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July 30th

Cuba jails airline, pharma execs for corruption

<p style="text-align: justify;">Cuba sentences airline, pharmaceutical executives to 3- to 13-year prison terms for corruption.On Friday July 29, 2011, 9:52 pm EDT. HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban courts have convicted airline and pharmaceutical executives of corruption and sentenced them to three to 13 years in prison. The stiffest sentence is 13 years for Cubana de Aviacion director Jose Heriberto Prieto. An announcement on state television Friday night also mentions sentences for various officials from pharmaceutical company Herbiotec SA. Read More

Cuba Considering Civil Unions for Gays, Lesbians

<p style="text-align: justify;">Is Cuba on the verge of considering civil unions? The announcement was made by Mariela Castro, daughter of Raul Castro and the director of Cuba's national sex education center, during an interview with Spanish broadcaster Cadena Ser earlier this month. Castro, the island's leading gay rights advocate, said Cuban authorities are already studying the proposal in preparation for the upcoming Community Party conference on Jan. 28. Read More

Cuba approves flights from 9 more American cities

<p style="text-align: justify;">Reuters. By Marc Frank. HAVANA (Reuters) - Air travel between the United States and Cuba will become easier with the opening of charter flights to the forbidden island from an additional nine U.S. cities announced by Cuba authorities on Friday. Cuban travel agency Havanatur Celimar said it added the cities of Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston and San Juan, Puerto Rico, to the list from where charter flights would be accepted.Cuba is preparing for an increase in visitors from its long-time ideological foe under a recent loosening of travel restrictions by the Obama administration. Read More

Second Miami charter company says it is approved for Cuba flights

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Steve Huettel, Times Staff Writer.Friday, July 29, 2011. A Miami air charter company hopes to start selling tickets from Tampa International Airport to Havana next week. But ABC Charters can expect competition soon. Xael Charters, also based in Miami, announced Thursday that it also received authorization from the Cuban government this week to fly the Tampa-Havana route. Like ABC, Xael already operates charter flights, mostly for Cuban-Americans, from Miami to Havana and Holguin in eastern Cuba. Read More

Cuban Gov. Earmarks Nearly One Billion to Get Enterprises Into Shape

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (acn) The Cuban government recently allocated approximately $998 million Cuban Pesos (CUP) for the revitalization of a number of enterprises involved in the production of goods and services, to compensate the loss they have accumulated over the years and face their lack of liquidity. In presenting an update of the State budget before the Commission on Economic Affairs of the Cuban Parliament, for the first half of 2011, Minister of Finances and Prices Lina Pedraza said the ministries on the priority list are those of agriculture; food, light, basic and iron and steel industries; domestic commerce and construction. Read More

Head of Chinese Information Office in Cuba for Working Visit

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (acn) Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Marcelino Medina Gonzalez met Thursday with the Director of the Information Office of China, Wang Chen, who is visiting Cuba.During the meeting at the ministry's headquarters, both parties acknowledged the excellent state of bilateral relations and the Acting Minister said the Cuban government and people were open to further strengthen the ties between both countries, says a report by the Cuban Foreign Ministry. Read More

More Construction Materials for the Cuban People

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Raquel Maria Garcia Alvarez. 00:08Havana, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Government has reaffirmed that the amount and quality of construction materials to the population will be increased. The announcement was made during a meeting of the Permanent Committee on Industry and Construction Works prior to the plenary of the seventh period of sessions of the National Assembly of the People´s Power to be held as of August 1st. During her speech, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade Odalys Escandel admitted the need to overcome deficiencies in the work of that ministry regarding the sale of these materials. Read More

Venezuela, Cuba Lead Medals Table in ALBA Games

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Osmany González Tocabens. 10:24Caracas, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela and Cuba are leading the medals table of the 4th ALBA Games with 142 golds each, as the tournament entered its second to last day of competition on Friday. For the first time since the ALBA Games began on July 17, the host delegation was not alone at the top of the medals table. Read More

Cuban tourism up 10.6 percent, U.S. travel stable

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Marc Frank. HAVANA | Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:39am IST. HAVANA (Reuters) - The Cuban tourism industry performed strongly through June as arrivals from just about all travel providers increased and the number of U.S. visitors was stable, according to a government report released on Friday. Tourist arrivals during the first half of the year were 1.538 million, up 10.6 percent over the same period in 2010, the National Statistics Office reported on its website (http:www.one.cu). Read More

Racism is still an issue in Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Friday, Jul. 29, 2011. Juan O. Tamayo. The Miami Herald. Each morning before the sun rises too high, Cubans gather at a shaded corner in central Havana, mingling as though at a cocktail party. The icebreaker is always the same: "What are you offering?" WASHINGTON — The Cuban government will soon cast a media spotlight on the issue of racism on the island, although some programs to improve the lives of black Cubans had to be cut because of economic restraints, a Havana official said Thursday. Read More