Entries by Havana Live

Havana outsider art: Riera Studio

HAVANA, Feb. 26th The Entrepreneurship column of the New York Times Business Section featured a story on Liz Powers, a Harvard sociology graduate who, along with her brother Spencer, founded ArtLifting, a for-profit, Boston-based start-up. Its mission: to enable “disenfranchised artists to sell their work, enhance self-esteem, and change their lives.” The story reminded me […]

Wines by Freixenet to Be Present in Havano Cigar Festival

HAVANA, Feb 25 (PL) The Spanish company of frothy wines Freixenet will be present with its wines in the 18th Havano Cigar Festival of the Havana cigar that will be held at the end of this month in the Palace of Conventions of this capital. Spokesmen of this Catalan company stated this Thursday that some […]

Corker sees no lifting of Cuba embargo under Obama

HAVANA, Feb. 25th Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Wednesday that there is political momentum in Congress for lifting the U.S. embargo on Cuba but that any action would not come while President Barack Obama was still in office. “It’s not going to happen this year,” the Tennessee Republican told reporters at a […]

Havana designer showcases pieces at Latino Fashion Week

Caridad is an haute couture designer from Vedado in Havana Cuba and made his U.S. debut on Friday during Latino Fashion Week. HAVANA, Feb. 25th Ismael de la Caridad started his fashion career in modeling at 15. By the time he was 18 he made a shift behind the scenes and tried his hand at […]

Cuba eases travel restrictions on well-known dissidents

HAVANA, Feb. 25th The Cuban government has eased travel restrictions for some of the country’s best-known dissidents. Activists said seven members of a group known as the Black Spring were told they would be allowed to make one journey abroad for good behaviour. One of the seven, Marta Beatriz Roque, said she believed the move […]

U.S. softens ban on boats going to Cuba

HAVANA, Feb. 24th In the latest effort to remove barriers with Cuba, the Obama administration is softening a Clinton-era emergency decree that bans U.S. boats from entering Cuban territorial waters. The order, which will be sent to Congress Wednesday, modifies conditions imposed in 1996 after a Cuban jet shot down a plane affiliated with Brothers […]

Ramon Castro, older brother of Cuba’s Fidel and Raul,died

HAVANA, Feb. 24th (Reuters) Ramon Castro, the older brother of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and current President Raul Castro, died on Tuesday at age 91, Cuban official media reported. Castro, who kept a low profile in recent years, died in Havana and his cremated remains were to be taken to Biran, the rural town […]

Obama Sends Guantánamo Closing Plan to Congress

HAVANA, Feb. 23th President Obama on Tuesday sent Congress a long-awaited plan for closing the Guantánamo Bay prison, beginning a final push to fulfill a campaign promise and one of his earliest national security policy goals in the face of deep skepticism from many Republican lawmakers. Unveiling the plan from the Roosevelt Room at the White […]

Kerry to Visit Havana for Human Rights Dialogue

HAVANA, Feb. 23th  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday he plans to travel to Cuba “in the next week or two” for talks on human rights. Kerry made the statement before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I may be down there in the next week or two to have a human rights dialogue, […]

French CGC oil services company settles Cuba sanctions case

HAVANA, Feb. 23th  CGG Services SA, a French company that provides services and spare parts for oil and gas exploration and seismic surveys, agreed to pay $614,250 to settle alleged violations of U.S. sanctions on Cuba. According to an enforcement notice posted by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, CGG and […]

Cuban boy to get heart surgery at Le Bonheur in Memphis

HAVANA, Feb. 23th Patrons at the Children’s Museum of Memphis on Sunday likely didn’t glance twice at the brown-haired, green-eyed 3-year-old sliding down the chute of the FedEx display plane and “milking” the mechanical cow. But Manuel Alejandro Martinez has a special distinction among youngsters. He’s the first Cuban child since that nation’s revolution in […]

Mayors of U.S.capitals hold historic meeting in Havana

  HAVANA,Feb. 22th  D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser met Monday with Havana Mayor Marta Hernández Romero during an exploratory mission of a delegation of civic and business leaders from Washington, Maryland, and Virginia to Cuba. The mayors of the national capitals of the United States and Cuba discussed a range of possible areas of cooperation, including […]

Cuba deploys army in effort to avoid Zika virus

HAVANA, Feb.22th (Reuters) Cuban President Raul Castro called on the entire Cuban population to help eradicate the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus on Monday and ordered 9,000 army troops to help stave off the disease. Cuba has yet to detect a case of Zika but the outbreak is affecting large parts of Latin America and […]

‘Havana Club’ trademark confirmed

HAVANA,Feb.22th The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has accepted an application to renew a trademark for the term ‘Havana Club’ until 2026. Drinks maker Pernod Ricard markets the spirit through a joint venture with the Cuban government’s export company Cubaexport. In a statement on Friday, February 19, Pernod Ricard said it was “pleased to […]

Cuba will not discriminate US companies

HAVANA,21 Feb. (ACN) Cuba’s Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca said on Tuesday in Washington that US companies will not be discriminated against in Cuba once the US restrictions imposed on their firms are lifted. According to Prensa Latina news agency in Washington, US companies will be welcomed on the island and that Cuba’s […]

United, Southwest will seek flights to Havana

HAVANA, Feb. 21th  Houston’s two dominant airlines are seeking approval to offer scheduled flights to Cuba. On Tuesday, U.S. and Cuban officials signed an agreement previously announced in December that will restore scheduled air service between the countries. United Airlines said in a statement that it will apply for flights between some of its global […]

Cuba’s New Unacknowledged Architecture

Critic Nelson Herrera Ysla on the state of contemporary architecture on the island HAVANA,Feb. 18th   One of the first lessons every architecture student in Cuba receives has to do with the concepts the Romans established for the planning and construction of buildings. In 1 B.C., author Marcus Vitruvius set down architecture’s three basic elements: […]

President Barack Obama to visit Cuba march 21-22

HAVANA, Feb. 18th As part of his opening to Cuba, President Barack Obama is expected to visit the island March 21-22, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to travel there in almost 90 years, sources said Wednesday. The president is expected to arrive March 21, sources said. That timetable would put him in Cuba during […]

Cuba’s trade minister calls for end of embargo

HAVANA, Feb. 17th The Cuban government has begun a full-court press urging U.S. and American companies to step up economic investment in the island nation. In one of the first public comments in the U.S. by a top Cuban government official since President Obama normalized diplomatic relations with Cuba in late 2014, Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, Cuban minister […]

From aviation to trade, a busy week ahead for U.S.-Cuba relations

HAVANA, Feb. 16th This will be a big week in the evolving U.S.-Cuba relationship with the signing of a new civil aviation agreement, a Cuban foreign trade minister visiting Washington and another round of U.S.-Cuba talks. It begins with the signing of an agreement in Havana that will allow regularly scheduled airline service between Cuba […]

Havana’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, an Exotic Jewel in Cuba

HAVANA ,Feb.15th  Catapulted into the news by the visit of the Russian Orthodox Church’s patriarch, Kirill, to Cuba, the faith’s cathedral in Havana breaks the colonial architectural monotony of the Old City, where it is recognized as one of the Caribbean island’s rare and exotic jewels. Standing on the shore of Havana Bay, the Byzantine-style […]

U.S. Approves First Factory in Cuba Since Revolution

HAVANA, Feb. )AP) 15th The Obama administration has approved the first U.S. factory in Cuba in more than 50 years, allowing a two-man company from Alabama to build a plant assembling as many as 1,000 small tractors a year for sale to private farmers in Cuba. The Treasury Department last week notified partners Horace Clemmons […]

Over 400 Athletes from 32 Nations Competing in Havana’s Triathlon

HAVANA, Feb. 14th The stature of the triathlon continues to grow with more athletes and nations competing in this year’s race. Nearly 410 athletes from 32 nations are competing in the Latin American Triathlon Championships in Havana, Cuba, according to to the vice presidents of the Cuban Sports Institute, Jorge Polo and Gladys Becquer. The […]

U.S. recovers Hellfire air-to-ground missile from Cuba

HAVANA, Feb. 14th (Reuters) The United States has recovered an inert Hellfire air-to-ground missile that had mistakenly ended up in Cuba, U.S. and Cuban officials said on Saturday. The laser-guided AGM 114 Hellfire mistakenly arrived in Cuba in June 2014 and was retrieved on Saturday by U.S. officials and representatives of Lockheed Martin Corp, the […]

Hola, Cuba! It’s Hollywood Calling

HAVANA, Feb. 13th During a shoot for the Showtime comedy series “House of Lies” last month, Don Cheadle sat outside a cafe in Old Havana, puffing on a fat cigar and clinking glasses with three compadres. It was a novel scene — an American actor filming an American TV show on a Cuban street — […]

U.S. to restore commercial flights to Cuba

HAVANA, Feb. 13th (BY MIMI WHITEFIELD) U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will sign a civil aviation agreement in Havana on Tuesday, opening the door for U.S. airlines to begin offering scheduled service to and from Cuba for the first time since the early 1960s. The agreement, which was reached in December, allows a maximum of […]

Millennium after split, pope and Russian church to meet in Havana

  HAVANA, Feb. 12th Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church meet in Havana on Friday, nearly 1,000 years after Eastern Orthodoxy split with Rome, for the first encounter in history between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch. The two religious leaders, guests of a Communist government, will address […]

Bankrupt Haimark Line begins canceling Cuba cruises

HAVANA, Feb. 11th Cruise industry newcomer Haimark Line has canceled the first of a groundbreaking series of cruises it had planned between Miami and Cuba,Travel Weekly is reporting. The travel trade magazine says the 10-night voyage to Havana and six other Cuban ports, scheduled to kick off Feb. 29, will not take place as the company’s […]