Cuba Headlines

Cuba News, Breaking News, Articles and Daily Information

Second Miami charter company says it is approved for Cuba flights

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Steve Huettel, Times Staff Writer.Friday, July 29, 2011. A Miami air charter company hopes to start selling tickets from Tampa International Airport to Havana next week. But ABC Charters can expect competition soon. Xael Charters, also based in Miami, announced Thursday that it also received authorization from the Cuban government this week to fly the Tampa-Havana route. Like ABC, Xael already operates charter flights, mostly for Cuban-Americans, from Miami to Havana and Holguin in eastern Cuba. Read More

Cuban Gov. Earmarks Nearly One Billion to Get Enterprises Into Shape

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (acn) The Cuban government recently allocated approximately $998 million Cuban Pesos (CUP) for the revitalization of a number of enterprises involved in the production of goods and services, to compensate the loss they have accumulated over the years and face their lack of liquidity. In presenting an update of the State budget before the Commission on Economic Affairs of the Cuban Parliament, for the first half of 2011, Minister of Finances and Prices Lina Pedraza said the ministries on the priority list are those of agriculture; food, light, basic and iron and steel industries; domestic commerce and construction. Read More

Head of Chinese Information Office in Cuba for Working Visit

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (acn) Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Marcelino Medina Gonzalez met Thursday with the Director of the Information Office of China, Wang Chen, who is visiting Cuba.During the meeting at the ministry's headquarters, both parties acknowledged the excellent state of bilateral relations and the Acting Minister said the Cuban government and people were open to further strengthen the ties between both countries, says a report by the Cuban Foreign Ministry. Read More

More Construction Materials for the Cuban People

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Raquel Maria Garcia Alvarez. 00:08Havana, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Government has reaffirmed that the amount and quality of construction materials to the population will be increased. The announcement was made during a meeting of the Permanent Committee on Industry and Construction Works prior to the plenary of the seventh period of sessions of the National Assembly of the People´s Power to be held as of August 1st. During her speech, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade Odalys Escandel admitted the need to overcome deficiencies in the work of that ministry regarding the sale of these materials. Read More

Venezuela, Cuba Lead Medals Table in ALBA Games

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Osmany González Tocabens. 10:24Caracas, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela and Cuba are leading the medals table of the 4th ALBA Games with 142 golds each, as the tournament entered its second to last day of competition on Friday. For the first time since the ALBA Games began on July 17, the host delegation was not alone at the top of the medals table. Read More

Cuban tourism up 10.6 percent, U.S. travel stable

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Marc Frank. HAVANA | Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:39am IST. HAVANA (Reuters) - The Cuban tourism industry performed strongly through June as arrivals from just about all travel providers increased and the number of U.S. visitors was stable, according to a government report released on Friday. Tourist arrivals during the first half of the year were 1.538 million, up 10.6 percent over the same period in 2010, the National Statistics Office reported on its website ( Read More

Racism is still an issue in Cuba

<p style="text-align: justify;">Friday, Jul. 29, 2011. Juan O. Tamayo. The Miami Herald. Each morning before the sun rises too high, Cubans gather at a shaded corner in central Havana, mingling as though at a cocktail party. The icebreaker is always the same: "What are you offering?" WASHINGTON — The Cuban government will soon cast a media spotlight on the issue of racism on the island, although some programs to improve the lives of black Cubans had to be cut because of economic restraints, a Havana official said Thursday. Read More

Cuban Parliamentarians Discuss Efficiency and Quality of Health Services

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (acn) The results of recent transformations in the Cuban health system in the interest of improving quality and efficiency, were analyzed on Friday by the members of the Sports and Health Commission of the Cuban National Assembly (Parliament) at Havana's Convention Center. Public Health Minister Roberto Morales explained that today's circumstances and the increase of cooperation with other sister nations led Cuba to re-organize its health services to maintain good quality levels and to reduce costs. Read More

Cuban-Americans fret over travel restrictions home

<p style="text-align: justify;">AP.By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ - AP Hispanic Affairs Writer. MIAMI (AP) — Sonia Rodriguez whipped up milk-and-espresso drinks at the Latin American Grill as talk turned to a new push in Congress to tighten restrictions on travel to Cuba. Like growing numbers of Cuban-Americans, she's worried about the U.S. reinstating strict limits on how often she can visit relatives and even how much money can be sent to loved ones on the island. Read More

Cuba visits by way of El Paso

<p style="text-align: justify;">By David Steinberg / Journal Staff Writer on Fri, Jul 29, 2011. Team Havana is a band from El Paso, but the main musical roots of its seven members are in the capital of Cuba. The members are from Havana, where salsa was everywhere. David Rodriguez, the leader of the band, said that some of the players learned to play the music as the children of percussionists. The other members, besides listening to the music around them, formally studied in music conservatories. Rodriguez himself studied the bass in school. Read More