News from Puerto Rico:
January 22, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A current Puerto Rico Superior Court Judge was convicted on Tuesday by a federal jury in Puerto Rico of accepting bribes to acquit a businessman of vehicular homicide charges. “Judicial corruption strikes at the very heart of our legal system,” said Assistant Attorney General...
January 22, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico will be the host destination for the ninth Routes Americas, which will take place 7-9 February 2016 in San Juan. The event, which is the route development forum for the entire Americas region, will be hosted by Puerto Rico Tourism Company with the support of...
January 21, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are beginning to make their seasonal appearance off the Puerto Rican coastline. The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center (MCERC), with a filed statin in San German, Puerto Rico, is getting busy undertaking the...
January 14, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Former Police of Puerto Rico Officer Angel Torres Quinones was sentenced on Monday to serve 46 months in prison for obstructing the civil rights investigation into the fatal beating of 19-year-old Jose Luis Irizarry Perez. Torres Quinones pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.
January 14, 2015
FORT BUCHANAN, Puerto Rico -- The Navy Operational Support Center Puerto Rico held a change of command ceremony at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, on Sunday. Lieutenant Commander Chris McCarley relieved Commander Greggory Unger as Commanding Officer.
January 7, 2015
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico is getting ready for the 2015 Puerto Rico Investment Summit, the second of the series, to be held on February 26 and 27, 2015. After a successful summit held in April 2014 in collaboration with the Department of Economic Development and Commerce.
December 24, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Twelve former Puerto Rico police officers have been sentenced for using their law enforcement affiliation and equipment to commit robbery and extortion, and to sell illegal narcotics and manipulate court records. The following 12 defendants have been sentenced.
December 19, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- Elite Traveler Magazine has just reported the top ten destinations to enjoy the benefits of private jet charter flights during last year's peak winter season, which resulted in revenues of $867 million from 12,566 flights. Nassau in The Bahamas, St Maarten and Turks and Caicos...
December 11, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- Travel to the Caribbean has long been focused on the US traveler, but new data from the Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, revealed that intra-Caribbean travel is on the rise, with a 50 percent bump in demand in the first three quarters of 2014.
December 6, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- Fitch Ratings has completed a peer review of three rated Puerto Rican banks and has affirmed the Long-term Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) for Doral Financial Corp. (DRL) at 'C' and Popular Inc. (BPOP) at 'BB-' and First BanCorp (FBP) at 'B-'. The rating outlook is stable for BPOP and FBP.
December 4, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In responding to speculation over the government’s link to the jet operated by Exec Jet Club LLC that was seized by Puerto Rican officials last month, minister of public works Robeson Benn said that all of the charter company’s flights have taken place in accordance with...
December 4, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A leader of a Puerto Rican identity trafficking organization was sentenced on Wednesday to serve 81 months in prison. Enrique Rogelio Mendez-Solis aka Rogelio Quero-Mendez, Roberto Marquez-Prada, 40, a Mexican national formerly of Seymour, Indiana...
December 4, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Banco Popular de Puerto Rico has received the prestigious “Bank of the Year Puerto Rico for 2014” award from The Banker, an international banking magazine published by The Financial Times. The Banker is read in 180 countries and was founded in 1926.
November 28, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The pilot of an executive jet on a flight to Guyana was detained when it stopped to refuel in Puerto Rico on Saturday and agents from US Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations searched the aircraft and discovered more than US$600,000 in undeclared currency.
November 24, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Alberto Baco, Puerto Rico’s secretary of economic development and commerce, summarized initiatives and economic development strategies recently implemented as part of Puerto Rico's economic development plan, at the 14th annual Wall Street summit organized by...
November 14, 2014
AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border patrol agents on Sunday afternoon apprehended 70 undocumented Haitian migrants that had landed on Saturday evening in Mona Island. Border Patrol Ramey Sector Communications received a call from the Puerto Rico...
November 10, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A Dominican Republic man has pleaded guilty to conspiring with corrupt police officers to commit a July 2012 robbery of a home in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Fernando Reyes-Rojas, 43, of the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty on November 6, 2014...
October 28, 2014
PENSACOLA, USA -- Securities lawyers have filed 140 arbitration claims on behalf of Puerto Rico investors against UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank. The complaints allege that UBS provided unsuitable investment recommendations to investors and recommended concentrated investments in...
October 25, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The former mayor of the municipality of Río Grande, Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty on Friday to soliciting and receiving approximately $39,000 in cash bribes from a contractor who sought to be awarded three construction inspection contracts with the municipality of Río Grande.
October 24, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to San Juan Office of Field Operations discovered 2.55 kilograms (5.6 pounds) of heroin concealed within a vehicle arriving from the Dominican Republic on the ferry on Friday. While performing inbound inspections...
October 23, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- Family Research Council (FRC) has praised the decision released on Tuesday night by US District Court Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez for upholding Puerto Rico's definition of marriage as a union of "a man and a woman" and "husband and wife." Judge Pérez-Giménez...
October 18, 2014
AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Agents apprehended on Wednesday morning 32 undocumented Haitian migrants that landed Monday afternoon in Monito Island. Border Patrol Ramey Sector Communications Room received notification on...
October 16, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- A hurricane warning was issued for Bermuda on Wednesday as Hurricane Gonzalo headed directly for the island, which is still recovering after being swiped by Tropical Storm Fay last Sunday, with some roads remaining blocked and thousands of homes still without power.
October 15, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico is looking for a major international port operator to partner with on the development of the Port of the Americas, located in Ponce, on the southern coast of the island. The Port of the Americas site sits on over 300 acres, located just five miles from Mercedita Airport.
October 14, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Gonzalo strengthened into a hurricane on Monday as it passed through the northern Leeward Islands, with additional strengthening likely. A hurricane warning was in effect for the British Virgin Islands, St Maarten, St Martin and Anguilla.
October 13, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- A hurricane watch was issued for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, and the British and US Virgin Islands as Tropical Storm Gonzalo moved through the Leeward Islands on Monday, with rain bands already affecting Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda early Monday morning.
October 13, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Fay moved away from Bermuda into the open Atlantic on Sunday after lashing the island with heavy rain and gusting winds, knocking out power for thousands of residents. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed east of the Leeward Islands on Sunday.