Kenya, Cuba sign deal Sports CS Echesa enters deal with Cuban counterpart to develop sports in both countries

Sports Ministry Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa has signed a 5-year deal with his Cuban counterpart Dr. Antonio Becali that will see Kenya benefit immensely towards sports development.

According to the contract signed yesterday, both parties will work towards raising the sporting level in both countries under the ‘innovative exchange’ program.

The agreement will implement activities such as organisation of sports programs, access to sporting facilities and equipment. Training and development of coaches and specialists has also been factored in the deal as well as academic exchange. Both countries will together explore issues like ports medicine, community sports and participation in long and middle distance races, doping control, sports management and computer Science applied to sports.

According to the CS Advisor on Communication & Strategy, Isaac Nyangay, other activities will be undertaken as may be agreed. Kenya is renowned global powerhouse in middle and long distance running meaning Cuba stand to benefit immensely from high altitude training programs by the expertise of local coaches and athletes.

Likewise, Kenya stands to benefit from Cuba who have dominated amateur boxing for years on the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) calendar.

Until the 1980s, Kenya was once a power house in boxing with Robert Napunyi Wangila winning the country Africa’s maiden Olympic Games gold and Steve Muchoki winning a World championship gold medal in Belgrade in 1978. But as technology and sports investment took centre stage in global boxing, the country’s fortunes have dwindled.

The introduction of computerised scoring meant a nosedive into the country’s gains in boxing.

Due to historical associations with the United States, many Cubans participate in sports which are popular in North America rather than the traditionally promoted in other Latin American nations. Baseball is by far the most popular other popular sports and past-times include boxing, where Cuba is a dominant force to reckon with.

The partnership will also focus on areas of performing Arts, visual Arts, Music, Heritage, film, cultural information and research.

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First high-level official Palau delegation visits Cuba

The first high-level official visit by a Palau delegation since the establishment of the Palau-Cuba diplomatic relations in 2015 was led by Minister of Health Dr. Emais Roberts.

They arrived in Cuba on Feb. 23, 2018. The purpose of the visit was to further strengthen the relationship between Palau and Cuba in the area of health.

This partnership between Palau and Cuba was initiated in 2012, when a young high school graduate, a native of Peleliu, Jason Arurang, had a dream of becoming a doctor and was offered the Cuban scholarship to attend the Latin American School of Medicine or in Cuba.

The Palau delegation toured the University of Havana. Seventy percent of the medical students are women. Photo shows 2nd year pre-dentist students. Palau Ministry of Health photo

Besides Arurang, the Palauan medical students studying in Cuba are Terebkul Ngiraingas, Jade Adelbai, Demei Yobech, Remeldil Bells, Jun Rafael, Lara Reklai, Mya Siang, Ngesmus Hosei, Irikl Masters.

The Palau delegation that visited Cuba included Minister of Education, Sinton Soalablai, Sen. Aric Nakamura, Chief Justice Arthur Ngirakelsong, Palau Ambassador to the U.N. Olai Uludong, Ambassador-designate to Cuba Dr. Greg Dever and Dr. Lala Lalavalevu.

The delegation visited the Palauan students attending the Latin American School of Medicine, toured the various medical facilities, and met with Cuban medical and foreign affairs officials.

Cuba is the only Small Island Developing State to offer free health care and education from the elementary level to PhD level. For Palau, this trip was an opportunity to foster and strengthen South-South cooperation between Small Island Developing States across the Oceans — from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea.

According to Roberts, “This trip has opened my eyes. I have learned new things: culture and innovation with small resources. The strengthening of our partnership bilaterally and the success of it, will benefit the people.”

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Cuban leader congratulates Putin on winning presidential election

Cuban leader Raul Castro has congratulated Vladimir Putin on winning the presidential election, Cuba’s Ambassador to Russia Gerardo Penalver Portal said.

"Raul Castro has conveyed his warm congratulations to Russia’s President-elect Vladimir Putin on his convincing election win on Sunday," the ambassador wrote on Twitter.

According to Russia’s Central Election Commission, incumbent head of state Vladimir Putin has garnered 76.56% of the vote with 95% of the ballots counted.

Director of the Lenin State Farm Pavel Grudinin, nominated by the Communist Party of Russia, is second with 11.92%, while leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky is third with 5.77%.

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Cuba Calls 15th International Meeting on Criminal Sciences

The 14th International Meeting on Criminal Sciences and the 2nd Event on Legality, Law and Society concluded in this capital with a call to a new edition of the event.

At the closing ceremony at Havana's Conference Center, the Attorney General of the Republic of Cuba invited the delegates to participate in the next meetings, scheduled for March 2020.

Both meetings will be co-sponsored by the National Association of Cuban Lawyers, the Law Faculty of the University of Havana, the People's Supreme Court, the National Organization of Collective Law Offices and the National Association of Economists and Accountants of Cuba.

The call is mainly addressed to prosecutors, attorneys, lawyers, judges, police officers, prison workers, criminal lawyers, criminologists, victimologists, experts in forensic medicine and forensic psychiatrists.

Officials who attend to minor who are victims of crimes or suffer from behavioral disorders, psychologists, sociologists, controllers, auditors, economists, legal advisors, professors and university students can also attend the meeting.

Among the main issues to be discussed are human trafficking, transnational crime, cybercrime, prevention and confrontation with drug and migrant traffickers, economic and civil servants' crimes, asset laundering, illegal trafficking in minors and sexual exploitation.

Other issues that will be analyzed are environmental crime, the fight against corruption, immigration laws, terrorism and the execution of sentences on persons deprived of their freedom.

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Cuba: National Award of Music to José Luis Cortés

The flautist and professor José Luis Cortés, artistically known as El Tosco, will receive the 2017 National Music Award of Cuba today, as an acknowlegdment of his vast career and contributions to the country''s culture.

The awarding ceremony will take place at the theater of the National Museum of Fine Arts, where the Flute Orchestra, Peruchín Jazz and Tradition, Germán Velazco, Giraldo Piloto, Peruchín, Orlando Valle (Maraca) and NG (New Generation) La Banda, a group founded and directed by Cortés himself since the 1980s, will performe.

The award was granted by a jury made up of Digna Guerra, Adalberto Alvarez, César Pedroso, Beatriz Márquez and Juan Piñera. They noted how difficult the decision was, due to the high quality of the work of the candidates for such an important recognition.

For his part, Alvarez recently highlighted the important artistic career of El Tosco, not only as a musician but also in other facets such as pedagogy, in allusion to the flute and singing academies created by Cortés, whom he described as an integral artist.

When the director learned that he had won the award, he thanked the gesture and considered it an acknowledgment of Cuban popular music.

This is one more grain to enhance that mountain that is popular dance music, that gesture makes me stronger and worthy to continue representing the genre, and as long as people love me, there will be El Tosco for quite a while, he said.

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Cuban Jumper Confirms His Quality with 8.40-Meter Record

Cuban long-jumper Juan Miguel Echevarría proved that his 8.40-meter jump at the World Indoor Athletic Championships on Friday was not a fluke.

The 19-year-old athlete set the record in the outdoor season at the Rafael Fortún stadium in this central Cuban and ratified his excellent physical fitness after competing in the British city of Birmingham, where he won the gold medal with an 8.46-meter jump.

However, his coach Daniel Osorio, who took over his training a few months ago, noted that Echevarria's results are not a surprise.

'He has an ideal physique, I had seen him years ago, when he was still in Camagüey, and I followed his evolution closely,' he told Prensa Latina.

'Last year, he made very good jumps, over eight meters, so I predicted that at some point he would explode,' the coach of the national team noted.

After concluding his career in the junior category with a discreet performance at the World Championships in London last summer, Echevarria went on under Osorio's supervision in the senior category and his training focused on the psychological aspect.

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Cuban, Kenyan presidents vow to strengthen bilateral ties

Cuban President Raul Castro on Thursday met with his visiting Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, with the two sides agreeing to strengthen political and economic relations.

The two sides expressed satisfaction with the official inauguration of the Kenyan embassy in Havana, which is scheduled to take place on Friday.

Castro also thanked the Kenyan government for its support and donation last year after Hurricane Irma hit Cuba's north coast, costing more than 13 billion U.S. dollars in economic losses.

Earlier in the day, Kenyatta unveiled a statue of his late father and Kenya's founding President Jomo Kenyatta at a park in Havana.

In a speech made after paying tribute to other African independence heroes at the park, the president stressed the need to strengthen ties among developing nations, including their bilateral relations.

"I thank the people of Cuba for their constant solidarity with the African nations. Africa will always keep its relations with Cuba high and together we will continue developing our beneficial links for the prosperity of our peoples and nations," he said.

In 2016, Kenya opened its embassy in Havana to boost future cooperation in sectors such as commerce, education, culture and health.

Kenyatta will return to Nairobi on Saturday after a three-day official visit to the Caribbean nation. 

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Cuba and Djibouti Strengthen Sports Collaboration

Hassan Mohammad Kamil, Secretary of State of Djibouti for Youth and Sports and the president of Cuba’s National Institute for Sports, Physical Education and Recreation Antonio Becali signed a collaboration agreement Tuesday, said Cuban website JIT.

‘We have signed an agreement in the sports sector. I want to congratulate all those people who have received us so well in Havana,’ said the former soccer player of Djibouti, who was the director of the national soccer federation in his country.

‘I have visited many places and I am really amazed. I have talked to sports personalities and I am sure that we’ll go forward in the sector,’ Kamil stated.

The agreement reflects the will of both countries in exchanging in several disciplines and includes aspects such as infrastructure, investigation, medicine, fighting the use of drugs and technical assistance.

‘I must return to Cuba because of two reasons: first, because of the security and second, because of the sport. I have felt secure in the places where I have been, and I’ve seen you have many places for practicing sports,’ Kamil concluded.

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