Large Cuban Participation in Mexico's Book Fair

A large selection of Cuban books, music and plastic arts is currently present at the Zocalo Book Fair, which will run until October 21.

Editora Abril (Abril Publishing House), Collage Ediciones Vigía (Vigía Publishing House) and Citmatel represent the stand of the Cuban Book Chamber at the literary event.

A selection of contemporary Cuban fiction, a varied catalogue of Ernesto Che Guevara's texts and children's literature characterize Casa Editora Abril's options.

'We want Mexican readers not only to acquire good literary works, but also to learn the essence of Cuban culture,' Mayra Garcia Cardentey, representative of the Abril publishing house, told Prensa Latina.

Garcia stressed that the Cuban program for the Zocalo Fair also includes book presentations and meetings with the Mexican Movement of Solidarity with Cuba.

They will also give conferences at universities and youth educational centers in the Mexican capital.

Collage Ediciones adds novelties of Cuban visual arts with a varied sample of art catalogs and specialized volumes.

For its part, Ediciones Vigia proposes peculiar handmade books, with a sustainable conception of literary production.

Renowned Cuban authors such as Roberto Manzano, Carilda Oliver Labra, Edel Morales, among others, are part of the options from this publishing house that is committed to using recycled materials.

Citmatel' digital novelties complete Cuban cultural options at the Zocalo Book Fair.

A diverse catalogue of Cuban cuisine, Afro-Cuban religion, scientific literature and national films make up the options from this publishing house, which develops digital media.

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U.S. Companies will Participate in Trade Fair FIHAV Despite Blockade

United States companies will participate in the 36th International Havana Fair (Fihav 2018) -starting on October 29-, despite the strengthening of the blockade on Cuba by the present U.S. administration, according to organizers of the event.

Their presence will be similar to the previous edition, despite the difficult bilateral economic relations bwetween both nations, due to the strengthening of restrictions hindering those links, said Cuban minister of Foreign Trade and Investments, Rodrigo Malmierca.

In a press round, the also president of the Organizing Committee of the Fair, commented the recent creation of a USA-Cuban joint venture in the Special Development Zone of Mariel to produce therapeutic vaccines against cáncer, showing the interest of U.S. entrepreneurs in doing business with Cuba.

This also represents a recognition of the development achieved by genetic engineering and biotechnology of the island in that sphere, he said.

Malmierca stressed that despite mentioned difficulties, over 60 countries will be represented in Fihav 2018, in an area of 25 thousand square meters of Expocuba fair grounds, the largest in Cuba, located in the outskirts of the capital.

The visit of some 20 official delegations are expected, headed by high officials, in another demonstration that the world is with us and the blockade isolates the United States, he emphasized.

Venezuela, Russia, China, Brazil, Spain, Italy and other trade partners of Cuba, are represented and Spain is traditionally the most represented with five pavilions.

In the central pavilion, will be exhibited Cuban products and services of some 350 enterprises grouped in 120 exhibitors, indicated the president of the Trade Chamber of the Republic of Cuba, Orlando Hernandez.

The president of Business Group Palco and member of the organizing committee, Abraham Masiques, estimated that over 2500 foreign businesspeople will exhibit at the fair, without counting those coming portfolio in hand to contact Cuban companies and those of other countries.

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Cuban President Praises Students' Commitment to Revolution

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday highlighted the commitment by students and professors at the Pedagogical School in central Ciego de Avila province.

The head of State posted on Twitter his emotion during the meeting with students and teachers at the abovementioned campus.

'Beautiful life stories that express passion for Cuba and commitment to the Cuban Revolution,' the Cuban leader wrote.

During a governmental visit to that territory, Diaz-Canel assessed the progress of development programs and learned in Jardines del Rey about the characteristics of the hotel development program approved by the Council of Ministers until 2030 for the northern Cuban keys, which includes Villa Clara, Camagüey and Ciego de Avila.

Diaz-Canel was also interested in the preparations for the peak tourist season in Jardines del Rey.

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Cuban Journalist Receives International Recognition in Russia

The Latin American Personality of the Year distinction was granted to Cuban Jorge Petinaud Martinez by the Ibero-American Journalists'' Organization (OPI), sources of that union confirmed in Moscow on Thursday.

The award, which is given in the context of The Days of Russian Science, will be delivered on October 31 during an official ceremony at the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

The decoration was granted to Petinaud, who worked as a correspondent of Prensa Latina in Moscow, and was endorsed by knowing the career of this journalist.

His work during the last years, in which he covered many of the events that managed to strengthen the relationship in the educational field between Russia and Latin America was also taken into account, Berenice Cervantes, OPI coordinator in Russia, told Prensa Latina.

According to Cervantes, the award honors outstanding personalities from different countries, who from their respective responsibilities provide day by day their capacity and effort to contribute to peace and a better world.

Among those awarded is Equatorial Guinea's President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who will speak during the event.

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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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Cuban triple jumper Diaz wins youth Olympic gold

Cuban Jordan Diaz won the gold medal in the boy's triple jump event of the 3rd Youth Olympic Games running in Buenos Aires, Argentina, until tomorrow.

Diaz, junior world champion in Tampere, Finland, last July, earned the crown after reaching 17.04 meters in his first attempt of the second round, but as if his achievement was not enough, in the qualifying round, he scored 17.14m, thus breaking the record for this type of events which was of 16.37m and belonged to his compatriot Radames Fabar, set in the first edition of Singapore 2010.

He was escorted in the awards podium by Nigerian Ineh Oritsemeyiwa and Indian Praveen Chithravel, who were silver and bronze medalists, in that order.

In 2017, Diaz had also a very outstanding performance by becoming universal monarch in the youth championships held in Nairobi, Kenya, where he also set a world record for this category (17.30m).

So far, the Cuban delegation has won four gold and two bronze medals in this Youth Olympics, including three crowns in athletics which went to Melany Matheus, in the girl's discus throwing event, Lester Lescay (men's long jump) and the aforementioned of Diaz.

The other title was achieved by girl freestyle wrestler Milaymis Marin, while the bronze medalists were the boy judoka Nahomys Acosta and Alegna Osorio (girl's hammer throwing).

In the previous edition of Nanjing, China, in 2014, Cuba finished 35th in the overall medal table by winning two gold, one silver and one bronze medals. (ACN)

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Diaz-Canel makes government visit to Ciego de Ávila

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel is touring Ciego de Ávila's centers of economic and social interest as part of a government visit to the province.

Diaz-Canel began his tour of the tourist destination Jardines del Rey, formed by Coco and Guillermo Keys, where there are currently 8,640 hotel rooms in operation, distributed in 22 accommodation facilities, including 18 hotels.

There, Sergio Ramón Ricaño Pérez, government representative of the Cuban northern keys, from Villa Clara to Camagüey, explained to him about the development of the hotel program approved by the Council of Ministers until 2030.

Given the president's interest in knowing how Ciego de Avila is to assume the winter season, or high tourism season, Iyolexis Correa, delegate of the Minister of the sector in the province, explained that it is working on the recovery of about 900 rooms mainly on decks, affected after the passage of Hurricane Irma and Tropical Storm Alberto.

Díaz Canel called to take care of the quality of the works that are made so that the services are not affected and to avoid unnecessary expenses to the country, he was also interested in how the province supplies to the tourism.

The delegate of the branch specified that this season arrive at the destination five flights less than in the previous one, but already are confirmed two new arrivals from Russia and an operation of Poland.

In the working visit that Diaz-Canel makes to Ciego de Avila he is accompanied by several ministers and authorities of the province. (ACN)

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International Congress, Abogacia 2018, Opens in Cuba

Havana, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) Delegates from about 15 countries are attending from Wednesday to Friday, October 19, in Havana the 8th International Congress, Abogacia 2018, sponsored by the National Organization of Collective Law Offices (ONBC) of Cuba.

A keynote speech by Council of State Secretary Homero Acosta about the creation of a new Cuban Constitution stands out in today's agenda.

According to the president of ONBC and the organizing committee, Ariel Mantecon, business advisors, around 100 foreign delegates (preliminary figure) and ONBC lawyers, whose papers compete at previous levels until reaching the congress, are attending the event.

Among the issues to be discussed and analyzed are those related to foreign investment in Cuba, international economic and trade relations, and constitutional issues, although the meeting provides spaces for conflicts in all branches of law, he said.

The papers of the present edition of Abogacia 2018 were organized in six working commissions: Conflicts of civil, family and administrative law; Criminal and criminological conflicts; Economic, commercial and financial conflicts; Law, legal thinking and ethical and professional projection; Conflicts of the right to work; and Conflicts of agrarian and environmental law.

According to Elizabeth Moya, technical coordinator of the congress, the event includes presentations of books, multimedia and collateral activities such as visits to a penitentiary center, an oral trial and and an exchange between Colombian students and young people from the Department at the University of Havana.

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