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Women's football won Venezuelan first team Olympic medal

Caracas, 26 Ago. AVN.- The Venezuelan U-15 women's football team that won Tuesday the silver medal at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing 2014, became the first Venezuelan group to get a team medal in an Olympic competition.

The girls, who made it through to the final undefeated, marked with their great performance in the sporting event, a milestone for the national sport, by being the first ones to achieve this important distinction for the Venezuelan sport.

Young Venezuelans, who intended to achieve the gold medal for the country, could not break into the Chinese team, who developed a game focused on the ongoing attack and ball handling skills and won the match with a score of 5–0.

Chinese, host team, scored three goals in the opening 40 minutes and added two more goals in the second half.

Silver road

Venezuela reached the great Olympic final after thumping Papua New Guinea 7–0 in their first game.

Then they beat Slovakia 6–2 to qualify for the semifinals as the first of their group.

In the semifinal they beat Mexico 4–3 on penalties after a 1–1 draw in regulation time.

The Venezuelan striker Deyna Castellanos, ranked as the most outstanding player of the Venezuelan team, scoring 7 goals in the first two games, 4 against Papua New Guinea; and 3 against Slovakia.

With this great performance shown in Nanjing, the U-15 girls consolidate Venezuela as a power of the female junior football, after the U-17 team placed fourth in the Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2014 and titled themselves champions of South American Under-17 Women's Championship, held in September 2013.

The South American championship also marked a historical moment, as the title achieved by the girls, became the first for Venezuela, in any category and gender of a tournament organized by the International Football Federation (Fifa). Venezuelan beat Paraguay in the final with a major score of 7 goals to 1.

The 2014 Nanjing soccer podium was completed by Mexico, a team that beat Slovakia 3–1, to thereby keep the bronze medal.

Sao Paulo Forum kicks off today in Bolivia

Caracas, 25 Ago. AVN.- The 20th edition of the Sao Paulo Forum, gathering 180 left-wing political parties and social movements from Latin America and other countries begins today in La Paz city, Bolivia.

The meeting is expected to begin with the opening of the Third Political Training School and to discuss about crisis of capitalism, international geopolitics and perspectives of socialism, reported Prensa Latina.

Attendants are also expected to analyze integration between Latin America and the Caribbean, their political challenges, current situation of instruments and institutions of this process, as well as demands about representations and social movements.

According to its agenda, the Forum is going to officially open on Thursday, August 28th, on the context of an encounter of women, African Descendant people and lawgivers.

The event is expected to be closed on Friday, with a final declaration demanding the immediate cease of the United States economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba, supporting Argentina in their attempt to take back Malvinas islands and Bolivia's demand against Chile to get a sovereign way out to the sea.

The Sao Paulo Forum was founded in 1990 in Brazil's homonymous city, as a proposal of People's Party, then headed by subsequent president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, seeking to foster debates about the international scenary.

Fidel Castro: True friendship

Yesterday I received a visit from the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, who made a trip abroad related to the defense of his country’s important oil interests.

During his stop in Cuba, he took the opportunity to make contact with me and greet me personally, as he had promised, on August 13 of this year, when I had the privilege of reaching 88 years of age. That day he presented me with some fruits, among them, some small pearl like ones, which I had never even seen before and taste excellent. He also presented me with a sports uniform, a gift from the Venezuelan athletes seeking to win laurels for their country.

I was extraordinarily happy that he made the visit so soon, not only for the honor which his presence and quick action imply, when he is involved in the difficult task of carrying out the epic struggle of Hugo Chavez, as well as the exceptional actions he is carrying out.

Our world is experiencing in an extraordinary and unique moment, every day the number of people who are conscious of this is greater. Among such events, one of the most dramatic is the genocide being carried out in the Gaza Strip, where 1.8 million human beings live trapped between the desert, the sea and the military power of a Middle Eastern country, where the most powerful empire which has ever existed has created - over more than half a century, and at a cost, according to some estimates, of almost 100 billion dollars - a sophisticated and at the same time irresponsible, military nuclear power. Many people wonder: Who governs who, does the United States govern Israel, or Israel the United States?

The facts are visible. Target seeking missiles, fast and accurate bombing, armored artillery and modern tanks attack buildings filled with people, as well as hospitals, schools, and service facilities, killing defenseless children, young people, the elderly, mothers and fathers.

Atrocities occurred in the past. Not of course referring to past millenniums, but to struggles which took place before the Second World War: The Ethiopian War, The Spanish Civil War; the bombing of Guernica; the Japanese war to conquer China; U.S. interventions in Latin America, events which caused outrage, but bare no resemblance to the chilling scenes witnessed today in images, seen by all citizens in their homes on television. Politicians are rattled and chaos is evident in world politics.

Thus the meeting with the Venezuelan President was very useful. It seemed to me however, that remaining silent would not benefit anyone. With the greatest sincerity I congratulated him for what he is doing for the martyred people of the Gaza Strip. Countries which continue to suffer tragedy deserve continuing support, in accordance with a country’s resources, no matter how difficult their own situation may be. This is what Cuba did, even during its most difficult times, under the cruel Yankee blockade which has already lasted over half a century.

What Venezuela is doing today is an outstanding example. Imperialism’s attacks on the country are well known, given their attempt to overthrow Chávez with the support of the fascist Venezuelan oligarchy, and eliminate him if possible. He never wavered, and showed our country solidarity in the most difficult times.

I congratulated Maduro for his extraordinary solidarity with the heroic people of the Gaza Strip. As soon as the news of the genocide arrived and of the high numbers of children, mothers and people injured or killed by Israel’s genocidal attacks, he ordered a U.S built military cargo plane to be prepared, which only with great difficulty is able to overcome the denial of parts by it manufacturers, and send it with equipment, medicines and essential food to Egypt destined for Gaza. In addition he sent his tireless Minister of Foreign Relations to Cairo to secure the necessary support to allow the aid to reach those who desperately need it.

Since then the brave Venezuelan pilots have been transporting their lifesaving cargo, which will allow mothers, children and adults to be saved from death. I read today however a dispatch from the news agency AP concerning Venezuela, in which were published statements from the "The Association of Clinics and Hospitals of Venezuela, a group of private Venezuelan healthcare centers," calling on the government to declare a "humanitarian emergency" to address the "shortage of supplies, medicines, medical equipment and replacement parts," which, they state "put the lives of the population at risk."

What a great coincidence! This demand was made precisely when, in the Gaza Strip, the yankee-Isreali genocide is being carried out in poorest and most overpopulated zone of this community which has lived there for millennia.

This is what makes so laudable the conduct of Maduro, the soldiers and Venezuelan specialists who behave in such an exemplary manner - in the face of the tragedy being suffered by our sister nation of Palestine.

Many things could be said given this notable event, if the human species is able to survive, and doesn’t exterminate itself, which is in its hands.

While touring areas which indicate great prospects for food production, two workers appeared. I asked them if they knew my companion. They looked at him closely and said: "President Maduro," and they smiled mischievously. I asked them what level of education they had achieved. The youngest said, "Twelfth grade." The other, still young and strong, responded that she graduated as a Physical Education and Sports teacher, a career in which she had worked for many years. Finally I asked them if they would be willing to work in Venezuela, and they responded with enthusiasm, "Yes, of course!"

I will not continue if I intend to publish this letter today, as I told the Venezuelan President.

Fidel Castro Ruz


Venezuelan plane with humanitarian supplies for Palestine arrived in Egypt

Caracas, 18 Ago. AVN.- The plane with 12 tons of humanitarian supplies of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (Alba) for the Palestinian people arrived Monday at 6:05 pm local time in Egypt, where supplies will be transferred to the Gaza Strip.

The information was released by the Venezuelan Minister for Defense, Carmen Melendez, through her Twitter account @gestionperfecta, in which she detailed the path of the plane that departed on 12 August from the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Venezuela, and passed by Brazil, Senegal, Algeria and Malta.

The Minister wrote: "Already in the Military Base in Ismalilla, humanitarian aid will travel by land in a 4 hour drive to Rafah," a Palestinian city in the Gaza Strip, where over 2,000 people have been killed by the Israeli Army and more than 9.0000 injured, mostly civilians, including children, women and elderly.

"A piece of Venezuela arrives in Egypt in solidarity with Gaza victims," wrote the minister.

Melendez also congratulated "the entire crew of our peace plane for crossing and bringing the noble Palestinian people in Gaza love."

Aid is expected to be delivered Tuesday at noon passing by "the Rafah Crossing point, on the Gaza Egypt border with support from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society", according to Telesur network.

A C-130 Hercules aircraft of the Venezuelan Military Aviation is shipping drugs, medical-surgical supplies, drinking water, nonperishable food, clothing, blankets, pillows, family tents, lanterns, mats, among other items.

Maduro to enact youth employment law in the coming days

Caracas, 13 Ago. AVN.- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, said Wednesday that in coming days will enact the Law of Youth Employment and Productive Entrepreneurship, as part of the Youth of the Homeland mission, and called on the youth for "united and creative action."

"Yesterday I received the draft law and plan to promote and protect the work of youth, after two months of national debate and consultation," he wrote via @NicolasMaduro.

He added that "in the coming days I will enact it under the Youth of the Homeland mission, I call upon all youth for united and creative action."

He also considered that this legal instrument will strengthen social missions Youth of the Homeland and Knowledge and Work, "two levers to create productive employment development opportunities."

The president received the draft law on Tuesday night, from young revolutionaries and the Minister for Youth, Victor Clark, during his weekly radio program In Touch with Maduro.

He then pointed out that this law seeks to support "the effort to make Venezuela's economy more productive and diversified (...) We believe it is a fundamental task for young people to transform Venezuela into a power, as commander Hugo Chavez embodied in the Homeland Plan and we assume it as the greatest commitment and greatest challenge."

He said the idea is "to promote and protect access and the incorporation of youth to productive activity and employment" which also addresses issues such as "internships, technical support, training and education for work and financial mechanisms for youth entrepreneurship. It is a law made by the youth in terms of building socialism, true democracy."

The proposed legislation was discussed for two months in all states and universities, students and communities.

The social program Youth of the Homeland was launched June, 2013 with a view to undertake social productive, tourism, sports and cultural projects, so as to foster young people's organizational, creative, preventive and communicational capabilities.

"This social program involves education and training for life through music, theater and sports. Under this mission, we would like to present a new and renewing alternative for youth, which will make a revolution within the revolution, revolution of values, love, joy, enthusiasm, faith in the future," said then the Venezuelan President.

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