Ramona de Saá Bello, an outstanding Cuban ballet figure, dies

Havana, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) Maitre Ramona de Saá Bello, an outstanding Cuban dance pedagogue in the contemporary world, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 84.

Internationally renowned for her dancing teachings, De Saá Bello was a disciple of Alicia Alonso, longtime director of the Fernando Alonso National Ballet School (ENB), an assistant professor at the Higher Institute of Art (ISA), and a methodologist at the National Center of Art Schools (CNEArt).

De Sáa Bello was one of the most prominent and versatile ballet figures in Cuba, and her work supports the creative and pedagogical movement of this artistic expression.

She was granted the Doctor Honoris Causa degree in Arts in 2000 and the National Prize for Artistic Education in 2002, as an acknowledgement of her career, which included 45 years teaching ballet in Cuba.

Ramona de Saá’s legacy goes beyond the artistic aspect. Due to her dedication, moral strength, ethics, simplicity, and altruism, she earned the respect and admiration of all.


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China, first nation to translate Cuban Constitution into its language

Beijing, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) China became the first country in the world to translate the current Cuban Constitution into its language, “a powerful demonstration of the special friendship” between the two nations.

Zhu Jianhua, director of the Publishing House of the Supreme People’s Procuracy and responsible for the publication of the Constitution and its presentation at the Cuban Embassy in this country, made this remarks and stated that successive ambassadors, several diplomats from the Cuban Embassy, and friends from the Cuban legislative and judicial branches contributed their wisdom to the accuracy of the translation.

Zhu highlighted the contributions by Zhang Tuo, former Chinese Ambassador to Cuba and vice president of the China-Latin America Friendship Association, who reviewed the translation and made nearly 100 suggestions.

“The Cuban Constitution not only brings together the common will and fundamental interests of the Cuban people but also is a document that embodies the socialist spirit of the Rule of Law and the concept of national governance,” he said.

Cuban Ambassador to China, Alberto Blanco, reviewed elements of his country’s constitutional history, from the proclamation in Guáimaro of the first Constitution of the Republic on April 10, 1869, to the current Constitution approved in 2019.


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Belarus to supply machinery to Cuba in exchange for medicine

Minsk, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) President Alexandr Lukashenko has renewed for two years the mechanism for receiving medicines from Cuba in exchange for agricultural and automotive equipment, Cuban Ambassador to Belarus Santiago Pérez said on Wednesday.

According to the Cuban diplomat, the decree signed by the president aims to “purchase Cuban medicines in exchange for agricultural and automotive equipment and other goods of national production,” Prensa Latina announced.

The Belarusian Government stated that the document aimed to maintain cooperation between Belarus and Cuba.

Earlier, Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said that Belarusian producers of agricultural, cargo, passenger, municipal, and other equipment are ready to meet all of Cuba’s needs despite the sanctions imposed by the United States against both countries.


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Cuban President Condemns Assault on Mexican Embassy in Ecuador

Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, April 16, 2024 | Photo: X/ @PresidenciaCuba

In the words of the President, “I reiterate Cuba’s strong condemnation of this flagrant violation of international law, including the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the right to asylum”.

April 16 (teleSUR) On Tuesday, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermúdez, in his speech during the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), condemned the capture of former Vice President Jorge Glass when he was in political asylum at the Mexican embassy.

In the words of the President, “I reiterate Cuba’s strong condemnation of this flagrant violation of international law, including the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the right to asylum”.

Diaz-Canel also denounced that the actions constitute an obvious violation of Mexican sovereignty and the physical integrity of the diplomatic personnel present there.

“What happened not only has a very negative impact on the bilateral relations between Mexico and Ecuador: it affects all the countries of this region and the international community as a whole,” he added.

The president also urged the restitution of the state of asylum to Glass, in addition, that his case be analyzed through the processes established by international laws and not by the use of force, as was done.

“It will depend to a large extent on our actions that repugnant events such as this do not happen again in Latin America and the Caribbean. Accepting or remaining silent in the face of the unacceptable behavior of the Government of Ecuador would set a very serious and dangerous precedent,” he added.

On the other hand, he called for discarding force and violations of the law as a legal method, which will only delay, in his words, the integration of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Finally, the President of Cuba, expressed his admiration and total support to the Mexican government, “Mexico can count on our firm support in the actions they undertake in the face of this unacceptable breach of International Law”.

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UNICEF supports Cuba’s neonatology services

Havana, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Cuba reported on Tuesday that it mobilized resources to support 19 neonatology services throughout the country in in 2023.

In its official X account, the UN agency noted that amid a complex situation for Cuba’s healthcare system, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they distributed incubators, thermal blankets and disposable materials to neonatology services throughout the Caribbean island.

As a result, 9,962 newborns benefited, according to the information provided by the UNICEF office in Cuba, noting that “nothing is more valuable than taking care of our most vulnerable children.”

The UNICEF office in Cuba has the goal to promote and defend the rights of all children in the country, as well as accompanying the Government in the implementation of its development priorities to promote equity and thus achieve a world appropriate for children and adolescents.


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Santa Canción, a tribute to Cuba’s new trova premiered in New York

New York, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The premiere in the United States of the documentary film “Santa Canción” (Blessed Song) brought to this city the gratitude of its director, Juan Carlos Travieso, to one of the most consolidated cultural movements in Cuba: the Nueva Trova Movement.

The documentary film, included in the Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) billboard, reveals the director’s admiration for the “La Trovuntivitis” project that gathered thousands of followers at the Longina Festival in the central Cuban province of Villa Clara for over two decades.

In an interview with Prensa Latina, Travieso revealed that the initial idea for the documentary film came at the request of the troubadours themselves in the city of Santa Clara, 250 kilometers east of Havana, after being associated with this popular event in repeated editions.

After its premiere in 2023 at the iconic venue of “La Trovuntivitis”, the “El Mejunje” Cultural Center, the documentary film was screened at the New Latin American Film Festival and the Santiago Alvarez Festival, in which it won a collateral prize from the Universidad de Oriente.


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Three Pakistani youth to study medicine in Cuba

Islamabad, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Three young Pakistanis have been chosen to study medicine in Cuba as part of the educational program conceived by the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, diplomatic sources reported on Tuesday.

Cuba’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Zenén Caro, reported on social media that Amir, Muhammad Annas, and Hamza received the necessary documents to travel to Cuba. They will begin their university studies in the new academic year.

Caro described it as a day of satisfaction that the young Pakistanis from Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and North Waziristan provinces received their visas.

Cuba is known for its free healthcare system with high-quality professionals that it has managed to maintain despite its complex economic situation, mainly due to the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States for more than 60 years.

Cuba’s medical training programs are also internationally acknowledged for the excellence of its universities.

Inaugurated by Fidel Castro on November 15, 1999, Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) has become a university of excellence in the comprehensive training of healthcare professionals.

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Cuba and the US Hold Migration Talks

U.S. and Cuban flags at the Ernest Hemingway Museum in Havana. | Photo: X/ @WatchSalemNews

The Cuban delegation will point out that the U.S. blockade constitute the most relevant issue in the bilateral migration scenario.

April 16 (teleSUR) On Monday, Cuban Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that Cuba and the United States will begin a new round of talks on migration on Tuesday.

The new meeting for migration talks will take place in Washington D.C., as part of the alternating venue arrangement, stated Johana Tablada de la Torre, the Deputy Director of the U.S. Directorate of the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

The Cuban delegation will be led by Vice Minister Carlos Fernandez de Cossio Dominguez, while the U.S. delegation will be coordinated by Eric Jacobstein, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

“Cuba’s cooperation with the U.S. on migration matters has been serious and effective. Our country will reaffirm its commitment and willingness to maintain cooperation to promote regular, safe, and orderly migration,” said Tablada de la Torre.

Since 2023, the U.S. government has granted over 20,000 travel documents to Cuban migrants, and has returned the majority of those citizens intercepted at sea, within the framework of bilateral cooperation, which includes the holding of rounds of migration talks and the resumption of repatriation flights for migrants.

Among the priorities that the Cuban delegation will address in this talks is the reiteration that the U.S. blockade constitute the most relevant issue in the bilateral migration scenario.

The impact of these extreme and inhuman measures on our population is the main incentive explaining the unprecedented increase in current migration flows, the Cuban official noted.

Furthermore, the effect of the tightening measures of the blockade initiated in 2019, which have contributed to the growing irregular migration flow, will be acknowledged.

“We will insist to the U.S. on the resumption of the granting of non-immigrant visas in Havana. This is an issue that affects Cuban families, exchanges in various areas, and becomes an additional incentive for emigration, as those who wish to visit their relatives are not provided with another option,” she said.

Respect will be also requested for the right of travelers from third countries to visit Cuba freely and without reprisals, such as those currently suffering due to Cuba’s inclusion on the list of State sponsors of terrorism.

The Cuban delegation will call on the U.S. government to suspend the use of federal funds to finance major media outlets and digital platforms that promote irregular migration.

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Cuba & Grenada Heads of State Meeting for 45 Years of Relations

(Right) President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and Dickon Mitchell, the Grenadian PM. | Photo: X/ @PresidenciaCuba

Both parts signed several mutual agreements of very importance.

April 14 (teleSUR) This April, 14 Cuba and Grenada celebrates 45 of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the both Caribbean countries. Dickon Mitchell, Prime Minister Grenada, and the Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez met today in Havana to commemorate the date.

Through his X account, the Cuban head of state qualified the meeting as “very pleasant and productive,” also, said “That sister Caribbean nation will always be able to count on Cuba’s modest support in terms of collaboration and the training of professionals.”

“We appreciate you as a young leader of Latin America and the Caribbean; we admire you, we respect you and we have much esteem for you”, Díaz-Canel told Mitchell after the official reception at the Palace of the Revolution.

Very pleasant and productive meeting with Dickon Mitchell, Prime Minister #Granada , a country with which we celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations. This sister Caribbean nation will always be able to count on the modest support of #Cuba , in terms of collaboration and training of professionals.

During the event the Cuban president recalled his official visit to Granada in December 2022, which he described as unforgettable, for the conversations held, for the signs of affection of the people of Granada and for the act where the 24 Cubans killed in Granada were honored, as he expressed.

The official talks between Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, and the Prime Minister of Granada, Dickon Mitchell, were also attended by the members of the Political Bureau, Roberto Morales Ojeda, Secretary of Organization of the Central Committee, and Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Foreign Minister.

Also, both parts signed several mutual agreements, Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in the Protection of the Environment by Eduardo Martínez Díaz, Cuban Minister of Science and Joseph Andall, Grenadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the document aims to promote cooperation in protecting the environment and addressing climate change.

Agreements for educational cooperation, technical cooperation in aquaculture and fisheries, agricultural cooperation were signed as well. Also present were the Ministers of Health of both countries, José Angel Portal Miranda, of Cuba and Philip Telesford, as well as directors of the foreign ministries of both countries, among other officials.

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Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister arrives in Cuba

Havana, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang reportedly arrived today in Cuba on an official visit, which will last until April 16.

According to the Director of Bilateral Affairs of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Carlos Miguel Pereira, the Vietnamese high-ranking government leader was welcomed at Jose Marti International Airport by Deputy Foreign Minister Anayansi Rodríguez.

In welcoming Luu Quang, Rodriguez highlighted the historic relations of brotherhood and mutual trust that unite the two peoples and governments, the deputy minister noted on X social media.


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