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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Puerto Rico News Digest For March 22, 2017


PR VS USA FOR WORLD BASEBALL FINAL


















The USA beat Japan 2-1 last night in Los Angeles, Califor-
nia to advance to the finals of the 2017 World Baseball
Classic, where they will face off against a red-hot Puerto
Rico. The boricua squadron itself advanced to the finals
by beating the Netherlands on Monday night, 4-3 in the
eleventh inning. The WBC championship game will take
place tonight starting at 9:00 PM Eastern/Atlantic time,
and will mark the second time the Puerto Rican team
reaches the WBC finals.


$450M BUDGET CUT PROPOSED FOR UPR


From El Nuevo Dia:

"The proposal made by the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) to
face the million-dollar reduction in funds—as provided in the
Fiscal Plan and certified by the Oversight Board (OB)—inclu-
des reducing the academic offerings, consolidating adminis-
trative units, and implementing an income-based tuition. The-
se initiatives seek to address the $450-million adjustments in-
cluded in the Fiscal Plan presented by Ricardo Rosselló’s admi-
nistration and certified by the OB. Nevertheless, this figure co-
uld be reduced to $241 million, if the Oversight Board welcomes
a series of measures listed by the Governor in a letter issued
yesterday..."

[NOTE: At an assembly yesterday afternoon at the Río Pie-
dras campus, UPR students voted to hold an indefinite strike
starting on April 6 to protest the proposed cuts. -Ed.]


AGENCY CHIEFS VISIT POT DISPENSARY


From The San Juan Daily Star:

"The secretaries of the departments of Health, Rafael Rodri-
guez; Treasury, Raúl Maldonado; and Agriculture, Carlos Fl-
ores, on Monday inspected the facilities of NextGen Pharma,
a new Puerto Rican pharmaceutical industry that is dedica-
ted to the cultivation, manufacture and dispensing of medi-
cal cannabis. During the tour of the facilities,the Health se-
cretary defended the administration bill that seeks to ma-
ke viable the legislation covering treatment with medical
cannabis in Puerto Rico...explaining that to date in Puerto
Rico there are nine cannabis cultivation companies, five
manufacturers and seven licensed dispensaries..."


GONZALEZ TO CAMPAIGN FOR STATEHOOD


From Caribbean Business:

"Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González will spend this
weekend in Puerto Rico to join the New Progressive Party’s
(NPP) campaign for statehood ahead of the June 11 political-
status plebiscite. The NPP vice president informed from her
office in Congress that she will begin pro-statehood gathe-
rings this weekend in which the entire party leadership par-
ticipate. “The June 11 referendum for Pu-erto Rico’s immediate
decolonization isn’t just another referendum; circumstances
changed and the consequences are irreversible,” the resident
commissioner said in a written statement released by her office.
She assured that Congress unveiled the commonwealth’s colo-
nial reality and allocated funds toward a decisive plebiscite..."


TODAY IS ABOLITION OF SLAVERY DAY


Today, March 22, marks the observance of Abolition of
Slavery Day (Día de la Aboloción de la Esclavitud) in Pu-
erto Rico. The day commemorates the emancipation of
slaves in the island in 1873, when Puerto Rico was still
governed by Spain. Most state and local government
offices and schools are expected to be closed, although
federal government facilities will function as normal.
Most banks, although not all, will operate during their
normal business hours. If in doubt, check with your
financial institution. Practically all other businesses
are expected to operate as normal.



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