’s 2009 tourism arrivals are on pace to beat last year’s record, according to Cuba ’s National Statistics office. Data through October are here (pdf) and more data charts are linked here. Cuba
- ESPN.com reports that Aroldis Chapman, the Cuban southpaw now shopping for a major league contract, has switched agents. This analysis reaches this bottom line about him: “Chapman is going to be a risk for whatever team signs him. His upside is tremendous, but he’s raw in every sense of the word.” In other baseball news, Nelson Diaz, a top Cuban umpire, has arrived in Miami with his family, and tells El Nuevo Herald his views on the decline in the quality of Cuban baseball.
- From the Bradenton Herald (Florida): Marine scientists and conservationists are making work plans that include their Cuban counterparts.