Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Overhauls 1930 Civil Code Amid Sharp Criticism

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — For the first time in nearly a century, Puerto Rico overhauled a series of laws that regulate rights in the U.S. territory including marriage, abortion and property ownership without having held any public hearings.

  • Jun 1, 2020
  • 9:04 PM

Supreme Court Upholds Puerto Rico Financial Oversight Board

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.

  • Jun 1, 2020
  • 12:03 PM

Battered Caribbean Prepares for Hurricanes Amid Pandemic

Caribbean islands have rarely been so vulnerable as an unusually active hurricane season threatens a region still recovering from recent storms as it fights a worsening drought and a pandemic that has drained budgets and muddled preparations.

  • May 29, 2020
  • 12:24 PM

Salud sigue con problemas para producir datos correctos y actualizados del COVID-19

La agencia solicitó una extensión de hasta 60 días para cumplir con el requerimiento de información que le hizo el Instituto de Estadísticas, pues alega que la información se trabaja de forma manual, que tiene inconvenientes con los sistemas tecnológicos y hasta le ha faltado la energía eléctrica.

  • May 27, 2020
  • 5:15 PM

Board: Puerto Rico to See 65% Surplus Drop Amid Debt Crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances approved a revised fiscal plan on Wednesday that temporarily suspends all budget cuts and anticipates the island’s projected surplus could plunge by 65% as it warned the government is unable to pay current debt obligations.

  • May 27, 2020
  • 2:02 PM

Con vida en Puerto Rico (OPINIÓN)

La pandemia del COVID-19 representa entonces nuevas circunstancias, pero no precisamente un fenómeno nuevo.

  • May 27, 2020
  • 11:45 AM

Puerto Rico to Reopen Businesses, Beaches With New Rules

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico will cautiously reopen beaches, restaurants, churches, hair salons and retail stores next week under strict new rules as the U.S. territory emerges from a two-month lockdown that stifled business activity on an island already beset with economic woes.

  • May 21, 2020
  • 7:12 PM

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Puerto Rico’s ‘Fake News’ Laws

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union announced on Wednesday it is representing two journalists in challenging Puerto Rico laws that makes it a crime to share information about emergencies on the island that the U.S. territory’s government considers “fake news.”

  • May 20, 2020
  • 2:18 PM

Why I Am a Liberal Member of Puerto Rico’s Statehood Party (OPINION)

My faith in the PNP and the statehood movement as a whole was resurrected primarily because of one person: former senator Zoé Laboy.

  • May 20, 2020
  • 10:37 AM

El plebiscito de estatus en Puerto Rico es una buena idea (OPINIÓN)

El voto “Estadidad: Sí o No” es una táctica electoral del gobierno de turno y no provocará un cambio de estatus. Pero sigue siendo un ejercicio importante y valioso de la poca democracia que tenemos los puertorriqueños.

  • May 19, 2020
  • 12:55 PM

Unemployed Puerto Ricans Fume as Claims Pile Up in Pandemic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s government opened a drive-up service on Monday to handle applications from thousands of people seeing pandemic unemployment assistance after weeks of delays and confusion over the program aimed largely at self-employed people stung by COVID-19 restrictions.

  • May 18, 2020
  • 9:01 PM

The November 2020 Puerto Rican Status Plebiscite Is a Great Idea (OPINION)

The upcoming vote on statehood is a cynical electoral ploy and it will not magically bring about a change in the Island’s status. It’s still an important and valuable exercise in what little democracy is afforded to Puerto Ricans.

  • May 18, 2020
  • 6:05 PM

Puerto Rico: Ready to Join the World (OPINION)

Sovereignty ends dependency on American federal funds and would usher in not only a new national and accountable Puerto Rican leadership, but also needed national economic development and opportunities.

  • May 18, 2020
  • 9:40 AM

Puerto Rico to Hold Statehood Referendum Amid Disillusion

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gov. Wanda Vázquez announced on Saturday that she will hold a nonbinding referendum in November to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a U.S. state, a move that comes amid growing disillusion with the island’s U.S. territorial status.

  • May 16, 2020
  • 2:24 PM

Cuando Puerto Rico no existe en los datos sobre COVID-19 en EE UU

Puerto Rico ha estado históricamente fuera de importantes estudios, informes y bases de datos de toda clase.

  • May 15, 2020
  • 11:03 AM

Puerto Rico’s Civil Code Debate Got All Complicated This Week

SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s Senate approved the amendments to the Civil Code on Monday, causing an uproar online due to the proposed legislation not receiving public hearings nor publication of the final draft before the vote.

  • May 14, 2020
  • 5:23 PM

Concerns Grow as Puerto Rico to Spend $2B to Fight COVID-19

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Thursday revealed how the U.S. territory will spend more than $2.2 billion in federal aid to fight the new coronavirus amid concerns that the money will not reach those in need soon enough.

  • May 14, 2020
  • 2:08 PM

Puerto Rico Cannot Afford Another Disaster: Protect the Integrity of Its 2020 Elections (OPINION)

An electoral code must be supported by the entire electorate to have legitimacy and integrity.

  • May 14, 2020
  • 9:09 AM

Puerto Rico Closes Public School Cafeterias Amid Food Crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico officials announced Wednesday that they are closing more than 30 public school cafeterias and several food warehouses after dozens of workers tested positive for the new coronavirus—a blow for students who activists say are often going hungry during the pandemic lockdown.

  • May 13, 2020
  • 12:05 PM

There’s a Disturbing Spike in Violence Against Puerto Rico’s LGBTQ Community

For this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes human rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano.

  • May 10, 2020
  • 4:24 PM

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