US Territories’ November 11-17, 2019 news week in tweets
Report Finds that Police in Puerto Rico Have Failed to Investigate Many Femicides
The new report on femicides is likely to fuel Puerto Rico’s women’s rights movement, which has demanded that the government issue a declaration of emergency regarding gender-based violence in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria. https://t.co/RlBz5aaTaM
— The Intercept (@theintercept) November 17, 2019
A new report has found that between 2014 and 2018, Puerto Rico’s Police Bureau undercounted murders of women by 11 to 27% each year.
Vera Clemente Has Passed Away
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Vera Clemente, the widow of the great Roberto Clemente and a cherished member of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Major League Baseball family. pic.twitter.com/ol23iJPP70
— Pirates (@Pirates) November 17, 2019
Vera Clemente, the widow of Roberto Clemente, has passed away at 78. Roberto Clemente, a MLB Hall of Famer, is a Puerto Rican hero. He passed away in 1972 in a plane accident trying to deliver supplies to Nicaragua following an earthquake.
Following Irma and Maria, US Virgin Islands Fairing Worse than Puerto Rico
Two years after hurricanes Irma and Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, PR is recovering better, whereas US Virgin Islands have suffered sustained collapse, especially in low wage tourist sector. https://t.co/dXJ9jQfoHx pic.twitter.com/SvQNRX4wzV
— Adam Tooze (@adam_tooze) November 12, 2019
Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico saw steep drop offs in employment in low-wage sectors. While, neither has fully recovered, the leisure and hospitality sector in the US Virgin Islands has been hit hardest.
US District Court Strikes Down Plebiscite Law in Guam
The U.S. District Court of Guam and the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals have struck down the plebiscite law because it excludes people who aren't natives of Guam from voting. https://t.co/GDXY8y2FcU
— Guam Daily Post (@PostGuam) November 17, 2019
The US District Court of Guam and the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals have struck down the plebiscite law because it excludes people who aren’t natives of Guam from voting.
American Samoa to Receive $1.4 Million per Month More in Food Stamp Funding
$1.4M per month in new food stamp money coming for American Samoans starting next month | American Samoa | Samoa News https://t.co/39QjeBpFGa
— Arianne Torres (@ahreeAn) November 13, 2019
American Samoa set receive an additional $1.4 million per month in food stamp funding.
Bill Introduced to Make the Sale, Trade, or Possession of Shark Fins Illegal
California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands have enacted laws, making it illegal to sell, trade, or possess shark fins https://t.co/J8tyeSOlmD
— MarkHudsonImages (@chaboparati) November 13, 2019
A bill has been introduced to make the sale, trade, or possession of shark fins illegal. The Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and other US States have already made trading in shark fins illegal.