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4:20 AM 4/30/2018 – A frenar el desbalance social – El Nuevo Dia.com | Politicization of public service in Puerto Rico | Politics Is Making Puerto Rico’s Problems Harder

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Politics Is Making Puerto Rico’s Problems Harder

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Nearly a week after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, President Trump finally waived the Jones Act for the island, allowing more emergency supplies reach the battered territory’s shores. The World … Trump only took action, after Governor Rosselló made a public plea for a temporary waiver.

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PRIS has consistently reduced government costs, and improved the efficiency and quality of public services in Puerto Rico. For example, over the … If PRIS is eliminated, Puerto Rico’s statistical systems are likely to become highly politicized, like many other programs and agencies in the archipelago are.

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Trump’s recent tweets on Puerto Rico echo much of the criticism often leveled against foreign disaster and humanitarian assistance. … A country is considered to be dependent on aid when it can’t perform some of the core functions of government, like providing basic public services such as health care and …
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In the late 1940s, the Puerto Rican public service became, along with education, one of the main vehicles for promoting upward social mobility in the country.

The public service, whose backbone was the system of merit, made it possible for people of humble social origins, through education and the approval of entrance examinations, to aspire to higher living standards through adequate performance in government positions. This happened, above all, through the so-called administrative career, in which a public official with the correct knowledge, attitudes and values for public service rose in the hierarchy of the government agency for which he worked, which resulted in better wages and benefits, and, therefore, in an ascending social mobility.

The system of merit allowed that when a young person entered the public service had expectations of a long career to serve the country, with a social position possibly superior to that of their parents, and then, could achieve a happy retirement, after 30 years of service These labor developments in the public sector turned out to be of great importance, since the private sector of our economy has never had the capacity to generate the necessary jobs in the country, which has resulted in a historical unemployment rate of over 10%.

Since the late sixties, public service has suffered a great deterioration, particularly through politicization. To advance political party agendas, laws and practices that tended to undermine the foundations of the same were approved in Puerto Rico. Among these, the appointment of exaggerated amounts of trustworthy employees, irregular and transitory, and the elimination of face-to-face exams for admission to the public service. Likewise, essential areas of merit, such as training and training, were abandoned and the system was decentralized in an unplanned manner. This deprived the country for some time of a governing body of the public career. Other elements also caused the deterioration of public service and the loss of citizens’ confidence in it.

Similarly, this reality is reflected in the book “The system of public function in Puerto Rico: origin, splendor, crisis and vision of the future”, recently published by the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

The current situation of the Puerto Rican public service, together with the inability of the private sector to generate jobs that enable citizens’ social mobility, increase the risk of creating a dual society in which only the rich and poor live, which is very away from our ideals as a people.

The formulators of public policies in the country should weigh this issue and equate in a very harmonious way the imperatives of facing the economic crisis facing the country, with the need to maintain an adequate balance in its social structure, to enable important segments of our society are not condemned to a life in poverty.

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Editor’s note: The following article originally appeared in the April 26 issue of Caribbean Business.

After the recent announcement by the Medicinal Cannabis Regulatory Board on implementation of restrictions on the sale of the cannabis flower at dispensaries in Puerto Rico, there seems to be no respite from the controversy that has ensued over the use of the flower, given the vast polarization of opinions from both the governor’s office/ La Fortaleza and the Legislative Assembly.

According to a missive issued by the regulator, Act 42 “prohibits, as a method of administration, the ignition or combustion of medical cannabis,” and adds that the “vaporization of the cannabis flower to a patient diagnosed with a terminal illness or in cases where there is no other suitable or adequate alternative…” will be the means to administer medical cannabis.

However, experts say the flower is crucial for treatment, particularly in the case of people with low income, who cannot afford medical cannabis treatment by other means.

“I can tell you, based on my own experience, because coming from the perspective of patients, since I have a niece who was treated with medicinal cannabis, the importance of the flower for patients is essential because it is an economic alternative that she has to be able to make her own tea or be able to create her own cannabis butter to be able to prepare products,” explained José Giovanni Ojeda, vice president of Cruz Verde Inc. He is also a course instructor for CannaWorks Institute, which held the third edition of Puerto Rico MedCann.Biz, an event that brings together the medical cannabis industry, provides educational lectures and certifies patients for medical cannabis.

“The position of the Legislature is embodied in Act 42 of 2017, which clearly includes the flower. To change that public policy, established by the Legislature and endorsed by the executive [branch], there would have to be an amendment to the bill, and our information is that right now there’s no [political] atmosphere or sufficient votes to produce these amendments,” Ojeda added.

Statistics on Puerto Rico’s medical cannabis industry reflect significant growth and potential for the island’s long-awaited economic development. As expressed during the MedCann.Biz event, the industry continues to provide indications about medical cannabis’ potential, since it has registered some 25,000 patients as of April, compared with only 6,900 in April of last year.

There were nine cultivation licenses last year. That number has now risen to 15. In 2017, there were four manufacturers, while now there are 11. By the beginning of last year, there were only seven dispensaries. Today, Puerto Rico has 45, along with 322 registered doctors and two laboratories.

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According to information provided, 54 percent of patients are age 52 or older and women over 52 comprise 48 percent of the female patients.

“The most striking thing about the numbers to me is that more than half of these patients surpass 55 years of age, and that’s a figure that breaks with the stigma that this is for young people. The baby boomers are signing up and that is a reality. Here in Puerto Rico, the commotion and curiosity that this issue has generated, especially in the medical class, has no comparison, even with the state of Colorado. When we look at that state and see the number of doctors involved there versus the number of physicians…involved here, the future is promising for us,” the expert told Caribbean Business.

“If you ask me, it seems…the flower will always prevail because, really, when you sit and listen to the testimonies of the patients, as countless legislators have done, and we are talking about the most conservative legislators to the most liberal, you totally change your mind,” he added.

The outlook for detractors of the flower for medical treatment could become even more complicated at a time when stateside surveys indicate voters, both Democrats and Republicans, support medical cannabis. According to a 2017 Yahoo/ Marist survey, 83 percent said doctors should be able to prescribe marijuana to patients.

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Seven months after Hurricane Maria, Ricardo Rosselló, the governor of Puerto Rico, is in a unique position. He has a specific vision for where he wants Puerto Rico to go in the near future, but that’s in conflict with people on the island, the oversight board, and the region’s various creditors.

Rosselló has a lot of options when it comes to reshaping his community, but one of the most contentious issues on the island has to do with the aid complications around informal housing. When asked what he would say to residents who have been in informal housing for a long time, he responded, “It’s time to go.”

“One of the opportunities I think we have is to start to eradicating that informal housing component, [to] start pushing folks into safe, formal [home] ownership,” he said, later adding: “We have had a significant decrease in population, and that has led itself to a lot of houses to be available or owned by the bank. There’s an opportunity to leverage, in the short run. The second component is implementing what we want to have: the most robust construction codes in the nation. Make sure we are ready for another category 5 hurricane.”

Below are some other highlights from his interview with Marketplace Weekend host Lizzie O’Leary.

On Puerto Rico’s proposed school closures and education strike:

“We had already established this was going to happen a long time ago. Listen, nobody wants to go to a community and say ‘your school is closing down.’ But it is not a fiscal consideration, it is [an] education consideration. In the past decade, over 43 percent of our student population has decreased. We have scattered teachers all over the map. Most of our schools don’t have a full faculty. Achievement rates are very low – about 10 percent of our kids are proficient in math, science. Only about 50 percent are coming out proficient in 8th grade in Spanish. The objective with our program is that we can consolidate those resources – have economies of scale – and we want to give everybody the access to a full faculty, so they can get a better education.”

On Puerto Rico’s bond market and new budget:

“Our job right now is not to forecast what the bond holders will receive. Our object is to establish a fiscal plan that has fiscal measures, but also has economic growth and structural reforms. Puerto Rico is reducing their budget, more than any other state has done in the recent modern history of the United States. Within the next five years, we’re essentially reducing anywhere from almost a fourth of our budget, of our expenditures. That includes healthcare, education, and the size of government.”

On Puerto Rico’s pension recipients and pension cuts:

“There’s a philosophical divide – I think we’ve established that. For us, making sure that pension recipients get their share- it’s of the utmost importance. It is our view that they are the most vulnerable of individuals in Puerto Rico – they would go under the poverty line if gets executed. And it has a negative impact on the economy as well.”

On who’s in charge in Puerto Rico:

“This a novel setting. On the fiscal limitation front – the oversight board has the power. On Title III and lending, the judge has the final say. On public policy, I have, and the government of Puerto Rico have, the final say. A lot of those things intermingle with each other. My role though, is to make sure we execute and that our powers delegated to us by the people of Puerto Rico to design public policy and to implement it, are not relegated. You know what, if somebody had to tackle this challenging time for Puerto Rico, I’m glad it’s me, I’m glad it’s my team. It’s a tough time, but it’s also an opportunity to start anew, to execute proper reforms – like energy reform, regulation reforms, tax reform, education reform, and health care reforms. ”

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In 1927, Pérez Rosario told me, Julia de Burgos moved, unaccompanied, to live with a wealthier family in Río Piedras, though the details of this arrangement are not known. Unlike the elite literary ladies whom she later encountered, she would not have been expected to receive an education. “Women of …

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Julia de Burgos (February 17, 1914 – July 6, 1953) was a poet from Puerto Rico.[1][2][2][3][4][5] As an advocate of Puerto Rican independence, she served as Secretary General of the Daughters of Freedom, the women’s branch of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party.[6] She was also a civil rights activist for women and African/Afro-Caribbean writers.
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After, when the sea will curl violently
They will say: “it is the fatal conscience of that girl,
She had many sins because she always lived in verse
And what you do on earth, on earth you pay for.”

—From “After,” by Julia de Burgos

In 1928, when Julia de Burgos was fourteen, Hurricane San Felipe devastated Puerto Rico. The Category Five storm left not a single building unscathed, least of all the wood casita in a mountain barrio in Carolina where De Burgos was born. Three hundred people died in what would be, for the next ninety years, the most violent storm in the island’s history. Julia de Burgos did not record her experience.


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5:07 AM 4/29/2018 – Front Page Review: “To become the size of God” – ‘The Fatal Conscience’: Julia de Burgos, Puerto Rico’s Greatest Poet | by Molly Crabapple | NYR Daily

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Julia de Burgos Ya los gentes murmuran que yo so tu enemiga porque dicen que en verso doy al mundo tu yo. Mienten, Julia de Burgos. Mienten, Julia de Burgos. La que se alza en mis versos no es tu voz: es mi voz; porque tu eres ropaie y la escencia soy yo; y el mas profundo abismo se tiende entre las dos. Tu eres fria muneca de mentira social, y yo, viril destello de la humana verdad. Tu, miel de cortesanas hipocresias; yo no; que en todos mis poemas desnudo el corazon. Tu eres como tu mundo, egoista; yo no; que todo me lo juego a ser lo que soy yo. Tu eres solo la grave senora senorona; yo no; yo soy la vida, la fuerza, la mujer. Tu eres de tu marido, de tu amo, yo no; yo de nadie, o de todos, porque a todos, a todos, en mi limpio sentir y en mi pensar me doy. Tu te rizas el pelo y te pintas; yo no; a mi me riza el viento; a mi me pinta el sol. Tu eres dama casera, resignada, sumisa, atada a los prejuicios de los hombres; yo no; que yo soy Rocinante corriendo desbocado olfateando horizontes de justicia de Dios. [Translated by Jamie Bernstein] The talk’s around that I wish you ill Because, they say, through verse I give the world your I. They lie, Julia de Burgos. They lie, Julia de Burgos. What rises from my lines is not your voice; it’s my voice. For you are but drapery; the essence is I, And between those two the deepest chasm lies. You are the frosty doll of social deceit, And I, a virile flash of human truth. You are the syrup of genteel hypocrisy, not me. In every poem I strip my heart bare. You are selfish, like your universe; not me. I gamble it all to be exactly as I am. You are that oh so lofty lady of consequence; not me. I am the life, the power, the woman. You are the property of your spouse, your boss; not me. I’m no one’s, or everyone’s, for to every single one Through my cleansed senses, through my thoughts I offer myself. You curl your hair and paint your face; not me. I get the wind to curl me, the sun to paint me. Housebound lady, you are resigned, compliant, Bound to the bigotries of men; not me. For I am runaway Rosinante, unbridled, Sniffing out horizons of God’s retribution. Soprano: Clamma Dale
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Julia de Burgos (February 17, 1914 – July 6, 1953) was a poet from Puerto Rico.[1][2][2][3][4][5] As an advocate of Puerto Rican independence, she served as Secretary General of the Daughters of Freedom, the women’s branch of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party.[6] She was also a civil rightsactivist for women and African/Afro-Caribbean writers.

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After, when the sea will curl violently
They will say: “it is the fatal conscience of that girl,
She had many sins because she always lived in verse
And what you do on earth, on earth you pay for.”

—From “After,” by Julia de Burgos

In 1928, when Julia de Burgos was fourteen, Hurricane San Felipe devastated Puerto Rico. The Category Five storm left not a single building unscathed, least of all the wood casita in a mountain barrio in Carolina where De Burgos was born. Three hundred people died in what would be, for the next ninety years, the most violent storm in the island’s history. Julia de Burgos did not record her experience.

Puerto Rico’s most famous poet and greatest literary figure, De Burgos is as significant a cultural icon for the island commonwealth as the artist Frida Kahlo is for Mexico. Every line of De Burgos’s verse is imbued with passion, feminist self-assertion, and love of homeland. As with many female artists, De Burgos’s life story added to her legend, though her romantic life and untimely death threatened to overshadow her work by turning her into an allegorical figure for the patria’s humiliations. Yet, outside of Puerto Rican communities, she is largely unknown despite the fact that her poetry, while firmly rooted in place, addresses the universal human subjects of love, war, and self-creation.

De Burgos’s life spanned Puerto Rico’s full entrenchment as a colony of the United States, while her public life as a writer took place against the backdrop of the twentieth-century’s global conflict between fascism and democracy. The problems Puerto Ricans face today, as their impoverished island fights for survival in an era when the international order seems to be coming apart, are the legacy of the struggles De Burgos faced. In January, I traveled to Puerto Rico with my father, carrying a copy of Julia de Burgos’s letters, visiting the places she had lived, trying to hear her voice.

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I am a child grown piling rubble
of stolen innocences,
a bloodied child furling screams
with all the tatters of my hills.

From “Countryside 2”

The central square of Carolina, Julia de Burgos’s hometown, is empty. Over 250,000 people have leftthe island since Hurricane Maria hit last fall, driven out by poverty and lack of electricity, to sleep in FEMA-funded hotel rooms and to work far from home in places like poultry-processing plants in South Dakota. Their departure recalls the mass migration to the US, spurred by the Depression, that occurred in De Burgos’s generation.

“Julia is one of the premier figures of literature, and she surpasses the borders of Puerto Rico,” said Irma Santiago Torres, director of the town’s archives, whose antechamber boasts two giant paintings of De Burgos. I leafed through laminated copies of the letters Julia wrote to her sister, Consuelo Burgos, who was a lawyer and Communist organizer. The archive’s binders were thick with announcements of honors, conferences, and centenaries for De Burgos. February 17 (her birthday) is Julia de Burgos Day in Carolina. Her likeness has appeared on a postage stamp and in a mural by Yasmin Hernandez. In Puerto Rico and the US, her name adorns two parks, six monuments, seven buildings, five schools, a shelter for battered women, and an arts center in East Harlem’s El Barrio, opposite a wall showcasing a mosaic of her face. During her final days, De Burgos wrote to her sister: “It honors and satisfies me that while the government of this country repudiates me for struggling for the welfare of humanity, including its own people, my Puerto Rican gente honor and protect me, materially and spiritually.”

In 1914, the year of Julia’s birth, the area around Carolina was sugar cane country. Charles Allen, Puerto Rico’s first US-appointed civilian governor, had spent his career after politics ruthlessly advancing the interests of the American Sugar Refining Company until it had swelled to become the largest such in the world. On the island, his political appointees showered the company in tax breaks and land, transforming Puerto Rico’s existing system of land tenure, in which individuals owned diverse small farms, into a US-dominated monoculture. Carolina’s current suburban sprawl conceals the town’s history of violent labor strikes by machete-wielding cane-cutters, which earned it the nickname El Pueblo de los Tumba Brazos, or Arm Hackers’ Town.

De Burgos was born into a family so poor that disease and malnutrition killed six of her siblings. Yet she grew up reading Don Quixote and Kierkegaard, and began writing verse while still a child. Her father, Francisco Burgos Hans, worked at odd jobs, while her mother, Paula García, cultivated their tiny parcela. Paula was half African, a heritage Julia defiantly celebrated. No image of Paula García survives. Vanessa Pérez Rosario, author of Becoming Julia de Burgostold me that her sole photo may have been lost in the devastation of San Felipe.

Julia’s country childhood gave her two things: an affinity for Communism and a connection to Nature, which became her chief muse. During the illness of her final years, it was to Puerto Rico she longed to return:

All the flowers… are open, awaiting my arrival, and they clothe beaches of the most beautiful blue, to receive my life, whole and healthy like before. I want to spend days by the sea, burning myself in the sun like we did in our juvenile days, and to be able to return and see my river, with the same tranquil and yearning eyes as I did when I was its bride.

Fat hunger cuts the dreams
of emaciated creatures
who did not know how to die
when they stumbled on their cradle.

—From “From the Martin Peña Bridge”

In 1927, Pérez Rosario told me, Julia de Burgos moved, unaccompanied, to live with a wealthier family in Río Piedras, though the details of this arrangement are not known. Unlike the elite literary ladies whom she later encountered, she would not have been expected to receive an education. “Women of her social class did not go to high school, nor college,” said Pérez Rosario, and yet, De Burgos did. A photo in Carmen Lucca’s Julia’s Diary and Other Simple Truths shows her leaping over a hurdle during gym class. The photo brings to mind Julia’s lines, from “To Julia de Burgos: “the wind curls my hair, the sun paints me.” After graduating, she signed up in 1931 for a two-year teaching certificate course at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras.

Would such a route to self-improvement still exist for the Julias of today? In 2017, Puerto Rico’s fiscal oversight board announced $300 million in cuts to the University of Puerto Rico’s budget; the announcement was followed by a two-month-long student strike. Julia Keleher, the US-born head of Puerto Rico’s Department of Education, currently plans to close nearly three hundred schools, nearly a third of those in Puerto Rico, as well as to introduce charter schools to the island. In Maria’s aftermath, public schools, lacking power, stayed shut until parents in several towns took over the buildings themselves. On March 5, teachers from Naranjito, the mountain barrio where De Burgos herself had worked as a teacher, marched against these closures.

Río Piedras is far emptier than it was in De Burgos’s day. When I visited, Paseo de Diego, a once bustling shopping street, was mostly vacant, showing the effects of a decline that began in 1996, when a gas-line explosion destroyed a six-story building in the town center, killing thirty-three people and wounding sixty-nine others. Río Piedras’s graffiti provide a visual lexicon of rebellion: portraits of Puerto Rico’s indigenous Taíno people, long-imprisoned independence fighter Oscar López Rivera, guns and pigs gorging on dollars. Beside these murals, drug addicts lounged, cats scampered, and lush gardens veiled Puerto Rican houses constructed with pleasure-loving brio—their Doric columns fatter than Classical rules would allow, their rejas (iron bars fixed over windows) wrought into exuberant starbursts. The beauty of these dwellings is distinctly un-American. In the US, urban planners would condemn these houses as too sensuous for the working-class people who inhabit them, and contemporary architects would sneer at their builders’ embarrassing delight in ornamentation.

In a neighborhood bookstore, Librería Mágica, shelves sagged beneath the weight of books by Puerto Rican authors unknown outside the island: great castles of words written in Spanish that exist here alone, their colonial writers cut off from the supply chains that would get them into the bookstores of Mexico City or Madrid, but kept, by their use of Spanish, from widespread distribution on the US mainland. A few blocks farther is La Olla Común, the mutual aid center, one node of a network that sprang to life after Maria, in the vacuum created by the local government’s incompetence and the federal government’s negligence. Months after Maria, as many as sixty people still lined up for a free breakfast every weekday morning, brought there less by the hurricane than by the slow-rolling economic disaster that preceded it.

“The people who work in the mutual aid centers lost their jobs, their houses,” said Scott Barbés, a labor organizer who worked at La Olla Común. “Their families left, but they decided to stay and fight.” Like many Puerto Rican activists, he came to see Maria as an opportunity. The word “colonialism” reentered daily vocabulary. In the mutual aid centers, Puerto Ricans could practice a prefigurative politics of independence—handle their own affairs, build power, and rid themselves of the self-contempt that their colonial status had fostered in them.

Back in 1930, University of Puerto Rico students found a political vehicle for such aspirations in the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, and De Burgos became the secretary general of its sister organization, the Daughters of Freedom. The party’s president, Pedro Albizu Campos, was a brilliant Harvard-educated lawyer, deeply influenced by Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, who returned to Puerto Rico intent on freeing the island from American sugar trusts and colonial rule. A devout Catholic, Albizu infused nationalism with an uncompromising commitment to armed resistance, martyrdom, and sacrifice. “Conqueror of prisons, liberator of courses, perpetual burier of all chains,” De Burgos hailed Albizu in a poem; and when the young nationalist Rafael Suárez Díaz fell to his death during clashes in the San Juan capitol building, De Burgos eulogized him. “Your immaculate offering is the first wick / that will ignite the bonfire of the revolution.” Though an atheist, De Burgos sounded Christian only when she wrote about politics.

After graduation, De Burgos worked a series of jobs. The closest she ever had to a résumé was a list of employment references she supplied to the FBI, when she was interrogated as a suspected nationalist and Communist. (Her sister Consuelo, called to a hearing of the House of Un-American Activities Committee, refused to recognize its jurisdiction.) But De Burgos’s list for the FBI gives dates that contradict other evidence; it may be best understood as an attempt to fit a poet’s fluid life into the government bureaucracy’s rigid expectations. After my father and I left Río Piedras, we followed the list to the site of her first job, in Ponce, Puerto Rico’s second-largest city.

The sea sometimes ascends the gravestone of the hills.
There it is green sky, as if wanting to rise to my hands.

—From “Presence of Love on the Island”

Ponceños have a saying. “In Puerto Rico, there is Ponce. The rest is parking.” It is a seigniorial city, whose pastel architecture brings to mind the macaron parlor of Marie Antoinette’s hallucinations. Layer cakes of filigreed stucco, with walls painted like cotton candy and sky. Here, in 1933, De Burgos managed a milk station for the Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration (PRRA). President Roosevelt had established this New Deal era agency, along with the Puerto Rico Emergency Relief Administration (PRERA), to address the rampant poverty the Depression had inflicted on the island. The unemployment rate had ballooned to 60 percent, and Albizu was leading strikes against the American trusts that owned the railways, the electricity utilities, and the cane fields. The Roosevelt administration hoped the PRRA would inoculate workers against nationalism, but many in Washington criticized the agency as a socialist-inspired handout.

While it was more Keynesian than socialist, the PRRA was markedly different from today’s PROMESA, the US program meant to address Puerto Rico’s economic crisis. The PRRA electrified the Puerto Rican countryside—which now languishes in the dark. The PRRA attempted to reduce the power of colonial interests in the economy and break the US control of the sugar industry, while, under PROMESA, public assets will be sold off to private, non-Puerto Rican interests. The PRRA employed 60,000 people, while PROMESA plans to lay off large numbers of state employees. The PRRA was a welfare-state cash infusion; PROMESA is bringing crippling austerity measures.

Ponce seems almost deserted now, a casualty as much of failed economic policies as storm damage, its beauty rotting from abandonment—like a Caribbean Venice before the charter tours started coming. When I walked around taking notes, two old men stopped me, to ask if I was scoping the place out for real-estate developers—he meant the vultures who would displace them. The first man, a Vietnam veteran, scoffed that America would let him die for the country, but not allow him to vote for its president. The other man was the nephew of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos.

Ojeda was the commander in chief of Los Macheteros, an armed group that has fought since 1976 for Puerto Rican independence by methods that include bank robberies and attacks on the US military. In 2005, the FBI surrounded Ojeda’s home in Hormigueros and threw a flash-bang grenade through his door. Puerto Rico’s Commission for Civil Rights called for an investigation; Ojeda’s wife claimed the FBI had fired the first shots. In the shootout that followed, the FBI pumped Ojeda’s home with bullets and left the seventy-year-old to bleed out while agents cordoned off the building.

Ojeda’s nephew reminisced to my father about a July afternoon three decades ago when their family picnic was interrupted by police vans, heading to a mountain called Cerro Maravilla. A police informant had lured two young nationalists up to the mountaintop, with a plan to set fire to the communication towers there as an act of protest. It was an ambush. On the mountainside, five police officers executedthe men while they were kneeling. One of the two was the son of Puerto Rico’s great novelist Pedro Juan Soto. The Macheteros drew inspiration for their armed resistance from this massacre.

Though every Puerto Rican kid learns about Julia de Burgos in school, the stories of her fellow nationalists are kept out of the classroom. “Children are ignorant,” Ojeda’s nephew said. “You need to fight for the patria. In this moment, after Maria, we can wake up.”

Río Grande de Loíza!… Blue. Brown. Red.
Blue mirror, fallen piece of blue sky
naked white flesh that turns black
each time the night enters your bed;

From “Río Grande de Loiza”

After the spell in Ponce, Julia de Burgos worked as a schoolteacher in rural Puerto Rican towns: Salinas on the coast, Comerío, and Naranjito in the mountains. The US Department of Education designated a scant three hours a day for Puerto Rican education; the remaining time was devoted to preparing boys for the cane fields and girls for the garment factories. The rooms were spartan, the children boisterous. De Burgos described her teaching philosophy thus:

Carry yourself seriously but speak with a sweet voice. Humiliate no one, since, as you know, adolescence is characterized by unbridled self-love, and when a teacher shines light on the good qualities of a child, it does much more than focusing on their vices.

After Maria, I saw artists doing work in the same sorts of mountain barrios: Lizaimi Rivera Rivera, a circus performer, who hauled supplies up to Comerio each Thursday with the community group Coco de Oro; Chemi Rosado-Seijo, whom I met in Naranjito’s Barrio Cerro, where he had been an unofficial artist in residence since 2002; and his colleague Rebekah, a punk musician and veteran of student protests and occupations.

Barrio Cerro’s houses spill, favela-style, down the mountain. There was no running water when we visited; both electrical power and running water were sporadic even before Hurricane Irma last year. People had prepared for the storm, but not for the three weeks they would be trapped in the barrio by hurricane debris and mud too deep for even their horses to cross. The central government melted away and was, by necessity, replaced by community solidarity action. The barrio organized itself to cut down trees, gather trash, watch the kids, wade through the mud into town. In the first days, Rosado-Seijo collected tarps and generators donated by NuyoricansBy January, he was focusing on rebuilding, not survival. There were workshops to give, and the community center needed solar power. How could they use gravity to get running water to people’s homes?

Electrical crews are already leaving Puerto Rico, and many mountain barrios will never have their power restored. FEMA pays little or nothing for the damage in the barrios, forcing people to leave their ruined homes. Take Rosa Luz, a nurse who had spent her entire fifty-six years in Barrio Cerro. She has a son in Florida and a lifetime of work behind her. Maria tore off part of her roof. Rain leaks through the tarp her brother stretched over the hole, the dampness spreading mold inside. Her house is empty except for water barrels and a shrine to the infant Jesus.

“House looks good,” FEMA said at first, before they blamed the damages on her. She had to sign a form swearing not to make false statements, on pain of arrest. During the months-long bureaucratic battle, she wept and lost weight. When FEMA finally sent a letter refusing to pay for repairs, she tore it up in rage. “It is God’s plan,” she told me, several months later. “We must accept everything with love.” The rain beat on the blue plastic tarp, which buckled but held.

… Puerto Rico
clings to my lips and in sobs clamors for you,
the stars of the North mocked its name,
humiliated its flag. They took the homeland away!

From “To Rafael Trejo”

In Naranjito, in 1934, De Burgos published her first poem and married her first husband, a nationalist journalist named Rubén Rodríguez Beauchamp. The same year, doctors amputated her mother’s leg to deter the spread of cancer. And De Burgos embarked on her first of many tours, traversing the island by shared taxi, reciting her poetry to raise cash for her mom.

In 1936, when the Spanish Civil War was in bloody efflorescence, De Burgos and her husband moved to Old San Juan. On the island, another war raged between the US government and the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party. In 1935, police gunned down four nationalists in Río Piedras. The next year, in retaliation for the killings, two nationalists, Hiram Rosado and Elías Beauchamp, assassinated the local police chief, Colonel E. Francis Riggs. Before cops killed him and his partner at the San Juan police headquarters, Beauchamp gave the cameras a jaunty salute. He was a cousin of De Burgos’s husband.

A month and a half later, a federal grand jury indicted eight nationalists, including Pedro Albizu Campos, on charges of trying to overthrow the government. De Burgos was on the committee to free the prisoners. Among the defendants were the famed poets Clemente Soto Vélez and Juan Antonio Corretjer—the latter was De Burgos’s lifelong friend. All those indicted received jail terms of between one and seven years.

On Palm Sunday, 1937, nationalists held a parade in Ponce to celebrate the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Puerto Rico. The permit was cancelled at the last moment, but a small crowd marched anyway: girls holding flowers, nationalist cadets in their military uniform of black shirts and caps. The police opened fire. Their bullets continued to fly uninterrupted for a quarter of an hour, after which police hunted down stragglers. By the end, twenty-one lay dead, and over a hundred were wounded. It is not clear whether the mayor of Ponce or the US-appointed governor, Blanton Winship, ordered the attack.

The same year, De Burgos left Beauchamp. In Catholic Puerto Rico, this was one of many demerits attached, even after her death, to her name.

*

Today I want to be a man. Climb the adobe walls,
mock the convents, be all a Don Juan;
abduct Sor Carmen and Sor Josefina,
conquer them, and rape Julia de Burgos.

From “Pentachrome”

When I visited four months after Maria, Viejo San Juan was slowly stirring to life. The Ateneo, Puerto Rico’s oldest cultural institution, finally reopened. The tourists started to filter back to old San Juan, drinking mojitos and taking snapshots of the Puerto Rican Tourism Company, housed in a building that was once La Princesa prison, which held so many nationalists in solitary confinement.

Here, De Burgos had supported herself by writing newspaper articles and plays for School of the Air, a radio show funded by the Department of Education. The translator of her poetry, Jack Agüeros, claims she was fired for her nationalist beliefs. But by then, she was on her way to becoming a legend. Mentored by the poet Luis Lloréns Tores, she published a flurry of work.

I imagined De Burgos in 1937, as she walked through the doors of the Ateneo to win her place in San Juan’s literary scene. I saw her dark hair against the cool white walls, the geometric tiles that evoked Spain’s Almohad dynasty. I could picture how she had had to fight.

De Burgos did not get along with most Puerto Rican literary women, pale daughters of the elite who couldn’t abide the expressive genius of the jíbara (the country girl). Eminences like Nilita Vientós Gastón, who became the Ateneo’s first female president, Isabel Cuchí Coll, later director of the Society of Puerto Rican Authors, were, to De Burgos, members of what she called “the innumerable line of gratuitous enemies of all sorts,” gossiping about her in life, slamming her work after death.

The year De Burgos separated from her husband, she self-published her first poetry collection. Another came in 1938. She toured the island selling copies. Despite her enemies, prizes piled up. She recited her work at the late-night gatherings of the poet Luis Palés Matos’s artistic circle. She counted as admirers Pablo Neruda and Juan Bosch, who was later president of the Dominican Republic before his overthrow by a US-backed coup. She was young, free, beautiful, and aflame with her literary power. Even the Ateneo held a night in her honor.

Into this milieu walked a socialist aristocrat, medicine salesman, and heartthrob to San Juan’s literary mean girls, the Dominican revolutionary Juan Isidro Jimenes Grullón, as if sent to smash up her world.

She had first met him in 1938 at one of his lectures in San Juan. Like many exiled dissidents, he would spend decades trotting around the globe, trying to hustle support by recounting his country’s traumas. Two days after that first meeting, she recited poems for him during a private meeting at Hotel Roma. He was impressed.

Grullón was some ten years her senior and a grandson of a two-time Dominican president. After graduating from the Sorbonne, he toured Europe, meeting Benedetto Croce and Henri Bergson. In 1934, he participated in a failed plot to overthrow the brutal Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. He spent a year in prison, for part of which he was forced to work as a slave in Nigua, where he saw fellow inmates die from torture and disease. Grullón was exiled from the Dominican Republic in 1935. In 1939, when his friend Juan Bosch formed the Dominican Revolutionary Party, he was a founding member.

Grullón was handsome and fastidious—he would later bemoan the harm his liaison with De Burgos had done to his social and professional standing. From the start, his parents did not approve. Their investigations revealed “that Julia was a great poet, but she was not a woman attached to the traditional values of home and family… [and] she had a tendency to dipsomania,” Grullón said in one of the interviews he later gave about her. During his later years, he liked to paint a picture for the press of De Burgos’s naïve talent and uncontrolled sexuality, and how each night, in the tiny rooms they shared, she stayed up till dawn scribbling her “Song of the Simple Truth” to him. Though Grullón outlived De Burgos by three decades, he would never forget the three years he spent as the love of her life.

*

I want to become the size
of God
to start a world
anew.

From “Tardy, Without Wounds”

In January 1940, Julia de Burgos left Puerto Rico to follow Grullón to New York. She was bemused by the crowds obediently in step to the rhythm of traffic lights, and by buildings that reminded her of military barracks. Articles celebrated her in the Spanish press. She threw recitals. Parties were held in her honor. But literary glamor seldom comes with a paycheck. For a $25-a-week wage, she went door to door, collecting information for the US Census, then hiked down the inhospitable, sleet-driven streets to sleep on a cot in the hallway of a friend’s apartment. When Grullón left for Cuba, she gladly followed.

Her letters to Consuelo reveal many Julias. The woman in love. The sister, sending money home. The radical concerned with the Soviet Union, Puerto Rican independence, and the progress of the war. But there’s another Julia, less often mentioned, perhaps because careerism is a sin for women and for artists. The Julia of 1940 was a young writer on the make, ever more famous by her own design. She demanded copies of her press, plotted her events, gloried in her prizes, savored each compliment paid to her by every famous member of the literati. It was an absolute necessity, this Julia wrote, that she publish a book a year.

De Burgos and Grullón spent two years shuttling between Havana and the country towns where Grullón hawked medicines, outrunning Trujillista plots and financial precarity. He worked on his fourth book. She took classes at Havana University, with the ambition of earning four degrees in five years. She studied French, Latin, and Greek. She wrote. Despite Grullón’s professional envy and romantic jealousy, she carved out her place in bohemian literary life.

“I am happy in love, but a sword is always suspended above my head,” De Burgos wrote to Consuelo, the sword being Grullón’s family. Grullón’s mother sent defamatory letters to the Dominican community in New York and berated her son about the unsuitable, awful Julia.

On June 8, 1942, she left Grullón. Four months earlier, De Burgos’s favorite writer Stephen Zweig had committed suicide in Brazil in despair over Nazism. She, too, was mired in a personal abyss. So long as Grullón’s parents lived, he would never marry her. “To save something beautiful you must destroy it, so it does not fall, limp and degraded, from our miserable human hands,” she wrote. She left the man but decided to stay in Havana. Three weeks later, he presented her with a one-way plane ticket to Miami, boarding that afternoon. She had to leave behind most of her books, one of her frequent regrets in a life of so many male-induced displacements. According to Grullón, the CIA confiscated her passport when she landed.

*

You are like your world, selfish; not me
who gambles everything betting on what I am.
You are the ponderous lady very lady;
Not me. I am life, strength, woman.

From “To Julia de Burgos”

She could have gone back to Puerto Rico, but she did not. The government crackdown had scattered her nationalist comrades, and perhaps she did not want to give those Ateneo ladies the satisfaction of her heartbreak. She returned to New York, where she made the best of it. Lacking the money to continue her education, she recited her poetry at El Barrio tertulias (gatherings) and wrote about culturefor Pueblos Hispanos, the Spanish-language weekly in New York edited by her old friend Corretjer. When Grullón came back to New York to reclaim her, she had a new lover, a musician named Armando Marín.

The FBI file on Julia de Burgos begins in 1944. “Alcoholic” was listed as one of her “peculiarities.” The next year, she worked as a clerk in the Office of Intra-American Affairs, during a miserable stint in the D.C. suburbs, where she’d moved with her then-husband Marín. The FBI interrogated her. She was fired from her job and blacklisted.

She returned to New York, where she promised Consuelo “to continue, with more strength than ever, with what destiny put in my heart and in my pen for my people and for the other peoples of the world.” But, Pérez Rosario told me, after Pueblos Hispanos closed, Julia lost her platform. After 1945, she mostly disappeared from the published record. The newspaper articles that once celebrated her were replaced by swelling files of FBI reports.

What was truly to blame for her decline? Was it thwarted ambition? Government surveillance? Poverty? Her knack for stirring up jealous gossip? The racism and sexism any brown woman would have faced? In New York, she worked blue-collar jobs: power press operator, sales clerk, seamstress. She stormed out of a factory after fighting with fascists, quit a newspaper because the director was reactionary. Her marriage collapsed in stages. She drank. She had boyfriends. This kind of hard-living, fast-loving bohemianism might have been acceptable for a Hemingway; not so much for a Puerto Rican woman.

In 1948, cirrhosis forced her into the first of a series of long-term hospitalizations. Famously, she put “writer” as her profession on the intake form for Bellevue. Staff crossed it out and wrote in “suffers from delusions.” In the hospitals, her skull was measured. She was experimented on, injected with hormones, confined to a wheelchair, exhibited to medical students. The nurses exclaimed over her kinky hair.

She kept writing. Every time she was offered a ticket back to Puerto Rico, she declined.

In 1953, six weeks out of the hospital, Julia de Burgos collapsed on a Harlem street near Central Park, and died. She was thirty-nine years old. She carried no ID and, with no one able to identify her body, was buried in a potter’s field on Hunt’s Island. After a month of inquiries, her friends in Puerto Rico located her, had her body exhumed, and brought her home at last to Carolina.

During my visit, I could not see the memorial De Burgos’s hometown had built for its most famous daughter. It was closed because of damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

*

As I visited the places De Burgos had lived, I asked people about her significance after Maria. Some seemed surprised by the question, but others answered effusively. “She is part of our history of resistance,” said Stephanie Nieves Rio, a social work student who volunteered at La Olla Común. In moments of fear and uncertainty, she explained, Puerto Ricans needed be able to find people like Julia de Burgos in their history and see that neither their pain nor their struggle was new. “There is also the power that her words still have,” Nieves Rio went on. “When one reads them aloud, the whole world stops and listens.”

“I grew up with my mom unexpectedly reciting her poetry,” said Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of UPROSE, New York’s oldest Latino community-based organization. She explained:

I am my mother’s only daughter. She wanted me to be strong, independent and to study. My mom cleaned apartments, drove taxis and worked as a superintendent of a building. She wore overalls and long hair and she recited all of Julia de Burgos’s poetry. [Yeampierre quoted several lines of “To Julia de Burgos.”] This paragraph defies the expectations of men. Puerto Ricans are defying all expectations.

Some Puerto Ricans have seen De Burgos’s life in New York as a fall from Eden. But New York was always a hotbed of Puerto Rican nationalism, and indeed, the birthplace of Puerto Rican flag. Ramón Emeterio Betances, father of Puerto Rico’s independence movement, helped found the Revolutionary Committee of Puerto Rico during one of his stints in the city, while, Luis Muñoz Marín (Puerto Rico’s first native governor and persecutor of the nationalists) idled years away on liquor and poetry in Greenwich Village. For Latino male intellectuals, a stay abroad was de rigueur. How else could they acquire the requisite perspective, worldliness, and polish? But while a man might leave the homeland, a woman was the homeland, and for her to go abroad was a ravishment or a betrayal.

My father told me that Americans used to say Muñoz Marín was too big for his tiny island. The statement drips with colonists’ condescension, of course, but it rings true for Julia de Burgos in a way it does not for Muñoz Marín. Julia de Burgos was driven out by the largeness of her talent, aspiration, and desire. The tragedy was that New York was too small for her, as well. America, in the early 1940s, had no space for a Latina woman of five-ten, her skin bronze and hair curly, her background working-class, her love life complicated, her politics leftist, her pride unbroken, and her talent confrontational and startling. De Burgos did not break because she left home. She broke because the world was too constricted for anywhere to be her home.

Back on the island, my father and I stood on the beach in Piñones, next to a shack selling bacalaitos, the salt cod fritters he remembered from years before. I pictured Julia as she had been at twenty-five, boarding the ship bound for New York—her bag heavy with books, her head full of plans for literary triumph. This same journey is a migration that Maria has forced upon hundreds of thousands of other Puerto Ricans. She would never return. Will they?


All quotations of Julia de Burgos’s poems are taken from Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos, translated by Jack Agüeros, published by Northwestern University Press (1995).

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Federal grants will take long to help Puerto Rico’s recovery

By Eva Lloréns Vélez on April 23, 2018

Editor’s note: This story first appeared Thursday, in the April 19-25, 2018, issue of Caribbean Business.

It will take “many months” for Puerto Rico’s $1.5 billion disaster recovery (DR) grant awarded in February and $18.5 billion in grants announced April 10 to repair hurricane-damaged homes, businesses and the power grid to enter the local economy.

The $1.5 billion grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) in February is expected to filter into the local economy during the last quarter of 2018. Last week, the local Housing Department turned over to HUD a management plan spelling out how the agency would control the funds to prevent abuse, duplication and fraud, said Dennis González, deputy secretary of the Puerto Rico Housing Department. On May 9, the local agency must turn in an action plan providing the specifics on how it will use these funds. The plan must receive public input before HUD certifies it in June. After that, the process begins to disburse the money into the local economy.

Regarding the $18.5 billion in grants, which were assigned through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan told Caribbean Business that two Federal Register notices are to be issued to provide guidelines on how the money should be spent. One notice is to spell out how $10.1 billion from these funds must be used to address remaining unmet needs created from 2017’s major disasters, including hurricanes Irma and Maria. The second notice will address the use of the remaining $8.29 billion to support mitigation activities among CDBG-DR grantees. Both documents spell out deadlines for local planning officials to submit DR plans of action and other documentation to disburse the funds.

“The notices sort of spell out the number of activities that will be covered. So, part of the money is used to recover from previous storms and the other part is to help make places stronger for future events,” he said.

Money for unmet needs, however, generally support DR activities such as home rebuilding, business assistance, economic revitalization and infrastructure repair.

Funds for mitigation activities may include home buyouts, raising homes, moving communities and rebuilding a resilient electric grid, he said.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico Sept. 20 and caused more than $100 billion in damages. It destroyed about 70,000 homes and damaged another 300,000.

“These funds are crucial present our vision for the new, more resilient Puerto Rico that we want to construct for our future generations,” said Gov. Ricard Rosselló in a statement following HUD’s April 10 announcement. The $18.5 billion was included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which was signed into law Feb. 9. Of that money, $2 billion will be set aside for making the island’s electric grid more resilient.

On the other hand, the $1.5 billion grant was part of a bill signed into law Sept. 8 by President Trump that provided a total of $7.4 billion in CDBG-DR funds.

González acknowledged that by the time the money goes into the economy, Puerto Rico will be in the middle of the 2018 hurricane season, which runs June 1 to Nov. 30, but assured the island is ready for a major storm. He said the funds are the last resort after other money, such as from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and private insurance, is used up.

HUD’s Sullivan said that after a major storm like Maria, “people need the money last week, and I get it, but we have to have a planning process” because the funds are for a long-term recovery process. “This money is the last bit of federal money. It is not the second nor the third. It is the last money for unmet needs. It is for the months and years to come,” Sullivan said.

How will Puerto Rico spend the $1.5 billion, according to its plan? According to HUD, about $1.2 billion of the fund must be spent on recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization in the areas most impacted and distressed, including Adjuntas, Aguada, Aguadilla, Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Añasco, Arecibo, Arroyo, Barceloneta, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Caguas, Camuy, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Cayey, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerío, Corozal, Dorado, Fajardo, Guayama, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Hatillo, Humacao, Isabela, Juana Díaz, Juncos, Lares, Las Piedras, Loíza, Manatí, Maunabo, Mayagüez, Moca, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Ponce, Río Grande, Salinas, San Juan, San Lorenzo, San Sebastián, Santa Isabel, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Utuado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Villalba, Yabucoa, and Yauco.

González said the action plan for the $1.5 billion was prepared using input from mayors and nonprofit groups, as well as from numerous public hearings. He said once the action plan is made public in May, the agency is required to receive more public input before HUD approves the final plan in June.

By August, the first bids to hire companies for contracts will be sent out.

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Stephen Spears, president of the Associated General Contractors Puerto Rico Chapter, says the funds were encouraging news, and the fact the local Housing Department was working with HUD to collect information and disburse funds will ensure local contractors will have a fair chance to obtain grants to perform work.

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Tensions rise as Puerto Rico residents lack basic services, electricity

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s Senate has ordered government agencies to explain why tens of thousands of people in rural areas remain without power or appropriate shelter as anger grows about the lack of basic services more than seven months after hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The agencies have been given five days to present a plan on how and when they will address the needs of rural towns, an order that came as police in a small mountain town blocked power crews from leaving Tuesday. Joining the protest was the mayor and dozens of people who noted that nearly 40 percent of Las Piedras’ inhabitants were still without electricity service as crews prepared to leave for another town on company orders.

“This is unfair,” 62-year-old town resident Rafael Jimenez said by phone. “I don’t have a problem with other towns getting power because it’s a national necessity, but we need it, too.”

When an island-wide blackout hit earlier this month, CBS News correspondent David Begnaud, who has reported extensively on the island’s devastation, reported that the power authority would prioritize restoring electricity to hospitals, the airport and gas stations. Residences would receive the lowest priority.

The standoff caught the attention of top Puerto Rico government officials and ended several hours later after the power company promised it would keep crews in Las Piedras until service is fully restored. Justo Gonzalez, the company’ executive sub director, said in a statement that he is committed to restoring power to everyone but that blocking crews would only delay those efforts.

More than 33,000 power customers across Puerto Rico remain in the dark, including Jimenez, who said he has spent hundreds of dollars to run a small generator to help keep his relatives alive.

Jimenez is caring for his 97-year-old grandmother, who is bedridden and relies on an oxygen tank, as well as for his elderly parents. His mother relies on refrigerated insulin.

The family has been without power since Hurricane Irma, which brushed past Puerto Rico’s northeastern coast as a Category 5 storm Sept. 6. Maria then hit the island Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm, killing dozens of people and causing more than an estimated $100 billion in damage.

“People are not doing well,” Las Piedras Mayor Miguel Lopez told The Associated Press, noting that there are many elderly people in his town. “They are suffering.”

The mayors of rural towns across Puerto Rico recently complained that they remain largely forgotten, prompting the island’s Senate president on Monday to order agencies such as the power company as well as Puerto Rico’s department of transportation and housing authority to submit a restoration plan and a timetable to meet the mayors’ needs.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing federal power restoration efforts on the island, has said they expect to restore power to everyone by late May. Many remain wary of that timetable, including federal legislators who have requested that the agency’s mission be extended as they note that the Atlantic hurricane seasons starts June 1.

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 News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Mar. 29, 2018: When it comes to weed, Latin American cities serve up some of the cheapest globally. According to a recent study by Seedo, you can get a gram of ganja in five Latin America nations for less than US$5. Here’s where you can find the cheapest weed globally.

1: Ecuador

In Quito, Ecuador, where weed is partially legal, you can buy a gram for a mere US $1.34, the lowest anywhere in the world based on the 120 countries surveyed, which excluded the Caribbean region, including Jamaica.

2: Colombia

In Bogota, Colombia, a gram of marijuana will set you back just US $2.20, that’s the second cheapest out of the 120 countries surveyed. Weed here is partially legal as well.

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3: Paraguay

In Asuncion, Paraguay, a gram of partially legal weed will cost US $2.22, the third cheapest out of the 120 nations surveyed.

4: Panama

In Panama City, where ganja is still illegal, you can still get a gram for less than four dollars at US $3.85 per gram, the fourth cheapest in the survey.

5: Uruguay

In Montevideo, Uruguay, where marijuana is legal, you will have to shell out a bit more than the other Latin American cities featured here but at US $ 4.15, it is still far cheaper than weed in South Korea or Japan at under $5 and the fifth cheapest globally – at least in the Seedo list of cities and nations surveyed.

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Travis Reinking was booked into Davidson County jail on four counts of criminal homicide related to a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch.

Travis Reinking was booked into Davidson County jail on four counts of criminal homicide related to a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch.(Photo: MNPD)

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking’s one-bedroom apartment contained more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, two laptops and a GoPro camera, according to court documents.

Police have also determined how much ammunition was used when they said Reinking, 29, opened fire in the Sunday morning shooting.

The investigation into the shooting, which killed four people and injured several others, is progressing along multiple tracks, with some officers pulling data from Reinking’s electronic devices and others combing through evidence from the crime scene.

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Travis Reinking, the suspect in a deadly shooting at an Antioch Waffle House, is escorted into Hill Detention Center for booking in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 23, 2018.  Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel carry a black backpack from the woods after the nearby arrest Monday, April 23, 2018, of Antioch Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking in Nashville, Tenn.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Godmother of DeEbony Groves, who refused to give her name, cries as she listens to Chief of Police Steve Anderson talk to the media at a press conference after Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was captured Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Lydia French said she called 911 on MondayÊafter she saw a man who looked like Reinking emerge from the woods offÊMurfreesboro Pike looking “shocked” and “disoriented.” That person turned out to be Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking. Monday April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn   Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was captured near Old Hickory Boulevard and Hobson Pike on Monday, April 23, 2018.  Metro Nashville Police Department Photo

Travis Reinking, the suspect in a deadly shooting at an Antioch Waffle House, is escorted into Hill Detention Center for booking in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 23, 2018.  Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel escort Travis Reinking, the Antioch Waffle House shooting suspect, from Nashville General Hospital Monday, April 23, 3018.  Alan Poizner / For The Tennessean

A window is boarded up at the Antioch Waffle House which remains closed Monday, April 23, 2018 after four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Metro Nashville Police chief Steve Anderson speaks to the media at a press conference after Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was captured Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

ATF personnel search a wooded area Monday, April 23, 2018 near the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting, for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was found in a construction site area near his apartment complex Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel leave the woods near where Antioch Waffle House suspect Travis Reinking was arrested Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Police search for Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking in the area of Smith Springs Pky and Mt. View Rd. Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking Monday April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn   Larry McCormack / The Tennessea

Travis Reinking, the suspect in a deadly shooting at an Antioch Waffle House, is escorted into Hill Detention Center for booking in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 23, 2018.  Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean

Travis Reinking, the suspect in a deadly shooting at an Antioch Waffle House, is escorted into Hill Detention Center for booking in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 23, 2018.  Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean

Travis Reinking, the suspect in a deadly shooting at an Antioch Waffle House, is escorted into Hill Detention Center for booking in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 23, 2018.  Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean

Travis Reinking, the suspect in a deadly shooting at an Antioch Waffle House, is escorted into Hill Detention Center for booking in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 23, 2018.  Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking Monday April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn   Larry McCormack / The Tennessea

Law enforcement personnel escort accused Antioch Waffle House gunman Travis Reinking into booking Monday, April 23, 3018, at Hill Detention Center in Nashville, Tenn.  Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking Monday April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn   Larry McCormack / The Tennessea

Spectators come out to watch as Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was found in an area near his apartment complex. Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was found in a construction site area near his apartment complex Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Metro Nashville Police Lt. Carlos Lara talks to the media at a press conference after Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was captured Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Ginevieve Alvarez, 11, talks on the phone to her friends after seeing Antioch Waffle House suspect Travis Reinking run down the street in her neighborhood just before his arrest Monday, April 23, 3018 in Nashville, Tenn.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel carry out a black backpack and brown paper bag from the woods after the nearby arrest Monday, April 23, 2018, of Antioch Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking in Nashville, Tenn.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel go into the woods after the arrest nearby of Antioch Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking Monday, April 23, 3018 in Nashville, Tenn.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Neighbors watch police activity in Old Hickory Commons neighborhood near where Antioch Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was arrested on Monday, April 23, 3018, in Nashville, Tenn. Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel gather on a construction road behind Discovery at Mountain View apartments where Waffle House shooting suspect was believed to have lived. He was captured nearby by police Monday afternoon, April 23, 3018.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel search Monday, April 23, 2018, in the area of Smith Springs Recreation Area for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House shooting where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect was captured Monday afternoon.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel search Monday, April 23, 2018, in the area of Smith Springs Recreation Area for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House shooting where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect was captured Monday afternoon.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Residents stand at the corner of Paddington and Smith Springs Parkway Law as helicopters and police dogs search the area Monday, April 23, 2018, for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House shooting in which four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect was captured Monday afternoon.   Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Police search for Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking in the area of Smith Springs Pky and Mt. View Rd. Monday April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn   Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Police direct traffic in Old Hickory Commons neighborhood near where a witness said she saw Antioch Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking run down her street before his arrest on Monday, April 23, 3018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel search Monday, April 23, 2018, in the area of Smith Springs Recreation Area for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House shooting where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Plywood has been installed over bullet holes Monday, April 23, 3018, at the Antioch Waffle House where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Travis Reinking is taken into custody on Monday, April 23, 2018 after a 34-hour manhunt. Reinking is accused of fatally shooting four people at a Waffle House on Sunday.  MNPD

Travis Reinking, picture taken in July 2017 after his arrest at the White House in Washington D.C. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Chief of Police Steve Anderson listens as Lt. Carlo Lara talks to the media at a press conference after Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was captured. Monday April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Travis Reinking, the suspect in a shooting at Waffle House that killed 4 people, is believed to be a suspect in a vehicle theft at BMW of Nashville on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  Brentwood Police

Law enforcement personnel search Monday, April 23, 2018, in the area of Smith Springs Recreation Area for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House shooting where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel search Monday, April 23, 2018, in the area of Smith Springs Recreation Area for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House shooting where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Law enforcement return from searching a wooded area Monday, April 23, 2018 near the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting. Police have been searching for a second day for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn.   Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was found in an area near his apartment complex. Monday April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn   Larry McCormack / The Tennessea

Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron updates media Monday, April 23, 2018, on the search for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House shooting where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

ATF personnel pause outside a house after searching a wooded area Monday, April 23, 2018 near the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting. Law enforcement has been searching for a second day for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn.   Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

ATF personnel return from searching a wooded area Monday, April 23, 2018 near the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting. Law enforcement has been searching for a second day for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn.   Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

ATF personnel return from searching a wooded area Monday, April 23, 2018 near the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting. Law enforcement has been searching for a second day for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

ATF personnel search a wooded area Monday, April 23, 2018 near the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting, for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Travis Reinking, the suspect in a shooting at Waffle House that killed 4 people, is believed to be a suspect in a vehicle theft at BMW of Nashville on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  Brentwood Police

ATF personnel search a wooded area Monday, April 23, 2018 near the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting, for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

ATF personnel move to a new staging area Monday, April 23, 2018, in the parking lot at Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting. Law enforcement is searching for a second day for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

ATF personnel move to a new staging area Monday, April 23, 2018, in the parking lot at Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting. Law enforcement is searching for a second day for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

ATF personnel gather at a new staging area Monday, April 23, 2018, in the parking lot at Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting. Law enforcement is searching for a second day for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Part of an ATF special response team of 20 officers and two dogs from Dallas mobilizes Monday, April 23, 2018, at the police command post across from the Antioch Waffle House where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

An ATF special response team of 20 officers and two dogs from Dallas gather Monday, April 23, 2018, at the police command post across from the Antioch Waffle House where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel gather Monday, April 23, 2018, at the police command post across from the Antioch Waffle House where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel gather Monday, April 23, 2018, at the police command post across from the Antioch Waffle House where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel gather Monday, April 23, 2018, at the police command post across from the Antioch Waffle House where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

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Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking captured

In documents filed with a search warrant in criminal court, police said they seized a black GoPro camera, which can be used to record video. On Wednesday, police spokesman Don Aaron confirmed that video footage “is among the material being collected from the electronic devices.”

Aaron would not describe the content of the video footage. He said the analysis of the video and other digital information was “part of the police department’s efforts to learn as much as we can about Reinking.”

At the same time, the analysis of crime scene evidence continues. Police Chief Steve Anderson told community members that “it appears that 30 rounds were expended” during the shooting, Aaron said.

Police found more ammunition in the pockets of the green bomber jacket they said Reinking wore during the shooting.

Detective Derry Baltimore outlined what police seized from Reinking’s apartment in paperwork filed in court Tuesday.

  • Remington .30-06 rifle with a magazine
  • 824 long rifle cartridges
  • 87 rifle cartridges
  • 43 .22 cartridges
  • 30 .223 cartridges
  • 29 .45 automatic cartridges
  • Two gun scopes
  • GoPro camera
  • Four cell phones, including a white iPhone
  • Two laptops
  • Two PC towers
  • Two hard drives
  • Two jump drives
  • Three routers
  • Modem

Reinking was taken into custody Monday afternoon after a 34-hour manhunt that included hundreds of law enforcement officers.

He was charged with criminal homicide in the deaths of four people. On Tuesday afternoon, police added four charges of attempted criminal homicide.

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Waffle House Shooting Suspect Travis Reinking Told Tech in Audio to ‘Jump off a Bridge or Something’

The man who allegedly killed four people at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee, early Sunday morning told the owner of a laptop repair shop to “jump off a bridge” after he asked employees to delete everything on his hard drive a couple weeks before the shooting.

Travis Reinking, 29, took his laptop to Dang It Repair in March. Robert Hartline, the owner of the repair shop, said there was nothing weird about the transaction.

Reinking then made a phone call on April 11, two weeks before the shooting, and asked an employee if the shop could erase the hard drive after saying he had an issue with it.

“Sorry, are you wanting to make a backup disk? Or—” a technician asked, according to a recording of the phone call obtained by WSMV and published Tuesday.

Travis Reinking, 29, is placed in the back of a police car after being arrested in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 23. Reinking made a phone call to an electronics repair shop two weeks before the shooting and asked an employee if they could erase his hard drive. Getty Images

Reinking cut him off and implied that the technician knew what he was talking about.

“No, uh, yeah, that’s what I’m saying. If I made a backup disk and kept that for later and had somebody analyze it, they are not going to find anything on it that you guys put there, are they?” Reinking asked the technician. “Why are you guys doing this, man? I don’t get it. Why…what are you getting out of this?”

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When the technician said they didn’t understand the question and suggested Reinking bring in his laptop for them to take a look, he called the technician a liar. Before hanging up, Reinking said the tech should “jump off a bridge or something.”

“Yeah, well, go kill yourself then. Jump off a bridge or something,” Reinking said.

Hartline said Reinking sounded “paranoid” during the phone call. Hartline made the decision to send the audio to the police.

“It was my feeling the faster we put this info out there for everyone, the faster families can deal with their pain of loss,” Hartline told WSMV.

The shooting on Sunday launched a manhunt for the 29-year-old suspect. Reinking was found in the woods 35 hours later and taken into custody. He has been charged with four counts of criminal homicide in connection with the shooting.

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El Departamento de Justicia inicia investigación contra Facebook

La secretaria de Justicia, Wanda Vázquez Garced, informó hoy que la Oficina de Asuntos Monopolísticos del Departamento de Justicia comenzó una investigación civil relacionada a las prácticas de negocios de la red social Facebook, sobre la recolección de data y el uso de la misma por terceros no autorizados.

“El requerimiento de información y producción de documentos busca obtener la data necesaria para llevar a cabo un análisis de las prácticas de seguridad y privacidad de los usuarios con relación a la práctica de Facebook en cuanto a compartir los datos a terceros”, reza un comunicado de prensa de la agencia.

La secretaria Auxiliar de la Oficina de Asuntos Monopolísticos, Denise Maldonado Rosa, dijo que Puerto Rico se une a otros estados que investigan las prácticas de privacidad de la red social.

“Los puertorriqueños están al tanto de las revelaciones recientes de que los datos de 87 billones de los usuarios de la plataforma social Facebook que terceros tuvieron acceso a su información sin el conocimiento ni consentimiento de sus usuarios. Facebook anunció que está en el proceso de notificar a sus usuarios quienes pudiesen haber sido impactados por el uso no autorizado de datos compartidos”, añade el comunicado.

Maldonado Rosa añadió que “la privacidad y seguridad de datos personales son vitalmente importantes en la era digital. Los usuarios merecen conocer los datos que recolecta Facebook y cómo la misma es utilizada y compartida”.

El 11 de abril el fundador de Facebook, Marck Mark Zuckerberg, aseguró en una vista en el Congreso de Estados Unidos que los datos personales de millones de usuarios, incluidos los suyos,  fueron vendidos sin su consentimiento a la empresa de consultoría política Cambridge Analytica. 

El escándalo de los datos de Facebook estalló en marzo, cuando varios medios revelaron que la empresa había usado datos de Facebook para elaborar perfiles psicológicos de votantes que supuestamente vendieron, entre otros, a la campaña del ahora presidente Donald Trump durante las elecciones de 2016.

Según Zuckerberg, Facebook comenzó a notificar a los usuarios que habían visto comprometidos sus datos con Cambridge Analytica.

Durante la audiencia en el Congreso, el líder de la famosa red social también aceptó que que Facebook recopila información de personas que no utilizan sus servicios “por motivos de seguridad”.

No obstante, Clarence Mitchell, portavoz de Cambridge Analytica, aseguró que la empresa a la que representa ha sido víctima de malentendidos y de información errónea. 

Mitchell también insistió en que la compañíano violó ninguna ley, pero reconoció que había encomendado una investigación independiente que se está desarrollando.

“La empresa ha sido retratada en algunos lugares como el villano de una cinta de Bond”, aseveró.

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Puerto Rico still doesn’t know how many people died from Hurricane Maria. The official death toll of people drowned in floods, killed by landslides, caught in collapsed houses, or who perished from environmental or health problems in the immediate aftermath of the storm seven months ago sits at 64. By just about all accounts, that is an undercount by at least an order of magnitude. New York Timesreview of daily mortality rates found just over 1,000 more people died during and after the storm than expected. Additional analyses suggests similar figures. Governor Ricardo Rosselló is expected to release a full review of the island’s death toll next month.

One difficulty in making these grisly calculations is that Puerto Ricans are still dying from Hurricane Maria. The storm erased the island’s power grid and crushed critical health-care infrastructure, and then the tepid disaster recovery response allowed infectious disease and mental-health issues to fester for months. There are still plenty of significant health-care challenges on the island that stem from Maria. And even as recovery stretches on, the bodies are counted, and the public-health system scrambles to avoid capsizing, the next hurricane season looms just a couple months away.

Puerto Rico was in the grip of a public-health crisis well before Maria barreled ashore in September. Zika had become endemic in the humid, tropical climate over a year before, and like many of the illnesses emerging on the island, it took advantage of a health-care system that lay in shambles. The major—and ongoing—financial and energy crunch that forced Congress to pass a bailout bill in early 2016 also hamstrung many health-care facilities. During his visit to Puerto Rico in May of that year, then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew toured a major hospital with leaking ceilings, faltering electricity, supply delays in life-saving medications, and a backlog of dialysis patients. It was emblematic of a health-care system hobbled by crumbling infrastructure and evaporating municipal funds.

But even when the lights are on and hospitals run smoothly, demographic, geographic, and political features all contribute to a slate of inherent health challenges. Puerto Rico has experienced mass out-migration to the mainland over the past few decades, leaving behind on the island a population that is disproportionately elderly and sick. Puerto Rico has a health profile more akin to developing countries and poor communities of color than to the United States as a whole. Infant mortality has always been higher on the island than on the mainland. The infectious-disease burden is also higher than on the mainland, with forests and damp places on the island serving as reservoirs for old tropical-fever diseases that have all but been forgotten on the north side of the Caribbean.

In all, what Hurricane Maria encountered was a system perched only a small disaster away from complete chaos. But the hurricane was a very large disaster. The lackluster and slow federal response, the lack of coordination between different levels of government, the Puerto Rican Power Authority’s complete failure, and the ongoing Congress-imposed austerity plan all contributed to a months-long power outage and a drawn-out, patchwork recovery—one punctuated by a total blackout last week. Even in the best of circumstances, Maria would have created a public-health catastrophe, but what ensued was worse than it needed to be.

Doctors initially performed surgery in darkness. Primary care and dialysis services across the island ground to a halt. People drank water from Superfund sites, and pollution and trash sprawled across the island. With many people in rural areas being exposed to contaminated water, Puerto Rico faced a fatal outbreak of the fever disease leptospirosis. Experts sounded the alarm about the mental-health problems that could emerge as residents dealt with both the trauma of the storm and recovery, and with the deaths of loved ones and friends.

New evidence details the ongoing public-health fallout from the storm over half a year later. An April commentary from Pennsylvania State University researcher Alexis R. Santos-Lozada in Health Affairsindicates just who’s been at risk in the post-Maria landscape:

“In particular, we have found that the excess deaths were concentrated among older age groups. For example,among people in Puerto Rico ages seventy and older, the death rate for the period September–October was 27 percent higher in 2017, compared to previous years. Excess deaths were also concentrated in nursing homes (where the numbers of deaths were 45 percent higher in 2017 than in 2016) and emergency departments (where there was a 41 percent increase)”

A comprehensive analysis released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation  finds evidence of significant progress since last winter, but also some lingering problems settling in. A series of interviews with residents and other stakeholders found a heavy reliance on temporary shelters and tarps among many Puerto Ricans, continuing financial instability, and disruption of daily health-care. The sole constant for many people is that there are no constants; no real ability to set health-care routines and engage in healthy behaviors.

The most recent blackout again disrupted lives, while exposing thousands to hazardous pollutants. “I was in Ponce and the sewage water was flooding the area,” recalled Ruth Santiago, an environmental lawyer at the Inter American University Law School in San Juan. “Schools are out. Courts are closed. The big mall is closed … The water pumps stop working because there’s no electricity, so raw sewage [was] backing up.”

The rolling blackouts and damaged infrastructure are just one component of the health-care situation. The Kaiser Family Foundation report highlights the accelerating outmigration since the storm and the resultant aging and sickening of the island’s population.“The Puerto Rican government projects a 10.9% cumulative decline in population over the six years following the hurricanes,” it said. An NPR story finds that among the remaining elderly residents, access to long-term support and nursing is declining.

KFF also reports that the physical health needs of those remaining on the island have increased since the storm. While major outbreaks have been contained or averted, “some individuals experienced worsened chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, due to gaps in care and medications following the storms.” With reduced access to quality food, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices, stress-linked conditions like ulcers, orthopedic problems, and weight gain are increasing in prevalance. Other reports find that dialysis patients—especially in rural places where local hospitals have been destroyed or incapacitated—are facing worsening outcomes.

Perhaps the most alarming finding is the increased burden of mental-health problems following Hurricane Maria. KFF found “sharp increases in depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among the communities they serve.” Again, these problems heavily affected the most vulnerable. “Some interviewees pointed to ongoing emotional struggles among children, noting that some become very fearful and cry every time it rains,” the report notes.

Mental-health professionals are noticing a marked increase in suicides. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “from November 2017 through January 2018, a crisis hotline run by Puerto Rico’s Department of Health received 3,050 calls from people who said they had attempted suicide, a 246% increase compared to the same time last year. In the same three-month period, the hotline received 9,645 calls from people who said that they had thought about attempting suicide — an 83% jump from the same time last year.” These findings are supported by a March story from Quartz, which found suicides up by a third compared to the same time period in 2016.

This slowly unfolding public-health crisis lacks the drama of the major outbreaks predicted in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but presents tremendous challenges. Still, it remains possible that an improved financial plan and outlook, along with increased access to sustainable energy, assistance from the federal government, and massive public-health campaigns from the Puerto Rican government, could combine to right the ship.

The progress that has been made, though, is extraordinarily fragile. Puerto Rico simply cannot abide another hit from a hurricane while it recovers. Historical luck is on its side—for being smack dab in the middle of the Atlantic’s hurricane alley, it’s faced remarkably few direct hits from major storms over the past few decades—but the fate of public health on the island depends mostly on the hope that those historical winds keep on blowing. It’s unclear if Puerto Rico will even know how many people died from the last hurricane season before the next one begins in June.

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Puerto Rico still doesn’t know how many people died from Hurricane Maria. The official death toll of people drowned in floods, killed by landslides, caught in collapsed houses, or who perished from environmental or health problems in the immediate aftermath of the storm seven months ago sits at 64. By just about all accounts, that is an undercount by at least an order of magnitude. New York Times review of daily mortality rates found just over 1,000 more people died during and after the storm than expected. Additional analyses suggests similar figures. Governor Ricardo Rosselló is expected to release a full review of the island’s death toll next month.

One difficulty in making these grisly calculations is that Puerto Ricans are still dying from Hurricane Maria. The storm erased the island’s power grid and crushed critical health-care infrastructure, and then the tepid disaster recovery response allowed infectious disease and mental-health issues to fester for months. There are still plenty of significant health-care challenges on the island that stem from Maria. And even as recovery stretches on, the bodies are counted, and the public-health system scrambles to avoid capsizing, the next hurricane season looms just a couple months away.

Puerto Rico was in the grip of a public-health crisis well before Maria barreled ashore in September. Zika had become endemic in the humid, tropical climate over a year before, and like many of the illnesses emerging on the island, it took advantage of a health-care system that lay in shambles. The major—and ongoing—financial and energy crunch that forced Congress to pass a bailout bill in early 2016 also hamstrung many health-care facilities. During his visit to Puerto Rico in May of that year, then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew toured a major hospital with leaking ceilings, faltering electricity, supply delays in life-saving medications, and a backlog of dialysis patients. It was emblematic of a health-care system hobbled by crumbling infrastructure and evaporating municipal funds.

But even when the lights are on and hospitals run smoothly, demographic, geographic, and political features all contribute to a slate of inherent health challenges. Puerto Rico has experienced mass out-migration to the mainland over the past few decades, leaving behind on the island a population that is disproportionately elderly and sick. Puerto Rico has a health profile more akin to developing countries and poor communities of color than to the United States as a whole. Infant mortality has always been higher on the island than on the mainland. The infectious-disease burden is also higher than on the mainland, with forests and damp places on the island serving as reservoirs for old tropical-fever diseases that have all but been forgotten on the north side of the Caribbean.

In all, what Hurricane Maria encountered was a system perched only a small disaster away from complete chaos. But the hurricane was a very large disaster. The lackluster and slow federal response, the lack of coordination between different levels of government, the Puerto Rican Power Authority’s complete failure, and the ongoing Congress-imposed austerity plan all contributed to a months-long power outage and a drawn-out, patchwork recovery—one punctuated by a total blackout last week. Even in the best of circumstances, Maria would have created a public-health catastrophe, but what ensued was worse than it needed to be.

Doctors initially performed surgery in darkness. Primary care and dialysis services across the island ground to a halt. People drank water from Superfund sites, and pollution and trash sprawled across the island. With many people in rural areas being exposed to contaminated water, Puerto Rico faced a fatal outbreak of the fever disease leptospirosis. Experts sounded the alarm about the mental-health problems that could emerge as residents dealt with both the trauma of the storm and recovery, and with the deaths of loved ones and friends.

New evidence details the ongoing public-health fallout from the storm over half a year later. An April commentary from Pennsylvania State University researcher Alexis R. Santos-Lozada in Health Affairsindicates just who’s been at risk in the post-Maria landscape:

“In particular, we have found that the excess deaths were concentrated among older age groups. For example,among people in Puerto Rico ages seventy and older, the death rate for the period September–October was 27 percent higher in 2017, compared to previous years. Excess deaths were also concentrated in nursing homes (where the numbers of deaths were 45 percent higher in 2017 than in 2016) and emergency departments (where there was a 41 percent increase)”

A comprehensive analysis released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation  finds evidence of significant progress since last winter, but also some lingering problems settling in. A series of interviews with residents and other stakeholders found a heavy reliance on temporary shelters and tarps among many Puerto Ricans, continuing financial instability, and disruption of daily health-care. The sole constant for many people is that there are no constants; no real ability to set health-care routines and engage in healthy behaviors.

The most recent blackout again disrupted lives, while exposing thousands to hazardous pollutants. “I was in Ponce and the sewage water was flooding the area,” recalled Ruth Santiago, an environmental lawyer at the Inter American University Law School in San Juan. “Schools are out. Courts are closed. The big mall is closed … The water pumps stop working because there’s no electricity, so raw sewage [was] backing up.”

The rolling blackouts and damaged infrastructure are just one component of the health-care situation. The Kaiser Family Foundation report highlights the accelerating outmigration since the storm and the resultant aging and sickening of the island’s population.“The Puerto Rican government projects a 10.9% cumulative decline in population over the six years following the hurricanes,” it said. An NPR story finds that among the remaining elderly residents, access to long-term support and nursing is declining.

KFF also reports that the physical health needs of those remaining on the island have increased since the storm. While major outbreaks have been contained or averted, “some individuals experienced worsened chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, due to gaps in care and medications following the storms.” With reduced access to quality food, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices, stress-linked conditions like ulcers, orthopedic problems, and weight gain are increasing in prevalance. Other reports find that dialysis patients—especially in rural places where local hospitals have been destroyed or incapacitated—are facing worsening outcomes.

Perhaps the most alarming finding is the increased burden of mental-health problems following Hurricane Maria. KFF found “sharp increases in depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among the communities they serve.” Again, these problems heavily affected the most vulnerable. “Some interviewees pointed to ongoing emotional struggles among children, noting that some become very fearful and cry every time it rains,” the report notes.

Mental-health professionals are noticing a marked increase in suicides. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “from November 2017 through January 2018, a crisis hotline run by Puerto Rico’s Department of Health received 3,050 calls from people who said they had attempted suicide, a 246% increase compared to the same time last year. In the same three-month period, the hotline received 9,645 calls from people who said that they had thought about attempting suicide — an 83% jump from the same time last year.” These findings are supported by a March story from Quartz, which found suicides up by a third compared to the same time period in 2016.

This slowly unfolding public-health crisis lacks the drama of the major outbreaks predicted in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but presents tremendous challenges. Still, it remains possible that an improved financial plan and outlook, along with increased access to sustainable energy, assistance from the federal government, and massive public-health campaigns from the Puerto Rican government, could combine to right the ship.

The progress that has been made, though, is extraordinarily fragile. Puerto Rico simply cannot abide another hit from a hurricane while it recovers. Historical luck is on its side—for being smack dab in the middle of the Atlantic’s hurricane alley, it’s faced remarkably few direct hits from major storms over the past few decades—but the fate of public health on the island depends mostly on the hope that those historical winds keep on blowing. It’s unclear if Puerto Rico will even know how many people died from the last hurricane season before the next one begins in June.

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La secretaria de Justicia, Wanda Vázquez Garced, informó hoy que la Oficina de Asuntos Monopolísticos del Departamento de Justicia comenzó una investigación civil relacionada a las prácticas de negocios de la red social Facebook, sobre la recolección de data y el uso de la misma por terceros no autorizados.

“El requerimiento de información y producción de documentos busca obtener la data necesaria para llevar a cabo un análisis de las prácticas de seguridad y privacidad de los usuarios con relación a la práctica de Facebook en cuanto a compartir los datos a terceros”, reza un comunicado de prensa de la agencia.

La secretaria Auxiliar de la Oficina de Asuntos Monopolísticos, Denise Maldonado Rosa, dijo que Puerto Rico se une a otros estados que investigan las prácticas de privacidad de la red social.

“Los puertorriqueños están al tanto de las revelaciones recientes de que los datos de 87 billones de los usuarios de la plataforma social Facebook que terceros tuvieron acceso a su información sin el conocimiento ni consentimiento de sus usuarios. Facebook anunció que está en el proceso de notificar a sus usuarios quienes pudiesen haber sido impactados por el uso no autorizado de datos compartidos”, añade el comunicado.

Maldonado Rosa añadió que “la privacidad y seguridad de datos personales son vitalmente importantes en la era digital. Los usuarios merecen conocer los datos que recolecta Facebook y cómo la misma es utilizada y compartida”.

El 11 de abril el fundador de Facebook, Marck Mark Zuckerberg, aseguró en una vista en el Congreso de Estados Unidos que los datos personales de millones de usuarios, incluidos los suyos,  fueron vendidos sin su consentimiento a la empresa de consultoría política Cambridge Analytica. 

El escándalo de los datos de Facebook estalló en marzo, cuando varios medios revelaron que la empresa había usado datos de Facebook para elaborar perfiles psicológicos de votantes que supuestamente vendieron, entre otros, a la campaña del ahora presidente Donald Trump durante las elecciones de 2016.

Según Zuckerberg, Facebook comenzó a notificar a los usuarios que habían visto comprometidos sus datos con Cambridge Analytica.

Durante la audiencia en el Congreso, el líder de la famosa red social también aceptó que que Facebook recopila información de personas que no utilizan sus servicios “por motivos de seguridad”.

No obstante, Clarence Mitchell, portavoz de Cambridge Analytica, aseguró que la empresa a la que representa ha sido víctima de malentendidos y de información errónea. 

Mitchell también insistió en que la compañíano violó ninguna ley, pero reconoció que había encomendado una investigación independiente que se está desarrollando.

“La empresa ha sido retratada en algunos lugares como el villano de una cinta de Bond”, aseveró.

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Waffle House Shooting Suspect Travis Reinking Told Tech in Audio to ‘Jump off a Bridge or Something’

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The man who allegedly killed four people at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee, early Sunday morning told the owner of a laptop repair shop to “jump off a bridge” after he asked employees to delete everything on his hard drive a couple weeks before the shooting.

Travis Reinking, 29, took his laptop to Dang It Repair in March. Robert Hartline, the owner of the repair shop, said there was nothing weird about the transaction.

Reinking then made a phone call on April 11, two weeks before the shooting, and asked an employee if the shop could erase the hard drive after saying he had an issue with it.

“Sorry, are you wanting to make a backup disk? Or—” a technician asked, according to a recording of the phone call obtained by WSMV and published Tuesday.

Travis Reinking, 29, is placed in the back of a police car after being arrested in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 23. Reinking made a phone call to an electronics repair shop two weeks before the shooting and asked an employee if they could erase his hard drive. Getty Images

Reinking cut him off and implied that the technician knew what he was talking about.

“No, uh, yeah, that’s what I’m saying. If I made a backup disk and kept that for later and had somebody analyze it, they are not going to find anything on it that you guys put there, are they?” Reinking asked the technician. “Why are you guys doing this, man? I don’t get it. Why…what are you getting out of this?”

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When the technician said they didn’t understand the question and suggested Reinking bring in his laptop for them to take a look, he called the technician a liar. Before hanging up, Reinking said the tech should “jump off a bridge or something.”

“Yeah, well, go kill yourself then. Jump off a bridge or something,” Reinking said.

Hartline said Reinking sounded “paranoid” during the phone call. Hartline made the decision to send the audio to the police.

“It was my feeling the faster we put this info out there for everyone, the faster families can deal with their pain of loss,” Hartline told WSMV.

The shooting on Sunday launched a manhunt for the 29-year-old suspect. Reinking was found in the woods 35 hours later and taken into custody. He has been charged with four counts of criminal homicide in connection with the shooting.

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Travis Reinking was booked into Davidson County jail on four counts of criminal homicide related to a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch.

Travis Reinking was booked into Davidson County jail on four counts of criminal homicide related to a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch.(Photo: MNPD)

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking’s one-bedroom apartment contained more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, two laptops and a GoPro camera, according to court documents.

Police have also determined how much ammunition was used when they said Reinking, 29, opened fire in the Sunday morning shooting.

The investigation into the shooting, which killed four people and injured several others, is progressing along multiple tracks, with some officers pulling data from Reinking’s electronic devices and others combing through evidence from the crime scene.

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Travis Reinking, the suspect in a deadly shooting at an Antioch Waffle House, is escorted into Hill Detention Center for booking in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 23, 2018.  Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel carry a black backpack from the woods after the nearby arrest Monday, April 23, 2018, of Antioch Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking in Nashville, Tenn.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Godmother of DeEbony Groves, who refused to give her name, cries as she listens to Chief of Police Steve Anderson talk to the media at a press conference after Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was captured Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Lydia French said she called 911 on MondayÊafter she saw a man who looked like Reinking emerge from the woods offÊMurfreesboro Pike looking “shocked” and “disoriented.” That person turned out to be Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking. Monday April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn   Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was captured near Old Hickory Boulevard and Hobson Pike on Monday, April 23, 2018.  Metro Nashville Police Department Photo

Travis Reinking, the suspect in a deadly shooting at an Antioch Waffle House, is escorted into Hill Detention Center for booking in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 23, 2018.  Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel escort Travis Reinking, the Antioch Waffle House shooting suspect, from Nashville General Hospital Monday, April 23, 3018.  Alan Poizner / For The Tennessean

A window is boarded up at the Antioch Waffle House which remains closed Monday, April 23, 2018 after four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Metro Nashville Police chief Steve Anderson speaks to the media at a press conference after Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was captured Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

ATF personnel search a wooded area Monday, April 23, 2018 near the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting, for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large. Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was found in a construction site area near his apartment complex Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel leave the woods near where Antioch Waffle House suspect Travis Reinking was arrested Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Police search for Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking in the area of Smith Springs Pky and Mt. View Rd. Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking Monday April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn   Larry McCormack / The Tennessea

Travis Reinking, the suspect in a deadly shooting at an Antioch Waffle House, is escorted into Hill Detention Center for booking in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 23, 2018.  Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean

Travis Reinking, the suspect in a deadly shooting at an Antioch Waffle House, is escorted into Hill Detention Center for booking in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 23, 2018.  Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean

Travis Reinking, the suspect in a deadly shooting at an Antioch Waffle House, is escorted into Hill Detention Center for booking in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 23, 2018.  Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean

Travis Reinking, the suspect in a deadly shooting at an Antioch Waffle House, is escorted into Hill Detention Center for booking in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 23, 2018.  Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking Monday April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn   Larry McCormack / The Tennessea

Law enforcement personnel escort accused Antioch Waffle House gunman Travis Reinking into booking Monday, April 23, 3018, at Hill Detention Center in Nashville, Tenn.  Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking Monday April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn   Larry McCormack / The Tennessea

Spectators come out to watch as Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was found in an area near his apartment complex. Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was found in a construction site area near his apartment complex Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Metro Nashville Police Lt. Carlos Lara talks to the media at a press conference after Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was captured Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Ginevieve Alvarez, 11, talks on the phone to her friends after seeing Antioch Waffle House suspect Travis Reinking run down the street in her neighborhood just before his arrest Monday, April 23, 3018 in Nashville, Tenn.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel carry out a black backpack and brown paper bag from the woods after the nearby arrest Monday, April 23, 2018, of Antioch Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking in Nashville, Tenn.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel go into the woods after the arrest nearby of Antioch Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking Monday, April 23, 3018 in Nashville, Tenn.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Neighbors watch police activity in Old Hickory Commons neighborhood near where Antioch Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was arrested on Monday, April 23, 3018, in Nashville, Tenn. Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel gather on a construction road behind Discovery at Mountain View apartments where Waffle House shooting suspect was believed to have lived. He was captured nearby by police Monday afternoon, April 23, 3018.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel search Monday, April 23, 2018, in the area of Smith Springs Recreation Area for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House shooting where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect was captured Monday afternoon.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel search Monday, April 23, 2018, in the area of Smith Springs Recreation Area for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House shooting where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect was captured Monday afternoon.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Residents stand at the corner of Paddington and Smith Springs Parkway Law as helicopters and police dogs search the area Monday, April 23, 2018, for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House shooting in which four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect was captured Monday afternoon.   Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Police search for Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking in the area of Smith Springs Pky and Mt. View Rd. Monday April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn   Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Police direct traffic in Old Hickory Commons neighborhood near where a witness said she saw Antioch Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking run down her street before his arrest on Monday, April 23, 3018, in Nashville, Tenn.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel search Monday, April 23, 2018, in the area of Smith Springs Recreation Area for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House shooting where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Plywood has been installed over bullet holes Monday, April 23, 3018, at the Antioch Waffle House where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Travis Reinking is taken into custody on Monday, April 23, 2018 after a 34-hour manhunt. Reinking is accused of fatally shooting four people at a Waffle House on Sunday.  MNPD

Travis Reinking, picture taken in July 2017 after his arrest at the White House in Washington D.C. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Chief of Police Steve Anderson listens as Lt. Carlo Lara talks to the media at a press conference after Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was captured. Monday April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn   Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Travis Reinking, the suspect in a shooting at Waffle House that killed 4 people, is believed to be a suspect in a vehicle theft at BMW of Nashville on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  Brentwood Police

Law enforcement personnel search Monday, April 23, 2018, in the area of Smith Springs Recreation Area for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House shooting where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel search Monday, April 23, 2018, in the area of Smith Springs Recreation Area for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House shooting where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Law enforcement return from searching a wooded area Monday, April 23, 2018 near the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting. Police have been searching for a second day for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn.   Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was found in an area near his apartment complex. Monday April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn   Larry McCormack / The Tennessea

Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron updates media Monday, April 23, 2018, on the search for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House shooting where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

ATF personnel pause outside a house after searching a wooded area Monday, April 23, 2018 near the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting. Law enforcement has been searching for a second day for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn.   Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

ATF personnel return from searching a wooded area Monday, April 23, 2018 near the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting. Law enforcement has been searching for a second day for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn.   Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

ATF personnel return from searching a wooded area Monday, April 23, 2018 near the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting. Law enforcement has been searching for a second day for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

ATF personnel search a wooded area Monday, April 23, 2018 near the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting, for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large. Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Travis Reinking, the suspect in a shooting at Waffle House that killed 4 people, is believed to be a suspect in a vehicle theft at BMW of Nashville on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  Brentwood Police

ATF personnel search a wooded area Monday, April 23, 2018 near the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting, for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large. Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

ATF personnel move to a new staging area Monday, April 23, 2018, in the parking lot at Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting. Law enforcement is searching for a second day for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

ATF personnel move to a new staging area Monday, April 23, 2018, in the parking lot at Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting. Law enforcement is searching for a second day for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

ATF personnel gather at a new staging area Monday, April 23, 2018, in the parking lot at Church of Christ Burnette Chapel, scene of the 2017 Antioch church shooting. Law enforcement is searching for a second day for the gunman who shot and killed four people early Sunday morning in a nearby Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Part of an ATF special response team of 20 officers and two dogs from Dallas mobilizes Monday, April 23, 2018, at the police command post across from the Antioch Waffle House where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large. Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

An ATF special response team of 20 officers and two dogs from Dallas gather Monday, April 23, 2018, at the police command post across from the Antioch Waffle House where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel gather Monday, April 23, 2018, at the police command post across from the Antioch Waffle House where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel gather Monday, April 23, 2018, at the police command post across from the Antioch Waffle House where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Law enforcement personnel gather Monday, April 23, 2018, at the police command post across from the Antioch Waffle House where four people were shot and killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. The suspect is still at large.  Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

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Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking captured

In documents filed with a search warrant in criminal court, police said they seized a black GoPro camera, which can be used to record video. On Wednesday, police spokesman Don Aaron confirmed that video footage “is among the material being collected from the electronic devices.”

Aaron would not describe the content of the video footage. He said the analysis of the video and other digital information was “part of the police department’s efforts to learn as much as we can about Reinking.”

At the same time, the analysis of crime scene evidence continues. Police Chief Steve Anderson told community members that “it appears that 30 rounds were expended” during the shooting, Aaron said.

Police found more ammunition in the pockets of the green bomber jacket they said Reinking wore during the shooting.

Detective Derry Baltimore outlined what police seized from Reinking’s apartment in paperwork filed in court Tuesday.

  • Remington .30-06 rifle with a magazine
  • 824 long rifle cartridges
  • 87 rifle cartridges
  • 43 .22 cartridges
  • 30 .223 cartridges
  • 29 .45 automatic cartridges
  • Two gun scopes
  • GoPro camera
  • Four cell phones, including a white iPhone
  • Two laptops
  • Two PC towers
  • Two hard drives
  • Two jump drives
  • Three routers
  • Modem

Reinking was taken into custody Monday afternoon after a 34-hour manhunt that included hundreds of law enforcement officers.

He was charged with criminal homicide in the deaths of four people. On Tuesday afternoon, police added four charges of attempted criminal homicide.

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 News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Mar. 29, 2018: When it comes to weed, Latin American cities serve up some of the cheapest globally. According to a recent study by Seedo, you can get a gram of ganja in five Latin America nations for less than US$5. Here’s where you can find the cheapest weed globally.

1: Ecuador

In Quito, Ecuador, where weed is partially legal, you can buy a gram for a mere US $1.34, the lowest anywhere in the world based on the 120 countries surveyed, which excluded the Caribbean region, including Jamaica.

2: Colombia

In Bogota, Colombia, a gram of marijuana will set you back just US $2.20, that’s the second cheapest out of the 120 countries surveyed. Weed here is partially legal as well.

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3: Paraguay

In Asuncion, Paraguay, a gram of partially legal weed will cost US $2.22, the third cheapest out of the 120 nations surveyed.

4: Panama

In Panama City, where ganja is still illegal, you can still get a gram for less than four dollars at US $3.85 per gram, the fourth cheapest in the survey.

5: Uruguay

In Montevideo, Uruguay, where marijuana is legal, you will have to shell out a bit more than the other Latin American cities featured here but at US $ 4.15, it is still far cheaper than weed in South Korea or Japan at under $5 and the fifth cheapest globally – at least in the Seedo list of cities and nations surveyed.

Tensions rise as Puerto Rico residents lack basic services, electricity

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s Senate has ordered government agencies to explain why tens of thousands of people in rural areas remain without power or appropriate shelter as anger grows about the lack of basic services more than seven months after hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The agencies have been given five days to present a plan on how and when they will address the needs of rural towns, an order that came as police in a small mountain town blocked power crews from leaving Tuesday. Joining the protest was the mayor and dozens of people who noted that nearly 40 percent of Las Piedras’ inhabitants were still without electricity service as crews prepared to leave for another town on company orders.

“This is unfair,” 62-year-old town resident Rafael Jimenez said by phone. “I don’t have a problem with other towns getting power because it’s a national necessity, but we need it, too.”

When an island-wide blackout hit earlier this month, CBS News correspondent David Begnaud, who has reported extensively on the island’s devastation, reported that the power authority would prioritize restoring electricity to hospitals, the airport and gas stations. Residences would receive the lowest priority.

The standoff caught the attention of top Puerto Rico government officials and ended several hours later after the power company promised it would keep crews in Las Piedras until service is fully restored. Justo Gonzalez, the company’ executive sub director, said in a statement that he is committed to restoring power to everyone but that blocking crews would only delay those efforts.

More than 33,000 power customers across Puerto Rico remain in the dark, including Jimenez, who said he has spent hundreds of dollars to run a small generator to help keep his relatives alive.

Jimenez is caring for his 97-year-old grandmother, who is bedridden and relies on an oxygen tank, as well as for his elderly parents. His mother relies on refrigerated insulin.

The family has been without power since Hurricane Irma, which brushed past Puerto Rico’s northeastern coast as a Category 5 storm Sept. 6. Maria then hit the island Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm, killing dozens of people and causing more than an estimated $100 billion in damage.

“People are not doing well,” Las Piedras Mayor Miguel Lopez told The Associated Press, noting that there are many elderly people in his town. “They are suffering.”

The mayors of rural towns across Puerto Rico recently complained that they remain largely forgotten, prompting the island’s Senate president on Monday to order agencies such as the power company as well as Puerto Rico’s department of transportation and housing authority to submit a restoration plan and a timetable to meet the mayors’ needs.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing federal power restoration efforts on the island, has said they expect to restore power to everyone by late May. Many remain wary of that timetable, including federal legislators who have requested that the agency’s mission be extended as they note that the Atlantic hurricane seasons starts June 1.

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By ORVILLE PRESCOTT

Henderson the Rain King By Saul BellowL. EUGENE HENDERSON, a multimillionaire by trade and a pathetic, swaggering clown by nature, reached an imaginary point of no return when he was 55 years old and felt that he had to go to Africa. His incessant follies, his alcoholism (he was often drunk before lunch) and his mordant discontent were more than he could bear. Henderson was “moody, rough, tyrannical and probably mad.” But he was bored. He was unhappy. Raising pigs, learning to play the violin, doing hard physical labor on his estate near Danbury–nothing could soothe his tedium vitae and general agony of spirit. Henderson was a champion sufferer, a fabulously strong giant of a man with a sentimental heart and no common sense whatever. He is the hero and narrator of “Henderson the Rain King,” a peculiar, prolix and exasperating novel by Saul Bellow.

Saul Bellow is a talented and ambitious writer best known for his “The Adventures of Augie March,” which was published six years ago. The comic extravaganza about the absurdities and trials of modern life was also written in the first person by a narrator a trifle touched in the head. But rhapsodic, tedious and stupefying as “Augie” often was, it was also intermittently funny and spangled with examples of Mr. Bellow’s richly inventive imagination. As much cannot be said for “Henderson the Rain King,” which is an unsuccessful experiment, noble in purpose but dismal in result.

Threefold Wellspring of Prose

“Henderson the Rain King” contains three major elements: grotesque comedy, which hardly ever seems comic; fantasy and adventure in Central Africa, an Africa deliberately distorted so far from reality that one half expects to meet Tarzan and his faithful Waziri on any page, and a solemn quest for “the great principles of life”–for spiritual peace, happiness and communion with truth and deity. All three elements are mixed thoroughly together, with Henderson writing a supercharged prose unlike anything ever recorded in print before, with conversations between

Henderson and various black characters so stiff, portentous and pompous they pass all understanding and with a heavy-breathing mysticism that glorifies life, love and nature to very little purpose. Henderson, wandering around Africa lamenting his sins and weeping copiously, performing feats of strength and being hailed as the sacred Rain King of a primitive tribe, sees himself (one suspects) not only as a comic figure, but also as a heroic one. A Don Quixote, perhaps, or even a Captain Ahab. If not quite that prodigious, at least as a rebel against modern materialism and a voice crying in a fanciful wilderness for more love of nature and more love of man.

No one would wish to criticize so commendable a lesson. But many readers will probably conclude that Mr. Bellow has tried to convey it in an unfortunate form. His African background and his melodramatic adventures are not intended to be realistic. But somehow they can’t be accepted as either fantasy or allegory. Too often they just seem silly. And Henderson himself is not an interesting character. It may well be that he actually resembles other wastrels who have tried to escape from themselves on expeditions to far places, but, for all his bluster and ego, all his kindness and humility, all his recondite references to art, literature and history, Henderson remains only a bore cursed with the most embarrassing flow of fancy talk in a library of recent fiction. Henderson’s ravings are almost enough to make one yearn for Tarzan’s subhuman dialogue (“I Tarzan. You Jane.”).

Apotheosis of Fatuous Egotism

When Gene Henderson, a tough guy but “highly mediumistic and attuned,” met the wise Queen of the Arnewi he felt inspired and sang her a few bars from Handel’s “Messiah.” After he had defeated Itelo, Prince of the Arnewi, in a wrestling match he said:

“You know, you are really a stronger fellow, than I am. I am strong all right, but it’s the wrong kind of strength; it’s coarse, because I’m desperate.* * *Look, take it from me. If I tried to explain in detail it would be months and months before you even got a glimmer of what gives. My soul is like a pawnshop. I mean it’s filled with unredeemed pleasures, old clarinets, and cameras, and moth-eaten fur. But let’s not get into a debate over it. I am only trying to tell you how you make me feel out here in this tribe. You’re great, Itelo. I love you. I love the old lady, too. In fact you’re all pretty damned swell, and I’ll get rid of those frogs for you if I have to lay down my life to do it.”

Henderson was still fairly calm and reasonable at this point. Later, when he had become Rain King of the Wariri and a spiritual disciple of King Dahfu, his and the King’s conversations attain a peak of sublimely serious nonsense. The King’s explaining to Henderson why he should make himself as much like a lion as possible and why he should roar as loud as a lion is an episode I will not soon forget. But I don’t see any point in remembering it and doubt if many others will.

 

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Federal grants will take long to help Puerto Rico’s recovery

By Eva Lloréns Vélez on April 23, 2018

Editor’s note: This story first appeared Thursday, in the April 19-25, 2018, issue of Caribbean Business.

It will take “many months” for Puerto Rico’s $1.5 billion disaster recovery (DR) grant awarded in February and $18.5 billion in grants announced April 10 to repair hurricane-damaged homes, businesses and the power grid to enter the local economy.

The $1.5 billion grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) in February is expected to filter into the local economy during the last quarter of 2018. Last week, the local Housing Department turned over to HUD a management plan spelling out how the agency would control the funds to prevent abuse, duplication and fraud, said Dennis González, deputy secretary of the Puerto Rico Housing Department. On May 9, the local agency must turn in an action plan providing the specifics on how it will use these funds. The plan must receive public input before HUD certifies it in June. After that, the process begins to disburse the money into the local economy.

Regarding the $18.5 billion in grants, which were assigned through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan told Caribbean Business that two Federal Register notices are to be issued to provide guidelines on how the money should be spent. One notice is to spell out how $10.1 billion from these funds must be used to address remaining unmet needs created from 2017’s major disasters, including hurricanes Irma and Maria. The second notice will address the use of the remaining $8.29 billion to support mitigation activities among CDBG-DR grantees. Both documents spell out deadlines for local planning officials to submit DR plans of action and other documentation to disburse the funds.

“The notices sort of spell out the number of activities that will be covered. So, part of the money is used to recover from previous storms and the other part is to help make places stronger for future events,” he said.

Money for unmet needs, however, generally support DR activities such as home rebuilding, business assistance, economic revitalization and infrastructure repair.

Funds for mitigation activities may include home buyouts, raising homes, moving communities and rebuilding a resilient electric grid, he said.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico Sept. 20 and caused more than $100 billion in damages. It destroyed about 70,000 homes and damaged another 300,000.

“These funds are crucial present our vision for the new, more resilient Puerto Rico that we want to construct for our future generations,” said Gov. Ricard Rosselló in a statement following HUD’s April 10 announcement. The $18.5 billion was included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which was signed into law Feb. 9. Of that money, $2 billion will be set aside for making the island’s electric grid more resilient.

On the other hand, the $1.5 billion grant was part of a bill signed into law Sept. 8 by President Trump that provided a total of $7.4 billion in CDBG-DR funds.

González acknowledged that by the time the money goes into the economy, Puerto Rico will be in the middle of the 2018 hurricane season, which runs June 1 to Nov. 30, but assured the island is ready for a major storm. He said the funds are the last resort after other money, such as from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and private insurance, is used up.

HUD’s Sullivan said that after a major storm like Maria, “people need the money last week, and I get it, but we have to have a planning process” because the funds are for a long-term recovery process. “This money is the last bit of federal money. It is not the second nor the third. It is the last money for unmet needs. It is for the months and years to come,” Sullivan said.

How will Puerto Rico spend the $1.5 billion, according to its plan? According to HUD, about $1.2 billion of the fund must be spent on recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization in the areas most impacted and distressed, including Adjuntas, Aguada, Aguadilla, Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Añasco, Arecibo, Arroyo, Barceloneta, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Caguas, Camuy, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Cayey, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerío, Corozal, Dorado, Fajardo, Guayama, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Hatillo, Humacao, Isabela, Juana Díaz, Juncos, Lares, Las Piedras, Loíza, Manatí, Maunabo, Mayagüez, Moca, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Ponce, Río Grande, Salinas, San Juan, San Lorenzo, San Sebastián, Santa Isabel, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Utuado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Villalba, Yabucoa, and Yauco.

González said the action plan for the $1.5 billion was prepared using input from mayors and nonprofit groups, as well as from numerous public hearings. He said once the action plan is made public in May, the agency is required to receive more public input before HUD approves the final plan in June.

By August, the first bids to hire companies for contracts will be sent out.

Concerns among builders

Stephen Spears, president of the Associated General Contractors Puerto Rico Chapter, says the funds were encouraging news, and the fact the local Housing Department was working with HUD to collect information and disburse funds will ensure local contractors will have a fair chance to obtain grants to perform work.

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Following another wave of island-wide outages in Puerto Rico, Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s sending members of the New York Power Authority to help.

Ten experts will head to the island in June to rebuild and improve the faltering power grid.

The parts of the island that do have power accidentally plunged into darkness again this week as crews tried to remove a fallen tower.

Spectrum News was on location in south central Puerto Rico just days before the massive outage.

Crews spotted heavy equipment and some “Cobra” vehicles in the area where an excavator reportedly toppled over some lines, causing the outage.

Cuomo says the real problem is that federal disaster assistance in Puerto Rico has been inadequate since day one.

“I know what this country can do when it wants to help in disaster assistance and recovery. I can tell you we are not doing what we have done in the past. This effort is not of the same magnitude and commitment of what this country has done in the past,” Cuomo said.

Governor Cuomo will also head back to Puerto Rico to assess the damage on April 29.

Cuomo said that CUNY and SUNY students will have a chance to do volunteer work on the island for college credit.

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Mr Borman has come to work with the Achuar on a new prototype of the boat because its current engine, originally designed in Germany, is struggling with the Amazon’s hot sandy stick-strewn waters.

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As Puerto Rico recovers from Hurricane Maria’s destruction, the independent agency tasked with guaranteeing openly accessible and reliable public data may soon cease to exist as its own entity.

The Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics, or PRIS, the autonomous agency in charge of monitoring and ensuring accurate data collection separate from government and political pressures, has been fighting multiple dismantling attempts and is not part of a task force created to examine hurricane-related deaths.

Puerto Rico’s legislature approved Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s plan to incorporate PRIS under the administration’s Department of Economic Development and Commerce, where all the data collection would be consolidated and outsourced — arguing the move will save millions of dollars.

Mario Marazzi, PRIS’ executive director and a former Federal Reserve research economist, told NBC News that he has told the government he’s willing to merge some data collection processes — just not at the cost of losing the institute’s autonomy. To him, PRIS’ consolidation under another agency “makes no sense” because it risks the institute’s ability to remain impartial.

Ramón Rosario, Puerto Rico’s public affairs secretary, said that the Rosselló administration believes that relying on outside entities for data collection is the best way to assure an unbiased, credible process.

Rosario did not clarify how the administration plans to ensure that data collection processes remain transparent and open to the public, even if it’s eventually outsourced.

The consolidation plan was met with swift criticism from scientists, advocacy groups and lawmakers — including the American Statistical Association and 15 members of the U.S. Congress who, in a letter, expressed bipartisan support for PRIS’ independence and Puerto Rico’s “need for public, independent and unbiased data.”

An independent nonpartisan board of directors oversees PRIS, which collects data gathered by local government agencies, verifies their data-reporting methods and publishes it in a open source way.

Before the consolidation plan, Rosselló replaced four of the seven PRIS executive board members in July 2017— citing a history of “incorrect” numbers. PRIS was created in 2007 in reaction to decades of data-reporting issues.

“The institute has had two attacks. That was the first one,” said Cecille Blondet, director of Espacios Abiertosa nonprofit organization in Puerto Rico that promotes government transparency and accountability.

PRIS took the case to court, and eight months later, a judge determined that Rosselló had no authority to replace PRIS’ board. This allowed them to resume operations in March with members of the original board, but the Rosselló administration appealed the decision. The case is pending.

The second “attack,” Blondet said, is the now-approved plan to consolidate PRIS — which is set to move forward despite pushback from Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board(FOMB) and the PROMESA Congressional Task Force, which oversee Puerto Rico’s fiscal recovery. The New York Federal Reserve has also stressed the importance of PRIS’ autonomy in multiple letters, reports and recommendations dating as far back as 2012.

Rosario said that the administration does not think its obligation is to these entities.

“What we’re doing here is fulfilling a campaign promise from the governor to increase transparency and restore our government’s credibility,” said Rosario.

Moves to dissolve PRIS come after Rosselló signed an executive order during his first month in office, pledging his commitment to increase transparency.

Questions about deadly hurricane’s toll

Maria’s current official death toll is 64, even though reports from Puerto Rican investigative journalistsand major U.S. news organizations have put it at nearly 1,000.

The administration relied primarily on Police Department numbers, which aren’t enough to draw a comprehensive picture of the aftermath because they only account for deaths directly related to the hurricane, explained Marazzi.

“For example, if hurricane winds knocked a tree down, killing a person — that’s hurricane related,” he said.

While police numbers are a start, an epidemiological study is necessary to officially account for indirect deaths such as medical complications related to a lack of power.

“There’s a need to do this study,” Marazzi clarified. “That study does not use a public safety standard, but a public health one.”

Marazzi acknowledges PRIS was unable to be involved in this process because of the ongoing efforts from the Puerto Rican government to dismantle it. Consequently, Puerto Rican officials left PRIS out of the task force designed to examine hurricane-related deaths. According to George Washington University, the task force’s leaders, an epidemiological study is currently underway.

While recovering from the hurricane, Puerto Rico has been grappling with a decade-long financial crisis that spotlighted a need for proper statistics and transparency. As a way to solve such needs, the New York Fed recommended Puerto Rico “strengthen the mandate and capacity” of PRIS.

In their most recent fiscal plan, Puerto Rico’s current government cites data-reliability problems from previous administrations as a cause of the island’s current $72 billion public debt — but the entities overseeing such fiscal issues have a hard time working collaboratively.

The Rosselló administration has not taken up any of the recommendations to keep PRIS as an independent entity because, according to Rosario, it sees PRIS as a contributor to current data reliability issues.

Critics of the plan see it differently. “This is an issue of power: Whoever controls the information controls the power,” Blondet said.

The government’s distrust led Puerto Rico’s fiscal agency AAFAF, which oversees various government agencies’ spending, to ask PRIS for some already public financial information and for access to monitor all their bank accounts.

Although PRIS believes AAFAF was overreaching their authority over them, the institute said it granted the access to AAFAF and “any natural or legal person that requests this information” in order to “continue to serve as a model for transparency.”

In between these transparency disputes, organizations like Espacios Abiertos are insisting that civilians have access to information used to determine their economic future. They asked AAFAF for the raw data used to draft the fiscal plan that would determine how the island pays for the massive public debt. AAFAF, the main author of these reports, declined to do so.

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Dos asesinatos se reportaron este fin de semana, con lo que el total anual llega a 214 casos, una docena menos que los registrados a igual fecha del año pasado, de acuerdo con el informe preparado por la oficial de prensa María del Pilar Bon Corujo, de la Policía de Puerto Rico.

El viernes, un tiroteo frente al negocio La Jibarita, en Mayagüez, le cobró la vida a Gabriel García Oliveras, de 17 años. Otras diez personas resultaron heridas.

Mientras, Jonathan Xavier Rosario, de 29, fue baleado de muerte el viernes, en Vega Alta.

Según el informe del Cuerpo de Investigaciones Criminales (CIC), a las afueras de la barbería New Image se produjo una discusión entre Denis Concepción Pérez, de 30 años, y Rosario.

El perpetrador se entregó a las autoridades en la madrugada del sábado.

84 accidentes fatales en 2018

En cuanto a accidentes de tránsito fatales, se registraron cuatro casos, con lo que el total anual llegó a 84, tres más que los ocurridos en 2017.

El primero ocurrió el viernes en Hato Rey.  Allí, Joseph Michael Berríos Rosado, de 21 años, chocó un vehículo con su motora.

Debido al impacto, el conductor perdió el control, salió expulsado y cayó en el pavimento, lo que le provocó la muerte en el acto. Al conductor del vehículo se le realizó la prueba de aliento, la que arrojó 0.0% de alcohol en su organismo.

El mismo día se reportó otro accidente fatal en Ponce donde Migdalia Luiggi Rodríguez, de 47 año, falleció tras las lecciones que le produjo un múltiple choque.

Según el informe, la hija de la víctima, Sharon Rivera Luiggi, fue impactada por otro vehículo del que se desconoce la descripción y que transitaba en dirección contraria.

La mujer perdió el control e impactó una guagua Ford F150 y, posteriormente, chocó contra un camión de arrastre conducido. Acto seguido, fue impactada por un camión de acarreo de gasolina.

En otro accidente, Jazmín Yaritza Casanova Méndez, de 34 años, fue atropellada en Río Piedras.

Se indicó que Cruz M. García Rivera, de 57 años conducía por la 65 de Infantería en dirección hacia Carolina y no se percató que dos personas cruzaban la vía, impactándolos con su auto.

Por último, Javier A. Matías Castro, de 46 años, falleció luego de chocar contra un poste en la madrugada de hoy en Aguada.

El hombre falleció en el acto.

65 suicidios en lo que va de anño

Este fin de semana se registraron dos suicidios. El total para 2018 es de 65, cuatro más que a igual fecha del año pasado.

El primero fue el viernes en Levittown, Toa Baja, donde un hombre de 80 años, se privó de la vida.

Mientras, en la tarde del sábado otro hombre, de 44 años, culminó con su vida en San Sebastián.

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On September 19, 2017—the day before Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico—the evening news team at WORA-TV in the coastal city of Mayagüez broadcast its final program before shutting down the station ahead of the storm. “If Maria was going to  

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Victor “DJ Cuco” Valle, producer of “The Night Crew.” Photo: Ryan Bell.On September 19, 2017—the day before Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico—the evening news team at WORA-TV in the coastal city of Mayagüez broadcast its final program before shutting down the station ahead of the storm.

“If Maria was going to be the monster everyone was predicting,” says Carolina Rodriguez Plaza, the news team’s production manager, “we knew the power could be cut off for a long time. We decided to shut down the station and send everyone home.”

Plaza told her team of 12 reporters not to worry, their salaries would be paid during the downtime and their jobs would be waiting for them when broadcasting resumed. Plaza retreated to her parents’ home, where she spent the night of the hurricane watching updates about the storm on cable TV. Then, as happened in homes across Puerto Rico, the lights flickered and the power went out. Hurricane Maria’s 150-mile-per-hour winds toppled power lines and torrential rains grounded out the island’s power grid.

Desperate for news about the disaster befalling her island, Plaza turned on a battery-powered radio and found that a local radio station, WKJB 710 AM, was maintaining its broadcast. The station’s managers had learned a lesson about disaster preparedness in 1998, when Hurricane Georges blew down their radio antenna and cut off the power. Since then, staff had equipped the station with a backup power generator and a reinforced antenna that could withstand hurricane-force winds.

“Maria erased the world of journalism in Puerto Rico,” Plaza says. “It reemerged in a new form, with radio playing an important role.”

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To Plaza’s surprise, WKJB was being run by a motley crew of volunteer DJs. They called themselves “The Night Crew” and their improvised program was equal parts news program, variety show, and music channel. The DJs even took call-ins from listeners whose landline telephones still worked despite the power outage. Since the night of Hurricane Maria, “The Night Crew” has aired every night, raising the volunteer DJs to the status of folk heroes in Mayagüez.

“WKJB was a light on Puerto Rico’s darkest night,” Plaza says. “I told myself: Carolina, you have a moral duty to produce news for the people. I asked my father to take me to the station because I wanted to go on the air and rally my team.”

One lesson from the 2017 hurricane season, the most expensive in history, was to show the valuable role AM radio plays as a nexus for coordinated news reporting during a disaster event. WKJB wasn’t the only station to continue broadcasting through Hurricane Maria. In San Juan, WKAQ-AM stayed on the air, pausing momentarily when the wind ripped away part of the roof. And on the US mainland, AM radio stations provided real-time news coverage of the hurricanes that struck Texas, in August 2017, and Florida, in September.

“I told myself: Carolina, you have a moral duty to produce news for the people. I asked my father to take me to the station…”

“While Hurricanes Irma and Harvey wreaked their greatest damage,” Rich Appel wrote in a September 2017 story for Billboard, “most stations in their path not only quickly shifted from regular programming to that solely focused on storm coverage, but also used other available channels such as social media to help those in trouble, and sent recovery teams to parking lots and damaged homes to bring relief where it was needed most.”

With a machete in their car for chopping through downed branches, Plaza and her father drove through storm-battered Mayagüez on their way to the WKJB studio. They arrived to find that the station was being used for more than just broadcasting the news. It was serving as a distribution center for donated supplies and as a clinic for people with small injuries. Even the Mayagüez police had set up shop because their dispatch office had lost power.

Plaza asked the station’s manager, Ada Ramos, if she could volunteer as host of a news program. Ramos knew of Plaza’s reporting at WORA-TV and liked the idea of bringing her expertise as a street reporter to the airwaves of WKJB. Plaza then took a turn at the microphone and broadcast an all-points-bulletin for her TV broadcast team to report to the radio studio.

“I hope you and your families are okay, and that you’ve suffered no major damages to your homes,” Plaza said. “We are a news team and we can make a difference. There are stories that need to be told during this historic moment. Puerto Rico needs you.”

After the hurricane, Puerto Rico’s journalism industry was left in disarray. To cope with the lack of power and poor communication channels on the island, journalists pooled resources and formed reporting collaboratives. In San Juan, the offices of GFR Media, publisher of three major newspapers created a reporting hub for journalists traveling to the island to cover the disaster. In addition to producing its own in-depth coverage, GFR Media made it possible for journalists from The New York TimesWashington Post, and Huffington Post to report on Hurricane Maria.

Meanwhile, at the San Juan Convention Center, command center for the government’s emergency response effort, journalists pushed tables together to create impromptu newsrooms. And in the interior of the country, reporters pooled resources—satellite phones, solar charges, and WiFi hubs donated by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists as part of its #ConnectPuertoRico campaign.

“Bottom line is, if you take away a community member’s access to information, to communication, you eliminate the ability to connect, mobilize, and provide proper response in the wake of a disaster,” NAHJ’s president Brandon Benavides said in an interview with Mediashift in January.

Access to AM radio helped the residents of Puerto Rico stave off the isolating effects of Hurricane Maria. Photo: Ryan Bell

Puerto Rico was already suffering from an economic recession, and the journalism industry there was already struggling to be profitable. The storm dealt a significant blow. GFR Media  laid of 59 employeesat its two largest newspapers, El Nuevo Día and Primera Hora, on October 26, 2017. And Plaza knew of at least 40 more print and television journalists who lost their jobs on the west coast of Puerto Rico.

“Maria served as a moment of contraction in the news industry,” says Plaza. “Meanwhile, AM radio emerged even stronger. Young people in the under-35 demographic are listening to radio news for the first time in their lives. Radios are at the center of a culture shift. Neighbors sit together drinking coffee and listening to the news.”

“Maria served as a moment of contraction in the news industry,” says Plaza. “Meanwhile, AM radio emerged even stronger. Young people in the under-35 demographic are listening to radio news for the first time in their lives.”

According to The Miami Heraldincreased radio listenership resulted in an advertising boom. At Wapa Radio, an AM station based in San Juan, advertising went up by 300 percent the month following Maria. At Radio Isla, an AM station also broadcasting in San Juan, commercial breaks doubled in length from four to eight minutes between pre- and post-Maria. And in January, Insider Radio reported the record-setting sale of an FM translator tower in Mayagüez for $500,000. Not only was it the highest price ever paid for a translator in Puerto Rico, it ranked as the second largest sale of its kind in the US over the past year.

“Contrary to predictions and global trends in the industry, radio proved itself in this circumstance to be vital,” Rafael López of Radio Isla told The Miami Herald. “It became something of a first responder and the first line of help.”

On the day after the storm, when Plaza’s announcement went out on the airwaves of WKJB 710 AM, several reporters either came to the station or sent word of their willingness to volunteer. Among them was veteran news reporter Julio Víctor Ramírez-Ferrer, editor-in-chief of La Calle Digital, a Spanish-language news website knocked offline by the power outage. Plaza and Ramirez-Ferrer agreed to co-host a show they would eventually name “Con Base y Fundamento,” which translates roughly to “The Basics and Fundamentals.” A government official used the phrase in an interview with them about an education policy. “I’ll explain it to you in the most basic and fundamental of terms,” he’d said, using a tone that struck Plaza and Ramirez-Ferrer as condescending and pedantic.

“It’s an inside joke,” Plaza says. “We want our show to hold people in power responsible for their actions.”

They organized teams of volunteer reporters into regional beats. The reporters found troves of stories on the streets of Mayagüez in need of coverage. The backup power supply at the county morgue was faltering, threatening to thaw 16 bodies in the refrigerated cooler. The local hospital had a shortage of oxygen tanks and purified water. A large number of homes destroyed by the storm weren’t built according to code. The county’s engineering department was abusing its authority to declare some public schools unsafe to inhabit, to justify shutting them down to save money.

Neighbors gather around batter-powered lights and radios at night. Photo: Ryan Bell

“A lot of these stories were issues that were already going on in Puerto Rico,” says Plaza. “Hurricane Maria brought them to the surface.”

Thirty-three days after the storm, the power was turned back on at WORA-TV. Plaza and her team returned to their jobs producing the evening news program. And the return of power to Mayagüez had also allowed Ramirez-Ferrer to bring La Calle Digital back online.

Today, as hurricane season approaches again, Plaza and Ramirez-Ferrer continue co-hosting their hour-long program, Monday through Friday, on WKJB 710 AM. They use the channel to expand the reach of the reporting they do for their respective news organizations. Hurricane Maria taught them that, for journalists living in disaster-prone regions, it’s important for news organizations to collaborate and to embrace communication mediums once thought obsolete.

“When the power goes out,” Plaza says, “a $5 transistor radio is more valuable than a smartphone.”

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Ryan Bell is a writer and photographer based in Seattle. In 2015-2016, he was a Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow in Russia and Kazakhstan. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Bloomberg, Outside, and many other publications. Follow him on Instagram @ryantbell.

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The Puerto Rico Family Office that Bought a Wind Farm

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After years of building an industrial real estate business in Puerto Rico, the older members of Raoul Slavin Juliá’s family were ready to sell their assets and retire. It was 2004, years before the island would face the back-to-back-to-back blows of bankruptcy and two destructive hurricanes, but it seemed like a good time to have a bit of liquidity.

“We looked around and said: What now?” Slavin Juliá, 46, remembers. What he saw on the island were crippling electricity costs and dependency on fossil fuels. The answer to his question, he eventually determined, was blowing all around him. His family would soon start on a journey to become builders and owners of wind farms in Puerto Rico and later the mainland U.S.

Rotor installation at the Kimball Wind Project in Kimball, Neb. in January 2018.

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When he first looked for investment opportunities, in 2007, he discovered why wind farm ownership was the province of utilities: The education process takes years. Due diligence resembles that of industrial real estate, but clean-power plants often require a different sort of financial and regulatory sophistication. “I have never run across another family office competing” for a wind farm, says Slavin Juliá, who is a director of single-family office Treehouse Investments LLC. (The family’s concern about sea levels rising from climate change inspired them to name the business after an elevated house, he says.) The family office owns wind farms through subsidiary Aspenall Energies LLC.

Slavin Juliá’s family built its first wind farm in 2009, a two-turbine facility to power a local Bacardi rum factory. With that success, it looked a couple of years later for opportunities on the U.S. mainland, opting to purchase a newly completed farm for its first utility-scale project. “A family entering now in any U.S. state will find there is a rigorous framework, with a few exceptions,” Slavin Juliá says.

Why did Slavin Juliá’s family choose wind? Well, first, there’s the broad appeal of renewables. Operating wind and solar farms typically benefit from long-term contracts with investment-grade utilities. They tend to perform well, so there’s a high probability of steady, decadeslong revenue. It’s the type of investment that’s now attracting institutional investors such as pension funds and insurers—and appeals to climate-focused family offices such as Treehouse. “If you expect a decent rate of return and your vision is multigenerational, then those two perspectives coincide,” Slavin Juliá says.

The reason for investing in wind instead of solar was mostly situational. Treehouse would consider solar today, he says. In the mid-2000s, however, solar had yet to crack the U.S. mainstream and faced high insurance costs in hurricane-prone Puerto Rico, says Anne Amanda Bangasser, a Treehouse director and Slavin Juliá’s sister-in-law.

One early advantage Treehouse had in getting into the wind business was the specific expertise family members had to handle much of an operating plant’s needs. Slavin Juliá’s background is in law, Bangasser is an engineer, and Slavin Juliá’s wife is an accountant. Still, when the family first decided to invest in a utility-scale wind farm, they didn’t feel comfortable enough to build one from scratch and wanted something that was already “spinning,” Slavin Juliá says. “We thought: Let’s have our first project be one that has already gone through the construction process,” he says. “That way, we can be an asset owner and we can get some experience.”

This story appears in the Q2 2018 Family Offices special report from Bloomberg Markets.

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Over the years, Treehouse built up a renewables network. Family members attended trade shows and engaged consultants in the years they spent building the Puerto Rico wind farm and planning others there. They had something specific in mind: a modest-size utility-scale farm that employed members of the community benefiting from it. They vetted projects in the U.S. and even Europe. Eventually a consultant referred them to a competitive auction for a 20-megawatt farm in Minnesota that had been in operation for several years.

The family won the farm and closed the deal in 2015. They tended to the farm for a while before they felt ready to break ground and actually construct a utility-scale plant. They have since built a 13MW farm in Minnesota and are erecting a 30MW project in Nebraska.

Owning—but not operating—a wind farm can be very desirable to passive investors, given the promised cash flows. But for those who want to build a U.S. project, they’ll need to find a plot of land, obtain permits and address typical Nimby pushback, select a turbine manufacturer and contractor, and arrange financing. That last part can be the trickiest, as financing incentives for renewables in the U.S. rely on esoteric lines of tax code that may create complications for small developers.

For its next investment, Treehouse, which now has offices in New York and Minneapolis, is looking at repowering older wind farms. This involves upgrading turbines to give plants built in the 1990s and early 2000s a second life. Looking back, Slavin Juliá says building up Treehouse’s portfolio wasn’t easy, but he sees wind farms as one of the best tangible investments a family office can own. “Definitely better than yachts, I can assure you,” he says.

Eckhouse is an energy reporter at Bloomberg News in New York.

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El asesinato de una persona en Vega Alta dejó en 214 el saldo de muertes por crímenes violentos que la Policía de Puerto Rico investiga en lo que va del 2018, lo que representa un aumento de 12 víctimas en comparación al mismo período en el 2017.

Jonathan Xavier Rosario, de 29 años, falleció el viernes luego de ser baleado frente al paseo Los Veteranos en la calle Teodomiro Ramírez de Vega Alta. De acuerdo a la información preliminar recopilada por la Policía, Rosario fue baleado por una persona con la que se enfrascó en una discusión.

Rosario falleció en el Centro de Diagnóstico y Tratamiento (CDT) de Vega Alta. La agente Denisse Ortiz, de la División de Homicidios del Centro de Investigaciones Criminales (CIC) de Vega Baja, junto con el fiscal José Sagardía, están a cargo de la investigación.

Junto con el tiroteo registrado en la madrugada del viernes frente al negocio “La Jibarita” en Mayagüez, en el que murió una persona y otras 10 resultaron heridas, son 214 los ciudadanos asesinados en lo que va del año.

La Policía informó que, hasta el momento, los diez heridos se encuentran en condición estable y que los investigadores comenzaron el proceso de recopilar pietaje de las cámaras de seguridad cercanas al lugar de la balacera.

Por su parte, el número de muertes a causa de accidentes de tránsito también registró un leve aumento en comparación al mismo período el año pasado. Cuatro personas fallecieron durante el fin de semana debido a accidentes con vehículos de motor, lo que elevó a 84 el total de víctimas en lo que va del año. Para abril del año pasado la Policía investigaba 81 fatalidades.

Joseph Michael Berríos Rosado, de 21 años, murió el pasado viernes al salir expulsado de la motora que conducía en Hato Rey luego de ser impactado por un Ford Mustang conducido por Jorge Luis Casado Cruz, de 57 años. Casado Cruz arrojó negativo a una prueba de alcohol.

Entretanto, Migdalia Luiggi Rodríguez, de 47 años, perdió la vida el viernes al recibir heridas graves a causa de un accidente entre múltiples vehículos. Luiggi Rodríguez era la pasajera en una minivan Chrysler Caravan, conducida por Sharon Rivera Luiggi, que recibió un impacto lateral en la carretera número 10 en Ponce. El vehículo que impactó a Rivera Luiggi y que causó el accidente se dio a la fuga. Otros tres vehículos se vieron involucrados en el accidente fatal.

Mientras, Jazmín Yaritza Casanova Méndez, de 34 años, falleció el domingo mientras cruzaba la intersección de las carreteras número 3 y 4 de la avenida 65 Infantería al ser atropellada por Cruz M. García Rivera, quien conducía un auto Mercedes Benz GLE350. Aunque García Rivera se negó a someterse a una prueba de aliento en la escena, se le realizó una prueba de sangre en el CDT de San José; no obstante, la Policía no reveló el resultado de la prueba.

Finalmente, Javier A. Matías Castro, de 46 años, murió en la carretera número 2, kilómetro 136.9, en Aguada,luego que, según la División de Patrullas de Carreteras de Aguadilla, se quedó dormido mientras conducía una Jeep Wrangler que impactó un poste de cemento.

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A few days ago, I addressed the troubling issue of Sean Hannity, the Fox News star, and his hidden ties to the Trump administration. With the revelation that Hannity shares an attorney with the president—namely the disgraced Michael Cohen, who’s now a key player in the Department of Justice’s investigation of the White House and its secret Kremlin links—it’s high time to ask exactly what sort of “journalism” Hannity is pushing at Fox News.

Moreover, when coupled with my previous revelations of Hannity’s “reporting” of rancid disinformation scripted by Russian intelligence as “news,” plus his clandestine relationship with WikiLeaks—said by President Donald Trump’s own CIA director to be a Kremlin front—Fox News is making itself a player not just in the Trump administration, but a target of any fair and balanced investigation of it. As I stated:

With the revelation that Cohen has been Hannity’s attorney, in some fashion that neither of them wished to disclose, it is even more imperative that Fox News explain why it keeps a Kremlin propagandist without any semblance of professional ethics on the air. If they fail to do so, that network is exposing itself to counterintelligence scrutiny as well.

To the surprise of nobody who has observed that network in action, Fox News quickly decided that Hannity’s ethical missteps regarding Cohen were no big deal. Per its statement on the case: “We have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support.” Nevertheless, the network’s own media analyst explained that Hannity was clearly in the wrong, ethically speaking, by commenting many times on-air about Cohen, invariably favorably, without divulging his relationship with him.

Other reports are even less favorable to the network and its ethical standards, rather lack thereof. Vanity Fair this week quoted anonymous staffers at the network about what it termed the Hannity-induced “crisis”: “This is the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen,” stated one. Another added, “This is bad. It violates every rule of journalism.”

That said, it’s not difficult to divine why Hannity remains on the air. He’s a headliner, the network’s most prominent talker and nighttime draw for its pro-Trump viewers. Moreover, Hannity’s astonishingly close relationship with this White House, viewed negatively as almost a parody of “access journalism” by outsiders, seems to only bolster his position at Fox News. As The Washington Post reported this week, Hannity talks frequently with Trump, serving as a senior advisor to the Oval Office and playing a pivotal role in the administration’s media war against Trump’s enemies—above all Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation of the president’s Kremlin ties. The Fox News star “basically has a desk” in the White House, explained one presidential adviser to the Post.

Normal journalism, this is not. Since I’ve castigated the mainstream media for its fawning over President Barack Obama, allowing his staff to play them like an instrument, particularly regarding foreign policy, let me add that the Hannity case outstrips even those low-points in terms of journalistic integrity. Clearly Fox News is happy to let its leading on-air personality act as a propagandist for Trump. It’s high time for the network to remove “news” from its title if Hannity is its idea of journalism.

Worse, Fox News seems untroubled by the fact that Hannity isn’t just a Trump superfan-cum-consigliere; he also has disturbing ties to the Kremlin and its agents. Since Hannity’s pushing of Russian-scripted disinformation on Americans has been reported for nearly a year, the network can’t say it didn’t know. Fox News therefore is making the unsettling—not to mention potentially politically hazardous—choice to serve as a witting cut-out for the Kremlin’s lie machine.

Perhaps there are no surprises here at all, however. This week, Latvian Public Broadcasting reported an astonishing story about how Fox News operates in their country. As unmasked by a local investigation, Russian-language versions of the network’s programming that are broadcast in Latvia aren’t merely translated; they’re edited for content in a pro-Kremlin direction. Per the report, which cites internal Fox News regulations:

Translators have to follow Russian subtitling guidelines requiring glossing over or ‘softening content’ concerning accidents, homosexual relationships, ‘anti-Russian propaganda,’ narcotics, extremist activities and suicides. For instance, the translators are instructed to ‘soften’ all negative language about the Russian military and space program, policies of the Russian president and government, while positive texts about same-sex relationships have to be made more generalized so they could be attributed to relationships of any kind.

Let’s be perfectly clear here: Fox News is requiring its content being broadcast in a country that is a member of both NATO and the European Union to be edited to be more pleasing to the regime of Vladimir Putin. This is no small matter in Latvia, a country of only two million people, more than one-quarter of whom are ethnic Russians. That minority is habitually exploited by Moscow in its propaganda aimed at NATO’s eastern frontier. For years, the Kremlin has waged an aggressive, full-spectrum information war against Latvia, attempting to foment divisions in that country by making its Russian minority feel alienated and more loyal to Moscow than to Riga. In extremis, many Latvians worry, this noxious disinformation campaign could be a precursor to an actual Russian invasion—an event that has happened several times in the small country’s history.

Fox News is unambiguously on the side of the Kremlin in this information struggle against little Latvia—and the entire Western world. It’s not just what Fox News is beaming into the Baltic states that merits scrutiny. The network’s reports on Latvia for Western audiences—for instance one last month pushed blatant Russian propaganda and cited the Centre for Research on Globalization, a notorious Kremlin disinformation front—likewise deserve investigation.

Above all, Americans should ask what Fox News’ relationship with Putin’s regime actually is. It’s one thing to allow known disinformateurs like Sean Hannity to push Russian-made lies on air; it’s even worse to give Moscow editorial control over its “reporting.” If Fox News is skewing the news in a pro-Kremlin direction for political effect in a free and democratic society like Latvia, they can do it anywhere.

John Schindler is a security expert and former National Security Agency analyst.

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Fiscal board certifies plans for Puerto Rico Transportation Dept., gov’t bank and university

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board approved with a majority vote the fiscal plans for the island’s Highways and Transportation Authority (HTA), the Government Development Bank (GDB), the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) as developed by the Board.

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@cbenespanol @CaribBusiness The commonwealth fiscal plan was certified. Sole dissenter was Board Member Ana Matosantos
Hedge fund manager bets that Puerto Rico will drag insurer under – Insurance Business
@cbenespanol @CaribBusiness Promesa’s Oversight Board approves the fiscal plan of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority unanimously and ends meeting.
Rosselló reacts to panel’s fiscal plans as it held public meeting to certify them: https://go.cb.pr/2qLdZhn
We’re not giving in on public policy matters, Puerto Rico gov says after board certifies fiscal plans
Fiscal board establishes plans for Puerto Rico and its power and water utilities
Administration reiterates rejection and refusal regarding pension cuts and labor reform:https://go.cb.pr/2vx8tnh
FEMA extends Transitional Sheltering Assistance for Hurricane Maria survivors
Certification of Cooperatives Supervision & Insurance Corp. plan postponed; Matosantos abstains on HTA, UPR: https://go.cb.pr/2HgOlat
HUD grant paves way for Puerto Rico recovery
To meet with emergency management and federal officials, as well as thank Red Cross volunteers: https://go.cb.pr/2qQJGWE
Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways acquires Puerto Rico’s Seaborne Airlines – Sun Sentinel
Florida’s Silver Airways acquires Puerto Rico’s Seaborne Airlines
Silver Airways Acquires Seaborne Airlines to Create Leading Independent Airline Serving the Caribbean, Bahamas … – Virginian-Pilot
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@cbenespanol @CaribBusiness The commonwealth fiscal plan was certified. Sole dissenter was Board Member Ana Matosantos
 

  The commonwealth fiscal plan was certified. Sole dissenter was Board Member Ana Matosantos

Hedge fund manager bets that Puerto Rico will drag insurer under – Insurance Business
 


Insurance Business
Hedge fund manager bets that Puerto Rico will drag insurer under
Insurance Business
Greenlight Capital founder and president David Einhorn is betting that bond-insurer Assured Guaranty’s stocks will fall in connection with the insurer’s business in Puerto Rico. During a presentation at the Sohn Investment Conference, Eihorn – known 
Hedge fund manager David Einhorn is betting against Assured GuarantyCNBC
Greenlight’s Einhorn says shorting shares of Assured GuarantyReuters
Assured Guaranty Issues Statement in Response to Critique by Greenlight CapitalBusiness Wire (press release)all 92 news articles »
@cbenespanol @CaribBusiness Promesa’s Oversight Board approves the fiscal plan of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority unanimously and ends meeting.
 

  Promesa’s Oversight Board approves the fiscal plan of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority unanimously and ends meeting.

Rosselló reacts to panel’s fiscal plans as it held public meeting to certify them: https://go.cb.pr/2qLdZhn

Rosselló reacts to panel’s fiscal plans as it held public meeting to certify them: https://go.cb.pr/2qLdZhnPuerto Rico Governor reiterates his refusal to comply with fiscal board impositions 
 

SAN JUAN – While the Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) held a public meeting to certify the fiscal plans for the commonwealth, Puerto Rico’s Electric Power (Prepa) and Aqueduct & Sewer (Prasa) authorities, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló was tweeting that his administration would not comply…
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By NAN Business EditorNews Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 20, 2018: A statistical analysis on the impact of the 2017 hurricane season on the Caribbean’s travel and tourism sector is in, thanks to The World Travel & Tourism Council. Here are 6 key figures you should note from this report:1: 826,100

This is the estimated loss in visitors to the Caribbean in 2017, compared to pre-hurricane forecasts.

2: US$741 million

This is the estimated revenue lost to the region based on the loss off visitors.

3: 11,005

This is the estimated number of jobs lost because of the ruined tourist season.


4: US$3 billion

Research from the WTTC suggests that recovery to previous levels could take up to four years, and if this is the case, the region will miss out on over US$3 billion over this timeframe.

5: 15.2 percent

This is the percentage of income the Caribbean’s tourism sector contributes to the regional Gross Domestic Product, (GDP).

6: 13.8 percent

This is the percentage of employment the Caribbean’s tourism sector accounts for across the region.

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We’re not giving in on public policy matters, Puerto Rico gov says after board certifies fiscal plans

Rosselló sure pensions won’t be cut because it would require legislative action
Fiscal board establishes plans for Puerto Rico and its power and water utilities

Administration reiterates rejection and refusal regarding pension cuts and labor reform
Administration reiterates rejection and refusal regarding pension cuts and labor reform:https://go.cb.pr/2vx8tnh

Administration reiterates rejection and refusal regarding pension cuts and labor reform:
https://go.cb.pr/2vx8tnhFiscal board establishes plans for Puerto Rico and its power and water utilities 
 

SAN JUAN – The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico voted and certified Thursday its own version of fiscal plans for the commonwealth, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prep) and the Puerto Rico Aqueduct & Sewer Authority (Prasa).
FEMA extends Transitional Sheltering Assistance for Hurricane Maria survivors

About 1,700 will continue to have their temporary lodging covered until May 14
Certification of Cooperatives Supervision & Insurance Corp. plan postponed; Matosantos abstains on HTA, UPR: https://go.cb.pr/2HgOlat

Certification of Cooperatives Supervision & Insurance Corp. plan postponed; Matosantos abstains on HTA, UPR: https://go.cb.pr/2HgOlat[Details] Fiscal board certifies plans for Puerto Rico Transportation Dept., gov’t bank and university 
 

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board approved with a majority vote the fiscal plans for the island’s Highways and Transportation Authority (HTA), the Government Development Bank (GDB), the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) as developed by the Board.

HUD grant paves way for Puerto Rico recovery


As contractors jockey for position to rebuild post-disaster, proposals are trickling out to transform island’s housing market
To meet with emergency management and federal officials, as well as thank Red Cross volunteers: https://go.cb.pr/2qQJGWE

To meet with emergency management and federal officials, as well as thank Red Cross volunteers: https://go.cb.pr/2qQJGWEFlorida Gov makes 5th trip to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria 
 

SAN JUAN – Gov. Rick Scott was traveling to Puerto Rico on Monday at the invitation of Puerto Rico Lt. Gov. and Secretary of State Luis G. Rivera Marín, according to a release Friday.
Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways acquires Puerto Rico’s Seaborne Airlines – Sun Sentinel
 


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Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways acquires Puerto Rico’s Seaborne Airlines
Sun Sentinel 
Silver Airways will operate between Florida, the Bahamas and other destinations, while Seaborne-branded flights will continue throughout
 
Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways announced it has finalized its acquisition of Seaborne Airlines, creating a fleet of 31 aircraft connecting Florida to the Caribbean, Bahamas,
 Puerto Ricothe U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean. A merger of the operating functions and branding, plus beyond. Terms of the deal were not 
Silver Airways Acquires Seaborne Airlines to Create Leading Independent Airline Serving the Caribbean, Bahamas …Virginian-Pilot
Silver Airways acquires Seaborne AirlinesSouth Florida Business Journalall 7 5 news articles »
Florida’s Silver Airways acquires Puerto Rico’s Seaborne Airlines

Combined airlines to serve several states, Bahamas and the Caribbean
Silver Airways Acquires Seaborne Airlines to Create Leading Independent Airline Serving the Caribbean, Bahamas … – Virginian-Pilot
 

Silver Airways Acquires Seaborne Airlines to Create Leading Independent Airline Serving the Caribbean, Bahamas …
Virginian-Pilot
The combined airline will continue operating Silver’s route network in the Bahamas, Florida, and beyond under the Silver Airways banner and Seaborne’s route network throughout Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean under the Seaborne name and more »
CEO of Puerto Rico Destination Marketing Organization announces new appointments – eTurboNews
 


eTurboNews
CEO of Puerto Rico Destination Marketing Organization announces new appointments
eTurboNews
The private, not-for-profit DMO was created in March 2017 through bi-partisan legislation that provides a $25 million annual investment to manage all global marketing, sales and promotion of Puerto Rico in collaboration with local government and 
As contractors jockey for position to rebuild post-disaster, proposals are trickling out to transform island’s housing market:https://go.cb.pr/2qSOUjS

As contractors jockey for position to rebuild post-disaster, proposals are trickling out to transform island’s housing market:
https://go.cb.pr/2qSOUjSHUD grant paves way for Puerto Rico recovery 
 

It will take “many months” for Puerto Rico’s $1.5 billion disaster recovery (DR) grant awarded in February and $18.5 billion in grants announced April 10 to repair hurricane-damaged homes, businesses and the power grid to enter the local economy.
Mark Cuban joined JJ Barea on trip to Puerto Rico, Mavs owner’s first to the island — here’s what he took from the … – Dallas News (blog)
 


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Mark Cuban joined JJ Barea on trip to Puerto Rico, Mavs owner’s first to the island   here’s what he took from the  visit 
Dallas News (blog)
And that wasn’t the only business they took care of. “We talked about it,” he said, “and we still want to take a preseason game down to Puerto Rico. Not this (preseason), but next year.” Cuban said his first trip to Puerto Rico was an impactful one. “I and more »
[Editorial] Qué Lindor

A private sector backed by a government that facilitates economic development—that is the most significant game in town
Agencies to be held accountable for slow disaster recovery in Puerto Rico towns

Power, highways and transportation authorities have 5 days to submit a work plan for completion of disaster recovery efforts
Puerto Rico Economic Activity Index continues to reflect marked decline after hurricanes

February’s drop was greatest in 5 years, while cement and gas sales saw significant increases
BioTrackTHC Deploys Puerto Rico Traceability System, Expands Presence – Virginian-Pilot
 

BioTrackTHC Deploys Puerto Rico Traceability System, Expands Presence
Virginian-Pilot
WITH PHOTO — TO BUSINESS, HEALTH, AND MEDICAL EDITORS: BioTrackTHC Deploys Puerto Rico Traceability System, Expands Presence. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Commonwealth. of Puerto Ricoin coordination with the Department of 
Judge Swain to hold a new hearing over other island-debt issues on June 6: https://go.cb.pr/2Fbt2FE

Judge Swain to hold a new hearing over other island-debt issues on June 6: https://go.cb.pr/2Fbt2FEApril 25 Puerto Rico omnibus hearing canceled

SAN JUAN – U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain has canceled an April 25 hearing on several Puerto Rico-debt related issues, indicating that most have already been solved or postponed.
Leading Puerto Rico Terminal Luis A. Ayala Colón Selects Navis N4 to Modernize Operations and Increase Productivity – Business Wire (press release)
 


Business Wire (press release)
Leading Puerto Rico Terminal Luis A. Ayala Colón Selects Navis N4 to Modernize Operations and Increase Productivity
Business Wire (press release)
OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation and provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading organizations across the shipping supply chainand more »
Etherisc to Host First Blockchain-Based Hurricane Insurance Policy in Puerto Rico – PaymentsJournal
 


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PaymentsJournal
Etherisc to Host First Blockchain-Based Hurricane Insurance Policy in Puerto Rico
PaymentsJournal
Zug, Switzerland — April 24, 2018 — Etherisc, the global, decentralized insurance platform for collectively building insurance products, has today announced its support for the first blockchain-enabled insurance product to combat catastrophic weather  
During Puerto Rico’s Blackout, Solar Microgrids Kept The Lights OnFast Company
Blockchain Insurance Policy Developed for Hurricane-Prone Puerto RicoCoinDesk
Exodus of Banks Is Threatening to Isolate Puerto Rico Even MoreBloombergQuint
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Police arrest an armed Travis Reinking in woods after he is suspected of shooting four people dead in a restaurant before fleeing naked.…
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Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is suspicious of how the FBI launched its Russia probe; reaction from constitutional attorney Robert Barnes and Utah Republican Congressman Chris Stewart on ‘Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream.’

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The internet as you know it may change: Net neutrality is ending. The rules that govern internet service providers (ISPs) and how they deliver content to consumers has radically changed. Proponents of the the changes say it will spur investment and innovation, while critics point out it will hurt start-ups and consumers. Max Eddy, software analyst with PC Magazine, joins CBSN to explain.

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Police in Canada are questioning a suspect after a van drove onto a crowded sidewalk in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15 others.

Officers say it appears to have been a deliberate attack, but there is no link to any organisation or wider plot.

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1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (71 sites): Euronews’s YouTube Videos: Nashville shooting suspect snared in woods
 

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Police arrest an armed Travis Reinking in woods after he is suspected of shooting four people dead in a restaurant before fleeing naked.…
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1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (71 sites): AssociatedPress’s YouTube Videos: Waffle House Suspect Appears In Court By Video
 

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A man accused of shooting dead four people at a Tennessee Waffle House has been formally charged with four counts of criminal homicide and is being held on a $2 million bond. 29-year-old Travis Reinking appeared in court by video on Monday. (April 24)

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1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (71 sites): AssociatedPress’s YouTube Videos: Police Name Man Arrested in Canada Van Crash
 

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Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders says a 25-year-old named Alek Minassian is in custody, after a van drove on busy sidewalks on Monday. Saunders says it appears to be a deliberate act. At least ten people were killed and 15 were injured. (April 24)

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1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (71 sites): AFP’s YouTube Videos: Man arrested after deadly van incident in Toronto
 

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Toronto police say they have arrested a man after at least 10 people were killed when a white rental van slammed into a crowd of pedestrians in Canada’s biggest city.

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1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (71 sites): Euronews’s YouTube Videos: Macrons open US state visit with dinner with the Trumps
 

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The three-day state visit is the first of the Trump presidency and is being seen from Europe as a vital moment in the currently turbulent transatlantic relationship between America and its European partners.…
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1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (71 sites): Euronews’s YouTube Videos: Canada shocked by worst act of violence in years after van driven into Toronto crowds kills 10
 

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Suspect reportedly pleaded to be killed on arrest after inexplicable act. …
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1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (71 sites): Euronews’s YouTube Videos: Disbelief in Toronto after van leaves trail of death in city centre
 

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Canadians are shocked by the worst act of violence in the country in years.…
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1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (71 sites): FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: 10 killed in Toronto van attack, suspect captured
 

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Authorities search for motive in deadly attack. Fox News’ Molly Line reports with the latest from Toronto.

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1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (71 sites): Euronews’s YouTube Videos: British government stumbles to third Lords defeat in less than a week
 

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More Brexit policies get trashed or amended by Britain’s upper house of parliament, which stubbornly refuses to go along with the government’s line. …
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Страны “Большой семёрки” намерены вместе противодействовать Москве и грозят новыми санкциями…
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1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (71 sites): euronewsru’s YouTube Videos: Раненому солдату пришили пенис
 

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Ð’ американской клинике Джона Хопкинса медики впервые в истории провели успешную операцию по полной трансплантации мужского полового органа.…
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