Entries by Havana Live

Iberia confirms return of Madrid-Habana flights in June

HAVANA, Mar 30 (acn) Spain´s Iberia airlines ratified the reopening of its Madrid-Havana route on June 1 describing it as the star on its long operational range. A communiqué by the airline company on Monday reads that flights to Montevideo, Uruguay and to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic are also part of its agenda for the […]

Tonight the final curtain falls on RENT

HAVANA, 30 Mar. Tonight, in Havana, Cuba, an exciting piece of history comes to an end. The final curtain will fall on RENT, the first musical to be performed in the country, in 50 years. It opened on December 24, 2014 and played an entire sold-out run, which ends tonight. Andy Senor, Jr. directed the […]

Interest in Cuban bonds has its qualifiers

HAVANA, 29 Mar. (By Malcolm Berko, Columbian business columnist)Dear Mr. Berko: What do you think of buying the Cuban 4.5 percent bonds issued in 1937, which came due in 1977 and sell for about 10 cents on the dollar? Now that President Barack Obama has begun to normalize relations with Cuba, I think those bonds […]

Ballet academies encounter kicks off in Havana this weekend

HAVANA, Mar 28  (RHC) Ballet academies from 15 countries will gather in Havana from March 29th through April 11 at the 21st International Ballet Academies Encounter. This year’s international ballet event will welcome students, teachers and dance experts from Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, France, Panama, Argentina, Costa Rica, the United States, Bolivia, Italy, Ecuador, and […]

Americans cling to claims for seized property

HAVANA, 28 Mar. The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through faded photos that fill boxes spread across the dining table. Friends linked arm-in-arm on a Cuban beach. Men in suits and women in evening gowns at a Havana nightclub. And in almost every frame, an American man with […]

Cuba still has no U.S. bank

HAVANA, 28 Mar. The Cuban Interests Section in Washington D.C., the diplomatic entity that represents Cuba in the U.S., issued a statement saying that in spite of moves toward normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, it has still been unable to secure banking services in the U.S. It has been a year since […]

US, Cuba to start talks on human rights next Tuesday in Washington

HAVANA,27 Mar. AFP — The United States and Cuba will hold talks on human rights, one of the most delicate issues pending in their historic rapprochement, on Tuesday in Washington, Havana said. The “bilateral dialogue on human rights…demonstrates Cuba’s readiness to address any issue despite our differences,” the deputy director of the Cuban foreign ministry, […]

US telecommunications delegation in Havana

HAVANA, 28 Mar.  (AP)   A delegation of U.S. telecommunication officials is in Havana to meet with their Cuban counterparts as part of talks to restore full diplomatic relations between the countries. A Cuban government statement says Daniel Sepulveda, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy, will leave Cuba on Thursday. He has […]

US lifts sanctions on Cuba-linked shippers

HAVANA, 26, Mar. – Sanctions have been removed on nearly five dozen shipping companies, trading firms and individuals that had been blacklisted for links to Cuba. The sweeping delisting came as Washington and Havana progress in negotiations to restore diplomatic relations after more than 50 years of hostility. Most of the companies removed from the […]

Radio and TV Martí facing uncertain future

HAVANA – MIAMI, 25 Mar.— The rat-a-tat Cuban-inflected Spanish of the two Radio Martí hosts ricocheted back and forth during “Revoltillo,” a show laced with humor that airs classified ads posted in Cuba on a Craigslist-style website called Revolico. Recorded here but aimed at an audience in Cuba, where Internet access is severely limited and […]

Cuba et Bruxelles vont accélérer le rythme de leurs discussions

La HAVANE, 25 mars (Reuters) – L’Union européenne et Cuba ont décidé d’accélérer le rythme de leurs discussions visant à améliorer leurs relations bilatérales et espèrent aboutir pour la fin 2015, a déclaré mardi la chef de la diplomatie européenne, Federica Mogherini. L’UE et Cuba ont commencé à renégocier leur accord politique bilatéral en avril […]

Russia, Cuba prepare large-scale joint projects in energy, civil aviation

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that Russia and Cuba will prepare large-scale projects in the energy, transportation and civil infrastructure sectors, as well as in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceutics, healthcare and civil aviation. HAVANA, 25 Mar.  (Sputnik) — Russia and Cuba are preparing large-scale joint projects in energy and civil aviation sectors, Foreign Minister […]

Washington lève des sanctions contre des entreprises commerçant avec Cuba

LA HAVANE, 25 Mar. (AFP) Le département américain du Trésor a levé mardi ses sanctions contre une soixantaine d’entreprises et d’individus commerçant avec Cuba, à l’heure d’un rapprochement diplomatique entre les Etats-Unis et  Cuba. La plus grande partie de ces entreprises sont installées hors de Cuba, notamment à Panama, où opèrent des navires battant pavillon […]

Dozens of Cuban companies are off a U.S. blacklist

HAVANA, 24 Mar. Dozens of Cuban companies are no longer blacklisted by the United States. The Treasury Department has announced Tuesday that, in an effort to improve diplomatic relations with the communist island nation, dozens of Cuban companies have been removed from a U.S. blacklist that demarcates supporters of terror as well as narcotics traffickers. […]

The Havana Club

Federica Mogherini arrived right after US Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson has left Cuba. The world leaders seek to improve relations with Cuba after a half a century break. Why are they all trying so hard?  HAVANA, 23 Mar. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini will visit Cuban capital Havana on 23 and 24 March. […]

Lavrov to visit Havana on Tuesday

HAVANA, 23., Mar. (Sputnik) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is due to meet his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla during the former’s visit to the Caribbean island on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “The visit will take place ahead of May 8 which will mark 55 years […]

How Obama outmaneuvered hardliners and cut a Cuba deal

HAVANA, 23 Mar. (Reuters) – The December breakthrough that upended a half-century of U.S.-Cuba enmity has been portrayed as the fruit of 18 months of secret diplomacy. But Reuters interviews with more than a dozen people with direct knowledge of the process reveal a longer, painstakingly cautious quest by U.S. President Barack Obama and veteran […]

Charter flights brace for change as scheduled service to Cuba nears

HAVANA, 22 Mar.For years, Vivian Mannerud has had an unusual message for young employees interested in working for her Cuba travel company, Airline Brokers Co. “I say go back to college. There is no future in this business,” said Mannerud, CEO of the Hialeah-based agency. “Don’t think of this as a career because this could […]

The World Food Program donates millions to Cuba

HAVANA, 22 Mar. The World Food Program (WFP) of UN donated to Cuba $ 16.4 million to improve the nutrition of nearly a million people on the island. The agreement between WFP and the Cuban government was signed on Wednesday in Havana by Laura Melo, representative of the UN agency in Cuba, and the Deputy […]

Has D.R. wary about losing U.S. tourists to next-door neighbor Cuba

American tourists at the Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, 70 miles east of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. HAVANA, 21 Mar. Both have miles of white sand beaches surrounded by crystal-clear blue seas and are gently rocked by calming Caribbean breezes. One, however, has been a major vacation destination for tourists from the United […]

Buena Vista Social Club announced final tour in US

HAVANA, 21 Mar. The final North American tour for Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club has been announced. The Adios Tour will be the final run of concerts for the band that includes some of the original contributors to the 1998 landmark Grammy Award winning self-titled album. The tour comes in support of a new album, […]

Cuban rum under pressure amid embargo lift

HAVANA, March 19 With business relations between Cuba and the U.S. improving after decades, Cuba’s signature Havana Club rum is one potential export, but there’s a catch. Bacardi holds the Havana Club trademark in the U.S. Cuba’s Havana Club rum is one of the island’s major exports. It’s a joint venture between a state owned […]

Cruise ship company launches Cuba itinerary

Havana,19 Mar. The Canadia Cuba-Cruise Company, which organizes trips to the island, announced on Tuesday a new itinerary for the 2015-2016 season with a two-day stay in Havana. Starting December 18 and up to March 21, 2016, the trips to Cuba will also include a stop-overs at the Maria la Gorda beach in western Pinar […]

Street dogs find homes in venerable Cuban institutions

HAVANA,19 Mar.  (AP)  Old Havana’s Museum of Metalwork is home to soaring colonial archways, floors of gleaming artworks and five of the world’s luckiest street dogs. In the heat of the day, Vladimir, Canela, Aparicio, Leon and Carinoso sprawl in the grand entrance of the centuries-old stone building. At night, the animals patrol the streets […]

New direct flights between New York and Havana taking off

HAVANA, 18 Mar. (AP) Cuba Travel Services has started offering a weekly Tuesday charter between John F. Kennedy International Airport and Havana for people authorized by the U.S. government to visit the island. The flights are operated by Sun Country Airlines, and cost $849 round-trip. The price includes airfare, Cuban medical insurance and U.S. departure […]

Cuba, US say third round of diplomatic negotiations ends

A person looks at magnets for sale inside a souvenir shop, one showing an image of U.S. President Barack Obama smelling a cigar, at a market in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 16, 2015. U.S. and Cuban officials are meeting Monday in last-minute closed door negotiations in Havana, in hopes of restoring full diplomatic relations before […]

US and Cuba hold last-minute talks on re-establishing diplomatic ties

Assistant secretary of state of the bureau of western hemisphere affairs Robert S. Jacobson met with Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s top diplomat for US affairs, for a surprise round of talks between the US and Cuba. Photograph: Ramon Espinosa/AP HAVANA, 16 Mar. US and Cuban diplomats talked behind closed doors Monday in a last-minute round of […]

Cuba a enfin son premier réseau wifi public

LA HAVANE, 16 Mar. Un opérateur appartenant au gouvernement cubain, Etecsa, vient d’autoriser la mise en place sur l’île du premier réseau internet gratuit et public. C’est l’artiste Kcho qui l’a installé dans son centre culturel de La Havane, ouvert en janvier dernier, pour permettre à ses concitoyens de se familiariser avec Internet. Kcho devrait […]