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Real estate and construction industry leaders meet in Cuba to discuss new opportunities

July 8, 2017
Real estate and construction industry leaders meet in Cuba to discuss new opportunities HAVANA, Cuba – RICS, a global professional body that promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, property and construction, recently led a three-day study tour to Havana, Cuba, gathering more than...

Commentary: The saga and bravura of Haitian migrants

July 8, 2017
Commentary: The saga and bravura of Haitian migrants I was recently at the Toussaint Louverure airport in Port au Prince, Haiti, departing for New York City; the real action was not with JetBlue or American Airlines passengers leaving for the Big Apple but with the LAN airline transporting Haitian migrants to Chile. It looked like a well organized conspiracy orchestrated...

Cuban opposition activist in maximum security prison

July 7, 2017
Cuban opposition activist in maximum security prison HAVANA, Cuba -- Jorge Cervantes García, a member of the political opposition group the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unión Patriótica de Cuba, UNPACU), was detained on 23 May in Las Tunas, central-eastern Cuba. Weeks before, UNPACU published on its YouTube channel a video called “Horrors in jail”...

Letter: Insulin: Cuba vs. US

July 7, 2017
Letter: Insulin: Cuba vs. US With reference to the letter published in your issue of July 1 from Dr Nestor Garcia Iturbe regarding a comparison between Cuba and the United States where insulin treatment for diabetes is concerned, he states that, whereas in Cuba it costs only cents per month because the government subsidises...

US-Cuba: Ignorance and apathy on both sides

July 6, 2017
US-Cuba: Ignorance and apathy on both sides HOLGUIN, Cuba -- Last month’s announcement by US President Donald Trump of new foreign policy measures aimed at Cuba and influenced by Florida Senator Marco Rubio (the Trubio Doctrine) is characterised by ignorance and apathy on both sides of the Florida Straits. Trump is apparently ignorant...

Former prisoners of conscience still intimidated in Cuba

July 5, 2017
Former prisoners of conscience still intimidated in Cuba HOLGUIN, Cuba -- Three siblings sentenced to one-year in prison for allegedly leaving their house during the state mourning following Fidel Castro´s death, are on hunger strike after being harassed and intimidated in Cuba since their conditional release in April.  Their sentences should be...

Cuban anti-diabetic foot ulcer drug produces more good results

July 5, 2017
Cuban anti-diabetic foot ulcer drug produces more good results PINAR DEL RÍO, Cuba (ACN) -- The ongoing use of Heberprot-P, a drug developed in Cuba for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, has produced more good results in Pinar del Río province, which in the current year has reported only two amputations. This figure reflects the efforts of a...

Caribbean credit unions want a greater role in regional development

July 3, 2017
Caribbean credit unions want a greater role in regional development VARADERO BEACH, Cuba -- Caribbean credit unions are more alive and active and can play a greater role in national and regional development, but that much is either not known or recognized by the region's government's -- and they want to change that. That's the word from the president of the...

Letter: Cuba's right to sovereignty

July 3, 2017
Letter: Cuba's right to sovereignty For over two decades, Antigua and Barbuda has enjoyed cordial relations with Cuba. Further, the United Progressive Party shares a special bond with the government and people of Cuba. For these reasons, we wish to place on record our solidarity with our Cuban brothers and sisters.

Cuban economy performs as forecast in first six months of 2017

July 1, 2017
Cuban economy performs as forecast in first six months of 2017 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban minister of economy and planning, Ricardo Cabrisas, reported to the Council of Ministers that, during the first six months of 2017, the country’s economy has performed as expected. Cabrisas said that, in order to meet the 2017 plan, they continue taking measures to...

Letter: Cuba-US: Interesting information on medical treatment

July 1, 2017
Letter: Cuba-US: Interesting information on medical treatment Recently I was reading an article, dated June 25th of this year, from the publication "Beat the Press Weekly Roundup", written by Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Political Research (CEPR), which is located in Washington, DC. The title of the article caught my attention.

US-Cuba policy: 'The mother of all blunders'

June 30, 2017
US-Cuba policy: 'The mother of all blunders' WASHINGTON, USA -- An in-depth analysis prepared by US intelligence and foreign policy experts has concluded that the failed US approach of refusing to engage in a constructive relationship with the government in Havana and the 55-year trade and financial embargo imposed on Cuba...

Cuba and New Zealand to strengthen bilateral ties

June 30, 2017
Cuba and New Zealand to strengthen bilateral ties HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla and his counterpart from New Zealand, Gerry Brownlee, expressed interest on Wednesday in Havana in strengthening bilateral relations in the political and economic sectors. Rodriguez, who welcomed the top diplomat...

Southwest Airlines to consolidate Cuba service with focus on Havana

June 29, 2017
Southwest Airlines to consolidate Cuba service with focus on Havana DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines has announced that it will concentrate its future service to Cuba in Havana (HAV) and will cease operations in both Varadero (VRA) and Santa Clara (SNU) at the end of day on Monday, September 4, 2017.  Southwest currently serves Havana twice daily nonstop.

US Coast Guard transfers 11 Cuban migrants to The Bahamas

June 28, 2017
US Coast Guard transfers 11 Cuban migrants to The Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge crew interdicted 11 Cuban migrants on Sunday within Bahamas territorial waters, southeast of Cay Sal Island.  The migrants were transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo and were then transferred on Tuesday to Bahamas Immigration.

Commentary: Trump takes two steps back on normalization with Cuba

June 27, 2017
Commentary: Trump takes two steps back on normalization with Cuba On June 16, President Trump tightened Cuba travel and trade restrictions that had been liberalized under the Obama administration. On the surface this may look like a minor roll back of the normalization process, but Trump has derailed an otherwise modest welcome change in a US Cuba...

Aruba Airlines eyes the Guyana market

June 26, 2017
Aruba Airlines eyes the Guyana market GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Aruba Airlines plans to commence daily flights between Aruba and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana from July 7.  The CJIA's US$200 million modernization and expansion project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. However, the government...

Minnesota lieutenant governor favours improved Cuba-US ties

June 26, 2017
Minnesota lieutenant governor favours improved Cuba-US ties HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Minnesota's Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith said on Thursday in Havana that she favours the development of US-Cuba relations and opposes the new policy towards the island. During a press conference at the Hotel Nacional, the US politician reiterated the commitment...

CHTA wants better US-Cuba relations

June 26, 2017
CHTA wants better US-Cuba relations MIAMI, USA -- The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) said it regrets the recent US reversal of its travel policies on Cuba and the likely effects on the socio-economic development of Cuba and the wider Caribbean region.  The Association continues to support the ending of the US-Cuba...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The broader implications of Washington's new Cuba policy

June 26, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: The broader implications of Washington's new Cuba policy On June 16, speaking in Miami, President Trump announced measures reversing aspects of his predecessor’s policy of normalising relations with Cuba. Although the changes seem minimal, the content of the accompanying presidential directive and the president’s remarks suggest new uncertainties...

Spanish hotel group invests in city hotels in central Cuba

June 23, 2017
Spanish hotel group invests in city hotels in central Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Melia Hotels International, with 27 years of operations in Cuba, including Camagüey province, has signed a contract for managing the Gran Hotel, Colón Hotel and Camagüey Hotel, three iconic facilities in Camagüey. Operated thus far by Islazul, a local firm, which will...

Letter: Cuba-US: Obama, Trump, everyone is the same

June 23, 2017
Letter: Cuba-US: Obama, Trump, everyone is the same When many comrades refer to the infamous speech of Donald Trump on June 16, they apparently do not consider that Obama and all presidents that preceded them maintained the policy of trying to destroy the Cuban Revolution and that, within that policy, many times referred to different aspects...

St Vincent PM meets with Cuban president

June 22, 2017
St Vincent PM meets with Cuban president HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban President Raul Castro met on Monday afternoon with the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves, who was in Cuba on a working visit. During the meeting the two leaders noted the progress in bilateral relations and welcomed the recent...

St Vincent PM calls for regional condemnation of US reversal of Cuba policy

June 21, 2017
St Vincent PM calls for regional condemnation of US reversal of Cuba policy VARADERO BEACH, Cuba -- St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has called on Caribbean governments and regional credit unions to loudly condemn US President Donald Trump’s reversal of recent positive advances in US-Cuba relations started by his...

New poll shows Floridians favour Obama over Trump on Cuba policy

June 21, 2017
New poll shows Floridians favour Obama over Trump on Cuba policy BOCA RATON, USA -- Floridians support former US President Barack Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba over President Donald Trump's recent decision to restrict those relations, according to a statewide survey by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling...

US in no position to lecture us, says Cuban government

June 19, 2017
US in no position to lecture us, says Cuban government HAVANA, Cuba -- Following US President Donald Trump's announcement on Friday that he is reversing the Obama administration's steps to normalize relations with Cuba, the Cuban government said in a 1,400-word statement published by the Cuban News Agency that the US is in no position...

Tropical systems continue to strengthen

June 19, 2017
Tropical systems continue to strengthen MIAMI, USA -- Two tropical systems currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami continued to strengthen on Sunday, with a corresponding increase in the likelihood of cyclone formation. Showers and thunderstorms continue to show signs of organization in...

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