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Cuba music group to perform at Yilan children folklore festival

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011/06/25 12:47:56. Taipei, June 25 (CNA) Son Melao, a five-member music group from Cuba, will perform at the Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival, which is scheduled to kick off in July, diplomatic sources said Saturday.It will be the first time for the Cuban band to perform at the annual event in Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan between July 7 and Aug. 24 to introduce Cuban music to the Taiwanese audience, the sources said. Read More

Argentinean companies agree to sell rice

<p style="text-align: justify;">Cooperativa Puerto Valle and Unidad Operativa de Producción, both from the Argentinean province of Corrientes, signed a letter of intent with state food importer Alimport for the sale of 100,000 tons of processed rice, the El Litoral newspaper reported.A first delivery of 25,000 tons is planned for September.Before visiting Cuba, the delegation from Corrientes attended the Rice Trade Americas 2011 conference in Panama.<br /> <br /> Read More

Cuba Says Legalizing Marijuana Would Be a "Historical Irresponsibility"

<p style="text-align: justify;">Saturday, 25 June 2011 14:42.HAVANA: Efforts by some political sectors in a number of Western countries to decriminalize marijuana would be a "historical irresponsibility" that could lead to "irreparable harm" in the society, the National Drug Commission of Cuba said on Friday.Israel Suarez, secretary of the commission, was responding to a question from reporters about the current debate in the US on a bill that seeks to legalize marijuana. Read More

Urquiola Named Cuban Baseball Team Manager

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.06.24 - 16:24:08 / / Urquiola Named Cuban Baseball Team Manager. Havana, Cuba.- Higinio Vélez, president of the Cuban Baseball Federation, announced the designation of Alfonso Urquiola as director of the Cuban national baseball squad in a meeting held at Havana´s Latino Americano Stadium on Tuesday. Read More

Bacardi reintroduces Cuban beer in South Florida

<p style="text-align: justify;">The Associated Press. MIAMI -- Bacardi U.S.A. is reintroducing a Cuban beer in South Florida. The beer is called Hatuey (ah-TWAY) and named after a 16th century Indian chief. It was first brewed in 1927 in Santiago de Cuba and became the Caribbean island's most popular beer.The new version is micro-brewed as a small-batch, premium golden-colored ale at Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, S.C. Read More

Measure seeks to limit travel to Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">BY ISABEL C. MORALES. SPECIAL TO EL NUEVO HERALD. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee passed a bill on Thursday carrying an amendment to annul President Barack Obama’s measures that ease travel and money transfers to Cuba.The amendment, presented by Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, was made part of the Financial Services Appropriations Bill for 2012 that was discussed in the committee. Read More

Cuba's Support for Korea's Reunification Reiterated --Cuban Official

<p style="text-align: justify;">Pyongyang, June 23 (KCNA) -- The Cuban Committee for Supporting Korea's Reunification would conduct more positive activities till the day when Korea is reunified independently and peacefully, said Juan Jose Leon Vega, first vice-chairman of the Committee.In his speech at a meeting held in Havana on June 16 to mark its 35th anniversary, he said President Kim Il Sung is the lodestar of reunification who devoted everything to the independent and peaceful reunification of Korea till the last moments of his life. Read More

Fires in Cuban Forests on the Rise

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA , Cuba, Jun 24 (acn) The number of fires occurred in Cuban forests, from January through May, a critical period in the national campaign against forest fires, reached 695, a higher figure in comparison with the previous year.According to data from the Cuban National Rangers Department, during this same period last year, they registered 322 forest fires, less than half than the present figure. Read More

Dance review: Ballet Nacional de Cuba opens at the Pavilion in 'Don Quixote'

<p style="text-align: justify;">June 24, 2011 | 12:26 pm. Delgado. Has Ballet Nacional de Cuba been on the road too long? Opening in the full-length “Don Quixote” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday the company displayed the extraordinary depth of training, technical bravado and expressive warmth that make it unique -- indeed, a joy. However, unison execution proved problematic throughout the first half of the ballet -- especially among the men. Even in the generally sharp final divertissement, the pas de quatre found Roberto Vega and Osiel Gounod badly mismatched. Read More

Cuba Receives Gubbio Award for Patrimonial Heritage Protection

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Juventud Rebelde. 2011-06-24.The Gubbio Awards for Latin America and the Caribbean bestowed two important awards on Cuba: to the City of Havana Historian Office for restoration works along the Port Avenue; and a special mention to the City of Camagüey Historian Office, for the development of a management model for the Historical Center of Camagüey.The Gubbio Award was set up in the 1990s in the city of Gubbio, Italy, to recognize the work of those who defend and improve their heritage. Read More