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Cuba Solidarity hails bilateral co-operation agreement

<p style="text-align: justify;">Friday 08 July 2011. Cuba Solidarity campaigners welcomed a formal agreement signed between Britain and Cuba to strengthen bilateral co-operation as a "significant first step" towards respecting the socialist country's sovereignty today. Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) director Rob Miller said that the agreement was the result of vigorous campaigning by the group and affiliated trade unions for Britain to "break from the 'EU common position' which has imposed restrictions on relations between member states and Cuba since 1996." Read More

Judokas from 50 Countries in Venezuela World Cup

<p style="text-align: justify;">Por Osmany González Tocabens.11:11Caracas, July 7 (Prensa Latina) Delegations from about 50 countries will participate in the 2011 Judo World Cup this weekend in Anzoategui, Venezuela.The event will include 428 judokas, including men and women, 85 of them representing the host country, according to a Sports Ministry press release. Read More

Tampa officials, groups continue to push for Cuba flights

<p style="text-align: justify;">TAMPA The quest for Tampa International Airport to provide direct flights to Cuba continues weeks after many expected charter flights would have begun, following initiatives the Obama administration outlined in January. It remains up to the Cuban government to decide when and which U.S. airports will host air service that will be granted landing rights in Cuba, but no one has indicated why plans for the flights have not progressed more quickly. Read More

Cuba's Population Shrinking, Growing Old

<p style="text-align: justify;">EFE. Published July 08, 2011. The proportion of Cuban residents over 60 grew last year by 0.4 percent to nearly 2 million, Communist Party daily Granma said Thursday."Older adults" now constitute 17.8 percent of Cuba's 11.2 million inhabitants, the newspaper said, citing data from the National Statistics Office, or ONE.In 1985, people older than 60 were 11.3 percent of the Cuban population.The ONE projects that proportion will grow to 30 percent within two decades as the number of working-age Cubans continues to decline "notably," Granma said. Read More

Singapore's PSA to manage Cuba container terminal

<p style="text-align: justify;">SINGAPORE, July 8 (Reuters) - Singapore port operator PSA International said on Friday it will manage a container terminal in Cuba that is currently under construction, confirming an earlier Reuters report."PSA has signed a contract with Terminal de Contenedores de Marial S.A. to manage a new container terminal to be constructed at Mariel Bay," a spokesman said. He declined to provide further details.Reuters reported earlier this week that PSA will actively participate in planning the terminal, which is scheduled to open by 2014. Read More

Foreign Researchers Visit Possible Area of First Settlement in Camaguey

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.07 - 17:21:18 / Camaguey, Cuba.- Researchers from Colombia, Spain and Cuba visited on Thursday the area neighboring Nuevitas Bay, where in 2012 they’ll try to locate the first settlement of the Villa de Santa Maria del Puerto del Principe, presently.The team visited the hectare of land demarcated for archeological excavations that could perhaps provide the first material evidence of the center of population, founded in 1514 or 1515 and one of the most important built by the Spaniards in The Americas. Read More

Stamps for 65th anniversary of PHL-Cuba diplomatic ties unveiled

<p style="text-align: justify;">07/07/2011 | 03:01 PM. The Philippines and Cuba unveiled the commemorative stamps marking the 65th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two countries.The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the stamps were unveiled at the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples' (ICAP) headquarters at the Verdado district on July 1. Read More

Droughts in Cuba worsen in last decades: expert

<p style="text-align: justify;">15:05, July 07, 2011. The frequency of droughts in Cuba has increased significantly from 1961 to 1990 compared with the period from 1931-1960, Cuba's National Institute of Meteorology (INSMET) said Wednesday.Ramon Perez, a specialist at the INSMET, said that since the last comprehensive comparative study concluded in 1990 the trend has continued and represents one of the most important signs of climate change observed in Cuba during the past five decades. Read More

Cuban cellphones hit 1 million, Net access lags

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Marc Frank. HAVANA | Thu Jul 7, 2011 2:31pm EDT.HAVANA (Reuters) - The number of Cubans using cellphones has risen sharply two years after the government lifted restrictions on mobile telephones, but few people have a personal computer or access to the Internet, according to a report released on Thursday. There were a million mobile phones in the communist-run country at the end of 2010, up from 621,000 in 2009 and 330,000 in 2008, when all Cubans were allowed to buy and use them for the first time, the National Statistics Office said in a report posted on its website (here). Read More

Drill, Cuba, Drill

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Andres Cala. Jul. 07, 2011. A brand new, top of the line, Italian owned and Chinese-made semisubmersible rig is on its way to Cuba to start drilling several exploratory wells this year once hurricane season is over. Its target are deep waters in the Gulf of Mexico just a few dozen miles from Florida that could hold proven oil reserves believed to be at least as big as Oman’s and perhaps comparable to those of Brazil. The latter are massive. Read More