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Five school bus owners indicted for bid-rigging and fraud conspiracies in Puerto Rico

May 22, 2015
Five school bus owners indicted for bid-rigging and fraud conspiracies in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A federal grand jury in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has returned an indictment against five individuals for participating in bid rigging and fraud conspiracies at an auction for public school bus transportation contracts in Puerto Rico’s Caguas municipality. A seven-count felony...

Swiss bank ordered to pay investor for losses in Puerto Rico bond funds

May 21, 2015
Swiss bank ordered to pay investor for losses in Puerto Rico bond funds SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- UBS Financial Services Inc. and UBS Financial Services of Puerto Rico (collectively "UBS") have been ordered to pay an investor $200,000 by a FINRA arbitration panel for losses the investor incurred by investing in UBS's Puerto Rico bond funds. This is the first known decision...

Letter: Puerto Rico tax reform with economic revitalization

May 18, 2015
Letter: Puerto Rico tax reform with economic revitalization Puerto Rico tax reform can be more palatable for legislators if it is viewed by Puerto Rican citizens as payment for services rendered. Services with double pay backs in lower unemployment and higher taxable revenue. Puerto Rico Revitalization Program posted here includes start-up careers...

Puerto Rico agriculture specialists intercept harmful Asian Gypsy Moth

May 16, 2015
Puerto Rico agriculture specialists intercept harmful Asian Gypsy Moth SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists (CBPAS) stationed at San Juan seaport in Puerto Rico recently intercepted an Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) egg mass on a ship from Europe. Each of these masses can contain hundreds of eggs of this devastating plant pest.

Dominican Republic men to be charged for attempting to smuggle migrants into Puerto Rico

May 15, 2015
Dominican Republic men to be charged for attempting to smuggle migrants into Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Four citizens of the Dominican Republic will be prosecuted under US immigration law, after Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces for Rapid Action (FURA, for its Spanish acronym) and the Coast Guard intervened and apprehended...

Puerto Rico authorities intercept vessel with 11 undocumented migrants

May 8, 2015
Puerto Rico authorities intercept vessel with 11 undocumented migrants AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border patrol agents and the Puerto Rico Police Department Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA, for its Spanish acronym) on Sunday apprehended 11 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic before reaching the...

Ultra low cost Mexican airline announces flights to Puerto Rico

May 7, 2015
Ultra low cost Mexican airline announces flights to Puerto Rico MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Volaris, the ultra low cost Mexican airline with the most extensive route network servicing Mexico and the US, as part of its active expansion plan has announced the introduction of new international service from Cancun, Quintana Roo, to the city of San Juan in Puerto Rico.

Workers in San Juan area in Puerto Rico earn about 40 percent below US average

May 5, 2015
Workers in San Juan area in Puerto Rico earn about 40 percent below US average SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Workers in the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $13.52 in May 2014, about 40 percent below the United States average of $22.71, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chief regional economist Martin Kohli...

Former Puerto Rico police officers sentenced for civil rights and obstruction of justice violations

May 4, 2015
Former Puerto Rico police officers sentenced for civil rights and obstruction of justice violations SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Former Puerto Rico police officers Jimmy Rodriguez Vega and David Colon Martinez were sentenced on Friday for civil rights and obstruction of justice violations related to the fatal beating of Jose Luis Irizarry Perez, 19. Rodriguez Vega was sentenced to serve...

Navy Operational Support Center Puerto Rico holds groundbreaking ceremony

May 2, 2015
Navy Operational Support Center Puerto Rico holds groundbreaking ceremony FORT BUCHANAN, Puerto Rico -- The Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Puerto Rico held a groundbreaking ceremony on US Army Garrison Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, on April 24. The ceremony marked the beginning of construction for a new 15,000 square foot, $4.57 million drill hall.

Employment and third quarter 2014 wages decline in San Juan, Puerto Rico's only large county

May 2, 2015
Employment and third quarter 2014 wages decline in San Juan, Puerto Rico's only large county SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico’s only large county, the municipio of San Juan, reported an employment decline of 1.8 percent from September 2013 to September 2014, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000...

Vessel with 149 pounds of cocaine intercepted near Puerto Rico

May 1, 2015
Vessel with 149 pounds of cocaine intercepted near Puerto Rico AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine agents, and Puerto Rico Police Department Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA, for its Spanish acronym) officers seized 149 pounds (67.6 kilos) of cocaine after intercepting a wooden vessel...

Puerto Rico downgraded on weakened market access; placed on credit-watch negative

April 27, 2015
Puerto Rico downgraded on weakened market access; placed on credit-watch negative NEW YORK, USA -- Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has lowered its general obligation (GO) rating on the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to 'CCC+' from 'B'. At the same time, Standard & Poor's has placed the GO rating on CreditWatch with negative implications. In addition, Standard & Poor's has...

Puerto Rico attracts four new international services from Norwegian

April 25, 2015
Puerto Rico attracts four new international services from Norwegian MANCHESTER, England -- Norwegian is launching in November 2015 new non-stop services from Puerto Rico to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and London. The airline will be operating to London Gatwick Airport twice weekly (Wednesday and Saturday) and weekly services to Copenhagen.

Puerto Rico international regatta celebrates tenth anniversary

April 24, 2015
Puerto Rico international regatta celebrates tenth anniversary SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- One of Puerto Rico’s oldest regattas, the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta (PRHIR) returns for the tenth time to The Yacht Club at Palmas del Mar, Humacao, on Memorial Day weekend, May 22 to 25. The event, organized by Heineken, the Dutch premium beer...

US Border Patrol arrests seven undocumented migrants after landing in Puerto Rico

April 22, 2015
US Border Patrol arrests seven undocumented migrants after landing in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border patrol agents and Puerto Rico Police Department officers on Tuesday morning arrested seven undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic after landing on board a makeshift wooden vessel off the coast of Puerto Rico.

Commentary: Is Puerto Rico on the brink of economic disaster?

April 22, 2015
Commentary: Is Puerto Rico on the brink of economic disaster? Puerto Rico’s unemployment rate hovers around 14 percent but of course, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does count those who dropped out of the labor force completely. If you did count every working age person not participating in the labor force, you would probably have a 50 percent...

Former Puerto Rico police officer sentenced for false statements during civil rights investigation

April 20, 2015
Former Puerto Rico police officer sentenced for false statements during civil rights investigation SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Former Puerto Rico police officer Miguel Negron Vazquez was sentenced on Friday to serve 12 months and one day in prison for making a false statement to a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during a federal investigation into civil rights violations.

Puerto Rico has lower rates of new cases of lung and breast cancer than the rest of US

April 18, 2015
Puerto Rico has lower rates of new cases of lung and breast cancer than the rest of US ATLANTA, USA -- Puerto Rico has the lowest incidence rate of new lung cancer compared with all other races and ethnic groups in the United States, according to a study published on Thursday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Puerto Rico protestors urge environmental action by Army Corps of Engineers

April 15, 2015
Puerto Rico protestors urge environmental action by Army Corps of Engineers SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A group of residents from the communities along the Caño Martín Peña in Puerto Rico, led by leaders of the grassroots organization G-8, symbolically dredged the tidal channel by hand to call for urgent action by the US Army Corps of Engineers on approval of the...

New jet service inaugurated to meet demand for Caribbean air ambulance transport

April 15, 2015
New jet service inaugurated to meet demand for Caribbean air ambulance transport SAN JUAN, Puerto-Rico -- REVA Inc., world-wide operator of the largest private fleet of jet air ambulances in the world, has launched a major expansion of its Caribbean operations. REVA now offers permanently based jet services capable of direct emergency air-medical transportation to and from...

Puerto Rico sales tax increase delayed

April 4, 2015
Puerto Rico sales tax increase delayed SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- On February 11, 2015, House Bill 2329 was introduced to radically change the tax code of Puerto Rico. The bill is designed to scrap the current tax code and replace it. In effect, the legislation is designed to institute a value-added tax (VAT) system, lower income tax rates, and...

Puerto Rico authorities intercept ten migrants in Mona island; one reported drowned

April 3, 2015
Puerto Rico authorities intercept ten migrants in Mona island; one reported drowned AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol agents in Puerto Rico apprehended ten undocumented Cuban and Dominican Republic migrants after they landed in the early morning hours on Thursday in Mona Island. The US Coast Guard found a dead body floating...

Tagged mako shark comes calling on Puerto Rico

March 27, 2015
Tagged mako shark comes calling on Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Caught and tagged off Ocean City, Maryland, last May and named for an Ohio elementary school, a fast tracking, young shortfin mako shark, dubbed “St Marys”, is currently visiting the waters off Puerto Rico. The five-and-a-half-foot juvenile male shark is among over 40...

Collaborative space advances transformation of Puerto Rico

March 27, 2015
Collaborative space advances transformation of Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Founder and chairman of the board of directors of Foundation for Puerto Rico (FPR), Jon Borschow, announced the opening of the Colaboratorio, an innovative collaborative space that will serve to advance the transformation of Puerto Rico. "In this historical moment, collaboration...

Fourth- and eighth-grade students in Puerto Rico fall short in mathematics

March 13, 2015
Fourth- and eighth-grade students in Puerto Rico fall short in mathematics WASHINGTON, USA -- Many of Puerto Rico's fourth- and eighth-grade public school students are falling short in mathematics achievement, according to The Nation's Report Card: 2013 Mathematics Assessment in Puerto Rico. The results in 2011 and 2013 come from the National...

Fuel company to spend $1.6 million on leak detection in gas stations across Puerto Rico and USVI

March 12, 2015
Fuel company to spend $1.6 million on leak detection in gas stations across Puerto Rico and USVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A settlement announced on Monday between the US and Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. (Total Puerto Rico) resolves Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) violations alleged at 31 gas stations in Puerto Rico and four gas stations in the US Virgin Islands.

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