ATHLETES INJURED DURING SHOOTOUT
|Photo: Puerto Rico Police Dept.|
From Yahoo News:
Two competitors in a Puerto Rico Ironman triathlon were injured by
gunfire exchanged between occupants of two cars as they sped past
the bicycling part of the Sunday event in an upscale area of the U.S.
island's capital. Puerto Rico police identified the wounded compe-
titors as Wisconsin woman Liz Boivin, 26, and island resident
Miguel Arroyo Ramos, 49. Boivin was hit in the left calf while
three bullets struck Arroyo in the left side while they raced on bi-
cycles through the San Juan district of Miramar. The triathlon in-
volves biking, running and swimming.
OIL TAX HIKE WENT INTO EFFECT SUNDAY
The increase in the crude oil tax to $15.50 per barrel, colloquially
known as "La Crudita", went into effect yesterday across Puerto Rico.
Immediate rises in the price of gasoline were expected and have
already been seen. But, as of Sunday afternoon, many gas stations
across the island were still selling fuel at the "old price". However,
across the board gas price hikes are inevitable and will likely start
to be seen more consistently over the next few days.
GUAYANILLA MAYOR DENIES SEX ALLEGATIONS
The suspended mayor of Guayanilla, Edgardo Arlequin Vélez, on
Thursday expressed hope he will be vindicated in the end after the
Special Independent Prosecutor (SIP) Panel suspended him last week
from the mayoral seat for allegedly sexually harassing a municipal
female employee. “All these actions against me were based solely
on statements by another party,” Arlequin Vélez said in a written
statement. “I flatly deny the facts alleged against me. My family is
accompanying me right now firmly and with serenity and gratitude,
and the people overwhelmingly have expressed solidarity with me.
At the end of the process, I will prevail and continue to serve my
people as usual.
TREASURY COLLECTIONS UP FOR FEBRUARY
From News Is My Business:
The Puerto Rico Treasury Department collected $709.3 million in
February for the General Fund, a figure that was up $39.4 million,
or 5.9 percent when compared to the same month last year, and $6.5
million, or 0.9 percent, below estimates. One of the main revenue
drivers was $319 million collected in income taxes, which exceeded
February 2014 collections by $35 million. All components of this
category reflected increases when compared to February 2014.
WOMEN'S NAVY TENNIS TEAM TO PLAY IN PR
From Navy Sports:
The Navy women's tennis team (11-6) will open a three-match spring
break trip in Puerto Rico on Monday against Augustana College (S.D.)
at 12:30 PM (ET). The Mids and the Vikings will meet in Palmas del
Mar on the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico. The Mids have won
three straight matches and are coming off a 4-3 win over Delaware
on Thursday. Navy has also recently defeated Towson, 5-2, and Marist,
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