Diaz-Canel visits the Chinese Embassy

Havana, February 15 (RHC)--The President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, paid a visit to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Havana on Friday to reiterate the island's support and solidarity with the Chinese people, affected by the coronavirus epidemic.

In his dialogue with ambassador Chen Xi, the Cuban leader praised the effective response of the Chinese government to this challenging situation and expressed his confidence that they will win the battle against the epidemic.

The President also mentioned Cuba's firm commitment to accompany the Chinese authorities and people with everything within its reach.

The Chinese diplomat thanked the concern and constant support of the highest authorities of the government and the Cuban Communist Party since the beginning of the epidemic.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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President of Cuba receives the archbishop of New York

The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, received the archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who visits Cuba invited by the authorities of the island and the Cuban Catholic hierarchy.

Cardinal Dolan arrived in Cuba on February 7 on a pastoral and spiritual visit, accompanied by the Bishop of Brooklyn, Monsignor Octavio Cisneros; the executive director of the Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, and the director of the Hispanic Ministry of New York, Wanda Vásquez.

The priests Leopoldo Pérez, Christopher Ljungquist, and Richard Coll, members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops also accompany the archbishop of New York.

The New York Catholic hierarchy’s activities agenda included a meeting with the Apostolic Nuncio in Cuba, Monsignor Giampiero Gloder, visits to various Catholic charities and the local Catholic seminary, and a tour of the University of Havana, where the remains rest of the priest Felix Varela (1788-1853).

In turn, Cardinal Dolan was received by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla.

During his visit to Cuba, Dolan officiated masses in the Minor Basilica of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, and in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Havana.

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Cuban president meets British baroness

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with Baroness Valerie Amos, a member of United Kingdom (UK)'s House of Lords and director of University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies.

Amos traveled to Cuba on Monday invited to attend the 12th Congress, Universidad 2020, which will be held at Havana's Conference Center until Friday.

According to the Presidency's website, Diaz-Canel and Amos exchanged in a cordial environment about the state of the bilateral relations.

They also recalled the meeting carried out by the Cuban president with members of the British parliament in November 2018, on a transit visit of the latter through London.

They also expressed the mutual will to continue the cooperation development in areas of common interest, including culture and education.

Amos came accompanied by Jackie Dunne, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, and UK Charge d'Affaires in Cuba Lesley Saunderson.

Cuban First Deputy Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina also attended the meeting.

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President evaluates progress of Cuban educational program

The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, evaluated the progress of the educational program implemented in the country, national television reported Sunday.

Deputy Prime Minister Roberto Morales and Olga Lidia Tapia, a member of the secretariat of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, accompanied the president.

According to the report, the meeting examined the preliminary results, in coordination with the Latin American Laboratory for the Evaluation of the Quality of Education, an entity inaugurated in 1994 at the request of the ministers of the sector in Latin America.

The largest island of the Antilles was present at the first two studies, conducted in 1997 and 2006; now it participates in the fourth applied on May 30 and 31 to third and sixth grade students of 251 primary schools throughout the national territory, except Santiago de Cuba and Isla de la Juventud.

The process was carried out without incidents with the presence of national and international observers, and according to specialists, the best results were registered in students of sixth grade and the Spanish Language subject, but the significance of this study goes beyond the figures.

According to Silvia Navarro, director of the Central Institute of Pedagogical Sciences, the intention of this type of study is to identify where the problems are in order to organize work strategies on that basis.

Participants also examined a proposal to gradually introduce elements of automation and robotics at different educational levels.

For its elaboration, experience in this sphere lies in centers such as the Enrique José Varona Higher Pedagogical Institute, universities of Pinar del Río, Oriente, Las Villas and the José Antonio Echeverría University City (Cujae) that was taken into account.

It was learned that the Finca de Los Monos Technology Park, inthis capital, prepares the first courses to introduce children to the world of robotics, starting next April.

On the day, the Cuban president also followed up on the agreements emanating from the ninth congress of the University Student Federation, held in July 2018.

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Díaz-Canel attends the opening of Book Fair in Cuba

Havana, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel attended the opening last evening of the 29th International Book Fair (FIL), dedicated to Vietnam, to Ana Cairo, National Social Science Award, and to playwright, Eugenio Hernández.

The message of the Cuban Presidency on Facebook disclosed an image of the inauguration of the literary event attended by other authorities.

Previously, the first vice president of the Propaganda and Education Commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Vo Van Phuong, said at a press conference her country would bring about 700 titles and about two thousand copies.

The books will address the culinary art, the potential of Vietnam, its landscapes and beauties and the historical relations with Cuba, a country that has provided solidarity support to it for six decades.

Precisely to celebrate the 60-year-old ties, a panel will be dedicated to the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña, headquarters of the FIL in Havana.

FIL will remain open until February 16, in Havana, with the participation of more than 200 guests from 44 countries.

Then it will be extended to the different provinces of the island until its culmination, on April 12, in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.

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Cuban President urges to expand relations with SL

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel urged the expansion of friendship and cooperation relations with Sri Lanka, highlighted today the Caribbean country's foreign ministry site.

In a message to his counterpart Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on the 72nd anniversary of Sri Lanka's independence, Diaz-Canel congratulated him for the event, according to the letter posted on the Foreign Ministry's website.

Sri Lanka was the first country in Asia to recognize the Cuban Revolution. Both established links in July 1959.

A statement from the president's office said that both countries have maintained ties in the sectors of education, health, culture and sports.

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Cuba's President recalls Second Declaration of Havana

Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez recalled this Tuesday the transcendental words of the historical leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro, 58 years ago, in response to the US maneuvers against the country.

In his message, Diaz Canel stressed the importance on 58 years later 'Cuba is resisting and growing against the US blockade. Our response is resistance, struggle and emancipation.'

A day like today in 1962, in the Square of Revolution, in Havana, Fidel Castro informed the country about the maneuvers of the US government and Latin American allies to expel Cuba from the Organization of American States (OAS).

Known in history as the Second Declaration of Havana, he explained that the goal of 'this General Assembly' was 'to give a full response to the maneuver, to the plot of our enemies in Punta del Este', the Uruguayan resort where the anti Cuban conspiracy meeting was held.

The Second Declaration of Havana acclaimed and approved by what Fidel called 'General Assembly of the People', patented the decision of the Cuban government to continue resisting the US aggressions and build a fairer society for all Cubans.

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Projections by Historian of Havana's Office assessed

The Group of Integral Development of the Capital, chaired by President Diaz-Canel, assessed the main work projections of the Historian of the City of Havana's Office, according to the press.

An integral look was taken at the results and the main work projections of the institution during the meeting.

The Historian of the City, Eusebio Leal, paid tribute to the first Historian, Emilio Roig, and thanked the government, after which he enumerated the main works to be finished in 2020, such as museums, galleries, cultural, gastronomical, study centers, and houses.

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He stressed the social labor undertaken by the Office, saying that no results can be reaped by those who try to promote a restoration work leaving aside culture and social development.

In his words, the celebrations for the 5 centuries of the city of Havana were a milestone in the work of the Office of the Historian, but the work did not stop there.

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