Archive for March, 2012

Tourists visit Marrakech to ‘sin’, says Moroccan minister

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(AFP) RABAT — A Moroccan minister has caused a stir by saying that tourists visit the southern city of Marrakech “to sin”.

“People from all over the world come and spend a lot of time sinning and being away from God,” Justice Minister Mustafa Ramid from the newly-installed Islamist government said during a visit to a Koranic school in Marrakech.

Ramid, a member of Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane’s moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), did not elaborate on his comments which were picked up on video and broadcast on the Internet and social media.

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Moroccan grain crisis

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Gregor Heard Sun, Apr 1 2012

A DRY and cold spring in autumn in Morocco has meant the North African nation is chasing record amounts of wheat and barley from abroad.

There has already been panic buying in Morocco, which has driven barley prices to more than double the European quote.

Agrimoney.com quotes import figures of 5.6 million tonnes of wheat and a million tonnes of barley to come in.

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Low confidence keeps Arab Spring markets subdued

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The National.ae

Laura Miller

Financial markets in most countries touched by last year’s Arab Spring disappointed in the first quarter by staying broadly flat or ending down, as investors held off amid signs of continued volatility, and private-sector involvement in the economies remained weak.Jeff Singer, the chief executive of Nasdaq Dubai. Jaime Puebla / The National

Markets Looking back and looking ahead at Middle East bourses (more…)

Arab spring News : Mar 31, 2012

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Israel won’t gain new allies through the Arab Spring
Haaretz
A recurring question of the past year has been whether Israel can come out of the unrest of the “Arab Spring” with any new allies. The point is hardly immaterial: The future of Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt hangs in the balance,
Other Voices: The Marie Antoinette of the Arab Spring is much like the original
Times Herald-Record
By Scripps Howard News Service The Arab Spring appears to have produced its own Marie Antoinette — brighter and better educated than the original and with a much tougher husband, but with the same acquisitive tastes. She is Asma al-Assad, 36, (more…)

Morocco royal holding’s net surges 50 pct in 2011

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By Souhail Karam

RABAT, March 31 (Reuters) – An investment holding firm controlled by Morocco’s royal family on Saturday posted a 50 percent rise in its net profit helped mostly by higher earnings from banking, mining, steel and sugar affiliates active mostly in the domestic market.

National Investment Co., or SNI, made a net consolidated profit of 4.3 billion dirhams ($513 million) in 2011 versus 2.9 billion dirhams in 2010 in comparable terms, showed financial statements published in pro-establishment newspaper Le Matin. (more…)

Walk among cool green pools and waterfalls in Paradise Valley

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The National.ae

The city of Agadir is the best starting point for a trip inland to Paradise Valley. Getty Images
The city of Agadir is the best starting point for a trip inland to Paradise Valley. Getty Images

Olivia Gunning Bennani

Mar 31, 2012

Once upon a time, an ageing, ailing couple from Germany set sail for Morocco in search of renewed vitality. For six sublime months, they took refuge in the creeks and crevices of Paradise Valley. It was here that they camped in rough bamboo shelters, roofs improvised with palms and wide banana leaves, bathing in and drinking the pristine mountain waters, lunching on local fruits, dining on nuts and honey and absorbing as many African sunbeams as possible. Suffice to say, well-being was reinstated and ailments chased away within a matter of weeks. (more…)

Postal unions form network in the MENA-MED region

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UNI Global Union
newsImagePostal activists from 14 countries met in Casablanca, Morocco to discuss the state of the postal sector and strategies for moving forward

Postal activists from 14 countries met in Casablanca, Morocco to discuss the state of the postal sector and strategies for moving forward.Postal unions in the MENA-MED region have formed a network to strategise and develop common actions for the sector. At a meeting 28-30 March in Casablanca, participants elected Abdallah El Ammari, from the FNPT-UMT Morocco, as President and Souad Ferchichi, from the UGTT-FGPT in Tunisia, as Vice-President of the network. Two participants from each country will form the network.The seminar, funded by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung organisation, focused on three major themes: Innovation in the postal sector, liberalisation, privatization and regulation and organising from the ground up. Participants developed an action plan for each theme, which will be followed-up on by the newly developed network.

Helping with honey

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1596634450.jpgwoldgate students

CHARITABLE Woldgate College sixth form students have jetted off to Morocco to lend a hand to communities living in poverty.

The team of 17 students, aged between 16 and 17-years-old, are visiting the region of Asni in the High Atlas Mountains to work with the Asni Honey Project which aims to improve social and environmental conditions around Asni.

The village is off the main tourist trekking routes in the High Atlas so misses out on tourist income generation. (more…)

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