Lawmakers of Mexico City Rejects U.S. Blockade against Cuba

Mexico, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) The House of Representatives of the Federal District passed a statement rejecting the US blockade against Cuba and urged the Senate and the Mexican government to act accordingly.

At its 7th session, the plenary of the Mexico City Parliament asked the Senate to instruct the Mexican diplomatic representation at the UN to exercise its vote against Washington’s policy of siege against the Caribbean island.

The decision of the legislative body comes two weeks before the United Nations General Assembly votes on a Cuban resolution calling for an end to the economic, financial and trade blockade that the United States submits to the people of Cuba for more than half a century.

It will be the 25th time this happens. Last year 191 of the 193 states represented in the world body spoke out on the end of the blockade against Cuba.

Drafted by the Citizen Movement party, the proposal was presented by lawmaker Vania Avila, who considered that the US violates with that policy the human rights of Cubans.

It also stressed that the blockade is a unilateral act that violates the rights of third states to do business with Cuba, including Mexico, which suffers the extraterritorial application of such hostile policy.

Avila denounced that the current administration of President Donald Trump further cut chances of trade and financial transactions of the island, sending of family remittances, granting visas to Cuban citizens, as well as trips of Americans to Cuba.

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House-Building Plan Increases in Eastern Cuban Province

Camaguey, Cuba, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) After the damage caused by Hurricane Irma in Cuba on September 9, the city of Nuevitas, located 50 kilometers north of the city of Camaguey, the provincial capital of the same name, is pushing ahead a plan of house construction that includes 300 new dwellings.

Nuevitas, the most important industrial city of the province of Camaguey, was one of the most hardly hit territories by Hurricane Irma, which damaged more than 4,000 homes in this port town.

However, the local government is drafting the necessary forces and resources to rebuild the affected homes.

Among the actions in the program, a total of 50 houses will be built based on vinyl polychloride (PetroCasas).

These houses are resistant to the effects of hurricanes. The designs executed in Cuba come from a project of cooperation with the Venezuelan government.

The program has also scheduled to build more than 100 homes, and another 60, with block walls, until the end of the current year.

The levels of production of construction materials are being increased.

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Cuba Receives 204 Books Donated by the Institute of Spanish History

By Glenda Arcia Havana, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s Institute of History (IHC) received today 204 books published between 1858 and 2011, as part of a collaboration agreement with Spain that includes the exchange of documents of great relevance for both countries.

The texts contain diverse information on the independentist struggles of 1868 to 1898 in this nation and are in digital and printed format. Also among the materials delivered are military records and operations carried out, trials and studies, as well as publications of the Spanish press of the nineteenth century.

According to the director of the IHC, René González, after the signing in September 2016 of an agreement with the Institute of History and Military Culture (IHCM) of the European country, began the cooperation between both entities, which includes joint investigations.

‘We started with the bibliographic exchange, as part of which Cuba sent hundreds of copies of rare and valuable books to Spain about our wars of independence. For its part, the IHCM provided, for example, the service sheets of the military against whom we fought for 30 years,’ he said.

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Cuba: Women’s Judo Team Reaches Top Competition

Maylin del Toro is looking to win gold at the Dominican Republic’s Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Stadium.

Maylin del Toro is looking to win gold at the Dominican Republic’s Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Stadium. | Photo: Granma

The women’s judo team of Cuba has reached the Barranquilla 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games, which is scheduled to take place from Oct. 28-29.

“Our aim is for the whole team to qualify for next year’s regional competition,” said Felix Portuondo, head coach of the women’s team. He stressed that Cuba’s main contender in the tournament will be Mexico, according to Granma.

“Yanisleidys Ponciano from Havana will be competing in the 44kg division, a tough athlete with a strong chance of making it to the final. World Championship medal winner Melissa Hurtado will represent Cuba in the 48kg. Her main rival will be Pan American Games silver medalist Edna Carrillo of Mexico.”

Portuondo conceded that Hurtado appeared “a lot stronger” during her training sessions in Budapest.

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Meliá Peninsula VaraderoOct. 17, 2017 — Cooperation with the Cuban tourism authorities and the crucial support of employees has made it possible to quickly repair the facilities damaged by the hurricane which affected the destinations of Jardines del Rey, Cayo Santa María and Varadero in the north of the island. During the temporary closure of the hotels, improvements have also been carried out which will allow Meliá Cuba to present new products for the upcoming high season. In Varadero, the Meliá Peninsula Varadero and Paradisus Varadero hotels are now open.

In Cayo Santa Maria, the Meliá Cayo Santa María and Meliá Las Dunas hotels will be back in service on November 1st, and the Meliá Buenavista and Sol Cayo Santa María hotels will restart operations on November 15th. In Jardines del Rey, the Sol Cayo Coco hotel will reopen today; Meliá Cayo Guillermo on October 20th, and Meliá Jardines del Rey on November 1st.

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World Authority Praises Importance of Pineapple in Cuba

Havana, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Pineapple Working Group at the International Society for Horticultural Sciences (ISHS), Domingo Haroldo Reinhardt, has praised today the importance of this fruit, considered the queen among all tropical ones.

In conversation with Prensa Latina during the 9th International Pineapple Symposium -an event held for the first time in Cuba-, Reinhardt said that there are around 80 countries with significant production of this fruit, one of the most traditional ones after banana and mango, he said.

This is the third most produced fruit among the tropical and subtropical ones, the ISHS expert said. ISHS is the largest horticultural society in the world, made up of more than 7,000 scientists, he said.

According to Reinhardt, Costa Rica has been the largest producer and exporter of pineapple globally, while his country, Brazil, is second in terms of volume of production.

The executive said that everyone in the sector wants today to increase the production of this plant, using less natural resources and less damage to the environment, aspects that stand out in the exhibitions of the event.

In his opinion, the pineapple peel is a limitation for a greater consumption of this fruit, which is at a disadvantage with banana or mango.

However, its peeling and chopped marketing is currently increasing in markets, which facilitates its growing consumption.

Reinhardt gave, as a researcher, a keynote speech entitled ‘Limitations for the cultivation and marketing of pineapple ‘, which is a contribution to the studies on this fruit at international level with a view to solving these difficulties and future working goals.

This forum is parallel held in a capital hotel to the 5th Symposium on Tropical and Subtropical Fruit Growing, both grouped in ‘Fruticultura 2017 ‘, with the participation of more than 400 delegates from 24 countries of America, Europe and other continents.

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Cuba Reiterates Respect for the Diversity of Political Systems

Moscow, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) The vice president of the National Assembly of People’s Power, Ana María Mari Machado, reiterated today in St. Petersburg Cuba”s respect for the diversity of political, social, cultural and religious systems.

During the debates at the 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in the former Leningrad, Mari Machado assured that ‘our aim is to contribute to the establishment of a peaceful and prosperous world.’

According to the official, it is necessary to continue the search for a favorable environment to the exchange of human experiences, ‘as well as full respect for the right to self-determination of all peoples.’

The Cuban parliamentary leader also stated that ‘any doctrine based on racial or cultural superiority must be strongly rejected, as well as any action involving prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes that go against human dignity, equality and justice.’

She stressed the work of the Cuban government to eradicate racial prejudice, and recalled that 40 percent of the current Parliament is made up of black or half-breed people.

For Mari Machado, culture is an essential component in the development of human rights, as it is a source of identity, innovation and creativity for individuals and communities.

Also during the debates, his Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, highlighted the links between the principles of morality and justice around interreligious and inter-ethnic conflicts.

The Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union meets twice a year to allow multilateral exchanges among the delegates of the member countries.

In the agenda of every meeting, the Standing Committees (on peace and international security, sustainable development, trade and finance, and democracy and human rights) report the parliamentarians of the main current issues.

With the greatest attendance of participants since its foundation, the present meeting reflects the thought of five continents and their respective parliamentary practice, with ideas and proposals to build a common agenda among the nations of the planet.

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U.S. Officials Attend Business Meeting in Cuba

Havana, Oct 16.- City Council members of Tampa and St. Petersburg, businesspeople and Tampa Port Authorities, attend today a business meeting in Cuba.

After talking with government authorities of this capital, the U.S. delegation will exchange views with representatives of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (Citma), the Ministry of Transport and the Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, among other Cuban institutions.

During a meeting in this capital with the legendary Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, the eve, the U.S. group advocated for normalization of relations among both nations.

This delegation arrives in Cuba after the U.S. government announced the decision of withdrawing ‘non essential’ diplomatic personnel and their families from their Embassy in the island, in response to alleged incidents affecting some of them.

Despite not presenting any evidence of a deliberate action on the part of Cuba or someone else, the U.S. Executive recently recommended U.S. citizens not to visit this Caribbean country.

We are here for the future, with the hope that someday these problems will be resolved and our nations will move to normal relations, asserted the Vice President of the Tampa City Council, Harry Cohen.

Those who came here have the best of hopes that we will normalize relations and everything be positive for both our countries, confirmed the President of the St. Petersburg City Council, Darden Rier, whose city -as Tampa- belong to the U.S. state of Florida.

For her part the president of the Council of the City of Tampa, Ivonne Yolie Capin, recalled her metropolis and Havana have a very ancient history of which gave proof in the 19th Century Jose Marti, Apostle of Cuba, who has a park there with his name. Continue reading

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Dominica thanks Cuba for assistance after Hurricane Maria

Havana, Cuba, Oct 17.- The people and government are grateful for Cuban assistance to the island of Dominica, which was devastated in September by Hurricane Maria, said Mathew Walter, the Dominican ambassador to Cuba.

When Hurricane Maria was raging, Cuba was ready to send rescuers to my country, Walter told exclusive remarks to ACN at the Panorama Hotel, where he is one of the diplomats invited to a specialized event on disaster situations.

This hotel hosts the III Workshop-Workshop on Disaster Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change, to build capacities in communities and ecosystems in the Caribbean region.

Walter recalled the fact that the friendly ties between the two countries go back to 1996, when they established diplomatic relations and since then “it is no surprise that they continue to help us.”

He added that the four-day meeting is an experience for its practical application, not only in Dominica, but also in all Caribbean islands to counteract or mitigate the effects of climate change.

Hurricane Maria had sustained winds of over 250 kilometers per hour that even destroyed the house of the Prime Minister.

About three dozen Cuban doctors, a part of them from the permanent mission and others who arrived with the Henry Reeves Brigade, attend to emergencies and raise public awareness of the need to maintain hygienic standards, according to press reports.

At the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit requested urgent international assistance to begin recovery efforts.

Cuba, which was already present in Dominica before the passage of Maria, responded to the call despite the fact that it also recovers from the battering of hurricane Irma. (ACN)

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Cuba to Continue Disaster Management Support For Caribbean

A child looks at donated clothes at a convention centre for Caribbean refugees whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Irma, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.A child looks at donated clothes at a convention centre for Caribbean refugees whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Irma, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. | Photo: Reuters

Telesur 10/17/17 — The Caribbean island nation is internationally recognized for its disaster management strategies.

Cuba will continue to share disaster management support and strategies against climate change with its Caribbean neighbors, a senior official confirmed Monday.

In the presence of representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Belize and Grenada, Cuba offered the promise of continued support for disaster prevention strategies.

“Cuban cooperation is unconditional and they can always count on it,” America Santos Rivera, Cuba’s deputy minister of Science, Technology and Environment, CITMA, told the delegation.

Santos said the most important factor in targeting a country’s vulnerabilities is preparation, knowledge and communication between the government and communities.

“I think the most important thing is to check in each meeting how much we have advanced, what has been assimilated, what kind of skills are being learned and how we can apply them. That will help to define the international projections, what to do in each country and others,” Santos said.

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