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State urges businesses to become more self-reliant but retains supreme oversight

<p style="text-align: justify;">Previews updating of economic system on eve of Sixth Communist Party Congress this weekend. The separation of state and state-run business is the subject of an article Wednesday in Granma, titled "Give unto business what is business', unto the state what is the state's." The topic is the "actualization," or updating, of Cuba's economic system, on the eve of the Sixth Congress of the Cuban Communist Party, set for April 16-19."An excessive oversight of each activity of the economy led most of the [state] institutions – in a decidedly paternalistic practice – to assume from the outside the management of the companies," the article says. Read More

Work on worn-out rail tracks beginning

<p style="text-align: justify;">Using imported rails from Russia and concrete ties made in a new Cuban plant, work crews have concluded reconditioning 15 miles of track along the island’s main trunk railroad within 75 days, Granma reported.Cuban railroad tracks have deteriorated to the point where they are causing frequent accidents. The particular stretch of the Havana-Santiago line in Matanzas province, between Cuatro Esquinas and Cascajal, had been among the most dilapidated segments, allowing for only 25 mph speeds. The renovated stretch will allow speeds of 75 mph. Read More

Havana affected by growing water shortage

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Apr 12, 2011 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The water supply to Cuban capital Havana and the province around it faces the most critical level in the last 50 years, which could worsen if it does not rain in May and June, the National Institute of Water Resources (INRH) said in a report on Tuesday.Jorge Kalaf, an official in charge of development and investments at the INRH, said March was more dry than usual and had a deficit on rain water rain accumulation, which is considered moderate to severe in regions of Cuba, according to the report published in the official daily "Granma." Read More

Cuba praised for veterinarian training by int'l organization

<p style="text-align: justify;">April 13, 2011. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Tuesday praised Cuba for its efforts in training veterinarians from other countries.Many professionals currently playing important roles or holding positions in veterinary medicine in countries around the world have studied on the island, OIE representative Leopoldo Stuardo Escobar said.Escobar was speaking on the sidelines of the 7th International Congress on Veterinary Sciences held here from April 11 to 14. Over 200 delegates from Cuba and 30 other countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Nicaragua are participating. Read More

Cuba Carries Out Conservation Project in Marine and Coastal Areas

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.04.12 - 17:54:45 / Las Tunas, Cuba. - Cuba is carrying out a project with international financing for the preservation and management of its protected marine and coastal areas.Susana Perera, Environmental Specialist from the National Center of Protected Areas, told ACN news agency that the program benefits 28 important natural areas which are being monitored for its biological diversity, updating its management plans and the biological attention is being reinforced. Read More

Cuban Women Wrestlers Training for Pan American Championships

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.04.12 - 17:51:18 / HAVANA, Cuba. - The Cuban women’s wrestling team is training at the Cerro Pelado center, previous to its participation in the Pan American championship to be held in Rio Negro, Colombia, May 6-8.Mexico 2010 Pan Am silver medallist and fifth in the Moscow World championships Katerine Vidiaux, 63 kilograms, leads the wrestlers that travel to Colombia to win a spot in the Guadalajara Pan Am Games. Read More

Cubans hope party congress may loosen home, car sales

<p style="text-align: justify;">Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:49pm GMT. By Rosa Tania Valdes. HAVANA, April 12 (Reuters) - Cubans are watching this week's ruling Communist Party congress closely for new openings to private initiative, above all the right to freely buy and sell their homes and cars for the first time in decades.A return to pre-revolution private property rights is not on the cards at the April 16-19 party meeting, but there are widely-held hopes the island's highest political body will ease regulations many Cubans view as unjust. Read More

How To Get The Best Out Of Low Cost Vacations To Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Cuba is a truly stunning and fascinating island to visit, with some of the greatest landscape and scenery you can imagine and one that is saturated with history. It oozes history at every corner and there is a story to be found by everyone who looks for low cost vacations to Cuba.There really is the best of both worlds here in Cuba. If you can't afford that all inclusive holiday in a pricey hotel, you can still witness the colonial architecture, long white beaches, music, dancing, drinking and a lot of fun.It is amazing to almost step back in time with classic 1950s cars on every road. There are plenty of options out there for those budget travellers who want to experience the real island. Read More

Cuba to Take Young Team to Pan Am Freestyle Championship

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Yllen Riquelme. Havana, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will take a young team to the next 2011 Senior Pan American Championships that will take place in early March in Rionegro, Colombia.The team is led by Yuniesky Blanco (74 kg), who was unbeaten in the last International FIS Freestyle World Cup, in which also participated Eduardo Mesa (96).Other two experienced are part of the team seeking for another crown; fromer Pan American champions Luis Ibañez (55) and Yowlys Bonne (60). Read More

Cuban Vets Turn to All-natural Drugs

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.04.12 - 14:42:01 / International Veterinarian Congress SANTA CLARA, CUBA.- Veterinarians in central Villa Clara province have turned to medicines made out of plants to replace imports bought with hard currency.Veterinarian Scientific Society president Kolia Monteagudo told ACN news agency that they are also using homeopathic drugs to treat sick animals. He said these two methods were previously subjected to extensive trials with outstanding results in the area. Read More