In these days of intense heat – when thermometers register temperatures above 30º C – residents of Havana go out in search of places where they can evade the scorching sun. The city’s majestic Prado promenade invites strollers to rest and give in to the day’s weariness. (30 photos)
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The Cuban government today described as “constructive” a meeting held on Wednesday and Thursday in the second round of negotiations for a Political Dialogue and Cooperation with the European Union (EU), reported dpa news.
The Virgen de la Caridad (“Virgin of Charity”) whose replica was enthroned at the Vatican Gardens this past Thursday has a very special significance. During a ceremony held in the morning of Thursday, an image of Cuba’s patron virgin was placed in an area close to the Jubilee Bell in the presence of 60 attendees, including 10 Cuban bishops.
Cuban pitcher Diosdany Castillo Vergel has fled Cuba and is currently training in Mexico, driven by the dream of playing in the US Major Leagues, sources close to the baseball player told Café Fuerte. He played for Villa Clara in the Cuban league.
Felix took five days making a journey that, on a plane, takes no more than 40 minutes. He left Havana one Sunday afternoon and arrived in Miami Thursday night. He was exhausted, unbathed, unshaven, famished and weighed several pounds less, but when he hugged his relatives at the end of the trip he was very happy. After all, he had been lucky.
Periodic shortages in Cuba of home and personal hygiene products marketed in stores selling in both regular pesos and hard currency will remain for the remainder of 2014, reported the official press on Thursday.
Cuban sports authorities have just degraded yet another of their baseball greats: former player, coach and manager Antonio Pacheco, known as the “Captain of Captains” till recently.
Uncertainty is what makes many Cubans think that neither they nor their children will have any future in their country. It drives many to leave the country in search of a train with a clearly-defined destination, even if that involves cleaning houses for a living.