Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation Wednesday days after demonstrators at the island’s largest protest in recent history called for his ouster over a scandal involving leaked private chats, as well as corruption investigations and arrests.
His resignation, effective Aug. 2, came late Wednesday night on a recorded video published on Facebook. In the message, he touted what he considered accomplishments of his tenure, saying he fought corruption and made strides for different communities.
“My only North Star has been the well-being of my island,” he said.
Crowds in the streets, which for almost two weeks had been calling for the governor to step down, immediately erupted in joyous chants, cheering “Puerto Rico! Puerto Rico!”
“Ricky, te botamos!” (“Ricky, we threw you out!”) the jubilant crowd chanted after the governor’s announcement.Continue Reading
Nearly two years ago, Hurricane María exposed the raw dysfunction of Puerto Rico, collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s watch.
Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on corruption charges.
But the scandal that is threatening to buckle the boyish 40-year-old governor centers on a profanity-laced and, at times, misogynistic online chat with nine other male members of his administration in which some of the U.S. territory’s most powerful men act like a bunch of teenagers. The leak of at least 889 pages of the private chat has sunk Rosselló into the deepest crisis of his career.Continue Reading
After the wake of Hurricane Maria, tourists were hesitant to visit Puerto Rico, but according to their tourist promotion office, Discover Puerto Rico, the island is ready for tourism. And if their surging visitor numbers this year are any indicator, the island is set for success. Whether you visit next week or by the end of the year, we want you to have the best Puerto Rican experience and you can do so by following our amazing guide.Continue Reading
A collection of highly-controversial stone figures discovered in Puerto Rico are believed by some to have been created by members of the lost Ten Tribes of Israel and by others as hoaxes, but these long forgotten mysterious artifacts have now been ‘validated’ as being 16th century, finally proving scores of skeptics have all been wrong, and that these are not Biblical treasures .
According to a press release by the University of Haifa in Puerto Rico, the collection of curious carved stone objects have been restudied by Professor Reniel Rodríguez Ramos who revived research into their origins in 2001. Using Dr. Groman-Yaroslavsky’s university ‘Use-Wear Analysis Laboratory’ which specializes in determining when various objects were created, Dr. Ramos has confirmed that the objects were carved in the 16th century and provided evidence that some them were coated in gold and red paint, hinting towards their original applications.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading