King Mohammed VI Offers Condolences to Muhammed Alis Family

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has sent a message of condolences and sympathy to the family of boxing legend Muhammed Ali Clay, who died Friday at age 74.The Moroccan monarch expressed to Muhammad Ali’s family members, friends and admirers, “his heartfelt condolences and sincere feelings of compassion following the disappearance of a distinguished figure who has been, throughout his life rich with remarkable sporting achievements, highly admired worldwide.”“With the death of this champion, Morocco has lost a dear friend who had affection and admiration relations with the kingdom,” King Mohammed VI said in this message.The King recalled that that Muhammad Ali paid several visits to the Kingdom, including the visit he paid to Morocco in the holy month of Ramadan in 1998, “during which he attended a religious lecture and was decorated by our late father late King Hassan II with a royal Wissam in recognition of his distinguished sporting career and his high human qualities.” read more

Beer named for nuclear tests draws Pacific islands criticism

HAGATNA, Guam — A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear tests that resulted in contamination of a Pacific island chain.The Pacific Daily News reported Thursday that Manhattan Project Beer Company is under scrutiny by Marshall Islanders who were exposed to high levels of radiation by U.S. government research from 1946 to 1958.The company says it has several beers named for nuclear-related events, scientific terms or places including Bikini Atoll, an area that remains uninhabitable.Islanders say the names are insensitive to people who are still dealing with the impacts of radiation decades later.The company says the names are meant to bring awareness to the implications of U.S. nuclear research programs and it has no plans to take further action.The Associated Press read more