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Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell

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Educators are reassuring parents that rigorous plans are in place to safely welcome back students and help them them feel emotionally protected as they embark on the start of a new school year that will be like no other.  Abu Dhabi’s Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), the emirate’s private schools regulator, has announced that most pupils aged between four and 11 will return to in-person lessons on Sunday, August 30. Classes will resume for...

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For many students the new school term will mean a return to distance learning. In a statement, Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek) have introduced full-time distance learning for the upcoming term as an option for all children in response to “a strong call from parents who prefer continuing distance learning for their children.” Schools across the emirate said they are ready to ensure that pupils who continue to do schoolwork from afar will...

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Excitement about getting back in the classroom, worries about what it will be like with everyone wearing masks, lots of confusion over procedures and policies – no wonder parents have mixed feelings about their children going back to school.  Educators, on the other hand, are looking forward to it after months spent trying to teach students from a distance.  Iona Lane, head of science at Jumeira Baccalaureate School, said she was “thrilled” that JBS is...

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In the days before the UAE decided to ground all commercial flights due to Covid-19, teams of nurses were dispatched to the busiest airports to help screen travellers entering the country. Among them was Filipino nurse Kasserine Libot, 29, who volunteered to be part of the team her employer, VPS Healthcare, sent to Abu Dhabi International Airport.  “When I was first informed we would be going to the airport, honestly, I was shocked and kind...

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Abu Dhabi is fostering healthcare innovation by giving millions of dirhams in grants each year to international and local pioneers in the fields of science and technology. Launched by the Ministry of Economy and the Department of Economic Development – Abu Dhabi in 2017, the Technology Innovation Pioneers (TIP) Summit brings together sustainability experts, startups, influencers, investors and high-level officials from around the world. The TIP Summit also encompasses a high-level awards program, aimed at supporting...

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HOW SWEET IT ISN’T: On December 1, the UAE government enacted its first-ever tax on sugary drinks. And on January 1, many people will vow once again to change their eating habits for good. That’s why livehealthy.ae is taking a closer look at scientific and anecdotal evidence telling us that the sugar we love to eat is hurting our health. It is potentially more addictive than tobacco, harder to metabolize than fat and wreaks havoc...

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As January is a great month to start a new health and fitness regime, or to ramp up  whatever you’ve got going now, signing up to compete in a race or run can prove a valuable motivator. So here is a list of some of the best UAE races for the year ahead to keep you motivated. Al Wathba Cycle Race 2020 — Abu Dhabi  Both casual and hardcore riders alike can participate in the...

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Just a decade ago, health agencies believed they were on the verge of conquering measles, one of the most preventable diseases on the planet.  Measles is transmitted by direct contact with infected droplets or by airborne spread. Taken over time, the worldwide drop in measles deaths is striking. Before the vaccine was introduced in the 1960s, 2.6 million people per year died from the disease. By 2000, that had dropped to 536,000 people. According to the...

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HOW SWEET IT ISN’T: On December 1, the UAE government enacted its first-ever tax on sugary drinks. And on January 1, many people will vow once again to change their eating habits for good. That’s why livehealthy.ae is taking a closer look at scientific and anecdotal evidence telling us that the sugar we love to eat is hurting our health. Sugar has been vilified by doctors and nutritionists who warn the sweet stuff is the...

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The medals have been designed and the race course set for the second ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon. There’s the full marathon, of course, and a roster of runners from elites on down to first-timers. Then there are 10km, 5km and 2.5km races for everyone else, and when they finish, their medals will read “I did it”. Marathoners get the slightly hipper 42.195km on theirs, but then again, they earned that, didn’t they?   In the leadup...

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Flu season is upon us and if you haven’t got your influenza shot yet, you are in luck. Although immunizations are normally given in October and November, this year Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is one of the outlets giving out flu shots daily through to mid-December. The shots are available from Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 8pm on the ground floor of the hospital. Visitors must present an Emirates ID and insurance card. Now,...