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Havana to Host Intl. Colloquium on Ernest Hemingway

HAVANA, Jun 15 (acn)  Researchers and experts on the work of Ernest Hemingway will participate in the 15th edition of the International Colloquium dedicated to the Nobel Literature Prize winner, scheduled for June 18-21. The program includes the 3rd meeting of organizations devoted to study and safeguard Hemingway’s legacy to the world, in addition to […]

Cuba likely to end dual currency system

HAVANA, June 16  Cuba is likely to eliminate its dual currency system by the end of this year in a first step to simplifying a multiple exchange system that investors view as a serious obstacle to business. Cuba currently operates two currencies: the peso (CUP), which largely circulates in the domestic economy, and the so-called […]

Sprint and T-Mobile open calling plans to Cuba

HAVANA,  June 16  Both Sprint and T-Mobile are making it easier to contact friends and family members living in Cuba. On Monday, both wireless providers introduced options to dial the island nation. Sprint has announced the immediate availability of a new Sprint Cuba 20 Plus add-on feature. Priced at $10 per month, it provides 20 […]

Mexican navy school ship visits Cuba

HAVANA,  Jun 15 (acn) Huasteco school ship, belonging to the United Mexican States Navy, will hold its second official visit to Cuba, which began on Sunday when arriving at the port of Havana and will last until June 19, Granma newspaper reported. This visit is part of the 2015 training trip of the vessel with […]

Havana sold out !

HAVANA,  June 15  With so much attention and apprehension focused on whether the U.S. government will or will not allow travel to Cuba, and how the politics will play out, there has been little attention paid to the issue of capacity. But with demand for Cuba growing by leaps and bounds, that issue cannot be […]

Havana artist puts on hair competition to bolster black pride

HAVANA, June 14   (AP)    A young Afro-Cuban performance artist transformed a Havana cultural center into the stage of a black hairstyle competition this weekend in a rare public commentary on racial beauty standards in Cuba, where prejudice remains widespread and largely undiscussed. Politics, particularly detente with the U.S., is a common subject matter […]

Air China prepare’s direct flight to Havana

HAVANA, June 14  China and Cuba are planning a direct flight linking the two’s capitals across the vast Pacific Ocean, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said on Saturday. Air China will operate the flight. Details of when the flights will be launched and how frequent they will be has not been revealed. CAAC does […]

Sirius XM Radio broadcasts from Havana

HAVANA, Jun 13 (acn) The US radio station Sirius XM Radio was the first to broadcast a live program for the entire United States from Cuba in over 50 years, taking advantage of a visit of its team to the island, where it will stay for seven days. The host of the program, civil rights […]

Cuba undergoes a religious revival

HAVANA, June 13  (By NICK MIROFF The Washington Post ) – Raul Castro was a Jesuit schoolboy before turning to communism, and after a lengthy meeting with Pope Francis last month, he told Vatican reporters he was so impressed he was considering a return to the church. They laughed. “I’m serious,” said Castro, 83. If […]

U.S.- Cuba deal expected in early July to reopen embassies

HAVANA, June 13  (Reuters)  The Obama administration is expected to announce an agreement with Cuba in early July to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. The two sides hope to conclude the deal by the first week of next month, […]

Plans to broaden internet access in Cuba leaked

HAVANA,  June 12  (Oncuba)  Replacing the current low-speed dial-up systems with broadband Internet connections during 2015 and 2016 – and taking these services to at least 50 % (or 1,942,950) homes by 2020 – are two of the noteworthy aims of Cuba’s Ministry of Communications, part of a “National Strategy for the Development of Broad […]

Senators introduce bill seeking to lift U.S.-Cuba trade embargo

HAVANA, June 12  Three months after a group of Kansas agricultural officials visited Cuba to check out trade opportunities, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican from the Sunflower state, has introduced legislation that would restore trade with Cuba. The bill, which Moran introduced with U.S. Senator Angus King, an Independent from Maine, seeks to pave […]

International Law event in Havana

 HAVANA, June 12  The VII School of Public International Law and the IX International Seminar-Workshop on International Humanitarian Law, opened today at the National Hotel of Cuba, brings together 180 lawyers from 13 countries in Havana. Doris Quintana Cruz, executive secretary of the Cuban Society of that specialty and event coordinator, told ACN that its […]

Western Union fuel private enterprise in Cuba

HAVANA, June 11 As the Cuban economy flirts with market-oriented changes, remittances from the United States have been helping fuel private enterprise on the island and at least one U.S. company is already encouraging that trend. Although U.S. investment is still prohibited in Cuba, with the exception of possible U.S. participation in projects to improve […]

Havana prepair’s new enterprise law

HAVANA, June 11   Cuba expects to unveil a new enterprise law in 2017, in keeping with economic reforms launched four years ago, the Cuban News Agency reported. The new legislation would “bring together the principles, characteristics and operational requirements of companies,” Grisel Trista Arbesu, an official with Cuba’s Permanent Commission for the Implementation and […]

Lawmakers want to break stalemate in Congress over Cuba trade embargo

HAVANA, June 11  With efforts to lift the Cuban embargo stalled in Congress, a pro-trade senator from Kansas will try to break the stalemate on Thursday by offering new legislation designed to win over his reluctant Republican colleagues. Republican Sen. Jerry Moran, along with co-sponsor Angus King, an independent senator from Maine, hope that taxpayer […]

First flight to Havana from Orlando leaves after delays

HAVANA, 10 June  Orlando International Airport’s first flight to Cuba took off Wednesday afternoon. But it wasn’t without some problems and delays for the passengers. The first charter plane to fly to Havana Cuba from OIA sat at the gate for hours. The airport said the Gulf Stream Air Charter did not order fuel for […]

Havana’s web entrepreneurs search for U.S. clients, and Wi-Fi

HAVANA, June 10  At his parents’ cramped house in Havana, Yondainer Gutiérrez builds apps and websites on a makeshift computer that runs on pirated software. He has no Internet access there, so he rents time on a friend’s connection to send his work to clients in France, Britain, Canada and the rest of Latin America. […]

Cuban author wins major Spanish prize for literature

HAVANA, June 10  (AP)  Acclaimed Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura has been awarded Spain’s Princess of Asturias award for literature. Havana-born Padura, 59, is best known for his quartet of detective novels featuring Mario Conde, a downtrodden police inspector solving crimes in the post-Soviet Union Cuban society. His 2009 novel, “The Man Who Loved Dogs,” was […]

Cuban artists sold for 118.000 USD by Sotheby’s

HAVANA.June 10   (AP)  Late one balmy spring night during Havana’s 12th Biennial, young working-class men and women lounged on a stretch of sand dotted with folding chairs and umbrellas, an artificial beach created as an art installation on the capital’s Malecon seaside promenade. Meanwhile, at Sotheby’s auction house in New York, the beach’s 40-year-old […]

Germany and Cuba see benefits of rapprochement

HAVANA, June 9  On the eve of a summit between the European Union and Latin America, the foreign ministers of Germany and Cuba said thawing relations between Havana and the West could provide some much-needed stability during a period of global unrest. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany’s foreign minister, said improving ties between the U.S. and Cuba […]

Inaugural poet launches Cuba writing project

HAVANA, June 9  (AP) Poet Richard Blanco is launching a writing project to lift what he calls Cuba’s “emotional embargo.” Blanco and writer Ruth Behar, both Cuban-Americans, told The Associated Press they are launching “Bridges to/from Cuba” as a forum for Cubans on and off the island to share their hopes for the future as […]

Havana meets Kingston

HAVANA, 9 June  An Australian music producer and a group of Jamaican musicians head to Havana this week for recording sessions in Havana, that country’s capital. The project, which has Havana Meets Kingston as a working title, was conceived by Jake Savona, an Australian who has worked with a number of Jamaican artistes since 2004. […]

Raul Castro adviser urges “decolonization” of the internet

Havana, Juin 9 (EFE) A prominent Cuban intellectual who serves as an adviser to President Raul Castro has urged progressive elements in the international community to lead a “decolonizing” approach to the use of new technologies. Abel Prieto, a former culture minister, spoke during Sunday’s closing session of an international conference in Havana about digital […]

Havana and Paris Club members agree on debt of $15 bln

HAVANA, June 8   Cuba and the Paris Club of wealthy creditor nations have agreed that Cuba owes $15 billion stemming from a 1986 default, an important first step toward renegotiating the debt, Western diplomats said. “The final amount of $15 billion has been approved by both parties, so that is a big first step […]

Americans living in Havana

HAVANA, June 7 (HT) While hotels like Havana’s Melia Cohiba are full of Americans who think they are getting an early taste of international travel’s forbidden fruit hundreds of United States citizens have been calling Cuba home away from home for some time now. Every morning US students studying at the University of Havana walk […]

Again,UK developer plans to invest $500m in Cuban resort

HAVANA, June 7  (FT)  London & Regional, the UK property developer, plans to invest more than $500m to develop a luxury Cuban tourist resort in one of the first signs of big money interest in the island since Havana began talks to normalise relations with the US in December. The resort will allow foreigners to […]

Havana’s health tourism centre expands services

HAVANA, 6 June  (ACN) — The Havana-based Cira Garcia health centre, offering services to foreigners in Cuba, is expanding its services to compete with other similar centres in the Americas. “We are expanding our services, not only in terms of space, but also in our attention capacity,” said health centre director Joaquin Garcia. The institution […]

Havana hosts its first fashion show

HAVANA, Jun 6 Cuba will launch its first commercial fashion show ever in an effort to become a good taste reference in Latin America and the Caribbean. The commercial event, which is organized by Palco Entrepreneurial Group and the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, will be hosted by Pabexpo Exhibit Pavilion, June 8 to 11, in […]

Tattoos have an Asian face in Havana

Havana, Jun 6  (PL) The ancient art of tattoo of the Burmese ethnic Chin will arrive to the Cuban capital on June 12 with the exhibition Marcadas, from the Catalan photographer Edu Bayer, today organizers announced. The exhibition includes portraits of elderly women of that group, who look at their faces fascinating tattoos.These are also […]