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The terraces of Maisí, in Cuba, among the first 100 world geological heritage sites


The marine and coral terraces of Maisí, in the far east of Cuba, have been included in the list of the First 100 Geological Heritage Sites on the planet, presented by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) during an event in which it celebrates its 60th anniversary between this Tuesday and Friday in Zumaia, a UNESCO global geopark on the Basque Coast, Spain. The “top 100” list includes sites spread across 56 countries.

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Neruda in Cuba


The month of July 1940 passes and Delia del Carril, wife of Pablo Neruda at the time, writes to the Cuban Juan Marinello to inform him that circumstances have ruined the poet’s plan to pass through Havana, although, he points out, “he has the firm intention of to go”. The couple travels by sea to Mexico, where the poet will assume the position of Consul General of Chile, and once in that position it will be very difficult for him to move to the Cuban capital without a plausible reason.

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They prepare a program of activities to celebrate the 503rd anniversary of Havana


Exhibitions, concerts and exhibitions related to Eusebio Leal Spengler, in addition to the delivery of houses and the inauguration of works, are part of the program conceived by the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana (OHCH) to celebrate the 503rd anniversary of the former Villa of San Cristóbal, next November 16. In a Cuban television report, it was reported that among the novelties, the presentation of a collection of books on the work and legacy of Eusebio Leal Spengler stands out.

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Don Navarro or how to pay tribute to the first master of Cuban rum

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José Pablo Navarro Campa said that Cuban rum is not born from a magical combination. It is a cultural heritage that is transmitted “from teacher to teacher, from heart to heart”. Humble and simple, as his colleagues remember him, this man from Santiago could not perhaps imagine that his first surname would name the contents of a bottle that reflects everything for which he worked for more than 40 years.

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10th of October Causeway

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The poet Eliseo Diego alluded to this Havana street as “the rather enormous roadway of Jesús del Monte.” That was the name of that road until in 1918 the Havana City Council agreed to the request of the Association of Cuban Revolutionary Emigrants to give it the new name in homage to the glorious day in which Carlos Manuel de Céspedes gave the cry of Independence or Death.Its old name was due to the very Cuban custom of calling uncultivated land, covered with trees and bushes, and, by extension, a sparsely populated area, “monte”.

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Passing through Belascoain


In 1850 the urbanization of Havana reached the Calzada de Galiano, with which the total urbanized area reached about four square kilometers and the population was around 140,000 inhabitants. This development continued uninterruptedly towards the West and already in 1870 it surpassed the Calzada de Belascoaín, with an area of ​​seven square kilometers and some 170,000 inhabitants. The capital was then enclosed between the Chávez River, the sea and Belascoaín, and for a definitive Havanan like Manuel Sanguily, everything that was beyond that road was simply “the countryside”.

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Restored Martí canvas damaged by the Saratoga explosion


After more than two months of intense work in the easel painting restoration workshop of the Office of the City Historian, the canvas of the Apostle that presided over the lobby of the Martí Theater has recovered its original appearance and is ready to be be displayed. This was one of the works that were damaged by the shock wave of the explosion that occurred on May 6 at the Hotel Saratoga. The piece, by Cuban painter Miguel Díaz Salinero (1874-1944).

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Cuban loves of Agustín Lara


The year is 1932 and Agustín Lara begins a frantic race towards fame. He makes his first international tour on that date. In Paris he snatches the French and one of his compositions, Farolito, becomes a fashionable tune there. It is around that time that he makes his first trip to the Cuban capital, in the company of Pedro Vargas and Ana María Fernández. He returns in May 1939 and then makes a profession of love for Cuba. He declares: “I was returning from France… Havana opened its arms to me… and I was not ungrateful.

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Thanks to Fidel and Vilma, for the women that we are


They say that before Fidel, before 1959, Cuban women – like those of almost the whole world – were at best: an ornament in the home, and at worst: a servant with a load of domestic work not paid; transparent, anonymous, whose opinion on political or social issues was not considered. They say that they were obliged to have all their children procreated, because between the precepts of religions and the cost of an interruption of pregnancy, not even thinking about an abortion.

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Eternal, like the stones of Havana


Two years have passed since Havana woke up feeling sad, lonely. The headlines announced the death of Eusebio Leal. But how can someone who filled with life and raised from the dust not a person or a street, but an entire city, die?. “Death is not true when the work of life has been well accomplished.” The words of Cuba’s National Hero José Martí can be said about so many great men and women, but they mold around Leal as if they werewritten for him.