By Laura Amico, Harvard Business Review When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, it became one of the deadliest storms ever to hit the island. Nearly 3,000 people were killed and parts of the island are still recovering, lacking access to power and clean water more than a year later. For one of Puerto Rico’s largest companies, Grupo Ferré Rangel, the… read more

By Yalixa Rivera and Michael Smith, Bloomberg Puerto Rico’s biggest brewery had a problem: Beer demand was plummeting, the population was shrinking and Hurricane Maria had shut at least 1,000 retailers and bars that poured its product. So in March, the maker of Medalla hired a distributor and started selling its cheap and ubiquitous lager… read more

By Nicole Acevedo, NBC News Puerto Rican high school student José Nolla Marrero was 15 when he asked himself a simple question. “How can I get products that were healthy but good for the environment? “ he said. In his quest to answer it, Nolla Marrero founded E-Farm, a digital platform that connects farmers across… read more

By John D. Sutter, CNN Puerto Rico (CNN)Her son cried out for help via text message on the morning of October 17, a month after Hurricane Maria wrecked this Caribbean island. “Where are you??” the 18-year-old wrote at 11:32 a.m. “Mami call me it’s important.” Cellular networks in Puerto Rico were still damaged after the… read more

By Jennifer Ryan Jones, The Manual Now more than ever, it’s time to visit Puerto Rico. The hotels are open, the beaches are breathtaking, and the food is delicioso. And no, you won’t be in the way of the ongoing effort to rebuild the island after the awful hurricane season of 2017. In fact, your… read more

By Carlo Versano, Cheddar Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island is primed for a tourism comeback, said Mark Ellwood, a contributing editor for Condé Nast Traveler. “I think it’s reassuringly much better, especially in San Juan,” Ellwood said Tuesday in an interview on Cheddar. “It’s about 90 percent there.” The… read more

By Jessica Campisi and Jaquetta White, CNN Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, officials there say power has been restored to most of the island’s residents. Of the nearly 1.4 million customers who lost electric service after the storm, just 25 remain in the dark, the island’s electric provider tweeted… read more

By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN A number of potential 2020 Democratic presidential contenders are behind a bill that would allow Puerto Rico to terminate its $73 billion in debt. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, introduced a bill Wednesday that would give the US territory a way out of its… read more

By Danica Coto, Washington Post ADJUNTAS, Puerto Rico — It was finally a night to celebrate in this village tucked into the mountains of central Puerto Rico. People pressed TV remote buttons, clicked on fans and plugged in refrigerators as electricity again flowed into homes that had been without power since two major hurricanes devastated… read more

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

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