Cuba: Jorge Soler’s Smash Debut with Chicago Cubs

August 31, 2014 | No Comments »

Jorge Soler is the latest in a string of Cuban baseball stars and prospects to have a smashing start in Major League Baseball. The 22-year-old outfielder homered in his first at bat on Tuesday in Cincinnati and went 8-for-15 in his first four games (against the Reds and St. Louis), including three homers and seven RBIs.

Cuba Calls Meeting with EU Constructive

August 29, 2014 | 1 Comment »

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.

Cuba’s Patron Virgin Enthroned at the Vatican Gardens

August 29, 2014 | 2 comments

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.

Pitcher Diosdany Castillo Flees Cuba, Training in Mexico

August 29, 2014 | No Comments »

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.

Cuban Rower to Semis in World Championships

August 28, 2014 | No Comments »

??Cuban rower Angel Fournier moved Thursday to semifinals of the singles heavyweight event, at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, reported Prensa Latina.

Cuba: Hygiene Product Shortages Continue

August 28, 2014 | 8 comments

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.

Cuba to Prevent Entry of Dirty Money

August 28, 2014 | No Comments »

The Central Bank of Cuba (BCC) announced measures this week to minimize the entry of illicit capital through transactions resulting from the opening of the island to foreign capital under the recently adopted Foreign Investment Law.

Havana Weather for Aug. 28 – Sept. 3

August 27, 2014 | No Comments »

The passage of a tropical wave south of Cuba should bring rains in Havana on Thursday and Friday. The other days will be typical summer weather with refreshing afternoon rains. The maximum temperature will remain stable around 33° C (91 F) and low around 25° C (77 F).

New Mall Opens in Havana

August 27, 2014 | 8 comments

On Saturday August 30th the Puentes Grandes Shopping Plaza opens its doors in the Cuban capital. The government administered stores are located in a restored building in the municipality of Cerro and will charge in both Cuban currencies.

Cuba School Year Begins Sept. 1, Teacher Shortage Persists

August 26, 2014 | 2 comments

On Monday Sept. 1, the new school year begins in Cuba at all levels, from pre-school to technical and university classes, announced Education Minister Ena Elsa Velásquez Cobiella.