August 20, 2018

University of Puerto Rico student council condemns approved budget

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By CyberNews From Caribbean Business SAN JUAN – The University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Río Piedras campus’ Student Council denounced that the school’s budget was approved behind closed doors, it said, amid a doubling of the tuition costs of enrollment and fewer exemptions. “Ultimately, they raised the budget of the Chancellor’s Office from $1.4 million […]

Law for Puerto Rico Government Development Bank’s debt-restructuring signed

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From Caribbean Business SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has signed Senate Bill 908, which includes amendments to restructure the debt of the Puerto Rico Government Development Bank (GDB). “This agreement reaffirms our desire to reach agreements with our creditors,” Rosselló said in the announcing release. “These amendments will simplify the processes in the management […]

As a recovering Caribbean braces for hurricane season, new data tools promise smarter response

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By Colin Wood From State Scoop A data-fueled trend toward proactive emergency management could help the nation’s unincorporated territories this hurricane season, but many regions are still struggling with the basics. The 35-mph-winds and several inches of rain Tropical Storm Beryl brought to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands last week were puny compared […]

Harvesting rain could help Caribbean countries keep the water on after hurricanes

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By Cecilia A. Green, Syracuse University and Farah Nibbs, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, The Conversation From Latino Rebels After hurricanes Maria and Irma hit last September, it took Puerto Rico until this June to restore water to most residents. Those living in rural and hard-to-reach mountainous areas waited […]

Bishops vote unanimously to admit Cuba as a diocese

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By Lynette Wilson From Episcopal News Service [Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops voted unanimously on July 10 to admit – or re-admit, really – the Episcopal Church of Cuba as a diocese of the Episcopal Church. The Diocese of Cuba will become part of Province II. “I feel […]

Remnants of Beryl now over the NE Caribbean Sea

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From NHC THIS WILL BE THE LAST ADVISORY Remnants Of Beryl Discussion Number 15 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL022018 1100 PM AST Sun Jul 08 2018 The remains of the center of Beryl have crossed Dominica during the past few hours, accompanied by a disorganized area of convection. Radar and surface observations continue […]

Hurricanes cost Caribbean $1 billion in tourism: industry group

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By Sarah Peter From Reuters NASSAU (Reuters) – The Caribbean lost more than $1 billion in tourism revenue after hurricanes deterred visitors during the costliest storm season on record, and recovery efforts could cost close to $6 billion, the Caribbean Tourism Organization said on Wednesday. Powerful hurricanes Irma and Maria cut a deadly path through […]

Puerto Rico releases data on hundreds of deaths following Hurricane Maria

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By DANIELLA CHESLOW From NPR Puerto Rico’s government began complying with a court order and released partial records Tuesday of deaths following Hurricane Maria. The data reveal that there were 1,427 more deaths in the last four months of 2017 than the average over the four years before. The new count comes as questions swirl […]

US: Coast Guard cutter offloads $2 million in drugs

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From FOX35 Orlando KEY WEST, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis offloaded 2,116 pounds of marijuana, Friday in Key West after returning home from an 88-day patrol in the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean. In March, Thetis crewmembers alongside an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, […]

Newly sworn NY Bar president appointing Puerto Rico working group

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From Caribbean Business SAN JUAN – Michael Miller, who was sworn in Monday as president of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), announced his priorities for the coming year. Among them, is a working group to explore ways to help people in Puerto Rico who are still affected by Hurricane Maria. “My friends, there is […]