Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool fans are not happy to see Fabinho on the bench RANKED Klopp has surprisingly left Fabinho out of the starting XI Leaving Fabinho on the bench makes absolutely no sense but not much we can do about it. Really hope Klopp proves us all wrong but I’m seriously questioning his decision making now. It’s filled with biases, 3 runners will not compensate for technical quality against Bayern #LFC— Ragh (@redphoenixSD) March 13, 2019 When you realise Fabinho is not starting… #LFC pic.twitter.com/sHCM1f5mk6— Ashley (@ash_tw1) March 13, 2019 Neither side could find the net in the first leg Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Why in must win games does Klopp always fall back to Milner and Henderson? It’s the reason we haven’t won in last 6 away CL games. Fabinho missing out again…crazy. #assisgoing #LFC #ChampionsLeague— Gareth King (@GARETH_KING1) March 13, 2019 Klopp is starting with his tried and tested midfield 3 which last won a big game………………………..🤔🤔🤔 and no Fabinho 🙄🙄 #BAYLIV #UCL #LFC— Man Like Matt @TFBS (@Matt_TFBS) March 13, 2019 3 3 3 huge blow I hope I’m wrong but Gini Henderson and Milner playing together hasn’t worked all season, I can’t believe Fabinho isn’t playing #LFC— Jamie McLaughlin (@theliverword) March 13, 2019 REPLY An obvious team selection from Klopp. Gutted Fabinho isn’t starting, he’s been our best midfielder for months #lfc #LFCFamily— King in the North (@Rushie27) March 13, 2019 BEST OF Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Their wishes to see Fabinho play were granted on twelve minutes, however, as Jordan Henderson was forced off following a collision with James Rodriguez.Below you can see the best Fabinho tweets from these Liverpool fans. Fabinho should definitely be starting this game. We’ve left our best midfielder out of our biggest game of the season. I’m trying to tell myself the brexit midfield will replicate Roma at Anfield but too many performances this season would tell me otherwise. #BAYLIV #LFC— Tom W (@Valiant_Virgil) March 13, 2019 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won I wouldn’t say I’m surprised Milner starts, he’s a Klopp favourite in big away games. But I am definitely surprised that Fabinho misses out. #LFC #BAYLIV— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) March 13, 2019 When you see Fabinho on the bench #LFC #BAYLIV #UCL pic.twitter.com/cEjm8dwfCi— Thomas M. Svendsen (@ThomasMSvendsen) March 13, 2019 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS no dice It’s all to play for at the Allianz Arena as Liverpool take on Bayern Munich for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT now.The two teams start the game on level terms after playing out a goalless draw in the first leg of the last-16 tie at Anfield. ADVICE Fabinho not starting, what’s going off?? #LFC— Lewis (@lewislowbridge) March 13, 2019 REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Bayern Munich vs Liverpool confirmed teamsKlopp said in his pre-match interview with BT Sport that Fabinho is on the bench because he has had a run of games, while the likes of Henderson and Milner, who didn’t feature against Burnley are fresher legs against a Bayern side who are expected to have lots of possession.Some Kopites are less than convinced, however and took to Twitter to voice their outrage at seeing Fabinho not make the starting line-up. The dreaded Milner-Henderson-Wijnaldum midfield again tonight. Hope Klopp finally realises that it does not work. Cannot believe Fabinho isnt starting. #LFC— Lewis Williams (@LewisLFC91) March 13, 2019 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? However, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made a shock admission from his starting XI, as midfielder Fabinho is dropped to the bench.The Brazilian played a full 90 minutes of Liverpool’s victory over Burnley on Sunday and has been one of their best performers all season.But Klopp has elected to play Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and James Milner in the midfield three.
5 March 2014 Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), is in South Sudan to start mediation efforts aimed at finding a lasting political solution to the conflict in the war-torn country in northeastern Africa. Ramaphosa, who is also the deputy chairperson of South Africa’s National Planning Commission, was named the country’s special envoy to South Sudan during President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address last month. He will also visit some countries belonging to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, an organisation of six eastern African countries focused on drought control and development initiatives. The grouping comprises Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. He is expected to be back in South Africa by next week Thursday. Ramaphosa’s appointment to the post came at the request of President Salva Kiir Mayardit for assistance in bringing about peace and reconciliation in South Sudan. Since fighting broke out in December between the forces of President Kiir and former Deputy President Riek Machar, thousands of people are believed to have been killed and some 870 000 others have fled their homes – 145 000 of them to neighbouring countries and 75 000 to United Nations bases within the country. South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, South Africa has been actively supporting the African Union’s (AU’s) post-conflict reconstruction and development projects in Sudan, under the umbrella of an AU ministerial committee which South Africa currently chairs. To date, South Africa has trained more than 1 600 officials from the government of South Sudan in areas such as policing, diplomacy, public service, justice, education, mineral affairs and correctional services. Last year, South Africa and Sudan signed an agreement establishing bilateral relations between the two countries. They have also upgraded their diplomatic missions to ambassadorial level. Source: SAnews.gov.za
In a comment on our recent post The Digg Effect, C. Weng pointed to an e-book he has written called The Web: Hidden Games. It is available for free on Lulu.com. Weng commented that his book reveals “how websites such as Digg, Youtube and Facebook can be viewed as games (even though they weren’t designed as such), and how this perspective is beneficial to both web designers and users.”I downloaded the e-book and have started to read it. This description of Digg as a game rings very true:“So just how exactly is Digg.com a hidden game? Certainly, it has no swordwieldingheroes who save fantasy worlds from evildoers, but it does have more charactersthan in any video game. With millions of users, Digg has a wide array of personalitiescontributing to the community. This makes it like a massive multiplayer online roleplayinggame, just without the slaying of monsters. There is a clear goal: to get to thefront page, and there are obstacles: not getting dugg up and having to keep tryingmultiple times. There is fierce competition between all Diggers for that top spot.Sometimes, they even attempt to discredit othersÄô posts by commenting on poorgrammar, false information, and duplicate stories. Strategies are used to defeat otherplayers and they are numerous. Just as many plans for Digg domination through friendship exist though. Seeking out the different users and adding them to the ÄúfriendsÄùlist is among the most popular and most successful methods. In the end, a win is onlywhen a story has hundreds of diggs, regardless of how you go about it. Everyone isstriving to be the best at what they do and this keeps them coming back to Digg for more.”The e-book goes on to tell you how to “win” at Digg and notes that “like all games, DiggÄôs system can be cheated.” It also compares YouTube to chess: “there are an infinite number of ways to win in YouTube but it only occurs under certain conditions. Every single method, strategy, and theory leads back to the essential factor: getting people to view your videos.” And as for Facebook, it is compared to The Sims: “The object of the game is more to monitor or to guide characters in daily life rather than to win at something. ThereÄôs no simple goal in sight but it is all about the process of playing.”It’s a fascinating e-book and thanks C. Weng for making it freely available on Lulu! Tags:#Trends#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Despite the general slack in demand in the automobile sector, the market for luxury cars is still booming with most manufacturers having waiting period from three to 18 months.Dealers of luxury cars say that despite the general slowdown, the demand for luxury cars has not been hampered but is growing. “There is no slowdown in the luxury car market especially for the young super rich. People understand the value of luxury and they are not only ready to pay for it but are also ready to wait for it. We have buyers who are ready to wait as long as 12-16 months for super sports car,” a senior executive at Exclusive Motors, the sole distributor of Lambourghini in Delhi, said.Due to high demand and slow delivery, buyers for luxury cars brands, including Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and Maserati, generally have to wait for six to eight months to get their car.”The demand is good in the luxury segment. The company booked 500 cars in the first five days for which delivery will be done by latest August. But the next slot of buyers may have to wait longer,” Michael Perschke, head, Audi India, told Mail Today.Waiting period is more in the super luxury segment. “For entry-level models, waiting period is maximum two to three months. Waiting period is more for imported cars as manufacturers import cars only against confirmed bookings and full payments. For cars which are assembled locally waiting period is less,” said a BMW showroom owner in Mumbai.advertisementFor some costly models of Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini, waiting period is as high as 15 months. As these cars are customised as per specific needs of the buyer, delivery time is long, say carmakers.”Company’s aim is to satisfy customers’ needs. Cars are customised as per the buyers’ needs. That is why it takes time,” Sirish Chandra, head (communication), Porche India, said.
The Week in Women’s Football: Review of The Making of the Women’s World Cupby Tim Grainey17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis week, we review another recent book that came out around the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. Kieran Theivan (based in England) and Jeff Kassouf (the founder of the excellent U.S.-based women’s football site the Equalizer) have together written The Making of the Women’s World Cup: Defining Stories from a Sports Coming of Age (Robinson, London, 2019).The book is a solid review of the previous seven Women’s World Cups. This new work certainly has a lot of information about the American team, as they won three finals, lost another and hosted two World Cup Tournaments in 1999 and 2003. Delightfully, the book—rather than a straight history—looks at the past tournaments through legendary players and teams such as Marta and Brazil in 2007, Nadine Angerer and Germany in 2003 and 2007 and Kelly Smith and England in 2015.In Chapter 1—The Early Years—Jeff Kassouf makes the point that the first Women’s World Cup (not yet having that currently strong brand as FIFA was unsure of whether it would be successful but rather called it the First FIFA World Championship for Women’s Football for the M&Ms Cup) drew strong attendance in China (where officials encouraged people to attend to boost their bid on the 2000 Olympics, which they narrowly lost to Sydney, Australia). The Americans surprised the other teams with their different attacking, pressing style as 1991 Golden Ball Winner Carin Jennings (now Gabarra) said: “I think it was the start of the U.S. women’s national team programme and the start of a programme that won three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals. That was the start of the culture of the U.S women’s national team. That culture has never wavered. That is a culture of mentality, competitiveness and hard work, along with talent. So, I think it was the start of that. That has always been there. Every person who has ever played for the US national team is connected in that regard (pages 18-19).” Chapter 2—The Birth of the Lionesses—focuses on the 2015 event in Canada through the prism of England’s path to third place. Theivan profiles Steph Houghton (Manchester City) and her elevation to team captain at the comparatively young age of 26—over previous captain Casey Stoney (31)—by former women’s national team head coach Mark Sampson, even though Houghton had missed the 2007 World Cup and 2009 Euros through injury. Houghton recalled: “I’d just moved to [Manchester] City and I had been given the armband, but in terms of my international career I was nowhere near being a regular starter. So for me I just wanted to make sure I was in the squad. Mark said he saw me as a leader of his team, but obviously there were a lot of candidates like Fara Williams and Jill Scott, who had played a number of times for England, Kelly Smith was still involved at that time, and of course Casey, who was current captain….I will always remember sitting down with him at St. George’s Park around April. I’d had the armband a few times and no way did I think it would be a possibility for the long term, but I remember him saying what I brought to the team and the sort of things he was looking for in his captain, and then he asked me if I would take the role and be the leader of the team. Obviously, you’re delighted but the rest of the conversation was a bit of a blur….For me it wasn’t working against them [the senior players], it was a case of using their experience and using them as fellow leaders to create a team environment and a special environment where we loved playing for England (pages 26-27).” Houghton is still one of the core members of the team in defense and has over 100 caps for a side that has reached the semifinals of the last two consecutive Women’s World Cups (2015 and 2019) and it was fascinating to hear in-depth from her about England’s preparation and progress to a bronze medal in Canada.Chapter 7 on Kelly Smith was entitled England’s Golden Girl Arrives—and profiles one of the leading ambassadors of the game. The former English international forward emphasized the importance of league soccer for the development of the domestic game. Smith discussed the 2005 European Championships which England hosted, which were televised throughout Europe: “The 2005 experience was amazing because we didn’t have to qualify for that tournament, and obviously it was hosted in our home country. It meant we got to play in front of our home fans and we really wanted to develop the game, and TV coverage was starting to happen, so we really wanted to play well to get people talking about women’s football. It was great because you’d go to the grounds and you’d be playing in front of fifteen to nineteen thousand, which I think was a record at that time for a women’s game. It was a lot of fun to play in (page 121).” This reporter was in Sweden and Russia for most of the tournament, where the games were televised and the tournament was an important step in the growth of the game in Europe. Smith felt quite the let down when she went back to her domestic league, even though she played for Arsenal which won the European Club Championship at the end of the 2006-07 season: “It was difficult because you know mentally what is coming from international football. But when you’re not playing at that level week in, week out and you’re playing some league games that you had won before you’d even walked onto the pitch, it makes that step up more challenging. Some of the players would have friendly bets between themselves to see what the scoreline was going to be because that’s how it was. There were probably only a few teams you knew you’d get a good game against—Charlton and Everton. You’d get into bad habits when it’s too easy. You don’t do your defensive work because you can get away with it. But at international level you can’t do that. The players knew going into the big games that you had to be switched on, and we made sure of that because we knew the magnitude of the game. The players are fitter and faster at international level, and we need to adjust to be ready for that (Page 122).” England qualified for the 2007 WWC in China but as Kieran Thievan wrote: “But all the talent in the world wouldn’t be able to compensate for the current state of domestic football in England, with players only training two to three times a week with their club, and having to balance their daily lives with their football., even though Arsenal own the league title, two cups and what is now the Women’s Champions League title (page 128).” It will be interesting to benchmark the attendance figures and reaction in the country between 2005 and 2021 when England again hosts the European Finals, in which should be an outstanding event.Chapter 8—A Hat-Trick and a Worldwide Movement focuses on now-retired American forward Abby Wambach and the prelude to the 2015 Tournament in Canada, where the games were designed from the beginning to be played on artificial turf. Wambach led an international group of 40 players and positioned FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Federation that their plan violated European charters and Canadian law for gender discrimination equality as men’s World Cups never had nor would ever be held on turf fields. Wambach said in March 2013: “We’ve worked so hard as female athletes—not only here in the United States, but internationally—to grow the game and in my opinion, I think this is taking a step back. All of the men’s international players around the world would argue the same point. A lot of these guys will not play on an artificial surface because it is an injury-prone surface and I don’t blame them (Page 143).” Kassouf writes: “Wambach would state after a January 2015 meeting with FIFA officials that the playing surface decisions were set in stone, but she would also later point out that FIFA officials had promised her that there would never again be a Women’s World Cup played on artificial turf. That’s hardly a binding contract, but it was clear that this type of battle for equality was going to be necessary, whether in 2015 or down the line (Page 145).” In France this past summer, all the games were held on grass pitches and I believe that this is a non-issue now for future tournaments, and we have Wambach and other vocal players to thank for that. Kassouf continues: “Around that same time, FIFA announced an increase in prize money for the Women’s World Cup, which was a small victory that at least appeased players. Women’s players had long been told to be thankful for what they had. The two years of battling the bigwigs over what women’s players felt was, morally and legally, gender discrimination, proved to be the exposition to the approaching tidal wave for the fight for equal rights (Page 145-146).” FIFA doubled the prize money amount (from $15 Million to $30 Million) in late December 2018 for the 2019 Women’s World Cup. We would expect that amount to continue to rise ahead of the expanded 32 team tournament in 2023.Kassouf also included interesting insight from Heather O’Reilly [who will retire from the sport at the end of this NWSL season for the reigning champions North Carolina Courage] who, “would describe the World Cups proximity to the U.S. as the perfect scenario: “The feel of a home World Cup without the pressure of being hosts (Page 147).” The level of American support in cities close to the border, particularly in Winnipeg and Vancouver, was overwhelming and a contributor to the American victory in the tournament.In Chapter 9—Australia’s Kids are Allright—the review of Australia’s Women’s National Team is a stellar job, focusing on the restructuring of the nation’s regional development system. The discussion of the Matildas 2007 World Cup campaign in China—where they opened the tournament by blasting Ghana 4-1, tied Norway 1-1 and then came back from 2-1 down to tie Canada in their last group game to advance to their first ever knockout round on an injury-time shocking goal from Cheryl Salisbury. I had covered three of Australia’s four tournament games in China—including that stunning draw in Chengdu that shattered the tournament dreams of the 2003 semifinalists Maple Leafs. Canada seemed to be cruising to a runner-up spot in the group and the knockout stage, including an 85th minute goal from Christine Sinclair, before Salisbury’s late goal just before the final whistle drew the Matildas level, vaulting the Australian side into second place in the group. Australia finished second on five points to Norway’s seven while Canada finished third on four points and the sight of the Canadian players crying and distraught on the field at the conclusion of the game sticks to me to this day. The game had been postponed a day because of a typhoon warning, though the media were not told about the delay until we were at the stadium, and the weather was not particularly threatening at that point from my standpoint. The Matildas then fell to eventual finalists Brazil 3-2 in another stirring match in Tianjin, coming back from an early 2-0 deficit and gave the favorites some troubling moments but never quit attacking; Brazilian forward Cristiane scored the winner in the 75th minute. Despite the narrow defeat to the ultimate 2007 runners-up, the Australian players after the match were cordial with the media and proud of their accomplishments; they had started a path for the national team that has led to their powerhouse status in present times and helped to propel the launch of the soon to be 12-year-old W-League the next year. The Australians, their coach Tom Sermanni and his vibrant and articulate group of players was one of the highlights of that tournament for me.This book is quite well researched and written by two experts in the game.Their focus on teams allow them to discuss key issues of the Women’s World Cup—FIFA’s initial reticence, equality issues in later years, development of youth programs and coaching regimes (Australia/Germany)—and leaves the reader with a solid understanding of the roots of the Women’s World Cup, the leading tournament and most highly visible advertisement that we currently have for the women’s game. This should be on all women’s football fans’ shelves.Tim Grainey is a contributor to Tribal Football. His latest book Beyond Bend it Like Beckham on the global game of women’s football. Get your copy today.Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimGrainey TagsOpinionAbout the authorTim Grainey FollowShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal hero Merson sympathises with Ozilby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Paul Merson has sympathy for the current circumstances of Mesut Ozil.The Gunners star is enduring a frustrating period under boss Unai Emery, who refuses to pick Ozil in most of his matchday squads.The German may be the club’s highest earner, but he is struggling to get into the 25-man squads for most games.”Ozil doesn’t play because he doesn’t run around,” Merson told Sky Sports. “He would play in my team, because he can make things happen. Then you get two midfield players around him who do run around. “He’s on £350,000 a week – and that’s the problem. If he was on £10,000 a week, he would play every week even if he didn’t run around. Because he’s on £350,000 a week that means he has to. “I would be wondering how am I not getting in this team? He might have gone past the point of frustration now and be wondering, ‘what am I doing?’ You would have to weigh it up. “He played in the Watford game away and I don’t think he did anything wrong, but he hasn’t played since. He gets in my team. “Until he’s out of the club, I don’t see how Arsenal can bring new players in. If they go for a top player next summer, they will point to Ozil being on £350,000 a week. “Ramsey left the club because he wasn’t offered anywhere near the same as Ozil and he left on a free transfer.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday launched a music video for the upcoming Lok Sabha election in the state. The 2-minute-30-second video was on the theme of peace, harmony and progress prevailing in West Bengal, in contrast to an alleged atmosphere of fear in other parts of the country. The music video was shared by Banerjee on all her social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram. “I am very happy to share the new music video Maa, Mati, Manush for the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections. Banerjee said in a post. The state, which has 42 Lok Sabha seats, will vote in all the seven phases. The Trinamool Congress last week had launched a web series christened ‘Pradhan Mantri Hisab Do’ comparing the various welfare schemes of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre with that of the TMC government in West Bengal. The first episode of the web series began with a short film comparing the state government’s ‘Sabooj Sathi’ with the Central government’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme.
NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Wednesday said the pass percentage of Class 11 students in Delhi government schools has touched 80 per cent, the highest in the last eight years. In a statement, the government, sharing highlights of the annual exam results of all classes (other than class 10 and 12) in Delhi government schools, said: “In Class 11, there has been a significant improvement over last year’s performance”.The statistics take into account figures from 2010 onwards. While 71 per cent students of Class 11 passed their exam in 2017-18, it has improved to 80 per cent in 2018-19. From 2015-16 onwards, the pass percentage in this class has been around 72% as opposed to 63% in 2014-15. In 2018-19, it touched 80 per cent for the first time, the statistics revealed. Similarly, in class nine, the pass percentage has remained almost the same as the previous year. While 57.4 per cent students passed in 2017-18, the pass percentage for 2018-19 is 57 per cent. “There has been a slow but consistent improvement in the pass percentage over the last four years in this class due to programmes and initiatives like Chunauti and Mission Buniyaad which is strengthening the foundational learning skills of students by the time they reach Class 9,” a Delhi government official said. In 2015-16, the pass percentage in this class was 50.8 per cent which improved to 52.3 per cent the next year followed by 57.4 per cent in 2017-18. “It is important to note that the improvement recorded last year and maintained this year has been despite the change in the weightage for the external and internal component. While before 2017-18, the weightage for external was of 60 per cent, it was increased to 80 per cent as per CBSE norms,” the official added. He also said that the Delhi government is committed to deeply focus on learning outcomes in the new academic session as well and strengthen its teacher training program so that innovative pedagogies are applied by them to speed up the learning of last 30-40 per cent children in the classroom who were neglected in the past. “Apart from national and international level training, in the budget for 2019-20, Teachers Innovation Fund of Rs. 1 to 1.5 lacs per school has been announced to encourage teachers to take up projects for learning improvement among children in their respective context. For promoting excellence among students, Pratibha fellowships and the Chief Minister’s Merit scholarship have also been introduced,” the official said.
Tel Aviv: Israeli researchers reported Wednesday that violent attacks against Jews spiked significantly last year, with the largest reported number of Jews killed in anti-Semitic acts in decades, leading to an “increasing sense of emergency” among Jewish communities worldwide. Capped by the deadly shooting that killed 11 worshippers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, assaults targeting Jews rose 13 per cent in 2018, according to Tel Aviv University researchers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThey recorded nearly 400 cases worldwide, with more than a quarter of the major violent cases taking place in the United States. But the spike was most dramatic in western Europe, where Jews have faced even greater danger and threats. In Germany, for instance, there was a 70 per cent increase in anti-Semitic violence. “There is an increasing sense of emergency among Jews in many countries around the world,” said Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, an umbrella group representing Jewish communities across the continent. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”It is now clear that anti-Semitism is no longer limited to the far-left, far-right and radical Islamist’s triangle it has become mainstream and often accepted by civil society,” he said. Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry releases its report every year on the eve of Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins Wednesday at sundown. This year, the report comes just days after another fatal shooting attack Saturday against a synagogue in southern California. The attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue on the last day of Passover killed one woman and wounded three other people, including the rabbi. In addition to the shooting attacks, assaults and vandalism, Kantor also noted the increased anti-Semitic vitriol online and in newspapers, including a recent anti-Semitic cartoon that appeared in The New York Times’ international edition. It depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dog wearing a Star of David collar and leading a blind and skullcap-wearing President Donald Trump. The Times has since apologized, calling the image “offensive,” and vowing to refrain from publishing such bigoted cartoons again. Still, it sparked outrage among dozens of American Jewish groups that subsequently sent a letter calling on the newspaper to “become far more sensitive to anti-Semitism in the future.”
Casablanca – News stories on rape in Morocco are apparently not vanishing anytime soon. According to the Moroccan daily Akhbar Al Youm in its issue of Monday, a man in his fifties was arrested, this weekend in Fez, for having allegedly raped 70 women and young girls. According to the same source, the serial rapist was presented this weekend to the Attorney General. He is charged with “robbery, kidnapping and rape under the threat of a knife.”A judge has initially heard the suspect as well as the testimonies of 28 victims of the region of Fez and Sefrou. The court also expects additional complaints from other victims. The victims are allegedly from Nador, Missour, Meknes, Khoumissat and have already lodged their complaints via phone calls. The first 38 victims are aged between 6 and 45 years. The remaining victims have not yet been identified. Initial reports indicate that the rapist was accustomed to take his victims to deserted locations around Sidi Harazem, in the region of Fez. The suspect had smartly chosen these places, and allegedly had accomplices who facilitated his access to those same locations where he committed his crimes. The accomplices have not yet been identified, according to the same source. The suspect is a 50-year-old father of three. He lived in France before returning to settle in a popular area of Saiss region, near Fez. He spent most of his days driving around, scanning bus stops and other places in search of his potential, unfortunate victims. According to a police report, the suspect then suggested to drop his victims wherever they wanted by his car. He subsequently took them to his pre-selected locations, where he raped and robbed them of all their possessions.Following the same stream of argumentation in a previous article on this phenomenon, Morocco is increasingly becoming “rapist’s haven,” as police authority is absent in some major areas where such crimes are known to be concentrated. While the new legislations against sexual harassment are currently under governmental scrutiny, the Moroccan civil society demands that the government double efforts in combating major crimes in the kingdom, including rape and violence against children. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistribute