Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Cuba sentences Canadian CEO to 15 years on financial charges

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — A Cuban court has sentenced Canadian executive Cy Tokmakjian to 15 years in prison for bribery and other economic charges in a case his company and Western diplomats have called a chilling development for potential foreign investors. Two of his aides from the Tokmakjian Group received… read more »

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Cuba promotes official who has led market-style reforms

Reuters – Cuban President Raul Castro granted more authority to the man who has led the campaign to modernize Cuba’s socialist economy, naming Marino Murillo as economy and planning minister on Thursday, the government said. Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/26/us-cuba-economy-idUSKCN0HL02R20140926

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 |

ACN: Colombian President says Washington Should Lift its Failed Blockade of Cuba

ACN, Havana, CUBA — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that he hopes that the United States and Cuba may get to working relations that lead to the lifting of the US blockade of the island, which in his opinion has failed. Santos made his statements during a speech at… read more »

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

El azúcar cubano adquiere protagonismo energético

IPS — La industria azucarera aspira a convertirse en la principal fuente de energía limpia en Cuba, como parte de un programa de desarrollo de fuentes renovables con el que se pretende disminuir la dependencia de combustibles fósiles importados y proteger el ambiente. El proyecto se inserta en los planes… read more »

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 |

El Nuevo Herald: Santos espera que EEUU y Cuba establezcan relación para levantar el embargo

EFE, BOGOTA — El presidente colombiano, Juan Manuel Santos, dijo el martes que espera que Estados Unidos y Cuba consigan establecer una relación que permita levantar el embargo económico de Washington a la isla, vigente desde hace más de medio siglo, porque considera que esa medida “ha fallado”. “Yo tengo… read more »

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Cuban health workers arrive in Sierra Leone

AFP — The first members of a team of 165 Cuban doctors and health workers have arrived in Sierra Leone to help the fight against Ebola, a health official said Tuesday. Jorge Perez, the director of the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine, told state television a small advance party… read more »

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Mexico frees Cuban survivors found at sea, some bound for U.S. border

Reuters — Mexico on Tuesday released 14 Cuban migrants rescued at sea this month and some of them headed for the United States by bus to take advantage of a U.S. policy that allows Cubans arriving by land to stay. The Cubans, who were without food and survived by drinking… read more »

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Some 7,000 Cuban teachers leave the profession

EFE — The exodus of teachers from the classrooms is one of the problems facing Cuba’s educational system, with 6,938 educators quitting during the 2013-2014 academic year, according to government figures published Monday in the weekly Trabajadores. The problem has been present for several years in the sector and “not… read more »

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Cuba approves 498 non-agricultural cooperatives in the last year

EFE — The Cuban government approved 498 non-agricultural cooperatives since the first 124 were created a year ago as a new model of economic enterprise, Cabinet secretary Homero Acosta said. Of the 498 approved, 283 are now in business, chiefly in the sectors of restaurants and related services, Acosta said… read more »

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Cuba says 9,000 restaurants can now be privately owned

Margot Haddad, CNN — Thousands of now-state-run restaurants in Cuba will move into the private sector and be run by citizen owners, the island nation’s government announced Friday. The Cuban Domestic Trade department put the number eateries being privatized at 9,0000 — compared with 1,261 private family-run restaurants already operating…. read more »