Prominent Latino labor leader Héctor Figueroa has died at 57

Héctor Figueroa, one of the nation’s most prominent Latino labor leaders and a “champion for working people, minorities, the poor, the voiceless,” died of a heart attack Thursday night in New York, according to the union 32BJ.

He was 57.

Figueroa, a Puerto Rican, has been credited with reinvigorating the union — the nation’s largest property service workers union — and working to boost its relevance amid current trends that have seen an erosion in the numbers and clout of organized labor.

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Latin Artist on the Rise: Puerto Rican Urban Singer Lunay

Puerto Rico has given us a lot of musical talent, especially in the urban genre. And yes, a new artist is growing and his name is Jefnier Osorio Moreno, artistically known as Lunay.

At only the age of 18, Lunay has achieved what many others dream of. For example, seeing his name for the first time on the Billboard charts and having a song with Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny.

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Twins pitcher Jose Berrios gets the better of brother-in-law Javy Baez in All-Star Game

As Ketel Marte stood on second base after his leadoff double in the third inning of Tuesday’s All-Star Game, Jose Berrios turned around on the pitcher’s mound and said something unusual to him: Thank you.

“He said thank you for getting a double, so he could face Javy Baez,” said shortstop Jorge Polanco, who was standing next to Marte. “He was happy to get to face him.”

That’s because Berrios and Baez are lifelong friends who grew up in the same small town — Bayamon, Puerto Rico — and wound up marrying sisters. So after Berrios struck out Ronald Acuna on an unhittable curveball, and caught Christian Yelich looking with a changeup, the brothers-in-law faced each other on a baseball diamond for the second time as professionals. For the second time as All-Stars.

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The 6 Best Hotels In Puerto Rico

When you visit Puerto Rico, you can choose from a wide variety of hotels, including small historic properties and luxurious resorts. Although the island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria in 2017, it is estimated that by 2020, approximately 2,400 hotel rooms will be reopened in the area, as well as more than 850 new rooms in development.

When planning your vacation, be sure to explore beyond San Juan. Visit the western coast and the surfing capital of Rincón, continue on to Ponce with its historical riches and the famed Serrallés Castle. Journey to the vibrant pink-sand beaches of Cabo Rojo on the southwest coast or trek to the eastern side, home to El Yunque, the only subtropical rainforest in the United States with stunning waterfalls and nature.

There is so much to see on this magical island, so venture out and experience this selection of the best hotels in Puerto Rico.

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Maru’s Kitchen in Oakland CA

About Maru’s Kitchen

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Proudly serving the Sacramento Area, Oakland East Bay and in between. Maru’s Kitchen is a family oriented business. Maru’s brings authenticity and culture to the table with every dish. Each order is prepared with individual clients in mind and always done with nothing less than tender loving care. Marus Kitchen culinary influence comes from a mixture of deep Spanish roots, including those from Marus original hometown of Costa Rica and those from her children’s Puerto Rican ancestry. With the combination of those two wonderful ties, Maru has incorporated an unforgettable savory blend of seasonings over the years that will have you thinking this is unlike anything I’ve tasted before, and wanting to come back for more!

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In Alba Garcia’s ‘Yo Soy Taíno,’ Puppets Tell the Story of an Abuela & Granddaughter Surviving Hurricane Maria

Seasoned animator and director Alba Garcia was deeply impacted when Hurricane Maria ravaged her homeland of Puerto Rico. The hurricane killed over 3,000 people and left survivors without access to basic necessities and electricity for months. While she now lives in the U.S., Garcia has family who still lives on the island.

The inaction and insensitivity on behalf of the United States government, in the face of such tragedy, pushed her to rethink what she knew about Puerto Rico’s history. She revisited the banishing of indigenous Taíno culture done by colonization. Although she had primarily only worked in stop-motion animation at the time, Garcia ventured into working with puppets when presented with the opportunity to explore the identity of her people in a new format.

With dialogue in Spanish and Taíno, the 13-minute film Yo Soy Taino (I Am Taíno or Dak’toká Taíno) revolves around an encounter between Puerto Rican grandmother Abuela Yaya (voiced by Amneris Morales) and her curious granddaughter Marabelí (Vianez Morales) following Hurricane Maria. Abuela Yaya teaches the young girl words and phrases in the Taíno language. She also offers her a crash course in the ways the United States has deliberately hurt Puerto Rico’s economy and tried to erase their multiracial heritage — a mix of Taíno, Spanish, and African traditions.

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