Category: News

Puerto Rico picks NYPD’s James Tuller as next police superintendent

  The Associated Press   Puer­to Rico is turn­ing to one of New York’s Finest to lead its trou­bled police depart­ment.  James Tuller, chief of the NYPD’s Trans­porta­tion Bureau, has been select­ed to be the next super­in­ten­dent of police by Puer­to Rico Gov. Ale­jan­dro Gar­cia Padil­la.… Tuller was born in New York but lived in Puer­to Rico as a child. He starts Dec...

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Puerto Rico Denies Bankruptcy Rumors, Need For Federal U.S. Intervention

By DANICA COTO SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico — SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico (AP) — The gov­ern­ment of Puer­to Rico denied Tues­day that it is near bank­rupt­cy or might need U.S. fed­er­al inter­ven­tion, offer­ing those assur­ances dur­ing a con­fer­ence call with investors aimed at alle­vi­at­ing con­cerns about a recent cut in planned bond sales and the island’s con­tin­u­ing finan­cial cri­sis. Gov. Ale­jan­dro Gar­cia Padil­la said that the U.S. ter­ri­to­ry would not default on its debts as it heads into its eighth year of reces­sion. “We will do every­thing, and I repeat, every­thing that is nec­es­sary for Puer­to Rico to hon­or...

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Protecting the Caribbean Coral Reefs Is the Fed’s Affair

Tues­day, Octo­ber 15, 2013 :: Staff infoZine A fed­er­al dis­trict court has ruled that the Nation­al Marine Fish­eries Ser­vice vio­lat­ed the law by allow­ing fish­ing for deplet­ed par­rot­fish and oth­er algae-eat­ing reef fish species with­out prop­er­ly mon­i­tor­ing the fishery’s impacts on rare corals that depend on healthy fish pop­u­la­tions. San Juan, Puer­to Rico — The deci­sion came in response to an Endan­gered Species Act suit filed in Jan­u­ary 2012 by Earth­jus­tice on behalf of two con­ser­va­tion groups (CORALa­tions and the Cen­ter for Bio­log­i­cal Diver­si­ty), and Mary Adele Don­nel­ly. Local coun­sel for Earth­jus­tice on this case was Miguel Sar­ri­era, who...

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Small plane crashes into sea off outlying Puerto Rican island, killing single occupant

  SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico — A small plane crashed into the sea ear­ly Sun­day off an out­ly­ing Puer­to Rican island and the sin­gle occu­pant was killed, author­i­ties said.  The twin-engine plane was head­ed from the tiny island of Cule­bra to a region­al air­port on Puer­to Rico short­ly after day­break when it went down, state­ment said.  The pilot’s body was recov­ered by a police mar­itime unit that locat­ed a small debris field of fuse­lage. Police iden­ti­fied the pilot as Leo­nis Viouf, a 36-year-old res­i­dent of the cen­tral Puer­to Rican town of Caguas.  The plane belonged to Air Fla­men­co, and...

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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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