Spanish Empire Press Release
|06/09/2020 - 17:44||
Co-Owner of Puerto Rican Online Aquarium Business Pleads Guilty to Illicit Trafficking of Protected Reef Creatures
A former resident of Hormigueros, Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty today to export smuggling and two felony violations of the Lacey Act for collecting, falsely labeling, and shipping protected marine invertebrate species as part of an effort to subvert Puerto Rican law designed to protect corals and other reef species, the Department of Justice announced.
|06/09/2020 - 10:57||
PSC Approves TECO Agreement on Storm Protection Plan Cost Recovery
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved an Agreement that streamlines storm protection plan cost recovery for Tampa Electric Company (TECO). The Agreement reduces base rates for costs that TECO will propose to recover through the Storm Protection Plan (SPP) Cost Recovery Clause. Customer bills will not be affected by these Agreement provisions, and the 2020 Agreement also resolves and clarifies other TECO dockets before the Commission.
|05/29/2020 - 10:10||
HACU National Internship Program welcomes summer interns with virtual orientation
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Internship Program welcomed its 2020 summer interns with a virtual orientation on May 28, 2020, for college students serving virtual internships. Internships are being held remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This marks the first time that all students will be participating in virtual internships.
|05/22/2020 - 16:57||
STATEMENT: CAP Supports Long Overdue Reforms To Stabilize Puerto Ricos Economy and Financial Crisis
Washington, D.C. — Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), along with Reps. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), José Serrano (D-NY), Darren Soto (D-FL), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and others, introduced legislation to amend the controversial Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) that has failed the people of Puerto Rico.
|05/19/2020 - 11:02||
EPA Awards $1.4 Million Grant to the University of Puerto Rico to Reduce Diesel Emissions around the Port of San Juan
San Juan, P.R. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 is awarding a $1.4 million Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant to the University of Puerto Rico ? Medical Sciences Campus. The grant will provide funding to replace 15 old heavy duty drayage trucks. The university will also develop seminars for diesel vehicle owners and the general public in Puerto Rico to raise awareness about the harmful environmental impacts of diesel emissions, including idling, and resources available to help reduce diesel emissions.
|05/18/2020 - 19:16||
Sixth Annual 'Red Nose Day Special' Airs May 21 on NBC
The two-hour television event raises awareness and life-changing funds for children in need in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and some of the world?s poorest communities.
|05/18/2020 - 13:12||
Environmental Leader Ramon Cruz Elected first Latino President of The Sierra Club
OAKLAND, CA -- The Sierra Club has elected a new national Board of Directors for the upcoming board term, 2020-2021. Ramo?n Cruz of Puerto Rico, currently residing in New York City, was elected President, becoming the first Latino President in the organization?s 128-year history. The Sierra Club?s National Board of Directors is democratically elected by the organization?s membership and serves the organization's 3.8 million members and supporters.
|05/15/2020 - 06:15||
Census Bureau to Restart Field Operations in Puerto Rico
MAY 15, 2020 ? The U.S. Census Bureau, in close coordination with the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico, will resume dropping off 2020 Census invitation packets at homes beginning May 22. Census Bureau employees will follow all lockdown and curfew measures outlined by Puerto Rico Executive Order 2020-038.
|US Census Bureau|
|05/11/2020 - 21:45||
A National Travel and Tourism Week Adventure
National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) looked a little different this year. Instead of traditional in-person events and rallies, thousands joined online to place a nationwide spotlight on the #SpiritOfTravel.
|05/04/2020 - 10:20||
NCD Pre-Solicitation Notice of Funding Opportunity: Disparate Treatment of Puerto Rico Residents in Federal Programs
NCD’s role is to advise the President, Congress, and other policymakers on disability practices that enhance equal opportunity for people with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.
|04/30/2020 - 19:34||
Justice Department Charges Two Defendants with Carjacking and Carrying a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence in Connection with the Death of Two Transgender Individuals
The Justice Department announced today that Juan Carlos Pagán Bonilla (Pagan), 21, and Sean Díaz de León (Diaz), 19, have been charged by a criminal complaint in federal district court with carjacking and with using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence in connection with the death of two transgender individuals. Pagan and Diaz are now in federal custody.
|04/29/2020 - 14:22||
U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $13 Million to Build Disaster Resilient Business Incubator in Puerto Rico Opportunity Zone
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $13 million grant to the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce to establish a disaster resilient research and business facility to support high-growth businesses focused on the health and medical tourism industries. The EDA grant, to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $2,350,000 in local funds and is expected to create 30 jobs.
|04/23/2020 - 22:36||
FEMA Obligates Over $6.8 Million to Repair the Performing Arts Center in San Juan
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Repairs to the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center in San Juan, a symbol of Puerto Rican culture that has hosted over 15,000 events related to the performing arts throughout its 39-year history, will be possible with a FEMA grant of over $6.8 million awarded on April 24, 2020.
|04/23/2020 - 20:09||
West Marine Identifies Innovative Approaches to Supporting Communities During Pandemic
WATSONVILLE, Calif. – April 23, 2020 – In the search for innovative and impactful ways to support its communities nation-wide, West Marine is working with multiple researchers to transform Ocean Reef snorkel masks into respirators for hospitals and health care systems. The company is also working at a local level to make donations that meet hospital-specific needs.
|04/16/2020 - 02:13||
USDA Forest Service awards Wood Innovations Grants to reduce wildfire risk, invest in rural economies and support healthy forests
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is investing in rural economies, reducing wildfire risk and improving forest conditions by awarding $7.62 million in grants as part of the agency’s Wood Innovations Grant program.
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|04/01/2020 - 22:34||
Some Puerto Rico Residents to Receive 2020 Census Letter in Mail
APRIL 2, 2020 — Many households across Puerto Rico will receive a letter by mail from the U.S. Census Bureau this week inviting them to respond to the 2020 Census. Later, census takers will drop off census materials to all Puerto Rico households.
|US Census Bureau|
|03/25/2020 - 18:25||
Puerto Rico and COVID-19: A Precarious Healthcare System Faces Serious Challenges
The COVID-19 pandemic poses a great challenge to countries with high levels of poverty, limited medical infrastructure, and a lack of universal access to health care. So far, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Puerto Rico is 286 and 11 deaths.
|03/12/2020 - 16:01||
Upcoming Spayathon round cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
The Humane Society of the United States and Spayathon coalition partners regret to announce that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the upcoming round of SpayathonTM for Puerto Rico, scheduled for May 1-6, has been cancelled.
|03/11/2020 - 05:21||
EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator launches in Puerto Rico
American Heart Association seeking Puerto Rican entrepreneurs tackling social determinants of health on the island.
|American Heart ...|
|03/10/2020 - 21:29||
Statement of Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) about the Notice of Default for the Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico
Instead of following that advice, the Government of Puerto Rico agreed to a reduction of only 33% in the Government Development Bank’s debt. The Government’s gift to Wall St.
|03/09/2020 - 14:34||
Rafael Riviere Named Special Agent in Charge of the San Juan Field Office
FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Rafael Riviere as the special agent in charge of the San Juan Field Office in Puerto Rico. A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Riviere most recently served as the chief of the Leadership Development Program at FBI Headquarters in Washington.
|03/06/2020 - 00:06||
Governor Cuomo Announces New York-Based Financial Institution to Support Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief Efforts
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York will make $500,000 in donations to organizations leading relief efforts in response to the severe and extensive damage caused by a series of earthquakes that continue to impact Puerto Rico. In addition to the charitable contributions, the FHLBNY has $1 billion in total in disaster relief funding available to its members to help rebuild communities in FEMA-designated disaster areas in Puerto Rico.
|New York Governor|
|03/05/2020 - 14:56||
Over $67 Million Obligated to Help Rebuild the Islands Parks and Recreational Facilities After Hurricane Maria
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – To date, FEMA has obligated over $67 million to repair and rebuild parks and other recreational facilities on the island that were damaged by Hurricane María. Representing 161 projects, these funds will help restore the sense of community that is an integral part to the recovery of so many on the island.
|03/03/2020 - 12:23||
US Border Patrol, FURA Seize 1724 Pounds of Cocaine and $1.3 Million in Two Incidents in Puerto Rico
AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico –U.S. Border Patrol agents and the Joint Forces for Rapid Action (FURA, for its Spanish acronym) of the Puerto Rico Police Department seized 1,724 pounds (782 Kilos) on Monday and $1.3 million in undeclared currency on Saturday, during separate incidents that occurred in the eastern and western coasts of Puerto Rico. The estimated value of the seized narcotics is $19.5 million.
|03/02/2020 - 14:34||
PRSSA Expands Global Reach with Addition of Universidad Ana G. Mendez Chapter in Puerto Rico
NEW YORK, March 2, 2020 – PRSSA, the foremost organization for students interested in the public relations and communications fields, announced today the establishment of a new Chapter at Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Gurabo Campus. This marks the second school in Puerto Rico to be affiliated with PRSSA, continuing the organization’s mission to build a robust, widespread network of students at institutions of higher learning.