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Over 50 injured in Cuba road accident

Over 50 injured in Cuba road accident
Society 20.03.2017 | 09:51

HAVANA, 20 March (BelTA – Xinhua) – At least 55 people were injured in a
serious traffic accident outside the city of Bayamo in eastern Cuba.

The accident happened on Sunday morning when the driver of a passenger
bus lost control of the vehicle and careened into several trees,… Continue reading

Cómo está el transporte en La Habana

Cómo está el transporte en La Habana
FRANK CORREA | La Habana | 20 de Marzo de 2017 – 09:02 CET.

En los últimos días, los habaneros han notado una mayor cantidad de
ómnibus circulando, que alivian las paradas. El motivo del incremento
del parque automotor es la tensión generada por el reciente tarifazo a
los taxis particulares, que afectó… Continue reading

Scooters Ease The Problem Of Public Transport

Scooters Ease The Problem Of Public Transport / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta
Labrada and Mario Penton

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada and Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 8 March
2017 — Carlos began to travel to Ecuador when Cubans did not need a
visa. He brought back clothes and appliances to sell in the informal
market, until he discovered a more lucrative business: the… Continue reading

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free
By Marta Dhanis Published March 13, 2017 Fox News.com

The Cuba experience: This is what you get after all the exhaustive planning

Getting to the communist island after a 50-year hiatus is surprisingly
easy. There’s still a couple challenges to overcome when planning your
trip, but if you follow some simple… Continue reading

Havana Taxi Drivers Up In Arms

Havana Taxi Drivers Up In Arms / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 27 February 2017 — After working twelve hours driving a
vintage 1957 Chevrolet for a collective taxi company on the
Cotorro-Central Park route, twenty-nine year old Osdiel sits down to
have a beer at a dark bar in the south end of Havana, where he unleashes
his frustration over… Continue reading

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms
March 7, 2017
By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez

HAVANA TIMES — Every Sunday, there is the “Los Chinos” agro-market fair
in the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba. Trucks loaded with produce come
from all over the country, mainly from its central provinces. As there
is competition and since the sellers can bulk buy… Continue reading

Luxury and Excess in Socialist Cuba

Luxury and Excess in Socialist Cuba / 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro

14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, Miami, 26 February 2017 – I don’t know how my
mother managed always to know a little more about my friends and their
customs, and even those of the neighbors, because her limited time did
not allow her to gossip; but she continually warned me that things… Continue reading

The Government Puts the Screws to Pedicab Operators Too

The Government Puts the Screws to Pedicab Operators Too
FRANK CORREA | La Habana | 3 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:44 CET.

Another ordinance to regulate transport in the capital has come to
light, this one persecuting pedicabs and consisting of a prohibition
against operating outside the municipality where the vehicle is registered.

“Imagine. I can’t leave the limits… Continue reading

Ten Years of Raulism – From “Reformism” to the Abyss

Ten Years of Raulism: From “Reformism” to the Abyss / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 27 February 2017 — As the second month
of 2017 comes to a close, the Cuban panorama continues to be bleak.
Material difficulties and the absence of a realistic economic recovery
program – the ineffectiveness of the chimerical Party Guidelines has
been demonstrated… Continue reading

The First Tangible Labor Strike

The First Tangible Labor Strike / Rebeca Monzo

Rebeca Monzo, 21 February 2017 — New bureaucratic regulations governing
the routes of shared fixed-route taxis have led to the first tangible
labor strike by drivers. Of course, strikes have gone on for many years
in our country due to the poverty-level wages paid to workers in the
bureaucratic and service sectors.… Continue reading

Undercover American Tourists in Cuba

Undercover American Tourists in Cuba / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 23 January 2017 — Miami Airport is almost a city. And the
American Airlines’ departures area is a labyrinth, with dozens of
corridors and passages. That’s why Noahn, an American living in
Michigan, arrived five hours before his flight’s scheduled departure
time to Varadero.

He was travelling with his wife,… Continue reading

Cuban Activist Juan Goberna Arrested

Cuban Activist Juan Goberna Arrested / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 25 February 2017 — Human rights activist Juan Goberna
Hernández was arrested around 9 am this Saturday when he left home to
attend a meeting of the Inclusive Culture Network, a project to defend
the rights of people with disabilities.

On Friday night Goberna, who is blind, was visited by two… Continue reading

ONE ISRAELI KILLED AND EIGHT INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENT IN CUBA

ONE ISRAELI KILLED AND EIGHT INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENT IN CUBA
BY LAURA SIGAL FEBRUARY 25, 2017 11:24

According to Israel Radio, the injured, all in their 60s, suffered from
minor to moderate injuries. One went though surgery overnight.

One Israeli, named as 70-year-old, Nahum Heinken from Gadera, was killed
and eight others were injured in Cuba when their mini… Continue reading

Do We Have to Wait for the Government to Sell the Peugeot 508s to Improve Public Transport?

Do We Have to Wait for the Government to Sell the Peugeot 508s to
Improve Public Transport? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 18 February 2017 — Seven in the morning at the bus stop at
Acosta Avenue and Poey Street, in the dense La Vibora neighborhood in
southern Havana. Almost a hundred people are waiting for the No. 174 bus… Continue reading

The Crisis Of The ‘Boteros’ – The First Bean To Burst Into The Pot

The Crisis Of The ‘Boteros’: The First Bean To Burst Into The Pot /
14ymedio, Pedro Campos

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 17 February 2017 – The ending of the
United States’ Wet-Foot/Dry-Foot policy – that allowed Cubans who
touched American soil to stay – crushed the hopes of many Cubans of
being able to achieve the American dream, that is… Continue reading

The Two Marielas

The Two Marielas / Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello

Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, Havana, 14 February 2017 – The
story I want to relate has two parts, one is true and the other is
fiction. The real one is an event I was involved in at the Carlos III
market while in line to buy yogurt, one of the… Continue reading

Planning a visit to Cuba? You better find a guy to help you

Planning a visit to Cuba? You better find a guy to help you
Steve Persall, Times Movie Critic
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:00am

Anyone traveling on their own in Cuba needs to “know a guy.”

Could be a woman, but enterprising locals typically offer a guy.

Looking for a casa particular, a comfy room rented by friendly, licensed
homeowners? Someone… Continue reading

Taxi drivers – ‘Their trick, in the end, is to pit Cubans against each other’

Taxi drivers: ‘Their trick, in the end, is to pit Cubans against each other’
JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 15 de Febrero de 2017 – 13:53 CET.

“Now the race to get an almendrón (taxi) will be liked a marathon,”
warned writer Yani Monzón on the social networks last weekend.

Private-sector workers holding “transport operation” licenses, cab
drivers… Continue reading

Cuba health professionals who had been stranded in Colombia are allowed U.S. entry at MIA

Cuba health professionals who had been stranded in Colombia are allowed U.S. entry at MIA
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

Two dozen Cuban health professionals who deserted from medical missions abroad arrived in Miami Monday afternoon on a flight from Colombia.

Those in the group are among professionals who were stranded in third countries following former President Barack Obama’s executive… Continue reading

Cuban health professionals who had been stranded in Colombia are allowed U.S. entry at MIA

Cuban health professionals who had been stranded in Colombia are allowed
U.S. entry at MIA
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

Two dozen Cuban health professionals who deserted from medical missions
abroad arrived in Miami Monday afternoon on a flight from Colombia.

The group is among professionals who were stranded in third countries
following former President Barack Obama’s executive order that… Continue reading

What does Trump mean to Cubans? It’s complicated

What does Trump mean to Cubans? It’s complicated
By STEVE LIPSHER
January 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm

My hostess in Havana, speaking in English, frequently invoked a phrase:
“It’s complicated.”

Whether giving directions to navigating the narrow streets of historic
Habana Vieja or describing the intricacies of operating a private hostel
in an officially socialistic country, Aida would start her… Continue reading

Una inundación inesperada

Una inundación inesperada
PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 26 de Enero de 2017 – 11:39 CET.

Poco antes de las 6:30 de la tarde del 23 de enero, las verdinegras
aguas del Malecón invadieron súbitamente las zonas bajas del Vedado
hasta calle Calzada, causando considerables afectaciones en el tramo
comprendido entre las calles 12 y G. El… Continue reading

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