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  • To control the spread of Zika, Puerto Rico government orders price freeze on condoms

    02/05/2016 12:15:45 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 16 replies
    NotiUno.com ^ | February 5, 2016 | NotiUno
    (English translation) In the wake of scores of [Zika] cases that have been reported in eastern Puerto Rico and due to fears that it will spread to other municipalities, Department of Consumer Affairs (DACO) Secretary Nery Adames announced that the agency added condoms to the list of price freezes related to Zika-virus prevention due to the alleged relationship to sexual transmission. "Because of the causal relationship that has been established between a mosquito bite and the probability of sexual transmission, a price freeze on prophylactics and/or preservatives has been ordered. Therefore, every store, service station, place, or business that sells...
  • Zika virus taking a bite out of tourism in Puerto Rico

    02/04/2016 12:36:52 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 2 replies
    NotiUno.com ^ | February 4, 2016 | NotiUno
    (English translation) The tourism industry in Puerto Rico has begun to feel the impact of [the] Zika [virus]. Hotel & Tourism Association President Clarisa Jimenez told the newspaper El Vocero that some hotels have reported cancellations after the island was included among scores of countries under the World Health Organization alert declaring the disease a global public-health emergency. The cancellations have been mainly for trips related to so-called destination weddings since guests have included pregnant women, a population for whom public-health authorities have recommended special caution. According to Jimenez, it is still too difficult to estimate the economic impact of...
  • Walmart threatens to leave Puerto Rico over taxes

    02/04/2016 7:05:33 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 56 replies
    NotiUno.com ^ | February 4, 2016 | NotiUno
    (English translation) During his appearance yesterday [Wednesday] before Judge Jose A. Fuste at Federal Court in Hato Rey, Walmart Vice President for Special Taxes in Puerto Rico Anthony Walker stressed that the company will be unable to continue operations in the island if Law 72, known as the "Walmart tax" which imposes on the multinational [corporation] an estimated 91.5% tax rate, stands. "That is not sustainable for us. We recently closed seven stores in Puerto Rico as part of a strategy that has forced us to close a total of 254 stores around the world. Here in Puerto Rico, Walmart...
  • Questionable Charity in Puerto Rico Has One Employee— the Governor’s Brother

    01/21/2016 3:33:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 21, 2016 | Peter Flaherty
    A nonprofit group founded by ex-New York SEIU boss Dennis Rivera has received big contributions from corporations that do business with the Puerto Rican government, while employing the governor's brother as its only employee. This arrangement was reported today by Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon, based on information provided by NLPC. The charity, now known as "Sociedad Económica De Amigos del Pais," was founded in New York in 1996 by Rivera and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as the Hispanic Education and Legal Fund (HELF). Its name change, relocation to Puerto Rico and change of mission...
  • Puerto Rico Is Greece, & These 5 States Are Next To Go

    01/17/2016 10:47:05 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 41 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3 Jan, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    As Wilbur Ross so eloquently noted, for Puerto Rico "it's the end of the beginning... and the beginning of the end," as he explained "Puerto Rico is the US version of Greece." However, as JPMorgan explains, for some states the pain is really just beginning as Municipal bond risk will only become more important over time, as assets of some severely underfunded plans are gradually depleted. But, as JPMorgan details, Muni risk is on the rise for US states, but broad generalizations do not apply (in other words, these five states are 'screwed')... The direct indebtedness of US states (excluding...
  • GameStop to close its Puerto Rico stores

    01/15/2016 10:00:35 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 6 replies
    NotiUno.com (Spanish) ^ | January 11, 2016 | NotiUno
    (English translation) The GameStop video-game stores in Puerto Rico will close. The United States-based company confirmed the closure as it pointed out that the decision was made due to the government's high taxes which it alleges have affected its operations in the island. It was reported that, unfortunately, over 500 employees will be laid off. According to GameStop's Public Relations Director, they will leave Puerto Rico as early as March.
  • The Party Is Over In Puerto Rico

    01/15/2016 9:05:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2016 | Steve Sherman
    Puerto Rico is stunningly beautiful. It's a virtual paradise...Caribbean white sand beaches, a close proximity to the U.S., they speak both English and Spanish, if you're an American citizen you don't need for a passport as Puerto Rico is a US Commonwealth. They've got snorkeling, great food, a rainforest, and a stunning historical fort from the imperial days sitting atop a bluff overlooking the sea. With all that natural attraction you'd think Puerto Rico would be knocking it out of the park economically. Tourism alone should be the driving force to keep the economy rocking. Every American should want to...
  • U.S. Treasury Secretary to visit Puerto Rico next week

    01/15/2016 8:12:47 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 8 replies
    NotiUno.com (Spanish) ^ | January 15, 2016 | NotiUno
    (English translation) United States Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew will visit Puerto Rico next Wednesday to meet with government and civic leaders. It was reported that they will discuss the island's fiscal and public-debt crisis. According to Treasury's spokesman, among the people Lew is scheduled to meet with are Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, and legislative, community, labor, and business leaders.
  • SCOTUS Oral Arguments in Puerto Rico Double Jeopardy and Sovereignty Case

    01/13/2016 12:35:11 PM PST · by cll · 8 replies
    The argued case relates to the matter of the sovereignty (or lack of) of the several territories of the United States (Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands) in a double-jeopardy case. In essence, the Puerto Rico Supreme Court Court ruled that the island is under the total control of the U.S. Congress according to the territorial clause of the U.S. Constitution and that as such, it lacks the sovereignty of a regular U.S. State, and that because of that a defendant already tried in the federal district court cannot be tried for the...
  • What is Epiphany? Why do Christians mark this feast day

    01/06/2016 4:25:59 AM PST · by cll · 20 replies
    Express UK ^ | 01/06/16 | Joe Sheppard
    TODAY marks the official end to the Christmas season as Christians across the world celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. The celebration falls on the 12th day of Christmas and marks the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist. Pope Francis will today hold the annual Holy Mass for the Epiphany in St Peter's Basilica in Rome marking a celebration that was first observed by western Christians in the 4th century. The Epiphany also marks the visit of the three Wise Men to baby Jesus.
  • Puerto Rico defaults on $37 mn in debt

    01/05/2016 4:20:57 PM PST · by bkopto · 12 replies
    La Prensa ^ | Jan 5, 2015 | staff
    The government of Puerto Rico has failed to make $37.3 million in debt repayments, a selective default dictated by lack of liquidity, Public Affairs Secretary Jesus Manuel Ortiz told EFE Tuesday. The island's government signaled last week that it would not make the payments, which were due by midnight Monday. The defaulted debt corresponds to $35.9 million in bonds issued by the Puerto Rico Infrastructure Finance Authority and $1.4 million in Public Finance Corp. bonds. Rating agency Standard & Poor's said Monday that if Puerto Rico didn't pay the $37.3 million by midnight, the bonds would be declared in default....
  • Gallup: Only 2% Say 'Guns/Gun Control' Among Nation's Most Important Problems

    01/04/2016 9:10:48 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 1/4/2015 | Susan Jones
    As President Obama prepares to announce new executive actions on gun control Monday, a newly released Gallup Poll shows that "guns/gun control" ranked near the bottom of Americans' most pressing concerns in 2015. In fact, guns/gun control ranked 19th out of 23 top problems facing the country last year.
  • Puerto Rico Is Greece, and These 5 States Are Next To Go

    01/03/2016 6:22:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/03/2016 | Tyler Durden
    <p>As Wilbur Ross so eloquently noted, for Puerto Rico "it's the end of the beginning... and the beginning of the end," as he explained "Puerto Rico is the US version of Greece." However, as JPMorgan explains, for some states the pain is really just beginning as Municipal bond risk will only become more important over time, as assets of some severely underfunded plans are gradually depleted.</p>
  • Puerto Rico Governor's Mansion Will Celebrate the Epiphany on January 5

    01/01/2016 5:26:13 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 8 replies
    ElVocero.com (Spanish) ^ | January 1, 2016 | Ayeza Diaz
    (English translation) While the [Puerto Rico] government is bracing for the consequences of partial non-payment of its debt with creditors, the Governor's Mansion is preparing to celebrate an Epiphany festivity on January 5. It was announced in an invitation released to the general public that the activity will begin with visits to the grounds of the Santa Catalina Palace [the Governor's Mansion] from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The Executive Mansion will later present a musical performance by the Puerto Rico State Band under director and composer Angel "Cucco" Pena. According to the provided information, the concert is scheduled to...
  • Move Gitmo Prisoners to Puerto Rico?

    01/01/2016 1:46:51 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 24 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | December 28, 2015 | Marc Joffe
    The Obama Administration is struggling to find a cost effective way to shift Guantanamo Bay detainees to prisons on the U.S. mainland. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico is struggling through an unprecedented fiscal and economic crisis. These two problems could create a unique policy opportunity: to save federal taxpayer dollars and boost the Puerto Rican economy, move the detainees to the Commonwealth rather than to the mainland U.S. At his year-end press conference, President Obama continued to advance the fiscal case for shutting down the Guantanamo detention camp. In answer to a reporter's question, President Obama said, "I think we can make...
  • Puerto Rico Panic

    12/30/2015 4:37:59 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 19 replies
    World Magazine ^ | December 11, 2015 | Marvin Olasky
    Liberals are trumpeting a looming “humanitarian crisis” that demands a federal bailout: Otherwise, Puerto Rico will have to cut spending on schools and hospitals. Conservatives are emphasizing a governance crisis: Many Puerto Rican politicians have won votes by overspending; and if they get away with it, their counterparts in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and other states will keep running toward the cliff. One piece of political evidence: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio flew to Puerto Rico last month and marched with thousands who demanded that Washington send more...
  • Puerto Rico will default again

    12/30/2015 11:51:03 AM PST · by cll · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/30/15 | Heather Long
    There's no "Happy New Year" for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico will default -- again -- on some of its bonds payments. The island owes about $1 billion to creditors on January 4. Governor Alejandro García Padilla said Wednesday that the island will make all payments except for $37.3 million. He claims the debts that will go unpaid were never guaranteed by Puerto Rico and the creditors should know this. It will be the second default in the island's history. The first default occurred in early August. Puerto Rico is trying to figure out how to deal with about $73 billion...
  • Police tragedy in Puerto Rico: officer kills three colleagues

    12/28/2015 10:11:26 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 18 replies
    ElVocero.com (Spanish) ^ | December 28, 2015 | Miguel Rivera Puig
    (English translation) PONCE - Officer Guarionex Candelario Rivera, the author of the tragic massacre that took the lives of a commander, a first lieutenant, and an officer at the Command Center of the Ponce Area Police Headquarters, had displayed problematic behavior that resulted in his having his gun taken for long periods. However, he regained his gun recently, although he suffered from "nerves" and occasionally went out to the streets as a reinforcement. Fifty-year-old Candelario, a resident of the Tallaboa Alta neighborhood in Penuelas and a 19-year veteran of the force, had been summoned to his workplace this morning. Different...
  • Michael Moore Gets Snarky about Miss Puerto Rico and the US South [vanity]

    Miss Puerto Rico dared support Trump reg. muslims. She also refused to agree that 'we are all muslims'. This was directed at Michael Moore's latest photo-op. She was banned from the contest. If she had criticized Trump, I imagine she would have gotten a standing-o. [More on that 'old' news in followup post.] Michael Moore got snarky: "Miss Puerto Rico seems like a wonderful representative of maybe not of Puerto Rico but of Alabama, maybe? Mississippi, maybe?"
  • Miss Puerto Rico Suspended from Miss America Pageant After Muslim-Slamming Twitter Tirade

    12/21/2015 5:55:22 AM PST · by detective · 63 replies
    Msn Entertainment ^ | December 21, 2015 | Ken Meyer
    Miss Puerto Rico beauty queen, Destiny Velez, was suspended from the Miss America pageant yesterday after blasting Michael Moore and Muslims with a series of anti-Islamic tweets.
  • Miss Puerto Rico suspended for anti-Islam rant accusing Muslims of 'terrorizing' the USA

    12/20/2015 5:04:49 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 64 replies
    daily mail ^ | 20 December 2015 | REGINA F. GRAHAM
    Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez has been indefinitely suspended by the official Miss America Organization after sending a series of offensive anti-Muslim messages on Twitter. Velez, 20, launched an anti-Muslim tirade at filmmaker Michael Moore on Thursday after he shared a photo of himself outside of Trump Tower in New York City with a sign reading: 'We are all Muslim.' Moore's photo was in response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US, which inspired the hashtag #WeAreAllMuslim on social media. The former beauty queen sent a number of tweets directed to Moore including...
  • Miss Puerto Rico Blasts Michael Moore for #WeAreAllMuslim, Declares Support For Trump

    12/17/2015 7:10:32 PM PST · by Steelfish · 85 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Miss Puerto Rico Blasts Michael Moore for #WeAreAllMuslim, Declares Support For Trump Destiny Vélez, who was crowned Miss Puerto Rico 2015, launched into an hours long Twitter rant Thursday afternoon, blasting Islam and Michael Moore for starting the #WeAreAllMuslim social media campaign. (Twitter/@MissAmerica_pr) more > Bush On Trump: Leadership Not Attacking People (Associated Press) Washington Times By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times - December 17, 2015 Miss Puerto Rico launched into an hours long Twitter rant Thursday afternoon, blasting Islam and Michael Moore for starting the #WeAreAllMuslim social media campaign. Destiny Velez, who was crowned Miss Puerto Rico 2015,...
  • Puerto Rican Gov. pushes Congress to change its mind on debt

    12/17/2015 1:14:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 17, 2015 4:03 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Puerto Rico's governor pressured Congress on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to win debt relief for his territory before the end of the year, warning that the island is headed toward a "humanitarian crisis under the United States flag." Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla lobbied lawmakers to oppose a massive year-end spending bill that fails to include the debt restructuring that Puerto Rico is seeking. In an interview with The Associated Press, he said Congress must act soon and he was hoping negotiators would change the bill, a step Republican leadership has ruled out. ...
  • Puerto Rico’s Embattled Governor Says He Won’t Run for 2nd Term

    12/15/2015 9:34:46 AM PST · by cll · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/14/15 | Lizette Alvarez
    MIAMI — With Puerto Rico’s debt-ridden economy still in crisis and his administration mired in scandal, Alejandro García Padilla, the island’s embattled governor, announced on Monday that he would not seek re-election in 2016. In a brief message tinged with anger toward his critics, including members of his own party, Mr. García Padilla, 44, defended his record as governor and lashed out at his predecessors, who he said helped plunge Puerto Rico into runaway debt. The governor said he chose not to run for a second term so he could focus solely on the economy, jobs and trying to find...
  • Hatch, Grassley, Murkowski Introduce Legislation to Address Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

    12/09/2015 6:56:43 PM PST · by cll · 23 replies
    WASHINGTON – As part of their ongoing effort to provide a fiscally responsible solution to the growing financial, debt and economic crises in Puerto Rico, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today introduced the Puerto Rico Assistance Act of 2015. The bill provides both responsible tax relief to workers and transitional relief to the Commonwealth without adding to the federal deficit or debt. Additionally, the legislation includes financial oversight intended to help Puerto Rico attain financial and economic stability, while respecting Puerto Rico’s autonomy. “Puerto...
  • Walmart sues Puerto Rico over 'onerous' taxes

    12/07/2015 10:38:31 AM PST · by PAR35 · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/07/15 | --
    Walmart (WMT) is suing the island over what the company calls an "onerous and unconstitutional" tax increase. It's such a dramatic hike that Walmart estimates now it will have to pay 91.5% of its net income in Puerto Rico in taxes. That's about three times what Walmart pays, on average, in taxes elsewhere. ... The hike only applies to big companies with revenues over $2.75 billion a year.
  • Wal-Mart sues Puerto Rico over tax hike

    12/05/2015 12:57:52 PM PST · by Hoodat · 10 replies
    Yahoo - Finance ^ | Dec 5, 2015, 3:55 PM EST | Staff
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Wal-Mart's Puerto Rico operation is asking the federal court in San Juan to void what it calls an "onerous" and "unconstitutional" tax that unfairly targets the U.S. retail giant. It said in court papers filed Friday that the increased levy on purchases from U.S.-based Wal-Mart distribution centers by its island entities constitutes one of the world's highest taxes and pushes its effective tax rate to 91.5 percent of net income. The tax increase will cost Wal-Mart $155 million over six years and make its Puerto Rico business unsustainable. The suit says that Puerto Rico's...
  • Puerto Rico Governor supports Obama plan to accept Syrian "refugees" [Vanity]

    11/19/2015 8:28:02 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 27 replies
    During a press conference aired on Puerto Rican AM radio station WAPA, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla expressed his support for the Obama administration's plan to accept Syrian "refugees" in the United States. Garcia, a Democrat, went as far as stating that the U.S. is being "timid" in planning to take in "only" 10,000.
  • Three Syrians arrested in St.Maarten with false Greek travel documents

    11/16/2015 7:05:57 AM PST · by cll · 23 replies
    The police have arrested three (3) men, who tried to enter the country on Saturday; November 14th, using false documents. The men in custody are believed to be nationals of Syria who arrived at the Princess Juliana International Airport around 7:30 pm on an Insel Air flight originating from Haiti. They were soon after held by airport immigration after it was discovered that the travel documents they presented were false. The suspects were turned over to the Back Office at the PJIA who further investigated the documents and determined that the Greek passports the men were travelling with were indeed...
  • Ben Carson Begins Shedding Conservatism Even Before Primary

    11/14/2015 4:59:14 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 75 replies
    Renew America ^ | 11/11/2015 | Sher Zieve
    Before my fellow conservatives jump immediately to defend Candidate Carson, I would ask that they read the following short column. Some years ago, I became aware of the extraordinary and remarkable career of Dr. Benjamin Carson via the 2009 movie "Gifted Hands" ,a film in which Cuba Gooding, Jr. portrayed the doctor. I even talked about him to my friend and colleague Laurie Roth who, subsequently, interviewed him on her Radio show. Dr. Carson seemed to be an honorable man, conservative and true to his word. However, since he officially began his campaign for the position of POTUS, something appears...
  • Carson backs Puerto Rico statehood

    11/08/2015 11:41:57 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 93 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/08/2015 | Deena Zaru
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson endorsed statehood for Puerto Rico at a Sunday campaign event on the island. "In a Carson administration, I will leave no stone unturned in my efforts to secure this important step in Puerto Rico's history -- establishing Estado 51," said the retired neurosurgeon, highlighting the strategic benefits of the Caribbean island's location relative to the United States mainland.  Amid mounting scrutiny recently over his past, Carson traveled to the island territory to address a statehood advocacy group convention. The campaign estimated that 3,500 people were attended the New Progressive Party rally, at the Waldorf...
  • Source: Ben Carson Is Endorsing Statehood For Puerto Rico Tomorrow On The Island

    11/07/2015 3:21:16 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 185 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 11/07/2015 | Adrian Carraquillo
    Ben Carson will endorse statehood for Puerto Rico tomorrow at an event with Ricky Rosello, a gubernatorial candidate for the pro-statehood party on the island, according to a source close to Rosello's campaign. The source said the condition for Carson speaking at the event was that he come out for statehood. A request for comment from Carson's campaign on the endorsement was not immediately returned. The issue of statehood for Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the United States, does not neatly breakdown along traditional Democrat and Republican lines on the island, which is also dealing with a financial and health...
  • Puerto Rico to ban plastic bags through executive order (Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla signs)

    10/30/2015 2:39:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/30/15 | DANICA COTO
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rico's governor signed an executive order Friday banning the use of plastic bags across the U.S. territory, defying legislators who just days ago rejected a similar bill. The ban will take effect in mid-2016 and will be preceded by a six-month educational campaign, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said.
  • Barack Obama should bypass Congress to aid Puerto Rico

    10/28/2015 6:53:21 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | October 28, 2015 | ERIN DURKIN
    City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Wednesday President Obama should go around Congress to find a way to aid debt-ridden Puerto Rico. Obama proposed a plan last week to give the island a form of bankruptcy protection and let it restructure debt — but that requires Congressional approval, and the Republican-controlled Congress quickly gave it a hostile reception. "In the light of the lack of response from Congress--no sense of urgency, no sense of concern being expressed to deal with this in any way--we have to figure out other options," Mark-Viverito, who is from Puerto Rico and has become one...
  • The Joy of The Lord[charismatic Caucus]

    10/27/2015 12:35:15 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The "JOY" of The LORD is much more than just a depth or width for truly its Harmony has a frequency all its own . My Joy IN YOU is as a ( ((Gusher)) ) rising up into the eternity that you ARE in Me and Hallelujahs are the piercing arrows of righteousness that not only penetrate darkness with light but overtake it and explodes a Chorus of worship from Your heart that IS The WellSpring of life I have placed in you. So "rise up WellSpring for The Voice of Many Waters is calling to you for His Glory....
  • White House says Congress must act to help Puerto Rico

    10/21/2015 10:32:48 PM PDT · by Mariner · 45 replies
    AP ^ | October 21st, 2015 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration is calling on Congress to provide Puerto Rico with the support it needs to emerge from a serious debt crisis. The administration issued a statement late Wednesday saying its efforts to help would not be enough to solve the crisis and only Congress has the power to adequately address Puerto Rico's problems. The administration proposed a four-step program that calls on Congress to approve restructuring of Puerto Rico's debt burden and then provide oversight for a credible recovery plan. The plan also calls for reforms to Puerto Rico's Medicaid program.
  • Ted Cruz's big, bold map

    10/07/2015 11:02:17 AM PDT · by Isara · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/07/15 | Katie Glueck
    The Texas senator is hunting votes in the most far-flung places to meet the requirements of an obscure RNC rule. Ted Cruz has long contended that the GOP nomination fight will be a grueling, drawn-out affair that could stretch all the way to the convention. And he's taking out an insurance policy just in case. Cruz is working the most distant corners of the political map, courting Republicans in the farthest-flung U.S. territories in an attempt to meet the requirements of Republican National Committee rule No. 40 (b), an obscure provision that currently stipulates that in order to receive the...
  • USCG confirms: SS El Faro has sunk. 33 lives may be lost, still searching

    10/05/2015 7:16:02 AM PDT · by cll · 96 replies
    Various ^ | 10/05/15
    <p>USCG confirms SS El faro has sunk. 1 body and one damaged life boat found among large debris field. details forthcoming.</p>
  • A major maritime disaster is underway in the Atlantic and it is subject to a media blackout?

    10/04/2015 6:33:03 AM PDT · by cll · 146 replies
    10/04/2015 | cll
    An 800 ft. cargo vessel sailing from Jacksonville to San Juan in the vicinity of a major hurricane with 33 crew on board loses power, starts listing, sends a distress signal and goes missing now for four days. Drudge has a link to the story just as a side of other hurricane stories. The story goes largely ignored by the mainstream media. Even Free Republic has taken it down from Breaking and Front Page news. That's 33 souls, 28 of which are Americans, possibly lost at sea or struggling to survive. A major U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue effort...
  • COAST GUARD LOCATES LIFE RING FROM SHIP LOST OFF BAHAMAS

    10/03/2015 5:58:29 PM PDT · by cll · 38 replies
    AP ^ | 10/03/2015 | Ben Fox & Danica Coto
    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has located a life ring from a cargo ship that lost power and communications during Hurricane Joaquin and is now the subject of an intense search in the southeastern Bahamas. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss says the life ring was 120 miles northeast of Crooked Island. That's about 70 miles northeast of the last known position of the El Faro before it lost contact with authorities with 33 people on board. Doss says the crew of a C-130 airplane spotted the life ring Saturday and a helicopter crew confirmed it...
  • Jacksonville cargo ship missing in hurricane Coast Guard in Miami searching for ship with 33 crew

    MIAMI - Coast Guard search and rescue crews are searching for a container ship with 33 crew members that sailed out of Jacksonville and was reported to be caught in Hurricane Joaquin, near Crooked Island, Bahamas. The El Faro, a 735-foot ro-ro cargo ship, was en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville. About 7:30 a.m. Thursday, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Atlantic Area command center in Portsmouth, Virginia, received an Inmarsat satellite notification stating the El Faro was beset by Hurricane Joaquin, had lost propulsion and had a 15-degree list. The crew reported the ship had previously taken...
  • Jacksonville Cargo Ship Missing in Hurricane

    10/02/2015 9:50:14 AM PDT · by cll · 14 replies
    News4Jax ^ | 10/02/2015 | Kumasi Aaron
    Coast Guard search and rescue crews are searching for a container ship with 33 crew members that sailed out of Jacksonville and was reported to be caught in Hurricane Joaquin, near Crooked Island, Bahamas. The El Faro, a 735-foot ro-ro cargo ship, sailed out of Jacksonville Tuesday en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Tim Nolan, president of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, said that when the ship sailed, the crew was monitoring what was then Tropical Storm Joaquin. He said TOTE lost all communication with the El Faro as of 7:20 a.m. Thursday. "There are a number of possible reasons...
  • Dem Rep: Challenge Pope on Abortion, Gays, But Not Illegals, Income Redistribution

    09/23/2015 6:34:16 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    To quote the Church Lady: isn't that conv-e-e-e-e-nient? On Chris Hayes' MSNBC show tonight, Dem congressman Luis Gutierrez claimed that while he was "challenged" by the Catholic church's teachings on abortion and gay rights and found them "difficult" [but not difficult enough to change his standard liberal positions], no one can really argue the Pope's positions on illegal immigration and income inequality. View the video here.
  • Russia Wants Texas and Puerto Rico to Secede

    09/24/2015 8:08:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 24, 2015 | Casey Michel
    A sham conference held in Moscow this week was all about getting Western regions to break away.Its an open secret that the current Kremlin coterie has an obsession with sovereignty. Moscow may push the oddest version of sovereignty in the international arena. Not only was the country the progenitor of the notion of sovereign democracythe ability to entrench autocracy, disguised as democracy, without foreign interference or pushbackbut Moscows also lobbed recognitions of sovereignty far more frequently than any of its nearest competitors. Are you a Georgian seaside region tired of Tbilisis demands? Are you a forested stretch of eastern Moldova,...
  • Once-thriving Puerto Rico mountain town finds itself at economic abyss amid population flight

    09/21/2015 8:04:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    ap ^ | September 18, 2015
    LARES, Puerto Rico Ismael Rodriguez looked out on a nearly empty plaza from the clothing store he opened in 1960, now hemmed in by padlocked businesses in this mountain town in northwestern Puerto Rico... experiencing the deepest malaise of just about any community on this island in the depths of an economic crisis. "I have seen the destruction of a town," Rodriguez, 67, said as he gestured toward the plaza. "Look at all the shuttered stores." Lares has become emblematic of the economic stagnation that is overwhelming Puerto Rico, and those who live here believe it is a warning...
  • Puerto Rican voters prized by Democrats, Republicans

    09/04/2015 6:06:42 AM PDT · by cll · 11 replies
    AP via The Wichita Eagle ^ | 09/04/2015 | Sergio Bustos
    MIAMI Residents of Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens but can't vote for president. Yet Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton are campaigning there, following two other 2016 White House hopefuls. Why the journey? Despite its crimped political clout, Puerto Rico is seen as one path to presidential victory. Five million Puerto Ricans live on the U.S. mainland, including nearly 1 million in the key swing state of Florida, and they care about what happens back on the island. Rubio is coming Friday for a fundraiser in San Juan and a rally in Santurce. Clinton plans an event...
  • Puerto Rico Plays Chicken With Its Creditors

    08/26/2015 12:11:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 August 2015 | Mary Anastasia OGrady
    Failure to negotiate in good faith could cost the island the help it seeks from Washington. ___ On Sept. 1 the state-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) faces a deadline for restructuring more than $8 billion in debt. If it cant come to an agreement with creditors, a previous forbearance agreement will expire and the company will face default. In that event, bondholders could be expected to go to court to begin the process of receivership, as the bond contracts stipulate. This high-stakes negotiation comes when Puerto Rico is asking Congress to give its municipalities and public agencies access...
  • Revelation: Fred DuVal Helped the Clintons Give Clemency to Convicted FALN Terrorists!

    09/15/2014 12:33:07 PM PDT · by connell · 7 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | Sept 15, 2014 | Joe Connor
    Of all the malfeasant scandals the Clintons have committed, from lying under oath, to Whitewater to the Marc Rich pardon, little compares to the politically craven 1999 clemencies to 16 unrepentant terrorists of the Puerto Rican terrorist group FALN (Armed Forces for National Liberation). Fred DuVal was the co-chair of President Clintons White House Interagency Group of Puerto Rico, one of the groups that actively promoted clemency for terrorists. frauncestavernbombingFrom 1974 to 1983, the FALN waged a merciless, bloody war against the United States, attacking civilians mainly in Chicago and New York. On January 24, 1975, the FALNs most deadly...
  • Puerto Ricos Bankruptcy is a Preview of Things to Come Stateside

    08/19/2015 11:13:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2015 | Jesse Hathaway
    The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico owes more than $70 billionabout $19,729.43 per residentin debt to creditors and investors. First to note the territorys fiscal problems were the credit rating agencies, which downgraded the territorys bond status to speculative, the first of three steps along the junk-bond path to loan default. Over the summer, about a year and a half after insiders warned of the territorys looming problems, Gov. Garca Padilla (PPD) announced, [T]he debt is not payable. My administration is doing everything not to default, Garcia Padilla said in an interview with The New York Times. But we have...
  • Puerto Rico's 'death spiral' can be traced back to one mistake

    08/07/2015 9:27:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/07/2015 | Linette Lopez
    Puerto Rico is $72 billion in debt, and it will take a painful process to bring the island's finances back from the brink. It's a massive debt load for such a small territory, and the problem can really be traced to one issue bad tax policy. After Puerto Rico let one tax break for manufacturers expire almost a decade ago, manufacturers started shutting down operations on the island. That caused a spike in unemployment. On top of that, business-friendly tax policies for some of the companies that remained allowed multinational giants to pay tax rates of little more than...