Sergio Paneque

Sergio Paneque

CheapAir First to Sell Single-Purchase Cuba Flights

Travel booking site CheapAir.com is making a play for the Cuba market, USAToday reports.

The company says it has become the first on-line travel agency to allow U.S. travelers to book flights between the U.S. and Cuba in a single on-line transaction. The option began at 8 a.m. ET Thursday morning, when CheapAir enabled booking for flights between U.S. cities and Havana.

New travel rules enacted by U.S. President Barack Obama have broaden the opportunities for Americans to travel to Cuba under twelve special categories, excluding tourism.

"Since the rule change, we have seen a surge in search volumes for travel to Cuba," CheapAir.com CEO Jeff Klee says in a statement. "Arranging flights to Cuba is a little complicated, but it's the kind of thing we're good at and our technology platform is flexible enough to make it possible. Our team did a great job building it out in just a few weeks' time."

CheapAir's move follows the move of popular search site Kayak.com, which earlier this month began showing -- but not selling -- flight and hotel options for Cuba.

But, as CheapAir's Klee suggests, there are notable catches for those interested in booking travel to Cuba.

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Book by Gerardo Hernandez, one of The Five, Presented in Havana

The book entitled Dibujos de Gerardo Hernandez: Humor desde mi pluma ("Drawings by Gerardo Hernandez: Humor from my Pen,") which includes drawings and documents related to the case of the five Cuban antiterrorist heroes unfairly condemned in the United States in 2001, was presented on Monday in this capital.

It's a compilation of caricatures I made while I was in prison, on Fidel (Castro) and various topics, as forms of expression, said Gerardo at the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) during the ceremony where the book was presented by Manuel Lopez, coordinator of the Committee for the Freedom of The Five in Ukraine, the organization that prepared and paid for printing.

Also included in the book, in addition to the 36 caricatures, was an explanation on the case of the antiterrorists, the Affidavit presented at the court by Gerardo's lawyer, Martin Garbus, and pictures of friends of international solidarity who visited him imprison, he explained.

According to Lopez, working in the text published in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, on October 22, were Ukrainians, Argentineans, Venezuelans and friends of other nationalities.

The epilogue was written by Gilbert Browstone, a friend of Cuba and president of the Browstone Foundation. The book was edited in the United States and it is being distributed by the Amazon network, Lopez informed.

On December 17, after 16 years of unfair imprisonment in U.S. jails, Ramon, Antonio y Gerardo returned to their homeland and joined their families; Rene and Fernando, the other two members of the group, were released after serving their sentences.

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Cuban Seismologists to Widen Contact with International Networks

The National Center for Seismologic Investigations (Cenais) based here, is working for a greater connection to international nets in order to improve the location of earthquakes in different latitudes and verify the quality of their signals. Doctor Enrique Arango, vice-director of Cenais, told reporters of Prensa Latina, that during the 8th Workshop for Data Handling of Seismolgic Nets in Colombia, new identification codes at international level were assigned to the Cuban stations.

Arango said technical adjustments are being made, to check the output of the signals by computers, in four of the units of the National Seismologic Service (SSN) with analysis and processing systems from international networks, to improve the quality.

The Cuban expert said these works are developed under the direction of the Association of Seismologic Investigation Institutes, which gathers all these scientific institutions, promotes the exchange among specialists and trains them on how to estimate the dangers and mitigation of risks for the population and the infrastructure.

The record of seismicity is performed by 11 seismic stations in seven provinces with the most advanced technology as if there is a significant tremor signal there are also signal detection systems used in nearby latitudes.

Among those points, there are those at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Grand Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos.

In the Central Station, located in this city, records of earthquakes are receieved in real time, and analyzed by processing software widely used by seismic signals systems internationally, such as the SEISAN and EDSP-IAS, for incorporation into the foundations data.

During this year and next, the technological development of SSN will continue, with new programs that automate the processing and analysis of its records, which enhance the contribution to early warning systems in the region for detection and early warning of strong earthquakes and tsunamis .

Other perspectives are the amplification of the network, with new seismometers in the central region, specifically in the towns of Camarioca, province of Matanzas, and Caibarién, in Villa Clara, for which there is the necessary equipment and expectation for the construction of the civil work.

Equally , there are another two seismological stations in the municipality of Moa, Holguín, and five more are being on projects, to improve the localization of the earthquakes in the south eastern region of Cuba.

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Industriales Beat Matanzas in Serie Nacional

Matanzas lost some ground on top of Cuban baseball championship when being beaten 8-7 by Industriales in an excellent 1 0-innings game lasting over five hours.

Industriales´ catcher Frank Camilo Morejon walked off hit the Crocodiles off Maikel Hidalgo, although the loss went to Yaniel Blanco.
Rudy Reyes batted 4 for 6 with four RBIs and Lisbán Correa hit a two-run homer to lead Havana squad's offensive, and Yohandri Portal won the match, while Yadiel Hernandez hit a homer and drove in three runs for the defeated.

In the evening hours Granma completed the sweep over Artemisa and now appears three games down the top, while Isla de la Juventud did the same against Ciego de Avila.

Lázaro Blanco achieved his ninth win of the season when the Granma Alazanes knocked out 12-2 the Artemisa Hunters, with offensive highlight by shortstop Adrian Moreno, who homered and drove in four runs.

Meanwhile Isla de la Juventud defeated 2-1 Ciego de Ávila, with credit from the mound for reliever Javier Vazquez, and Héctor Manuel Mendoza took the save, while Luis Abel Castro hit a solo homer.

Pinar del Río won 7-5 over Holguin to avoid the sweep in match marked by the seventh win of the ace pitcher Yosvani Torres, despite allowing nine hits and four earned runs in five and third innings, with the eleventh save by Vladimir Gutiérrez.

Third baseman Osniel Madera and second baseman Andy Sarduy drove in two RBIs per capita as the highlights on the offensive for the cause of the current national monarchs.

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