CUBA & MASSACHUSETTS IN THE NEWS
JetBlue’s inaugural flight to Cuba was a festive event. At Logan, passengers were feted with a balloon-draped Cuban buffet, salsa dancers, and a series of speakers, many of whom had Cuban ties.
Boston Globe Opinion: Cuba-Massachusetts relations — the journey continues
This weekend, JetBlue began a new direct flight between Boston Logan Airport and Havana’s José Martí Airport. The new route brings with it new opportunities for increased collaboration and cooperation between the people of Massachusetts and Cuba.
Youth Futures International will partner with Boston nonprofit The Base to create “Building Bridges through Baseball,” an international program that will send a baseball team to Cuba this summer with the hope of fostering leadership and diplomacy.
Despite growing tensions between Cuba and the United States under the Trump administration, Harvard will continue to support students in their academic endeavors in the country. Last week, the White House announced new restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, barring most individual visits to the country and prohibiting U.S. travellers from visiting a list of restricted entities affiliated with the Cuban government, including several hotels and businesses.
UMass Amherst News: UMass Amherst Launching New Program to Study Public Health in Cuba
The University of Massachusetts Amherst will offer a new pilot program in the fall of 2017 that allows students, faculty and staff to travel to Cuba to study that nation’s public health system. The new program is a collaboration involving UMass Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) and International Programs Office (IPO) with Cuban education and healthcare organizations.
A Massachusetts-heavy delegation of politicians, businesses, and colleges returned from Cuba Wednesday, after a days-long trip highlighted the possibility of new economic and cultural ties. Members of the group, which included Representatives Jim McGovern of Worcester and Seth Moulton of Salem, met with Cuban President Raul Castro and hosted exchanges between biomedical experts from America and Cuba.
On Nov. 26, 2017, the Massachusetts National Guard held a deployment ceremony for the platoon of Soldiers from the 772nd Military Police Company, in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The company is based out of Taunton, Mass., at an armory located across the street from the high school where their families wished them goodbye.