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Director of Puerto Rico power company resigns amid scrutiny

AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The director of Puerto Rico’s power company resigned on Friday amid ongoing blackouts and scrutiny of a contract awarded to a small Montana-based company to help rebuild the electric grid destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority said Ricardo Ramos presented his letter of resignation to the company’s board effective immediately. Ramos said in a brief video posted on Twitter Friday evening that it was a very personal decision and that it had … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Director…

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Experts: Puerto Rico May Struggle for More Than a Decade

Puerto Rico could face more than a decade of further economic stagnation and a steep drop in population as a result of Hurricane Maria, experts say. The stark estimates were presented this wee to members of a federal control board overseeing finances of a U.S. territory that is already in the 11th year of a recession. “The situation is dire to say the least, with destroyed infrastructure, lack of power and water, and an accelerated pace of migration,” economist Heidie Calero said. She estimated that the hurricane caused $115 billion…

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Director of Puerto Rico Power Company Resigns

The director of Puerto Rico’s power company has resigned amid ongoing blackouts and scrutiny of a contract awarded to a small Montana-based company to help rebuild the electric grid destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority said Ricardo Ramos presented his letter of resignation to the company’s board effective Friday. Officials said Ramos would soon provide additional information. Ramos testified before a U.S. Senate committee this week about a $300 million contract awarded to Whitefish Energy Holdings that has since been canceled. The contract is undergoing a local…

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Experts: Puerto Rico may struggle for more than a decade

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico could face more than a decade of further economic stagnation and a steep drop in population as a result of Hurricane Maria, experts said on Thursday. The stark estimates were presented to members of a federal control board overseeing finances of a U.S. territory that is already in the 11th year of a recession. “The situation is dire to say the least with destroyed infrastructure, lack of power and water and an accelerated pace of migration,” economist … Read the referenced┬ástory here:…

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Hurricane Damage To Manufacturers In Puerto Rico Affects Mainland Hospitals, Too

Enlarge this image MedStar Health clinic in Washington, D.C. An affiliated Medstar hospital is just one of many facilities throughout the U.S. that have been hit with shortages of certain medications because of recent hurricane damage to manufacturers in Puerto Rico. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, doctors and nurses are moving as many patients as they can from intravenous medications to the same drugs in pill form. If the patients are getting common antibiotics…

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With Most of Puerto Rico Still Dark, Many Residents Leaving

More than half of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is still without power, more than seven weeks after Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm, devastated the Caribbean island. The continuing lack of basic human needs is driving hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans to leave, with most of them coming to the southern U.S. state of Florida. Almost two months since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in late September, life is still challenging for most people on the island . Whole neighborhoods are still underwater and more than half…

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