BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Protests in Puerto Rico, an Award for Costa Rica, and More

BELatina Weekend Recap
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Happy Monday morning.

We start the week in high spirits and looking forward to telling more empowering and inspiring stories. In the meantime, here’s the most important news of the weekend.

From protests in Puerto Rico over power outages to the Earthshot award for Costa Rica, here’s what you need to know this Monday.

Puerto Rico Protests BELatina Latinx Weekend
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Thousands of Puerto Ricans take to the streets to protest power outages

More than 4,000 Puerto Ricans took to the streets of the island to express their outrage over the territory’s ongoing power outages. The protesters marched on Friday to denounce the impact of the lack of electricity on their lives.

Many of them demanded the dismissal of Luma, a private company that took over power transmission and distribution on the island on June 1. Some are also angry with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, which owns and operates generating units that have broken down in recent weeks, largely due to a lack of maintenance and repair.

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Biden to reinstate Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

After calling his predecessor’s measures “inhumane,” President Joe Biden tentatively plans a mid-November reinstatement of the Trump-era policy that forces migrants seeking asylum to wait in Mexico for their U.S. immigration court hearings.

The decision follows a legal battle between the government and the states of Texas and Missouri and a Texas federal judge’s decision ordering the administration to reinstate the policy pending the outcome of the lawsuit.

Costa Rica BELatina Latinx Weekend
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Costa Rica wins Prince William’s Earthshot Award

Costa Rica was among the inaugural winners of Prince William’s Earthshot Award, which aims to inspire innovative solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges currently facing the planet.

Costa Rica won for its plan to pay local citizens to protect and restore rainforests and local ecosystems, a system that the award committee credits with reversing decades of deforestation.

The five winners each win £1 million, the equivalent of more than US$1.3 million, and the promise of “technical and professional support” to scale up their innovations.

Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma offers terrifying images

The Cumbre Vieja volcano has been erupting for a month, making it the most serious volcanic natural disaster recorded in Europe in the last 100 years. While Spain remains on alert, lava continues to erupt with force, causing extensive material damage. With three active lava flows, Cumbre Vieja shows no signs of weakening. More than 7,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.

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U.S. extradites Alex Saab, key financial ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

The United States on Saturday extradited Alex Saab, a top ally of Venezuela’s authoritarian government, who was arrested more than a year ago by law enforcement on the African island of Cape Verde. Saab faces money laundering charges on U.S. soil, and his extradition makes him one of the highest-ranking supporters of Nicolas Maduro to be taken into U.S. custody.