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Maduro reaffirmed support for the peace process in Colombia

Caracas, 01 Aug. AVN.- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reaffirmed Friday his willingness to support any initiative aimed at achieving peace in Colombia.

"Peace in Colombia was never as close as it is now. President Juan Manuel Santos can rely on our support, our partnership and our initiative to cooperate with him and with peace of Colombia," he said during his speech at the presidential meeting held in Cartagena with his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos.

He said that Venezuela has joined the wishes for peace of the Colombian people. "We do not stop dreaming, praying God's blessings for peace in Colombia, for that happy, blessed day when peace comes to Colombia. We are sure it will come."

"Colombia can rely on all the efforts that we humbly offer for that great goal of all South America to be met," he said.

In this regard, the president of the Colombian nation, Juan Manuel Santos thanked the government's help in the peace talks that are held in Havana, Cuba.

"The peace process has moved forward and we want to continue moving forward. We are entering the final stage and that's when we need more support and encouragement," he said.

Venezuela participates in the peace talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army (FARC-EP) and the Colombian government, which are held in Havana, Cuba.

The FARC-EP and the Government of Santos holds talks for peace in Havana, Cuba, with the goal of ending the armed conflict that for more than half a century has caused to date, 6,730,453 casualties and displacement in Colombia.

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reiterates friendship ties with Colombia and reaffirms its commitment to all efforts for achieving a peaceful solution.

WHO certifies Venezuela free of measles and rubella

Caracas, 31 Jul. AVN.- The World Health Organization (WHO) certified on Thursday Venezuela as being free of measles and rubella, after the national vaccination campaign –conducted between April and July this year– reached more than 98% coverage in the prevention of these diseases.

In this regard, the CEO of Epidemiology of the Health Ministry, Edgar Rivera, said that the country made progress in eradicating these diseases, surpassing the estimates of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

"The close of the campaign in the states managed to beat expectations. In Venezuela we exceeded 98% of what was projected with the application of trivalent vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella) and the oral polio vaccine that also exceeded the target and coverage across the country," he told state media.

In this regard, during the national vaccination campaign conducted by the Health Ministry, between April and July this year, 2,917,582 doses were applied against polio and 2,443,622 doses against measles and rubella.

These results indicate that the coverage was over 98% across the country, exceeding the PAHO target of more than 95% coverage.

For her part, the WHO representative, Celia Riera, said that the region is challenged with the task to eradicate measles and rubella, and therefore, it is essential that States continue making immunization activities.

"This is a challenge in the region of the Americas: to maintain very high vaccination coverage of these diseases because in other countries of other regions measles virus is still circulating. There is also a small risk of getting polio, then efforts must be aimed at achieving these high-level coverages of the whole territory of the countries of the Americas," she said.

Furthermore, the representative of PAHO, Jose Cassio Moraes, said that Venezuela has shown not only high immunization coverage but also a high quality surveillance, so it qualifies for such certification.

BRICS–Unasur alliance will prove helpful for mutual growth, Maduro says

Caracas, 16 Jul. AVN.- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, said Wednesday that the alliance between the countries that make up the BRICS block (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) will prove helpful for growth of parties.

"All this alliance is for peace, for prosperity, for the whole growth. It is a win-win alliance," he said from Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, where the Venezuelan leader participates in a meeting between these blocks.

Speaking to state media, he stressed the fact that 6th BRICS Summit is being held in Brazil. "It's a historic moment for the summit to occur in Brazil, which has led in recent years the creation of Unasur, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the BRICS," he said.

"It is extraordinary how political, economic, financial, material, cultural foundations of a new world have been developing," said the president, who added: "We are now countries and emerging areas."

Unasur, created in 2008, consists of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The BRICS is a block that accounts for about 25% of world Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is expected that by 2030, the BRICS will represent 50% of the world GDP, according to the Center for International Economic Exchanges of China.

According to the International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook for 2013, China ranks second, Brazil is seventh, Russia is ninth, India the tenth and South Africa ranks 29th place.

The BRICS countries constitute around 27% of world territory, with 39,744, 591 square kilometers in America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

They also have 43% of the total population of the planet, with 2,992,221,736 people, according to the latest census of these five countries.


Venezuela in Motion, Two Days of New Venezuelan Cinema



July 25th - 26th

For the first time, Vancouverites will enjoy two days of New Venezuelan Cinema. Five shows presented by the Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the city, including four feature films, one documentary, five shorts and a Gala. Discover the booming cinematic industry of this dynamic Latin American nation, while celebrating Venezuela's Independence Day (July 5th) and the Birthday of Simón Bolívar “El Libertador” (July 24th).

All the screenings are open to the public and completely FREE!

Choose from biopics, animated motion films or first time cinema and experience drama, irony, wit and meaningful silent movies. Partake of this appealing showcase of a country that is moving forward and whose current cinema is the outcome of a film history spanning 117 years and promoted by the present day comprehensive cultural policies of its Government.

Although admission to the entire program is 100% free, we recommend you reserve your seat by e-mailing Remember to point out which screening or screenings you are attending. Seats will be reserved until 20 minutes before the show starts. Join us!


Friday July 25th

6:00 pm

DesPechoTrucción (DesPiteTruction), director María Ruiz

Venezuela / 2013 / Short film / 11 min. / Spanish with English subtitles

She wants to forget Gabriel. Then, destruction starts: click-click (a lighter starts a fire that burns precious objects) crashhhh / boooom / kaploom. She wrecks whatever reminds her of him: books, music, movies, their house... her very own clitoris –everything. "In order to forget Gabriel I would have to cry my eyes out, cry him so much as to drain him out of me, turned into salt and mucus blown into a napkin,” she says, before heading towards the ultimate destruction stage. And there, amid the ruins, she finds something, a mind-changer… a secret.

Diario de Bucaramanga (Diary of Bucaramanga), director Carlos Fung

Venezuela / 2012 / Biopic / 129 min. / Spanish & French with English subtitles

It’s 1828 and conflicts surround the consolidation of independence in South America. Simón Bolívar “El Libertador”(1783-1830) and his political advisers are in the city of Bucaramanga awaiting news of the Ocaña Convention, which is expected to generate a Constitution for a large South American nation –Gran Colombia. In dramatic days marked by intrigue and treachery at the hands of Colombian General Francisco de Paula Santander, the future of this larger initiative is decided as Bolívar recalls key moments in his life. The film is based on the homonymous 19th century memoirs by Luis Perú de Lacroix, a French general who fought in the army of Napoleon I and then joined Bolívar’s army in 1823. It will also celebrate Venezuela’s Independence Day (July 5th) and the Birthday of Simón Bolívar “El Libertador” (July 24th).

8:30 pm – Gala

Venezuelan music, food and drinks will complete the appealing experience of plunging into two full days of the latest cinema from this vibrant and resourceful nation. Please come on in, everyone’s gladly invited!

9:30 pm

Azul y no tan Rosa (My Straight Son), director Miguel Ferrari

Venezuela – Spain / 2012 / Feature film / 120 min. / Spanish with English subtitles

Diego is a young and successful photographer who lives in the glamorous world of fashion, shallowness and excess. A tragic accident turns his world around: his partner is now in a coma. Unexpectedly, and right amidst these terrible events, Diego must take care of his son, Armando. Now, both of them have to adapt to each other: Armando to the unknown, homosexual world of his father, and Diego to the closed-minded attitude of his teenage son.

Saturday July 26th

4:00 pm

“D”, director Rafael Velásquez Stanbury

Venezuela / 2011 / Short film / Animation / 6:20 min. / No dialogues

The pen is mightier than the word in this clever, animated struggle between a heroic dot and a fearsome quill pen.

Tempo Adagio, director Alcione Guerrero

Venezuela / 2013 / Short film / 11 min. / No dialogues

The story portrays a magical journey undertaken by an elderly couple. In the midst of an inhospitable place, they begin a marvelous journey that is as short as both their long lives.

Tambores de Agua, un encuentro ancestral (Water Drums, an Ancestral Encounter), director Clarissa Duque

Venezuela – Cameroon / 2009 / Documentary / 72 min. / Spanish & French with English subtitles

This documentary attests for the permanence of African roots in Afro-Venezuelan musical expressions. The plot kicks off when the central character discovers the ‘water drums’, a stunning musical manifestation of Barlovento –north central Venezuela. The aquatic chimes of the water drums will call for the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to retrace the voyage of a people’s cultural traits and bring Africa and America together.Long distances come closer when the roots are strong enough to stumble upon time.

6:00 pm

Colmillo (Fang), director Albi De Abreu

Venezuela / 2010 / Short film / 18 min. / Spanish with English subtitles

An indomitable stray dog takes Mateo’s "home" as its territory. Mateo, a beggar immersed in solitude, is determined to regain his space at any cost, embarking in a great battle where loneliness and company will compete to attain the main role in this man’s life.

Reverón, director Diego Rísquez

Venezuela / 2011 / Biopic / 120 min. / Spanish with English subtitles

This film tells the story of classically trained Venezuelan painter Armando Reverón (1889-1954) who lived on the Caribbean coast with his partner and muse Juanita, from 1924 onwards. There, he erected a primitive, magical realm he called home: El Castillete (little castle), where he alternately engaged in games, ceremonies, and delusions in the ludic, sensitive and painful universe he inhabited. His painting became impressionistic as he tried to capture the blinding white tropical light. Reverón won Venezuela’s National Painting Prize the year before his depression and eccentricities resulted in confinement in a mental hospital, where he died. The film is a love story set within the artist’s creative struggle.

9:00 pm

La noche anuncia la aurora (Night Announces Dawn), director Gerard Uzcátegui

Venezuela / 2012 / Short film / 23 min. / No dialogues

Over the delta of the Catatumbo river, Venezuela, a palafito (pile dwelling) is home of a widow. She spends time on the water, navigating the streams of solitude. Reality intermingles with her thoughts, her dreams, her fears, desires and memories. One day, she decides to seek the unknown, briefly revealing the inner world of that mysterious being.

Taita Boves, director Luis Alberto Lamata

Venezuela / 2010 / Biopic / 100 min. / Spanish with English subtitles

The film chronicles a thirst for revenge that devastated a country. This is the true story of José Tomás Boves, a merciless man who became a legend during the Venezuelan War of Independence, the most violent in the Americas. He went from seafarer to pirate, horse smuggler to prosperous merchant, prisoner to military chief. Spanish by birth, Boves spearheaded a grassroots troop of slaves, mulattoes, Amerindians and mestizos that crushed Simón Bolívar and his patriot army. Respectfully called "Taita" by his people, he fought for the underprivileged and the poorest of the poor, and curtailed three centuries of order in this colonial region. The film is about his passions and power, his loves and misadventures, and a bloody saga that rocked Venezuela.

Mission Miracle: 10 years bringing light, happiness

Caracas, 08 Jul. AVN.- Mission Miracle meets ten years since its creation on July 8th, term through which three million people have been attended, as Venezuelans as citizens from Latin America and the Caribbean.

"10 years of Mission Miracle, bringing light and happiness to the humble of Our America," noted Venezuelan Vice-president Jorge Arreaza on Tuesday.

In a series of messages posted to online social network Twitter, the Vice-president recalled that achievements of this program owe to the will of Bolivarian Revolution leader Hugo Chavez and Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro.

"Thanks commander Chavez, thanks commander Fidel," posted the Vice-president to his Twitter account @jaarreaza.

By June 15th this year, this social program had attended 3 million 476 thousand 206 people, informed Vice-president Arreaza during a meeting to welcome 77 patients from El Salvador, who would be given ophthalmology treatment in Venezuela.

Mission Miracle was born on July 8th, 2004 with a first flight of Venezuelans who traveled to Cuba, to be operated for free for cataract.

The initiative was repeated for over a year until 25th August 2005, when Cuban president Fidel Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez signed Commitment Sandino, to operate six million people – from Venezuela and abroad – in 10 years.

The most common diseases attended through Mission Miracle are cataract, glaucoma and strabismus, according to the program's national and international coordinator.

Besides surgery, this program provides prescription lenses. Mission Miracle's most common dynamic to attract patients is to carry out outdoor journeys nationwide. There, people are examined by ophthalmologists and optometrists, with professional equipment to determine whether a person needs lens or surgery.


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