Cuba debuted with crushing victory over Guatemala

The team of Tomás Fernández claimed an overwhelming 3-0 victory over Guatemala (25-19, 25-9, 25-15) and with the result the Cubans got their first five points in Pool A of the IV U23 Pan American Cup which is held for the fourth time in Peru at the Manuel Bonilla Coliseum in Miraflores.

Commanded by their captain Diaris Perez, the Cuban team took the victory demonstrating strength in the categories of the blocking (12-2) and services (13-3) with Guatemala battling in the attack (33-21). Both squads registered 17 unforced errors.

The individual score was led by Pérez who reached the maximum of 12 points, followed by Ailama Cese with 11 points and Jessica Aguilera with 10. In the opposite team Martha Guillermo got the maximum of 8 points.

The next game in Cuba is scheduled for this Wednesday 15 at 3:00 p.m. against Chile. On the other hand, Guatemala will match forces before the host team at 7:00 p.m.

The captain of Cuba, Diaris Pérez: "I think that in the first set we were playing to the rhythm of the rival team, but for the following sets we could retake our level, the team has come very cohesive and I think we will have a good competition, I trust we will achieve our goal, to stay with the gold medal".

The captain of Guatemala, Astrid González: "This is the first participation for our national team in a U23 Pan American Cup and I am very happy for the work my team has done, we knew it would not be an easy game, but we played very close, following the indications of our coach and that we are happy to have been able to play a game in which each one gave the maximum before a tough rival.”

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Laura Pausini to Release Album 'Hazte sentir' in Guatemala

Guatemala, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) Italian singer-songwriter Laura Pausini is anxious to release in Guatemala her new album ''Hazte sentir'' and celebrate 25 years of successful artistic career.

Although Pausini confesses that it has not been easy to accumulate this rich trajectory, she assures that she has never surrendered to obstacles, nor considers music as a means to generate material wealth.

'I feel very fortunate, always with my feet on the ground,' she says while explaining that when she writes a song it is because she needs it, feels it and lives it in her hands and soul.

With the release of 'Hazte sentir' in Guatemala on August 6, the singer invites the audience to be themselves, without fear, without hiding their defects, through 14 songs in which their protagonists must make a decision that can be very deep or light.

Pausini is considered at all times a simple and natural person, the reason why her fans admires her on stage.

The world premiere of 'Hazme sentir' was on March 16, and now the singer arrives in Guatemala as part of a tour with previous stops in her native Italy, the United States and Mexico.

'This album is an invitation to accompany me on a new path, as the cover suggests: a look at those who cover my back, those who make me feel loved, protected and supported, with the promise of a path that starts from here,' has commented Pausini about the album's striking cover.

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Guatemala: 2,500-Year-Old Olmec Monuments Discovered

The city of Tak'alik Ab'aj was originally inhabited by Olmecs (1,500 BC to 100 AD) and by Mayans during its expansion in the middle Pre-Classic period (800 to 300 BC).

Two carved Olmec monuments and a nearly 2,500-year-old column were found in the Tak'alik Ab'aj archaeological park in southwest Guatemala, officials with the local Ministry of Culture said Friday, according to AFP. 

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"This finding strengthens the proposal put forward by the archaeologists of the site, who indicate that in Tak'alik Ab'aj there was a transition between the two cultures," the culture minister, José Luis Chea explained.

The city of Tak'alik Ab'aj was originally inhabited by Olmecs (1,500 BC to 100 AD) and by Mayans during its expansion in the middle Pre-Classic period (800 to 300 BC).

The Olmecs disappeared and the Mayans continued to develop their advanced culture, especially in northern Guatemala, southern Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Belize.  The Mayan culture flourished in what is known to be the classical period (250-900 AD) until it declined in the post-classical period (900-1200 AD).  

"The discovery consists of two carved stone fragments" of monuments "253a" and "253b" and column "86" which "correspond to the middle Preclassic period (800-350 BC) of the Olmec era," Chea told the reporters.  

Archaeologist, Christa Schieber, said the researchers found the first monument which is in the form of an Olmec head that represents symbols of power and corresponds to an authority referred to as "Grandfather."

The monument is placed "on its head" and signifies "the meaning of the descent from the heavens of the ancestor," said Schieber, who is one of the experts leading the exploration in the municipality of El Asintal, 125 km southwest of the capital.

The second piece is "exquisitely" carved containing an emblem of ritual, with the column weighing nearly 5 tons, and together they show "The Descent of the Grandfather," the archaeologist further explained. 

The culture minister added that the pieces found were part of other "monumental" structures which were mutilated "to mark the end of the middle Pre-Classic period, corresponding to the Olmec occupation and dedicated to the start of a new cycle, according to the Mayan era."  

In October 2012, the Guatemalan archaeologists announced the discovery of the tomb of a powerful king in Tak'alik Ab'aj, which could have led to the transition from Olmec to Mayan culture between 700 and 400 years BC.

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Devastated Guatemala Hit by 5.6-Magnitude Earthquake

Disaster officials say there have been no reports of damages.

An earthquake measuring 5.6 has hit Guatemala as they recover from the devastating effects of Volcano Fuego, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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The tremor hit at late Sunday and was felt in El Salvador. According to authorities, strong shaking was felt from the earthquake which was located at a depth of 100 kilometers about 67 kilometers southwest of Guatemala City.

Disaster officials say there have been no reports of damages.

The quake came two weeks the volcano erupted leaving dozens dead, injured, or missing. Some 110 people died and about 200 are still missing following the eruption in May.

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Authorities, on Sunday, called off a search for the missing.

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Cuban Physicians provide Services to Guatemalan People affected by Volcanic Eruption

A group of Cuban doctors provide their services to more than 900 people from the Guatemalan southeastern department of Escuintla, one of the most affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano, only a week after its most powerful eruption since 1974.

According to Prensa Latina (PL) news agency, the presence of the Cuban physicians there did not start with the emergency; they are part of the 26 health workers of the Cuban Medical Brigade (BMC by its Spanish acronym) that for years have lived with the inhabitants of the area, so they are well acquainted with their customs and needs.

As soon as they heard the news of the high number of victims of the fatal Sunday June 3, immediately went to offer their services voluntarily and continuing to meet their daily work at the hospital in Escuintla and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Relmar Quintana, coordinator of the Escuintla group, says that overcrowding, poor ventilation and availability of sanitary services, generate the early appearance of respiratory and digestive infections, which first manifestations are already appearing.

We are investigating everyone – Quintana explains - in order to have them under control to act quickly in the face of any emergency.

Yessenia Peralta, a volunteer firefighter, told PL that she has had all the time the support of the BMC to control the growing outbreaks of diarrheal, skin and respiratory diseases.

Yuri Batista, BMC National Coordinator in Guatemala, is together with five other collaborators evaluating the epidemiological situation of the place, and they are permanently accompanied by the Cuban ambassador in Guatemala, Carlos de Cespedes Piedra.

From the first moment of the natural catastrophe, Cuba put at the disposal of Guatemalan authorities the experience accumulated by the BMC during almost 20 years of uninterrupted presence.

Batista emphasizes that in total there are 431 Cuban health workers, 245 doctors and 136 nurses, deployed by 16 of the 22 departments of the country, and that they cover dissimilar specialties.

That figure also includes 39 members of the Henry Reeve Brigade, specialized in disaster situations and created on September 19, 2005 by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel sends condolences to Guatemala for deaths caused by volcano

Havana, June 6 (RHC)-- Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has sent his condolences to the government and people of Guatemala for the loss of human life and the damage caused by the volcanic eruptions of the Volcán Fuego. 

In a message sent to Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, the head of state of the island extended his condolences to the relatives of the victims. 

The eruption of the Fuego volcano is affecting the southern department of Escuintla, where dozens of deaths are reported. 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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Cuba beat Guatemala to start Challengers Cup

Cuba had no difficulties to defeat Guatemala 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-16) in the closing match of day one of the NORCECA Men's Challenger Cup where one ticket is available for the World Final qualifying to the League of Nations of the FIVB 2019.

The favorites were superior in all the aspects of the match, in which the top scorers were the opposite Miguel David Gutiérrez (12) and the outsider hitter Osniel Melgarejo (10). For the Central Americans the one who contributed more to his team was the opposite Leonel Aragón with 6 marks.

Nicolás Vives, the Cuban coach highlighted the fulfillment by his boys in the work of the service and the blocking. "It worked very well, that was the strategy, blocking the diagonal as we also made some important changes to make it possible for everyone to play because it is their first match as a team."

"They also have the option to develop, we want the reserves to play and be ready for any complication, and because there may still be some changes in the squad for the Central American and Caribbean Games of Barranquilla."

Liván Osoria, captain of the host, said that "this encounter helped us to get loose and go into play, because a while ago we did not play as a selection in official events, I think that as the competition progresses we will raise the level and the main objective is to win the Cup, there cannot be other than that. "

The Cuban Reider Lucas Mora, head coach of Guatemala, talked about what it means to face the best team of the event. "The hosts have improved a lot, their level is impressive for this type of event in the area and we have a lot to gain and little to lose, but my boys did not play as we would have liked, a little more performance, they were confused and did not trust in them, but I hope that starting tomorrow they will improve ".

Even though he did not mention it, the fact is the group arrived almost at dawn delayed by the situation of the volcano in Guatemala, and only trained a few minutes because the trip lasted almost 24 hours, but it was worth the enthusiasm these young guys showed when entered the court.

His captain Carlos Lopez said that "we do not fit well, we made too many errors in the receipt and also in the blocking we were out of focus, but at the end of the game we squeeze and leave with that feeling that we know we can do things well and that in the rest of this Cup we will do what we can."

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At Least 75 Dead As Guatemala's Fire Volcano Erupts Again

National disaster agency Conred said 192 people remained missing and the forensic agency, Inacif, raised the death toll to at least 75, up from 72.

Guatemala's authorities warned that the Fuego volcano was showing signs of greater activity on Tuesday night as the death toll from a devastating eruption at the weekend climbed to 75 and nearly 200 people remained missing.

The seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute Insivumeh heightened its warnings after the volcano erupted again earlier on Tuesday, forcing evacuations and sending rescue workers scrambling for cover.

The national disaster agency, Conred, said 192 people remained missing after the disaster and the forensic agency, Inacif, raised the death toll to at least 75, up from 72.

As of 13:00 local time Tuesday, more than 1,700,000 people had been affected, with 3,271 forced to evacuate.

The peak had its most devastating eruption in more than four decades on Sunday, showering ash on a wide area and sending lava flows through nearby towns, according to a Reuters report.

"The conditions are extremely critical at this moment," Insivumeh Director Eddy Sanchez told reporters.

Volcan de Fuego, which means 'Volcano of Fire' in Spanish, is one of several active volcanoes among 34 in the Central American country. It lies near the colonial city of Antigua, a Unesco world heritage site that has survived several major eruptions.

The latest activity has been mostly on the far side of the volcano, facing the Pacific coast.

The eruption on Sunday sent columns of ash and smoke 6.2 miles into the sky, dusting several regions with ash. Thousands of people have been evacuated, Conred said.

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