AMA Organizes Its First Access Students Leadership Festival in Mdiq

Fez – The Association of Moroccan Alumni of the University of the Middle East Project (AMA UMEP) organized its first Access students’ leadership festival in M’diq, Morocco from 5th to 7th February.The festival was an opportunity for AMA Access Tiznit and Tahla students to meet up, practise their English language skills, share their ideas and experiences, show their talents and make new friendships.A series of interactive activities were presented by AMA Access students to show their talents in public speaking, presentations on a number of topics, drama, ICT projects, creative writing, singing and poster session. The festival featured speakers from a variety of fields like English language inspectors, youth leaders, and youth trainers who addressed a multitude of topics aiming basically at empowering the youth to achieve their full potential and equipping them with effective leadership skills.“AMA Access is that something special I was looking for in my life; it’s a dream that has come true. I’m very happy for my participation in the festival because I learned a lot of new things and met amazing new friends,” said AMA Access student Hanane Berghazi.Adil Boufessi couldn’t hide the over excitement in his voice when talking about his participation in the festival: “I would like to thank AMA for giving us this chance. I never thought I would meet such wonderful and inspiring people. I liked everything in the program but the unforgettable moment was when I got a book signed by the Moroccan Canadian young writer Intissar Louah.”For Mr. Khalil Zakari, English Language Teaching Supervisor, “The Festival was an attempt to feed discovered gifts and  talents, provide Access students with interaction and leadership opportunities and offer them a chance to be there where not many of their school mates were.”“These distinguished participants had a chance to huddle, befriend, communicate, share, mentor, support, and enjoy a three-day holiday hundreds of miles away from home,” Mr. Zakari added. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Stocks closed higher Thursday as investors grew cautiously optimistic the U.S. and China can make progress in upcoming trade talks.Technology, financial and consumer-focused stocks helped power the modest rally, which extended the market’s solid gains from the day before despite losing some momentum in the final hour of trading. Bond yields rose, oil prices fell.On Thursday:The S&P 500 index rose 8.64 points, or 0.3%, to 3,009.57.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 45.41 points, or 0.2%, to 27,182.45.The Nasdaq added 24.79 points, or 0.3%, to 8,194.47.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks gave up 0.65 points, or less than 0.1%, to 1,575.07.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 30.86 points, or 1%.The Dow is up 384.99 points, or 1.4%.The Nasdaq is up 91.39 points, or 1.1%.The Russell 2000 is up 69.90 points, or 4.6%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 502.72 points, or 20.1%.The Dow is up 3,854.99 points, or 16.5%.The Nasdaq is up 1,559.19 points, or 23.5%.The Russell 2000 is up 226.51 points, or 16.8%.The Associated Press read more

Hexagon acquires North West Geomatics – aerial mapping and LiDAR

first_imgNorth West Geomatics has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hexagon, a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies. North West provides high-quality aerial mapping and related spatial data services to engineering and mapping firms, environmental consulting organisations and government agencies. In addition to housing the single largest library of high-resolution imagery and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data in Canada, North West has been a pioneer in developing various techniques to maximise efficiency and productivity in photo acquisition and subsequent photogrammetric tasks. Valtus – North West’s content database – enables the seamless integration of any customer’s privately owned content through a hosting service. By dedicating a significant portion of resources to continuing research and development, “North West remains at the forefront in the aerial photography industry,” Hexagon states.“North West brings valuable expertise in selling data content as a service (CaaS) through its Valtus database, which enables crowdsourcing of data content. Together with advances in sensor capabilities and the acquisitions of AHAB, Aibotix, Geosoft and Tridicon, North West will be an instrumental part in Hexagon’s ambitions within this field”, said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén.North West Geomatics’ turnover for 2013 amounted to some EUR10 million.last_img read more