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July 2nd

Messi’s Argentina for the Glory in America Cup

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.01 - 14:13:49 / The America Cup, the world’s oldest football national team’s event, kicks off this July 1st in several Argentinean cities, and will bring to the continent some of its best players that usually play in Europe. The main attraction of this event will be, undoubtedly, host Lionel Messi, a gifted player that reminds us of former Argentinean star Diego Maradona, one of the Four Magnifecents along Pelé, Cruyff and Di Estefano . Read More

US must step up Cuba oil spill readiness - experts

<p style="text-align: justify;">Fri Jul 1, 2011 9:47am EDT. By Jeff Franks. HAVANA, July 1 (Reuters) - With Cuba preparing to explore for oil 60 miles (96 km) from Florida, the complicated politics of U.S.-Cuba relations are impeding U.S. efforts to get ready in case of a BP-style accident, analysts and oil experts said. The Obama administration must do more to ensure that U.S. companies can quickly mobilize safety and containment equipment should a well blow out, which could do catastrophic damage to the Florida coast, the experts said in recent interviews. Read More

US issuing licenses for increased Cuba travel

<p style="text-align: justify;">Peter Orsi, Associated Press, On Friday July 1, 2011, 1:28 pm EDT. HAVANA (AP) -- Washington has begun issuing travel licenses that promise to bring thousands more U.S. visitors each year on legal trips to Cuba, just 90 miles off Florida but off-limits to most Americans.Nine tour operators have been granted licenses to run so-called people-to-people exchanges since May, said a U.S. Treasury Department spokesperson who was not authorized to be quoted by name on the matter. Read More

July 1st

Cuba: 110 meter Hurdler Dayron Robles Wins in Lausanne

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.06.30 - 19:04:44 / Havana, Cuba. - Olympic champion Dayron Robles won the 110 meter hurdles event when he stopped the clocks at 13.12 seconds in the Athletissima meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.Robles, world record holder with 12.87, finished 4 hundredths of a second ahead of Jamaican Dwight Thomas and 5 of American Jason Richardson, in this Diamond league event, though he didn’t receive points for his performance. Read More

Cuba details upcoming law on sale of homes, cars

<p style="text-align: justify;">Peter Orsi, Associated Press, On Friday July 1, 2011, 9:00 am. HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba has announced the first details a highly anticipated new law meant to loosen rules on the buying and selling of homes and cars, which have been tightly controlled since soon after the 1959 revolution. The law is still being crafted and will take effect by the end of the year, the Communist Party newspaper Granma reported Friday.The rules are meant to help ease a severe housing shortage and legalize unofficial title transfers that are commonly used to skirt the state's rigid rules. Read More

Analysts: Chavez illness sparks power struggle in Venezuela

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN. July 1, 2011 -- Updated 0904 GMT (1704 HKT) (CNN) -- With no heir-apparent to Venezuela's presidency waiting in the wings, politicians are jockeying for power as President Hugo Chavez undergoes medical treatment in Cuba, analysts said.The Venezuelan leader has kept a notably low profile in the nearly three weeks since officials first announced that doctors operated on him, sparking rampant speculation about his health and the country's political future. Read More

New York pastor's ashes honored at Cuban seminary

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA (AP) — The ashes of a U.S. pastor who led annual relief pilgrimages to Cuba in defiance of Washington's decades-old trade embargo have gone on display at a seminary on the island. The regional Communist Party newspaper Giron says religious leaders and worshippers paid their respects Thursday to the late Rev. Lucius Walker in Matanzas province. Read More

Dancer José Manuel Carreño says adiós to the ABT

<p style="text-align: justify;">The stellar 16-year career of José Manuel Carreño with the American Ballet Theatre comes to its New York end today when the Cuban dancer performs, to a soldout audience, one of the roles that has made him famous. "Carreño says adiós to the ABT; it´s my decision, but I will continue dancing," says the 43-year-old Havana native. "I feel that is the moment to continue going forward, experimenting with other things." For the farewell at the Metropolitan Opera House, Carreño is scheduled to perform the role of Prince Siegfried in "Swan Lake." Read More

What is the Perfect Holiday to Cuba?

<p style="text-align: justify;">Cuba Relax Holiday: This is the most common option to travel to Cuba. We would strongly advise punters NOT TO travel to Cuba just for the beach. It is simply a waste of money. Most big tour operators will not explain that buying excursions in Cuba is quite expensive. For example, going from Varadero to Havana in an excursion which will merely show you Havana from a bus in about two hours, will cost about £60. What we recommend instead is to do a twin centre holiday in Cuba or even a three centre holiday. Read More

New Ways to Visit Cuba — Legally

<p style="text-align: justify;">By MICHELLE HIGGINS. Published: June 30, 2011. ALWAYS wanted to visit Cuba? Well now you can — legally. Cuba Travel Guide. Go to the Cuba Travel Guide. Thanks to policy changes by President Obama earlier this year designed to encourage more contact between Americans and citizens of the Communist-ruled island, the Treasury Department is once again granting so-called “people-to-people” licenses, which greatly expand travel opportunities for Cuba-bound visitors. Read More