Raul Castro Will Come to Victory Day Parade in Moscow

Cuban leader Raul Castro will visit Moscow in May to attend the Victory Day celebrations, the speaker of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament said Monday.

On May 9, Moscow will host a massive military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. At least 25 international leaders are expected to attend the event.

"We are waiting for Cuban State Council Chairman Raul Castro, who will visit us to attend the Victory Day Parade," Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said.

The announcement comes despite Washington's Friday call on governments to take into account the events in Ukraine before considering Moscow's invitation to attend the Victory Day commemoration and US intention to normalize US-Cuba relations.

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World Team Chess Championship: First Round

The meetings of first round of the World Team Chess Championship took place today in Tsaghkadzor. The confrontations Ukraine-Russia and Israel-Armenia were central. Pavel Eljanov defeating Evgeny Tomashevsky gave his team a victory with the minimum score 2.5 : 1.5. The same score was in the match Israel-Armenia. Here the winning point was scored by Maxim Rodshtein who took advantage over Vladimir Akopian.

It seemed that the match USA-China would end in peace. But when the match score was 1.5 : 1.5 and the draw was predictable around the 1st board, Ding Liren took victory over Samuel Shankland and China took victory. In the match India-Egypt the favourites were found stronger and the Indians took victory with the score 3 : 1. The only in-draw was signed in the match Hungary - Cuba with the score 2 : 2.

In the second round will compete India - USA, Hungary - China, Russia - Cuba, Armenia - Ukraine, Egypt - Israel.

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Johnny Ventura to Record Album of Son Music in Cuba

Renowned Dominican merenguero Johnny Ventura will visit Havana. During this time he will record an album of Cuban contemporary son music songs, encouraged to collaborate with popular songwriter from Matanzas, Tony Ávila, who will also participate in this record.

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Conducta in a Tour Around Europe

Cuban film Conducta, by filmmaker Ernesto Daranas, continues winning recognition in the world, this time in France where it won the Audience Award to the Best Film during the 17th edition of the Rencontres du Cinéma Sud-Americain of Marseille, as well as the singular award granted to the children who performed in the film as Best Acting.

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Ciego de Avila Wins Cuba Baseball Title

Yander Guevara made for deciding games and an offensive that took off from the very first episode, left no doubt about the intentions of the Ciego de Avila Tigers to win the Cuban baseball league championship. The Tigers won their second title in five years with a 7-2 victory in game seven over the hard fighting Isla de la Juventud Pirates, in their first ever championship series.

The Tigers are the new kings of the jungle, and as the Cuban league champions for 2014-2015 will represent the island at the 2016 Caribbean Series, tasked to defend the title won by Pinar del Rio earlier this year.

Ciego de Avila manager Roger Machado managed to get the best for last from his squad, playing the tie breaker at home.

Ciego got on the scoreboard off Isla starter Yoelkis Cruz in the opening inning on a bases loaded single by Yoelvis Fiss and a sacrifice fly by Yeniet Perez, scoring Jose Adolis and Andy Zamora who had both singled.

Cruz would recover, but in the third inning the Tigers scored their third, and what proved to be decisive run on a sacrifice fly by Raul Gonzalez, scoring Ariel Borrero.

Meanwhile Yander Guevara would remain almost unhittable until the sixth when the Pirates came alive and dangerously close to the Tigers. Hits by Michel Enriquez and Luis F. Rivera, a sacrifice bunt and a two run single by Jorge L. Barcelan put Isla back in the game, down 3-2.

But the Tigers responded very quickly.

In the bottom of the sixth an error by shortstop Alfredo Rodríguez allowed Raul González to get on base. Yorbis Borroto moved the runner to second, and then Adolis García singled him home with his second hit of the afternoon to put the score at 4-2.

Losing pitcher Yoelkis Cruz, got the hook after completing 5.1 innings allowing five runs – three earned – on nine hits, two walks and a strikeout.

In his relief would come righthander Luis M. Suárez, who quickly gave a single to Andy Zamora, walked Humberto Morales and saw Ariel Borrero drive in the fifth Tiger’s run with a sacrifice fly to center.

Meanwhile Yander Guevara retired 10 batters in order to the end of the top of the 7th, his last inning. The winning pitcher did not walk a batter, had three strikeouts, and allowed two earned runs on eight hits.

Guevara, who was also the final game winning pitcher when the Tigers won the 2011-2012 title, was voted the series MVP.

Much recognition to Isla de la Juventud manager Jorge Luis Rodríguez who in his first year at the helm took his team to the finals in what proved a seesaw hard fought series.

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Alicia Barcena Seeks to Promote Public Education at Panama Summit

The secretary general of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Barcena, said in a statement to ACN that she has come to the Forum of Rectors of the 7th Summit of the Americas to promote the idea of public education, free and of quality for the inhabitants of the region.

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