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July 28th

ING says could face fines following U.S. investigation

<p style="text-align: justify;">AMSTERDAM, July 27 | Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:24am EDT. AMSTERDAM, July 27 (Reuters) - Dutch bancassurer ING Group NV repeated that it could face "significant" fines due to a U.S. investigation of operations in countries which are under sanctions by U.S. authorities, such as Iran and Cuba.The United States imposes economic sanctions and export controls on Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria, viewing them as state sponsors of terrorism and limiting the scope for companies to do business there. Read More

Kuoni Reveals Surge of Five-star Cub Bookings

<p style="text-align: justify;">DORKING, England, July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ Kuoni, the luxury travel group, has announced that despite recessionary times, it is experiencing a surge of interest by holiday makers choosing to travel to Cuba, the Caribbean's largest island. This fascinating, historic destination has seen an increase in bookings by some 25% when compared to 2010. There is also increasing demand for luxury accommodation with travellers opting for five-star properties above other hotel grades. Current figures show almost half of all Cuba bookings were in five-star properties, up 53% on last year. Read More

Santa Monica Conservancy Shines Spotlight on Havana

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Melonie Magruder. Lookout Staff. July 27, 2011 – Santa Monica may learn a lesson or two from Havana, Cuba when it comes to preserving its architectural heritage. At least, that seemed to be the thinking behind the Santa Monica Conservancy's sponsorship of an illustrated lecture, “Preserving Old Havana: Conservation and Tourism in Today's Cuba,” presented at the main library Sunday by Dr. Ken Breisch, director of USC’s Historic Preservation Program and Emeritus board member of the conservancy.San Cristóbal de la Habana was founded in 1515 and served as a way station for the Spanish conquest of the New World, long before American colonies like Jamestown, Virginia were even contemplated. Read More

Cookery Contest in Gibara

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.27 - 09:49:01 / / Cookery Contest in Gibara. Holguín, Cuba.- It may be perhaps of your preference the local fried Lisetas from Manzanillo town, the custard tart from Cascorro town, the stew from La Tunas province, the pancake from Manacas town, the Paella from Cienfuegos province, the Calalú and Guisos made up of corn from Guantánamo province, the Caracol chicken and Ambuilas Fried bananas from Pinar del Río province or the Tamales (ground fresh corn wrapped in banana husks) from Baracoa town. Read More

July 27th

Cuban First Vice-President Heads Delegation to Peru

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.27 - 13:37:43 / Cuban First Vice-President Heads Delegation to Peru. HAVANA, CUBA.-&nbsp; Cuba’s First Vice-President José Ramón Machado Ventura heads the delegation that will attend the swearing-in ceremony of president-elect Ollanta Humala in Peru.Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla is part of the delegation, announced Granma newspaper. Read More

Tropical system near Cuba could mean rain for a parched Texas

<p style="text-align: justify;">July 27, 2011Posted: 07:25 AM ET. The stubborn ridge of high pressure over the middle of the Lower 48 hasn’t moved much in the last three weeks, and today is no different. That means the ridge will still crank out the heat over the Mid Mississippi Valley and parts of the Midwest. I’ll show you the temperatures, but it's safe to say Dallas will reach 102 today (at DFW) making it the 26th consecutive day of 100 or better. There may be some relief for the Lone Star State, though, with a developing tropical system near Cuba. Read More

Nearly 30 Groups Have Been Authorized To Bring Tourists To Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Robert Johnson. Jul. 27, 2011, 9:06 AM. With a clock counting down the number of days minutes, and hours until their first tour begins, Insight Cuba, will be the first organization to bring general American tourists to Cuba in more than seven years.According to The Miami Herald, Cuba Insight will be the first of&nbsp; nearly 30 groups approved by the Treasury Department to bring tourists to America's neighbor to the east. Read More

Giant portrait of Eva Perón unveiled in Argentina ministry

<p style="text-align: justify;">Associated Press in Buenos, Wednesday 27 July 2011 09.40 BST. President Cristina Fernández iinaugurates the artwork in front of the social development ministry in Buenos Aires Photograph: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images. A giant portrait of Eva Perón was unveiled Tuesday on the front of Argentina's social development ministry, where she gave a historic speech prior to her death from cancer in 1952. The 31m-high , 24m-wide (79ft by 102ft) work weighing 15 tonnes resembles the iconic portrait of Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Havana, Cuba. Read More

Int'l tourism to Cuba rises 10.6 pct in first half of 2011

<p style="text-align: justify;">Published July 27, 2011. EFE. Havana –&nbsp; More than 1.5 million foreign tourists visited Cuba in the first six months of this year, a figure that represents an increase of 10.6 percent compared to 2010, according to a report by the National Statistics Office cited Tuesday by the official AIN news agency.Canada headed the list of the countries sending tourists to the island, followed by Russia, Argentina, Britain, Chile and France, AIN reported. Read More

The door opens for people-to-people exchanges with Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">BY MIMI Travel providers and other groups are scrambling to secure licenses and organize people-to-people exchanges in Cuba after the U.S. government relaxed restrictions and decided to allow a wider variety of Americans to visit the Caribbean island for the first time in 7 1/2 years. Since the Obama administration loosened restrictions on Cuba travel, nearly 30 groups have been authorized to offer people-to-people exchanges. The first trips leave in August.So far, the Treasury Department has issued nearly 30 licenses to organizations that say they will provide “purposeful travel.’’ Read More