Oil spill update

Update on oil spill 30. April 2010.


Cuba opens first online store


HAVANA – COMMUNIST Cuba unveiled an online store with a cultural twist Wednesday offering everything from books by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara T-shirts to designer shower curtains and music downloads.

‘It is really the biggest online selection of (Cuban) culture, and all the areas of the arts are represented,’ manager Teresita Espino was quoted as saying in Rebel Youth newspaper.

The new site, http://www.mallcubano.com, even features a clothing line from the Compay Segundo brand, named after the late star of the Buena Vista Social Club who died in 2003.

The government clearly has targeted the massive expat Cuban community – more than 1.25 million people of Cuban origin and descent live in the United States alone – offering specials for Mother’s Day and delivery in Cuba.

The prices – US$32 (S$45) for a pair of men’s jeans or US$41 for a linen guayabera shirt – are not terribly inexpensive but still out of the reach of the vast majority of Cuba’s 11 million people. Items can be bought in euros and dollars, but not in Cuban pesos. Cubans make an average of less than US$20 a month.

www.particularcuba.com – Cuba travel booking

56 websites and counting…U.S questions China but problems closer to home

The Cuba Blog:

Using phrases and words from the U.S constitution and countering the much maligned criticism by Hillary Clinton of China´s alleged Internet Censorship the new twitter profile proves that unchanged hypocrisy abounds…the tweets speak for themselves…

Follow http://twitter.com/thouwilttweet to get the broad picture of U.S censorship of the Web and the time the Government spends denying this as per Mrs. Clinton’s speech on Jan 21st 2010

Cubadisco 2010, the greatness of Cuban music

ACN: Country music will be on the spot, the wealth of this genre is to be promoted.

Country music will be on the spot, the wealth of this genre is to be promoted.

Ciro Benemelis, president of the International 2010 Cubadisco Festival, the highpoint of national music industry, declared that the event will be a special moment to show the wealth of Cuban country music.

According to declarations made in this city, he said that popular parades, colloquiums, workshops in art schools, album presentations and the longest singing of the world all over the country, will distinguish the event, whose Awarding Gala will take place in Havana, on May 15, 2010.

To revise and re-edit the country repertoire with arrangements for non-traditional frames –such as the symphonic and the chamber- will make the 14th edition shine, declared Benemelis, who invited the improvisers from every country to participate
in the event, to highlight cultural expressions of rural countries.

From CUBADISCO 2010 onwards children will have a permanent space in the festival and during the edition there will be colloquiums organized in the artistic education centers and in coordination with art instructors to show them the identity values of country music.

The festival will have a honor committee, among whose members stand out important keepers and specialists, such as María Teresa Linares, Adolfo Alfonso, Celina González and Inocente Iznaga González (El Jilguero de Cienfuegos).

The festival has been a very important contribution for the development and promotion of Cuban album industry. It widened its categories from the introduction of new technologies to award the DVD format, documentaries and video-clips.

The image and the sound of the national album are currently competing in more than 25 categories, which are evaluated by a committee made up by important musicians, critics and other specialists.


Tropical Strom IDA is approaching Cuba

National Hurricane Center

Tropical strorm IDA


Juanes Concert in Havana Paz Sin Fronteras

Russian strategic bombers could use Cuban & Venezuelan airfields


Maj. General Anatoly Zhikharev, Chief of Staff of the Russian Air Force has told Interfax-AVN military news agency that Russia could use air bases for its strategic bombers in Cuba and Venezuela.

He said: “There are four or five airfields in Cuba with 4,000-meter-long runways, which absolutely suit us.”

San Antonio de Los Baños airfield , Southwest of Havana, would most likely be one of the airfields used.

Zhikharev also said Russian bombers would be prepared to use airfields on Cuba if the political leadership of the two countries allowed the use of Cuban bases.

President Hugo Chavez has offered a military airfield on La Orchila island  as a temporary base for Russian strategic bombers.

In September 2008 two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack multi-mission strategic bombers arrived in Venezuela after a 13-hour flight over the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

Russia has nothing to gain strategically from basing long-range craft within relatively short range of US shores, independent military analyst Alexander Golts said, calling the military statement a retaliatory gesture aimed at hitting back after US ships patrolled Black Sea waters near Georgia.