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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Cuba, Panama 2-0 at U-15 Baseball World Cup; Aussies, Chinese Taipei earn first wins

Two-time defending U-15 World Champions Cuba as well as host Panama improved to 2-0 in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup 2018, while Chinese Taipei and Australia both recorded their first wins of the global tournament.

Chinese Taipei 9, Brazil 7

With their backs against the wall, world No. 6 Chinese Taipei scored eight runs in the seventh inning to avoid an upset with No. 19 Brazil.

Down to their final three outs and trailing 5-1, Chinese Taipei used five walks, a hit batter and four hits, including a two-run single from Kuei Yu to even their record to 1-1.

Shan-Tsung Peng was awarded the victory with a scoreless inning of relief with one strikeout.

Sulivan Ribeiro de Almeida suffered the loss after Brazil starter Joāo Sakurai Ferreira worked four innings allowing just one run.

Australia 16, South Africa 6

Bash brothers James Nati and Jake Burns.

World No. 8 Australia received home runs from James Nati and Jake Burns to earn a 16-6 victory over No. 26 South Africa.

Quinn Johnson’s two-run single highlighted a five-run first inning for Australia and he would finish the game with five RBI while Burns added four.

South Africa made things interesting in the fifth, scoring five runs courtesy a Nicholas De Ascensāo two run single while Kyle Schwartz drove in three on a double.

Ian Lee was credited with the win for Australia while Nathan Grobler took the loss for South Africa.

Panama 2, China 1

Leonardo Bernal Carrion led off the top of the sixth with a triple and took home with two out on a wild pitch as No. 14 Panama edged No. 22 China, 2-1.

China took a 1-0 lead in the second when Tianzhou Zhu singled and later scored on an error before Panama drew even with a run in the fourth.

Alexis Bernal Vega recorded the win going four scoreless innings allowing just two hits and walk with eight strikeouts. China reliever Lei Wang suffered the loss.

Cuba 9, Dominican Republic 0

Cuba’s Osiel Veranes struck out 10 versus Dominican Republic Saturday.

Osiel Veranes struck out 10 batters over six scoreless innings and Frank Gonzalez Cuellar drove in two runs as No. 4 Cuba defeated No. 12 Dominican Republic, 9-0.

Leading 4-0 in the fifth, Cuba put across five runs including a two-run single from Montero to go ahead 9-0 and put the game out of reach.

Dominican Republic starting pitcher Julio Torres Guzman worked two innings and took the loss.

Opening Round action continues on 12 August with USA taking on Chinese Taipei, Germany facing China and Brazil against host Panama in Group A, while Group B match-ups include Netherlands against South Africa, Dominican Republic taking on Australia and Cuba facing Japan.

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U-15 Baseball World Cup set to open in Panama in 12-nation battle for world title

The fourth edition of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup® — baseball’s highest-level competition for players aged 13-15 years old — will open tomorrow (Friday, 10 August) in the Panamanian cites of David and Chitré.

Twelve nations will compete in Panama For the Title of World Champion within the U-15 youth category.

Group A features No. 1 United States, No. 6 Chinese Taipei, No. 14 Panama, No. 19 Brazil, No. 21 Germany and No. 22 China. The group will play at the newly constructed, 8,500 seat Estadio Kenny Serracín in David.

Group B includes No. 2 Japan, No. 4 Cuba, No. 8 Australia, No. 9 Netherlands, No. 12 Dominican Republic and No. 26 South Africa. The group will battle at the 3,000-seat Estadio Rico Cedeño in Chitré.

LIVE STREAM Day 1 WBSC U 15 Baseball World Cup 2018 Panama

OPENING DAY

Group A

Game 1: South American representative Brazil and U-15 European champion Germany will meet to open the IV WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup 2018.

Game 3: Wild card China will make their U-15 Baseball World Cup debut against U-15 Americas co-champion USA.

Game 6: Host Panama will open with the U-15 Asian runner-up, Chinese Taipei.

Group B

Game 2: Asia and Oceania’s U-15 continental champions — Japan and Australia — will collide.

Game 4: U-15 European runner-up Netherlands will face two-time defending U-15 World Champions Cuba.

Game 5: U-15 Americas co-champion Dominican Republic will meet Africa’s top baseball nation, South Africa.

WBSC will live-stream 26 of the 50 games of the U-15 Baseball World Cup 2018 at www.youtube.com/wbsc. Global coverage includes 15 Opening Round games, all 9 Super Round matches and the Finals (bronze medal match and World Championship Final), in addition to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The U-15 Baseball World Cup 2016 had a total broadcast reach of over 60 million households and attracted online viewers from 192 countries and territories.

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For full event coverage, including news, live play-by-play, stats and standings, visit the official website of the U-15 Baseball World Cup at u15bwc.wbsc.org.

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Cuban Dancers Gain Panamian Admiration

Grosso Panama, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) Twists, jumps, balance and a high level of interpretation resulted in the triumphs of Cubans Viengsay Valdes and Osiel Gouneo, who put the Panamanians on their feet in a gala in which other stars shone.

The pas de deux Don Quixote, one of the emblematic pieces of classical dance, was the perfect one for the first ballerina of the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) to show her virtuosity and refined art, virtues that the public was able to reward with ovations.

However, the artistic and technical preciosity of Kitry and Basilio, main characters of Don Quixote was not the only thing that impacted those present in the capital Anayansi theater, but also the drama of Spartacus, whose Russian version, the best known worldwide, was interpreted here for the first time by Valdes.

The others who asserted the technical and artistic quality of the Cuban ballet school were the young representatives of the BNC Katherine Ochoa and Narciso Medina, who with their exquisite performance and synchronization of movements in the pas de deux Emerald and Zero achieved sympathy and applause from the public.

And if we talk about stars, it is worth highlighting the impeccable presentation of Misa Kuranaga and Patrick Palkens, main figures of the Boston Ballet who put many standing up after the performance of the pas de deux Black Swan, a work full of love.

The representatives of the National Ballet of Portugal Filipa de Castro and Carlos Pinillos deserved to be mention as well in this international gala, for they showed the passion that unites them in real life in Cantata, a beautiful interpretation in the midst of a tragic environment.

Other representative pieces of classical ballet were present in this function through the young Panamanians Eileen Frazer, Illya Kun, Ana Carolina Olarte and Andrea Diaz, who did not let themselves be overshadowed by the stars and demonstrated an interpretative and technical level that their audience rewarded with applause.

Meanwhile, Dusty Button, choreographer and main dancer of the Boston Ballet, showed enough talent to unfold and move from contemporary dance with Audible, her first solo performance, and Gamzatti Variation from La Bayadere, a classic piece.

Concluding a night full of luminaries, 'The Dance of the Hours' was performed to merge the efforts of all in one demonstrating the beauty of the dance as an expression of fantastic art, going beyond borders.

Grosso Panama, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) Twists, jumps, balance and a high level of interpretation resulted in the triumphs of Cubans Viengsay Valdes and Osiel Gouneo, who put the Panamanians on their feet in a gala in which other stars shone.
The pas de deux Don Quixote, one of the emblematic pieces of classical dance, was the perfect one for the first ballerina of the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) to show her virtuosity and refined art, virtues that the public was able to reward with ovations.

However, the artistic and technical preciosity of Kitry and Basilio, main characters of Don Quixote was not the only thing that impacted those present in the capital Anayansi theater, but also the drama of Spartacus, whose Russian version, the best known worldwide, was interpreted here for the first time by Valdes.

The others who asserted the technical and artistic quality of the Cuban ballet school were the young representatives of the BNC Katherine Ochoa and Narciso Medina, who with their exquisite performance and synchronization of movements in the pas de deux Emerald and Zero achieved sympathy and applause from the public.

And if we talk about stars, it is worth highlighting the impeccable presentation of Misa Kuranaga and Patrick Palkens, main figures of the Boston Ballet who put many standing up after the performance of the pas de deux Black Swan, a work full of love.

The representatives of the National Ballet of Portugal Filipa de Castro and Carlos Pinillos deserved to be mention as well in this international gala, for they showed the passion that unites them in real life in Cantata, a beautiful interpretation in the midst of a tragic environment.

Other representative pieces of classical ballet were present in this function through the young Panamanians Eileen Frazer, Illya Kun, Ana Carolina Olarte and Andrea Diaz, who did not let themselves be overshadowed by the stars and demonstrated an interpretative and technical level that their audience rewarded with applause.

Meanwhile, Dusty Button, choreographer and main dancer of the Boston Ballet, showed enough talent to unfold and move from contemporary dance with Audible, her first solo performance, and Gamzatti Variation from La Bayadere, a classic piece.

Concluding a night full of luminaries, 'The Dance of the Hours' was performed to merge the efforts of all in one demonstrating the beauty of the dance as an expression of fantastic art, going beyond borders.

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WBSC reveals Game Schedule for U-15 Baseball World Cup 2018 in Panama

The World Baseball Softball Confederation today unveiled the Official Game Schedule of the IV WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup® 2018, to be staged from 10-19 August in the Panamanian cities of David and Chitre.

The world’s top tournament in the U-15 youth category and Official World Championship – which will feature the world’s best baseball players born in 2003-2005 — will be contested over 50 games and in three stages: Opening Round (group stage/round-robin), Super Round and World Championship Medal Round.

“These 50 games of the IV WBSC Baseball World Cup in Panama will determine which nation possesses the best U-15 baseball team and players on the planet,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “This global tournament – with nations participating from all corners of the earth – also showcases our sport’s geographic footprint, connection to youth and bright future of hitting one billion players, fans and followers by the next decade.”

Through the Continental Championships/Qualifiers, the U-15 Baseball World Cup features the top nations and young players from the Americas — North, Central, South and the Caribbean – Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania.­

Nations in Group A — host/No. 14 Panama, No. 1 United States, No. 6 Chinese Taipei, No. 19 Brazil, No. 21 Germany and No. 22 China — will begin the global competition For the Title of World Champion at the new US$ 16 million, 8,500-seat Estadio Kenny Serracín in David (Province of Chiriquí).

Nations in Group B — No. 2 Japan, No. 4 Cuba, No. 8 Australia, No. 9 Netherlands, No. 12 Dominican Republic and No. 26 South Africa — will battle at the 3,000-seat Estadio Rico Cedeño in Chitré (Province of Herrera).

Opening Round – Day 1

Game 1: South America’s Brazil and European U-15 champion Germany will meet to open the youth World Championship.
Game 2: Asia and Oceania’s U-15 continental champions — Japan and Australia — will collide.
Game 3: Wild card China will make its U-15 Baseball World Cup debut against Americas U-15 co-champion USA.
Game 4: European U-15 runner-up Netherlands will face two-time defending U-15 World Champions Cuba.
Game 5: Americas U-15 co-champion Dominican Republic will meet Africa’s top baseball nation, South Africa.
Game 6: Host Panama will open with the Asian continent’s U-15 runner-up, Chinese Taipei.
Day 3 will feature the re-match of the U-15 Baseball World Cup 2016 Final, Cuba versus Japan, which Cuba won, 9-4, to repeat as the top U-15 baseball team in the world.

Super Round

Following the 30-game Opening Round, the top three finishers from Group A will battle the top three finishers from Group B in a three-day Super Round at David’s Estadio Kenny Serracín. The 7th-12 Place Consolation Round will be staged at Estadio Rico Cedeño in Chitre.

World Championship Medal Round

The top two nations in the standings following the Super Round will play For the Title of World Champion on Sunday, 19 August, at 18:00. The 3rd/4th Place Bronze Medal Match will be staged at the same venue at 13:00.

The broadcast and live-streaming schedule will be announced in a future news release.

The previous U-15 Baseball World Cup (2016) had a total broadcast reach of over 60 million households and attracted online viewers from 192 countries and territories.

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England 6-1 Panama: Harry Kane scores hat-trick as Gareth Southgate's side roar to last 16

Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as England swaggered to the World Cup knockout stage with a game to spare after routing Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod.

A record World Cup haul had come in a remarkable first half as John Stones scored twice from set-pieces (8, 40), Kane lashed two penalties (22, 45+1) and Jesse Lingard found the top corner with a curling strike (36).

Kane knew little about his 62nd-minute third, diverting Ruben Loftus-Cheek's shot in via his heel, but a World Cup treble takes him top of the goalscoring charts in Russia, as well as putting him in illustrious England company alongside Gary Lineker and Sir Geoff Hurst.

 England players congratulate goalscorer Kane
England players congratulate goalscorer Kane
 

Ryan Mason's England player ratings

England: Pickford (7), Walker (7), Stones (8), Maguire (7.5), Trippier (8.5), Loftus-Cheek (7), Henderson (8), Lingard (9), Young (7), Sterling (7), Kane (9).

Subs: Rose (6), Vardy (6), Delph (6).

Man of the match: Jesse Lingard

Panama were as naive as they were robust in the sweltering heat, but the first-timers were afforded some consolation cheer when 37-year-old substitute Felipe Baloy pounced 12 minutes from time.

The eye-catching scoreline was one to further raise home hopes and bolster goal difference ahead of a showdown with Belgium on Thursday to decide top spot in Group G, although disciplinary records will be needed to separate the sides in the event of a draw.

Who tops group in event of draw?

If two teams are equal on points, goal difference and goals scored, FIFA determines their ranking by fair play points obtained in group matches as follows:

– yellow card: minus 1 point
– indirect red card: minus 3 points (as a result of a second yellow card)
– direct red card: minus 4 points
– yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points

Only one of the above deductions is applied to a player in a single match.
England are currently ahead on -2, with Belgium -3 but if they remained tied on fair play points, FIFA would draw lots.

Panama had warned England they would "play hard" and Lingard had taken a Gabriel Gomez elbow to the face inside the opening minutes, before danger came at the other end when Edgar Barcenas found Anibal Godoy in space, only for the midfielder to horribly miscue.

John Stones rose unmarked to make it 1-0
John Stones rose unmarked to make it 1-0

Team news

Despite that photographed team note, Raheem Sterling kept his place in England's starting XI. Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaced Dele Alli following his thigh injury.

Panama were unchanged, despite their opening defeat to Belgium.

But England seized early initiative from another set-piece as Kieran Trippier swung in and Stones found himself free, powering a downwards header past Jaime Penedo as red shirts grappled instead with Kane and Harry Maguire.

Barcenas cut inside and curled narrowly wide (16) as Panama looked to profit down the right flank, but more meaty defending soon gave England the chance to double their lead. Fidel Escobar barged Lingard to the turf and Kane's conversion - into the top-left corner - was emphatic.

Jesse Lingard celebrates after scoring England's third
Jesse Lingard celebrates after scoring England's third

Lingard had carried his menace with clever movement and he struck a brilliant third after a give-and-go with Raheem Sterling, England's travelling supporters now loud in the sunshine. A fine training-ground routine brought a fourth, Stones following up after Sterling's close-range header was parried, and when Godoy was penalised for arms tightly wrapped around Kane, the Tottenham striker lashed another spot-kick the same way.

England's intensity dropped in the high temperatures after the break, their work long done, but Sterling might have opened his account had Kane's pass been better placed.

Harry Kane celebrates his second goal
Harry Kane celebrates his second goal

Panama player ratings

Panama: Penedo (6), Murillo (6), Roman Torres (5), Escobar (4), Davis (5), Barcenas (7), Cooper (4), Gomez (5), Godoy (4), Jose Luis Rodriguez (6), Perez (5).

Subs: Arroyo (6), Avila (6), Baloy (7).

Kane instead completed his hat-trick unwittingly, before being replaced by Jamie Vardy, as Gareth Southgate took the chance to call for fresh legs.

A barely-worked Jordan Pickford kept out Michael Murillo's dink and a lunging Roman Torres went close at the back post, but the moment to remember for Panama finally came when Beloy slid in to meet Ricardo Avila's corner, England left level with Belgium on goal difference, as well as points.

Gareth Southgate embraces Harry Kane as he comes off in the second half
Gareth Southgate embraces Harry Kane as he comes off in the second half

Man of the match - Jesse Lingard

England's indefatigable leader left the pitch with the match ball and pole position in the Golden Boot race but Manchester United's Jesse Lingard, off cue against Tunisia, deserves ample praise. Targeted for some rough treatment in the opening stages, he hit back by winning the first penalty and then summoned a blockbuster finish from the edge of the area.

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  • England have won both of their opening two group stage games at a World Cup tournament for the third time, also doing so in 1982 and 2006.
  • This was England's biggest ever win in a major tournament match (World Cup and European Championships).
  • This was only the fifth occasion a side had scored five goals before half-time in a World Cup match, and the first since Germany did so against Brazil in the 2014 semi-final.
  • Only in 1966 (11) have England scored more goals in a single World Cup tournament than they have in 2018 (8, same as 1954 and 1990).
  • Only two players have been older than Panama's Felipe Baloy (37y 120d) when scoring their first ever World Cup goal - Cameroon's Roger Milla (38y 25d) in 1990 and Sweden's Gunnar Gren (37y 236d) in 1958.
  • England striker Harry Kane is the first player to have scored at least twice in both of his first two ever World Cup appearances since Poland's Grzegorz Lato in 1974. Lato went on to win the Golden Boot at that tournament.

What's next?

England and Belgium face off in Kaliningrad at 7pm on Thursday, with Tunisia and Panama - both now ousted from the tournament - meeting at the same time in Saransk.

 
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