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Americans weigh in on Cuba travel in nationwide survey

May 23, 2015
Americans weigh in on Cuba travel in nationwide survey PLYMOUTH, USA -- The move to normalize relations with Cuba will have a direct impact on Americans seeking to vacation legally on the island nation – just as they can in other parts of the Caribbean or Mexico. However, in the newest Travel Leaders Group travel survey, a mere 8.8% of those polled...

New group formed to lobby Congress in favour of US-Cuba relations

May 22, 2015
New group formed to lobby Congress in favour of US-Cuba relations HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Executives with the new Engage Cuba coalition, a group designed to lobby the US Congress to achieve the lifting of the US’s Cuba travel and trade ban, said that a majority of Americans support a change of US policy towards the Caribbean nation. Coalition president James Williams...

Resumption of banking services for Cuban office a step towards US-Cuba diplomatic relations

May 22, 2015
Resumption of banking services for Cuban office a step towards US-Cuba diplomatic relations HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Some US media have hurried to announce that a North Miami bank has agreed to open an account for the Cuban Interest Section in Washington, a service that the office has not had for one year now. Although no official statements have been issued in that regard either by...

US-Cuba talks to resume in Washington this week

May 20, 2015
US-Cuba talks to resume in Washington this week HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- With their sights set on the reestablishment of diplomatic relations, representatives of the governments of Cuba and the United States will meet in Washington on Thursday in the third round of talks between the two countries. Gustavo Machin, deputy director general of the...

Pioneering Cuban blogger wins premier international journalism award

May 20, 2015
Pioneering Cuban blogger wins premier international journalism award NEW YORK, USA -- A trailblazing blogger who has shed light on Cuba's tightly controlled society has won the 2015 Knight International Journalism Award, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) announced. The award recognizes excellent reporting that makes a difference in the lives of people.

Letter: Venezuela gives away PetroCaribe funds whilst its people prostitute themselves

May 20, 2015
Letter: Venezuela gives away PetroCaribe funds whilst its people prostitute themselves Venezuela’s president currently has only a 20% approval rating. Yes, they have built some houses and apartments for the poor, but that is only a vote catcher. Perhaps without the social housing project the president’s approval rating would only be at 5%. In 2012, the US dollar was selling on the streets...

St Lucia government investigates reports of visas discovered in Cuban passports

May 19, 2015
St Lucia government investigates reports of visas discovered in Cuban passports CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia said on Monday that it has become aware of an Associated Press story dated May 15, reporting that "thirty eight Cubans caught trying to sail to the United States had tourist visas to the Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia when they were intercepted...

Tribute paid to WWII veterans who served in American and Cuban armed forces

May 18, 2015
Tribute paid to WWII veterans who served in American and Cuban armed forces MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard, the City of Miami and the Association for Research and Dissemination of Cuban Naval History on Saturday paid tribute to WWII veterans who served in the American and Cuban armed forces. The event commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the sinking of the...

Historic New York Cosmos soccer match to be telecast live from Cuba on June 2

May 15, 2015
Historic New York Cosmos soccer match to be telecast live from Cuba on June 2 STAMFORD, USA -- ONE World Sports will produce and televise the historic June 2 soccer match between the New York Cosmos and the Cuba National Team. The telecast begins at 5 pm Eastern time live from Havana, Cuba with the kickoff scheduled for 5:12 pm ET. "As the broadcast home of the...

US Coast Guard repatriates 50 Cuban migrants

May 14, 2015
US Coast Guard repatriates 50 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard repatriated 50 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Wednesday, who had been interdicted in three separate events in the past week. All three interdictions included unseaworthy, homemade vessels that posed significant risk to the migrants.

French president concludes historic visit to Cuba

May 13, 2015
French president concludes historic visit to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- French President Francois Hollande wound up what was considered a historic visit to Cuba during which he held meetings with Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro and with President Raul Castro. Fidel Castro thanked the French head of state for having visited the Caribbean nation.

Shipping company requests US permission to start ferry operations to Cuba

May 13, 2015
Shipping company requests US permission to start ferry operations to Cuba FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- Balearia has requested a licence to operate between the US and Cuba from the US Treasury Department, after the announcement of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The shipping company is awaiting an official response from the...

French president kicks off official visit to Cuba

May 12, 2015
French president kicks off official visit to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- French President Francois Hollande is meeting a tight agenda in Cuba as part of his official visit there, which is the first trip to Cuba by a French president since Havana and Paris established diplomatic relations on June 11, 1902. Hollande arrived Sunday evening at Havana's...

Eastern Cuban city hard hit by strong local storm

May 9, 2015
Eastern Cuban city hard hit by strong local storm HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A strong local storm hit the eastern city of Las Tunas in Cuba on Thursday, felling trees, and causing floods that affected streets and homes and cut of power. Civil defence forces and firefighters rapidly deployed in the affected areas and evacuated residents to safe places.

Cuba and Netherlands to expand cooperation

May 9, 2015
Cuba and Netherlands to expand cooperation HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Relations between Cuba and the Netherlands are based on the mutual interest of working closely together, based on equality and respect, asserted Dutch minister of foreign affairs, Bert Koenders, who is visiting Havana. The purpose of his visit is to strengthen ties and...

Seamless phone-to-phone text messaging launched to and from US and Cuba

May 9, 2015
Seamless phone-to-phone text messaging launched to and from US and Cuba FT LAUDERDALE, USA -- SMS Cuba has launched seamless text messaging services between the United States and Cuba. The service allows users to communicate directly with their contacts in Cuba with its instant, two-way, phone-to-phone messaging service. Previously, no text message...

Flights to Havana, Cuba from Baltimore-Washington to start September 30

May 8, 2015
Flights to Havana, Cuba from Baltimore-Washington to start September 30 TAMPA, USA -- On September 30, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport will begin the first-ever non-stop service from Baltimore/Washington DC to Havana, Cuba, with twice weekly flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The service will be offered by Island Travel & Tours Ltd (ITT). The 3¼ hour flight...

Open letter to Francois Hollande, president of France, on his visit to Cuba

May 8, 2015
Before your trip to Cuba, Reporters Without Borders, an organization that defends freedom of information, would like to draw your attention to the still very critical situation of journalists, both professional and non-professional, in that country. Year after year, Cuba has had...

US university offers students health program in Cuba

May 7, 2015
US university offers students health program in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The University of South Dakota, in the United States, is offering students a program to take health service administration in Cuba and learn from the island’s reality, culture and people. A news article on the webpage of the South Dakota-based KELO AM radio station...

Licence granted for Florida-Cuba ferry service

May 7, 2015
Licence granted for Florida-Cuba ferry service MIAMI, USA -- United Caribbean Lines (UCL) has been granted a licence to operate ferry services between the US and Cuba by the US Department of the Treasury. Commenting on the licence, Alexander Panagopulos, chairman of UCL said: “I am thrilled that United Caribbean Lines is going to participate...

Heavy rains wreak havoc in Eastern Cuba

May 6, 2015
Heavy rains wreak havoc in Eastern Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Heavy rains in the last days caused damage to hundreds of houses, the electrical grid, crops and some roads in the mountainous municipality of Baracoa, in Cuban easternmost Guantanamo province. The torrential rains, some 13.75 inches (35 cm) in two days, caused rivers in the region...

New weekly flight to Havana from Orlando starts July 8

May 6, 2015
New weekly flight to Havana from Orlando starts July 8 ORLANDO, USA -- On July 8, Island Travel & Tours Ltd will begin a new non-stop service between Orlando, Florida, and Havana, Cuba, with two flights a week, one each on Wednesdays and Sundays. Orlando is the entertainment capital of the southeast and a popular destination for Americans.

Commentary: A new momentum for the EU-Cuba relationship?

May 6, 2015
Commentary: A new momentum for the EU-Cuba relationship? On March 24, Ms Federica Mogherini, head of the European Union’s diplomatic initiatives, met with Cuban President Raul Castro and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Havana.[1] On her way back to Brussels, Ms Mogherini declared she hopes the EU and Cuba “will be able to sign an agreement...

InselAir to launch service to Havana

May 5, 2015
InselAir to launch service to Havana WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Starting July 3, 2015, InselAir, the largest Caribbean-based carrier, will start two flights per week, on Monday and Friday, to Havana, its 23rd destination. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at any InselAir ticket office, via InselAir’s Contact Center and via local travel agents.

Letter: If you think we should support Cuba and Venezuela - the 'CubVen Empire' - watch this video

May 5, 2015
Letter: If you think we should support Cuba and Venezuela - the 'CubVen Empire' - watch this video This is so important that everyone in the Caribbean should view the video embedded above. This is the confirmation of what I have told you about Venezuela. The stories I have told you about my being there and witnessing the slaughter of Venezuelan students by Cuban special forces in civilian attire.

Netherlands seeks to strengthen Caribbean ties

May 4, 2015
Netherlands seeks to strengthen Caribbean ties WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Dutch minister of foreign affairs, Bert Koenders, will visit the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom and three Latin American countries in the region from May 4 until the following Monday. He will in turn visit Aruba, Curacao, St Maarten, Cuba, Guatemala and Mexico.

Vamonos: Americans can't wait to get to Cuba

May 2, 2015
Vamonos: Americans can't wait to get to Cuba SAN FRANCISCO, USA -- Airbnb, the world's leading community driven hospitality company, has announced the results of a poll completed with YouGov showing that the gradual easing of travel restrictions is making Cuba a more attractive travel destination for Americans. Thirty percent of US adults...

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