1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
  3. Skip to secondary content



iOntheAmericas

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Busts Drug Trafficking Ring, Arrests 28

Puerto Rico Busts Drug Trafficking Ring, Arrests 28

Federal and local authorities arrested 28 people on Thursday around Puerto Rico for belonging to a drug trafficking organization. The FBI spokesman on the island, Moises QuiƱones, confirmed the arrests to Efe, adding that they were made after a federal grand jury issued an indictment. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Governor Appoints New Official to Reform Police

Puerto Rican Governor Appoints New Official to Reform Police

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Thursday announced the appointment of retired U.S. Army Col. Arnaldo Claudio as the new advisor to undertake a reform of the Puerto Rico Police Department. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s Economy Contracts 3.3 Percent in 10 Months

Puerto Rico’s Economy Contracts 3.3 Percent in 10 Months

Puerto Rico's economy has contracted 3.3 percent during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year, the Government Development Bank said in a report. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Hopes to Create Island’s 1st Hub of Eco-Friendly Food

Puerto Rican Hopes to Create Island’s 1st Hub of Eco-Friendly Food

What started four years ago as a meeting place for small farmers and consumers looking for local products is fast becoming the first hub of environmentally friendly eats in Puerto Rico, an island that imports more than 80 percent of its food. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Gov’t Accused of Favoritism in Public Employment

Puerto Rico Gov’t Accused of Favoritism in Public Employment

State-owned water company AAA has hired 580 members of Puerto Rico's ruling PPD party since Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla took office in January 2013, a lawmaker with the main opposition PNP said Tuesday. continue reading »

Don Omar Brings Urban Music, Drag-Racing Festival to South Florida

Don Omar Brings Urban Music, Drag-Racing Festival to South Florida

Puerto Rican reggaeton singer-songwriter Don Omar is bringing his DragMania Music Fest to the South Florida city of West Palm Beach this weekend. continue reading »

Investigation Underway in Puerto Rico Over Killing of Leatherback Sea Turtle

Investigation Underway in Puerto Rico Over Killing of Leatherback Sea Turtle

Puerto Rican authorities have launched an investigation to find those responsible for the killing of a leatherback sea turtle, a species in danger of extinction, on the island's southeast coast. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s El Yunque Rainforest Partly Reopens After Storm

Puerto Rico’s El Yunque Rainforest Partly Reopens After Storm

El Yunque National Rainforest in eastern Puerto Rico was partly reopened Saturday after remaining closed for a week while authorities had several areas cleaned up that were damaged by the torrential rains that fell there, cutting off highways and unleashing mudslides. continue reading »

Google Fiber Initiative Coming to San Juan

Google Fiber Initiative Coming to San Juan

Puerto Rico plans to invest $17 million starting in July to create an ultrafast fiber-optic network to deliver Internet service in San Juan. The project, which is similar to the Google Fiber initiative, is aimed at attracting creative enterprises and tech firms from the island and outside to revitalize the capital. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Officials to Close 100 Schools

Puerto Rico Officials to Close 100 Schools

Puerto Rico's Department of Education announced that it will close 100 of the roughly 1,500 schools on the island in the face of a drop in the number of students, a measure that will provide savings to the public coffers of $27 million. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Prepares for Severe Rains, Storms

Puerto Rico Prepares for Severe Rains, Storms

The torrential rains and storms lashing Puerto Rico forced the activation Saturday of emergency plans to deal with dangerous flooding and mudslides in the northern and northeastern parts of the island, the scene of overflowing rivers, flooded highways, power outages and water cuts, authorities said. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Official Hopes to Lure Spanish Firms to the Island

Puerto Rican Official Hopes to Lure Spanish Firms to the Island

"Puerto Rico is the logical place for all Spanish firms that are looking in a very serious way at the opportunities that exist in the U.S. Hispanic community," the island's secretary of state said in San Juan on Thursday. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Authorities Seize 1,280 Kilos of Cocaine

Puerto Rican Authorities Seize 1,280 Kilos of Cocaine

Two Dominican citizens were arrested on Puerto Rico's southern coast in possession of 1,280 kilograms of cocaine, a shipment valued at $37 million, in one of the most significant blows against drug trafficking so far this year in the Caribbean, local authorities reported Tuesday. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Limits Access to Key Tourist Site- Glowing Bay

Puerto Rico Limits Access to Key Tourist Site- Glowing Bay

Puerto Rican authorities are limiting visits to a bioluminescent bay on the island of Vieques whose glow has been fading. The Mosquito Bay park, a major tourist attraction, will be open to visitors just three days a week for at least two months as scientists try to determine the cause of the diminishing luminescence, the Department of Natural Resources said. continue reading »

Major Drug Sweep in Puerto Rico’s Housing Projects, 30 Arrested

Major Drug Sweep in Puerto Rico’s Housing Projects, 30 Arrested

At least 30 people were arrested Monday for being part of a dangerous gang that dealt drugs in several public housing projects in western Puerto Rico. continue reading »