Today is Monday, July 19 and these are the main news of the day:
1.- This Sunday marked a week of the popular outbreak in Cuba, where thousands of people took to the streets demanding freedom. Since then, there have also been protests around the world and in South Florida. This weekend dozens gathered in front of the Versailles restaurant, as well as at La Carreta on Southwest 40th Street and at Tropical Park.
2.- More than a dozen people were rescued Sunday from a wrecked boat in the waters off Pompano Beach, near Hillsboro Inlet. A witness said that some 14 people who were on the ship had been rescued. Crew members of other ships threw life jackets into the water to help the castaways, including children.
3.- Starting today, the Cuban government will lift restrictions so that travelers can bring food, medicine and hygiene products, without paying customs duties. The measure was taken after the protests. Despite the shortage, the government had restricted the importation of all goods, to end the business of encomiendas brought to the island by travelers.
4.- Pope Francis sent a message of solidarity to the Cuban people during his first public appearance since his surgery. The pontiff expressed his concern about the hard times that Cuba is experiencing, as a result of the protests, and called for dialogue and peace. I also invite Cubans to entrust themselves to the patron saint of the island, the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre.
5.- The image of the old Cuban woman who went out to her block to ring her empty casserole on July 11 will be captured in Miami. Artist Edin Gutiérrez said he was moved by the grandmother’s gesture and announced that he will draw her on a mural on 8th Street.