HONG KONG – Danish toy maker Lego says it has won a major legal victory in China, where a court ruled in its favour in a copyright case against companies making knockoffs of its famous colored bricks.The company said Thursday that it was the first time it has won an unfair competition case against imitators in China.It said the Shantou Intermediate People’s Court ruled that two Chinese companies selling Bela brand blocks similar to the Lego Friends line infringed a copyright and ordered them to stop.The court issued its ruling in September but the decision didn’t take effect until November.Earlier this year, a Beijing court ruled that Lego’s name and logo are well-known trademarks in China, giving the company stronger legal footing for pursuing copyright cases.
LAS VEGAS — A Nevada judge says documents about allegations of sexual misconduct against former casino mogul Steve Wynn will stay secret, at least temporarily, despite Massachusetts Gaming Commission efforts to make them public.Commission lawyers, its investigations chief and an attorney for Wynn’s former company Wynn Resorts didn’t immediately say Friday in Las Vegas whether the ruling will stall a decision about the suitability of the company to run a $2 billion casino and hotel near Boston.Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez extended a temporary ban on releasing documents that Wynn’s lawyers say are a confidential.The Massachusetts commission obtained the documents in a probe of how the company handled reports that Wynn engaged in sexual misconduct with female employees.Wynn denies wrongdoing. He sued in November to keep the documents secret.Ken Ritter, The Associated Press
CALGARY, A.B. — The president of Shell Canada said he’s “cautiously optimistic” that Shell and its partners in LNG Canada will make a positive Final Investment Decision later this year.According to Natural Gas World, Shell Canada president Michael Crothers made the statement at the ARC Energy Investment Forum ‘Playing to Win’ in Calgary on May 9th. Speaking to executives and investors in the oil and gas industry, Crothers pointed out that there has been an unexpected increase in global demand for LNG in the past year. He said the 30 percent increase in demand has largely come from China, and also spoke about the impact higher demand would have on the development of new LNG projects.“We’re quite bullish about that, and we think that this site for LNG Canada is the best site on the west coast,” said Corthers. “We’ve got fantastic transit times – eight days to get to Tokyo Bay – and we have a fantastic resource base in our Groundbirch asset in the Montney, which is getting more and more stranded with the collapse in gas prices at AECO and the steady erosion of markets for our gas in the US.”Crothers added that projects like LNG Canada are the only way to get Canadian gas to offshore markets, where there are “fantastic opportunities” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing the use of coal with natural gas. Story courtesy Natural Gas World: https://www.naturalgasworld.com/shell-cda-head-bullish-on-lng-canada-project-61089
The state of emergency applies to the entire province and ensures federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated response to protect the public, which remains the provincial government’s top priority.During the 2017 wildfire season, the Province was in a provincial state of emergency for 10 weeks, from July 7th to September 15th. The previous provincial state of emergency before the 2017 wildfire season was issued in August 2003.“Public safety is always our first priority and, as wildfire activity is expected to increase, this is a progressive step in our wildfire response to make sure British Columbia has access to any and all resources necessary,” Farnworth said. “Taking this step will further ensure we can protect the public, property and infrastructure, and assist with firefighting efforts.”As of yesterday, there were 566 wildfires burning in B.C., with 29 evacuation orders affecting approximately 3,050 people, in addition to 48 evacuation alerts impacting approximately 18,720 people.The Province says that the extended weather forecast calls for continued hot and dry conditions, with a risk of thunderstorms in some parts of the province.Currently, more than 3,372 firefighters and contractors are actively engaged in fighting fires in all fire regions of the province. This includes 1,427 B.C. contract personnel, as well as 436 out-of-province personnel from Alberta, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Parks Canada, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand. VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth made the declaration at 8:30 Wednesday morning based on the recommendation from B.C.’s wildfire and emergency management officials.The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days, once issued, and may be extended or rescinded as necessary. The federal government has responded to and accepted British Columbia’s request for assistance. In the coming days, federal personnel and resources will be arriving in B.C. to assist with wildfire efforts.“Given the unpredictable behaviour of wildfires and the number of significant wildfires in all areas of the province, we’re bringing in the additional resources we need to keep people and communities as safe as possible,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “We’re asking British Columbians to do their part and follow burning bans and restrictions to prevent human-caused fires.”The state of emergency gives agencies, such as the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Emergency Management BC, the fire commissioner and the RCMP, the authority to take every action necessary to fight the wildfires and protect people and communities.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace BC SPCA wants to increase their membership numbers for 2019 and to do this they will be hosting a membership drive this February with the goal to recruit 30 new members.The BC SPCA membership gives people the opportunity to get involved in contributing financially towards the well being of animals in the facilities care, voter eligibility on governance for the BC SPCA and the opportunity to join the Community Council and Fundraising Committee. The membership fee is also eligible for an income tax receipt.“Becoming a member is a great way for people to show support for animals within the community, especially if they don’t have the time to volunteer”, says branch manager, Candace Buchamer. “We look forward to welcoming new members and continuing the important work of building a more humane community.” To become a member, fill out a membership form at the North Peace BC SPCA, located at 9311 81 Ave, between 12 and 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. The membership fee is $30 annually or a $350 one-time-fee for a lifetime membership.From February 25th – March 3rd will be Treat Week, a provincially organized fundraiser that has expanded from the success of Cupcake Day, which saw companies andindividuals sell cupcakes with the proceeds going towards the BC SPCA.
The world was taken by surprise when an utterly defenceless and unsuspecting lot of people gathered to offer prayers at New Zealand’s Christchurch mosques and were gunned down simply for the names they bore. The immediate reason for this terror attack is the gun laws that make it easy for civilians to possess firearms. This grave public concern seems to have been addressed rather promptly with the Prime Minister’s announcement to alter gun laws in the country and that there isn’t a better time to do it than now – remarkably a very distinct stand to take compared to the world’s bulldozing superpower, the USA. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern advocated a wider public health approach that seeks to reduce deaths from gun violence; instead of focusing on the unrealistic change in human behavior of possible murders, she assertively talks about creating an environment where people are less likely to fall victim to gun violence. Without the rhetorics of labeling perpetrators of gun violence as good or bad or unwell, she acknowledged the seriousness of the hazard of civilians possessing weapons and that it is an inherently dangerous thing and that guns must be made much harder to get. As much as the menace of gun violence keeps the discussions going, the underlying but still much too obvious matter of white supremacy is brought to highlight by none other than Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern herself. The popular rant of ‘terrorism does not have a religion’ was empty noise until now. Ms. Ardern’s compassion and leadership have directed attentions to the underside of terrorism: just intense intolerance for the ‘other’, without any labels of religion or ethnicity. Her empathy and solidarity with the targeted community have a set a formidable example of good leadership on the global platform. Her sensitivity to the bereaved and firmness against the perpetrator of the attacks who deserves no sympathy or attention, is for world leaders to appreciate and emulate.
Ghaizbad/GB Nagar: With just a couple of days left for Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar districts to go polling, the star campaigners and big names of various political parties are leaving no stone unturned and are conducting massive rallies to attract voters in their own ways.A massive gathering of crowd was witnessed at Ramleela Maidaan in Kavi Nagar area of Ghaziabad, where thousands of people thronged the rally organised by Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav campaigning for their candidate, Suresh Bansal, for Ghaziabad Lok Sabha seat. Addressing public on the occasion, Yadav lashed out at BJP government on employment, farmer’s issues and spreading falsehood among people. “The leaders of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) are only busy in spreading false achievements while none of the promises of their manifesto turned a reality. All the major infrastructure projects in Ghaziabad district, including the single pillar elevated road, metro line extension from Dilshad Garden to New Bus stand in Ghaziabad, were completed in the rein of Samajwadi Party. However, the present Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath is just cutting ribbons and taking credit. There are no new development works started by the BJP government in past couple of years while those which were incomplete in our rein are still incomplete,” said Yadav. Yadav added that the leaders of BJP party may talk about Smart City Ghaizbad but don’t know the condition of slum and backward areas in Ghaziabad where people are still facing a havoc in their day to day life. Another rally was conducted by BSP supremo Mayawati in Knowledge park area of Greater Noida on Monday afternoon. Over 25,000 people gathered in the ground to hear the campaign speech. Addressing a packed ground, Mayawati slammed the BJP’s “Chowkidar” campaign, calling it a gimmick from a government. “The BJP government used to come up with something new as they came up as chaiwala and asked youths to to start the business of frying pakoras and now they have come as chowkidar. Instead of creating job opportunities, which they had promised in previous elections, they are motivating youths to become chowkidars or fry pakoras,” said Mayawati. She further lambasted the government for their decision such as Demonetisation and GST which she claimed to have broken the back bone of businessman and middle class people. In yet another effort to attract voters, BJP candidate Gen (retd) VK Singh also conducted a road show in Ghaziabad’s old City area along with Uttrakhand Chief Minister Trivender Singh Rawat. The political rally of Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s in Ghaziabad was cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances at the last moment on Monday and is expected to take place on Tuesday.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police Crime Branch on Sunday continued their questioning with Rohit Shekhar’s wife and other people in the case of ND Tiwari’s son Rohit Shekhar murder.Sources said that the crime branch team’s were scanning the call details records of several persons in the case. Apart from family members, many known persons are also on the radar of city police. The investigating agency is probing the case from all angles. Name of few persons also cropped up during questioning which is being probed. Crime Branch officials questioned Shekhar’s wife Apoorva for over eight hours, sources said. She was questioned about her entry in their Defence colony residence, her schedule –what she did during the day and why she did not find it odd when Shekhar was sleeping throughout the day, they said. Shekhar’s brother Siddharth and househelps –Martha and Golu –were also questioned since they, too, were present at his residence at the time of his death, the sources said. Delhi Police on Thursday lodged a case of murder in connection with the death of ND Tiwari’s son Rohit Shekhar. The investigating agency said that the autopsy report pointed to unnatural death caused by smothering. According to police, the case was transferred to the crime branch for further investigation. They are questioning Rohit’s family members, including his mother Ujjwala and his uncle’s son. The investigating agency will also question Rohit’s wife in the case. “We are probing whether the pillow was used for smothering when he might be sleeping,” said sources. with Agencies inputs
By Yasmina MrabetWashington D.C- These are what I see as the Top 5 signs that you’re talking about the Israeli massacre in Gaza, Palestine with someone who is willfully ignorant and/or has little or no common sense. Each one is accompanied with a short, recommended response:1. When they tell you “Israel isn’t targeting civilians it’s targeting those Hamas terrorists.” Respond with: The statement you just made is completely false. Israel is in fact targeting civilians as evidenced by the fact that approximately 80% of casualties are civilian including hundreds of children. If you don’t believe that Israel is targeting civilians, please refer to the following sources (HRW: Israel targets fleeing Palestinian civilians and “Israel Targets Civilians, the Casualties Speak Volumes”: Int’l Protection Urged for Besieged Gaza). to start with, and please feel free to ask for more if they aren’t enough.2. When they tell you “Israel is surrounded by hostile Arab countries that can attack it so it has to protect itself.”Respond with: The statement you just made is completely false. Even if all Arab countries combined their militaries and collectively attacked Israel, Israel would still win. Israel has the 4th strongest military in the world, and along with North Korea, India, and Pakistan, Israel is NOT a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty, and the United States has historically turned a blind eye to Israel’s nuclear arsenal.3. When they tell you “Those Palestinians shouldn’t have those terrorist rockets and tunnels.”Respond with: The statement you just made is neither here nor there. The rockets fired from Gaza rarely kill anyone. Please refer to civilian death toll in Israel: 3 civilians out of a total of 64 killed so far vs. civilian death toll in Palestine: 1,500 civilians 84% of 1800 total killed so far + 10,000 injured. Gaza has tunnels that have historically been used to smuggle in basic goods supplies supplies that Palestinians have no access to because they are living in the world’s largest open air prison due to Israel’s criminal siege. Please do more research on what life is like for Palestinians under Israeli siege and occupation, and what life is like right now for Palestinians in Gaza who are experiencing a holocaust.4. When they tell you “Israel is our best ally so America needs to protect it.”Respond with: The statement you just made is completely false. Israel conducts aggressive espionage activities against the United States, and our unjustified support for Israel has fostered hatred and resentment toward the United States from all around the world. Israel is in fact America’s biggest liability.5. When they tell you “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East”Respond with: The statement you just made is completely false. A state build on an system of institutionalized racism – in other words, an apartheid state, is incapable of being a “democracy.”NOTE: It is best to keep your answers short, and not to engage in a long discussion in these scenarios, because 9 times out of 10 you’re talking to someone who has no intention of having a meaningful conversation. Rather, their intention is to try and force you to accept the erroneous narrative that Israel and Palestine somehow have equal power and equal responsibility in this conflict.Please feel free to add to this list in the comments!The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
By Nada AfaRabat – Salle Gérard Philippe of Rabat’s French Institute, will project the French film “Les chevaliers blancs” Tuesday 29th at 6:30pm.“Les chevaliers blancs” is a dramatic movie by Joachim Lafosse, starring Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, and Valérie Donzelli. The film tells the story of Jaques Arnault, president of the Non-governmental organization “Move for Kids,” who convinces French families struggling to adopt, to finance an operation that aims to smuggle orphans from an African country torn by war.Surrounded by a team of volunteers devoted to his cause, he has one month to find 300 infants and bring them to France. In order to succeed, he needs to persuade his African interlocutors and village chiefs, that he is building an orphanage to ensure these kids’ future while hiding his ulterior motive.The film projection will take place in the French institute tomorrow at 6:30 pm and is free of charge. There will be another screening at Casablanca’s French Institute at 7:30 pm.
Rabat – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) lauded efforts made by Morocco to develop the national sport as well as the Kingdom’s interest in promoting young people’s status.“IOC officials have lauded efforts made by the Moroccan government to develop the national sport and the interest in promoting young people’s status,” said a statement by the Moroccan National Olympic Committee (CNOM) after a visit to Lausanne to explore and identify aspects likely to reinforce partnership with the IOC.During this visit (April 25-27), IOC officials voiced, to the Moroccan delegation which is composed of representatives of the youth and sports ministry, their full satisfaction with the special relations with the CNOM and expressed their appreciation of the understanding and complementarity between the Moroccan authorities and actors involved in national sports. They also offered their expertize for Morocco in relation with the different modes of sport management.With MAP
London – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the increased use of sustainable climate-friendly agricultural inputs with a €24 million loan to Elephant Vert, a Morocco-based producer of bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants.Elephant Vert is the first company in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region exclusively dedicated to the development and production of a full range of these innovative bio-inputs, the bank said in a statement.The EBRD’s financing will allow Elephant Vert to significantly boost the development, output and distribution of these biological products, which are used to increase agricultural yields while remaining cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. The switch away from chemical fertilizers should lead to significant greenhouse gas emission savings of over 150,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents each year in Morocco. Adil Chikhi, EBRD Director for Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness in the SEMED region, said: “Elephant Vert’s business model is based on recycling and contributes to the EBRD’s objective of supporting a more circular economy. The production process consumes waste, leading to reduced landfills; and the final product is environmentally friendly, reduces water consumption in agriculture and fights soil degradation.”Laurent Chabrier, EBRD Director for Morocco, said: “We are very pleased to support this innovative and research-intensive project, which proves that Morocco is a fertile ground for new ideas. It comes at a very timely moment, just months before COP22 when the world will gather in Morocco to continue working on viable solutions to fight climate change.”Sébastien Couasnet, CEO of Elephant Vert, said: ‘“We have ambitious plans and were looking for a reliable long-term partner to finance our expansion. We found this partner in the EBRD. The Bank’s support goes beyond what you would expect from a financing institution.”Elephant Vert is also a pioneer in Morocco in terms of providing career opportunities for women so, in addition to the loan, the company will receive support from the EBRD’s Gender Advisory Services to further strengthen its equal opportunities policies. The project will also benefit from a grant under the EBRD’s FINTECC (Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change) program, which supports the demonstration of climate technologies with low market penetration.The EBRD started investing in Morocco in 2012. To date, the Bank has invested over €1 billion in 26 projects across the country.With MAP
Brussels – The Council of the European Union, which convened on Tuesday in Brussels, adopted the yearly report on the situation of human rights and democracy in the world for the year 2015, in which it hailed commitments made by Morocco in terms of human rights.The report commended the cooperation between Morocco and the European Union, applauding Morocco’s key role in the region and internationally.The EU and Morocco continued their cooperation within international bodies, mainly the council of human rights where the Kingdom has a dynamic role in promoting several initiatives related to economic, social and cultural rights, it said. It also highlighted the scope of reforms undertaken since the adoption of the 2011 constitution, mainly the organic law on regionalization, the judiciary reform, strengthening local democracy, gender equality, protecting rights of the disabled, free speech and the criminal law. The report noted also the dynamism of civil society, lauding the adoption by the Moroccan parliament of the optional protocol to the international covenant on political and civil rights and the optional protocol to the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
Rabat – Abdelilah Benkirane, former Head of Government and Secretary General of the Justice and Development (PJD), has spoken up about his party’s recent developments, saying, “What’s happened to the PJD as a political party is a massive earthquake.”At a party meeting Benkirane told PJD members of parliament, “The time to understand what happened has not yet come,” emphasized that the party still does not know “who paved the way for [the earthquake] and how it happened, and its consequences.”Benkirane, who was dismissed by King Mohammed VI last month for his failure to form a coalition and replaced by his colleague Saad Eddine Othmani, added that “all members of the PJD are responsible for any mistake made by me or Saad Eddine Othmani.” The former government head stressed the need for unity within the party.“We are a responsible political party,” he said. “We cannot absolutely play the role of the opposition. We are committed with our leaders and party.”Benkirane went on to add that party members should help Othmani’s government, the second coalition led by the PJD, in order to avoid any “immense stumbles” and he warned his partisan colleagues to be “vigilant.”Benkirane further noted that “the PJD has given hope to the Moroccan citizens,” calling on party MPs to take into account the interest of the people.Following his appointment as Head of Government succeeding his partisan colleague Abdelilah Benkirne, Othmani brought together a coalition government of six parties in a duration of nine days.In addition to the PJD, the coalition includes the National Rally of Independents (RNI), the Popular Movement (MP), the Constitutional Union (UC), the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS) and the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP).The USFP, led by Idriss Lachgar, had previously been ruled out by Benkirane, who publically vowed that he would not include the USFP among the parties that will lead the government over the next five years.The inclusion of the USFP has caused an uproar among disagreeing PJD members, who took to social media to attack one another.
Rabat – Morocco can help create condition for a dialogue between members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to solve the Qatar crisis, Moroccan analyst Mustapha Tossa has said.In an interview with the French edition of Russia Today, Tossa explained that Morocco’s mediation can be backed by efforts from the European Union, which in turn has no interest in seeing GCC destabilized.Morocco’s initiative “might be effective and can contribute in decreasing tensions in a region that is nowadays so unstable that it resembles a gunpowder barrel.” The Kingdom’s endeavors to broker a détente between the GGC sister states reflect the kind of relationships Morocco entertains with these countries and the nature of this unprecedented crisis that saw Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain all decide to sever ties with Qatar for allegedly supporting terrorism and undermining their stability.“I think that the Kingdom of Morocco could not have stayed away from being involved in this crisis which threatens, if not dealt with in time, to undermine the existing rapports de forces in the region”, said Tossa.He went on to explain that Morocco is a “strategic partner” of GCC countries with which the Kingdom has economic, military and security bonds.“Moroccan diplomacy could stand still while the house of its precious allies has caught fire and risks disintegration under pressure caused by cleavages of its members”, he said. “This is why it was expected that King Mohammed VI intervenes to try to calm down the situation and get the members adopt a less belligerent stance and help them overcome their differences.”On Monday King Mohammed VI ordered food supply to be sent to Qatar on which an embargo was imposed by its neighbors. The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that the decision is “in line with the teachings of our religion especially during the month of Ramadan where requites solidarity between Muslim people.”When asked if this gesture could be interpreted by Qatar’s opponent as taking Doha’ side, Tossa responded that the other GCC countries “should not give this action a meaning other what it is truly intended to”.“This gesture affirms the principle of positive neutrality”, explained Tossa. “Qatar will be more inclined to listen to another country that came to its aid in those moments of distress and while it is under pressure than listen to another country which stood silent on what is going on or let itself to be carried away by the current of anger [against Qatar ]”.
Precision isn’t always possible when it comes to retirement planning. That doesn’t mean you have to wing it and hope your savings don’t expire before you do.Looking at the income, living expenses and life spans of today’s retirees can help you make the right financial moves so your golden years aren’t tarnished by an unexpected shortfall.WHAT’S AN “AVERAGE” RETIREMENT COST?Government and Gallup data reveal a lot about what retirement is like for Americans today.It starts at age 61, even though many tell Gallup they planned to work longer. And based on some morbid math — the average remaining life expectancy of someone who’s made it to their early 60s (23.3 years), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — you should plan to be retired for at least a few decades.Your mileage may vary based on things such as your work (accountant versus rodeo clown, for example), diet, family health history and participation in extreme sports leagues.The average budget for a retiree, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, provides even more colour on what to expect when you’re expecting to retire. Older households, defined as ones headed by someone 65 or older, spend $46,000 annually, versus the $57,000 average spent by all U.S. households combined. The top three monthly expenses for those 65 and older are housing ($1,322), health care ($500) and food ($484).On average, about half of a retired household’s income comes from Social Security and private and government pensions, according to the BLS, with personal savings and investment and rental income providing 6.9 per cent.FIND OUT HOW LONG YOUR MONEY WILL LASTAn online retirement calculator can project a more accurate picture of your retirement readiness. It will use your current saving, spending and investment profile and some rules of thumb about historical investment returns, reasonable withdrawal rates and, yes, life expectancy. (Most calculators assume people will live into their 90s.)What if the calculator shows that at the rate you’re going, you’ll outlive your retirement savings? If you’re not yet retired, one of the best moves is postponing your retirement party. This strategy is especially valuable for those in their peak earning years.Besides reducing the number of years you’ll need to live off your savings, working longer allows more time for your investments to grow. Plus, the additional time contributing to Social Security could mean a bigger benefits paycheque down the road. Every year you postpone filing for Social Security after your full-benefit retirement age (66 or 67 for most people), your future monthly benefits check grows by as much as 8 per cent per year until you turn 70.HOW TO PAD YOUR Paycheque IN RETIREMENTIf you’re already retired and un-retiring or waiting to file for Social Security aren’t feasible, there are other ways to make up for the shortfall between retirement income and expenses.— Leverage your home. If you have substantial equity in your home, a reverse mortgage can turn this asset into income. You’ll receive a regular check as long as you’re living in the house. When you exit the premises to move elsewhere or on to the great beyond, the checks stop and your estate must repay the loan.— Shop for an immediate annuity. Although annuities are complex instruments — they’re essentially investments baked into an insurance policy — paying a lump sum upfront to get a guaranteed monthly payment for life may provide the income stability you need.— Withdraw less money during down years. A common rule of thumb among financial pros is the 4 per cent rule, which is based on research in all market conditions that shows a retiree can withdraw that amount annually from a portfolio invested half in stocks and half in bonds without depleting their financial reserves before they die. If you can be flexible and withdraw less, for example, when market returns are lower than expected or you’ve got reserves from previous years’ withdrawals, you can make your money last longer.— Seek assistance. There are government, non-profit and for-profit programs that provide benefits to struggling seniors. The National Council on Aging (NCOA.org) helps the 60-plus set navigate things such as Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, debt management programs and subsidized housing.______________________________This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Dayana Yochim is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @dayanayochim.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: Retirement calculator: How much will you need to retire?https://nerd.me/retirement-calculatorDayana Yochim, The Associated Press
Rabat – Seven months after a shooting in La Crème Cafe in Marrakech where two masked suspects killed a 26-year old man and injured two other individuals, the police have arrested 10 senior officers of the royal gendarmerie in several cities for their involvement in the activities of the international criminal network linked to the shooting. According to Al Massae, the investigating judge in charge of financial crimes in the Court of Appeals in Marrakech presided over the 10 officials who report to the Royal Gendarmerie in Larache, Tangiers, Tangier Med, Tetouan, Agadir, Settat, and Marrakech. Placed in pre-trial detention, the ten face prosecution for corruption, disclosure of trade secrets and participation in international drug trafficking. The masked gunmen were targeting the cafe owner in the evening shooting, but they killed a medical student who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The cafe owner allegedly received death threats before the incident.The shooting was an act of “settling scores” in connection with an international drug trafficking network. The statement added that the network is also involved in similar crimes in some European countries.The arrestat of the officials culminates a lengthy investigation. In the course of the investigation, police listened to more than 600 telephone conversations of 100 people alleged to have links to the shooting.According to the same source, the officials were actually reported by the drug trafficking network, whiche operates in Morocco from abroad.On the day after the November 2 shooting, Moroccan authorities made six arrests in connection with the shooting, in which one was killed and two were injured.The arrests took place in Casablanca.
Rabat – The Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Malki submitted a state party referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday, requesting that the ICC open a full investigation into Israeli settlements and “war crimes” in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and Jerusalem.The state party referral would expand the ongoing preliminary investigation of Israeli settlements and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) actions during the 2014 Gaza war.The Palestinian state party referral is widely viewed as an entreaty for justice in light of the recent US embassy relocation to Jerusalem and the corresponding Israeli military violence. Gaza officials report that 62 Palestinians were killed and over 2,000 were wounded by IDF soldiers during protests of the US embassy move on Monday, May 14. Thousands more were injured in the days leading up to the move during the “Great Return March” protests, which began on March 30.In a statement to AFP, the ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said, “My staff is vigilantly following developments on the ground and recording any alleged crime…The violence must stop.”Bensouda also expressed the necessity for IDF soldiers to cease the “excessive use of force.”In response to the Palestinian state party referral submission, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement denouncing Palestine for working to “derail” the ICC’s mandate. The Israeli statement also accused protesters of using women and children as human shields on the Gaza border.Peace talks between Palestine and Israel have not progressed since 2014, and Palestinian officials have rejected the US as a mediating body entirely, as the Trump administration suggests the impending release of its “deal of the century.”Although Israel is not party to ICC arbitration, Palestinian officials hope the international court investigation would yield international arrest warrants for indicted Israeli officials.Several international bodies, including the UN, have declared the Israeli settlements as a “flagrant violation under international law,” specifically UN Resolution 2334.According to the Israeli NGO Peace Now, the “past few months have seen unprecedented development promoting settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem,” referring to the “quantum leap” in settlement construction as a “de-facto annexation” of Palestinian land under international law.
By Safaa Kasraoui and Ahlam Ben SagaRabat- Protesters, from the youngest to the oldest, chanted anti-government slogans in front of Morocco’s parliament on Wednesday evening to condemn the heavy sentences given to Hirak Rif activists on Tuesday night.Demonstrators held banners or chanted slogans saying “We are all Zefzafi” and “The people want freedom for the activists,” “Freedom, dignity, justice for society,” “Long live the Rif,” “This country is corrupt,” and “Mourning.”The court sentenced four activists to 20 years in prison for participating in “unauthorized protests,” and for “undermining the internal security of the country.” Moroccans and non-Moroccans alike joined together in front of Parliament, next to which security forces stood to ensure the safety of civilians during the peaceful protest.An Iraqi citizen who participated in the protest told Morocco World News that although he felt that he did not have the right to comment on this internal issue, he believed that the sentences were a “step backward” for the country’s social progress.He added: “These sentences will not enable the government to mitigate the situation.”The protester said that the government should review the sentences as soon as possible to avoid further escalation.Some protesters carried Amazigh (Berber) flags in the demonstration.Two women attending the protests voiced their opinion that the convictions against Hirak Rif activists are “unjust” and “unjustified.”The sentences are “unjust and unfair for the youth who took to the streets in peaceful demonstrations for social demands,” human rights activist Jabri Abdelilah told MWN.Emotions evident on her face, a young protester told MWN that the sentences were an “unfair” move. Rabat’s demonstration was not the first in the kingdom on Wednesday. In the morning of the same day many university students in the capital of the Rif region, Nador, went on a march to decry the sentences.The students have also decided to boycott university exams in reaction to the court’s decision.Read Also: Video: Nador Students Protest Court Sentences of Hirak Rif ActivistsCitizens also took to the streets of Boulevard El Oumame Al Moutahida in Casablanca.Along with the Hirak’s leaders Zefzafi and Ahemjik, activists Ouassim El Boustati and Samir Ghid were also sentenced to 20 years in prison after being held awaiting trial and verdict for over a year.Zakaria Adehchour, Mohamed Haki, and Mohamed Bouhenouch received 15 years in prison, whereas Mohamed Jelloul, Karim Amghar, Salah Lackham, Omar Bouharass, Bilal Ahaddad, Jamal Bouhaddou, and Achraf Yakhloufi were sentenced to 10 years. Others were sentenced to 1-5 years.The Hirak protests began in October 2016 after the death of Mouhcine Fikri, a local fishmonger who was crushed to death in a garbage truck as he was trying to save his goods that was confiscated by authorities in Al Hoceima. The incident caused citizens across the country, especially in the Al Hoceima province, to protest nationwide to condemn Fikri’s death and social disparities in Morocco.The protests were confronted by a heavy security response as law enforcement arrested more than 400 Hirak activists, most of whom received heavy sentences, ranging from 20 to 1 year.Protesters await the reaction of the government to their demands: freedom for all the detained activists and what they have described in the protests as “equal social justice.”The sentences have also been condemned by politicians, celebrities, and journalists. Former Minister of Urbing Planning and Housing Mohamed Nabil Benabdallah, who was sacked for “dysfunctions” in the project called “Al Hoceima Manarat Al Mutawasit,” also condemned the decision of Casablanca’s court.The project was launched by King Mohammed VI to develop the Al Hoceima province in 2015. After problems in the implementation of the projects, the King sacked several authorities, including Former Minister of Health, Houcine El Ouardi, and Mohamed Hassad, former Minister of Education, who also served as former Minister of Interior in the government led by Abdelilah Benkirane. Photo Credits: MWNPhoto Credits: MWNPhoto credits: MWNPhoto credits: MWNPhoto credits: MWN
OTTAWA — The final budget of the Trudeau government’s mandate will scatter billions in fresh spending — on everything from pharmacare to retraining workers to first-time home buyers — as the Liberals commit to an electoral fight that pits their deficit-spending vision versus the Conservatives’ balanced-books approach.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget Tuesday resembled Liberal economic plans that preceded it: the government will exhaust a big windfall, run near-term deficits of about $20 billion and offer no timeline to return to balance.A stronger economy last year delivered an unexpected revenue bump that will flood an extra $27.8 billion into the federal treasury over the next six years, compared to government predictions in its November economic update.With seven months to go before the election, Morneau’s plan will spread the cash around. Most of it will be aimed at Canadians’ pocketbooks.Funding for some of Tuesday’s commitments will only start kicking in after October’s election, giving voters the chance to weigh in on the budget’s contents at the ballot box.The Liberals’ spending path places them in stark contrast with the Opposition Conservatives, who have called on the government to rein in spending.“The opposition would like to see us make cuts very rapidly — their idea is balance the budget at any cost,” Morneau told a news conference Tuesday after being asked about his deficits.“Well, if we had taken that approach in 2015 we would not be where we are today with a better outcome for middle-class Canadians. We’d be in a more difficult spot.”The measures in Morneau’s fiscal blueprint cover a lot of territory, with a clear focus on individuals — particularly younger adults — as opposed to businesses. The plan includes:— $4.6 billion over five years to help more Canadians afford and access skills training to keep up with the rapidly evolving workforce— $4.5 billion over five years to improve living conditions for Indigenous Peoples— $1.8 billion over four years to enhance the guaranteed income supplement for low-income seniors— $885 million over five years to make homes more affordable for first-time buyers— $500 million per year, starting in 2022-23, to help cover the cost of drugs for rare diseases.The government will make several large, one-time investments for 2018-19, including $2.2 billion worth of new infrastructure funding and $1 billion towards improving energy efficiency.The budget also pledges to commit up to $3.9 billion in support for supply-managed dairy, egg and poultry farmers affected by recent trade deals with the Asia-Pacific and Europe.Even with these investments, Ottawa’s fiscal track promises to be a key issue on the campaign trail.The annual deficit projections in Tuesday’s budget — which reach as high as $19.8 billion — are less than one percentage point of Canada’s gross domestic product, a modest level when compared internationally.Still, the Liberals will be forced to explain themselves repeatedly until election day.They came to power in 2015 on a platform that vowed to post annual deficits of no more than $10 billion and to return to balance by 2019.After the 2015 election, the Trudeau government abandoned the promise, arguing more investments were needed to lift Canada’s long-term economic growth. Instead, Morneau has focused on lowering the net debt-to-GDP ratio — a measure of how burdensome the national debt is — each year even as the actual debt has increased.In his budget speech Tuesday, Morneau tried to reassure the House of Commons that the shortfalls will start to shrink.“We’re going to make these investments to grow our economy for the long term — while we bring the books back towards balance,” he said.The budget’s planning horizon showed the deficit will shrink to $9.8 billion by 2023-24.The Conservatives have attacked the Liberals for breaking their deficit promise and have demanded Morneau map out a return to balanced books. They’ve accused the government of borrowing today on the backs of future generations.Leaders in corporate Canada and some economists have also criticized the Liberal deficits, especially since they’ve come during good economic times when many believe governments should be focused on paying off debt.A big question is what will become of the Liberal spending plan — and how big the shortfalls will grow — when Canada is hit by the next economic downturn.The economy has had a good run, but experts say it’s debatable how much of Canada’s recent economic performance has come from Liberal policies and how much has been a result of the stronger U.S. and global economies.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Press