Fes House Prices Drop by 59 Despite Real Estate Price Increase

Rabat – Despite the price of real estate in Fes increasing by 3.8 percent, house prices have dropped in the city by 5.9 percent in price index of active real estate for the first trimester of 2017, reported the National Agency of Land Registry, Cadastre and Cartography (ANCFCC) and Bank Al-Maghrib.According to the report, prices of villas surged by 11.4 percent, commercial premises by 9.2 percent, and apartments by 3.5 percent. Prices of offices also registered a small growth of 2 percent and land in urban areas by 2.8 percent.By contrast, transactions in Morocco saw an overall decline of 7.8 percent while home sales have particularly fallen, registering a decline of 47.6 percent followed by urban lands (-25 percent) and offices (-13.3 percent). Prices of apartments also registered a decline of -2.2 percent. Only the prices of villas have increased (+54.5 percent) as well as commercial premises, added the agency.

UN development agency starts new push to counter HIVAIDS in Arab region

The gathering of experts is being organized to pave the way for an expanded response to the epidemic in Arab countries, which have collectively reported increases in HIV/AIDS prevalence rates over the past two years.The UN estimates that 80,000 people in the region became newly infected last year, bringing the total number of people living with HIV/AIDS there to 440,000. “While the Arab States is generally regarded as a low-prevalence region, this is no reason for complacency,” said UNDP’s Zahir Jamal. “The region must ensure that an appropriate level of response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic is in place.” Although most countries in the region have national HIV/AIDS programmes, breaking the silence, mobilizing leadership and overcoming stigma and denial remain key issues, according to UNDP. The agency’s new push in the Arab States seeks to create heightened awareness and build commitment and leadership in the fight against the epidemic.

Goodman construction to close several Brock buildings Saturday

As part of ongoing work on the Goodman School of Business expansion project, several buildings on Brock’s main campus will be closed Saturday, Jan. 6.Plaza Building, Student Alumni Centre, Taro Hall and Theal House will be closed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. to allow for electrical infrastructure work to be completed.If you have any questions or concerns regarding this work, contact Janet Muenzberger at jmuenzberger@brocku.ca or x5017, or Lesley Owen at lowen@brocku.ca or x5949.