime ministerial candidate who will be elected from the south, Tharoor said. “As my own experiences in Kerala tell me, this message has been widely and popularly received and it is clear that the south will overwhelmingly side with the Congress as the most credible alternative to the present ruling dispensation,” the 63-year-old leader said. Tharoor, who is seeking a third straight Lok Sabha term from Thiruvanathapuram, which went to polls on April 23, also asserted that there will be a coalition government at the Centre after the elections and that the coalition is more likely to be UPA-3 rather than an NDA-3. PTIlast_img read more

Jskanwals journey of printmaking

first_imgAn exhibition of prints has been organised at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi from May 15 – 24, 2019. Aptly titled ‘Introspection’, the current exhibition of printmaker Jskanwal bears evidence of the three decades spent by her, in the practice of printmaking.These formative years of her art training, which has led a rare finesse in her art, bears credit to her years of training under the famed and independent minded printmaker Jagmohan Chopra, who had set the pace of printmaking on an indigenous footing. An alumni of the Government College of Art, Chandigarh, Jaskanwal’s current exhibition is a landmark solo show of her career and contains a cache of fifty selected works. Also Read – The Puja carnivalAt the very first glance, this exhibition stands out for its freshness of approach, its novelty of technique and its clarity of emotional expression. The tones in the colours of her art, are a true definition of the word ‘muted’. With a dominance of earth-brown, dusky yellow and a grey-blue tinge, arranged in solid formations that resemble a rock solid contour, the forms overlap and merge, yet remain distinct and explicit, without being overbearing. The many layers of the tones, coupled with the graphic format, become a way of expressing her emotions, according to the art maker. A nature lover and keen observer of life around in her natural surroundings, Jaskanwal has depicted her thoughts and observances on nature into her art in a truly unique way. Each colour depicts a form, a familiar recall from nature, that triggers an emotional journey in our minds. A printmaker with a difference, she does not use conventional methods to create her works, either.last_img read more

Moroccan Greenpeace Activist Faiza Oulahsen Released on Bail

first_imgCasablanca- Faiza Oulahsen, a Dutch woman of Moroccan origins, has been released on bail along with other Greenpeace activists after they were arrested on September 18th over protest on an Arctic oil rig owned by state-controlled firm Gazprom, Greenpeace recently announced on its official website. According to the same source, 26-year-old Faiza Oulahsen has been granted bail in Primorskiy District Court.The appeal to release Faiza on bail was initially rejected by the Regional Court of Murmansk. Faiza was at the head of the Greenpeace mission, onboard a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace ship named Sunrise, to protest Russia’s offshore oil drilling in the Arctic. Along with the 30 other Greenpeace activists, Faiza ended up arrested and detained in the Russian city of Murmansk after they attempted to board the Prirazlomnaya platform, Russia’s first offshore oil rig in the Arctic.Videos and pictures shared on Greenpeace’s official website showed Russian agents masked in balaclavas pointing guns and knives at the activists. The same pictures and videos stirred a massive public outrage in different corners of the world.Faiza and the rest of the Dutch crewmembers were subsequently charged with piracy.Thousands of people, from 263 cities in 43 countries, took part in peaceful protests in to express their solidarity with the detained 30 activists. Faiza has been with Greenpeace since, 2011. “It is her sincere indignation and concern that convinced her to join the Arctic Sunrise on its journey of peaceful protest in the Arctic,” read a biographical description of her on Greenpeace official website. “It is now busier than ever in the ‘climate and energy’ corner of our office, but also strangely quiet without Faiza. We talk about her and miss her and worry about her. In the NOS news we heard her joke that she is fine, but she’s not in a five star Hotel. Maybe we will have a good laugh about this together some day, but now we are long way from that,” read a note at the bottom of her profile. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Algerian Soldiers Enter Moroccan Territory Arrest Three Moroccans

Rabat-Soldiers in the Algerian army entered Moroccan territory at the border between the two countries and arrested three Moroccans, according to the Moroccan daily Al Massae in its Friday edition.According to the same source, a child was among the three people arrested in a small village near Figuig at the frontier between Morocco and Algeria. The Algerians also confiscated the livestock owned by the three people, estimated at 272 sheep.The three Moroccans were taken to the Awnat Houwara center in Algeria, where the Algerian police interrogated them. Afterwards, they were referred to the public prosecutor in the city of Boumias.They are charged with “illegally entering the Algerian territory.” So far, there has been no reaction from the Moroccan authorities.This comes a few weeks after the Algerian army shot at a group of Moroccans at the border between the two countries. The shooting left one individual seriously injured.After the shooting, Morocco summoned the Algerian Ambassador to Rabat, condemned the incident, and called on the Algerian authorities to open an investigation to determine the circumstances of the shooting.But the Algerian Foreign Ministry dismissed Morocco’s complaint, saying that Rabat “fabricated the story.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

I Didnt Choose to Be a Photographer Photography Chose Me Omar

Rabat – With almost a decade of experience, Omar Chennafi has become one of Morocco’s most well-known and loved professional photographers.Morocco World News sat down with Chennafi during the Fez Festival of Sacred Music to chat about the city of Fez, what photography means to him, and how he hopes to influence future generations with his mission and artistic work.As is the case with most artists, Chennafi attributes his talent to something beyond his control. “I didn’t choose to be a photographer, photography chose me. It’s like your name. You don’t choose your name, it just happens.” Chennafi fell in love with photography five years after being introduced to the art form, and has been actively photographing the world around him ever since. His photography has been featured in Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, and other publications worldwide. But for this young photographer, photography is about much more than making money or even taking pictures.Photo By Omar Chennafi“Photography is not about how to hold or use a camera. Knowing how to use it is a wonderful thing, and really helps me understand photography as a way of telling a story and sharing it with others. But photography is really all about observing,” says Chennafi about what it takes to be a photographer. “It’s not about how to watch but how to observe. We forget about observation, that’s the problem. We watch so many thousands of images a day, but do we really observe something?”When asked about photography in terms of art, Chennafi spoke of the complexities of photography. “Photography transmits a sensation,” Chennafi says. The key to creating an artistic photograph is to “photograph something real. Photograph a place, but capture its sound and action—this is art because we touch people’s emotions.”“You must use your sensitivity as a photographer to transmit that sensation— that place, to other people, like they are there with you. This is a very important part of photography as an art platform,” he adds.Photo By Omar ChennafiThere is an age-old discussion about how to define art and what exactly the criteria needed to label someone as an artist is. Chennafi falls into the category of  “artist” among the Moroccan public, especially in Fez. But he is a multi-faceted individual with multiple roles in the community, including that of a leader and an educator. For the past four years, Chennafi has served as the head of a photography club in Fez sponsored by the American Language Center, hosting 30 to 40 members, many of which have their own photography career now and are avid travelers and explorers, according to Chennafi. He works with these photographers to polish their skill, although his “teaching” policy differs slightly from the norm.“I always tell the members of the photography club that we are here not to teach you but to introduce you to photography. You can just watch YouTube videos and you can be a professional photographer. You can be more of a technical genius than I, but I can’t teach you how to observe,” Omar Said.Photo By Omar ChennafiIn addition to reminding his own students about the importance of observation, Chennafi has bigger goals in mind for the future. “The goal of my long term project is to create the House of Photography, where people can come talk about photography, maybe exhibit their work and have a workshop about photography with coffee, for people that are interested in photography. I also want to introduce Morocco as a whole to photography. Because as the saying goes, one photograph is worth one thousand words.”Chennafi’s “dream project” is to create something like the Museum of Photography that exists in Marrakech, but in his hometown of Fez.Although Fez is not as big of a tourism hub as Marrakech, it has a lot of potential, says Chennafi. Fez is the cultural capital of Morocco, and thus holds remnants of the kingdom’s rich history. “Fez has preserved the authentic time, the authentic sensation; it feels like a medieval city.”Photo By Omar ChennafiOmar Chennafi has made the city and its people the main subject of his photography for much of his career. “I exhibit my work in a couple of countries all around, it is such a wonderful honor because I’m doing this just to promote Fez. Fez is like my mother, I try to hold her hands and talk to her through photography. It sounds romantic but it’s just the way I see my work.”Chennafi is involved in multiple photography projects to promote Fez, such as the Fez Festival for World Sacred Music, in which he served as one of the official photographers this year. “We’re thinking about publishing a book about Fez and doing a photo festival about Fez called Fez the Sacred. It is going to happen!” says Chennafi.For Omar, Fez is a holy place, and it is sacred because of its rich history and culture. “For me, sacred is the universe sharing something, because the entire universe is sacred. Photography is a very universal language that everyone understands. Something sacred is created out of the harmony between two things: the people and the place.”Photo By Omar ChennafiPhoto By Omar Chennafi© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UN Security Council Resolution Calls for End to Israeli Settlements

New York – A United Nations Security Council resolution passed today with 14 votes in favor and one U.S. abstention, calling for an end to Israeli settlements.The Egyptian-drafted resolution, reports the Associated Press, “said Israel’s settlements in lands the Palestinians want to include in their future state have ‘no legal validity.’”“It demanded a halt to such activities for the sake of ‘salvaging the two-state solution,” the AP report continued.  Since the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel has always stood by its decision to build its settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, despite many considering them illegal under international law.In a surprisingly bold move, the U.S. chose to abstain from the vote on the resolution, rather than veto it, despite pressure from President-elect Trump and Israel. This abstention allowed the resolution to be adopted. Israel Ambassador Danny Danon denounced the vote, saying, “Would you ban the French from building in Paris?”Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement following the vote, saying:“Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. and will not abide by its terms. At a time when the Security Council does nothing to stop the slaughter of half a million people in Syria, it disgracefully gangs up on the one true democracy in the Middle East, Israel, and calls the Western Wall ‘occupied territory.’”After U.N. Security Council President Roman Oyarzun announced the vote results on Friday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power commented on the United States’ position, saying, “It is because this forum too often continues to be biased against Israel, because there are important issues that are not sufficiently addressed in this resolution, and because the United States does not agree with every word in this text that the United States did not vote in favor of the resolution.”“But it is because this resolution reflects the facts on the ground and is consistent with U.S. policy across Republican and Democratic administrations throughout the history of the state of Israel that the U.S. did not veto it,” she continued.Though many don’t expect this resolution to have a substantial effect on the conflict, the United States’ abstention makes a strong statement to the President-elect and indicates the country’s discontent with Israel. In response to the resolution, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who had tried to prevent the vote from going through in solidarity with Israel, tweeted the following:As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016 read more

Morocco Named Most Attractive in Africa for Investors by Ernst

Rabat – Morocco has been named “The Most Attractive Country in Africa for Investors” by Ernst & Young.In its 2017 Attraction Barometer, the professional services firm put Morocco in first place, beating out South Africa and Kenya with its political stability and steady economic growth.Ernst & Young index rates countries based on their Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as well as the “resilience of each country to macroeconomic pressures, progress made in long-term multifaceted areas such as governance, diversification of the economy, infrastructure, commerce, and human development,” writes the American Chamber of Commerce in Morocco (AmCham).The kingdom took second place in 2016, which AmCham notes is proof of Morocco’s position as a “thriving emerging market capitalizing on the benefits of international trade and global synergies.” read more

Germany faces tighter public finances as growth slows

BERLIN — Germany’s government is grappling with the prospect of tighter public finances over the coming years as economic growth slows. It is insisting it will stick to its policy of running up no new debt.News agency dpa reported Monday that the government faces a budget shortfall of 24.7 billion euros ($28.3 billion) through 2023, compared with previous predictions. It cited a document sent by Werner Gatzer, a deputy finance minister, to other ministries.Germany long enjoyed better-than-expected tax revenues as Europe’s biggest economy motored along but Finance Minister Olaf Scholz warned last month that “the fat years are over.” The government recently cut its economic growth forecast.The finance ministry wouldn’t confirm the shortfall figure but said maintaining a balanced budget remains “the clear proviso” in government planning.The Associated Press read more

King Mohammed VI Meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

Rabat – Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi has met King Mohammed VI.Bin Zayed shared a series of pictures of himself and King Mohammed VI on his Twitter from the King’s visit to the UAE on Monday, September 10.“I was delighted to meet with HM King Mohammed VI, our nations continue to coordinate and consult for our mutual benefit,” said the crown prince. Commenting on the diplomatic ties between the UAE and Morocco, bin Zayed said that “the UAE and Morocco have strong, historical & brotherly ties. We look forward to extending our cooperation to all fields.”In the presence of the King, bin Zayed also received the UAE jiujitsu team that won nine medals in the recent Asian Games in Indonesia.I was delighted to meet with HM King Mohammed VI, our nations continue to coordinate and consult for our mutual benefit. The UAE and Morocco have strong, historical & brotherly ties. We look forward to extending our cooperation to all fields. pic.twitter.com/JdR1ISZ67g— ???? ?? ???? (@MohamedBinZayed) September 10, 2018Bin Zayed’s pictures also show the King greeting the UAE jiujitsu team.The King also visited the UAE on August 29, before his trip to the Seychelles, where he arrived September 2.In the presence of the Moroccan King and the Ajman Ruler, Mohamed bin Zayed receives the UAE Jiu-Jitsu team that won nine medals in the recent Asian Games in Indonesia. pic.twitter.com/jfAX1illGb— ???? ?? ???? (@MohamedBinZayed) September 10, 2018In January, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and his Emirati counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed fraternal relations, reviewing ways to enhance diplomatic ties between the two countries.The officials also showed interest in expanding relations in the best interests of the two people, according to Emirates Business. read more

Ouarzazate Welcomes First Morocco Obstacle Race

Rabat – The “Morocco Obstacle Race,” in support of ecology and renewable energies, is coming to Ouarzazate October 6-7. About 250 runners will take part in the event, organized by You First Sports, a multinational sports marketing company specializing in leading sports events. The “Morocco Obstacle Race” offers participants a choice between a 7 kilometer sprint race with 13 obstacles and a “super” race of 13 kilometers with 22 obstacles. “‘Morocco Obstacle Race’ aims to highlight the strengths and talents of the region of Ouarzazate,” said Hassan Baraka, the representative of You First Sport in Morocco, in a press conference in Casablanca.“Prizes will be given to the best runners in the categories ‘man’ and ‘woman,’” he explained.Baraka added that this “transgenerational” event aims to provide a guided tour of the Noor solar plant Noor to benefit students from the region.Nearly 60 middle school students will be selected, in partnership with the Ouarzazate national education delegation, to take part in a series of multidisciplinary workshops run by Baraka himself. The ambassador of the race has also indicated that the “sporting and resolutely cultural” event will also be marked by a great concert by Moroccan star Farid Ghannam.The program also includes inflatable balloons, painting workshops, ceramics, and music. read more

Moroccan Journalist Souad Mekhennet Wins 2018 Ludwig Börne Prize

Rabat – Journalist Souad Mekhennet, a German national of Moroccan origin, has received the 2018 Ludwig Börne Prize, one of the most esteemed literary prizes in German-speaking countries.The Washington Post national security reporter becomes the first Arab and Muslim to win the award since its launch 25 years ago.At the award ceremony in Frankfurt Sunday, jury president and well-known TV journalist Maybrit Illner highlighted Mekhennet’s meticulous work as a journalist in Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, and Libya, but also her excellence as a writer through her investigations in radical circles. Mekhennet is famous for her reports on terrorism and especially her international bestseller “I was Told to Come Alone: ??My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad,” where she investigated Islamic extremism in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.The 368-page memoir discusses the reporter’s personal experience as a Muslim reporter with a bicultural identity. As a Muslim, Mekhennet has had access to some of the most wanted members of jihadist groups, including Al Qaeda and ISIS, who have refused to talk to Western reporters.The mayor of Frankfort, present at the ceremony, said he was proud that the award was given to a typical woman from the city “who embodies, by her plural identity, the multicultural diversity that characterizes Frankfurt.”Mekhennet won the Daniel Pearl Award for courage and integrity in journalism in 2017. According to the Washington Post, the Ludwig Börne Foundation “honors outstanding achievements in essay, criticism and reportage.”Maybrit Illner said of the journalist: “Mekhennet combines great courage, clear reasoning and genuine passion. The child of immigrant workers became an investigative reporter of international acclaim. Discrimination, arrogance and hypocrisy make her just as angry as it once did Ludwig Börne.”The Moroccan journalist has worked for internationally renowned media outlets, including the New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Daily Beast and German television ZDF. She currently works at The Washington Post. read more

Teary Hervé Renard Proud of Atlas Lions Angry at Referee

Rabat – “We need to congratulate the players, they were fantastic!” said a very emotional and proud Hervé Renard to beIN Sport after the remarkable performance of the national team against Portugal, despite its defeat (1-0).The Atlas Lions tried everything, but failed to score against Portugal and their football star Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored in the 4th minute of the match.However, the Moroccan team dominated the ball with 63 percent possession against 37 percent for Portugal. Moroccan striker Nordin Amrabat, who suffered a head injury during the Iran-Morocco game, was called the man of the game, and he well deserved it for his fabulous attacking skills, showing great determination to make history again.The Atlas Lions prevented the Portuguese team from scoring another goal with pressure, great defense, and strength.After the confrontation, with tears in his eyes, the coach of the national team did not hold back his opinion on the referee.“You have to look at number 3 (Pepe) in slow motion, I think everything is said.” Renard was referring to the hand of the Portuguese central defender, which was not called out by Referee Geiger or his assistants. According to Renard, Pepe’s move deserved a penalty in favor of Morocco in the 85th minute.Moreover, in a press conference, Hervé Renard expressed his pride in coaching the Moroccan team.“We are a team that plays football, we demonstrated it again.”He also wanted to thank the million Moroccans who supported the Atlas Lions during the competition, making it feel like Benatia and his teammates “were playing at Casablanca.”Despite their elimination from the World Cup competition, Renard’s Lions will face their last opponent Spain, on June 25. read more

Khadijas Case Brings Down More Suspects Involved in Alleged Rape Torture

Rabat – Police have arrested more suspects for their alleged involvement in the case of Khadija, the 17-year-old who said she was kidnapped and repeatedly raped.The case, which has sparked outrage among Moroccan citizens in the last week, continues to develop. An authority told AFP that the general prosecutor of the Criminal Division of the Beni Mellal Court of Appeal has decided to prosecute and to put the suspects in pre-trial detention. The primary suspect is aged 20 and is being prosecuted for “trafficking a minor, rape, threat of murder, torture, kidnapping and for having a criminal gang.”Ten other suspects are facing charges of “human trafficking of a minor, threat of murder, torture, kidnapping, rape and non-reporting of crime and for not helping a person in danger,” the source added.A twelfth suspect will be charged for “not helping the victim” and for not reporting on a crime.Police are now searching for three other suspects, AFP’s source said.A member of an NGO based in Marrakech, NSAT, Loubna El Joud, told AFP that the alleged victim “is still shocked even if she tries to be strong, her hands are shaking when she speaks.”El Joud said that “several volunteer doctors have offered to remove her tattoos, but the dermatologist recommended waiting” due to inflammation in her skin.The alleged crimes against Khadija occurred in Oulad Ayad, a small town near Beni Mellal in central Morocco.When Khadija spoke about her tragedy, she said that her captors “raped”  and “tortured” her for almost two months .“They are all criminals … I want my rights and dignity back. They are a very dangerous gang,” she said in an interview as she showed green tattoos all over her body.On Sunday, August 26,  several suspects’ parents gave another version of the story.The parents claimed that Khadija has a bad reputation in the town, adding that she used to “drink, smoke and even burn herself with cigarettes.”A mother of two of the suspects said that Khadija asked “for the tattoos and they were not forced on her by anyone.”The suspect’s mother added that she would defend the victim herself if she were really a victim as she claims.“She wanted this, she was always knocking on my door asking if my son was home,” the mother told Moroccan television channel Soltana.Another parent questioned Khadija’s allegation, claiming that if what she charged of his son were true, the victim’s father would have file a complaint about his daughter’s absence.Khadija, however, claimed that she tried to escape several times, but the suspects caught her and tortured her.“They didn’t give me food or drink, and I was not even allowed to take a shower.”Social media users have launched a petition on Change.org asking King Mohammed VI and public authorities to restore Khadija’s dignity by giving her good representation in court.The petition has gathered over 28,000 signatures so far. read more

Asian stocks mostly higher after Trump tariff extension

BEIJING — Most Asian stock markets rose Monday after President Donald Trump said he would postpone a March 1 deadline for a U.S. tariff hike on imports from China following talks on a dispute over Beijing’s technology ambitions.The Shanghai Composite Index gained 4.0 per cent to 2,916.53, its highest level in six months, after Trump said weekend negotiations in Washington made “substantial progress.”Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 advanced 0.5 per cent to 21,527.36 while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.3 per cent in choppy trading to 28,899.44. Seoul’s Kospi was flat at 2,230.90. India’s Sensex advanced 0.2 per cent to 35,950.50 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 rose 0.2 per cent to 6,176.40.New Zealand, Taiwan and most of Southeast Asia advanced while Singapore declined.Trump said Sunday he would postpone a deadline for 10 per cent punitive tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports to rise to 25 per cent but set no new date.The fight threatens to disrupt global trade and weigh on economic growth that shows signs of slowing.Trump’s announcement should reassure financial markets, but stock gains might be limited because prices already had risen in expectation of such a move, analysts said.“The latest news may not offer a significant boost to start the week,” Tai Hui of J.P. Morgan Asset Management said in a report. “Nonetheless, it helps to underpin positive investor sentiment.”The greatest enthusiasm was seen in mainland China’s biggest market, Shanghai.“This is the real thing,” said Francis Lun, a stock analyst in Hong Kong. He said the Shanghai composite “could reach 2900 very soon. So all the signs are pointing to a bull run.”The world’s two biggest economies have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods in the fight over U.S. complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.Washington wants China to roll back plans for government-led creation of global competitors in robotics and other technologies. Europe, Japan and other trading partners echo U.S. complaints those violate Beijing’s free-trade obligations.Investors are watching February manufacturing indicators due out this week for signs of further deceleration in global activity.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 10 cents to $57.16 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 30 cents to $57.26 on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 20 cents to $66.92 per barrel in London. It added 5 cents the previous session to $67.12.CURRENCY: The dollar declined to 110.67 yen from Friday’s 110.68 yen. The euro advanced to $1.1342 from $1.1333.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

Supreme Court Google classaction case should be revisited

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is telling a lower court to take another look at a class-action settlement involving Google and privacy concerns.Google agreed to settle the class action for users of its search function between 2006 and 2014. Of the $8.5 million, $2.1 million went to lawyers, $1 million paid administrative costs and $5.3 million was set aside for six organizations that deal with internet privacy issues.The individuals who initially sued received $5,000 each, but the millions of Google users they represented received nothing.The high court says in an unsigned opinion that lower courts should address whether those who sued had the ability to do so. The justices say a federal trial court or the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals should resolve that issue.The Associated Press read more