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Dyip import will surprise

first_imgSBP: Grin and splurge it Columbian import Khapri Alston. Photo by Mark GiongcoAt just 6-foot-3 1/2, Khapri Alston is the shortest among reinforcements in the coming Governors’ Cup.But don’t let the Columbian Dyip import’s height misconstrue what he can do on the court.ADVERTISEMENT Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant “Alston really surprised me. He’s only 6-3 1/2 but he plays like he’s 6-10,” Columbian head coach Johnedel Cardel said in Filipino. “He has a very high basketball IQ. He can get in the post and create something for his teammates.”Cardel isn’t just praising Alston based on his video highlights after already seeing what the former Midwestern State University standout brings to the table in a pair of tune-up games against Rain or Shine and NorthPort.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotel“He fits very well with us,” Cardel said. PDEA holds surprise drug test at bus terminal in QC for ‘Undas’ PLAY LIST 02:43PDEA holds surprise drug test at bus terminal in QC for ‘Undas’00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX View comments ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC BREAKING: A day after being fired, Robredo asks: ‘Ano bang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?’ Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

Virat Kohli’s aggressive streak fuelling Test leadership

first_imgVirat Kohli’s instant success as India’s Test captain of some repute hasn’t surprised the cricket world. He is the kind of cricketer that wears his heart on his sleeves, he is the kind that plays to win, he is the kind that offers no excuse in defeat and he is the kind that believes India’s highly paid cricketers have learnt enough – it is now time to deliver. (Sir Viv Richards floored by Virat Kohli’s ‘classy’ double ton)Kohli loves taking on responsibilities. His overall average is a very respectable 46.28 in 42 Tests but he averages 60.8 from 11 Tests as skipper, having hammered 1096 runs in 18 innings. Five of his 12 hundreds, including a maiden double ton have come as India’s Test captain. (Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble will face greater tests than West Indies: Sourav Ganguly)Kohli took over the reins from Mahendra Singh Dhoni under exceptional circumstances. The Jharkhand star wasn’t available for the opening Test in Australia back in 2014, which meant Kohli had to lead in a country, where India had lost their four previous Tests by huge margins. But he has never been the kind to respect history anyway and went in with his adrenalines pumping; Kohli smashed a hundred in each innings and almost pulled off an improbable victory. (Kohli announces arrival as Test captain: Play to dominate and win) Dhoni came back to lead at Brisbane and Melbourne, before calling it quits from the longest format. Kohli led with aplomb again, scoring another hundred at the SCG, where India started off 2016 with a draw. His next stop was a one-off Test against Bangladesh, which was ruined by long spells of rain. (Kohli hails India’s complete performance in Antigua Test)advertisementKohli’s reckoning as captain came in Sri Lanka, where he oversaw a historic 2-1 win over the islanders. He scored a hundred in Galle and followed it up with a composed 78 in the next but did not really set the scoreboards on fire on the slow, turning Sri Lankan pitches. However, it was his astute leadership, his aggressive captaincy and an uncanny knack of reading the tremors in the opposition, that allowed the team to blossom. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled like a wizard while Ishant Sharma found his mojo, which was lost after the seven-for at Lord’s. (Kohli reveals successful transition from IPL to Test cricket)Against South Africa, on rank turners at home, Kohli won rave reviews from former skippers after his spectacular marshalling of resources. Ashwin was on fire once again even as Kohli urged his batsmen to stand up and deliver. He finally walked the talk in his own backyard at the Feroz Shah Kotla with knocks of 44 and 88 as Ajinkya Rahane smashed twin hundreds. This was by then a complete team, where the batsmen could score in difficult conditions and the bowlers could exploit those conditions better than opponents. (Kohli thrilled with Ashwin, the new batting star)KOHLI ALREADY A LIMITED-OVERS GREAT!For the seven months that followed India’s 3-0 demolition of South Africa, the erstwhile world number one in Tests, Kohli returned to play limited overs cricket and owned the T20 format. He had begun 2016 on a sensational note, smashing two hundreds in India’s 4-1 loss to Australia in the ODI series before turning his attention to the T20 Internationals that followed. His performances thereafter at the Asia Cup, World T20 and the Indian Premier League were catapult him to greatness. Virat Kohli had finally arrived as a true great.As the West Indies tour drew closer, the focus shifted to India’s next coach. After Anil Kumble took charge, he was quick to point out that he had no intention of curbing Kohli’s aggressive instincts. Byoued further, Kohli announced a new roadmap for Indian cricket – they would play Tests to win them, even if that meant sacrificing a batsman.For decades, Indian captains have chosen to tread cautiously, with six batsmen and five bowlers. Kohli was prepared to gamble and take ownership. For him, five bowlers meant more chances of taking 20 wickets. At the Antigua Test, after losing Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara in the first session, India found solace in their captain, who hammered his maiden double hundred in first class cricket. Together with Rahane and Ashwin, Kohli made a huge statement: “I would never ask my team to do anything I wouldn’t do myself.”Victory was wrapped up inside four days. This was India’s first innings win in the West Indies and the biggest outside Asia. Kohli’s tactics sometimes came under the scanner but he is a captain who has shown the urgency to improve and improvise.advertisementAs India gear up for the second Test at Jamaica, Kohli will be expected to lead from the front again. He wants a 4-0 series win here and he won’t back down at any stage. That is great assurance for the Indian fan, who had started to get accustomed to Dhoni’s somewhat defensive approach in Test cricket, where he often waited for things to happen.Kohli, on the other hand, makes things happen. Under him, India are on the ascent, without fear of slipping and falling.QUICK STATSVirat Kohli as Test captain since 2014Australia (2) – W: 0; L: 1; D: 1Bangladesh (1) – D:1Sri Lanka (3) – W: 2; L: 1; D: 0South Africa (4) – W: 3; L: 0, D: 1 (Washed out)West Indies (1) – W: 1Tests: 11W: 6L: 2D: 3Kohli career: Tests: 42, Runs: 3194, 100: 12, 50: 12, Avg: 46.28Kohli’s run of scores since taking over as Test captain: 115, 141, 147, 46, 14, 103, 3, 78, 10, 18, 21, 1, 29, DNB, 22, 16, 44, 88, 200Tests: 11, innings 18, Runs: 1096, 100s: 5, 50: 2last_img read more

101-yr old Man Kaur seeks votes for prestigious Laureus Award

first_imgChandigarh, Sep 6 (PTI) Centenarian sprinter Man Kaur, who has featured among the nominees for the prestigious Laureus World Best Sporting Moment of the Year 2017 Award, has sought the support of countrymen and sports enthusiasts around the world to vote for here in a global online poll. The 101-year-old Chandigarh-based Man Kaur is among the six contenders. She had won the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland earlier this year. Kaur, who had earlier said that age was no bar to realise ones dreams, said today she was feeling happy to be featured in the category for the award. “I feel thrilled. I am feeling the same way as any youngster would. Now, I need support of my countrymen and sports enthusiasts around the world. Vote for me,” Kaur told PTI today. Kaurs 79-year-old son Gurdev Singh said he had received a communication from the Laureus recently informing him that his mother was going to be featured in the new category –Best Sporting Moment which will highlight the power of sport in changing the world. “My mother has been featured in a new category by the Laureus World Sports awards called Best Sporting Moment. She is one of the six contenders,” Gurdev said. “We appeal to people to vote for her by clicking on mylaureus.com and follow necessary instructions for voting. We need full support of our countrymen as their votes are crucial,” he said, adding people can cast votes over the next couple of weeks. Kaur, who won her first medal in 2007 at the Chandigarh Masters Athletics meet, is now eying to compete in Asia Masters Athletics Championship at Rugao in China later this month. Kaur took up athletics at the ripe age of 93 years “just for the heck of it” after seeing Gurdev run a race at Patiala. By winning the medal in Auckland, New Zealand, in April, Kaur added the 17th gold medal in her kitty. She had clocked one minute and 14 seconds as a small crowd cheered her on. In the run-up to the competition, Kaur left no stone unturned in her preparation doing five sprints of 50m each, one of 100m and one of 200m every alternate day. “I will continue to run and take part in competitions as long as I can. It gives me a lot of happiness when I run. I believe that age is no bar to chase and realise your dreams,” said Kaur, who is also called as Miracle Mom from Chandigarh. Besides Gurdev, Kaur has a 60-year-old daughter Amrit Kaur and a son named Manjit Singh, who is 72 year old. “I feel great that I am getting to travel places at this age,” she said with a smile. Gurdev said his mother also ran a non-stop 3km long race along with centenarian marathon runner Fauja Singh at Mohali a few years back. Kaur and Gurdev have taken part in dozens of Masters Athletics meets around the globe. She said that during her childhood she used to accompany the royal family of erstwhile Patiala state in summers to Chail in Himachal Pradesh and tend to their kids and the sick. Talking about her daily diet, she said, “I take boiled vegetables, wheat bread. I take healthy food, if you take junk food, then how can you run. I avoid fried food.” PTI SUN PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Managing GHG Emissions from Agriculture: A Unique but Solvable Challenge

first_imgThis post also appears on GreenBiz.com.Thousands of companies have developed greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories in recent years as a crucial first step towards measuring and ultimately reducing their emissions. Agricultural emissions are a large part of many of those inventories: farming is currently responsible for between 10 and 12 percent of global GHG emissions. Globally, agricultural emissions are expected to increase by more than 50 percent by 2030, according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).There is much uncertainty about how agricultural emissions should be reported in GHG inventories, a situation that hinders measurement and reduction efforts in the sector. To address this issue, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol is developing industry-wide best practices for reporting agricultural GHG emissions. Why are agricultural GHG emissions so challenging?Agricultural emissions are difficult to consistently measure and report because:The emissions are strongly affected by weather and natural landscapes. As a result, emissions from any one farm can vary widely over time due to droughts, heat waves, and other factors. Companies need to understand and account for these effects if they are going to track the impacts of changes in farming practices.Agricultural emissions are often calculated with a high amount of uncertainty. This is because GHG emissions from many agricultural sources, such as manure management and livestock, are shaped by complex microbial processes that are not fully understood. Such data uncertainty has to be transparently reported to enable effective decision-making.Changes in the amount of carbon stored in soil and biomass do not occur at the same time as shifts in farming practices. For example, a farm may switch from high-intensity tilling (a practice associated with high emissions) to conservation tillage (a practice associated with lower emissions), but the benefit would only accumulate over time as the soil carbon slowly builds up. This issue can make it difficult for companies to know if and when they should report changes in stored carbon.Companies vary widely in the extent to which they control different parts of agricultural supply chains, such as commodity production, processing, and retail. This issue can impact incentives to actually report GHG emissions as well as the comparability of GHG inventories.What is the GHG Protocol doing to improve agricultural emissions management?The GHG Protocol has been working for the past two years to develop a draft Agricultural Guidance, a new supplement to the 10-year-old Corporate Standard, outlining how companies can conduct GHG emissions inventories. The Agricultural Guidance explains how producers and their customers can report agricultural emissions in a consistent way and develop inventories that can be used to:Identify and prioritize reduction opportunities at the farm level,Set and track progress toward reduction targets, andCommunicate progress to customers and civil society.The GHG Protocol recently convened a workshop to review the Agricultural Guidance. More than 30 experts from business, government, academia, and non-governmental organizations were in attendance, and they emphasized the strong need for guidance that harmonizes accounting approaches in agriculture.The workshop confirmed key components of the Agricultural Guidance, such as how to track emissions performance over time. It also highlighted other key issues to explore. For example, one area that needs further study is whether qualitative information on farming practices can ever substitute for GHG emissions data. Another was how inventories can be used to track the climate impact of agriculture-driven deforestation, particularly when deforested land has been sold to new owners. Finally, participants discussed the land lease contracts that producers can enter into with U.S. government land owners (e.g., Bureau of Land Management) and how the Agricultural Guidance should play a pivotal role in defining how GHG emissions from leased land should be reported.The issues raised during the workshop emphasize the importance of consistent GHG measurement and the need to develop industry-accepted best practices that offer a credible approach to reporting emissions.The GHG Protocol team is currently integrating workshop feedback into the Agricultural Guidance and expects to release the final document in late 2012. With the new guidance, the agricultural sector will have a valuable tool to accurately measure and report GHG emissions.“Agricultural outputs are the key inputs for many food, beverage and biofuel products, and it is important for agricultural companies voluntarily reporting their greenhouse gas emissions to do so in a consistent and transparent way,” said Nick Shufro, a workshop participant and PricewaterhouseCoopers representative. “The draft WRI Agricultural Sector supplement provides important guidance for agricultural companies looking to report their greenhouse gas emissions in a credible fashion.”It’s still possible for companies and others to become involved in the development process for the Agricultural Guidance. For further information about the project or participation opportunities, please contact Stacy Kotorac, GHG Protocol Project Coordinator/Research Assistant, at skotorac@wri.org.last_img read more

Forum on Gender Equality Opens in Barbados

first_img The forum got underway on Thursday, August 22, at the Hilton in Bridgetown, Barbados Story Highlights The forum seeks to promote a common voice in advocating for the priorities of the Caribbean The forum is organised by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women The Caribbean Forum on Gender Equality and Post 2015 Agenda got underway on Thursday, August 22, at the Hilton in Bridgetown, Barbados.Slated to end on August 23, the forum is organised by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.The forum’s objective is to ensure that gender equality advocates in the Caribbean have a common understanding of the importance of these global conferences on future development assistance frameworks in the region.It also seeks to promote a common voice in advocating for the priorities of the Caribbean.Representatives attending the forum include: UN Women Representative for the Multi-Country Office – Caribbean, Christine Arab; UN Resident Co-ordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean StatesOECS, Stephen O’Malley; Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Barbados, Steven D. Blackett; Director, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Sub-Regional Headquarters for the Caribbean, Diane Quarless; UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Lara Blanco; and UNICEF Representative for the Eastern Caribbean, Khin-Sandi Lwin.The sessions throughout the days will focus around: the Caribbean’s Priorities within the Post 2015 and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) agendas; Global and Regional Discussions Impacting the Post 2015 Agenda and SIDS; Gender Equality in the Caribbean and Working Methodology for Development of the Caribbean Statement on Gender Equality and Women’s Advancement in Post 2015 Agenda; and advocacy strategies for Post 2015 and SIDS.last_img read more

Film Production Announced

first_img Quick facts: Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, July 17. The documentary, Bad Chad, produced by Spice Goddess TV Inc. (Ocean Entertainment Limited), has been approved for a funding commitment of $279,204 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $946,455. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at http://www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding. the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process when the production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI NOVA SCOTIA BUSINESS INC.—Film Production Announced To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at http://www.nsbi.ca. -30-last_img read more

Earthquake of 48 magnitude hits Mahas Satara district

first_imgPune: An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 shook parts of Satara district in Maharashtra on Thursday morning, an official said. The epicentre of the quake, which occurred around 7.47 am, was recorded at a depth of 10 km, the official at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) centre here said. No casualty or damage to property has been reported so far, an official from Satara district administration said. Satara is located around 120 km from Pune.last_img

In the news today Feb 1

first_imgSix stories in the news for Thursday, Feb. 1———MORE MURDER CHARGES EXPECTED FOR MCARTHURPolice in Toronto expect more murder charges to be laid against a self-employed landscaper who’s already accused in the presumed deaths of five men, some of whom disappeared from the city’s gay village. Police continue to search properties connected to Bruce McArthur, 66, who is already charged with five counts of first-degree murder.———PM TRUDEAU CONTINUES TOWN HALL TOURPrime Minister Justin Trudeau face more tough questions from Canadians at a town hall event in Winnipeg last night. The prime minister was grilled about the environment, foreign policy, immigration and other issues at last night’s event, which followed a meeting with his youth advisory council. The prime minister’s town hall tour moves to Edmonton tonight and Nanaimo, B.C. on Friday.———ONTARIO PCs TO NAME NEW LEADER MARCH 10Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party will select a new leader to replace Patrick Brown on March 10. There is currently only one candidate in the running to replace Brown — Toronto politician Doug Ford. The party has been in turmoil since last week when Brown resigned after vehemently denying sexual misconduct allegations which have not been independently verified by The Canadian Press.———‘O CANADA’ GOING GENDER NEUTRALA bill changing the lyrics to the national anthem has now passed both houses of Parliament, after a voice vote in the Senate Wednesday evening. The bill, which changes the line “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command,” now requires only formal royal assent to become law. The change was the dying wish of Liberal MP Mauril Belanger, who had Lou Gehrig’s disease, to make the anthem gender neutral.———REPORT: WOMEN UNNECESSARILY SUFFERING FROM HEART DISEASEThe Heart and Stroke Foundation has issued a new report saying Canadian woman are “unnecessarily suffering and dying from heart disease” because of a system that is ill-equipped to diagnose, treat and support them. “Women are under-researched, under-diagnosed and under-treated, under-supported and under-aware … and we need to smash this glass ceiling,” said CEO Yves Savoie.———IMMIGRANT COUPLE GIVES $60M TO ARCTIC FUNDA Canadian couple says a decision to donate $60 million — the bulk of their wealth — to a fund aimed at promoting Arctic innovation was inspired by a deep love for the Far North and the people who live there. Seven years after founding the Arctic Inspiration Prize, Arnold Witzig and Simi Sharifi are handing over their fortune to a trust fund that distributes millions of dollars every year to northern groups whose work improves the quality of life for their community members.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Online and telephone voting begins to elect a new leader of the B.C. Liberal Party.— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will make a policy announcement in Ottawa.— The Supreme Court of Canada will render decisions in nine leave to appeal applications.— Companies reporting results today include Saputo Inc. and Resolute Forest Products Inc.— Court hearing in Halifax regarding Lorne Grabher’s compliant about a decision to revoke his GRABHER licence plate.last_img read more

Trudeau accepts the finding of genocide but says focus needs to be

first_imgVANCOUVER — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he accepts the finding that Canada’s treatment of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls amounts to genocide.Debate has erupted over the definition of the term after the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls repeatedly used it in its final report released Monday.But Trudeau says people are wrapped up in a debate over the powerful term, when the focus should be on how to put an end to the issues raised by the inquiry.He says Canada has repeatedly failed Indigenous women and girls across the country.Trudeau says the tragedy of not treating cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women as a priority has to end.The prime minister made the remarks after announcing a  $1.4-billion annual investment to advance the health and rights of women around the world starting in 2023.He was speaking at the Women Deliver 2019 conference in Vancouver on gender equality, telling the crowd the money makes Canada a global leader in funding sexual and reproductive health rights.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mandatory Military Service: To Some It’s Patriotic, To Others It’s Punishment

Rabat – Moroccan youth are eager to know whether Parliament will pass the debated bill on mandatory military service.If passed, all Moroccan youth aged 19 to 25 would have to spend 12 months in military service unless they are exempted for a convincing reason.Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said on Thursday, September 20, that the government would discuss the mandatory service “this week.” However, the government has given no indication that Parliament has considered it as of yet. When a ministerial council announced that it approved the draft bill in August, it sparked confusion among the public. The only indication mandatory service was in discussion came just two days earlier in the council’s agenda.A cure-all for youth issuesKing Mohammed VI, who abolished conscription in 2006, gave a royal statement supporting the military service, emphasizing that the mandatory service would aim to promote patriotism in youth.The statement followed the King’s continuous calls for the government to offer youth a good education and employment opportunities to fully empower and integrate youth to contribute to Morocco’s development.Read Also: Law on Mandatory Military Service May Come into Force at the End of 2019The government has been touting reforms to end growing dissatisfaction and social disparities in the country.Now the government asserts military service will “inculcate the spirit of citizenship in young people as part of a correlation between the rights and duties of citizenship.”While some citizens described the government’s argument as not “convincing,” political analyst Moulay Hicham Mouatadid told Morocco World News that the return “to the collective consciousness of the nation is paramount, provided that the spirit of citizenship prevails over inequality and social disparity.”Rumblings of discontentSocial disparities have caused demonstrations from the north to the south of Morocco. While the southern provinces decried a lack of drinking water in April, Morocco’s north witnessed protests against unemployment and a lack of medical facilities in the Al Hoceima province in 2016 and 2017.Jerada, an eastern city near Oujda, also saw massive protests against risky mine work.All the protests put the government under pressure, and the monarch expressed dissatisfaction with the pace of the implementation of the development model.Read Also: Mandatory Military Service Might Not Include Moroccan BinationalsMohammed Cherkaoui, a professor of Conflict Resolution at George Mason University in Washington D.C, remains skeptical that military service would solve the social crises in Morocco.The professor commented on the government’s statement that the military service aims to “promote patriotism.” Cherkaoui told MWN the statement “remains vague and reveals a deliberate move to make one tree prevent the view of the entire forest.”Cherkaoui speculated, “The decision remains a default tool of managing the acute crisis of Moroccan polity. While struggling with Rif and Jrada protests, controversial sentences of activists and arrest of journalists, resilient Boycott Movement, and other aspects of deepening social malaise,” he said.According to Cherkaoui, “Certain centers of power in Rabat thought the military service could be an ‘innovative’ strategy of containing the multi-layered crisis and shifting the public discourse.”The professor also questioned whether the bill would mitigate social inequality in the country.Better than unemployment?At the end of the 12-month training period, young people who completed the service would receive payment, according to Article 5 of the bill.Article 6 of Bill 44.18 on mandatory military service also promises to reward conscripts with grades according to the Royal Armed Forces’ current hierarchy standards.The bill may also call conscripts with technical and professional skills to fulfill specific missions within the military administration after completing the training.But will conscription solve high youth unemployment?Read Also: Draft Law on Mandatory Military Service Stirs Backlash in MoroccoA need for more transparencyFor some, the proposed bill came as a “shock” rather than a way to promote patriotism in youth.“The decision of mandatory military service is a shock to most young people because it came in an extreme manner without any discussion or participatory approach,” Abdellah Nizar, an activist, told  MWN. Nizar is also a member of Morocco’s Forum of Modernity and Democracy.Nizar’s remarks supported the arguments of Morocco’s Istiqlal (Independence) party, which called on the government to use a pedagogical approach to correct “negative stereotypes” which make the military service appear like a “mechanism for discipline and punishment or for the suppression of energies and the spirit of initiative and creativity” among youth.The party also called on the government to communicate with people.According to Nizar, mandatory service may bear fruit if the government issues a full package with reforms in all sectors. However, he believes introducing military service to end all social problems is not the right decision.Patriotism or escalating conflict?On the other hand, Hicham Mouatadid said the military service has benefits: “the honor of defending the Moroccan homeland, the contribution to peace in the world, [and] participation in the effort of the development of their country.”He said that military service is one way to ensure “national cohesion, a formative and professional measure, and above all a duty of defense of the nation.”Nizar agreed that patriotism entails both rights and duties and that “there can be no rights without duties.”However, Nizar told MWN, “We cannot talk about patriotism” because Morocco lacks the “most basic rights.”“In the democratic world as a whole, we find youth at the forefront and in the most prominent positions in all sectors because those countries provide them with the possibilities and opportunities for success and did not question their patriotism,” he said.Professor Cherkaoui, however, sees the government’s move to re-introduce compulsory service as a mobilization for potential developments in the Western Sahara conflict.Bringing back military conscription “presupposes a would-be escalation of the Sahara conflict, and the State needs to secure additional forces by training male and female young citizens on how to bear arms, a classical overplay of the card of patriotism,” he said.Cherkaoui, who is also a former member of the United Nation’s Panel of Experts, added that some people believe that this “is not a far-fetched hypothesis if we consider the temporality of the decision three months before the UN Security Council decides the fate of the MINURSO peacekeeping force.”However, Cherkaoui acknowledged that others would disagree and respond, “Various geopolitical indicators contest the validity of such a hypothesis.”To keep youth at homeCould conscription keep more young Moroccans at home? Over the summer, many Moroccan youth attempted to cross the Mediterranean in flimsy boats to reach the Eldorado.El Khalfi said on Thursday, September 20, that Morocco accounts for 13 percent of undocumented migrants who attempted to reach Europe in 2018 (7,100 Moroccans).Pictures of potential migrants waiting for boats to cross from Morocco to Spain have gone viral on social media.Nizar said Moroccan youth do not hate their motherland, but they leave because “the state did not provide them with the possibilities and opportunities for success.”He believes that participation in the development of the country requires involvement and facilitation of access in all sectors.“It is not a year in the army that will make young people grow and develop their country!” he concluded.‘Can not this “better life” be granted to Morocco?’On Friday, Minister of Youth and Sports Rachid Talbi Alami said that Moroccans should be able to find a better life in their motherland instead of putting their lives in danger through undocumented emigration. “Can not this ‘better life’ be granted to Morocco or are there things that prevent this?”El Khalfi asserted earlier this month that Morocco has “great job opportunities,” emphasizing the government’s determination to fight migration networks.Melilla’s Minister of Social Welfare Daniel Ventura said that the military service has actually caused youth emigration from Morocco to the Spanish enclave.El Faro Melilla reported on September 22 Ventura’s remarks that since the ministerial council approved the compulsory military service bill, minors have escaped to Melilla to “evade it.”Renowned Moroccan philosopher and researcher Ahmed Assid told Morocco World News that youth interpret the government’s military service proposal as “punishment.”Assid is also a signatory of a statement against mandatory service, which was issued on August 25 by a Facebook group called “Moroccan Rally against Compulsory Military Service.”The statement called on the government to give priority to education, health, culture, and employment, as provided for in Article 33 of Morocco’s Constitution.From the group’s point of view, military service cannot help solve young people’s issues.“It remains merely a patchwork solution that shows the inability of the state to solve basic problems,” the statement reads.On September 20, El Khalfi said that if passed in Parliament, the military service bill might come into force as early as the end of 2019. read more