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August 23rd

Women are 66 Percent of Workforce in Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Havana, Aug 20 (Prensa Prensa) Teresa Hernandez Morejon, a member of the national secretariat of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), said that Cuban women represent 66 percent of the workforce in Cuba. The women are present in all sectors of the national economy and have a majority participation in the areas of health, education and science, Morejon Hernandez told the Cuban National Information Agency (AIN). Read More

Baracoa in Cuba: Moving Away from the Reputation of Nascent Tourism

<p style="text-align: justify;">Roberto Hernández. Baracoa, the first town founded in Cuba 500 years ago by Spanish colonists, wants to move away from its reputation of having only nascent tourism with enormous potentials. “We have an attractive offer that has grown during the past six years from nine to fourteen percent annually,” declared Misael Tamayo, commercial specialist from the provincial Ministry of Tourism in the eastern province of Guantanamo. Read More

The Good and Bad of Reggaeton in Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Mario Vizcaino Serrat. A Cuban musicologist attempts to expand a wide-ranging personal study on reggaeton of which she advanced details during a conference on the defects and virtues of that genre, reviled by some and adored by others. Yarelis Domínguez, research specialist at Havana’s Museo Nacional de la Música (National Museum of Music), highlighted the “resilience” of reggaeton. Some reject this genre, while others revere it, including popular singers and dance music groups from Cuba who cultivate it merged with other variants. Read More

Cuban Volleyball Achieves Four Victories in Four Tournaments in Two Years

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.08.22 - 09:59:46 / Chivilcoy, Argentina.-&nbsp; The Cuban under 19 Volleyball team, Cadet category, maintained its winning streak internationally last year and during the current year when it recently defeated its Argentinean opponents 3-2 at the Colón Club facility before a public supporting their local players. Read More

U.S. squad to Daegu with 129 Athletes

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.08.22 - 09:57:50 / / Havana, Cuba.-&nbsp; A squad made up of 129 athletes, including eight world champions and 11 medalists of Berlin 2009, will be representing the United States at the World Athletic championship to be held in Daegu, South Korea scheduled to take place from August 27th to September 4th. The above mentioned squad includes 63 women, as well as&nbsp; U.S . athletes Allyson Félix and Sanya Richards-Ross , medalists in Berlin in the 200 and 400 meters events, who will compete in the same events and in the relay race competition. Read More

23 Lat Am, Caribbean Judokas in Opening Day of World Tournament

<p style="text-align: justify;">By. Osmany González Tocabens.10:06Paris, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Twenty three Latin America and Caribbean judokas will see action on Tuesday in three divisions in the opening day of the 31st World Judo Championships, at the Palais Omnisports of París-Bercy. Although still awaiting for the drawing of lots of the competition to be held this afternoon, the registration includes seven Latin American women in the 48-kg division, with Brazilians Sarah Menezes and Taciana Lima, and Cuban Dayaris Mestre among the favorites. Read More

Cuba Winds up Int'l Hip Hop Symposium

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Ileana Ferrer Fonte. Havana, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Key issues to boost the social repercussion of rappers were discussed during the last day of the International Symposium of Hip Hop, held in Havana with the attendance of artists from the United States, Haiti, Canada and Cuba. On Sunday, participants in the event carried out an intensive agenda in Las Terrazas community, located in the western province of Pinar del Rio, considered the first eco-museum of the island. Read More

Namibia returning vaccines to Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Just as Ecuador announced it was seeking to buy up to $1.5 billion of pharmaceutical products in Cuba, media reports say the Namibian government is returning a $2.5 million batch of Cuban-made vaccines to Cuba. Highlighting some of the challenges Cuba faces when entering new markets, Namibia is sending 600,000 doses of Heberpenta vaccines back to Havana, saying it didn’t know the vaccines were not on the World Health Organization (WHO) list of pre-qualified medicine, Namibian newspapers reported. Read More

August 22nd

Hurricane Irene Hits Puerto Rico Hard

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Osmany González Tocabens.&nbsp; 12:47San Juan, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rico woke up Monday to floods, rubbles, and blackouts following the overnight passage of hurricane Irene, which is now heading towards the Dominican Republic and would reach the United States on Friday. Read More

Cuban Culture Fiesta to Kick off in Bayamo

<p style="text-align: justify;">The 17th Fiesta de la Cubanía (Cuban Culture Fiesta) takes place in eastern Granma’s capital city of Bayamo in October this year. Celebration highlights include visits to places of cultural and historic interest, debates on Cintio Vitier’s literary work and a discussion panel on the origins and evolution of the Cuban newspaper El Cubano Libre, reported AIN. The festival marking Cuban Culture Day has, by tradition, been celebrated in Bayamo, in memory of the glorious day where the Cuban national anthem was first sung, on October 20th, 1868, festival organizers told the press. Read More