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April 24th

Cuba to produce extra 40,000 tonnes of raw sugar

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA&nbsp; (April 24, 2011) : The Cuban Sugar Ministry said Thursday it would produce 40,000 tonnes more raw sugar than planned, or somewhere between the 1.1 million and 1.2 million tonnes for the season Reuters has estimated. The Sugar Ministry said a week ago it had met its plan with 18 of 39 mills still grinding."They will add 40,000 tonnes above the plan," the official National Information Agency said on Thursday, citing Deputy Sugar Minister Lourdes Castellanos Jimenez. Cuba, faced with a cane shortage, planned for a short and efficient harvest. Read More

Feds Ease Restrictions On Cuba Travel, Cash

<p style="text-align: justify;">April 23, 2011 6:22 PM. WASHINGTON, DC (CBS4) – Traveling to Cuba, sending money to relatives, and improving communications to the island officially got easier Friday, with the formal announcement of new rules from the US Treasury.Under the guidelines, which had been widely expected but had been awaiting publication, it is now easier for&nbsp; U.S. schools, churches and cultural groups to visit Cuba. They will not need a special US Treasury Department license. Read More

Cuban Cigar-Roller to attempt a New Guinness Record

<p style="text-align: justify;">April 23, 2011. Cuban cigar-roller Jose Castelar Cairo (Cueto), with four Guinness World Records, will make an attempt to roll a 70 meter-long cigar, starting on Monday, April 25, until noon on May 3, at the Morro-Cabaña Park, in Havana.According to the Opciones newspaper, Cueto will exhibit his work at the 31st International Tourism Fair (FITCuba 2011), scheduled for the Cuban capital from May 2 through 7 with the attendance of national and foreign participants. Read More

UNESCO: ALBA to Back Haitian Cultural Reconstruction

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Raquel Maria Garcia Alvarez. Member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) in UNESCO expressed their commitment to the new reconstruction phase in Haiti through culture.The ALBA´s willingness was expressed by Bolivian Ambassador to UNESCO Pablo Groux during a conference held at the UNESCO headquarters, where 15 reconstruction projects needing urgent donors´ support were presented. Read More

Holguin Green Forests in Holguin Mountains

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Manuel Valdes Paz / / Saturday, 23 April 2011 09:32. Reforestation in Holguin province is a key task in environment protection. Photo: Amauris Betancourt The Cuban province of Holguin has increased its mountain forests - located to the east mainly, thanks to reforestation in different areas, the care given to the woods, and other works as the control on timber commercial exploitation.These last years Holguin has planted 20,370 hectares with autochthonous species or that are appropriate for the soil and climate condition of the heights. Read More

Cuban Vice President Evaluates Development Programs

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Rose Ana Berbeo. Havana, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) First Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura&nbsp; evaluated economic and social development programs in the central-southern province of Cienfuegos, where he also visited health and scientific institutions. Read More

Cuban ballet dancer that defected to perform in Tampa

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Alberto de la Cruz on 04/23/2011. Cuban classical ballet dancer Nieser Zambrana who defected from Cuba in Canada recently will be performing in Tampa: Cuban ballet dancer who defected leaps onto Tampa stage. Playing the character for the Patel Conservatory’s Next Generation Ballet production is a 21-year-old professional dancer named Nieser Zambrana. Read More

New leader overhauls US broadcasts into Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ, AP Hispanic Affairs Writer Laura Wides-munoz, Ap Hispanic Affairs Writer. MIAMI – A new generation of managers is taking the reins at the U.S. government's radio and TV broadcasts into Cuba,promising to overhaul the stations' programming in an effort to make them more relevant and reach a younger audience. Read More

April 23rd

Cuban Prima Ballerina Viengsay Valdes Performs in Russia

<p style="text-align: justify;"> HAVANA, Cuba. -Prima ballerina Viengsay Valdes was invited to dance on Friday as the guest of honor of the 11th International Ballet Festival of the Mariinsky Theater, to give in Saint Petersburg a Cuban brushstroke to the piece Carmen.On the previous occasion, in 2009, I danced Don Quixote, and my debut in the role of Carmen -one of my favorites, now in the Russian version- will be on Sunday., the famous Cuban dancer told the Prensa Latina news agency. Carmen has not been performed in Cuba for almost 10 years now, not even by Cuban artists, so dancing this ballet in the centennial of the Mariinski Theater, with a live orchestra, will be very exiting for me, she stated. Read More

Another International Prize for Cuba’s Heberprot-P

<p style="text-align: justify;"> HAVANA, Cuba. -The Cuban product Heberprot-P received the prize to the Best Young Inventor during the recently concluded 39th edition of the International Exhibition of Inventions held in Geneva, Switzerland, after winning scarcely a month ago the Gold Medal given by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).Maria de los Angeles Sanchez, director of the Cuban Office for Patent Rights, said that over 1,000 inventions in all branches of science and technology, coming from some 45 nations, were presented during the event, considered to be one of the most prestigious of its kind in the world, the Granma newspaper reported on Friday. Read More