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From the Ottawa Valley to Cuba – the famous ‘Cubacan’ bats

OTTAWA- September 04, 2020 --From his basement woodworking shop in the Ottawa Valley, former car salesman Bill Ryan, 66, is turning out finely-crafted maple bats for Cuba's beleaguered baseball leagues. He wants Canadian tourists to help him supply Cubans with more bats. assignment 134421 Credit: Jean Levac/POSTMEDIA FOR: 0910 batmaker

From his basement woodworking shop in the Ottawa Valley, former car salesman Bill Ryan, 66, is turning out finely-crafted maple bats for Cuba’s baseball leagues | JEAN LEVAC /Postmedia

By Andrew Duffy, first published in The Ottawa Citizen

A retired Ottawa Valley car salesman is turning out hundreds of hand-made maple bats every year for Cuban baseball players as part of a decade-long effort to assist the impoverished island nation.

Bill Ryan, 66, spends 10 or 11 hours every day in his basement woodworking shop, making his now famous “Cubacan” bats. Continue reading

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Bats for Cuban baseball

CUBACAN 6060 APPEAL, Canadian Network on Cuba

To say the pandemic has had a huge impact on everyone is a gross understatement and this is true especially for Cuba with the cessation of its critical tourism economy.

When you add the strengthening of the illegal, 60-year blockade of Cuba by Trump, we have a very “imperfect” storm.

Cuba will need at least 600 baseball bats for the next National Series, which begins on September 12th, but because of the blockade and the Covid pandemic, are unable to afford them. They have asked Canadian friends to assist in their acquisition. Bill Ryan, a long time Canadian supporter of Cuban baseball has taken on the task of helping Cuba in this by making these bats with his simple lathe. Bill has made bats for Cuba in past and the Cubans believe that these bats are as good as any they’ve purchase elsewhere and at a fraction of what would otherwise cost over $75,000. Continue reading

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Authentic Olympic champions: Sport applauds its stars, who save lives

When this game seems to take months of constant struggle, without an audience in the stands, confined in isolation to avoid friction, we live confident that the hall dedicated to the champions of this season will be for the health team of planet Earth: doctors, nurses , pharmacists, researchers and the rest of the huge payroll of volunteers | Jhonah Díaz González
Sport applauds life-saving stars

Sport applauds the stars

Today the world shows its most sublime face. The stars stopped being on a soccer field and the goals lost prominence in the green grass to be celebrated in a smaller space. Continue reading

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2018 World Cup. English fans pay respect to Soviet war dead with Stalingrad memorial wreath

Morning Star (June 18) – ENGLAND fans laid a wreath today in memory of Soviet war dead in a moving ceremony in central Volgograd. Continue reading

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Friendship first: What Celtic FC’s solidarity with Palestine can teach the world

Celtic fans fly Palestine flags

BY MICHAEL BLOSSER

As the 2018 World Cup frenzy starts to take over the news cycle, it is essential that we highlight examples of how the sport has brought people together, such as is the case of Celtic FC and Palestine. Celtic Football Club, a football club based in Glasgow, Scotland, has consistently shown solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.

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An affront to history: Giro d’Italia’s ‘sport-washing’ of Israel

A rider practises opposite to the David Tower of Jerusalem's Old City before the beginning of Stage 1.

‘Was the 12 million dollars received by the organizers from Israel and its supporters a worthy price to ignore the suffering of Palestinians and to help normalize Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people?’

For the first time since its inception in 1909, the legendary Italian cycling race, Giro d’Italia kicked off outside Europe and, strangely enough, from the city of Jerusalem on May 4. Continue reading

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Hillsborough: disaster, justice, solidarity

The Hillsborough disaster was a human crush at Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield, England, on 15 April 1989; with 96 dead and 766 injured it is the worst disaster in British sporting history. The victims were overwhelmingly from the working class.

The Hillsborough disaster was a human crush at Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield, England, on 15 April 1989; with 96 dead and 766 injured it is the worst disaster in British sporting history. The victims were overwhelmingly from the working class.

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Recreation in the Venezuelan barrio: The true freedom of free time

With the solidarity support of Cubans, sports and recreation are continuing to transcend marginality and exclusion in Venezuela’s poor communities. 

Madelaine Acosta from Matanzas leads the most popular recreational activity in the Venezuelan neighbourhoods: Dance therapy | Dilbert Reyes Rodríguez

CARACAS (August 4) — Madelaine Acosta is in Venezuela again. “This is nothing like 2004. It’s something else, and it’s all about what we have achieved.”

She arrived here from Jagüey Grande, in Matanzas, as part of the first group of collaborators assigned to work in the country’s poorest areas, to improve the lives of inhabitants dominated by marginality and all its associated problems. Those were the first days of the social mission Barrio Adentro Deportivo, (Into the Neighbourhood with Sports) and she, like all the other original members, started from zero.  Continue reading

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UEFA fines clubs when fans fly Palestinian flags

But militaristic flypasts of U.S. jets are just kosher. ANNIE ROBBINS* on European football’s double standards.

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Egyptian soccer star boycotts Pope’s ‘match for peace’ over Israeli participant

Egyptian player Mohamed Aboutrika wears a T-shirt reading "Sympathize with Gaza” in English and Arabic as he celebrates his goal 1-0 against Sudan in Kumasi 26 January 2008 during the African Cup of Nations football championship. Aboutrika flashed the shirt after he scored his first goal in view of cameras and millions of spectators throughout the world which prompted the referee to slap him with yellow warning card for violating the FIFA rules which prohibit religious and political slogans during the games, although the phrase is more humanitarian than political. Israel pressured Google to remove all the images of him showing his T-shirt. | STR/AFP/Getty Images

Egyptian player Mohamed Aboutrika wears a T-shirt reading “Sympathize with Gaza” in English and Arabic as he celebrates his goal 1-0 against Sudan in Kumasi 26 January 2008 during the African Cup of Nations football championship. Aboutrika flashed the shirt after he scored his first goal in view of cameras and millions of spectators throughout the world which prompted the referee to slap him with yellow warning card for violating the FIFA rules which prohibit religious and political slogans during the games, although the phrase is more humanitarian than political. Israel pressured Google to remove all the images of him showing his T-shirt. | STR/AFP/Getty Images

Mohammed Aboutrika refused the Vatican’s invitation to the September 1 “friendly” in Rome because of the Zionist state.

(Aug. 21) – Retired Egyptian soccer star Mohammed Aboutrika has refused the Vatican’s invitation to play in an interfaith soccer match promoting peace.

The papal lovefest “Inter-Religious Match for Peace” will take place on September 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

Aboutrika tweeted his refusal with the invitation letter he received from the Vatican. The tweet said, “This is a photo for the match invitation which I turned down because of the Zionist state. Pardon us, we are raising new generation.” Continue reading

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