Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Moroccan News Briefs

H.M. the King pardons 346 prisoners

Rabat - H.M. King Mohammed VI has pardoned 346 people on the occasion of the 56th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People, celebrated on August 20, said the Moroccan Justice Ministry.
Royal pardon is customary in the North African kingdom to mark national and religious holidays.
One inmate benefited from the pardon over his remaining prison term, while 177 others had their prison term reduced. 51 were granted pardon over their prison sentences, and another 15 will walk free, with their fines maintained, the ministry said in a statement.
Nine prisoners had their imprisonment terms and fines annulled, and 93 others had their fines suspended.

Morocco back to GMT today - Aug. 20

Time to adjust you chronometers, folks! Morocco will get back to the GMT on August 20 at midnight, the Ministry of Public Sectors Modernisation has announced.

Don't forget to change your clocks!

On June 1, the kingdom adopted the daylight saving time with the aim of saving energy by 1%, and reducing the time difference between the country and its regional and international economic partners.

Last year Morocco adopted the daylight saving time, which was a successful experience in terms of energy saving.

Morocco succeeds delicate cornea transplantations

In good news on the medical front, eleven successful cornea transplantation operations were performed in Morocco through contributions by France's tissue bank and by the Moroccan health Ministry, which backs such scientific endeavours.

These breakthrough operations were carried out in the university hospitals of Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakesh and Fez. These grafts helped improve the health and living conditions of patients who benefited from such initiatives.

These advanced surgical operations, which enabled patients suffering from corneal and other eye diseases to regain sight, opened promising perspectives for more transplants using imported cornea pending vulgarisation of these grafts from Moroccan organ donors.

A cornea transplant replaces damaged tissue on the eye's clear surface with healthy corneal tissue. An unhealthy cornea affects vision by scattering or distorting light and causing blurry or glary vision.

Swine Flu cases in Morocco up to yesterday (Aug. 19)

Eight new cases of the Swine Flu (A/H1N1) were confirmed in Morocco between August 17-19, taking the number of confirmed cases in the North African country to 92, the Health Ministry reported on Wednesday.

The eight Moroccans, coming from abroad, were admitted to hospitals in Rabat and Casablanca, the ministry said in a statement.

The statement said 87 patients have left hospitals after having received treatment and fully recovered.

Spanish consortium to provide e-management of Morocco's ports

A Spanish consortium will provide the electronic management of Morocco's ports for 4 million Euros, the Spanish business website reported on Wednesday.

The consortium is made up of Indra Sistemas S.A. and Portel Servicios Telematicos S.A, in conjunction with the Port Authority of Barcelona.

Morocco's Ports Authority awarded to the consortium the design and setting up of the electronic platform of Morocco’s ports for 4 million Euros, Group Indra said in a statement published Wednesday on the website

"In addition to the setting up of the e-system, the project also includes all support and exploitation services of the platform PortNet during 24 months," said Indra, a Spanish firm specialising in information technology and airport management systems.

Four Moroccan films in Arab Film Festival of Fameck

Four Moroccan films will be screened in the 20th Arab Film Festival of Fameck, northeast of France, due over October 7-18.

The films are: "Hijab Al Hob", produced by Aziz Salmy, "Casanegra" (Noureddine Lakhmari), "Tu te souviens d'Adil" (Mohamed Zineddaine) and "Number one" by Zakia Tahri.

The festival is recognized around the world for bringing cinematic voices from the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas. It seeks to make the Arab countries’ culture known, mainly through their cinema as well as through conferences, exhibitions and shows.

Since its inception, the festival has featured 420 films, and has become a renowned cultural venue that reflects the wealth of Arab countries and writers in France in the area of filmmaking.
Besides Morocco, many Arab countries participate in the festival, including Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

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