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'Positive and respectful atmosphere' in Cuba-US talks

February 28, 2015
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...

International long distance carrier opens door to direct US-Cuba connections

February 21, 2015
International long distance carrier opens door to direct US-Cuba connections NEWARK, USA -- IDT Corporation, a leading provider of international telephony and payment services and the largest US based carrier of international long distance calls, has reached an agreement with Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba SA (ETECSA), Cuba’s national telecom provider...

US House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi heads delegation to Cuba

February 19, 2015
US House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi heads delegation to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- US House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi arrived in Cuba on Tuesday, heading a congressional delegation, which is the first official House of Representatives delegation to the country since Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced the beginning of...

Poll finds US Hispanics support new Cuba policy

February 19, 2015
Poll finds US Hispanics support new Cuba policy BOCA RATON, USA -- Hispanics earning the highest incomes were most likely to support lifting the US embargo with Cuba and were most optimistic that it would lead to regime change, according to the latest survey conducted by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative.

US senators highlight trade potential with Cuba

February 18, 2015
US senators highlight trade potential with Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- US Senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Mark Warner of Virginia highlighted at a press conference in Havana on Tuesday morning the potential of trade relations between Cuba and the United States. Klobuchar, McCaskill and Warner...

Letter: HSBC in Switzerland - naming names

February 18, 2015
Letter: HSBC in Switzerland - naming names Maintaining a Swiss bank account isn’t illegal and doesn’t necessarily indicate that the account holder is doing anything wrong. Still, the immense quantities of money being held offshore by individuals and government entities from the Caribbean and South America, which all struggle with...

US migration policy toward Cuba is outdated, says Los Angeles Times

February 16, 2015
US migration policy toward Cuba is outdated, says Los Angeles Times HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The migration policy of the United States toward Cuba, forged in the crucible of the Cold War, is outdated, and the US Congress should review the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), says an editorial published on Friday by the Los Angeles Times. Like the commercial embargo...

Turkey interested in investing in Cuba

February 14, 2015
Turkey interested in investing in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Turkish economic minister Nihat Zeybekci has expressed his country’s intensions to invest in the special economic zone located in the western port of Mariel in Cuba and stressed the opportunities for commercial exchange, especially in the areas of tourism, transportation...

JetBlue adds additional Cuba charter flight

February 13, 2015
JetBlue adds additional Cuba charter flight NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways, the largest airline to the Caribbean, has announced an agreement with its partner, ABC Charters, to add a new charter flight to Cuba beginning this summer. The weekly flight, which begins on June 5, will operate on Fridays from Tampa (TPA) to Havana (HAV).

Netflix now available in Cuba but can anyone afford or access it?

February 11, 2015
Netflix now available in Cuba but can anyone afford or access it? LOS GATOS, USA -- Starting on Monday, people in Cuba with internet connections and access to international payment methods are now able to subscribe to Netflix and watch a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows. However, the expansion is largely symbolic because, although...

Cuba beats Mexico to capture Caribbean Series baseball title

February 10, 2015
Cuba beats Mexico to capture Caribbean Series baseball title SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AIN) -- The Cuban team made history on Sunday in the 2015 Caribbean baseball series in San Juan, Puerto Rico, defeating Tomateros of Culiacan (Mexico) by a 3-2 margin to win its eighth crown in this competition. Right-hander Yosvani Torres claimed victory...

'Classroom under Sail' arrives in Cuba

February 9, 2015
'Classroom under Sail' arrives in Cuba PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba (ACN) -- After several months of travel, the 36 crew members of the German three-mast topsail schooner Thor Heyerdahl arrived in Pinar del Río, Cuba, where they will remain until Wednesday. The vessel is the floating campus of Classroom under Sail.

Bahamas could be bridge between Cuba and Caribbean, says economist

February 6, 2015
Bahamas could be bridge between Cuba and Caribbean, says economist NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas should not be afraid of a potential influx of Cuban migrants and should consider adopting a more relaxed immigration policy as Cuba eases its diplomatic relations with the US, according to an internationally renowned economist. Economist and journalist David McWilliams...

Jamaica intensifies targeting of Cuban market

February 5, 2015
Jamaica intensifies targeting of Cuban market KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is strengthening its efforts to target the Cuban market for export through its Caribbean and Latin American market development strategy. The agency officially started its programme this year with the ‘Exporting to Cuba’ workshop.

Development organisation sending first volunteers to Cuba

February 5, 2015
Development organisation sending first volunteers to Cuba ST PAUL, USA -- In a landmark move, Global Volunteers announced that teams of short-term volunteers will begin work on long-term human and economic development projects in Cuba beginning in May 2015. Americans of all ages and backgrounds are joining two-week service programs.

Commentary: American changes on Cuba: Bad news or good news? (with video)

February 3, 2015
Commentary: American changes on Cuba: Bad news or good news? (with video) President Barack Obama has just now opened up channels for future dialogue with the Communist Republic of Cuba. Most people should have a cursory understanding of the Cuban/American diplomatic, political and economic standoff by now. But as tensions cool now to a new generation of...

Letter: If the Cold War is over...

February 2, 2015
Letter: If the Cold War is over... If the Cold War is over, why, then, is Professor Ryan beating up on Fidel Castro and Raul Castro? Why has he become the mouthpiece of the minority Cuban exiles in Miami who oppose the revolution? First of all, Professor Ryan is incorrect by asserting that Fidel and Raul hijacked the Cuban Revolution.

Cuba to host Ernest Hemingway marlin tournament in May

February 2, 2015
Cuba to host Ernest Hemingway marlin tournament in May HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Ernest Hemingway International Marlin Fishing Tournament, which promises to break attendance records in its 65th edition, will be held on May 25-30 in Havana, Cuba. Carlos Garcia, president of the business group of nautical clubs and marinas, Marlin SA, noted that...

Travelers can now search for Cuba flight and hotel information

January 31, 2015
Travelers can now search for Cuba flight and hotel information STAMFORD, USA -- KAYAK users can now search hotel and flight information for Cuba. KAYAK is the first of the major online travel agencies and travel search engines to show comprehensive flight and hotel search information for Cuba. More than 300 hotels in Cuba will be searchable on the site.

Major US airlines and credit card companies ready to operate in Cuba

January 30, 2015
Major US airlines and credit card companies ready to operate in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- US companies such as American Airlines and American Express have expressed their expectations about operating in Cuba following the reestablishment of relations between Washington and Havana. American Airlines president Scott Kirby said on Tuesday that...

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