LORD NELSON OVERCOMES RAIL TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES BY A NECK UNDER BEJARANO; BAFFERT TRAINEE GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:22.15

first_img–30– HEAVILY FAVORED TEXAS RED RALLIES FROM LAST TO RUN BIG SECOND DESPITE SLOW PACE ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2015)–Deftly handled by Rafael Bejarano, Lord Nelson sat a close fourth with a quarter mile to run and surged late for a neck victory in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes for Derby hopefuls at seven furlongs. Conditioned by Bob Baffert, Lord Nelson got the distance in 1:22.15.Heavily favored Texas Red, who hadn’t run since winning the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Nov. 1, was last in a field of six turning for home behind pedestrian splits of 23.08, 45.98 and 1:09.92, split horses two off the rail inside the furlong pole and just missed in a big effort.Breaking from the rail, Bejarano bided his time around the far turn behind a three-horse spread consisting of Serbian Syclone, Jazzy Josh and Sir Samson. Turning for home, Bejarano swung four-wide and overhauled “Red” right on the money.“I had a perfect trip,” said Bejarano. “he broke a little slow but then he took off and I was able to find a position right away. I knew (Serbian Syclone, Jazzy Josh and Sir Samson) were going to have speed so I let them go and tried to save ground around the turn.“I let him go once we were clear…Texas Red was the horse to beat and I was waiting for him. When he came to us I let him go and my horse took off again.”The second choice in the wagering at 9-5, Lord Nelson paid $5.80, $2.60 and $2.20.A Kentucky-bred colt by Pulpit out of the Seeking the Gold mare African Jade, Lord Nelson notched his third win from five starts for his owners, the Peachtree Stable. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $249,571.“I was concerned about the one hole, but they were going easy and he was behind them,” said Baffert. “(Bejarano) had him going nice and easy and he went wide and looked like he was sort of hanging. I saw Desormeaux’s horse (Texas Red) coming up the rail and I thought, ‘Well, he’s (Lord Nelson) gone.’ But he sort of kicked back in. Coming up to this race he was training really well, but sometimes they’ll do that and won’t run. But he ran like he’s been working.”Trained by Keith Desormeaux and off at 3-5, Texas Red finished three quarters of a length in front of Sir Samson and paid $2.20 and $2.10.“It’s a little disappointing, you know, ’cause it’s so close to winning, but the long-term goal (Kentucky Derby) is well within reach,” said Desormeaux, who purchased the chestnut son of Afleet Alex on behalf of his owners for $17,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. “The pace was slow. They go faster for maiden 30s ($30,000), so you’d have seen a more visible cut if the pace was quicker. Still to do what he did, you can’t be disappointed.“Right now…he’s probably going to go to the Risen Star (Grade II, 1 1/16 miles at Fair Grounds, New Orleans on Feb. 21), and then we’ll come back for the Santa Anita Derby on April 4.”Sir Samson, who was ridden by Joe Talamo, was off at 23-1 and finished third, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Bench Warrant and Tyler Baze. Sir Samson paid $3.40 to show.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

TRAINER MIKE MITCHELL SUCCUMBS TO BRAIN CANCER AT AGE 66, AFFABLE CONDITIONER RANKS AMONG ALL-TIME WINNINGEST TRAINERS IN CALIFORNIA

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Apr. 15, 2015)–Trainer Mike Mitchell, an iconic and dominant figure on the Southern California racing landscape for nearly 40 years, passed away Tuesday, at his home in Monrovia following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66.Born April 25, 1948 in Bakersfield and the son of a trainer, Earl Mitchell, Mike Mitchell worked for legendary trainers Farrell Jones and Willard Proctor prior to taking out his first trainer’s license in 1974. Married in 1982 to the former Denise Weaver, Mitchell is survived by his wife and their two daughters, McCall (Rounsefell) and Shea (Leparoux).Known primarily as a wizard at the claim box, Mitchell had a finely tuned ability to analyze the way races would be run and the ability to communicate pertinent pre-race information to those in his employ.“The thing about Mike that I loved about him, was he had so much faith in himself, so much confidence,” said retired Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. “He was one of my biggest supporters and we had a lot of success together. He knew his horses and every time he told me a horse was doing well, they ran that way. When I rode for Mike, he never gave me instructions and when I rode for him, I had a lot of confidence. He was a great trainer with claiming horses and with stakes horses. He was one of the best I ever rode for.”Santa Anita’s leading Winter Meet trainer in 1992-93, and again in 2007-08, he handed his stable over to his longtime assistant, Phil D’Amato on April 21, 2014 and retired due to his illness as Santa Anita’s fifth all-time leading trainer with 659 wins, behind only Bobby Frankel, Charlie Whittingham, Bob Baffert and Ron McAnally.Mitchell’s first Santa Anita stakes winner was Johnny’s Image, who won the 1978 Santa Catalina Stakes (now run as the Robert B. Lewis), and he saddled a total of 20 overall stakes winners at The Great Race Place, his final added money Santa Anita win coming with Egg Drop in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes in 2013.“Mike was a very aggressive guy when it came to where he was placing his horses,” said veteran jockey agent, Scotty McClellan, who represented several top riders during Mitchell’s career, including Darrell McHargue, Chris McCarron, Alex Solis, Corey Nakatani and Joe Talamo. “He always ran them in live spots. There were a lot of times a horse would run good and I’d be looking for a race for $40,000 (claiming), and he’s looking for a race for 25 or 32 (thousand). He did phenomenal with his claims over the years and if he said he had a runner, believe me, it was a runner.”McClellan also touched upon the kind of person Mitchell was.“As competitive as he was, Mike loved to laugh,” he said. “He just loved to laugh and hear new jokes–and play practical jokes. He was a great trainer and a great person as well–One of the best I’ve ever been around.”Mitchell, who won his first race at Bay Meadows in 1974, won 21 overall training titles in Southern California. In addition to his two Santa Anita Winter Meet titles, he won four training titles at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree Meeting; in 1983, 1995, 1996 and 2004. He also took seven overall Hollywood Park titles that included the 1982, 1985, 1993 and 1997 Spring/Summer Meets, and Hollywood Park Fall Meets in 1983, 1996 and 2011.Del Mar’s all-time leading trainer with 476 seaside wins, Mitchell won seven Del Mar titles; 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1995, 1996 and 2011. He was also leading trainer at Fairplex Park in 2008.“I haven’t seen too many guys that were ever better with a condition book than Mike,” said TVG’s Kurt Hoover. “He knew where to place his horses and when to run ’em. In addition to that, I’ve known several people that had great success with Mike as their trainer, but they all say that along with racing success, the fun they had with both Mike and Denise was just as important.“On top of all of his professional achievements is the fact that he had a great family. You could see that they all genuinely enjoyed being together. He was just an all-around good man.”Although known (and feared) as one of the top claiming trainers of all-time, Mitchell also developed a number of stakes winners, including the top sprinter Kela, who provided him with his first Grade I win, in the 2004 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar.His greatest stakes success came late in his career with Irish-bred Obviously, who won five graded stakes, including the Grade I Shoemaker Mile, between August, 2012 and August, 2013. Obviously also finished third for Mitchell, behind eventual Horse of the Year Wise Dan, in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.In addition to his wife and two daughters, Mitchell is survived by a twin sister, Cheryl, and brothers Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey. Funeral services are pending. A SIX-TIME LEADER AT SANTA ANITA & OAK TREE, MITCHELL WON 21 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRAINING TITLES & SADDLED A TOTAL OF 20 OVERALL STAKES WINNERS AT THE GREAT RACE PLACElast_img read more

Portable plant makes fuel from waste

first_imgThe waste recycling plant fits into a standardcontainer and is completely portable. Entirely locally designed and developed, theBeauTi-Fuel project looks set to empowersmall communities to become more self-suffucient in terms of energy production. (Images: Comps) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Diane Hildebrandt  Director, Comps  +27 11 717 7557 RELATED ARTICLES • Waste drive reaps rewards • Plastic recycling major job spinner • Makana: a beeline for success • IDC fund helps companies go green • SA becoming a renewable energy hubWilma den HartighScientists from Wits University’s Centre of Materials and Process Synthesis (Comps) and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), have developed new technology that can produce liquid fuel, electricity, waxes and paraffin from agricultural and solid municipal waste.The modular unit, known as the BeauTi-FueL project, was developed by an all-South African team and has a negative carbon footprint.The R5-million (US$590 000) pilot plant will be showcased at the COP17 climate change conference in Durban next week.How it works Dr Michaela Vrey from Comps explains that the development team modified existing technology to process a solid waste feedstock. The unit was designed with a focus on smaller communities with lower energy and fuel consumption requirements. The process allows solid material with a carbon content to be converted using plasma gasification technology, supplied by Necsa. Plasma technology is used in the treatment of nuclear waste. According to how stuff works, a plasma waste converter applies a plasma torch to waste. A plasma torch uses gas and powerful electrodes to create plasma (ionised gas).When molecules are exposed to intense energy, such as the heat generated by a plasma torch, the molecular bonds holding them together break down in a process called molecular dissociation.Dr Jaco van der Walt, a plasma scientist from Necsa, explains that the plasma gasifier provides superior conversion efficiency.“The ease with which the process gas could be manipulated to optimise fuel production, combined with the resultant fuel gas generating electricity, renders this a sought-after system for anyone who generates waste,” van der Walt said in a statement.According to Prof Diane Hildebrandt, co-director of Comps, the plant can turn one ton of biomass into one barrel of diesel and 0.5 megawatt hours of electricity per day.A full-scale plant can treat 91 000 tons of municipal waste per annum. This can produce enough electricity for 10 000 homes and enough heat for about 700 homes.Self-sufficient communities The main goal of the plant is to empower small communities to become more self-sufficient in terms of energy, without compromising potential food sources.Hildebrandt says that the project has the potential to create jobs when implemented.Readily available waste products, previously of no value to local communities, can now be used to earn an income.People will be needed to grow the agricultural material, collect and sort municipal solid waste and supply fuel and electricity to small municipalities, rural areas and small farming areas.Vrey says one of the plant’s most useful applications would be in the farming industry. “Farmers produce a lot of waste in their operations and they also need a lot of electricity and fuel to sustain their operations,” she says.The other major benefit of the unit is its portability. The plant is small enough to fit into a standard 40 ft (approximately 12 metres) container, on the back of a truck.It can easily be transported to different sites in rural and agricultural communities, thereby reducing transport costs and the logistical hassle of transporting waste to a central processing site.The plant is also easy to operate. Vrey says that one of the main considerations was to develop a user-friendly plant that requires limited technical knowledge to operate.“We didn’t want a high-tech product that can only be operated by an engineer,” she says. Hildebrandt says in the long term, they hope to use the clean carbon dioxide produced by the process to grow algae that could be harvested and fed back to the plant, or used to feed fish. She says that this would be labour intensive and could create more employment.A solution for waste Vrey says the new technology can make a major contribution to reducing waste in South Africa.“South Africa has a huge waste problem and landfills are filling up. Such technology presents a solution,” she says.Recycling waste relieves pressure on over-stretched landfill sites, but recycling alone is not a solution to the challenge.Finding a commercial partner Vrey says that the next step is to find a commercial partner for the project.“We are also looking for orders from people who want to use the technology,” she says.A functional prototype will be built by mid-2012 and will be showcased at different public events around the country. During this period, the technology will be refined and the facility will be demonstrated to potential clients.last_img read more

BuildingEnergy: The Best Little Conference in the Northeast

first_imgThe official theme of this year’s NESEA conference was “Real Solutions, Real Experts.” But that’s kind of a cop-out. NESEA’s conference is always filled with experts and solutions every year. The unofficial theme, it seemed to me, was “How Deep is Your Deep Energy Retrofit?”A keynote address from deep in the energy trenchMarc Rosenbaum (“I are an engineer”) wove his keynote address from peak oil to deep energy retrofits with a side trip to whether or not LEED-certified buildings use more energy than code-compliant buildings (a commentary on the conference’s public forum ).Deep energy retrofits are the most important part of the housing sector because of the number of existing houses compared to the number that are being built (there are about 160 million existing houses, about 60 million of which were built before the energy embargo of ’73 — meaning that they’re really leaky). Despite what the lobbyist group for commercial real estate developers claims , Marc and many of the NESEA attendees are proving that super-efficient buildings are old news — they’re possible, affordable, and easy to accomplish.Marc then took us on a tour of a few deep energy retrofits that his company, EnergySmiths has been working on. The slide show of his presentation is here if you want to have a peek at some of the projects.What Would Mother Nature Do?After the keynote, I headed off to the hour-and-a-half sessions: First stop, Ecological Sensibility in Home Building (with a healthy dose of biomimicry thrown in). The presenter, Kevin Stack , is a builder in upstate New York who does many things right. Kevin focused most of the presentation on new construction, but much of his emphasis was on site work, which most ecologists would qualify as retrofit work.Among one of the more interesting tidbits of Kevin’s talk was using exterior Velcro (the design for which came from nature) to attach siding. There are no nails to penetrate the sheathing, and it’s a built-in rain screen. The Velcro, Kevin said, would delaminate plywood and pull the foil facing off polyisocyanurate foam board before the adhesive pulled off. He’s only two years into this test, so it’s still early, but “so far, so good,” he reports. Look for Kevin and his houses to be appearing in GreenBuildingAdvisor.com sometime soon.What Would Dr. John Do?Next up was John Straube ’s “What Would I Do?” session. Dr. Straube took us on a journey of his (and his gal Victoria’s) deep energy retrofit of a bungalow (which looked suspiciously like a ranch to me) in Toronto. One tip from Dr. Straube: Buy an ugly house that has bad siding. Why? Because it’s easiest to do energy retrofits from the outside, and it’s easy to justify tearing off bad, ugly siding. According to Straube, a simple shape is better because it’s easiest to keep the air, thermal, and water barriers continuous.John used a modified Larsen truss to thicken the outside walls so that he could spray five or six inches of foam on them. He drove gutter spikes through a 2×2, used a three-inch scrap of PVC pipe as a standoff, and then drove the gutter spike/2×2 into the walls. A pretty quick, cheap, and elegant solution. He kept the vented roof and flat ceiling, making sure to seal all the leaks between house and attic with a Froth-Pak before filling the attic with cellulose. Let me repeat that: filling the attic with cellulose (except for the vent channels, that is). His reasoning? Cellulose is cheap, and the majority of the cost is getting the guy into the truck and out to the house. A few extra minutes and a few extra bags of insulation only cost a few extra bucks.As for R-values, John quit counting after R-60. The basement was detailed like all Building Science Corp. basements — rigid foam and a thin concrete slab on the floor, spray foam on the walls followed by a stud wall and drywall. Dr. Straube’s presentation“Don’t Do What Paul Eldrenkamp Did”The last session of the day before my long drive home was a tag-team session with Paul Eldrenkamp of Byggmeister Construction and Mark Rosenbaum of EnergySmiths. I already talked about Marc (let’s just say he had microphone troubles again), so I’ll stick to Paul. Paul presented a series of stories and lessons learned in the deep energy retrofit arena.The lessons:1. Deep energy retrofits aren’t always about insulation.They’re also about how people who live in houses use energy.2. You have one chance to get the envelope right every 30 or 40 years. Don’t blow it.The easiest way to tighten the envelope is from the outside: Replace the siding, add foam, tighten, and replace windows. It’s now or never.3. Every now and then, stop and think about whether you’re doing the right thing as a builder. Consider the types of projects that you do and don’t do. Paul decided to focus on deep energy remodels and lost a million-dollar contract because the potential customers weren’t interested in using less energy. It was hard to lose the job, but it was the right thing for his company to do.4. Much of our nation’s climate policy is being determined by the sales skills of remodeling contractors. Related to the above lesson. Most deep energy retrofits aren’t economically justifiable until the energy costs are real and they reflect the true cost of consuming. Remodelers that can succinctly explain to customers the real costs and benefits of energy-efficient houses can help us out of our energy quandary faster than Congress can. Hint: Payback doesn’t reflect future energy cost increases or better health.5. Don’t be unduly scared of people named Joe.6. Don’t install interior finishes until after the blower door test. Don’t assume that foam insulation is foolproof; experiment responsibly, and monitor for durability.All in all, the best little conference out there. I go every year because the people at this conference know the answers to the big questions and are enthusiastic about digging in. Some other conferences are full of people who complain about having to change and look for ways to drag their feet.last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp: We don’t have fringe players here

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: We don’t have fringe players hereby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he has no fringe players in his squad.It’s a busy period for the European champions who will have played seven times between September 14 and October 5 before breaking off an international round of fixtures. Klopp, though, isn’t bemoaning a hectic fixture list.He told the Liverpool Echo: “We don’t have fringe players here, we only have first team players and a few young guns. We now play a lot Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, so we will have to see about [changes].”We don’t just play a lot of football we travel a lot, but you know that. Every team has to do that, we don’t go for excuses. Other teams have difficult situations, as well, it is like that.”You want to play Champions League, desperately and then it starts, you don’t say ‘oh my God, look at all these games’ that makes no sense. It is good.”The cup competitions are really nice and I am sure it will be a tough game against MK Dons because they are obviously pretty good as well. It will be interesting. We live for that so we should use these opportunities.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

BJP will get unprecedented mandate in Maha polls Fadnavis

first_imgPune: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday expressed confidence that the BJP will come back to power in the state with an “unprecedented” mandate after the upcoming Assembly polls. Fadnavis said his ongoing ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra’ has so far covered over 3,000 km and reached out to over 100 constituencies (out of the total 288) in the state. “Wherever we go, the yatra is being welcomed by people and getting a huge response. Looking at the people’s support, we are sure that we will get an unprecedented victory in the Assembly polls,” he told reporters here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Fadnavis on Saturday visited some tehsils in Pune as part of the third leg of his mass outreach campaign. Taking a swipe at NCP workers’ protest in Baramati town here against his yatra, Fadnavis wondered if Article 370 (that earlier granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir but was recently abrogated) was imposed in Sharad Pawar’s bastion so as to not allow any other party to hold a rally there. His remarks came when reporters asked him about some NCP workers’ allegation that police used lathi-charge when they shouted slogans during Fadnavis’ mass outreach campaign in Baramati on Saturday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The police earlier denied that lathi-charge was used. “My first question about the protest was how many people (NCP workers) were there…there were only seven people, and is there any need for police to resort to lathi- charge for seven people?” Fadnavis asked. When the police chased them, they ran away, he said. “I would like to ask them, will it be okay if our party workers create ruckus in public meetings held by Sharad Pawar…is it the way?” he said. He asked if there was a rule that nobody from other parties should hold a public rally in Baramati. “Is there an Article 370 imposed in Baramati or is Baramati separate from Maharashtra?” he quipped. Fadnavis said if the opposition parties come to BJP’s strongholds for public meetings, his party would help them. “What is the problem…ultimately we live in a democracy, and in a democratic system, everybody has the right to hold public meeting, but what kind of a way it is that the chief minister should not enter their (NCP) town and hold a meeting?” he asked. Asked about the alleged multi-crore irrigation in which NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar’s name has cropped up, he said the case was in the last phase as its final hearing was underway in the Bombay High Court. “Whatever proofs and reports we have, we are submitting them in the court in the form of affidavits…all the things before the high court are crystal clear,” he said. On some NCP leaders saying that Sharad Pawar had to face problems because of Udayanraje Bhosale, the party MP who joined the BJP on Saturday, Fadnavis said it now appears to be a case of “sour grapes”. “When Bhosale was in the party, the NCP projected him and sought votes. When their ‘Shiv Swarajya’ yatra (a pre-poll mass contact programme) was announced, the NCP wanted that he should lead it and an announcement was made about it,”he said. “Now (that) he has left, he has become bad…I think people of Maharashtra will give a reply to the NCP in the elections,” the chief minister said. Bhosale, a descendant of warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, on Saturday quit his Lok Sabha membership from Satara to join the ruling BJP. Fadnavis expressed confidence that Bhosale will win the by-election from Satara with a huge margin. Talking about his agenda for next five years if his party comes back to power, Fadnavis said in the last five years, his government’s thrust was on watershed management. “In the next five years, our focus will be on making the state drought-free by diverting excess rainwater to scarcity-hit and rain-deficit districts,” he added.last_img read more

Three kids charred to death after transformer explodes

first_imgGreater Noida: Three children were charred to death in a fire triggered by a blast in an electronic transformer in sector phi-III of Greater Noida on Wednesday afternoon. Victim’s family members alleged laxity on part of the electricity department as they made several complaints regarding malfunctioning of the transformer but no one responded.According to police, the deceased were identified as Rinku (13), Golu (8) and Sagar (8), all natives of sector phi-III in Greater Noida. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAs per reports, the incident occurred around 3:00 pm when the children were playing cricket near the transformer. “They were playing cricket at the road near transformer room and entered the room fetch their cricket ball. However, the transformer exploded and all the three children failed to escape the room and were charred in the fire,” an eyewitness said. Meanwhile, the family members have alleged that the transformer has been installed in a room situated at a boundary walled plot but the gates always remained open. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”We have made several complaints to the electricity department about malfunctioning of this particular transformer but no one ever paid heed to them. Moreover, no attendant was ever appointed in the transformer room while the gates of the plot and shutter of room, where transformer was placed, remained open always,” said one of victim’s family members. Police officials said that they will lodge an FIR into the matter and will investigate. “Police were informed around 4 pm and a team rushed to the spot. We found that the three children were completely charred in the fire triggered by an explosion in electricity transformer. The bodies have been sent for the post-mortem while samples have been collected by forensic team. We will register an FIR into the case and will investigate the matter,” said Shwetabh Pandey, Circle officer-I, Greater Noida. The parents of these deceased kids were working at construction sites. The transformer was placed at the sub station of Noida Power Company limited (NPCL). Following the incident, senior police officials along with officials from NPCL reached the spot. A compensation of Rs 5 lakh was announced for the family members of all three children by NPCL board, said Shwetabh Pandey.last_img read more

Heavy rains, flooding in western Afghanistan kill 7 people

first_imgKabul: An Afghan official says at least seven people have been killed as heavy rains and flooding swept through the country’s western Herat province. Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan this winter had cut off many areas, raising fears of severe floods in the spring. So far this year, 63 people have died as heavy rains and flooding swept away their homes. Said Hamid Mubarez, the federal disaster and humanitarian director in Herat, says the flash floods on Thursday evening swept away eight people riding in two cars in the district of Karukh. Seven died while one survivor was injured. In March, seven people, including five children, died elsewhere in Herat as a result of flooding. Hundreds of homes have been damaged and hundreds of cattle killed.last_img read more

Moroccan official recommends grating basic healthcare to sex workers

first_imgCasablanca- The Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) released yesterday the results of a study on the Moroccan healthcare sector. Ostensibly, the results are far from being comforting. The study sheds light on the “deteriorating” health of mothers and children. “50% of newborns from teen mothers risk death,” Hakima Himmich, CESE said according to the Moroccan daily Akhabr Al Youm.The Council described RAMED (the Medical Assistance Plan) as “a failure,” for it does not benefit certain social groups including the homeless and sex workers. The head of the Council, Nizar Baraka, recommends that the government to abolish the marriage of minors and confer RAMED to sex workers.According to the same study, 50,000 teenagers gave birth in 2012. Faced with this alarming situation, the CESE “recommends that the government ban Article 20 of the Mudawana, which grants judges the legitimacy to authorize the marriage of minors.”For its part, daily Al Khabar pinpoints the weaknesses of Morocco’s health sector, among which is the lack of nursing staff. The newspaper also notes that 143 health centers have been closed “due to lack of medical expertise.” For daily Assabah, “the health sector is at an impasse.” According to the same source, the main reasons are “the inability to train enough doctors and nurses, the budget shortage and the emigration of doctors and nurses, especially to Europe.”As to the private sector, the CESE notes “a steady progress.” The sector encompasses nearly 50% of physicians, 90% of pharmacists and dentists and nearly 10% of paramedics. However, cities are where this sector is predominantly present.CESE’s study on the health sector in Morocco rings alarm bells in the kingdom. Its publication comes at a critical phase in Benkirane’s freshly reshuffled government. The Executive has been subject to harsh criticism for “his unstudied measures and lack of vision concerning the management of social projects.The results unveiled by CESE shook the dust off a vital sector that is on the edge of oblivion in Morocco. The results have now been imputed on the government’s current strategies and plans in the realm of healthcare, which seemingly hasten its deterioration rather than decelerate it.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributelast_img read more

Morocco should be selective in attracting FDI, EIB representative

first_imgCasablanca – Morocco should be selective in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), by analyzing the socio-economic benefits and the technology transfer, said Thursday in Casablanca, Henry Marty- Gauquié, representative of the European investment Bank (EIB). Speaking at the 1st Economic Forum organized by the Circle of Economists, Marty-Gauquié called on Morocco to be selective in attracting FDI, to invest in the education system, and to urgently reform the pensions fund.“Morocco has valued its comparative advantages and its strategic position,” said Marty-Gauquié, noting that the Kingdom understood early on the need to implement governance and social reforms. The EIB representative noted that these reforms have led to political stability, continued growth, and high-level trade and political relations with the European Union.last_img read more