Posts Categorized: Archives

USDA Commits to Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico

On August 16, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a 23% increase – worth $463.8 million in annual funding – for nutrition assistance in the U.S. territory on Puerto Rico effective October 1, 2021. This increase – conducted nationwide – was driven by a Congressionally-mandated re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, a data-driven estimate of… Read more »

March for Independence Falters

An anti-statehood march planned for August 15th in San Juan was postponed because of inclement weather conditions ahead of Tropical Storm Grace. No new date has been set. Organizers claimed that they were marching “for anti-colonization and against statehood.” Puerto Rico is currently an unincorporated territory of the United States. The alternatives to the current… Read more »

The Color of Puerto Rico’s Flag

Puerto Rico’s flag often shows up in social media. Observers will note that is seems to come in different colors, and comments often  follow, saying that the wrong flag is being shown. The example below called out McDonald’s rather than an individual. Specifically, the controversy usually focuses on the shade of blue being presented. In… Read more »

Notable Puerto Ricans: Scientists

Puerto Rico celebrities are often known for their contributions to the arts, and Puerto Rico has produced many of America’s scientists as well. The list below shines a spotlight on just a few of the many notable scientists from Puerto Rico. Vanessa Aponte Williams NASA had 70 Puerto Rican scientists on staff in 2003, according… Read more »

Notable Puerto Rican Women in the Performing Arts

Puerto Ricans have been enriching the history and culture of the United States for more than a century. Over the years, Puerto Rico has contributed many notable people in the arts, sciences, public service, academics, sports, industry and more. Enjoy learning about some Puerto Rican women of note in the performing arts. Miriam Colón Miriam… Read more »

Puerto Rico’s Monkey Island

In 1938, with the support of Columbia University and the School of Tropical Medicine of the University of Puerto Rico, primatologist Clarence Carpenter populated the island of Cayo Santiago with 450 rhesus macaques from India. With its current population of 2,000 primates, Cayo Santiago is popularly known as Monkey Island. Human visitors, other than the research scientists,… Read more »

Does Puerto Rico Mean Business?

Encouraging entrepreneurship and business investment has been a feature of Puerto Rico’s economic development plans over the years, and it is a focus of the legislation introduced by Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon. But how is Puerto Rico doing on that front? Third party indicators suggest that Puerto Rico is struggling, but making some progress. The… Read more »

Puerto Rico’s Essential Dishes

The New York Times brings us news, but also cultural content like recipes and food history. Von Diaz’s Essential Puerto Rican Recipes begins with sofrito, a mix of garlic, onions, peppers, and a local variant on cilantro. This mixture provides basic flavor for many dishes,and for Diaz, it provides smell of nostalgia. Diaz, a journalist and… Read more »

SBA Announces Funding for Women’s Business Centers in Puerto Rico

The Small Business Administration has announced new funding for Women’s Business Centers in Puerto Rico. A total of $300,000 will be divided into two grants which can go to established or new organizations. The organizations will host the WBCs, which will provide services for female entrepreneurs. SBA Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman attended the White House Puerto… Read more »

Rep. Grijalva Encourages President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, released a statement commending the revival of the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico. “The Biden administration has committed to resolving the serious issues affecting the territory and its residents, and I sincerely commend them for this decision,” Grijalva said. “I look forward… Read more »