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All Ready for Cuba-Mexico Meet in World Boxing Series

All is ready here for the meet Cuba-Mexico today between the Cuban Domadores and the Guerreros of Mexico, as part of the World Boxing Series.
During the weighting it was made official that the Mexican squad will be formed by Orlando Huitzil (52 kilograms), William Zepeda (60), Héctor Andrés Reyes (69), Ecuadorian Carlos Mina (81) and Edgar Ramírez (over 91).

Meanwhile, Cuba ratified Yosbany Veitía, Lázaro Álvarez, Roniel Iglesias, Julio César La Cruz and Leinier Peró, in that order.

The duel to be held this Friday night at the Ciudad Deportiva colosseum of Havana, the hosts arrive as favorites for being first in Group A and a sure ticket to semifinals of the tournament.

For their part, Mexicans are third in the same group and if they keep that place, they would advance to quarterfinals, to face the second place of the other group.

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Silvio Rodríguez to Sing in Panama Parallel to Summit of the Americas

The Cuban singer and songwriter Silvio Rodríguez will offer a concert in Panama running parallel to the Summit of the Americas informed this Wednesday organizers of an encounter of social movements.

«Silvio Rodríguez’s concert is confirmed for the evening of April 9», said to AFP Olmedo Beluche, one of the organizers of the so called Summit of the Peoples.

The author of Ojala, Sueño con serpientes, Monólogo or Te doy una canción will perform for free for the public at the University of Panama.

The concert of Rodríguez, 68 years old, will take place on the first day of this alternative appointment to the Summit of the Americas that will gather at the Panamanian capital more than 3 000 members of social movements from all over the continent.

«Silvio’s songs have expressed for 40 years the struggle for the independence of Latin America, the solidarity and social justice», said Beluche.

Rodríguez will arrive in Panama with the Cuban delegation that will participate in this alternative meeting. The goal of the members is to demand the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to rescind the decree that qualifies Venezuela a «threat» to the national security of that country.

The Summit of the People is scheduled 9-11 of April, while the Summit of The Americas that gathers the heads of State and Government of the entire continent, will take place from April 10 to 11 of the same month.

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Isla de la Juventud vie Ciego de Avila in Baseball Finale

Surprising Isla de la Juventud Island and Ciego de Avila will go head to head next Friday for the crown of the LIV Cuban Baseball championship, in a seven-out-of-four series.

Isla de la Juventud rewrote history after advancing for the first time to a finale, once they defeated in semifinals four wins to two over Matanzas, while Ciego de Avila eliminated Granma 4-1.

The Isla-Matanzas series was a hard dispute, since three of the six games went for extra-innings.

The last game ended this Wednesday after a five-hour battle at Victoria de Girón Stadium of Matanzas. The game ended with a 15x5 score by the Pirates of Isla de la Juventud, a team that achieved a great feat despite not having star players. On their way to the finale they defeated the powerful teams of Industriales, Pinar del Rio, and Matanzas.

Strong offensive of 20 hits, including a homerun by Julio Pablo Martinez, and a relief of speed pitcher Hector Mendoza, led the final victory of Isla de la Juventud, in one of the most attractive games of the season, although it went one-side at the end of the match.

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“We are making history, this it is something truly big for us and in the finale we’ll give our best”, said Mendoza, 20 years old and one of the stars of the Cuban pitching staff.

In the same day, Ciego de Ávila topped off Granma 3x0 in their stadium, José Ramón Cepero, and reached their fourth win in a row in semifinals which they opened with a loss.

Ciego de Avila champions in 2012, classified to the finale for the third time in the last five years.

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In the last game Roger Machado’s boys tipped the balance of the game by scoring early on the bottom of the first inning and twice on the fifth.

Yander Guevara, Cuba team member in the third World Classic, held down the strong offensive of Granma for nine innings, with only three hits allowed, six strike outs and no base on balls.

Ciego de Avila won in 2012 after defeating Industriales in just five games.

The finale will start on Friday at José Ramón Cepero Stadium where they will play also on Sunday, and then they’ll move to Cristóbal Labras Stadium, of Isla de la Juventud, where games are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday if necessary.

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‘Tanks? No thanks!’: Czechs Unhappy about US Military Convoy Crossing Country

Czech anti-war activists have launched the ‘Tanks? No thanks!’ campaign to protest the procession of US Army hardware through the Eastern European country. They say it has been turned into a “provocative victory parade” near the Russian border.

The American military vehicles, which took part in NATO drills in Poland, Lithuania and Estonia, plan to cross the territory of the Czech Republic between March 29 and April 1 on their way to a base in the German city of Vilseck.

The exercise, entitled the ‘Dragoon Ride,’ will involve over a hundred Stryker vehicles, which the US is expected to station in Europe, and will see the convoy stop in a new city every night. Last week, it was authorized by the Czech government, without any debate in the parliament, Pressenza news agency reported.

The US procession has been labeled “an unnecessary and dangerously provocative military maneuvers, which only increase international tension” on the ‘Tanks? No thanks!’ page on Facebook.

The campaigners believe that a simple relocation of vehicles has been turned into “a victory parade” as the US convoy is expected to “organize activities to impress local residents with their military power.”

“The last time that vehicles like this came to the Czech Republic, they were Soviet tanks coming to crush moves towards democracy in 1968. We don’t want such vehicles from foreign armies coming here ever again,” Tana Bednarova from the ‘World without Wars and without Violence’ organization, which supports the campaign, said.

Bednarova has also slammed the expansion of NATO to the east, saying that if the US and its allies really “wants to create security in the world then Russia and China and all other countries of the world should be invited to join.”

Czech communists speaking out against the ride say it will only cause traffic jams and annoy locals. Fearing that protesters could stage “provocations”, the Czech government, according to local media, has even instructed its own military to protect the US military convoy as it crosses the country.

Besides their activity on social networks, the activists have placed fake road signs, with a tank in a red circle and a red line though it, along the announced route of the US convoy.

The Stryker vehicles are usually transported by rail, but it was decided that they would take a ride through Eastern Europe to demonstrate a US commitment to NATO and its allies in the region.

According to Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the US Army Europe commander, it’s important for the American military to show that it “can move a lot of capability a long distance” after Russia relocated thousands of its troops during a massive domestic drill earlier in March.

“The whole purpose … is to assure those allies that live closest to the Bear that we are here,” Hodges said of the maneuvering. “President Putin exercises freedom of movement all the time. He moves troops and stuff around Russia whenever he wants to.”

The US move comes shortly after the one-year anniversary of Russia’s absorption of the Republic of Crimea, with tensions between Moscow and the West remaining high over the conflict in Ukraine. Despite failing to provide any significant proof, the US and EU claim that Russia is fueling rebellions in eastern Ukraine with military supplies and troops, while the Kremlin is denying all allegations.

This weekend Russia completed its nationwide military drills that saw over 80,000 troops all over the country put on high alert to conduct exercises, which involved over 10,000 vehicles, 65 warships, 16 support vessels, 15 submarines, 200 warplanes and helicopters.

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