News from Puerto Rico:
March 8, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A former state marshal and a correctional officer in Puerto Rico were sentenced on Thursday for attempting to smuggle heroin to inmates in exchange for payment. Joel Torres-Velazquez, 49, was sentenced to serve 37 months in prison.
March 6, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and US Coast Guard (USCG) assets intercepted a vessel on Monday evening attempting to smuggle 38 bales of cocaine, totaling 2,432 pounds (1,103 kilos), with an approximated street value of $27.5 million.
March 4, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and US Coast Guard (USCG) assets intercepted a vessel on Saturday evening attempting to smuggle 30 bales of marijuana totaling 750 pounds (340.194 kilos), with an approximated street value of $1.8 million.
March 3, 2014
SIMPSON BAY, St Maarten -- Seaborne Airlines, one of the fastest-growing airlines in the region, was airborne from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) as it executed its maiden flight to St Maarten on Saturday. Met with the traditional water cannon salute...
February 20, 2014
AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border patrol agents detained 19 undocumented immigrants from the Dominican Republic and Haiti during separate incidents on Saturday and Monday. On Saturday afternoon, Park Rangers from the Puerto Rico...
February 14, 2014
AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US Coast Guard (USCG) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), operating under the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) apprehended 57 undocumented migrants from Haiti, Dominican Republic and Brazil.
February 13, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- Senator Janette Millin Young has cautioned leaders in the US Virgin Islands to pay close attention to the economic woes that Puerto Rico is now experiencing in order to avoid a similar fate in the USVI. Last week, Puerto Rico’s debt rating was downgraded to junk status.
February 12, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Melba Acosta Febo and Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico (GDB) chairman David Chafey commented on Fitch Ratings' decision regarding outstanding bonds of the Commonwealth and related entities.
February 10, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- On Friday, Treasury Secretary Melba Acosta Febo and Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico (GDB) chairman David H. Chafey commented on Moody's Investors Service's decision regarding outstanding bonds issued by Puerto Rico and related entities.
February 8, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Alberto Baco Bague, the secretary of economic development and commerce, and Giancarlo Gonzalez, Puerto Rico's chief information officer, on Friday welcomed the arrival of technology specialists from Code for America as part of an initiative to develop...
February 7, 2014
MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela (ACN) -- Puerto Rico advanced to the semifinals of the Caribbean Baseball Series held at Margarita Island, Venezuela, beating the host squad 5-4, a result that left Cuba without the possibility of advancing in the event. Forced to beat the undefeated Magallanes Navegantes...
February 5, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (S&P) has lowered its rating on Puerto Rico's general obligation (GO) debt to 'BB+' (non-investment grade/speculative) from 'BBB-'. At the same time, S&P downgraded Commonwealth appropriation secured debt and Employee...
February 4, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Ingrid Vila Biaggi, chief of staff to Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, announced on Monday that a balanced budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year will be introduced in the coming weeks. This follows more than a year of fiscal reforms, including reforms to three of...
February 3, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- It seems that Puerto Rico is attracting new tourists, putting the island back on the map. When it comes to high-end hospitality, four new top notch hotels have opened in the 35 x 100 mile island. Starting with the Ritz Carlton Reserve located in Dorado...
February 1, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- On Wednesday, US Magistrate Judge Marcos E. López authorized a complaint charging Joselito Taveras, Miguel Jimenez, and Alberto Dominguez with conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, and conspiracy to import and importation of...
January 30, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- El San Juan Resort and Casino, a Hilton hotel, has launched a new interactive wedding planning website for couples looking to plan spectacular destination weddings in Puerto Rico. A highlight of the website, couples can select hors d’ oeuvres, appetizers...
January 29, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- The Coast Guard offloaded 2,500 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $37 million wholesale value, seized in a historic multi-national counterdrug operation south of the Dominican Republic. This drug interdiction marks the first time an armed US Coast Guard helicopter embarked on a...
January 29, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a summary on Tuesday of fiscal year 2013 border enforcement efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, which reflect the agency’s focus on addressing threats, optimizing resources and building partnerships.
January 29, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A former Puerto Rico Department of Corrections officer was sentenced on Tuesday to serve 811 months in prison for his role in providing armed security for three drug transactions. Bernis Gonzalez Miranda, 27, was sentenced by US District Judge Juan Perez Gimenez...
January 28, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Second in size to only Santo Domingo, San Juan is a big Caribbean city. From the moment your foot touches Puerto Rico's rich, fertile soil, its scale becomes apparent. Three-lane highways surround San Juan's city limits, meandering streets fill dense districts within.
January 24, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela (ACN) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that he will propose the membership of Puerto Rico at the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), whose second summit will be held January 28 and 29 in Havana.
January 23, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Four individuals were sentenced this week for their respective roles in trafficking the identities and corresponding identity documents of Puerto Rican US citizens. Domingo Pablo Gutierrez, 52, a Guatemalan national, was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison.
January 16, 2014
AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border patrol and air and marine agents apprehended 17 Haitian nationals on Wednesday who had landed on Mona Island on Tuesday. Park Rangers from the Puerto Rico Department of Environmental and Natural Resources...
January 15, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A former disc jockey for area high school parties pleaded guilty on Monday in the District of Puerto Rico to producing child pornography. Eduardo Santiago-Rivera, 45, pleaded guilty before US Magistrate Judge Vélez-Rivé in the District of Puerto Rico to nine counts of...
January 15, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Puerto Rico on Monday seized 78 pounds (35.5 kilos) of cocaine inside a container at the San Juan seaport. During the inspection of containers arriving on the M/V Caribbean Fantasy ferry arriving from Santo Domingo...
January 14, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico has been selected as the number one Caribbean Island in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Award Contest. Puerto Rico tops the list of destinations, which also included Curacao, Dominica and Barbados.
January 11, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Discover Dominica Authority on Friday announced that Dominica was voted as the third Best Caribbean Island to visit as a getaway by USA Today. The Discover Dominica Authority through its quest to reach 90,000 stay over visitors encouraged fans and citizens of the Nature Island...
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