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Are sharks becoming extinct?

<p style="text-align: justify;">The Week. Cuba and the Bahamas join a growing list of nations trying protect the ultimate predator before it's too late. Sharks are the ultimate hunters, and thanks to Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" they come equipped with their own creepy theme song. But those chill-inducing fins that skim across the ocean's surface are coveted by fishermen, making the carnivorous fish heavily hunted game. In fact, the numbers of some shark species are falling so fast that many countries are joining the fight to protect these widely feared predators. Read More

Versailles: 40 years serving food with a side of politics

<p style="text-align: justify;">BY FABIOLA For 40 years, its palatial floor-to-ceiling mirrors, chatty dining room, and effervescent cafecito counter have been the backdrop to Cuban exile history.Iconic Versailles. Nothing quite conjures the flavors and aroma of cubanía, the virtues and the vices of all things Cuban, like the Little Havana restaurant at 3555 SW Eighth St., celebrating this year, with expansion plans and special events, four decades of serving home-style Cuban cuisine at modest prices — with a hefty side of political verve. Read More

Cuban Vice President Calls for Anticipating Needs of Mariel Port

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Susana Ugarte Sole.Havana, jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The First Vice President of Cuba, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, made a call for anticipating the needs of the Mariel port, which, once operational, will be the largest container port in the Caribbean. Machado noted this weekend in the Provincial Assembly of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) in the western province of Artemisa that it should start training its work force and preparing the conditions in the field. Read More

Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal Presented with Spanish Government Award

<p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> 2011.07.11 - 10:10:04 /, Cuba.- Doctor Eusebio Leal was decorated on Friday by the Spanish government with the Civil Order of Alfonso X “The Wise” a prize that acknowledges merits in the fields of education, science, culture, teaching and research. With this award, in the Grand Cross category, his virtues as a professor and his performance as Havana City Historian and Dean of Old Havana’s San Geronimo University College stand out, the Cubadebate Web site reported. Read More

Brazil Approves Conjugal Visits for Gay Inmates

<p style="text-align: justify;">EFE - July 4, 2011. RIO DE JANEIRO – Gay prisoners who register their respective partner or companion with prison officials will have the right to receive them for conjugal visits beginning Monday in all of Brazil's jails, a note published in the official gazette says.The decision of the National Criminal and Penitentiary Policy Council, a Justice Ministry agency, guarantees and extends across the entire country a right for gays that was already accepted in some states including Rio de Janeiro and Pernambuco. Read More

Cuba's hot publishing house? A house of God

<p style="text-align: justify;">Sunday, July 10, 2011. By Nick Miroff, GlobalPost. HAVANA -- When leading Cuban writers and intellectuals want to circulate their views in a journal with a serious readership on the island these days, they turn to an unlikely publisher: the Catholic Church. Church dioceses around the world have publications and newsletters, of course, often engaging with the pressing topics of the day. Read More

Getting to know Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">The colors, smells and energy are overwhelming. Sports remain the heart and soul of Havana. Children will use anything to kick around as a makeshift soccer ball. / TIMOTHY ALEX AKIMOFF | STATESMAN JOURNAL. Arriving in Havana by night is only fair for your five senses. They would be overwhelmed if you arrived in the middle of a clear-blue Caribbean day. Even still, you'll need all the olfactory, auditory and visual capacity you can muster to process a Havana night. Read More

Cuba banker says state has lent ‘millions’ to more than 13,000 farmers under ag initiative

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Associated Press,HAVANA — Cuba says it has extended more than 13,000 farm credits under an agricultural overhaul launched by President Raul Castro.Ileana Estevez is president of the Banco de Credito y Comercio. She says state banks have lent “millions” at interest rates ranging from 3 percent in the first years to a high of 7 percent.Cuba began restructuring the agricultural sector in 2008, letting private farmers cultivate fallow state land. Read More

Carlos Acosta: I don't go out thinking, 'Here I come, the Cuban Sex Missile'

<p style="text-align: justify;">Interview by Adam Jacques. Sunday, 10 July 2011. Classical ballet harms your body I used to do 40 to 50 shows a year and I've had plenty of body traumas and surgeries, but it's been worth it. Nothing compares to the feeling of being on stage and connecting with an audience.Performing in Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring' almost killed me I was constantly throwing up, and at the end of the first performance I couldn't move. I'd used up all my energy in one show and I was scared I wouldn't have the ability to finish the whole run. Read More

Traveling to Cuba gets easier for Americans

<p style="text-align: justify;">Always wanted to visit Cuba? Well now you can — legally. Thanks to policy changes by President Barack Obama earlier this year designed...By michelle Higgins. New York Times. Cuba trips. Here are some of the planned people-to-people trips to Cuba. Read More