Cuba debuts modern Chinese train as rail overhaul begins
Jamaica Gleaner

The first train using new equipment from China pulled out of Havana on Saturday, hauling excited passengers on the start of a 915-kilometre (516-mile) journey to the eastern end of the island as the government tries to...

Eccentric US millionaire McAfee plans presidential run...from Cuba
Jamaica Observer

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — After making a fortune with his early antivirus software, then being caught up in murder and drugs cases in Belize, US millionaire John McAfee has now added a new chapter to his tumultuous life...

Cuba lowers tourism target 15% after US cruise ban
Jamaica Observer

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Cuba has revised down by about 15 per cent its forecast for the number of tourists visiting this year, after a US ban on cruise ship stopovers in the Communist island, the g overnment said on...

Cuban-Americans sue French bank over Castro-era nationalisation
Jamaica Observer

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — The Cuban-American heirs of a bank nationalised by Cuba's communist Government have filed suit against France's Societe generale (Soc Gen) for allegedly profiting from the confiscated...

David Jessop | Cuba: overcoming the inertia of the tired
Jamaica Gleaner

Just over a week ago, President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel, said that starting this month, all state-employed workers will receive the first of what is likely to be several salary increases. His widely reported...

Government ups support for SMEs
Jamaica Observer

The Government of Jamaica on top of its already mounting support for the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) sector has announced plans to set up four regional workspace incubators to facilitate small business...

Cuba to legalise independent film-makers
Jamaica Observer

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) —Cuba is to allow independent film-makers to legally produce their own movies as of August, giving a major boost to directors and producers who have long operated in a legal grey area. A decree...

Online grocery delivery service launches
Royal Gazette

In part four of a series of stories profiling participants in the Enterprise Bermuda incubator programme organised by the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, we speak to Carl Vincent and Leanne Evans.Entrepreneurs...

Cubans left frustrated by slow and costly Internet roll-out
Jamaica Observer

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Six months on from the euphoria that greeted full Internet access for mobile phones on the communist-run island, frustrated Cubans complain it is too expensive, too slow, and crippled by...

Cuba's overseas medical brigade a repressive sham, ex-staffers say
Jamaica Observer

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A great source of pride for communist Cuba is a medical corps that has fanned out across the globe for decades to help people in troubled or poor countries.But don't tell that to...

Cuba restrictions hit cruise lines at the start of summer
Jamaica Gleaner

The Trump administration’s new restrictions on travel to Cuba will hit hardest at the cruise industry, taking away a new and increasingly popular destination at the start of the critical summer vacation season. Major...

Cuba's support for Maduro 'not negotiable' despite US sanctions
Jamaica Observer

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Cuba rejected the latest US restrictions on travel to the island yesterday and stressed that its support for Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is “not negotiable”.

Last cruise ship leaves Cuba as fresh US sanctions bite
Jamaica Observer

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — The last US cruise liner to stop over in Cuba sailed out again Wednesday as stepped-up US sanctions against the Communist-run island came into force.Cubans who have welcomed and benefited from...

Trump administration halts cruises to Cuba
Jamaica Gleaner

The Trump administration on Tuesday ended the most popular forms of US travel to Cuba, banning cruise ships and a heavily used category of educational travel in an attempt to cut off cash to the island’s communist...

US tightens Cuba sanctions, ends group travel
Jamaica Observer

WAHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The Trump Administration banned group educational travel to Cuba on yesterday, cutting off one of the main avenues for Americans to visit the Caribbean island.In a move to punish what...

Cuba legalises private Wi-Fi
Jamaica Gleaner

Cuba announced Wednesday that is legalising private Wi-Fi networks and the importation of equipment like routers, eliminating one of the world’s tightest restrictions on Internet use. The measure announced by state...

Cuba bets on tourism as Trump's restrictions take hold
Jamaica Observer

VARADERO, Cuba (AP) — The battle for Cuba's economic future is being waged on its beaches. And at its all-inclusive resorts, dive sites, and cobblestoned colonial plazas.

Trump: US 'stands by' Cuban freedom
Jamaica Observer

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump on Monday said the United States “stands by” Cubans seeking freedom and accused the island's communist Government of attacking democracy in the...

Industry State Minister explores entrepreneurial strategies in Puerto Rico
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green, is in Puerto Rico where he is exploring the neighbouring island's incubator and accelerator systems and...

Entrepreneurism a learning process for Laws
Royal Gazette

In part three of a series about the Enterprise Bermuda incubator programme, we speak to Nadia Laws.While most participants in Enterprise Bermuda are new or aspiring entrepreneurs, Nadia Laws has successfully operated her...

Cuban visits to Nicaragua up 900%
Jamaica Observer

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — More than 5,000 Cubans have visited Nicaragua so far this year, a 900% increase over the total for all of 2018, Nicaraguan officials said Wednesday.It lends evidence to anecdotal accounts...

US targets shippers for bringing Venezuela oil to Cuba
Jamaica Observer

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States last Friday imposed sanctions on two shipping companies for delivering Venezuelan oil to ally Cuba in what it called a response to actions against opposition...

Spain lashes out at Trump over Cuba, Venezuela
Jamaica Observer

MADRID, Spain (AFP) ­ — Spain's foreign minister on Wednesday lashed out at Washington's decision to lift a ban on lawsuits in US courts over property confiscated by Cuba, calling the move an “abuse of...

Havana's Chinatown dreaming of a new lease on life
Jamaica Observer

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Nestling alongside Havana's old town, surrounded by colonial buildings and swept by the exhaust trails of passing 1950s American convertibles, stands a large arch with an ornate roof.It's the...

Support for small farmers and agro-processors
Jamaica Observer

 Small farmers and agro-processors are to benefit from increased support under the Rural Agricultural Development Authority's (RADA) Agro-Processing Incubator Project, aimed at supporting the development of...

Cuba urges EU action on US lawsuit threat
Jamaica Observer

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — Cuba's ambassador to the EU recently urged the bloc to take “all measures” to protect its investors on the island, after Washington lifted a bar on lawsuits in US courts over...

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