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Month: July 2019

US Territories’ July 22-28, 2019 news week in tweets

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló to Resign  After weeks of protest in San Juan Governor Ricardo Rosselló is set to resign in the coming weeks. Investigations into corruption by the FBI and a leak of private messages between Rosselló and his cabinet tipped the people of Puerto Rico to mass demonstrations demanding his resignation.  Cloud of Uncertainty and Suspicion Shrouds Puerto Rico’s Governor to be Wanda Vazquez  Due to the resignation of Puerto Rico’s Governor Riccardo Rossello and others in his administration, Puerto Rico’s new Governor will be Wanda Vazquez. There is a cloud of uncertainty over...

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Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner González-Colón calls for designation of a federal coordinator

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón (NPP, R) asked President Donald Trump (R) to designate a federal coordinator as a result of the situation that the islands of Puerto Rico are facing today, as well as, the importance of the federal funds and the protection of the American citizens’ lives and property. González-Colón has been in conversations with the White House for the designation of a federal coordinator as an option to expedite the disbursement of multi-million-dollar allocations for post-Hurricane Maria recovery. In February, the resident commissioner met with the White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, with...

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Governor Ricardo Rosselló resigns

After nearly 12 straight days of protests demanding his resignation, the Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló (NPP, D), has announced his resignation effective August 2. With his resignation, Secretary of Justice Wanda Vazquez Garced is next in line for the governorship of the United States territory, presumably becoming the second woman to do so. This is the first time in Puerto Rico’s modern history that a governor resigns. The resignation comes on the same day the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico was set to begin the impeachment process, after a panel of jurists appointed by House Speaker...

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US Virgin Islands move forward with integration of fire and emergency medical services

The US Virgin Islands Department of Health, Virgin Islands Fire Service and the Office of the Governor are moving forward with plans to integrate the Department of Health’s (DOH) Emergency Medical Service (EMS) with the Virgin Islands Fire Service to form the Virgin Islands Fire and Emergency Medical Service (VIFEMS). The integration project team led by the Office of the Governor and spearheaded by the governor’s public policy advisor Marise James, convened a meeting July 19 to continue work on key components of the integration plan. “I have assembled a team of cabinet members and policy advisors to assist...

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US Territories’ July 15-21, 2019 news week in tweets

Protests in Puerto Rico Continue The crowd seems to be growing in front of the Puerto Rico Governors mansions. Every day. Every night. This has been going on for nearly 2 weeks. 99% of it has been peaceful. — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) July 20, 2019 Amid the ongoing corruption investigation in Puerto Rico, protesters have taken to the streets to demand that Governor Ricardo Rosselló resign. Bomba and Plena Folk Music in Puerto Rico 💃🏽 "Bombazo" demanding #RickyRenuncia: Bomba y Plena is Puerto Rico's folk music Performers dancing to Puerto Rican folk music styles bomba and plena.

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