US Territories’ April 29-May 5, 2019 news week in tweets
National Resources Committee Looks to Change Puerto Rico’s Debt Cutting Tactics
Austerity does not lead to growth, only further economic misery. The @FOMBPR must pursue debt cancellation more aggressively and put the people of Puerto Rico first instead of private equity vultures trying to profit from the crisis. #ListenToPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/9yH3kqTnzU
— Natural Resources Committee (@NRDems) May 3, 2019
Puerto Rico’s debt cutting tactics have seen massive cuts to spending. The House National Resources Committee held a hearing to attempt to have Puerto Rico change course by easing the cuts in spending. They argue that the cuts will only worsen Puerto Rico’s economic future; making paying off their debt more difficult.
Elizabeth Warren Makes Puerto Rico a Part of her Campaign Platform
Puerto Rico shows us a clear example of how well the federal government works for Wall Street and how poorly it works for everyone else. I believe we should fight back—and treat Puerto Rico with respect. pic.twitter.com/qHdQuFEgDX
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 2, 2019
Elizabeth Warren makes Puerto Rico a campaign topic by listing the ways the current White House has undermined the territory. As Warren pushes for the 2020 Democratic Nomination, Puerto Rico could become a key issue that national politics will have to take into account.
The Mysterious Decline of Zika Virus in US Territories
How Zika in the US went from > 36,000 cases in 2016 to < 200 in 2018 is still a mystery. The few cases now in Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands. Dengue is now a bigger problem. pic.twitter.com/uUTPFQcifT
— Carlos del Rio (@CarlosdelRio7) May 4, 2019
The decline in Zika cases in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and American Samoa since 2016 remains a mystery. The number of cases went from over 36,000 to 116 from 2016 to 2018. Dengue fever is now a larger health concern for the territories.
Governor Albert Bryan Jr. declares May, in US Virgin Islands, as Older Americans Month
Governor Albert Bryan Jr. signed a proclamation this week declaring May in the Territory as Older Americans Month. Counties around the nation also recognize May as Older Americans… https://t.co/0o4CFD4p1v
— USVI Dept of Health (@USVIDOH) May 2, 2019
Governor Albert Bryan Jr. declares May in US Virgin Islands as Older Americans Month. The territory joins many US states in honoring older americans for their contributions to society.
Unearthing Guam’s Ancient History
excavating at one of the caves of Ritidian site, Guam, same location in 2009 versus 2015 …#archaeology #Guam
complete archaeology book FREE online as PDF …https://t.co/Y10Qmn10cW pic.twitter.com/44hV2MS49z
— Archaeology Studio (@archaeostudio) May 3, 2019
A light has been shown on Guam’s ancient history by archaeologist who unearthed new findings about the island’s earliest inhabitants. The Ritidian site explores how people as far back as 1,500 BC lived and migrated to the remote Pacific Island.
Super Typhoon Yutu has put The Northern Mariana Islands in a Cash Crunch
After Supertyphoon, Northern Mariana Islands Faces a Cash Crunchhttps://t.co/TPKlBnhSpD#USTerritories
— Sparta Report (@spartareport) April 29, 2019
Super Typhoon Yutu rampaged through the Northern Mariana Islands with the media largely not covering the events and aftermath. The territory now finds itself in a cash crunch as it has fallen short of its revenue projection in the first two quarters of 2019.
New Dengue Fever Vaccine Approved for use in US Territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and American Samoa
“#Dengue is endemic in the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands” https://t.co/O2NgdjN3D2
— Amesh Adalja (@AmeshAA) May 3, 2019
A new Dengue fever vaccine has been approved for use on 9 to 16 year olds by the FDA for use in the US Virgin Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa. Dengue, an epidemic virus in the territories, is once again of chief public health concern for the territories that it afflicts.
The Green Sea Turtle’s bounceback in Samoa and Northern Mariana Islands
"The survey shows that around the Hawaiian islands, the turtles have increased about 8 percent per year, and around American Samoa and the Mariana Islands, they’ve increased around 4 percent per year."
.#seaturtle #education #awareness… https://t.co/8n41V2SD9I
— Save the Sea Turtle (@savetheseaturtl) April 30, 2019
The Green Sea Turtle population has grown about 4% per year, between 2002-2015, in American Samoa and Northern Mariana Islands a new study finds.
American Samoa Takes New Approach to Control Myna Birds
American Samoa takes new approach to control myna birds https://t.co/D6TtMnkcZJ pic.twitter.com/TecNX0ifIF
— Island Life Magazine (@Islandlifenews) April 30, 2019
American Samoa has taken a new approach to control the population of Myrna birds. Before trapping and controlling the population of Myna birds was haphazardous. Now with a more systematic approach the territory hopes to be more efficient at curbing the bird’s numbers.