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Eight undocumented Cubans apprehended in Mona Island

July 29, 2015
Eight undocumented Cubans apprehended in Mona Island AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border patrol agents apprehended eight undocumented immigrants from Cuba, after they landed on Tuesday morning in Mona Island, an uninhabited US territory located approximately 42 miles west of Puerto Rico.

Mass exodus of stock brokers from Swiss bank offices Puerto Rico

July 27, 2015
Mass exodus of stock brokers from Swiss bank offices Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- According to reports, there has been a mass exodus of registered stock brokers from the various offices of UBS Puerto Rico, and more layoffs are anticipated soon, all as a result of the fallout related to UBS's Puerto Rican closed-end bond funds. Malecki Law, who represents...

Puerto Rico authorities seize endangered fish bladders smuggled from Venezuela

July 16, 2015
Puerto Rico authorities seize endangered fish bladders smuggled from Venezuela AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers in Puerto Rico seized 1,328 pounds (602 kilos) of totoaba fish bladders inside nine courier parcels delivered from Venezuela, destined to Hong Kong. During a routine inspection of parcels at the Rafael...

Ten Caribbean hotels named in list of world's best-reviewed hotels

July 16, 2015
Ten Caribbean hotels named in list of world's best-reviewed hotels BELLEVUE, USA -- The Expedia group, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced on Tuesday the results of the Expedia 2015 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. Out of 650 global properties, the following ten Caribbean...

Puerto Rico debt downgraded on default fears; rating watch remains negative

July 1, 2015
Puerto Rico debt downgraded on default fears; rating watch remains negative NEW YORK, USA -- Fitch Ratings has downgraded Puerto Rico's general obligation (GO) and related debt ratings to 'CC' from 'B'. The ratings remain on Rating Watch Negative. The downgrade of the ratings to 'CC', which indicates Fitch's belief that default of some kind appears probable...

Expedia expands presence in Puerto Rico with its first local office

July 1, 2015
Expedia expands presence in Puerto Rico with its first local office SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Expedia group, one of the world's leading travel companies, has announced the opening of its first local Puerto Rico office in San Juan. “As one of Expedia group’s top producing destinations within the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is an in-demand market with more than 250 hotel partners,"

Surprising court victory for gun rights in Puerto Rico

June 22, 2015
Surprising court victory for gun rights in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A surprising victory for gun rights in Puerto Rico has eliminated the firearms registry and licensing requirements to purchase and carry firearms in the island, the Second Amendment Foundation has confirmed. As of now, according to Sandra Barreras with Ladies of the...

Cuba to submit another resolution at the UN on Puerto Rico's colonial status

June 18, 2015
Cuba to submit another resolution at the UN on Puerto Rico's colonial status HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba will again present at the United Nations a draft resolution on the colonial status of Puerto Rico, a gesture ratifying the commitment of Cuba to that sister Caribbean nation. The document will be submitted to the Special Decolonization Committee on June 22, said multilateral...

Puerto Rico judge sentenced to ten years in prison for accepting bribes

June 12, 2015
Puerto Rico judge sentenced to ten years in prison for accepting bribes SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A Puerto Rico Superior Court Judge was sentenced on Thursday to ten years in prison after being convicted earlier this year of accepting bribes to acquit a businessman of vehicular homicide charges. In January, a federal jury convicted Judge Manuel Acevedo-Hernandez...

Banco Popular recognized as Bank of the Year in USVI

June 12, 2015
Banco Popular recognized as Bank of the Year in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- During the US Small Business Association’s (SBA) 30-year celebration in the US Virgin Islands, Banco Popular was recognized once more as Best Bank on the island of St Thomas. The financial institution has five branches in St Thomas, including its regional offices located in...

Puerto Rico authorities seize 434 pounds of cocaine inside two containers

June 11, 2015
Puerto Rico authorities seize 434 pounds of cocaine inside two containers SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers on Sunday seized 434 pounds (197 kilos) of cocaine within six duffle bags inside two separate containers. The estimated value of the seized contraband is $5.5 million. During random inspection of containers...

Three arrested in Puerto Rico in major scheme to defraud US government

June 6, 2015
Three arrested in Puerto Rico in major scheme to defraud US government SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On Wednesday, a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned a five count indictment charging Jose A. Rosa-Colon, his brother and business partner, Ivan Rosa-Colon and Louis Enrique Torres with a multi-million dollar service-disabled veteran-owned...

US authorities apprehend 11 undocumented Cubans landing in Mona Island

June 6, 2015
US authorities apprehend 11 undocumented Cubans landing in Mona Island AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents apprehended 11 undocumented Cuban immigrants after they landed on Tuesday in Mona Island. Park Rangers from the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources contacted the Ramey Border Patrol...

Counterfeit goods worth US$60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean

June 5, 2015
Counterfeit goods worth US$60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean LYON, France -- Car parts, fuel, food, detergent, cigars, shampoo and steel were among fake goods worth nearly US$60 million seized in a two-week operation across the Americas and the Caribbean. Codenamed Maya II, more than 2,000 interventions by police, customs, investigators and...

Iconic Cuban band to return to Puerto Rico

June 4, 2015
Iconic Cuban band to return to Puerto Rico HAVANA, Cuba -- The world famous and iconic Cuban dance band Los Van Van will perform again in Puerto Rico, on this occasion as part of its international tour to celebrate 45 years of artistic life. This presentation will be a dance music show on Saturday, August 22, starting from 8:30 pm.

Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival branches out into habitat restoration

June 4, 2015
Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival branches out into habitat restoration ARLINGTON, USA -- From the grand opening of an ornithological center in Puerto Rico to birding by boat at remote cays in the Grenadines, Caribbean birds were celebrated in more ways than ever during the past month. The 14th annual Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF) included dozens...

Smugglers, marijuana and cargo freighter seized in Caribbean

June 2, 2015
Smugglers, marijuana and cargo freighter seized in Caribbean SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the US Coast Guard, and the Royal Netherlands Navy seized 13,000 pounds of marijuana, a cargo freighter and apprehended 12 smugglers, during an at-sea interdiction May 13, 2015, in the Caribbean. The drug shipment...

Caribbean bombs out at 2015 Scripps Spelling Bee

June 1, 2015
Caribbean bombs out at 2015 Scripps Spelling Bee WASHINGTON, USA -- This year's crop of spelling bee champions from the Caribbean did not make it to the finals as they had done typically in previous years. In a stunning upset, Makayla Todman of the US Virgin Islands spelled out in round three with T.O.R.Q.U.E.M.A.D.A. Meanwhile, Sara-Beth...

Smile and Wave wins first Heineken Star Cup in Puerto Rico

May 28, 2015
Smile and Wave wins first Heineken Star Cup in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta (PRHIR) and the Puerto Rico International Dinghy Regatta ended with great results, after three days of intense competition at The Yacht Club in Palmas del Mar, Humacao. Past 2 in the afternoon, the vessels started arriving...

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...

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