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Puerto Rico Records 3 Die From Chikungunya Virus

Puerto Rico Records 3 Die From Chikungunya Virus

Three people in Puerto Rico have died after being infected with the Chikungunya virus, Health Department chief epidemiologist Brenda Rivera Garcia said. Two of the dead were residents of greater San Juan, while the third lived in the northeastern coastal town of Fajardo. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s Lack of Food Security Worries Experts

Puerto Rico’s Lack of Food Security Worries Experts

Puerto Rico is far from achieving food security because it imports between 85 percent and 87 percent of its daily food consumption, partly due to neglect of the island's farm sector as well as to increased urban development in recent decades, several experts told Efe. continue reading »

2 Puerto Rican Police Officers Fired For Sex Tape

2 Puerto Rican Police Officers Fired For Sex Tape

The chief of the Puerto Rico Police Department, Jose Caldero, announced Friday the dismissal of two officers for making a sex video at La Fortaleza, seat of the island's government. continue reading »

Puerto Rico to Promote Itself as Medical Tourism Destination

Puerto Rico to Promote Itself as Medical Tourism Destination

Puerto Rico on Tuesday presented its strategy for promoting itself as a medical tourism destination, especially among the Hispanic population of the Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast, to whom it will offer medical care ranging from dental treatment to liposuction or weight-loss surgery at prices that can be as much as 60 percent lower than in the continental United States. continue reading »

Scientists in Puerto Rico Research Human Fears, How to Overcome Them

Scientists in Puerto Rico Research Human Fears, How to Overcome Them

The American Gregory Quirk leads a team of scientists in Puerto Rico that is studying the neural mechanisms of fear and preparing what could be the first article from the island in more than a decade to appear in the prestigious scientific publication "Nature." continue reading »

Puerto Rican Senator Proposes Making Country’s First Language Spanish

Puerto Rican Senator Proposes Making Country’s First Language Spanish

A senator from Puerto Rico's governing party on Thursday launched a proposal to make Spanish the island's official language and relegate English to second position in the U.S. commonwealth. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Investigating Possible Chikungunya-Related Deaths

Puerto Rico Investigating Possible Chikungunya-Related Deaths

The Puerto Rican Health Department said Thursday that it is investigating whether two people who died had contracted Chikungunya, which - if true - would be the first two fatalities linked to that virus on the island. continue reading »

Puerto Rico to Use Old Traffic Network to Lay Fiber-Optic Cables

Puerto Rico to Use Old Traffic Network to Lay Fiber-Optic Cables

Puerto Rico's government plans to use an old traffic-signal network in San Juan to lay fiber-optic cables in Santurce, a district being developed as the island's tech center and an engine for job creation, officials said. continue reading »

NBA Star Carmelo Anthony’s Foundation Inaugurates New Basketball Court in Puerto Rico

NBA Star Carmelo Anthony’s Foundation Inaugurates New Basketball Court in Puerto Rico

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and his foundation opened a fifth basketball court over the weekend in Puerto Rico to give poor kids a place to play. continue reading »

Dept. of Justice Earmarks Funds for Crime Victims in Puerto Rico

Dept. of Justice Earmarks Funds for Crime Victims in Puerto Rico

The U.S. Department of Justice has allocated $5.4 million for services needed by crime victims in Puerto Rico. continue reading »

U.S. to Provide Funding to Protect Puerto Rico’s Coral Reefs

U.S. to Provide Funding to Protect Puerto Rico’s Coral Reefs

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, will provide $321,000 for the conservation of Puerto Rico's coral reefs, the island's representative in the U.S. Congress, Pedro Pierluisi, said. continue reading »

Drought Forces Puerto Rico to Begin Rationing Water

Drought Forces Puerto Rico to Begin Rationing Water

Drought-stricken Puerto Rico soon will begin implementing an alternate-day water rationing plan that will affect some 300,000 residents of greater San Juan. continue reading »

U.S. Government Allocates $91M to Address Puerto Rico Housing Shortage

U.S. Government Allocates $91M to Address Puerto Rico Housing Shortage

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development will allocate $91 million to more than two dozen Puerto Rican municipalities to alleviate the constantly increasing housing shortage caused by the economic crisis that has prevailed on the island for almost seven years. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Plagued by Drought

Puerto Rico Plagued by Drought

Drought conditions continue worse than usual in Puerto Rico due to the drastic lack of rainfall over most of the island, except for the eastern and northwestern regions. continue reading »

Puerto Rico to Issue Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented

Puerto Rico to Issue Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented

The Puerto Rican government on Thursday announced that it will issue driver's licenses to undocumented foreigners, a measure that could benefit more than 100,000 immigrants on the island, most of them Dominicans. continue reading »