News from Puerto Rico:
November 26, 2015
If I were to tell you that Puerto Rico is so corrupt that not even the FBI or US Attorney on the island could be trusted to protect its citizens, you would find it hard to believe. But that is exactly what is happening in Puerto Rico. With the FBI and US Attorney turning a blind eye to government corruption in...
November 10, 2015
You should know that my beautiful Island of Puerto Rico, where I was born and grew up, is going through a very difficult financial crisis with a historic deficit of $72 billion dollars. You should also know that last week, on Thursday, November 5, there was a huge march in Puerto Rico demanding the United States...
November 7, 2015
MIAMI, USA -- A large area of cloudiness and showers extending from near the Lesser Antilles eastward for several hundred miles is associated with the interaction of an upper-level trough and a west-northwestward moving tropical wave. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami...
November 6, 2015
AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol, air interdiction agents and Puerto Rico Police officers have apprehended 20 undocumented migrants from Haiti and the Dominican Republic during the process of disembarking near the coastal town of Aguada.
November 3, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of San Juan in Puerto Rico recently seized hazardous toys in four different shipments that arrived between August and September, 2015, with a combined estimated domestic retail value of over $100,000.
October 31, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Office of Field Operations officers on Wednesday arrested two females from the Dominican Republic attempting to travel to New York by means of using fraudulent immigration visas as proof of legal presence.
October 28, 2015
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Regional carrier LIAT on Tuesday launched a new non-stop flight from Antigua to San Juan. The flights will operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, departing at 20:25 and arriving back in Antigua just after midnight the following day. This new flight will allow...
October 27, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Field Operations officers and import specialists seized a motor vehicle that was falsely declared as a utility terrain vehicle (UTV), not complying with federal motor vehicle safety standards. “Intercepting illegal and unsafe imports...
October 27, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Under a settlement with the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Municipality of San Juan has agreed to make substantial upgrades to its storm sewer systems. The upgrades and related cleaning activities are aimed at eliminating or...
October 24, 2015
WASHINGTON, USA -- At Thursday’s US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla and Antonio Weiss of the US Treasury Department asked Congress for unprecedented bankruptcy measures for Puerto Rico, including allowing Puerto Rico...
October 24, 2015
What is that saying? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. For over a decade PREPA has reached out to the bond market promising upgraded facilities, new cheaper electricity with natural gas, solar and wind. Time and time again, it didn’t happen. Yes, PREPA took the money.
October 17, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The US Coast Guard commissioned the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez during a ceremony at Coast Guard Sector San Juan on Friday morning. The Heriberto Hernández is the 14th fast response cutter (FRC) to be commissioned in the Coast Guard and the second to be...
October 10, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- James Doby, assistant special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and Dr Meylin Pagan, DEA field intelligence officer, will be addressing the Maritime Security 2015 Caribbean conference. The two-day program will be held on October 27 and 28, 2015.
October 10, 2015
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Regional carrier LIAT has launched a US$199 fare from the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua to the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan. Head of corporate communications Desmond Brown said the fare represents the price of a return ticket and includes all...
October 9, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Puerto Rico seized over $74,500 in unreported currency in three separate incidents last weekend. In the first incident, after arrival at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport from St Thomas on October 2, a canine alerted...
October 6, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- On September 23, a character from a popular Puerto Rico comic-strip was run over by a driver who was texting. Since then, followers have flooded local lawmakers with emails demanding a new law requiring all mobile service companies to invest 10% of their annual advertising...
September 30, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Ten Puerto Rico police officers have been indicted for their alleged participation in a criminal organisation, run out of the police department, that used their affiliation with law enforcement to make money through robbery, extortion, manipulating court records and selling narcotics.
September 26, 2015
AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a public warning upon the landing on Mona Island on Wednesday of five undocumented migrants from Cuba on board a rubber raft. US Coast Guard Sector San Juan notified the Border Patrol Ramey Sector...
September 19, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- After two successful events aimed at the US market, and a first Latin American edition this year, organizers for the Puerto Rico Investment Summit have announced that the 2016 edition will be held on February 11 and 12, at the Convention Center in San Juan.
September 16, 2015
FAJARDO, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine Agents on Friday night recovered 114 pounds (51.7 kilos) of cocaine inside four backpacks that were ditched by smugglers on the east coast of the island. The estimated value of the contraband is $1.4m.
September 12, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis released a report this week concluding that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is being overly generous with bondholders in its proposal to restructure its debt and short-sighted in its wind, solar and energy...
September 10, 2015
LAS VEGAS, USA -- DigiPath Labs, the cannabis testing subsidiary of DigiPath, Inc., recently expressed concerns that Puerto Rico's new state-run medical cannabis policy does not include third-party safety testing, a crucial assurance to patients that their medicine is safe. In an interview with...
September 9, 2015
WASHINGTON, USA -- Main Street Bondholders Coalition, a project of the 60 Plus Association, America's largest center-right seniors organization representing more than 7.2 million older Americans, has launched a paid advertising campaign in Washington and Puerto Rico to highlight what it describes...
September 8, 2015
ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- Regional carrier LIAT has announced its new winter schedule, which will come into effect from September 15, 2015. The winter schedule has been brought forward due to the acceleration in the fleet transition process, and the situation that currently exists in Dominica following Tropical Storm Erika.
September 4, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- New data released by the Expedia group, one of the world’s leading travel companies, reveal a healthy increase in mobile bookings within the Caribbean market, with a growth of more than 55 percent in the first half of 2015 when compared to the same timeframe in 2014.
September 3, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Seaborne Airlines, the fastest growing airline in the Caribbean, will introduce non-stop service between the carrier's hub in San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and Antigua and Barbuda newly inaugurated V.C. Bird International Airport, effective December 13, 2015.
August 31, 2015
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Erika dissipated early Sunday, as its remnants brought heavy rain to parts of eastern Cuba and heavy showers and thunderstorms to the northwest Caribbean. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Fred formed just off the coast of West Africa and is forecast to become a hurricane...