Uruguay to present achievements in Family Farming

The National Cooperative Institute of Uruguay (INACOOP) will present its achievements at the 31st Specialized Meeting on Family Farming (REAF) to be held in Brazil from October 30, according to its directors.

Carlos Reyes, vice-president of INACOOP, expressed the intention of putting on the table a series of public policies that were implemented, by intervening in a Mercosur meeting on the subject.

INACOOP showed the advances in financing, training and technical assistance, and according to Reyes, the intention was to see how it is arriving to territories and if it has fulfilled or not the expectations, because 'this is a process of continuous improvement, that we have to adjust.'

He emphasized that the main recommendation is to strengthen family farming through cooperativism, and to that end economic and financial instruments were applied, with differentiated access, for up to 10 years, with very low interest rates.

Another area of tools has to do with training and technical assistance that in the last year benefited almost 600 members of cooperatives or workers and development societies, with an investment that was around 200 thousand dollars, said Reyes.

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Cuba concludes presence as Guest Country at Montevideo Book Fair

Montevideo, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) Poetry and film adaptations of Cuban literature closed the island's presence as guest of honor to the 42nd edition of the Montevideo International Book Fair on its final day.

The segment 'El autor y su Obra' opened space for young Cuban-Uruguayan poet Marcel Cabrera, who talked about his multi-themed books 'El tintero del alma' (The inkwell of the soul) and the poetry collection 'F8 transgresor' (F8 transgressor), from which he read some of his pieces on death, endangered animal species and new technologies.

Greatly appreciated by the public, Cabrera spoke about the Luces social project with which Uruguayan poets and musicians share their art with prisoners, those in drug-addiction rehabilitation centers and residents of outlying districts.

Luciano Castillo, critic, researcher and film historian, talked about the rich Cuban film production as of 1959 and its approaches to national and universal literature.

During his contribution to the 'La sala magica' film cycle, Castillo discussed 60 years of Cuban cinema and the screening of the film 'Derecho de Asilo' (Right of Asylum), which followed other similar films.

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Uruguay wins first friendly match against Peru

Although friendly and without consequences, in the football match won by Uruguay against Peru 1-0 here the hosts got their own back for the last America Cup.

As it happened then, Peruvians cut the aspirations of the Urguguayan team by means of random penalties and prevented them from going to the quarterfinals in a clash that remained tied until overtime.

In this first clash between the two teams since the regional competition in Brazil, the Uruguayan team was the winner by the minimum difference, with a goal scored at 16 minutes by Brian Rodriguez, although the superiority in the game was clear.

Specialized commentators pointed out that the head coach knew how to easily hide the absences of Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani through the performances of Rodriguez, former Peñarol player, Brian Lozano and Maximiliano Gomez, among the young members of a group in renovation.

Also, the lack of the two star players who play in European teams, contributed to diminish the presence of the public at the Centennial Stadium, judging by the tickets sold on the eve of the show this Friday.

In the 2nd half of the match, the game began with a rhythm much more controlled by both contestants and before a constant rain that complicated passing the ball with precision.

For Tuesday, October 15, the second friendly clash is scheduled to be held in Lima with the purpose of measuring strength and winning fires in the face of the qualifiers for the World Cup.

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Havana's International Book Fair to be promoted in Montevideo

Cuba will present on Tuesday the call to participate in the 29th edition of the Havana International Book Fair, FIL 2020, during the similar event currently taking place in Montevideo, featuring the Caribbean nation as a guest of honor.

Nancy Hernandez, vice president of the Creative and Communications Department at the Cuban Book Institute, will discuss the event held every February in Havana, during a day which will also see Cuban representatives highlight the leading role of the Casa de las Americas.

Boris Faingola, director of the Uruguayan publishing house Aletea, will moderate the panel 'Roberto Fernandez Retamar: Casa de las Americas, universe of Caliban' with the participation of Jorge Fornet, director of the Center for Literary Research at the prestigious institution.

Previously, researcher and professor Fornet held a lecture at the Jose Marti Hall of the Cuban editorial stand entitled 'Miradas sobre Cuba desde America Latina' (Views on Cuba from Latin America), in which he spoke about what he called the 'Travel to the Revolution' subgenre.

Gregory Randall, engineering professor at the University of the Republic of Uruguay and son of US poet Margaret Randall, attended the lecture. Randall lived in Cuba for 14 years after his birth in 1969, and wrote the book 'Estar alli entonces' (Being there then). He stated, 'I am proud to be a son of the Cuban Revolution.'

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Common future with Uruguay highlighted in Santiago de Cuba

The bonds that unite the stories of Cuba and Uruguay stood out today during the Caribbean Colloquium that unites us, the theoretical space of the 39th International Caribbean Festival, dedicated to the culture of that South American nation.

Cuban researcher Vitellius Ruiz stated milestones of these convergences, from the performance of José Martí as consul of Uruguay in New York and the participation of Ernesto Guevara at the Conference of Punta del Este, to the 25th Feria Cubana del Libro that was consecrated to him.

The visit of Fidel Castro to Uruguay a few months after the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, hundreds of Uruguayans who found refuge in Cuba following the repression unleashed by the dictatorship and hosting the Cuban singer Silvio Rodriguez by President José Mujica in 2012 were recalled.

With ambassador, Eduardo Lorier, and the marriage of Sara Medeiros and Oscar Damian, along with researcher Ruiz whose initiative was to have Uruguay as guest of honor at this Feast of Fire, there was a panel on rites, rituals developed and mixtures, with emphasis on the Afro imprint in Uruguayan culture.

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As part of this recognition, homage was paid to Hugo Cheche Santos, prominent figure of Afro-Uruguayan popular music.

The feast will continue this Friday with an academic look at the history, culture and current affairs of the Caribbean peoples and several issues will be related to the links between Honduras and Cuba, as well as the Garífuna culture of that Central American nation.

Academic sessions will be held until Monday, while the varied proposals of the Jubilee artistic program are underway.

On Friday afternoon, the Parade of the Serpent will take place, considered the popular opening of the Festival, with a tour through most central streets of the groups carrying the traditional culture, arriving from different and distant latitudes.

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Luis Suarez misses as Peru knock out Uruguay on penalties

Peru have knocked 15-time winners Uruguay out of the 2019 Copa America with a penalty shootout victory following a goalless quarter-final in Salvador.

La Blanquirroja lost 5-0 to Brazil in their final group match but still progressed through to the last eight as one of the best third-placed finishers.

Suarez picked out the roof of the net with a difficult headed chance and then played a big part in the only real chance of the first half.

The Barcelona striker wriggled away from a couple of men, tested Pedro Gallese down low and the loose ball fell perfectly for Edinson Cavani, who blazed it over the bar from five yards.

Uruguay enjoyed the better of things in the opening 45 minutes but could not find a way through, with Giorgian de Arrascaeta having a goal ruled out half an hour in because of an offside infringement against Nahitan Nandez.

Peru's best moments before half time came whenever Paolo Guerrero was on the ball, but some brilliant defending from Jose Gimenez denied the veteran striker a clean shot at goal 45 minutes in.

Gallese dealt with Federico Valverde's long-range free kick early in the second period and Diego Godin failed to find the target from seven yards as another big chance came and went for Uruguay.

Oscar Tabarez's frustration was clear to see on the hour mark when Cavani curled the ball around Gallese, only for his celebrations to be cut short by the offside flag.

The third disallowed goal came a little over 10 minutes later as Suarez ghosted in front of his man and prodded Martin Caceres's cross into the net, but he was marginally offside.

That was as good as things got La Celeste as they were forced all the way to penalties.

Suarez missed the very first spot kick and Peru went on to convert all five of theirs to set up a semi-final with Chile, also penalty-shootout victors against Colombia, in Porto Alegre on Thursday.

URUGUAY (4-4-2): Muslera; Gonzalez, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres; Nandez (Torreira 57'), Bentancur, Valverde (Stuani 97'), De Arrascaeta; Suarez, Cavani

PERU (4-2-3-1): Gallese; Advincula, Abram, Zambrano, Trauco; Yotun, Tapia; Carrillo (Gonzales 75'), Cueva (Ruidiaz 85'), Flores; Guerrero

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Millions across South America hit by massive power cut


Millions of people across Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil were left without power early on Sunday after a massive power failure hit all four countries.

The outage was caused by a failure in in the electrical interconnection system, energy company Edesur Argentina said on Twitter.

The outage happened at about 7am local time, 12pm GMT.

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Mexico, Uruguay Initiative for Venezuela Dialogue Begins

The International Contact Group meets today to kick off their talks on how to create a peaceful dialogue for the situation in Venezuela.

European and Latin American leaders will gather Thursday in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo to discuss plan to solve the deepening political situation in Venezuela, but will steer clear of direct intervention.

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The International Contact Group on Venezuela proposed by Mexico and Uruguay at the beginning of the U.S. back coup, will hold its inaugural meeting Thursday, laying out a more hands-off approach that is at odds with calls by the United States and right-wing Latin American governments for more intervention.

The gathering comes on the heels of a separate meeting of the harder-line Lima Group in Canada, which included the group of countries that support a coup in Venezuela.

The latest conflagration of tensions erupted when Juan Guaido, a lawmaker from Venezuela's National Assembly, a legislative body held in judicial contempt by the Supreme Court since 2016, illegally declared himself interim president on Jan.10.  

On the eve of the meeting on Wednesday, Mexico, Uruguay and Caribbean countries presented a plan for Venezuela, titled the “Montevideo Mechanism.”

“This is based on good faith, where we don’t intervene unless with dialogue, negotiation, communication and a willingness to contribute,” Mexico's foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, told reporters in Montevideo, echoing comments made earlier this week.

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