Havana, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina)
Cuban President Raul Castro received the prime minister and minister of general affairs of Curacao, Ivar Asjes, who is visiting Havana, the official newspaper Granma reported on Saturday.A press release says that Raul Castro, president of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers, held a fraternal meeting with Asjes on Friday afternoon.
At the meeting, the two leaders exchanged opinions about the development of political ties and the opportunities to further boost trade and cooperation between the two countries, as well as other matters of regional interest.
Asjes was accompanied by Jose Manuel Norberto Jardim, minister of finances, while the Cuban delegation included Council of Ministers Vice President Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, and Interim Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina Gonzalez, the press release concludes.
Curacao to Host CARIFTA Games
By Duncan Mackay
The island was chosen ahead of the Cayman Islands, who had expresssed an interest but failed to submit a letter of support from its Government.
The annual athletics championships was founded in 1972 by the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) and has two age categories, under-18 and under-20.
Only countries associated with CARIFTA may compete in the competition.
Sir Austin Sealy, then President of the Amateur Athletic Association of Barbados, inaugurated the Games to mark the transition from the Caribbean Free Trade Association to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
CARIFTA was meant to enhance relations between the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean after the dissolution of the West Indies Federation, but the CARIFTA Games took that idea a step further, including the French and Dutch Antilles.
The Games have produced world record holders, Usain Bolt, Darrel Brown, world and Olympic champions such as Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, Kim Collins of St Kitts-Nevis and Pauline Davis-Thompson of the Bahamas, Alleyne Francique of Grenada and Obadele Thompson of Barbados.