Friday, June 11, 2010

water, fire, civic

Photobucketsource: civic bank

"Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, gave the Kick Polio Out of Africa (KPOA) campaign a boost today by signing the football which is traveling from Cape Town to Egypt ahead of the 2010 World Cup. During the ball’s epic journey through 22 polio-affected and high-risk countries, Rotary clubs throughout Africa are mobilizing the public for massive immunizations and raising awareness for polio eradication. Gates lauded Rotary’s efforts to help kick polio out the continent — and eventually out of the world...After traveling for almost four months across the continent, the football is close to reaching it final destination in Alexandria, Egypt...The grand campaign finale will be held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, on 12 June, under the auspices of First Lady Suzanne Mubarak. African Cup of the Nation champions will kick the ball — symbolically kicking polio out the continent and into the Mediterranean Sea...It would be recalled that on 23 February, Rotary launched its “Kick Polio out of Africa” awareness campaign in Cape Town, one of the host cities to the 2010 World Cup, with the symbolic kicking of a ball signed by Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Afflicted with polio as a child, Tutu joined the campaign as goodwill ambassador. From Egypt, the ball will travel to Montréal, Canada, to be presented at the Rotary International Convention later this month.." (farmer: take the ball again out of the sea?). Link

Madrid, June 11 (EFE) .- "La Infanta Cristina, daughter of King Juan Carlos of Spain, will travel to Mexico on Monday, accompanied by Minister of Health, Trinidad Jimenez, to participate in the launch of "Health 2015 Mesoamerica" and will be received on this occasion by the President of the Republic, Felipe Calderón. This program is the first public-private partnership between the countries of the region, the Spanish Government, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Institute of Health Carlos Slim (ICSS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) reduce equity gaps in health experienced by people in extreme poverty". Link

"The Duke of Palma (Inaki Urdangarin, husband of Princess Cristina) had an accident last Thursday at his home in Washington and had to call the fire department. Some witnesses claim that several members of the body repeatedly entered and left the house. Fortunately all was just a shock and the Infanta Cristina was seen with her children at the doors of the building, and with calm temper. Although he has not given the reason for the emergency call, a fire department member said that everything had been "a hoax" and, luckily, everything returned to normal in the family home of the Dukes, located in the suburb of Bethesda , northwest of the city". Link

"The Infanta Doña Cristina, accompanied by her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, today in Washington DC presided the opening ceremony of the Civic Bank headquarters in the United States, a place noted as Group President Enrique Goñi, is "the best laboratory for the entity. ""This is your civic site' is the title that invites NGOs and citizens of Washington to enter and use the venue, a space that opened at 12.00 (local time) in addition to the presence of top representatives of Spanish diplomacy in the United States and key national institutions in the city...." Link "Located in a busy area in the financial heart of the city, opposite the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and next to the White House, the headquarters of Civic Banking is designed as a space for community use. And, pending the financial implementation Civic Banking in the United States, scheduled for the first quarter of 2011, the seat of Pennsylvania Avenue will host educational, cultural and social cooperation of NGOs in the area.." Link

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