Tag: Cuba government

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International

Cuban athletes and artists get in on capitalism

In this June 9, 2013 photo, Cuban track and field legend Javier Sotomayor, right, and Olympic volleyball champion Mireya Luis, pose for a photo inside Sport-Bar 2.45, named after the height in meters (equivalent to 8 feet, 1/2 inch) of Sotomayor’s world record high jump, in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes) HAVANA (AP) — Cuban track and field legend Javier Sotomayor has launched a sports bar named for the height of his world record high jump. An Olympic volleyball champion has opened a swanky new Italian restaurant, and salsa star Hugo Morejon has a first-rate automotive repair shop. Armed with money and name recognition, Cuban athletes and artists who have long enjoyed a far more luxurious lifestyle than their compatriots on the Communist-run island are embracing the new world of private enterprise. In doing so, the celebrities have exposed themselves to more than a little envy from a population already weary of the perks they’ve long had.

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International

Hugo Chavez, fiery Venezuelan leader, dies at 58

LOSES CANCER BATTLE– In this May 14, 2004 file photo, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez gives a press conference at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Leslie Mazoch, File) by Frank Bajak CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez was a fighter. The former paratroop commander and fiery populist waged continual battle for his socialist ideals and outsmarted his rivals time and again, defeating a coup attempt, winning re-election three times and using his country’s vast oil wealth to his political advantage.