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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Puerto Rico News Digest For November 19, 2015


As reported this morning by El Nuevo Dia, 30-year-old cyclist José Mar-
cel Rodríguez Rivera died this morning after being run over by a drunk
driver on PR-187 in Loíza. The woman, identified as 40-year-old Vane-
ssa Pizarro Marrero, hit the man and five other cyclists. The five were
injured and taken to Centro Médico, with  three of them in critical condi-
tion. The accident happened at around 7:10 AM today, and the driver was
shown to have alcohol in her bloodstream after a sobriety test.


From Caribbean Business:

While lawmakers ended Tuesday, Nov. 17, the legislative session, they will
reconvene sooner than expected as Gov. Alejandro García Padilla will call
a special session by the first week of December, allowing the Legislature to
consider before year’s end a bill that would give way to the restructuring of
the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa)...Under the restructuring
agreement, lawmakers are called to pass “an acceptable form” of the measu-
re by Friday, Nov.  20, in order for the accord to continue to run its course..."


From The San Juan Daily Star:

"Gov. Alejandro García Padilla on Tuesday submitted to the Legislature
an administration bill that would extend voting rights to foreigners domi-
ciled in Puerto Rico and another that would prevent government officials
from interfering with decisions made in public corporations. It was not
clear whether the bills will be included  in a proposed special session or
will have to wait until the January session..."


From Telesur:

"One of Puerto Rico's most well known rappers was awarded the Nobel
Peace Summit Award Sunday for his support of a range of social issues.
Calle 13 frontperson Rene Perez, also known by his stage name Residen-
te, was honored with the award at the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace
Laureates in Barcelona, Spain. The award recognizes cultural and enter-
tainment figures who have contributed to human rights and social justice.
Previous winners of the award include Sean Penn and Bob Geldof..."


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