New modern baseball softball stadium to be built in Spain

A brand new baseball softball stadium will be built in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, marking a huge step forward for the sport in Spain. It will be the first exclusive baseball softball facility in Gran Canaria island, since the team Capitalinos actually plays at Martinon, a venue shared with other sports.

The City Council of Las Palmas has ceded a 36,500 squared meters land next to Santa Caralina-Lomo Blanco higway, where the stadium will be placed; and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria will invest 1.5 million euros in the construction of the stadium. The construction will start in the early 2019, and the works are estimated to last between 8 months and a year.

The project includes a 400 seat stadium and two parking lots (one for the stadium itself, and the other for public use). Behind the stands will be located the locker rooms for the teams, offices, a meeting room, a warehouse, the scorers room and a batting cage.

Baseball in Spain is growing fast and strong, highlighted by the historic qualification of the U-18 National Team to the WBSC Baseball World Cup, to be held in 2019 in Gijang, Korea, coming back to the global tournament after 13 years of absence. Actually Spain is the 25th nation in the WBSC Baseball World Ranking, and is placed No. 7 in Europe.

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SPANISH PM AGREES CLOSER TIES WITH CUBA DURING HISTORIC VISIT

Spanish premier Pedro Sanchez agreed with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel to deepen bilateral political ties on Thursday, at the start of the first official visit by a Spanish leader to the Caribbean island in three decades.

The two leaders signed an agreement instituting annual high-level political dialogue meetings between Spain and Cuba, touching on an array of topics including human rights.

Relations between Cuba and the European Union have steadily improved since being formally relaunched in 2016 after a two-decade chill, even as they have festered between the island and the United States (US).

This is the first official visit by a Spanish Prime Minister since that of Sanchez’s fellow social democrat Felipe Gonzalez in 1986. Spain is Cuba’s third largest trading partner and maintains strong cultural ties with its former colony.

Sanchez and Diaz-Canel, who succeeded Raul Castro as president in April, also agreed to increase cultural cooperation on Thursday, after holding talks in Havana’s Revolution Palace.

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Sanchez, who is travelling with executives from two dozen companies, will on Friday morning inaugurate a Spanish-Cuban business forum in a hotel that the administration of US President Donald Trump recently added to a list of places banned to US travellers.

Spanish-Cuban annual bilateral commerce is already around $1.3 billion, according to Cuban data. The tourism sector is dominated by alliances between Spanish hotel chains and Cuban companies.

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Spanish President Pedro Sanchez Arrives in Cuba

Havana, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez, arrived in Cuba on Thursday on a two-day official visit, during which he will hold talks with local authorities.

Upon arrival at the Jose Marti international airport in Havana, Sanchez was welcomed by Vice Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra.

The Spanish leader was accompanied by Foreign Minister Josep Borrell and and Industry Minister Reyes Maroto.

In Cuba, Sanchez will have a busy agenda that includes a meeting with President Miguel Diaz-Canel, a tribute to National Hero Jose Marti and his participation in the signing of agreements and a business forum, as well as a tour of Old Havana.

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Police Detained Far-Right Man Planning to Kill Spanish PM

Catalan police arrested a man who planned to kill the Socialist Primer Minister for his decision to move dictator Franco's remains.

The Catalan regional police force announced Thursday they arrested a man who was allegedly planning to assassinate the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, of the Socialist Party.

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Manuel Murillo Sanchez, 63, was arrested in Terrassa, near Barcelona. A private security guard, who is also an expert shot, was arrested on Sept. 19 after the Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police) was alerted by members of a chat group were Sanchez repeatedly spoke about shooting the prime minister and asked for logistical support from the group members.

He was reported to have 16 firearms, including a submachine gun Skorpion vz. 61 and four rifles of the highest precision, at his residence. He has confessed and is facing charges for attempting to kill the Prime Minister and for illegal possession of weapons. He is being held at a prison in Martorell near Barcelona.

The Mossos revealed his arrest through a tweet which said, "Arrested a man in Terrassa who tried to kill the Spanish prime minister @sanchezcastejon. The arrested man, who had an arsenal of weapons at home, has already entered prison."

Publico reported that the attempted assassination is a result of “hatred by the extreme right.”

Murillo Sanchez has been described as a far-right person who wanted to kill Pedro Sanchez in “vengeance” over the socialist government's decision to exhume the body of the late dictator General Francisco Franco from the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen), in northern Madrid. The remains of the dictator will be given to his family to be buried elsewhere.

He reportedly said, "I am ready to sacrifice myself for Spain."

"He was the perfect lone wolf, a nobody with a gun license whose expertise marksmanship didn’t arouse any suspicion, in the same way, he didn’t arouse suspicion by carrying a pistol because he needed it for his work," a police source told Spanish daily Publico.

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Spanish President to Visit Cuba in November

The president of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez, will pay an official visit to Cuba on November 22 and 23, local media reported.

Sanchez's trip was agreed upon at the meeting he held with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in New York on September 25, during their participation in the United Nations General Assembly, EFE news agency reported.

It will be the first official visit to Cuba by a Spanish president since 1986, when his fellow social democrat Felipe Gonzalez visited the Caribbean island, according to the newspaper El Pais.

'That a Spanish president has not visited Cuba in 30 years where our companies are shows that politics lags behind reality,' Sanchez said at a forum held on September 27, during his visit to New York.

'What we will do with this official visit is to normalize those relations that we traditionally had in several sectors,' he added before expressing excitement over the trip, which will allegedly 'normalize' traditional ties between Spain and Cuba in the economic, social and cultural fields, he noted at the time.

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XV Solidarity Meeting with Cuba to Be Held in Spain in 2019

The unconditional and permanent support of the Spanish people to Cuba was recognized this Sunday during the presentation of the XV State Meeting of Solidarity with the Island, to be held in this capital in June of next year.

The meeting, scheduled from June 7 to 9, 2019, will coincide with the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution and the 30th anniversary of the construction in Spain of the unitary movement of solidarity with the Caribbean country.

The permanence of the triumphant Revolution in January 1959, its values, its anti-imperialist and internationalist firmness and its achievements in all fields of human development, make it an exceptional event, he noted.

On the content of the fifteenth edition of the event, Hernandez announced that it will be dedicated to discussing, deepening and projecting essential aspects of this trajectory into the future.

Both the ambassador and the representative in Spain of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, Raimundo Pino, expressed their gratitude to the Spanish movement of solidarity with Cuba, one of the oldest in Europe and the world.

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Spain's PM Sanchez to visit Cuba

Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has accepted an invitation from the Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel to visit the country, a spokeswoman for the Spanish government said on Tuesday.

It would mark the first official visit to Cuba for a Spanish Prime Minister in over 30 years.

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Immediate Reaction: Real Madrid 3 - 1 AC Milan, Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu

Real Madrid beat AC Milan 3-1 to win the Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu in what was their last tune-up game before the start of the 2018/19 season. Below are some thoughts on what transpired:

  • -Despite some positional rotations between Casemiro and Kroos, it was the latter that mainly played as the DM in possession. Casemiro generally operated as the RCM and was largely uninvolved in proceedings. He mainly looked to regain match fitness as Kroos dictated play through the left and dominated the ball. On defense, Casemiro looked to take Kroos’ place in order to make a couple of nice interventions before coming off at the half. It will be interesting to see how Lopetegui uses the Brazilian going forward, as the Spaniard seems intrigued by the idea of Kroos in the single-pivot defensive midfield position. Additionally, I find it hard to believe that Casemiro will simply be cast aside given the positive relationship he had with Julen at FC Porto. Watch this space.
  • -As mentioned above, Real Madrid’s possession play mainly flowed through the left, something that was likely influenced by the presence of Isco, Asensio, and Marcelo on that flank and Kroos’ affinity for controlling things from the left half space. While AC Milan mostly dealt with Real’s attacks from that wing, they were unable to handle accurate switches of play that shifted the Italian defense from side-to-side. Having said that, Real’s flow in possession still seemed a bit sluggish.
  • -Los Blancos’ front three was very fluid. Bale and Asensio constantly switched flanks while sometimes filling in up front went Benzema spread wide to receive the ball.
  • -Madrid’s pressing regressed following some impressive performances on that front in the United States. The commitment to marking AC Milan’s build-up triangle was lackluster and questions over Casemiro’s position seemed to create enough momentary confusion for Milan to periodically break into Real’s defensive third.
  • -Real also looked vulnerable on the counter-attack, something that was probably related to their fluidity on offense and the slow way in which Madrid tried to regain their shape.
  • Bale continues to show flashes of quality and looks like he’s raring to go as soon as the real season begins.
  • -Keylor Navas put in a magnificent performance, something that was likely motivated by the signing of Thibaut Courtois.
  • -The Bernabéu clearly has big expectations for Vinícius, given that they chanted the youngster’s name when he came on in the second half.
  • -Real Madrid’s tactical system is still very much a work in progress and will require the fans to be extra patient early on.
  • Higuaín’s goal was nice.
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