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Canada marks 10th anniversary of apology with acknowledgement that there is still

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsIt was 10 years ago June 11 that the federal government gave an apology to the survivors of the residential school system.150,000 Indigenous children were taken from their homes and put in schools run by the churches.That era was acknowledged today in Ottawa as was the work that still needs to be done.tlamirande@aptn.ca@ToddLamirandelast_img


October 14, 2019 0

NBC News president defends losing Weinstein story

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC News defended itself Wednesday after questions were raised about whether it had fumbled an explosive story about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults that network contributor Ronan Farrow broke instead in The New Yorker magazine.It was the same day NBC came under withering attack from President Donald Trump for a story the network DID report, about whether the president sought in a summer meeting to greatly increase the nation’s nuclear stockpile.Farrow’s story, released by the magazine Tuesday, offered new details about Weinstein’s alleged behaviour with women that followed an investigation published last week in The New York Times. The Times’ story led to Weinstein’s firing from the film company that bears his name.Farrow, who had a short-lived daytime show on MSNBC, had been working on the Weinstein story for NBC News. He told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that earlier this year, he had a woman who granted an on-camera interview about Weinstein’s behaviour. NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said Wednesday that the network reached a point this summer where it didn’t feel all the elements were in place to air a story and didn’t stand in Farrow’s way when he wanted to take his reporting elsewhere.Farrow said on MSNBC that he “walked into The New Yorker with an explosively publishable piece that should have been reported earlier and immediately The New Yorker recognized that.” He said there were “multiple determinations” at NBC News that he had a story ready to report.Oppenheim, in remarks he made at a town hall meeting Wednesday that the network released publicly, said that Farrow had greatly expanded the scope of his reporting after taking it to The New Yorker.“The stunning story, the incredible story that we all read yesterday, was not the story that we were looking at when we made our judgment several months ago,” he said.Farrow said that he had personally been threatened with a lawsuit by Weinstein. Many news organizations that cover Hollywood have faced questions about why it took so long to report on conduct that had allegedly been occurring over many years. Yet it was a difficult story that took bravery for women to come forward with details against one of the most powerful men in their industry.Oppenheim said “the notion that we would try to cover for a powerful person is deeply offensive to all of us,” noting other news organizations that had tried but failed to get the story.The NBC News leader said NBC had nothing to be ashamed of its decision. Still, questions will remain about why it essentially gave up on the story at that point instead of urging Farrow forward.“We are going to keep digging,” Oppenheim said. “We are going to keep pursuing these stories. We are not always going to be the ones that get it to the finish line, but I think more often than not, we will be.”For NBC News, the questions came a year after another news organization broke the story of then-candidate Trump making lewd comments during a taping of “Access Hollywood,” remarks that had been in the archives of the NBC-owned entertainment show for years.Trump, meanwhile, was furious with NBC on Wednesday for its story about the president’s nuclear ambitions as reportedly stated in a national security meeting this summer. NBC last week broke the story about Secretary of State reportedly calling Trump a “moron” this summer.Trump disputed the truth of Wednesday’s story in a tweet, wondering, “at what point is it appropriate to challenge their license?” The Federal Communications Commission regulates what television stations have access to the nation’s airwaves.last_img read more


October 13, 2019 0

Ford recalls electric vehicle power cables due to fire risk

first_imgOAKVILLE, Ont. – Ford is recalling the charging cords for more than 50,000 plug-in hybrid and electric cars in North America, including 1,327 in Canada, because they could cause fires in electrical outlets.The company says the 120-volt cords came with certain 2012 through 2015 Focus electrics and some 2013 through 2015 Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids.Ford says plugging the cords into outlets that aren’t on a dedicated circuit or on damaged, worn or corroded circuits could cause wall outlets to overheat.The company has reports of four fires involving C-Max cords, but no injuries.In three of the fires, owners used extension cords, which Ford said it tells owners not to do.Ford says the cause of the fourth fire was inconclusive but it does not believe the blaze was related to the cord.Dealers will replace the cords with ones that can sense high temperatures and shut off charging if necessary. Owners will be notified by letters starting next week.Ford says owners can keep using the original cords but should follow owners-manual instructions that spell out requirements for wall outlets.The company says it had also recalled some 2018 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX and 2019 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles because of improperly secured power supply cable fasteners.Ford says seven vehicles are involved in Canada and 87 in the U.S., though it is not aware of any fires, accidents or injuries related to the issue.last_img read more


October 13, 2019 0

Olympic gymnast Ellie Black honoured with Order of Nova Scotia at just

first_imgHALIFAX – Olympic gymnast Ellie Black has been named to the Order of Nova Scotia — becoming only the second person under 25 to ever receive the honour.The other young Nova Scotian named to the Order: NHL star Sidney Crosby, who was inducted in 2009.Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc announced Black and five other recipients on Friday, revealing a list that includes an expert on the Halifax Explosion, a frozen blueberry mogul and a Cape Breton nurse who overcame racial discrimination.The 23-year-old Black represented Canada twice at the Summer Olympic Games, placing fifth in the women’s individual all-around for the country’s best Olympic result in the event.The Halifax native has also won medals at the Pan-American Games and led her team to gold at this year’s Commonwealth Games.Other 2018 inductees include John Bragg of Oxford Frozen Foods and Eastlink; Clotilda Douglas-Yakimchuk who became the first, and only, black president of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Nova Scotia; and author and scholar Janet Kitz, who has spent years educating people about the Halifax Explosion.Patti Melanson of Halifax is also being invested for her work providing health care to vulnerable people, while Halifax high school principal Wade Smith will receive the honour posthumously for his advocacy work on education and the preservation of African Nova Scotian culture.“Beyond honoured to be named a recipient to the Order of Nova Scotia alongside these incredible Nova Scotians!” Black tweeted Friday. “Congratulations to you all.”A news release from the lieutenant-governor’s office Friday said Black is an ambassador for both gymnastics and the province.“Ellie is an outstanding role model for her peers and young gymnasts, demonstrating a great work ethic and a graciousness in both victory and loss. Ms. Black takes time with her young fans, acknowledging their support and sharing her experiences,” the release said.The recipients will be recognized at a ceremony on Nov. 6.The order was established in 2001. Recipients gain the right to use the initials O.N.S. after their names.last_img read more


October 13, 2019 0

Colorado baker back in court over 2nd LGBT bias allegation

first_imgDENVER — Attorneys for a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds say the state is punishing him again for not baking a cake celebrating a gender transition.Lawyers for Jack Phillips argued Tuesday in U.S. court in Denver to try to stop the state from taking action against him over the new discrimination allegation.The U.S. Supreme Court issued a limited ruling for the baker in the gay couple’s 2012 case.Phillips is suing to overturn the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s June finding that he discriminated against Denver attorney Autumn Scardina because she’s transgender.The state has asked the lawsuit to be dismissed, but Senior Judge Wiley Y. Daniel said he was inclined to let it go forward. He said he’d issue a ruling later.Colleen Slevin, The Associated Presslast_img read more


October 13, 2019 0

Rogers Bell face social media campaign by teacheroriented Remind texting service

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B, TSX:BCE)David Paddon, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Two of Canada’s largest mobile phone services are being targeted by a social media campaign launched by Remind.com, a San Francisco-based company that provides a free two-way texting service for teachers, students and parents.  Remind is calling on its Canadian users — nearly one million individuals, according to the company — to pressure Rogers and Bell to reverse a recent price increase that makes Remind’s texting service uneconomic in this country.“Beginning on Jan. 28, parents and students in Canadian classes who normally get Remind texts will no longer receive messages if they have wireless plans with Rogers, Bell, or their respective subsidiaries,” the company says.It goes on to ask users to reach out to Bell and Rogers through social media to ask them to reverse the fee.The free version of Remind’s app has a variety of uses including notifying groups about class assignments, schedules of emergencies as well as two-way communications between individual teachers, students and parents. Rogers and Bell say they don’t have a direct contractual relationship with Remind — which accesses their networks indirectly through two intermediary companies — but they are willing to discuss a compromise.“We know how important it is for educators and parents to stay connected,” Rogers spokeswoman Sarah Schmidt said in an email statement.“Last year we reached out and made every effort to work out a more than fair agreement with them that would have met their SMS needs on our network. Unfortunately, they were not satisfied.”Bell spokesman Nathan Gibson said in an email that Bell doesn’t directly charge either its own customers or Remind to send or receive text messages on their mobile phones.But Bell did begin to charge an intermediary company, called Syniverse, a “very nominal fee” for each message delivered over its network as of Dec. 1 in response to a higher volume of spam text messages.“We were contacted by Remind for the first time last week about the increased costs they’re facing. We are talking to them and Syniverse about what can be done to address their concerns.”Syniverse is an intermediary that bridges the gap between the world’s wireless communications networks. In this case, it has relationships with Bell, Rogers and Twilio, another intermediary used by Remind. None of the companies’ representatives would disclose the per-message fees involved.But Remind chief executive Brian Grey said its annual costs would jump from “tens of thousands of dollars” to “hundreds of thousands of dollars” and the increase is unsustainable for the company at this stage of its development.Grey said Remind doesn’t use its platform as a method for distributing advertising and its revenue comes from the sale of a large-scale version of the service to schools and districts, a practice launched in January 2017 in the United States.“Longer term, our plan would be to bring that to Canada and other markets. But we’re just not there yet,” Grey said.In the meantime, Remind’s strategy in Canada is to provide a free version of its service to teachers who then spread the word to students, parents and eventually school administrators.“That’s why this move by Rogers and Bell also is problematic. Basically, it comes at a time when all we are providing to Canada — educators, students and parents — is a free version of our service.”“Our business model is really about building more benefits and features into our communications platform that then allow us to sell a paid version . . . that connects to what are called school information systems,” Grey said.Grey said he’s looking for alternative methods for Remind to reach users in Canada but said it would be better to stay with Bell and Rogers, given the number of teachers, students and parents who use their service.last_img read more


October 13, 2019 0

Alberta factoring in Trans Mountain pipeline in budget forecasts

first_imgIn 2016, the federal government approved both the Wisconsin Line 3 replacement and Trans Mountain, which would triple the amount of crude shipped from Edmonton to the port at Burnaby, B.C.The project is facing delays and court challenges.As well, B.C. Premier John Horgan is going seeking a legal ruling as to whether his province can restrict higher levels of oil coming into the province while his government reviews oil-spill safety measures.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has said Trans Mountain is critical to Canada’s energy future and she plans to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to give her the power to curtail oil shipments to B.C. in retaliation. EDMONTON, A.B. — Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci says his province will rely on anticipated revenue from an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline to balance the budget within five years.Ceci says revenue from the yet-to-be built expansion, along with expected revenue from a replacement pipeline to Wisconsin, will be factored into forecasts in the upcoming budget he is to table on Thursday.Ceci says it will include a plan to erase the deficit by 2023.last_img read more


October 13, 2019 0

Lea Michele ties knot with fiance

first_imgLos Angeles: Glee alum Lea Michele has tied the knot with her fiance Zandy Reich. The 32-year-old actor and the 36-year-old president of AYR clothing company, had announced their engagement in April last year. They had been dating for about two years. According to People, the couple got married in a romantic ceremony in Northern California. “We are so excited to be married and grateful to be surrounded by our friends and family,” the couple told the outlet. “And most of all, we’re so happy to spend the rest of our lives together,” they further added. The wedding was attended by family members and friends, including Michele’s Glee co-stars Darren Criss and Becca Tobin, along with Scream Queens actor Emma Roberts.last_img read more


October 12, 2019 0

Net direct tax collection crosses Rs 10 lakh cr mark

first_imgNew Delhi: The net direct tax collection figure has crossed the Rs 10 lakh crore mark as on March 16, helped by the fourth and final installment of tax payment, sources said. The entire advance tax data from across the country has not come yet, the sources said. However, the preliminary assessment indicates that the net direct tax collection has crossed Rs 10 lakh crore, they said. The net direct tax collection during April-January of this fiscal stood at Rs 7.89 lakh crore as against Rs 12 lakh crore targeted for the entire fiscal of 2018-19. The government had earlier estimated the mop up from direct tax collection at Rs 11.5 lakh crore, which was revised upwards by Rs 50,000 crore in the interim Budget for 2019-20. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe government has been putting on a brave face on meeting the direct tax collection target. “On direct taxes, we are reasonably confident of (meeting the target). But on the indirect tax front, there may be some shortfall,” Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said last week. The government in the interim Budget revised customs collection target from Rs 1.12 lakh crore to Rs 1.30 lakh crore. The GST collection is pegged at Rs 6.43 lakh crore for 2018-19, which is lower than the targeted Rs 7.43 lakh crore. However, the GST collection is expected to rise to Rs 7.61 lakh crore in the next fiscal.last_img read more


October 12, 2019 0

People love coffee beer for buzz not taste Study

first_imgWashington: Our preference for coffee or beer is not based on the way the beverages taste, but how they make us feel, according to a study. Scientists from Northwestern University in the US searched for variations in our taste genes that could explain our beverage preferences, because understanding them could indicate ways to intervene in people’s diets. They counted the number of servings of bitter and sweet beverages consumed by about 336,000 individuals in the UK Biobank. The researchers did a genome-wide association study of bitter beverage consumption and of sweet beverage consumption. The study, published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics, showed taste preferences for bitter or sweet beverages are not based on variations in our taste genes, but rather genes related to the psychoactive properties of these beverages. “The genetics underlying our preferences are related to the psychoactive components of these drinks,” said Marilyn Cornelis, an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “People like the way coffee and alcohol make them feel. That is why they drink it. It is not the taste,” Cornelis said in a statement. The study highlights important behaviour-reward components to beverage choice and adds to our understanding of the link between genetics and beverage consumption — and the potential barriers to intervening in people’s diets, she said. Sugary beverages are linked to many disease and health conditions, researchers said. Alcohol intake is related to more than 200 diseases and accounts for about 6 percent of deaths globally, they said. Cornelis did find one variant in a gene, called FTO, linked to sugar-sweetened drinks. People who had a variant in the FTO gene — the same variant previously related to lower risk of obesity — surprisingly preferred sugar-sweetened beverages. “It is counterintuitive. FTO has been something of a mystery gene, and we don’t know exactly how it is linked to obesity,” Cornelis said. “It likely plays a role in behaviour, which would be linked to weight management,” she said. “To our knowledge, this is the first genome-wide association study of beverage consumption based on taste perspective,” said Victor Zhong, a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University.last_img read more


October 12, 2019 0

Manipal Hospitals launches first of its kind Suraksha Card

first_imgNew Delhi: Manipal Hospitals has launched first of its kind ‘Suraksha Card’, a healthcare privilege membership programme aimed at providing best of hospital care to the patients at affordable costs.The benefits of Suraksha Card include unlimited OPD consultations for a year, 15 per cent discount on lab & radiology investigations, 10 per cent discount on pharmacy, one preventive health check package worth 499 free in a year, free ambulance pick up, free home sample collection and 10 per cent discount on IPD – room rent only. These benefits can be availed for a year with a one-time payment of Rs 2000 per person. In addition, the beneficiaries can also add their family members by availing the card for Rs 3,000 for 2-4 members and Rs 4,000 for 5-6 members.last_img read more


October 12, 2019 0

Morocco Group of Young Men GangRape 97YearOld Woman

first_imgCasablanca – A group of young men, aged between 25 and 27, raped a 97-year-old elderly woman in Sidi Sliman (68 miles northeast of Rabat).The crime took place last Thursday, March 13, when a group of young men, allegedly under the effect of drugs, broke into the house of an elderly woman, and then assaulted and raped her at knife-point.The elderly woman attempted to shout for help, but her neighbors could not hear her frail screams. The suspects fled the scene after committing the crime, and police investigations are still ongoing in order to apprehend them.The elderly victim, who was injured and psychologically traumatized, was immediately taken to Sidi Sliman Hospital to receive treatment.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more


October 12, 2019 0

Morocco MCCE to Organize National Meeting on Public Policy

Casablanca- In collaboration with the regional board of the Moroccan Journalists Union in Benslimane, the Moroccan Center for Civic Education (MCCE), supported by the United Nation Democracy Fund (UNDEF), is organizing a national meeting on public policy in Bouznika (40 kilometres from Casablanca) from 9 to 11 May 2014.The event aims to engage youth and civil society in a constructive public policy dialogue with local decision makers and community leaders.Taking part in this event are the Governor of Benslimane, Ministers and MPs representing different political parties, as well as local authorities. This national workshop is organized within the framework of a regional project (Engaging Civil Society and Youth in Public Policies in North Africa), which targets three North African countries: Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya. The central objective of this project is to build and foster public policy analysis and advocacy competencies among civil society organisations, NGOs, and youth groups in the three countries.Based on the remarkably successful Project Citizen program, the goal of the project is to train NGOs and youth to enable them to be considerably more involved in debates on community issues, to analyse and evaluate existing public policies, and eventually suggest solutions and alternative approaches in order to enlist authorities to adopt them.Implemented by the Moroccan Center for Civic Education and its partners in Tunisia and Libya, the project seeks—in the context of the aftermath of the Arab Spring—to enable civil society organizations and youth groups to participate actively in the public policy processes in their countries.Presided by Mr. Elarbi Imad, the Moroccan Center for Civic Education is an independent NGO founded in 2004. Its mission is “to train and educate younger generations to become responsible, effective and active citizens committed to democratic principles.” read more


October 12, 2019 0

Clubs World Cup In Morocco Promises Great Show Of Friendly Competition

Rabat – The 2014 Clubs World Cup, scheduled to take place in Morocco on December 10-20, will be a great show of friendly competition bringing together best clubs in all continents, FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter.In an interview with MAP, Blatter said he is “fully convinced” that the 2014 Clubs World Cup promises great games between some of the best Clubs from all continents in an atmosphere marked by friendly competition.In view of the quality of participating clubs, the Cup promises a great show to the delight of the Moroccan football fans whom Blatter invited to fill up the stadiums of Marrakech and Rabat. It will be a moment of “intense emotion,” he said. The Cup brings together best performing Clubs from all continents who had to go through tough qualification processes, said Blatter, adding that the 2014 edition knew an increase in the number of clubs that take part in the event for the first time.Recalling the Cup’s previous edition, which took place in Agadir and Marrakech in 2013, Blatter commended Morocco’s good organisations. “The FiFA is very satisfied with the 2013 Clubs World Cup,” he said.The 2014 edition of the tournament brings together the champion clubs from each of the six continental federations. The qualified teams are Auckland City, Cruz Azul, ES Sétif, Moghreb Athlétic Tétouan, Real Madrid, San Lorenzo and Western Sydney Wanderers. read more


October 12, 2019 0

Casablanca Collapse of Three Houses Causes Many Dead and Injured

Casablanca- Heavy rains continue to wreak disaster and destruction throughout Morocco, causing three houses to collapse on Sunday evening in the Arsat Ben Slama neighborhood in Casablanca. The incident has reportedly resulted in several deaths and serious injuries.After a number of previous collapses, including the tragedy in the Bourgone neighborhood of Casablanca in which three apartments collapsed killing more than 20 victims last June, the collapses of the three houses in Arsat Ben Slama, near the Mosque of Hassan II, caused the loss of several lives and serious injuries.The number of dead and injured has not yet been confirmed, as people are still trapped under the wreckage. Local authorities in several regions in the city of Casablanca have already commenced demolition of unstable buildings that were already under the risk of collapse. However, local residents opposed the action simply because they have nowhere else to go.The heavy rain in many parts of the country this year has caused substantial losses in terms of infrastructure, houses, and hundreds of dead people, mainly in the south of Morocco, where people affected by the floods are still receiving humanitarian aid.Not only has the rain spurred Minister of Transport and Equipment, Abdelaziz Rebbah, to urgently search for solutions for the damaged infrastructures and houses caused by the recent floods that hit several parts of the country, Minister of Youth and Sports, Mohamed Ouzzine, has also opened an investigation into the poor construction of the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium that came to light yesterday when it could not withstand the heavy rain it fell in Rabat. read more


October 12, 2019 0

Morocco Condemns Algerias Maneuvers Before UN Human Rights Council

Geneva – Morocco condemned, on Monday in Geneva, Algeria’s maneuvers before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to mislead the international community regarding the situation in the Kingdom’s southern provinces (the so-called Western Sahara).In a speech before the Council on behalf of a group of countries including Guinea, Senegal, Central Africa and the Comoro Islands, Morocco’s permanent representative to Geneva, Ambassador Mohamed Auajjar, recalled that since Spain’s departure in 1975, the Moroccan Sahara issue has become a regional political dispute on the agenda of the UN Security Council.“In keeping with its political commitment and in response to calls made by the UNSC since 2004, Morocco submitted to the UN in 2007 an initiative to negotiate a status of autonomy for the Sahara region which meets the right to self-determination of the populations concerned while respecting Morocco’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. The ambassador noted that, instead of engaging in good faith in the negotiation process triggered in 2007, the other parties chose to take an obstructionist position based on the instrumentalization of human rights in order to hamper UN efforts to find a negotiated political solution on the basis of the autonomy plan.While continuing its cooperation with the UN to revive the political talks process, Morocco has pursued pioneering democratic reforms in the region so as to foster the rule of law and broaden the scope of liberties in its national territory, he added.With MAP read more


October 12, 2019 0

Morocco Circle Oil Abandons well Over Disappointing Results

Rabat – Irish company Circle Oil announced on Monday that it will abandon the NFA-1 well located on the Lalla Mimouna permit onshore Morocco.The Limerick-based company said it encountered gas shows whilst drilling at the targeted depth but the reservoir quality encountered in the well was not as high as previous estimates. As a result, the well will now be plugged and abandoned.NFA-1 was the third well drilled by Circle Oil on the Lalla Mimouna permit onshore. Circle Oil’s shares were trading lower on Monday following the news that the company is abandoning the NFA-1 well onshore Morocco. Shares in the company were down 6.5% in early trade.The rig used to drill NFA-1 will now be mobilized to drill the Ksiri South (KSS-A) exploration well in the Sebou permit in the Rharb Basin.Circle Oil’s Chief executive Mitch Flegg, said: “As planned we will now return to the Sebou permit to continue our drilling operations there while we interpret the valuable data gained from the first three Lalla Mimouna wells.”The Sebou permit is a partnership between Circle Oil Maroc Limited (75%) and ONHYM (Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines) (25%).© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more


October 12, 2019 0

Morocco Takes Note of UNSG Report on Sahara Ambassador

United Nations – Morocco has taken note of the report of the UN Secretary General to the Security Council on the Sahara, the kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, said.The kingdom has a lot of remarks on its content and reserves the right to return to this report, the Moroccan ambassador added.Priority is given currently to the resolution that the UN Security Council is expected to adopt by the end of this month, the diplomat underlined, adding that Morocco is focusing on related consultations and negotiations. The Security Council is scheduled to decide whether or not to renew the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Sahara, known as MINURSO next Thursday April 28.It is annual report on the “Situation concerning the Western Sahara” made public last Monday, the UN chief calls on the 15-member body to renew MINURSO’s mandate for one year until April 30, 2017. read more


October 12, 2019 0

Abidar Publishes Her Book Says She Was Raped by Her Father

Rabat – Moroccan controversial Loubna Abidar releases her autobiography in France under the title La dangerouse.Abidar, who ignited very hostile and angry reactions after her participation in Nabil Ayouch’s feature filmMuch Loved, relates her life story in Morocco under the norms of what she describes ‘a patriarchal and misogynistic society.’ Her book, wherein she expresses her views on a myriad of women issues, is expected to be as contentious and daring as her film.Featured in Much Loved as a prostitute in obscene erotic scenes, Abidar was not only severely lambasted but also physically aggressed for transgressing and trespassing what the majority of Moroccans consider as ‘red lines.’ The controversy following her film went even further to the extent that some fundamental voices called for her death. On 6 November 2015, she was attacked on a street in Casablanca. The next day she flew to France because she “realized that her life is at risk” in Morocco.Her role in Much Loved earned her a number of awards abroad: The Valois for Best Actress at the Francophone Film Festival of Angoulême and the Golden Bayard Festival of Namur. Loubna Abidar was also nominated for this year’s César Award for Best Actress.The film, which was presented at Cannes in 2015, was banned in Morocco, where it is considered “a serious affront to moral values and Moroccan women, and a flagrant violation of the image of the kingdom.”In her autobiography, Abidar assumes the role of a zealous feminist in defense of women’s emancipation. Repeating the famous feminist argument, she states that her plight began the moment she came to this world.“The disaster began when I came out of my mother’s womb,” writes the thirty-year-old actress. The most favorite occupation of her father was hitting and beating her “two or three times a day, every day,” she said according to Le FigaroThe violence she was subjected to by her father was both physical and sexual as she writes. Yet, when she tried to confide to her mother “much time later, she did not believe [her.]”She growls: “nobody talks about what men can do to their daughter, their niece.” Virginity, she believes, “is the biggest lie in the Arab-Muslim world.” “Nobody talks about it, since women are expected to remain virgins until the time of their marriage. Virginity, believe me, is the biggest lie of the Arab-Muslim world,” she writes.Loubna Abidar chose her voluntary exile in France because she feels she doesn’t belong to her ‘regressive’ society where women are subjected to various forms of subordination under religious pretexts. “Morocco does not want me; it does not want the woman I am… I believe in what the Prophet Mohamed said, not in the Islam of today that oppresses women and their freedom of thought.” Loubna writes. read more


October 12, 2019 0

Cristiano Ronaldo Sends a Hope Message to Children in Syria

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Portuguese footballer and the star of Real Madrid team, Cristiano Ronaldo, tweeted a message of hope for the children of Syria on Thursday.Ronaldo is known for his philanthropic efforts, which led him to be named the most charitable sports star in the world in 2015. “We know that you have been suffering a lot,” the soccer player said in the short clip. “I am a very famous player but you are the true heroes. Don’t lose your hope: the world is with you. We care about you, I am with you.”A message of hope to the children affected by the conflict in Syria. @SavetheChildren pic.twitter.com/Zsdvu2nuXd— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 23, 2016Children all over Syria have been exposed to airstrikes, barrel bombs and chemical weapons attacks according to the handful of medical professionals still working in war-torn areas.This week’s developments put President Bashar Al Assad in control of the contested city of Aleppo. Syria’s most populous city had been split east-west between rebels and government forces for months before Russian airstrikes and Iranian support helped Assad’s forces secure their dominance in the area.UNICEF estimated in March that one of every three Syrian children – 3.7 million in total – has grown up knowing only war crisis conditions as the civil war reaches five years in length.Edited by  Zainab Calcuttawala read more


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