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The Guiteras thermoelectric plant up and running

The Guiteras thermoelectric plant up and running
The long awaited news has arrived: shortly after 3pm on September 27, and after more than two weeks of intense repair work, the Antonio Guiteras Thermoelectric Plant was reconnected to the national electricity grid
Author: Ventura de Jesús García Gutiérrez | ventura@granma.cu
september 28, 2017 14:09:06

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The long awaited news has arrived: shortly after 3pm on September 27, and after more than two weeks of intense repair works, the Antonio Guiteras Thermoelectric Plant was reconnected to the national electricity grid.
Of course, the news was welcomed by workers and directors of the plant who have been working round the clock to get the facility back up and running following damage caused by Hurricane Irma. We are very, very happy, we have fulfilled the heroic task we were assigned, stated Alejandro Ventosa, a founding member of the plant’s workforce and decorated Labor Hero of the Republic of Cuba.
Meanwhile, Rubén Campos Olmo, director general of the facility praised the work of all who made this first phase of recovery efforts possible, with repairs completed to generator no. two, supplying 200 megawatts. He also went on to note that the other generator should be fixed in about six days, which should see the power supply to citizens stabilize. Everyone hopes that this stage will be as successful as the previous one, he noted.
In this regard, Campos Olmo stated that workers are currently cleaning all of the pipelines, channels and other spaces filled with debris, 14,000 cubic meters of which has been removed thus far. He also highlighted the importance of fitting temporary coverings to protect generators and other equipment from seawater damage.
Opened in March 1988, the Antonio Guiteras is one of the country’s main and most consistent suppliers of power to the national grid.

Cuba will be ready for tourist high season

Cuba will be ready for tourist high season without a trace of Hurricane Irma
Cuba’s Tourism minister noted that the main damage in this sector was limited to light roofing, false ceilings, broken windows, and green areas

Author: Juan Diego Nusa Peñalver | internet@granma.cu
september 27, 2017 12:09:57

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Varadero’s Hotel Meliá Las Américas is open and offering services to tourists.

We reiterate our commitment that all Cuban tourism facilities will be operational in time for the upcoming high season, Minister of Tourism Manuel Marrero Cruz stressed during a meeting with some 160 tour operators September 23, in Varadero’s Plaza América Convention Center, to address the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
The minister explained that the necessary financial and material resources, equipment, and personnel are available for this purpose.
Marrero insisted that our “commitment to you is not limited to recovering from the effects of the hurricane, but that everything will be better than before and that we will have as a final result an updated and higher quality tourist product.”

Verónica Orellana Rodríguez and José Antonio Triviño Bermúdez, from Cádiz, Spain, are spending their honeymoon in Varadero’s Ocean Vista Azul hotel.
He noted that he was speaking with authority, having toured “all the tourist sites along the north coast of the country, and several of them on more than one occasion… Cuban tourism will be operational and restored for this high season.”
The official stressed that power, water, and communications were restored in 100% of the country’s tourist resorts, including the northern Santa María, Coco and Guillermo keys.
He also offered a broad analysis of the effects caused by the adverse weather phenomenon on the local leisure industry, and described these to be generally minimal.

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Cuba will use all available resources to ensure that no person is left defenseless Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, speaking in the UN this Monday, September 18, noted that the island is advancing in its recovery following the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma, and will not abandon any of those people affected to their own fate
Author: International news staff | internet@granma.cu
september 19, 2017 10:09:32

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UNITED NATIONS.–Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, speaking in the UN this Monday, September 18, noted that the island is advancing in its recovery following the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma, and will not abandon any of those people affected to their own fate.
“The fruits of years of intense work by our people were erased by Irma in just a few hours. But the hurricane did not break Cubans’ spirit of resistance,” Rodríguez stressed in a UN General Assembly High-LevelEventon HurricaneIrma, to address the consequences in the Caribbean region and recovery efforts.
Rodríguez recalled the recent words of President Raúl Castro, who referring to the damages caused by Irma emphasized that the Cuban people are “regenerated with every adversity.”
“As it has always been throughout the Cuban Revolution, all necessary resources will be used to ensure that no one is left defenseless,” he added.
The diplomat took the opportunity “to thank the numerous demonstrations of solidarity and offers of assistance received from numerous governments, parliaments, international organizations and civil society.”

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Raúl praises the hard work across the country following Hurricane Irma

Raúl praises the hard work across the country following Hurricane Irma
The President of the National Defense Council led a meeting to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma and the actions to be taken during the recovery phase

Author: Leticia Martínez Hernández | internet@granma.cu
september 15, 2017 10:09:13

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The President of the National Defense Council, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, led a meeting with Party, state and government leaders on Wednesday, September 13, during which the damages caused by Hurricane Irma were evaluated, and the actions to be undertaken during the recovery phase outlined.

Raúl recognized the hard work in each of the areas affected by the devastating meteorological event, which struck virtually the entire island. He noted that if any benefit can be obtained from this difficult situation, it is to immediately collect experiences to better prepare for future events of this nature.

The President warned that the present hurricane season, which has been described as intense, extends until November 30, an evident product of climate change and to which we must adapt.

The Army General called to continue working tirelessly to calmly resolve problems and to keep the people informed by all possible means on the situation facing the country.

During the meeting it was highlighted that given Irma’s path across several provinces, authorities were forced to evacuate to 1,738,000 people, of them 86% were sheltered in the homes of neighbors and relatives. The head of the National Civil Defense General Staff, Major General Ramón Pardo Guerra, reported that more than 26,000 people remain in evacuation centers.

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Advisory No. 6 from the National Civil Defense General Staff regarding Hurricane Irma

Advisory No. 6 from the National Civil Defense General Staff regarding Hurricane Irma
The population is advised to stay informed of the evolution of Hurricane Irma, and comply with safety measures; above all to stay indoors while storm winds continue, avoid flooded areas, do not fish, bathe or collect objects in such zones, or touch downed wires, and move away from areas with buildings at risk of collapsing or unstable ground

Author: National Civil Defense General Staff | informacion@granma.cu
september 10, 2017 13:09:19
According to information from the Meteorological Institute’s Forecast Station, at 08:40am on September 10, the Casablanca station’s radar placed the eye of the hurricane 124 kilometers north of Punta Hicacos, Matanzas, and 165 kilometers northeast of Havana.
Although Irma is gradually moving away from the island, it continues to represent a threat to Cuba. Its outer bands continue to affect the country’s central and western regions, with heavy and locally intense rainfall. Tropical storm strength winds continue to be felt from Sancti Spíritus to Artemisa, as well as storm surges along the northwest coast from Matanzas to Artemisa, the northern coast of the provinces of Sancti Spíritus and Villa Clara, and the southern shoreline from Camagüey to Matanzas.
Given this situation the population is advised to keep informed of the evolution of Hurricane Irma, and comply with safety measures; above all to stay indoors while storm winds continue, avoid flooded areas, do not fish, bathe or collect objects in such zones, or touch downed wires, and move away from areas with buildings at risk of collapsing or unstable ground. Meanwhile, people who are currently being sheltered in evacuation centers are advised not to return to their homes until their safety has been determined.
We reiterate to the Cuban people the need to be prepared to participate in recovery and reconstruction actions to repair the damage, consistent with the solidarity which characterizes us; and to rigorously comply with instructions by relevant authorities.
NATIONAL CIVIL DEFENSE GENERAL STAFF
10:30 am, September 10, 2017

Irma: Cuba sends hundreds of doctors to Caribbean islands devastated by hurricane

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Irma: Cuba sends hundreds of doctors to Caribbean islands devastated by hurricane
The Independent Shehab Khan,The Independent 10 hours ago

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Cuban doctors on a trip to Dominica to help after Tropical Storm Erika: Granma
Cuba has sent doctors to several Caribbean islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma.

More than 750 health workers have arrived in Antigua, Barbuda, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas, Dominica and Haiti.

They have been told to follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) and to contribute to aiding the recovery of regions that have been hit by the hurricane.

“The collaboration of the Central Medical Cooperation Unit, together with the Minsap Management Center, and our embassies, have maintained the communication to assess the damages and assess what help our own collaborators could provide,” Regla Angulo Pardo, the director of the Central Unit of Medial Cooperation in Cuba, told Granma.

The nation of 11 million people has a history of sending medical staff when other nations are in need, having done so during west Africa’s Ebola crisis in 2014 and 2015.

A brigade of more than 600 Cuban health workers went to Sierra Leone in 2014 to help tackle the crisis.

They also sent 1,200 health workers to Haiti after the nation was hit with an earthquake in 2010.

Cuba’s international medical mission has won the socialist state many friends.

This tradition can be traced back to 1960, when Cuba sent a group of doctors to Chile, who had been hit by a powerful earthquake, followed by a team of 50 to Algeria in 1963.