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Cuba pursues harder line on US-funded dissidents: media

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA -- Cuban lawmakers are seeking tougher punishment for anyone who takes U.S. government funds aimed at promoting democracy, state media reported Saturday. The reaction followed a decision last week by U.S. Senator John Kerry to end his personal hold on US$20 million in democracy promotion funds earmarked for Cuba. Read More

United flight diverted to Cuba due to 'unfamiliar' odor in plane

<p style="text-align: justify;">From Mike Ahlers, CNN.July 31, 2011 -- Updated 2212 GMT (0612 HKT) A United Airlines flight was diverted to Cuba on Sunday after its crew reported a strong odor in the plane, U.S. aviation and airline spokesmen said. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Les Dorr said United Flight 831, an Airbus A320, landed safely at Jose Marti Airport in Havana at 12:07 p.m. local time. The flight had left Washington Dulles airport, located in northern Virginia, just before 9 a.m., according to United's website. It was supposed to land at 11:27 a.m. in Cancun, Mexico. Read More

Cuba Concentrates Efforts in Railroad System Restoration

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Tomas Armenteros Crespo.31 de julio de 2011, 11:11Havana, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is concentrating efforts in restoring the national railroad system, and aims for recuperating the sector with effectiveness. The statement was made by Cesar Ignacio Arocha, Cuban Transport Minister, when he submitted a report before the plenary of the National Assembly on the work of Cuban transport during the first six months of 2011. Arocha told the legislators that the Cuban railroad system deteriorated in the past years, due to deficient management, the poor state of the railroad tracks, engines and wagons, and neglect in workshops. Read More

Havana: Journey to once-forbidden land

<p style="text-align: justify;">July 31, 2011 - 12:52am. By K.C. SUMMERS. Special to The Washington Post. Like many Americans, Jamie and Kirsy Blietz were thrilled when the Obama administration eased travel restrictions to Cuba for U.S. citizens in January. So thrilled, in fact, that the suburban Washington couple decided that the formerly forbidden island would be the perfect setting for their 20th wedding anniversary celebration next June. No doubt it would. But amid all the hoopla about U.S. citizens now being able to travel to Cuba legally, it's important to keep one thing in mind: You can't just pop over for a visit the way you can to, say, Jamaica or the Bahamas. Read More

Sucre for Safer LatAm Transactions

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Estela McCollin. 31 de julio de 2011, 00:11Caracas, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) The Unitary System for Regional Compensation Payments (SUCRE) is a realiable choice for economic transactions among Latin American countries, says Banco Central de Venezuela (BCV). BCV Sr. Vice President and President of the Sucre Regional Monetary Council, Eudomar Tovar, said in a meeting with Mexican businessmen: "we are promoting the integrationist significance of the Sucre at these meetings." Read More

Nurseries, a Sugar Warranty in Camagüey

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.31 - 08:32:06 / radiorebelde.icrt.cu / Vertientes, Cuba.-&nbsp; A modern and mobile spray-aspersion system has started to be used in the sugar cane nursery located in Vertientes municipality in Camagüey province. The modern equipment allows irrigating the areas in the nursery according to the needs of the soil, shoots, and the seed´s varieties. Read More

Tampa's economic forecast looks good as it opens flights to Havana, Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Walter Courts. Tampa Political Buzz Examiner. July 31, 2011. Tampa - There was a saying that one can tell the financial condition of a city, by the number of unfixed potholes in its streets. Well, Tampa has or is fixing its potholes. The financial status of Tampa is impressive, despite a 28% decline in property tax revenues since 2007, core services have been unaffected. Read More

New Investments in Varadero

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.31 - 08:14:14 / radiorebelde.icrt.cu / Varadero, which is the main tourist resort in Cuba, exhibits a high-level hotel infrastructure and continues its plan of investments in order to increase its current tourist capacity up to 18 thousand rooms.The new building works that are planned to be carried out during the current year and the next one in this tourist resort located in the peninsula of Matanzas, include the Patriarca hotel´s final construction stage which will have up to 400 hundred rooms. Read More

Cuban MPs Informed on Science, Environment-Related Issues

<p style="text-align: justify;">By. Raquel Maria Garcia Alvarez.10:53Havana, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuban legislators are being informed on Saturday about the work of the Ministry of Science and Environment prior to the seventh ordinary period of sessions of the seventh legislature of the National Assembly of People's Power (Cuba''s parliament). The Assembly is scheduled to hold a plenary meeting as of August 1, and on July 28-29 the members of the 12 Permanent Committees held work sessions. Read More

Cuba Leads Medals in ALBA Games

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Osmany González Tocabens.10:55Caracas, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban delegation is already the medal leader although four finals are left before the end of the 4th ALBA Games, which included more than 2,000 athletes from 23 countries. On Friday, Cuba totaled 160 gold medals, ahead of Venezuela (153), which led the tournament until the third from last date of competitions. Read More