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Cuba and Ecuador Ink Energy Agreements

<p style="text-align: justify;">The minister of Electricity from Ecuador, Esteban Albornoz, and Cuban minister for Basic Industry, Tomas Benitez, signed three agreements relating to energy. Among the agreements are the installation of 110 megawatts of thermal power in Ecuador, training people in the electric sector and searching for energy efficiency through cooperation, said the website of Havana Cuba radio station. Read More

2nd bill limiting Cuba travel approved in Congress

<p style="text-align: justify;">A congressional committee approves a second bill to limit travel to Cuba.By Juan O. A second bid to overturn President Barack Obama’s easing of restrictions on travel to Cuba has been endorsed in the U.S. Congress, this time an amendment submitted by South Florida Republican Rep. David Rivera and approved in a strongly bipartisan 36-6 vote.The move approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee late Thursday was an amendment to a State Department authorization bill, which Congressional analysts said could be easily stripped of the Cuba language as it makes its way through Capitol Hill. Read More

Gustavo Kourí Flores

<p style="text-align: justify;">Leader of tropical medicine in Cuba. Born in Havana, Cuba, on Jan 11, 1936, he died in Havana on May 5, 2011, aged 75 years. Gustavo Kourí Flores will be remembered for developing biomedical research in his native Cuba and encouraging a generation of investigators and practitioners in tropical medicine. “He was an educator of men and women of science, but never lost sight of the practical aspects of surveillance, prevention, and control of infectious diseases in countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America”, said Eric Martínez, a researcher at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kourí (IPK) in Havana, Cuba, and a consultant to the Pan-American Health Organization in Brazil. Read More

Cuba Plans to Increase Oil Refining Capacity

<p style="text-align: justify;">Havana, July 21 (KCNA) -- The Camilo Cienfuegos Oil Refinery of Cuba is planning to launch the second-stage project to increase its capacity.Several storage tanks will be built as part of the project. When finished the capacity of oil refining per day will increase to 150,000 bbl from the current 65 000 bbl level. Read More

Washington Nationals' Livan Hernandez's Defection From Cuba As Told By Dodgers' Announcer Vin Scully

<p style="text-align: justify;">Vin Scully works in his booth at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010. Scully will return to the broadcast booth to call Los Angeles Dodgers games next year for his 62nd season. The team said Sunday that the 82-year-old. Hall-of-Famer will call all home games and road games against National League West opponents. There's nothing better than listening to the Los Angeles Dodgers' legendary one-man announce team, Vin Scully, call a game. Read More

Cuban Experience on Natural Medicine Presented At World Forum

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.22 - 16:42:03 / SANTIAGO DE CUBA.- The benefits of natural and traditional medicine in Cuba were presented during the Fourth International Conference on Psychology concluding Friday in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.Doctor Jesus Angel Quintero specialist on the field said traditional medicine is effectively used in patients who are allergic to anesthesia, and as an alternative post-operation sedative. For those purposes it is used in 10 percent of major surgeries performed in the country. Read More

Going to Cuba in Luxury

<p style="text-align: justify;">July 22, 2011, 7:00 am.By RACHEL LEE HARRIS. Five-star hotels and luxury motor coaches may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of Cuba. But now they can be part of the experience. Abercrombie &amp; Kent, the luxury travel company, is offering trips to Cuba from the United States made possible by President Obama’s loosening of travel restrictions earlier this year. According to the new policies, any United States citizen can now go to Cuba, which is still under an American economic embargo, as long as the travel is done with a group licensed by the Treasury Department. Read More

Venezuela's Chavez: 1st Stage Of Chemotherapy Ended Successfully

<p style="text-align: justify;">DOW JONES NEWSWIRES. CARACAS (Dow Jones)--Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday that he had completed his first stage of chemotherapy and will soon begin a second phase of the treatment to get rid of any malignant cancer cells. Read More

Cuba nurses East Timor to health and gives Australia a medical lesson

<p style="text-align: justify;">July 23, 2011.What do Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, and Richard Marles, the parliamentary secretary for Pacific island affairs in the Gillard government, have in common? Answer: both are visiting Havana, Cuba, at the moment for reasons of a medical nature. The leader of the Bolivarian revolution is getting follow-up cancer treatment in a Cuban hospital, courtesy of his friend and guiding light, Fidel Castro.Julia Gillard's junior minister is there to talk about linking up the health assistance programs of Cuba and Australia in the small countries of our region, including East Timor and the Pacific island states. Read More

Boxing: South Africans sent to Havana to learn Cuban secrets

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Ken Borland. JOHANNESBURG, July 21 (Reuters) - South Africa's lamentable performance at the Commonwealth Games boxing tournament in Delhi has prompted the country's sports chiefs to send 10 of its best fighters to Cuba in a bid to avoid similar failure at next year's London Olympics.The four boxers who competed in Delhi failed to win a single bout let alone a medal, continuing a decline that has seen no South African Olympic boxing medallists since the country was allowed back into the international fold. Read More