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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World Cup 2018: Belgium Beats Panama 3-0

teleSUR brings you live updates from Sunday's game between Belgium and Panama in the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Belgium's creativity and power proved too much for World Cupdebutants Panama as the Group G favorites overcame the heroics of goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and a massed defense to run out 3-0 winners Monday.

It took a wonderful dipping volley from Dries Mertens on the right-hand edge of the area just after halftime to break the deadlock, however, giving Penedo no chance after a first half in which he had defied Mertens, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku.

Hazard laid the ball off to Kevin De Bruyne who flipped a diagonal ball with the outside of his foot through for a lurking Lukaku to head home in the 69th minute.

The Manchester United striker made it 3-0 in the 75th, latching on to a through pass from Hazard and chipping over Penedo.

Belgium, unbeaten in their last 20 matches, will now be full of confidence for games against Tunisia and England.

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US Ambassador To Panama Says He Cannot Serve Trump, Resigns

The ambassador declared the end of his 35-year career with the US government effective March 9.

The United States´ Panamanian Ambassador John D. Feeley announced his resignation Thursday, saying he could not serve under president Donald Trump.

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"As a junior foreign service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when I might not agree with certain policies. My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come," Feeley said.

In an open letter published on the embassy's website, addressed to the Central American president, Juan Carlos Verla and Vice President Isabel Saint Malo, the ambassador declared the end of his career with the US government effective March 9.

Throughout his 35 years in both the nation’s Marines and Department of State, the ambassador dedicated his efforts to supporting integration and maintaining good relations between the Americas. According to the letter, the US ambassador leaves his position with a feeling of immense gratitude to the foreign government and the citizens of Panama who shared a relationship of mutual friendship, respect and teamwork.

Feeley’s duties with the Panamanian government will be assumed by Deputy Chief of Mission, Roxanne Cabral, until a suitable replacement can be found.

 

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Costa Rica Returns 66 Cubans to Panama for Illegal Entry

The General Directorate of Migration and Immigration of Costa Rica have returned 66 Cubans to Panama for entering the country illegally and have reiterated the official position of denying the entry of illegal migrants.

"The Costa Rican government rejects all citizens who are illegal, and who, upon checking their documents, are proved to come from that southern neighboring country," said a statement from Migration and Immigration, released on the Internet.

It states that 'according to figures from the Directorate General of Migration and Immigration, from August 1st to 3rd, 66 Cuban citizens were identified to have entered via Paso Canoas and have already been returned to Panama'.

The statement stresses that the Costa Rican government is respectful of human rights, but warns of their inability to continue receiving and taking care of new illegal migration flows.

Therefore, it says, the authorities will apprehend and initiate deportation proceedings against anyone who enters the national territory illegally.

These migrants use Central American countries as transit to the United States, a country whose legislation favors illegal migration of Cubans.

That policy is rejected by the governments of the region, because it is discriminatory against other nationalities.

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Panama: Honoris Causa to Raul Castro: Symbol of Friendship

Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, said today that the title of Doctor Honoris Causa conferred to Cuban President Raul Castro is a symbol of friendship and historical similarities between the peoples of Cuba and Panama.

The highest honorary academic recognition awarded by the University of Panama was unanimously awarded to the Cuban leader because of the international political stance exemplary to promote dialogue and understanding between various currents of the continent. In addition, the accepted policy of the Cuban government in the creation of forums for consultation as Petrocaribe, ALBA and Caricom, through which the Caribbean nation promotes solidarity programs aimed at improving the education and health of the people, says the document..

In a speech, Diaz-Canel said it is an honor to receive such a distinction at the hands of the highest educational institution in this country brother, linked to the revolutionary struggles for sovereignty and the return of the Canal Zone.

A work in which a hundred Cubans, most of them members of the Liberation Army, such as the Bronze Titan Antonio Maceo and his brother Jose, leading figures in the struggle for the independence of Cuba, he said.

He further highlighted the contribution of Dr. Carlos J. Finlay, whose studies and health campaigns helped eradicate yellow fever in Cuba and Panama, thus avoiding decimate the workforce that built the interoceanic route.

Diaz-Canel recalled how the people, youth and the revolution in his country supported the heroic struggle for the return of the Canal, led by General Omar Torrijos, whom the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, considered a symbol of continental unity and a consistent, loyal and worthy friend.

He said that for Cubans this distinctive (University of Panama) keeps a historical symbolism, because it was an active witness of the battle to arrest those responsible for the assassination attempt against President Fidel Castro during the Ibero-American Summit developed here in November 2000 .

This university has been the scene of important facts and events associated with the emancipation of the continent, but also rostrum of the struggle of the Panamanian people for their sovereignty, said Diaz-Canel.

For his part, the Rector of the University of Panama, Gustavo Garcia Paredes, said that after the revolutionary triumph of January 1, 1959 on the island, people began to think otherwise, while cleared the way for the start national liberation process in the region.

The academic said President Raul Castro was able to restore relations with the United States without sacrificing the dignity and the principles of the Revolution.

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University of Panama Awards Honorary Prize to Cuban President

Cuban First Vice President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, will today, on behalf of the Cuban President, Raul Castro, accept a honorary prize which was granted to the latter in January, by the emblematic University of Panama.

Diaz-Canel is visiting the country on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of the expanded Panama Canal Zone.

The Cuban First Vice President met yesterday with Panamanian President, Juan Carlos Varela, and the heads of State and Government who are attending the inauguration ceremony of the third set of locks of the inter-oceanic waterway.

The top Caribbean leader was accompanied by Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister, Ana Teresita Gonzalez, and the Cuban ambassador to Panama, Antonio Miguel Pardo.

Yesterday, they toured the Old Town of the city and paid a tribute to the Cuban scientist, Carlos J. Finlay, in a plaque located in the Plaza Francia in the historic area.

Finlay's discovery that the Aedes aegypti mosquito was the carrier of dengue fever, saved the lives of many of the builders of the Panama Cana, many of whom died as a result of not knowing that the mosquito was the carrier.

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