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Tampa International Airport to host Cuba Travel Forum

<p style="text-align: justify;">By TED JACKOVICS | The Tampa Tribune. Published: August 24, 2011.TAMPA. Tampa International Airport will host a Cuba Travel Forum at 6 p.m., Sept. 6 at the Cuban Club in Ybor City to celebrate the reconnection of Tampa and Havana with charter flights. The event will link the three approved carriers and 12 travel service providers with those interested in visiting Cuba under current U.S. travel restrictions.Xael Charters, Inc. of Miami has scheduled its inaugural Sept. 8; ABC Charters, Inc. of Miami will begin Sept. 10, and Island Travel and &amp; Tours Ltd., a San Diego firm with plans to establish a local base here, has said it expects to start service in September. Read More

Advocacy group publishes people-to-people travel list

<p style="text-align: justify;">Responding to rising insecurity about the legality of people-to-people travel to Cuba, an anti-travel ban advocacy group in Washington published a guide for would-be travelers from the United States. The Latin America Working Group’s how-to guide lists all U.S. travel service and charter providers to Cuba, as well as the programs they offer this and next year, under the religious, educational and people-to-people categories. Read More

Cuba Gets 100 Tons Of Aid From U.S. NGO

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Aug 24 (Bernama) -- The U.S.-Cuba Friendship Caravan organised by the U.S. non-governmental group Pastors for Peace delivered over 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba on Tuesday, reports China's news agency Xinhua. The shipment, following the group's July 22 visit, contained computers, bicycles, medical equipment, wheelchairs, crutches, toiletries and school supplies, authorities said. Read More

Female dog feeds Five Piglets

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.08.24 - 15:02:00 / radiorebelde.icrt.cu. CAMAGUEY, CUBA.-&nbsp; To the amazement of her owners and neighbors, a mixed-breed female dog called Yeti breastfeeds five piglets who prefer her milk over that of their mother and chase her all over the backyard of the house where they are kept in the outskirts of the city of Camaguey. Mannorkys Santamaria, owner of the animals and operator of the Water Resources Enterprise, told ACN that the newborn pigs don’t need to breastfeed from the dog because their biological mother has a lot of milk. Read More

Cuba: Police Recovered Victor Manuel's Painting

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Claudia Gomez. Havana, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Police have recovered a valuable painting by prestigious artist Victor Manuel García that had been stolen a month ago in the island's central province of Santa Clara, and the thieves were captured, reported the local press. The work "Cuban Landscape" was damaged during the robbery in the Provincial Center of Cultural Heritage of the city of Santa Clara. Now the work will undergo a restoration and preservation process, added the local newspaper Vanguardia. Read More

Cuba assumes presidency of UN Disarmament Conference

<p style="text-align: justify;">GENEVA.—Cuba has assumed the presidency of the UN Disarmament Conference in Geneva with a call to preserve and strengthen the group as a guarantor of world peace. Solutions agreed in a multinational context constitute the only way to approach issues related to disarmament and international security, noted Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Abelardo Moreno in the initial session of the Cuban presidency. Read More

Marazul offers medical fact-finding tours

<p style="text-align: justify;">Miami-based Marazul Charters, a licensed Cuba travel service provider, partnered with non-profit MEDICC to offer research tours for U.S. health professionals. MEDICC, an organization based in suburban Atlanta that fosters medical cooperation between Cuba and the United States, said it joined as a program consultant with Marazul, to develop specialized research programs for American healthcare professionals about Cuban health care. Read More

The accidental Cuban cook

<p style="text-align: justify;">08/24/11 9:49 am. Raquel Rabade Roque is the first to admit she’s no seasoned chef. She’s been known to burn meals and, like most working mothers, has mastered the art of slap-dash dinners. Pressed to describe her culinary talents, the longtime bookseller calls herself “the accidental cook.” CARL JUSTE/ MIAMI HERALD. Bookstore owner and cookbook author Raquel Roque included her Maxima’s Plantain Soup in her latest book of Cuban recipes. Read More

Cuba probes dealings of Canadian trading firm

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Marc Frank. HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban authorities are investigating the business dealings of Canadian firm Tri-Star Caribbean, one of the best known trading companies on the island, foreign business and diplomatic sources said this week. The cause of the investigation was not clear, but it appeared to be the latest looking into kickbacks involving Cuban imports, sources said. Company President Sarkis Yacoubian was picked up in mid-July for questioning, they said, and since then as many as 50 to 60 people mainly company sales personnel, state purchasers and functionaries, have been questioned and in some cases imprisoned. Read More

Cuban Company Labiofam Signs Agreement with Belarusian Pharmaceutical

<p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> 2011.08.24 - 14:05:41 / radiorebelde.icrt.cu. HAVANA, CUBA.-&nbsp; Cuba's LABIOFAM business group (Pharmaceutical Biological Labs.) and the Belarusian firm Phamland penned a representation and distribution agreement for the marketing in that European country of the Cuban homeopathic product Vidatox. A report by Prensa Latina says in presenting the product in Belarus, LABIOFAM’s experts Alexis Diaz and Alejandro Gonzalez explained that Vidatox was made out of venom from a Cuban scorpion which has been proved efficient as an anti-tumor, analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Read More