Cuba tops Athletic Championships in Cali, Colombia

HAVANA, Cuba, July 7 (acn) Cuba returned to the top of its region by easily taking the 21st edition of Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships that ended at the "Estadio Pedro Grajales" in Cali on July 6, reports. According to the website of the International Association of Athletics Federations http://www.iaaf.org, the Caribbean nation collected a total of 17 gold medals – 9 in the final day – to top the table ahead of Trinidad & Tobago, which produced a remarkable second place – best ever – with 8 victories and a total of 13 medals. Colombia, the host, was third with 6 first places and a total of 24 medals.

Cuban Dayron Robles Sets World Hurdles Record

HAVANA, Cuba, June 12 (acn) Running in his third race of the season, Cuban Dayron Robles set a World record in the 110m Hurdles, clocking 12.87 at the Golden Spike Grand Prix, IAAF World Athletics Tour, in Ostrava, as the official website of the event reported (www.iaaf.org).
Blazing from the start, the 21-year-old runner had forged a commanding lead by the fourth hurdle and never relented. His performance knocked 0.01 seconds from the previous record of 12.88 set by Liu Xiang on 11 July 2007 in Lausanne.

Hay festival: Monty Don returns in revolutionary mood – praise for Cuba's self-sufficiency

Writer, broadcaster and national treasure Monty Don was in revolutionary mood as he made his first public appearance since a stroke led to his retiring as presenter of Gardeners' World.
Of his health, Don said: "I'm fine. I'm recovering well. I can't do regular TV – you know what it's like, 12 hour days – so I am happy to have that burden taken from me at the moment." He stepped down from the BBC television programme six weeks ago.

CUBADISCO 2008 awards announced

The premier event for the Cuban recording industry, the Cubadisco 2008 Awards were held May 17-25 at Karl Marx Theater, Havana. Many artists were awarded in different categories, among them Cuban saxophonist César López who was awarded in the category of Instrumental Music with the CD Clásicos de Cuba (Bismusic); Ulises Hernández won the Cubadisco 2008 Grand Prize with the CD Mozart en La Habana; the CD Revoluxion, by X Alfonso, was awarded the Fusion Prize; DVD Secretos Cantados, by Liuba María Hevia (Bismusic), won in the Children´s Music category; Haila María Mompié was awarded the Dance Pop Prize with the CD Tal como soy (Bismusic); Elito Revé y su Charangón won the Popular Dance Music Prize with the CD Fresquecito.com; the CD ORU Ritual y Fiesta de lo cubano by Sergio Vitier y Rogelio Martínez Furé (Colibrí) won the Folk music prize; Special Awards were made to the CDs Noel Nicola -37 canciones compiled by Silvio Rodríguez & Ana Lourdes Martínez (Ojala) and Colección Original de Cuba: Benny Moré. El bárbaro del ritmo compiled by Jorge Rodríguez (Egrem).