American Airlines To Offer Charter Flights From LAX To Cuba

Taking advantage of loosening travel restrictions to Cuba, American Airlines will begin to offer charter flights from LAX to the Caribbean island nation later this year.

Starting December 12, the carrier will begin to offer charter flights in Boeing 737 airplanes from LAX direct to Havana every Saturday. The flights are being sold by Cuba Travel Services of Cypress and seats will cost from $950 to $1,100 a person, the LA Times reported. Charter flights to Cuba are also available through airports in New York and Miami.

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There Are More Cruises to Cuba in the Works

With the flags now raised at U.S. and Cuban embassies, the two countries continue to restore relations—and ease tourism restrictions. Find out which cruise lines are racing to line up itineraries for 2016.

Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania, and Regent Seven Seas are the latest additions to the roster of cruise lines angling to sail to Cuba in the coming year. The CEO of the parent company, Frank Del Rio, said today that they are currently seeking approval from the U.S. and Cuban governments to sail educational, “people-to-people” itineraries, in line with the 12 U.S. travel restrictions still in place. Lee el resto de esta entrada

NYTimes recupera un texto de sus archivos sobre la presencia de Churchill en Cuba

Winston Churchill es famoso por disfrutar de la política, los tabacos, el periodismo y una buena pelea. Y parece que tuvo su primera experiencia en estas tres últimas cosas en Cuba.

El 6 de diciembre de 1895, The New York Times informó que Churchill era uno de los dos tenientes británicos de las fuerzas españolas que luchaban contra los revolucionarios cubanos, en la guerra por la independencia de la Isla. El hombre que terminaría siendo Primer Ministro de la Gran Bretaña tenía acreditación oficial como observador militar, pero realizó realmente pluriempleo, pues se desempeñó también como corresponsal de guerra para The Daily Graphic.

Como se anuncia en esta nota del Times, Churchill terminó convirtiéndose noticia, pues según el reporte, fue elogiada su “conducta valiente”, después de ser atacada la columna a la que pertenecía por las tropas combinadas de Antonio Maceo y Máximo Gómez. Esta operación, dice, tuvo lugar el 2 de diciembre de 1895. Lee el resto de esta entrada

Wynton Marsalis llevará a disco sus conciertos en Cuba

El jazzista, Wynton Marsalis, lanzará un álbum con temas de sus tres conciertos en vivo realizados en el Teatro Mella de La Habana en octubre de 2010, informó este jueves la NBC.

Live in Cuba abordará las profundas conexiones del jazz americano y la música afrocubana “desde el bebop al bolero y más allá”. Lee el resto de esta entrada

Se formó la Gozadera ….en el malecón habanero (+ Fotos)

Durante dos horas Gente de Zona hizo bailar a los habaneros, que tomaron 23 y Malecón, desde horas tempranas de la tarde para estar más cerca de La Gozadera que se formó justo a las 9 y media de la noche.

Sin promoción mediante Gente de Zona repleta cualquier lugar, imaginense ustedes cuando se anuncia días antes por la pequeña pantalla un concierto abierto y totalmente grtatis.

Alexander Delgado y Randy Malcom, intérpretes de la agrupación,  no se presentaban para los cubanos en plaza abierta desde hacia dos años. Sin embargo con este gran concierto, casi al cierre del verano, ajustaron cuentas con su gente, que sudó, cantó y movió el esqueleto hasta el filo de la media noche.

Bajo la excelente producción de Hectico PMM hicieron un repaso por todo su repertorio musical. Agradecieron al pueblo de Cuba su éxito internacional, ya que el mismo se debe, dijeron,  a que ellos son antes que nada populares en su tierra.

¿Qué seria del mundo de la música sino existiera Cuba?, se preguntó Delgado, director del grupo, ante los 120 mil  capitalinos presentes. “Decidimos hacer este concierto porque si Gente de Zona está hoy donde está es gracias a ustedes”, expresó.

Uno de los momentos más emocionantes de la noche fue cuando compartieron escenario con el regetonero El Micha y Jacob Forever, este último exintegrante de la agrupación.

Asimismo apareció también en escena el músico cubano Descemer Bueno, compositor de Bailando, quien cantó el tema junto a Gente de Zona y absolutamente todos los habaneros asistentes a esta fiesta de cierre de carnaval.

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“Festival Cubano” Brings Cuban Culture, Food, Music to Chicago’s Northwest Side

Chicago’s Riis Park looks and sounds a lot more like Havana, Cuba this weekend, as the 6th Annual Festival Cubano brings together the best in Cuban culture, music, and cuisine, according to ABC7 Chicago. Live acts perform Afro Cuban music, culture and dance. Cuban timba musician Pedrito Calvo is participating in this year’s events along with other Latin American musicians.

Besides food and music from Cuba and Latin America, the three-day event features a wide variety of arts and crafts booths, an expanded carnival area on a new location inside the park, a beer lounge and hand-rolled cigar bar, cooking demonstrations and cook-offs, a domino tournament, a health pavilion, school supplies giveaways and even a classic car show. The festival begins at noon each day at Riis Park. Lee el resto de esta entrada

Trade mission to Cuba aims to capitalize on opportunities for Kentucky businesses

Late last week, the United States raised its flag atop the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, signifying renewed diplomatic talks between the two countries after 54 years of limited and contentious relations.

For some in the business community, there is hope that the talks could lead to a lift on the trade embargo on Cuba, which would open the doors for business partnerships between the two countries. Lee el resto de esta entrada

22 Pirates Baseball Hats Sent To Cuba From Pittsburgh

Cubans love baseball. They especially love former Pittsburgh Pirate and Puerto Rican native Roberto Clemente so when Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto led a delegation of business leaders to the island nation in May, it was no surprise that the Pirates and Clemente often came up in conversation.

What was a surprise was the email Bill Peduto received after returning home.

“We had the opportunity to meet a guy named Roberto Chile who is the official documentarian of (former Cuban President) Fidel Castro,” Peduto said. “He had sent a message saying, ‘If you could please ask the mayor if he could send two Pittsburgh Pirates baseball hats, one for me and one for El Presidente,’” Peduto said. Lee el resto de esta entrada

Leahy advocates for further normalization of relations with Cuba

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Monday that the United States’ travel ban against Cuba contradicts American ideals. Those ideals ought to be promoted abroad, Leahy said, by lifting the trade embargo against the Caribbean country.

Leahy delivered his remarks to a small group of reporters gathered at his Burlington office on the heels of his return to the United States after witnessing Americans on Aug. 14 raise their flag over an embassy in Cuba for the first time in 54 years. Lee el resto de esta entrada

Senate Appropriations Committee Adopts Pro-Cuba Trade Amendments Before Recess

 Screen shot 2015-08-19 at 8.31.57 AMOn July 23, the Senate Appropriations Committee considered and approved its version of the FY 2016 Financial Services Appropriations bill, which included consideration of several amendments to improve the U.S. relationship with Cuba. Specifically, the Committee adopted amendments that would: prohibit funds from being used to ban travel of U.S. citizens to Cuba, from Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)); eliminate a financing barrier to trade by allowing for the use of private credit for the sale of agricultural commodities to Cuba, from Senator John Boozman (R-AR) based on legislation introduced by Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Boozman; and repeal the 180 prohibition on vessels that have traveled to Cuba from loading or unloading freight in the U.S. without a license, from Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). NAWG applauds adoption of amendments to enable U.S. wheat farmers to export to Cuba and continues to advocate for expanding trading opportunities through stand-alone legislation and the Appropriations process.

Source: NAWG

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