Cuba, music, and poetry in voice of brilliant artist Luis Carbonell

Havana, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Virtuous Cuban reciter and pianist Luis Carbonell is remembered this Friday on the anniversary of his death, evoking expressiveness flowed from his hands while music and poetry were honored with his voice.

Known as the “Acuarelista de la poesia Antillana” (Watercolorist of Caribbean poetry), this musician of extraordinary talent was born on July 26, 1923, in Santiago de Cuba province, where he began his work as a music teacher, repertoire writer, and cultural promoter.

Since he was very young, Carbonell worked as an English teacher and played the violin. Later, after performing on several stages, he joined the CMKC radio station in his hometown as a piano accompanist.

In mid-1946, he traveled to New York, the United States, where he worked in a jewelry store and alternated performances at family gatherings, the Casa Galicia restaurant, and the International and Tropicana clubs as a piano accompanist or reciter with important stars of show business. Given the immense art he possessed and defended almost until his death, Carbonell received several prizes, including the National Music Award and the Humor Award.

His voice could be heard on stages worldwide, while his extensive recording work includes more than 15 full-length albums and three CDs.

When he died in Havana on May 24, 2014, at the age of 90, Luis Carbonell left behind an excellent work that, along with his simplicity, made him one of the most extraordinary artist and symbol of his country.

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US blockade causes obsolescence of Cuba’s telecommunications network

Havana, May 23 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. blockade against Cuba has caused 85 percent of Cuba’s telecommunications network to become technologically obsolete, the Cuban Telecommunications Company (Etecsa) denounced today.

Etecsa’s commercial vice-president, Lidia Esther Hidalgo, told Granma newspaper that the effect of the unjust and genocidal U.S. blockade conditions higher prices for the company’s purchases, in a range of between 30 and 40 percent.

In contrast, revenues in foreign currency, throughout this year, decreased by 30 percent compared to 2023.

So it is impossible to make the corresponding development investments in the network. It also causes complexity in the purchase of resources for the scheduled maintenance of the equipment and the actions to be taken in the event of any problems that may arise.

There are more than 16 thousand reports of interrupted telephones, three quarters of which are concentrated in Havana, she said.

The official also pointed out the low availability of sim cards for mobile telephones and terminal equipment (Nauta Hogar modem) and Alternative Fixed Telephony (TFA).

She argued that as a consequence of the effects of the national electricity situation, around 450 radio bases are interrupted daily due to the lack of energy backup.

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Cuban president congratulates Vietnamese peer after election

Havana, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Wednesday congratulated To Lam for his election as president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

On his X profile, the head of State wished To success in his new tasks and expressed Cuba’s will to continue to strengthen the excellent bilateral relations that exist in all fields.

General To Lam, who had been the minister of Public Security of Vietnam until now, was elected in the seventh session of the National Assembly (Parliament) to assume the Presidency of the Republic for the 2021-2026 term.

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Cuba participates in Russian international oil and gas conference

Moscow, May 22 (Prensa Latina) A delegation from the Cuban Petroleum Union (CUPET) is participating in the 32nd International Oil and Gas Conference taking place in the Russian city of Ufa, capital of the Republic of Barkoshtstan.

The event takes place as part of the International Specialized Exhibition “Gas. Oil. Technologies and the Russian Petrochemical Forum”, being held from May 21st to 24th at the “EXPO” exhibition complex in the city.

The participation of the Cuban delegation in the event has been an opportunity for exchange and to determine new business opportunities in the oil industry.

The CUPET representatives visited the areas of the Ufa Petroleum Institute, where 44 Cuban students are being trained in different specialties of the oil industry as part of their activities. They also took a tour of the different faculties of the institution, where they appreciated the capabilities to carry out work research groups, and visited the training areas in industrial safety and firefighting.

The delegation held a meeting with the rector of the Petroleum Institute, Oleg Baulin, who confirmed his willingness to expand cooperation in the training of students and cadres.

According to the organizers, the 32nd exhibition and conference are held to develop the oil and gas industry, introduce new technologies and innovative equipment, and find solutions to key issues of industry development in today’s realities. It also aims to create a comprehensive and reliable assessment of the challenges of the Russian oil and gas industry through an open debate of expert opinion leaders.

Every year, the exhibition grows and adopts new scales, attracting the attention of an increasingly professional audience.

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Effects of US policy against Cuba described as genocidal

Havana, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The deputy director general of the US Directorate at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Johana Tablada, described Cuba’s inclusion on Washington’s unilateral State Sponsors of Terrorism (SSOT) list as genocidal

In an interview with the Caribbean Channel, the diplomat explained that Cuba’s recent exclusion from a list of nations “not fully cooperating in the fight against terrorism” does not mean its elimination from the general list of the State Department that imposes sanctions on Cuba.

That unilateral measure is one of the main genocidal tools used by the White House to asphyxiate the Cuban people, and it persists although more and more voices are rising against such an injustice, she pointed out.

She pointed out that Washington uses Cuba’s presence in that list as a justification for the unilateral coercive measures resulting from it, which are associated with the purpose of suffocating Cuba’s economy and holding the Government responsible for their impact.

She added that the US Executive simultaneously promotes a well-financed systematic communicational operation in mainstream press and digital platforms to hold the victim country responsible for the impact of these inhumane measures, which significantly affect the population.

Keeping Cuba on this list, in addition to being an immoral act, is a violation of the people’s most elementary rights, she remarked.

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Cuban residents in Canada hold National Meeting

Ottawa, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The 17th National Meeting of Cuban Residents in Canada was held in this capital over the weekend, with the participation of members of the country’s associations and guests, diplomatic sources reported on Sunday.

During the meeting, an assessment was made of the main events held so far, among which the active participation in the Bridges of Love caravans and sending donations to Cuba for sensitive sectors of society stood out. The Action Plan was projected for the current period, with the purpose of continuing to strengthen the activism of the organizations and their actions in favor of Cuba and to transfer the sense of identity and love for the homeland to the new generations.

The forum was conducive to debating on aspects of current Cuban affairs, addressing the results of the 4th “The Nation and Emigration” Conference, and a section was dedicated to conveying the most relevant information on business and investment opportunities for Cuban residents abroad.

As a result of the meeting, the Final Declaration of the associations of Cuban residents in Canada was approved, thus ratifying the will to support the homeland and the defense of its sovereignty, and condemning the unjust economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.

Cuban Ambassador to Canada Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, and Consuls General in Toronto, Jorge Yanier Castellanos; Montreal, Susana Malmierca; and Ottawa, Mariset Vázquez, participated in the meeting as special guests.

Other members of the diplomatic staff accredited in the country also attended the event as guests, according to the website of the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

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Cuban and Sri Lankan officials examine trade ties

Colombo, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban ambassador Andrés González and the president of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Duminda Hulangamuwa, talked about commercial ties between Cuba and Sri Lanka and the possibilities of extending them.

The meeting took place at the organization’s headquarters, which included everything from large corporations to small businesses and works in close collaboration with government institutions to contribute to the prosperity of companies.

Regarding the meeting, González gave Hulangamuwa a letter of invitation from the president of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, Antonio Carricarte, for the 40th Havana International Fair, which will take place from November 4th to 9th, 2024.

Attached to the letter was the call for participation in the important commercial event in Cuba, one of the most prestigious in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Cuban embassy in Colombo highlighted.

Buwanekabahu Perera, head of the executive office and general secretary of the Sri Lankan Chamber, Dilini Yasendra, also from that department and in charge of Management, and Maribel Duarte, first secretary of the Cuban embassy in Sri Lanka, participated in the meeting.

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Cuba congratulates Dominican president on his reelection

Havana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel congratulated Luis Abinader on his re-election as head of the Dominican Republic.

In his profile on the social network X, the Cuban leader reaffirmed his will to continue strengthening the historic relations that unite both sister nations.

This Sunday Abinader was reelected in the first round for a second term until 2028, according to the data, already irreversible, provided by the Central Electoral Board (JCE) on Sunday night.

At that time, the president led the elections with 58,4% of the votes cast, compared to 2,5% for former president Leonel Fernandez, and 10,8% obtained by the mayor of Santiago de los Caballeros, Abel Martinez.

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US solidarity group Hatuey continues activities in Cuba

Havana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Members of the delegation of US activists from the Hatuey solidarity project continue their activities in Cuba on Monday as part of their visit in support of the Revolution.

The group, coordinated by Gloria la Riva, US activist and friend of Cuba, expects to meet with reporters at the headquarters of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with Peoples (ICAP, in Spanish).

Hatuey’s delegation of about 20 people arrived in Cuba on May 17 to deliver donations to the Juan Manuel Marquez Children’s Hospital in Havana and the José Luis Miranda Hospital in Santa Clara, in central Cuba, two health institutions they had previously visited to assess their most pressing needs.

The group conducted in the United States a fundraising campaign and took steps to obtain contributions from pharmaceutical companies, resources for pediatric cancer patients, and other medical supplies valued at 60,000 dollars.

Hatuey stands for Health Advocates in Truth, Unity, and Empathy. It was founded in 2022 by healthcare providers, justice activists, and volunteers concerned about the effects of the US blockade against Cuba.

ICAP’s North American Director, Leima Martinez, informed recently, that this project involves hundreds of people and organizations in solidarity against the US blockade and the hostility of their country’s Government toward Cuba.

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Cuba laments death of Iranian president in a helicopter crash

Havana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel, on behalf of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), the Government and the people, lamented on Monday the death of his Iranian counterpart, Ebrahim Raisi, in a helicopter crash.

Diaz-Canel also expressed his sorrow for the death of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other companions in the same accident.

On his X profile, the Cuban head of State described Raisi as a friend, an admirable politician, and loved by his people.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez also expressed his deepest condolences to Iran for the death of Raisi and Amir-Abdollahian, which he extended to the families and friends of the victims.

All of Cuba’s solidarity and support to the sister Islamic Republic of Iran, Rodriguez wrote on X. The authorities of the Islamic nation confirmed this Monday the death of Raisi, Amir-Abdollahian, East Azerbaijan Governor Malek Rahmati, and Tabriz’s Friday Prayer Imam Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem after an intense search on Sunday.

The helicopter where they were traveling had to make an emergency landing, prompting an intensive search by the Red Crescent and the country’s military and police auxiliaries, with the support of other nations, in complex weather conditions that hampered visibility.

Raisi arrived at Tabriz airport on Sunday to attend the opening ceremony of the Qiz Qalasi joint dam on the Aras River, bordering Iran and Azerbaijan, in the presence of his counterpart, Ilham Aliyev.

The head of the Islamic Republic also visited the managers of the bridge project connecting the Aras road and railway as part of the corridor between Julfa in East Azerbaijan and Kalala in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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