Welcome to this Week in Palestine – Gaza Special Coverage, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for July 26th, to the August 1st, 2014. This week Israeli attacks cased a Humanitarian ceasefire to collapse. The death toll in Gaza has reached over 1,493 with no end in sight to Israeli attacks on the coastal region.
An analysis about the possible success or failure of the reform process taking place in Cuba was the focus of discussions during the first plenary session of the XXIV Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE). The three-day event, which began on Thursday at the Hilton Miami Downtown, was attended by hundreds of industry professionals, including many Cubans from both shores of the Straits of Florida.
Six immigrants were rescued this Wednesday floating on inner tubes near the coast of Miami, the US Coastguard Service reported. The six men were found five miles from Key Biscayne after a good Samaritan informed the Miami Beach coast patrol station of his discovery.
Tropical Storm Bertha entered the radar early Friday as it churns in the Atlantic some 240 kilometers (150 miles) east of Barbados reported the Cuban Weather Service (INSMET) at 6:00 a.m. on Friday. At this point it is not expected to pose a danger to Cuba.
A thousand miles east of the Lesser Antilles is an area of low pressure with heavy rain and thunderstorms. The high temperatures will remain stable around 32° C (86 F) and the low will average 25° C (77 F).
Alan Gross, the US citizen sentenced to 15 years in prison in Cuba, has lost the use of his right eye and refuses to receive most visitors owing to a profound state of depression. “Alan’s situation is grave,” said attorney Scott Gilbert.
There is less than two months left to send us your entries to the 6th Havana Times Photo Contest. The deadline is September 15, 2014. So far 25 amateur and professional photographers have sent in pictures in the five categories selected for this year’s contest. Last year a total of 90 persons competed.
The popular Cuban band Los Van Van will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a tour across the country, which began on Saturday in the town of Artemisa, according to the Cuban Institute of Music.
Cuba took the finals of the Centrobasket women’s tournament on Sunday in Monterey, Mexico by beating Puerto Rico 58-47, reported Prensa Latina.
The Cuban delegation to the World Youth Athletic Championships, culminating in the U.S. city of Eugene, Oregon, won a gold medal, which went to triple jumper Lazaro Martínez, reported Prensa Latina.