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Havana turns 500! Cuba marks anniversary with celebrations
Happy birthday, Havana! It’s been 500 years since the capital of Cuba was established, and there were huge celebrations across the country
to mark the anniversary
Havana on its 500th birthday
– then and now
The Cuban government is planning a jubilee week as the capital city celebrates the anniversary of its birth, with hundreds of events at restored monuments and historic sites, a visit from the Spanish royal family and fireworks over the Malecon seaside promenade. Archive photographs show how much, and how little, the capital has changed
by Havana’s Historian’s Office — the same scenes in 1959 and now.
ELAM: 20 years true to Fidel’s humanist thought
Cuban President attends anniversary celebration at the Latin American School of Medicine, devoted to solidarity among the world’s peoples
Cuba’s President, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, presided the 20th anniversary celebration of the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), which he described as “a visionary project founded to improve the quality of life of those who were born and died without having the opportunity to see a doctor.”
Minister of Public Health José Ángel Portal Miranda recalled that, since ELAM opened its doors, the staff has welcomed thousands of low-income youth, who were able to realize their dreams of becoming excellent health professionals.
Portal presented an overview of Cuban medical collaboration and highlighted the work of the more than 400,000 professionals who have provided services in 164 countries over 55 years, and the more than 29,000 working in 65 nations today. He recalled the emergence, in 2003, of the Barrio Adentro program in the Bolivarian
Republic of Venezuela and Operation Miracle, to return sight to more than three million people in 35 countries; the cooperation provided to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, and the confrontation with cholera; as well as the work of 28 Brigades from the Henry Reeve Contingent in 21 countries, including the struggle against Ebola in West Africa.
U.S. denies and delays visas to diplomats
compelling Cuba to act in reciprocity
Progresso Weekly, Nov 13, 2019 On November 7 at the United Nations, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla described the deteriorating scenario in the U.S-Cuba relations stating that the United States “uses falsehoods and lies as a pretext to increase its aggression.”
Rodríguez Parrilla emphasized measures that in the past months have contributed to the increasing of the economic, commercial and financial blockade that the United States has imposed on the Island for over 60 years. But, what other actions by the U.S. Government have an impact on the relationship between both countries?
Read the rest of the interview with Carlos Fernández de Cossío,
General Director for U.S. affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Pompeo congratulates Bolivia for expelling Cuban doctors
OnCuba Nov 19, 2019 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo applauded this Monday the decision of the interim government of Bolivia to expel hundreds of Cubans from its country, in the midst of the growing crisis in that country after the resignation of Evo Morales.
“The government of Bolivia announced on Friday the expulsion from its country of hundreds of Cuban officials. It was the right decision,” Pompeo said in a press conference.
“Bravo Bolivia!” Pompeo added in Spanish.
Cuba partially restores national bus routes after fuel crisis
OnCuba, Nov 19, 2019 Cuba will restore 43 national bus routes as of November 22, giving coverage to all destinations as before the reduction applied by the government in the last two months due to the acute fuel crisis that the island was experiencing.
The state-owned National Bus Enterprise (EON) reported this Monday that by resuming its services they increase daily bus departures to 345, many of which were canceled on September 15 when public transportation on highways was minimized.
Electric motorcycles riding to the rescue in Cuba amid fuel shortage
Taipei Times Nov 10, 2019 It was rush hour in Havana and the line at the bus stop was longer than ever. Then a fleet of electric motorcycles appeared, beeping their horns.Surprised and relieved, passengers jumped on the backs of the about 50 electric mopeds.
It is a new solution for Cubans struggling with fuel shortages driven by US sanctions that have curbed oil imports.
International Trainings Held in Cuba
UNESCO’s School on “Promoting youth leadership on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean”
The Second UNESCO´s International Science School / Third MOST School on “Promoting youth leadership on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean” in Cuba will allow participants to finalise the design of, and launch the Caribbean Youth Network on Climate Change. The event will also give an opportunity for exchanges between the representatives of governments, academia and youth representatives from civil society. It will take place in Havana, Cuba, from 3 to 5 December 2019.
The event is a collaborative endeavour between diverse international science programmes operated by UNESCO and it is organised in the context of the UNESCO project “Youth spaces for climate change resilience in the Caribbean”. The overall project seeks to enable youth-led and youth-to-youth interaction, cooperation and engagement on climate change adaptation in the Caribbean.
SIDS Project facilitation training workshop:
Supporting the development of bankable bioenergy projects in Cuba
18 – 20 November 2019 |Havana, Cuba
A training workshop jointly led by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and IRENA – Supporting the development of bankable bioenergy projects in Cuba – will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations to develop ambitious green solutions for a better energy transformation. Cuba’s pursuit of a sustainable energy future relies on the deployment of bankable renewable energy projects with a major share from harnessing bioenergy.
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