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Provincial assembly is purged

<p style="text-align: justify;">Five officials ousted in apparent corruption drive. A major shakeup occurred Friday in the Provincial Assembly of Sancti Spiritus province, when the Assembly's president resigned and the vice president was sacked "for indisciplines of a grave nature," the daily Granma reported Saturday.In addition, three vice presidents of the Council of Provincial Administration and the director of the Budget Unit were removed "for abuses in their exercise of their posts and diversion of resources with intent to profit." Criminal charges will be pressed against all four, the newspaper said. Read More

Church Demands Reforms to Cuban Health-Care System

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA – The Catholic Church sees an urgent need to seek “new formulas,” including an opening to private enterprise, in order to heal Cuba’s health-care system, which has deteriorated as a result of corruption, lack of funds and an unstable professional environment. Read More

Mexico Routs Trinidad, Cuba Qualifies for CONCACAF U-20 Quarterfinals

<p style="text-align: justify;"> of North, Central American &amp; Caribbean Association Football. April 1, 2011. GUATEMALA CITY - Taufic Guarch scored three goals and hit the post another time to lead Mexico a 5-0 victory over Trinidad &amp; Tobago on Friday, eliminating the "Young Warriors" and earning Cuba a place in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.Mexico already had clinched a berth in the knockout round and Friday's rout clinched the Group D title, pitting it against Canada in Tuesday's quarterfinals. Read More

Evolutionary history of Cuban crocodiles

<p style="text-align: justify;">Evolutionary history of Cuban crocodiles Crocodylus rhombifer and Crocodylus acutus inferred from multilocus markers. Abstract: Among crocodilians, Crocodylus rhombifer is one of the world's most endangered species with the smallest natural distribution. In Cuba, this endemic species coexists with the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus). Hybridization between these two species is well known in captivity and might occur in the wild, but has never been demonstrated genetically.We suggest that hybridization has been a historical as well as a current phenomenon between C. acutus and C. rhombifer. These findings suggest that long-term conservation of crocodiles in Cuba will require identification of genetically pure and hybrid individuals, and a decrease in anthropogenic activities. Read More

Cuba dances to a Celtic beat

<p style="text-align: justify;">Meeting of music: revellers at CeltFest CubaMeeting of music: revellers at CeltFest Cuba. MAGAN'S WORLD:THE LATEST Fáilte Ireland video presents Ireland exactly as you’d hope it would be to the world – as a potent, self-confident place brimming with beauty and joie de vie. It’s revelatory, and ought to be forwarded to everyone you know abroad – make promoting Irish tourism a viral campaign. Read More

Cuban Experiment Should be Adopted to Divert the Food Crisis

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba. The current rise in food prices is a problem which we are capable of solving ourselves especially if all the stakeholders are committed to the cause. The food crisis problems go well beyond the Uganda borders as it is also a marginal problem even here in the UK where i live such that I have registered with several supermarkets online to help me compare prices before I do my home shopping.But with fertile Uganda soils, surely we can do better with the support of the current government. Read More

Jean Ferrat and his visits to Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Rafael Lam. It is one It is one year since the death of Jean Ferrat, considered the last of the great French singers along with Jacques Brel, Leo Ferré and Georges Brassens. His last visit to Cuba was in May 1967.To learn more details of Ferrat’s trip to the island 44 years ago, I spoke to Julio Bidopia, general manager of Agencia Clave, who was responsible for the French singer’s engagement here.Ferrat toured Cuba twice, the second time was for the 1st International Festival of Popular Song in Varadero.The Parisian public described Jean Ferrat as "an icon of protest song." Read More

Slow rail rehab project with Cuban participation facing more delays

<p style="text-align: justify;">After seven years, the $340 million rehabilitation of Venezuela’s Central-West railroad still is incomplete, an official of Venezuela’s Instituto de Ferrocarriles del Estado (IFE) said March 31 as part of a larger announcement, according to Agencia Venezolana de Noticias.The official didn’t explain the delays of the project connecting Barquisimeto to Puerto Cabello, whose completion AVN reported last year had been expected for the end of 2010. Read More

Swiss Surgeon Pleased at Exchange with Cuban Doctors

<p style="text-align: justify;">Por Indira Santana.Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Apr 1 (Prensa Latina) The prestigious Swiss doctor Martin Herrmann expressed his satisfaction over exchanging experiences with Cuban doctors on inguinal hernia surgery with local anesthesia.In remarks to Prensa Latina, Herrmann stressed the importance of showing his skills to surgeons interested in surgical procedures that facilitate the work and have a greater impact on the population. Read More

Cuban artist pleads not guilty in molestation case

<p style="text-align: justify;">Cuban painter Agustin Bejarano is pleading not guilty to Florida charges that he sexually molested a 5-year-old boy.The written plea was entered Thursday on Bejarano's behalf by the Miami-Dade County public defender's office. Bejarano, of Camaguey, is being held without bail on the felony charge of lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor. Read More