Dancing in Solidarity with Cuba

Image result for Photos of adelphi universityIn honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, join Anara Frank, Director of MetaMovements, alongside Adelphi Professor and Latin Dance Champion, Alfred Pena, for an afternoon of dancing in solidarity with Cuba! Both Anara and Alfred are renowned dancers and instructors, having performed, taught workshops, and won competitions in the US, Cuba and beyond. Through their years of experience, they have come to recognize Cuba as one of the most important roots of Salsa dance and music, and together are playing an essential role in on-going cultural exchange and relationship-building between artists and arts enthusiasts in the two countries.

In the first half of our event, we will explore the fascinating history of how 20-30 junior high, high school and college students in the 1950s—with no video cameras, TV, internet, or commercial backing–created a national sensation, and eventually a worldwide phenomenon now known as “salsa”—a dance that millions of people around the world are still dancing today.

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Cuban Developers Create App in Memory of Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara

The Che Guevara Monument and Mausoleum.

The Che Guevara Monument and Mausoleum. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The app, developed by Cuban developer KaleydoBit, is called Siempre Che’ (‘Always Che’).

To mark 50 years since the assassination of Argentine revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s, a Cuban software developer has created an app to share his legacy.

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The app, made for Android mobile devices, was revealed Monday, on 50th anniversary of Che’s death at the hands of U.S.-backed forces in Bolivia.

Developers are now planning to add more information, including that about the Mausoleo del Frente de Las Villas, a photo gallery, statistics on the number of visitors, and links to a virtual tour.

KaleydoBit has created similar apps in the past, last year making one for the 7th Congress of Cuba’s Communist Party, in addition to ‘Por 90’, an app that was dedicated to the late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

ssors at the University Marta Abreu of Las Villas in Santa Clara, Cuba, created an app that shares information about the Che Guevara Mausoleum. The complex is a memorial to the late revolutionary and some of his fellow guerillas.

The ‘Siempre Che’ (‘Always Che’) app includes images of a Che monument in the complex, as well as books written about the leader.


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Cuba to Participate in Panamerican Naval Engineering Congress

Image result for Panamerian Institute of Naval EngineeringHavana, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is to attend the 25th Panamerican Congress of Naval Engineering, Maritime Transport and Port Engineering organized by the Panamerian Institute of Naval Engineering (IPIN) to be held in Panama from October 16 thru 19.

The Cuban section of the IPIN,part of the Panamerican organization, confirmed it will be represented at the venue by eight delegates who will present papers accepted by the Organizing Committee of the event for their novelty and scientific update.

According to its organizers, the forum -25th Copinaval- is the great biennial vwenue of professionals, academicians, businesspeople linkwed to the naval, maritime and portuary sectors, where they share experiences of naval and portuary engineering, sea transport and logistic, as well as sea sustainability, among others.

It will also enable the exchange and contacts with potential partners in joint business opportunities and suppliers of equipment, commodities and materials for naval construction of Panama and other countries of the continent present in the Congress.

It will take place in the Convention Center Megapolis of the Hard Rock Hotel, Panama City.

Work sessions will open two senior lectures in charge of renowned specialists, as well as six symposiums on Marine Corrosion, Maritime Education, Legal Maritime Aspets, Submarine and Offshore Operations, Maritime Maintenance and Sea Transportation.

There will be a contest for students, in which the most promising work will be awarded presented by the new generation, including the realization of a commercial fair with the participation of enterprises linked to the maritime activity.

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The 7 Best Boutique Hotels in Cuba

Classic car with Cuban flag | © flunkey0 / Pixabay

If you are visiting Cuba and looking for a more intimate experience than those offered by the huge hotels that are dotted around, why not check out these boutique options?

Hotel Saratoga

The 96-room Saratoga was built in the 1930s, and sits across the street from El Capitolio in the centre of Havana. It’s within walking distance of many of the main attractions, and there’s a rooftop pool and spa where you can relax after a long day of sightseeing. Celebrity fans will be pleased to hear that Jay Z and Beyonce stayed at the Saratoga in 2013.

Hotel Florida

Take a trip back in time at the Florida, a grand old hotel in Old Havana. Opulent furnishings, marble columns and an impressive restaurant make for a great hotel experience. Sip on a mojito at one of the two hotel bars, or order a bottle of wine to sip in the courtyard. It’s luxurious without slipping into pretentiousness, and the atmospheric cobbled streets of the old town are just outside your door.

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International Management Practices Course to Include Spring Break Travel Component to Cuba — Pairing Classroom Studies with Experiential Learning

Kogod students on the 2016 Cuba study abroad trip.Photo: Kogod students on the 2016 Cuba study abroad trip. Credit: Heather Elms

Kogod School of Business 10/9/17 by Seth Shapiro |Each time Heather Elms, Associate Professor of International Business at Kogod, has traveled with her students to a foreign country for an international experience course, she takes pride in their level of preparedness. She’s been told repeatedly that the AU students “ask good questions” and “really understand what’s going on” in the countries they’re visiting.

“[That’s because] we emphasize the academic content,” Elms says, stressing the importance of studying each country’s business conditions in the classroom prior to traveling. Before students in the spring 2018 IBUS-244 International Management Practices course travel to Cuba this spring break, they’ll have spent the semester learning about differences between Cuba’s business environment and management practices and those of other countries.

Since the students understand Cuba’s history and its present business climate, they’re better positioned to analyze and appreciate what they see—particularly since they will need to synthesize their takeaways into a final research paper and presentation.

“Kogod has been focused on experiential programs for a very long time,” Elms says. But for those experiences to be truly beneficial and transformative, she emphasizes that students need to put in the preparation to make the most out of them. Continue reading

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Emblematic Cuban Rumba Group Turns 65

Matanzas, Cuba, Oct 9 (Prensa Latina) Rumba group Los Muñequitos de Matanzas are turning today 65 years of artistic life, and continues tomorrow performances in localities, squares and institutions of the country, as well as workshops the members of the group will give.

The idea of founding the group emerged and was materialized on October 9, 1952, at El Gallo bar, in La Marina neighborhood in this city, located 100 kilometers east of Havana.

Important guests of Cuban popular music starred in on Saturday at La Aurora Park of the aforementioned neighborhood the show ‘El Rumbazo’, celebrating six and a half decades of the prestigious group.

Diosdado Ramos, director of the group, said ‘Los Muñequitos…’ maintains the tradition of the genre, promoted by parents, children and grandchildren, with a qualified work that has allowed them to win a Grammy Prize, in addition to other important awards.

Several experts considered the group as one of the best exponents of ‘rumba’ in Cuba, with all the flavor and irresistible cadence of that musical expression enjoyed to the full in the Caribbean island.

‘Originally named ‘Guaguanco Matancero’, the group would change the name to the current one and would undertake an unstoppable career of pride and stronghold of the Matanza and National Culture,’ Luis Ortega, a specialist at the Rafael Somavilla Provincial Music Center, told Prensa Latina.

Florencio Calle, Esteban Lantri (Saldiguera), Hortensio Alfonso (Virulilla), Esteban Vega (ChaCha), Pablo Mesa, Angel Pellado, Gregorio Diaz and Juan Mesa, founded the group.

After 65 years of its foundation, ‘Los Muñequitos de Matanzas are still conquering awards with new members, but the same intention to make known a rhythm declared a UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage of Humanity.’

The band has performed in these 65 years in nations such as the United States, Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, and England, among others.

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Mexican Secretary of Health Visits Cuba’s Medical Brigade in Oaxaca

Mexico, Oct 9 (Prensa Latina) Secretary of Health Jose Narro visited the Cuban medical brigade that is treating the people affected by the September 7 earthquake in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in the state of Oaxaca.

Narro toured the field hospital sent by Cuba and located on the grounds of a sports stadium in the town of Ixtepec, from where it provides its services to the regions of Ixaltepec and Juchitlan, which heavily hit by the earthquake and where the earth is still shaking.

Dr. Rolando Piloto, head of the Cuban team, briefed the federal health minister on the results of the first four days of work.

The Cuban doctors provided 2,517 consultations and performed 23 surgeries, 287 laboratory tests and 223 ultrasound screenings.

The hospital is distributed in tents, in which doctors provide consultations in pediatrics, gynecology and ultrasound, orthopedics, traumatology and surgery.

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Venezuelan Prosecutor Denounced Coup Plot with OAS Support

Image result for oas attach venezuelaCaracas, Oct 9 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab denounced the continuation of coup plans by the right wing of the country with the support of the Organization of American States (OAS).

In the ceremony for the implentation of the Republic Plan for the protection of the regional elections, William Saab rejected the attempts of the opposition and its international allies to create institutions parallel to the legitimate government of the South American nation.

From Fort Tiuna in Caracas, the head of the Public Ministry stated that the removal by the National Constituent Assembly of his predecessor, Luisa Ortega, revealed the coup plot developed from abroad.

He also recalled that Ortega, with her inaction in imparting justice, was complicit in the violence registered in Venezuela from April to July, which left more than a hundred dead, thousands injured and large economic losses due to damages to public institutions and private businesses.

In this regard, the attorney general accused OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro as one of those who instructed this ‘terrorism agenda’ to try to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro.

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Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Disappointed with Current Trends in U.S.-Cuba Relations

Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Disappointed with Current Trends in U.S.-Cuba RelationsWith the decrease in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, any hope of exporting Louisiana goods is shrinking. State Agricultural Commissioner Mike Strain says working on the issues between the two nations is of top priority.

New Orleans.- In an interview quoted on the website of radio station WWL in New Orleans, Strain said there is a need to make sure that the ambassadors and trade representatives of the two countries make this work.

A year ago, Governor John Bel Edwards and Strain led a delegation from Louisiana to Cuba to strength the relationship between the Bayou State and the island nation. Recently, Washington ordered 15 Cuban diplomats out of their embassy in Washington. Strain said that’s disappointing to see.

Louisiana’s Agricultural Commissioner said that if the U.S. economic blockade on Cuba is lifted it could mean millions of dollars for the state and its agricultural industry, and that he was hopeful that normal diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba could be restored. (RHC)

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My Father Had Great Capacity for Love, Che’s Daughter Says

My Father Had Great Capacity for Love, Che's Daughter SaysChe’s daughter, Aleida Guevara, has described her father as a wonderful man with a great capacity for love, she told Prensa Latina after participating here in a tribute to the Heroic Guerrilla fighter.

Vallegrande, Bolivia.- The event took place on Saturday, October 7, one day prior to the 50th anniversary of the death of the revolutionary leader, and was held in areas of the Señor de Malta Hospital, a place where the body of the guerrilla fighter was displayed after his assassination in La Higuera on October 9, 1967, on the orders of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

“This is a sad day because I remember my father, the death he had, but at the same time joy because there is a people that is rising and making its dreams come true,” Aleida said.

Che’s daughter emphasized the altruistic work the Cuban doctors are carrying out in Bolivia and in many other countries around the world.

Che’s sons and other relatives, as well as guerrilla members Harry Villegas (Pombo) and Leonardo Tamayo (Urbano), attended the ceremony, which was presided over by Bolivian President, Evo Morales, and Cuban Vice-President and Commander of the Revolution, Ramiro Valdés.

A Health Fair, where Cuban and Bolivian doctors paid tribute to the Argentine-Cuban guerrilla in Vallegrande, was closed with the ceremony at the Señor de Malta Hospital.

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