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July 2002



Legal Right To Acquire Arms: Pros And Cons

The problem of whether to allow citizens to acquire firearms for self-defense is widely discussed in both foreign and local newspapers. In accordance with a marketing research, 5% of European male population shows a great interest in acquiring arms. It makes up about 17 million people of the total number of the European population (about 608 million people).

American, Swiss, French and Finnish societies are traditionally regarded as the most armed ones in the world. Sweden and Norway are not on the list, though the level of saturation with weapons in these countries is extremely high. In Sweden illegal firearms can be easily purchased on the black market. From 40 up to 50 units of firearms are imported to the country illegally

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Paralympic Committee Of Moldova

The Paralympic movement began with the idea of using sports as a practice for rehabilitating war veterans. In England in 1948 the neurologist, Sir Ludwig Guttman, decided to use sports to improve the quality of life of soldiers mutilated or wounded during the war.

In July of that same year the first edition of the Stoke Mandeville Games was held, at the same time as the opening of the London Olympics. Four years later the International Games on Wheelchairs were held. After the Olympic Games of 1960 in Rome, the first Paralympic Games were held, in which 400 athletes from 23 nations participated. Throughout time the Paralympics movement - which until the Roman Games involved only athletes on wheelchairs - added new classes of participants with different types of physical, visual and mental disabilities.

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White Plagua

Tuberculosis is described as white plague and kills more people in the world than any other infectious disease. Mycobacterium tuberculosis has been present in the human population since antiquity - fragments of the spinal column from Egyptian mummies dated 2400 B.C. show definite pathological signs of tubercular decay.

The registered number of new cases of TB worldwide roughly correlates with economic conditions: the highest incidences are seen in the countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America with the lowest gross national products. WHO estimates that eight million people get TB every year, of whom 95% lives in developing countries. An estimated 3 million people die from TB every year.

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