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Why Cuba's brain drain looks different

May 17, 2017
Why Cuba's brain drain looks different COLLEGE PARK, USA -- Cuba is experiencing a brain drain, though it's not the kind that forecasters were predicting when the long-closed country began opening its borders. It's an internal brain drain, said Rebecca Bellinger, managing director of the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business...

Largest Cuban mining project nears completion

May 15, 2017
Largest Cuban mining project nears completion HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Castellanos Project, the largest Cuban mining investment located in the westernmost province of Pinar del Rio, will be operational in July. Cuban Vice-President Ramiro Valdes visited the site along with Energy and Mining Minister Alfredo Lopez, where they were...

Royal Caribbean opens first year-long program to Cuba

May 11, 2017
Royal Caribbean opens first year-long program to Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Royal Caribbean International cruise line is giving adventure-seekers more opportunities than ever to explore the island destination of Cuba with new sailings to Havana on Empress of the Seas. Royal Caribbean’s newly refreshed ship will sail 58 cruises of four- and five-night itineraries...

The ghost towns left behind by Cuba's shuttered sugar mills

May 10, 2017
The ghost towns left behind by Cuba's shuttered sugar mills The people's council of Gregorio Arleé Mañalich, in the western province of Mayabeque, is better known as el Central, which means sugar mill in Cuban Spanish. However, sugar harvest isn’t talked about there anymore. Twelve years ago, production at the mill was halted, and then came the dismantling.

Commentary: Cuban medical diplomacy: A developmental paradox

May 6, 2017
Commentary: Cuban medical diplomacy: A developmental paradox Although its role as a pariah state in the eyes of the US government has contributed to its underdevelopment as a nation, Cuba has emerged an unlikely victor in health care. The Cuban Revolution served as a catalyst for improved medical services and universal treatment on the island.

Millions of Cubans gather for traditional May Day parades

May 2, 2017
Millions of Cubans gather for traditional May Day parades HAVANA, Cuba -- Millions of Cubans gathered on Monday for the traditional May Day parades. Cuban President Raul Castro presided over the huge May Day march at Havana’s Revolution Square, along with Communist Party Politburo members. Raul Castro was accompanied by leaders of grassroots...

Bioelectric plant to be built in Cuban province of Ciego de Avila

May 2, 2017
Bioelectric plant to be built in Cuban province of Ciego de Avila HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) The foundation stone for the construction of a bioelectric plant in the central Cuban province of Ciego de Ávila, 423 kilometers from Havana, was laid last week. According to Invasor newspaper, the work is one of the strategic objectives in Ciego de Ávila for a cleaner, more diverse and...

A year later, fewer Americans are considering travel to Cuba

May 2, 2017
A year later, fewer Americans are considering travel to Cuba RICHMOND, USA -- A year since the US government's easing of travel restrictions to Cuba, an annual survey* by travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance is reporting that Americans are less interested in taking a trip to the country than in 2016. The 2017 survey showed that 40 percent...

Caribbean nationals among 76 criminal aliens arrested in Florida and Puerto Rico

May 1, 2017
Caribbean nationals among 76 criminal aliens arrested in Florida and Puerto Rico BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Nationals of a number of Caribbean countries are said to be among 76 criminal aliens arrested in Florida and Puerto Rico. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said its officers arrested 76 criminal aliens recently in an enforcement action targeting...

Lack of freedom of expression in Cuba criticised at human rights meeting

April 28, 2017
Lack of freedom of expression in Cuba criticised at human rights meeting WASHINGTON, USA (IAPA) -- Miguel Henrique Otero, editor of the Caracas, Venezuela, newspaper El Nacional, represented the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) at a meeting on Wednesday before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) in which he declared that "the changes in...

Delta plans additional daily nonstop service between Miami, Havana

April 25, 2017
Delta plans additional daily nonstop service between Miami, Havana Delta plans to expand its service between Miami and Havana, Cuba, offering an additional daily nonstop flight between the cities. Pending regulatory approval from the US Department of Transportation, Delta will begin operating this additional frequency by December 15, 2017. “Delta has established...

Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking, says UN rights expert

April 22, 2017
Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking, says UN rights expert HAVANA, Cuba -- A United Nations human rights expert has urged Cuba to consider introducing new legislation to ensure that everyone who falls victim to trafficking in persons can be identified and helped, and the authorities can take action against offenders. “Although cases of trafficking...

A plate of Cuban hospitality

April 20, 2017
A plate of Cuban hospitality “How long will you be in Cuba for?” Mario, a waiter at La Berenjena, in Viñales, asked. “Three weeks,” I said in between bites of their delicious black bean crepes. “Three weeks? Wow, that’s a lot of time here.” “Somehow, I don’t think it’s enough.” “Well, what are your plans for tomorrow?” he asked.

Spirit Airlines abandons Cuba service

April 19, 2017
Spirit Airlines abandons Cuba service FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- On Friday, Spirit Airlines cancelled its routes to Havana, Cuba, becoming the third airline after ultra-low cost carrier Frontier Airlines and regional airline Silver Airways to drop service to Cuba this spring. Last year, US airlines were allowed to begin offering scheduled...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Cuba's cautious transition to a new generation

April 15, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Cuba's cautious transition to a new generation In just under a year’s time, if President Castro keeps to his previously announced timetable, he will step down and cease to lead Cuba’s Council of State and Council of Ministers. Others in his generation are also expected to demit office.  Unless a constitutional change occurs, he will also cease...

Venezuela president arrives in Cuba for ALBA meeting

April 11, 2017
Venezuela president arrives in Cuba for ALBA meeting HAVANA, Cuba -- Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro arrived in Cuba’s capital Havana shortly after 9 pm on Sunday night to participate in Monday’s meeting of Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Treaty of Trade of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP).

Cuban scientists to present results of clinical trials of new drug

April 8, 2017
Cuban scientists to present results of clinical trials of new drug HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Experts from different branches of medicine in Cuba were on Thursday due to present the latest results of the application of Hebervital, a product of the Cuban biotechnology sector, in a national workshop in Havana. Hematologists, oncologists, orthopedists, dentists...

Cuban prisoner of conscience siblings released

April 7, 2017
Cuban prisoner of conscience siblings released HOLGUIN, Cuba -- A family of four human rights defenders were arrested in Holguín, south-east Cuba, following the death of Fidel Castro. Three siblings, who began a hunger strike on 7 March, have been set free under conditional release. Their mother, Maydolis Leyva Portelles, remains...

Cruises to Cuba on the rise

April 6, 2017
Cruises to Cuba on the rise HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- New arrivals of US cruise companies Pearl Seas, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruises took place during the first quarter of 2017 to Havana, which is in line with the projections of the development of such activity in Cuba. Norwegian Cruise Lines has announced it will...

Imprisoned human rights defenders in Cuba on hunger strike

April 1, 2017
Imprisoned human rights defenders in Cuba on hunger strike HAVANA, Cuba -- Two days after Fidel Castro’s death, a family of four human rights defenders were arrested in Holguín, south-east Cuba. They received a one-year sentence, and the three siblings are currently on hunger strike. Twin sisters Anairis and Adairis Miranda Leyva, their brother...

If you really want to know what's happening with tech in Cuba, read beyond the headlines

March 29, 2017
If you really want to know what's happening with tech in Cuba, read beyond the headlines HAVANA, Cuba -- “Cuba slashes Internet costs” … “Cuba signs deal with Google for faster internet access” … “Will Cuba embrace the Internet revolution?” These recent headlines from AFP, Al Jazeera and BBC, respectively, paint a picture of a society that after nearly six decades of dictatorship...

Cuban activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro

March 27, 2017
Cuban activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro LONDON, England -- A three-year sentence against the leader of a Christian pro-democracy movement after he criticized Fidel Castro is a stark illustration of ongoing restrictions to the right to free expression in Cuba, said Amnesty International. Dr Eduardo Cardet Concepción, leader of the Christian Liberation...

Cuba's special development zone attracts first Portuguese investment

March 27, 2017
Cuba's special development zone attracts first Portuguese investment HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A 5.6 million Euro construction and engineering project will be the first Portuguese investment action at the special development zone in the western Cuban harbour of Mariel. The project, with 100 percent Portuguese capital by the company called Engimov Caribe SA...

Cuban factory assembles first 7,000 tablets and laptops

March 25, 2017
Cuban factory assembles first 7,000 tablets and laptops HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Industrial Company for Informatics, Communications and Electronics (GEDEME by its Spanish acronym) in Havana has assembled the first 3,500 laptops and 3,583 tablets for Cuban government agencies and organizations. The initiative is part of an effort by the Cuban...

US Coast Guard repatriates 27 Cuban migrants

March 18, 2017
US Coast Guard repatriates 27 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton repatriated 27 Cuban migrants on Friday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. This repatriation is the result of a migrant interdiction near Key Largo on Sunday. The Coast Guard helped secure the US border and prevent this sea voyage from...

Cuba extends preferential tariffs to CARICOM member states

March 14, 2017
Cuba extends preferential tariffs to CARICOM member states HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – Cuba’s foreign trade and investment minister Rodrigo Malmierca has given Collin Granderson, assistant to the secretary general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), an agreement that extends the number of products with preferential tariffs. In an exclusive interview...

First major North American cruise brand travels to Cuba

March 10, 2017
First major North American cruise brand travels to Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Oceania Cruises made history on Thursday morning when its ship, Marina, pulled into Sierra Maestra cruise terminal in Havana, Cuba carrying 1,250 guests. On board for this historic event was Bob Binder, co-founder and CEO of Oceania Cruises, and Frank Del Rio, Cuban-born...

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