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Business organizations unite to help raise business in Puerto Rico

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A group of organizations of the Puerto Rico business ecosystem joined forces to launch the campaign "Raise your business PR ", aimed at supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of all sectors to take the necessary actions after the impact of Hurricane Maria.

The initiative includes the collection of data on the needs of businesses around the island, guidance on the resources available to support them and how to access them, as well as efforts to identify other ways to help lift the Business sector.

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POST HURRICANE MARIA HELP FOR RESEARCHERS

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Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust, AAAS Caribbean, and Ciencia Puerto Rico offer grants initiative for students and researchers

The Caribbean Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTRT) and Ciencia Puerto Rico have launched a funding program following the emergency of Hurricanes Irma and Maria to support researchers, professors, science teachers and students through grants and financial aid.

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Puerto Rico receives federal grant to support research on health disparities

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Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Médicas

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded $19 million for the next five years to the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sci-ences Campus to continue facilitating the development of competitive research being conducted by the Center for Collaborative Research in Minority Health and Health Disparities.

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Hurricane Maria devastated the Island of Monkeys in Humacao

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As thousands of soldiers and government employees struggle to restore normalcy to Puerto Rico, a small group of scientists work against the clock to save more than 1,000 monkeys that could hold clues to some of the biggest mysteries about the human mind.

One of the first places hit by Hurricane Maria was Cayo Santiago, known as Isla de los Monos (Island of Monkeys), in Humacao, an outcropping of 40 acres off the east coast of Puerto Rico which is one of the  most important places in the world for research on how monkeys think, socialize and evolve.

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Project Loon globes deliver LTE internet to Puerto Rico

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Yalixa Rivera Cruz

It is very likely that next week most Puerto Ricans will gain access to the internet from their cell phones once the company Alphabet, through its subsidiary X, completes tests carried out by positioning the Project Loon balloons over Puerto Rico.

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Web page launched to speed aid after Hurricane Maria

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Marga Parés Arroyo

In order to expedite communications during the process of identifying damages and facilitating assistance to people affected by atmospheric phenomena such as Hurricane Maria, the nonprofit organization Caras de Puerto Rico launched a portal that aims to serve as a help tool.

Through a seed fund granted by the People's Bank Foundation, the website www.connectrelief.com was launched to aid in the relief efforts of Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands.

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Maria damages 15 plates of the Observatory of Arecibo

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Although it is located in one of the highest areas of Arecibo, the hurricane winds of Maria did not cause havoc in the Arecibo Observatory, and as soon as this Friday, scientific activities should be normalized there.

"We had some minor damage ... We were very lucky," said the director of the Observatory's Center for Geospatial Studies, Tony Van Eyken.

 He explained that the telescope platform was not damaged, only an antenna that can be repaired was affected.

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Flora and fauna, the other victims of Hurricane Maria

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El Nuevo Dia

It has been several days since the Hurricane María hit the island. Now the authorities are dedicated to restore services and help gradually begins to arrive. Nevertheless the effects to the flora and the fauna will be the most difficult to restore, since the damages were quite considerable.

Tania Vazquez, Secretary of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources pointed out that the scourge of Hurricane Maria affected the coasts, forests and mangroves of Puerto Rico, especially in Piñones (Loíza).

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Recommendations to separate and avoid the accumulation of garbage

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El Nuevo Dia

The Solid Waste Authority issued a series of recommendations to avoid the garbage accumulation that arises after the impact of a hurricane like Maria, where garbage collection is paralyzed for days or weeks.  

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Science students shine in China

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Liz Yanira Del Valle Huertas

Rocío del Mar Avilés Mercado, Daniel Alejandro Santiago Álvarez, José Luis Ramírez Colón and Karlos Lenniel N. Miranda Garcés had the opportunity to represent Puerto Rico by presenting their scientific projects at the  China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest (CASTIC).

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