Venezuela frees two Chevron employees
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela has freed two employees of the US oil giant Chevron who were arrested in April, the company said.The two men are in good health, the company said in an e-mail to AFP.The pair,...

Petrotrin pays consultants $63m
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State-owned Petrotrin has paid $63.6 million to consultants for services from July 2017 to date. The information was given by the Energy Ministry in Parliament via written reply to questions from United National Congress...

Puerto Rico details how $1.5B in federal funds will be used
Jamaica Observer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has released a plan that outlines how his administration will use $1.5 billion in federal funds to help the US territory recover from hurricanes Irma and...

Control board meeting to OK austerity plans for Puerto Rico
Jamaica Observer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — New austerity measures are coming for Puerto Rico as a federal control board overseeing the US territory's finances met yesterday to approve several fiscal plans that will serve as the...

US awards $18.5 billion in recovery grants for Puerto Rico
Jamaica Observer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The US Government announced Tuesday that it will award US$18.5 billion worth of disaster recovery grants to Puerto Rico to help repair homes, businesses and its crumbling power grid as...

CCCR meets with FCC on regional resilience
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Members of the Commission on Caribbean Communications Resilience (CCCR) has met with United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) representatives to discuss new ways to increase the resilience of regional...

Puerto Rico's rainforest slowly reopens to visitors
Jamaica Observer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Portions of a popular rainforest in Puerto Rico are slowly reopening to visitors more than six months after Hurricane Maria hit the US territory as a Category four storm.The US Forest...

LIAT implements new security measures for passengers to US and territories
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As of 27 March 2018, passengers using LIAT flights to the USA and its territories will experience added security measures. These measures are in line with updated Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations....

Higgins takes on tough task in Puerto Rico
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Walter Higgins, the former chief executive officer of Ascendant Group Ltd, has taken on one of the most challenging jobs in the power utility world. The utilities veteran was this week named as CEO of Prepa, the Puerto...

Puerto Rico governor to reduce taxes, increase salaries
Jamaica Observer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor pledged Monday to reduce taxes, raise pay for police officers and implement work requirements for those on welfare to help the US territory recover from Hurricane...

Puerto Rico governor to reduce taxes, increase salaries
Jamaica Gleaner

Puerto Rico's governor pledged Monday to reduce taxes, raise pay for police officers and implement work requirements for those on welfare to help the US territory recover from Hurricane Maria amid the island's 11-year-old...

Blackout hits Puerto Rico after two power plants shut down
Jamaica Gleaner

Blackout hits Puerto Rico after two power plants shut downA blackout hit Puerto Rico's capital and surrounding areas on Thursday after two of the US territory's main power plants shut down as officials warn the power...

Puerto Rico: Treasury cuts $5B disaster relief loan to US$2B
Jamaica Observer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor is demanding action from US Congress after announcing that the Treasury Department has cut a nearly US$5 billion disaster relief loan by more than half.

Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands face painful hurricane recovery — NY Fed
Jamaica Observer

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The US territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands will need to take painful actions to restore their economies amid the hurricane devastation, New York Federal Reserve...

Judge grants US$300m loan for Puerto Rico power company
Jamaica Gleaner

A federal judge on Monday approved a US$300 million loan for Puerto Rico's power company that officials say will help keep the troubled agency operating until late March.The ruling comes just days after the judge had...

Puerto Rico seeks $300M, warns of power company shutdown
Trinidad Guardian

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A federal control board urgently sought a $300 million loan for Puerto Rico's power company on Friday after a judge rejected a previous $1 billion loan request despite warnings the U.S....

Help for Puerto Rican college students has islanders worried
Jamaica Observer

PROVIDENCE, United States (AP) — It sounded like a scam. Three weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, Brown University was offering to pick up 40 of the island's top students in a private jet and shuttle...

Puerto Rico to privatise troubled power company
Jamaica Gleaner

Puerto Rico's governor announced on Monday that he is moving to privatise the United States territory's public power company after its slow, troubled recovery from Hurricane Maria focused new attention on long-standing...

Puerto Rico finances under scrutiny amid plea for help
Jamaica Gleaner

Top financial officials in Puerto Rico offered a peek last Friday into why the United States territory is mired in an 11-year recession as a federal control board demanded more transparency and information about the...

Puerto Rico launches new drive for US statehood
Jamaica Observer

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – Hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico has launched a new drive to become the 51st US state, with the island's governor demanding an end to “second-class” treatment of its...

Three plus months after Maria, barely half of Puerto Rico has power
Jamaica Observer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico authorities said Friday that nearly half of power customers in the US territory still lack electricity more than three months after Hurricane Maria, sparking outrage among...

More than 3 months after Maria, barely half of Puerto Rico has power
Trinidad Guardian

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico authorities said Friday that nearly half of power customers in the U.S. territory still lack electricity more than three months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said 55 percent of...

Vulnerable Puerto Rico fears US tax law will crush economy
Jamaica Gleaner

The sweeping federal tax rewrite approved on Wednesday outraged officials in Puerto Rico, who said it threatens to crush the backbone of the island's economy at a time when they need...

UN steps in to assess help for American territory
Jamaica Gleaner

A United Nations expert on extreme poverty and human rights met Monday with hurricane victims in Puerto Rico as complaints grow about the United States government's response to a Category 4 storm.UN envoy Philip Alston...

Democratic senators present US$146B bill for Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands
Jamaica Observer

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Democratic senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren proposed a bill Tuesday earmarking US$146 billion for the reconstruction of the hurricane-hit US territories of Puerto Rico...

Judge: Outsider will not oversee Puerto Rico power company
Jamaica Gleaner

Puerto Rico's government scored a big win in court Monday after a judge rejected the appointment of a former military officer to oversee the US territory's troubled power company.A federal control board overseeing Puerto...

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