News on Cuba - September 6, 2012 Print

Bolivian Arts Exhibit on the Cuban Five

HAVANA, Cuba, Sept 5 (ACN) A visual arts exhibit titled “End of the Injustice” was opened in the Bolivian capital La Paz, September 5, on the life of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters held in the US since 1998.

The initiative, organized by the local culture office and the Cuban embassy in La Paz, coincides with the 14th anniversary of the incarceration of Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez, internationally known as the Cuban Five, PL news agency reported.

The antiterrorist Cubans were arrested in US territory after they monitored plans against the island designed by US-based ultra-right organizations. Their activity helped thwart numerous actions, including the smuggling of weapons and the bombing of civilian planes in mid air, and even attempts against main leaders of the Cuban Revolution.


Cuban Diplomats Attend Opening of School Year in Belarus

HAVANA, Cuba, Sept 5 (ACN) Cuban diplomats attended the opening of the 2012-2013 school year in a special education center for deaf-dumb and hearing impaired children in Minsk, Belarus.

The school has capacity for 500 students from the pre-school stage to 12th grade, according to the Cuban embassy in Belarus.

During the ceremony, school director Ivanovna Madudina thanked the Belarusian government for its attention to the special education and instruction of the children, PL news agency reported.

Cuban ambassador to Minsk Alfredo Nieves congratulated the students and said that Cuba is one of the Latin American countries that have made the greatest efforts in favor of hearing impaired children, so that they are able to interact with others who do not suffer from such disability.

Nieves said that the new school year opened on the Caribbean island with over 1 million 890 students attending elementary, high school and technical education courses.

The hearing impaired in Cuba are interested in their preparation for their social and independent life as they enjoy the most important achievement of the Cuban education system, said the diplomat during the event, which was attended by the mayor of Minsk, Igor Karpenko.

The Cuban diplomat also thanked an initiative to set up a cultural department in the school, named after Cuban National Hero Jose Marti, which will strengthen bilateral friendly links between both countries.


Cuba Climbs to 12th Position in Paralympics

HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 6 (acn) Sprinter Yunidis Castillo earned Cuba to climb in the general standings by winning the gold medal in the 100m T46 category, in the XIV Paralympic Games in London.

Castillo, who had set a world record in the semi-finals (11.95), this time stopped the clocks in a remarkable 12.01, to beat Russia's Nikol Rodomakina (12.49) and China's Wang Yanping (12.89), silver and bronze medallists, respectively.

With this victory, the Cuban delegation climbed to the twelfth position in the general standings, after amassing 13 medals, seven of which are gold, four silver and two bronze.

This is the second title for the Cuban runner in this event, after dominating Saturday's 200 (T46), also with world record of 24.45 seconds.

Also, on Wednesday discus thrower Leonardo Diaz climbed to the top of the podium, in the category F54-55-56, with a shot of 44.63 meters which improved his own previous world record of 44, 36 (F56), thrown at the IV Parapan American Games in Guadalajara in 2011.

Also in the London trackand field events, sprinter Omara Durand continue her journey to the final of the 100 (T13), to be held Thursday-, by winning her semi-final heat with Paralympic record 12.10, a result that confirms her as the main candidate for the title.

Thus, the Cuban delegation exceeds by far the harvest in the 2008 Beijing meeting, when it finished with five gold medals, three silver and six bronze.


Cuba Marks 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol

HAVANA, Cuba, Sept 5 (ACN) Cuba joined world commemorations for the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, considered the most successful and spread international treaty in the environment field promoted by the United Nations.

Workshops, book presentations, exhibits and other activities related to the protection of the ozone layer and the elimination of greenhouse effect substances are taking place in different Cuban regions, said the director of the Cuban Technical Ozone Office (OTOZ) Nelson Espinosa, cited by PL news agency.

Cuba is meeting its compromise to reduce substances depleting the ozone layer, said the expert, who cited the total cut of imports by the island of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC), as a  key measure stemming from the implementation of the Montreal Protocol.

The expert announced new projects to be implemented over the next few years, such as a program to collect, stock, transport and destroy ozone layer-depleting substances. This project will be fully implemented by 2013, he said.

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion. The treaty was opened for signature on September 16, 1987, and entered into force on January 1, 1989.


The FARC Ratify Beginning of Peace Negotiations in Colombia

HAVANA, Cuba, Sept 5 (acn) Representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) ratified on Tuesday in this capital, the beginning of peace negotiations in the near future with the government of that South American nation.

During a meeting with the national and foreign press at Havana’s Convention Center, members of the FARC reproduced a recorded message by their top leader, Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri (alias Timoleon Jimenez, Timochenko).

By way of this message, Timochenko announced the closing of the exploratory meeting and the beginning of the negotiating table for peace, and urged “the entire Colombia” to support the upcoming conciliation.

The leader ratified that they get to the negotiating table with no hard feelings and with the certainty that the way out is not war, but civilized dialogue.

He expressed his appreciation for and acknowledged the “invaluable” cooperation of the governments of Venezuela, the Kingdom of Norway and Cuba, which accompanied the exploratory meetings held between the months of February and August.

The Commander expressed his confidence in that other nations will join peace efforts in Colombia and asserted that the FARC returns to negotiations accompanied and backed by the international community.

During the meeting, the delegation announced that a press conference will take place on Thursday in the same place, to offer more details on the future dialogue.

One hour before, from Bogotá, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced the beginning of talks with the FARC for the first half of October in Oslo, Norway, which will continue later in Havana.


Sugar Industry Experts Hold Congress in Havana

HAVANA, Cuba, Sept 5 (ACN)  The current situation and prospects of the Sugar industry is the main point on the agenda of the 50th Congress of the Cuban Association of Sugar Experts (ATAC), which opens sessions Wednesday in Havana.

The event is being attended by 200 Cuban specialists and entrepreneurs, plus more than 40 experts from Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Brazil, Uruguay, India and Venezuela, according to the event’s organizing committee.

ATAC president Eduardo Lamadrid said 17 foreign companies will be participating at a scientific and commercial exhibit to be displayed during the forum, at Havana’s Conventions Center.

Also attending are representatives of international organizations and foreign experts, who will give presentations on their experiences on the development of the sugar industry.

According to Lamadrid, the event will offer an opportunity to exchange views and strengthen relations among sugar industry professionals in order to boost programs aimed at the development of the economic sector.

Participants at the scientific forum will gather in working commissions to debate issues, such as sugar cane production, sugar and derivatives, energy and the environment, training of sugar workers, among others.

The Cuban Association of Sugar Experts, created in 1927, will also submit a report to the gathering about its performance after its latest Congress.


Cuban Presence at Havana’s Intl. Trade Fair, Triples

HAVANA, Cuba, Sept 5 (acn) More than 300 national enterprises have contracted areas of the Cuba Pavilion for the 30th edition of Havana’s International Trade Fair, FIHAV 2012, which triples the figure of the previous one.

This represents a notable increase with regard to 2011, when 104 companies exhibited their products and services, said on Wednesday Miriam Martinez, director for Fairs and Exhibitions of the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba, in statements to ACN.

While referring to celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Fair, the official pointed out that many activities will take place, like presentations of high quality goods, services and of publications, and meetings between national and foreign delegations, as well as acknowledgements to companies that have actively participated in the Fair for more than 20 years, like Cubaexport, Habanos S.A., Cubaniquel, the Frank Pais Hospital and Suchel, all of them leaders in their respective sectors.

Considered to be the largest Fair in the Caribbean and one of the most important of its kind in Latin America, FIHAV 2012 will be held November 4-9, under the slogan “Havana’s International Fair: 30 years at the service of trade.”