The Classroom Door, the Frontier

Pass beyond the academic yield and discipline, the other differences, advantages and disadvantages conditioned by economic affordability or some other type, should not trespass the classroom threshold.

In many conversations among Cubans surfaces around these days the topic of the new constitution, particularly, it’s commented the proposals of articles like that of the marriage between people of equal gender, the time in office of the president and the accumulation of wealth.

The latter, contained under article number 22 of the Draft Magna Carta, which highlights that "The State regulates that there aren’t concentrations of the property by natural or no state legal people, in order to preserve the compatible limits with the socialist values of fairness and social justice. The law establishes the regulations that guarantee its effective enforcement."

The opinions on the matter are plentiful, in consultation meetings on the constitution draft, as well as in daily interactions in streets, jobs, homes...

Regardless what is finally passed in that regard after everyone’s opinion is heard, "the socialist values of fairness and social justice" will be preserved.

Therefore, now the academic year has just started, it would be worth that especially the adults, understand educators and the student's family, and let’s behave in a more deliberate and responsible way in this regard.

If that girl’s dad - the girl that now began first grade – he works on a given job, earns a certain amount of money, lives on a lush neighborhood, that should not be reason for that girl to exhibit her possibilities and, what’s worse, that she be admired for them.

It shouldn’t be like that, but it has happened. In her flashy backpack, the girl takes to the first grade classroom - because her parents made it possible - a tablet also spectacular and a cell phone with all sort of apps. She doesn't take a laptop with her because her "luggage" would be too heavy if we take into account the soda cans and snacks she takes for her and the teacher.

It’s clear that today's world is unthinkable without the new technologies, and that these are very useful tools for certain learning. But, actually is it really necessary for that girl to take to her first grade classroom the touch screen?

The answer to that question has it, in the first place, the teacher who could suggest to the mom what is really necessary and that it only becomes an expensive "decoration", with high risk of breaking or go missing.

If the teacher chooses to advise the family or start playing with the girl's tablet during recesses and lunches, will she educate doing that or not.

If the parents choose to pay attention to the Teacher, or simply decide not to pay attention "because I give my daughter whatever I want", will they educate like this or not.

But the truth is that, mainly through persuasion, the weight of reasons, each Cuban should try to keep schools free from such "contaminations". Those where privilege and admiration are won because of the content of the school backpack and not for what the student carries in his mind and soul.

We can’t do like an ostrich and hide our heads in the ground: it’s true that worse things have happened in the reality of the Island like corruption and bribing. However, the equality of opportunities has been preserved.

It doesn’t matter if one girl has a tablet or another one has a patched shoe, both have the same right to study, to be trained as workers or professional, and also to be educated people which are the most important thing. That’s why both share today the same classroom.

Nobody should not encourage neither allow the "you are as worthy as the money you have" occupies desk in front of blackboards. Because if this happens in most schools the girls with their patched shoes could never be the best, no matter how kind and well educated they were. Everything that has been done in Cuba so far it has not been for that.

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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus O.Kravchenko meets the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba

On September 17, 2018 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Oleg Kravchenko, met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Ana Teresita Gonzalez Fraga.

During the meeting, the parties disscussed current state and prospects for developement of Belarus-Cuba cooperation, including the collaboration in political, trade and economic spheres, as well as within international organizations. The sides also considered the exchange of visits at the high and highest level, cooperation between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries.

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Cuban Foreign Minister received his counterpart from Ghana

The Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez received Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, who visits the Caribbean island with the purpose of promoting ties between both nations.

At the Foreign Ministry headquarters, Rodríguez stressed the links between the two countries, and recalled that Ghana was the first African nation to establish diplomatic relations with the Antilles’ largest one, which will meet six decades in 2019.

In addition, she reiterated the gratitude from the island of Ghana and the African Union for their claims for lifting the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States.

On the other hand, Botchwey highlighted Cuban hospitality and sent greetings from her country’s governments to the Cuban people and authorities.

According to the program of the visit, Foreign Ministers will participate today in the signing of an agreement for regular diplomatic consultations.

Tomorrow, Botchwey will pay tribute to the leading Ghanaian independence Kwame Nkrumah, in the Park of the African Heroes of this capital.

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Cuban Specialist Participates in World Medical Forum in Vienna

Dr. Rosalba Roque Gonzalez, deputy director of Cuba''s National Center for Minimum Access Surgery, arrived in this capital to attend the 16th World Congress of the International Society for Esophageal Diseases.

The event is hosted by the University of Vienna and the invitation to the specialist constitutes an international recognition of the development of Cuban medical services and the high level of training of its doctors and other medical professionals, states a note from the Cuban embassy in Austria.

It stresses that despite extremely limited resources and the impact of economic, financial and trade sanctions as a result of the U.S. blockade, Cuba has managed to universalize access to high quality medical services and maintain a health system with comparable indicators to developed countries.

Cuba is also known for promoting effective South-South cooperation, putting its health system at the service of the peoples of the Third World.

The generosity of Cuba, its solidarity and international cooperation in the field of health have been repeatedly highlighted by specialized international agencies such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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 It was a matter of pride but Cuba managed to avoid the last place finish in Pool D of the 2018 Men’s FIVB World Championship. The boys in blue beat Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17) but the score was academic as both teams were eliminated on Sunday from the tournament.
After the grueling Sunday clash against Finland head coach Oswald Antonetti opted for a slightly different Puerto Rican starting line-up. 39-year old Edgardo Roas replaced setter Perez. Ezequiel Cruz made his first start with the championship as did Pedrito Sierra in the middle. However Puerto Ricans found it hard to get started. Maurice Torres could not convert any of his first four spike attempts and soon was taken off with a leg pain. There was no contest in Set 1 – 25-15 for Cuba in just over 20 minutes.
Puerto Rico rallied in the second after Jonathan Rodriguez rolled an ankle to take the set 25-22. Cuban block set the in the third. Miguel Lopez and Livan Osoria each got four for the 25-21 success. In the fourth – a barrage of aces. Lopez and Goide each hit three, Herrera and Gutierrez contributed with one apiece. 25-17 for Cuba
Miguel Gutierrez joined the exclusive club of players with 30 or more points in a World Championship match, scoring 31. Miguel Lopez added 19 while despite the slow start Maurice Torres once again was head and shoulders above all of Puerto Rico players with 15.
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Cuba Looks to Revert Soil Degradation Process

Havana, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba develops a comprehensive program of soil conservation and improvement, in order to revert the degradation process of this natural resource, indispensable for food production, said today a sector's source.

In conversation with Prensa Latina, the director of Soils and Fertilizers of the Ministry of Agriculture (Minag) Dagoberto Rodríguez, detailed that is the objective, but from a comprehensive conception in a sustainable agriculture, capable of producing food crops and thus respond to the demand of the population.

The soils of Cuba, well studied and characterized, suffer a degradation process since the discovery of the island by the Spanish, and which tends to increase because the country is subject to extreme events.

He explained that soils are very susceptible to erosion, affecting 70 percent of the farmland, besides the fact that low fertility prevails in this resource of the archipelago.

This situation and the climate determined that in 2000 a program of conservation, protection and improvement of soils is established, including actions with those purposes.

The tendency to salinity of the soil and bad management of water provoked that one million hectares are salinized.

For the last seven years we have been applying a new platform for conservation: soil poligons, water and forest, based on a comprehensive vision of sustainable management of the land.

It includes concrete actions of training and others to protect the war and forests, and face in an integrated way all the factors related to degradation of that natural resource.

In this regard, Rodriguez highlighted that conservation agriculture is a technology adopted for being friendly to the environment, protectionist of the soil by nature, while having in mind its principles like covering of the soil with organic matter, defends this resource from the impact of rainfall.

We have the task to stop and revert the degradation process, through all conservation practices that allow for high productive yields without degradation the soil. We search for the natural dynamic of soil formation to exceed the loss of this resource, he resumed.

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Cuban Ballet Dancers Perform at Peru International Gala

Havana, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) The art of the dancers of the Cuban National Ballet (BNC) Grettel Morejon, Sadaise Arencibia, Dani Hernandez and Adrian Sanchez was highly acclaimed at a dance show in Peru.

The Cuban dancers performed yesterday at a gala with Peruvian artists at the Municipal Theater of Trujillo, a city in the northern coast of that South American country.

Prima ballerina Arencibia and Sanchez (soloist) performed the pas de deux of 'Don Quixote' and 'Carmen'. The latter is based on a version by the Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, one of the BNC founders along with Alicia and Fernando Alonso.

The leading fitures Morejon and Hernandez showed their skills in the pas de deux of 'Giselle' and 'Nutcracker, both in Alicia Alonso's version on the original.

The two dancers represented Cuba a few weeks ago at an international gala of stars in Chile.

Back in Cuba, the four dancers will begin to prepare to perform at the 26th International Ballet Festival in Havana, scheduled from October 28 to November 6.

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In front of him, up to where one’s gaze disappears, the infinite sea; behind, the bustling city…, he seems the romantic personification of patience.

Once I asked a fisherman, perpetuated over Havana’s seawall, how many fish he took home every day. “Sometimes two or three, sometimes none; good days, some seven or eight”.

I stayed next to him for almost an hour but he caught nothing. He spent his time throwing the hook (the parable drawn by the line on the sky was beautiful and ephemeral) to remain quiet for a long time, looking at the sea, as if waiting.

—Do you live on what you fish?

—Of course not, I wouldn’t even purchase the rationed food items —and burst out laughing.

—In other words, this is a hobby.

—More or less, I think it’s rather a therapy. Earlier, I used to spend my life quarreling with my wife. Now, I arrive home after spending four hours here and I don’t care about her scoldings… And from time to time I bring her a snapper!

—And what do you do? Excuse my indiscretion…

—I am a guard, I work from six to six. And I come here from my work. The morning is the best time. I’m here almost every day, whenever I’m on duty, more or less until 10:30, when the sun begins to burn.

—And don’t you get bored?

—Not at all. I talk to myself, something I need very much. With this headlong rush and the everyday madness, you even do not have time to listen to yourself.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

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