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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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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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GOP to Puerto Rico’s nearly bankrupt government: ‘Drop dead’

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 9:18 AM Republican leaders in Congress told Puerto Rico’s nearly bankrupt government to drop dead on Tuesday. Despite feverish efforts by the White House and congressional Democrats to insert a provision into the federal spending bill that would allow the Caribbean island territory to tackle its massive $72 billion debt through bankruptcy restructuring, top Republicans in the Senate scuttled it at the last minute. GONZALEZ TOP REPUBLICANS REJECT FEDERAL AID TO PR Their refusal now leaves Puerto Rico just two weeks away from the biggest municipal bond default in...

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Puerto Rican beauty queen Valerie Hernandez is crowned Miss International 2014

By Annabel Fenwick Elliott for MailOnline and claims her win is ‘a hard responsibility’ Valerie Hernandez of Puerto Rico has been crowned Miss International 2014. The 21-year-old student and model from Carolina, Puerto Rico, won her title at last night’s finals, the beauty pageant’s 54th annual event, held at the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa in Tokyo, Japan. Dressed in a gold-embellished white gown, Ms Hernandez sobbed with joy as she was officially crowned by Miss International 2013 winner Bea Santiago of the Philippines. During the question-and-answer rounds in the lead-up to the finals, Ms Hernandez stated, according to the...

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Puerto Rico Earthquake Causes Minor Damage

  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A strong earthquake out to sea shook Puerto Rico early Monday, causing minor damage in some places.  Some people reported items falling in their home and dozens said they felt buildings sway in the capital of San Juan, about 61 miles (98 kilometers) from the quake’s epicenter. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 and struck just after midnight about 35 miles (57 kilometers) north of Hatillo. It said the quake occurred 17 miles (28 kilometers) deep.  Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency said there was no...

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