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Monday, April 17, 2017

Puerto Rico News Digest For April 17, 2017



FEDS WANT COMMONWEALTH IN STATUS REFERENDUM



















From Caribbean Business:

"Including the commonwealth in the June 11 political-status plebiscite, as demanded by the U.S. Justice Department, has affected work procedures for the Puerto Rico State Elections Commission (CEE by its Spanish acronym)...Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and his advisers evaluated Saturday U.S. Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente‘s observations, in which he overrode the referendum as enacted for excluding the territorial status as a viable alternative. The governor said his administration will make the necessary adjustments to be backed up by the federal government, and Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz affirmed these amendments will be approved as early as next Tuesday..."


PR POPULATION DECLINE UNDERESTIMATED


From El Nuevo Dia:

"The most recent projections by the Planning Board (PB) on the population of Puerto Rico propose that, by 2027, the Island will have some 3,165,534 inhabitants. That trend, however, could be underestimated. This, because the estimates of the PB contemplate that, by this calendar year, the migratory problem of Puerto Rico would begin to stabilize, as the number of people who annually decide to move abroad decreases.  But, apparently, these projections fail to take into account several factors that influence migratory and population processes. For example, the Fiscal Plan certified in March by the Oversight Board (OB) proposes a reduction in the Gross Domestic Product of 4% (in real values) for fiscal 2018..."


PREGNANT WOMAN GUNNED DOWN IN VIEQUES


Brenda Concepción Gerena, age 19 and four months pregnant, was shot at around 2:15 on Sunday morning along with her 17-year-old stepsister in front of their house in the Esperanza sector of the island municipality of Vieques. The pregnant woman died at Centro Médico in Río Piedras about four hours later, after both women were taken there by helicopter. The deceased victim's stepsister, María Jiménez Gerena, was not critically injured. The two victims had been involved in a dispute with unidentified people in a different part of town earlier that evening. So far in 2017, Puerto Rico has tallied 188 reported murders.


POLICE DETAINS FOUR MIGRANTS IN MONA PASSAGE


From AP/NZ Herald:

"Police say they have detained four migrants in a northwest coastal area commonly used by people from the Dominican Republic to get into this U.S. territory. Officers said they detained a man and a woman Saturday afternoon aboard a 28-foot wooden boat with an outboard motor just off an area beach. They said another man and a woman were detained at a nearby landing area on the beach. The travelers' country of origin was unknown..."


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