Tuesday, October 20, 2020

San Juan Mayor says ‘No One’ in Puerto Rico has received a stimulus check

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has alleged that none of the island’s eligible residents have received their expected stimulus payments from the federal government. In an appearance on MSNBC on Saturday, Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, said the island has not yet benefited from one of the U.S. government’s signature […]

Experts worry ‘Puerto Rico is going to be ignored’ during coronavirus pandemic

Puerto Rico has taken drastic measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, such as implementing an islandwide curfew, banning cruise ships and closing schools and all nonessential businesses. The island’s governor, Wanda Vazquez, wants to go a step further: She has requested that the Federal Aviation Administration suspend domestic and international flights to Puerto Rico […]

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Puerto Rico amid heavy seismic activity in the island

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Puerto Rico in the early hours of Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez signed an executive order today declaring a state of emergency throughout the island as well as an order that activated the National Guard. The quake hit close to the town of Tallaboa on the […]

San Juan mayor tells Trump to “get out of the way” as island braces for a new storm

Today President Trump criticized the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the island braced for a tropical storm nearly two years after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria. The president tweeted that the government is tracking Tropical Storm Dorian and said the storm was heading for the island, “as usual.” He added that emergency services […]

Puerto Rico Supreme Court removes Pierluisi and Wanda Vázquez is sworn in as governor

Puerto Rico Secretary of Justice Wanda Vázquez-Garced has been sworn in as the territory’s third governor in a week after the island’s Supreme Court invalidated her predecessor’s appointment. As secretary of justice, Vázquez was next in line for the governorship behind Pedro Pierluisi, the then-secretary of state who was left in power when former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló stepped down last Friday. […]

Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez says she has no interest in becoming Puerto Rico’s governor

The woman who was next in line to become Puerto Rico’s governor after the current governor resigned amid massive protests said yesterday that she does not want the position. Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez said she does not want to assume the role of governor and has asked departing Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to appoint someone else to […]

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Roselló resigns amid chat scandal

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Roselló said he will step down next Friday after more than a week of protests calling for his resignation. Rosselló announced in a video on Facebook that he will resign August 2 at 5 p.m. ET. The governor acknowledged many constituents wanted him gone and said the recent protests had humbled […]

Puerto Ricans rallied in San Juan calling for the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló

With chants of “Ricky, renuncia!” (“Ricky, resign!”) tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans marched and rallied in Old San Juan yesterday in a massive protest calling for the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. Puerto Ricans from across the island gathered in the U.S. territory’s capital, joined by high-profile stars such as Ricky Martin, reggaeton stars […]

Puerto Rico governor says he is not resigning over chat scandal

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said yesterday that he has no plans to resign or give up his leadership of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party after a fierce public outcry over the release of profanity-laced and derogatory private chat messages with other officials and close associates. Rosselló did say in a radio interview, however, that […]

Trump Administration opposes giving Puerto Rico funds

The White House doubled down yesterday on President Trump’s comments opposing disaster funding for Puerto Rico, drawing outrage from Democratic members of Congress and raising questions about the administration’s rationale. On Tuesday, Trump told Republican legislators at a closed-door Capitol Hill meeting that Puerto Rico had gotten too much money to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. […]