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Se agrava la situación epidemiológica en Holguín

Se agrava la situación epidemiológica en Holguín
Abren dos hospitales de campaña por aumento de casos de dengue, zika y
conjuntivitis hemorrágica
Martes, julio 11, 2017 | Fernando Donate Ochoa

HOLGUÍN, Cuba.- La situación epidemiológica en Holguín empeora cada día.
Al incremento de los casos de dengue y zika se han sumado pacientes con
conjuntivitis hemorrágica.

La crisis sanitaria inquieta… Continue reading

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 4 July 2017 — The passengers leave the
plane and make their way around the buckets catching the leaks from the
roof. They still have a long wait in at baggage claim and have to suffer
under the air conditioning that hardly alleviates the heat. The José
Martí International Airport in… Continue reading

Whom Do They Serve?

Whom Do They Serve? / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Damaso, 28 June 2017 — Whether at the municipal or provincial
level, the people’s administrative councils are supposed to be looking
out primarily for the interests of their constituents and, in
conjunction with them, carrying out the duties of local governance. But
due to the inaccessible and very undemocratic Cuban electoral system,… Continue reading

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Florida, Cuba, 26 June 2017 — “The sea water
cleans everything,” Agustin reflects as he calls out his
merchandise. This 74-year-old forensic assistant now works renting
inflatable boats for the fishermen of Playa Florida, in Camagüey, a
coastal strip where tourists rarely come and the economic crisis is
strongly… Continue reading

El Gobierno lanza dos aplicaciones móviles: una para transferencias bancarias y otra para consultar las leyes

El Gobierno lanza dos aplicaciones móviles: una para transferencias
bancarias y otra para consultar las leyes
DDC | La Habana | 6 de Junio de 2017 – 22:52 CEST.

Varios sitios oficiales anunciaron en los pasados días el lanzamiento de
dos aplicaciones móviles: iLex dedicada a recoger las leyes del país y
Transfermóvil para hacer transacciones bancarias.

Las autoridades de… Continue reading

They Deceived Us With Tourism

They Deceived Us With Tourism

14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, 29 May 2017 — There was a time when I saw it
as natural. I understood, to say it in a certain way, that Varadero
beach was not ours despite its being in Cuban territory.

My unconscious viewed the image of that strip of land, like many, as if
it were part… Continue reading

Cuba’s Fake Transport Co-ops

Cuba’s Fake Transport Co-ops

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 18 May 2017 — In an effort to persuade
Cubans and the international left that “Cuba is building socialism,”
while seeking to convince the world that Castroism is abandoning State
Totalitarianism and also trying to counteract the relative independence
achieved by the so-called boteros, or boatmen, as independent taxi
drivers are known,… Continue reading

A Taxi Cooperative Proposes To Lower Private Transport Prices

A Taxi Cooperative Proposes To Lower Private Transport Prices

14ymedio, Havana, 17 May 2017 — In the midst of the morning hustle and
bustle, residents of Havana are trying to reach their destinations on
time, a challenge because of the inefficient public transport and the
sky high prices charged by the private operators of fixed-route
shared-ride taxi services. On Monday… Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking

Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

This was the premise of a case involving a Cuban resident in Miami
accused of illegally bringing women from the island and forcing them
into sex slavery in the United States. Silvio Clark Morales, 31, plead
guilty in federal court Thursday to 7 of the 19 charges… Continue reading

Audiovisual production company receives OFAC license to operate in Cuba

Audiovisual production company receives OFAC license to operate in Cuba
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Although the Trump administration’s Cuba policy review has not been
completed, a U.S.-based broadcast and video facilities company, has
received a liceaaense to operate on the island and to contract with a
Cuban state enterprise.

The license granted to Cuba International Network (CIN)by the Treasury… Continue reading

Virgin Atlantic launches new route to Cuba’s biggest beach resort

Virgin Atlantic launches new route to Cuba’s biggest beach resort
The Caribbean island is home to some seriously amazing sandy white beaches
BYJULIE DELAHAYE
11:01, 3 APR 2017UPDATED11:45, 3 APR 2017

When you think of Cuba, it’s Havana’s colourful buildings and classic
1950s-esque cars that spring to mind.

However, there’s so much more to the Caribbean island that makes it… Continue reading

Cuba’s communists dig in as Castro’s reform drive hits the sand

Cuba’s communists dig in as Castro’s reform drive hits the sand

Islanders mystified as ‘economic tsar’ Marino Murillo not heard in
public for a year

Cuban president Raúl Castro is preparing to step down next year,
Venezuela has cut millions of dollars in aid and Donald Trump’s election
has cast a shadow over the nascent US-Cuba detente. Unnerved by the… 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

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