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Daily Archives: September 28, 2015

Obama confiado en levantamiento del bloqueo a Cuba

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Naciones Unidas, El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, expresó hoy su confianza en que el Congreso de su país "inevitablemente levantará un embargo que no tiene razón de ser", al referirse al bloqueo de su país contra Cuba.

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Refuerzan medidas preventivas contra la rabia

raabia vcunaEspecialistas del Centro Provincial de Higiene, Epidemiología y Microbiología de esta ciudad promueven acciones educativas en saludo al Día Mundial contra la Rabia -enfermedad letal, poco común en el hombre- que provoca graves disfunciones del sistema nervioso central y casi invariablemente termina en la muerte.

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Intensa jornada de Raúl este domingo en New York

raul newyork domiLa Habana,  La jornada de domingo del presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros de Cuba, General de Ejército, Raúl Castro Ruz en New York comenzó temprano en la sede de la Organización de Naciones Unidas con su intervención en la Conferencia de Líderes Mundiales sobre Igualdad de Género y Empoderamiento de las Mujeres, durante la cual resaltó los profundos avances que ha logrado Cuba en este trascendental asunto que reunió por vez primera en la ONU a jefes de Estado y de Gobierno para asumir compromisos tangibles que cierren las brechas de la discriminación.

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Cuba tendrá en 2050 la novena población más envejecida del mundo

Cuba tendrá en 2050 la novena población más envejecida del mundo
AGENCIAS | La Habana | 27 Sep 2015 - 9:45 pm.

Para esa fecha, el 33,2% de la población total tendrá 60 años o más,
según el Centro de Estudios de Población y Desarrollo.

Cuba será en 2050 el noveno país con la mayor población de ancianos del
mundo, según previsiones oficiales divulgadas este domingo que recuerdan
que esa tendencia al envejecimiento demográfico trae aparejada también
una disminución de las personas económicamente activas, reporta EFE.

Dentro de 35 años, Cuba tendrá 3.598.782 millones de habitantes de 60
años o más, el 33,2% de su población total, de acuerdo con cálculos del
Centro de Estudios de Población y Desarrollo (CEDPE), de la Oficina
Nacional de Estadísticas e Información (ONEI).

Las predicciones de los expertos en demografía indican que la población
de la Isla seguirá oscilando en montos "más o menos estables",
alternando años en que crecerá con otros en que decrecerá, pero "siempre
poco", hasta cerca de 2025, cuando se espera que inicie una disminución
"sostenida" del número de habitantes, indicó el informe, citado por el
diario oficial Juventud Rebelde.

El artículo recuerda que desde 1978 la fecundidad cubana está por debajo
del nivel de reemplazo, o sea, por cada mujer en edad reproductiva,
aunque los especialistas del CEDPE pronostican aumentos "ligeros" de la
tasa global de fecundidad, desde 1,71 hijos por mujer al finalizar 2015
hasta 1,96 a mitad de este siglo.

Asimismo, consideran que la introducción de nuevas medidas económicas en
la Isla podrían estimular la fecundidad y que para el año 2025 Cuba
podría alcanzar la mayor cifra poblacional, de 11.309.665 habitantes,
frente a los 11.223.948 registrados ahora.

Pero para 2050 la tendencia se habrá vuelto a revertir y se habrá
perdido un 3,6% de la población actual, según el reporte.

En el proceso de envejecimiento poblacional que vive la Isla, una de las
mayores preocupaciones es la disminución de las personas laboralmente
activas que se producirá en la medida en que aumenten las que no estarán
en edad ni posibilidad de trabajar y dejarán de aportar a la economía
del país.

Dentro de ese capítulo, al cierre de este año se calcula que las
personas activas serán 7,2 millones con edades entre los 15 y 59 años,
pero entre hacia del 2040 el déficit de trabajadores podría superar los
815.000.

El Gobierno reconoce que el envejecimiento poblacional es uno de los
principales retos que enfrenta la nación, y el propio Raúl Castro ha
hecho un llamamiento a buscar soluciones "urgentes" a los problemas que
derivarán de esa tendencia, entre ellas, la transformación de los
servicios asistenciales.

Otra de las causas del envejecimiento es la imparable emigración,
principalmente de jóvenes.

Source: Cuba tendrá en 2050 la novena población más envejecida del mundo
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A researcher for the National Institute for Oncology and Radiobiology is pressured and prevented from fully carrying out his work. He’s threats from State Security and Director.

By Waldo Fernandez Cuenca.

Oscar Antonio Casanella Saint-Blancard, bio-chemist, researcher for the National Institute for Oncology and Radiobiology, speaks of how he is pressured and prevented from fully carrying out his work because of his friendship with dissidents.

It all started because of a party for his best friend, Ciro Diaz, at the end of 2013. Ciro Diaz, besides being a graduate in Mathematics from the University of Havana, has just one remarkable characteristic: He is a dissident and member of the band Porno for Ricardo. Soon came the threats from State Security to make him a prisoner if he engaged in the activity.

Then came the accusations at work of his being “mercenary” and “annexationist*.” But at no time was this young man, a bio-chemist by profession, intimidated, and he resisted the wishes of his oppressors. Oscar Antonio Casanella Saint-Blancard has kept his ties of friendship with Ciro and other opposition figures.

Oscar Antonio Casanella Saint-Blancard,
bio-chemist, researcher for the
National Institute for Oncology and Radiobiology
Casanella made his case known to the independent project Estado de Sats and was also arrested during the wave of repression unleashed by the performance by activist and artist Tania Bruguera at the end of last year. Since that time his harassment by State Security has continued, principally at his place of employment: The National Institute for Oncology and Radio-biology (INOR) where he serves as a researcher.
We talked about his current work situation and the plight of the Cuban health system. In spite of the difficulties he has lived through, Oscar has never lost his smile, and he maintains the same composure as always, which has led to his repressors to try to corner him.

What situation are you in right now?

Right now I am subjected to psychological warfare in the workplace. Not just me, but also my co-workers, and it hurts me more for them than for myself because I have already overcome my fear, but my colleagues have not.

What does the psychological warfare consist of?

The doctor and deputy director of research for INOR, Lorenzo Anasagasti Angulo, has been pressuring and coercing my co-workers, above all the laboratory managers, to not let me into the various labs of the Center. He explains that there is a labor rule that says that access to these places is restricted, and that is true, but it only applies in my case, because the other researchers enter and exit the various labs without any restriction, while my access is impeded. I think I am treated very differently and discriminated against.

That is not the only thing that has happened to you…

Before this, in June of this year, I prepared a course on Bio-computing for students at the University of Havana and researchers from the INOR, and after my immediate boss had approved it, even though teaching personnel had reserved a hall for me to teach the classes, when this was all coordinated with the Biology Faculty so that students of that school could receive this training, this gentleman, Lorenzo Anasagasti Angulo, did not give me the authorization to teach the class.

But it did not stop there, he also coerced many employees of the Oncology Institute to not attend the course, and he has told them on more than one occasion not to talk to me. All these actions were not enough for him, and he told me: “Oscar, get this into your head; I am going to make sure that you have no future in this institution and I am going to make everything as difficult for you as I can.”

This gentleman, together with a member of the Communist Party from the Pedro Fernandez Cabezas Institute, has threatened to expel me from the Center just because of my ties with opposition figures. Also, Anasagasti has pressured my colleagues to deliver the copy of the lawsuit and letter that I sent to Raul Castro where I reveal the articles and laws so violated by the State Security officers, agents of the PNR and members of the PCC and where I demand the President of the country leave me in peace.

National Institute for Oncology and Radio-biology (INOR)
La Habana,Cuba
The deputy director asked my colleagues to destroy all this documentation and said that it was “enemy propaganda.” So, to demand adherence to Cubans laws is, according to Doctor Anasagasti, “enemy propaganda.”
As if that were not enough, just a month ago Lorenzo Anasagasti appeared with two State Security officers at the home of Doctor Carlos Vazquez, head of the Board of the Oncological Tumor Devices, in order to sound him out and tell him in a threatening tone: “We’re checking up on you.”

Lorenzo Anasagasti is a collaborator with the repressors, which makes him another repressor who occupies a job at the Institute of Health which has nothing to do with these issues. This is a person in service to the Cuban political police and for him that function is more important than the professional development and education of the INOR. This gentleman has demonstrated that he prefers no thesis be carried out if I participate in the statistical analysis of an academic project in the Institute.

I also am a Molecular Biology teacher for a module that is taught to doctors, who are specializing in Oncology, and I have to interact with a person who coordinates that course, but Anasagasti has demanded that person prohibit me from accessing his laboratory and pressured him to not even talk to me. In this way the interaction between researchers and workers, so necessary to offering high quality training for the country’s future oncologists, is made more difficult. The development and quality of teaching are sacrificed for the sake of repression.

Some foreign mission doctors are familiar with the dispossession of their fees by the Cuban government, and they justify it on the grounds that the country invests that money primarily in oncology resources. What is your opinion of this matter? Do you believe that is really so?

It is true that cancer treatments are expensive anywhere in the world and that, for being an underdeveloped country, the country’s situation is not one of the worst. But really the duties that the doctors, researchers, nurses and service personnel perform does not correspond at all with the wages that they earn and the conditions under which they work.

Currently the volume of patients seen in Cuba by a single doctor is abusive. It is a situation that affects the doctor as well as the cancer patient, who has to wait long hours to be seen, and now the quality of the attention and treatment is not the same. This is mainly due to a stampede, a very big exodus of professionals to the outside, and this causes a work overload for those who remain, although those from the INOR who emigrate the most are the recent graduates, not doctors, who barely stay two years between their graduation and their exit abroad.

I worked some years ago on research about brain tumors and, of the specialists who carried out the research with me, all left the country. There was one point when INOR had no neurosurgeons or neurologists. Another interesting element is that when I started to work at the Institute in 2004, there was free internet access for all researchers, and the situation, 11 years later, is very different. In my department I do not have access to the internet, and I work in Bio-computing. They have restricted access to the internet only for department and laboratory heads, but there is less access than there was 11 years ago.

In spite of the promises that the Government has made to doctors about economic improvements like better wages, the chance to buy a car, a laptop, etc., several of the doctors at my workplace are very pessimistic, because they listened to the words of Chancellor Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla at the press conference about the embargo on September 16, which confirmed that Cuba was not going to change its internal politics. “Maybe I improve my life, but my relatives who are not doctors are going to continue with the same deprivations,” one of them told me. That’s why they have decided to abandon the country at the first opportunity that is presented.

*Translator’s note: An “annexationist” is someone who advocates Cuba becoming a part of the United States.

Translated by Mary Lou Keel


Source: Diario de Cuba and Translating Cuba

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Ubicar al central Amancio Rodríguez entre los cumplidores

amancio-reparacionesHombres y mujeres del sector azucarero en el municipio Amancio, al sur de la provincia de Las Tunas, laboran denodadamente para dejar atrás los años de incumplimientos y ubicarse en la zafra 2015-2016, en la casilla de los cumplidores de Cuba.
Para lograr la meta realizan reparaciones de calidad y actualmente avanzar con el criterio de probarlo las máquinas del central Amancio Rodríguez en noviembre con vista a estar listos para arrancar la contienda a mediados de diciembre.

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“Cambiar es actuar diferente”

agricultura-cubaUn análisis exhaustivo de los principales temas que frenan el desarrollo del país tuvo lugar en la Asamblea Municipal del Partido en Majibacoa. En ese sentido, fue necesario debatir en el encuentro asuntos relacionados con la producción cañera azucarera y la producción de alimentos, pues el 78 por ciento de su extensión territorial corresponde a la superficie agrícola.
En la Asamblea se instó a fortalecer la gestión administrativa y la organización en este sector, porque aún persisten deficiencias que limitan los resultados e inciden en la producción. Ejemplo de ello lo constituye que el 33 por ciento de las hectáreas dedicadas a los cultivos varios se encuentran vacías, con mayor incidencia en las viandas, y todavía falta mejorar el proceso de contratación productor a productor.

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Festejan tuneros aniversario de los CDR

cdrLas Tunas: Los festejos y las celebraciones no faltan hoy en cada barrio de esta oriental provincia. La alegría de conmemorar el 55 aniversario de la organización de masas más grande del país (Comité de Defensa de la Revolución, CDR) nos motiva a todas y todos.
En cada cuadra, calle o reparto está presente la famosa caldosa, plato tradicional que acompaña año tras año esta fiesta y está elaborada por todos los cederistas. Al decir de Jacibe Rodríguez Laurencio, vecina del reparto Santos en el municipio capital, "festejar el 55 aniversario de los CDR, constituye otra victoria más de la Revolución Cubana y nos impulsa a hacer más por el desarrollo local de nuestras comunidades".

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Igualdad de género pasa por un orden internacional justo, Raúl Castro

raullideresgenroonuNaciones Unidas- El presidente cubano, Raúl Castro, abogó hoy por un orden internacional justo y equitativo como vía para lograr la igualdad de género y el empoderamiento de la mujer.

Al intervenir en una reunión de líderes mundiales sobre el tema, el mandatario señaló que un planeta libre de los abusos contra las féminas pasa por materializar la erradicación de la pobreza y el hambre, el fin de los conflictos, privilegiar al ser humano por encima del capital y preservar el medio ambiente.

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Béisbol cubano: Dos jonrones de Yosvany Alarcón protagonizan remontada de Las Tunas ante Villa Clara

yosvani-OKLas Tunas: El internacional Yosvany Alarcón conectó par de cuadrangulares y su hermano Yordanis pegó otro, para encabezar la ofensiva de los Leñadores de Las Tunas en el triunfo de 6x3 conseguido este domingo ante los Naranjas de Villa Clara, que les situó en el cuarto puesto de la 55 Serie Nacional de Béisbol.
El primer choque del compromiso particular, efectuado en el estadio Julio Antonio Mella, fue durante su primera mitad un gran duelo entre los diestros Yasmani Hernández y Yoelkis Cruz. A la altura del tercer inning y luego de dos outs, Lázaro Ramírez bateó sencillo al jardín derecho y Andy Zamora lo remolcó con doblete a la misma banda que rompió la igualada a cero y puso delante a los visitantes.

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