Cuba promotes its strengths as a health destination in China

Cuba promotes its strengths as a health destination in China

Beijing, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuba detailed on Monday in China its strengths, achievements and attractions that position it as a safe health tourism destination, a distinction recognized globally.

During a promotional event, Cuba’s Consul General to Shanghai Nestor Torres explained that the growth of that modality is based on scientific advances in medicine, the human treatment of tourism professionals and the cost-quality relationship, his office told Prensa Latina.

Torres commented about the possibilities of exchanges among academics, and the options available so that visitors can enjoy the natural wealth in terms of improving the quality of life and their physical-mental condition.

About that issue, he outlined the strategy applied in Cuba with a view to guaranteeing hygienic-sanitary security and a scenario free of Covid-19 while operations of the so-called industry without chimneys are resuming.

The World Health Organization even considers the Cuban health system a model in terms of internationally certified healthcare centers, highly qualified personnel, medical advances and quality service with reasonable prices, the consul said.

The event brought together representatives from nearly 40 travel agencies based in Shanghai, China’s financial capital.

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Spanish hotel chains strongly focus on Cuba

Spanish hotel chains strongly focus on Cuba

Havana, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) The major Spanish hotel chains such as Melia Hotels International, Iberostar and Barcelo are strongly considening the resumption of tourism in Cuba, according to their reports.

According to reports on their intentions, tasks and profiles on Twitter and Facebook, these companies trust the strengthening of the travel industry to this island, based on security concepts and health protection mechanisms.

These criteria is repeatedly expressed online on Monday. The three hotel chains have over 60 hotels on the island, a business that started in the 1990s.

They have contacts with Spanish Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Reyes Maroto in order to take into account pressures from the U.S. against Cuban tourism.

The first company to open a hotel in Cuba was Melia, in 1990. It was Sol Palmera in Varadero, the main resort in the country.

Since then, Melia’s interests and investments have grown up to 34 hotels and 15,000 rooms in Cuba.

Iberostar has 21 hotels on this island: in Havana, Cayo Largo del Sur, Varadero, Trinidad, and Holguin, and on the northen keys of the central provinces of Villa Clara and Ciego de Avila.

The Barcelo group, also based in Mallorca, runs three hotels in Cuba through management contracts, with 2,706 posts.

The hotel infrastructure in Cuba exceeds 70,000 rooms, of which 17.6 percent are located in Havana, and 63 percent are four and five-star facilities.

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Cuban President congratulates MAS for victory in Bolivia

Cuban President congratulates MAS for victory in Bolivia

Havana, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, today congratulated the Movement for Socialism (MAS) for the victory of its candidate Luis Arce in the first round of the presidential elections in Bolivia.

Through the social network Twitter, the president celebrated the results to the great advantage of candidate Luis Arce, who returned political power to MAS after the coup against then-president Evo Morales in 2019.

‘Congratulations to #MAS, which has recovered at the polls, the power that was usurped by the oligarchy, with the complicity of the #OEA and the imperial guide. #Cuba shares joy over the triumph of #LuisArce. The Bolivarian ideal is reborn’ , wrote the president.

The MAS candidate obtained 52.4 percent of the votes, while the candidate for Citizen Community, Carlos Mesa, reached 31.5 percent, according to the poll released by the Ciesmori pollster for Unitel.

The electoral law establishes that to win in the first round, one of the candidates must obtain 50 percent plus one of the votes, or at least 40 percent with an advantage of 10 percentage points over the second most voted.

Upon learning of the unofficial results, Arce thanked the Bolivian people for their support and trust and reiterated that they will work to regain stability and social peace.

Former President Evo Morales pointed out that Bolivia recovered democracy and described maintaining the majority in Parliament as a great responsibility.

The president of the de facto government, Jeanine Áñez, acknowledged the defeat and congratulated the winners on Twitter.

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Baseball could be declared a National Cultural Heritage

Baseball could be declared a National Cultural Heritage

Oct 15 (Radio Rebelde) After years of waiting, continuous petitions and unfinished dialogues, Cuban baseball today celebrates the possibility of being declared a National Cultural Heritage.

An indissoluble part of the idiosyncrasy of Cubans since the 19th century, the considered King of Sports on the island “is going through a process of preparing the file” that “will support this aspiration,” explained the commissioner of the discipline, Ernesto Reynoso, during a press conference.

Reynoso explained that the day before there was an exchange on the subject between Cuba’s Minister of Culture Alpidio Alonso, the historian Felix Julio Alfonso and authorities of the National Council of Cultural Heritage.

He also indicated that they are working to name the Latin American stadium as a National Monument, due to its impact since 1946 in baseball history of Cuba and the region.

The idea of recognizing the Havana stadium also aims at exalting its architectural and cultural values.

“I believe we are in a position to achieve these dreams and continue on the path of improving our main sports pastime,” the executive told reporters.

After 150 years on the island, baseball has a rich tradition, which arose in the processes of independence struggles against Spanish colonialism and is part of the identity of a people who tirelessly cheer each hit or home-run.

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Matria photographic exhibition will pay tribute to Alicia Alonso

Matria photographic exhibition will pay tribute to Alicia Alonso. Photo: Gabriel Davalos

Oct 16 (Radio Rebelde) Havana.– The Cuban Fund for Cultural Assets (FCBC) is currently promoting the Matria photographic exhibition by the renowned Cuban artist Gabriel Davalos, which unites image and dance as protagonists in honor of the prima ballerina assoluta, Alicia Alonso.

‘The exhibition will pay tribute to the outstanding figure of world dance in the year of her centenary, whose legacy made ballet a language available to Cubans,’ expressed Davalos, whose work appears in numerous exhibitions in Colombia, Australia, Italy and the Netherlands.

The project, dedicated to the National Culture’s Day and the 42nd anniversary of the FCBC, will begin a journey that includes several provinces of the country, including Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba.

The initiative is accompanied by the luxury catalog that brings together the most representative snapshots of Davalos in his first ten years of work, which will be completed in December 2020, the date agreed for its official launch.

The artistic concept of Matria stands out, which leads to the most intimate, endearing land, woman and mother; to that place that remains intact and to which we will always have to return when looking for the essential.

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Over 7.3 million Bolivians are electing a new Gov’t

La Paz, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Polls open this Sunday to over 7.3 million Bolivians who are electing a new government amidst accusations and warnings of a probable fraud by the right-wing forces that violently toppled President Evo Morales last year.
-Bolivian elections under heavy military watch

According to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Bolivia, 7,332,925 Bolivians have the right to vote, in the first elections after Morales was deposed by a coup d’état, on November 10, 2019.

Of the total electorate, 30,631 citizens will exercise their vote from abroad. Some of them have denounced they have been excluded from the electoral roll, due to the intentions of the coup authorities to reduce support for the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS).

After several presidential candidates resigned, among them the de facto president, Jeanine Añez, the main political parties in the electoral contest besides the MAS are Comunidad Ciudadana, or Citizens Community (CC), and Alianza Creemos, or We Believe Alliance (AC).

The latest poll, produced by the Ciesmori pollster, showed MAS candidate Luis Arce in first place with 42.2 percent of the vote, followed by CC representative Carlos Mesa (33.1) and third place for AC hopeful Fernando Camacho (16.7). It should be noted that this survey has been recognized by the TSE.

However, for Arce to win, without being forced to go to a runoff, he needs to win 50 percent of the ballots plus one vote, or, achieve 40 percent and a difference of 10 percentage points.

A day before the vote, TSE President Salvador Romero withdrew the system of Preliminary Results Transmission, generating concerns over probable fraud.

Observers of Indignous organizations from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Panama expressed deep concern over the last minute change in the count of votes.

The same worry was conveyed by European Union observer Maria Teresa Mola Sainz, who said the previous Transmission of Preliminary Results system used in the 2019 elections was better and more reliable.

On Saturday, Bolivian Congresswoman Sonia Brito condemned the government’s hostility on international election observers and said it is part of desperate provocations in the face of the MAS’ imminent victory at the polls.

Argentina’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel expressed his condemnation and repudiation of the mistreatment and illegal violence against a group of Argentinean legislators who traveled to Bolivia as election observers.

Former president Evo Morales also denounced on Saturday persecution by the de facto government against international observers who will oversee this Sunday’s vote to ensure their transparency.

‘Before the eyes of the international community, the de facto government threatens, persecutes and violently prevents the entrance of electoral observers from several countries, whose presence is a guarantee of electoral transparency,’ Morales wrote in Twitter.

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Cuba: New solutions for more adverse times

Havana, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) The Prime Minister of Cuba, Manuel Marrero, assured that the country seeks new solutions in the most adverse moments with the intensification of the United States siege and the crisis caused by Covid-19.

During a meeting with medical collaborators who fought the pandemic in Haiti, Dominica and Martinique, the premier referred the eve to the impact of this scenario on the economy of the largest of the Antilles, prevented from buying supplies and medicines.

‘Not a week of these intense months of battle has passed where a new drastic measure has not been dictated to intensify the blockade of the United States Government with great cruelty,’ he stressed.

Among other attacks, Marrero recalled the pressure to stop the arrival of fuel in the country or the reprisals against those entities that maintain economic relations with Cuba.

‘Our income from abroad fell drastically and, in the midst of this, the country has not stopped,’ he acknowledged.

In response, he added, the Cuban government developed an economic and social strategy for times of crisis that considers how to move forward amid the context of global crisis.

‘We have been transforming the way of doing business, of advancing economically; first 28 measures to eliminate obstacles and give more autonomy to the socialist state enterprise,’ he said.

‘Then we tested 15 more measures, a refinement that has not yet been made public, but the final touches are already in place on the entire entry system,’ the prime minister said.

In addition, he recalled, the country is immerse in the monetary order, an important point of the measures within the strategy.

Marrero called to work in favor of social development, for the quality of life of the population without neglecting the battle against Covid-19.

‘In the most adverse times of the country we grow looking for solutions,’ he said.

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Bolivia: MAS Will Have Its Own Vote-Counting System

The presidential candidate Luis Arce (R) and the vice-presidential nominee David Choquehuanca (L), Oct. 14, 2020.
The presidential candidate Luis Arce (R) and the vice-presidential nominee David Choquehuanca (L), Oct. 14, 2020. | Photo: EFE

The quick count system will provide real-time reports structured by observers at the local, departmental, and national levels.

Oct 17 (teleSUR) Bolivia’s Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) binomial Luis Arce Catacora and David Choquehuanca Friday presented to the international electoral observation missions the quick and general count that the party will use in the elections to make the results transparent and avoiding fraud.

According to the MAS Electoral Control Direction, the quick count will provide real-time reports structured by observers at the local, departmental, and national levels. 

The aim is to have the photographs of the electoral records to get reliable and trustworthy information instantly.

The second system called cuidomivoto.org should provide information and guidance on elections as well as to alert about incidents that could occur during the vote, so that any report that exists is public.

This Friday, Arce and Choquehuanca received the observation missions of the United Nations Organization (UN), Carter Center, Permanent Conference of Political Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean (Coppal), Parliament of Mercosur (Parlasur), Parliamentary Group of the European Union, and Argentinean Parliamentarians.

The head of Coppal’s mission and former president of Paraguay Fernando Lugo said that any counting system is perfectible, because “there is no such thing as a chemically perfect electoral system.”

“Any system of quick count, as the two that were presented by the MAS binomial, can be very helpful,” Parlasur president Oscar Laborde said as he called for the October 18 elections to be clean and that their result be respected.

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Cuba Thanks France For Its Cooperation On Soberana 01 Vaccine

On Friday Cuba thanked France for its support and cooperation for developing vaccines in the Caribbean nation, according to official sources.
On Friday Cuba thanked France for its support and cooperation for developing vaccines in the Caribbean nation, according to official sources. | Photo: Twitter/@caribbeannewsuk

On Thursday, French Ambassador Patrice Paoli met with Dr. Vicente Vérez Bencomo, General Director of the Finlay Vaccines Institute, to discuss French-Cuban cooperation in the vaccines sector with the support of the French Agency for Development in Cuba.

Oct 16 (teleSUR) According to official sources, onFriday, Cuba thanked France for its support and cooperation in developing vaccines in the Caribbean island nation.

Cuba’s Finlay Institute of Vaccines (IFV) highlighted on Twitter the excellent collaboration efforts that have been forged during the last two years between France and the IFV.

Previously, French authorities gave further details about the French ambassador’s meeting to Cuba, Patrice Paoli, and Dr. Vicente Velez, IFV’s general director.

Both countries discussed what cooperation between France and Cuba could look like in the vaccine sector, ongoing work supported by the French Development Agency, according to the French Embassy in Havana.

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The Finlay Institute of #Vaccines (IFV) highlighted the excellent collaboration relations that have been forged during the last two years between #France and IFV

IFV has been developing Soberana 01, the first Cuban and Latin American vaccine against Covid-19, currently in clinical trials.

Soberana 01 finds itself in an adaptive, multicentric, controlled, and randomized clinical trial, in which volunteers are vaccinated with two of its variants, either a lower and a higher dose, or the control product, which is the Cuban antimeningococcal vaccine VA-MENGOC-BC, one of IFV’s leading products to date.

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FAO: The Blockade Against Venezuela is “Unacceptable”

Rolf Hackbart, the FAO representative in Venezuela and formerly in Paraguay, highlighted that the main food problems suffered by Venezuela are due to the US blockade. Asunción, Paraguay. October 25, 2017.
Rolf Hackbart, the FAO representative in Venezuela and formerly in Paraguay, highlighted that the main food problems suffered by Venezuela are due to the US blockade. Asunción, Paraguay. October 25, 2017. | Photo: EFE/Alberto Peña

The UN organization’s representative in the country expressed his rejection of unilateral coercive measures.

Oct 16 (teleSUR) The use of a blockade is so that a nation does not have access to produce its own food is unacceptable, affirmed this Friday the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative in Venezuela, Rolf Hackbart.

“It is unacceptable that the mechanisms of the blockade, from foreign financial systems, are used to prevent a nation from accessing food, to produce the food in their country for their people,” expressed Hackbart in an interview with a local radio station.

The official indicated that the prevalence of undernourishment in Venezuela from 2017 to 2019 is close to 30 percent of the population; and said that it is due to the “economic emergency through which the country has been going for several years.”

“We need more public programs, national, regional, and municipal government programs for food production, but for that, we must have the freedom to import inputs and food,” he said.

“Today, we celebrate all the #FoodHeroes who, despite COVID-19, have continued to work to bring food into our homes.”

The FAO representative stated that Venezuela faces “enormous challenges” due to the blockade, and therefore requires assistance, as do as other countries.

Hackbart said that FAO has several projects in that South American country aimed at strengthening the productive sector’s capacities at the national level and support for sustainable agricultural development to achieve food sovereignty. 

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