#PuertoRico … ‘Puerto Rico imposed a curfew on Sunday and ordered most businesses shut down, imposing some of the most widespread restrictions yet seen in the United States as a growing number of jurisdictions moved to slow the spread of the coronavirus.’
Edmy Ayala, Erika P. Rodríguez, and Patricia Mazzei (The New York Times) report on Puerto Rico’s response to coronavirus. They write that, in one of the most serious U.S. crackdowns yet over Covid-19, Governor Wanda Vázquez ordered most businesses on the island to shut down from 9:00pm tonight (March 15) through March 30.
Puerto Rico imposed a curfew on Sunday and ordered most businesses shut down, imposing some of the most widespread restrictions yet seen in the United States as a growing number of jurisdictions moved to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Chiding Puerto Ricans for failing to heed warnings to stay home and observe social distancing, Gov. Wanda Vázquez signed an executive order instituting a two-week closure for the majority of businesses on the island, and a 9 p.m. overnight curfew through March 30.
The only exceptions to the closure orders are supermarkets; restaurants offering carryout or delivery…
“Faith is what brought me here, faith and perseverance,” says Lorel Cubano Santiago, as I sit across from her in a charming art gallery overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in La Perla, Puerto Rico, a historic area located outside the city wall of Old San Juan. While the neighborhood is viewed by some as ripe for real estate development, some see it as taboo. What Lorel sees is its potential to thrive.
Known for decades as being one of the most marginalized neighborhoods on the island, La Perla was established in the 19th century, providing grounds for a slaughterhouse and housing slaves that were required to live outside the city.
In “Reviving Classic Reggaeton, Bad Bunny’s New Album ‘YHLQMDLG’ Breaks Records,” Stefanie Fernández (NPR Music contributor and producer with The Atlantic) reviews Bad Bunny and his new album YHLQMDLG — Yo hago lo que me da la gana [I Do Whatever I Want]. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, making it the highest charting all-Spanish-language album in history. This NPR article reports that the record was previously held by Shakira for 2005’s Fijación Oral: Vol. 1, which reached No. 4, and was tied by Mana in 2006 with Amar es Combatir. NPR‘s Rachel Martin speaks to Fernández. For full transcript and to listen to the program, go to NPR.
On Bad Bunny’s position in music
“Bad Bunny’s real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio. He’s a 26-year-old singer and rapper from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, and he’s one of the most listened-to…
#BoricuaPride … iLe!! … ‘On “Contra Todo”, the opening track to iLe’s newest project Almadura, these disparate sounds of war find harmony beneath Ileana Cabra Joglar’s commanding voice. Having toured with her brothers in Calle 13 since she was 16 years old, Ileana’s songs reflect her experience. She sings as if she wants to teach us—yet she keeps some of her wisdom to herself.’
As Peter Jordens knows, we are fans of Puerto Rican singer iLe—Ileana Cabra. [Many thanks to him for all related links.] Here is a 14-minute audio, including two songs and an interview with Michael Crockett (KUTX 98.9 in Austin, Texas).
Synthetic bass booms like a canon while sly brass dances tauntingly between volleys. On “Contra Todo”, the opening track to iLe’s newest project Almadura, these disparate sounds of war find harmony beneath Ileana Cabra Joglar’s commanding voice. Having toured with her brothers in Calle 13 since she was 16 years old, Ileana’s songs reflect her experience. She sings as if she wants to teach us—yet she keeps some of her wisdom to herself.
Her knowledge originates from a variety of sources. In discussion with host Michael Crockett, she explains her musical diet, ranging from salsa and bolero to hip hop and jazz. This eclecticism reveals itself in her…
Red Nose Day is a campaign with the mission to end child poverty by funding programs that keep children safe, healthy, and educated. Through the power of entertainment, we bring people together to laugh and have fun, all while raising life-changing cash for the children that need it the most.
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This special holiday got its start in England in 1988, and today it’s one of the largest fundraisers in the UK. The day is sponsored by Comic Relief, a British charity that raises money for people in need in the United Kingdom and Africa. Red Nose Day happens every two years on the second or third Friday in March. In the past 30 years, the event has raised over £1 billion. The day features a telethon, TV specials, and events around the country.
Comic Relief is a biennial event which means it only takes place every other year. It used to be held annually until 2002 when Sport Relief was introduced. Now, Comic Relief falls on odd years, whilst Sport Relief happens in even years – like 2018
Red Nose Day is a campaign to end child poverty, one nose at a time. Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises money and awareness to keep children who need our help the most stay safe, healthy and educated in America and around the world.
IN AMERICA NEARLY 20% OF CHILDREN
live in families with an income below the federal poverty threshold and nearly twice that number live in homes that struggle to put food on the table.