Category: GENERAL

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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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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Wedding Traditions of Puerto Rico

  A wedding is a joyous celebration and that is no different in Puerto Rico. There are a few traditions that are associated with a conventional Puerto Rican marriage. One of these traditions is the offering of the bride and groom a beverage called café con leche and is served in coconut cups. The Bride’s Bouquet Bridal bouquets in Puerto Rico are abundant with the amapola, which is a traditional flower often used at a Puerto Rican wedding. The bouquet may also contain a fan as it is a part of traditional wedding attire in Puerto Rico. The maids...

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How to Make a Traditional Puerto Rican Thanksgiving Day Dinner

  Even though Thanksgiving was not always a traditional holiday on the island, many Puerto Rican families calling the States home began celebrating it by adding a touch of Sabor Latino. A traditional Puerto Rican Thanksgiving menu will likely consist of Pavochon, Mofongo stuffing, Arroz con Gandules (rice with pigeon peas), Tostones, and Tembleque or dulce de leche. I serve a green bean casserole with my meal and for an appetizer I fry up some Platanos versus the Tostones. I season mine with garlic, black pepper and salt and serve them with Mojo Criollo. I’m usually cooking enough food...

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National Shipping of America Expands San Juan Service

JOC Staff | Oct 03, 2013   National Shipping of America has expanded its Isla Verde Express service with the addition of a southbound call at Port Everglades in Florida. The expansion provides a connection between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico with a two-day transit time. Previously, the service, which was launched earlier this year, offered a direct route between Houston and San Juan, Puerto Rico, on a fortnightly basis. The port rotation now is Houston, Port Everglades, San Juan and back to Houston. The addition of the Port Everglades call does not impact southbound transit times between...

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