Saturday, February 24, 2024

Migration and Lack of Caregiving Are Affecting the Elderly Population in Puerto Rico

  In Puerto Rico, the population is aging fast, faster than most places on Earth. This pattern has aggravated due to the migration of thousands of working-age Puerto Ricans. Adults over 65 years find themselves more dependent on caregivers and social service institutions since they have ended up alone, with fewer or no close relatives. […]

Cancer Rates Higher in a Town in Puerto Rico due to High Levels of Contamination in the Air

Salinas, Puerto Rico, is an industrial town on Puerto Rico’s southeast coast that is considered one of the U.S. territory’s most contaminated regions. Toxic ash and harmful chemicals from coal-fired and thermoelectric power plants surround this community, and residents have complained about health problems ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s. “We’re fighting a lot of battles,” […]

Members of Congress Reach Compromise on Puerto Rico Status Bill

Members of the House of Representatives who authored competing bills on how to fix Puerto Rico’s territorial status in relationship to the U.S. have introduced a new piece of legislation combining both. House Majority Leader, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-MD., has led a months-long effort to get lawmakers on both sides of the debate to compromise […]

Puerto Rico is close to resolving its five- year bankruptcy battle

Puerto Rico is closer to resolving its five-year bankruptcy battle after a federal judge approved a restructuring place that would reduce a substantial amount of the $70 billion debt. This week, the restructuring plan approved cutting part of the debt down to about $7 billion. Puerto Rico will commit at least 10% of its general […]

Puerto Rico raises their minimum wage in over a decade but it is still not enough for working families

Puerto Rico raised its minimum wage for the first time in more than a decade and while it’s a step in the right direction, experts say there are structural factors making it difficult for working-class families. Gov. Pedro Pierluisi signed a law to increase the current minimum pay of $7.25 an hour to at least […]

La La Lui, a Latina- Asian and LGBTQ superhero named Lúz

Meet La La Liu, a Dominican Chinese college student who identifies as LGBTQ+ and transforms into a superhero to help her friend and fellow Latina superhero, La Borinqueña. La La Liu is a character who uses her superpowers for good in the new-released comic book series “La Borinqueña,” written and published by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and […]

Puerto Rico orders businesses to require proof of vaccination

Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi ordered a series of businesses to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for their employees and patron amid rising cases in the U.S. territory. Under the new order, owners, and managers must require proof of vaccination from workers at beauty salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, gyms, day care center, supermarkets, […]

Biden to Prioritize Puerto Rico’s Recovery but Not Political Status

A newly revived White House Puerto Rico task force will focus on advancing and rebuilding the island after Hurricanes Maria and Irma, last year’s earthquakes, and the COVID-19 pandemic instead of joining the congressional debate over Puerto Rico’s political status. Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, the White House’s associate director for Puerto Rico and the territories stated, “We […]

Puerto Rico Receives Over $900M in Education Funds Previously Restricted by Trump

Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, announced earlier this week that Puerto Rico has been granted immediate access to $912 Million in federal funds that had not been available to students in both public and private school due to restrictions imposed by former President Trump. Cardona said in a statement, “The Department is committed to partnering […]

Huge Telescope Collapses in Puerto Rico

An enormous telescope called The Arecibo Observatory, fell in Puerto Rico yesterday.  N The telescope had a 900-ton received platform which fell onto the reflector dish which was more than 400 feet below. Ada Monzon, a meteorologist in Puerto Rico, broke into tears on TV as she was delivering the news. She stated; “I have […]