Cubans in Bolivia Condemn Presence Mercenaries at Summit

The Association of Cuban Residents in Bolivia condemned the attitude of the self-appointed representatives of Cuban civil society in the side events of the 8th Summit of the Americas in Peru.

In a statement issued here, they endorsed the Cuban delegation's refusal to 'share spaces with counterrevolutionary elements who do not have the slightest legitimacy by the Cuban people.'

'They have tried to include and give voice in the different forums to mercenaries and terrorists paid by the government of the United States with the approval of OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro,' the text adds.

The Cubans living in this South American nation ratified the sentence heard in those spaces which demands 'Do not mess with Cuba!'

They also pointed out that no people can be worthily represented 'by traders at the service of foreign governments.'

They added that the members of Cuban civil society attending the event are a broad representation of all sectors of the country, including athletes, intellectuals, students and scientists.

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Anti-Cuban Intruders in People's Summit are Financed by Trump

The Government of Donald Trump finances the intruders that seek to replace the role of Cuban civil society in the meetings prior to the 8th Summit of the Americas, said today outstanding Cuban intellectual Enrique Ubieta.

During a speech in the plenary session of the People's Summit to tackle the regional scenario, Ubieta denounced the scope of the reversion of measures that sought to improve ties with Cuba and the hardened economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba.

In this regard, he said that a few days ago U.S. President Donald Trump approved a budget of $28 million USD for subversion against Cuba, including $13 million USD for Radio and Television Marti.

'Many of the 'activists' of the Cuban counterrevolution who are currently seeking to attend this event (meetings prior to the official summit) as members of the 'civil society' that defends the interests of imperialism, live on that budget and others not so public, which makes them mercenaries,' he said.

Ubieta referred to the change of Barack Obama's policy towards Cuba that led to the reestablishment of diplomatic ties and the reopening of embassies after more than 50 years of failed attempts to destroy the Cuban Revolution.

Trump's administration seeks to 'wipe out progressive and left-wing forces in the continent,' said Ubieta, who mentioned Trump's actions against Cuba, such as the false 'sonic attacks' against U.S. diplomats in Havana.

He described Trump's rhetoric as offensive and frankly hostile, under the same guideline of the extremely conservative sectors that support it.

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Research Proofs Efficacy of Silver-based Cancer Drug

Silver-based drugs become a more effective and safe treatment for esophagus cancer and other oncological lesions, according to a study published today in the BioMetals journal.

To demonstrate this thesis, experts from the University of Johannesburg (South Africa), investigated the effects of a new chemotherapy in both animal models -rats- and in human cell cultures (CCH).

The novelty, UJ3, a complex of silver thiocyanate phosphine, is as positive as cisplatin in killing breast cancer and melanoma cells in CCH, said main author Marianne Cronjé.

However, he added, UJ3 requires a dose up to 10 times lower to kill these cancer cells, and as it has a greater specificity on the tumor ones, the healthy ones destroyed during the treatment is noticeably lower.

If UJ3 becomes a chemotherapeutic drug in the future, the need for a lower dose, minimal toxicity and greater specificity for tumor cells will make it possible to treat cancer with fewer side effects, emphasized the authors.

Study: Seafood Lovers Consume Tens of Thousands of Plastic Particles Annually

According to a University of Ghent study, seafood lovers are consuming thousands of pieces of plastic each year.

Scientist found that, on average, a portion of mussels contains about 90 plastic particles – meaning two portions of mussels eaten weekly translates to roughly 11,000 plastic fibers annually.

University of Exeter's Adam Porter, said: “We piled up the thousands of plastics a regular seafood eater would consume in a year and the results were really quite shocking. People do not want to eat any plastic, let alone this amount.”

Plastic was found in almost every one of hundreds of mussels examined.

It remains unknown whether plastic passes from the stomach to body tissues.

Last week, the Marine Conservation Society said Britain is “choking in plastic.” The observation said there is a 27% increase in plastic and polystyrene items since 2008 across the UK coastline.

Plastic pollution is overwhelming Britain, making up close to 90% of litter on beaches. Plastic bottles accounted for 10% of litter found in the Thames.

“Plastic waste is out of control in London. It litters our parks, pollutes the Thames, harms marine life, and adds waste to London’s landfill sites, which may be full by 2025,” said environment committee chairman Leonie Cooper.

About 220,000 pieces of plastic were found along one 37-mile stretch of UK coastline. Among them were 2,509 cotton bud sticks, 13,115 drinks caps and lids, 3,109 drinks bottles and 81,000 additional unidentifiable plastic fragments.

The United Nations is taking major steps to reduce plastic pollution of the world’s oceans. Delegates preparing for the UN environment ministers’ meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, next week will explore options for global action to tackle plastic waste. The agency has committed to a substantial reduction of plastic waste by 2025.

Eirik Lindebjerg from the World Wide Fund for Nature said the meeting could prove a turning point in the crisis.

Scientist Adam Porter, said: “Many people blame beach users for not putting their litter in the bin, they blame fishermen for dumping waste, but our study shows the majority of waste is made up of fragmented plastics which have been in the sea for a long time and broken down – and these come from all of us.

“We need to use plastics responsibly, and they need to be recycled to protect the hundreds of animal groups known to be swallowing this waste.”

Exeter University study collected data from council workers who cleared beaches in North Cornwall between January 2005 and December 2011.

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