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Ivanka Trump’s Caribbean Getaway Cost Taxpayers $58,000


President Trump and his family are not the first ones to travel on taxpayers’ dime. But unlike other presidents, the Trump patriarch often criticized the trips taken by President Barack Obama and his family, calling their travels a waste of taxpayer money. Per the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, the cost of the Obamas’ travel during his eight-year tenure cost just under $100 million. By contrast, President Trump’s trips during just his first 80 days in office alone came at a price tag of $20 million. As of this summer, his frequent trips to his Florida resort have been more costly than the probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, which he loves to rail against.


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China is building these three African parliaments ‘at no cost’


China describes itself as the friend of Africa as it strategically offers a helping hand in the infrastructural development of the continent while it positions itself as a global superpower.

The Asian country has won the hearts of many African leaders and continental bodies with its several generous projects that have raised eyebrows among the international community and cynics who claim China’s interest in the continent is to overburden countries with debts to enable neo-colonisation.

China has emphasized on a win-win cooperation as it recently opened up its market to Africa and the world during the maiden China International Import Expo (CIIE) fair in Shanghai which was opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Jinping said the fair is “a major policy for China to push for…

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How Much Does a Family Vacation to the Caribbean Cost?


The Caribbean was practically made for families who want to kick back, relax, and forget about life on a beach so beautiful it’s hard to believe it’s real.

The collection of territories and island nations that make up the Caribbean are popular with couples and honeymooners, but its families who can benefit from a trip here the most. Not only does the Caribbean boast many of the world’s calmest and most family-friendly beaches, but the region is home to numerous kid-friendly resorts — many of which are all-inclusive.

Still, one factor does prevent some from venturing further from home to enjoy paradise — and that factor is cost. Leaving your home country with kids requires you to pay for passports for everyone and forces you to buy plane tickets because…

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Lost lives: the cost of child marriage in Africa


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Child marriage is costing African countries at least $60 billion in lost lifetime earnings, more than what the world gives the continent in aid each year, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

Be it high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy or poor health outcomes, the cost of child marriage is far from just monetary, the Bank said in its report.

But the vast sums lost might just be the headline that helps provoke long-awaited change, activists said.

“When it comes to policy making, money talks. What this research shows is that ending child marriage is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do,” said Lakshmi Sundaram, Executive Director of Girls Not Brides.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest child marriage rates in the world, with more than 3…

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Retirement on a Caribbean island can cost as little as $24,000 a year


About 10 miles from Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a world away from the hustle and bustle of its more tourism-developed neighbor. Instead of cars, many use golf carts for transportation.

Most of the year, the island has a warm tropical climate in the low to mid 80s F. The nearby reef offers scuba, fishing, swimming, boating and snorkeling, and an underwater sculpture museum. The seasonal migration of whale sharks is another draw.

“We often see pods of dolphins feeding just offshore and sea turtles basking right on the surface,” said Lynda Lock, a retiree who lives on the island facing the ocean.

Clear, azure waters and white-sand beaches are never far away, and the cost of living is far lower than a similar lifestyle would cost back in the States. A couple can live well on Isla Mujeres for…

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Pitts: People like John Lewis paid a heavy cost for voting rights – News – The Fayetteville Observer


I don’t care who you vote for or what party. But don’t tell me you don’t have time to do it.

I registered to vote as soon as I turned 18.

My birthday fell a couple of weeks after the election between George H.W. Bush and Mike Dukakis, so I did not wind up voting until the ‘92 election when I was in college.

My mother had a different experience.

She turned 18 in 1959. She grew up in rural Hulett, Georgia, an unincorporated community about 45 minutes west of Atlanta.

She could not register or vote that year. In Georgia and most parts of the south, African Americans were barred from the ballot due to Jim Crow-era segregation.

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