Archive for September, 2011

Air France Investigates Morocco Landing Incident, Europe 1 Says

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By Helene Fouquet

Air France-KLM (AF) Group, Europe’s largest airline, is investigating a “serious” incident at the Casablanca airport in Morocco, where a passenger aircraft touched down on the wrong landing strip, Europe 1 radio reported, citing a spokesman for the airline.

The incident took place in August and Air France has been questioning its staff, the French radio station reported on its Web site. This is the third time in two years a plane lands on the wrong lane at Casablanca’s Mohammed V airport, Europe 1 said, without citing other airlines that may have been involved. The lane is no longer in use, according to Europe 1.

The Accessibility Of Envy On Social Media

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We have all found ourselves to some degree comparing and judging our life experiences, appearances, relationships, professional and academic successes to those attained by others. There are two logical errors that lead to envy and covetousness which poison the soul: a) you can never know the totality of a person’s life and b) my happiness is not conditional upon your successes or failures.

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African Immigrants in the United States

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by Kristen McCabe for the Migration Information Source

Originally published on the Migration Information Source (www.migrationinformation.org), a project of the Migration Policy Institute.

While the trans-Atlantic slave trade brought large numbers of Africans to the United States as forced migrants from the 16th to the 19th centuries, significant voluntary migration from Africa to the United States did not begin in earnest until the 1980s. From 1980 to 2009, the African-born population in United States grew from just under 200,000 to almost 1.5 million. Today, Africans make up a small (3.9 percent) but growing share of the country’s 38.5 million immigrants. (more…)

Defendants allege police torture in Morocco

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SALE, Morocco (AP) — Defendants at a trial over a deadly cafe bombing at a Moroccan tourism destination denied the charges against them on Thursday.

The defendants told the judge that they had been tortured and threatened into confessing to being accomplices to the attack, which killed 17 people on April 28. (more…)

Sarkozy inaugurates Morocco high-speed train

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By Yann Le Guernigou

TANGIERS, Morocco, Sept 29 (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday inaugurated work on a future high-speed train link in Morocco, the first such project in Africa and the Arab world, and welcomed constitutional reform introduced by King Mohammed.

“France is determined to accompany Morocco politically of course but also economically,” Sarkozy said in Tangiers after talks with the Moroccan monarch, who in July won landslide approval for a referendum that explicitly granted executive powers to the government but retained the king at the helm of the cabinet, army, religious authorities and the judiciary. (more…)

Nicolas Sarkozy visits Morocco for TGV rail-link launch

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29 September 11 05:04 GMT

TGV train in France (file image)By Nora Fakim
BBC News, Morocco

French President Nicholas Sarkozy is due to arrive in Morocco to oversee the start of construction on a new TGV high-speed rail link.

The line will connect Casablanca with Rabat and Tangiers.

The agreement between France and Morocco to build the line was signed during Mr Sarkozy’s first state visit to the country in October 2007. (more…)

France is determined to support Morocco politically and economically, Sarkozy says

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France is determined to support Morocco politically and economically, Sarkozy says
Tangier – France is determined to support politically and economically Morocco, a country which is modernized under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, said on Thursday in Tangier.

“France had the opportunity in many occasions to commend the vision of King Mohammed VI and praise the extraordinary success of the referendum on constitutional reforms as well as Morocco’s path towards democracy,” Sarkozy said in a statement to the press at the Marchane palace in Tangier. (more…)

HM the King, president Sarkozy and HRH Prince Megren Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud launch building works of Tangier-Casablanca high-speed link

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Tangier – HM King Mohammed VI, accompanied by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, and the French president Nicolas Sarkozy, and HRH Prince Megren Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud launched, on Thursday at the Tangier-Ville rail station, the building works of a high-speed link that will link Tangier to Casablanca, worth 20 billion dirhams (€1.8 billion).

– The Tangier-Casablanca rail link is a structuring project that will contribute to reinforcing and improving the transport grid in Morocco, and is part of far-reaching project policy in the Kingdom;

– Morocco is the first country of Africa and the Arab world to have such a technologically advanced rail transport grid;

During this ceremony, which was attended by HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Saud, Moroccan equipment and transport minister, Karim Ghellab, gave a presentation on the importance of this structuring project that will contribute to reinforcing and improving the transport grid in Morocco, and is part of far-reaching project policy in the Kingdom.

Ghellab said that this link is the first stage in the high-speed rail master plan set up in 2006, which provides for building 1,500 km of new links, including the Atlantic axis: Tangier-Casablanca-Marrakech-Agadir, and the Maghreb one: Rabat-Fez-Oujda.

This stage, which is expected to be operational by December 2015, will make Morocco the first country of Africa and the Arab world to have such a technologically advanced rail transport grid.

The project will meet the growing demand for rail transport between Casablanca and Tangier (+70% between 2002 and 2009).

The €1.8 billion project will be financed by the Moroccan state by €414 million, the Hassan II Fund for Economic and Social Development (€86 million), France (€920 million), the Saudi Fund For Development (€144 million), the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (€100 million), the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (€70 million) and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (€66 million).

The project is expected to generate 30 million working days during the building phase and 2500 direct and indirect jobs during the operational stage.

Afterwards, an agreement set up an institute for training in rail professions between Morocco’s rail company (ONCF) and its French counterpart (SNCF).

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