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Venezuela's Hugo Chavez recovers after surgery in Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Get well soon: Venezuelans make their feelings known. 13 June 2011 Last updated at 10:05 GMT. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is recovering well after surgery in Cuba last week for a pelvic abscess. Mr Chavez, 56, told the Caracas-based Telesur network that he was carrying out his duties from Havana. Read More

Venezuela to Restrict Electricity Use for Second Straight Year on Blackout

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Daniel Cancel - Jun 13, 2011 12:00 AM GMT-0400. Venezuela, the largest oil producer in South America, will announce measures to curb electricity consumption for a second-consecutive year today, prompted by a blackout in the country’s most-populous state, Zulia, over the weekend.Vice President Elias Jaua said that the measures will be announced tomorrow in a press conference with Electricity Minister Ali Rodriguez. Read More

Bay Area's business ties to Cuba could grow

<p style="text-align: justify;">Andrew S. Ross. San Francisco Chronicle June 12, 2011 04:00 AM.Sunday, June 12, 2011. "Wow," said a dance teacher in San Francisco who is planning a trip to Cuba to check out the professional dance scene there. "Now I can make the trip without having to take a bunch of connections," she said, referring to the news last week that Oakland International Airport is starting direct flights to Havana later this year.Equally happy, presumably, are folks at UC Berkeley, Stanford and other academic institutions in the Bay Area. Read More

Zelaya scores 2 in El Salvador’s 6-1 win over Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">By NANCY ARMOUR, AP National Writer.CHICAGO (AP)—Rodolfo Zelaya scored a goal in each half as El Salvador kept its Gold Cup quarterfinals hopes alive with a 6-1 rout of Cuba on Sunday.Osael Romero, Lester Blanco, Arturo Alvarez and Eliseo Quintanilla also scored for El Salvador, which now has four points in Group A and will have to wait out the remaining two days of group stage games to see if it can advance. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals, along with the two best third-place teams. Costa Rica and El Salvador both finished behind Mexico with four points, but Costa Rica has the edge in goal differential. Read More

Vietnamese Deputy PM Visits Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">13 de junio de 2011, 00:01Havana, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) The Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong begins his first official visit to Cuba on Monday aimed at strengthening bilateral ties.According to Cuban diplomatic sources his stay until June 14 is aimed at continuing the political talks at the highest level and review the progress of bilateral cooperation. Read More

US team scoops first prize in Cuba fishing event

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA (AFP) – Dwindling fish numbers, high seas and political ostracism did little to dampen spirits as an American team took home first prize at a major deep-sea fishing event in Cuba at the weekend.Organizers of the 61st International Ernest Hemingway Billfishing Tournament complained that President Barack Obama's administration had prevented around 20 fishing boats from traveling over for the event. "Hopefully the Obama administration will realize that a fishing tournament, even more than a tourist and sports event, is an encounter between peoples, a bridge of friendship," tournament spokesman Jose Miguel Diaz told reporters. Read More

Cuba, Venezuela Ink Agreements for Economic Union

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Glenda Pardo. Havana, Jun 12 (Prensa-Latina) The 11th Meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission Cuba-Venezuela showed an important result pointing to the desired consolidation of the economic union between the two countries.The signing of 116 cooperation programs with a total of over $1,3 billion USD demonstrates the commitment of both parties to make progress in the integration that goes beyond formal statements or wishful thinking. Read More

Cuba: Health Referent in Mexico

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Heidy Morin Rueda. Mexico, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) Mexico is third in sending patients to Cuba, a nation that provides its services internationally recognized in some 80 countries, said Dr. Obel García Santana. In statements to a group of journalists, the general manager in Mexico of Medical Services (Servimed) of tourism and health in Cuba, said that for over 15 years, the organization promotes new and different alternatives offered by the island for the treatment of different diseases. Read More

Rainy Days in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Luis Herrera Yanes — last modified Jun 11, 2011 05:54 PM. Heavy rains, with accumulations over 100 millimeters in 24 hours, have wet the panorama in 14 locations of Sancti Spiritus, Fomento and La Sierpe, in the central Cuban province, as a result of a low pressure area in the Caribbean. Thursday was the most significant day with figures such as the 159 mm in Cayajana Spillway, 157 mm in Sancti Spiritus city, 150 mm in Higuanojo Dam, 131 in Guasimal and 127, 5 in Zaza Dam. However, the place taking the credit for most rains was Agabama with 178, 3 mm. Read More

Cuban Sonero Adalberto Alvarez Gears up for Summer Tour of Europe

<p style="text-align: justify;">World famous Cuban sonero Adalberto Álvarez will begin his already traditional summer tour of 10 European nations in July.In statements to Prensa Latina, the musician announced that following the European tour, he will travel to Peru to perform in the city of Arequipa.“An intense program of concerts has been scheduled, followed by shows in several Cuban provinces,” he added. Read More