Morocco Strong Thunderstorms Expected on Saturday

Rabat – Morocco’s National Meteorology Directorate (DMN) has issued a special weather warning forecasting strong thunderstorms and heavy rainfall across the country from 3 PM Saturday until midnight.Heavy rains are expected in the regions of Al Haouz, Azilal, Benli Mellal, Kelaat Sraghna, Fquih Ben Salah, Marrakech and Chichaoua.Moderate thunderstorms were forecasted for the provinces of Meknes, Fez, Moulay Yacoub, Sefrou, El Hajeb, Midelt, Boulemane, Taourirt and Jerada. The rainfall is expected simultaneously hit with gust wind exceeding 50 km/h.Hail is expected to hit the region of Errachidia, Tinghir, Zagora and Ouarzazate.

Bulgarias President urges intensified efforts to safeguard human dignity

The President of Bulgaria appealed for substantial progress in fighting poverty, ending conflicts and preserving the environment under the overall objective of safeguarding human dignity as he took the podium at the high-level debate at the opening of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly today. “I firmly believe that safeguarding human dignity is the ultimate goal of the United Nations as indeed of any genuine democracy,” Rossen Plevneliev said as he spoke on a wide range of topics as one of the first speakers in the annual General Debate.Welcoming stepped-up effort to forge consensus on a new paradigm for sustainable development – the theme for the Assembly session – Mr. Plevneliev compared the current model to a “carpet in which some colours, threads and stitches were missing making it look unfinished, patchy and ragged.” He noted that one billion people remained in extreme poverty while resource depletion remained irrational and climate change threatened the future.“We, the countries of the world, must mobilize all available means and resources to finish what we have started in order to achieve truly sustainable results for humanity and our planet,” Mr. Plevneliev said.Noting also that conflicts continue to rage and human rights continue to be violated, he said his country has already joined with others in urging the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court. He welcomed the framework agreement to control Syria’s chemical weapons, but stressed that the issue should not divert attention from efforts to end the suffering by ending the crisis. His country, not far from Syria, had adopted an emergency plan to assist Syrian refugees both in his country and neighbouring States, he said.Turning to international terrorism, he expressed gratitude for the assistance of other Member States in investigating the deadly July 2012 attack at a Bulgarian airport and he supported finalization of a draft Comprehensive Convention on combating the scourge. Stressing his country’s commitment to UN goals in a variety of areas, he said that the progress of Europe over the past century in creating peace, security and prosperity following ruinous wars – most recently the Balkans – should be taken as example of what can be achieved when neighbours work together. He attached particular importance to the eastern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy as a way to ensuring peace and stability in the Black Sea and the wider region. read more

SMMT to hold premium products event

27 April 2016, Williams F1 Conference Centre, OxfordshireSMMT is seeking expressions of interest for its second premium product manufacturers’ event. This year the event will focus on innovative products, and will have a Meet the Buyer session focused on building relationships between premium product manufacturers and premium automotive vehicle manufacturers.The event will feature a seminar session, exhibition area and a number of one-to-one, introductory meetings between potential suppliers and representatives from OEM purchasing departments. Attendees are expected from a number of OEMs including Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Toyota, Nissan, Aston Martin and Bentley.With involvement from SMMT, Niche Vehicle Network (NVN), Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space trade organisation (ADS), the event is part of an Automotive Council initiative aimed at creating a community of specialist UK automotive premium product suppliers.The seminar session will see speakers from OEMs and industry organisations discuss a variety of industry issues, including the support available for suppliers of low volume premium products and services. Manufacturers are also invited to display their goods and services in the exhibition area, although space is limited.‘Innovation Stand Up’ sessions will provide potential suppliers with an opportunity to showcase their innovation, conceptual design or new product to a wider audience. These sessions will be conducted with a closed audience of OEM representatives from purchasing, R&D and design engineering.SMMT is seeking expressions of interest from premium product manufacturers with specific requirements to match to potential suppliers. The information submitted will be used to arrange one-to-one meetings between OEMs and suppliers with a view to future collaboration.The event is strictly invitation-only, and attending companies must:have capability in one of the following disciplines: digital innovation, craft skills, interior innovations, high value materials, forged alloy wheels, communication, entertainment, lighting, smart phone interaction and apps, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), switch replacements, connecting home and car, exterior and accessories, new materials, existing materials used in new ways, existing product made from new materials rapid prototyping, or sustainable processes;be able to demonstrate a high standard of work and a willingness to achieve the industry certification standard; For more information, contact [email protected] to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) have a manufacturing or sales presence in the UK, or be based outside the UK with an interest in investing in the UK. read more