STATE REP RACE Candidate Mark Kratman Discusses His Campaign For State Rep

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Community Television Executive Director Shaun Neville recently interviewed State Representative Candidate Mark Kratman (D-Tewksbury) as part of WCTV’s 2018 Candidate Conversations series.Kratman answers the following questions:Why are you in this race?Discuss your decision to enter the race after State Rep. Miceli’s sudden passing, just days before the filing deadline.Describe your background, what you bring to the table, and how long you’ve lived in the area.What binds the towns of Tewksbury and Wilmington, and their people, together?Why are you the best candidate to represent this district?Tell us about your campaign thus far. What have you been up to? What will you be doing leading up to Election Day to get your word out?Watch the 16-minute interview, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/8/e/c/d/a/b/8ecdabe7-fada-464a-a389-3104bdca60381532087566.580%2B36870265.624%40castus4-wilmington%2B15320902451532087784112994.vod.720p.Candidate%20Conversations_%20State%20Rep%20-%20Mark%20Kratman%20.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedDEBATE HIGHLIGHT: Most Democratic Candidates Not Ready To Pledge To Support Their Party’s Nominee In General ElectionIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Candidate Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Her Campaign For State Rep With WCTVIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Candidate Erin Buckley Discusses Her Campaign For State Rep With WCTVIn “Videos”last_img read more

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Rustum movie review and ratings by audience Live updates

first_imgShivaraj Kumar in Rustum.PR HandoutYears after working as a stunt choreographer film industries across the nation, Ravi Varma is directing his first movie in the form of Rustum. It also marks the debut of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi in Kannada.Shraddha Srinath, who is now one of the most sought after actresses in Sandalwood, Rachita Ram and Mayuri Kyatari are playing the female leads in Rustum. J Mahendran, Harish Uthaman, Arjun Gowda and others are in the supporting roles.Anoop Seelin has composed the music, Mahen Simha has handled the cinematography and Deepu S Kumar has edited the flick, produced by Jayanna and Bhogendra.Rustum is an action thriller that revolves around fearless police officer played by Shivaraj Kumar. The challenge for him is to fight against the corrupt system and clean up the criminal elements. The story is packed with romance and other necessary commercial ingridients.Shivanna’s action-packed movies have always excited his fans. After superhit movie Tagaru, the actor has donned the cop’s role again. With a good trailer and a big star cast, the Kannada flick has picqued the interest of the cine-goers.Analysis: The early reports emerging from social media indicates that the movie has a slow start and first half is filled with masala elements. Check out the viewers’ response to the film below:Cineloka: #RUSTUM : Pakka Action Entertainer by @stuntravivarma. Second half is engaging. Emotional scenes are good. Action Sequences & BGM are the best. Shivanna shines as a Tough Cop. @vivekoberoi’s extended cameo is appealing. Rating – 3.5/5 Rustum – Interval Block Shivanna has 2 shades. Movie Picks up very well after a familiar start. @stuntravivarma’s chasing and stunts choreography are brilliant. @AnoopSeelin’s BGM is Top notch. #RUSTUM : Pakka Action Entertainer by @stuntravivarma. Second half is engaging. Emotional scenes are good. Action Sequences & BGM are the best. Shivanna shines as a Tough Cop. @vivekoberoi’s extended cameo is appealing. Rating – 3.5/5PopcornKannada.com: #Rustum intermission : The hunt begins now. last half an hour was engaging after the boring start. Action and background music are impressivepavithra.b gowda: ರುಸ್ತುಂ First half ಫುಲ್ ಮಸಾಲೆ ಭರಿತ ಮನೋರಂಜನೆ #shivanna fully energy Look like ಅಣ್ಣಾವ್ರು ..@stuntravivarma congratulations #shivanna #RustumSathya Narayana R: #Rustum #Shivanna Terrific Action @stuntravivarma proved his direction talent in his first venture. Terrific first half. #Rustum Breathtaking Shot by #MahenSimha #AnopSelin BGM is Trendy Pre-Interval. @stuntravivarma You Nailed It As Director. #Rustum @stuntravivarma Take A Bow, Fastest And Engertic First Half. Transformation Of Common Man To Super Cop Ultimate. Must Watch #Rustumsadanand: #Rustum Proud son of legendary Dr.Raj-Starting from a lover boy to action, sentimental,character&roles of substance, Dr.Shivarajkumar has been fondly& aptly called as the Karunada Chakravarthi-He has excelled in all varieties of roles&given epic movies-Rustum will be another gem!keshav ✨: Bigg Boss runner up acted in Rustum shivanna promised him that he will give chance in his Movie as promised shivanna gave him chance..King For A Reason #RustumGoutham: #Rustum is a literal blunder. The first half just takes the Cake for the worst narration this year for an actor like #Shivanna. No hopes for the second half.last_img read more

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2019 Housing Forecast Looks Tough For Houston Homebuyers

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Mark Moz/FlickrBuying a house is getting more expensive.Lower inventory will lead to home prices in Greater Houston continuing to increase, according to a report by Realtor.com.“So there are fewer homes available for sale and the homes that are available are selling faster,” the company’s chief economist, Danielle Hale, said. “That’s helping keep the upward pressure on home prices.”On top of that, Hale expects mortgage rates to go up by half a percent next year.While this doesn’t make it easier for those planning to buy a home, Hale said the rising prices are still a good thing.“It’s getting closer in line with income growth, which tends to be around 3 percent,” she said. “And so getting back to a more normal pace of increase.”Last month, the median price for a single-family home in Houston was about $234,650. X 00:00 /00:44 Listen Sharelast_img read more

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For David Mitchell Lowering Drug Prices Is Personal

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced that prescription drug makers will have to start including the list price of their medications in their TV ads.The move was the first step in the administration’s plans to reduce drug costs. Some have questioned the usefulness of the move, since many people who have insurance pay much less.Either way, addressing the cost of prescriptions is something of great importance for David Mitchell, founder of the organization Patients for Affordable Drugs.In the audio above, Mitchell tells Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse it’s not just his job — the issue is personal. That’s because he has an incurable form of cancer. Listen Sharecenter_img X David Mitchell/TwitterDavid Mitchell, founder of Patients For Affordable Drugs, has an incurable form of cancer. 00:00 /13:44last_img read more

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Papa Johns to Pull Founder from Marketing after Racist Language

first_imgBy Candice Choi, AP Food Industry WriterJohn Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s,  will no longer be at the center of the company’s logo and TV ads because it plans to pull his image from its marketing after reports he used a racial slur.The decision was made by top executives but details of the change are still being worked out, according to a person inside the company with knowledge of the decision who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. The person was not aware of any plans to change the pizza chain’s name.Papa John’s plans to pull founder John Schnatter’s image from marketing materials, as seen here, after reports he used a racial slur. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)Schnatter has long been the face of the brand, and the company has acknowledged in regulatory filings its business could be harmed if Schnatter’s reputation was damaged. Papa John’s got a taste of that last year, when Schnatter stepped down as CEO after blaming disappointing pizza sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem.This week, Papa John’s was already trying to further publicly distance itself from Schnatter after Forbes reported he used the N-word during a conference call in May. Schnatter apologized and said he would resign as chairman. That prompted the company’s stock to recover some of the losses it suffered after the report, though the shares were down slightly July 13.Schnatter remains on the board and is still the company’s largest shareholder with nearly 30 percent of the stock.It’s not yet clear how quickly the company will be able to remove Schnatter from marketing materials, the person with knowledge of the decision said. In addition to appearing in TV ads, Schnatter’s image is on packaging and at the center of a logo that is all over the company’s website. It was still there as of Friday morning.Keith Hollingsworth, a professor at Morehouse College’s business department, said keeping Schnatter on marketing would be a signal to people that the company does not have a problem with his comments, or that it didn’t think they were a big deal.“Five years from now, they might be able to start bringing him back. But at the moment, you have to be very decisive and show you take this very seriously,” Hollingsworth said.Schnatter had used the slur during a media training exercise in May, Forbes reported this week. When asked how he would distance himself from racist groups, Schnatter reportedly complained that Colonel Sanders never faced a backlash for using the word.Schnatter subsequently issued a statement acknowledging the use of “inappropriate and hurtful” language.“Regardless of the context, I apologize,” the statement said.Fallout has already included Major League Baseball indefinitely suspending a promotion with Papa John’s that offered people discounts at the pizza chain after a player hit a grand slam. The University of Louisville also said Schnatter resigned from its board of trustees, and that the school will evaluate the naming arrangement for Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.Papa John’s, based in Louisville, Ky., began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally. For the first three months of this year, the chain said a key sales figure fell 5.3 percent in North America.last_img read more

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YouTube CEO Apologizes Over Handling of Homophobic Content

first_img Popular on Variety YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki apologized Monday for her company’s handling last week of anti-gay comments that appeared on the video platform.“I know the decision we made was very hurtful to the LGBT community and that was not our intention at all,” she said in the opening remarks of an interview she gave on stage at the Code Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.But Wojcicki also stood by her decision to not remove the offending videos featuring YouTube commentator Steven Crowder, who repeatedly mocked a journalist at Vox, Carlos Maza, with homophobic and racist verbiage.Not only did that decision draw criticism of YouTube and Wojcicki, but so did a later comment made by the company that stood by the decision but acknowledged its harassment policies required further review. While YouTube didn’t remove the offending videos, Crowder’s videos were demonetized. Wojcicki explained the difficulties inherent in assessing the appropriateness of any one video without taking into account the context in which problematic speech is made.“We don’t want to be knee jerk,” she said. “We need to have consistent policies.”Wojcicki cited recent changes YouTube has made in its dealings with hate speech on its platform — just one of 30 policy changes that have kept the company busy over the past 12 months.She also emphasized that while YouTube may seem continuously mired in controversies about objectionable content on its platform, they represent a small minority of a much bigger whole that are largely positive. Moreover, Wojcicki noted that YouTube has continued to improve the tools with which it monitors its platform, and will continue to do so.She also addressed a recent New York Times article that suggested YouTube’s recommendation algorithms were capable of radicalizing users by over-serving right-wing propaganda. Wojcicki pointed to new tools adopted in January this year that have greatly reduced the amount of “borderline” content that could offend users.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Crime Junkie Podcast Host Ashley Flowers Responds to Plagiarism Allegations

first_imgNow the charges of plagiarism against Flowers may throw a wrench into her business, which she previously said was profitable and on track to be a “seven-figure business” in 2019. About half the revenue for her company, Audiochuck (named after her dog), comes from the “Crime Junkie” members on Patreon and the rest from brands including Casper, BarkBox and Zola through ads sold by AdLarge Media. Flowers claims the podcast has 43,500 members on Patreon; the number of patrons on the “Crime Junkie” page are not public.The popularity of “Crime Junkie” led Flowers and Prawat to stage a test-run of four live shows this summer. Those each sold out, and they’ve added another 17 shows this fall.Flowers is repped by UTA, and together they’ve been pitching a “Crime Junkie” TV adaptation as well as a potential documentary feature about the unsolved murders of four employees at a Burger Chef restaurant in Indiana in 1978, which Flowers is working on as a special six-part limited podcast series.Some say her work on the Burger Chef murders project is problematic in a different way. Flowers is working with Indiana State Police investigators to get exclusive access to documents and has given the police control over what material she’s able to release on the podcast. Chris Davis, creator of the “3C Podcast – True Crime in the Circle City” program who has produced episodes about the 1978 case, said he was denied access to the files Flowers has obtained. Davis argued that, “in essence she is releasing State Police propaganda and getting paid by the public to do it.” (Flowers did not comment on this.)Flowers, 30, was born and raised in South Bend, Ind. She started “Crime Junkie” after she hosted a true-crime segment called “Murder Monday” for Indianapolis radio station WNOW two years ago. It was a pro-bono production to promote Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana, where she’s a board member.The popularity of the radio program inspired her to launch “Crime Junkie,” investing about $13,000 of her personal savings into the show. Indianapolis-based Audiochuck began generating money from the podcast in July 2018 after launching a page on Patreon, where her fans can pay $5-$20 per month for additional content and other perks. A year ago she quit her day job to commit full-time to the company, which she currently runs out of a bedroom in her home. Flowers, in her response to Variety, did not address specific allegations of plagiarism.In her statement, she said, “Our research process is thorough, rigid, and exhaustive, and those familiar with ‘Crime Junkie’ are aware that we make clear references to the use of other sources and that comprehensive notes and links to all sources are made available on our show’s website.”On its website and Patreon pages, “Crime Junkie” currently includes a list with links to sources for its episode — however, it appears that for many of the episodes, the links to source material were added in the last few days. Meanwhile, with few exceptions, Flowers does not cite the sources in the audio of the podcast itself.In podcasting, the true-crime genre has become hugely popular, ignited by the first season of “Serial” in 2014. Those in the true-crime podcast world say plagiarism is rampant — it’s not unusual for some podcasters to, say, simply read whole passages from Wikipedia entries on their shows. Some creators say that they don’t post transcripts of their podcasts for that very reason.Ironically, Flowers herself has complained about her material being stolen: Last month she asked YouTube (via Twitter) to take down a channel created by someone who had ripped off 90 “Crime Junkie” episodes.Flowers doesn’t have a journalism or media background (she studied biological sciences in college and later worked at a small software firm), and is a self-taught independent podcaster. Flowers and her “Crime Junkie” sidekick Brit Prawat, who have been friends since childhood, also embarked on an ambitious weekly launch schedule, amounting to a huge amount of work for a two-member team.In less than two years, “Crime Junkie” blossomed into a smash hit. Since Flowers launched the weekly podcast in December 2017, the largely female-skewing audience for the podcast has grown dramatically. Currently, each episode averages over 1.6 million unique listens in the first four weeks; in a single month, the podcast snares more than 22 million downloads. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Ashley Flowers, creator and host of “Crime Junkie” — currently the No. 1 true-crime podcast — has been accused of using material in her show from multiple sources without credit.In a statement sent to Variety, Flowers said in part, “we recently made the decision to pull down several episodes from our main feed when their source material could no longer be found or properly cited. Since then, we’ve worked to put additional controls in place to address any gaps moving forward.”Flowers continued, “Our work would not be possible absent the incredible efforts of countless individuals who investigate and report these stories originally, and they deserve to be credited as such. We are committed to working within the burgeoning podcast industry to develop and evolve its standards on these kinds of issues.” Among the plagiarism allegations that have emerged against Flowers: Cathy Frye, who wrote a four-part series about the murder of Arkansas teen Kacie Woody for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in 2003, alleged in a post on Flowers’ Facebook page Sunday that “Crime Junkie’s” March 2019 episode on the Woody case relied entirely on Frye’s work without any citation.“At one point, you quoted a portion of MY copyrighted story almost verbatim,” Frye wrote in her post, directed at Flowers. “I then started listening to your other podcasts and – SURPRISE! – discovered that you don’t cite sources or credit news organizations.” Frye demanded Flowers take down the podcast; otherwise, she threatened to take legal action.Frye, contacted by Variety, said she has not received any response from Flowers or the “Crime Junkie” team about her complaint.Robin Warder, who hosts true-crime podcast “The Trail Went Cold,” wrote a post on Reddit in 2015 about the mysterious death of a man named Henry McCabe. Warder told Variety that in a May 2018 “Crime Junkie” episode covering the same case, at one point in the podcast, “Ashley Flowers is practically reading [from the Reddit post] verbatim without credit.”In a Reddit post two months ago on the “Crime Junkie” subreddit, a listener claimed that the “Crime Junkie” March 2019 podcast on Kirsten Hatfield, an Oklahoma girl who disappeared in 1997, was an almost “word for word copy” of a 2018 episode of “On the Case with Paula Zahn” that aired last year on Investigation Discovery.Over the past few days, “Crime Junkie” has removed five episodes from its website and other podcast platforms: the shows about Kacie Woody and Kirsten Hatfield — along three others: “Missing: Misty Copsey,” “Conspiracy: The Women of Juarez” and “Murdered: Angela Savage.” (Separately, in June, “Crime Junkie” pulled its June 24 episode on the 2001 murder of Amanda Cope after listeners complained it omitted allegations that her father sexually abused his daughters. “It’s never our intention to re-victimize anyone and we are very sorry that this episode did that,” the “Crime Junkie” team wrote in a tweet.)“For a long while now, ‘Crime Junkie’ has been plagiarizing journalists, television shows and other podcasters,” one true-crime podcaster, who said their material had been lifted by Flowers, told Variety. “They do not credit anyone in their episodes… They really should know better.” This individual requested anonymity, fearing backlash from “Crime Junkie” fans.last_img read more

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Govt ups petroldiesel excise duty again oil firms to bear burden

first_imgThe move, which comes amid declining prices of crude oil in the international market, will boost government revenue and help it contain the fiscal deficit. The revised excise duty on petrol and diesel came into affect from Tuesday, official sources said.The move will have no impact on retail prices of petrol and diesel, they said.This is the second hike in excise duty in three weeks. On 12 November the government had raised the excise duty by Rs 1.50 per litre on both petrol and diesel but that did not have any impact on the retail prices. In view of the declining prices of crude, oil marketing companies had on Monday cut petrol price by 91 paise a litre, the seventh reduction since August, and diesel by 84 paise per litre, the third straight cut. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashWhile the fall in global rates and the resultant cuts in retail prices have led to lower realisation on account of customs and VAT, particularly in case of state governments, there wasn’t any loss to the central government on account of reduction in petrol and diesel prices as excise duty on the two fuels is fixed and not ad valorem.Unbranded petrol at present attracts a basic excise duty of Rs 2.70 per litre, a special additional excise duty of Rs 6 a litre and a road cess of Rs 2 per litre. Unbranded diesel attracts a basic excise duty of Rs 2.96 a litre and road cess of Rs 2 per litre. The total excise duty on unbranded petrol will rise from Rs 10.70 to Rs 12.95 per litre and that on unbranded diesel from Rs 4.96 per litre to Rs 5.96. Brent rates, the benchmark grade for more than half of the world’s oil, have dropped to $68.34 a barrel, the lowest level since October 2009. Prices declined 18 per cent last month and are 38 per cent lower in 2014. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsState-owned fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL), following the fortnightly review practice revised rates on Sunday. Petrol price was cut by 91 paisa a litre and diesel by 84 paisa. The seventh reduction in price since August has meant that petrol costs Rs 63.33 a litre in Delhi, Rs 10.27 per litre less than what it cost in July.The third reduction in diesel rates in one month has led to the price coming down to Rs 52.51 a litre. Oil firms revise rates of petrol, which was deregulated in June 2010, and diesel on 1st and 16th of every month based on average international oil price and rupee-US dollar exchange rate.last_img read more

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Are Americans already over Cuba

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> The Canadian Press Tags: American Airlines, Cuba, Zika Demand for travel to Cuba may be flattening, with soaring hotel prices on the island, American Airlines cutting some flights, and uncertainty over whether new travel restrictions could be imposed when Donald Trump takes office.Gregory Geronemus, co-CEO of smarTours, a tour company that’s taken 3,000 Americans to Cuba, confirms there has been a softening in demand.In part he blamed hotel prices on the island, which have nearly doubled since 2015 and which are set by the government. “There’s still demand but there’s only so much people can afford,” he said. Cheaper lodging is available through Airbnb and other services, but not all travellers want the hassles and uncertainty of travelling on their own in Cuba.Geronemus said “Zika has cast a shadow” on the region too, despite the Cuban government’s assertion that mosquito abatement efforts have been successful. Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, can cause birth defects.While an increasing number of airlines are offering flights, American Airlines is cutting three of its 13 daily flights to Cuba beginning Feb. 16 and switching to smaller planes on some routes, said spokesman Matt Miller. He added that adjustments are common with new service and that the reduction was made before the presidential election.ForwardKeys, which compiles data based on global reservations transactions, says it has not detected a drop in bookings for Cuba. And Cuban government statistics show an 80 per cent increase in visits by Americans the first six months of this year over the same period in 2015, from 76,183 to 136,913. In the last few weeks, several U.S. airlines started regular commercial flights to Cuba. United Airlines launched Newark-Havana flights Nov. 29 and Saturday service from Houston on Dec. 3. Spokesman Jonathan Guerin said the airline is “prepared to work with the new administration” going forward. JetBlue, which also just launched service, would not provide specifics but said “we are pleased with how flights to Cuba are selling.”More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongTanner Callais of Austin, Texas, who runs a cruise website called Cruzely.com, had hoped to cruise to Cuba in 2017.But “now with some of the things I’ve heard about tightening up restrictions on travel to Cuba, we’re taking a wait and see approach,” he said. “The last thing we want to do is put a lot of money down for a trip and then have the cruise cancelled due to new restrictions put in place.”Others are booking trips as soon as they can, fearing a Cuba travel ban under Trump. “Ordinarily we book trips three to six months ahead but people are calling this week to register for trips three weeks from now,” said Kimberly Haley-Coleman, executive director of GlobeAware, which organizes volunteer trips.Though Geronemus says the softening started “long before Trump was elected,” some travellers are asking for reassurance that they’d be covered if travel gets banned between the time they book their tickets and their planned trip. That has smarTours promising a full refund or credit for a discounted trip elsewhere should new rules make it impossible to go ahead with a trip, Geronemus says.Erika Richter, spokeswoman for the American Society of Travel Agents, says “some people we talk to are convinced that everything will be rolled back on Jan. 21. Others think, as a hospitality industry leader, (Trump) will not follow through. So, I think it’s probable but not guaranteed that we see a roll back in early 2017.”But what Trump has in mind for Cuba is unclear. Three days after Fidel Castro’s death, the president-elect tweeted: “If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal.”More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerSome critics believe the Obama administration should have held out for democratic and human rights reforms as part of the loosening of travel restrictions. But others think that stimulating Cuba’s economy through travel – including inroads by U.S. cruise, hotel and tour companies there – is the best way to bring change.On Wednesday, two U.S. cruise companies, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean International received permission from the Cuban government to sail from the U.S. to Cuba. In May, Carnival Corp. became the first U.S. company in decades to run cruises to Cuba.Haley-Coleman thinks the most likely scenario is a return to strict enforcement of rules for permitted types of trips. Even under President Obama, Americans can’t go to Cuba as regular tourists. They have to certify that their trip falls into one of 12 permitted categories, including educational, humanitarian or cultural travel. Right now, though, that certification is done on the honour system. Haley-Coleman thinks Trump may require itineraries be pre-approved to ensure Americans are not just drinking mojitos on the beach.Also Wednesday, a group of Cuban entrepreneurs travelled to Washington to deliver a letter asking Trump to support increased U.S. travel, trade and investment with Cuba. As owners of restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts and other businesses, they said that continued engagement with the U.S. is essential for progress and growth on the island. Are Americans already over Cuba?center_img Posted by Friday, December 9, 2016 Sharelast_img read more

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