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Friday, November 6, 2015

Puerto Rico News Digest For November 6, 2015


GOV. FILES BILL TO OVERHAUL PREPA

















From News Is My Business:

"Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García-Padilla on Thursday submitted a bill
to the legislature that proposes a sweeping overhaul of the Puerto Rico Elec-
tric Power Authority, with the goal of “providing clean and reliable energy
at the lowest possible cost.” The 159-page PREPA Revitalization Act pro-
poses: Enhancements to governance processes so that PREPA can implem-
ent an independent, non-political, staggered Board structure; Adjustments
to practices for hiring and managing personnel..."


25,000 TO GET ENERGY BILL HELP


From The San Juan Daily Star:

"Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi announced Wednesday that, for
the third consecutive fi scal year, Puerto Rico will receive over $15 million
from the federal government to help island families pay their electricity bills
as a result of a change in the funding formula that he secured for the comm-
onwealth and the other U.S. territories in late 2013. The funding is provided
under the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),
locally known as “El Programa de Subsidio de Energia,” which is administe-
red by the commonwealth Family Department..."


NYC POLS JOIN PR HEALTH CARE RALLY


From Caribbean Business:

"Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi announced Wednesday that, for the
third consecutive fi scal year, Puerto Rico will receive over $15 million from
the federal government to help island families pay their electricity bills as a re-
sult of a change in the funding formula that he secured for the commonwealth
and the other U.S. territories in late 2013. The funding is provided under the
federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), locally kn-
own as “El Programa de Subsidio de Energia,” which is administered by the
commonwealth Family Department..."


20 MIGRANTS CAUGHT ON PR'S WEST COAST


From Caribbean News Now:

"US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol, air interdiction ag-
ents and Puerto Rico Police officers have apprehended 20 undocumented mi-
grants from Haiti and the Dominican Republic during the process of disem-
barking near the coastal town of Aguada. AMO and BP agents provide me-
dical assistance to migrants that venture across the Mona Passage. “Migrants
continue to put their lives at unnecessary risk by navigating through the Mona
Passage not knowing the multiple hazards within the area,” stated Ramiro Ce-
rrillo, Ramey Sector Chief Patrol Agent. “We reiterate our warning of the pe-
rils of making such a dangerous journey...





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