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Cayman Airways seeks permission for repatriation flight to Havana

Cayman Airways is planning a repatriation flight from Grand Cayman to Havana, Cuba. 

Jamaica, Cuba face worst COVID-19 outbreaks yet

While global new infections start to decline, a handful of countries across the Caribbean are suffering their worst outbreaks since the start of the pandemic.
All passenger flights in and out of Cayman will be suspended for 3 weeks.

Cayman Airways schedules 2 Cuba repatriation flights

Cayman Airways has scheduled two repatriation flights to Havana, Cuba, in the coming weeks, the airline announced Wednesday.

Cuba reopens Havana airport ahead of tourism high season

Havana airport will open to regular commercial flights on Sunday after being closed for seven and a half months due to the coronavirus pandemic

Cuba has big stake in US election after Trump’s trashing of detente

Cuban pensioner Esperanza Chacón, 89, prays every day for Donald Trump to lose the US presidential election as her livelihood has been threatened by Trump's tightening of the US trade embargo on the Communist-run island.

Cuba says US sanctions to end remittances, Western Union says not so fast

Cuba said late on Tuesday Western Union would have to shut down its operations on the island due to new U.S. sanctions, thereby cutting off key remittances, but the money transfer firm said it was still exploring ways to comply with the new rules.

Cuba urges calm as overhaul of monetary system looms

Cuba’s economy minister on Monday urged calm as the government prepares to unify its dual currency system and multiple exchange rates in hopes of improving economic performance.

UPDATE: Customs, police attend Cuban vessel in Brac

A small vessel from Cuba is being monitored by Customs & Border Control in Cayman Brac.

Cuba punches above weight with ‘white coat army’ during pandemic

Nearly 40 countries across five continents have received Cuban medics during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the island nation - home to just over 11 million inhabitants - has once more punched far above its weight in medical diplomacy.

Cuba welcomes first tourists in months

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba rolled out the red carpet on Friday for the first planeload of tourists to arrive on the Communist-run island in months as it struggles toward a post-pandemic new normalcy.

Havana announces curfew to curb new coronavirus peak

HAVANA (Reuters) - Havana's governor announced an overnight curfew, ban on travel from the Cuban capital to other provinces and greater restrictions on the circulation...

Havana back on lockdown as coronavirus rebounds

Cuba placed Havana back on a strict lockdown on Saturday following a rebound in coronavirus cases, ordering restaurants, bars and pools once more to close, suspending public transportation and banning access to the beach.

Cuban doctors being recruited for Cayman frontline

A request has been sent to the Cuban government for between 50 to 100 Cuban medical professionals to be sent to Cayman to join local health care workers in the COVID-19 battle.

Sargassum and trash in Cuba

Julio Batista Rodríguez Periodismo de Barrio In Guanahacabibes, at the western end of Cuba, the garbage and sargassum carried by the sea’s currents have changed the...

Cayman to host US, Cuban and Canadian football teams

Team USA will come to Grand Cayman's Truman Bodden Sports Complex on 19 Nov. for a Nations League game against Cuba.

Margolis: New US sanctions on Cuba have a silver lining

Cuban socialism has survived exploding cigars, Keystone counter-revolutionaries and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Jessop: Cuba — overcoming the inertia of the tired

Just over a week ago, Cuba’s President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, said that starting this month all state employed workers will receive the first of what will likely be several salary increases. His widely reported announcement responded to shared concern among Cubans that their salaries have become inadequate in relation to the cost of living.

Ships head to Cayman amid Cuba cruise ban

Cuba’s loss could be Cayman’s gain, following US President Donald Trump’s decision to ban cruise ships from travelling to the communist island.

Great Inagua: land of white hills and pink skies

Great Inagua is not just an ‘out there’ island, it is a ‘way, way out there’ island of the Bahamas. Some call it the outback of the Bahamas, the country’s second largest island which lies about 55 miles from the eastern tip of Cuba.

Cuban migrants get another shot at asylum

Seven Cuban migrants who were initially denied asylum will have their cases heard again after the Grand Court ruled on Friday that government did not properly consider their applications.
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Jessop: The consequences of Washington’s Cuba policy

Just before Easter, the Trump administration announced multiple new sanctions on Cuba. In doing so, senior US officials made clear that Washington was not just trying to break Havana’s close economic and political ties with Venezuela but intended the measures to bring about fundamental political change.

Bloomberg: Cuba is a problem that Trump is making worse

The Trump administration came into office betting that Cuba’s government would buckle under pressure, but Havana has withstood much worse than this.

Men sentenced on cockfighting charges

Two men charged with cruelty to animals were sentenced this week after admitting involvement in the staging of cockfighting in Grand Cayman.

Cuba makes impression on young Cayman musicians

They played with Cuba’s national youth orchestra. They busked on the street. They sat in class with other young musicians. And they attended a multi-faceted performance of Mozart’s Requiem at Havana’s main theater for performing arts.

Analysis: Cuba expands rights but rejects radical change

María Isabel Alfonso Cuba has rejected a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in its new and revised constitution, a move that disappointed some gay rights...

Community holds fundraiser for Cuban tornado victims

A group of concerned Cubans and Caymanians with ties to Cuba came out over the weekend to raise money for victims of a tornado that struck Havana on Jan. 28. That natural disaster killed four people and injured 197, leaving many families in the Cuban capital district homeless.

Cuban hunger strike ends

After more than three weeks, a hunger strike at the Immigration Detention Centre has come to an end, according to government.

Garage sale to assist Cuban tornado victims

A garage sale to raise funds to help victims of last month’s deadly tornado in Havana, Cuba, will be held on Saturday in Grand Cayman. Organizers say they are hoping to raise funds to help families and individuals affected by the tornado, which killed six people, injured more than 170 people, and damaged nearly 3,500 homes.

Second Cuban hunger striker sent to hospital

As a hunger strike at George Town’s Immigration Detention Centre completed its second week, a second asylum applicant was sent to the hospital.

Detained Cubans announce second hunger strike in year

Seven Cuban men and one woman held at the Immigration Detention Centre are launching a hunger strike in protest of how government is handling their asylum applications, according to a Cuban migrant familiar with the situation.

A look back at the year that was

The year 2018 was an eventful one for the Cayman Islands.

After breakdown, Cuban vessel drifts from Brac to Little Cayman

Twenty-six Cuban migrants are being held on Cayman Brac after their boat broke down and landed in Little Cayman last week.
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Cuban migrant vessel lands in Cayman Brac

Nine Cubans who landed in Cayman Brac on Saturday have chosen to stay in the Cayman Islands and will likely apply for asylum.

Government argues against Cuban migrant appeals

The appeal hearing involving seven Cuban migrants seeking asylum in Cayman continued into late Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, with the Cubans’ attorney, Alastair David, and Crown counsel Michael Smith arguing over whether the Immigration Appeals Tribunal was correct in denying the migrants’ applications for asylum.

7 Cubans appeal asylum denials

Seven Cuban migrants who were denied asylum by government have appealed their cases to the Grand Court, where a two-day hearing began on Tuesday.

Cuban migrant wires mouth shut

A Cuban man who landed Friday with 10 other migrants in Cayman Brac has reportedly wired his own mouth shut.

Vessel carrying 11 Cuban migrants lands in the Brac

The Immigration Department announced on Friday that 11 Cuban migrants are in the care of its Cayman Brac officers after being spotted near the Brac around 10 a.m. that morning.

‘Luna’s Ring’ crowdfunding campaign

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and in the case of local film “Luna’s Ring,” shot entirely in Cuba, the filmmakers are hoping a village will fund them to bring their project to life.

End of Cuba’s Castro era is an opportunity for Trump

The Castro family will probably continue to play a big role behind the scenes. But the packaging matters, because it provides the cover for Trump to change course.

Noriega: Castro’s survival plan may be crumbling

Today, only a few U.S. diplomats remain in Havana after suspicious “health attacks” did physical damage to two-dozen Americans – likely with the complicity of the regime.

Cuban migrants step up appeals, despite barriers

A Cuban asylum seeker detained in George Town for more than a year will take his case to the Grand Court, contesting what he believes to be a legally flawed rejection of refugee status by the Immigration Appeals Tribunal.

$6 million impact: CAL cutback of Cuban flights reduces revenue

Cayman Airways has taken a $6 million annual hit from the opening up of the Cuban market to U.S. airlines, prompting reevaluation of the national carrier’s strategy.

Cuban migrant granted asylum after year-long detention

A Cuban migrant detained in the Cayman Islands since December 2016 was granted asylum Wednesday by the Immigration Appeals Tribunal, concluding a year-long legal battle in Cayman’s legal system.

Cuban migrants wreck boat, land on Brac

A small group of Cuban migrants came ashore Monday in Cayman Brac after their vessel crashed and was destroyed, Immigration Department officials reported.

Tropical system could affect Cayman in next few days

A broad, low-pressure weather system in the western Caribbean Sea is slowly moving northward, bringing with it widespread cloudiness and showers.

New US-Cuba trade rules delayed, possibly until 2018

The 90-day period in which U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to alter trade regulations with Cuba expired in mid-September, and private industry and State Department officials have no indication when changes will be announced.

Cayman Airways cancels 20 Florida flights, offers ‘evacuation’ fares

Cayman Airways has announced cancelation of 20 flights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday related to the projected path of Hurricane Irma. To get people out of Florida before Hurricane Irma strikes, the airline is offering flights on Friday, Sept. 8, for $69 one way.

LETTER – Human Rights Commission: Our efforts to help Cuban migrants

Ordinarily I would not trouble to respond to inaccurate stories in the press; however, on this occasion you have unfairly maligned the staff of the Commissions Secretariat and undermined the work of the Commission. The record should be set straight.

LETTER – Human Rights Commission: Our efforts to help Cuban migrants

Ordinarily I would not trouble to respond to inaccurate stories in the press; however, on this occasion you have unfairly maligned the staff of the Commissions Secretariat and undermined the work of the Commission. The record should be set straight.

EDITORIAL – Cuban migration: Cayman’s conundrum

At its most basic, Cayman’s Cuban migrant problem is this: Our tiny territory does not have the resources, population or infrastructure to accommodate hundreds of political refugees.

Cuba to Cayman: One migrant’s saga

All Yoel and the 38 other Cuban migrants can do is wait, passing the time by undertaking essentially volunteer work, engaging perhaps in the occasional protest, and allowing themselves to indulge in what they felt was forbidden in their “madre patria” of Cuba, that is, to hope.

50 years ago: Cuban plane violates Cayman’s airspace

In the July 12, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, the following news story appeared on the front page:

EDITORIAL – Cuban tourism’s biggest threat: Big government

Cuba’s ponderous government bureaucracy bears the lion’s share of blame for the lack of resources and substandard infrastructure that has dulled American travelers’ interest – offering a cautionary tale that the Cayman Islands should heed.

Cuba Southwest Airlines

Today's political cartoon

Trump’s new Cuba travel rules have winners and losers

President Donald Trump’s new policy on Cuba travel has winners and losers: Group tour operators hope to sell more trips, but bed-and-breakfast owners in Cuba say they are losing business.
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Correcting Obama’s wrong turn on Cuba

U.S. President Donald Trump announced his Cuba policy in Miami last week. I commend him for many of his efforts.

Cuban Ambassador visits Cayman premier

Cayman Premier Alden McLaughlin welcomed Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica Bernardo Guanche Hernandez to the Cayman Islands on Friday, June 23.

New US-Cuba limits lead to uncertainty in some business sectors

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday thrust the U.S. and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility with a blistering denunciation of the island’s communist government, clamping down on some commerce and travel but left intact many new avenues President Barack Obama had opened, the Associated Press reported.

Barbadian writer launches book in Cayman

Barbadian author Sharon Marshall launched her book chronicling the migration of Barbadians and other British West Indians to Cuba at St. George’s Anglican Church Hall in Cayman on Feb. 24.

Gov’t responds to migrant processing concerns

Cayman has refuted statements by Cuban detainees who say their asylum petitions have been subject to excessive delays. A statement from the government , however, does not specify processing times or confirm whether there are migrants who have been held in detention for six months to a year or longer.

Felder to export electric cars to Cuba

This month, Cayman Islands auto dealer John Felder and his Premier Automotive Export Ltd., a subsidiary of Cayman Automotive, will become the first U.S. car company to ship American-built vehicles to Cuba.

Cuban detainees renovate immigration detention center

Cuban migrants are helping to renovate the immigration detention center and building a new checkpoint and walkway at the neighboring women’s prison. Prison Director Neil Lavis said some of the migrants are skilled tradespeople and had volunteered to assist with the much-needed upgrades.

Cuban detainees react to new ‘wet-foot’ policy

A senior Fire Service Department official who was acquitted last week of careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident, in which two brothers were injured, will return to work this week, according to the department.

BREAKING: Obama ends ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy for Cubans

President Barack Obama is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident, a senior administration official said Thursday.

EDITORIAL — Year in review

Today we are featuring excerpts from some of the most interesting, compelling and entertaining editorials that have appeared in the Cayman Compass in 2016, on some of the most important issues facing our country.

Officer sues over dog bite during Cuban breakout

A police officer is attempting to sue a local security firm, claiming she was bitten by one of its dogs amid chaotic scenes as a group of Cubans tried to escape from the Immigration Detention Center.

Fidel Castro, who defied US for 50 years, dies at 90

Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule of Cuba, has died at age 90.

Cuban boat lands at Barkers

A boat from Cuba landed in Barkers over the weekend. The Immigration Department did not respond to questions about the migrants who landed on the West Bay beach.

Cuban migrant boat remains where it ran aground in January

Twenty-five people from Cuba landed at Beach Bay on Jan. 31 aboard El Arca. The migrants were traveling to Honduras when their boat ran into trouble and landed on the beach in Bodden Town. Those men and women have all since been taken back to Cuba, but their boat remains grounded on the rocks and sand in Beach Bay.

‘Devastating’ Matthew maintains strength as it pounds Haiti

The powerful Hurricane Matthew made landfall in near Les Anglais, western Haiti, as the storm batters the country with life-threatening rain, wind and storm surge.

Post: Profits for the Castro regime

If you think the president’s policy will “empower” the fledgling Cuban private sector, as opposed to the overbearing state, think again.

More than 80 Cuban migrants housed in Cayman

Eighty-two Cuban migrants are now being housed at various locations on Grand Cayman.

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