National Ballet of Cuba Performances

The National Ballet of Cuba carries out a busy agenda with national and international performances. One part of the company has been continuously winning the preference of the public and the critic during the tour they are presently doing through Spain; while the other part of this company directed by Alicia Alonso will present an attractive program on October 24 and 25 at Havana’s Teatro Nacional.

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Cuba and the U.S. Explore Ways for Commercial Exchange

Cuba and the U.S. Explore Ways for Commercial ExchangeHAVANA, Cuba, Oct 7 (acn) The ministers of trade of Cuba and the United States, Rodrigo Malmierca and Penny Pritzker, expressed on Wednesday their interest in moving towards identifying ways that make it possible to boost bilateral exchanges, limited by the persistence of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against the island.

On an official visit to Cuba, the U.S. Commerce Secretary presided over, along with the Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, a meeting between representatives of their governments and the business sector, to explore the scope and limitations of the measures adopted by President Barack Obama during 2015.

After receiving Pritzker and her delegation, Malmierca stressed the interest generated around the meeting, which seeks to identify ways, know in depth the impact of regulations adopted to modify some aspects of the blockade, and formulate the path chosen by both countries to normalize their relations.

We know it will not be an easy process, there are many differences, but the willingness of doing it together exists, highlighted the Cuban minister, while reiterating the acknowledgement of the Cuban government for the adoption, by the U.S. President, of a group of regulations which will make restrictions of the blockade more flexible to some extent.

However, he stressed that they are insufficient; we must continue working to end that policy, since today it constitutes the main obstacle to progress towards the normalization of relations between the two nations.

In his conversation with the Secretary of Commerce, Malmierca insisted on the fact that Obama still has presidential powers and prerogatives which, if used, could substantially modify the implementation of the blockade imposed on Cuba for over half a century by the White House.

Pritzker, second senior U.S. official traveling to the island after the official reestablishment of diplomatic relations (the first one was John Kerry, Secretary of State), welcomed the brave decision of the Presidents of Cuba and the U.S. to initiate a path towards better links.

Learning is the aim of this visit, said the experienced businesswoman, while highlighting the wish of her government to contribute to the insertion of Cuba in world economy, and with this action contribute to improve the wellbeing of the Cuban people, and at the same time give the U.S. people the opportunity to learn more about this Caribbean island, she pointed out.

To that end, Obama adopted from January to September 2015 a group of measures aimed at expanding commercial exchange and the participation of U.S. companies, especially in agriculture and telecommunications, as well as relaxing travel to Cuba, said Pritzker .

She said that the effect of these regulations on the Cuban people will also depend on the adjustments the Cuban government can make in the transformation of its economy, with a greater presence of the private sector.

On Tuesday, after arriving in Havana, Pritzker visited the Mariel Special Development Zone, which stretches for 465 square kilometers west of the Cuban capital, where the major investment interests to boost the growth of national economy are concentrated.

According to the program of her visit to Cuba, which ends of Wednesday, the Secretary will meet with other top Cuban government officials to exchange views on the possibilities of promoting bilateral trade, as part of the process towards the normalization of relations between the two countries.

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US Blockade, Enemy of Cuban Sports

The blockade imposed on Cuba by the US Government, with already more than a half a century of existence, has also affected seriously Cuban sports, something to which all the people in the island have access.

Cuban athletes have made history in the international arena after the triumph of the revolution in 1959 and is recognized worldwide that the mass sports practice and the support to this activity by the Cuban Government are, in a great extent, the cause of it.

However, that area is not free from the blockade by any means, and the daily efforts to stimulate foreign brain drain, even with a political objective, add to the damage and difficulties caused by the regulations of the US siege.

Irrefutable evidence can be found in the report presented by Cuba to the General Assembly of the United Nations on the damage caused by the measures applied by Washington to enforce the rules of the economic, commercial and financial blockade, which extends to areas as sports.

Sports institutions are prevented from purchasing, in the US market, implements, equipment and clothing for athletes of different disciplines, including mattresses for playing jump poles, hoops with folding spring for artistic gymnastics and electronic measuring equipment for athletics.

Likewise, the Cuban baseball team, champion of the Caribbean Series, could not collect their prizes by restrictions imposed by the blockade, as the Cuban athletes who won awards at the World Championship Relay Race and the Indoor World Cup were not able to do.

That action was possible because the bank used by the International Federation of those sports belongs to the United States and has frozen the funds for a total of $190,000 USD.

Moreover, the Institute of Sports Medicine in Cuba was unable to get the necessary technological support to develop their activity, including reagents and substances intended for antidoping laboratories or parts for the repair, spectrometry equipment, because the cruel blockade prevents it.

This action by US agencies engaged in implementing the blockade is obviously a violation of international trade and human rights of the Cuban sports sector.

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PAHO Expert Praises Cuba's Achievements in Mother-Child Care

Dr. Pablo Duran, Neonatal Alliance Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, praised in this capital Cuba's results in public health, especially in the neonatal, child and mother sector, calling it an example in the region.

In an exclusive interview with ACN, Duran, who works at the Latin American Center for Perinatology of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Montevideo, Uruguay, stressed the universal access and quality care offered by health professionals in the Caribbean nation from the first level of care.

He also commended the performance of these committed human resources who work not only in Cuba but also in various parts of the world where they share their experience, knowledge and comprehensive care.

The PAHO expert, a participant in the 2015 Nursing Congress that winds up today at Havana's Convention Center, said that Cuba, with 4.2 deaths per every thousand live births in 2014, is the country of Latin America and the Caribbean with the lowest infant mortality rate.

Duran highlighted that Cuba is actively involved in activities of cooperation with other states with respect to the health of newborns and women, as well as the training of human resources in this field, through training workshops.

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Raul Receives PM of Slovakia

The President of the councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raul Castro, received the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, Robert Fico, on Thursday afternoon.

At Revolution Building, in a cordial atmosphere, the two heads of state verified the positive state of bilateral relations and coincided in potentials for their development. Likewise, they tackled other topics of common interest on the international agenda.

Miroslav Lajcak, Deputy PM and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs; Peter Kazimir, Deputy PM and Minister of Finances, and Ladislav Straka, Slovak ambassador to Cuba, accompanied the distinguished visitor.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and Cuba's ambassador to the Slovak Republic, Loipa Sanchez, also represented the Caribbean island at the meeting.

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Angola: Health Sector Seen As Priority in Relations With Cuba

The health sector is one of the priority areas of cooperation between Angola and Cuba, announced on Tuesday in Luanda, the Angolan Health minister, José Van-Dunem.

The minister said so at the opening ceremony of the photo exhibition on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Angola and Cuba, which is being displayed at Anibal de Melo Press Centre in October.

According to him, after the fulfillment of United Nations Resolution 435, which forced the withdrawal of Cuban citizens in Angola, the health sector continued to count on the collaboration of experts from the Caribbean island.

He said that thanks to the increased cooperation in the health field, where Cuba assists the staff training, Angola has experts in several areas.

The minister stressed that the Cuban specialists have helped Angola in the opening of technical schools in the country.

Bento Sebastião Bento said that Cuba has always been next to Angola in the most difficult moments.

"Today we have the collaboration of Cuba in the economic, health, education sectors, among others, where the Cubans are good specialists", he said.

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