Cuban scientists conclude productive visit to Italy and South Africa

Cuban scientists Maria del Carmen Perez and Concepcion Campa returned to the island on Wednesday after carrying out a working trip to South Africa and Italy, described as intense and fruitful.

Perez, general director of the Sierra Maestra Science, Technology and Innovation Entity (ECTI), and Dr. Campa, in charge of the Moringa program, arrived in Rome on Friday from Pretoria, where they participated in the II International Symposium on Moringa, recognized as a 'Tree of Life.'

The event brought together experts from 24 countries, whose aim was to extend the knowledge and use of the plant, native to northern India and which, in addition to being nutritious, benefits health due to its high content of proteins, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. We arrived in Italy, 'taking advantage of the trip to South Africa' to hold meetings with experts from the Biodiversity, Climate and Water Climate division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Campa told Prensa Latina.

She particularly detailed the meeting with the Emergency Division that accompanies the Moringa project, which emerged after the passing of Hurricane Matthew that devastated coconut, cocoa and coffee plantations in Guantanamo, eastern Cuba, crops that take one decade to recover. Moringa appeared as an alternative for reforestation, food and nutrients, a source of employment and income.

They also held an important bilateral meeting with executives of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, with whom they talked about the five ECTI projects, particularly Moringa and 'we received suggestions of searches for new projects.'

The outstanding scientist offered details to Prensa Latina about the production of that prodigious plant in Cuba, which is sold in more than 60 pharmacies in Havana, a project that emerged under Fidel Castro in 2011.

ECTI develops those five projects and the same number of productive bases with extensive areas to produce all those plants, she said.

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Cuba's Minister of Culture meets with UNESCO Director-General

aris, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Minister of Culture Alpidio Alonso and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay held talks here on their ties and the desire to strengthen them, diplomatic sources revealed on Wednesday.

According to the Permanent Delegation of Cuba to UNESCO, the meeting on Tuesday took place in a friendly atmosphere, in which the host expressed expectations for her trip to Havana next month.

Azoulay recognized the work of Cuba in UNESCO areas (education, science and culture) and thanked Alonso for his participation in the 40th session of the General Conference of the organization, and in particular in the Forum of Ministers of Culture carried out yesterday.

Meanwhile, Alonso reiterated Cuba's commitment to the multilateral agency and explained through examples the negative impact of the US blockade on the cultural sector.

He also shared Cuba's vision that without access to culture there can be no inclusive development.

During the meeting, Alonso bestowed Azoulay with an image of Havana, the capital city that recently commemorated the 500th anniversary of its founding.

The Cuban minister was accompanied by Cuba's permanent delegate to UNESCO, Ambassador Dulce Buergo, while the host was accompanied by her Assistant Director-General for Culture, Ernesto Ottone, among other UNESCO officials.

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President Diaz-Canel leads follow-up meetings on priority issues on the island

Havana, November 20 (RHC)-- The National Program on climate change, the preservation of Cuba´s historical memory and the performance of scientific cloisters of Havana, Artemisa, and Mayabeque provinces were the focus meetings attended Monday by President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.

More and more frequent, intense, and extensive drought episodes are affecting the eastern province of Guantánamo, one of the territories where more significant variability and climatic complexity in the country, with high impact on the productivity of its soils.

Diaz-Canel considered that this province should "follow with much intentionality the fulfillment of the Task Life, the way authorities call the Cuban program on actions on climate change---  because the eastern territory is one of the most affected by the phenomenon, with problems already accumulated, especially desertification and salinization in several areas.

During the meeting it was informed that a strategy for the period 2020-2030 for the province includes reforestation of the first line of the coast and the water regulating strips of the rivers; the planting of more than 2,000 hectares of coconut trees; as well as the increase in water sources for industry, population, agriculture and energy generation.

In another meeting, the President also followed up on the program to stop the deterioration of the nation's documentary heritage, which on this occasion included the analysis of this issue in the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic and the Supreme People's Court.

The archives of both bodies contain valuable documents relating to the social, economic, and political life of the country.

Later on Monday the head of State also presided over the meeting of the Productive Scientific Pole of Havana, Artemisa, and Mayabeque, in which a comprehensive analysis was presented on the expansion of electricity generation in Cuba and its projection towards the year 2030.

According to Lázaro Guerra, Director of Development at the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the country is working to achieve an electricity generation matrix that guarantees higher energy efficiency and independence, through greater use of national crude oil in its thermoelectric power plants, increased use of renewable energy sources and an environmental impact by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

In this regard, the vice-president of the Council of Ministers, Roberto Morales Ojeda, drew attention to the boundless reserves that exist in universities and different agencies in terms of technological innovation, and that can be exploited much more.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Cuba denounces smear campaign led by the US government

For several weeks, the United States Government has been conducting a new smear campaign as part of its policy of growing hostility towards Cuba, Granma newspaper reported today.

For this purpose, it uses the arrest of the counter-revolutionary José Daniel Ferrer, a salaried US agent, with a long history of illegal and provocative acts against public order.

According to the report, the Embassy of the United States in Havana is the main entity responsible for the attention, orientation and financing of Ferrer's conduct, clearly interfering in Cuba's internal affairs.

The head of that diplomatic mission, Mara Tekach, personally leads the open instigation of violence, breach of the peace, and to disregard for law enforcement by this citizen, the report reveals.

It also denounces that the US diplomatic mission in Cuba and in particular its chargé d'affaires, have concentrated efforts in recent months on failed attempts to recruit mercenaries, promoting division and confusion among the population.

It is also dedicated to identifying the areas of the economy against which to direct Washington's coercive measures, and slander and discredit the Cuban government and the Revolution.

It is nothing new for the US administration to use such individuals for its subversive political activity against Cuba and launch smear campaigns with unscrupulous support from the mainstream media.

According to Granma, Ferrer was arrested on October 1, along with three other individuals, in response to a complaint lodged by a citizen who accuses them of kidnapping him for an entire night and severely beating him, leading to his hospitalization.

The article assures that Ferrer, who is awaiting trial, has received a visit from his wife and children, and denies references to his physical disappearance, alleged physical abuse, torture, or that he is receiving insufficient food.

These are pure lies deliberately conceived by the United States Government and its Embassy in Havana, it highlights.

The text points out that Ferrer has received proper medical attention, performs regular physical exercise and, upon request, is provided religious assistance.

Before his activity at the service of the United States Government, José Daniel Ferrer had a criminal record and violent behavior totally void of political motivations.

He has a police record dating back to 1993, including physical attacks against other citizens, including women, and public disorder, behavior that has increased in recent years.

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WBSC draw confirms groups, schedules for Baseball Americas Qualifier, Last Baseball Qualifier

The winners of the Baseball Americas Qualifier and the Baseball Last Qualifier will join Japan (host team), Israel (Europe/Africa), Mexico (Premier12) and Korea (Premier12) in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games baseball competition.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today revealed the groups and schedule for the Baseball Americas Olympic Qualifier, and the schedule of the Baseball Last Qualifier, following a live draw conducted at Hotel Agora Regency Sakai, in Sakai, Japan, on the eve of the 3rd WBSC Congress.

“After today’s draw, all the teams know their Road to Tokyo 2020,” said WBSC Secretary General Beng Choo Low. “The excitement and expectation for the historic baseball return to the Olympic Games will escalate with these two qualifiers, setting the table for an unforgettable baseball event in Tokyo 2020.”

WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier

Group A: No. 2 USA, No. 11 Puerto Rico, No. 12 Dominican Republic, No. 15 Nicaragua

Group B: No. 5 Cuba, No. 9 Venezuela, No. 10 Canada, No. 14 Colombia

The WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier will be held in Arizona, USA, from 22-26 March.

The 12-game Opening Round will be played from 22-24 March, and the top two teams of each group will advance to the Super Round carrying the result of the game played between each other. The top National Team in the tournament final standings will gain a berth for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Baseball Last Qualifier

The WBSC also announced the schedule of games of the six-team WBSC Baseball Last Qualifier, to be held in Taichung, Taiwan, from 1-5 April.

World No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 8 Netherlands, No. 20 China, the top finisher of the Oceania Pre Qualifier and second and third place of the Americas Qualifier will play a single round robin for the final spot in the Olympic Games.

The winners of the Baseball Americas Qualifier and the Baseball Last Qualifier will join Japan (host team), Israel (Europe/Africa), Mexico (Premier12) and Korea (Premier12) in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games baseball competition.

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Cuba begins to withdraw doctors from Ecuador

The first of nearly 400 Cuban doctors assigned to Ecuador were pulled back Tuesday at the request of Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.

A plane carrying 174 doctors landed in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, home to some of the medical professionals, before flying to Havana, where the remainder were met by Cuban Health Minister Jose Angel Portal.

Portal praised their work and denied that they had played any political role in the recent wave of protests that roiled Ecuador, as Moreno has charged.

Ecuador's government alleged that during the riots in early October "there were an unusual flow of foreigners in the country with an official Cuban passport, arriving as healthcare workers."

On Nov. 12, Ecuador announced its unilateral decision to terminate health accords with Cuba that entailed the 382-member Cuban medical mission, saying Ecuadorians would replace the doctors.

Cuba's Health Ministry blames Washington for the dispute, accusing Washington of trying to "sabotage" and "discredit" the prestige of its renowned international healthcare cooperation, also known as medical diplomacy.

"At all times, Cuban professionals have strictly adhered to carrying out the functions entrusted to them by Ecuador's health system in strict compliance with the signed agreements," the ministry said in a recent statement.

Cuba began medical cooperation with Ecuador in 1992. It was expanded in 2009 through a framework cooperation agreement in health matters signed during then Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's visit to Havana.

Some 3,565 Cuban doctors have worked in Ecuador, attending to millions of patients and carrying out 212,360 surgeries, according to the Cuban government.

In a message to the Ecuadorian people, Portal said Cuba was willing to continue collaborating in medical matters.

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Diaz-Canel welcomes arrival of Cuban doctors returning from Bolivia

On his official Twitter account, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel greeted on Monday a group of Cuban health workers who returned today from Bolivia, following the coup d'état and threats against doctors of the island working in the Andean nation.

'They return victorious. Welcome to our Homeland, dear compatriots of the Cuban Medical Brigade in Bolivia,' the president tweeted.

'You honor your profession and uphold human solidarity,' he added in reference to the group of 207 health specialists who arrived at the Jose Marti International Airport in this capital at dawn.

With this second flight, 431 Cuban collaborators have so far returned from Bolivia, where the medical brigade has performed 1,529,301 operations and provided over 73,330,400 medical consultations over more than ten years.

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Who can Bridled Donald Trump?

Apparently, like a psycho, the current emperor has redesigned the world political map according to the immeasurable limits of his megalomania and paranoia.

Branded by the United States government as the main fake news spreaders, social networks, Facebook and Twitter, recently announced the launch of several measures to brake the misinformation that thrives on their servers.

Hence only a year to the presidential elections in the U.S., Facebook is preparing not to repeat again the 2016 mistakes and debacle, with a plan to avoid international interference.

"We have a responsibility to deter any abuse and interference on our platform," said the group commanded by Mark Zuckerberg.

To reach this goal, the social network is testing a user profile verification system with a sort of video-selfie, which implies facial recognition and that, he believes, could be a 0brake on fake accounts.

On the other hand, a little less than a week ago, and having the same intention, Twitter published that, as of November 22nd it will no longer spread political advertising anywhere in the world.

"Although internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertising companies, that power brings about significant risks in politics," said Jack Dorsey, co-founder and president of the company, in a tweet.

Undoubtedly, the new policies, from both Facebook and Twitter, will help to contain the flow of what has been called euphemistically post-truth, and avoid international interference that, according to the United States government, influenced in the 2016 elections.

To please the continuous pressures of the Congress in this regard, in recent months both networks have closed hundreds of pages and user accounts of alleged enemies that "influence" the U.S. elections; however, it remains to be seen what the policy of these networks will be for the fake news generated by people like the U.S. president, Donald Trump.

It’s no secret to anyone that most of the fake news of the U.S. presidential campaign in 2016 was spread by Trump's campaign advisors.

Donald Trump raised false statements like that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama founded ISIS or that Obama was born in Kenya, information that was published "as statements of the Republican candidate" in the traditional media.

According to the study «Media and Post-truth: Analysis of Fake News in U.S. Presidential Elections of 2016 », by Priscilla Muñoz Sanhueza, the election process was tainted by a shroud of fake news, which had its peak from August 2016 until elections day, where more fabricated information was shared on Facebook than the "True" (which, for the most part, favored Donald Trump).

The same study recalls that the mythomania of the current president is nothing new: «There are records that since 2011 he began to question Obama's country of birth on television and Twitter, quoting alleged sources and websites like and , which are characterized by publishing fake news (Maheshwari, 2017) ».

It’s also memorable the sayings of the Republican like: “in New Jersey was celebrated the 9/11 attack; that his commercial empire began with a "small loan" from his father, when he inherited forty million dollars ».

In March 2017, again using Twitter, he accused Barack Obama of having ordered to spy on him in October 2016, tapping the telephones of his operations center, without delivering any evidence, which was denied by a spokesman for the former president.

As if that weren’t enough, in April 2019, The Washington Post published a report that assured that after 800 days in office, the U.S. president had made more than 10,000 "fake or misleading" statements.

If anyone still doubts about this personal characteristic of the current White House owner, just have to review the contents of Trump's last intervention during the 74th Session at the United Nations Assembly.

What can be done when even the so-called quality press remains silent, with complicity, before Trump's cynical lies about Iran, China, Venezuela or Cuba.

For those who witnessed the intervention of the U.S. ambassador to the UN, regarding the vote on a bill against the Blockade of Cuba, there’s no doubt that, in Donald Trump’s imperial era, lies have taken over truth.

Apparently, like a psycho, the current emperor has redesigned the world political map according to the immeasurable limits of his megalomania and paranoia.

Regarding this last trait of his personality, more than once he has summoned, as if they were federal companies, the owners of the social networks to accuse them of censoring his person or the supporters of conservative thinking that took him to the oval office.

It’s worth wondering: If Trump manages to survive, regardless of his lies, the impeachment to which the Democrats attempt to submit him, can anyone dare to put a bridle of honesty on him?

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