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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Connector of the Day: Evander Holyfield

October 8th, 2009
06:30 PM ET

World-famous American boxer Evander Holyfield may be famous for his gladiatorial battles-of-the-ring with the likes of Mike Tyson, Michael Moorer and Lennox Lewis, but the 46-year-old pugilist is about to take on an altogether new opponent.

Holyfield, who boasts a record of 42 wins from 54 bouts, is hoping to use his winning formula from the boxing world to help climate change in the wider world.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/08/art.holyfield.gi.jpg caption="Evander Holyfield is the only boxer to win the heavyweight title four times."]

The former heavyweight champion and Olympic bronze medalist, who famously had part of his ear bitten off by Tyson during a world-title fight in 1997, is working to turn his Atlanta, Georgia estate into a renewable energy playground by building a solar farm along side an organic garden at his ranch.

As one of only three men in history to have been crowned world heavyweight champion three times in a career, the one dubbed 'The Real Deal' hopes to make green history with his actions.

But what do you think of Holyfield's plans? Post your questions below for Holyfield and we’ll put as many as we can to him on Friday's Connect the World.

Does swine flu threat outweigh vaccine fears?

October 8th, 2009
02:39 PM ET

A large-scale immunization program against swine flu has started in the United States with the vaccination of 68,000 New Yorkers while a similar campaign will also get under way in Beijing this week.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/08/art_marti_vaccine_cnn.jpg caption="Brandon Marti, 13, receives a dose of the intranasal vaccine for the novel H1N1 flu Tuesday."]

In both cities priority will be given to children, who are deemed to be most at risk of catching the H1N1 virus, which has already killed more than 4,000 people among the 340,000 known to have been infected, according to the World Health Organization.

For 13-year-old Brandon Marti, the intranasal vaccine felt "good," "cold" and "watery" at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, New York, on Tuesday.

Marti, among the first to get vaccinated against the novel H1N1 influenza virus this week, said he would tell his friends and classmates that "the swine flu vaccine is good, and protects me from getting the swine flu."

New York has received a shipment of 68,000 doses of the FluMist variety vaccine. This form was made available before the injectable kind because it was ready first, said Thomas Skinner, spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Officials of the National Institutes of Health say that in clinical trials they have seen no serious side effects and that study subjects who have been immunized have generated a good response.

But some doctors have questioned if the vaccination program is really necessary for a virus that has mainly caused just mild symptoms, while some patients had asked if the vaccine had been sufficiently tested for safety. So do you believe the threat of swine flu outweighs any concerns about the vaccine? And would you get your child vaccinated? Leave your comment below.

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