HAVANA, June 13  Damaso Fong, a Cuban direct descendant of Chinese emigrant, announced today that he has an original painting by renowned artist Pierre Auguste Renoir, one of the greatest exponents of French Impressionism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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HAVANA, May 22th (El Toque) Cuba’s self-employed are dissatisfied with many things including the lack of legal protection they have and the treatment they receive from certain officials who interpret regulations at their own discretion, making them oblige.

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HAVANA, May 21th  (VNA) – Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh is paying an official visit to Cuba from May 19-21 at the invitation of Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parilla. Read more

Havana, May 14 (PL) The multipurpose terminal at the port of Santiago de Cuba, east of the island, began operations as part of the country”s efforts to develop the sector.

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HAVANA, April 21th  (Reuters) – The Cuban government has ordered its state-run power system to further reduce electricity generation in the latest sign that a cash crunch exacerbated by new U.S. sanctions is taking an economic and human toll, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

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HAVANA, April 12 (Xinhua) — Cuba will maintain contact with Kenyan authorities in search for the two Cuban doctors who were kidnapped earlier in northeast Kenya by suspected al-Shabab militants, the Cuban government said Friday.

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HAVANA, Mar 30th  (PL) Copa Airlines has increased to eight its daily flights to Havana’s Jose Marti, thus providing a greater opportunity for Cuba”s connectivity with Panama and Latin America, assured one of the executives of the Panamanian airline here today.

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HAVANA, March 16 (Xinhua) — Visitors to Havana’s Old Quarter would have some fun memorabilia of their “travel back in time” as they pose before a vintage box camera manufactured more than 100 years ago.

While the rise of cellphones and selfies has made street photography fairly obsolete, Cuban brothers Jose and Yomar Del Toro are keeping the tradition alive in Havana’s Central Park with a couple of the last such cameras still functioning.

Surrounded by impressive colonial-era buildings, almost all of which declared heritage sites, the park is the perfect backdrop for a portrait, which makes it popular with passersby.

“Everyone wants to have their picture taken with that old gadget,” Jose, 54, told Xinhua.

Jose has been earning a living through photography since 1980, when he inherited his grandfather’s camera, a 1912 Eastman Kodak Speed Graphic.

Yomar, who is 14 years younger than Jose, works at the opposite corner of the park, using another antique Kodak camera he inherited from their father, who is also a street photographer.

“This has its charm,” he says with a laugh, as he prepares to photograph a young couple.

Getting your picture at the park has long come to be a tradition. For many years, Cubans arriving in the capital from the countryside would pose for a photograph in front of the city’s top monuments, such as the nearby Capitol building or the statue of national hero Jose Marti, erected at the center of the park.

That’s why the park once bustled with street photographers lugging their large box cameras which can deliver fast black and white images.

The cameras use photographic paper that is developed inside the box with the necessary chemicals, providing a negative that is then turned into a positive image.

In a matter of minutes, customers have their photo in hand. Many want “Havana” or “Cuba” to appear on the photo, a detail that is done manually, by placing letters on the negative copy before copying it.

Cuba’s photographic tradition can be seen at the Historical Photo Library at the City Historian’s Office. Several antique cameras are also on display, including a bellows Kodak manufactured in 1880.

Thanks to the Del Toro brothers, the tradition continues, though it is dying out because it is getting harder and harder to find the paper and chemicals needed for the developing and printing.

“Today it is very difficult to get paper, developer and fixer,” Jose said.
Photos:Joaquín Hernández/Xinhua

HAVANA, March 15th  Blondie is a band that revolutionized the world of punk rock with their bizarre performances, but above all by the unmatched charisma of the vocalist, Deborah Harry since the late 70’s with hits like Heart of Glass or Call Me. On March 14 and 18, this iconic band will perform at the Mella theater in Havana.

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HAVANA, March 12th The interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, has decreed the cessation of oil shipments made by the Government of Nicolás Maduro to Cuba, for which he has requested the help of the international community that supports and recognizes him. Read more

HAVANA, Feb. 26th  At the peak of communications, few think of Samuel Morse and his great contribution to the development of humanity. The world aspires to move to the rhythm of satellite communication, but almost no one remembers that the first network of networks survives under the sea.

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LA HABANA, 20 feb. El meteorito que cayó al oeste de Cuba hace unas tres semanas, presenta pequeños niveles de radioactividad, por lo que los científicos advierten sobre el peligro de llevar los fragmentos junto al cuerpo por largos periodos.

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LA HABANA, 20 feb. Las hoteleras españolas han llegado a acuerdos con propietarios residentes en Miami para evitar problemas con los bloqueos a Cuba que, ahora, se han endurecido todavía más debido a la reactivación de la Ley Helms-Burton, suspendida solo durante 45 días.

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LA HABANA, 20 feb. (EFE).- Cuba recibió este martes un cargamento de 1.000 colchones y 5.000 planchas para techos de calamina enviado por el Gobierno de Bolivia para ayudar a los damnificados…

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HAVANA, Feb 19 (PL) The fourth edition of the Salsa Festival opens on Tuesday in Havana with the participation of the main Cuban dance music orchestras and artists from several countries.

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LA HABANA, 17 feb (EFE)  La industria tabacalera cubana exhibirá tradición y cultura agraria en el Festival del Habano al recibir desde este lunes a más de 1.000 asistentes de 60 países en su elegante fiesta del humo, dedicada al 500 aniversario de La Habana.

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LA HABANA, 17 feb (EFE)  La industria tabacalera cubana exhibirá tradición y cultura agraria en el Festival del Habano al recibir desde este lunes a más de 1.000 asistentes de 60 países en su elegante fiesta del humo, dedicada al 500 aniversario de La Habana.

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LA HABANA, 16 feb (EFE)  Italia aportará 2,5 millones de euros (unos 2,8 millones de dólares) para financiar actividades del Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) en La Habana y renovar el patrimonio de su Facultad de Arte Teatral, y con ese fin fue suscrito un acuerdo este viernes por autoridades de ambos gobiernos en la capital cubana.

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LA HABANA, 11 Feb. A pesar de que muchos cubanos han hecho suya la frase de que “Cuba es un eterno verano” la Isla ha visto descender sus temperaturas en diferentes etapas, sobre todo zonas del interior y sur de la parte occidental y central.

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LA HABANA, 11 Feb. A pesar de que muchos cubanos han hecho suya la frase de que “Cuba es un eterno verano” la Isla ha visto descender sus temperaturas en diferentes etapas, sobre todo zonas del interior y sur de la parte occidental y central.

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HAVANA, Feb. 5 The Plaza de la Revolución in Havana is a symbol recognized throughout the world of the political and social project initiated on January 1, 1959.

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HAVANA Feb 3th  (PL)) Cuba closed 2018 with an unemployment rate of 1.7 percent, with around 4,482,000 workers, including 1,400,000 employees in the non-state sector, official sources reported on Saturday.

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HAVANA, Jan. 30th Despite ongoing concerns that the U.S. government might further restrict U.S. travel to Cuba, interest in visiting the formerly forbidden destination is still strong, according to a top expert in the market.

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HAVANA, Jan. 16th Starting next Monday, January 21, Martinique and Guadeloupe will be linked again to Cuba. Indeed, the company Cubana de Aviacion has just announced the resumption of flights between the three islands.
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HAVANA, Jan. 14th (EFE) A cemetery of Americans of the Protestant religion in Cuba, located on the island of Youth, was declared a national monument by the Monuments Commission, Cuban television reported Monday.
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HAVANA, Jan. 13th Renovating Chinatown is one of the priorities in the plan to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana, which will be held in November, local media reported Friday.

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HAVANA, Jan. 11th  At least six people died and another 33 suffered injuries after a bus carrying a total of 40 passengers, including 22 foreigners, rolled over in Cuba’s southeastern province of Guantanamo, local media reported Friday.

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HAVANA, Nov. 28 (AFP) Havana – Nicknamed “the sombra” (the shadow) for his art of dodging, Cuban boxer Julio César La Cruz trains for a goal: Tokyo-2020. But his efforts will be in vain if the IOC excludes boxing from the Olympic Games, of which Cuba is the world’s leading power.
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HAVANA, Nov 25 (EFE) Havana today inaugurated its public bicycle rental system “Ha’Bici”, which will first be tested in the Historic Center before spreading to other areas of the Cuban capital, as an alternative to alleviate its congested urban transport network.

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HAVANA, Nov. 17 (EFE) Google works on a submarine cable to improve Internet in Cuba, one of the most disconnected countries in the world, where the American company expects to do “much more” in the future, said Google Cuba’s Marketing Manager, Susanna Kohly Jacobson , reported the news agency EFE.
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