Duber Luis Piñeiro González

Duber Luis Piñeiro González

The presidents of Cuba and Russia during Miguel Díaz-Canel's visit to that country in November 2018. Photo: AP.

Russia, a lifesaver for Cuba?

In the midst of the energy crisis affecting Cuba in recent days and the consequent announcement by President Miguel Díaz-Canel of the start of a "temporary" situation that is intensifying the country’s battered economy, Russia becomes reinforced on the horizon as a lifeboat to again rescue the island and its inhabitants from an unimaginable scenario. Like more than two years ago when Russia began sending large quantities of oil to Cuba, after the decline in supplies to the island by Venezuela, Moscow reappears to try to alleviate the complex situation and give support to the Caribbean authorities. The fact is that the Russians consider Cuba is a strategic ally in the Western Hemisphere: "There is a common interest, not only of an economic nature but also of a political nature," the general director of the Russian National Committee for Economic Cooperation with Latin American Countries, Tatiana Mashkova, affirmed to the Sputnick agency, and later stated: "We know that Cuba is experiencing quite difficult times. But I believe that together we will overcome them." This was ratified by the vice president of the Cuban Council of Ministers, Ricardo Cabrisas, who said that "Cuba and the Russian Federation have excellent relations characterized...

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Cuban Tourism Industry Targets Golfers

“These golf tournaments seek to attract a new kind of tourist,” Jose Tobar, general manager of Varadero Golf Club, told Oncuba during the celebration of the seventh Cuba Golf Grand Tournament held in Varadero, Matanzas, some 80 miles east of Havana. This year the tournament was attended by 72 golfers from eight countries, which is a new record of participation. "Although the tournament was held after Easter, many people came, proving that golf does attract tourists. Both Cubans and foreigners have a growing interest in this sport," said Tobar. The event was attended mainly by golfers from Canada and Cuba, but there were also players from Uruguay, Colombia, Belgium, Chile, Puerto Rico and three Americans who live in Cuba. This time the winner was Cuban Sergio Curbelo, while Alexei Castellanos, another Cuban player, was the revelation of the tournament. Although Castellanos had the lowest handicap of all the players, he was able to achieve the best gross score (total score without adjustments) in the competition. "I hadn’t practiced for over a year, but things went well," Castellanos told the press at the Varadero Golf Club, the only 18-hole course in the country. This young man, who has been playing golf...