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Daily Archives: November 14, 2013

St. Croix, Virgin Islands - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers took custody Wednesday evening of 35 Cuban migrants that allegedly landed in Coakley Bay, in the northern coast of St. Croix. Continue reading
Havana, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Members from a community coalition in the Bronx, New York, praised in this capital the participation of the citizens in the actions of the Cuban public health system. The visitors, from community group Claremont Healthy V... Continue reading
One of Cuba's hot spots is Varadero, a popular destination located on the long peninsula. Many of Varadero's resorts are located close to the town, making ventures on-and off-resort convenient."Ernest Hemingway has a home in ... Continue reading
Un original de la imagen más reproducida en la historia de la fotografía, la instantánea del guerrillero argentino-cubano Ernesto Che Guevara, que lo convirtió en un icono de rebeldía, se subastará el viernes 22 de noviembre en Viena. Continue reading
El sistema sanitario de Cuba enfrenta el reto “urgente” de incrementar su red de hogares de ancianos y geriatras ante el problema del envejecimiento poblacional, en un país que estará entre los más envejecidos del mundo en 2050, reconocieron el jueves fuentes oficiales. Continue reading

Juan Formell, quien recibirá el galardón a la Excelencia Musical en la próxima edición de los Grammy Latinos, afirmó este miércoles que las nominaciones de artistas cubanos son ya un "premio" para la Isla, informa EFE.

Al parecer, el músico se refería solo a los artistas residentes en Cuba.

"Esta postura de que a la música cubana la tengan en cuenta me parece que ya es un premio", dijo Formell, fundador de la emblemática banda Los Van Van, en una rueda de prensa en La Habana sobre la delegación cubana que asistirá a la 14 edición de los Grammy Latinos.

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El músico cubano Juan Formell, quien recibirá el galardón a la Excelencia Musical en la próxima edición de los Grammy Latino, afirmó que ese honor y las nominaciones a artistas cubanos son ya un “premio” para la isla, cuya discografía está “bloqueada” en los grandes mercados. Continue reading
Havana, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The book "Hablando con la boca llena" (Speaking with Mouth Full") by Cuban Jorge Mndez was launched as part of activities of the 4th Meeting of Rescue and Promotion of ... Continue reading
Havana, 14 Nov (Prensa Latina)The historian of Havana, Eusebio Leal, pleaded for a responsible gastronomy not only in the Cuban capital but also in the whole country, with initiatives and the rescue of the abundant traditional local recipes. During the... Continue reading
Havana, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Niger Foreign Minister Mohamed Bazoum recognized today the social progress that has been made in Cuba, during his official visit here. The Nigerien diplomat, welcomed at the Cuban foreign ministry headquarters by his peer... Continue reading
Nick Frost stars as Bruce, a man who once was a big star on the dance floor in his youth. He’s put his love of dance far behind him but it’s reignited once a beautiful American worker ... Continue reading
SAN FRANCISCO - The parents of a drunk driving victim killed five years ago unveiled a trailer with the vehicle their son was in to remind people the dangers of being intoxicated while behind the wheel. On the early morning hours of Aug. 17, 2008, Scot... Continue reading
Jose Fernandez -the NL Rookie of the Year in 2013 - came to the United States by boat as a 15-year-old Cuban refugee in 2008. Along the way, he rescued his mother, who had fallen overboard. However, his beloved grandmother, who Fernandez calls a &q... Continue reading
Who said there's no crying in baseball? Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was given a tearful, surprise reunion with his grandmother over the weekend, six years after leaving her behind to defect Continue reading
PARAGUAY, 14 de noviembre de 2013. El Secretario (Ministro) de la Juventud del Paraguay,  Marcelo Soto,  visitó la Embajada de Cuba, donde sostuvo un amplio intercambio con el embajador, Juan Astiasarán Continue reading
(Changes to more appropriate headline) ).- Cuba's healthcare system is facing the urgent challenge of increasing its network of nursing homes and geriatricians to serve its aging population, given that Continue reading
Cuba's healthcare system is facing the urgent challenge of increasing its network of nursing homes and geriatricians to serve its aging population, given that the country will be among those with the Continue reading
The result of the recent vote that gave Cuba a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, again puts into question the credibility of this institution, which has also given seats on the Council to countries such as China … Continue reading Continue reading
El disidente cubano Antonio Rodiles ha instado a "abrir las puertas" de la oposición para que toda la sociedad pueda participar de un futuro cambio político en la isla caribeña. Continue reading

Una glorieta del distrito madrileño de Hortaleza llevará el nombre del fallecido disidente cubano Oswaldo Payá, informó en su sitio en internet Unión Progreso y Democracia (UPyD), el partido que impulsó la propuesta.

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The World Economic Forum has issued its annual report on the gender gap worldwide, and it has received respectful notice from the usual places (PBS, CNN, The Washington Post). But any report that places Continue reading
November 14th, 2013 (AFP) - Cuba on Wednesday hailed its election to the UN Human Rights Council, saying it was a "resounding recognition" of its work in the area. The communist state was among 14 countries Continue reading
After the billowing red curtains parted in Wadsworth Auditorium on Saturday Nov. 9, Giordano Dance Chicago swept the stage, impressing the audience with a captivating and dynamic performance. Giordano Continue reading
A lo largo de más de 800 páginas, se ofrece al lector una visión de La Habana como una de las grandes capitales del mundo Continue reading
A cigar is a bundle of dried and fermented tobacco that is took fire so that its smoke may be drawn into the mouth. A cigar is a bundle of dried and fermented tobacco that is took fire so that its smoke Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, November 2013, www.cubanet.org – It is known that cynicism is one of the handiest tools for dictatorial regimes, where democracy and demagoguery become synonymous terms to legitimize the interests of the authorities. It is a policy that could … Continue reading Continue reading
LA HABANA, Cuba, 14 de noviembre de 2013, Yaremis Flores/ www.cubanet.org.- José Luis Zumaguera Miranda está en terapia intensiva luego de recibir siete impactos de bala por parte de agentes policiales en Matanzas, Cuba. Su pronóstico es reservado y sin esperanzas para la vida, en el Hospital Mario Muñoz de esa provincia, según comunicó Iván [...] Continue reading
President John F. Kennedy and South Korean President Park Chung-Hee in Washington. Such speculation is relevant to Koreans. On May 16, 1961, almost four months after JFK's inauguration, Park Chung-Hee Continue reading
Cuba - Special Education MSc. Rosario Rodriguez Espinosa, who is an ambulatory teacher from the Tupac Amaru special education school in East Havana, considers herself as a much better person since she Continue reading
Cuba - UN Human Rights Council Cuba reiterated at the UN its commitment of promoting and respecting human rights, shortly after being elected by the General Assembly to be part of the Human Rights Council. Continue reading
News Cuba Fidel Castro - South Africa The documentary film "Fidel, the Untold Story", by the American filmmaker Mrs. Estela Bravo, was premiered at the Ninth Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival Continue reading
On November 18th, the Global Cinematography Institute and Canon present the first in a series of monthly screenings of influential films from the history of cinematography. 1964's black-and-white masterpiece Continue reading

El sistema sanitario de Cuba enfrenta el reto "urgente" de incrementar la red de hogares de ancianos y geriatras ante el problema del envejecimiento poblacional, en un país que estará entre los más envejecidos del mundo en 2050, reconocieron fuentes oficiales, informa EFE.

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The John F. Kennedy of 1960 would be too conservative for today's Democrats TORONTO, ON, Nov 14, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Alright already, this'll be the last column on the Kennedys for a while. (Ed. Note: Continue reading
Posted in News, Antibiotic Resistance, Infectious Diseases Antibiotic resistance is an international reality whose solution includes better educating physicians about using bacteria-fighting tools, Continue reading
La cantidad de cubanos mayores de 60 años es igual a la de los niños (hasta 14 años) y en adelante será superior, señaló la agencia AFP. Continue reading
Cuba in the UN Circus / Luis Cino Alvarez
Posted on November 14, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, November 2013, www.cubanet.org.- Do you remember when in
the past decade Gadaffi's Libya chaired the Human Rights Commission of
the UN?

Because of such scandalous contradictions, the 2006 announcement that a
new body would be created to replace the ineffective and too politicized
Commission seemed encouraging.

Seven years later it is extremely frustrating to see that nothing has
changed, or it's gotten worse. China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia and
Vietnam have just been elected in a vote that was direct, secret and by
regional blocs, to membership on the Human Rights Council.

Can we expect something positive from a Council with such illustrious
members?

With the history of the governments of these countries in terms of human
rights, their election seems like a bad joke. It's like designating a
gang of constitutional perverts and rapists to ensure the virginity of
the pupils of a girls' school.

With no disrespect to the present miscreants, too bad they don't also
have the Iranian ayatollahs and the regimes of Syria and North Korea!

Cuba will take a seat on the UN Human Rights Council despite its
intensifying repression against the Ladies in White, the beatings and
arrests of opponents (there were 909 in October alone), the harassment
of independent journalists, and the repudiation rallies and other
outrages of the paramilitary Rapid Response Brigades in pure fascist-style.

The vote in Geneva, which will be interpreted by the Cuban regime as
another triumph of its thug diplomacy, will encourage its arrogance and
pride. We Cubans will confirm the worsening repression firsthand. They
are prepared to let opposition prisoners on hunger strike die!

For those who look for all the saints to help them, now that the
dictatorship is taking a nose-dive, the honest and decent thing would be
for the world to exert even a little power in favor of those who are
fighting for democratic change in Cuba. Just that. But instead of saying
no to suffocate the regime, or even a pinch to force them to cede
spaces, they give them a complicit wink and inflate the scarecrow, to
prolong the agony of its victims.

It happens that in the world today decency does not exactly reign.

Today the Council, like the Human Rights Commission before it, remains a
patronage club of cronies and accomplices who cheerfully and shamelessly
reciprocate favors. The Cuban people can expect little from such a circus.

Luis Cino Alvarez, luicino2012@gmail.com

Cubanet, 14 November 2013

Source: "Cuba in the UN Circus / Luis Cino Alvarez | Translating Cuba" -
http://translatingcuba.com/cuba-in-the-un-circus-luis-cino-alvarez/ Continue reading
Papayas and Bananas Banned / Leon Padron Azcuy
Posted on November 13, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, November 2013, www.cubanet.org – The ban was issued by the
Director of Farmers Markets just a month ago, because the vendors were
making excessive use of chemicals (fordimed and carbide) to advance the
ripening process in fruits, which in turn brought several complaints by
customers who claimed that the uncontrolled use of these chemical
altered the taste and texture of the fruits and was bad for one's health.

Although the intention is to "protect the population," it's
contradictory that this measure has only been applied to farmers
markets, when the practice is a common one among most vendors operating
in almost all points of sale, whether its one belonging to the Ministry
of Agriculture, or a roving vendor.

The prohibition on the sale of bananas and papayas in the farmers
markets in the capital, has only been strictly maintained in the market
at 160th and 51st in La Lisa.

Julio Castillo Martínez, a vendor at one of the stands at the La Lisa
market, and the source of this information, offered ripe bananas and
papaya there, and said, "I was selling around 2,200 pounds of papaya a
week and the same amount of bananas, and never had any customer
complaints," and he added, "the use of flordimed in small quantities
diluted in water has been used for years by all the papaya producers at
the time the fruit is picked and sold. In the case of bananas, I don't
use the chemical because they ripen quickly. This ban has affected my
income."

A truck driver who refused to identify himself, transports these fruits
from the rural village of San Antonio in Mayabeque Province, to 114th
Street in Marianao, where almost all the vendors of agricultural
products get their supplies, said, "The fruits can't be transported ripe
because they get crushed and the measured or exact use of flordimed is
not harmful, it facilitates the sale and has always been used."

At the markets at 19th and B in Vedado and at Elgido in Old Havana,
they've stopped selling papayas and bananas for more than 15 days, but
they've started to offer them again in the last few days. One of the
vendors at the market at 19th and D said, "Now we have to have papers
that support the phytosanitary control of bananas and papayas in order
to have them at our stands, although my products have always been high
quality and no one has ever complained."

The truth is that the absence of these products in the markets can't be
justified by the inefficiency of phytosanitary controls which the State
itself should guarantee, or at least create conditions for others to
guarantee it. And that must necessarily start from the same field the
fruits come from.

Beyond this, the problem lies in the lack of reviews of some
irresponsible sellers who, eager to sell, sprayed the precious products
with chemicals. This nebulous situation is annoying both the serious
sellers, as is the case of Castillo, who have nothing to do with this,
and who are now unable to sell their most popular products — papayas and
bananas — as well as consumers who like these precious fruits and have
to look for them in far off places.

For some, the measure taken by the director of the farmers markets, and
so far maintained at the establishment at 160th and 51stin La Lisa, is
not appropriate. A solution other than prohibition — so abundant on the
island — should be demanded. Especially when we know that papayas and
bananas are the only fruits Cubans can count on year-round. Don't even
talk about canistel, cherimoya, soursop, cashews, mandarins, star
apples, and much less about good quality oranges.

Leon Padron Azcuy
Cubanet, 11 November 2013

Source: "Papayas and Bananas Banned / Leon Padron Azcuy | Translating
Cuba" -
http://translatingcuba.com/papayas-and-bananas-banned-leon-padron-azcuy/ Continue reading
Cuba lucha para sacar adelante su producción cañera que en algún momento llegó a ser de siete millones de toneladas anuales y que este ciclo, según las autoridades, alcanzará sólo 1,8 millón de toneladas. Continue reading
The Revolution Hasn't Been Well Done But It's Been Excellently Edited /
Eliecer Avila
Posted on November 13, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, November www.cubanet.org- Today no one doubts that much of
the knowledge (still rare) that people in Cuba have about the people and
projects of civil society, opposed to the political system, has been
possible thanks to the dissemination of alternative materials in all
formats, but especially in video. Thousands of discs, flash memories and
other digital media have circulated from hand to hand in recent years,
spontaneously creating the largest truly citizen network covering every
corner of the island.

That's why today we proudly present to Claudio, someone who has long
been in the shadows, working tirelessly in the editing of the majority
of the programs such as Estado de SATS, Citizens' Reasons and many other
initiatives.

Until yesterday Claudio had to be divided into little pieces, often
using the wee hours of the morning to dedicate to us some time for each
one us who lined up looking for his help to conceive, film and edit some
material. This noble and intelligent young man deserves a gold medal for
patiently enduring the demands of ao many friends who tried to be
"Directors" of videos.

But he does not want to be irreplaceable, on the contrary, he is
promoting a project that will give voice to more people and raise the
quality of what is generated within the heart of a society that takes
on, from the independent side, the tasks that State media should be
developing to sustain us and instead deceive us.

His project is to provide digital editing workshops in several
provinces. So far 11 students have passed the course in Havana and Santa
Clara; in a few days four more will be ready.

"I'm doing nothing more than making a small contribution to democratize
access to audiovisual media, technologically empowering citizens to
develop their civic activism or sometimes, simply, so they can make a
living without depending on the State, which always asks for something
in return … says the Prof.

In my experience, I can say that in learning to edit I have learned to
observe, to decipher and therefore to understand the intentionality of
what we Cubans are shown daily and what I see now on Telesur, the
Venezuelan TV station that is now broadcast in Cuba.

In the case of Cuba, I can now affirm that the Revolution has not been
well done, but it has been excellently edited.

Eliecer Avila, Leocuba001@gmail.com

Cubanet, 13 November 2013

Source: "The Revolution Hasn't Been Well Done But It's Been Excellently
Edited / Eliecer Avila | Translating Cuba" -
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Suspenden periodo de escuelas al campo por cólera y dengue en Villa Clara Yesmy Elena Mena Zurbano 14 de noviembre de 2013 Santa Clara, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – Directivos del Ministerio de Educación (MINED), de la Región Central, suspendieron este lunes 11 del corriente, en reunión gubernamental, la etapa de la escuela al campo correspondiente […] Continue reading
Dan a conocer maltratos en cárcel camagüeyana Ada Olimpia 14 de noviembre de 2013 Santa Clara, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – El reo Ángel García Rivero dijo ese 13 de noviembre que en la prisión Kilo 7 de Camagüey se producen humillaciones de todo tipo, debido al sistema carcelario impuesto por quienes dirigen la institución. García […] Continue reading
VENEZUELA, 14 de noviembre de 2013. Parlamentarios venezolanos condenaron la hostil política de bloqueo económico de Estados Unidos contra Cuba y exigieron libertad para los antiterroristas de la isla, Continue reading
ANGOLA, 15 de noviembre de 2013. Al arribar el 15 de noviembre al  38 aniversario  del establecimiento de las relaciones diplomáticas entre la República de Cuba y la República de Angola,  la Embajada Continue reading
VIETNAM, 14 de noviembre de 2013.-En la sede de la Academia de Ciencias de Vietnam, el embajador Herminio López Díaz, se refirió a los daños ocasionados por la política genocida del gobierno norteamericano, Continue reading