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Cuban Musician Chucho Valdes to Be Honored at La Musa Awards

Cuban musician Jesus ''Chucho'' Valdes will be honored on Thursday at the 6th edition of the annual La Musa Award due to his career and contributions to that event throughout his 50-year career.

The awards, presented by Spotify and directed by American Broadway producer Richard Jay-Alexander, highlight the development of Latin music and the global association of composers who, as Valdes, contribute so much to contemporary music.

The renowned pianist will also receive the Latin Grammy Award for Musical Excellence 2018 during a gala on November 13 in Las Vegas, the United States.

The Latin Recording Academy announced both recognitions in which Valdés' outstanding artistic career, his unique vision and contributions in favor of Latin music are praised.

According to the president of that institution, Gabriel Abaroa Jr., recognizing the talent of artists who have exceptionally contributed to this artistic expression in Ibero-America during 2018 is a pride.

The Cuban jazz musician has become a world artist, crossing the borders of the Cuban music through his compositions, and with an authentic mix of Afro-Cuban rhythms and roots, he said.

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Tropical Storm Isaac to Hit Lesser Antilles With Rain, Wind

Tropical Storm Isacc is now coming closer to the Lesser Antilles with sustained maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour and higher gusts, according to the Cuban Institute of Meteorology.

This morning its center was estimated 145 kilometers east northeast of Martinique Island with a central pressure of one thousand six hectoPascal and heading close to the west at about 28 kilometers per hour.

Experts predict that in the next 12 to 24 hours the system will maintain a similar course and speed of translation, with little change in its intensity.

During this time, it is expected to cross the central region of the arch of the Lesser Antilles and enter the eastern Caribbean Sea with a gradual weakening.

The islands of Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe have issued tropical storm warnings while Antigua, Montserrat, the islands of St. Maarten, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Saba and St. Eustatius remain vigilant.

Meteorologists emphasize the authorities of the rest of the Leeward Islands should be attentive to the progress of Isaac as they predict that this event will generate rain accumulations, some coastal floods with winds in the direction to land.

They also predict that the conditions generated may cause undertow conditions and marine currents threatening to life, so it is essential to maintain information on this hydrometeorological event.

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Cuban Resident in US Satisfied with Commenting on Draft Constitution

Damian Diaz, a Cuban resident in the US city of Miami, Florida, described as very significant the opportunity that people like him have to suggest their criteria on the new Draft Constitution of his country.

Those who live in other nations do not stop being Cuban and having this possibility to express our opinions is a clear sign of the confidence and recognition of our emigration, Diaz told Prensa Latina.

He noted that the Draft Constitution covers Cuban society, and echoed the statement that Cuba is a socialist, democratic, independent and sovereign State of law, organized under the premise expressed by National Hero Jose Marti (1853-1895), 'with all and for everybody's wellbeing'.

That way, the foundations for the continuity of our nation are laid, said Diaz, who is also the president of Alianza Martiana, which groups several organizations of Cuban émigrés in Miami

Diaz assured that the Draft Constitution is in tune with Cuba's reality and reflects the thought of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro (1926-2016), regarding changing everything that has to be changed.

On the other hand, Diaz noted the importance that the new Constitution will prioritize foreign investment by Cubans living abroad and will define a single currency. On July 22, the People's Power National Assembly approved the Draft Constitution, which will be submitted to popular consultation until November 15, as part of a process that started on August 13.

For overseas Cubans, the opportunity to express their opinions on the document began on August 31, after the necessary technical conditions were created.

They can comment on the Draft Constitution on a section on the website Nation and Emigration of the Cuban Foreign Ministry (http://www.nacionyemigracion.cu).

Cuban residents abroad have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a socialist and democratic society, led by premises like humanism and solidarity, according to Ernesto Soberon, director of Consular Affairs and Cuban Residents Abroad at the Foreign Ministry.

Of an estimate of 1.4 million Cubans who live in some 120 countries, only a minority favors the destruction of the Revolution and the return to capitalism as established before 1959, Soberon told reporters in Havana in early August.

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Free Lula National March Closes People's Siege on Brasilia

Nearly 5,000 members of the Landless Rural Workers'' Movement (MST), grouped in three columns, are participating in the Free Lula National March that end in a ''popular siege'' on Brasilia today.

The march departed from the towns of Formosa and Luziania, in the state of Goias, and Engenho das Lages, in the Federal District, last Saturday to walk nearly 50 kilometers to Brasilia to accompany the registration of the presidential candidacy of Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been held in prison for 130 days.

On Monday, the Peace Nobel Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel joined the march in solidarity with the Brazilian people and for the release of Lula, 'who is a political prisoner', he stressed. Perez Esquivel noted that the efforts to exclude the founder and historic leader of the Workers' Party (PT) by force from the presidential elections in October is not a maneuver that is used in Brazil only, but in the entire Latin American continent.

The extreme right wing is advancing in the domination of the peoples, said the human rights activist in statements to the newspaper Brasil de Fato. He underlined that 'we demand to free Lula, to run in the elections and that the people chose what party has to rule'.

Perez Esquivel also noted that there is great international solidarity with the cause of the former Brazilian president, who was sentenced without evidence to 12 years and one month in prison and has been held in custody since April 7 at the Federal Police Superintendence in Curitiba, the capital of the state of Parana.

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