Katy Perry, the new goddess of pop in the United States, snuck into Havana over the weekend, following in the footsteps of Beyonce, Rihanna and Mick Jagger and the expected visits of Sting and Stevie Wonder.
The US Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, announced Friday that it is looking for contractors interested in establishing a high-speed digital connection from Washington, D.C., to Cuba.
Frank Rodriguez, a young folk musician from Santiago de Cuba, can already look back on a long and rewarding music career. “Changing our milieu is good for us as artists, you have to be willing to risk everything.”
Eight Cubans are playing in the Major League Baseball playoffs. These include: Kendrys Morales, Jon Jay, Yoenis Cespedes, Jorge Soler, Eric Hosmer, Yasmani Grandal, Yasiel Puig and Alexander Guerrero.
US and Spanish golfers have pledged to support the creation of a Cuban national golf federation. The question is should the National Sports Institute dedicate part of its meager budget to finance the practice of an expensive sport that almost no one plays in Cuba?
“A bit of music, a bit of music!” DJ Neurys exclaims after going on stage and getting behind the synthesizers. All the way from Minneapolis, Manny Bhefto asks people to clap: “What’s up, Havana?” It’s Friday night at Havana’s Fabrica de Arte Cubano, a venue of the Les Voix Humaines Festival.
During an interview with Chilean television, US Secretary of State John Kerry said his country’s embargo on Cuba could end “before full democracy exists” on the island, DPA reported. Kerry maintained that “there is progress” on the island.
The Cuban Civil Defense announced on Saturday evening that the eastern part of the country, including the provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Holguin, Las Tunas, Camaguey and Ciego de Avila are back to normal after the passing of Hurricane Joaquin north of the island.
With home Internet service unavailable to Cubans and public WiFi hot spots prohibitive in cost for the average worker/professional, the State monopoly Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA) announces that it will now allow people in other countries to pay for Cubans’ Internet use.
The Pope saluted the gathered crowds, kissed a number of children who had been preselected for the occasion, blessed a similarly pre-approved woman on a wheelchair, embraced his Jesuit brothers and boarded his new Pope Mobile. No one drew his attention to a bulletin board where hundreds of petitions from Cuban citizens had been posted.