Puerto Ricans Deserve Better Than Separate and Unequal

Puerto Ricans are still not able to access the same social safety net as other U.S. citizens.

#colonization, #disability-insurance, #discrimination, #federal-taxes-us, #politics-and-government, #puerto-rico, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

11 Die After Boat Capsizes Near Puerto Rico, U.S. Says

More than 30 were rescued in the waters north of Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico, the Coast Guard said.

#maritime-accidents-and-safety, #puerto-rico, #rescues, #united-states-coast-guard

La energía solar ofrece un salvavidas a Puerto Rico

La red energética de la isla ha tenido dificultades para recuperarse después de que el huracán María casi la anulara en 2017. Los sistemas de energía solar ofrecen a los puertorriqueños una forma de depender menos de la red.

#adjuntas-puerto-rico, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #casa-pueblo, #electric-light-and-power, #luma-energy, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #puerto-rico, #solar-energy

Solar Power Offers Puerto Ricans a Lifeline but Remains an Elusive Goal

The island’s energy grid has struggled to recover after Hurricane María almost wiped it out in 2017. While solar-power systems can fill gaps, they aren’t cheap.

#adjuntas-puerto-rico, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #casa-pueblo, #electric-light-and-power, #luma-energy, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #puerto-rico, #solar-energy

Power Returning to Puerto Rico, but Frustrations Remain

Although much of the island saw electricity restored on Saturday, more than 200,000 residents were still waiting.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-efficiency, #luma-energy, #puerto-rico, #puerto-rico-electric-power-authority, #stensby-wayne

Power Remains Out for Nearly Half a Million Customers in Puerto Rico

The island’s fragile electrical grid was slowly recovering from its latest loss of power, potentially caused by a failed circuit breaker.

#electric-light-and-power, #hurricane-maria-2017, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #luma, #pierluisi-pedro-r, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #puerto-rico, #puerto-rico-electric-power-authority

Puerto Rico Teachers Lead Push for Higher Pay for Public Workers

The demands for increased wages and better working conditions come as Puerto Rico tries to pull itself out of bankruptcy.

#government-employees, #hurricane-maria-2017, #pierluisi-pedro-r, #puerto-rico, #teachers-and-school-employees, #wages-and-salaries

Tax Breaks Are Driving a Rush to Buy Property in Puerto Rico

Many Puerto Ricans say they can no longer afford to remain in their homes with outside investors buying up properties and driving up prices.

#affordable-housing, #puerto-rico, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #virtual-currency

The Rush For a Slice of Paradise In Puerto Rico

Many Puerto Ricans say they can no longer afford to remain in their homes with outside investors buying up properties and driving up prices.

#affordable-housing, #puerto-rico, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #virtual-currency

Tito Matos, Virtuoso of a Puerto Rican Sound, Dies at 53

A lifelong champion of the plena genre, he helped rejuvenate it for a new generation both in Puerto Rico and in New York.

#deaths-obituaries, #latin-music, #matos-tito-1968-2022, #new-york-city, #plena, #puerto-ricans, #puerto-rico, #viento-de-agua-music-group

How to Get Through a Power Outage

Be proactive before things go dark. Never use a gas stove or oven as an indoor heater.

#content-type-service, #puerto-rico, #solar-energy, #water

Judge Approves Deal to Resolve Puerto Rico Bankruptcy

The plan restructures $33 billion in debt nearly five years after Puerto Rico became the first U.S. state or territory to essentially declare bankruptcy.

#bankruptcies, #credit-and-debt, #puerto-rico

Why I Still Love ‘West Side Story’

Yes, it has flaws. No, remaking it wasn’t a mistake.

#in-the-heights-play, #internal-sub-only-nl, #miranda-lin-manuel, #puerto-rico, #spielberg-steven, #theater, #west-side-story-2021-movie

Puerto Rico Faces Staggering Covid Case Explosion

The island had a 4,600 percent increase in cases in recent weeks after mounting one of the nation’s most successful vaccination campaigns.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #puerto-rico

Omicron Is Just Beginning and Americans Are Already Tired

A sense of dread about the variant’s rapid spread is growing even in places that had experienced a virus lull.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #florida, #hawaii, #puerto-rico

Former Puerto Rico Education Secretary Is Sentenced to Prison

Julia Keleher, who had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud, said she was “inept” in how she handled some big policy changes in a troubled system.

#corruption-institutional, #education-k-12, #keleher-julia, #puerto-rico

The ‘West Side Story’ Remake We Didn’t Need

We need the resources to craft our own stories, not more accurate retellings of narratives that weren’t even meant for us.

#black-people, #hispanic-americans, #puerto-ricans, #puerto-rico, #spielberg-steven

Chocobar Cortés, a Beloved Restaurant From San Juan, Heads for the Bronx

Cortés, a family-owned chocolate maker in Puerto Rico, is opening a location in Mott Haven, banking on local nostalgia for the brand.

#bronx-nyc, #chocobar-cortes, #chocobar-cortes-nyc-bronx-ny-restaurant, #chocolate, #mott-haven-bronx-ny, #puerto-rico, #restaurants

Under Caribbean Skies, New York Power Brokers Shape a Crucial Race

The contest for City Council speaker was in high gear at a political gathering in Puerto Rico, where candidates politicked among the palm trees.

#brannan-justin-l, #brewer-gale-a, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #democratic-party, #elections-city-councils, #endorsements, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #puerto-rico, #republican-party, #rivera-carlina

Supreme Court Looks at Puerto Rico’s Status in Case on Benefits

A federal law excludes residents of Puerto Rico from a Social Security program that provides monthly payments to needy people.

#constitution-us, #federal-taxes-us, #puerto-rico, #social-security-us, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Turtle, a Pool and the Fight to Save Puerto Rico’s Beaches

An attempt to rebuild a beachfront pool turned into a much bigger story about the threats of erosion and overdevelopment on the island.

#beaches, #building-construction, #coast-erosion, #coastal-areas, #condominiums, #conservation-of-resources, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hurricane-maria-2017, #oceans-and-seas, #puerto-rico, #turtles-and-tortoises

Power Outages Plague Puerto Rico Despite LUMA Takeover

Transferring the power grid to a private company was supposed to help. But thousands protested last week over more blackouts.

#electric-light-and-power, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #hurricane-maria-2017, #luma-energy, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #puerto-rico, #puerto-rico-electric-power-authority

Red Sox and Astros ALCS Matchup Provides a ‘Moment of Pride’ for Puerto Rico

A matchup between the Astros and the Red Sox is loaded with representation of the Caribbean island. Some friendships had to be put on hold.

#baseball, #boston-red-sox, #cora-alex, #correa-carlos-1994, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #hernandez-enrique-1991, #houston-astros, #puerto-rico

How the U.S. Dictates What Puerto Rico Eats

Outdated laws prevent local farmers from competing effectively with mainland products.

#agriculture-and-farming, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #local-food, #merchant-marine-act-of-1920-jones-act, #puerto-rico, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-politics-and-government

Fred Drenches the Southeast, Unleashing Tornadoes

The storm caused flooding in coastal areas of the Florida Panhandle but weakened to a tropical depression as it moved northward through Georgia.

#global-warming, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-hurricane-center, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #puerto-rico, #rain, #weather

‘Fantasy Island’ Returns, Now With a Ms. Roarke

Roselyn Sánchez leads this Fox reboot of the beloved ABC series, playing a grandniece of Ricardo Montalbán’s white-suited steward of a mystical isle.

#actors-and-actresses, #content-type-personal-profile, #fantasy-island-tv-program, #fox-broadcasting-co, #hispanic-americans, #montalban-ricardo, #puerto-rico, #sanchez-roselyn-1973, #television

Javier Soltero, Google’s head of Workspace, will join us at TC Sessions: SaaS

When it comes to big SaaS products, few are bigger than Google Workspace (formerly known as GSuite). So it’s maybe no surprise that one of the first people we contacted to speak at our SaaS conference on October 27 was Google’s Javier Soltero.

Today, Puerto Rico-born Soltero is Google’s VP and GM in charge of Workspace, which has well over 2 billion users. Today, it consists of products like Gmail and Google Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slide Meet, Chat and Drive. Currently, Workspace is going through what may be one of its most important periods of change, too, with extensive new collaboration features and, for the first time, a paid individual plan. All of this, of course, is happening against the backdrop of the pandemic, which made remote collaboration tools and video chat services like Meet more important than ever.

All of that would be enough to make Soltera a good conversation partner for a SaaS event, but his background goes much further than that. He actually started his career as a software engineer at Netscape in the late 90s and after a few other engineering positions, co-founded launched his first startup, the monitoring service Hyperic, in 2004. Hyperic then merged with SpringSource, which was acquired by VMware, landing Soletro in the position as VMware’s CTO for its SaaS and Application Services.

It’s likely his next startup, the mobile-centric email startup Acompli, though, that you remember. Founded in mid-2013, Microsoft quickly acquired Acompli in late 2014 and then essentially turned into Outlook Mobile. At Microsoft, Soltero rose through the ranks to become a corporate VP for its Office group and Cortana, before decamping to Google in 2019. Since then, he’s become the public face of GSuite/Workspace and we’ll use our time with him to talk about the joys and challenges of managing a massive SaaS product, but also about what he learned from building products from the ground up.

Register today with a $75 early bird ticket and save $100 before tickets go up. TC Sessions: SaaS takes place on October 27 and will feature the chats with the leading minds in SaaS, networking, and startup demos.

 

#companies, #computing, #gmail, #google, #google-for-education, #google-workspace, #google-calendar, #javier-soltero, #mobile-software, #puerto-rico, #tc, #technology, #vp, #webmail

Florida Braces for Tropical Storm Elsa

A hurricane watch was issued for portions of western Florida and north toward the Panhandle, and meteorologists warned that the storm could be near hurricane strength before making landfall early Wednesday.

#atlantic-ocean, #barbados, #dominican-republic, #florida, #haiti, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #jamaica-west-indies, #martinique, #puerto-rico, #st-lucia, #st-vincent-and-the-grenadines

America is Reopening. Here’s What it Looks Like

With safety restrictions easing, Americans from Maine to Montana are returning to concert halls, worship services and soapbox derbies in all 50 states. 

#athletics-and-sports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #culture-arts, #food, #labor-and-jobs, #photography, #puerto-rico, #religion-and-belief, #united-states, #virgin-islands-us

Puerto Rican Boxer Félix Verdejo is Questioned in Woman’s Disappearance

The body of Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz was found on Saturday. Félix Verdejo, who competed at the 2012 Olympic Games, has not cooperated with the investigation, the authorities said.

#boxing, #felix-verdejo, #keishla-rodriguez-ortiz, #missing-persons, #olympic-games-2012, #puerto-rico, #san-juan-puerto-rico

Puerto Rico Just Had Its ‘Worst Moment’ for Covid-19 Cases

The island saw explosive growth in coronavirus cases, fueled by business reopenings, Easter and tourists on spring break.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #pierluisi-pedro-r, #puerto-rico, #san-juan-puerto-rico

Von Diaz’s Essential Puerto Rican Recipes

The journalist and cookbook author, who grew up traveling between Atlanta and Puerto Rico, collects dishes that tell stories about life on the island, and the flavors that bring her back to it.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #hispanic-americans, #plantain-vegetable, #pork, #puerto-rico, #rice, #yuca-vegetable

Idaho Pulls Out of Powerball Because of Overseas Expansion

An Idaho state committee killed a bill that would have allowed the popular lottery to continue in the state even after it expanded to Australia and Britain.

#australia, #canada, #great-britain, #idaho, #law-and-legislation, #lotteries, #multi-state-lottery-assn, #puerto-rico, #state-legislatures, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virgin-islands-us

For Two Cloggers, 20 Years to Get in Step and Get Married

As a teenager, Stephanie Goodman told a friend, “I’m going to marry Mark Clifford someday.” Her prediction came true.

#dancing, #marriages, #puerto-rico, #weddings-and-engagements

What Trump, San Francisco and the Deer in My Backyard Have in Common

Democracy depends on understanding the connection.

#california, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #puerto-rico, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #washington-dc

The 19th-Century Church One Artist Calls Home

For the painter Angel Otero, a former place of worship in upstate New York is a sanctuary in which to live and work.

#art, #churches-buildings, #content-type-personal-profile, #lehmann-maupin-gallery, #otero-angel-1981, #puerto-rico, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Biden to Free Up Billions in Delayed Puerto Rico Storm Aid

The administration plans to release $1.3 billion that was meant to help Puerto Rico rebuild after Hurricane Maria in 2017, and will remove restrictions on another $4.9 billion.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #federal-aid-us, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #humanitarian-aid, #hurricane-maria-2017, #puerto-rico, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Puerto Rico’s Deposed Governor Describes His Family’s Panicked Flight From the Island

In his first newspaper interview since a public uprising forced him to step down last year, Ricardo A. Rosselló laments “the complete devastation of my reputation.”

#governors-us, #new-progressive-party-puerto-rico, #puerto-rico, #rossello-ricardo-a-1979

3 Police Officers Killed by Carjacker on Highway in Puerto Rico, Officials Say

The carjacker, who injured a fourth officer during a chase outside San Juan, was still at large on Monday night, officials said.

#attacks-on-police, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pierluisi-pedro-r, #puerto-rico

Adál Maldonado, Provocative ‘Nuyorican’ Photographer, Dies at 72

Adál, who moved from Puerto Rico to New York as a teenager, created art that was often bitingly satirical and politically subversive.

#art, #deaths-obituaries, #hispanic-americans, #maldonado-adal, #photography, #puerto-rico

Miguel Algarín, Force Behind Nuyorican Cafe, Dies at 79

His Lower East Side performance space has been an incubator for poets, playwrights and other artists, many of them not initially embraced by the mainstream.

#algarin-miguel, #culture-arts, #deaths-obituaries, #hispanic-americans, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny, #nuyorican-poets-cafe-manhattan-ny, #poetry-and-poets, #puerto-rico, #theater, #writing-and-writers

NSF releases footage from the moment Arecibo’s cables failed

Image of a large dome suspended from a metal lattice hanging from cables.

Enlarge / The instrument platform and the cables that until recently supported it, as viewed from the suspended walkway that allowed researchers to service them. (credit: University of Central Florida)

Today, the National Science Foundation released video taken at the moment the Arecibo Radio Observatory’s cables failed, allowing its massive instrument platform to crash into the dish below. In describing the videos, the NSF also talked a bit about the monitoring program that had put the cameras in place, ideas it had been pursuing for stabilizing the structure pre-collapse, and prospects for building something new at the site.

A quick recap of the collapse: the Arecibo dish was designed to reflect incoming radio radiation to collectors that hung from a massive, 900-ton instrument package that was suspended above it. The suspension system was supported by three reinforced concrete towers that held cables that were anchored farther from the dish, looped over the towers, and then continued on to the platform itself. Failure of these cables eventually led to the platform dropping into the dish below it.

Let’s go to the video

The video of that collapse comes from a monitoring system put in place in the wake of the cable failures. Due to the danger of further cable breaks, the NSF had instituted no-go zones around each of the three towers that supported the cables. With no personnel allowed to get close enough to inspect the cables, the staff started monitoring them using daily drone flights, one of which was in progress during the collapse. In addition, a video camera was installed on top of the visitor’s center, which had a clear view of the instrument platform and one of the support towers.

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#arecibo, #astronomy, #nsf, #puerto-rico, #science

Arecibo Has Fallen Down. A Writer Looks Back.

Dennis Overbye has covered science since 1975. Here, he reflects on a great telescope’s undignified end.

#arecibo-ionospheric-observatory, #national-science-foundation, #puerto-rico, #space-and-astronomy

Rice and Beans, With an Exhilarating Crunch

Like the Persian tahdig Samin Nosrat grew up eating, this Puerto Rican arroz con gandules delivers a crispy layer you won’t be able to resist.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #puerto-rico, #rice

The Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico Collapses

Astronomers and residents of Puerto Rico mourned as an eye on the cosmos shuttered unexpectedly overnight.

#arecibo-ionospheric-observatory, #national-science-foundation, #puerto-rico, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

Arecibo Observatory, a Great Eye on the Cosmos, Is Going Dark

The radio telescope in Puerto Rico has to come down before it collapses.

#arecibo-observatory, #drake-frank, #extraterrestrial-life, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #physics, #puerto-rico, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

Thousands of Uncounted Votes Found a Week After Election in Puerto Rico

Nearly 200 boxes of uncounted votes have surfaced, potentially affecting the outcome of several close races across the island.

#elections, #new-progressive-party-puerto-rico, #politics-and-government, #puerto-rico

Amazon launches its first Amazon Air regional hub in Europe

Amazon has officially started operations at its first European Amazon Air hub, based out of the Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany. The new facility spans 20,000 square meters (65,600 square feet) and will host two Amazon-branded Boeing 737-800 aircraft, brining the company’s total operational air fleet to over 70 aircraft.

The retail giants says that the new hub will generate more than 200 jobs locally in the Leipzig area, where it already employs over 1,500 thanks to the presence of a large regional fulfilment center. Amazon also notes that this will help the company continue to offer timely delivery in Europe as the pandemic continues.

Amazon has steadily grown its Air cargo logistics operations since debuting the expansion of its delivery and shipping network in 2016. It has regional air hubs at airports in Texas, Puerto Rico, and Florida in the U.S., and plans to expand to Sand Bernardino International Airport in California and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 2021.

Back in June, it added a dozen new aircraft to its fleet in a move that was said to help it handle extra demand as a result of COVID. The addition of its European hub indicates it’s still prioritizing growing this aspect of its operations, which makes sense given demand for its services are likely spiking amid the current second virus wave in Europe and elsewhere globally.

#aerospace, #amazon, #amazon-air, #california, #cincinnati, #companies, #ecommerce, #europe, #florida, #germany, #leipzig, #publishing, #puerto-rico, #retailers, #tc, #texas, #transportation, #united-states

Make Puerto Rico a State Now

With a historic vote, its people staked their claim to statehood.

#house-of-representatives, #politics-and-government, #puerto-rico, #referendums, #states-us, #united-states

Loon sets stratospheric sustained flight record with 312 day balloon trip

Alphabet’s Loon, the company focused on creating new networking capabilities using stratosphere-based infrastructure, has set a new world record for a continuous stratospheric flight. One of Loon’s ultra high-altitude balloons flew for 312 days straight, beating the existing record of 223 days by a considerable margin, and nearly racking up a full year of sustained time aloft.

The balloon in question took off from Puerto Rico in May 2019, and then made its way to Peru where it took part in a service test for three months, it then headed south over the Pacific Ocean, and finally ended up in Baja, Mexico for a landing in March this year. Loon’s CTO Sal Candido said in a blog post that the record-setting flight that it’s the result of the company’s continued work on advancing its technology and pushing both hardware and software forward in new and innovative ways.

Part of that means learning as much as possible from balloons that break records like this one, and Candido points out that Loon has a unique advantage over more traditional high-altitude balloons designed for weather observation because it recovers just about all of them, and can study the best performers in extreme detail. That allows it to replicate and improve on what’s going right when balloons are staying aloft for long periods.

Long-lasting stratospheric balloons are useful because they mean that Loon can provide connectivity to target area for longer, at lower costs, which hopefully means more affordable connectivity for everyone, including those in hard-to-reach areas where ground infrastructure is prohibitively expensive. There’s plenty of additional potential for science, Earth observation and weather tracking/modelling, but Loon’s squarely focused on the connectivity piece of the puzzle at the moment, and replicating this will help tremendously in that regard.

#aerospace, #aviation, #balloon, #cto, #loon, #mexico, #peru, #puerto-rico, #stratosphere, #tc, #x