Category: Culture

Rita Moreno at Sofrito

An award for performing doesn’t exist, that Rita Moreno hasn’t already won.  Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy and even the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush, reflect her achievements, talent and hard work.  She’s been in movies and television shows that defined generations – Singing In The Rain, King & I, West Side Story, Carnal Knowledge, Oz, Law & Order, Muppet Show, Cosby, Electric Co.  But awards don’t define this multi-talented artist as much as her character does.  From the West Side to the land of Oz and far beyond, we’re riding with Rita Moreno … in...

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Protecting the Caribbean Coral Reefs Is the Fed’s Affair

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 :: Staff infoZine A federal district court has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the law by allowing fishing for depleted parrotfish and other algae-eating reef fish species without properly monitoring the fishery’s impacts on rare corals that depend on healthy fish populations. San Juan, Puerto Rico – The decision came in response to an Endangered Species Act suit filed in January 2012 by Earthjustice on behalf of two conservation groups (CORALations and the Center for Biological Diversity), and Mary Adele Donnelly. Local counsel for Earthjustice on this case was Miguel Sarriera, who...

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Getting Veal Hungry in San Juan, Puerto Rico

By Phil Vettel Confit salmon with quinoa, plantain, herb pesto okra and a pimento vinaigrette served at 1919 restaurant. – MCT photos Ready for some interesting food choices in San Juan? THE island of Puerto Rico offers so many visual treats – gorgeous beaches, rugged hills, beautiful churches and majestic historic forts – that dining just about becomes an afterthought. A chunk of meat or fish, some sides of mofongo (fried mashed plantains) and mamposteao (rice and beans with other goodies), a stiff rum drink and you’re good to go, right? Well, yes, that’ll do nicely much of the...

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Patron Saint of San Cristóbal

By Murat Tanyel | TrekEarth Today, we are staying at San Cristóbal. Taking a few steps forward in yesterday’s photo and turning left would bring us to this courtyard where an open air chapel dedicated to Santa Bárbara, the patron saint of San Cristóbal, is located. Santa Bárbara was an early Christian saint of the 3rd century A.D. from Asia Minor. She is the patron saint of any person in danger of fire or explosion. Cannoneers prayed for her intercession before working with dangerous big guns. In the foreground, you can see my two companions Mighty Mini (yellow) and Surprising Skoda (white with red and blue stripes) paying homage to Santa Bárbara. Mighty Mini is the name I gave to my Hotwheels rendition of a souped-up 60s Mini Cooper (2000 First Editions #30). Surprising Skoda is the Matchbox version of a Skoda 130 LR (from the 1-75 lineup of 1987). Back in 2009, I was an avid collector of these ~ 1/64 scale model cars and these two were my travelling companions. They lived in my camera bag and I would take their photos on each trip I...

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Tunnels of San Cristobal

By Murat Tanyel | TrekEarth The Castillo de San Cristóbal is a former Spanish fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was built by Spain to protect against land based attacks on the city of San Juan. It is part of San Juan National Historic Site. Castillo de San Cristóbal is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World. When it was finished in 1783, it covered about 27 acres of land and basically wrapped around the city of San Juan. Entry to the city was sealed by San Cristóbal’s double gates. After close to one hundred years of relative peace in the area, part of the fortification (about a third) was demolished in 1897 to help ease the flow of traffic in and out of the walled city. This was a difficult photo. If I had used a flash, I would have blown out the walls of the tunnel. Not using a flash guaranteed that the well-lit areas would be washed out. Since I applied heavy post processing to make it look presentable, I am going to upload a copy of the original photo to the...

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