Copenhagen – Denmark applauds Morocco for its efforts and approach to regional issues, Danish Foreign Minister, Martin Lidegaard said on Wednesday in Copenhagen.Speaking to MAP following talks with Morocco’s Minister Delegate to the Foreign Minister Mbarka Bouaida, the Danish official expressed support for “the approach adopted by the government regarding regional issues,” referring notably to Morocco’s response to the challenges relating to fighting extremism and the promoting economic development.“We are satisfied with the quality of our bilateral relations with Morocco, a stable country in a volatile region,” said the Danish official. On the Sahara issue, Lidegaard said Denmark supports a negotiated solution within the framework of the UN.The meeting was an opportunity highlight Morocco’s autonomy plan for the southern provinces as a serious and credible proposal to put an end to the regional dispute.The Danish official also applauded Morocco for the ratification of the optional protocol to the convention against torture, adding that the two countries work together at the international level for the ratification of this Convention.Lidegaard also welcomed Morocco’s initiative to the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2016.MWN with MAP
Rabat – Fifteen minors who allegedly sexually assaulted a donkey in the small rural town of Sidi Kamel in the communal providence of Sidi Kacem have been treated for rabies infections received from the animal.The 15 children and teenagers stayed at the Mechraa Belksiri Hospital for one week to receive rabies vaccinations after the animal transmitted the disease to them, claimed Moroccan daily Al Akhbar in its August 10 edition.The incident has put the families of these fifteen young people into distress and horror, reports the daily. Local authorities have been alerted and search for find anyone else who has “approached” and “admired” the animal closely, in order to limit the risk of rabies spreading among the inhabitants of the region.The alleged incident became the subject of mockery and ridicule among the population of the small town.However, it has also become a subject of fear and shame for parents who, in the utmost secrecy, hastened to have their children vaccinated in case they had approached the animal.According to the daily, the number of infections could be much higher, as some families preferred to take their children to hospitals outside the region to avoid humiliation.The local authorities ordered the owner of the animal to slaughter it to avoid further risk of spreading the disease.Update: According to a thorough investigation conducted by Moroccan news website Ledesk, the incident, which was widely reported by Moroccan and international media, turned out to be a hoax.
Areva has signed a unique integrated fuel and related services contract with Xcel Energy in the USA to supply the Monticello nuclear power plant in Minnesota. The contract covers uranium, conversion, enrichment, fuel design and fabrication, and related engineering services. It is the first of a kind awarded by a nuclear utility to a fuel supplier in the country in several decades. Under the agreement, Areva will provide six fuel reloads which correponds to a decade of fuel supply, with deliveries beginning in 2015. The contract includes transition of the Monticello plant to use Areva’s innovative AtriumTM 10XM boiling water reactor fuel. This will be the first time that Xcel Energy will use Areva fuel in its plants.Luc Oursel, CEO, said: “Areva is very pleased with the trust placed in us by Xcel Energy. This new success was made possible thanks to our integrated business model that draws on a broad portfolio of products and services tailored to meet our customers’ needs.”Dennis Koehl, Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer for Xcel Energy, said the utility looks forward to working with Areva. “This contract represents the start of a productive working relationship, one we believe will benefit our customers by controlling fuel costs,” Koehl said.Xcel Energy is a major US utility operating in eight Midwestern and Western states, with a total generation capacity of 16,000 MW.