Pastry Chef Duff Goldman – Algeria Competition


it seems like american pastry chefs and algerian chefs can learn from one another

China hopes to hit the right note with Algeria opera house


Along the highway, alternating blue-and-white corrugated iron sheets are all that can be seen of the opera house China offered as a gift to Algeria six years ago.

Behind the fence, Chinese construction workers are putting the finishing touches to a building – but it’s not the 1,400-seat opera house. Rather they are finishing the roofs of small houses for more construction workers.

An Algerian employee of the Chinese construction company admits work is “falling behind schedule”. “It was bound to happen, the merchandise comes from far away,” he says.

The foundation stone for the $40m (£26m) project in the Ouled Fayet suburbs was laid last November at a ceremony attended by the Chinese ambassador to Algeria, Liu Yuhe, and the Algerian minister of culture, Khalida Toumi.

Toumi said the project was conceived in 2006 during a visit to China by Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

It would be “an important symbol of Chinese-Algerian friendship,” Lu Yifeng, economic and trade adviser at China’s embassy in Algiers, told Reuters. “We would like to pursue our friendship co-operation with Algeria during its next economic plan.”

Algeria has waste storage worth 230 million euros a year


Algeria has an abandoned treasure but lacks the ability to grasp it as data shows that a better organized waste storage would be worth 230 million euros a year. Out of the incredible amount of waste produced annually, only 5% is recycled and the state is seeking private investors in a sector which has few risks.

Mohamed Chaieb Aissaoui, an expert with the environment state secretary, cited very interesting data at a recent forum.

Assaoui said that domestic waste is some 13,5 million tons a year, approximately one kilo a year per inhabitant, of which 50% could be recycled. Some 6.1 million tons could be treated and re-enter the productive cycle, benefiting the economy and the environment.

The 6.1 million tons of waste which could be recycled includes 1.8 of paper, 1.2 of plastics, 1.6 of fabrics and 300,000 tons of metal worth overall an estimated 230 million euros. ‘A real deposit’, commented Assaoui who also said that small companies operating in the sector – some 247 – can only recuperate a very small percentage of the materials, partly exported, also due to their size.

The Algerian state is however trying to develop this sector also with a plan – the National programme of management of city waste – dividing up waste between ‘classic’ (plastic, paper, metal, textile, glass, wood and organic material) and ‘complex’ (tyres, oil, batteries and other electrical and electronic objects). Algeria has also approved a plan to create 48 new landfills and enlarging some of the largest, existing dumps.

Health: One in six children is obese in Algeria


Algerians consume an average of 50 to 70 million loaves of bread, daily. It turns out that the Algerians are among the largest consumers of bread in the world. However, eating habits have changed completely. These products have become addicted to fast food. They eat too salty, too sweet and too fatty. It is also great lovers? Hrissa ‘and mayonnaise. They take less fruit and vegetables. This is the observation made ​​by the president of the Algerian Consumer Federation (CAF) Harizi Zaki, at a scientific meeting organized on Thursday by the federation under the theme: “Consumption-obesity, between reality and disease,” Algiers. The participants in the meeting, whether members of the medical profession or associations have sounded the alarm. This new way of eating with disastrous consequences on the mental and physical development of Algerians, adults or children, warn experts. Speakers cited a direct consequence of obesity. “A scourge that threatens today’s health Algerians, especially our children, knowing that its frequency is increasing.” This was said Dr. Bouchrit Ghania specialist school epidemiology at the screening and monitoring (UDS) of the Common Bouzaréah unit. She said one in six children suffering from obesity, in our schools. For the epidemiologist, obesity in Algerian schools “is alarming and requires government intervention.” For her, obesity is not a cosmetic problem, but a disease that can lead to many others. She cites diabetes, back problems, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and even causes cancer. Participants at the meeting said that the fight against obesity must start in schools. Others believe it is in the cradle. They recommend a nutrition education for children, from an early age while also getting them used to practice the sport. Finally, the Algerian Consumer Federation decided to conduct awareness campaigns in the camps this summer for children . It was also decided to publish a textbook on good feeding practices, which will be distributed to all children in school, starting next school year.

New website tracks graft in Tunisia


This is also what Algeria needs and Morocco.

Tunisia’s “I Watch” organisation on Saturday (April 13th) launched a new online “crowd-map” for reporting cases of corruption.

The name chosen for the site is “Billkamcha”, a slang term for a person “caught in the act”. Just 48 hours after the site went live, it already collected 7,000 supporters.

“This interactive website is designed to enable the victims of corruption to immediately report what happened to them whether this corruption is financial, administrative or in the form of favouritism,” I-Watch Tunisia President Achraf Aouadi explained at the event launch.

  • [Billkamcha.com] Any Tunisian can log on to Billkamcha.com to report incidents of corruption.[Billkamcha.com] Any Tunisian can log on to Billkamcha.com to report incidents of corruption.

According to Aouadi, the site allows whistleblowers to remain anonymous while helping them to seek justice. “If they refuse this option, we offer to apply pressure on the media in order to uncover corruption and corrupt individuals,” he said.

“Control of corruption in Tunisia requires the efforts of everyone and the role of civil society is necessary and inevitable,” Taoufik Chammari, president of the National Anti-corruption Network, told Magharebia.

“We have to go to the people and reinforce the concept of anti-corruption in them and show them all methods and techniques used by corrupt people,” he added.

Imed Ben Khemisa, a former member of the national commission investigating corruption and embezzlement, also praised the project.

“Personally I find the idea really good, fruitful and meaningful for our country,” he told Magharebia.

He explained that his committee’s work after the revolution “resulted in the transfer of more than four hundred cases to the public prosecutor after review of more than five thousand”.

For her part, Salma ben Jemii, a bank executive said, “Such a site will encourage hesitant people and those who fear administrative prosecution on charges of disclosing trade secrets to reveal what is going on around them in terms of tampering with public money, especially with regard to public banks.”

Tunisia’s rating in the annual Corruption Perceptions Index of Transparency International fell from 59th in 2010 to 75th in 2012.

During the World Social Forum hosted by Tunisia last month, Farid Farid, media co-ordinator for the Middle East at Transparency International, said that the most important factors that led to the worsening corruption were “acceptance by society of bribery and toleration of it, as well as the failure of regulatory institutions, the non-activation of laws and the lack of transparency and good governance in institutions”.

The latest opinion poll carried out by the Tunisian Centre for Corporate Governance published in September 2011 indicated a level of corruption in the police sector reaching 72 per cent, 70 per cent within political parties, 57 per cent in customs and 57 per cent in the transitional government, 40 per cent of lawyers and 39 per cent of judges.

I Watch was created in March 2011 as a local non-profit watchdog with two main objectives: transparency and fighting corruption.

“It is the duty of citizens to exercise caution and avoid selfishness when seeking help without falling victim to corrupt individuals,” commented Hatem Omri, a human rights activist. “We have to condemn the briber and the bribed. It is then that we can talk about beginning to eliminate corruption.”

In February of last year, Abderrahmen Ladgham, the minister for governance and combatting corruption, said that a third of Tunisians were involved in cases of corruption at least once in their lives.

“According to statistics available to us, 90 per cent of Tunisians consider corruption a crime yet we find that one person out of three either accepted a bribe or paid it,” he said.

I Watch will co-ordinate with a number of lawyers to process the files that it has begun to receive. The site has a team of six active members in charge of receiving complaints and reports relating to corruption. It will also depend on ten bloggers whose mission is to expose and detect cases of corruption received by the site.

Tunisia orders price cuts as discontent simmers


Tunisia ordered a drastic reduction in the price of some consumer goods to cool inflation in the face of simmering social tensions, which economists warned could lead to shortages.

The commerce ministry unveiled price cuts that include 43 percent on potatoes, 10 percent on eggs, six to nine percent on red meat, 15 percent on vegetable oil and five to 13 percent on milk derivatives.

These are added to a list of household goods that have been subsidized for decades, notably milk, bread and fuel.

Economists warned that the new price controls risked penalizing producers and investors, and feeding the black market.

“That has never worked elsewhere, and it won’t work in Tunisia,” Ezzedine Saidane, an independent economist, told AFP.

“Some products will go through parallel distribution chains, which families with the lowest incomes won’t have access to… and the producers could cut back their output, creating shortages,” he said.

A study published last month by the National Statistics Institute and the African Development Bank revealed the long-term lack of efficiency of price controls on sales in Tunisia, with the main beneficiaries not being the poorest members of society.

The announcement comes amid bristling discontent in Tunisia, where youth unemployment, entrenched poverty in parts of the country and high living costs, all key factors behind the January 2011 revolution, have fueled social unrest.

Inflation, driven by rising food prices, rose to 6.5 percent in March from a year earlier, the National Statistics Institute said, in what the central bank called a 50-year record.

Algeria – Over one billion m3 of treated waste water will be reused in agriculture at the end of 2014


wastewater purification station for agriculture

The Ministry of Water Resources through the use of treated wastewater in irrigation one of its priorities.It is even a “great challenge” for the sector, according to its first charge, Hocine Necib. It remains a barrier “cultural” to blow, he said today on the sidelines of the Senate.

The reuse of treated wastewater in agriculture figures prominently among the priorities of the Ministry of Water Resources, said today its first charge, Hocine Necib.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Senate, the Minister of Water Resources announced that the goal that his department was reaching the end of 2014 to 1.2 billion m3 of treated wastewater reuse in agriculture “It is a big challenge for the sector. Algeria is a semi-arid country. This is why the strategy of the sector, an important focus is the development and mobilization of unconventional resource: desalination of seawater and reuse of treated wastewater. ”

The use in the irrigation of treated wastewater is already effective in the scope of the M’leta (Oran).Currently under construction and equipment, perimeter that will extend its term to 8000 hectares, is wholly irrigated by the largest Algeria El Kerma sewage treatment plant.

Mr. Necib said to optimize the use of treated wastewater in agriculture, a partnership is implemented with U.S. operators, with the aim of going to the tertiary treatment of treated water treatment which is to improve quality by eliminating elements such as pesticides and metals. However, investment in this type of treatment is expensive, acknowledged the minister spoke of the need for studies to find a “compromise between the cost of investment and profitability.”

Hocine Necib stressed the need “awareness of farmers and citizens” about the benefits of the use of wastewater for irrigation. According to him, there is a “very important” effort to make the Ministry of Agriculture, the Chamber of Agriculture wilaya and associations.

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