Entries by Havana Live

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 […]

Hundreds of Cooperative Make their Way in Cuban Economy

HAVANA,  May 22  Some 246 cooperatives are already operating in Cuba, with a total of 498 approved to kick off activities, though many of them are still at different stages before being officially registered. Cuban official Grisel Trista, in charge of the Department attending to the development of entities at the Permanent Commission on the […]

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 the […]

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 […]