IFCO’s CubaBuzz: Issue 132
President Díaz-Canel attends openingof judicial year
Granma 1/15/19The ceremonial opening of the 2019 Judicial Year was presided by the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, yesterday January 14, with Esteban Lazo Hernández, President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, participating as well, at the Supreme Court located on Aguilar Street in Old Havana.
The holding of such events is an international practice that Cuba has re-initiated, as a reflection of the strengthening of institutionality and the importance of the courts to the construction of the country’s economic, political, and social project.Read More Here
Cuba Publishes List of Voters for Referendum on Constitution
Prensa Latina 01/14/19The lists of voters for the February 24 referendum on Cuba”s new Constitution are being published Monday and Tuesday, sources of the National Electoral Commission (CEN) said. According to the authorities sworn on December 28 to organize, direct and validate the elections, each person can verify as January 16 the records, which should include more than eight million voters, that are being called to ratify the Constitution approved on December 22 by the People”s Power National Assembly.
Quoted by Granma newspaper, Colonel Mario Mendez, Chief ofIdentification, Immigration and Foreign Affairs Direction, said that the lists will be put in ‘visible places near polling stations.’
Mendez urged voters to corroborate their personal data, and if necessary, proceed to correct them, modify them and update them in the procedure offices of each municipality.Read More Here
Cuba Ratifies Commitmentto Human RightsPrensa Latina 01/14/19Cuba”s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez reaffirmed on Monday Cuba”s commitment to human rights through Twitter.
Cuba successfully fulfilled its participation in the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2018. An acknowledgement of our country’s positive performance in human rights and a ratification of our commitment to this cause, he posted in @BrunoRguezP.
Cuba, on May 16, 2018, reached the Human Rights UPR with advances and achievements recognized worldwide in health, education, culture and participation in international governing instruments on this issue.Read More Here
Therapeutic clowns: Much more than the desire to heal
Granma 01/15/19Sparking a good laugh and shaking off sadness is the greatest desire of therapeutic clowns, people of great human sensitivity who build relationships of complicity and affection with long-stay hospital patients, as MSc Aniet Venereo Pérez-Castro, otherwise known as the clown Celeste, explained to Granma International.
She defined therapeutic clowns as people who don the representative red nose and provide moments of amusement and relaxation for those suffering from chronic conditions.
Professionals from different specialties such as doctors, rehabilitators, psychologists, artists and others volunteer their time and talent in this effort to provide patients with necessary hope, which can contribute to their rapid recovery. They also visit nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, psycho-pedagogical centers, and institutions for adults with chronic diseases.Read More Here
Cuban jazz festival kicks off in Havana
Channel 10, ABC Miami 1/15/19 HAVANA – Several renowned Americanmusicians will participate in Cuba’s 34th International Jazz Plaza Festival which kicked off Monday.
One of the American artists participating is Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, composer and band leader, Brian Lynch, who during a press conference Tuesday said he is thankful for his exposure to Latin music. 
“I’m very thankful I was exposed to the music of jazz and the culture of the music of their African-American creators,” said Lynch, who added it was that influence that helped him find a point of affinity to make his own music. Read More Here
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