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Cuban Ballet Dancer to Receive National Dance Award 2011

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Ana Julia Suarez Cruz. Havana, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta will be awarded with the National Dance Prize 2011 next Monday, becoming at his 38 years old the youngest artist to receive this award. The gala to honour Acosta at Garcia Lorca auditorium of Havana´s Grand Theatre will be led by choreographer Alberto Mendez with the performance of dancers from the Contemporary Dance Company and the group lead by Santiago Alfonso, and other famous dancers. Read More

Cuban Singer Will Campa and His Band to Perform in Canada

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.08.25 - 17:05:22 / Will Campa and his band Gran Union (Photo: Juventud Rebelde) Havana, Cuba.- Cuban singer Will Campa and his band Gran Union will perform on Friday at the Calgary Hispanic Festival Expo Latino 2011, which is under way in that Canadian city, where he will share the stage with American salsa singer Michael Stuart and Dominican Carlos Cruz. Read More

Women Rappers a Vocal Minority

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Patricia Grogg. HAVANA, Aug 25, 2011 (IPS) - Women are still a small minority on Cuba’s hip hop scene. "If the situation is hard for us nationwide, imagine what it’s like in the eastern region, where this genre has very little recognition," says Yaneidys Tamayo, leader of the group Las Positivas. Tamayo, Irina Rodríguez and Orielis Mayet, who have the only all-woman rap group in Cuba, swim against the tide in Santiago de Cuba, a province at the eastern tip of the island marked by musical preferences that range from reggaeton to rumba and are directed at a public that is more interested in dancing than in hearing the messages these women want to send from the stage. Read More

Cuba announces to support Cambodia's candidacy for UNSC seat: ambassador

<p style="text-align: justify;"> 2011-08-25 21:35:26. PHNOM PENH, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Cuba will support Cambodia for the post of a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2013 and 2014 mandate, the outgoing ambassador of Cuba to Cambodia Gilda Lopez Armenteros said Thursday. The ambassador said so during a farewell call on the President of Cambodian National Assembly Heng Samrin. Read More

Puerto Rico-Cuba flights resume after decades

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Associated Press. FRIDAY Aug 26, 2011 14:20 ET. Flights between Cuba and Puerto Rico have resumed nearly 50 years after service between the islands was severed due to bad blood between Washington and Havana. A Cuban travel official says the American Eagle charter flight from San Juan arrived in the eastern city of Santiago on Friday. Elizza Cabezas says the passengers are mostly Puerto Rico residents of Cuban origin visiting relatives back home. Read More

House Rep Slams U.N. After Cuba Succeeds N. Korea at Helm of Nuclear Panel

<p style="text-align: justify;">Published August 26, 2011. Reuters. In this Nov. 10, 2010 photo, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen speaks with Reuters at her office in Miami. A top House lawmaker ridiculed the United Nations after Cuba assumed the rotating presidency of a nuclear arms control panel, replacing North Korea at the helm of the group. Cuba succeeded North Korea on the 65-member U.N. Disarmament Conference in Geneva. Read More

First Medal for Cuba at World Judo Championships

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.08.26 - 14:03:50 / HAVANA, CUBA.-&nbsp; Asley Gonzalez gave Cuba its first medal on Friday during the fourth day of competitions of the World Judo Championships, under way in Paris, France. Gonzalez beat Russian Kirill Denison by Yuko in the bronze medal bout of the men’s 90-kilo division to secure Cuba’s first medal in this competition. On his way to the bronze, Gonzalez defeated Polish Krzystof Welglarz and Uzbekistan’s Dilshod Choriev, before he lost to Japanese Daiki Nishiyama. Then, in the repechage, the Cuban judoka downed Ukrainian Valentyn Grekov to advance to the bout against Denison. Read More

Tourism revenues showing robust growth

<p style="text-align: justify;">Reflecting higher hotel prices and additional hotel capacities, tourism revenues rose 13.1 percent in the first six months of this year, the latest data of the Oficina Nacional de Estadísticas (ONE) suggest. Despite rising prices, tourists keep coming. The ONE data indicates that 1.537 million foreign tourists visited Cuba in the first six months of the year, up 10.6 percent over last year. Overnight stays rose 9.1 percent, from 9.3 million last year to 10.2 million in the first half of 2011. Read More

Charles Anselmo Finds Beauty in Decay

<p style="text-align: justify;">By DeWitt Cheng. East Bay Express | August 25, 2011. Charles Anselmo has been traveling to Cuba for more than a decade, photographing the effects of economic deprivation and tropical fecundity on the colonial architecture of Havana (and also championing the work of Cuban photographers here on the big island). His large-format color photographs on paper and silk banners and his small-format black-and-white studies of Cubans in Deconstructions: La Habana pose Macaulay's questions anew for contemporary viewers. Read More

Cuba's Dayron Robles predicts 'spectacular' hurdles

<p style="text-align: justify;">AFPBy John Weave. Olympic champion Dayron Robles predicts a "spectacular" 110m hurdles at the world championships as the three quickest men in history prepare to face off in a mouthwatering race. The Cuban will be in a three-way fight with fierce rival David Oliver and Chinese superstar Liu Xiang for the title in one of the most keenly anticipated events in Daegu, South Korea. "There are many athletes of a great level in my event. There are David Oliver and Liu Xiang. I'm also there. I think it'll be spectacular," said Robles, who holds the world record of 12.87sec. Read More