Diaz-Canel highlights upcoming elections of intendants in Cuba

Havana, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday highlighted the upcoming elections of municipal intendants on Saturday, as established by the Constitution approved in 2019.

The president shared an article from Granma newspaper on his Twitter account about the elections of those public posts in all 168 Cuban municipalities.

Recently, the delegates from the municipal assemblies, as representatives of the people, elected the provincial governors and vice governors proposed by the President of the Republic, in accordance with the Constitution.

The intendants will head the Municipal Administration Councils, which will be in charge of meeting the needs of the economy, health care, assistance, education, culture, sports and recreation in each territory, according to Article 201 of the Constitution.

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President assesses food production on the island

Havana, January 22 (RHC)--Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel evaluated on Tuesday the progress of the food program on the island.

The assessment included the development plan of the Tabacuba business group, the recovery of integral swine centers, and other issues.

The Tabacuba Program seeks expansion until 2030 of tobacco production, as of the national economy's main exportable item.

Its goal is to reach more than 50 thousand tons annually of the different varieties of the crop harvested in Cuba, thus increasing the volumes of the product for export and domestic consumption.

In this regard, Díaz-Canel commended tobacco production as one of the areas that always comply with the plans.

At the meeting, it was also revealed that since 2005 the recovery of the integral swine centers began with significant investments and maintenance actions.

It was also known that the pasta industry does not meet current demands and that its main destinations are the tourism sector and the rationed family basket.

Problems identified during the meeting included inefficient planning and execution of maintenance, and the shortage of parts and spare parts.

The meeting also dealt with the Plan for Food Sovereignty and Nutritional Education in Cuba, which seeks to reduce dependence on food imports and guarantee its quality.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares

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Media provides more information about vandalistic acts in Cuba

Havana, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) A report on Cuban television provided more information on Tuesday about the vandalistic acts perpetrated in Havana against several busts of National Hero Jose Marti on January 1, and about the authors, who are linked to a subversive plot orchestrated from Miami, in the United States.

The report showed, through their confessions, the true intentions of the perpetrators and their accomplices, and explained the police work that led to identify them and capture them a few days after committing those acts.

Security cameras captured 44-year-old Panter Rodriguez Baro and 29-year-old Yoel Prieto Tamayo as they committed the acts at dawn on January 1, while the people were celebrating the 61st anniversary of the Revolution and the beginning of the New Year.

Eleven busts of Jose Marti and three billboards containing political messages at schools, institutions and public places in several municipalities in Havana were vandalized with pig's blood. Images were used by digital media that slander and lie about Cuba in the propaganda war funded by the US Government.

According to the authors' confessions, the idea of documenting the events in video and photos came from Ana Olema Hernandez Matamoros, who paid them 600 dollars to do so.

That person was reported by authorities as a counterrevolutionary at the service of the US Government and the Florida-based anti-Cuba mafia.

Her links with counterrevolutionary and terrorist organizations identify her as a puppet of subversion against Cuba, said the report, which denounced her participation in other actions to try to create disorder and civil disobedience.

According to the investigators, objects used for the vandalistic acts were found in Panter Rodriguez's garage, in addition to marihuana and cocaine belonging to him for consumption and trafficking, as he confessed.

As part of the investigation, it was proved that the accused received more than 1,000 dollars in 2019 as payment for these acts that were transferred by Ana Olema and her husband, who is also linked to these activities.

Other citizens, identified as Guillermo Mendoza Torroella, who lent his cell phone to document the events, and Jorge Ernesto Perez Garcia, Panter Rodriguez's cousin, who sent the audiovisual and photographic materials to Ana Olema, participated in the acts.

Yonel Fernando Cardoso Freire, a Cuban citizen who resides in Miami is the public face abroad who publishes the actions of the alleged clandestine cell on Facebook, Cuban television denounced.

The dirty media maneuver to try to show a convulsed, insecure and violent environment in Cuba discredits itself, as these are not casual events but activities paid by a government that does not understand about independence and sovereignty, the report added.

This denunciation is circulating on social networks under hashtag #VandalosDelimperio.

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World Travel Awards to the Cuban National Hotel

Havana, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's National Hotel won the World Travel Awards as Cuba's Leader for the 16th consecutive time, officials said today.

The award was presented in the Bahamas during the 27th World Travel Awards ceremony, considered the Oscars of the hotel industry.

The note indicates that the National Hotel is the only United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Memory of the World hotel in Cuba.

The report clarifies that throughout its history this facility maintains the same glamour and attractions, with new offers that are also adapted to new times.

The report states that the establishment's history was enriched in 2019 and invites all those who visit Havana in 2020 to be part of that history.

The historical tours continue to be the most recommended attraction for customers, as well as the Cabaret Parisien, detailed on its website, which this year aims to get closer to customers and readers.

The message points out that such recognition is in the category of Cuba's Leading Hotel 2020, where the National Hotel appears alongside other hotels in this country such as the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski, the Florida, Iberostar Parque Central, Melia Cohiba and Melia Cayo Coco.

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Cuban and Chinese children honor Jose Marti

FotosPL: Yolaidy Martínez

Beijing,  (Prensa Latina) Cuban and Chinese children on Saturday joined their respective cultures in an event to honor the 167th birthday Cuban National Hero Jose Marti.

Among music, dance, visual arts and poetry, the children gathered at the Cuban Embassy in Beijing to pay tribute to the most universal of all Cubans, a moment that became a bridge to strengthen friendship between the two socialist countries.

At the beginning of the event, Ambassador Carlos Miguel Pereira recalled one of Marti's phrases on children, and assured that it has been a maxim during the 61 years of the Cuban Revolution.

'We live for children in Cuba. Ensuring the new generations for the construction of a better world based on humanistic values and principles, and guaranteeing the enjoyment of a happy childhood and youth,' he said.

At the cultural event, all Cuban children sang 'Guantanamera' with stanzas of Jose Marti's Simple Verses.

Images of Jose Marti and drawings made by the children were screened during the activity.

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The Political Trial against Gente de Zona in Miami

Harassed by the press in the middle of the street, Randy Malcom, one of the members of Gente de Zona has just made a mea culpa in front of the cameras of one Miami’s television stations.


At the show Suelta la Sopa, of Telemundo 51 channel, the singer apologized "to all" Cubans, "without any exception", and added: "it’s a sensitive issue that we will talk about in its due time."


This episode is part of the political trial to which the music group has been submitted for singing to their people and greeting from the stage the Cuban President, who was among the attending public.

Remarkably, although the terrible sin was committed in July 2018, the inquisitorial authorities of Miami anti-Cuban mafia realized the terrible crime no less than on New Year’s Eve 2020.


For this reason, Gente de Zona was excluded from participating in an end-of-the-year concert with venue in the city of Miami, to which they had been invited by the Cuban-born reggaeton singer Pitbull.


To further enrage the intolerant inquisitors, during the concert on December 31st at Bayfront Park, Pitbull came up with the idea to say regarding the absence on stage of the famous Cuban duo: “They are not here tonight for other things, but I want to send greetings to Gente de Zona. Music is music, politics is politics. ”

Words that unleashed the anger of the brigades of retarded action among which were musicians like the antiprophet Willy Chirino and the repentant communist Arturo Sandoval.


To save face and not be exiled forever from the city of hatred, Pitbull was forced to appear last Sunday in the dock at Univision television network, which, according to some, was in turn the one who invited Pitbull to the concert.


After saying that his intention by greeting Gente de Zona during the concert had "been none other than to unite," the Cuban-American singer acknowledged before the acting judge, journalist Jorge Ramos, "that he had screwed up."


Among other reasons, he said, due to his ignorance of what was going on in both Cuba and Miami, something that he demonstrated when the journalist asked him what would happen to Gente de Zona if they didn’t sing in Cuba and the reggaeton singer replied that if they didn’t, probably "they would be killed or their family would be killed."



The interview finished with a mea culpa of Pitbull, who almost apologized to his accusing colleagues, as well as to the entire city of Miami for which "he has done so much."


After his humiliating confession, the reggaeton singer was acquitted no less than by the journalist acting as jury Ninoska Pérez Calderón, who openly celebrated the musician's take back.


However, the trial, despite Randy Malcom’s apology is not over yet, if you take into account a headline published in the official Miami Mafia newspaper, The New Herald, that reads: "Randy Malcom, of Gente de Zona, has already apologized, but Alexander Delgado is still silent ", so it remains to see if the other singer of the group is also called to the stand.

Although, as we highlighted in a previous comment, the fascist-like intolerance in Miami seems to have reached paroxysm after the current president signed a memorandum with the intention of blocking the cultural exchange between Cuba and the United States, this sort of political trial is nothing new in that city in South Florida.


Before visiting the Island to participate in 2018 concert for which Gente de Zona is today excommunicated, the Italian singer Laura Pausini told reporters: "I have been asking to go for 25 years, but singing in Cuba means having problems with radios from Miami. Now People from Genete de Zona invited me, how could I say no? "


In reality, such media lynching leaves naked the so-called freedom of expression that should exist in the ill-named land of freedom. Or is it that this only happens in a Miami trampled by the boot of the dictatorship of the anti-Cuban mafia?

Election of Governors: Let's Talk about Socialist Democracy

This Saturday, January 18th, and by constitutional mandate, governors and vice-governors, and municipal mayors, main representatives of the Cuban State, will be elected throughout the country. They have the task of promoting and ensuring economic and social development in the territories.


José Luis Toledo Santander, president of the Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs of the National Assembly of People’s Power during these days, however, the concept of socialist democracy has focused its attention on the social network debates in the Internet, also becoming the golden apple of discord, especially among those who seek to manipulate the decision of millions of Cubans in constitutional referendum.

Talking to José Luis Toledo Santander, president of the Committee on constitutional and legal affairs of the National Assembly of People’s Power, he considers that the issue of democracy always implies contradictions, opposing opinions.


Toledo recalled a few definitions that the philosopher and jurisconsult, Norberto Bobbio, well-known in the Western world as one of the fathers of democracy, states that democracy should be considered as a simple method that can lead to the implementation of several social orders, not like the content of a particular social or economic order which is presented as the best. Hence giving coverage, possibilities, to the existence of socio-economic systems that can be democratic and don’t necessarily have to be governed by a factor or a certain structure.


He also recalls that to speak about democracy requires that those who have the right to participate in decision-making are, in exchange, the majority of the people who constitute their people. Therefore - said Bobbio - “it can be spoken of democracy only there where collective decisions are taken with the principle of majority and in which most citizen participate in those collective decisions, directly or indirectly, through referendums or elections. These are two fundamental principles that can work as a point of analysis to understand the processes of decision-making and elections in Cuba where it’s the people who participate directly or through their elected representatives. ”

For the Cuban deputy, there’s another very important concept established in 2012 by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM): “Democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural system and their full participation in all aspects of their lives.".


Then what is going to happen this Saturday? Toledo summarizes it like this: “The representatives of the people, those chosen by the people, through free, direct and secret vote, to represent them as their delegates, will choose in a similar way, through free, direct and secret vote those who should be the governors from a proposal made by the president of the Republic. Is there or not major participation of the representatives of the people?


“But undoubtedly, who best defined the Cuban socialist democracy was Fidel: It’s a democracy that makes possible the most important and essential, which is the constant participation of the people in politics and the constant participation of the people in the main issues of their lives. It’s a sufficient concept, to which little or nothing must be added, ”he concludes.

Cuban Science in Figures (+ Infographic)

Villa Clara celebrates today the central event for the Day of Cuban Science, instituted in 1990, on the occasion of the three decades of that intervention by the top leader of the Cuban Revolution.


On a day like today, but of year 1960, during the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Speleology Society of Cuba, in the paraninfo of the Academy of Medical, Physical and Natural Sciences of Havana (current headquarters of the National Museum of History of Science and Technology), Commander in Chief Fidel Castro delivered a historic speech where he emphasized: "The future of our country must necessarily be a future of men of science, of men of thought." This date has been chosen to commemorate the Day of Cuban Science.


Nearly 90 thousand workers, mostly women, intervened in 2018 in the activity of science and technology, a figure that represents a considerable increase compared to previous years.


More than 60,000 had university level in that same period, according to the Cuba newsletter: science and technology indicators 2000-2028, published in Spanish and English by the corresponding ministry (CITMA) and provided to the Cuban News Agency.


In the middle level, 14 845, in total 16 000 people received their scientific degrees and the number of researchers reached 22 500, from the average time spent by teachers of higher education.


By occupational category, 83.6% worked in the technical area, 7.9% in the area of
​​operators, 5.7% as executives, 2.7% in services, and 0.2% as managers.



Just in 2018 alone there were 214 groups of science, technology, and innovation, 135 of them were research centers, 19 of them scientific and technological services, as well as 60 facilities for development and innovation.


According to its institutional organization, 59 were companies, 79 budgeted units and 76 budgeted units with special management.


Serial scientific publications include more than 200 titles, 79% of which are digital, which favors greater reach and less cost.

The most recurrent subjects are those of medical, agrarian, and pedagogical sciences, which exceeded the 10% of the total.

By the end of 2018, the applications for register of industrial designs reached 21, 12 of them were granted and the invention coefficient was 0.09.

The specialists of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment agreed that national development in this specific field is due to the policy expressed by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro 60 years ago in a famous speech at the Auditorium of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba.

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