- The Spanish and Cuban foreign ministers met in
, and El Pais cites Spainish government sources saying that New York will release from jail those political prisoners who have turned down the offer to move to Cuba with their families. They will be freed within a month on licencia extrapenal, a sort of parole that is given to prisoners permitted, for health or other reasons, to serve out their sentences out of jail. Spain
- ESPN Deportes reports a rumor that
is “studying seriously the possibility of approving a regulation that would give its ballplayers the status of free agents to sign with professional clubs, in the Cuba or other countries, after eight years of service in the local league.” They would pay 40 percent income tax. United States
- El Pais: The United Stages in joining
in supporting a Cuban initiative to rebuild the main hospital in Spain . Port-au-Prince
is offering to help Brazil develop a small business sector; the offer was carried by the foreign minister in a visit to Cuba . Havana
- I wish I had flagged this magnificent documentary about the late Cuban bassist and composer Cachao before it aired on public television last weekend. The link takes you to previews and to the entire program. Actor Andy Garcia produced the documentary, which also highlights his friendship and assistance to Cachao in the final stages of his long career.