National news

Cienfuegos, Cuba_ The Spanish Company Meliá, together with the Cuban Gran Caribe chain, will start on January 14 the exploitation in minimal conditions of the San Carlos hotel, located in the heritage zone of the city of Cienfuegos, confirmed directors of the tourism sector.

Havana_ The vice president of the Council of Ministers of Cuba, Ricardo Cabrisas, highlighted the advances in the autonomy of companies and the granting of faculties to them in the country, Radio Habana Cuba publishes.

Havana, Cuba_ The Cuban sanitary system reached favorable indicators in Public Health in 2017, including an infant mortality rate of 4.1 per thousand live births, the lowest historical rate in the country, said Roberto Morales, Minister of Health Public, Radio Reloj publishes.

Havana_ Cuba's electoral process is starting a new phase today with the actions for the second stage of elections that will end in 2018, Prensa Latina reports. 

Isle of Youth_ The member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and First Vice-President of the Councils of State and of Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, noted on Wednesday, the economic advances achieved in the terrotory,  Radio Reloj publishes. 

Havana_ Fifteen new short routes and three longer ones (La Habana-Maisí, and Santiago de Cuba to both Mayabeque and Artemisa) will be launched shortly thanks to the acquisition of 100 vehicles for interprovincial use, allowing the buses replaced to be used to expand local services, Granma newspaper publishes.