The Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Reauthorization Act of 2013 was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Friday. The law calls for a more effective federal review process for generic and new animal medications. "Today we have good news for American families and farmers," said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. "These programs that help keep animals healthy and bring new drugs to market will continue without interruption."
Teachers in Jordan will attend an Education in Science seminar to be trained in a more student-centered teaching method hosted by the University of Cambridge International Examinations. Participating teachers will collaborate on interactive lesson plans and new approaches to teaching and learning science.
A new initiative in the United Arab Emirates aims to create more student-friendly classrooms by dispatching 60 supervisors who will mentor public-school teachers. The mentoring effort is part of the "Teachers for the 21st Century Professional Development Programme", and will foster continuous professional development among the region's teachers.
Officials at a conference this week in Jordan are focused on how microfinance can help people become independent and lower unemployment rates. Development and Employment Fund Director General Ali Ghezawi encouraged institutions to lend more funds to startup businesses, noting that new companies create more job opportunities.
Shopping center development in Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates is projected to increase by 140% over the next five years, reports say. The current worth of malls in the region exceeds $65 billion and may reach $500 billion by the end of this decade, according to Retail International.