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Forestry Congress Opens in Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">By:Ileana Ferrer Fonte. Havana, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) The 5th Cuban Congress on Forestry begins Wednesday at the Havana International Conference Center, with more than 300 experts from 21 countries in Latin and North America, Europe and Africa.The event, which runs until April 29, takes place in the context of the celebration of the International Year of Forests.The agenda includes lectures, round tables and presentations for exchanging experiences on efforts to achieve sustainable forest development, ensure food security and protect the environment. Read More

Sherritt profits rise despite flat nickel sales

<p style="text-align: justify;">Mainly thanks to rising nickel and oil prices, Canadian mining and energy concern Sherritt International reported a 116-percent rise in profit on a 29-5-percent increase in revenues in the first quarter. Sherritt is Cuba’s single largest private foreign investor and a main driver of nickel export revenues.Nickel sales by volume stagnated around 9.4 million pounds, but average realized prices rose from $9.20 per pound in Q1 2010 to $11.73 this quarter. Meanwhile, cobalt sales by volume rose from 907,000 pounds to 1.014 million pounds, but prices per pound dropped from $20.16 to $17.55. Read More

Solomons To Open Embassies In Cuba, Geneva

<p style="text-align: justify;">Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 10:17 am.Press Release: Solomon Star. Solomons To Open Embassies In Cuba, Geneva. Welfare of Solomons students abroad a prime concern. HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 26, 2011) - Solomon Islands will open two new foreign missions next month, one in Cuba and another in Geneva, Switzerland. Read More

Caulfield chosen to head Cuba mission

<p style="text-align: justify;">WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has approved the selection of veteran diplomat John Caulfield to head the U.S. mission in Cuba, officials said.Caulfield, currently the head of the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela, will replace Jonathan Farrar who has been in Cuba for the past three years, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday. Read More

China to buy more sugar, but not from Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">China will take advantage of easing sugar prices to buy up to 1.8 million tons of sugar over the next three or four months, Reuters informed, citing an ANZ Bank report.Although China is its largest sugar buyer, Cuba probably won’t be able to sell more than contracted amounts to China. While the Cuban sugar industry’s productivity is slowly rising, the total yield of the current harvest will continue to hover around the record-low of 2 million tons last year. Meanwhile, Brazil is expected to increase its sugar exports this year. Read More

Artists from all over the World to Participate in Romerias de Mayo 2011

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.04.26 - 14:59:19 / HAVANA, Cuba.- The 18th edition of the Romerias de Mayo (May festivities), the most important event of young creators in Cuba, will be held from May 2nd through the 8th in this city, with the presence of 300 artists from around the world.Alexis Triana, president of the event’s Organizing Committee, told ACN that, among, participants, there will be representatives from Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, Australia, South Africa, China and Russia, in addition to members of the Hermanos Saiz Association (AHS) of the whole nation. Read More

Cuba Expects Recovery of Cacao Industry by 2015

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Rose Ana Berbeo.10:35Havana, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) A national program for the recovery of the Cuban cacao industry anticipates a harvest of 4,000 tons in 2015, matching a record set in the 1960s, the Agriculture Ministry announced Tuesday.Elexis Legra, director of coffee and cacao for the Business Group of Mountain Agriculture (GEAM), told Prensa Latina that the five-year plan includes the planting of more than 4,000 hectares of cacao, for a total of 11,000. Read More

Cuba's next revolution

<p style="text-align: justify;">President Raul Castro has endorsed sweeping economic reforms and proposed term limits for government and Communist Party officials.April 26, 2011. Last week, Cuban President Raul Castro endorsed sweeping economic reforms, proposed term limits for government and Communist Party officials, and conceded that the party's failure to groom a new generation of leaders will make it harder to find a successor. Read More

Cuba blockade is 50-year bad policy

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Sam Webb. April 26 2011. Jimmy Carter is an exemplary ex-president. He beats the rest of his counterparts hands down. He is in a "league of his own." The most recent confirmation of this fact was his March 28-31 visit to Cuba where he called for lifting the nearly 51-year-old blockade against Cuba (along with freedom for the Cuban 5 - more about that in another column). I hope that the Obama administration and a majority in Congress will heed his advice. Read More

Cuba adjusts plans amid price hikes, weather fears

<p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:00pm EDT.By Marc Frank. HAVANA, April 26 (Reuters) - Rising food and fuel prices and fears that an active hurricane season looms have Cuba tightening its belt, according to government leaders and local economists."Just a few months into 2011 and according to the most recent data, imports this year will cost an additional $800 million for the same amount of goods we planned to purchase, forcing us to adjust the plan approved in December," President Raul Castro told a Communist Party Congress last week. Read More