Just a little TLC

first_imgNow having developed a taste for endurance racing Long has taken it to the next level by signing up for an ironman race which is regarded by some as the most intense triathlon format on the planetBelieving strongly that a loving home and a nurturing environment produce healthy, happy children, Thea Jarvis founded The Love of Christ Children’s Home (TLC) to help place abandoned and orphaned children with caring families.Jarvis established TLC in 1993 when she took in the first of her 19 foster children; since then the organisation has placed some 833 children with loving families.Jarvis’s biological daughter, Philippa Jarvis, and her four siblings now run the home, which can accommodate 35 children, in Eikenhof, in the south of Johannesburg.A CHAMPION FOR CHILDRENOne of the latest additions to their TLC family is a bright eyed little girl named Beatrice, here with Philippa JarvisIn 2012, when the organisation faced funding problems that led to it turning children away, long-time associate, Jeffrey Long, a law student at the University of the Witwatersrand, saw the opportunity to play his part. Drawing parallels between the TLC facilitators’ enduring strength, and the mental toughness required for endurance running, Long decided to run the 2012 Two Oceans marathon to raise funds for TLC.He says, “Before this I was never an endurance athlete; I mean I hated fitness. I’d be the last guy at fitness practice.“Then seeing the struggles that they [TLC facilitators] go through on a daily basis just to keep things going made me decide to do endurance because I feel like it relates more to what they’re doing … you really have to struggle and work hard every day to be able to achieve something like this.”The home only takes in children under the age of three; social workers, the police and hospitals alert Philippa Jarvis and her team to take in children who have been abandoned with them.She says the organisation’s goal is to get the children ready for adoption as quickly as possible so they don’t “end up in the system”, i.e. remain registered as up for adoption with the Department of Social Development for longer periods. Jarvis says the older children are less likely to be adopted, because “people looking to adopt children often look for younger or newborn children who have less health or social issues”.INSPIRED BY CAREDespite recent surgery on a damaged knee, Long completed the arduous 56 km race and raised R30 000, more than his targeted R10 000, for the organisation. He said, “If I had done the Two Oceans for myself I doubt I would have made it. The fact that I was doing it for the sake of TLC … is what helped me push on until the end.”This year Long aims to complete the Ironman South Africa race, regarded by many as the most intense triathlon format in the world. The race will be held in Nelson Mandela Bay on 6 April.Standardised by the World Triathlon Corporation, the Ironman consists of a four kilometre swim, 180 km cycle and a 42 km run, to be completed in that order with no pauses or rest periods. Finishing the course within 17 hours earns athletes the Ironman accolade.A TLC facilitator accompanying the children who attend TLC’s on site Pre-SchoolLong hopes to match, or beat, his 2012 fundraising effort by collecting donations of 50 cents, R1, or R10 or more per kilometre. “Because the donations are made per kilometre it means that even though it’s a small amount of money, by the end of the event it all adds up to a sizable donation,” Long explains.Jarvis adds, “We rely a lot on community support … and he [Long] has become our champion and every year he does something amazing. He challenges people to take on a cause and to raise funds or do what they can to make a difference.“Without help like that we wouldn’t be here so it’s been a real blessing for us to have support like that.”Jarvis adds that TLC also relies on volunteers to meet the children’s needs.She says, “Our volunteers come from around the world and they volunteer for between three months and one year and they stay on site so that the children get constant care,” instead of having a new caregiver each week.“It’s hard to say but the better they bond [with volunteers and facilitators] before the bond is broken, the easier it is for them to bond again with their new families.”Jarvis says TLC’s success is as a result of “the many hundreds of people from around the world who support us, pray for us and love the work we do so much that they are willing to walk alongside us even during the difficult times”.PLAY YOUR PARTTo donate to Long’s cause, deposit or electronically transfer your amount into the following bank account:Bank: Standard Bank Account number: 208074805 Branch code: 007205 Reference: (your name)To learn more about helping TLC continue its work, visit its website, email the office, or call +27 83 704 2909, or +27 83 462 1363, outside of office hours.last_img read more

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Why Social Enterprise and Cloud Computing Go Hand in Hand

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Trends A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img IDC reported today that the majority of business workers use the social Web at least once a week.Social computing and the cloud are becoming equally integral in the enterprise. IDC makes the point that if social computing represents the new business process then cloud computing is the delivery mechanism.Mike Fauscette oversaw the IDC survey. Here is how he sees the connection between social enterprise and cloud computing:“The group I run includes cloud research and most of IDC’s enterprise apps research. From the survey and just my general perspective I’d say cloud and social are very connected concepts. Social business to me is about cultural shift and transformation facilitated thru technology. Cloud is a key component to that. Cloud supports ubiquitous access and is very important in mobile as the new enterprise desktop.”Salesforce.com is a good example of this new breed of enterprise systems that pulls together real-time communication, applications and content. The company’s new product, Salesforce Chatter, is a platform for creating internal social networks. The appplication makes it possible to collaborate in a real-time, secure environment: You can update your own real-time feed. It sees updates from applications. It integrates information from third-party service providers. You can see updates from other people in your network.Salesforce.com makes the argument that the collaborative nature of the cloud makes this possible. Traditional, desktop applications require a user to go through a lengthy process, where, for instance, a document is created in an application like Sharepoint and business applications are separate from the communication processA cloud-based service bring these services together into one environment. In a cloud-based environment, API’s can be used to integrate third-party applications such as Twitter. For most of the world, a desktop system is limiting. The enterprise is fast becoming an extended system that reaches out to partners and customers. Those people may be in distant places. They can’t access your desktop but they can interact with you in a social, collaborative environment that embraces the open Web, as delivered through the cloud. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

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Use NAFTA talks to lift Canadian telecom protections prof argues

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s overall economy — not just consumers — would benefit if Canada were to open its telecom industry to greater competition through upcoming North American free trade talks, says a University of Toronto professor who’s been studying the industry’s impacts.Getting to that point at the NAFTA negotiating table, however, may just be wishful thinking, says another academic who predicts U.S. demands for greater access to Canada’s telecom market won’t survive to the final round of bargaining.In its objectives for the NAFTA renegotiation, the Trump administration included telecommunications among a list of trade irritants made public last week, saying it wants to promote the competitive supply of telecommunications services and secure commitments “to provide reasonable network access for telecommunications suppliers.”University of Toronto professor Walid Hejazi says opening the telecom industry to foreign players would result in new jobs, increased productivity across a wide range of industries and cheaper wireless rates for consumers.While Canada’s telecom market was partially liberalized in 2012 when the federal government opened the door to foreign ownership of Canadian cellphone service carriers that have less than 10 per cent of the Canadian market share, current regulations forbid foreign majority ownership of a major telecom company.Removal of the foreign ownership restrictions would require an amendment to the Telecommunications Act.The telecom ownership provisions are complicated further by the fact that Canada’s big three service providers, Bell, Telus and Rogers, are also intertwined with the country’s broadcasting networks, which have their own set of ownership and licensing restrictions.Successive expert panels have over the years recommended ownership restrictions be lifted, but few actions have been taken amid concerns that a takeover of a Canadian telecom company by a U.S. or other international conglomerate would result in foreign interests controlling a Canadian broadcaster as well, potentially leading to a watering down of Canadian content.Hejazi said the NAFTA talks present a perfect opportunity to lift the protections from foreign competition enjoyed by the trio.“The telecom industry in Canada should not be protected. Full stop, end of story,” said Hejazi.“You have three companies that are protected from international competition and the service they provide us is inferior.”Paul Beaudry, the director of development at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and a research associate at the Montreal Economic Institute, doubts that the Trump administration will push hard for greater access by U.S. players to Canada’s telecom market.Beaudry said he doesn’t see telecom changes as a “hill to die on” and predicted the issue won’t make it to a final round of bargaining once the talks intensify.“I don’t think we’re going to get to telecom,” he said.“I don’t think that, if you were to grill an American negotiator at this stage, they would identify telecom as a critical aspect that kind of motivates the American government.”At most, the U.S. government may be satisfied in gaining greater access to the Canadian market by small American resellers of telecom services, said Beaudry.A failure to use the talks to further liberalize the telecom sector would be a wasted opportunity to create jobs, and would run counter to the Liberal government’s insistence that it makes decisions based on evidence, said Hejazi, who is also the academic director at the Rotman School of Management.“Every company in the country has to work with the telecom industry,” he said.“The productivity and employment across the entire Canadian economy are negatively impacted by the lack of efficiency and investments in that sector.”The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development called on Canada last year to open its telecom industries, along with airlines and broadcasters, to foreign ownership.The OECD said such a move would “sharpen competitive pressures, raise productivity and reduce prices for consumers.”Egyptian billionaire businessman Naguib Sawiris learned a bitter lesson about Canada’s telecom rules nearly a decade ago when his company, Orascom Telecom Holding, invested in Wind Mobile Canada, hoping to turn it into a major player. The investment soon turned sour after Ottawa blocked his bid to acquire Allstream from Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., through his investment firm, Accelero Holdings Inc.Sawiris blamed Canada’s regulatory framework for his decision to back away from investing further in Wind Mobile, accusing Canada of stifling innovation and producing what he called a “closed market.” He vowed never to invest in Canada again.There was also wide speculation in 2013 that U.S. telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc., could enter Canada’s wireless market, until company CEO Lowell McAdam definitively shot down the prospect, calling the rumours “way overblown.”The lack of interest in Canada’s telecom market by an established foreign player is telling, said Beaudry, suggesting there is little appetite for investing in it without putting the big three players on the selling block.None of the big three Canadian telecoms were willing to provide their perspective on the NAFTA negotiations, which are expected to begin Aug. 16. Spokespeople from all three said they would offer no comment.And while the industry umbrella group also said it wasn’t prepared to speak, a spokeswoman acknowledged the key players are keeping a close eye on any potential developments in the coming weeks.“We are monitoring the situation and discussing with our members,” said Sophie Paluck of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association.“We will want to ensure the Canadian wireless industry continues to thrive as a world leader.”— Follow @tpedwell on Twitterlast_img read more

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Governor General calls Southwest Airline pilot a hero for showing nerves of

first_imgMONTREAL – Canada’s governor general says a Southwest Airlines pilot who landed her plane safely after a mid-air engine explosion is rightfully being called a hero and a role model to many.Julie Payette told aviation officials Thursday that Capt. Tammie Jo Shults showed strength as she deployed years of training as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot to avoid greater injury.“Everyone in the last two days, rightly so, said the pilot had nerves of steel, she was extraordinary,” the former astronaut said in a Montreal speech.One person was killed and seven others were injured after the twin-engine Boeing 737 blew an engine at 30,000 feet Tuesday and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window.Media reports following the incident have drawn attention to the fact that Shults is a female pilot, in an industry still heavily dominated by men.But Payette asked why anyone would be surprised that a woman who is extraordinarily well-trained could excel in the face of danger.Alexandre de Juniac, director general of the International Air Transport Association, told the largely female luncheon audience that more needs to be done to address the severe underrepresentation of women in the industry, particularly at the airline association itself.IATA is taking a small step in a few weeks with the appointment of its first female board member.“I think that for our industry, hiring and promoting diverse talent will make us stronger, better and we’ll enjoy a much better business environment,” he said.IATA says the percentage of female aviation executives lags other industries. Just three per cent of aviation CEOs were women last year, compared with 12 per cent in other sectors.By contrast, about one-third of human resources directors are women, compared with 23 per cent in other industries.Kendra Kincade, founder of Elevate Aviation, which encourages women in the industry, said seeing Shults’ action will be an example for young women to consider aviation.“I think she just made us feel more secure in having women as leaders. I think she just helped propel that,” the Edmonton air traffic controller said in an interview.Val Wilson, president of Women in Aerospace Canada, said the shortage of women is on display every year at the world’s largest air show which takes place alternatively nearly London and Paris.“It’s a sea of black suits,” she said in an interview. “There are very few women that were there representing their companies other than in administrative positions.”Wilson, who is vice-president of Toronto area aerospace supplier Dishon Ltd., said the situation is slowly changing as more younger women enter engineering schools, which is frequently a stepping stone to higher positions.She said the paths are similar for other industries and working conditions are no more a roadblock in aviation. Wilson added that she doesn’t believe sexual harassment is any bigger an issue in aviation than other sectors.Wilson expects it could take another 15 years before change is seen in the C-suites.She said companies need to be aware of any hiring bias and should interview women for open positions.Former astronauts Payette and Roberta Bondar are huge role models for women interested in aviation careers, she added.“Roberta is always very positive when she speaks and Julie is in a position now to really do some good for women. So I think it’s very positive for us.”Payette said that recruitment of women isn’t enough, noting that questions about female representation have been asked for 30 years.She said efforts must be made to retain and promote women so they assume leadership positions.It’s been 40 years since Judy Cameron was hired by Air Canada, becoming the first woman hired as a pilot for a major Canadian airlines. Five years earlier, Rosella Bjornson became Canada’s first commercial pilot.There are currently 210 female pilots at the country’s largest airline and Air Canada Rouge, representing six per cent of total pilots employed.Women account for similar shares of pilots employed by WestJet, Air Transat and Jazz.According to Nav Canada, the private company that manages Canadian civil air navigation, less than 25 per cent of the workforce at the country’s air traffic control centres are women.About 19 per cent of the Royal Canadian Air Force officers were women in late 2017, including five per cent pilots, 15.7 per cent in air operations and almost 18 per cent in aerospace engineers.Aerospace schools are also trying to promote careers in aviation to women.Montreal’s Academy of Aeronautics says 11 per cent of its student pilots are women, an increase from past years.It says there is a surge of inquiries this year from high school graduates.Fang Lui, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization, told an IATA conference this week that work needs to be done to attract women.“Both the public and private sectors need to be more proactive to achieving gender parity in aviation.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA, TSX:TRZ, TSX:CHR).last_img read more

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China to stay on path of ‘peaceful development’ & continue to be ‘positive force’: Premier Li

first_imgBeijing: China will stay on the path of “peaceful development” and continue to be a “positive force” and contribute for regional and global peace, Premier Li Keqiang said here on Friday, amidst global concern over Beijing flexing its muscles in the region. Li, who addressed over two-and-a-half-hour press conference at the end of the Chinese legislature the National People’s Congress, mostly answered selected questions on China’s economy and internal social issues as well as ties with the US, Russia and the EU. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang However in his closing remarks, he said that China will continue to follow the principles of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness in developing relations with its neighbours. “China will stay on the path of peaceful development and continue to be a positive force and contributor for regional and global peace,” he said. China asserts nearly all of the resource-rich South China Sea as its territory, while Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam have counter claims over the area. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: Trump The US has been conducting regular patrols in the South China Sea to assert the freedom of navigation in the area where Beijing has built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region. When asked about China’s priority regarding the conclusion of the China-Japan-South Korea Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Li said it will depend on the efforts made by parties concerned. “Whichever will be concluded first, China will take a welcome attitude to the development,” Li added. Though he did not comment on the current situation in South Asia, Foreign Minister Wang Yi in his annual press conference last week said that India and Pakistan should quickly turn the page after the Pulwama terror attack, meet each other halfway and transform the present crisis into an opportunity for a long term and fundamental improvement in their bilateral relations.last_img read more

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Windies rope in Ramnaresh Sarwan to mentor batsmen

first_imgBarbados: Former West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has accepted the invitation of the country’s cricket board to work as a mentor and provide batting tips to the Caribbean side’s batsmen in the run-up to the tri-nation series in Ireland and the World Cup. The 38-year-old, who played 87 Tests, 181 ODIs and 18 T20Is between 2000 and 2013 for the West Indies, will spend the remainder of the week working with the players, especially the batsmen, helping them to fortify their game. However, it is not certain whether he will travel with the West Indies side for the World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30. “I have come here to act as kind of a mentor to the players and try my best to assist them in any technical ways and with any shortcomings where I think they can improve, and to offer as much help to the head coach, Floyd Reifer, and his coaching staff,” said Sarwan. He admitted that the Indies batsmen have struggled to rotate the strike in the past and thus he would be helping the players to improve their running between the wickets and in finishing games. “I know our batsmen have struggled in the past with rotating the strike, so I am trying to see how best we can get them to improve in this area,” he said. “It’s not an overnight fix, but it’s important to share ideas with them, so that they have something to build on,” he said. Reifer, who took over as coach last week, is expecting Sarwan to have a “wealth of knowledge” to share. “We are hoping he can help the batsmen get a better understanding of how to finish games, the mindset, how to approach batting first, how to approach batting last, so we thought that kind of knowledge was very important to share. He fitted in very well. He did a lot of talking and a lot of work with the batsmen,” he said. alast_img read more

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WC bound Kedar sustains shoulder injury, set to miss IPL play-offs

first_imgMohali: World Cup bound Kedar Jadhav on Sunday hurt his left shoulder while fielding during Chennai Super Kings IPL game against Kings XI Punjab here, with head coach Stephen Fleming virtually ruling him out of the play-off matches. Asked if there was any update on Kedar, Fleming said at a post-match press conference, “He is getting an X-ray and a scan (done) tomorrow.” “We are hopeful for him although I don’t think we will see him again in this tournament for us. He is in some discomfort, but we just need to be accurate with our assessments tomorrow. Fingers crossed that it is nothing serious, but it did not look that good,” Fleming gave an open-ended reply. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIt could be safely concluded that Kedar is not being risked as BCCI has blanket instructions that any injury to World Cup bound players will be given utmost priority. With exactly a month left for India’s first game, the BCCI will not risk the veteran Maharashtra all-rounder, who is a vital cog in Virat Kohli’s Plan A for the World Cup. The pint-sized cricketer didn’t bowl a lot in IPL unlike he doe for India and it has been learnt that his dodgy hamstring is one of the reasons for that as an aggravation could have affected his World Cup chances. Kedar hurt his shoulder while diving near the boundary ropes to save an overthrow in the 14th over bowled by Dwayne Bravo who failed to collect the throw from Ravindra Jadeja.last_img read more

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Morocco’s Kenitra: a City of Contrasts

first_imgKenitra – Just moved to Kenitra? No worries at all. It is a magic place where you will start feeling at home day by day. Ambiance is a matter of environment and it affects new comers! You develop your own style and you “melt in.”  Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Mouloud Zoubir-MWNEverything is conveniently near: shopping, hospitals, colleges. The hospitals and colleges are not the best, but they’re not the worst in the nation. It has a high crime rate and lots of beggars for a city of its size, but you can still find nice neighborhoods with good places to see and great hospitality of people. Indeed, the social makeup of the entire city is captivating to those who dare interact with its denizens.Kenitra has much to offer. There are many good restaurants, and retail stores with somewhat reasonable prices. There is a gorgeous beach and an awesome lake. It has four seasons with hot summers and cold winters. It is surrounded by farms with organic and local vegetables and fruits. It has beautiful fountains along Mohamed V Avenue, the principal road, and some parks, but still lacks open spaces for children to play. Except for rush hour traffic, which is just as bad as other areas, you can get from point A to point B within a reasonable amount of time. Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Mouloud Zoubir-MWNEven with all its faults, its weaknesses, its malodorous days, Kenitra is [still a wonderful city to live in].  The real estate market in tKenitra is strong, with affordable housing. If you were to buy, you can own a home cheaply. Renting is also an option and the cost varies from one neighborhood to another. In almost every neighborhood, you can find newly constructed apartments really worth renting and living in. Unfortunately, there is a lack of local recreation and park services available to the community for free that would help to keep children off the streets, occupied, and give them some enjoyment. There is a need also for recreational places to go for adults, such as an affordable place for exercise, fitness and conditioning, as an alterntive to sitting in cafés and chatting for hours.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNStill with children in mind, a question pops up in my mind: Why are families with very limited income opting for private schools and struggling hard to devote a large part of their budget to paying the tuition? This may be driven by the fact that the public school system in Kenitra, as in the rest of Morocco, is sinking deeper into crisis. Why? Teacher absenteeism, lack of infrastructure, drug abuse and crime are singled out as causes of the failure of the public schools. Only the poorest parents still send their children to public schools,not only in Kenitra, but everywhere in Morocco. This reality contributes significantly to widening the social gap and increasing the exclusion of the lower socio-economic  segment of society and deprives children of low-income families of opportunities for social development. The educational system in Morocco does not just need restructuring, but rather a profound change.Certainly, Kenitra is in need of free libraries to engage children in reading and give them access to a wide range of books. While there is one library in the La City neighborhood and another one in Saknia neighborhood, they are not enough. The two libraries are in fact empty most of the time because they do not offer any extra activities or programs in which children can engage in exploring their country and their culture through books and discovering new skills.With respect to higher education, Kenitra still does not have any private university. Ibn Tufail University is the only one in this city, founded in 1989, consists of the following institutions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences, National School of Business and Management, and National School of Applied Sciences. it’s the university campus consists of University City and the Maâmora university residence. The harsh reality is that Ibn Tufail University, like others in the country, is also in deep crisis. It has become frozen in time, producing nothing but unemployable and ignorant graduates. In fact, for many, going to the university is simply a waste of time! Others have sought a more successful alternative, opting for vocational and professional training appropriate to the labor market.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWN“What a society deems important is enshrined in its art,” Harry Broudy, prominent American philosopher and educator,stated.  Art is such a large part of our everyday lives, and “art is something that makes us more thoughtful and well-rounded humans.” It is really sad to see people in Kenitra so engaged in everyday activities and completely ignore so many aspects of art in their lives. What I mean is that this city has great minds and talented youth, but unfortunately lacks the resources and guidance to allow them develop their skills and ideas. There are two youth centers in the city.  One is in Saknia, the other in Ouled Oujih. Though they contribute to many youth learning experiences, they still both lack design, structure and organization. While there is a school for music in Kenitra, I know of no school that offers art classes, drawing or craft courses for kids.Theaters, cinemas, and movies are special places for families to go and have a good time. Kenitra used to have three cinemas, however, two of them have gone dark and are now closed. The significance of the arts to a community and to the individual cannot be underestimated.  Everybody knows that music, dramatic and literary exposure help children grow and develop into interesting adults. But Kenitra lacks such programs. Most of Kenitra’s children have never seen a theater or been to the movies in their lives.The Kasbah of Mahdia. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNYet, still on the subject of art, the region surrounding Kenitra has a rich and varied popular folklore that has been passed down orally from generation to generation.  Over time, it is being lost little by little, as it is reduced to folklore exhibitions which lose the context and original meaning reflecting all aspects of traditional local culture: the beliefs, customs, crafts and traditions of the people. Folklore, dance and music were associated with family celebrations, social or religious, but over time they are replaced by other kinds of modern music. Currently, in major celebrations such as engagements or weddings, there is traditional music mixed with modern music from other parts of the Arab world. Kenitra’s traditional music or popular music has been influenced by music from other regions of the country, including Berber-style music and Andalusian music.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNNow what about sport in Kenitra? There are many famous names in sports who have come from Kenitra.  There is Said Aouita,.a former world record holder and the only athlete in history to combine medals at both 800m and 5000m sprints. Youssef Chippo, the international soccer player, is also from Kenitra. Amina Ait Hammou, famous as an olympic athlete, was also from this city. The Kenitra Athletic Club (KAC) has been prominent. Kenitrians love it and are proud of it. The club is popular for earning the fifth best record in winning the Moroccan Soccer League, four times, as well as for players like Mohamed Boussati who holds the record scorer in the Moroccan Soccer League, after he scored 25 goals during the season 1981/1982. Again, Kenitra, and the region as a whole, have produced youth with good potential, but they are not equipped or organized to motivate them and move forward. The Municipal Stadium, the only one in this region, is also too tiny compared to the size of this region.Kenitra is indeed a small town, with great history, culture, and an active, young population. There are so many things that are unique and special in this city. That is the reason why I want to go deeper in talking about it. So, let’s dig further into its profile.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNThe city is located on the south bank of one of the largest Moroccan Rivers, “Oued Sebou,” 12 km (or roughly 7 miles) inland from the Atlantic Ocean, at the level of Mehdya beach. This is a newer city, unlike the imperial cities of the Kingdom, since its creation dates back only 120 years. However, many historians relate it to the Kasbah of Mehdya, a temple built by Hanoun in the sixth century and was used by the Phoenicians.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNIt was founded by the French General Louis Hubert Lyautey in 1912, named Port Lyautey after him.  It opened for trade and became the best river port in Morocco. In 1956, with the independence of Morocco, the name changed to Kenitra. In 1970, a major US Naval Air Station was established and shared by the Moroccan military till 1991.Kenitra is now the capital of the Gharb–Chrarda–Beni Hssen region, one of the richest in Morocco, situated in the Northwest of the Morocco, on the Sebou River. Its population is approximately 400 thousand inhabitants, and its surface area is 103,55 km 2 (approximately 39  square miles). Its climate is mild and humid during winter and hot and dry in the summer.It has a diversified transportation network connecting it to other cities of Morocco. This network is boosted by the motorway linking Kenitra to Tangier, Casablanca and Fes. It is half an hour far from Rabat: the administrative capital of Morocco, and one hour from Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco. It is two hours from Fez: the spiritual capital of Morocco, and four hours from Marrakech: the touristic capital of Morocco. The TGV (High-Speed Train) line now connects Kenitra to Tangier in just 1 hour. Rabat Airport is located in just 25 km (about 15 miles) from Kenitra. The Kenitra port on the Sebou River is the first and only river port of Morocco.This city has natural resources that add to its assets. Maamora forest, the largest in Morocco, extends over 125,000 ha (482.63 mi²), with the dominant species of Cork oak and eucalyptus.  The lake at Sidi Boughaba, 10 km away from the city, constitutes a very important biological and natural reserve.It also has significant water resources, estimated at 6.75 billion m3 (238.37400036 cubic feet), about half of it — 3.5 billion m3 (123.60133352 cubic feet) — reserved for irrigation.This city represents an area of dominant influence over markets in different sectors. This influence varies from one industry to another, but also from one period of time to another.Agriculture is the most active sector in the region, employing half of the population, though still not totally developed and mainly depending on irrigation. It supplies the Moroccan market with not only the agricultural produce (especially citrus fruits, vegetables, and cereals, primarily wheat), but also a significant amount of livestock composed of cattle, sheep and goat.Fisheries: Kenitra has a very important potential in this sector, though still in need of improvement in its whole structure. It employs just about 2,377 people and the quantity of seafood caught is not yet enough to satisfy the market.Industry: The food industry is the dominant industry in this region, mainly in transformation and conditioning of seafood and agricultural produce. Other sectors that play a significant role as well in the economy of this region are the chemical and para-chemical industry, the metal and mechanical industry, the textile and leather industry, and the electric and electronic industry.Tourism: This region has all the potential of a beautiful tourist site, with 140 Km (86.992  miles) of coastline with beautiful beaches of Mehdia, Moulay Bouselham, Bikmeur, large dunes and plains of cork oak, the biological sites(nature reserves) of Merja Zerga and Sidi Boughaba as well as the historic sites built by the Romans of Thamusida and Banasa. The Kasbah of Mehdia, which looks like a big square one hundred meters wide, marked by towers at the four corners and in the middle of each side, looking up to the sea and the river, is a big attraction to all visitors of Mehdia.  Khabbazat in the old medina, as well as all the neighborhoods around the city (Ville Haute, Ouled Oujih, Fewarat, Maghrib Arabi, Berrami, Ismailia, Seyad, La Cigogne, Saknia, Assam, La City), are also a point of interest for visitors, especially after the creation of many big shopping malls and centers like Asswak Assalam, Marjane, and others.Kenitra has also a good hotel infrastructure, Maamora Hotel (3 stars), Safir Hotel, and Assam Hotel, as well as several other smaller hotels, welcoming every year more and more tourists.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNDuring this decade, additional attention is given to Kenitra and the region as a whole. Many projects have been launched recently and will make Kenitra a major hub of economic and social development, which could have a positive effect on other communities in the region.The Municipal Council, its local team, headed by the Secretary-General and under the supervision of the Mayor, are all aware of the importance of an effective infrastructure that will contribute to economic prosperity and improve quality of lives. They all know that Kenitrians need clean air, potable water, as well as security. They need efficient buildings, a reliable power grid and capable mobility solutions.Kenitra’s urban landscape had seen significant expansion in the last decade. The city’s boom has spurred a need for housing. Many real estate projects have been created by the property developers in collaboration with the banks and other financial institutions, benefiting from tax incentives, such as eliminating capital gains and inheritance tax on real property, designed to stimulate the sector. It is a push by the government to improve accommodation options for lower-income segments of the population and to encourage social housing which has dramatically increased. As a result, Kenitra has recently witnessed the highest increase in real estate prices as well as the most sales. Large industrial projects as well as commercial places and metropolitan facilities have been established and gradually changed the city’s way of life.Now there is the challenging need to keep the balance of the character of neighborhoods, the preservation of open space and the capacity of an area’s transportation networks to absorb more people. It is also high time to reform education, develop better school designs and accommodations, add recreation and community centers and entertainment facilities.With all its faults and weaknesses, as John Ed Pearce once said about “home,” Kenitra is “a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.”Photo by Miloud Zbir/Morocco World News Photos by Moroccan Photographer Mouloud Zoubir for Morocco World News© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Womens tennis falls to Northwestern in seasons 1st conference loss

The OSU women’s tennis team lost its first conference match of the season to perennial powerhouse No. 18 Northwestern, 5-2, on Friday. Temperatures during the match fell below 50 degrees, and wind gusts reached 33 mph. The loss drops the Buckeyes (10-8) to third place behind Michigan and Northwestern in the Big Ten with a 3-1 conference record. The Buckeyes, playing without injured senior Paloma Escobedo, were losing, 4-0, and facing a shutout when senior Cami Hubbs and sophomore Fidan Manashirova dug in. Manashirova ground out a hard-earned win against Northwestern’s Linda Abu Mushrefova in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6. Hubbs followed up her teammate’s win by defeating Northwestern’s Stacey Lee, 6-4, 7-6. “It was a really good win, and I felt really good out there,” Hubbs said. “I think we really showed (Northwestern) today … it doesn’t matter where, we’re going to be a contender.” Manashirova agreed. “This was a really good match for me,” she said. “I feel like the higher I play, the more competition I get, and I get to test myself.” Despite the setback, coach Chuck Merzbacher and his players are optimistic their tenacity will benefit them for the remainder of the season. “They never stopped fighting,” Merzbacher said. “We’re going to keep battling, and when you do that, you get in a position to win.” Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the loss Friday hasn’t curbed their focus. “I think the sky’s the limit for us,” Manashirova said. “We have to bring our best tennis every match.” Manashirova and the Buckeyes will need to bring their best tennis Saturday when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on Big Ten leader Michigan before traveling to Michigan State on Sunday. Merzbacher is confident his team will respond. “I think we’re going to build on it,” he said. “Spirits are high. We’re strong, and I feel like we’re ready for that trip.” read more

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Ohio State baseball knocks down Youngstown State 30

The Ohio State baseball pitching staff, using five arms, combined for a two-hit shutout victory against Youngstown State Tuesday night, 3-0, at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeye hurlers combined for 10 strikeouts and did not walk a batter. The Penguins only looked more and more helpless at the plate as the game grew old – their final 13 hitters were retired in order. The lack of offense was welcomed by the sparse crowd of 495 on a night of low-40 degree temperatures, as the contest wrapped up in under two hours. The Buckeyes collected a hit and stolen base in each of the first two innings, but were unable to push any runs across the plate. Despite not allowing a hit, OSU senior starting pitcher Brett McKinney went just two frames before being pulled in favor of redshirt junior Tyler Giannonatti. After the Penguins followed suit, bringing freshman Lance Horner in to pitch the third, the first two Buckeyes reached base before the rally was brought to an abrupt end on an unassisted triple play by sophomore shortstop Phil Lipari. The unassisted triple play, with just 15 occurrences in MLB history according to MLB’s website, is more rare a feat than a perfect game. Youngstown State did not collect its first hit until the top of the fifth, when designated hitter David Saluga lined a single to right. Giannonatti would eventually pitch out of the jam, stranding a pair of base runners in his final inning of work. OSU freshman second baseman Troy Kuhn led off the sixth with a single, and was then put into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by redshirt senior lead-off man Joe Ciamacco. The game found its first run one batter later on a base hit to center off of Horner by redshirt senior designated hitter Ryan Cypret. The rally came to an end three batters later, but not before the Buckeyes pushed an insurance run across to take a 2-0 lead. OSU would add another score the following inning on an RBI single by Kuhn, his third hit of the evening in as many at bats. OSU sophomore right-handed pitcher Trace Dempsey came in for the ninth and converted his team-leading eighth save. With three strikeouts in two innings of work, junior Greg Greve recorded the win, improving his record to 2-0. Horner took the loss in the first decision of his young career. OSU (17-8, 4-2 Big Ten) is scheduled to make a quick turnaround and welcome Miami (Ohio) to Bill Davis Stadium on Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. read more

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