Trump Offers Lackluster Response to Castro’s Death:
After hundreds of Cubans took to the streets of Miami early Saturday to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro and U.S. politicians sounded off on his passing, President-elect Donald Trump had very little to say about it. “Fidel Castro is dead!” Trump wrote on Twitter hours after the news broke. Other U.S. politicians offered more substantial statements on the momentous news. Florida Governor Rick Scott expressed hope for “the future of Cuba” after Castro’s death, saying “the news should usher in an era of freedom, peace and human dignity.” New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez echoed Scott’s comments, saying while Castro’s “oppressive legacy will haunt the Cuban regime,” Cubans today are now “one step closer to achieving freedom.” Senator Ted Cruz took a more solemn tone, saying Castro’s death “cannot bring back his thousands of victims, nor can it bring comfort to their families.” Senator Marco Rubio said Cubans should use Castro’s death as motivation to continue to fight for freedom. “The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not,” Rubio said. PresidentBarack Obama, who sought to mend ties with Cuba during his term, offered his condolences to the Castro family in a statement. Saying the White House extends “a hand of friendship to the Cuban people” after Castro’s death, Obama added that “history will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.”
Marco Rubio: Fidel Castro was an ‘evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering’:
Hundreds took to the streets of Miami’s Little Havana early Saturday morning after the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro was announced. Drivers honked their horns, while others played drums and banged pots and pans. Many cheered as they waved American and Cuban flags. Among those who showed up was the city’s mayor, Tomas Regalado, a Cuban American who left the country at the age of 14 in 1962, three years after Fidel Castro rose to power. “I am proud of this celebration. The reason that I am proud of this celebration is because Fidel Castro hurt many generations of Cuba,” Regalado told WSVN 7. “What you see here is many, many young people that are celebrating because their fathers and grandfathers were hurt and attacked and killed by Fidel Castro.” Sen. Marco Rubio did not mince words when he weighed in on Castro’s death on Saturday. The Florida Republican called Castro an “evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people” and turned Cuba into an “impoverished island prison.” “Sadly, Fidel Castro’s death does not mean freedom for the Cuban people or justice for the democratic activists, religious leaders, and political opponents he and his brother have jailed and persecuted,” Rubio said in a statement. “The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not.”
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· According to legend, coffee was discovered in the 9th century when an Ethiopian goat herder named Khaldi noticed that his normally lethargic goats were more excitable after they had nibbled the red berries from an evergreen tree. Khaldi took the berries to a Muslim holy man, who turned the raw fruit of the coffee tree into the delicious beverage.
· Coffee was originally regarded as a wonder drug in Yemen and Arabia and was taken only at the advice of a doctor. Many saw coffee as a brain tonic or as a way to stimulate religious visions.
Coffee has mood-boosting effects
· A 2011 study showed that women who drink two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day were 15% less likely to develop depression over a 10-year period than those who drank one cup of coffee or less per week.
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