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UAE ridiculed for gender balance award ceremony which features no women

UAE ridiculed for gender balance award ceremony which features no womenThe government of the United Arab Emirates has been mocked for posting pictures of winners of awards for gender balance, which featured no women. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's ruler, was shown congratulating the recipients of Best Personality Supporting Gender Balance, Best Federal Authority Supporting Gender Balance, and Best Gender Balance Initiative. Lt Gen Sheikh Saif bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the deputy prime minister and minister of the interior, was recognised as the “best personality supporting gender balance” for his efforts to implement maternity leave in the UAE’s military. Two other senior male officials received the rest. Eyebrows were raised after photographs from the event were posted on the Dubai media office’s Twitter account. . @HHShkMohd honors the winners of the Gender Balance Index 2018. The Index features three categories: Best Personality for Supporting Gender Balance, Best Federal Entity for Supporting Gender Balance, and the Best Initiative for Supporting Gender Balance. #UAEpic.twitter.com/qE5GkYHzTo— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) January 27, 2019 “Awesome initiative. How do you define Gender Balance Index? Obviously one gender is missing. Asking for a friend,” tweeted one account. Daniela Tejada, whose husband Matthew Hedges was recently released from prison in UAE after being sentenced to life in prison for spying, tweeted: “The reason why neither Matt nor I ever represented a reputational risk to the UAE is because the UAE represents a reputational risk to itself. Once again, actions speak louder than words.” Sheikh Mohammed was quoted as saying: “We are proud of the success of Emirati women and their role is central to shaping the future of the country. Gender balance has become a pillar in our governmental institutions.” The Twitter account later released some pictures of the winners posing for pictures with a handful of women, though it does not appear they were themselves recipients of any awards. A statement by the official Dubai Media Office meanwhile cited Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, president of the UAE Gender Balance Council, as saying it had achieved a goal set in 2015 to reduce the gender gap across all sectors of government. But last month the country was ranked 121st out of 149 countries overall in the World Economic Forum's 2018 Global Gender Gap Report and 134th in terms of economic participation and opportunity.



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Judge mulls slashing $290 mn award in Roundup cancer case

Judge mulls slashing $  290 mn award in Roundup cancer caseA judge on Wednesday was mulling whether to gut a jury order that Monsanto pay $ 290 million in damages for not warning a groundskeeper that its weed killer product Roundup might cause cancer. In motions filed after the historic August verdict, Monsanto urged the judge to strip away the $ 250 million punitive portion of the damages, arguing that a new trial was justified. Rival attorneys argued before California state Judge Suzanne Bolanos, who did not say when she would rule on the motions.



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California judge mulls new trial in $289M Roundup award

California judge mulls new trial in $  289M Roundup awardSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco judge said Wednesday she is considering tossing out the lion's share of the $ 289 million judgment against agribusiness giant Monsanto and ordering a new trial over whether the company's weed-killer caused a groundskeeper's cancer.



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Monsanto asks judge to throw out $289M award in cancer suit

Monsanto asks judge to throw out $  289M award in cancer suitSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Agribusiness company Monsanto has asked a San Francisco judge to throw out a jury's $ 289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said the company's Roundup weed killer left him dying of cancer.



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Laura Ingalls Wilder's Name Cut From Award For Her 'Stereotypical' Depictions

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Name Cut From Award For Her 'Stereotypical' DepictionsA national library group removed author Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from a



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Chadwick Boseman Gives His MTV Movie Award for Best Hero to Waffle House Hero James Shaw Jr.

Chadwick Boseman Gives His MTV Movie Award for Best Hero to Waffle House Hero James Shaw Jr.Chadwick Boseman gave his 2018 MTV Movie and TV Award to a real-life superhero.



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Carrie Underwood Kisses Husband Mike Fisher After Winning CMT Award for Female Video of the Year

Carrie Underwood Kisses Husband Mike Fisher After Winning CMT Award for Female Video of the YearPLUS: Blake Shelton takes home top honors after winning Video of the Year.



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Man Loses Wildlife Photo Award Because He May Have Used A Dead, Stuffed Anteater

Man Loses Wildlife Photo Award Because He May Have Used A Dead, Stuffed AnteaterA photograph that won an award in England has been disqualified after an



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Natalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events'

Natalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events'Actress Natalie Portman has pulled out of accepting a prestigious award in



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Family of woman killed by police may not see full $37M award

Family of woman killed by police may not see full $  37M awardBALTIMORE (AP) — The family of a Maryland woman who was fatally shot by police two years ago may never receive the entire $ 37 million it was awarded in a lawsuit this week.



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