US Territories’ July 8-14, 2019 news week in tweets
Ricardo Rossello is Refusing to Resign Amid Scandal
BREAKING: Puerto Rico’s Governor @ricardorossello is refusing to resign amid public pressure that he should, all while he is dismissing members of his cabinet and staff over scandalous text messages, many of which, the Governor himself was engaged in sending.
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) July 13, 2019
Amid a growing scandal of corruption in Puerto Rico, Governor Ricardo Rosselló refuses to resign. Scandalous text messages emerging from Rosselló have only heighted the public pressure for his resignation.
Jeffery Epstein Attempted to Use US Virgin Islands Property to Avoid Checks by NYPD
“NYPD maintains that Epstein…wasn’t required to check in with New York cops because he claims his primary residence is a private island, Little St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.
But State Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz considered and rejected that very argument” in 2011 https://t.co/8p9apxn6s9
— erica orden (@eorden) July 11, 2019
Convicted sexual predator, Jeffery Epstein, tried to use his private residence in the US Virgin Islands to avoid checks from NYPD. Epstein has come back into the spotlight due to new sex trafficking charges. His legal defense’s use of his US Virgin Islands property highlights the complexities of the territory’s relationship with the mainland.
Scientists Spot Sixgill Sharks in the Santa Rosa Reef South of Guam
Sixgill shark seen while exploring Santa Rosa Reef, south of Guam!
Juveniles will swim near the shoreline in search of food, sometimes in water as shallow as 12 m, but adults typically stay at depths greater than 100 m.
📽️NOAA#deepsea #MarineLife #sharks pic.twitter.com/dlcojz4NjB
— Deep Sea (@DeepSeaImage) July 11, 2019
Scientist spot sixgill sharks in the Santa Rosa reef south of Guam. The shark species is listed as near threatened, and the spotting sparks hope that their populations will be able to rebound in waters around Guam.
American Samoa Women’s Beach Volleyball Look to Defend Their 2015 Gold Medal in the Pacific Games
American Samoa women won gold in Port Moresby 2015 XV Pacific Games but have brought a new pair for this competition. Deveney Pula, 28 and Litara Keil, 26. https://t.co/99oj3iahq4
— Samoa Observer (@samoa_observer) July 10, 2019
American Samoa will trot out a new women’s beach volleyball duo in defence of their 2015 gold medal in the Pacific games. Deveney Pula and Litara Keil have started pool play with victories over the Solomon Islands and Australia as they begin the playoffs.
New Acting Labor Secretary Lobbied for SweatShops in the Northern Mariana Islands
BTW, your new “acting” Labor Secretary Pizzella once lobbied with Jack Abramoff to get sweatshops developed on the Northern Mariana Islands (A US Territory) so clothing companies could pay sweatshop wages under the guise of “Made in the USA” labels. #AnotherFoxInAnotherHenhouse https://t.co/JSPV9fX0y5
— OmeyDaHomey (@OmeyDaHomey) July 12, 2019
Patrick Pizzella, the new Labor Secretary for the Trump administration, lobbied for sweatshops in the Northern Mariana Islands in the mid 1990’s. The intended hope was to be able to make products at sweatshop prices, but still being able to place “Made in the USA” on the merchandise.