Soccer Legends Ronaldo and Zidane to Play in Ebola Charity Game

Two thirds of the money raised will go to helping those affected by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

zidane ronaldoFormer Real Madrid teammates and Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, will hold a charity match to benefit the fight against Ebola.

The match, the UNDP’s twelfth edition of the Match Against Poverty, will take place in France’s Saint-Etienne’s Geoffroy-Guichard stadium on Apr. 20 and will feature other soccer stars also. Two thirds of the money raised will go to helping those affected by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

The other third will be donated to the Saint-Etienne’s Association, which promotes and develops social programs in the French city.

“While all efforts to stop Ebola are continuing, thorough recovery from its many consequences for the societies and economies of the epicenter countries must be planned now,” said UNDP administrator Helen Clark.

The most recent Ebola outbreak has killed 8,921 people and infected as many as 22,334, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ebola a form of haemorrhagic fever with immediate symptoms including diarrhoea, vomiting and bleeding. The virus can be transmitted through direct contact with those infected patients as well as unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.

Source:  Soccer Legends Ronaldo and Zidane to Play in Ebola Charity Game

Cuba Develops Dengue Vaccine

October 16 2014centro-biotecnologia

cuba develops vaccine for dengueExperts with the Havana-based Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center exposed the advancements of a project for a vaccine to fight the four existing types of Dengue.

The research details, which is in its first validation stage, were presented at the Symposium on Advanced Techniques in Microbiology, being held at Havana’s Convention Center as part of the 8th Cuban Congress on Microbiology and Parasitology.

CGEB researcher Luis Javier González explained the vaccine which is currently under development has the objective to fight against the four existing dengue serotypes.

In his lecture about proteomics applied to infectious diseases caused by bacteria and viral agents, González pointed out the clinical process is based on the laboratory method known as ‘shotgun proteomic’.

This technique studies the complexities of the interaction between the proteins and the different dengue serotypes.

González added that the CGEB is carrying out its research in collaboration with Luxembourg’s Department of proteomicsThe 8th Cuban Congress on Microbiology and Parasitology concludes tomorrow and it is organized by the Cuban Society of Microbiology and Parasitology and sponsored by 16 institutions and organizations, including the United Nations Development Program and the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine

Source: Prensa Latina

Cuba: 55 Reasons for a New Anniversary

55th Anniversary of the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution

Reblogged from La Santa Mambisa (Google translation)

By: Omar Perez Solomon

When it comes to Cuba,-as well as Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia, the great capitalist press deploys its machinery so that everything that is disclosed and perceived by the public is what suits the imperialist interests.  As stated by the Doctor Political Science and Sociology, and Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, LA Diez, “Journalists have hidden the positive indicators, and disseminated only, with magnification, the negative”. As sociologists often say if you torture the data enough they eventually confess what you want. ”

Despite the tightening of the U.S. blockade, the global economic crisis and the systematic distortion of the Cuban reality in capitalist media, Cuba advances in updating its economic and social model, and it’s prestige is increasing internationally..

WFL_015Among the positive indicators that the imperial magnifying glass fails to see, I call the attention of 55 facts that show the strength of the Cuban Revolution on the eve of its anniversary.

1.    The 2013 Human Development Report of the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP), which considers the index of life expectancy, access to education and standard of living, ranks Cuba 59th in 187 countries, with high human development.

2.    Economic Plan 2014 ensures the necessary resources for the exports of goods and services, and preserves programs for investors designed to generate new and growing revenue.

3.    Cuba is working based on projections for Social and Economic Development until 2030, with the purpose of creating the foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society.

An international benchmark of participatory democracy in the workplace

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The United Nations Praises Results of Cuba’s Environmental Actions

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Claudio Tomasi UNDPCuba’s efforts and results in the field of the environment were praised on Friday Havana by officials of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Claudio Tomasi, representative of the UNDP on the island, pointed out that Cuba is a reference both at a regional an continental level in the integration of policies and actions related to sustainable development.  (Photo: Claudio Tomasi)

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The UNDP Extols Risk Prevention Model in Cuba

undp logoThe model of risk management and prevention in Cuba and the high training of the island’s institutions to respond effectively in the face of natural disasters were praised recently in Havana. 

Claudio Tomasi, representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to Cuba, told the press that in these spheres the island is a recognized leader at a regional level and the best place to be trained in this regard.
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Cuba’s Commitment to Sustainable Development Highlighted by the UNDP

Barbara Pesce-Monteiro.The attention given by Cuba to studies on climate change and the high scientific rigor and multidisciplinary nature of its results were highlighted by the representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to the island, Barbara Pesce-Monteiro.
  
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Where human beings are truly the centre of policy making decisions

Cuba continues to serve as a reference point internationally in the area of health care, particularly for Third World countries, showing that it is possible to reach a high level of social development, despite limited resources and the severe economic blockade imposed by the U.S. for over 50 years, when human beings are placed at the center of policy making decisions in society.

Read the full story at  http://www.granma.cu/ingles/cuba-i/9-agosto-healthy-island.html