March 9 2009

Contaminated water found at hospital

ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD, Cuba, March 9 (Lamasiel Gutiérrez, Isla Press / - The director of the Héroes de Baire Hospital has suspended all surgical operations because of contaminated water in a cistern.

According to the director, Dr. Sonia González, the contamination was discovered February 26.

The hospital has sent patients home pending repair of the cistern.

Independent journalists harassed by police

HAVANA, Cuba, March 9 (Leafar Pérez / – Independent journalists who participate in a certificate program offered by Florida International University have been warned by State Security agents that they’re defying the government.

The journalists have been detained, searched and had material confiscated as a result of the weekly workshops delivered by videoconference to the U.S. Interests Section in Havana by instructors from FIU’s International Media Center.

Independent journalists who say they’ve been harassed include Heriberto Liranza, Rafael Rodríguez, Omayda Padrón, Mario Hechavarría, Mario José Delgado, Francisco Chaviano, Carlos Ríos and Ariel Ramos.