Cuban beach volleyball duo undefeated in China

The Cuban duo of Sergio Gonzalez-Nivaldo Diaz will hold its third match today in the Xiamen 4-star stop, in China, corresponding to the FIVB´s 2017/18 beach volleyball world circuit.

After achieving two wins yesterday, Gonzalez and Diaz will face today the Russian pair of Viachelav Krasilnikov-Nikita Liamin, according to the website of the contest.

Gonzalez-Diaz previously beat Ukrainians Oleksy Denin and Denys Denysenko 2-1 (21-15, 22-24 and 15-10) in the first round, and then won 2-0 (21-18 and 21-19) Austrians Robin Seidl and Christoph Dressler.

After Xiamen, Gonzalez and Diaz will travel to Havana to participate as hosts and defending champions at the Varadero stop, corresponding to the NORCECA circuit.

Then, they will attend the world tour 3-star events of Mersin, Turkey, from May 2 to 6, and Lucerne, Switzerland (9 to 13); and the 4-star stops of Itapema, Brazil (17-21), Ostrava, Czech Republic, from June 20-24, Warsaw, Poland, June 27 - July 1, and Esphino, Portugal, July 4 - 8.

Cuban beach volleyball´s main goal this year is the Barranquilla Central American and Caribbean Games, from July 19 to August 3, competition it will also attend with a women´s duo, in both cases as defending monarch.

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Expert believes Cuba’s policy towards Russia will not change

Cuba’s policy towards Russia will not change following the election of Miguel Diaz-Canel as head of the Council of State, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies expert Igor Pshenichnikov told TASS.

"Cuba’s foreign policy will not change, particularly as far as Russia is concerned, there will be no surprises," he said. "The new leader… has been a member of the ruling team for a long time so I am sure that friendly relations between Cuba and Russia will not change a bit," the expert added.

"Cuba will seek reliable partners on the international stage and deepen relations with Russia," Pshenichnikov said, adding that "at the moment, it is very important for the Cubans to boost international cooperation."

While speaking about Havana’s relations with Washington, the Russian expert noted that they tended to deteriorate. "US President Donald Trump has put an end to the thaw in relations that started during Barack Obama’s presidency, so the embargo will remain in place," he said. According to Pshenichnikov, US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said ahead of the Cuban National Assembly’s meeting that Washington was concerned about the undemocratic transition of power in Cuba. "Under the current circumstances, it is no use to expect the United States to take accommodating steps," the Russian expert stressed.

Pshenichnikov also said that dramatic changes in Cuba’s economic policy were out of the question. "There will be no radical steps," he said, adding that a number of economic reforms, particularly involving elements of market economy, had been carried out under Fidel Castro. "These changes have already taken place so Cuba will continue to move in that direction," the expert said.

New Cuban leader

On April 18, Cuba’s National Assembly elected Miguel Diaz-Canel to head the Council of State.

"Cuba’s foreign policy will remain unchanged," he said, addressing National Assembly members. "Cuba will neither compromise its sovereignty and independence, nor discuss its principles nor make concessions despite facing pressure and threats," Diaz-Canel added.

According to Diaz-Canel, the number of threats to global peace and stability has been growing. "We will remain ready for dialogue and cooperation with those who understand what respect is. We will continue to advocate the revolution’s ideas and develop socialism," the new Cuban leader stated.

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Angolan president congratulates new President of Cuba

Angolan President Joao Lourenco on Thursday sent a congratulatory message to the newly elected president of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel.

According to a note from the Civil House of the President of the Republic sent to the press, Angolans have a rich history of friendship, cooperation and reciprocal solidarity with Cuba.

In the message, Joao Lourenco also thanks Cuba for having unconditionally supported Angola "at the most tragic moment in its history when its own sovereignty and independence were in threat".

Angola and Cuba established diplomatic relations on November 15, 1975, four days after Angola's independence.

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Kenya: First Batch of Cuban Doctors to Arrive July

The first batch of Cuban doctors is expected in the country in July to help tackle the malaria pandemic, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday, brushing aside rising opposition from local medics.

Waqo Ejersa, the Head National Malaria Control Programme at the Ministry of Health (MoH), said Kenya is expecting 10 vector control experts and an additional 100 doctors from the communist state, following agreements signed during President Uhuru Kenyatta's recent visit to the island nation.

Dr Ejersa said the Cuban experts will oversee the spraying of stagnant water bodies in eight counties around Lake Victoria where malaria prevalence is high.

The preventive method, scientifically known as larviciding, involves killing of mosquitoe larvae.

"The spraying to be carried out by the special team from Cuba will involve application of bio larvicides to the breeding sites. The biological products used will interfere with growth of mosquitoes from the larvae stage. The first phase of the programme will last two years and we have reserved Sh500 million for the project," said Dr Ejersa during a malaria briefing in Nairobi.

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Raul Castro Expresses Confidence in New Cuban President

Havana, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Raul Castro today expressed confidence in the new president of the Councils of State and of Ministers of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, and lauded his fidelity to the Revolution and his political strength.

Diaz-Canel's election was not by chance. We have no doubts that due to his virtues, experience and dedication to work he will have absolute success in the task that our supreme body of the State's power has entrusted him, the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba said.

In his closing speech at the session to constitute the 9th Legislature of the People's Power National Assembly (Parliament) at Havana's Convention Center, Raul Castro highlighted Diaz-Canel's professional and political career.

The Army General spoke about his performance as the first secretary of the Communist Party in the provinces of Villa Clara and Holguín, and later as the minister of Higher Education and first vice-president of the Council of State.

Lawmaker Raul Castro announced today that at the upcoming session of the Cuban Parliament, in July, a commission would be proposed to present the draft of a new Constitution, and the changes would be discussed with the people and would be submitted to a popular referendum.

The new Cuban Constitution is among the priorities in the updating process under way in the country in order to strengthen its Revolution and move on in the construction of a prosperous and sustainable socialism.

Raul Castro pointed out that the new Constitution would not have changes in the strategic objective of the work of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), the ruling body of society and the State.

That will remain and the people will support it undoubtedly, as they did a few decades ago (when in 1976 the current Constitution was approved), the first secretary of the PCC Central Committee noted.

He added that he would continue to be the PCC first secretary until 2021, a post for which he was ratified in 2016 at the 7th PCC Congress.

In that regard, Raul Castro mentioned the possibility that in 2021, Diaz-Canel would hold the post of PCC first secretary, as well as president of the Council of State and of Ministers, as it has been a practice in Cuba.

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Valdés Mesa, new First Vice-president of the Council of Ministers

At the proposal of Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, the National Assembly of People's Power (ANPP) unanimously approved Salvador Valdés Mesa as the new First Vice President of the Council of Ministers.

Upon taking office today on the second day of the inaugural session of the 9th Legislature of the ANPP, Diaz-Canel Bermudez thanked the elected officials for their confidence.

He asked the National Assembly to ratify Valdés Mesa, elected First Vice-president of the Council of State, also as First Vice-president of the Council of Ministers, for the broad and fruitful trajectory that supports him and makes him worthy of this investiture.

Salvador Valdés Mesa is an Agricultural Engineer who began his working life as an agricultural worker and joined the tasks of the Revolution from a very young age.

His responsibilities in the Communist Party of Cuba have been diverse, from first secretary at the municipal level to member of the Political Bureau.

It also highlights the work of Salvador Valdés Mesa as a union leader from the grassroots, through the general secretary of the agroforestry workers' union to his election as general secretary of the Cuban Workers Confederation in 2006.

Between 1995 and 1999 Valdés Mesa served as Minister of Labour and Social Security, and in 2013 was elected Vice-President of the State Council.

The parliamentarians present also approved the presentation of the proposal of the Council of Ministers at the next ordinary session of the National Assembly of the People's Power, with the purpose of continuing to study in depth who will be part of it. (ACN)

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Cuba to Have a New President today to succeed Raul Castro

Cuba's National Candidature Commission on Wednesday nominated First Vice President of the Council of State Miguel Diaz-Canel to succeed Raul Castro as president.

Diaz-Canel, 57, an electronics engineer, is member of the Politburo of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and held the chair of first secretary of the PCC in the provinces of Villa Clara and Holguin.

Meanwhile, Cuba also announced candidates for six vice presidents on the Council of State.

Salvador Valdes Mesa, 72, vice-president on the Council of State and also member of the Politburo, was nominated for new first vice-president.

The other proposed vice-presidents are commander of the Cuban Revolution Ramiro Valdes, Minister of Public Health Roberto Morales, Comptroller General Gladys Bejerano, President of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources Ines Maria Chapman and Beatriz Jhonson Urrutia.

Lawmakers attending the plenary session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, must vote, in a direct and secret way, to select the 31 members on the Council of State, including the successor to President Castro, who has held the post for a decade.

The results will be announced today in another parliamentarian session.

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Cuba Is a Safe Country, Foreign Ministry Ratifies to Canada

The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) confirmed to Canada today that Cuba is a safe country, following the decision by that northern nation to withdraw part of its diplomatic staff in this capital.

The Government of Canada adopted that decision after alleging symptoms of ill health by some diplomats last year.

In an official declaration, the MINREX reiterated that the rigorous investigation, carried out by a group of highly qualified experts, did not find any evidence to explain the alleged disorders or any indication of an attack or an incident on Cuban territory.

The study did not reveal any relationship between the described symptoms and sonic or other attacks, the text says.

In that regard, the text explains that the Cuban government respects Canada's decision, but it considers that it is unjustified.

The MINREX ratified that the protection of diplomatic personnel from all countries is guaranteed in Cuba, a stable and healthy nation for its inhabitants and almost five million foreigners who visit the country every year.

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