HAVANA, Nov. 26th (AFP) From Argentina to Naples, Diego Maradona’s death has been mourned by football fans around the world, Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 26th Leonel Linares is a gay Cuban man. He has attended many masses and other church services in his life, but never felt comfortable when he was there. Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 26th Stirred by breathless warnings of a socialist menace, Cuban Americans turned out for President Trump in massive numbers. Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 25th. Authorities in Sicily have asked Cuba’s government to send about 60 healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses, Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 25th (Reuters) Former Reuters Cuba correspondent Andrew Cawthorne recalls taking the field with Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday, in this Reuters story from 2004. Read more

HAVANA, Nov 234( PL) The Hemingway Marina on Monday announced its reopening for foreign recreational boats and the implementation of strict health measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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HAVANA, Nov. 24th The state-owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL) on Monday announced that it had started a weekly flight between Guyana and Cuba, Read more

HAVANA,    (AP)   Western Union closed its 407 locations across Cuba on Monday, Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 23  Chinese descendant Ramon Ramirez Li, 36, is a member of Nivel 4 Studio, a Havana-based architecture startup Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 23th In Cuba, the search for basic goods such as nails or toilet paper can mean queueing for several hours at a store. Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 22th (AP) Renowned Cuban musicians are turning to the Internet or seeking other jobs to survive a pandemic that has closed bars, clubs, Read more

HAVANA, Nov.20th  The Cuban-British joint venture BioFarma Innovations made its formal debut in the United Kingdom during an online seminar Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 20  Effective December 10, 2020, Blue Diamond Resorts will commence operations of Starfish Cayo Guillermo in Cuba. Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 21th (AFP) Cuba is reopening its doors to foreign tourists after an eight-month shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Read more

HAVANA, Nov . 23th  After this weekend, Americans will no longer be able to transfer money to Cuba via Western Union. Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 21th  As Western Union closes down operations in Cuba and Havana Airport is now open, “mules” are back in the skies. Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 20   After months of staying indoors, Havana resident Mireya Ruiz is eager to return to the cinema during Havana’s upcoming 42nd International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. Read more

HAVANA, Nov 20  Air traffic increased in Cuba in the last few weeks when the country’s airports reopened operations, although they are currently at 40% compared to 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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HAVANA, Nov. 20 (Xinhua)   Eduardo Hernandez works as a gardener at Havana’s Chinese cemetery located at the very heart of the country’s capital. Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 19th  THOUSANDS of people across Britain and beyond have called for the Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to Cuba’s International Medical Brigades Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 19th (Reuters) Cuba plans to convert most state-run eateries into cooperatives and private-run businesses in the coming months Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 19th The number of new infections in Cuba due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus rose to 37 after processing 7,895 samples, Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 19th  (Reuters)  The U.S. Transportation Department said on Wednesday it is denying exemptions for two charter flight companies to deliver humanitarian cargo to Cuba, the latest crackdown by the Trump administration. Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 17th Airbnb Inc. said it voluntarily disclosed to the Treasury Department its compliance efforts and certain user activity on its platform that may have been at odds with the requirements of U.S. sanctions laws. Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 17th  SpaceX is now serving customers  in the northern United States. They will soon be doing so in Southern Canada and recently announced that Germany, where they have applied for permission and have begun construction on two ground stations, will probably be next. Early customers in the US are paying $499 for their user terminals and $99 per month for Internet service.

But what about the eventual price in Canada, Germany or, say, a poorer nation like Cuba?

When discussing the plan for Germany, SpaceX vice president Hans Königsmann said the price was not yet determined and “we will focus on what the local market allows.” At first, that sounds like something an arrogant monopolist might say, but on second thought, it is both good business and good karma.

The capacity of a satellite constellation increases as technology improves and as new satellites are launched. Today, SpaceX has only around 800 satellites in service, which limits both their coverage area and the number of customers they can serve in a covered area, but they plan to add around 120 satellites per month, have permission for around 12,000, and have requested permission for 30,000 more.

Furthermore, the technology deployed in the 12,000th satellite will be more sophisticated and have higher capacity than that in today’s satellites. Most of those 12,000 satellites will have inter-satellite laser links, which will further increase coverage and capacity and reduce the need for terrestrial infrastructure.

The fixed cost of a satellite Internet constellation is high — satellites are expensive to make and to launch — but the cost of adding and servicing a new customer is relatively low, and the market is global.

SpaceX satellites that fly over the southern US will also fly over Cuba, but at $500 for a user terminal and $99 per month Raúl Castro may be the only Cuban customer.

Perhaps Cuba could justify shared links at clinics or schools, but the individual market would be essentially zero, and excess capacity on a satellite, while it is flying over Cuba, would be wasted. The price in Cuba should be lower than that in the US to utilize available capacity fully.

Prices may or may not remain a flat fee per month, other factors like the political situation and vested interests of terrestrial Internet service providers will affect pricing decisions, and end-users will not be the only customers in a nation, but in general, SpaceX and the other constellation operators will charge more in affluent markets than in poorer markets — they will try to operate at full capacity everywhere.
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HAVANA, Nov. 17th   “Nuestra Habana cumple vida, ¡501 años! La ceiba reclama a su leal Eusebio. Si haces silencio, puedes escuchar cómo está ciudad respira un profundo suspiro de agradecimiento esta noche”.

Así escribió en su perfil de Facebook el fotógrafo cubano Gabriel Guerra Bianchini, quien captó con su lente la tradicional vuelta a la ceiba, vísperas del aniversario 501 de la ciudad.

Del Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, en el Centro histórico de la ciudad, ubicado en el municipio de La Habana Vieja, partió el desfile de una representación de capitalinos que la noche de este domingo 15 de noviembre celebraron el aniversario 501 de la fundación de la Villa de San Cristóbal de La Habana y honraron, a la vez, a la figura de Eusebio Leal Spengler, hijo insigne de la urbe y anterior Historiador de la Ciudad.

Con la meta puesta en lucir cada vez más limpia y ordenada, la capital llega a este cumpleaños, luchando sin descanso frente a un enemigo silencioso y hasta hace poco desconocido: la COVID-19. Sobre esa cotidianidad le ofrecemos también imágenes desde la mirada de nuestros fotorreporteros Abel Padrón Padilla e Ismael Francisco.

Havana Turns 501 and Pays Tribute to Eusebio Leal

El pueblo habanero se reunió cerca de El Templete, para, como ya es tradición por la fecha, darle la vuelta a la ceiba, vísperas del aniversario 501 de la ciudad. Foto: Gabriel Guerra Bianchini/ Facebook.

Havana Turns 501 and Pays Tribute to Eusebio Leal

Félix Julio Alfonso, historiador adjunto de la Oficina del Historiador de la Ciudad. Foto: Gabriel Guerra Bianchini/ Facebook.

Havana Turns 501 and Pays Tribute to Eusebio Leal

La tradicional vuelta a la ceiba, esta vez cumpliendo las medidas sanitarias contra la COVID-19. Foto: Gabriel Guerra Bianchini/ Facebook.

Havana Turns 501 and Pays Tribute to Eusebio Leal

El pueblo habanero se reunió cerca de El Templete, para, como ya es tradición por la fecha, darle la vuelta a la ceiba, vísperas del aniversario 501 de la ciudad. Foto: Gabriel Guerra Bianchini/ Facebook.

Havana Turns 501 and Pays Tribute to Eusebio Leal

La tradicional vuelta a la ceiba, esta vez cumpliendo las medidas sanitarias contra la COVID-19. Foto: Gabriel Guerra Bianchini/ Facebook.

Havana Turns 501 and Pays Tribute to Eusebio Leal

El pueblo habanero se reunió cerca de El Templete, para, como ya es tradición por la fecha, darle la vuelta a la ceiba, vísperas del aniversario 501 de la ciudad. Foto: Gabriel Guerra Bianchini/ Facebook.

Havana Turns 501 and Pays Tribute to Eusebio Leal

Havana Turns 501 and Pays Tribute to Eusebio Leal

Havana Turns 501 and Pays Tribute to Eusebio Leal

Havana Turns 501 and Pays Tribute to Eusebio Leal

Havana Turns 501 and Pays Tribute to Eusebio Leal

Havana Turns 501 and Pays Tribute to Eusebio Leal

Havana Turns 501 and Pays Tribute to Eusebio Leal

Havana Turns 501 and Pays Tribute to Eusebio LealFotos: Ismael Francisco/ Cubadebate.

HAVANA, Nov. 17  Ernest Hemingway museum Finca Vigia reopened to international tourists Monday with social distancing guidelines after being closed to the public for the last seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

HAVANA, Nov. 16th Maria del Carmen Kouw learned to speak Cantonese by watching martial arts movies when she was a child and went with her parents to film premieres in one of Havana’s four Chinese-run movie theatres.
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HAVANA, Nov. 16th Cuba’s science and biotechnology are among the most advanced in the American continent, Read more