Tag: Rico

Feb 21

Five Months After Maria, San Juan Mayor Decries ‘Disaster Capitalism’ and Privatization in Puerto Rico

A quarter of the island is without power, and the Trump administration does nothing. As this week marks five months since Hurricane Maria battered the island of Puerto Rico, more than a quarter of the island remains without power, marking the longest blackout in U.S. history. While the official death toll is just 64, it …

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Feb 18

Black History Month: The vejigante masks and bomba music of Puerto Rico

Throughout the Caribbean, in Brazil and here on the U.S. mainland Carnival, Mardi Gras and other heavily African-influenced traditions are a testament to the survival and persistence of black cultures in the diaspora. Carnival season in Puerto Rico came and went this year, ending on Fat Tuesday as it does every year—with an explosion of music, …

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Feb 13

Suicides increase in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria as the island faces a mental health crisis

No one knows just how many people have died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria but almost every estimate (aside from that of the local government) has the number well into the hundreds—maybe even thousands. Though record keeping about recent deaths on the island is spotty at best, there is new data out that shows that the …

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Feb 13

The Next Big Storm to Rock Puerto Rico: Suicide

The island hasn't recovered from Maria—and the next hurricane season starts in six months. The number of suicides in Puerto Rico has increased by nearly one-third, or 29 percent, in 2017 over just a year prior. The figures were reported by the Commission for the Prevention of Suicide, a part of the Puerto Rico Department …

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Feb 13

The Next Big Storm to Rock Puerto Rico After Trump’s Failure to Help Repair It: Suicide

The island hasn't recovered from Maria—and the next hurricane season starts in six months. The number of suicides in Puerto Rico has increased by nearly one-third, or 29 percent, in 2017 over just a year prior. The figures were reported by the Commission for the Prevention of Suicide, a part of the Puerto Rico Department …

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Feb 13

Trump can’t turn on the lights for Puerto Rico, but helping coal baron Bob Murray is an ’emergency’

Donald Trump doesn’t know where to find the money for his infrastructure program. He doesn’t have a clue about how to fund his budget. But he has a very good idea of where to get the dollars to save his friend, the coal baron.  After failing to win a bailout for cash-strapped coal plants, some Trump administration …

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Feb 11

Black History Month: Loiza—the African heart of Puerto Rico and the arts that portray it

One of the areas of Puerto Rico struggling to survive after the devastation of back-to-back Hurricanes Irma and Mara is the town of Loiza, known as a center of Afro-Puerto Rican history, music, dance, and culture.  When Irma and Maria hit, I immediately went to the news and Twitter and YouTube to see if there was …

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Feb 02

After Trump claims to love Puerto Rico, San Juan mayor unapologetically calls him a hypocrite

On Tuesday during his State of the Union speech, Donald Trump tried to convince the American people that he stands with hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Of course, Puerto Ricans know better. Despite his words of love and supposed well-wishes, Trump has spent little time talking about the situation on the island. Of the minuscule amount of time he has …

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Feb 01

FEMA to shut off aid to Puerto Rico with municipalities still without electricity and water

As parts of Puerto Rico continue to struggle to recover four months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially announced it will shut off food and water aid to the island as of Jan. 31. A third of Puerto Rico residents are still without electricity and lack access to …

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Jan 28

Chef José Andrés, who fed Puerto Rico following Maria, says Ivanka Trump had him kicked out of event

Chef José Andrés, who served three million meals in Puerto Rico while Donald Trump golfed, said Washington, D.C. restaurant Cafe Milano kicked him out of an event he was initially welcomed to “apparently after Ivanka Trump complained about his presence”: Andrés, an outspoken critic of President Trump, took to Twitter to question why he was …

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