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ERC provides medical materials to Al Thawra Hospital in Yemen's Ta'ez

posted on 25/05/2016

TAIZ: The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) Authority has provided a new batch of medical supplies to Al Thawra Hospital in the Yemeni province of Ta'ez.

The medical supply, which included medicines and surgical instruments, were handed over yesterday to the hospital in the presence of Ta'ez Governor Ali Al Ma'amary, hospital officials and ERC representatives.

Al Thawra hospital plays a key role in tending to the increasing number of wounded people in the province.

The supplies were transported to Ta'ez through the unpaved mountain roads. The main access roads to the province have been closed due to the siege that is entering its second year, leading to an acute shortage of medicines and medical items.

The ERC said in a statement issued yesterday that one its key priorities is to improve the declining healthcare services in Yemen through maintenance of hospitals and other healthcare facilities and provision of other logistic services such as ambulances, power generators, water and sewerage services, medical equipment and medicines.

This year, the ERC has implemented several humanitarian aid and relief programmes in Ta'ez, despite the complex and risky situation. Over 40,000 families have benefited from these programmes. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Emirates Foundation and Mohammed bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy launches first innovative youth project

posted on 25/05/2016

Emirates Youth Council in cooperation with the Mohammed bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy and other six institutions, has launched the first innovative endowment for youth projects in the world, making the UAE world's first country that supports the youth projects with diversified services based on the innovative endowment concept.

The move is part of an interaction between the council with the institutions taking part in the Mohammed bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy to revive the endowment as a developmental tool for communities.

These institutions offer innovative services to youth worth AED5 million annually, with the endowment assets worth AED63 million. The range of services include logistical, advisory, training services and technology, media and legal work. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Mohammed bin Rashid honours winners of Think Science Competition 2016

posted on 25/05/2016

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, honoured yesterday 50 young Emirati scientists who won the Think Science Competition 2016 at a ceremony held at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai on Tuesday.

Organised by Emirates Foundation, the event was also attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

"Our responsibility is to prepare generations for future and our ambitions are to have scientists who contribute to the progress of mankind," Sheikh Mohammad said during the award ceremony of the competition's fourth edition.

He added that the new generations should master innovation, analysis, communication and leadership skills more than ever before. "We need to promote the concept of innovation among young people as well as creating appropriate environment to encourage our schools and universities to provide them most important skills in research methodologies and discovery."

The competition is part of the Emirates Foundation's Think Science programme, which aims to encourage and empower Emirati youth, between the ages of 15 and 35 years, to follow their passion for science with interactive, hands-on activities in the fields of engineering, energy, aviation and other technological industries.

The winning projects were selected from among 235 projects that were developed and completed by more than 640 university and high school students. The projects competed at the national level in the science categories of electrical engineering, environmental sciences and management, industrial and mechanical systems, energy, smart and safety systems, physics and chemistry, transportation, aerodynamics and aviation.

This year's competition opened the door for talented people aged between 25 and 35 years, who have completed their academic study, to participate in the competition.

The contest is supported by the Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi Education Council, and it demonstrates the foundation's continuous efforts to inspire and empower UAE youth to innovate in the fields of science and technology.

"Our vision through Think Science programme is to offer our youth a platform that strengthens their creative capabilities and contributes to the country's policy regarding science, technology and innovation," said Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Managing Director of the Emirates Foundation.

Sheikh Sultan was speaking on behalf of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Chairman of the Emirates Youth Foundation.

He noted that there is an Emirati youth scientist in each Emirati house that needs someone to discover and offer an opportunity. "It is our responsibility to turn ambitions of those youth into reality so as they lead the UAE into the highest ranking." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


MBRF signs MoU with Nobel Foundation to host Nobel Museum Exhibition in Arab and Islamic countries

posted on 25/05/2016

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF), a member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and the organisers of the ‘Nobel Museum Exhibition', has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nobel Foundation to host the exhibition in a number of cities in the UAE as well as other countries.

The MoU is based on the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to extend the reach of Nobel Museum Exhibition to various Arab and Islamic countries to enrich the knowledge of the young generation in these countries.

Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, said consultations are taking place with authorities in several cities of the UAE as well as Arab and Islamic nations to determine the next destination for the Nobel Museum Exhibition. He explained that, in accordance with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed, the Foundation is seeking to build knowledge-based societies in the region and beyond through quality initiatives that offer knowledge to millions of people.

Bin Huwaireb said the Nobel Museum Exhibition in other cities will be organised under the same theme of the annual session in Dubai and will be managed by the authorities in those cities in collaboration with MBRF. He also pointed out that the third edition of the exhibition in February 2017 will focus on physics.

The second edition of the Nobel Museum Exhibition is being held from February 21 to May 30, 2016, at Children's City at Dubai Creek Park. Organised under the theme, ‘Exploring life: the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology', the exhibition has been attracting thousands of visitors from different age groups with its focus on Nobel Prize winners in the fields of medicine.

Nobel Museum Exhibition in its second year features seven sections offering insights on a number of issues in an interactive manner. As part of the event, MBRF organised the ‘Nobel Prize Series 2016' event, which included special panel sessions and lectures aimed at promoting the concepts of creativity and innovation among young people, students, and encouraging them to take up scientific research.

On the side-lines of the Nobel Museum Exhibition 2016, the Foundation also held three specialised workshops by specialists from the Nobel Foundation.

The Nobel Museum Exhibition 2016 has been visited by a large group of dignitaries and officials, who commended it for efficient organisation and distinctive content. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Child prosecution section set up in Abu Dhabi

posted on 25/05/2016

The Attorney-General of Abu Dhabi, Ali Mohammed Abdullah Al Balushi, has issued a decision establishing a specialised section for the child within family prosecution in the context of societal and legal responsibility of the public prosecution to protect the rights of children.

The move follows the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department to prepare for the implementation of the child rights law or 'Wadeem' as of mid-June.

Al Balushi said child prosecution aims at developing necessary frameworks and procedures to provide maximum protection for the child from birth until he/she reaches the age of eighteen. He praised the wise vision of Sheikh Mansour on establishing the child prosecution to provide more protection.

Eight-year-old Wadeema was a child who had been tortured and murdered, and her body abandoned in the desert. But her death sparked legislation in her name that aims to protect other children from suffering the same fate. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –