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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