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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...

A Cuban writes to Donald Trump

June 19, 2017
A Cuban writes to Donald Trump Donald Trump: Do you happen to know the meaning of dignity? The measures that you announced today, President Trump, are pathetic. As pathetic as that group of people who call themselves Cubans, and who gathered around the leader of another country to beg him to economically strangle their own.

Young Cuban technologists to study US entrepreneurship as interns in New York

June 19, 2017
Young Cuban technologists to study US entrepreneurship as interns in New York NEW YORK, USA -- With Cuban-American relations back front and center on the political agenda, four of Cuba’s best and brightest minds in technology and design have been selected to travel to the US and learn about American entrepreneurship in the heart of New York City’s startup scene.

Letter: Cuba-US: A speech to Miami

June 19, 2017
Letter: Cuba-US: A speech to Miami On June 16, as it was announced, Donald Trump visited the city of Miami and delivered a speech to an audience formed by the worst Cuban exiles, who had gathered at the Manuel Artime Theater to learn about the new measures that would be implanted against Cuba. It is interesting to analyze...

Cuba: Trump is insane, according to Einstein

June 17, 2017
Cuba: Trump is insane, according to Einstein MIAMI, USA -- A quote commonly attributed (rightly or wrongly) to Albert Einstein defines insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. On Friday, US President Donald Trump did exactly that by reverting to a sanctions policy in relation to Cuba that failed for 55 years.

Haiti to strengthen commercial ties with Cuba

June 17, 2017
Haiti to strengthen commercial ties with Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Haiti's minister of trade and industry, Pierre Marie Du Meny, said on Thursday that his country will strengthen its commercial ties with Cuba, according to a report from Prensa Latina News Agency. During a meeting with the Cuban ambassador to Haiti, Luis Castillo...

Cuba: The odd couple

June 15, 2017
Cuba: The odd couple MIAMI, USA -- As the #clustercovfefe that is the Trump presidency continues to stumble around the world, damaging decades-old relationships (perhaps beyond repair), making enemies of democracies and friends of dictators, the odd couple of US-Cuba policy is preparing, in the words of one...

French airline Corsair opens direct route to Havana from Paris

June 13, 2017
French airline Corsair opens direct route to Havana from Paris HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- With the arrival of its first flight ever from Paris to Havana last Thursday, the French airline Corsair opened a new route to the Caribbean. Twice a week, Thursdays and Saturdays, Corsair aircraft will land in Havana, with plans to expand the frequency, according to Pascal de Izaguirre...

Trump expected to announce new Cuba policies on Friday

June 12, 2017
Trump expected to announce new Cuba policies on Friday MIAMI, USA -- US President Donald Trump will reportedly visit Miami on Friday to announce he will tighten restrictions on travel to and doing business with Cuba, fulfilling mixed but evolving campaign promises to reverse changes made by former President Barack Obama since December 2014.

Another foreign company fined for breaking US trade embargo of Cuba

June 10, 2017
Another foreign company fined for breaking US trade embargo of Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has fined the American Honda Finance Corporation (AHFC) US$87,255 for violating US regulations that are part of the trade embargo against Cuba. According to a document published on the US Treasury...

Thank you, Cuba: A country of changing tides

June 10, 2017
Thank you, Cuba: A country of changing tides Salsa dancing, white sand beaches and communism. What do all three of these things have in common? Yep, you guessed it. Cuba. A nation, despite only having a population of 11 million people (for context, New York City has eight million people), which has had, and continues to have, a large impact.

Letter: Will Trump apply the Vietnam formula to Cuba?

June 10, 2017
Letter: Will Trump apply the Vietnam formula to Cuba? I recently published in El Heraldo a report from the International Policy Research Center (CIPI) on his visit to the United States on April 20 and 21 of Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, invited by President Donald Trump. The purpose of the publication of this report was precisely that...

Most luxurious hotel in Cuba officially opens

June 9, 2017
Most luxurious hotel in Cuba officially opens HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The first five-star plus hotel in Cuba, Manzana Kempinski, was officially opened on Wednesday afternoon, in the presence of Cuban minister of tourism Manuel Marrero. The six-story building with 246 rooms is located in the heart of Havana, across from the Central Park.

First solo kayak passage to be attempted from Cuba to Key West

June 9, 2017
First solo kayak passage to be attempted from Cuba to Key West SAN FRANCISCO, USA -- Oru Kayak, makers of the original origami-inspired folding kayak, is leading an attempt at completing the first solo kayak passage from Cuba to Key West. In July, a small crew of solo kayakers led by Oru Kayak will set out from Havana, Cuba, with compasses set on Key West.

Bipartisan coalition in US Senate introduces major legislation to lift Cuba trade embargo

June 8, 2017
Bipartisan coalition in US Senate introduces major legislation to lift Cuba trade embargo WASHINGTON, USA -- Following the recent reintroduction of the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act by a bipartisan group of US senators, a similar bipartisan coalition of senators has introduced legislation – The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017 – to eliminate legal barriers for Americans doing...

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