Entries by Havana Live

‘Eau de Revolution’ honor Che & Chavez

HAVANA, 25 September (AP ANDREA RODRIGUEZ)  Call it “Eau de Revolution” Cuba’s biggest producer of natural products has come up with a pair of colognes for the discerning supporter of international socialism who wants something more than just the iconic “Che” T-shirt.  Formulated by a French company and produced in Cuba, the colognes are being […]

BNC participate in 20th International Ballet Gala in Germany

HAVANA, September 24  (acn)  Cuba’s National Ballet Company (BNC), directed by Alicia Alonso, will be present with prima ballerina Yanela Piñera and leading dancer Camilo Ramos at the 20th International Gala of Ballet to be held on September 27 and 28 at the Grand Opera House of the German city of Dortmund. The Cuban dancers […]

Refurbishment of the National Capitol Building

HAVANA, 24 September  The National Capitol building is a symbol of the city and one of the Cuban big buildings. Moreover, Italian marbles  were used for its construction. Its walls, roofs and lamps were mainly made in France. The emblematic building is regarded as a National Monument since 2010. Today, that huge building is being […]

Exhibitions, Conversations, Conferences ans Action in Havana

And Brujas, pero también brujos, tooTomorrow September 24, at 6 p.m., Sandra Ceballos launched her latest exhibition, Brujas, pero tambíen brujos (Female Witches, but also Male) at Línea 106 gallery. A project of Aglutinador-Brücke, the Museo de Arte Maniaco (Museum of Manic Art, or MAM), and Línea 106, the group show features work by close […]

Cuba participate in the 36th edition of Top Resa in Paris

HAVANA, September 22 (acn) Cuba, interested in strengthening the French market as one of its main tourists sources, will participate tomorrow in the 36th edition of Top Resa, a fair renowned for promoting tourism in Europe, to be held in Paris. According to statement from the Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR by its Spanish acronym), the […]

Labiofam holds International Congress

HAVANA, September 22  Experts from over 20 countries of the world are gathering at Havana’s Conventions Center on Monday for the 2014 International Congress of Cuba’s Labiofam Entrepreneurial Group, which will present its most recent experiences in the production of pharmaceuticals for humans and veterinary use. The congress includes lectures and debates on the use […]

Cuba will privatize 9000 Restaurants

HAVANA, 20 Sepember ( AFP) The Cuban government announced plans on Friday (Sep 19) to sell nearly 9,000 state-owned restaurants to private operators, the latest step in the island’s economic reforms. Cubans frequently complain about the country’s 8,984 state-owned restaurants, which are famous for poor quality, bad service and running out of food. Deputy Trade […]

Latin American Congress on Food Science and Technology Starts in Havana

HAVANA, 16 September   The 6th Congress of Latin America and the Caribbean on food science and technology is taking place in Havana, the Cuban capital, from Monday to Friday September 22. Researchers, cooks, artists, cinema directors and gastronomy journalists will attend this event organized by several institutions, including the Association for Science and Technology […]

Cuba and the Cayman Islands with Star Clippers

HAVANA, 3 Septembre   Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers, in conjunction with Caribtours, is offering a spectacular package combining its popular Cuba cruise with luxury hotel stays in Grand Cayman and Havana. Depart the UK on November 25th, 2014 for Grand Cayman, spending four nights at the luxurious Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach […]

Look into Havana’s old-school boxing gyms

Double Olympic and world champion, now a trainer in Havana, Héctor Vinent Charón. Photo Simon Bohrsmann HAVANA, 3  September  I was in a gym in Havana not because of a desire for violent exercise but thanks to a travel book about boxing in Cuba. Here, two sports inspire national fervour. One is baseball, and the […]

New St. Kitts and Nevis’ Ambassador Designate to Cuba

HAVANA, September 2 St. Kitts and Nevis’ Resident Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency, Mr. Kenneth Douglas, presented his credentials to that country’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Her Excellency, Ms. Ana Teresita Gonzalez Fraga. Ambassador Douglas is still considered the Ambassador-designate until he presents his credentials to the Vice President later in […]

New custom rules for flyers’ luggage

HAVANA, 31 August  (AP MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN)  A carload of burly nephews and grandsons greeted Martha and Alfredo Gonzalez when they stepped out of Havana’s international airport into the blazing heat of an August afternoon. A round of embraces and the young men got down to business, hefting the retired couple’s seven massive duffel bags into […]

Havana gives US swimmer Diana Nyad sporting medal

HAVANA, 31 August (AFP) US swimmer Diana Nyad — the first to swim across the Florida Straits without a shark cage — was presented with Cuba’s Order of Sporting Merit, the first American athlete to receive the award. US swimmer Diana Nyad less than two miles off Key West, Florida September 2, 2013 Nyad, after […]

HAVANA, 29 August  EU and Cuban officials have made “substantial progress” towards agreeing a trade and political co-operation treaty, the bloc’s top diplomat to Havana said following the second round of talks in Brussels. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday (28 August) following two days of talks, Christian Leffler, who heads the EU’s external […]

New Mall Opens in Cerro

HAVANA, 28 August  (Havana Times)  On Saturday August 30th the Puentes Grandes Shopping Plaza opens its doors in Havana.The government administered stores are located in a restored building in the municipality of Cerro. The complex has departments including a perfume shop, supermarket, hardware and appliance stores, a meat market and cafeteria. Surprisingly clothing and shoes are […]

Cuba Cruise is launching its second season

Charter flights, seven-night cruise and transfers included for as low as $721* CAD, if booked by September 30th HAVANA, 28 August  Cuba Cruise, the Canadian initiative that revolutionized travel to Cuba, is launching its second season with a pioneering package that combines convenient charter flights, airport transfers, and seven-night circumnavigation cruise, available direct from the operator. […]

TriAdvisor dedicated 2014 Certificate of Excellence to the Chocolate Museum in Havana

Havana, Aug 27  (Prensa Latina)  The Chocolate Museum, one of the main attractions of the historic center of Havana, received the Certificate of Excellence 2014, awarded by the world largest travel website TripAdvisor. Each year,the site recognized with the prestigious award accommodations, vacation rentals, attractions and restaurants around the world from the travelers reviews. Inspired by […]

Bank of Ireland Freezes Cuba Transfers

HAVANA, 27 August  The Bank of Ireland began to prevent all financial transfers to Cuba in recent weeks because of a business relationship with a US bank, reported the Irish Times newspaper. In a statement, the bank confirmed that it would no longer facilitate transfers to Cuba, in one more case of how third parties […]

Keeping cool is serious business

HAVANA, 26 August (Photo Ramon Espinosa/AP) In the long, sticky Cuban summer, keeping cool is serious business. Each day, and especially on weekends, thousands of Havana residents rise early to make the trek from rural hamlets and stuffy urban neighborhoods for the more forgiving temperatures at the island’s powdery beaches. Temperatures in the capital can […]

Young fan meets his idol

HAVANA, 25 August ( CREDIT:REUTERS/ENRIQUE DE LA OSA)  An 8-year-old Cuban boy who likes to dress up as Fidel Castro got to meet his idol after Cuba’s 88-year-old retired leader invited him and his family to his Havana home for a chat. “I felt a lot of emotion upon seeing Fidel,” Marlon Mendez told Reuters […]

X Regularity Rally held sunday in Havana

HAVANA, 25 August  (Autor: Raúl Pupo)  What was I missing for the last nine years ! Actually, I was able to see it this Sunday, when i was eyewitness of the X Rally Castrol Cup 2014, in which drivers competed in 75 classic cars and 15 motorcycles, represented in six Cuban teams. These “rolling jewelery […]

Tenth edition of Antique Car Rally in Havana

Havana, August 23. (RHC) The Antique Car Club “A lo Cubano” will have this Sunday 24, the tenth edition of the regularity Rally “Castrol Cup 2014” in Havana. In the event will participate 75 vintage cars and 15 motorcycles, which circulate in the regular traffic and tour various Havana neighborhoods with a total of 61 […]

Silvio Rodruguez Havana recording studio is dying

Havana, August 23   (EFE)  Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez complained that his Abdala recording studio, which he founded in Havana in 1998, is “dying” as a result of all the bureaucratic red tape and useless government officials, while directly blaming the island’s Culture Ministry. “Abdala, which was a project approved and supervised by Commander-in-Chief Fidel […]

Retro-soviet restaurant opens in Havana

HAVANA, 23 August  (By PETER ORSI Associated Press) There’s no rice, beans or fried plantains at Havana’s newest private restaurant. You can order a minty mojito, but it’ll come mixed with vodka instead of the traditional white rum. The waiters speak Russian, and patrons are expected to order in that language if they want to […]

Another way for americans to tour Cuba

HAVANA, 21 August  It wasn’t too long ago that travel to Cuba was near impossible but, slowly, opportunities are opening up for Americans. Group IST has been granted a license by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets allowing the travel agency to offer an exclusive eight day People to People exchange program of Cuba […]

Beyonce and Jay Z trip to Havana was legal

HAVANA, 21 August Good news for Beyoncé and Jay Z, in the midst of fending off toxic rumors: Their fifth wedding anniversary visit to Cuba last year was legal, despite questions raised by some Republicans in Congress. According to widespread but unconfirmed reports, America’s most powerful entertainment couple might not make it to their next […]

New added security measures to pesos

HAVANA, 20 August  (BY JUAN O. TAMAYO)   The Central Bank of Cuba will add new anti-counterfeiting measures to the 20, 50 and 100-peso bills in apparent preparation to upgrade the value of the Cuban peso, now worth about four U.S. cents. Cuba’s government announced in October that it would unify its two official currencies: […]