Author: Albert

Disaster Recovery Centers to open in Humacao and Mayagüez

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers to open in Humacao and Mayagüez Release date:  Octo­ber 20, 2017 Release Num­ber:  R2 DR-4339-PR NR026 SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico – Two FEMA/Government of Puer­to Rico Dis­as­ter Recov­ery Cen­ter (DRCs) will open in Puer­to Rico on Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 21.  One is in Humacao and the oth­er in Mayagüez.  DRCs serve home­own­ers, renters and busi­ness own­ers who sus­tained dam­age as a result of Hur­ri­cane Maria. Spe­cial­ists from the Gov­ern­ment of Puer­to Rico and munic­i­pal­i­ties, the Fed­er­al Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion (SBA), non­govern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions and the local com­mu­ni­ty, will be on hand to help sur­vivors reg­is­ter for assis­tance, answer ques­tions and pro­vide infor­ma­tion on the types of assis­tance avail­able to sur­vivors. Ser­vices are pro­vid­ed in Eng­lish and Span­ish. The cen­ter in Humacao will be locat­ed at: Cen­tro de Bel­las Artes de Humacao (Humacao Fine Arts Cen­ter) Boule­vard Nicanor Vazquez Humacao, PR 00792 Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m The cen­ter in Mayagüez will be locat­ed at: Esta­dio Isidoro Gar­cia   (Isidoro Gar­cia Base­ball Sta­di­um) Sába­los, Int. Car­retera (Road)# 102 & Car­retera (Road)# 63 Mayagüez, PR 00682 Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sur­vivors impact­ed by Hur­ri­cane Maria can reg­is­ter online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA toll-free at 800−621−3362 (voice, 711/VRS — Video Relay Ser­vice). TDD call 800−462−7585. Mul­ti­lin­gual oper­a­tors are avail­able. (Press 2 for...

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José M. Saldaña

From Wikipedia, the free ency­clo­pe­dia   José Manuel Sal­daña is a Puer­to Rican aca­d­e­m­ic who served as Pres­i­dent of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Puer­to Rico dur­ing the 1980s.  He is a mem­ber of Phi Sig­ma Alpha fra­ter­ni­ty. He grad­u­at­ed from U.H.S. at Rio Piedras, before obtain­ing his bach­e­lor, mas­ters and Doc­tor of Den­tal Med­i­cine degree at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Puer­to Rico. He served as a pro­fes­sor, depart­ment direc­tor, fac­ul­ty dean and chan­cel­lor at the Med­ical Sci­ences Cam­pus and lat­er pres­i­dent of the same insti­tu­tion. The Vice Pres­i­dent of Igual­dad, Futuro Seguro, a pro-state­hood orga­ni­za­tion cre­at­ed by Dr. Hernán Padil­la in...

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A plebiscite for the immediate decolonization of Puerto Rico

By José M. Sal­daña On Nov. 6, 2012, the Gov­ern­ment of Puer­to Rico held a two-part plebiscite in which 54 per­cent of the vot­ers reject­ed con­tin­u­ing under the present ter­ri­to­r­i­al colo­nial sta­tus known as The Com­mon­wealth of Puer­to Rico. Vot­ers were giv­en the option of select­ing among one of the three alleged­ly con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly viable non-ter­ri­to­r­i­al options and 61 per­cent vot­ed in favor of State­hood. In 2014 Con­gress approved a $ 2.5 mil­lion appro­pri­a­tion des­tined for the Gov­ern­ment of Puer­to Rico to con­duct a gov­ern­ment edu­ca­tion­al cam­paign in order to make viable a fair, trans­par­ent, and inclu­sive future plebiscite in...

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Piraguas

A Piragua /pi’ra:gwe/  is a Puer­to Rican shaved ice dessert, shaped like a pyra­mid, con­sist­ing of shaved ice and cov­ered with fruit fla­vored syrup. Piraguas are sold by ven­dors, known as piragüeros, in small col­or­ful push­carts. Besides Puer­to Rico, Piraguas can be found in the Unit­ed States main­land areas, such as New York and Cen­tral Flori­da, which have large Puer­to Rican com­mu­ni­ties. In most Span­ish-speak­ing coun­tries, the word piragua (pi·ra·gua) means pirogue, a small, flat-bot­tomed boat. In Puer­to Rico the word piragua refers to a frozen treat made of shaved ice and cov­ered with fruit fla­vored syrup. Unlike the...

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The History of Puerto Rico and Taino Indians

  The Taino Indi­ans who were orig­i­nal­ly from South Amer­i­ca were the first to inhab­it Puer­to Rico some­time in the 1400’s. In 1493 Colum­bus arrived in his sec­ond voy­age to the new world. Span­ish explor­er Juan Ponce de Leon found­ed the vil­lage of Caparra (that is now San Juan) in 1508 and he was named the gov­er­nor of the island in 1509 by Spain. The Spaniards intro­duced slav­ery in 1521 and built the first Catholic Church in 1523 which is the old­est church still in use in Amer­i­ca. Sug­ar cane was pro­duced in 1523 and a hos­pi­tal in 1524....

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