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Rawlings praises Cuba for new bio-friendly malaria eradication project in Ghana

<p style="text-align: justify;"> General News. Ambassador Cruz explains a point to President and Mrs Rawlings. By: Bismark Omari Somuah. Ghana's former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, on Friday praised Cuba for the role it is playing in the eradication of malaria in Ghana and the West Africa region.Speaking at a meeting with the outgoing Cuban ambassador to Ghana, Dr Miguel Perez Cruz, President Rawlings said Ghana “owes Cuba a debt of gratitude” for the revolutionary new bio-spraying mechanism that eliminates mosquito larvae. Read More

U.S. company suspends Cuba tours

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Juan One of the first travel companies to jump into the Cuba trips allowed by a new Obama administration policy has suspended the tours amid questions that trouble both opponents and supporters of increased travel to the island.The luxury travel firm Abercrombie &amp; Kent advertised its tours for non-Cuban Americans, which included salsa dancing and rum-laced mojitos, under the “people to people” travel policy unveiled Jan. 28. It quickly sold out 13 tours organized in conjunction with the Foundation for Caribbean Studies, holder of one of the licenses to organize people to people trips issued by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC). Read More

American to attempt 60-hour Cuba-to-Florida swim

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Jeff Franks. HAVANA (Reuters) - Veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad will take on time and Mother Nature when she jumps into the Florida Straits on Sunday to begin what would be a world record swim from Cuba to Florida. The 61-year-old American tried the grueling 103-mile journey in 1978 when she was 28, but failed in the face of winds and eight-foot (2.5-meter) waves that weather forecasters say should not be a factor this time. Nyad was scheduled to leave from Havana on Sunday evening, when the sea was expected to be smooth and windless, with hopes of getting to Key West in about 60 hours. Read More

Cuba opening to private enterprise spurs service sector start-ups

<p style="text-align: justify;">President Raul Castro has ordered a long list of reforms, and Cuba has embarked on a far-reaching experiment to salvage its depleted and, until now, tightly regulated Marxist economy. By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times. August 6, 2011, 5:01 p.m. Reporting from Havana. They began with a hose and a few rags when Amilcar Santa Cruz and his 30 siblings and cousins set up a carwash in Havana's Miramar district, a little family business to help make ends meet. And that's all it was for several years.But in the last few months, the business has exploded. The carwash today is a bustling piece of new Cuban enterprise. Read More

Cuba to Increase Oil Processing Capacity

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Juan M. Garcia. domingo, 07 de agosto de 2011. 10:29Havana, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) The vice president of Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Asdrubal Chavez, commented in this capital on the importance of investments in Cuba to increase the country''s oil processing capacity. In statements to Cuban television, Chavez said that the company Cubapetroleo was set up to expand the Cienfuegos and the Hermanos Diaz refineries, the latter in Santiago de Cuba, and to design a new plant in Matanzas. Read More

Cuba for Top Position in Volleyball Once Again

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.08.07 - 11:56:53 / / Havana, Cuba.- Cuba´s volleyball female´s squad, which is divided into two groups, is travelling to the Thai city of Nakhonpathon to make its debut in a three-match series against its opponents from Russia on Friday, Thailand on Saturday and Peru on Sunday at the 2011 Volleyball Grand Prix tournament for women. Cuban squad´s main players and their coach travelled last Sunday to Thailand and the rest of the team departure yesterday. Therefore, the first part of the team would arrive in time for the inaugural matches and the other part of the squad will be arriving tomorrow. Read More

Preparations for Next Tobacco Harvest Campaign in Pinar del Rio

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.08.07 - 11:50:55 / / Preparations for Next Tobacco Harvest Campaign in Pinar del Rio. Pinar del Río, Cuba. - The incorporation of organic matter and nutrients as part of the preparation of soils constitutes one of the main actions carried out in Pinar del Río province in order achieve the proper development of the next tobacco harvest campaign.Private and state tobacco producers prepare their soils in order to irrigate nurseries to guarantee the necessary seedling to achieve early harvests, thus obtaining better productive results. Read More

Cuba’s new hit film tackles inequality

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Cuba — Despite the long lines and sweltering cinemas, Cubans have been jamming theaters here for several weeks to see “Habanastation,” the new film that takes on a taboo-but-timely subject: growing inequality in Cuba's socialist system.A film about two boys — one rich, one poor — is really striking a cord on the socialist island.Nick MiroffAugust 7, 2011 09:35. Cuba film controversy. The film by director Ian Padron tells the story of two boys — one rich, one poor — whose neighborhoods and lifestyles starkly display the diverging wealth gap on the island. Read More

Heavy rains cause damage in Santiago

<p style="text-align: justify;">The remnants of Tropical Storm Emily dumped 200 millimeters of rain in less than 24 hours on Guamá in Santiago province, causing rivers to overflow and damaging roads, two factories, and several dozen homes. The strategic Carretera Granma coastal highway, which is already in an advanced state of deterioration from previous storms, was literally cut in two locations, according to Communist Party daily Granma. Read More

Ask Frank: What's the best way to discover the REAL Cuba?

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Frank Barrett, Mail on Sunday Travel Editor. Do you have a travel query that you can't find the answer to? Or just need specific advice on a destination? The Mail on Sunday's Frank Barrett probably has the answer...A view of Tranquil Las Terrazas in Cuba. Back to nature: Tranquil Las Terrazas is one of the stops on a ten-day hiking tour of Cuba. QUESTION: I've always wanted to visit Cuba and, as a single traveller, a walking holiday is the most appealing. Can you recommend a tour operator that features walking breaks on the island? Samantha, by email. Read More