Entries by Havana Live

Cuba temporarily cuts price of internet access

HAVANA, 19 Feb. (AP) Cuba has temporarily reduced the hourly charge for using state-run Internet cafes in the country’s first small but substantive public move to increase online access since the declaration of detente with the U.S. President Barack Obama said late last year that Cuba had promised to increase Internet access, although U.S. and […]

New express bus tested in Havana

HAVANA, 19 Feb. The Cuban Ministry of Transportation’s Trans-Metro company has been operating a new articulated bus to improve the Santiago de las Vegas – Vedado service in Havana since December 22 of last year. This novel express metro-bus operates Monday to Friday during rush hours, making a total of 17 stops, from the town […]

Fort Lauderdale company will start a ferry service to Havana

HAVANA, 18 Feb. With travel restrictions to Cuba eased since last year, a Fort Lauderdale-based company is looking to start a ferry service from the Marathon City Marina to Havana,by the end of the year. Catamaran broker Brian Hall, owner of KonaCat, said he’s confident he can get clearance for his 200-passenger catamaran to travel […]

Pelosi traveling with lawmakers to Havana

HAVANA, 18 Feb. (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is traveling to Cuba on Tuesday with a delegation of congressional Democrats, Pelosi’s office announced. Late last year, President Barack Obama moved toward normal relations with Cuba and some members of Congress favor further relaxation of trade and travel restrictions with the […]

A pink tank in a Havana garden

HAVANA, 17 Feb. (Café Fuerte)  With his own, personal infantry tank, Jesus Leiva is most probably the only Cuban civilian who owns a war machine in Cuba. If we add that he keeps it parked outside his house, letting troops of children climb its belts, hang from its 75-mm cannon and enter and exit the […]

Conan O’Brien takes show to Havana

HAVANA, 17 Feb. (CNN) Conan O’Brien and his late-night show are no stranger to road trips, but this time it looks like he’s pulled off a major one: filming in Havana. O’Brien spent the past weekend with his crew filming the March 4 episode of his TBS show in Havana, Cuba. It marks the first […]

Cuba : une souche du VIH agressive ?

Les spécialistes du sida craignent l’apparition d’une nouvelle souche du VIH plus virulente.LA HAVANE, 16 Feb. Des chercheurs de l’Université catholique de Louvain (Belgique) et de l’Institut de Médecine Tropicale Pedro Kouri de La Havane ont mis au jour une nouvelle souche du VIH plus virulente. Selon leurs recherches, celle-ci développerait le sida beaucoup plus […]

New aggressive HIV strain discovered in Cuba

HAVANA, 16 Feb.  Moving so fast that the use of retroviruses may be of little use, an aggressive form of HIV has been found in Cuba with the virus progressing to AIDS within just three years. Alarmed by the speed at which some HIV patients were developing AIDS, officials in Cuba reached out to Professor […]

A new cruise to Havana

HAVANA, 15 Feb. Under newly relaxed regulations governing travel to Cuba, Cuba Cruise is offering Americans seven-night trips that circumnavigate the island. In the past, American passengers had to book lengthier land-and-sea itineraries with a sanctioned American tour operator. Now securing passage aboard the 1,200-passenger Louis Cristal involves reserving the trip with Cuba Cruise, a […]

U.S. eases restrictions on imports from private Cubans

HAVANA, 13 Feb.  (Reuters) – The United States on Friday dramatically eased restrictions on imports of goods and services from private Cuban entrepreneurs as part of Washington’s rapprochement with Havana after more than half a century of enmity. The U.S. State Department said the import of all goods and services was now permissible except in […]

Letter from Hemingway’s widow solved Finca Vigía mystery

HAVANA, 13 Feb. The mystery of whether Ernest Hemingway’s widow volunteered or was coerced into leaving their Cuban house to the nation has come a step closer to being solved, with the discovery of a letter in which she states that her late husband “would be pleased” that Finca Vigía be “given to the people […]

Cuba moves into new luxury purebred horses niche

In this Jan. 31, 2015 photo, a horse trainer braids the main of the horse he’s been training, before the start of an auction at the National Equestrian Club in Lenin Park on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Cuba splits proceeds from the auction with a Dutch equine company and uses much of its share […]

JetBlue adds additional Havana flight’s

HAVANA, 12 FEb.  JetBlue Airways  the largest airline to the Caribbean, today announced an agreement with its partner, ABC Charters, to add a new charter flight to Cuba beginning this summer. The weekly flight, which begins on June 5, will operate on Fridays from Tampa (TPA) to Havana (HAV). JetBlue will have the most flights […]

Charter flights to Havana sky high

HAVANA, 12 Feb. It’s been a busy few weeks for the half-dozen or so companies licensed to charter flights between the United States and Cuba. In December, President Barack Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba, and the easing of travel and trade restrictions started in mid-January. “We have just been inundated,” says […]

Tournée cubaine pour le groupe américain The Dead Daisies

LA HAVANE, 12 Feb. (AFP)  Le groupe de rock américain The Dead Daisies, composé en partie d’anciens membres de Guns’n’Roses, partira en tournée à Cuba ce mois-ci, le premier concert d’un groupe américain depuis 2005. Les musiciens ont notamment prévu une semaine d’enregistrement en studio avec des artistes locaux. En clôture, le groupe se produira […]

Turkey President Visits Havana

HAVANA, 11 Feb.  Step by step, Turkey is showing its strong interest in the Caribbean region. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Havana Tuesday for the beginning of an official visit to Cuba. The trip is slated to include meetings with Cuban President Raul Castro and other Cuban officials. Erdogan’s trip is part of a […]

Agent immobilier, un nouveau métier à la Havane

La Havane, 11. Feb.  Depuis 2011, les Cubains peuvent vendre et acheter des maisons et autres immeubles, alors qu’il était seulement possible de les troquer jusque-là. Un changement qui s’inscrit dans les bouleversements économiques que vit l’île depuis quelques années.Cette photo montre une maison à vendre – et à restaurer -, dans la vieille Havane. […]

Netflix disponible à Cuba

LA HAVANE, 10 Feb. Lundi, le site américain de vidéo en ligne a ouvert son service à Cuba. Mais cette arrivée sur l’île est avant tout symbolique au regard du nombre d’habitants qui pourront y accéder… Alors que leurs relations diplomatiques étaient rompues depuis 1961, les États-Unis et Cuba ont décidé de les normaliser depuis […]

Havana’s tropicana nightclub excited about new US-Cuba relations

HAVANA, Feb 10 (EFE) The legendary Tropicana cabaret, with a 75-year-long history and a symbol of cuban music, is excited about the new era with the United States with a predicted increase in North American spectators among the international audience that attend the “Paradise Under the Stars” every night. “We are hopeful, let’s see how […]

‘House of Cards’ comes to Havana – Netflix expands to Cuba

HAVANA, 9 Feb.  Netflix Inc., the online video-subscription service, said it will offer movies and TV shows in Cuba starting at $7.99 a month as Internet access there improves and credit and debit cards become more widely available. Starting today, Cubans with broadband service and access to international payment methods will be able to stream […]

Les Farcs recrutent Miss Univers « pour que la paix soit signée »

LA HAVANE, 9 Feb. Elle incarne la beauté et la grâce et elle croit de tout son cœur à la paix dans le monde. C’est pour toutes ces raisons que Paulina Vega, étudiante colom­bienne de 22 ans, récem­ment couron­née Miss Univers, vient d’être appe­lée en renfort à La Havane, où doivent se tenir des pour­par­lers […]

FARC rebels invite Miss Universe, for peace talks in Havana

HAVANA, 7 Feb. Colombia’s FARC rebels have invited newly crowned Miss Universe Paulina Vega to attend their peace negotiations. The beauty queen hasn’t responded as yet.Miss Universe Paulina Vega was invited by rebels of Colombia’s Marxist FARC movement, who believed her presence was of utmost importance in negotiating peace with their government in Havana, Cuba’s […]

Cuba wants some 300 Internet centers end 2015

HAVANA,7 Feb. Cuban authorities plan to have more than 300 centers for accessing the Internet by late 2015, almost double the 155 so-called “cyber points” that were open to the public at the end of last year, according to the projections of Etecsa, the state-run telecommunications company, as cited by media on the island. In […]

In september direct flight between Beijing and Havana

HAVANA, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) An Air China delegation will travel to Cuba to begin contacts for the establishment, for the first time, of a direct flight between Beijing and Havana, Zhang Xin, executive of that airline said. In statements to Prensa Latina, the manager of Cooperation and International, Governmental and Bilateral Affairs of Air […]

U.S. pressing Cuba to restore diplomatic ties before April

HAVANA, 6 Feb. (Reuters) – The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April, U.S. officials told Reuters, despite Cuba’s demand that it first be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. A refusal by Cuba to allow the United States to quickly establish […]

Washington veut rouvrir son ambassade à La Havane sans tarder

LA HAVANE, 6 Feb. Les Etats-Unis visent une réouverture de leur ambassade à La Havane d’ici avril, ont déclaré des responsables de l’administration américaine. Les deux pays ont lancé mi-décembre un processus de normalisation de leurs relations après plus d’un demi-siècle de rupture et de confrontation. Washington presse La Havane d’accepter la réouverture de cette ambassade en […]

Havana World Music for the second time

HAVANA, 5 Feb. The second edition of Havana World Music Festival is about to begin. Two intense days of concerts, which begin at five in the afternoon, are planned for the coming days 6th and 7th, in areas of the Almendares Park, home to bring together artists of the island and outsiders. Eme Alfonso, project […]

Les adieux du Buena Vista Social Club

LA HAVANE, 5 Feb. Vingt ans après la sortie du premier album de la formation musicale cubaine, l’étiquette britannique Social Club sort de l’ombre une série d’inédits des stars du Buena Vista Social Club. L’album Lost and Found sera offert le 24 mars prochain. Parmi les grands noms de la musique cubaine présents sur ce […]

Direct flight JFK – Havana taking off in March

HAVANA, 5 Feb. Starting in March, New Yorkers will be able to hop on a direct flight from JFK airport to Havana, Cuba, for just under $850, organizers said. California-based Cuba Travel Services will start running weekly Tuesday afternoon flights on a 737 out of New York on March 17 for $779, the charter flight […]

Mother becomes flower entrepreneur

The backseat of a rented 1957 Buick is packed with flowers, to be transported to Havana from San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba. Every Monday and Thursday morning, self-employed flower vendor Yaima Gonzalez Matos leaves her home to visit a dozen farmers who sell her sunflowers, roses, lilies and other blooms. She loads the flowers […]