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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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Scientists to explore Caribbean faults, volcanoes

  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The man whose research team discovered the Titanic shipwreck is now leading a mission to investigate major faults and underwater volcanoes in the northern and eastern Caribbean to collect information that could help manage natural disasters. Robert Ballard is overseeing 31 scientists who will set out Friday using remotely operated vehicles to explore the Septentrional and other faults and underwater formations around Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the eastern Caribbean islands of Dominica and Montserrat. The Septentrional fault lies along the border of the Caribbean and North American tectonic plates. “It’s...

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