Corrected study Building mining have high suicide rates

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. health officials say the workers with the highest suicide rates have construction, mining and drilling jobs. That was the finding of a report correcting an earlier study that mistakenly said farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen killed themselves most often.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a corrected study Thursday. CDC officials said the 2016 study ‘s mistakes included the misclassification of some workers as farmers instead of managers.The study looked at 22,000 people who died of suicide in 2012 and 2015, and what jobs they held. Men had the highest suicide rates.The 2015 suicide rate for men in construction and extraction jobs was 53 per 100,000. The second highest rate was seen in men who worked in arts, design, entertainment and media.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Russian hackers use Brexit in phishing email experts warn

first_imgLONDON — Cybersecurity experts at consulting firm Accenture are warning that Russian hackers are using public interest in Brexit as a lure in their latest phishing emails.The company’s security division issued an advisory Thursday about a Brexit-themed document intended to deliver malware to targets.Accenture said the Microsoft Word file started circulating the same day this month that the British government agreed on a draft of its agreement to leave the European Union.The document had Brexit in its file name but contained only garbled text used to trick users into activating a macro command to load malicious content.Accenture said it appears the cyberattackers were Russian based on software used in previous hacking attempts. It added that they often use news headlines to trick victims.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Shrinking Japan OKs divisive bill to get more foreign labour

first_imgTOKYO — Japan is set to approve legislation that would officially open the door to foreign workers to do unskilled jobs and possibly eventually become citizens.Lawmakers were due to vote late Friday on a government proposal to allow hundreds of thousands of foreign labourers to live and work in a country that has long resisted accepting outsiders.It’s seen as an unavoidable step as the country’s population rapidly ages and shrinks.Many short-handed industries, especially in the services sector, already rely heavily on foreign “trainees” and language students. The country also selectively grants visas to white-collar professionals, often from the west.Bringing in foreign labourers is a last resort after the government tried to meet labour shortages by encouraging more employment of women and older workers and using more robots and other automation.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Annual pace of housing starts picked up in November tops expectations

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of housing starts in November picked up compared with October.The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts in Canada was 215,941 units in November, up from 206,753 in October.Economists had expected an annual rate of 198,000, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The increase in the overall annual rate of housing starts came as the pace of urban starts increased by 2.2 per cent in November to 202,054 units.The annual rate of urban multiple-unit projects such as condominiums, apartments and townhouses grew 3.9 per cent to 151,596 units, while single-detached urban starts fell 2.3 per cent to 50,458.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 13,887 units.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dust Advisory in Fort St John continues today

first_imgThe forecast suggests the dust concentration will increase until there is precipitation or more dust suppression. The advisory will be in effect until further notice.Real-time air quality observations and information regarding the health effects of air pollution can be found at www.bcairquality.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A Dust Advisory that was issued for Fort St. John earlier this week remains in effect today.Environment Canada issued the advisory on Monday because of high levels of road dust in the air. The dust levels have increased due to the presence of winter traction material on dry roads. Levels of dust tend to be highest around busy roads and industrial operations.Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise near busy roads until the advisory is lifted. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.last_img read more

Fort St John RCMP say woman reported missing earlier this week has

first_imgjust want to quell rumours: Charlene Langevin is still missing! Yesterday we advised that a 30 year old missing woman had been located. That was no Charlene. https://t.co/wDtzdnv5N7— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) June 29, 2018Langevin is described as: standing 5’7″ tall, with brown hair, blue eyes, and pierced ears. She has a tattoo of a turtle on her right calf, and a tattoo of a rose with a name on her shoulder. She was last seen wearing a black Harley Davidson hoodie, blue jeans, black half ankle boots and a purse, and is said to always wear a chain necklace with a Harley Davidson logo.If you have any information about Charlane “Charity” Langevin, or where she might be, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at (250)787-8100. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP say that a woman reported missing earlier this week has, contrary to popular belief, not been located.49-year-old Charlane “Charity” Langevin was last seen on Saturday, June 23rd at approximately 11:00 p.m. when she left a friend’s home in the Edgewood Trailer Park in Baldonnel. Langevin is said to have come to the Fort St. John area from Saskatchewan for a couple of weeks.Police say that she met two men on Saturday evening and has not been seen since. Langevin has not had contact with any family since she was last seen in Baldonnel, and according to the RCMP, it is very unusual for Charlane not to answer her phone, which has been determined to have been off for over 24 hours. On Thursday, the Fort St. John RCMP said in a release that a missing 30-year-old woman whose name was not provided had been located. That woman is not Langevin, and the RCMP confirmed this morning that she has not yet been located.last_img read more

Blue Bin program being removed from Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Gymnastics Association (NPGA) and the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) have jointly agreed to remove all the Blue Bins from Fort St. John due to the constant vandalism of the bins.As of Friday, October 11th, 2019, the clothing collection program will no longer be available. Chantelle Yates of the NPGA shares, although this has been a fantastic fundraiser for our club for the last two years, unfortunately, the damage to the bins and the safety of our volunteers has become a significant concern and is becoming very costly to NPGA and Diabetes Canada.An ongoing problem for the club was the bins being intentionally and regularly broken into, which created a loss for the club when trying to clean up the soiled and damaged donations.Yates shares the CDA was unable to repair the bins in a timely manner due to the remote location of the bins and in combination with people continuing to drop off donations when the bins were damaged, clothes and donations are scattered causing the donations to lose their value once exposed to the elements and becoming soiled.A concern for Yates and her volunteers was the discovery of needles amongst the damaged donations.“For safety, we have asked our volunteers to stop emptying the unlocked bins,” said Yates.The club has thrown out as much as it has saved from the program as the NPGA pays out of pocket to dispose of the damaged donations. This fundraiser brought in $3000-$5000/year for the club and Yates is very sad to see it go, but for the safety of all involved, she shares, they have not been able to get a handle of the vandalism and dumping of garbage since the issues with the red bins last year.January 31st, 2019 story on the vandalism of the bins; CLICK HERE. last_img read more

State Panchayats dept draws up measures to increase production and sale of

first_imgKolkata: In a significant stride to ensure a better livelihood for the fish farmers in the state, the Panchayats and Rural Development department is taking a slew of measures to develop infrastructure for cultivation, storage and quality control of fish, the most favourite delicacy of the Bengalis. Come Saturday and the department is kickstarting a new project ‘Meen Mitra’ at Tamluk in East Midnapore to provide the fish farmers knowledge and technical knowhow on augmentation of production and handling problems associated with the cultivation of the species. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”There will be a 15 days’ hands-on training for 34 members of the Self-Help Groups who are associated with fish cultivation in the area. They will be reaching out to other fish farmers in the state and will impart knowledge and technical knowhow on the nature of cultivation depending upon the quality of water and how to address problems associated with cultivation. They will be acting as a catalyst for the fish producers at the block level,” a senior official of the department said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja164 people from nine places in North and South 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah, South Dinajpur, Cooch Behar, Siliguri and Darjeeling and of course East Midnapore will come under the project in the first phase. The department will also provide equipment needed for soil testing, water testing and other requisites. According to the official, there are broadly four types of water — fresh, brackish, marine and cold water . The training will be imparted on the nature of the waterbodies available in a particular area for scientific breeding of fishes. The department for the first time in the state is also boosting the infrastructure for better storage and quality control. “We will come up with solar dehydrated units in certain earmarked areas so that fishermen do not dry fish under the sun beside the sea or the river. The funds for five such units priced at around Rs 2 lakh per unit have already been placed,” the official said. The department is also coming up with mini ice plants for storage of fish and funds for five such units have already been placed. “We are also procuring 20 cool boxes which will retain the freshness of fish for a longer period. The equipment are being procured from the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) in Hyderabad through the West Bengal Comprehensive Area Development Corporation that comes under the aegis of our department,” the official maintained.last_img read more

Mindtree board to discuss proposed buyback offer

first_imgBengaluru: Leading IT services firm Mindtree’s board of directors will meet on Wednesday to discuss the company’s proposed buyback, in the backdrop of diversified conglomerate Larsen and Toubro Ltd’s (L&T) bid to take over. “The proposed buyback will be discussed by the board on Wednesday. Our plan for buyback will be based on the evaluation. The method and price for the buyback will be decided…,” the city-based company’s Chief Executive Rostow Ravanan told the media on Tuesday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The L&T on Monday bought 20.4 per cent stake from Cafe Coffee Day founder V.G. Siddhartha for about Rs 3,300-crore, in a bid to take over the IT services firm. The company had said it would also buy additional stake in Mindtree through an open offer. “The independent directors will look into whether to support the open offer or not, because as per law they have to make a recommendation to shareholders whether to participate or not,” Ravanan said. The independent directors would set up a committee to evaluate the open offer, Mindtree said. Alleging a “hostile” takeover attempt by L&T, the Bengaluru-based company has maintained that it continues to have the support of its investors and stakeholders in opposing the takeover. “All our large shareholders have given us their support through this journey,” Ravanan added.last_img read more

Traffic pollution caused asthma in 350K Indian kids

first_imgWashington DC: Traffic-related pollution caused asthma among 350,000 children in India in 2015, second only to China, according to a Lancet study unveiled Thursday that analysed 194 countries and 125 major cities worldwide. The first global estimates of their kind published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal suggest that more than one in ten childhood asthma cases could be linked to traffic-related air pollution every year. With 92 per cent of cases developing in areas that have traffic pollution levels below the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline level, the researcher suggest that this limit may need to be reviewed. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Nitrogen dioxide pollution appears to be a substantial risk factor for childhood asthma incidence in both developed and developing countries, especially in urban areas,” said Susan Anenberg from George Washington University, US. “Our findings suggest that the World Health Organization guideline for annual average NO2 concentrations might need to be revisited, and that traffic emissions should be a target to mitigate exposure,” Anenberg said in a statement. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Our study indicates that policy initiatives to alleviate traffic-related air pollution can lead to improvements in children’s health and also reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said lead author Ploy Achakulwisut from George Washington University. Traffic-related air pollution may result in asthma development as pollutants may cause damage to the airways, leading to inflammation that triggers asthma in genetically predisposed children. The researchers used NO2 as a surrogate for the traffic pollution mixture to focus specifically on the effects of traffic pollution on childhood asthma development. NO2 is a pollutant formed mainly from fossil fuel combustion, and traffic emissions can contribute up to 80 per cent of ambient NO2 in cities. NO2 is just one component of air pollution, which is made up of many pollutants (including particulate matter, ozone, carbon monoxide), which are known to have numerous adverse effects on health. The researchers combined a global dataset of ambient NO2 — modelled from ground-level monitors, satellite data, and land use variables such as road networks — with data on population distribution and asthma incidence to estimate the number of new traffic pollution-related asthma cases in children aged 1-18 years. Globally, the estimates suggest that there are 170 new cases of traffic pollution-related asthma per 100,000 children every year, and 13 per cent of childhood asthma cases diagnosed each year are linked to traffic pollution. The country with the highest rate of traffic pollution-related childhood asthma was Kuwait (550 cases per 100,000 children each year), followed by the UAE (460 per 100,000), and Canada (450 per 100,000). The largest number of cases of traffic pollution-related asthma were estimated for China (760,000 cases), which is likely a result of China having the second largest population of children and the third highest concentrations of NO2, researchers said. Although less than half the size of China’s burden, India had the next largest number of cases (350,000) due to its large population of children, they said. The US (240,000), Indonesia (160,000) and Brazil (140,000) had the next largest burdens, with the US having the highest pollution levels of these three countries, while Indonesia had the highest underlying asthma rates. The country with the highest percentage of traffic pollution-attributable childhood asthma incidence was South Korea (31 per cent), followed Kuwait (30 per cent), Qatar (30 per cent), UAE (30 per cent), and Bahrain (26 per cent). The UK ranked 24th out of 194 countries, the US 25th, China 19th, and India 58th, researchers said. They explain that India ranks below other countries for this metric because, although levels of other pollutants — particularly PM2.5 — in India are among the highest in the world, NO2 levels from 2010-2012 in Indian cities appear to be lower than or comparable to levels in European and US cities. Two-thirds of traffic pollution-related asthma cases occurred in urban centres globally, and when suburbs were included this proportion increased to 90 per cent of cases. Of the ten cities with the highest proportion of traffic pollution-related asthma cases, eight were in China alongside Moscow, Russia, and Seoul, South Korea — all of which had high urban NO2 concentrations. Paris ranked 21st (33 per cent), New York ranked 29th (32 per cent), London 35th (29 per cent), and New Delhi 38th (28 per cent). The researchers note some limitations, including that studies linking traffic pollution and asthma, and NO2 monitoring data are largely from North America, Europe and east Asia, and NO2 ground-level monitors are mostly in urban areas, so could overestimate pollution levels in rural areas.last_img read more

Akhilesh alleges EVM malfunctioning across India

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday alleged that EVMs were “malfunctioning or voting for the BJP” across the country and termed it a “criminal negligence”.”EVMs across India malfunctioning or voting for the BJP. DMs say poll officials untrained to operate EVMs. 350+ being replaced. This is criminal negligence for a polling exercise that costs Rs 50,000 crs. “Should we believe DMs @ECISVEEP, or is something far more sinister afoot?” Yadav said in a tweet tagging the Election Commission. Talking to reporters after casting his vote in Saifai (Etawah), Yadav said the EC should take cognisance of reports of malfunctioning of EVMs in Rampur and Badaun also. “I have come to know that a state minister is trying to influence polling in Badaun, where his daughter is contesting. Officers are saying that EVMs are not running for lack of proper training of officials. Is this the digital India being promised by the government?” he posed. On Mainpuri seat, he said, “netaji (Mulayam Singh) will win with a record margin.” About Firozabad, where his uncle Shivpal Yadav is in the fray against SP candidate Akshay Yadav, he said Akshay is winning comfortably. In the third phase, the BJP and its allies will taste defeat, Akhilesh Yadav said, adding that people have made up their mind against the BJP. Meanwhile, a delegation of Samajwadi Party led by party leader and MLC Rajendra Chowdhury and others met UP Chief Electoral Officer L Venkateshwar in Lucknow and alleged discrepancies in EVMs in Rampur and complained about alleged role of the UP minister in Badaun. Asked for his comments, Additional Chief Electoral Officer B R Tiwari said an SP delegation has lodged complaints that UP cabinet minister Swami Prasad Maurya was trying to influence voters in favour of his daughter Sanghmitra Maurya, the BJP candidate in Badaun. He said the SP delegation also alleged that EVMs were not functioning in Rampur and the police was not cooperating with voters. “We have taken cognisance of all these points and sought a detailed report from the returning officer in this regard and directives have been issued to them to take immediate action,” Tiwari said.last_img read more

British girl sends 3 to Notre Dame appeal

first_imgLondon: A nine-year-old British girl sent $3 to the Fondation du Patrimoine, one of the four organisations tasked by the French government with collecting donations for the reconstruction of the Notre Dame after fire ravaged the Paris cathedral earlier this month. “Dear people of France and Paris. My name is Caitlyn, and I am 9 years old, I live in England,” Caitlyn Handley wrote in a letter to the foundation seen by CNN. “I heard about the Notre Dame fire on the radio and wanted to help, I know it’s not much, but every bit helps. Hopefully it won’t take too long to build. Thanks, Caitlyn.” Also Read – Enemies seek to sow discord’ between Iran & Iraq, says Khamenei Simon Handley, Caitlyn’s father, told CNN that his daughter was “very upset” by the crisis after discovering how old the cathedral was. He described his daughter as a “very bright girl” who cares deeply about “helping people and animals”. Laurence Levy, a spokeswoman for the Fondation du Patrimoine, told CNN that the organisation is receiving thousands of cheques a day. “Our whole team has been mobilised and many volunteers have come to help us, because we are not accustomed to receiving such an influx of donations in such a short space of time in our normal work.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Caitlyn was not alone in sending her money by post: Another Briton sent an envelope containing six 50 pounds notes ($387) to the foundation. These two British donations are among thousands from abroad. The Fondation du Patrimoine said that it had received 17,300 donations totalling $1.7 million from more than 160 foreign countries. Levy told CNN that the organisation has collected a total of $183 million since the launch of its campaign.last_img read more

New Jersey mall in lockdown after gunman spotted shots heard

first_imgNew Jersey- Authorities put a shopping mall in Paramus, New Jersey, on lockdown late Monday after a gunman was spotted and witnesses reported hearing shots, US media said. No injuries were immediately reported.Shooting erupted at the Garden State Plaza Mall around 9:20 pm local time, CNN television reported. One gunman dressed in black was being sought by police, NBC said. Witnesses gave varying accounts of the number of shots they heard, the reports said.Many stores scrambled to close their gates, while CNN cited Bergen county officials as saying the suspect was still at large over an hour after the shooting was first heard at the popular mall in a suburban area near New York City.Shocked workers and shoppers scurried away from the area as the incident recalled September’s tragedy at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, where an attack claimed by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shebab killed at least 67 people.last_img read more

Egyptian columnist stirs anger for insulting Moroccan women

first_imgRabat– An Egyptian columnist has stirred anger in Morocco after describing women in the North African kingdom as having a “bad reputation” of inviting men’s attention.In a recent column published by el-Fagr newspaper, Mohammad Atallah wrote that Egyptian footballer Amr Zaki, who recently joined Raja Casablanca, could lose his focus on football in Morocco, which he said is “famous for its nightclubs and women with bad reputation.”The columnist cited several examples portraying the country as the “Las Vegas” of North Africa. He said Algeria’s football team lost to Morocco 0-4 in 2011 after too much indulgence in sexual pleasures in Marakech, where the match was played. Even Bayern Munich’s players, who live in the more open Europe, could not resist the temptation of Moroccan women after winning the Club World Cup last month, Atallah added.His is column “Amr Zaki and Moroccan women” didn’t take long to be picked by Morocco’s most popular news website Hespress, which published an article about it, giving rise to angry reactions from Moroccans on the internet.The reactions, some of which were insulting to Egypt and threatening to the writer, prompted him to issue a statement on Friday, saying his comments were taken out of context.“The objective of my column was not to insult Moroccan women, but to urge the player not to be dragged by temptations and that he should remain focused on his career with Raja Casablanca,” Atallah said.Source: Al Arabiyalast_img read more

2nd Business Development Conference to Enhance MoroccoUS Economic Relations

first_imgRabat – U.S. and Moroccan business and government leaders will assemble at the 2nd Morocco-US Business Development Conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Rabat, Morocco on March 10th  and 11th.Aiming to educate the Moroccan and U.S. business communities about opportunities for doing business together, the two-day event will offer American companies an in-depth look at trade and investment opportunities in Morocco, according the press release.The conference will bring together some of the top private and public-sector leaders from both countries in automotive and aeronautics manufacturing, renewable energy technologies, and other key industries With a strategic location between Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Morocco hopes to boost its status as one of the closest trading partner to the U.S. in the MENA region. Morocco is looking is to create opportunities for franchise businesses as more and more malls open in major cities. Morocco is also a cost-competitive platform for trade and production thanks to its world-class infrastructure.The Business Development Conference was launched as part of the US-Morocco Strategic Dialogue process established between these two historic allies in 2012. This year also marks the final year for full implementation of the Morocco-US Free Trade Agreement signed between the two countries in 2006.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Housing minister meets in Zagreb with Croatian peer

first_imgZagreb – Housing Minister Nabil Benabdallah met, on Tuesday in Zagreb, with his Croatian counterpart Anka Marak Tarias on means to carry out a fruitful housing cooperation with Croatia. The two officials gave short presentations on the housing policy of Morocco and Croatia respectively with the aim of sharing expertize.Benabdallah told MAP that he exchanged ideas with the Croatian official on Morocco’s and Croatia’s housing, urban development and city’s policy. Croatia faced 20 years ago rural exodus and dealt with it and Morocco is facing today the same problem and trying to put it right, he added.last_img read more

Rabat King Mohammed VI Inaugurates New Headquarters of Constitutional Council

Rabat – King Mohammed VI inaugurated, Wednesday in Rabat, the new headquarters of the Constitutional Council which, in accordance with Article 177 of the 2011 constitution, will continue to exercise its powers until the setting up of the Constitutional Court.Reflecting the strong commitment of Morocco to promote the rule of law, the Constitutional Court decides, under Article 132 of the Constitution on the regularity of the election of members of Parliament and of referendums. Similarly, the organic laws before their promulgation and the regulations of the House of Representatives and the House of Advisers, before their implementation, shall be submitted to the Constitutional Court to rule on their conformity with the Constitution.For the same purpose, international laws and commitments may be referred to the Constitutional Court before their enactment or ratification by the Sovereign, the head of government, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the speaker of the House of Advisers, or by the fifth of the members of the House of Representatives or forty members of the House of Advisers. The Constitutional Court can also hear an objection of unconstitutionality raised during a trial, when one of the parties claim that the law on which the case outcome depends, infringes the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.The decisions of the Constitutional Court are not subject to appeal. They are binding on public authorities and on all administrative and judicial authorities.Under Article 130 of the Constitution, the Constitutional Court is composed of twelve members appointed for a term of nine years. Six members are appointed by the King, one member is proposed by the secretary general of the Higher Council of Ulema, and six members are elected by the House of Representatives and the House of Advisers (3 members each) from the list of candidates nominated by the Bureau of the House. The President of the Constitutional Court is appointed by the King, among the members of the Court.On the occasion of the inauguration of the new headquarters of the Constitutional Council, the Council’s president, Mohamed Achargui presented to the Sovereign a book in Arabic entitled “Glossary of constitutional terms.” read more

Driss Bencheikh Steps Down From Wafa Assurance

Rabat- Driss Bencheikh, the director of Attijariwafa Bank’s insurance subsidiary, Wafa Assurance, has stepped down on Thursday in what appears to be a new reshuffle inside the Société Nationale d’Investissement, the Royal holding company known as SNI.According to media reports, Bencheikh, who was appointed head of Wafa Assurance in June, 2014, will be replaced by Ali Harraj, who was previously CEO of Tenor Group, owned by the businessman and founding president of the Moroccan philharmonic Orchestra, Farid Bensaid.Reshuffles have apparently become a custom within the SNI. In September 2014, the president of the holding company, Hassan Bouhemou, was replaced by Hassan Ourigali. In December 2014, SNI made some big changes in the senior management of a number of affiliated companies. Inside the Marjane Group, Mohamed El Amrani was replaced by Abdellah Tabat, while at the same time, the then director of Sotherma Company, Driss Bencheikh, was replaced by former director of Marjane Group Tajeddine Guennouni.Ramses Arroub was appointed head of Sonasid and Optorg, the SNI’s international subsidiary specializing in industrial equipment and automobile industry.Earlier this week, SNI has reportedly hired American and British investment Banks Goldman Sachs and Rothschild to advise it on the sale of a minority stake in Attijariwafa Bank.SNI could sell at least 19 percent of Attijariwafa Bank, one of Morocco and Africa’s biggest banks, for an estimated 900 million Euros ($ 1 billion), French-speaking magazine Jeune Afrique reported.In a bid to shift focus towards more promising sectors such as tourism, telecoms and renewable energies, SNI sold an additional 21, 75% of dairy firm Centrale Laitiere to the world’s largest yoghurt maker, Danone, for an estimated €278 million.SNI also completed the sale of the remaining 50 percent in Morocco’s top biscuit maker, Bimo, to Kraft Foods, for 1.31 Billion Dirhams.In addition, SNI has announced plans to sell the remaining 9, 1 % it holds in the capital of Cosumar, a group specialized in the extraction, refining and the conditioning of sugar. read more

Mohammed VI Museum to Make Picasso Exhibition Free July 2731

Rabat – The previously paid-for ‘Facing Picasso’ exhibition at Rabat’s Mohammed VI Museum will be free from Thursday, July 27, until it closes on Monday, July 31.115 works of Pablo Picasso, a Spanish painter, sculptor, designer, poet, and playwright, are on show at the exhibition, which has so far attracted 32,000 visitors.Opened in May, the exhibition is a collaborative effort between the National Museum Foundation of Morocco (FNMM) and the National Museum Picasso-Paris. The show is a chronological journey of Picasso’s masterpieces, across the different disciplines encompassing his career. Colline Zellal, Facing Picasso’s curator, noted that the exhibition aimed to showcase the different styles the Spaniard used and revolutionized during his life, with the theme of the artist and his model.The exhibition and museum will be closed on July 30 to celebrate the anniversary of King Mohammed VI’s enthronement. read more

Fearless Girl creator sued accused of not making a statue

LEWES, Del. — The Delaware artist who created the “Fearless Girl” statue is being sued by a group that says she failed to make a 9-foot (2.7-meter) bronze replica of Alexander Hamilton.The News Journal reports the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association’s lawsuit says Kristen Visbal breached a $28,000 contract to create the statue.The lawsuit says Visbal agreed in February 2017 to create a preliminary model of the Hamilton statue. That was around one month before “Fearless Girl” appeared on Wall Street, commissioned by an asset management firm to support greater female representation on corporate boards.The lawsuit says Visbal never delivered. The association terminated its agreement last June, demanding a refund.The lawsuit seeks that refund and other fees.Visbal didn’t immediately respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.___Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.comThe Associated Press read more