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Cuba To Invest US$200 Million To Revive Citrus Industry

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, July 5 (Bernama) -- Cuba will invest US$200 million in the Caribbean island's ailing citrus industry to increase citrus production and re-establish it as an exporter of the tropical fruit, a top official said Monday.Luis Alberto Torres, technical director of the state-run Fruit Business Group (BFG), told China's Xinhua news agency in an interview that the programme is part of Cuban leader Raul Castro's wide-ranging reform which seeks to "upgrade" the Cuban economy, including special strategies to encourage domestic food production. Read More

Cuban Vice President Calls for Anticipating Needs of Mariel Port

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.05 - 12:09:12 / Mariel port. HAVANA, CUBA.-&nbsp; The First Vice President of Cuba, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, made a call today for anticipating the needs of the Mariel port, which, once operational, will be the largest container port in the Caribbean. Machado noted in the Provincial Assembly of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) in the western province of Artemisa that it should start training its work force and preparing the conditions in the field.&nbsp; Read More

Cuba Changes Manager before World Baseball Challenge in Canada

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.05 - 11:25:26 / HAVANA, CUBA.-&nbsp; Eduardo Martin will be Cuba’s new manager to the World Baseball Challenge tournament to be held in the Canadian city of Prince George on July 8-17, replacing Alfonso Urquiola who was hospitalized due to a sudden illness. The announcement was made by Higinio Velez, national commissioner of the sport at a press conference on Monday night. Velez said that Urquiola was taken to the Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital in Havana city, and though the first tests results are not yet available, he will have to rest. Read More

Coast Guard repatriates 15 Cubans, 82 Haitians

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel. 4:52 p.m. EDT, July 4, 2011. MIAMI. Fifteen Cubans and 82 Haitians intercepted at sea by U.S. Coast Guard officials were returned to their respective countries on Monday. The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Kodiak Island repatriated 15 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas on Monday after interdicting them at sea in three separate incidents since Thursday. Read More

Taiwan defeat Cuba to win first World Port title

<p style="text-align: justify;">BRINGING IT HOME:Lin Chen-hua was credited with the win against Cuba for his three innings of hitless relief, highlighted by a clutch inning-ending strikeout in the 11thBy Paul Huang&nbsp; /&nbsp; Contributing Reporter. Baseball fans wave the national flag as they cheer for Taiwan at the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Sunday.Photo: CNA Read More

Cuban rafters rescued by cruise ship remain in Coast Guard custody

<p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> By Philippe Buteau. Sun Sentinel. Contrary to earlier reports, the seven Cuban rafters rescued by a cruise ship on Friday have not been sent back to Cuba, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said on Sunday. The Cuban rafters remain in Coast Guard custody, according to Sabrina Elgammal, the Coast Guard spokeswoman. Read More

Fidel Castro wishes Chavez well in 1st essay in a month

<p style="text-align: justify;">By PETER ORSI. Associated Press. HAVANA -- Fidel Castro ended a more than monthlong silence to laud President Hugo Chavez's recovery from surgery in Cuba, saying he was confident the Venezuelan leader will win his battle against cancer. In an essay published late Sunday, Castro said his country has a "close and indestructible friendship" with Chavez. "Let's give him the strongest support and confidence," the former Cuban leader wrote. Read More

Raptors pitchers play far from native Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Roy Burton. OGDEN -- For two Ogden Raptors pitchers from Cuba, beisbol is a ticket to the American dream. For Raydel Sanchez, it was also the ticket to his dream of America. While pitching for Team Cuba in an international tournament in Edmonton, Canada, in 2008, Sanchez walked away from the team to a waiting car and defected from his birth country, eventually making his way to his brother in Miami. Read More

Cuba in Toughest Pool of Volleyball World League Quarter-finals

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Estela McCollin. Havana, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuba hoping to improve last year's 4th place, together with Brazil, Russia and the US, make up Pool F, the toughest in the quarter-finals of the 22nd Men's Volleyball World League slated for July 6-8 in Gdansk-Sopot, Poland. Argentina, Italy, Bulgaria and Poland are in Pool E. Both groups will play a round-Robin and the two top teams will qualify for crossed semifinals Saturday and the winners will go for the crown Sunday at the Ergo Arena. Read More

CARICOM Wraps 32nd Summit

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Estela McCollin. Basseterre, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Community wraps today its 32nd Summit following intense dialogues to reinforce the block effectiveness. All 15 members, associates and guests exchanged views on the progress in cooperation, integration, security, health, and the infant population, among other, and will map strategies to help improve general living standards.Majority support on the agenda went to relief supplies to Haiti and St. Lucia, both dealing with aftermaths of the Jan. 2011 massive earthquake and Hurricane Thomas last October. Read More