CIBERSOCIEDAD 2017: Cuban firms sign MOUs with foreign companies

Source:  Granma
October 19 2017

By: National news staff | informacion@granma.cu

cs 2017CIBERSOCIEDAD 2017: Cuban firms sign memorandums of understanding with foreign companies

Cuban and foreign firms signed agreements that will contribute to the development of the Cuban software company.

Photo: Cibersociedad 2017

A memorandum of understanding was signed on October 18 between Cuba’s software applications company, Desoft, and Germany’s International Software Quality Institute, iSQI, as part of the Cibersociedad 2017 international event, underway in Varadero.

The Directors of Desoft and iSQI, Luis Guillermo Fernández Pérez and Stephan Georicke, respectively, signed the agreement with the objective of ensuring the international certification of Cuban specialists in different software development life cycle processes, and allowing iSQI to expand its market to the region.

Meanwhile, the Cuban Union of Computer Scientists (UIC) and the Information Technology Company, belonging to the BiocubaFarma business group, also signed an agreement. Aylin Febles, president of the UIC, explained that this will allow for collaboration between both entities in terms of courses, events and the training of sector personnel.

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The Cibersociedad 2017 civil society forum was inaugurated the same day, with broad participation of the non-state sector, academics, state enterprises and government representatives. The main topics addressed were Industry 4.0, virtual education in health, Internet governance, human capital in the development of ICTs, and emerging platforms. Discussions also arose on information technology architecture, cybersecurity, software production, virtual teaching, among other areas.

“The civil society forum has been very enriching. The debate was full of suggestions on how to access virtual education. The views were diverse and that underscored the importance of debate in spaces like this,” explained Dunia Colomé, a delegate to Cibersociedad and a member of the UIC.

Meanwhile, Sheila Esquivel, a Uruguayan participant in the event, stated: “I work in the technology side of Banca en Uruguay, and the event has been very good. I have learned new terms related to information technologies, and subjects that I believe will be very interesting to apply in my country.”

The day was also marked by several keynote speeches. Topics such as the development of the high-performance computing platform for biopharmaceuticals in Cuba; infrastructures based on Huawei’s experience; data analytics; big data; and democratic and inclusive governance, featured.

Carlos de Castro, executive president of the Multimedia Production Center for Interactive Television, traveled from Córdoba, Spain, to explain the power of data analytics and cognitive intelligence applied to health, business and tourism.

To conclude the day’s activities, the NOVA operating system, made in Cuba, was launched. This software, among other facilities, represents an important step toward the island’s technological independence.

Today, scientific sessions and the civil society forum continued. Issues related to the Internet of Things, and human and economic development coupled with technology, featured on the agenda.

Youth from across the world condemn U.S. imperialism

Source:  Granma
October 19 2017

By Lissy Rodríguez, Special correspondent | internet@granma.cu

October 18 saw the International Anti-imperialist Tribunal, a space created to denounce imperialist crimes, as part of the 19th World Festival of Youth and  Students

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SOCHI, Russia.– October 18 saw the International Anti-imperialist Tribunal, a space created to denounce imperialist crimes, as part of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students.

Terrorist acts that the United States has perpetrated against Cuba

The Cuban case was presented by Elián González, who referred to the more than 700 terrorist acts that the United States has perpetrated against Cuba resulting in thousands of dead and injured.

He stressed that subversion on the island involves non-governmental organizations, universities, USAID, counterrevolutionary representatives and Freedom House, considered a vehicle for the work of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. From 1996 through 2015, Elián noted, USAID allocated 284 million dollars to its Cuba program.

The Sahrawi people

Omar Hanesa, representing the Sahrawi people, denounced the illegal Moroccan occupation of their land and demanded justice for the crimes committed against them over decades. He also called for the release of political prisoners sentenced to more than 20 years for defending their people’s cause.

Related:  Cuba Backs Independence for Africa’s Sahrawi People

More than 150 unpunished murders

Similarly, Angela Correa from Colombia denounced the more than 150 unpunished murders of young communists at the hands of government agents in her country, and demanded an observation mission in the face of the avalanche of violence. In addition, she condemned the attacks on Venezuela and the increased military presence in the nine U.S. bases on Colombian soil.

During the day, witnesses from countries such as Brazil and North Korea also lodged their complaints before the Anti-imperialist Tribunal.

Huge solidarity with Cuba in World Festival of Youth and Students

Source:  Cuban News Agency
October 16 2017

cuba at 19th world festival.jpgA day filled with signs of infinite love, admiration and respect for Cuba was experienced at the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students underway here, a day in which many ratified their condemnation of the unjust US blockade against Cuba.

In a workshop on solidarity with Cuba and Venezuela, and by panelists from both countries, the auditorium was full, with the presence of Aleida Guevara, the daughter of Ernesto Che Guevara, who expressed her pride in being invited to the international forum and narrated her experiences, as pediatrician, on how the blockade affects Cuban children.

Aleidita, as Che called her affectionately, said that the blockade cannot be quantified in material damages, since these are immense and it harms the Cuban people to a great extent; even those who do not yet have a political thought or criterion, such as children, she said.

Out of the 10 new drugs that hit the markets every year, eight come from US companies and sometimes Cuba must have go through several intermediaries to acquire them; not to mention that sanctions range from millions of dollars in fines to a ban on selling them to the Cuban nation.

Referring to everything Cuba does for humankind, Guevara affirmed that if she feels useful is because she was raised as a woman of the Revolution, to which the public responded with an effusive applause, a sign of that affection and respect towards her father, who is also dedicated to the world.

Rafael Bogoni, Executive Secretary of the Latin American and Caribbean Continental Organization of Students, stressed that Cuba’s resistance to the blockade for more than half a century is an example for the world and, at the same time, a political beacon of struggle.

He reiterated that the small Caribbean nation represents a model to be followed by all and therefore deserves many signs of solidarity; while adding that the fact that the world event is dedicated to Fidel and Che shows what Cuba is for those who struggle for sovereignty.

Raul: Venezuela has given another great lesson in peace, democratic vocation, courage, and dignity

Message from Army General Raúl Castro to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

raul y nicolas 4.jpg“I congratulate you on the results of the state elections. Venezuela has given another great lesson in peace, democratic vocation, courage, and dignity.

Source:  Granma
October 17, 2017 08:10:30

by: Granma | internet@granma.cu

Havana

October 16, 2017

Comrade Nicolás Maduro Moros

President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Esteemed Nicolás:

I congratulate you on the results of the state elections. Venezuela has given another great lesson in peace, democratic vocation, courage, and dignity .

The legacy of Chávez is alive. He and Fidel would be very proud of this victory.

You can always count on the support and solidarity of Cuba.

An embrace,

Raúl Castro Ruz

President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba

250 Cubans among  20,000 anti-imperialist youth gathered in Sochi, Russia

Sources:  Granma, WFDY, Russia2017.com

October 13, 2017

19th wfdy program.jpgThe youth of today has the challenge of making the world of tomorrow a better place,said Saber Chowdhury, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in his address to the participants of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students. In his welcome letter Chowdhury stated:

“I am happy to learn that over 20 000 young people from 150 countries of the world are meeting here, in Sochi to tackle the most complicated issues of our time. You are our hope for a better future. You have the talent, the energy and the creativity to build the future. In other words, you are the power that will be able to make tomorrow better than today”.

Cuban delegates

Leaving Cuba for Sochi were 250 delegates who know that  millions of Cubans will be with them, along with Martí, Mella, Villena, José Antonio, Che, Fidel…

The persistent rain of the last few days did not dampened the spirits of those preparing for the trip with activities at the Medical Sciences Preparatory School in Casablanca, including book presentations, discussion, and workshops.

Maidolis Ojeda, from the province of Matanzas, noted that, “it is a source of pride to represent all our country’s youth. We will go to Russia to defend our Revolution and denounce imperialism.”

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Alegna Peralta González, a twelve grade student from Sancti Spiritus, thinks that for her, being a delegate to the World Festival of Youth and Students is both expectations and responsibilities

Expectations are high among the young Cuban men and women attending the 19th Festival to defend Cuba’s reality and to share their thoughts and experiences with the youth of the world.

They are scheduled to present in 20 different workshops, cultural events, expositions, and panel discussions devoted to Fidel and Che. Planned meetings with delegations from Russia, Vietnam, and Venezuela will be of special interest.

The Cuban people are aware that their 250 representative are taken from the best of the country’s youth from all sectors of the society and will follow closely the news coming from the historic XIX World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, Russia.

Related:  Young Cubans Heads to Sochi: Alegna Peralta’s Passions

At the moment the city is expecting over 50 000 visitors, including the participants, volunteers, organizers, technical personnel, guests and speakers of the WFYS 2017. The 19th World Festival of Youth and Students has a chance of becoming the largest event in the festival history both in terms of number of delegations and number of participants. To this day, the largest festival took place in Moscow in 1957 with 34 000 attending.

Due to this, the event program has been expended and stretched outside the Olympic Park. Additional headquarters are put in place as well as a corporate assistance centre to service all clientele groups of WFYS 2017.

The Festival takes place 14–22 October in the Olympic Park of Sochi.

Cuban linemen conclude work in areas affected by Irma

Source:  Granma
October 2 2017

by Prensa Latina (PL) | informacion@granma.cu

Linemen who traveled to the province of Ciego de Ávila to assist with the efforts to restore power following Hurricane Irma, have returned to their respective territories

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CIEGO DE ÁVILA.– Cuban linemen who traveled to this province to assist with the efforts to restore power following Hurricane Irma, have returned to their respective territories.

After 21 days of intense work, the almost 1,000 electricity workers from Guantánamo, Granma, Las Tunas, Camagüey and Sancti Spíritus, together with locals, succeeded in restoring 99.6% of the energy system across Ciego de Ávila.

Diosdado Hernández, director of the Electrical Company in the province, noted that workers recovered 250 kilometers of subtransmission lines, and more than 1,800km of primary and secondary power lines, as well as 1,020 utility posts and 202 transformers.

He added that some isolated homes still remain without electricity, but brigades of local linemen are working to restore power in the next few hours. (PL)

Cuba’s achievements in spite of the economic blockade outlined in the UN

Source:  Granma
October 3 2017

by: Prensa Latina | internet@granma.cu

On October 2, Cuba presented some of its achievements in education, health and social inclusion, and recalled that these have been attained despite the U.S. blockade against the island, in force for more than half a century

 

cuba's achievements despite the blockadeCuban Ambassador to the UN, Anayansi Rodríguez, denounced the current U.S. administration’s plans to tighten the economic, commercial and financial blockade, repeatedly condemned by the international community. Photo: Cubaminrex

UNITED NATIONS.–On October 2, Cuba presented some of its achievements in education, health and social inclusion, and recalled that these have been attained despite the U.S. blockade against the island, in force for more than half a century.

“This criminal policy causes damages and scarcities for the Cuban people, is the main obstacle to the development of our country, affects other nations because of its extraterritorial reach, and continues to harm the interests of U.S. citizens and companies,” stated Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez.

Speaking to the Third Committee of the General Assembly, Cuba’s Permanent Representative to the UN denounced the current U.S. administration’s plans to tighten the economic, commercial and financial blockade, which has been repeatedly condemned by the international community.

According to Rodríguez, despite Washington’s sanctions, Cuba is advancing in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with the moral strength of having fulfilled the Millennium Development Goals.

Cuba has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world

In this regard, she highlighted that Cuba reached an infant mortality rate of 4.1 per 1,000 live births at the end of the first half of 2017, one of the lowest rates in the world, while life expectancy at birth stands at 78 years.

Cuba was also the first country to eliminate mother-child transmission of HIV-AIDS and congenital syphilis, she added.

The Cuban ambassador also recalled that a free universal vaccination program is in place on the island against 13 diseases, the country is illiteracy free, and the state allocates more than two thirds of its budget to education, health, social security, culture, sport and scientific research.

Rodríguez also noted Cuba’s satisfaction on having cooperated with other nations in various sectors.