Cuba stops the momentum of Trinidad & Tobago

The Cuban national team stopped the impetus of Trinidad and Tobago and won its second match 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-11) in the NORCECA Men’s Challengers Cup which grants the champion the confederation quota to the FIVB 2019 League of Nations qualifying World Final.

The initial set was characterized by a strong rivalry where the visitors arrived to point 16 tied with the home side, who strengthened their attack to close victorious and confirm their high level in this area also in the rest of the match.

In the following, the favorites to take the crown and the quota were clearly superior in all aspects and did not give liberties to the Trinidadians, who in the second set lost their only setter, Donald Kameron, hampered by an injury to the left ankle, and was replaced by wing spiker Daynte Stewart.

The top scorer was the opposite of Trinidad & Tobago Ryan Stewart who had 16 points in a day he took the team on his shoulders.

The Cubans, with an offense shared between regulars and substitutes, had in the opposite Miguel David Gutierrez the one who added the most with 9 points, followed by wing spiker Miguel Ángel López and middle blocker Javier Concepción each with 7 points.

Cuban technical director Nicolás Vives said that "we are in preparation to face the Puerto Ricans tomorrow and this was a transit match, at the same time we are working on some aspects like the tactical serve and others that we did not want to show, but we are ready to win against Puerto Rico, because it is one of our rivals in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla."

Their captain, center-back Liván Osoria, said "really in the first set they showed some resistance but we were catching our game little by little, we fulfilled the objectives and tomorrow we are coming for the victory against Puerto Rico. These two matches plus the preparation we have gone through and the experience of those of us who have played in foreign leagues, I think that gives us all the weapons and the drive to succeed."

Sean Morrison, head coach of Trinidad and Tobago, said: "It was a very good match, my team was excellent in the first set, we even made five attacks that separated us from the opponents, but we needed to be more consistent and compared to the rival today there is no doubt that there is a big gap, we have to work more at this level to continue improving, and I love playing against Cuba because of its level and because I feel it as a family."

His captain Ryan Stewart highlighted the performance of the hosts and said that "it was a good game and an excellent performance by our team, we have a lot of work to do, what we have to do is keep improving and keep pushing and pushing to try to win the match".

Cuba (2-0) will face Friday the undefeated Puerto Rico (3-0) starting at 18:30 local time, while the program opens at 15:30 with Guatemala against Costa Rica.

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Award of Honor granted to Cuban medical brigade in Trinidad and Tobago

In a solemn ceremony held at the headquarters of the City Hall of the City of Port of Spain, the Cuban Medical Brigade was awarded the Honor Prize, which is granted annually by the National Security Foundation. 

The award was received by the Cuban Ambassador Guillermo Vázquez Moreno who, in his speech, spoke about the work developed by the Cuban collaborators during 15 years of uninterrupted service.  He also emphasized the internationalist work carried out by Cuba in different regions of the world. 

The ceremony was led by the Minister of National Security, with representatives of various agencies and institutions of the country present. The management of the Cuban Medical Brigade was also present. 

Several speakers highlighted the exemplary work of health professionals in the sister country.

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Trinidad and Tobago to Strengthen Agricultural Ties With Cuba

Ambassador to Cuba Lancelot Cowie spoke to Prensa Latina about the increasing relations between the both Caribbean nations.

Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba are set to deepen ties and engage in knowledge sharing in the area of food production and sustainable agriculture. The news comes from Trinidad and Tobago's Ambassador to Cuba, Lancelot Cowie, who said that they are interested in strengthening food industry relations with their Caribbean counterpart, a "very experienced country on the matter."

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Cowie commented on the development while praising Cuba's achievements in urban and suburban agriculture at the 21st International Food and Agriculture Fair (Fiagrop 2018) in Havana, Cuba. Cowie pointed to Cuba's advancement in the use of natural fertilizers and other organic products as an area of particular interest. 

In the past, Cuba has sent experts in vegetable production and other agricultural branches to Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean countries, and Cowie told Prensa Latina that the two-island nation hopes to expand that partnership to cacao production.

An entrepreneurs delegation from Trinidad and Tobago visited Cuba in 2017 to promote bi-lateral partnerships in a number of areas including paint production and other petrochemical areas.

Cowie thinks that the new flight routes between both countries will also contribute to greater trade, as well as cultural exchange and tourism.

Fiagrop is a Cuban annual fair that intends to promote foreign investment in Cuban fields, business ideas, livestock and agricultural farming, and rodeo as a sport for ranchers.

The fair is taking place from March 17 to 25 in the Rancho Boyeros Fair Venue at Havana.

This year the Fiagrop has 226 exhibits, including exhibitors from Spain, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Netherlands, Brazil, Argentine, Slovakia, Colombia, Uruguay, Guatemala, Costa Rica, the United States of America, Ghana, Antigua and Barbuda, Nigeria and New Zealand, besides exhibitors from all Cuban provinces.

The participation amounts to a 131 percent growth since 2017's edition according to Aroche Rodriguez, director of the fair.

The fair is hosting conferences on cattle breeding, feeding and the production of organic products.

Besides agricultural projects and businesses, the fair also includes the National Rodeo Championship, with participants from the Villa Clara, Ciego de Avila and Santi Spiritus provinces, followed by an international rodeo competition with participants from Colombia, the U.S., Costa Rica and Cuba.

The closing ceremony on March 25 will feature a showcase from the rodeo champions.

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Cuban Doctors Boost Healthcare

The healthcare system is getting a boost...Over one hundred and thirty medical professionals from Cuba will join the public's health sector this week to address a shortage of suitably qualified healthcare professionals in this country.

At their orientation ceremony this morning Health Minister Dr. Fuad Khan said there is a shortfall of over two thousand nurses and two hundred doctors so another one hundred and seventy will be arriving in the next two months. 
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Cuban relays: Good results

On Saturday night, Trinidad and Tobago placed third in the women’s 4x100-metre race while, last evening, there was another bronze for the twin-island republic, in the men’s 4x400m.

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