Entries by Havana Live

Havana growing private sector low on materials

Carpenter Antonio Gutiérrez organizes a load of mahogany, precious wood seized by the authorities in the Ciénagade Zapata wetlands.HAVANA   April 26 (IPS By Ivet González) The lack of markets to supply raw materials for Cuba’s new private sector, along with the poverty in isolated rural communities, is fuelling the poaching of endangered species of flora […]

Cuba’s new foreign investment law, part 2: Property rights

HAVANA 26 Abril (By José Manuel Pallí, Esq). Perhaps the most important question raised by Cuba’s new approach to foreign investment in real estate is the one related to the nature of the rights a foreign investor who develops real estate in Cuba — and those who purchase the residential units from the developer — […]

Turkey May Be Building Cuba’s First Mosque in Havana

HAVANA   26 Abril   Cuba’s Muslims enjoy good relations with the ruling Party. But getting approval to build a mosque is no easy task on the island, where bureaucracy and ideology reign For years, Cuba’s Muslims estimated at just a few thousand—have been a bit, well, unorthodox. Most have favored a flexible version of Islam that’s […]

Athlete Tries to Kayak from Havana to Key West

HAVANA   25 Abril    Peter Crowley believes there’s no excuse for not trying. Born with optic atrophy and legally blind, that has not stopped him from climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, skiing dozens of Adirondack trails, paddling from Albany to New York City and crossing the English Channel in a solo red kayak. The accomplished athlete brought […]

Cuba”s National Ballet Holds Dances with Premieres

LA HABANA April 25   Two world premieres by the Cuban National Ballet (BNC) opened celebrations in the island on occasion of the International Dance Day, to show off the technical spectrum of this renowned company. The most recent piece by its director, Alicia Alonso, combined musicality, technical ingenuity, and an interesting use of lights to […]

China And Cuba: Skip the Ideology, Let’s Talk About Money

HAVANA 25 Abril  (By Patricia Rey Mallén)  China’s foreign minister arrived in Cuba on April 22, on an official visit to an island where Beijing is increasing its investment, including in oil exploration.  The Chinese community in Cuba, in fact, dates back 150 years, and played a fundamental role in the success of Castro’s revolution […]

Mariel workers to keep most of what employers pay

HAVANA  24 April  (CUBA STANDARD)  Although foreign investors at the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM) will still have to hire employees through a state agency, they will be able to negotiate salaries, contract self-employed Cubans, and hire as many foreign workers as they want, and workers will pocket most of what their employers pay the […]

Cubans to Celebrate International Jazz Day

HAVANA  April 23 (PL)  A great jazz jam session will be in charge of Cuban musicians at the National Hotel to celebrate the International Jazz Day, as told by Alicia Bon Cruz, main organizer of the event Tuesday. This way, Cuba is joined to other activities in the whole world for the International Jazz Day, […]

Cuba Travel Services Announces New Flight Service from Miami to Holguin

CYPRESS, Calif April 22  (PRNewswire)  Cuba Travel Services, the leading authorized carrier service provider with offices in California and Florida, is now offering direct flights from Miami to Holguin ,starting June 5 . Cuba Travel Services arranges flights operated by American Airlines and Sun Country Airlines to popular destinations including Havana, Cienfuegos, Camaguey, Santa Clara […]

Cuba: List of Custom Packing Enterprises Updated

HAVANA  April 22  (Prensa Latina) The Cuban National Custom Office updated its list of authorized entities to make dispatches at house delivery in different countries, said an official communique Tuesday. The communique pointed out Tuesday that the National Custom Office appropriately detected cases in which messaging agencies and packing enterprises in different countries, have offered […]

Cuban Havana Club Takes the Cap Off of 150 year Old Rum

HAVANA  April 21 (PL)   A Cuban 150 year old new rum was tasted at the meeting of gastronomic and tourist experts, called Bayamanaco or Balcon del Habano (Balcony of Habanos), organizers of the Havanan workshop said today. The meeting has been held since 2007 at Presidente Hotel in this capital, to taste beverages and analyze […]

HAVANA home woes endure despite real-estate reform

HAVANA April 20  (AP BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ)  The residents of 308 Oquendo Street were jolted awake in the middle of the night by violent shaking and a noise that they likened to a freight train, or an exploding bomb. Part of their building’s seventh floor had collapsed into the interior patio, heavily damaging apartments on […]

Cuban Catholics Mark Holy Week’s End With Religious Processions

HAVANA 19 April (BY MARY MURRAY) Thousands of Roman Catholics in Cuba are marking the end of Holy Week by holding religious processions fully sanctioned by the government. With heads bowed and eyes often closed, the faithful were young and old, rich and poor. Some joined Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega at Havana’s Cathedral while many […]

Television and cinema lag behind other Cuba reforms

Havana  April 19 (AFP)  Cuban television and cinema are lagging behind other industries that have seen recent reform on the communist island, a writers’ and artists’ group wrote in a report published on Friday. The study released by Cuba’s Commission on Culture and Media urged the Havana government to create television and film programming not […]

HAVANA hosts Intl. Guitar Festival and Contest

HAVANA April 18  Havana will host the 13th edition of the International Guitar Festival and Contest on April 21-27, under the direction of maestro Leo Brouwer.Young interpreters of Europe and Latin America will take part in the competitive stage, to be held at the Jose Marti Memorial, while a series of attractive concerts and recitals […]

Turkish foundation to build mosque in HAVANA

HAVANA 16 Abril  Turkey’s Religious Affairs Foundation (TDV) sent a delegation to Cuba to discuss building a mosque in its capital Havana.The plan is part of a wider project by the TDV in building mosques for Muslims who live in the Caribbean.Having paid a visit to the Cuban department of religious affairs, TDV assistant manager […]

Cuba makes Good Friday an official holiday

HAVANA 16 Abril  Cuba has now made Good Friday an official national holiday after restoring that Catholic feast as an “exceptional” measure when Pope Benedict XVI visited the island in 2012.The new Labor Code, passed by the National Assembly in December, established Good Friday as a holiday “every year,” Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday.Since […]

French foreign minister on historic visit in HAVANA

HAVANA, April 13 (Reuters)  France’s foreign minister arrived in Cuba on Saturday for a brief but historic visit, the first by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez […]

Havana protests PriceSmart’s suspension of memberships in Jamaica

KINGSTON – HAVANA April 12 (Reuters By Aileen Torres-Bennett) Havana is protesting the decision by PriceSmart Inc, a major U.S.-based bulk-shopping warehouse, to suspend memberships of shoppers from the communist country at its Jamaica subsidiary, Cuban officials said on Friday. PriceSmart took the action this week, citing the decades-old U.S. embargo on Cuba that prohibits […]

Cuba Opening Up Real Estate Market To Foreigners

HAVANA April 12 (Global Property Guide) A bill passed recently by Cuban National Assembly will allow foreign investment up to 100% in residential and commercial real estate among several other sectors in Cuba. The bill, which is likely to come into effect by the end of June, aims to boost Cuba’s stagnant GDP growth. According to […]

Total lunar eclipse will be seen in Havana

HAVANA, April 11 (PL)  The total lunar eclipse to take place early Tuesday, April 15, will be visible all over Cuba, Norma Borrego, an expert from the Information and Communications desk at the Geophysics and Astronomy Institute, stated. Borrego said the lunar event will start as a partial eclipse at 01:58 local time, while the […]

French foreign minister to visit Cuba this weekend

HAVANA 10th April (CUBA STANDARD)  French Foreign Minster Laurent Fabius will arrive in Cuba this Saturday, becoming the highest-ranking French visitor to the island in three decades. Fabius’ visit comes as Cuba and the European Union have agreed to begin talks about fully normalizing their relations, and as Cuba is seeking to attract foreign investment.Fabius […]

Cuban investment and competition

HAVANA 9th April (By David Jessop)   On March 29 Cuba’s National Assembly passed a new foreign investment law. Its content has far reaching implications for the future economic organisation of the country. It has also stimulated a lively public and private debate in the rest of the Caribbean about whether it represents a new economic […]

Cuba rising rapidly as U.S. travel destination

MIAMI- HAVANA April 07 (By CHRISTINE ARMARIO  Associated Press)The number of U.S. visitors to Cuba continues to rise, even as the more than five-decade long embargo remains firmly in place, according to study released Monday.Within the first three months of 2014 alone, there were more U.S. tourists to the island than in all of 2013 […]

Old Havana in Motion

HAVANA 4th April (by Victoria Alcalá) Every April, visitors to Old Havana’s historical centre will find squares, parks, streets, museums and old houses possessed by a dancing spirit. And it was this spirit invoked by dancer and choreographer Isabel Bustos and her company Retazos, which turns balconies, windows, stairs and walls into stages for the […]

US secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest

HAVANA – WASHINGTON April 3, (AP By DESMOND BUTLER, JACK GILLUM and ALBERTO ARCE,) — In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government. McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors […]

Cuban Book Day at Main Havana Street

Havana, April 1. (PL) Obispo, one of Old Havana’s main streets, changed yesterday its businesses for literary appearance, to celebrate the Cuban Book Day, with stands selling books. That street, from the Albear Park to Plaza de Armas (Arms Square), becomes the street of book, a festivity that traditionally takes place during summertime in Prado […]

Cuba’s Athletes Get Pay Raises

HAVANA 31. March (Latin American Herald Tribune) Cuba reported on Monday the entry into force of the announced salary hikes for athletes, coaches and specialists in the sector, whose incomes will depend on the results and awards they obtain. Athletes’ income has been structured into six categories, with base pay that varies from around $18 […]