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ARECIBO OBSERVATORY TO CHANGE HANDS

The NSF has announced that the giant radio telescope/dish will con­tin­ue to do crit­i­cal research, and has changed man­age­ment hands to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cen­tral Flori­da (UCF). The Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion announced Thurs­day that the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cen­tral Flori­da will man­age the Areci­bo Obser­va­to­ry, a major radio tele­scope facil­i­ty in Puer­to Rico. Areci­bo has long been one of the most sig­nif­i­cant and largest tele­scope facil­i­ties avail­able to researchers, but the NSF has been look­ing to scale back its sup­port for the facil­i­ty. The uni­ver­si­ty said it planned major improve­ments for the facil­i­ty. UCF will lead a new con­sor­tium —...

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Puerto Rico lost 4 percent of jobs in wake of Hurricane Maria, NY Fed officials say

By Sari­na Tran­gle sarina.trangle@amny.com @SarinaTrangle Updat­ed Feb­ru­ary 22, 2018 6:04 PM Fed­er­al Reserve Bank of New York offi­cials esti­mat­ed Puer­to Rico and the U.S. Vir­gin Islands have suf­fered 4 per­cent and 8 per­cent jobs loss­es respec­tive­ly since hur­ri­canes struck the islands last year and exac­er­bat­ed already strug­gling economies. They sug­gest­ed dur­ing a brief­ing Thurs­day that the island economies have improved, but their recov­er­ies could be com­pli­cat­ed by sev­er­al fac­tors, includ­ing: how many res­i­dents move off the islands, how much exter­nal aid they receive and how suc­cess­ful reforms tar­get­ing pre-exist­ing fis­cal pres­sures prove to be. “The hur­ri­canes were over­laid onto...

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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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