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PL: President Diaz-Canel ratifies Cuba as a peaceful tourist destination

Irais Maria García Portelles
 

President Diaz-Canel ratifies Cuba as a peaceful tourist destination


(Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel ratified on Tuesday that Cuba will continue to be a destination for peaceful tourism, after the recent reopening of international borders and the increase in foreign visitors.
 

On his official Twitter account, the president made reference to the reopening of the tourism industry in Cuba with nearly 20,000 vacationers, after almost two years of restrictions and paralyzation of activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Monday Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero highlighted the work by health and scientific personnel, who made it possible for the country to receive tourists and travelers safely.

The head of government invited foreign investors and operators to work together to reposition the Cuban product, and stressed that the people expect a lot from the smokeless industry, which is crucial in the country’s aspirations to revitalize its economy.

According to authorities, all facilities in the sector are certified as safer and more hygienic tourism.

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PL:OPEC expects crude surplus in December

Irais Maria García Portelles
 

OPEC expects crude surplus in December

Abu Dhabi, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said that there might be a crude surplus in December, and urged to be cautious due to a possible slowdown in demand.
 

The entity analyzes production cuts implemented in 2020 on a monthly basis and increases pumping at a monthly rate of 400,000 barrels per day.

Barkindo stressed that the projections by OPEC, the International Energy Agency and other sources, show that during quarters of next year there will be an excess supply in the market.

OPEC had previously estimated that demand would slow in 2022 and projected an increase in supply from competing producers like US oil shale companies.

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https://www.plenglish.com/news/2021/11/17/opec-expects-crude-surplus-in-december/


PL: Casa de las Americas hosts in Cuba event on communities in US

Irais Maria García Portelles
 

Casa de las Americas hosts in Cuba event on communities in US

Havana, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) After 40 years of its first meeting, Casa de las Americas is hosting on Wednesday the 3rd Seminar on Studies on Native American, Afro-descendant and Latino Communities in the United States.

The first edition of this event took place in November 1981 under the title “Seminar on the Situation of the Black, Chicano, Indian and Puerto Rican Communities in the United States.”

Also convened by the Research Center of International Policy, the event will run until November 19 with guests from several nations to analyze the challenges of these populations in the northern nation.

The participants will address issues related to the current economic, political, social and cultural reality of these communities and will talk about their communication and dialogue strategies, educational and training processes from a decolonizing perspective, and resilience against Covid-19.

In addition to the event, Casa de las Americas will develop a rich program of activities with panels, premieres of films and book launch related to the performing arts and the strategic thinking of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz.

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https://www.plenglish.com/news/2021/11/17/casa-de-las-americas-hosts-in-cuba-event-on-communities-in-us/


PL: Pastors for Peace members maintain solidarity agenda in Cuba

Irais Maria García Portelles
 

Pastors for Peace members maintain solidarity agenda in Cuba

Havana, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) The 31st Pastors for Peace Caravan on Wednesday continues a broad exchange agenda in Cuba in solidarity with the Caribbean country and against the aggressive policy by the United States.
 

According to the program, the caravan members will meet this Wednesday with representatives of the National Association of Cuban Writers and Artists and the National Center for Sex Education, as part of their activities with representatives of the civil society in the Caribbean nation.

They will also visit the Fidel Castro Study Center, dedicated to the research and preservation of the thought of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution.

On Tuesday, the “caravanistas” visited the Denunciation Memorial in Havana, where they learned historical data about Washington’s aggressiveness and rejected the interference of that power in the internal affairs of the island.

The Pastors for Peace Caravan arrived in Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport on Monday evening, coming from Miami.

Upon her arrival, Gail Walker, executive director of that group, said that her companions are especially interested in learning about Cuba’s achievements in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, amid the tightening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade and other aggressions by the US Government.

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https://www.plenglish.com/news/2021/11/17/pastors-for-peace-members-maintain-solidarity-agenda-in-cuba/


JR: The epidemic is fading away, but we must continue to take care of ourselves

Irais Maria García Portelles
 

The epidemic is fading away, but we must continue to take care of ourselves

Alina Perera Robbio
Alina Perera Robbio
Translated by Irais Maria García Portelles for CubaNews.

Alina Perera Robbio


Coronavirus en Cubahttp://www.juventudrebelde.cu/cuba/2021-11-16/la-epidemia-se-desdibuja-pero-hay-que-seguir-cuidandose

The situation is very favorable for our country and what is expected for the coming weeks is that the downward trend in the number of confirmed and hospitalized cases will continue, said Dr.C. Raul Guinovart Diaz, dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Havana.

So far, approximately 1.8 million children and adolescents - aged between two and 18 years old - have been vaccinated with the Sovereign 02 and Plus vaccines in Cuba, and no serious adverse event related to this procedure has been reported.

The statement was made on Tuesday, from the Palace of the Revolution, by Doctor of Science Dagmar Garcia Rivera, Director of Research of the Finlay Institute of Vaccines, during the weekly meeting between the country's leadership and scientists and experts who lead the activities of science and technological innovation in the fight against COVID-19.

In the meeting, which was headed by the First Secretary of the Party's Central Committee and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, as well as by the Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz, Dr. Dagmar informed that the Institute is currently engaged in the evaluation of the impact of the vaccination.

"Obviously -she pointed out-, the evaluation is a variable that must be followed over time. We are now evaluating what has happened after two doses; and we will continue to evaluate what has happened after the third dose".

The intervention of the Doctor of Science dealt with the update of the results of the Soberana-Pediatrics Clinical Trial. Regarding her statement that no serious adverse event was detected, the Head of State stressed that such a result, with all the tests carried out, "is extraordinary" and "shows that there is safety in Cuban vaccines".

Garcia Rivera recalled that last June 14 began the clinical trial of Soberana-Pediatrics Phases I-II, with 350 children between three and 18 years of age. She added that the main clinical scenario for this process was the Juan Manuel Márquez pediatric teaching hospital, and that for Phase II it also included the 5 de Septiembre teaching polyclinics in the capital's Playa municipality and the Carlos Juan Finlay polyclinic in Marianao.

The scientist highlighted the combination of a hospital stage with a clinical trial in the community. In both spaces, she commented, excellent performances were achieved. In terms of safety, she detailed, the only adverse event with a frequency higher than ten percent consisted of local pain, "normal for these vaccines"; and the "rest of the adverse elements" had a "very low frequency of occurrence, less than five percent".

The immune response observed in the population group under study was encouraging, as explained by the Doctor of Sciences. Regarding the importance of vaccinating the children convalescing from COVID-19, she stated that, by administering the vaccine dose, a higher level of immunity was achieved in them than that caused by the infection with the new coronavirus.

Overall, the clinical trial yielded very good results. And with them, the Doctor of Sciences recalled, the authorization for emergency use was obtained for the Soberana 02, and later for the Soberana Plus. "On September 5, she said, the mass vaccination campaign for children in the pediatric population, between two and 18 years of age, began."

Dagmar commented that the clinical trial with Soberana Plus in convalescent children is finished: "We are working intensively in the elaboration of the final report and in the processing of all the results. That is the vaccination space that we have left to cover in the country: children who are convalescent from COVID-19".

Dr. Lissette López González, head of the National Pediatrics Group of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap), said that the impact that vaccination has had on children and adolescents has been forceful and sustained, fundamentally on the issue of severity.

 "We -she reasoned- have sustainably decreased the level of active cases. (...) But the greatest impact, and the greatest joy we pediatricians have in intensive care, is the sharp and sustained drop in the number of children in severe and critical states".

In another moment the specialist expressed: "Without analysis from the mathematical point of view, without yet having what corresponds to demonstrate to scientific organizations, the clinical eye that accompanies health care allows us to say that we are obviously on the right path; that the vaccine in the pediatric age has been a gift for all children and adolescents in our country; and this is not an isolated fact of an intensive care unit".

At the meeting, Doctor of Science Raydel Montesino Perurena, rector of the University of Informatics Sciences (UCI), presented the Cuban (digital) Certificate of Vaccination.

The proposal, whose technical solution has been developed at the UCI, and which is the result of a joint work with the Minsap, will be a document of evidence, as explained by the professor, that the carrier is vaccinated against COVID-19, has a negative result to a SARS-CoV-2 test, or is recovered if he/she has contracted the disease.

Regarding this digital version born on the island and which is compatible with the one that dozens of nations have, Díaz-Canel showed special interest in the steps that lie ahead to turn the Certificate into a useful tool that is a real part of society.

The numbers of an epidemic that does not end 

The week just concluded speaks of an epidemiological reality in Cuba that has continued to improve. This was stated at the meeting of scientists and experts by Dr.C. Raul Guinovart Diaz, dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Havana, who also said that provinces such as Sancti Spiritus, Camagüey, Holguín, and Las Tunas, "have the greatest weight of confirmed cases that appear".

On the other hand, the number of deaths - the mathematician showed - "has decreased tremendously". And as for the dispersion of the epidemic, he added that "it is great, because cases have appeared in almost all the provinces; therefore the transmission has not ceased".

Guinovart insisted that "the epidemic is not over yet" and that between now and mid-December another 6,000 confirmed cases could appear. It is a situation, he warned, which added to the arrival of possible cases through the airports, makes it necessary to continue complying with sanitary measures.

"What we want, he stressed, is that the epidemiological measures are not forgotten in the midst of this opening that is being done in the country of all educational activities, work activities, and also tourist activities".

The situation is very favorable for our country, what is expected for the next few weeks is that the tendency to decrease in the number of confirmed and hospitalized cases will be maintained; but it is necessary to remember that the measures must be maintained for a while, the professor declared.

In the same tone that Cubans do not neglect an epidemic that has been devastating, the meeting of the temporary working group of the Government for the confrontation of the COVID-19, which was also headed by President Díaz-Canel, and by the Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz, took place next.

Through videoconference, authorities from all provinces and the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud informed the country's leadership about the epidemiological situation.

 

http://www.juventudrebelde.cu/cuba/2021-11-16/la-epidemia-se-desdibuja-pero-hay-que-seguir-cuidandose

 

 


PL: Republic Plan in Venezuela activated for the security of elections

Irais Maria García Portelles
 

Republic Plan in Venezuela activated for the security of elections

Caracas, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) of Venezuela activated on Tuesday the so-called Republic Plan to guarantee security during the November 21 elections, in coordination with the electoral authorities and other state entities. More than 356 thousand militaries will be in charge of the protection of the 14,262 voting centers throughout the national territory, in addition to the remaining facilities and infrastructure that support the CNE platform, announced the strategic operational commander of the FANB, Domingo Hernández.
https://www.plenglish.com/news/2021/11/17/republic-plan-in-venezuela-activated-for-the-security-of-elections/


Re: *outstanding!* JACOBIN/Medea Benjamin: Cubans Don’t Want Regime Change

Pete Link
 

This is a great article to share with those who are skeptical but open-minded about the Cuban Revolution.  Short, but to the point, and interesting to read.


*complete* YOUTUBE: Minnesota Cuba Day; a Chat with the Cuban Ambassador and Minnesota Leaders

Walter Lippmann
 

Minnesota Cuba Day; a Chat with the Cuban Ambassador and Minnesota Leaders


https://youtu.be/eUOQXk5qFEU 


Thanks to Carla Riehle for this.

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ACN: Summary of the day's news - November 16, 2021

Walter Lippmann
 

Summary of the day's news

Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
 
Havana, Nov 16 (ACN) The statue dedicated to Eusebio Leal unveiled today by the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, the congratulations for the 502nd anniversary of Havana, and the expressions of support for Cuba in the face of destabilizing actions against the island, marked the news events of the Cuban News Agency this day.

On Monday night, Díaz-Canel unveiled a statue dedicated to Eusebio Leal, born from the hands and efforts of sculptors José Villa Soberón and Gabriel Cisneros Báez, his assistant, located at the entrance of the Palace of the Captains General.

On the eve of the 502nd anniversary of the Villa de San Cristobal de La Habana, it seems as if the beloved Historian of the city was walking its streets again, with several books in one hand and greeting everyone, a common and close gesture of the most loyal of the Havana citizens.

By the way, we publish that the Communist Party of Cuba wrote today on the social network Twitter its congratulations to Havana for its 502nd anniversary.

In its message, the PCC stressed that with all its lights and shadows, Havana is the wonder city, so much ours and so much of the world; the city we love, build and defend every day.

It was also news that Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs, thanked today on Twitter the expressions of support for Cuba from U.S. friends in solidarity with the Cuban cause.

In his official account on that social network, Rodriguez Parrilla acknowledged the solidarity of associations and groups supporting the island, who understand the right of the Cuban people to defend their sovereignty.

On the subject, we inform that expressions of support for Cuba in the face of destabilizing campaigns against the island continue to arrive today from several nations around the world.

As regards health, the Ministry of Health reported today 243 new positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the cause of COVID-19, one death due to this disease and 371 medical discharges.

According to Minsap's daily report, so far Cuba has 959,307 patients diagnosed with the virus, 8,284 have died and 949,340 have recovered, a figure equivalent to 98.96 percent (%) of the infections.

There are 1,626 patients confirmed with SARS-CoV-2, of whom 1,574 are in stable clinical evolution, 21 are reported to be in critical condition and 31 are in serious condition, according to the report.

Cuba continues the process of administering anti-COVID-19 vaccines and a total of 8,679,636 people have already completed their vaccination schedule, which represents 77.6 percent (%) of the Cuban population.

Minsap reports today that by the end of November 14, 27 million 424,183 doses of the Cuban vaccines Soberana 02, Soberana Plus and Abdala had been administered in the country.

Minsap assures that 10 million 86 thousand 396 people have already received at least one dose of one of these immunogens, 9 million 113 thousand 394 people have received a second dose and 8 million 224 thousand 393 have received a third dose.


FACEBOOK/Greg Butterfield: Photos from Monday's NYC Cuba solidarity rally

Walter Lippmann
 


*great pix!* JUVENTUD REBELDE: Red Bandanas in Parque Central (+ Gallery)

Walter Lippmann
 

Red Bandanas in Parque Central (+ Gallery)

Representatives of dissimilar sectors of Cuban civil society have been starring in an anti-imperialist sit-in since Friday in the Parque Central of this capital

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Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

Representatives of dissimilar sectors of Cuban civil society have been starring in an anti-imperialist sit-in since this Friday in the Parque Central of this capital. The group, called Los Pañuelos Rojos [Red Bandanas], released a statement in which they emphasize that this action aims to show their disagreement with the unconventional war practices carried out against peace in Cuba.

They also position themselves against the permanence of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States, and qualify it as a policy that violates human rights on the island.

It also specifies that the initiative arose when a group of groups and leaders of civil society were articulated in the Telegram messaging platform, based on the need to participate as diverse social subjects in the complex socio-political environment of the country.

«We are for life, for equality, for an emancipatory culture, for sovereignty and for humanity, for justice; for the conquest of utopia, “Los Pañuelos Rojos declare.

The planned activities, which will run until Sunday, include sam sessions, concerts, poetry readings, speeches related to the future of the country, screening of documentaries and book presentations.

According to the organizers of the sit-in, this Saturday the singer-songwriter Ray Fernández and the Buena Fé group will perform, and for Sunday, the troubadour Tony Ávila will offer a concert.

Photo: Maykel Espinosa Rodríguez

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http://www.juventudrebelde.cu/cultura/2021-11-13/panuelos-rojos-en-el-parque-central 


*outstanding!* JACOBIN/Medea Benjamin: Cubans Don’t Want Regime Change

Walter Lippmann
 

Cubans Don’t Want Regime Change

The US hoped the protests in Cuba would overthrow Cuba’s government. That didn’t happen. Talking to average Cubans on the island reveals why: Despite criticisms of the government, many Cubans want to further the revolution, not scrap it.

Pro-government supporters demonstrate with Cuban flags in Havana, Cuba, on November 14, 2021. (Yamil Lage / AFP via Getty Images)

“If you build it, they will come,” said Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams. In Cuba, they didn’t come.

Dissidents on the island, with their US backers, worked feverishly for months to turn the unprecedented July 11 protests into a crescendo of government opposition on November 15. They built a formidable structure, with sophisticated social media (including an abundance of fake news), piles of cash from Cuban Americans and the US government, and declarations of support from a bipartisan Congress all the way up to the White House.

Even after the Cuban government denied the protesters a permit on the grounds that they were part of a destabilization campaign led by the United States, anti-government forces insisted that they were undeterred and ready to take the risks. But in the end, their Field of Dreams turned out to be an illusion. The Cuban masses never rose up. What happened?

Intimidation of dissidents was certainly a key factor. The leader of the Facebook group Archipelago, Yunior Garcia, was kept under virtual house arrest. Other leaders were threatened with arrest and repudiated by their pro-revolution neighbors.

But at the grassroots, I talked to Cubans who had second thoughts about the usefulness of street protests. They came into the streets on July 11, spontaneously, with all kinds of legitimate gripes: the scarcity of food and medicines, the long lines for basic goods, the rapid spread of COVID-19, the hard currency stores they didn’t have access to. But in the intervening months between the July protests and November, many realized that street protests only created division when the country needed unity. They realized that despite all the social media hype, the government was not about to fall, and that even if it did, there was no telling what would follow. If it was chaos and civil strife, or a rush of voracious Cuban Americans trying to grab waterfront island properties, their precarious economic situation might be even worse.

“I was out protesting on July 11,” a young mother in Old Havana told me. “But since then, I’ve been weighing the pros and cons. The food situation here is terrible — we have to stand in lines for everything. On the other hand, we are safe. People don’t have guns and go around killing each other; the police don’t shoot people; we don’t have to worry about our children when they are outside playing, and they get a good education for free. If this government really collapsed, I’m afraid we might lose more than we gain.”

People were also turned off by the choice of the day, November 15, which was timed to wreak havoc on precisely the day of Cuba’s planned reopening after nearly two years of strict pandemic restrictions. Cubans who make their living from tourism, the island’s major industry that had been decimated by the COVID shutdown, had been anxiously awaiting the November 15 resurgence of foreign visitors. The last thing they wanted was to scare off tourists with internal conflict.

And November 15 was also the first day all schools would be open. Children in their neatly pressed uniforms were bursting with excitement after being cooped up for so long. Parents were thrilled that life was slowly getting back to normal now that almost the entire population — starting at age two — had been vaccinated with their locally produced vaccine. Whoever picked this momentous day for nationwide protests made an epic mistake.

Moving forward, most Cubans seem more concerned with getting their economy fired up than toppling their leaders. Even if they blame their government for mismanagement, corruption, and a system that stifles private enterprise, few fail to recognize the enormous impact of US sanctions. While the island has been under some form of sanctions for the past sixty years, the Donald Trump administration added over 200 new measures that dealt serious blows, such as stopping the flow of remittances from Cuban Americans to their families back home and prohibiting US cruise ships from making stops on the island (affecting a business that had flourished under president Barack Obama’s openings).

Trump’s catering to right-wing Cuban Americans was successful in terms of winning Florida and giving the Republicans two more South Florida congressional seats, but it made life miserable for the Cuban people. Unfortunately, president Joe Biden has continued Trump’s hard-line approach — putting partisan politics above the well-being of 11 million people.

There is little Cubans can do to alter US policy, but they can — and want to — make their own internal changes. A theme I heard over and over from young revolutionaries is that the best way to challenge the counterrevolution is to make the revolution better.

At an in-person gathering of leftist Cubans who, during the pandemic, created a popular Telegram chat group called “La Manigua,” I asked what kind of changes people would like to see. One by one, they gave examples: challenge the stifling bureaucracy, fire inept or corrupt people from their positions, encourage more grassroots initiatives, pass the Family Code that would give full rights to women and the gay community, get serious about confronting racism.

The last person wanted to talk about what he doesn’t want to change. That included the nation’s emphasis on health care, science, and education that allowed Cubans to come up with their own vaccine and vaccinate the entire population; the sense of community that Cubans displayed as they helped each other through this pandemic; and the values of international solidarity embodied in the Cuban health care brigades that have, for decades, been going around the world saving lives.

The weekend before the planned protest, a new group of revolutionary youth called Pañuelos Rojos, or Red Scarves, set up a forty-eight-hour encampment with music, theater, games, and group discussions. On the last day of the encampment, there was a concert. The young people were sitting on the floor, grooving to the music of the musician Tony Ávila, when the Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, showed up.

The students cheered as he sat down on the cement floor with them. Ávila was in the middle of a song called “Mi Casa” (“My House”). “I’m going to change the furniture in my house,” he sang. “I’ll change the color of the walls, redo the doors, the windows, and take down some of the walls.” Everyone was singing with him, and the president’s head was nodding up and down. The crowd roared when it came to this verse: “Although I’m happy in my house, there are changes that must be made. But I won’t go too fast, because I don’t want to damage the foundation.”

Certainly, the efforts by the dissidents and their US backers to damage the foundation and topple the Cuban government are not over. But as the head of the North American division in the Foreign Ministry, Carlos Fernando de Cossio, tweeted, “The US government misread Cuba when it decided to invest so heavily in trying to instigate insurrection. We Cubans want to improve our country & move forward, not back to the times when we were the friendly playground of US capital, corruption & ambition.” If only the US government would learn this sixty-year-old lesson.


Re: MODERATOR'S NOTE: Power restored. Back to work...

Victor Kozaski
 

I  DO  HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER WALTER   , I,M PLANING TO GO WITH  MY FAMILY  AT THE BEGINNING  IF THE NEXT YEAR   , PROBABLY  WE WILL  BE AT THE HOTEL NACIONAL    I LIKE MUCH THAT HOTEL   LET  ME KNOW HOW ARE YOU FILLING  


On Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 10:29 AM Walter Lippmann <walterlx@...> wrote:

No plans for travel at the moment.

Glad that other can and are going

but with my complicated medical

issues, I'm not yet making plans 

for travel. Thanks for asking!


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Shades of Cuba. Walter are you going to Cuba?  How are you doing??

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On Nov 15, 2021, at 4:30 PM, Greg <greg@...> wrote:

Thanks for all your hard work Walter, but especially today seeing as it's a somewhat historic day for Cuba.

On 11/15/2021 11:32 AM, Walter Lippmann wrote:

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Power restored. 
It came back on about 30 minutes ago.
I'll get back to work now.

 

 

Walter Lippmann

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*video* TWITTER: Medea Benjamin in Havana yesterday

Walter Lippmann
 

I went to the corner of 23rd st. & J in havana where the big #15NCuba protest was supposed to be, and only found 2 clowns. #SOSCuba #CubaVive 
https://twitter.com/medeabenjamin/status/1460352152396828672?s=21

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CUBADEBATE: There was no theft of nitro salt nor are there any deaths from consuming it

Walter Lippmann
 

cuba-debate

There was no theft of nitro salt nor are there any deaths from consuming it

In this article: Ciberguerra , Cuba , Fake News , Death , Salt de nitroCommunity Q&A
November 12, 2021
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

A sack of nitro salt, two tons, a container ..., thus the alleged news was inflated on social networks that, in Matanzas, Artemisa or Mayabeque this product had been diverted, whose consumption could have caused the arrival of patients at hospitals with shortness of breath and death from suffocation.

"They stole a shipment of nitro salt and they are selling it as common salt," they warn in WhatsApp and Facebook groups in which audios have also circulated warning about the death of a teenager from consuming it.

On Facebook it was said that the theft of the product had occurred in warehouses of the Ministry of Internal Trade in Artemisa. The provincial director of Commerce in that territory, Alexis Hidalgo-Gato Jiménez, commented to Granma that "in no warehouse or entity of the commerce system of our province has the product been stolen."

Carlos Cabrera Rodríguez and Yoel Portuondo Savón, directors of the Joa and Frank País salt companies, in Guantánamo, a territory that guarantees most (more than 45%) of the salt production for the regulated basic food basket and social consumption, explained that the assortment in question is not produced in these facilities, nor in any of the units subordinate to the EnSal group in the country.

In addition, all security measures are taken in its premises to avoid deviations from the control of internal inventories.

Authorities from the Ministry of Public Health also told us that no child or adolescent died from ingesting nitro salt, thus denying the rumors that still circulate .

Dr. Ariana Venez Jiménez, director of the Provincial Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology in Guantanamo, commented that to date no adverse event related to nitro salt poisoning or poisoning has been reported. However, the hospital guard corps are always ready to act in any situation.

THE ORIGIN OF THE RUMOR?

Following the thread of the rumor, our team discovered that there was a fact that slightly resembles internet alerts: it has to do with salt, but not with nitro.

It happened in Artemisa on the past 1st. November, between 5:00 and 5:30 in the morning, at the UEB Logística of the Los Naranjos Genetic Livestock Company, belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture.

In that entity, which had never reported a criminal act, five kilograms of cure salt were stolen, a product that contains 12% nitro salt, which is not lethal and only if consumed in large quantities causes diarrhea.

According to Luis Agustín Beatón Tamayo, head of security and protection of the company, so far the implicated are unknown and the investigative process continues.

Nitro salt or potassium nitrate, in Cuba, is usually used in the food industry as a preservative agent due to its bactericidal properties. In gastronomy, it is used to "cure" meats and sausages, but its direct consumption is considered dangerous, as it can cause intoxication and, in the worst case, death, if ingested in large doses.

Decree-Law No. 9 on Food Safety, and its regulations, Decree No. 18, include sanctions for those who commit food fraud, as in the case of substituting normal salt for nitro salt.

(Taken from Granma )


CUBADEBATE: Ruling coalition loses legislative elections in Argentina

Walter Lippmann
 

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Ruling coalition loses legislative elections in Argentina

November 15, 2021
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

Image: Sputnik.

The ruling coalition the Frente de Todos was defeated at the national level by almost 8.5 points of difference at the hands of the main opposition front, Juntos por el Cambio, in the legislative elections, which leads it to lose the majority in the Senate, if Well it manages to discount votes in the largest province in the country, Buenos Aires.

With more than 98% counted, the main opposition bloc, Together for Change, reached 42% of the votes, while the Frente de Todos obtained 33.5% of the votes at the national level, in the absence of the final recount.
With more than 9.7 million votes, the opposition alliance Together for Change was the most voted force in the entire territory.

The front that brought former President Mauricio Macri to power between 2015 and 2019 improved its performance with respect to the Primary, Open, Simultaneous and Mandatory (PASO) elections on September 12, by adding more than 700,000 new members.

The Frente de Todos, with 7.7 million votes, came in second place, although it achieved almost 690,000 more votes in support than in the elections two months ago.

For the first time in 38 years, since the return of democracy in 1983, Peronism will not have a majority in the Senate.

The ruling party loses in six of the eight provinces that elect senators: Córdoba (center), Corrientes (northeast), Chubut (south), Mendoza (center-west), La Pampa (center) and Santa Fe (center-east).

Only Tucumán (northwest) and Catamarca (northeast) were favorable.

The Frente de Todos, which has a mandate until December 2023, will continue to be the first minority in the Chamber of Deputies, having a total of 119 deputies of the 257 seats that this space has.

Key district

With almost 98% scrutinized, the province of Buenos Aires (east) shows a very tight result, with 1.3 percentage points of difference between the main opposition front and the ruling coalition.

In this jurisdiction, which contributes 35 seats to a Chamber of Deputies in which 127 seats are renewed, Together for Change obtained 39.8% of the votes, while the ruling coalition received 38.5% of the votes.

Barely 113,684 votes separate one force from the other.

Other forces

Alberto Fernández, highlighted in a recorded message that from now on the second phase of his Government begins. Photo: AFP.

In these elections, in which half of the seats in the Chamber of Deputies (127 out of 257) and a third of those in the Senate renew, the Left and Workers Front (FIT) is consecrated as the third force at the national level, with 5.9% of the votes (1.3 million ballots).

This space is relegated to fourth place in the capital, where the La Libertad Avanza party of the ultra-liberal economist Javier Milei sits as the third most voted force, obtaining 17% of the votes (equivalent to some 310,000 votes).

The FIT also does not achieve third place in the province of Buenos Aires, being ousted by the Avanza Libertad party led by another libertarian economist, José Luis Espert.

The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, highlighted in a recorded message that from now on the second phase of his government begins.

In his speech, the president summoned the opposition to dialogue, and announced that he will send a bill to Congress in the first week of December that reflects the "understandings" that his government hopes to reach with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in relation to to the loan of 44,000 million dollars that the country owes to the multilateral entity.

Provisional scrutiny is carried out by the National Electoral Directorate (DINE), dependent on the Ministry of the Interior, and is carried out by counting the telegrams drawn up at each voting station.

The electoral justice is responsible for the final scrutiny, which is the legal one and is carried out through the minutes.

(Taken from Sputnik )


CUBADEBATE: Make the Cuban family happy: Cuba restores international air traffic and expands commercial flights

Walter Lippmann
 

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Make the Cuban family happy: Cuba restores international air traffic and expands commercial flights

 
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

The Cuban Pedro Alonso Hernández, at the exit of the José Martí International Airport, in Havana. Photo: Ismael Francisco / Cubadebate.

How do I feel? Of the best, of the best. That's the richest thing there is, mija: getting to your country again ”, was the expression of Cuban Ismael Rolando Dueñas Gómez, before merging into an endless hug with his“ first ”granddaughter, at the exit of the José Martí International Airport, from Havana, this Monday, November 15. Like many, he had not enjoyed the homely warmth of his remaining family here in Cuba for more than a year.

As soon as she could, the granddaughter snatched it from the journalists, and he gladly agreed, as if to say: do not prolong these kisses, hugs and affections that we owe each other. Someone calls the young woman by phone to ask about Ismael Rolando, to whom she replies not to worry, that she arrived safely and there was no problem at the terminal, that they would be home shortly.

But what happens at the José Martí this Monday. It seems that they have spread joy everywhere. Pedro Alonso Hernández, who has also come from Miami on an American Airline flight, comes out pulling-singing: "Cuba, Cuba, how beautiful Cuba is, whoever defends her loves her more." He is grateful for the welcome and assures that he feels very happy, very content, because although he has not been here for a long time, "I come every time", this is his land.

Since 2000, Pedro has lived in the United States, exactly in Miami, but he does not forget his roots. He remembers that for 40 years he piloted ambulances and even helicopters, he says, and that at the age of 81, if he has to do it, he will do it again, because it feels very good.

Like Ismael and Pedro, thousands of Cubans and travelers from different parts of the world will be able to travel again, to and from Cuba, because as of today, the country restores international air traffic and expands the weekly flights that link the territory with the rest of the world. world.

According to Lissette Urgellés Carreras, deputy general director of the Cuban Airport and Airport Services Company (ECASA), approximately 63 flights in the week will increase to more than 400. “Only in the José Martí a frequency of more than 170 is expected weekly operations, including those carried out in terminals 2 and 3 ”.

The directive explained that currently, more than 23 airlines fly to the country, while others such as WorldToFly, SunWing, Air Transant and Magnicharters have been incorporated. “In the case of US airlines, they have received authorization from the Cuban side to operate in all the country's airports outside of Havana. They depend on the authorization of the authorities of the United States. Regarding the restoration of national flights, according to information from ECASA, “they will be restored in correspondence with the technical availability of the fleet (Cubana de Aviación). The programming will not begin until all the conditions are guaranteed to begin providing this service, for which work is being done and the population will be informed in a timely manner through official channels, "according to the regulations imposed by that country," the directive stated.

Regarding the reestablishment of domestic flights , according to information from ECASA, “they will be reestablished in correspondence with the technical availability of the fleet (Cubana de Aviación). The programming will not begin until all the conditions are guaranteed to begin providing that service, for which it is working and the population will be informed in a timely manner through official channels ”.

Lissette Urgellés Carreras, deputy general director of the Cuban Airport Services Company. Photo: Ismael Francisco / Cubadebate.

American Airline from Miami. Photo: Ismael Francisco / Cubadebate.

This November 15, the country restores international air traffic and expands the weekly flights that link the territory with the rest of the world. Photo: Ismael Francisco / Cubadebate.


CUBADEBATE: Cuba reports 243 new cases of COVID-19 and one deceased

Walter Lippmann
 

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Cuba reports 243 new cases of COVID-19 and one deceased

November 16, 2021 
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

At the close of yesterday, November 15,  Cuba reported 243 new cases of COVID-19 and one deceased, according to the usual report issued by the Ministry of Public Health.

6,196 patients were admitted, 4,327 suspects, 243 under surveillance and 1,626 confirmed active.

For COVID-19, a total of 15,237 samples were taken for surveillance on the day, resulting in 243 positive. The country accumulates 10,831,678 samples carried out and 959,307 positive.

Of the total number of new cases (243):

  • 241 were contacts of confirmed cases; there are no cases with a source of infection abroad; 2 without a specified source of infection.
  • Of the 243 diagnosed cases, 133 were female and 110 male.
  • 8.6% (21) of the 243 positive cases were asymptomatic, accumulating a total of 132 117, which represents 13.8% of those confirmed to date.
  • The 243 diagnosed cases belong to the age groups: under 20 years (46), 20 to 39 years (61), 40 to 59 years (75) and over 60 (61).

    http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2021/11/16/cuba-reporta-243-nuevos-casos-de-covid-19-y-un-fallecido/


CUBADEBATE: We cannot be complacent with the housing program

Walter Lippmann
 

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We cannot be complacent with the housing program

By: José Luis Camellón
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

Ramiro Valdés called attention to the violation of the deadlines set to build the basic cell. Photo: Vicente Brito / Escambray.

A critical analysis of the violations around the housing program and the production of construction materials was carried out in Sancti Spíritus by the Vice Prime Minister, Commander of the Revolution, Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, who stressed the need to rescue the capacities to build houses with natural resources and traditional methods.

“We are stopping using local resources to build houses and the established thing is that, if we have clay, we don't have to make blocks; then, no one has the right, neither the individual nor the State, to violate what the housing policy indicates,” said Valdés Menéndez.

Regarding the verifications of the Prosecutor's Office of the housing system, which identified irregularities in the last two years such as houses concluded without being finished, poor quality, violations in the granting of the subsidy and illegalities, he emphasized that “the most serious thing is the violation of established policy, and they are problems that are happening before the eyes of all who have to control it.

“Very often, construction materials do not reach the population, we lack exchange with the people and popular control over these processes. We must pay more attention to the states of opinion of the people, but we cannot allow resources to be diverted to the places that were not assigned,” he added.

From the exchange with representatives of the housing sector, the production of materials and municipal mayors, the urgency of ensuring that the established policies are not violated and that there is discipline in all processes transcended.

Valdés Menéndez called for the creation of productive capacities from the natural resources that exist in each place to respond locally to the accumulated needs and improve the housing fund.

Likewise, it directed better use of disposable raw materials, in particular plastic, to manufacture accessories or other means based on this program, and insisted on harmonizing the combination and use of natural resources with construction techniques and typologies.

At the meeting, which was attended by Deivy Pérez Martín, first secretary of the Party in Sancti Spíritus, the Minister of Construction, René Villafaña, announced the actions that are being carried out to shortly repair the kiln of the Siguaney cement factory, an investment that should stabilize the operation of the industry and its main assortment after several years of productive instability.

Rather than dwell on the statistics of the execution of real estate so far this year, Ramiro Valdés Menéndez stressed that “we cannot be complacent with the housing program. It is not doing experiments, it is implementing what is known, and you have to save time because we have many problems and accumulated needs ”.

(Taken from Escambray )


Re: MODERATOR'S NOTE: Power restored. Back to work...

Walter Lippmann
 

No plans for travel at the moment.

Glad that other can and are going

but with my complicated medical

issues, I'm not yet making plans 

for travel. Thanks for asking!


Walter
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From: <cubanews@groups.io>
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To: <cubanews@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [cubanews] MODERATOR'S NOTE: Power restored. Back to work...

 

Shades of Cuba. Walter are you going to Cuba?  How are you doing??

Emily Oswald Coffey 
Oswald Family Ranch On Rush Creek
Colorado Engage Cuba Council 
2133 Primo Road Unit 207
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H 303-422-2865
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On Nov 15, 2021, at 4:30 PM, Greg <greg@...> wrote:

Thanks for all your hard work Walter, but especially today seeing as it's a somewhat historic day for Cuba.

On 11/15/2021 11:32 AM, Walter Lippmann wrote:

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Power restored. 
It came back on about 30 minutes ago.
I'll get back to work now.

 

 

Walter Lippmann

11:33 AM

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