Monday, October 31, 2016

Dance Cuba US Tour

LIZT ALFONSO DANCE CUBA: NOVENA GIRA POR ESTADOS UNIDOS
LIZT ALFONSO DANCE CUBA: NINTH USA TOUR
Octubre-noviembre 2016
Espectáculo/ Show: Cuba vibra!
Ciudades/ Cities: 7! 
Chicago (Illinois), Detroit (Michigan), Atlanta (Georgia), San Luis Obispo (California), Lewisburg (Pennsylvania), Sheboygan (Wisconsin), Statesville (North Carolina) 
Funciones/ Performances: 
Oct. 30 – Lewisburg, Pensilvania / Weis Center for the performing arts at Bucknell University
Nov. 03 – Sheboygan, Wisconsin / John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Nov. 05 y Nov. 06 – Chicago, Illinois / Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University
Nov. 09 – Detroit, Michigan / Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
Nov. 10 – Atlanta, Georgia / The Rialto Center for the Arts
<P! class=MsoNormalNov. 12 – Statesville, North Carolina / Performing Arts Live of Iredell 
Nov. 15 – San Luis Obispo, California / Cal Poly Arts</SP! an


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Trip Advisor Will Book for Cuba

TripAdvisor to Start Booking Travel to Cuba

By JUSTIN SABLICH 
   OCT. 27, 2016 


Travelers will soon be able to book accommodations to Cuba through TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel websites. It’s the latest development in an American travel industry that is slowly expanding tourism to the Communist nation.

The license, granted by the United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (O.F.A.C.), will allow TripAdvisor to book travel to Cuba for both United States and non-United States citizens, including for hotels, flights, cultural tours and short-term rentals, the company said.

TripAdvisor expects to begin travel-related sales to Cuba within the next few months, the company said.

“TripAdvisor looks forward to helping travelers all over the world discover Cuba’s vibrant history, people and culture as we begin the important work to make these trips possible,” said Stephen Kaufer, the president and chief executive of TripAdvisor.

It’s another step toward normalizing tourism to Cuba, but the reason for visiting must still fall into one of the 12 categories authorized by the O.F.A.C., which include family visits, academic programs, professional research and journalistic or religious activities.

While travelers can currently search for flights and hotels using TripAdvisor and other booking sites, they are redirected to third-party sites like Booking.com that are registered outside of the United States. The license will allow TripAdvisor to sell to travelers directly on its website.

Booking.com, the Amsterdam-based hotel-reservation site, said in March that it had reached agreements with several Cuban hotels to join its booking system.

The license granted to TripAdvisor is similar to the ones granted earlier in the year to other companies like Starwood for hotels and JetBlue and several other airlines for flights, and Airbnb for vacation rentals in 2015, TripAdvisor said.

The expanded travel options to Cuba began materializing after President Obama announced in 2014 that the United States would restore diplomatic relations with the country.

“We applaud President Obama’s policies to ease these restrictions and build relations with our island neighbor just 90 miles south of Florida,” Mr. Kaufer said in a statement.

Still, until the travel ban is completely lifted, travel will remain restricted to the government-sanctioned categories.

There is legislation in Congress that would allow for unrestricted travel to Cuba, but the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, which was reintroduced in the Senate in January 2015, has yet to become law.
“We urge Congress to make these relationships permanent by passing legislation that gives U.S. citizens the unrestricted freedom to travel to Cuba,” said Seth Kalvert, a senior vice president of TripAdvisor.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/27/travel/tripadvisor-cuba-booking.html?_r=0

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

US Abstains in UN Vote Against Embargo

For First Time, U.S. Abstains On U.N. Resolution Criticizing Cuba Embargo


October 26, 20163:49 PM ET 


The U.N. General Assembly votes every year on a resolution calling for an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba. The U.S. has always opposed the symbolic measure.
But today, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N Samantha Power told the General Assembly that for the first time, the U.S. would abstain.

It's part of a new approach by the Obama administration, she told the member states: "Rather than try to close off Cuba from the rest of the world, we want the world of opportunities and ideas open to the people of Cuba. After 50-plus years of pursuing the path of isolation, we have chosen to take the path of engagement."

The vote was 191-0. Israel joined the U.S. in abstaining.

The White House explicitly opposes the half-century-old embargo and has taken a series of actions aimed at easing it, while calling on Congress to repeal it completely. The U.S. and Cuba began normalizing relations in 2014, and President Obama made a landmark visit to the island nation earlier this year.

"No reason to vote to defend a failed policy we oppose," Ben Rhodes, a top White House adviser, tweeted. "The embargo denies opportunities to Cubans and isolates the U.S. For the sake of our interests and the Cuban people it should be lifted."

So why abstain, rather than vote in favor of the U.N. resolution? As Power put it: "I have to be clear, we don't support the shift for the reason stated in this resolution."The resolution calls for U.N. member states to stop applying laws that, among other things, are in violation of the U.N. charter and those that limit international trade and navigation. As Power said in her remarks, "All actions of the United States with regard to Cuba have been and are fully in conformity with the U.N. Charter and international law. ... We categorically reject the statements in the resolution that suggest otherwise."

This was the 25th time that the U.N. General Assembly has voted on a resolution calling for an end to the embargo, which has been in place since 1962, as Reuters reported. The wire service says the resolution is "non-binding, but can carry political weight."

In her comments, Power noted that "abstaining on this resolution does not mean that the United States agrees with all of the policies and practices of the Cuban government. We do not." She pointed to instances in which government critics have been arbitrarily detained and restrictions on the flow of information to the island.


She characterized today's abstention as a "small step" and closed her remarks by saying she hoped for more such steps — including "finally ending the U.S. embargo once and for all."

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/10/26/499469386/for-first-time-u-s-abstains-on-u-n-resolution-condemning-cuba-embargo

Friday, October 21, 2016

T-Mobile Roaming Now Available

October 21, 2016 



After striking a Cuba roaming deal back in May, T-Mobile today enabled its customers to roam in Cuba.

Starting today, T-Mobile customers can talk, text, and use data while in Cuba using their phone number and device. Pricing is set at $2.00 per minute for calling, $0.50 per sent SMS and MMS (free to receive), and $2.00 per megabyte. T-Mo also notes that Wi-Fi Calling is free. 

If you’re in the US, you’ve been able to place calls to Cuba since May if you’ve got the Stateside International Talk add-on. With this feature, calls cost $0.60 per minute.


It’s good to see T-Mobile rolling out Cuba roaming after announcing plans to do so back in May. It may not be cheap — though it is a bit cheaper than AT&T’s Cuba roaming prices — but it is convenient for T-Mobile customers that decide to travel to Cuba

http://www.tmonews.com/2016/10/t-mobile-now-offers-roaming-cuba/

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Personal Guide to Havana Culture

CULTOUR WITH ENRIQUE NUÑEZ


A private program of guided visits to cultural places in Havana.

Enrique Núñez, Art Historian, Singer-songwriter and Artistic Director, who spent 45 years in Cuban show business, will guide you to a very special, unforgettable experience, inside the underground culture of his city. Choose from private handicrafts, art workshops and galleries, folklore and Afro-Cuban religion, inside Havana University, fruit market, music recording studios, The Martin Luther King Center, Jewish Holocaust Museum, music conservatories, boxing gym in El Barrio, where Cuban champions are born, F.A.C.(Cuban Art Factory), these are some of the options you have with CULTOUR WITH ENRIQUE NUÑEZ.

Prices

For 12 hours/60 kilometer program within Havana perimeter.
1 person………………………………..70.00cuc.
2 persons……………………………….90.00cuc
3 persons……………………………….100.00cuc
4 persons……………………………..120.00cuc

Board an old Soviet LADA, “The Car of the Cuban Survival”, and enjoy this personalized tour in Havana, lead by a protagonist of Cuban Culture.

Assistance is also available to find rooms in good quality hotels and bed & breakfasts.

CONTACT

Phone:   (537) 8364849 / Cell-phone (535) 391 37 68 / e.mail:  iroko011@gmail.com

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Murphy vs Rubio, Big Test for Embargo

Patrick Murphy breaks barrier on U.S.-Cuban relations in Rubio challenge

Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:00am

TALLAHASSEE — For the first time in Florida's modern political history, Patrick Murphy is proposing something that no major party nominee for the U.S. Senate has dared to say. End the embargo with Cuba and replace it with more targeted sanctions.

For the last 54 years, the one automatic for any Republican or Democrat seeking to win a U.S. Senate seat in Florida was to assure voters they would back the embargo with Cuba until it forced the communist dictatorship out of power.
From when the embargo started in 1960 through 2012, every single party nominee for the U.S. Senate — both Democratic and Republican — opposed weakening the embargo.
And for good reason. Almost 1 million Cuban-Americans live in Miami-Dade — the state's most populous county — and as a bloc they can end any candidate's political ambitions.
Florida's senior senator, Bill Nelson, a Democrat, has not called for ending the embargo. But he has been firm in calling for changes of U.S. policy toward Cuba to "get into the 21st century" and has supported President Barack Obama's steps to normalize relations.
Enter Murphy, a Miami native, who backs Obama's efforts to engage more with Cuba.
Suddenly, Florida voters are in a position to have both U.S. Senators who support a more open diplomatic approach to Cuba.
"It's monumental," said Hector Perla, senior research fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.
Perla said if Florida — 90 miles from Cuba — suddenly has both senators supportive of warmer relations with Cuba, it changes the entire debate in Washington.
Murphy's position is even more startling given he faces U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in November. Rubio's world view is shaped by his Cuban roots. He's positioned himself as the Obama administration's toughest critic on Cuba. He has been unwavering in his support of the embargo and has opposed scaling back restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba. In fact while running for president, Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants who has lived most of his life in Miami, told The Guardian he "absolutely" would have reversed Obama's policies toward Cuba.
"The President's decision to reward the Castro regime and begin the path toward the normalization of relations with Cuba is inexplicable," Rubio said in 2014. Rubio pledged to use his position as a subcommittee chairman to block the administration's "dangerous" policies toward Cuba.
Since then Rubio has castigated the administration every time it has taken action on Cuba, whether it was lifting some commercial and travel sanctions, removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, or when Obama visited Havana.
Rubio said he wants change in the U.S. policy, but only if the Cuban government also offers change. Obama's efforts have all been one sided with no concessions from Cuba, he says.
Democrats like Murphy, particularly in Florida, have followed Obama's lead in calling for a change in the decades old adherence to the embargo. Already there is a growing contingent of Republicans around the nation that also has been pushing to end the embargo.
Polls shows why.
Nearly 70 percent of Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade County support the U.S. decision to open diplomatic relations with Cuba and a strong majority — 63 percent — oppose the embargo, according to a Florida International University poll released last month.
The poll reveals a major shift in Cuban-American attitudes toward U.S.-Cuba relations. Support for the embargo has steadily declined among Cuban-Americans in the Miami area — from an average of 84 percent in the 1990s to just 37 percent this year.
"The majority support at least some elements of the new course now being charted,'' said FIU professor Guillermo J. Grenier.
While older Cubans mostly support the embargo, younger Cubans in Miami have been increasingly open to resuming relations. Their reasoning is that as U.S. influence floods the island nation, the dictatorship will crumble faster.
Still those poll numbers have never been tested in an election for the Senate which has the power to change the law. When Nelson last ran for re-election in 2012, it was before Obama's moved to normalize relations. Nelson has been cautious in his statements about Cuba, but signaled the need for a change of approach.
It's a different era now, said former U.S. Rep. Jim Davis, a Tampa Democrat. In 2003, Davis, then a 3rd term congressman, visited Cuba on a fact finding mission, becoming the first U.S. Congressman from Florida to visit the island openly. Three years later, that visit resonated in Miami, haunting his gubernatorial run.
"People didn't really know me there, but what they knew was that I had gone to Cuba," Davis said. "It was a shut door. I still won Hispanic votes in Miami but it definitely hurt me with Cubans."
Davis, a Murphy supporter, said this year's Florida senate race could be historic.
"If you had two U.S. Senators from Florida ready to move past the embargo, that is a powerful change in the debate in Washington," Davis said.
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