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Monday, March 20, 2017

Puerto Rico News Digest For March 20, 2017



HACIENDA TO MAKE MAJOR CHANGES


















From El Nuevo Dia:

"The Department of Hacienda (Treasury) will have staff on detail in each one
of the central Government’s main agencies to, in a kind of receivership, review
invoices, reconcile debts, and nullify contracts, in order to reduce contracting
in the agencies and generate additional savings to the ones already projected by
the Government. Likewise, for the foreseeable future, Hacienda will be execut-
ing an action plan that will delay the payment of any contracts not considered
essential to operate the Government and provide direct services to citizens, ac-
cording to Hacienda Secretary Raúl Maldonado in an interview with El Nuevo
Día..."


CARJACKER COULDN'T DRIVE STICK, IS ARRESTED

As reported by El Vocero, 33-year-old Richard Pinela Laureano attempted to
kidnap an unidentified victim in the parking lot of the Supermax supermarket
parking lot on Garrido Avenue in Caguas early this morning. The perpetrator
first asked the motorist for money, but then turned aggressive and pointed a
gun at the victim, subsequently telling the individual to move over to the pa-
ssenger's seat. However, the carjacker was then unable to drive the vehicle
due to it having a standard transmission, after which he fled the scene with-
out injuring the driver. He was then arrested at a nearby mall.



PR VS NETHERLANDS IN WBC SEMIFINAL


From The Japan Times:

"Safe to say the Dutch aren’t feeling any pressure before the World Base-
ball Classic semifinals. It’s not like it’s their first time. They made it this
far at the last WBC in 2013, and will use that experience when they face
Puerto Rico on Monday at Dodger Stadium...Puerto Rico will also be re-
ady. The team is the hottest in the WBC, reaching the semifinals with a
6-0 record and having outscored its opponents 51-15..."


FUTURE OF CHRISTMAS BONUS UNCERTAIN


From The San Juan Daily Star:

"Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director José Marrero said
on Thursday that Christmas bonuses for public workers will eventually
be eliminated in their totality. “I think that the Christmas bonus checks,
gradually, according to the agreements we have … we are going to do a
phaseout and we are going to eliminate them, eventually,” Marrero said
in a radio interview with WKAQ 580 AM, appearing to contradict the
assertions of another high government official..."


LOCAL & CHINESE COMPANIES TO RECYCLE


From News Is My Business:

"The Department of Economic Development and Commerce announced
Sunday the signing of an agreement of understanding between a local and
a China-based company to develop recycling projects with an associated
investment of $20 million. China-based Dura Shred and Juncos-based Gr-
upo Nuevo Mundo will work together on tire recycling projects in Guáni-
ca, Toa Baja and Juncos, Economic Development and Commerce Secret-
ary Manuel Laboy said..."


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