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A Zara In Puerto Rico Is Trashed After Customers Are Asked To Put On Masks

Cities across the country – across the globe! – have mandated that masks or other face coverings be used when in public spaces. Yet some people still don’t seem to understand their importance.

Even though experts agree that masks can help reduce the spread of Coronavirus, many still refuse to wear them. Some even protest against their use by declaring they infringe upon their freedoms and liberty.

We’ve all seen instances across the country of Americans – particularly Karens – refusing to wear a mask when inside a Walmart, Costco, Starbucks, etc. Now, that insanity has spread to Puerto Rico where a group of shoppers trashed a ara store after ex players asked them to put on a mask.

Police reported that three women damaged thousands of dollars in merchandise after being asked to put on masks.

Inside a Zara store at San Juan’s Mall of San Juan, in Puerto Rico’s capital, a group of women damaged clothing and furniture after being asked to use face masks. The store’s staff had asked the customers to protect themselves and others in the store by putting on masks – as is required by local authorities.

Instead, the women proceeded to rip clothes off the racks, kick in furniture, and knock over displays. The incident was caught on security footage and it’s intense.

Preliminary police reports estimate that the group caused upwards of $2,000 in damage. Police are investigating the incident as an act of vandalism and the women could face serious charges.

In Puerto Rico, masks are required when in public spaces as the island struggles to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.

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As of July 17, Puerto Rico has recorded more than 11,000 cases of Covid-19 and 177 deaths attributed to the disease. But the island’s residents are at an increase risk of complications because the island suffers from an inadequate medical care system and an aging population.

To help combat the pandemic, the island has required the use of masks when in public spaces – but as this story shows, not everyone is following the rules.

Aside from mandating masks in public spaces, the territroy’s governor, Wanda Vaseqz, has said that the responsibility for stopping the contagion rests with the citizens and not with her government.

Meanwhile, Zara’s retail business is suffering a major setback thanks to the pandemic.

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Zara owner Inditex said it will close 1,000-1,200 stores worldwide over two years and focus on digital growth. The fast-fashion giant’s sales are down 44% from last year. The company currently operates over 7,400 stores and says it will reassign employees to avoid layoffs.

In the United States alone, the economic impacts of the pandemic continue to wreak havoc. More than 20 million Americans have filed for some form of unemployment since the beginning of the health crisis. And to complicate things, many of the measures passed by Congress at the beginning of the outbreak are set to expire at the end of the month. From temporary rent and mortgage freezes to enhanced unemployment benefits, these programs have been a lifeline to at-risk communities and now, without new Congressional action, they’ll be eliminated.

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As The U.S. Expands Vaccine Eligibility Here’s What You Need To Know

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As The U.S. Expands Vaccine Eligibility Here’s What You Need To Know

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Starting today, everyone 16 and older can get in line for the Coronavirus vaccine. This is a huge milestone that has been months in the making after a very ambitious plan by the Biden administration.

But with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine still on pause, many have been wondering what the vaccine program will look like – especially since nearly everyone is now eligible to receive a shot in the arm.

As of Monday, anyone 16 and over is technically eligible to receive the Coronavirus vaccine.

On Monday, every state in the U.S. expanded its vaccine eligibility to include all adults over the age of 16, meeting President Biden’s deadline which he established two weeks ago.

The country is now administering 3.2 million doses a day on average, and half of all adults have now received at least one dose. Additionally, 84.3 million people have now been fully vaccinated against the disease. These are truly encouraging figures in the fight against the pandemic but a lot of uncertainty remains.

Ok but can I get a shot?

Technically, yes, anyone over the age of 16 is now eligible for the vaccine but your access to it really varies from state to state.

Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, D.C., were the last to open up eligibility on Monday, after other states expanded access to the general public over the past month.

If the country’s present vaccination rate continues, 70% of the total U.S. population could be vaccinated by June 17 and 90% by July 25, the New York Times has projected. That timeline will likely depend on what happens with Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, however, as distribution is now paused following reports of blood clots, despite being statistically extremely rare.

So, what’s going on with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

On Sunday, the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said that he believed the pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will likely be lifted on Friday. During interviews on talk shows, Fauci stated that he expected federal health officials to decide on the vaccine’s future by the end of the week and that he did not anticipate the vaccine being permanently banned.

One alternative to banning is to limit who is able to receive the one dose shot, perhaps limiting it to males over the age of 50. This is how Europe adjusted its strategy following similar blood clotting issues with the Astra Zeneca vaccine, which was created using similar methods.

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Rising Star Chesca Talks Career Beginnings, Being a Latina in the Music Industry, Performing at Jimmy Kimmel and More

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Rising Star Chesca Talks Career Beginnings, Being a Latina in the Music Industry, Performing at Jimmy Kimmel and More

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Welcome to Spotlight, where we do a deep dive into the careers of artists, producers, songwriters, and more people making an impact in the Latin music industry.

Puerto Rican singer Chesca is the definition of a hustler. She started as the vocalist for her dad’s cover band in Puerto Rico and became her own manager booking shows in places like China and Greece. The world is hers for the taking and she is going for it.

Chesca is ready for global stardom and she’s taking it one step at a time.

During our interview here at Latido Music by mitú, Chesca opened up about how a tragic accident at 11 years old changed her life, how music literally saved her, and the sacrifices she’s had to make to be where she is today.

Watch the full interview below:

Chesca is aware that being a Latina in the music industry isn’t easy but feels compelled to share her story and everything she’s had to do to get here. She would pretend to be her own manager and publicist at the beginning of her career. Chesca would book herself shows around the world where she would get to perform her own original songs. One of her songs actually got picked up by the radio in China, which is a market not many Latin stars even imagine entering, especially not when they’re just starting their careers.

“With everything that I’ve been through, I have a voice, and I have a story to tell that can motivate so many young women, that’s what keeps me going,” Chesca says.

While she had some success performing in English, she felt that she needed to go back to her roots and start doing music in Spanish. The stars aligned, and Chesca was signed by Saban Music Group, and currently has some high-profile collaborations under her belt. She’s behind the viral hit like “Te Quiero Baby (I Love You Baby),” which blew up on TikTok and led her to perform at the Latin Billboards last year with Pitbull.

Chesca most recently performed at the 2021 Latin AMAs red carpet and received a nomination for Best New Latin Artist at the 2021 iHeart Radio Music Awards.

After our conversation with Chesca, it’s clear that she’s making the right moves at the right time to make a name for herself in the industry, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for her career.

READ: Ivy Queen, Goyo, and Chesca to Headline Urban Divas United Concert in April

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