PRETTY SHORT FEATURES: Fisherman

In front of him, up to where one’s gaze disappears, the infinite sea; behind, the bustling city…, he seems the romantic personification of patience.

Once I asked a fisherman, perpetuated over Havana’s seawall, how many fish he took home every day. “Sometimes two or three, sometimes none; good days, some seven or eight”.

I stayed next to him for almost an hour but he caught nothing. He spent his time throwing the hook (the parable drawn by the line on the sky was beautiful and ephemeral) to remain quiet for a long time, looking at the sea, as if waiting.

—Do you live on what you fish?

—Of course not, I wouldn’t even purchase the rationed food items —and burst out laughing.

—In other words, this is a hobby.

—More or less, I think it’s rather a therapy. Earlier, I used to spend my life quarreling with my wife. Now, I arrive home after spending four hours here and I don’t care about her scoldings… And from time to time I bring her a snapper!

—And what do you do? Excuse my indiscretion…

—I am a guard, I work from six to six. And I come here from my work. The morning is the best time. I’m here almost every day, whenever I’m on duty, more or less until 10:30, when the sun begins to burn.

—And don’t you get bored?

—Not at all. I talk to myself, something I need very much. With this headlong rush and the everyday madness, you even do not have time to listen to yourself.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

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Vietnam Inaugurates Fidel Castro Square

Hanoi, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) As a symbol of the friendship between Vietnam and Cuba, forged in times of war and peace, a square that bears the name of Fidel Castro was inaugurated in the city of Dong Ha.

Senior leaders of the two countries also unveiled there a bronze bust of whoever was a fervent contributor and admirer of Vietnam's heroic deed for independence and reunification.

Fidel Castro felt an enormous admiration and affection for this people and a great respect for President Ho Chi Minh, said the First Vice President of Cuba, Salvador Valdes, at the opening ceremony.

This square is a monument to the fraternity between the two countries and a reaffirmation of the common will to strengthen our political, economic and cooperation relations, said the also member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC).

The president of the Popular Committee (government) of the province, Nguyen Duc Chinh, stressed that the esplanade is open just 45 years after Fidel Castro passed through Quang Tri (its capital is Dong Ha), the first line of fire in the fight for independence.

During his visit in September 1973, the then Cuban Prime Minister became the first and only statesman who during the war crossed Parallel 17 and was in Quang Tri, even under the threat of U.S. bombing.

Valdes was accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcelino Medina; the director of Asia and Oceania of the Foreign Ministry, Alberto Blanco; Ambassador Lianys Torres, and senior leaders of the PCV and those two countries.

In all the meetings, the hosts highlighted that Fidel's visit in 1973 marked a milestone in the exemplary relations of fraternity and cooperation between the two countries.

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Cuba's Cubanacan Group Exhibits in Spain Eastern Tourist Attractions

Madrid, Sep 15 (Prnsa Latina) A pioneer in Cuba's tourism sector, Cubanacan Group exhibited in Spain, with an emphasis on the east of the island, its wide range of offers, backed by over 90 hotel facilities.

Considered one of the most prestigious tourist companies of Cuba, that entity presented in Madrid, hand in hand with the Embassy of Cuba in Spain, its new hotel proposals to revitalize the areas less frequented by hikers.

Cuba's Tourism Adviser Dulce Maria Sanchez stressed the importance of promoting knowledge and visits to Santiago de Cuba, because the mix of cultures that this city has makes it one of the most attractive and versatile destinations.

Her proposal was supported by the Director of Communication of the Cubanacan Group, Miguel Brugueras, who pointed out that the eastern region of Cuba is a growing area, which many hotel chains want to enter.

Without minimizing other poles such as Havana, Varadero or Pinar del Rio -in the west-, also with great presence of the group, Brugueras advocated to enhance the circuits in all the heritage sites of the east:.

We want to promote destinations such as Camagüey, Trinidad and Santiago in Spain, which is among the 10 markets with the highest turnover for us, said the executive.

He also referred to the strengthening of diving tourism in that region, taking into account that his entity has seven international immersion centers spread throughout the island.

He highlighted, in particular, Santa Lucia beaches, about 120 kilometers from the city of Camagüey, where one of the world's most important coral reefs is located, and Guardalavaca, a real paradise in the north coast of the eastern province of Holguin.

Undoubtedly, eastern Cuba is a unique area, with interesting combinations of culture, nature and beach tourism, he said.

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Mexico 68: The Olympic path in Latin America

From the place where is Granma yacht, which transported 82 expeditionary since Tuxpan in the year 1956 with Fidel as leader, a replica of Olympic Flame of Mexico 1968 departed, which will travel several states in this brother country, till arrive to the capital city.

Sixty eight glories of the Cuban sport movement, among which were several protagonists of the first Olympic Games celebrated in Latin America, guarded the Torch since the Museum of the Revolution till the quay of the capital, where it departed towards Veracruz in the “Cuauhtémoc” school ship.

The General Secretary of the Cuban Olympic Committee, Ruperto Herrera, thanked the gesture of initiate the commemorative activities for the 50 years of the Olympic exploit, by our Homeland. “For Cuba this event had very special motivations, because it deals about a brother country linked to our national liberation heroic deeds in many ways. Besides it allowed showing to the world the beginning of a world sport potency”, he pointed out.

Mexico 68: The Olympic path in Latin America

By his side the Ambassador of Mexico in Cuba, the excellent sir Enrique Martínez, said that between these two countries always has existed a great brotherhood. “We feel the support of the Cubans for receiving those Games. What a so extraordinary scenario this! With the Granma that has been the emblem and testimony of our brotherhood. We must recognize that the Cuban trainers have been key pieces in the development of the Mexican sport”.

The sprinter Enrique Figuerola, silver in the relay race 4x100 meters in the Olympic appointment of 1968, remembered those moments that lived together with the Mexicans. “We are reliving the stimulating and important that were those Olympics for us and for Latin America, due to they had a really hard time to receive the headquarters”, the first Olympic medalist after the Triumph of the Revolution declared.

Mexico 68: The Olympic path in Latin America

The First Vice-president of the Mexican Olympic Committee, Jimena Saldaña, manifested her gratefulness to the Cuban sport authorities for being part of these celebrations and she left as a remembrance, a replica of the Olympic Flame of Mexico 68.

In that Olympics, the Cuban athletes achieved four medals of silver, in both relay races 4x100 and through the boxers Enrique Regüeiferos and Rolando Garbey. Among the ladies the posts were integrated by Marlene Elejalde, Fulgencia Romay, Violeta Quesada and Miguelina Cobián. Besides Enrique Figuerola; Hermes Ramírez, Pablo Montes and Juan Morales were in the male short relay race.

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Cuba Calls for Massive Twiting and Web Forum againt US Blockade

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) today called for a world message action through Twitter and a forum debate via Internet to reject the economic, commercial and financial blockade the United States imposed on the island almost six decades ago.

These activities will be held on Monday, September 17, between 10:00 and noon, local time in Cuba, under the title 'The world against the blockade'.

The initiative to invite Internet users to reject a siege condemned in the five continents is part of the event 'Tenemos Memoria (We have Memory): Solidarity vs. Blockade and Terrorism', taking place from September 4 to October 6.

This event also takes place in the context of preparations for a new vote, on October 31, at the UN General Assembly on a draft resolution aimed at demanding the lifting of unilateral and extraterritorial measures applied by Washington to suffocate the Caribbean nation.

Since 1992, the international community has strongly supported similar texts at the General Assembly, the main UN deliberative forum, claiming that in the last three years, 191 of 193 member states of the multilateral organization have supported it.

Some few days ago, the Cuban government published its annual report on the impact of the U.S. blockade on many sectors of society and its extraterritorial scope, a siege to which damages are valued at $933.6 billion USD, taking into account the depreciation of the dollar against the value of gold on the international market.

Official sources denounced here the U.S. pressures to try to minimize votes in favor of the draft resolution similar to that adopted in the last 26 years by the Assembly plenary session.

The administration of President Donald Trump, since he took office in January 2017, has worsened the application of a blockade that Washington has never left aside, not even in 2015 and 2016, when his predecessor, Barack Obama, admitted the failure of that policy and promoted a bilateral approach in search for the normalization of relations with Cuba.

Another feature of the new U.S. government is the escalation in its aggressive diplomacy, which includes threats within the UN to those who do not join their positions of imposition, unilateralism and hegemony, scenario present in issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Cuba-Brazil: Agreement in Developing Soccer in Cuba

The national soccer federations of Cuba and Brazil signed an agreement today for collaboration with the sponsoring of the International Soccer Associations Federation (FIFA).

Walter Fieldman, president of the governing body of football in Brazil, Jair Bertoni, director for FIFA of member federations for the Americas and Jesus Pereira, Secretary General of the Cuban entity, made the agreement official, initially for four years.

Prior to the signing, Bertoni highlighted the importance of this project for the development of football in Cuba, and stressed that it is the first between two federations under the auspices of FIFA.

The strategy consists of the transmission of knowledge by a country with a huge tradition like Brazil to support the growth of the discipline in Cuba and a first course for coaches of the lower categories is already being offered with the objective of starting training from the basic starts.

Fieldman was optimistic with the concretion of this idea, in which he sees a promising future both for Cuba in order to improve his football, and for Brazil in the transmission of experiences and good practices.

Bertoni, FIFA executive, today assured a positive future for Cuban football as part of the signing of a collaboration agreement.

'Training the sphere of arbitration, which is constantly evolving, training coaches and athletes at all levels from the experience of Brazil, as well as encouraging the exchange of players and coaches, are the main objectives within this project.

'In the same way, we will establish deadlines that allow us to evaluate compliance in order to make feasible the efforts and resources used in these actions,' he said.

Finally he was happy to visit Cuba, and recognized the links of brotherhood between Argentina and the island.

'I am honored and happy to be here, in this land where there was also a great Argentine, Che. I thank Cuba for the opportunity to help and I will be here as a friend and as a federative of FIFA to support them in everything that is at our reach,' he stated.

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UN Organism Highlights Cuba's High Human Development Index

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) highlighted here today the high index of human development of Cuba (0.775) as the result of the universal and free Access to basic services, the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.

In the report 'Program of National Strategies' dedicated to the Caribbean island in tje 124th session period of the Executive Board of that United Nations organism, sessioning today and tomorrow, also extolls that the small nation is the only one in Latin America 'to have eliminated severe infant malnutrition'.

It also says that 'despite these advancwes, Cuba is highly dependen ton food imports (between 70 and 80 percent of consumption)', thus food security and increase of agricultural and livestock production is a priority for the Cuban government.

The text of the international organization with headquarters in this capital, recognizes that transformation in the agricultural sector of Cuba, presently under way, confer an increasing role to cooperatives that manage 69 percent of farmlands against 31 percent of State áreas.

For this reason, FIDA gives great importance to 'ensujre that cooperatives have the capacities and adequate technologies to respond to the demand of internal production of the country'.

In that sense, the program for Cuba (2019-2024) of that specialized agency has as strategic target to contribute to the development and strengthening of human and social capital of those agricultural production units to improve their productivity and yields, competitiveness and integration in the agricultural and food chains to generate new opportunities for women and youths.

It also pursues to raise the adaptation and resilience capacities of rural families through the diversification of production, in order to reduce the negative impacts of climate change or the economyh and improve food security and nutrition.

In that direction, the plan aims to promote the strengthening of organizations, improve access to management skills, quality technical assistance and the access to market of cooperatives, as well an increasing participation of women and youths.

It includes, describes the report, the promotion of investment, inputs, technical assistance and training for greater diversification of farm production and the adaptation to climate change of small producers, through good practices, information systems and early warning, as well as the articulation of other institutions.

Also, IFAD will cooperate in favor of increasing the space of agricultural cooperatives, to incentivate production of the competitive good chains aimed to substitution of imports and increase the consumption of nutritionally adequate foods.

The projects will be directed to the provinces with potential to increase agricultural and forestry production, withj a high degree of cooperative concentration.

Also, the regions east of the country whose rural population is more exposed to climate, social, economic and food vulnerability will be given priority.

IFAD will contribute funds and mobilize additional resources to promote economic progress of inhabitants of poor rural zones, mainly to improve agricultural productivity.

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Cuba Reaffirms Commitment to South-South Cooperation in Geneva

Cuba has ratified at UN in Geneva its commitment to South-South cooperation as an expression of solidarity among the peoples and countries of the region, diplomatic sources remarked today.

On occasion of the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, Havana ambassador Pedro Luis Pedroso stated that the island recognizes its positive effects, which allow from common perspectives to exchange successful experiences of own solutions to shared problems.

They also help to strengthen the economic, social and cultural ties between the countries in the South, he said.

According to the diplomat, that cooperation 'should continue to be guided by the principles of respect for national sovereignty, national involvement and independence, equality, non-conditionality, the non-interference in internal affairs and mutual benefit.'

Pedroso recalled that the Cuban government has ratified the will to maintain it despite the difficulties the country is facing as a developing nation, with limited natural resources and strong financial strains, and affected by the impact of the U.S.-imposed economic, commercial and financial blockade.

In recent decades, the Caribbean nation has cooperated with 186 Latin American, African and Asian countries, he said.

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