Usain Bolt fires business manager over Jamaica fraud case
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt told reporters Friday that he is baffled over how $12.7 million of his money has gone missing from a local private investment firm that authorities are investigating as part of a massive fraud that began more than a decade ago. When asked if he was “broke,” the retired star athlete laughed. Bolt’s attorneys have said the athlete’s account with Kingston-based Stocks and Securities Limited dwindled from nearly $12.8 million to some $12,000.news.yahoo.com
Grecia Dianel on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, Puerto Rico and her debut single “Hipérbole”
The singing of the coquí—one of Puerto Rico’s national symbols—and Grecia Dianel Rivera Carrasquillo’s light guitar strumming echoed throughout the interview, enough to perfectly sum up her upbringing. Born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico, she would take advantage of anything that was accessible to her musically. Though she wasn’t raised by professional musicians, the self-proclaimed Latin pop singer-songwriter remembers her love for award shows and concerts on CDs growing up. Nonetheless, Grecia Dianel is here in the 305 for a reason. Her main mission as an artist includes, but is not at all limited to, putting women and Puerto Rico on the pedestal that they deserve.themiamihurricane.com
House approves referendum to 'decolonize' Puerto Rico
The U.S. House passed a bill Thursday that would allow Puerto Rico to hold the first-ever binding referendum on whether to become a state or gain some sort of independence, in a last-ditch effort that stands little chance of passing the Senate. “It is crucial to me that any proposal in Congress to decolonize Puerto Rico be informed and led by Puerto Ricans,” said Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which oversees affairs in U.S. territories. The proposal would commit Congress to accept Puerto Rico into the United States as the 51st state if voters on the island approved it.news.yahoo.com
US seizes $2M worth of cocaine near Puerto Rico; 1 dead
Federal agents said they seized $2 million worth of cocaine on Wednesday that was strewn on a beach in Puerto Rico and discovered the body of a man trapped under a nearby boat that was carrying the drugs. Agents detected the boat traveling without lights near the northwest coastal town of Quebradillas in the pre-dawn hours and followed it at a distance, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jeffrey Quiñones.news.yahoo.com
Dominican drug lord pleads guilty in US federal court
A powerful drug lord from the Dominican Republic known as “The Abuser” pled guilty to drug trafficking charges in U.S. federal court, authorities said Monday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico said César Emilio Peralta Adamez was accused of importing cocaine into the United States for a decade. Authorities said he led a Dominican-based drug-trafficking organization that imported tons of drugs from Colombia and Venezuela to Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland.news.yahoo.com
Developing late season storm to deliver nasty week of weather
An unusual and impactful late season storm developing north of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico – designated Invest 98L – will gradually organize over the next several days and slide westward toward Florida, bringing dangerous seas, widespread coastal flooding and beach erosion, gusty squalls, and the potential for heavy rain to a wide stretch of Florida’s Atlantic coast starting Tuesday into Wednesday.
Activists fight bid to remove Puerto Rico's 'colonial cats'
Hundreds of cats have long slinked through the cobblestone streets of Puerto Rico’s historic district, stopping for the occasional pat on the head as delighted tourists and residents snap pictures and offer bits of food. The cats are so beloved they even have their own statue in Old San Juan. The idea has outraged many people, who worry the cats will be killed.news.yahoo.com
Puerto Rico nonprofit director sentenced in fatal arson case
The director of a nonprofit that helped disabled people in Puerto Rico has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in a case in which his center was set on fire by three other suspects, one of whom died in the actwashingtonpost.com
Post-Fiona fuel disruptions spark fear in Puerto Rico
A growing number of businesses including grocery stores and gas stations are temporarily closing across Puerto Rico as power outages caused by Hurricane Fiona drag on in the U.S. territory, sparking concern about the availability of fuel and basic goods.
Fiona consumes Puerto Rico with catastrophic flooding
Nearly five years to the day that Category 4 Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Category 1 Hurricane Fiona consumed the U.S. island territory with catastrophic flooding, with rainfall surpassing over two feet and flash flood warnings at times enveloping practically all municipalities, while plunging the entire island into intermittent darkness.
Fiona enters the Caribbean, hurricane watches hoisted for Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic
The center of Tropical Storm Fiona passed over Guadeloupe – part of the chain of islands flanking the northeastern Caribbean – last night, bringing heavy rains and gusty winds, at times reaching nearly 60 mph, while hurricane watches went up this morning for Puerto Rico and portions of the Dominican Republic as the storm tracked westward into the eastern Caribbean.
Atlantic disturbance organizing, could become a tropical depression
A vigorous tropical wave moving through the central Atlantic – now dubbed Invest 96L by the National Hurricane Center – gathered steam overnight and could become a tropical depression or storm before reaching the Lesser Antilles, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico by this weekend.
Earl forecast to become a hurricane, move near or east of Bermuda by Friday
Tropical Storm Earl, churning about 350 miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico, remains messy and disorganized Tuesday morning but is expected to grow into a strong hurricane as it passes near or to the east of Bermuda on Friday.
Earl beginning northward turn about 100 miles north of Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
Despite continued struggles against wind shear over the past 24 hours, Tropical Storm Earl appears to be gathering steam as it begins its anticipated turn northward some 100 miles north of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands this morning.
Fatal boat trip highlights Haitians fleeing violence
Haitians are fleeing in greater numbers to the neighboring Dominican Republic, where they step onto rickety wooden boats as they attempt to reach Puerto Rico — a trip in which 11 Haitian women drowned this week, with dozens of other migrants believed missing.