Entries by Havana Live

Havana’s 9 pm cannon shot declared Cuba’s cultural heritage

HAVANA, Dec 7  (acn) The nine p.m. cannon shot, a centuries-old tradition of Havana nights that takes place at the San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress, was declared Cultural Heritage of the Cuban Nation. The official declaration was delivered during the military ceremony by Gladys Collazo, president of the National Council of Cultural Heritage in […]

Heads of state arrive in Havana for CARICOM-Cuba Summit

HAVANA, 6 December  Heads of State and Government of the member nations of the Caribbean Community(CARICOM), and regional organizations, will be arriving in Havana this Saturday, to participate in the Fifth CARICOM-Cuba Summit. According to the program released by the Cuban Foreign Ministry, the presidents of Surinam, Grenada, Guyana and Antigua and Barbuda are expected […]

MEO Australia Limited joins oil exploration in Cuba

Along the northern coast of Cuba is Block 9, assigned to the Australian oil company MEO. HAVANA, 5 December (By Wilfredo Cancio Isla Café Fuerte)  The company MEO Australia Limited will join the onshore oil exploration effort in Cuba after signing a production sharing contract with the Cuban state oil company Cupet. The Australian firm announced […]

Havana Film Festival kicks off

HAVANA, December  5 (EFE)  The 36th edition of the Festival of New Latin American Cinema at Havana has kicked off with a homage to Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014), a well known film enthusiast and one of the major promoters of the event. The opening ceremony was held at Havana’s Karl Marx theater, with […]

Che Guevara’s son starts ‘motorcycle diaries’ tour in Cuba

HAVANA, 5 December (By Claire Boobbyer) The youngest son of Che Guevara is launching a motorbike tour company in Cuba, named after the revolutionary’s bike, La Poderosa. The youngest son of Che Guevara, whose The Motorcycle Diaries is one of the most iconic travelogues of all time, is launching motorbike tours of Cuba this month. Ernesto […]

New property transactions rules in Cuba

HAVANA, 2  December  Cuba’s government has enacted new regulations for the sale, purchase and gifting of homes to prevent attempts at tax evasion, Communist Party daily Granma said on Monday. The new rules for property transactions were approved last Friday’s Cabinet meeting, chaired by President Raul Castro. The rules provide for “a new market-related reference […]

French tourists hurt in Cuba bus crash

HAVANA, 2 December (AFP) Forty-one French tourists and two locals were injured in Cuba Monday when the bus they were traveling in hit another vehicle, media reports and diplomatic sources said. Seven are said to be in a serious condition. In addition to the tourists, the Cuban driver and tour guide were also hurt, said […]

Video Clip by Ian Padron and Buena Fe Wins Lucas 2014

Havana, Dec 1 (PL)  Cuban filmmaker Ian Padron and music group Buena Fe were today the winners in the main video event of this country, Lucas 2014. The video clip “Se bota a matar”, directed by Ian Padron and sung by Buena Fe, won the awards for Best Video of the Year, Best Fusion Video […]

British Royal Navy Frigate arrived in Havana

Havana, Nov 30 (PL) The British Royal Navy frigate HMS ARGYLL, arrived today in this capital for a friendly visit. A 21-gun salute from the visiting ship was reciprocated by a battery from the Fortress of San Carlos de La Cabana. Commander Paul Hammond said this is an opportunity to further strengthen relations with the […]

In Havana,’Rent’ rehearsals for 1st Broadway Musical in 50 Yrs

HAVANA, 27 November (Reuters) In Bob Nederlander Jr.’s mission to export Broadway to new markets around the world, he found an old one where the American art form lay dormant for a least 50 years – Cuba. After testing the Cuban appetite with a 2011 concert of Broadway show tunes, Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment decided to […]

Havana could be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World cities

HAVANA, Nov 26 (acn) Havana has great possibilities to be one of the seven wonder cities of modern world, asserted on Tuesday Jean Paul de la Fuente, head of Value Development of the New 7 Wonder Foundation of Switzerland, who is on a visit to Cuba until Thursday. The final list in which Havana could […]

Havana Film Festival to Honor one of his founders

HAVANA, 26 November (Photo Reuters) The Colombian author and journalist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, was one of the founders of the film festival. The 36th edition of the Havana Film Festival will honor one of his creators . Gabo, as he was known, died in April in Mexico City, where he used to live. He is […]

Viva La Vie Boheme! Rent Is Heading to Havana

HAVANA, 25 November (By Ryan McPhee)  Rent is coming to Cuba! The Tony and Pulitzer-winning tuner by Jonathan Larson will mark Cuba’s first full production of a musical in over 50 years. The Spanish-language production will open on Christmas Eve (the same day the first act of the show takes place), at Havana’s Bertolt Brecht […]

Tampa- Havana flight: $24,000 landing fees in Havana, $275 in Tampa

HAVANA, 23 November The battle for the Cuban charter flight business out of Tampa International Airport has landed in federal court, exposing what U.S. citizens must pay the secretive Cuban government for use of Havana’s José Martí International Airport. The annual total is somewhere between $31 million and $62 million — more than any other […]

Four foreigners were sentenced in Havana for child abuse

HAVANA, 22 November A Canadian, an Indian and two Italians were sentenced to prison in Havana for having sex with minors in Cuba. In addition two other foreigners are awaiting trial and 13 Cubans have been convicted on this. The Canadian was sentenced to 13 years, the Indian sentenced to a combined 30 years for […]

Land for mosque in Havana is ready

HAVANA, 21 November  After the Turkish president said a mosque would be appropriate on the spot where he claims that Muslims discovered the Americas, a site has reportedly been allocated for a mosque’s construction in the Cuban capital Havana. Five acres of land in the Old Havana district of the city have been spared, and […]

New flights from New York to Havana

HAVANA, 20 November (eTurboNews) Cuba Travel Services will now be offering direct flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Havana, Cuba. Cuba Travel Services arranges flights operated by American Airlines and Sun Country Airlines to popular destinations including Havana, Cienfuegos, Camaguey, Santa Clara, Holguin and Santiago de Cuba. Cuba Travel Services believes expanding its flight network […]

Cuban Couple Keeps Rodents Called Huitias as Pets

In this Nov. 17, 2014 photo, Congui, a domesticated huitia, rides on the front door of an American classic car driven by its owner Rafael Lopez, in Bainoa, Cuba. Five years ago Lopez and his wife Ana Pedraza adopted Congui, their first pet huitia, a large rodent that lives in Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas and some […]

Appealing week for Partagas Fans in Havana

HAVANA, November 18 (Prensa Latina) The XXVII edition of the Meeting of Clients and Friends of the Partagas House began yesterday in Havana and was attended by 350 businessmen from twenty countries, rather interested in smoking cigars. Businessmen, executives and traders arrived in Cuba this Monday 21 November to hold ceremonies and meetings mostly private, […]

Havana asks for investment to help combat its economic crisis

HAVANA, 17 November  Cuba asked international companies on Monday to invest over $8 billion to help the island combat its economic crisis. The money would assist with kick-starting a centrally planned economy starved for cash and hamstrung by inefficiency. Foreign Commerce Minister Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz announced that it will cost about $8.7 billion to build […]

Cubana added more direct flights to Costa Rica

HAVANA, 17 November At 9:30 am Sunday morning at the Juan Santamaria International Airport the inaugural direct flight of Cubana Airlines landed from Havana. Flights from Cuba have been suspended since 2008 but the airline stated it would be starting this route again.That time is now. Cubana will have this flight on Thursday’s and Sunday’s […]

Eat in Cuba, Let Relatives Pay in Miami

HAVANA, 15 November (Café Fuerte By Daniel Benitez) A new Cuban initiative to obtain dollars mainly from Miami is up and running: Dining in Havana with dollars from family or friends from abroad. Starting this month, state officials authorized restaurant reservations for Cubans living on the island made from abroad; people can now make invitations […]

Two top chefs plan to open restaurant’s in Havana

Enrique OlveraHAVANA, 14 November (Reuters)  They have already earned a place in the firmament of the world’s best chefs. Now Basque chef Andoni Luis Aduriz and Mexico’s Enrique Olvera have set their sights on one of the world’s toughest markets: Cuba. The island has seen a restaurant boom in recent years, fed by market-style reforms […]

Cubans to be allowed more than 1cell phone line

HAVANA, Nov 12 (EFE) Cuban state telecoms company Etecsa said Tuesday it is relaxing its service restrictions and will allow ordinary citizens to obtain up to three wireless phone lines, state-run media reported. Individuals on the island, where mobile telephony use has grown quickly since President Raul Castro’s government lifted a ban on personal cellphone […]

Marabana will receive 562 foreign participants

HAVANA, 12 November  A total of 562 foreign riders have already confirmed their attendance at the 28th edition of Marabana to be held on Sunday, said Carlos Gattorno, race director. Besides that number of foreign representatives, confirmed their participation over two thousand contestants from Cuba. Among the foreign athletes stands a group of over 150 […]

JOJazz 2014 will be held in Havana from November 13 to 16

HAVANA, 11 November  Victor Rodriguez, director of the music festival JoJazz 2014 revealed the artistic program of the event that promotes young figures of Cuban Jazz and will be held in Havana from November 13 to 16. The event will begin with a concert-tribute to renowned Cuban singer Pablo Milanes, where winners of previous editions […]

German firms explore investment in Cuba

The Cuban government has unveiled a raft of investment projects in hopes to attract foreign capital. But German firms criticize the lack of support from their government, DW’s Andreas Knobloch writes from Havana. HAVANA, 11 November  Now that Cuba’s economy has made steps to open up to foreign capital, the island’s communist government hopes to […]