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Month: May 2019

American Samoa seeking to make progress in getting its economy diversified

The American Samoa Government recently got access to the second insurance payment for damages from Tropical Storm Gita, according to the Insurance Commissioner Peter Fuimaono. The government’s total claim to insurer, Lloyds of London, for damages to government facilities stands at $15 million, out of which, a $5 million payment had been received last year. The federal funds are expected to continue providing short term relief and stability with the territory still struggling with a potential economic disaster. A week earlier, a draft economic development strategy released by the American Samoa Commerce Department called for diversification of the economy...

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US Territories’ May 20-26, 2019 news week in tweets

Vieques to Have Hospital for First Time Since Hurricane Maria Great news. Vieques, Puerto Rico is going to get a new hospital paid for by the federal govt. There’s only 1 on the island.Hurricane Maria badly damaged the last one.FEMA took a year & a half to determine more than 50% of the damage was in fact caused by Maria – & now this 👇🏻 — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) May 24, 2019 FEMA has agreed to rebuild the hospital on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. The island has been without a hospital since Hurricane Maria. Senate Passes...

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Carnival season kicks off in the US Virgin Islands

Carnival season is officially underway in the United States Virgin Islands. The St. Thomas Carnival, the first of three occuring on the territories three main islands, began back in early April and concluded with a jam-packed week of events, games, and music in early May. Carnival celebrations within the Caribbean date back several hundred years. The Europeans who colonized territories like the US Virgin Islands, brought with them their own kinds of Carnival celebrations and traditions. As the plantation industry began to take root on the US Virgin Islands, the slaves shipped over from Africa brought with them their...

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US Territories’ May 13-19, 2019 news week in tweets

Businessman and Philanthropist Orlando Bravo is Donating $100 Million to Help Puerto Rico Businessman and philanthropist Orlando Bravo is donating $100 million to help Puerto Rico 🙏🏼🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷 — Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 (@PuertoRicoPUR) May 18, 2019 Businessman and philanthropist Orlando Bravo is donating $100 million to help fund humanitarian efforts in Puerto Rico. Bravo grew up in Puerto Rico and looks to bolster the territory’s economy and tackle income inequality. The Puerto Rican Island of Vieques Still Remains Without a Hospital "Members of Congress reference the case of a 64-year-old cancer patient who waited 32 straight hours…to ensure she...

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What to do this week of May 19, 2019

129 weeks down, 76 weeks to the presidential election. The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and respect. To stay engaged through challenging times, we practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration. I value democracy. With respect and collaboration, we work to create a nation that welcomes all people, expands freedoms, and upholds the Constitution. ▢ Action 1: Support voter participation and oppose voter purges. [h/t Indivisible] Action A: If you live in AR, GA, ID, IN, KS, ME, MS, NC, NE, NH, OK, SD, TN, your state uses Crosscheck exclusively. Call: Your state-level voting official (look up). Script: I am a...

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