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April 28th

CONCACAF Proposes New World Cup Qualifying Format: United States Would Enter In Semis

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Jeremiah Oshan. Apr 27, 2011 - Under the newest proposed CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying format, recently presented to FIFA and awaiting approval in May, the United States would enter in the semifinals along with Mexico, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Honduras and Cuba.Those six teams -- the region's six highest in FIFA's March rankings -- would be joined by the winners of the six quarterfinal groups and would be split into three four-team groups. The semifinals would begin in June 2012. Read More

Eating in homes a fine way to dine in Havana

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Ann Trieger Kurland. Globe Correspondent / April 27, 2011. HAVANA — Chugging along in a cobbled together 1953 Dodge taxi (vintage US cars are common here), we drive past Art Deco buildings and colonial-style mansions, a reminder of Havana’s past grandeur. Now, roads are worn and structures are crumbling from neglect. We ride down the Malecón, the road winding along the Gulf of Mexico, and leave shabby neighborhoods behind as we make our way to La Cocina de Lilliam. This is one of the city’s best paladares, a privately owned restaurant in a home, which is a legal enterprise here. Read More

April 27th

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