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Cuba to hear jailed American Gross' appeal July 22

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's Supreme Court will consider an appeal by U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of illegally importing communications equipment, on July 22, state television announced Thursday. "The accused and his lawyer were informed of the decision this morning ... as well as U.S. authorities," said an official message that was also posted on government websites. Read More

Cuban Ministry of Tourism Reduces Staff for Rationality and Efficiency

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.07 - 14:02:43 / Matanzas, Cuba.- The Cuban Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) is reducing its staff in the western province of Matanzas on the bases of rationality, taking into account its needs for every season, in the search for more efficiency. According to the weekly journal Giron, a representative of MINTUR in the province, Amado Acosta, affirmed that the present pay rolls respond to the needs of low season and that seasonal employment covers the demands during high season.&nbsp; Read More

Russia Sweeps Cuba in Volleyball World League

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.07 - 13:28:17 / Havana, Cuba.- Russia swept Cuba 3-0 in the second game of the XXII Volleyball World League underway in the Polish city of Gdansk and is one step away from entering the Final Four stage.This was Cuba’s second loss in this final stage, after the one yesterday against Brazil 2-3 (25-18, 25-21, 16-25, 28-30 and 12-15). This time the scores were three consecutive 20-25 in 1 hour and 25 minutes, according to the event’s website. Read More

PL: Humala Suggests Open and Transparent Dialogue with the U.S.

<p style="text-align: justify;">Washington, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) President-elect of Peru, Ollanta Humala,raised the need to develop an open and transparent dialogue with the United States.Humala was received on Wednesday by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with whom he discussed aspects of bilateral relations and expressed interest in strengthening ties between the two countries. Read More

Cuba's International Brand Havana Club Rum Co-Produces Film

<p style="text-align: justify;">Cuba's International Brand Havana Club Rum Co-Produces Film. Pernod Ricard-Owned Drink Uses City's Lively Cultural Scene in Its Marketing. By: Emma Hall Bio. Published: July 07, 2011. As one of Cuba's very, very few international brands, Pernod Ricard-owned Havana Club rum uses Cuba itself as a marketing tool. Capitalizing on Havana's lively, sultry cultural scene, the company is co-financing a feature film called "Seven Days in Havana" to be screened in cinemas around the world next summer.The film, created with M&amp;C Saatchi, Paris, is a contemporary portrait of Cuba's capital city, with a different director for each of the seven days. One director, for instance, is Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro. Read More

Forest Areas Cover More than a Fourth of Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.06 - 17:22:05 /, Cuba.- The director of the Cuban Environment Agency, Gisela Alonso Dominguez, affirmed that forest cover 26.2 per cent of the Cuban geography as a result of a national policy for sustainable development. Alonso told ACN that about half of these areas are part of programs for the protection of nature, 31% is for timber production mainly, and 21.7% is part of conservation projects, during the International Convention on Environment and Development.&nbsp; Read More

Cuban Dayron Robles to Race in Paris Meeting

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA. Cuba.- Cuban Dayron Robles, 110 meter hurdles Olympic champion, will participate tomorrow in the Paris meeting , part of the second IAAF Diamond League.Robles, current world record holder with 12.87 seconds is one of the event’s main attractions after winning his last race with an acceptable 13.12 second time in the Athletissima meeting. Read More

Book on Alicia Alonso to Be Released in Havana

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.06 - 17:48:52 / HAVANA, Cuba.- An essay about Cuban prima ballerina Alicia Alonso titled "Una luz distinta y más alta" (A Different, Higher Light) by Juan Marinello, one of the most relevant figures in the Cuban culture, will be presented on July 7 at the Juan Marinello Cultural Research Institute Center, in Havana. Read More

Cuba dominates Canadians at junior baseball series

<p style="text-align: justify;">Postmedia News July 5, 2011.GUINEAS, Cuba — Cuba swept both halves of a doubleheader against Canada on Tuesday as the two countries continued their nine-game junior baseball series. Cuba started the day with a 3-1 win, then beat Canada 14-5 in the rematch. They have won all three games against the Canadians thus far. Read More

Residents earn approval to travel to Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse program will send 35 people on a tour of Cuba next spring, after trip organizers snagged rare approval from the federal government to travel to the embargoed communist nation. Burt and Norma Altman are planning the 10-day trip for UW-L’s Learning in Retirement program and will take advantage of a special exemption for academically based workshop tours that “promote people-to-people contact,” according to the Cuba travel sanction guidelines by the U.S. Treasury Department. Read More