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      Radio Havana Cuba - News Update - 09 January 2001
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      *VENEZUELAN COLLEGE STUDENTS VISIT MEDICAL SCHOOL AND OLD HAVANA

      *CUBA'S IDEA OF DEVELOPMENT IS SOCIALISM, NOT PRIVATIZATION

      *CRITICS CHOOSE "LA VITA E' BELLA" AS BEST PICTURE OF the year

      *FEDERATION OF CUBAN WOMEN SURVEYS WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN SOCIETY

      *CUBAN MUSICIAN CHUCHO VALDES NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY

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      *CREATIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WORKERS: INNOVATION OVERCOMING
      SHORTAGES

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      *VENEZUELAN COLLEGE STUDENTS VISIT MEDICAL SCHOOL AND OLD HAVANA

      Havana, January 9 (RHC)-The 260 University students from the
      Venezuelan state of Lara described their visit to the Latin American
      School of Medicine in Havana, Monday, as impressive and an act of
      solidarity and unity on behalf of Cuba.

      The Venezuelan visitors met with over two thousand students from
      15 countries currently studying medicine on the island who spoke
      about the courses they receive in the center.

      The Venezuelan students from also toured old Havana, which has been
      declared a UNESCO heritage site, and other places of interests in the
      Cuban capital.

      The 260 students, representatives from 7 Venezuelan universities,
      will remain in Cuba until the 13th at the invitation of Cuban
      President Fidel Castro.

      *CUBA'S IDEA OF DEVELOPMENT IS SOCIALISM, NOT PRIVATIZATION

      Havana, January 9 (RHC)-Cuba's Minister for Foreign Investment and
      Economic Cooperation, Marta Lomas said, Monday, in Havana that the
      island will only do business with those firms that are of interest to
      the country.

      She added that foreign investment in Cuba representS between three to
      four per cent of the country's Gross Domestic Product, confirming
      that the island's policy is not aimed at privatization nor the
      application of neoliberal methods, but the development of a socialist
      economy.

      During an analysis made by the Ministry for Foreign Investment and
      Economic Cooperation at the end of the year 2000, Marta Lomas pointed
      out that Cuba currently has cooperative relations with about 100
      countries, including almost all of Latin America, the Caribbean and
      an important part of Africa.

      *CRITICS CHOOSE "LA VITA E' BELLA" AS BEST PICTURE OF the year

      Havana, January 9, RHC. "La Vita e Bella," or " Life is Beautiful"
      by Italian actor/director Roberto Benigni, has been selected as the
      best movie shown in Cuban in the year 2000. The Cuban Cinema Press
      Association made the announcement in Havana.

      Association president, Antonio Mazon Robau, told Prensa Latina News
      Agency that Spanish movie, " Carne Tremula," by Pedro Almodovar and
      "American Beauty" by the English director Sam Mendes, won second and
      third place among the most important 16 films shown in the country
      last year.

      Cuban critics went for"The Mailcarrier" by English director,
      Michael Radford. The Dutch film "Character" by Mike Van Diem, and
      "Run Lola Run" directed by German Tom Tykwer tied for fourth place.

      Among other popular movies shown in the year 2000 in Cuba were "The
      Matrix" by the Wachosvki Brothers from the United States, French
      movie, Himalaya by Eric Valli; Chile's " the Moon in the Mirror" by
      Silvio Caiozzi, and U.S. movie "Hurricane" by Norman Jewison.

      Peruvian filmmaker, Francisco Lombardi was also named by the Cuban
      film critics for his "Pantaleon and his Visitors."

      *FEDERATION OF CUBAN WOMEN SURVEYS WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN SOCIETY

      Havana, January 9, RHC. In preparation for their 7th
      Congress, representatives of the Federation of Cuban Woman are doing
      surveys in the capital to evaluate women's participation in social
      tasks. Members of the national leadership are making a comprehensive
      tour of 15 Havana municipalities where the Federation has more than
      769 thousand members.

      The visits are aimed at increasing membership and evaluating how
      local leaders are doing. The Cuban Federation of Women, or FMC, is
      also taking a close look at the state of social work being done with
      families and attention to children with behavioral problems, the
      participation of women in the country's defense , work with the
      physically and mentally disabled, how the "Parents for Education"
      movement is doing, and the state of women's employment and continuing
      cultural education.

      Havana, like the rest of the island's 14 provinces and the
      special municipality of the Isle of Youth, is competing to be the
      most outstanding province in the work of the FMC in areas concerning
      women and the family.

      The national women's federation delegates will also examine the
      functions of the "Women and Family Centers," attention will be paid
      to rural women and women's participation in local government and in
      science and technology.

      *CUBAN MUSICIAN CHUCHO VALDES NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY

      Havana, January 9 (RHC)-Last Tuesday, in Havana, Cuban musician
      Chucho Valdes described his recent nomination for the Grammy award as
      a stimulating new year present.

      The renowned Cuban jazz star was among five nominees for a Grammy in
      the Latin Jazz catagory for his album entitled "Live at de
      Village Vanguard-Chucho Valdes."

      In statements to Radio Rebelde, Valdes, who is also the director of
      music group, Irakere, expressed satisfaction with his new album and
      the five stars received by Blue Note magazine.

      The five times nominated and two time winner of a Grammy award,
      Chucho Valdes is preparing to record a new CD in Cuba early this
      year.

      Viewpoint:

      *CREATIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WORKERS: INNOVATION OVERCOMING
      SHORTAGES

      One of the most efficient and direct ways of confronting the
      difficulties resulting from the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba
      has been the participation of Cuban scientists in maintaining the
      quality of their work while suffering from lack of materials and
      back-up services.

      The Cuban Science and Technology Forum is the umbrella organization
      for all workers and products in this area. Every year it examines and
      tests all inventions and innovations coming from factories and
      laboratories. These workers dedicate an extraordinary amount of time
      looking for alternative solutions and substitutes for the basic
      products which are almost impossible for them to access. Cuban
      workers have spent many years developing and building new equipment
      in order to continue this important contribution to the world.

      This has been acknowledged and stimulated by Cuban Leader Fidel
      Castro over many years. The Cuban President was present last week at
      the closing of the thirteenth National Forum of Science and
      Technology held in the Cuban capitol where new and important
      developments in this area were made known.

      At the Forum, Cuba's President spoke about the national cultural
      campaign dedicated to raising the knowledge of all Cubans to the
      highest possible level using a vigorous and systemic plan. This kind
      of spirit has given the country thousands of specialists in all
      branches of human knowledge as far as the field of biotechnology
      where Cuba has made and contributed significantly, such as the only
      vaccine existing today against meningitis B, which has saved
      thousands of lives in Cuba and in other countries.

      The technical sector has also been creative and innovative with
      innumerable industrial teams keeping the production wheels turning
      for the first socialist country of the Americas, under the most
      difficult circumstances.

      This is the working class defending its own society.

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      Breakthrough: Generating Electricity with Biomass
      The Greening of Cuba: Organic Farming Offers Hope
      Radio Havana Cuba's Science, Technology and Environment Update

      BREAKTHROUGH by Arnaldo Coro, Science Editor

      Hello, and welcome to Breakthrough, RHC's Science, Technology and the
      Environment update. I am Arnie Coro, RHC's Science Editor, and as
      always, it is my pleasure to bring you news and commentary about
      these fascinating subjects. Today, I'll tell you more about Cuban
      urban organic agriculture and how people are now coming from other
      countries to learn from this unique Cuban experience.

      Cuban organic urban agriculture efforts really picked up after 1991,
      according to statistical analysis. The areas inside cities and towns
      devoted to agricultural production grew several times in the short
      period between 1992 and 1997, providing the population with fresh
      vegetables at reasonable cost. The urban agriculture program today is
      aiming at the FAO objective of providing each person with no less
      than 300 grams of fresh vegetables every day, the figure which is
      considered ideal from a health care point of view.

      Instead of taking synthetic vitamins and minerals, Cuban physicians
      say, the best thing a person can do from a nutritional point of view
      is to eat no less than 300 grams, or about three quarters of a pound,
      of fresh vegetables every day. Organic urban farming today is already
      reaching this target in several Cuban municipalities, and in others,
      it is making a substantial contribution to that goal. Organic urban
      farming makes very efficient use of whatever plot of land is
      available, is a source of employment for many persons, and provides
      fresh produce with zero transportation costs, so it is a really
      environmentally sound approach. Among the most popular crops are
      tomatoes, lettuce, onions, cabbage, and carrots.

      The national urban agriculture program provides technical advice,
      high quality seeds, and a phyto-sanitary service. It also helps the
      urban agriculture local programs with crop rotation, the selection
      of adequate organic fertilizers and the production of earthworm
      organic fertilizer, one of the other success stories which will be
      soon featured here at Breakthrough.

      Although the urban agriculture program national directors are not yet
      pleased with the results, there is no doubt that they have achieved a
      lot in their goal of promoting the rational use of the land, the use
      of organic farming methods and the development of national awareness
      of the need for a healthy and balanced diet.

      And this was Breakthrough for today, an update on the progress of the
      national urban organic agriculture program that is now reaching, in
      some Cuban cities, the

      milestone of providing 300 grams of fresh vegetables

      daily to each and every person.

      From Havana, I am Arnie Coro, Radio Havana Cuba's

      Science Editor. Your comments about this program and

      today's topic are most welcome; send them to arnie@...

      Broadcast Sunday, June 11, 2000

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