Entries by Havana Live

Key West-to-Cuba flights resume

HAVANA, 4 Mar.  A Miami travel company is reviving flights between Key West International Airport and Cuba. Mambi International Group, which launched a similar service in February 2014, is in the cockpit once again for travel to the communist country following December’s announcement of eased travel restrictions on U.S. residents going to Cuba. While last […]

A boxer in central Havana

HAVANA, 4 Mar.(By David LaFevor)  I first met Enrique Hitchman in a bar with no name on Neptuno Street in the neighborhood known as Central Havana. I had been living in Cuba, off and on, for several years to research the histories of race, national identity, and boxing for my dissertation.The bartender, Pedro, was an […]

François Hollande en visite officielle à la Havane le 11 mai

LA HAVANE, 3 Mar. C’est la première fois qu’un chef de l’Etat français se rend sur l’île de Raul Castro, affirme l’Elysée dans un communiqué. En avril 2014, Laurent Fabius était le premier chef de la diplomatie française à se rendre à La Havane depuis trente-et-un ans. Une première. A l’occasion d’un déplacement aux Antilles, […]

French president François Hollande to visit Havana

LA HAVANE, 3 Mar. —French President François Hollande will travel to Cuba in May, the first visit by a French president to the country. Mr. Hollande will be in Cuba on May 11, while he is on a four-day trip to the region, where he will also visit some French overseas territories, his office said. […]

‘Ship to Cuba’ option shows up on Amazon.com

HAVANA, 3 Mar. (Reuters) – Less than three months after U.S. and Cuban officials agreed to restore diplomatic ties, Amazon.com Inc appears to be laying the groundwork to ship packages to Cuba. A “ship to Cuba” button was seen on Monday on Amazon’s website by Reuters correspondents in Havana. But the option does not appear […]

Obama hopes for U.S. embassy in Cuba before April summit in Panama

HAVANA, 3 Mar. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. In an interview with Reuters, Obama also cautioned that it will take more time to fully establish normal relations with […]

U.S. agriculture delegation protests embargo

HAVANA, 3 Mar. (Reuters) – The most important U.S. agricultural delegation to visit Cuba in more than a decade began three days of meetings on Monday, hoping to find potential business partners and urge the U.S. Congress to lift the trade embargo against the Caribbean nation. Two former agriculture secretaries, a number of state agriculture […]

Insurers eye Cuban travel insurance market

HAVANA, 3 Mar. As relations between the U.S. and Cuba get cozier, one insurer is eying a lot of opportunity in the travel market. “We are at the beginning of what could be new opportunities as Cuba and the United States explore ways of ending years of travel and trade restrictions,” says Maurice R. Greenberg, […]

Interjet considers Havana as a regional hub

HAVANA, 1 Mar.  Interjet (4O, Toluca) has approved the firming up of options for an additional ten SSJ 100-95s Russia’s RU Aviation News reports. The move follows talks between the airline’s board and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) executives late last year and, according to Interjet CEO Jose Luis Garza, will culminate in an agreement […]

Mexican company gets deal to invest in Mariel

HAVANA, 1 Mar. (Reuters) – A Mexican meat processing firm has become the first international company to get approval for an investment project in Cuba’s first special economic development area, Mexico’s foreign ministry said on Saturday. Richmeat de Mexico plans to invest in the processing and packing of meat within the Mariel special development zone […]

Paris Hilton en visite a La Havane

Selfie avec le fils de l’ancien président cubain Fidel Castro LA HAVANE, 28 Feb. (AFP) La starlette Paris Hilton est actuellement à Cuba, île sur laquelle sa famille avait perdu un hôtel il y un demi-siècle à l’arrivée de Fidel Castro au pouvoir. L’héritière du groupe hôtelier a publié jeudi sur son compte Twitter une […]

Une ambassade américaine à La Havane en avril ?

LA HAVANE, 28 Feb (Euronews) Les Etats-Unis pourraient rouvrir leur ambassade à Cuba en avril prochain. Les négociateurs se sont rencontrés ce vendredi à Washington. La diplomate cubaine Josefina Vidal souhaite que les Etats-Unis retire Cuba de la liste des pays soutenant le terrorisme, mais se félicite du dialogue en cours. “Je peux dire que […]

US Cuba talks open

(2nd L-R) United States Interest Section in Havana Chief of Mission Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South America and Cuba Alex Lee and their team host a delegation from Cuba for the second round of normalization talks at the State Department February 27, 2015 […]

Paris Hilton visits Havana

HAVANA, 27 Feb. (HAVANA TIMES) — Paris Hilton, the billionaire heiress of the Hilton hotel empire, is visiting Cuba today, according to a photograph she published on social networks from Havana, reported dpa news. “Taking off towards Cuba. I will not have phone service for a couple of days. So if I do not respond […]

Insolite: ces “bricoleurs de génie” qui réparent tout

LA HAVANE, 26 Feb. (AFP)  A Cuba, les réparateurs de matelas, parapluies, et appareils électroménagers sont omniprésents. Et prolongent la vie de tous ces ustensiles. Reportage chez ces pionniers du “développement durable”. En proie depuis plus d’un demi-siècle à des carences d’approvisionnement, de nombreux Cubains ont été contraints de se transformer en réparateurs de génie, […]

Havana says fast track to restoring ties ‘depends on U.S.’

HAVANA,25 Feb. (Reuters by Daniel Trotta) – Cuba would agree to restore diplomatic relations with the United States in time for the April Summit of the Americas if Washington quickly and convincingly removes the Caribbean country from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior Cuban official said on Wednesday. Diplomatic ties were severed […]

Russia, Abu Dhabi in talks on new Havana airport

HAVANA, 25 Feb. Russia may build a large international airport in Cuba with investors from the United Arab Emirates, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said in an interview with a newspaper in Abu Dhabi. Manturov told newspaper The National that Russia is in discussions with Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala investment company to invest in […]

Havana’s Danza Contemporanea stages three unforgettable pieces

HAVANA, 25 Feb. (HAVANA TIMES)  This past February 14th, Cuba’s Danza Contemporanea (DCC) dance company treated the audience to a marvelous Saint Valentine’s gift. On this occasion, they performed two premieres and restaged a popular piece: English choreographer Billy Cowie’s Tangos Cubanos (“Cuban Tangos”), Cuban choreographer and former DCC dancer Alexis Zanetti’s Retorno (“Return”) and […]

Galería Arte-Facto opens in Havana

HAVANA,25 Feb. This past Wednesday saw the debut of Arte-Facto, a new gallery in Vedado focusing on design, which opened under the auspices of the Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales. The inaugural show, Sin móvil aparente—a punning title that could translate as “Without Apparent Motive” or “Without Mobile Phone”—presents posters by eleven contemporary graphic designers. […]

Les cigares favoris de Churchill à l’honneur au 17e Festival du Havane

LA HAVANE, 24 Feb. (AFP) A l’occasion du cinquantenaire de la mort de l’ancien premier ministre britannique Winston Churchill, sa marque préférée de cigares, “Romeo y Julieta”, sera un grand acteur du Festival du Havane, qui débute lundi à La Havane. Ce festival réunit chaque années des centaines d’amateurs de havanes venus du monde entier […]

U.S. Supreme Court hands victory to Cuban cigar company

HAVANA, 24 Feb. (Reuters) The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to a state-owned Cuban cigar company on Monday by declining to intervene in its long-running battle with a U.S.-based rival over the Cohiba trademark that both use for their products. By refusing to hear an appeal filed by Delaware-based General Cigar Co Inc, the […]

US boost for Cuban cigar festival

HAVANA, 24 Feb  Cuba’s annual cigar festival is getting under way in the capital Havana – with American visitors able to take cigars home legally for the first time in decades. A thaw in US-Cuban relations means American smokers will be able to stock up on products worth up to $100 (£65). Havana cigars have […]

Two Rolling Stones members in concert in Havana

HAVANA, Feb 23.  (Prensa Latina)  Darryl Jones and Bernard Fowler, two active members of the music group Rolling Stones, will perform in Cuba along with the international rock superband The Dead Daisies. Jones, the legendary ‘Munich’ has played bass with legends like Miles Davis and Bob Dylan, noted when he reached Havana that he feels […]

A major exhibition of Belgian art opens in Havana

HAVANA, 23 Feb. (Sam Steverlynck) So you walk into El Floridita, one of many Havana bars that prides itself on being a former haunt of barfly Ernest Hemmingway, and there is Guillaume Bijl, the Belgian artist known for absurd installations in which he brings a driving school or travel agency into a museum context. On […]

La Havane libère l’homme d’affaires canadien Cy Tokmakjian

LA HAVANE, 22 février (Reuters) – Cuba a libéré samedi Cy Tokmakjian, un chef d’entreprise canadien qui avait passé plus de trois ans en détention, a fait savoir la société de l’homme d’affaires. Cy Tokmakjian, 74 ans, avait été condamné en septembre dernier à 15 ans de prison par la justice cubaine pour corruption et […]

Nod to Churchill at Cuban cigar festival

Havana, 21 Feb.   (AFP) – Cigar aficionados will pay tribute to Winston Churchill in Havana Monday as the world’s largest Cuban cigar festival opens with a nod to the late leader’s favorite brand of cheroot. The 17th Habanos festival will honor Churchill’s beloved “Romeo and Juliet” cigars at the opening of the five-day event […]

Canada businessman home after released

HAVANA,21 Feb. (AP) — A Canadian automobile executive imprisoned in Cuba on corruption charges for more than three years was released Saturday after Cuba’s government ended a case that it called a demonstration of the fight against bribery and critics said was a warning against doing business here. Cy Tokmakijian’s case was seen by some […]