First victims of the plane crash buried in Holguín

Yunaisi Pelegrino Reyes and Jorge Alberto Borrego Cabrera, victims of last Friday's fatal plane crash in Havana were the first to be buried today in their native city of Holguín.

The remains of both were buried in the Mayabe cemetery in the provincial capital, where they were accompanied by numerous people, including relatives, neighbors, friends, co-workers and representatives of political, government and mass organizations.

Pelegrino Reyes, 39, was a commercial worker, while Borrego Cabrera, 46, worked as a doctor at the Pedro Díaz Cuello polyclinic in this eastern Cuban city, where the people have shown their condolences for the sad event that caused more than 100 deaths.

Of that number of victims, 67 were living in the province of Holguín, with the largest number in its municipal capital, whose first remains began to arrive here at noon today.

The remains of two other victims of the plane crash, Suyen Lizandra Figueredo Driggs and her little daughter Alexa Rivas Figueredo, were taken to the city of Gibara, about 35 kilometers from Holguín, on Sunday. They received their funeral services at the local House of Culture.

Juan Miguel Morán, vice-president of the Provincial Council of the Administration, confirmed to ACN that the victims of the fatal accident that occurred when the Boeing 737, which covered the Habana-Holguín line, crashed to the ground shortly after leaving the José Martí airport, will continue to arrive in this city.

Each of the funeral services, he said, is accompanied by a floral offering on behalf of the people of Cuba, in addition to those offered in each case by their families, neighbors and the people in general as a sign of solidarity in the face of these deplorable human losses. (ACN)

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Cuban minister of Economy and Planning pays official visit to Russia

The Vice-president of the Council of State and Ministers and minister of Economy and Planning, Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, pays an official visit to the Federation of Russia.

Cabrisas heads the Cuban delegation to the International Economic Forum to be held in St. Petersburg from May 24-26.

During his stay in the European nation, the Cuban vice-president, who also co-chairs the Bilateral Intergovernmental Committee on the Economic-Trade and Scientific-Technical Collaboration, will exchange views with Russian authorities and executives from companies with active bonds with the island.

In the context of the forum, the Caribbean leader will also attend two High-Level panel discussions with leaders of other foreign nations invited to the event.

Cuba will be also represented by the minister of Agriculture, Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero, and the deputy ministers of Energy and Transportation, Raul Garcia Barreiro and Eduardo Rodriguez Davila, respectively.

The deputy minister of Industry Jose Gaspar Alvarez Sandoval, the MINREX general director of Bilateral Affairs, Emilio Lozada Garcia, and the Cuban ambassador in Russia Gerardo Penalver Portal are part of the delegation as well.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz / CubaSi Translation Staff

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Cuba Domadores earn narrow first-leg lead in World Series of Boxing semi-final

Cuba Domadores celebrated victory in the first leg of their World Series of Boxing (WSB) semi-final against the French Fighting Roosters in Paris.

Cuba Domadores, the 2014 and 2016 champions, were hoping a strong away performance could set them up for a fifth consecutive appearance in the finals of the franchise event.

Jorge Grinan looked to give the Domadores an ideal start when he met the French Fighting Roosters overseas boxer Gabriel Escobar Mascuñano in the under 52 kilogram flyweight bout.

The Cuban fighter suffered defeat as Mascuñano earned a unanimous points victory.

Sofiane Oumiha represented the hosts in the 60kg lightweight event at Salle Wagram, where he faced Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez, a two-time Olympic bronze medallist.

Victory was earned by Oumiha, who edged Alvarez after a closely fought encounter.

Action continued with the 69kg welterweight division, which saw France’s Patrick Momene take on Roniel Iglesias.

Iglesias, London 2012 Olympic champion in the light welterweight division, prevailed via a unanimous points verdict.

The penultimate fight of the evening saw home favourite Gaetan Ntambwe meet the Domadores’ Julio La Cruz in the 81kg light heavyweight event.

The first leg concluded with an over 91kg super heavyweight showdown between the Roosters’ Mihai Nistor and Cuban rival Jose Larduet.

A strong performance saw Larduet secure victory on points.

The Domadores will seek to defend their advantage when the two teams meet again next Friday (May 25).

The second leg of the semi-final will take place at the Coliseo Ciudad Deportiva in Havana.

Defending champions Astana Arlans Kazakhstan will hope to hold off the British Lionhearts the following day.

Yesterday, the Kazakh team earned a 3-2 victory in their away match in Sheffield.

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Diaz-Canel, Castro Congratulate Maduro and Offer Solidarity

The Cuban Government offers solidarity regarding any new challenges faced by Maduro's Government in the new six-year presidential term.

Cuban officials, late Sunday, congratulated Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on an overwhelming victory in the presidential election, in letters posted on Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza's Twitter page.

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“The Bolivarian and Chavista community has demonstrated once again it's determination in defending the legacy of Chavez, who you represent worthily,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez said in a letter addressed to Maduro.

Diaz-Canel added that the Cuban Government will be supportive and offer solidarity regarding any new challenges faced by Maduro's Government in the new six-year presidential term.

Former President and Cuban Communist Party chief Raul Castro Ruz also congratulated Maduro on victory in the Venezuelan presidential elections.

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Miguel Diaz-Canel, Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros de Cuba, felicita al Presidente @NicolasMaduro por su contundente victoria y expresa la solidaridad de la Revolución Cubana para los nuevos desafíos por venir.

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Raúl Castro Ruz, Primer Secretario del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba y líder histórico de la Revolución Cubana, felicita al Presidente @NicolasMaduro por su trascendente victoria electoral.

“With revolutionary pride, I send you, in the name of the Cuban Communist Party as well as my own, the warmest congratulations for your transcendental electoral victory,” Castro wrote to the Venezuelan president.

“The brave Venezuelan people have once again displayed loyalty and commitment to the Bolivarian and Chavista revolution.”

Diaz-Canel, who was recently installed as head of state for the Caribbean island, is the first leader of the island nation in a post-Castro era.

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Cuba Plane Crash: Solidarity and Support Amid Pain

Cuba President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and the Second Secretary of the Party, José Ramón Machado Ventura, visited the relatives of the victims of the air accident occurred last Friday in Havana

Investigations continue on the accident occurred Friday at noon in the Cuban capital, in a place in which more than 30 legal medicine specialists are still identifying dead bodies.

Cuban Transport Minister Adel Izquierdo stated to national and foreign reporters Sunday that the specialists are intensely working on a cultivation area close to Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport, in which a Boeing 737-200 hired by Cubana de Aviacion with 113 people on board, crashed down.

Izquierdo said that representatives of the airplane’s manufacturer, the US company Boeing, will arrive on the island, and also international experts and insurers.

We will give them all the needed things to do their work, in line with the protocols and international standards, he said.

For his part, Deputy Health Minister Alfredo Gonzalez reported that up to Saturday afternoon 15 of the 110 fatal victims of the disaster (five minors and 10 adults) had been identified.

For his part, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel toured facilities related to the incident the day before, including the hospital where survivors are treated, the Institute of Legal Medicine and a Havana hotel that houses relatives of the victims.

Díaz-Canel reiterated the condolences of the Cuban government and people to the people affected by the tragedy.

From several latitudes more solidarity messages arrive today in Cuba after the plane crash last Friday in this capital, in which a hundred people died.

Since the tragedy occurred, countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia sent various messages of solidarity to the largest of the Antilles.

On behalf of the Government and people of Bolivia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country expressed its deep sorrow for the human losses due to the disaster.

The Chilean government expressed its condolences to the Caribbean island due to the accident of the airplane that fell ashore shortly after taking off.

Letters from Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia also expressed their support to Cuba that remains mourning the pain of losing a hundred inhabitans.

Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Karin Kneissl, sent a message of sorrow to the Cuban people, while Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic also conveyed their condolences.

Angolan President, Joao Lourenzo, and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, expressed their sorrow for the tragedy, in which 110 people died, including five minors.

The Canadian government also conveyed its condolences to the Cuban people, while Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed deep sorrow over the unfortunate event.

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Cuban Art Festival Ends in US

Washington, May 20 ( Prensa Latina) The Cuban Art Festival: from the island to the world, will end today in the U.S. capital after two weeks dedicated to show music, dance, theater, plastic arts as well as cinema from the Caribbean country, among other expressions.

The event, which began last May 8 and has had a variety of activities every day since then, will be resumed from May 29 to June 3 when the Cuban National Ballet arrives in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, home of the great event that has brought together some 400 artists.

For today the program includes the second and final presentation of the play Ten Millions by the group Argos Teatro (Argos Theater), a piece written by the director of the company, Carlos Celdrán.

This autobiographical piece describes Celdrán's experience as a Cuban child and adolescent, browses through his relationship with his parents, his links with history and the tumultuous events that shaped his life, said at the Kennedy Center on the proposal which has as stage the Family Theater.

This show, which was awarded by the critics of his country, features performances by Caleb Casas, Daniel Romero, Maridelmis Marín and Waldo Franco, and before arriving in the U.S. capital had already been presented in Florida and New York.

The play received a standing ovation, a great reception, the room was full, we have to see what will happen on Sunday with the show, but it has been an incredible experience to pass the language barrier and reach the people, said Celdrán to Prensa Latina after the performance last night.

On this day there will also be more music, a manifestation that has been the great protagonist of Artes de Cuba and today will be attended by Arturo O'Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.

The Mexican-born New York-based musician has won five Grammy awards, including Best Instrumental Composition in 2016 for his Afro-Latin Jazz Suite, from the album Cuba: The Conversation Continues, which in turn was nominated for Best Jazz Album Ensemble.

Before taking part in this event dedicated to the island in Washington DC, O'Farrill, whose father was Cuban, performed last April at the íAdelante, Cuba! Festival, held in his home city, where he met several artists from the Caribbean nation.

The other activity scheduled for this Sunday will take place on the Millennium Stage with the band Tiempo Libre, whose members live in Florida, and whom the Kennedy Center describes as the modern heir to the rich musical tradition of the Caribbean territory.

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Survivors of Cuba Plane Crash Still in Critical Condition

Havana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) The director of the General University Hospital Calixto Garcia, Carlos Alberto Martinez, reported today that the three survivors of the plane crashed last Friday in this capital continue in extreme critical condition.

In statements to the press, Martinez said that, given the complexity of the injuries, the evolution of patients is unstable and with risk of other complications.

The Boeing 737-200, of the Mexican company Damojh, leased by Cubana de Aviacion, crashed near Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. Only three people survived.

There were 113 people on board, including 102 Cubans, six Mexican crew members, two Argentine tourists and one Mexican, and two Sahrawi residents on the Caribbean island, specified the authorities.

'The three women were transfused with plasma and globules and are intubated and ventilated,' said Martinez, a First Degree specialist in General Surgery.

The 19-year-old young girl, Mailen Diaz, underwent surgery for the cervical spine.

Similarly, Grettel Landrovell, 23, was reoperated for a hematoma within the brain tissue and an incision was applied to decompress the area and improve circulation, as a result of burns on the back.

Likewise, Emiley Sanchez, 39, also received an incision of burned skin on the left hand and is reported in extreme critical condition, although she is the most stable case.

More than twenty doctors from different specialties are working to stabilize the patients, while a constant system of discussion is carried out to adopt the necessary measures.

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Mexico's Foreign Ministry Confirms 7 Mexican Citizens Dead in Cuba Plane Crash

Mexico's Foreign Ministry confirmed deaths of seven country's citizens in the Friday plane crash near the Cuban capital of Havana.

"The Mexican government through the Foreign Ministry says that based on the official information we can confirm the sorrowful fact that seven Mexican citizens (six crew members and one passenger) died as a result of the incident with the jet of the Cubana de Aviacion company on Friday at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana," the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday in a statement.

The plane crashed on Friday shortly after a take-off from Havana leaving over 100 people killed. Causes of the incident remain unknown. On Saturday, Cuban experts found one of two black boxes of the crashed plane.

The black box, found on Saturday, is in a good condition, the EFE news agency reported citing Transport Minister Adel Yzquierdo without saying whether the experts found a flight data recorder or a cockpit voice recorder. According to the minister, the experts continue to look for the second device.

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