Moroccan businessman creates football club in New York

Moroccan businessman creates football club in New York

Kiosk 360. Atlantic Club New York will be the first football club in the United States to be ridden by a Moroccan. Its founder, Samir Belhousain, aims to make it a base for Moroccan technicians and footballers.

His name is Samir Belhousain, and he is the first Moroccan to set up a professional football club which will evolve next season in the third division of Major League Soccer (MLS-American championship), reveals the daily Al Ahdath al Maghribiia from Friday June 18.

Arriving in the United States in 1989, Belhousain made his fortune in commercial projects, as well as real estate and automobiles. But it was in 2016 that he invested in the field of sport through the creation of the “Super 9” club, which participated in the amateur league with honorable results.

“Because of my love for sport, I decided to be the first Moroccan in News York to invest in sport through the creation of the Atlantic Club New York. It is a professional club that will play in the third division in 2022, ”explains Samir Belhousain.

Said club is structured around a male and female team, as well as the youth categories. The objective is to reveal young Moroccan talents from the United States in the category of 8 years, 10-12 years and a third category of 13-18 years.

The Atlantic Club New York project is promising for Moroccan players around the world, since it will allow to drain players who concentrate in European or Gulf clubs, especially as American football is a mine of opportunities for the future of world football.

Samir Belhousain intends to meet several technicians in Morocco to recruit them into his club, or facilitate their hiring by MLS clubs. It is the same for the recruitment of Moroccan players for Atlantic Club New York or other American formations.


Health: Aït Taleb decides to dissolve the regional delegations of the ministry

Health: Aït Taleb decides to dissolve the regional delegations of the ministry

Kiosk 360. The regional health directorates will disappear. They will be replaced by regional agencies. These will be entrusted with much broader competences and attributions within the framework of the process of administrative deconcentration of the ministry.

The Minister of Health, Khalid Aït Taleb, is considering sacking all regional health directors. In fact, it is the post of regional health director that will no longer exist. The ministry has decided to go ahead with its reform project which provides, among other measures, for the dissolution of all regional health directorates and their replacement by regional health agencies (ARS). , reports the daily Al Akhbar in its edition of Thursday, June 17, 2021.

The creation of the ARS, endowed with legal personality and financial and administrative autonomy, falls within the framework of the redeployment plan of the ministry at the regional level, explains the daily. The implementation of this phase of the ministry’s administrative deconcentration master plan should take place between this year and next year. Of course, the daily notes, this redeployment of the ministry to regional and local levels will bring about a radical change in the management of the health card and the supply of care.

Aware of the importance of administrative deconcentration in health management, the Ministry of Health has worked, since 2011, to generalize the decentralization policy, recalls the daily. And this, he continues, by the creation of regional health directorates in different regions of the Kingdom, as well as delegations at the level of provinces and prefectures. Several responsibilities have been conferred on these decentralized administrative entities in terms of financial management and human resources.

Today, the ministry is about to take a new step. Indeed, raises Al Akhbar, as part of the reform of the health system, it was proposed to create regional health agencies in different regions of the Kingdom in the form of public establishments with financial and administrative autonomy. These agencies, which will replace the regional health directorates, will be able to have all the powers and responsibilities necessary to carry out both a regional health policy and ensure the management of financial and human resources, and aspects relating to the health sector at the same time. region level.

Regarding the realization of this new stage, the final transfer will be made, from the first year, of all the powers delegated to the decentralized services. The transfer of other attributions and competences will take place from the third year, with the exception, of course, of those which cannot be transferred.

Among the competences and powers that cannot be delegated, are the authorizations related to drugs, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. These skills and responsibilities cannot be delegated or transferred to decentralized services, because they must be controlled by the national laboratory for the control of drugs and pharmaceutical specialties under the administration. The national laboratory, which has the required capacities, is accredited by the World Health Organization and the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Health Care. Authorizations relating to the practice of medicine by foreign doctors cannot be entrusted to decentralized services either.


Relaxing preventive measures does not mean the virus is gone

Relaxing preventive measures does not mean the virus is gone

The gradual relaxation of preventive anti-Covid-19 measures and the conditional opening of borders do not mean that the virus has disappeared, warned Tayeb Hamdi, doctor and researcher in health policies and systems. In an analysis of the epidemiological situation in the Kingdom, Dr. Hamdi added that these measures do not mean either that the variants, discovered in Morocco, have disappeared, that the success of the national vaccination campaign has reached all its objectives and that the Kingdom is safe from an epidemiological relapse. He also emphasized the need to adhere to preventive measures to break the chains of spread of the virus and to vaccinate target groups to reduce severe cases and deaths despite the slight but controlled rise in infections among others. groups. After recalling the opening of borders for Moroccans of the world and tourists under special conditions, the researcher noted that the relaxation of restrictive measures approved by the competent authorities several months ago has become a reality that Moroccans live today with ease, noting that this process is not a “one-way street” but rather a step which could be the object of a revision and a regression towards the rigor if the epidemiological situation evolves in the wrong way. It is also not a successful accumulative process by lightening preventive measures gradually and safely, he further warned. The virus is still spreading in Morocco, he added, stressing the need for its containment through individual and collective behavior even as the new strains and mutated versions are still a source of great concern and danger. The vaccination campaign has yet to achieve mass immunity, despite the Kingdom’s success globally in organizing an early, rapid, well-organized and fluid vaccination campaign. Observe Mr. Hamdi, believing that achieving collective immunity nationally and globally and ending the pandemic will take several more months. This is due to the slowdown in vaccination globally, to the increased pressure on vaccines from rich countries which, in addition to their acquisition of vaccines, have started to vaccinate children, he said. specified, noting that the latter will proceed after the administration of a third dose and booster doses to maintain the immunity of those vaccinated and strengthen it in vulnerable groups to the new strains. Thanks to the vaccination campaign, added Dr. Hamdi, the Kingdom was able to immunize and protect the most vulnerable groups against the coronavirus, namely the elderly and those with chronic diseases, claiming however that this category did not not been fully vaccinated, either through negligence or procrastination, or because of a false belief that she cannot contract the disease, which makes her, in the event of an epidemic relapse, more vulnerable to infection and requiring admission to intensive care. And the researcher to emphasize the importance of vaccinating citizens between the ages of thirty and fifty, noting that this age group, while less vulnerable to dangerous cases and death, has a death rate of less than one. deaths per thousand infections. Citing the conclusions of a recent scientific study concerning Covid-19, the researcher clarified that recent studies have shown that the Indian variant has become more widespread than the British mutant itself by more than 60%, which represents a source of concern to the whole world, knowing that the British mutant is more widespread than the original strain. And to note that a recent study carried out by a team from the University of Oxford with a mathematical model, on the two best performing regions in terms of vaccination in the world, and published at the end of May, showed that the lifting travel restrictions and the entry of new imported cases into a given region could reignite the epidemic even if the vaccination rate of the population exceeds 60%. The study attributed this to three main reasons, namely the possibility of transmitting the virus even after vaccination, the presence of an unvaccinated population and the emergence of strains more able to spread, knowing that the vaccine does not protect not 100% of the virus infection or the possibility of its transmission, despite the effectiveness of vaccines in preventing disease, completely preventing dangerous cases and reducing the risk of infection, explained Dr. Hamdi. After indicating that the epidemic can spread again with the entry of new cases initially and the existence of an environment conducive to the spread due to the absence of barrier measures, the study underlined that the goal is not to ban the easing of travel restrictions, but rather to exercise caution whenever they are relaxed in order to prevent the influx of new infections and their spread, through measures to reduce the possibility of infiltration of infections and mutants and their spread by observing precautionary measures, by continuing examinations, isolation and serious follow-up of contacts regardless of the progress of vaccination at very high rates. And the doctor and researcher in health policies and systems to stress the importance for citizens to be vaccinated, insisting on the need to vaccinate the rest of the professionals (trade, tourism, transport …) who are in intense contact with citizens, regardless of their age, while waiting for all targeted people to be vaccinated to ensure protective collective immunity for the individual and the community. In order for Morocco and Moroccans to enjoy a safe summer, it is everyone’s responsibility to follow simple, free and effective measures to prevent the coronavirus, concluded Dr. Hamdi.


VIDEO: Hakimi scores great for Morocco and dedicates to Eriksen

VIDEO: Hakimi scores great for Morocco and dedicates to Eriksen

After Lukaku, Achraf Hakimi also made a point of dedicating the goal he scored this Saturday to Christian Eriksen, a player who fell inanimate in the game between Denmark and Finland, in group B of Euro 2020.

The right-back of Inter Milan, the club that the Dane represents, scored the winning goal for Morocco in the friendly against Burkina Faso. During the celebrations, the Moroccan made the number 24 with his hands – Eriksen is wearing the dorsal 24 of the Italian champions.

It should be noted that the «Benfica player» Taarabt started in the selection of Morocco and left in the 81st minute.

Hakmi’s goal and dedication:


Asylum Application Rejected, This Apostate Man Burns Al-Qur’an in Sweden

Asylum Application Rejected, This Apostate Man Burns Al-Qur’an in Sweden


STOCKHOLM – A man Morocco who is out of Islam or an apostate has applied for asylum in Sweden on the pretext of being the target of persecution for doubting his religion. But his request was denied and he burned copies of the scriptures Al-Qur’an as a protest.

He recorded the act of burning the holy book and the video was released on YouTube.

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The man came to Sweden from Morocco two years ago on a tourist visa and sought asylum, citing persecution in his home country for his “religious doubts”.

However, the Swedish Migration Agency rejected his asylum application. He appealed, but the Court of Migration Appeals upheld his earlier decision.

The Court of Appeals ruled that it was “reasonable” to demand his return to Morocco and hoped that he would keep a low profile and exercise restraint in his criticism of Islam and the monarchy to avoid provoking actions against him by individuals and authorities.

In response, the man recorded a video of himself burning a copy of the Koran in the barbecue area and uploaded it on YouTube under the name Skeptic Mohamed.

The man who describes himself as a former Muslim, an atheist, a secularist, a metalhead and a skeptic, argues that the biblical blasphemy act is about defending his right to asylum.

“This could dramatically increase my security concerns even here in Sweden. I have an obligation to protect my dignity, safety and freedom, which is completely impossible in a Muslim-majority country like Morocco at the moment,” he said.

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“This is also against the Swedish Migration Authority which explicitly discriminates against me because I am a former atheist Muslim,” he said.

“I strongly refuse to shut up and hide as the Swedish asylum authorities asked me to do and consider the terms ‘reasonable’ while Islamofassis and Islamic terrorists who want us dead are allowed to stay in Sweden after they destroyed dozens of Muslim-majority countries,” he added. , as quoted Sputniknews, Friday (4/6/2021).

The actions of the man who goes by the name Skeptic Mohamed have attracted media attention. Among other things, newspapers Aftonbladet which emphasized that the Court of Migration Appeals previously ruled that “it is not possible to compel truly confident persons to conceal, change or distance themselves from their outlook on life”.

Furthermore, the newspaper journalist; Thord Eriksson, ventured to say that the man must have had the misfortune of facing a bureaucratic wall of asylum seekers and that his video clips hurt Sweden’s self-image as a human rights defender.

In the comments to the video, reactions are somewhat polarized, ranging from admiration, respect, and support to criticism, condemnation, and joy.

So far, blasphemy of the Koran in Scandinavia has been a staple of far-right anti-Islam organizations, such as the Danish Hardline party led by Rasmus Paludan or Stop Islamization of Norway (SIAN), both of which saw the burning of the Koran. as a means of exercising freedom of speech.



WhatsApp brings multi-device mode to life

WhatsApp brings multi-device mode to life

One of the most awaited is none other than the multi-device mode, which will allow you to use the same WhatsApp account simultaneously on several smartphones. But today, this feature is still under development.

Multi-device mode: Within two months in public beta

However, its availability in public beta should occur within two months. This deadline was announced by Mark Zuckerberg in person, during an exchange alongside Will Cathcart, WhatsApp boss, and a journalist from WABetaInfo, on a group conversation organized on the platform.

This interview was an opportunity to discuss multiple subjects still related to the messaging service. For example, other new features will be added soon for users with access to the beta of the app: Disappearance mode, which takes up the idea of ​​Messenger and Instagram with Vanish.

By activating this function, the messages sent to your interlocutor will disappear once consulted – not to be confused with temporary messages, which themselves disappear after seven days.

In Morocco, according to the Digital 2020 report, this is the application WhatsApp which is at the top of the ranking. In its barometer of the main social networks in Morocco at the end of January 2020, Sunergia Group also confirms this result.

WhatsApp takes the lead with 65% of respondents, followed by Facebook (53%), Instagram (26%), Snapchat (14%), Twitter (5%), LinkedIn (2%), TikTok (5%) , and Pinterest.

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Reflection on optical fiber and connected buildings in Morocco

Reflection on optical fiber and connected buildings in Morocco

As part of the launch of the 6th edition of the fiber optic symposium, Orange and Huawei Morocco in partnership with APEBI, organized, this Tuesday, June 1, 2021 in Casablanca, a workshop to present their visions.

In view of the current context, this new edition which will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday 15 & 16 June 2021, is intended to be 100% digital.

It will take the form of televised talk shows that participants can follow live. This 6th edition aims to share legislative advances on the development of very high speed broadband and to raise awareness of the fiber optic ecosystem on the importance of digital trust, particularly during this period of heavy use of new technologies.

The first discussions will concern the legislative aspect and in particular the law 121-12 promulgated in 2019 which addresses the sharing of telecommunications infrastructures. The law on PPP, whose draft decree will soon see the light of day, will also be presented as an alternative to be considered in the rapid development of very high speed in Morocco. Testimonials from success stories on PPPs in Africa will be shared at the end of the first plenary by the Orange group and Huawei Morocco.

The second plenary session will be an opportunity for the entire very high speed and construction ecosystem to learn about the concrete solutions that ensure the digital security of connected buildings. Orange Cyber ​​Defense will raise awareness of the flaws related to video surveillance, which is not immune to cyber threats, and explain how cameras can even increase the risk of intrusion into buildings without a well-locked digital security system. In the same vein, Huawei Morocco will exhibit its cutting-edge solutions for smart homes and the possibilities offered by very fast and secure wifi transmission. The second plenary will end with the intervention of the APEBI telecommunications commission which will speak on the role it can have as a federation in the digital transformation of the construction and building sector.

The participants in the round table of the second day of June 16 will ask a central question: why does copper continue to be deployed on new real estate projects, in a context of strong use of digital?

This workshop will include the Fixed BU of Orange Morocco, the Regional Council of the Order of Architects of Casablanca and the Center, the NOVEC design office as well as a representative of the National Federation of Real Estate Developers. To close this second session, video testimonials of medium-standing and social real estate projects connected to fiber will be broadcast.

The main objective of the Symposium remains to inform the fiber optic and building ecosystem on the novelties concerning very high speed and to make them aware of the importance of subjects related to digital trust to support the accelerated development of uses. digital citizens in Morocco.


The Government assures that the agreement with Morocco will not be touched despite Brexit

The Government assures that the agreement with Morocco will not be touched despite Brexit

There is less and less area dedicated to tomato cultivation in the province of Almería. More and more product comes from Morocco, exceeding quotas agreed in the agreement established with that country by the European Union and at prices that, given the mix of tomato types, do not convince the sector.

From farmers’ organizations and trade associations, after the United Kingdom left the EU, when Brexit became effective, they asked the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to defend a review of the agreement in force with Morocco. Well, to the surprise of the Almeria horticultural sector, yesterday in the Sectorial chaired by the deputy director general of Fruits, Vegetables and viniculture, Camino Arroyo, they were informed that the EU will not modify the current agreement, despite the fact that there is a country less (United Kingdom) in community territory, with the relevance it has in the importation of fruit and vegetables. It should be remembered that the British already established their own agreement with the Alawite country once outside the EU, through which they already have a commercial relationship.

The sector does not understand, as Luis Miguel Fernández, manager of Coexphal pointed out, that “when the number of member states was expanded, the quota of the agreement with Morocco was revised upwards, allowing the entry of more volumes of tomato; and now that a country, where there is less market, do not carry out the opposite operation ».

For organizations such as Asaja and Coag, this news is a stick for the producer sector dedicated to tomato cultivation, which will see how it continues to lose competitiveness in a market in which it is increasingly feeling more pressure. Not in vain, year after year tomato surface is lost in Almería due to the fall in its profitability.

Adoración Blanque, general secretary of Asaja Almería, also pointed out that “Morocco is growing in production of zucchini and pepper, and we fear that it will have a negative effect, in the future, for the Almeria plantations.” In addition, the ‘wide hand’ that «there is with the tomato, means that, together with the growth in the market of the entry of other fruits and vegetables, a distortion is generated in the market, which hurts Almería, because it bears higher costs of production”.

For Andrés Góngora, provincial secretary of Coag, although the Ministry assures that it is on the side of the sector and supports it, “the actions say the opposite.” And it is that, “it seems that they do not want to bother Morocco, and if that is why the farmers here are harmed, it does not seem to matter.”

The agrarian leader explained that “it is not understood that the entry of the product is not controlled, that there is no record of tariff payments for the volume that enters exceeding the quota, nor that each time they put more requirements on the Community producers to meet and that products from third countries are not required to do the same ”. Thus, Góngora feels “the abandonment of the administrations” towards some producers who leave their skin to feed Europe. “I am disappointed, we are defenseless against those who lead.”

In the sector, the price situation was analyzed, the Chain Law was also discussed, and accumulated figures on greenhouse and outdoor horticultural production from the current campaign were put on the table.


Video. Chelsea and Ziyech rise to the roof of Europe

Video.  Chelsea and Ziyech rise to the roof of Europe

Chelsea pocketed the 2nd Champions League in its history on Saturday night thanks to their 1-0 victory in the final against Manchester City at the Dragão stadium in Porto. Hakim Ziyech thus becomes the second Moroccan to win this trophy after Achraf Hakimi with Real Madrid, in 2018.

Chelsea won their second Champions League by defeating Manchester City of Pep Guardiola (1-0) on Saturday in a 100% English final, thanks to the German Kai Havertz, scorer to offer a first European coronation to his coach and compatriot Thomas Tuchel.

At the Porto Dragon stadium, Havertz made the difference just before the break by erasing the goalkeeper with a hook to score in the empty cage (42nd). This goal was enough for the “Blues” to win their second C1 after 2012 and succeed Bayern Munich, last year striker of Paris SG Tuchel by the same score (1-0).

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First Quarter Revenue Decreases 9.75%

First Quarter Revenue Decreases 9.75%

In the first quarter of 2021, Total Maroc sales stagnated (+ 1%) compared to the same period last year. They amount to 426,000 tonnes.

Consolidated turnover is down 9.75% over the period to 2,661 million dirhams.

Investments have been made in the network of service stations. Two new stations, including one solarized, have been opened since the start of the year, bringing the network to 350 points of sale.