Cuba and US Hold Dialogue on Migration in New York

first_imgBy Dialogo July 16, 2009 NEW YORK, 14 July 2009 (AFP) – The United States and Cuba, which have shown timid signs of a thaw in their relations since President Barack Obama took office, resumed a dialogue on migration issues that had been suspended since 2003 in New York on Tuesday. During the meeting, the United States and Cuba committed to promoting “safe, orderly, and legal” migration, as the State Department and the Cuban chancellory indicated in separate statements. The diplomatic talks that were held twice a year at a technical level — alternating between the United States and Cuba — had been suspended since the period of tension with George W. Bush’s administration. The dialogue was broken off by the United States. At the time, Cuba was also afraid of an American military invasion, as President Raúl Castro later revealed to the Nacional Defense Council. After arriving at the White House, Obama sent a friendly signal to the island in April when he authorized U.S. citizens of Cuban ancestry to travel and send money to Cuba. Subsequently, the State Department indicated that representatives of both countries had opened unofficial discussions with the aim of trying to relaunch the dialogue on migration issues. Nevertheless, despite this rapprochement, both Washington and Havana continued to signal their mutual distrust, each side waiting for gestures from the other before moving forward. The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, recently reiterated that the United States will not lift the embargo it has imposed on the island for almost half a century if Cuba does not release its political prisoners and respect human rights. The anti-Castro exile community in Florida, the influence of which has declined in recent years, calls on Washington to keep up pressure for democratic change in Cuba and considers the migration dialogue to be an incentive in the opposite direction. According to the State Department, upon resuming the migration meetings on Tuesday, the United States reaffirmed its interest in “pursuing constructive discussions with the government of Cuba” on matters of common interest. Regular talks began in 1995 to coordinate measures intended to avoid mass Cuban emigration to the country to the north. The United States committed to granting around 20,000 annual visas to Cubans, and Cuba agreed to take back and not take reprisals against individuals who attempted to escape from the island and were captured at sea by the American coast guard. In New York, the Cuban delegation indicated in a statement that it “presented a proposal for a new accord to the American side,” without specifying the proposal’s content. The Obama administration, for its part, specified that it addressed with the Cuban representatives not only points of “successful cooperation,” but also the “obstacles to the full implementation of the accords.” Washington identified assurances for the full functioning of its interests section in Havana, access to a deep-water port for repatriating migrants, assurances of their welfare, and the ability to return migrants with a criminal background as among its priorities. “The United States views these talks as a venue to achieve practical, positive results that contribute to the full implementation of the accords and to the safety of our citizens.” The U.S. delegation was headed by the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Craig Kelly. The Cuban delegation was headed by the Vice-Minister of Foreign Relations, Dagoberto Martínez. “We had a productive working session that validates the usefulness of the mechanism,” Martínez said.last_img read more

Five steps to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion in the product lifecycle

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img As a credit union community, the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion speak to our very mission. From the beginning, credit unions have been called to serve all members regardless of gender, race, age, cultural background, education, disability or financial means.Credit unions across our industry are working to reimagine product development and implementation processes to ensure a more inclusive experience for members. It is not necessarily a simple journey. How exactly do we ensure that the products and services we offer equitably serve all members?We would like to offer five recommendations based on the work of our own company and what we have learned from the efforts of our client credit unions.last_img read more

Townsend admires Crystal Palace star Eberechi Eze

first_imgCrystal Palace star, Andros Townsend, has hailed Eberechi Eze as an ‘incredible talent’ following his impressive displays since he joined the Eagles. The 22-year-old was handed his full debut as Roy Hodgson’s men bowed out 11-10 on penalties to Bournemouth in the English League Cup on Tuesday evening. Eze played all minutes, converted his penalty kick during the shootout after the score stood at 0-0 at full time, nevertheless, Palace bowed to Jason Tindall’s side at Dean Court. And Townsend who featured for 20 minutes having replaced Nya Kirby claimed the Anglo-Nigerian has all the raw tools to rise to the very top of the sport. “It’s no secret we didn’t score enough goals last season, so obviously you have to bring players in,” the 29-year-old winger told the club website. “Ebs is an incredible talent, and what he has shown so far is that he will be one for the future. Great business and it freshens up our attack.” The England international also reflected on his team’s defeat while looking forward to Saturday’s fixture against Manchester United. “It was a difficult one [to take],” he admitted. “The standard of penalties was incredible.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemLil Nas X’s Hit Song Is Becoming The Longest #1 Song Ever7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Most Praised Historical Movies11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Topcenter_img “And obviously we knew someone had to be the villain and someone had to be the hero, and unfortunately Wayne Hennessey was brilliant in the game, but he and Luka missed a penalty. “I was actually the one who missed against Colchester in the cup last season, so I know exactly how those boys are feeling. “You just want the ground to swallow you up. But it’s part and parcel of football and we’ve got a big game on Saturday and if we win on Saturday [then] this is all forgotten about.” Eze joined the Selhurst Park giants on a five-year deal worth £17 million after consistently featuring for QPR as they finished 13th in the Championship. read also:Aftermath of pay cut revelation: Heartland tells Ezenwa to shut up He has featured for England U20 and the U21 teams but he is still eligible to play for the Nigeria national team if he chooses. The 22-year-old, who has been a target for the Super Eagles, has previously revealed he is yet to decide on his international future. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Exclusive VIP U.S. Open Tickets Up for Auction Benefiting Local Non-Profits

first_imgSubmitted by Providence St. Peter HospitalAttending the U.S. Open is a once in a lifetime experience that could be yours through the auctioning of 5 pairs of VIP tickets.As U.S. Open officials put the finishing touches on Chambers Bay Golf Course, and WSDOT implements plans for an influx of more than 31,000 visitors per day, two local non-profits have learned they will be the beneficiaries of premiere tickets to the event.An anonymous donor has provided five pairs of tickets to South Puget Sound Community College Foundation and Providence St. Peter Foundation for auction online, and the non-profit organizations will split the proceeds equally. The tickets are a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the U.S. Open, and are valid for Friday, June 19. The tickets gain the purchasers access to a Gold Package Private Corporate Hospitality Tent in Cascade Village on the 7th Fairway, and each pair of tickets includes one VIP parking pass. The online auction launches Wednesday, May 27 and runs through 10:00 PM on Sunday, June 7.“These tickets are the most exclusive way to attend and enjoy the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay,” says Tanya Mote, Interim Executive Director for South Puget Sound Community College Foundation. “Each ticket includes access to a hospitality tent in Cascade Village, which includes meals, drinks, and big screen televisions to watch the tournament.”South Puget Sound Community College and Providence St. Peter Hospital have been partners for many years, primarily helping students receive an education in nursing and health care-related fields providing scholarships, and — after graduation — employment and career development.Peter Brennan, Providence St. Peter Foundation Executive Director says, “Like everyone in our area, we’re delighted for the U.S. Open to come to Chambers Bay, and we’re grateful to be a recipient of this incredibly generous donation.”As Ron Read, a former USGA staff member, has written that the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay “will be the most stunning sports venue ever televised.” But the five winning bidders of these pairs of tickets will have much more than just televised access. They will get to spend an exclusive day on the fairway, while benefiting the missions of two local non-profit organizations.Learn more and start the bidding at http://www.32auctions.com/ChambersBayTickets. Facebook30Tweet0Pin0last_img read more