250 Bartenders Will Attend 22th Pan-Am Cocktail Tournament in Cuba

The Executive Secretary of the Association of Cuban Bartenders (ACC), Lizbeth Elias Muñoz, stated today that about 250 professionals have confirmed their attendance at the 22nd Pan-American Cocktail Competition IBA 2018 in Havana.

An official statement from the ACC said today that the event will be held on August 25-31 at the Tryp Habana Libre Hotel, to which representatives from Brazil, Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Cuba, among other nations, will participate.

The executive said that the president of the International Bartenders Association (IBA), Pepi Dioni, and the vice president of this entity for South America, Adrian Juarez, will also attend.

IBA Vice President for America, Derrick Lee, and Treasurer Jose Ancona, are also on the list.

The competition will be sponsored by Havana Club International S.A., Cuba Ron, MG Company, Finest Call (Puerto Rico), Campari, and Angostura, among others.

Delegates of these companies will give master classes to the participants, Muñoz said.

Vladimir Marquez and Adrian Ravelo (Havana), and Yunier Fernandez (Varadero) in classic style, and Robert Acuña (Camagüey) and Oliek Cintado in Cienaga de Zapata (Zapata Swamp) in Matanzas in flair style, will participate on the Cuban side.


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Butterfly Park to Open its Doors in Camagüey, Cuba

The Small Grants Programme (SGP) of the Global Environment Facility projects today the financing of 50,000 dollars for the opening of a Butterfly park, located in the Botanical Park of this city.

The plan included in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is also part of the international collaboration agenda of the University of Camagüey (UC), whose specialists are technical advisors, in conjunction with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA).

Experts of the Delegation of CITMA referred here the importance of the butterflies for the diversity of the ecosystems in which they live.

The facility, located 5 km from the city declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity, will also promote the approach of the public to the life cycle of a butterfly, and will offer information about the benefit of these lepidoptera for the traditional gardening that allows their reproduction.

The national coordinator of the UNDP, Fabio Fajardo, stated that the project, bases and norms that legislate the program are to be passed by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, according to the Cuban norms for international cooperation.

The government takes a turn in its foreign policy in favor of dialogue with Venezuela and Cuba

The Government of Pedro Sánchez has embarked on a new stage in its relationship with Venezuela and Cuba different from that of its predecessor. The hard line, penalties, lack of contacts at highest level and even statements of respective ambassadors as non-grates have been relegated to a new climate of "dialogue". This has been expressed this week by foreigner, Josep Borrell, his Venezuelan counterpart, Jorge Arreaza, and same did a high position of Ministry to Cuban chancellor, Abelardo Moreno.

The second edition of Summit of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of European Union and Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), held on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels, served as perfect scenario to materialize a relevant change of Criterion in international policy of Spanish executive. The meeting was attended by 33 states representing some 600 million people. At margins of meeting, in private offices, Minister Borrell took time to meet for half an hour with Arreaza. And on or hand, so did Secretary of State for Latin America, Juan Pablo de la Iglesia, at request of his Cuban counterpart, in what was first meeting of new executive with an authority of island.

The symbolic significance of Monday's talk with Borrell remarked subsequent reaction of Arreaza himself, who published on Twitter this optimistic message with several photos of meeting: "held a cordial and productive meeting. Both governments are committed to dialogue with mutual respect and comprehensive cooperation.

the government takes a turn in its foreign policy in favor of dialogue with venezuela and cuba

"Last January, Spain and Venezuela came to withdraw ir respective ambassadors for a new political crisis between two countries. The Caribbean authorities assured that Mariano Rajoy and his foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, were leading in European Union a tough strategy of sanctions against Venezuelan leaders. At end of May, Dastis still held in public and before EU need for an "increase of pressure" towards Venezuelan government with sanctions to more people, "unilateral and restrictive" to convince regime of Nicolas Maduro that it was to seek "a way out Auntically Democratic "for your country.

Waiting to concrete trip to island

With regard to first meeting of Government with a Cuban authority, exteriors found will to "deepen and broaden valuable and constructive bilateral relationship that unites both countries" after overcoming previous common position of blockade of EU. Spain now trusts that new Cuban Government "can successfully address important challenges before it and undertake pending reforms" and is offered to "help and accompany in its transformation process". Cuban official sources valued "The good sign" of this "gesture" and wait to concretize from September a state trip "to maximum level" to island, but already in 2019.

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Cuban Foreign Minister Chairs Delegation to Nicaraguan National Event

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez heads the delegation of Cuba that will attend the central event in Nicaragua for the 39th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, diplomatic sources said today.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the delegation is also made up of Juan Hernandez, Cuba's ambassador to Nicaragua and other officials.

On July 19, 1979, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) defeated Anastasio Somoza´s dictatorship and started a process of socio-economic transformation for the benefit of the Nicaraguan people.

Currently, that Central American country faces a sociopolitical crisis fueled by the international right with the intention of overthrowing President Daniel Ortega´s government, elected by popular will expressed at the polls.

The day before, Latin American leaders ratified in the Forum of Sao Paulo, which took place in Cuba, their solidarity with Nicaragua, its people and the Executive led by Ortega.

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Miguel Diaz-Canel Reaffirms that Cuba will Not Shift towards Capitalism

The President of the Council of State and Minister, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez reaffirmed on Tuesday in Havana that Cuba is not and will not shift towards capitalism, decision which also means an oath to the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.

In his speech before the special plenary dedicated to the Commander in Chief at the closing of the 24th Encounter of the Sao Paulo Forum, the Cuban government ratified that, there will not be “any concessions of any type for those that are looking to move us away from the historic internationalist positions of the Revolution”.

You can only expect from Cuba, efforts and decisions to fight, unify, multiply, organize, combat and triumph, there will never be space for division or weakness, said the Cuban Head of State to over 600 representatives.

Diaz-Canel dedicated a large part of his speech to warn the participants on the Empire’s attempts to impose “capitalism and neoliberalism” and the urgent challenge of the left in Latin America to “save the achievements and stop neoliberalism”.

We are living in an international situation characterized by the growing threats of peace and national security said Diaz-Canel who mentioned other problems that are “devouring” today’s world, like the thirst for profits, arms race and climate change.

In this state of crisis, he said, globalized capitalism is attempting to expand and broaden its growth capacities, while denouncing the monopoly and economic interests that are attempting to revert the self-determination of the peoples of the region.

Miguel Diaz-Canel pointed out that the Organization of American states, private media outlets and Internet, where the lies reign, are instruments that joins the unilateral measures of the United States and its allies against governments of the world.

He criticized the belligerent tendency of the US government that defends hegemony and “punishes” and threats the nations that do not support its interests.

In this sense, he said, the regional left is meeting once again in this Forum to design a strategy of struggle before the aggressions of imperialism and oligarchic allies that apply methods of non-conventional war, like the cases of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Brazil and Bolivia.

After 28 years of the creation of the organization by Fidel and former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, “it opens for the first time as a space of dialog between Parties and social movements”, premise, according to the Cuban President that must continue.

The President of the Council of State and Ministers paid tribute to Fidel who mentioned qualities like dignity, attached to the truth, humanism, audacity, heroism and internationalism, “values in the conduct of those that aspire the condition of a revolutionary”.

The participants also honored Hugo Chavez, and other progressive leaders of the region like Nestor, Kirchner, Cristina Fernandez, Daniel Ortega, Rafael Correa and Jose (Pepe) Mujica.

Among the figures that participated in the special plenary were the Presidents of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; Bolivia, Evo Morales, and El Salvador, Sanchez Ceren. (ACN)

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Cuba, ECLAC Discuss Preparations for Sustainable Development Forum

United Nations, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, presided today a working meeting of the member States of the Latin American and Caribbean Forum for Sustainable Development.

The permanent mission of Cuba to the UN hosted the meeting, which was also attended by the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America of the United Nations (ECLAC), Alicia Barcena, and ambassadors of the area.

By welcoming the participants, the Cuban Minister reiterated the interest of his country to continue promoting the work of ECLAC and its subsidiary entities, as well as to support the work of that Commission in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Meanwhile, Barcenas presented the results of the organization's session period and reviewed the new preparations for the ECLAC forum that examines the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Cuba currently holds the pro-tempore presidency of ECLAC in the period 2018-2020, from which it boosts regional cooperation and sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

During the 36th session of ECLAC, held in Mexico from May 23 to 27, 2016, the member states approved a resolution through which the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development was created as a regional mechanism for monitoring and reviewing the implementation of these goals.

Subsequently, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations endorsed the creation of the forum.

The Third Meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development will be held at the ECLAC headquarters in Santiago de Chile, from April 22 to 26, 2019.

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Evo Morales Thanks Sao Paulo Forum for Support for 2019 Candidacy

La Paz, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales expressed gratitude for the support from the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum for his candidacy for a new term in his country''s elections in 2019.

In a message on his Twitter account, Morales thanked the Latin American left for its support in the Havana Declaration.

We welcome the resolution of the 24th Sao Paulo Forum, which supports the constitutional candidacy of authorities for the peoples' self-determination by the American Convention. In democracy, it will be the people that will decide to give continuity to economic growth and to improve what has been achieved, Morales wrote.

The Bolivian president also welcomed that the final document of the meeting calls on Bolivia and Chile to find a solution to Bolivia's access to the sea on the basis of dialogue and international law.

We thank the resolution of the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum that calls on Chile and Bolivia to find a solution to the maritime confinement with dialogue and respect for international law for the integration of our peoples. The Hague's ruling must unite us, instead of dividing us, the head of State said in another Twit.

On Tuesday, the participants in the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum closed the event with a declaration that, among other issues, supports the candidacy of Bolivian President Evo Morales to run in the 2019 general elections, and calls to solve the Chilean-Bolivian maritime dispute peacefully.

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Cuban lawmakers start studying draft of new constitution

Starting this Wednesday, Cuban Parliamentary Commissions will devote three working days to study the draft of the Constitution of the Republic, prior to its presentation next Saturday during the first ordinary session of the 9th Legislature of the National Assembly of People's Power.

That day the new Council of Ministers will be presented and lawmakers will assess the state budget performance so far.

The official call to the Permanent Working Commissions of the National Assembly of People's Power, was made last June by its president Esteban Lazo.

According to the official note with the announcement published in the newspaper Granma on June 29, the call was issued to the members of the Cuban legislature and also to the agencies of the central government of the State and other concerned bodies and authorities.

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