Venezuela Celebrates 92nd Anniversary of Fidel Castro's Birth

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, together with his people commemorate the 92nd anniversary of Fidel Castro''s birth (1926-2016), and described him as the giant of the Cuban Revolution.

Through the social network Twitter, the head of state reported that Fidel dedicated his life to the defense of peoples oppressed by US imperialism.

'The Bolivarian Homeland commemorates the 92th anniversary of the birth of Commander Fidel Castro. The giant of the Cuban Revolution. His entire life was dedicated to the struggle against US imperialism to free the yoke of the peoples of the world 'Fidel is alive', the Fight Continues! ', Wrote the president in the digital platform.

It meant that the Cuban leader not only made his country a socialist and sovereign state, leading the health and education rates in the region, but also dedicated his life to the unity of the underdeveloped countries.

Maduro emphasized that Fidel dedicated his political career to the protection of the environment, peace, self-determination of the people and the persistent fight against the desire of interference of the United States authority until his physical departure on November 25, 2016.

On the other hand, to remember the validity of Fidel and Hugo Chávez (1954-2013) thought, the Venezuela-Cuba Friendship and Mutual Solidarity Movement will develop in this capital on Tuesday, August 14 an International Colloquium.

The meeting will address the contributions of both leaders to the unity and independence of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the need to strengthen the ideological and conceptual bases of the struggles for the definitive emancipation of the countries of the region.

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Cuba, Panama perfect 3-0 at U-15 Baseball World Cup

 Cuba, the two-time defending U-15 World Champions, and host Panama are the lone unbeaten teams following Day 3 of the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup.

China 5, Germany 4

Zixu Zhao drove in two runs including an RBI single in a three-run fifth inning to lead world No. 22 China to a 5-4 win over No. 21 Germany.

China earned their first win of the event receiving 4.2 innings on the mound from starting pitcher Ruofei Ding who yielded one earned run on two hits and walk along with five strikeouts. Ding gave way to Yuchen Wang who was awarded the victory.

Yannic Walther drove in two runs for Germany as part of a 2-for-4 game at the plate that included one double.

Peter Van Bergen was the losing pitcher allowing five runs (three earned) over four innings of work.

Dominican Republic 20, Australia 8

No. 12 Dominican Republic recorded 20 hits including three home runs to hand No. 8 Australia a 20-8 defeat.

Trailing by a run in the second inning, Dominican Republic struck for nine runs in the second and ended the game after six innings due to the mercy rule.

Oscar Aude Castillo had a big game at the plate driving in six runs on the strength of three hits including an RBI double in the second inning before connecting for a grand slam in the third.

Not far behind Castillo, Deyvison De Los Santos Ruize belted a pair of doubles and added a home run to finish the game with three hits and four RBI.

Abraham Lorenzo Dionisio pitched 4.2 innings in relief to earn the win while Australia starting pitcher Zeke Maguire was the loser.

James Nati homered in the bottom of the fist to give Australia an early lead.

Panama 7, Brazil 3

Kenin Pinto Vega struck out six batters over 5.1 innings on the mound to lead No. 14 Panama to a 7-3 win over No. 19 Brazil.

Panama broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the fourth receiving RBI singles from Mauricio Pierre Alvarez and Luis Durango Otero.

Sulivan Ribeiro de Almeida took the loss for Brazil.

Cuba 9, Japan 7

Kevin Alcolea Rivero’s two-run double in the sixth helped power Cuba past Japan, in what was a rematch of the 2016 Final.

Cuba built a 7-0 lead after scoring two runs in the first and five in the second only to see Japan storm all the way back to tie the score after five innings.

Frank Gonzalez Cuellar tripled home a run in the first and added a two-run single in the second to pace Cuba’s batters. Japan received a two-hit performance including a solo home run from Reiya Saka in the fifth.

Kevin Rosales Hernandez provided Cuba with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief and was credited with the win while Hayato Takenaka took the loss.

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Dominican Digital Journal Honors Fidel Castro in His 92 Birthday

A heartfelt homage under the title ''The legendary Fidel Castro'' pays tribute to the leader of the Cuban Revolution for his 92nd birthday this Sunday in the Dominican digital daily Hoy.

In a leading article signed by Manuel Cruz, the publication considers that it would be a kind of culturicide against historiography not to write and to highlight every August 13 the birth of Fidel Castro, who must be called a legendary and immortal figure.

The author states that a large part of the nations of the world, still differentiated by their cultures and with greater prominence in Latin America, have agreed to immortalize and value their great men in their rightful dimension, such as the Cuban leader.

Fidel, the newspaper recalls, who from that July 26, 1953 after the assault on the Moncada garrison made it clear he had decided to write his future with indelible ink in the history books, was already part of the history and anonymous hero of the Dominican people, after risking his life at the age of 21 trying to overthrow the dictator Leonidas Trujillo in the so-called Cayo Confites expedition of 1947.

But it was after the landing at Granma in 1956 that Fidel really became not only a giant but also a true leader who, at the age of 30 and 12 men, survived the defeat at Alegria de Pio.

He was able to keep alive the morale, the spirit and the courage to fight against 80,000 soldiers of the army of the dictator Fulgencio Batista, until the triumph of the revolution was achieved, the article adds.

This August 13, the article concludes, the birthday of a legendary life is celebrated when it is more than proved that it is the man with his dedication, his ability and his actions, who finally disposes, and that Fidel's greatness surpasses the fine thread of our ideas and beliefs.

Eternal glory, respect and great admiration for the greatest statesman of the 20th century, and immortal for his ideas. Long live Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz.

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Anniversary of 11th world youth festival in Cuba marked

The Vietnam – Cuba Friendship Association and other relevant organizations on August 11 held a ceremony in Hanoi to mark the 40th anniversary of the 11th world youth festival in Cuba.

Stressing that the special friendship and relations between Vietnam and Cuba are an invaluable treasure built and nurtured by generations of leaders, peoples and youths of the two countries, Pulitburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of its Commission for Mass Mobilization Truong Thi Mai affirmed the two festivals held in Cuba left deep and good imprints on the minds of the young generations of Vietnam.

The official, who is also chairwoman of the association, asked ministries and authorities of the two countries to push up the exchange of delegations and organize more cultural programmes so as to further consolidate and strengthen the solidarity and closeness between the peoples and young generations of the two countries.

At the ceremony, Mai also handed 50,000 USD raised by former Vietnamese delegates to the 11th world youth festival in Cuba to a school named “Bac Ho” (Uncle Ho) in Cuba.

The 11th festival world youth festival was held in Cuba from July 28 – August 5, 1978 with the participation of over 20,000 delegates from 145 countries representing more than 2.000 youth organizations throughout the world.

The Vietnamese delegation to the festival included many prominent figures who rendered considerable contributions to the country during the war and the national construction such as Le Hong Anh, Vo Thi Thang and Pham Tuan. Thang delivered the peace declaration of the world’s youth and students on the closing ceremony of the festival

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Cuba, Panama 2-0 at U-15 Baseball World Cup; Aussies, Chinese Taipei earn first wins

Two-time defending U-15 World Champions Cuba as well as host Panama improved to 2-0 in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup 2018, while Chinese Taipei and Australia both recorded their first wins of the global tournament.

Chinese Taipei 9, Brazil 7

With their backs against the wall, world No. 6 Chinese Taipei scored eight runs in the seventh inning to avoid an upset with No. 19 Brazil.

Down to their final three outs and trailing 5-1, Chinese Taipei used five walks, a hit batter and four hits, including a two-run single from Kuei Yu to even their record to 1-1.

Shan-Tsung Peng was awarded the victory with a scoreless inning of relief with one strikeout.

Sulivan Ribeiro de Almeida suffered the loss after Brazil starter Joāo Sakurai Ferreira worked four innings allowing just one run.

Australia 16, South Africa 6

Bash brothers James Nati and Jake Burns.

World No. 8 Australia received home runs from James Nati and Jake Burns to earn a 16-6 victory over No. 26 South Africa.

Quinn Johnson’s two-run single highlighted a five-run first inning for Australia and he would finish the game with five RBI while Burns added four.

South Africa made things interesting in the fifth, scoring five runs courtesy a Nicholas De Ascensāo two run single while Kyle Schwartz drove in three on a double.

Ian Lee was credited with the win for Australia while Nathan Grobler took the loss for South Africa.

Panama 2, China 1

Leonardo Bernal Carrion led off the top of the sixth with a triple and took home with two out on a wild pitch as No. 14 Panama edged No. 22 China, 2-1.

China took a 1-0 lead in the second when Tianzhou Zhu singled and later scored on an error before Panama drew even with a run in the fourth.

Alexis Bernal Vega recorded the win going four scoreless innings allowing just two hits and walk with eight strikeouts. China reliever Lei Wang suffered the loss.

Cuba 9, Dominican Republic 0

Cuba’s Osiel Veranes struck out 10 versus Dominican Republic Saturday.

Osiel Veranes struck out 10 batters over six scoreless innings and Frank Gonzalez Cuellar drove in two runs as No. 4 Cuba defeated No. 12 Dominican Republic, 9-0.

Leading 4-0 in the fifth, Cuba put across five runs including a two-run single from Montero to go ahead 9-0 and put the game out of reach.

Dominican Republic starting pitcher Julio Torres Guzman worked two innings and took the loss.

Opening Round action continues on 12 August with USA taking on Chinese Taipei, Germany facing China and Brazil against host Panama in Group A, while Group B match-ups include Netherlands against South Africa, Dominican Republic taking on Australia and Cuba facing Japan.

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Cuba: Backing Syria is firm Cuban decision

Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz affirmed his country’s support for Syria in its war against terrorism.

During his meeting with Health Minister Dr. Nizar Yazigi in Havana on Thursday, the Cuban Minister said that “standing by Syria and supporting it is a firm Cuban decision that is based on Cuba’s consistent policy of supporting friends and allies.”

The Cuban minister noted that the signing of a medical cooperation agreement contributes to enhancing the relations between the two countries in this field and allows the establishment of relations with Syria in other fields.

On Wednesday, Syrian and Cuban Health Ministries signed a medical cooperation agreement to strengthen relations in this field.

“It’s our duty to provide all kinds of help to the Syrian people in light of the current ordeal they are going through,” he said.

The Cuban official expressed  his confidence that Syria will triumph over terrorism thanks to the  sacrifices of its army and steadfastness of the Syrian people and their leadership.

In turn,  Yazigi, considered  the agreement as a “starting point for building a strategic partnership for cooperation in health field and the other fields, transferring  biotechnology and  importing medicine in both directions, training and exchanging expertise and researches.

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All Cubans Will Become Constituents

All Cubans will be a constituent in the popular referendum that will begin on Monday on the draft of the constitution of Cuba, said Marcela González, member of the national team for processing the proposals.

This will be a democratic process and of real participation, the specialist told Granma newspaper, who is part of the thousands of members of the group that will collect information derived from the 135 thousand meetings to be held throughout the country until November 15.

Gonzalez explained that the work teams are made up of high-level professionals, university graduates from various careers such as law, teaching, as well as researchers.

He added that engineers graduates of the University of Computer Science, who developed an application on data processing, whose volume was considerable, also participated in it.

This team will work in each municipality and province of the country to ensure that all criteria are properly processed, and reach in full the Commission in charge of Constitutional Reform, according to Gonzalez.

The objective, he emphasized, 'is to produce a document that reflects the thinking of the people.'

The proposed new Constitution includes a preamble and 224 articles, divided into 11 titles, 24 chapters and 16 sections, and maintains the political foundations of the socialist and revolutionary state.

It includes the promotion of sustainable development, the search for equity, respect and attention to the people by the organs of the State and their representatives at the various levels, adherence to International Law, the rejection of terrorism and nuclear weapons, and the fight against climate change.

Likewise, it recognizes new forms of property, in addition to the socialist one, considering the boom in Cuba of the private sector that is made up of more than half a million people.

Also, as a distinctive aspect of its predecessor, in force since 1976, the text elevates to the constitutional rank the principles of foreign policy defended for decades by the Revolution.

After being widely debated in the Cuban Parliament, it will be submitted to the referendum on Monday and then the project will return to the National Assembly for the elaboration of the Constitution that, nourished with the criteria and the contribution of the Cubans, will go to referendum.

If approved in the referendum, Cuba would have a magna carta in tune with the priorities of the international community such as the fight against terrorism and climate change, the defense of human rights and the promotion of multilateralism.

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Fidel Castro's Legacy Evoked in the Cuban Capital

The Cuban capital recalls the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in a special edition of the magazine Habanahoy 499, on the 92nd anniversary of his birth and the 500th anniversary of the foundation of this city.

Published by Prensa Latina, the publication of the Provincial Assembly of the People's Power of Havana contains the imprint of the eminent thinker and his ties with his people.

Various moments in Fidel Castro's life (1926-2016), his support for the flowering of ballet and cinema on the Caribbean island, as well as his determination to develop education, health, science and sport are present in the magazine.

The publication also recognizes the permanent and indissoluble relationship of the statesman with the people, his brilliant oratory and unlimited dedication to the cause of the Revolution.

Through suggestive photographs, the text also contemplates the revolutionary's links with Havana, the city which next year will celebrate the 500th anniversary of its foundation.

In some articles, Habanahoy 499 contains testimonies of personalities about the figure of Fidel Castro, among them the prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso and photographer Liborio Noval, winner of the National Journalism Award Jose Marti.

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