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Int’l Underwater Photo Contest Begins in Cuba’s Isle of Youth

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.04.11 - 11:46:36 / Int’l Underwater Photo Contest Begins in Cuba’s Isle of YouthNUEVA GERONA, Cuba.- Representatives from 14 nations are already at the Hotel Colony, in Cuba’s western Isle of Youth, to participate in the annual International Underwater Photo Contest (FOTOSUB 2011) that begins there on Monday.On this occasion, twenty competitors from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Mexico, Germany, Canada, Russia, Italy, Serbia, England, Sweden, Spain and Cuba will compete for the Silver Jellyfish, the trophy granted to the winner of the event. Read More

Cut funds for RTV-Martí, not for public radio in the U.S., research group tells Congress

<p style="text-align: justify;">(rtvm) The Council on Hemispheric Affairs wonders why "House Republicans showed no difficulties in placing National Public Radio (NPR) on the chopping block" while overlooking "conservative pet projects that are far more costly, of lower quality, and ineffective." COHA, a Washington-based think tank, identifies the more costly and ineffective projects as Radio and TV Martí. Read More

50 years after Bay of Pigs, Cuba eyes new course

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Isabel Sanchez Isabel Sanchez – Mon Apr 11, 4:06 am ET. HAVANA (AFP) – Cuba prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of its victory over a US-backed overthrow effort at the Bay of Pigs as it convenes a Communist Party congress that sets new political and economic goals for the struggling island.The anniversary celebration coincides with the first Communist Party congress since 1997, set to reaffirm the socialist character of the revolution while examining wide-ranging economic reforms proposed by President Raul Castro. Read More

Cuba Celebrates Anniversary of Childcare Centers

<p style="text-align: justify;">Havana, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba on Sunday is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first daycare centers, focused on strengthening children's intellectual and motor skills.On April 10, 1961, the Camilo Cienfuegos, Fulgencio Oroz and Crio Frias institutions began providing daycare services for children under the age of five during working hours, ensuring the full integration of women into work or study. Read More

Algeria, Cuba call for immediate ceasefire in Libya

<p style="text-align: justify;">IANS India Private Limited.By Indo Asian News Service. Algiers, April 11 (IANS) Algeria and Cuba have called on all concerned parties in Libya to end clashes and begin peace talks at the earliest, Xinhua reported.In a joint news conference Sunday, Algeria Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci, with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, said they hoped the 'fighting in Libya would end and dialogues would be launched soon'. Read More

Algerian-Cuban cooperation, "extremely fruitful," says FM

<p style="text-align: justify;">ALGIERS- The relations between Algeria and Cuba are marked by an "extremely fruitful and concrete" cooperation, said Sunday here Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci. "The long-standing relations between Algeria and Cuba, which are marked by an active solidarity and an extremely fruitful and concrete cooperation in various fields, especially in health, youths and sports," Medelci declared in a press conference held jointly with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. Read More

Cuban Minister, Azerbaijani Writers Union President Meet

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Raquel Maria Garcia Alvarez. Baku, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Culture Minister Abel Prieto Jimenez met with the president of the Union of Writers of Azerbaijan, Anar Rzayev, at the union headquarters in Baku, according to diplomatic sources.The organization was created in 1934, and has 1,500 members and chapters in Russia and Georgia. Read More

Cuba Playoffs with Pinar & Granma up 2-1

<p style="text-align: justify;">April 10, 2011. HAVANA TIMES, April 10 — Cuba’s baseball semifinal playoffs see Game 4 action on Sunday with Pinar del Rio and Granma both taking 2-1 series leads on Saturday.In the Western Division, Pinar del Rio, the only frequent post season team left in the playoffs, shut down Cienfuegos 7-1 on stellar pitching by Julio Alfredo who went eight innings allowing eight hits and one run while striking out six.&nbsp; Norberto Gonzalez took the loss allowing five runs on ten hits in seven innings. Read More

Havana Film Festival puts focus on Latin American life

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Albor Ruiz | | 10 de Abril 201. It is springtime in New York, the time of the year in which, along with the trees and the flowers, many film festivals bloom all over the city.Without a doubt one of the most interesting of these is the Havana Film Festival New York, which during its 12 years of existence has carved a place in the city´s cultural landscape. For New Yorkers worried about the anemic economy, the three wars the U.S. is currently involved in, and the Democratic, Republican and Tea Party madness in Washington, the variety of the films featured at the festival should be a breath of fresh air. Read More

Cuba: Increasing Tourist Arrivals

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Ray.Havana, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) The number of tourists arrivals in Cuba reached the one million mark on Sunday, 13 days earlier than last year, the Ministry of Tourism said in a press release.Cuba saw 10.4 percent growth in tourism during the first quarter, boosted by visitors from Canada, Russia, Argentina, the UK, Chile, Poland, Venezuela and Belgium, the note said.Cruise ship arrivals are also boosting those figures, and hotel rooms have been added in Cayo Santa Maria, north of Villa Clara, and Varadero, the top Cuban beach resort. Read More