Cuba to Announce 420-Athlete Delegation to PANAM Lima-2019

Cuba will officially announce on Thursday its delegation made up of 420 athletes to participate the Pan American Games in Lima to be held from July 26 to August 11, 2019, according to the President of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), Jose Antonio Miranda.

In statements to JIT publication, Miranda said that two shooters as well as boxing and wrestling teams are already training in Lima, where the most important arrivals will take place on July 21 and 22.

He said that athletes are positively training and reiterated the Cuban delegation purpose of reaching a better result than the one obtained in Toronto-2015, when winning 36 gold medals and rating fourth place. Miranda is part of a group of INDER´s executives that coordinates logistical and organizational actions to guarantee a successful stay for the Cuban delegation.

The Cuban delegation is made up of remarkable figures, such as the Greco-Roman wrestler Mijain Lopez, boxers Julio Cesar la Cruz and Andy Cruz, judoka Idalys Ortiz and shooter Leuris Pupo.

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Cuba Denounces Development Drawbacks Due to US Blockade

The upsurge of the US blockade against Cuba brings about major drawbacks to the national population development policies, according to the Cuban ambassador to the UN, Humberto Rivero.

In a special session of the UN General-Assembly for the 35th anniversary of the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development, Rivero strongly rejected the recent activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act which imposes more hurdles to Cuba.

All Cubans have universal and free access to health care and education at all levels, 100 percent of the population is literate, he said.

The fulfillment of the Cairo Program of Action of the Montevideo Consensus and the 2030 Agenda are ways to solve the existing inequities among nations and within our societies, he stated

However, he uttered, the realization of these Action Programs require a comprehensive and inclusive approach and a real political will, effective international cooperation and a respectful and sincere dialogue.

'They also need developed countries to honor their historic commitments to the developing world forthwith.'

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Acosta Danza Company Announces New Season in Cuba

Acosta Danza company, directed by first Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, announced Wednesday its next performance, Season 12, scheduled for August 2, 3 and 4 in the Avellaneda Hall of the National Theater of Cuba.

The special moment of the season will be the world premiere of Llamada ('Call'), choreography by Goyo Montero, in which the artist presents a series of questions about the sexuality and personal freedom of each human being.

Imponderable by Spanish artist Goyo Montero, which uses the poetic and musical work of Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodriguez, and the choreography Twelve, which mixes sport, dance and mathematics complete the program.

Acosta Danza has the objective of performing dance shows in full agreement with the most current notions that are developed in the world, not only in the matter of the movement of bodies but in everything related to the scene.

The company defines itself as a space of renewal, research and experimentation for Cuban artists, and also offers opportunities for the world's creators, choreographers, musicians, and designers, plastic and audiovisual artists.

Its choreographic repertoire includes titles by prestigious creators such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Justin Peck, Marianela Boán, Goyo Montero, Saburo Teshigawara, Pontus Lidberg, Christopher Bruce, Rafael Bonachela, María Rovira, Jorge Crecis and the same Acosta.


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Cubans Remember Poet Nicolas Guillen after 30 Years of his Death

With a march to the Pantheon of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, where the remains of Nicolas Guillen are buried, the week to pay tribute to the national poet conclude on Tuesday, 30 years after his death.

Important scholars of Guillen's work paid tribute to him during one week with a wide program of activities, which included book launchings, poetry readings, plastic arts exhibitions and academic panels.

The program also included the official opening of the bronze statue sculpted by Enrique Angulo, located at the Alameda de Paula (Paula boulevard) in Havana.

A new edition of the book 'Songoro Cosongo,' published in 1931, along with other titles from the Palma Sola collection, such as 'La paloma de vuelo popular' (The Dove of Popular Flight), published for the first time in Buenos Aires in 1958, were launched.

Both texts are central pieces of Guillen's work. The first book devoted him as defender of 'poesia mulata' (mulatto poetry) from the redo of rhythms, lexicon and the expressive forms of speech, while the second one depicts a decade of exile in 39 highly social and popular texts.

The celebration for the 30th anniversary of his death, hosted by the Foundation that bears the name of this outstanding intellectual, was supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), the Cuban Book Institute and the Dulce Maria Loynaz Center.

Nicolas Guillen Foundation was born in 1991 with the auspices of UNEAC. It aims to preserve, study and disseminate the literary work of the Cuban poet through keynote speeches, courses, symposia, festivals, exhibitions and shows.

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Cuba Reaffirms Commitment to Non-Aligned Countries

Cuba will defend principles such as non-meddling in the internal affairs of states and the right to peace at a preparatory meeting for the upcoming Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

According to Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Anayansi Rodriguez, that Ministerial Meeting of the NAM Coordinating Bureau, to be held in Caracas on July 20-21, will serve as preparation for the eighteenth NAM Summit in Baku, Azerbaijan, in October this year.

On the first day of the Caracas meeting, the NAM Ministerial Committee for Palestine will meet, which will be a favorable occasion to adopt a declaration of support for the cause of that people.

Cuba, as the founding country of this movement born in the midst of the collapse of the colonial system and the emancipatory struggle of the peoples of Africa, Asia, Latin America and other regions, is fully committed to the principles that gave rise to it, the official asserted.

She recalled that these 10 founding principles were ratified at the 14th Summit held in Havana in 2006.

The struggle for a just, democratic and equitable international order, the rejection of unilateral coercive measures, the strengthening of multilateralism and the peaceful resolution of conflicts will be on the agenda of the Cuban delegation to these meetings.

The participants will once again speak out against the blockade that the United States has imposed on Cuba for more than 60 years, and its intensification with the application of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, and will demand the end of the radio and television aggressions against the island.

Under the slogan 'Foster and Consolidate Peace through Respect for International Law', the meeting will demand the return of the territory illegally occupied by the United States in Guantanamo, in eastern Cuba.

Rodriguez added that it is crucial to preserve and strengthen the unity of the countries that make up the NAM, its main strength as a mechanism for political agreement to face global challenges.

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Cuban FM received the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, received on Monday the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Ouch Borith, who is making a working visit to Cuba.

During the cordial meeting, both parties highlighted the good state of bilateral relations and expressed their mutual will to broaden political ties and cooperation in sectors such as health, sport and biotechnology.

The distinguished visitor was accompanied by the ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia in our country, Heng Sokphal; and the adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Sim Vireak.

Also present on the Cuban side were the Director of Asia and Oceania of MINREX, Alberto Blanco Silva, among other officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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International Film Festival of Gibara winds up with awards ceremony

The International Film Festival of Gibara wound up with the presentation of the ‘Lucía’ Awards and concerts by Polito Ibáñez, Habana Abierta and Cimafunk. The ‘Lucia’ prize has been named after the film Lucia by Humberto Solás, one of the icons of revolutionary Cuban film and the founder of the Gibara Film Festival.

The Cuban-German film Celeste García’s Extraordinary Trip by Arturo Infante won the festival’s top prizes in the categories of long fiction film and best female actress: María Isabel Díaz at the festival which for a week flooded the streets of what is known as the White City. The movie Two Fridas by Costa Rica’s Ishtra Yasin took home two awards as best direction and photography, while in the category of unpublished screenplay the jury decided to grant the ‘Lucia’ Award to the Last One by Cuba’s Amilcar Salatti. Documentary The Film Justifies Media by Juan Jacobo del Castillo was the best movie in the making.

In the categories of Animation and Video Art the prize went to the Charge from Sweden; The Cemetery is lit up by Luis Yero was chosen as best short documentary, while The Way of Santiago by Tristán Bauer took home the coveted prize as best long documentary. At the ceremony Cuban actress Adela Legrá presented the ‘Lucia’ Award of Honor to her Puerto Rican counterpart Benicio del Toro, who was very grateful for the invitation to attend the festival.

Gibara Film Festival President, actor Jorge Perugorría, opened the call for the 2020 international festival and thanked cultural institutions for their support to make this great dream of late director Humberto Solás come true, a dream which, according to Perugorría, has placed the eastern Cuban city of Gibara in the map of sites of gathering, dialogue and artistic creation.

Edited by Damian Donestevez

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Cuba's results in health acknowledged by PAHO official

Havana, July 16 (RHC)-- Ignacio Ibarra, Regional Advisor on Health Legislation at the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) highlighted Cuba's results in this area in Havana.

Speaking at the Seventh Scientific Conference of Health Law, recently held in Havana, Ibarra said that the 35 member countries that make up PAHO are working to update regulations that have been in place for many years.

The expert highlighted that except Cuba, many of these nations in the region lack greater government support to put health into practice as a human right.

The official pointed out that in the Caribbean state the system is conceived at the national level for its implementation in its 250 hospitals and local areas, where the patient is at the center of preventive care.

The Regional Advisor on Health Legislation also spoke about the importance of health communication, and he warned that obesity is one of the diseases with the highest mortality rate in the world, especially due to the consumption of junk food, as well as smoking levels, alcoholism and drug addiction.

Ibarra explained that PAHO is currently working on a communication campaign on the indiscriminate consumption of sugar and fats and called on the international community to prevent acute diarrheal diseases and other illnesses caused by the indiscriminate use of many foods.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares

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