Chan Zuckerberg Initiative pledges $3 billion to fight disease

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative aims to "cure, prevent or manage all disease" by the end of the century

By Deborah M. Todd

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan on Wednesday pledged more than $3 billion toward a plan to “cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children’s lifetime.”

Speaking through tears at a San Francisco event to announce the initiative, Chan said she hoped to spare parents the pain she had seen while delivering difficult news as a pediatrician.

“In those moments and in many others we’re at the limit of what we understand about the human body and disease, the science behind medicine, the limit of our ability to alleviate suffering. We want to push back that boundary,” she said.

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UNDP and EC announce signature of contract for Lefka – Aplici road works

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Commission announced the signature of the contract for road works for the Lefka – Aplici.

According to a UNDP press release, road works under this contract will cover only the section of the road in the occupied northern part of Cyprus. The timeline of the project is five months from contract signature.

The project is fully funded by the European Union in the framework of the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community, and the estimated cost of the project is approximately €600,000.

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Aeronautical Services Company to yield multiple benefits, Minister says

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A parliamentary approval to the bill establishing a state-owned private company to offer aeronautical services will yield multiple benefits for Cyprus, Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Marios Demetriades has said.

Demetriades is holding a series of meetings with political parties in view of the discussions over the government bill in the parliamentary committee of Transport.

“I believe the bill should be approved because it will bring about a significant improvement in the Nicosia Air Space,” Demetriades said after a meeting with the Social Democrats Movement EDEK, adding the bill that has been drafted in collaboration with Eurocontrol will solve the problem of flights delays in the long term.

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State of emergency called after second night of unrest in Charlotte, N.Carolina

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People run from flash-bang grenades in uptown Charlotte, NC during the protest of the police shooting of Keith Scott, in Charlotte, North Carolina

By Greg Lacour and Andy Sullivan

One person was shot and gravely wounded on Wednesday in a second night of unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina, officials said, as riot police dispersed unruly protesters after the fatal police shooting of a black man under disputed circumstances.

North Carolina’s governor later declared a state of emergency amid the disturbances and said the National Guard and state Highway Patrol troopers would be sent in to help police in Charlotte restore and maintain order.

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Our View: Kadis is incapable of showing resolve

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Education minister Costas Kadis

JUST a week into the new school year, primary school teachers held a one-hour work stoppage in protest against the education ministry’s decision not to hire more teachers on a permanent basis. Their union’s board will meet again next Tuesday to decide whether to escalate its measures, or to put it another way, the ministry has been given one week to give in to Poed’s blackmail. If it fails to do as Poed commands it will be faced with more disruptive action at primary schools, something that is bound to infuriate parents.

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House to stop Church control over funeral charity collections

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A GOVERNMENT bill stipulating that only the family of a deceased person will be able to decide how the money donated at their loved one’s funeral will be used is to be tabled before the House plenum to vote, DISY MP Annita Demetriou said on Wednesday.

The bill is much anticipated by charity organisations and the public alike. To-date a large chunk of the money collected for charity at the request of the families of deceased persons, goes to the Church. It is customary in Cyprus at funerals, instead of laying wreaths, to donate money to charity organisations chosen by the deceased person’s family.

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