MORE YOUNG PEOPLE CONSIDER LEAVING PR
El Nuevo Dia has reported today on results of its recent poll of
Puerto Rico residents that indicate that an increasing number of
Puerto Ricans, especially the young, are considering leaving the
island. The paper found that when it asked whether respondents
might leave the island in the next four years, 34% said yes,
compared to 27% last year. Among the 18-34 age group, the
percentage of respondents saying that they see it as 'somewhat
likely' or 'very likely' that they'll leave Puerto Rico increases to a
staggering 45%. If the people who have expressed a desire to leave
were to indeed leave the island over the next four years, it would
lead to a population drop of about 1 million inhabitants.
2.9 TREMOR FELT 14 MILES FROM SAN JUAN
According to the US Geological Survey, a magnitude 2.9 tremor
was registered today at approximately 2:35PM AST. The epicenter
was located about 14 miles west of San Juan, with a depth of 63.4
miles. Coordinates are 18.493°N 66.315°W. No damages have
been reported, and are unlikely to have occurred.
TEXAS CITES PR GAY MARRIAGE DECISION
From The Houston Chronicle:
"Texas officials are citing a federal judge’s decision
to uphold Puerto Rico’s gay marriage ban in their own
legal battle over the issue. In a brief filed to the Fifth Circuit
Court of Appeals on Oct. 28, Texas Solicitor General Jonathan
F. Mitchell says the judge was right when he ruled Puerto
Rico’s ban on same-sex marriage should remain intact..."
TRUCKERS PROTEST OIL TAX IN SAN JUAN
From Caribbean Business:
"Traffic was snarled along the rain-soaked streets of San Juan
on Wednesday morning as hundreds of truckers staged a rolling
protest against legislation to surge the tax on petroleum.
The caravan, which was centered in a wide area around Capitol
building, also was in protest of an incoming law requiring
trucks to have double cabins..."
3,000 FEDERAL INMATES MAY WALK FREE
From The San Juan Daily Star:
"The Federal Bureau of Prisons is slated to grant early
release to more than 46,000 inmates with drug convictions
in the mainland U.S. and in Puerto Rico after the U.S.
Sentencing Commission earlier this year agreed to reduce
draconian drug sentences..."