Women and diabetes, an all-time risk

Our right to a healthy future is the theme of today's World Diabetes Day (WDD).

Before numberless risks, women and girls are considered vulnerable. Hence, the importance of dedicating them the World Diabetes Day, which is held every November 14*.

This year it will be held under the theme Women and Diabetes: “Our right to a healthy future” and organizers seek to raise awareness on a metabolic disease that affects millions of people on the planet and around 10% of the Cuban population, although it is hard to specify figures, because many suffer from it asymptomatically.

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF English acronym), it is the ninth leading cause of death among women worldwide, with 2.1 million deaths each year.

The source also states that 2 out of 5 women with diabetes are in reproductive age (over 60 million), therefore they have more difficulty conceiving and may find it harder to have a successful pregnancy.

IDF acknowledges that girls and women with that condition, especially in developing nations, face barriers in accessing effective prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care.

In our country, diabetes is associated, above all, with third age people and its early detection has influenced the lowering of death rates.

Cuba grants special attention to this health condition, so it has created Centers for Diabetes Care and Education (CDCE English acronym), spaces that offer multidisciplinary consultations geared at guiding patients on how to coexist with the said disease.

Blindness and lower-limb amputation are two of the most serious consequences.

Hence the transcendence of Heberprot-P, a drug developed at the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB Spanish acronym); at present the only alternative to prevent lower-limb amputation in diabetic people with terminal lesions, because it speeds up healing.

Because of its proven effectiveness, it is applied in hundreds of healthcare units across the country and over twenty nations have already registered it.

Today, November 14, diabetes will not be a simple health issue. It’s worth staring at it, because it affects, especially, those who give life on this planet.

*It was established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (FID) and the World Health Organization (WHO English acronym) as a response to the alarming rise of diabetic cases globally. The date was chosen to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting, who along with Charles Best, conceived the idea that would lead them to the discovery of insulin in October 1921.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

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DANCE PREMIERES: Equilux, by Danza Contemporánea de Cuba

British choreographer Fleur Darkin premieres a piece that seems to “narrate” an evolutive process.

It seems that Scottish choreographer Fleur Darkin has suggested Danza Contemporánea de Cuba to start from the cell, the living and amorphous mass to rite.

In its latest season at Havana’s Mella Theater, the company directed by Miguel Iglesias has premiered “Equilux, the play Darkin has staged in recent months.

It is about the narration of an evolutive process, which begins with the relatively uncoordinated movements of the dance troupe, until a dance line, which ends in group exorcism, shapes up gradually.

The metaphorical vocation is evident, but never obtuse: the spectator can follow the “plot” without problems. There’s a poetics in the dynamics assumed by the dancers, in the spatial design that shows the hand of a skillful choreographer, who knows what she wants.

Once again, the dancers of this Cuban company show their pretty vast spectrum, unique capabilities and abilities to dance altogether. But nobody doubts that at this point and after they’ve danced pieces by very dissimilar choreographers.

Equilux moves toward its climax and abruptly ends. That’s its Achilles’ heel: it seems it fails to fulfill what it promises. Although likely, that has been intentional: it leaves us wishing to continue watching.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

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Osvaldo Doimeadiós: Pressing Essences

He is one of most natural people I’ve ever known lately, despite carrying on his shoulders, from my perspective as well as others the weight of the condition of performing "star".

Osvaldo Doimeadiós, after almost two and a half hours answering the tireless CubaSí readers he still had interesting ideas in his tank of answers:

If I ask you, in just a few words, to tell me the meaning it holds humor, theater and cinema for you?

"For me the humor is a magic possibility to exchange with the spectator and feeling the joy in oneself. Humor creates bonds, harmony. It has been a vessel in my life to reach others, to tear down boundaries and ways of thinking.

"That factor of humor has been always present in theater, because it’s part of my luggage, therefore lays within the identity of some of the characters I embody in the theater, the cinema and the television. I wouldn’t want to discard it, because sometimes people want to erase an image to avoid the contamination of something else.

"The chemically pure or established genres and its frontiers have faded away. People are made of many fibers, of multicolor strands. When embodying a character, you settle some sort of loom, where you choose strands or shades, because it’s a reflection of how we are in life. It’s about compensating one thing with the other and put in each character and every moment. It’s like a painter creating a canvass; he knows how to take advantage of contrasts, lights and shades."

Following that analogy of shades, how do you put together your life as an actor and those other facets of writer and director?

"Writing is not maybe my strong point; humor scripts which is basically what I have written, because I have not written other things with serious aims of getting published, they have been for the stage, solo shows, monologues, works in which I have participated next to other actors… I’ve done it with the need of that who writes something because the idea came to him and has not found someone else to do it.

“It’s born as a need, but I lack the rigor of those who have that habit, which I’d like to have a little more. The same has happened to me as a director. Not having a director nearby to pass on my ideas forced me to be one. About directing what interests me most is art direction, something I consider necessary and useful in any media and worldwide.

I see direction as the actor who embodies the character he will direct, but then I come out of it and return to perform which is what I love. Doing those things I see them almost as a game, because performing is a bit of that. Sometimes there’s not need to approach things in such “hyper” serious way.

How important is in that theatrical game your alliance of almost 15 years with Carlos Díaz and El Publico?

Really important. Carlos sees theater exactly as a huge party. A party opposed to the solemn, something that has been fundamental for me in these 15 years. Next to him I have had the chance to personalize the most transcendental characters in my career, but assuming them with the serenity with which Carlos assumes each work, with his way of reinventing every day, every process, of fascinating the public…

"Carlos has a keen eye to know what is going on at a social level, of knowing how to return it in images to the spectator. He has been that, the respect, the inquiry, but also the rupture and transgression, people so often talk about, theater and performance must be seen as a great party, and that is very important for us Cubans."

In this versatile Cuba, what views do you have of the censorship and the self-censorship from your perspective as an actor?

"I believe everyone; at some point have suffered the censorship. There are several types of censorship, although I don't justify any. I believe that somebody must look from the outside what is not artistically effective to perform, although that’s arguable and obey tastes and ways of thinking. What I hate about censorship is when people with no training whatsoever exercise it.

“I tried not to self-censor, although the experience and years of life show you ways of developing a speech. All messages can be sent from art. As a field, art exists to ask questions, uncomfortable questions and, of course, to receive uncomfortable answers. Art is also thought to dialogue with the social environment.

I try not to discard the social satire as son or legitimate component of humor, and because we are supported by a political attitude towards life, as for participating in the social debate and the cultural processes that, as human being and country we face. That is what I try to defend with my work, attitude, and I put it on the dialogue with those other segments of society they criticize sometimes. We all don't have to think alike."

Versatility, facets… tell us of your experience as professor of the National School of Art and in the training of your daughter Andrea.

"Versatility is something within us as a nation. We Cubans have to reinvent ourselves in so many other things. I admit I am not good in those matters. I have had to channel versatility through art, the theater, and other means. We are versatile by nature, and I always tell my students that our mothers are opera actresses, because we always see them cooking, washing, working, singing… they laugh at first, they shed a tear; they change overnight, as we Cubans say.

“Sometimes we need to stop to watch how we are and then to internalize many things that we have to put together from the scene through ourselves. The family is one of the best models that exist, and I always recommend that to my students: to watch a lot, to read and live a lot, because that awareness of the environment is something that we should take to the stage.

“I like teaching considerably. When I was very young I taught at the Higher Institute of Arts (ISA by is Spanish acronym). I started along with Armando Suárez del Villar, with lyrical song students. Then, I have indistinctively delivered courses, workshops, things very well directed.

Several years ago, I joined the National Theater School and currently teach lessons with Fernando Echevarría, Carlos Díaz and, generally, we work with the students from the last course”.

“Working with very young people opens up the prospect of what comes next, how they see life and what they want. That forces you to reinvent yourself, to read more every day. In performance, the actor constantly makes decisions.”

“I also see it as a responsibility. Martí used to say that when every man arrives on Earth, he has a right to be educated and then, in return, the duty to contribute to the education of others. That’s our way of repaying and conveying that knowledge to those coming behind..…

“In my case and in my house, my eldest daughter decided to be an actress. If she hadn’t had talent, I wouldn’t have let her to study. She was one of my pupils in those years, therefore, I see my pupils like my children and that is a way to harmonize with them, to understand them, to guide them and to offer them tools to be prepared to face up any medium”.

“Earlier, the lines between each medium were much more marked. Today, that panorama has changed a lot. I think young actors and actresses must be ready for what will come. Currently, we need young directors who are ready to transform that panorama. That is one of the problems that we have. I believe that in recent years there have been young people with a lot of talent, who love both audiovisual and theater, and that is our guarantee of continuity. We need to put all our energy according to that continuity.”

Pupils, children, family. What weight do you grant to the latter?

“A crucial weight. My family is as essential as my vocation for my life; they are conditioned to one other. Without those two things and without Cuba, I would not make sense, nor would my life be.”

Is Cuba that niche of professional achievement?

“Yes, I have tried to articulate my career and my vocation in this country. I think I have worked some 150 years, I feel it like that. But I have been able to afford it, which surely I would have found it impossible to achieve it elsewhere. I have done it with a lot of limitations, as we all know, because the quality of life of many material things is low. I have conditioned everything to my vocation and feel well for that.”

Holguín?

“The land where I was born, I grew up and my parents and my teachers educated me. A place, which I feel a lot of affection for. There, I have relatives, friends; I took my first steps performing on the radio. I made my first works in the theater together with Idalberto Betancourt.”

“There are many people linked to my formation who are still there, and whom I admire and revere.”

A word that defines you?

“Work.”

Cubasi Translation Staff

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Puerto Rico's Oscar Lopez Rivera Honors Cuba's Fidel Castro

Mementos, songs and photos were brought out for the occasion to honor the revolutionary life of Cuban hero Fidel Castro.

Fidel Castro's legacy is an example for the world, Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar Lopez Rivera said Wednesday during a tribute ceremony in Cuba for the Cuban revolutionary leader.

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Mementos, songs and photos were brought out for the occasion. The event, coordinated by the Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America, and the Casa del Cultura in Havana.

“I can say this afternoon for me has been a great honor and an experience that I will take with me for the rest of my life, with the desire that other people around the world rise and follow the example of the leader in order to achieve a better world,” Lopez said to the crowd of 140 international guests and media personnel

With the assistance of the Tricontinental Audiovisual Space, Fidel's life became a living mobile of photos.

“The whole world must emulate the example that the commander in chief Fidel Castro Ruz left to us,” Lopez Rivera said.

During his visit to Cuba, the independence activist, who spent nearly four decades in U.S. prison as a political prisoner, also visited the University of Havana to speak with students.

“This country has achieved like no other poor country in the development of human resources and the system of university education has been a pillar,” Lopez Rivera told the students, adding that Cubans enjoy debt-free education.

Lopez described the strength and wealth of opportunity open to Cuban youth, saying he planned to leave the congregation of students more confident in their abilities.

He criticized the host of sanctions targeting the nation by U.S. President Donald Trump and he denounced the travel and economic bans as a means to disempower Cuban people.

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“We Puerto Ricans, those of us who love freedom, those of us who believe in independence, live deeply grateful to the Cuban people, to their government of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, and to all those who have been in solidarity with our struggle,” Lopez Rivera told the students.

“Youth is the future of every people, it is the driving force that has made this society achieve so many accomplishments. When I look at you, I see the best of this society,” he added.

The Puerto Rican activist spent two weeks touring Cuba and will bring his visit to a close after stopping for a short time in Guantanamo Bay.

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Oscar Lopez Rivera Tells Young Cubans They are the ‘Future'

Oscar Lopez Rivera, the Puerto Rican independence fighter freed from prison after 36 years in May, told young Cubans they are the “future of every society” a day after receiving the Order of Solidarity.

Speaking at the University of Havana, Lopez Rivera said: “New generations are the driving force and future of every society.”

He noted that the Cuban Revolution would not have succeeded without “the young people who made it possible from the first moment to advance the country to the point of achieving what no other Latin American nation had.”

During his visit, the freedom fighter received the Commemorative Medal for the 55th Anniversary of the Union of Young Communists from First Secretary Susely Morfa.

Lopez Rivera receives the Order of Solidarity

A day earlier, Lopez Rivera had received the Order of Solidarity from the Cuban State Council at the Jose Marti Memorial in Havana .

Upon his release, he had vowed to travel to Cuba to thank its people for their support during the 36 years he spent in prison, a visit he said has become a dream come true.

His agenda included a tour of Old Havana, as well as a meeting with representatives of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), where he was honored.

On arrival at Jose Marti International Airport on Sunday, the lifelong activist was greeted by Fernando Gonzalez Llort, one of the Cuban 5, with whom he shared a prison cell with for more than four years in the United States.

Gonzalez Llort, now ICAP's president, was one of five Cubans convicted of espionage for monitoring anti-Cuban groups based in Miami to prevent terrorist actions against the Cuban people.

Earlier this month, at the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, Russia, Lopez Rivera told the audience it was up to the young to “fight against imperialism.”

In 1976, Lopez Rivera joined Puerto Rico's clandestine fight for independence as a member of the Armed Forces of National Liberation. In 1981, he was captured by the FBI and accused of "conspiracy."

Leaders from around the world, as well as human rights organizations, had demanded his release for decades. On Jan. 17, former U.S. President Barack Obama commuted his sentence and he was finally released in May.

Lopez Rivera continues to speak out against the 199-year colonization of Puerto Rico by the United States.

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Havana, Same as Always, in its 498 Years

Havana walks in a pilgrimage toward its origins on November 16th, when it celebrates the 498th anniversary of its foundation, while the monumental conservation and restoration work in its eldest side continues.

In many ways the date will be celebrated in the different cultural institutions under the City Historian Office.

On Wednesday November 15th, starting 10 A.M. it will take place the traditional ceremony for the 498 years of the establishment of San Cristóbal de la Habana village in the former Carenas Harbor, right on the eve of its foundation date.

The journey will begin at the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales and will reach the Templete, place that marks the foundational spot of Cuba’s capital. There, the Historian of the City, Doctor Eusebio Leal Spengler, will speak of Havana in its new anniversary.

And on Thursday November 16th, Havana residents and visitors will return to the Templete, to go around the foundational Ceiba tree, as it’s tradition, thus remembering a new anniversary of an event, mysterious until today that should have happened on such a day, but of year 1519.

Museums and cultural institutions of the Havana City Historian Office will also join the celebration, with different proposals.

All though November, from Thursday to Sundays, in the mornings, the Quinta de los Molinos organizes the calls to the winter Routes, traveled through that great garden with just visiting the first Butterfly House of Cuba and other attracting themes of this ecological park.

On the other hand, the Casa de la Obra Pía on Tuesday November 14th, in the afternoon, a Habano Cigar Gathering, organized by the Museum of Tobacco and dedicated to two personalities linked to Havana and cigars: Francesco Minettif and José Casteleiro. While, on Wednesday 15th, also in the afternoon, it will be inaugurated at the Government Palace, the exhibition “Landmarks for the 498th Anniversary of the City.”

The exhibition proposes a journey through the history of Havana using patrimonial pieces on Cuba’s first coinage system, the first coins made in the former village, the medals of the city and the Havana lottery.

According to sources from the Direction of Cultural Administration of the Havana City Historian Office, on November 16th, in the morning, in the Public Library Rubén Martínez Villena will take place the awarding ceremony of the competition “The Giraldilla Wants to Know”. AND for 2:00 p.m., the House of Chinese Arts and Traditions will organize the performance “Painting my City”, with students from the plastic arts workshop from the School for Special Needs Adelaida Piñera.

On November 15th and 16th, starting at 8:00 p.m. will be exhibited on the walls of Real Fuerza Castle Museum, located around the Armas Square, the projection of nearly a hundred pictures of historical postcards of Havana dating 1900-1930. The images have been taken of the book “Havana Revisited. An architectural inheritance”, of the photographer and art historian Cathryn Griffith.

Likewise, several exhibitions are announced, regarding this celebration, in different cultural institutions of the City Historian Office, among them, the House of Africa, the Numismatic Museum and the Museum of Colonial Art.

Since 1982, the historical center of Old Havana and its fortifications were declared by UNESCO, Cultural Patrimony of Humanity. A lot it has been done since then by the City Historian Office, lead by Doctor Eusebio Leal, and other Cuban institutions, for the conservation and restoration of the entire historical and cultural legacy of the city.

This whole monumental work has been developed from a global and multiple vision of restoration. This has allowed to not only to face the whole work from a point of view not only cultural, archaeological, and patrimonial, but also social. And today Cuba shows a viable and sustainable experience, with possible forms of applicability and/or adaptation to different cities of the World Patrimony.

Special attractions in the historical center of Old Havana are the multiple museums; the network of tradition bazaars that reproduce flourishing trade of Havana from the XVIII and XIX centuries; its gallery-workshops where famous plastic contemporary Cuban artists create and exhibit their works; the concert rooms, specialized in coral, chamber and ancient music; the squares that rekindle the vitality of old.

Hence, Havana, the capital of all Cubans, reaches its 498th anniversary, with a city that looks to its past, proud of its present, a city that received the condition of Wonder City of the World.

Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López arrives in Cuba (+Photos)

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 13 (ACN) Happy to visit Cuba for the first time, whose leaders and people he thanked for their support for his release, the Puerto Rican independence leader Oscar López Rivera arrived in Havana this morning.

At the José Martí international airport Oscar Lopez was met by Fernando González Llort, Hero of the Republic of Cuba and president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), with whom the Puerto Rican patriot shared a four-year cell in the Terre Haute prison in Indiana, United States, in the midst of almost 36 years of unjust imprisonment, until being pardoned by former President Barack Obama.

In statements to the press, Lopez Rivera said he intends to enjoy as much time as possible with his brother Cuban people.

When referring to the situation in Puerto Rico, he recalled that it is a country colonized for more than 100 years that today suffers from the effects of hurricane Maria, while facing the lack of interest and support from the US government.

López Rivera will exchange during his visit to Cuba with the Five Cuban Heroes who served sentences in the United States, including Fernando, where in addition to the Order of Solidarity, conferred by the State Council, he will receive samples of affection and admiration of the authorities and the population.

Invited by ICAP, the independence leader will develop an extensive program of activities, which includes meetings with representatives of various sectors in various provinces, and the tribute to Commander in Chief Fidel Castro in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery, in Santiago de Cuba.

As part of the support for the case of López Rivera, during the more than three decades of imprisonment, Cuba promoted before the United Nations Decolonization Committee a resolution in which it requested recognition of the right to independence and self-determination of Puerto Rico, and demanded Lopez Rivera´s release and that of other freedom fighters imprisoned in the United States.

The project, supported by Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Nicaragua, was approved as a resolution by said committee in 2012, but the US ignored it.

Now, on a memorable day for relations of brotherhood between Cuba and Puerto Rico, the island receives this Puerto Rican patriot.

Edwin González (I), delegado de la misión puertorriqueña en Cuba, recibe al luchador independentista puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera, en el aeropuerto internacional José Martí, en La Habana, el 12 de noviembre de 2017. ACN FOTO/Orlando PERERA/ICAP

Fernando González Llort (D), Héroe de la República de Cuba y presidente del Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos (ICAP), recibe al luchador independentista puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera, en el aeropuerto internacional José Martí, en La Habana, el 12 de noviembre de 2017. ACN FOTO/Orlando PERERA/ICAP

Fernando González Llort (D), Héroe de la República de Cuba y presidente del Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos (ICAP), recibe al luchador independentista puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera, en el aeropuerto internacional José Martí, en La Habana, el 12 de noviembre de 2017. ACN FOTO/Orlando PERERA/ICAP

El luchador independentista puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera (I), ofrece declaraciones a la prensa, a su llegada al aeropuerto internacional José Martí, en La Habana, el 12 de noviembre de 2017. ACN FOTO/Orlando PERERA/ICAP

 

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Dranguet House: attractive and indispensable destination in the Coffee Route (+Photos)

The value and transcendence of Santiago de Cuba’s Dranguet House makes the institution an indispensable destination in the so-called Ruta del Café (Coffee Route), an attractive Cuban tourist product that is promoted worldwide today.

Last Wednesday, French journalists, photographers, tour operators and other specialists linked to tourism industry knew about the wealth it collects in its permanent showroom, which some call “Coffee Museum”. They were visiting the place to see at first hand the potential attraction this institution may have in the European market.

Dranguet House suggested the visitors the specialized guide where the history of coffee is explained, ranging from its arrival in America and Cuba, the large number of the crop-related edges, processing and tasting of the aromatic grain, until reaching a newly opened room that exhibits the different ways to prepare the famous beverage, among the most consumed ones in the world.

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The visitors highly praised all the culture linked to coffee, which covers craftwork, Cuban traditions, such as handmade processing (roasting, shelling and filtering in the coffee sock) and the old machines that are already obsolete worldwide, but constitute irrefutable evidence of the transcendence of this grain in different nations.

Coffee cultivation has linked Cuba and France for several centuries now, a bond that reaches us today through an international project called “Los Caminos del Café” (Coffee Roads), financed by the European Union, the French-Belgian Molongo Foundation and Santiago de Cuba City Historian’s Office, which has enabled the restoration of both the Dranguet House and the old “La Fraternidad” Coffee Farm.

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PhD in Science Yaumara López Segrera, Coordinator on the Cuban side of “Los Caminos del Café”, claimed that the works in that old settlement not only will benefit those rural communities based on the precepts of responsible tourism development, but also will become an attractive proposal, because the site will be a living museum, which parallely will exhibit the cultivation and processing of the aromatic grain in its modern and old-fashioned ways.

López also explained that thanks to “Los Caminos del Café” project Santiago de Cuba City has today an institution that shows, in the broadest possible way, how attractive coffee is and its links with the industry, arts and agriculture.

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As part of their tour, the French visitors not only will come closer to “Coffee Route”, but will also get to know the attractions of “La Ruta del Cacao” (Cacao Route), journey that will take them to such destinations as Baracoa, Bayamo, Gibara, etc.

The mountainous geography of Santiago de Cuba has great part of the traces of the Haitian-French immigration of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a legacy that translates into old farms, which are both World Heritage sites and attractions for visitors, since they show the splendor of a time in the Caribbean and a cultural heritage that is combined, in addition, with the attractive nature of the area and the numerous traditions, thus making up a tourist product of one-of-a-kind characteristics.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

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