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Iberostar takes over high-profile Havana hotel

<p style="text-align: justify;">Spain’s Iberostar quietly took over management of the Hotel Parque Central in Old Havana after a 10-year contract by owner Grupo Cubanacan with Spanish-Dutch competitor NH Hoteles ran out at the end of last year. Neither company explained the change. NH had been managing Old Havana’s biggest hotel since it was built in 1999.Tourism Website Caribe Preferente reported last year that, although the Cuban state company decided to continue working with NH, Cubanacan’s foreign investor partners in the Parque Central wanted a change of management. Read More

Labiofam seeks South Africa business

<p style="text-align: justify;">Cuban biotech company Grupo Empresarial Labiofam signed an agreement in Capetown with Baswa (pty) Ltd. for representation in the South African market. Labiofam plans to offer a complete malaria eradication program to South Africa, as it is implementing in two other African nations, partly with South African funding. Cuba is setting up production facilities for bio-larvicide GriselESF in Tanzania and Ghana. The bio-larvicide aside, Labiofam offers a range of bio-pesticides and veterinary drugs. Read More

U.S.-Cuba ties in balance over jailed American's appeal

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Marc Frank.&nbsp; HAVANA (Reuters) - Future prospects for improving U.S.-Cuba ties will be at stake when Cuba's highest court hears an appeal on Friday from jailed U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross against his 15-year sentence for crimes against the state. Gross, 62, was arrested in Havana in December 2009 while working on a secretive USAID-funded pro-democracy program that sought to estab Read More

Cuba Updates Idle Lands Stock

<p style="text-align: justify;">07/19/2011. A new survey on the situation of land, aimed at determining the level of idle lands throughout the country, is currently implemented, Juventud Rebelde reported on Tuesday. Anibal Nuñez, deputy director of the National Land Control Center (CNCT), stated that the current census will update information provided in the last survey, held in 2007, and reveal what the current panorama is in that aspect, states the note. Read More

Cuban Pole-Vaulter Lazaro Borges Wins Gold in Spain

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Abdul Nasser Thabet. Cuban pole-vaulter Lazaro Borges won gold on Monday at the 14th Gran Premio Excelentisimo Ayuntamiento de Avila and the Fifth Trofeo Caja de Avila, in Spain, with a jump of 5.72 meters, guarantying his participation in the Track and Field World Championships to take place in Daegu, South Korea, from August 27 to September 4. With this 5.72-meter jump, Borges set a new national record and moved up to 14th overall in the world raking. Read More

Angola: State Secretary for Foreign Affairs in Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">20 July 2011. Havana — The Secretary of State for Administrative Organisation of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Rui Jorge Mangueira, is paying since Tuesday a visit to Havana city in Cuba. Angop has learnt that the official is leading a delegation of his Ministry. Read More

Ollanta Humala leaves Cuba satisfied with his visit

<p style="text-align: justify;">Aida Calvac Mora. SHORTLY before leaving for Peru, President-elect Ollanta Humala expressed satisfaction with his visit to the island and with the good progress of regional integration. The future Peruvian leader, who is to be inaugurated on July 28, described as very positive his meetings with Fidel and President Raúl Castro, in which they discussed subjects like health, education, sports and the current Latin American juncture. Read More

Businesses see potential profits in Tampa-to-Cuba flights

<p style="text-align: justify;">By JOSÉ PATIÑO GIRONA | The Tampa Tribune.July 20, 2011.TAMPA. Armando Ramirez has made a successful career for the last 25 years selling charter flights from Miami to Cuba. But he guarantees his Tampa business will get a boost if the Cuban government signs off on direct flights from Tampa to Havana."Many more people are going to fly," said Ramirez, who owns Tampa Envios, 2919 W. Columbus Drive."I always thought that the correct thing was to have flights from Tampa to Cuba," said the Spanish-speaking Ramirez. "We've always struggled for this to occur, so it could be a benefit for everyone." Read More

Faith & Defiance: Caravan heads to Mexico to ship aid to Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">July 19, 2011 6:08 PM. Martha L. Hernández. The Monitor. McALLEN — Pastors for Peace has trekked to Cuba in defiance of the U.S. trade embargo for 21 years. But the 22nd will be the group’s first caravan there since the founder, Lucius Walker, died Sept. 7.One hundred people, mostly from the United States and a few from Canada, will travel into Mexico on Wednesday, passing through Reynosa en route to the Gulf Coast city of Tampico, Tamps. There, they will ship 100 tons of materials, including seven buses, to Cuba. Read More

Cuba Day to be held Saturday at the East Boulder Senior Center

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Mitchell Byars, Camera Staff Writer.Posted: 07/19/2011 02:54:28 PM MDT. A day celebrating Cuba and Boulder's sister city of Yateras, Cuba, will be held Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the East Boulder Senior Center, 5660 Sioux Drive.Cuba Day is a fundraiser for the Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization and the City of Boulder Senior Services. Read More