Mikmaq warriors in court after RCMP crackdown

first_imgAPTN National NewsMembers of the Mi’kmaq warriors society were in court in Moncton, New Brunswick, Tuesday.They’re facing various charges after that RCMP crackdown on the anti-fracking barricade in Rexton, New Brunswick last week.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has been following this story and joins APTN from the court house in Moncton.last_img

Charges against Patrick Brazeau reduced after plea deal

first_imgThe Canadian PressGATINEAU, Que. — Sen. Patrick Brazeau has pleaded guilty to reduced charges of assault and possession of cocaine.The former member of Stephen Harper’s Conservative caucus entered the guilty pleas today at a courthouse in this west Quebec city, just across the river from Parliament Hill.His defence lawyer and the Crown prosecutor both asked Quebec Court Judge Valmont Beaulieu to give Brazeau an unconditional discharge.Beaulieu will rule on Brazeau’s sentence in October.The embattled senator had previously been charged with assault and sexual assault arising from an alleged incident in 2013, but the sexual assault charge was dropped, as were lesser charges stemming from a separate incident in 2014.Brazeau’s legal woes are not over as he is scheduled to stand trial for allegedly being behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired.The senator is also scheduled to stand trial in March on charges of breach of trust and fraud in connection to his Senate expenses.Brazeau, the former head of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, was named to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in December 2008.He was kicked out of the Tory caucus after he was charged and was suspended from the upper chamber in November 2013. That suspension without pay ended when Parliament was dissolved for the Oct. 19 election.Before his legal troubles began, the burly senator was likely best known for losing a celebrity boxing match against Justin Trudeau in March 2012.last_img read more

Thunder Bay inquest into death of students reopening old wounds

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s a stressful time for the students at staff at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay.Seven First Nation students died in various circumstances while attending the school.Now people are bracing for more painful revelations as a coroner’s inquest into their deaths resumes this week.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story from Thunder Bay.last_img

Ottawa holds emergency cabinet meeting to try to salvage Trans Mountain project

first_imgMembers of the Trudeau government have emerged from an emergency meeting on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, saying they are more determined than ever to get the project built — over the objections of British Columbia.Natural resources Minister Jim Carr says they considering various options.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr came out to speak for just a minute and a half. Gave no new answers on what the government will do about the Trans Mountain pipeline. #Cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/tmV6mrnQ7q— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018He would not comment on Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s threat today that her province will simply buy the whole project from Kinder Morgan.We had a walking scrum with Infrastructure Minister Sohi, who also wouldn’t provide any new information. Wouldn’t talk about options or even say when we will hear about any government decision.#cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018 One after one, other Ministers are coming down but saying little. Just repeating the pipeline will be built and they are looking at all options #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018The company has said it will not pay for any more non-essential expenses after B-C’s obstructionist tactics.last_img read more

Some baloney in assertion Canadas pension fund has highest ethical standards

first_imgOTTAWA – “We expect the CPPIB, like other Crown corporations, to live up to the highest standards of ethics and behaviour and that is, in fact, exactly what it is doing.” — Finance Minister Bill Morneau during question period Monday in the House of Commons.—The New Democrats challenged Morneau this week to weigh in on new ethical questions surrounding the investment portfolio of the arms-length Canada Pension Plan Investment Board — which manages hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Canadians’ retirement savings.NDP MP Charlie Angus pressed Morneau for his opinion on CPPIB’s holdings in a tobacco company, a military weapons manufacturer and firms that run private American prisons. The prison operators and their facilities are seen as beneficiaries of the Trump administration’s controversial detention of asylum seekers and, in some cases, their children.On Monday, Angus demanded Morneau explain whether he thought CPPIB’s investments in “cigarette companies and privatized prisons” met a “credible standard of corporate investment” for the CPP.Morneau replied that the pension manager, which oversees more than $366 billion of CPP’s net assets, lives up to the “highest standards of ethics and behaviour.”Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).Morneau’s statement on its own earns a rating of “some baloney” — it’s mostly accurate but more information is required. Here’s why.THE FACTSCPPIB’s holdings in private U.S. prison operators CoreCivic Inc. and the GEO Group Inc. grew considerably between August 2017 and August 2018.Over that period, the number of GEO Group shares held by CPPIB increased nearly 13-fold to a value of US$4.2 million, while its shares of CoreCivic more than doubled to a value of US$1.76 million, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CPPIB’s holdings in the prison companies were made public in a report last week by the Guardian newspaper.CoreCivic and GEO Group are expected to receive major business boosts because of the Trump administration’s approach to dealing with asylum seekers. The policy has led to the U.S. government’s highly contentious detention of parents and their children.Michel Leduc, CPPIB’s global head of public affairs and communications, said the shares in the two prison companies were acquired through an algorithm that captures more than 3,000 companies as a way to diversify the fund’s portfolio.“I want to be crystal clear about this: no CPPIB employee made a decision … to invest in those two companies,” he said in an interview, before noting that many mutual funds and pension plans in Canada likely contain shares in the prison firms as well.He added that CPPIB is an active manager in its major investments in areas like ports, electricity grids, toll roads and shopping centres. But the fund tends to be passive when it comes to its smaller holdings in publicly traded companies.Due to CPPIB’s size — it’s one of the 10 largest retirement funds in the world — the value of the prison company shares make up only 0.001 per cent of its total investments, he said.The organization, Leduc argued, takes pride in its very high standards when it comes to ethical, environmental and social considerations. CPPIB also follows a strict policy of only investing in businesses that would be lawful if they operated in Canada.“The CPP Investment Board is seen around the world as one of the most ethical institutional investors on the planet,” he said.After Morneau defended the CPPIB on Monday in the House of Commons, Angus criticized him the following day: “Could the finance minister explain what is it about privatized American prison camps that he thinks represents any kind of ethical investment standard?”In his response Tuesday, Morneau appeared to tone down his position on the matter.“All Canadian Crown corporations, all Canadian government institutions are expected to live up to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and corporate governance. That includes the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board,” Morneau said.“This is important. We monitor it. We stay on top of it.”WHAT THE EXPERTS SAYMany experts credit CPPIB for having a very strong model when it comes to responsible investing. But they argue it could go even further if it truly wanted to avoid making gains from certain types of businesses.Tim Nash, a financial planner and founder of Good Investing, questions whether the for-profit U.S. prisons comply fully with Canadian laws because of the related concerns around human rights.He recognizes CPPIB is the Canadian leader on sustainable investment policies. But he also argues it’s not the highest ranked globally.“In this specific case, I would argue there is a breach of those policies and that, in fact, they are not living up to those highest standards with the inclusion of these companies within the investment portfolio,” said Nash, who added the controversial nature of these prison operators — and the possibility of lawsuits — raises the risk level of the investment.“As far as I can tell when it comes to CPPIB’s specific investment policy, they should not be owning these companies.”He said CPPIB could easily adjust its approach to omit some types of companies — without sacrificing financial returns.Lisa Kramer, a University of Toronto finance professor, said so-called ESG investing principles, which are followed by CPPIB, are part of an emerging area that’s still not well defined. ESG stands for environmental, social and governance.“Socially responsible investing is often in the eye of the beholder depending on what principles one holds dear to her own heart,” said Kramer, an expert on behavioural finance.“It can be very difficult to adopt an investment strategy that makes everybody happy.”Tessa Hebb, a Carleton University expert on responsible investment, credits CPPIB for having a very good model of responsible investing.But Hebb stressed there’s a difference between responsible investing and ethical investing. Responsible investing makes a business case for investments and helps investors avoid riskier decisions.Ethical standards, on the other hand, are far more subjective, she said.“It’s interesting that Minister Morneau would use the term ethics,” Hebb said. “If he had said that they were one of the top responsible investors — absolutely.”THE VERDICTIn this case, Morneau said CPPIB is living up to the “highest standards of ethics and behaviour” as he responded to a question about its investments in U.S. prison companies.But while experts say CPPIB is viewed in many ways as a leader in responsible investing, they argue determining ethical standards depends on an individual’s views and can vary greatly.For that reason, Morneau’s statement rates “some” baloney.METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccuratelast_img read more

Residents urged to be cautious with rising fire danger rating

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though the Peace Region was exempt from the province’s campfire ban, the Prince George Fire Centre is still issuing residents to use caution when having a fire.With the fire danger rating climbing between moderate and high in the Peace Region, any unattended fires could lead to something much worse.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds explained that with rising temperature there is potential for lightning hold over fires. “There is always the potential for lightning hold over fires but were not anticipating lightning in the next couple of days,” said Reynolds.Reynolds added that lightning hold overs occur when an area experiences hot temperatures and gets struck by lightning, causing a blaze.Reynolds went on to say that there are no new fires in the Fort St. John area and if residents are careful there won’t be for an extended amount of time.Current Fire Danger Rating. Photo by the Government of British Columbia.last_img read more

Zimmer attends International Grand Committee Meeting on Disinformation and Fake News

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. Bob Zimmer recently attended The International Grand Committee Meeting on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ in London.The Committee Hearing, co-chaired by U.K. M.P. Damian Collins and Zimmer, allowed collaborative scrutiny by members of the national committees of both the British and the Canadian Parliaments in their studies into digital policy including disinformation, digital vulnerabilities, and the potential threats to democracies.Brazil, Latvia and Singapore joined the Committee which includes Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina and Ireland; representing over 393 million residents. Both Zimmer and Collins had requested Zuckerberg to appear before their respective committees to discuss the breach of personal information involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, as well as subsequent breaches. None of those requests were successful.Zimmer says the Facebook CEO had declined their requests several times, saying that Zuckerberg had sent his Vice President, Richard Allan, to represent him at the hearing.“He declined several times; we asked twice in our committee in Canada, and then Damian had asked him a couple of times in his committee in the U.K. So, we figured together we would ask and just to move the number up so if he didn’t think 30 million was significant enough, we tried 100 million with the U.K. and ourselves. Once we started to add countries, that added up quite quickly. He still didn’t appear. He sent his Vice President, Richard Allan, to appear and it just highlighted the reason why we wanted him there because Richard Allan couldn’t answer many of the questions we were asking, and that’s something only, we think, the CEO would have answers for.”Despite Zuckerberg’s absence at the committee hearing, Zimmer says they are still going to proceed to regulate social media platform influences while maintaining the right to freedom of speech.“I call the social media’s the ‘new public square’ where we talk about issues, so the Government shouldn’t be infringing on anybody’s rights of freedom to speak their mind. The comment that I said what we are trying to do is, this new public square that we have, we are trying to keep the bullies from controlling it.”Zimmer also says that they need to find solutions to fix the problem, especially with a federal election less than a year away, pointing out that Canada’s Communications Security Establishment reports that “Cyber threat activity against the democratic process is increasing around the world, and Canada is not immune.”last_img read more

Calling all entrepreneurial spirited youths for the 2019 Junior Dragons Den Competition

first_imgThese chosen competitors then work on refining their business concept into a comprehensive one-page business plan with detailed financial statements. The competitors will be assisted in creating a live business pitch to use at the live competition for an opportunity to compete for cash prizes at the final Competition on April 29, 2019.Submission Deadline is March 15, 2019To participate in the 2019 Junior Dragons Den Competition, or to download an application follow the direct link; CLICK HERE Junior Dragon Den’s FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- This year’s Junior Dragons Den is gearing up by looking for applicants to enter the 2019 Junior Dragons Den Competition for the Northeast B.C. Region.If you know a youth that has a business or business idea and needs help developing their concept. Students in grades 7 – 12 and post-secondary students are welcomed to submit their concept for a business, business idea or expansion of a current business with an expression of why they should be chosen to participate in the competition.Once applications have been received and reviewed, five applicants from each category will advance to the regional competitions in Dawson Creek and Fort St John. Each student will be assigned a Mentor from their local community and these Mentors will assist their assigned student with everything from start-up considerations and marketing, to coaching and presentation skills.last_img read more

Alberta to ease oil production cut again cites lower storage levels

first_imgShe says that is why the province plans to move more oil by rail as Alberta fights for the long-term solution of building pipelines to new markets. EDMONTON, A.B. – Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta will again ease mandatory oil production cuts due to lower storage levels.The province says it will allow increased production by 25,000 barrels per day in April.This will be the second increase since December when the government ordered production of raw crude oil and bitumen to be cut by 325,000 barrels per day to deal with low prices. The first increase was on Jan. 30 when Notley announced the province would allow increased production by 75,000 barrels per day.The government says oil storage levels are trending downward and the price difference between Alberta heavy oil and West Texas Intermediate remains narrow.The province also says warmer weather in spring could mean less diluent will be needed in pipelines, which helps oil flow easier.“As we fight to get full value for the resources owned by all Albertans, we know that our plan is working as we continue to reduce the amount of oil we have in storage,” Notley said Thursday in a release.“The decision to temporarily limit production was applied fairly and equitably, and our plan is working to stop allowing our resource to be sold for pennies on the dollar.”Notley says the short-term production limit is not ideal or sustainable.last_img read more

Safety company building catches fire in Pouce Coupe

first_imgPOUCE COUPE, B.C. – An early morning fire has destroyed a safety company on 50th street in Pouce Coupe.The fire broke out early Wednesday morning and destroyed Action Safety on 50th street. The road was closed while fire crews worked the fire, but it is now open to single lane traffic.Expect delays while you travel through the community.  The Pouce Coupe Elementary School is open.  The Pouce Coupe Fire Department is asking students to stay away from fire crews and equipment. A photo of the fire shared on Facebook The building has been destroyed and fire crews remain on scene. If you have any photos or video to share of the fire, email news@moosefm.caFire once the fire is out, crews will investigate the cause.OPEN – #BCHwy2 is open to single lane alternating traffic at 50th st in #PouceCoupe. Next update 8:30 AM. #DawsonCreekInfo here: https://t.co/HCWYpn0brO— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) June 5, 2019A photo of the fire in Pouce Coupe thanks to Laura HamannA photo of the fire in Pouce Coupe thanks to Laura Hamannlast_img read more

Adityanath to begin poll campaign from Saharanpur

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday announced that he will kick off his poll campaign for the coming Lok Sabha elections from Saharanpur on Sunday. In a tweet in Hindi, Adityanath said that with the “blessings of Ma Shakummbhari, I will be launching the campaign from Saharanpur, the land known for its wood work, to wipe out dynastic politics and take the victory chariot of the BJP further”. In Saharanpur, he will also address a public rally after which he will fly to Mathura, where he will seek votes for actress-turned-politician Hema Malini, who has been fielded for a second term from the seat. An aide told IANS that the Chief Minister will also hold rallies in Gorakhpur and Varanasi on March 26. He has represented Gorakhpur for five straight terms in the Lok Sabha before he resigned to take over as Chief Minister.last_img read more

Rs 8100crore loan fraud case Hitesh Patel held in Albania

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitesh Patel, an accused in the Rs 8,100-crore bank loan fraud allegedly perpetrated by Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech group, has been detained in Albania on the basis of an Interpol notice issued against him by the ED, officials said Friday.Hitesh Narender Bhai Patel was apprehended by law enforcement officials of that country from the capital city of Tirana on March 20, they said. The officials later informed Indian investigative agencies about the development and the Enforcement Directorate officials are expected to reach Albania soon to secure his extradition. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Patel is an accused in the case and is the brother-in-law of one of the main accused, Chetan Sandesara. The other prime accused is Nitin Sandesara. Patel is expected to be extradited to India soon,” they said. The ED had ensued a red corner notice against him from the Interpol on March 11. The detention has happened based on this warrant, the officials said. The agency said Patel was instrumental in getting dummy directors for shell companies used by Sandesaras. The Sandesara brothers are also stated to be in Albania and on March 19, a Delhi court had allowed the ED to send extradition requests to that country against the two.last_img read more

Tear my sons clothes take him to task if he does not

first_imgDhanora (Chhindwara): Tear my son’s clothes if he does not deliver, says Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath as he campaigns for his son Nakul who is fighting his first elections from Chhindwara.Invoking his 40-year-old association with the region, Nath says he has now entrusted the task to serve the people of Chhindwara to his son so that he can work for Madhya Pradesh. “I am where I am because of the love and strength you gave me,” Nath says. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Nakul is not here today but he will serve you. I have given him the responsibility. Take him to task and tear his clothes if he does not deliver,” the 72-year-old Congress leader told the locals. He was speaking at an election rally on Saturday in Dhanora village which comes under the Amarwada assembly seat, about 65 kms from Chhindwara district headquarters. “We will start a new journey and create history,” he told the locals. Nath has been the longest serving Member of Parliament (MP) from this Lok Sabha constituency as he served for nine terms and he has now vacated the seat for his son. The chief minister is also contesting bypoll in the Chhindwara assembly constituency as per the legal requirement of being a member of legislative assembly (MLA) for running the state government.last_img read more

Colonel dies in Ggn road accident

first_imgGurugram: Colonel Preet Singh who was the serving colonel in the Indian Army lost his life in Gurugram on Monday due to a road accident. Colonel Preet Singh was deputed in Bathinda and was a part of seven engineer regiment.According to the law enforcement, the Army officer who had been awarded sena medal was travelling in the Army vehicle Tata Storme when the Maruti Swift hit his vehicle from the rear side that caused in the massive crash. On Thursday Colonel Singh was cremated with full military honours. The Army officer used to reside with his family in Sector-22 Palam Vihar. His father Raghuveer Singh is a retired judge while his wife Swati Singh is a professor at Delhi University. He had two children a son and a daughter. His son Samayan was eight years of age while his daughter Diksha was just a year old. On average, there are nine accidents that occur daily in Millennium City. In 2014, there were 1180 cases of accidents leading to 430 deaths. In 2015 the cases slightly reduced to 1140 but the death toll was higher at 435 while in 2016 there were 1201 incidents of accidents leading to 420 deaths. In 2018, there were 460 people who had lost their lives on the roads of Gurugram. Officials also indicate that the visibility further decreased during driving heavy vehicles. Other factors resulting in the deadly mishap are fatigue, overspeeding, drunken driving and overloading. To prevent fatalities caused due to mishaps, the Haryana government introduced Haryana vision Zero. The campaign has resulted in reducing the number of accidents in major cities of Haryana including Gurugram.last_img read more

Light rains likely in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites are likely to get some relief from the scorching heat on Monday as the weatherman has forecast light rains. The Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered the official figure for the city, said the minimum temperature settled at 25 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 39 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity recorded at 8.30 AM was 63 per cent. The weatherman has predicted cloudy sky with possibility of rain, thunderstorm or dust storm. On Sunday, the maximum temperature settled at 39 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius.last_img

Passion for Caftan More than a runway show

first_imgBy Najoua Bijjir – Rotterdam, NetherlandsPassion for Caftan is a fashion event held twice a year in Belgium. On Sunday, March 30, the sixth edition of the event will take place in the city of Antwerp. Nasim Tesoudali, an organizer of the event, reveals secrets behind the successful event.What can you tell us about Passion for Caftan? “Passion for Caftan is a fashion event, which focuses on Moroccan and Arab haute couture. With this event we want to make a contribution to the fashion industry, where the caftan certainly has earned its place,” Tesoudali said.What can the audience expect during the upcoming event?“This year we have 24 designers from Europe, Morocco and Dubai. Every year we invite special guests of honour to participate in the event. And I’m proud to announce that this year our guests are actresses Samia Akkariou, Nora Skali, Leila Hadioui, and TV-host Samira el Beloui. Furthermore, we have a few surprise acts in store. This way Passion for Caftan is more than a runway show. It’s also an experience reminiscent of a fashion gala.What is the secret behind the success?The first edition of Passion for Caftan was held in 2009, and was officially opened by former Prime Minister Yves Leterme. Since then, the event has grown each year. Even though the caftan is a Moroccan gown, our visitors have different ethnical backgrounds, and are interested in wearing a caftan as well. The Moroccan caftan is similar to the Moroccan kitchen, it’s rich in ingredients and everything is possible. Therein lies the success of Passion for Caftan. We’re especially looking forward to cross borders with our concept.The gown that never disappeared What makes the caftan a special gown?To answer this question, we asked the Moroccan couture designer and Passion For Caftan ambassador, Amine M’rani, about his experience with the upcoming event. “Passion for Caftan is the number one caftan event in Europe. We’ve never imagined it could be such a success. We are the place for brides-to-be looking for a Moroccan wedding gown. We always add a new twist to the caftan, and make the gown look very stylish in each collection we present.”“The caftan is actually a very rare gown among others, and through the ages it never disappeared. In fact, the caftan keeps developing and modernizing. It’s the only gown that is suitable for different styles and different purposes, such as a modern soiree or a very traditional one. The caftan is very suitable to wear in every country, that’s because the gown blends easily in different cultures. This is what inspires me most about the caftan,” M’rani said.How did you begin designing caftans?“I was born into a family that always was into fashion and designing. From my father’s side as well as my mother’s. I’ve always been surrounded by the most beautiful fabrics and craftsmanship of a high quality. When it comes to designing a caftan I always keep this in mind.”What can we expect from your collection during the upcoming event?“We are the first doorsteps to weddings. Therefore our upcoming collection focuses especially on bridal collection. We added many new twists to the Caftan, as a wedding gown, in our new collection.”Arab fashion meets the westDuring Passion for Caftan we will not only admire the works of Moroccan fashion designers, but also that of the Dutch fashion designer Irving Vorster, head designer at the label IRVINX. We asked Irving Vorster to tell us about his contribution to the fashion event. “For the upcoming show I was asked to design a special caftan gown. Previously, I designed a dress for Kristiane Backer, author of the book From MTV to Mecca, and enjoyed working on this dress. Now, I’m looking forward to designing a unique caftan, featured with my design mark. These are my distinctive asymmetric lines in every gown.”Dutch fashion designer Irving VorsterWhat do you think about a fashion event dedicated to the Caftan?“Passion for Caftan is a beautiful concept where the Arab fashion meets the West.As a designer I am very excited to discover the Moroccan culture, and I am even considering designing an exclusive collection of caftans within my regular collection.”What do you think about Moroccan and Arab fashion in general?“What strikes me most about many Muslim women in the West, is that they always look very groomed and beautiful. In my opinion, a woman doesn’t necessarily have to be naked to look her best. When a woman looks grooming, she looks very feminine. This is clearly reflected in the Islamic culture.”Dutch fashion designer Irving Vorster, showing a caftan in progress© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

9 million Moroccans Spend Over 4 Hours on Internet per Day

Marrakech- Survey Results by Averty and Morocco Numeric Cluster on the use of the Internet and Social Networks in Morocco have confirmed the popularity amongst  young Moroccans of the internet and social networks, especially Facebook. Morocco Digital Cluster conducted a survey in partnership with Market Research & Intelligence agency Averty. The report used  investigative opinion polls and an online survey during the month of July 2014 to measure the use of the internet and social networking in Morocco. The investigation involved 1,000 respondents spread over 40 cities. 30% of  the respondents were from Casablanca, Rabat 10% and 7% each from Marrakech and Agadir. The study mainly investigated the frequency of use and access to the internet by respondents, their behavior in using the Internet in general and an analysis of their use of social networks and e-government services. According to the report, Moroccans are increasingly using tablets with a mobile internet connection at the expense of the laptop.Majority of Moroccans Spend 4 hours on the internetThe majority of respondents (53%) spend an average duration of more than 4 hours per day on the internet and the laptop remains the most favorite medium of connection with a usage rate of 78%, followed by the mobile phone (61%), and the desktop which is used by 44% of respondents. Compared to 2012,  the use of tablets and mobile phones was up 11% and 6% respectively at the expense of the laptop, which experienced a drop of  5%.Respondents generally connect from their homes (90%), while 37% access the internet from their workplace, and 29% from public places.The report shows that internet is first option used by Moroccans to obtain information.  77% of respondents  send and receive emails, 73% keep in touch with relatives through the internet, and  63% use it for entertainment. The report shows a substantial increase for online purchases  compared to 2012, with a sharp increase from 7% to 23%. A progression that has also affected entertainment and downloading.Furthermore, social networks are still holding the first position in terms of internet usage, followed respectively by search engines, electronic media and video sharing sites. Hespress most popular news websiteIn terms of the most preferred locations for respondents, Hespress.com retains its position as the most popular Moroccan web followed by Koora.com and Startimes.com site.Concerning  advertising on the Internet, 41% are interested in any ad format while 16% of respondents believe the banner images or flash is the most attractive  advertising format, 15% prefer video ads and 11% like contests. The best known e-government services among respondents are the portal for biometric passports (52%), the portal  for ANAPEC (32%) and the site for driver’s license and registration cards (27%) . 37% of respondents said they had used portal for biometric passports, 17% used the portal for ANAPEC. Facebook most popular networking site The ranking of the most popular social networks remained the same over the past two years. Facebook is the most used social network among respondents with a rate of 96%, followed by Twitter (35%). For professional networks, Linkedin comes first position followed by Viadeo, with respectively 26% and 17% of respondents. Regarding the frequency of use of social networks, 20% of respondents spend an average  of between 1 and 2 hours per day, 19% spend between 2 and 4 and 18% more than 4 hours. Thus, the intensive use of social networks (4 hours or more) recorded an increase of 7.6% at the expense of moderate and occasional use compared to 2012. The main motivation for the use of social networks is to obtain information (82%), chat (66%) and comment and interact (58%).Regarding brand pages on social networks, 29% of respondents claim to be active members without intervening regularly while 28% never intervene on these pages. Regarding expectations of respondents vis-à-vis the brands they follow on social networks, 29% seek discounts, 22% to hold exclusive information and 16%  to have access to advice.All recommendations converged on the need to improve the supply of Moroccan websites in terms of content through rich and timely information and value-added services that combine innovation and ease use.Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewriting or redistributed. read more

Jackie Chan Buys New 20 Million Private Jet

Rabat – Legendary martial arts movie icon Jackie Chan has reportedly bought a new private jet for $20 million to add to his collection.According to media reports, Chan is the first Chinese customer to take delivery of the new, state-of-the-art Embraer Legacy 500 Business Jet, which is priced in the catalog at $20 million.“I’m so thrilled to receive this Legacy 500, a state-of-art executive jet,” Chan said in a statement. “In the past few years, my Legacy 650 has brought me fantastic traveling experiences and great convenience, allowing me to do more acting and philanthropic works around the world. I’m sure that the performance of the new Legacy 500 will again exceed my expectations, and become a comfortable mobile home and office for me,” he added.In 2012, Chan bought an Embraer Legacy 650 and slapped a dragon-themed paint job on it.The Legacy 500 Business Jet is the first executive jet of its size to feature side-stick flight controls.“The Legacy 500 features our best-to-date technologies and it incorporates designs that maximize passenger comfort and fuel efficiency,” Embraer Executive Jets president and CEO Marco Tulio Pellegrini said in a statement. read more

Nomadic Filmland Academy Offers Youth Opportunity to Be Filmmaking Production Assistants

Rabat – The 1001 Nights Filmmaking Program, a unique opportunity for youth to be filmmaking production assistants, is scheduled to take place from May 18th through the 27th in Marrakech and Ouarzazate.The event will be staged by Nomadic Filmland Academy, a new filmmaking program created by the young, colorful Moroccan Chaymaa Rhou last year. It seeks to supply opportunities to promising production assistants, support their passion, and further upgrade their artistic credentials.The nine-day program also offers them the opportunity to network with professional, international mentors. “The aim is to enhance the skills of participants in filmmaking and offer them the access to our film network and media partners during the program. We also hope to prepare them to build a name in the industry,” Chaymaa Rhou told MWN.The program will include practical activities and workshops in English. They will be conducted by two international experts, Marco Zaccaria and Robera Chimera.The two experts will guide the participants in embarking on their brilliant careers by instructing them in the skills to tell stories visually, creating visual experiences through images and sounds, and publishing visual content through the web.They will also share their professional experiences in directing, production, scriptwriting, editing, filming, and storytelling.At the end of workshops, the coaches will assist the participants in producing a short collaborative film together.Additionally, the participants will benefit from the usage of professional, advanced materials for filming and editing during the course of the program.They will also profit from the access to Moroccan Hollywood Ouarzazate Studios, Nomadic Filmland Academy’s media partners and film experts.Nomadic Filmland Academy’s mission is to be a bridge that enables promising filming artists to overcome obstacles and excel in the visual arts field in Morocco.To apply for 1001 Nights Filmmaking Program, visit www.nomadicfilmacademy.com read more

IFAD Officially Opens Office in Morocco

Rabat – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Thursday officially opened its new office in Rabat during a ceremony attended by government officials and representatives of the UN body.“The opening of an IFAD office in Morocco is part of the Fund’s policy to decentralize and strengthen partnerships at the country level,” IFAD Assistant Vice President, Périn Saint Ange, said in a speech delivered on this occasion.This inauguration marks a milestone in the longstanding cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and IFAD, St. Angelo said, recalling that partnership between the two parties “started in 1979 with the signing of a first agreement.” The opening of this office “reflects a long-term commitment of IFAD with the Government of Morocco” within the framework of partnership in the fight against rural poverty, he said.IFAD programs and projects in Morocco will continue to focus on three zones that have a high incidence of poverty but also have a development potential. They are mountainous zones, rangelands with poor productivity, and rainfed agricultural zones in the arid south. The latest country program gives priority to mountainous zones.In the poorest areas, IFAD’s target groups include poor smallholder farmers and landless farmers, small-scale livestock farmers, rural women and unemployed young people.The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries.IFAD was established as an international financial institution; its goal is to empower poor rural women and men in developing countries to achieve higher incomes and improved food security.With MAP read more