David Greene http://ualrpublicradio.org en Tourism Money Flows Into Cuba, Bringing Economic Hopes And Fears http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/tourism-money-flows-cuba-bringing-economic-hopes-and-fears Every morning, Manuel Landin Rodriguez walks past the luxurious state-owned Xanadu Mansion hotel and crosses its neatly trimmed golf course all the way to its edge. He camps out on the cliff overlooking the turquoise Caribbean waters that make the resort town of Varadero on Cuba's northern coast so famous.<p>Landin, a retired physical education teacher, comes to the spot to fish. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:17:00 +0000 David Greene 25449 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Tourism Money Flows Into Cuba, Bringing Economic Hopes And Fears Cuba's Mariel Port: Once An Escape, Now A Window To The Future http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/cubas-mariel-port-once-escape-now-window-future When you arrive at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, you're greeted with a barrage of billboards with the popular Cuban government slogan promoting tourism: "Cuba, where the past and the present converge."<p>Perhaps nowhere on the island is that statement more true than in the city of Mariel, about 30 miles from Havana on the northwestern coast.<p>Mariel port is strategically located at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico, facing the United States. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:29:00 +0000 David Greene & Jasmine Garsd 25374 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Cuba's Mariel Port: Once An Escape, Now A Window To The Future Cuba's Budding Entrepreneurs Travel A Rocky Road Toward Success http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/cubas-budding-entrepreneurs-travel-rocky-road-toward-success When Americans think of business in Cuba, they think of government-owned enterprise. And the vast majority of Cubans do work for the state.<p>But in recent years, private business owners known as <em>cuentapropistas</em> have flourished on the island.<p><em>Cuentapropismo</em> literally means "on your own account." As far back as the 1970s, Fidel Castro was talking about how socialism and small business ownership could coexist. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:40:00 +0000 David Greene 25306 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Cuba's Budding Entrepreneurs Travel A Rocky Road Toward Success Objects Spotted In Indian Ocean Possibly Linked To Missing Jet http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/objects-spotted-indian-ocean-possibly-linked-missing-jet Australian officials say they are searching the Indian Ocean southwest of Perth after satellite images found objects that are possibly connected to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:31:00 +0000 David Greene 20566 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Sen. Durbin Says U.S. Is Ready To Provide Nonlethal Aid To Ukraine http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/ukraine-sen-durbin-says-us-ready-provide-nonlethal-aid Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>Just before residents of Crimea voted to break away from Ukraine and join Russia, a group of U.S. senators visited Kiev. They were showing support for Ukraine's new government, and also offering U.S. help. Among them was Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin. We reached him by phone in Chicago, and asked if the U.S. and Europe have to accept that Crimea is now part of Russia.<p>SENATOR RICHARD DURBIN: I don't accept that. I don't think we should. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:24:00 +0000 David Greene 20459 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Clothing Retailer Lands End To Split From Sears http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/clothing-retailer-lands-end-split-sears Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news begins with a split for Lands' End.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>GREENE: Lands' End, the outdoor clothing retailer, will spin off from Sears Holdings Corporation next month and operate as a standalone, publicly traded company.<p>In its amended filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Lands' End said stakeholders and Sears will receive about .3 shares of Lands' End Common Stock. Sears sales have declined since it combined with K-Mart in 2005. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:27:00 +0000 David Greene 20388 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Negotiators Gather In Vienna For Talks On Iran's Nukes http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/negotiators-gather-vienna-talks-irans-nukes With the clock ticking on a six-month deal to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing economic sanctions, negotiators from Iran and world powers meet this week in Vienna. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:02:00 +0000 David Greene 20383 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Supreme Court Declines To Consider Arizona Abortion Law http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/supreme-court-declines-consider-arizona-abortion-law Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And some news from the Supreme Court this morning: The justices have decided not to intervene in a legal battle over abortion in the state of Arizona. Earlier, an appeals court said the state's law banning most abortions after 20 weeks was unconstitutional. The high court's decision today not to review the case effectively blocks that ban from coming into place in Arizona.<p>NPR's Julie Rovner joins us to talk about the implications of this. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:19:00 +0000 David Greene 17392 at http://ualrpublicradio.org NFL Playoffs To Start With Wild Card Teams In Action http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/nfl-playoffs-begin-wild-card-teams Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK. We've gotten through Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's. But if you're an NFL fan, the next holiday up is Wild Card Weekend. There is football on Saturday and Sunday. Four wild card teams facing four teams that won their divisions. And there are some pretty interesting storylines to cover. Let's cover them with NPR's Mike Pesca. Hey, Mike.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Storyline number one - not all the teams playing are wild cards. It is called that but they get to play divisional leaders, don't they?<p>GREENE: Yeah. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 09:39:00 +0000 David Greene 16935 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Protesters In Ukraine Agitated By Economic Deal With Russia http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/protesters-ukraine-agitated-economic-deal-russia Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Yesterday, Ukraine got a big holiday present from its neighbor, Russia, in the form of a multi-billion dollar bailout. And now everyone is trying to figure out what strings Russia attached, and whether this could be a sign that Ukraine, a country of some 45 million people, is aligning itself more closely with the East than the West.<p>The deal with Russia gives Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych some breathing space as he deals with his country's economic mess. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:37:00 +0000 David Greene 16252 at http://ualrpublicradio.org