Monthly Archives: October 2017

ETECSA drop public Wi-Fi price

ETECSA drop public Wi-Fi price HAVANA, Oct. 30 (HT) Good news today for Cubans with the ability to pay to connect to the Internet from the public Wi-Fi points around the country, Etecsa,has dropped the price from 1.50 to 1.00 CUC (similar in USD) for an hour’s online time.

The company announced they will also be offering ½ hour cards for 0.50 and 5 hour cards for 5.00 CUC.

While in most of the developed and impoverished countries Wi-Fi in public parks and gathering places is a free service, in Cuba, where the average professional makes under 25 USD a month, it has been a pay-for service since its onset, originally costing 2.00 CUC for an hour.

The immediate reaction to the price drop is positive among the Internet consuming population, many with family or friends abroad that help them pay for the Wi-Fi use. It is also a plus for those who conduct any type of online business, especially artists who offer their work.

Cuban fashion takes its nose out of the water

Cuban fashion takes its nose out of the water

A woman walks down a street in Havana, on October 27, 2017. Almost drowned by the crisis of the 90s, the emerging Cuban fashion begins to prosper, driven by small private projects. YAMIL LAGE AFP / Getty Images

HAVANA, Oct. 29 (AFP) Imbued in the world of biochemistry and molecular biology, Fabián Lombillo is also concerned about being fashionable at age 23, especially now that “the culture of good dress” is growing in Cuba, he says.

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Tropical storm Philippe approaches Cuba

Tropical storm Philippe approaches CubaHAVANA, Oct. 28th  Tropical Storm Philippe has developed near Havana and it is expected to contribute heavy rain in western Cuba  this weekend .

Data from an Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance aircraft found that this system had formed into a tropical storm Saturday afternoon.

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Havana is “the capital of all Cubans”

 Havana is “the capital of all Cubans”

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HAVANA, Oct. 25th (HT) A well-known saying clarifies that Havana is “the capital of all Cubans.” This means that it is the capital for residents in the city, those in the country and even those abroad.

In the provinces, Havana is idealized. “The best things are there”, “the most Continue reading

Cuban investigators say U.S. sonic attack allegations ‘science fiction’

Cuban investigators say U.S. sonic attack allegations 'science fiction'

Cuban Interior Ministry’s Colonel Ramiro Ramirez, who leads a team investigating U.S. complaints of “attacks” on diplomats in Havana, speaks during an interview at the Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba, October 22, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

HAVANA, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Cuban officials investigating U.S. complaints of attacks on diplomats in Havana said talk of acoustic strikes was “science fiction” and they accused Washington of “slander” while refusing to cooperate fully Continue reading

Jardines del Rey international airport has resumed operations

Jardines del Rey international airport has resumed operationsHAVANA, Oct. 24th (HT) For those tourists planning to visit Cuba’s famed Cayo Coco’s resorts this fall/winter high season, there is some good news just out from Prensa Latina.

The Jardines del Rey international airport has resumed operations after repairs were made in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which passed through the northern coast of Cuba in early September,

Located on Cayo Coco, on the northern coast of the central Cuban province of Ciego de Avila, Irma’s strong winds caused the terminal to lose part of its roof and destroyed metal and woodwork, among other damage.

The destruction at the airport from hurricane Irma. Photo: granma.cu
In the 2016-2017 high season the airport of Cayo Coco received up to 60 flights per week.

In the tourist resort area of Jardines del Rey the Piedraplén (road on the sea) Turiguanó-Cayo Coco, which joins the recreational center with land, was also damaged but was quickly restored.

Work continues on Cayo Coco to ready the hotels for the upcoming tourist season that will take place in Cuba from November to April 2018, noted Prensa Latina.Jardines del Rey international airport has resumed operations

Enthused by Wi-Fi hotspots, Cubans ask for more Internet access

A dancer uses an internet hotspot from inside a bus before performing at the Carnival of Havana, Cuba, August 19, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

HAVANA , Oct 23th (Reuters)  At dusk, when the worst of the Caribbean heat has subsided, parks around Cuba fill with families video chatting with loved ones abroad or scrolling through social media, their animated faces lit by telephone Continue reading

Graffiti set design adds punch to Cuba theater festival

Graffiti set design adds punch to Cuba theater festival

Theatre director Nelda Castillo speaks to actors (not pictured) after the play “¡Guan melón!, ¡tu melón!” beside a paint of Cuban street artist Yulier Rodriguez in a theatre in Havana, Cuba, October 20, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

HAVANA, Oct. 23th  (Reuters) – A play parodying the lengths some Cubans will go to in order to earn a few tourist dollars set against the backdrop of socially critical graffiti is adding punch to Havana’s annual theater festival.

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Cienfuegos,Cubas new tourism pearl

Cienfuegos,Cubas new tourism pearl HAVANA,Oct. 21  With a growing number of visitors, the city of Cienfuegos located about 250 km southeast of Havana has become a new pearl of tourism in Cuba.

The only city in Latin America originally built by the French sits on the edge of a wide harbor frequented by cruise ships and yachts Continue reading