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Another date with knowledge

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Olga Lidia Tapia, from the Party Central Committee Secretariat; Rodolfo Alarcón Ortiz, minister of Higher Education; deputy ministers; and university rectors held a meeting Thursday, August 27, where the enrollment of 33,000 first year students and the incorporation of 15,000 professors was announced.

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Book and Reading Festival to celebrate Elpidio Valdés’ birthday


The Book and Reading Festival will celebrate Elpidio Valdés’ 45th birthday next August 28 around La Maestranza Park in Old Havana. The event, organized every year by the Cuban Book Institute, has prepared a program that will start at 10 am with the awarding of the Elpidio Valdes’ films characters costumes competition and the contest ¿Quién sabe más de Elpidio Valdés?, in which the participating children should answer ten questions about the popular Cuban mambi fighter animated character.

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Bolt & Pichardo make headlines at World Athletics Championships

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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Cuban Pedro Pablo Pichardo made Latin American and Caribbean headlines today, after winning medals at the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing. Bolt, six time Olympic champion, won the 200 meters and finished with his best time this year, 19.55 seconds.

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Cuba to participate in 4th World Conference of Parliamentary Presidents


The central issue to be addressed at the event will be new objectives for sustainable development, with parliamentary leaders focused on the definition and implementation of specific goals. The Cuban delegation will be led by Ana María Mary Machado, vice president of the National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP), and includes four other deputies.

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Respect and friendship

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Official diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Cuba were established in 1935, and have been maintained since then without interruption. The 80 year history of these ties has been marked by important events, among them Pope John Paul’s five-day stay on the island in 1998, and the 2012 trip of Benedict XVI.

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Cuba, Spain and Brazil at the 21st International Guitar Festival of Costa Rica


Cuba, Brazil and Spain will star the 21st International Guitar Festival, to be held in Costa Rica from August 28 to 30, at the National Theater, as said in a statement by its organizing committee. The event will last three nights, each having a different approach: a Cuban night, a Spanish night and a Brazilian night, with the participation of outstanding artists from these three countries.

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Combating drought with preparation and teamwork


Havana has not escaped the current drought affecting the entire country, given that its total reservoir capacity stands at 35%. As a consequence the city has 1,595 liters of water per second (L/s) less than necessary. Some 48,194 residents have reported problems with their water supply, with Old Havana, Central Havana and Bo yeros the three worst affected municipalities.

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In anticipation of an important visit

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“Look, I worked there!” is the cry of Carlos Cabrera Peña, who has worked in the construction sector and as a carpenter with the Metal Productions Company (Epromap) for decades, as he watches images on the TV or reads the newspapers in the company of a neighbor or friend. This expression sums up his days spent working intensely under the hot sun preparing for the Pope’s visit.

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Take 6 set to perform in Cuba in Human Voices Festival

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Renowned American a Capella music group Take 6 will perform in Havana in late September as part of a music festival called Les voix humaines (Human Voices), organized and sponsored by Cuban maestro, Leo Brouwer. The concert will be held in Havana’s Karl Marx Theater on September 26th as part of a festival that will gather in the Cuban capital important figures of the world’s music scene, including Portuguese singer Dulce Pontes, Spainish Mayte Martín, and other singers and performers who have cultivated the classical and popular music repertoire.

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Cuban universities to promote reading projects

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Members of a project called “Leer Todos”, (Everyone Reads), of the University of Cienfuegos will make up a network of university this school year to promote reading aimed at looking to for ways to increase the healthy and educational habit. Luis Orestes Oliva, Head of the Spanish-Literature Department told AIN News Agency that as part of the experiences of the last three years, conditions will be ready to extend the project to the rest of the country.