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DHS, CBP Publish Final Rule Allowing Additional U.S. Ports of Entry for Flights To and From Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">(02/03/2011)The final rule titled “Airports of Entry or Departure for Flights to and From Cuba,” was published in the Federal Register on Friday, Jan. 28.Under Department of Homeland Security regulations, direct flights between the U.S. and Cuba must arrive at or depart from one of three named U.S. airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, or Miami International Airport. Read More

Cayman musician’s Cuba adventure

<p style="text-align: justify;">04 February, 2011. When you’re in and around music and musicians, magic can often happen.And it’s in the impromptu get-togethers and on-the-spot jam sessions that these moments are created. Such was the case when Caymanian musician Natasha Kozaily visited Cuba; as she tells Weekender, the vacation visit inevitably ended in some sharing of tunes with our closest Caribbean neighbours.“We met some artists there - Eva Flores and Aceituna sin Hueso, another band, and they basically invited me and my band on-stage with them in Havana to do some music. Read More

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts to open 7 new hotels in 2011

<p style="text-align: justify;">4 February 2011.IBEROSTAR Hotels &amp; Resorts closes 2010 with a turnover of 881 million Euros, representing 9% increase over the previous year. Currently, the Spanish hotel chain has a portfolio of 101 hotels, 67,400 beds and over 21,000 employees in the countries where it operates.Novelties 2011: New Openings: Throughout the year, IBEROSTAR Hotels &amp; Resorts plans to open 7 new hotels, which will reinforce its presence in the best holiday destinations of the world. Read More

D/FW Airport could add charter flights to Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Published 03 February 2011 08:09 PM. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is in talks with government officials and airlines to become a designated gateway to Cuba.Only airports in Miami, Los Angeles and New York have the designation to allow some flights to Cuba, which still faces a variety of trade restrictions. The Obama administration has loosened some of the rules, opening the chance for more airports to serve as gateways to Cuba. Read More

Oil drilling off Cuba coast draws U.S. foes

<p style="text-align: justify;">Miami Herald. WASHINGTON — With Cuba poised to drill for oil off its coast as early as this spring, Florida lawmakers are renewing efforts to block it, citing fears about damage to the state's beaches in the event of a major oil spill. Read More

Cuba Gears Up for Havana Drum Festival

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.02.03 / radiorebelde.Guillermo Barreto in Memoriam International Drum Contest.HAVANA, Cuba.- Organizers of the Havana Drum Festival announced thatt the Guillermo Barreto in Memoriam International Drum Contest will take place from March 8 to 13.Supported by the Cuban Music Institute and the Ignacio Piñero Music Center, the event is open to Cubans and foreigners living in the island of any age. Read More

Cuba hires Japanese baseball coaches

<p style="text-align: justify;">In a first-ever move for Cuba’s high-profile baseball, the Cuban Olympic Committee hired Japanese coaches to hold baseball workshops in Cuba, Prensa Latina reported.The Japanese national team won the 2009 World Baseball Classic, the highest-profile international tournament. Cuba, winner of the 2006 Classic, was eliminated in second-round pool play.Baseball is a matter of national pride in Cuba; the island has exported sports coaches throughout the world. Read More

Cuba says sugar harvest off to good start

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Cuba's sugar harvest got off to a good start in January with all 39 mills scheduled to open now grinding and yields higher than expected, state-run radio said on Thursday, as the country strains to top a million tonnes of raw sugar by May."January was very important. Many mills opened early leading to the production of more sugar than at this time during the previous harvest," Juan Varela Perez, the country's top sugar reporter, said during his regular spot on national radio on Thursday. Read More

Tourism Workers in Cuban Resort to Offer Better Services

<p style="text-align: justify;">VARADERO, Cuba, Feb 3 (acn) Tourism directors in the seaside resort of Varadero in the central Cuban province of Matanzas ratified the commitment of its workers to offer better quality services without falling in squandering resources. Read More

Venezuela Reiterates Extradition Request of Terrorist Posada Carriles

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.02.03/radiorebelde.Posada, confessed author of the midair sabotage to a Cuban airliner in 1976.HAVANA, Cuba.- The Venezuela-Cuba Mutual Solidarity Movement stated that the trial of Luis Posada Carriles in El Paso, Texas was a sham, and reiterated its request of extraditing the terrorist to Venezuela. Read More