Daily Briefing – July 10, 2018

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Three U.S. Airlines Bid for Delta’s Dropped Route to Havana: Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will be dropping its weekly New York to Havana flight beginning Sept. 1, and already three other U.S. airlines have bid for the route. American wants to add another weekly flight from Miami to Havana, JetBlue wants to add another weekly flight from Fort Lauderdale to Havana and Southwest wants to add a weekly Tampa-Havana route. The U.S. DOT says it will award the flight to the airline that will offer the best passenger and shipping service. Delta will continue to operate daily flights from Atlanta to Havana. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

President Díaz-Canel Reconfirms Commitment to CARICOM: Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel is back in Cuba after last week’s CARICOM meeting in Jamaica, where he ratified his commitment to the organization of Caribbean states. Cuba has been on a diplomatic mission in recent months to improve trade and political ties with neighboring Caribbean nations, in particular Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. Díaz-Canel said that Cuba would continue to develop relations with the Caribbean community in health, education, sports, culture, tourism and foreign trade, as well as in a regional approach to climate change. (St. Lucia News)

Cuba Developing Eco Friendly Resorts: Cuba is developing several islands off the north-central Villa Clara province as models of sustainable tourism, according to state tourist group Gaviota. Santa Maria, Las Brujas and Ensenachos, all located in the Bay of Buena Vista UNESCO “Biosphere Reserve,” are connected to the mainland by causeways. The islands now have five waste treatment plants to convert hotel waste into organic fertilizer and is constructing one desalination plant this year and another next year, according to Frank Oltusky, vice president of Gaviota. (Xinhau)

Cuban Dissident Sues Government for Overseas Worker Policies: A former employee of Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior is suing the Cuban government for what he calls unfair policies for overseas workers. Cuba sends about 65,000 citizens overseas each year to 60 counties – doctors, teachers, construction workers – to serve in impoverished areas. These professionals help Cuba’s economy with billions in revenue, but receive only 20 to 25 percent of the fees paid. Raul Risco, who fled to Tampa from Cuba last year, is suing the government for withholding this pay until these workers – who are two-and-three-year volunteers – come home, or seizing it if they migrate to another country. Risco, who filed suit in Havana, is also objecting to policies that forbid workers who flee from returning to Cuba for eight years, and prevent relatives from joining them for five years. (Tampa Bay Times)

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