Cuban Jazz Players Applauded in France

The Cuban musician César López and his group Havana Ensemble showed their talent in an applauded jazz concert in Enghien-les-Bains, which still resounds in the cultural media of this French city.

The metropolis, “emphasized by its narrow cultural links with Cuba, was again a head office and promoter of the quality, variety and wealth of the Cuban culture”, highlighted today a bulletin of the Cuban office of the UNESCO in France.

For almost two hours, the Theater of the Casino of this city received the interpretations of the recognized Cuban saxophonist, arramger and composer.

“The ripeness and quality of the presented program, allowed to enjoy one of the most outstanding projects of the Cuban contemporary music”, he underlined the note.

In accordance with the organizers, the themes that journeyed of the bootblack to the conga, including classical music arrangements, delighted the audience that was not late in doing “chemistry” with the Caribbean jazz players.

David Faya, in the bass; Emilio Martini, in the guitar and Otto Santana, in percussion, they made the stage vibrate.

The Cuban officials recognized the promotional work of the director of the Center of the Arts, Dominique Roland, and its commitment for sharing during the whole year, a cultural quality agenda and diverse, in that the Cuban culture is present.

(Prensa Latina)

Mexico´s Interjet Airlines Opens Weekly Flights to Central Cuba

Mexico´s Interjet Airline company it will operate two weekly flights as of July 14 to the central Cuban city of Santa Clara.

The announcement by the Cuban Tourism Ministry explains that the flights will be operated by A-330A airbus planes departing the Mexican capital.

Meanwhile, Interjet general director Jose Luis Garza stressed the opening of the new route to strengthen his company´s leadership in flights to the Caribbean nation.

The first flight will bring Interjet directives, tour operators and journalists and will be welcomed in Santa Clara by the local tourism authorities.

Mexico ranks 10th among Cuba´s tourist markets and the opening of the new Interjet connection joins others that connect Havana to Mexico City, Cancun, Merida and Monterrey, as well as another one between the Mexican capital and the popular tourist center of Varadero in western Cuba.

(Cuban News Agency)

Cuba criticizes inaction by Security Council over Palestine

The United Nations.— On July 12, Cuba denounced the UN Security Council’s failure to act in response to Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people, despite global support for the occupied Arab nation’s cause, reported PL.

In an open debate on the situation in the Middle East, the island’s permanent representative Ana Silvia Rodríguez denounced the Security Council’s failure to adopt a single resolution demanding Israel end its aggressive policies and colonial practices against the Palestinian people.

“The Council’s failure to take action in the face of such acts is alarming. It is unacceptable that the Security Council should continue be held hostage by the veto, or the threat of veto, by the United States, preventing the organization from fulfilling its responsibility and protecting the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,” she stated.

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Cuba’s expectations for Río

Cuba is on the threshold of participating in its twentieth Olympic Games and the upcoming adventure in Río de Janeiro promises emotional moments for the island’s athletes, with the possibility of achieving historic results under the five rings.

Mijaín López, Idalis Ortiz, Ángel Fournier, Manrique Larduet and Rafael Alba are some of the Cuban stars most likely to set records in the Brazilian city, where once again Cuba’s sports movement will rub shoulders with some of the strongest athletes of the world.

Cuba’s flagship event over multiple editions of the Games – boxing – will play a leading role, with a strong group of talented fighters. The aim is to add to the historic total of 34 gold, 19 silver and 14 bronze medals (67 in all). Cuba’s overall medal count in this individual sport exceeds that of nations such as Greece, Kenya, Brazil, South Africa, Argentina and Mexico.

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Activity of Cruises in Cuba Increases in First Half of 2016

Activity of Cruises in Cuba Increases in First Half of 2016

Cuba welcomed during the first half of this year 53,748 cruise passengers, 40,751 more than in the same period of 2015, informed Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero.

Speaking to ACN, Marrero emphasized the positive outcome of this tourist modality in the new scenario, when the influx of international visitor arrivals to the country keeps growing.

He highlighted the favorable impact of the arrival of cruise ships small and medium size of different nations, mainly the MSC Opera and the Adonia, of Carnival Company, the first of the U.S. to anchor in a Cuban port in 50 years.

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Agricultural Delegation from Louisiana, USA, Travels to Cuba

Commissioner for Agriculture in Louisiana Mike Strain heads a commercial delegation that traveled today to Cuba to negotiate a potential export of food to this country.

The Cuban Embassy in the United States posted on its social networks the visit of Strain along with 94 representatives from the agricultural field, seeking to achieve a business trade with Cuba, valued at $400 million USD.

Strain said that it is important to land and be in Cuba because a very competitive scenario is coming.

He praised the quality of the rice grown in Louisiana and highlighted the favorable proximity of that region for the Cuban market, although he did not mentioned the economic, financial and commercial blockade set by the United States since 1962 and recently strengthened.

(Prensa Latina)

Museums of Cuba and the U.S. Sign Cooperation Agreement

Museums of Cuba and the U.S. Sign Cooperation Agreement

Scientists from Cuba’s National Museum of Natural History (MNHNC) and the American Museum of Natural History of New York, signed a cooperation agreement in Havana.

Esther Perez, director of the Cuban institution, and Ana Luz Porcekanski, head of the Biodiversity Center of the US museum, signed the document at the headquarters of MNHNC, located in the historic area of Old Havana, declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1982.

The agreement expresses the decision to contribute to the knowledge of the composition and characterization of the Cuban flora and fauna, as well as clarify the taxonomic status of invertebrates, vertebrates, and microorganisms of the Caribbean biota, informed Regla Balmori, a specialist of the local gallery.

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