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Away From “The Honey Of Power” Carlos Lage Focuses On Fighting Mosquitoes

Away From “The Honey Of Power” Carlos Lage Focuses On Fighting Mosquitoes / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 30 May 2016 – Every evening he emerges with his briefcase from the place where he purges his fate of being ousted. Carlos Lage, former vice president of Cuba’s Council of State, works on the […] Continue reading

Campaign Against the Mosquito

Campaign Against the Mosquito / Rebeca Monzo Rebeca Monzo, 30 May 2016 — On my planet, Cuba, dengue fever has been brought on by unsanitary conditions, which in turn were brought on by the revolution. Neglect and abandonment have caused the Aedes aegypti mosquito to proliferate from buildings abandoned due to collapse, from leaks in […] Continue reading

Cuba – The Return of the Power Cuts

Cuba: The Return of the Power Cuts / Ivan Garcia Ivan Garcia, 27 May 2016 — As of three weeks ago there have been power cuts of up to three hours in different parts of Havana. Sometimes longer. “Friday, April 29 in Altahabana (a neighbourhood in the southeast of the city), the power was cut […] Continue reading

I’m Going to Set Fire to It and See What Happens

“I’m Going to Set Fire to It and See What Happens” / Anddy Sierra Alvarez by Lumumba residents against the dumping of solid waste in the neighborhood is all but lost. The garbage dump, established three years ago, is bigger today and includes debris from roadwork done in the area. According to residents, there were […] Continue reading

British foreign minister visits Cuba in first such trip since

British foreign minister visits Cuba in first such trip since AFP | London April 29, 2016 Last Updated at 05:22 IST Britain’s foreign minister has arrived in Cuba in the first such visit since 1959, to hold talks on cooperation in “financial services, energy, culture and education”, London announced. It follows last month’s landmark visit […] Continue reading

Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

Why the Zika virus is causing alarm REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE – Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas. The following are some questions and answers about the virus and current outbreak: How do […] Continue reading

Timeline: Zika’s origin and global spread

Timeline: Zika’s origin and global spread Reuters April 26, 2016 April 25 (Reuters) – – The following timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago: 1947: Scientists researching yellow fever in Uganda’s Zika Forest identify the virus in a rhesus monkey 1948: Virus recovered from Aedes […] Continue reading

Cuba reports more Zika virus cases

Cuba reports more Zika virus cases Source: Xinhua 2016-04-14 05:05:33 HAVANA, April 13 (Xinhua) — A Cuban arriving from Venezuela days ago has been confirmed as the ninth imported case, bringing the country’s total number of Zika virus infections to 10, Cuba’s Health Ministry announced Wednesday. The patient, who is from Havana, the national capital, […] Continue reading

Google Jumps Through Hoops In Cuba

Google Jumps Through Hoops In Cuba / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar Posted on April 11, 2016 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 7 April 2016 — Google may be the Internet giant, but in Cuba it has had to jump through hoops. This Wednesday, the newly inaugurated Google+Kcho.MOR site opened its doors late because the employee who keeps the […] Continue reading

On Special Rationed Milk and other Food Products Cubans Eat

On Special Rationed Milk and other Food Products Cubans Eat March 29, 2016 Regina Cano HAVANA TIMES — Some of us who live in Cuba have the strong feeling that our current eating habits aren’t exactly healthy. Some know this, others simply don’t even worry about it. The situation could become much worse when many […] Continue reading

CDC issues Zika virus travel notice for Cuba

CDC issues Zika virus travel notice for Cuba BY JESSICA PLAUTZ The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has added Cuba to its list of countries and territories where Zika virus is spreading after a local case was confirmed. The first case of local transmission of Zika virus in the country was confirmed Tuesday: State media […] Continue reading

US warns of Zika risk in Cuba ahead of Obama’s trip

US warns of Zika risk in Cuba ahead of Obama’s trip By JOSH LEDERMAN Mar. 19, 2016 2:47 PM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is warning of the risk of Zika virus in Cuba just as President Barack Obama heads to the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s adding […] Continue reading

Cuba reports first case of Zika contracted in the country

Cuba reports first case of Zika contracted in the country HAVANA Cuba’s Health Ministry on Tuesday reported the first case of Zika contracted in the country, in a 21-year-old woman living in central Havana and who had not been overseas. Cuba’s four previous cases of Zika all involved people who had contracted the virus while […] Continue reading

Havanans Await Obama with Anticipation or Indifference

Havanans Await Obama with Anticipation or Indifference / Iván García Posted on March 15, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 15 March 2016 — Sipping every now and then from a plastic bottle with murky spirits that brings tears to his eyes, Arsenio is trying to sell a collection of outdated junk and a handful of old magazines […] Continue reading

The Mosquito and the Democratization of the Cuban Political System

The Mosquito and the Democratization of the Cuban Political System / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on March 11, 2016 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 10 March 2016 – You don’t have to be a doctor or an epidemiologist to realize that mosquitoes are not defeated by occasional fumigation battles and the collection of debris and trash, […] Continue reading

Raul Castro Calls For More Discipline In Combating The Mosquito That Transmits Zika

Raul Castro Calls For More Discipline In Combating The Mosquito That Transmits Zika / EFE, 14ymedio Posted on March 8, 2016 EFE / 14ymedio, Havana, 7 March 2016 – Cuban President Raul Castro urged an increase in discipline and acting “energetically” against the unfinished and “constant” hygiene campaign undertaken on the island to combat the […] Continue reading

What Are You Complaining About?

What Are You Complaining About? / Rebeca Monzo Posted on March 7, 2016 Rebeca Monzo, 7 March 2016 — Many citizens complain about events such as these: President Obama’s visit, the Rolling Stones concert, the Chanel fashion show on the Paseo del Prado, international sporting events and others. They often take them as a show […] Continue reading

Cuba Confirms Second Zika Case In Nurse Returned From Venezuela

Cuba Confirms Second Zika Case In Nurse Returned From Venezuela / 14ymedio Posted on March 4, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 3 March 2016 – A second case of Zika has been diagnosed in Cuba, according to a report on primetime television news. The patient is a licensed nurse, 52, who recently returned from Tachira, Venezuela, and […] Continue reading