Entries by Havana Live

Unusual Rainy Winter in Cuba

HAVANA, Jan 12th  (Prensa Latina) A rainier winter than usual takes place in Cuba due to the presence of the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event, with strong rank in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, Granma newspaper reported today. The Forecast Center of the Institute of Meteorology suggesting a winter season with accumulated rainfall above normal in […]

Unilever returns to Cuba in joint venture

HAVANA, Jan. 11th (Reuters) Global consumer products company Unilever Plc (UNc.AS)(ULVR.L) will return to Cuba after a several-year absence, agreeing on Monday to build a $35 million soap and toothpaste factory in Cuba’s special development zone at the port of Mariel west of Havana. The Dutch-British company left Cuba in 2012 in a dispute over […]

Germany and Cuba agree to open trade office in Havana

Burying old Cold War tensions, Germany and Cuba have agreed to open a trade office in Havana. German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the countries “want a new partnership on an eye-to-eye level.” HAVANA, Jan. 8th  (AFP/Reuters) The memorandum, signed by Sigmar Gabriel (above, center) at the start of his two-day trade […]

US Hellfire missile mistakenly shipped to Havana

HAVANA, Jan. 8th A dummy US Hellfire missile was mistakenly shipped from Europe to Cuba in 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The inert missile did not contain any explosives, the Journal reported, but there are concerns that Cuba could share the technology with potential US adversaries such as North Korea or Russia. […]

‘Fast and Furious 8’ Eyeing to Shoot in Cuba

The Universal sequel would be the first major studio production to shoot on the island. HAVANA, Jan. 7th  The Fast and Furious franchise is known for globetrotting to some of the world’s most exotic and exciting locations, taking stars Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris and the late Paul Walker from the streets of […]

‘House of Lies’ to be first U.S. show filmed in Havana

HAVANA, Jan. 6th Don Cheadle’s Showtime comedy “House of Lies” will film one episode of its fifth season in Havana, making it the first U.S. scripted series to film in Cuba since the countries’ diplomatic relations were restored last summer. The dramedy stars Cheadle as a fast-talking and cunning management consultant who heads the firm Kaan & […]

Cuba May Use Middlemen for Flights to U.S.

HAVANA, Jan. 6th  The Cuban government is considering different ways to bypass the potential expropriation of its aircraft, which the U.S. could impound on American soil as payment for billions of dollars in unpaid U.S. terrorism judgments against Cuba, a State Department official told Bloomberg BNA. Meanwhile, several Miami attorneys who won multi-million dollar terrorism […]

Meet Cuba’s Amateur Boxers

HAVANA, Jan. 5th  To be an amateur boxer in Cuba is something to be proud of – not so much for the monetary compensation, as none of the athletes have achieved affluence through their fame, but for the widespread recognition as the whole country cheers the achievements of its players. As Alberto Puig de la […]

President Obama may visit Cuba this year

HAVANA, Jan. 4th  In a move that would have been unthinkable at the start of his presidency, Barack Obama may well mark his final year in office with a historic trip to communist Cuba, which has been under a US trade embargo for more than 50 years. The trip would be more likely to materialize […]

Santeria priests predict more migration, social unrest in 2016

HAVANA, Jan 2 (Reuters)   Priests offering New Year’s prophecies from Cuba’s Afro-Cuban religion forecast an explosion in migration and social unrest worldwide in 2016. Many on the Caribbean island eagerly wait for guidance from the Santeria religion’s annual forecast. Santeria, with roots in West African tradition brought to Cuba by slaves, is practiced by […]

Asian Fashion Show & Cultural Extravaganza in Havana

HAVANA, Jan. 2th The Fashion Show & Gala Dinner organized by the Asian Ladies Association on 30th November 2015 at Hotel Riviera in Havana on the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the Cuban Women Federation, marked yet another milestone in Asia – Cuba relations.  The evening began with the lighting of the oil lamp […]

Cuba needs law against gender violence

HAVANA, Jan.1th Activists and researchers dedicated to the study of gender violence in Cuba insist on the need for a comprehensive law to protect the victims and prevent the problem, which was publicly ignored until only a few years ago in this socialist Caribbean island nation. Legislation is necessary “because even when the ideal in […]

Tropicana Dancers For First Time In Miami

As Cuba and the U.S. continue to warm up to each other, new Miami hotspot El Tucan is set to add some serious sizzle to the courtship. HAVANA, Dec. 31th On December 30, 1939, at a villa on the outskirts of Havana, doors opened at what would become one of the world’s most famous cabarets. […]

Cuba needs a animal protection law !

HAVANA, Dec. 31th The Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology in the Ministry of Public Health estimates that there are over 200,000 street dogs in Cuba (in 2012), the majority located in Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Camaguey and Santa Clara. Dogs are most often turned out into the streets due to disease, pregnancy, or old age, […]

Raul Castro Prepares Cuba for Tough 2016

HAVANA,Dec. 30th  (AP) President Raul Castro warned Cubans on Tuesday to prepare for tough economic conditions in 2016 despite warmer relations with the United States. Castro said that while tourism is booming, low oil prices have damaged the outlook of an economy that depends on billions of dollars of subsidized oil and cash from Venezuela. […]

Cuba’s GDP growth slowing to 2% in 2016, down from 4%

HAVANA, Dec. 29th (REUTERS) Cuba has forecast economic growth at 2 percent in 2016, down from 4 percent this year but still favorable considering the world economy, Economy Minister Marino Murillo said on Tuesday. Murillo was addressing the year-end-session of the National Assembly, from which foreign journalists were barred. His comments were reported by official […]

Havana Quinceanera Biz Booms

HAVANA, Dec. 29th (AP) Up a winding flight of stairs at a beachside Havana home, Camila Lopez Rivas lies on the tile floor, smiling mischievously into a video camera circling overhead. Tossed around her are layers of a blue and aqua taffeta dress, the first of nine outfits the 14-year-old will pose in, from colonial […]

Cuba surpasses Three Million Tourists

HAVANA, Dec. 28th Tour operators around the globe are reporting high demand for travel to Cuba that hotel rooms in Havana are selling out months in advance, with some agencies unable to offer availability until April 2016. Meanwhile, Cuba’s National Bureau of Statistics and Information announced that the arrivals to the island surpassed three million […]

Direct China-Havana air service begins

HAVANA, Dec. 27th The first direct flight between China and Cuba took off on Sunday from the international airport in Beijing for Havana, with state-owned carrier Air China aiming to promote Chinese tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean. The route is the first direct one linking China, the world’s second-largest economy, and the Caribbean, […]

National Lyric Theater of Cuba Stages Carmen in Havana

HAVANA, Dec 26th  (PL) The National Lyric Theater of Cuba will stage the dramatic opera Carmen, based on the homonymous novel by the French writer Prosper Mérimée, at Havana”s Bertolt Bretch Cultural Center on Saturday and Sunday. Under the artistic direction of Roberto Chorens, the company, founded in Havana in 1962, will play a love […]

French Chain Accor to Build Luxury Hotel in Havana

HAVANA, Dec 26th  The French hotel chain Accor will begin in 2016 the construction of the luxury hotel Sofitel So Havana at the intersection of Prado y Malecón, informed today the CEO of the group in Cuba, Eric Peyre. Considered the largest hotel group in Europe and Latin America, Accor Hotels expands its operations on […]

Cuban tourism grows 17.6 pct through November

HAVANA, Dec. 21th  (ACN)  With its growing popularity as a tourist destination, Cuba is ending 2015 with an encouraging development of this sector, able to inject over two billion dollars a year into its economy. According to preliminary data, from January to November, 3,139,837 people traveled to the country, equivalent to a 17.6 percent growth […]

Italian Airline Meridiana Starts Flights to Havana

HAVANA, Dec 21 (PL) The Italian airline Meridiana today launched its flights to Cuba to connect the cities of Havana and Verona, in code-sharing with Blue Panorama reported here the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur). According to what the source confirmed, this operation Verona-Havana-Cancun has a weekly frequency and responds to the growing interest in the […]

MSC Cruises to Build $200 Million Private Island in the Bahamas

HAVANA, Dec. 21th (By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon)  MSC Cruises has announced plans to develop its own private Caribbean island experience in the Bahamas. The company said it would be spending around $200 million on the project. Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie and MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago have signed a 100-year lease agreement for the 95-acre […]

Silver Airways Plans a Return to Cuba

HAVANA, Dec. 20th (BUSINESS WIRE) Silver Airways, Florida’s largest intrastate airline, today announced its intention to resume nonstop service to Cuba in 2016. The company has a long history of providing charter flights to Cuba, and given the announcement of a new bilateral agreement between Cuba and the U.S., Silver plans to bring much needed […]

Jazz Plaza International Festival kicks off in Havana

HAVANA, Dec 19th (ACN)  The expected 31st Jazz Plaza International Festival 2015 began on Thursday at Mella Theater with the presentation of maestro Ernán Lopez Nussa and his trio, along with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, US group from New Orleans. Until December 20, the event will welcome performers and ensembles from a dozen countries, […]