Entries by Havana Live

Investment in Cuba Stimulated in France

Paris – HAVANA , May 22 Cuban ambassador in France, Héctor Igarza, presented to 70 members of the Maxim Business Club (MBC) open investment opportunities in several priority sectors of the Cuban economy. During a forum with French business men, Igarza carefully explained all the facilities offered by the Special Development Area Mariel, opened at […]

Dissident Cuban news site quickly hacked

HAVANA, 21 May  ( AP Havana) Cuba’s first major independent general-interest news outlet in five decades was hacked yesterday shortly after being launched by the country’s best-known dissident blogger. A little more than an hour after its launch, the site, www.14ymedio.com was directing readers inside Cuba to a page dedicated to scathing criticism of blogger […]

Cuban Art Award Jurors Announced

Raúl Martínez, Rosas y estrellas (Roses and Stars), 1972 Courtesy The Farber Collection HAVANA , 21 May   The Farber Foundation has announced the jurors for the first Cuban Art Awards.This fall, a panel of eight will select the Cuban Artist of the Year and Young Cuban Artist of the Year. The jurors will select the […]

Haitian President Travels to Cuba to Discuss Bilateral Relations

PORT au PRINCE – HAVANA   May 19 The President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, today traveled to Cuba in order to hold talks with the authorities about strengthening relations and friendship between the two countries. The visit to Havana was reported by President Martelly himself on his Twitter account. I left the country this morning to […]

New voices challenge Cuban-American support for embargo

Pablo Gonzalez Portilla plays drums on a street in Miami’s Little Havana neighbourhood Little Havana offers Cuban exiles many of the sounds and flavours of home For decades Florida’s Cuban-American residents voted as a bloc around issues relating to US-Cuba relations. Now, the younger generation appears to be yearning for more contact with the island […]

Cuba’s National Ballet Celebrates AIN 40th Anniversary

HAVANA,  May 17  Principal dancers of the Cuba’s National Ballet (BNC) Víctor Estévez and Viengsay Valdés will perform at a gala dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the National Information Agency (AIN), the BNC reported today. The AIN and the BNC have maintained a close working relationship, so the company, directed by Prima Ballerina Assoluta […]

Cuba mobile email experiment causes chaos

HAVANA, 16 May  (AP) The arrival of mobile phone email service was embraced with joy in Cuba, where most people have no internet access. Tens of thousands of Cuban’s began emailing like crazy in March. Then service started to fail, taking much of Cuba’s already shaky voice and text-messaging mobile service down with it The […]

Havana imposes personal income tax on Mariel Port workers

HAVANA, May 16  Employees working for Cuba’s Special Development Zone (SDZ) at Mariel port would be charged with a 5-percent personal income tax, the Cuban government announced Thursday. The decision was published in the Government Gazette, along with other regulations on Mariel, a deep-water port and industrial complex 50 km west of Havana. Employees will […]

Russia, Cuba to Coordinate on Prompt Reactions to Security Threats

Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev MOSCOW – HAVANA May 16  (RIA Novosti)  Russia’s Security Council and Cuba’s Commission for National Security and Defense have signed a memorandum on cooperation and agreed to establish a joint working group, the secretary of the Russian Security Council said Wednesday. “The situation in the world is […]

Cuba’s currency unification – Analysis

HAVANA, 15 May  (By Domingo Amuchastegui) Cuba’s reforms and changes, aiming at a complete redesign of its rigid, state-controlled socialist experience, has come to a point of no return. There’s no turning back, and the Achilles Heel of this present stage is the effort to put an end to the two-tier currency system, with all […]

U.S. and Cuba Take Tentative Steps Toward Greater Marine Science Collaboration

HAVANA, 15 May  (sience News)  After more than a year of preparation—and some last-minute visa hiccups—scientists and policymakers from the United States and Cuba met yesterday to discuss ways the two estranged nations can better collaborate on marine science and conservation. “We are neighbors,” says marine scientist David Guggenheim, president of the nonprofit organization Ocean […]

Focus on El Vedado: The 2014 Havana Urban Design Charrette

Fresh approaches to one of the city’s core districts Biljana Savic and Dominc Church present the Strategy Team’s recommendations to the Charrette. Photo: John H. Pilling HAVANA, 15 May This spring, Havana once again hosted an international group of urban planners and designers, who joined their Cuban colleagues in envisioning new ideas for the district’s […]

New arrest in case of money laundering to Cuba

LA HABANA – MIAMI  14 Mayo                  (BY JAY WEAVER AND JUAN O. TAMAYO) A Miami man has been arrested in an unprecedented money-laundering case that alleges some part of $238 million gained from Medicare fraud was secretly pumped into the Cuban banking system. Eduardo Perez de Morales, 26, was arrested by FBI agents Monday on […]

U.S. and Cuban scientists sign historic pact

LA HAVANA, 14 May  (by BEATRICE LUMPKIN)  U.S. and Cuban scientists engaged in “science diplomacy” recently when they signed an agreement that furthers scientific and medical cooperation. The deal was inked after a delegation from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) visited Havana for a three-day tour hosted by the Cuban Academy […]

Red Bull Cliff Diving 2014 : Blake Aldridge vainqueur à La Havane

HAVANA, 12 May   Blake Aldridge a remporté la première étape du Red Bull Cliff Diving, à La Havane. Le Mexicain Jonathan Paredes et l’Anglais Gary Hunt complètent le podium. Samedi dernier, devant plus de 60.000 spectateurs, le Britannique Blake Aldridge a gagné la première étape du Red Bull Cliff Diving 2014, à Morro Castle, et […]

Cuban Blogger Denounced By Italian Translator

HAVANA – MIAMI 12 May (CBSMiami) – Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez was blasted by an Italian-language translator who worked with her for the past six years. According to Progeso Weekly, Gordiano Lupi, 54, published an article on Friday, May 9th saying Sanchez is arrogant, mercenary and greedy. The article titled “Yoani Sánchez: Her new journal […]

Havana bars: The next wave of private innovation

Casa Miglis HAVANA 10 May ( By Richard Feinberg Cubastandart) Among investors focused on Cuban markets, private bars and clubs are the new big thing. Within the last 18 months, enterprising Cuban investors have spiced up an already vibrating Havana night life by opening a variety of chic watering holes.By all accounts, many investors are […]

Studio 7 y 60: An Independent Art Space Opens in Miramar

HAVANA 9 May    The changing role of private enterprise and the increase in cultural tourism to Cuba have encouraged the growth of alternative art and performance organizations in Havana. Artists in all spheres are experimenting with different ways of interacting with the public—including American tourists traveling to Cuba on people-to-people programs—and with making a […]

France and Havana, heart of the International Tourism Fair

HAVANA,   7 May   Opened by Cuban tourism minister Manuel Marrero and general secretary of the World Tourism Organization Taleb Rifa, the aim is to highlight a new foreign investment law which offers tax breaks and more flexible labor practices. Citing the longstanding US embargo, Rifa said tourism should not be influenced by politics and […]

Havana and Paris Strengthen Relations in Air Connection Routes

HAVANA,  May 7    The Cubana de Aviacion and Air France airlines signed on Tuesday in this capita a memorandum of understanding for commercial cooperation, which will strengthen the current routes of connection between the two countries. The document was signed by Ana Margarita Godoy, deputy director of Cubana de Aviacion, and Zoran Jelkic, vice-president of […]

Hemingway movie a rare Hollywood moment in Havana

HAVANA  7  May  (By PETER ORSI Associated Press Photo Yesica Fish) An international film crew in recent weeks has been re-enacting this and other historic scenes in the streets of Havana for “Papa,” a biopic about the budding friendship between Hemingway and the reporter in the turbulent Cuba of the 1950s. Years in the making, […]

Cuba, France Sign Accord to Increase Trade

HAVANA  6 May    Cuba and France on Monday signed an agreement to increase bilateral trade with a short-term line of credit, Cuban official media said. The accord was inked by Cuba’s foreign trade and investment minister, Rodrigo Malmierca, and the French secretary of state for foreign trade and tourism, Fleur Pellerin, who traveled to Havana […]

Company denies laundering money sent to Cuba

HAVANA  5 May   Caribbean Transfers says it only handled family remittances to the island. A company whose owner stands accused of laundering and sending to Cuba $30 million on behalf of Medicare fraudsters in South Florida says it did nothing wrong and blames a remittance company in Miami and a check cashing store in […]

Cuba Returns Catholic Church Properties

HAVANA May 3 The return of property from the churches seized by the Cuban government after the triumph of the Revolution in 1959 is more and more a fact. The old College of the Jesuit Fathers. “At this time, the correct word is ‘process,’ because it is an initiative begun some years ago that has […]

Blind American quits Cuba-US kayak crossing amid high winds

HAVANA  1 May    A 56-year-old blind American who was trying to cross the treacherous Florida Straits in a kayak had to abandon the attempt because of strong winds, he told AFP Wednesday. Peter Crowley said he hopes to try again, perhaps next year, to traverse the 90-mile (150-kilometer) stretch of shark-infested waters that separate Cuba […]

New airline flying from Grand Cayman to Havana

HAVANA  1 May   (James Whittaker) A new airline company in Grand Cayman will make its first flight between George Town and Havana next month. The company, Cubano Airtours, has leased a plane from Aero Caribbean – one of Cuba’s state-owned airlines – and will begin twice-weekly service between Havana and George Town on May […]

Havana moves ahead with $2.7 billion LNG, Ammonia Project

HAVANA  29 Abril     Cuba continues moving forward with development of a $1.4 billion natural gas regasification project and a $1.2 billion urea and ammonia plant under a Venezuelan initiative to provide cheap fuel to regional allies. The regasification project will have the capacity to process 2.06 million metric tons per year and consist of building […]