Divers from across the world to participate in underwater photography contest

The International Underwater Photography Contest, IMASUB 2015, will take place in June.

CAPTURING the beauty of the depths of the sea in the Guanahacabibes Peninsula in an image, will be the challenge for those competing in the 5th International Underwater Photography Contest, IMASUB 2015, scheduled for June 13.

The María La Gorda International Diving Center is located in the Guanahacabibes Peninsular in Pinar del Río province, in the west of Cuba.

Lovers of diving and photography from Cuba and across the world can participate in the event, which returns to the María la Gorda International Diving Center in Pinar del Río, located in the Guanahacabibes Biosphere Reserve, in the categories of fauna, macro, scenery and scenery with model.

More than a competition, the event is an opportunity to share experiences and discover the charms of María la Gorda diving sites, Frank País Oltuski, vice president of marketing of the Gaviota Tourism Group, explained.

Meeting with tour operators, travel agents and journalists, Oltuski emphasized that they expect to see record breaking attendance of national and international divers at this 5th edition of the competition.
Each participant will select three photos in each category, which may not be modified in any way not performed by the sealed camera used, according to conditions established by the judging panel, chaired by prestigious Cuban photographer Julius Larramandi.
The competition rules also state that competitors may use lighting equipment, filters and masks and must use pressure and depth gauges and stabilizing jackets.

Claudia Riverón, commercial specialist at Gaviota Tours, explained that a tourism package has been designed for competitors with special prices for an itinerary of seven days and six nights, including lodging, food, transportation and six dives.
María la Gorda diving sites are ranked among the top in the world and the best in Cuba, allowing for visibility of up to 30 meters longitudinal distance in depths of 25-30 meters, due to the transparency of the water.
The story goes that the name of the area comes from a woman abandoned there by pirates, who survived and decided to make the most of the prime location to install a small business.

Cuba Extends Medical Collaboration to More Countries Worldwide

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Havana, Mar 26, Cuba has signed collaboration agreements with Brazil, Qatar, Argelia, Mexico, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and African nations, announced today Vice Minister of Public Health Marcia Cobas.

Although she did not provide numbers, Cobas said that Cuba has 50,000 collaborators in 67 nations, including 32 countries which are given medical services through the Comprehensive Health Problem.

Solidarity prevails in these agreements, Cobas clarified when she explained that Cuba exports services, no doctors because these professionals have their work place guaranteed in the nation, as well as their wages and social security.

Vice Minister said that the required demand can not be met because employees in the sector must also ensure medical coverage in the country; therefore, traveling groups are used as an alternative for a short time.

The preparation and training of health professionals must be rigorous, mainly in foreign languages, said the official in statements quoted by the National Information Agency.

Referring to health tourism as one of the variants, she said that they intend to significantly increase revenue with this industry.

Therefore they are working so that facilities have the infrastructure and similar conditions to those of other nations in the region.

Come check out the New York Open Judo Championship this weekend!

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Come see flips, body slams, and arm bars at the New York Open Judo Championship being held on March 29th, 2015 at the New York Athletic Club.

The NY Open is sanctioned by USA Judo and sponsored by the NYAC, BitLanders, Dr Arthur Canario, United Water, Adidas and Skelley Judo. This “Sunday Slam” will feature teams from France, Germany, Poland, Cuba and the United States with both men and women competitors.

The teams in the Judo Tournament will include some of the strongest players in the world, featuring male and female World Champions and Olympians from the US, France and Germany. It will be the first international sporting event held in the US involving Cuban athletes since the recent announcement by the United States of new regulations easing restrictions on travel, business and remittances with Cuba. Cuba’s Women’s Judo Team will include 2012 Olympian Dayaris Mestre Alvarez.

The event also features NYAC’s Kayla Harrison, the first American to win an Olympic Gold Medal and NYAC’s Marti Malloy, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist.

(From: The Fight Nerd)

STATEMENT BY DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR MULTILATERAL AFFAIRS, PEDRO LUIS PEDROSO, ON THE DIALOGUE ON HUMAN RIGHTS WITH THE UNITED STATES

Havana, March 26, 2015

As it is known, on July 2014, Cuba proposed to the United States to hold a bilateral dialogue on human rights. This proposal was reiterated last January, 2015, and accepted by United States authorities.

Cuba has proposed to celebrate these conversations next March 31, in Washington DC.

Cuba expects this dialogue be developed in a constructive scenario, based on reciprocity, with no conditions and discrimination and with full respect to the sovereign equality, independence and non-interference in others’ internal affairs.

The dialogue will include issues of interest for both countries and, within this context, Cuba will show its achievements in the promotion and protection of all human rights, not only to the Cuban people, but also to the peoples of numerous nations that have received Cuba’s cooperation in health and education.

Likewise, we will express our concern on the situation of human rights in the United States and other nations where this country has a direct incidence.

These conversations on issues related to the human rights constitute a symbol of Cuba’s will to discuss any issue with the United States, despite our differences, based on equality and reciprocity.

We are conscious of our deep differences with the United States government regarding the political systems, democracy, human rights and international right. At the same time, we have the will that both nations could have civilized relations within the recognition and respect to these differences.

Thank you very much

Cuban Civil Society Addresses Summit of the Americas Agenda

HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 25 (acn) Students, farmers, artists, self-employees, and other members of the Cuban youth are gathering today in Havana to reflect and speak their minds on issues relevant to the agenda of the 7th Summit of the Americas, to take place next month in Panama.

The forum was called by juvenile movements and student organizations to address issues like citizen participation, governance, the environment and energy, urban security, which will be at the center of a youth forum in Panama parallel to the summit of heads of state.

Previous to this youth forum, other actors of Cuban civil society also gathered to address similar agenda and to contribute ideas and proposals for the island´s delegation that will attend the civil society forum in Panama.

Today´s event will issue a final declaration by the end of the debates at the Cuba exhibit pavilion in downtown Havana.

The forum will close with cultural activities, book launchings, audiovisual sessions and a music concert.

Frankenstein in the mirror

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Entitled “Espacio para el debate”, last March 18th Cuban newspaper Granma announced the creation of a blog platform named Reflejos. The service, using the tool WordPress, had at the time 3416 blogs — the platform managers confirmed to the paper.

Five days later, including Saturday and Sunday, reviewing Reflejos’ directory, I found 3849 blogs registered on different topics. It showed an evident increase at the rate of 100 blogs daily. The platform advantages —.cu domain that allows people with no Internet access to manage it as well as visibility from anywhere in the world— have been attractive to lots of people.

However, such a phenomenon has gone unnoticed by international media, which is always keeping an eye on freedom of expression in Cuba, especially with regards to Information and Communications technologies. Perhaps this is a sign of how much they care about democracy and the right to freedom of expression in those they name “ordinary Cubans”.

The very same international media paid different attention to the private paper created by Yoani Sanchez in a neighborhood of Havana, supported by a great sum of money and important technological back-up. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, U.S. officer in charge of negotiations with Cuba, visited her last January and it showed that international media is well informed about the priorities of the State Department and it is not coincidence that Ms. Sanchez has been named Vice-president of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) —association of media moguls allegedly pointed to be at the service of CIA.

Nonetheless, Reflejos’ luck may change soon. Yoani Sanchez has placed the contents of her millionaire company with eleven employees, on the platform of personal blogs.

The presence of Ms. Sanchez’s Reflejos in the blog is not an exercise of individual freedom of a citizen who exercises a right of opinion in conditions of equity—which would be a legitimate practice— but the imposition of a systematic practice of lying for money —backed by the greatest power on Earth. Roberta Jacobson herself has admitted privately: the United States is a “barrier to connectivity in Cuba”.

Reflejos will likely grab all the headlines and not because the thousands of Cuban people who express their viewpoints there, or the abusive act with which Frankestein invades, rather for the way the little monster created in the laboratories of media war describes everything happening there.

We will know about it with the same objectivity with which she reported the false “beating”, the false interview to Obama, hunger strikes that ended in dinner parties, or the police assault to a church in Havana that never happened, the firing against a diplomat car with a grass mower, or the many deaths of Fidel. And these events are only the 1% of all Yoani’s journalistic prowess. Nevertheless, she has been awarded several prizes.

As a matter of fact, it is not about giving access to information unavailable for Cuban citizens —if we can call this practice “to inform”. I remember I gave out some opinions to the AP as a result of Yoani’s debut as a newspaper director. These opinions were never published. I said Yoani Sanchez and some of her assistants linked to the so-called Cuban twitter in the organization Raices de Esperanza met Joe Biden, U.S. vice-president, the same day the scandal of ZunZuneo flared up. Biden added:

I have seen that websites hostile to the Cuban government like that of Yoani are visible here, as well as newspapers such as El Nuevo Herald, Diario de Cuba, or the exclusive space recently opened by the BBC with a similar profile named Voces desde Cuba. Similarly, it is true that others managed or funded by the government of the U.S. like Radio and TV Marti, and ZunZuneo itself are not. It would be nice if the AP asks Biden about his relationship with all those projects, where there is lots of money from American taxpayers involved, so Cubans ended up watching nothing.

An AP newswire added: “Strategic documents procured by the AP show that Sanchez is one of the personalities that according to organizers could place her microblog in twitter through the messaging platform of ZunZuneo”.

It is hard to amplifying this thriving U.S. government investment in Cuba, with a surplus of workers and without reported incomes, lying systematically, acting fraudulently and with no journalistic work ethic, whose leader has been labeled by Wikileaks as the most popular worker for a U.S. embassy; instead, it is easier to silence the individual standpoint of almost 4,000 Cubans. But this is not democracy. It is understandable if we take into account that those who pay are the same who bombarded Yugoslav television.

Cubasi Translation Staff

Cuba and US exchange on telecommunications

Cuba and US exchange on telecommunications

HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 26 (acn) A US government delegation, headed by Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Coordinator for International Communications and Policy Information of the United States, is in Cuba to exchange with Cuban authorities on telecommunications.

The delegation arrived on March 24 for three days and includes officials from the Departments of State and Commerce, and the Federal Communications Commission.

The visitors were received by Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Communications, Jorge Luis Perdomo Di-Lella, accompanied by officials of that entity and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment.

During the meeting, the Cuban side provided the US visitors information policy computerization of the country and cyber security. They also exchanged on the scope of the new regulations issued by the US government to implement the modifications to the blockade on telecommunications and restrictions that are still in force, which prevent normal relations between the two countries in this sphere.

The US delegation was also received at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, and visited the Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba, ETECSA; the University of Information Science, UCI; and the Higher Poli-technical Institute José Antonio Echeverría, CUJAE.

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