Japanese institution invites Cuban baseball team to train in its facilities

Jun Ogata, director of Sendai Ikuei Gakuen Incorporated, told the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) that this Japanese school invites them to do training there prior to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Ernesto Reynoso, Cuba´s national baseball director, thanked the gesture at a meeting held at the Havana´s Convention Center, as part of the 8th International Convention on Physical Activity and Sports (AFIDE).

The FCB received videos and photos of the facilities in Sendai Ikuei, about 80 kilometers from Fukushima, one of the venues of Tokyo 2020 baseball tournament. The other is Yokohama, located 250 km from the Japanese capital.

The visitors donated baseballs balls, similar to those used in the WBSC Premier 12 Tournament, running in Japan by these days, and from which Cuba was eliminated in the qualifying stage.

Cuba will opt for the only ticket in dispute in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the Americas, based in Arizona, United States, in March 2020.

The squads ranking second and third in that contest will have another option in the final Olympic qualifier of Chinese Taipei, which grants a solo berth in April, and will also involve the second place in the Africa-Europe tournament, two teams from the Asian championship and the winner of Oceania.

A total of six sides, including the host, will attend the Tokyo 2020 Olympics baseball tournament. Cuba exhibits in three titles and two silver medals in its five incursions of Olympic baseball.

The Sendai Ikuei school previously made the same invitation to Cuban volleyball.

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Canadian women beat Cuba 110-53 to open Olympic pre-qualifying tournament

A balanced offence has the Canadians off to a strong start at the 2019 FIBA women's Olympic pre-qualifying tournament.

Kia Nurse had a game-high 28 points while Miranda Ayim added 14, and Canada opened the event with a 110-53 victory over Cuba on Thursday.

Natalie Achonwa, Jamie Scott and Sami Hill chipped in 10 points apiece for the fourth-ranked Canadians, who outscored the No. 26 Cubans 31-0 on the fast break.

"Our depth really showed tonight, and once we were able to pick up the defensive intensity and get out in transition were able to really score," said Canada head coach Lisa Thomaidis.

Cuba tried to hang around early. But a late bucket in the first quarter from Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe capped off a 10-0 run and gave the Canadians a 28-15 lead entering the second.

Canada extended its lead to 21 at the half and used a 13-0 run late in the third for a 47-point lead with a quarter to play.

"That's essential for us. We have to use our speed to our advantage and we have great point guards who can push the pace and we have bigs who run really well and are mobile," said Nurse.

Anisleidy Galindo led Cuba with 12 points and five rebounds.

Achonwa and Raincock-Ekunwe were forces in the paint for Canada, combining for 18 points and 14 rebounds.

"That's great for us. It just makes us harder to scout and for teams to come in and look at us and see how many threats we have on offence is going to be huge for us," said Nurse.

Thomaidis added: "The two of them are tremendous athletes and they play so well together. They have that experience and to be able to utilize them and take advantage of the chemistry they have."

Ayim recorded all of her 14 points in the first half to help kick start Canada offensively.

"We have a really balanced squad, and Lisa (Thomaidis) has done a great job of bringing people in who are going to be moving up the ranks," said Ayim. "I'm really excited for the immediate future and the longer future for Canada basketball."

Canada's next game is Saturday against the Dominican Republic.

Notes: Canada shot 11 for 26 (42.3. Canada scored 27 points off turnovers, and the bench contributed 49 points. Puerto Rico beat Dominican Republic 108-58 in the tournament's opening game.

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Cuba and OPEC sign new loan agreement

Antonio Carricarte, Cuban first deputy minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, and Abdulhamid Alkhalifa, director general of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) signed a Loan Agreement in Havana today.

The memorandum, signed at the ministry of foreign trade and investment office, provides 25 million dollars in financing for a project to improve the sewage and drainage situation in the municipalities of La Lisa, Playa and Marianao in western Havana.

Alkhalifa referred to the long-standing relationship between his organization and Cuba, in particular OFID's support for the Caribbean nation's economic development programs and policies through 2030.

The representative of OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) is on an official visit to Cuba to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana and is planning meetings with ministers and tours of projects financed by the organization.

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Spanish king pays courtesy visit to Raul Castro

Spanish King Felipe VI paid a courtesy visit on Thursday to First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz, according to official broadcasting station Radio Havana Cuba.

The Cuban media did not offer details of the meeting between Castro and the king, who, together with his wife Queen Letizia, was on a three-day official visit to Cuba.

The royal couple arrived in Havana on Monday. The king met with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday and granted Havana historian Eusebio Leal Spain's highest civilian honor on Wednesday.

The royal couple also toured Havana's historic downtown area and a museum in the city of Santiago de Cuba.

The official visit, the first to Cuba by a Spanish king, coincides with the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana.

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Cuba denies link with events at the Venezuelan embassy in Brazil

Havana, November 14 (RHC)-- The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the alleged link of Cuban diplomatic personnel with the violent events that took place Wednesday at the Venezuelan Embassy in Brazil.

"We deny the slander spread on social networks and by Globo, which tries to involve the Chargé d'Affaires of Cuba in Brazil, with the events that took place at the Venezuelan Embassy in Brasilia, when the right-wing opponents of Nicolas Maduro invaded its facilities," Cubaminrex informed.

A statement by the Chargé d'Affaires of Cuba in Brazil warns that "Cuban diplomats scrupulously respect the letter and spirit of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic and Consular Relations, and they demand it be respected.

According to local media, about 20 people entered areas of the Venezuelan embassy, after jumping over a wall surrounding the builing and positioned themselves at the entrance of the embassy.  There are reports that the group is made up of both Brazilians and right-wing Venezuelans who live in Brazil.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Cuban president visits town near US military base

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel is making his first trip to the town of Caimanera, the closest point in Cuba to the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay.

Díaz-Canel arrived in the town of about 10,000 people Thursday morning for a series of meetings with local officials.

He began with a visit to a newly renovated 3D movie hall.

Diaz-Canel assumed power in April 2018 and has made several dozen similar trips around Cuba to check on public services and infrastructure, accompanied by Cuba’s state-run media. Some international media were invited to cover the trip.


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Cuba, China ink radio, TV cooperation deal

The Cuban Institute of Radio and Television (ICRT) and China's National Radio and Television Administration on Wednesday signed a cooperation agreement here to exchange broadcast content.

The agreement paves the way for Cuban programs to be aired in China and vice versa.

"Such an important partnership agreement as the one we signed today is a reflection of how we are also strengthening and bolstering ties in content creation," ICRT President Alfonso Noya said at the signing ceremony.

Nie Chenxi, head of China's National Radio and Television Administration, agreed that the accord is of cultural and political significance, and presented Noya with a drone donated to Cuban television system, as well as Chinese audiovisual material for Cuban audiences.

Bilateral cooperation in broadcast media began in 2013, when Cuba gradually began to transition from analog to digital TV with the technical and financial help of China.

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Cubans in the US to celebrate Havana's 500th anniversary

Members of the Alianza Martiana, which brings together Cuban emigree organizations in Miami, United States, will travel to Havana to participate in celebrations to mark the city's 500th anniversary.

According to a press release from the organization, 35 of its members will leave tomorrow for the Cuban capital to join 'these festivities of national and popular pride.'

They will also show their support for the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, and demand the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against the island, and the end of travel restrictions on US citizens, the text added.

The blockade has been imposed for over 55 years and has been condemned by the vast majority of the international community, as demonstrated by the most recent vote in the United Nations General Assembly on a Cuban resolution demanding an end to this hostile policy.

The visitors' program in Havana includes a meeting with the President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, Fernando Gonzalez, and the Director of Consular Affairs and Cuban Residents Abroad of the Foreign Ministry, Ernesto Soberon.

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