How Ozuna Became YouTube’s Most-Watched Artist of 2018 – And Why He’s Drawing More Attention Now


OZUNA, the Dominican-Puerto Rican singer … ‘Known in Latin America as “el negrito de los ojos claros” – the black guy with light eyes — Ozuna is one of music’s biggest global stars.’

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A report by Eduardo Cepeda for Billboard.

Ozuna wanted to take his yacht out today. But the sunny Puerto Rican skies clouded over, and the 26-year-old urbano star was needed for sound check at San Juan’s Coliseo de Puerto Rico. Tonight, he’ll perform at the country’s biggest arena as part of a show hosted by local comedian/radio personality Molusco. And while he won’t get to hit the water today, Ozuna couldn’t be more hyped: He’s a ball of energy from the moment he arrives.

Jumping out of his truck, he introduces himself to me — and within seconds launches into how excited he is to finish his third studio album. “This is the first time I get to record at home,” he tells me of Nibiru, which will arrive in the third quarter. “I’ve gotten used to recording in hotel rooms, on laptops. … It’s nice to finally be able…

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A secret place that houses treasures of Puerto Rican art and culture


PUERTO RICO … ‘“El lugar secreto que alberga los tesoros del arte y la cultura puertorriqueña” … The secret place that houses treasures of Puerto Rican art and culture.’

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arteIn “El lugar secreto que alberga los tesoros del arte y la cultura puertorriqueña” [The secret place that houses treasures of Puerto Rican art and culture], Aixa Sepúlveda (NotiCel) writes about the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture’s Visual Arts Program and their Art Collections Depot of the Unit [El Depósito de Arte de Unidad de Colecciones]. Many thanks to Peter Jordens for sharing the links shown below; see links to read the original, full article and watch video.

Four rooms with high ceilings, whose doors face each other, shelter more than 60,000 works by great Puerto Rican artists, documenting the history of our country. It is a history told through paintings, carvings, sculptures, drawings, military effects, furniture, and textiles, just to mention a few.

The Art Depot of the Collections Unit [El Depósito de Arte de Unidad de Colecciones], part of the Visual Arts program of the…

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Puerto Rico lost nearly 4% of its population after Hurricane Maria, data show


The effects of Hurricane María … still felt! …. ‘New Census Bureau data show Puerto Rico lost nearly 4% of its population after Hurricane Maria – the greatest population drop in the recorded history of the island, according to one demographer.’

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A report from the Associated Press.

New Census Bureau data show Puerto Rico lost nearly 4% of its population after Hurricane Maria — the greatest population drop in the recorded history of the island, according to one demographer.

Data released Thursday show the U.S. territory’s population dropped by 129,848 people between July 2017 and July 2018. The hurricane struck in September 2017. The population loss was due to both deaths and people moving away, although emigration accounted for most of the drop. The heaviest population drops occurred in metropolitan areas such as the capital of San Juan, the city of Ponce and surrounding areas.

“It’s the largest population drop seen in a single year ever registered in Puerto Rico,” demographer Raúl Figueroa said.

The census numbers show there were 6,449 more deaths than births during the 12 months reviewed, a normal figure, even though there were several thousand more deaths…

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This New Mountain Retreat in Puerto Rico Hosts Pop-up Dinners With Some of the Island’s Best Chefs


PUERTO RICO … my country! It’s beautiful … ‘Deep in the lush mountains of Cayey, in the central-southeast of the island, there is a farm lodge called El Pretexto. Its name fittingly translates to “the excuse” – as in, a darned good reason to swap the swimsuit for some hiking boots.’

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A report by Kathleen Squires for Travel and Leisure.

When people picture a Puerto Rico vacation, they’re probably imagining themselves on a sun-drenched beach in San Juan. But a new mountain getaway, just an hour from the sand and the city, will have visitors craving an escape to the countryside.

Deep in the lush mountains of Cayey, in the central-southeast of the island, there is a farm lodge called El Pretexto. Its name fittingly translates to “the excuse” — as in, a darned good reason to swap the swimsuit for some hiking boots. The views alone, especially during the pastel-hued sunsets, justify at least one night’s stay.

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A chef works the grill during a pop-up dinner event.

Opened in June 2018, El Pretexto was owner Crystal Díaz’s own excuse to “get back to the countryside.” Díaz, 33, had been working in marketing and media for more than a decade when she began yearning for a lifestyle…

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Greta Thunberg Speaks Out …


Read about Greta … ‘the originator of the movement that has young people all over the world leaving their classes on Fridays to participate in protests against governments that aren’t doing their part to protect our planet. Ms. Thunberg is a courageous and caring young woman who refuses to ‘sit down and shut up’, as some wish she would do. … Yesterday, Ms. Thunberg gave a speech to the UK’s Members of Parliament, and she pulled no punches. I would like to share that speech with you today, and I really wish she would cross the pond and give that same speech to our Congress! Prime Minister Theresa May did not attend, though a seat was saved for her.’

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Back in December, one of my ‘good people’ was a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden named Greta Thunberg.  She is the originator of the movement that has young people all over the world leaving their classes on Fridays to participate in protests against governments that aren’t doing their part to protect our planet.  Ms. Thunberg is a courageous and caring young woman who refuses to ‘sit down and shut up’, as some wish she would do.

Yesterday, Ms. Thunberg gave a speech to the UK’s Members of Parliament, and she pulled no punches.  I would like to share that speech with you today, and I really wish she would cross the pond and give that same speech to our Congress!  Prime Minister Theresa May did not attend, though a seat was saved for her.


Greta-ThunbergMy name is Greta Thunberg. I am 16 years old. I come from Sweden. And…

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Things Aren’t Always As They Appear


Always making me think … Are you having a lousy day and need something to make you smile? Then today’s little story is just for you!

My Good Time Stories

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Are you having a lousy day and need something to make you smile? Then today’s little story is just for you!

Enjoy!


A woman was flying from Melbourne to Brisbane …
Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sydney.
The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board in 50 minutes.

Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind.

A man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her Seeing Eye Dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight.
He could also tell she had flown this very flight before because the pilot approached her, and calling her by name, said, ‘Kathy, we are in Sydney for almost an hour. Would you like…

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