Cuba presents natural products for treating cancer at Latin American Congress

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Havana, Cuba, Oct 23 (ACN) – The development of natural products applied to humans in Cuba is among the topics to be debated at the 20th Latin American Congress on Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Latinfarma) 2013, which is in session in Havana with the participation of 800 delegates from about 40 nations.

Today there was a presentation of results from peptide RJLB-14 in the treatment of patients with epithelial tumors.

Dr. Alexis Díaz-García and other scientists from the business group of biopharmaceutical labs (LABIOFAM) will present the potential of this compound for treating metastatic breast cancer. Its preclinical assessment has verified a high effectiveness rate, a dose-response relation, and its influence in the reduction of tumors; although they are still working on determining toxicity and action mechanism.
In addition, the State Center for Controlling Drugs and Medical Equipment will offer a dissertation on the economic implications of the consumption and safety…

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Seven experimental photovoltaic stations assembled in Cuba

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Havana, 23 oct (acn) – Cuba is assembling seven experimental photovoltaic stations as part of its strategy to boost the use of renewable energy sources.

Aleisly Valdés Viera, director of Renweable Energy from the Electric Union Enterprise (UNE), told ACN that these facilities will add 10 megawatts in contribution of the National Energy System (SEN, by its Spanish acronym).

Many of these stations, still under construction, are producing electricity and have already been synchronized with some units – Guantánamo´s (Santa Teresa-Los Güiros), Camagüey´s (Guáimaro), Villa Clara´s (Santa Clara) and Cienfuegos´ (Cantarrana)– to the SEN.

Santiago de Cuba, the Isle of Youth and Havana provinces are also included in this investment program that aims at decreasing the use of fossil fuels and protecting the environment, said Valdés Viera.
This is a preparation stage for better use of the sun, once the policy for the sector of renewable energy has been approved.

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Reading, Passport to Human Development

Havana, Oct 23 (Prensa Latina) Reading is the passport to human development, social, economic, it is freedom, agreed here today participants in the International Congress To Read the 21st Century.

Fabiano dos Santos, Brazilian professor and researcher, lectured on the act of reading as a practice of freedom, book policies and the formation of readers.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, he said, there are critical points in the literacy and knowledge indicators which could improve through the promotion of reading from early stages.

We learn to read in order to write our own history, he said rephrasing his fellowman Paulo Freire, distinguished pedagogue.

About the event he commented to Prensa Latina that it is a great Cuban contribution to the world in order to promote the reading habit as a need to cultivate intellect.

On her part, Brazilian editor Dolores Prades spoke about the seminars Conversations at the end of the page which she coordinates over the last three years in her country.

The Cuban event allows the opportunity to know what is being done over the world in favour of literature for children and youths, said Prades to Prensa Latina.

On Thursday the event proposes the conference The Sense of Reading by Argentinian Angela Pradelli and a dialogue about ageless books.

The Second International Colloquium on Books for Babies, Children and Youths will also take place to exchange ideas about the conception of books for those ages.

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U.S. Blockade Conditions Cuban Educational Work

50 years conditions the educational work in Cuba, the director of the Central Institute of Educational Sciences, Lisardo Garcia, stated today.

Such aggressive policy impacts on the general management of teaching, limiting its possibilities, Garcia said at a news conference about the damages caused to the Cuban educational system from March 2012 to April this year.

It seems that there is no blockade in education because schools open every day, the academician stated after saying that Cuban children will have access to education although such Washington policy exists.

Only for the payment of freights in removals from distant markets of nearly 400 containers in 2012, the country had to pay more than $800,000 USD additional compared with the cost of having purchased these products in the southern region of the United States.

If such restrictions do not exist due to freight overpay, the country would have hired 1,723 of 6,000 modules needed for teaching natural sciences in elementary education, Garcia said.

Our objective is to decrease the effects of the blockade whatever the possibilities, the director of the Institute dependent on the Ministry of Education said.

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Cuba Expects Strong Int”l Rejection to U.S. Blockade

Mexico, Oct 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba expects the strongest rejection of the international community to the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed to the island by the United States, the Caribbean country”s ambassador to Mexico, Dagoberto Rodriguez, said today.

According to the diplomat, his nation trusts that on October 29, the support given to Cuba since the issue was presented in that body for the first time in 1992 will be repeated, when the UN General Assembly vote on a resolution on that policy for more than 50 years.

During a news conference held in the embassy, Rodriguez said that in the last year, the U.S. government has intensified the blockade in all spheres, and has adopted new measures to hinder Cuba’s relationship with the world.

He recalled that the economic and political war of aggression carried out by the White House for more than 50 years have caused losses to his country calculated at $1.157 billion USD, which is the biggest obstacle for the development of the island.

The diplomat said that measure exemplifies the cruelty of the U.S. policy and its rulers, as shown the resolution “Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba,” which will be submitted to the General Assembly of the United Nations.

During his speech, the ambassador cited concrete cases of measures taken by the United States, as part of its policy against the island, in a period characterized by the persecution of Cuban financial transactions.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Rodriguez thanked the work by the Mexican Movement of Solidarity with Cuba, which carries out activities throughout the country, demanding not only the end of the blockade, but also support other demands, such as the island’s exclusion from the list of nation sponsors of terrorism.

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U.S. Citizens Take an Interest in their Country’s Blockade of Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Oct 22.- Journalists and representatives of NGOs and institutions of the United States took an interest on Monday about the consequences of the blockade of that country’s government against Cuba, a policy that is the main obstacle to the normalization of bilateral ties.

By way of a videoconference that linked the island’s Foreign Ministry with Havana’s Interests Section to Washington, participants learned about the damages caused by this criminal policy in sectors such as education, health and culture, explained by executives and specialists.

Such unilateral measures damage all Cubans, but in particularly painful way they damage the most vulnerable, said Esther Maria La O Ochoa, director of the Solidarity with Panama Special School, dedicated to the care of children with disabilities.

In spite of the willingness of the Cuban state to provide the resources necessary for this type of facility, “something they haven’t been able to block,” the center suffers from lack of wheelchairs, teaching aids, devices for students to access computing and specialized transportation, among other shortages.

Ninety five percent of students of the Solidarity with Panama school need to move by way of wheelchairs, and 10 of them suffer from progressive muscular dystrophy, noted La O Ochoa.

Washington’s unilateral measures also affect patients suffering from oncological diseases, which are the main cause of death on the island, and prevent the U.S. people to benefit from Cuban pharmacological products, like Heberprot- P ( for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers).

As an example, Lorenzo Anastos, deputy director for Research of the Oncology Institute, explained that during the previous year, the blockade complicated the purchase of radiotherapy equipment and systems, thus delaying by six months the treatment of 120 patients.

From Washington, Mavis Anderson, associate director of the Working Group for Latin American Affairs, which brings together 60 U.S. academic and religious institutions, called upon President Barack Obama on Monday to use his powers to improve US-Cuba relations.

Many sectors of the U.S. society support the normalization of bonds between the two nations, asserted the human rights, justice, peace and regional sustainable development.

Anderson said that the so-called “relaxation” of the blockade’s measures is not enough, and called for concrete actions to begin dismantling the mistaken policy with which several U.S. administrations have sought to subvert the Cuban project.

Among those actions, she mentioned the removal of Cuba from the spurious list of countries sponsoring terrorism, the elimination of barriers to U.S. visits to the Caribbean nation, and the carrying out of talks at the highest level to discuss matters of common interest.(ACN)

U.S. Religious Leaders Ask Obama to Remove Cuba from Terrorism List

Washington, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) U.S. religious leaders asked President Barack Obama to remove Cuba from the United States” list of state sponsors of terrorism, and urged him to normalize relations with Cuba.

“Cuba is not a state sponsor of terrorism and must be taken off this list. Cubaâ�Ös placement on the list is widely recognized as inaccurate and dates to decades-old political dynamics that no longer exist,” Rev. John L. McCullough, president of Church World Service, and other leaders of Protestant, Orthodox, Catholic and ecumenical institutions said in a letter to Obama.

Despite growing international rejection, the White House keep Cuba on that list this year, but acknowledged once again that there are no evidence that Cuban authorities provided paramilitary training or weapons to violent groups.

The religious leaders also urged direct, high-level dialogue with the Cuban government and lifting of all restrictions on purposeful people-to-people travel between the United States and Cuba.

The letter also expresses gratitude to the president for his 2011 directive that lifted restrictions for religious, academic and licensed people-to-people travel to Cuba.

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