Cuba Placed 12th in World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

Cuba ranked 12th in the medal table, tied with Bahrain and Sweden, in the 2019 World Athletics Championships concluded on Sunday in Doha, Qatar, where the Caribbean island accumulated one medal of each color.

Cuba’s medalists were Yaime Perez and Denia Caballero, who made the one-two in the women’s discus throw event, and Juan Miguel Echavarria, who finished third in the men’s long jump.

The United States topped the medal table with 14 gold, 11 silver and 4 bronze medals, followed by Kenya (5-2-4), Jamaica (3-5-4), China (3-3-3), Ethiopia (2-5-1), UK (2-3-0), Germany (2-0-4), Japan (2-0-1), while Holland and Uganda (2-0-0) completed the top ten.

In the points classification, Cuba also appeared 12th with 30 units, performance to which also contributed triple jumper Cristian Napoles and high jumper Luis Enrique Zayas as they both ranked fifth.

The other athlete who provided points to the Cuban cause was the young man Jordan Diaz, world U17 and U18 champion and Youth Olympic monarch, who debuted at 18 in this major senior tournament and finished eighth place in the men’s triple jump.

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Cuban, Dominican players present in Japanese baseball league final

Players from Cuba and the Dominican Republic are heading the list of Latin American baseball players set to play in the final rounds of Japan's Pacific and Central Baseball Leagues.

Cuban players Alfredo Despaigne, Yurisbel Gracial and Livan Moinelo qualified for the finals of the Pacific League, after the victory of the SoftBank Hawks over the Rakuten Eagles with a score of 2-1 in the final playoff game (a match of three games).

In the game held in this city, Despaigne made a hit in two official chances at bat, received a base and scored a homerun to finish the series with a batting average of .500, a home run and three teammates brought to the home plate (runs batted in).

Gracial closed the game with 1 hit and 2 stikeouts, for an average of .300, while relief pitcher Moinelo pitched one single inning, did not allow any hitter to bat and left his earned run average effectiveness at 0.00 and four strikeouts in the three games.

The SoftBank Hawks, reining champions of the competition, will face the Seibu Lions in the final stage of the Pacific League, which will determine the representative of that circuit in the Japanese final series.

In the Central League, the Hanshin Tigers defeated the Dena Stars 2-1, at the Yokohama Stadium, to win the series and formalize a game against the Yomiuri Giants.

Dominican Rafael Dolis scored his second victory of the series, after not allowing hits and striking out a pair of opponents in two thirds of relief, while his co-national and teammate Jefry Marte finishing 5-1 and with a total average of .250.

The Central League also includes Cubans Onelki Garcia (pitcher of the Hanshin Tigers) and Alexander Guerrero (Yomiuri), both with outstanding performances in the current season.

The final games will begin next Wednesday in the Tokyo Dome (Central League) and the MetLife Dome of Tokorozawa (Pacific League).

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Cuban artists condemn US blockade

Hundreds of artists and students of art have today condemned the genocidal US blockade against Cuba, on the eve of the 52nd anniversary of Commander Ernesto Che Guevara's death in Bolivia.

From early hours in avenues and important sites of Santa Clara, artists and students are carrying out varied concerts called Supertanquero de las Artes (Supertanker of Arts), alluding to the macabre US decision to block oil tankers to reach Cuba.

In this city, which keeps the remains of Commander Guevara and his companions of the Latin American guerrillas, while settlers are getting ready to pay tribute to the 52th anniversary of Che´s death in Bolivia, hundreds of artists ratify their commitment to the Cuban revolution.

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The Revolution has never sponsored terrorism, but this scourge has taken the lives of 3,478 Cubans

“Cuba will always pay tribute to the victims of the October 6, 1976, terrorist attack. We have historical memory and demand justice," Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, tweeted on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the crime in Barbados.With a pilgrimage to Havana’s Colón Cemetery, on Victims of State Terrorism Day, the 73 people who lost their lives in the bombing of a Cubana Airlines plane were remembered yesterday morning.

Alongside relatives of the victims were Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, first secretary of the Party in the capital, and Reinaldo García Zapata, president of the Provincial Assembly of People’s Power, as well as representatives of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education, and Recreation (Inder), among others.On October 6, 1976, Cubana Flight 455 exploded off the coast of Barbados, after bombs were planted aboard by terrorists.

Fifty-seven Cubans lost their lives, including young members of the country’s fencing team, returning to Cuba after winning gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Championship, several of whom had not reached 20 years of age.Also killed were 11 Guyanese and five citizens of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Lost were “useful lives dedicated to noble activities, which were cut short by an act of violence,” said Cubana Airlines pilot Eliecer Romero during the commemoration held at the Revolutionary Armed Forces Pantheon.

Families of victims continue to demand that the U.S. government be held accountable, said Captain Romero, who at the time of the attack was only nine, but still remembers Fidel's impassioned eulogy, when he said, “And when an energetic and virile people cries, injustice trembles!”The infamous counterrevolutionary terrorists of Cuban origin, Orlando Bosch Ávila and Luis Posada Carriles, the intellectual authors of this abominable act, never paid for their crime.

Cuba repeatedly denounced these dangerous murderers, who lived on with impunity, under the protection of the U.S. government, until their deaths, never expressing the slightest remorse for the crimes they committed.

Venezuelans Freddy Lugo and Hernán Ricardo, who planted the bombs aboard the Cuban plane, were sentenced to 20 years in prison. These four international criminals were trained and paid by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The crime in Barbados was not the first, nor the last, terrorist attack against the Cuban Revolution. Such acts have taken the lives of 3,478 Cubans, and 2,099 were left disabled, victims of imperialist aggression against the Cuban people.

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Italy presents award to Havana's historian Eusebio Leal

Rome, October 7 (RHC)--The Rotondi Prize for the Saviors of Art, awarded by the Italian State, has been awarded in its 2019 edition to Eusebio Leal Spengler.

The award was given to the historian of Havana for the rehabilitation of rhe Cuban capital, preservation of the patrimony of the Cuban nation, and especially for the work of recovery of the Havana Capitol.

The Ambassador of Cuba in Italy, José Carlos Rodríguez, by express order of the honoree, was in charge of receiving the Rotondi prize from the hands of the Undersecretary of State for Economic Development of Italy.

The award ceremony coincided with the celebrations of the Cuban Culture Days in Italian cities, which were inaugurated on October 3, and are being held by the Embassy of the island in that country, until October 31.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Cuba participates in International Tourism Fair in Buenos Aires

Cuba's flavor and authenticity have attracted visitors at the International Tourism Fair of Latin America (FIT 2019), where the Caribbean nation is promoting a safe, unique, tropical island with great connections with Argentina.

Since the opening session on Saturday, the Cuban stand at La Rural exhibition center has been visited by hundreds of people interested in learning more about a country that is very close to Argentina, one of the island's major tourist-sending markets.

Those who have visited Cuba, even several times, are seeking a taste of their memories and hope to return to Havana, while others are interested in learning about the options provided by tour operators for the upcoming summer season in the southern hemisphere.

On this occasion, Havana, which is about to celebrate its 500th anniversary in November, is Cuba's star destination.

Meanwhile, other visitors have danced with Cuban orchestras, or inquired about the options exhibited by Havantur Argentina, the healthcare company Geomedica, tour operators or Cubana de Aviacion.

In exclusive statements to Prensa Latina, the Councillor for Tourism for the Southern Cone at the Cuban Embassy in Argentina, Janet Ayala, noted that over the past ten years, Argentina has become one of Cuba's top ten tourist-sending markets.

So far this year, more than 76,000 Argentinean holidaymakers have visited Cuba, and tourist arrivals from this country grew by more than 65% and 40% in August and September, respectively, the official added.

Ayala pointed out that the Argentinean market is of great importance; therefore, a large delegation, made up of representatives from Cuban hotel chains, travel agencies and partners, is present at the Fair.

She described Cuba as a safe destination that offers Argentineans many options, including sun, beaches, health facilities and natural environments.

Our country is a destination above for family tourism, for young people, and in that regard, we have found out that there is a high demand here from those who have traveled to Cuba four or five times and want to return, she added.

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Russia to help Cuba to develop oil & gas reserves

Russia plans to have its companies help Cuba to develop its oil and natural gas resources as part of a close energy cooperation, a senior Russian official said, just as Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev began a 2-day visit to Cuba amid growing U.S.-Cuba tension, Oilprice reported.

Russia and Cuba have signed a roadmap for Russian companies to develop Cuba’s energy sector in a bid to reduce import dependence and raise energy security, Sergei Prikhodko, 1st Deputy Head of the Russian Government Office, said on October 3, as carried by TASS.

“The main goal of the program is to reduce the dependency of Cuba from the import of energy resources and increase the country’s energy security,” Prikhodko said, noting that the communist-run island - a close ally of Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuela - is also interested in cooperation in developing its natural resources.

“The work on these and other promising areas of cooperation in the energy sector would continue,” TASS quoted Prikhodko as saying.

Russia and Cuba are also discussing the use of nuclear technologies in medicine and agriculture, the Russian official said, adding that Russia is ready to assist Cuba should the Latin American country decide to develop nuclear power generation industry.

Prikhodko was talking to reporters while Russian Prime Minister Medvedev was heading to Havana for a 2-day visit, in which Russia and Cuba to discuss a wide range of cooperation deals, including in the energy sector.

The visit of a top Russian politician to Cuba comes as the United States is escalating the pressure on Cuba and Venezuela. Despite the increasingly tougher U.S. sanctions on Venezuela’s oil, Maduro’s regime continues to export fuel and oil to Cuba.

Also due to the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, Cuba has been suffering from fuel shortages, while the U.S. is trying to stop Venezuela’s oil exports to its regional and ideological ally.

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The Caribbean in Latin America, central theme of congress in Cuba

The XIV edition of the Ibero-American Congress of Thought, to be held here from October 25 to 27, invites us to reflect on Caribbean cultural diversity among the countries of the region.

In the event, more than 200 delegates from Cuba, the United States, El Salvador, Italy, Mexico and Costa Rica will discuss multicuturality and its important connotations for Latin America.

Backbone of the Ibero-American Culture Festival, the space is divided into seven forums aimed at deepening social thinking, gender and sociodemographic studies, the Caribbean, artistic processes and archeology.

The Doctor of Science, Eduardo Ávila, director of the House of Ibero-America, explained that the meeting will seek to incorporate the cultural dimension to the economic and political scenario, to achieve a greater impact of the commitments on integration and cooperation.

He added that it is urgent to open spaces and carry out actions with the conviction that assuming unity and collaboration is vital to access better living standards, raise development rates and face the challenge of globalization.

Within the program of the meeting, the presentation of the José Manuel Guarch Delmonte Annual Research Prize, which recognizes studies related to historical, cultural, economic, political and other topics.

In addition, the books of the winners of the Guarch Delmonte Prize, the text 'Footprint and Hispanic Memory in Holguin', and the second issue of the Guayza magazine, dedicated to social studies and criticism, will be presented.

The Ibero-American Congress of Thought is held every year within the framework of the Ibero-American Culture Festival in the eastern city of Holguin, which is scheduled for October 24-30.

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