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Former Puerto Rico mayor pleads guilty to soliciting and accepting bribes

October 25, 2014
Former Puerto Rico mayor pleads guilty to soliciting and accepting bribes 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.

Puerto Rico authorities foil heroin smuggling attempt

October 24, 2014
Puerto Rico authorities foil heroin smuggling attempt 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...

Puerto Rico marriage ruling welcomed

October 23, 2014
Puerto Rico marriage ruling welcomed 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...

US border agents apprehend 32 Haitians landing in Monito Island, off Puerto Rico

October 18, 2014
US border agents apprehend 32 Haitians landing in Monito Island, off Puerto Rico 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...

Bermuda under hurricane warning

October 16, 2014
Bermuda under hurricane warning 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.

Puerto Rico announces plan for Port of the Americas

October 15, 2014
Puerto Rico announces plan for Port of the Americas 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.

Gonzalo becomes a hurricane while moving through Leewards

October 14, 2014
Gonzalo becomes a hurricane while moving through Leewards 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.

Hurricane watch issued for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

October 13, 2014
Hurricane watch issued for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands 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.

Fay moves away from Bermuda, as Gonzalo threatens Leewards

October 13, 2014
Fay moves away from Bermuda, as Gonzalo threatens Leewards 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.

Former Puerto Rico police officer pleads guilty to 2012 robbery

October 9, 2014
Former Puerto Rico police officer pleads guilty to 2012 robbery SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A former Police of Puerto Rico (POPR) sergeant and a civilian have pleaded guilty for their involvement in a July 2012 robbery, and an additional POPR officer has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents. Jorge Fernandez-Aviles, 49, a POPR sergeant, pleaded guilty...

Heroin and over $2 million in smuggled currency seized in Puerto Rico

October 3, 2014
Heroin and over $2 million in smuggled currency seized in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered 1.15 kilograms (2.5 pounds) of heroin concealed within a vehicle arriving from the Dominican Republic on the ferry last Friday and, on evening Monday, CBP officers conducting ferry outbound operations at...

Puerto Rico authorities seize cocaine and heroin

September 27, 2014
Puerto Rico authorities seize cocaine and heroin SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers discovered 18.7 pounds of cocaine and 12.2 pounds of heroin concealed within a truck arriving from the Dominican Republic on Wednesday. The seized drugs have an approximate street value of $573,000.

Puerto Rico debuts as leading Caribbean yachting destination at Monaco Yacht Show

September 26, 2014
Puerto Rico debuts as leading Caribbean yachting destination at Monaco Yacht Show SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico is participating in the Monaco Yacht Show this week, taking its Caribbean flair to the French Riviera to demonstrate why it is an ideal destination for yachters worldwide. The island's four marinas, yachting maintenance facilities, luxury attractions and natural beauty...

New investment in Puerto Rico exceeds $1billion

September 24, 2014
New investment in Puerto Rico exceeds $1billion SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Last week, Nicholas Prouty, CEO of Putnam Bridge, announced the firm's plan to begin construction on the third phase of Ciudadela, a mixed-used development in the heart of Santurce. The project adds to a growing list of other large scale investments in Puerto Rico.

New Jersey food company focuses expansion efforts in Caribbean

September 24, 2014
New Jersey food company focuses expansion efforts in Caribbean PATERSON, USA -- As part of its effort to grow its export business, Kontos Foods, Inc., a New Jersey-based manufacturer and distributor of traditional Greek and Mediterranean foods for restaurants, hotels, food service, retail specialty stores and supermarkets worldwide, has increased expansion...

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

Puerto Rico's climate crisis: Experts brief Congress on extreme weather woes

September 19, 2014
Puerto Rico's climate crisis:  Experts brief Congress on extreme weather woes WASHINGTON, USA -- In a Capitol Hill briefing on Thursday organized by the Latino Climate Action Network (LCAN), US Senate and House staffers heard leading experts outline the extent of the increasingly grave Puerto Rico climate crisis, the steps being taken to address it, and how...

Puerto Rico wins top CTO sustainable tourism award

September 19, 2014
Puerto Rico wins top CTO sustainable tourism award ST THOMAS, USVI -- The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) has won the Caribbean Tourism Organization’ top sustainable tourism award, the Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism (CEST) Award, presented in collaboration with the online community for the travel and tourism industry, TravelMole.

Puerto Rico customs seize counterfeit iPhone 6 phones and accessories

September 18, 2014
Puerto Rico customs seize counterfeit iPhone 6 phones and accessories SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers and import specialists seized in late August two fraudulent iPhone 6 cell phones among other counterfeit phones and cell phone accessories, infringing the intellectual property rights of Apple and Samsung.

Lawyers still investigating claims involving Puerto Rico bonds

September 18, 2014
Lawyers still investigating claims involving Puerto Rico bonds SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Lawyers are still investigating claims involving Puerto Rico bonds. A number of brokerage firms in Puerto Rico, including UBS, Banco Popular, and others, sold massive amounts of Puerto Rico bonds. UBS also sold proprietary investment funds that held Puerto Rico bonds.

Puerto Rico debuts national fashion brand

September 13, 2014
Puerto Rico debuts national fashion brand SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Ten successful Puerto Rican designers have joined forces under P.ERE, Puerto Rico’s first national fashion brand, which will promote the island’s growing fashion design market. Puerto Rico is already an established textile manufacturing destination.

New report highlights Puerto Rico's pro-business climate

September 5, 2014
New report highlights Puerto Rico's pro-business climate SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The World Economic Fund’s (WEF) newly released Global Competitiveness Report for 2014-2015 ranks Puerto Rico first in Latin America and behind only the United States and Canada in the entire Western Hemisphere in terms of its pro-business climate.

Puerto Rico man sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually exploiting three minors

August 30, 2014
Puerto Rico man sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually exploiting three minors SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A former disc jockey for high school parties was sentenced to serve 40 years in prison on Thursday in the District of Puerto Rico for sexually exploiting minors. According to court records, Eduardo Santiago-Rivera, 45, was a disc jockey who met his victims at...

University opens new regional campus in Puerto Rico

August 29, 2014
University opens new regional campus in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is set to reconfirm its commitment to Puerto Rico with the grand opening of a new regional campus in San Juan. The new campus represents an expansion of offerings at NSU and also provides increased opportunities for students.

Puerto Rico appeals to young entrepreneurs

August 28, 2014
Puerto Rico appeals to young entrepreneurs SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Alberto Bacó-Bagué, the Secretary of Puerto Rico’s Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC), on Tuesday spoke to business leaders and start-ups at the National Black and Latino Council’s Black, Brown and Green Sustainability Summit.

Six former Puerto Rico police officers plead guilty to civil rights, obstruction of justice and perjury charges

August 27, 2014
Six former Puerto Rico police officers plead guilty to civil rights, obstruction of justice and perjury charges SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Three Puerto Rico police officers, Erick Rivera Nazario, Angel Torres Quinones and Antonio Rodriguez Caraballo on Monday pleaded guilty to federal civil rights charges in connection with the fatal beating of 19-year-old Jose Luis Irizarry Perez. These pleas, in conjunction with...

Five defendants plead guilty in Puerto Rico to smuggling aluminum extrusions

August 23, 2014
Five defendants plead guilty in Puerto Rico to smuggling aluminum extrusions SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Five defendants plead guilty on Monday in Federal District court in Puerto Rico to charges of conspiracy to smuggle aluminum extrusions into the United States, with the intent to avoid paying antidumping and countervailing duties. Samuel García-Adarme...

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