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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...

Commentary: How the zika narrative about Puerto Rico explains US colonialism

August 9, 2016
Commentary: How the zika narrative about Puerto Rico explains US colonialism The natives are in “chaos.” The “war against zika” has been “a failure.” A governor’s adviser left his position “in disgust,” and went to vacation in Spain. Disease is rampant. “Some” has been done, “sometimes effectively.” Mosquitoes “breed” in old tires. There are no “cutting-edge plans”...

Puerto Rico authorities intercept 1,744 pounds of cocaine; five men arrested

August 6, 2016
Puerto Rico authorities intercept 1,744 pounds of cocaine; five men arrested AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border patrol agents assisted Puerto Rico Police Department partners to intercept and seize 1,744 pounds (791 kilos) of cocaine, and arrest five US citizens in the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico. The estimated...

Physicians take issue with media reports blaming emergency patients for Puerto Rico fiscal crisis

August 2, 2016
Physicians take issue with media reports blaming emergency patients for Puerto Rico fiscal crisis WASHINGTON, USA -- The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and its Puerto Rico Chapter on Monday jointly took issue with recent media reports blaming emergency patients for seeking care and for contributing to an ongoing fiscal crisis in the US territory.

Strong tropical wave prompts flash flood warnings

August 1, 2016
Strong tropical wave prompts flash flood warnings MIAMI, USA -- A strong and fast-moving tropical wave over the eastern Caribbean Sea resulted in flash flood warnings being issued for the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico though Monday night. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, as of 2 pm EDT...

Anticipation building for tourism industry exchange in Puerto Rico

August 1, 2016
Anticipation building for tourism industry exchange in Puerto Rico MIAMI, USA -- The Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) is generating a healthy buzz as it approaches its second conference slated for September 30 to October 2, 2016, in Puerto Rico. Karolin Troubetzkoy, president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association...

Zika infections increasing rapidly in Puerto Rico

July 30, 2016
Zika infections increasing rapidly in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- As of July 7, zika has been diagnosed in 5,582 people, including 672 pregnant women, in Puerto Rico according to a new report published on Friday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Positive tests for people with suspected zika virus infection have...

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.

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