These are some recent pics of the sad situation in #PinarDelRio, but as in #Cuba no one is left behind, this scene will be different very soon. #FuerzaPinar#CubaViveYTrabaja

#Cuba endorses new Family Code

Havana, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel and the National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP) President Esteban Lazo on Monday endorsed the new Family Code after being approved in popular referendum.

In a marvelous meeting, the ANPP Secretary Homero Acosta said the new regulation will come into force on Tuesday after being published on the Official Gazette of the Republic of Cuba.

After the signing, the Cuban president emphasized that the Yes Vote Victory is a tribute to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro; to the eternal President of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) Vilma Espín, and to Army General Raúl Castro, who promoted this initiative supported by 66.87% of the votes.

Justice Minister Oscar Silvera, on the other hand, stressed that the implementation phase will begin now, and also added Cuban jurists from are getting ready for its success.

The National Electoral Council (CNE) informed on Monday that 6,251,786 people exercised their right to vote in the popular referendum, accounting for 74.01% in relation to the basic part of 8,447,467 registered voters.

The CNE also reported that 3,936,790 Cubans voted Yes for the new law, the ones that replaces the family code in force since 1975; while 1,950,090 citizens voted No.

Blockade against #Cuba to be denounced in French festival

Paris, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) The solidarity association Cuba Si France announced that it will host at its stand at the Fête de l’Humanité a forum to denounce and condemn the blockade imposed by the United States on the island.

Convened together with the union of Rotativists and Communicators of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), the meeting will take place on Saturday, September 10, in the context of the traditional political-cultural festival that every year attracts hundreds of thousands of people in the Paris Region, on this occasion from September 9 to 11.

The important event will be a show of active solidarity with the Cuban people, stressed in its invitation Cuba Si France, an association with more than three decades of accompaniment to the Caribbean country and its Revolution.

According to the organizers, the national secretary of the French Communist Party, Fabien Roussel, the deputy and communist parliamentary leader André Chassaigne, the general secretary of the CGT Railwaymen Federation, Laurent Brun, and the Cuban ambassador Otto Vaillant, among others, will take part in the forum.

Also addressing the public as guests of honor will be the head of the island’s delegation to the Fête de l’Humanité, Yoerky Sanchez, deputy and member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and the Council of State, and the person in charge of Europe in the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Belkys Lay.

Cuba Si France also said that during the popular event it will host music, handicrafts and cocktails from the Antillean nation and a conversation with young journalist Mailys Khider, author of the book Cuban Doctors: Armies of Peace.

#Cuba reaffirms its will to resist the US blockade #UnblockCuba

Havana Sep 3 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel today reaffirmed Cuba’s will to resist the economic, commercial and financial blockade the United States Government has imposed on the island against the island for more than six decades.

Biden did not dare to take away the ‘pretext’ and signed the continuity of the #Blockade. The crime has lasted too long, but the #CubanRevolution will outlive it, the Cuban leader wrote in Twitter.

US President Joe Biden, signed on Friday the extension for one more year of the hostile policy, thus becoming the twelfth president of that country to ratify the framework that sustains the economic blockade.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez wrote in Twitter that such policy is rejected by almost all member countries of the international community.

A memorandum released by the White House and addressed to the offices of Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen, pointed out that the ruling ‘is of national interest’ for the US and added that the extension will be valid until September 14, 2023.

In 1962, John F. Kennedy resorted to the so-called Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917 to implement the economic blockade against Cuba, following several executive decisions that had been applied since 1959 by his predecessor, Dwight Eisenhower.

This rule, which has been widely rejected by the international community, has been renewed annually by successive US administrations since then.

The legislation authorizes the president to impose and maintain economic restrictions on states considered hostile.

This policy was intensified with more than 240 measures in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the purpose of breaking Cuba’s resistance.

#Cuba offers the world what it has

Havana, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuba shares with the world what it has and not its leftovers, and under that principle of solidarity it also receives the friedly embrace of nations in favor of unity and mutual respect.

In the context to celebrate the International Day of Solidarity this August 31, the Caribbean nation recalls the moments in which friendship came in a precise and safe manner and without any other pretext than to save.

The fire that recently occurred at the Supertanker Base in the city of Matanzas showed that the island is not alone and despite the destabilizing attempts through fake news and the US blockade, countries from all continents sent food, medicines, and medical supplies.

Since 1963, with the arrival in Algeria of the first Cuban medical collaboration, the island’s health reaches the most remote places to bring hope and relief, and leave the mark of humility that the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, always taught.

Solidarity inspires the struggle for social justice, recently said Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who reaffirmed that this feeling is currently the telluric force of the mobilized peoples.

The International Day of Solidarity is a pretext to inspire people in the search for unity and peace, “leaving no one behind,” as the United Nations requested to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Cuban doctors contribute to fill up gap of specialists in #Mexico

Mexico City, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) The incorporation of Cuban medical specialists in Nayarit and Tlaxcala has contributed to fill up 100% the shortage of specialists in two Mexican states, a senior official said.

Zoé Robledo, director general of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), who is in charge of the professional renovation of the national system with the recruitment of specialists and the execution of multi-million dollar investments in the entire health network, informed this at President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s morning press conference.

The high-ranking official referred to the arrival of more Cuban doctors in Nayarit and Tlaxcala and also an improvement in the response of native specialists to the call to fill just over 10,000 vacancies throughout Mexico.

He considered it a great step forward that in these two states 100% coverage of specialties has already been achieved thanks to the hiring plans, since both are the model chosen to generalize the healthcare system throughout Mexico, modernize it and turn it into one of the best and most effective in the world.

He said that the 10 general hospitals in Nayarit and those in Tlaxcala are fully staffed, as are the dozens of centers and polyclinics which, in addition, have been provided with equipment and other resources necessary for their optimal operation.

La Colmenita and Cremata decorated with the Felix Varela Order of 1st Degree

Havana, August 31 (RHC)–Cuban President  Miguel Díaz-Canel attended Tuesday the presentation of the Félix Varela Order of First Degree to the Children’s Theater Company ‘La Colmenita’.
Carlos Alberto Cremata Malberti, an outstanding pedagogue and general director of that group, also received the medal at the ceremony.

La Colmenita’ is one of the most recognized companies in Cuba for its educational work with children and adolescents, who are trained not only in music, dance, and acting but also in moral values for the future.
Some of the children who have been part of this team were part of the cast of films such as Viva Cuba, Y sin embargo…, and Habanastation. Many of their presentations have been dedicated to Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz.

Cremata Malberti and La Colmenita have taken their art to the most intricate areas of the national geography, and such is their repercussion in working with children’s audiences that similar groups have been created in municipalities and provinces of Cuba and in other Latin American countries.
The group is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and its director received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of the Arts last July.

Cuban President checks disaster area in #Matanzas province

Havana, August 25 (RHC)– Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel checked on Thursday in the western province of Matanzas, the progress of the recovery program of the oil deposit devastated by a major fire on the past August 5.
In the affected area, the President spoke with executives and workers of several entities and learned about the procedures to dismantle the damaged tanks and the installation of new deposits, according to the President’s Office via Twitter.
It has been challenging, but he said we will get through it.
The head of state was also interested in the progress of the cooling systems and the working conditions of those who dismantle and clean the industrial zone of Matanzas.
According to the authorities of the territory, 700 tons of raw material were extracted from the supertanker base, and 90 percent of the materials are already available to build the first tank, according to the local newspaper Girón.
Last August 5, lightning struck one of the crude oil tanks in the industrial zone of the city of Matanzas.
The flames, which destroyed four of the facility’s eight hydrocarbon storage tanks, left 16 dead and more than a hundred injured.

Cuban authorities: role of women in Cuban science is essential

Havana, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) The presence of Cuban women is decisive in the economic and social development of the country, where their participation in the field of science is essential, according to authorities.

Among the achievements to be exhibited during the celebration of the 62nd anniversary of the Federation of Cuban Women are those obtained by its relevant publications and invention patents.

In Cuba, 42 percent of researchers are women, and they are the vast majority in terms of specialization categories in advanced technology.

They also represent 69.6 percent of the personnel in the public health sector, 53.5 percent of the Science, Innovation and Technology system, and 48 percent of the Cuban scientific universe.

According to data from the Academy of Sciences, women were the authors of six of the 10 Cuban inventions that received the Gold Medal of the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Regarding the composition of said institution, until last year 34 percent of the membership was made up of women, making the entity the one with the highest female representation worldwide.

Data from the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment of Cuba show that, of a total of 89,214 people dedicated to activities in this sector at the national level, 53 percent are women, and 68 percent of 7,750 categorized researchers are also women.

Solidarity  shipment from Bridges of Love and CodePink bound for #Matanzas #UnblockCuba

Havana, August 22 (RHC)– The U.S. organizations ‘Puentes de Amor’ –Bridges of Love–  and ‘CodePink’ sent to Cuba a new donation of about a thousand pounds of powdered milk, bound for Matanzas.
The  Bridges of Love coordinator,  Carlos Lazo, told Prensa Latina that the funds (about 50 thousand dollars) to purchase and send the shipment were donated mainly through Americans, Cuban-Americans, Cuban emigrants and various people from the United States and the rest of the world.

“This and other shipments are just a grain in a sea of needs, but it shows the willingness of U.S. citizens and people from all over the world to help the Cuban people amid the economic war unleashed by the White House against Cuba,” he said.

The activist emphasized that the tightening of the blockade becomes more cruel and inhumane as it occurs amid the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the world and as a result of the tragic accident that occurred in the city of Matanzas, 100 kilometers east of Havana.

“But solidarity and love will prevail over hate and senselessness.  Decent people in the United States and the world will turn these drops of solidarity into an unstoppable tide of love for the Cuban people,” said Professor Lazo, a resident of the U.S. city of Seattle.

Lyn León, a member of ‘Puentes de Amor’ and the Caravan Against the Blockade of Miami, accompanied the load that is part of an initiative of the two organizations to take powdered milk to all pediatric hospitals in Cuba.

Last Saturday, the project delivered to Cuban hospitals some 500 kilograms of the product and other supplies to health institutions in Matanzas.

Over the weekend, it donated 910 kilograms of powdered milk and hundreds of intravenous devices to the Faustino Pérez Hospital in the same city.

They also took another shipment of dairy products to the pediatric hospital of Holguín in eastern Cuba.