Featherweight Erdenebat too good for Walker at AIBA Men's World Championships

Asian featherweight champion Tsendbaatar Erdenebat of Mongolia defeated European gold medallist Kurt Walker of Ireland here at the International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Championships.

In the battle of the best featherweights of Asia and Europe, Tsendbaatar came out the unanimous winner. 

He will now face Mirazizbek Mirzkhalilov of Uzbekistan, who overcame the defending champion, Kairat Yeraliyev of Kazakhstan.

Yeraliyev was under-par throughout the fight, with the referee stopping the contest and handing Mirzkhalilov the victory. 

Lazaro Álvarez of Cuba, the division's top seed, will feature in the other featherweight semi-final.

The three-time world and Pan American Games champion got past Russia's Albert Batyrgaziev 4-1 to silence the partisan crowd. 

Álvarez will fight Commonwealth champion Peter McGrail of England, who unanimously defeated Kavinder Singh Bisht of India. 

England's European and Commonwealth champion Pat McCormack edged past Sewonrets Okazawa of Japan 3-2 to reach the welterweight semi-final ©Yekaterinburg 2019
England's European and Commonwealth champion Pat McCormack edged past Sewonrets Okazawa of Japan 3-2 to reach the welterweight semi-final ©Yekaterinburg 2019

But Roniel Iglesias was unable to emulate the performance of his fellow Cuban in the welterweight division. 

The top seed crashed out to Russia's Andrei Zamkovoi 4-1. 

Kazakhstan's Ablaikhan Zhussupov recorded a unanimous win against Germany's Nick Bier to set up a clash with the home favourite. 

Asian Games gold medallist Bobo-Usmon Baturov of Uzbekistan dominated against Zeyad Eashash of Jordan 5-0, while England's European and Commonwealth champion Pat McCormack edged past Sewonrets Okazawa of Japan 3-2.

Baturov and McCormack will battle it out for a place in the final.

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Cuba Called to Work to Solve Energy Situation

President Miguel Díaz-Canel called here today to work for returning to normal in the current energy situation, however, he insisted on not abandoning saving measures to take care of resources.

Díaz-Canel led a work visit to this eastern territory to check the measures taken in the situation caused by the shortage of fuel, on which occasion he highlighted the coherence and intelligence of the Guantanamo people to minimize their effects.

Before national and local authorities, the head of state emphasized that the responsibility for the energy situation in the country dconsequence of U.S. aggressive policy, now more aggravated by the imperial policy of President Donald Trump.

At another time, the Cuban president recognized the work of Guantanamo in the attention to the people, especially in areas related to housing construction and supply of drinking water.

Likewise, Díaz-Canel socialized initiatives carried out in other territories that may be useful in the face of the current energy situation.

Together with the first Cuban vice president, Salvador Valdés, and other national and local authorities, the head of State learned about the work of that territory and its priorities.

In that sense, the president of the Provincial Assembly of the Popular Power in Guantanamo, Emilio Matos, listed the priorities for this stage, headed by the distribution of food, educational activities and health programs.

For his part, the delegate of Agriculture in Guantanamo, Diosnel San Loys, said the vitality of that sector is guaranteed, in particular, tomato and coffee crops.

Since last week, the head of state has been touring Cuban provinces in order to analyze the measures with a view to minimizing the effects with the shortage of fuel.

So far, the president has visited the western provinces of Pinar del Río, Havana, Artemisa and Mayabeque, and is now in eastern Guantanamo.

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Cuba condemns Israel’s plan to annex Jordan Valley

Cuba voiced concern over the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the announcement by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the north of the Dead Sea in the occupied West Bank.

In a statement, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo said that the action elicits the island’s strongest condemnation as it constitutes another serious violation of international law and of the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and threatens to stimulate a new escalation against the Palestinian people, nullifying the possibility of any international effort for peace.

The diplomat reiterated Cuba’s unrestricted support for a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the Palestinian cause on the basis of the creation of two states, allowing Palestinians the right to self-determination and to an independent and sovereign state on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

In that regard, Vice minister Rodriguez called on the United Nations Security Council to fulfil its Charter responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.

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Report on impact of US blockade on Cuba will be released on Friday

Cuban minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, will present next Friday the report on the impact caused by the U.S. blockade policy over the last year.

According to an announcement made by the Foreign Ministry on Twitter, Rodriguez will disclose the content of the report to national and foreign media during a press conference announced for 10:30 local time, which will be carried live by Cubaminrex Facebook page.

Every year the report precedes the UN General Assembly vote on the Cuba-sponsored resolution on the “Necessity of Ending the Economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba”, which will be happening for 28th consecutive time.

The international community has overwhelmingly supported the island’s resolution on its demand to see a lifting of the longest blockade ever imposed on a nation in contemporary history.

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President Diaz-Canel stresses Cubans' support for Venezuela

President Miguel Diaz-Canel highlighted in Twitter this Wednesday that thousands of Cubans have signed a statement of support for the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela, which Caracas will present at the United Nations.

Unconditional support for the heroic and brotherly people facing the aggressive US policy, Diaz-Canel underlines in a tweet.

On Tuesday, Venezuelan Ambassador to Cuba, Adam Chavez, received the signatures collected in workplaces, study centers and other Cuban sites that will accompany the letter of millions of Venezuelans addressed to the world body.

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Cuba and the U.S. can only solve shared conservation challenges by working together

Over the past few years, U.S. policy toward Cuba has been a series of unilateral actions that have had severe impacts on the Cuban economy and undermined its emergent private sector, without any apparent benefits to the U.S.

Diverse groups are pushing back against these restrictions, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to public interest groups, from churches to a growing bipartisan coalition in Congress. They recognize that engagement is still our best chance of resolving decades-long disputes and tackling shared challenges.

The administration’s approach has substantially decreased economic and cultural exchange and created a chilling effect in other areas. Nonetheless, not all doors to travel, dialogue or cooperation have closed, and it’s essential we work to keep them open. In particular, the ongoing collaboration between Cuban and U.S. scientists has been fruitful, with tangible benefits to the people of both countries.

At Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), we have experienced the benefits of collaborating with Cuban scientists and conservationists first-hand. Our work in Cuba began nearly 20 years ago, before the reestablishment of U.S.-Cuba relations in late 2014. It was through joint scientific research and dialogue that we built a foundation of trust, working together to understand and address environmental challenges facing both countries, from overfishing to the loss of coral reefs.

The 2010 BP oil spill disaster was a wake-up call to U.S. officials, alerting them to the need for coordination with Cuban counterparts on preparing and responding to catastrophic oil spills. The possibility of a future oil spill in Cuban waters posed a risk to coastal communities and environments in Florida and other East Coast states. Because of established relationships with Cuban scientists and officials, U.S.-based conservation, academic and industry leaders were well-positioned at that time to support and facilitate talks that ultimately led to a bilateral agreement on oil spill prevention and response.

Scientific exchange can help avert crises on land as well as at sea. For example, agricultural researchers at the University of Florida are working with their Cuban counterparts to prevent the spread of invasive pests and fight the citrus greening disease harming crops in both countries.

This progress has been possible due to travel permitted for professional research. The knowledge gained from working together can then inform sound decision-making when the opportunity for cooperation arises.

There is much for us to learn from each other, not only in the realm of conservation, but through medical, biotechnical and agricultural research as well. Take Cuba’s leadership in agroecology, an innovative set of agricultural practices that views crop production as occurring within a larger ecosystem. These techniques seek to minimize downstream impacts on soils, water and biodiversity and the need for external inputs like fertilizer and heavy machinery. U.S. and Cuban agricultural scientists have been working together on ways to increase crop yields while maintaining the sustainability, biodiversity and resilience benefits that agroecology provides.

Simply put, when Cuban and U.S. scientists work together, good things happen: new discoveries, better treatments and protection against common threats. That’s why EDF has partnered with Cuban and international organizations to promote scientific exchange and bring together diverse stakeholders from Cuba and the global community, with an emphasis on renewable energy, transportation and agriculture as key sectors requiring strategies for sustainable growth.

In early July, we convened scientists from Cuba and the U.S. to discuss agricultural sustainability and coastal resilience as part of a larger environmental conference in Havana. During one panel, Cuban researchers from the Ministry of Agriculture shared the results of farm management practices designed to work with, rather than against, nature. Another panel presented research from the University of Vermont using techniques ranging from isotope detection to satellite imagery analysis to measure coastal storm damage and erosion in Cuba. Each panel was followed by active audience discussion, demonstrating significant enthusiasm and interest surrounding these topics.

The United States and Cuba, whatever our political differences, are neighbors with much to learn from each other, and many parallels to draw between the health of our seas, coasts and farms. That is why, despite a political atmosphere that makes cooperation challenging, we continue to support cultural and scientific exchange.

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Yafai stuns defending champion Veitía at AIBA World Championships

England's Galal Yafai recorded a unanimous victory at the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Men's World Championships to stun flyweight top seed and defending champion Yosvany Veitía of Cuba.

The 26-year-old Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games light flyweight champion triumphed against Veitía in the flyweight round-of-16. 

He now faces Billal Bennama of France, who caused shockwaves around the venue when he knocked home favourite Vasilii Egorov out of the competition with a unanimous win. 

Uzbekistan's Shakhobidin Zoirvov, the Rio 2016 Olympic flyweight champion, also progressed into the quarter-final.

He defeated Azat Usenaliev of Kyrgyzstan 5-0 and will now fight Daniel Asenov of Bulgaria. 

The division's fifth seed secured a unanimous victory against Michael Angeletti of the United States.

In the light welterweight division, Cuba's defending champion and two-times Pan American Games gold medallist Andy Cruz eased past Zakir Safiullin of Kazakhstan by unanimous decision. 

Cruz has a tough challenge next against Russia's Ilia Popov, who beat Harry Garside of Australia 4-1. 

European champion Muslim Gadzhimagomedov, red,  got past David Nyika of New Zealand ©Yekaterinburg 2019
European champion Muslim Gadzhimagomedov, red, got past David Nyika of New Zealand ©Yekaterinburg 2019

France's Sofiane Oumiha, lightweight world champion in 2017, progressed in his new division with a 4-1 result against Bakhodur Usmonov of Tajikistan.

His next opponent will be Keyshawn Davis of the United States, a unanimous victor over Michael Alexander of Trinidad and Tobago. 

The afternoon session concluded with the heavyweight division. 

European champion Muslim Gadzhimagomedov delighted the Russian supporters when he was named the unanimous winner over David Nyika of New Zealand. 

The Uzbekistan fans were not so happy when second seed Sanjar Tursunov was defeated by Sanjeet Sanjeet of India 4-1. 

Gadzhimagomedov will now face England's Cheavon Clarke, who overcame Armenia's Henrik Sargsyan 3-1, while Sanjeet comes up against Julio Castillo of Ecuador, a unanimous victor against Ádám Hámori of Hungary. 

Cuban defending champion and top seed Erislandy Savón dominated with a 5-0 result against Sweden's Alexander Bwambale.

Comepetition continues tomorrow with the quarter-finals in all eight weight classes.

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Cuba President Continues Working Tour of Cuban Provinces

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel praised the way the western province of Pinar del Río has reacted in the implementation of the measures to mitigate the difficult energy situation that the island is experiencing.

Speaking with local authorities on Monday, he acknowledged the measures undertaken by that territory to guarantee the vitality of services, the processing and distribution of food and also agriculture, despite the limitations imposed by the U.S. blockade on the island´s people.

Responsible for nearly 70 percent of Cuban tobacco production, Pinar del Río is approaching the beginning of the campaign in which it should cover 19,890 hectares with tobacco plants.

“This has been an exercise in real time for situations of a certain complexity, he said, and ‘it has allowed us to face the deficiencies, prepare and systematize solutions,’ he added.

The Cuban head of state also visited the neighboring western province of Artemisa, where he acknowledged its preparation for the current energy situation

In an encounter with local party and government authorities, he noted the coherence of the work done in the province and pointed to the innovative use of personnel currently without work content being assigned as inspectors to support public transportation.

Díaz-Canel said that the Cuban people is going to emerge stronger from this situation because ‘in the same measure that solutions are found in the permanent reserve of creativity that we have, we will be better citizens, better revolutionaries and better public servants of the nation,’ he stressed. Since the announcement of the energy difficulties last week, Miguel Diaz-Canel is touring the island´s provinces to oversee the implementation of the measures adopted to mitigate the fuel deficit, and to hear feedback on initiatives adopted by local authorities.

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