Monday 23 September 2019 | 09:59:19 am.
HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 19 (ACN) Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz, Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (MINCEX) of Cuba, denounced the damage caused to his country during recent months by the U.S. blockade.
In his Twitter profile Malmierca published: "The blockade of the #USA government against #Cuba affected our economy between April 2018 and March 2019 by 4.343 billion dollars. The accumulated figure amounts to 138.843 billion. How much more could we do if they leave us alone? #SomosCuba @cubavsbloqueo @MINCEX_CUBA".
In addition, hewrote that "the administration of @realDonaldTrump has sharpened the aggression, but it has been maintained for 60 years. How much resistance from the Cuban people. #NoMoreBlockade
On the other hand, the Cuban Minister quoted a phrase of the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro which summarizes the attitude of the Cuban people before this genocidal policy of the empire: "The hardening of the blockade against Cuba multiplies the glory and honor of our people, we will not surrender.
The intensification of U.S. interference, through the activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, seeks to subdue the Cuban people by preventing trade and exchange with third countries, which are also affected.
Monday 23 September 2019 | 09:55:27 am.
HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 19 (ACN) Estela Varnes de Carlotto, president of the Association of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, was warmly received at the headquarters of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) by its president, Fernando González Llort, who expressed "we are duty bound to thank you for the solidarity with the struggle of our people for so many years.
According to ICAP's official website, González Llort highlighted the courage and struggles of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, an organization that has worked in the search for information to locate the children abducted during the military dictatorship in Argentina and restore their true identity, demanding punishment for those responsible.
He also referred to the political situation in the region, the growing aggressiveness of the U.S. government, the intensification of the blockade and its consequences for the Cuban people and the convening of the Anti-Imperialist Meeting of Solidarity, for Democracy and against Neoliberalism in Havana from November 1 to 3, 2019.
Estela, who is in Cuba at the invitation of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), said she admires the Cuban people "for the tenacity they have had to defend themselves, it is incredible," she said.
She referred to the emergence and work of the organization she presides over, originally made up of simple women who became fighters against the crimes of the dictatorship.
The meeting was attended by Noemí Rabaza Fernández, first vice president of ICAP, officials of the institution, representatives of the FMC and the delegation that accompanies Varnes de Carlotto.
Previously, during this visit, the Argentine activist was received by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers.
Monday 23 September 2019 | 09:50:05 am.
HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 20 (ACN) The health symptoms reported by Canadian diplomats in Havana could be due to "continued exposure to insecticides used for pest control," according to a scientific study by Dalhousie University in Canada.
This result shows that the baseless accusations of the US government on this issue have responded to a political strategy, according to the information published today in Granma newspaper.
An article published by CBC News this Thursday, on the health symptoms registered by Canadian diplomats in Havana, refers to the results of scientific research headed by Dr. Alon Friedman, from the Department of Neurosciences and Medical Pediatrics at Dalhousie University, Canada.
The research states that it is "brain damage caused by prolonged exposure to insecticides used for pest control.
The results of Dalhousie University's work differ from unsubstantiated and scientifically unproven theories that mysterious weapons were used to attack diplomats.
This new hypothesis helps to clarify that the different theories about so-called "directional phenomena" and other euphemisms about supposed attacks are baseless.
The Cuban experts who have worked on the issue consider, in a preliminary way, that the hypothesis presented by the Canadian team is a serious explanation to justify the reported symptoms based on scientific research.
The CBC article states that the Canadian Embassy and its diplomatic residences may have applied insecticides to combat mosquitoes, up to five times more frequently than usual.
Exchanges have already begun between experts from Canada and the Cuban team to advance research in our country.
Wednesday 11 September 2019 | 05:10:07 pm.
HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 11 (ACN) The president of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, had a cordial meeting with Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints of the Holy See.
Cardinal Becciu is in Cuba to celebrate Mass for the recently deceased Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino.
Both parties exchanged on relevant issues of the bilateral agenda and the positive state of relations, which will reach their 85th anniversary in 2020.
The dialogue, according to the Cuban National Television Newscast, confirmed the coincidence of positions on issues such as the preservation of peace, the fight against poverty, inequality and social exclusion, as well as the protection of the environment.
Wednesday 11 September 2019 | 05:07:07 pm.
HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 11(ACN) The Record of the Antonio Maceo Documentary Collection and the Ten Years' War. Unpublished documents will be inscribed this Thursday in the National Register of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme.
The compilation dates from 1876-1877 in the middle of one of the wars of independence, informed to the Cuban News Agency the Doctor in Historical Sciences, Yolanda Díaz Martínez, director of the Research Department of the National Archives of the Republic of Cuba (ARNAC), where this Thursday will be the official subscription ceremony.
She pointed out that all the documents included are unpublished and issued between January 1876 and June 1877, although a good part of them is made up of correspondence sent to Antonio Maceo, and also appear cited, either as senders or receivers of correspondence, other prominent figures of the Ten Years' War.
She said that names such as General Guillermo Moncada of the Independence Army, colonels José Maceo and Arcadio Leyte Vidal, as well as Captain Manuel Cisneros seem to be reflected.
Likewise, the correspondence signed by M. Diaz which, we presume, corresponds to the Dominican General Modesto Diaz, who in January 1876 was named Chief of the First Eastern Corps, although he did not immediately occupy that responsibility, which was temporarily Antonio Maceo's, she added.
She specified that the documentation, compiled and digitalized to facilitate its knowledge and dissemination, is constituted by a donation made in 1965 by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, who in turn received it from Dr. Antonio Núñez Jiménez, in his capacity as President of the Cuban Academy of Sciences.
Martha Ferriol Marchena, director general of the National Archive of the Republic of Cuba, received in 2015 the Certificate of inscription of the Constitution of Jimaguayú in the National Registry of the Memory of the World Program of UNESCO.
That magna charter was approved by Cuban patriots on September 16, 1895, in the fields of Jimaguayú, now the province of Camagüey, to provide the Republic with government arms in order to lead the war for national independence and establish a provisional constitution.
Cuba treasures a great number of collections, documents and patrimonial funds of continental and international relevance, hence the importance of this Program for the Cuban National Commission of UNESCO and other organizations.
Wednesday 11 September 2019 | 05:03:16 pm.
HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 4 (ACN) The event Cuba for the 25th anniversary of the Ibero-American Meetings of Women Engineers, Architects and Surveyors (EIMIAA) will start this Thursday at the Hotel Nacional.
A conference on the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana on November 16 will be the main topic of the opening ceremony, followed by another on Gender; Equality and Opportunities, Antonia Amalia Gonzalez Almeida, President of the Organizing Committee, informed in exclusive to the Cuban News Agency.
Delegates from Bolivia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the Dominican Republic confirmed their presence at this meeting.
The Mexican engineer-architect Rosalia Zepahua Peralta, president of the EIMIAA, is one of the personalities who will participate in the event, she is also a member of its honorary committee.
According to the program, Cuban experts will speak on Thursday about sustainable urban development and the New Cuban Urban Agenda, while a Mexican will do it about the inclusive city and its expression in the territory.
The Cuban State Plan for tackling climate change, known as Tarea Vida, will also be the focus of the professionals.
The closing ceremony, mainly organized by the Cuban National Union of Architects and Construction Engineers, is scheduled for Saturday at the Plaza Convention Center, in Varadero, Matanzas.
Monday 26 August 2019 | 05:06:27 pm.
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 26 (ACN) The president of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel called for the elimination of difficulties in foreign investment in the education sector, during a meeting with authorities from the Ministries of Education and Higher Education.
Diaz-Canel learned that among the main obstacles to investment is the shortage of qualified personnel, and in that sense called to strengthen and diversify exports of goods and services, tasks that cannot be postponed given the complex economic situation in the country.
The Ministry of Education has collaboration agreements with 16 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Australia, and will produce audiovisuals and didactic toys to promote their exportable items.
In addition, the expansion, through the use of new technologies, of the recognized literacy program Yo sí puedo (Yes, I Can) is part of the Cuban entity's plans.
Díaz-Canel commented on the revival projects that have been deployed in the provinces for some years now, which have allowed new spaces to be opened for the recreation of the people and have been used during the months of vacations.
Thursday 22 August 2019 | 05:04:39 pm.
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 21 (acn) Exchanges with Daichi Suzuki, head of the Japan Sports Agency, Norifumi Yamamoto, head of the Gymnastics Association of that country, were the most recent actions of the Cuban delegation visiting the city of Tokyo.
"It predominated the interest in strengthening bilateral relations and contributing to the preparation of Cuba towards the 2020 Olympic Games," Osvaldo Vento, Cuba´s president of INDER, wrote in his twitter account.
The Caribbean official described both moments as "profitable", added to others equally praised by him and his companions: Roberto León Richards, president of the Cuban Olympic Committee, Jorge Polo Vazquez, INDER vice-president, and Carlos Miguel Pereira, Cuban ambassador in Japan.
Vento reiterated to Suzuki the purpose of deepening ties between their entities and the invitation for Japan to attend the 7th AFIDE International Convention, scheduled for next November, in Havana.
Meanwhile, Suzuki recalled with satisfaction a recent visit to the capital of the Caribbean island, where he met with sports authorities and glories, and noted the progress of several specialties despite economic restrictions.
He was also interested in the participation of Cuba in the next Olympics, including the steps taken with the cities that will host the training bases of the Caribbean squads.
Thursday 22 August 2019 | 05:03:52 pm.
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 15 (ACN) The Spanish cities Perelada, Santander and Almansa will host this month the performances of the Cuban company Acosta Danza, directed by the first dancer Carlos Acosta.
According to Prensa Latina, the ensemble will perform at different artistic events, considered the most important of the Spanish summer, including the 33rd edition of the Castell Peralada Festival, the 50th International Festival of Theatre, Music and Dance in Murcia and the Palacio de los Festivales in Santander.
A selection of successful works from its repertoire make up the program of presentations, which includes the choreographies of the Spanish Goyo Montero titled Imponderable and Llamada, as well as the pieces Mermaid, by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, performed as a duet by Acosta and Marta Ortega.
Also noteworthy in the selection Twelve, by Spanish Jorge Crecis, which requires the dancers a maximum physical and mental disposition, with sporting and mathematical elements, and Two, by Russell Maliphant, danced by the director of the group.
Since its stage debut, this company has defined itself as a space for renewal, research and experimentation for Cuban artists and at the same time has opened its doors to foreign creators such as choreographers, musicians, designers, plastic artists and audiovisual producers.
Thursday 22 August 2019 | 05:00:17 pm.
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 21 (acn) The Family Care System (SAF by its Spanish acronym), which is governed by the Ministry of Internal Trade (MINCIN by its Spanish acronym), benefits more than 70 thousand people throughout Cuba.
This program began in 1998 to favor a small sector of society in a vulnerable situation, according to the information published today by Granma newspaper.
Sonia Mantrana, MINCIN national director of Gastronomy, said that to provide this service, there are 1.437 establishments distributed in all municipalities of the country.
Low-income people who attend these places for food can find there varied dishes and favorable conditions at low prices.
For this, the Ministry of Economy and Planning provides resources and food and each territory has a budget allocated for this type of program.
People access to SAF mainly through requests made by the community social worker, the delegate of the People´s Power office and even the same dining rooms.
There is priority for social cases, disabled, retired and old people living alone, pregnant women at risk and, in general, anyone who cannot independently access to food.