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  • Puerto Rico to reopen beaches, gyms after 3-month lockdown

    06/12/2020 5:19:46 AM PDT · by cll · 7 replies
    AP via Boston 25 News ^ | 6/11/2020 | Danica Coto
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor announced Thursday that she will lift nearly all restrictions aimed at curbing coronavirus cases, which means beaches, churches and businesses including movie theaters and gyms across the U.S. territory will reopen after three months. Gov. Wanda Vázquez said the changes will occur starting June 16, when businesses also will be allowed to operate seven days a week and restaurants at 50% capacity. However, she tweaked an ongoing curfew that will remain in place for two weeks from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. She also said Puerto Rico will be officially...
  • [PR] Health [Department] adjusts its confirmed coronavirus cases to 1,403 [down from 5,352]

    06/11/2020 5:19:25 AM PDT · by cll · 2 replies
    The [Puerto Rico] Health Department report, under newly established definitions, reported one probable death from Covid-19; meanwhile, one confirmed case and 22 additional probable cases were registered. These cases reported today correspond to tests carried out until June 5. The probable death by Covid-19 corresponds to an 86-year-old woman from the Ponce region. In this case, a medical professional listed Covid-19 on the death certificate as a factor in death, following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC. With this added fatality, the total number of deaths is 144, of which 56 are confirmed and...
  • Editor of Bon Appétit steps down after brownface photo surfaces

    06/08/2020 8:07:39 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06 08 2020 | Justine Coleman
    The editor in chief of Bon Appétit magazine stepped down Monday after photos of him wearing brown face surfaced. Adam Rapoport announced his resignation from the food magazine on Instagram after a photo of him and his wife Simone Shubuck dressed as Puerto Rican stereotypes made an appearance on Twitter. The editor said he would “reflect on the work that I need to do as a human being and to allow Bon Appétit to get to a better place.” “From an extremely ill-conceived Halloween costume 16 years ago to my blidn spots as an editor, I’ve not championed an inclusive...
  • White House eyeing bill to bring businesses back from China to distressed areas of the US

    06/04/2020 6:54:46 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 04, 2020 | Katherine Doyle
    White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro will sit down next week with Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, a Republican from Puerto Rico, to discuss legislation she crafted to bring companies back from China to distressed areas in the United States. The measure would offer tax incentives for businesses to move pharmaceutical drug or device manufacturing to "distressed zones" in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. It would also provide tax breaks for goods and services purchased by a manufacturer from a provider located within one of these zones. Incentives would be greater for supply lines that move from overseas...
  • Supreme Court upholds Puerto Rico financial oversight board

    06/01/2020 11:45:34 AM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 6/01/2020 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the oversight board established by Congress to help Puerto Rico out of a devastating financial crisis that has been exacerbated by the coronavirus outbreak, recent earthquakes and damage from Hurricane Maria in 2017. The justices reversed a lower court ruling that threatened to throw the island’s recovery efforts into chaos. In a unanimous holding, the court will allow the oversight board’s work to pull the island out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history to proceed. At one point, Puerto Rico faced more than $100 billion in debt and unfunded...
  • Welcome to Puerto Rico, now line up for your virus screening

    05/25/2020 6:37:50 AM PDT · by cll · 17 replies
    Herald-Mail ^ | 5/24/2020 | Jim Wyss
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Known for its world-class beaches, laid-back vibe and status as a natural-disaster magnet, Puerto Rico is hoping to make another name for itself: innovator in pandemic travel. Since mid-March, the U.S. commonwealth has been requiring visitors to endure one of the strictest medical screenings of any state or territory. Doctors in protective suits take their temperatures, grill them about their travel history and, in some cases, hustle them off for COVID-19 tests. As the world wrestles with how to welcome back tourists without rolling out the red carpet for the coronavirus, Puerto Rico — bankrupt...
  • Boston's Puerto Rican Veterans Memorial Vandalized

    05/25/2020 4:20:14 AM PDT · by cll · 15 replies
    WGBH Boston ^ | 5/24/2020 | Emily Judem
    The Puerto Rican Veterans Memorial in Boston's South End has been vandalized during a weekend dedicated to honoring service members. Authorities said they believe the vandals — who pushed over a stone pillar and threw the Puerto Rican flag to the ground — struck Saturday night. The city is investigating the incident, and Boston Public Works crews and Boston Parks and Recreation staff members are working on repairs. Boston Commissioner of Veterans Services Robert Santiago said the vandalism hits hard, especially on this weekend. "Any time is bad timing when a memorial is damaged or defaced, but being that this...
  • Puerto Rico Phase II reopening: May 26.

    05/21/2020 11:11:18 AM PDT · by cll · 9 replies
    5/21/2020 | cll
    Listening to our Dominatrix Governor's lock down lifting press conference. On May 4, the following opened up: Manufacturing, Construction, vehicle maintenance, curbside or delivery retail, elective medical procedures except plastic. Previously, only food and pharmacies, were open since the original March 15 EO. Effective May 26, with masks "mandatory" everywhere and a curfew from 19;00 to 05:00, the following will reopen: Restaurants, at 25% interior capacity. Barber and beauty shops, Monday to Fridays, from 9 - 5, by appointment but walk-ins ok if distancing is doable. Pet grooming, Monday to Saturdays (?!), from 9 - 5. Retail (mom and pops),...
  • Bring the Drug Industry Back to Puerto Rico

    05/21/2020 9:57:41 AM PDT · by cll · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/20/2020 | José A, Cabranes
    Puerto Rico’s finances are strained, and the U.S. is too dependent on China for pharmaceuticals. These distinct issues may seem unrelated, but they are very much intertwined. Puerto Rico was once America’s medicine cabinet, and it could be again. During the second half of the 20th century, it developed from one of the poorest places in the hemisphere into a manufacturing powerhouse. Through efforts to industrialize the island, U.S. manufacturers and the labor movement found common cause. Congress and Puerto Rico implemented several tax breaks for American manufacturers. One of them, enacted in 1976 and codified in Section 936 of...
  • Puerto Rico to hold referendum on statehood in November

    05/17/2020 10:39:50 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 17 2020 | Peter Aitken
    Puerto Rico will hold a nonbinding referendum to decide the issue of Puerto Rico’s statehood, the governor announced. The referendum will be held in November and will ask a single, simple question: Should Puerto Rico be immediately admitted as a U.S. state? “Our people will have the opportunity once and for all to define our future,” Vázquez said. “It’s never too late to be treated as equals.”
  • [Puerto Rico] Secretary of Health: We have turned the corner

    05/08/2020 3:10:33 PM PDT · by cll · 5 replies
    Diario Metro (Translation) ^ | 5/08/2020 | CyberNews
    Secretary of the Department of Health (DS), Lorenzo González Feliciano said on Friday that the peak period of COVID-19 coronavirus infections in Puerto Rico has passed, although it is still important to maintain individual preventive measures and those implemented by the government . "Despite all the crises [Puerto Rico] has had recently, we are [blessed]. Whoever believes that this is false does not live in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is [blessed]. We have had a lot of crises and we have survived all of them, and the blow has been hard but we got up,” said González Feliciano in a...
  • Shipwrecked on Ten Islands With Clintons and Branson

    08/18/2018 3:10:38 PM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 25 replies
    Corey's Digs ^ | 8-16-18 | Corey Lynn
    Bill Clinton was recently in Saint Lucia celebrating the new solar farm that the Clintons were instrumental in erecting.
  • [Puerto Rico] Relaxes lockdown and sets phased reopening [of economy]

    04/30/2020 6:11:45 PM PDT · by cll · 7 replies
    NotiCel (Translation) ^ | 4/30/2020 | Adriana De Jesús
    Facing the modeled peak week for contagion, Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez announced the extension of the quarantine and emergency period [they call it a curfew, locally] through May 25. [However...] The order is accompanied by a relaxation to the types of businesses that can open, according to the recommendations presented by the Economic Task Force, such as the construction, manufacturing and health industries. "We are facing a real and worldwide emergency. We still face an invisible virus," exclaimed Vázquez Garced, who was surrounded by agency heads. The services of lawyers, as well as hardware stores, laundries, moving services, elevator...
  • Puerto Rico's COVID-XIX cases revised DOWN 30%

    04/21/2020 12:57:23 PM PDT · by cll · 23 replies
    Puerto Rico Secretary of Health, Lorenzo González Feliciano, announced that, after a review of the positive tests for coronavirus (Covid-19), the correct number of positives is 915 cases. "We will be able to see the data reflected in the coming days," said the secretary at a press conference this afternoon. The Health Department dashboard is not yet updated with the data offered today, so it continues to show 1,298 positives. Of the 915 cases, 736 are molecular tests and 189 are serological tests, the official said today. Last week Health admitted that there was duplication in some positive results, if...
  • Health Department's Lousy Math

    04/18/2020 2:18:18 AM PDT · by cll · 7 replies
    Noticel ^ | 4/17/2020 | Luis Valentin and Carla Minet
    The [Puerto Rico] Secretary of Health, Lorenzo González, acknowledged today to the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI) that the agency he heads has been mixing the results of molecular tests, which are confirmatory that the person has the virus, with the results of the rapid tests or serological, whose result according to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA in English) is inconclusive. The implication of this is that there has been a double count, perhaps even triple, of the results in government reports on COVID-19. For example, a person who had a rapid test that was positive and then...
  • Government sued over lock down, curfew

    04/05/2020 12:16:51 PM PDT · by cll · 19 replies
    Telemundo ^ | 4/05/2020
    The spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Puerto Rico (ACLU), William Ramírez, announced on Sunday that along with with three citizens, they asked the Court of First Instance (TPI) to declare unconstitutional part of Governor Wanda Vazquez’ executive order, which imposes a curfew, traffic restrictions, and other measures, in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. “A Martial Law has not been declared here, and the circumstances for it do not exist; therefore, states of emergency cannot be used to suspend fundamental rights”, Ramirez said in written statements. Specifically, the ACLU requests that the TPI declare unconstitutional the part...
  • Puerto Rico Is a Tourism Case Study in Overcoming Setbacks

    04/02/2020 8:41:09 AM PDT · by cll · 9 replies
    TravelAge West ^ | 4/02/2020 | Mark Chesnut
    Rebounding from previous challenges, Puerto Rico offers hard-earned advice in how destinations can make an effective comeback. Puerto Rico has learned how to react faster and more effectively in a crisis. If experience is the best teacher, then Puerto Rico’s tourism industry should be in an especially good position to confront the coronavirus pandemic that’s currently threatening the world tourism industry. After all, the so-called “Island of Enchantment” managed to score impressive growth just a short time after disastrous hurricanes and earthquakes, making its strategy for rebuilding an interesting case study in recovery. “I don’t think any other destination in...
  • Op-Ed: Heavy-handed corona response impacts future success of Puerto Rico’s Acts 20/22

    04/02/2020 5:49:28 AM PDT · by cll · 11 replies
    News is my Business ^ | 4/02/2020 | Allan Stevo
    For eight years, Puerto Rico has painted a picture of itself as a welcome refuge in the United States for residents of the 50 states to come do business. Acts 20 and 22 have brilliantly painted that picture and have helped to drive more business, spending, and jobs into the Puerto Rican economy. The only downside to the Acts 20 and 22 is that not all residents of Puerto Rico are included. To lift the burden of income tax for all who reside in and do business in Puerto Rico, would drive even more prosperity to the island. The experiment...
  • 87-Year-Old Marine With Multiple Health Conditions Who Survived Coronavirus: ‘The Marine Corps Trains Us To Deal With Adversity’

    03/25/2020 11:37:40 AM PDT · by cll · 34 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | 3/24/2020 | Hank Berrien
    An 87-year-old former Marine who spent two tours in Vietnam and has multiple health conditions survived an epic battle with coronavirus, asserting, “The Marine Corps trains us to deal with adversity; they teach us to adapt, overcome, and continue the mission.” He added another reason for his survival: “And finally, the grace of God. That’s what I have here.” Franklin Eller told CBS News, “I’m feeling great. And I was really fortunate to find myself laying here at the Mayaguez Medical Center. As you may know, I was evacuated from a ship; we were on a cruise in the Caribbean....
  • Five States Suspend Democratic Primaries Over Coronavirus, Sending Nomination Race Into Chaos

    03/22/2020 8:36:54 AM PDT · by MagillaX · 50 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | 3/22/2020 | Emily Zanotti
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has no intention of dropping out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and as the July convention draws closer, his decision to keep his campaign alive may mean chaos for the Democratic party. Five more states have suspended their Democratic primaries amid concerns about coronavirus, and it may soon be impossible for any candidate to win a majority of delegates. The New York Times reports that Indiana, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Maryland have now joined Ohio in postponing their presidential contests, leaving the future of the Democratic presidential nomination uncertain. Ohio, of...