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A rainbow in Havana

It sure was pretty in Havana yesterday, and Desmond Boylan took advantage with some nice frames.

I'm trying not to read any symbolism into the top picture given today's news. I expect the massive layoffs of state workers will represent a wrenching change for many Cubans and, one can hope, an opportunity for many more. But there is some kind of irony, at least, in that rainbow happening yesterday, and this happening today:

Cuba will let more than 500,000 state employees go by next March and try to move most to non-state jobs in the biggest shift to the private sector since the 1960s, the official Cuban labor federation said Monday.

The layoffs will start immediately and run through the first half of next year, according to an announcement Monday by the nearly 3 million-strong Cuban Workers Confederation — the only labor union the government tolerates.

The statement said eventually more than a million jobs would be cut and, due to efforts to increase efficiency in the state sector, there would be few new state sector openings.

Read the full story here. We first illustrated the story on our cover with a straightforward news picture of a government-employed street sweeper by EPA's Alejandro Ernesto.

Update 4:00 p.m. ET: PezMalo notes in comments below that the car in the bottom picture is a 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible. That certainly seems right based on a comparison to Bing Image Search results. Thanks!