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Caribbean's largest cruise conference and trade show opens in Puerto Rico

September 27, 2016
Caribbean's largest cruise conference and trade show opens in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Tuesday marks the opening of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise Conference and Trade Show, the largest cruise conference and trade show in the Caribbean and one of the best ways to target the cruise industry and maximize its benefits.

Commentary: Major earthquake predicted to hit US financial markets on Tuesday

September 26, 2016
Commentary: Major earthquake predicted to hit US financial markets on Tuesday Commentators are predicting that over 100 million people will tune in for Monday night’s US presidential debate. For pure entertainment value that will be hard to beat. Americans, however, will wake up Tuesday morning and hear news that is likely to have a more material effect on how...

Commentary: Wells Fargo is also partly responsible for Puerto Rico's $69 billion bond default

September 22, 2016
Commentary: Wells Fargo is also partly responsible for Puerto Rico's $69 billion bond default As a former career Wells Fargo employee, it saddens me to say that Wells Fargo’s darkest days are literally around the corner. On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Commercial Solar Power, Inc., one of the victims of the Puerto Rico financial collapse, will hold a press conference at...

Commentary: What You Should Know: 'Don Guillo' was left without the rope and the goat

September 21, 2016
Commentary: What You Should Know: 'Don Guillo' was left without the rope and the goat You should know that in the Barrio La Cuchilla Hato Tejas Bayamon, Puerto Rico, where I was born, there was a saying about a person whose ambition let him reach out so far that he would not only miss getting what he was going after but, in that process, he would lose everything.

New airlift agreement to increase BVI air access

September 17, 2016
New airlift agreement to increase BVI air access ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The government of the British Virgin Islands has welcomed the agreement between Delta Airlines and Seaborne Airlines to increase air access to the Territory and allow customers to purchase a single ticket for select flights between the US and the Caribbean.

DHL and United Airlines expand services in San Juan, Puerto Rico

September 17, 2016
DHL and United Airlines expand services in San Juan, Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- United Airlines and DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, have announced several significant growth and expansion initiatives in Puerto Rico. The two companies are working together to continue...

Commentary: Is Wall Street flooding the financial markets, not just Puerto Rico, with fraudulent municipal bonds?

September 17, 2016
Commentary: Is Wall Street flooding the financial markets, not just Puerto Rico, with fraudulent municipal bonds? Florida residents had the second largest state share of these bonds and had just under $2 billion dollars stolen from them. I would not have believed it if I didn’t see it for myself. I have been a senior and executive banker for 28 years. I have been through credit training programs with Wells Fargo...

Expedia reports continued rise in travel demand for Caribbean destinations

September 15, 2016
Expedia reports continued rise in travel demand for Caribbean destinations SEATTLE, USA -- The Expedia group, one of the world’s leading travel companies, reported on Wednesday that travel demand to certain Caribbean destinations has continued to increase on Expedia group sites. During the second quarter of the year, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic...

Commentary: What You Should Know: The basket of deplorables, according to Hillary Clinton

September 15, 2016
Commentary: What You Should Know: The basket of deplorables, according to Hillary Clinton You should know that on Friday, September 9, 2016, at a fundraiser in New York City, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described half of Donald Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables.” Mrs Clinton said: “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put...

Technology tools to be explored at tourism conference in Puerto Rico

September 13, 2016
Technology tools to be explored at tourism conference in Puerto Rico MIAMI, USA -- Leveraging technology and understanding the power of Google Analytics to bolster the performance of the Caribbean's tourism sector will be key components of the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) in Puerto Rico from September 30 to October 2, 2016.

Puerto Ricans' struggle against US-imposed austerity heats up

September 12, 2016
Puerto Ricans' struggle against US-imposed austerity heats up SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- August 31 is now remembered as a day of victory in the struggle against the US-imposed Fiscal Control Board in economically fraught Puerto Rico, despite that struggle having only just begun. On August 31, US President Barack Obama announced the seven...

Commentary: Mayor de Blasio insults the Puerto Rican and Irish communities

September 9, 2016
Commentary: Mayor de Blasio insults the Puerto Rican and Irish communities You should know that on September 5, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio compared the crimes committed during J’Ouvert festival that precedes the West Indian Day Parade with the Puerto Rican Day Parade and the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade by stating: “It was not that long ago...

Non-profit alliance works to improve access to technology in Puerto Rico

September 8, 2016
Non-profit alliance works to improve access to technology in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- World Computer Exchange-Puerto Rico and 4GCommunity.org, two not-for-profit corporations, have announced their alliance to improve public school and family access to technology where needed throughout Puerto Rico. Their work will bring...

Commentary: The real causes of Puerto Rico's financial collapse and it wasn't the economy!

September 5, 2016
Commentary: The real causes of Puerto Rico's financial collapse and it wasn't the economy! On September 27, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, Commercial Solar Power, one of the many victims of the Puerto Rico financial collapse, will host a press conference detailing the findings. Sources close to the investigations suggest that there was rampant and repeated...

Caribbean Corridor Strike Force partners seize $60 million worth of cocaine, marijuana

September 2, 2016
Caribbean Corridor Strike Force partners seize $60 million worth of cocaine, marijuana SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- During a period of one week, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working jointly with the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF), seized $60 million worth of drugs and arrested nine individuals for drug trafficking.

Allegiant announces new routes to San Juan, Puerto Rico

August 31, 2016
Allegiant announces new routes to San Juan, Puerto Rico LAS VEGAS, USA -- Allegiant Air has announced the addition of two new routes to San Juan, Puerto Rico. "We're very excited to add several new routes to the Allegiant route map today," said Jude Bricker, Allegiant chief operating officer. "These new nonstop flights are launching...

Commentary: History is repeating itself and America may not survive

August 31, 2016
Commentary: History is repeating itself and America may not survive In 2006 a financial crisis of unprecedented magnitude hit America. Wall Street, with at least complicit support from our legislators, the DOJ and regulatory agencies began to create new financial instruments to sell to the American people. Unfortunately, these new investments consisted of...

US Coast Guard commissions new fast response cutter in Puerto Rico

August 27, 2016
US Coast Guard commissions new fast response cutter in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The US Coast Guard commissioned into service the latest fast response cutter, the US Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos (WPC-1118), during a ceremony at US Coast Guard Sector San Juan on Friday morning. The Joseph Tezanos is the sixth fast response...

What Monica Puig's Olympic gold medal means for Puerto Ricans

August 26, 2016
What Monica Puig's Olympic gold medal means for Puerto Ricans SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- August 13, 2016 will forever be one of those days when almost every Puerto Rican will remember where she or he was and what they were doing. And chances are they were probably breathlessly watching Puerto Rican tennis player Monica Puig win Puerto Rico's...

Tropical storm conditions threaten Leeward Islands and Bahamas

August 25, 2016
Tropical storm conditions threaten Leeward Islands and Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- A strong tropical wave and associated broad area of low pressure was moving westward across the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico towards The Bahamas on Wednesday, bringing tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rain. According to the National Hurricane Center...

Tropical wave expected to bring heavy rains, winds to northeastern Caribbean on Wednesday

August 24, 2016
Tropical wave expected to bring heavy rains, winds to northeastern Caribbean on Wednesday MIAMI, USA -- Gusty winds, heavy rains, and possible flash floods and mud slides could occur over the northern Leeward Islands and the Greater Antilles on Wednesday as a tropical wave located a few hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized shower and...

Tropical wave approaches Lesser Antilles, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

August 23, 2016
Tropical wave approaches Lesser Antilles, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico MIAMI, USA -- A tropical wave located about 750 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. Interests in the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico should monitor the progress of this system. According to the National Hurricane Center...

Disabled passenger ferry vessel towed to San Juan Harbor in Puerto Rico

August 22, 2016
Disabled passenger ferry vessel towed to San Juan Harbor in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The passenger vessel ferry Caribbean Fantasy was towed safely on Saturday to Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor after a fire broke out in its engine room on Wednesday. The Puerto Rico Fire Department extinguished the fire on the vessel using 3,000 gallons of seawater.

Ferry vessel still burning off Puerto Rico

August 19, 2016
Ferry vessel still burning off Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The fire that broke out aboard the 561-foot passenger ferry vessel Caribbean Fantasy off San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday was still active on Thursday. The fire reportedly began in the engine room of the ship and spread to other compartments on board.

Puerto Rican business groups file legal challenge to hike in electricity rates

August 19, 2016
Puerto Rican business groups file legal challenge to hike in electricity rates SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A group of nine leading Puerto Rico industry and business associations are joining in an unprecedented legal challenge to a Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC) move to impose the first in a series of unlimited, "blank check" rate increases under the controversial...

More than 500 passengers abandon burning ship off Puerto Rico

August 18, 2016
More than 500 passengers abandon burning ship off Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The US Coast Guard responded on Wednesday to a fire aboard the 561-foot passenger ferry vessel Caribbean Fantasy half a mile off of Punta Salinas, Puerto Rico. At approximately 7:42 am on Wednesday, Coast Guard Sector San Juan received a report...

Puerto Rico activists fight to keep beaches public

August 10, 2016
Puerto Rico activists fight to keep beaches public SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Environmental activists and experts in Puerto Rico breathed a sigh of relief when a law that sought to privatize La Parguera, a public maritime zone in the western coast of Lajas, was rejected. But their battle is far from over. Several public beaches and maritime zones...

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