Young Dancers of the Lizt Alfonso Company to Compete in Panama

Havana, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba (LADC) Youth Ballet will compete in the Danza Activa Internacional contest in Panama from August 30 through September 2, the company announced on Thursday.

Considered the most important dance competition in Panama, the event will take place at the Megapolis Convention Center in Panama City, with the participation of students from many Latin American countries.

LADC founder and Director Lizt Alfonso was a member of the competition jury during the previous edition of the event.

Spanish dancer Sebastian Linares Alcala, director and choreographer of the Empire of Dreams Dance Academy in Mallorca; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater teacher, Caridad Martinez, from Cuba; and Colombian professor of the Juilliard School and the Jeoffrey Ballet School, Juan Carlos Peñuela, among others, will serve as judges this year.

Several institutions will grant scholarships at the Danza Activa 2019 competition, such as the New York Dance Project, Jeoffrey Ballet School and the Julio Bocca Foundation.

During the intense rehearsals, LADC regisseur and choreographer Claudia Valdivia told Prensa Latina about the aim of exhibiting the range of opportunities the company offers through its fusion dance during the competition.

The Cuban delegation, aged 14 to 18, will compete in the modern/contemporary and flamenco/character dance categories, with choreographies by Alfonso, Claudia Valdivia and Diana Fernandez, and also by maestras Indira Alvarez, Risel Mayor, Daira Maria Jay and Yohara Garcia.

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Cuban President wishes Success to his Panamanian Counterpart

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel sent a greeting and wishes of success to his Panamanian counterpart Laurentino Cortizo, through the mediation of Vice President Gladys Bejerano, who concluded his visit to this country today.

Similarly, the controller also, during the inauguration made yesterday, conveyed to the new president the willingness of Cuba to 'continue and strengthen relations with Panama,' he told Prensa Latina and added that such links can be in the political, economic fields. And social.

In a dialogue with Panamanians in solidarity with the island, he explained that his country has been working on expanding and updating the Foreign Investment Law, based on the experiences of the nation and the updating of its economic model, that this code makes viable and viable. develop foreign investments.

He assured the willingness of the country to have an orderly development in this regard, aimed primarily at things that benefit the country, and of course, the foreign partner also, said Bejerano in his last official activity in Isthmus lands, where he arrived last Saturday.

'Cuba needs to expand foreign investment,' he said and assured that the nation is willing to do so, for which all conditions have been created.

Carlos Aguilar, recently appointed director of the National Institute of Art and Culture (INAC), was present at the meeting and recalled that he is a creator trained at the International Film and Television School (Eictv) of San Antonio de los Baños, near the Cuban capital.

'I am a product of Cuban and Panamanian education also logically,' he said, recalling that while enjoying a scholarship from the government of the island, there was an invasion of the United States to his country, and 'I lived what solidarity is from Cuba to Panama. '

Speaking from his new responsibility at the INAC, which will soon be raised to the category of Ministry of Culture, he expressed his desire to rescue the fruitful exchange with Cuba in the training of artistic creators that took place during the seventies, promoted by the General Omar Torrijos

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Cuba Is Our Home, Cuban Residents in Panama Say

The meeting between Vice President Gladys Bejerano and a group of fellow residents in Panama at the Cuban embassy here left the sensation as we were at home.

In the style of the most traditional family, where concerns and projects were shared with the support of all, participants in the Sunday meeting learned about the efforts their country of origin is carrying out to face the shortages generated by the worsening of the US blockade.

We have strategies, projections and programs, but its execution depends in many cases on the policy of force and arrogance by President Donald Trump, Bejerano, who is also Comptroller General of Cuba, said referring to the absurd attitude of Trump, who intends to press and say what Cuba must do.

'In these 60 years of Revolution, we have always experienced difficult moments; but today there is a lot of aggression and danger by the US government, 'said Bejerano, who called for the unity of all, especially those who support and want the good functioning of the common home: Cuba.

About the Constitution, Foreign Investment Law, import replacements and other no less important domestic issues, such as linking science and technology to national food production was also discussed during this meeting, where commitment and sense of belonging prevailed.

Jorge Guerra participated in this meeting on behalf of the most recent immigrant generation in Panama and as a directive board of this group. He recalled that this 'is a revolutionary emigration', that wants to continue united to Cuba and contributing to the nation.

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Preparations for Central American Games 2022 in Panama

The president of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (Odecabe), Steve Stoute, held an audit meeting here to oversee preparations for the 24th Central American and Caribbean Games 2022.

During the meeting with the organizing committee of the event, which will be held in this capital, the senior manager learned about the advances in technical, construction, medical treatment, marketing and advertising, communication and hosting, among other aspects.

Regarding this, the director of the Audit Committee of the Odecabe, José Sosa, expressed his satisfaction with the work done so far, while the president of the organizing committee, Henry Pozo, assured the nation is ready to celebrate a great sports festival in the region.

For these competitions, Panama plans the construction of an aquatic center with two swimming pools, another racket court, two sport centers for volleyball and fighting disciplines and an exclusive stadium for athletics, among other works.

In December 2015, the representatives of the 25 federations of the Olympic Committee of Panama endorsed the request of the capital's mayor José Blandón for the capital to be one of the aspirants to the great sports event, venue that was granted in February 2017.

'(...) the Municipality of Panama has resources and will adapt facilities complying with the necessary dimensions. We will work with the central government that is already aware of the event,' Blandón said at the time.

An Olympic village will not be built, but the 27 delegations will stay in hotels, while the budget for the event will be 200 million dollars.

The elected Panamanian president, Laurentino Cortizo, assured that the country is not ready to take on the challenge of being the headquarters of the Central American Games in 2022, for which he called 'to find a way for our athletes to be prepared, a work we must do by coming to the presidency. ' (PL)

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Panama's President to Make Official Visit to Cuba

Panama''s President Juan Carlos Varela will make an official visit to Cuba on Oct 29-31, the Cuban Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

According to the programme, Varela will pay tribute to National Hero Jose Marti in the memorial bearing his name in Havana and will hold official talks with Cuban authorities.

The President will also visit the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, founded in 1986 to investigate medical and biological fields, as well as the agricultural sector and the environment.

As part of his agenda, he will visit the Solidarity with Panama school, a national reference center designed for pre-school through ninth grade children with physical-motor impairments or mental retardation.

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Ruben Blades Documentary: Panamanian Proposal to Goya, Oscar

Panama, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) The documentary by local filmmaker Abner Benaim, I do not call myself Ruben Blades, will represent Panama in the upcoming Oscars and Goya awards, it was released here today.

According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Panama, one of the main values ​​of the material is that it presents a Blades unknown to many.

'Once again Abner surprises us with an exquisite work (...). When finding a character as rich in experiences as Ruben, the temptation to take an inventory of his life is great. Abner abandons that temptation and shows us a more intimate and human Ruben,' said Sergio Cambefort.

According to the president of the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Panama, 'he is not the singer of Pedro Navaja or the Latin policeman who accompanies Harrison Ford in the thriller The Devil's Own, by Alan J. Pakula. It is the Ruben who helps the singer Luba Mason, his wife, to take the garbage off at his residence in New York.'

He added, 'with great generosity Ruben shows us his personal treasures: his house, his comics, his day by day, all accompanied by a camera that is not an annoying intruder, a camera that seems to have been there forever.'

Since 2016 Panama has participated in the Goya Awards with proposals such as Kimura, by Aldo Rey Valderrama; Salsipuedes, and since 2014 at the Oscars represented by Invasion, by Abner Benaim, More than Brothers by Arianne Benedetti, among others respectively.

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Chinese Taipei ends Cuba’s reign as Baseball’s U-15 World Champions

The Chinese Taipei U-15 National Team kept their medal hopes alive with an 8-5 win over Cuba on the last day of Super Round competition at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup 2018. Both Chinese Taipei and Cuba finish the Super Round with 2-3 records — Cuba will surrender its reign on baseball’s U-15 world title, which the nation has held since 2014.

Cuba took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, after Frank Gonzalez drove in two runs on a single to centre and Kevin Alcolea Rivero followed with an RBI single to right.

Leyfi Llanez Castillo gave Cuba a 5-0 lead in third inning with a two-run single.

Held scoreless to the fourth inning, I Li-Chan blasted a three-run double, as Chinese Taipei tied the game, following RBIs hits from Kai-Yu Liu and Yu-Min Lin.

In the fifth, Chinese Taipei kept hitting and used a two out double from Ring-En Wu to take the lead before Yu-Min Lin’s two-run single put them on top by three runs.

Cuba loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth, but Chinese Taipei used a pick-off at second base to escape the inning with the 8-5 lead secure.

Chen-Yi Hung took the win after tossing 4.1 innings of relief while Cuba reliever Kevin Rosales Hernandez suffered the loss.

In the Consolation Round, Australia knocked off Germany, 8-2.

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Cuba, Panama perfect 3-0 at U-15 Baseball World Cup

 Cuba, the two-time defending U-15 World Champions, and host Panama are the lone unbeaten teams following Day 3 of the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup.

China 5, Germany 4

Zixu Zhao drove in two runs including an RBI single in a three-run fifth inning to lead world No. 22 China to a 5-4 win over No. 21 Germany.

China earned their first win of the event receiving 4.2 innings on the mound from starting pitcher Ruofei Ding who yielded one earned run on two hits and walk along with five strikeouts. Ding gave way to Yuchen Wang who was awarded the victory.

Yannic Walther drove in two runs for Germany as part of a 2-for-4 game at the plate that included one double.

Peter Van Bergen was the losing pitcher allowing five runs (three earned) over four innings of work.

Dominican Republic 20, Australia 8

No. 12 Dominican Republic recorded 20 hits including three home runs to hand No. 8 Australia a 20-8 defeat.

Trailing by a run in the second inning, Dominican Republic struck for nine runs in the second and ended the game after six innings due to the mercy rule.

Oscar Aude Castillo had a big game at the plate driving in six runs on the strength of three hits including an RBI double in the second inning before connecting for a grand slam in the third.

Not far behind Castillo, Deyvison De Los Santos Ruize belted a pair of doubles and added a home run to finish the game with three hits and four RBI.

Abraham Lorenzo Dionisio pitched 4.2 innings in relief to earn the win while Australia starting pitcher Zeke Maguire was the loser.

James Nati homered in the bottom of the fist to give Australia an early lead.

Panama 7, Brazil 3

Kenin Pinto Vega struck out six batters over 5.1 innings on the mound to lead No. 14 Panama to a 7-3 win over No. 19 Brazil.

Panama broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the fourth receiving RBI singles from Mauricio Pierre Alvarez and Luis Durango Otero.

Sulivan Ribeiro de Almeida took the loss for Brazil.

Cuba 9, Japan 7

Kevin Alcolea Rivero’s two-run double in the sixth helped power Cuba past Japan, in what was a rematch of the 2016 Final.

Cuba built a 7-0 lead after scoring two runs in the first and five in the second only to see Japan storm all the way back to tie the score after five innings.

Frank Gonzalez Cuellar tripled home a run in the first and added a two-run single in the second to pace Cuba’s batters. Japan received a two-hit performance including a solo home run from Reiya Saka in the fifth.

Kevin Rosales Hernandez provided Cuba with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief and was credited with the win while Hayato Takenaka took the loss.

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