House Passes Disaster Relief Bill Including Puerto Rico

In a 257-150 vote, the House passed a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill. 34 of the “yes” votes came from Republicans, in spite of President Trump’s urgings to vote against the bill, saying, “Republicans must stick together.” Trump followed up with thanks for a “Great Republican vote.” The  bill includes funding for Puerto Rico and… Read more »

Alex Cora Won’t Visit the White House

The Boston Red Sox will be visiting the White House, but their General manager, Alex Cora, will stay away in protest, according to ESPN. Cora is from Caguas, Puerto Rico, and has often said that he represents Puerto Rico. In negotiating his contract with the Red Sox, he asked for a plane load of disaster… Read more »

The Uniqueness of Puerto Rico’s Bees

Puerto Rico has a significant advantage over states when it comes to beekeeping. In the States, bees’ travel cannot be controlled enough by their keepers to allow any beekeeper to claim that they make organic honey. Bees may be visiting flowers which are not grown organically. U.S. mainland beekeepers, for the same reason, cannot credibly… Read more »

Marysol Castro Hits it Out of the Park from Behind the Microphone

Many Puerto Ricans have achieved great success as players in Major League Baseball. This baseball season Puerto Rico has yet another type of victory in Marysol Castro, who is announcing plays behind the microphone for the New York Mets. Marysol Castro is not only the first woman public address (PA) announcer for the New York… Read more »

The Death Penalty in Puerto Rico

The death penalty was abolished in Puerto Rico in 1929, two years after the last hanging took place in the U.S. territory. “The death penalty shall not exist” is part of the territory’s 1952 constitution, approved by the U.S. Congress. In 1994, the United States government determined that the death penalty could be applied in… Read more »

The “McKinsey Way” in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) is facing a number of challenges right now, from ongoing conflict with the territorial government to a legal ruling declaring the board unconstitutional. They’re relying on advice from management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. The consulting firm sees Puerto Rico’s troubles as “a management crisis brought to… Read more »

Gov. Rossello Speaks on the State of the Territory

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello delivered the State of the Territory address for Puerto Rico earlier this week. He expressed determination to create jobs, lessen the flow of people from the Island to the mainland, and continue moving toward statehood with a new referendum. Rossello also spoke about the importance of equal treatment with the… Read more »

Mapping Florida’s Puerto Rican Population

The Puerto Rico Research Hub of the University of Central Florida and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies of the Hunter College of New York held a summit in Orlando to define needed research on the Puerto Rican population in Florida. The summit, “In Pursuit of Puerto Rican Studies,” had the goal of identifying research… Read more »

Puerto Rico and Climate Change

Climate change has affected Puerto Rico in some extremely significant ways. First, warmer ocean water temperatures fueled Hurricane Maria, bringing as much rain in one day as the Island usually sees in three months. A new study determined that the sheer quantity of rain was enough to cause landslides, flooding, and unsafe water conditions across… Read more »

Disaster Funding Stalemate

The House passed a disaster funding bill in January. This bill provided $14.17 billion for emergency spending on nutrition assistance, repairs, and other actions to help people in Puerto Rico and other States and territories recover from natural disasters. House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) said. “This legislation is a critical first step… Read more »