MELD is Model for End-stage Liver Disease that was introduced in to ensure that the sickest patients were offered transplant first. According to the article, MELD is a calculation based on objective laboratory data, including serum creatinine level. Despite the goal of defining an objective, equitable measure of disease severity, MELD-based allocation inadvertently introduced sex-based disparities in liver transplant, with women experiencing higher wait list mortality and lower likelihood of transplant compared with men. These sex-based disparities may be the result of including serum creatinine level as a measure of renal dysfunction in MELD.
UK festival curator accuses UAE minister of sex assault
The Hay literary festival has accused a senior Gulf royal of an "appalling violation" after he allegedly sexually assaulted one of their employees. Their employee, Caitlin McNamara, claims he attacked her earlier this year and is seeking legal redress. Ms McNamara, 32, told the Sunday Times that the alleged attack happened on 14 February at a remote private island villa where she had been summoned, she thought, to discuss preparations for the first-ever Hay Festival in Abu Dhabi , which was opening 11 days later. She said she told both her employer and embassy officials soon after the attack, and went to the police in the UK when coronavirus lockdown restrictions lifted. A statement from Caroline Michel, chair of Hay Festival. According to the Sunday Times, Ms McNamara is waiting to hear whether the Crown Prosecution Service will take up her case, and said she had decided to waive her right to anonymity because "I feel I have nothing to lose".
Gulf minister of tolerance in ‘sex assault’ on Hay books festival worker
In , two army officers stopped at a car rental office in Pasni, a small coastal town in south-west Pakistan. One of them asked the owner: "Do you have a good car? We have to take an Arab sheikh to Panjgur. He wanted to get to Panjgur, about km 65 miles inland, to hunt houbara bustards, rare birds whose meat is considered by some to be an aphrodisiac.
Lawyers for the minister later denied her account. The Times said McNamara, who had travelled to the UAE to work on the launch of the literary festival there, claimed she was assaulted by the sheikh when they met at a remote island villa. The Foreign Ministry of the UAE, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula also home to Dubai, said it does not comment on personal matters. The Associated Press does not usually name sexual assault victims, but McNamara agreed to be identified by the Sunday Times, which ran her picture on the front page.