US Territories’ April 29-May 5, 2019 news week in tweets

by | May 6, 2019 | News Week in Tweets | Comments

National Resources Committee Looks to Change Puerto Rico’s Debt Cutting Tactics

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

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

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. 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

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

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

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 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 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.