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Daily Archives: March 11, 2014

NUEVA YORK, (Reuters/EP) El guitarrista de los Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, famoso por sobrevivir a años de excesos del rock'n'roll, publicará el próximo nueve de septiembre un libro para niños con ilustraciones de su hija Theodora Richards, según ha informado su editorial este martes. Continue reading
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has developed sophisticated ways to circumvent United Nations sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate an illegal trade in weapons, a United Continue reading
Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- Law enforcement officials in Cuba and the United States are investigating a theft of at least 70 works art from the island nation with a value totaling more than $1 million, says Continue reading
North Korea has developed sophisticated ways to circumvent United Nations sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate an illegal trade in weapons, a United Nations report issued Continue reading

El Gobierno de Cuba violó el embargo de armas que pesa sobre Corea del Norte con el envío del cargamento que estaba oculto en un carguero interceptado en 2013 en Panamá, según el informe de expertos de la ONU hecho público este martes, reporta EFE.

"Tanto el propio envío como la transacción entre Cuba y la República Popular de Corea fueron una violación de las sanciones", señala el informe anual sobre el cumplimiento del embargo al país asiático.

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A U.N. panel said North Korea is using sophisticated means to avoid international sanctions imposed by the Security Council. The report, released Tuesday, said Pyongyang's embassies in Cuba ... Continue reading
Como todos los Viernes de tertulia que dirige Luis de la Paz en el Miami Hispanic Cultural Art Center de la 1ra. calle y la 5ta. avenida, este tuvo una invitada de talento excepcional y con una interesantísima historia que contar. Continue reading
Yipsy Díaz Ferrer, madre de dos hijos de 17 y 2 años, había sido citada a la policía para los agentes allanar en su ausencia Continue reading

El incendio forestal que se inició el viernes pasado en la meseta de San Felipe, Camagüey, fue "controlado" este martes después de que ardieran 5.500 hectáreas, informó el Cuerpo de Guardabosques local, reporta el diario oficial Juventud Rebelde.

No obstante, el jefe de este organismo en el territorio, coronel Benito Santos Pena Macías, advirtió que el incendio "aún no ha sido sofocado".

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La empresa Twitter Inc ha informado este martes de la caída de su servicio ya que la mayoría de los usuarios estaban teniendo problemas para acceder a la popular red social. Continue reading
Caracas-. Vice President Economic Area, Minister of Popular Power for Oil and Mining and President of Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA), Rafael Ramirez, and the Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Continue reading
Protestaban cansados de que los agentes “se lleven siempre a quien no tiene la culpa” de los problemas del barrio Continue reading

Autoridades hondureñas detuvieron este martes a cinco indocumentados cubanos en el departamento de Ocotepeque, una zona fronteriza con Guatemala y El Salvador, informó el diario La Prensa.

Entretanto, la Armada dominicana informó del arresto de 12 cubanos que se disponían a zarpar clandestinamente con destino a Isla Mona, Puerto Rico, reportó EFE.

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Cuba's state telco Etecsa has initiated e-mail services for mobile devices in the country, and is expected to launch mobile internet services in the "near future," as well as annoucing plans to introduce Continue reading
Google ha celebrado este martes en el Salón de Gourmets de Madrid, que tiene lugar en Ifema, una presentación con el joven cocinero español con tres estrellas Michelín David Muñoz. Continue reading
11 de marzo de 2014, 15:48 Havana, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) President of Supreme People''s Court of Vietnam, Truong Hoa Binh, held a meeting here today with President of the Cuban Supreme Court, Ruben Continue reading
It said North Korea was also making use of more complicated financial countermeasures that made the isolated country's purchase of prohibited goods more difficult to track. The report, compiled by a Continue reading
La gente comenta que un policía de apellido Matos al que popularmente le dicen "capitán corazón" cambia su silencio por las vísceras de los animales sacrificados’. Continue reading
More than half a million Americans are traveling to Cuba legally every year. Though the U.S. still prohibits Americans from spending money in Cuba, people-to-people visas have allowed for academic, educational, Continue reading
Tajikistani President Emomali Rajmon expressed on Monday his willingness to expanding economic and commercial cooperation relations with Cuba, while receiving the credentials of the new Cuban ambassador Continue reading
01:34 PM Facebook Twitter Google+ Caracas, March 11 (RHC)-- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stressed on Monday what he described as the "incalculable assistance that Cuba gives Venezuela in Continue reading

La socialista Michelle Bachelet asumió el martes la presidencia de Chile, en un histórico traspaso de mando, con la promesa de cambiar el rostro de uno de los países con peor distribución de la riqueza en América Latina, informa Reuters.

Bachelet, quien ya gobernó entre 2006 y 2010, es la única mujer que ha ocupado el poder en Chile desde el fin de la dictadura de Augusto Pinochet. Retoma el liderazgo de la centro izquierda tras el Gobierno del conservador Sebastián Piñera.

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Las detenciones se produjeron en Honduras y República Dominicana. Las autoridades migratorias de ambos países evalúan la situación de los isleños Continue reading

Un tribunal militar de Matanzas sentenció este lunes a cuatro años y ocho meses de cárcel a José Luis Zumaguera Miranda, el hombre al que la policía disparó siete veces en noviembre pasado, confirmó a DIARIO DE CUBA Serafín Zumaguera, hermano del condenado.

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A new U.N. report released Tuesday found that Cuba violated a U.N. arms embargo when it tried to ship of 240 tons of weapons to North Korea last July. The arms included anti-aircraft missiles, MiG-21 Continue reading
En entrevistas con el panel investigador del incidente del Chong Chon Gang, La Habana utilizó subterfugios semánticos o mintió, según reflejan las conclusiones de los expertos. Continue reading
We left very early from Miami, a name which in the Tequesta language of its original inhabitants means “Place of Many Waters.” My friend, her daughter and I were headed to Key West. The trip was surprisingly fast thanks to … Continue reading Continue reading
/PRNewswire/ -- Daily prizes to be won until 21 March thanks to the new Facebook campaign by online travel company eDreams Europe's leading online travel company, eDreams, has launched its "Everyday Continue reading
Concludes interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on the right to food and on adequate housing 11 March 2014 This morning the Council held a clustered interactive dialogue with Independent Continue reading
More than half a million Americans are traveling to Cuba legally every year. Though the U.S. still prohibits Americans from spending money in Cuba, people-to-people visas have allowed for academic, educational, Continue reading
Twelve Cuban migrants were detained Tuesday in the eastern Dominican Republic when they were getting ready to clandestinely set sail for the U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Dominican navy said. Continue reading

El poeta Eliseo Diego (La Habana, 1920-Ciudad de México, 1994) llega por estos días a los primeros 20 años de la inmortalidad silenciosa, íntima que él esperaba. Sabía que sus poemas, una música personal, intensa, pareja, sin ni siquiera un tono más alto que otro, y sus cuentos breves y delirantes le harían falta siempre a los hombres que sienten la infancia, la familia y los sueños como un país único y libre.

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- Adriana Pérez Oconor, mujer de Gerardo Hernández, uno de los cinco agentes de los servicios secretos cubanos condenados a fuertes penas en Estados Unidos, pidió al presidente Barack Obama liberarlos. Continue reading
Un equipo de científicos ha hallado los fósiles de una especie de pequeño cocodrilo que vivió hace 126 millones de años. La confirmación de que este ejemplar, que apenas medía dos metros de largo, es un nuevo animal llega después de que se hallan encontrado sus restos en dos lugares diferentes y con tres meses de diferencia. Continue reading
Hospitals, "You Are on Your Own" / Julio Cesar Alvarez
Posted on March 11, 2014

About 50,000 patients get some kind of infections annually. Lack of
running water in bathrooms, clean linens, surgical gloves and even lack
of brooms are among the causes.

HAVANA, Cuba. -Approximately 50,000 patients get some kind of infections
in Cuban hospitals; 16,500 could die from that cause. Being admitted in
a hospital is considered "more dangerous than an airline flight,"
according to the World Health Organization.

More than 8 millions patients die because of a severe infections every
year around the world associated to medical attention, meaning one
person dies every four seconds. In the USA 1.7 million infections are
reported in hospitals, causing 100 thousand deaths. In Europe, 4.7
million are also reported in hospitals with a 37 thousand death toll,
according to World Health Organization.

Every year government officials in Cuba report low child mortality
rates, data that makes the Cuban Health System look great. However the
numbers of infections, or deaths caused by hospital infections are not
published, that could be a good indicator to measure health services
quality in the island.

A hospital that has a high rate of infections among patients admitted,
is not considered efficient. Even with no official data available, Dr.
Rafael Nodarse Hernandez– a Microbiologist Specialist Grade 2 who works
for the Dr. Luis Diaz Soto Military Hospital–confirmed in Havana that
50,000 people catch infections every year in Cuban hospitals, as he
stated to a Cuban Military Medicine magazine.

That statement was validated in a study issued by Masters in Science
Luis Eugenio Valdez Garcia and Tania Leyva Miranda, from the local
Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology Center in Santiago de Cuba.

In an article titled "Endurance of infections associated with health
services in Santiago de Cuba local hospitals," published by the digital
site Infomed, Masters Valdez Garcia and Leyva Miranda stated: "Santiago
de Cuba province has an average of 2,500 to 3,000 people that get
infections in the very hospitals they are admitted to. As of 2011,
reports show 2,717 events documented, meaning 2.4 cases per 100 patients
released from hospitals".

Taking as reference the 33% mortality caused by hospital infections
according to Master in Science Epidemiologyst Ileana Frometa Suarez,
from Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospitals, mortality would be 16,500 deaths a year.

Some doctors consulted consider this rate of infections quite high, but
confess they have no idea of the number of deaths caused by hospital
infections, nor the exact number of people that got infected in the
hospitals they work for.

Hygiene

The key element in hospital infections spreading is the environment.
Hygiene is the Achilles heel of Cuban Hospitals, not only regarding
surgical instruments and medical staff, but the actual hospital
buildings in which patients are admitted, especially those recovering
from surgery or accident victims, and those recuperating from burns.

Hygiene has declined dearly in those institutions not frequented by the
government elite or tourists. Running water is not available very often
in such hospitals. Patients' relatives must collect fresh water from
tanks available in the building.

That is the way they flush toilets, bathe or clean their sick relatives.
Often the rooms are cleaned by relatives of patients admitted because of
lack of cleaning staff or neglectful employees. Cleaning products, clean
bed linen, medical gloves and cleaning equipment are very scarce in
hospitals.

In addition to the poor hygiene in all institutions, infections spread
mainly through health personnel; they transmit the germs when they come
into contact with patients. Relatives are a source of infections as
well, when acting as improvised nurses due to inefficient health services.

According to a report issued in 2010 by the American Society for
Microbiology (ASM) and the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), chances of
washing hands are higher in a public restroom than in a hospital.
According to the World Health Organization, 60% of health professionals
do not comply with the requirement to wash their hands so it is easy to
get the picture on how many patients' relatives do not comply, either
because of lack of publicity or because of a non-existent hygiene
culture in that regard.

With such negative picture of Hygiene in our hospitals, it is not
overstated that hospital infections are one of the biggest challenges
for Cuban Health System, even if government officials do not talk about
it or publish actual statistics.

Source: Hospitals, "You Are on Your Own" / Julio Cesar Alvarez |
Translating Cuba -
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Alcohol for Everybody / Juan Juan Almeida
Posted on March 11, 2014

The workers of the Nauyú distillery of Ciego de Ávila, every day produce
some 50 thousand litres of alcohol by making the best use of the final
syrup of the sugar industry.

In spite of the fact that the factory has been running for seven
decades, without proper maintenance, its collective has committed itself
to producing 90 thousand hectolitres this year, a great achievement.
They envisage installing a turbogenerator and a boiler this year in
order to guarantee continual production after the end of the in-crop
season. The Nauyú distillery is one of the best in Cuba in terms of
preparing the highest quality alcoholic drinks, up there with Varadero
and el Mulata Silver Dry rum; which are famous in the national and also
the international market.

Super production and super publicity, understanding that alcohol is
important so as to have a confused population, but where is the promised
milk for the children? And who cares about it?

26 February 2014

Source: Alcohol for Everybody / Juan Juan Almeida | Translating Cuba -
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GRANADA, 11 de marzo de 2014. El Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores y Asuntos Internacionales de Granada, Nickolas Steele, sostuvo un encuentro de trabajo con la embajadora cubana, María Caridad Balaguer Continue reading
As tensions between the United States and Russia over the future of the Ukraine's Crimean peninsula continue to rise, Moscow officials may look to beef up their country's stronghold in Latin America. Continue reading
“De los casos y andanzas del huevo fugitivo” se titula la crónica donde la periodista, Liena María Nieves Portal, recuerda que desde que “en junio de 2013 se inició la venta del huevo de $1.10 en la red provincial de bodegas y mercadillos”, no han cesado los problemas de abastecimiento y “Liborio vive su propia y cubanísima odisea en pos del sacrosanto huevo”. Continue reading
La clínica veterinaria “José Luis Callejas” es la única que tiene la capital del país. La población se queja por malas condiciones del lugar y por largas esperas

La ONG Foro Penal Venezolano dijo haber fomentado exámenes médicos privados que probarían 40 casos de tortura a arrestados durante las manifestaciones contra el Gobierno de Nicolás Maduro, informa el diario El Nacional.

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Cuba violated the U.N. arms embargo on North Korea, refused to identify the Cuban entities involved in the violation and clearly intended that at least some of the weapons intercepted in Panama would Continue reading
Please support our site by enabling javascript to view ads. The wife of one of the "Cuban Five" -- intelligence agents convicted in a 2001 US spy case -- appealed Tuesday to President Barack Obama Continue reading
North Korea has developed sophisticated ways to circumvent UN sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate an illegal trade in weapons, a United Nations report issued on Tuesday Continue reading
Cuba violated the U.N. arms embargo on North Korea, refused to identify the Cuban entities involved in the violation and clearly intended that at least some of the weapons intercepted in Panama would be sold to the Asian country, said a United ... Continue reading