Monday 16 October 2017 | 06:10:02 PM

Cuba announces Teams to the Central American and Caribbean Games Judo Qualifiers

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 3 (acn) The Cuban women's and men's teams that will attend the Barranquilla 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games judo qualifying tournament, to be held next October 28th and 29th in the Dominican Republic, will be led by Kaliema Antomarchi (78 kg) and Alex Garcia (+100).
Rafael Manso, national commissioner of that sport, told ACN that nine other judokas who attended the last World Championship in Hungary will now be present in the DR under the direction of Julio Alderete and Felix Portuondo, head coaches of the men´s and women´s squads, respectively.
The list includes the men Osniel Solis (66), Magdiel Estrada (73), Jorge Martinez (81), Ivan Silva (90) and Andy Granda (100), and women Melissa Hurtado (48), Analidis Dorvigni 57), Maylin del Toro (63) and Eliani Aguilar (+78), he said.
Meanwhile, the newcomers are Harold Torres (55), Roberto Almenares (60), Yarisley Ponciano (44), Yurisleidis Hernandez (52) and Olga Masferrer (70).
Cuba´s purpose is to get tickets in all divisions for the aforementioned championship, with the aim of repeating the dominance achieved in individual and team events in the previous edition of Veracruz 2014.

Sport

Monday 16 October 2017 | 06:07:56 PM

Cuban Baseball: Granma and Sancti Spiritus took Important Step to advance to 2nd Stage

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 5 (acn) Granma, current monarch, and Sancti Spiritus won their respective suspended games yesterday and took a firm step in their aspirations to be included among the four teams involved in the playoffs to the second phase of the 57th Cuban National Baseball Series.
Granma defeated away Holguín 19-13 with a powerful offensive of 14 hits, including home runs by 1B Guillermo Aviles, his eighth in the tournament, and 2B Marcos Fonseca.
Aviles was the best batter of the winners when hitting 2 for 3, with homerun, six RBIs and three runs scored.
Thus, Granma totals 21 wins with 16 losses and appear sixth in the standings, half a game behind Artemisa, who ranks 5th.
Meanwhile, Sancti Spiritus beat 7-4 Matanzas, with offensive of 13 hits and highlight for SS Orlando Acebey, who hit 3 for 4, with a double and three RBIs.
Yoen Socarras took the win when allowing only two hits in seven innings, while the loss went to Jonder Martinez, who surrendered nine hits in 5.1 innings.
With this victory, Sancti Spíritus remained in the seventh spot, with balance of 21 wins and 18 losses.
The ninth subseries, which couldn´t be played due to Hurricane Irma, will start today with a double header program in all cases.
The four best teams will directly advance to the second stage of the tournament, while the sides ranking from 5th to 8th will play between them the wild card playoffs which grant two tickets to the decisive phase.

Sport

Monday 16 October 2017 | 06:04:28 PM

Seven Cubans to play in Professional Volleyball Leagues

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 5 (acn) Six Cuban volleyball players signed contracts to play in the 2017-2018 professional season in Argentina.
Outside hitter Osniel Melgarejo, opposite hitter Dariel Albo and middle blocker Livan Osoria were hired by the club Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero; outside hitter Miguel Angel Lopez and setter Adrian Goide will play for the Neuquen Gigantes del Sur, and outside hitter Javier Jimenez will be in the ranks of the Obras de San Juan, squad where Osoria played last season.
Ariel Sainz, head of the Cuban Volleyball Federation, told ACN that the boys will come to Cuba at the end of the first stage of the Argentine league, in mid-December, to attend the NORCECA men's world championship qualifying repechage tournament, to be held in Havana from January 5 to 7, 2018, and one day later they will return to the South American country.
A seventh Cuban player, opposite hitter Miguel David Gutierrez, will sign a contract today to play for the Porto Ravenna Volley, club belonging to the prestigious Italian League.
«The players are physically and mentally prepared to face this challenge and the intention is always to keep our main players in scenarios that project them to top-level clubs», Sainz said.

Sport

Monday 16 October 2017 | 06:02:28 PM

Las Tunas´ Civil could be one of the Managers in Cuba’s All-Star Baseball Game

LAS TUNAS, Cuba, Oct 11 (acn) Pablo Civil, manager of Las Tunas, said that being chosen as head coach of the Eastern team in the All-Star Game of the 57th Cuban National Baseball Series would be a high honor and a very important moment in his sports career.
Civil told ACN that there are possibilities of being in charge of the Eastern squad due to the performance of his side in the current season, but he prefers to wait for the decision of the National Baseball Commission.
When there are only three games left (two with Artemisa and one with Industriales) to cover all the entire schedule of the qualifying stage, Las Tunas appears second in the standings, 1.5 games behind Industriales, and 3 and 3,5 ahead of Pinar del Rio and Matanzas, respectively.
Six players of Las Tunas were chosen to be part of the Eastern side and the list includes pitchers Yoalkis Cruz, Yudiel Rodriguez and Yosbel Alarcon, catcher Yosvani Alarcon, 1B Rafael Viñales and outfielder Jorge Jhonson.

Sport

Monday 16 October 2017 | 06:01:27 PM

Cuban Stevens to attend his 5th World Archery Championships

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 11 (acn) With 25 years devoted to archery, Juan Carlos Stevens will attend his fifth World Championship of that sport, which will be hosted by Mexico from October 15 to 22, contest which will also be attended by three other Cubans.
During a practice session, Stevens told ACN that they are already in the precompetitive stage, in which they are implementing team and individual strategies for that major tournament.
On the possibility that Cuba will compete with a complete squad, something that has not happened since 1999, he assured that it is a very positive step to have the opportunity to share with two athletes of international level such as Adrian Puentes and Hugo Franco.
Stevens, 49, won seven crowns at Central American and Caribbean Games, in addition to silver and bronze medals in Rio 2007 and Guadalajara 2011 Pan-American Games, respectively, but his major achievement was the fifth seat he earned in Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Sport

Monday 16 October 2017 | 05:58:12 PM

Cuban Duos debut winning in Beach Volleyball World Tour

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 12 (acn) The Cuban duos of Sergio Gonzalez-Nivaldo Diaz and Leila Martinez-Lidiannis Echeverria won their respective matches in the second day of the 21st stop of the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, based in Quinzhou, China.
Gonzalez and Diaz, who appear 18th in the men´s world ranking, beat 2-0 (21-13 and 21-16) Turkish Giginoglu-Mermer (125) in only 33 minutes.
Meanwhile, the women´s pair of Martinez and Echeverria (46) won 2-0 (21-15 and 29-27) over New Zealanders Alice Bain and Julia Tilley (64) in 40 minutes, according to the official website of the contest.
Cuba´s contenders in the round of 16 will be the Belarusian duet Dziadkou-Kavalenka (52) and the Americans Fendrick and Branagh, who debut as couple in this tournament, in the men's and women's events respectively.
In this major competition, Gonzalez-Diaz and Martinez-Echeverria aim to gain points for the world and NORCECA rankings, as well as continue their preparation focused on the Barranquilla 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games.

Sport

Monday 16 October 2017 | 05:44:49 PM

Iberoarte Opens its Doors in Holguin

The Iberoarte 2017 Artisan’s Fair opened its doors on Friday in Expo-Holguin Center in that eastern city with the participation of exhibitors from 10 countries which will run until October 29th.

Artisans from Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, India, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Spain will be participating in the exhibition with vases, bags and traditional costumes, like ponchos used by the indigenous population to protect themselves from the cold.

Handbags, shoes, bracelets, necklaces and mirrors, furniture and wooden pieces will complete the colorful exhibition and will be part of the activities for the Ibero-Americna year of Arts and Crafts.

Yamile Escalona, member of the Organizing Committee, told ACN that the Fair will have collateral cultural and recreational options among them expositions, fashion show, talks and children’s workshops.

Iberoarte is held each year since 2001 in the Cuban city of Holguin and shares its activities with the Ibero-American Culture Fiesta, a gathering of the region’s ancestral traditions.

Culture

Monday 16 October 2017 | 05:41:36 PM

Cuban Duo wins Bronze Medal in Beach Volleyball World Tour

The Cuban men´s duo of Sergio Gonzalez and Nivaldo Diaz earned a bronze medal in the Chinese city of Quinzhou, home of the 21st stop of the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour when defeating the Belgian pair of Dries Koekelkoren and Tom van Walle, who appear 12 th in the world ranking.
According to the official website of the tournament, Gonzalez and Diaz, fifth seat at Rio 2016 Olympics, won 2-1 (16-21, 21-16 and 21-11).
With this result, the Cuban couple climbed two seats in the global list and now appears 16th.
Its performance this year includes a gold medal won at the Langkawi stop, in Malaysia; the fifth spot reached in Xiamen, China, and the 17th seats in the contests of Rio de Janeiro and Moscow.
Cuba was also represented in Quinzhou by the women´s duo of Leila Martinez and Lidiannis Echeverria, who debuted at this level and were eliminated in the round of 16, with balance of a win and a loss.

Sport

Monday 16 October 2017 | 05:37:55 PM

Cuban elected new secretary of WFTU for Latin America

Cuban Ernesto Freire was appointed secretary of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) for Latin America and the Caribbean by agreement of the Presidential Council of that organization, reported Trabajadores newspaper.

Freire, who served as head of the International Relations Department of the Cuban Workers' Confederation (CTC), replaces Ramón Cardona, whose work was recognized during the cremony, held at the headquarters of the WFTU in Havana.

According to the newspaper, the secretary general of the WFTU, the Greek George Mavrikos, expressed his appreciation to Cardona for giving the Federation a high prestige among the world's working institutions.

Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento, a member of the Cuban Communist Party Political Bureau and secretary general of the CTC, also highlighted the work of Cardona, who fulfilled with love and sacrifice the missions related to the defense of the interests of the working class, he said.

During the ceremony, the new secretary of the WFTU for the Americas promised to continue the steps of his predecessor in the struggle for unity and to fulfill the objectives for which the WFTU was created.

Freire, among other responsibilities, held the position of member of the Secretariat of the National Union of Civilians of Defense, Secretary General of the Communications Union, CTC in the Cuban capital and in the former province of Havana.

Cuba

Monday 16 October 2017 | 05:14:28 PM

More Cubans surf Internet from their homes

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 16 (ACN) The number of clients of the Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA) that have requested access to the Internet through the Nauta Home service outside Havana city is 812.

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