first_imgNew Delhi: A 25-year-old biker died Thursday midnight after a metal wire broke off from the Signature Bridge and pierced through his chest in north Delhi, police said on Friday. A passerby informed the police at 12.15 a.m. on Thursday night when he found Pranav Mishra lying near the divider. Mishra was returning to his home in Wazirabad. “We have registered a case of death due to negligence,” Deputy Commissioner of Police A.K. Thakur said. The wire could have become loose due to the ongoing construction work on one of the pillars of the bridge, he added.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s crude oil production fell over 4 per cent in the financial year 2018-19 after aging fields of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd (OIL) missed the target, official data showed Thursday. India produced 34.2 million tonne of crude oil in the fiscal year ended March 31, down from 35.7 million tonne in the previous year, according to data released by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas here. ONGC output dropped to 21 million tonne from 22.25 million tonne in 2017-18, while OIL saw a 2.5 per cent dip to 3.3 million tonne. Fields in the private sector saw a production drop of nearly 2 per cent to 9.8 million tonne mainly because of lower output at Cairn India’s Rajasthan oilfields. ONGC production was lower due to technical issues at its Mumbai and Neelam Heera fields in the Arabian Sea and less than the production at Santhal and Balol fields in Gujarat. During March, the country’s total crude oil production fell to 2.85 million tonne from 3.04 million tonne in the corresponding month of the previous fiscal year. Natural gas production, however, edged up to 32.9 billion cubic metre (BCM) in 2018-19, from 32.6 BCM in the previous year as ONGC produced 5.3 per cent more gas at 24.67 BCM. Higher production by ONGC made up for a nearly 14 per cent drop in output from private sector fields at 5.47 BCM. This was a result of shutting down of two more wells at Reliance Industries’ eastern offshore D1-D3 gas fields in the flagging KG-D6 block, the ministry statement said. Indian refineries produced 2 per cent higher fuel and other petroleum products at 257.2 million tonne in 2018-19 on a better showing by state-owned firms. State-owned refiners such as Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) produced nearly 3 per cent more fuel at 151 million tonnes in 2018-19, while private sector refinery throughput was nearly 3.5 per cent lower at 88 million tonne after both Reliance Industries’ Jamnagar refineries and Nayara Energy’s Vadinar units in Gujarat produced less.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Alibaba-backed company BigBasket is pumping in $100 million (about Rs 698 crore) to strengthen its supply chain by setting up vending machines and smaller distribution centres across various cities it operates in. The online grocery platform — which is registered as Supermarket Grocery Supplies — had recently raised $150 million in funding, led by Mirae Asset-Naver Asia Growth Fund, CDC Group and Alibaba Group. Founded in 2011, BigBasket operates in 25 Indian cities. It plans to utilise the proceeds of this fundraising – which has placed the Bengaluru-based company in the unicorn club (companies with valuation of $1 billion and above) – to further penetrate into existing markets with more investments in the first mile, scaling-up of its supply chain and for developing new reseller channels. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”We want to enable two-hour delivery in top 10 cities that we operate in by July this year. For that, we have been investing in strengthening our distribution centres. We have 18 large and 80 smaller distribution centres together with our resellers and this will be ramped to 20 large and 100 smaller ones by June this year,” BigBasket co-founder Vipul Parekh said. This move will help BigBasket reduce delivery time and ensure quality of dairy and fresh produce, he added. The company expects its capital expenditure towards these initiatives to be about $100 million this year.last_img read more


first_imgBordeaux- Very few Moroccans give time or money to charity, placing the Kingdom at the bottom of a ranking analyzing volunteer actions in 20 countries.On the occasion of the 8th National Forum of Associations and Foundations which was held in Paris on October 24th, Deloitte consulting group published a report on the implication of citizens in charities. It provides a comparative analysis of associative structures worldwide and provides information on how Morocco can become better by importing the best practices from abroad.According to report, which is based on a study comparative study conducted in 20 countries, public funds account for 37% of Moroccan associations’ budget, while the private share is 37% and 26% comes from grants and donations. Unlike the 52% of Norwegians who give back to their community without asking for anything in return, Moroccans are only 4% to volunteer regularly. Only India and Japan, with only 1%, are behind the Kingdom.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK- Oil prices traded mixed Friday as Libya was expected to begin exporting more crude into a market already flush with supply.On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery fell 90 cents to $96.60 a barrel.In London, Brent North Sea crude for January finished 16 cents higher at $108.83. Traders were waiting to see if a Libyan tribe leader’s pledge to open up its crude terminals on December 15 would hold up, after his followers kept a blockade on the installations for months.The protests and blockades of fuel deliveries by the Berber minority slashed Libya’s output to about 250,000 barrels per day, from normal levels of nearly 1.5 million barrels per day.Libya’s light crude is valued in European refineries.Andy Lipow of Lipow Oil Associates said the US hitting its highest level of production in 25 years, with more gains predicted for next year, was also keeping downward pressure on prices.The US Energy Information Administration said that American crude output had reached 8.075 million barrels per day, and would rise to an average of 8.5 million barrels per day next year.last_img read more


first_imgRabat- Nador’s Commerce and Industry Chamber has launched a unique industrial park called “Salouane” in Nador in partnership with the developer-planner of the national industrial parks, Med Z, with the aim of supporting young developers. Nador’s Commerce and Industry Chamber (CCISN) presented the “Salouane” project to Moroccan and Spanish investors detailing the offer in terms of its value and infrastructure at an information day held on Thursday. According to Moroccan daily L’Économiste, Salouane is a unique project in Morocco, because it is the first time a state’s business Chamber has taken part in the capital of a private company. In an innovative partnership, the developer-planner of the national industrial parks, Med Z, and the CCISN created the development company of the industrial park, Salouane (SAPS). More specifically, the company’s capital is estimated at 70 million DH with 68% held by Med Z and 32% by CCISN. According to the same source, the park will house a Business Incubator Center whose mission is to offer support for young developers and various start-ups. The park will make available 200 containers for rent, limited to three years, to benefit a large number of developers’ projects. It will also include production facilities, and modular offices.Edited by Elisabeth Myerslast_img read more


Taroudant – A video posted recently on YouTube shows a nine-year-old boy, apparently Moroccan, being abused by a security guard at the main station in Malmö, Sweden.The video shows the guard sitting on the boy’s chest and pressed his gloved hand violently over the boy’s mouth and nose.The guard slammed the boy’s head against the stone floor, while the kid struggled to recite the Shahadah (declaration of faith). A witness told the Swedish website Sydsvenskan that the boy did not seem to understand Swedish, and therefore could not communicate with the security guards.The boy appears to be gasping for breath, and through tears and with a desperate voice he yells out the Muslim Shahada, the first pillar of Islam, which is usually uttered when someone believes they are near death, “I testify that there is no god but Allah and the Prophet Mohammed is his messenger.”The same source added that three police officers arrived later at the scene and handcuffed the boy. When the police officer released the boy, the latter spits in the guard’s face.When several witnesses came to explain what really happened, the police officers did not seem interested in hearing the testimonies. read more


Rabat – Morocco’s national football team has moved up eight positions to 84th in the latest FIFA world rankings of international teams released on Thursday. The Moroccan national team is ranked 22th in the African continent. The Atlas Lions won their last match against Libya (1-0) in the 2017 African Nations Cup Qualifiers.Algeria topped the African rankings after being placed 19th on the global list for July. The Desert Foxes were followed by Ivory Coast (21st), Ghana (25th), Tunisia (32nd), Senegal (39th), Cameroun (42nd), Congo (47th), Cap Verde (52nd), Egypt (55th), Nigeria (57th), Guinea (58th), RD Congo (60th), Mali (61st), Equatorial Guinea (63rd), Gabon (65th), South Africa (70th), Zambia (71st), Burkina Faso (72nd), Uganda (73rd), Rwanda (78th),Togo (83rd) and Morocco (84th).At the top of the FIFA World Rankings, Copa America runners-up Argentina topped the list and moved from third to the number one spot. Leo Messi’s side came ahead of World Cup winners Germany Belgium, Colombia, Netherlands, Brazil, Portugal, Romania, England and Wales.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more


Tangier  – Some 229,185 Moroccan expatriates returned to Morocco via the Tangier Port since the beginning of the Marhaba operation 2016 on June 5 and until August 31, Tangier port commanding officer Ahmed Ouqebli told MAP.The number of vehicles and buses transiting towards Morocco reached 38,166 and 193 respectively, the source added.During the same period, exit movement via the same port involved 235,135 Moroccans living abroad, 41,688 vehicles and 251 buses. The “Marhaba 2016 operation” is going smoothly thanks to efforts made by the different concerned departments, according to the same source. read more


Rabat – The Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) has joined the parties of the government majority who have granted their support to the Ministry of Interior’s ban of the July 20 demonstration in Al Hoceima.The PAM said in a statement that their decision “came after the party met El Othmani on Wednesday evening, July 19, to discuss developments in Al Hoceima.”During the meeting, which was attended by members of the PAM’s spokesmen, including Muhammad al-Sheikh Baidullah, Aziz Benazuz, Abdullatif Wahbi, and Ibtissam lAzzawi, El Othmani invited the party to express support for the prohibition of the march. El Othmani advocated “for stability, [working] positively with governmental actors to tackle the Rif [issue] and respond to the demands  of the region as well as to follow development projects in Rif through field visits,” wrote the party in a communiqué.The PAM said that it expressed its “appreciation for this initiative, even though it came late, as the prime minister should have communicated [with the party] before taking the decision to prevent the march and not after it.”Having given support to the government’s decision, the PAM called on various social actors supporting the march of July 20 “to avoid any manifestation and cut the road to all those who threaten stability of the country in order to restore stability.”The party also emphasized the need to speed up the implementation of development projects in Al Hoceima in order to engage with the demands of protesters and attend to the suffering of detainees and their families.“Members of PAM are loyal in partaking in any national dynamic that adopts a participatory approach and puts the interest of the homeland and citizens above all odds,” concluded the statement. read more


Rabat – Othman Benjelloun, the chairman of Morocco’s BMCE Bank, has criticized the $1.1 billion deal between the Moroccan company Saham Finances and the South African insurance company Sanlam. Benjelloun, an influential voice in Morocco’s financial services industry, cited the political position of Pretoria on Western Sahara as the reason for his dissatisfaction with the deal.According to Bloomberg, Benjelloun told reporters in Casablanca Tuesday, “We end up with a South African investor, owning a company that was Moroccan, on our own territory.” The 88-year old businessman continued, “We aren’t going to hide that we have not appreciated this gesture.”Benjelloun’s anger stems from Pretoria’s support of the Polisario Front. The Moroccan billionaire stated the deal will garner his support if South Africa changes its stance on the conflict in Western Sahara. “We will applaud the fact that Saham stays South African” when Pretoria changes track regarding Western Sahara, he said. “Until they do, they are not getting our support.”Sanlam is South Africa’s biggest insurance country. Sanlam acquired Saham Finances in its largest acquisition on October 11, 2018. We’re pleased to announce the conclusion of SAHAM Finances acquisition, our biggest acquisition to date, transforming us into a leading financial services player in Africa. The next 100 years start today. https://t.co/xnPvuEshLH pic.twitter.com/0BYrEj3pcP— Sanlam (@sanlam) October 11, 2018In 2016, Sanlam acquired a 30 percent stake in Saham Finances and increased its stake to 46.6 percent in 2017.The $1.1 billion deal turned over the remaining 53 percent stake in Saham Finances to South African Sanlam.Sanlam is now present in 33 African countries. The company’s most recent acquisition establishes its presence in North Africa. Sanlam will take over Saham Finance’s 65 subsidiaries, 700 branches, and more than 3,000 employees.Saham Finances recorded a turnover of $1.2 billion in 2017. At the end of 2017, Saham Finances consolidated net assets worth $850 million and earnings of $77.4 million.The South African company Sanlam responded to Othman Benjelloun’s most recent criticism of the deal. “Sanlam is confident about the strength and sustainability of its partnership with Saham Finances, which commenced in early 2016. The Saham Finances’ board, Sanam (Sanlam’s partner in Morocco), the executive team and staff are fully supportive of the partnership and our efforts to build a Pan African insurance group,” the group said in a statement.Morocco and South Africa have long had tense diplomatic relations. In 2004, Pretoria recognized the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as the legitimate government of an independent Western Sahara. Morocco’s ambassador to Pretoria hurriedly left his post in protest against South Africa’s decision.In early March of 2019, Pretoria and Rabat made advances in restoring diplomatic relations. South Africa accredited Morocco’s months-long-appointed ambassador, Youssef Amrani, to Pretoria, breaking nearly 15 years of diplomatic stalemate. read more


HONOLULU — All Nippon Airways has completed a test flight of a new wide-body aircraft with its arrival in Hawaii.Reports say the Japanese airline completed the first of two tests when the Airbus A380 “Flying Honu” touched down Wednesday at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu.The four-engine jet airliner arrived from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport around 7:45 a.m., followed by a blessing ceremony for the aircraft that was painted to look like a giant turtle.The state Department of Transportation says it is happy Hawaii’s largest airport is the 11th in the U.S. that is able to accommodate the double-decker planes.The test was another step toward All Nippon Airways’ 2020 goal of doubling the number of its seats connecting Honolulu and Tokyo.The Associated Press read more


TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index fell in late-morning trading as Bombardier Inc. shares weighed on the key industrials sector.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 11.80 points at 16,574.72 as shares of Bombardier fell following a move by the company to cut its financial guidance for the year.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 205.5 points at 26,391.55. The S&P 500 index was down 5.23 points at 2,922.02, while the Nasdaq composite was down 0.55 points at 8,101.46.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.10 cents US compared with an average of 74.21 cents US on Wednesday.The June crude contract was down 11 cents at US$65.78 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was down 3.6 cents at US$2.54 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$2.70 at US$1,282.10 an ounce and the May copper contract was down 3.75 cents at US$2.87 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press read more


Rabat – The Highest echelon of professional football in the Netherlands’ Eredivisie, the country’s top football league, has announced Hakim Ziyech as the Best Player for the Month of August.Eredivisie tweeted the news on September 13, stressing Ziyech’s achievements in Ajax Amsterdam. The post emphasized that Ziyech scored four goals for his club in August, making one assist and more than 300 ball touches.Ziyech is one of the key players in Ajax and Morocco’s national team. He joined Ajax in 2017.But this is not the first accolade the Moroccan player has received for his sustained brilliance with Ajax.In May, Ajax named Ziyech as its Player of the Year for last season. the club said the reward was an acknowledgement of the Moroccan’s  individual brilliance as well as his vital contributions to the collective flow during Ajax’s success story in last year’s UEFA Champions League.In August, the Dutch club extended the contract of the Moroccan international until 2022.Hakim Ziyech has recently been criticized by some Moroccan fans after missing two penalties for the Atlas Lions. Ziyech missed a decisive  penalty against Benin as part of the 2019 African Cup of Nations, angering some football fans.The football player also missed a penalty in a friendly game against Burkina Faso on September 6.Hakim Ziyech named as @eredivisie Player of the Month (August) Achievements of Ziyech @AFCAjax: 4 goals & 1 assist 352 ball touches 13 chances createdRead more: https://t.co/ll8XvaEkQ6 #eredivisie #ajax #ziyech pic.twitter.com/7pkcps2ARf— Eredivisie (English) (@EredivisieEN) September 13, 2019The promising football player is however making international headlines thanks to his astonishing performances with his Dutch club. read more


NEW YORK — While the culture or atmosphere at any business can be critical to attracting and retaining top workers, it needs to be a focus for small business owners who can’t offer the kind of salary and benefits that bigger companies do.Many owners are busy with customers, vendors and finances, and culture isn’t something they think about. Owners who want to develop a good company culture should take a first step of determining what kind of culture they want, says Jay Starkman, CEO of human resources provider Engage PEO. For example, a culture can be performance-based, strive for work/life balance, put employees’ families first or be a combination, Starkman says.After that, an owner needs to formulate the policies that will support the culture, and then manage the business so those policies are enforced.“If you have a family-first or work/life balance culture, then you walk around at 5 p.m. and ask, ‘why are you still here,’” Starkman says. “It comes from management. It comes from ownership.”A key factor in a good culture is giving employees autonomy — it’s something today’s workers want, says Tony Fross, who advises clients on workplace practices for the consulting firm Prophet. He recalls a company he worked with whose owner was a micromanager.“People quit all the time and he couldn’t keep staffers. He was disempowering them instead of helping them to do better,” Fross says.Owners should keep in mind that a culture needs continual attention from the boss.“You need to routinely analyze your organization to determine whether the culture you want actually exists. It often can take a back seat to deadlines and work pressure,” Starkman says._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more


BERLIN — Experts are meeting in Germany for U.N.-hosted talks on climate change amid growing pressure for governments to act faster against global warming.Diplomats meeting in the western city of Bonn starting Monday will focus on resolving issues that couldn’t be agreed upon at last December’s climate summit in Poland. This includes the rules governing the international trade in carbon certificates, which allow rich countries to offset emissions by paying for projects in poor nations.Public concern about global warming has heightened over the past year amid a series of extreme weather events. Students in Europe and beyond have staged regular street protests demanding action to curb climate change.The meeting, which runs until June 27, precedes a September gathering of world leaders in New York to discuss climate change.The Associated Press read more


In a statement to the press following a closed-door meeting on the issue, Ambassador Peter Burian of Slovakia, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, said the 15-member panel wanted the assessment mission team to report back with recommendations on how to bring durable peace to Somalia.The Council also backed by the proposal by Somali President Abdulahi Yusuf to convene a national reconciliation congress as part of broader efforts to promote peace and reconciliation.The statement followed a briefing by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari, who stressed the importance of political dialogue and inclusiveness.Somalia has not had a functioning national government since 1991, when the regime of the dictator Muhammad Siad Barre was toppled. Late last year the transitional Government, backed by Ethiopian troops, dislodged Islamist forces from much of the country.In December, the Council authorized the deployment of a peace support mission to Somalia, to be run by the AU and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east African grouping.Today’s statement called on AU members to contribute to that peace mission, to be known as IGASOM, and also asked the UN to continue to supply as much support as possible to the AU.The President said there was an urgent need for IGASOM “to help create the conditions for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Somalia and the lifting of emergency security measures currently in place.”He also voiced “deep concern” over the humanitarian situation and urged all sides to ensure aid workers have unhindered access to those in need. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced or forced into neighbouring countries by recent fighting or by serious flooding. 2 February 2007Renewing its support for the planned deployment of African Union (AU) peacekeepers in Somalia, the Security Council today called for the rapid dispatch of a United Nations technical mission to assess security needs in the war-wracked country. read more


Mr. Ban’s Special Representative to Iraq, Ashraf Qazi issued a statement calling the act “cowardly and despicable,” while warning that “the targeting of political leaders is intended to stoke the flames of division and undermine the Iraqi Government’s efforts to stabilize the country.” He wished Mr. Al-Zubai a speedy recovery and extended his deep condolences for the death of his brother, Abdul Rahaman Al-Zubai, and other close relatives, as well as to the families who had lost their loved ones “in this criminal attack.” Mr. Ban, who met the Deputy Prime Minister during his official visit on 22 March, sent a personal letter to “condemning the heinous attack and wishing him full and speedy recovery,” the statement noted. The Secretary-General also issued a statement on Friday in which he paid tribute to Mr. Al-Zubai’s “readiness to serve Iraq at a great personal risk.” 24 March 2007The senior United Nations envoy to Iraq today strongly condemned the recent assassination attempt against Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Salam Z. Al-Zubai, joining Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who met with the leader in Baghdad just one day before the attack, in extending best wishes for a speedy recovery. read more


28 May 2007Pope Benedict XVI today received in private audience the head United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), who voiced appreciation for support the agency has received from the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI today received in private audience the head United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), who voiced appreciation for support the agency has received from the Catholic Church.“It is a great honour to express in person my gratitude to His Holiness for his invaluable support in favour of the world’s hungry,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.“I hope that the already excellent collaborative work with the Catholic Church which, like WFP, is an institution with truly global reach, can be strengthened further.”WFP works with a number of Catholic organizations, including Caritas Internationalis which, through its network of over 40 member organizations such as Catholic Relief Services, distributed 85,000 tonnes of food in 2006. The agency also has partnerships with the Jesuit Refugee Service in six countries in sub-Saharan Africa and in Colombia, the Community of St. Egidio, and with many other Catholic-inspired NGOs, including the German Malteser Hilfsdienst, which works with WFP in Sudan and Myanmar.“The moral authority of the Holy Father and his appeals for peace, justice and security are highly encouraging for us. We know we can always count on the partnership and precious help of Catholics and Catholic organizations,” said Ms. Sheeran.During the war in Lebanon in the summer of 2006, the Vatican donated two ambulances to the Lebanese chapter of Caritas. The vehicles were sent to Beirut through the WFP-managed humanitarian response depot (UNHRD) in Brindisi.Ms. Sheeran also thanked the Holy Father for mentioning, during his pastoral visit to Brazil, the WFP and the “Walk the World” march against hunger on 13 May. During the audience, the WFP chief invited His Holiness to visit the agency’s headquarters in Rome. read more


3 August 2007The United Nations agency entrusted with aiding Palestinian refugees today condemned an Israeli army incursion into one of its schools in southern Gaza, which left property damaged. “This is a violation of our property and we expect the IDF to halt any operation that places in danger our staff and which damages our installations,” UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Director in Gaza John Ging said, using the acronym of the Israeli Defence Forces.Local residents said Israeli soldiers and two tanks entered the compound of the Al Shouka Elementary Coeducational School and arrested two of the guards. The main gate of the school was damaged during the operation. Israeli soldiers then rounded up some 50 other people, bringing about 15 of them to the school, where they were held for several hours before being moved elsewhere. read more