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first_imgKevin Smith says he has suffered and survived a “massive heart attack,” tweeting a photo from his hospital bed just after midnight Pacific time on Monday. The Clerksand Chasing Amy filmmaker was shooting a new standup special, Kevin Smith Live!, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on Sunday night.After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka “the Widow-Maker”). If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground!— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 26, 2018READ MORE Kevin Smith survives ‘massive heart attack’ after being rushed to hospitalAmerican filmmaker Kevin Smith — best known for helming Clerks and Chasing Amy — says he only just survived a “massive heart attack” over the weekend.The 47-year-old Tweeted a picture of himself from a hospital bed covered with tubes. Smith had performed earlier that evening, and was due to perform again but cancelled the second show. READ MOREKevin Smith Tweets About ‘Massive Heart Attack’ and TreatmentKevin Smith (“Clerks”) has told fans on Twitter that he suffered a massive heart attack and would have died if he had not canceled a comedy special and gotten to hospital for treatment.“After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack,” Smith wrote on Twitter in the early hours of Monday morning, with an accompanying picture of him in a hospital bed covered in tubes. READ MOREKevin Smith Tweets He Suffered a “Massive Heart Attack”“If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground!” he posts along with a selfie from his hospital bed.Kevin Smith (Clerks) in the early morning hours of Monday tweeted a selfie from a hospital bed, saying he had survived a “massive” heart attack.The photo he posted on Twitter shortly after 3 a.m. ET/midnight PT showed him covered in tubes and wearing a hospital gown. READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook In our Winter issue, FASHION editors rounded up the 100 people, products and experiences we think will blow up in 2019. It’s our inaugural Hot 100 Fuse List. From the workouts you’ll be doing, to the new designers and destinations you’ll see on your feed, this is your guide to being in the know this year. Here is our roundup of the faces you’ll be seeing on the catwalks. While pretty always gets you noticed, in 2019, models need more than looks to succeed—they need a spark.35: Grece Ghanem“I was shooting with my daughter in France at Place Vendôme, and there was a lady walking her dog who came by with her phone and said, ‘Is this you?’ I said, ‘Yeah, it is.’ And she said, ‘I follow you and I love you,’” recounts Ghanem. At 53, the personal trainer might seem an unlikely fashion influencer, but she is known for mixing high and low, contemporary and vintage.“I only add a few pieces to my wardrobe every season,” she says. “I don’t buy just to buy.” Instagrammers aren’t the only ones taking a liking to the long-legged, silver-haired beauty: Ghanem has worked with brands like Browns Shoes, Club Monaco, Reitmans and Sephora. What started out as a mother-daughter project (Cheyenne El-Khoury is the talent behind the lens) has propelled Ghanem into the limelight. Login/Register With: 37: Aleece WilsonHome: Windsor, Ont.You might know her… From her 2018 CAFA Fresh Face Award of the Year or for walking the runways of Alexander Wang, Tibi and Margiela. She has also appeared in Adidas and M.A.C campaigns.Spark: “The red hair and freckles are things I was bullied for, and now those are what get me jobs.”center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement But she’s not letting any of the hype go to her head. “The first thing I wanted from my Instagram was to tell women that no matter their age, they can make themselves visible,” she says. “They still exist.” — By Jacquleyn FrancisRADHIKA NAIR (PHOTOGRAPHY VIA IMAXTREE)36: Radhika NairHome: Kerala, IndiaYou might know her… For being the first Indian woman to walk in a Balenciaga runway show (Spring 2017). Nair also appears in the Hu Holi campaign for Adidas and was on the September 2018 Vogue India cover.Spark: “I have a responsibility to girls who haven’t seen a South Indian with their skin tone being called beautiful in mainstream media.”last_img read more

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Reelected Harper government would introduce onreserve private property ownership on band by

first_imgAPTN National News RICHMOND,BC—A Conservative government would allow First Nation bands to implement private property ownership on their reserve lands on an opt-in basis, according to the party’s platform unveiled Friday.The Conservative platform says a Stephen Harper-led government would immediately move to introduce legislation, requested and influenced by the Whispering Pines-Clinton Indian Band in British Columbia, to introduce a property ownership regime on-reserve.A Conservative government would introduce similar legislation for any additional First Nations that would want to follow the same path, the platform said.“A re-elected Conservative government will enact legislation that allows this specific band to move forward in this way,” said the platform document. “If other First Nation bands also choose to pursue this option on a voluntary, opt-in basis, we’ll proceed with similar legislation for them.”The chief of the Whispering Pines-Clinton Indian Band is quoted in the platform document saying the proposed legislation is “First Nations-led.” Chief Michael LeBourdais says his First Nation created the proposed property ownership legislation, according to the document.“We want what other Canadians have: title we can leave to our future generations,” said LeBourdais, according to the document.The Conservative platform also says that while the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act is now dead, the Harper government would now try to strike deals with provinces and First Nations on education.The Conservative platform states that the Harper government’s response to the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission would include directing the Mental Health Commission of Canada to focus on addiction and suicide prevention in First Nation communities, direct palliative care research funding to services directed at First Nations, increase broadband Internet access to Indigenous communities and expand anti-gang programs along with increasing funding for Indigenous languages by $10 million over four years.The Conservatives would add 40 communities to the Nutrition North program. The costing document states the program would get an extra $32 million over four years. A Conservative government would also require all northern retailers to use a point-of-sale system so customers can see how the program subsidy applies to the foods they’ve purchased.The Conservative party pledges in the platform to complete devolution of land and resource powers to the Nunavut government over four read more

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Crucial detail left out of Ontarios new child welfare legislation

first_imgKanina Sue Turtle, left, Courtney Scott and Amy Owen all died within six months of each other while living in Ontario group homes between October 2016 and April 2017. They were just a few of the Indigenous children placed in care at the time.Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsWhen the Ontario government passed new legislation on child welfare last year it required that the province’s 49 children’s aid societies start collecting race-based data for the first time.That collection was to begin Feb. 5 and as APTN News reported last week not a single society has submitted any statistics to the ministry of Children and Youth Services.Turns out there are a number of reasons for this and perhaps the most important is the province never required societies to actually submit the data.“Despite the policy directive and requirement to collect the data, which Children’s Aid Societies are fulfilling, there is no requirement to report data to the Ministry,” said Sean McGrady, a spokesperson for the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies in an email to APTN Friday.McGrady did say the societies are collecting the data as required under the legislation.Related: Three First Nations girls died in Ontario group homes in last 6 monthsThis new data collection was touted by the previous Liberal government, in fact the former minister, Michael Coteau, came on APTN’s Nation to Nation in February and said it was the “most comprehensive piece of legislation” for child protection.“We know it will allow us to make better decisions,” Coteau said of the data collection.But he failed to mention there was no requirement to submit it.He also said a network, that was first developed several years ago, would allow societies to submit the data.Turns out that network, known as the Child Protection Information Network (CPIN), lacks certain functions and not all societies are using it all these years later according to McGrady.“CPIN does not currently have the ability to produce a report on the race-based data being collected by Children’s Aid Societies. We are eager for the Ministry to create this reporting function,” said McGrady.“Children’s Aid Societies want to begin analyzing the data to enhance their response and services to diverse communities.”While McGrady answered questions almost immediately, APTN had a difficult time getting responses from the ministry.In fact, it’s common to wait days for an answer to a single question.On Friday, before McGrady had contacted APTN, the ministry responded to previous questions pertaining to why the ministry wasn’t requiring the societies to submit the data. (At that point APTN didn’t know there was no requirement).“The ministry expects to review the initial data collected in early 2019,” said spokesperson Trell Huether in an email.But the ministry also said of the 49 societies just 30 were using the network.APTN asked why that was the case.“By 2020, all non-Indigenous societies are expected to be on the Child Protection Information Network,” said Huether. “Societies not yet on the Child Protection Information Network are to start collecting this data once they “go live” on the network.”See also: Ojibway teen sleeping in Ottawa mall stairwell after aging out of group homeThe remaining societies are Indigenous, that are mandated by the province.“The ministry is in discussions with Indigenous partners to develop a plan with respect to the Child Protection Information Network,” said Huether.APTN followed up asking why, if the legislation requires data collection, why wasn’t it mandatory for the societies to submit the data.There hasn’t been an response, other than the ministry is working on an answer.Meanwhile, McGrady said Wednesday the societies are working with the province.“Although the timing for the first report to the Ministry is under discussion, the plan is for reporting to the Ministry to be done on a quarterly basis in the future,” he said.In depth: Child welfare agency suspected First Nations girls were planning suicidesOntario has never tracked the kids in child protective services by race and recent statistics put the total number of kids in care at about 14,500 by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.But that number in tallied from 41 of the societies. It’s not a complete picture of the total amount, regardless of race.So where is the starting point? How do you fund culturally appropriate programs for Indigenous kids if you don’t know where they are?Those are questions the office of the Ontario Child Advocate has been asking for many years.“Any of these regulations for this new legislation and any of the policies following through for children and youth in the province have to be done based on knowing who the kids are, knowing where the kids are, knowing what conditions those kids are in,” Trevor McAlmont, director of advocacy services with the Child Advocate, said last week.The Child Advocate is an independent office that is directed to look out for the best interests of children in care.“So if we don’t know that and we don’t start there then it’s problematic,” McAlmont said.As for there being no requirement to submit the data, a spokesperson for the Child Advocate said they were unaware.APTN continues to wait for the ministry to respond to additional questions.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Statistics Canada says wholesale sales fell 12 per cent in September

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales fell 1.2 per cent to $62.0 billion in September.The agency says the drop came as five of seven subsectors fell, led by the personal and household goods and the food, beverage and tobacco subsectors.The personal and household goods subsector fell 4.8 per cent to $8.6 billion in its first move lower since November 2016.Sales in the food, beverage and tobacco subsector fell 2.2 per cent to $11.7 billion.Meanwhile, the building material and supplies subsector climbed 2.6 per cent to $8.9 billion, while the motor vehicle and parts subsector increased 1.4 per cent to $12.0 billion.Wholesale sales fell 1.1 per cent in volume terms.last_img read more

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Corus and Bell end channel sale after rejection by Commissioner of Competition

first_imgTORONTO – Corus Entertainment Inc. says it and Bell Media Inc. have agreed to end a deal on two Quebec specialty television channels after the proposed sale was blocked by the Commissioner of Competition.Corus said on Monday it was reviewing the commissioner’s rejection of the deal to sell French-language channels Historia and Series+ to Bell.When the companies announced the sale in October 2017, they valued the transaction at about $200 million.In addition to Competition Act approval, the deal had required approval from the CRTC.Corus says it will continue to own and operate the two channels in Quebec as well as Global Montreal, Teletoon and La chaine Disney, plus Toon Boom, its animation software company.The company owns specialty television services, radio stations and conventional television stations as well as other assets.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B, TSX:BCE)last_img read more

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Anadarko Broadcom rise Ulta Beauty Big Lots Cooper fall

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:Altria Group Inc., down 22 cents to $54.18The maker of Marlboro cigarettes is taking a 45 per cent stake in Cronos Group, a Canadian medical and recreational marijuana company.Anadarko Petroleum Corp., up 47 cents to $52.06Energy company stocks rose along with the price of crude oil after OPEC leaders agreed to cut production next year.Ulta Beauty Inc., down $38.45 to $254.47The cosmetics retailer issued an earnings outlook that disappointed investors.Broadcom Inc., up $1.32 to $228.56The chipmaker reported big gains in earnings and revenue from its fourth fiscal quarter and said it would raise its dividend.The Cooper Cos., down $34.02 to $243.01The medical device maker reported earnings that missed analysts’ estimates and issued a weak forecast.Big Lots Inc., down $9.30 to $31The discount retailer reported a fiscal third-quarter loss of $6.6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.United Natural Foods Inc., down $4.85 to $14.88The organic and specialty foods distributor reported results that were far weaker than investors were expecting.Vail Resorts Inc., down $48.52 to $223.25The ski resort operator reported a loss that was much wider than a year earlier and revenue that fell short of analysts’ forecasts.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Trans Mountain outlines construction plans for next six months in Alberta BC

first_img(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – Trans Mountain has filed a six-month construction schedule with the National Energy Board for the expansion of the pipeline.The company says work has been underway since last fall at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., and will continue, along with additional work in the province’s Lower Mainland.In July, it says it will begin developing the Westridge Marine Terminal tunnel portal at Burnaby Mountain and relocate existing infrastructure to expand the Burnaby Terminal. It also says work on a 290-kilometre stretch of pipeline between Edmonton and Jasper National Park will begin in August and include surveying, staking and flagging the right-of-way.Banners unfurled and flying under the Ironworkers Memorial bridge, where demonstrators opposed to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are suspended. They say their intent is to block tanker traffic from passing through. @CTVVancouver— Maria Weisgarber (@ctv_mariaw) July 3, 2018It says it will clear trees and vegetation in the area while taking measures to protect the environment, such as weed control, the relocation of rare plants and wildlife surveys.In September, surveying, staking and flagging the right-of-way will begin in North Thompson, B.C., on a 120-kilometre stretch between Mt. Robson Provincial Park and Blue River.On Tuesday, activists with Greenpeace rappelled off a bridge in Vancouver to protest the pipeline expansion, which is being purchased by the Canadian government for $4.5 billion.Breaking news: anti-Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline banners unfurled off Ironworkers 2nd Narrows Bridge by @GreenpeaceCA. They say they are low enough to block tanker from exiting KM terminal. There are climbers hanging off the banners. Details coming up on @CTVMorningLive— Nafeesa Karim (@nafeesakarim) July 3, 2018last_img read more

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ICBC reminds drivers to use caution in parking lots during the holiday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – ICBC is reminding drivers to use caution when driving through parking lots during the holiday season.ICBC says some drivers mistakenly believe that driving in parking lots is ‘safer’ due to lower travel speeds, but drivers need to continue practicing their safe driving habits, even while travelling in parking lots.Parking lots present drivers with unique challenges such as increased congestion and heavy pedestrian activity. The holiday season could add a layer of distraction with people more apt to be preoccupied with their shopping list or finding a parking spot. While most parking lot crashes happen at low speeds and only result in vehicle damage, dealing with the aftermath of a collision is the quickest way to put a damper on the holiday spirit.According to ICBC, about 150,000 crashes happened in parking lots last year resulting in 5,400 injuries.ICBC receives hundreds of thousands of vehicle damage claims every year, with costs exceeding $1.5 billion.Drivers are encouraged to apply a bit of holiday cheer, be courteous and have a bit more patience during this time of year.Here are some safety tips:The rules of the road still apply, even on private property: Drivers should know that the law still applies, even in mall parking lots. Avoid cutting diagonally through a lot – travel only in the appropriate lanes. Don’t use your phone while driving, instead, program your navigation or holiday tunes before you start your car.Have your car facing out in your parking spot: This position is safest for drivers because it helps you avoid the risk of reversing into a lane with potential blind spots when leaving.Park further away, if you can: Instead of circling endlessly to get a spot that’s closest to the mall entrance, pick a place that’s further away. You’ll avoid a high-traffic area where you’re more likely to crash with another vehicle or hit a pedestrian.Slow down and be on alert: Drivers should drive slowly in parking lots to have enough time to react to an unexpected vehicle backing out of their parking spot or an unanticipated pedestrian, especially young children, which may be harder to see.Pay attention to the arrows and stop signs: Many parking lots are quite narrow, restricting specific lanes to a single direction. Pay attention to the signs and markings on the road to avoid getting into a crash.Don’t block traffic: Deciding to follow a shopper, then waiting for them to load their car, buckle up and leave, jams up traffic behind you and likely takes you much longer than if you had just found a spot further away. Sitting idle in a lane can leave you vulnerable to a collision, and you could be blocking other drivers who are trying to move.Let it go: No sense in having a showdown with another driver for a parking spot. Move along, and maybe that good karma will net you something nice this season.For more information and driving tips, you can visit ICBC.comlast_img read more

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Recognizing excellence in BC education with the second Premiers Awards

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education is accepting nominations for B.C. Education Professionals who are dedicated to their students by helping them reach their fullest potential.Ten awards will be given out this year, with six honouring Teachers, two open to school and district administrators, and two recognizing support staff members. The second annual Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education are an opportunity to recognize the contributions of public, independent and First Nations school system Teachers, Principals, Vice-Principals, Administrators and Support Staff who go above and beyond to make life better for K-12 students in B.C.“At last year’s inaugural excellence in education awards, we heard stories of how innovative and caring education professionals throughout the province are positively impacting the lives of students,” said Premier John Horgan. “This year, we’re looking forward to even more amazing stories of B.C. Teachers, Administrators and Support Staff working hard to ensure all students are set up for success.” Nominations will be accepted until March 31, 2019. 30 finalists will be announced in mid-April and will be invited to an awards ceremony at Government House in Victoria on Oct. 4, which is held in conjunction with World Teachers’ Day.“I strongly encourage all community members to take the time to nominate a deserving education professional for these exciting awards,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “For too long, teachers and support staff were undervalued in this province, and we’re working hard to change that. We want to ensure they get the respect and congratulations they deserve, as they play a pivotal role in helping shape tomorrow’s leaders.”Winners of the award will receive a $3,000 personal bursary for professional learning, a $2,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning and a commemorative artwork. Runners up will receive a certificate of recognition signed by the Premier and Minister of Education.To nominate an Education Professional for the 2019 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Pedestrian struck while crossing 100 Street

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At approximately 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 a pedestrian was struck at 100 Street and 99 Avenue while crossing the street.What we know, Fort St. John RCMP has only said the following, that it is confirmed a pedestrian has been struck at the crosswalk on 100th Street and 99th Avenue by a pickup truck and the police investigation is ongoing.The pedestrian confirms they are alive and the incident is still under investigation.last_img

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Foreigner held for taking photos of Victoria Memorial using drone

first_imgKolkata: A Chinese national has been arrested at the Hastings police station for allegedly clicking pictures of Victoria Memorial and Fort William using a drone on Saturday afternoon.He was produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Kolkata at the Bankshall Court on Sunday and was granted police custody till March 25. According to sources, on Saturday afternoon Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel engaged in Victoria Memorial’s security spotted a drone on the premises. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAfter a few minutes, some CISF personnel identified the Chinese national as Li Zhiwei. Zhiwei was controlling the drone using a remote control. When he was intercepted, the accused allegedly tried to escape. But CISF personnel were able to detain him soon. After he was detained, the drone was checked thoroughly and found that it had captured pictures of several parts of Victoria Memorial. CISF personnel also found some pictures of Fort William, which is adjacent to Victoria. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring interrogation, it was found that the accused Chinese national had came to Kolkata on Friday night from China via Malaysia. On Saturday he went to Victoria Memorial. Later, Central Industrial Security Force handed him over to Hastings police station and lodged a complaint against him. Police have started a probe and interrogating him to know about his intentions. Question arose that being a foreign national if he was unaware about that using a drone to take pictures of such facilities is illegal, why he tried to escape when CISF personnel asked him to stop and surrender. Sources informed that the information of the arrest has been conveyed to the Chinese Consulate.last_img read more

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Advocates of monarchy in politics exposed Adityanath

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday hit out at the Congress for doubting the bravery of security forces, saying those who advocate “monarchy in our democratic set-up” have been “exposed” by one of the family loyalists. “Congress’ royal dynast family which advocates monarchy in our democratic set-up has been exposed by one of the family loyalists who happen to be Congress President’s conscious keeper,” he said in a series of tweets attacking Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s chief advisor Sam Pitroda. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The family enterprise had doubts about the bravery and valor of our armed forces when they were in power, but today New India stand with its soldiers to defeat forces of terror,” he said. Yogi was referring to Pitroda’s remarks, after the February 14 terrorist bombing in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on a CRPF convoy in which 40 troopers were killed, that such incidents “happen all the time” and that the previous UPA government could also have sent planes across the border after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, but “that is not the right approach” to deal with the world. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday His remarks came soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the opposition of insulting the defence forces and of being the “natural habitat of terror apologists and questioners” of the country’s armed forces. Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister said in a tweet: “Loyal courtier of Congress’ royal dynasty admits what the nation already knew — Congress was unwilling to respond to forces of terror. This is a New India — we will answer terrorists in a language they understand and with interest.”last_img read more

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MoroccoCote DIvoire King Mohammed VI launch projects of over 8000 lowcost

first_imgAbidjan – The ongoing commitment of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI to promoting South-South cooperation as a development tool serving the people of sub-Saharan Africa was shown once again on Tuesday through real estate projects of over 8,000 low-cost housing units, launched in Abidjan by the Sovereign, who was accompanied by Prime Minister of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan.These projects are in line with the royal speech on the occasion of the opening session of the Ivorian-Moroccan Economic Forum, in which the Moroccan monarch said that Africa does not need assistance as much as more mutually beneficial partnerships. “Our continent needs human and social development programs more than humanitarian aid,” the King said.The projects, which reflect the determination of the King to allow the countries of the African continent to benefit from the highly appreciated Moroccan experience in the fight against unhealthy housing, involve the construction of 7,500 housing units in the Locodjoro neighborhood (Commune of Attécoubé ) and 530 other units in the city of Kumasi. Part of the efforts of the Ivorian government to address the structural deficit in housing, these two projects, carried out by the Moroccan real estate group Addoha, will cost a sum of 2.2 billion dirhams and will cover a total area of 29 hectares.The Locodjoro project (26 ha) includes the construction of an integrated city that combines tradition and modernity with 7500 low-cost housing units and community services (a shopping mall, schools, a cultural center, a business center, a police station), and green spaces.Located in the heart of the city of Kumasi, the Kumasi project (3 ha) provides for the construction of 530 affordable apartments and a school.These projects will enable the Abidjan population, particularly those with limited incomes to access decent housing at favorable conditions.These two real estate projects symbolize the historical relations of friendship and brotherhood between the two countries, as well as the unwavering commitment of Morocco to supporting the economic and social development in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, as part of win-win cooperation.On his arrival, King Mohammed VI was greeted notably by the Ivorian Minister of Housing and Urban Development, the Mayor and MP of the City of Kumasi, the CEO of Addoha Group, and the employees and managers of the projects launched.1 dollar= 8.18 dirhamslast_img read more

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Moroccos Religious Law Poses Challenge For Airbnb Guests

Rabat – The British owners of a riad in Asilah said that the internet accommodation service Airbnb does not comply with Morocco’s religious laws.Airbnb, which allows property owners to rent out rooms and even entire homes to guests from anywhere in the world, is required to adjust its policies to adapt to Morocco’s law regarding booking a room for unmarried couples.According to, Bridget Holden and her Moroccan partner, who own a four-bedroom semi-detached townhouse in the medina (old city) in Asilah, have given up renting their house.“We’ve had the property for years, and only decided to start letting it in July,” she told the English website. “But we found that the people making the booking were not the ones turning up to stay. Some were local young couples posing as foreigners, and when they’re unmarried Muslims they’re breaking the law – and so are you,” she added.According to the same source, the manager of a riad in Marrakech that uses Airbnb said, “It’s not uncommon to have spies in the medina who let the police know about riads who do not respect the law.”“They will barge in in the middle of the night to fine the riad and the couple,” he added.With an exception for foreign couples, Moroccan unmarried couples are not allowed to book a shared room in any accommodation facility.Property owners also run the risk of heavy fines if they book a room for unmarried couples or fail to provide local police with accurate information about guests.Under Article 490 of the Moroccan Penal Code, couples can be jailed for having sexual relations outside marriage. But Morocco’s Justice Minister, Mustapha Ramid, said in July, “unmarried couples will be arrested only if the perpetrators confessed or if they were caught in the act of having intercourse.”According to figures released by the company on Monday, Airbnb currently does not employ staff in Africa or have an office on the continent, but “Morocco is an interesting market,” and “Marrakesh alone has over 3,000 listings.” read more

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Saudi Arabian Student at University of Wisconsin Beaten to Death Outside

Casablanca, Morocco — Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, died on Monday October 31st after being beaten to death outside a pizza shop by a 6ft tall white male. Al Nahdi was an international student studying business administration at the University of Wisconsin since 2015.According to NBC News, Alnahdi was attacked outside a restaurant called “Toppers Pizza” in Menomonie, Wisconsin at around 2 A.M. on Sunday. When the police arrived, they found Alnahdi bleeding from his mouth and nose, lying on the street. On Monday, Alnahdi died from the injuries he sustained during the attack. Witnesses told the police the attacker was a 6ft tall white male.  No arrests have been made so far, but the Menomonie Police Department released a statement on Monday saying that the case was being treated as a homicide and that investigators are looking for possible suspects. According to the Daily Mail UK, Alnahdi’s friends believe the attack may have been racially motivated. One of Alnahdi’s best friends and roommate, Tommy Hutson, says, “Everyone has cried themselves out at this point and we are trying to remember the good times.”In a statement, Houston’s Royal Consulate General of Saudi Arabia said that they “are in the process of appointing an attorney to help locate the attacker and to request the maximum punishment.This 24 year-old, self-sponsored student had decided to attend University of Wisconsin-Stout because he believed Menomonie is a safe town to live in. He had dreams of earning a degree to secure his future and support and family. We trust the authorities will find the offender, and we trust the American courts will ensure a just punishment.” The consulate is also trying to arrange transportation of his body back to his family in Saudi Arabia. read more