Veterinary Pathologist

first_imgPathology board certification or eligibility and a DVM degree orequivalent are required.To be considered at the Assistant Professor level (tenure-track orclinical track), candidates should show promise of moving towardexcellence in diagnostic anatomic pathology.To be considered at the Associate Professor level (tenure-track ortenured or clinical track), candidates should have at least 5 yearsof experience in diagnostic anatomic pathology and should showclear and convincing evidence of emerging stature as regional ornational authority in their field.To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must beappointed as an associate professor, have been tenured at a priorinstitution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to theinstitution. Candidates must be approved for tenure uponappointment before hire. Review of applications will begin immediately, and deadline forreceipt of applications for full consideration is December 15,2020. The Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory ( AVDL ) invitesapplications for a full-time Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist with akeen interest in performing necropsies and is service-minded. Thisis a tenure-track or clinical track position in a fully accrediteddiagnostic laboratory and NAHLN member. DepartmentVet Med Pathology Job duties include directing the necropsy service of AVDL andoverseeing the teaching of senior students on clinical rotationthrough necropsy. Position also includes training of residents inveterinary pathology. Adherence to quality assurance procedures,and participation in committees is expected. Opportunities forcollaborative research and additional teaching exist. Tenure StatusTenure Track Negotiable Posting TypeExternal Position Summary Job Posting Date10/30/2020 Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions withfinancial responsibilities. For additional information about thecredit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website. Duties/Responsibilities The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, foundedin 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providingservices to animal owners and veterinarians, and conductinginvestigations to improve the health of animals as well as people.The college benefits pets and their owners, food-producing animals,and wildlife by offering the highest quality hospital anddiagnostic laboratory services. Equipped with the mosttechnologically advanced facilities located on a university campus,the college is dedicated to safeguarding public health by studyingemerging infectious diseases that affect both animal and humanhealth.The College of Veterinary Medicine values all members of theuniversity community, recognizing that differences in experienceand culture can only lead to a more well-rounded, acceptingacademic environment. We have an expectation that all employeeswill demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion asembodied in our Principles of Community ( http://vet.uga.edu/principles-of-community/) Job Closing Date Underutilization Posting Details Contract TypeFiscal (12 mo.) FLSA Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills arerequired. Posting NumberF0753P Is this a Position of Trust?Yes Duties/Responsibilities About the College/Unit/Department Location of VacancyAthens Area Position Details EEO Statement Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline Classification TitleOpen Rank Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Faculty RankOpen Rankcenter_img Anticipated Start Date01/01/2021 Does this position require a P-Card?No The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grantuniversity with statewide commitments and responsibilities is thestate’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversifiedinstitution of higher education ( http://www.uga.edu/ ). UGA is currentlyranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News &World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens,approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campusesin Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-charteredUniversity in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-timestaff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 studentsincluding over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate andprofessional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools andcolleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta Universityhoused on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. Benefits EligibilityBenefits Eligible Does this position have direct interaction or care of childrenunder the age of 18 or direct patient care?No Minimum Qualifications Advertised Salary Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/orCertification Working TitleVeterinary Pathologist Employment TypeEmployee Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?No Preference will be given to those board-certified ( ACVP )individuals with an advanced degree in pathology with at least 4 to5 years’ experience in diagnostic pathology/necropsy. Open until filledYes Does this position have operation, access, or control offinancial resources?No Physical Demands College/Unit/Department websitewww.vet.uga.edu Percentage Of Time100 Additional Requirements Is driving a responsibility of this position?Yes Credit and P-Card policy Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety,IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access tochemicals and medications)Yes The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction employer. All qualified applicants will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to race, color,religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, geneticinformation, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation orprotected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations orassistance with the accessibility of materials related to thissearch are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]). Retirement PlanTRS or ORP About the University of Georgia Special Instructions to Applicants Posting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume/CVCover LetterOptional Documentslast_img read more

Russell Group’s student newspapers call for safety net

first_imgThe editors from the various newspapers have also stressed that they are in a unique position to put forward concerns given that “not only are we students ourselves but we are also in constant contact with the students at our respective universities, as part of the function of our extracurricular roles”. This means that they have a “unique insight” into the “attitudes, viewpoints and beliefs” of those studying at university. For the first time ever a joint editorial has been published in the student newspapers of the Russell Group universities, calling for the implementation of a “no detriment or safety net policy” in examinations this year. The universities claim that were they to take such action their degrees may no longer “command the confidence of employers and professional bodies”. However, a student backlash to the policy has grown, with three of Oxford University’s newspapers issuing a joint article calling for a reversal of the position earlier in the month. As part of this disruption the move to remote teaching during the pandemic is cited, along with the fact that “students have repeatedly said they have not been adequately supported throughout this pandemic” by their universities despite the “hard work of teaching staff”.  Another of the concerns raised was the impact of the pandemic upon students’ mental health and wellbeing. Figures from WONKHE and Trandence which suggest that students feel more lonely and isolated as a result of the coronavirus crisis point to what is described as a “mental health crisis among young people”. The lack of resources within students’ home environments is also cited as a reason for adjusting exam requirements this year. One of Cherwell’s editors-in-chief, Lucy Tansley, explained the aim behind the editorial. “It seems the Russell Group not only consider teaching to not have been disrupted, despite having almost a year of remote or blended learning, but also that the general distress caused by living in a pandemic is not enough to require special circumstances. This has led to a nationwide injustice for the 2021 graduate cohort as well as younger years taking exams and coursework. The newspapers are calling for a policy similar to that of the University of York to be adopted by all the Russell Group Universities. First years will be able to resit any failed exams up to the value of 90 credits, while the weightings of the second and third year will be readjusted, with candidates able to choose the better mark. Those behind the editorial believe this will ensure students can “simply focus on their studies, confident they will not be impacted by COVID-19, whilst preserving the value of their degrees to employers”. “We’re hoping that in joining together with students in a similar position at other universities that our collective voice may be listened to in making policy changes to exams that will ultimately have a significant impact on our future”. Last year, the university instituted a “safety-net” policy for students. At the time the decision was taken “to reduce the risk that students may be disadvantaged by the conditions in which they revise for and sit their exams in the exceptional circumstances of the CV-19 pandemic.” Summative assessments taken prior to Trinity term could be taken into consideration in order to determine both grades and degree classifications. However, work undertaken in tutorials was not allowed to be included as it was deemed “not sufficiently rigorous or consistent”. “A joint statement between Russell Group papers is something never done before and we hope that this will platform student voices that seem to have gone ignored thus far.” The editorial, which featured in Cherwell, urges the Russell Group institutions to put in place measures similar to those of the University of York. Their students have been given certain guarantees to try and minimise the impact of the pandemic on the final degree graduates leave with. The article was written in response to a statement from the Russell Group published earlier in the month. The organisation, which represents 24 UK universities and 446,450 undergraduate students, announced that they “do not consider that using the same algorithmic approach to provide individual ‘no detriment’ or ‘safety net’ policies, which were introduced by some institutions as an emergency measure at the end of the last academic year, is necessary or appropriate this year”. Amelia Horn, the paper’s other editor-in-chief added: “It’s really exciting to be working with the other papers on such an important project for the student body. It’s clear that across the UK there is a mood among students that they have treated unfairly, and this is something that we felt was important to demonstrate. Editors from across the different universities have pointed out that “we are living through what are undeniably unprecedented times” and that the policy towards exams “does not match the reality of what many students have faced, and are continuing to face, this year”. In response to the university’s decision not to implement a similar policy this year, the Oxford Students Union has organised a “Fair Outcomes for Students” campaign which is calling for the university to “implement an empathetic approach by reassessing their plans for workload and assessment”. The Union plans to lobby the university to ensure individual and cohort challenges are recognised, while it urges students to get in contact with those involved in examination arrangements at a course level. Photo: Mike Peellast_img read more

Bi-State Community Leaders Announce Tools for Reopening

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare MAYORMAYOR Bi-State Community Leaders Announce Tools for Reopening WHAT:  Community leaders from Evansville and Henderson join forces to support the reopening of the local economy and announce new tools for businesses.WHO:   Lloyd Winnecke – Mayor, City of EvansvilleBrad Schneider – Henderson County Judge ExecutiveTara Barney – President & CEO, Southwest Indiana ChamberEllen Redding – President, Henderson County Chamber of Commerce WHEN: Thursday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. (CDT)WHERE:  Virtual Press ConferenceHOW:  Register for the event, here: https://members.swinchamber.com/events/details/press-conference-4819FOOTNOTE:  After registering, you will receive a Zoom Meeting Calendar invite to participate in the press conference. Registration ends at 8 am.last_img read more

At least eight people killed, several others injured in active shooter situation at FedEx…

first_img By Jon Zimney – April 16, 2021 7 328 At least eight people killed, several others injured in active shooter situation at FedEx in Indianapolis Google+ This is raw video of the scene. Just got news of a different media staging area. Will head there and update. pic.twitter.com/PuUeVKyn0S— Mykal McEldowney (@mykalmphoto) April 16, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) At least eight people were shot and killed in an apparent active shooter situation at the FedEx facility near Indianapolis International Airport.Police were called to the facility around 11 p.m. on Thursday, April 15.Several other people were injured and transported to local hospitals, according to investigators who spoke during a news conference early Friday morning.One of the people taken to the hospital is said to have suffered critical injuries.Police believe the gunman shot and killed himself. He has been identified as 19 year-old Brandon Scott Hole, and is said to be a former employee.The FedEx hub in Indianapolis is said to employ more than 4,500 workers and is the second largest in the company’s global network.NEW #fedex update. 8 dead. pic.twitter.com/O87nh7067D— Mykal McEldowney (@mykalmphoto) April 16, 2021 Twittercenter_img Previous articleLawmakers override Governor Holcomb’s veto of emergency powers billNext articleGeorge Strait’s Notre Dame show has been canceled Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Facebooklast_img read more

Outgoing Fletcher School Dean Bosworth joins Belfer Center as senior fellow

first_img Read Full Story Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth, who transformed Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy during his 12 years as dean, is joining Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as a senior fellow.Belfer Center Director Graham Allison said Bosworth would bring to the Kennedy School a wealth of experience as a career diplomat, with a long focus on Asia and the Korean peninsula, areas of intense interest for the Belfer Center. Allison said: “We are delighted that one of the most influential experts in the world on Korean policy will now help the Belfer Center develop new initiatives on security and diplomacy involving the Korean Peninsula.”Harvard Kennedy School Dean David T. Ellwood recognized Bosworth for his national service, and welcomed him to HKS. “Stephen Bosworth brings to the School a broad range of international affairs expertise, and will provide our students with a valuable opportunity to engage with and learn from one of our country’s leading diplomats.”Bosworth joined The Fletcher School as dean in 2001, immediately after serving as U.S. ambassador to South Korea. While at The Fletcher School he continued to serve his country, as U.S. special representative for North Korea policy from March 2009 to October 2011, concentrating on the issue of North Korea’s nuclear weapons.As a diplomat, he served as ambassador to Tunisia from 1979-81, and ambassador to the Philippines from 1984-87, when he played a key role in the delicate negotiations that led to the transition from dictatorship to democracy.last_img read more

Joy Behar’s Me, My Mouth and I Will Play Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Me, My Mouth and I Behar starred on Broadway in the variety special Comedy Tonight and has also appeared on stage in The Food Chain and The Vagina Monologues. She won a Daytime Emmy award for her work on The View in 2009, along with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 21, 2014 Me, My Mouth and I follows Behar’s Brooklyn childhood to her stand-up work and sitcom appearances, along with her 16 years as co-host on The View. Comedian Joy Behar is taking her new solo show off-Broadway. The world premiere of Me, My Mouth and I will play a limited engagement at the Cherry Lane Theater November 6 through December 21. Opening night is set for November 23.last_img read more

Top Ten Summer 2009 events and the Top Ten Fall 2009 events

first_imgWinners for the Vermont Hospitality CouncilsSummer 2009 and Fall 2009 Top Ten ListThe Vermont Hospitality Council, a divisionof the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce the winnersfor the Top Ten Summer 2009 events and the Top Ten Fall 2009 events. Acomplete list of winners and descriptions of the events are available athttp://www.vtchamber.com/events/(link is external).The Top Ten Events are chosen by a panelof independent judges. Winning events are open to the public, scheduledbetween April 1 and August 31, 2009 for the Top Ten Summer 2009 eventsand September 1 and October 31, 2009 for the Top Ten Fall 2009 events,appeals to out-of-state visitors, and has the potential to attract a largeand diverse audience, including children.An independent panel of judges also considerscriteria such as:” Size and past audience of the event androom for growth within the event.” Geographic and seasonal date distributionamong Top Ten Event nominees.” If Top Ten Event award winners as a wholerepresent the variety of possible Vermont experiences,    i.e.arts, history, agriculture, gardening, community, recreation, etc.” Complete and timely application by theevent coordinator.Top Ten Summer Events 2009Vermont Lake Champlain QuadricentennialCelebrating in towns throughout the Lake Champlain Basin and Vermont, yearround.www.celebratechamplain.org(link is external)Bennington Moosefest 2009Bennington, May – October 2009www.benningtonmoosefest.com(link is external)Eighth Annual Strolling of theHeifers Parade & FestivalBrattleboro, June 5 – 7, 2009        www.strollingoftheheifers.com(link is external)Vermont Quilt FestivalEssex Junction, June 19 – 21, 2009www.vqf.org(link is external)28th Annual LCI FathersDay Fishing DerbyLake Champlain, June 20 – 22, 2009www.mychamplain.net(link is external)Yellow Barn Music Festival 40thAnniversary SeasonPutney, June 25 – August 9, 2009www.yellowbarn.org(link is external)SolarFest 2009 – The New EnglandRenewable Energy FestivalTinmouth, July 10 – 12, 2009www.solarfest.org(link is external)39th Annual Antiques& Uniques FestivalCraftsbury Common, July 11, 2009www.vtcas.org/calendar(link is external)3rd Annual New Tasteof Stowe Arts FestivalStowe, July 24 – 26, 2009www.craftproducers.com(link is external)   Deerfield Valley Blueberry FestivalJacksonville, Whitingham, Wilmington, Dover, July 31 – August 1, 2009www.boydfamilyfarm.net(link is external)Top Ten Fall 2009 Events Plymouth Folk & Blues ConcertsPlymouth Notch, September 5 – 6,2009www.plymouthfolk.com(link is external)New World Festival at ChandlerRandolph, September 6, 2009www.newworldfestival.com(link is external)South End Art HopBurlington, September 11 – 12, 2009www.seaba.com(link is external)Tunbridge Worlds FairTunbridge, September 17 – 20, 2009www.tunbridgefair.com(link is external)Annual Northeast Open AtlatlCompetition & Flint Knap-inAddison, September 18 – 20, 2009www.historicvermont.org(link is external)Vermont Life Wine & HarvestFestivalWilmington, September 25 – 27, 2009www.thevermontfestival.com(link is external)17th Annual HildeneFall Arts FestivalManchester, October 2 – 4, 2009www.craftproducers.com(link is external)  MoondanceWindsor, October 9, 2009Great Pumpkin ChallengeBennington, October 24, 2009 www.betterbennington.com(link is external)Haunted ForestWilliston, last two weekends in Octoberwww.thehauntedforest.org(link is external)###In business since 1912, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profitbusiness organization with 1,500 members employing 45,000 people and representingall sectors of the states economy.  Our mission is to create aneconomic climate conducive to business growth and preservation of the Vermontquality of life.last_img read more

South Africa, Kenya leading push for renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa

first_imgSouth Africa, Kenya leading push for renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Quartz:Africa’s leading economies are increasingly looking to wind energy to power homes. It’s part of a trend towards varying forms of clean energy across the continent.South Africa, the continent’s most advanced economy, is a clear leader in renewable energy policy and projects, shows research by BloombergNEF. For example it will lead the drive for wind power installations with an additional 3.3 gigawatts added to its energy capacity by 2024, as it both tries to cope with the problems at its national power company, Eskom, and tries to slowly reduce its addiction to coal.Kenya is also a major leader and opened Africa’s largest wind farm last year and is on course to soon be able to claim 100% renewable energy from a range of sources including geothermal and solar.Investment in clean energy in sub-Saharan Africa jumped to $7.4 billion in 2018 up from $2.3 billion in 2017. South Africa accounted for $4 billion of investment driven by a major onshore wind project in 2018.Clean, renewable energy is being adopted across sub-Saharan Africa boosted by policy incentives, backing by donors to overcome the lack of local finance and developing de-risking mechanisms for reluctant governments. But it’s not all plain sailing: “Governments are struggling to afford existing power purchase agreements and will have to make hard choices if they are to find room for renewables.”While clean energy policies are somewhat limited to tax incentives, BNEF analysts think “low hydro availability and a growing reluctance to finance coal will boost investment in renewables in the long run.” That’s good news, it helps that gas and coal are somewhat curtailed by the cost of the infrastructure required to implement new projects.[Yinka Adegoke]More: Renewable energy investment is taking big strides in sub-Saharan Africalast_img read more

Sanofi reports results for H5N1 vaccine with adjuvant

first_imgMay 12, 2006 (CIDRAP news) – In a human trial in France, an experimental H5N1 avian influenza vaccine with an adjuvant showed modestly better performance at a lower dose compared with a similar H5N1 vaccine that was tested earlier in the United States.The new study, published in this week’s The Lancet, showed an immune response in 67% of patients receiving two doses of 30 micrograms (mcg) of the vaccine plus an adjuvant. An accompanying commentary, however, pointed out several obstacles that need to be addressed before an effective vaccine can be mass-produced.The vaccine is manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, a subsidiary of France-based Sanofi Aventis. It is an inactivated, split-virion strain of H5N1 known as Vietnam/1194/2004. The company reported preliminary results of the trial in December 2005.The study involved 300 adults (aged 18 to 40), divided into three groups receiving 7.5, 15, or 30 mcg of the vaccine, plus three groups receiving the same doses of vaccine combined with an aluminum hydroxide adjuvant. Four of the groups comprised 50 people, one 49, and one 51. Study investigators included two from Sanofi Pasteur, including the senior author.Each patient received the vaccine on the first day of the study and 21 days later. All patients were assessed on day 21 and day 42 for immune response.On day 42, of those receiving 30-mcg doses with adjuvant, 67% were seropositive (95% confidence interval, 52% to 79%), compared with 52% of the 30-mcg group without adjuvant. Percentages for both 15-mcg groups were 44%, and those for the 7.5-mcg groups were 43% and 28% without and with an adjuvant, respectively.In the US study published in March, 451 adults received two doses of 7.5, 15, 45, or 90 mcg of another H5N1 vaccine made by Sanofi, all without an adjuvant. Of the 99 volunteers who received two 90-mcg doses, 54% developed H5N1 antibodies. This compared with 43% in the 45-mcg group, 22% in the 15-mcg group, and 9% in the 7.5-mcg group. The vaccine was based on a different human isolate of H5N1 than the one used in the French study. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.In the new study, some seroconversion was evident in each of the groups at day 21, after only one dose of the vaccine was administered. Seropositivity was defined as a titer of 32 or greater. The patients had no serious adverse events, few severe reactions, and no oral temperatures higher than 38°C (100.4°F).The authors conclude, “Our two-dose 30 mcg inactivated H5N1 pandemic vaccine is safe and immunogenic. We also noted encouraging responses with lower doses of antigen.”In an accompanying commentary, however, Suryaparkash Sambhara, DVM, PhD, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Gregory A. Poland, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., emphasize that more hurdles need to be cleared. They write that the study results, though more promising than in the earlier US study, leave much to be desired.”The results of these two early clinical trials,” they write, “clearly indicate that we still do not have a highly immunogenic vaccine to use against H5N1 influenza.” They cite the following factors:It is unknown whether the antibodies induced by the vaccine would sufficiently protect people from a pandemic virus.No published reports indicate how this “clade 1” vaccine will cross-react with other H5N1 subtypes.The regimen of two 30-mcg doses is still high and would limit the number of doses available at current manufacturing capacity. (Seasonal flu vaccination typically consists of one 15-mcg dose.)No data exist on the vaccine’s effect on immunocompromised people, such as the young or old.According to the study’s authors, “In a pandemic situation, the aim will be to immunize a maximum number of people to protect them against mortality and severe disease. The level of postvaccination antibodies needed to achieve this protection is not known. Limited manufacturing capacity implies the need to adapt dose-sparing strategies. The challenge, therefore, is to find the appropriate compromise between individual protection and protection from a population perspective.”Bresson J-L, Perronne C, Launay O, et al. Safety and immunogenicity of an inactivated split-virion influenza A/Vietnam/1194/2004 (H5N1) vaccine: phase 1 randomised trial. Lancet 2006 (early online publication, May 11) [Abstract]Sambhara S, Poland GA. Avian influenza vaccines: what’s all the flap? (Commentary). Lancet 2006 (early online publication, May 11)See also:Dec 15, 2005, CIDRAP News story on preliminary results of French study”Sanofi says H5N1 vaccine with adjuvant may go further”New England Journal of Medicine report on earlier H5N1 vaccine studyhttp://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/354/13/1343March 30 CIDRAP News story “H5N1 vaccine trial shows limited benefit”last_img read more

Syrians vote for new parliament amid war, economic turmoil

first_imgThe elections, twice postponed from April due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, come at a time when most Syrians are worried about the soaring cost of living.Many candidates are running on programmes pledging to tackle inflation and improve infrastructure ravaged by the conflict.”Lawmakers are going to have to make exceptional efforts to improve services,” said Umaya, a 31-year-old woman who works in a dentist’s practice.Millions of Syrians living abroad, after fleeing a war that has killed more than 380,000 people, are not eligible to vote.But for the first time, voting will take place in territory retaken by the government, including in the Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus and in the south of Idlib province in the country’s northwest.After a string of military victories backed by key ally Russia, the government is back in control of around 70 percent of the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.In the last polls in 2016, turnout stood at 57 percent.Read also: First coronavirus case confirmed in Syria’s northwest: Aid groups’Unprecedented hunger crisis’ This year’s vote comes as Damascus struggles to redress an economy battered by nine years of war, Western sanctions and the fallout of a financial crisis in neighboring Lebanon.Food prices in Syria have shot up by more than 200 percent in the past year and now stand at 20 times their pre-war levels, the World Food Program says.In a country where more than 80 percent of people already live in poverty, the UN food agency has warned that Syrians are now facing an “unprecedented hunger crisis”.The elections also come as Assad marked a second decade in power this month, and weeks after the United States imposed new sanctions on Syria including on the president’s wife.The next presidential polls are expected in 2021, and candidates will need the written approval of at least 35 members of parliament.Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem last month said Assad would remain in power “as long as the Syrian want him to stay”.Topics : Syrians go to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament as the Damascus government grapples with international sanctions and a crumbling economy after retaking large parts of the war-torn country.More than 7,400 polling stations will open at 7z;30 a.m. (0430 GMT) in government-held parts of Syria, including for the first time in former opposition strongholds. President Bashar al-Assad’s Baath party and its allies are expected to take most of parliament’s 250 seats in the third such polls to be held since the war started nine years ago.On the eve of the polls, one person was killed and another wounded in two blasts in Damascus, state news agency SANA said.Several lists were allowed to run across the country but any real opposition is absent, and the ruling Baath party is expected to retain its hegemony.Portraits of the contenders have been displayed across the capital for weeks, with the 1,658 candidates including several prominent businessmen.last_img read more