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Cubans rock to once-censored Beatles at Havana tribute concert

June 2, 2017 By Sarah Marsh HAVANA (Reuters) – Communist-run Cuba, which once frowned upon the Beatles as a decadent Western influence, on Thursday held an open-air covers concert in a Havana park to celebrating 50 years since the release of the band’s landmark album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Beatlemania has flourished belatedly on the Caribbean island, where authorities in the 1960s and 1970s considered Beatles songs “ideological diversionism.” That censorship faded after the Cold War ended and late President Fidel Castro in 2000 pulled a cultural about-face,…

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Bacardi family spirit: Remember your roots and be frugal

March 28, 2017 By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facundo L. Bacardi had little interest in joining the family business, which happens to be the largest privately held spirits company in the world, with a portfolio of more than 200 brands, including Bombay Sapphire, Grey Goose and Dewar’s. The great-great grandson of Bacardi company founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó had other plans. “When I was young, I wanted to be a lawyer,” he said. “When I got to my teens, I started thinking, “Boy, I’d really love to…

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