People and politicians holding animals, live action Mario Kart, Czechs celebrate and protest| Nov. 17
The day in pictures around the world.
Rolando Pujol Rodriguez photographed the Cuban raft exodus in 1994, and 20 years later Enrique de la Osa took portraits of some of the people who made it to the United States. Cuba lifted restrictions on rafters in 1994, opening the flood gates for anyone who wanted to leave the communist-led island. Some 31,000 Cubans were detained at sea by U.S. ships that summer in the largest exodus since the 1980 Mariel boatlift, which brought 120,000 Cubans to Miami. The 1994 crisis led to a major shift in U.S.-Cuba policy and an accord under which Washington agreed to grant visas to 20,000 Cuban migrants a year. Rafters have kept coming in smaller numbers, though these days they make few political or media waves. Photos and text by Reuters.
The Natural History Society of Maryland had a recent meetup lead by biologist Nick Spero in Herring Run Park. They were searching for wild mushrooms, but with the warning not to eat any mushroom that you cannot identify. They found many like Pleurotus pulmonarius, also called oyster mushroom, Phellinus linteus, or black hoof mushroom, and Lenzites betulinus. I later returned on my own to see what visual treasures I could find hidden in the woods of Herring Run Park.
World leaders gather in Brisbane, Australia for the annual G20 Summit and are expected to discuss economic growth, free trade and climate change as well as pressing issues including the situation in Ukraine and the Ebola crisis.
Home to more than 2,500 Hispanic residents, Georgetown, Delaware — locally known as ‘Kimmeytown’ — became a Guatemalan enclave beginning in the 1990’s being within walking distance of a Perdue chicken processing plant, which employs a large number of the Latin Americans immigrants who live in town.
Two window washers caught on dangling scaffolding on the 69th floor of New York City’s One World Trade Center were pulled to safety on Wednesday through a window cut in the tallest U.S. skyscraper, a building official said.
Mechanical error appeared to trap the workers, both veteran window washers, on a small platform dangling vertically from cables, according to Gerard McEneany, director of the window washing division at the building in lower Manhattan told NY 1 television.