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Cuba: Risk of Health Crisis Due to Lack of Potable Water

Cuba: Risk of Health Crisis Due to Lack of Potable Water / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 21 April 2017 — There is a slightly damp and cold breeze
when Antonio, after drinking a rather bitter sip of coffee, with his
wooden cart with rusty steel wheels, moves to a water spout in Manglar
Street, very close to an old Sports… Continue reading

When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire

When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire*… / Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 April 2017 — According to an old
adage, when you see you neighbor’s beard on fire, go soak your own*. The
maxim should be applied to the elderly Cuban dictator, especially if we
take into account that the erratic performance of Venezuelan President
Nicolás Maduro… Continue reading

Vermont Nonprofit Helps Fix Up Tennis Courts In Cuba

Vermont Nonprofit Helps Fix Up Tennis Courts In Cuba
By MITCH WERTLIEB & LIAM ELDER-CONNORS
VPR News

An offshoot of a Vermont-based nonprofit is helping young athletes in
Cuba with some critical improvements to the places they play. And we’re
not talking about baseball.

Kids on the Ball is helping to repair some of Cuba’s badly damaged
tennis courts —… Continue reading

Cuba Frozen in Time

Cuba Frozen in Time
Paul R. Pillar
April 16, 2017

A week-long visit to Cuba reveals a tropical country of 11 million
people that is stuck in a kind of time capsule. The anachronistic
aspects of the country are symbolized by the 1950s-era U.S.-made
automobiles that cruise city streets—and the resourcefulness of Cubans
is symbolized by whatever they do to… Continue reading

Separating baseball from politics

Separating baseball from politics
DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 13 de Abril de 2017 – 13:13 CEST.

The decline of Cuban baseball and the formation of a unified team with
athletes from the Island and the Big Leagues have sparked much
discussion since the fiasco at the 4th World Baseball Classic. These
issues are difficult to understand without looking… Continue reading

Cynicism to disguise defeat

Cynicism to disguise defeat
PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 10 de Abril de 2017 – 13:43 CEST.

Cynicism is, according to the dictionary definition, the attitude of one
who lies shamelessly, and defends or practices in a brazen, impudent and
dishonest way something that deserves general disapproval.

Cynicism has always characterized the Government headed by the Castro
brothers. But… Continue reading

Soccer beginning to gain foothold in Cuba

Soccer beginning to gain foothold in Cuba
Tim Wendel, USA TODAY Sports Published 9:02 p.m. ET April 4, 2017

HAVANA — Aerial photographs of soccer fields in Cuba were once enough to
sound the alarm.

“Cubans play baseball,” warned a CIA consultant in 1970 after studying
U.S. satellite images. “Russians play soccer.”

That was then on the island, soccer is… Continue reading

Anxiety Grows Over Cuba’s Gas Shortages

Anxiety Grows Over Cuba’s Gas Shortages

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 1 April 2017 — Rumors of a general rise
in prices have sharpened shortages at gas stations this Saturday, with
long lines of vehicles waiting their turn at service stations across the
country.

The fuel sold at preferential prices for thousands of state employees
has gone up 0.10 CUC in… Continue reading

After Decades of Abandonment, Work Begins on José Martí Sports Park

After Decades of Abandonment, Work Begins on José Martí Sports Park

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 24 March 2017 — The José Martí
Sports Park, on the Havana Malecon, is benefitting from major repairs,
albeit with several years of delay. The iconic installation, which for
decades has fascinated photographers with its peculiar mixture of ruins
and beauty, is filled these days… Continue reading

All You Can Catch in the Almendares River is a Good Infection

“All You Can Catch in the Almendares River is a Good Infection”

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 28 March 2017 — The stench
fills the air and permeates the clothes of El Fanguito residents near
the Almendares River. Those who live there carry that stink everywhere,
it gets into your nose and into your pores. The main river flowing
through… Continue reading

Young Cuban Women Skaterboarders Defy Gravity And Machismo

Young Cuban Women Skaterboarders Defy Gravity And Machismo

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havna, 28 March 2017 — A pirouette and life is
turned upside down. Another and the wheels crash against the pavement
leaving a mark in their path. Cuban women skaters defy gravity and
machismo, two forces trying to make them fall. Their dreams are told in
the documentary Sisters… Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García

Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the
need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow
passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or
bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared
where a dozen families reside, living on… Continue reading

Cuba Holds World Record For Visa Applications Rejected By The United States

Cuba Holds World Record For Visa Applications Rejected By The United States

14ymedio, Luz Escobar/Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 25 March 2017 – Maria,
59, has a daughter in Miami she hasn’t seen for six years. Her visa
applications have been denied three times and she promised herself that
she would never “step foot in” the US consulate in Havana again.

Cuba… Continue reading

“Adequate Social Behavior” Is The Requirement For A Sports Contract Abroad for a Cuban Athlete

“Adequate Social Behavior” Is The Requirement For A Sports Contract
Abroad for a Cuban Athlete

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 18 March 2017 — To the voices that
call for more autonomy for athletes, the Cuban government has just
responded with a clear message. “To enter into a contract abroad, the
athlete” must have “adequate social behavior,” according to Ramiro
Domínguez,… Continue reading

What I Want Most Is To Get Back To Volleyball

“What I Want Most Is To Get Back To Volleyball” / Cubanet

I was a volleyball player in the last golden era of the sport in Cuba. I
played alongside the best in the world: Marshal, Dennis, Pimienta,
Diago, Iosvany Hernández. I played on the national team in the 1999
Tournament of the Americas in the United States, and in… Continue reading

Fake news

FAKE NEWS

This title is now a common phrase in our daily living. But in reality
had been around since many years back.

When I was living peacefully in my native Country (Cuba) Bohemia
Magazine, José Pardo Llada, Mario Kuchilán and others in the media were
expelling their lies to make the Cuban people to succumb to their
extermination by… Continue reading

FIGHTING CUBA’S BOXING BAN

FIGHTING CUBA’S BOXING BAN
By Emily Rhyne March 23, 2017

In 2016, thirty-six female boxers competed at the Summer Olympics, in
Rio. It was only the second time that women had competed in the sport in
the Olympic Games, but already twenty-five countries, including boxing
powerhouses such as the United States and Russia, were represented. One
country known for its… Continue reading

Hopes too high, too soon?

Cuba: Hopes too high, too soon?
PUBLISHED: 03/16/17 05:21 PM EDT. UPDATED: 03/19/17 07:27 AM EDT.

It’s been almost a year since President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba,
the first American President to visit the Communist island in almost 90
years.

As I look back on the trip I took that week in 2016 to Havana, my hopes
for Cuba… Continue reading

New Skate Park Opens in Havana

New Skate Park Opens in Havana, 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 16 March 2017 – Manolito spends his
afternoons chasing buses to grab onto as he rides down the street on his
skateboard, or rehearsing new stunts. The young man left school a couple
of years ago and every day he spends fewer hours in the house in… Continue reading

Great Baseball News

Great Baseball News
DDC | Madrid | 16 de Marzo de 2017 – 18:04 CET.

Cuba’s collapse at the World Baseball Classic is great news for several
reasons.

First, because at times it is beneficial to hit rock bottom. A national
team outperformed in every aspect of the game reveals the true extent of
the debacle. The few victories in… Continue reading

Want to visit Cuba before it’s commercialized? You can’t, says ‘Havana’ author

Want to visit Cuba before it’s commercialized? You can’t, says ‘Havana’
author
BY CONNIE OGLE
cogle@miamiherald.com

Journalist Mark Kurlansky has a sobering message for Americans who say
they want to visit Havana before it’s ruined.

“You can’t go before it’s wrecked because it’s already wrecked,” he
says. “It’s not the place it was in the 1950s or even the 1970s… Continue reading

Tampa cruises will add millions to Cuban economy

Tampa cruises will add millions to Cuban economy
Paul Guzzo, Times Staff Writer
Sunday, February 19, 2017 9:12pm

TAMPA — Major cruise lines will start sailing from Port Tampa Bay to
Havana in the coming months, with possibly more than 40,000 passengers
spread out over 22 voyages who could add more than $5 million to the
Cuban economy this year… Continue reading

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