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Puerto Rico bond fraud victims kick off advertising campaign highlighting PROMESA corruption

November 26, 2016
Puerto Rico bond fraud victims kick off advertising campaign highlighting PROMESA corruption WASHINGTON, USA -- In response to allegations of ongoing government corruption, a series of television and radio spots have been created to inform and educate the American people. These efforts will be undertaken through a new entity that will be called “Wall Street Fraud”.

interCaribbean moves to 18 flights weekly between Puerto Rico and BVI

November 22, 2016
interCaribbean moves to 18 flights weekly between Puerto Rico and BVI TORTOLA, BVI -- interCaribbean Airways has announced a major increase in air service between San Juan and Tortola to commence double daily services effective from December 19, 2016, and triple daily four times a week. The new morning and afternoon services give the...

Under a fiscal control board, Puerto Rico voter abstention is at an all-time high

November 21, 2016
Under a fiscal control board, Puerto Rico voter abstention is at an all-time high SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- As the world anxiously observed the US elections, Puerto Rico, a US territory, also held its general election on Tuesday, November 8. And in a place that prides itself for historically having very high voting participation, turnout in these elections reached a new low.

Puerto Rico authorities intercept vessel and 328 lbs of cocaine; two men arrested

November 19, 2016
Puerto Rico authorities intercept vessel and 328 lbs of cocaine; two men arrested AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) seized 328 lbs (149 kilos) of cocaine on Tuesday after intercepting a “yola” type vessel near Desecheo island and arresting two US citizens onboard. The estimated value of...

Puerto Ricans consider a future under new governor and new president

November 17, 2016
Puerto Ricans consider a future under new governor and new president SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- On November 8, the pro-statehood candidate Ricardo Rosselló was declared the winner of Puerto Rico's elections. Rosselló has conservative views similar to those of US President-elect Donald Trump, and Puerto Rican human rights activists wonder how his...

Shipment of counterfeit lubricant seized in Puerto Rico

November 5, 2016
Shipment of counterfeit lubricant seized in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Area Port seized a shipment containing nearly 1,500 cans of counterfeit WD-40 brand lubricant sent from China. On October 17, CBP officers inspected merchandise consisting of 30 boxes of product declared as...

Puerto Rico authorities seize $29,000 in unreported currency at San Juan Seaport

October 28, 2016
Puerto Rico authorities seize $29,000 in unreported currency at San Juan Seaport SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers from the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) seized approximately $29,000 in unreported currency in an outbound enforcement action at the San Juan Seaport.

BET founder proposes $14 billion revenue solution for Puerto Rico

October 27, 2016
BET founder proposes $14 billion revenue solution for Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and majority owner of Caribbean CAGE LLC, in a letter dated October 25, 2016 to the Puerto Rican Control Board, outlined a $14 billion revenue plan over the next 20 years that the Puerto Rico...

First in port insect discovery by authorities in San Juan, Puerto Rico

October 26, 2016
First in port insect discovery by authorities in San Juan, Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- An entomologist from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed recently that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists made a first in port discovery of an insect within an imported air cargo shipment of cut flowers arriving...

Puerto Rico authorities intercept vessel with 283lbs cocaine; two Dominican Republic nationals arrested

October 25, 2016
Puerto Rico authorities intercept vessel with 283lbs cocaine; two Dominican Republic nationals arrested AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) seized 283 pounds (128.8 kilos) of cocaine on Sunday night after intercepting a “yola” type vessel near the northwestern coast and arresting two men onboard. The estimated value...

Peer-to-peer boat rental trend spreads to Puerto Rico

October 19, 2016
Peer-to-peer boat rental trend spreads to Puerto Rico MIAMI, USA -- On Tuesday, Boatsetter, a leading international boat sharing service, announced the formation of a new partnership with Wally Castro Marine in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The deal is the first of its kind in the Caribbean and adds Wally Castro Marine to Boatsetter’s industry-best...

Cocaine at seized at San Juan Airport from passenger arriving from USVI

October 6, 2016
Cocaine at seized at San Juan Airport from passenger arriving from USVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations Officers on Sunday seized 22 pounds (9.9 Kilograms) of cocaine from a passenger arriving at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Millions in illegal counterfeit products seized in Puerto Rico

October 4, 2016
Millions in illegal counterfeit products seized in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Field Operations has announced that 206 seizures were made of counterfeit products, valued at $1.5 million (MSRP), which were illegally imported into Puerto Rico via international mail.  A wide range of...

Haiti and Jamaica prepare for category four Hurricane Matthew

October 3, 2016
Haiti and Jamaica prepare for category four Hurricane Matthew MIAMI, USA -- Preparations were underway in Haiti and Jamaica on Sunday in anticipation of the approach of the powerful category four Hurricane Matthew on Monday. On Sunday afternoon, the interim president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, accompanied by several ministers and...

Hurricane warning issued for Jamaica and much of Haiti

October 2, 2016
Hurricane warning issued for Jamaica and much of Haiti MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Matthew, which remained a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Saturday, is expected to approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday, bringing life-threatening rainfall to portions of Haiti. The government of Jamaica...

Groundswell of grassroots organizing mobilizes Puerto Rican voters

October 1, 2016
Groundswell of grassroots organizing mobilizes Puerto Rican voters ORLANDO, USA -- On Thursday, Latino leaders and civic organizations from across the Central Florida region and the nation launched "Que Vote Mi Gente," a new coalition to mobilize Puerto Rican voters, one of the newest power constituencies in American politics. Puerto Ricans moving...

EPA misleading Puerto Ricans over toxic landfills, says activist group

October 1, 2016
EPA misleading Puerto Ricans over toxic landfills, says activist group SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Activist group Puerto Rico Limpio accused US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional administrator Judith Enck of misleading the people of Puerto Rico on Thursday in her announcement over the closure of toxic landfills in Cayey and Arroyo.

Puerto Rico anticipates record-breaking cruise season

October 1, 2016
Puerto Rico anticipates record-breaking cruise season SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico is on its way to breaking cruise passenger records for the second time in three years. The island is the number one home port for cruise ships in the Caribbean and continues to be one of the most popular cruise destinations, attracting the world's...

Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea

September 29, 2016
Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea MIAMI, USA -- As expected, Tropical Storm Matthew formed early Wednesday as the system moved through the Windward Islands into the eastern Caribbean, bringing heavy rains and high winds and forcing the closure of government offices and schools in several islands.

Puerto Rico unity, a bright spot in the darkness of a territory-wide blackout

September 29, 2016
Puerto Rico unity, a bright spot in the darkness of a territory-wide blackout SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Things have more or less gone back to normal in Puerto Rico after a power failure on the afternoon of September 21 practically paralyzed the entire archipelago for three days, though for some people electricity was restored much later. Not even the...

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...

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