Archive for May, 2012
Wolowidnyk: A prize-winning cocktail Juanita Ng
Congrats to David Wolowidnyk, bar manager of West Restaurant, whose Beldi cocktail won over thousands of entries in the inaugural World’s Most Imaginative Bartender contest sponsored by Bombay Sapphire.
In the competition, held in Marrakech, Morocco, each of the seven finalists was tasked with creating his or her most imaginative cocktail. Wolowidnyk says his winning cocktail was directly influenced by the sights, sounds and flavours of Marrakech. (more…)
By NOORA FARAJ
AL ARABIYA WITH AGENCIES
Morocco recently chose its top chefs to participate in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or culinary competition to take place in France next year.
In an unprecedented move, Moroccan cuisine will feature at the event after the country was given a wild card that relieved it from the preliminary regional and international elimination stages.
Specialist haute cuisine and pastry chefs competed in separate categories over the course of two days in a bid to join the national team which qualified for the final stage of the Bocuse d’Or as well as selection to the African Cup of Pastry competition. (more…)
Moroccan monarch wants AfDB to support growth sectors in Africa
As Africa’s top development finance institution, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is faced with a double challenge to enhance its excellence while identifying relevant areas for development actions and for the mobilisation of funding resources, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI said Thursday.
In his message to the official opening of the 2012 AfDB annual meetings here, the monarch expressed confidence in the Bank’s long-term strategy on operational, financial and institutional performance for the next decade starting in 2013. (more…)
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Morocco: Journalist converted into stadium manager
After serving as journalist and sports consultant for couple years, Mehdi Sekkouri has begun a new experience in the expertise of stadiums.
The Moroccan has ended a training course as stadium manager at the “Centre de Droit et d’Economie du Sport” (CDES) in LIMOGES. As partial fulfillment of his qualification, Mehdi visited about 60 stadiums, 30 arenas and many sports academies in Europe. He is the first Moroccan to become stadium manager.
|‘Insurance Spring‘ in the UK?
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Vladimir Guevarra After the Arab Spring, and the ongoing Investor Spring, is it also time for an “Insurance Spring” in the UK? This morning, the UK Office of Fair Trading released a strong statement against uncompetitive practices in the UK car …
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World finance: Risk aversion returns with a vengeance
FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT
The rally in risky asset markets fuelled at the start of this year by the European Central Bank’s unlimited provision of long-term liquidity to the region’s banks proved short-lived. It started to fade in March in the face of risks to the global outlook. The escalation of banking and fiscal stresses in Spain soured sentiment towards the euro zone, while a string of disappointing data releases in China kept alive fears of a hard landing in the world’s second-largest economy. Global risk appetite in the rest of 2012 is likely to hinge to a significant degree on whether Greece stays in the euro. (more…)
In Search of an Alliance of Civilizations: Part I
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din
Earlier this year, myself and 11 other young leaders from North America and Europe were invited by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to travel to three countries in the Middle East and North Africa to meet with government officials and youth leaders in order to develop networks and partnerships aimed at improving East-West relations. In the following 4 part series, I will share take-aways from each of the countries we recently visited. Part I will be Morocco; Part II: Jordan, Part III: Saudi Arabia; Part IV will be an analysis of US and MENA relations.
Part I, Morocco: ‘Lions for Apples’ (more…)
Need for funds is at its greatest
By Michael Peel
The booming international oil price may mean that Middle Eastern governments blessed with large crude reserves have never been richer – but neither has their region’s need for finance been so great.
As popular uprisings have occurred from the Maghreb to the Levant, countries have been either gripped by instability or pushed into programmes of heavy spending on state benefits and infrastructure. (more…)
Arusha - HM King Mohammed VI sent a message to the annual meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, which opened on Thursday under the theme: “Africa and the emerging global landscape: challenges and opportunities”.
Here follows the full text of the royal message, which was read out by Omar Kabbaj, adviser to HM the King.
Praise be to God May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin (more…)
Brasilia - Speaker of Brazil’s federal senate José Sarney expressed his country’s support for a peaceful solution to the Sahara issue.
“Brazil supports a peaceful settlement for the disputes on the basis of dialogue and consensus between the parties,” Sarney told MAP following a meeting with Speaker of the House of Advisors Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah who is on a visit to Brazil.
“The meeting was an occasion to reaffirm Brazil’s stance which does not recognize the so-called SADR,” he said. (more…)
Doha - A Moroccan firefighter was killed and ten others were injured in the fire that broke out on Monday in the “Villagio” mall in Doha, Morocco’s embassy in Qatar reported in a new toll.
The injured left the hospital after they had received care.
The Qatari Ministry of Interior had reported 19 dead, including 13 children and two rescue workers, and 17 injured.
An investigation was launched to determine the cause of the fire.
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Ease Of Doing Business Index: Morocco climbing 21 places to 94 position
Global Arab Network - – Adnan Kassar
Morocco improved its business regulation the most compared to other global economies, climbing 21 places to 94, by simplifying the construction permitting process, easing the administrative burden of tax compliance, and providing greater protections to minority shareholders. Since 2005, Morocco has implemented 15 business regulatory reforms.This year’s Doing Business report data cover regulations from June 2010 through May 2011. The report rankings on ease of doing business have expanded to include indicators on getting electricity. (more…)
Egypt state of emergency ends
Egypt’s decades-long state of emergency came to an end on Thursday after its last renewal expired, the ruling military said in a statement, vowing to continue to “protect” the nation.
The military will continue its “national and historic responsibility, taking into account that the state of emergency has ended, in accordance with the constitutional declaration and with the law,” it said. (more…)
BY HANNA SISTEK
Illustration: kentoh via Shutterstock
Tarik Nesh-Nash says it was the Arab Spring that first motivated him to hack Morocco’s politics through technology.
By the time protests began in December 2010, Nesh-Nash, now 34, was already both technologically apt and politically active. The son of a human rights activist, he had also already volunteered for the Red Crescent Morocco, worked for Microsoft in Seattle, Wash., earned a master’s degree and left software to work as a protection delegate in Iraq with the International Committee for the Red Cross. (more…)