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October 12, 2019

Moroccan Activist Karima Rhanem Among 30 Most Influential Young Leaders in…

Rabat – The Governing Council of the Pan African Youth Leadership Foundation selected Morocco’s Karima Rhanem as one of the 30 most influential young leaders in 2019.Rhanem is  an activist and is currently serving as president of the International Center for Diplomacy.The Moroccan activist accepted the award at the Africa-Europe Youth Leadership Summit on September 28 in Banjul, Gambia. The foundation selected Rhanem for her achievements as a young leader working to promote youth rights and advocate for the effective implementation of youth policies.The selection was also based on Rhanem’s humanitarian and development work in Africa.“I am honored to be selected for this award. But more importantly, my best recognition is to see the impact of my work on the young people I am working with. My goal is to contribute to positively changing their lives through mentorship,” said Rhanem.Representatives of civil society, businesses, governments, academia and diplomats from both Africa and Europe attended the Youth Leadership Summit.The summit aims to increase the participation of young people in Afro-Europe Leadership and promote their role in influencing policies and boosting partnerships between Africa and Europe.The main slogan of the summit, #NotTooYoungToLead, gave an opportunity for young people to share some of their inspiring success stories. Most of the participants managed to create innovative initiatives and became leaders in their own fields, despite the lack of opportunities.Empowering Africa’s youthRhanem shared her experience with the initiatives she founded. One of her most important initiatives is “Africa My Home,” which empowers Africans to participate inclusively in their own development and create their own solutions.“I met many desperate youths willing to migrate looking for better opportunities. I coached them to stay home and teach them ways to create their own opportunities … And that is the whole spirit of Africa My Home that I founded : Africans creating their own solutions with Africans and for Africans,” she told MWN.Rhanem also highlighted Morocco’s experience in setting up participatory democracy mechanisms, allowing youth and civil society to be part of the decision making process cycle.The Moroccan activist has more than 18 years of experience in youth and civil society, public policy, strategic communication and advocacy, media and outreach, capacity building, strategic studies and research, citizen and digital diplomacy, and international development.Rhanem also serves as the president of the International Center for Diplomacy, a non-profit organization aiming to prepare future young ambassadors.Additionally, she worked at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), at the US Embassy in Morocco, and for the now-defunct English-speaking newspaper Morocco Times.The young Moroccan has won more than 22 international and national awards for engagement in civil society and human development. She was also nominated Humanitarian Ambassador for the World Habitat Ambassadors Foundation, an organization aiming to help vulnerable people seek affordable shelter. read more

October 3, 2019

Applications for US jobless benefits fall to 3month low

Applications for US jobless benefits fall to 3-month low by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2016 6:33 am MDT Last Updated Feb 18, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking unemployment aid fell last week to the lowest level since November, evidence that stock market turmoil and slow growth overseas haven’t caused U.S. businesses to cut jobs.THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for jobless benefits fell 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 262,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped 8,000 to 273,250. The overall number of people receiving aid increased, to 2.26 million, from 2.25 million the previous week.THE TAKEAWAY: Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so the low reading suggests that employers are confident enough in future growth to hold onto their workers, and possibly hire more.A rise in applications last month fueled concerns about greater layoffs. Yet those job cuts likely occurred among temporary employees hired over the winter holidays, and have now faded.BIG PICTURE: Other recent reports have shown that consumer spending and manufacturing grew last month, adding to evidence that the economy is still growing despite recession worries on Wall Street.Americans are purchasing big-ticket items like cars and electronics. That indicates that the roughly 9 per cent drop in the stock market last month hasn’t caused Americans to curtail their spending.Hiring has been solid despite the wild swings in the market. Employers added 151,000 jobs last month, a sharp drop from the average gains in the previous three months. Still, the gains were enough to lower the unemployment rate to 4.9 per cent, an eight-year low.Greater hiring also appears to finally be pushing up average hourly wages a bit, which grew 2.5 per cent in January from a year earlier. That is better than the roughly 2 per cent pace that has occurred for most of the 6 1/2 year recovery. FILE – In this June 23, 2014, file photo, a recruiter, at left, takes the resume of an applicant during a job fair, in Philadelphia. On Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits the week before. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) read more