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Cuba’s Rusney Castillo Signs with Red Sox for $72 Million

August 22, 2014 | No Comments »

Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo became the latest multi-millionaire from the island by signing a $72 million contract on Friday with the Boston Red Sox, the highest amount awarded thus far to a player from the island.




Beyonce and Jay-Z will not be punished for visiting Cuba

August 22, 2014 | 2 comments

Beyonce and Jay-Z did not violate US sanctions against Cuba by traveling to the island last year, according to a report by the Office of the Inspector General of the US Treasury Department.




Fidel Castro Receives Venezuela’s Maduro

August 20, 2014 | 10 comments

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro received the Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro at his home in Havana on Tuesday. Castro congratulated Maduro for his sending a plane of assistance to the population in Gaza, reported dpa news.




Cuba Gets OK to Download Google Chrome

August 20, 2014 | 12 comments

Internet giant Google announced Wednesday that its Chrome browser can now be downloaded in Cuba. The change comes as part of an easing of some US sanctions against the island, although the half century embargo remains in place.




Cuba, USA Converge over Cave Research

August 20, 2014 | 1 Comment »

María Pérez, an Assistant Professor in West Virginia University’s (WVU) Department of Geology and Geography, is using a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to research the collaboration between Cuban and U.S. speleologists.




Cuba Extends Consular Services in USA until Year’s End

August 20, 2014 | No Comments »

The Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., will continue to renew and extend the validity of passports held by Cubans residing in the United States until December 31, despite having been unable to find a bank willing to handle its accounts.




Cuban Writer Wins Major Poetry Prize in Chile

August 19, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Cuban poet Reina María Rodríguez received from Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, the Ibero-American Poetry Prize Pablo Neruda 2014 Monday at the La Moneda Palace in Santiago, Chile. The award received by Rodriguez includes US $ 60,000 and the commitment of publishing a poetry anthology.




Cuban Film “Conducta” Wins Award Lima Festival

August 19, 2014 | No Comments »

The Cuban film “Conducta” by filmmaker Ernesto Daranas won the Audience Award Saturday at the close of the 18th Film Festival in Lima, reported Prensa Latina.




Cuba to Issue New Banknotes

August 19, 2014 | 2 comments

The Central Bank of Cuba plans to issue in the near future new banknotes for regular Cuban pesos (CUP) with new security measures, according to official sources.




Smoking Still Big in Cuba

August 19, 2014 | 2 comments

According to a survey conducted by the Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), more than 50 percent of Cuba’s population is exposed to the harmful effects of cigarette smoke, as one of every four persons over 15 is an active smoker.