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February 23rd

Venezuelan Airline Conviasa Schedules Six Flights Per Weeek to Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.02.22 - 15:57:21 /radiorebelde.Venezuelan Airline Conviasa Schedules Six Flights Per Weeek to Cuba. Havana, Cuba.- The Venezuelan airline Conviasa began on Tuesday operations to Cuba with a frequency of six flights per week, which will serve to strengthen relations between these two member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of the Americas (ALBA).According to Cuban television, the Executive vice-president of Conviasa, Eduardo Legaspi, announced that this is an opportunity to strengthen brotherhood ties with Cuba as well as social, commercial and tourist exchanges. Read More

Arrival of Cuba offshore oil rig delayed again

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Delivery of a Chinese-built drilling rig that will open the first full-scale exploration for oil in Cuban waters looks unlikely until at least August in the latest delay to beset the project, sources said this week.They said an inspection of the newly-built, high-tech rig had been ordered to make sure it was in good shape after taking on water in transit from the Chinese shipyard where it was built to Singapore for completion in October. Read More

Cuba’s plans to drill for oil south of Florida Keys has lawmakers scrambling POLL

<p style="text-align: justify;">NAPLES — Florida was on edge last summer as oil spewed from the blown out Deepwater Horizon well in the northern Gulf of Mexico.This summer, Florida could be turning a wary eye in a different direction: south toward Cuba.That’s when Spanish oil giant Repsol could begin drilling an exploratory oil well off the northern coast of Cuba, some 20 miles north of Havana and 60 miles south of a point between Key West and the Marquesas Keys, said oil industry expert Jorge Piñon, a visiting research fellow at the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University in Miami. Read More

Cuban authorities take steps to boost charcoal export

<p style="text-align: justify;">;&nbsp; 2011-02-22 12:58:54. HAVANA, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Cuban agricultural authorities will take steps to boost the charcoal production for the international market, Cuba's official Granma daily said on Monday. Read More

Canadian Ambassador to Cuba Highlights Academic Links with Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 22 (acn) The Canadian ambassador to Cuba, Matthew Levin, affirmed on Monday, at the opening ceremony of the 10th National Seminar on Canadian Studies in Havana, that academic relations between Cuba and Canada are a priority for his country. Read More

Belarus ready to promote Cuba’s interests in Eurasia

<p style="text-align: justify;">MINSK, 22 February (BelTA) – Belarus is ready to help Cuba advance its interests in Eurasia, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko said as he met with Foreign Minister of Cuba Bruno Rodriguez Parilla on 22 February, BelTA has learnt. Read More

Research on Xylographies Engraved in Cuban Royal Palm Trees

<p style="text-align: justify;">22 de febrero de 2011, 00:08. Artemisa, Cuba, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuban scientists are making a research to decode the origin and significance of curious drawings engraved in Cuban royal palm trees in this province. It is thought that the drawings were engraved by African slaves.Historian Jorge Freddy Ramirez head of the research team, said to Prensa Latina that it is about xylographs found in some regions of Rosario Mountain Range and other neighbouring areas where in the past where there were sugar plantations, coffee plantations or Maroon palenques. Read More

Chinese come to their Cuban comrades' rescue by lighting up cigars

<p style="text-align: justify;">Rising wealth and socialist solidarity sees China become major market for Cuban export hit by smoking bans and recession. Tuesday 22 February 2011 14.51 GMT. Cuban Cohiba Cuban cigar sales rose in 2010 as enthusiastic Chinese smokers helped to counter the effects global recession and smoking bans. Winston Churchill and Fidel Castro fed the mystique, but it is Chinese smokers who could ultimately save the Cuban cigar.Demand from China's expanding economic elite has sparked optimism in an industry that risked being extinguished by recession and anti-smoking laws around the world. Read More

Cuba Registers Tourism Record in January

<p style="text-align: justify;">Havana, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) At the end of January 2011, Cuba had registered a record number of international tourist arrivals with 296,222, an increase of 15.9 percent compared to the same period in 2010.A press release from the National Office of Statistics referred to the arrival of 40,610 visitors in that month, more than in January 2010, a good beginning for the Cuban tourist industry this year.In relation to the same period of time in 2007, 2008 and 2009, this record represents an increase of 33.9, 19.2 and 10.5 percent, respectively. Read More

February 23rd

Cuban Teams to Participate in Final Round of Int’l Programming Contest

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.02.22 -radiorebelde.Havana, Cuba.- For the first time, two Cuban teams qualified for the final round of the International Collegiate Programming Contest of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM-ICPC).The director of the Caribbean venue of ACM-ICPC, Dovier Antonio Ripoll, announced that the teams ‘Olympus’, from the University of Computer Sciences (UCI), and ‘UH++’, from the University of Havana, will represent Cuba in the contest, scheduled from February 27 through March 4 in Egypt. Read More