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Cuban migrant boat turned away from Caymans despite rough seas

Cuban migrant boat turned away from Caymans despite rough seas
By Peter Polack
Reuters
5:58 p.m. EDT, August 28, 2014

GEORGE TOWN Cayman Islands (Reuters) – A small, homemade aluminum boat
carrying 16 Cuban migrants sought refuge from rough seas in Grand Cayman
on Thursday but local officials prevented a landing, citing a migration
agreement with Cuba.

Local law enforcement… Continue reading

One Ration Booklet, Different Bread Rolls

Cuba: One Ration Booklet, Different Bread Rolls
August 26, 2014
Jimmy Roque Martinez

HAVANA TIMES – Luckily, we still have a ration booklet in Cuba. In
addition to a monthly quota of rice, sugar, grains and a tiny allotment
of meat products, every person gets one bread roll a day.

Until some time ago, I thought everyone got the same… Continue reading

Students get rare opportunity to visit Cuba

Students get rare opportunity to visit Cuba
By William SchmidtOn August 26, 2014

With the control of Cuba falling into the hands of Fidel Castro in 1959,
Americans no longer had easy accessibility to visit the island. But in
May, a group of students were able to visit Cuba to see what a Latin
American socialist country looks like as… Continue reading

Official Press – Triumphalism, Blacklisting and Censorship

Official Press: Triumphalism, Blacklisting and Censorship / 14ymedio,
Yoani Sanchez
Posted on August 25, 2014

14YMEDIO, Havana, Yoani Sanchez, 22 August 2014 – The phone rings and
it’s a friend who works for a government publication. She’s content
because she’s published an article that attacks bureaucracy and
corruption. The young woman finished college two years ago and has been
working… Continue reading

Nearly 500,000 Cubans are self-employed

Nearly 500,000 Cubans are self-employed
Published August 25, 2014 EFE

The number of workers in Cuba’s private sector continues to rise, so by
the end of July there were 471,085 people working for themselves,
according to official data released Monday.

Almost 70 percent of those “autonomous” workers had no previous
employment, Trabajadores, the publication of Cuba’s official CTC labor
federation,… Continue reading

Caregiving exacerbates the burden for women in Cuba

Caregiving exacerbates the burden for women in Cuba
SUNDAY, 24 AUGUST 2014 19:28

HAVANA, Cuba–Hortensia Ramírez feels like she needs more hands to care
for her 78-year-old mother, who suffers from arteriosclerosis, do the
housework, and make homemade baked goods which she sells to support her
family.
She starts her day at 6:00am, putting the sheets that her mother wet… Continue reading

Redditch holiday maker receives £17k payout after dream Cuba trip left him sick and scared to eat out

Redditch holiday maker receives £17k payout after dream Cuba trip left
him sick and scared to eat out
Aug 24, 2014 15:55 By Anuji Varma

Paul Hughes is still suffering from stomach problems – three years after
the nightmare break

A holiday maker has received £17,000 compensation after a dream trip to
Cuba left him sick, in severe pain and… Continue reading

Authorities Seize a Shipment of Seafood Hidden in an Ambulance

Authorities Seize a Shipment of Seafood Hidden in an Ambulance / 14ymedio
Posted on August 22, 2014

14YMEDIO, Havana, 20 August 2014 – Cuban authorities recently seized a
shipment of 270 pounds of shrimp and 110 pounds of lobster being
transported hidden in an ambulance, the official newspaper Granma
reported in its edition of Tuesday 19 August.

The official organ… Continue reading

Nazdarovie – New retro-Soviet restaurant a nod to nostalgia for ties between Havana and Moscow

Nazdarovie: New retro-Soviet restaurant a nod to nostalgia for ties
between Havana and Moscow
Published August 23, 2014 Associated Press

In this Aug 20, 2014, photo, Matryoshka dolls and bottles of vodka sit
on display at the Nazdarovie restaurant during its pre-launch in Havana,
Cuba. Occupying the third story of a historic building on the seafront
Malecon boulevard, Nazdarovie is… Continue reading

Cuba struggles to attract investors despite reforms

Cuba struggles to attract investors despite reforms
BY MARC FRANK
HAVANA Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:29pm EDT

(Reuters) – Cuba has yet to attract new foreign investors despite
launching two major initiatives in the past year, a sign of the
lingering caution over doing business with the communist government and
its own hesitancy to follow through on free-market-style reforms.

Cuba… Continue reading

Cuba’s “Sandwich Generation” – Looking after the Sick and Elderly

Cuba’s “Sandwich Generation”: Looking after the Sick and Elderly
August 21, 2014
Irina Echarry

HAVANA TIMES — For six years, I lived with two elderly women (my
grandmother and her sister). It was the saddest time in my life that I
can recall.

The Special Period crisis had hit us hard and we didn’t have the
conditions needed to care… Continue reading

State Commissioner’s Cuba Trip Was Authorized On False Pretenses, Probe Concludes

State Commissioner’s Cuba Trip Was Authorized On False Pretenses, Probe
Concludes
Massachusetts Inspector General Says Connecticut Official Was
‘Ineligible’ For Trip Led By Ex-Trinity President Dobelle
By JON LENDER,
9:34 p.m. EDT, August 20, 2014

State Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Stephen B. Delaney and his wife
last year joined a delegation from Westfield State University on a trip
to Cuba… Continue reading

Cuba earns over 1 bln USD in tourism revenue in first half of 2014

Cuba earns over 1 bln USD in tourism revenue in first half of 2014
Aug 20,2014

HAVANA, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) — Revenues from international tourism reached
1.077 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of 2014, or 4 percent more
than that over the same period last year, Cuba’s National Statistics and
Information Bureau reported Tuesday.

The figure represented nearly… Continue reading

The Day the People of Havana Protested in the Streets

The Day the People of Havana Protested in the Streets / Ivan Garcia
Posted on August 18, 2014

1994 was an amazing year. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the
disappearance of the USSR had been the trigger for the beginning in Cuba
of the “Special Period in Times of Peace,” an economic crisis which
lasted for 25 years.… Continue reading

20 years ago, 35,000 ‘balseros’ fled Castro’s Cuba on anything that would float

20 years ago, 35,000 ‘balseros’ fled Castro’s Cuba on anything that
would float
By Fabiola Santiago, Miami Herald
Monday, August 18, 2014 2:55pm

When the tiny Guantánamo-bound jet took off from the Fort Lauderdale
airport, the door handle fell into my lap.

The handful of journalists on board laughed nervously, eyeing the ripped
roof cover and beat up seats of… Continue reading

Brochure Warns Travelers About New Customs Rules

Brochure Warns Travelers About New Customs Rules / 14ymedio
Posted on August 17, 2014

14YMedio, Havana, 16 August 2014 – As of this morning a brochure titled
“Customs Regulations Every Traveler Should Know” is on sale at all the
newsstands. This is the fourth edition which, at a price of 2 Cuban
pesos, includes the new customs regulations that will… Continue reading

Private Cafes Near the Airport Closed

Private Cafes Near the Airport Closed / 14ymedio
Posted on August 16, 2014

14YMedio – Half a dozen privately-owned snack cars and restaurants
across from Jose Marti International Airport Terminal 2 were ordered to
cease operations despite meeting all the tax, commercial and health
requirements imposed by law.

The measure affects the large number of people who come to this… Continue reading

Soy Yogurt Meant for Children Ends Up Feeding Pigs

Soy Yogurt Meant for Children Ends Up Feeding Pigs / Moises Leonardo
Rodriguez
Posted on August 15, 2014

ARTEMIS, Cuba, Moises Leonardo Rodriguez — Soy yogurt, the sale of which
is regulated and intended for children, was received in a spoiled state
over the last two weeks in the outlets in the town of Cabañas. In the
city of Mariel… Continue reading

Cuba – A country where toilet paper is rarer than partridge

16 August 2014 Last updated at 23:03 GMT

Cuba: A country where toilet paper is rarer than partridge
By Sarah Rainsford
BBC News, Havana

Years after the collapse of the USSR, Cuba remains a bastion of
communism, central planning… and shortages of basic goods. Anyone
returning from a trip abroad therefore takes as many of these as they
can carry… Continue reading

A revisit to the Cuban Balsero crisis and the people who found freedom in America

Posted on Saturday, 08.16.14

A revisit to the Cuban Balsero crisis and the people who found freedom in America
Miami Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago recalls the stories of Cuban refugees she met two decades ago in the Guantánamo camps and how they carved out new lives in America.
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO

When the tiny Guantánamo-bound jet took off from… Continue reading

Beer shortage and heatwave spells misery for Cubans

Beer shortage and heatwave spells misery for Cubans

Havana (AFP) – Cuba has been hit by a severe beer shortage during one of
its hottest summers on record, sparking hoarding and driving thirsty
drinkers to pay greatly inflated prices.

A sharp fall in production at the island’s main brewery, Bucanero, at
the beginning of the year has trickled its way… Continue reading

The End of the Cuban Rafters

The End of the Cuban Rafters
August 14, 2014
Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — Twenty years ago, a massive exodus of Cuban rafters –
some 35 thousand left the country – marked the beginning of the end for
this type of illegal emigration. Washington and Havana reached an
agreement whereby all Cubans captured at sea would be returned to the… Continue reading

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