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Algerian Sovereign Authority to Open Study into Reopening Land Borders with

Rabat – An Algerian “sovereign” authority is consulting with academics on the reopening of closed land border with Morocco.A source quoted by Independent Arabia is expecting “ progress”  in the discussion under “positive” indications from  Morocco.The Independent Arabia’s sources said that a sovereign authority started its consultations with academics and specialists to discuss the “most effective way to open land border” despite the “outstanding controversial issues” between both countries. Algeria has long supported the claims of the Polisario Front, which opposes Morocco’s territorial integrity and sovereignty over Western Sahara.The suggestions of the academics include the establishment of committees made up of several ministries from the two countriesIndependent Arabia recalled Morocco’s recent positive rhetoric “free of the language of rivalry between the two neighbors” amid the popular movement in Algeria.Morocco’s government, however,  had expressed its willingness to open a frank and serious dialogue before the popular movement emerged in Algeria.In a speech marking the 43rd anniversary of the Green March, King Mohammed VI called on the Algerian government to join a frank dialogue to break the stalemate between the two neighbors.“I should like to say today, in a very straightforward and responsible way, that Morocco stands ready for a direct and frank dialogue with our sister nation, Algeria, in order to settle the transient and objective differences impeding the development of relations between the two countries,” said King Mohammed VI in his November 6, 2018 speech.The King renewed his call once again on the eve of Throne Day on July 29.The monarch said that Morocco has reiterated its  commitment to the “policy of the outstretched hand towards our Agerian brothers, out of loyalty to the bonds of rooted in brotherhood, religion, language and good-neighborliness that have always existed between the peoples of the two sister nations.”Independent Arabia  also recalled how Moroccans celebrated the victory of Algeria during the 2019 African Cup of Nations in the borders“It was ended with an official letter from King Mohammed VI, who described Algeria’s win as Morocco’s coronation,” Independent Arabia wrote.In addition to the congratulatory letter, the monarch also expressed Morocco’s commitment to friendship, saying that it was shown through the “the sincere and spontaneous manifestations of friendliness and support expressed by Morocco – its King and its people – for the Algerian national football team at the African Cup of Nations held in our sister country, Egypt.”Algeria closed the border with Morocco in 1994 after Rabat imposed visa regulations on Algerian citizens. Rabat’s decision came following a terrorist attack on the Atlas Asni Hotel in Marrakech. read more

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Check your insurance policy before renting out your home experts say

OTTAWA – Canadians looking to make a few extra dollars this summer by renting out their home or cottage when they aren’t using them should call their insurance broker first or face the risk a claim may be denied if trouble arises.“Traditional personal coverage wasn’t necessarily designed for commercial activity and people need to be aware of that and what their insurance coverage requires,” says Steve Kee, a spokesman for the Insurance Bureau of Canada.“Each company may have its own practices and insurance claims. If something were to happen you may be denied if you say you use your home for just your home and then all of a sudden they find out it is on an Airbnb or something like that.”Owners of a house in Calgary made headlines last month after their home was trashed by renters who used it for a massive party that resulted in more than $100,000 in damages.In that case, Airbnb stepped up to pay for the damages that left the owners unable to live in their home while it was being cleaned and repaired.However, like insurance policies, not all rental services are the same and if you’re thinking about listing your home you need to read the fine print of the service you use to understand what may and may not be protected.Jamie Martyn, president of Kennedy Insurance Brokers in North Bay, Ont., says coverage under your homeowner’s policy isn’t automatic and you need to check with your agent or broker.If you’re renting your cottage, your policy may already allow that, but it might be a different story for your home, especially if you’re renting out your entire house and not just the spare bedroom.“Some companies may not be comfortable with it and they may choose not to continue insuring you if you do that,” Martyn said. “Some may add an endorsement to the policy that says, ‘Yes, you can do this and we will charge an extra $200 a year,’ or whatever the premium is for that.”For its part, Airbnb recommends on its website that you check with your insurance company to understand your coverage.In the U.S., the company has its Host Protection Insurance, but the program doesn’t extend to Canada. Here, the company offers what it calls its Host Guarantee. Under the program the company promises reimbursement of up to C$1 million for damage, subject to certain limitations, but it is not an insurance policy.Airbnb also suggests homeowners consider independent insurance to cover things like jewellery, art and other collectibles that are subject to limited protection under the host guarantee. You can also require a security deposit.Kee says growth of what has been called the “shared economy” has exposed some gaps for the insurance industry, noting that similar concerns would apply to your auto insurance if you are using your car to drive people using ride-hailing apps.But, he said, insurers are working to adjust their policies to accommodate the new demands from policyholders.“I think this is just the beginning,” Kee said. “Industries always adapt. When you have a competitive marketplace people are always looking for ways to do that.” by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2015 8:26 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2015 at 9:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Check your insurance policy before renting out your home, experts say read more

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