Ministry of Interior Summons Walis Governors Security Officials to Review King

Rabat – The Ministry of Interior has held a meeting to follow up on instructions made by King Mohammed VI in his harsh Throne Day speech, in which he warned that public officials will be held responsible for not doing their job.The Ministry of Interior summoned walis and governors from around Morocco for a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the implementation of instructions made by King Mohammed VI in his Throne Day speech on Saturday.The King stressed the need for the Moroccan public administration to be efficient, warning public officials they will be held accountable if they do not fulfill their duties. In a statement following the meeting, the ministry said that the royal speech is a guideline defining the measures it will take, in coordination with other government departments and elected institutions, in order “to strengthen development policies for the benefit of Moroccan citizens in all the regions of the kingdom.”It further noted that the interior ministry will “pursue its active engagement” to speed up the realization of the projects and political and institutional reforms that Morocco is “witnessing under the leadership of King Mohammed VI.”What was striking is that the kingdom’s highest security officials took also part in the meeting. The head of Morocco domestic intelligence services (DGST) and national policy agency (DGSN), Abdellatif El Hammouchi, the head of the Gendarmerie National, Corps General Hosni Benslimane, the head of foreign intelligence (DGED) Yassine Mansouri, and the Delegate-General of the Penitentiary Administration Mohamed Salah Tamek, were all present.For some, their participation as an attempt to show that there is no rift between security services.Speculations about disagreements and tension between security services in dealing with the protests of Al Hoceima surfaced on online media.The claims were refuted by King Mohammed VI in his speech on Saturday.“Some even say there is a radical wing and a moderate one, adding that they disagree on how to tackle these events. Nothing could be further from the truth!” said the monarch.“In reality, there is only one policy and a single, unwavering commitment, which is to enforce the law, respect the institutions, ensure the security of citizens and safeguard their property.” read more

Theatregoers are off to see the wizard

Theatre fans will soon be off to see the wizard in Port Dover.The curtain rises Friday for Lighthouse Festival Theatre’s community show production of the musical The Wizard of Oz.Once a year local amateur actors have the opportunity to perform on the Lighthouse stage, backed by the same tech crew that works on the professional shows in the summer season.Lighthouse’s artistic director, Derek Ritschel, brought back the community show in 2011. There has been an annual show ever since.The community show gives actors that have always wanted to be in a show the opportunity to work closely with the crew to put on a professional-grade performance.“These people came out to auditions, they have a love to perform, a passion to perform. They dedicate maybe hundreds of hours in rehearsals, preparation, and execution of the show,” said director George Araujo.Araujo has directed multiple shows in his past.“I’ve acted in a lot of musical theatre, as well as non-musical theatre. Eventually I saw directing as a way to express myself a little bigger. It encompasses not just one role, but everybody’s role,” said Araujo.None of the actors are considered professional, but some of the performers have done professional shows before.One of the actors that has been in professional shows before is Libby Adams, who will be starring in the lead role as Dorothy Gale.“My cousin is big into theatre, and she asked me to go audition with her. I’ve wanted to audition for a production at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre for a really long time. I told her I’d go with her and I ended up with the role of Dorothy,” said Adams.Adams started acting when she was five after her mom got her an agent in Toronto.She has appeared in commercials, movies, and a production of The Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto.When she was 18 she decided to take a break from acting, but recently realized she was missing it. That is when she decided to audition for the community show.“I’m just excited for everyone to see the show. It’s going to be amazing, everything is really coming together. I’m excited to be there and to show everyone what we’ve worked so hard on,” said Adams.The production of The Wizard of Oz opens on April 19 and runs until May 5.  Evening performances are Fridays and Saturdays. Matinees are Sundays. Tickets are available on the Lighthouse Festival Theatre website. [email protected] read more