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More about trump’s kickback policy – #UnitedStates close center of the Citizenship and Immigration Service in #Cuba

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)  announced the permanent closure of its local office in Cuba, whose work will take place in the Mexican capital.

According to a statement released by that entity, the cessation of that center began on Monday, and the USCIS office in Mexico City will assume jurisdiction over immigration matters to the United States previously served in Havana.

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Crisis Point: The State of Literacy in America By The Room 241 Team / Via education.cu-portland.edu

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The United States is facing a literacy crisis. Yes, crisis. It isn’t new, but its impacts upon our kids, our economy, and our society are far-reaching and expanding. How bad is it? Take a look at some numbers.

  • More than 30 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level. — ProLiteracy
  • Children whose parents have low literacy levels have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. These children are more likely to get poor grades, display behavioral problems, have high absentee rates, repeat school years, or drop out. — National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
  • 75 percent of state prison inmates did not complete high school or can be classified as low literate. — Rand Report: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education
  • Low literacy is said to be connected to over $230 billion a year in health care costs because almost half of Americans cannot read well enough to comprehend health information, incurring higher costs. — American Journal of Public Health

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Walking Tour of Old Havana Via InsightCuba

Our Weekend in Havana tour is far more than a mere brush with exotic culture – it’s a full-on immersive discovery allowing you to not only pay witness to Cuba’s dynamic rhythm and color, but to dive right in and become part of the canvas. 

Like the fiery salsa rhythms that can be heard rippling through its city streets, Havana springs to life with warmth and vivaciousness that never stops taking you by surprise. Removed from the quiet fields of sugar cane and mango trees that thrive further afield, Cuba’s largest city is an urban metropolis – a place of rambling Colonial architecture, endless adventure and unfettered discovery.

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Safer in Cuba By James Ingram / Via www.stlamerican.com

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In East St. Louis, assault weapon fire has become so common that one hardly awakens from one’s nightly slumber because of the sheer frequency of shots being randomly fired.

Neighboring St. Louis is no different, with “We Must Stop Killing Each Other” signs prominently displayed on lawns to illustrate the dilemma of an escalating murder rate, which has gotten out of control, with violence and shootings spilling over into once safe suburban communities.

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#FactsMatter – THE #US STATE DEPARTMENT USES THE GRANTING OF VISAS TO AFFECT DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH #CUBA / Via CubaMinrex #RollingBackPolicy

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Related / Trump Rolling Back Policy

During the past few months, the U.S. State Department has been concocting a new pretext to affect bilateral diplomatic relations, associated to the granting of the diplomatic and official visas required by the staff of the respective embassies in Washington and Havana to perform their duties. The maneuver consists of claiming that Cuba is hindering the granting of visas for designated officials at the U.S. embassy in Cuba, which allegedly hinders the work of that diplomatic mission.

In doing so, the State Department deliberately conceals the fact that it was the U.S. government that unilaterally decided to downsize its staff in Havana in September, 2017, including particularly the staff in charge of consular services, with the consequent encumbrance for Cuban and U.S. citizens who depend on those services. The U.S. government decided to arbitrarily and unjustly expel 15 Cuban diplomatic officials from the Cuban embassy in Washington in October of that same year.

Since that date, the work of both diplomatic missions has been affected by these unilateral decisions. Likewise, the granting of the visas required by the staff of the respective embassies has been subject to whimsical approvals and delays by the State Department.

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New @CarnivalCruise Line Itineraries Include #Cuba from #NewYork & #Norfolk in 2020 – Via www.cruisecritic.com

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(9:15 a.m. EST) — By 2020, Carnival cruisers will be able to cruise to Cuba from New York and Norfolk, Virginia, for the first time ever.

Carnival Cruise Line will expand its Cuba offerings when Carnival Victory and Carnival Triumph emerge from dry dock to become Carnival Radiance and Carnival Sunrise, respectively. Carnival Sunrise will undergo its major refurbishment in March 2019, while Carnival Radiance completes its $200 million transformation in late April 2020.

Beginning May 21, 2020, Carnival Sunrise will sail the line’s first voyages to Cuba from New York City, spanning nine nights and including an overnight call in Havana with stops in Half Moon Cay and Nassau. Carnival Radiance also will offer nine-night Cuba cruises from New York in June 2020. A weeklong Cuba cruise will be offered from Norfolk on Carnival Radiance, in late October 2020.

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Yes! Americans can travel to Cuba – Via Insight Cuba

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Travel To Cuba Is Back… And Better Than Ever

LEADING THE WAY IN CUBA PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE TRAVEL SINCE 2000

SMALL GROUP AND PERSONALIZED INDIVIDUAL TRAVEL

Cuba… a place and a people rooted in culture, history and curiosity. All but closed to Americans for nearly half a century, Insight Cuba brought the first Americans for people-to-people trips in 2000. Join us, the leader in legal, small group, people-to-people Cuba travel, and experience firsthand this once-forbidden country in ways never before possible.

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#DiazCanel – Cuban President Visits Google’s NYC office – Via Granma Cuba

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The meeting held on Monday afternoon with the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, during his visit to Google’s NYC office, was informative and productive.

Executives from several U.S. information technology and communications companies showed particular interest in the potentialities of the Cuban market, as well as in the development prospects of the Caribbean nation.

Invited by Eric Shmidt, technical advisor of Alphabet Inc., the Cuban President spoke with those gathered about technological development and its role in the advancement of developing countries. He also alluded to the challenges implied by these technological advances and their use in an increasingly unequal world.

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