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Cuba Builds Homes for People Affected by Tornado

Cuba Builds Homes for People Affected by TornadoQuartz 01/29/19Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) [Ifco’s CubaBuzz Issue Number 136 Website: www.ifconews.org] The construction of houses for the people affected in Havana by a tornado on January 27 started on Saturday, official sources reported on Sunday.According to a summary of the Council of Ministers meeting held on Saturday to follow up on the recovery from the meteorological event, works began in several places in the Cuban capital, while the assessment of damages in houses continues, one week after the tornado today.During the meeting chaired by President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Construction Minister Rene Mesa said that of 3,513 houses damaged so far, the technical data for 2,873 was prepared. According to Mesa, this survey is fundamental for the acquisition of materials for reconstruction. Diaz-Canel insisted on the need that the procedure offices for the purchase of construction materials work with quality and urgency.Energy and Mines Minister Raul Garcia reported that the power service was practically restored, and only some cases remain without electricity and they will solved in the coming hours.In the case of telephone services, Communications Minister Jorge Luis Perdomo said at the meeting of the Council of Ministers that 65 percent of land lines had been restored.Diaz-Canel repeated his call to maintain permanent contacts with the people affected by the tornado, in order to explain the progress of the recovery and listen...

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Stand up to Trump & Pence’s threats of ‘regime change’ in Venezuela

Please click on the weblink and add your support https://vsc.eaction.org.uk/petition/nototrumponvenezuela We, the undersigned, condemn the open support of the US administration for ‘regime change’ in Venezuela, which is illegal under international law.Alongside harsh sanctions which have hit the people of Venezuela hard, comments from Trump himself, VP Pence, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo amongst others have included threats of military action, threatened to put Venezuela on the state sponsors of terrorism list and invoked the possibility of a right-wing military coup.We stand for peace and dialogue, not Trump’s war and ‘regime change’...

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IFCO’s CubaBuzz Issue 132

IFCO’s CubaBuzz: Issue 132 President Díaz-Canel attends openingof judicial yearGranma 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 ConstitutionPrensa 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...

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ifco / pastors for peace CubaBuzz Issue 130

IFCO’s CubaBuzz: Issue 130 How Do Elections Work in Cuba? Granma 02/20/18 THE Cuban election system is different from all others that exist around the world, and is young institutionally. Established in the 1976 Constitution, which took effect on February 24 that year, the People’s Power structure has been in place for more than 40 years. Among the elements that characterize elections here is the term unity, essential for the protection of the country’s independence. The country is led by a single party, that is not electoral in nature, does not nominate candidates, but serves as the guiding force in state affairs and society. Read More Here Foreign Investment Grew in Cuba in 2018 Prensa Latina 12/18/18 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) grew in 2018, Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca said, adding 40 new business deals were struck amounting to 1.5 billion dollars. Of those contracts, 35 are already being executed, the official pointed out at the Round Table TV news hour last night. Malmierca recalled that since 2013 Cuba open business to FDI under a new policy on foreign capital with a sectorial approach. The Minister mentioned the flow of FDI has been hindered by Washington’s hardened economic and financial hostility. He added the US blockade not only damage Cuban companies, but enterprises from around the world as well. Read More Here Cuba’s Agrifood System In Transition...

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