Cuban President Checks Process of Recovery After Tornado

The president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, called on Sunday to expedite the procedures and the sale of construction materials to the victims by the passage of a strong tornado that hit several municipalities of the capital.

According to a report on state television during a meeting of the Council of Ministers it transpired that although progress can be seen in the processing offices there are still deficiencies to be resolved.

It was also reported that the delivery of construction materials should be expedited to families affected by the weather phenomenon that hit the municipalities of Regla, Guanabacoa, Diez de Octubre and San Miguel del Padron on January 27.

The Minister of Construction, Rene Mesa, assured that work is being done on the adaptation of premises that will be used for future housing and pointed out that the construction forces are located in the different places that will be adapted.

For his part, the first secretary of the Provincial Committee of the Party in Havana, Luis Torres Iríbar, said that in the territories affected by the tornado it was decided to expand the points of sale of building materials, says the note.

On several occasions Diaz-Canel has insisted on going into detail in the affected communities so that there are no damages to be identified, while at the same time it has oriented to guarantee the quality of the technical files of each affected house, to avoid errors in the procedures and to solve the problems.

On January 27, a powerful tornado hit the Cuban capital leaving several dead and dozens injured. In addition, thousands of homes were affected by total and partial landslides.

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Cuban President Insists on Unity to Overcome Adversities

Havana, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) One week after a tornado hit several municipalities in this capital, Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel insisted on unity to face adversities, after remembering National Hero Jose Marti's thought.

On his Twitter account, the president wrote that the Cuban people can overcome anything because they face it together, in reference to this week's natural disasters and the blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for nearly six decades.

'The homeland is joy, pain and heaven for all,' the president wrote when quoting the Cuban hero.

In another tweet, Diaz-Canel recalled Marti again when he posted that 'he taught us that the only dignified autograph of a man is the one he leaves written with his works; and Cuba's best offsprings are writing theirs in the soul of the people affected by the tornado, whom they are helping.'

According to experts, the occurrence of tornadoes of such magnitude is unusual in Cuba and they are hard to forecast. That explains how many Havana residents were taken by surprise on the streets, even though the population had been warned about bad weather conditions on January 27.

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Lighting the night to recall Martí

Leading the tribute in Havana were Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee; President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez; José Ramón Machado Ventura, Party second secretary; and Comandante de la Revolución Ramiro Valdés Menéndez.

For 66 years now, one of the last nights of January is lit up with torches to recall Martí.

In Havana last night, a sea of youth advanced down University Hill to the Fragua Martiana, near the city’s waterfront, to celebrate a date all Cubans know: the birth José Martí.

On January 28, 1853, the most universal of all Cubans was born "in a modest house on Paula Street, where the wall overlooked the port," as writer Jorge Mañach describes it.

One hundred and sixty years later, the people once again light the streets, as part of a tradition that began with a group of young patriots, when, 100 years later, this date was celebrated in 1953.

On the anniversary of José Martí’s birth in 1960, Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara said that there are many ways to honor Martí. "Marti can and must be honored in the way he would like, when he said at the top of his lungs: The best way to say, is to do," as Raúl Alejandro Palmero, president of the Federation of University Students remembered when he called on those present to join recovery efforts in Havana in the wake of a devastating tornado, and to defend the Revolution approving the country’s new Constitution on February 24.

In addition to torch lit marches across the country, floral wreaths in the name of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz and Cuban President Díaz-Canel were placed alongside the Apostle’s mausoleum in Santiago de Cuba’s Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, plus others from the Councils of State and Minister and the Cuban people.

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President of Cuba Condemns Aggression against Venezuela

Havana, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel strongly condemned the attempt to impose an interim government in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the United States on Twitter social network.

'We condemn and reject vigorously the attempt to impose, through a coup d'état, a servile government to #EEUU in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. We ratify the invariable solidarity with the Government of the constitutional president Nicolás Maduro. #SomosCuba', the head of state wrote in his account @DiazCanelB.

The day before, the chancellery of the island said in a statement that the true objectives of the actions against Venezuela are to control the vast resources of that sister nation and destroy the value of its example, as an emancipation process and defense of the dignity and independence of Our America

The statement also reviews several aggressions against the South American country, including the 2002 military coup, the 2003 oil coup and the assassination attempt against Maduro last August.

On Wednesday, the Venezuelan head of state announced the rupture of diplomatic relations with the United States, after Washington recognized the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela and head of the National Assembly (Parliament in contempt), Juan Guaidó.

Venezuela has the right to self-govern in a free and independent manner, Maduro emphasized, at the same time calling the claims of the opposition and the US government of leading Venezuela to an internal confrontation a very serious irresponsibility.

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Cuban President Begins Gov't Visit to Central Province

Havana, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel began on Wednesday a government visit to the central province of Sancti Spiritus, where he was accompanied by First Vice President Salvador Valdes, and several ministers.

The president announced on his twitter account the beginning of his visit, which is part of his policy of systematically traveling throughout the country with members of the Council of Ministers to check the progress of the economy, social works, and other priorities.

'Today begins the visit of the Council of Ministers to Sancti Spiritus, a beautiful province in the center of Cuba. See you,' he tweeted.

Since he took office in April 2018, Diaz-Canel has insisted on the importance of governing with the people, a vision that - he assures - constitutes a legacy of the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, and of the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Raul Castro.

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Diaz-Canel announces national workshop on computerization of society

Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, announced on Twitter that the Second National Informatization and Cybersecurity Workshop will be held later this week.

On the 17th and 18th, the Second Workshop on Informatization and Cybersecurity will be held, in which the progress of the Informatization Program, Electronic Government, the use of Social Networks, the work of the Cuban Union of Informaticians (UIC) and other related topics will be discussed, the Cuban president tweeted.

The organizers of the event informed the press that the workshop will take place at the University of Informatics Sciences, in this capital, and will be attended by officials of the Ministry of Communications, the business system and local governments, as well as research centers and universities.

The program that has transcended so far includes among the activities an exchange on good practices in institutional management of social networks, the current state of cybersecurity in the country and the main results of the implementation of government policy for the computerization of society.

The meeting will also address the march of e-government with an evaluation of the impact of its first stage (Presence) and the projections to reach the second (Interaction) of the four conceived in this initiative.

During the closing day, a diagnosis of the websites of the territorial governments will be presented, as well as the main applications and capacities of the country's IT solutions development entities.

The Cuban computerization process goes beyond strengthening access to the Internet; it also includes a program to expand electronic payment channels, and a gradual migration to digital television, among other aspects. (ACN)

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Cuban Presidency Calls to Celebrate the Triumph of the Revolution

Cuba's Presidency has called on the nation today to celebrate on January 1 the triumph of the Revolution on its 60th anniversary and highlighted the main ceremony on the occasion planned for Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba.

'We will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution with Fidel, Marti, Cespedes and Mariana Grajales', the presidential office wrote in its @PresidenciaCuba Twitter account.

In its message on the social network, the Presidency released statements made on the eve by the first secretary of the Communist Party in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, Lazaro Exposito, with details about the celebration.

Exposito pointed out in the radio and television program 'En Línea contigo' (In line with your) that the event will be attended by a thousand people from Santiago, while another two thousand will be able to see it on a giant screen that will be placed in the Heredia theatre.

It also meant the symbolism that represents celebrating the triumph of the Revolution in the patrimonial cemetery that houses the remains of the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, the apostle of independence and national hero, Jose Marti, the mother of the homeland, Mariana Grajales, and other heroes.

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Diaz-Canel Describes 2019 as a Year of Challenges and Victories

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel envisioned 2019 on Wednesday a year of challenges and victories, a few days before the island celebrates the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution.

'A new year is about to begin, a new anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. It will be a year of challenges, battles, and victories and we will go for more,' he wrote on his Twitter account.

To the labels #SomosCuba and #SomosContinuidad, the president added # YoVotoSí, in reference to the popular referendum convened for February 24 on the new Constitution of Cuba, which after being approved unanimously on December 22 by the National Assembly of People's Power must be endorsed at the polls by means of direct and secret vote.

In his recent speech at the close of the second ordinary session of the Assembly, Diaz-Canel mentioned challenges for next year such as economic development and the computerization of society, amid an escalation of hostility on the part of the current US administration, with the resurgence of the blockade as a spearhead.

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