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Cuba to Launch Flu Vaccination Campaign

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 12 (ACN) Over half a million Cubans will be administered the vaccine against seasonal flu from November 20 to December 15, Cuban health authorities announced.

The campaign stipulates the vaccination of all persons over 85 years of age, who total 150 thousand, and the population included in what is known as major vulnerable groups, particularly those people who could suffer from pneumonia.

The vaccine protects the population against the viruses causing Influenza A and Influenza B, which have affected the people this year, the announcement explains.

The immunization will take place according to the regulations established by the National Vaccination Program to guarantee its quality, reads an article posted on Granma newspaper.

Cuba has launched flu vaccination campaigns over the past 13 years in the same period of the year given the increase of seasonal acute respiratory diseases from October through March, particularly the flu which constitutes a health problem.

 

Workers’ Congress will Involve Cuban Society

BAYAMO, Cuba.-  (ACN) The 20th Congress of the Cuban Workers Confederation (CTC), to take place November 2013, will involve the whole Cuban society, said provincial union leader Pedro Victor Simon in this eastern city.

Victor Simon, who is the CTC general secretary in the province of Granma, told reporters that the Congress’ agenda includes issues like the workers’ salaries, an issue which is at the center of the Cuban population’s interest.

There are huge expectations about the salary issue, but the workers must understand that they will earn more money and meet their basic needs better with their increasing contribution to the economy, said the union leader.

This is a subject involving everyone because the salary is directly linked to workers and at the same time has an impact on the family, on the children who go to school and need the money contributed by their parents, and on mothers who are housewives, he said.

Victor Simon said that the union movement will undergo transformation as the country’s economic model continues to be updated.

 

USA Prohibits Literature Made in Cuba

Havana, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. publishing market is closed to Cuban authors living on the island and to Cuban publications, the island''s Ministry of Culture stated in this capital.

The vacuum caused by U.S. institutions' lack of information about the Cuban literary process is being occupied by Cuban emigre authors who write against the Revolution, and are presented as "Cuban literature," something which constitutes a political maneuver, says a report on the major damage caused by the U.S. blockade in the cultural sector.

At the 25th edition of the International Book Fair of Guadalajara 2011, held in Mexico, organizers warned U.S. librarians, booksellers and distributors attending the event, to refrain from acquiring books of any kind produced in Cuba, as the government of that nation sanctions such purchases, the document states.

This prohibition is also applicable to sales from U.S. publishing houses and marketers, who can not sign contracts or receive payments from Cuban institutions.

Magazines and other publications also closed the flow in both directions, and the latest measure was implemented against the largest U.S. distributor of those items, EBSCO Subscription Services, which has been unable, since December 2006, to make or receive payments from Cuba, or through third parties, and had to cancel orders.

The report emphasizes the reinforcement of such measures in recent years, and states that contracts that were exceptionally authorized for cultural and commercial exchanges were reduced by more than 85 percent compared to 2001.

According to Cuban authorities, the economic damage caused to the Cuban people for the implementation of the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade, until December 2011, considering the depreciation of the dollar against the value of gold in the international market, amounts to $1.066 trillion dollars.

 

IAPA Aggression Against Cuba Denounced

Havana, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) is a cartel in the service of the North American CIA that has confirmed its aggressive actions against Cuba, charges a journalist specializing in studying subversive attempts directed at this Caribbean country.

According to an article from the Canadian journalist resident in Cuba, Jean-Guy Allard, the latest evidence of the relationship of IAPA with the plans of North American intelligence was its designation of cybermercenary Yoani Sánchez as its representative in Cuba.

In an article published by Granma newspaper, the author of several books and materials on Washington's anti-Cuban hostility considers Sanchez to be a patented traitor, actively promoted by certain international news agencies, who became rich through rewards generated by the State Department, totaling hundreds of thousands of euros.

Allard cited in his article the Chilean researcher Ernesto Carmona, who said Sanchez's internet texts are published on a server hosted in Germany that is served by the company Cronos AR Regenburg, a subsidiary of the Strato branch office that does not serve ordinary citizens, for example, bloggers.

Sanchez's domain name is registered by the Godaddy company, revealed Carmona, a company preferred by the Pentagon in its propaganda cyberwars.

Thus, this blogger, who lived in Switzerland and Germany before returning to Cuba to create her blog Generation Y to defame the island and its government, has access to U.S. technologies prohibited to Cuba by the Washington blockade, Allard pointed out.

A real businesswoman dealing in pro-US misinformation, Sanchez will now represent IAPA, the ultra-rightwing organization dedicated permanently to attacking, slandering and defaming her country, he added.

In the text, the journalist outlines the IAPA's behavior, which as described guarantees its subordination to Washington's interventionist plans in the region.

The IAPA supported coups in Venezuela (2002) and Honduras (2009) and has accused presidents Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and Rafael Correa, the leaders of revolutionary processes, of attacking the press, Allard noted.

 

Cuba Decides to Join Protocol on Explosive Remnants of War

Geneva, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuba announced today in this city its decision to join the Additional Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), part of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons regarding cleaning, removal and destruction of those munitions.

This position is further evidence of the high priority the country places on the Convention for its significant contribution to the development of international humanitarian law, Ambassador Rodolfo Benitez said.

The Cuban representative at the 6th Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the protocol stated that the decision also shows the strong commitment to multilateralism and international treaties on disarmament and multilaterally negotiated arms control.

This instrument has the merit of having first introduced for the first time on international humanitarian law some rules relating to legal recognition of the need for assistance in the clearance and destruction of ERW.

"In a world where war is used in a totally unjustified way by some states as an instrument of foreign policy and in which armed conflicts of all kinds increase, Protocol V acquires particular relevance," Benitez said.

He added that the impact of ERW is alarming today.

As in case of the Protocol V, the deposit of the instrument of ratification will be formalized with the Secretary General of the United Nations in coming days.

 

Latin Americans Bet on Regional Integration

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 9 (ACN) Representatives from regional integration blocs in Latin America are considering cooperation initiatives in Santiago de Chile to strengthen the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Regional delegates are discussing proposals and suggestions that stemmed from a previous meeting held in August, in Uruguay, where they originally defined Latin American and Caribbean unity as a strategic task.

This second meeting at the building hosting the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in the Chilean capital is aimed at expanding regional trade, physical, productive and energy integration, as well as the protection of cultural heritage.

Food security, natural disasters, the modernization of infrastructure in different sectors and successful social inclusion initiatives are also on the agenda of the meeting, PL news agency reported from Santiago.

Participants are looking for better coordination of actions among the presidencies and secretariats of regional and sub-regional organizations and blocs to contribute to the strategic objectives of the gathering, which is being attended by members of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of our Americas (ALBA), the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI), the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), the Andean Community, the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System, and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), among other organizations.

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States is a regional bloc of Latin American and Caribbean states created on February 23, 2010, at the Rio Group–Caribbean Community Unity Summit held in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. It consists of 33 sovereign countries in the Americas representing roughly 600 million people.

 

New Initiatives Boost Private Work in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 9 (ACN) In a further action to benefit and expand non-state work modalities, currently developing in Cuba, workers in the food business will be able to rent state facilities for their activities as of December 1.

The initiative will kick off with 200 businesses currently including one or two workers and it will later be expanded to another 1 200 facilities  throughout the country , the Cuban TV reported on Thursday.

The modality, which now  favors those workers in the restaurant and cafeteria business, was first implemented in activities such as barber’s shops, beauty parlors, and repairs of domestic appliances.

 

Latin American Youths address their Role in Society

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 12 (ACN) The role and expressions of the young generations in Latin America and amidst ongoing social and economic transformations in Cuba are on the spotlight of the 4th International Workshop on the Youths, which opens doors Monday in this capital city.

The forum, organized by the Group for Youth Studies at the Psychological and Sociological Research Center, is taking place till Wednesday at a Havana hotel, with the participation of 120 delegates from a dozen countries of this region.

Representatives of Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Angola will take part of debates focusing on issues such as diversity, dialog and transformations.

 

Havana Hosts Latin American Congress on Nutrition

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 12 (ACN) The 16th Latin American Congress on Nutrition opens Monday in Havana with the participation of over one thousand delegates from several countries of this part of the world.

According to the organizing committee, the forum will focus on malnutrition, specific nutritional deficiencies, food security and policies and programs underway in the field. Participants will also consider nutrition-oriented guidelines and recommendations.

A key lecture on the food crisis and its impact on Latin America, and the UN Millennium Goals will open the congress, taking place at Havana’s Conventions Hall till Friday.

The president of the Latin American Nutrition Society, Doctor Manuel Hernandez told ACN that the need to change styles of life and achieve a balanced diet is at the center of the forum’s agenda. With this aim in mind, participants will consider ways to raise awareness in the population about the consequences of chronic and non-transmissible diseases, which constitute a major cause of death in today’s world.

Doctor Hernandez recalled that previous forums have offered the appropriate platform for scientific cooperation in this continent, which has yielded positive results for the joint work of experts in the field.

 

Cuba and the UK Approve Agreement in the Energy Sector

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 9 (acn) Cuba and the United Kingdom approved on Thursday in this capital an agreement for the construction of a plant for electricity generation with the use of sugar cane residues and marabou.

The document was signed at Havana’s International Trade Fair by Zerus S.A., a society belonging to the sugar business group (AZCUBA), and Havana Energy LTD.

Camilo Hernandez, president of Zerus, explained that the installation will allow for the generation of 30 megawatts-hour starting from 2015, in the areas of the Ciro Redondo sugar mill of Ciego de Avila province.

Andrew Macdonald, executive director of Havana Energy LTD, asserted that electricity generation from renewable sources of energy will represent energy saving and a decrease in emissions of carbon into the atmosphere.

He pointed out that the project will also contribute to increase options of employment, the introduction of modern technologies and the cleaning of land infested with marabou.

The execution of this project will boost the recovery of this sector and the production of renewable energy from sugarcane biomass.

 

Cuba and Japan Sign Contract in the Field of Health

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 9 (acn) Cuba and Japan signed on Thursday in this capital a contract for on-line medical consultancy, during the 30th edition of Havana’s International Trade Fair, which will run until Saturday.

In the presence of Ricardo Cabrisas, Vice-president of the Council of Ministers, the document was signed by Doctor Ismael Castillo, director of the Enterprise of Commercialization of Cuban Medical Services S.A., and Hideo Yamada, president of the Yamada Apiculture-Center Group.

By way of this treaty, a Cuban specialist will work for six months at that company in Tokyo, mainly in the prevention of diseases.

Yamada acknowledged Cuba’s development in the field of health and expressed his confidence in the quality and excellence of these services on the island, which, he stressed, are acknowledged internationally.

 

Massive Turn-out at Second Round of Elections in Eastern Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 12 (ACN) The National Electoral Commission described as massive, organized and enthusiastic turn-out the participation of the people in the second round of municipal elections held Sunday in the eastern provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Holguin.

In both territories, which were hard hit by hurricane Sandy, some 118 thousand 883 voters  had already cast their ballots just one hour before the voting stations closed at 6 pm on Sunday, which stands for 83.56 percent of the eligible voters, said National Electoral Commission secretary Ruben Perez.

The vote had been postponed due to the severe impact by Sandy in the two territories, which are currently under intense recovery activity.

The official explained that the vote satisfactorily took place in 128 constituencies in Holguin, and in 42 districts in Santiago de Cuba, except for the main city and the municipality of Palma Soriano, where the elections will take place later.

Perez stressed the contribution by the population and local leaders to the electoral process amidst the complex situation created by the passage of Sandy.

 

Second Venezuelan Ship with Aid Arrives in Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The second Venezuelan ship carrying aid to mitigate the effects of Hurricane Sandy arrived in this eastern Cuban city, the country´s most affected by Sandy, today.

The T61 ship of the Bolivarian Venezuela Navy docked at Guillermon Moncada port with 449 tons of products and various equipments which will contribute to the recovery of services, construction and restoring of houses that were destroyed in the city.

About 250 tons of materials and machines brought by La Goajira ship were unloaded at Santiago de Cuba´s port last week.

The Bolivarian Navy also brought a divided aid for this eastern Cuban province and for Haiti,also damaged by hurricane Sandy.

About 20 days after the path of the hurricane, Santiago de Cuba city and the provinces municipalities, which were affected by heavy winds, look different as a result of the recovery and cleaning actions that are being undertaken like the restoration of the electric and phone lines.

The province´s Defense Council keeps activated and heads the efforts to return to normal, with the solidarity aid given from abroad.

 

Venezuelan Youngsters Join Recovery Works in Santiago de Cuba

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba, Nov 10 (acn) A 120-strong Venezuelan brigade made of youngsters belonging to the Ribas Misión arrived today in the Antonio Maceo International Airport to work of the recovery of this eastern city in the wake of Huricane Sandy.

The group includes carpenters, plumbers, masons and electricians, fully equipped and ready to get to work immediately.

It is the second time we come to help sister Cuba; before we did it in Pinar del Rio, where we cooperated in erasing the effects left behind by Hurricane Ike in that region, coordinator José Luis Sánchez told ACN news agency.

Sanchez added that some members have had previous experience in disaster management, and further noted that it was surprising the support of young Venezuelans to the call they made to create this group since in just one day only 500 people enrolled.

Benito Villegas, one of the members of the brigade, said their trip to Santiago de Cuba is a way to assist this country that has helped Venezuela so much and reiterated that they will do their best to meet any task entrusted to them.

Launched in November 2003, the Ribas Mission is an educational program that the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chavez has developed in order to include all those who had been unable to complete their high school education.

Earlier in the day an aircraft with the second shipment of humanitarian aid from the United Nations arrived in Santiago.

A national and international movement of solidarity with Santiago de Cuba cobra is on the rise since the beginning of the recovery efforts, with Venezuela, Bolivia, Russia and other countries sending aid, as well as Cuban people from the areas that weren’t hit by the storm.

 

Havana Population Collect Aid to Send to Victims of Hurricane Sandy

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 10 (acn) Thousands of people in Havana city started to donate essential items to send to the victims of Hurricane Sandy in the three Cuban eastern provinces battered by the storm.

Personal hygiene items and clothing, dried food and household equipment are part of the aid collected this far, which according to organizers, continue its steady growth, showing solidarity among Cubans.

On tour of the Diez de Octubre municipality, the second most populous in the country, people are seeing carrying different items to the collection points in all nine People’s Councils (CP).

Caridad Campos, president of Sevillano CP, told ACN news agency that, since last Wednesday, they have been collecting aid in her territory, but even before a large number of people had expressed interest and willingness to make contributions.

Margarita Villalejo, leader of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), praised the tireless work that organization blocks have done in the community, together with the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution and the Cuba Communist Party in the neighborhoods.

Hipolito Vasquez Perdomo, Sevillano CP vice president, noted the open-handedness of not a few citizens, able to donate essential items, without any second thought, "for their brethren in eastern Cuba."

All throughout Havana city, the aid collection continues to help palliate the ravages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

 

Zinc Roofing Tiles Shipments Continue Arriving in Santiago de Cuba

LA TUNAS, Cuba, Nov 10 (acn) The  Commander Paco Cabrera Structural Steel Company, in this city, built 39,600 galvanized zinc roofing tiles meant for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, in Santiago de Cuba.

That figure is the equivalent of 3200 roofing modules for as many houses, Youder Pavón Velazquez, director of the entity, told ACN news agency.

The company extended working hours in three shifts of eight hours each, which allowed the plant workers to finish those tiles in just nine days, which will be transported to Santiago by rail.

The 9.2 meters long supports of and 3000 easels modules, both products essential in placing covers, were sent to Santiago de Cuba in late October and the first days of November .

Now the company is engaged in the manufacture of roofing tiles for the sugar mills battered by the storm in the eastern territory and in the completion of 40,000 purlins (joists) for housing.

Las Tunas province has contributed as well with metal doors and windows manufactured in the DURALMET Company and also by sending builders and workers of the Basic Electric Organization and Telecommunications Company, with their respective equipment.

 

 

 
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