Banking system must play a leading role in development, says Diaz-Canel

Miguel Díaz-Canel, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, stressed the need that the Cuban banking system plays a bigger role in the development of the country.

"There is an essential relationship between banking services and the domestic economy, which should focus on financing productive chains, the most active role of commercial banking with those companies that do not resort to credit, and support for the fight against disorder in the deposit of cash. And with regard to the population, it is necessary to simplify procedures, queues, increase banking penetration, and prepare people for the use of these services, he said

He said it is also necessary to understand the importance of the banking system in the implementation of monetary, financial and credit policies, as well as the decisive role it must play in broadening the road to electronic commerce.

Diaz-Canel also discussed the need for a more efficient public administration that conveys confidence to individuals, the business system, the non-state sector, investors, and insisted on the effective development of cadre policy.

He then spoke of the need to create favorable work environments that allow the realization of professional aspirations, especially of young people, that facilitate overcoming, as strategies to face the exodus of qualified personnel, without ignoring, of course, the salary motivations.

Banking system must play a leading role in development, says Diaz-Canel

The cadres, in all sectors, but especially in this one, agreed Miguel Diaz-Canel, must be distinguished by honesty, sensitivity to address the problems of the population and the culture of detail. This undoubtedly has an impact on the quality of services, which should be carried out with less bureaucracy.

He also insisted on the value of social communication in its performance, on the development of strategies that foster a culture about banking services and their advantages and encourage the use of all banking instruments by the business sector.

In his speech, Díaz-Canel emphasized the importance of continuing to develop, on the one hand, electronic government, with the computerization of all internal processes and services to the population, and on the other, electronic commerce, with the banking of services, a process that can contribute to the regulation of the non-state sector. And it did not overlook the impact of scientific research in the search for innovative solutions. Hence the value of alliances with study centers and universities.

"The economy has to be developed with science; the modernization of the banking activity takes science," he said. (ACN)

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XIII Havana Biennial will have 52 invited countries

The XIII Havana Biennial will be held from April 12 to May 12 and will feature the presence of about 300 artists from the island and 52 invited countries, said Margarita Gonzalez Lorente today, chief of the curatorship commission of the event.

Gonzalez Lorente explained that among the parameters that were taken into account for the selection of artists to exhibit, were the adaptation of the work to the central theme of the event and the quality of the projects, in addition to introducing new creators, although there are 13 National Awards of Plastic Arts as guests

In a press conference held at the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art center, it was clarified that the great merit of the Biennial is that it has stood the test of time and has positioned itself among the others of its kind worldwide.

The Biennal always carries with it a social benefit, it has contributed to the improvement of the community and that is why, moreover, it is so much awaited, said the also deputy director of the Wifredo Lam Center.

There is in this edition -she said- a strong presence of Latin America, as well as of Europe and the Caribbean, fact in itself that speaks of the expansion of this encounter in which in its beginnings it counted only with artists of the region.

Jorge Alfonso García, director general of the XIII Havana Biennial, stated that this corresponds to the needs of the country and its artists, but at the same time constitutes a cultural, economic and organizational challenge.

Among the exhibitions that are going to take place, the project La posibilidad Infinita (The Infinite Possibility) stands out, which will be held in the National Museum of Fine Arts with six major thematic axes; in addition, Intersection in Factoría Habana and Behind the Wall, already assiduous in the largest visual arts event in Cuba.

The University of the Arts (ISA) will host theoretical conferences in which there will be exhibitions, workshops and conversations given by professors and recent graduates of this institution, and by experts from other countries such as Doctor Ticio Escobar (Paraguay), Boaventura de Souza Santos (Portugal) and Carlos Jauregui (Colombia).

Other venues will be the Center for the Development of Visual Arts, the Fototeca de Cuba, the Hispanic American Cultural Center, the Cuba Pavilion, the José Martí National Library, the Casa Simón Bolívar and the Chullima Studio Workshop, among others. (ACN)

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Cuba Declares National Monument to American Cemetery

In the special Isle of Youth municipality, in western Cuba, the cemetery of those who migrated from the United States to settle in that territory was declared a National Monument on Wednesday.

In a brief act the declaration was made official, with which the Isle of Youth has five cultural institutions deserving of the category, among them the Presidio Modelo and the El Abra estate, sites linked to relevant personalities of Cuban history, such as the leader of the revolution, Fidel Castro, and the national hero, Jose Marti.

The migration from U.S. territory occurred from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, taking as a context the signing, on December 10, 1898, of the Treaty of Paris, by which Washington justified the usurpation of the then Isle of Pines, an action legitimized in the Platt Amendment, appendix to the Cuban Constitution of 1901.

The settlers formed several settlements, including San Pedro, McKinley, and Columbia, and created their own cemetery.

The new National Monument responds to its historical, anthropological, cultural and architectural values, and was made official on commemorating the 94th anniversary of the validation of Cuba's current Isle of Youth, through the Hay-Quesada Treaty.

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Marco Rubio: The foreman of Helms-Burton Act

Although human beings are usually identified through their fingerprints, laws are made by whoever represents them.

And one of the loudest voices of the Helms-Burton Act is that of US far-right Sen. Marco Rubio.

On March 15, 2016, Span’s news agency EFE characterized him this way in Washington:

Against the opinion of Republican heads, he ran as a hopeful to the presidential candidacy of that party in the primary elections of that year.

Intention that Marco Rubio quitted after suffering a scandalous defeat in the city of his political origin, Florida State.

Regardless, he reached the state parliament, where it was discovered that he paid personal expenses with a GOP credit card.

As well as, the full repairs to his family car.

It was in the scenario of the 2016 primary elections, where Marco Rubio and the then candidate Trump launched their most indecent attacks.

So many, that several Democrat and Republican observers, considered their links since as very deteriorated and distant.

However, they are united right now and defend tooth and nail for the validity of the very controversial and illegal Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.

The far-right legislation would further strengthen the already rigorous provisions of Washington against Cuba.

They also agree to warmly embrace the defense of a law eventually repudiated even by Washington’s allies.

Reason of such a significant split among components of what was once called “Free World”?

Its grossly extraterritorial nature, especially with regard to the said title III.

It’s no surprise that some, between drinks, manage to figure out from the North to be owners of the planet, and that one of those men, Marco Rubio, be their foreman.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

Cubanisms: North American Band with Deep Cuban Musical Roots

The echoes of Jazz Plaza still bounce in Cuba. Every year the festival becomes a true musical bridge among groups of different formats that defend various sounds, going hand in hand with the countries they represent and the roots or musical influences they have.  

The story in this article speaks about the band Cubanisms, a North American jazz band from Kansas City but with the Cuban tres guitar and the fusion with different sounds of our country build up the essence of its musical arrangements, even the primary source for inspiration of its leader and musical director Michael McClintock.  

This multiethnic band is sounding since 2015, last year 2018 they earned according to the newspaper Pitch the “Best local Band”; the nomination as “Best performer” went to McClintock; and its vocalist, Fedra Cooper, received a nomination for “Best vocalist”.  

They have been trying to come to Cuban for a while now as a group and participate, after in 2017 they launched their first album: “Cuban accent”, where songs like El cuarto de Tula, Inolvidable, and Aguanile stand out. The group also has interesting song arrangements of Flor Palida, of Polo Montañez, and other icon songs of the Cuban music besides Michael already works in the writing of his own songs thinking of the second album. Without renouncing to the essence of their proposal so far.  

Going back to their presence at Jazz Plaza Festival, they took an important step when they were in Cuba in January 2018. They promoted their disk here in Cuba, McClintock had the chance of being invited as tres guitar player to play with different Cuban bands, and that opened him the doors to come in 2019. Besides, the band’s debut album competed in the category of International Prize in Cubadisco 2018.  

Of course whenever asked about the drive of this special opportunity he always asserts that it’s his wife Dálida, Cuban through and through and whom he met precisely here in one of his previous trips to take tres guitar lessons.  

“She has a huge energy and an organizational capacity that I’ve never seen in anyone. She takes my musical career more seriously than me. She is my manager, consultant, main promoter, she gives ideas, and what’s essential, inspiration source. I am blessed to have met her and have her by my side", said the musician.  

He decided to establish a romance with the Tres guitar after listening Barbarito Torres (Buena Vista Social Club) for the first time, Mc Clintock deepened: "The Tres guitar is basically an accompanying instrument, essential when defending Cuban traditional music. What I think is interesting in our proposal is that the arrangements and proposals of Cubanisms are not bounded to traditional music: we shift in styles like jazz, flamenco, bossa nova and other Brazilian rhythms. All that merged with the Afro-Cuban rhythms.  

We are extremely happy, because Jazz Plaza was the first international performance for Cubanisms, and the first time the band was in Cuba complete. It was an honor for all of us to be able to perform in one of the most important musical festivals of this country.  

In fact, we are working in our first DVD with the footage of the concerts in Bertolt Bretch and at Fábrica de Arte, a place simply incredible, where people connect with one in a very natural way.  

That is something that all my musicians praised here and that it differs when we perform in Kansas City or anywhere within the United States: the way in which the public connects and gets involved with our music. I believe is in the blood of Cuban that musicality.  

The essence of what we seek with Cubanisms is that when people listen to our music they can identify us right away. I personally love Cuban rhythms and the fusion with other sounds of different countries. We are working so that the second album, with most of the songs written by me, it comes the as near as possible to that objective", he said.  

An interesting element is that Cubanisms is more than a musical band. Since it started wants to become a cultural project that also includes the organization of trips to Cuba to be deeply involved with culture, the traditions and different institutions, besides working as bridge in the relationships between our country and the United States. A bridge spread by music, love and respect to our people and its culture.

In Cuba: Three Filmmakers Win the 2019 National Film Prize

Havana, March 6 (Prensa Latina) Producer Miguel Mendoza, director of photography Livio Delgado, and sound engineer Jeronimo Labrada, will receive here the 2019 National Cinema Prize, announced the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC).

According to multi-award-winning filmmaker Fernando Perez, these are not media awards but they testify that behind each film there is a lot of effort and talent that deserves to be recognized.

Mendoza is the founder of ICAIC and at the age of 88 he is a reference for generations of producers in the country.

Among the films he produced are "Memorias del Subdesarrollo", "La primera carga al machete" and "Fresa y Chocolate".

While Delgado, also founder of ICAIC, worked on the photography of feature films such as "Retrato de Teresa", "Cecilia", "Una novia para David", "El siglo de las luces" and "Un hombre de éxito", for which he received a Coral Award at the VIII International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana.

For his part, Labrada is among the founders of the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión de San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV), where he created the Cátedra de Sonido and has trained numerous quality professionals.

In addition, he recorded most of the work of the Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del Icaic, as well as records with authors such as Pablo Milanés, Silvio Rodríguez, Leo Brouwer, Sergio Vitier, Frank Fernández, Sara González and Isabel Parra.

The official presentation of the prize to Mendoza, Delgado and Labrada will take place on March 22, at the Charles Chaplin movie theater, during the central event for the 60th anniversary of ICAIC.

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Emergency Care in Focus at International Congress

Havana, Mar 5 ( Prensa Latina) Life''s chain and its significance in emergency care is one of the issues debated Tuesday during the 8th International Congress on Urgencies, Emergencies and Intensive Care (Urgrav 2019).

Latin American Society of Pre-hospital Care President Ronny Contreras will address the need for adequate and rapid vital support for critical patients.

The second day of the meeting includes updating on the attention to disruptive phenomena for service providers in emergencies, on intensive anesthesiology in potential donors and the need for changes in coronary intensive care units to meet new challenges.

Pedro Veliz, president of the event's organizing committee, told the press this meeting is reaffirmed as an ideal space to share results and experiences, develop diagnostic policies and therapeutic protocols.

It also scientifically updates the specialists so they can provide better care service and achieve greater survival of patients with quality of life, he said.

Urgrav 2019 will be held in Havana's Convention Center until March 6 with the participation of doctors and nurses from the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Romania, Hungary, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, Guatemala and Cuba.

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