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Arab Parliament decries continuation of Israeli aggression on Palestinian people in Gaza

posted on 31/07/2014

CAIRO:The Speaker of Arab Parliament, Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Jarwan, has denounced the continuation of the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people in Gaza.

He described in a statement that the Israeli operations as brutal, adding that Israel blatantly violates all the human rights and war principles. "The Zionist entity exploits the international silence to wreak havoc in Gaza, and rid itself from the minimum humanity requirements." Al Jarwan pointed out that Israel deliberately kills children, women and elderly people, making the Gaza Strip a murder squad amid absence of any international will or Palestinian air defence system.

He called on the Security Council states, especially Russia and China to provide an international protection to the public facilities, notably, the power station that was bombed so as to increase the woes of Palestinians as per the Zionist scheme to make Gaza a mass grave.

Al Jarwan reiterated that the world and its organisations should assume their responsibilities to restore the power plant at least at humanitarian level, as there is no power to run the hospitals.

He added, "The Zionist leaders should not escape the war crimes against the humanity," calling on the International Court of Justice to expedite the cases brought to it by the Palestinian government by taking immediate action against perpetrators.

Al Jarwan stressed that the continuation of the aggression increases number of the civilian casualties daily, calling for more urgent Arab and international relief efforts.

He urged the Arab and Islamic countries to take a stand on what is happening in Palestine to deter the savage Zionist massacres. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/arab/1395268262177.html


U.A.E.'s Red Crescent offers more aid to displaced Gazans

posted on 31/07/2014

GAZA: The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) on Wednesday has given out more food aid to internally displaced Gazan Palestinians in different areas of calamity-stricken Gaza Strip.

Emad Abu Laban, Director of the ERC Office in Gaza, said the agency distributed more than 2300 food packages to the refugees taking shelters at schools run by United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) or at their relatives' houses.

The U.A.E.'s humanitarian major also gave out 500 items of clothing to the displaced, children in particular, at a number of UNRWA schools in Gaza.

ERC's most recent humanitarian effort in Gaza was coordinated with Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

In addition, the more than 20-bed field hospital in Deir Al Balah, Gaza, recently set up by ERC and now is being run by PRCS, receives more than 50 patients and performs more than 20 surgeries per day.

Four ERC delegations have visited Gaza Strip so far to set up the hospital and launch the agency's intensive relief operation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-arab/1395268260663.html


Dh373m grant to establish research centre

posted on 31/07/2014

A Dh373-million grant from the U.A.E. could soon pave the way towards diagnosing and treating a host of rare and complex diseases in children.

The grant, made by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, will help establish the Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children in London, under the umbrella of the Great Ormond Street Hospital (Gosh).

"This generous gift will give us an opportunity to change the lives of children with rare and complex diseases. The centre will seek to promote a better understanding of paediatric conditions and the development of new innovative therapies to treat and diagnose them,” Professor Bobby Gaspar, director-designate for the upcoming centre and paediatric consultant immunologist at Gosh, told Gulf News.

The donation is the largest of its kind made to Gosh, a centre of excellence in the healthcare of children aged up to 16 years.

"We are incredibly grateful for the grant, which will be used to construct a purpose-built five-storey structure to house the 13,000 square-metre centre,” Gaspar said.

Work on the facility will begin soon, and it is expected to be operational by 2018. Approximately 476 researchers and clinical staff will work there to build platform technologies, develop gene therapies and advance regenerative medicine. An outpatient section will also be able to conduct about 240 patient consultations each day, along with 60 clinical investigations.

Experts at Gosh are specialists in treating complex children's diseases, including aggressive cancers, metabolic illnesses and immune conditions.

"For example, we pioneered the use of copied genes to replace defective ones in children. Our specialists have also used regenerative medicine, which makes use of the body's own cells, to develop windpipes. This technology, we hope, can soon be used to regenerate other organs, including the lungs, bladder and oesophagus,” Gaspar said.

Genetics will form another area of focus at the future facility, especially because the identification and working of the genetic components of a complex disease can help find cures for them or prevent them from occurring.

Gaspar added that the therapies and methods developed at the centre will advance global paediatric healthcare.

"Our patients come from all over the UK, and we see a fair number from the Middle East as well,” he said.

Such grants to specialist healthcare facilities are often made by the U.A.E.. Another instance is a US$150 million (Dh550 million) grant made by the Abu Dhabi Government in 2009 to the United States-based Children's National Medical Centre, this helped set up the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Paediatric Surgical Innovation in Washington.

Sheikha Fatima takes an active interest in the development of community and healthcare within the U.A.E. and abroad. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/dh373m-grant-to-establish-research-centre-1.1365609


Abu Dhabi powerboat team trains in Italy

posted on 31/07/2014

Abu Dhabi's Formula one and Formula Two power boat teams on Thursday are leaving for Italy for training for Grand Prix of China, which will be organised in Liuzhou, China, on 1-2 October, on directives from H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to U.A.E. President, and Chairman of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC).

Assistant Director-General of ADIMSC, Salim Al Rumaithi, who is leading Team Abu Dhabi to Italy, noted that the one-week training, testing and fine-tuning mission in Casale-Monferrato is aimed at making sure the team members and boats are fully prepared for the forthcoming competition.

Al Rumaithi noted that the most important goal of training in Europe is to put the team in a different climate outside the Gulf region as a routine measure by Team Abu Dhabi. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/sports-emirates/1395268261039.html