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Autism, an individual disorder

Autism, an individual disorderHavana, March 30 - The International Centre for Neurological Restoration (CIREN) here is developing a project aimed at validating and measuring the effectiveness of interventions in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Hector Vera Cuesta, neuro-pediatrician and deputy director of CIREN, explains to Prensa Latina that the strategy "established just over a year ago in collaboration with a prestigious Brazilian university" is based on individual diagnosis.

Global warming threatens Cuba's top beach resort

cuba-beach-resortHavana, Dec 24 : A beach resort in Cuba is facing severe erosion of its coastline due to rising sea levels caused by global warming, officials said.

The Varadero resort, one of Cuba's main vacation destinations, which hosts a million tourists annually, is losing 40,000 to 50,000 cubic metres of sand a year due to erosion, Xinhua cited the Cuban News Agency (ACN) as saying.

Official figures in 2012 indicated that erosion had affected almost 84 percent of the beaches in Cuba. Several Cuban beaches have already been washed away.

Cuba tests dengue vaccine on animals

dengue-vaccineHavana, Aug 17 : Cuba is testing a vaccine against dengue fever on animals. The test is considered one of the most advanced projects of its kind, a Cuban scientist said.

The vaccine is composed of a protein that works by inducing cells to generate neutralising antibodies, Alienys Izquierdo Oliva, a member of the National Dengue Vaccine Project, told Xinhua.

"If we have neutralising antibodies, then we will have protection," said Izquierdo.

The expert was taking part in the ongoing 13th International Course on Dengue and its Control at Havana's Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine.

Cuba approves internet domain rules

internet-domainHavana, April 12 : The Cuban government has approved a set of guidelines on internet domain names, according to a decree.

The guidelines establish a system for the distribution and registration of domain names for all government bodies and other agencies, the decree Thursday said.

The rules were aimed at ensuring the internet domain name system is a "distributed, hierarchical, and scalable service with a decentralized control", reported Xinhua citing the decree.

Fidel Castro opens school in rare public appearance

Fidel-CastroHavana, April 12 : Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro opened a school in Havana in a rare public appearance since his retirement in 2006, the official Granma daily reported.

Castro, 86, spoke for two hours with the students and teachers at the school about climate change, weapons of mass destruction, economic crisis, high fuel prices and many other issues, reported Granma Thursday.

"In these circumstances, life on earth is difficult," he was quoted as saying.

It was Castro's idea to build the 140-student facility in a Havana district, reported Xinhua citing Granma.

Chavez was Cubans' best friend: Fidel Castro

Chavez was Cubans' best friend: Fidel CastroHavana, March 12 - Former Cuban president Fidel Castro said here Monday that the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was the "best friend" the Cuban people had in history.

In his first public statement after Chavez's death, the 86-year-old retired Cuban leader in an article published by the official media, said the news of Chavez's death was a bitter hit, Xinhua reported.

Cuba to host Montecristo Golf Cup in April

Montecristo-Golf-CupHavana, March 11 : Cuba will host the 5th Montecristo Golf Cup from April 25 to 27 at the Caribbean resort of Varadero, 87 miles east of Havana, tourism authorities announced.

The Cup will be held in its usual scenario of the Varadero Golf Club, a 18 holes course par 72) in a narrow beach strip of 2.17 miles and it is open to 120 players, professional or amateur, aged over 18, reports Xinhua.

As part of the technical details of the event, the organisers said Sunday that the cup will be attended by men with certificated handicap equal to, or less than 24, and women at or below 30.

Skin cancer on the rise in Cuba

World-Cancer-DayHavana, Feb 5 : Thousands of new cases of skin cancer are being reported in Cuba, a health official warned.

Around 5,000 new skin cancer cases are reported each year in the Caribbean island, said Olaine Gray of the public health ministry at an annual national skin cancer awareness campaign on World Cancer Day.

The main causes of the increase in skin cancer cases include Cuba's geographical location, its ageing population, and the increasing popularity of tanning, according to Gray.

Chavez still facing tough battle with cancer: Venezuela

Chavez still facing tough battle with cancer: VenezuelaHavana, Jan 26 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is recovering from his Dec 11 operation to remove a tumour, but is still fighting "the more difficult battle" against cancer, one of his top aides said.

"We can say of the post-operative situation, the president is well into the process of recovery," Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said from Havana, where he and other senior officials have been conferring with Chavez.

Cuban tobacco legend Robaina dead at 91

ALejandro RobianaHavana, April 19:  Alejandro Robaina, Cuba's best known tobacco farmer, has died at age 91, state media reported Sunday.

He was part of a family that has been growing tobacco for four generations in San Luis near Pinar del Rio in western Cuba.

Robaina is widely credited with maintaining the quality standards of Cuba's legendary cigar tobacco even after the communist revolution 50 years ago. Havana cigars have remained the world's most highly sought and expensive.

Cuba doesn't lack future generation of leaders: Vice president

Havana, Jan 11 - First Vice President Jose Ramon Machado has said that Cuba does not lack leaders to replace those who carried out the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power in 1959, the Juventud Rebelde newspaper reported.

"The leaders of the future are everywhere," 79-year-old Machado said Sunday in an address to the Union of Communist Youth, or UJC, a party entity, in the coastal city of Cienfuegos.

"There are always many who have the qualifications. You have to reach them and have a good organisational policy," he said.

Machado is second-in-command to President Raul Castro, who officially became head of state Feb 24, 2008, after initially serving as Cuba's interim president.

US detainee in Cuba still under investigation

US detainee in Cuba still under investigationHavana, Jan 7 - An American detained in Cuba for alleged links with US secret services was still undergoing interrogation, an official said, adding the accused was not being mistreated.

"I can assure you that he is much better than the victims of those (US government) contractors around the world," Ricardo Alarcon, speaker of the Cuban parliament, said here Wednesday.

He described the person in custody, whose name is being withheld, as "a gentleman hired by a firm that has contracts with the US secret services".

Cuban dissident launches new forum for change

Cuban dissident launches new forum for changeHavana, Jan 5 - Cuba's prominent opposition leader Oswaldo Paya has asked his countrymen to participate in a forum that will seek changes in the communist-ruled country.

Paya, recipient of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize, announced the creation of the Foro Cubano (Cuban Forum) to work for change, a group that will be open to all Cubans, both inside and outside the country, starting on Tuesday.

Cuban high priests predict tumultuous 2010

Cuban high priests predict tumultuous 2010Havana, Jan. 4 : Cuba''s high priests have predicted massive social upheaval and internal conflict in the year 2010.

“We can reach all we aspire to, but we can also destroy it all. The possibilities in 2010 are greater than last year''s. It all rests in our hands,” The Telegraph quoted Lazaro Cuesta, a priest of the Afro-American Santeria religion, as saying.

Cuba celebrates 51 years of revolution

Cuba celebrates 51 years of revolutionHavana, Jan 2 - Cuba Friday celebrated the 51st anniversary of its revolution with traditional dances at the main squares of the communist-ruled island.

State-run daily Granma Friday wrote what life was like in the country before 1959, when the uprising led by ex-President Fidel Castro ousted dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Unlike last year, when official events were organised to celebrate the revolution, this time no activity was planned by the government, nor has there been any message to the public from President Raul Castro, Fidel's younger brother.

Cuba allows US diplomats to meet jailed American

Cuba-flagHavana, Dec 30 : Cuba has allowed US diplomats to meet an American who was arrested here for allegedly distributing mobile phones, laptops and other communication gadgets among dissidents on the communist-ruled island, an official said.

Washington has requested consular access to the jailed US citizen, whose name is being withheld by both governments, a source at the US Interests Section in Havana told EFE Tuesday.

Though the US and Cuba have not had diplomatic relations since 1961, the two countries established interests section in each other's capitals in 1977.

Plane crashes in Jamaica, 40 hurt

Plane crashes in Jamaica, 40 hurtHavana, Dec 23 - A Boeing-737 of the American Airlines crashed Tuesday night while landing at the international airport at Kingston, Jamaica, leaving 40 passengers injured, reports from Kingston said.

"There are no reports of fatalities," Information Minister Daryl Vaz told local media, adding the injured have been sent to hospitals.

The plane, flying from Miami, broke in two after landing at Kingston, Xinhua reported. (IANS)

Cuba, Venezuela ink deals worth $3.16 bn

Cuba, Venezuela ink deals worth $3.16 bnHavana, Dec 14 - The governments of Cuban and Venezuela bolstered their bilateral cooperation with the signing and negotiation of 285 new projects for 2010 worth $3.15 billion, including the creation of eight joint ventures.

Cuban President Raul Castro and his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, presided in Havana on Saturday at the close of the 10th Binational Committee, which coincides with the summit of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, or ALBA, the Venezuelan leader's response to the since-derailed US proposal for the Free Trade Area of the Americas.

Cuban weekly warns of more austerity

Cuban weekly warns of more austerityHavana, Nov 10 : The weekly publication of Cuba's only legal labour union says residents of the communist-ruled island will have to get used to belt-tightening "with intelligence" amid a severe recession and little prospect of improvement in the short term.

Cuba is struggling to cope with the effects of the global slump at a time when it has yet to recover from the $10 billion in losses left by three hurricanes in 2008, Trabajadores said in an editorial Monday.

"Let us tighten our belts, but with intelligence: that is the alternative," the union weekly said.

Cuban weekly warns of more austerity

Cuban weekly warns of more austerityHavana, Nov 10 : The weekly publication of Cuba's only legal labour union says residents of the communist-ruled island will have to get used to belt-tightening "with intelligence" amid a severe recession and little prospect of improvement in the short term.

Cuba is struggling to cope with the effects of the global slump at a time when it has yet to recover from the $10 billion in losses left by three hurricanes in 2008, Trabajadores said in an editorial Monday.

"Let us tighten our belts, but with intelligence: that is the alternative," the union weekly said.




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