Selling Dreams to Puerto Rico’s Young Ballplayers

“You can observe a lot by just watching.”
Yogi Berra

A rifle is not a baseball bat, but with luck, there are baseball bats that, combined with books, avoid that rifle. For Edwin Calderón Santana, the bat turned into a rifle, and today he spends the days of the pandemic in a room at Fort Lewis, a military base in Washington state. The soldier pauses his routine and reminisces. “I wanted to be a baseball player, that was my dream since I was little,” says the 24-year-old guy. During the video call he goes over the incident he believes he has overcome.

Solicitud de renuncia a Secretaria de Justicia fue por recomendar un FEI para la gobernadora Wanda Vázquez en el caso de los almacenes

El informe que refiere al PFEI a la Gobernadora y al Secretario de Estado es producto de una investigación de carácter criminal sobre la operación del almacén con suministros de la Agencia Federal de Manejo de Emergencia (FEMA) que fue descubierto en Ponce por ciudadanos el 19 de enero del 2020.

Las hipotecas reverse en Puerto Rico fracasan el doble que en Estados Unidos, en perjuicio de los consumidores

En los últimos años, las ejecuciones de hipotecas reverse por incumplimiento con requisitos técnicos están en su nivel más alto en Estados Unidos. Puerto Rico es uno de los lugares donde más ocurre este problema, casi al doble del promedio de EE UU

Reverse mortgages in Puerto Rico cause financial calamity for many seniors

SAN JUAN – Reverse mortgages are failing at nearly double the U.S. national average in Puerto Rico, a problem magnified on the island by sliding property values, lenders’ responses after natural disasters and unique challenges ranging from spotty mail service to the lack of some loan materials in Spanish. Across the United States, the loans – which allow seniors to draw down equity in their homes – are falling into default at unprecedented rates a decade after the onset of the Great Recession, when brokers wrote the most loans in the program’s history. An analysis by USA TODAY and the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo in Puerto Rico found waves of reverse mortgages headed to foreclosure for reasons other than death, the natural way the loans are supposed to end. Almost one in four reverse mortgage loans failed from 2014 to 2018 over technical snags, according to the Government Accountability Office. Totals from 2019 compiled by the island’s office for financial institutions suggests an even greater share: 80% of the last year’s reverse mortgage foreclosures in 2019 were the result of tax defaults, insurance issues or occupancy problems.

Across the U.S., about one in seven loans met the same fate during those years, the USA TODAY analysis found. The work was done in partnership with Grand Valley State University in Michigan with support from the McGraw Center for Business Journalism and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

Puerto Ricans in the US live in counties with the highest possibility of COVID-19 infection and death

This investigation is possible in part with the support of the Pulitzer Center and the Facebook Journalism Project. Miriam Moreno Santiago was picking up her mother’s luggage in Orlando, Florida, when she was told she wouldn’t be able to see her. They would be taking her directly from the airplane to the hospital because she was having trouble breathing. María Isabel Santiago Colón, her 68-year-old mother, lived in Brooklyn, New York, but health complications and her age drove her to move South with her daughter. However, her journey changed.