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Chavez Breaks 12-Day Silence With Twitter Messages From Cuban Hospital Bed

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Charlie Devereux - Jun 24, 2011 9:54 AM GMT-0400.Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez broke a 12-day silence from Cuba, communicating through his Twitter account for the first time since he called a television station to talk about an operation he had on the island nation. In a series of messages, Chavez spoke about how today is the anniversary of a key battle in Venezuela’s fight for independence 200 years ago and saluted his “soldiers and beloved people” from his “trench.” Read More

Cuban Oil May be Key to Ending US Embargo

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Rebecca Mallett.Deepwater oil drilling off the coast of Cuba is expected to start in September 2011, which is raising some questions about the continuation of the US-Cuba trade embargo.About a half-dozen foreign oil companies have contracted with Cuba to explore for deepwater crude oil. Spanish-owned Repsol will be the first to begin offshore drilling. Zarubezhneft, a Russian state-owned oil company, is also expected to start drilling in 2011. Cuba's waters may contain large amounts of lighter, sweet crude oi. Read More

Church offering business administration course

<p style="text-align: justify;">The Catholic Church, in cooperation with a private university in Spain, is offering a master’s course to Cubans for administration of small businesses and cooperatives.Under economic reforms launched by Raúl Castro, the government has begun promoting “self-employment” and cooperativism. Read More

July 3 sendoff for Mainers taking aid to Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Sophie Gould, Staff Writer. BRUNSWICK — A July 3 sendoff is planned for a group of Mainers headed to Cuba to distribute humanitarian aid. The gathering will honor Maria Cron of Portland and her college-age daughters, Heather and Crystal.Let Cuba Live, a Maine-based group dedicated to stopping the United States' 50-year embargo of Cuba and standing by the Cuban people, is organizing the event. Music and refreshments will be provided from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the gazebo on Main Street. Read More

German Cinema Lovers to Enjoy Festival in Havana

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.06.23 - 09:36:17 / HAVANA, Cuba.- The premiere of the film “Debajo de ti, la ciudad,” will inaugurate the German Cinema Festival to be held at the Cinematheque of Cuba in this capital from June 24th through the 30th.Directed by Christoph Hochhausler, the German-French co-production focuses on cold relations between professionals of the banking sector in the city of Frankfurt, said on Wednesday Petra Röhler, an official of the German embassy to Cuba, during a press conference held at the Cuban Film Institute. Read More

Spirits: The Classic Daiquiri

<p style="text-align: justify;">Who invented the daiquiri?<br /> <br /> The inventor of the daiquiri remains a mystery. Was it a bartender at the El Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba? Was it a scurvy-thwarting British sailor? No one knows for sure.However, in a great Esquire article, cocktail historian David Wondrich points out that limes, sugar and rum are Latin American staples that have been produced in the same region for centuries. A refreshing warm-weather drink combining all three just makes sense. Read More

Cuba and Uganda Discuss Anti-Malaria Program

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.06.23 - 15:35:16 / HAVANA, Cuba.- Uganda’s Health Minister Christine Ondoa met in Kampala on Thursday with the president of Cuba’s LABIOFAM Business Group Jose Antonio Fraga Castro to discuss cooperation actions for the fight against Malaria in the African nation.Fraga Castro, in representation of the Cuban Pharmaceutical and Biological Labs presented a project to authorities of the African country on April 2010 through which the island would help Uganda in the battle against that disease. Read More

City councilor will travel with Pastors for Peace to Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">BY NANCY RASKAUSKAS CORVALLIS GAZETTE-TIMES | Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 11:24 pm.&nbsp; The Pastors for Peace annual aid caravan to Cuba will stop in Corvallis on July 6. Corvallis City Councilor Mike Beilstein and Ed Hemmingson of Albany will join the caravan as it travels through Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas collecting donated medical and educational materials. Read More

U.S. Gardening Expert to Give Lectures in Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.06.23 - 15:16:35 / HAVANA, Cuba.- Gary W. Knox, vice president of the International Magnolia Society and renowned American gardener will give a lecture in Cuba on Friday about environmentally friendly landscaping. Knox traveled to Cuba at the invitation of the National Botanical Garden of the University of Havana. He will give the lecture at the San Geronimo University College located in Old Havana, announced Alejandro Palmarola, vice president of the Cuban Botanical Society. Read More

Cuba: More tourists, but profits still below 2007

<p style="text-align: justify;">Cuba getting more visitors, but tourism profits still to regain levels from 4 years earlier. AP. On Thursday June 23, 2011, 3:52 pm. HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba says it is receiving more visitors each year, but tourism income has yet to return to what it was before the global financial crisis caused a sharp downturn in the sector. The National Office of Statistics says arrivals are up from 2.15 million in 2007 to 2.53 million last year. That's an 18 percent increase. Read More