Cuba reaffirms its Level at Argentinian Philatelic Exhibition event

The Cuban philately showed its value when it achieved outstanding results at the International Philatelic Exhibition - Córdoba 2016t which was carried out in the cultural center from Córdova city in Argentina in which there were more than 450 related collections from 15 nations from the Latin American continent and Spain.

Humberto Vélez Blanco gained the gold medal and the special prize due to the unusual material of the Cuban collection on display: it was a stamping piece of paper. Moreover, this is the main award granted by the experienced exhibitor.

Joaquín Espinosa, on his part, also deserved the gold medal given the excellence of its collection about fiscal stamps of the colonial period.

Leonardo Palencia achieved the Vermeil medals by the collection entitled ´El Cohete postal cubano´ and ´Patriotas cubanos 1917´.

Among the young people, Elizabeth Losa, aged 16 only, achieved the apecial award of the youth category and the big Vermeil medal, which is the main related one for his age, due to his collection entitled´Las Flores deleite de la naturaleza.´

Likewise, Dayron Anier Giro and Brian Morera, aged 13 and 15, were granted the local Plata Grande medal due to their collections entitled´ El Agua, fuente de vida.´ and ´Los Vehículos, ruedan, corren, impactan,´respectively.

We should highlight that the Cuban President Philatelic President, José Raúl Lorenzo was the General Coordinator of the exhibition in his capacity as director of the Latin American Philatelic Federation.

The International Cordoba 2016 exhibition was organized by the Argentinian stamp collectors and it was an excellent opportunity for the exchange and fraternity among the stamp collectors from our mainland and Spain.

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Breakaway FARC Unit Opposes Peace Deal, Says It Will Not Disarm

"We have decided not to demobilize, we will continue the fight for the taking of power by the people for the people," the group said.

A unit of Colombia's FARC rebel group said on Wednesday that it will not lay down arms or demobilize under a potential peace deal with the government, the first public sign of opposition to an accord from within the rebel ranks that may set back efforts to end five decades of war.

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The statement by the Armando Rios First Front, a 200-strong guerrilla unit in the southeastern jungle province of Guaviare, comes after leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government announced a ceasefire deal on June 23, following more than three years of peace talks.

"We have decided not to demobilize, we will continue the fight for the taking of power by the people for the people, independent of the decision taken by the rest of the members of the organization," the unit said in a statement on Wednesday.

The unit, which famously held ex-presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three American contractors hostage, said the deals being reached at talks in Cuba will not solve the social and economic problems which first motivated the Marxist group to take up arms in 1964.

President Juan Manuel Santos has said the peace talks, aimed at ending a conflict which has killed more than 220,000 and displaced millions, may conclude as early as this month. Any deal will be put to Colombians for approval in a plebiscite vote.

Armando Rios First Front, which is known to have links to the drug trade, said it would respect any FARC rebels who agree to peace, but called on other units to join forces to continue the fight.

"We invite all guerrillas and militia who are not in agreement with demobilization and the laying down of FARC weapons to join forces and continue united as an organization," the statement said.

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Santos said earlier on Wednesday that any FARC unit that does not adhere to a peace agreement would end up “in a grave or jail,"

FARC leaders negotiating the peace deal in Havana did not immediately respond to the decision by the breakaway unit, but security sources said other units could also reject a peace agreement, and throw the process into doubt.

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Circuba 2016 Gathers Latin American Asian and European Talents

Havana, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia will be present at the 15th International Circuba 2016 from July 11 to 17 in this capital.

The event of its kind with more relevance in Latin America includes the participation of famous personalities of this art, among them US David Adam Adamovich, a famous and the fastest knife thrower in the world, the Ecuadorian group Enominne Danza Aérea and Taiwanese Shih- Hao Yang, Argentinean Maria Celeste and others.

The Cuban participation will be ensured with Compañía Havana.

The event is dedicated to the 90th birthday of Fidel Castro and the 35 years of the event.

The contest will take place in Havana's Carpa Trompoloco, where also there will remain two exhibitions shaped by photos, engravings and other artistic declarations.

On having finished the festival, a representation of the presented in the event will travel round almost the whole national territory, to offer 75 shows, with clowns and other surprises.

Established in 1981, Circuba is the most ancient third event of its type of the world, only preceded by that of Monte Carlo (1974) and the Festival of the Circus of Tomorrow (the Young Track in Paris, 1977).

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Climate Change Will Have Great Impact on Latin America, Euroclima Says

BRUSSELS – Climate change will have a great impact on Latin America, a region with vast biodiversity and economies that are highly dependent on commodities, Horst Pilger, a Euroclima program official, said Wednesday.

Pilger told EFE that the region was dependent on agriculture and commodities, two sectors that will suffer the effects of climate change.

The European Commission official addressed the issue at a European Development Days ceremony, where Euroclima presented a progress report.

Euroclima is a European Union program that encourages environmental cooperation between the trade bloc and 18 Latin American countries.

Euroclima program manager Catherine Ghyoot said Latin America needed to expand cooperation and exchanges of knowledge with the EU and other institutions, as well as among neighboring countries in the region.

Euroclima representatives told EFE that the program had already helped countries in the region exchange good practices on climate change, which could eventually result in the reduction of poverty.

In 2016, the program will focus its third phase on boosting cooperation among nations with the aim of helping Latin America deal with climate change and promote opportunities for green growth, Euroclima said in a statement.

Euroclima, established in 2010, has received more than 16 million euros (about $17.9 million) to promote projects aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change in Latin America in the 2010-2016 period.

30 Million Latin Americans Risk Sliding Back into Poverty, UN Warns

PANAMA CITY – The economic slowdown and lack of consistent public policies could send between 25 million and 30 million people back into poverty in Latin America, the United Nations Development Program, or UNDP, said Tuesday in a report.

The report, titled “Multidimensional Progress: Well-being Beyond Income,” found that the public policies implemented a decade ago, focusing on education and job creation, helped reduce poverty but did not eliminate social inequality.

Today, these policies are inadequate because the labor market is saturated and government spending has reached its limit in the region, where a substantial number of informal sector jobs exist, the UNDP said.

The policies implemented in the past decade did not create a resilient economy, with about 40 percent of Latin Americans now vulnerable to adverse situations, such as an economic recession, a natural disaster or a health crisis.

“We run the risk of a setback in the social progress achieved over the past 10 years,” Jessica Faieta, assistant administrator and director of the UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, said during the report’s presentation.

Between 2003 and 2013, “the region’s social, labor and economic pyramid was transformed” when 72 million people were lifted out of poverty and 94 million people moved into the middle class, Faieta said.

This trend, however, has been reversing itself over the past three years, the UNDP report said.

As a result, for the first time in a decade, there has been an increase in the number of people in absolute poverty, a term defined as those living on less than $4 a day, the UNDP said.

UNDP chief economist and report author George Gray said Latin America had been “very innovative in the past 15 years” in terms of social and labor policies.

Further use of the same policies aimed at increasing the gross domestic product “will not necessarily reduce poverty or inequality more, or at least not at the same pace as in the past,” Gray said.

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