viernes, 14 de enero de 2011

The Italy-Cuba Friendship Association Supports Economic Measures

HAVANA, Cuba - The Italy-Cuba Friendship Association (AAIC) supports the economic measures undertaken by Cuban authorities to consolidate social achievements in the Caribbean nation.

In a communique, the members of the AAIC underline the willingness of the Cuban government and people to continue the construction of a socialist society, which seeks to develop and perfect its economic model.

The Italian organization considers the large participation of Cubans in the debates prior to the 6th Congress of the Communist Party (PCC) to be positive, in which citizens exchange ideas around the Draft Guidelines of the Economic and Social Policy of the Cuban Revolution.

In addition, it criticizes the treatment the international mass media has given to theCuban social and economic measures, since they don’t reflect the real situation on the island, the Prensa Latina news agency reported from Rome.

In its document, the AAIC highlights the efforts of the Cuban State to maintain its social achievements in education, health and culture, without leaving any citizen unprotected, incontrast to the measures adopted by several European governments in the face of the economic crisis.(acn)

Cuba Saves More Than 27,000 Tons of Oil on Power Generation

HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 14 - Measures implemented in Cuba to stop excessive oil consumption allowed the country to save 27,130 tons of oil in 2010.

Director of the Rational Use of Energy Office Tatiana Amaran told ACN the systematic control of power consumption plans across the country, improvements on power lines and the introduction of state-of-the-art technology on several thermoelectric plants are some of the actions that contributed to last year’s results.

Amaran acknowledged the positive response of state-run institutions to the saving program, while noting that the residential sector still exceeded consumption plans.

The specialist said there are still actions to be taken on the residential sector that could help reduce energy consumption levels. She mentioned among them the efficient use of appliances and the expanding of the use of a power-saving earthen-made device for high-energy consuming electrical stoves.

Currently, the Government uses 50% of national oil in power generation.

According to figures by the National Electric Company, in 2010 the country used over 81,000 megawatts/hour less than the previous year.

Havana’s Electric Office’s Director Inaudys Mora extolled repair works on power lines carried out in different provinces.

As a result of the Energy Revolution program, several national enterprises related to the sector, such as those dedicated to the production of power lines and transformers, were revitalized and developed. (acn)

Pedagogy 2011 to Show Experiences of ALBA Member Nations

HAVANA, Cuba - Under the slogan "For the Unity of Educators", Education ministers of the countries that are members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) will share their experiences during the congress Pedagogy 2011.

The event, to be held from January 24th through the 28th at Havana’s Convention Center, will allow for academicians and professors to exchange their experiences on the main achievements made in this sphere.

In addition to know more about research works solving educational problems, the forum will include a program of debates, exhibitions and visits to schools of different teaching levels, said Eva Escalona, president of the event’s scientific committee in an interview with the Prensa Latina news agency.

She specified that the Cuban ministers of Education (Ena Elsa Velazquez,) and Higher Education (Miguel Diaz-Canel), will give lectures, as well as the Venezuelan ministers of Education (Jennifer Gil) and University Education (Edgardo Antonio Ramirez).

Likewise, the participation of Bolivian Education Minister Roberto Aguilar has been scheduled, and the visit of ministers from African nations has been confirmed, stated Escalona, who is also the Cuban Education Ministry’s director for Science and Technology.

The meeting’s agenda will also include the results of Cuba’s international cooperation in this field, including the implementation of the "Yes I Can" literacy teaching method, by way of which some five million people in about twenty countries have learned how to read and

She added that organizers expect the event to welcome over 3,000 foreign participants, that there are some 2,800 papers confirmed, and that meeting’s objective is to maintain the high academic level reached in previous editions of the Congress.

The Venezuelan and Mexican delegations, in that order, are the largest, with over 1,000 members each, followed by those of Cuba and Brazil, with 600 and 500, respectively-,.pointed out Escalona, after clarifying that figures are not definitive.(acn)