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Margarita Pracatan: Cuban singer beloved of Clive James dies at 89

Margarita Pracatan: Cuban singer beloved of Clive James dies at 89

Entertainment
Margarita Pracatan, the flamboyant Cuban singer who broadcaster Clive James helped make a household name in the UK, has died at the age of 89.Known for her appearances on James's ITV chat show, the woman born Margarita Figueroa in 1931 brought a Hispanic flourish to numerous well-known songs.James discovered her on US cable TV and hired her as his show's "resident New York-based Latin American chanteuse".Her social media said she had "left for the ultimate Happy Hours in the sky". Pracatan's flamboyant fashions, thick accent and often wayward grasp on her musical material made her a popular fixture on 1990s television.'She's really like that'"Margarita gives everything she's got, every time," sai...
Desperate Cuban migrants await Mexican exit visas to travel to U.S. border

Desperate Cuban migrants await Mexican exit visas to travel to U.S. border

World
TAPACHULA, Mexico, May 6 (UPI) -- Thousands of anxious, undocumented Cuban migrants lined up Monday outside an immigration office in Tapachula, Mexico, expecting finally to be allowed to apply for exit visas to travel to the U.S. border. Many had been waiting since the office was closed two months ago after a protest by Cuban migrants damaged the facility. Without an exit visa, the migrants could not legally leave the city. "The moment we heard the government was about to reopen this office my wife and I came here to get a place in the line to apply for an exit visa," David Sandino, 28, a migrant from Havana, said Sunday afternoon. "Without the exit visa, Mexico can deport us. Deportation is the worst thing that could happen to us," Sandino said. He and his wife have been waiting in Tap...
Bolivia expels 5 Venezuelans accused of conspiring against Cuban Embassy

Bolivia expels 5 Venezuelans accused of conspiring against Cuban Embassy

World
March 18 (UPI) -- Bolivia's government has expelled several Venezuelans accused of conspiring against the Cuban Embassy in La Paz, Bolivian media reported Monday. Five Venezuelans had been detained in a migration case and confessed they were involved in political activities, Colombian minister Carlos Romero said, El Deber reported. They were part of a larger group in which eight other Venezuelans sought asylum, the report said. "They go hassle and attack the Cuban embassy, politically conspiring, then later accept they did this for money," Romero said. The total number of Venezuelans expelled for alleged conspiracy against the Cuban embassy is six, La Razon reported. Unlike neighbors Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Peru, Bolivia still formally recognizes Venezuelan President Nicol...
Focus on Cuban oil growing stronger

Focus on Cuban oil growing stronger

Business
July 31 (UPI) -- An Australian energy company said it was considering its options for its Australian and New Zealand assets in order to better focus on Cuba.In an update on operations for the year to June 30, Melbana energy said it was focused intently so far on its Block 9 production sharing contract in Cuba, which the company estimated to hold 637 million barrels of recoverable oil.The company said in June that a site visit revealed its Alameda and Zapato well sites were encouraging, accessible and on pace for drilling during the first half of next year. CEO Peter Stickland said that, with each new success, the focus on Cuba was becoming stronger."The focus on Cuba is leading Melbana to reconsider the best way forward with the other quality assets in its portfolio," he said in a statemen...
Mark Cuban, who just called bitcoin a bubble, says he plans to invest in another digital coin

Mark Cuban, who just called bitcoin a bubble, says he plans to invest in another digital coin

Finance
Bitcoin skeptic Mark Cuban is looking to take part in one of the hottest trends in the digital currency world right now: the initial coin offering. One of the companies Cuban is invested in, Unikrn, is planning its own offering, and digital currency news site CoinDesk said Thursday that the billionaire entrepreneur intends to participate.Cuban confirmed the report in an email to CNBC. "I want to learn more about them," he said.I "haven't signed the paperwork yet. But it's likely it will happen," he added. An initial coin offering is a fundraising process for blockchain-based projects that allows investors to own part of a project through a digital network token. Start-ups in the blockchain world often find this method of fundraising more attractive than venture capital funding for the spee...