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Cuban Mijaín López wins fourth Olympic crown in Tokyo 2020

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 2 (ACN) With pure thrust and a lethal off-balance, Greco-Roman wrestler Mijaín López (130 kgs) defeated Georgian Iakobi Kajaia 5-0 today and won the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.In the first period, Lopez put the European passive, and then took advantage of his good grip in the four-point position to project him an off-balance and close with three points.And in the second period, there was no change of script. Mijaín scored the fourth point due to the continued passivity of Kakaia, whom he later took out of the cushion to score the fifth and last scratch.Thus, the native of Pinar del Río won his fourth consecutive Olympic title, and in these events he has only received one point against, received from the Russian Khasan Baroev in Beijing 2008.This gold medal won by Mijaín is added to the one obtained today by another Greco-Roman gladiator Luis Orta (60 kgs).

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Wrestler Orta gives Cuba its first gold medal in Tokyo Olympics

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 2 (ACN) Greco-Roman wrestler Luis Alberto Orta gave this Monday Cuba the first gold medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games underway in Japan.Orta defeated two-time world champion Kenichiro Fumita of Japan, in a win by points 5-1, to become the new Olympic champion in the men’s Greco-Roman 60kgFumita, who was the no.1 seed, was looking to become the first Greco-Roman wrestler to win Olympic gold on home soil since Seoul 1988 – Republic of Korea’s Young-Nam Kim won the in 74kg.Orta took an early advantage in the first period with a 4-0 lead before Fumita was able to score a point.As the clock ticked down, Fumita was unable to find the points needed to clinch the gold from the Cuban wrestler.While it was pure elation for Orta at Makuhari Messe, the opposite feeling was seen across Olympic debutant Fumita’s face as he began to cry.People’s Republic of China’s Sailike Walihan took bronze in a close match against Ukraine’s Lenur Temirov before former world champion Sergey Emelin of ROC defeated Victor Chiobanu of Moldova.

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Cuban shooter Pupo wins silver in Tokyo Olympics

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 2(ACN) London 2012 Olympic gold medalist Leurys Pupo went from strength to strength in the rapid fire pistol shooting at 25 meters from the target and was runner-up today in Tokyo, Japan, venue of the XXXII Modern Olympic Games.Yuehong Li, from China, won bronze with 26 points.With his great experience on his shoulders, Pupo finished the first phase of the final in second place, with 16 successful targets in three rounds of shooting, and then maintained the position, while eliminating rivals.Along with Guillermo Alfredo Rodriguez (shotgun skeet shooting specialist), Pupo is the Cuban who has participated in the most Olympic Games, with six, in which he has always been among the top nine.In Tokyo, the other Cuban in the competition, Jorge Alvarez, bronze medalist at the Munich 2018 World Cup, finished in 12th place among 26 contestants.In addition to Pupo’s gold and silver medals, sport shooting treasures for Cuba three bronze medals, achieved, respectively, Eglys de la Cruz with rifle in three positions at 50 meters in Beijing 2008 and the shotgunners Roberto Castrillo and Juan Miguel Rodríguez in skeet in Moscow 1980 and Athens 2004, in that order.

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Cuba harvests silver and bronze medals in long jump at Tokyo Olympics

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 2 (ACN) Juan Miguel Echevarría and Maikel Massó, both 22, won silver and bronze medals today in the long jump at the Tokyo Olympics, where they dominated the competition till the last jump.A native of Camagüey, Echevarría almost won the gold medal with a leap of 8.41 meters, but Greece’s Miltiadis Tentoglou equaled that mark in the last jump of the competition.Tentoglou was the champion because his second-best jump (8.15) was better than Echevarría’s (8.09), who only jumped three times and could not respond to the Greek’s comeback due to an injury.Santiago’s Massó, who in his first attempt reached 8.21 meters and then got injured, led the race until Echevarría took the lead. Echevarría, indoor world champion in Birmingham 2018 and world outdoor bronze medalist in Doha 2019, had led the qualifier, with 8.50 meters.Thus, Cuba accumulates two silver medals and two bronze medals in these XXXII Modern Olympic Games, where the Cuban delegation arrived with 69 competitors, in an appointment of 11,352 representatives from 206 countries, from July 23 to August 8.

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Jamaica sends donations to Cuba to fight COVID-19

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 2 (ACN) Health collaborators, solidarity friends from Jamaica and Cuban residents in that country sent on Sunday the first batch of donations with syringes, needles, masks, cannulas and disinfectants necessary for the fight against the COVID-19 in Santiago de Cuba.The cargo of more than 200 kilograms transported by Cubana de Aviación arrived at the Antonio Maceo airport in this city, and for its crew it was a source of pride and commitment, for the possibility of contributing to the fight against the pandemic in a scenario of constant siege to the Revolution, said Reynaldo Echevarría, the aircraft’s technician.Héctor Mustelier, head of International Health Relations in the province, assured that they are aware of the epidemiological complexity in Cuba and in a gesture of solidarity and good will they decided to group together to acquire the supplies and send them as humanitarian aid.The products and materials will be distributed to the hospitals and centers authorized to attend patients confirmed with SARS-Cov-2 in view of the difficult situation in Santiago de Cuba, where the Beta and Delta strains, the most infectious and contagious, are circulating, he explained.He detailed that the distribution will include other municipalities, particularly Contramaestre, Palma Soriano and San Luis, with assistance units of importance for the vitality of medical services in other demarcations of the southeastern territory.In statements to ACN, he considered this action -the first one- as a response to the solidarity shown by Cuba with the Jamaican government and people for years in health matters, and strengthened in the fight against the systemic disease with the presence of the Henry Reeve contingent.He expressed the gratitude of the health professionals who remain in the red zone for their contribution, because in it also goes the possibility of saving thousands of lives and protecting themselves from an invisible enemy such as the new coronavirus.He also informed that the collaborators are preparing new shipments with the cooperation of the Caribbean Latin Travel agency of Jamaica and the Aero Gaviota airline, which confirmed their willingness to transport the aid to Santiago de Cuba and other parts of the national territory.Finally, he acknowledged those who, from any latitude, care and worry about Cubans, without impositions or political conditioning, only for the humanism and solidarity that this nation instills and provides.In recent weeks, the governments of Venezuela, Russia, Mexico, Bolivia, Nicaragua, China and Vietnam have also sent food, medicines and other essential supplies to Cuba to overcome the health crisis.Likewise, institutions, associations and civil society groups in Canada, the United States and Spain made decisive contributions to continue the anti-COVID-19 vaccination campaign carried out by the island.

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U.S. sanctions prevent the Cuban people from breathing

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 2 (ACN) The sanctions imposed by the U.S. government prevent the Cuban family from breathing normally, but Washington continues to tighten it, denounced on Sunday the main promoter of the Bridges of Love project, Carlos Lazo.In declarations to Prensa Latina, the activist said that after 40 days of pilgrimage through U.S. cities, the solidarity caravan decided to temporarily end its tour in the place in Minneapolis where the African-American George Floyd was murdered.Here a policeman had his knee on Floyd’s neck while he said he could not breathe, now this place has become a symbolic place for the American people, recalled the Cuban-American professor.Lazo affirmed that at this moment they also have the knee on the neck of the Cuban people, who are saying I can’t breathe with the sanctions, I can’t breathe in the middle of a pandemic and yet Washington continues to squeeze.That’s why Bridges of Love chose this site in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the day before, planted a sunflower for Cuba and its people in a small makeshift garden where many come to plant their hopes.After Floyd’s death, this space arose to remember the murders of African Americans: people from all over came to plant plants and flowers.The American people rose up across races and ideologies against the injustice committed against African-Americans and a whole movement was created in the United States, following Floyd’s murder in May 2020, Lazo recalled.Bridges of Love also hopes that a national movement will be created in the United States in which all people of good will are united in the struggle to lift the sanctions and the U.S. blockade against Cuba.We must unite to get them to remove the noose that is suffocating the Cuban family in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, he insisted and referred to a sign he saw at the place where Floyd was murdered: In times of crisis, fools build walls. Wise men, build bridges, it reads.In Minnesota, Bridges of Love was received by a community group, a mayoral candidate and different people in solidarity with the Caribbean Island, Lazo said.Along with several of his companions on the pilgrimage, the activist now returns to his place of residence in Seattle, with a lot of learnings.We began the journey with the idea of educating about the inhumanity of the blockade against Cuba and we also learned about many other blockades against communities, minorities and poor people in the United States.This pilgrimage was only the beginning of the end of the U.S. sanctions against the Cuban people, he said, we will continue to move forward because no one can stop this.Bridges of Love set out on June 27 from Miami, Florida, on a walk to Washington DC, where it was joined on July 25 by numerous people in front of the White House to demand an end to the blockade and sanctions against the Cuban family.

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Bolivian Plane Lands in Cuba with Humanitarian Aid

Havana, July 30 (ACN) A Bolivian Air force Plane landed Friday at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport with some 20 tons of humanitarian aid for the Cuban people following a recent announcement of the supportive action by President Luis Arce.The cargo includes 2.7 tons of syringes, 16,5 tons of food and one ton of bio-security items. The aid was sent in support of the Cuban people who face the criminal US economic blockade said the Minister of the Bolivian Presidency Maria Nela Prada.Minutes before the Bolivian plane landed in Havana, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez expressed his gratefulness to the sister nation of Bolivia and its people for the donation, which will contribute to fight the impact of two pandemics hitting the country: COVID-19 and the US siege.Meanwhile, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel also thanked Bolivia for the gesture and stressed that the South American nation can always count on the Cuban people.

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First Mexican Aid Shipment Docks at Havana Harbor

Havana, July 30 (ACN) The first of three ships from the Mexican Navy loaded with humanitarian aid for Cuba docked at Havana’s harbor Friday afternoon.The ship was welcomed here by Cuban Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca, said ACN reporter Danilella Perez on her Twitter account.The cargo includes food, medicines and oxygen; a supportive gesture by the Mexican people with Cuba at times when the Caribbean island nation is facing a strong COVID-19 flare-up and the impact of the strengthened US economic siege.Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel thanked the Mexican government for the donation.

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Cuban Pregnant Women Appreciate COVID-19 Immunization

Havana, July 30 (ACN) “I feel in peace and confident in the doctors who have offered me counsel, because this vaccination will help me and my baby to overcome this situation,” said Laura Gonzalez, one of the first pregnant women in arriving at the COVID-19 vaccination center set up at a Havana health care center. The vaccination of pregnant women in their second and third pregnancy quarters and nursing mothers kicked off Thursday, said senior researcher with the Cuban Abdala vaccine Marbelis Bordonado.The vaccination session takes patients in different hours to reach a total of 117 women, including 44 pregnant ones and 73 nursing mothers, said the expert.Raising the immunity of pregnant mothers so that their babies are born with enough strength against any disease and having nursing mothers feel confident of breastfeeding their babies with no risks are some of the objectives of the current immunization program, said Gynecologist Leticia Leon. Up to July this year, the number of pregnant women and those after delivery who got sick with COVID-19 reached over two thousand, while Cuban health specialists considered it a must to protect this population group as one of the most vulnerable sectors for the CORONAVIRUS.

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Joe Biden Meeting with Annexationists is a Farce, says Cuban Foreign Minister

Havana, July 30 (ACN) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denounced on his Twitter account the meeting on Friday between US President Joe Biden and a group of individuals who favor the annexation of Cuba to the US and he called it a farce.“The meeting of President Biden with Cuban annexationists is a farce to justify a change of regime operation against Cuba. The US administration is interested only in the electoral machine in Florida, while it ignores the claims of the Cuban people, Cuban and US voters and the world, Minister Rodriguez wrote.The Cuban Foreign Minister also rejected the most recent sanction by OFAC against the Cuban National Revolutionary Police and two of its main chiefs, due to alleged violations of human rights.Such sanction is part of the brutal discrediting campaign promoted by Washington against the Cuban government, which includes the full support of the riots that took place in Cuba on July 11.

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Cuban president thanks international solidarity

Havana, Cuba, Jul 30 (ACN) Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, Cuban president, expressed his gratitude today for the increased solidarity with the country in the midst of the difficult times we are living through.The president, on behalf of Cuba, expressed gratitude and appreciation to the governments and nations that help the island.Recently, Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh announced the shipment of 12,000 tons of rice to the island and assured that he would stand shoulder to shoulder with the Cuban people, who in the most difficult moments of our history have been by our side.Some 20 tons of humanitarian aid were announced by the Bolivian government, including medical supplies and food, and according to the president of that nation, Luis Arce, the shipment is a reciprocal gesture of solidarity with Cuba.Besides, Mexican navy ships were sent to Cuba with medicines, food and oxygen by president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who emphasized that instead of blocking, everyone should help.Likewise, nations such as Nicaragua, Russia and different civil society organizations in Latin American countries and the European Union have sent contributions of food and medical supplies.

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Diaz-Canel congratulates judoka Idalys Ortiz

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 30 (ACN) Congratulations champion. Cuba admires and loves you, wrote today the Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, after the Olympic triumph of Cuban judoka Idalys Ortiz.In the message on Twitter, the Cuban leader assured Ortiz that she is an inspiration for the new successes of the Cuban Olympic delegation.This Friday, Cuban judoka Idalys Ortiz faced Japan’s Akira Sone, during the final of that sport at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.After a fight that lasted almost nine minutes, the Cuban was triumphant and won her fourth Olympic medal, a feat that matches Driulis Gonzalez, the island’s multi medalist in the sport.Many saw this medal as impossible, but not me. I sacrificed myself and in just two and a half months I got ready to be here, so I am satisfied, said the judoka.

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Díaz-Canel calls new statement by EU high representative slanderous

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 30 (ACN) Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel described as slander the new statement by Josep Borrell, high representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Policy, who failed to call by name the U.S. blockade and supported the riots promoted by the United States on July 11.In his official Twitter profile, the Cuban leader said that this position is another demonstration of the EU’s support for the imperialist farce of interference against Cuba.”It is incredible that the EU High Representative does not mention the genocidal and cruel blockade. He lies, slanders and assumes the imperial graft farce against #Cuba. Could it be lack of courage or submission? #CubaNoEstaSola #EliminaElBloqueo y #VeremosCómoTocamos,” tweeted Díaz-Canel.On the social network itself, several Cuban diplomats, including Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, condemned Borrell’s stance.Rodríguez Parrilla asserted that Borrell lies and manipulates information about Cuba; and pointed out that the high representative could deal with the brutal police repression in the EU.Likewise, Marcelino Medina, Cuba’s first deputy foreign minister, called the European representative’s position regrettable, who also demanded that the government in Havana release the demonstrators allegedly arbitrarily detained as a result of the riots.”Very regrettable High Rpte #UE does not dare to mention blockade #USA by name, intensified in conditions of COVID, nor its high impact on living conditions of Cuban families. Its interfering character contradicts principles contained in the ADPC between the EU and #Cuba,” Medina tweeted.

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Cuba reduces internet rates by 20 percent

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 30(ACN) The Cuban Telecommunications Company (ETECSA) announced this Thursday a 20 percent discount in internet rates and also a 60 percent in text messages (SMS).In this regard, Lázara Mairen, director of Marketing of ETECSA, published in her official Twitter profile that as of next August 1, the price of national SMS will be reduced from 2.50 to 1.00 CUP.In the case of Internet connection through Nauta accounts for international navigation, the cost per hour, which to date is 17.50 CUP, will be 12.50 CUP as of August 1.According to ETECSA’s official website, by the end of the first quarter of 2021, 100% of the country’s municipalities already have 4G coverage and 39% of the people’s councils also have this possibility.Currently, more than 68% of Cubans have access to the Internet, and mobile telephony has 6.6 million users, 4G networks are growing and 76% of the population has digital television signal coverage.

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Cuba starts free distribution of food donated by other countries

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 30 (ACN) The gradual and free delivery to the Cuban population of food sent by friendly nations will begin this Friday in several municipalities, on a day in which new donations of food and sanitary material to face the COVID pandemic and the impact of the U.S. blockade are also expected to arrive in Cuba.Through La Lisa, in the capital, will begin the distribution of the module composed basically of rice, grains, pasta and sugar, which will be received throughout Cuba by the more than 3.8 million families registered in the Consumer Registry Offices, as announced on Wednesday by Betsy Díaz Velázquez, Minister of Domestic Trade.Consulted by the Cuban News Agency, Humberto Cardoso, director of the Trade Enterprise in Havana, said that the first deliveries will be made in 18 warehouses in that locality, a task in which its workers will be accompanied by the organizations and factors of the neighborhood, especially to take the donation to the homes of vulnerable people.Also from today, Friday, the inhabitants of 15 of the 18 Popular Councils of the municipality of Pinar del Río will benefit, by households, with the delivery of canned meat, and those of the entire province of Cienfuegos with a pound of oil per house, although this process will now begin in the mountainous locality of Cumanayagua, according to Cuban television.
Local media highlight the transparency in the operations of the port-transport-internal economy chain, the safety and security in the warehouses where the valuable cargo resulting from international solidarity is kept; and the agility and organization in the prompt dispatch, in the preparation of the modules and in the transportation of these and other foodstuffs that some territories will punctually receive.Today at 7:00 pm at the Informative Round Table, the head of Mincin will offer further details of the important process, which in social networks, in the streets and in many other spaces has been very well received by the population, with expressions of gratitude to the countries that in this crucial hour for Cuba are helping it with food, medicines and other necessary supplies.Rodrigo Malmierca, Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, said on Thursday that while the U.S. government tightens the economic, commercial and financial blockade against the Caribbean nation, it continues to receive solidarity aid from various nations of the world.In his official Twitter profile, Malmierca highlighted that donations from Venezuela and Russia have already arrived in our country, and new arrivals from Mexico, Nicaragua, Bolivia and China have been announced. We are not alone, the official stressed.Bolivia, Mexico and Nicaragua sent donations to Cuba and led the solidarity actions in Latin America with the Cuban people, while from Russia last Sunday two aircrafts arrived in Havana with 88 tons of food and protective equipment, including one million medical masks.Vietnam donated on Thursday 12 thousand tons of rice, which should soon arrive in the country, to help it face the complex situation it is facing.

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Cuban judoka Ortiz wins silver in Tokyo Olympics

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 30 (ACN) Cuban Idalis Ortiz, Olympic and world champion in 78 kilograms (kg), won the silver medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after losing the final to Japanese Akira Sone.This was the fourth consecutive time Ortiz won a medal in Olympic games, after a bronze in Beijing 2008, gold in London 2012 and silver in Rio de Janeiro 2016.After the bout Ortiz said that she was very happy to contribute to Cuban efforts in Tokyo, despite having had only two and half months to prepare, due to COVID and other issues.In her first bout, the Cuban beat Portuguese Rochele Nunes by the golden rule of points, with a Waza-ari scored by Seoi-nage. Her second victory was against China’s Shiyan Xu. Ortiz won by Ippon, thanks to two Waza-ari, achieved with Seoi-nage (over-the-shoulder throw) and Tsuri-goshi (hip throw).This week, Andy Granda (over 100 kg), Ivan Silva (90 kg), Maylin del Toro (63 kg) and Magdiel Estrada (73 kg) lost in the preliminary rounds and Kaliema Antomarchi (78 kg) in the repechage for the bronze medal.

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Cuba begins vaccinations for pregnant women, nursing mothers and transplanted patients

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (ACN) Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, Cuban president, announced that vaccination with the anti-COVID-19 vaccine, Abdala for all pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and transplanted people, will begin today throughout the country.In his message shared on Twitter, Cuban leader assured that pregnant women are today one of the most vulnerable groups, since 22 of them have died so far and several are being treated in ICUs.According to recent information from the Cuban ministry of public health (MINSAP by its Spanish acronym), pregnant women aged 19 and older, who are in the second and third trimester of pregnancy, as well as nursing mothers, will be vaccinated with Abdala.

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Olympic Games send a message of solidarity and hope

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (ACN) Although the sadness of leaving their countries for different reasons is not easy to forget, the Olympic Games in Tokyo opened its arms to 29 refugees who will compete in 12 sports, conveying a message of solidarity and hope.At the Rio de Janeiro 2016 summer event, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) took the initiative to a concrete level, creating a real team of athletes forced to leave their countries due to war or political persecution.This is how the IOC-sponsored refugee team came into being, a group of often anonymous heroes who hide stories of suffering, drama and a lot of pain.Now, in Tokyo, a medalist in Rio de Janeiro, who left Iran alleging institutional sexism, is included in the group.That team was chosen from among 55 athletes who fled their home nations and obtained Olympic solidarity scholarships to train in a new host country.According to the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, they are from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Congo, Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Iraq, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Venezuela.The list includes Kimia Alizadeh, a 2016 bronze medalist in taekwondo as an Iranian before fleeing to Germany because of sexism and the obligation to cover her face.The 29 refugee athletes are being tutored by delegates from the IOC and the UN refugee agency.In Tokyo, they will compete under the EOR (French acronym), which stands for Refugee Olympic Team, the Olympic flag will be raised and the Olympic anthem will be played when they step onto the awards podium.On their presence at the summer event, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “You fled your homes because of violence, hunger or simply because you were different. We offer you a peaceful home. Welcome to our Olympic community.For these athletes, therefore, their participation in this competition can be considered a resounding success, which is why, whatever happens in Tokyo, they are already champions.

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Cuba keeps high COVID-19 transmission, expert warns

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (ACN) Cuba still registers a very high transmission of COVID-19; with the consequent increase in cases are the deaths and it is really still very tough what we are facing, warned today the national director of epidemiology of the ministry of public health, Francisco Duran.Dr. Duran informed that 8,607 SARS-CoV-2 positive cases were reported, some 716 less than the previous day, but unquestionably an extremely high figure for the country, which shows the high spread in the national territory.During his daily television presentation, the expert pointed out that of those confirmed yesterday, 8,591 are the result of autochthonous transmission in the territory and 16 are imported cases.Regarding the spread of the disease in the country, he highlighted the complex situation in the west region, where Havana reported 1,714 positive cases and Matanzas 1,284; in addition, Duran pointed out that the provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Ciego de Avila and Guantanamo reported more than 600 positive cases.For the second consecutive day, 68 people have died and the specialist drew attention to the 20 cases under 60 years of age, and emphasized that these are young people who are very infrequent to die in the country.Among the most frequent comorbidities, he highlighted hypertension, heart disease, diabetes mellitus, obesity and asthma, the latter two being very complex and tending to complications; meanwhile, he reported that two people had no known history of disease.He highlighted that yesterday 8,73 thousand 73 people were discharged from the hospital, which brings the total number of recovered patients to 320,242.Since the report of the first cases of COVID-19 in Cuba, in March last year, the country has accumulated 6,414,461 processed samples, 366,985 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 and 2,628 deaths.

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Cuba surpasses 9 million anti-COVID-19 doses administered

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (ACN) As of July 27, the Cuban ministry of public health (MINSAP by its Spanish acronym) reported today that 9,085,122 doses of the Cuban anti-COVID-19 vaccine candidates have been administered. According to MINSAP, to date 3,500,505 people have received at least one dose of one of the Cuban vaccine candidates; of these, 3,48,468 people have already received a second dose and 2,536,149 have received a third one.Regarding the health intervention in risk groups and territories, the Cuban entity pointed out that since May 2021, health workers, BioCubaFarma, students of Medical Sciences and other risk groups, as well as the population of territories selected by stages, have been participating.In this case, a total of 8,487,914 doses have been administered to this group.As part of the research associated with the Cuban vaccine candidates Soberana 02 and Abdala (vaccine since the beginning of July), an intervention study was carried out aimed at subjects in risk groups and who could provide relevant data.In this study conducted in Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Granma and Guantanamo provinces, 447,844 doses have already been administered.Likewise, since last March, clinical trials have been carried out with the Cuban vaccine candidates Soberana 02, Abdala and Soberana Plus (for convalescents), whose participants are volunteers selected by the researchers.

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Cuba restores tax website after cyber-attack

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (ACN) The National Office of Tax Administration (ONAT by its Spanish acronym) reported today that the security problems that forced to shut down the Tax Portal since last July 22, due to a cyber-attack, have been solved.According to an official statement from the ONAT, the computer attack consisted in the distortion of the platform, which implies a modification in the HTML code that caused a change in its visual image.For this reason, the Office of Computer Network Security (OSRI by its Spanish acronym) has advised to unplug it from the network and to carry out maintenance to identify and solve any security problems that may exist.The tax entity pointed out that thanks to the maintenance work carried out jointly by the ONAT and the Computer Applications Company (DESOFT), the Tax Portal is now available, with its visual image and all its services and content sections reestablished.The ONAT informed that registered taxpayers who had not been able to access the Portal to download their Tax Book, consult payments made, suspensions and modifications of quotas that were approved or make consultations, can now do so, at anytime and anywhere, using cell phone, tablet or computer.

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Cuba reported 8,607 new cases of COVID 19, 8,073 discharges and 68 deaths

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (ACN) Cuba studied 53,469 samples for COVID 19, resulting in 8,607 positive ones. The country accumulates 6, 414,461,461 samples taken and 366,985 positive.At the close of July 28, 85,289 patients were admitted, 37,496 suspected, 3,734 under surveillance and 44,059 confirmed active.Of the total number of cases, 8,558 were contacts of confirmed cases; 16 with source of infection abroad and 33 with no source of infection determined. There were 8,073 medical discharges, an accumulated 320,242 patients recovered (87.3%) and 68 people died. There are 340 confirmed patients in ICUs, of whom 143 are critical and 197 severe.Among the 8,607 positive cases, 5.5% (476) were asymptomatic, totaling 105,276, representing 28.7% of those confirmed to date. The 8,607 diagnosed cases belong to the following age groups: under 20 years of age: 1,522; from 20 to 39: 2,562; 40 to 59: 2,952; and over 60: 1,571 cases.

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Vietnam donates 12,000 tons of rice to Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (ACN) A donation of 12,000 tons of rice was made today by Vietnam to Cuba, as an aid to face the food difficulties derived from the economic, commercial and financial blockade applied by the United States and the Covid-19 pandemic.Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh made the symbolic delivery of the shipment to Orlando Hernandez Guillen, Cuban ambassador to Hanoi, according to Prensa Latina.Of this volume, 10,000 tons were donated by the Communist Party (PCV), the State and the Vietnamese people, said the head of government, while the remaining 2,000 tons were contributed by the Committee of the political organization in Hanoi.These donations, said Pham Minh Chinh, demonstrate the special ties of fraternity and solidarity that unite us with Cuba.For his part, Hernandez Guillen, thanked the gesture and quoted Miguel Diaz-Canel, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and president of the nation, who called it a clear expression of Vietnam’s unwavering solidarity and a source of encouragement for the Revolution and the Cuban people.The diplomat noted that such solidarity is especially expressed at this time when Cuba is facing the U.S. blockade, tightened during the pandemic, and the efforts to destroy the Revolution by using deception and misrepresentation in social media.

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Cuban judoka Antomarchi loses Olympic bronze medal

HAVANA, Cuba, July 29 (ACN) Cuban 78 kilogram (kg) judoka Kaliema Antomarchi lost her match in the discussion of the Olympic bronze against German Anna-Maria Wagner at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.In the middle of her bout with the world champion, Antomarchi received a Waza-Ari and the 33-year-old Cuban was left without scoring points in the complicated fight.Despite this, her two victories against the Croatian Karla Prodan and then against Guusje Steenhuis, from Holland, place her in fifth place in her division.This Friday, during the individual competition of this discipline, the London 2012 Olympic champion, Idalys Ortiz (over 78 kg), and Andy Granda (over 100 kg), star of the Pan American Games in Lima, will be competing.

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Cuba wins fifth victory at boxing in Tokyo

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (ACN) Cuban heavyweight Dainier Pero won 5-0 against Colombian Cristian Salcedo, and obtained Cuba’s fifth victory in a row in the boxing tournament of the Olympic Games to be held in this city until July 8.At the Kokugikan Arena, and after a rather quiet first round, the Cuban better combined his punches, avoided the onslaughts of the burly South American fighter and defended himself with success, so that the judges gave him the 5-0 favorable (triple 30-27 and double 29-28).This was Pero’s third consecutive triumph against Salcedo. The second had been in the grand final of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.On August 1, Pero will fight for bronze against US Richard Torres, whom he defeated in the semifinal phase of the 2019 Pan American competition. So far, Cuban boxers have a balance of five successive successes.Tomorrow, in search of bronze medals, three other Cuban boxers, will fight. Welterweight Roniel Iglesias will compete against US Delante Johnson, Arlen Lopez (81) against Mexico’s Rogelio Romero, and Julio Cesar La Cruz (91) will face Cuban nationalized Spaniard Enmanuel Reyes.

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Cubans Almanza and Zayas in athletics debut in Tokyo

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (ACN) The Cuban 800 m runner Rose Mary Almanza and the high jumper Luis Enrique Zayas will be the first Cubans to debut in athletics at the Olympic Games.Zayas, champion of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, will debut today in the qualifying group A, with a mark of 2.31 meters (m) achieved in an indoor meeting in Slovakia, last February, and has as personal record 2.33 m achieved in that same country in 2020.For her part, Almanza will run in heat 5 of the first round, seeking to reach the semifinals.The Cuban has had a 2021 of very good results, winning the title in the fifth stop of the Diamond League, in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 4, with a personal record and for the competition of 1:56.28 minutes.She previously triumphed in the 8th Trofeo Diputacion de Castellon, and in the Ordizia meeting, both in Spain in June.In addition, Almanza is in second place in the world ranking in this modality, only surpassed this year by the US Athing Mu, who leads the ranking with a time of 1:56.07 minutes.

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Cuba to restart school year on September

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (ACN) Eugenio Gonzalez Perez, Cuban deputy minister of education, announced that the restart of the teaching phase will take place in the country on September 6 in person, if the conditions imposed by the COVID-19 epidemic allow it.Gonzalez Perez informed Radio Reloj radio station, which in line with the restart of the course, the educators’ preparation week will be held from August 30 to September 3.The deputy head of the sector also pointed out that from the last week of August, teachers supported by the family and the community will be in charge of cleaning, sanitizing and conditioning the schools.Following the school calendar of the current school period, which was readjusted due to the incidence of COVID-19 in the territories, the school vacations for the 2020-2021 school year began on July 28 and will last until September 5.

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Cuban and Peruvian presidents held telephone conversation

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (ACN) The first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and president of the country, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, held a fruitful and cordial telephone exchange with the president-elect of Peru, Pedro Castillo Terrones.According to a message shared on Twitter, the Cuban leader reiterated his congratulations to Castillo Terrones for his historic victory and the bicentennial of that nation’s Independence.Likewise, Diaz-Canel ratified the will to develop historic ties of friendship between the people of Cuba and Peru.The newly elected Peruvian president, Pedro Castillo Terrones, was inaugurated on Wednesday as president for the 2021-2025 five-year term; among the main challenges of his administration are to unite a nation affected by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

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Caribbean Community Urges Washington to Respect Cuba

Havana, July 28 (ACN) The Caribbean Community—Caricom—reiterated its rejection of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba and urged Washington to respect the rights of the Caribbean nation and its people.Caricom made its demand in a letter recently addressed to US President Joe Biden by Antigua and Barbuda Premier Gaston Browne, who chairs the regional organization, according several Caribbean online papers.Browne said that “Caricom has been, and remains troubled by the circumstances in Cuba where there is a shortage of food, medicines and other basic needs that results, significantly, from the long-standing US trade embargo and the more recent punitive measures imposed by the previous US administrations” as cited by many Caribbean media outlets https://bit.ly/3zIGptqThe reports cite the letter by the Caricom Chairman by saying “that the US trade and economic embargo against Cuba has been in place for 61 years and that It has run its course. Caricom sincerely believes that it should be lifted so that all the rights to which the Cuban state and its people are entitled can be respected and upheld. Under a previous US administration of which you were a part, significant strides were made in this direction, and could be advanced to beneficial effect,” Browne told the US President, https://bit.ly/3xaJJvM“Strong and mutually beneficial relations” have been developed between Cuba and the Caribbean countries over a 49 year period and Caricom regards “Cuba and its people as a valuable and respected member of our family of Caribbean nations,” said the Caricom chairman as cited by other regional newspapers which echoed the letter sent to Joe Biden on July 26. https://bit.ly/3zM00sN

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Sao Paulo Forum Supports the Cuban Revolution

Havana, July 28 (ACN) The Sao Paulo Forum, a regional group of leftist political parties and organizations, reiterated its support of the Cuban people its Communist Party and its Revolution in the face of discrediting media campaigns, designed, backed and funded from US territory.In a communiqué published this week, the Forum rejected a recent statement by the foreign ministers of some Latin American and European countries, who under US pressures, condemned Cuba after the recent July 11 riots on the island.The regional forum considers that the Cuban government has denounced and offered detailed information about the recent media operations against the Caribbean island and about the brutal US economic, commercial and financial blockade, and the most recent 243 measures adopted by the former Trump administration, still in force despite the impact on the island nation by the COVID-19 pandemic.The media campaigns and the US’s anti-Cuba measures aim at paving the way and provoking a social uprising that justifies a humanitarian intervention in Cuba and with it a change of regime, as part of the implementation of what is known as non-conventional warfare, the forum noted.The Sao Paulo Forum strongly rejects any foreign interference with Cuba’s internal affairs and the violation of the principle of self-determination of the nations, the statement stressed.

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Cuba and Algeria to Strengthen Business Relations

Havana, July 28 (ACN) Cuba and Algeria reiterated on Wednesday their willingness to strengthen business exchange and diversify economic and trade relations in the benefit of their peoples.The initiative was stated forth during a virtual meeting between the vice-president of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, Ruben Ramos and the general director of Algeria’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Quahiba Behloul.The two government officials identified sectors for mutual exchange such as biotechnology, agriculture, construction and medicine, according to the Cuban Chamber of Commerce.Cuba and Algeria have enjoyed close friendly and cooperation ties since that African nation obtained its independence in 1962.

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Food Donations on the Tables of Cuban Families

Havana, July 28 (ACN) Cuban Domestic Trade Minister Betsy Diaz announced the free delivery to Cuban families of foodstuffs recently received as donations from sister nations.The food deliveries will mainly include rice, pasta, beans and sugar, according to a Tweet by ACN’s reporter Fidel Rendon.The minister said the food delivery has already been guarantee for 3.8 million households, while other products will also be distributed in several territories.Speaking to reporters, the government official thanked the friendly nations for their contribution to the Cuban people amidst the spread of the pandemic and the strengthening of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade of the island nation.

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Bolivian government announces shipment of medical supplies to Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 28 (ACN) Bolivian president Luis Arce announced the sending of a plane with syringes and food for the Cuban people, who, he said, are going through difficulties due to the criminal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.We learned from Cuba that solidarity is sharing the little we have with those who need it most, said Arce in his message published on Twitter on Tuesday night.In another communication, Arce highlighted that this South American nation has benefited from Cuban solidarity with medical brigades that have traveled to Bolivian homes with professional attention.He also thanked Cuba for the solidarity and internationalism, and added that Cuban professionals have performed thousands of eye surgeries in Bolivia through Operation Miracle and have brought literacy.The Bolivian president emphasized that he once again joins the voice of humanity calling for the end of the criminal U.S. blockade and demanding respect for the free self-determination of the people.The Bolivian nation joins the countries that have recently sent their solidarity aid to Cuba with donations of food and medical supplies.

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Private drivers to support anti-COVID-19 vaccination in Cuban province heavily affected by the virus

MATANZAS, Cuba, Jul 28 (ACN) The vaccination against COVID-19 to the population over 19 years of age, which will be extended from tomorrow to the seven municipalities of Matanzas(western province) that have not yet started the immunization, will have the support of more than 400 private drivers, said Roberto Bernal Villena, provincial director of the sector.As it happened in municipalities of that province, such as Cardenas, Colon, Cienaga de Zapata, Los Arabos and Limonar, where the work was extraordinary, private carriers will join the anti-COVID-19 vaccination (with Abdala) in the rest of the province, with about 450 vehicles ready to transport patients, health personnel and medical supplies.There is a wide support from the private sector in the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which shows a high commitment with society; it is expected that during the process the number of people involved will exceed 600 due to the interest shown by many to get involved in such a noble task, he said.Bernal Villena added that they are also studying the possibility of including cargo vehicles to transport food production to isolation centers, warehouses and other areas of the social sphere in Matanzas.The behavior of the non-state transportation sector in the province reflects the sense of belonging of these workers who show solidarity among Cubans in times when every contribution saves lives, the official concluded.

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Cuban FM to attend inauguration of Peruvian president

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 28 (ACN) Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said today that he arrived in Peru to attend the inauguration of president-elect Pedro Castillo Terrones.Ties of solidarity unite the Cuban and Peruvian people, the foreign minister emphasized in the message posted on Twitter.According to the Cuban foreign ministry’s website, Cubaminrex, the head of Cuban diplomacy is leading a delegation attending the ceremonies of the transfer of presidential office. As part of the program, the Cuban diplomat plans to meet with Peruvian government authorities and carry out other activities.The newly elected Peruvian president is a 51-year-old rural teacher and will assume the presidency for the 2021-2025 five-year term; among the main challenges of his administration are to unite and recover a nation affected by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

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Cuba registers record production of bulbs with doses of Abdala vaccine

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 28 (ACN) Cuba registered a new record in the production of 148,347 bulbs of the anti-COVID-19 Abdala vaccine, reported on Twitter Aica Laboratories Company, one of the companies in charge of this work.According to what it reported, this is the largest production for the whole country, generating 1,480,000 doses of the Cuban vaccine, developed by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.Aica pointed out that this achievement of Cuban biotechnology is thanks to the enormous effort of a collective that, regardless of the date, day or hour, works tirelessly in the face of the difficult situation of COVID-19 in the country.Aica Laboratories, located in western Havana, is one of the centers leading the development and production of Cuban anti-COVID-19 vaccine candidates, and to this end has installed new production lines that expand the manufacturing capacity of Soberana 02 and Abdala.It is also in charge of producing generic drugs, with a product portfolio that includes more than 180 liquid injectable drugs in ampoules, liquid injectables and lyophilized drugs in vials, carpels and eye drops.

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Cuban authorities implement actions to solve due payment problems through electronic means

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 28 (ACN) The Cuban Ministry of Domestic Trade ( MINCIN by its Spanish acronym) is taking several actions to solve the due payments that affect Cuban companies and that have a greater impact on the trade and gastronomy sector.According to Pastora Lopez Leiva, director of Economy of MINCIN, systems have been implemented to speed up payment terms, and among other issues, payment by electronic card or other electronic means has been established at the time of deliveries for a group of food and non-food products, as well as the use of the local letter of credit.As reported by the representative of MINCIN, from the first quarter of 2021 new routes and establishments are joined to the mechanism of payment for deliveries, working system will allow the payment, at the end of the distribution route, in those goods of daily sale and purchase from producers to customers.These are mainly suppliers with a direct and systematic relationship with the local subordination, such as the Meat, Dairy, Cigar and Tobacco, and Beverages and Soft Drinks companies, she added.Of the 190 Basic Business Units (UEB) that exist in the country, some 54 have agreements with different suppliers under this modality with the objective of ensuring that their payments are up to date and that they do not generate overdue balances, the executive continued.As for the technology available, Lopez Leiva stated that there are about 375 POS terminals installed, with a turnover, up to late May, of 487, 350,000 pesos.According to Granma, by the end of June 24, 1,117 payments had been made by qr, immediately, by the producing entities of the Food Ministry and Ministry of Agriculture to the trading entities of MINCIN, for a value of 41.2 million pesos.

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Cuban central province begins immunization with Abdala vaccine

CIENFUEGOS, Cuba, Jul 28 (ACN) The Abdala vaccine, 100 % Cuban against COVID-19, is available today in Cienfuegos province for immunization as of July 29 for people over 19 years of age living in the provincial capital, which has been most affected by the incidence of the pandemic.According to the website Radio Ciudad del Mar, the batches of Abdala arrived in Cienfuegos on Tuesday night, which caused the joy of the people of the province who were able to watch from buildings and streets the advance of the transport carrying the medicine.The local radio station indicated that the vaccination will start with 60 years of age and over, which make up a total of 37,585, out of the more than 138,800 people over 19 years of age to be immunized in the 150 vaccination centers set up for this purpose.Abdala ranks among the best vaccines in the world with a proven efficacy of 92.28 % against symptomatic disease, and recently other clinical trials confirmed that it reached 100 % efficacy in preventing severe systemic disease and death due to Covid-19.

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Cuba continues production of induction stoves

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 28 (ACN) With the support of China, Cuba began to produce induction stoves, which represent a 30 % saving in relation to those that are traditionally used in Cuban homes.The production of this equipment in Cuba is carried out with components from China, which is the island’s second largest trading partner and one of the main suppliers of technical assistance to the island’s entities, Granma newspaper reported.According to Granma, quoting the Chinese news agency Xinhua, by 2021, Cuba will have placed some 5,000 induction stoves on the domestic market, out of a plan of 130,000 for a four-year period.This production plan is aimed at encouraging the saving of electric energy in a context characterized by the tightening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade by the United States.It is expected that by the second quarter of 2021, the Electronic Industry Enterprise Comandante Camilo Cienfuegos will start the production of household appliances, such as blender-mixers, automatic washing machines and remote controls for televisions.

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Cuban boxers will see action in Tokyo today

HAVANA, Cuba, July 28 (ACN) Three-time world champion Lazaro Alvarez, as well as Pan American champion Laina Perez, will be Cuba’s competitors today in the Olympic tournament in Tokyo, Japan.In the ring of the Kokugikan Arena, the Cuban fighter will face the round of 16 with victory predictions.Alvarez, 30, will fight in the 57 kilogram (kg) division against Iran’s Daniyal Shahbakhsh.Supported by his best technical weapons, Olympic and world champion boxers Arlen Lopez(81 kgs) overcame 5-0 (triple 30-26, 30-27, 30-25) the Algerian Mohammed Houmri, and got the fourth victory in a row for Cuba in the boxing tournament of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.So far, Cuba has four victories in the same number of times it has fought, since Arlen Lopez’s success is joined by those obtained by Lazaro Alvarez (57), Julio Cesar La Cruz (91) and Roniel Iglesias (69).From Cuban boxing, only Yosbany Veitía (52 kg) and Dainier Pero (over 91 kg) have yet to make their debut in Tokyo.On the same day, but at eight o’clock in the evening, Laina Perez, will participate in the precision pistol qualifier at 25 meters from the target.Perez was champion in the individual and mixed team events at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, but with pistol at 10 meters from the target.

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Cuba reported record number of new cases of COVID 19, 9,323 today

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (ACN) Cuba studied 51,209 samples for COVID 19, resulting in 9,323 positive ones. The country accumulates 6, 360,992 samples taken and 358,378 positive.At the close of July 27, 84,684 patients were admitted, 37,459 suspected, 3,632 under surveillance and 43,593 confirmed active.Of the total number of cases, 9,259 were contacts of confirmed cases; 19 with source of infection abroad and 45 with no source of infection determined. There were 8,016 discharges, accumulating 312,169 patients recovered and 68 people died. There are 350 confirmed patients in ICUs, 149 of whom are critical and 201 severe.Among the 9,323 positive cases, 4.0% (372) were asymptomatic, totaling 104,800, which represent 29.2% of those confirmed to date. The diagnosed cases belong to the following age groups: under 20 years of age: 1,707; 20 to 39: 2,668; 40 to 59: 3,116; and over 60: 1,832 cases.

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Cuba faces regrowth of COVID-19 and confirms highest number of positives today

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 28 (ACN) With the report of 9,323 positives for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, Cuba registered today the highest number of infected people since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country, in March last year, said the national director of epidemiology, Francisco Duran, who warned about the resurgence registered during the last three months, with the consequent increase in cases and deaths.During his daily television presentation, Dr. Duran pointed out that the situation is related to two factors: the new variants of the coronavirus reported in Cuba, which have led to a high contagiousness due to its higher viral load; and the aggressive behavior, with the presence of symptoms and aggravation.The expert from the public health ministry alerted about the positivity above 11 % reported in all provinces, except Isle of Youth and Villa Clara, and pointed out that in the case of Holguin, Cienfuegos, Guantanamo, Las Tunas, Matanzas, Mayabeque, Ciego de Avila and Artemisa it even surpasses the national average.Regarding the complex situation in the national territory, he highlighted the high number of infections in Havana province, with 1,583 positive cases, Matanzas (1,314), Guantanamo (936), Cienfuegos (887), Holguin (864) and Ciego de Avila (766).Duran reiterated the call for attention to the number of infected children under 20 years of age, with 1,707 confirmed cases, of which 1,431 are pediatric.More risky is that of the pediatric cases diagnosed yesterday, 105 are infants, and 35 are less than six months old; once again I reiterate the need to protect these age groups, we already know how to take care of them,” the expert stressed.Since the report of the first cases of COVID-19 in Cuba, on March last year, the country has accumulated 6,360,992 samples processed and 358,378 confirmed with SARS-CoV-2.

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Iran and Cuba announce start of joint production of anti-Covid vaccine

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 28 (ACN) Millions of doses of a vaccine against Covid-19 will be produced by Iran and Cuba starting next week, according to Dr. Vicente Vérez Bencomo, general director of the Finlay Vaccine Institute, in an interview given to a Persian media outlet.Prensa Latina news agency reported the interview given by the scientist to the Hispantv channel, in which he announced that both countries are using all the knowledge and platforms within their reach to produce PastuCovac, which would be the first conjugated vaccine in the world against COVID-19.Vérez Bencomo and Dr. Alireza Biglarí, top executive of the Pasteur Institute of Iran, held a press conference this Tuesday in Tehran in which they gave details of the scientific and technological collaboration, and which followed other activities of the Cuban researcher in that country that included a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad Zarif and another one with Dr. Said Namaki, Minister of Health.The Finlay Institute has a lot of experience in the production of conjugate vaccines for children, so we decided to use this platform to build a vaccine against COVID-19, Vérez Bencomo explained.This does not mean that other countries do not have this capability,” he said, “but Iran and Cuba were the first countries to develop a conjugate vaccine against COVID-19 about a year ago, which is in the final stages of the third phase of a clinical trial.This co-production, called Soberana 02 or PastuCovac, meets all its expectations, including prevention of infections and production of antibodies in the cell, and is effective against mutations of the virus, he said.”It takes 15 years to develop a vaccine from zero to the industrialization stage, but we did all the steps in one year, and the evidence shows that it works very well,” he stressed.In this regard, he stated that they are currently in the industrial stage and are expected to start producing millions of doses of the vaccine next week.There was already a long-standing collaboration between the two institutes in the production of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and the transfer of this technology to Iran, so the scientist stressed that thanks to this previous cooperation, both countries were able to make rapid progress in order to work on the manufacture of the new vial.This anti-pneumococcal antigen, recalled Vérez Bencomo, was the best-selling and most expensive vaccine in history in 2002, and the peoples of Iran and Cuba did not have access to it due to the sanctions against them, because it was a vaccine manufactured in the U.S., a fact that led the Cubans to obtain sovereignty and develop it for 15 years.After manufacturing one of their own, through scientific-technical collaboration between both States, they transferred their technology to their Iranian counterparts. This experience has been very useful in the case of anti-Covid-19 drugs.Prensa Latina points out that the U.S. blockade policy against Tehran and Havana hinders the acquisition of equipment and medicines, which is why the scientists of the two countries used their knowledge to circumvent this inhumane siege.Beforehand, the Pasteur Institute released a communiqué stating that “Cuba and Iran have to their credit a long history of cooperation in the field of biotechnology”, and pointed out that the understanding on the vaccine against Covid-19 is based “on a strategic relationship in the field of research and development of vaccination technologies”.

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Cuba works to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 28 (ACN) On World Hepatitis Day, Cuba is working to eliminate those caused by B and C viruses in line with the initiative launched by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to put an end to more than 30 infectious diseases in the region by 2030, including viral hepatitis.The international organization reports that every year in the region there are 10,000 new hepatitis B virus infections and 23,000 deaths; only 18 percent of people are diagnosed and of these, only three percent receive treatment.Similarly, the most recent estimates by the World Health Organization indicate that in the Americas there are 67,000 new hepatitis C virus infections and 84,000 deaths each year; only 22 percent of people with chronic hepatitis C are diagnosed and of these, only 18 percent receive treatment.Cuba has a National Strategic Plan for the prevention and control of STIs, HIV and hepatitis and is also working with PAHO to certify that mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B has been eliminated.Hepatitis refers to inflammation of the liver caused by various factors, the most frequent of which are associated with infections with viruses A, B, C, D and E, and can also be caused by drugs and alcohol, autoimmune diseases, metabolic disorders and infections by other viruses and bacteria.PhD in Medical Sciences Mirtha Infante Velázquez, president of the Cuban Society of Gastroenterology, explained to the Cuban News Agency that the A and E viruses are responsible for epidemic acute hepatitis, transmitted through contaminated water or food, and in most cases patients recover without presenting sequelae and in a small percentage develop severe forms.He expressed that virus A is transmitted at the moment of incubation and when symptoms appear the person is no longer capable of making others sick, hence the importance of maintaining hygienic measures at all times, mainly hand washing, food hygiene and not sharing personal items.While viruses B, C and D cause both acute and chronic hepatitis, so that some patients evolve towards cirrhosis or liver cancer, being cirrhosis the ninth cause of death in the country and according to international reports the complications associated to this disease have increased mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic, she pointed out.The also Senior Researcher and specialist of the Institute of Gastroenterology said that the B, C and D viruses are transmitted fundamentally through blood transfusions, medical instruments and contaminated personal use articles, from mother to child and through unprotected sexual relations, although these last routes are more efficient for the B virus.However, in Cuba, transfusions have been analyzed for several years to ensure that the blood is safe and to avoid possible infections, she said.The professor said that Cuba has its own vaccine against hepatitis B, Heberbiovac HB, the most relevant result of Cuban science in the specialty.The drug, developed by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, recognized by the World Health Organization and part of the National Immunization Program, protects the entire population under 40 years of age.Although many patients experience the disease asymptomatically, the gastroenterologist listed that they can manifest fatigue, general malaise, nausea, yellow skin pigmentation, dark urine and white or yellowish stools.In some cases, he mentioned, hepatitis is identified from ultrasounds, through elevated liver tests or analysis due to causes unrelated to this condition.Likewise, in all regions of the country there are laboratories to confirm the disease through PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) blood tests and diagnostic kits developed by the Immunoassay Center with SUMA technology.

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Anti-Cuban maneuver in OAS defeated, assures foreign minister

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 28 (ACN) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla assured that the anti-Cuban maneuver in the Organization of American States (OAS) was defeated.Rodriguez Parrilla pointed out that the rejection of the majority of Member States forced the suspension of the Permanent Council of the organization at the service of the United States.President pro tempore of the Council admitted his defeat through a pathetic letter that offends Cuba, the Cuban foreign minister wrote in a message on his Twitter account.Rodriguez also thanked those countries that defended Latin American and Caribbean dignity and prevented the insulting Permanent Council.”Anti-Cuban maneuver in OAS defeated. Rejection of the majority of Member States forced the suspension of the Permanent Council. President pro Tempore of the Council admitted defeat by means of a pathetic letter that offends Cuba. We thank countries that defended Latin American and Caribbean dignity”, tweeted Rodríguez Parrilla.In response to the Cuban foreign minister’s tweet, Eugenio Martínez Enríquez, director general for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, pointed out that the OAS faced the dignity and decency of the majority of Latin America and the Caribbean.Dignity against ignominy, Martínez Enríquez emphasized when referring to the suspension of this anti-Cuban maneuver.”The Uruguayan who presides over the Permanent Council of the OAS obliged to suspend this action of the anti-Cuban maneuver by confronting the dignity and decency of the majority of Latin America and the Caribbean. Dignity against ignominy,” he wrote.Recently, Foreign Minister Rodríguez Parrilla denounced that the OAS is at the service of the United States and supports attempts of isolation and military interventions and coups d’état.

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Cuban President pays tribute to Commander Hugo Chavez on his birthday

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 28 (ACN) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez paid tribute this Wednesday, on behalf of Cuba, to Commander Hugo Chávez, who would have celebrated his 67th birthday on Wednesday.”#Cuba celebrates today 67th birthday of its best friend. #ChávezLives and our people pay him an emotional tribute. We are Cuba #WeAreCuba #WeAreContinuity,” the president wrote on his Twitter account.In another tweet, the Cuban head of state assured that Chávez was Cuba’s best friend, and his work was in favor of social justice and solidarity.Díaz-Canel also pointed out that his hard work to achieve integration brought Bolívar back to the lands of Our America.”Our heartfelt and sincere tribute to #ChavezPorAlways, whose work in favor of social justice, integration and solidarity, brought back #BolivarImmortal to the lands of Our America. #ChavezVive,” he tweeted.Born in Sabaneta, Venezuelan state of Barinas, on July 28, 1954, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías forever marked Latin American history.In December 1998, Chávez won the presidency of Venezuela and in February 1999 he assumed his first magistracy, in which he carried out a constitutional change with the freedoms and rights that had been denied until then.From that moment on, Chavez would become a liberator of the homeland, accelerating economic development, creating independence and sovereignty, and renewing the old corrupt and bureaucratic structures.His physical departure on March 5, 2013 implied a sensitive loss for Latin America, but his integrationist legacy, his impetus against neoliberalism and US interference survived.

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Cuban Embassies Keep under Harassment

Havana, July 27 (ACN) Cuban embassies in different countries of the world keep under aggression and harassment following a terrorist attack with Molotov cocktails on Monday against the island’s diplomatic mission in Paris.According to the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s Twitter account, the fence of the Cuban embassy in Washington D.C. was surrounded with posters condemning an alleged violence currently facing the Cuban people along with offensive placards against the Cuban government.The harassment continues against our diplomatic missions this time in Washington D.C.; the same mission that was under a terrorist attack in 2020 on which the US administration still keeps silence,” reads the tweet by the Cuban Foreign Ministry. https://bit.ly/3iT0SVxMeanwhile, a group of individuals besieged the Cuban embassy in Panama by shouting offensive words against the Cuban revolution; the action was neutralized by Panamanians friends of Cuba.The actions against the Cuban embassy in Washington run contrary to the Vienna Convention because of the vulnerability of the Cuban diplomats’ integrity, said the president of the Cuban United Nations Association Fermin Quiñonez.These actions encourage violence against Cuba which was already fueled by last July 11 riots, which were part of a discrediting campaign unleashed on social media and some information transnationals with the support of the White House, said the representative.

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Cuba Administers over Eight Million Doses of Local COVID-19 Vaccines

Havana, July 27 (ACN) The Cuban Health Ministry said that a total of eight million 913 thousand 141 doses of locally developed COVID-19 candidate vaccines were administered up to July 25 on the island.Up to date, Two million 464 thousand 430 citizens have been fully immunized against the virus, while over 3.4 million have received at least one dose of the vaccines and more than 2.9 million have received two shots.The report also says that since March clinical trials have been underway on COVID-19 convalescents with the candidate vaccines Soberana 02, Abdala and Soberana Plus.This trial has so far administered nearly 150 thousand doses of the locally developed products.

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Mexico Dispatches Second Humanitarian Aid Shipment to Cuba

Havana, July 27 (ACN) A second humanitarian aid shipment departed the Mexican port of Veracruz in route to Cuba on board the Arm Libertador Bal-02 multipurpose boat to help the island face the impact by the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions imposed by the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against the Cuban people.Also on Monday, the Mexican boat Jose Maria Morelos II set sails from that port with 100 thousand barrels of oil on board aimed at supplying Cuban hospitals; while Tuesday’s shipment contains medical resources such as syringes, oxygen, facemasks as well as other goods like powder milk, beans, flour, canned fish and cooking oil.A third Mexican shipment will leave that nation on Wednesday towards Cuba with a similar cargo, according to PL news agency.These actions of international and humanitarian assistance take place as part of a Cuba-Mexico Basic Cooperation Accord for Development.Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel thanked his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for his call on the international community to support the island with concrete actions.

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Italy’s Piedmont Region to Send Aid to Cuba

Havana, July 27 (ACN) The Regional Council of Piedmont, Italy, requested the local government to send humanitarian aid to Cuba to help the island face the spread of COVID-19.The Piedmont Council issued a resolution denouncing the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against the Cuban people, particularly what it described as the serious situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic.”The resolution adopted by leftist councillor Marco Grimaldi commits the regional government to take action at the national level in order “to back the necessity to lift the US blockade against Cuba,” according to the website of the Cuban Friendship Institute. The document also urges the regional council to send medical resources to Cuba, including individual protection items and medications.The resolution recalls the high quality of the Cuban health system and the internationalist vocation of the Cuban medical personnel who have helped other countries of the world over the past 57 years, including the city of Turin, capital of Piedmont.

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Cuba Taekwondo Conquers First Olympic Medal in Tokyo

Havana, July 27 (ACN) In what was considered a tight fight against Chinese Hongyi Sun, Cuba’s two-time world champ Rafael Alba conquered the first Olympic Bronze medal for the island at Tokyo 2020.Scoring 5-4, Alba got one point ahead his rival when just one second was left to conclude the combat and garnered the Bronze.Cuba is already in the Olympic medal count in Tokyo.

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Cuba Denounces Terrorist Attack against its Embassy in Paris

Havana, July 26 (ACN) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denounced a terrorist attack perpetrated Monday against the island’s embassy in Paris holding Washington accountable for encouraging this kind of violent actions.On his Twitter account– https://bit.ly/3zERZWt — the foreign minister said the US government has remained isolated in its interfering attempts against Cuba.Minister Rodriguez said Washington’s aggressive policy aimed at asphyxiating the Cuban people is only backed by less than 20 nations against the overwhelming rejection by the world against the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against the Cuban people.

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Cuba Appreciates Mexican Humanitarian Aid

Havana, July 26 (ACN) Cuba thanked Mexico for two shipments of food, medicines and oxygen to soon arrive here in support of the island’s people and government.According to the Cuban Foreign Ministry, the island also acknowledged the support by Mexico’s government, headed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, of the claim by the international community to end the US economic, commercial and financial blockade maintained against the Cuban people for over 60 years now.During a press conference on Monday, the Mexican President said that the two ships loaded with the humanitarian aid to Cuba will soon sail out of the Veracruz port, a city that maintains historic links with Havana and Cuba.Lopez Obrador addressed the difficult sanitary situation facing the island and said that instead of blockades, all countries should help Cuba since it is inadmissible that in these times a blockade is being used to punish an independent nation, in direct reference to the US siege.The Mexican head of state called on all countries who annually support Cuba at the UN against the US blockade to turn their support into actions to assist the Cuban people and urged the US Joe Biden administration to take a concrete decision in this respect and that at least allows Cuban families to receive remittances from those who live and work in the United States.

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Cuba Denounces Destabilization Attempts from US Territory

Havana, July 26 (ACN) Cuban Communication Minister Mayra Averich denounced the use of Information Technologies to encourage criminal and terrorist actions in Cuba from US territory, including cyber-attacks against government webpages and local means of mass media.In a letter addressed to the general secretary of the International Telecommunication Union (ITC) Houlim Zhao, the Cuban minister said that such hostile actions run contrary to the principles stated on the preface of the constitution of the United Nations’ entity.On its constitution’s preface the ITC states that it aims at favoring peaceful relations, international cooperation among the nations and economic and social development though the good performance of telecommunications, the minister recalled.The letter, handed over though the Cuban ambassador to Geneva Juan Antonio Quintanilla, reiterates Cuba’s rejection of unilateral coercive measures, the use of social media to promote hatred-oriented discourses, the call to violence, subversion, fake news, the distortion of reality with political aims or as a pretext to unleash wars or military interventions, according to the website of the Cuban Communications Ministry.Arevich said that these acts to encourage violence and public unrest have been showing since late 2020 and were intensified as of June 15 this year by using technological platforms belonging to companies under US jurisdiction, such as Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.Since July 12, cyber-security incidents have increased particularly denial of services affecting Cuban government websites such as the island’s Presidency, the Foreign Ministry and those of mass media like the newspaper Granma, the minister denounced.
In the face of these events, Cuba asks the ICU to take action in order to have such moves cease and to also call on the US government to stop the illegal use of Information Technologies for its campaign against Havana.The Cuban government official also insisted in the commitment adopted through the Geneva Declaration of Principles during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to prevent the use of Information Technologies with goals that are not compatible with international stability and security, which can affect the integrity of national infrastructures to the detriment of security.

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OAS Supports US Aggression of Cuba

Havana, July 26 (ACN) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denounced on Monday that the Organization of American States (OAS) is supporting US aggressive actions against the Cuban people.On his Twitter account– https://bit.ly/371MftF– Minister Rodriguez described the OAS as a US Colonial and Monroeist Ministry which, headed by Luis Almagro, backs isolation policies and promotes violence in this part of the world.The Cuban government official also rejected the attempts by the White House to hold a meeting of the OAS Permanent Council aimed at interfering with Cuba’s internal affairs.Following the July 11 US-promoted riots in Cuba, Luis Almagro condemned what he called “the dictatorial Cuban regime,” according to Telesur TV network.Nations like Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are main targets for US political interference backed by the alleged regional forum for dialog, which has been already blasted by others such as Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who described it as a “lackey entity.”

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Cuban President Details Government Road Map

Havana, July 26 (ACN) Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel said that his government has drawn up a road map based on the passing of legislations, dialog with the people and better management of public and business agendas.Following a voluntary agricultural work session in an urban garden in the western Havana locality of Fontanar, the head of state spoke about the government’s agenda with some one hundred young people who took part at the agricultural initiative.The adoption of laws in tune with the Cuban constitution will allow improving democracy and the people’s right for protection, said the Head of State who noted that since the Magna Carta was approved, a significant legislative process has been underway in the country and that effort must identify the priorities for these particular times.Improving the practice of public officials and entrepreneurs is also high on the agenda, said Diaz Canel who underlined the need to improve a series of public policies related to the youths and consider the projects they can propose while keeping up the dialog to attend to their concerns.The president recalled the July 11 riots in the country which were followed by revolutionary gatherings in support of the Cuban revolution and addressed the humanistic approach being given to young people who took participated in the riots.Diaz-Canel, also First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, said that several young people have been meeting these days to reflect on new and good ideas, which he described as necessary for the new generations to suggest how to build a better country.August will witness an intense working agenda, which includes meetings with students, artists, religious leaders, scientists as part of the work being deployed by top government officials.The President also recalled the historic deeds of July 26, 1953 and the courage of the young people who assaulted the Moncada army barracks in Santiago de Cuba that day. Looking back at history you can understand what continuity is about, far beyond any slogan, he noted.

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Díaz-Canel congratulates Cubans on National Rebellion Day

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 26 (ACN) Congratulations, Cubans all! Thank you, dear friends of the world! It’s already the 26th, wrote this Monday on Twitter the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, on the occasion of the celebration of the National Rebellion Day.In his message on that social network, the Cuban leader reiterated his call for peace, work, unity and moving forward together, and used the hashtag #MiMoncadaesHoy.”Congratulations, Cubans all! Thank you, dear friends of the world! It is already 26! I reiterate my call for peace, work, unity and to move forward together! #MiMoncadaesHoy,” Díaz-Canel tweeted.Since July 26, 1953 Cuba has paid tribute to the Centenary Generation, the one that confronted the dictatorship of dictator Fulgencio Batista, and sought to make social, political and economic changes in the country.The assaults 68 years ago to the Moncada Barracks, in Santiago de Cuba, and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, in Bayamo, initiated the uprising that would lead to the subsequent victory of January 1, 1959.

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Díaz-Canel thanks Venezuela for demanding an end to the blockade against Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 26 (ACN) The President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, thanked the Venezuelan people and government for their denunciation of the cruel and inhumane economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the island.Thanks to our beloved Venezuela, to its children who are our brothers, what Chávez and Fidel founded is indestructible,” the Cuban leader wrote on his Twitter account.Díaz-Canel expressed his gratitude to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who wrote on Saturday on that social network that Cuba has the support of the world; he also called for solidarity with the Cuban Revolution so that the criminal measures imposed by the Yankee empire against the people cease and ratified that the largest of the Antilles can always count on Venezuela.In his tweet President Díaz-Canel added that today the world recognizes the injustice and joins a principled demand: to eliminate the Blockade.”Thanks to our beloved #Venezuela, to her children who are our brothers. What Chavez and Fidel founded is indestructible! Thank you, brother President Maduro. Today the world recognizes the injustice and joins a principled demand: #EliminateTheBlockade,” tweeted the Cuban head of state.The U.S. economic blockade against Cuba is a policy that violates sovereignty, violates international law and damages multilateralism, which is why it has been universally rejected.

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Soberana Centro clinical trial begins today in Cienfuegos

CIENFUEGOS, Cuba, Jul 26 (ACN) More than 1,160 inhabitants of the municipalities of Palmira and Cruces, in the province of Cienfuegos, are participating from this Monday in the Soberana Centro clinical trial with vaccine candidates produced by the Finlay Vaccine Institute.The objective is to evaluate the non-inferiority of the immune response in adults, of the prophylactic vaccine candidate Soberana 01 with respect to Soberana 02, according to Dagmar Garcia Rivero, Ph.D., head of research at the Finlay Vaccine Institute.This study approved by the CECMED, has a scheme with two doses of these prospects and a last booster of Soberana Plus, at an interval of 28 days, to better measure the performance of the immunogen.She said that the research will be carried out randomly in 1,166 people, between 19 and 80 years of age, half of them residents of Palmira and the other half of them residents of Cruces.In this selection, she said, there are ethical principles, of gender equity, and they will be able to include people with associated diseases as long as they are under control, such as hypertensives and diabetics and asthmatics, the latter without steroid treatment.Pregnant women and women breastfeeding their babies are excluded from the study.She clarified that none of the candidates contain thimerosal.She added that the trial is required to be “double-blind”, because the products are coded and neither doctors, nurses nor individuals know which candidate they are inoculating or receiving.

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Cuban Foreign Minister Stresses Open Letter to Joe Biden

Havana, July 23 (ACN) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez stressed the recent publication by The New York Times of a letter signed by over 400 hundred personalities urging the US government to lift sanctions on Cuba.On his Twitter account, Minister Rodriguez said those who signed the letter are demanding the end of the US blockade of Cuba and all pressures against the island. https://rb.gy/gxkmkwNext up is the full text of the letter, which can also be consulted along with the signers in this link:https://www.letcubalive.com/ny-times-ad/Dear President Joe Biden,It is time to take a new path forward in U.S.-Cuban relations. We, the undersigned, are making this urgent, public appeal to you to reject the cruel policies put into place by the Trump White House that have created so much suffering among the Cuban people.Cuba – a country of eleven million people – is living through a difficult crisis due to the growing scarcity of food and medicine. Recent protests have drawn the world’s attention to this. While the Covid-19 pandemic has proven challenging for all countries, it has been even more so for a small island under the heavy weight of an economic embargo.We find it unconscionable, especially during a pandemic, to intentionally block remittances and Cuba’s use of global financial institutions, given that access to dollars is necessary for the importation of food and medicine.As the pandemic struck the island, its people – and their government – lost billions in revenue from international tourism that would normally go to their public health care system, food distribution and economic relief.During the pandemic, Donald Trump’s administration tightened the embargo, pushed aside the Obama opening, and put in place 243 “coercive measures” that have intentionally throttled life on the island and created more suffering.The prohibition on remittances and the end of direct commercial flights between the U.S. and Cuba are impediments to the wellbeing of a majority of Cuban families.“We stand with the Cuban people,” you wrote on July 12. If that is the case, we ask you to immediately sign an executive order and annul Trump’s 243 “coercive measures.”There is no reason to maintain the Cold War politics that required the U.S. to treat Cuba as an existential enemy rather than a neighbor. Instead of maintaining the path set by Trump in his efforts to undo President Obama’s opening to Cuba, we call on you to move forward. Resume the opening and begin the process of ending the embargo. Ending the severe shortages in food and medicine must be the top priority.On 23 June, most of the member states of the United Nations voted to ask the U.S. to end the embargo. For the past 30 years this has been the consistent position of a majority of member states. In addition, seven UN Special Rapporteurs wrote a letter to the U.S. government in April 2020 regarding the sanctions on Cuba. “In the pandemic emergency,” they wrote, “the lack of will of the U.S. government to suspend sanctions may lead to a higher risk of suffering in Cuba.”We ask you to end the Trump “coercive measures” and return to the Obama opening or, even better, begin the process of ending the embargo and fully normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba. Taken from https://www.letcubalive.com

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US Donation of 1.7 Million Syringes Arrives in Cuba

Havana, July 23 (ACN) A donation of 1.7 million syringes to back the Cuban COVID-19 vaccination efforts was sent to Cuba by the US Solidarity-with-Cuba movement.Two containers with the donation were trucked to the Medical Supply Enterprise Warehouses in Havana where they were received and confirmed by health authorities.The first shipment valued at 100 thousand US dollars is part of a total six million syringes sent by the US Global Health Partners Group and collected by several US organizations and Cuban American groups during months to support the island’s fight against the pandemic.The director for Foreign Relations and Cooperation at Cuba’s Health Ministry Nestor Marimon thanked the gesture of solidarity by saying that it is a genuine and true expression of cooperation. He announced that the syringes would immediately be transferred to local vaccination centers.The official added that over 20 percent of the Cuban population has already been immunized against SARS-CoV-2 with locally developed vaccines.Meanwhile, the Director for The Americas at the Cuban Friendship Institute, Sandra Ramirez, said that the shipment is just a sample of the huge amount of US citizens who favor the unity of both peoples and is part of over 500 donations received by Cuba to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.Despite the US blockade of Cuba, the US Solidarity Movement has donated the Cuban people countless health items and medications over the past three years to help meet the current needs here, the official said.The US group expects to keep raising funds to purchase other important drugs to fight cancer and other diseases, said the official.

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Mexico Ships Humanitarian Aid to Cuba

Havana, July 23 (ACN) Two Mexican ships will set sails for Cuba on Saturday after loading food and medications at the local port of Veracruz.According to Mexico’s La Jornada newspaper, the boats Libertador and Papaloapan, from the country’s Department of the Navy, will ship the humanitarian aid to the island as ordered by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a gesture of gratitude to the Cuban medical assistance given to that nation against COVID-19.Mexico’s Wellbeing Delegate in Veracruz Manuel Huerta said that Cuba has always been a sister nation that’s why they share part of what they have with the island in terms of health resources and foodstuffs, which are precisely products denied to Cubans by the US blockade.

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Cuban Foreign Minister Meets his Mexican Counterpart

Havana, July 23 (ACN) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez met on Friday with his Mexican counterpart Marcelo Ebrard; both government officials ratified the good state of bilateral relations between their nations.On his Twitter account, Minister Rodriguez said that he conveyed Ebrard his acknowledgment for his good management of actions to revitalize the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States –CELAC.He also thanked Mexico for supporting Cuba’s demand for the lifting of the over-60-year US economic, commercial and financial blockade of the island nation.The Cuban foreign minister arrived Friday in Mexico to take part at the CELAC Ministerial Meeting July 24, which will pay homage to the 238 birthday of the Liberator Simon Bolivar.The meeting will address the enhancement of the regional organization’s performance as a political coordination platform and the articulation of a regional and on-time response to COVID-19.The Cuban delegation also includes deputy foreign minister and CELAC National Coordinator Anayansi Rodriguez; Cuban ambassador to Mexico, Pedro Nunez and other foreign affairs officials.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games kick off officially today

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) Shortly after dawn in Cuba today will be the opening ceremony of the 32nd Games of the modern Olympics in Tokyo, the first of its kind postponed due to the pandemic of COVID-19.Greece, cradle of the Olympic Games in Ancient times, will open the countries’ march, which will be closed by Japan, on the first occasion with two flag bearers per country, a man and a woman.Unlike previous Games, the cauldron will be set up outside the stadium, in the Tokyo waterfront area.Cuba will have as flag bearers the Doha 2019 world champion in discus throw, Yaime Perez, and the three-time Olympic champion and five-time world champion in Greco-Roman wrestling Mijain Lopez, a 130-kilogram athlete and the most successful athlete in the Olympics among all the Spanish-speaking participants.The Caribbean nation, Latin America’s historic leader in summer games, intends to remain among the 20 top-ranked nations in the medal standings in Tokyo, with 69 athletes, led by boxers, wrestlers and track and field athletes.Cuba’s best result in the Olympics was fifth place in Barcelona 1992, precisely the best of the editions according to many in the world. In the most recent event, Rio de Janeiro 2016, the Cuban delegation finished in 18th place.

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Cuba participates in international online meeting on marine and coastal environment

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) The Cienfuegos Center for Environmental Studies (CEAC by its Spanish acronym) will present today in a virtual international meeting its experiences on capacity building in marine and coastal environments through nuclear and isotopic techniques.Alain Muñoz Caravaca, PhD in Science and Researcher of that institution in the central region of the country, will offer details on the subject in a remote meeting, based in Vienna, of the Technical Coordination Body (OCTA) of the Regional Cooperation Agreement for the Promotion of Nuclear Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARCAL).The Network of Nuclear Communicators (REDNUC) also reported that this new initiative is part of the cycle of meetings for National Coordinators and Counterparts of ARCAL projects.The project aims to use mechanisms for intersectoral strengthening, foster dialogue and provide capacity building in the Guanabo (Havana), Arimao (Cienfuegos), Agabama River Basin (Sancti Spiritus) and San Juan Basin (Santiago de Cuba) watersheds.It is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the programs of the United Nations Environment and Development Organization.Last May, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recognized Cuba’s results at the head of the Technical Coordination Body (OCTA) of the Regional Cooperation Agreement for the Promotion of Nuclear Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARCAL).

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Cuban boxers aiming for medals beginning Tuesday in Tokyo

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) Although the seven Cubans who will participate in the boxing tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will fight for medals, it is true that the main cards of victory will be the captain and cruiser Julio Cesar La Cruz and the light welterweight Andy Cruz.But Cuban boxers will have to wait until Tuesday, the fourth date of this sport, after the draw of the 185 registered men was announced, so they already have their first rivals, based in the Kokugikan Arena of the Japanese capital until August 8, closing date of the multisport event.Thus, the first ones will be welterweight Roniel Iglesias, who will debut on Tuesday 27 against the winner of the fight between Japan’s Quincy Okazawa and India’s Vikas Krishan, as well as Julio Cesar, who will face Kenyan Elly Ochola.On Wednesday 28th, featherweight Lazaro Alvarez and semi-featherweight Arlen Lopez, who will have to wait for their opponents in the second round of preliminaries.The presence of Cubans will continue on Thursday 29 with the super heavyweight Dainier Pero, and on Saturday 31 the flyweight Yosbany Veitia will complete the premieres.Although Julio Cesar, champion of Rio de Janeiro 2016, and Andy are the main winning cards, Cuban boxing is in Tokyo to increase its historical golden treasure, currently with 37 crowns (37-19-17), and all seven of them want to reach the podium looking for the highest place.

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Cuban Venegas advances to the Olympic rowing repechage

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) I assumed this debut as personal and of all Cuba with a lot of responsibility and commitment. I did my regatta, it was not the best, but I still want to grow tomorrow and wait for the results to happen, said rower Milena Venega Friday after finishing in fourth place in her elimination heat in the single sculls.Two and a half hours after competing in the Sea Forest Channel, next to the bay of Tokyo, the Cuban recognized that she was very nervous at the beginning of the race.Venegas covered her competition in 8:03.00 minutes, far from the 7:43 (more or less) that her technical team considered adequate.”We analyzed part of the race and we believe that she did not work the start as we indicated. In Cuba she has done 7:43-7:44 in training work. That first partial should have been 1:53 and he passed later. That’s where the qualification slipped away from us, apart from the fact that the heat was hard,” said Jose Luis Leon, head coach of women’s rowing in Cuba.”On Saturday, in the repechage, she should advance to the next phase without difficulties. However, it is good to comment that Venegas is very young and has accumulated only two big events. Her preparation was good, despite suffering from COVID-19, and she used a top level boat.In the future she can be a better rower,” he added.The Cuban will compete again early this Saturday in search of her pass to the next stage. She will appear in lane three against women from Togo, Hong Kong, South Africa and Uganda. The first two will continue on the road to the medals.

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We will never tire of thanking the noble American people,” Diaz Canel affirms

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuban president, thanked today on Twitter the support of U.S. organizations in the fight against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. government against the island.The head of state and First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba highlighted the solidarity actions in New York City, and said that they are a beautiful hug to the Cuban people in the heart of that important city.Regarding the initiative of the groups The People’s Forum, CODEPINK and ANSWER Coalition, to put messages against the blockade of Cuba on a large illuminated sign, Diaz-Canel expressed: “We will not tire of saying thank you to the noble American people”.This week the Cuba Solidarity Movement in the United States announced the success of its campaign to send 6 million vaccination syringes to the island, of which about 2 have already arrived and they have collected 500,000 dollars as a result of the contribution of people from all parts of the United States, who identify with Cuba and are committed to the unity of both nations.

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President Biden does not support the Cuban people, Diaz-Canel asserts

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) President Biden does not support the Cuban people, because his government keeps the policy responsible for economic shortages and suffering of millions of families, said today Cuban head of state, Miguel Diaz-Canel.On Twitter, the president also assured that the coercive measures that seek to surrender by hunger and need to the people will not defeat the Cuban sovereign.According to official figures, only between April and December 2020 the monetary-financial affectations to Cuba because of this policy reached 404.2 million dollars, a number that represents an increase of 42 % regarding the one reported in the April 2019-March 2020 period.During this period, marked by the impact of COVID-19, the U.S. government deliberately hindered the importation of inputs necessary to confront the pandemic.For this reason, the country was unable to access a total of 32 equipment and supplies related to the production of vaccine candidates against COVID-19 or to the execution of stages that allow the completion of clinical studies of the vaccine, including equipment for purification, attachments for production equipment, filtration tanks and capsules, potassium chloride solution, thimerosal, bags and reagents.The Caribbean nation had to use other suppliers as intermediaries, which resulted in a price increase of between 50 and 65 % of that historically established, given the impossibility of contracting directly with the manufacturer.On June 23, Cuba once again presented a resolution at the United Nations General Assembly on the need to put an end to the blockade imposed by the United States, and received resounding international support as it has every year since 1992.

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Cuba reported 7,784 new cases of COVID 19, 5,932 discharged and 66 deaths

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) Cuba studied 51,425 samples for COVID 19, resulting in 7,784 positive ones. The country accumulates 6, 099,427 samples taken and 316,383 positive.At the close of July 22, 60,994 patients were admitted, 20,118 suspected, 3,441 under surveillance and 37,435 confirmed active.Of the total number of cases, 7,690 were contacts of confirmed cases; 46 with source of infection abroad and 48 without source of infection determined. There were 5,932 medical discharges, accumulating 276,689 recovered patients (87.4%), and 66 people died. A total of 328 patients are being treated in ICUs, including 129 in critical and 199 in serious condition.Among the 7,784 positive cases, 6.5% (507) were asymptomatic, totaling 102,497, which represents 32.4% of those confirmed to date. The diagnosed cases belong to the following age groups: under 20 years of age: 1,394; 20 to 39: 2,209; 40 to 59: 2,584; and over 60: 597 cases.

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Truth behind humanitarian interventions

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) Extremist sectors of the Cuban emigration have intensified in recent days actions in favor of a humanitarian intervention in Cuba as part of a communicational and political campaign promoted by the United States.Cuban authorities have denounced this large-scale media operation as a way to foster social chaos, disorder and violence.In U.S. cities such as Washington and Miami, groups of demonstrators have openly demanded a military intervention in the Caribbean nation, alleging humanitarian reasons, even Senator Marco Rubio and the Mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, both of Cuban origin, publicly expressed that a military action should be contemplated.From the Change.org platform, a petition that already has more than 426,000 signatures pursues the same objective, and is addressed to the President of the United States, Joe Biden and the U.S. Congress, as well as to the Organization of American States (OAS), the United Nations (UN), the European Parliament and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).But what are the humanitarian interventions, what is behind these maneuvers, what is their purpose and what have been the results in the countries where they have been perpetrated?A humanitarian intervention is based on the non-authorized use of force by other country(ies) or an international organization to substitute the legitimate action of a government within its territory.Since the use of foreign force is its main characteristic, there is no rule in International Law that supports this kind of use of force.Such military actions, although carried out on behalf of the welfare of the people, have cost the countries in which they have taken place thousands of human lives, enormous material damage, destruction of the natural, historical and cultural heritage, and years of subsequent instability for their inhabitants.Yugoslavia is one of the most relevant cases, because even without the approval of the United Nations, the United States and its NATO allies started a war, supposedly in defense of Muslims living in a Serbian province.On March 24, 1999, the bombings began and did not stop for 78 days, causing the death of 2,000 people and wounding more than 10,000, mostly civilians; and the material damage caused by this conflict is valued at more than 100 billion dollars.

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Cuba updates new protocol against COVID-19, in line with current scenario

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) Cuba is currently registering the highest number of positive cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic. The Temporary Working Group for the control and prevention of the disease updated the medical protocol to be implemented in positives, suspects and contacts.This protocol is unique and has normative character and national scope, that is, it is applied in all health institutions in the country at all levels of care.However, it is flexible so that it can be adapted according to the clinical status of each patient and their evolution, and it is systematically updated according to new scientific evidence on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 that appears in Cuba and the world”.The protocol continues counting on two key scenarios: one preventive and the other for the care of patients infected with the virus. The actions to be initiated at the primary health level and those to be carried out in the centers for the isolation of positive patients are also kept, as well as everything related to the medical action in each case.A few months ago, for the treatment of confirmed contacts, they were admitted to an isolation center for 14 days. If the diagnostic test, carried out on the fifth day, was negative, the patient was discharged and if positive, the patient moved on to another stage of the protocol.However, in order to optimize the resources that the country has available to confront the pandemic, the current protocol proposes home isolation for 14 days under strict epidemiological surveillance to monitor the presence of symptoms.All patients with symptoms associated with the disease used to be isolated or admitted depending on the severity of the disease. Now, confirmed low-risk patients will also remain at home where they will receive the corresponding care, while low-risk patients with moderate, medium and high-risk symptoms will be hospitalized in the institutions.Regarding home admission, it was informed that those persons whose home does not meet the necessary conditions for isolation and treatment will not be able to do so.Those who are part of dysfunctional families, whose medical office is located at a great distance and is difficult to access, so that daily clinical follow-up is not possible, will not be admitted at home either.Pregnant and puerperal women, children under 12 years of age, children from 12 to 18 years of age with associated chronic pathologies and patients with chronic diseases will not be allowed to stay at home.The main goal now is to control the pandemic which has a great spread due to the increase in the number of new strains. Let us remember that the Delta variant has a greater range of propagation; one sick person can infect more than six.Therefore, building capacity in hospitals and isolation centers to care for the most vulnerable populations is a key task in the fight against the disease.Once again, we call on the perception of risk and danger, along with citizen responsibility to guarantee the effectiveness of home admission and thus be able to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

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Prime Minister exchanges with Centro Habana authorities

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) Cuba´s Prime Minister Manuel Marrero exchanged with authorities of the municipality of Centro Habana on the epidemiological situation, one of the most complex in the province.Through a message on Twitter, Marrero commented that they discussed strategies to alleviate the current scenario, with an integral approach that contemplates the people as the center of any analysis.Among the issues addressed -he said- were included territorial plans, the main social services, all from the community as a fundamental space.I exchanged today in the afternoon with authorities of Centro Habana, one of the most complex municipalities of the Capital, where we evaluated ideas and projects with the aim of increasing community work, boosting plans and improving the quality of services for the people, the Prime Minister wrote on the social network.Centro Habana, north of the capital, registered this Wednesday 93 new positives to the new coronavirus, all contacts of previously confirmed cases; since the beginning of the pandemic in Cuba it has been one of the most affected municipalities due to the particular state of its population background, where horizontal and vertical citadels and its socio-demographic characteristics abound.

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Cuban Communist Party expresses gratitude for Caribbean solidarity

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) Joel Queipo Ruiz, member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, expressed on Thursday the appreciation of the political organization for the solidarity work developed from the Caribbean.Participating in a virtual meeting of Latin American and Caribbean solidarity with Cuba, Queipo Ruiz affirmed that “the solidarity commitment among our peoples has its origin in dignity and firmness in the face of the pressures of imperialism”.He highlighted the Cuban cooperation in the area, where more than three thousand health collaborators have rendered their services; and also the support in the training of professionals.He denounced the criminal economic blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, intensified with more than 240 additional measures that “damage Cuban families as never before”, while intensifying the work of political and ideological subversion, a situation that has not changed with the arrival of the new President to the White House, he said.The genocidal and interfering policy of the U.S. government towards Cuba has had its most recent expression in a destabilization campaign designed and financed from U.S. territory, he remarked.The party leader deplored the deployment of communication technology to build the image of a social outbreak and ungovernability in Cuba to justify before the international community a humanitarian intervention, “which has no other meaning than that of military intervention”, he said.In spite of the profound impact of the blockade and the effects of the international crisis aggravated by the pandemic, Cuba is resisting and advancing, without renouncing the objective of development of the nation and the continuity of the political, economic and social project defended by the great majority of the people, he assured.He concluded by affirming that the Caribbean will always be able to count on the eternal friendship, selflessness, gratitude and full and total support of its Cuban brothers.During the virtual meeting, Fernando González Llort, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), urged, in view of the growing imperialist offensive, to strengthen the movement of solidarity with Cuba in the region and its articulation through the Latin American and Caribbean Continental Network of Solidarity with Cuba.
More than twenty friends from Martinique, Haiti, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Belize, Guyana, Bahamas, Suriname and Argentina took part in the exchange and considered a plan of coordinated actions to intensify support for Cuba.

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Foreign Minister denounces U.S. pressures on several countries to condemn Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez denounced once again the pressures exerted by the U.S. State Department on nations around the world to join a condemnatory statement against Cuba.The Foreign Minister, in a message on Twitter, described such pressures as offensive and humiliating and highlighted the shameful support provided by the current president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, to that machinery of harassment on the Caribbean nation.I denounce that the US State Dept. exerts offensive and humiliating pressures against European countries, in particular 6 from Eastern Europe, and 8 Latin American countries; to force them to adhere to a condemnatory statement against #Cuba. Shamelessly, @jairbolsonaro offers him support, Rodríguez Parrilla wrote on the social network.The day before, Rodriguez called on U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to deny the veracity of a document riddled with lies for whose signature numerous countries are being pressured to sign.Also on Twitter, he declared: I denounce that the US State Dept. exerts brutal pressures on governments of a group of OAS States, forcing them to join this declaration or issue a similar one. I challenge the @SecBlinken to recognize or deny the authenticity of this text drafted in the @StateDept.

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Non-Aligned Movement supports Cuba in the face of U.S. aggressions

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) The Non-Aligned Movement declared its support of Cuba in the face of the political-communication campaign orchestrated by the U.S. government, according to a note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.NAM Coordinating Bureau -at a meeting held in New York- condemned and rejected the attempts to destabilize the Caribbean nation, as well as to interfere in its internal affairs.It described as a flagrant violation of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and International Law the actions that continuously incite disorder in Cuba.
Meanwhile, NAM denounced the multiple and negative impacts of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the government of the United States against Cuba for six decades and intensified in times of pandemic and called for its immediate lifting, the note added.It also highlighted the fact that Cuba is the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to have a vaccine approved for use in the fight against COVID-19, reached in the midst of terrible and suffocating economic sanctions from the White House.NAM is a mechanism for political coordination, made up of 120 members of which Cuba is a founder.

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Cuban electronics industry produces high-definition TV sets

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) The Cuban electronics industry supports the expansion of digital television in the country, with the production of models of hybrid high-definition TV sets, with Chinese technology, designed especially for Cuba.A report of the Cuban Television Information System states that the equipment is programmed for a voltage range between 90 and 240 volts, also contains in its main board the programming of the decoder box, and are prepared for the country’s own humidity.The Camilo Cienfuegos electronics industry assembles equipment of 32, 43, 55 and 58 inches, capable of receiving analog and digital television signals.According to its director, engineer Edel Gómez, they will also begin to produce universal remote controls that can be used in these televisions and other nationally produced equipment manufactured in previous years.The entity, so far this year, has provided more than eight thousand media to the educational system, and only in June, delivered more than 1,700 media of different types, for these centers, and those of the Public Health and chain stores.

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Culture minister condemns pressures against Cuban artists

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 23 (ACN) Cuba´s Culture Minister Alpidio Alonso condemned the pressures exerted on national creators in order to obtain pronouncements against the Revolution.Alonso pointed out that these actions are part of the media operation that hovers over Cuba, which he described as perverse considering its manipulation mechanisms.Through a message on his Twitter profile, Alonso reproached the attempts of the media enemies of peace in Cuba to use the voice of the artists for their own interests through illegitimate methods.I denounce the campaign of pressure, blackmail and intimidation of our artists, so that they speak out against the Revolution; perverse media operation of the counterrevolution and the enemy media, which tries to use the voice and prestige of the artists, for subversive purposes, Alonso wrote on the social network.As part of his statement, he also quoted the words of José Martí, Cuba’s National Hero, in issue number 9 of the newspaper Patria: “The Cuban loves glory, because he is capable of it: he loves those who walk around the world the glory of his homeland”.

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Tokyo, a city that does not seem to enjoy its Olympic Games

TOKYO, Japan, Jul 22 (ACN) Those who come to Tokyo, walk down its streets or spend some time watching one of the myriad TV channels of the hotel where a group of Cuban press members are staying, will have to say that the Japanese capital does not seem to be enjoying its Olympic Games.We arrived on the 16th, and today, a day before the official start of the great celebration of world sports, the Olympic Games, which many cities would be celebrating since their designation as a venue until the closing day and even beyond.Granted, the difficult situation caused by COVID-19 could have some of the blame, but it is also true that the almost total silence, not to be absolute, and the lack of publicity in streets and avenues, acknowledge this fact. I wish I were wrong, but…Our one-hour-long trip today on the shuttle bus that took us to the Main Press Center we could confirm the initial assertion of this article: we didn’t see any sign or banner about the Games, which I repeat, will begin on Friday and finish on August 8.This has been a shock since we arrived in Tokyo. We got used to it a little, but today our photographer, who was trying to take pictures through the window, broke the silence reigning in the bus with an exclamation that still rings in my ears: “Look, the first sign I see about Tokyo 2020!”
This is my fourth Olympiad, in addition to three Central American and Caribbean Games and five Pan American Games, and I assure you that I had never seen this kind of silence. However, it is also true that such a lack of publicity may be also due to the refusal of the Japanese, mainly among those who live in Tokyo, to host the Games in the midst of the pandemic.
I believe that this city, rich enough in resources and intellect to do that and much more, could have made a bigger splash about a sports event that takes place every four years.
Of course, there is plenty of promotion on social networks, but I think that’s not what it’s all about when it comes to advertising the Olympics on a permanent basis and in ways visible to those who come or walk down streets and avenues, even those closest to the sports facilities.

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Beekeepers in central Cuba boast high yields

CAMAGUEY, Cuba, Jul 22 (ACN) At the end of June, beekeepers associated to the Base Apiculture Enterprise of the province of Camagüey celebrated the overfulfillment of their production target by 196 tons (t) more than planned for the first half of the year, for a total 488 t, one of the best figures in recent years for that period.
The timely transhumance of beehives to places with better flowering and more rain, in the northern coastal areas of the region, made it possible to collect 292 t.“The more than 40 bee honey production units of the province also collected 6,397 kg of wax and 766 kg of propolis,” Segundo Fernandez Fonseca, head of technical services at the aforesaid enterprise, told ACN.He also explained that their 12 Breeding Centers, which since 2019 hold a quality certificate issued by the Center for Apiculture Research (CIAPI), are still active, their main goal being to improve each broodstock in order to maintain the vitality of the apiary and at the same time multiply the hives that provide royal jelly and introduce in the region species deemed more resistant to weather events.The province of Camagüey has 17,734 active hives tended by 234 beekeepers. Queen bee production is on the rise—9,249 healthy and productive insects—so the enterprise hopes to collect 850 tons of honey by the end of 2021.

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Over 75% of passengers took advantage of the tax exemption measure on the first day

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 22 (ACN) On the first day of the enactment in Cuba of the custom tax exemption on food, toiletries and medicines, 1,035 inbound travelers arrived at the international airports of Havana, Matanzas and Santiago, and 788 of them passed through Customs’ tax-free green channel.The general director of Customs Processes of the General Customs Office of the Republic, Yamila Martínez Morales, told the press that this figure represents 76% of the passengers who entered the island.“In order to expedite the process at airport terminals and in light of the epidemiological situation, travelers are recommended to keep duty-free items apart from other items or in a single piece of luggage,” she stressed.This measure, valid until December 31, does not cover international shipments or unaccompanied baggage, for which the current regulations and treatment are maintained.Mrs. Martínez Morales warned that Customs still gives top priority to security and drug control, so its specialists are constantly improving their preparation for radiological control.
On his end, the head of Customs at José Martí International Airport, Jorge Luis Bubaire Quintana, assured that this entity has the qualified staff to make sure that the new—and more flexible—measures are appropriately enforced.

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Cuba regrets effects of weather event on Chinese city

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 22 (ACN) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla offered heartfelt condolences today to the Chinese people and government for the loss of human lives and material damage caused by record-breaking rainfall in the city of Zhengzhou, Henan province.Through his Twitter account, the head of Cuban diplomacy offered his sympathies to the families and relatives of the dead.So far, Chinese authorities report 33 deaths and more than three million other victims in the central province of Henan affected by the heaviest rains in the last six decades.According to Prensa Latina news agency, it is estimated that 215,200 hectares of crops have been damaged and direct economic losses are estimated at around 1,220 million yuan (188,600,000 dollars).Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, is the worst hit, whereas other cities such as Huixian, Anyang, Hebi, Xinxiang and Jiaozuo are under red alert.

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Abdala: another shield for Varadero Beach

Although the number of visitors is much lower than before the pandemic, the Varadero Beach resort still attracts tourists thanks to its natural charm and safety standards, a goal supported by an army of employees better protected against the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus.Over 8,300 workers in the sector received the three doses of the then vaccine candidate Abdala, now a full-fledged, 92.28% effective vaccine, according to Alexis Medel Aviles Medel, director of the Cuban medical services branch in the province of Matanzas.“Most of those working in the Hicacos Peninsula, Cuba’s main sun and beach resort located some 120 kilometers east of Havana, were able to complete the vaccination program with the Cuban immunogen, and no serious adverse reactions were reported among them,” he stressed.
Only 493 people were excluded from the third-dose program for different reasons: some were positive to COVID-19, others were in isolation centers at the time, and still others were allergic to thimerosal, a compound present in Abdala’s formulation. However, they will be immunized, taking into account a recent announcement about a version of the vaccine without this substance to be produced soon.Anecdotes abound among those who received the last and decisive shot, all confident that Cuban science can provide solutions to all problems, be they natural, such as the pandemic, or human-made, such as the genocidal U.S. blockade.Dunia Herrera Alfonso, a waitress at the Royalton Hicacos Hotel, holds to be grateful for and optimistic about the vaccine, as it protects both her and her family. Others like the tour guide Ernesto Rosabal Guerra, are looking forward to going back to work in the longed-for new normal and answering the questions of foreign guests about the Caribbean Island that, despite every hardship, makes anti-COVID-19 vaccines and offers them free of charge to its people.More than 5,000 employees who work directly with tourists were immunized in Varadero Beach, as well as more than 2,000 indirect workers, according to Dr. Medel Avilés.
As efforts and gestures of solidarity multiply to overcome the worst outbreak yet of the epidemic in Cuba, with its current epicenter in the province of Matanzas, Varadero Beach and its qualified labor force become more important than ever to contribute to the country’s economic recovery.

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Foreign students complete university majors in eastern Cuba

HOLGUÍN, Cuba, Jul 22 (ACN) Following the implementation of different forms of learning, 12 foreign students from the People’s Republic of Angola and the Saharawi Arab Republic finished their studies at the University of Holguin (UH), a teaching center with nearly five and a half decades of experience in the training of professionals.Nzuzi Kuetutinina Filipe, an Angolan computer engineering graduate, told the press that studying in Cuba has been one of the best experiences of his life, regardless of cultural and language barriers, because he could rely on qualified professors who gave him and his classmates personalized attention and the chance to participate in various additional university activities.
“The last months were difficult because of the way COVID-19 spread throughout the province, which demanded from us a greater effort in the learning process and a better use of time to meet the schedule,” he said.Jenny Ruiz, Director of International Relations at the UH, remarked that the present course has been great challenge to students and professors alike, as the pandemic imposed the search of other ways of distance teaching/learning heavily dependent on the use of ICTs.“Thanks to their stable interaction with the teachers,” she pointed out, “these young students managed to properly complete all the subjects in the syllabus and present their final thesis works within schedule.”
The group of graduates is made up of 11 in the specialty of computer engineering and one in tourism, and they already learned the professional skills they need to work in their countries or elsewhere.Through the process of internationalization, the scope of UH’s study system reaches other nations and outstands as evidence of the center’s willingness to cooperate with and hold academic exchanges through various programs for foreign scholarship holders, governmental agreements, or self-financed learning opportunities.

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Rower Milena Venegas, first Cuban athlete to compete in Tokyo 2020

TOKYO, Japan, Jul 22 (ACN) With a strong sense of responsibility, rower Milena Venegas will be the first Cuban athlete to see action in the 2020 Olympic Games on the July 23 qualifiers for women’s single scull (1x), to be held at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo Bay.Venegas will be on the fifth of six qualifying heats, along with four other single scull rowers seeking to advance to final A, scheduled for July 30, namely Magdalena Lobnic (Australia), Tala Abujbara (Qatar), Carling Zeeman (Canada) and Maike Diekmann (Namibia).In statements to ACN, Venegas and her coach Jose Luis Mendez agreed that the goal is to get as far up the qualifying ladder as possible and make it to the B final (places 7 to 12).The young Cuban rower pointed out that she will keep a positive mindset and try to surpass the said goal. “I am very happy to be in my first Olympic Games, the biggest dream of every athlete. I will be 100% focused,” she said.She got her ticket to Tokyo in March, when she finished fourth in the A final of the Americas qualifiers held in the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, in Rio de Janeiro. After that she went to a training base in Italy and competed in the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne, where she finished second in the C final (fourteenth place overall).“I am in peak condition despite the training problems caused by the pandemic. I even tested positive to COVID-19, but I gave it all in every training session and now I will push myself to the max,” she remarked. “Unfortunately, none of my teammates is here, so it’s up to me to represent Cuban rowing alone in Tokyo. I will try to make everyone proud of me,” she noted.As to the future after Tokyo, Venegas explained that she will concentrate on the next Olympic cycle for Paris in 2024, when she will be much more mature. “The medals will come, that’s for sure!”

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Solidarity groups send six million syringes to Cuba from the U.S.

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 21 (ACN) The Cuba Solidarity Movement in the United States reaffirmed its commitment to the Caribbean nation and announced the success of the campaign to send six million vaccination syringes.Cubadebate reports that at a press conference at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, representatives of the organization handed over a certificate as a symbol of the donation, of which about two million medical supplies have already arrived at the port of Mariel, in western Cuba.Medea Benjamín, a member of the group, said that they will continue collecting funds to send medical supplies, antibiotics, analgesics, contraceptives, vitamins and medicines for people with hypertension, cancer and diabetes.The activist highlighted the support they have received from Cuban-Americans, thanks to the work of Professor Carlos Lazo and his project Puentes de Amor (Bridges of Love).She also highlighted the work of Cuban doctors around the world saving millions of lives, expressing that in the campaign they have contributed people with limited resources, but with a great willingness to help.According to the members of the Movement, the overall amount that has been raised, a little more than 500 thousand dollars, is the result of the contribution of people from all parts of the United States, who identify with Cuba and are committed to the unity of both peoples.The humanitarian organization Global Health Partners, which for 27 years has been sending medicines and medical supplies to Cuba, was in charge of preparing the purchase and shipment of the syringes to the island.Among the groups that raised funds were the Saving Lives Campaign (which includes dozens of organizations opposed to the U.S. blockade), CODEPINK, The People’s Forum, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and two groups made up of Cuban Americans: the No Embargo Cuba Movement and Puentes de Amor (Bridges of Love).

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Cuba sets regulations for retail sales by installments

Havana, Jul 21 (ACN) The Cuban Ministry of Domestic Trade (Mincin) approved the provisions for the sale in installments to natural persons of goods whose prices exceed two thousand five hundred pesos, such as furniture, mattresses, bicycles and household appliances.Resolution 98/2021, published this Tuesday in the Extraordinary Official Gazette number 66, establishes among the requirements to acquire these items, to be a Cuban citizen with permanent residence in the country, to reside in the province where the sale is requested, as well as to be over 18 years of age, have legal capacity and the ability to pay.Likewise, one must have demonstrable, fixed and regular guaranteed income, and have honored or be honoring other debts contracted under this modality of sale.In order to apply for installment sales and marketing, natural persons must present their identity documents, personal data and the certification of the payment capacity of a guarantor at the retail establishment.This includes a certification from the workplace with the salary earned; or a personal income tax affidavit, in the case of self-employed persons.Pensioners or beneficiaries of social assistance shall show a certification of income by the Labor Directorate or branch of the National Institute of Social Security, and students in centers receiving item allowances, with payment in installments, personal data and commitment of the person assisting them for the payment.The text clarifies that, persons hired in a state entity may have access to installment sales through payroll deduction, subject to an agreement between the retail establishment and the work center.According to the Resolution, the establishment with installment sales modality has up to 10 working days to corroborate the documentation submitted, signs a commitment to process the request and informs the customer of its outcome.The contract, which must be signed by the customer and the retail establishment, determines the amount of the purchase, surcharge rate, form of payment, installments, payment terms, and consequences of non-compliance, as well as the solution of conflicts, obligations, terms and conditions of both parties.The maximum interest rate shall be 2.5 percent on the amount of the item, and the customer shall initially make a negotiable payment of not less than 20 percent of the sales price of the item, by electronic or cash payment.The remaining amount will be paid in the agreed installments, always within a term of up to one year, the legal document states.During the act of purchase, it adds, the customer receives the sales voucher and the warranty certificate; while the certificate of ownership is granted, if applicable, once the total amount has been paid.The text clarifies that if the customer fails to comply with the terms established in the contract and the renegotiation, the retailer is entitled to withdraw the good, without refunding the cash paid.

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Cuba Accuses Washington of Pressuring Third Countries

Havana, July 21 (ACN) The General Director for Latin America at the Cuban Foreign Ministry Eugenio Martinez told the accredited foreign press about current US pressures on Latin American nations to issue a joint statement against the Caribbean nation.The Cuban Foreign Ministry wrote on Twitter that the official denounced the pressures by Washington on regional countries.Bruno Rodriguez, Cuban Foreing Minister condemned on his Twitter account the coercive actions and urged US State Secretary Antony Blinken to admit their participation in such pressures.

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Cubans and WHO/PAHO Consider Efficacy of Cuban COVID-19 Vaccine

Havana, July 21 (ACN) Experts with the Pan-Am Health Organization—PAHO, and the World Health Organization –WHO, along with Cuban scientists considered the efficacy results of the Cuban COVID-19 vaccine Abdala and candidate vaccines Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus.Doctor Midalys Limonta who heads clinical trials for Abdala said that efficacy studies proved the high quality of the antibodies that vaccinated people can achieve. The emergency use of the vaccine was authorized on July 9, while clinical trials with the vaccine have started with children between 12 and 18 years of age.Cuba, WHO and PAHO have already held a first exchange on the pre-qualification of the vaccine, while a follow up virtual meeting will take place soon.

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No Impact on Local Beaches by Oil Spill in Western Cuba

Varadero, Matanzas, July 21 (ACN) An oil spill occurred July 20 at night in western Matanzas province did not impact either the bay area or Varadero Beach, according to local authorities.Environment delegate in Matanzas Nelvis Gomez told ACN that specialized working teams are trying to draw oil filtered into the local drainage system and monitoring of the event is underway.The event was caused by a an accident of a cistern truck containing 11 thousand 200 liters of gasoline while the fuel was being discharged from the cistern. Combined firefighter and water service forces monitored the event and proceed to the extraction of the spilled fuel.

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COVID-19 Aftereffects, A reason to Protect the Children

Havana, July 21 (ACN) Cuba has reported the largest numbers of children infected with SARS-Cov-2 over the past few days and even when most of them are progressing favorably, there is the risk to develop long-time aftereffects.Doctor Lissette del Rosario, head of the National Pediatrics Group at the Cuban Health Ministry, said that multi-disciplinary consultations in primary and secondary healthcare detected frequent COVID-19 aftereffects like psychological, cardiovascular, neurological, kidney and lung problems.Among them, the most common are cardiovascular conditions such as myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the outer layer that covers the heart), hypertrophy of the ventricles, profuse sweating, high blood pressure and arrhythmias, present even small children.In addition, some neurological alterations have been described including encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).The specialist also said that they have detected kidney and intestinal damage with diarrhea being the most frequent condition, also associated with loss of taste and anorexia (loss of appetite).The doctor said that the virus imposes a change in the lifestyle of minors as they see themselves in hospital and at times separated from their parents due to their clinical conditions; some of them show fears, lack of concentration, psychological unbalances needing immediate treatment. Post COVID-19 clinical consultations aimed at searching, detecting and treating organic, functional and psychological alterations caused by the virus in asymptomatic slightly symptomatic patients, since the disease poses a challenge to science and medicine.Some study prove that aftereffects may last six months and even more than a year after the person got the virus, though this is still under research.The expert called on all parents and the people not to lower the guard even when clinical trials in children are currently underway with locally developed vaccines.

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Cuban discus thrower Yaimé Pérez thrilled to be in Tokyo 2020

TOKYO, Japan, Jul 21 (ACN) Cuban discus thrower Yaime Perez, already on Japan, is thrilled to have been chosen as one of the two Cuban standard-bearers, and the first Cuban female athlete ever, for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games.And no wonder, since Yaime, world champion in Doha 2019, will walk alongside Greco-Roman wrestler Mijain Lopez, who will be doing so for the fourth consecutive time.Other emotions will come on July 31, when she will make her debut at the Olympic Stadium with her sights set on being one of the 12 finalists who will fight for the medals on August 2, when she hopes to climb the podium, especially if it is to receive the gold medal.She is one the favorites in that regard, along with her fellow countrywoman Denia Caballero, world champion in Beijing 20105, who has not had great marks in the season but whose experience should be enough to develop her potential when it comes to the crunch.Her main rivals are the Croatian Sandra Perkovic, champion in London 2012 and Rio 2016, and the top-ranked Jorine van Klinken from the Netherlands (70.22 m) and Valarie Allman of the United States (70.01 m). However, Yaime also has a good chance, as she is third with 68.99 m, followed by Perkovic (68.31 m), whereas Denia has failed to reach the 63-m mark in the current season, hence the need to make an extra effort to finish among the top eight.She is currently training in the city of Tashikawa, some 40 kilometers west of Tokyo, in order to overcome the time difference.About her designation to carry the flag she said: “I believe that Cuba had other athletes who also deserved to be the delegation’s standard-bearer, that is why I am even prouder that they chose me.”Yaime has been working on the stability of the throws and the improvement of her technique, “what needs to be done at this stage after we went through a whole process to get here. I am highly motivated, and my expectations are the same as always, to go out and do the best I know how,” she confessed.

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Good results in clean energy production in central Cuba

CIENFUEGOS, Cuba, Jul 21 (ACN) Power generation from renewable energy sources performed well in the province of Cienfuegos in the first semester of 2021, as it contributed 5.2% of the region’s consumption in the period.Amaury Ojeda Fernández, director of the Base Unit of Renewable Energy Sources in the provincial Electricity Enterprise, told ACN that, up to June, clean energy fuels provided 18,844.7 MW/h, led by photovoltaic parks (3.9%).“We saved some 5,547 tons of fossil fuels, which is good for the environment, since it meant 16,131 less tons of carbon dioxide going to the atmosphere,” he said. “The province has an installed power capacity of 60 MW, distributed among hydraulic generation (2.4 MW), sugarcane biomass (39 MW) and photovoltaic energy (18.6 MW peak).”Cienfuegos is home to six solar stations and seven mini-hydroelectric plants operating for the grid, as well as solar panels in some of its municipalities.In 2020, the province remained Cuba’s top producer of electricity from clean energies such as solar energy, thanks to its advanced technology and high efficiency facilities.

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Tokyo 2020: Shooter Eglys de la Cruz is ready, her coach says

TOKYO, Japan, Jul 21 (ACN) Cuban shooter Eglys de la Cruz, third place in Beijing 2008, is ready to try out the electronic targets on July 24 at the Asaka Field in her fifth Olympic Games.Yoleisy Lois, her coach throughout this cycle, recently expressed that Eglys will strive to be in the finals. “We have always faced and overcome adverse situations. COVID-19 made it impossible for her to have more competitions since the Pan American Games of Lima 2019,” the young trainer said. “However, she just had an excellent preparation base in Spain, which helps a lot when it comes to good and experienced athletes like ours. Our stay in Spain makes us hopeful about these Olympic Games.”Leuris Pupo, Jorge Félix Álvarez and Eglys herself did great, a fact that points to the possibility of reaching the finals and even getting medals, he added.About Eglys, his main trainee, he remarked: “I have worked with her throughout this cycle. We focused on getting her to arrive with the wish and motivation to compete, taking into account her bronze medal in Beijing 2008. And we managed to be here despite the difficulties in the preparation and other personal issues. She is here, and she is ready,” he concluded.He recalls what happened in Lima 2019, where a defective round took her out of the fight for the gold. “This time,” he holds with a smile, “we chose them carefully and keep them protected so that it never happens again. Besides, Eglys now has a new air rifle, so she is more likely to take the shots that will open the doors to the finals.”She is strongest with the three-position 50-m rifle, the specialty that placed her on the podium in Beijing 2008. In order to fight for a medal, Eglys will have to shoot no less than 1,170 rounds.“It will all depend on whether all the conditions are right that day. There will be a high-level competition despite COVID-19,” her coach said. “We are gradually getting there after some much time of isolation and other limitations. Our shooters will compete near the end of month and in early August, so they will have time to improve much more.”

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The history of the city of Cienfuegos as told by its domes

There is a city in Cuba with exceptional stylistic values of French origins, noticeable in the wide and straight layout of its streets as much as in the pastel-colored facades and the majestic mansions with tall columns.It is the seaside city of Cienfuegos, a.k.a. the Pearl of the South but also distinguished by a perhaps more anonymous epithet: the city of domes.Some twenty buildings boast that architectural element, typical of a period of opulence from the late 19th century to the beginning of the 20th. Twelve of them are in the Historic Urban Center, declared by UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity on July 15, 2005.Around the central José Martí Park, several domes greet national and foreign visitors from the heights, mainly the two ones of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The taller one (42 meters) was designed by the American civil engineer Santiago Murria.Sugarcane growers and merchants contributed to the urban development of the former Fernandina de Jagua colony by commissioning residences of different styles and marked by domes that have survived to the present day and were very popular between the 1880s and 1920s.Some of these mansions bear the name of their wealthy owners, for example, the house-warehouse of José de García de la Noceda (1881), a neoclassical work, with its wooden arch covered with a metallic layer crowning the third level. There is also the Ferrer Palace (1918), today the Museum of Arts, designed by the local Pablo Donato Carbonell and topped by an elegant turret that allows visitors to enjoy the urban image of a town that brings together the old and the modern.Another Mughal-style overhead vault, made of orange-colored ceramic, adorns the old residence of the Rodriguez Trinidad family, designed by the Italian Alfredo Fontana, built from 1920 to 1921 and now converted into the Palacio Azul Hotel.There are also the two green-and-white domes that seem to guard the facade of the centennial Cienfuegos Club, formerly Cienfuegos Yacht Club, conceived by the famous Carbonell himself and opened in 1920.And by the entrance of the bay, in the Fortress of Our Lady of the Angels of Jagua—the only one located in central Cuba built in colonial times (1745)—there are three towers finished with quarrying tops.This city tells us its history through numerous architectural and urban styles and elements, a source of pride for its dwellers, as are the straight streets, the long seafront, and the more than 20 domes that seem to reach out to the skies from this coastal city.

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Iranian foreign minister condemns U.S. interference in Cuban internal affairs

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 21 (ACN) Mohammad Yavad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister, stated today his rejection of the United States’ attempts to interfere in Cuba’s sovereignty during a telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, according to Prensa Latina.Both diplomats talked about the foreign participation in the incidents of last July 11 in Cuba and other issues related to bilateral relations.The position of the Persian nation regarding Cuba’s right to exercise its independence has been expressed before, especially when the spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, pointed out the United States as the responsible for the main socioeconomic problems of the Caribbean nation, caused by a 60-plus-year-old economic, financial and commercial blockade which hinders Cuba’s access to basic survival supplies such as medicines, food and medical equipment.He also pointed out that the U.S. government pretends to be the protector of the Cubans as it meddles in the Island’s internal affairs in flagrant violation of International Law, PL adds.

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Brisbane to host 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games

TOKYO, Japan, Jul 21 (ACN) The 138th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) closed today with a historic choice: that of Brisbane for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.The novelty has nothing to do with the country, Australia, which will host its third Olympics after Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000. In fact, it will go down in the annals of Olympic sports for its new selection mechanism, which reduces the cost of bidding, supports the use of temporary and existing facilities, and requires clear links with sustainable development and national medium- and long-term projects.It is also the first decision in a long time that arrived in the last day of the bid without a fierce competition between candidate cities, a fact that drew more attention than the projects to be developed.Brisbane’s representatives made a final presentation of their bid and answered questions to the IOC members, who later gave them the venue with 72 votes in favor and five against.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said online that “the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Queensland will forge a lasting legacy for our entire nation. They will support economic growth and investment, deliver lasting community benefits and inspire the next generation of Australian athletes.”I am proud of Australia, proud of Queensland and proud of our team who secured this victory. The Commonwealth Government has supported Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games from the outset. We believe in this bid. We know it is a great opportunity for our nation, just like the Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000 Games.”IOC head Thomas Bach acknowledged that “we encourage projects that are sustainable and financially responsible, that provide the best possible experience for athletes and fans, and that leave a strong legacy for local communities.”

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University in central Cuba graduates new professionals from Angola and Haiti

CAMAGUEY, Cuba, Jul 21 (ACN) The University of Camagüey (UC) “Ignacio Agramonte Loynaz” graduated 34 new professionals from Angola and Haiti, nations with which Cuba has friendly relations and education cooperation agreements.The graduates represent a valuable force for those countries in the fields of Veterinary Medicine, Law, Electrical Engineering, Architecture, Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering, according to UC’s website.Dayana Figueredo Stewart, head of the International Students Department, said that it has been a different, non-presential process due to COVID-19, but no less rigorous than usual.“The students submitted their diploma thesis online and two members of a team made up of their tutors, opponents and jury members evaluated them and gave them the relevant grades,” she added.In the first university established in Cuba after the triumph of the Revolution, the foreign scholarship holders received a general preparation through scientific, cultural and sports activities.

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Cuban architects and engineers join condemnation of U.S.-fueled vandalism

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 21 (ACN) The National Union of Architects and Construction Engineers of Cuba (UNAICC) joined other Cuban professional organization in condemning the acts of vandalism of July 11, promoted from the United States through a fierce media campaign.These are difficult times and now more than ever we have to support the measures to be adopted, because once again the independence of the Homeland and the conquests of Socialism are at stake, warned UNAICC president, MSc. Mercedes Elesther Savigne.“Our members will never betray the trust placed in Cuban professionals,” she said. “Cuba will always strongly oppose any provocation and never surrender its sovereignty.”She pointed out that UNAICC fully supports the Cuban revolutionary process and its top leaders, as evidenced by its presence in the nationwide fight against the U.S. blockade.The Cuban Association of Sugar Technicians, as well as mass organizations such as the Cuban Trade Unions, the Federation of Cuban Women and the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, which bring together millions of Cubans, made similar statementsEstablished on December 3, 1983, in memory of Armando Mestre Martínez (1927-1956), who took part in the assault on the Moncada Barracks and the landing of the Granma yacht), UNAICC is a Cuban civil society’s association of a socio-professional nature social interest. It currently has a membership of more than 14,000.Its societies by field are: Architecture; Civil Engineering; Hydraulic Engineering; Mechanical, Electrical and Industrial Engineering applied to Construction; and Geosciences and Chemistry applied to Construction.

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International Forum Supports Cuba against Destabilizing Attempts

Havana, July 20 (ACN) An on-line international forum, called “Cuba will Overcome,” supports the island’s efforts to counter recent attempts to destabilize internal order in the country.The event, called by the Executive Secretariat of the Sao Paulo Forum, is a platform for dialog on the most recent and ongoing events in Cuba. Major topics include the destabilization attempts promoted and funded from abroad and the media war against the Cuban revolution. Also on the agenda is the strong response given by different sectors of Cuban society.The Sao Paulo forum is a platform gathering leftist political parties and organizations in a debate about the current international issues and to counter the consequences of neoliberalism in Latin America and the Caribbean. Cuba has been a member of the forum since its founding in 1990.

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