Over 1600 Rapes in 2017 in Morocco Report

Rabat- Morocco’s rate of reported rapes has increased from a prior average of 800 cases to 1,600 cases in 2017, according to an annual report issued by the King’s Attorney General, Mohamed Abdel Nabawi.Nabawi has revealed shocking rape statistics from 2017, stating that among the 35,000 cases related to crimes against the moral order, 1,600 were rape cases.In 2017, the number of corruption cases climbed to 14,102, adultery to 2,426, and prostitution to 4,000. A total of 17,280 people were arrested on corruption charges, 2,890 for adultery, 5,328 for prostitution, and 2,384 for rape.The report also recorded 40 cases of abortion and 51 cases of infanticide in 2017. Authorities also arrested 1,729 people on charges which include same-sex activities, since homosexuality is punishable by law in Morocco.Morocco adopted a new law in February against sexual harassment and gender-based violence after years of women’s rights campaigns calling on the government to adopt the law.Just one month after Parliament passed the law, authorities arrested a 21-year old man who sexually assaulted a young girl in public on the street in Benguerir city in central Morocco.The spine-chilling video of the incident, filmed by the culprit’s accomplice, sparked nationwide uproar among Moroccans on social media platforms, who called on authorities to immediately intervene.The incident occured in January, before the video was circulated online in March. read more

Bank of Canada deputy Macklem sounds warning on housing market consumer debt

KINGSTON, Ont. — Bank of Canada senior deputy governor Tiff Macklem said Thursday the economy is expected to pick up this year, but sounded a note of caution amid a soft housing market and weak export demand.[np_storybar title=”Tiff Macklem emerges as front-runner to succeed Mark Carney at Bank of Canada” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2012/11/27/tiff-macklem-emerges-as-front-runner-to-succeed-mark-carney-at-bank-of-canada/”%5DBank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem has emerged as the front-runner to succeed Mark Carney as head of the central bank as it grapples with slowing growth and record consumer debt levels. Continue reading.[/np_storybar]“Near-term momentum now appears to be slightly softer than previously anticipated,” Macklem said in a speech at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.“The strength and durability of the pick-up in growth through 2013 and beyond will depend critically on how successful we are in regearing our growth to exports, investment and innovation.”The Bank of Canada is expected to update its economic projections later this month when it makes its next interest rate decision on Jan. 23.The central bank’s overnight rate has sat at 1% for more than two years.In its monetary policy report in October, the Bank of Canada predicted the economy would grow by 2.2% in 2012, 2.3% in 2013 and 2.4% in 2014.Macklem is considered by many to be the front-runner to replace Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, who is leaving later this year to head the Bank of England.These trends are not sustainableIn his speech, Macklem reiterated many of the same themes Carney has hammered on repeatedly in recent months including concerns about consumer debt.He noted that Canadians are more indebted than the Americans or the British and housing activity is at a near record share of the economy.“These trends are not sustainable,” Macklem said.“The good news is that there are now signs a gradual correction of these imbalances may be under way. It is too early to tell whether it will continue, and there are risks on both sides.”Macklem’s worries about a softer than expected economy follow a report last that month that the country’s gross domestic product rose just 0.1% in October after a flat September and a 0.1% contraction in August.However, Statistics Canada said last week that the Canadian economy created 40,000 jobs in December, adding to 59,300 created in November.The unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage points to 7.1%, its lowest rate in four years.The Canadian Press read more