US Territories’ April 8-14, 2019 news week in tweets
Puerto Rico’s Energy Future is up for debate
— Climate Progress (@climateprogress) April 13, 2019
As Puerto Rico continues to recover in the wake of Hurricane Maria the islands’ energy future remains uncertain. With sides colliding over whether to bolster Puerto Rico’s renewable or fossil fuel-based energy systems.
Congress Heads to Two-Week Break Leaving Puerto Rico in Limbo
Gridlocked over Puerto Rico, Congress heads to 2-week break without disaster aid deal – Puerto Rico, Iowa, Missouri, Florida, North Carolina, California..this is not about red or blue this is about WE THE PEOPLE!need help now @POTUS https://t.co/oKnJyRfjra
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) April 13, 2019
Congress heads to a two-week break without signing a multi-billion-dollar aid package to help disaster-ravaged areas. The aid package would help throughout the mainland United States and Puerto Rico. As congressional gridlock continues communities all throughout the United States wait for the aid they need.
Puerto Rican Government projects Medical Marijuana to Generate $100 Million in Tax Revenue by 2020
The government and industry proponents project that the cannabis program could generate $100,000,000 in new tax revenue by 2020 and create 20,000 jobs. https://t.co/P08hWIZoIY
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 13, 2019
The government and industry proponents project that the medical marijuana cannabis program could generate $100 million in new tax revenue by 2020. It is expected the growing industry could help create 20,000 jobs.
US service members who served on Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands Could Receive benefits
If passed, the legislation would grant presumptive herbicide exposure status to U.S. service members who served on Guam, American Samoa,the Northern Mariana Islands and Johnston Atoll. https://t.co/hEluc9DIHF
— USFSMVeteransResearchCoalition (@USF_VRC) April 13, 2019
US service members who served on Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands could receive benefits for exposure to toxic herbicide. Originally the VA benefits had only been available to service members who served in Vietnam.
Guam Hosts US Department of the Interior Assistant over Department of Homeland Security Review
Last week I was in Saipan with a Federal Delegation for 2nd Meeting of a 902 Consultation Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Delegation led by Governor Ralph Torres https://t.co/JKDo6wGh1B via @interior
— Doug Domenech (@ASIIADomenech) April 9, 2019
Governor Ralph Torres hosted US Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Doug Domenech and a federal delegation for the second meeting in a formal Section 902 Consultation process in regard to the Department of Homeland Security’s review of existing parole policies related to tourism.
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron HSC25 rescues two Guam fishermen after watercraft sinks
— U.S. Pacific Fleet (@USPacificFleet) April 12, 2019
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron HSC25 rescues two Guam fishermen after watercraft sinks off the east coast of Guam, April 11. The incident was the ninth emergency call to HSC-25 by U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, the fourth in three weeks, and marks seven recoveries during search and rescue and medical evacuations in 2019.
A unilateral move by Samoa could significantly affect air travel in the neighboring US territory of American Samoa
— Pasquines (@Pasquines_US) April 11, 2019
Samoa withdrew as a party to the Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalization of International Air Transportation (MALIAT) which terminate its open-skies relationship with the US as a multilateral partner. The US was informed of the information through diplomatic channels. Brian J. Hedberg, director of USDOT’s Office of International Aviation, said that the withdrawal became effective after a year on March 9, 2019.