News on Cuba - September 30, 2013 Print

Ecuador’s Rafael Correa Announces Plan to Improve Healthcare System 
HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 30 (acn) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced a strategy to improve his country’s healthcare system with the hiring of one thousand Cuban doctors, given the lack of physicians in the South American nation.

We need family doctors, so we will hire Cuban physicians, said Correa in his radio and TV weekend sow, aired from the province of Guayas, PL news agency reported from the capital Quito.
The strategy, to be implemented till 2017, includes the construction of one thousand 582 healthcare centers outfitted with all necessary resources, plus 163 general hospital and 24 specialized medical institutions. All those facilities will require some 18 thousand 675 health professionals, half of whom must be doctors. 
Correa said that Ecuadorian youths are currently taking medical courses in Cuba, though they will take some years to graduate, so in the meanwhile the Cuban doctors will be hired. He said that the best example for the Ecuadorian health project to follow is Cuba, which has one of the most comprehensive health systems of the world. 

Reverend Jesse Jackson Calls for Actions against US Blockade of Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 30 (acn) US Reverend Jesse Jackson called for actions against the economic, financial and commercial blockade which the governments of his country have maintained against Cuba for over 50 years now, and he also stressed the need to strengthen relations between the US and the Cuban people.
During a religious ceremony at the Havana-based Ebenezer Baptist Church, Reverend Jackson said that the blockade affects the life of the Cuban people and hinders relations between the two nations. 
The US Reverend said that the Church must fight against the blockade, PL news agency reported on Sunday.

The sanctions posed by Washington against Cuba affect the use of the Internet on the island, telephone calls and transportation, among other consequences for the Cuban and the US people, he said.
During the religious ceremony, organized by the Cuban Council of Churches, participants recalled previous visits by the outstanding civil rights activist to Cuba in 1984 and 1988. Reverend Jackson recalled his meetings with Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro. 
Meanwhile, Cuban Reverend Raul Suarez, director of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Center, stressed the contribution by Jackson to relations between the US and the Cuban people. He said that the US activist has favored a new stage for relations between the churches and the state, which he described as a “blessing for our country, our people and the Cuban Revolution.” 


IAEA General Director Beings Official Visit to Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 30 (acn) The general director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano is on an official visit to Cuba till October 1, which is in tune with the excellent relations between the island and the world energy organization.
Cuba is a founding member of the IAEA with a currently active participation particularly in technical cooperation projects in the field of health, agriculture and the environment, PL news reported on Sunday.
The IAEA has acknowledged, in several occasions, the highly skillful Cuban specialists and the contributions by Havana to boost cooperation projects linked to the peaceful use of nuclear energy. 
As a member of the IAEA, Cuba is currently promoting urgent negotiations to reach an International Convention on Nuclear Disarmament. In this regard, the island supports the setting up of concrete timetable for the total elimination and prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. 
Cuba opposes all nuclear tests, both of real explosive nature or computer-based experiments and other sophisticated technologies. 
Cuba honors the Tlatelolco Treaty, on the prohibition of nuclear weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the Non-Proliferation Treaty. 
The Cuban government maintains a Safeguarding Accord with the IAEA, along with an additional protocol on the subject.

CDR: A Key Factor for the Safeguard of the Cuban Revolution

HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 27 (acn) Safeguarding the Revolutionary project continues to be the utmost mission of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR), stressed the delegates to the 8th Congress of the largest Cuban grassroots organization, underway at Havana's Conventions Center in the presence of President Raul Castro.

The forum is being attended by 460 CDR members from all Cuban provinces, who are working on actions to improve the performance of the organization and support proposals aim at making the structure and functions of the CDRs more efficient and effective.

Delegates stressed the need to get the youths more involved in addressing the necessities prevailing in their areas of residence and communities and involve them in fighting illegalities. They also called for joint work in support of the implementation of the social and economic guidelines adopted by the Communist party.

The Congress of the over-eight-million-member organization will conclude on Saturday after adopting the main report and working guidelines for the upcoming years.


South Nations Demand at UN End of US Blockade of Cuba

Leaders of Latin American, African and Asian countries demanded at the United Nations General Assembly the lifting of the over-50-year US economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba.

During the session prime ministers and heads of state described the US blockade as policy of genocide, illegal, failed, a relic of the Cold War period, anachronistic and obstacle to development, among other terms.

Representing Latin America, the leaders of Bolivia, Antigua and Barbuda, Uruguay, El Salvador, Guyana, Trinidad-tobago demanded the end of the US siege which has inflicted huge damage on all Cuban economic and social sectors, particularly health and education.

Meanwhile, the representatives of South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Chad, Mozambique and Gabon, and for Asia, the leaders of Sri Lanka and East Timor also called for the end of the US blocakde at the plenary session attended by 193 states, the overwhelming majority of which have repeatedly voted a Cuban resolution since 1992 demanding the lifting of the Us? anti-Cuba measure.

In his remarks at the forum, Bolivian President Evo Morales criticized the US administration for ignoring the claim by the international community against the US blockade of the island.


Cuba Improves Salaries of Athletes and Trainers

HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 27 (acn) Cuba will noticeably increase the salaries and bonuses to athletes, trainers and other sports specialists, as a policy pproved by the Council of Ministers.

According to Granma newspaper, the new policy will get in force in January 2014, though in the case of Baseball it will start with the opening of the National Series in November 2013.

The new measure aims at improving the performance of Cuban sports, generating income sources, increasing the quality and rigor in competitions, gradually increasing salaries and guaranteeing that each one receives a salary according to his or her work.

High-performance athletes, who devote all their time to practicing a sports modality, will get their salaries according to their results, the newspaper explains and adds that in the case of athletes who get contracts abroad, they will be guaranteed their participation in major competitions on the island.

The new policy maintains monthly payments to athletes in hard currency or Cuban convertible pesos as it has been done so far. This payment is received by athletes, trainers either active or retired in return for the medals they have won, while other payments in the Cuban national currency, the Peso, will also be included.

This way the pay will be based on the socialist principle establishing that “from each one according to his or her capabilities, to each one according to his or her work,” which will be expressed at the moment of obtaining competition results, as approved by the 6th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party.

The newspaper also explains that when an athlete is no longer active, her or she will receive an additional pay as acknowledgement, which will be considered for the calculation of his social security fund.

Along with this Cuba will implement a annual system of contracts in the country accredited by the National Federation of each sports, thus replacing a system of leaves thus far in force.

The policy approved by the Cuban Council of Ministers establishes six sports categories according to the performance of athletes, which constitute the basis to set the basic monthly payments in national currency for high-performance athletes.