Cuban journalists organization unmasks maneuver by IPYS

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel commended a declaration recently issued by the Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC)  against entities at Washington´s service as dignified and described it as an expression of the firmness and patriotism of journalists in the face of manipulation and interference.

A declaration of UPEC leadership  issued over the weekend blasted the maneuvers orchestrated by the Press and Society Institute (IPYS), an  NGO whose primary goal is to work against progressive governments and organizations in Latin America, especially the Bolivarian revolution.

According to the document, IPYS made phone calls and sent messages to Cuban journalists, informing them that some of their works had been chosen for a chronicles contest on Cuban issues, in which they had not enroll to participate.

Among those finalists on the competition were works published initially by public media and private outlets, whose antisocialist editorial line of the latter is aligned with Washington's anti-Cuban policies.

The UPEC´s declaration noted that the OAS, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and the Open Society Foundation finance the subversion of IPYS.

The Cuban journalists' organization said it has a very clear political and ethical bases;and that while there is room in its base for multiple opinions, its members are not  in communion with the NED, nor with the OAS, nor with the Open Society of Soros, which are functional to the strategies of the United States government to suffocate the island.

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Cuba sends condolences to Japan in aftermath of Saturday’s typhoon

Cuba has sent heartfelt condolences to the people and government of Japan for the loss of human lives and damages caused by typhoon Hagibis.

“Our deepest sympathies and solidarity to relatives and persons close to the victims,” wrote on Twitter Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.

Rescuers in Japan are working through waist high flood waters, searching for those who remain missing after Saturday’s typhoon.

At least 36 people are confirmed dead, with another 16 missing. Tens of thousands of searchers from police and firefighters to soldiers and coastguard personnel have been deployed.

Thousands of homes on Japan’s main island are flooded, damaged or without power.

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Dominicans win NORCECA Title in five thrilling sets to USA

Dominican Republic won NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship to United States in five thrilling sets 3-2 (25-19, 25-23, 15-25, 20-25, 15-9) on Sunday night at Roberto Clemente Coliseum of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Dominican Republic finishes the tournament with 4-1 record serving United States their only loss of the tournament 4-1; Dominicans have lost to the U.S. in the preliminary round. This is the fourth time Dominicans and the U.S. battle for the NORCECA title and the first time Dominicans come out on top winning their second gold medal in the history of the event.

Dominicans offense and defense over the net, as well as receiving skills were solid, from the beginning. Outside hitter Brayelin Martinez was unstoppable but the U.S. reaction did not come light, bouncing back 0-2 for the overtime on a formidable display of speed.  

Dominican Republic led 11-9 in blocks and allowed 19 points on errors against 29; the U.S. held a 69-58 advantage in kills and a 4-2 margin in aces.

Dominicans leading scorers were Brayelin Martinez with 20 points on 20 kills and 4 blocks, followed by Bethania De La Cruz with 19 points and Lisvel Eve added 11 points. Michelle Barsch-Hackley of USA scored a match-high of 26 points, Kelsey Robinson and Andrea Drews tallied 13 and 12 points accordingly.

Prisilla Rivera, captain of Dominican Republic: “It has been a rough year for us, many events, lots of work, lots of suffering and finishing this way is the icing on top, I am very proud of my team. We could have finished 3-0 but United States is one of the best teams in the world and wasn’t going to give up easily. Our best skill was team effort; we had a moment of distraction when they started to pressure with serves”.

Marcos Kwiek, Head Coach of Dominican Republic: “Today we faced an elite team, it wasn’t easy. We lack money, we lack structure, among other things, but we have big hearts. My players battled a lot and it was a spectacular way to close the year; they worked a lot, it was a difficult year and we are happy that none of the players were injured, it’s a blessing”.

Karch Kiraly, Head Coach of United States: “Well played match from Dominican Republic, congratulations to them”.

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Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal elected a member of AAA&S in US

Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal, one of Cuba's most recognized intellectuals, is now a member of the important American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAA&S).

Cuba's Ambassador to the United States, Jose Ramon Cabañas, attended on Leal's behalf on Saturday the initiation ceremony held by the Academy based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in which Leal became an International Honorary Member.

'It is an honor to represent Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler at the initiation ceremony for new members,' the diplomat posted on his Twitter account, and described the award presented to the historian as a very timely recognition, as there remains just over one month before the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana is celebrated.

It was revealed in April that the Cuban intellectual was a member of the list of 42 International Honorary Members from 23 countries chosen by the institution this year to highlight their outstanding achievements 'in the academic world, arts, business, the government and public affairs.'

In addition to the Cuban historian, other distinguished figures to have received this recognition are Sri Lankan parasitologist Nadira Karunaweera, Singaporean academic and former diplomat Kishore Mahbubani and British theologian Mona Siddiqui.

'We are pleased to recognize the excellence of our new members, celebrate their compelling achievements and invite them to join the Academy and contribute to its work,' David Oxtoby, president of the Academy founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock and 60 other leaders and scholars, noted in a statement.

AAA&S, which concludes this Sunday a weekend dedicated to incorporating new members, is identified as an honorary society and an independent research center that brings together leaders from all disciplines, professions and perspectives to address significant challenges.

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High-level Cuban parliamentary delegation visits Serbia

Ana Maria Mari Machado, vice president of the Cuba's National Assembly of People's Power and Council of State, arrived in Belgrade leading her country's delegation to the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

The delegation is made up of lawmaker Yolanda Ferrer, president of the International Relations Committee of the Cuban Parliament and member of the IPU Executive Committee representing Latin America.

Lawmakers Estela Cristina Luna Morales, president of the Health and Sports Committee, and Miguel Enrique Charbonet Martell, as well as official Jesus Rafael Mora Gonzalez, are also on the list.

Cuba's Ambassador to Serbia Gustavo Trista del Todo received the delegation on Saturday evening at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Airport.

Mari Machado and her accompanying delegation paid tribute early Sunday to former president Marshal Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980), and laid a floral wreath on the white marble tomb that holds his remains at the House of Flowers, part of the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia.

Immediately, the members of the Cuban delegation joined the preliminary work of the IPU meeting, whose solemn opening ceremony will be held tonight, with the attendance of representatives of the parliaments of 178 States and 12 regional legislative assemblies.

The IPU, founded on June 30, 1889, in Paris, is headquartered in Geneva and has permanent observer status at the United Nations since 2002 due to its important role.

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Cuba hosts workshop on unique musical instrument

Dutch musician Thorwald Jørgensen is today proposing an approach to and experimentation with the unique instrument known as the Theremin, during a musical workshop at the Arte Continua gallery.

Considered one of the world's best Theremin players, Jørgensen has dedicated his career to the instrument, performing alongside soloists and chamber orchestras.

Also participating in the workshop is Mexican musician Ernesto Mendoza, the only Theremin player in his country, who has taken part in several live concerts accompanying the National Symphony Orchestra and currently teaches several courses on the origin and esthetic of the etherphone, as it is also known.

Created a century ago by Russian physicist Leon Theremin, it is one of the first electronic musical instruments that resembles the human voice and is used in classical and experimental music and other genres such as rock.

The workshop is part of the Havana Moderna project which promotes contemporary and electroacoustic music in Cuba.

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Cuba to launch new portfolio of opportunities in Fihav trade fair

Cuba will launch its 2019-2020 Foreign Investment Opportunities Portfolio in the framework of the Havana International Fair (Fihav), to be held from November 4 to 8, according to an official source.

In Twitter, Cuba's Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Rodrigo Malmierca explained that the third edition of the Commercial Directory will also be presented during the forum.

The Portfolio of Opportunities is part of the strategy of Cuban authorities to continue boosting foreign investment in the country.

Fihav, which has been developing since 1983, is the most important multi-sector trade and investment fair in Cuba and one of the most representative in Latin America and the Caribbean.

During this edition, the 4th Investment Forum will be held to boost bilateral meetings between Cuban entrepreneurs and potential foreign investors.

The event is attended by not only Cuban and foreign entrepreneurs, but also by official delegations from other nations, chambers of commerce and organizations of the like.

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Swiss cruise firm bets on Cuba

Cuba's ambassador to Switzerland Manuel Aguilera visited the headquarters of the MSC Cruises company in this city to exchange links between both parties and their growth prospects.

Aguilera was received by the Executive Director of that firm Gianni Onorato who explained the company's business in different markets and general plans for expansion and short-term development, a statement from the Cuban diplomatic mission revealed.

He also spoke with the Executive President of MSC Cruises Pierfrancesco Vago who ratified the will to preserve and foster relations with Cuba despite the difficulties created by the US new sanctions against the island.

In that sense, the ambassador addressed the Cuban news and denounced the White House's aggressive policy against his country, which includes the tightening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed almost 60 years ago.

In this regard, he condemned the activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which allows US citizens to sue individuals and entities, including third countries, to the US justice, for investing in Cuban territory in nationalized properties after the victory of the Revolution on January 1, 1959.

The diplomat stressed that the true purpose of this measure is to affect the economic and commercial relations of his country, as well as the investment flows.

He also criticized Washington's sanctions and pressures on shipping companies and ships that transport fuel to Cuba, financial persecution and the closure of payment channels by banking institutions for fear of reprisals.

MSC Cruises is one of the Swiss companies most affected by the US attack against Cuba. Their losses were millionaires as a result of the measures adopted by Washington, the text highlights.

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