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Commentary: The normalization of US-Cuba relations and immigration reform

July 27, 2016
Commentary: The normalization of US-Cuba relations and immigration reform On June 8, United States Coast Guard official Charles David Jr. repatriated 34 Cuban immigrants back to Cuba. This incident recapitulates the recent increase in Cuban immigration to the United States. At the root of this increase lie President Obama’s recent attempts to normalize...

Three charged in Florida with participating in Caribbean cell phone fraud scheme

July 25, 2016
Three charged in Florida with participating in Caribbean cell phone fraud scheme MIAMI, USA -- Criminal charges were unsealed on Friday against multiple defendants relating to their participation in a sophisticated global cell phone fraud scheme, involving the takeover or compromise of cell phone customers’ accounts and the “cloning” of their phones to make...

US Coast Guard repatriates 151 Cuban migrants

July 25, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 151 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 151 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since July 14. The Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore crew repatriated 60 Cuban migrants on Monday. The Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans crew repatriated 45 Cuban migrants, and....

Cuba and Dominican Republic to open 2017 Caribbean baseball series

July 25, 2016
Cuba and Dominican Republic to open 2017 Caribbean baseball series HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba will debut versus the Dominican Republic in the first game of the Caribbean Baseball Series that will take place from February 1 to 7, 2017, in the Mexican city of Culiacan. JIT sports publication stated that Cubans and Dominicans will face each other at...

Cuba's first e-commerce website under development

July 22, 2016
Cuba's first e-commerce website under development MIAMI, USA -- Fuego Enterprises, Inc., a diversified holdings company focused on business opportunities in Cuba and the United States, is positioning itself to enter what many predict will be the biggest market in the Caribbean: online classified ads and e-commerce in Cuba.

Federal Express gets green light for cargo flights to Cuba

July 21, 2016
Federal Express gets green light for cargo flights to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The US Department of Transportation has authorized Federal Express Company (FedEx) to offer cargo services to Cuba, thus becoming the first entity of its kind so far with the green light to carry out such operations. FedEx flights will fly to Cuba once a day from...

Jamaica close to multi-destination arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and Dominican Republic

July 21, 2016
Jamaica close to multi-destination arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and Dominican Republic OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica is close to finalising a multi-destination marketing arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Speaking in a recent interview, the minister said that an agreement has already...

US Coast Guard ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off BVI

July 18, 2016
US Coast Guard ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off BVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Coast Guard rescue crews ended a four-day search on Saturday for possible survivors of a migrant vessel, which reportedly capsized sometime between the night of July 9, 2016 and last Monday morning in waters between the British Virgin Islands and...

Venezuela oil production hits 13-year low

July 16, 2016
Venezuela oil production hits 13-year low CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela’s oil production fell to a 13-year low last month, declining by 170,000 barrels per day (bpd) since the start of 2016 to 2.18 million barrels per day (mb/d) in June, according to the latest oil market report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

US Coast Guard searches for possible survivors of capsized migrant vessel off the BVI

July 16, 2016
US Coast Guard searches for possible survivors of capsized migrant vessel off the BVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Coast Guard rescue crews were actively searching the waters between the British Virgin Islands and the Caribbean island of St Maarten on Thursday for possible survivors of a capsized migrant vessel. Two St Maarten and two Cuban migrants who...

US Coast Guard repatriates 33 Cuban migrants

July 16, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 33 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore repatriated 12 Cuban migrants on Tuesday and another 21 Cuban migrants on Friday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. These repatriations are a result of four separate migrant interdictions at sea within the last week.

Venezuela state oil company denies cutting exports to Cuba

July 15, 2016
Venezuela state oil company denies cutting exports to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Officials with Venezuela's state-run oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), have rejected allegations that the firm has reduced crude oil exports to Cuba. "There has not been any issue or reduction with the supply of Venezuelan oil to Cuba. There is a technical...

US congress seeks to strengthen embargo against Cuba

July 14, 2016
US congress seeks to strengthen embargo against Cuba WASHINGTON, USA (ACN) -- The US House of Representatives was the scene of a new maneuver by the anti-Cuban lobby that managed to include sanctions against the Caribbean nation in the 2017 House Financial Services and General Government Bill. Some representatives openly...

Cuban migrants apprehended on Mona Island

July 12, 2016
Cuban migrants apprehended on Mona Island AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border patrol agents on Sunday apprehended 14 Cuban migrants after landing in Mona Island. “We consistently convey our concern of how human smugglers leave migrants in Mona knowing the dangers involved,"...

CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana

July 9, 2016
CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 4 – 6, 2016, concluded on Wednesday. The prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings.

Venezuela slashes oil exports to Cuba

July 9, 2016
Venezuela slashes oil exports to Cuba CARACAS, Venezuela -- During the first half of this year, Venezuela's state-run oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has slashed its oil exports to Cuba, where some joint ventures and state-owned firms were recently ordered to reduce power usage as a result.

Alaska Airlines, Southwest and JetBlue approved to fly to Havana

July 9, 2016
Alaska Airlines, Southwest and JetBlue approved to fly to Havana WASHINGTON, USA -- The US Department of Transportation has approved applications from Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue to operate daily flights to destinations in Cuba. The airlines will be among the first US carriers to fly scheduled commercial flights to Cuba in more than...

Delta and United Airlines to commence historic nonstop service to Havana

July 8, 2016
Delta and United Airlines to commence historic nonstop service to Havana WASHINGTON, USA -- The US Department of Transportation on Thursday granted both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines permission to operate direct flights to Havana, Cuba. Delta Air Lines will begin flying to Havana this fall from New York-JFK, Atlanta and Miami. United will fly to Havana...

Eight St Kitts-Nevis students receive Cuban tertiary education scholarships

July 6, 2016
Eight St Kitts-Nevis students receive Cuban tertiary education scholarships BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The Cuban government who has awarded eight students from St Kitts and Nevis the opportunity to pursue tertiary studies in Cuba. The Cuban embassy hosted its annual scholarship awards ceremony on Friday July 1, 2016, moving forward with...

US Coast Guard repatriates 50 Cuban migrants

July 6, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 50 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore repatriated 50 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Tuesday. The 50 migrants repatriated were a result of five separate interdictions of chugs, or rustic vessels, in the Florida Straits in the last week.

US Coast Guard repatriates 63 Cuban migrants

July 4, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 63 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark repatriated 59 Cuban migrants on Thursday, and four Cuban migrants from the American Shoal Lighthouse case Friday, to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba.  The 59 migrants repatriated were a result of five separate interdictions.

US company takes over management of hotel in Havana

July 2, 2016
US company takes over management of hotel in Havana HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A US company has taken on, for the first time in over half a century, the management of a hotel in Havana, even though Washington continues to block investment and trade with Cuba. According to the website of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide...

US Coast Guard repatriates 103 Cuban migrants

June 28, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 103 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 103 Cuban migrants, including one migrant with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, within the past few days. The Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. crew repatriated 58 Cuban migrants on Saturday and...

Colombian government and rebel group FARC sign historic peace accord in Cuba

June 25, 2016
Colombian government and rebel group FARC sign historic peace accord in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Colombian government and the rebel group FARC-EP on Thursday signed in this the Cuban capital Havana a bilateral and definitive agreement on cease-fire and the cessation of hostilities, considered a key step to achieve peace in that nation, which has endured...

Cuba to build the largest tourist facility in the Caribbean

June 23, 2016
Cuba to build the largest tourist facility in the Caribbean HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba will sign a contract for the creation of a joint venture this year directed at the development of a golf complex in the province of Pinar del Rio that will be upon completion one of the largest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Yuslenia Saumell, business specialist...

US Coast Guard repatriates 73 Cuban migrants

June 23, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 73 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton repatriated 73 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Tuesday. These repatriations are a result of four separate migrant interdictions at sea within the last week in the south Florida Straits. In each instance...

Cuban coffee back in the US after more than fifty years

June 22, 2016
Cuban coffee back in the US after more than fifty years NEW YORK, USA -- Nespresso, a worldwide pioneer and reference in premium single-serve coffee, will bring back Cuban coffee to the United States for the first time in more than 50 years. Recent regulatory changes in the United States have allowed Nespresso to move forward.

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