How the World will look after the Coronavirus Pandemic

4 Abril 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

9 Marzo 2020

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27th January, the day of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, is an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust (Resolution of the UN)

2 Febrero 2020

 27th January is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The atrocity of war left little chance to survive, but in spite of this, there were courageous men and women of different nationalities, who took great risks to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. Let’s share amazing stories to remember the Righteous Among the Nations. Let’s show the world the lesson of the Holocaust is not only one of sadness, but also a lesson of courage, dignity, compassion, and heroism.

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The Ocean Cleanup

9 Enero 2020

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The Ocean Cleanup is awarded Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award

Rotterdam, the Netherlands, August 27, 2019 – The Ocean Cleanup has been chosen as one of five recipients for the Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award. The Macquarie Group Foundation chose The Ocean Cleanup because of the unique nature of the project, the boldness of its mission, and the motivation and dedication of the team. The award of $10 million (AUD) will be received over a five-year period.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary Macquarie Group, through its philanthropic arm the Macquarie Group Foundation, will award $10 million (AUD) to five non-profit organizations who have a project which will have a lasting community benefit.

Boyan Slat, CEO and Founder, said in response to being a recipient of the award: “It is very exciting to be one of the five nonprofits chosen for the Macquarie Anniversary Award. I am honored that they have chosen to support our mission. With this funding we will be able to begin designing our next cleanup system and make our way to scaling up to a full fleet.”

Those who are awarded have met a select criteria for eligibility, including: an organization who is a registered nonprofit, operations have been in place for at least three years, has an annual operating budget of a minimum $4 million (AUD), data and evidence must be provided to support the expected outcomes and proposals of the organization, and the proposed project must be delivered within five years of an agreed project timeline.

On behalf of the Macquarie Group Foundation, Mary Reemst, Chair, added: “The Ocean Cleanup is a bold idea to confront the significant challenge of restoring our ocean ecosystem. This is a unique opportunity to profoundly impact our environment, pursuing an ambitious solution to remove plastic waste from our oceans with significant benefits for wildlife, the food chain, and community health.”

In 2019, The Ocean Cleanup aims to reach proof of technology with its cleanup system that is currently deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Once this is achieved, The Ocean Cleanup will begin to design, procure, and assemble our next system. The award funds will be used to facilitate the development of this next system and to begin the process of scale-up to a full fleet of cleanup systems.

The Ocean Cleanup is honored to have made it through the application process and to be one of the finalists of the Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award. With the support of the Macquarie Foundation, The Ocean Cleanup is making another important step towards realizing its mission of ridding the world’s oceans of plastic.

Further details about the Award and all the winners and their projects can be found on

The Climate Summit will be held in Madrid from 2nd to 13th December 2019

2 Diciembre 2019

 The Climate Summit will be held in Madrid from 2nd to 13th December 2019

The  United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has issued a brief communication announcing that the 25th edition of the Climate Summit will be held in Madrid. The COP25 has thus taken only a few days to select a new venue after the recent renunciation by the government of Chile due to the violent protests currently taking place in the country.

The press release, whose content was approved by Patricia Espinosa, the UN’s executive secretary for climate change, maintains the scheduled dates of December 2nd to 13th, and establishes the Feria de Madrid (IFEMA) as the venue for the international meeting. The event is expected to attract between 20,000 and 25,000 delegates from the 197 member countries, according to estimates by the summit organizers in Chile.

Spanish offer

Chile officially renounced the organization of the COP25 on Wednesday, October 30th. The decision was notified by the Chilean president Sebastián Piñera, to Farhan Haq, the UN’s deputy spokesperson, who said: “There have been past precedents of cases where the hosting country is not the same as the venue countries”. This has allowed Chile to retain the presidency of the meeting and hence the leadership in spite of not hosting the event.

One day later, Pedro Sánchez, the acting prime minister of the Spanish government, conveyed to his Chilean counterpart Spain’s willingness to “collaborate in everything required, including, if necessary, hosting the Climate Summit in Madrid”. Chile can thus capitalize on “the immense effort that it has made since the start of its preparations for the summit ten months ago”, in the words of the Spanish government’s communication.

Third venue in under 12 months

For the Spanish government: “The multinational action on the climate is a priority on the agenda of the United Nations and the European Union and demands a major commitment from everyone”. The event will still be chaired by Carolina Schmidt, the Chilean Minister of the Environment.

Chile had already taken over from Brazil when president Jair Bolsonaro renounced the presidency and organization of the COP25 when he came to power. The climate summit has thus suffered two setbacks this year before finding its definitive site.

Gabriel García, chairman of the Madrid Hotel Association (AEHM), was quick to react. In declarations published by Europa Press he said that the Spanish capital is “more than prepared” to host this event and mentioned a very recent precedent, the final of the Copa Libertadores, which was also held in Madrid in December 2018 after an outbreak of unrest in Buenos Aires before the match.

Is it safe for a teenager to be vegan?

4 Noviembre 2019

Being vegan means you don’t consume or use any animal products, which means everything from not eating cheese (I know, I know), to not wearing leather, and only using beauty products that are cruelty-free. Most people choose to try a vegan lifestyle for one of the following reasons: to save the planet by reducing the impact on global warming, for ethical reasons and animal rights, or to improve their health. All are very valid reasons to try it even for a short period of time. Being vegan means being more conscious of what goes in and on your body, and it can require planning ahead whenever possible to set yourself up for success.

Like anything, adopting a new lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight. Here are some tips that should help get you get started. Chose a few at a time and implement them slowly. (And of course, make sure you talk to a health or nutrition professional to make sure your nutritional needs are met on a vegan diet!)

Octoberfest 2019 Begins

2 Octubre 2019

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The 186th Oktoberfest is officially under way. The mayor of Munich opened the annual event, and the first glass of beer was filled.

Millions of party lovers from across the globe travel to Munich each September to visit the world’s most famous beer festival.

People expect that more than 7 million litres of beer will be consumed during the 15-day event. People can enjoy the festival in 38 big tents. They can also take part in some historical tours.

Salman Khan and the Khan Academy

13 Septiembre 2019

Salman Khan and the Khan Academy, Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation

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Salman Khan and the Khan Academy have been bestowed with the 2019 Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, as made public in Oviedo by the Jury responsible for conferring said Award.

Son of an Indian mother and Bangladeshi father, Salman Amin Khan was born on 11th October 1976 in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA) , where he grew up. A graduate in Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Khan earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University, after which he began working as a financial analyst. In 2004, Salman Khan offered to help his cousin Nadia with her Maths schoolwork. Due to living in different cities, they communicated by telephone with the support of some basic computer tools. As this formula yielded quite positive results, within a short time Khan was remotely monitoring the progress of several relatives with similar problems at school. In 2006, Salman Khan began publishing videos on the YouTube platform explaining his lessons so that everyone could view them on their own. These videos began to be seen by more and more people, who encouraged him to continue publishing new lessons. So, in 2008 he created the Khan Academy, a non-profit organization to which he has devoted himself full time since 2009, when he presented his resignation from the investment fund for which he was then working.

Salman Khan’s academic preparation and his teaching capacity quickly led him to discover his interest in the field of education. The Khan Academy is the consolidation of an innovative, transformative format that offers free educational material on the Internet for all ages, from primary through to high school. Although the content was initially aimed at students, it has gradually become a very useful tool for teachers who wish to complement their classroom lessons with additional material. Oriented towards mathematics in its origins, the educational platform has gradually opened up to new fields including science, history and grammar.

The Khan Academy is currently found in more than 190 countries, with nearly sixty million registered users. It also has around 20 000 videos available that have been viewed more than 1400 million times. Complementing the function of the videos by offering the possibility of monitoring individual student progress, doing practice exercises or providing additional tools to teachers, the Academy’s web platform is available in five languages in addition to English: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Turkish and Bengali, and its videos have been translated into 36 languages. The Khan Academy also offers the possibility of preparing for general college and medical college admission tests (SAT and MCAT, respectively). In 2017, it became an official partner for the preparation of American College Board tests and, since 2018, it also offers preparation for law school admission tests (LSAT). The Academy likewise promotes the concept of the ‘flipped classroom’, which seeks to ‘flip’ the traditional teaching method, encouraging students to prepare theory at home so as to allocate class time to the more practical part, working directly with the teacher. Salman Khan’s commitment is thus to the universality of education and the empowerment of people from an early age. His motto is: “You only have to know one thing: you can learn anything.”

Distinguished with the 2014 Heinz Award for innovative contributions in the category of the Human Condition, Salman Khan has managed both to draw the attention and seek the support of prestigious personalities and institutions such as Bill Gates, Google (2008 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities), Carlos Slim and Disney, among others, who have seen his project as a way to support free universal education.

As stated in the Regulations, the Princess of Asturias Awards are aimed at rewarding “the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out at an international level by individuals, institutions or groups of individuals or institutions”. In keeping with these principles, the Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation shall be aimed at recognizing “individual or collective work, in cooperation with another or others, to develop and promote public health, universal education, the protection and defense of the environment, as well as the economic, cultural and social advancement of peoples.”

Each of the Princess of Asturias Awards comprises a Joan Miró sculpture –representing and symbolizing the Awards–, a cash prize of 50,000 euros, a diploma and an insignia. The awards will be presented in the autumn in Oviedo at a solemn ceremony chaired by TM The King and Queen of Spain.

Notre Dame

21 Agosto 2019

A French architect says that Notre Dame Cathedral still isn’t safe enough for restoration work to begin, more than three months after a devastating fire nearly destroyed the monument.

French television showed the chief architect of France’s historic monuments, Philippe Villeneuve, taking Culture Minister Franck Riester on a tour Wednesday of the cathedral, which President Emmanuel Macron wants restored in five years.

He said that “we are still in extreme urgency of securing the site.”

Wooden supporting arches are being placed under the 28 buttresses, without anchoring them in stone. A robot was helping to clear debris on the lower level of the cathedral.

The minister said that the safety and quality of the restoration “is what counts” despite the goal of finishing the repairs by 2024.

Space Exploration

23 Julio 2019

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