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The CT Mirror: Connecticut tobacco farmers eyeing cuban market

Before the Cuban Revolution brought on the U.S. economic embargo on the island about 55 years ago, Cuba’s world-class cigars were often wrapped in special tobacco leaves grown in Connecticut. With the market for cigars shrinking, and President Obama making openings to Cuba, Connecticut farmers want access to that market again. ‘Cuba is known for the Cuban cigar. We want to be part of that,’ said Ed Kasheta, a tobacco grower in South Windsor. 

New Britain Herald: Destination Cuba - CCSU Journalism Students Visit Reopened Island

At 1 a.m. on Friday morning, a group of Central Connecticut State University students pushed their luggage through the chilly New Britain air and boarded a bus bound for Boston’s Logan Airport. It was the first leg of a journey that would ultimately bring them to a country that has been all but forbidden to American tourists for the last half century. After a long and arduous roller-coaster ride of planning and logistical challenges, the group of 19 journalism students and two professors were finally leaving for Cuba. The study trip is the high point of the 15-week course, “Reporting Cuba in Transition.” 

New Britain Herald: Cuban Film Depicts Internet Crisis

Yaima Pardo La Red is not a typical filmmaker. A resident of Havana, Cuba, La Red creates award-winning documentary films in a country where access to the Internet and most other forms of technology are severely limited. La red, 36, explores the issue of access in her most recent film, “Off_Line,” screened Thursday night at Central Connecticut State University in partnership with the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Center.  

Hartford Courant: Fine cigars found at puros in glastonbury

People in Glastonbury who enjoy a good cigar have a new place to find a wide variety at Puros, nestled in among the shops at 30 Welles St. Owner/tobacconist Leonardo Alonso came to Connecticut from Cuba approximately six years ago, after being raised in a culture of tobacco. Alonso said there is really no substitute for a Cuban cigar. ‘One day, we’re going to be able to bring a Cuban cigar over here, and there’s going to be a boom,’ he said. ‘Cuba has a special taste. You can feel when it’s a Cuban cigar. it’s like wine - France has special wine. People want it, and they pay a lot for it.’” 

Hartford Courant: Connecticut Company to Run Cuban Hotels

Starwood signed a deal on Saturday to renovate and run three Cuban hotels, returning U.S. chains to the island more than 50 years after American hotels were taken over by Fidel Castro’s socialist revolution. All Cuban hotels are state-owned so the deal puts a major U.S. corporation directly in business with the Communist government under a special U.S. license that pushes Washington’s legal dismantling of the Cuban trade embargo further than ever before. In a once-unimaginable arrangement, a hotel owned by the tourism arm of the Cuban military will become a Sheraton Four Points. 

News 8: West Haven Company Gets Ready to Make History in Cuba

A West Haven company is getting ready to make history itself all for what it’s doing in Cuba. “We are going to repair all of the cracks that are on the surface and then we are going to roll this sheet product out and then we coat it with the acrylic color coatings,” said Steve Hinding with Hinding Tennis. Hinding is heading to Cuba with his crew to rebuild tennis courts at the National Tennis Center in Havana.  

Connecticut's Champions

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D) Representing Connecticut 3rd District Co-sponsor of H.R. 664 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015 

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D)

Representing Connecticut 3rd District

Co-sponsor of H.R. 664 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015 

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D) Representing Connecticut 5th District Co-sponsor of H.R. 664 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015 

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D)

Representing Connecticut 5th District

Co-sponsor of H.R. 664 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015 

Senator Chris Murphy (D) Co-Sponsor of S 299 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

Senator Chris Murphy (D)

Co-Sponsor of S 299 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) Co-Sponsor of S 299 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D)

Co-Sponsor of S 299 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015