By Yasyn MouhirMarrakech – Moroccan National coach, Badou Zaki, has revealed the initial list of players of the Moroccan national team in preparation for the match against Sao Tome in the draw qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations, to be held in Gabon in early 2017.The most notable surprise on the list is the presence of Mohammed Bouldini, the Raja Casablaca player, in addition to the absence of the Moroccan “Messi” Hashim Mastour, Mubarek Boussoufa, Marouane Chamakh, and Houssine Kharja. Although this marks the third time in a row that Mubarak Boussoufa did not make to the list, the absence of Marouane Chamakh, and veteran Houssine Kharja, and the presence of Mohammed Bouldini, the young player of Raja, are considered the biggest surprises on this list.The following is the list of 24 players:-Goalkeepers: Munir Mohammadi (Numancia) -Yasin Bono (Zaragoza) – Amine Borkadi (Khouribga) – Elyoussfi (MAT).-Defense: Benatia (Bayern Munich) – Essam Adoua (Laval Chinese) – Mohamed Oulhaj and Jbira (Raja) – Alshakir (FAR) – Shafiq (Laval) – Achntih (Vitesse Arnhem)– Midfielders:  Ahmadi (Feyenoord) – Obadi (Lille) – Ait Benidder (WAC) – Masoudi (Lierse) – Amrabat (Malaga) – Saadane (FUS)– Forwards:  Sufian Baufal (Lille) – Atef Chahchouh (Siva Spor) – Osama al-Saidi (Libyan Ahli) – Hamdallah (Qatari Jaish) – Mohsen Yajour (Qatar Qatar) – Yassin Bamo (Nantes) – Mohammed Bouldini (Raja) read more

Brock grads enjoying themselves at a Toronto Brock Alumni Pub Night.It’s going to be an exciting 2013 for Brock University alumni across Canada.In 2012, with the help of regional network committee members, Brock Alumni Relations hosted over 15 successful events across the country, including pub nights, wine tastings, etiquette dinners and, of course, Brock Days Alumni Weekend. Over the past few weeks, the Brock Alumni Relations team has met with current regional network committee members to go over event strategies and guidelines for 2013 and also recruited some new members to bring a fresh perspective to the various groups. In 2013, we hope to have twice as many events.Alumni Relations has created a go-to handbook for networks, explaining how to start one from scratch or how to revamp one already in place. The handbook is a great starting point for those interested in volunteering on a regional committee to help plan, organize and execute events, networking opportunities and social get-togethers for fellow graduates. You don’t need to be an experienced event co-ordinator to participate on these committees. Everyone has different skills and abilities that make them an asset to the team. Perhaps you are great with social media, love building relationships with people or know how to create (and stick to) a budget.We currently have very active networks in Hamilton/Burlington, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto and Ottawa. We are also in the process of starting networks in Niagara, Sudbury and Victoria, B.C. Events happen across Canada, so if you are interested in remaining connected to the university, contact Emily Hutton, special events coordinator for Alumni Relations, and she’ll provide you with the necessary tools and information.Future committee meetingsIf you are interested in getting involved with a committee, they are hosting meetings in early January. Contact Emily (ehutton@brocku.ca) for more information.Niagara Network – First official committee meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m.Toronto Network – Committee meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m.Kitchener-Waterloo Network – Committee meeting on Monday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m.Do you want $5 off your next network event?If participating on a committee is not something that interests you, we are also looking for feedback about what you’d like to see in your area. If you fill out the short survey, you’ll receive a coupon code for $5 off your next event. This feedback is integral to our event planning for 2013. We want to know if you can only attend weekday events, want to have more networking and professional development events or you think that $30 is too much for a ticket.Upcoming eventsOn Thursday, Jan. 17 in St. Catharines, we’ll be hosting the inaugural Young Professional Networking Series event: “The difference between ordinary and the extraordinary for young professionals,” hosted by Tony Miele of Investors Group. If you are looking to stand out in your next interview or wondered how to add value to your employer, then this is the event for you. Sponsored by Investors Group, it will help you build your professional network in Niagara and provide you with the tools to move from ordinary to extraordinary in your career. This is the first event of the series.Keep an eye out for the March edition of Surgite magazine as a more in-depth list of upcoming events will be advertised. read more

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is scheduled to begin repatriating around 850 Congolese from South Sudan today to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), from where they fled more than 40 years ago, despite poor conditions and insufficient funds for reintegration assistance because the elderly group wants to return home.The refugees, who settled in Juba – which is now the capital of South Sudan – will return to Kisangani in northeastern DRC, as well as to rural towns in Orientale Province, with today’s flight scheduled to take the first 32 returnees to Kisangani, a UNHCR spokesperson told reporters in Geneva.“These refugees, because of their advanced age and poor living conditions in Sudan, have demanded repatriation to the Democratic Republic of Congo – fully aware of the difficult situation in their areas of return and that there is no reintegration assistance available,” said Jennifer Pagonis.“Nevertheless, it should be noted that the overall security has somewhat improved in the return areas. The entire group registered for return to the DRC has been thoroughly informed of the difficult situation they will face back home, but remain strongly determined to return.”Despite the fact that UNHCR does “not consider the conditions in the specific areas of return as favourable and conducive to sustainable return,” the agency said it had agreed to facilitate the return of this “very specific group of Congolese refugees,” who had fled from the post-independence turmoil and the coup that brought Mobutu Sese Seko to power in 1965 in the country he renamed Zaire (now the DRC).Upon arrival, refugees will be met by UNHCR staff in the DRC and provided with transport assistance to their places of origin in the villages around Kisangani. UNHCR has also alerted non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and agencies operating in the area to offer their support and provide any possible assistance.Overall, this programme presents a “challenging logistical operation,” Ms. Pagonis said, adding that towns such as Buta and Aketi, in Orientale Province – which is about the size of Spain – can be reached only by air as roads and bridges are either damaged or do not exist.In preparation for the return, UNHCR and representatives of the National Commission for Refugees, an inter-ministerial body of the DRC Government, have used a UN-sponsored radio to encourage residents to welcome those coming home after four decades in exile. In addition, residents were invited to assist the returnees in identifying their relatives. read more