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By Jessica Resnick-Ault, U.S. News & World Report NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin removing mega-generators providing backup power at Puerto Rico’s power plants as soon as next week, as the plants are deemed stable, leaving the island vulnerable to power disruptions during hurricane season. Puerto Rico has… read more

By Lea Lane, Forbes When I visited Puerto Rico before it was devastated from Hurricane Maria last year, despite some economic problems, historic Old San Juan looked pretty as ever, cruise ships were docking, and the countryside was lush and green. The industry was hopeful that things would improve. But then, Maria. And the island… read more

By, Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, PBS UTUADO, Puerto Rico — Carmen Rodríguez Santiago counts herself lucky to have any water service at home. But eight months after Hurricane Maria, the 52-year-old security guard said the faucets in her cream-and-pink-colored house still run dry every two to three days, and the water, when it returns, is flecked… read more

By Lydia Belanger, Entrepreneur Puerto Rico was struggling long before Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017. The Puerto Rican government had been looking for potential solutions toward economic recovery, and it had turned to Chile with the goal of emulating its successful government-funded accelerator, Startup Chile. Sebastian Vidal was a member of the… read more

By Caroline Simon, USA TODAY Before Hurricane Maria whipped through Puerto Rico last September, the Humacao Nature Reserve was a popular tourist attraction. Located on the island’s southeastern coast, the reserve was a picturesque place where visitors could hike, bird-watch, fish or kayak. But the Category 4 storm left the reserve’s trails severely damaged, and… read more

By Rachel England, Engadget Puerto Rico suffered the worst natural disaster in its history in September last year, when Hurricane Maria tore through the island, causing devastation that’s still affecting its inhabitants. But it remains one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, and Airbnb wants to help it back on its feet with… read more

By Andrés L. Cordóva, The Hill A recent report concludes that the factors that contributed to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis were inadequate management and oversight practices by the government. This included poor policy decisions by government leaders with regards to public debt financing and public pension funding, and a prolonged economic contraction, which has cut… read more

By Jonathan Levin and Yalixa Rivera, Bloomberg If Adalberto Perez’s five children are to thrive in storm-wracked Puerto Rico, he needs a job. His applications at restaurants where he could cook — anything from mofongo to moo goo gai pan — have gone unanswered. He spent a full day waiting on a freelance cabinet-repair gig… read more

By Polina Marinova, FORTUNE There’s an increasing number of entrepreneurs looking to put their newest product “on the blockchain” — from food delivery to social media to dating apps. One startup is doing something slightly more noble with the ledger technology — helping Puerto Rico recover after nearly eight months of power outages on the… read more

April 2, 2018 by Puerto Rico Tourism Company The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) announced today a surge in visitors across the Island over the Easter and Passover holidays and Spring Break. From the island of Culebra off the northeast coast to the southwest region of Cabo Rojo, small family-owned inns to major hotels throughout the… read more

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