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Granma Daily: State spends more to subsidize food, so local producers must do their part

<p style="text-align: justify;">The availability of imported consumer goods might shrink in the future, warned Granma Friday in an article titled "The nation will have to pay more to import the same." The article makes its point by citing the rising price of wheat (from US$280 per metric ton in 2010&nbsp; to $411 this year, up 47 percent), corn ($24?$388, up 62%), soy flour ($412?$433, up 5%), soy oil ($992?$1,442, up 45%) and powdered milk (imb) ($3,125?$4,930, up 57.7%).According to Igor Montero Brito, president of the food import company Alimport, "this implies that the revenue we expected from the exportation of nickel, services and sugar, among others, will no longer be additional but must be used to cover the deficit in the food bills." Read More

Cuba Gears up for Key Communist Summit

<p style="text-align: justify;">By PAUL HAVEN Associated Press. HAVANA April 15, 2011 (AP) A Communist Party summit set to start this weekend on the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion offers Cuba's aging leaders a last hurrah to celebrate the victories of their past, and perhaps a final chance to salvage their revolution's future.Part pep rally, part nostalgia tour, part leadership shake-up, the Sixth Party Congress is designed to consecrate the once-unthinkable free market economic changes enacted by President Raul Castro as the country's only path to prosperity. Read More

Chile: Absolute Winner of PHOTOSUB 2011

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.04.14 - 19:53:57 / Underwater photography. NUEVA GERONA, Cuba. -Chile ended champion of the PHOTOSUB 2011 international underwater photography competition, held at the Colony Hotel of the Isle of Youth special municipality.Among the 11 finalists, 34-year old Fernando Olivares occupied the place of honor in Macro and Fish, two of the four categories regulated for competitions, and finished second in Environment with Model, after Cuban Julio Santos. Read More

Venezuela and Cuba: Special Guests in Mexican Choir Festival

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.04.14 - 19:47:29 / HAVANA, Cuba. -Cuba and Venezuela are the guests of honor of the 2nd edition of the Jalisco Canta Choir Festival, underway in that capital city of the Mexican state of Guadalajara.According to the event’s Web site, several concerts were programmed for Thursday in different places, among them the one slated for El Refugio Tlaquepaque Cultural Center with the Cuban group Vocal Leo, the Granma newspaper reported. Read More

Liverpool comics plan bike ride across Cuba in aid of Zoe’s Place

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Peter Grant, Liverpool Echo. Apr 15 2011. Liverpool comics plan bike ride across Cuba in aid of Zoe’s Place. TWO of Liverpool's favourite comedians are getting on their bikes for a cause close to their hearts.Willie Miller and Sean Styles have decided to stop being stand-ups for a while and pedal across Cuba.The two funnymen, who have their own popular BBC Radio Merseyside show each Sunday morning, are now training for the ride of their lives in March 2012. Read More

52% vs. 33% - Renew U.S.-Cuba Ties

<p style="text-align: justify;">Thu Apr 14, 1:00 am ET. By a margin of 52% to 33%, Americans think that the United States should re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, according to a 2009 Pew Research poll. Relations, including a successively tight embargo on trade, were cut off half a century ago following the revolution that propelled Fidel Castro’s government to power. A third oppose re-establishing ties with Cuba. Gallup surveys in recent years showed somewhat more support for renewing diplomatic relations with Cuba (61% in 2008, 67% in 2006). Read More

Cuban Cyclists in Tours of Uruguay and Martinique

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.04.14 - 08:43:28 / Cuban Cyclists in Tours of Uruguay and Martinique.HAVANA, CUBA.- Cuba will participate in the 68th edition of the Cycling Tour of Uruguay on April15, with a squad made up by route, mountain and track specialists, who will be directed by technical trainer Joel Gallego. Read More

Cuban migrants repatriated by Coast Guard

<p style="text-align: justify;">The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday repatriated 10 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, according to an e-mailed statement. One is still awaiting further disposition.Six of the migrants were found Sunday aboard a “rustic vessel” in the Straits of Florida. Five more were found Friday south of the state.CHRISTINA VEIGA Read More

Carleton Weekend Conference Focuses on Cuba after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

<p style="text-align: justify;">April 14, 2011. Each year, Carleton College’s Latin American Studies Program hosts its Foro Latinoamericano, at which distinguished speakers and artists come together to discuss important themes in Latin American studies. This year’s Foro, taking place April 14 through 16 and entitled “Cuban Culture After the Fall of the Berlin Wall,” will focus on the cultural and artistic transformations that have taken place in Cuba in the 20 years since the end of the Cold War. A complete listing of related events can be found online at Carleton College’s annual Foro Latinoamericano is free and open to the public. Read More

TripAdvisor Considers Paradisus Rio de Oro Best Cuban Hotel

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.04.14 - 13:08:09 / HAVANA, CUBA.- Eastern Holguin province’s Paradisus Río de Oro Resort &amp; Spa is, according to the world's largest travel site, TripAdvisor, the best place to stay in Cuba.The facility, run by the Spanish hotel chain Sol Meliá, has earned some 1400 positive reviews in the TripAvisor website, which gathers the opinions of tourist from all over the world on their experiences in hotels, destinations and other tourist attractions.“A trip to paradise”, “my best vacations ever”, “heaven on Earth” and “the nicest people I’ve met”, are some of the reviews published in the site on this eco-resort, that on top of its high end facilities has a great staff. Read More