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Majority of children in Puerto Rico live in poverty

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SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – For every 10 children in Puerto Rico, at least six of those are living in poverty, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

A staggering 58% of children in Puerto Rico are living in poverty, according to the study.

It’s not only children living in Puerto Rico who find themselves in poverty. Puerto Rican children living in the U.S. mainland are living at an alarming rate of 48% in poverty, according to the most recent Pew Research findings from 2015.

The median household income for families in Puerto Rico is $18,626 versus $51,939 for families in the U.S.


“As someone who was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is acutely aware of the poverty on the island, I understand that Puerto Rico’s economic crisis is also a child poverty crisis,” said Bianca Faccio of ChildTrends.org.

Other children in the U.S. live at a 22% poverty rate. This is less than half of Puerto Rican children living in the island.

“Puerto Rico’s poverty rate is startlingly higher than that of any U.S. state,” said Faccio. The way in which Puerto Rico deals with the financial situation will impact their lives.

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“Trapped in an economic downward spiral, the tax base has eroded amid massive out-migration to the U.S. mainland. U.S. Census Bureau data show that 144,000 more people migrated to the mainland than those who moved to Puerto Rico from the mainland between mid-2010 to 2013,” said Faccio.

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“The disadvantages associated with child poverty can affect children throughout the lifespan. It is well documented that children who experience poverty are at a higher risk for many negative outcomes: poor health, lower school performance, delinquent behavior, unemployment, and dependence on public assistance,” said Faccio.

Puerto Rican children represent the second largest group of U.S. Latinos.

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Puerto Rico is Open for Tourists

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Travelocity® and Expedia Media Solutions®, in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, are ramping up efforts to help shift public perception of the situation in Puerto Rico, this week.

Puerto Rico has always been a popular destination for travelers, as well as a fantastic, long-term partner, and we jumped at the chance to work with Travelocity to support the Puerto Rico Tourism Company,” said Wendy Olson Killion, global senior director for Expedia Media Solutions. “The collaborative campaign will ensure new and repeat visitors know Puerto Rico is again open for tourism, and that tourism will positively impact the island’s economy and contribute to recovery efforts.”

Approximately 68,000 locals are employed in the tourism sector, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. With this importance to the economy, the simple and enjoyable act of visiting Puerto Rico can make a huge difference. For more information on the Island, travelers can also visit SeePuertoRico.com.

“We are thrilled to have our Travelocity and Expedia partners join in spreading the word that the Island is, in fact, open for tourism,” said Carla Campos, acting executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “It is with pride and hospitality, traits that characterize our people, that we welcome visitors with open arms, because coming to visit us is the best way to support us right now.”

The campaign, which was donated on behalf of Travelocity and Expedia Media Solutions, includes on site advertising placements, a dedicated page highlighting the hotels and resorts that are open for business in Puerto Rico, and useful content about the country on the Travelocity “Inspire” blog.

Travelocity is offering $150 off a $1500 package booking with code CARIBNOW from now until February 6th, 2018 for travel between now and September 16th, 2018. For full terms and conditions visit http://travelocity.us/PuertoRico.

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Rosselló Asks Police Officers to Return to Work

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló asked members of the Puerto Rico Police Department to return to work, Jan. 8.

The massive absenteeism of police officers has been largely attributed to the lack of overtime pay in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but some say it goes back even further.

“I ask of any partner of the uniformed force that is not attending [work]at this moment – I ask of them to return,” said Rosselló. It’s not just about giving a message about a series of initiatives, but it’s a matter of safety for our people.

Rosselló is currently evaluating how police officers that missed work, will be reprimanded.

“We’re establishing which administrative measures will take place,” said Rosselló. There’s a lot of information that needs to be gathered.

At times, approximately 8,000 police officers have missed worked, out of about 14,000 islandwide.

Police union representatives have said that police officers are using their sick and holiday time available.

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Watch Carmen Yulín Suck Up a Load of Bribe Cash

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Here we go again. Another Carmen Yulín appearance on The Simpsons.

Spoiler alert: Donald Trump tries to bribe Robert Mueller with a room full of cash. Mueller leaves.

Then Carmen Yulín walks into the room dressed as a housemaid before revealing her usual “comandante de la revolución” outfit.

Yulín then pulls out a vacuum cleaner to suck up the loads of American cold-hard-cash bribe money.

Mueller Meets Trump, Season 29

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