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Poliquin, Pingree want to let Cuba-bound planes refuel in Maine

Poliquin, Pingree want to let Cuba-bound planes refuel in Maine
By Darren Fishell, BDN Staff

Posted April 27, 2016, at 4:19 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s U.S. Reps. Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree
have introduced a bill in Congress to allow planes bound for Cuba to
stop and refuel at U.S. airports, such as Bangor International Airport.

In a joint… Continue reading

This is the future – Cuba – broken country Malema wants to replicate in SA

This is the future: Cuba – broken country Malema wants to replicate in SA

Before relocating to Germany, Melanie Sergeant was one of South Africa’s
leading financial journalists. Sister to famous investigative writer and
author Barry, she now writes under her married name of Haape, Melanie
visited Cuba this month – partly to see what lies in wait for South… Continue reading

Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

Why the Zika virus is causing alarm
REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE

– Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus
behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to
many countries in the Americas.

The following are some questions and answers about the virus and current
outbreak:

How do people become infected?

Zika is… Continue reading

Timeline: Zika’s origin and global spread

Timeline: Zika’s origin and global spread
Reuters
April 26, 2016

April 25 (Reuters) – – The following timeline charts the origin and
spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago:

1947: Scientists researching yellow fever in Uganda’s Zika Forest
identify the virus in a rhesus monkey

1948: Virus recovered from Aedes africanus mosquito in Zika Forest… Continue reading

US customs prepares for more international flights in Keys

US customs prepares for more international flights in Keys
Published on April 18, 2016

MARATHON, Fla. – A new customs checkpoint is opening at Florida Keys
airport in preparation for more traffic involving the island chain and
Cuba and other international destinations.

According to a statement from the Monroe County Board of Commissioners,
the new Customs and Border Protection facility… Continue reading

Quebec wants to open a permanent office in Cuba

Quebec wants to open a permanent office in Cuba
‘We have to seize moment,’ says International Relations Minister
Christine St-Pierre
By Ryan Hicks, CBC News Posted: Apr 18, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated:
Apr 18, 2016 6:45 AM ET

Quebec wants to seize the opportunity presented by the thawing of
diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States to… Continue reading

U.S. rapprochement with Cuba creating investment window for Canada: ambassador

U.S. rapprochement with Cuba creating investment window for Canada:
ambassador
Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
March 31, 2016

MONTREAL – Cuba’s rapprochement with the United States is creating a
window of opportunity for Canadian business to invest in the island
country, its ambassador said Wednesday.

Ambassador Julio Garmendia Pena said that despite decades of friendly
relations between… Continue reading

Encuentran muerto a turista canadiense en Cuba

Encuentran muerto a turista canadiense en Cuba
El veterano policía y otras 30 personas fueron de viaje a la isla para
bucear, almorzar y pasear por la playa.
Martinoticias.com
marzo 29, 2016

El canadiense Mark Stachurski, de 56 años de edad, veterano de la
policía y padre de dos hijos, fue encontrado sin vida en Cayo Saetía el
19 de… Continue reading

Flights to Cuba Are Getting Cheaper

Flights to Cuba Are Getting Cheaper
By Tom Burson | March 29, 2016 | 11:55am

Looks like the warming of relations between the U.S. and Cuba could spur
something beyond
cheap cigars and rum: flights to Cuba are about to get ridiculously cheap.

According to research by Hopper, flight prices from the U.S. to Cuba
could drop by 50 percent… Continue reading

5 myths about Cuba

5 myths about Cuba
Christopher Sabatini

President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba this past week returned
U.S. and world attention to the small Caribbean island of 11 million
people and the long, curious history between it and the United States.
It’s hard to think of a similarly sized country that has had such a
memorable, tumultuous, often romantic hold… Continue reading

Western Union Expands in Cuba – Connects the World

Western Union Expands in Cuba: Connects the World
For the first time Western Union to move money into Cuba from beyond
U.S. borders
March 21, 2016 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU),
a leader in global payments services, announced today that it will
launch remittance services from across the world into Cuba following… Continue reading

The Cuba Thaw Will Be Big for America’s Frozen Chickens

The Cuba Thaw Will Be Big for America’s Frozen Chickens
Poultry producers see a familiar, hungry, and very convenient
market—once trade restrictions are eased.
Justin Bachman
March 21, 2016 — 12:00 PM CET

Less than 100 miles off the U.S. coast sits an island nation that can’t
feed itself. Cuba, which imports as much as 80 percent of its food,… Continue reading

That Time Fidel Castro Asked FDR for $10

That Time Fidel Castro Asked FDR for $10

Earlier this week, just ahead of making the first visit by a sitting
American president to Cuba in 88 years, Barack Obama cultivated a very
special pen pal. Sitting at the Resolute desk in the Oval Office, he
wrote a note to Ileana Yarza, a 76-year-old retired economist in Cuba
who had… Continue reading

Fidel followers remain nervous of US thaw

Cuba: Fidel followers remain nervous of US thaw
By Will Grant
Cuba correspondent, BBC News
18 March 2016
From the section Latin America & Caribbean

The museum at Cuba’s most famous beach, the Bay of Pigs, is under
renovation.
Inside, workers are busily installing new multi-media exhibits while
outside a team of builders is laying the concrete patio and painting… Continue reading

Days Before Obama’s Visit, Cuba’s Allies Try to Block Dissident From Speaking at UN Human Rights Council

Days Before Obama’s Visit, Cuba’s Allies Try to Block Dissident From
Speaking at UN Human Rights Council
By Patrick Goodenough | March 16, 2016 | 4:32 AM EDT

(CNSNews.com) – The Castro regime, backed by representatives of some of
the world’s most repressive regimes, tried on Tuesday to prevent a
prominent Cuban dissident from speaking at the U.N. Human Rights… Continue reading

Florida farmers worry about Cuba organic growers

Florida farmers worry about Cuba organic growers
Jeanette Leehr, Round Earth Media 4:11 p.m. EDT March 18, 2016

Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story did not
make clear that opening a Department of Agriculture office in Cuba is a
proposal that has not been approved.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — When third-generation farmer Rick Roth envisions
the possible… Continue reading

State Institutions Aren’t Owned by the People but by a Small Group

State Institutions Aren’t Owned by the People but by a Small Group / Somos+
Posted on March 16, 2016

Somos+, Ricardo Romulo, 25 February 2016 — I take a daily stroll through
the streets of Old Havana and Central Havana, both so flooded with
tourists and Cubans that it seems as if the city might sink beneath my
feet at… Continue reading

How to Go to Cuba Right Now

How to Go to Cuba Right Now
By VICTORIA BURNETTMARCH 15, 2016

Travel to Cuba just got easier and, probably, less expensive. The United
States government on Tuesday announced new rules that allow Americans to
travel independently to Cuba on what they call “people-to-people” trips,
one of the most popular ways to see the island. This means that
Americans who… Continue reading

Texas ready to feed Cuba’s tourists

Texas ready to feed Cuba’s tourists
Texas farmers see strong opportunities in Cuba if negotiations lead to
an easing of financing restrictions
By Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-NewsMarch 11, 2016 Updated: March
11, 2016 10:33pm

Cuba’s once illustrious riviera may be a bit dilapidated after more than
a half century of communist rule and the battering of U.S. trade sanctions.… Continue reading

Bernie Sanders wants normal U.S.-Cuba relations but is fuzzy on details

Bernie Sanders wants normal U.S.-Cuba relations but is fuzzy on details

The Democratic presidential candidate isn’t familiar with Cuba policy
specifics
He supports President Obama’s diplomatic relations with the island
And he’s aware he has to explain democratic socialism in South Florida
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI

Bernie Sanders knows he wants the United States to treat Cuba like any
other… Continue reading

White House and Cuba Maneuver Over Obama’s Visit

White House and Cuba Maneuver Over Obama’s Visit
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS MARCH 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — When Major League Baseball completed a deal with the Cuban
government last week to hold an exhibition game in Havana during
President Obama’s planned visit this month, White House officials
quietly rejoiced that a pivotal piece of their plan had fallen into
place… Continue reading

Cuba Says Opening To Foreign Capital Does Not Imply A Privatization Of Economy

Cuba Says Opening To Foreign Capital Does Not Imply A Privatization Of
Economy / EFE, 14ymedio
Posted on March 5, 2016

EFE/14ymedio, 4 March 2016 — Cuba’s opening to foreign capital does not
mean the “accelerated privatization” of its economy, so the island
insists on attracting investment projects that “match” the “public
policy” of the country, according to an article… Continue reading

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