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Daily Archives: April 30, 2014

El Gobierno de EE.UU. decidió mantener a Cuba en la lista de Estados que patrocinan el terrorismo, dentro de un informe en el que aseguró que la influencia de Irán en Latinoamérica es cada vez más limitada y que Venezuela propicia un “ambiente permisivo” con los terroristas. Continue reading

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.

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Sherritt International Corp. ( OTCPK:SHERF ) Q1 2014 Earnings Conference Call April 30, 2014 2:00 PM ET Operator Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for standing-by. Welcome to the Sherritt Continue reading
Havana, April 30 (RHC) - Petronila Ernat is the name of the oldest living Cuban, a resident of eastern Las Tunas province, who just turned 113 years old. The confirmed information stemmed from the Continue reading
Cienfuegos, April 30 (RHC) -- Cuban and U.S. institutions are holding a cultural exchange this week in the central-southern Cuban city of Cienfuegos, whose historic center was declared a Heritage of Humanity. Continue reading
Havana, April 30 (RHC) -- On Tuesday, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) adopted a resolution expressing its strong opposition to the unlawful use of the Zunzuneo social network, Continue reading
Havana, April 30 (RHC)-- Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, who paid an official visit to Cuba, expressed the interest of several of his country's companies in possible economic investments on the Continue reading
Havana, April 30 (RHC) -- Cuban President Raul Castro met with Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, on Tuesday, during his official visit to Cuba. Raul and the Russian Continue reading
It was precisely on May first, 1961, 53 years ago today, that Radio Havana Cuba was officially launched, although it had been born weeks earlier earlier under military attack as an experimental radio Continue reading
Havana, April 30 (RHC) -- In Havana on Wednesday, Cuba and the European Union continue conversations towards political dialog and cooperation accord, according to diplomatic sources. The negotiations Continue reading
Analysis Russia's role in recent events in Ukraine has triggered questions about a new Cold War. Although the global environment is quite different than it was in the immediate post-war years, the idea Continue reading
Previously unpublished documents show that a U.S.-funded program to build a "Cuban Twitter" hired a Costa Rican college student to categorize Cuban cellphone users as ... Continue reading
By Glenn Chapman, AFP SAN JOSE, United States--Jurors on Tuesday began deliberations in a big-money smartphone patent trial pitting Apple against Samsung, and by extension Google, in the heart of Silicon Continue reading
Nacido con atrofia óptica, que solo le dejó un 7% de visión, el estadounidense de 56 años partió el viernes pasado al mediodía de La Habana. Continue reading
Los proxies se hacen cada vez más utilizados en los países totalitarios y en países donde existe la censura a los medios de información. 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".

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Hacen un llamamiento que recoge los principales derechos de los trabajadores, reconocidos por los organismos internacionales Continue reading
Periodista independiente Tur Valladares, afirma que gobierno de Cienfuegos confirmó los casos de afectados aparentemente por el virus del dengue. Continue reading
Yorvanqui Pérez Piña vino a Costa Rica la noche del jueves con un documento vencido y desde entonces permanece en el aeropuerto sin saber qué ocurrirá. Continue reading
Cuba se prepara para sus habituales marchas multitudinarias por el Primero de Mayo, una fecha tradicionalmente festiva en la isla, donde en los últimos años las reformas económicas del Gobierno han impactado en el sector laboral sin haber resuelto aún el problema de los exiguos salarios. Continue reading
La Fiscalía General de El Salvador ha acusado formalmente al ex presidente Francisco Flores de la supuesta apropiación de los fondos donados para emergencias por Taiwán y ha emitido una orden de captura en su contra, algo inédito tratándose de un ex jefe de Estado. Continue reading
A last-minute disagreement delayed Tuesday's conviction of an American who returned to Cuba several decades after hijacking an airliner to reach the island. Attorneys for William  Potts, 57, objected Continue reading
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On April 28 the newspaper Granma published the plan for ensuring transportation to the International Workers’ Day parade in order to facilitate Cubans from various municipalities getting to the Plaza of the Revolution. All very spontaneous. “A colorful parade, flavored … Continue reading Continue reading
Havana, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) A five-star concert by jazz band Joaqu?n Betancourt will be held here today to celebrate International Jazz Day, a genre to which Cuba has made great contributions, in terms Continue reading
Paula Cambronero estudiaba relaciones públicas en una universidad de Costa Rica cuando consiguió su primer trabajo en serio con una empresa que tenía contratos con el gobierno de Estados Unidos. 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.

"Lamentamos y expresamos nuestra preocupación de la manera como el vocero estadounidense permanentemente emite falsas opiniones acerca de la situación en nuestro país", dijo el canciller Elías Jaua.

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Jose Raul Proenza Perez is one of the many people in Holguin province that have been granted the title of Working Hero of the Republic of Cuba; for his full dedication to work and as a member of the union Continue reading
Havana, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) Canada leads the way in number of tourists sent to Cuba, according to a report released today by the National Bureau of Statistics and Information (ONEI). Canada, with ... Continue reading
Estados Unidos ha mantenido este año a Cuba, Irán, Siria y Sudán en su lista de países patrocinadores del terrorismo, a pesar de que en el caso de la isla caribeña considera que sus lazos con la banda terrorista ETA se han vuelto más "distantes". Continue reading
El estadounidense ciego Peter Crowley sufrió inesperados fuertes vientos que le impidieron completar el cruce en kayak desde Cuba a Estados Unidos, pero se siente satisfecho por haber llevado a la isla equipos para estudiantes con discapacidad visual, afirmó este miércoles. Continue reading
Paris, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Leinier Dom?nguez is today officially part of the group of the 10 best chess players worldwide, according to the latest update of the world rankings. Dom?nguez Continue reading
El canciller cubano Rodríguez Parrilla, dijo que empresas rusas están muy interesadas en invertir en la Zona Económica Especial de Mariel y reiteró la posición de Cuba contra el intento «de extender la OTAN (Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte) a las fronteras rusas», lo que representa «una amenaza a la paz y la seguridad internacional» Continue reading
Sin embargo, Estados Unidos reconoce que "a lo largo de 2013, el Gobierno de Cuba apoyó y albergó las negociaciones entre las FARC y el Gobierno de Colombia destinadas a forjar un proceso de paz entre los dos". Continue reading
El secretario de Estado de Cooperación Internacional y para Iberoamérica, Jesús Gracia, ha realizado un viaje oficial a México, donde ha mantenido reuniones con los gobernadores de los Estados de Quintana Roo y Veracruz y ha asistido a la Cumbre de la Asociación de Estados del Caribe. Continue reading
En la isla mueren más personas que en otros países latinoamericanos debido al bajo nivel de infraestructuras y a la alta densidad de descargas eléctricas. Continue reading
El negrismo en la cultura cubana MIÉRCOLES, 30 DE ABRIL DE 2014 00:18 ESCRITO POR MANUEL AGUIRRE LAVARRERE (MACKANDAL) Cuba actualidad, Guanajay, Artemisa, (PD) Una etapa de exploraciones y demandas se dio en la vida política y social de Cuba a partir de los años veinte. El Grupo Minorista surgió al calor de charlas y […] Continue reading
It's "Free" . . . But Healthcare Costs Us / Jeovany Jimenez Vega
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
individual freedom.

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
expenses.

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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Reporters Without Borders 100 Information Heroes: Angel and Yoani
Posted on April 29, 2014
ANGEL SANTIESTEBAN-PRATS
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.

YOANI SANCHEZ
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
Yoani | Translating Cuba -
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