ROSSELLO HOPES FOR DIALOGUE WITH US TREASURY
"Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Friday he was "committed to esta-
blishing a working relationship" and fostering "open dialogue" with U.S. Treasury
Secretary Steven Mnuchin, after the two met in Washington. Rossello, who took o-
ffice on Jan. 2, met with Mnuchin to discuss his efforts to "put Puerto Rico's finan-
cial house in order," a statement from the governor's office said. Rossello has signed
more than 20 bills and executive orders aimed at cutting spending and fostering eco-
nomic growth, but Puerto Rico faces a long haul out of an economic crisis characte-
rized by a 45 percent poverty rate, near-insolvent public pensions and healthcare sys-
tems, and almost $70 billion in debt..."
LGBTT LEADER OPPOSES ADOPTION BILL LANGUAGE
"The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Transsexual (LGBTT) community
will challenge the constitutionality of the newadoption law if it is approved with
“specific language that discriminates against” same-sex couples, Puerto Rico para
Tod@s spokesman Pedro Julio Serrano announced late last week. According to an
InterNews Service report, the activist said the legislative bill introduced by House
Speaker Carlos “Johnny” Méndez contains language that discriminates against same-
sex couples. He noted that the bill specifies that only married couples determined by
the Civil Code will be able to adopt..."
HECTOR FERRER WINS PDP PRESIDENCY
From Caribbean Business:
"Former Popular Democratic Party (PDP) House Majority Whip Héctor Ferrer won
the party’s presidency with 308 votes against former governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá,
who garnered 156 votes. The other victorious officials are: Caguas mayor William
Miranda Torres as the Governing Board’s member-at-large; Guayama mayor Eduar-
do Cintrón to represent the Guayama district; Carolina mayor José Carlos Aponte
Dalmau to represent the Carolina district; and San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz
for the PDP vice presidency, for which she ran unopposed..."
POLLO TROPICAL WINS "FRANCHISEE OF THE YEAR"
From News Is My Business:
"As a result of its good business practices, fast-food chain Pollo Tropical was selec-
ted by Pollo Tropical International as the Franchisee of the Year 2015/16, above the
rest of the franchises worldwide, the company announced recently. To achieve this
recognition, the chain showed outstanding practices in the following categories: a
superior rating in excellence of operations, excellence of products, and an increase
in sales and comparable transactions by restaurant vs. the previous year..."