Architects behind rebuilding of Quebec FN community honoured

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe architects responsible for helping rebuild a Quebec First Nation have won the Governor General’s Medal for architecture.Emergency Architects Canada is rebuilding the Anishinabe community of Kitcisakik located about 350 kilometres north of Montreal.APTN National News visited the community last November and reporter Danielle Rochette offers a look back.last_img

Soldier shot in Ottawa Parliament Hill in lockdown

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA – A man believed to be a soldier has been shot in Ottawa Wednesday at the War Memorial and the shooter is believed to have ran to Parliament Hill where reports of gun shots were heard inside centre block.The War Memorial, a few hundred metres from Parliament, is guarded by two soliders daily. It’s believed to be one of those soldiers who was shot.Construction worker Scott Walsh, 21, was in a ‎manhole in front of Parliament Hill when he heard the shots. When he came out he saw a man with a double-barreled shotgun run past and hijack what is believed to be a security vehicle on Parliament Hill and head towards Centre Block.Walsh said he hit the ground and described the man as sort of dark skinned with long black hair with a scarf around his face.After the shooting, the gunman reportedly ran towards Parliament.Inside centre block, MPs and parliament hill staff are describing a chaotic scene. Newfoundland MP Gerry Byrne says he heard nearly a dozen shots fired inside centre block which houses MPs offices, the Senate and the House of Commons.Police and soldiers have parliament hill surrounded as the search continues. It believed police are now focussing on the east block.More to come.last_img read more

TsleilWaututh Nation vows to stop Trans Mountain pipeline despite Trudeau government approval

first_imgAPTN National NewsA British Columbia First Nation facing a potential sevenfold increase in tanker traffic on its doorstep as a result of the Justin Trudeau government’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is vowing to ensure the project will never reach completion.A spokesperson for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation said in a statement the Trudeau government’s announcement Tuesday it had approved Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion was a “big mistake” and would face a court challenge. “Their permits are illegitimate, I believe they will be thrown out in court. This is just the beginning of another phase of this conversation,” said Tsleil-Waututh spokesperson Charlene Aleck. “This issue is as black and white as the killer whales they endanger. This is about our survival and the protection of our home, this inlet and the planet. They are making a big mistake, we will not allow this pipeline to be built.”Leaders from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation travelled to Ottawa this week to again voice their opposition to the project which will increase tanker traffic through the Burrard Inlet on their doorstep from about 30 to 70 oil tankers a year to about 360 a year.Tsleil-Waututh Nation Chief Maureen Thomas at a press conference in Ottawa Monday.Trudeau said Tuesday during a press conference in Ottawa his government approved the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, but rejected Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project, which would also have moved bitumen from Alberta to the B.C. coast.Trudeau also announced his government approved Enbridge’s $7.5 billion Line 3 pipeline replacement project which will run from Hardisty, Alta., through Neche, ND, to Superior, Wis.The prime minister said his government would soon be introducing legislation to make permanent a moratorium on oil tanker traffic through British Columbia’s northern coast.Once completed, the $.6.8 billion Trans Mountain expansion pipeline project will increase the capacity of existing infrastructure to 890,000 barrels per day, up from 300,000 bpd.  The 1,150 kilometre pipeline expansion would run from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., where it would pump Alberta-mined bitumen and synthetic product onto tankers which would sail through Tsleil-Waututh Nation waters for Asian markets.Trudeau said the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will need to meet 157 conditions outlined by the National Energy Board before it begins operation. The prime minister said 39 Indigenous communities have signed onto the Kinder Morgan project, which faces stiff opposition from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation on the coast and is listed as one of the pipelines opposed by a cross-country Indigenous treaty alliance which has about 100 signatories.Trudeau said Alberta’s climate change plan, coupled with his government’s improvements to marine safety, allowed his government to approve the pipeline project.“We know there are people who feel very strongly on either side of this decision,” said Trudeau. “There will be people upset. The fact is the decision we took today is in the best interest of Canada, the best interest of Canadians.”TsuuT’ina Chief Roy Whitney (left) and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after naming ceremony earlier this year. Brandi Morin/PhotoAlberta Premier Rachel Notley welcomed Trudeau’s announcement on the Kinder Morgan pipeline.“Our province has been brutally slammed by the collapse in commodity prices. It has been a long, dark night for the people of Alberta as a result,” said Notley, in a statement. “Today we are finally seeing some morning light. We are getting a chance to break our land lock. We’re getting a chance to sell to China and other markets at better prices.”Trudeau said Canada needs new pipelines to transport the expected increased production from Alberta’s bitumen fields. He said pipelines are the safest way to transport bitumen to world markets.“Oil sands production will increase,” said Trudeau. “More oil will be transported by rail in the coming years if we don’t build pipelines.”Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the Canadian government met its duty to consult with Indigenous communities on the Trans Mountain project.“There was an enormous amount of work that went into the consultation with Indigenous people with respect to the Kinder Morgan project,” said Wilson-Raybould. “We engaged with many Indigenous peoples, we certainly, as a result of those consultations, entered into significant accommodation agreements and recognize the substantive nature of those agreements.”The accommodation agreements with Indigenous communities are worth about $300 million, said Trudeau.Wilson-Raybould said Indigenous communities will have representatives on boards overseeing Kinder Morgan’s implementation of the NEB’s 157 conditions for the project. Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose criticized the Trudeau government for ending the Northern Gateway pipeline and said the Trans Mountain project “will never be built.”NDP leader Thomas Mulcair said the Trudeau Liberals “betrayed” British Columbia by approving the Kinder Morgan project.Other First Nations in B.C. praised the Trudeau government’s decision to finally kill Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline project and make permanent a moratorium on tanker traffic along the province’s northern coast.“We’re jubilant to see this final nail in the coffin to Enbridge Northern Gateway. Coastal First Nations have been calling for this decision since 2011. It’s a huge victory for us and for all coastal communities that depend on our coastal marine resources,” said Coastal First Nations board chair Patrick Kelly. “Nobody knows better than First Nations the risks posed by crude oil transport at sea and the damage oil spills can wreak on our cultures, economies and ways of life.”The Coastal First Nations is an alliance of First Nations that includes the Wuikinuxv Nation, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nuxalk, Gitga’at, Metlakatla, Old Massett, Skidegate, and Council of the Haida Nation.The anti-pipeline Indigenous treaty alliance held a signing ceremony in Manitoba Tuesday. It is also targeting Enbridge’s Line 3 expansion.In the run up to Trans Mountain decision, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr appointed a three-person panel to review the project. The panel report questioned whether the Trudeau government could square its commitment to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with approval of the project.Moments after Trudeau announced the approval of the Trans Mountain project, calls went out on social media to begin organizing opposition to the project.The announcement comes as opposition in North Dakota continues against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation. The anti-pipeline movement there has electrified a continent-wide movement against new oil pipelines.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

British Columbia mother of two young children needs new kidney

first_imgTina House APTN National News Time could be running out for Sammie Murdock, a mother of two young children in Prince George, B.C. who is in desperate need of a new kidney.And it’s not the first time the 35-year-old has gone through this.“Back in 1999 I was 16 years old and they told me (my kidney) was scarred and it was failing,” said Murdock. “I didn’t know about anything that was going on because I was just young.”Five years later she was given a kidney by an anonymous donor.She was told the kidney was rejecting her body in 2012 and would need a second transplant. She also had part of her colon removed because of cancer.For the last five years she has endured dialysis three times a week for three hours a session.“I get these massive headaches,” she said. “I always have high blood pressure no matter what.”The problem is Murdock needs to find a donor with the blood type like hers, which is 0 positive. She requires a donor with 0 blood, too.Her boyfriend of 17 years has put an advertisement on the back of the window of his truck hoping someone might come forward and give his girlfriend the gift of life.thouse@aptn.calast_img read more

MikmaqBasque conference joins two communities from opposite sides of the Atlantic

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsTwo Indigenous communities on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean have more in common than you might think.Cape Breton University hosted a Basque-Mi’kmaq cultural exchange conference.More than 40 researchers and scientists visited Eskasoni First Nation to learn about the connections between the Mi’kmaq and Basque people.amoore@aptn.ca@angelharksenlast_img

Brookfield Infrastructure posts 125million profit amid investment spree

first_imgTORONTO – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.’s recent spending spree helped the company land a $125 million net profit in its second quarter.The owner and operator of energy, freight and data networks, which reports earnings in U.S. dollars, said Thursday that the profit was a sharp increase from the $5 million it made the year before and was largely fuelled by recent investments.Days before, it had announced it will acquire home heating and cooling company Enercare Inc. for $4.3 billion and in early July, it said it scooped up Enbridge’s Western Canadian natural gas gathering and processing business for $3.3 billion.On Thursday, executives from the company seemed optimistic that both investments would prove increasingly valuable for Brookfield because they said that Enbridge had not exploited all of the opportunities Brookfield intends to, particularly in the liquids industry.“(The Enbridge deal) is an ideal platform to establish our midstream presence in Canada as it is competitively positioned for growth given the highly economic acreage throughout the Montney region (of British Columbia and Alberta),” said Sam Pollock, CEO of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners.“We believe the region’s massive scale and low breakeven cost will ensure that it continues to be a focal point for development by top-tier producers with over 40 years of anticipated economic drilling inventory at current price levels.”Pollock and other executives on the company’s earning call said they see the biggest opportunities for the company coming from its fibre and data operations. It recently signed an agreement to acquire Texas-based AT&T’s large-scale data centre business for $1.1 billion, growing its asset portfolio to include centres on five continents, 11 countries and 26 metropolitan markets with the vast majority located in the U.S.Roberto Marcogliese, Brookfield’s deputy chief investment officer for infrastructure, trumpeted the deal, saying he expects the data field to experience strong growth and the acquisition to place the company in an ideal position to capture some of that growth with minimal capital investments.“We have been evaluating the data centre sector for some time now and we believe we have a scalable business and an attractive portfolio,” he said.Earlier in the call, Brookfield said a loss of income from the sale of assets and the time it has taken the company to redeploy money into new investments has resulted in a slight decline in funds from operations, which fell to $294 million from $295 million the quarter before.The company also revealed its revenues also took a tumble, decreasing to $1.04 billion from $2.06 billion.On an adjusted basis, Brookfield earned 21 cents per share in the most recent quarter, beating analyst expectations for 12 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.(Companies in this story: TSX:BIP)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misattributed comments by Sam Pollock.last_img read more

US newhome sales slump for 4th straight month

first_imgWASHINGTON – Sales of new U.S. homes plunged 5.5 per cent in September, the fourth straight monthly drop as the housing market cools with mortgage rates rising.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that newly built homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 553,000 last month. New-home sales in August were downwardly revised, erasing the previously reported gain. The annual rate of home sales has dropped 15.3 per cent since May, eliminating much of the strength in sales from the first five months of 2018.Builders had assumed that a stronger economy would push up sales, yet a greater share of new construction is going unpurchased. There is 7.1 months’ supply of new homes on the market, the highest level since March 2011 when the real estate bust caused by subprime mortgages was still weighing on the economy.Housing has found itself in a downturn in recent months despite the unemployment rate falling to a nearly half-century low of 3.7 per cent.The National Association of Realtors said last week that existing-home sales — the largest share of the market — had plummeted 3.4 per cent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.15 million.The major culprit for the decline in homebuying appears to be higher borrowing costs.Average 30-year mortgage rates have climbed to 4.85 per cent from 3.88 per cent a year ago, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. Increasing interest rates can make homeowners less likely to upgrade to a new property if it requires them to spend more each month on repaying a home loan.The new-home sales report is volatile on a monthly basis. But the declines in September were sharpest in the Northeast and West, the two most expensive housing markets. New-home sales slipped in the couth and increased in the Midwest.The average sales price has slumped 0.6 per cent from a year ago to $377,200.last_img read more

Province releases final report on observance of daylight saving time

first_imgDuring the survey, it was found that more than 50 percent responded that it was “important” or “very important” for B.C. to be aligned with neighbouring jurisdictions in its time observance practices.To view the full final report on the daylight saving time public consultation, you can visit the Province’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia has released its report on the observance of daylight saving time.According to the Government, more than 93 percent of the record 223,273 British Columbians who completed the Province’s survey on time observance have indicated they would prefer a move to permanent daylight saving time.The Government says the desire for a move to permanent DST was consistent throughout the province, with more than 90 percent of respondents in each region indicating their support.last_img read more

New AC standard for leases to up financial info quality ICAI

first_imgNew Delhi: The new accounting standard for leases will bring substantial visibility of companies’ lease commitments and improve the quality of financial information about companies, chartered accountants’ body ICAI saidMonday. Ind AS 116, which sets out the principles for recognition, presentation and disclosure of leases has been notified by the corporate affairs ministry. The standard is effective from Monday. A senior government official said the standard would affect all industries where leases are a predominant component in their businesses and result in more transparency. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalICAI President Prafulla P Chhajed said the new standard on leases ushers in a path-breaking reform in accounting for leases and would improve the quality of financial information. “It will bring substantial visibility of companies lease commitments, financing and operating model and above all better reflects economic reality,” he said in a release. Leasing is a well-known and long established form of obtaining finance. The new standard on leases ushers in a substantial change in the accounting for operating leases by lessees and few improvements in the disclosure-related aspects for lessors accounting, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).last_img read more

School teachers body found in Alipurduar

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a school teacher whose body was found lying inside his house. The incident took place at Surjya Nagar area under ward number 4 of Alipurduar Municipality. The victim, Sanjay Shaiba, was a physical education teacher in a higher secondary school. The victim had been staying in the house for the past few months while his wife stayed with her two daughters separately. Locals found the victim lying in an unconscious state. A suicide note has been recovered in which he has blamed his wife for the incident. He alleged that he had to meet her demands for which he had to borrow money. A probe has begun. The body has been sent for post-mortem.last_img

Regulator Sebi and stock exchanges beef up surveillance mechanism before poll results

first_imgNew Delhi: Regulator Sebi and stock exchanges have beefed up their surveillance mechanism to check any manipulative activities in the market this week in view of the high-octane election related events lined up. The heightened surveillance and monitoring systems are already in place for Monday, the first trading session after the announcement of exit poll results, while they would be further ramped up on Thursday, when the final results will be declared, a senior official said. The poll results are likely to have a bearing on trading and increased monitoring helps to keep in check possible manipulations and excessive volatility in the markets. Manipulators tend to exploit such volatile situations in the stock markets. The enhanced vigil on the markets will continue till May 23, when the results of the Lok Sabha polls will be declared. According to the official, movements in Nifty futures and options on the Singapore exchange will also be closely monitored. Trading in Singapore stock exchange starts much before Indian markets open and their trends generally have an impact on domestic markets. The BSE Sensex soared 537 points and the NSE Nifty reclaimed the 11,400 level Friday in a broad-based rally ahead of the poll results.last_img read more

Pakistani agencies radicalising Kashmiri youths Lt Gen Ranbir

first_imgUdhampur: Failing to engineer infiltration of militants from across the LoC, Pakistani agencies have resorted to social media to radicalise Kashmiri youths, with 40 of them joining militancy since January, an Army commander said on Monday.”Pakistan has been continuing with its efforts to show this (terrorism) as an indigenous movement. Today, they feel absolutely starved because of the very effective counter-infiltration grid of the Indian Army,” General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadLocal recruitment still remains a matter of concern, but youths are realising that “we do not want to become fodder for Pakistani agencies”, he said. “Successful infiltration from across the Line of Control (LoC) is virtually becoming very difficult,” Singh said while replying to a question on recruitment by militant outfits in Kashmir. “Therefore, for them (Pakistan) to continue with this militancy, they want that the local content should be increased,” he said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi”Local recruitment remains a matter of concern for all of us. Last year, 217 local youths had taken to militancy. This year, number has significantly reduced. As on date, there are only 40 youth who have picked up arms,” the Army commander said. The Army said a large number of misguided youths returned to mainstream society because of its outreach programmes to connect with families and teachers. Since 2016, there has been a constant rise in the number of youths joining militancy, as per official data. In 2015, 66 youths joined militancy in Kashmir and 53 in 2014. In 2017, 126 locals had joined militant ranks, it said. South Kashmir districts Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag have become a breeding ground for militants with many youths joining their rank and file, it said. Outfits like the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashker-e- Taiba find more recruits. The data said out of the 217 recruits in 2018, 154 hailed from south Kashmir. The highest, 69, was from Pulwama.last_img read more

Plane crash in Belgium kills 11

first_imgBRUSSELS- The plane crashed and came down ten minutes after take-off near the village of Marchovelette, in south-east Belgium.A small tourist plane carrying parachutists crashed in Belgium on Saturday, killing 11 people aboard.The plane crashed and came down ten minutes after take-off near the village of Marchovelette, 75 kilometers from south-east Belgium.Mayor of the nearby town of Fernelmont, Jean-Claude Nihoul said 10 parachutists and one pilot were killed in the plane crash.Eyewitnesses said the plane lost a wing and hit the ground. Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said he shared the sorrow with the families of the victims.last_img

Moroccan Classrooms Go Interactive

first_imgTahannaout- Saloua Ben Fethalla is a math teacher at Almajd School in Tahannaout, Morocco, a picturesque rural town at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Her 13-year-old students are just beginning middle school.Until recently, the class of over 40 students would sit in rows, straining to listen as Fethalla lectured. With classes this size, it was difficult for students to work in teams and for teachers to provide one-on-one coaching to students. Traditional  rote learning, not comprehension, was the norm.With USAID assistance, the situation has changed for the better. USAID’s Improving Training Quality to Advance National Education project in Morocco is reducing middle school dropout rates by improving teacher performance and creating a better environment for learning. At the start of the last school year, in April 2012, Fethalla attended a series of USAID-organized trainings showing teachers how to create a more interactive classroom. Now, her students collaborate in groups, and she has more time to focus on their individual needs and unique learning styles. Fethalla now uses everyday examples from the children’s lives to give context and realism to her lessons.During basic trigonometry lessons, students are organized in groups around the classroom. They eagerly raise their hands, hoping to be called upon to answer questions.  Before this program began, quiet children could get lost in large classes. Now, their teacher draws them out. Fethalla recounts that she used to explain things through one-way communication. “Now the students learn on their own,” she says. “I’m just the coach.”Like Fethalla, 70 percent of teachers who received the USAID training have improved their classroom techniques. Their students have scored up to seven points higher on tests, including Arabic, compared with students whose teachers did not receive the training.Source: USAID Moroccolast_img read more

Morocco takes part in 2014 United Nations Public Service Forum in

Rabat – Minister-delegate for public service and administration modernization, Mohamed Moubdi will takes part in the 2014 United Nations Public Service Forum held on June 23-26 in Seoul, South Korea.Organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations, in partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), under the theme “Innovating Governance for Sustainable Development and Well-being of the People,” this international forum brings together over a thousand participants, including UN officials, ministers, representatives of the Korean government and representatives of civil society, the private sector and regional organizations and international experts, said a statement of the ministry.In addition to this forum, Moubdi will receive on Thursday, June 26, 2014, United Nations Public Service Award, given to the Kingdom of Morocco in the category of the promotion of equality in public service, in recognition of the efforts of ministry of economy and finance of Morocco in the field of the integration of the gender perspective in the process of preparation and execution of the budget through the implementation of the process of gender budgeting. The United Nations Public Award service is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards creativity and the contributions of public institutions around the world to the development of a more effective and responsive public service.The United Nations Public Service Forum seeks to provide a platform to explore, discuss and learn about the major challenges and issues governments are facing at present and future, innovative practices to address these challenges, and capacity development strategies. read more

King Mohammed VI Chairs in Tangiers Royal Palace Council of Ministers

Tangiers – King Mohammed VI chaired, on Monday at the Royal palace in Tangiers, a council of ministers during which three organic draft laws and a draft government decree were adopted.In the beginning of the meeting, economy and finance minister gave before the King a presentation on the general guidelines of the draft Budget Bill for 2017.This draft bill was developed on the basis of the high royal guidelines, based on four key priorities: The speeding up of the structural transformation of the national economy, by focusing on industrialization and export, particularly through raising the pace of implementation of Industrial Acceleration Plan, modernizing industrial systems, diversifying agricultural value added and orienting the service sector towards higher value added activities.The strengthening of the competitiveness of the national economy and the promotion of private investment through the continued improvement of the business climate, the implementation of investment reform plan, the modernization of the financial sector, the improvement of access to companies’ financing, notably SMEs.The qualification of human capital through a set of measures relating to the implementation of the education and health reform, the facilitation of access to decent housing, employment support for youth and the continued implementation of the program to reduce social and spatial disparities.The strengthening of the mechanisms of institutional governance in particular as regards the continuation of judicial reform, the implementation of regionalization and development model of the southern provinces and the launch of the pension plans reform.Later on, and as part of the continuation of the implementation of constitutional provisions, the council of ministers examined and adopted three organic draft laws.Thus, the council adopted an organic draft law on the implementation stages of the official nature of the Amazigh language, and on the terms of its integration in education and in the various priority areas of public life.This project, which is part of the implementation of Article 5 of the Constitution, sets out the general principles governing the implementation of the official nature of the Amazigh language, and the terms of its integration in the education sector, legislation, parliamentary action, information and communication, cultural and artistic creation, in administration, services, public institutions and territorial authorities, and in spaces and public services. It also aims to define the steps and mechanisms for monitoring its implementation.The council of ministers also adopted the organic draft law on the National Council for Moroccan Culture and Languages.This project, developed as part of the implementation of the provisions of Article 5 of the Constitution, defines the powers of the Council, its composition and the manner of its operation. This Council will bring together all the institutions concerned with Arab and Amazigh languages, as well as other bodies responsible for promoting cultural heritage.It will also propose strategic guidelines of the State in the areas of language and cultural policies and ensure their harmonization, knowing that these guidelines will be submitted the council of ministers for approval.Afterwards, the council adopted the organic draft law establishing the conditions and modalities of exercising the right to strike.This project, developed in accordance with Article 29 of the Constitution and in accordance with international standards recognized by the International Labour Organization, establishes the conditions and modalities of exercising the right to strike in the public and private sectors and in vital services.It also determines, through a balance between rights and duties, the provisions to be observed before and during the strike, sanctions applied to offenders of the provisions of this organic law. It also allows public authorities to ensure public order and the protection of persons and property.Subsequently, the council adopted the draft decree law on the adherence of officials of the Directorate General of Civil Protection to the rules of military discipline, especially regarding the commands, rights, duties and responsibilities, military training, aspects of discipline and military conduct as well as bonuses and disciplinary measures.The project also aims to subject all categories of officials of the Directorate General to guarantees provided to members of the Royal Armed Forces and to legal provisions relating to military justice. read more

Moroccan House of Councillors President Visits Chile to Strengthen Bilateral Relations

Rabat- A Moroccan delegation led by House of Councillors President Abdelhakim Benchamach will be in Chile from July 17 to 19 to strengthen ties between the two nations. The three-day visit aims to foster cooperation and friendship between Morocco and Chile, while exploring various ways to benefit from the partnership. The delegation is composed of Abdelkader Salama, the 4th vice president of the House of Councillors, Ahmed El Kharif, a member of the House’s office and its representative in the Central American parliament,and Touria Lahrach, a coordinator of the Democratic Confederation of Labor in the House councillors.  This is the second time Benchamach has led a Moroccan parliamentary delegation to Chile in 2017, his first being in January.During the trip Chilean Minister of Economy, Development, and Tourism Luis Felipe Céspedes said that Morocco was a gateway for Chile to African markets, while Chilean Minister of Energy Andrés Rebolledo said his country was interested by the kingdom’s solar energy experience. read more