Win Cuba Pan-American Judo Cup in Lima, Peru

Cuba won the Pan American Judo Cup (nine gold, four silver and three bronze medals). The contest distributed points for the ranking with a view to the continental games of 2019 in the Peruvian capital.

The Cuban men's and women's national teams finished the day of Friday in front of the table of positions by countries, with four gold medals, two silver and two tans, booty to which added this Saturday five gold metals, two silver and one bronze.

The organizers of the Pan American Confederation informed the Cuban News Agency (ACN) that Brazil (2-0) -2) ranked second, followed by the Dominican Republic (1-3-1), Mexico (1-2-3), Venezuela (0-2-4), Colombia (0-2-1), Ecuador (0 -1-2) and Argentina (0-0-4).

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Next come Peru (0-0-3), Chile (0-0-2) and Canada (0-0-2), in that order, to complete the 11 nations that managed to get on the podium.

Without giving details of the fighting, stands out in relation to the Cubans, the bronze of Idalis Ortiz, in more than 78 kilograms, and the victory of Asley González before Iván Silva, in the final of the 90 kilos.

In this regard, Dr. Uvelino Moreno, doctor of the Cuban male staff, added to the ACN details that highlight that Gonzalez beat Silva for three Shidos (penalties)

Also that Ortiz fell in his first fight against the Puerto Rican Melissa Mojica, in Regla de Oro, a stage that extended the lawsuit to nine minutes and 57 seconds, when Artemiseña received a third Shido, and for the bronze it defeated the Venezuelan Mariannys Hernández

The other four Cuban champions this Saturday were Kaliema Antomarchi (78), Jorge Martínez (81), José Armenteros (100) and Andy Granda (+100), and the other silver medal corresponded to Onix Cortés (70), surpassed in the final by the Brazilian Ellen Santana.

Cuba also reached titles with Osniel Solís (66), Magdiel Estrada (73), Melissa Hurtado (48) and Maylin del Toro (63), but Friday, in a day in which they deserved p can Roberto Almenares (60) and Nahomi Acosta (52), and bronze, Yandry Torres (60) and Anaili Dorvigni (57).

In addition to adding points for the ranking for Lima 2019, the disciples of Julio Alderete (m) and Félix Portuondo (f) competed as part of the preparation for the Central American and Caribbean Games of Barranquilla 2018, a multi-sport event that will take place from July 19 to August 3.

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Mbappe's Goal Helps France Gain Victory 1-0 Over Peru, Advance to Play-Offs

Last Saturday, addressing the upcoming game, Peru striker Jose Paolo Guerrero said that his team could beat France. Last time the teams played against one another in 1982, and on that occasion Peru was victorious.

This is the second game in Group C for both teams. Earlier, France managed to win over Australia 2-1, while Peru lost to Denmark 0-1.

However, after Denmark and Australia drew a tie 1-1 earlier in the day in Samara, it is unclear which teams will enter the knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

According to the statistics, more than 31,800 fans visited the game in Yekaterinburg.

On 34th minute 19-years-old Kylian Mbappé broke the match open, becoming the youngest player to score for France in world cup tournaments. Peru failed to strike back during the first time, and, despite all the struggle — in the second time as well.

After the game situation in the Group C became less misty, as France books its place in the knockout stage regardless of upcoming match against Denmark, while Peru team lays aside all hopes for the advancement.

Now the destiny of Denmark and Australia teams depends on their last games, against France and Peru respectively. If Australia wins and Denmark loses, the goal difference to decide, who would enter the knockout stage.

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Cuba's call for open and frank dialogue highlighted in Peru

Cuba once again called for an open and respectful dialogue amidst attempts to silence the voice of its true civil society, represented at events at the VIII Summit of the Americas, taking place in Lima, capital city of Peru.

Both young people and social actors from the Caribbean nation participating in the youth forums of the Americas and civil society were subjected to arbitrary exclusions and irregularities "not foreseen" by the organizers of these hemispheric meetings, who at all times only replied: "We will take notes".

Coalition 15, For an Inclusive and Respectful World, which leads the largest of the West Indies, also denounced the lack of transparency of the forum organizers in choosing the spokesperson for Thursday's dialogue with government representatives.

After making proposals and putting it to the vote, the responsibility of the spokeswoman fell on the young Mirthia Julia Brossard Oris, who is part of this group along with 67 other Cubans.

Coalition members also expressed their disagreement with the distribution and organization of the work of the 28 civil society forum groups.

From the Sheraton Hotel, located in Lima, the Cubans also expressed their disagreement with the way in which the document to be presented to the Heads of State at the high-level segment of the Summit will be prepared next Saturday.

Ronald Hidalgo Rivero also presented a point of order in the plenary of the youth forum, in which he asked the organizers and authorities present to review the accreditation mechanism, which included three Cubans who do not represent the legitimate interests of Cubans.

Another side event: the III Meeting of the Open Parliament Network of ParlAmericas began Tuesday at the Peruvian Congress, where the positions and work of legislative institutions in the countries of the hemisphere to confront corruption were respectfully shared.

The five deputies who make up the delegation of the largest of the Antilles, presented Cuba's experiences on the subject, which has totally different nuances in the Caribbean country, as there is no political corruption, as confirmed by the prosecutor Edward Roberts Campbell.

As an alternative space to that of the Americas, discussions also continued at the People's Summit, today with broad support for former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, imprisoned after a manipulated judicial process for alleged involvement in a corruption case.

At the same time, the voice of trade union, youth and feminist leaders and social, progressive and leftist movements in the region in favor of Cuba and Venezuela excluded from the meeting of the heads of state and government of the hemisphere was felt.

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Cuban Youths Denounce Provocation in Peru

Members of the Cuban delegation to the V Young Americas Forum denounced here today the presence of counterrevolutionaries from their country with the purpose of slandering about Cuba’s reality.  

Ronal Hidalgo highlighted that during the registration process for the event that begins tomorrow as part of the activities running parallel to the VIII Summit of the Americas verified that three young compatriots lacking authenticity and association to any organization got registered as delegates.  

Those ‘minor characters’ got registered allegedly representing Cuba, although hired and paid by abroad counterrevolutionaries organizations, said the member of the representative team of the legitimate civic society of Cuba.  

He remembered that from the first moments of preparation for the forum Cuba was granted a quota of only 10 youths and it was explained that would only be accepted 150 delegates in total, a fact corroborated by the Cuban doctor Nirza García Valdés.  

We notice that there were 206 youths registered, and in the same room of the registering we denounce before organizing authorities that we wouldn't allow any more lies coming from the Organization of American States (OAS) in Peru, Hidalgo said.  

He added that they are young who don't represent any organization of the Cuban youth, they lack authenticity, and they didn't participate in the preliminary forum summoned by the organizing committee which was carried out at the University of Havana with youths who debated openly.  

We warned the organizing authorities of the event that we are not in favor of that decision they took, they are demonstrating naïveté in this case and we know there’s nothing naïve, he stressed.  

On behalf of the Cuban youth Hidalgo remarked that 'we don't plan to dialogue or sit down at any table with that kind of people. We won't allow their inclusion in the forum of young people because we are not capable of accepting none of these arbitrary measures.'  

They will neither allow the forum to develop, and he referred that in Panama (at the VII Summit, 2015) the juvenile forum was developed on the bases of dialogue and negotiations, 'but in this case we won't allow any of that presence’; he said reproving the lack of transparency of organizers.  

Just like Hidalgo, Doctor García rejected the manipulation to register these three little characters hired by counterrevolutionary organizations, and said to wait the revision and promised answer by the responsible authorities.  

García explained the representativeness and heterogeneity of the juvenile delegation of her country, and regretting the tricks against Cuba she was categorical about that 'there won't be any dialogue' with those people.  

We wanted to establish a dialogue of respect and transparency for approaching the many topics that concern the entire youth in Latin America and we wanted to pass down our experiences, but we are not willing to share a scenario that doesn't correspond them', she asserted.

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Peru: People's Summit Begins Against Neoliberal 'Counteroffensive'

The Peoples' Summit is an alternative to the Summit fo the Americas in which social movements and progressives gather to counter neoliberal policies. 

The Peoples’ Summit was set to start Tuesday in Lima as the region’s social movements, progressive political parties, Indigenous peoples, students and workers gather in a parallel summit to the high-level VIII Summit of the Americas.  


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Between April 10 and 14, they will discuss how to confront neoliberal policies and discourse, the role the United States plays in the region, and the future for regional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This year’s agenda is focused on several issues, among them the court’s decision to imprison former Brazilian president and Workers’ Party candidate for the 2018 presidential elections Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, U.S. economic and diplomatic hostilities against Venezuela, and Honduras’ post-electoral crisis, among others.    

“We are facing a strong neoconservative counteroffensive from the continental right-wing promoted and financed from the U.S. empire. The traditional economic and political elites impose austerity measures of a frontal attack against our rights,” the People Summit’s official declaration states. Argentina and Brazil are currently facing harsh austerity measures after progressive governments were defeated or illegally removed.

Geronimo Lopez, Secretary General of Peru’s General Confederation of Workers and one of this year’s organizers, told Cuban press the event will be “a great act of continental solidarity.” He also announced they will issue a statement in support of Lula, explaining the sentence against Lula is part of a strategy by the U.S. “to stop the achievements by Latin American countries during progressive governments.”  


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Costa Rican intellectual, Jorge Coronado, said the summit will also discuss the situation in “Honduras, where there is a government as a result of electoral fraud, recognized by the Organization of American States (OAS) and that is not included in the agenda of the VIII Summit of the Americas.”

The Summit has also organized an anti-imperialist march for April 12, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump was scheduled to arrive under the banner “Trump, Get Out of Peru.” However, Washington announced later Tuesday that Trump will not go to Lima, saying the U.S. president will remain in the White House to oversee U.S. response to Syria. 

In 2005, the Peoples’ Summit led by former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner and former Brazilian President Lula, defeated the reiterated attempts by the U.S. of create the Free Trade Area of the Americas, opposed by social movements in the region.

Today, country’s delegations to the alternative summit “will stimulate the rearticulation of popular struggles in the continent, militant solidarity, and the confluence of left-wing and progressive forces in the region, in order to stop neoconservative counteroffensive, defeat it and reopen a transformative perspective for the benefit of the excluded majorities.”

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Fidel, Cuba, Solidarity, Words Repeated in Peru

Fidel, Cuba, Solidarity, Words Repeated in Peru

Only 24 hours since the arrival of the Cuban civic retinue in this South American country and in every conversation with the Peruvians a name is repeated over and over again: Fidel, and always accompanied by the mention of solidary actions of Cuba.

Nicolás Aguilar Ibarra, head of the National Coordinator for Solidarity Peru-Cuba remembers the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro’s altruistic actions, one of the first ones, he says, in donating blood for the earthquake victims on May 31st, 1970 in Áncash, and the later replica in Yungay.

A few months ago we were in the region of Áncash and the five hospitals Cuba donated after the earthquake of 1970 are still there. That is an example that cannot be erased, as well as the gesture of 150 000 Cuban who also donated their blood to assist victims, he commented.

Cuban health collaborators also traveled to Peruvian lands at the time, an action that Aguilar Ibarra assures took place again in 2007, three days after the Ica earthquake; and last year after the floods in the Piura area.

We are in debt with Cuba, assured Nicolás Aguilar Ibarra, because Fidel's blood is in Áncash and we have a commitment to the Island, he highlighted.

Besides the medical aid, 2 500 youths have graduated from medical school in Cuba and other 500 from other studies, he pointed out.

He said that what has been done so far regarding the Peruvian solidarity with Cuba is hardly a grain of sand in comparison to everything the Island has given even in scarce circumstances.

Although we see a lot of elder people in the solidarity movements with Cuba, young Ernesto Rojas assures that that feeling is also live in the new generations.

Rojas highlighted that in the last years the youth has gained more freedom with the access to alternative information in different media like the social networks, the multinational Telesur or Russia Today that have helped to break the ring of the large international media networks.

Peruvians support the Cuban process and little by little are more aware in the minds of the youth, he concluded.

It’s not hard to see the representatives of the Cuban civic society and the youths as brothers, in an exchange of pleasantries with the Cuban friends in Inca lands, where they will attend the forums of the VIII Summit of the Americas to begin this week.

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Cuba: with much to contribute to the Hemispheric Dialogue in Peru

Cuba has positive experiences to share on the issues to be discussed at the VIII Summit of the Americas: democratic governance versus corruption, said Yamila González Ferrer, vice president of the National Union of Jurists of Cuba.

In exclusive statements to the Cuban News Agency through social networks, González Ferrer, who is participating in the Hemispheric Dialogue prior to the VIII Summit in Lima, Peru, considered that the island is in a position to promote sustainable development and be effective in the fight against corruption, the main topics of discussion of the event.

The representative of the Cuban civil society participates in the Hemispheric Dialogue as part of the coalition number 15 of the Civil Society Forum of the VIII Summit, which is called for a respectful and inclusive world, and integrated by 226 actors from 19 countries of the region.

González Ferrer, who is also secretary of the Cuban Society of Civil and Family Law of the National Union of Jurists of Cuba, said that the Hemispheric Dialogue will allow spokespersons to express, in an atmosphere of dialogue and respect, the results of the work of the 28 coalitions approved for the meeting in Peru, as well as criteria, assessments and recommendations to governments on the agreed thematic axes.

The concepts of democratic governance, the fight against corruption and sustainable development are closely interlinked with each other and with the fundamental concept of effective citizen participation. They cannot express themselves independently, and in Cuba there is a will, expressed in public policies and legal regulations, that points directly towards these objectives, she said.

She added that Cuban civil society organizations are working to contribute to these public policies and purposes, such as the National Union of Cuban Jurists, which has among its priorities the strengthening of the professional ethics of lawyers and their role in the fight against corruption.

She said that the Coalition for an Inclusive and Respectful World in the Hemispheric Dialogue will raise concerns at today's meeting in the South American country regarding the format of coalitions adopted for the forum and their impact on the participation and exchange of organizations and social actors.

It will also highlight the multi-causal nature of corruption and the need for a comprehensive, transparent and cooperative approach, involving all members of society in its confrontation.

Corruption should not be associated with certain geographic regions or levels of development, and its treatment in the continent should take into account the persistence of high levels of social and economic inequality, said the expert from the National Union of Cuban Jurists, a non-governmental, non-profit organization that brings together more than 16,000 lawyers on the island.

She told ACN about the present manipulation in addressing the issue of corruption and stressed that national and regional policies to prevent and combat this scourge must respect the principles enshrined in the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, endorsed by the region's leaders.

Before saying goodbye, at dawn, she highlighted the principled position of Cuban civil society to defend the sovereignty of the island and its self-determination, and therefore will not share any space with mercenary elements and organizations that respond to the interests of a foreign power, with a clear agenda of subversion and violence against the Cuban people.

The scenario of the Panama Civil Society Forum three years ago was used to try to invest some foreign powers' mercenaries as human rights fighters, but the legitimacy of the organizations and associations that represent the vast majority of Cubans prevailed.

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Bus Careens Off Peru Highway into Pacific, Killing 48

Six others have been taken to the hospital for injuries.

Forty eight people are now confirmed dead after a tragic bus accident on the “Devil’s Curve” along the Peruvian coast, just north of Lima. National Police said six others have been taken to the hospital for injuries.

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Fourteen of the deceased have been taken to the nearby Huaral morgue after their bus collided with a truck along the curvy, mountainous portion of the Panamerican Highway, causing their vehicle to fall at least 200 meters to the shore of the Pacific Ocean as it was traveling to Lima.   

"We are pulling up another 10 along the 200 meter cliff, 12 more are hung up along the side of the cliff and 12 bodies are still within the bus”, Huaral Police Chief Hernan Valdivieso told local media.

Rescuers said they are working as quickly as possible to recover all of the deceased and the bus before the tide comes in.

Four of the accident survivors were taken to the Alcides Carrion del Callao Hospital, where they are set to be operated on, director Maria Elena Aguilar said. The other two survivors were sent to two other separate hospitals.

Officials said the bus was speeding at the time of the crash.

The "Devil’s Curve" has been the scene of innumerable accidents owing to its high volume of large vehicles on its curvy, narrow structure that is continually shrouded in ocean fog. At least eight people die every day from motor accidents in Peru, according to the National Police.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski tweeted on his account, "it’s very painful for us, as a country, to have suffered an accident of such magnitude.” He expressed his “solidarity” with the families.

Several government institutions are working together to recover the bodies, including 150 firefighters who are managing to bring up one body at a time in an area “completely inaccessible,” commented Larry Lynch, vice president of the Firefighter's Association.

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