Also part of the new strategy is the implementation of primary care networks that will be the backbone to the team-based approach. The networks will allow patients access to a full range of health-care options from maternity to end of life, streamlining referrals from one provider to another, and providing better support to family physicians, nurse practitioners, and other primary health-care providers. The networks are being rolled out in the first five communities, including Burnaby, Comox, Prince George, Richmond and South Okanagan Similkameen. The networks will be rolled out in at least 15 communities over the next 12 months, and across 70 percent of B.C. communities over the next three years. VANCOUVER, B.C. — Premier John Horgan announced today that the B.C. government is launching a new primary health-care strategy to deliver faster and improved access to health care in the province.At the heart of the strategy is a new focus on team-based care that will see government fund and recruit more doctors, nurse practitioners and other health professionals, to put patients back at the centre of health-care delivery. The government says it will put the initial priority on addressing the shortage of general practitioners in the province by funding up to 200 new general practitioners to work in the new team-based care model.“By improving how we connect people to care, we can help make sure that British Columbians get the health care they need faster and closer to home,” said Premier Horgan. “The kind of care people need, and how it’s delivered, has to change. It’s no longer as simple as a doctor-patient relationship. We need to be looking forward and providing team-based care that better meets the needs of British Columbians. In every community I visit, patients, doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals all say the same thing: ‘Health care delivery must become more patient centred.’ We’re getting the job done.”
CALGARY — Encana Corp. has named Michael McAllister as its president, part of several changes to its executive leadership.He will continue to report to chief executive Doug Suttles.McAllister joined the company nearly 20 years ago and held positions of increasing responsibility. He previously served as Encana’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer.The company also promoted Brendan McCracken to executive vice-president of corporate development and external affairs. He will also report to Suttles.Greg Givens was promoted to chief operating officer. He will report to McAllister.Companies in this story: (TSX:ECA)The Canadian Press
Bhubaneswar: With a few weeks left for Lok Sabha and assembly polls and major parties busy in finalising candidates, ‘Aya Ram Gaya Ram’ culture seems to be gaining momentum in Odisha. Many leaders, including sitting MPs and MLAs, are now changing party loyalty fearing denial of tickets or defeat in the upcoming polls. Those who had soured their relations with the state leadership are also crossing over from one party to another. BJDs sitting MP from Nabarangpur Balabhadra Majhi left the ruling party alleging “neglect” and joined the BJP within 36 hours of resigning from the BJD. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedBalabhdra quit the BJD in the backdrop of speculation about the party fielding Odishas SC & ST Development Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi as its candidate from Nabarangpur Lok Sabha seat. Two ex-BJD leaders – former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda and former minister Damodar Rout – have also joined the BJP, vowing to oust Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Panda had resigned from the ruling BJD while Rout was expelled from the ruling party long ago. They were inducted into the BJP ahead of the elections. “I have severed 45 years of relationship with the Janata Parivar as I was expelled from the BJD for no reason. I feel the BJP has the determination to dislodge 19-year-old Naveen Patnaik government,” Rout said. Salipur MLA of Congress Prakash Behera resigned on Saturday alleging “negligence by the state party leadership”. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliThough Beheras name was cleared by the Pradesh Election Committee for becoming a candidate in 2019 polls, he quit the party ahead of elections. Behera joined the BJP in Delhi on Sunday. Three other sitting Congress MLAs have also quit the grand old party in the run up to elections in Odisha. They are Nabakishore Das (Jharsuguda), Jogesh Singh (Sundergarh) and Krushna Chandra Sagaria (Koraput). Das and Singh joined the BJD, while Sagaria went to the Bahujan Samaj Party. BJD MLA from Nilagiri in Balasore district Sukant Kumar Nayak also left the party alleging neglect. Sources close to him said he may join the saffron party. Nayaks resignation came after the BJD inducted Nilagiris BJP leader Sushma Biswal into the party fold.
Kolkata: Eminent Chhau artiste from Purulia Nepal Mahato passed away at a private hospital in Cuttack on March 16.The 66-year-old Padmashree recipient is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Mahato’s death is an irreparable loss to the Chhau art. Not only Mahato had made the dance popular, he was the key figure to take the troupe in the international arena. He was awarded Padmashree in 1983. Nepal Mahato was born in a remote village called Adabona. He was interested in Chhau from his childhood. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe has taken his first training on the martial art, Chhau when he was just 10 years old. He set up his Chhau team in 1974-75 and claimed fame with his artistic performance. Mahato evolved different styles within Purulia Chhau by guiding his team in Shaivism martial art of tribal Chhau form. His latest variation in the dance of lion created huge response and made the Mahishasurmardini part famous. His innovations took Chhau dance to a different level. He took his troupe to England, Canada, France, Switzerland, Thailand and Russia. Mahato also served as expert in the ministry of Culture. His two sons Subrata and Sougata and grandson are eminent chhau artistes in his team.
Darjeeling: Despite the BJP remaining silent on their candidate for the Darjeeling constituency, both the allies — Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Bimal faction) and the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) — have announced the name of Raju Bista as the BJP candidate for the Darjeeling constituency.Incidentally, the BJP had fielded heavyweight candidates from the Darjeeling constituency in 2009 and 2014. Backed by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) both Jaswant Singh and SS Ahluwalia emerged victorious in 2009 and 2014, respectively. The BJP had managed to get a political toehold in Bengal through the Darjeeling constituency. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHowever, this time political equations have changed drastically. The GJM, the power centre of the Hills, has undergone a vertical split with the larger faction led by Binay Tamang and the other by Bimal Gurung. Gurung and his close confidants are however underground, implicated in multiple cases. The GJM (Binay faction) has forged an alliance with the TMC while the GNLF and the GJM (Bimal) have rallied with the BJP. The Hills will go to polls on April 18 and March 26 is the last date of filing nomination, still the BJP delayed the announcement of candidate for the Darjeeling constituency. The GNLF top brass have been camping in Delhi along with the GJM (Bimal) to come up with the name of candidate for Darjeeling. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe name of the candidate did not feature in the official list of the BJP but the GNLF and GJM (Bimal) declared Bista’s name on their social network sites as the official BJP candidate and put his photographs. The GNLF site invited supporters to accord a warm welcome to Bista who is scheduled to arrive at the Bagdogra Airport along with Mann Ghising, President, GNLF. However, there is silence in the BJP camp. When asked regarding the candidature of Bista, Avijit Roy Chowdhury, district president, BJP stated: “We have not got any official communication regarding this.” Thirty-nine-year-old Bista is a resident of Kangpok district of Manipur. He is the managing director of Surya Roshni Ltd. The decision to field Raju Bista from Darjeeling has ruffled feathers in the rank and file of different political outfits. Swaraj Thapa, a close confidant of Bimal Gurung, tendered his resignation from the GJM (Bimal) party. In a letter, Thapa has written: “I am tendering my resignation from all posts as well as the primary membership of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. I am doing so in strong protest against the idea of foisting a candidate for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat who is a rank outsider, has little political background and absolutely no knowledge or interest about the issues regarding Darjeeling, including its core issue of Gorkhaland. It is unfortunate that we have not been able to find an able candidate for Darjeeling who can take up issues on behalf of the people of Darjeeling.” He further said that it was very unfortunate that the Hill leadership have become mere puppets in the hands of Delhi and Kolkata. “The BJP has taken advantage of the personal compulsion of our leadership,” Thapa said. Thapa, who was a journalist based in Delhi, hails from Darjeeling. He had joined the GJM under Gurung and worked in various capacities including advisor.
New Delhi: Services were briefly delayed on the Dwarka Sector 21-New Delhi section of the Airport Express Line on Sunday due to a technical snag, after which operations resumed. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) announced that there was a delay in service from Delhi Aerocity to Dwarka Sector 21.”Airport Line Update — Delay in service from Aerocity to Dwarka Sector 21. Normal service on all other lines,” the DMRC wrote on their Twitter handle. However, after a few minutes, the mass transit agency said that normal services were restored on the line. “Airport Line Update — Normal service has resumed,” read another tweet by DMRC. On April 24, services on Airport Express Line was briefly affected due to the slow movement of trains from Dwarka Sector 21 to New Delhi.
New Delhi: A majority of the newly-listed companies are trading well above their issue price, giving investors returns of up to 21 per cent this year. Since the start of 2019, as many as six companies have got listed on the bourses. Of this, five firms are trading above their issue price, fixed after their initial public offerings, as per an analysis of the performance of the new listings showed. Among the new entrants, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, which got listed on April 11, has seen the biggest rally in its scrip, which jumped 21.31 per cent from its initial public offer (IPO) price on the NSE. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraWires and cables manufacturer Polycab India, whose scrip debuted on April 16, zoomed 19.94 per cent as compared to its issue price. The scrip of Chalet Hotels climbed 14.64 per cent and those of Xelpmoc Design and Tech Limited rose by 7.57 per cent against the price at which they had issued shares to investors. Both the companies had made their market debut earlier in February this year. Xelpmoc Design and Tech Ltd is a provider of professional and technical consulting services, offering technology services and end-to-end technology solutions and support. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysMarket analysts said that price band of the offers as also the overall trend in market play key role in the success of isssue. Besides, the scrip of Metropolis Healthcare gained 6.82 per cent from its issue price after getting listed on April 15. MSTC is the only firm to take a hit in its share price, falling 11.66 per cent since its listing on March 29. MSTC’s initial share sale was extended and also its price band was revised. Meanwhile, Neogen Chemicals, which concluded its initial public offer on Friday, is yet to list its shares on the bourses.
Berlin: A passenger train slammed into a lorry that became stranded on a rail line in northern Germany on Wednesday, injuring twelve people, two of them seriously, police said. The crash at around 4:30am (0230 GMT) at a level crossing in Alt Duvenstedt, near Flensburg, derailed the regional train, which was carrying 22 passengers. “All of those injured were taken to hospital,” a police spokesman told AFP, adding one victim of the crash was flown by helicopter to hospital in the port city of Kiel. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe accident happened when the cab of the articulated lorry, towing 70 tonnes of heavy equipment, became stranded at the level crossing. The driver jumped clear before the crash, police told news agency DPA. Police said it was unclear why the truck became stuck at the crossing. The impact badly damaged the front of the train, which was lifted off the tracks. Rail travel between Flensburg and Hamburg is expected to be severely disrupted for most of Wednesday, police said, because of damage to overhead lines and the tracks. “A special train from (national rail operator) Deutsche Bahn is coming to get the train that crashed back on the rails,” a police spokesman told daily Bild.
Melbourne: Majority of Australians rate climate change as a bigger threat to the country’s interest compared to global terrorism, a study has found. Almost 64 per cent of Australians have called climate change as ‘a critical threat’ — an increase of six points from 2018 and 18 points since 2014, according to a poll by Lowy Insititute on Australian attitudes on Climate change. “Six in 10 Australians have said that ‘global warming is a serious and pressing problem and we should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs,’ continuing the dramatic reversal of attitudes since 2012,” researchers said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportClimate change topped the chart of a dozen possible threats to Australia’s vital interests in the next ten years. Other issues were Cyberattacks from other countries with 62 per cent seeing it as a threat apart from international terrorism (61 per cent) and North Korea’s nuclear programme (60 per cent). The poll also confirmed Australians were more concerned about climate change this election than at any time. The poll was conducted for four days from March 12, both over the phone and online, and drew the results from a sample of 2,130 Australian adults. This year 61 per cent of voters said climate change was so serious and pressing we should address it now, even if was expensive. Only 28 per cent of people said climate change should be dealt with gradually, and 10 per cent said we should not act on climate change until we are “sure it’s a problem” — the lowest numbers since 2006 and 2008, respectively.
TOZEUR – Tunisia’s southern Tozeur region ground to a halt on Wednesday, as the latest in a growing number of strikes around the country was called to protest a lack of development.“This movement is taking place because the authorities have ignored our demands,” the UGTT trade union confederation’s regional chief, Haroun Bouagga, told AFP.“If the authorities do not reply to us or begin a dialogue, we will adopt more intense forms of protest,” he warned. The strike organisers, who include the Utica bosses’ organisation as well as the UGTT, estimated that 98 percent of public offices, shops and businesses observed the strike in Tozeur, some 450 kilometres (280 miles) southwest of Tunis.Several thousand people protested in the town, shouting slogans against the Islamist Ennahda party and the coalition government it leads.The UGTT and Utica are demanding state aid to develop the tourism and agriculture sectors, the two main employers in the oasis town, which lies on the edge of the desert, not far from the Algerian border.Tunisia’s tourism industry has taken a battering since the overthrow of veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali nearly three years ago, as the transition has run into trouble and jihadist-related violence has surged.Poverty and the underdevelopment were driving forces behind the protests that toppled Ben Ali and inspired similar uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa.Last week, strikes were observed in three other regions of Tunisia that complain of neglect by the central government, sparking bloody clashes with police in two of them.
Rabat- French industrialist and co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House Pierre Bergé is releasing the English version of his book “Yves Saint Laurent: A Moroccan Passion”, which pays tribute to the life he lived with Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in Morocco, according to media reports.The book, which was originally published in French in conjunction with the “YSL et le Maroc” 2010 exhibition in the city of Marrakech, is entirely written with handwriting. It shows personal photographs of the legendary French designer, many of them published for the first time.Yves Saint Laurent had a special bond with Morocco. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Majorelle Garden, a residence and botanical garden he jointly owned with Bergé in Marrakech. The 90-page book will be available on September 16. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
Rabat – The African Division of African players has rejected the sanction imposed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) against Morocco.The African Division of the FIFPro, the International Federation of Professional Footballers, said that the players are the primary victims of CAF’s decision to suspend Morocco from participating in continental competitions for the next four years.“Denying a nation [Morocco] the possibility of playing in three consecutive African Cup of Nations is to sacrifice an entire generation of players, the FIFPro said on Thursday. “Prevent their playing at the highest international level, and disallow their practicing an important part of their occupation as professional footballers. It is to put a brake on their development.”In November 2014, CAF decided to strip Morocco from hosting rights of the 2015 African Cup of Nations and to ban the Moroccans from playing in the continental tournament.This week, CAF also banned Morocco from the next two tournaments (in 2017 and 2019) and the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) was fined $1 Million and ordered to pay 8 million euros in compensation for damages to CAF and its partners.“It isn’t for FIFPro Division Africa to say whether Morocco acted in accordance with its rights in refusing to organize the last African Cup of Nations (CAN) – relying on the precautionary principle when confronted by the Ebola epidemic – but it is for us, on the other hand, to be astonished that the penalties imposed by the CAF should be directed above all and directly against the players,” the FIFPro said.“Why pick on the players in this way? Why make them wear a hat far too big for them, making them pay, and such a heavy price, for the errors imputed to their executives? It would have been easy to ban Morocco from organizing any continental competitions for “X” years, or further to increase the financial penalties, rather than punish the footballers, who are neither guilty nor responsible but have been heavily penalized from the outset!” it added.
By Rania TaziCasablanca – Ceramists in Morocco have threatened to boycott the Spanish market due to the increasing amount of Spanish ceramics imports that threatens the local ceramics industries.On June 13th, a press briefing was organized in Casablanca where the president of the Moroccan association of ceramists, Mohsine Lazraq, called upon authorities to take charge of the situation. According to Lazraq, not all ceramics imports are declared, and the industry requires a more strict control on customs. Lazraq stated, “When comparing numbers between Spanish exports to Morocco and Moroccan imports from Spain, there is a large gap of more than 1,25 million m² of ceramics that have disappeared.”According to le360.ma, members of the Association of Professionals in the sector have declared that they will no longer buy raw materials from the Spanish market, although they currently purchase 60% of their raw materials there. The president of the Association added, “We have consulted with other supplier countries and as soon as we judge appropriate, we will no longer be supplied from Spain.”This decision is due to the low prices of imports that trump those of local ceramists, which is an example of Spanish artisans conducting the dishonest practice of dumping. The president of the Association stated, “If Spanish and Moroccan authorities impose no measures to stop the dumping, we will have no choice but to respond with radical decisions.”With the risk of losing tens of millions of euros, Spanish authorities are expected to increase measures to help the Moroccan ceramics market reduce Spanish imports.
Rabat – American military defense company, Raytheon, will supply Morocco with 317 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missiles and 199 Block II captive air-training missiles, used during military exercises, American-based news agency, United Press International (UPI), reported on Tuesday.Raytheon has received a $199 million contract modification to provide 317 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missiles and 199 Block II to the U.S. Navy and several of the branch’s allied armed forces.Sidewinder missiles are infrared-tracking weapons used for short-range air-to-air and air-to-ground combat, UPI explained. The munitions have been integrated into F-15, F-16, and F/A-18 aircraft. The same source said that Raytheon will deliver spares and supporting equipment to its foreign customers.Raytheon’s work, which is expected to be finished by March 2020, will take place at the company’s facility in Tucson, Arizona and in several other locations, including Canada, California, Connecticut, Ohio and Alabama.Besides the findings of U.S Navy and U.S. Air Forces, Raytheon received all funding at the time of the contract award, which is comprised of sales to Morocco, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Romania, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Turkey, Switzerland, South Korea, Norway, Japan, Denmark, Finland, Israel and Singapore.Over the past few years, Morocco has underpinned its military inventory by importing arms from the United States of America, Spain and Russia.In 2015, it was reported that Morocco will be receiving 1,200 TOW 2a anti-tank missiles, at an estimated cost of $108 million, from American military defense company Raytheon. The missiles are part of a $7billion dollar effort by the U.S. to supply arms and aircraft to four of its Arab allies.Spanish newspaper, El Pais, reported in late 2016 that Morocco was the eighth importer of Spanish weapons in the first six months of 2016. This is according to Spain’s report on the export of Defense and Dual-Use Material, conducted by Spain’s Ministry of Commerce.
Rabat – A friend to whom I can refuse nothing wrote to me asking my opinion about what he called the degradation of the notoriety of Islam. The question took me by surprise. In fact, the impression I had was contrary to his perception.For me, Islam was making a strong come back, a surge unprecedented since the first centuries of its advent. I thought that fewer Muslims were challenging the foundations of their faith. I was thankful to my friend for his question because he gave me a new perspective. I decided to review the dominating religious discourse. I analyzed the data based on how rational, coherent, historically sound, and objective it was. This was especially important considering the “faithful” who are making news promoting, fighting, dying, killing, and seeking political power through Islam.To address my friend’s question in a manner pertinent to his concerns, I tried to understand what made him ask that specific question. I assumed he must have supposed that Muslims are going through some sort of cultural or identity crisis and/or that their religion has been suffering from some fatal ailments. Maybe he saw signs that Islam was undergoing a sudden anarchic multiplication of malign ideological outgrowths or that it is splitting into competing segments. Perhaps, just as many others, including Muslims, my friend must have difficulties identifying which is the authentic Islam from the feuding scores each of which claims it, alone, is the true one, and therefore, the only one entitled to prevail. This conviction of prevalence would not have been a problem were it of a pure intellectual nature.It appears that the multiple rites and sects of the faith that have been until recently celebrated as being able to coexist, and may actually have done so at times, has suddenly and unexpectedly diverted from their peaceful trajectories. As a matter of fact, after long centuries of complete darkness and silencing of the mind, the aura that maintained the myth and sacredness of religious discourses, started to dim and to allow clearer visibility. Religious discourse grew vulnerable, exposed to the close scrutiny of all.The spread of education, literacy and of information technology as well as satellite television broadcasting freely from non Muslim countries exposed flaws in religious discourse to a wider majority. The once well kept secrets that empowered the privileged few could now reveal their incoherence, ambiguity, lies, and their treachery. Women are among those formerly excluded who have stepped in with force.In fact, the entry of women to the field has already had significant impact in many countries including Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. The hard line discourse has given way under collective political ideological pressure placed by women and other new scholars.Increased literacy rates have stripped the old scholars of the myth they had built around themselves for centuries. New scholars have brought voices and attitudes to the population. While the denial of reason, of intelligence, of questioning and of challenging is rejected, the right to know, to be listened to and to require relevant and updated answers is being claimed.Furthermore, propositions of translations into vernacular and local varieties of the Arabic language that have gone viral on social media have demythologized texts. No wonder, the gatekeepers of the religious temple have opposed and are opposing these translations and these programs with utmost violence.Likewise, doubt, which is a prohibited intellectual faculty to the layperson in the religious tradition, has become unavoidable as scientific information has become more accessible. New information challenges many fundamentals of the rigid religious discourse about the universe, creation, biology, physiology, history, psychology, sociology, etc.. The stubbornness of religious scholarship has thus become its major foe.The discourse of the religious establishment and of its leading scholars has become esoteric, inaccessible, and unreliable. Books about the end and the death of the major pillars of the religious heritage are widely circulated. New profiles of scholars trained in religious matters but also in the modern human sciences are entering the discourse. Arguments deconstructing the foundations of common knowledge, beliefs and convictions have never been as accessible to as many as they are nowadays.One such example is the reduction of the dominating religious discourse of all peoples in North Africa and the Middle East into one origin, namely, that of Arabia. Kurdish, Amazigh, Yezedi, African and other origins are forced into a conception of the region that either acknowledges its Arabism or is treated as heathen, sold out to Western ideologies and interests, and anti-Islam.The forced overlap of a faith onto a racial condition in defiance to historical and geographical facts that have been occulted for centuries but which science has proved wrong has led this religious discourse to absurd theories positing the Arabic language and race as the prototypes of all others in the region. Such discourse has thus defeated its own agendas and has become responsible for its own decay and degradation.The role social media is playing in this transformation of the relationship of individuals and groups to religion and religious discourse is of paramount importance. In addition to providing platforms to all the trends, sects, rites and to all types of attitudes and cultures, social media has also exposing the private lives of leading figures of the opposing parties. Whether through fake news, fabricated images or through reports of actual events, social media has disclosed the contradictions and hypocrisy of manipulative opinion leaders.Cases of lecherous behaviors bother men and women who teach and claim modesty, chastity, loyalty and generosity. One issue that is being discussed is the invitation of Muslims to engage in jihad. The paradox lies in that those proselytizers campaigning for jihad do not engage in it themselves nor do they engage their own offspring to sacrifice their lives in exchange of better ones in the thereafter in compliance with their propaganda. Instead, they collect huge amounts of money from their campaigns and spend it on themselves and on their children to enjoy the pleasures of life on Earth.Such discourse is especially appealing among younger generations and adolescents who have difficulties relating to the mainstream way of life both in their own societies and in foreign countries, which are predominantly Christian. This is due to the chronic insufficiency of socializing institutions, the lack of success models, the unavailability of viable opportunities, school failure, idleness, unemployment, marginalization and discrimination.Other reasons are more subjective and include perceived racism that may be real at times, a deep feeling of pain resulting from being left out. Not the least of all these factors is the culture in which wealth and luxury are the measure of worth and relevance of humans. The consequent disappointment, feeling of loss, hopelessness and despair of all the categories of factors create situations conducive to the positive response to the radical and extremist discourse of these propagandists of fundamentalist attitudes.Claims of the urgency of drastic reforms of millenary legislation deeply rooted in the tradition of religious teachings and commandments are not only being discussed and claimed but actually acted upon and implemented. The social status of women that is being transformed away from the mainstream religious tradition in many countries is but one example.Overt challenges of religious ideologies and imposed behaviors are witnessed in the most suppressive and oppressive regimes and more people, women and men, are standing up against them and taking huge risks to their freedom and their lives. Resistance is, however, literally deadly and is justified by the obligation to maintain the status quo that is presented as the divine will and natural order.The confrontation is among trends that limit the approach to tradition to acceptance, total adherence and submission and those that range from questioning it, submitting it to criticism, and to reasonable adaptation and updating to calls for the total removal of the religious factor from the public sphere. Religion, for the latter trend, is and should remain a private variable that has to be kept away from legislation, politics and professional and social ethics and morality.The argument is that throughout history the closest religion had been to any of these spheres, the consequences were the rise of egocentrism, ethnocentrism, hatred, exclusion of minorities, excessive exploitation of humans in diverse forms of forced labor, abuse of the dignity and physical integrity of humans, monopolization of power and of wealth by a few that do not hesitate to impose their authority by coercion and extreme violence.Increased accessibility to new and critical versions of history has disclosed the absurdity of many accounts that had been held at face value to be self evident and which were manipulated to support and maintain convictions and beliefs and to justify the status quo and the rule of dynasties, tribes, other groups.The crisis which my friend, who must be waiting for my response to his query, has mentioned must be one of the types that accompany every metamorphosis and renewal. In other words, it is the pain that heralds radical change. The syndrome that transformation is underway in societies in which Islam has been part of the culture for so long it has shaped mindsets, behaviors and imagination and in which people are aware they have either to reinvent their religion to make room for contemporariness and modernity or it will slip out of their control before they can see it disappear or turn into something they would not be proud of.The crisis may be the symptom of the attitudes that support ignorance, imitation, the skill of reproducing models, of mistrust, of fear and of essentializing marginal issues. This is to invest the universe of knowledge, creation, innovation, critical thinking, responsibility, solidarity, acknowledgment of the centrality of the human, the prominence of reality over any transcendence, confidence, responsibility and accountability.The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent any institution or entity. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
Rabat- Abdelhak Khiame, Head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), has once again expressed his concerns over the security threat in Sahel, where terror groups continue to jeopardize the stability of the region.In an interview with the Casablanca-based Le Reporter the Moroccan official deplored the security situation in the Sahel region, describing it as “a fertile ground for terrorism.”This was not the only concern of the BCIJ chief: several other security weaknesses have emerged in the Sahel region. Khiame explicitly underscored the link between terrorism and drug trafficking.Khiame explained that Morocco has managed to arrest many suspects involved in drug trafficking. Speaking about the security threats in the Sahel region, the BCIK chief said that illegal activity serves as a means of escaping from poverty for many separatists living in Tindouf in southern Algeria.Many of the same separatist groups are members of terrorist organizations, including Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).Khiame described these trafficking circles as a clear means of financing terrorism in the region, which is already a “fertile ground for terrorism,”posing a threat not only to Morocco, but also Algeria and the entire region.He added that Morocco has put in place an “efficient” policy, as well as a security system, in order to confront all dangers related to terrorism and drug trafficking. The security apparatus has produced “record seizures” of cocaine and the dismantlement of several drug trafficking rings across Morocco.This is not the first time when Khiame expressed his deep concerns over the region. In April 2017, Khiame told French TV Channel France 24, that regional cooperation is very important in battling the transnational threat of terrorism.In a February interview with Le Monde, Khiame verified that Morocco works with its partners, efficiently exchanging information about binationals tied to terrorist cells.“We have liaison officers in the partner countries and Western liaison officers herein Morocco,” he said.Khiame, however, has expressed his concerns over the lack of cooperation between Morocco and its eastern neighbor.“The problem is the absence of collaboration from the Algerians and the existence of an area controlled by a terrorist group,” he said, referring to the Polisario Front.
Rabat – On Thursday morning, a policeman fired his gun in warning and then shot an individual threatening passengers on a bus as well as police officers.The policeman, a member of the mobile brigade in Temara, fired five shots, including two warnings at the individual brandishing a knife. The knife-man had a criminal record.The suspect destroyed the front windshield of two buses, according to a statement from the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN). When the suspect violently resisted and obstinately tried to attack the occupants of the bus, the police officer was obliged to use his service weapon.The policeman shot the suspect three times in his knee and thorax, according to the DGSN.The injured suspect, placed under medical supervision at the hospital, will be brought to the court as soon as his health is stabilized.The statement concluded that the suspect will be subjected to an investigation under the supervision of the competent prosecutor’s office.
Rabat – The secretary-general of Algeria’s Workers Party has joined the list of local public figures criticizing the Algerian political system.During a press conference held at the party’s headquarters in Algiers on Wednesday, Louisa Hanoune heavily criticized the Algerian regime. She condemned the “mafiaization of state institutions,” referring to the arrest of senior officials involved in cocaine trafficking.At a time when Algeria accused Morocco of “flooding” it with cannabis, Hanoune opened up about a scandal in the Algerian cabinet regarding senior government officials involved in smuggling over 700 kilograms of cocaine in May. According to the politician, the scandal “reveals a mafiaization of state institutions already gangrenous by widespread corruption.”Algerian newspaper Al Watan quoted Hanoune’s criticism, emphasizing that Algeria lives in a “political congestion, caught in a spiral of economic recession and social distress, it is a state that loses its authority internally and externally.”Hanoune also expressed concerns over the next presidential election. For the politician, the election will take place in a “dangerous context” that will “lead the country to the unknown, it is to go to the abyss.”Hanoune said, “We refuse to embark on the sterile debate on the 5th mandate, because it bypasses the central question that is the nature of the political regime, especially no one knows what will happen here.“Should we change a man to replace him with another or change an ‘Escobarized’ system? It is to sign the death sentence of the country.”In April, the Algerian ruling party the National Liberation Front called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fifth term in the 2019 presidential election.Algerian media reported earlier this year that the majority of the party sent requests to the president.However, several Algerian public figures expressed disatisfaction with the Algerian political regime under the leadership of Bouteflika, who has been president since 1999.In June, Algerian author and journalist Mohamed Benchicou criticized the political status and economic situation of the Algerian regime, describing the country as a “stateless” nation subjected to “corruption and predation.”“We are not masters of our future either economically, socially, or politically. Everything is done to let things rot and to worsen delays,” he told Le Point d’Afrique. Algerian journalist Lila Haddad recorded a video at the European Parliament’s studio in Brussels in June, denouncing the Algerian regime for “undermining” the dignity of Algerian citizens.The journalist, who is based in Brussels, said that Bouteflika is “nothing more than a heap of flesh exposed to the world.”Haddad appeared in another video less than a week after her first video, sharing her concerns and slamming both Bouteflika and his brother Said.“I had asked your brother Said to show compassion and to release you. A feeling tells me that you wish to withdraw and that you are waiting for a favorable moment.”The journalist also said that Algerian people are suffering social issues due to a “group of criminals who became decision-makers” following Bouteflika’s sickness.In 2013, Bouteflika suffered a debilitating stroke.
Rabat – NASA’s InSight lander project is set to study the red planet if it lands successfully on Mars this evening, around 8:45 p.m. (Moroccan time).Oudrhiri told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that “landing on Mars is one of the most improbable scientific achievements in terms of global exploration, as the success rate is only 40 percent.”He added that a failure rate of 60 percent “obviously makes things complicated but also exciting if they succeed.” Oudrhiri said that the new scientific mission will study the internal composition of the red planet and that InSight has been equipped with seismometers and a heat flow sensor.Oudrhiri has worked for NASA for more than 20 years. He contributed to several key missions, including missions related to Mars exploration craft: Curiosity, Rovers, Spirit, and Opportunity.Read Also: Exclusive Interview with Kamal Oudghiri, Moroccan in Charge of Monitoring NASA’s Mission to Mars“We will be sitting anxiously at the Mission Control Center, nervous but also hopeful that all our efforts will pay off and that everything will eventually work out as planned,” he said.Oudrhiri also oversees the Cold Atom Lab (CAL) mission on behalf of the NASA space agency.The scientist has been recognized with several NASA achievement honor awards from the planetary scientific community.From Fez, Oudrhiri completed his graduate studies in space communication in the US. The scientist joined NASA in 1996.
Rabat – Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) will celebrate the 63rd anniversary since its creation on Thursday, May 16.The DGSN is using the event to highlight its important role in ensuring security across Morocco. They will be showcasing their achievements through several initiatives including “open days.” The DGSN said that for the past two years it has been planning the event which is gaining considerable momentum. The first annual open day event, held under the theme of National Security, Commitment and Loyalty, was attended by 80,000 visitors in Casablanca who explored the DGSN’s national role, its strategies, and initiatives. MAP reported that the number of people who attended DGSN’s second annual open day event reached as many as 260,000 visitors in Marrakech.The DGSN believe that the record of visitors reached is a testament to the success of the event in bringing citizens closer to DGSN to establishing trust and mutual respect between the public and the institution.Read Also: King Mohammed VI Launches Construction of New DGSN Headquarters in RabatThe DGSN also emphasized the importance of its decision to expand its presence on social media, giving the Twitter account launched in January 2019 as an example.The move, according to MAP, aims to strengthen communication with citizens to meet their expectations.The Twitter account is followed by more than 14,000 internet users.The celebration of the anniversary will serve as an opportunity to honor DGSN’s servants, who ensure the stability and security of the country.On April 24, King Mohammed VI launched the construction of the new DGSN headquarters. The project will cost MAD 2 billion and take five years to complete.The project is in line with the royal speech made on the 17th anniversary of the King’s Coronation in 2016, in which he acknowledged the importance of the national police. During the speech, the King also acknowledged the difficulties faced by national police due to limited resources.The monarch also highlighted that the police “work day and night and are subject to tremendous pressure, as they are exposed to danger when they are on duty.”He continued by uring the government to “provide the security authorities with the necessary human and material resources to enable them to carry out their duty properly.”The DGSN is responsible for providing security and for challenging all threats to the stability of the country, including terrorism, drug trafficking, and transnational organized crimes.