STATE OF ORIGIN & INTERSTATE CHALLENGE ROUND 2

first_imgFollowing NSW’s brilliant start to the 2004 State of Origin and Interstate Challenge, here are the results as Queensland try to keep the series alive. These results will be updated regularly throughout the day. Results and statistics for the State of Origin and Interstate Challenge can also be accessed via the following link: STATE OF ORIGIN/INTERSTATE CHALLENGE RESULTS/STATISTICS State of Origin and Interstate Challenge Results and Summary Round 2: Mixed Open: NSW def Qld 5-3 Touchdowns NSW: Belinda Patterson (2), Nash Beeby, Dave Stewart, Brent Powell Touchdowns Qld: Luke Feldman, Adam Falzon, Rebecca Houston Series: 2-0 NSW Womens 20’s: Qld defeated NSW 3-2 (drop-off) Touchdowns Qld: Rebecca Knight (2), Natasha Fry Touchdowns NSW: Kristen Boss, Gemma Carey Series: 1-1 Mens 20’s: Qld defeated NSW 6-5 Touchdowns Qld: Brendan Thimble, Gian Guerra, Matthew Baker, David Denning, Sebe Rey, James Harrington Touchdowns NSW: Andrew Baggio, Daniel Brown, Pat Smith, Glen De Witt, Joesph Karam Series: 2-0 Qld Womens 30’s: NSW def Qld 4-3 Touchdowns NSW: Kirsty Inglis, Chantel Byrnes, Renee Sealey, Cristy Hornery Touchdowns Qld: Brenda Johnston, Simone Pearce, Kerry Strasser Series: 2-0 NSW Mens 30’s: Qld defeated NSW 4-3 Touchdowns Qld: Wayne Grant, Kevin Ekersley, Craig Morrow, Scott Pierce Touchdowns NSW: Lars Hanson, Wayne Gleeson, Scott Danswan Series: 1-1 Womens 35’s: Qld defeated NSW 3-1 Touchdowns Qld: Kay Lenitschek (2), Haylene Grogan Touchdowns NSW: Lyn Eason Series: 1-1 Mens 35’s: NSW defeated Qld 7-3 Touchdowns NSW: David McDonald (3), Kim Sojun (2), Lenny Ryan, Mick Lennon Touchdowns Qld: Sean Slinger, Greg Lisle, Tere Wotherspoon Series: 2-0 NSW Womens 40’s: NSW defeated Qld 4-2 Touchdowns NSW: Michelle Schmidt, Kim Wiles, Rowena Hines, Cherie Green Touchdowns Qld: Debbie Jukes, Joyce Sills Series: 2-0 NSW Mens 40’s: NSW def Qld 6-3 Touchdowns NSW: Brett Gillard (2), Andrew Proust (2) Mark Jannson, Mark Hearndon Touchdowns Qld: David Kafoa, Mark Heironymus, Ashley Taylor Series: 2-0 NSW Mens 45’s: Qld defeated NSW 4-3 (drop-off) Touchdowns Qld: Tony Lacaze (2), John Mason, Michael Thoars Touchdowns NSW: Mark Nichols, Ron Wall Series: 2-0 Qld Mens 50’s: NSW def Qld 3-0 Touchdowns NSW: Paul Healey, Colin Thomas, Peter Vincent Touchdowns Qld: – Series: 2-0 NSW Womens Open: NSW defeated 9-1 Touchdowns NSW: Melissa Pitfield (2), Natalie Conway, Bo De La Cruz, Rachael Holden, Kirsty Jenkins, Stephanie Sorrenson, Amanda Judd, Kristy Judd Touchdowns Qld: Kate Adams Series: 2-0 NSW Mens Open: NSW defeated Qld 7-6 Touchdowns NSW: Jamie Stowe, Jason Yee, Anthony Ziade, Jason Stanton, Dean Wilbow, Garry Sonda, Joel Willoughby Touchdowns Qld: Chris Farrow, Beaudene Currie, Craig Searston, Troy Clark, Gavin Shuker, Stephen Swan Series: 2-0 NSW INTERSTATE CHALLENGE SERIES: After Queensland’s less than brilliant start yesterday, only winning two of the thirteen round one games, they were out to take as many of the divisions as possible to a third and deciding match. In the Womens 30’s, the Mens 40’s and Mens 50’s NSW once again controlled the match, taking all three of those series’ to an unbeatable 2-1 lead. However, the Queenslanders were not about to let that trend continue. The Queensland Womens 20’s fought back from yesterday’s 3-2 loss, keeping their series alive with another 3-2 scoreline. This time though, it was Queensland who left the field cheering, winning in an exciting drop-off. The Womens 35’s also recorded a win to keep their series alive, Kay Lenitschek scoring twice to help them to a 3-1 victory. The Queensland Mens 30’s scored what many considered to be an upset, beating NSW 4-3 and taking their series to a deciding match. It was in the Mens 20’s that Queensland broke the NSW winning trend, taking an unbeatable series lead, with a 6-5 win. The young men provided 11 individual scorers in that match, highlighting the depth of talent in Australia’s youth. The Mens 45’s also provided excitement for the crowd, a win in the drop-off giving them the series win for their division. NSW’s Mens 35’s cruised to an unbeatable lead in their series, after three touchdowns by David McDonald gave them a comfortable 7-3 win. STATE OF ORIGIN SUMMARY: Their 2003 title defense and the 2004 title was on the line for the Queensland Mens and Womens Open sides in round two. The Queensland Women, were unfortunately, outclassed by the Blues from beginning to end. The 9-1 whitewash an excellent result for the NSW but slightly more than disappointing for the Queenslanders. Melissa Pitfield scored twice for NSW, but it was the depth of Australian representatives such as Bo De La Cruz, Rachael Holden, Kirsty Jenkins and the Judd sisters, that gave NSW the win. The Mens round two match promised excitement after the close match last night. Queensland took an early lead 2-0 before Joel Willoughby brought one back for the Blue. Desperate touches and great fingertip control provided great touch for the 2000 people that packed out the grandstand and surrounds of the Canterbury Velodrome. Jason Stanton was virtually unstoppable for NSW, assisting as well as scoring himself. When NSW scored again for a 7-4 lead it looked as though Queensland were out of chances. The sin-binning of Jamie Stowe and the following penalty touchdown brought the Queenslanders hope and after scoring again, the score was back to 7-6. While Queensland looked in with a shot at stealing the match and bringing the series to a deciding third match, they ran out of time. With one match in both the Mens and Womens still to play, NSW have claimed the 2004 State of Origin title. A well deserved win. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

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4-Star South Carolina Quarterback Commit Brandon McIlwain Weighing Football, Baseball Options After Spurrier Retirement

first_imgFour-star quarterback Brandon McIlwain looked like South Carolina’s quarterback of the future after making a good impression at the Elite 11 this summer, but with the abrupt retirement Steve Spurrier and his skyrocketing stock as a baseball prospect, he is rethinking his commitment. McIlwain received a visit from Penn State quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne on Wednesday.Just had a home visit with Coach @RickyRahne ! .#PSU pic.twitter.com/ZytwCXKD8G— Brandon McIlwain (@BFMcIlwainqb12) December 3, 2015His mother, Lena McIlwain, reveals more about his pending decisions in a recent Facebook post. McIlwain is still considering South Carolina, but needs to hear from whomever takes over for Spurrier first. He’s also being recruited by other programs, and has emerged as a top prospect in the MLB Draft. WCIV Sports Director Scott Eisberg shared her post on Twitter.Not a big recruiting guy-but these posts sent to us-USC QB commit Brandon McIlwain’s mom a former Channel 4 staffer. pic.twitter.com/Nqumnh4N3w— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) December 3, 2015lena mcilwain brandon psu coach lena mcilwain brandon future mlb Yesterday, McIlwain was ranked eighth in an ESPN list of the nation’s top prep and college baseball [email protected] is number 8 on ESPN’s list! pic.twitter.com/BI6K4JtqYh— RockNorthBaseball (@crnorthbaseball) December 1, 2015As a potential first round pick in the MLB, and a Top 10 quarterback recruit, McIlwain has some serious decisions to make, especially with uncertainty surrounding the South Carolina job. It is hard to blame him for whatever he choses.last_img read more

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Council Seeking to Reach More Jamaicans with Disabilities

first_img For further information on the JCPD, persons can contact 926-9374 or 968-8373, or visit any National Insurance Scheme (NIS) offices island-wide. The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is looking to reach more Jamaicans with disabilities so that the Government can adequately cater to their educational, economic, and social development. Through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Council will be seeking to locate and register more persons across the island. The aim is to create a reliable database “to be able to plan effectively as a government, people, and a nation, because it is important to know the number of persons living with disabilities, to be able to meet their needs,” says the organisation’s Executive Director, Christine Hendricks. The registration process, which gets underway in December, will involve two aspects – data gathering and a medical component, which will provide the Council with sufficient information for developmental planning. “The data gathering aspect will ensure that the various disability groups are represented, indicating the socio-economic status; and the medical aspect, will ensure that all the critical information, regarding the different disability groups, are represented on the medical form,” Miss Hendricks explains to JIS News. While the Council now caters to 12,000 disabled Jamaicans, Miss Hendricks feels that the number could be closer to 400,000 as many persons are unreported. “As a nation, if we are adhering to international standards, we are looking at 15 per cent of the population, which would make it closer to about 400,000 persons across the island with special needs,” she says.                                                  The JCPD, a programme of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, caters to Jamaicans with various challenges, such as visual and hearing impairments, intellectual disabilities, speech impediment, autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia, hemiplegia and multiple disabilities. It was instituted in 1973. Miss Hendricks tells JIS News that once persons are registered with the Council, then the body guarantees that throughout each stage of development, their individual needs are met. “What we have been doing is ensuring that whatever the individual come to us with, the appropriate assistance is tailored based on their needs,” Miss Hendricks informs. She explains that children, who are between ages eight to 17, are normally placed in the education system, and “we provide whatever school support is needed”. Educational scholarships are provided on an annual basis to those, who have transitioned to tertiary institutions. “When they reach adulthood, we try to ensure that there are employment and training opportunities available, through HEART Trust/NTA, and other facilities,” she tells JIS News. The Council also facilitates various grant-funded initiatives, where beneficiaries can embark on small, income generating projects if they are business-oriented, or they can apply for Economic Empowerment Grant (EEG) assistance. Miss Hendricks tells JIS News that persons with disabilities can also benefit from a National Housing Trust (NHT) initiative, where they can acquire houses at a low interest rate of two per cent. They are also provided with information regarding their sexual  and reproductive health, with various communication tools such as DVDS, comic books, and other training materials used in the education process.  “It was thought that persons with special needs didn’t have anything to do with sexual and reproductive health, and so much of the information in that area was not accessible to this sector of society. The JCPD has, however, seized the opportunity to provide such a programme, so they will be better equipped,” Miss Hendricks points out.   Other programmes offered by the Council include: a bus pass service, counselling, medical, and social assistance. Miss Hendricks tells JIS News that the Council is working to sensitise the public about the importance of being inclusive as a nation, so that persons with disability can feel like they are real participants in society. “What we want is an inclusive society where all the various programmes that exist include persons with disabilities, which involves access to information about job opportunities, economic and social benefits. We want persons with disabilities, who have the ability to reach their fullest potential, to be accepted within society, so that they can contribute to nation building,” she states. She says that the Council is aiming to do much more for persons with special needs, but notes that there are budgetary constraints hindering the process.  She is therefore urging the public to lend a helping hand by funding some of the training and public education programmes, providing technical support, job opportunities, and by volunteering.last_img read more

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Aeroplan loses partnership with Esso as it moves to Loblaws PC Optimum

first_img“The number of miles you earn on any particular transaction is pretty low so it’s really not financially a big deal,” she said in an interview.Drew McReynolds of RBC Dominion Securities said Esso accounts for an undisclosed fraction of the 10 to 12 per cent gross billings from non-financial and non-Air Canada partners. However, the minimal financial impact doesn’t convey the overall effect on Aeroplan as it prepares for the departure of Air Canada.“The optics of any accumulation partner defections between now and 2020 are negative in our view, making new Aeroplan partner announcements between now and 2020 that much more critical to stem changes in member behaviour,” he wrote in a report.Loblaw Imperial Oil announced Tuesday they have signed a deal that will allow PC Optimum members to earn points at more than 1,800 Esso gas stations starting this summer. The company said members will earn 10 points per litre on fuel as well as 10 points per dollar on eligible convenience store purchases and car wash services at Esso stations. Registered members may also receive targeted offers.The PC Optimum program was launched earlier this year when Loblaw brought together the PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum programs. The company faced some issues during the merger, with some members complaining online about troubles with the new app and points conversions. The PC Optimum program is already available at Mobil gas stations.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Aimia’s shares gained nearly four per cent at $1.60 in morning trading. MONTREAL, Q.C. — Aeroplan loyalty card members will not be able to directly earn miles at Esso gas stations effective June 1 as Imperial Oil Ltd. shifts its relationship to Loblaw Companies Ltd.The loyalty card program notified members of the change to its 14-year partnership in an email. It noted that 1.5 miles for every dollar spent will continue to be earned when using Aeroplan-affiliated credit cards for purchases at any retailer, including Esso. Direct miles will continue to be earned at more than 75 partner brands, including Home Hardware, Toyota, Costco.ca, Avis and Marriott hotels.Aimia, the operator of Aeroplan, said it is working on a promotion to earn more miles with existing partners and developing a strategy for how the program will change once the long-term partnership with Air Canada ends in 2020. Cheryl Kim, Aimia’s vice-president of corporate reputation and public affairs, said Esso is not a material contributor to Aimia’s financial results and won’t affect the company’s financial guidance or strategy.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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EC orders removal of 6 Central Force jawans posted as Arjun’s bodyguards

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission on Sunday ordered the removal of 6 Central Force jawans, who had been deputed as bodyguards of BJP candidate Arjun Singh, who is contesting the elections from Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency. The decision comes in the wake of the scuffle at Halishahar between Singh and the police.A TMC party office was ransacked at Halishahar on Sunday. Blaming BJP for the same, Trinamool leaders subsequently alleged that Singh was using the Central Force jawans to impose his will in the area. Meanwhile, on his way to attend a meeting with Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey at the District Magistrate’s office in Barasat, Singh said that he will conduct an ‘operation’ on May 6 when Barrackpore will go to polls. “I conduct various types of operation during every election. Tomorrow I will also conduct a new one as well,” Singh said, in an apparent jab at the Opposition. Additional CEO Sanjay Basu said that a report has been sought from the district election office on Singh’s statement. The Commission will examine the statement soon. Dinesh Trivedi, who is contesting from Barrackpore on TMC’s ticket, relied on the administration to counter any such ‘operation’ conducted by his rival. Trivedi also attended the meeting convened by the Special Police Observer. “The administration is there to take care of any ‘operation’ he (Singh) was talking about. I don’t want to comment on his statement,” Trivedi said.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 Volleyball wins Blue and White Classic improves to 120

Junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger spikes the ball during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team finished its non-conference schedule 12-0 after sweeping all three matches at the Blue and White Classic in Buffalo, N.Y., this weekend.The Buckeyes, off to their best start since Geoff Carlston became head coach in 2008, recorded back-to-back three set wins against Valparaiso and Buffalo Saturday after dominating Maryland Eastern Shore (25-6, 25-10, 25-9) Friday.OSU clinched the tournament title against host Buffalo in the team’s final non-conference match (25-13, 25-14, 25-16).Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led all players with 17 kills against the Bulls while freshman outside hitter Kylie Randall had 11 kills and three errors. Senior libero Davionna DiSalvatore and senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo had 11 and 10 digs respectively.The Buckeyes finished the match with a .365 attacking percentage while Buffalo had a .000 mark (24 kills, 24 errors).Earlier in the day, the Buckeyes played the closest of their three matches in the tournament against Valparaiso. The Buckeyes fought a long first set, winning 29-27, before finishing off the final two sets 25-20 and 25-17.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary posted a match-high 18 kills, freshman right side hitter Taylor Sandbothe tallied 14 and junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger finished with 11. Junior setter Taylor Sherwin put up 44 assists and DiSalvatore posted 15 digs.The Buckeyes did not allow double digit kills to a single Valparaiso player but did finish the match with 21 hitting errors, compared to 17 for their opponents.Against UMES, Sandbothe led the way with nine kills on 14 attempts, for an attacking percentage of .643. Sekinger finished the match with eight kills and Sherwin had a match-high 23 assists.Freshman setter Maggie Heim, who coach Carlston said had been nursing a hamstring injury, made her collegiate debut in the match, finishing with 12 assists on 15 attempts.As a team, Ohio State finished with 38 kills compared to only 11 for UMES.Sherwin has been named tournament MVP twice this season, but it was Leary’s turn to pick up the honor in Buffalo. Sekinger and Sanbothe both joined her as all-tournament selections.Ohio State is scheduled to kick off Big Ten play Friday as No. 10 Michigan (10-1) travels to Columbus. The rivals are set to square off at 8 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more

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