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Daily Archives: May 17, 2016

ETECSA announced new regulations that will forbid connecting cell lines on “blacklisted” devices. Users in Cuba who already have cell phones with invalid codes should replace their phones before May 18, 2018.

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El evento, organizado por el Florida Powerboat Club y el Club Internacional Ernest Hemingway de Cuba, terminó con una colorida exhibición de velocidad frente el Malecón habanero. Continue reading
"Cuba tenía la oportunidad de hacer unas reformas para acelerar el movimiento de Estados Unidos, pero no ha movido prácticamente ficha", lamentó Carlos Malamud, catedrático de Historia Contemporánea de la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) de España. Continue reading

El cineasta norteamericano Michael Bay confirmó el lunes en su página web que filmará escenas de la quinta entrega de la saga Transformers en la Isla.

"Transformers inicia su producción esta semana en Cuba", dijo Bay, director y productor del filme, en una entrada en su web.

Transformers: El último caballero (Transformers: The Last Knight) es el título de la quinta entrega de la saga basada en los juguetes de Hasbro.

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El dúo filmó su nuevo video, ‘Algo contigo’, en el distrito de las artes Leah Arts District

Lo lanzaron el pasado viernes 13 desafiando los malos augurios de ese día

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Congresistas republicanos acusaron el martes al gobierno del presidente Barack Obama de descuidar la seguridad por su prisa en restablecer la aviación comercial con Cuba a mediados de 2016.

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14ymedio, Havana, 16 May 2016 – Cuba’s government-owned phone company, Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA), has announced that starting this Wednesday, May 18, new rules will come into effect for cellphones which will more strongly control their use. According to the newspaper Juventud Rebelde (Rebel Youth), the measures will include an automatic blocking of … Continue reading "Cuban Phone Company to Block “Blacklisted” Phones / 14ymedio" Continue reading
Ciego de Ávila, Pinar del Río y La Habana acogerán los juegos Continue reading

Mario Alberto Hernández Leyva, uno de los presos políticos de la lista de los  53 que el régimen liberó en 2014 para restablecer relaciones diplomáticas con Washington —y que desde noviembre pasado está de nuevo en prisión— habría sido trasladado el sábado "de forma discreta" desde la cárcel conocida como El Pre, en Santa Clara, según denunciaron este miércoles fuentes de la oposición.

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Lawton, La Habana, Juan González, (PD) Rubricado por Berta Soler Fernández, líder y Representante del Movimiento Damas de Blanco (MDB), esta organización opositora femenina dio a conocer en esta capital un informe que detalla la represión desplegada a lo largo de todo el país por parte del régimen militar totalitario […] Continue reading
14ymedio, 17 May 2016 – The Cuban government has published an “official note” announcing price reductions for products sold in Cuban convertible pesos (CUC) which will go into effect on Tuesday. The measure is aimed at “gradually increasing the purchasing power of the Cuban pesos (CUP),” explained the Ministry of Finances and Prices in the … Continue reading "Cuban Government Announces New Set of Price Reductions / 14ymedio" Continue reading
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El concurso "10x10KCuba" para emprendedores cubanos del sector tencológico, promovido por un grupo de organizaciones desde Miami, anunció este martes que el periodo para presentar solicitudes se ha abierto.

El certamen, impulsado entre otras por la organización #CubaNow, busca fortalecer el nexo entre el sector innovador tecnológico de Estados Unidos con los emprendedores cubanos en ese sector.

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El American Enterprise Institute (AEI) de Washington organiza un conservatorio este 18 de mayo con el opositor Antonio G. Rodiles, quien analizará la situación de los derechos humanos en Cuba y el papel de la política de EEUU hacia la Isla, indica la institución en nota de prensa.

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Alexis Fernández, Yosvany Núñez y Adriel Quesada Ramos declaran ante las cámaras que se encuentran sin dinero para cumplir su objetivo de arribar a EE.UU. Continue reading
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Vuelta al ineficiente sistema de Acopio y tope de los precios depararán más escasez en 2016, asegura el oficialista Pavel Vidal. Carestía de los alimentos no es culpa de los intermediarios, sino de menos oferta, más demanda y trabas a la producción. Continue reading

La directora del estatal Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual de Cuba (CENESEX), Mariela Castro Espín, apeló en una conferencia de prensa en Matanzas al "rol de la comunicación para sensibilizar" a la sociedad con temas de orientación sexual e identidad de género, informó la prensa oficial.

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“No es justo que nos enfermemos por unas personas que no les interesamos", dijo una de las detenidas, Odelbys Martínez, una de las voces más fuertes de este grupo. Continue reading
El canciller español José Manuel García-Margallo, excitado tras su encuentro con el mandatario Raúl Castro, no descartó una visita oficial a la isla del monarca español. Continue reading
17 mayo, 2016 El presidente de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, aseguró que los acuerdos de paz que firme su Gobierno con las FARC en Cuba tendrán un blindaje jurídico que garantizará que no se cambien en el futuro. Continue reading
17 mayo, 2016 A partir de este martes, se aplica una rebaja de precios a un grupo de alimentos básicos y al calzado infantil que se comercializa en la red de tiendas estatales de Cuba en pesos convertibles (CUC), equivalentes al dólar, informó el Ministerio de Finanzas y Precios de la isla. Continue reading
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¿Irá el Rey de España Felipe VI a Cuba? Martinoticias.com El canciller español José Manuel García-Margallo, excitado tras su encuentro con el mandatario Raúl Castro, no descartó una visita oficial a la isla del monarca español. Una visita a Cuba del Rey de España, Felipe VI, se estaría cocinando durante la estancia esta semana en […] Continue reading
Este día en 1959 se promulgó la Ley Reforma Agraria
Creadores de la plataforma ‘Kehaypahoy’ se entrenarán en Sillicon Valley DDC | Madrid | 17 Mayo 2016 – 11:47 am. Tres jóvenes programadores cubanos se dirigen a Sillicon Valley para participar, durante una semana, en sesiones de entrenamiento de empresas como Netflix, Google o Facebook. Se trata de Juan Luis Santana, Juan Alejandro Hernández y […] Continue reading
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A partir del miércoles Etecsa bloqueará celulares que estén en la “lista negra” 14YMEDIO, La Habana | Mayo 16, 2016 La Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (Etecsa) ha anunciado que a partir de este miércoles, 18 de mayo, entrarán en vigor nuevas disposiciones para los teléfonos celulares, que controlarán más su uso. Estas medidas incluyen, […] Continue reading
El Trigal Wholesale Market's Last Day / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 14 May 2016 — The line of trucks extends
along the embankment that provides access to the only wholesale
agricultural market in Havana. But unlike other days, the farmers who
have come with their merchandise neither unload it nor sell it. The
place is surrounded by police and someone is passing out a flyer
confirming the announcement on TV primetime news: El Trigal market has
closed.

Many of those who congregated this Friday in front of the access to
large space hadn't heard the "bad news." They came with their boxes and
sacks loaded with farm products and found the employees as surprised as
they were over the suspension of sales in the 292 spaces where, until a
few hours ago, beans, onions, avocados and other fruits and vegetables
were for sale.

The driver of a truck loaded with mangos almost begged the custodians of
El Trigal to let him sell his merchandise. "I came from Santiago de Cuba
and now the whole trip is wasted," complained the man. "I'm a farmer,"
he clarified, to avoid being labeled an "intermediary." An inspector
warned him that if he stayed in the vicinity he would be fined and his
product would be confiscated.

After noon the place is a beehive of dissatisfaction and complaints.
"Boris Fuentes, the wine writer for Cuba Dice was here," said one of the
carters, a man who until Thursday made a living carrying merchandise
from the trucks to the stalls and pallets. The young man recalled when
an official reporter wanted to record a program about the high prices of
food in a market conceived to lower the cost of basic food supplies.

"People insulted him and asked him why he didn't do a story about the
high prices in the [officially-named] Hard Currency Collection Stores
run by the State," said a carter. A few yards away, Diosbel Castro
Rodriguez, 24, can't quite believe he has lost the job that supports his
family. "As long as I work and can feed my family everything is fine.
But I have two kids and now without work I can't stop thinking about
what I can do," insinuates the man.

Rodriguez Castro repeated the claim of many others in El Trigal: "They
can't do this from one day to the next, they have to give us some time,
so we can look for other work," he laments.

Yerandy Diaz, a resident of Fortuna, believes that it was on purpose
that the place was closed without any notice to users and facility
workers so they "did not have time for anything, for protests or to go
anywhere." According to him, the president of the cooperative that
managed the market, Carlos Sablon Sosa, was called to an emergency
meeting late on Thursday afternoon.

While Sablon Sosa was in the meeting a group of inspectors showed up and
passed out a paper confirming the closure. "They came here with two
police cars to intimidate people and make sure there wasn't any hassle,"
recalls Yerandy Diaz.

Working in the place were 66 carters who paid license fees to exercise
their occupation, more than 30 vendors and a hundred people in the
dining areas, and "over a thousand peasants who come here to sell every
week," said Diaz. All have been perplexed by the government's decision
to suspend sales.

"We have officially become unemployed, up in the air, they have not
given us another alternative work," Diaz complains facing the police as
tempers begin to flare. The young man criticizes the lack of
transparency because the TV news reported it was being closed "for
illegalities but they didn't detail them."

The line of trucks continues to grow, spending hours in front of the
door of El Trigal trying to convince the inspectors and the police that
"at least give us one last chance to sell what we already brought here,"
but authorities do not give in.

Yorenny Cobas, a resident of Fortuna, was carter at El Trigal and
explains that he worked moving the product from one place to
another. "We charge for the service at the time we provide it, depending
on the load, it can be 10, 15 or 20 Cuban pesos; we pay for a license
that costs 200 pesos a month, plus more than 87 pesos for social
security and 60 pesos a day every time we work, for renting the
cooperative's truck."

The carter, without much hope, questions an inspector. "Do you know how
many families are now left with nothing?" He considers that what
happened with El Trigal will bring out "more illegalities" because the
farmers "will try to bring the merchandise and sell it."

The evening falls and El Trigal remains closed, there is another police
car and on the market access road a farmer tries, at a whisper, to sell
his mangoes at a liquidation price.

Source: El Trigal Wholesale Market's Last Day / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar –
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Cuba and United States draw up roadmap for talks to deepen detente

Cuba and the United States aim to reach new agreements on cooperation in
law enforcement, health and agriculture over the coming months, a senior
Cuban official said on Monday, as part of the former Cold War foes'
drive to normalize ties.

The Communist-ruled island and its northern neighbor reestablished
diplomatic relations a year ago after decades of hostility and have
since signed deals on the environment, postal services and direct flights.

A bilateral commission met on Monday in Havana to establish a roadmap
for talks over the rest of this year, which would include more
high-ranking official visits, said Josefina Vidal, head of the Cuban
delegation.

In March, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president in 88
years to visit Cuba.

"The agenda is quite ambitious," Vidal told a news conference, adding
that talks about intellectual property rights were also in the cards.

The two sides had discussed holding dialogues on human rights and
claims, the U.S. embassy in Cuba said in a statement.

They already outlined their respective claims late last year, with the
U.S. seeking upwards of $10 billion in compensation for nationalized
properties and Cuba demanding at least $121 billion in reparations for
the U.S. trade embargo and other acts it described as aggression.

"The United States looks forward to holding these meetings in the near
future," the embassy said. "Tomorrow (we) will discuss specific steps
related to bilateral security during the law enforcement dialogue."

Vidal, who is the Cuban Foreign Ministry's chief of U.S. affairs, said
the island was hopeful that whomever became next the U.S. president
would continue to deepen the detente. The United States will hold a
general election on Nov.8.

"When you look at the polls, the majority of the American population and
the Cuban American community are in favor of the normalization of
relations," she said. "So I expect their opinion will be taken into
account."

(Reporting by Sarah Marsh; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

Source: Cuba and United States draw up roadmap for talks to deepen
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Food in Cuba
May 16, 2016
Rosa Martinez

HAVANA TIMES — Many things can be said about what people eat in Cuba:
that overall food is becoming more expensive, despite the fact some
prices went down in recent days. The average worker has to work
miracles; either by stealing from their workplace or having an extra
income so that their loved ones won't go hungry.

There's hardly any variety of products, even though we live in a
tropical country and therefore our diet is not rich in vegetables or
fruits and, what's worse, almost all products sold by the State and
private establishments are sugary flour ones (which is why the Cuban
population tends to be overweight).

Even though my story doesn't have to do with our daily bread, this post
is not about the quality of the food we eat or how we manage to make it
through the month earning a mere 500 pesos (the average salary of Cubans
equaling around 20 usd). I promise to tell you about this on another
occasion.

Today, I will only share with you an experience I wish wasn't real.

Carla is my younger daughter Giselle's best friend. My little one spends
more time with that classmate than with her only sister, for, in
addition to being with her the 8 hours she spends at school, after doing
her homework, she spends at least one or two more hours playing with
her, running around, messing things up or drawing.

The little girl is like another member of our family and she eats with
us frequently. On several occasions, she has slept over and has even
gone with us for visits outside the city.

Owing to the beautiful friendship the girls have, the two families have
had no choice but to establish an intimate relationship as well.

Recently, something very sad happened. It was certainly nothing new and
is in fact a recurrent reality for many low-income families.

Carla's 18-year-old sister arrived at our home looking a bit flustered
and asked to speak to me in private.

She said to me: "Rose, my mom wants to know if you've already cooked
supper and, if things aren't too tight around here, that you send a bit
of what you cooked over, for Carla, who's starving, and there's nothing
to eat down there."

"It's ok, not a problem," I replied immediately. "Just wait two minutes,
I'll look for a container."

While doing this, I started thinking: "If I send a bit of food for Carla
over, what will her father, mother, and sister, who's also at school, eat?"

What's important isn't what I did or didn't do, what interests me is
that her parents are people who work, like I do, and, if they're as
responsible and self-sacrificing as any Cuban worker is, that shouldn't
happen to them, right?

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Cuba: Mango harvest Santiago de Cuba begins

The main fruit cooperatives began collecting mango in the province of
Santiago de Cuba, where the harvest will reach its maturation peaks in
late May and June this year.

The first collections started in the vicinity of the town of El Caney,
which produces fruits that are famous for their quality and where there
is an industrial complex for the production of pulp destined to the
domestic market and sliced mango to substitute imports.

Basili Leyva, the president of the Martires de El Caney Cooperative in
that locality, said the mango was their main crop and that this year's
productive potential stood at two thousand tons, which would be marketed
through Tourism, Collection and industries, as well as through small
industries of the municipalities in Santiago de Cuba.

The 217 members of the Cooperative are also working to increasing the
areas sown to encourage the cultivation of other crops, such as
pineapple, papaya, dwarf guava, cañandonga, and tamarind crops.

According to the producers, the first rains in May will accelerate the
fruit's ripening, which will force workers to make a greater effort so
that they can avoid having losses.

Pedro Tellez, who runs a farm, said that, even though it hadn't been a
good year because of the drought, they had cultivated the crops with
ecological techniques that conserve soils, such as barriers, natural
fertilizers, mounding soil around the base of the more than 500 trees in
their property, and in the self-consumption spaces.

For the time being, consumers can find different varieties of mango in
the state agricultural markets, as part of the assortment is intended
for the priority social consumption centers, especially schools and
public health agencies.

Waldemar Garcia, director of the collection company in the province,
said the conditions were given to successfully face the maturation peaks
in the summer months without incurring losses. He also said they could
guarantee containers for the field and the transportation of the product.

The greatest concentration of mango in the area of Santiago takes place
in the town of El Caney, and the municipalities of Songo-La Maya and
Palma Soriano. According to estimates, El Caney will produce more than
13,000 tons of mango this campaign.


Source: siarramaestra.cu

Publication date: 5/17/2016

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WASHINGTON — In-house newsletters from the clandestine National Security Agency have been released by an online news site — part of the mountain of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The Intercept, whose founding editors were the first to publish documents leaked by Snowden, released on Monday the first batch of nine years’... Continue reading

El pasado 19 de abril se cerró el VII Congreso del PCC sin cambios significativos en la cúpula de la organización

El mandatario cubano recordó entonces su compromiso de dejar la presidencia del país en 2018

El anuncio de retomar las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y Cuba ha dejado “más titulares que realidades”, aseguró además la bloguera cubana

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Top Cuba diplomat: Obama trip positive, created momentum

President Barack Obama's trip to Cuba advanced the normalization of
relations between the Cold War foes and created momentum for more
cooperation on agriculture, medicine and law enforcement, Cuba's top
diplomat on U.S. affairs said Monday.
BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
Associated Press

HAVANA
President Barack Obama's trip to Cuba advanced the normalization of
relations between the Cold War foes and created momentum for more
cooperation on agriculture, medicine and law enforcement, Cuba's top
diplomat on U.S. affairs said Monday.

Speaking after a meeting with U.S. officials in Havana, Director General
of U.S. Affairs Josefina Vidal said President Raul Castro had seen his
meeting with Obama as producing "positive results."

Her portrayal contrasted with more negative characterizations of the
visit, including those of former President Fidel Castro and Foreign
Minister Bruno Rodriguez, who described Obama's trip as an "attack" on
Cuba's traditions and values.

Vidal said she and U.S. diplomats had agreed upon an agenda for Obama's
remaining months in office that would include visits by high-level U.S.
agriculture, health and security officials.

She said Obama's visit, which included a forum with private business
owners and a speech calling on the Cuban people to look toward a better
future, would help both sides accomplish that agenda.

"We believe the visit was an additional step forward in the process of
moving toward an improvement in relations, and that it can serve to add
momentum to advance in this process, which is in both nations'
interest," she said. "That's the opinion that President Raul Castro
shared during his address to the press during Obama's visit."

Commenting on Monday's meeting, The U.S. State Department said that
"both governments recognized significant steps made toward greater
cooperation in environmental protection, civil aviation, direct mail,
maritime and port security, health, agriculture, educational and
cultural exchanges." It said the two sides also discussed future
meetings on human rights and claims for compensation by American
citizens and firms whose property was confiscated in Cuba's 1959 revolution.

Vidal praised a series of agreements struck directly with the U.S.
government on topics like environmental cooperation, direct postal
service and commercial flights, but said the continuing U.S. trade
embargo on Cuba had made progress on business ties more difficult.

Foreign investors agree the embargo is the main obstacle to doing
business in Cuba. But they increasingly point to the communist
government's slow-moving bureaucracy and opaque decision-making as
reasons investment on the island is lagging despite a huge surge of
interest since the December2014 declaration of detente with the U.S.

The two countries appear to be moving toward greater cooperation on law
enforcement in coming months. Cuban-born Deputy Homeland Security
Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was meeting in Havana on Tuesday with his
counterparts in Cuba's Ministry of the Interior for talks on cooperation
against drug trafficking, illegal migration and transnational crime.

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Los titulares españoles de Exteriores y Fomento sostuvieron un encuentro "extraordinariamente familiar" con el gobernante, al cabo de una jornada de reuniones con varios ministros cubanos. "Momento dulce" para España en Cuba, dice Margallo. Continue reading

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