Archive for the ‘Cuba News’ Category

March 31, 2014

Cuba’s athletes get pay raises

EFE — Cuba reported on Monday the entry into force of the announced salary hikes for athletes, coaches and specialists in the sector, whose incomes will depend on the results and awards they obtain. Athletes’ income has been structured into six categories, with base pay that varies from around $18… read more »

March 30, 2014

Cuba passes law to lure foreign investment

Francisco Jara, AFP — Cuba’s parliament unanimously approved a new law on foreign investment Saturday aimed at boosting sputtering economic growth on the communist-ruled island. President Raúl Castro, who was scheduled to speak to the assembly, has called the bill “crucial” to the Cuban economy, which has so far failed… read more »

March 24, 2014

Cuba offering substantial pay hikes for health-care workers

Anne-Marie Garcia, AP — Cuba is giving hundreds of thousands of medical workers raises that in some cases exceed 100 per cent, official media on the island announced, though pay remains much lower than what medical professionals earn elsewhere. The Communist Party daily newspaper Granma also reported that Cuba expects… read more »

March 21, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Colonel Campbell, Guantánamo, and righting wrongs

When Army Col. Larry Campbell approached the podium on February 22nd to deliver his remarks to The Black Heritage Organization to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, he did nothing wrong. To the contrary, he spoke truths that deserved the attention of a wider audience. In his address, Col…. read more »

March 20, 2014

Uruguay agrees to U.S. request to take some Guantanamo inmates

Reuters — Uruguay has agreed with the United States to accept some prisoners held in the much-criticized detention center at the U.S. military base of Guantanamo Bay, President Jose Mujica said on Thursday. The Obama administration, which wants to close the center used to imprison people captured after the September… read more »

March 19, 2014

French FM to visit Cuba in sign of warming EU ties

Reuters – France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday he would soon travel to Cuba, the first such visit in 30 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana. Cuba this month accepted a proposal by the EU to open negotiations on a new… read more »

March 19, 2014

Cuba set to approve new foreign investment law

Marc Frank, Reuters — Cuba’s National Assembly will meet on March 29 to debate and approve a new foreign investment law that the government hopes will lure overseas capital and increase growth, state-run media outlets reported on Wednesday. The ruling Communist Party passed a more than 300-point plan to revamp… read more »

March 17, 2014

Cuban Americans hold rare meeting to discuss normalizing Cuba relations

David Adams, Reuters- Cuban Americans met in Miami on Saturday to discuss how to normalize relations with Cuba and end the five decade-long United States embargo against the communist-run island, the first such gathering in a decade in a city better known for hostility toward the communist-run island. The one-day… read more »

March 14, 2014

Cuba: Wildfire claims 13,600 acres of countryside

AP — Authorities say a wildfire burning for nearly a week has charred thousands of acres (hectares) of countryside in central Cuba. Cuban state news agency AIN reports that 13,600 acres (5,500 hectares) have been burned in Camaguey province, about 300 miles (500 kilometers) east of Havana. AIN says the… read more »

March 11, 2014

U.N. report: Cuba violated the arms embargo on North Korea

Miami Herald – Cuba violated the U.N. arms embargo on North Korea, refused to identify the Cuban entities involved in the violation and clearly intended that at least some of the weapons intercepted in Panama would be sold to the Asian country, said a United Nations report made public Tuesday. Some… read more »