Entries by Havana Live

Cuban Catholics Mark Holy Week’s End With Religious Processions

HAVANA 19 April (BY MARY MURRAY) Thousands of Roman Catholics in Cuba are marking the end of Holy Week by holding religious processions fully sanctioned by the government. With heads bowed and eyes often closed, the faithful were young and old, rich and poor. Some joined Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega at Havana’s Cathedral while many […]

Television and cinema lag behind other Cuba reforms

Havana  April 19 (AFP)  Cuban television and cinema are lagging behind other industries that have seen recent reform on the communist island, a writers’ and artists’ group wrote in a report published on Friday. The study released by Cuba’s Commission on Culture and Media urged the Havana government to create television and film programming not […]

HAVANA hosts Intl. Guitar Festival and Contest

HAVANA April 18  Havana will host the 13th edition of the International Guitar Festival and Contest on April 21-27, under the direction of maestro Leo Brouwer.Young interpreters of Europe and Latin America will take part in the competitive stage, to be held at the Jose Marti Memorial, while a series of attractive concerts and recitals […]

Turkish foundation to build mosque in HAVANA

HAVANA 16 Abril  Turkey’s Religious Affairs Foundation (TDV) sent a delegation to Cuba to discuss building a mosque in its capital Havana.The plan is part of a wider project by the TDV in building mosques for Muslims who live in the Caribbean.Having paid a visit to the Cuban department of religious affairs, TDV assistant manager […]

Cuba makes Good Friday an official holiday

HAVANA 16 Abril  Cuba has now made Good Friday an official national holiday after restoring that Catholic feast as an “exceptional” measure when Pope Benedict XVI visited the island in 2012.The new Labor Code, passed by the National Assembly in December, established Good Friday as a holiday “every year,” Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday.Since […]

French foreign minister on historic visit in HAVANA

HAVANA, April 13 (Reuters)  France’s foreign minister arrived in Cuba on Saturday for a brief but historic visit, the first by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez […]

Havana protests PriceSmart’s suspension of memberships in Jamaica

KINGSTON – HAVANA April 12 (Reuters By Aileen Torres-Bennett) Havana is protesting the decision by PriceSmart Inc, a major U.S.-based bulk-shopping warehouse, to suspend memberships of shoppers from the communist country at its Jamaica subsidiary, Cuban officials said on Friday. PriceSmart took the action this week, citing the decades-old U.S. embargo on Cuba that prohibits […]

Cuba Opening Up Real Estate Market To Foreigners

HAVANA April 12 (Global Property Guide) A bill passed recently by Cuban National Assembly will allow foreign investment up to 100% in residential and commercial real estate among several other sectors in Cuba. The bill, which is likely to come into effect by the end of June, aims to boost Cuba’s stagnant GDP growth. According to […]

Total lunar eclipse will be seen in Havana

HAVANA, April 11 (PL)  The total lunar eclipse to take place early Tuesday, April 15, will be visible all over Cuba, Norma Borrego, an expert from the Information and Communications desk at the Geophysics and Astronomy Institute, stated. Borrego said the lunar event will start as a partial eclipse at 01:58 local time, while the […]

French foreign minister to visit Cuba this weekend

HAVANA 10th April (CUBA STANDARD)  French Foreign Minster Laurent Fabius will arrive in Cuba this Saturday, becoming the highest-ranking French visitor to the island in three decades. Fabius’ visit comes as Cuba and the European Union have agreed to begin talks about fully normalizing their relations, and as Cuba is seeking to attract foreign investment.Fabius […]

Cuban investment and competition

HAVANA 9th April (By David Jessop)   On March 29 Cuba’s National Assembly passed a new foreign investment law. Its content has far reaching implications for the future economic organisation of the country. It has also stimulated a lively public and private debate in the rest of the Caribbean about whether it represents a new economic […]

Cuba rising rapidly as U.S. travel destination

MIAMI- HAVANA April 07 (By CHRISTINE ARMARIO  Associated Press)The number of U.S. visitors to Cuba continues to rise, even as the more than five-decade long embargo remains firmly in place, according to study released Monday.Within the first three months of 2014 alone, there were more U.S. tourists to the island than in all of 2013 […]

Old Havana in Motion

HAVANA 4th April (by Victoria Alcalá) Every April, visitors to Old Havana’s historical centre will find squares, parks, streets, museums and old houses possessed by a dancing spirit. And it was this spirit invoked by dancer and choreographer Isabel Bustos and her company Retazos, which turns balconies, windows, stairs and walls into stages for the […]

US secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest

HAVANA – WASHINGTON April 3, (AP By DESMOND BUTLER, JACK GILLUM and ALBERTO ARCE,) — In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government. McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors […]

Cuban Book Day at Main Havana Street

Havana, April 1. (PL) Obispo, one of Old Havana’s main streets, changed yesterday its businesses for literary appearance, to celebrate the Cuban Book Day, with stands selling books. That street, from the Albear Park to Plaza de Armas (Arms Square), becomes the street of book, a festivity that traditionally takes place during summertime in Prado […]

Cuba’s Athletes Get Pay Raises

HAVANA 31. March (Latin American Herald Tribune) Cuba reported on Monday the entry into force of the announced salary hikes for athletes, coaches and specialists in the sector, whose incomes will depend on the results and awards they obtain. Athletes’ income has been structured into six categories, with base pay that varies from around $18 […]

Czech Jan Frohlich Wins Badminton Tournament in Havana

HAVANA, Mar 31 (acn) In a game more comfortable than expected, the Czech Jan Frohlich won the crown of the Giraldilla of Havana International Badminton Tournament. Frohlich defeated in two sets 21-9 and 21-6 the American Bjorn Seguin, in the Men’s Singles final, in a match held at the Sports City Coliseum. Thus the Czech, […]

Cuban Film Conduct Opens New York Film Festival

New York, Mar 30 (PL) Cuban Film Conduct Opens New York Film Festival of Havana on 3 April, an event marked for the popularity peaked by the movie directed by Ernesto Daranas among the public in the Caribbean country.Until April 15, the festival, whose program includes 45 Latin American films and also includes a tribute […]

Cuba plans big tax breaks to lure foreign investors

Havana 29.March (Reuters By Marc Frank) Cuba’s government has drawn up a new foreign investment law that will cut the profits tax in half and exempt investors from paying it for eight years in an attempt to attract desperately needed capital into the economy. The National Assembly will meet on Saturday to approve the legislation […]

Cuba Celebrates 400 Years Of Japan Ties With Rare Samurai Art Exhibit

Havana 29 March  An exhibition of sixteenth and seventeenth century Japanese Nanban art opened in Havana on Friday (March 28) to mark 400 years since Samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga’s visit to Cuba and the development of friendly ties between the two nations. The collection features a full-body portrait of the samurai who first visited Cuba as […]

Horses dance, bulls buck at Havanas rodeo

There’s still a strong cultural influence in Cuba from its one-time Spanish colonizers, and the rodeo featured all the standby traditional events: bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, lasso demonstrations and remarkable feats of daredevilry. Mustached and oateed men with broad-brimmed hats and leatherchaps mingle in the dust, drinking beer and talking on cellphones. A […]

Hijacked Cuban Planes Still Caught in Limbo

At face value, they are three old planes not worth much more than their parts and scrap metal. Stolen from the Cuban government during a six-month period ending in April 2003 — two by hijackers, one by its pilot — all three landed at Key West International Airport, a 116-mile flight from struggling Havana to […]

Cubans with money revel in booming social circuit

It’s Saturday night at El Cocinero, a chic rooftop bar that has arguably become Havana’s hippest watering hole in the year since it opened, and there’s no getting in without a reservation. There are plenty of foreigners, but also not a few sharp-dressed Cubans lounging in the butterfly chairs, sipping $3 mojitos and talking art, […]

Art theft experts offer to help Cuba recover missing works

One of the world’s leading databases of stolen works of art is offering to help the Cuban government recover dozens of modernist works missing from Havana’s National Museum of Fine Arts. The heist was confirmed late last week by officials with Cuba’s state-run National Council of Cultural Heritage, which added it was in the process […]

French FM to visit Cuba in sign of warming EU ties

France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday he would soon travel to Cuba, the first such visit in 30 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana. Cuba this month accepted a proposal by the EU to open negotiations on a new political accord, saying it was […]

Havana Denies It Will Allow Home Internet

Cuba’s state monopoly telephone company, Etecsa, today denied reports that the island will offer Internet access for home users in the coming months, reported dpa news. The company said that false news has been circulating in recent days. “This is “untrue and misinforms people.” Different websites reported recently that the government of Raul Castro plans […]

Cuban Americans hold rare meeting to discuss normalizing Cuba relations

Cuban Americans met in Miami on Saturday to discuss how to normalize relations with Cuba and end the five decade-long United States embargo against the communist-run island, the first such gathering in a decade in a city better known for hostility toward the communist-run island. The one-day event was organized by four groups led by […]

Kelvis Ochoa Presents His First Album Made in Cuba

The popular Cuban singer Kelvis Ochoa presented in this city his first album made in the island along with a documentary that gathers much of his life and work, which is classified in the category of world music. Produced by the Bis Music label, the album titled Dolor con Amor se Cura (Pain is Cured […]

When Key West Was Cuban (First Part)

There were times when Florida depended from the General Captainship of Havana, under Spanish colonial rule. At that time, the Cuban capital was a city bigger and more important than other towns like New York and Philadelphia in the United States. The English, in 1762, did not occupy the Island, they were satisfied with holding […]