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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Puerto Rico: A massive blackout hit hurricane-ravaged island of Puerto Rico on April 18. The outage affected all of the islands 3.3 millions residents, just days after a previous blackout cut power to about 870,000 people. In statement, Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., who is of Puerto Rican descent, said this latest power outage only displays a lack of progress in the island’s recovery, and immediate action is needed. Comment

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Puerto Rico: It’s getting back to business in Puerto Rico! The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) is heralding new milestones on the island as part of the recovery effort post-Hurricane Maria. With cruise ships making their return to San Juan in November of last year, and also hosting one of the largest travel seminars, the agency expects to see over a million tourists, said a spokeswoman. Comments (2)

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

On a mission: Local doctor provides care to Puerto Rican island

Puerto Rico: A helping hand from the mainland. After Hurricane Maria the small and distant island of Vieques, which is just north of Puerto Rico, saw widespread destruction and its residents were left to fend for themselves. But a local Bay Ridge doctor went there last weekend to provide medical assistance to thousands of the island’s residents. Doctor Kirill Alekseyev from Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, traveled with three of his fellow doctors on a medical mission to service people in need of care and the needs were dire, he said. Comment

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

Puerto Rican rescue dogs debut in Puppy Bowl

Puerto Rico: Two rescued Puerto Rican puppies played in the annual Puppy Bowl on Feb. 4. The yearly Superbowl-inspired game gets dozens of young pups to play a game of football in honor of the sporting event. The now adopted dogs, who go by Maddox and Murphy, were born in the care of The Sato Project — a Puerto-Rico based animal rescue group and flown to the U.S. shortly after Hurricane Maria. Comments (1)

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