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  • The Eternal Love of The Father

    02/24/2015 8:15:54 AM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    bible , ^ | Jedediah
    THE Eternal Love of The Father Virtue upon virtue , line upon line of My Word is truly a River of Life as you walk in My Love and not your own for as your Father in Heaven I AM with you always even onto forever but it is My desire you carry My Heart and not your own for your love can be injured But My Love for you ,in you and through you is an unstoppable Truth that sheds off the lies of the enemy and before which all condemnation Must Fall! For My Love is Sovereign and...
  • Puerto Rico Presbyterian Church Exits Denomination Over Homosexuality

    02/17/2015 6:15:53 AM PST · by cll · 10 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 2/17/2015 | Milly Negron
    In an act of full obedience to biblical authority, this past Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, the congregation of Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana en Bayamón (First Presbyterian Church in Bayamón), located in Santa Rosa Community, resigned in plenary from the Presbyterian Church of United States of America (PCUSA) and declared itself an independent Reformed Presbyterian congregation, under the name Iglesia Presbiteriana Westminster (Westminster Presbyterian Church), seeking to join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). This action, which included over 250 signers, was taken mostly due to the arbitrary and repressive positions assumed by the Commission for Evaluation, Education and Resolution of the Presbytery...
  • Governor proposes overhaul of Puerto Rico tax structure

    02/11/2015 8:29:37 AM PST · by cll · 11 replies
    NIMB ^ | 02/11/15 | Michelle Kantrow
    Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García-Padilla offered a televised speech Tuesday in which he outlined his proposal for overhauling the island’s current tax system to what he described as a “simpler and fair one.” Although he stopped short of saying it, the new structure would be based on a 16 percent value-added tax that would eliminate the current sales and use tax structure that seeks to “dissuade tax evasion head-on and dramatically reduce income taxes for citizens.” This will leave more money in people’s pockets, and give them the power to decide how much they contribute to the system through their...
  • Flu Epidemic Declared in Puerto Rico

    02/06/2015 12:06:50 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 7 replies
    NotiUno.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | NotiUno
    (English translation) Given the alarming number of persons infected with the disease, Health Secretary Ana Rius declared yesterday that Puerto Rico is facing an influenza epidemic. The decree was released given the number of cases reported in January which totaled 3,124, a figure very close to the one reported for the last six months of 2014. Most of the hospitalized patients have been pregnant women, children under 19, and elderly, [which are] the highest-risk populations. In fact, an 85-year-old woman already died of the disease. Along with the declaration, the Secretary signed an administrative order for health-insurance companies to cover...
  • As middle class flees, Puerto Rico tries luring rich people

    02/06/2015 7:15:20 AM PST · by cll · 16 replies
    AP via Yahoo! Finance ^ | 02/06/15 | Danica Coto
    PALMAS DEL MAR, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Bond trader Ben Eiler swapped life in suburban Georgia for an island in the Caribbean, and he didn't even have to apply for a visa. The towering 38-year-old native of Arkansas is one of at least 250 people who've accepted Puerto Rico's invitation to well-heeled U.S. citizens to move to the island and enjoy life without taxes on capital gains, an enticing offer for those whose income is derived from investments. Eiler lives in a gated community on Puerto Rico's southeastern shore, making a commute of less than 5 minutes from house to...
  • Left claims GOP is trying to destroy Social Security on day one of new congress

    01/09/2015 3:05:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/07/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Some new media critics really need to make up their minds. It’s either a Do Nothing Congress or a Do Something Awful Congress. If you ask the folks at Talking Points Memo, we’ll be leaning toward the latter because the House was getting busy taking care of business before half of the new members had located the bathrooms. A minor rules change was put in place which modifies the way tax revenues are occasionally shuffled between the Social Security trust fund and the Social Security disability program. There’s a reason for this, as we’ll get to below, but to...
  • More than 200 ‘Run Warren Run’ events planned for Super Bowl weekend

    02/01/2015 2:38:58 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 29, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    Liberal activist groups have more than 200 “house party” events planned across the country this weekend as part of an effort to get Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, to run for president in 2016. The “Run Warren Run” campaign, comprised of members from the groups MoveOn.org, Democracy for America and Ready for Warren, is planning more than 200 “organizing house parties” in 46 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam to try to develop ideas for how they can convince her to run.
  • In Puerto Rico, Undocumented Immigrants To Get The Right To Vote

    02/01/2015 6:31:29 AM PST · by OddLane · 20 replies
    Latino USA ^ | January 30, 2015 | Marlon Bishop
    A few weeks ago, Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla made a surprise announcement that soon he would submit legislation that would give undocumented immigrants and other non-citizens the right to vote in island-wide elections. The move has been commended by immigrants’ rights groups, but is viewed by many on the island as a cheap move by an unpopular governor to try and fix the next election. It’s also left many people on the island asking: can the governor legally do it? The answer, it turns out, seems to be “yes.” Federal law doesn’t stop states or cities from allowing...
  • The mystery signal from a galaxy far away:Brief pulse from deep in outer space baffles astronomers

    01/27/2015 3:32:02 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 30 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Tuesday, Jan 27th 2015 | Mark Prigg
    Is it a message from far beyond out own galaxy? A brief mysterious pulse detected by Arecibo telescope has baffled boffins. The discovery of a split-second burst of radio waves by scientists using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico raises major new questions over what caused it. The finding by an international team of astronomers, published July 10 in The Astrophysical Journal, marks the first time that a so-called 'fast radio burst' has been detected using an instrument other than the Parkes radio telescope in Australia.
  • Puerto Rico's member of Congress gives 5-minute floor statement on the fight for statehood

    01/08/2015 10:18:29 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 47 replies
    House.gov ^ | January 7, 2015 | Pedro Pierluisi
    Mr. Speaker: As the new Congress begins its work on behalf of the American people, I rise to address my colleagues about an issue of national importance, namely Puerto Rico’s quest to discard its status as a U.S. territory and to become a U.S. state. Puerto Rico has been a territory since 1898. If Puerto Rico does not desire to remain a territory, it can follow one of two paths. The territory can become a state or it can become a sovereign nation, either fully independent from the U.S. or with a compact of free association with the U.S. that...
  • Puerto Rican migration to the U.S. mainland triples

    01/07/2015 7:04:07 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 17 replies
    NotiUno.com (Spanish) ^ | January 7, 2015 | NotiUno
    (English translation) The Puerto Rican exodus is at its height. And to judge from Transport Statistics Bureau data, over 72,000 Puerto Ricans left the island during the first 6 months of 2014, El Nuevo Día reports. This number is triple what was recorded for the same period in previous years. For example, over 24,000 people left Puerto Rico during the first 6 months of 2013. According to demographer Judith Rodriguez, the numbers are alarming and prove what was suspected, namely that Puerto Rican emigration to other places in search of a better quality of life is increasing at a huge...
  • Obama Pick for Salvador Post Withdrew Prior Nomination Over Cuba Concerns

    12/17/2009 2:02:53 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies · 392+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | DECEMBER 17, 2009 | FOXNews.com
    President Obama's recent nominee for ambassador to El Salvador was forced to withdraw her nomination to another diplomatic post a decade ago following concerns about ties to Cuba, raising red flags as her name heads to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee once again for approval. President Obama's recent nominee for ambassador to El Salvador was forced to withdraw her nomination to another diplomatic post a decade ago following concerns about ties to Cuba, raising red flags as her name heads to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee once again for approval. The White House announced the nomination of Mari Del Carmen...
  • Bill de Blasio kept 100 passengers waiting at JFK Airport for flight to Puerto Rico...

    12/16/2014 12:29:13 PM PST · by cll · 33 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 12/15/2014 | Mia De Graaf
    Bill de Blasio kept more than 100 people waiting for a commercial flight from JFK Airport to Puerto Rico because he was running late. The revelation will do nothing to alleviate New York's mayor of his reputation for tardiness. Passengers including city officials and holidaygoers had no idea why the boarding gate remained closed for 20 minutes after it was due to open on November 6. Finally, de Blasio arrived with an entourage of security, and the JetBlue flight was deemed ready for boarding. The mayor and his security were seated first before others were allowed to board. It has...
  • The perfect human is Puerto Rican

    12/03/2014 7:25:49 AM PST · by cll · 35 replies
    Bits of DNA ^ | 12/02/2014 | Lior Pachter
    Results - After restricting the SNP set from SNPedia to those with green painted alleles, i.e. “good”, there are 4967 SNPs with which to construct the “perfect human” (available for download here). A dataset of genotyped individuals can be obtain from 1000 genomes including Africans, (indigenous) Americans, East Asians and Europeans. The PCA plot (1st and 2nd components) showing all the individuals together with the “perfect human” (in pink; see arrow) is shown below: ~ snip ~ The nearest neighbor to the “perfect human” is HG00737, a female who is… Puerto Rican. One might imagine that such a person already...
  • Is a Puerto Rico municipality thinking about seceding?

    10/24/2014 8:02:46 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 32 replies
    (English-language translation) San Juan - A group of residents of Vieques, which was used by the United States Navy for six decades, plans to convene a referendum to propose its independence from Puerto Rico, of which it is a municipality. "We don't need the government of Puerto Rico. What we want is our own constitution and government under the United States Constitution," said today Yashei Rosario, who is proposing this initiative along with her husband Julián García. Rosario and those who second this idea complain that the Puerto Rican authorities "have not promoted the economic development of Vieques" since the...
  • Puerto Rico Gay Marriage Ruling Sets up a Potential Federal Conflict

    10/24/2014 1:03:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/23/14 | Richard Wolf
    Gay marriage may be sweeping the nation, but in Puerto Rico it remains against the law. A federal district judge late Tuesday rejected the reasoning used in at least 14 other decisions and said his hands were tied by a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that upheld a Minnesota same-sex marriage ban “for want of a substantial federal question.” “This court is bound by decisions of the Supreme Court that are directly on point,” District Court Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez ruled. “Only the Supreme Court may exercise the prerogative of overruling its own decisions.” The ruling marks only the second time that...
  • In passionate ruling, federal judge upholds Puerto Rico’s marriage protection law

    10/23/2014 7:30:09 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/22/14 | Kirsten Andersen
    'Recent affirmances of same-gender marriage seem to suffer from a peculiar inability to recall the principles embodied in existing marriage law,' wrote Perez-Gimenez In a rare court victory for supporters of true marriage, a U.S. District Judge this week upheld the legality of Puerto Rico’s marriage protection law, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.  In his 21-page decision, Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez passionately defended true marriage and delivered a scathing rebuke to his colleagues across the nation who have overwhelmingly ruled to overturn state bans on same-sex “marriage” in the wake of the U.S. Supreme...
  • Bucking trend, judge upholds same-sex marriage ban in Puerto Rico, citing ‘procreative potential’

    10/22/2014 12:55:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 22, 2014 | Gail Sullivan
    On Tuesday, a federal judge in Puerto Rico bucked the trend towards marriage equality, upholding a ban on same-sex marriage. The commonwealth romantically defined marriage in a 1999 law as a “civil contract whereby a man and woman mutually agree to become husband and wife.” “Because no right to same-gender marriage emanates from the Constitution, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico should not be compelled to recognize such unions,” U.S. District Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez wrote in his opinion, which will now move to a federal appeals court. Adding his own two cents, Perez-Giminez concluded: “Traditional marriage is the fundamental unit of...
  • Puerto Rico's Gay Marriage Ban UPHELD by Federal Judge

    10/22/2014 7:45:38 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 46 replies
    LA Slimes ^ | 21 Oct 2014 | Lauren Raab
    Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex marriage remains in place after a federal judge dismissed a challenge to the ban Tuesday, saying the U.S. Supreme Court established a precedent four decades ago. U.S. District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez said in his decision that by dismissing an appeal in Baker vs. Nelson, a 1971 case in which two men sought to marry in Minnesota, the Supreme Court bound all lower courts to assume bans on same-sex marriage do not violate the Constitution. The high court could choose to overrule itself but has not, he said. Document Puerto Rico same-sex marriage decision Puerto...
  • Puerto Rico's gay marriage ban upheld by [US] federal judge

    10/22/2014 4:54:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/21/2014 | Lauren Raab
    Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex marriage remains in place after a federal judge dismissed a challenge to the ban Tuesday, saying the U.S. Supreme Court established a precedent four decades ago. U.S. District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez said in his decision that by dismissing an appeal in Baker vs. Nelson, a 1971 case in which two men sought to marry in Minnesota, the Supreme Court bound all lower courts to assume bans on same-sex marriage do not violate the Constitution. The high court could choose to overrule itself but has not, he said. Pérez-Giménez went on to say that legalizing...
  • "Reunification with Spain Movement" Established in Puerto Rico

    09/02/2014 10:13:23 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 59 replies
    (English-language translation) San Juan, Sept. 1 - Starting today, the Puerto Rico Reunification with Spain Movement (MRE) is an officially-constituted group after its first assembly was attended by less than 40 people whose common interest is to make the Caribbean island a Spanish province. "Reunificationists, 116 years ago, the Spanish province of Puerto Rico was invaded and militarily occupied by the United States, causing the separation from the mother country Spain against its will," said José Nieves, the driving force behind this initiative, during the assembly held on Sunday during the long weekend in Puerto Rico and the United States...
  • Puerto Ricans flock to US mainland as island crisis worsens

    08/22/2014 9:39:58 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 48 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 8/22/14 | Diego Urdaneta
    The island of Puerto Rico is depopulating, as residents stream to the US mainland fleeing the island's economic crisis and political gridlock in search of jobs. Since 2009, more Puerto Ricans have been living pn the American mainland than on the northeastern Caribbean US-territory, a trend that has accelerated in the years since, according to census figures complied by the Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center. In 2012, some 4.9 million Puerto Ricans lived in one of the 50 US states or the US capital, while the island had a population of 3.5 million, according to the study out this week. Furthermore,...
  • How Puerto Rican migrants could swing the largest swing state

    08/11/2014 7:33:22 PM PDT · by Baynative · 42 replies
    fusion net ^ | 8/11/14 | Daniel RIvero
    a Pew Research Center report released today shows that a new wave of Puerto Ricans leaving their island's severe economic woes has been finding its way to Central Florida and rapidly changing the ethnic and political makeup of the country's largest swing state. Florida, which has played a crucial role in the past two presidential elections, has 29 electoral votes that could play a crucial role in the 2016 presidential race.
  • ObamaCare getaway: 5 US territories released from health care law

    07/24/2014 12:18:56 PM PDT · by cll · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/24/2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    The Obama administration is coming under fire for once again making a unilateral change to ObamaCare -- this time, quietly exempting the five U.S. territories and their more than 4 million residents from virtually all major provisions of the health care law. The decision was made a week ago, and was a long time coming. For months, the territories have been complaining that the law was implemented so poorly in their regions that it destabilized their insurance markets. Until now, the Department of Health and Human Services claimed its hands were tied. But last Wednesday, the department reversed course. The...
  • Puerto Rico GOP Supports July 27 Pro-Statehood March

    07/24/2014 6:19:39 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 9 replies
    (English-language translation) The Puerto Rico Republican Party (PRPR) announced on Wednesday that it supports the "Puerto Rico Chose Statehood" march and urged all statehood supporters to participate this Sunday, July 27. "I urge all Republican supporters of statehood and all of those who believe in equality to march and send a forceful message of support for Puerto Rico statehood," PRPR National Committeewoman Zoraida Fonalledas said in a press release. "We firmly demand that the democratic will expressed at the polls in November 2012 in favor of statehood be fulfilled. We proudly honor the legacy of our patriots [José Celso] Barbosa,...
  • White House 'Quietly' Exempts 4.5 Million People In 5 "Territories" From Obamacare

    07/20/2014 7:18:51 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 20 July 2014 | Tyler Durden
    As WSJ reports, last week's geopolitical chaos and distraction was ideal for a news dump, and the White House didn't disappoint: On no legal basis, all 4.5 million residents of the five U.S. territories were quietly released from ObamaCare. It seems the costs of healthcare soared in these five territories due to uneconomic mandates - which woul dhave been a disaster PR-wise for the administration and so, under cover of catastrophe, WSJ reports all of a sudden last week HHS discovered new powers after "a careful review of this situation and the relevant statutory language," that enabled them to 'selectively...
  • Puerto Rico Declares Chikungunya Epidemic

    07/18/2014 10:18:28 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 14 replies
    ElVocero.com (Spanish-language article) ^ | July 17, 2014 | Yennifer Álvarez Jaimes
    (English-language translation) The Department of Health declared a Chikungunya virus epidemic in Puerto Rico since it is a new virus in the island, the population does not have the antibodies to fight it, and cases are concentrated in the same zone. As of June 25, 206 cases were reported in the island. It was [also] reported that 89% of cases in Puerto Rico were registered in the Metropolitan Area: San Juan, Carolina, and Bayamón. So reported Health Secretary Ana Rius this morning, explaining at the same time that, through Administrative Order 324 that declares the epidemic, all health plans must...
  • US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Prepares to Default (in Spanish)

    07/13/2014 6:10:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 7/13/2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Municipal bond mutual fund investors are panicking this weekend after the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s Legislature passed a new law allowing public agencies to default on their debt.  Although part of the United States, Puerto Rico in the 1990s made Spanish the official language and now about 86% of the island does not speak English in the home.  Democrat Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who has difficulty speaking English, told Bloomberg News last year that Puerto Rico had a constitutional and moral obligation to not default on the island’s $73 billion of debt.  But he just passed a law giving local court proceedings the power...
  • Moody’s cuts Puerto Rico deeper into junk

    07/02/2014 12:01:55 PM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 7/01/2014 | Vivianne Rodrigues
    A move by Puerto Rico to allow some public companies to restructure their debts has rattled the $4tn US municipal debt market, sparking a credit downgrade by a leading rating agency. Alejandro Garcia Padilla, the island’s governor, signed a bill at the weekend that allows some of its largest utilities, such as the Puerto Rico Power Authority, to negotiate with bondholders to reduce their mounting debt loads. The bill was seen as a departure from the Caribbean island’s commitment to bondholders. Moody’s on Tuesday cut its credit rating on the US territory to B2 from Ba2, deeper into “junk” territory,...
  • Moody's pushes Puerto Rico debt deep into junk status

    07/01/2014 2:58:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | 01 July 2014
    Ratings company Moody's on Tuesday slashed Puerto Rico's debt rating by three notches into even deeper junk status after the US territory passed a debt-restructuring law. Moody's Investors Service cut the rating to "B2" from "Ba2" and said the outlook was negative, indicating further downgrades were possible. Now dubbed the "Greece of the Caribbean," the archipelago is, like Greece, reeling under massive debt. Over the past decade, the commonwealth's debt has doubled to nearly $70 billion and investors are growing increasingly worried the government is running out of cash. In a bid for debt relief, the Puerto Rican authorities recently...
  • Puerto Rican troops honored under bill Obama signs

    06/10/2014 9:09:14 AM PDT · by cll · 8 replies
    WASHINGTON — Puerto Rican Army troops from a segregated regiment known the Borinqueneers (bohr-ehn-kin-’EERS) are being honored with a Congressional Gold Medal that’s been a century in the making. President Barack Obama signed legislation Tuesday granting the award to the 65th Infantry Regiment that participated in both World Wars and the Korean War. ~ snip ~ The Borinqueneers were a Hispanic unit segregated from their fellow soldiers, much like the black Tuskegee Airmen and the Navajo Code Talkers. But unlike those other groups, they had not been recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal for their contributions to American history until...
  • Absent Major Changes, Puerto Rico Faces a Fiscal Calamity

    06/04/2014 6:36:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    RCM ^ | 06/04/2014 | James Glassman
    As U.S. officials and private investors become more concerned about the financial fate of Puerto Rico after nearly a decade of economic decline, attention has turned to an $8.5 billion bank, which may be the key to whether this island of 3.7 million people flourishes or self-destructs. Puerto Rico's recession is now in its eighth year. The closely watched Economic Activity Index has plummeted from 155 to 128; the unemployment rate, at 14.1%, is more than twice that of the mainland U.S., and the total number of workers has dropped from 1.3 million at its peak in December 2006 to...
  • US involvement in Ukraine is like ‘Russia getting involved in Puerto Rico’

    05/01/2014 6:06:02 AM PDT · by cll · 23 replies
    Russia Today ^ | May 1, 2014
    RT: Well, let’s talk about Ukraine for a minute. Obviously it’s a hot spot in world topics...How should the US approach the crisis in Ukraine? Should the US do more or less? GJ: Well, less! Look, don’t get involved in Ukraine! It would be like Russia getting involved in the affairs of Puerto Rico. They’re not going to do it! We shouldn’t be involved in Ukraine! There’s no national security interest here at stake. And I know you’ll hear politicians beating their chests, arguing the opposite. Well, I’m going to argue that there is no national security interest here at...
  • Mayor Of Fort Hood Shooter's Hometown In Puerto Rico Identifies Ivan Lopez In Photo

    04/03/2014 11:11:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | April 3,2014 | Bryan Lienas,Carmen Liona
    DEVELOPING The mayor of the Fort Hood shooter’s hometown confirmed to Fox News Latino that Ivan López is the soldier pictured in a photo posted on his Facebook page. López opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood, killing three people and injuring 16 others, before turning the gun on himself and ending his life.
  • Medal of Honor Ceremony Connects Generations

    03/18/2014 11:47:15 AM PDT · by cll · 18 replies
    Military.com ^ | 3/18/2014 | Richard Sisk
    Army Sgt. Ashley Randall never knew her grandfather, never knew of his heroism in Korea, until President Obama told her that she was next of kin to a Medal of Honor recipient. "I didn't know anything, not even his name," Randall said of her grandfather, Army Pvt. Demensio Rivera, who was killed at age 18 in Korea during an enemy assault. ~ snip ~ Rivera, originally from Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, was drafted into the Army from New York City. He was an automatic rifleman serving with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, when his platoon's...
  • Watch Delightful Iguana at Puerto Rico Open Attempt to Eat Andrew Loupe's Ball

    03/16/2014 12:33:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | Mar 10, 2014 | Gabe Zaldivar
    According to a picky iguana roaming the greens at the 2014 Puerto Rico Open, Andrew Loupe's golf ball, as interesting as it may be, isn't all that delicious. Next Impulse Sports' Kiley Kmiec spotted this rather hilarious video posted to the PGA's YouTube page. It features a curious iguana moving Loupe's ball before scurrying off, as iguanas are wont to do. As for details, the YouTube description states, the moment comes as Loupe played through the 16th hole over the weekend. As the announcer mentions, this isn't the first time an animal tried to pull some shenanigans at a tour...
  • Belated Medal of Honor for 24 Soldiers Overlooked Due to Race

    02/21/2014 4:56:27 PM PST · by kristinn · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | Friday, February 21, 2014 | Luis Martinez
    Twenty-four Army soldiers who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam will receive the Medal of Honor next month, correcting oversights that prevented many of them from receiving the nation’s highest award for valor because of their Hispanic, Jewish and African-American backgrounds, White House officials said today. The awarding of 24 Medals of Honor — most of them posthumously — will be the largest number to be awarded at one time since World War II. The process began in 2002 when Congress mandated that the military services review the cases of hundreds of Hispanic and Jewish service members who...
  • Gov. Chris Christie goes to Puerto Rico as New Jersey digs out of Nor’easter

    02/17/2014 5:39:13 AM PST · by cll · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 2/15/2014 | Tim O'Connor
    As New Jersey dug out Friday from the Nor’easter and braced for more snowflakes on Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie jetted off to Puerto Rico for some sun and fun, CNN reported on Friday. “After the storm had passed, the governor left the state [Friday] morning for a long weekend away with his family, and he will return Monday night,” Christie spokesman Colin Reed told the network.
  • Prouty: I believe in a PR renaissance and the ‘smart money’ does too

    02/14/2014 11:37:02 AM PST · by cll · 6 replies
    Caribbean Business ^ | 2/142014 | Nicholas Prouty
    tor Nicholas Prouty, who is betting at least $750 million on Puerto Rico through his firm Putnam Bridge, remains bullish on the island’s potential despite credit downgrades and marathon economic doldrums. Putnam Bridge is spending $450 million to overhaul its Puerto del Rey Marina complex in Fajardo and spending hundreds of millions more at its La Ciudadela housing and commercial complex in Santurce, a project that includes plans to create a sprawling public park in the historic heart of San Juan. Prouty’s passion for Puerto Rico, and his confidence that an economic rebound is in the works, was evident in...
  • To Avoid Becoming The Next Detroit, Puerto Rico Needs Growth, Not Taxes

    02/11/2014 5:32:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    IBD ^ | 02/11/2014 | Editorial
    Tax And Spend: Puerto Rico's debt has been cut to junk by two credit rating agencies, prompting an outcry from officials of the recession-hit island that, after all, they've hiked taxes. Well, that's the problem right there. It's hard to not feel some sympathy for Puerto Rico's new governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who upon entering office last year inherited a hog-wallow of $70 billion in debt, according to a long piece in the weekend's New York Times. The governor cut spending by 2%, balanced his budget a year ahead of schedule, reformed public pensions and reduced the territory's deficit by...
  • Spain grants right of dual nationality to Sephardi Jews

    02/10/2014 5:13:52 AM PST · by cll · 20 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 2/09/2014 | Eli Leon
    More than 500 years after the Spanish Inquisition, the Spanish government has voted to facilitate the naturalization of Jewish families of Spanish descent, without demanding they give up their other citizenship. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain must be rolling in their graves: The government in Madrid on Friday approved legislation that would allow descendents of Jews who were exiled from Spain to be naturalized in the country without having to give up their former citizenship, which had been the law until now. Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said that Spain "is indebted to Spanish Jews for spreading the...
  • Economy and Crime Spur New Puerto Rican Exodus

    02/10/2014 1:19:01 AM PST · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    NYT ^ | 4/8/14 | LIZETTE ALVAREZ
    A sense of pessimism pervades on the island. Streets are lined with empty storefronts in San Juan and in smaller cities like Mayagüez; small businesses, hit hard by high electricity, water and tax bills and hurt by drops in sales, have closed and stayed closed. Schools sit shuttered either because of disrepair or because of a dwindling number of students. In this typically convivial capital, communities have erected gates and bars to help thwart carjackers and home invaders. Illegal drugs, including high-level narcotrafficking, are one of the few growth industries. Puerto Rico, about 1,000 miles from Miami, has long been...
  • Puerto Rico: The Next Detroit? (Downgraded and out of options)

    02/07/2014 8:32:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 02/07/2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    On Tuesday, credit ratings agency Standard & PoorÂ’s downgraded Puerto RicoÂ’s general-obligation bonds to BB+, a level that is considered junk status. Similar action by rating agencies MoodyÂ’s and Fitch appears virtually certain, as the island territory copes with a staggering $70 billion of debt, all of which needs to be repaid with interest. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico has been in what amounts to a continuous recession since 2006, and its economy is currently shrinking at a 6 percent pace. The official unemployment rate is 14.7 percent, and its debt-to-GDP ratio is 93 percent.Furthermore, the island is experiencing the largest population...
  • Obama launches 'climate hubs' to help farmers, communities

    02/05/2014 1:59:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2014 | By Laura Barron-Lopez
    The Obama administration will announce the establishment of regional hubs focused on mitigating climate change on Wednesday. The hubs are the first-ever regional centers that will focus solely on risk adaptation and climate change solutions at seven locations across the country. "On the heels of passage of the farm bill, the administration will take executive action to help farmers, ranchers and rural communities combat climate change and adapt to extreme weather and other damage it causes," a White House official said in an email ahead of Wednesday's announcement. Dubbed "climate hubs," the new centers will address issues like increasing risks...
  • S&P downgrades Puerto Rico's credit to junk status

    02/05/2014 3:46:29 AM PST · by cll · 10 replies
    Caribbean Business ^ | 2/04/2014 | Kevin Mead
    Standard & Poor’s cut Puerto Rico’s credit rating by one notch on Tuesday, becoming the first of the Wall Street credit ratings agencies to downgrade the debt to junk level. S&P lowered the commonwealth government’s general obligation rating to ‘BB+’ from ‘BBB-’. At the same time, it downgraded commonwealth appropriation secured debt and Employee Retirement System (ERS)debt to ‘BB’. All of S&P’ ratings remain on CreditWatch with negative implications. “My administration isn’t to blame for this. But it is my responsibility to get us out of it,” Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said during a hastily convened press conference at La...
  • Family props up, poses with dead boxer

    02/01/2014 4:21:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 50 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/31/14 | Tara Palmeri
    He refused to be knocked out, even in death. The family of a Puerto Rican boxer — who was shot to death last week — honored his dying wish on Friday by propping up his corpse in the corner of a fake boxing ring to memorialize his career. Like an ashen wax figure, Christopher Rivera’s pale, embalmed body was positioned in the corner of the ring decked out in boxing gloves, a hoodie, shades and sneakers.
  • Puerto Rico approves measures to manage debt load

    01/23/2014 6:30:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2014 8:57 PM EST | Danica Coto
    Puerto Rico’s Senate approved several measures late Thursday aimed at helping the U.S. territory take on new loans and better manage its ability to repay an existing $70 billion public debt, an issue that has worried investors. One measure would create a corporation responsible for issuing bonds to help pay and refinance some of the $590 million in debt held by the island’s municipalities. The corporation would use a portion of revenues generated through an existing sales and use tax to guarantee payment. As a result, municipalities would see a slight drop in revenues they receive through the tax. Another...
  • Puerto Rico judge's son convicted of murder

    01/23/2014 8:29:49 AM PST · by cll · 10 replies
    <p>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The son of a U.S. district court judge has been found guilty of killing his wife at their home in a wealthy suburb in Puerto Rico.</p> <p>Pablo Casellas Toro also was found guilty late Wednesday of weapons offenses and destroying evidence. His 46-year-old wife, Carmen Paredes, was killed in July 2012, her body riddled with about a dozen shots, including one to the forehead, forensic officials testified.</p>
  • Puerto Rico creditors meet on growing fears of default

    01/15/2014 12:45:16 PM PST · by Kartographer · 5 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 1/15/14 | Henny Sender
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7d2970ba-7e07-11e3-95dd-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz2qVCAHQR4 Creditors to Puerto Rico are meeting in New York on Thursday with lawyers and debt restructuring specialists as a moratorium on payments on the territory’s $70bn in public sector debt and an additional $40bn of unfunded pension liabilities appears increasingly likely, these specialists say. A possible suspension on payment of the debt comes despite the progress Puerto Rico’s governor Alejandro Garcia...
  • Quake - 6.5, Puerto Rico

    01/12/2014 8:35:54 PM PST · by djf · 36 replies
    Just happened a few minutes ago...