Category: GENERAL

A plebiscite for the immediate decolonization of Puerto Rico

By José M. Saldaña On Nov. 6, 2012, the Government of Puerto Rico held a two-part plebiscite in which 54 percent of the voters rejected continuing under the present territorial colonial status known as The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Voters were given the option of selecting among one of the three allegedly constitutionally viable non-territorial options and 61 percent voted in favor of Statehood. In 2014 Congress approved a $ 2.5 million appropriation destined for the Government of Puerto Rico to conduct a government educational campaign in order to make viable a fair, transparent, and inclusive future plebiscite in...

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Wedding Traditions of Puerto Rico

  A wedding is a joyous celebration and that is no different in Puerto Rico. There are a few traditions that are associated with a conventional Puerto Rican marriage. One of these traditions is the offering of the bride and groom a beverage called café con leche and is served in coconut cups. The Bride’s Bouquet Bridal bouquets in Puerto Rico are abundant with the amapola, which is a traditional flower often used at a Puerto Rican wedding. The bouquet may also contain a fan as it is a part of traditional wedding attire in Puerto Rico. The maids...

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How to Make a Traditional Puerto Rican Thanksgiving Day Dinner

  Even though Thanksgiving was not always a traditional holiday on the island, many Puerto Rican families calling the States home began celebrating it by adding a touch of Sabor Latino. A traditional Puerto Rican Thanksgiving menu will likely consist of Pavochon, Mofongo stuffing, Arroz con Gandules (rice with pigeon peas), Tostones, and Tembleque or dulce de leche. I serve a green bean casserole with my meal and for an appetizer I fry up some Platanos versus the Tostones. I season mine with garlic, black pepper and salt and serve them with Mojo Criollo. I’m usually cooking enough food...

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National Shipping of America Expands San Juan Service

JOC Staff | Oct 03, 2013   National Shipping of America has expanded its Isla Verde Express service with the addition of a southbound call at Port Everglades in Florida. The expansion provides a connection between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico with a two-day transit time. Previously, the service, which was launched earlier this year, offered a direct route between Houston and San Juan, Puerto Rico, on a fortnightly basis. The port rotation now is Houston, Port Everglades, San Juan and back to Houston. The addition of the Port Everglades call does not impact southbound transit times between...

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Dominican Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison for Puerto Rican Identity Fraud Scheme

A Dominican national was sentenced Friday to serve 42 months in prison for her role in trafficking the identities of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens and corresponding identity documents, announced the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney of the District of Puerto Rico; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS); the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS); and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI). Arelis Abreu-Ramos, formerly of Philadelphia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí in the District of Puerto Rico. In addition to Abreu-Ramos’s prison term, Judge Gelpí ordered her removal from the United States to the Dominican Republic after the completion of her sentence.   On June 13, 2013, Abreu-Ramos pleaded guilty in Puerto Rico to one count of conspiracy to commit identification fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit human smuggling for financial gain. Abreu-Ramos was charged in a superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Puerto Rico on March 22, 2012. To date, a total of 53 individuals have been charged for their roles in the identity trafficking scheme, and 42 defendants have pleaded guilty. Court documents allege that individuals located in the Savarona area of Caguas, Puerto Rico (Savarona suppliers), obtained Puerto Rican identities and corresponding identity documents. Other conspirators located in various cities throughout the United States (identity brokers) allegedly solicited customers and sold...

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