|News on Cuba - June 11, 2012|
Raul Castro Held Talks with General Secretary of Spain´s Communist Party
HAVANA, Cuba, June 11 (ACN)—Raul Castro, first secretary of Cuba’s Communist Party Central Committee held talks on Saturday with Jose Luis Centella, general secretary of Spain’s Communist Party and spokesperson for the United Left at the Spanish Congress.
During the meeting, the top Communist leaders exchanged views on different issues of interest for their political organizations and they agreed to keep strengthening fraternal relations between both Communist parties, Granma daily newspaper reported.
The distinguished visitor was accompanied by legislator Alberto Garzon, and by the secretary for International Cooperation of Spain’s Communist Party, Gloria Aguilar.
Also attending the meeting were Jose Ramon Balaguer, member of the Secretariat of Cuba’s Communist Party Central Committee and head of its International Affairs Department.
Cuban antiterrorists compliment left-wing social and political activist Dolores Huerta in the US
Washington. - The five anti-terrorist Cuban fighters unjustly prosecuted in the United States sent a complimentary letter to the political activist Dolores Huerta, who is the co-founder of the Farm Workers’ Trade Union and tireless fighter for the civil rights of women and immigrants.
On behalf of the Cuban Five I am delighted to convey to her our sincerest congratulations for having been bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the current year. No other person than her is more deserving of the highest civilian honor in the United Status, quotes the missive signed by Gerardo Hernández on the behalf of himself and his four comrades-in-arms.
Ecuadorian Assembly of solidarity, in Machala
Machala, Ecuador. - The Sixteenth National Assembly of Solidarity with Cuba concluded in this city with a strong claim to the U.S. government to lifting the criminal blockade imposed against Cuba for more than half a century despite worldwide condemnation.
The annual event brought together some 500 delegates and guests. The pinnacle of emotional rejoicing was reached at the time when Antonio Guerrero’s sister, María Eugenia conveyed regards in his stead and also on behalf of Gerardo Hernández, Fernando González, Ramón Labañino, y René González, five cuban men unjustly held in Us jails for 14 years up to the present.
Cuba yields to cooperation with Africa
Havana. - Cuba considers priority on relations with Africa, a continent currently working about five thousand 500 professionals in this Caribbean nation, among them three thousand belonging to the medical field, informed the Deputy Foreign Minister Marcos Rodriguez.
During a press conference, Rodriguez stressed the role played by specialists on African soil, where more than 300 thousand of cooperators in the different fields during the past 50 years.
Al intervenir ante la 101 reunión de la Conferencia de la OIT, la ministra de Trabajo y Seguridad Social, Margarita González, explicó que en su país la educación es gratuita en todos los niveles de ensenanza, es obligatoria hasta el nivel medio, y ello permite a los jóvenes estar en capacidad de ingresar al trabajo.
Cuba exposes labour and social progress in Geneva
Geneva. - Cuba presented at the International Labour Organization (ILO) its achievements in the branch of employment, safety and welfare.
The Minister of Labour and Social Security, Margarita Gonzalez spoke in the 101st Session of the International Labour Conference stating that in her country the education at all levels of instruction is free of charge, and compulsory through the secondary level, and this enables youngsters to be well prepared to undertake their assigned tasks in the corresponding jobs.
Spanish Right Unable to Consolidate Anti-Cuban Feeling
Havana, June 11 (Prensa Latina) The right-wing had been unable to consolidate anti Cuban feeling, said Jose Luis Centella, secretary general of the Spanish Communist Party spread by media.
There is a reality they had never been able to change: the Spanish people are in solidarity with the Cuban people, Centella said in an interview to Granma newspaper about the attempt by Spanish sectors to retake an aggressive policy against Cuba.
They haven’t managed to do so, despite the many attempts, the political leader noted, who met this weekend with prime minister of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, Raul Castro.
What increases every day is the solidarity gesture to Cuba, Centella said, who is the spokesman from the United Left in the national Congress of Spain.
More people know about the Cuban Five in Spain, he said in relation to the case of the anti terrorists Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, who were arrested in the U.S. about 14 years ago.
It is a topic that is not a taboo any more, he noted after qualifying the action as injustice committee by a country (United States) which claims to speak of democracy and fight terrorism.
The movement in solidarity with the Cuban Five is pretty consolidated and even many people had started to approach Cuba and its history after knowing the case of these anti terrorist fighters, Centella told.
By questioning in the Congress we recently managed the Spanish government to make a statement denouncing the US blockade against Cuba, he said after explaining that it is very difficult to justify the contrary when asked face to face.
A Special Present for Ramon Labañino on His 49th Birthday
GUANTANAMO, Cuba, June 9 (acn) Guantanamo residents dedicated on Saturday the selection of this province as the venue for the main 26 of July meeting to Ramon Labañino, who turned 49 years of age while still unfairly incarcerated in the United States.
Locals gathered at the 11 de Abril Square to celebrate the news, in a meeting attended by their leaders and liven up by troubadours and the Changüí Group, which regaled participants with refrains on the event.
Luis Torres, member of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and First Secretary in this province, shared the joyful news with the people, which they sent to the five Cuban heroes.
While addressing his compatriots, Torres acknowledged the people as the main architect of the honor of celebrating for the third time in Guantanamo a new anniversary of the attacks on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes garrisons –on this occasion, the 59th.
More Saharan Students in Cuba Graduate
NUEVA GERONA, Cuba, June 9 (AIN) The graduation of Saharan high school students in this city coincided with the 35th anniversary of the program to train foreign high school and higher education grant holders in the Isle of Youth.
Some 4,000 youngsters from that nation graduated in the Cuban special municipality in this period, as informed during the graduation ceremony attended by Malainine Etkana, ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic to Cuba.
The Arab diplomat condemned the unjust blockade of the United States against Cuba and ratified the demand for the immediate return to their homeland of Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez and Ramon Labañino, unfairly condemned for fighting terrorism.
For her part, municipal education director Barbara Blanes described the program to train students from Africa, Latin America and Asia as a fruitful stage for local education and an exponent of the human and internationalist nature of the Revolution.
Marlen Villavicencio, delegate in this locality of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples, ratified the Caribbean island’s support for the people of Western Sahara, still struggling for its definitive independence.
Cuba to Increase Production of Sugarcane By-Products
Havana, June 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is working today to reach the point where it can take full advantage of sugarcane for the production of electric energy, animal feed, and other high-value by-products, said an official from the sugar sector.
This is a high priority in the strategy for annual increases of between 15 and 20 percent in sugar cane volume, the president of Cuba's Sugar Industry Business Group (Azcuba), Orlando Celso Garcia, also said.
"The most important thing is that we try to achieve that increase accompanied, above all, by a progressive decrease in production costs and a rise in agricultural yield, with an increasing use of irrigation and other technologies," Garcia noted.
Garcia summarized the results from Cubazucar's international seminar, held in the context of the 50th anniversary of that company within the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment.
The event, which took place over three days at a Havana hotel, was sponsored by Cubazucar, the International Sugar Organization (ISO) and Azcuba.
Garcia stated that sugarcane production, the main limiting factor in previous years, has been growing steadily and will continue to do so from now on.
Regarding the just-ended sugar cane harvest, Garcia said the country achieved a 17 percent increase in the volume of sugarcane, compared with the previous year.
Eleventh Havana Biennial: Mission Accomplished
HAVANA, Cuba, June 11 (acn) The Eleventh Havana Biennial ended its series of exhibitions this weekend confirming its position as one of most important art events in Latin America and the Caribbean, with artists from all over the region and large crowds.
Artists from 43 countries contributed with works that turned Havana into a huge showroom for all kinds of art expressions, proving the wide range of possibilities contemporary art gives to creators, reported Granma newspaper.
A team of curators, organized by the Wilfredo Lam Center, managed to mix the traditional museum and gallery exhibitions with those outdoors and in the communities, like the ones in the Malecon (Havana’s seawall), in the neighbourhoods of san Agustin and Vedado, and other atypical places.
Another achievement of this event was the bond it established with schools when the participants had workshops and exhibitions at the Cuban Higher Institute of Arts, the Jose Antonio Echeverria University City and San Alejandro Academy of Arts.
Cuban art stood up in the Biennial and was praised by dozens of foreign critics and experts, who agreed on the diversity and well-being of Cuban contemporary creation.
Cuba´s Culture Minister Rafael Bernal Alemany met the participants at the La Cabaña Fortress, along Rubén del Valle, president of the National Council of Plastic Arts, and Jorge Fernández, director of the Wilfredo Lam Center
Cuba with Outstanding Participation at Peru’s Immunology Congress
HAVANA, Cuba, June 11 (ACN)—The presentations by Cuban specialists raised noticeable interest in over 600 participants at the 10th Congress of the Latin American Immunology Association, recently held in Lima, Peru.
The president of Cuba’s multidisciplinary group of Lung Cancer, at the Saturnino Lora Hospital in Santiago de Cuba, Soraica Candia, stressed the warm welcomed given to the 20-member Cuban delegation to the Forum, Prensa Latina news agency reported on Monday.
The island’s representatives included the president of the Cuban Immunology Society, Oliver Perez, as well as experts from research centers and hospitals located in different Cuban provinces.
This is the largest delegation ever accredited by Cuba at a meeting of this kind, said Soraica.
The Cuban specialists explained about the development of the island’s biotechnology industry despite the effects of the over-50-year US economic blockade, which has not been able to prevent Cuba from having a solid scientific development structure.
Some of the presentations by the Cuban delegates dealt with significant achievements, such as the therapeutic vaccine for advanced lung and prostate cancer known as Cimavax EGF; the Nimotuzuma B monoclonal antibody to treat tumors affecting the nervous system, the brain, head and neck, and others
The Cuban representative said that participants at the forum praised the Cuban achievements and many of them found out opportunities to strengthen relations with Cuba and to take courses in Cuban scientific centers.
Cuba Promotes Environment Friendly Power Generation
HAVANA, Cuba, June 9 (ACN)—While polluting emissions increasingly contaminate the world environment, Cuba promotes the rational use of energy and environmental protection as part of its power generation process.
Although the Caribbean island is boosting the use of renewable energy sources, 96 percent of its electricity production is based on fossil fuels. The electricity sector is therefore following up on indications stemming from a strategy drawn up eight years ago, which launched an energy saving program known here as the Energy Revolution, PL news reported.
The indications, aimed at increasing the local power generation capacity, production efficiency, and at lowering energy losses, allow producing electricity with 25 percent more efficiency, reads an article posted on Cubadebate website.
With this in mind, over 700 thousand improving actions have benefited power distribution networks, more than 20 million inefficient electrical appliances and equipment were replaced with others that considerably save energy (electric cookers, water heaters, fridges, fans and bulbs).
These measures along with the increasing use of renewable energy sources contributed to reduce polluting emissions by 20 percent last year, with respect to 1990, while at the world level such emissions increased 40 percent if compared to 2011.
The article explains that renewable energy sources such as wind and water alone allowed saving 31 150 tons of fuel last year and thus prevented the emission of over 100 000 tons of Carbon Dioxide.
This adds the environment-friendly production of electricity fueled with oil-accompanying gas, in the localities of Varadero, Matanzas province, and Jaruco, east of Havana. The oil-accompanying gas used to escape to the atmosphere, while it has now become a valuable source of energy.
The article also underscores that the use of renewable energy sources cannot be postponed in Cuba, since it is a factor favoring economic development and the environment, and whose importance needs to be promoted through environmental education and a change in patterns of social behavior.
Haitian Government Reiterates Support of Cuba against US Blockade
HAVANA, Cuba, June 9 (ACN)—The State Secretary of Haiti’s Ministry of International Relations and Cult, Jean Richard Casimir said in Port au Prince that his government will always back Cuba’s struggle against the over-50-year US economic, commercial and financial blockade.
Haiti has always expressed its clear support of Cuba against the illegal US blockade, said Richard Casimir during a visit to a fish farming facility where Cuban workers are offering cooperation services.
The top government Haitian official praised the work of the Cuban personnel by saying that “we’ve noticed how much the Cubans have achieved here with only few resources.”
Richard Casimir noted that the government headed by President Martelly supports Cuba’s cooperation as it expects to further expand fish cultivation in the country in an effort to increase food production for the Haitian people.
Guantanamo Province Hosts July 26 Celebrations this Year
HAVANA, Cuba, June 9 (ACN)—The easternmost province of Guantanamo will be the venue this year of celebrations for National Rebelliousness Day, following a new method to decide which Cuban province hosts the event, according to Granma newspaper.
The commemoration of National Rebelliousness Day each 26 of July, as an homage to the historic importance of the attacks, back in 1953, on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Batista army barracks by a group of youths headed by Fidel Castro, is a reason of legitimate proud for Cuban revolutionaries, the article reads.
The appointment of Guantanamo as the venue of the national event is in tune with a decision by the Political Bureau of Cuba’s Communist Party to change the method traditionally used to grant the hosting of the celebrations.
Every year, a given province won the main venue of these celebrations after having achieved the most significant economic and social indicators. The method will now change to shifting the host each year to a different territory.
The daily explains, that the Political Bureau of Cuba’s Communist Party agreed to end the previous rating method to appoint the venue given the different economic and social characteristics of each Cuban territory, which make it difficult to measure the results and come up with the province wining the venue.
However, since Santiago de Cuba province was the main scenario of the 1953 events, the Political Bureau decided that this territory will host celebrations in 2013, marking the 60th anniversary of the attacks, and then every ten years thereafter.