Theatre community deserves informed honest critics

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: When writing a review, I avoid reading any other critic’s response to the work in question – like most reviewers, I imagine. But after I’ve filed, I’m Googling like crazy. Were my impressions similar to those of my counterparts?When it’s theatre I’m reviewing, the first critic I seek out is Colin Thomas. Thomas has been a theatre reviewer at Vancouver’s alt-weekly The Georgia Straight since I arrived in this city – and long before. He is a respected fixture, reviewing two to three shows a week with solid theatre knowledge, encyclopedic context, a sharp eye, fearless opinions – and fine writing to boot.Thomas stunned the local arts community this week with a blog post: “I just got fired from The Georgia Straight. Thirty years. No warning. No compensation,” it began. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook I know Thomas a bit, just from running into him at performances. I know him much better as a reader. I consider him the best theatre reviewer in Vancouver.In his post, Thomas detailed a meeting with two Straight editors – both of whom I also know (it’s a small community) – in which he says he was told letting him go was not their decision; they had fought it. As for the reason, it was suggested there may have been a confluence of factors – financial difficulties, and he’s not on staff, so his job is easier to cut – but also that there had been complaints from some companies. “You know: that you never like anything,” Thomas wrote in his account of the conversation.last_img read more

INTERVIEW WITH SHOOT THE MESSENGER PRODUCERS SUDZ SUTHERLAND AND JENNIFER HOLNESS

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Koliah Bourne recently had the opportunity to chat with Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness, producers of CBC’s latest drama series Shoot the Messenger. Canada’s top TV production duo talked about diversity in film and television, the recent U.S. election, advice for up and coming producers, and their latest and biggest project.Koliah Bourne: So thank you first off. I am just getting to know you. I love your stuff.Sudz Sutherland: Thank you so much. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Jennifer Holness: We appreciate you saying that. Thank you.Koliah: So you both are becoming one of the more well-known producers in Canada. Tell us a bit about your journey into the industry.Jennifer: You know we started out…we met in the university first of all. You know we are married.Koliah: Yes.Jennifer: And we met in university. And at first we were dating. We actually dated for about seven months. Sudz was in film and I was in politics, and after about seven months of dating, he proposed.You know I did not expect it. We were in a world where the world can be funny. We were in our early twenties. As young Black people you have a certain idea about how to run your world. You hope you graduate and then get married. So I was quite surprised. So we thought, we love each other and then the “yes” and we got connected. I actually got quite sick, I had a brain aneurysm.Koliah: Oh my goodness.Jennifer: Two days after he proposed actually.Koliah: Oh my goodness. Wow!Jennifer: Yeah absolutely. The part of the story that’s really lovely was that Sudz was there for me every single day. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Meet the Next Big Things of the Baroness Von Sketch Show Did

first_img Facebook Advertisement Two years ago, just before the Baroness Von Sketch Show premiered on the Canadian broadcaster CBC, the series released its first sketch segment online, a preview of the series its four co-creators (the Baronesses) had spent the previous year developing. The reaction to “Locker Room,” which depicts a utopian gym locker room of body positivity for post-40-year-olds, was swift and overwhelmingly positive: The next day, Meredith MacNeill, one of the Baronesses, was taken aback by the comments rolling in, the friends tagging each other on Facebook.“As a person in comedy, once you’re creating, you have to put blinders on and just work on the thing you’re working on and not even look at the outside world,” Aurora Browne, a fellow Baroness, said recently. “All of the sudden, we came out of the creative hole and we were like, ‘Wait a minute…’” MacNeill added. The response confirmed they were onto something with their relatable, gently absurd humor—and for the four Baronesses, relatability is tantamount.Baroness Von Sketch Show, the Canadian sketch comedy series that was picked up by IFC earlier this year, is the collective brainchild of the comedians and actors MacNeill, Browne, Carolyn Taylor, and Jennifer Whalen. They were in the midst of pre-production for the series’ third season when we connected over the phone, just a week after it had debuted on IFC. (Frazzled by the process, MacNeill said she had just told a Virgin Mobile sales clerk, “Lots of love, bye!”) Photo by Gemma Warren for W Magazine. Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The four performers had observed a dearth of comedy they found relatable, and a deficit of jobs available to women actors beyond a certain age: “Women that I knew really hit a wall at 40, and it became harder to get jobs and harder to get seen,” Whalen said. “The frustrating thing is, you hit 40, and you’re like, ‘Oh, I actually have some things to say now. I have a worldview. I think I’m a more interesting person than I was at 25, but suddenly, I have nowhere to put this.’”READ MORE Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

UNAPOLOGETICALLY ASIAN SIMU LIU MARVELS LATEST SUPERHERO ON HIS FIGHT FOR REPRESENTATION

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It was “surreal” to be heading to his Comic-Con debut surrounded by “a who’s-who of all the Marvel movies I grew up watching or been watching the last few years,” Liu said in Toronto on Wednesday. Canadian actor Simu Liu has long been a vocal advocate for Asian onscreen representation in North America. Now, the Kim’s Convenience star has been tapped to play Marvel superhero Shang-Chi in the studio giant’s first film centred on an Asian character. (Evan Mitsui/CBC) Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img When Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings arrives at the cinema in 2021, its star Simu Liu will have — in about a decade — gone from a Craigslist-sourced movie extra to star of the studio’s first-ever film centred on an Asian superhero.Pretty cool for a former Bay Street accountant.Little more than a week ago, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige called Liu to say he’d landed the role that he’d just screen-tested for the weekend prior — and to invite him to San Diego Comic-Con for the public announcement in four days’ time. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Snow in July You bet … in Iqaluit

first_imgAPTN National NewsJuly brings many things likes barbecues, trips to the cottage and snow.In Iqaluit anyways.A few millimetres of the white stuff gave APTN’s Iqaluit reporter Kent Driscoll enough time to make a snowman.By noon the snow was gone.But the weatherman was calling for more snow on the horizon.last_img

Big plane – small City help is on the way to Pangnirtung

first_imgA Russian Antonov An-124 heavy lift aircraft lands in Iqaluit MondayKent Driscoll APTN National NewsIqaluit plane spotters were in their glory Monday as one of the world’s largest aircrafts came to town.The Russian Antonov An-124 arrived to deliver a helicopter that will help bring power back to the nearby community of Pangnirtung.On April 2, Pangnirtung, located 45 minutes northeast of Iqaluit, lost most of its power plant to fire.Back-up power was restored days later but residents were limited to the amount of power they could use including stove top cooking rather than ovens and people in the community of 1,500 are only permitted to do laundry in shifts to conserve energy.Schools, the health centre and government offices only just opened its doors, with limited services, this week.The Ruslan’s massive cargo space and lift were able to carry both the Erickson S-64 Skycrane helicopter and a new generator for Pangnirtung.The helicopter will be reassembled in Iqaluit and will transport the new generating equipment for Pang.The giant Antonov could not deliver its cargo directly to the community because the runway is too short.It is expected to take the helicopter four trips over two days to complete the drop-off.After that, power workers will install and test the new equipment, so Pangnirtung will be on temporary generators for a while longer.In the “kneeling” configuration, the cockpit flips up and the fuselage dips to the tarmac, allowing the massive jetliner to deploy the S-64 Skycrane helicopter.Erickson s-64 Skycrane:The helicopter was originally manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft as the S-64A Skycrane, and sold to the Army as the CH-54A Tarhe. The CH-54 performed with an outstanding service record in Vietnam, supporting the Army’s First Cavalry Division, Airmobile by retrieving over 380 damaged aircraft, saving an estimated $210 million. The S-64 was the first helicopter built as a flying crane, with an aft-facing pilot station that gives the pilot an unobstructed view of the load being carried and full positive control of the aircraft during precision operations. (Source: Ericksonaviation.com)One of only 26 Antonov An-124 Ruslans lands in Iqaluit on April 13.Antonov An-124 Ruslan: The AN-124-100 commercial aircraft has been developed on the basis of the AN-124 “Ruslan” heavy military transport aircraft. It is the biggest serial heavy lifter in the world and has a double-deck fuselage layout. The AN-124 has been used to deliver 90 ton hydraulic turbines, the Liebherr large dimension mobile crane, the USA Euclid mine truck, the fuselage of the Tu-204 passenger aircraft, a 109 ton locomotive, General Electric GE90 aircraft engines, various combat vehicles, Lynx anti-submarine helicopters, a spaceship in its container and other unique cargoes. (Source: antonov.com)last_img read more

Toronto stock market pushes higher despite energy weakness on drop in oil

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was up in late-morning trading as gains in the financial, industrial and materials sectors outweighed losses in the energy sector as the price of oil fell.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 79.85 points at 15,236.25.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 107.95 points at 25,495.13. The S&P 500 index was up 26.34 points at 2,752.56, while the Nasdaq composite was up 109.98 points at 7,310.85.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.56 cents US.The December crude contract was down US$2.57 at US$57.36 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up 21.2 cents at US$4 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up 40 cents at US$1,203.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 2.05 cents at US$2.70 a pound. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Conservative leader says Trudeau will hike carbon tax if he wins vote

first_img“Premier (Scott) Moe and Premier (Brad) Wall before him had a bit of a lonely battle but now they’ve got reinforcements. And my message to Canadians is come 2019, the battle will be won,” Scheer said. The federal government’s new carbon pricing system comes into effect in 2019 in provinces that don’t have carbon pricing mechanisms of their own. The carbon price outlined by Ottawa starts at a minimum of $20 a tonne and rises $10 annually until 2022.But Scheer told reporters that government officials are saying the tax would need to rise to $100 per tonne for it to be effective at reducing carbon emissions, and he says the federal environment department is planning for a carbon tax of $300 per tonne.“So we know Justin Trudeau will raise the carbon tax higher. His experts are telling him to. His own government departments are telling him to,” Scheer said.“At that price home heating bills will rise by more than $1,000 a year and gas prices would go up by more than 60 cents a litre.”When asked by a reporter about his own plan to fight climate change, Scheer responded that the Conservatives’ plan will help reduce global emissions by capitalizing on Canada’s clean technology and cleaner energy, which he said will also keep manufacturing jobs in Canada instead of moving to countries without those things.Canada’s former parliamentary budget officer predicted in a report in April that the federal government’s carbon tax will cut economic growth by 0.5 per cent or $10 billion dollars when it’s fully implemented in 2022, and would generate significant revenues. However, Jean-Denis Frechette’s report noted the impact on the economy will depend on how those revenues are used.Trudeau says Ottawa will return 90 per cent of the money it collects from a carbon tax to Canadians.Saskatchewan is asking its Court of Appeal to rule on whether the carbon tax is unconstitutional and has argued its climate change plan is enough to reduce emissions and a carbon tax would hurt the Saskatchewan economy.Scheer, who represents Regina_Qu’Appelle in Parliament, said Saskatchewan’s fight against the tax gets easier as more provinces elect governments that also oppose it, like Ontario and New Brunswick did in 2018.center_img REGINA, S.K. – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer welcomed 2019 with a warning that if Canadians re-elect Justin Trudeau this year, the federal carbon tax that’s going to take effect will only climb.“Canadians know what Justin Trudeau is going to do. Now that his carbon tax is here, it’s only going to go up. And if he gets re-elected in 10 months, it will go up even more,” Scheer said during a New Year’s Day news conference in a Giant Tiger store in Regina.“This time next year I plan on being able to tell Canadians that Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax is a thing of the past.”last_img read more

If I can get share of both pies, why not: Akshay

first_imgMumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar is on a roll, and when is he ever not? After signing up for a web series, the superstar is now getting ready for his next release Kesari. Excerpts from the interview: Q. There is so much happening in your career. Your leap into the digital domain has created a nationwide stir. What made you take this plunge? Honestly, my son Aarav was one of the main driving factors for me to think in this direction and move into the digital space. It’s where the youth is hooked onto and it is here that I wish to create something extraordinary and connect with them. It’s going to be high octane action is all I can reveal as of now. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Q. Do you think the future of the movie-going experience lies in the digital space? Or do you believe, as I do, that the magic of the movie theatre can’t be eradicated? I’m of mixed opinion here. The actor in me would want and love to believe the magic of the movie theatres never fades away but having said that I’m also aware that a lot of content consumption is being done in the digital space and that is something that cannot be ignored. And if I can get a share of both the pies, then why not? Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversaryQ. You had three major successes in 2018. Kesari is your first release for 2019, and it’s looking like a blockbuster. What are your expectations regarding Kesari? Kesari is an extremely special film for me, my first war drama. I am very emotional about it. The answer on why I picked this film is in your question itself. I was amazed that such a brilliant and brave story has such little recognition and it’s a story I’m really proud and excited about to share with the audiences. Q. In Mission Mangal, you play a real-life astronaut. And there are several interesting female actors sharing the limelight with you. Would it be correct to say this is your first film in recent times where the women have important roles to play? I would like to correct you here. In Mission Mangal, I do not play an astronaut but a scientist and yes, I worked with an interesting mix of female co-actors in it. Well, it’s actually very subjective and never been a conscious decision. I pick films which excite me. For instance, I was also a part of Naam Shabana, where I most certainly wasn’t the central character and my female co-actor Taapsee Pannu had a much more important role to play. So that’s how it is.last_img read more

After 60 years, state plans to repair Durgapur Barrage

first_imgKolkata: The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to repair Durgapur Barrage for the first time since its construction almost six decades ago.The foundation stone of the barrage on river Damodar in Bankura was laid by the then Chief Minister Dr BC Roy. The construction began in 1955 and it ended in 1960. As the barrage was not repaired since ages its condition deteriorated from bad to worse. The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to immediately repair it. Once the repair work is completed the barrage will prevent inundation on vast areas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBridge and Roof has been assigned to do the job at an estimated cost of Rs 98 crore. The scheme has been named “Rehabilitation and Strengthening of the Damaged Divide Wall and Downstream Floor of Durgapur Barrage”. There are 34 gates at the barrage that are operational. Due to lack of maintenance massive perforations have developed on the gates which cause huge leakage of water. In the upstream, divers have been deployed to carry out the necessary repair and plug the perforations. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayNecessary steps will be taken to revive the health of the dividing wall. Due to monsoon work cannot be carried out from June-July to October-November. In the downstream massive erosion has taken place on the bed of river Damodar. Necessary steps will be taken to check the erosion process. This apart, the state Irrigation and Waterways department has come up with an important scheme to repair the bridges on the canals of river Damodar. Under the scheme 31 bridges in Bankura, Birbhum and Bishnupur will be repaired by Bridge and Roof. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 50 crore. Most of the bridges need immediate repair. Work is being carried out in this regard and it is likely to be completed by monsoon.last_img read more

Chhattisgarh: 4 BSF personnel killed in encounter with Naxals

first_imgRaipur: Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and two injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh Thursday, police said. The encounter comes a week before polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is held in the state. The skirmish took place around noon in a dense forest near Mahla village in Kanker district when a joint team of BSF’s 114th battalion and the District Force was out on a search operation, police said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Four BSF troopers were killed and two injured in the incident,” Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI. The patrolling team had launched the operation from the BSF’s Mahla camp, located around 250 from Raipur, he said. When the security men were advancing through a forest patch, a group of naxals fired at them, leading to a gun battle, he said. The deceased were identified as BSF’s assistant sub- inspector Boro, and constables Ramkrishnan, Someshwar and Ishrar Khan, he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Assistant commandant Gopu Ram and inspector Gopal Ram were injured in the exchange of fire, he said. Soon after being alerted, reinforcement was rushed to the spot, he said, adding that a search operation was underway in the area. The bodies and the injured personnel were brought to the BSF’s Mahla camp later, he said. Polling in the Kanker Lok Sabha constituency will be held along with two other seats – Mahasamund and Rajnandgaon – in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh on April 18. Polling for other two phases in the state will be held on April 11 and 23.last_img read more

CEO’s office submits report to ECI on violence at Vidyasagar College

first_imgKolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has reportedly submitted a report to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Delhi, regarding the incident of violence that took place at Vidyasagar College on Tuesday.The ECI had sought a report from the office of the CEO after the Tuesday’s incident created a political slugfest between Trinamool Congress and BJP leaders. The CEO’s report comes on a day when the ECI has relieved Atri Bhattacharya, Principal Secretary, Home and Hill Affairs, from his current post. ADG CID Rajeev Kumar has also been relieved from his current post and has been asked by the ECI to attach to the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Capital. The Commission has also restricted campaigns by the political parties for the final phase of elections to a deadline of Thursday. The poll in the seventh and last phase will be conducted on May 19. Prodded by the ECI, the state election officials have sent a detailed report stating its observations regarding the incident when some BJP leaders allegedly ransacked a portion of Vidyasagar College and demolished a statue of Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar. The incident occurred when a road show of BJP national president Amit Shah was being organised in the city. Trinamool Congress leaders on Wednesday moved to the ECI, protesting against the incident. Various Opposition party leaders from the state also met election officials at the CEO’s office in this regard. Senior BJP leader Dilip Ghosh also met the election officials, alleging that Shah’s rally was attacked by Trinamool Congress activists. It has been learnt that the Election commission will take a decision after going through the report in detail. Meanwhile, special police observer Vivek Dubey said on Wednesday that police are conducting a probe into the incident. The Commission is keeping a tab on it as well.last_img read more

Pak Army to raise another division to protect CPEC

first_imgIslamabad: The Pakistan Army will raise another division-size special force to protect Chinese nationals and projects under the CPEC, military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor has said, days after the brazen terror attack on a luxury hotel in Balochistan. Describing the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a living example of deep-rooted friendship between Pakistan and China, Major General Ghafoor, Director General of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said the Pakistan Army was fully determined to ensure the security of the project. Talking to the Chinese media in Rawalpindi on Saturday, he said the Pakistan military had raised a whole division-size force to protect the project and they were planning to deploy another division for this purpose. Earlier reports said a Special Security Division (SSD) comprising 9,000 Pakistan Army soldiers and 6,000 para-military forces personnel has been set up for the security of the CPEC project and Chinese nationals working on it. Ghafoor said Pakistan faced a very challenging war against terrorism during the last two decades, and now the security situation was under control. Talking about the CPEC role in the country, he said the economic prosperity brought about by the CPEC will fail the motives of terrorists, as with the success of project more employment and business opportunities will be unveiled and with more economic opportunities coming in, people’s lifestyle will improve and inimical elements will fail gradually, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported. He claimed that the security situation in Balochistan had improved since the launch of the CPEC and now there was a better infrastructure, as many Chinese projects were underway, and with every coming day security, development and investment situation will get better. The Pakistan Army spokesman’s comments came days after terrorists attacked the Pearl Continental luxury hotel in the port city of Gwadar in the restive Balochistan province, killing at least eight persons, including four civilians and a Pakistan Navy soldier. The attack was claimed by the Balochistan Liberation Army — one of the most-organised terrorist groups of Baloch nationalists fighting against security forces. The group was also involved in the terrorist attack at the Chinese consulate in Karachi last year. Ghafoor said: “Today’s Gwadar is not what it used to be two years ago and in future it will be on a par with the ports of developed countries”. Gwadar port is one of the focal points of the CPEC with many Chinese workers from other provinces of Pakistan working at the port. China is investing heavily in Balochistan under the CPEC.last_img read more

Morocco: 13-year-old Girl Raped, Tortured and Murdered

first_imgCasablanca- According to Moroccan daily newspaper Assabah, the body of a 13-year-old girl, who was raped, tortured then murdered, was recently found in a farm in Moulay Yacoub, located in the region of Fès-Boulemane, Morocco.A girl aged 13 years old was found dead in a farm located in the small city of Moulay Yacoub. According to daily Assabah, the farm, located in a village called Oulad Mimoun, belongs to a Moroccan politician. According to the same source, the young girl had been violently raped and tortured before she was dropped dead in the said farm. Local Police also found physical signs of severe torture on her body. Inspections of the corpse showed that the murderer had used a knife to torture his victim. Around forty people, mainly residents of Oulad Mimoun village, were interrogated during police investigations, which led to the arrest of a 30-year-old man suspected of committing the crime. According to Assabah, the suspect, who works as a butcher in the village, admitted having committed the crime. The suspect told the Police that he had kidnapped the young girl on a public road while she was trying to take a bus to school. The suspect also admitted having raped the girl in an orange field not far from the location where her body was found. The suspect allegedly made use of one of his butchering knives to torture the 13-year-old girl while raping her, before dropping her dead.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Pardons 216 Convicts On Eid Al-Adha

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has granted his pardon to 216 convicts to mark Eid Al Adha, the ministry of justice and freedoms said Saturday. The detained beneficiaries of the pardon are:– 96 prisoners had their prison terms reduced. – Three inmates’ life sentences commuted to limited prison terms. The beneficiaries of the pardon are 117: – 30 prisoners benefited from pardon over their imprisonment term or remaining prison term. – 17 had their prison sentences dropped and fines maintained. – One inmate benefited from pardon over his prison term and fine – 69 inmates had their fines annulled.Pardon is granted to a number of prisoners by the Sovereign on the occasion of religious and major national celebrations, notably at Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (lamb sacrifice). read more

Promoting Economic Ties With China is a Royal Choice: Minister

Rabat- Morocco’s recent decision to shift focus towards China does not seem to please the kingdom’s economic partners in the West.According to Akhbar Al Yaoum newspaper in its November 28th issue, the Americans have expressed their serious fears that Morocco’s new trend to maintain its economic partnership with the Chinese will have a negative impact on their interests and investments in the country.The newspaper added that during the consultations that preceded the launching of the Industrial Acceleration Plan, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Investment and Digital economy has presented assurances that eased the concerns of the Americans. Moulay Hafid Elalamy said that promoting ties with China was not a governmental choice, but a royal one, adding that the Moroccan monarch regards the partnership with China as strategically important to the kingdom.Asked by Akhbar Al Yaoum, economic analyst Nuh El Harmouzi said that the economic rapprochement with the Chinese could help Morocco get rid of its economic dependence on countries such as France and Spain.The Moroccan king was to go on an official visit to China for the second time since 2002 but the visit was postponed at the last minute due to health reasons.The Industrial Acceleration Plan is spanning the period 2014-2020 and aims to create half a million jobs by 2020. It also aims to increase the contribution of the industrial sector to Morocco’s GDP from 14% to 23%.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes off Morocco’s Mediterranean Coast

Rabat – A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck Friday the coast of the cities of Al Hoceima and Nador, according to the the National Geophysics Institute (CNRST).The tremor, which occurred at 04:16m am (GM) was followed by another of lesser intensity, with magnitude 4.3 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the quake was located off Al Hoceima and Nador, according to the same source.An earthquake of almost the same magnitude struck the region last week. A Magnitude 5.3 quake hit the two coastal cities on Thursday March 3. This is the third earthquake that hits Morocco in the past two weeks. A 3.4-magnitide quake had hit the central city of Midelt on February 26.MWN with MAP read more

Spanish government loses vote with budget fight looming

MADRID — Spain’s government lost a vote in parliament to change regulations for housing rentals on Tuesday, dealing the ruling Socialists a setback as they try to cobble together support to pass a national budget.The far-left Podemos (“We Can”) party voted no, because it said the government decree didn’t do enough to limit the cost of rental properties, specifically by not empowering local governments to apply rent ceilings.Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez heads a minority government and will need Podemos’s support, along with that of several smaller parties, to pass his budget.If he fails to pass a budget, Sanchez will be under pressure to call an early election instead of seeing out the legislative term through 2020.Spain has endured a major increase in the price of housing rentals recently.The Associated Press read more