Friday, June 23, 2017
Friday, June 23
Noche de San Juan
@ beaches across Puerto Rico
Traditional festival honoring Saint John. Revelers celebrate at the beach after dusk and jump "back first" into the ocean at midnight for good luck. Police presence is expected at most major beaches throughout the night. Avoid out of the way or poorly attended locations.
@ Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan
Family-oriented event with bouncehouses, virtual reality games, sporting events, shows and other attractions geared towards children. Runs Friday and Saturday.
$15-$20 plus service charges
Saturday, June 24
Ceviche & Seafood Fest
@ Bahia Urbana, Pier 6, San Juan
Several restaurants offer tastings of their seafood dishes with prices ranging from $3-$5. Live music will be available.
$15 plus tax
Caribbean Exotic Pets Expo
@ Parque Ecuestre Trujillo Alto
The event bills itself as the largest exhibition of exotic animals in the Caribbean. Exhibits, artisans, vendors and seminars on animal care will be available, along with food and refreshments for sale.
Sunday, June 25
Ventana Al Jazz
@ Bahia Urbana, Pier 6, San Juan
Enjoy live jazz in a family friendly setting every last Sunday of the month. Chairs and coolers are allowed. Runs from 5-9 PM.
LGBTIQ Pride Parade
@ Parque Del Indio, Condado, San Juan
March begins at 11:00 AM and will end at Tercer Milenio Park in Old San Juan, where entertainment will be provided.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
CANNABIS DISPENSARY OPENS IN OCEAN PARK
From News Is My Business:
From The San Juan Daily Star:
"A new health and wellness alternative, the b.well Healing Center, opened its doors in the area of Condado and Ocean Park becoming the first medical cannabis dispensary in San Juan. The facility, which entailed a $300,000 investment, will offer medicinal cannabis treatments..."
GOVERNOR SEEKS TO CUT ELECTORAL FUND MONEY
"Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares announced Monday that he sent a bill to the Legislative Assembly that eliminates the governmental contribution to the Electoral Fund, from which the political parties draw monies to pay administrative expenses..."
SENATE TO CONSIDER GENDER EQUALITY IN SCHOOLSFrom Caribbean Business:
"Despite opposition from New Progressive Party (NPP) senators to the bill that proposes to implement education with gender perspective in Puerto Rico’s public school system, the bill will be voted on this week, Senate Majority Leader Carmelo Ríos said..."
PR DECLARES HOMESCHOOLING A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTFrom HSLDA:
"Puerto Rico is now the first among U.S. states and territories to recognize homeschooling as a fundamental right, thanks to a law signed by Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares on June 7..."
Friday, May 5, 2017
Friday, May 5
Boardriders Surf Bar holds this arts and culture event the first Friday of every month at La Pared beach. Live music, artisans and other presentations.
Where: La Pared beach, Herminio Diaz Navarro Street, Luquillo
When: 7 PM - 12 AM
Chefs from restaurants around La Parguera present pineapple-based dishes. Live music and vendors will also be available. A 5k run will take place Saturday. Festival runs all weekend.
Where: La Parguera, Lajas
When: 9 AM - 11 PM
Saturday, May 6
La 18: Art & Gastronomy on Wheels
Fair featuring visual arts, design and several food trucks. Runs Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan
When: 11 AM - 9 PM
Live entertainment, float parade, carnival rides, vendors. Runs from Friday to Sunday.
Where: Pedro Hernández Basketball Arena parking lot, Quebradillas
When: 7 PM - 12 AM
Sunday, May 7
Convention for those interested in the building or repair of motor vehicles, aircraft or boats
Where: Puerto Rico Convention Center, Guamaní Street, San Juan
When: 9 AM - 6 PM
Urban Market at Ventana Al Mar
Farmer's market featuring local produce and food products taking place in Condado.
Where: 1054 Ashford Avenue, San Juan
When: 9 AM - 5 PM
The Puerto Rico Monitor cannot take responsibility for the accuracy of the above listings. They are based on the best information available at the time of writing.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
GOVERNOR SAYS PR TO SEEK TITLE III PROTECTION
Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced at a press conference this morning that he has notified the Fiscal Control Board of the intention of the Puerto Rican government to trigger Title III of the PROMESA federal law, a move similar to bankruptcy, in order to safeguard essential government services and payroll. The announcement comes in the wake of the expiration on May 1 of the island government's immunity to lawsuits related to its staggering debt load. Bondholder groups have already sued the government since the deadline passed. Governor Rosselló expressed his willingness to continue a dialogue with bondholders, and stated that the Title III decision was made because it would be "the way to defend the main interests of the people of Puerto Rico." He also declared that the Board had received the government's petition and would act on it "immediately".
PROTESTER ARRESTED FOR POPULAR CENTER VANDALISM
From US Attorney's Office:
"Today, United States Magistrate Judge Silvia Carreño-Coll authorized a criminal complaint against Nina Droz Franco, charging her for damaging or attempting to damage by means of fire a building engaged in activity affecting interstate commerce[...]During the course of the protest [on Monday] on Ponce de Leon Street, numerous individuals vandalized the Popular Center building...after several individuals broke windows of the building, two individuals approached one of the broken windows and attempted to light a fire. Specifically, a female and a male approached one of the broken windows and lit a flame. All of these events were captured on video[...]Assistant United States Attorney Alexander Alum is in charge of the prosecution of the case. If convicted, the penalties Droz Franco is facing are a minimum term of imprisonment of five years, and a maximum term of 20 years, a supervised release term of not more than 3 years, and a fine not to exceed $250,000..."
GUAYNABO MAYOR CASE TO SPECIAL PROSECUTOR
From The San Juan Daily Star:
"The island Justice Department recommended on Monday the assignment of a special prosecutor to investigate possible corruption related to a sexual harassment complaint involving Guaynabo Mayor Héctor O’Neill. After completing a preliminary investigation, Justice concluded that the longtime mayor could have committed a total of 20 violations of the law[...]According to previous Star reports, after a female Guaynabo municipal police officer filed a sexual harassment complaint against the mayor, a monetary agreement was reached in which O’Neill payed $300,000 to the woman and $150,000 to the woman’s partner..."
GOV'T PUBLISHES NEW OFFER FOR GO CREDITORS
From Caribbean Business:
"The government of Puerto Rico presented Monday a new debt restructuring offer, individually, to general obligations (GOs) creditors. The counteroffer reduces to 30% the suggested cut to principal, known as haircut, to the debt guaranteed by the commonwealth’s constitution. The government offered about 50 cents on the dollar in its first proposal. However, the government has yet to reach an agreement with its creditors..."
Monday, May 1, 2017
ENRAGED PROTESTERS VENT THEIR ANGER
Photo by @Tatymailine
As part of the massive general strike which was called for May 1st, scores of citizens took to to the streets across Puerto Rico today -- mainly in the San Juan metro area -- to protest the brutal austerity measures sought by the Financial Control Board and the administration of Governor Rossello, as they deal with the island's debt crisis. Labor, academic, religious, feminist, student and other groups took part in the demonstrations, which took place at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, La Fortaleza in Old San Juan, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and other locations. At the latter, protesters blocked the entrance to the airport early this morning. Several of the marches around San Juan converged around noon at Hato Rey's "Milla de Oro" financial district, where some protests turned violent. Many protesters converged in front of the Seaborne Building, where the Financial Control Board is based. Several buildings in the area were vandalized, with Banco Popular's building taking the brunt of it, as protesters threw rocks, broke glass and had confrontations with building security staff. Police dispersed protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Photo by @carlaamarie
Later in the afternoon, Plaza Las Americas closed the mall's parking facilities as a safety measure. On nearby Roosevelt Avenue, protesters blocked the road with large stones and other debris, while on Muñoz Rivera Avenue, someone started a small fire in a lane of traffic. Some individuals on Muñoz Rivera refused to vacate the roadway despite the Police's barrage of gas and rubber bullets. SWAT teams, along with regular Police, had been deployed all over the area throughout the day. Various businesses in Hato Rey, including a CVS pharmacy, shut down due to the situation. Some of them were vandalized with graffiti or had their windows broken. Rocks were also thrown through the windows of the old headquarters of the New Progressive Party. Close to 5 PM, Police were able to retake Muñoz Rivera Avenue, after several arrests were made. At around this time, Governor Rossello took part in a press conference at La Fortaleza, in which he condemned the "violent incidents".
CONTROL BOARD MOVES TO DISSOLVE BGF
"The federal Financial Oversight and Management Board determined to phase out the Government Development Bank (GDB) during a meeting Friday in New York City[...]The board, created under the bipartisan Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability (PROMESA) Act, summoned GDB President Christian Sobrino to the meeting, who explained the fiscal scenario faced by the island government’s main lenderThe fiscal plan approved by the board for the GDB will basically wind down the bank’s operations over 10 years. Sobrino said the GDB is heading toward its demise, as it does not exhibit a “sustainable” fiscal outlook..."