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President-Elect Humala Visits Venezuela

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Estela McCollin.09:18 Caracas, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) President-elect Ollanta Humala arrived in Venezuela on Friday to meet with President Hugo Chavez. President Chavez himself announced Humala's arrival on the Venezolana de Television network, and expected to meet with him at midday."I receive him with my heart and soul, I welcome him and send greetings to his people," he added. Read More

Chavez 'to receive cancer treatment in Brazil'

<p style="text-align: justify;">(AFP) BRASILIA — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will undergo new treatment for cancer in Brazil after his June operation in Cuba, Brazil's official news agency reported Friday. Chavez spoke with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to work out details of the treatment that will take place at a Sao Paulo hospital, reported Agencia Brasil, which did not indicate its sources. Rousseff's office declined to comment on the report. Read More

State entity to oversee, tax private businesses in Old Havana

<p style="text-align: justify;">In a decree published Thursday, the government for the first time officially allows individuals to lease rooms in Old Havana, while at the same time giving the Oficina del Historiador powers to oversee and tax all private businesses. The Oficina del Historiador, in charge of preserving the historic center of the capital since 1993, also owns Habagüanex S.A., which operates dozens of boutique hotels, restaurants and retail shops in Old Havana. The decree, signed by President Raúl Castro June 22 and published in the Gaceta Oficial yesterday, became effective immediately. Read More

José Martí Solidarity Brigade: Cuba is my second home

<p style="text-align: justify;">Mayté Madruga Hernández. THE José Martí Solidarity Brigade is currently in Cuba. Friends of the Cuba Revolution have come from a number of European countries, some for the first time, while others have already visited the island on more than 20 occasions."I’ve come because I believe firmly in the Revolution, in what is being done in this country and to help in as far as I can," commented Andrea Humbrías, a young Spanish woman on her first visit to the island. Read More

Cuba promotes private building material production

<p style="text-align: justify;">As part of a push to boost homebuilding and renovation by involving the private sector, the ministry of construction (MICONS) certified privately owned building material companies in Havana province, official news service AIN reported.The idea is to inform private company owners about quality standards for building materials sold to private homeowners. Read More

Singaporean operator, Cuba agree on terms over Mariel

<p style="text-align: justify;">PSA International Pte Ltd. signed a contract with Terminal de Contenedores de Mariel S.A. to manage a new container terminal at the Port of Mariel in western Cuba. The signing, first reported by Reuters, came after the Singaporean state company in 2010 beat out the world’s largest operator, Dubai Ports, in bidding with the Cuban government. This was followed by a year of negotiations. PSA, which also operates ports in Panama and Argentina, did not reveal the terms of the agreement. According to Reuters, it doesn’t involve any investments by PSA, but the company is participating in the planning of the container terminal, scheduled to open in 2014. Read More

Legal Seminar in Havana, Cuba being held

<p style="text-align: justify;">Diaz Reus &amp; Targ, LLP Law Firm Managing Partner Michael Diaz, Jr. Outlines Trends in International Commercial Law at Recent Legal Seminar in Havana, Cuba. Miami, FL (PRWEB) July 14, 2011. Cuban-born attorney Michael Diaz, Jr., managing partner of Diaz Reus &amp; Targ, LLP, recently outlined trends in international commercial law in a Havana seminar sponsored by the Union Nacional de Juristas de Cuba (National Union of Cuban Jurists). Diaz focused on the growth of free trade agreements in the Western Hemisphere, the decline of local protectionist laws and the growing harmonization of international commercial law throughout Latin America. Read More

UPDATE 2-China's CNPC in talks for possible Cuba oil block

<p style="text-align: justify;">Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:41pm GMT. By Linda Hutchinson-Jafar. SAN FERNANDO, Trinidad and Tobago, July 13 (Reuters) - State-owned China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) is discussing the possible leasing of one or more offshore exploration blocks in Cuba's Gulf of Mexico acreage, a Cuban state oil company official said on Wednesday. "They are discussing that. They have to look at the data and see if that's what they want, and that's up to the company," Guillermo Hernandez Perez, exploration director of Cuba's state oil company CUPET, told Reuters. Read More

Demographic growth: a real challenge for Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">María Elena Alvarez Ponce. HAVANA.—The celebration in Cuba of World Population Day 2011 turned into an opportunity to reflect on the current and long-term demographic dynamics in Cuba and the challenges that this implies for society as a whole and, youth in particular, in terms of finding a solution to the serious population decrease while aging is growing. Read More

Attempt to restrict Cuba travel causes concerns on many Cubans residing in Miami

<p style="text-align: justify;">Cuba travel activists—for and against—duked it out on Saturday in Mario Díaz-Balart’s office, police records show. El Nuevo Herald reports that Joel Rodríguez Riverón, a protester supporting Díaz-Balart’s attempt to restrict Cuba travel, was the only one hit in the scuffle. He filed a police complaint on Monday, after refusing to do so on Saturday. A local blogger put up photos that he says are from the incident, fondly referring to Rodríguez as “Rocky.” Read More