Photo: Paulette Hurdlick
Havana Weather for June 30 – July 6

June 29, 2016 | No Comments »

Expect warm days with high relative humidity and scattered showers on some afternoons during this 7-day forecast period. High temperatures will be between 31 and 33° C (88 and 91 F) and lows at 24 and 25° C (75 and 77 F).

The main park in Santiago de Las Vegas.
Robberies at Havana Area Wi-Fi Hotspots

June 29, 2016 | No Comments »

In June alone in Santiago de Las Vegas, people who live around the park where the Wi-Fi is installed say that at least ten people have been victims of assault. The official press has not reported at all on the situation.

Four Points Hotel now operated by Sheraton Havana.
Sheraton Opens its First Hotel in Cuba

June 28, 2016 | 9 comments

The Four Points Hotel operated by Sheraton of the Starwood chain opened for business today in Havana, Cuba, becoming the first US hotel establishment operating in Cuba since the 1959 Revolution.

The 5-day event is dedicated to Nicole Nicoya (1946-2005) and Santiago Feliu (1962-2014). Photo: cubadebate.cu
Five Day Cuban Trova (Folk) Revival

June 28, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The first Gathering of Trovadores in Havana will take place at El Sauce. An initiative created by singer-songwriter Frank Delgado it honors the memory of Noel Nicola (1946-2005) and Santiago Feliu (1962-2014).

Shaq gives a basketball workshop to children and teenagers in Vedado, Havana. Photo: Jose L. Anaya
Shaq O’Neal, Joy on a Havana Basketball Court

June 27, 2016 | 1 Comment »

What struck me the most about Shaquille O’Neal wasn’t his giantesque stature but his fun and open personality that very few sports stars or artists who come to the City of the Moment recently, have.

The Popular Bank buildling in Puerto Rico.
Cuba Gives OK to MasterCard at Havana ATMs

June 27, 2016 | 4 comments

The Central Bank of Cuba today authorized the use of MasterCards issued by Stonegate Bank in the US and Banco Popular of Puerto Rico in operations at ATMs in the Cuban capital.

Capriles photo dpa
Venezuela Opposition Successfully Concludes Signature Validation Process

June 25, 2016 | 4 comments

The Venezuelan opposition announced on Friday that at the end of the week-long process to validate signatures calling for a referendum against President Nicolas Maduro, a total of 409,313 voters reaffirmed their will for the consultation.

Obama and Shaq.  Photo: scoopnews.com.it
Obama Sends Shaq O’Neal to Cuba as a Sports Ambassador

June 25, 2016 | No Comments »

Basketball legend Shaq O’Neal arrives in Cuba today for a four-day visit, sent by President Obama as a special ambassador for the sport.

Fidel Castro at the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party in April 2016.  Photo:  Omara Garcia Mederos/ACN
Cuban Gov. Prepares for Fidel Castro’s 90th Birthday

June 25, 2016 | 16 comments

Cuba will be transformed into one giant concert on August 13th to celebrate Comandante Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday, announced the island’s cultural authorities on Saturday. Festivities promoted by government offices and Communist Party organizations for Castro’s birthday are focusing particularly on the younger generations, especially children. Here the leader is shown at his last public appearance in April 2016.

Britain appears headed for an exit from the EU.  File photo: ibtimes.co.uk
Bookies Say Brits Pulling Out of EU (+ Final results)

June 23, 2016 | 1 Comment »

As the clock strikes 4:30 a.m. Friday in London the campaign to leave the European Union has apparently won in a close vote. Bookies are now saying that the chances of the Remain choice to rebound and win are less than one in fifteen.