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Author: Zeila Hobson

US Territories’ February 25 – March 4, 2018 news week in tweets

Another Major Blackout Plagues Puerto Rico A rolling blackout hit San Juan and the surrounding areas, a chunk of the islands that houses 970,000 people, after two of the main power plants shut down on March 1. The power company, one Governor Ricardo Rosselló plans to privatize in 18 months, is $9 billion in debt and working with an outdated electrical infrastructure and struggling to maintain operations. Overall, 15% of Puerto Rico remains without power, though officials claim all power should be restored by May of this year.   Alcohol Based Traffic Crimes In Guam Three people...

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US Territories’ February 19-25, 2018 news week in tweets

US Territories Leading Switch to Solar Energy US territories like #AmericanSamoa and #PuertoRico are leading in the push towards solar energy. — Pasquines (@Pasquines_US) February 22, 2018 Solar Power is essential to the US Territories rebuilding after the natural disasters of the past 9 months. Puerto Rico in particular is dedicated to expanding the solar grid across the islands. Technology powerhouse Tesla has called Puerto Rico an area of opportunity to expand solar and Governor Ricardo Rosselló supports the expansion of solar and other renewable energy sources across the territory. Guam officials have implemented 17 projects related...

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US Territories’ February 12-18, 2018 political week in tweets

Tropical Storm Gita Devastates American Samoa American Samoa in state of disaster after strong tropical cyclone #HNN — Hawaii News Now (@HawaiiNewsNow) February 11, 2018 The American Samoa islands were struck by Tropical Cyclone Gita last weekend, leaving the island in a state of emergency. Flooded roads and power outages across the islands led to mass evacuations. No deaths have been reported, but 30 people were injured when Gita moved on to Tonga. Clowns Give Puerto Rican Children A Reason to Smile "Professional clowns — many from the contiguous United States — performed at a public plaza in...

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US Territories’ February 5-11, 2018 political week in tweets

FEMA Contracts Produce Less Meals for Puerto Rico than Promised FEMA Contract Called for 30 Million Meals for Puerto Ricans. 50,000 Were Delivered. — Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 (@PuertoRicoPUR) February 6, 2018 Post-Maria, Puerto Rico has relied heavily on aid dispatched by FEMA. FEMA contracted meals from Tribute Contracting LLC, a company with no background in large-scale disaster relief and a history of cancelled contracts, awarding the company $156 million to fill millions of orders. Tribute subcontracted a couple of businesses, but only delivered 50,000 meals by the time 18.5 million meals were expected in Puerto Rico. Tribute’s meals...

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US Territories’ January 29-February 4, 2018 political week in tweets

Officials Struggle to Estimate the Extent of Puerto Rico Exodus ‘We Made It Up’: Trying in Vain to Count the Puerto Rico Exodus | Bloomberg — Jose Rodriguez-Suarez (@JRSwrites) January 30, 2018 An accurate depiction of Puerto Rico’s population “underpins everything” from how much electricity needs to be generated and how many teachers are needed, to how much of the territory’s $74 billion debt is repaid. Investors seek solid numbers in reference to the population of the islands as government officials and academics theorize the magnitude of the exodus post-Maria. Puerto Rico’s “Shadow Delegation” Released to Hunt Statehood...

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