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Cuban Hospitals Begin Telling Patients There Is No Such Thing as Free Healthcare

Cuban Hospitals Begin Telling Patients There Is No Such Thing as Free Healthcare

Cuban hospitals have begun to issue “symbolic” bills to their patients (Cubanet). TODAY CUBA – A report from Cuban television noted that Cuban medical institutions have begun to provide their patients with symbolic bills with the actual cost of services rendered. Miosotis Moreno, director of Economics and Planning at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) […]

Why Cuban Schoolteachers Are Quitting their Jobs Massively

Why Cuban Schoolteachers Are Quitting their Jobs Massively

Teachers claim their main reason for leaving is low salaries. (Flickr) TODAY CUBA, MAYABEQUE, CUBA — Teachers and other education professionals started leaving their jobs at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year in Cuba’s Mayabeque province. Over the next few months, many followed suit. This year’s figure constitutes the biggest exodus of teachers since […]

The ‘Lettuce Ladies’ Get To Work In Cuba

The ‘Lettuce Ladies’ Get To Work In Cuba

Scantily-clad vegan women wearing bikinis made out of lettuce in Havana to lecture impoverished Cubans against eating meat. Photo Ernesto Mastrascusa EFE TODAY CUBA – Wasting no time, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) official vegan ambassadors the “Lettuce Ladies” hit the ground running after arriving on their first-ever flight to Cuba, […]

Cuban Hotels Among Best All-Inclusives of the Caribbean

Cuban Hotels Among Best All-Inclusives of the Caribbean

TODAY CUBA (Varadero, Cuba)  Two hotels in this resort, the largest and most important in Cuba, stand out today in the All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean region, a prestigious website specializing in tourism reported. The mentioned facilities are the Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa Hotel, and the Iberostar Varadero Hotel, the online travel website TripAdvisor […]

Cuba’s Flying Pizza

Cuba’s Flying Pizza

RICO’S JOURNAL – Watching this video brought back memories of my recent trip to Cuba. I didn’t try the two Marta’s pizza, however, I did at a food stand near  the apartment I was staying in the Vedado neighborhood, some 10 blocks from the fancy tourist hotels and the malecon. Nothing special in presentation, both […]

Cuba’s Flying Pizzas

Cuba’s Flying Pizzas

TODAY CUBA – When Cuba expanded private enterprise in 2010, Marta Castaeda and her husband were granted a license to open up their own pizzeria, which they called “A Mi Manera” or “My Way.” Despite working out of less than ideal circumstances, Castaeda found a creative way to deliver pizzas from the ovens on her […]

Trump’s Refugee Ban Could Affect Cuban Doctors Fleeing

Trump’s Refugee Ban Could Affect Cuban Doctors Fleeing

Cuban doctors apply for parole to the United States while waiting for their visas to be processed. (Tijuana Press) TODAY CUBA – The executive order signed by US President Donald Trump banning refugees could also affect Cuban doctors who have applied for entry through “parole” into the United States. Parole is a form of immigration that allows applicants […]

Things You Should or Want Know About Cuba

Things You Should or Want Know About Cuba

El Capitolio peeks through a gap in the winding streets of Havana. Flickr TODAY CUBA / Cuba is the Caribbean island nation under communist rule. It has sugar-white beaches and is dotted with tobacco fields, which play a part in the production of the country’s legendary cigars. The capital, Havana (La Habana), is lined with […]

Costa Rica’s Former Ambassador In Havana Sees It Difficult to Do Business With Cuba

Costa Rica’s Former Ambassador In Havana Sees It Difficult to Do Business With Cuba

Q COSTA RICA / Rodrigo Carreras, who up to December 31 (2016) was the Costa Rica’s Ambassador to Cuba, in an interview with La Nacion said it will be difficult for Costa Rican investors to do business with the island nation, at least for now. Carreras who decided to take early retirement from his post, […]

Latin America Makes History In 2016

Latin America Makes History In 2016

Satisfaction! On March 25, just one day after the end of a historic visit from US President Barack Obama, who was the first US president to visit Cuba in 88 years, the Rolling Stones played Havana. Tens of thousands of Cubans poured into the Ciudad Deportiva stadium to cheer the cult British band’s first ever […]

Cuba Finds Obama’s Migration Decision Positive

Cuba Finds Obama’s Migration Decision Positive

U.S. President Barack Obama TODAY CUBA (Prensa Latina) The government of Cuba considers a positive step forward in improving relations with the United States an agreement announced Thursday by President Barack Obama, with only one week left in his mandate, to secure regular, safe and orderly migration between the two countries. Obama’s declaration does away […]

Obama ‘Screwed’ Us, Cuban Migrants Lash Out At U.S. President

Obama ‘Screwed’ Us, Cuban Migrants Lash Out At U.S. President

Many Cuban migrants feel US President Barack Obam turned his back on them.Much of the anger is directed at him personally. TODAY CUBA / President Barack Obama, on Thursday, one week before his mandate ends, issued a statement on ending the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, saying, “By taking this step, we are treating Cuban […]

“Donald Trump Is Good News For Cuba”, Opposition Leader Argues

“Donald Trump Is Good News For Cuba”, Opposition Leader Argues

TODAY CUBA – Opponent to the Cuban government Antonio Rodiles said the victory of Republican Donald Trump is good news for his country. “Donald Trump is good news for Cuba,” he said in an interview with the newspaper El País. Rodiles said Trump’s presidency will end two years of indolence toward the events taking place in Cuba. “I thought […]

“Fidel Backed The Just and Noble Causes”: Ortega At Fidel Castro Memorial Service

“Fidel Backed The Just and Noble Causes”: Ortega At Fidel Castro Memorial Service

Daniel Ortega speaking at the memorial service for Fidel Castro in La Havana Tuesday night TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – In an unscripted and with the aid of Raul for the exact dates, Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega gave an emotional speech at the memorial service for Fidel Castro in La Havana on Tuesday night. In perhaps […]

The World Woke Up Without Fidel

The World Woke Up Without Fidel

People with images of Fidel Castro gather one day after his death in Havana, Cuba, Nov. 26, 2016. Cuba will observe nine days of mourning for the former president. TODAY CUBA – Despite his age and visible deterioration, the death of Fidel Castro on Friday surprised everyone and more, there were no even previous rumours […]

Cuba Announced Death of Fidel Castro

Cuba Announced Death of Fidel Castro

(Q24N) TODAY CUBA NEWS – Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90. Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother and current president of Cuba, announced his death on state television. It provided no further details. Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a one-party state for almost half a century before handing […]

Limitless Cigars and Rum for U.S. Tourists in Cuba

Limitless Cigars and Rum for U.S. Tourists in Cuba

Bolivar Belicoso Fino, Cohiba Siglo IV, Cuaba Distinguidos, Trinidad Robusto Extra and Hoyo Churchill brand cigars. Credit: Alex Brown/cc by 2.0 Q24N (IPS) – After more than a half-century of a commercial, financial and economic embargo, U.S.-Cuban trade relations took a significant step forward last month. On Oct. 14, the Barack Obama administration announced a […]

Trump, A Concern For Cuba

Trump, A Concern For Cuba

Are the new US-Cuba relations in jeopardy under Donald Trump? TODAY CUBA NEWS – During a visit to Florida 24 hours before Election Day, now President-elect Donald Trump pledged he would “stand with the people of Cuba and Venezuela in their fight against oppression” and that he would “bring jobs and education … to Puerto […]

Cuba, US Seek to Boost Bilateral Cooperation

Cuba, US Seek to Boost Bilateral Cooperation

Cuba, US Seek to Boost Bilateral Cooperation By Waldo Mendiluza, special correspondent (Prensa Latina) Delegations from Cuba and the United States will hold here today the 4th meeting of the Bilateral Commission, a mechanism that seeks to boost cooperation between the two countries in a scenario marked by the effect of the U.S. blockade. The […]

Cuba Admits Troubles From Shorter Supply of Venezuelan Oil

Cuba Admits Troubles From Shorter Supply of Venezuelan Oil

For the first time, Raúl Castro publicly referred to “contraction” in supply of Venezuelan fuel Cuban President Raúl Castro admitted that the domestic economy undergoes “adverse circumstances” due, among others, to Venezuela’s standstill and “contraction” in supply of Venezuelan oil. However, he ruled out a “collapse” or return to the Special Period. At the end […]

Cuba Remains Russia’s Most Trustworthy Partner in Latin America

Cuba Remains Russia’s Most Trustworthy Partner in Latin America

(Sputnik) — Cuba remains the most trustworthy Russian partner in Latin American and Caribbean States, the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, Sergei Naryshkin, said Thursday. “Cuba remains our most reliable and trustworthy partner in Latin America and the Caribbean Basin… I would love to stress one more time, that we are fully satisfied with the level of our countries’ multidimensional cooperation, […]

President Castro Calls for Solutions at 7th Summit in Havana

President Castro Calls for Solutions at 7th Summit in Havana

 June 5, 2016  Cuba’s President Raul Castro (Front) takes part in the 7th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in Havana (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz called today in this capital to find new and feasible solutions as for all the territories of the Caribbean could face regional challenges, such as […]

Joint Work is Key to Boost Caribbean Development, Says President Solis

Joint Work is Key to Boost Caribbean Development, Says President Solis

QCOSTARICA – In Cuba, Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis said joint work and integration will be essential to carry on with the objectives of development proposed for the coming years by the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in order to achieve prosperity and sustainability in the countries of the area. The need was highlighted […]