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MIAMI.- Kacho, es uno de los artistas cubanos que mejor vende sus obras en el mercado internacional, es amigo personal de Fidel Castro, es dueño de este centro cultural y de un restaurante en Varadero.



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Las Damas de Blanco han confirmado a Berta Soler como su líder en el referéndum revocatorio celebrado en respuesta a las críticas de las activistas en el exilio contra la jefa del grupo opositor cubano, según los resultados definitivos, recogidos por '14yMedio'. Continue reading
La votación realizada este miércoles arrojó resultados favorables a la continuidad de Soler como líder del movimiento. Continue reading

La obesidad es un problema en expansión en Cuba, donde alrededor de un 43% de la población tiene sobrepeso, según informó este miércoles una experta en nutrición durante la convención internacional de antropología Anthropos 2015.

La doctora María Elena Díaz, del Instituto de Nutrición e Higiene de los Alimentos (INHA), recalcó durante el evento que se trata especialmente de un aumento de la obesidad localizada en la región central del cuerpo. Las causas apuntan al sedentarismo y el alto consumo de grasas, azúcares y carbohidratos. Esto último se debe a que la canasta básica está compuesta principalmente por arroz, azúcar y granos, mientras que los vegetales y frutas se venden a elevados precios en los mercados agrícolas.

La obesidad es un factor de riesgo para padecer enfermedades crónicas no transmisibles como diabetes, hipertensión y cardiopatías. La tendencia al sobrepeso se ha ido incrementando en los últimos 20 años, con una incidencia directa en los decesos por enfermedades cardiovasculares, cerebrovasculares y neoplasias malignas.

La cifra brindada por Díaz resulta alarmante. Un estudio publicado en el año 2007 refería que el 30% de los hombres y más del 31% de las mujeres en Cuba presentaban sobrepeso. En menos de una década el número de obesos ha crecido hasta un preocupante 43%.

La convención internacional de antropología sesionará hasta el próximo jueves en el Palacio de las Convenciones de La Habana y es un evento organizado por el Museo Antropológico y la Cátedra de Antropología Luis Montané, de la Facultad de Biología de la Universidad de La Habana, a los que se le suma también la Sociedad Cubana de Antropología Biológica.

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… between the United States and Cuba has resumed, Agence France-Presse reported … deal signed between American and Cuban companies since U.S. President … between the United States and Cuba contributes to providing better infrastructure … of the American Embassy in Havana. Obama is eager to reopen … Continue reading
Now that refugee arrivals from around the world are increasing again, Florida has become a big magnet for foreign nationals fleeing persecution abroad. A recently-released report by the Department of Continue reading
HAVANA (Reuters) - Direct telephone connections between the United States and Cuba … between the two longtime adversaries, Cuba's national telecom provider … agreement with Cuba's Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S.A … . President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro that they … Continue reading
U.S. President Barack Obama announces a shift in policy toward Cuba while delivering an address to the nation from the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, December 17, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Doug Continue reading
HAVANA: The United States and Cuba have re-established a direct telephone link, the Cuban state … between the United States and Cuba contributes to providing better infrastructure … rapprochement with Havana would include "new efforts to increase CubansContinue reading
By Rosa Tania Valdés and Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) - The leader of Cuba's Ladies in White declared the prominent dissident group stronger on Wednesday after she survived a leadership challenge Continue reading
… to bring its music to Havana is the Dead Daisies, a … Cuba where they were guests of the Cuban Ministry of Culture. In Cuba … outside world.” In addition to Cuban’s interest in hearing American … and learning from American musicians, Cuban artists can broaden their audience … Continue reading
El convenio podría ampliarse a otras modalidades de comunicaciones más adelante, según informó ETECSA en nota de prensa Continue reading
Cuba's national telecom provider announced Wednesday direct telephone communications between the U.S. and Cuba, the first commercial agreement since the the two countries announced they would restore Continue reading
Direct telephone service between Cuba and the United States has been restored by virtue of an agreement signed by U.S. long-distance carrier IDT Telecom and Cuban state-owned telecommunications company Continue reading
Cuba y Estados Unidos han acordado reanudar el servicio de llamadas entre ambos países, en el contexto de la normalización de las relaciones bilaterales, según ha informado este miércoles la prensa oficial de la isla caribeña. Continue reading

El escritor Rolando Sánchez Mejías defendió este miércoles en Barcelona, ciudad en la que reside, que la Revolución cubana no ha existido en el sentido que, según su opinión, la "creación" de Fidel Castro "en realidad no fue una revolución, sino un Estado totalitario". 

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… had positive interactions with Cuban government officials, Cuban farmers and agricultural cooperatives … recent changes to Cuban foreign investment law, the Cubans took the U … , particularly Brazil, are already helping Cuba improve its agriculture. The Brazilians … Continue reading
“Los trabajadores de comunales no se ajustan a los horarios nocturnos para la recogida de desechos sólidos y esa es la causa de que la ciudad continúe siendo una de las más sucias de Cuba” Continue reading
Hasta ahora, las operadoras estadounidenses no podían hacer llamadas directas a Cuba, necesitando de un tercero –una operadora extranjera– para concretar la conexión final. Continue reading
The sanctions imposed by the United States on several high-ranking members of the Venezuelan government this week appear to underscore the delicate dance that Washington is playing with the oil-rich nation. Continue reading
El 64% de los votantes encuestados dijeron estar a favor de la expansión del comercio, los viajes y las relaciones diplomáticas con Cuba. Continue reading

El ciudadano brasileño Daniel Uirapuru Guaraci, de 32 años, fue encontrado muerto en Cuba, en condiciones aún por aclarar, informó este miércoles un diario de Minas Gerais.

El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Brasil estuvo al tanto de su muerte, el 3 de marzo, así como la Embajada de Brasil en La Habana.

Un familiar de Uirapuru viajó a Cuba para hacer frente a los procedimientos de la repatriación del cadáver a Belo Horizonte.

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Muchos esperan por el desembarco masivo de turistas y mercancías Made in USA. “Que nos invadan cuanto antes. Los necesitamos” Continue reading
Fernando Damaso, 16 February 2015 — The Young Communist League (UJC) is a government organization, established and directed by the Party and the government, with the objective of controlling the youth of the Island politically and ideologically. It proclaims itself the sole representative of young Cubans, similar to how other government organizations operate in this totalitarian system — such as the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR), who consider themselves to be the representatives of all Cubans, the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), which purports to speak for all women, and many others. In the month of July, on the 18th and 19th, this organization will celebrate its Tenth Congress. The great number of activities planned in advance of this event is notable. They include assemblies, reunions, sporting, cultural, and productive events, and more. All of these will extend way beyond the actual days of the Congress, up to August 13, the birthday of the “Maximum Leader [1].” In total, almost eight months of events will have taken place before, during and after the Congress in July. If we consider the amount of time invested plus other costs that all these activities will generate, it is to be expected that the results of the Congress will be “of the utmost importance,” not to mention, as has been the case with the previous nine, “historic.” The theme of the Congress is “There Are More Than Enough Reasons” and, according to its organizers, it will be manifested in three ideological tracks: “There Are More Than Enough Reasons to Celebrate,” “There Are More Than Enough Reasons to Carry On,” “There Are More Than Enough Reasons to Prevail” — which started on January 4 and will extend until the Congress is held. Up to now, according to what is published in the press, in the municipal assemblies all discussion appears to be concentrated on the so-called passivity, accommodation and lack of commitment of the militants — in addition to the loss of values, the vulgarity, corruption, social indiscipline, criminal behavior, ideological subversion, and other problems present in Cuban society today, of which the youth are part. It is a secret to nobody that these problems (and others) are of long-standing and, in spite of many declarations throughout the years, and numerous congresses of the government organizations, have never been resolved. I have the impression that in this Congress there will be much music and dancing (the musical groups and performers who will liven up the proceedings and even the songs that have been created for the event have been identified), theatrical and cinematic shows, book sales, sporting competitions and other similar activities, interspersed with one or another “productive activities” — all to show the world how joyous and enthusiastic  our Cuban youth are, led by their “vanguard,” the UJC. In the end, all congresses carried out by Cuban government organizations suffer from the same malady: “All talk and no action.” This one will be no exception. Perhaps the UJC should start to think about how it will survive in a democratic setting, which will arrive sooner rather than later, and where it will have to compete with other youth organizations, which will definitely not be government-sponsored. To think that all Cuban young people, or the majority of them, are socialists and communists is no more than a totalitarian utopia, which daily life constantly refutes. Translated by: Alicia Barraqué Ellison [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_maximum_leader&redirect=no Continue reading
Cuba actualidad, La Habana, Cuba, (PD) Tanto el mundo, como una exigua minoría que lo consiguió en Cuba, vio a Paris Hilton y a otros excelsos herederos en el disfrute legítimo de la riqueza que no crearon, pero que alguien creó –no siempre tan legítimamente- para ellos. Fue en la gala de clausura del Festival del Habano celebrado en La Habana, Cuba, el pasado 27 de febrero. Comenzaron a vislumbrarse […] Continue reading

La Otra Esquina de las Palabras presenta este 13 de marzo en Miami los libros Islam: civilización y política y El universo, la vida y el humano, del ensayista cubano Juan Benemelis.

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Cuba noticias, Lawton, La Habana, (PD) La jornada dominical correspondiente al pasado 8 de marzo transcurrió con bien colmadas expectativas aportadas por el regreso de la líder y portavoz de ‘Damas de Blanco Laura Pollán’, Berta Soler Fernández, luego de reunirse, departir y discutir el acontecer político de la Isla en Bruselas, con personalidades, funcionarios y líderes del Parlamento Europeo. Ya de regreso a la Isla, recibió el apoyo de […] Continue reading
Cuba noticias, La Lisa, La Habana, (PD) En la Habana oficiales de la policía Seguridad del Estado (DSE) amenazan con impedir labor de periodistas independientes y movimientos disidentes, a como dé lugar. El corresponsal de la revista Misceláneas de Cuba y colaborador de www.primaveradigital.net y el Periódico Primavera Digital, Vladimir Turró Páez, informa que en la tarde del día 2 de marzo se presentaron en su vivienda dos agentes de […] Continue reading
Cuba noticias, Arroyo Naranjo, La Habana, (PD) Letreros antigubernamentales amanecieron el domingo 8 de marzo en los muros del Instituto Tecnológico “Hermanos Gómez” y de varias casas de la zona conocida como el Quinto Distrito, en la barriada capitalina Lawton. Los letreros, que presumiblemente fueron pintados durante la madrugada, decían “abajo los Castro” y “no a la votación”, en alusión a las elecciones del Poder Popular previstas para abril. Como […] Continue reading
Cuba noticias, Arroyo Naranjo, La Habana, (PD) El pastor evangélico Manuel Alberto Morejón Soler, Supervisor General de la Alianza Cristiana, fue sometido a un extenso interrogatorio por un oficial de la policía política el pasado 4 de marzo. El pastor Morejón fue citado para una entrevista a las 10 de la mañana del día 4 en la Unidad 32 de la Policía Nacional Revolucionaria (PNR), sita en la esquina de […] Continue reading
Cuba noticias, Lawton, La Habana, (PD) El Partido Liberales de Cuba dio a conocer en esta capital la nota entregada por esta organización en la sede de la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular, fechada en, 2 de marzo de 2015. La misma va dirigida a Esteban Lazo Hernández, Presidente de la ANPP de la República de Cuba y rubricada en nombre del Partido Liberales de Cuba por su presidente, Héctor […] Continue reading
Conexión telefónica directa entre EEUU-Cuba ya funciona y podría ampliarse AGENCIAS | La Habana | 11 Mar 2015 – 6:24 pm. Está ‘amparada’ en el acuerdo de servicios suscrito entre ETECSA y la compañía norteamericana IDT Domestic Telecom. La conexión directa de telecomunicaciones entre Estados Unidos y Cuba ya está en marcha, “inicialmente” solo para […] Continue reading
Cuba noticias, Lawton, La Habana, (PD) La Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional (CCDHRN) dio a conocer su esperado informe, correspondiente a febrero 2015, “CUBA: ALGUNOS ACTOS DE REPRESION POLITICA EN EL MES DE FEBRERO DE 2015” desglosado en: (SD: Detenciones) (AR: Actos de repudio) (AV: Actos vandálicos) (AF: Agresión física) y (H: Hostigamiento). En el mismo, se refleja un promedio de por lo menos 492 detenciones arbitrarias […] Continue reading
Cuba noticias, La Lisa, La Habana, (PD) Proyecto infantil gestado por el movimiento Damas de Blanco (MDB), sale a las calles nuevamente para conquistar los corazones de niños capitalinos. El sábado 7 de marzo, el proyecto infantil EXTENDIENDO NUESTRAS MANOS, se trasladó hasta los municipios La Lisa y Marianao, para interactuar con niños residentes en localidades del área. Esta es la octava sesión del proyecto, por lo que se quiso […] Continue reading
Cuba actualidad, El Cerro, La Habana, (PD) A fines del pasado mes de enero permanecí detenido e incomunicado durante 66 horas en la 4ta unidad de la PNR ubicada en Infanta y Manglar, en el capitalino municipio del Cerro. El arresto, que se prolongó desde las 19:00 horas del miércoles 28 de enero hasta las 13:00 horas del sábado 31, se debió a la falsa denuncia de amenaza con arma […] Continue reading
Cuba noticias, Jaimanitas, La Habana, (PD) Aires de renovación y mucho espíritu de trabajo se respiraron en la reunión del ejecutivo de la Red de Bibliotecas Cívicas Comunitarias que se efectuó el miércoles 4 de marzo en la vivienda de Yunia Figueredo Cruz, en calle 228 número 306 A, en Jaimanitas, donde radica la biblioteca independiente “Juan Francisco Manzano”. En la reunión, además de Yunia Figueredo, participaron los otros tres […] Continue reading
Tom Cotton Photo by Justin Sullivan/ The open letter Tom Cotton and 46 other Republican senators sent to Iran was inappropriate, reckless, and borderline unconstitutional . Thankfully, it appears Continue reading
Prensa Latina Wednesday 11th March, 2015 Havana, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) The protection of minority languages and Brazilian indigenous was suggested today by the doctor of linguistics and professor Continue reading
Varios opositores han recibido amenazas de las autoridades, de que serán desterrados a los Estados Unidos, en un canje por los denominados "excluibles" Continue reading
)--Fitch Ratings expects to assign a rating of 'A' to KKR Group Finance Co. III LLC's (a subsidiary of KKR & Co. L.P. [KKR]) new unsecured notes. The issuance is a re-opening of the entity's 5.125% notes Continue reading
Cuba Food News: Stressed Chickens & Fish Trafficking
March 9, 2015
Daniel Benitez (Cafe Fuerte)

HAVANA TIMES — Declining egg production in Havana's neighboring province
of Artemisa, where a deficit of 2.8 million units was officially
reported in January and February, set off an alarm this last week.

Luis Carlos Perez, director of Artemisa's poultry industry, shared these
worrying production figures with the provincial press, insisting the
situation has not yet had an impact on the supply and distribution to
Havana.

One of the main reasons which the official claims responsible for the
drop in egg production in the region is "stress caused by climactic
irregularities, such as strong winds, low temperatures and overcast
days", as well as other difficulties affecting the quality of the feed.

The days in which Fidel Castro boasted that Cuban chickens at the
National Poultry Industry Complex broke all production records (despite
the hurricanes and strong winds that lashed the island) seem distant
now. The times have changed.

Transportation Issues

Perez also made mention of other difficulties, such as the
"transportation of chickens", particularly egg-laying hens, as well as
health problems reported at several units, adding that certain climactic
improvements and the adequate handling of the birds at production
facilities have already led to increased production. He estimated that
production goals will be surpassed at the close of March.

At any rate, the stress affecting Cuban chickens seems to be a
nationwide problem, as egg production dropped to 2.063.7 billion units
last year, 3.2 million below the figure reported in 2013. Eggs are a key
source of protein for Cuban families.

Artemisa has set a production goal of 247.2 million eggs for 2015, 3.4
million more than were produced last year. The higher production goal
stems from the assembly of new infrastructure that can house an
additional 11 thousand laying hens, starting May this year, Perez reported.

Eggs are also a key product for food production and services run by the
self-employed, who many a time must resort to the black market for
supplies, as is the case with other food products that are scarce at
State markets.

Confiscations in Cienfuegos

The illegal sale of fish and seafood products to private businesses was
dealt a harsh blow in Cienfuegos in recent months following the
confiscation of 11 tons of fish and seafood, five private cars and one
truck belonging to a State company.

The goods were being sold mainly to private restaurants and
bed-and-breakfasts in the region. According to Radio Rebelde, in some
cases, the products were brought from neighboring provinces such as
Villa Clara and Sancti Spiritus.

During operations carried out over the past 13 months, Cuban authorities
confiscated "1.8 tons of lobster, arriving mainly from Sagua la Grande
and Trinidad," Orlando Diaz, representative of the National Fishing
Inspection Bureau, told the radio.

A truck belonging to an unnamed State company located in the
municipality of Mayjigua was used for these illegal sales. The truck was
carrying a ton and a half of fish.

A total of 300,000 Cuban pesos (some US $12,000) in fines were applied
and 120 pieces of fishing equipment, two refrigeration systems and
dozens of kilometers of nets were confiscated.

The fines applied on illegal suppliers of lobster and shrimp oscillate
between 7,500 and 10,000 Cuban pesos.

One of the smuggled species was the Jocu red snapper, which the Cuban
Ministry of Public Health reports as toxic when consumed in excess of
three pounds.

The reports have not specified how many people were involved in these
activities and whether any are facing criminal charges.

Source: Cuba Food News: Stressed Chickens & Fish Trafficking - Havana
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