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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Puerto Rico News Digest For March 5, 2015


PROTESTS AGAINST IVA AT CAPITOL




Video: Maria Rivera/YouTube


People from dozens of educational and community organizations are
protesting this morning in front of the Capitol in San Juan against the
proposed 16% Value Added Tax (or IVA, by its Spanish initials).
Schools and colleges have been particularly vocal in their opposition
to the idea of applying the new tax to educational expenses. Governor
Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced last week that the tax proposal
would be ammended to spare private education from the IVA, but
representatives from several organizations opposed to the tax have
expressed skepticism regarding that promise, as reported by El Nuevo
Dia.



DECOLONIZATION PROTEST MAR. 22 IN SAN JUAN





















The pro-independence organization Comrades United For The De-
colonization of Puerto Rico ("Compa├▒eros Unidos Para La Desco-
lonizacion de Puerto Rico") will be holding a protest march on
Slavery Abolition Day, March 22nd, at 2:00 PM. The protesters will
demand the release of Puerto Rican "political prisoner" Oscar Lopez
Rivera, as well as the decolonization of the island. The "2nd Oscar-
Mandela March" will start at the Capitol building in Old San Juan
and make its way towards the Federal Court building.


OIL SUPPLIER TO FACE JUSTICE DEPT


From The San Juan Daily Star:

The Special Senate Committee investigating the so-called “oil
cartel” at the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)
referred Petro West Inc. to the Justice Department on Tuesday
after accusing it of aggravated illegal appropriation for vir-
tually stealing $1.4 million from the public utility.Petro West
is a local company with offices in Mayag├╝ez and Hormigueros
that supplied bunker six fuel to PREPA, but it was not imme-
diately known if they still do. The probe found that the alleged
illegal appropriation took place between 2009 and 2011.


SINGAPORE COMPANY TO OPERATE PONCE PORT


From Fox News Latino:

Portek International, a Singapore-based services company, was
selected to develop infrastructure at Puerto de las Americas in
Ponce, the largest city in southern Puerto Rico, officials said.
"We have carefully evaluated offers from different companies that
showed interest in the project," Secretary of Economic Development
and Commerce Alberto Baco, who serves as chairman of the Puerto
de Ponce Authority board, said.


EMBASSY SUITES BEGINS MAJOR RENOVATION


From News Is My Business:

Embassy Suites hotels in Puerto Rico announced Wednesday the
completion of the first phase of a renovation campaign at the
Isla Verde and Dorado properties. The overhaul included a full
makeover of all 299 suites at the San Juan hotel and bathroom
upgrades in all suites at the Dorado resort. The investment made
to reboot the properties was not disclosed.


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