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Public officials, scientists and businessmen urge US to fix policy with Cuba listen

03/25/13 By Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For more than 50 years the U.S. Government has severely limited trade and travel with Cuba, but there’s a growing movement to restore the US-Cuba relationship. WMNF’s Lenka Davis reports from a seminar Saturday in Ybor City hosted by Alliance For Responsible Cuban Policy Foundation, dedicated to restoring trade and diplomatic relations with Cuba, and by Center for International Policy.

Panelists urged the U.S. embargo on Cuba be lifted and diplomatic, economic and scientific relations ...

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University of Tampa group takes educational trip to Cuba, despite ongoing US trade embargo listen

02/23/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Despite the ongoing U.S. embargo of Cuba, it’s now easier for educational trips to the island. A group of University of Tampa students and professors traveled to Cuba as part of a cultural studies class. They presented their experiences to a standing-room-only crowd at UT’s Vaughn Center Wednesday.

Seventeen students and three professors made the tr...

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Tampa City Council candidates Miranda and Benjamin differ slightly on Cuba policy listen

01/19/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week, the Obama administration slightly eased rules for some Americans to visit Cuba. One result is likely to be direct flights from Tampa International Airport to Havana. Cuba policy, and how it affects Tampa, is sure to become an issue in the upcoming city elections. City Council District Six covers parts of West Tampa, which includes many Cuban-Americans, central Tampa, and Seminole Heights. Challenger Kelly Benjamin faces incumbent Charlie Mir...

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Science in Cuba: how is it different than in U.S.? listen

09/29/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Science in the US looks a little different from one of its closest neighbors.

Luis Barerras works for Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. Speaking through translator Fernando Trelles, a researcher with Miami Beach–based Ocean Foundation, Barerras says relations between the US and Cuba have improved recently in terms of science, but they still aren’t exactly ideal.

Barerras says he’d like to see stronger relations between the two governments’ scientific arms...

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Cuban, American, and Mexican scientists meet in Sarasota to discuss BP disaster & science in the Gulf listen

09/28/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s been nearly fifty years since the start of the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Most people can’t exactly catch a plane to Habana, but scientific study of the body of water the two countries share might help break the stalemate. In a room overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway at Sarasota’s Mote Marine Lab, Wayne Smith of the Center for International policy makes a compelling point.

The audience consists mostly of scientists from the U.S., Cuba, and Mexico. Smith says relations have be...

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What Do The Recent Changes Announced In Cuba Mean For US Cuba Relations?

09/23/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Cuba is calling workers across the island to special meetings so labor leaders can brief them on half a million government layoffs coming in the next six months and suggest ways that those fired can make a living.

Cuba announced two weeks ago that it would lay off 500,000 workers by March and loosen state controls on private enterprise so that many of those fired can find new jobs. It said it would also beef up the tax code and revamp state pay scales to better reward high job performance....

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Conference on future business with Cuba held in Tampa listen

05/29/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Bay Council on World Affairs and Commerce held a panel discussion this afternoon in at the University Club in Tampa. On the table, the implications of lifting the trade embargo with Cuba. The issue has been continually battled politically and economically. However the embargo has received additional attention recently because both Cuba and the U.S. have new heads of state.

Terry McCoy is director of the University of Florida’s Latin American Business Environment Program. He s...

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Castro resigns, reaction in Florida muted listen

02/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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After nearly 50 years in office, 81-year-old Cuban leader Fidel Castro announced today that he is stepping down because his health will not allow him to accept another term as president of the ruling Council of State.

The move comes five days before the National Assembly is to meet elect new office holders.

Castro has effectively been out of power the last 19 months, after an acute infection in his colon forced him to undergo emergency surgery. His 76-year-old brother Raul has been in ...

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