Very Short Chronicles: Adopteeds

When humor and solidarity fit in the same car...

At the busstop of Monumental freeway near the Panamericana Vila a girl holding a sign that in large letters read:#AdoptAPassenger.

In her case it would have been two to be adopted because standing next to her was a lady who seem to be her mother.

It was an intermediate stop therefore all taxis were full when they drove by, but they kept their smiles on their faces.

A white car with private plates stopped before them, the driver stepped down from the car, opened the rear door, and happily said: I will adopt you both!

They entered the car giggling.

"I can still adopt one more" said the driver before setting the car back into motion.

Translated by Amilkal Labañino / CubaSi Translation Staff

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Oralitura Habana, event to Enrich the Improvisation Universe

This will be an exchange to favor the improvised universe of the world, said improviser Roly Ávalos, member of the organizing committee of the first meeting of poetic improvisation, Oralitura Habana.

Organized from September 25 to 29 in this capital, the event will bring together about thirty artists from Italy, Mexico, Peru, the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain and Chile, willing to share with more than 70 Cuban exponents.

This is, Ávalos said, about exchanging estrogen forms, ways of singing and other instrumentation with international and national guests who, no doubt, are part of the mecca of world improvisation.

Among the foreign participants, stands out Mexican researcher Ana Zarina Palafox, nicknamed by many as the multistrophic for her ability to improvise at the same time in tenths, sonnet or lace.

Likewise, the Puerto Rican promoter Julio César Sanabria, the U.S. poets Leonardo Nin and Willy Ramírez, Spanish teacher Paula Beatriz Gutiérrez, the Canarian improviser Tazirga García and the Italian filmmaker David Riondino will attend.

Cuba's list includes improvisers Rainer Nodal, Yordanys Oliva, Luis Quintana, Leandro Camargo, Yusbiel León, Lisett Páez and Juan Carlos Guridy, among others.

The idea is to take the improvised verse from the rural areas where it is more common and bring it to Havana to be valued and heard here, in the great and opulent capital, said the director of the event Leidys Hernández.

Therefore, it will be five days of celebration and spontaneous rhyme that will cover several cultural centers of the capital such as the Hispanic-American Center of Culture and the Higher Institute of Art.

Participants will arrive at the Central Boris Luis Santa Coloma, located in the western province of Mayabeque, to give visibility to the tradition of improvisaion that remains vigorous there.

One of the special moments will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday 25 in the Cuba Pavilion, where improvisers like Reiber Nodal, Anamarys Gil, Sindy Manuel Torres and the rappers El Ciudadano, Tito Mc and Yeriko will clash

For the closing ceremony, at 4:00 p.m. local time, at the Raquel Revuelta Theater, the concert of the Spanish singer-songwriter Zenet, Cubadisco prize 2019 for the phonogram La Guapería, and improviser Alexis Díaz-Pimienta, honorary president of the event will perform.

Oralitura Habana is dedicated to the 500 years of the Wonder City, the centenary of Benny Moré and the Cuban Point, declared by Unesco Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Starts Working Visit to Italy

Cuba's Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra began a three-day working visit to Italy, the Cuban embassy in Rome announced here.

According to the press release from the diplomatic mission, during his stay in the Italian capital Sierra will be received at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, an opportunity to continue the positive exchanges between the foreign ministries of the two countries.

In this sense, the text recalls that last February the Italian Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ricardo Merlo, headed the Fifth Session of Political Consultations between Foreign Ministries, in Havana.

During his stay, the Cuban deputy minister will hold meetings with the Council of Delegates of the Italo-Latin American Institute, representatives of Parliament and representatives of the country's economic, social and political entities.

He will also visit the headquarters of the Community of San Egidio and meet with members of solidarity organizations and Cubans living in Italy, as well as participate in a special presentation of initiatives developed to mark the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana, the capital of the island.

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Featherweight Erdenebat too good for Walker at AIBA Men's World Championships

Asian featherweight champion Tsendbaatar Erdenebat of Mongolia defeated European gold medallist Kurt Walker of Ireland here at the International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Championships.

In the battle of the best featherweights of Asia and Europe, Tsendbaatar came out the unanimous winner. 

He will now face Mirazizbek Mirzkhalilov of Uzbekistan, who overcame the defending champion, Kairat Yeraliyev of Kazakhstan.

Yeraliyev was under-par throughout the fight, with the referee stopping the contest and handing Mirzkhalilov the victory. 

Lazaro Álvarez of Cuba, the division's top seed, will feature in the other featherweight semi-final.

The three-time world and Pan American Games champion got past Russia's Albert Batyrgaziev 4-1 to silence the partisan crowd. 

Álvarez will fight Commonwealth champion Peter McGrail of England, who unanimously defeated Kavinder Singh Bisht of India. 

England's European and Commonwealth champion Pat McCormack edged past Sewonrets Okazawa of Japan 3-2 to reach the welterweight semi-final ©Yekaterinburg 2019
England's European and Commonwealth champion Pat McCormack edged past Sewonrets Okazawa of Japan 3-2 to reach the welterweight semi-final ©Yekaterinburg 2019

But Roniel Iglesias was unable to emulate the performance of his fellow Cuban in the welterweight division. 

The top seed crashed out to Russia's Andrei Zamkovoi 4-1. 

Kazakhstan's Ablaikhan Zhussupov recorded a unanimous win against Germany's Nick Bier to set up a clash with the home favourite. 

Asian Games gold medallist Bobo-Usmon Baturov of Uzbekistan dominated against Zeyad Eashash of Jordan 5-0, while England's European and Commonwealth champion Pat McCormack edged past Sewonrets Okazawa of Japan 3-2.

Baturov and McCormack will battle it out for a place in the final.

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Cuba Called to Work to Solve Energy Situation

President Miguel Díaz-Canel called here today to work for returning to normal in the current energy situation, however, he insisted on not abandoning saving measures to take care of resources.

Díaz-Canel led a work visit to this eastern territory to check the measures taken in the situation caused by the shortage of fuel, on which occasion he highlighted the coherence and intelligence of the Guantanamo people to minimize their effects.

Before national and local authorities, the head of state emphasized that the responsibility for the energy situation in the country dconsequence of U.S. aggressive policy, now more aggravated by the imperial policy of President Donald Trump.

At another time, the Cuban president recognized the work of Guantanamo in the attention to the people, especially in areas related to housing construction and supply of drinking water.

Likewise, Díaz-Canel socialized initiatives carried out in other territories that may be useful in the face of the current energy situation.

Together with the first Cuban vice president, Salvador Valdés, and other national and local authorities, the head of State learned about the work of that territory and its priorities.

In that sense, the president of the Provincial Assembly of the Popular Power in Guantanamo, Emilio Matos, listed the priorities for this stage, headed by the distribution of food, educational activities and health programs.

For his part, the delegate of Agriculture in Guantanamo, Diosnel San Loys, said the vitality of that sector is guaranteed, in particular, tomato and coffee crops.

Since last week, the head of state has been touring Cuban provinces in order to analyze the measures with a view to minimizing the effects with the shortage of fuel.

So far, the president has visited the western provinces of Pinar del Río, Havana, Artemisa and Mayabeque, and is now in eastern Guantanamo.

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Cuba condemns Israel’s plan to annex Jordan Valley

Cuba voiced concern over the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the announcement by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the north of the Dead Sea in the occupied West Bank.

In a statement, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo said that the action elicits the island’s strongest condemnation as it constitutes another serious violation of international law and of the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and threatens to stimulate a new escalation against the Palestinian people, nullifying the possibility of any international effort for peace.

The diplomat reiterated Cuba’s unrestricted support for a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the Palestinian cause on the basis of the creation of two states, allowing Palestinians the right to self-determination and to an independent and sovereign state on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

In that regard, Vice minister Rodriguez called on the United Nations Security Council to fulfil its Charter responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.

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Report on impact of US blockade on Cuba will be released on Friday

Cuban minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, will present next Friday the report on the impact caused by the U.S. blockade policy over the last year.

According to an announcement made by the Foreign Ministry on Twitter, Rodriguez will disclose the content of the report to national and foreign media during a press conference announced for 10:30 local time, which will be carried live by Cubaminrex Facebook page.

Every year the report precedes the UN General Assembly vote on the Cuba-sponsored resolution on the “Necessity of Ending the Economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba”, which will be happening for 28th consecutive time.

The international community has overwhelmingly supported the island’s resolution on its demand to see a lifting of the longest blockade ever imposed on a nation in contemporary history.

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President Diaz-Canel stresses Cubans' support for Venezuela

President Miguel Diaz-Canel highlighted in Twitter this Wednesday that thousands of Cubans have signed a statement of support for the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela, which Caracas will present at the United Nations.

Unconditional support for the heroic and brotherly people facing the aggressive US policy, Diaz-Canel underlines in a tweet.

On Tuesday, Venezuelan Ambassador to Cuba, Adam Chavez, received the signatures collected in workplaces, study centers and other Cuban sites that will accompany the letter of millions of Venezuelans addressed to the world body.

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