Questions and answers on aviation accident

Questions and answers on aviation accident (+ Photos)
A summary of information available reported on the airplane accident which took place May 18, near Havana’s José Martí International Airport

Author: Digital news staff | informacion@granma.cu
may 21, 2018 09:05:23

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When did the accident occur?
The accident occurred at 12:08 p.m. on Friday May 18, when a Boeing 737-200 rented by Cubana de Aviación, with a crew from abroad and 107 passengers on flight DMJ 0972 from Havana to Holguin, plummeted to the ground shortly after taking off, in an area between José Martí International Airport and the town of Santiago de Las Vegas.
How many people were aboard and who were they?
Authorities at the Ministry of Transport reported that aboard flight were a total of 113 personas:
• 58 women
• 55 men
Crew: Six Mexican nationals
Passengers: 107
• 102 Cubans resident in seven provinces, of these 67 from Holguín
• Toursits: Two Argentines and one Mexican
• Two Saharawi temporary residents, assumed to be students in Cuba
(The list of victims is available at www.granma.cu/accidente-aereo/2018-05-19/publican-listado-de-pasajeros-de-avion-accidentado-19-05-2018-17-05-34)
Were there any survivors?

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Four persons survived the accident, although one died en route to the hospital. The three surviving women are in critical condition, being treated at Calixto García University Hospital.
Dr. Carlos Alberto Martínez Blanco, hospital director identified the patients as Gretell Landrovell Font from Havana, and Mailén Díaz Almaguer and Emiley Sánchez de la O from Holguin. All have undergone surgeries and extraordinary efforts are being made by a multi-disciplinary team to maintain their hemodynamic stability and treat their multiple injuries. Their prognosis is uncertain.

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Where does the investigation of possible causes stand?
The investigation commission, presided by Cuba’s Civil Aeronautics Institute is conducting an exhaustive study of all evidence, with the Ministry of the Interior providing collaboration.
The cadavers of all 109 victims were recovered and transported to the forensics center, by 3:30 a.m. May 19. Identification will be a slow process given the severe effects of the impact and fire on bodies.

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The voice black box of flight DMJ 0972 has been recovered in good condition, and the search continues for the data box, stated Minister of Transport Adel Yzquierdo Rodríguez, during a Saturday press conference.
Authorities in the United States, where the plane was manufactured by the Boeing company, asked to participate in the investigation and Cuba agreed. Other international experts have also joined the effort.

A rescue team member works at the wreckage of a Boeing 737 plane that crashed in the agricultural area of Boyeros, around 20 km (12 miles) south of Havana, shortly after taking off from Havana's main airport in Cuba, May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini - RC14EE1BD770
A rescue team member works at the wreckage of a Boeing 737 plane that crashed in the agricultural area of Boyeros, around 20 km (12 miles) south of Havana, shortly after taking off from Havana’s main airport in Cuba, May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do we know about the company which rented the aircraft to Cubana Airlines?
Minister Yzquierdo said that renting aircraft from foreign companies is a common practice for Cubana, principally because the U.S. blockade makes purchasing them difficult.
“There are different formulas for this,” he said, “In this case, Global Air was responsible for maintenance. We had rented this airplane less than a month ago. We have all the documentation showing that the crew was certified and capable.”
How frequent are aviation accidents in Cuba?

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Since the 1960s, fewer than 10 serious accidents with loss of life or severe consequences have been recorded.
The most tragic occurred in September of 1989, in which 160 persons died, 126 aboard the plane and 34 on the ground, since the plane hit a populated area near Havana’s José Martí International Airport.

 

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Cuba will continue to build an ever freer, more democratic, just, and fraternal societ

Cuba will continue to build an ever freer, more democratic, just, and fraternal society
Statement by Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, during the presentation of Cuba’s National Report to the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council. Geneva, May 16, 2018. (Unofficial version from www.minrex.gob.cu)

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Author: MINREX | internet@granma.cu
may 16, 2018 11:05:37

Mr. President:
Once again, Cuba attends the Universal Periodic Review to ratify its firm commitment with the guarantees for the exercise of human rights.
The national report that we are presenting is the result of a broad and participatory process of consultations which involved numerous government institutions and civil society organizations, as well as the implementation of the recommendations accepted during the second review -79 per cent of all the recommendations that were formulated.
Mr. President:
From the times of the US military occupation, which severed our independence, under the governments it imposed, 45 per cent of children did not attend schools; 85 per cent of persons lacked running water; farmers lived in abject poverty without ever owning the land they tilled and immigrants were brutally exploited.
In Cuba, workers and farmers had no rights. Extrajudicial execution, enforced disappearances and torture were recurrent. Discrimination based on the color of the skin was brutal; poverty was rampant and women and girls were even more excluded. The dignity of Cubans was tarnished and Cuba’s national culture was trampled upon.
The Cuban Revolution led by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz transformed that reality and continues to strive to improve the quality of life, wellbeing and social justice for all of our people, thus implementing all human rights.

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Since when has Cuba supported the Palestinian cause?

Author: Sergio Alejandro Gómez | informacion@granma.cu
may 15, 2018 16:05:19

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Since when has Cuba supported the Palestinian cause?
Foto: Granma

Cuba was one of the 13 countries that opposed the division of the Palestinian territory in the recently created United Nations Organization, back in 1947.

“I should like to explain very briefly why the Cuban delegation feels bound to vote against the plan for the partition of Palestine recommended by the Ad Hoc Committee,” stated Dr. Ernesto Dihigo, in November that year, at the second session of the UN General Assembly. (Following January 1, 1959, Dr. Dihigo continued to practice revolutionary diplomacy, and joined the Cuban Academy of Language).

The dignified position of our country in that forum saw the denunciation of the United Kingdom’s violation of international law through the Balfour Declaration, and the plan to grant a “national home” for the Jewish people in Palestinian territory.

“The Balfour Declaration, in our opinion, is not legally valid because in it the British Government was offering something which did not belong to it and which it had no right to give,” Dihigo stressed.

The Partition Plan for Palestine was later adopted by the UN General Assembly as Resolution 181, giving rise to the creation of the State of Israel.

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Statement by the Revolutionary Government: Cuba condemns fresh attacks by Israel against the Palestinian people

May 15 at 5:46 PM

Statement by the Revolutionary Government: Cuba condemns fresh attacks by Israel against the Palestinian people
This act constitutes another grave and flagrant violation of the UN Charter and international humanitarian law and a new outrage against the Palestinian people

Granma may 15, 2018 15:05:15

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The international community criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to relocate the country’s Embassy to Jerusalem, a move that sparked protests which left dozens of Palestinians dead and thousands injured. Photo: EFE
The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba vehemently condemns the criminal attack on the defenseless Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip, by the Israeli Army which has killed at least 52 people and left over 2,400 injured.

This act constitutes another serious and flagrant violation of the UN Charter and international humanitarian law, and a new outrage against the Palestinian people.

Cuba reiterates its rejection of the unilateral steps taken by the United States to establish its diplomatic representation in the city of Jerusalem, in utter contempt of international law and the United Nations resolutions, and further aggravating tensions in the region.

The Revolutionary Government reiterates once again its unwavering support for a comprehensive, just, and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, on the basis of the creation of two states, and the Palestinian people’s right to free self-determination and a sovereign state according to the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Havana, May 15, 2018

Cuba Socialista, Cuba Socialista, Magazine of the Cuban Communist Party, is Now Online, is Now Online

 

Cuba Socialista Now Online
by Walter Lippmann
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Cuba Socialista, Magazine of the Cuban Communist Party, is Now Online
May 5, 2018

Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

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The Cuba Socialist Magazine is now available on the Internet. Photo: Thalía Fuentes/ Cubadebate.
Since Saturday, the website of the political magazine of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Cuba Socialista, is available on the Internet at http://www.cubasocialista.cu.

As part of the launch, the fourth season of the printed magazine, which printed six copies to date, the last of which is dedicated to the October Socialist Revolution, was also presented.

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According to Enrique Ubieta, director of both publications, the aim of bringing Cuba Socialista to the web is to encourage discussion. “It is not an information magazine, but a magazine of reflection, with texts that do not age.”

He also declared its intention to “feed” the site with new content on a weekly basis, although it also has dossiers, interviews, essays and galleries that have been published in the printed version.

Enrique Ubieta (right) and Helmo Hernández (left). Photo: Thalía Fuentes/ Cubadebate.
According to th curator and art critic Helmo Hernández, who is also a member of the magazine’s Editorial Board, the meaning and objectives of Cuba Socialista were established by Fidel Castro since its creation in September 1961.

“Cuba Socialista aspires to create intellectual debate among the population and to promote the political and ideological culture of Cuban society,” Hernandez said.

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Walter Lippmann | May 9, 2018 at 6:09 pm | URL: https://wp.me/p79YXN-1RV

President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez; reviews key development programs

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Díaz-Canel reviews key development programs
Analyzed during the meetings were programs addressing the agriculture and livestock sector; food and beverage processing; as well as renewable resources and efficiency in energy use

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The review meetings were headed by President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez; Salvador Valdés Mesa, First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers; José Ramón Machado Ventura, second secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba; Comandante de la Revolución Ramiro Valdés Menéndez; and Ulises Rosales del Toro, a Council of State vice president. Photo: Estudio Revolución
During meetings held over the last few days, the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel, reviewed progress being made in programs addressing the agriculture and livestock sector; food and beverage processing; as well as renewable resources and efficiency in energy use – programs he described as key to the country’s sustainable development.

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A people embraces its history and future, May 1

A people embraces its history and future
Yesterday, May 1, the entire island witnessed massive marches as the peple reaffirmed their support for Cuba’s revolutionary socialist project

Author: Redacción Nacional | internet@granma.cu
may 2, 2018 09:05:55

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This May Day, 132 years since the Haymarket events in Chicago that led to International Workers Day, the Cuban people filled streets and plazas to celebrate, and reaffirm their support for the Revolution and the country’s new leadership.
In Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución, the central event was presided by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC); Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of te Councils of State and Ministers, and other leaders.
Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento, secretary general of the Federation of Cuban Workers, delivered the central remarks, emphasizing that amidst the complicated economic situation, the contribution of workers is more important than ever.
Leading the celebration in Santiago de Cuba was Esteban Lazo Hernández, Political Bureau member and President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, while in San José de las Lajas, site of the main commemoration in Mayabeque province, the march was led by Salvador Valdés Mesa, Cuba’s First Vice President.

Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento: Unity, Commitment and Victory

Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento: Unity, Commitment and Victory
Thousands of Havana residents came out this Tuesday to reaffirm their revolutionary commitment in a joyful May Day parade

Author: Redacción Digital | internet@granma.cu
may 1, 2018 13:05:18

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Speech by compañero Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento commemorating International Worker’s Day, May 1, 2018, in the Plaza de la Revolución

Compañero Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee,

Compañero Miguel Díaz Canel-Bermúdez, president of the Councils of State and Ministers,

Distinguished guests,

Dear workers,

At this historic time for the homeland, millions of Cubans across the country are leading another massive and popular national mobilization to celebrate International workers’ Day, under the maxim: Unity, Commitment and Victory, as an organic process is being undertaken from within trade unions in the lead up to the 21st Congress of the Cuban Workers’ Federation which will concluded next year when we commemorate the 80th anniversary of its founding.
We have many reasons and motives to make this May Day another day to show our support for our Revolution, First Party Secretary compañero Raúl, and his continued leadership within the state and government, presided by compañero Díaz Canel. It is also a place to pay tribute to its (the Revolution’s) historic leader Fidel Castro Ruz and reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the concept of Revolution he left us.
Today, we come together to commemorate transcendental occasions, an expression of the historic legacy of struggle that makes us proud to be Cubans and glorifies the history of our homeland, such as the 165th anniversary of the birth of National Hero José Martí, 150 years since the start of the Independence Wars, the 65th anniversary of the attacks on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes garrisons, and 60 years since the triumph of the Revolution.

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Images of May Day celebrations in Havana 2018

Images of May Day celebrations in Havana
Granma shares photos of May Day celebrations in Havana as thousands of Cubans came out – under the banner of Unity, Commitment and Victory – to commemorate International Workers’ Day this May 1
Author: Redacción Digital | internet@granma.cu
may 1, 2018 13:05:07
Thousands of Cubans came together in Havana, under the banner of Unity, Commitment and victory, to celebrate International Workers’ Day this May 1 in an event marked by expressions of joy and support for the Revolution.

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Another Victory Cuba has a new President

Another April 19, another victory
The fact that today Cuba has a new President is not only the result of an electoral process. This was a transition from one historical generation to another, which was as natural as it was transcendental

Author: Lissy Rodríguez Guerrero | informacion@granma.cu
Author: Yudy Castro Morales | internet@granma.cu
april 20, 2018 09:04:03

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The fact that today Cuba has a new President is not only the result of an electoral process. There is a great deal of responsibility, and symbolism. in this transition from one historical generation to another which was not forged in the Sierra or on the plains in the hard-won victory, but one that has risen to the occasion to preserve the victory, without losing the way, to found, transform, triumph…

And there is also disinterest in this act of ceding, that does not imply quitting. There is much humility in those who leave to others the leadership of the great work of the Revolution to which they have given their all – to now accompany those bearing the responsibility, in Raúl’s case, as the highest authority in the political vanguard and from his seat as a deputy.

The events were as natural as they were transcendental.

On the first day of the Assembly’s constituent session, we saw Raúl take his seat in the first row, exercise his right to vote, ballot in hand, showing with his unassuming conduct that the time had arrived, the moment that always seemed so distant.

And when Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez was elected as President of Cuba, Raúl stepped up, without any unnecessary protocol or solemn posture, to receive him, embrace him, show his confidence in the man, the future.

Speaking of Díaz-Canel, Raúl emphasized that he is no rookie, noting his work as an engineer, an officer in the Revolutionary Armed Forces, a youth leader and later a professional Party cadre in Villa Clara and Holguín. He spoke of his performance as Minister of Higher Education, and for the last five years, as First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers.

The new President spoke of Raúl as a statesman, of his leadership in the development of national consensus on the updating process underway in the country, as well as his rich history as a participant in the Moncada assault, a Granma expeditionary, a guerilla, military commander, and political leader.

“I’m not here to promise anything,” Díaz-Canel said, “as the Revolution never did over all these years. I’m here to offer commitment,” to continue working and creating tirelessly, in step with the people.

In this endeavor, we are not alone, because “even our dead accompany us.”

It may not be easy to do all that needs to be done, but this April 19, there was no parting. The continuity has a face, faces.