Florida Puerto Ricans and elections


This video says about itself:

Puerto Ricans Have No Say in the 2016 Election

3 November 2016

Despite being a U.S. citizen, paying taxes and voting in the 2008 election, Gabe Gonzalez’s mom cannot vote in the 2016 election because she moved back to Puerto Rico.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Trump or Clinton? The Puerto Ricans in Florida will determine the outcome

They can be decisive for the outcome of the US presidential election: the Puerto Ricans in Florida, the state where it is all about in the election again. Puerto Ricans are the fastest growing group of Spanish-speaking immigrants there and they have the right to vote.

Unlike Cuban migrants who predominantly vote Republican, Puerto Ricans tend more toward Clinton. …

Trump we have not seen here,” says [Esteban] Garces [of the Latin American immigrant organisation Mi Famiglia Vota]. “All he does is build a wall between Latinos and himself.”

Republicans also had an anti-immigrant story in 2012. “Eventually that will destroy them,” says Garces. “They need us as well.”

This video says about itself:

Puerto Ricans Tried To Vote For Bernie But They Weren’t Allowed

12 June 2016

Before California and New Jersey, Hillary Clinton won the Puerto Rico Democratic primary. But, many are claiming fraud and voter suppression in the wake of her victory. It mainly has to do with a sudden reduction in polling locations, delay in certifying Sanders‘ poll workers, and shutting out 400,000 people from voting,or just general incompetence. Who knows? Carlos Delgado does and he filed this report.

Puerto Rican birds, why do they sing early?


This video from Puerto Rico says about itself:

7 April 2011

Episode 1: Adelaide’s warbler (reinita mariposera)

From Science News:

Warm-up benefit could explain morning birdsong

Dawn tune-up may improve sound for attracting mates

By Susan Milius

6:00am, August 25, 2016

WASHINGTON — Vocally warming up puts more dazzle into a bird’s singing for the day, a new test shows, perhaps helping to explain widespread outbursts of birdsong at dawn.

Males of Puerto Rico’s Adelaide’s warblers (Setophaga adelaidae) start trilling through their repertoires of 30 or so songs while it’s still pitch black. Tracking the songs of individual males showed that the order of performance had a strong effect on performance quality, behavioral ecologist David Logue said August 17 at the North American Ornithological Conference. In the early versions of particular songs, males didn’t quickly change pitch as well as they did later, Logue, of the University of Lethbridge in Canada, and colleagues found.

This was the first test for a warm-up effect for daily singing among birds, Logue said. To catch the full stretch of repetitions of songs, Orlando J. Medina (now with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) had to beat the warblers at getting out of the nest in the morning. His recordings of each of nine males’ morning performance for four days allowed computer analysis of how fast a male swept through his trills.

Time of day alone didn’t explain the improvement in singing. So Logue and study coauthor Hannes Schraft, now at San Diego State University, don’t think that factors like increasing light or rising temperatures could explain the improvements. The robust effect of repetition leads Logue to propose what may be a new explanation for big dawn choruses: Males warming up sooner would fare better in competing for mates. Over time, a melodious arms race could have broken out as earlier warm-ups were beaten by even earlier ones.

Ways to beat heat have hidden costs for birds. Panting, seeking shade affect food foraging: here.

Puerto Ricans protest against pollution


This video says about itself:

Puerto Ricans Protest Toxic Fumigation

23 July 2016

Puerto Ricans are taking to streets to protest the spraying of an anti-Zika pesticide that could have negative impact on the island’s ecosystems.

La Borinqueña, Puerto Rican superheroine


This video says about itself:

La Borinqueña, Afro-Puerto Rican Superhero

24 June 2016

Meet the latest Puerto Rican superhero. Her ultimate goal: Defeat U.S. colonialism.