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Cubamax lleva Internet a Cuba con el ‘roaming’ 3G de Digicel

Cubamax lleva Internet a Cuba con el ‘roaming’ 3G de Digicel
Utilizará la red que ETECSA está actualizando
Viernes, mayo 19, 2017 | Orlando González

LA HABANA, Cuba.- La agencia de viajes y envíos a Cuba Cubamax comenzó
recientemente a ofrecer Internet en Cuba. Mediante la tarjeta SIM “Cuba
Roaming”, de la compañía de telecomunicaciones Digicel, se podrá usar la… Continue reading

MakeWish Sends 11-Year-Old to Cuba to Visit Grandparents

Make-A-Wish Sends 11-Year-Old to Cuba to Visit Grandparents
Make-A-Wish New Jersey has surprised an 11-year-old lymphoma patient
with a trip to Cuba.
May 20, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Make-A-Wish New Jersey has surprised an
11-year-old lymphoma patient with a trip to Cuba.

NJ.com (bit.ly/2rAevh7 ) reports Tyler Machado thought he was
heading to the… Continue reading

Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks

Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks
Revolution in the time of the internet
by Brian Crecente@crecenteb May 19, 2017, 4:30pm EDT

Cuba is like the memory of somewhere you’ve never been.

It’s the bilinearity of capitalism and commercialism, rum and coke,
offline and on, that takes two opposing ideas and turns them into some… Continue reading

State Security Prevents Yoandy Izquierdo From Boarding A Flight For Sweden

State Security Prevents Yoandy Izquierdo From Boarding A Flight For Sweden

14ymedio, Havana, 14 May 2017 – This Sunday Cuban State Security
prevented Yoandy Izquierdo, a member of the Center for Coexistence
Studies (CEC), from boarding a flight to Sweden to participate in the
Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF). The car in which the activist was
traveling to José Martí International… Continue reading

Major U.S. hotel groups sponsor tourism investment meeting in Havana

Major U.S. hotel groups sponsor tourism investment meeting in Havana
Reuters May 16, 2017
By Marc Frank

HAVANA (Reuters) – The annual Latin American Hotel and Tourism
Investment Conferences meeting opened in Havana this week and the list
of sponsors read like the who’s who of the U.S. hotel industry.

The head of the organization, Arturo Garcia, told Reuters it… Continue reading

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts

HAVANA — An independent Cuban LGBT rights advocate claims authorities
prevented him from traveling to Havana late last week to meet with a
delegation of U.S. advocates.
Nelson Gandulla, president of the Cuban Federation for LGBTI Rights,
told the Washington Blade he received a summons that ordered him to
report to police headquarters… Continue reading

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

While the new U.S. president’s policies on Cuba remain uncertain, the
government in Havana appears to be more nervous about its domestic
opposition than usual, as the island heads into a complicated political
transition.

Authorities have expelled students from universities, arrested
dissidents who want to run in the… Continue reading

Why Cuba’s Brain Drain Looks Different

Why Cuba’s Brain Drain Looks Different
MAY 15, 2017 BY MONIKA DONIMIRSKA

COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Cuba is
experiencing a brain drain, though it’s not the kind that forecasters
were predicting when the long-closed country began opening its borders.
It’s internal brain drain, says Rebecca Bellinger, managing director of
the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith… Continue reading

It’s Wearing Thin

It’s Wearing Thin
WALDO FERNÁNDEZ CUENCA | La Habana | 15 de Mayo de 2017 – 11:51 CEST.

It was one of the few functions at the University of Havana that I will
never forget. The event for “Young Communists” took place in the year
2010. It was held to assess the insistence of a Journalism student, who
wished to… Continue reading

Meliá Hotels International expands in Cuba

Meliá Hotels International expands in Cuba

Meliá Hotels International is set to extend its presence in the centre
of Cuba with the addition of 8 hotels, while also assisting in promoting
multi-destination vacations.

The company is now committed to enhancing quality and service in the new
hotels through their renovation and adaptation to its brand standards.
According to Meliá‘s Vice… Continue reading

Cuba ambassador sees hope for closer links

Cuba ambassador sees hope for closer links
Caitlin Johnston, Times Staff Writer
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:12pm

ST. PETERSBURG — Cuba’s first ambassador to the United States in more
than 50 years has seen the impact of renewed bilateral ties between the
two countries continue to grow over the last two years

José Ramón Cabañas, the former head of the… 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

LGBTQ Americans meet in Havana with fellow Cuban activists

LGBTQ Americans meet in Havana with fellow Cuban activists
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
srothaus@miamiherald.com

A delegation of American LGBTQ advocates met Saturday in Havana with
“leaders of Cuban civil society” who are demanding that the government
there recognize marriage for same-sex couples and create legal
protections for transgender Cubans.

The group from the U.S., organized by Cuban-American civil-rights
attorney Tico Almeida,… Continue reading

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump
William M. LeoGrande | May. 11, 2017

President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis in Rome
May 24, as part of the president’s first trip abroad. No specific agenda
has been announced, but the last time a U.S. president stopped by the
Vatican to see… Continue reading

Number of Political Prisoners Doubles In Last Year, According To Human Rights Group

Number of Political Prisoners Doubles In Last Year, According To Human
Rights Group

14ymedio, Havana, 8 May 2017 – The number of political prisoners has
doubled this year, according to the most recent report from the Cuban
Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), which
counts 140 people charged for these reasons in April, compared to 70 for
the… 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

Competing airline offers L.A. tickets to family refused Cuba vacation refund

Competing airline offers L.A. tickets to family refused Cuba vacation refund

Air Canada comes to the rescue for Calgary family

Calgary family who thought struggles with Sunwing Vacations would ground
travel plans, is set to depart. Kamil Karamali explains.
Sunwing refuses cancellation request

A family fearing the Zika virus will affect their unborn child can’t get
a refund on a… Continue reading

Family refused Cuba vacation refund after unexpected pregnancy

Family refused Cuba vacation refund after unexpected pregnancy
Sunwing refuses cancellation request
A family fearing the Zika virus will affect their unborn child can’t get
a refund on a flight to Cuba. Kamil Karamali has details.
Jackie Dunham, CTVNews.ca
@JaclynLDunham
Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:03AM EDT

What began as a dream vacation for one Calgary family quickly turned
into… Continue reading

US Travel Companies Need a Long-Term Perspective to Capitalize on Cuba

US Travel Companies Need a Long-Term Perspective to Capitalize on Cuba

The FINANCIAL — Two years after travel restrictions between the US and
Cuba started to ease, interest in the island remains strong and growing
among US travelers.

According to a recent article by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), more
than 2 million US citizens could visit Cuba each year… Continue reading

Cuba travel is still hot for Americans, new study says

Cuba travel is still hot for Americans, new study says
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Despite some U.S. airlines’ decisions to scale back service to Cuba or
abandon their Cuba routes, Americans’ interest in visiting the island is
still strong and there’s plenty of potential for growth, according to a
new travel study.

An analysis by The Boston Consulting Group released… Continue reading

Interview with El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) in San Francisco

Interview with El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) in San Francisco

Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado is in San Francisco, planning for the
opening of his art exhibit, “Angels and Demons,” at the Immersive ART
LAB, 3255A Third Street, May 11, 6-10pm. His exhibit is sponsored by the
Human Rights Foundation as part of its Art in Protest series. This
interview took place… 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

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