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Baseball diplomacy finds its place in US-Cuba relations

April 2, 2015
Baseball diplomacy finds its place in US-Cuba relations NEW ROCHELLE, USA -- Following Eric Nadel's much applauded Baseball in Cuba tour in December 2014, die-hard baseball fans have an extra reason to cheer. Since President Obama's loosening of travel restrictions to the once off limits neighbouring island, travel to Cuba for sports reasons...

CARICOM science delegation to visit Cuba

March 28, 2015
CARICOM science delegation to visit Cuba ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) science delegation is to visit Cuba in an effort to strengthen technology links between the region and its Spanish speaking neighbour. The delegation will be headed by Professor Harold Ramkissoon, chairman of CARICOM Science...

One million tourists visited Cuba so far this year

March 24, 2015
One million tourists visited Cuba so far this year HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba has already been visited by one million foreign vacationers this year, which is considered a record figure for the Caribbean destination, according to the Cuban tourism ministry. The figure was reported on Saturday, 11 days before a similar number of tourists...

US State Department acknowledges Cuban anti-drug policy and results

March 23, 2015
US State Department acknowledges Cuban anti-drug policy and results HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) In its annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, the US State Department has acknowledged that, despite Cuba´s geographical position between main illegal drug producers in the hemisphere and the US market, the island is not a significant consumer...

ALBA nations urge US president to repeal executive order against Venezuela

March 19, 2015
ALBA nations urge US president to repeal executive order against Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela (ACN) -- The member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) have asked the United States and President Barack Obama to repeal the executive order issued against Venezuela, describing it as a threat to sovereignty.

Cuba-US talks resume in Havana

March 18, 2015
Cuba-US talks resume in Havana HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Representatives of Cuba and the United States met in Havana on Monday as part of bilateral negotiations to reestablish bilateral diplomatic relations. Just two weeks after the latest round of talks, which took place in Washington DC, the delegations met in the Cuban capital.

Cuban journalist arrested in police raid on home

March 18, 2015
Cuban journalist arrested in police raid on home PARIS, France (RSF) -- Reporters Without Borders has condemned the arbitrary detention of José Leonel Silva Guerrero, correspondent in the south-western town of Gibara in Cuba for the Hablemos Press news agency, who was violently arrested in a police raid on his home on 11 March.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to be realistic about Cuba

March 14, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to be realistic about Cuba Over the last two months an extraordinary level of interest has emerged in accelerating engagement with Cuba. From the tourists who ‘want to see it before it changes’ to governments concerned that their longer-term interests are protected. For the most part there is little realism, understanding, or...

ALBA ambassadors in Cuba express support for Venezuela

March 13, 2015
ALBA ambassadors in Cuba express support for Venezuela HAVANA, Cuba -- The ambassadors of the member nations of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) accredited to Cuba, expressed on Tuesday in Havana their unconditional support for the government of Venezuela in its faceoff with the United States.

Cuba and US re-establish direct telephone links for the first time in 15 years

March 13, 2015
Cuba and US re-establish direct telephone links for the first time in 15 years HAVANA, Cuba -- A direct telephone interconnection between the US and Cuba has been established for the first time in 15 years, initially to service international voice calls, as set out in a services agreement signed between Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba SA (ETECSA) and an...

Cuba supports Venezuela against US sanctions

March 12, 2015
Cuba supports Venezuela against US sanctions HAVANA, Cuba -- The Cuban government has issued a statement in support of Venezuela following an executive order signed by US President Barack Obama describing the South American nation a threat to US national security. The Cuban statement said that the US order sounds difficult to believe.

First online travel agency offers to book flights to Cuba

March 12, 2015
First online travel agency offers to book flights to Cuba CALABASAS, USA -- CheapAir has become the first online travel agency to enable US travelers to book flights between the US and Cuba. Earlier this year, President Obama announced new regulations that ease the US's longtime travel ban to Cuba, making it easier for Americans to travel to...

Large Cuban business mission attends Panamanian trade fair

March 10, 2015
Large Cuban business mission attends Panamanian trade fair HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Some 30 Cuban entrepreneurs from different economic sectors will attend Panama’s Expocomer Trade Fair from March 11-15, which this year marks the 100th anniversary of the local Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, (CCIAP), the main Panamanian...

Cuba ratifies its support of PetroCaribe

March 9, 2015
Cuba ratifies its support of PetroCaribe CARACAS, Venezuela (ACN) -- Cuban first vice-president Miguel Diaz-Canel ratified his country’s determination to keep working towards the further development of the PetroCaribe regional program during the ninth summit of that bloc, held on Friday in Caracas, Venezuela.

Challenges for Cuba as a tourist destination for 2015

March 6, 2015
Challenges for Cuba as a tourist destination for 2015 Havana, Cuba -- As 2015 begins with a rapid increase in the amount of visitors to the island, Cuba demonstrated its development in the tourism industry at important fairs in Europe with challenges to the growing number of vacationers to the Caribbean destination.

US agriculture representatives explore business opportunities in Cuba

March 4, 2015
US agriculture representatives explore business opportunities in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Representatives of an agricultural organization in the United States are visiting Cuba to explore the opportunities the Caribbean nation offers in agribusiness, with the purpose of establishing bilateral commercial exchanges, limited for over 50 years due to the US trade embargo.

Commentary: Will the US-Cuban rapprochement affect the relationship between the EU and Cuba?

March 3, 2015
Commentary: Will the US-Cuban rapprochement affect the relationship between the EU and Cuba? The European Union (EU), which has been working to normalize its ties with Cuba since 2010, defined the announcement of the reestablishment of the United States-Cuban relations as a “historical turning point.”1 The EU foreign affairs head, Ms Frederica Mogherini said that “another wall has...

Cuba and US to expand technical meetings in coming weeks

March 2, 2015
Cuba and US to expand technical meetings in coming weeks WASHINGTON, USA -- Cuba and the United States will hold workshops on new topics of common interest such as telecommunications, marine protected areas and human rights, the head of the Cuban delegation to the Cuba-US talks, Josefina Vidal, said at a press conference.

Letter: Scientific Socialism

March 2, 2015
Letter: Scientific Socialism I read with great interest the excellent letter in Caribbean News Now from Nigel X. Huggins entitled “The path to modern day scientific socialism in the Caribbean”. It is perfectly true that most of us are unaware of being led into a better life, myself included. Now Nigel has made us aware.

'Positive and respectful atmosphere' in Cuba-US talks

February 28, 2015
'Positive and respectful atmosphere' in Cuba-US talks WASHINGTON, USA (ACN) -- Talks between Cuba and the United States continue under a positive, constructive and respectful atmosphere, Juan Jacomino, spokesman at the Cuban Interests Section in the United States told the Cuban News Agency. "Positions on the issues to be defined...

US rock band plays in Cuba

February 28, 2015
US rock band plays in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- The US rock band, The Dead Daisies, recently arrived in Cuba and are in the midst of their cultural exchange as guests of the Cuban ministry of culture, Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban Rock Agency. Arriving last Sunday, the rock stalwarts held a press conference...

Letter: The path to modern day scientific socialism in the Caribbean

February 28, 2015
Letter: The path to modern day scientific socialism in the Caribbean Most Caribbeans are unaware that their governments are gradually leading them into a better life, a life of equality and better times. It’s only a socialist government that can take you there; it’s only a socialist government that can carry the flag on your behalf. Remarkable leaders like Ralph E. Gonsalves...

Cuban delegation arrives in Washington for second round of talks

February 27, 2015
Cuban delegation arrives in Washington for second round of talks WASHINGTON, USA (ACN) -- A Cuban delegation, headed by Josefina Vidal, director of the United States division of the Cuban foreign ministry, has arrived in Washington for the second round of talks between Cuba and the US. According to Granma newspaper, this round will give continuity to...

US Supreme Court rules in favour of Cuba tobacco company

February 26, 2015
US Supreme Court rules in favour of Cuba tobacco company HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A ruling this week by the US Supreme Court favoured Cuba in litigation that has been underway for several years against an American company, which was marketing Dominican Republic cigars under the Cuban brand Cohiba. The court declined to consider an appeal...

Tourism on the rise in Cuba in January

February 24, 2015
Tourism on the rise in Cuba in January HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Though the official figures have not yet been released, there is reportedly a noticeable increase in the flow of international tourists who last month travelled to Cuba, a destination that reached three million visitors for the first time in 2014. Maria del Carmen Orellana...

Record low temperature in Cuba for February

February 23, 2015
Record low temperature in Cuba for February HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Cuban Institute of Meteorology reported that early Friday morning it registered a temperature of one degree Celsius (33.8oF) in the town of Union Reyes, in western Matanzas province, the lowest temperature ever recorded in Cuba for the month of February.

Other areas of study in Cuba being considered for Barbadian students

February 23, 2015
Other areas of study in Cuba being considered for Barbadian students BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbadians may soon be able to access scholarships to Cuba to study areas other than medicine. This follows a call from minister of education, science, technology and innovation, Ronald Jones, to Cuban ambassador to Barbados, Francisco Fernández Peña...

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