Cuba Wins Award at Beijing's Tourist Expo, BITE 2018

Beijing, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba won today the prize for Best Organizing Team in the 15th edition of the Beijing International Tourism Fair (BITE 2018), which was held over three days with almost a thousand national and international participants.

The island's stand presented offers from Gaviota Group, Habanos S.A., Havana Club International S.A. and Comercializadora de Servicios Médicos Cubanos (Cuban Medical Services Marketer) S.A.

Representatives also included Chinese agencies with business in the Caribbean country.

The stand promoted several travel packages at BITE 2018, including renowned rum brands such as Havana Club and Mulata, honey and medicines from BioCubaFarma.

The Cuban delegation highlighted the presence of a twister who prepared for the public coveted cigars such as Cohiba, Partagas and Monte Cristo.

Since the opening of the event last Friday morning, the Cuban stand has been one of the most visited for its variety and authenticity.

Last year, it won the popularity award for high visitor numbers.

The economic-commercial attaché of the Cuban embassy, Yohanely Savigne, told Prensa Latina they have been successfully participating in BITE for years and have come to this edition with pre-established appointments with travel agencies from China.

'It is evidence of interest in the Cuban market in Latin America and the Caribbean,' Savigne added.

The event brought together Chinese tour operators from Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, Thailand, Ivory Coast and Germany, among other countries, as well as companies from other sectors linked to the touristic industry.

Companies dedicated to providing health care, food, robotics, telecommunications, manufacturing, sports and handicrafts attended the expo.

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Solidarity Meeting With Cuba Ends in Argentina

Rosario, Argentina, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) The 16th Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba in Argentina will conclude here today after several days of profound debates marked by the continuation of the struggle promoted by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.

The event, which has been full of emotion for being held in Che's native land coinciding with his 90th birthday, will be closed with a panel discussion on the role of the media in these times and the battle of ideas in traditional media as well as in social .

Themes on how to strengthen integration and unite collective forces to defend progressive processes in the region, with Cuba as a guide, marked the days of the meeting which gathered some 150 national delegates and guests from Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela.

The word unity has been one of the most replicated in these days of debate, which included the participation of Cuban hero Antonio Guerrero, the ambassador of that island Orestes Perez, scholars and speakers such as Atilio Boron, among other personalities.

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Mijain Lopez and his scope targeting Barranquilla

In snipers’ terminology, it could be said that Cuban Greco-Roman wrestler Mijain Lopez has only one target in his scope: the Central American and the Caribbean Games to be held July 19-August 3 in Barranquilla.

Believe it or not, Mijain has just won one gold medal in this sort of games and it occurred in Veracruz 2014.

It is certainly surprising that such a high-ranked wrestler (three Olympic gold medals, five gold medals in World Championships) has only grabbed one title in Central American Games.

He participated in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, in 2016, but the small number of five wrestlers deprived him of winning the title. Cuba did not participate in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in 2010 due to safety issues with the delegation.

How is everything going so far?

I am focused on my training. Everything is all right and I am injury-free this time. Thus, I can look for the result everyone wants. And this is no other than the first place in my category 130 kg.

I will not face tough opponents in Barranquilla. But I always respect the opponents and I never underestimate them. However, I tell my people I will go out there looking for the gold medal.

How do you feel physically?

I am ready to go. I feel full of energy and vigor. As I have said before, my sole rival is my weight and the rule changes of my sports.

Was it profitable the rest you took last year?

It was great after so many years of sport career. I rejuvenated myself. I feel awesome right now.

After the Central American Games, are you planning to go to the World Championship to be held in Hungary in October?

The technical staff and I decided that it is better that Oscar Pino has another chance. He did pretty well last year by winning a bronze medal in the World Championship held in Paris, France.

Besides, the trainers are doing an excellent job with me. They are focusing on my physical shape for Tokyo 2020 without serious injuries or fatigue.

Last March, in the tournament to get the tickets for Barranquilla, you were involved with your partners giving them advises…Would you like to train in the future?

Yes, I do like it. It would be very special to convey my experiences to younger athletes. I try to teach them everything I have learned as wrestler.

How do you see the wrestling team of Cuba?

The boys are all right. They are enthusiastic and want to win. I am pretty sure we can win the six gold medals in Barranquilla. This goal is perfectly feasible.

You can achieve the feat of winning four gold medals in the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020. What is your comment on this?

I would like to go step by step. But I can say one piece of advice. It is better my opponents train hard as I will go all in to win my gold medal. It will be the perfect closure for my career.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz//CubaSi Translation Staff

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Cuba Mourns Death Of TV Ballet Icon Iraida Malberti Cabrera, 81

Asked if she would ever retire, Malberti answered: "I am 81 years old and I cannot stop working. If I stop doing it, I will die of sadness."

After dedicating 70 years to the arts and youth education, Cuba's Iraida Malberti Cabrera was laid to rest early Saturday morning at the age of 81 years.

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A ballet icon and director of a national television program, Malberti's contribution to Cuban culture will be remembered with fondness in the arts community.

Just one year after the revolution in 1959, the choreographer joined forces with her brother, Juan Carlos Cremata, to launch the first episode dubbed 'The World of Children,' starring Carmen Solar and Edwin Fernandez.

In an interview with Cuba Debate, Malberti explained: "I started at the age of three years; my mom took me to the ballet. I went through the Supreme Court of Art, I became a Doctor in Pedagogy in 1962.

"I am a teacher of Ballet and Folkloric Dances thanks to an emerging course organized by Chely-Ramona de Saá, and I am a television director."

An art director, choreographer, script writer, filmmaker and mother of three talented children, Malberti made a name for herself with her take on classical ballet and folk dances which debuted on TV. Most notable were the prohgrams 'Tía Tata Tells Stories,' 'The Circus,' 'And Says A Butterfly' and 'When I Grow Up.'

Malberti told Cuba Debate one of her favorite experiences was filming a program which celebrated anniversaries in various countries, entitled 'Variedades' (Varieties).

"We had to investigate tenaciously. Some countries did not have anything written – there was no Internet – we went to and fro, they were the songs and the games of the children in each of the regions.

"Once I had to interview a Scandinavian diplomat. When I arrived he said: 'I do not have anything, I do not have children's songs' and I said: 'But you have to remember when you were a kid.'

"He was a very tall man, a huge fishing rod, very serious. And it was comical, because that man ended up jumping, singing and dancing in his office. He taught me the games and the songs that he himself enjoyed when he was little. And the repetitions several times, comical."

Asked if she would ever retire, Malberti answered: "I am 81 years old and I cannot stop working. If I stop doing it, I will die of sadness."

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Cuban President Heads Opening of New Hematology Institute

Havana, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel attended today the opening of a new headquarters of the Institute of Hematology and Immunology, a vital entity for diagnostic studies of these diseases and blood donation programs.

Diaz-Canel was accompanied by the second secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, who inaugurated that institution on December 2, 1966, when he served as Minister of Public Health.

The event was also attended by the current Cuban Minister and Vice President Roberto Morales and the First Secretary of the PCC Provincial Committee, Lazara Mercedes Lopez.

In the opening remarks, its director Consuelo Macias, after recalling the beginnings of the scientific institution and some of its achievements in 52 years of work, listed some of the main projections for the next five years, including rising by 90 percent the level of cure of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

She also mentioned the introduction of traditional and massive sequencing to identify new diagnoses in hematology and immunological diseases, as well as to achieve more personalized treatments.

Macias considered essential in the sustained work of the center, the creation of the integrated program of the hemophiliac patient, its national registry and the diagnosis of primary immunodeficiency, with multi-center projects extended to the 15 provinces of the nation.

The new entity, which now has 419 employees, has among its main objectives to develop scientific research and technological innovations applied to hematological, immunological, transfusion and regenerative medicine that include clinical trials with biotechnological products.

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Cuba Releases Film about Life of Che's Guerrilla Fighter

Movie ''Ernesto'', by Japanese filmmaker Junji Sakamoto, will be premiered here today on the occasion 90th anniversary of the birth of the Cuban-Argentinean guerrilla.

In an exclusive interview with Prensa Latina, the filmmaker of the Japanese-Cuban co-production explained that he decided to narrate the life of the young Freddy Maymura, a member of Ernesto Guevara's troop, because 'until that moment it was unknown and for him it is necessary to show the history of those who sacrifice themselves to achieve something,' he said.

'I think that it is not necessary to reflect the cinematographic work of famous or well-known people; for me expressing that does not have great meaning, on the contrary, I like the films in which we talk about those who remain hidden in the darkness and are little known,' Sakamoto said.

Those who have made efforts to achieve something in life are worth bringing to light. That's my way of thinking, he said. The Japanese filmmaker expressed it was important for him to tell how was Maymura's existence, a descendant of practically unknown Japanese family, who fought with Che and died in the guerrilla.

Four years ago I knew the story of the young Bolivian, son of Japanese immigrants, and I decided to tell his story. After a deep research, the movie's producer and I agreed to do the work. Then, the selection process came up, said the filmmaker.

During that process, we had not yet decided the story to tell about Freddy's life and we chose the one about his time as a student in Cuba when he began his medical career; that was the initial start of this co-production, which involved filming mostly on the island, he said.

Sakamoto highlighted Che's stage when he visited the city of Hiroshima and Maymura's relationship with the Missile Crisis in 1962, a time reflected in the first scenes of the film.

'During the student period of this young man, there was an event that marked his moments of permanence on the island and it was called the October Crisis, a conflict between the United States, the former Soviet Union and Cuba that month, which has a direct relationship with Feddy,' he said.

At that time, a nuclear war was about to be unleashed in the world and the events were related with the Bolivian guerrilla, because it was when he studied here. That was one of the reasons why we started with those scenes, he said.

The other reason was that, being a Japanese filmmaker, I could perfectly reflect Che's visit to Hiroshima, the director added.

Sakamoto also spoke about the implication of carrying out this project, taking into account the insertion of three very diverse and unequal cultures such as Bolivia, Japan and Cuba.


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Cuba-Spain Business Committee Meets in Havana

The Cuba-Spain Business Committee meets from today to tomorrow at the National Hotel in Havana, according to the Chamber of Commerce of Cuba

As part of the program, the presentation of sectoral priorities for the economic and social development of the Cuban economy and the legal framework for Foreign Investment in Cuba by executives of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment is foreseen.

Likewise, the program includes the signing of the Work Program for the period 2018-2019, the holding of business meetings, as well as a visit, scheduled for Friday, to the western Mariel Special Development Zone.

The delegation of the Iberian country is chaired by the Secretary of State for Trade of Spain, Marisa Poncela, and the president of the Spanish section of the bilateral committee, Jaime García-Legaz.

It also includes representatives of more than 70 companies from the energy, tourism, and construction sectors, basically.

On the Cuban side, the event is chaired by the Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca and the head of the Chamber of Commerce of Cuba, Orlando Hernández.

The Cuba-Spain Business Committee is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment of Cuba and the Chamber of Commerce of Spain and in collaboration with the commercial offices of both countries.

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Seventh Meeting of the Cuba-United States Bilateral Commission held in Washington D.C.

On June 14, 2018, the Seventh Bilateral Commission Meeting between Cuba and the United States was held in Washington, D.C. 

Even in the present circumstances, the Commission remains as an official dialogue forum for the direct discussion of differences and the follow-up on issues in which there is cooperation and mutual interest.

The meeting provided an opportunity to review the areas of exchange and cooperation where activities were carried out in the most recent months and to confirm potentials to move forward in other sectors. 

The Cuban delegation rebuffed the regress in the bilateral relationship imposed by the government of the United States and called attention on the negative consequences thereof for both peoples, the Cuban emigration and the international and regional environment. The Cuban delegation reiterated that the economic, commercial and financial blockade continues to be the main obstacle to any perspective of improvement in the bilateral relationship and denounced its intensification with the adoption, in particular, of additional financial measures of aggressive extraterritorial nature.

It referred to the negative impact of the political and diplomatic actions promoted by the United States since the previous bilateral commission meeting held in September 2017, including the intended interference in the internal affairs of Cuba, with the open manipulation of the human rights issue, which is flagrantly, massively and systematically violated with the implementation of the blockade. 

The Cuban delegation urged the government of the United States to desist from the continued political manipulation of the alleged health cases, which became the pretext to adopt new unilateral measures that affect the performance of the respective embassies, in particular, the rendering of consular services depended upon by hundreds of thousands of persons.

The delegation also demanded the lifting of the arbitrary “travel warning” which hinders the scientific, academic, cultural, religious and entrepreneurial exchanges, as well as the visits by Americans to a country that is internationally recognized as safe and healthy. 

The Cuban delegation acknowledged the advances achieved in the bilateral migratory commitments and alerted to the risk of non-compliance by the United States with the existing obligations pursuant to the agreements signed.

Likewise, the delegation reaffirmed that it has been demonstrated that it is possible to cooperate and live in a civilized manner, by respecting differences and promoting that which benefits both countries and peoples. It expressed Cuba’s willingness to continue the bilateral dialogue and to work on issues of common interest through the active implementation, based on concrete proposals, of the bilateral agreements subscribed as those on environmental protection, law enforcement, health, agriculture, hydrography and geodesy, among others.

The Cuban delegation was led by Carlos Fernández de Cossío Domínguez, Director General for U.S. Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while the U.S. delegation was led by John Creamer, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

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