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Monday, March 27, 2017

Puerto Rico News Digest For March 27, 2017


FREAK TORNADO HITS SJ METRO AREA





The National Weather Service in San Juan has confirmed that an F0 tornado,
with winds between 50 and 75 mph, struck parts of Trujillo Alto and Rio Pie-
dras yesterday afternoon, shortly after 3:00 PM. Several trees and power lines
were knocked down by the rare weather phenomenon, and a house is reported
to have lost its sheet metal roof. No injuries have been reported as a result of
the weather event. Tornados are fairly rare in Puerto Rico, typically only occ-
urring once every 1-2 years.


KILLINGS IN BAYAMON & GURABO OVERNIGHT


A man was shot to death shortly before 4:30 AM today at Las Gardenias hou-
sing project in Bayamón. Acoording to El Vocero, a 911 call alerted authoriti-
es regarding shots fired in the area. Upon arrival, police discovered the lifeless
body of the so far unidentified man. Meanwhile, in Gurabo, three burnt bodies
were found inside a car close to 9:00 AM today in the El Silencio sector of that
town. The bodies have not yet been identified.


UKRAINE EX-FIN. CHIEF TO WORK ON PR CRISIS


From The San Juan Daily Star:

"The federal Financial Oversight and Management Board announced on Th-
ursday the appointment of Natalie Jaresko as executive director. Jaresko, born
in Chicago, was Ukraine’s minister of finance from 2014 to 2016 and served
during one of the most critical periods of that Eastern European country’s his-
tory when it was shaken by a deep recession. During her tenure, Jaresko led
the negotiation and implementation of the largest International Monetary Fu-
nd program in the history of the institution, as well as a restructuring of sov-
ereign debt and guaranteed sovereign debt. She also led the reduction of total
 public expenditure from 53 percent of GDP in 2014 to just over 44 percent
in 2016, reducing the public financing deficit by more than 75 percent to 2.1
percent of GDP in 2015..."


PPD SENATOR WARNS: "1000s OF DISMISSALS"


From Caribbean Business:

"Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Sen. Rossana López denounced on Sun-
day that the government’s Fiscal Plan will lead to “thousands” of dismissals
and workday reductions. According to the senator, 5,744 transitory employ-
ees  will be dismissed as of July 1 due to a 50% reduction to the public pay-
roll, and 1,148 more employees will lose their jobs next year. “The Fiscal
Plan has at least five projected scenarios that present fiscal incongruences
exceeding $1 million. This increases uncertainty regarding the country’s
fiscal stability, the veracity of the Government’s estimates, and leaves the
door open once again to workday reductions and more dismissals,” López
said in a written statement..."


D.A. POINTS WINS PUERTO RICO OPEN


From ESPN:

"Points opened the final round of the Puerto Rico Open with five straight
birdies, and then overcame a rugged stretch by saving pars and piling up
enough birdies for a 6-under 66 on Sunday and a two-shot victory. It was
the third PGA Tour victory of his career, and felt just as sweet as when he
won at Pebble Beach with Bill Murray as his partner, and four years ago
at the Houston Open to get to the Masters..."


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