El ajedrecista Leinier Domínguez ascendió al lugar diez del mundo con un coeficiente récord para Latinoamérica, reportó el sitio oficial Jit.
La llegada del trebejista al exclusivo "top-ten" se produjo desde el puesto 12 y tras acumular 2.768 puntos Elo, redondeados al sumar once en la reciente Liga Rusa por equipos, donde fue imbatible en defensa del tercer tablero del San Petersburgo.
Su anterior cota era de 2.757, alcanzada en julio del año pasado, aunque desde 2008 exhibía acumulados por encima de los 2.700 e integraba la élite del mundo.Continue reading
El presidente de México Enrique Peña Nieto llamó a convertir la Asociación de Estados del Caribe (AEC) en la instancia de cooperación más eficaz de la región, para lo cual planteó cuatro proyectos a los países integrantes de ese organismo, reporta Notimex.
Al inaugurar la VI Cumbre del organismo, el mandatario aseveró que la cooperación es la herramienta más valiosa para lograr el desarrollo y la prosperidad de los pueblos, por lo cual es importante que las naciones caribeñas "cuenten con información confiable y oportuna".Continue reading
El Gobierno venezolano rechazó este miércoles las afirmaciones del secretario de Estado norteamericano, John Kerry, en referencia a la violación del acceso a internet en Venezuela, reportaron medios locales.
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Posted on April 29, 2014
"Your health service is free… but it costs"
By Jeovany Jimenez Vega
You've been able to see them for almost two years in every health care
unit of the Cuban Public Health System, from any primary care office or
clinic, passing through each second level hospital, even in tertiary
care centers in each Institute. They welcome us from the door of the
consultation room or from the trade union wall and assure us that our
omnipotent government has always been zealous to guarantee absolutely
fee medical care for our people.
Seen that way, without more, it would seem a simple matter. In this
world, where to the shame of the species, dozens of thousands of
children still die of curable illnesses because they do not have access
to a few tablets and a measly intravenous infusion, it would be the most
natural thing for Cubans to prostrate ourselves in gratitude before such
an excess of philanthropy. But if there is one thing we learned long
ago it is that here, when you look into the background of the matter, we
have all been charged.
It is true that the hospital does not charge us directly at the hospital
or at our children's school, but without doubt the cash register at the
"hard currency collection store" (TRD*) charges us, and in a currency
arbitrarily overvalued 25 times in relation to the other currency in
which we are paid an unreal salary of little use to us.
These words are not trying to be an inquisitorial onslaught against the
health care system to which I belong, whose essential function is
impeded by limitations that no sector in Cuba can escape.
Any gratuitous attack would leave on this page the odor of the knife in
the back, an aroma that this Cuban detests, but 40 years of hammering
did not end up convincing me that guaranteeing a right, or trying to,
grants in any way authority to my government to deprive us of other
rights as essential as that.
And it is here — more than at the door of the TRD and the hotels, or in
the immoral taxes of the General Customs Office, or in the extortionate
cost of each consular administration abroad, among other hundreds of
shameful examples — where we millions of Cubans have been charged the
true currency exchange: it has been through the humiliation of the
famous diplo-tiendas*, or in the door of the prohibited hotels, or
through the despotism of the migratory authorities or the mistreatment
by any other kind of official or through the systematic deprivation of
our civil and political rights.
And invariably in the background posters like the one illustrating this
post justifying as life-saving the entitlements that crush us at every step.
On the other hand these public governance schemes are not unique to Cuba
nor to socialism, as has historically been insinuated to us. There are
dozens of examples of countries — and not necessarily from the first
world — that sustain health and education systems as public and free as
ours, and all without demanding in exchange such high doses of
Very true it is that sustaining the presumed public health costs each
state on a world level very dearly, and Cuba was not exactly going to be
the exception, but also I remember here that each Cuban worker has about
30% deducted from his monthly salary precisely to cover these public
I also remember that when our state undertakes to guarantee public
health and education services — the two prime examples — it does not
fulfill only a duty but its more conspicuous obligation, perhaps its
only authentic obligation.
In particular, I ask myself by what magic method the Cuban government
invested $4386.00 pesos in me alone, for the approximately 120
consultations that I did in my last 24-hour medical shift, in which I
used only — if we except the $24 pesos that they paid me for night hours
— my stethoscope, my blood pressure monitor, and some disposable depressors.
But as I am not an economist, I better leave the accounts to others and
dedicate myself, as a good cobbler, to my shoes. After all, it is true
that it costs us . . . and quite expensively, for sure.
*Translator's note: The government itself named the stores that sell
only in hard currency, "Hard Currency Collection Stores"–TRD is the
Spanish acronym–making explicit that their major purpose is to capture
for the government coffers (through extreme overpricing) a major share
of the remittances Cubans receive from their families abroad. Many items
are often, or only, available in these stores (or in the black market).
An early incarnation of these stores were known as "diplotiendas," that
is "diplomat stores" catering to foreigners residing in Cuba.
Translated by mlk.
28 April 2014
Source: It's "Free" . . . But Healthcare Costs Us / Jeovany Jimenez Vega
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Posted on April 29, 2014
Cuba / The Americas
His blog is called "Los hijos que nadie quiso" (The children no one
wanted). The writer and netizen Ángel Santiesteban-Prats has been held
for more than a year for openly criticizing the "dictator" Raúl Castro,
as he calls him. Convicted on trumped-up charges of "home violation" and
"injuries" in a summary trial on 8 December 2012, he was sentenced to
five years in prison. In April 2013, he was transferred to a prison in
the Havana suburb of San Miguel del Padrón where he has been subjected
to mistreatment and acts of torture. His novel "El verano en que Dios
dormía" (The summer God slept) received the 2013 Franz Kafka Drawer
Novel* Prize, awarded in Prague to unpublished Cuban novels.
Cuba / The Americas
A philologist by training, Yoani Sánchez is a celebrity in her own
country and internationally. Time Magazine ranked her as one of the
world's 100 most influential people in 2008. Her Generación Y blog,
launched in 2007 with the aim of "helping to build a plural Cuba,"
covers the economic and social problems that ordinary Cubans constantly
face. Like other bloggers, she has been subjected to varied insults
(such as "contemptible parasites"), intermittent blocking and judicial
harassment. In early 2014, she announced her intention to create an
independent collective media platform in Cuba. "The worst could happen
on the first day, but perhaps we will sow the first seeds of a free
press in Cuba," she said.
Download the entire list here.
*Translator's note: Many have asked about the meaning of "Drawer Novel";
it refers to novels sitting in a drawer because censorship prevents
their being published.
29 April 2014
Source: Reporters Without Borders 100 Information Heroes: Angel and
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