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Next Cuban drilling near Florida coast brings concerns once more

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Oilprice.com Sep 28, 2011 9:20 am. Spain’s largest oil company, Repsol-YPF, has contracted the massive Italian-made Scarabeo 9 semi-submersible oil rig, currently en route from Singapore, to arrive in the Florida Straits by the end of the year after the end of hurricane season to begin exploring Cuba’s offshore reserves. Repsol-YPF, which drilled Cuba’s first onshore well in 2004, intends initially to drill six wells with the Scarabeo 9 rig. Cuban drilling off the Florida Keys is to begin by the end of the year, and US allies are getting in on the action. Is it time for Washington to soften its stance? Read More

Self-Employment continues growing trend but facing hurdles

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Patricia Grogg. HAVANA, Sep 26, 2011 (IPS) - The number of officially registered self-employed people – known in Cuba as "cuentapropistas" – climbed from 157,000 in September 2010 to just over 333,000 in August 2011.Deputy minister of finance Meisi Bolaños, quoted by the Cuban press, said the growth in one year was higher than projected.But according to specialised sources, around 25 percent of self-employment permits had actually been returned as of July. Read More

Fidel Castro analyses Obama's speech at UNO

<p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;AFP. In his first published column since July, the 85-year-old revolutionary icon called US and NATO intervention in Libya as "monstrous crimes" and said Obama -- whom he called the "yankee president" -- used a bully pulpit at the UN General Assembly last week to try and sway global opinion. Read More

Nature and Tourism event begins in Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">VILLA CLARA, Cuba, Sept 26 (acn) Turnat 2011, The Eighth International Meeting on Nature Tourism began this Monday, at the Hanabanilla Hotel, in Manicaragua, in the central province of Villa Clara, which has many natural and cultural attractions and shows high levels of diversity.This event takes places a few days from reaching the two million foreign visitors, achieved on September 17, for the eighth time, 32 days before schedule regarding last year.&nbsp; Read More

Diana Nyad ended attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida

<p style="text-align: justify;">Jellyfish, currents cut short Cuba-to-Florida swim. By the CNN Wire Staff. September 25, 2011 -- Updated 2040 GMT (0440 HKT) (CNN) -- Treading water before being helped out of the water, Nyad said the man-of-war stings had paralyzed some of the muscles in her back, given her chills and nausea. Doctors warned her she could suffer long-term health problems if she suffered another sting. "I've never been in any pain, ever, like that in my whole life," she said, adding, "Now it's set me so far back, I just don't' have the lung capacity to swim the way I can." Read More

Florida Orchestra's exchange with Cuba a closer tie to Tampa Bay

<p style="text-align: justify;">By John Fleming, Times Performing Arts Critic. Sunday, September 25, 2011. this article depicts the history of Tampa and Cuba, and the event of&nbsp; Florida Orchestra's cultural exchange with Cuba,scheduled to take place this month.The history of Tampa cannot be written without devoting several chapters to Cuba,and the history of Cuba cannot be written without devoting many chapters to Tampa. Read More

Diana Nyad presses ahead in Cuba-Florida swim

<p style="text-align: justify;">Diana Nyad began her 103-mile swim from Cuba to Florida Friday. She was about a third of the way by Saturday afternoon, moving through calm waters, according to her Twitter account. By Kevin Gray, Reuters / September 24, 2011. American long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad stroked in the Florida Straits on Saturday, enduring stinging sea creatures as she pressed ahead in her latest bid to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Read More

Cuba to access global pharmaceutical markets via Brazil

<p style="text-align: justify;">Just as Ecuador is buying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Cuban drugs and vaccines, the island’s budding pharmaceutical industry is trying to access more developing markets by way of Brazil. Brazilian Health Minister Alexandre Rocha Santos Padilha and his Cuban peer, Roberto Morales, signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday in Havana under which Brazil will make and distribute a Cuban diabetes drug and 11 cancer products. The ministers also signed an agreement about clinical research cooperation on cancer vaccines. Read More

Harry goes all light headed in love with JUAN OF THE DEAD - my fave indie horror comedy in ages!

<p style="text-align: justify;">Sep 24, 2011 2:36:49 AM CDT. JUAN DE LOS MUERTOS aka JUAN OF THE DEAD is a complete genre wetdream for me.&nbsp; It’s the sort of film that the second I left the theater I knew…&nbsp; this is a film I’ll probably see 100 times more before I die.&nbsp;&nbsp; At least it’s a goal.&nbsp; Not an idle one, but a hopeful one.&nbsp;&nbsp; I just love everything about it.&nbsp;&nbsp; From the opening scene on a triangular raft as Juan is relaxing before his best friend… …to the animated end credits – I was just hugging the screen with my eyes. Read More

A look inside La Casa del Habano, the global chain of Cuban cigar stores

<p style="text-align: justify;">David Savona. If you’re in the market for rare and unusual Cuban smokes you need to seek out the official chain of worldwide Cuban cigar stores known as La Casa del Habano. Created 20 years ago in Cancún, Mexico, these stores (there were 135 at press time) are not only the first in their respective countries to receive Cuba’s latest Edición Limitadas, they’re the first to get special new smokes. To get a sense of what this singular resource has to offer, we perused the current stocks of many of the cigar world’s finer Casas. Read More

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