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Offutt airman who spotted Soviet missiles in Cuba inducted into Strategic Air Command Hall of Fame

Offutt airman who spotted Soviet missiles in Cuba inducted into
Strategic Air Command Hall of Fame
May 22, 2017

Deep in the basement of the Strategic Air Command’s headquarters at
Offutt Air Force Base, Airman 1st Class Michael Davis studied the
black-and-white film squares through a magnifying lens on that October
day in 1962.

Hunched over the light table, he… Continue reading

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit / Iván García

Iván García, 11 May 2017 — Scarcely a block away from the majestic Grand
Hotel Manzana Kempinski, whose inauguration is expected next June 2nd,
next to the Payret cinema, a state-owned cafeteria sells an acidic and
insipid hamburger with bread for the equivalent of 50 centavos. Workers
in the neighbourhood and beggars who survive… Continue reading

Royal Caribbean Commits to Cuba Through 2019

Royal Caribbean Commits to Cuba Through 2019
CRUISE LINE & CRUISE SHIP
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL
JASON LEPPERT MAY 15, 2017

After the initial success of Empress of the Seas’ arrival in Cuba, Royal
Caribbean International has announced its expansion of the ship’s calls
to Havana as far out as 2019.
“Since arriving in Cuba for the first time last month,… Continue reading

Royal Caribbean will be sailing year-round to Cuba in 2018

Royal Caribbean will be sailing year-round to Cuba in 2018
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

With demand to see Cuba still hot, Royal Caribbean International is
extending its commitment to sail to the island through 2019.

The Miami-based cruise line announced Wednesday that it is initiating a
year-long Cuba program that includes 58 four- and five-night sailings
from January 2018 through… Continue reading

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba
The once-taboo island lacks tourist infrastructure. Ship operators hope
to change that.
by Christopher Palmeri
May 11, 2017, 10:00 PM GMT+2

After President Barack Obama eased restrictions on American citizens
traveling to Cuba last year, airlines raced to start service from the
U.S. to 10 cities across the island. But they quickly learned… Continue reading

Cuba’s crazy used-car market

Cuba’s crazy used-car market
Why it behaves like the prime-property market
The Americas
May 11th 2017 | HAVANA

MULTIMARCAS, a car dealership on the outskirts of Havana, is not a
conventional showroom. On a recent visit it contained one salesman and,
despite the promise of variety in its name, just one car: a 2014-model
Kia Picanto with no miles on… Continue reading

Cuba Is ‘Huge Opportunity’ for U.S. Travel Companies, BCG Says

Cuba Is ‘Huge Opportunity’ for U.S. Travel Companies, BCG Says
| May 10, 2017, at 12:18 a.m.

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba represents a “huge” but challenging opportunity
for U.S. cruise, airline and hotel companies as American visitors to the
Caribbean island could increase as much as sevenfold by 2025, according
to a report by the Boston Consulting Group.

As many… Continue reading

A Sip Of Electricity To Keep Driving

A Sip Of Electricity To Keep Driving

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 8 May 2017 — The worst thing that
can happen to Agustín is to have his battery go dead in the street. It
is even more terrible than the failure of a headlamp or the lack of
parking for his made-in-China electric motorcycle. The broken headlamp
and the lack… Continue reading

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba / Iván García

Iván García, 2 May 2017 — On an afternoon like any other, an underground
seller of beef, living in the southeast of Havana, bought flank steaks
wholesale from a slaughterer, to then sell them to private restaurants
and neighbours who could afford them.

He filleted the chops and… Continue reading

Declining Interest in Cuba Hasn’t Stopped Cruise Ships From Sailing

Declining Interest in Cuba Hasn’t Stopped Cruise Ships From Sailing
by Joe Pike, Adam Leposa | May 4, 2017 11:14am

Despite a recent study by Allianz Global Assistance that showed a
declining interest in Cuba from last year to this year, suppliers
continue to pump out new Cuba products and offerings.

According to the study, 40 percent of Americans would… Continue reading

Havana is collapsing

Havana is collapsing
DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 4 de Mayo de 2017 – 11:28 CEST.

In the municipality of Centro Habana, which for years has witnessed
buildings collapse, what happened at the corner of Amistad and San
Miguel, in the neighborhood of Colón, did not constitute news because of
the collapse itself, but rather because there were no… Continue reading

This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba

This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba
By Kari Paul
Published: May 3, 2017 6:39 a.m. ET

Interest is waning a year after the country was opened up to U.S. visitors

A flash of excitement about travel to Cuba after the country opened its
borders to the U.S. in 2016 for the first time in decades… Continue reading

Cuban plane crashes, kills 8 troops on board, military says

Cuban plane crashes, kills 8 troops on board, military says

CARAMBOLA, Cuba — A Cuban military plane crashed into a hillside
Saturday in the western province of Artemisa, killing eight troops on
board, the government said.

Cuba’s military said in a statement that the Soviet-made AN-26 took off
from the Playa Baracoa airport outside Havana at 6:38 a.m. and crashed… Continue reading

Direct flights from Minnesota to Cuba are stuck at the gate, and may be for quite a while

Direct flights from Minnesota to Cuba are stuck at the gate, and may be
for quite a while
Sun Country plays a waiting game while President Trump’s Cuba policy
unfurls.
By Kristen Leigh Painter Star Tribune APRIL 29, 2017 — 5:25PM

Nonstop flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Cuba are stalled — and
becoming less likely.

Sun Country Airlines, which was… Continue reading

Crabs invade Cuba’s Bay of Pigs

Crabs invade Cuba’s Bay of Pigs
April 25, 2017, 10:59:00 AM EDT By Reuters
By Sarah Marsh

BAY OF PIGS, Cuba, April 25 (Reuters) – Cuba’s Bay of Pigs
has been invaded again, this time not by U.S.-backed anti-Castro
forces, but by millions of red, yellow and black landcrabs.
Each year, after the first spring rains, the crabs march for… Continue reading

JetBlue, American and Delta apply for more flights to Havana

JetBlue, American and Delta apply for more flights to Havana
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

While several U.S. airlines have cut flights to Cuba citing weak demand,
American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Delta Air Lines are investing in
more service to Havana.

Monday, American filed an application with the U.S. Department of
Transportation requesting seven weekly flights between Miami
International Airport… Continue reading

Pedicab Drivers Can Only Work Where They Live

Pedicab Drivers Can Only Work Where They Live

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 20 April 2017 — The transport
ministry (MITRANS) has issued a new provision that obligates Havana’s
pedicab drivers to have visible identification that specifies the
municipality where they can operate.

The sticker carries the driver’s license number and the name of the
municipality. An official calling herself Tamara… Continue reading

Depressed But Happy?

Depressed But Happy? / Francis Sanchez

Francis Sanchez, 29 March 2017 – Cuba is the country with the second
highest levels of depression in Latin America, exceeded only by Brazil.
The statistics appear in a report from the World Health Organization
(WHO) released in Geneva. From this report, paradoxically, this data is
omitted by Cuban publications that otherwise echo the… Continue reading

Miami electric car dealer sees opportunity in Cuban gas shortage

Miami electric car dealer sees opportunity in Cuban gas shortage
By Marc Frank | HAVANA

An electric car dealer with a Miami subsidiary is telling Cuba-based
diplomats struggling with a gasoline shortage on the Communist-run
Caribbean island that they should fret no longer.

The United States, which maintains a trade embargo on Cuba, licensed
Premier Automotive Export to sell vehicles… Continue reading

Spirit, the fifth airline to cut back on Cuba, ends flights to Havana

Spirit, the fifth airline to cut back on Cuba, ends flights to Havana
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

Spirit Airlines’ Cuba fever is cooling down — big time.

The ultra-low cost carrier is ending its Havana flights from Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in June. That makes it the
fifth U.S. airline to cut back flights to the island after an initial… Continue reading

Spirit Airlines to end Havana service June 1; last flights on May 31

Spirit Airlines to end Havana service June 1; last flights on May 31
Arlene SatchellContact Reporter
Sun Sentinel

Another U.S. air carrier is saying ‘Adios’ to Cuba.

Low-cost Spirit Airlines plans to operate its last flights between Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Havana on May 31, an
airline official said early Friday.

The news comes a little more than four… Continue reading

Cuba’s Port of Mariel is ready for U.S. cargo once trade agreement is restored

Cuba’s Port of Mariel is ready for U.S. cargo once trade agreement is
restored

The new Trump leadership team has yet to determine its policy toward the
Communist Caribbean nation, however

At this time last year, U.S. seaports in Southeast and Gulf regions were
telling shippers that they were well positioned to take advantage of
trade with Cuba as restrictions… Continue reading

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