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Controversial Cayman Islander joins executive of regional football union

July 27, 2016
Controversial Cayman Islander joins executive of regional football union GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The vice president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA), Bruce Blake, has secured a seat on the executive committee of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) after elections in Miami this weekend. Blake, who has yet to explain fully...

Leading epidemiologist weighs in on zika in Puerto Rico to help educate travelers

July 26, 2016
Leading epidemiologist weighs in on zika in Puerto Rico to help educate travelers SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- An esteemed epidemiologist says, unless you are pregnant or planning to conceive, you can have a worry-free vacation in Puerto Rico. Echoing Puerto Rico Tourism Company's (PRTC) ongoing efforts to educate visitors about zika, Dr D.A. Henderson...

Commentary: SEC review reflects serious concerns regarding bond credit ratings

July 26, 2016
Commentary: SEC review reflects serious concerns regarding bond credit ratings According to the websites run by Fitch, Moody’s and S&P, the definition of a BBB+ rated bond is the following: “An obligation rated 'BBB' exhibits adequate protection parameters. However, adverse economic conditions or changing circumstances are more likely to lead to a...

Bondholders charge Puerto Rico government with violations of PROMESA

July 22, 2016
Bondholders charge Puerto Rico government with violations of PROMESA WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, certain holders of Puerto Rico's general obligation (GO) bonds filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico seeking to stop Puerto Rico's violations of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA).

Puerto Rico flag black and 'in mourning' over US-imposed financial oversight board

July 19, 2016
Puerto Rico flag black and 'in mourning' over US-imposed financial oversight board SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- For many Puerto Ricans, the national flag is a symbol of cultural pride and identity, especially in light of the island's colonial status under the United States’ government. Now, with an artistic tweak, the flag also represents the state of mourning that the island...

Delta and Seaborne codeshare expands travel options to US, Caribbean

July 19, 2016
Delta and Seaborne codeshare expands travel options to US, Caribbean SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Delta Air Lines and Seaborne Airlines, an airline based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, have announced a codeshare agreement that will provide customers from both airlines with increased travel options to and from the United States and the Caribbean.

Cuban migrants apprehended on Mona Island

July 12, 2016
Cuban migrants apprehended on Mona Island AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border patrol agents on Sunday apprehended 14 Cuban migrants after landing in Mona Island. “We consistently convey our concern of how human smugglers leave migrants in Mona knowing the dangers involved,"...

Puerto Rico urged to consider aerial spraying as part of mosquito control to reduce zika

July 8, 2016
Puerto Rico urged to consider aerial spraying as part of mosquito control to reduce zika ATLANTA, USA -- Acting on data from multiple scientific studies in Puerto Rico that show that the zika virus is spreading rapidly and is a major risk to pregnant women and their fetuses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

Puerto Ricans won't accept US-imposed austerity without a fight

July 7, 2016
Puerto Ricans won't accept US-imposed austerity without a fight SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- June 30 was a historic day for Puerto Rico, albeit an unhappy one. US President Barack Obama signed into law the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), which imposes a fiscal control board with extraordinary...

Commentary: $30b in losses, 24m victims; just once, I would like to see Wall Street held accountable

July 7, 2016
Commentary: $30b in losses, 24m victims; just once, I would like to see Wall Street held accountable Let’s face it, if you or I were to participate in a scheme that caused $30 billion in losses, we would be sent away for the rest of our natural lives. Unfortunately, if you work for one of the big three credit rating agencies (Moody’s, Fitch or S&P) or a major bank, like Chase, Citibank or Goldman Sachs...

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

July 1, 2016
Puerto Rico police officers indicted for civil rights violations and obstruction of justice SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A 12-count indictment was unsealed on Thursday charging four current and former Police of Puerto Rico (POPR) Caguas Drug Unit officers with civil rights violations and obstruction of justice arising out of a police operation conducted in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico authorities foil cocaine smuggling attempt by USVI passenger

June 30, 2016
Puerto Rico authorities foil cocaine smuggling attempt by USVI passenger SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers in Puerto Rico on Sunday discovered 7.9 kilograms (17.4 pounds) of cocaine concealed in a passenger’s carry-on luggage arriving from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The estimated value of...

Commentary: Future of Puerto Rico remains in limbo as Congress delays decision

June 30, 2016
Commentary: Future of Puerto Rico remains in limbo as Congress delays decision The United States Senate has until July 1 to provide essential relief to Puerto Rico in order for the island to avoid an otherwise imminent default on billions of dollars of debt. Such a default would result in the economic and humanitarian demolition of the commonwealth and would be difficult...

Puerto Rico coalition denounces fear mongering by US treasury secretary

June 29, 2016
Puerto Rico coalition denounces fear mongering by US treasury secretary WASHINGTON, USA -- The National Puerto Rican Coalition (NPRC) has denounced US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's “alarmist rhetoric” about the Obama administration's July 1 deadline for Senate passage of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic...

Commentary: Dodd Frank is about to be thoroughly Hillaried

June 28, 2016
Commentary: Dodd Frank is about to be thoroughly Hillaried I can no longer sit quietly and watch this country implode from all of the Washington corruption. Today I watched Hillary Clinton’s speech and I was appalled. I watched her tell the audience how she would bring Wall Street to heel and hold them accountable. I listened to her say how...

Coalition of Puerto Rican leaders calls on Senate to oppose House Bill to address fiscal crisis

June 25, 2016
Coalition of Puerto Rican leaders calls on Senate to oppose House Bill to address fiscal crisis WASHINGTON, USA -- A broad coalition of prominent Puerto Rican civil society leaders and organizations, representing all sides of the ideological and political spectrum, on Thursday issued an open letter to US Senators calling on them to oppose the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management...

CBP inaugurates new aircraft facilities in Puerto Rico

June 24, 2016
CBP inaugurates new aircraft facilities in Puerto Rico AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations on Wednesday inaugurated a new aircraft hangar and support facilities at the Rafael Hernandez International Airport in Puerto Rico. The new 30,000 square foot facility is part of the Caribbean Air...

Commentary: PROMESA: The Puerto Rican debt crisis and its restructuring

June 23, 2016
Commentary: PROMESA: The Puerto Rican debt crisis and its restructuring On June 9, the House of Representatives passed a piece of legislation called the “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act” (PROMESA), a bill focused on addressing Puerto Rico’s debt repayment of US$2 billion due on July 1, which is now moving along to the...

Commentary: US Supreme Court entrenches colonial legacy in Puerto Rico

June 22, 2016
Commentary: US Supreme Court entrenches colonial legacy in Puerto Rico On Monday June 13, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Puerto Rico v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust to place the future of the island’s debt restructuring in the hands of the United States Congress. With this decision, the Court has further extended the legacy of...

Most of the lives lost in the Orlando massacre were Puerto Ricans

June 17, 2016
Most of the lives lost in the Orlando massacre were Puerto Ricans SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- From the first hours after the news of the Orlando massacre broke, in which a shooter named Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 others in an act of hatred of LGBTQ people, it was clear that most of the men and women who died that day were Latin Americans.

Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta comes to an end with great results

June 14, 2016
Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta comes to an end with great results SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- After two full days of intense competition, blue skies and perfect weather conditions, close to 300 sailors from all ages participated to the best of their abilities at the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta (PRHIR) and the Puerto Rico International Dinghy Regatta.

Commentary: How our legislators turn a criminal into a victim and fleece our senior citizens

June 13, 2016
Commentary: How our legislators turn a criminal into a victim and fleece our senior citizens I am a 55-year-old saving for retirement. I find “A” rated Puerto Rican municipal bonds offering about 5% in double tax free income. So I buy them. We find out later that the agency that issued them knew they were technically bankrupt and could not pay that money back. We also find out...

House passes Puerto Rico restructuring and oversight bill; removes USVI

June 11, 2016
House passes Puerto Rico restructuring and oversight bill; removes USVI ST CROIX, USVI -- The US House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday by a 297-127 vote to address Puerto Rico’s fiscal and economic crisis after several months of contentious debate. The bill, known as the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act...

Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta ready to start sailing

June 10, 2016
Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta ready to start sailing SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo is ready this weekend to host of the 11th edition of the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta (PRHIR) and the Puerto Rico International Dinghy Regatta. The event is organized by Dutch beer company Heineken.

Local Puerto Rico hotels report strong bookings for LGBT Pride events despite zika hype

June 9, 2016
Local Puerto Rico hotels report strong bookings for LGBT Pride events despite zika hype SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Puerto Rican Tourism Company (PRTC) is currently reporting a 100% occupancy rate for local hotel partners in Boquerón, Puerto Rico -- and the surrounding areas on the west coast -- with no reported cancellations, as travelers flock to Puerto Rico.

For many Puerto Ricans, a proposed fiscal control board smacks of US colonialism

June 8, 2016
For many Puerto Ricans, a proposed fiscal control board smacks of US colonialism SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- There are many reasons why the summer of 2016 will prove to be pivotal for the future of Puerto Rico, a territory under the control of the United States. The Puerto Rican government is expected to default on almost $2 billion in general obligation bonds.

Puerto Rico plans to open commercial office in Havana

June 7, 2016
Puerto Rico plans to open commercial office in Havana HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Puerto Rico’s governor Alejandro García Padilla said his administration expects to open an office in Havana to promote trade and cultural exchange. Padilla made the announcement while speaking to reporters during the recent summit of the Association of Caribbean...

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