Entries by Havana Live

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: […]

Fast actions is needed against giant african snail

HAVANA, August 19 (acn) A Cuban scientist said that Cuba must take fast actions to prevent the spread of the Giant African Snail, a species introduced on the island about two years ago, which is considered to be dangerous for humans. We have the chance to control it if we take fast action, since the […]

Tobacco company breacks new record

Havana, August 19 (acn) Workers from the Internacional Cubana de Tabacos SA  maintained a high productive efficiency in the first seven months of the year, which allowed them to break the historical rolled and packaged figures. The special high-tech machines used to elaborate the famous Cuban “cigarillos”, made with high-quality raw materials from Pinar del […]

Cuban cocktails participates in international event

HAVANA, 18 August (RHC-AIN) Cuba participates in the Mexican city of Guanajuato, the XVIII Panamerican Congress of Educational Bartenders and Bar Show, where representative national cocktail’s will be presented as Mojito, Daiquiri and President . The chairman of the Association of Bartenders Cuba, ACC, José Rafa Malem, told reporters that seven Cuban bartenders will participate […]

Vietnamese water puppet theater coming to Havana

HAVANA, Aug 16  (acn) The Thanglong Water Puppet Theater of Hanoi will perform in Havana for the second time, on August 16-19. On this occasion it brings the new show called Estampas vietnamitas. The company’s director, Nguyeng Hoang Tuan, expressed his joy for making presentations for the second time in Cuba, where he felt the […]

Cuban beer shortage in hot summer

HAVANA, 18 August   (AFP) Cuba has been hit by a severe beer shortage during one of its hottest summers on record, sparking hoarding and driving thirsty drinkers to pay greatly inflated prices. A sharp fall in production at the island’s main brewery, Bucanero, at the beginning of the year has trickled its way down […]

A quarter of the Cuban’s smoke

HAVANA, August 16   24 percent of Cubans over 15 years actively smoke and more than 50 percent of the population is today exposed to tobacco smokes, revealed a medical source to the National News Agency. These data are the results of the third survey of risk factors that included more than nine million people […]

Retired professors can return to cuban universities

Havana,  August 15    In an effort to improve and maintain higher education quality with full professors of experience, the Cuban Council of Ministers agreed that retired professors may returned to their classrooms with the same salaries they had as active workers plus their current pension.The director of the Human Resources Department at the Cuban […]

El Ciervo Encantado organizes summer concerts in Havana

HAVANA, 15 August   The theater company El Ciervo Encantado organizes a series of concerts this summer at its headquarters in Havana. The first event this Saturday, August 16, will be led by songwriter Pedro Luis Ferrer. August 23  Jazz group  Tú Sabes  will be on stage, and on Saturday 30  it’s the turn to […]

Havana’s Intl. Ballet Festival to be Dedicated to Shakespeare

HAVANA, August 14   “For Shakespeare, Dance,” is the slogan of the 24th edition of Havana’s International Ballet Festival, to be held in this capital from October 28 to November 7 under the general direction of prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso. As a tribute to the 450th anniversary of the birth of the English poet […]

WTO Director arrives in Havana

HAVANA, Aug 13 (acn) The director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevedo, arrived in Havana on Tuesday afternoon as part of a tour that also includes Mexico and El Salvador. Azevedo’s agenda in Cuba includes meetings with the Vice-president of the Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas, Foreign Trade Minister Rodrigo Malmierca and […]