Category: Travel

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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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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Getting Veal Hungry in San Juan, Puerto Rico

By Phil Vettel Confit salmon with quinoa, plantain, herb pesto okra and a pimento vinaigrette served at 1919 restaurant. – MCT photos Ready for some interesting food choices in San Juan? THE island of Puerto Rico offers so many visual treats – gorgeous beaches, rugged hills, beautiful churches and majestic historic forts – that dining just about becomes an afterthought. A chunk of meat or fish, some sides of mofongo (fried mashed plantains) and mamposteao (rice and beans with other goodies), a stiff rum drink and you’re good to go, right? Well, yes, that’ll do nicely much of the...

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Many bridges in Puerto Rico considered risky

By DANICA COTO Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s salty ocean air is corroding dozens of bridges across the U.S. territory, continually weakening the structures and posing a challenge for officials trying to prioritize which ones to repair first. The island has 31 bridges considered fracture critical and structurally deficient, according to a review of federal data by The Associated Press. The fracture critical designation means those bridges have no redundant protection and could collapse if just one vital component fails. Javier Ramos, director of Puerto Rico’s Road Authority, said that while officials are planning to...

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Patron Saint of San Cristóbal

By Murat Tanyel | TrekEarth Today, we are staying at San Cristóbal. Taking a few steps forward in yesterday’s photo and turning left would bring us to this courtyard where an open air chapel dedicated to Santa Bárbara, the patron saint of San Cristóbal, is located. Santa Bárbara was an early Christian saint of the 3rd century A.D. from Asia Minor. She is the patron saint of any person in danger of fire or explosion. Cannoneers prayed for her intercession before working with dangerous big guns. In the foreground, you can see my two companions Mighty Mini (yellow) and Surprising Skoda (white with red and blue stripes) paying homage to Santa Bárbara. Mighty Mini is the name I gave to my Hotwheels rendition of a souped-up 60s Mini Cooper (2000 First Editions #30). Surprising Skoda is the Matchbox version of a Skoda 130 LR (from the 1-75 lineup of 1987). Back in 2009, I was an avid collector of these ~ 1/64 scale model cars and these two were my travelling companions. They lived in my camera bag and I would take their photos on each trip I...

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