Dánica Coto
Dánica Coto
@AP correspondent based in Puerto Rico covering all things Caribbean and beyond. Reporter/Editor/Translator. Also trilingual. Tica. Tips? dcoto@ap.orgSource
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Eastern Caribbean dollar goes digital, a help for unbanked

Eastern Caribbean dollar goes digital, a help for unbanked

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/technology-antigua-and-barbuda-st-kitts-and-nevis-blockchain-caribbean-5e06534b1d67c5039667ebc5ac518c89Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/technology-antigua-and-barbuda-st-kitts-and-nevis-blockchain-caribbean-5e06534b1d67c5039667ebc5ac518c89Click to copyRelated topicsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Eastern Caribbean has created its own form of digital currency meant to help speed transactions and serve people without bank accounts.The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank said its “DCash” is the first such blockchain-based currency introduced by...

April 1, 2021
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Explosive eruption rocks volcano on Caribbean's St. Vincent

Explosive eruption rocks volcano on Caribbean's St. Vincent

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/la-soufriere-volcano-explosive-eruption-st-vincent-caribbean-1430a41cbaa02f20222b6b3e37dc2c05Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/la-soufriere-volcano-explosive-eruption-st-vincent-caribbean-1430a41cbaa02f20222b6b3e37dc2c05Click to copyRelated topicsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An explosive eruption rocked La Soufriere volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Friday after the government ordered thousands to evacuate their homes nearby.Experts said the ash column rose more than 20,000 feet (6 kilometers) high and that the...

April 8, 2021
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Puerto Rico to reopen historic church after long restoration

Puerto Rico to reopen historic church after long restoration

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/puerto-rico-san-juan-ceb616b5778c04c1f2af88bbd380cb50Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/puerto-rico-san-juan-ceb616b5778c04c1f2af88bbd380cb50Click to copyRelated topicsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The construction worker stood on his tiptoes and tried to arrange a crown of thorns on a statue of Jesus while architect Jorge Rigau fired a flurry of directions from beneath the ladder.“Grab it like this and move it just a bit,” he said, motioning with his fingers. “Move it to the right, but don’t lower it.”It was one of the final touches on a...

March 12, 2021
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Huge Puerto Rico radio telescope, already damaged, collapses

Huge Puerto Rico radio telescope, already damaged, collapses

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/technology-arecibo-observatory-puerto-rico-science--0da6abb251f455977bf0c752348e712eClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/technology-arecibo-observatory-puerto-rico-science--0da6abb251f455977bf0c752348e712eClick to copyRelated topicsARECIBO, Puerto Rico (AP) — A huge, already damaged radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has played a key role in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century completely collapsed on Tuesday.The telescope’s 900-ton receiver platform and the Gregorian dome — a structure as tall as a four-story building that...

December 1, 2020
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Cable failures endanger renowned Puerto Rico radio telescope

Cable failures endanger renowned Puerto Rico radio telescope

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/puerto-rico-planets-jodie-foster-053fbf8834e50d5e3ad88443a3fde550Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/puerto-rico-planets-jodie-foster-053fbf8834e50d5e3ad88443a3fde550Click to copyRelated topicsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The giant, aging cables that support one of the world’s largest single-dish radio telescopes are slowly unraveling in this U.S. territory, pushing an observatory renowned for its key role in astronomical discoveries to the brink of collapse.The Arecibo Observatory, which is tethered above a sinkhole in Puerto Rico’s lush...

November 15, 2020
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Puerto Rico, unable to vote, becomes crucial to US election

Puerto Rico, unable to vote, becomes crucial to US election

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/election-2020-race-and-ethnicity-joe-biden-donald-trump-puerto-rico-3018eade64921c72b0ebb1df3f22061eClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/election-2020-race-and-ethnicity-joe-biden-donald-trump-puerto-rico-3018eade64921c72b0ebb1df3f22061eClick to copyRelated topicsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The campaigns of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are rallying people in a place where U.S. citizens cannot cast ballots but have the ear of hundreds of thousands of potential voters in the battleground state of Florida.The...

October 18, 2020
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Judge calls it 'discriminatory' to deny Puerto Rico access to U.S. aid

Judge calls it 'discriminatory' to deny Puerto Rico access to U.S. aid

A federal judge on Monday ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. territory access to three federal welfare programs in a major decision cheered by many. However, the judge also granted a two-month administrative stay of the injunction at the federal government’s request, which means the decision for now will apply only to the nine plaintiffs in the case. Legal experts warned that they expect the U.S. government to appeal the ruling, and if unsuccessful, to take it as far as the U.S. Supreme Court given the millions of dollars at stake. “It’s a...

August 3, 2020
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Puerto Rico to demand COVID-19 test results from passengers

Puerto Rico to demand COVID-19 test results from passengers

Dánica CotoAssociated PressPublished: June 30, 2020, 1:14 pmUpdated: June 30, 2020, 2:32 pmTags: , Sign up for our NewslettersDánica CotoAssociated PressPublished: June 30, 2020, 1:14 pmUpdated: June 30, 2020, 2:32 pmTags: , SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico’s governor on Tuesday announced strict new rules for all passengers flying into Puerto Rico in a bid to curb coronavirus cases as officials blame recent outbreaks on those who flew to the U.S. territory and were infected.Starting July 15, all passengers have to wear a mask and must take a molecular test 72 hours prior to their arrival and submit...

June 30, 2020
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