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Direct Flights to Cuba Will Benefit Island Nation, Sunshine State

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Kimberly Morgan. Yahoo! Contributor Network. Tampa, Fla., has been given the green light to begin hosting non-stop flights to Cuba. Until now, Tampa's Cuban-American community, if they wanted to visit relatives in Cuba, had to make the trek to Miami before continuing on -- a drive that takes anywhere from 4-5 hours. The move is a boon for Tampa, whose 140,000 Cuban-Americans will have not had the benefit of airport service to the embargoed island nation for half a century. Read More

Democrat, State Dept end impasse on Cuba money

<p style="text-align: justify;">By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press. WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Democratic senator and the State Department have resolved their dispute over U.S. aid to a program that promotes democracy in communist Cuba, clearing the way for the Obama administration to spend $20 million in assistance. Sen. Patrick Leahy, who had placed a hold on the money, said Tuesday that the department provided answers about oversight of the program and he had stopped blocking the funds. Established in 1996, the program promotes human rights and basic freedoms in the Castro-led nation, but it has come under question amid reports of grantees misusing money and little U.S. scrutiny. Read More

Cuba's Economic Growth in the First Half of 2011 was 1.9 Percent, Asserts Raul Castro

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 1 (acn) Cuban President Raul Castro asserted that the economy has grown by 1.9 % in the first half of the year and that an increase of 2.9 % of the island's GDP is estimated for the end of 2011. While closing the 7th Ordinary Period of Sessions of the National Assembly of the People's Power (Parliament) in its 7th Legislature, Raul stressed that "we'll persist in the road to recover the international credibility of Cuban economy gradually." Read More

50 years later: More Bay of Pigs invasion secret papers released by CIA

<p style="text-align: justify;">BY LUISA YANEZ.MiamiHerald.com. On the 50th anniversary of the infamous Bay of Pigs invasion, the Central Intelligence Agency has released more of it long-held secret papers on its failed 1961 Cuba operation to overthrow Fidel Castro. The secret documents were released in Washington, D.C., pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act filed by Peter Kornbluh, an activist who has long sough to unmask U.S. secret operations in Latin America. Read More

Cuban Badminton Striving to Improve

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Abdul Nasser Thabet, Norge Rafael Medina Guerrero and Thays Roque Arce. Practicing sports has always been associated with being in great physical shape to enable human beings to&nbsp; show their power and skills. Even though there are many sports that feature among the contemporary competitions, not all of them have obtained the same popularity and international recognition. Badminton is not included in the list of the most popular sports. It has a small audience and is hardly ever associated with those adrenalin-provoking sports that capture the attention of so many followers. Read More

Biarritz Film Fest to Feature Cuba's San Antonio Film School

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Jennifer Socorro Ramon.12:03Paris, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) The Biarritz Film Festival in September will honor the International School of Cinema and Television in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba on its 25th anniversary. This year, the festival, which runs Sept. 26-Oct. 2, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. The festival will feature the screening of several short films by current or former students of the San Antonio School. Read More

DeCubas Jr. expects Golden Boy to keep Saul Alvarez far away from Erislandy Lara

<p style="text-align: justify;">Chris Robinson.Las Vegas Boxing Examiner.August 1, 2011. On July 9th Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara found himself in the biggest fight of his career in facing the tall and lanky former three-time champion Paul Williams at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Coming off of a majority draw with Carlos Molina in Las Vegas months prior, Lara was an underdog heading into the fight but produced a very game effort as he tagged Williams repeatedly with left hands and left the South Carolina native’s face a bloody mask. Read More

Lorne Gunter: Cuba needs a day at the mall

<p style="text-align: justify;">Lorne Gunter. Aug 2, 2011. Reuters. A new day in Havana. Since taking over from his brother Fidel as head of the Cuban government in 2008, Raul Castro has slowly nudged his socialist country towards freer markets and more personal liberties. Monday, he and the Cuban parliament took yet another step down that road. Read More

Alicia Alonso, the Bolshoi at Her Feet

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Heidy Morin Rueda. 02 de agosto de 2011, 00:13.Moscow, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Director of the Cuban National Ballet, prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, described her return to Moscow, where she will be honored, as "returning to the heart of a flower". In remarks to journalists, together with eight new figures of the company that she manages and Bolshoi dancers Svetlana Zajarova and Andrei Uravov, she highlighted the influence of the Russian school on the world and in particular on Cuban ballet. Read More

Puerto Rico Alert to Passing of Tropical Storm Emily

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Ileana Ferrer Fonte. martes, 02 de agosto de 2011. 09:48San Juan, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Governor Luis Fortuño announced Monday night the shutdown of all state offices except for those essential in case of emergency, as Tropical Storm Emily passes near Puerto Rico. Emily, located about 250 miles south of this Caribbean island, also led the government to decree a price freeze for basic products, including gasoline. Read More