Kétlyne and Karen Ghebbari FrenchMoroccan Figure Skating Champions

Rabat – Since their early childhood, Kétlyne and Karen Ghebbari, two French-Moroccan sisters, have been amazed by figure skating, the magnificent ice sport.At seven and four years old, respectively, Kétlyne and Karen spent their time figure skating, performing moves and tricks; toe jumps, edge jumps, rotations in the air, loops, and axels.Originally from Morocco, the two champion sisters have already performed across their home country (Morocco), where they won the Moroccan Novice Championship of Figure Skating, organized last May by the Moroccan Association for Ice Sports. In 2011, Kétlyne won the World Figure Skating Champions League and the 2011 International Competition of Figure Skating “Rooster Cup.” Every day after school, Kétlyne and Karen go to their club to practice. The two sisters exercise fifteen hours a week, except for the weekend, which is devoted to their homework. The two sisters say that they do not have time to do other things; they devote all their time to figure skating.Further, the two champions said that for the sake of enhancing their skills, they moved from Valence (France) to Colmar, constantly seeking better coaches.Proud of their Moroccan origins, the two sisters are now aiming to participate in the 2016 Figure Skating World Championship in Austria and win the title for Morocco. Kétlyne and Karen also hope to participate in the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea.“I want develop this sport in Morocco, and I would like one day to participate in the Olympic Games and in the World’s Champions under the colors of my country of origin,” Karen told France 3 Channel.“I am very proud to be Moroccan, and to be French also,” she added. read more

CP Rail strike ends after company reaches tentative agreement with Teamsters union

MONTREAL — A four-year tentative agreement has been reached between Canadian Pacific Railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to end a strike hours after it began.The parties also reached a five-year deal for the Kootenay Valley Railway.Full operations at both railways will resume Thursday morning across Canada, the union said in a news release.“We believe this is a fair contract that our members can feel good about ratifying,” stated union president Doug Finnson.“I am personally very satisfied with what we have negotiated.”The agreement is positive for 12,000 CP Rail employees, customers and the entire Canadian economy, railway CEO Keith Creel added in a separate news release.“It is especially meaningful to achieve a four-year tentative agreement with our valued locomotive engineers and conductors, providing long-term stability for all parties involved,” he said in a statement.“This is a significant step toward a renewed positive relationship growing forward together serving our customers and the Canadian economy.”The tentative agreements must be ratified by Teamsters members over the coming months.Details of the agreement are being withheld pending ratification. read more