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Puerto Rico has lower rates of new cases of lung and breast cancer than the rest of US

April 18, 2015
Puerto Rico has lower rates of new cases of lung and breast cancer than the rest of US ATLANTA, USA -- Puerto Rico has the lowest incidence rate of new lung cancer compared with all other races and ethnic groups in the United States, according to a study published on Thursday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Puerto Rico protestors urge environmental action by Army Corps of Engineers

April 15, 2015
Puerto Rico protestors urge environmental action by Army Corps of Engineers SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A group of residents from the communities along the Caño Martín Peña in Puerto Rico, led by leaders of the grassroots organization G-8, symbolically dredged the tidal channel by hand to call for urgent action by the US Army Corps of Engineers on approval of the...

New jet service inaugurated to meet demand for Caribbean air ambulance transport

April 15, 2015
New jet service inaugurated to meet demand for Caribbean air ambulance transport SAN JUAN, Puerto-Rico -- REVA Inc., world-wide operator of the largest private fleet of jet air ambulances in the world, has launched a major expansion of its Caribbean operations. REVA now offers permanently based jet services capable of direct emergency air-medical transportation to and from...

Puerto Rico sales tax increase delayed

April 4, 2015
Puerto Rico sales tax increase delayed SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- On February 11, 2015, House Bill 2329 was introduced to radically change the tax code of Puerto Rico. The bill is designed to scrap the current tax code and replace it. In effect, the legislation is designed to institute a value-added tax (VAT) system, lower income tax rates, and...

Puerto Rico authorities intercept ten migrants in Mona island; one reported drowned

April 3, 2015
Puerto Rico authorities intercept ten migrants in Mona island; one reported drowned AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol agents in Puerto Rico apprehended ten undocumented Cuban and Dominican Republic migrants after they landed in the early morning hours on Thursday in Mona Island. The US Coast Guard found a dead body floating...

Tagged mako shark comes calling on Puerto Rico

March 27, 2015
Tagged mako shark comes calling on Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Caught and tagged off Ocean City, Maryland, last May and named for an Ohio elementary school, a fast tracking, young shortfin mako shark, dubbed “St Marys”, is currently visiting the waters off Puerto Rico. The five-and-a-half-foot juvenile male shark is among over 40...

Collaborative space advances transformation of Puerto Rico

March 27, 2015
Collaborative space advances transformation of Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Founder and chairman of the board of directors of Foundation for Puerto Rico (FPR), Jon Borschow, announced the opening of the Colaboratorio, an innovative collaborative space that will serve to advance the transformation of Puerto Rico. "In this historical moment, collaboration...

Fourth- and eighth-grade students in Puerto Rico fall short in mathematics

March 13, 2015
Fourth- and eighth-grade students in Puerto Rico fall short in mathematics WASHINGTON, USA -- Many of Puerto Rico's fourth- and eighth-grade public school students are falling short in mathematics achievement, according to The Nation's Report Card: 2013 Mathematics Assessment in Puerto Rico. The results in 2011 and 2013 come from the National...

Fuel company to spend $1.6 million on leak detection in gas stations across Puerto Rico and USVI

March 12, 2015
Fuel company to spend $1.6 million on leak detection in gas stations across Puerto Rico and USVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A settlement announced on Monday between the US and Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. (Total Puerto Rico) resolves Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) violations alleged at 31 gas stations in Puerto Rico and four gas stations in the US Virgin Islands.

Former Puerto Rico police officer sentenced for civil rights violations related to fatal beating

March 9, 2015
Former Puerto Rico police officer sentenced for civil rights violations related to fatal beating SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Former Puerto Rico Police Sergeant Erick Rivera Nazario was sentenced on Friday to serve 96 months in prison followed by three years supervised release for violating the civil rights of Jose Luis Irizarry Perez, 19, by striking him with a police baton.

Lawyers still investigating investor claims involving Puerto Rico bond funds

March 3, 2015
Lawyers still investigating investor claims involving Puerto Rico bond funds SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Lawyers with the securities law firm of Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas LLP are still investigating investor claims involving UBS Puerto Rico bonds and Puerto Rico bond funds. Hundreds of investors have already filed claims against various brokerage firms.

Puerto Rico bank shut down by regulators

March 2, 2015
Puerto Rico bank shut down by regulators SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Doral Bank in Puerto Rico was closed down on Friday by the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions of Puerto Rico, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and...

Former Puerto Rico police officer sentenced for committing perjury during civil rights investigation

February 28, 2015
Former Puerto Rico police officer sentenced for committing perjury during civil rights investigation SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Former Police of Puerto Rico Sergeant Antonio Rodriguez Caraballo was sentenced on Friday to serve 46 months in prison and three years supervised release for making a false statement under oath to the federal grand jury investigating civil rights violations.

Florida man pleads guilty for role in Puerto Rico identity trafficking ring

February 28, 2015
Florida man pleads guilty for role in Puerto Rico identity trafficking ring SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A Florida man pleaded guilty on Friday for his role in a large-scale identity trafficking ring, which sold the identities of Puerto Rican US citizens to foreign nationals to allow them to enter or remain in the United States illegally. To date, a total of 14 individuals have been charged.

Economic census shows Puerto Rico manufacturers had shipments of nearly $77 billion

February 28, 2015
Economic census shows Puerto Rico manufacturers had shipments of nearly $77 billion WASHINGTON, USA -- Puerto Rico's overall manufacturing sector reported $76.6 billion in total value of shipments for 2012, down 4.5 percent from $80.2 billion in 2007, according to the US Census Bureau's Economic Census of Island Areas. The total number of manufacturing establishments...

Former mayor of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, sentenced to 64 months in prison for bribery

February 27, 2015
Former mayor of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, sentenced to 64 months in prison for bribery SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The former mayor of the municipality of Río Grande, Puerto Rico, was sentenced on Wednesday to 64 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $39,000 for soliciting and receiving cash bribes from a contractor who sought construction inspection contracts with the municipality.

Puerto Rico authorities seize 222 pounds of cocaine inside container

February 26, 2015
Puerto Rico authorities seize 222 pounds of cocaine inside container SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers in Puerto Rico on Sunday seized 222 pounds (100.5 kilos) of cocaine inside a duffle bag concealed inside a container arriving from Caucedo, Dominican Republic. The estimated value of the seized...

New 'fiberhoods' for gigabit broadband open in Puerto Rico

February 25, 2015
New 'fiberhoods' for gigabit broadband open in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Critical Hub Networks has opened over 25 Optico Fiber “fiberhoods” in the San Juan area for gigabit broadband. Optico Fiber is Puerto Rico’s only gigabit fiber-to-the-home broadband service, offering upload and download speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Anguilla welcomes new airlift from San Juan

February 23, 2015
Anguilla welcomes new airlift from San Juan THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- A tranquil Caribbean island getaway on Anguilla is now easier than ever to get to with the announcement of Seaborne Airline’s weekly scheduled service. According to chairman of the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB), Ralph Hodge, the direct flights between Anguilla and San Juan...

New children's book debuts in Puerto Rico

February 21, 2015
New children's book debuts in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- “Macho Dad”, a new children’s book about losing a father, by Hector Camacho Jr. and Dustin Warburton with illustrations by Dan Monroe, has been written in remembrance of Hector’s father, legendary fighter Hector “Macho” Camacho. This book celebrates the life and...

Tickets for Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest 2015 now available

February 21, 2015
Tickets for Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest 2015 now available SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Ticket sales for the 25th anniversary of the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest started on Thursday. Both individual tickets and a four-day pass (JazzPass) may be purchased online or at a number of locations in Guaynabo, Ponce, and Añasco. The Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest...

Seaborne Airlines to launch service between Puerto Rico and Anguilla

February 19, 2015
Seaborne Airlines to launch service between Puerto Rico and Anguilla SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Seaborne Airlines has announced the addition of non-stop service between San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in Puerto Rico to Clayton J. Lloyd International airport on the island of Anguilla (AXA), with service starting on April 30, 2015.

First international tourism expo in Caribbean scheduled for May in Puerto Rico

February 16, 2015
First international tourism expo in Caribbean scheduled for May in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Puerto Rico Tourism Company has announced that Expo de Turismo Internacional (ETI), the first international tourism expo in the Caribbean, will take place at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, May 13-16, 2015. The inaugural international tourism expo, ETI-Puerto Rico...

Puerto Rico officials blame parents of children with obesity, consider fines

February 14, 2015
Puerto Rico officials blame parents of children with obesity, consider fines SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- In an attempt to address the significant problem of childhood obesity in the United States territory, officials in Puerto Rico have proposed a $500 - $800 fine for parents whose children have obesity and have not improved after parent-focused education.

Another law firm pursues claims involving Puerto Rico bond funds after release of audio recording

February 13, 2015
Another law firm pursues claims involving Puerto Rico bond funds after release of audio recording SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Lawyers with the securities law firm of Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas LLP are continuing to investigate investor claims involving Puerto Rico bonds and Puerto Rico bond funds. Recently, it was uncovered that, as early as the summer of 2011, two years before...

Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland

February 12, 2015
Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.

Law firm broadens ongoing investigation of UBS Financial Services of Puerto Rico

February 12, 2015
Law firm broadens ongoing investigation of UBS Financial Services of Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The securities arbitration law firm of Klayman & Toskes and Carlo Law Offices has broadened its ongoing investigation of UBS Financial Services Inc. of Puerto Rico, as a result of an audio recording of former UBS Puerto Rico chairman Miguel Ferrer pressuring brokers...

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