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Daily Archives: February 24, 2015

Cuba President Raul Castro pinned medals on five spies on Tuesday, local time, declaring them national heroes for infiltrating right-wing exile groups that plotted against Havana and enduring long prison Continue reading
The final three of the 'Cuban Five' spies returned to Havana yesterday. - Reuters pic, February 25, 2015. Cuban President Raul Castro yesterday pinned medals on five spies, declaring them national heroes Continue reading
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Opposition spokesperson for Tourism and Cruise Shipping Shahine Robinson today urged Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill to establish a working group to systematically assess the likely Continue reading
See Also HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba President Raul Castro on Tuesday pinned medals on five spies, declaring them national heroes for infiltrating right-wing exile groups that plotted against Havana and for Continue reading
… also because Cuba raised objections to it. Jacobson's Cuban counterpart … on simply reopening embassies in Havana and Washington. Both governments, she … both with the Cuban government and with the Cuban people. They are … Cuban government, its form of government, its leadership, is for the CubanContinue reading

Un miembro de la Policía Nacional Bolivariana (PNB) fue detenido este martes por la muerte de un adolescente durante las protestas estudiantiles que tuvieron lugar este martes en la sede de la Universidad Católica de Táchira (UCAT), en San Cristóbal, informa Europa Press.

El oficial de la PNB Javier Mora Ortiz, de 32 años de edad, "ha sido detenido en horas de la tarde de este martes por funcionarios del Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas (Cicpc)".

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HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba President Raul Castro on Tuesday pinned medals on five spies, declaring them national heroes for infiltrating right-wing exile groups that plotted against Havana and for then enduring Continue reading
Prensa Latina Tuesday 24th February, 2015 Havana, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) At present time Germany and other wealthy countries of the northern of Europe applied a colonialist policy to the interior Continue reading
Regarding the Feb. 22 editorial " Courting the Castros ": The editorial spoke truthfully about the Castro regime and what the new U.S. relationship with Cuba will not mean for Cubans. A week I spent Continue reading
Cuban Rolando Batle Martinez is very dedicated to work; he is one of those persons that are always looking for something to do and feels happy about having put his mind to creating things. Firstly, as Continue reading
… can now sail to Havana through Montego Bay. (Cuba Cruise) As the … with Cubans locals, offer cruises the opportunity to learn about Cuban culture … of Havana professor, guided trips onshore through Biran, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Cienfuegos and Havana, and Spanish dance … Continue reading
Centenares de manifestantes realizan una “Marcha por la Libertad”, en Miami, para conmemorar el aniversario de la muerte de cuatro pilotos de la organización Hermanos al Rescate, cuyas avionetas fueron derribadas por aviones militares cubanos el 24 de febrero de 1996 Continue reading
… in Cuba or the number of trained professionals. But Diaz says Cuban … traveled to Havana for two days of discussions with the Cuban government … Cuba, according to the International Telecommunications Union. Roughly one in 10 Cubans … the U.S. to Cuba and Cuba back to the United States … Continue reading
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Escrito por silvio gonzalez    24 de febrero de 2015, 16:25 La Habana, 24 Feb (Prensa Latina) Cuban president Raúl Castro attended today the ceremony of awarding the Titles of Heros of the Republic Continue reading
Havana (AFP) - Cuba's renowned cigar makers could export at least $250 million to the United States yearly if the five-decade embargo on the communist island is lifted, a top executive said Tuesday. Continue reading
The co-president of Habanos SA, Jorge Luis Fernandez Maique, laughs during an interview with AFP in Havana, on February 24, 2 Continue reading
The Cuban tobacco industry "is well positioned" to cover the demand for its exclusive cigars in the United States when access is allowed to that market, which has banned products from the island for more Continue reading
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MIAMI.- El punto de confrontación en el seno de la organización se centra en el reclamo de participación de las activistas exiliadas



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La Reforma Universitaria de 1962 acabó definitivamente con la autonomía universitaria y convirtió a esta institución en un apéndice del Estado y de su ideología. La FEU se transformó en una organización títere del Partido Comunista Continue reading
Luego de dedicar toda su vida a la “revolución de los humildes, por los humildes y para los humildes”, sólo recibe de la misma un salcocho llamado almuerzo Continue reading
"Este cambio de política ha sido recibido con una extraordinaria bienvenida en Latinoamérica, en Centroamérica, en Europa...Los únicos que se han inquietado por ello son los venezolanos", dijo el Secretado de Estado John Kerry. Continue reading
Growing up in Cuba, Jose Pimienta didn't see the Internet until 2006. He and his friends taught themselves computer programming with a Russian textbook on the Pascal programming language that had been Continue reading
24 de febrero de 2015, 15:11 Abu Dhabi, 24 feb (PL) United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Cuba today expressed willingness to take concrete and immediate steps to strengthen and expand bilateral relations Continue reading
"Esto se ha ido cayendo poco a poco y nadie ha venido a auxiliarme. ¿­El dueño, el que la construyó? Se llamaba Paco Martí, dicen que era familia de José Martí" Continue reading
Un alumno de bachillerato recibió un disparo en la cabeza cuando se manifestaba contra el régimen chavista, en la convulsionada ciudad de San Cristóbal, Tachira, Venezuela Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_38743" align="aligncenter" width="623"] [1] Lines at Cuban ATMs grow on weekends (14ymedio)[/caption] [2]14ymedio, Rosa Lopez, Havana, 23 February 2015 – The line reached the corner and was moving with agonizing slowness. They were not selling eggs or potatoes. It wasn’t even a line for seeking a visa. Those who waited just wanted access to the automatic teller, the only one working last Saturday afternoon near Havana’s Central Park. A few days before MasterCard can be used in Cuba, many are asking how the Cuban bank network will deal with the increased demand for money if it can barely keep its service afloat for domestic users and tourists. The congestion in front of the machines grows even though only 1.3 million magnetic cards have been issued in the country, and for the moment only retirees, customers with accounts in convertible pesos, businesses that have contracts with the bank, self-employed workers and international collaborators can get them. The rest of society continues to depend exclusively on paper currency. “When the subject is money, people fume,” says a young man whose Saturday night hangs by a thread because of the congested ATM. Even though this weekend the temperature dropped in the city, no one seemed ready to leave before getting their cash. The scene is repeated at most of the 550 ATMs (Automated Teller Machines or automatic tellers) of Chinese manufacture, of which 398 are in Havana. In 2013 200 new units were purchased in China, but the majority were to replace defective terminals and did not solve the serious deficit of tellers. Cash payment is still the most common method in Cuba for acquiring products and services. The scarcity of terminals combines with the deficient functioning of the system, affected by electrical outages, frequent connection failures between the ATM and the bank and lack of cash The terminals are only available in private businesses with great resources and obvious official backing  Almost all the self-employed workers offer their services for cash payment. The use of point of sale terminals (TPVs) for card scanning and payment, also known as POS, is only available in private businesses with great resources and obvious official backing. In state business networks, the landscape is different but not very promising either. Although there exist POS terminals in most big department stores and hard currency shops, their service is unstable and slow. “When a client comes to pay with a card, the line stops for minutes because sometimes the communication with the bank is down and you have to try it several times,” explains a cashier from the busy market at 70th Street and 3rd in Miramar. In the provincial cities and above all in the townships, where they are practically non-existent, the ATM and POS situation is even worse. Tourists who travel deep into Cuba must carry cash with them, increasing the risk of theft and loss in addition to the demand for liquidity. The problem hits natives and foreigners. “Why do they pay me on the card if in the end I have to go get the money at the bank because I can make purchases almost nowhere with this?” complains Marilin Ruiz, a former elementary school teacher who also was waiting in line on Saturday for the ATM near Central Park. The delay was so long that she wound sharing recipes for making flan without milk and knitting suggestions with another woman.  “I have a pension of less than 200 pesos (about $8 US) and I spend up to two hours in line at the teller to collect it,” an old woman complained Between the 4th and 6th of each month, Cuban retirees go to ATMs to collect their pensions. “I have a pension of less than 200 pesos (about $8 US) and I spend up to two hours in line at the teller to collect it,” explained Asuncion, an old woman of close to eighty years of age. Meanwhile, some kids scamper from one side to the other. They are the children of a couple waiting at the end of the line without much hope of getting money before nightfall. “We are late for everything; when the world has spent decades using plastic, now it is that we are trying it,” laments Asuncion. The first ATMs, of French manufacture, were installed in Cuba in 1997, but after 2004 only Chinese terminals arrived. Asuncion keeps in her wallet a Visa card that her son sent her from Madrid. “I use this only every three months when he puts a little on it for my expenses.” There are no public statistics about how many of the country’s residents might be making frequent use of debit or credit cards associated with a foreign bank account of an emigrated relative, but the phenomenon has grown in the last decade. In the line several Chinese student also put their Asian patience to the test with the red and blue cards in hand from the Chinese banking conglomerate UnionPay. More than 3000 citizens of that country study or work on the Island, and they receive their family remittances through that channel. Also, in 2013 alone some 22,000 Chinese tourists visited Cuba. “We Cubans and Chinese are good at waiting, but let the gringos arrive in great numbers, they are more desperate, they want everything fast,” “We Cubans and Chinese are good at waiting, but let the gringos arrive in great numbers, they are more desperate, they want everything fast,” says Lazaro, a teen with tight clothes, to a friend with whom he waits in the line. The alternative to the ATM, which might be the window of the bank branch, is not recommended. In Havana there are 90 branches of the Banco Metropolitano, but at the end of 2014 at least twelve offices were partially or completely closed because of problems ranging from leaks, sewer network blockages, danger of building collapse or other infrastructure issues. Insufficient attention and lack of trust in the banking system make many continue to prefer hiding money “under the mattress.” The limited work schedule of banks and the scarcity of offices open on weekends cause long lines on weekends in front of ATMs. The more optimistic, however, manage to profit from the wait. Marilin managed to achieve everything by renting a room in her house to the Chinese students who must, of course, pay in cash. Asuncion could not stand the pain in her legs and left without her money, while the couple at the end of the line had to buy some ice cream to pacify their restless children. Lazaro was luckier, and in addition to exchanging phone numbers with a French woman whom he met in the crowd, he managed to extract twenty convertible pesos from the ATM to spend that same night. At least this time the blue screen did not appear with the “out of service” announcement, nor was there a power outage and, yes, the machine had cash. Translated by MLK [1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/cajeros-cubanos-multiplican-fines-semana_CYMIMA20150223_0004_13.jpg [2] http://www.14ymedio.com/ Continue reading
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+ Cuban cigars are beloved and hard to come by in the U.S. But that may not be the case for long if America lifts its half-century-old ban against Cuban exports. At a news conference in Havana, Cuba, Continue reading
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La semana pasada funcionó en La Habana una Feria del Libro que tiene como sede La Cabaña, una antigua fortaleza militar habanera con más parentesco con la represión y la muerte que con la poesía y la literatura: allí instaló su cuartel general Ernesto "Ché" Guevara en enero de 1959.

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Euro News Tuesday 24th February, 2015 "This is the first time we have ever been able to purchase, to legally, legally purchase (cigars), because some us who have been here before have purchased (on Continue reading
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National Turk Tuesday 24th February, 2015 Cuban President Raul Castro and US Vice-president Joe Biden are among the guests expected at the inauguration of President Tabare Vazquez this coming Sunday Continue reading
Un vídeo aficionado recoge el momento en que Jesús de 39 años de edad, impacta contra un motociclista que conducía en sentido contrario. Otro participante se encuentra ingresado en el hospital Continue reading
Tres activistas, una de Santa Clara, otra de Palma Soriano y una de La Habana, ponen en claro la virulencia de los cuerpos represivos en la isla. Desnudadas y bañadas con mezcla asfáltica. Continue reading
HAVANA - The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation has reported that at least 200 dissidents and activists were arrested and briefly held over the weekend and were now free. Elizardo Continue reading
HAVANA — Many of the Cuban diplomats negotiating detente with the … building along Calzada street in Havana's Vedado neighborhood. Less … of hiring Cuban civilians for U.S. military bases in Cuba. When … among the storied Havana landmarks associated with pre-Castro Cuba and the ill-fated … Continue reading
Russia is in talks with Abu Dhabi investors to build a major airport in Cuba to serve as a hub for Latin America. In an exclusive interview with The National, Russian trade and industry minister Denis Continue reading
By Carlos Batista ,AFP HAVANA -- Communist Cuba's revolution has held sway for so long - 56 years - that those who remember no other system are nearing retirement age with a mixture of fond memories, Continue reading
Habanos aspira a una cuota del 25 al 30% en EEUU cuando se abra el mercado AGENCIAS | La Habana | 23 Feb 2015 – 9:51 pm. La compañía califica de ‘simbolismo’ los nuevos permisos de importación de tabaco de la Isla en EEUU. El vicepresidente comercial de la compañía Habanos S. A., Jorge Luis […] Continue reading
El edificio "fue construido originalmente como el Instituto Cultural Cubano-Norteamericano (US-Cuba Instituto Cultural), y una vez fue uno de los pilares de los lazos profundos y complicados de los dos países". Continue reading
“¡Tantos años de servicio a la revolución y mira como nos humillan!, exclamó una anciana “ex-combatiente”. "Si quieren demoler tendrán que llevarme presa" Continue reading
Details Written by Rolando Sarmiento Ricart / Photo: Archive Category: Camagüey Published: 24 February 2015 Hits: 40 The sugar Continue reading