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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 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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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 tsuna­mi warn­ing and that no injuries...

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