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Month: December 2019

Puerto Rico Solar Accelerator receives funding

In Puerto Rico, new funding is being directed into developing the workforce to expand solar energy production across the territory. A $4.5 million training program for workers in the solar industry is the result of a partnership between PathStone, The Solar Foundation, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. This new funding for research opportunities in renewable energy are part of a project called the Puerto Rican Solar Business Accelerator, Workforce and Small Business Development Program. Support for this project also stems from initiative on the part of the United States Economic Development Administration, which is...

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Federal Court rules American Samoans should be granted birthright citizenship, but some American Samoans disagree

Last week the US District Court for the District of Utah made a landmark decision against the United States in favor of John Fitisemanu, an American Somoan living in Utah who wants American Samoans to be recognized as citizens upon birth. Because he was born in the unincorporated US territory of American Samoa, Fitisemanu was born a US national, not a US citizen. His US passport even makes that distinction painfully clear, reading in all caps, “THE BEARER IS A UNITED STATES NATIONAL AND NOT A UNITED STATES CITIZEN.” As a US national, John is restricted from things that...

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What to do this week of December 15, 2019

176 weeks down, 47 weeks to the presidential election. The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and respect. To stay engaged through challenging times, we practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration. I value equality. Support the dignity of your rainbow of neighbors from every religion, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, age, and ability. Action: Spread light this season. Our team nominated this list of organizations doing good work in American democracy to spread light this season. ▢ Action: Advocate for children in need of adoption and foster care. [h/t National Center for Transgender Equality] The current...

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Guam showing signs of economic strength

The recent economic outlook in Guam suggests stability in current conditions, and the possibility of future growth. At the Bank of Guam 2020 Fall Economic Forecast Forum, a number of experts convened to discuss the current state of the Guamanian economy, and what changes may take place going forward. Tourism in the territory has been taking off in recent months, as Guam received approximately 1.6 million visitors throughout 2019, which is a record. Guam Visitors Bureau Vice President Bobby Alvarez noted the changing trends in travel, as more visitors are seeking out individual travel and AirBnB accommodations, as opposed...

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FEMA pledges to expedite US Virgin Islands’ recovery through collaboration with territorial government

United States Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. (D), Office of Disaster Recovery Director Adrienne L. Williams-Octalien and Virgin Islands Emergency Management Agency Director Daryl Jaschen met with US Federal Emergency Management Agency Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor and FEMA’s US Virgin Islands Recovery Director Jacquelyn Heyliger to expedite major recovery projects in the territory tied to health, roads, power, housing, and schools. Friday’s meeting continues the ongoing discussion between Governor Bryan and Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor. In October, Governor Bryan and his senior staff met with Acting Administrator Gaynor in Washington, DC, and invited him to the territory to...

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