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This population-based cohort study disaggregates mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics for different types of cardiovascular disease among the 3 largest US Hispanic subgroups, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans. http://ja.ma/2jmEBzg
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What am I In Support Of? In short, I'm supportive of relentlessly being your true self. See the full interview and get the look here.
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Puerto Ricans Clinton Freed Leave Prisons - The New York Times
Eleven members of Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN who vowed to renounce terrorism walk out of Federal prisons around country, freed under act of clemency by Pres Clinton that has sparked political firestorm; FALN was resonsible for 130 bombings in late 1970's and early 1980's; none of those granted clemency had been convicted of crimes that resulted in death or injuries; FALN stages celebration and rally in Chicago, where Mayor Richard M Dale...
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Puerto Ricans cheer commutation for nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera: http://on.nbc10.com/sNVVP3g
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Under Pressure from Activists, President Obama Commutes Sentence for Oscar López Rivera: After years of sustained pressure from activists and everyday Puerto Ricans alike, President Obama has officially commuted the sentence of Boricua political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. A former member of the underground Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FNL, later known as the “Macheteros,”) Oscar López Rivera was found guilty of seditious conspiracy and other non-violent crimes[.....] The post Under Pressure from Activists, President Obama Commutes Sentence for Oscar López Rivera appeared first on Remezcla. http://m.tbnn.it/N7jgQh
Under Pressure from Activists, President Obama Commutes Sentence for Oscar López Rivera
After serving 35 years, he will be released on May 17th.
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https://plus.google.com/105323417288308143548 Smokey Rico : THE HIDDEN TRUTH OF THE TAÍNO, BLESSED OF AHAYAH TAÍNOS, WHO WERE THEY? WHERE CAN WE FIND THE TRUE ...
THE HIDDEN TRUTH OF THE TAÍNO, BLESSED OF AHAYAH

TAÍNOS, WHO WERE THEY? WHERE CAN WE FIND THE TRUE ORIGIN OF THE NAME TAÍNO?

IT IS AN ANCIENT HEBREW NAME

8465. Tachan ►
Strong's Concordance
Tachan: an Ephraimite
Original Word: תַּ֫חַן
Part of Speech: Proper Name Masculine
Transliteration: Tachan
Phonetic Spelling: (takh'-an)
Short Definition: Tahan

Ta'han
Gender: Boy
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Merciful

TA'HAN:
beseeching; merciful

TAHAN; TAHANITES
ta'-han, ta'-han-its (tachan, tachani): The name of two Ephraimites who lived toward the end of the exodus of the Israelites (circa 1415 B.C.).

(1) The head of one of the families of the tribe of Ephraim (Numbers 26:35).

(2) The son of Telah and father of Ladan, also of the tribe of Ephraim (1 Chronicles 7:25).

More popular potential spellings:

Tehani
Diahann
Tahani
Dhani
Dahiana
Dhana
Tihanna
Tahina
Diahanna
Dahani
Tihani
Dahana

26:35 These are the sons of Ephraim after their families: of Shuthelah, the family of the Shuthalhites: of Becher, the family of the Bachrites: of Tahan, the family of the Tahanites.

Numbers 26 : 35

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and many here are called "jíbaro", it was the name used by the Spaniards when they persecuted our Taíno ancestors and they were called "jíbaros" by the Spaniards because our ancestors hid in the mountains and forests from the Spaniard invaders and rapists. The very word "jíbaro" links with "Hebreo/Hebrew", since the Edomite (European) colonial powers knew who they were persecuting and raping and killing. Take out the J and put an H which has the same sound as the J in Spanish and you get "HÍBARO (hee-baa-rew) - HEBREW - ÍBERO - HEBER - HEBREO", it is also very similar to the name Abreu, and Abreu sounds like the word Hebrew in Spanish: Hebreo. The word "jíbaro" remains alive among Puerto Ricans and it is used more for the people living in rural areas and sometimes used to call someone an ignorant of certain knowledge or topic, ask any of them but surely they don't even know what is the origin of this word, they will think of it as a simple byword or nickname for peasants.
(Oseas 4:6). Hebrew Israelites by bloodline but "jíbaros" for not knowing it.

49:22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:49:23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:49:24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of #his #hands #were #made #strong #by #the #hands #of #the #mighty #God #of #Jacob; (from thence is the #shepherd, #the #stone #of #Israel)49:25 Even by the God of thy father, #who #shall #help #thee; and #by #the #Almighty, who shall #bless #thee #with #blessings #of #heaven #above, #blessings #of #the #deep #that #lieth #under, #blessings #of #the #breasts, and #of #the #womb:49:26 #The #blessings #of #thy #father #have #prevailed #above #the #blessings #of #my #progenitors unto the utmost bound of #the #everlasting #hills: #they #shall #be #on #the #head #of #Joseph, and on the crown of the head of #him #that #was #separate #from #his #brethren.

Genesis 49 : 22 - 26

"fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall..", meaning we have families of three, four generations or 5, 6 living in the same house.. "Fruitful, Puerto Ricans love to multiply themselves indeed.

"The #archers (Spaniards/Americans - Edomites) have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him.." the genocide of our Taíno ancestors and American imperialism and atrocities.

" him that was separate from his brethren..", we were separated from our brethren the other tribes of Israel scattered and ended up in this little colony/island no one hears much about, although we are close to our labeled Cuban (Manasseh), Dominican (Simeon), Haitian (Levi) brothers along with the surrounding islands, whom are also the children of Israel.

7:8 Ephraim, #he #hath #mixed #himself #among #the #people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.7:9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and #he #knoweth #it #not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.

Hosea 7 : 8 - 9

"he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned..", meaning we Boricuas and many of the so called Native tribes (our northern Israelite kingdom family like the Mexicans) come in every color due to the whitening our people, the raping of our women when the archers/strangers (Spaniards/Americans - Edomites) "have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not..", we have been colonized and conquered yet we don't know what is happening and the majority of the Boricuas think everything is "alright" giving praise to the beast (USA) who systematically enslaved the Puerto Rican population with its "commonwealth", and all we want to do is "parrandear" (to go partying).
They (USA - Edomites - so called White people) have devoured us (Vieques bombed, streets filled with drugs, high rates of homicides, the youth is lost, immorality everywhere, catholic temples everywhere, contaminated skies through Chemtrails 24/7, high rate of analfabetism, a people thrown under the rug, without a voice) and we thought they were the good guys due to the ignorance of our own history and legacy, the ignorance of ourselves that came with slavery and colonization and indoctrination with false history in school and "church" looking like a circus with idolatry. Remember all of these atrocities and crimes against mankind in a little island called Borikén by the Taíno. (Barakayah-Boricua/Boriqueño - blessed of AHAYAH)!

"Abba" in Hebrew is Father. "Baba" in Taíno is Father.

En Taíno:

Daea-ababa - I am a father/yo soy padre.

14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

Mark 14 : 36

"Banah" in Hebrew means "#to #build, or #to #construct, or a #house".. how come our Taíno ancestors spoke the same word Baná referring to a big place or something great? A big place or something great has to be #made, #built, #constructed, it has to be #worked on.

Taíno word:

Baná = n : Greatness or Grand Place.

In life, any greatness or thing in order to come forth it must be #built, in order for men and women to bring forth lineage a child must be #created, to ease hunger food must be #prepared, and so does any "great place or any type of physical structure" (house, temple), it must be #built and #constructed.

The root-verb בנה (bana) means #to #build. It's used to describe the #construction #of #all #kinds #of #buildings; a #city (Genesis 4:17), a #tower (Genesis 10:11), an #altar (Genesis 22:9), a #house (Genesis 33:27), the #temple (2 Samuel 7:5), a #fortress (2 Chronicles 17:12), a #wall (1 Kings 3:1). But it's also, curiously, used to describe AHAYAH’S #making of woman from the rib of man (Genesis 2:22).

This curious usage is highly significant in understanding the Bible's thoughts on mankind's social #structure: the group is feminine and the individual is masculine; and thus woman comes from man. Hence Sarah figured that she would be #built up by Abraham's child through #Hagar (Genesis 16:2), arch-mothers Leah and Rachel #built the house of Israel (Ruth 4:11), and a wise woman #builds her house where a foolish one tears it down (Proverbs 14:1).

It should be no surprise that the Hebrew words אבן ('eben), meaning stone, and בן (ben), meaning son, are thought by some to come from our verb בנה (bana). Also note that the formally unrelated noun בית (bayit) means temple, and the verb בין (bin) means to understand.

This verb's derivatives are:

The feminine noun בניה (binya), meaning #structure or #building (Ezekiel 41;13 only).
The masculine noun בנין (binyan), meaning #structure. This word occurs about half a dozen times, all in the book of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 40:5, 42:1).
The masculine noun מבנה (mibneh), meaning structure (Ezekiel 40:2 only).
The feminine noun תבנית (tabnit), meaning #construction (Joshua 22:28, Psalm 144:12) pattern (Exodus 25:9, 2 Kings 16:10) or image (Deuteronomy 4:16, Isaiah 44:13, Psalm 106:20).

1129. banah ►
Strong's Concordance
banah: #to #build
Original Word: בָּנָה
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: banah
Phonetic Spelling: (baw-naw')
Short Definition: #built

Word Origin:
a prim. root

Definition:
#to #build

NASB Translation

besieged* (1), #build (112), #build* (1), #builders (10), #building (16), #builds (8), #built (177), #construct (1), #constructed (1), #fashioned (1), fortified (3), #fortifying (2), #have #children (1), #made (1), obtain children (1), #rebuild (13), #rebuilding (3), #rebuilt (17), #rebuilt* (2), restored (1), #set (1), #surely #built (1).

Agüeybaná
Bayamón
Ahrasibo
Yuqayeqe
Yabaqoa
Ceibah
Yauqo...
Baba (Abba)
.. to name a few words, certainly are not from the Latin tongue. What language could the Taíno have spoken? How come we can't know the legacy of our forefathers?

The "education" system, as to be expected, is a fraud and has failed to bring the truth to our people concerning our past. So now everyone is speaking Spanish and English but how come we aren't speaking the language of our Taíno forefathers?

16:13 Therefore will I cast you out of this land #into #a #land #that #ye #know #not, #neither #ye #nor #your #fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.

Yeremiah 16 : 13

17:4 And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; #and #I #will #cause #thee #to #serve #thine #enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for #ye #have #kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever.

Yeremiah 17 : 4

#Borikén was also #another #boat #stop where #Edomites (white people) #came #with #ships #filled with #Negro #slaves. Lest we forget.

Borik'en - Great #Land #of #the #Valiant and #Noble Lord

Boricu'a - The #Valiant #People #of #the #Sacred #House

House can also mean "descendants, building, family, dwelling place, seed (lineage), and temple"..

Who is the sacred house/family/lineage? Yes, you know this already: the house of Yacob/Israel, the chosen people, the true Hebrew Israelites, AHAYAH'S PEOPLE.

1288. barak ►
Strong's Concordance
barak: to kneel, bless
Original Word: בָּרַך
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: barak
Phonetic Spelling: (baw-rak')
Short Definition: blessed

Boricua/Boriqueño = Barak-Ahayah - Blessed of AHAYAH)!

HAYAH = TO BE/TO EXIST
AH-HAYAH = AHAYAH - I AM/I EXIST (Exodus 3:13-15)!

33:13 And #of #Joseph #he #said, #Blessed #of #the #Almighty #be #his #land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath,33:14 And for #the #precious #fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon,33:15 And for #the #chief #things #of #the #ancient #mountains, and for #the #precious #things #of #the #lasting #hills,33:16 And for #the #precious #things #of #the #earth #and #fulness #thereof, and #for #the #good #will #of #him #that #dwelt #in #the #bush: #let #the #blessing #come #upon #the #head #of #Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was #separated #from #his #brethren.33:17 His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall #push #the #people #together to the ends of the earth: and #they #are #the #ten #thousands #of #Ephraim, and #they #are #the #thousands #of #Manasseh.

Deuteronomy 33 : 14 - 17

#precious #fruits, #ancient #mountains, #lasting #hills, #him #that #dwelt #in #the #bush - BORIK'EN - #GREAT #LAND #OF #THE #VALIANT #AND #NOBLE #Lord

"#And #of #Yusef #he #said, #BLESSED #OF #AHAYAH #BE #HIS #LAND.."

#Barak-#Ahayah - #Blessed of #AHAYAH

#The #Valiant #People #of #the #Sacred #House
#the #house #of #Tahan, #of #the #tribe #of #Ephraim, #son #of #Yusef, #son #of #Yacob, #son #of #Isaac, #son #of #Abraham

Our scattered Hebrew brethren and the mighty children of Yudah (so called Negroes) call us children of Yusef, house of Ephraim. A cake not turned whom strangers (Spaniards/Americans - Edomites) have devoured.. yet our hand was #baná strong, and our strength comes from the Almighty, AHAYAH the God of Abraham, Isaac and Yacob.     
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https://plus.google.com/110587901890655252958 Paul Avery : His mission: To explain the status debate to the people of the United States, Congress and the President...
His mission: To explain the status debate to the people of the United States, Congress and the President, and bring the American people up to date on this century old question: Will there be a change in status in America’s Last Colony?

In 1898, the United States invaded and colonized Puerto Rico as part of the Spanish American War. For 114 years the people of Puerto Rico have maintained a polarizing debate on the STATUS ISSUE that has been front and center of the political discourse on the Island. Puerto Ricans (American citizens since 1917) constantly dispute between the options of Statehood, Independence and Commonwealth.

On November 6, 2012 the people of Puerto Rico held the fourth plebiscite in the Island’s history to try to redefine the political relationship with the United States.

Weeks before the plebiscite vote, filmmaker Juan Agustín Márquez traveled back to his homeland and interviewed leading politicians, historians, sociologists, and economists to dissect the status debate in a multilayered conversation about the pros and cons of each option on the ballot.e ballot.
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https://plus.google.com/104231008414037932747 IZ : Puerto Rico turns to tech and entrepreneurialism to revitalize the economy The commonwealth of Puerto...
Puerto Rico turns to tech and entrepreneurialism to revitalize the economy

The commonwealth of Puerto Rico is steeped in more than $70 billion of debt that has been accruing for the better part of a decade. The local government’s irresponsible issuance of bonds and the decision by the U.S. Congress to cut corporate tax breaks have contributed to the current fiscal crisis and subsequent exodus of U.S. companies and Puerto Rican citizens from the island.

To make matters worse, the island’s agricultural industry is at a standstill, importing more than 85 percent of its produce. Puerto Ricans also pay two to three times more for electricity than average Americans, due in part to their dependence on oil imports and because the government-owned utility company is plagued with billions in debt.

On June 30, President Barack Obama signed the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), which creates a committee (consisting of no elected Puerto Rican officials) to oversee the island’s finances. Some have criticized the law as a devolution to America’s colonial past.

Former Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla lobbied heavily for the bill’s passage and he acknowledged that the commonwealth has a long way to go to recover financially.

As part of its new economic development plan, Puerto Rican officials are looking to technology and entrepreneurship to revitalize the economy, attract its bright minds back to the island and solve the sustainability problems bedeviling the commonwealth.

Attracting businesses back to the island

In 1976, Congress passed Section 936 of the federal tax code, granting U.S. corporations a tax exemption from income originating from U.S. territories. Manufacturers, largely from the pharmaceutical industry, flocked to Puerto Rico to take advantage of these tax breaks.

It was boom time on the island; until the tax incentives phased out in 2006 (Congress voted in 1996 to rescind them), the island enjoyed 28 out of 29 years of economic growth. Since 2005, Puerto Rico has seen negative growth eight out of 10 years and, just as the automotive industry left Michigan, so too fled Puerto Rico’s most prevalent manufacturers — pharmaceutical companies — in droves.

With the exodus of the big corporations, the workers soon followed. Puerto Rico has been experiencing a net population loss since 2005 that accelerated in 2010 as the mainland began to recover from the 2008 recession. According to the Pew Research Center, Puerto Rico had a net population loss to the mainland of 64,000 in 2014, more than double the net loss of 26,000 in 2010. Vice’s Samuel Oakford reported in April of 2015 that “for the first time in history, stateside Puerto Ricans — 4.9 million — outnumber the 3.5 million who remain on the island.”

Technology is certainly one of the pillars of our economic development program.
— Puerto Rico Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce, Alberto Bacó Bagué
Puerto Rico is trying to bring back corporations through a series of tax incentives, which have been signed into law since 2008. Two laws in particular, Act 73 (2008) and Act 20 (2012), set a fixed income tax rate of 4 percent for commercial manufacturers and companies exporting services from the island, respectively. A 50 percent tax credit for research and development activity costs has also been instituted under Act 73. According to Puerto Rico Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce, Alberto Bacó Bagué, “20% of the companies that operate under [Act 20] are tech oriented … and the rest have a tech-related component.”

“Technology is certainly one of the pillars of our economic development program,” wrote Bacó in an email to me. “As of today, we have a strong tech cluster with examples like Infosys, a global leader in creating breakthrough solutions that address mobility, sustainability, big data, and cloud computing and Honeywell, with a new EMI (electronic magnetic [sic] interference) research lab that alone will create 300 jobs.”

Bacó also mentioned Truenorth, Rock Solid and Fusionworks as examples of a burgeoning corporate IT sector.

Fostering entrepreneurship

To buoy the tech sector, Puerto Rico is trying to reinvent itself as a knowledge-based economy that will compete globally in part by creating a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Report from the World Economic Forum ranked Puerto Rico third in the availability of scientists and engineers. According to Lucy Crespo, the CEO of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust, a public-private trust aiming to turn the island into a tech hub by 2020, Puerto Rico graduates 22,000 STEM students and 60 to 70 percent leave the island.

“For many years, our schools and universities prepared our professionals to work for someone else,” said Crespo during an interview in the capital, San Juan. “So we didn’t develop a full ecosystem, we didn’t create a culture in which students from the universities thought, you know, gee, how can I become an entrepreneur?”

The trust recently established the Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office to help develop and commercialize intellectual property from the island’s universities and provide income tax breaks for researchers working in their grant program.

Bacó tells me, “While big hitters are important, a new breed of entrepreneurs has flourished, and we have joined forces with our diaspora using their knowledge and network reach to further propel economic growth.”

Parallel18, a startup accelerator in San Juan backed by the trust and the government, has reached out beyond the Puerto Rican diaspora, soliciting help from Start-Up Chile founder Sebastian Vidal.

Ducking in and out of a corner office at Parallel18 to check on a presentation from a local P&G executive, Vidal told me that he didn’t come here to copy what he did in Chile. “Start-Up Chile was more about building a startup community and the entrepreneurs were tasked with going to universities and being like mentors,” said Vidal. “Parallel18 has those aspects but the focus is more on making an impact with the economy as fast as possible.” He acknowledged that the political and economic system is much different from his homeland and there is a short timeline to create a significant, economic impact.

Also staffed by Puerto Rican entrepreneurs returning from abroad, Parallel18 is a five-month accelerator program for companies from around the world and from the island that offers $40,000 equity-free funding with a chance for follow-on funding if qualified alumni decide to establish their company in Puerto Rico. In exchange, entrepreneurs engage with local university students to help foster a culture of entrepreneurialism.

We are creative, hard-working, have great mobility to the U.S. and the world, and are ready to tackle problems and scale outside of the traditional corporate career path.
— 16-year-old entrepreneur José Nolla-Marrero
The program is already starting to bear fruit. Of its first cohort of 36 startups, seven international startups have stayed to continue their businesses from Puerto Rico and 12 local startups are up and running, according to Marie Custodio, spokesperson for Parallel18.

Other startup initiatives include Piloto 151, a co-working space in the colorful Old San Juan district that has partnered with the Founder Institute; ConPRometidos, a social impact incubator and consulting firm; Grupo Guayacan, which since 1996 has been working to develop a private equity and entrepreneurial ecosystem on the island; and PRANS, a community of business leaders from different sectors that donate time to help potential investors evaluate and set up investment projects.

Parallel18 is being used as a vetting source to help bring quality companies to the attention of local and international VCs to create a deal flow — a main challenge for the ecosystem.

“In general, capital is frozen because of the uncertainty surrounding the [island’s] fiscal issues,” says Kenneth Kay, an angel investor and founder of the Puerto Rico Capital Network. “Despite the challenging environment, I am optimistic that a vibrant startup scene is possible in Puerto Rico.”

Kay points to recent tax legislation favorable to venture capitalists, particularly an amendment to allow software as a service (SaaS) companies the fixed income tax rate of 4 percent under Act 73 and Act 185, which provides tax incentives for private equity funds, as moves to help attract investors to the ecosystem.

The government estimates that 790 Act 20 decrees will have been granted by the end of 2016, with 423 projected to have been granted in 2016 alone — a sign that this program could be gaining steam among investors.

Sustainability and the future

In August, several Puerto Rican business associations sued the public utility PREPA for proposed electricity rate hikes on an island where its citizens are already paying two to three times more for electricity than average Americans. The strongest factor for the island’s high energy costs is that four-fifths of energy used in Puerto Rico comes from petroleum and the island neither produces nor refines crude oil — it imports all of it, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

“Sustainable energy is key to Puerto Rico’s future,” Puerto Rico expert and journalist Juan González told a crowd at New York University in 2015, the same year the island began to comply with a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard that forces PREPA “to supply 20% of retail electricity sales from eligible ‘green energy’ resources by 2035.”

In September, energization began at the largest solar farm in the Caribbean located on Puerto Rico’s northwest coast, and local startups are also taking on the toughest energy issues.

Energy rates aren’t the only sustainability woes on the island.
For example, San Juan-based TEBS (short for Traffic Energy Bar System) has patented a system that captures kinetic energy from cars passing over a mechanism implanted in roadways and converts it into electrical energy to power nearby street lamps. And Sunne Cleantech Labs, a company that creates solar energy products, recently announced pre-sales of its Sunne Heater, a patent-pending solar water heater.

Energy rates aren’t the only sustainability woes on the island. In 2015, Puerto Rico imported more than 85 percent of its produce and Puerto Rican-grown rice went on sale in August for the first time since 1989.

The government has taken steps to boost agriculture, including a $4 million investment to help a local university improve soil conditions. But perhaps more promising is that local entrepreneurs are stepping up to tackle the issue.

UAV-IQ uses drones to scout acres and acres of growing area, using multispectral sensors so farmers have better insights into their crops, and eFARM, a social media-inspired e-commerce platform, connects Puerto Rico’s organic farmers directly to consumers on the island and around the world.

In an email interview, 16-year old eFARM founder José Nolla-Marrero told me he “noticed that finding organic and sustainable foods was very difficult and expensive in Puerto Rico and [I] envisioned an app to help find the farms, their products and plan a route to them.”

Nolla-Marrero embodies the next-generation Puerto Rican professional that the government is trying to cultivate: The entrepreneur.

“I believe we are adopting an entrepreneurial mindset already,” wrote Nolla-Marrero. “We are creative, hard-working, have great mobility to the US and the world, and are ready to tackle problems and scale outside of the traditional corporate career path.”

“The enthusiasm in our generation is palpable and contagious. I feel strides have been made and it’s a path many want to take but may not have had the level of support seen these days.”


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