U.S. and Cuba to Agree to Renew Scheduled Commercial Flights

 

HAVANA, CUBA – The renewed relations between the United States and Cuba continue to come in leaps in bounds. Earlier in February,  the U.S. and Cuba have signed a deal to open scheduled flights between the two nations –  potentially 110 round-trip flights to ten Cuban destinations worth.

“This arrangement will continue to allow charter operations and establish scheduled air service, which will facilitate an increase in authorized travel, enhance traveler choices, and promote people-to-people links between the two countries,” said the State Department. This decision came on the one year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s decision to ease travel restrictions on Cuba, according to Conde Nast Traveler.

“Today is a historic day in the relationship between Cuba and the U.S.,” said Anthony Foxx, the U.S. Transportation Secretary, according to Conde Nast Traveler. Foxx and Cuba’s Transportation Minister, Adele Yzquierdo Rodriguez were the ones who signed the deal at Havana’s Hotel Nacional.

The U.S. Department of Transportation allotted 15 day period in which nearly all major U.S. airlines put forward proposals to bid for Cuba air routes.

Once all the bids are in the proposals will be reviewed by DOT officials to determine the best choices. The DOT said that its officials will be reviewing the proposals with an eye for providing the most benefit for the most passengers, says USA Today. The winners should be decided by this summer.

After the selection process the airlines must settle negotiations with Cuba. Barring no hiccups, Commercial flights should start this fall.

Destinations of the flights to Cuba include: Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Manzanillo, Matanzas, Santa Clara, Santiago de Cuba and approximately 20 to Havana.

Flight routs between the two countries will be determined in a few months.

All current flights between the U.S. and Cuba are charted. These flights are at a current frequency of about 10 to 15 a day.

In more exciting news of Cuba and U.S. relations – direct mail service is reportedly being re-established, said Bazaar Daily News. No date is yet set for when this is going to happen.

For all the excitement this news brings, there is still at least one snag. General tourism is not a qualification that will get you to Cuba. Passengers must fall into a “Purposeful Travel” category and meet 12 requirements to Travel to Cuba.

The amount looser regulations and broadening of reasons however make this a large hoop to jump through.

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Iowa caucus

 

The Iowa caucus results are in as of last night and things are tight – and interesting.

The results were close but fairly predictable.

For the Republicans the winner was Texas senator Ted Cruz. Cruz won 8 delegates with 27.6 percent of the vote and was followed closely by the real-estate tycoon, Donald Trump, who had 7 delegates and 24.3 percent of the vote. Marco Rubio, Florida senator, also made off with 7 in third place with 23.1 percent of the vote.

The rest of the republican candidates all got bellow 10 percent of the vote.

On the Democratic side former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, came out the winner with twenty-three delegates and 49.9 percent of the vote. Vermont senator, Bernie Sanders, was right behind her winning twenty-one delegates and 49.6 percent of the delegates.

Martin O’Malley received .6 percent of the vote.

 

 

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An interesting aspect of the caucus on the democratic side was the coin flips. “It’s been reported that as many as six sites where ties decided by the flip of a coin,” said NPR. “- and Clinton won every single one.

“Even at the micro level, money decides elections,” Aaron Pita (@aaronpita) said on twitter, ironically referring to the coin flips.

Jacob Douglas, pictured above, a student at Washtenaw Community College

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And the highlight of the this first caucus – the bigot was was trumped.

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Obama Stands on gun Control or gun Rights?

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President Barack Obama on January 7 at the town hall meeting in Fairfax Virginia, defending his gun control action. Photo: Getty Images.

George Mason University, Fairfax Virg. – The United States is under a siege of gun violence and President Barack Obama has decided to take bold action.

Last week at the Presidential Town Hall Meeting, the atmosphere was one cloaked in conjecture that circled around President Obama’s proposed executive orders on gun control.

The event was broadcasted live by CNN and Moderated by Anderson Cooper.

“The question we want to confront tonight is how you find a balance between protecting the rights of American citizens who want to own guns, but preventing guns from getting into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them,” said Cooper in his introduction.

Gun control has been a hot topic over the past few years. Mass shootings such as the ones at San Bernardino,  Calif. and Roseburg, Ore. and countless others are responsible for these discussions.

The friction of the night was mainly between people concerned that Obama wanted to limit their gun rights and whether or not his plan would actually help and the president saying that his intention was to limit accessibility to criminals.

The speakers of the meeting shared heartfelt stories both for and against background checks throughout the night.

“So why can’t your administration see that these restrictions that you’re putting to make it harder for me to own a gun, or harder for me to take that where I need to be is actually just making my kids and I less safe?” said Kimberly Corban, a victim of rape and apparent skeptic of gun control measures.

In response Obama said, “I just want to repeat that there’s nothing that we’ve proposed that would make it harder for you to purchase a firearm. And — now, you may be referring to issues like concealed carry, but those tend to be state-by-state decisions, and we’re not making any proposals with respect to what states are doing.”

“Part of my faith and hope in America is just that — not — not that we achieve a perfect union, but that we get better. And we can do better than we’re doing right now, if we come together,” said Obama in closing.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) publicly boycotted the meeting.  “The National Rifle Association sees no reason to participate in a public relations spectacle orchestrated by the White House,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told CNN.

Members of NRA did however live tweet the event from the crowd.

Three days ago President Obama signed 23 executive gun orders into action.

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