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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...

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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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