Cuban President Heads Ceremony for Workers

El General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz (C), Primer Secretario del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba (CCPCC) y Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, entrega el Titulo Honorifico de Héroe del Trabajo de la República de Cuba, a Lázaro Fernando Expósito Canto (D), Primer Secretario de la provincia de Santiago de Cuba, en La Habana, el 1 de mayo de 2016. Foto: Marcelino Vázquez Hernández/ ACN

President of Cuba, Raul Castro, headed the ceremony in which 67 workers and five working groups were awarded for their contribution to the national socio-economic development as part of the celebrations for May 1st.

At the president proposal, last night, the first Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Lazaro Exposito Canto was given the honorary title of Hero of Labor of the Republic of Cuba, was officially informed here today.

Exposito was recognized “for being a stalwart soldier in every task, always searching the efficiency by demanding things to be done in the right way, for mobilizing the masses and require everyone to do their task, for being a worker when the example and the know-how demonstration are necessary “, it was explained.

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Cuban workers demand end to US Blockade

Cuban Workers Demand End to US Blockade

Cuban workers demanded an end to the blockade that the United States has imposed on their country for more than half a century, during the festivities on International Workers” Day on Sunday.

Speaking at the inauguration of the May Day parade at Havana’s Jose Marti Revolution Square, the general secretary of the Cuban Workers’ Confederation (CTC), Ulises Guilarte, reaffirmed that the lifting of the blockade is an indispensable condition for the normalization of relations with the United States. In order for our relations with the United States to normalize, the financial, economic and commercial blockade imposed on Cuba for more than half a century must be lifted, and the Guantanamo territory illegally occupied by that country in eastern Cuba must be returned, the CTC leader pointed out.

He underlined that Cuba will never waive its revolutionary and anti-imperialist ideals, its foreign policy committed to just causes, the defense of the countries’ self-determination and its unconditional support for sister nations.

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Founder of Cuba’s Granma Newspaper Dies at 67

Susana Lee Lopez, founder of Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party, died on May Day at 67 years old after over half a century of prominent reporting about the daily issues and achievements of the Cuban Revolution.

Less than two months ago, she had won the country’s most important journalism award, the Jose Marti Prize.

Thanks to her work, said the jury on the day of the award ceremony, “we can read the historical review of the Revolution in detail, with investigative precision and reliability … She never tried to shine, but her work radiates from her modesty.”

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Equatorial Guinea requests more Cuban assistance

Equatorial Guinea requests more Cuban assistance

Equatorial Guinea called for the strengthening of collaboration projects with Cuba in the areas of fishing and the environment and requested more Cuban experts in those fields.

The request was issued by Guinean Fishing and Environment minister D. Estanislao Malabo during a meeting with Cuban ambassador Pedro Doña, in Malabo.

He expressed his gratefulness for the work of Cuban specialists over the past years in key sectors of his country. The Guinean minister also announced that he would visit Cuba soon.

The Cuban ambassador said that he would forward the request to his government, particularly to Cuban Environment minister Elba Rosa Perez.

The talks considered details about the implementation of the ongoing cooperation accords between the two environment ministries.

(Cuban News Agency)

Raul present at May Day Rally in Havana’s Revolution Square

Raul present at May Day Rally in Havana's Revolution Square

Army General Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party (CC of the PCC) and President of the councils of State and Ministers, attends the parade for May Day at Havana’s Jose Marti Revolution Square.

Raul is accompanied by Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, second secretary of the PCC and Vice-president of the councils of State and Ministers, and Miguel Diaz-Canel, member of the Political Bureau and First Vice-president of the councils of State and Ministers, along with other leaders of political and mass organizations, and guests.

More than 600,000 Havana residents and foreign friends from other parts of the world will march on this International Workers’ Day, the most important celebration of the world labor movement.

(Cuban News Agency)

Raúl receives British Foreign Secretary

On the morning of April 30, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, received His Excellency Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Philip Anthony Hammond, on an official visit to the country.

During the cordial encounter, both dignitaries discussed the development of bilateral relations and opportunities to strengthen them in areas of mutual interest. They expressed their approval of the signing of an agreement regarding the reorganization of Cuba’s medium and long-term debt with the UK, which should contribute to the expansion of economic, commercial and financial ties between the two nations. They also addressed various issues on the international agenda.

The distinguished visitor was accompanied by, the honorable Tim Cole, British ambassador to Cuba and Kate Smith, director for the Americas at the British Foreign Ministry.

Participating on the Cuban side were Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Investment, respectively.

Prior to the meeting, the British Foreign Secretaryheld official talks with his Cuban counterpart, Rodríguez Parrilla and met with Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, a Council of Ministers vice president, alongside whom he signed the aforementioned debt agreement.


UNEAC to award first dancer of Cuba’s National Ballet

Giselle. Anette Delgado and Dani Hernández

Anette Delgado, first dancer of Cuba’s National Ballet received the Lorna Bordsall 2015 Award granted by the Association of Cuban Artists and Writers (UNEAC).

The award will be presented to her this Friday when the world is celebrating International Dance Day, at the Sala Villena of the abovementioned institution.

The executives of the Association of Stage Artists unanimously decided to grant the award to Anette Delgado, taking into account her brilliant career as dancer.

The Lorna Bordsall Award was instituted since 2010 as a tribute to the late US teacher and choreographer based in Cuba. It has been granted to several accloaimed professionals in the world dance like Cristy Domínguez, Alberto Méndez, Manolo Micler, Eduardo Rivero, Perla Rodríguez, Silvina Fabars, María Elene Llorente and Viengsay Valdés.

This time, Anette Delgado shares the award with Lizt Alfonso, director of the company Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba, and Miguel Iglesias, director of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba company.