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Cuba takes measures to relieve housing crisis

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Juan Carlos Salazar Jul 22, 2011, 12:31 GMT.&nbsp; Havana - Georgina Emma Brizuela, who lives in the Havana neighbourhood of San Miguel del Padron, decided two years ago to become the legal owner of her home. In July 2009, she embarked on a lengthy administrative battle, which the Cuban press describes as 'a real nightmare,' and is now about to throw in the towel.She took a lawyers, wrote several letters and had meetings with a string off officials but never managed to get through the bureaucracy. Read More

Cuban weather icon featured at seminar

<p style="text-align: justify;">By ANITA LEE. BILOXI -- Cuba’s chief meteorologist, an icon in his country, participated in a hurricane-preparedness conference Thursday with Harrison County officials at IP Casino Resort.Harrison County representatives visited Cuba in May to learn more about the country’s hurricane preparedness and emergency medical response. A contingent from Cuba came here to continue the conversation. Their visas were held up until the last minute.ose Rubiera, director of Cuba’s National Forecasting Center and meteorologist on national television there, told an audience of Coast emergency responders: “A hurricane doesn’t need a visa to come from Cuba. ... Borders are made by man.” Read More

US hopes Cuba will release jailed American

<p style="text-align: justify;">By PAUL HAVEN, Associated Press. HAVANA (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat said Washington hopes an American government contractor imprisoned in Cuba will be released, even as the Maryland native was making a final appeal Friday to have his 15-year prison sentence be reduced or dismissed.Alan Gross has been held since his arrest in December 2009, accused of bringing satellite and other communication equipment into the country illegally. He has acknowledged he was working on a USAID-funded democracy program, but says he meant no harm to the government and was only trying to help the island's small Jewish community. Read More

The Long Distance Run-Around

<p style="text-align: justify;">Posted: 7/21/11 05:48 PM ET. Margarita Alarcon. Havana-based Media Analyst. A number of years ago I was having lunch in Havana with a group of friends one of whom is Puerto Rican and one could say a quasi member of my family. During the meal the Puerto Rican asked with certain stupefaction: "Is it really true that Florida controls US politics regarding Cuba?" One of the Cubans at the table pretty much guffawed and spat out: "Of course not! Read More