Jeff Lemire Jillian Tamaki among Canadian comic book creators nominated for 2018

first_img Facebook The Eisner Awards, widely considered the “Oscars” of comic book awards, have revealed the writers, artists and colourists nominated across 31 categories.Canadian creators appear in several shortlists, including best writer nominee Jeff Lemire who is recognized for his work on the Dark Horse series Black Hammer and Image Comics series Descender. Lemire is also nominated for best continuing series alongside his Black Hammer collaborators, Dean Ormston and David Rubín, and best new series for Royal City.Lemire’s fellow Canadians in the best new series category include Steve Skroce for Maestros and artist Tyler Jenkins for Grass Kings, written by American Matt Kindt. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Canadian comic creators (from left) Jeff Lemire, Isabelle Arsenault and Jillian Tamaki are nominated for Eisner Awards. (Cole Burston/Canadian Press/Cindy Boyce/Reynard Li) Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter During a commercial break in the first intermission of TSN’s broadcast of a game against the Boston Bruins, a man named Mike appeared on screen to directly address his girlfriend Christina. Mike spoke about their relationship before getting on one knee, presenting a ring and asking Christina to marry him (while noting that most of Toronto was watching).The ad was from Peoples Jewellers – the official jeweller partner of the Maple Leafs – and its agency Juliet. The team set up a camera in the couple’s home as they watched the game and were waiting with a crew outside their door to capture the reaction – she said yes – which was quickly turned into a 30-second ad that aired during the third period of the game.Peoples has previously helped couples facilitate big-time proposals – such as at centre ice during a live game – through its partnership with the Maple Leafs, but Monday’s stunt brought it to an even larger audience. Over 737,000 people were watching the regional broadcast of the game, with hundreds of tweets and social posts from people asking if she said yes before the second ad aired.“There’s nothing quite like a good proposal story,” said John McNamara, VP of marketing at Peoples Jewellers. “And to see people take notice almost immediately, wondering if she said yes, reminds us of that. The idea of using traditional media for something as untraditional as this was exciting and had us all on our toes.”The ads came with the tagline “Love Is Worth It,” part of a platform that Peoples Jewellers – which has 150 stores across Canada and will be celebrating its 100th anniversary next year – launched earlier in the fall. The hero spot features a narrator describing what is worth giving up for love, with the new tagline putting an emphasis on the emotion and relationships associated with Peoples’ jewellery than the previous, more functional tagline “Canada’s #1 Diamond Store.”By Josh Kolm | Strategy Online Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook On Oct-23-18, this casting call (click to view) went out searching for ‘a Maple Leafe Fan who was planning on proposing’.  Check out the completed commercial below.  Bravo to the team at Jigsaw Casting.PEOPLES JEWELLERS ORGANIZES AN ON-AIR PROPOSALViewers of a Toronto Maple Leafs game on Monday saw an ad that was intended for someone else, but they were welcome to watch the spectacle. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Truth and Reconciliation InFocus

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie‘Cultural genocide’ is what Canada is guilty of according to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC).That was one of the assertions describing Canada’s residential school system that brought a standing ovation from the crowd gathered in Ottawa for the TRC’s closing event, May 31 – June 3rd, 2015.Watch here to see how was the event received by residential school survivors.last_img

Budget2017 The expectations for housing in Vancouver

first_imgTina HouseAPTN National NewsOn Wednesday, March 22, the federal Liberals will table its second budget.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising to deliver a budget for the middle class – so what does that mean for people in one of Canada’s most impoverished neighbourhoods?Tina checks in with those working on the frontlines of Canada’s homeless crisis.Thouse@aptn.calast_img

First Nations Olympian Brigette Lacquette arrives home to a warm welcome

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsIt was a flurry of photographs and hugs as dozens of proud fans greeted Brigette Lacquette at the Winnipeg airport on Monday night.A day after the closing ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Lacquette arrived home from her award-winning performance with Canada’s women’s hockey team.Lacquette said she expected a few family and friends to meet her, but was surprised to see otherwise.“I was warned, but I didn’t realize how many people were going to be here,” she told reporters. “It was definitely very special for me.”The 25-year-old defence player brings home a silver medal after an upset 3-2 shootout loss to Team USA on Feb. 22.Reflecting on the loss, Lacquette said it was a tough pill to swallow.“We left it all out there,” she said. “Obviously it was very tough not to come back with the gold.”Despite the loss Lacquette said playing in the Olympics was a ‘dream come true.’ Originally from the small community of Mallard, Man. Lacquette made history as the first First Nations woman to play for Canada’s Olympic hockey team.An accomplishment she doesn’t take lightly.“I feel like I’ve opened a lot of doors,” said Lacquette. “I feel like I’m that person, that role model for young girls across Canada [who] come from remote communities to be like, ‘you know what I can do that. I can do what Brigette did.’”Kurtia Yetman is one of the many young girls who call Lacquette a role model. The 11-year-old, originally from the northern Manitoba community of Nelson House, has her eyes set on a few prizes, and says it’s all thanks to Lacquette.“She’s my inspiration,” said Yetman. “I want to be on Team Canada. I want to be the second First Nations woman to play on Team Canada’s women’s team.”In the meantime, Yetman was happy to get a hug and take a photo with Lacquette.Lacquette’s parents were also on hand for the homecoming. Both her mother and father had to chance to travel to South Korea to watch their daughter play. Her father says the last month has been a whirlwind.“It’s so hard mentally, emotionally and physically,” said Terance Lacquette.“Just to have her home and relax for the next couple of days is going to be good for her and good for the family as well.”last_img read more

Sorrow is not enough Disappointment over Popes decision not to apologize for

first_img(Grand Chief Tony Alexis and Pope Francis during their meeting in St. Peter’s Square in 2016.)The Canadian PressCatholics have a role to play in continuing to urge Pope Francis to apologize for the role the church played in running Canada’s residential schools, Crown- Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said Wednesday after the pontiff publicly declined to accept responsibility for the trauma suffered by Indigenous survivors.The federal government will keep pushing the church to apologize for its role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children in Catholic-run residential schools, as recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Bennett said.“Sorrow is not enough. Sorrow is never enough,” Bennett said, referencing an expression of regret the former pope delivered to a group of former victims and survivors of the church-run boarding schools who visited the Vatican in 2009.“One has to take responsibility for the harm that was done, not only to the children that were taken, but for the families left behind.”A letter released Tuesday by the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops says Pope Francis has not shied away from recognizing injustices faced by Indigenous peoples around the world, but that he can’t personally apologize for residential schools.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is Catholic, said he was disappointed by the Pope’s decision, stressing that reconciliation extends beyond the relationship between the government and Indigenous people. Trudeau visited the Vatican last year, where he personally asked the Pope to consider the gesture.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, also a Catholic, said all institutions that played a significant role in the residential school system should apologize in order to move Canada forward on the path of reconciliation.The church has offered formal apologies in the past, including in 2010 to Irish victims of sexual abuse and in 2015 to Indigenous peoples in the Americas for the “grave sins” of colonialism.From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 Indigenous children were taken from their families and forced to attend Christian schools, the majority of which were run by the Catholic Church.The church’s refusal to take responsibility is part of a misplaced belief held by Catholic leaders that the abuse was simply discipline gone wrong, and was justified in order to save souls through religious conversion, Senator and former judge Murray Sinclair, who co-chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said Wednesday on social media.“Canadian Catholic leaders who persuaded the Pope to adopt this position should be ashamed of themselves,” Sinclair said. “The shame of those who abused children in their institutions in the past is now theirs to wear.”Sinclair’s son Niigaan, a native studies professor at the University of Manitoba, described the church’s decision as “remarkably short-sighted and disrespectful.”Reconciliation cannot happen in Canada without an apology from the Catholic Church, he added.“Before we can have any reconciliation we have to have truth,” Niigaan Sinclair said, adding that an apology would “be a recognition by the church that they participated in genocide.”Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette, who has Cree and Metis heritage, said he believes the Church will eventually apologize – a day he said may come during a future papal visit to Canada.“If one man could simply snap his fingers, things would have been done a long time ago, but unfortunately that doesn’t happen in large institutions,” said Ouellette, who said he attends a Catholic church.last_img read more

What swamp Lobbyists get ethics waivers to work for Trump

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and his appointees have stocked federal agencies with ex-lobbyists and corporate lawyers who now help regulate the very industries from which they previously collected paychecks, despite Trump’s promises as a candidate to drain the swamp in Washington.A week after his inauguration, Trump signed an executive order that bars former lobbyists, lawyers and others from participating in any matter they worked on for private clients within two years of going to work for the government.But records reviewed by The Associated Press show Trump’s top lawyer, White House counsel Don McGahn, has issued at least 37 ethics waivers to key administration officials at the White House and executive branch agencies.Though the waivers were typically issued months ago, the Office of Government Ethics disclosed several more on Wednesday. The White House had previously released more than a dozen waivers granted to its staff.One allows FBI Director Chris Wray “to participate in matters involving a confidential former client.” The three-sentence waiver gives no indication about what Wray’s conflict of interest might be. The FBI declined to comment Thursday.Before returning to the Justice Department last year, Wray represented clients that included big banks and other corporations as a partner at a law firm that paid him $9.2 million a year, according to his financial disclosure statement.Trump’s executive order on ethics supplanted a more stringent set of rules put in place by President Barack Obama in 2009 to avoid conflicts of interests. Nearly 70 waivers were issued to executive branch officials during Obama’s eight years, though those were generally more narrowly focused and offered a fuller legal explanation for why the waiver was granted.Craig Holman, who lobbies in Washington for stricter government ethics and lobbying rules on behalf of the advocacy group Public Citizen, said just five of the waivers under Obama went to former lobbyists, most of whom had worked for non-profit groups.Although he was initially optimistic when Trump issued his executive order, Holman said Wednesday, “It is now quite evident that the pledge was little more than campaign rhetoric. Not only are key provisions simply ignored and not enforced, when in cases where obvious conflicts of interest are brought into the limelight, the administration readily issues waivers from the ethics rules.”Asked about the waivers, Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said, “In the interests of full transparency and good governance, the posted waivers set forth the policy reasons for granting an exception to the pledge.”An analysis by the AP shows that nearly half of the political appointees hired at the Environmental Protection Agency under Trump have strong industry ties. Of 59 EPA hires tracked by the AP over the last year, about a third worked as registered lobbyists or lawyers for chemical manufacturers, fossil fuel producers or other corporate clients. This is the very type of revolving-door conflicts of interests that Trump promised voters he would eliminate.Most of those officials have signed ethics agreements saying they would not participate in actions involving their former clients while working at the EPA. At least three have gotten waivers allowing them to do just that.Erik Baptist, a top EPA lawyer, worked until 2016 as senior lawyer and registered federal lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, the national trade group for the oil and gas industry. According to disclosure reports, he lobbied Congress to pass legislation repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard, a program that sets minimum production quotas for biofuels to be blended into gasoline, heating oil and jet fuel.Baptist signed an ethics agreement pledging to recuse himself from any issues involving his former employer. But in August, McGahn granted him approval to advise EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on issues surrounding the renewable fuel law.McGahn wrote that he was exempting Baptist from the ethics pledge because “his deep understanding of the RFS program and the regulated industry, make him the ideal person to assist the administrator and his senior leadership team to make EPA and its renewable fuel programs more efficient and effective.”Pruitt, a Republican who was closely aligned with the oil and gas industry as an elected official in his home state of Oklahoma, proposed modest cuts last summer to production quotas for ethanol and other biofuels, despite promises from Trump to leave the Renewable Fuel Standard alone.“Scott Pruitt has called on yet another fossil-fuel industry lobbyist … to help him tear down important protections for the American people,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat on the Senate Environment Committee. “And the White House plays along, granting the lobbyist an ethics waiver.”Jeffrey M. Sands previously worked as a top lobbyist for Syngenta, a major pesticide manufacturer. Following a request from the EPA, McGahn determined it was “in the public interest” to allow Sands to work as Pruitt’s senior adviser for agriculture.Dennis “Lee” Forsgren, the deputy assistant administrator helping oversee the EPA’s enforcement of clean water regulations, was allowed to work on the EPA’s hurricane response efforts involving the Miccosukee, a Native American tribe in Florida for whom he was a registered lobbyist up until 2016.“All EPA employees get ethics briefings when they start and continually work with our ethics office regarding any potential conflicts they may encounter while employed here,” EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said when asked whether the ethics waivers violate the spirt of Trump’s executive order.At the White House, another former lobbyist with ties to the oil and gas industry is advising Trump.Michael Catanzaro, special assistant to the president, was given a waiver to participate in policy matters relating to methane regulations and environmental programs including the Clean Power Plan, the Renewable Fuel Standard and the National Air Quality Standard.The Treasury Department asked McGahn for three waivers. Anthony Sayegh, appointed as the assistant secretary for public affairs, previously worked as a Fox News contributor. His waiver allows him to “participate in matters involving his former client.”Brian Callahan, the top lawyer at Treasury, was granted a waiver concerning issues involving his former position as general counsel at Cooper and Kirk PLLC. The law firm represents Fairholme Funds, which recently filed a lawsuit against the Treasury Department and the Fair Housing Finance Agency.McGahn’s waiver allows Callahan to participate in discussions about policy decisions pertaining to housing finance reform, even though “some of these discussions could at some point touch upon issues that might impact the litigation.”The State Department got five waivers. The former law firm of Edward T. McMullen, the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, represented Boeing. The Swiss government recently announced its intent to purchase military equipment and accept bids from American companies.Another waiver allows communications director Heather Nauert to work with employees of Fox News even though she used to work as a broadcast journalist for the network. Nauert is identified in the waiver, which was heavily redacted before release, by her legal name, Heather Norby.At the Pentagon, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver got a waiver allowing him to “participate in any particular matter involving specific parties,” including his former client: the Japanese government.Health and Human Services asked for waivers for senior counsellor to the secretary Keagan Lenihan, a registered lobbyist who recently worked for a pharmaceutical and health services company, and for HHS chief of staff Lance Leggitt, who recently lobbied on behalf of his law firm’s health law practice group.Agriculture Department policy adviser Kailee Tzacz is allowed to “participate personally and substantially in matters regarding the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” a guide that offers nutritional information and recommendations.McGahn’s waiver didn’t offer much detail into the potential conflict Tzacz’s appointment would pose. But other records show she most recently served as food policy director for the Corn Refiners Association, a trade organization representing producers of corn starch, corn oil and high fructose corn syrup.Before that, she lobbied on behalf of SNAC International, a trade association for snack food manufacturers.___Follow Biesecker at , Linderman at , and Lardner at read more

PRRD launches water taxi for Old Fort Residents

first_imgA parent or guardian must accompany all minors. Everyone taking the water taxi must wear a lifejacket.For questions please call 250 784-3200 or visit FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has organized a water taxi for residents living in the Old Fort.The water taxi will run from the Taylor Boat Launch to the Old Fort. The taxi will leave from the Old Fort at the following times: 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m.  The taxi will leave from Taylor at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m.For Wednesday, October 3, 2018, residents will need to arrange to be picked up and dropped off at the Taylor Boat Launch. The PRRD is currently working to arrange a bus service to transport residents to Fort St John. However, this service will not be in place on Wednesday, October 3rd.  More information will be released on this service as soon as it is available.last_img read more

Temporary closure of the Cecil Lake and Goodlow Transfer Stations

first_imgFor further questions you are asked to call; 250.784.3200 or you can CLICK HERE for answers to FAQ DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Cecil Lake and Goodlow Transfer stations will be temporarily closed from Tuesday, January 22nd and anticipated to resume regular operations Friday, January 25th, 2019.Due to vandalism that took place on the weekend, the transfer stations require attention.The PRRD expresses there regards to the inconvenience this closure may cause.last_img

RCMP perform drug seizure in Dawson Creek

first_imgThe adult female, a resident of Dawson Creek, was arrested and later released for a future court date in Dawson Creek. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP conducted an investigation on an individual known to be involved in the drug trade.According to RCMP, the investigation took place on March 11, 2019 and as a result of the investigation, RCMP executed a CDSA search warrant at her residence.During the search, Police say they seized cash, drug paraphernalia, a prohibited firearm, and a number of drugs believed to be Cocaine, Meth, Hash, Fentynal, Oxycodone and Heroin.last_img

Leader of the Liberal Party speaks on caribou recovery efforts

first_img“Thankfully, nobody is buying it. For months, regional districts and provincial MLAs begged the provincial government to hold meaningful public consultations on how British Columbia would work with Ottawa to put together an effective plan to increase the dwindling caribou population. Despite promises to engage the public, the Horgan government announced that a draft plan had been reached between the province, some First Nations, and the federal government before any consultation occurred. With a draft plan already agreed to, the NDP declared a short five-week consultation period ending on April 25th only a few days before Ottawa’s deadline.It is said that staff from the Provincial and Federal Governments as well as the Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations will share information about the draft agreements and will answer questions.Chetwynd, Monday, April 1st, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Chetwynd Recreation Centre, 4552 North Access Rd.Fort St. John, Tuesday, April 2nd,5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre, 11308 Alaska Rd.Tumbler Ridge, Wednesday, April 3rd, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Trend Mountain Hotel and Conference Centre,375 Southgate St.Dawson Creek, Thursday, April 4th, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Encana Events Centre, #1 300 Hwy. 2Wilkinson shares his concern of this plan will have a major impact on the forest, mining, and tourism industries, noting recreational users may also find themselves unable to access the backcountry as a result.“We all want caribou numbers to rebound to a healthy level, but this can only be achieved if the public becomes an active part of the conversation. The fact that local knowledge and on-the-ground experience has been so overlooked, and only brought into the picture as a token afterthought once the plan had already been drafted, should trouble any observer,” said WilkinsonLocal MLAs are voicing their concerns about the plan for public consultation;MLA for Peace River South, Mike Bernier, says he is concerned that the Government took a long time to release a draft and will not provide a long enough time frame for public consultation on the agreement. Peace River North MLA, Dan Davies, echos the concerns that Bernier has on the issue saying that the Government is not providing enough time for public consultation on the draft and that stakeholders should have been included in the process.Both Bernier and Davies feel that the Government will go ahead with the draft agreement and then consult with stakeholders after the fact. VICTORIA, B.C. – A recent press release by Andrew Wilkinson shares his frustration with Premier Horgan’s plan for public consultation for engagement regarding the southern mountain caribou recovery program.Wilkinson starts by saying “British Columbians have seen right through Premier Horgan’s last minute “public consultation” on caribou recovery efforts. It is clear that staging a half-hearted public engagement was the only thing the NDP deemed necessary to move forward with their pre-determined plan. Forget listening to local residents with years of experience and deep knowledge of the wildlife and land base, this sham consultation is meant simply to placate every rural and northern British Columbian who lives, works, and plays in the backcountry while ignoring their voices.”The B.C. Government shared in a press release Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 they have scheduled community engagement sessions allowing the public to provide their feedback on two draft agreements to conserve southern mountain caribou populations.last_img read more

Intel stops developing modular Compute Cards

first_imgSan Francisco: Intel has decided to stop developing its line of Compute Cards but it would continue to sell its existing line for the time being and offer support for the current generation of products through 2019. Intel showcased its Compute Card platform early in 2017 as a modular component to be incorporated into a wide variety of devices, which is built to accommodate a system on chip (SoC), memory, storage and wireless connectivity together to provide computing power. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Compute Cards were Intel’s vision of modular computing that would allow customers to continually update point of sale systems, all-in-one desktops, laptops and other devices. Pull out one card, replace it with another, and you have a new CPU, plus RAM and storage,” Tom’s Hardware website reported late on Friday. “But with no more cards in development, the dream of upgrading the small, interchangeable computers instead of entire devices, like all-in-ones or laptops, seems to have stalled,” the report added. NexDock — one of Intel’s partners — expressed frustration over the discontinuation of Compute Cards.last_img read more

I would strive to save traders suffering from ill effects of sealing

first_imgFormer Union minister and Congress party’s New Delhi candidate Ajay Maken said that had the alliance between AAP and Congress taken place, then it could have defeated BJP in all the seven seats in Delhi for sure. From the issue of traders to the AAP-Congress alliance, Maken talked exclusively to Sayantan Ghosh about the Lok Sabha election 2019.As the candidate from the New Delhi constituency, what are the key issues you are focusing on? If you look at the demography of this constituency, you will find two major group one is the trader community and the second one is the government employees. Therefore my first focus would be on the traders who are suffering from the ill effects of the sealing. When UPA government was in power, we brought a special act to stop sealing in Delhi and made nearly 170 amendments in the Delhi Master Plan 2021. The target was to save commercial establishments from the sealing which was directed by the Supreme Court of India and executed by the monitoring committee formed by the apex court. The government also notified 3,000 roads for the commercial land use and declared more than 70 per cent places as industrial areas. Secondly, I want to reach out to the government employees to tell them about the draconian provisions of the Seventh Pay Commission. There is a lot of anomaly in the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations by this government as this even observed there will be no more pay commission. We increased the salaries by 40 per cent in the Sixth Pay Commission but the Seventh Commission increased only 14 per cent hence when we come to power we will remove all such anomalies. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesYou were one of the most prominent voices behind the AAP-Congress alliance but it could not become a reality. What stopped the alliance and how difficult it would be to win in this triangular election? In this coming Lok Sabha election, I think that our key political rival is BJP and in Delhi, both AAP and Congress are against the BJP hence I wanted an alliance in Delhi between these two parties. But the alliance talks failed because the AAP wanted alliance in Haryana and Chandigarh too. This was a very peculiar condition for an alliance because in the history of India alliances always happen state wise and even constituency wise. We wanted in Delhi and by that, we both could have defeated BJP in huge margins but now also we will defeat BJP but we have to work harder. We have an alliance with NCP in Maharashtra but in other states, they are fighting against us and this happens. We could have easily made the alliance in Delhi and fight but it did not happen. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn the last elections in Delhi Congress party did not perform satisfactorily and the voter base shifted to the AAP, how will you get back that voter base? If you look at the last Vidhan Sabha and the Lok Sabha election, the Congress party’s vote share has gone down which is true but in the 2017 municipal election the vote percentage of the party increased whereas the AAP’s vote share decreased. This shows that Congress is gaining its power in the Capital and this time we will perform even better. The 13 per cent Muslim vote and 4 per cent Sikh votes were with Congress earlier but now the minority vote has shifted to AAP, do you think this time you will get their support? Historically, Delhi never votes on the basis of religion or caste. Earlier, Congress won all the 7 seats then BJP won and in the last Vidhan Sabha AAP got 67 out of 70 seats, which means people from across the spectrum voted for these parties. So this year also in Delhi voting will not happen on the basis of religion or caste.last_img read more

Moroccan Economy to Grow By 24 Pc In 2014 HCP

first_imgCasablanca-  The national economy is expected to grow by 2.4 pc in 2014, against 4.4 pc in 2013, said, Wednesday in Casablanca, High Commissioner for Planning, Ahmed Lahlimi Alami.This growth will help create 60,000 jobs, he said at the presentation of the “2014 Forecast  Budget”,  adding that the unemployment rate is expected to reach 9.8 pc at the national level in 2014 , against 9.1 pc a year earlier. “This year will be marked by an increase in global demand for Morocco by 4.7 pc up from 1.6 pc in 2013, and a downward trend in commodity prices on international markets,”Lahlimi stated, noting that the average price of oil increased from 104.1 dollars per barrel in 2013 to 103.8 in 2014. He said the price index for non-energy commodities would be marked by a further decline of about 4.2 pc, compared to the 1.5 pc in 2013.In terms of sectoral developments, the High Commissioner for Planning stated that the growth of non-agricultural activities is expected to be 3.6 pc, instead of 2 pc in 2013.In terms of domestic demand, Lahlimi said it will continue to be the driving force of national economic growth, contributing 2.6 points against 2.8 points in 2013.The contribution of external demand to growth in gross domestic product (GDP) would remain negative (around 0.1 percentage points in 2014), down from 1.6 points in 2013, he said.The forecasts for 2014 are established on the basis of an average scenario for agricultural production during the 2013-2014 crop year, and the new fiscal and budgetary measures announced in the 2014 finance bill, including expenditures, and subsidies.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Morocco Road accident Kills Four Injures Two

Khouribga – Four women died and two others were seriously injured in a road accident on Sunday morning on the National road n11 linking Khouribga to Fkih Ben Salah.A truck and a car collided which killed four people and injured two gravely, local authorities said.The wounded were rushed to Hassan II provincial hospital of Khouribga to receive the necessary health care.

Hillary Clinton to Miss Clinton Foundation Meeting in Marrakech

Rabat – Hillary Clinton’s participation at the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East and Africa scheduled to take place in Marrakech next month appears to be unlikely.The former US Secretary of State had been scheduled to appear at the high-profile conference organized by the Clinton Foundation, on May 5-7. However, she might not join her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, at the event after she announced officially her intention to run for president in 2016, in a two-minute video posted to YouTube on Sunday.The Clinton Global Initiative Middle East and Africa aims at connecting governments and nonprofit leaders to address problems affecting host areas. Hillary Clinton’s candidacy has been plagued by criticism from republican opponents. They complained that the former first lady’s involvement with her family’s foundation and acceptance of contributions from foreign governments may pose a conflict of interest.Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has criticized foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation as “thinly veiled bribes,” according to politics website Politico.He also called on Hillary Clinton to return any donations from countries with “spotty human rights records” and others that abuse the rights of women.Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) resumed accepting new foreign donations months after Clinton stepped down as secretary of state in February 2013.The preliminary list of expected attendees at the Marrakech meeting includes executives from OCP and Coca-Cola, as well as the presidents of Rwanda and Tanzania and senior officials from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and the League of Arab States. Former Israeli President Shimon Peres is also on the list.Photo Credit: Getty Images read more

Inside a big top Dior puts on circusthemed couture

PARIS — Dior drew inspiration from the top of the big top for a ludic couture show held Monday in Paris, where models inside a circus-style tent walked through a human arch made of moving acrobats.The theme seemed to well serve designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, who has struggled to fly in recent seasons.The acrobatics also dovetailed with some of the recent film roles of Dior’s VIP guest, British actress Felicity Jones, who explained all to The Associated Press.Here are some highlights of Monday’s spring-summer 2019 couture collections in Paris.DIOR CIRCUSHundreds of vintage light bulbs like the ones used at fairgrounds lit up Dior’s life-sized circus and a giant wooden pole held up the big top. Guests at the show inside the Rodin Museum gardens gawped at the decor.Acrobats dressed in the black-and-white costumes of Pierrot, the clown character from French pantomime, entered the stage area on each other’s shoulders to begin the whimsical collection that riffed on the circus theme.Dior has had a long history with the big top — from a famous 1955 photo shoot with elephants in Paris’ Winter Circus to the circus theme picked for one of former designer John Galliano’s most memorable shows.And the circus seems to have provided Chiuri, who’s struggled to take off since taking Dior’s creative helm in 2016, the perfect muse to unlock her creativity.It was light and fun, without being heavy-handed or overly literal.A model in a chic sequined helmet wore a white origami skirt inspired by a clown’s ruff and featuring a slightly dropped waist.A clown’s multi-colored costume spawned a fantastic knitted tulle playsuit with a stylish Juliette sleeve — a shape repeated throughout the 68-look collection.Another tulle jumpsuit sported a multi-colored streak in satin bands and dramatically square shoulders.It was worn atop a “tattooed” body suit that conjured up images of Victorian-era circus performers, one of many details that gave this collection a rich, historic depth.___FELICITY JONES ON ACROBATSFelicity Jones spoke to the AP from under Dior’s big top and said she coincidentally she had just finished playing an acrobat for a movie called “Aeronauts” that reunited with “Theory of Everything” co-star Eddie Redmayne.“This set is so fitting. It’s obviously in the air,” she said, smiling.The feminist edge Chiuri has brought to Dior since becoming the first female designer in house history also mirrored the “kick-ass women” Jones chooses to play, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in the biopic “On the Basis of Sex.”“She’s a formidable woman. She’s someone who’s changed the face of gender equality in the world, so it was an enormous privilege to be playing her,” Jones added.___IRIS VAN HERPEN TAKES FLIGHTDutch wunderkind Iris Van Herpen’s couture took flight in the Palais de Beaux Arts in Paris’ chic Left Bank.The show evoked winged forms and organic life as inspired by visual artist Kim Keever, who drops paint pigment into water.The arty setting was an appropriate backdrop for the sculptural creations that borrowed from works housed at the Louvre, located hundreds of meters (yards) away.An organic cobalt blue gown featured bare shoulders and a pair of pleated wings that created a highly dramatic dynamic. It evoked the Louvre’s famed Hellenistic sculpture, The Winged Victory of Samothrace.Elsewhere, the marbled form of insects — or perhaps the intricate molecular structures of stones and crystals? — were reflected in a beautiful series of draped and loosely fitted silk gowns.Long Asian sleeves on vivid red and pearly white dresses added elegance and an opportunity to create an interesting trapeze silhouette.Van Herpen is a couture poet.___SCHIAPARELLI IS WHIMSICALWhimsical would be the word to best describe Schiaparelli’s spring-summer couture. Designer Bertrand Guyon presented a fantastical universe of sheeny silks, softly architectural silhouettes and beautiful colours.The embellishments and shimmering embroideries on diverse designs were more than a match for the gilded gold of the show venue, Paris’ ornate Garnier Opera House.Anachronism and contrast ruled.Cowboy boots cut a dramatic style below a medieval mini dress with speckled and billowing Juliette sleeves.A 1950s bar jacket and peplum ensemble and contemporary pants sported floral scenes that made it appear the pieces were used as a painter’s canvas.And colored feathers that embellished several dresses gave the collection a dreamy quality as they slowly floated by, with the occasional plume falling gently to the ground.___LANVIN APPOINTS NEW DESIGNERLanvin, the world’s oldest continually running couture house, has suffered creative turbulence and questions about its direction ever since the departure of lauded couturier Alber Elbaz in 2015.Since then, there has been a steady stream of disappointing designers whose collections have prompted lukewarm reviews.On Monday, the house named a new creative director: Bruno Sialelli.“After a thorough and extensive application process involving an incredible array of talented designers,” Sialelli’s profile was that which embodied best “this new chapter in the house’s history,” Lanvin said.Sialelli was poached from his position as the men’s design director for Loewe.He said he aims to bring “emotions through compelling stories” and to define “a modern attitude” while continuing Lanvin’s iconic legacy.The French hold a precious place in their hearts and culture for Lanvin, founded in 1889 by female fashion trailblazer Jeanne Lanvin.___Thomas Adamson can be followed at Adamson, The Associated Press read more

Around 250 Triathletes to Participate in Rabat Triathlon

Rabat – Around 250 triathletes will take part in Rabat Triathlon, which will be held Saturday on the shores of Bouregreg, as part of the “Rabat capital of Arab youth” event, held under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI, organizers said on Thursday.Organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in partnership with the Moroccan Royal Federation of Sports for All, this sporting event will bring together young people from different Arab countries and all regions of Morocco, with the aim of promoting culture and the principles of the Olympic movement that advocates coexistence and peace among peoples, the organizers pointed out in a statement.This sporting event is also intended to anchor cooperation and solidarity values and promote triathlon, which has recently become an Olympic sport, both nationally and in the Arab world, said the statement issued on the sidelines of a press conference held in Rabat in the presence of Minister of Youth and Sports, Lahcen Sekkouri, President of the Royal Moroccan Federation of Sports for All, Nezha Bidouane and President of the Arab Union and the African Union of Triathlon, Ahmad Nasser, as well as officials of the organizing committee and the Arab Union. The program of this competition includes in particular swimming (750 m), cycling in a closed circuit (20 km) and running in a closed circuit (5 km).With MAP read more