Evolution of treatment in survivor of air disaster Stable

Havana, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban specialists reported on the stability of the evolution of Maylén Díaz, survivor of the May 18 plane crash in this capital, but they reported their condition was still very serious and with a reserved prognosis.

Dr. Carlos Alberto Martínez Blanco, director of the General Calixto García university hospital, explained that the patient is able to request food and continues to breathe without the need for equipment or supplementary oxygen, according to the Cuban News Agency (ACN).

She is conscious, oriented, in active interaction with the environment, family members and doctors, he noted.

He also noted that with the intensive management of the team of specialists, her vital functions work in a process of reorganization and adaptation to the new conditions.

Specialists advance in the control of infections in several of their injuries through the use of medications, he added.

However, Martínez Blanco reiterated that there are conditions under monitoring and surveillance due to their unpredictable behavior with risk for the appearance of complications.

In addition to Diaz, two women survived the tragedy that occurred a few minutes after the departure of Boeing from the Mexican company Damojh of the José Martí International Airport, but they died in the hospital center.

The accident left a death toll of 112 people (101 Cubans and 11 foreigners, including six members of the Mexican crew).

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Cuba, India Sign Cooperation Agreements in Health, Biotechnology

Cuba and India signed here today three juridical instruments to promote cooperation in the field of health and biotechnology, agreements framed in President Ram Nath Kovind''s visit to the island.

In the presence of the host head of State Miguel Diaz-Canel and President Kovind, the Ayush Ministry of India and the Public Health Ministry of Cuba agreed through a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the links in traditional systems of medicine and homeopathy.

For their part, the Ministries of Science and Technology signed a memorandum for biotechnological cooperation.

About Kovind's visit, a letter of intent was also established between BioCubaFarma, the Council for the Support of Biotechnology Research and Kalam Institute of Health Technologies in India.

The Indian President and Diaz Canel held official talks before the signing ceremony of the legal instruments.

Earlier, Kovind paid tribute to the Cuban National Hero, Jose Marti, and the Indian independence leader, Mahatma Gandhi.

In the afternoon, the visitor will give a lecture in the Aula Magna of the University of Havana and will tour parts of the capital's historic center, declared by Unesco World Heritage Site in 1982.

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Everyday Life: While it Rains…

Plenty of "rains" we’ve had these days in the western and center side of the island. But not everyone wastes bad weather.

While drops of water fall in her window, Nely can barely fall asleep. It’s a habit she has had all her life, and at age 80 odds, little can change.

If there are not thunders, or lightning, she is happy. “There are many things to put in order at home", she says in clear antagonism against those who simply do nothing just because "the rain doesn't allow them."

Even when she prefers not switching up the dining room light, "because you have to save and electricity is very expensive", she orders the medicine drawer, throws to the garbage those past due and the rest she puts them back in orderly by priority which is the same as according to her illnesses.

She also takes advantage of those moments to "upgrade" her personal notes and remember if in a given year, and a given day, her uncle Juan died, or the puppies of her dog Negrita were born, Negrita died of canine distemper.

That is one of the stories I have listened to in these days in which rain - mainly those of us living in the Western side of the country – has hit us hard.

Mercedes, on the other hand, has another "modus operandi". She has country and Creole roots, she assured that she takes advantage of bad weather to check windows and drawers, where she can barely remember what she has stored there.

"I searched and found a few sheets I no hardly use, they were yellow with stains, and then I sank them in a bowl of rain water and left them outdoors, because we cannot speak of the sun around these days. Where she lived as a young girl, sheets were left hanging outdoors, and the more rain water fell on them the whiter they looked when we collected them".

For Irene, on the other hand, rain drives her to knit and sew. Sitting on a rocking chair of her house, without moving because her back hurts, the old lady just thinks of the "knots" she will do to finish the tablecloth pretty and then sell it in Cuban currency to the first buyer who knocks at her door.

She also sews what anyone brings her to fix, whether a zipper, a hemline, a cushion, or making buttonholes to a blouse. Her thing is listening the buzzing of the Singer sewing machine that reminds her of her mother with every passing day for what she once said: "My daughter, if you learn how to sew you will never be alone or moneyless". Prophetic words she still feels as near as the first day.

When it rains endlessly and I have no other choice but keep fighting back humidity and the pain in my bones. My thing is not checking through drawers, neither set medicines in order, neither to whiten sheets with rain water, not even to stitch the hole on my house robe. I write - at least I try to do it -, and here go these lines while the rain also hits my window.

cubasi Translation Staff / Amilkal Labañino Valdés

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Cuba qualifies to NORCECA U20 Semifinals

Cuba qualified to semifinals after beating Costa Rica 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-21) at the Women’s NORCECA U20 Championship in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Cuba joins United States and Dominican Republic in Friday’s semifinals, waiting for either Mexico or Puerto Rico. Costa Rica will face Guatemala in classification 5/8 round.

Cuban players lacked their usual energy, with a dull performance and struggling to move ahead in scores as they committed a variety of unforced errors the entire game. Costa Rica maintained their calm, executing their game plan well, surprising Cuba but still not taking unnecessary risks.

Cuba finished with a huge 40-27 margin in kills and 9-4 in blocks. Costa Rica held 7-6 advantage in aces. Cuba benefited scoring on 20 opponent errors while allowing 25.

Middle blockers Yamisleydis Viltres and Daima Del Rio led Cuba scoring 12 points apiece, wing spiker Ailama Cese added 10 points and setter Thalia Moreno chipped in with 9 points. Middle blocker Susan Alpizar scored 9 points for Costa Rica.

Middle blocker Daima Del Río of Cuba: “We lack attitude, yes we are happy because we are one step further in reaching our objective. We committed too many unforced errors and we really hope to do better tomorrow”.

Regla Torres head coach of Cuba: “I am not satisfied with today’s performance, I did not like it. My team and every Cuban team have better rhythm, a higher level, powerful and with better attitudes. My assistant Marta and I, as former players, can’t inject the girls the desire to execute everything we’ve prepared and practiced. We hope they will understand what’s needed. We are in semifinals but we must play differently”.

Andrés López head coach of Costa Rica: “I am glad despite our loss, but as a group, going back to my Federation, I reached my objective. Today my starters in every set were the tallest players and that helped us against Cuba’s strength over the net. I think that Cuba came in tired from their previous matches that were really tough and we worked them well with our strong serves. Central America doesn’t have this level, so when the match was really close, we miss 3 points, we recover, we even the score and our competitive level is not enough, neither physically nor mentally speaking, there’s nothing left to do. We don’t know how to solve. We could compete better if we had better preparation matches”.

Middle Blocker Susan Alpizar of Costa Rica: “This is our first experience, and playing against the best in the world excites us, we feel motivated because the result was good. I was pressured because I was afraid to commit errors, but our motivation was high and that helped the team, and our attitude was the best”.

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Cuban U.N. Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez speaks at Friendship Caravan meeting

New York — The 29th Cuba Friendshipment Caravan kicked off here on June 16 at the Bronx Art Space. Energized by a greeting from Cuba’s U.N. ambassador, Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo and a 30-minute video about U.S. students at Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine, the gathering generously contributed nearly $2,000 to continue the work of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization. “Tear down walls and build bridges” is the caravan’s 2018 theme.

Continuing its challenge to the U.S. ban on travel to Cuba, Pastors for Peace will fly to the historic heart of the Cuban Revolu­tion, the southeastern city of Santiago. But first it will carry out a 10-day blitz of informational and fundraising meetings in 40 cities across the U.S., from June 22 to July1. For a meeting in your area, see ifconews.org/2018-caravan-map-and-events.

In Cuba, the caravanistas plan to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the July 26, 1953, attack on former dictator Fulgencio Batista’s Moncada Barracks. They will pay respects to Fidel Castro, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, at his final resting place in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, as well as visit the town of Caimanera in Guantánamo Province, near the U.S.-occupied naval base and infamous torture prison. June 10 marked the 120th anniversary of the illegal U.S. military occupation of Guantánamo.

IFCO calls for the base to be closed and the land returned to its rightful owner, an end to all restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba, and the complete lifting of the unilateral U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba, along with its regime-change programs.

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Nursultan Nazarbayev offers condolences to Cuban leader over plane crash

Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev has sent a telegram of condolence to the President of the Council of State of Cuba Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, the press service of Akorda reported.

With deep sorrow, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan learned the news about the multiple people killed as the passenger plane crashed near Havana.

"In this tragic moment, expressing our sorrow for your grievous loss, we, on behalf of the nation of Kazakhstan and on my own behalf, extend our condolences to the families and friends of the deceased and to the entire nation of Cuba.

I wish those injured a speedy recovery and return to their families," the telegram reads.

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Gilberto Santa Rosa Will Perform in Cuban Capital

Havana, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa will give a free concert in Havana on July 16 along with prestigious international performers, the event's organizers confirmed to Prensa Latina today.

The open-air performance in the Cuban city will take place on that Monday night in the Havana boardwalk areas to present La Piragua with a luxury show with the Cuban musician Adalberto Alvarez, who will perform for the first time in real time.

Prior to the meeting in Havana, Santa Rosa will participate at the Varadero resort in the Josone Jazz & Son festival, from July 12 to 15.

The Puerto Rican singer joins other of his compatriots, as part of the massive concerts that several artists have performed in Cuba in recent years.

The artistic director of the event will be Cuban salsa singer Isaac Delgado, as well as the sponsorship of the island's Recordings and Music Editions Company.

Genres such as son, timba and jazz will be the highlight of the event, with performances by Septeto Santiaguero, Ernan Lopez-Nussa, Yissy Garcia, and Gente de Zona, the popular urban music duo that will perform on June 26th with the Italian Laura Pausini.

In statements to Prensa Latina, members of the group composed by Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcom said this is a unique concert in Havana where Pausini, as a guest, will perform with the Cuban duo one of the best-listened hits of 2018, Nadie ha dicho(nobody said so), which exceeded 25 million views on YouTube.

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Díaz-Canel Pays Tribute to Fidel Castro in Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel paid tribute to the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery of this eastern city.

Díaz-Canel also deposited flowers in the niches of the Cuban heroes José Martí, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and Mariana Grajales, essential names in the history of the nation.

As part of his tour of Santiago de Cuba, the head of state checked investment works, including those carried out in the port.

The day before, Díaz-Canel toured the Universidad de Oriente, where he spoke with students and professors from that institute.

Also, the president greeted residents of the territory of El Cobre, an emblematic site of Cuban religion, history and culture, guarded by the Sierra Maestra and the National Shrine of the Virgin of Charity.

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