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San Juan Mayor: Puerto Ricans Have Not Received Their 600 Stimulus Check From The Trump Administration

American citizens are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government has passed emergency legislation that guaranteed $ 600 stimulus check for Puerto Rico to eligible American citizens. However, eligible Puerto Rican residents have not received their payments.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz is calling on the Trump administration to distribute stimulus checks to the island.

Mayor Cruz told MSNBC that the federal government has yet to deliver any of the $1,200 stimulus checks to the eligible island residents. Puerto Ricans are American citizens at birth and are entitled to the same stimulus checks as those who live on the mainland.

Cruz claims that the issue is not getting the help that they need but that the help is just not arriving. The help is there but it is going to the higher level of government, according to Cruz, and not reaching the people that need it most.

People are praising Cruz for speaking up and highlighting the issues impacting Puerto Rican residents.

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“No one in Puerto Rico has received the $1,200 from the federal government,” Cruz says. “We’re having trouble with our local $500 that the governor said was going to be distributed. There are more than 130,000 unemployment requests that have not been filled. The same thing with people getting food stamps, new requests for people getting food stamps.”

Some people are comparing Trump’s handling of Puerto Rico during his presidency to the latest COVID news.

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The Trump administration first faced criticism over their handling of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017. The hurricane devastates the island and the federal government was slow to respond. The moment in American history showed President Trump visiting the Caribbean island and tossing paper towels to people in a crowd.

The structure of government handling U.S. territories has added to the delay in paying Puerto Rican residents.

According to the IRS, there are special rules for people living in Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. It is up to the tax authority of those territories to release payments to eligible people. The IRS is telling people in those territories to reach out to their local tax authorities with questions about their federal stimulus checks.

Payments to some Puerto Ricans was guaranteed by Francisco Parés, Secretary at the Puerto Rico Treasury Department, according to News Is My Business. Yet, despite that promise, Americans who call Puerto Rico home are still waiting to get their deserved stimulus checks.

READ: After Blaming Puerto Rico’s Infrastructure And Economy, Trump Says Hurricane Aid Can’t Last ‘Forever’

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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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