About 150 killed by firearms during 4th of July celebrations in the United States
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
The events are framed in a climate of increased violence in several US cities in recent months, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Photo: Getty Images.
At least 150 people were killed in acts of gun violence in more than 400 shootings in the United States during the celebrations for July 4, Independence Day, last weekend, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a website that registers and monitors actions of this type in each city of the country.
According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, these events are part of a climate of increasing violence that some of the main American cities have faced in recent months.
The average warns that this figure, including shooting incidents of victims of armed violence at the national level for a period of 72 hours, from Friday to Sunday at must be updated, so the number of affected could be higher.
In New York, where gun violence has risen to levels not seen in years in recent months, there were 26 fatalities in 21 shootings between Friday and Sunday.
This is, however, a decrease from the same period last year, when 30 people were shot in 25 shootings, according to the New York Police Department.
On July 4 alone, the city experienced 12 shooting incidents involving 13 victims, an increase from last year, when there were eight shootings and eight victims, according to sources.
So far this year, incidents of gun violence in New York have soared almost 40% compared to the same period in 2020, with 767 shootings and 885 victims.
In Chicago, another of the largest cities in the country, 83 people were shot, of which 14 died, this holiday period.
Unlike other cities experiencing an increase in violent crime, the homicide rate in Chicago through June is 2% lower than in the same period in 2020. However, the number of global victims is still 14% higher.
The reason for the drop was a less violent June, in which Chicago saw a 20% drop in homicides compared to last year (78 instead of 98), a 13% drop in shootings (363 compared with 416) and an 8% decrease in shooting victims (499 vs. 540).
There were also several mass shootings over the holiday weekend, incidents defined as those that leave four or more people dead or shot, excluding the assailant.
Among them, eight people were injured early Sunday in a shooting near a car wash in Fort Worth, Texas, after an argument between a group of men, according to a press release from the police in that town.
In Norfolk, Virginia, four children were shot and wounded on Friday afternoon, including a 6-year-old girl who was initially reported to have suffered life-threatening injuries, although she is currently in stable condition, according to Norfolk police. .
The victims also included a 14-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a boy of the same age. Everyone is expected to make a full recovery. Norfolk police said detectives detained a 15-year-old boy accused of being related to the shooting, according to the network.
In addition, a 17-year-old boy was killed and 11 other people were injured in a shooting at a street party attended by several hundred people in Toledo, Ohio, on Sunday night, according to Toledo police.
Over the past couple of months, we’ve been able to more fully interact with a number of members in our community and we’re channeling that energy to everyone – hoping you’ve been able to safely and intentionally begin to reconnect with family, friends and the people and spaces you value. Here’s what we’ve been up to!
The Search for a New Home
Over the past months we’ve reviewed many property listings, taken tours and crunched numbers. Overwhelming, yes – but we’re committed to finding a home that gives us the space, accessibility and foundation to continue to grow and nourish our work. We see this as a way to ensure the legacy of these movement histories, stories of resistance, and the culture of our most robust struggles.
Art Against Imprisonment
In March we launched a powerful virtual art exhibit featuring art from incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in occupied Palestine and the US titled “Art Against Imprisonment – From Palestine to the US” This collaborative project grew out of a long history of active solidarity between movements against imprisonment in the US and Palestine and continues work we engaged in during our 2016 delegation to Palestine. The art featured on the website is a testament to the creativity, imagination and brilliance of the many people who resist the invisibility, isolation and repression of prisons – people who claim liberated spaces by creating art.
Spearheaded by Art and his son Equipto, we undertook the preservation of over 90 in-depth interviews by Art Sato with innovative practitioners of jazz and Latin music. Art is a leading authority on jazz history and culture and has hosted In Your Ear, a unique weekly radio series on KPFA-FM in Berkeley, California from 1981 to the present. Also available on the project page is an original interview conducted with Art by Equipto covering Art’s life and inspirations, the history of In Your Ear and stories to better understand the complex and central role jazz has played in our national culture and around the world.
We recently finished processing a new collection of materials related to Bay Area women’s prison organizing during the 1970s, the Santa Cruz Women’s Prison Project (SCWPP). Through photographs, newsletters, reports, correspondence, poetry chapbooks, and more, this collection documents SCWPP’s prison work at the California Institution for Women (CIW), where the organization launched an educational project that provided UC extension credit for classes such as creative writing, women’s health, and social action. The project marked the first time that college credit was granted to prisoners in the history of the institution and exemplifies the robust inside/outside organizing and exchanges possible despite prison walls. View the collection here.
Image: Women's Prison Coalition Western Region Newsletter, Spring 1978
Tomorrow, July 10, is the 36th anniversary of the bombing and sinking of the Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, by the French government. Crewmember and photographer Fernando Pereira drowned.
Greenpeace had acquired the 171 foot boat in 1977, and used it to support its anti-whaling, anti-seal hunting, anti-nuclear testing and anti-nuclear waste dumping campaigns during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Rainbow Warrior had traveled to Auckland, New Zealand to lead a flotilla of yachts to protest French atmospheric nuclear testing at the Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific.
Agents of the French secret service posed as tourists and supporters in order to tour the boat, familiarizing themselves with its layout and systems. The French government initially tried to cover up its involvement in the bombing until The New York Times and Le Monde contradicted these findings by claiming that French President François Mitterand had approved the bombing.
From 1960 to 1996, France carried out 210 nuclear tests, 193 of which took place in the South Pacific. While France unbelievably argued that the controlled explosions were clean, papers declassified in 2013 show how dangerous they actually were. Not only did plutonium fallout hit the whole of French Polynesia, but Tahiti, the most populated island, was exposed to 500 times the maximum accepted levels of radiation.
The United States and the United Kingdom also conducted atmospheric nuclear testing in the South Pacific as the area was considered to be “empty” space. Racist attitudes defined the Pacific Islanders as “less civilized” and they were used as subjects of medical experiments on the effects of radioactive fallout – all without free, prior, and informed consent. Sound familiar?
In addition, the radioactive fallout contaminated the land, water, and food for generations.
You can't sink a Rainbow On July 10, 1985, agents of the French government bombed and sank the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland, New Zealand. Crewmember Fernando Pereira drowned as a result. The attack occurred just days before the Rainbow Warrior was to lead a Peace Flotilla of boats to Moruroa Atoll, where the government of France regularly explodes nuclear bombs as part of its weapons-testing program. Greenpeace Offices · Australia: 310 Angus St., Adelaide 5000 S.A., tel. (08) 2233133 or 223578 or 1/787 George St., Sydney 2000 N.S.W., tel (02) 2110089 or 2114694 · New Zealand: Private Bag, Wellesley St., Auckland, tel. (9) 31030 · United States: 1611 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009, tel. (202) 462-1177 · Canada: 2623 West 4th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V6K 1P8, tel. (604) 736-0321 or 427 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ont. M5S 1X7, tel. (416) 922-3011 Profits made from the sale of this poster will be used to continue the Warrior's campaign for peace.
Courtesy of ONE Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries
For more than 70 years, poster art has been central in fighting for LGBTQ+ rights. Whether homophobia is institutionalized through legislation or conducted culturally through physical violence or psychological negativity, it is a human rights violation. Queer Rights Are Human Rights: Posters of LGBTQ+ Struggles & Celebrations will show the power of graphics to expose injustices, defend rights, and celebrate victories.
As part of the programming for this exhibition, Carol A. Wells (CSPG) led a panel discussion with Loni Shibuyama (ONE Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries), Jordan Peimer (Executive Director of ArtPower at UC San Diego), Rommy Torrico (visual artist), and féi hernandez (Gender Justice LA).
For the third part of this virtual event, artist and community organizer, Ernesto Vazquez, led a stencil-making workshop.
Since 1989, the Peace Center, created and funded through the generosity of Aris Anagnos, has provided rent-free offices and meeting spaces to diverse peace and justice groups throughout Los Angeles, enabling them to focus on the work they do best: educating and organizing for justice. The Peace Center’s continued existence is now being threatened. The building is for sale, and all the tenants have been told to leave.
To ensure that the Peace Center would permanently house its social justice tenants rent-free, Aris established the Aris and Carolyn Anagnos Peace Center Foundation. Prior to his death, the Peace Center Foundation Board voted to grant the social justice tenants at the Peace Center rent-free office space in perpetuity. Soon, after Aris died in 2018, his son Demos Anagnos, began to undermine his father’s legacy and take actions that his father would never have approved. Not only is he trying to sell the Peace Center, he has also filed to dissolve the Foundation.
The groups housed in the Peace Center include: the Center for the Study of Political Graphics; the National Lawyers Guild; Peace Action; California Clean Money; Common Peace; Americans for Democratic Action; the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador; and the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala. The Peace Center’s impact extends much further. Countless progressive groups use the meeting rooms—for free—to organize, train, educate, fundraise, and celebrate. These include the Democratic Socialists of America, the Pacifica Foundation, Veterans for Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace, Health Care for All, and the American Civil Liberties Union. All that could be gone! Many of these organizations depend on the rent-free space at the Peace Center and, if taken away, may no longer be able to continue their peace and justice efforts. At a time like now, when social justice is at the forefront of the news and politics, these organizations are a critically important and vital part of the debate and cannot be lost.
A lawsuit to stop the sale of the Peace Center and challenge the dissolution of the foundation has been filed by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. CSPG is represented by Jason H. Tokoro and Emily Sanchirico with the law firm Miller Barondess. While CSPG is but one of the beneficiaries of Aris’ generosity, the success of this lawsuit will protect all the peace and justice organizations housed in and using the Peace Center.
At a time when civic engagement is increasingly important, it would be catastrophic to all their work, and to Aris’ vision, to destroy the Peace Center. In the midst of a pandemic that has the greatest impact on the poor and people of color, the Peace Center is needed more than ever.
We are outraged at the attempt by Demos to subvert Aris’ legacy and lifelong commitment to the cause of peace and justice. Help us win this fight by adding your name to the attached letter which we will release to the press. Thank you for joining us in a show of support for these efforts.
ad hoc Committee to Save the Peace Center:
(affiliations listed for identification only)
Carol A. Wells, CSPG
Jim Lafferty, Emeritus Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild
Theresa Bonpane, Co-Founder of the Americas
Susan Adelman, President, Lucy & Isadore B. Adelman Foundation
Sherry Frumkin, Death Penalty Focus Board of Directors
Ted Hajjar, CSPG Board of Directors
Scott Johnson, CSPG Board of Directors
Shari Leinwand, Chair Emeritus ACLU Foundation SoCal
Roger Lowenstein, CSPG Board of Directors
Sonia M. Mercado, Civil Rights Lawyer
R. Samuel Paz, Civil Rights Lawyer
Bob Schwartz, Center for Cuban Studies Board of Directors
Danny Widener, President, CSPG Board of Directors
The undersigned oppose the sale of the Los Angeles Peace Center. Everyone signing will receive updates on our fight to preserve this priceless resource. No contact information will be sold or traded.
For several years it has been a reality that family nuclei are no longer solely those based on marriage. In keeping with the proximity of the approval of the Code of Processes and the development of a new Family Code, Juventud Rebelde spoke with experts from the matter in the Provincial People's Court of Havana
Family nuclei are no longer solely those based on marriage. Author: Juventud Rebelde Posted on: 07/06/2021 | 11:17 pm
ARTICLE 81. Every person has the right to found a family. The State recognizes and protects families (...) They are constituted by legal or factual ties, of an affective nature, and are based on the equal rights, duties and opportunities of their members ...
Constitution of the Republic of Cuba
In the courts, a diversity of families converge on a daily basis to submit to a judicial decision their conflicts and aspirations retracted to the walls of the home.
Judgments on the assets or assets of the people; home properties; granting of alimony; cases on custody, care and the communication regime of parents with minors; filiation relationships with respect to a son or daughter, and adoption processes, among others, are prosecuted by judges, lawyers and prosecutors, who consider this matter of vital sensitivity.
The last nine years have been to file and adapt these procedures in the courts to international practices and to the new figures that arise in the social sphere and inexorably impact judicial activity, such as, for example, the recognition of the different models of conformation. of families, beyond heteronormative marriage, and taking into account stable de facto unions.
For Leticia Blanco Borroto, titular professional judge in the Third Civil and Administrative Chamber in the People's Provincial Court of Havana, the anchor of the changes that have been deepening in the action of the courts lies in the Constitution of the Republic , of April 10, 2019.
«The supreme norm incorporates families created by legal ties, of affection; Recognizing the latter as a category requires that law operators, especially those who are concerned with these matters, have a new perspective, an innovative vision in order to resolve the situations of those who exercise socio-affective parenting ”, he points out.
Leticia Blanco Borroto. Photo: Santiago Jerez Mustelier
At the initiative of the Governing Council of the Supreme Court - with the capacity to legislate - the draft Code of Procedures was delivered to the National Assembly, which includes novel aspects of family procedure in the courts. More than 1,500 opinions have been received from the population, deputies and bodies of the legal sector, as part of the analysis to which the regulations are submitted these days.
Said legal norm, which will be presented in an ordinary session of the National Assembly of People's Power, will privilege values such as access to justice, respect for due process and the guarantee of the parties, and effective judicial protection.
Elisabeta Guardaramos Pérez, president of the First Civil and Administrative Chamber of the Provincial People's Court of Havana, considers that the norm will promote greater proactivity of the judge in the search for material truth; the elimination of bureaucratic, superfluous and inconsequential procedures; the strengthening of direct interaction between the court and the parties by holding hearings, in which the judicial body listens to those involved and, when possible, seeks agreement between them.
Elisabeta Guardaramos Pérez. Photo: Santiago Jerez Mustelier
«It also contemplates the adoption of necessary measures for the protection of people in vulnerable situations; processes are given greater orality; The establishment of multidisciplinary teams is envisaged to ensure the best interests of minors; and the criteria of competence of the institutions of the law are modified in order to bring justice closer to the people, "he emphasizes.
And Ludmila Collazo Rodríguez, vice president of the Civil, Family, Administrative, Labor and Economic Court, supports an essential idea: «The legislative changes that are being introduced cannot be seen in the abstract or with a technical-legal sense, but rather as legal protection to safeguard families and thereby ensure compliance with constitutional precepts ”.
For equality and plurality
What becomes customary, what already happens, and what can be expected to happen from new phenomena that are registered in the social, political and economic spheres, deserves to be regulated from the Law. And thus grant it legal protection if it did not have it or if the rule was not specific enough.
For this reason, in part, Cuba is heading towards a new Family Code. The current one dates from 1975 and requires an update that expands its concepts and shelters new models and concepts.
Cubans require legal support in which their realities are validated. It is a claim and a necessity, not only for families, but also for professionals in legal areas, says Elizabeta Guardaramos.
With her, Leticia agrees, who will soon do a master's degree with an investigation on the constitutional protection of families based on socio-affective parenting, as a sign that doing science also contributes to generating regulations and legislation.
Ludmila Collazo Rodríguez. Photo: Santiago Jerez Mustelier
«The Family Code is a development law and must therefore have the constitutional stamp. The trend in the world is to the so-called constitutionalization of institutions, subjects and norms. Hence, the principle of equality, enshrined in our Supreme Law, must govern in the code that will directly and immediately organize family and parental relationships.
"If the constitution provides for family plurality, a Family Code, issued a posteriori, that recognizes only the family from marriage, and only between man and woman, cannot be conceived," it means.
Within the Cuban legal system, the gauges, beacons and limits will then be gender equality, opportunities, rights and duties; access to justice, respect for diversity and other values enshrined in the constitutional text.
But without the promulgation of the Family Code, can access to justice be guaranteed to people with circumstances that escape the framework of current legislation? Leticia answers yes: "The judges can apply (and apply) the Constitution directly, especially when the substantive norm is omitted, opaque, contradictory or there are gaps."
Even after the approval by referendum of the Family Code, the Constitution will not take a back seat for the treatment of these matters. On the contrary, the experts validate that this should be the one that is applied immediately, so that a less formal judicial solution is offered, less lengthy and that allows procedural guarantees.
"Society should have a different vision of families," says Ludmila, "and understand that the determining factor in its conformation is the affections; not necessarily seen as typical romantic love, even if there is one, but rather understood as the strengthening of bonds and feelings. The Code seeks to offer a broader vision and to give protection to all ”.
Half an hour’s taxi ride from the House of Pizarro, the presidential palace in Lima, Peru, is a high-security prison at the Callao naval base. The prison was built to hold leaders of Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path), particularly Abimael Guzmán. Not far from Guzmán’s cell is that of Vladimiro Montesinos, intelligence chief under former President Alberto Fujimori, who is also now imprisoned. Montesinos was sentenced to a 20-year prison term in 2006 for embezzlement, influence peddling, and abuse of power. Now, audio files from phone calls made by Montesinos from his prison indicate an attempt to influence the results of Peru’s presidential election after Pedro Castillo, the candidate of the left-wing Perú Libre party, won the election.
By the evening of June 6, 2021, Peru’s National Jury of Elections should have declared Pedro Castillo the winner of the presidential election. But it did not. A month later, matters remain in stasis as Peru does not yet have an official winner of the election.
Castillo’s opponent, Fuerza Popular’s Keiko Fujimori—the daughter of the former dictator Alberto Fujimori—has hired a range of Lima’s top lawyers to obstruct any decision by the state’s electoral commission. In addition, her team has cast aspersions against the campaign of Castillo and Perú Libre, accusing them—without evidence—of being financed by disreputable groups, including drug cartels. The Peruvian media, largely controlled by the oligarchy, have gone along with Fujimori’s allegations; their apparent goal is to paint Castillo as an illegitimate winner and to set aside the verdict of the electorate.
Meanwhile, hard evidence continues to emerge of the dirty tricks at the heart of Fujimori’s campaign to steal the election. Montesinos, the right-hand man of Fujimori’s father, made 17 phone calls from the prison between June 2 and June 24. Twelve of these calls resulted in a phone conversation; there was no answer to five of them. The Peruvian naval authority in charge of the prison said that Montesinos had applied to call his girlfriend. On June 26, Peru’s Defense Minister Nuria Esparch indicated that the navy will conduct an investigation.
Montesinos did not call his girlfriend. Instead, the old spymaster—and former CIA agent—called Pedro Rejas, a former commander in Peru’s army who is close to the Fujimori campaign. Montesinos tells Rejas in one call on June 10 to bribe the three members of the election commission $1 million each. “The only solution is to work through Guillermo in order to transfer the payment in favor of the three electoral jury members, who are supposed to be open to the bribe, and therefore guarantee the result.” The “Guillermo” in the conversation is Guillermo Sendón, who is on record affirming his relationship with one of the members of the electoral commission, Luis Arce Córdova. Sendón says that he helped Arce in his failed campaign to become president of the Supreme Court and met Arce several times in this period. Sendón’s last recorded visit to Arce was on June 22.
The audios are damning. In Peru, the case is known as Vladiaudios. This is a nod to a 20-year-old scandal called Vladivideos, when Montesinos was caught on tape bribing congressman Alberto Kouri to support Perú 2000, the party of Alberto Fujimori. In the months that followed, more videos came out: Montesinos offering millions of dollars to Channel 2, Channel 4, Channel 5, and Channel 9 if they prevented the opposition from coming on their television programs. The Vladiaudios are as damning as the Vladivideos, both showing Montesinos attempting to use bribery to secure the electoral victory of the Fujimoris.
Where will the money come from? Montesinos proposes that Rejas approach Dionisio Romero (the CEO of Credicorp) and Rafael López Aliaga. It seems he has thought about everything: what to do and how to do it. Sitting in jail, this old intelligence agent could not do it himself. He required an accomplice and phone calls that were recorded and leaked to the media.
Involve the CIA
In one of the calls, Montesinos tells Rejas to involve the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). “Look, what they have to do is to go to the U.S. Embassy and talk with the embassy intelligence officer. Bring all the fraud documentation… Go to the embassy and talk with the person in charge of intelligence at the embassy. That is in the Office of Regional Affairs.” The Office of Regional Affairs in Lima is the CIA station.
Montesinos gives precise instructions. Keiko Fujimori’s husband “can go [to the embassy], since he is an American citizen.” Her husband is Mark Villanella, whom she met at Columbia University in 2004. “Take the documents,” Montesinos advises. “Show them. Deliver them to the embassy and ask them to bring them to their chief in Washington… And in Washington, the chief can bring it to the notice of the president, and the White House spokesperson can issue a statement to prevent Cuba, Venezuela, or Nicaragua from imposing their will in Peru. With such a statement, they have great leverage.”
Montesinos is not the only one in Fujimori’s circle with a history of trying to involve the United States in Peru’s elections. Her close adviser Fernando Rospigliosi has a long history of walking into the U.S. Embassy and asking for assistance in preventing the left from prevailing in elections. The current U.S. ambassador in Peru — only recently appointed — is Lisa Kenna, a former CIA agent.
Montesinos is an expert in unconventional warfare. The followers of Fujimori, he tells Rejas in one of the conversations, want to use a conventional approach, but “this will not work.”
“There is conventional warfare and unconventional warfare,” he says. “In unconventional warfare, you have to use special procedures… Conventional lawyers are not going to succeed because the procedure is irregular.” Arguments before the courts, in other words, are not sufficient; bribes are required.
Luis Arce, the man on the electoral commission, is now under investigation by Peru’s public prosecutor.
Meanwhile, the National Jury of Elections has still not closed the election in favor of the winner, Pedro Castillo. What we have instead is unconventional warfare with the U.S. Embassy as a player in the drama. Coups nowadays in Latin America do not need armies. Having good lawyers, bags of money, and a handful of thugs in and out of jail is all that is needed.
China seeks a world of lasting peace that transcends the Cold War
In numbers, the Asian giant managed to double its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and per capita income in 2020 compared to 2010, the Business Manager of the Chinese Embassy in Cuba, Zhang Yiwen, explained to our newspaper.
Recently, the Communist Party of China (CCP) celebrated its 100th anniversary, and it did so with one of its centennial goals fulfilled: the integral construction of a modestly affluent society.
In numbers, the Asian giant managed to double the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and per capita income in 2020 compared to 2010, the Business Manager of the Chinese Embassy in Cuba, Zhang Yiwen, explained to our newspaper.
As of the congress held in 2012, the PCCH set strategic objectives to develop the country. The first, as explained above, has already been completed; there is still the second, focused on becoming a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic and culturally advanced, coinciding with the centenary of the Republic, in 2049.
«The second goal is basically to achieve socialist modernization. It is understood that this will significantly increase the economic and technological power of the country, as well as its comprehensive national power. Specifically, it is estimated that by then China's per capita GDP will be at the level of moderately developed countries, ”says Yiwen.
That Asian country also plans to build a humanity with a shared destiny. “That is the fundamental concept of Xi Jinping's thinking on diplomacy, carrying forward the essence of universal harmony, transcending the Cold War mentality. It aims to build a world of lasting peace and universal security, "emphasized the Chinese diplomat.
He stressed that the Belt and Silk Road are fundamental to materialize that community. “It is a promising avenue through which everyone moves together, instead of being a small courtyard surrounded by high walls; It is capable of accommodating all kinds of systems and civilizations, without harboring ideological prejudices, ”explained Yiwen.
This initiative, announced in 2013 by the Secretary-General of the PCCH and President of the Republic, Xi Jinping, proposes to share in an inclusive and comprehensive way the opportunities generated by Chinese development, focusing on cooperation in infrastructure and connectivity through roads. land, air, maritime and digital.
“Over the past eight years, the Belt and Road Initiative has generated tremendous opportunities and dividends for partners. China has signed cooperation documents within the framework of the Route with more than 140 countries, including Cuba. The volume of trade between China and partners has exceeded $ 9.2 trillion, "he said.
He also stressed that it has become the broadest and largest-scale platform for international cooperation in the world.
He recalled that the initiative “started from economic cooperation, but it is not limited to that sector, but is increasingly becoming a new platform aimed at improving global governance.
He stressed that in the context of the pandemic the Health Silk Road has been created. Likewise, to achieve a low-carbon transition, the Green Silk Road has been cultivated and, in the face of digitalization, a Digital Silk Road has been forged.
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A comprehensive strategy, a map against gender violence
July 11, 2021 Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
The data cited time and again in this column confirm this: in Cuba, gender violence exists, in all its manifestations, and it is urgent to take concrete measures to confront it. This is probably why Clotilde Proveyer's eyes shine when she talks about the recently approved comprehensive strategy for the prevention and care of this conflict. Some tears runs down her face, she interrupts the words, she gets emotional.
"Without believing that everything is done, this is a dream come true for those of us who have worked for the elimination of violence in all areas of society for many years," says the sociologist and coordinator of the advisory team of the national group of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) for the attention to this problem.
Indeed, the approval on June 23 of the Comprehensive Strategy for the prevention and care of gender violence and violence in the family setting in a meeting of the Council of Ministers led by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, constitutes a step fundamental on the way to an institutional confrontation of this latent issue.
Now, the member of the FMC National Secretariat Osmayda Hernández explains to Cubadebate, it will be published in the Official Gazette as a legal standard of a higher rank and an implementation protocol and permanent check may be drawn up.
In addition, it contributes to the social delegitimization of sexist aggressions as it makes it visible in all its manifestations and spaces: from silence to death.
Integrality as the key
The new strategy did not fall from the sky. It is a heritage of the work and conscious activism that the academy, and many social organizations developed over decades, to make visible and confront gender violence. It is also a direct consequence of the growing projection of the Cuban government against this and other conflicts.
President Miguel Díaz-Canel already said it in the National Assembly of People's Power: the country must prepare "to legislate, due to its high sensitivity, on some issues such as gender violence, racism, animal abuse and sexual diversity".
It is also a concrete result of the work carried out in recent months by the national group of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) to address this problem and its advisory team. In times of pandemic, when violence in family spaces became even more frequent, experts from various fields worked intensely to generate concrete tools to confront it.
It is not by chance, therefore, that the fundamental starting point of the new instrument is its comprehensive and integrating nature and its ability to mainstream the gender approach to all areas and organizations that directly or indirectly affect the survival of this phenomenon.
“It is a backbone instrument of national action, which materializes the political will of the State in a coherent and articulated way with measures that are based on the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba, on the international documents that the country has signed and on the National Program. for the Advancement of Women (PAM) ”, Proveyer explains to our media.
The defined actions range from the national to the local community and are based on a multisectoral, intersectional and inter-institutional approach that addresses not only the attention to violence once it has occurred, but also its prevention, she adds.
In addition, insists Hernández, the document links the bodies of the central administration of the state, social and mass organizations, civil society and municipal and provincial governments, based on the definition of specific issues to which they must give answers.
Along this path, the strategy leads to an integrative analysis of the responsibilities of society, the State and the various sectors involved in addressing this phenomenon. “It improves the institutional response that, as we know, many times has not been effective. Until now it had been disjointed and did not cover all the aspects that it should attend to ”, acknowledges Proveyer.
It is organized from ten components that include social communication, education and continuous training, prevention, local and community actions, care, protection, legislative development, information and statistics, research and monitoring and evaluation.
For each of these areas, it defines not only general and specific objectives, but also specific actions to be developed, the entities in charge and the expected results. There, probably, lies one of its main strengths: it does not leave anything to chance, it clearly establishes the challenges, how to face it and who should do it.
In the case of communication, explains the sociologist, it is essential to generate not only information, but also awareness in the media and in society. Meanwhile, education, prevention and social work are related to the training of specialists, the training of State cadres and knowledge management.
Work at the local and community level is vital, she adds, because the victims are there and it is urgent to strengthen and activate their social networks, the actors in the community. Meanwhile, statistics and research will make it possible to produce reliable information and data, resulting in better monitoring of the actions undertaken.
“Other axes are related to the improvement of care mechanisms and services; with the legislative actions in the protection system, which includes the capacity of the operators of the right, the mainstreaming of the gender approach in the laws and the design of a specific norm when necessary ”, he points out.
Similarly, Hernández points out, evaluation indicators have been designed that will make it possible to permanently and systematically verify the specific response of each agency involved.
"A technical group was even created - chaired by Inés María Chapman - that every month evaluates the fulfillment of the different areas of the PAM and, in the same way, will check the new comprehensive strategy."
Every month each of the organizations will render an account in this regard. As of this July, they will have the responsibility of presenting to this national technical group the protocol of action of each one for the attention to gender violence. This is the first step on a path of permanent evaluation, says the FMC official.
Beyond the challenges ...
Of course, the development and approval of this comprehensive strategy is just the beginning of the road. Putting it into practice in a pandemic context and consciously involving all those who influence the definitive eradication of gender-based violence are just two points on a long-pending list.
For Proveyer, its correct implementation depends on the design and application of the sectoral and institutional protocols, and the preparation of the social actors who are responsible for executing it. "This is a great challenge because it means transforming many practices that until now were used in the confrontation."
Other challenges include facing the cultural resistance that still exists in society, establishing adequate monitoring and ensuring the committed participation of all the social actors involved.
"It cannot just be a binding regulation, people must incorporate commitment and responsibility as part of wanting and knowing how to do", highlights the sociologist.
But beyond that, she insists, it is a fundamental step, also from the legislative point of view. “Without renouncing the improvement of the laws, the fact that it has become a binding norm for all the institutions and central bodies of the State, with all its actions, axes and components, is very similar to what any country would call Law Comprehensive Against Gender Violence ”, she sais.
In short, it does not leave anything or anyone out: it contains actions aimed at protection, care, recovery and legislative improvement, but also others that seek to combat patriarchal culture and contribute to the necessary change in the imaginary, in the norms and in the sexist values that make the reproduction of violence possible. The map is drawn, now we have to follow their tracks.
Cuba confirms 6,923 new positive cases for COVID-19 and 47 deaths
July 11, 2021 Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
Cuba confirmed at the end of this Saturday 6,923 positive cases to COVID-19 and 47 deaths, the highest number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, informed Dr. Francisco Durán García, national director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap).
57,396 patients were admitted, of them, 16,487 were suspects, 8,821 under surveillance and 32,088 confirmed.
Yesterday, he said, 46,648 samples were processed for surveillance and diagnosis, and as a result 6,923 infections to COVID-19 were confirmed. There are 5,548,510 samples made for the diagnosis of SARS-Cov-2 and 238,491 people diagnosed with the disease (4.3%).
Of the 6,923 confirmed cases:
6,772 were contacts of confirmed cases.
41 with a source of infection abroad; 110 without a specified source of infection.
Of the female gender 3,560 and of the male gender 3,363 (48.6%).
6.4% (614) of the 6,923 positive cases were asymptomatic, accumulating a total of 94,486, representing 39.6% of those confirmed to date.
By age groups: under 20 (1,263), 20 to 39, (1,994), 40 to 59 (2,436) and over 60 (1,230).
MINCEX: Cuba has received and receives international donations to fight Covid
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
Magalys Estrada, Department of Economic Collaboration Mincex Photo: Ismael Francisco / Cubadebate.
Given the various proposals that we have received on our website and our profiles on social networks of possible donations to Cuba to face the Covid-19 pandemic, Cubadebate contacted the General Director of Economic Collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and the Foreign Investment (MINCEX), Magalys Estrada Díaz, who ratified that, since last year, Cuba has received various international donations and accounts in the Cuban bank are enabled to receive financial contributions from abroad for this tough fight that the country is developing against the pandemic.
The MINCEX board responded to our concerns on this issue:
—What is the willingness of the Cuban authorities to receive sincere and well-interested international cooperation?
Cuba receives external resources from international cooperation from multilateral, bilateral, governmental and private sources, including natural persons, through programs, projects or specific donations, positions based on the economic, scientific and social development of the country, especially in exceptional situations. or emergency.
Motivated by the country's economic situation in the 1990s, international cooperation received increased, as a source of external resources that complement national efforts for the development of the country.
Currently, more than 351 projects are being executed with funds from 33 countries and cooperation agencies. 54 NGOs and solidarity associations and more than 64 Research Centers and Universities participate.
In the last five years, 963 million USD have been carried out, mainly destined to the agri-food, water and sanitation, environment, renewable energy, health and education sectors.
In correspondence with the transformations of the Cuban Economic and Social Model of Socialist Development, on April 1, Decree Law 16 of 2020 and the complementary norms came into force, which regulate the cooperation that Cuba offers and receives, creating conditions for better execution. of the resources received and to make the process of approval of cooperation actions more flexible and faster.
—In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, has the country received international collaboration? How has it been channeled?
To face COVID-19, an expedited procedure was approved that includes the possibility that Cuban citizens residing abroad and Cuban natural persons in compliance with official mission can also donate through Cuban legal institutions, as It is established by current legislation on international cooperation.
Applications are received at MINCEX, coming from our embassies abroad, by national entities receiving the donation and by foreign legal and natural persons interested in donating.
Donations are made to Cuban legal entities and imported resources are exempt from payment of tariffs.
Since November 2020, a bank account has been created to receive the financial resources to be donated. This account remains executive at the moment. The data are:
Title: EMERGENCY DONATIONS
Code: SWIFT: BFICCUHHXXX
Although the distribution of resources to the entire Cuban population, in exceptional situations or disasters, is carried out by the Ministry of Economy and Planning, through the internal trade system or another established for it, to face the pandemic, resources with destined for the National Health System, they have been imported and distributed by the Ministry of Public Health, using its business system.
MINCEX keeps our embassies and donors informed about the procedures to channel donation offers to fight COVID-19, as well as the priorities and fundamental needs.
Since the beginning of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, there have been many expressions of solidarity and support received by Cuba. At the end of June 2021, 543 offers of donations had been received from more than 51 countries, including from different governments such as: China, Vietnam, Venezuela, Russia, Canada, Switzerland, Angola, South Africa, India, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Belize, Belgium, Italy, Malta, Spain, Nicaragua, Peru; as well as foreign companies and solidarity associations and Cubans residing abroad.
An important role in the management of financial resources has been developed by the Agencies, Programs and Funds of the United Nations System and the international cooperation agencies of different countries in Europe and Asia that work in our country.
Associations of Cubans residing abroad together with solidarity groups with Cuba have sent 33 offers. The international solidarity campaign for the vaccination of the country and the movement of sending syringes with needles to Cuba stand out.
Likewise, a group of prestigious companies have made their donations to Cuba. Among them are:
Top donor companies confronting COVID-19
COUNTRY COMPANY Germany MCV Commercial in Cuba, 14 ambulances Spain Blancafort, Meat foods China PR Zhengzhou YUTONG, means of protection China PR Jack Ma & Alibaba Foundation, means of protection RPCHINA Shenzhen Huawei, means of protection CHINA PR AVIC International CATIC, means of protection and hygiene Italy ITALSAV, means of protection and hygiene Brazil Brazilian Entrepreneurs (means of protection and hygiene and food) Vietnam Vimariel y Viglacera SA (means of protection and hygiene
and food) Czech Rep. AKESO, analysis material antigen tests and machines Argentina Laboratorios ELEA PHOENIX SA, medicines United Kingdom AZTRAZENECA (means of protection) Switzerland MULTINATIONAL TRAFIGURA, Supplies and medicines Turkey Karen, means of protection and lung ventilators Panama Biolab International SA, means of protection and food
In general, and despite the tightening of the blockade, which imposes strong restrictions on the transportation of resources, price increases and freight rates, equipment, supplies, and medical supplies have been received in the country. The main ones include means of protection, PCR diagnostic determinations and sample carriers, lung ventilators, syringes and needles, and food. Additionally, a million 504 thousand USD in cash has been donated.
Some donations offered to the country have not been made effective due to the harsh restrictions imposed by the blockade and which have intensified in the midst of this pandemic.
Our government and our people thank all those who have made a gesture of solidarity with this country.
- Given the current peaks of the pandemic in the country, friends of Cuba, Cubans abroad and good people have shown their willingness to help with legitimate solidarity purposes. How will these proposals be channeled?
Faced with this complex situation, Cuba ratifies that donations can be sent to the country, always complying with the established procedures. Any questions or concerns can be directed to our Embassies and Consulates who know the details of this procedure and can better guide those interested on the subject.
Also, from next Monday will be available email address donacionescuba@... , through which interested parties can also contact for guidance or clarification of doubts.
We ratify the reliability of the system to get donor aid to recipients, as has always happened and has been demonstrated with previous processes in which we have received donations in Cuba.
The First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel, recognized that Matanzas is in better conditions to face the pandemic. Photo: Revolution Studies.
“Here we all have to protect ourselves. We are all fighting for everyone's life, because everyone's life is important to the country; the life of our population is the present and the future of the country and of the Revolution ”, reflected this Friday in Matanzas the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.
After a fruitful and in-depth exchange in which the member of the Political Bureau and Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz, as well as ministers and officials from various sectors, were also present, the Head of State recognized how, based on the analyzes carried out, the review Criticism and self-criticism of the accumulated problems and the way in which actions have been taken to overcome them, the province is in a better condition to face the pandemic, even though there are still complex weeks to live, with a high incidence of cases.
When evaluating the current scenario that exists in Matanzas, he commented that, in addition to the relaxation that has existed in the fulfillment of some measures, protocols and routines, it cannot be ignored how the disease has behaved. Until now in the country we had worked with outbreaks and outbreaks in which the cases did not exceed the capacities that we had in our Health system and that is not what has happened now, when the incidence is exceeding the capacities in the health systems, detailed.
Associated with this reality, he commented on how it has been necessary to update the procedures to face the epidemic, which has led to the implementation of the home admission of contacts of positive patients, which is what is most used in the world.
In this context, he insisted, regardless of the role and responsibility of state institutions and particularly those of Health, now families have a greater role.
We have to ensure that the home admission is with quality, which depends in part on the behavior assumed by the families so that the number of patients does not multiply.
This requires, he said, a job different from primary care: you have to visit every day, as if it were in a hospital; create mechanisms that allow, at any time of the day, if a person feels unwell, to locate medical personnel.
Here in Matanzas, work has been done, for example, in order to expand capacities, which now reach 112 centers. That is a response - he emphasized - of the government and health management, and it is also a response of care. Conditioning these facilities requires resources of all kinds, human, administrative, health and auxiliary personnel.
"Heroism has been done to contain the outbreak in the conditions of this pandemic," said Díaz-Canel. Now we are analyzing the problems we have, but if we had not done all the previous work, in what condition would we be, he reflected.
And in the midst of this situation, of this complexity, things are not stopped, he stressed. Our doctors have continued to be summoned and they are supporting, as have our scientists, who in the midst of so many challenges have left us with the joy of the efficacy results obtained by Soberana 02 plus Soberana Plus and Abdala.
The effects of all the measures that are adopted and of what we can achieve with vaccination - he valued - should lead us to reduce the incidence of the disease in the province and also in the country. They are lights that are opened to us, they are not miracles, they have to do with the effort that has been made, with the accumulated work in all this year and a half, he reflected.
We are convinced that here, despite the complex situation, there has been no decline; here forces are being drawn and action is being taken; here everyone has collaborated, everyone has tried to contribute, and day-to-day work accumulates results, and day-to-day work accumulates victory. Victory generates victory and that is how I believe we have to work and summon our people.
Actions that are strengthened in Matanzas
Of "very complex" defined the Minister of Public Health, José Angel Portal Miranda, the epidemiological situation that characterizes the province, where much more contagious strains of the virus are circulating. As an illustrative element of the current outbreak of the epidemic, he referred that since the first cases were confirmed in Matanzas in 2020, more than 20,800 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, of which 10,800 were confirmed in the last 15 days and 3,557 in the last day.
As he explained, this last figure - which represents the highest number of positive patients reported here in one day since last year - was reached after evaluating 9,602 samples, the highest amount that has been carried out during a day in the province and is currently associated with the increase in studies for the identification of cases based on the new protocols approved by the National Temporal Group.
He recalled that these new procedures have the purpose of gaining opportunity in the identification, admission, and timely treatment of patients, as well as being able to work the epidemic in real time and consequently know how the transmission of the virus behaves.
This Thursday in Matanzas 55.3% of the total confirmed in the country was concentrated, and its incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants amounted to 1,995, a figure that "we never thought we could reach," said Portal Miranda. The most complex scenario, he said, is concentrated in the main municipality, Cárdenas, Limonar and Los Arabos, although none are exempt from cases.
On the other hand, he pointed out that, although in the province the lethality is below the behavior of the country against the number of cases, here the number of deaths has increased during the last days; also of patients in critical and serious condition (this Friday they were 28 and 23, respectively), which makes the health system in the province more complex and has forced the generation of new capacities.
Each death hurts us, he said, even more so when we know that there may have been a loss of opportunity in his admission and in his treatment. Likewise, he commented on the increase in active cases, which this Friday was 9,689, a reality that has led to an accelerated increase in capacities and it is still not possible to support the amount of income needed in the territory at this time.
It is a complex scenario, he reiterated, which will continue until all the actions that have been implemented in the territory are consolidated and will continue to increase in the coming days. As an essential element in the work that is carried out, he defined the strengthening of primary health care.
In Matanzas, he said, it happened the same as in other territories of the country and many family doctors assumed the work in centers destined to the isolation of suspected and confirmed people. According to the information provided by the Minister of Public Health, out of 632 family medical offices that exist in the province, 260 were without the presence of doctors, a situation that has been reversing and at this time only 50 remain to be completed in these institutions.
Among other elements, he highlighted the incorporation of more than 300 recent graduates of the specialty of Medical Sciences; the arrival of 165 doctors and 182 nurses from other provinces of the country and from the medical services of the Revolutionary Armed Forces; expansion of daily sample processing capacities from 1,700 to 2,500; as well as the provision of 1,296 beds in hospitals, of which 1,054 are dedicated to the treatment of those diagnosed with SARS-Cov-2 and 96 of them are used for the care of critically ill patients.
It is true - he stressed - that the province had to set up corridors in its hospitals to admit infected people. This was a response to a certain moment, which allowed to guarantee care for the sick and that those who needed hospitalization did not stay at home, he said.
It is a situation that we will be solving to the extent that we can continue to increase capacities, he said.
According to the explanation offered by the head of Public health, the current scenario in the province has not allowed the entry into institutions of all those confirmed with COVID-19. The strategy has been to prioritize those that require continuous attention in their care process and as other institutions linked to the main hospitals are reorganized, we will gain more in the quality and classification of cases by their level of risk.
It was very hard - he considered - when we began to see the great queues of people in the polyclinics to be seen by the doctor and to take an antigen test. He reported that in the face of this reality, which rightly generated a state of dissatisfaction among the population, it was decided to increase the number of consultations in polyclinics, as well as the places to perform the tests, in such a way that waiting times could be shortened in the queries.
Referring to the health intervention that is carried out in five Matanzas municipalities, he assured that "it is going well" and the application of the third dose in three of them is already being concluded. This fact, he insisted, cannot be a reason for the relaxation of the measures, the population has to continue taking care not to get sick, taking into account the high risks of contagion that exist in the province.
The scenario is "very hard", he emphasized, but we are not sitting idly by, we are working to give the people of Matanzas the response they deserve.
Responses of a country to a very tough situation
It is true that the situation has been tough, but the response to it has also been tough and the number of measures that have been increasing these days, reflected the President of the Republic at one point during the meeting.
Likewise, he recognized that, every time the province has been visited or in the daily communication that is maintained with those who directly face the current scenario, the combativeness is noticeable: there is not the slightest decline in its authorities and people.
Given the high transmission of the disease and the increase in positive cases that are manifested there, Governor Mario Sabines Lorenzo explained, among others, various actions that are put into practice to reduce the mobility of people and vehicles, especially from hours noon.
In the morning "the city is still moving a lot," he acknowledged, and this is fundamentally motivated because it is the time when the population goes out to do business or buy food. In the afternoon the reality is different, he explained, since only state vehicles with authorization and none for private use can move.
Complex have been the actions that come to life in Matanzas to face the current epidemiological scenario, and before each one of them, the support received from the national government has been permanent, said Sabines Lorenzo.
All the ministries are "at your command" and the material responses have been immediate. This is an issue that commits us and motivates us not to tire, we are not alone, he stressed.
Precisely because Matanzas is not alone, several ministers and executives present at the meeting referred to various decisions that are put into practice by their agencies to support the territory, whether with resources, medical brigades, food or others.
In this sense, the Minister of Finance and Prices, Meisi Bolaños Weiss, specified that the State Budget has, with its reserve, the capacity to support the expenses that the province is incurring in confronting the epidemic.
Likewise, the head of Agriculture, Ydael Pérez Brito, reported on the arrival to the Matanzas territory of agricultural products from the provinces from Ciego de Ávila to Cienfuegos.
On the other hand, the member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Party, Joel Queipo Ruiz, announced that students from the Technological University of Havana "José Antonio Echeverría" (CUJAE), the University of Informatics Sciences and the University of Matanzas, are working on the implementation of a computerized system for the management of hospital capacities in the province.
Specifically, on how work should be in hospitals and isolation centers, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz specified that, even when the tension in these places is greater, disorganization or lack of cleanliness can not be allowed in them. In the midst of this situation is when more order is needed in institutions that care for patients.
The director of Health in Matanzas, Ailuj Casanova Barreto, also spoke of dedication and commitment, who recognized how much the support given to the province by the national work team has meant in a time as difficult as the one they are currently experiencing.
Despite the complications I have in the province, "she said," I feel safe, because of all this great accompaniment; we really are one country and we are convinced that we have to sacrifice ourselves to face this great task with organization and commitment as the health of our people deserves.
Marketing in the US of beer that imitates Cristal confuses consumers
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
They advertise Palma beer on a Miami street. Photo: Cubadebate
The commercialization in the United States of a beer with the name of Palma tries to confuse consumers, and enters the economic war imposed by Washington against Havana.
This criterion, supported by observers and digital media, is supported by the recent appearance in Miami (Florida) of Palma, an imitation of Cristal beer, from Cuba, as reflected by imprintcubana.com.
The creators of Palma admit that it is inspired by the number one in sales on the island and a favorite for more than 75 years, which has been manufactured in Cuba since 1888.
However, amid the differences and commercial pressures of the United States against this island, analysts interpret the appearance as an additional attempt in terms of financial and commercial pressures, known in this nation as a blockade.
For the rest, the difference can be seen from even its raw materials, since Cristal de Cuba is made with the best quality malt, and the clear island waters, to give a light hop flavor, which refreshes.
The Cristal even received in 2007 the Gold Medal at the International Monde-Selection, for its excellence and flavor.
Monde Selection, founded in 1961 in Brussels, Belgium, is an international institute for quality selections that tests consumer products from around the world to give them a quality mark. Thus, consumers can choose the ones they consider best.
The plant that makes Cristal de Cuba, Cervecería Bucanero SA, in the eastern province of Holguín, celebrated its 30th year on October 24.
Cristal de Cuba is the most popular brand in particular. Photo: Archive
The facility was inaugurated in 1990 under the name Cervecería Mayabe. In 1997 it became a joint venture between Coralsa and Cerbuco Brewery inc., And assumed its current name.
Its portfolio includes five beer brands ( Cristal, Bucanero, Bucanero Max, Cacique, Mayabe, added Palma Cristal and Cubanero, the latter two destined for export (including Bucanero malt).
Cristal de Cuba is, in particular, the brand most in demand, both by nationals and foreign visitors, which allows us to suppose regarding La Palma de Miami an intention of plagiarism and a formula to confuse the consumer.
They advertise Palma beer on a Miami street. Photo: Cubadebate
Hunted lie: The plantains marketed in Miami are not Cuban
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
The bananas are from Guatemala. I am the owner and the one who created the brand. They are not Cuban, or anything like that.
Images of some boxes of macho bananas marketed at 6x1 USD in Miami, United States, with the image of the island of Cuba and the name of a brand called “Del Cauto” circulate on social networks.
The response of some has been, automatically, to affirm that the blockade does not exist, like what happened when the Nicaraguan Palma beer went viral, which, in reality, plagiarizes the logo of the Cuban brand Crystal and belongs to the Chamorros.
It turns out that the bananas are from Guatemala. “I am the owner and the one who created the brand. They are not Cuban, or anything like that. They are from Guatemala and we simply created that image with a royal palm that can be seen where the Cauto River is born because we are a family from Palma Soriano, ” wrote Frank M. Silva on Facebook.
Another user warned that on one side of the boxes, in small letters, the origin can be verified, which is none other than Guatemala.
The building collapsed on June 24. Photo: Wilfredo Lee / AP.
The discovery of new bodies brought to 86 the death toll of a building collapse in Florida, in the southern United States, local authorities said Saturday.
After another night of searching through the rubble, seven new bodies were found, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a press conference, adding that a total of 62 have been identified, while 43 people remain missing. They could have been in the building when it collapsed.
After hoping for nearly two weeks to find survivors in airbags, authorities resolved on Wednesday to halt rescue operations to focus on recovering bodies.
However, first responders, who take turns 24 hours a day at the scene of the disaster, witnessed a small miracle on Friday when they recovered the cat of the inhabitants of a ninth-floor apartment alive.
Binx, the short black-haired feline, was later returned to its owners, whose father of the family is one of the missing.
The 12-story Champlain Towers South building built on the beachfront in Surfside, North Miami, partially collapsed still inexplicably in the early morning of June 24. The first elements of the investigation, however, revealed that there were reports of the deterioration of certain structures of the property.
The rest of the building was demolished due to threats to its stability Sunday night, allowing teams to advance in excavating previously inaccessible areas.
Latin Americans from various countries were in the building at the time of the disaster. Among the deceased identified there are at least four Argentines, four Paraguayans, a Chilean, a Uruguayan, a Venezuelan and a Uruguayan-Venezuelan.
New International Sanitary Control Measures Announced in Cuba
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
Havana, Jul 10 (ACN) Taking into account the national, regional and international epidemiological situation and the need to apply new measures to contain the spread of cases of COVID-19 in the country, with the aim of reducing the risks associated with international travelers, a group of measures related to International Sanitary Control has been evaluated and will come into force as of next July 15, 2021. The Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) announced today on its website that the measures will be applied to Cuban travelers arriving in the country through the airports of the tourist poles of Varadero (Juan Gualberto Gómez International Airport) and Cayo Coco (Jardines del Rey International Airport), maintaining the arrival of foreign tourists through those airports, without affecting the operation of José Martí International Airport in Havana and Antonio Maceo International Airport in Santiago de Cuba. The main measures are the following: Mandatory isolation for 14 nights in hotel facilities is established for 100% of Cuban travelers arriving through Varadero and Cayo Coco airports. The amount of luggage to be brought in the hold is limited to one piece for Cuban travelers arriving at the Varadero and Cayo Coco airports. At the same time, it establishes the mandatory screening of 100% of airport personnel, transport and tourism workers upon their arrival and departure from the center where they work, including the systematic performance of antigen tests of the workers with the highest exposure, he adds. The measure of not allowing the free movement of tourists outside the tourist poles of Varadero and Cayo Coco is maintained. In the case of national and international travelers arriving in the country through the rest of Cuban airports, the International Sanitary Control protocol approved so far is maintained, MINSAP points out.
ACN 36 Anuncian nuevas medidas de Control Sanitario Internacional en Cuba
La Habana, 10 jul (ACN) Teniendo en cuenta la situación epidemiológica nacional, regional e internacional y la necesidad de aplicar nuevas medidas para contener la propagación de casos de COVID-19 en el país, con el objetivo de disminuir los riesgos asociados a los viajeros internacionales, se ha evaluado un grupo de medidas relacionadas con el Control Sanitario Internacional que entrarán en vigor a partir del próximo 15 de julio de 2021.
El Ministerio de Salud Pública (MINSAP) anunció hoy en su página web que las medidas se aplicarán a los viajeros cubanos que arriben al país por los aeropuertos de los polos turísticos de Varadero (Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Gualberto Gómez) y Cayo Coco (Aeropuerto Internacional de Jardines del Rey), manteniendo el arribo de turistas extranjeros por esos aeropuertos, sin afectar la operación del Aeropuerto Internacional José Martí en La Habana y el Aeropuerto Internacional Antonio Maceo en Santiago de Cuba.
Las principales medidas son las siguientes:
Se establece el aislamiento obligatorio de 14 noches en instalaciones hoteleras del 100% de los viajeros cubanos que arriban por los aeropuertos de Varadero y Cayo Coco.
Se limita la cantidad de equipaje a traer en bodega a una sola pieza para los viajeros cubanos que arriben por los aeropuertos de Varadero y Cayo Coco
A su vez, se establece el pesquisaje obligatorio del 100% del personal de los aeropuertos, transporte y trabajadores del turismo a su llegada y a la salida del centro donde laboran, incluyendo la realización sistemática de test de antígeno de los trabajadores de mayor exposición, añade.
Se mantiene la medida de no permitir el movimiento libre de turistas fuera de los polos turísticos de Varadero y Cayo Coco.
En el caso de los viajeros nacionales e internacionales que arriben al país por el resto de los aeropuertos cubanos, se mantiene el protocolo de Control Sanitario Internacional aprobado hasta el momento, puntualiza el MINSAP.
=============================== WALTER LIPPMANN Los Angeles, California Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews