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Students visit Cuba to study how globalization has impacted education

William & Mary students participating in a study-abroad program in Cuba the week after Commencement got an up-close look at the education system in that nation, as well as its history and culture. A small group of students from various majors went on the excursion, which was an offshoot of the COLL 300credit-eligible class Globalization and Education.

“Even if students were well traveled, this was a unique experience because Americans have been isolated from Cubans for a protracted period of time,” said Jacqueline Rodriguez, W&M assistant professor of education and co-organizer of the trip. The group visited a primary school and secondary school, spoke with a representative of the ministry of education and talked with local residents during visits to Vinales and the Bay of Pigs. It also toured the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of the Revolution, the Jimenez Foundation, the UNSECO biosphere reserve at Las Terrazas and the Korimacao Community Project.

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Cuba named as number one travel destination for female solo travellers

fa968746-9513-4fcb-ab94-6871cbcc7667Apparently Cuba is the number one destination with solo bookings rising from 371% between 2016 and 2017.

A few years ago, the idea of holidaying solo seemed a lonely prospect, and for female travellers it was also potentially dangerous. But improved infrastructure and growing confidence have helped the solo travel market explode, with more men and women choosing to embark on adventures alone.

Hostelworld has revealed a 42% increase in solo travel bookings over the past two years, and according to their data, female solo bookings grew 45% between 2015 and 2017.  Continue reading “Cuba named as number one travel destination for female solo travellers”

Cuba and TT Seek ‘New Opportunities’ to Boost Trade


The vice-president of the Cuba Chamber of Commerce, Ruben Ramos, has led a 27-strong delegation of Cuban businesses displaying their products at the TT Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) annual Trade and Investment Convention at the Centre of Excellence in Trinidad and Tobago.  The two Caribbean countries are exploring new ways to further boast trade opportunities between the two Caribbean countries.

“There is a commitment from Cuba to develop that relationship with the Caribbean as part of foreign policy for trade and integration in Caricom, (Caribbean Community) Ramos said. “We are working to try to facilitate trade, (whether it is) transportation and trade agreement to reduce tariffs, that will help trade activity between our countries.”  Continue reading “Cuba and TT Seek ‘New Opportunities’ to Boost Trade”


e36c8dfb161e2f37fe2368e8c2a1a89d_lWritten by LSU Sports

Despite a long travel day, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team put together possibly its most complete game of the summer on Tuesday as it cruised to a dominating 5-1 victory in its series opener against Cuba at Estadio Latinoamericano.

The story of the day was Florida State southpaw Drew Parrish who retired the first 13 batters he faced en route to five shutout innings and the win. He faced just one over the minimum, yielding only a one-out single in the fifth while striking out five.  Continue reading “U.S. ROLLS TO 5-1 WIN OVER CUBA IN HAVANA”

Softball star in Cuba for tournament


By Jonathan Andrade.

Whether it’s hitting off a tee, taking grounders or playing a simple game of catch, Maddy Mekari never lets a day go by without some softball in her life.Not even when she’s on vacation.

“I even brought my glove to New York,” Mekari said during a recent phone call from East Northport, Long Island. “We’ve been playing catch here.” She packed her glove again earlier this week for a trip to Havana, Cuba. This time it’s mandatory as she’ll be using the ol’ leather while representing the Firecrackers travel ball team and the Red, White and Blue in the second annual Copa Amistad Tournament.  Continue reading “Softball star in Cuba for tournament”

Growing Investments in Cuban Tourism (PART II)

Havana, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s investments in tourism are growing at present with a view to boosting the development of the travel industry, according to official reports.
The general director for development at the Cuban Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR), Jose Daniel Alonso, is enthusiastic in that regard and is optimistic about the growing spiral in that sector.

That important investment process will add 5,000 hotel rooms in 2019, totaling 9,500 rooms completed at the end of next year.

Among the examples presented by the official is the Packard Hotel, which is scheduled for completion in 2019 in Havana.
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Growing Investments in Cuban Tourism (PART I)

By Roberto F. Campos Havana, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Investments in tourism are today a significant key to the development of the leisure industry in Cuba, a country with increased attention by professionals from the sector all over the world.
After receiving 4.7 million foreign holidaymakers in 2017, authorities are convinced that this industry has new challenges ahead, amid a growing spiral in its activity.  Therefore, the general director for development at the Cuban Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR), Jose Daniel Alonso, highlighted recently a major plan to boost investments in tourism.
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Ship of the Peace will realize stay in Cuba


Havana, July 11 .- The Ship of the Peace (Peace Boat) in his global trip 98 will touch Cuban port on July 17 with the intention of promoting the human rights, the just and sustainable development, the respect to the environment and the struggle for a free nuclear weapons world.

In press conference, they informed that in the visit number 18 of the cruise the biggest of the Antilles, thousand 200 passengers, of Japan, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore, than his arrival to the country will be informed by them in the Forum for the Peace and in other activities.  Continue reading “Ship of the Peace will realize stay in Cuba”

European Solidarity with Cuba Brigade is Welcomed in Havana


HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 9 (ACN) The Jose Marti European Solidarity with Cuba Brigade was welcomed on Monday at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp in the province of Artemisa.

The President of the Institute of Friendship with the People’s, ICAP, Fernando Gonzalez highlighted the presence of 80 brigadistas, mainly from Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Britain, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden and Belgium. Gonzalez said that the majority of the brigadistas a young people that want to learn about the Cuban reality and then pass on their experiences and impressions to other parts of the world.

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