Arab Football Union Divides Moroccan Map Excludes Western Sahara

Rabat – The Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA), chaired by Saudi sports official Turki Al Sheikh, has divided the Moroccan map into three parts, excluding Western Sahara from Morocco.The map, which has since been deleted from Twitter, showed the football clubs that qualified for the eighth round of the Zayed Champions Cup.The union had not divided the Moroccan map into two parts, but into three sections. The first part showed northern and central Morocco and part of the southern provinces. The second part showed Western Sahara, and the third section showed the regions east of Morocco’s defense wall claimed as “liberated zones” by the Polisario Front.Although the map is used by the United Nations and international NGOs, it is the first time UAFA used the map.Moroccan news outlets have been speculating how the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) will respond to the map.The MAP displayed by UAFA excluded the Western Sahara from the Moroccan mapturkiUAFA deleted the post from their official Twitter account this morning.Intentional move?After Saudi Arabia’ provocative move to lobby against Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid, analysts have viewed Saudi moves as unfavorable to Morocco’s interests.Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia surprised Morocco when it lobbied for its economic ally, the US, to win the hosting rights, against Morocco.Morocco has an unfriendly history with Al Sheikh, the head of Saudi Arabia’s football federation, who expressed anti-Moroccan sentiments several times throughout the World Cup bid. Al Sheikh complained of Morocco’s neutral position on the Gulf crisis between Qatar and the Saudi-led coalition.Read Also: After 2026 World Cup Row, Al Sheikh Says Morocco Should Host CAN 2019Since the bid, Moroccan-Saudi relations have continued to be characterized by tension. King Mohammed VI’s neutrality in the Jamal Khashoggi case also angered Saudi Arabia.Several Arab countries used the slogan “Saudi Arabia is a red line,” when the international community suspected the involvement of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder of Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist, inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.Morocco has remained neutral and has not stated any position on the case. King Mohammed VI, a government source told Morocco World News, also declined to personally receive bin Salman in Morocco when he was on a world tour in late November.Read Also: King Mohammed VI Snubs Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin SalmanThe King refused to receive bin Salman due to his “busy agenda” and suggested his brother, Prince Moulay Rachid, receive bin Salman instead. The crown prince then did not visit Morocco. The King’s decision might have flared the tension between the two countries.Bin Salman, who also visited Algeria, was surprised by a last minute decision from Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose office announced a change in his agenda at the last minute. Bouteflika’s office said that the president could not meet bin Salman due to “flu,” resulting in speculations that the Algerian president also refused to personally meet bin Salman. read more

Green party proposes a robot tax when companies replace workers with machines

VANCOUVER — The Green party is proposing a “robot tax.”Green Leader Elizabeth May says that every time a company replaces a worker with a machine, a Green government would make that company pay a tax equivalent to the income tax paid by that laid-off employee.May says Canada is fast becoming a world leader in artificial intelligence, but the needs of workers must be at the forefront of policy discussions.She says the revenue from a “robot tax” would be used to fund educational and retraining programs for workers.May says technology and computer science can be industries that, when using renewable energy, are environmentally friendly.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The Greens also want to see legislation brought in to govern ethical, environmental, social and economic implications of widespread use of AI. read more

40 cyclists jump red light in 30 seconds – video

first_imgAs the taxi pulls up to a halt at the red traffic light, pedestrians start to cross the road in front of it – but within moments a large group of cyclists – most of them appearing to be teenagers – dart through the crossing, blocking the pedestrians’ path and also preventing traffic from joining the lane from the right hand side.According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists, 57% of cyclists admit to running red lights. A 2013 YouGov poll found that 35% of cyclists admit to ignoring red lights at least “occasionally.”If caught jumping a red light, cyclists can be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice of £30. • British motorists spend a fifth of their average daily drive waiting at red lights, research revealed earlier this year.The study by Confused.com found that nearly three in 10 people (29 per cent) admitted they have driven through a red light and nearly a third of those (32 per cent) doing so deliberately.Reasons for driving through a red light vary, with a third saying they were running late and a similar number claiming they didn’t see the light turn red. Meanwhile, a fifth say they deliberately drove through a red light because they were angry at the light for turning red. A video captured by a dashcam in a London black cab recently captured this footage of a huge number of young cyclists risking their lives by jumping a red light.The clip was uploaded to YouTube last week, and seems to have been filmed on October 22nd on London’s Regent Street.Posted by the LondonTaxi Dashcam YouTube account, the clip is captioned: “Please welcome the next generation of London cyclists… if they survive that long.” Many motorists revealed they used the time they spent sitting stationary to do other things. The most common activity while stopped at a red is adjusting the stereo (59 per cent), while more than a third of people (38 per cent) adjust the air-con and a similar number (36 per cent) eat a snack.Commenting on the findings, Matt Lloyd of Confused.com said: “Red lights are a frustration for many drivers on the road but they are a necessity to keep traffic moving in a timely and orderly fashion.“On some days, it can seem like the lights are against you and it can feel like the wait is longer than normal, but rushing through a red light can cause problems for drivers and pedestrians alike. And getting caught can cause you problems with your insurance.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more