Sergio Paneque

Sergio Paneque

World Students to See the Real Cuba

The US Semester at Sea academic program is paying its second visit to Havana on Saturday since the trips resumed on December 2013 after nine years of absence as a result of travel restrictions imposed by the George W. Bush administration.

This time, 709 travelers came on board the MV Explorer Cruise Ship, including 624 students and 42 professors from different US universities as part of the program sponsored by the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville.

The visitors come from the universities of San Diego, Elon, Virginia, Colorado, Boulder, Bentley College, Oregon, Arizona, California, Santa Barbara and the Lutheran University of California.

Havana is the last leg of the program, which has visited 17 cities during a 106 day-trip that kicked off in London and will wind up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where the cruise ship is bound to depart for on December 3rd.

During their three-day stay here, Semester at Sea participants will meet with students and professors at the University of Havana, where they will attend lectures on the Cuban political system and the current update of the Cuban economic model; they will also visit Havana neighborhoods, where community projects are underway and attend cultural activities.

The agenda also includes visit to a school campus, a basketball match at the University of Havana and a visit to the local Botanical garden, along with tours of other provinces.

Cuba was included in the itinerary of Semester at Sea in 1999 with 10 visits taking place up to 2004. During seven of those visits to Havana the students met with Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro.

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Chile Wants To Strengthen Links With Cuba

Chilean Foreign Affairs Minister Heraldo Munoz evaluated the recent visit by Chilean entrepreneurs to Cuba as very positive, and expressed the intention of the Chilean government to strengthen the relations with the government and the people of Cuba, and also increase cooperation.

In exclusive statements to Prensa Latina Tuesday Munoz pointed out that everything which means to strengthen economic and bilateral links, is beneficial for the peoples of Chile and Cuba.

"I think this is clear. Chilean entrepreneurs are now seeing very interesting opportunities to invest in Cuba. The government will try to open doors and facilitate opportunities for business and cooperation, " he stated.

Munoz highlighted the Cuban solidarity with Haiti, when the cholera epidemic broke out, and the recent friendly ties and collaboration, when the Ebola virus affecting several African nations was reported to the rest of the world.

We would then like to make cooperation with Cuba, we are ready for it, said Munoz.

Chilean Government officials and representatives of more than 15 companies visited the Caribbean island this month to boost investment, trade and cooperation issues.

According to a note from the Chilean Foreign Ministry, the mission was headed by the head of the General Direction for International Economic Relations, Pablo Urria.

Also joined the executive director of the Agency for International Cooperation, Ricardo Herrera, representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and senior union representatives from the private sector,

The request was made considering the exciting opportunities available for economic and trade, particularly for foreign investment between the two countries since the new guidelines of the economic and social policy of Cuba.

According to a note from the Chilean Foreign Ministry, the mission was led by director general of economic relations international, Pablo Urria.

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Cuban Moreno Implanted New Record in Hammer Throw

Cuban Yipsi Moreno won the hammer throw title setting today a new record, 71.35 meters, for the Central American and Caribbean Sports Games Veracruz-2014. Moreno, three-time world champion, won that level on her fifth attempt, which surpassed the previous mark of 70.22 meters in her possession from Cartagena de Indias-2006.

The two-time Olympic captioning in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, was escorted to the podium by fellow Yurisleydi Lisbet Ford, who got a throw of 69 meters and 62 centimeters and Colombian Yohana Eli Moreno (67.77), champion four years ago in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

After this result Cuba filed 63 gold medals, 41 silver and 36 bronze, behind Mexico, owner of 67-53-68 and ahead of Colombia (49-49-48).

In Venezuela ranks fourth with 39 first places, 43 seconds and 67 third.

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Cuba Reaches 22 Gold Medals in CentAm Games

Cuba reached 22 gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico, with the victory of the Cuban air pistol team for ladies, at the distance of 10 meters (32.8 feet). The team formed by Laina Perez, Sheyla Eugenia Gonzalez and Claudia Hernandez gave Cuba its 8th gold medal in shooting, with a total of 1,108 points.

The Cuban team defeated Mexico (Alexandra Zabala, Alejandra Cervantes and Mariana Castillo).

The bronze medal went to the hands of Venezuela (Ivon Bucott, Maribel Pineda and Editzy Pimentel) finishing competition with 1,106 points.

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