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 2 for...

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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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