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Fidel Meets with Diosdado Cabello

HAVANA, Cuba, Jun 9 (acn) The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, met on Friday afternoon with Diosdado Cabello, President of the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

 During the lively and fraternal meeting, Fidel and Diosdado recalled, with emotion, the legacy of President Hugo Chavez and spoke about the objectives and challenges of he new stage for the Venezuelan government, headed by President Nicolas Maduro.

They also focused on aspects related to bilateral cooperation and on the situation of food in the world.

After the meeting, the President of the Venezuelan Parliament, together with Fidel, toured several crops capable of producing a lot of protein, for the production of milk and meat.

Raul Meets with Venezuelan Parliament President Diosdado Cabello

HAVANA, Cuba, Jun 9 (acn) Army General Raul Castro, President of the councils of  State and Ministers, met on Saturday afternoon with Diosdado Cabello, President of the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of   Venezuela, who is on an official visit to the island.

The two leaders verfied the excellent state of bilateral relations and held a fruitful exchange on topics on the regional and international agendas. The Army General ratified Cuba’s invariable support for the Bolivarian Revolution, and highlibghted its contribution to Latin American and Caribbean integration.

Raul praised the efforts of the Venezuelan government, under the leadership of President Nicolas Maduro, to guarantee the continuity of the work of late President Hugo Chavez and preserve the irreversible achievements of the people of that fraternal nation.

Cuba Bets to Renewable Energy  to Produce Electricity

HAVANA, Cuba, June 10 (acn) Cuba is progressively developing renewable energy projects in an effort to stop depending on fossil fuels.

The setting up of wind farms, solar energy facilities, biomass and biogas plants as well as a large number of windmills are part of the Cuban renewable energy strategy, presented by experts at the recently concluded 12 World Wind Energy Conference.

These projects also include the building of a 50-megawatt wind farm in eastern Las Tunas province, a solar panel complex in Guantanamo, also in the east of the island, and other facilities to use biogas obtained in hog-raising places.

Last December, the Cuban government passed a decree law establishing a commission in charge of drawing up a renewable energy promotion policy.

Experts from Eight Countries Address Regional Integration

HAVANA, Cuba, June 10 (acn) Experts from eight countries will address prospects of Latin American and Caribbean integration, during an international seminar that will be held in this city capital.

The forum, organized by the Havana University’s Center for Research on International Economy, will focus on regional blocs, such as the Community of Latin Americana and Caribbean States (CELAC). Participants at the event will also address current challenge for current cooperation initiatives in the region.

Speakers include representatives of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System, the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, the Andean Development Corporation, the Latin American Development Bank and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Institutions and universities from Germany, Belgium, Chile, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico and Venezuela, along with Cuban research centers will take part at the three-day event.

The academic forum, which will run till Wednesday, will also focus on the US position towards Latin America and the Caribbean and the most recent proposals for international alliances.

Solar Energy Complex to be Raised in Eastern Cuba

GUANTANAMO, Cuba, June 10 (acn) A 2.5 megawatt solar energy complex, which will be hooked to the National Power System, is being raised in this eastern city.

The facility, which will expand along 5 hectares of land, is considered the most important of its kind in this province, since it will count on 10 thousand 800 solar panels, said Ismael Matos, investor with the local Hydro-energy Entrepreneurial Unit.

Matos said that the project, which is expected to be fully implemented in December, is part of the strategy adopted by the 6th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party to develop renewable energy sources.

The renewable energy programs promoted by Revolution leader Fidel Castro in remote rural areas have benefitted 410 schools, 165 collective TV rooms, 20 social facilities and over 500 homes.

Cancer, Major Cause for Death in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, June 8 (acn) Cancer became the first cause of death in Cuba followed by heart and cerebro-vascular conditions, in a country whose expectancy of life is set at 78.2 years for men and 81.3 years for women.

In 2012, Cancer was the cause of 25 percent of all death occurred in Cuba, with 59 percent of the victims being citizens below 75 years age, which  is considered by experts as premature mortality, according to Granman newspaper.

Doctor Idalia Cardero, a specialist with the Epidemiological Department of the Cuban Health Ministry, said that major factors of risk are the smoking habit, inappropriate diet, obesity, lack of physical activity and the harmful consumption of alcohol, which are all preventable.

According to research studies between 2001 and 2010, there is an increasing trend in the smoking habit despite a global reduction of that activity in adult persons. This means that there is a precocious start of the habit in the case of adolescents, However, the study revealed that the global smoking trend in adults went down to 23.7 percent in 2010 against a 32 percent in 2001.

The consumption of alcohol also increases in adolescents and in the female population, although  health authorities discourage the consumption of this products by youths below 21 years of age, bearing in mind that the brains develops up to that period of life, the doctor said.

There is also a growing trend in the adult population undergoing overweight and obesity, with values that vary between 32 percent in 1995 to 47.6 percent in 2011.

The individual consumption of salt by the Cuban population surpasses recommended amounts below 5 grams a day, and in most cases most of that salt is consumed in processed meats and cereals.

China and Cuba to Advance Cooperation in Agriculture

HAVANA, Cuba, June 8 (acn) China and Cuba expressed their interest in keeping advancing bilateral cooperation in agriculture, innovation and scientific exchange, official sources reported on Saturday.

The issue was addressed by Cuban Agriculture minister Gustavo Rodriguez during a meeting in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart Han Changfu, according to PL news agency. 

The Chinese government official  recalled a recent visit to Cuba in which he met with the historic leaders of the Cuban Revolution and he stressed the importance of implementing a cooperation program signed by the two Agriculture ministries during the visit to China by President Raul Castro last year.

The two parties agreed that although some actions have been taken on the basis of the accord, there is mutual interest in the advancement of that program.

Minister Han Changfu also expressed his willingness to further increase scientific and technical exchange and innovation in the industrial and agriculture sectors.

The two agriculture ministers exchanged views on the measures being implemented by the Cuban government in the sector. The Cuban official briefed his host about the transformations that are underway in the area as part of the update of the island’s economic sector.

UNESCO Executive to Visit Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, June 8 (acn) The head of the Higher Education Office at the UN Education, Science and Culture Organization Paulina Gonzalez-Pose will visit Cuba this month to meet with local authorities and take part at a UNESCO workshop.

The executive will come on the invitation of Cuba’s Higher Education Minister Rodolfo Alarcon, with whom she is scheduled to meet as part of her June 10-14 agenda on the island.

González-Pose is scheduled to attend the 7th National Workshop of UNESCO departments in Cuba and tour several higher education centers.

Cuban Yarelis Barrios Wins Silver Medal in Athletics Diamond League

HAVANA, Cuba, Jun 7 (acn)- Cuban discus thrower Yarelis Barrios won on Thursday the silver medal at the Athletics Diamond League, under way in Rome, Italy, in its fifth stage.

With 64.41 meters, Barrios followed Croatian Sandra Perkovic (68.25). Third place was for Zinaida Sandriuté (62.85), of Lithuania, while Yaimé Pérez, the other Cuban representative in that specialty, finished fifth, with 61.90m.

Also taking part in the tournament, which serves as training for the World Athletics Championship scheduled for Moscow, Russia on August 10-18, are Cubans Omar Cisneros (400m hurdles), Lázaro Borges (high jump) and Ernesto Revé (triple jump).

Experts Highlight Significance of Cuban Revolution

Paris, June 7 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Revolution was a result of a historical process that marked its time and maintains today a great influence on Latin America and other regions worldwide, agreed experts during a colloquium held in this capital.

The event titled "The Achievements of Socialism: An Approach on Cuba," was organized by the section of the French Communist Party in the 20th district of this capital to discuss the reality of Cuba, which boasts undeniable social gains despite the US blockade, said speakers.

"The Revolution is a genuine, original movement forged in a historical process of many decades," said researchers and professor emeritus of the University Paris VIII, Paul Estrade.

He recalled that national unity of the Cuban people started to be constructed during the war against Spanish colonialism, mainly thanks to the figure of pro-independence hero Jose Marti.

Writer and scholar Salim Lamrani noted how from the very start of the Revolution, on January 1st, 1959, the United States started its aggressions against the Cuban people.

Lamrani, who is also professor of the University Paris Sorbona IV, refered to damages caused by the US blockade and the effects of the Torricelli and Helms-Burton acts that internationalized that economic, commercial and financial aggression.

Cuban Ambasador to France, Orlando Requeijo, explained that his country is absorbed in updating the economic model to continue improving socialism.

Despite all aggressions, we are determined to continue our path to guarantee independence and sovereignty, said the Cuban diplomat.

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