US Territories’ November 4-10, 2019 news week in tweets
Protest in Puerto Rico over university system budget cuts
Now, in front of the Puerto Rico Governors mansion, college students, & even professors, are protesting budget cuts to the University of Puerto Rico system as well as possible campus closures, says @iamleyri who sent this video. They're also demanding a higher minmum wage. pic.twitter.com/dXFZjmm40Z
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 8, 2019
Puerto Ricans have assembled outside of the Governor’s mansion to protest budget cuts to the territory’s University system. The group, which is composed of students, professors, and citizens, is also demanding a higher minimum wage.
Puerto Rican Senate to vote on amending the Civil Code, which could impact LGTB rights
Wednesday in Puerto Rico the Senate will vote on an amendment to the Civil Code.
Activists say the proposed changes limit liberties.
If passed, it will:
*Open the door to conversion therapy
*Not allow transgender people to change their sex on their birth certificate pic.twitter.com/SGcaOU5oZo
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 9, 2019
The Puerto Rican Senate will vote on Wednesday over an amendment to the civil code. If passed, it is feared that it will open the door to conversion therapy. The bill would also not allow transgender people to change their sex on their birth certificate, will allow same sex couples to adopt, not include a clause stipulating the recognition of marriage regardless of sexual orientation, and limit the “causes” for divorce from 12 options to 2.
First cases of Leptospirosis in humans in US Virgin Islands after major hurricanes
Was contaminated water behind the appearance of leptospirosis in the US Virgin Islands? https://t.co/m5HbJ4eoAl
— Stone Clinical Labs (@StoneClinical) November 8, 2019
The first cases of leptospirosis in humans in the US Virgin Islands occurred following hurricanes Maria and Irma. Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection, is incredibly rare because it requires direct human contact with animal urine. However, extreme weather and natural disasters strain sanitation and public health systems making humans more vulnerable to these types of diseases.
Guam Department of Public Works to distribute 12 new school bus shelters
"The school bus shelters will be distributed based on DPW’s final needs assessment and ongoing dialogue with village mayors, relevant government officials and stakeholders…" https://t.co/guz5az0jCq
— Guam Daily Post (@PostGuam) November 10, 2019
Guam’s Department of Public Works has finished construction on 12 school bus shelters. The shelters are set to be distributed in the next two months after speaking with village mayors, stakeholders and assessing the need for the shelters.
NOAA launches newest buoy in American Samoa
— NOAA Coral Program (@NOAACoral) November 8, 2019
NOAA has launched their newest buoy that monitors ocean acidification in coral reefs in American Samoa. Acidification in ocean waters is damaging to the health of coral reefs. The new buoy will help scientists understand how acidification affects reefs, while also helping to keep the reefs of American Samoa healthy.
FBI raids Governor Ralph Torres’ office and Imperial Pacific International in Northern Mariana Islands
The FBI executed multiple search warrants Thursday on Saipan, including at the offices of Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Gov. Ralph Torres and Imperial Pacific International, Saipan’s casino operator. https://t.co/RpHLh8QbHY
— Patrick (@TrickFreee) November 10, 2019
The FBI completed simultaneous raids of Gov. Ralph Torres’ office, vehicle, and home, offices of Imperial Pacific International (IPI), a chinese owned casino operator in Saipan, a lobbyist for IPI, and the law offices of a firm run by Torres’ brother. This is not the first time the FBI has raided the IPI and its affiliates. With the scope of the raid it seems likely that the FBI believes corruption is at play.