The province is investing $3.5 million in new hospital equipment for the women and children served by the IWK, Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson announced today, July 12. “New technology and equipment are important in continuing to provide safe, quality health care services,” said Mr. Wilson. “This investment will improve care and enhance safety for patients throughout the province.” The funding includes about $3 million to replace 19 anesthesia machines and monitors at the IWK Health Centre hospital, as well as and $500,000 for new and upgraded pharmacy and laboratory equipment. The hospital will also receive funding towards a $102,000 laparoscopic system for minimally invasive surgery. “This new equipment will directly benefit the care of the women, children, youth and families served by the IWK each day,” said Anne McGuire, president and CEO of the IWK Health Centre. “The province’s investment in medical technology allows our staff and physicians to provide the best possible care today, which will in turn lead to healthier generations of Maritimers.” Under the cost-share formula for capital equipment, the Department of Health and Wellness will pay 75 per cent of the cost for the equipment and the district health authority IWK will pay 25 per cent, which was raised by the IWK Health Care Foundation through donations. The province’s investment is part of $15 million announced in December from its Jobs and Building 2012/13 Capital Plan. The money is earmarked for district health authorities and the IWK Health centre to purchase or replace necessary equipment.
Taroudante- Spain’s parliament gave final approval on Thursday to a law granting the right of citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from the country in 1492.To erase “years of crimes” against Sephardic Jews, who were forced to convert or be banished from the country five centuries ago, the Spanish government passed an act allowing Sephardic Jews to apply, during a three-year period beginning in October, for Spanish nationality without renouncing their current citizenship of origin.To be eligible, applicants are required to demonstrate basic knowledge of the Spanish language and pass a test about Spanish culture and current events. Spain follows the steps of the Portuguese government, which approved a similar citizenship law three months ago, seeking to redress what the government called “a historic mistake.”“This law says much about who we were in the past and who we are today and what we want to be in the future—an open, diverse and tolerant Spain,” Justice Minister Rafael Catalá told lawmakers Thursday before the vote.“We are happy to live this historic moment,” David Hatchwell Altaras, the president of the Jewish community of Madrid and vice president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain (FCJE), told The Jerusalem Post.He added, “While the law is not perfect, it is a great gesture and it is a step in the right direction for a better and deeper relationship between Spain and its Jews. It shows what the new Spain is all about.”Since the “Law of Return”, was approved by the cabinet in February 2014, Muslim groups and associations called on the Spanish government to grant the same privilege for the descendants of Muslims who were expelled from Spain between 1609 and 1614.According to historians, between 300,000 and 500,000 Spanish Muslims were expelled from their native country at the time. Most of them settled in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Turkey.Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission