Ernest Hemingway International Colloquium Kicks off in Havana

The XVII Ernest Hemingway International Colloquium, dedicated to the 93rd and 90th anniversaries of the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature's The Sun Also Rises and Farewell to Arms, respectively, will open its doors today in the International Hall of the capital's Iberostar Riviera Hotel.

The opening words of the event will be given by Gladys Collazo Usallán, president of the National Council of Cultural Heritage, organization in charge of its coordination, together with the Ernest Hemingway Museum of Finca Vigía.

The program for this first day of the Colloquium will include conferences and debates in the morning on the work and figure of the author of The Old Man and the Sea, while in the afternoon other activities will take place, such as the inauguration of the exhibition The Ark of Hemingway, by the plastic artist Jorge Duporté.

On the other hand, a posthumous tribute to Alberto Ramos Enrique "Fico", who worked at Finca Vigía since he was eight years old, and until very recently was the only living worker who coincided with the American writer during his stay at the Havana residence.

Tomorrow he also proposes the presentation of the documentary Hemingway: Between Key West and Cuba, directed by Richard Abella, produced by Santa Fe College and Santa Fe College Foundation and written by C. Michael Curry and Raúl Villarreal.

The Colloquium, which will take place in this capital until Sunday, June 23, will also host the presentation of the book Ernesto: The Untold Story of Hemingway in Revolutionary Cuba, by writer Andrew Feldman.

In addition, as part of the program, there will be guided tours with participants to Hemingway's emblematic sites in Havana, such as the El Floridita bar/restaurant, the monument in his name located in the town of Cojímar and the Hemingway International Sailing Club Marina, among others.

The 17th edition of the Ernest Hemingway International Colloquium, held on the island every two years, will feature a total of 30 presentations by intellectuals from Cuba, Argentina, the United States, Israel, Spain and Japan,

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Mercenaries on the Web and Internet as a Weapon of War against Cuba

In line with its editorial policy, the Cuban mafia official newspaper, El Nuevo Herald, has once again spread fake news on Cuba.

It happened this Sunday when the newspaper published a report by the “independent” website 14 y medio about a second twitter clash, allegedly involving only Cuban users who called on ETECSA to lower Internet prices.

With the manipulation of the Twitter clash results, a fabrication refuted by statistics — it proves the skill of the aforementioned newspaper to distort actual facts — El Nuevo Herald tried, from the headline itself, to presenting the clash as an initiative taken by “students, computer engineers, clients from NAUTA Hogar service.” However, everyone knows that these “operations” are part of the US government policy of using Internet as a weapon of war against Cuba.

As it happened the first time, this Twitter outburst to claim the dropping of prices in ETECSA was summoned by mercenaries with the style of Yoani Sanchez, by chance “editor-in-chief” of an independent newspaper that serves as source of information to El Nuevo Herald. From the Plan Bush’ era until now, this newspaper has been given millions USD to allegedly turn it into an opinion leader to the Herald’s service in social networks.

As we are aware, it is nothing new in Cuba nor the world that the US government maneuvers to fabricate false protests on the web.

The same practice was used against Iran during the 2009 elections. In the course of the so-called Green Wave — where Twitter played such a paramount role to the extent that the then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered to postpone a scheduled maintenance to Twitter servers for Iran —, most of those activists who denounced fraud in the elections, riots, and suppression in this Middle East nation, were not there as we had been led to believe, but in US soil.

The “experiment” carried out by the US State Department during the riots in Iran — also known as the Facebook and Twitter Revolution—resulted in 20 casualties.

In the case of Cuba, we recently denounced an attempt to manipulate, with a similar purpose, the Constitutional Referendum. Twitter was once again the mean through which the hashtag #YoVotoNo could give rise to the popular rejection and hence, offer the world a misrepresentation of anti-governmental opposition.

The OCB (Office of Cuba Broadcasting) — Radio and TV Marti are part of it — is among the main actors involved. This office has just released a public document where it is proven the creation of digital teams in the island whose goal is to creating “fake Facebook accounts to spread information as webpages opened in Cuba increase the chances to wind up in the profile’s stories of Cuban users of Facebook,” in light of the increased access to Internet.

Then, as now in the case of the “protest” against ETECSA, mercenary Yoani Sanchez was among the leaders of this subversive project. She is a puppet whose ego has been boosted by great amount of money given by the US government.

Let’s bear in mind her words while referring to a possible Green Wave in Cuba in an interview granted back in 2009. That year, she stated:

“We are not quite there right now. Cuba’s civil society is still a bit fragmented. The converging points, ways to associate each other are indeed weak. Nonetheless, the possibility is not that far. There is a chance we get there in a couple of years. By then, there will be more sophisticated technologies and perhaps the Cuban Green Wave could be even more powerful.”

Those who recently introduced themselves into the world of Internet thanks to the efforts made by ETECSA to overcome the US blockade should know that she and the “independent” website she is running, are both part of a Task Force group that by means of “strengthening the US policy towards Cuba,” tries to foster through Internet the “free and unregulated flow of information in the island.”

The “free and unregulated flow of information” is in line with the string of lies that newspapers such as El Nuevo Herald publish on Cuba every day and whose purpose is no other than, Helms-Burton and other genocide badly conceived plan willing, triggering a crisis that encourages destabilization from social networks.

Suffice to say that people of this kind do not care about the wellbeing of the rest of the population. Their welfare is at odds with the essence of their mission and goal: the comfort earned by working for a foreign power.

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Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Díaz/CubaSí Translation Staff

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Electoral Bill Presented in Parliament

Cuban lawmakers on Thursday learned some details of the draft Electoral Law that will be submitted to legislators in territorial meetings from June 21 to 26 in order to encourage debate.

The document proposes new aspects in relation to the current Law No.72 of October 29, 1992, Electoral Law, as of the Electoral Reform and the promulgation of the new Constitution of the Republic this year.

Upon presenting the text, Jose Luis Toledo, president of the Commission on Constitutional and Legal Affairs at the National People's Power Assembly (Parliament), said that the variation in the amount of the State Council members highlights among the new features.

The document will be made up of 21 members, including its leadership, which is a change taking into account that the Council of State is so far composed of 31, the official said.

According to Toledo, during the ceremony in which the National Assembly will be constituted, the President of the Republic takes possession of his post and acts according to what is provided by the parliament.

After the text is presented to legislators and regional authorities by videoconference from the National Capitol in the presence of the president of the Cuban Parliament, Esteban Lazo, the document recognizes two periodic elections: the municipal ones, to elect the delegates to the municipal assemblies of the People's Power, its President and Vice President; and the national ones.

The latter includes the election of legislators to the National Assembly of People's Power, its President, Vice President, Secretary, other members of the Council of State, and the President and Vice President of the Republic, keeping the same principles as those in force for its implementation.

The document also modifies the proportion established in the current law for the election of legislators. One legislator is elected for every 30,000 inhabitants of a municipality or fraction greater than 15,000, and in case the number of inhabitants in that municipality is 45,000 or less than that number, two legislators are always elected.

The new text -which is available since June 19 on the Parliament's website- is made up of 16 titles, 45 chapters, 32 sections, five special provisions, six transitory provisions, two final provisions and 290 articles in total.

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Cuban National Team 7, Quebec 3

In the only nine-inning game on the schedule tonight, the Cuban National Team – like Shikku Island, playing as the home team – scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back, defeating the Quebec Capitales by a score of 7-3 at Stade Canac on Wednesday night.

Yosvany Alarcon hit a two-run HR in the first inning, Carlos Perez added a solo HR in the third, and Yordanis Samon sent a solo HR flying in the fifth to power the Cuban attack. Each had two RBIs, and Cesar Prieto added a RBI double in the eighth for Cuba.

It was plenty of support for Freddy Alvarez, who went five innings in allowing one unearned run on just four hits on the night. Alvarez walked two and struck out three in picking up the win.

For Quebec, Alan Mochabee came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with two RBIs in the loss.


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Cuba, Britain vow to expand economic, trade ties

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and the Co-Chair of Britain's "Cuba Initiative" Lord David Triesman pledged to expand cooperation, economic and trade ties between the two countries, a release from the Cuban government said on Wednesday.

President Diaz-Canel and Lord Triesman "confirmed the good state of the bilateral economic relationship and the commitment of the Cuba Initiative to continue working on its strengthening," said the official daily Granma.

Diaz-Canel and Triesman chaired a two-day business forum on Monday and Tuesday in Havana.

It was attended by a British delegation of about 30 entrepreneurs, aiming to expand bilateral investments in the fields of industry, agriculture, tourism, green energy and telecommunications.


The visit of Triesman and his entourage of businessmen is considered the relaunching of the Cuba Initiative, in correspondence with the will expressed by both sides during the stay of President Diaz-Canel in London in November 2018, and ratified in March in Havana by Prince Charles.

The Cuba Initiative was founded in 1995 as a working group at the government level between Havana and London, with an aim to enhance bilateral economic, trade, financial and investment links.

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Mother-Child care in the Sight of the Cuban Congress

The achievements of the Cuban maternal and child care program are among the topics of the XVII Congress of the Cuban Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in which experts from 16 nations participate.

The previous year, the largest of the Antilles reached for the second consecutive year the lowest infant mortality rate in its history, 4.0 per thousand live births, thanks to the performance of health professionals in doctors' offices, hospital services and intersectoral support in health actions.

A scientific-commercial fair will allow national and foreign institutions, laboratories and firms to exhibit their products, equipment, technologies and literature.

Until next June 21, at the Convention Center of this capital, gynecologists, obstetricians, endocrinologists and intensivists, among other specialists, will discuss topics such as sexual and reproductive health, care of the infertile couple and current diagnostic means.

Among other novel topics of the specialty will be maternal-fetal and perinatal medicine, obstetric violence, maternal mortality, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, climacteric, menopause and pelvic disorders.

At the same time, the 10th Congress of Perinatology and Family Planning, the 7th of Gynecology for Children and Adolescents and Adolescent Reproductive Health, the 7th of Climacteric and Menopause, the 7th of Ultrasonography in Gynecology and Obstetrics and the 6th of Pathology of the lower genital tract and colposcopy will be held.

The 'Eusebio Hernández' Prize will also be awarded to the best scientific work on basic research, statistical or epidemiological aspects and/or clinical studies.

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Cuba tops Pool A at Men’s Pan American Cup

Cuba beat Suriname 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-10) to finish first place in pool A of the fourteenth Men’s Pan American Cup at the Mulfunctional Auditorium of Colima, Mexico.

Cuba tops pool A (3-0) and awaits for the full day results to see if the results were enough to earn a bye into semifinals or play in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. Suriname finishes fourth place win-less (0-3).

Cubans had no difficulties coming out on top with impressive 35-19 margin in spikes and 13-2 advantage in aces; they also held 9-1 margin in blocks. Cuba committed 14 errors and Suriname a total of 18.

Wing spiker Yohan Leon led Cuba with 15 points on 11 kills and 4 aces; opposite Jaime Herrera contributed with 11 points, including 5 aces, and wing spiker Miguel Angel Lopez added 10 points on 9 kills and one block. Cuban captain Livan Osoria chipped in with 6 monster blocks. On Suriname’s side, opposite Zefanio Breinburg and wing spiker Keven Sporkslede scored 7 and 6 points accordingly.


Livan Osoria, captain Cuba: “Analyzing our pool back home, we knew it was going to be difficult to face the defending champion Argentina, Canada that plays strong and Suriname; we respect them all and we always went out to win. Now we wait for the point definition to know if we rest”.

Nicolás Vives, coach Cuba: “We reached our goal, win the group and leaving Suriname with little points as possible; we now wait and what’s most important, keep on playing”.

Roberto Joval, coach Suriname: “I thought we started good, but unfortunately it didn’t last, we were facing Cuba, a big volleyball country. Suriname is upcoming and it was a good experience this feeling, go back home and learn from that point forward”.

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Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association supports Cuba´s ideals

CCFA-CALGARY in Collaboration with Colectivo Por la Memoria Salvador Allende had the privileged to had 2 special guest from ICAP ( Cuban Institute of Friendship with the people) directly from Cuba, Sandra Ramirez & Yamil Marrero.

Our main objective is to inform and educate people about important topics that's affecting the Cuban people.

Important issues such as the closing of the Canadian Visa office in Havana that's impacting thousands of Cuban families, the Helms Burton laws that has been put in place and threaten peace, solidarity, peaceful coexistence and friendship between nations AND for over half of century the people of Cuba have been suffering under a criminal blockade that we ALL say no more!!!!

We will continue to defend this country that has done nothing but give Solidarity to so many countries in Latin America, Africa and around the world!!!! For those that came to see them speak, Thank You for your unconditional support!!!!!

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