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Plans to shut Guantanamo Bay prison

Where: Guantanamo Bay, CubaDecember 19, 2008: The controversial prison camp, Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, may finally be closed. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered that plans be made to close the prison that houses "alien combatants" accused of supporting terrorist activities against the United States.Often colloquially referred to as Gitmo (a spoken version of GTMO, which stands for...

Chess for Children: A Smart Move

Chess for Children: A Smart Move
When we think of chess we think of two adults sitting opposite each other, thinking of ways and means to outsmart the other. Many people feel it is a very difficult game. But do you know that most chess players and champions start very young?Viswanathan Anand, number two in the world, played his first chess game at the age...

How did the Teddy Bear Get Its Name?

A teddy bear
It was party time for the 40 giant teddy bears. They had succeeded in achieving what most fashion conscious people in the world would give their right arm and eye for: a party dress made by the most famous couturiers or dress designers on earth.And it was all for a grand auction in the tiny principality of Monaco, in...

The smallest bird in the world is the bee…

The smallest bird in the world is the bee hummingbird of Cuba. It is 5.7 cm (2.25 in) long, of which nearly half comprises its beak. It is smaller than many of the butterflies in the rain forest where it lives.

Jellyfish: Fragile Creature of the Sea

Jellyfish: Fragile creature of the sea
A sudden influx of jellyfish, in the Gulf of Mexico in the Atlantic Ocean is worrying both scientists and fisher folk alike. The Gulf of Mexico is bordered on the north by the United States, on the east by Cuba, and on the south and west by Mexico.Jellyfishes are invertebrates (animals without a spinal column). Some are also venomous...

Fidel Castro Ruz

Fidel Castro Ruz
Fidel Castro Ruz was born on August 13, 1926 (some sources give 1927), on his family’s sugar plantation near Biran, Oriente, Province. His father was an immigrant from Galcia, Spain. He attended good Cathotic schools in Santiago de Cuba and Havana, where he took the spartan regime at a Jesuit boarding school, Colegio de Belen. In 1945 he enrolled...

Sarita: What is your nationality?

Sarita: What is your nationality? Vinay: My mother was born in Iceland and my father in Cuba. Sarita: Then you must be an ice cube!

Old PCs Save Precious Lives

Where: Chicago, USAJuly 1, 2000: Computers and Internet connections are not for the rich alone. Even the poor should be able to use it, says Zina Munoz. Zina works as a nurse in Chicago.But Zina is not merely a nurse. She is also one of the people behind an Internet revolution in half a dozen countries across the world.The...