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Cruise Ship MV Discovery Arrives in Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.04.01 - 13:56:59 /; Santiago de Cuba<strong>.-&nbsp;</strong> The cruise ship Discovery<strong> </strong>, with 532 English tourists on board, arrived on Friday in the eastern Cuban city of Santiago de Cuba, coming from Montego Bay, Jamaica.Nearly 220 passengers took on tours through the city, including a visit to the San Pedro de la Roca Castle, a fortress built at the entrance of the harbor to defend the city during the Spanish colonial period, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1997. Read More

Fidel hails Carter as brave for focus on US-Cuba relations

<p style="text-align: justify;">AFP. Friday, April 01, 2011. HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro praised Jimmy Carter for being "brave" in focusing on US-Cuban issues yesterday, even as the ex-US president failed to win the freedom of a US contractor jailed on the island.Carter is "the only one, in my opinion, who is brave and serious enough to deal with issues of relations of his country with Cuba", Castro wrote in an opinion piece that ran in state-run media. Read More

Cuba-US relations continue to suffer

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Spencer Cadden. Recently, on a trip to Canada, I saw something I forgot existed- a box of cigars labeled "Made in Cuba." Suddenly, images of a small island to the south of the United States came rushing back to me.Images of cigar smoking, scraggly bearded old men filled my head. So I opened my phone and searched the Associated Press to see how Cuba is doing.Coincidentally this week, former President Jimmy Carter took a trip to speak with Cuba's current leader, Raul Castro (brother of longtime leader Fidel Castro) as well as Cuban activists and religious leaders. Read More

Woman calls Miami police after arriving ashore from Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Melissa Sanchez and Tim Chapman. Even by Miami standards, this one is strange.A young woman outside a Little Havana gas station flagged down a motorist, borrowed his cell phone and called police.Her story? She and nine other Cubans had been abandoned there by smugglers who dropped them off a few hours earlier. Read More

Forum Calls for Decentralisation, to Boost Participation

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Dalia Acosta. HAVANA, Mar 31, 2011 (IPS) - The annual Critical Observatory Social Forum discussed the need for new spaces of dialogue, debate and participation in Cuba, including the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and decentralisation to empower local communities."If we are going to make a revolution that is consistent, many Cuban bloggers are committed to the idea of improving the situation, not going backwards," said feminist blogger Yasmín Portales, who attended the forum held in Havana last weekend. "And the way to improve things is to be critical in a systematic way," she said. Read More

A thrice-weekly service to Cuba starting 31 October

<p style="text-align: justify;">Fly to Havana from Norwich International Airport via Amsterdam with KLM. Thursday, March 31, 2011. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will launch thrice-weekly service to Jose Marti International Airport in Cuba from Amsterdam starting 31 October. Cuba will then become KLM’s 68th intercontinental destination.KLM President &amp; CEO Peter Hartman, “From the forthcoming winter schedule, KLM will markedly expand capacity to the Caribbean. Cuba is the perfect addition to KLM’s extensive global network. Cuba enjoys widespread popularity beyond the Netherlands amongst many European citizens, who can travel to this exceptional Caribbean destination within a day, transferring but once en route.” Read More

Professor, students bring diabetes supplies to Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Hillel delegation holds workshops on exercise and diet at synagogue.Drew University students register participants for a diabetes workshop at Adath Israel, an Orthodox shul in Havana. Photos courtesy Jonathan Golden.Drew University Hillel director and Yankee fan Jonathan Golden, left, swaps baseball caps with Richard Lopez at a Havana Industriales baseball game.By Robert Wiener. NJJN Staff Writer. March 30, 2011. In a mission that combined humanitarian aid with religious observance, a professor and four Hillel members from Drew University spent six days in Cuba earlier this month. Read More

Cuban Experts Promote Use of Renewable Sources of Energy

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.03.31 - 15:01:28 / Third National Workshop on Energy Communication and Culture. HAVANA, CUBA.- “The future of the world rests on solar energy. It is healthy, natural and accessible to everyone,” said the president of the Cuban Society for the Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources and Respect for the Environment (Cubasolar), Luis Berriz, during the closing session of the Third National Workshop on Energy Communication and Culture, which concluded on Wednesday at Havana’s National Botanical Garden. Read More

Cuba Develops Own Technology for Bone Healing

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.03.31 - 13:52:01 / Cuba Develops Own Technology for Bone Healing. HAVANA, CUBA.- Cuban researches from the Institute of Cybernetics, Mathematics and Physics, based in Havana, created a device for bone reparation called THERAMED 101-B, which showed positive results in 18 out of the 22 cases studied. Read More

Cuba gives Ghana 250 slots for training of doctors

<p style="text-align: justify;">Accra, March 31, GNA - Vice President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday said the Cuban government had offered to train 250 students to become medical doctors for a five-year period."The students will be selected from deprived communities of the country and they will return after training to work in those communities to help eliminate child and maternal mortality among other challenges to ensure quality health delivery," he said. Read More