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Van Van enjoy success in French Concert

HAVANA,  Jun 10  More than 15 thousand people enjoyed the concert given by the popular Cuban band Los Van Van in France, where they celebrated their 45th anniversary and at the same time paid tribute to its founder Juan Formell. The audience that filled the lake surroundings of Enghien-les-Bains city, located north of Paris, sang […]

UAE to open embassy in HAVANA

HAVANA, 10 June  The UAE will open embassies in Havana, Angola and Mozambique, and a general consulate in Toronto city in Canada. This was decided at a Federal Cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Presidential Palace […]

8 arrested in School exam cheating Scandal

HAVANA,  June 9 Eight people are under arrest in connection with a scandal involving the illicit sale of university entrance exams, Cuban authorities said Monday, days after thousands of high school students were forced to retake the test. The unnamed suspects include five teachers, a methodologist, an employee at the Ministry of Higher Education’s printer’s […]

Hemingway fishing Tournament kicks off in Havana

HAVANA, June 9   Some 20 crews will try from today to become champions in the 64 Ernest Hemingway International Marlin Fishing Tournament, one of the oldest events in the world. The event, promoted in the 1950s by the famous American writer, will begin in the Marina Residential, of this city, with the traditional captains’ […]

Sherritt International Extends Oil Contract with Cuba

HAVANA, Juin 7  Canada’s Sherritt International Corporation announced in Ottawa the extension of its oil and gas Production Sharing Contract with Cuba for 10 years, thus expanding agreements that would expire in 2018. The general director of Cuba’s Cupet Oil Company, Juan Torres, said that the alliance between his entity and Sherritt International will continue […]

Frank Fernandez and Silvio Rodriguez play together

HAVANA,   Juin 7   Cuban pianist Frank Fernandez and the singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez will share the stage today to pay an old debt. The union of these giants of the composition is not surprising as they have played together in more than one occasion, but playing in their hometowns was a longing that they planned […]

Clinton says she urged end to Cuba embargo

HAVANA, 6 Juin  In her new book, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she pushed President Barack Obama to lift or ease the decades-long U.S. embargo on Cuba because it was no longer useful to American interests or promoting change on the island. In excerpts of the book “Hard Choices” obtained by The […]

Havana Sea Level Rose Ten Centimeters Over Last 50 Years

HAVANA , June 6  The sea level rose an average of 10 centimeters in Cuba over the past five decades, due to global warming, said Dr. Marcelino Hernandez, a Doctor in Meteorological Sciences Thursday. Hernandez, a member of the Institute of Oceanology of Cuba, said that the maximum rate is reaching the size of the […]

Pianists of 10 Nations to Meet in Havana

HAVANA, June 5 (acn)  The 2nd Meeting of Young Pianists will bring together, as of Thursday, 23 prize-winning soloists of 10 countries, in a meeting in which the power of music as an expression for understanding between the peoples will become evident. Under the artistic direction of Cuban professor Salomon Gadles and co-sponsored by the […]

New Edition of Cuban Yellow Pages

HAVANA, Jun 5 (acn) With a wide and renewed information for users of the Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA ) it was presented today  the new edition of Yellow Pages, the Phone Book of Cuba. The publication of this useful tool, which contains emergency services and public Internet access and international operators, among others, is […]

Havana seen from the sea

HAVANA, 4 June Thousands of habaneros and visitors sitting on the Malecon to enjoy the city with his cool ocean brice however, rarely appreciate the beauty of Havana from the sea.  (Photo Roberto Suárez, Interenet)

Cuba women drummers overcome stigma

Wendy Garcia of the Obiní Batá orchestra of women percussionists plays the drums in Old Havana, Cuba, Thursday, May 29, 2014. It wasn’t that long ago that Cuba’s rich percussion scene was essentially a boys’ club, dominated by men due to macho attitudes and religious tradition. Perceived as too weak for the physical demands of […]

The Tramways of Havana ( part 2 1928 – 1952 )

HAVANA, 2 June ( by Allen Morrison)  Havana Electric Railway built no more streetcars or streetcar lines after 1925. The Cuban government would not allow it to raise its fare, which had remained at 5 cents since 1901. Buses and jitneys, unrestricted by the city, followed HER’s routes and stole its passengers. A nationwide strike […]

Havana opens his first wholesale market for farmers

HAVANA, 1 June Havana opened its first wholesale market for farmers in decades on Sunday, an experiment limited to agricultural supplies in one area and the latest market-oriented reform for the communist-run island. While Cuba has allowed nearly 500,000 small business owners and their employees to operate privately and hundreds of thousands of farmers to […]

Havana Hosts Ju Jitsu Pan American Championships

HAVANA,  May 30  Athletes from nine countries, plus Cuba, will participate from today until Sunday in the Havana 2014 Ju Jitsu Pan American Championships, with venue at the Manuel Fajardo Higher Institute of Physical Culture. The visiting nations are Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay and Paraguay, according to Ariel Ramirez, who […]

The Tramways of Havana ( part 1)

HAVANA, 30 May (ByAllen Morrison) The Cuban capital had one of the world’s first street railways. The Ferro Carril Urbano de la Habana began construction in 1857 and opened a horsecar line from the railroad station to the docks (Muelles) on February 1858 [see map]. The first cars carried only freight – baggage and produce […]

French Fishermen Confirm presence at Hemingway Tournament in Havana

HAVANA, May 28   France, with six boats confirmed, leads the group of countries that will participate from June 9 to 14 at the 64 th Ernest Hemingway Marlin Fishing International Tournament. Executives of the Marlin S.A. Nautical and Marinas Business Group told the press that to date 17 crews of several nations, including the United […]

Tallest Cuban Bridge Undergoes Comprehensive Restoration

HAVANA, May 28   The complex process of restoration of concrete blocks of Bacunayagua Bridge, one of the most important steps in its repair, is nearing completion. Miguel Figueredo, brigade leader of the Construction and Specialized Assembly Company (ECME by its Spanish acronym), organization that runs this work, said that there is only one block […]

UK ambassador in Havana begs Cubans to support England in World Cup

HAVANA, 28 May  As Roy Hodgson’s team prepare for Friday’s friendly against Peru, Tim Cole, the UK Ambassador to Cuba, has implored fans on the island to get behind England – saying “we’re really not that good”. Mr Cole writes a regular blog on the Foreign Office website, in both Spanish and English. His latest […]

Chinese Culture Festival 2014 Held in Havana

HAVANA,  May 28   The 14th Chinese Culture Festival 2014 will be held here on June 7 and 8 in order to bring Chinese culture to Cuba, the organizers of the event said today. For two days the Expocuba fairgrounds, in the outskirts of Havana, will host the festival which this year is dedicated to the […]

UAE, Cuba Sign Open Skies Agreement

HAVANA, May 27 (Bernama) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) had signed an open skies agreement with Cuba, which allowed the national airlines of both countries to operate an unlimited number of flights and plan flights to any points between the points of origin and destination. According to Emirates News Agency (WAM), under the agreement, which […]

Cuba grants one-year visas to real estate owners

HAVANA, 27 May  The government published long-awaited regulations, granting temporary residence to foreigners who own or rent residential property in Cuba. Providing immigration status to potential home buyers in dozens of planned golf and marina luxury communities, Interior Ministry Resolution No. 4/2014, published in an extraordinary edition of the Gaceta Oficial on May 20, establishes […]

Cuba, Mexico Expressed Interest in Strengthening Bilateral Ties

HAVANA, May 26 Cuban and Mexican officials expressed today here their interest in strengthening the commercial relations between the two countries. With such purpose it was inaugurated the ProMexico office in Cuba, so that that entity and the Cuban Center of Foreign Trade Promotion and Foreign Investment from Cuba (CEPEC) signed a cooperation agreement. Roberto […]

Havana Boosts Nautical Tourism

HAVANA, May 26  Scuba diving, fishing, life on board, beach activities, adventure and docking at safe ports are some of the offerings promoted by Marlin Nautical and Marinas Entrepreneurial Group. The group provides high quality services and professionalism in eight nautical bases and five marinas located along Cuban archipelago to enjoy an island blessed by […]

Chinise Hao wins Epee Grand Prix in Havana

HAVANA,  May 26 (Xinhua) China’s Hao Jialu won the biggest title of her career by claiming the gold medal in the Epee Grand Prix that attracted about 100 fencers from 30 countries and regions. Hao, 27, won the final 15-14 on Friday night against the U.S. Courtney Hurley. Hao, ranked 79th in the world, had […]

Russia signs oil agreements with Cuba

President Putin was looking on during the signing of oil agreements. Photo: Kremlin, Presidential Press and Information Office HAVANA, 25 Mai  Amid rising tensions between Russia on one side and the United States and the European Union on the other, President Vladimir Putin and Cuban Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines Rubén Cid on Saturday […]

Havana Biennial the Voice of the Third World Art

HAVANA, May 24  Three decades after its arrival on the international stage, the Havana Biennial remains today the voice of the Third World art and one of the leading events of its kind in the world. Its current director, Roberto Fernández, explained how during these 30 years the event has been a meeting point for […]

Cubanacan Travel Agency Expands Diving Services throughout Cuba

HAVANA,  May 23  Aimed at adventure and nature lovers, Cubanacan Travel Agency proposes various programs for scuba diving in its quest to diversify tourism product at Cuba destination. The agency, leader in sales for the domestic market and main cruises recipient in Cuba, designed circuits through the West and East of the country for diving […]

Buena Fe, 15 Years Telling the Cuban Reality in Songs

HAVANA,  May 23   Cuban band Buena Fe celebrates this year fifteen years of prolific musical life, whose success lies on their commitment to tell the reality of their country in their songs. Israel Rojas, main responsible for their lyrics, ratified that the essence of the project he founded 15 years ago with guitarist Yoel Martínez […]

World’s top fencers cross blades in Havana

HAVANA,  May 22  The Ville de Havana Women’s Epee Grand Prix and Men’s Foil Cup kicked off Thursday in Cuba’s capital, with the world’s leading fencers. Some 117 fencers from 27 countries are competing in the event, which concludes Monday, including 10 Cuban women in the epee and 10 Cuban men in the foil. Star […]