The Road And The Toad Or “The Shameless In Puerto Rico” (Hit the nail on its head, NYTimes!): Puerto Rico was on the Road To Banana Republic, lead by Carlos Cases of FBI. – M.N. | 5:57 AM 6/5/2018 – Francisco Reyes Caparrós: “It is possible” that cases have been manipulated… –

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Puerto Rico was on the Road To Banana Republic, biked unabashedly forward by Carlos Cases of the PR branch of FBI, the Very Special Agent, with the subspecialty in COINTELPRO, set-ups, and frame-ups. – M.N. 

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The Shame in Puerto Rico

A new study points to a far higher death toll from Hurricane Maria, more evidence of the Trump administration’s neglect.
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6:01 PM 6/2/2018 – Francisco Reyes Caparrós: “It is possible” that cases have been manipulated to obtain convictions. – Abogado que ganó a la Fiscalía federal alega que allí “reina el terror” | M.N.: Whom did Ms. Mestey-Borges accuse of “sexual harassment”?
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6:01 PM 6/2/2018 – Francisco Reyes Caparrós: “It is possible” that cases have been manipulated to obtain convictions. – Abogado que ganó a la Fiscalía federal alega que allí “reina el terror” | M.N.: Whom did Ms. Mestey-Borges accuse of “sexual harassment”?
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10:46 AM 6/3/2018 – Front Page Review: A Rosa Emilia “el poder se le fue” – NotiCel | Jueces señalan que fiscalía federal usa evidencia falsa provista por policías (documentos + video)
10:15 AM 6/3/2018 – Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez – Bing News
8:44 AM 6/3/2018 – Francisco Caparros Case – Saved Stories: On The Royal Road To Banana Republic: The Big Sister Is Watching You!
7:53 PM 6/2/2018 – M.N.: Puerto Rico is a puzzle. To solve it, dare to be diffirent! – Front Page Review | The Puerto Rico’s Royal Road To Banana Republic – By Michael Novakhov
6:01 PM 6/2/2018 – Francisco Reyes Caparrós: “It is possible” that cases have been manipulated to obtain convictions. – Abogado que ganó a la Fiscalía federal alega que allí “reina el terror” | M.N.: Whom did Ms. Mestey-Borges accuse of “sexual harassment”?
3:58 PM 6/2/2018 – The Puerto Rico’s Royal Road To Banana Republic Cleared By The Good Cowboy Carlos Cases
11:55 AM 6/2/2018 – Former employee claims Office of the Federal Prosecutor is the “reign of terror” | From Comments: “Rosa Emilia, what she does is cover up all the corrupt Pnp who have committed serious faults. She remains silent while the abuse continues rampant in PUERTO RICO.”
9:40 AM 6/2/2018 – Front Page Review: Rosa Emilia Rodríguez – Bing News
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8:23 AM 6/2/2018 –  Federal Justice investigates Rosa Emilia Rodríguez | 7:47 AM 6/2/2018 – “The country does not benefit in any way with people who are working with fear, under threats…” – Bamily López, attorney for Francisco Reyes Caparrós
9:06 AM 6/1/2018 – Todo Tiene Su Final… | M.N.: Who placed “a presentation on socialism” in Reyes’ computer? 
4:53 PM 5/31/2018 – Francisco Caparros Case, Resolved (part 1): Former intelligence specialist Francisco Reyes Caparrós won the lawsuit against the local federal prosecutor’s office this afternoon for labor harassment and acts of reprisal.
12:50 PM 5/31/2018 – Puerto Rico Grid ‘Teetering’ Despite $3.8 Billion Repair Job
Hello, Banana Republic! – 6:17 AM 5/31/2018 – My Comments on Francisco Reyes Caparrós Case Continued: Judge the case on its merits, not on the technicality. | Who was not interested in Mestey’s getting the bulletproof vest, and why? This is a very interesting question with many far-reaching extensions.
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M.N.: This story only confirms my thesis posted earlier: The FBI is very sick and deeply dysfunctional organization in need of urgent and radical reforms. | Feds Won’t Release Details of Settlement With FBI Agent | Connecticut News | US News
PR’s Reporting System for Violent Deaths Earns Praise – SJDS for 5.29.19
Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria – Washington Post | Study: Puerto Rico hurricane death toll near 5,000
7:39 AM 5/29/2018 – Alberto downgraded to a subtropical depression
6:28 AM 5/29/2018 – Giuliani booed
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Marijuana News  – Will Trinidad And Tobago Also Jump On The Marijuana Train?
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Medical Marijuana Real Estate Loans Now Available In The Caribbean
Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on the Puerto Rico Hurricane María Death Toll (PODCAST)
A Viral Twitter Thread Is Sharing Names of People Who Died in Puerto Rico After Hurricane María, Because Cable News Won’t Do Its Job
Rosselló Goes on CNN Twice to Address Puerto Rico Hurricane María Death Count and Says “There Will Be Hell to Pay’
Thousands died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria, new Harvard study says
Why Puerto Rico’s death toll from Hurricane Maria is so much higher than officials thought – PRI
Puerto Rico’s governor says he wants hurricane-displaced families to return – The Herald-Times
FTA announces $277.5 million in funding for systems damaged by last year’s hurricanes
FEMA: Nearly $219 million approved for Puerto Rico recovery
Puerto Rico water utility: We lack nearly half of generators needed in case of a disaster
Puerto Rico Economic Activity Index rises for 5th consecutive month
Justice Department sends 6 new prosecutors to Puerto Rico
Natural Resources Committee Democrats demand hearing on Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico governor hands $1 million check to every mayor
U.S. Says Rastas Face Discrimination In These Caribbean Countries
Trump Proclaims June National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
Guatemala Declares Three Days Of Mourning As Death Toll From Volcano Moves Closer To 62

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Marijuana News  – Will Trinidad And Tobago Also Jump On The Marijuana Train?

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 18, 2018: As more and more countries across the Caribbean consider decriminalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, a legislator in Trinidad and Tobago wants the twin-island Republic to follow suit.Independent Senator, Dr. Dhanayshar Mahabir, is urging the island’s government to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, saying the initiative could also help in the diversification of the economy of the oil-rich republic.Mahabir, a University of the West Indies lecturer, made the suggestion as he was debating the Finance and Appropriation Bill in the Senate on Tuesday.Mahabir said that Canadians have been tapping into this opportunity and “it was about time we step up to the plate because our oil deals will not last forever.”Last month, former health minister, Dr Fuad Khan, also called for Trinidad and Tobago to examine the possibility of decriminalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.Save up to 75% on FlightsThe post Marijuana News  – Will Trinidad And Tobago Also Jump On The Marijuana Train? appeared first on Caribbean and Latin America Daily News.
Marijuana News – While Guyana Punishes, Africa Legalizes

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 25, 2018: While many nationals from the CARICOM nation of Guyana took to social media this week to express outrage over the three-year jail sentence of a poultry farmer there, who was found with 8.6 grams of marijuana, news broke that another African country has moved to legalize marijuana for medical and scientific purposes.Zimbabwe has become the second African country to legalize the herb with the country’s health minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa, stating in a government notice that individuals and businesses would now be able to apply for licenses to cultivate cannabis for medicinal or scientific use.The five-year licenses will clear also clear growers to possess, transport and sell fresh cannabis, cannabis oil, and dried product.Recreational use will remain illegal.Applicants for the licenses must submit detailed plans of their proposed production site and yield, according to the government notice published in the Harare Herald on Saturday.  Individuals applying for licenses must be Zimbabwe citizens or residents or have a waiver issued by the minister.The tiny state of Lesotho issued Africa’s first license for medical marijuana production last year.Meanwhile, in Guyana, Carl Mangal could spend the next three years of his life in jail if his appeal fails while the laws there continue to penalize many for minor possession of the herb.The Alliance for Change (AFC) Party, in a statement, has once again called  for an upgrade of the laws of Guyana to ensure that custodial sentences for small quantities of marijuana are removed in their entirety.AFC Member of Parliament, Michael Carrington, said that since 2015, had tabled a bill in the National Assembly for debate, but it has since been languishing on the order paper, being deferred time and time again.This as the country’s Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, was quoted as saying that he believes marijuana penalty laws must be reviewed to address the number of young people being locked up.“I share the view that Guyana should review sentencing guidelines, and liberalize laws that make custodial sentencing mandatory for small quantities of marijuana,” Nagamootoo stated. “Too many of our young people are in jail as the law, as is, provides for imprisonment for quantities above 5 grams and does not give magistrates a discretion.”Wal-Mart.com USA, LLCThe post Marijuana News – While Guyana Punishes, Africa Legalizes appeared first on Caribbean and Latin America Daily News.
Medical Marijuana Real Estate Loans Now Available In The Caribbean

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. June 1, 2018: As Caribbean nations continue to focus on legalizing medical marijuana in the region, financing for loans to grow and funding for commercial buildings has become a top priority.To cater to this need, Invest Caribbean Now, the global private sector investment agency of the Caribbean, is now offering the option of loans on land deals and commercial real estate properties to qualified medical marijuana entrepreneurs in countries where the herb is legal.Each loan from ICN’s private funding network will be determined on a case by case basis, based largely on the strength of borrower and liquid collateral.  The loan size is from US 1 Million to $50+ Million and loan to value is up to 60 percent with flexible loan terms up to 5 years.Whether you’re looking to fund a grow operation or a dispensary, there are lending and financing options now available to Caribbean nationals too.For more information contact investcaribbeannow.com/contact.htmlinvest-caribbean-nowThe post Medical Marijuana Real Estate Loans Now Available In The Caribbean appeared first on Caribbean and Latin America Daily News.
Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on the Puerto Rico Hurricane María Death Toll (PODCAST)

A special Latino Rebels Radio.
A Viral Twitter Thread Is Sharing Names of People Who Died in Puerto Rico After Hurricane María, Because Cable News Won’t Do Its Job

Never forget.
Rosselló Goes on CNN Twice to Address Puerto Rico Hurricane María Death Count and Says “There Will Be Hell to Pay’

The government of Puerto Rico has not made any public data of 2017 mortality statistics since the first week of January.
Thousands died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria, new Harvard study says

Researchers suggest the island’s mortality rate jumped 62 per cent in the months following the hurricane
Why Puerto Rico’s death toll from Hurricane Maria is so much higher than officials thought – PRI
 


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Why Puerto Rico’s death toll from Hurricane Maria is so much higher than officials thought
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“If you don’t get away from those areas, you are going to die.” That statement concluded Puerto Rico Secretary of Public Safety Héctor Pesquera’s press conference before Hurricane Maria. As of Dec. 29, the Department of Public Safety had certified 64  
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Study finds 5000 people may have died from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Cable news focused on Roseanne instead.Media Matters for Americaall 61 news articles » 

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… agency’s second in command in Puerto Rico; the Puerto Rico Department of Housing; the secretary of the Department of Public Safety, Hector Pesquera and the regional director for the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration office in Orlando, Ilia 
FTA announces $277.5 million in funding for systems damaged by last year’s hurricanes

Emergency response and preparedness allocation includes over $220 million for Puerto Rico
FEMA: Nearly $219 million approved for Puerto Rico recovery

In additional public assistance grants for emergency protective measures, debris removal
Puerto Rico water utility: We lack nearly half of generators needed in case of a disaster

Prasa director Director Díaz asking FEMA for help; Prasa adviser says Levittown’s flooding due to Hurricane Maria wasn’t avoidable during hurricane wasn’t avoidable
Puerto Rico Economic Activity Index rises for 5th consecutive month

Gasoline consumption and cement sales up in April
Justice Department sends 6 new prosecutors to Puerto Rico

Five assistant attorneys will focus on violent crime, and one on civil enforcement
Natural Resources Committee Democrats demand hearing on Puerto Rico

Send letter to Chairman Bishop following the release of Harvard study on Hurricane Maria death toll
Puerto Rico governor hands $1 million check to every mayor

Funds to be used for municipal services, emergency preparations or paying public workers
U.S. Says Rastas Face Discrimination In These Caribbean Countries

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Weds. May 30, 2018: The U.S. State Department on Tuesday said Rastafarians in some Caribbean countries are still facing varied forms of discrimination.In its latest ‘International Religious Freedom Report for 2017,’ the US government said that Rastafarians claim they continue to face various forms of social discrimination in Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.In Barbados in March, unknown individuals spray-painted anti-Semitic epithets on the walls of a synagogue in Bridgetown while members of the Rastafarian community said police and immigration officials in Dominica continued to subject them to scrutiny because of the community’s use of marijuana for religious rituals.In Jamaica, Rastafarians said that while acceptance of their views and practices continued to improve markedly, incidents of discrimination and profiling by police continued to occur. In St. Kitts & Nevis, police harassment of Rastafarians and the mandatory cutting of dreadlocks while in prison continued while others said they continued to face societal discrimination, including when seeking employment.
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Rastafarians in St. Lucia stated they continued to face discrimination in the school system because the Ministry of Education required vaccinations for all children attending school while those in St. Vincent & the Grenadines stated they continued to face societal discrimination because of their religious practices, in particular their use of marijuana.But the report also said societal attitudes regarding Rastafarianism continued to become more positive with those in Dominica even reporting that the number of police stops and searches of Rastafarians had declined.The annual report to Congress on International Religious Freedom  describes the status of religious freedom in every country globally and covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world.
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Trump Proclaims June National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

By NAN Staff Writer News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. June 1, 2018: For the second year since taking office,the 45th US President has followed the path of both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama in declaring June National Caribbean-American Heritage.In his 2018 proclamation, Donald Trump, whose anti-immigrant policies has impacted many Caribbean immigrants, especially Haitians, noted that “Caribbean Americans embody the American spirit, with their talents and hard work contributing greatly to America’s economy.”He also said their leadership and resolve have made incredible contributions to our society and highlighted the contributions of Dr. William Thornton, a native of the British Virgin Islands who designed the United States Capitol and is generally considered the first “Architect of the Capitol; and Jean Baptiste du Sable, the first permanent resident of Chicago who was born in Haiti and is widely recognized as the “Founder of Chicago.”Trump also expressed gratitude to the many Caribbean-Americans who have served or are currently serving our country as members of our Armed Forces.While there is no specific Census category, it is estimated that Caribbean immigrants across the US are over 4 million while the number of those of Caribbean heritage is much more expansive. The 2020 Census will allow Caribbean nationals to write in their country of origin for the first time under the racial category, black.Wal-Mart.com USA, LLCThe full 2018 White House proclamation follows:During Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we honor America’s long-shared history with our neighbors in the Caribbean and celebrate the Caribbean Americans who have enriched our Nation.Caribbean Americans embody the American spirit, with their talents and hard work contributing greatly to America’s economy.  They protect our citizens as law enforcement officers, serve our communities as public officials, and mentor our country’s young people as educators.  Through their tremendous athleticism and determination, they have brought pride to the hearts of the American people as members of numerous U.S. Olympic teams.  Their leadership and resolve have made incredible contributions to our society.As trailblazers, Americans with Caribbean roots have sewn their own unique thread into the fabric of our Nation.  Dr. William Thornton, a native of the British Virgin Islands, designed the United States Capitol and is generally considered the first “Architect of the Capitol”.  Jean Baptiste du Sable, the first permanent resident of Chicago, was born in Haiti.  Widely recognized as the “Founder of Chicago,” his prosperous trade settlement has become one of the most iconic cities in the world.This month, we acknowledge the numerous contributions of Caribbean Americans to our Nation, including those of the more than 4 million Caribbean Americans who live in the United States today.  We are also deeply grateful to the many Caribbean Americans who have served or are currently serving our country as members of our Armed Forces.NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2018 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.  I encourage all Americans to join in celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.DONALD J. TRUMP

In 2017, his first year in office, Trump also issued a NCAHM proclamation as follows:

THE 2017 PROCLAMATION

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims June 2017 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Issued on: May 31, 2017

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month is a celebration of the accomplishments of Caribbean Americans and our long, shared history with the peoples of the Caribbean.  We are grateful for the culture Caribbean Americans have shared with our Nation and the many contributions they have made to our society.

Throughout our history, Caribbean Americans have helped create and maintain the strength and independence of our Nation.  Alexander Hamilton, who came from poverty in Nevis, was a key contributor to our Constitution and the first Secretary of the Treasury, helping to establish our modern financial system and to create the United States Coast Guard.

Every day, Caribbean Americans help make America more prosperous and secure.  Our Nation is particularly grateful to the many Caribbean Americans who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces, protecting our Nation, and promoting freedom and peace around the world.  Today, more than four million Caribbean Americans live in the United States and continue to contribute to a vibrant culture that enriches our Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2017 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.  I encourage all Americans to join in celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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Guatemala Declares Three Days Of Mourning As Death Toll From Volcano Moves Closer To 62

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. June 5, 2018: Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales has declared three days of national mourning as the death toll from the Fuego volcano was put at near 62.Mirna Celedon, spokeswoman for Guatemala’s Institute of Forensic Sciences, says the death toll is at least 62, according to CNN and keeps rising even as more hazards threaten grieving residents.Israel said Monday it is sending an immediate emergency aid to Guatemala, including medicine & food, following the lethal Fuego volcanic eruption.The Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, spewing a river of lava and plumes of smoke almost 6 miles into the air. Thirteen of the dead have been identified so far even as more than 3,100 people were evacuated and an unknown number of people remained missing.At least 15 people were hospitalized, including 12 children – some of whom suffered severe burns, the nation’s health ministry said.The Fuego Volcano erupted around noon local time Sunday and lava began flowing outward in the afternoon, according to CONRED, the government agency for disaster reduction.According to a CONRED preliminary report, the eruption is “the strongest one recorded in recent years” and about 1.7 million people have been affected.The civil aviation authority of Guatemala announced the temporary closure of operations at the Guatemala City’s international airport due to the presence of volcanic ash.Save up to 75% on FlightsThe post Guatemala Declares Three Days Of Mourning As Death Toll From Volcano Moves Closer To 62appeared first on Caribbean and Latin America Daily News.

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New Prosecutors Announce for Federal Prosecution in Puerto Rico | Law and order
Rampante crime in San Juan | Law and order
Judge Manuel Acevedo-Hernandez – Google Search
Search results for ‘Rosa Emilia Rodríguez’ | elvocero.com
Indigenous Puerto Rico: DNA evidence upsets established history
Tracing the origin of the Island´s crisis
Judges Denounce PR Federal Prosecutors for Using False Evidence Provided by Police Officers
Federal prosecutor loses case against ex-employee
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A Rosa Emilia “el poder se le fue”
Reina “un ambiente de terror” en oficina de Rosa Emilia
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Trump’s Lawyers, in Confidential Memo, Argue to Head Off a Historic Subpoena
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Abogado que ganó a la Fiscalía federal alega que allí “reina el terror”
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On the FBI’s Informant Who Wasn’t a Spy

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New Prosecutors Announce for Federal Prosecution in Puerto Rico | Law and order
 

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The federal Department of Justice and the federal prosecutor’s office on the island announced the assignment of 311 new prosecutors throughout the United States, of which six new prosecutors will be for the district of Puerto Rico.

According to a press release, five of the new prosecutors on the island will work in violent crimes, particularly against the distribution of opioids and one will be for the civil division.

The announcement comes on the 500th day of the administration of President Donald Trump.

It is indicated that it is the largest fiscal allocation in the past. Of the 311 prosecutors, 190 will work in criminal cases, 35 in immigration cases and 86 in civil cases. Many of these will assist in the recently created initiative “Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force”, to work with the opium crisis that crosses the United States.

The federal prosecutor, Rosa Emilia Rodriguez thanked the US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, for the assignment of the six new prosecutors.

I have noted that with the assignment of the new six prosecutors, the federal Department of Justice has recognized the significance of the problem of violent crimes on the island.

“They have also shown great confidence in our office by assigning these valuable resources to where they are desperately needed and greatly appreciated,” Rodriguez said.

Rampante crime in San Juan | Law and order
 

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Six of the eight murders investigated by the police between 5:17 pm Friday and 7:10 pm yesterday were staged in San Juan, where 61 of the 285 violent deaths reported in the country had occurred since the year began.

Half of the murders occurred at dawn, among them a couple of ambassadors who slept under the bridge of PR-181 and José de Diego Avenue, in Río Piedras. The victims were lying down at about 4:00 am and from a car they were shot with a burst of more than 20 shots with an assault rifle.

The woman was known as “La Shorty” and the individual as “Cagüitas”. Lieutenant Joshua Velez, director of the Division of Homicide of the Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) of San Juan, said that the couple was known in the place by nicknames and that they will be investigated in order to identify them.

The agents sought to obtain the recordings of various security cameras at that intersection, in order to identify the vehicle from which it was fired and its occupants.

While at 2:09 in the morning, a person identified as Boulding Colas, 32 years old, and a native of Haiti, but who had his address on 5th Street in Barrio Obrero, was shot to death.

Según la Policía, la víctima compartía con amistades en un negocio en la avenida Borinquen y salió a la acera al recibir una llamada telefónica. Afuera lo aguardaban sicarios que le dispararon más de 20 tiros, matándolo en el acto. El haitiano se encontraba viviendo en Puerto Rico sin permiso de las autoridades de migración.

De otro lado, a las 7:10 de la mañana del domingo y a orillas del ramal de la PR-176 a pasos del residencial Los Laureles, en Cupey, fue asesinado un joven. La víctima presentaba múltiples balazos y en la escena se levantaron casquillos de rifle de asalto y pistola.

En los últimos días se han registrado otras muertes en Cupey, de las cuales dos se produjeron a las 8:19 de la noche del viernes en la cancha del residencial Alturas de Cupey. Los jóvenes Juan Luis Cruz Pérez, de 25 años, y Kevin Cotto, de 22 años, era vecinos del residencial Jardines de Cupey.

Los jóvenes estaban comiendo de una lata de salchichas, ocupada en la escena, cuando llegaron los sicarios y dispararon en cerca de 30 ocasiones con un rifle de asalto y una pistola.

Cruz Pérez fue fichado en el 2017 por un caso de posesión de un vehículo hurtado.

El miércoles en la avenida Cupey Garden en la urbanización la Rosa en Cupey también fue asesinado Ángel Vega Rivera, de 31 años. La Policía no descartó que las cuatro muertes en Cupey guarden relación.

On the other hand, at 2:19 AM yesterday, Miguel Ángel Rivera Molina, 24, was shot in Azucena Street, in front of the E-21 residence of the Jardines de Dorado urbanization, in Dorado.

A family member took him to the Diagnosis and Treatment Center (CDT) and was pronounced dead. Rivera Molina had bullet wounds in various parts of the body, and he was seized with a Glock gun, model 22, caliber .40.

The first of the weekend killings was recorded at 5:17 pm Friday afternoon on Toa Alta Heights Avenue. Sicarios shot Javier “El Burro” Pérez Velázquez, 25, who was passing by in a gray Mitsubishi Lancer.

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Indigenous Puerto Rico: DNA evidence upsets established history
 

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History is written by the conquerors. The Native peoples of North America know this all too well, as they are still trying to bring the truth to light. Now, their long-lost Caribbean cousins are beginning the same process.

It’s an uphill battle.

Most Puerto Ricans know, or think they know, their ethnic and racial history: a blending of Taino(Indian), Spanish and African. Students of the islands’ past have read the same account for over 300 years; that the Native people, and their societies, were killed off by the Spanish invaders by the 1600s. It was always noted though, how many of the original colonists married Taino women or had Taino concubines, producing the original mestizaje (mixture) that, when blended with African, would produce Puerto Ricans.

Those first unions, according to the conventional wisdom, explain why some Puerto Ricans have “a little bit” of Native heritage. Mainly we are Spanish, we are told, with a little African blood and far-away Taino ancestry.

But the order of that sequence will have to change.

Dr. Juan Martinez-Cruzado, a geneticist from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez who designed an island-wide DNA survey, released the final numbers and analysis of the project in 2003, and these results tell a different story.

According to the study funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, 61 percent of all Puerto Ricans have Amerindian mitochondrial DNA, 27 percent have African and 12 percent Caucasian. (Nuclear DNA, or the genetic material present in a gene’s nucleus, is inherited in equal parts from one’s father and mother. Mitochondrial DNA is inherited only from one’s mother and does not change or blend with other materials over time.)

In other words a majority of Puerto Ricans have Native blood.

“Our study showed there was assimilation,” Martinez-Cruzado explained, “but the people were not extinguished. Their political and social structure was but the genes were not.

“The people were assimilated into a new colonial order and became mixed – but that’s what Puerto Ricans are: Indians mixed with Africans and Spaniards,” he asserted.

“There has been an under-estimation of the Amerindian heritage of Puerto Rico, much larger than most historians will admit,” he said.

Martinez-Cruzado cited the historical descriptions of life in Puerto Rico during the 17th and 18th centuries as an example.

“These accounts describe many aspects that are totally derived from Taino modus vivendi, not just the hammocks but the way they fished, their methods of farming, etc.,” he related. “It is clear that the influence of Taino culture was very strong up to about 200 years ago. If we could conduct this same study on the Puerto Ricans from those times, the figure would show that 80 percent of the people had Indian heritage.”

Another historical moment that should receive more attention involves the story of a group of Tainos who, after 200 years of absence from official head-counts, appeared in a military census from the 1790s. In this episode, a colonial military census noted that all of a sudden there were 2,000 Indians living in a northwestern mountain region. “These were Indians who the Spanish had placed on the tiny island of Mona (just off the western coast of Puerto Rico) who survived in isolation and then were brought over,” Martinez-Cruzado said. “They became mixed but there were many Indians who survived but eventually mixed with the Africans and Spaniards. These Mona Tainos must have had a further influence as well.”

Martinez-Cruzado noted how many customs and history were handed down through oral tradition. To this day on the island, there are many people who use medicinal plants and farming methods that come directly from the Tainos.

This is especially true of the areas once known as Indieras, or Indian Zones.

He also pointed out that most of these Native traditions probably do come from the Tainos, the Native people who appeared on the island circa 700 AD. But there were other waves of migrations to Puerto Rico and the entire Caribbean area.

Through the extensive study of the Puerto Rican samples, Martinez-Cruzado and his team have found connections between island residents and Native peoples who arrived before and after the Tainos. He pointed out how a few of the samples can be traced back 9,000 years from ancient migrations, while others correspond to the genetic makeup of Native peoples of the Yucatan, Hispaniola, Margarita Island and Brazil among others. These latter genetic trails point to the presence of other Native peoples who were probably brought to the island as slaves from other Spanish or Portuguese colonies after the 1600s.

While island scholars will have much work to do to catch up with these “new” facts, the genetic detective work for Cruzado is also far from finished. As word spread of the remarkable survey, other scholars from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Venezuela invited the Puerto Rican scientist to present his findings. They asked him to assist in similar projects in their respective countries.

In 2005, Martinez-Cruzado along with others released Reconstructing the population history of Puerto Rico by means of mtDNA phylogeographic analysis.

While Martinez-Cruzado and his colleagues focused on the history of Pre-Columbian migrations, people in the current Taino restoration movement (such as Nacion Taina, The Jatibonicu Taino Tribal Nation of Boriken, Taino Timucua Tribal Council, the United Confederation of Taino People, and others) hoped that many of their compatriots reflected on the following quote: “The DNA story shows that the official story was wrong,” Martinez-Cruzado said. “This means a much larger Amerindian inheritance for Puerto Ricans.”

This story was originally published October 6, 2003. 

Tracing the origin of the Island´s crisis
 

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Orlando, Florida – A devastating storm hit Puerto Rico, leaving it adrift, and it was not Hurricane Maria. Those winds combined and, over several years, they aligned to generate a whirlwind that put the Island on its knees.

Those gusty winds have been blowing for more than 10 years, and they have taken with them hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans who have flown to other places, they have destroyed businesses and halted the economic growth of the island.

However, something remained: the hope of restoring Puerto Rico and drawing a new island on the blanck canvas left by this crisis.

Two economists and a social scientist are the authors of the book “Population, Migration, and Socioeconomic Outcomes among Island and Mainland Puerto Ricans: La Crisis Boricua” which was published at the end of 2017 and comes to light at a time when the island is going through a historic turning point.

Economist Marie T. Mora, native of New Mexico; economist Alberto Dávila, a native of Texas, and the sociologist Havidán Rodríguez, who is from Arecibo, witnessed how what would have been a chapter for an study on the migratory and socioeconomic situation of the island became, little by little, an extensive and detailed book that explains the factors that led Puerto Rico to the current crisis.

The authors’ analysis is supported by substantial data, an element that is often scarce in the debates regarding athe Puerto Rican crisis.

The book went to press a few days before the hurricane devastated the island. Thus, the nightmarish picture painted by the authors is based on a pre-cyclonic scenario. It is a fact that the economic, social and migratory situation became more serious after María, the authors agreed in separate interviews.

The book shows important findings: that one out of every four Puerto Ricans who have emigrated to the United States continues to live under poverty levels; contrary to what has been reported, most of those who have left are not skilled or profesional. However, this sector has been joining the current migration wave as the crisis worsened. Also, that between 2006 and 2014, about 215,000 Puerto Ricans returned to Puerto Rico, but during the same period 445,536 Puerto Ricans left the island, and that the current crisis has not only increased migration, but also dispersed the Puerto Rican diaspora in a score of states, beyond the traditional destinations such as New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, among others.

According to the authors the net number of emigrants is higher if the period between 2002 and 2016 is considered: 646,932 people (16.5 percent of the population). This figure, they say, represents the greatest population loss since 1898, when the island became a territory of the United States.

The book also highlights that women emigrate more than men; that the educational issue is one of the factors Puerto Ricans consider when deciding where to emigrate; that there is a high tendency among Puerto Ricans to open businesses in the United States, and that in Puerto Rico the population is aging fast, not only because of the low birth rate, but because young people are leaving the island.

Portrait of the crisis

Like an instant photo, they portray the humanitarian crisis that was forged for years, specifically from 2006, when all the ingredients for that “perfect storm” were together. Many had been predicting that storm for years. They were factors that changed the demographic and socioeconomic scenario of the Puerto Ricans on both sides of the sea.

These factors include the imposition of a Tax on Sales and Use (SUT), an element that, far from helping, impoverished the working class; the end of Section 936 – which provided tax incentives to companies that settled on the island, that caused the closure of companies that fled looking for more competitive markets.

Other factors are the furlough plan for the government, the high cost of electricity, the collapse in the housing market, the loss of bank assets, the general deterioration in infrastructure, problems in the education system and poor healthcare services. This last one due to the gradual loss of doctors and specialists, many of whom have also left the island.

Its effects affect not only the 3.3 million Puerto Ricans on the island, but it has implications for the more than five million residing in the United States who face the responsibility to speak for Puerto Rico and for those who live there.

“As part of this reserach, we made several trips to the island, and, in my case, they were not only professional trips, but emotional as well, I visited the places where I grew up, studied and worked,” said Rodriguez, president of the University of Albany. , in New York (SUNY).

“The problems of Puerto Rico did not develop overnight, and they increased with economic and political changes. What we did was trying to put a bandage on the wound without looking at the reasons that led to that crisis, “said the sociologist. “The book does not really discover anything new. It puts in context, and with data, the reasons that tooks us here,” he reiterated.

Rodriguez said that with the book -which, far from being technical and sophisticated, is simple and easy to understand-, they seek to provoke a multisectoral discussion, to create a kind of permanent forum on the island and abroad to reach concrete strategies that improve the economic and labor situation and stop the current migratory pattern.

The book highlights the potential of Puerto Ricans in the United States as a force that, if it goes out to vote, will influence the decisions of congress members that may affect the island, said Mora. It is a power that residents do not have on the island and that they acquire just by moving, she said.

All that along with proposals to strengthen the work sector, emerge as some of the alternatives that Puerto Rico must look at even when the scope of action of the government is limited to the prerogatives of the Oversight Board, created by Congress under PROMESA federal Law.

“Unfortunately, it does not look like things will improve, and if migration continues, and the island’s aging cycle continues, it will be much worse,” said the labor economist, commenting on a study that indicates that it will not be until the end of 2034 that Puerto Rico will show symptoms of improvement, and if they did occur they would be similar to those that existed in 2006.

Mora said that one of the challenges of Puerto Rico is to implement a model of socioeconomic development at a time when the Board is the one that has the authority over fiscal matters.

“It is not in the hands of the government of Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, the Board does not have to account for what it does. I believe that, in the end, Congress will be responsible for what happens on the island, and that is why Puerto Ricans in the United States have to mobilize and take advantage of the fact that they can vote and that they have representation, especially in Florida, which is a swing state that can decide on the election result. Without the above, the people of the island will not have a voice, ” she said.

Have you been called by representatives of the government of Puerto Rico to discuss the findings of this book? “El Nuevo Día asked.

“No, and that has been a surprise. But we hope that happens and we are available and very happy to be able to make a presentation, “said the professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

In the discussion about the search for solutions to the crisis of the island, there is a lack of historical analysis of the causes that led to this socioeconomic trap, Rodríguez and Mora agreed.

“The risk of not reviewing what happened, of not analyzing the things that happened, is high. If we do not know where the symptoms came from, how are we going to treat the disease? And that is what happens, that we are treating the symptoms without thinking in the long term, without knowing the impact that decisions will have, without looking at social, economic or political aspects, “said Rodríguez.

“Looking at this from outside the island, people do not seem to be discussing the real problems. And if we do not analyze the elements that led to this crisis, the island could repeat them, “Mora added.

Alberto Dávila, an economist and co-author of the book, is from the school that thinks that the crisis in Puerto Rico is not permanent and that natural market forces will correct or reverse by themselves.

“I think that the same market forces will make Puerto Ricans in the United States begin to return to the island and there will be a natural rebirth. Any intervention in that process could have unexpected and not necessarily good consequences, “said the Associate Dean of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

“Look at the case of Japan and Germany after the Second World War. They were at the bottom of the crisis. Economic models indicate that when an economy is at the bottom, then it tends to recover and rise quickly. Being at the bottom and staying there is not consistent with economic theories. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and there is light because in the case of Puerto Rico, we are already at the end of that tunnel, “he said.

Judges Denounce PR Federal Prosecutors for Using False Evidence Provided by Police Officers
 

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Even though one of the reasons for the US Justice Department to place the Puerto Rico Police Department under receivership was to avoid the fabrication of cases by agents to process citizens illegally, a series of rulings from the US District Court of Puerto Rico reveal that the federal prosecution has occasionally used police officers who lied to process people illicitly.

In the cases identified by NotiCel, the perjury or “inconceivable” testimony issued by the police officers has not prompted the withdrawal of these cases, nor has it resulted in the indictment of these agents for lying or deceiving the prosecutors.

Furthermore, the US Attorney’s Office for the District Puerto Rico has also been the object of severe reproach on behalf of the judges in the Court of Appeals in Boston, due to their improper conduct in infringing upon the constitutional rights of the accused.

In response to NotiCel’s joint investigation with the program “Jay y sus Rayos X”, the head of prosecution, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, downplayed the accusations, stating that “[i]t would be inappropriate of us to take part in an interview to comment on the rulings issued by the court and judges of this district and of the First Circuit.”

“When our office manages criminal cases, it is subject to hundreds of court rulings a year, which we must respect and follow. Selecting decisions based simply on the court’s review of certain specific cases does not in any way represent the history of convictions obtained in court by our prosecutors,” said Rodríguez Vélez, who used to be a state prosecutor before becoming a federal prosecutor.

But the questionable conduct incurred by the prosecutors is far from being an isolated case. At the very least, all four of the magistrates serving in the US District Court of Puerto Rico—as well as one judge and a panel of appellate judges—have pointed out veracity issues in the testimonies used by the prosecution, as well as inappropriate conduct on behalf of these prosecutors.

Overall, the judicial statements show that there are instances where constitutional rights have been violated within the most powerful criminal investigation agency in the island. They also highlight that the federal prosecution in the island has spent 20 of the last 24 years in overseeing people who have not undergone the regular process of presidential appointment and approval by the US Senate. Instead, the federal heads of prosecution have stayed in power by the sheer decision power of the district judges, who have not taken any evident action in spite of the long record of excesses against the federal prosecution.

Fabulists

After an individual is arrested by federal agents, they appear in court, and that is the first turn for the defense attorneys to challenge the evidence, which usually consists of accounts offered by agents of the Puerto Rico Police Department and items seized through search warrants.

NotiCel has compiled court rulings that, at least since 2015, raise red flags regarding misleading statements issued by police officers.

In a case that was continued because there was additional evidence, aside from the questionable statements made by the police officers, Magistrate Judge Silvia Carreño Coll said:

“I cannot help but point out that the United States Attorney’s Office is meant to act in the public’s best interests. I do not believe the public’s interest is served, however, by the Government’s promotion of and reliance upon perjurers or fabulists; this is only more true when the perjurer is himself a public official, cloaked in the state’s prestige. It is thus disheartening to see the Government continue to put its imprimatur on Agent Ortiz’s falsehoods, because it suggests that Agent Ortiz, and others like him, will continue to take a perverse lesson from their actions: that official acts of dishonesty carry with them no consequences—not reprimand, not termination, not prosecution—so long as they are committed in the Government’s interest. This is a sorry state of affairs, and one in which the Government should take no pride.”

In 2016, in a case where Judge Jay García Gregory sustained the suppression of evidence, Magistrate Judge Marcos López stated:

“Thus, given these timelines, the testimony of Ortiz—a third party with no alleged motive to be less than truthful—and reliable documentary evidence, officer (Carlos R.) Torres (Anaya) did not explain this inconsistency or explain any deviation in the time reported in the search warrant. The court therefore finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the statements in the affidavit supporting the search warrant regarding investigations on May 29, 2015 were made in intentional or reckless disregard of the truth.”

Also in 2016, in a case of alleged possession of illegal weapons—which is still pending review—Magistrate Judge Camille L. Vélez Rivé found that:

“To believe officer (Santiago) Aguila (Rodríguez) would have us to conclude that he has ‘bionic’ vision, was not affected by the glare at that time of a sunny day, and that he was at a ‘perfect’ angle and in a privileged position. This is simply impossible to believe. If more were needed, suffice it to say that ‘judges are [not] required to divorce themselves of common sense,’ whereas here, an explanation is inherently unbelievable.”

In an exceptional case that was dismantled by the prosecution after finding that the police officers had rigged the security cameras, Magistrate Judge Bruce McGiverin said:

“Because (municipal police officer Luis) Burgos (Nieves) testified to four conflicting, irreconcilable accounts of the manner in which he received the report from the anonymous tipster, I find under the preponderance of the evidence that Burgos knowingly and intentionally stated falsely—or, at the very least, stated with reckless disregard for the truth—that he received a report from an anonymous tipster.”

In upholding this ruling by Magistrate Judge McGiverin, a ruling by Judge Gustavo Gelpí, who is in charge of the Police Reform case, states:

“Inasmuch as federal prosecutions increasingly rely on the actions of local law enforcement personnel, there is thus every more reason to require said officials to act in utmost accordance with federal constitutional standards. This requires the police officer at all times to provide truthful testimony, as well as observe the very mandates of the Fourth Amendment. There is simply no other route.”

“Highly Experienced” Judges Have Lost Patience with the Prosecution

Aside from these statements regarding the use of less-than-truthful testimonies from police officers, the prosecution has also been criticized for actions that have been deemed unethical, such as improper expressions made to the juries. This year, in a case that, against all odds, was resolved in favor of the prosecution, Judge Sandra Lynch of the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston issued some clear and strong-worded opinions about this pattern of conduct.

“You have a series of highly experienced judges who have spent decades dealing with Puerto Rico’s cases, and the inappropriate arguments from the federal prosecution and the Puerto Rico Department of Justice is a recurring issue. So seeing you stand there and say, ‘No, we are not admitting it was a mistake’ makes us even more concerned about the inappropriate conduct on behalf of the office you represent,” Lynch told the attorney defending the federal prosecution in the hearing.

“We have cases that for 20, 30 years have made this argument time and time and time again,” she emphasized.

The “Most Powerful” Investigation Agency

The seriousness of these remarks gains even more prominence when taking into account that what is under review is the actions of the most powerful law and order agency in Puerto Rico.

“The strongest and most affluent, powerful, and sophisticated law and order agency in the history of humanity is the government of the United States, it is the US Attorney’s Office. If you compare that with what’s happening in terms of finances at the local government level, with the local police, there’s just no comparison,” remarked Eric Vos, Chief Federal Public Defender. His office is tasked with advocating for federal defendants who, in 90% of cases, prove they are destitute and cannot afford their own private defense.

One of these defendants was Francisco (name changed to protect identity), who was accused of trafficking drugs and firearms based on the testimony provided by a police officer. Through scientific evidence, it was proved that the police officer’s cell phone signal was coming from a different municipality than the one he had allegedly been when compiling evidence to arrest Francisco.

Although Francisco’s attorneys were able to accurately strike down the police officer’s testimony with this evidence, the man decided to plead guilty, because the prosecution, instead of withdrawing the case and releasing him, opted to carry on, all the while making him an irresistible offer in exchange for pleading guilty.

“In federal law, if you go to trial and are found guilty, what the judge says is what goes. Sad to say, but the amount of years I was going down for was not reasonable. I had to compromise and plead guilty to be able to go on probation,” the man said in an interview with NotiCel.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was one of the groups promoting federal action, and they find it contradictory that US Justice Department is upholding the Police Reform on one side, while also using false testimonies from police officers to process their criminal cases.

“If the federal prosecution decides to ignore this situation, it creates an environment of impunity within the Police Department. It generates mistrust among the population, which will have immense consequences in the due process of law for those that have been accused and are liable to serve their sentences illegally,” responded ACLU attorney Josué González.

“The federal prosecution in Puerto Rico should be very careful when processing criminal cases. They should look closely at the accounts given by these police officers, and ensure in every possible way that they are accurate and truthful, because it could affect the freedom of a lot of people,” he concluded.

*First piece of an investigative series, in partnership with the program ‘Jay y sus Rayos X’.

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A jury determined this afternoon in the federal court of San Juan that Francisco Reyes Caparrós, federal employee and exanalyst of Intelligence of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, was the victim of labor harassment and reprisals from 2012 to 2015 by his supervisors, including Rosa Emilia Rodríguez , who is the highest ranking federal official in Puerto Rico.
Reyes Caparrós could be compensated for $ 300,000 in damages.
The plaintiff, Reyes Caparrós, 38, who is now a lawyer, alleged that the pattern of actions against him forced his resignation in 2015 after almost six years of work with the federals.
That same year, in September, he sued the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, and it has taken three years for the case to go to trial.

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Contundentes declaraciones del exempleado de Fiscalía federal, Francisco Reyes Caparrós, quien ganó una demanda contra Rosa Emilia Rodríguez por un patrón de hostigamiento laboral y represalias luego de tener diferencias con la alta jerarquía de dicha oficina.

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A pesar de que una de las razones del Departamento de Justicia federal para poner a la Policía de Puerto Rico bajo sindicatura fue que agentes fabricaban casos para procesar ilegalmente a los ciudadanos, una serie de decisiones judiciales en el Tribunal Federal para el distrito de Puerto Rico delata que la fiscalía federal ha usado en varias ocasiones a policías que mintieron para procesar a personas ilegalmente.

En los casos identificados por NotiCel, el testimonio perjuro o “increíble” de los policías no ha resultado en que los casos sean retirados ni que los agentes sean procesados por mentirle o engañar a los fiscales.

Además, la oficina de Puerto Rico de la fiscalía federal también ha sido fustigada por los jueces del Tribunal de Apelaciones de Boston por conducirse de manera impropia al atentar contra los derechos constitucionales de los acusados.

En respuesta a la investigación de NotiCel en alianza con el programa Jay y sus Rayos X, la jefa de fiscales, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, minimizó los señalamientos y señaló que “[s]ería impropio de nuestra parte participar en una entrevista para comentar sobre decisiones judiciales emitidas por los magistrados y jueces de este distrito, y por los jueces del Primer Circuito”.

“El manejo de casos criminales por parte de nuestra oficina es objeto de cientos de decisiones judiciales al año, las cuales es nuestro deber acatar y respetar. El seleccionar decisiones simplemente basándose en alguna crítica judicial al manejo de algún caso en específico no representa de manera alguna la trayectoria de convicciones que obtienen nuestros fiscales en los tribunales”, añadió Rodríguez Vélez, quien, antes de ser fiscal federal, fue fiscal estatal.

Pero la conducta cuestionable de los fiscales está lejos de ser una aislada. Ya por lo menos cada uno de los cuatro magistrados que sirven en el Tribunal Federal para el distrito de Puerto Rico, así como un juez y un panel de jueces apelativos, ha señalado problemas de veracidad en el testimonio que usan los fiscales o de conducta impropia por parte de esos fiscales.

En conjunto, las expresiones judiciales plantean que hay problemas de violación de derechos constitucionales en el aparato de investigación criminal más poderoso en la Isla. Además, ponen en relieve que, en 20 de los pasados 24 años, la fiscalía federal en la Isla ha estado a cargo de personas que no han pasado por el proceso regular de nombramiento presidencial y aprobación en el Senado federal, en vez, los jefes de fiscales federales se han mantenido en el poder por decisión de los propios jueces del distrito, quienes no han tomado cartas en el asunto de manera evidente, a pesar del ya abultado récord de excesos en contra de la fiscalía federal.

“Fabulistas”

Después de que una persona es arrestada por agentes federales, comparece ante un magistrado y ese es el primer turno al bate para que los abogados de defensa puedan impugnar la evidencia que, en la mayoría de los casos, consiste en testimonio de agentes de la Policía de Puerto Rico y artículos ocupados por órdenes de allanamiento.

NotiCel ha recopilado decisiones judiciales que, por lo menos desde el 2015, alertan sobre las mentiras o expresiones engañosas de policías.

En un caso que prosiguió porque hubo otra evidencia además de las declaraciones cuestionables de los policías, la magistrada Silvia Carreño Coll dijo:

“No puedo evitar recalcar que la Oficina del Fiscal Federal de Puerto Rico se supone que actúe en el interés público. No creo que el interés público sea servido, sin embargo, por la promoción y dependencia de parte del gobierno en perjuros y fabulistas; esto es más cierto aún cuando el perjuro es un servidor público, arropado con el prestigio del estado. Por eso es desalentador ver que el gobierno siga dando su aval a las falsedades del Agente (José) Ortiz (Merced), porque sugiere que el Agente Ortiz, y otros como él, continuarán teniendo una lección perversa: que los actos oficiales de deshonestidad no tienen consecuencias, no hay reprimenda, ni expulsión, ni procesamiento, mientras estén comprometidos con los intereses del gobierno. Esto es un triste estado de los asuntos, y uno del que el gobierno no debe enorgullecerse”.

En 2016, el magistrado Marcos López indicó, en un caso cuya supresión de evidencia fue sostenida por el juez Jay García Gregory, que

“Entonces, dado estos cronogramas, el testimonio de Ortiz, una tercera persona sin motivo alegado para ser menos que veraz, y evidencia documental confiable, el policía (Carlos R.) Torres (Anaya) no explicó esta inconsistencia o explicar cualquier desviación en el tiempo reportado en la orden de allanamiento. El tribunal, entonces, encuentra por preponderancia de la evidencia que las aseveraciones en la declaración jurada que apoya la orden de allanamiento sobre las investigaciones del 29 de mayo de 2015 fueron hechas con desprecio intencional o temerario de la verdad”.

También en 2016, y en un caso de supuesta posesión de armas ilegales que está todavía pendiente de revisión, la magistrada Camille L. Vélez Rivé encontró que:

“Creerle al policía (Santiago) Aguila (Rodríguez) nos haría concluir que tiene visión “biónica”, no estaba afectado por el reflejo a esa hora en un día soleado, y que estaba en un ángulo “perfecto” y en posición privilegiada. Esto es simplemente imposible de creer. Si se necesitara más, suficiente decir que “los jueces no estamos requeridos a divorciarnos del sentido común” cuando, como aquí, la explicación es “inherentemente increíble”.

En un caso excepcional que fue desestimado por la fiscalía  después de que se encontrara que los policías habían manipulado unas cámaras de seguridad, el magistrado Bruce McGiverin indicó que:

“Debido a que (el policía municipal Luis) Burgos (Nieves) testificó sobre cuatro versiones conflictivas e irreconciliables sobre la manera en que recibió la información de un confidente anónimo, encuentro, por preponderancia de la evidencia, que Burgos declaró falsamente de manera intencional y a sabiendas, o, por lo menos, con grave menosprecio a la verdad, que recibió información de un confidente anónimo”.

Al sostener esta determinación del magistrado McGiverin, el juez Gustavo Gelpí, quien tiene a su cargo el caso de la reforma de la Policía, dijo en una decisión:

“En la medida en que los casos federales dependan incrementalmente de las acciones del personal de ley y orden local, hay aún más razones para requerir que dichos oficiales actúen en máxima concordancia con los estándares constitucionales federales. Esto requiere que en todo momento los oficiales de la policía provean testimonio veraz, así como los mismísimos mandatos de la Cuarta Enmienda. Simplemente no hay otra ruta”.

Jueces “muy experimentados” han perdido la paciencia con la fiscalía

Además, de estas expresiones por usar testimonio menos que veraz de parte de agentes de la Policía, la fiscalía también ha sido censurada por manejos que se entienden poco éticos, como hacerle expresiones indebidas a los jurados. Este mismo año, en un caso que a pesar de todo acabó siendo resuelto a favor de la fiscalía, la jueza Sandra Lynch, del Primer Circuito de Apelaciones en Boston, hizo expresiones fuertes y claras sobre este patrón de conducta.

“Tiene a una serie de jueces muy experimentados que han visto casos de Puerto Rico por décadas ya y el problema de argumentos impropios de parte de la Fiscalía Federal y el Departamento de Justicia en Puerto Rico es un problema recurrente, y que usted se pare ahí a decir ‘no, no concedemos que fue un error’ hace que nos preocupemos aún más por la conducta impropia de la oficina que usted está representando”, le dijo Lynch a la abogada que defendió a la fiscalía federal en la vista.

“Tenemos 20, 30 años de casos que plantean este punto una y otra y otra y otra vez”, recalcó.

El aparato investigativo “más poderoso que jamás existió”

La gravedad de estos señalamientos se realza cuando se toma en cuenta que lo que se critica es la actuación del aparato de ley y orden más poderoso que existe en Puerto Rico.

“El mecanismo de ley y orden más acaudalado, más poderoso, más fuerte y más sofisticado que jamás existió en la historia de la humanidad es el gobierno de los Estados Unidos, es la oficina de los fiscales federales. Si tú comparas eso con lo que está pasando económicamente con el gobierno local, con la policía local, no hay comparación”, comentó Eric Vos, jefe de la oficina del Defensor Público Federal. Su oficina está llamada a defender a los acusados federales que, en el 90% de los casos, demuestren ser indigentes y no puedan costearse una defensa.

Uno de ellos fue Francisco, un nombre escogido para proteger su verdadera identidad, quien fue acusado por narcotráfico y armas de fuego por el testimonio de un policía que se probó, con evidencia científica por señal de celular, que estaba en un pueblo distinto al pueblo en el que supuestamente estaba cuando recopiló la evidencia para arrestar a Francisco.

Aunque los abogados de Francisco pudieron atacar certeramente el testimonio del agente de la Policía con esta evidencia, el hombre optó por declararse culpable porque la fiscalía, en vez de retirar el caso y dejarlo libre, optó por proseguir pero, a la misma vez, le hicieron una oferta irresistible para declararse culpable.

“La ley federal si te vas a juicio y sales culpable, es lo que el juez determine y lamentablemente los años que me iban a echar, no era, tuve que transar y levantar las manos culpable para entonces cogerme una probatoria”, dijo en entrevista con NotiCel.

La American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, fue uno de los grupos que impulsó la acción federal y le parece contradictorio que por un lado Justicia federal mantenga la Reforma de la Policía y, por el otro, usen testimonio falso de policías para procesar sus casos criminales.

“Si la fiscalía federal opta por ignorar esta situación, pues lo que se crea es un ambiente de impunidad dentro de la Policía, de desconfianza en la población y eso tiene unas repercusiones inmensas en el debido proceso de ley de las personas encausadas que están expuestas a cumplir sentencias de manera ilegal”, reaccionó Josué González, abogado de la ACLU.

“A la hora de procesar casos criminales la fiscalía federal en Puerto Rico debe ser muy cuidadosa y estudiar con mucho detenimiento los testimonios de estos policías y asegurarse de todas las maneras posibles que ese testimonio es fidedigno y que se ajusta a la verdad porque puede afectar la libertad de mucha gente”, concluyó.

*Primer artículo de una serie investigativa en alianza con el programa ‘Jay y sus Rayos X’.

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Francisco Reyes Caparrós, exempleado de Fiscalía Federal que ganó una demanda de hostigamiento laboral a la jefa de fiscales Rosa Emilia Rodríguez. (Juan R. Costa / NotiCel)

Francisco Reyes Caparrós, exempleado de Fiscalía Federal que ganó una demanda de hostigamiento laboral a la jefa de fiscales Rosa Emilia Rodríguez. (Juan R. Costa / NotiCel)

Desde afuera, la figura de Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, directora de la oficina del Fiscal federal en Puerto Rico, parece intocable, y no es para menos, pues se trata de la persona con mayor poder en un territorio de los Estados Unidos y que ocupa el cargo de manera interina desde hace 11 años.

No obstante, como han recalcado numerosas canciones, series de televisión y películas, una persona no debería tener tanto poder, y esa es la percepción de Francisco Reyes Caparrós, quien salió airoso el jueves al demandar a la oficina de Rodríguez Vélez por acoso laboral y discrimen.

A juicio de Reyes Caparrós, quien se desempeñaba como Especialista de Inteligencia del 2009 al 2015, a la titular de la oficina “el poder se le fue”.

“Yo creo que el poder se le fue, yo creo que el poder… se desvirtuó el rol de la oficina con el rol de ella y se mezclaron lo que era el trabajo por Puerto Rico, con la apariencia de ella. Yo creo que ahí se desvirtuó lo que debe pasar en la oficina. El trabajo de la oficina es excelente, la gente que trabaja allí son excelentes. Yo creo que se desvirtuó”, consideró Reyes Caparrós en entrevista con NotiCel.

Reyes Caparrós reaccionó de esa forma al abordársele sobre la labor de Rodríguez Vélez y sus expresiones durante una reunión en las que, de acuerdo al exempleado, la titular exclamó “tráiganme un juez”.

Ese mandato hacía referencia a que, desde la oficina de mayor poder investigativo en la Isla, se iba a acusar a un juez por órdenes de Rodríguez Vélez. Poco tiempo después, trascendió que el juez Manuel Acevedo Hernández, quien acostumbraba a llevar casos entre Aguadilla y Mayagüez, fue relevado de sus funciones y su vivienda fue allanada por el Buró Federal de Investigaciones (FBI, por sus siglas en inglés).

“En vez de ser el trabajo de la oficina, era el trabajo de Rosa Emilia. En vez de ser la misión de la oficina, era la misión de Rosa Emilia, y eso no debe ser. Debe ser siempre la misión de la oficina, del país, del pueblo. Esa es mi opinión. Yo estoy viciado, yo viví unos años de calvario. Estuve seis años que desde el 2012 hasta el día de hoy porque no es fácil desde que uno se va”, aseguró Reyes Caparrós en referencia a los eventos que provocaron su demanda por hostigamiento laboral.

En entrevistas previas, Reyes Caparrós afirmó que el interinato de Rosa Emilia “ha sido muy largo”, y junta a ella deben reemplazar a los fiscales federales Jaqueline Nova y José Capó.

En su caso, según trascendió durante el juicio, Rodríguez Vélez ordenó que jefes administrativos velaran al especialista y luego lo transfirieron de oficina en más de dos ocasiones, además de impartirle instrucciones y labores que los superiores sabían no se podían cumplir.

En ese tiempo, y ante la ausencia de casos prominentes ligados al terrorismo en la Isla, el exempleado también desempeñaba funciones administrativas relacionadas a seguridad y crímenes de cuello blanco y lavado de dinero, análisis de cuentas bancarias, compra de propiedades, compra de vehículos.

En una instancia, el especialista se percató de la existencia de errores humanos en las estadísticas del crimen que manejaba la oficina, puesto que las cifras estaban infladas para los años 2011, 2012 y 2013. Sin embargo, sus superiores no quisieron corregir los datos por el desdén que había en su contra y Rodríguez Vélez reportó a la prensa los números equivocados.

En una investigación de NotiCel el año pasado, ya se había revelado también que jueces y magistrados habían señalado por escrito su preocupación porque la fiscalía federal estaba presentando testimonio perjuro de parte de policías en casos criminales.

El exempleado también fue “sistemáticamente alejado” de sus compañeros de trabajo de manera intencional y catalogado como un “espía ruso” por informar que viajaría a Rusia para un viaje cultural.

Debido a esa noción, Reyes Caparrós fue removido de sus funciones por más de un año y fue referido a la Oficina del Inspector General y al FBI. Ambas entidades concluyeron que no hubo conducta criminal, pues el demandante cumplió con el protocolo necesario para requerir un permiso de viajes.

Por eso le saltan dudas al preguntársele si la funcionaria sería capaz de aprovecharse de su posición para realizar procesamientos criminales selectivos.

“Yo tengo mis dudas por lo que yo viví y mi opinión está viciada por mis experiencias”, afirmó el exempleado, quien no titubeó en aclarar que el trabajo que se realiza en la oficina del Fiscal Federal es de excelencia, pero podría ser mejor si no fuera un ambiente tan hostil.

En ese aspecto, Reyes Caparrós no ha sido tímido en enfatizar el “terror” que predomina entre los empleados de la oficina, quienes viven sometidos a las exigencias de Rodríguez Vélez.

Incluso, quienes no se han atrevido a denunciar la ola de incomodidades que impera en el edificio se le acercaron para felicitarlo por la victoria judicial del pasado jueves.

“Definitivamente ella no queda bien, pero yo no lo veo en ella. Esto no es una cuestión de que hay una venganza o algo. Esto es una cuestión de que la gente debe saber que el sistema funciona, que la justicia existe, y que estos ambientes no se deben vivir”, planteó Reyes Caparrós.

No empece a la constancia de la hostilidad por la alta jerarquía, a Reyes Caparrós le gustaría regresar a su empleo, tal como solicitó en la demanda porque confía en la labor de sus pares.

El proceso judicial que ganó no ha finalizado, ya que ahora le corresponde al juez determinar la cantidad de dinero por concepto de “front pay”, o todo aquello que el perjudicado dejará de devengar por perder su trabajo. A ese monto, que podría ser más de $250,000, se añadirían los honorarios de la abogada López Ortiz y los $300,000 que ordenó el jurado.

Igualmente, el proceso no ha culminado para la oficina de la titular Rodríguez Vélez, pues restan dos asuntos pendientes que tiene ante el tribunal, también por represalias contra empleados.

Estos son: la fiscal Carmen Márquez, a quien sancionaron cuando la identificaron como testigo de Reyes Caparrós, y el director de la división de Apelaciones, Nelson Pérez, quien renunció después de laborar en la oficina por más de 20 años.

“Esto debe servir de ejemplo para que todas las demás personas que estén siendo oprimidas, no solamente en fFscalía federal, sino en cualquier otro lugar de trabajo que tengan el valor, que se debe dar el paso. Uno no puede vivir con miedo, velando las esquinas, eso no es vida”, finalizó.

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“Ensuring that the office remains sacred and above the fray of shifting political winds and gamesmanship is of critical importance,” they wrote.

They argued that the president holds a special position in the government and is busy running the country, making it difficult for him to prepare and sit for an interview. They said that because of those demands on Mr. Trump’s time, the special counsel’s office should have to clear a higher bar to get him to talk. Mr. Mueller, the president’s attorneys argued, needs to prove that the president is the only person who can give him the information he seeks and that he has exhausted all other avenues for getting it.

“The president’s prime function as the chief executive ought not be hampered by requests for interview,” they wrote. “Having him testify demeans the office of the president before the world.”

They also contended that nothing Mr. Trump did violated obstruction-of-justice statutes, making both a technical parsing of what one such law covers and a broad constitutional argument that Congress cannot infringe on how he exercises his power to supervise the executive branch. Because of the authority the Constitution gives him, it is impossible for him to obstruct justice by shutting down a case or firing a subordinate, no matter his motivation, they said.

“Every action that the president took was taken with full constitutional authority pursuant to Article II of the United States Constitution,” they wrote of the part of the Constitution that created the executive branch. “As such, these actions cannot constitute obstruction, whether viewed separately or even as a totality.”

That constitutional claim raises novel issues, according to legal experts. Under the Constitution, the president wields broad authority to control the actions of the executive branch. But the Supreme Court has ruled that Congress can impose some restrictions on his exercise of that power, including by upholding statutes that limit his ability to fire certain officials. As a result, it is not clear whether statutes criminalizing obstruction of justice apply to the president and amount to another legal limit on how he may wield his powers.

The letter does not stress legal opinions by the Justice Department in the Nixon and Clinton administrations that held that a sitting president cannot be indicted, in part because it would impede his ability to carry out his constitutional responsibilities. But in recent weeks, Mr. Giuliani has pointed to those memos as part of a broader argument that, by extension, Mr. Trump also cannot be subpoenaed.

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El exespecialista de inteligencia Francisco Reyes Caparrós, quien ayer ganó una demanda contra la Fiscalía federal por someterlo a un patrón de actos de represalia y hostigamiento laboral, afirmó hoy que el ambiente que se vive en esa oficina es similar a un “reino del terror”.

Acusó, de paso, a la jefa de los fiscales federales, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez, así como a los fiscales federales Jaqueline Nova y José Capó de establecer el ambiente hostil que describió.

Las declaraciones de Reyes Caparrós ocurrieron en una entrevista radial (Radio Isla 1320) que concedió a horas de que consiguiera que un jurado compuesto por ocho hombres y ocho mujeres determinara unánimemente que la alta jefatura de la Fiscalía federal lo sometió a un patrón de represalias y un ambiente laboral hostil, y que, por los daños emocionales que le causaron, el demandante debe ser compensado con una suma de $300,000.

“El trabajo que hace la oficina es un trabajo honrado por la criminalidad. Pero como se bate el cobre entre los empleados, eso es otro cantar. Allí es el reino del terror o haces lo que yo digo o haces lo que yo digo. Allí no puedes disentir, no puedes quejarte. O te sometes, o te sometes”, precisó el abogado.

Añadió que “ya es hora de un cambio de liderato en esa oficina. Ya es hora que se vayan, porque se empoderan, se creen dioses y el trabajo no es de ello, el trabajo es para el país”.

Reyes Caparrós señaló que se le debe dar paso a un nuevo liderato que trate bien a los empleados.

Específicamente, declaró que “tiene que venir gente nueva, con buenas visiones y que traten a los empleados (bien), porque el trabajo hay que hacerlo como quiera, pero no puede vivir el reino del terror ahí”.

En sus declaraciones, el exespecialista de inteligencia llegó a decir que las reuniones que se hacen en la Fiscalía federal incluyen gritos, que Rodríguez ha llamado a los fiscales “locos” y que “es posible” que se hayan manipulado casos para lograr convicciones.

“Había momentos donde se daban instrucciones de que a esta persona hay que buscar la manera de encausarla”, llegó a decir.

A modo de ejemplo, alegó que Rodríguez pidió procesar a un juez estatal.

“Es una aberración estar en una reunión y que dijera: ‘yo quiero un juez, tráiganme un juez’, porque ella quería un juez. Ese era el target, un juez estatal”, precisó.

El periodista Rafael Lenín López le preguntó que, si esas expresiones ocurrieron antes de que se juzgara al exjuez del Tribunal de Aguadilla Manuel Acevedo Hernández, convicto en abril de 2015 por corrupción judicial, a lo que Reyes Caparrós contestó con un “sí”.

Por otro lado, el abogado explicó que el patrón de hostigamiento en su contra comenzó luego que el 10 de febrero de 2010 solicitara un chaleco a prueba de balas para la exfiscal federal Idalia Mestey, porque esta había recibido una amenaza de muerte.

Reyes Caparrós alegó que su acto no fue visto con buenos ojos por Rodríguez, ya que Mestey se había querellado contra la Fiscalía federal por hostigamiento sexual.

Ella entendía que yo no era leal y que yo ayudaba a ella, a Idalia, en contra de la oficina”, comentó.

Dijo, sin embargo, que no se arrepiente de haber solicitado la protección contra Mestey, porque en ese momento ella atendía un caso de crímenes violentos en el que las víctimas fue un policía que recibió de 60 balazos y la hermana de un fiscal.

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WASHINGTON – The investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. elections has included interviews and the questioning of witnesses in Israel, which focused on the work of a local company specializing in “social media manipulation,” The New York Times reported Saturday.

According to the report, Mueller’s team is looking into contacts between Joel Zamel, an Israeli social media expert, and George Nader, a special adviser to the leadership of the United Arab Emirates, who allegedly offered to help Trump defeat his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Nader’s name has come up in a number of previous reports about Mueller’s investigation, mostly regarding his work on behalf of the UAE and the ties between the Emirates and Trump. This is the first time, however, that it has been directly reported that interviews related to the Mueller investigation were held in Israel.

The report, citing four sources, said that a company linked to Zamel, Psy-Group, was working on an online manipulation campaign that involved usage thousands of fake social media accounts to help Trump get elected. According to the report, Zamel himself was questioned by Mueller’s investigators and at least two FBI agents were sent to Israel to interview the company’s employees. Mueller’s team also worked with the Israel Police to seize computers of one of Zamel’s firms. The New York Times notes that there were concerns inside the company about the plan’s legality, since U.S. law prohibits non-Americans from being involved in the election.

The report says that Nader and Zamel met with Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., in August 2016, three month ahead of the presidential election, and discussed ways to help the Trump campaign.

The meeting was organized by Erik Prince, a businessman with extensive ties to the Gulf monarchies, and the brother of Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Prince is also involved in another event that has reportedly become part of Mueller’s investigation – a meeting he held with a person close to Russian President Vladimir Putin in January 2017 in the Seychelles. Prince donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations that worked to promote Trump’s election campaign.

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Nader reportedly told Trump Jr. during the meeting that “the crown princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win the elections as president.” Zamel then “extolled his company’s ability to give an edge to a political campaign,” the report says.

The report claimed that a short time after Trump’s election victory, Nader transferred a large sum of money to Zamel. “There are conflicting accounts of the reason for the payment, but among other things, a company linked to Mr. Zamel provided Mr. Nader with an elaborate presentation about the significance of social media campaigning to Mr. Trump’s victory,” the report stated. The sum of money could have allegedly been as high as $2 million.

Zamel has already been questioned by Mueller’s team, according to an earlier report by the Wall Street Journal. The NYT report stated clearly that “investigators have questioned numerous witnesses in Washington, New York, Atlanta, Tel Aviv and elsewhere about what foreign help may have been pledged or accepted” during the 2016 election.

Zamel’s lawyer denied his client took part in Trump’s campaign, saying Zamel has “provided full cooperation to the government to assist with their investigation.” Nader’s lawyer said her client “has fully cooperated with the special counsel’s investigation and will continue to do so.”

Another person with ties to Israel who has reportedly become part of the investigation is billionaire Elliott Broidy, a prominent Republican donor who worked with Nader during Trump’s first year in office to promote pro-UAE policies by the Trump administration. Broidy has significant business interests in the UAE, and also has ties to leading figures in Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He was one of the leading donors and fund-raisers for the Republican party during the 2016 campaign.

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After the office of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Rico, led by Rosa Emilia Rodriguez, lost the case due to work harassment, the former employee described the establishment as a “reign of terror”.

Francisco Reyes Caparrós, who worked as an Intelligence Specialist in the Office of the Federal Prosecutor in Puerto Rico, said in RADIO ISLA  that Emilia Rodriguez’s agency helps crime.

“But as the copper is beaten among employees that is another story because there is the reign of terror, or what I say or do what I say … there you can not disagree, you can not complain, or you submit or submit “He said.

Reyes Caparrós also revealed that there are many more employees who have gone through the same situation but do not want to report it.

“Many people who have not been able to face sent messages of support during all this time but not one day because they will have to live what I experienced,” he continued.

The determination of the case was issued by a jury of eight men and eight women who agreed that Reyes Caparrós should be compensated with $ 300,000.

The former federal employee worked between the years 2009 to 2015.

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“For the past eight months, the Little Bay team has poured their hearts and souls into the rebuilding the resort, and I know they are looking forward to welcoming back our loyal owners, members and guests,” said Marco Galaverna, Divi Resorts President & COO of Divi Resorts.

The new amenities and features include totally refreshed guestrooms, including new lighting, furniture, window treatments, interior paint, shower doors and 49-inch LED TVs, among other changes; new menus at the resort’s Seabreeze restaurant; a new gourmet coffee shop; an updated pool; a new water sports center and the addition of the “Indulgence by the Sea Spa.”

Divi Little Bay has also added a new eatery called The Shack featuring barbecue and jerk food; a new pool called “pureocean,” a new larger deck at Gizmo’s Bar & Grill and a new kids’ space and game room.

“Divi Little Bay and the island of St. Maarten have come a long way since September,” said Divi Little Bay’s new General Manager Anne-Marie Brooks. “We’ve worked tirelessly to get as much of the resort up and running as possible for our reopening, and we think our owners, members and guests will be very pleased with all the updates and new features which will be fully completed by the fall.”

It’s a huge lift for the island whose hotel product has largely been limited to smaller hotels and condominium alternatives in the wake of Irma. although that has included popular places to stay including the Princess Heights and the Simpson Bay Resort.

The reopening comes as most carriers have relaunched their flight services to the island, including Air France, United Airlines, Spirit Airlines and WestJet, among others.

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“Estonia has the best counterintelligence in Europe,” said Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who was Estonia’s president for a decade and left office in 2016. “We’ve caught as many spies as Germany.”

Nothing about Mr. Skripal’s travels appears all that uncommon. John Sipher, who retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2014 and once ran covert operations against the Russians, said the United States routinely deployed Russian defectors to lecture the intelligence services of its allies, though their meetings with other agencies would be kept secret to avoid angering Moscow.

“There is a bit of a game where, O.K., the guy spied for us, we got what we wanted, and now that we’re out, we’re not going to rub your nose in it,” he said.

Sharing knowledge and experience is often the only way a former spy can make a living, experts said. Mr. Ilves, the former Estonian president, called it the “spook version of a lecture tour.”

For former double agents, retirement can be dull and anticlimactic. The British government provides a stipend, but in the past defectors have protested that it is too small. In the late 1990s, a former spy named Victor Makarov filed a complaint against the British intelligence services over his miserable living conditions and eventually ended up camping outside Prime Minister Tony Blair’s residence in protest.

Others have resorted to creative and illegal means to augment their pensions. Oleg Gordievsky, a senior K.G.B. officer whose defection in 1985 was a serious blow to the Soviet government, hosted a game show for a time. Mikhail Butkov, another K.G.B. defector, was imprisoned for three years for creating a fake business school and defrauding would-be students out of 1.5 million pounds.

“It’s psychological — they’ve been in the limelight, and they’re not important anymore,” said Stephen Dorril, the author of numerous books about Britain’s intelligence services.

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In my view, neither assumption holds up. The F.B.I. “had spent hundreds if not thousands of hours over the past year circling the former secretary, reading thousands of her emails and interviewing all those around her,” writes Mr. Comey. According to the investigative material posted on the F.B.I.’s website, those interviews included over 40 current or former State Department employees, most of whom knew something about Mrs. Clinton’s email because they handled or were aware of a variety of operational tech issues over four years.

So, on Oct. 27, the F.B.I. investigators were deeply knowledgeable about Mrs. Clinton’s email and could make highly informed judgments about what was found on Mr. Weiner’s laptop. Mr. Comey should have reasonably recognized that the chance of finding a smoking gun in the first three months when such evidence was wanting for the remaining 45 months — when the Clinton email system experienced such common tech issues as no connectivity, bad firewalls, phishing and power failures — was low at best. Because of those issues, State Department management, diplomatic security and tech staff members knew of Mrs. Clinton’s system and its inherent risks and repeatedly raised these issues with Mrs. Clinton’s immediate staff. Yet the F.B.I. found insufficient evidence to support a criminal case.

The second assumption involving the supposedly long duration of the email review was also flawed. First, by prioritizing a review of the few thousand new BlackBerry emails for smoking guns, a small number of seasoned investigators could have carefully looked at them in hours, not days or weeks.

Second, like other organizations that regularly review enormous amounts of stored electronic data, the F.B.I. possessed the technical means to determine quickly whether the haul of other emails on the Weiner laptop were backup duplicates of ones already in its possession, as the vast majority apparently turned out to be. Off-the-shelf software was available to compare the Weiner laptop emails against the F.B.I.’s existing collection to exclude duplicates from the review.

What was Mr. Comey’s third option on Oct. 27? Wait and see. Monitor the progress of the review closely. Do nothing until there was something to report.

Even a delay of a few days would have afforded the F.B.I. investigative team time to get a very good idea of what most likely was and was not in the new evidence. As it turned out, the team was able to complete its work days before the election, and Mr. Comey informed Congress in his Nov. 2 letter that the F.B.I. investigation was again closed.

If he had waited a few days, Mr. Comey would have made a better-informed decision. The F.B.I. would have done meaningful due diligence. Had that course been followed, perhaps he would not have ever sent the letters.

I expect Mr. Comey to argue that this is all 20/20 hindsight. But I continue to believe that the historical record surrounding his momentous decision requires additional balance and close scrutiny and context to ensure that it is complete and correct.

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Investigators on Sunday widened a probe into the Chechen-born 20-year-old whose stabbing spree in central Paris, claimed by the Islamic State group, left one person dead and four seriously wounded.

The man, identified as naturalised Frenchman Khamzat Azimov, carried out the attack Saturday night in a lively area of theatres and restaurants near the city’s historic opera house.

The knifeman, whose rampage followed a series of jihadist assaults in France that have killed 246 people since 2015, was shot dead by police after an officer failed to subdue him with a Taser.

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A source close to the inquiry said Azimov grew up with his family in Strasbourg, eastern France, which has a large community of Chechen refugees.

His parents, now living in Paris, have been taken into custody as well as a friend in Strasbourg described as the “individual closest” to Azimov, according to a source close to the investigation.

Amaq, the IS propaganda agency, released a video on Sunday in which it claimed responsibility for the attack, with footage which it claims shows Azimov pledging allegiance to the jihadist group.

IS has long urged followers to seek “martyrdom” by targeting American or European “infidels” by any available means, and allegiance videos help the group bolster its claims of responsibility.

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Although Azimov had no criminal record, he had been on both of France’s main watchlists for suspected radicals — the so-called “S file” and a more targeted File for the Prevention of Terrorist Radicalisation (FSPRT), which focuses on people judged to be terror threats — since 2016.

One source said he had been questioned last year “because he knew a man who was in contact with a person who had gone to Syria.”

Hundreds of fighters from Chechnya have joined Islamic militant groups in recent years, following two bloody separatist wars against Russian-backed authorities in the 1990s and 2000s.

Azimov became a French citizen in 2010 after his mother was naturalised, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told French television.

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Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said on the Telegram messenging app that Azimov had obtained a Russian passport when he was 14, before obtaining French nationality.

Kadyrov said France bears “full responsibility” for the attack, because although Azimov was born in Chechnya “he grew up and formed his personality, his opinions and convictions within French society.”

‘He looked crazy’

A 29-year-old man was killed in the attack, while a Chinese man aged 34 who lives in Luxembourg and a woman of 54 were seriously wounded and rushed to hospital.

A 26-year-old woman and a man of 31 were slightly wounded. Officials said all the wounded were out of danger.

Witnesses described dramatic scenes as the knifeman struck, walking along stabbing people and yelling “Allahu akbar” (God is greater).

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“I was taking orders and I saw a young woman panicking and trying to get into the restaurant,” Jonathan, a waiter at a Korean restaurant, told AFP.

“The attacker entered a shopping street, I saw him with a knife in his hand,” he said. “He looked crazy.”

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “France has once again paid the price in blood but will not give an inch to the enemies of freedom.”

‘No zero-risk’

The attack again underscored the difficulty in tracking suspected extremists by police facing thousands of potential risks, either from home-grown radicals or recent arrivals.

About half of the nearly 20,000 people on the FSPRT watchlist are under active surveillance.

“What good does this S file do if we don’t use it to get these ticking time bombs off French soil,” far-right leader Marine Le Pen posted on Twitter.

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But spokesman Griveaux defended the government, saying it had foiled 22 terror attacks over the past 15 months.

“Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as zero risk,” he said.

France has suffered a series of major Islamist attacks including the massacre at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, followed 10 months later by the killing spree in Paris that claimed 130 lives. The next summer the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice killed 86.

Most of the attacks have either been claimed by the Islamic State or were carried out in its name.

Thousands of French troops remain on the streets under an anti-terror operation known as Sentinelle, patrolling transport hubs, tourist hotspots and other sensitive sites.

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Democrats from the US House Intelligence Committee last week released 3,517 advertisements that were run on Facebook by the IRA during the 2014-2016 period.

USA Today went through each and every ad and found that out of the 3,517 ads published, about 1,950 referred to race and were seen about 25 million times.

“Some dealt with race directly; others dealt with issues fraught with racial and religious baggage such as ads focused on protests over policing, the debate over a wall on the US border with Mexico and relationships with the Muslim community,” said the report on Sunday.

At least 25 percent of the ads focused on issues involving crime and policing, often with a racial connotation.

“Separate ads, launched simultaneously, would stoke suspicion about how police treat black people in one ad, while another encouraged support for pro-police groups,” said the report.

Between September and November 2016, the number of race-related spots rose to 400. An additional 900 were posted after the November election through May 2017.

Several ads mixed race and policing, with many mimicking “Black Lives Matter” activists that melded real news events with accusations of abuse by white officers.

“More than 11.4 million American users were exposed to those advertisements. The data made available today does not include the 80,000 pieces of organic content shared on Facebook by the IRA. We expect to make this content public in the future,” the House Intelligence Committee said in a statement last week.

Exposure of organic content may have reached more than 126 million Americans, it added.

“Russia sought to weaponise social media to drive a wedge between Americans, and in an attempt to sway the 2016 election,” tweeted Adam Schiff, Democrats’ ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee.

Reacting to Schiff, Facebook said that it gave more than 3,000 ads to Congress so they could better understand the extent of Russian interference in the last US Presidential election.

“In the run-up to the 2016 elections, we were focused on the kinds of cybersecurity attacks typically used by nation states, for example, phishing and malware attacks.

“And we were too slow to spot this type of information operations interference. Since then, we have made important changes to prevent bad actors from using misinformation to undermine the democratic process,” Facebook said in a blog post.

On 16 February, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian individuals and three Russian organisations for engaging in operations to interfere with US political and electoral processes, including the 2016 presidential election.

Throughout the indictment, Mueller lays out important facts about the activities of the IRA, the notorious Russian “troll” farm, and its operatives.

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El documental- que investiga la crisis económica y humanitaria de la isla y examina cómo la respuesta federal, Wall Street y años de negligencia han dejado a la isla luchando para sobrevivir–  fue publicado por el programa Frontline el 1 de mayo, día en que miles de ciudadanos puertorriqueños se lanzaron a la calle en protesta de las medidas de austeridad implementadas por el gobierno y la Junta de Supervisión Fiscal.

Los reporteros entrevistaron a catedráticos, economistas y funcionarios públicos para que explicaran en detalle el por qué la situación fiscal de la isla ha dilatado el proceso de recuperación tras el devastador fenómeno atmosférico. Varias imágenes de El Nuevo Día fueron utilizadas en la producción. 

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Alegan alza significativa en quejas de pacientes de cannabis medicinal contra sus patronos
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Alegan alza significativa en quejas de pacientes de cannabis medicinal contra sus patronos

(CyberNews) Total desconocimiento de la Ley, esa fue la razón que ofreció el presidente de Puerto Rico Legal Marijuana PRLM-, Goodwin Aldarondo Jiménez este martes, para justificar el aumento significativo en quejas de pacientes de cannabis medicinal, quienes supuestamente han enfrentado problemas con sus patronos por múltiples razones como pruebas de dopaje, políticas de cero tolerancia a drogas y discrimen por ser paciente de cannabis.
Recibimos decenas de llamadas mensuales relacionadas a este asunto. Por un lado, los pacientes se quejan de que son discriminados por sus patronos cuando dan positivo a las pruebas de dopaje y por el otro, se expresan preocupados porque al informarle o enterarse sus patronos que son pacientes de cannabis medicinal muchos de ellos los obligan a abandonar el tratamiento, explicó el licenciado en declaraciones escritas.
Aldarondo Jiménez, quien es experto en cannabis medicinal, aseguró que la Ley que lo regula es expresamente clara al indicar, en su cláusula de supremacía en el artículo 29, que en caso de que las disposiciones de esta Ley 42-2017 estén en conflicto con las disposiciones de cualquier otra ley estatal, las disposiciones de esta Ley prevalecerán. Este artículo 29 implica que las leyes laborales y las leyes anti-discrimen, entre otras leyes, no pueden entrar en conflicto con los derechos de los pacientes que han adquirido legalmente su tarjeta de paciente al igual que su medicamente.
Estamos conscientes de que la Industria del Cannabis en Puerto Rico es relativamente nueva y que contiene mucha regulación. Sin embargo, eso no exime a ningún patrono de cumplirla y hacerla valer. Los patronos tienen que educarse sobre el tema porque cada vez son más los pacientes debidamente licenciados que pueden utilizar la planta medicinal por lo que si los patronos no conocen la Ley seguirá en aumento el número de quejas de empleados a patronos, apuntó el presidente de PRLM al adelantar que será el recurso invitado de un seminario que se llevará a cabo el sábado, 21 de abril sobre las disposiciones de la legislación del uso de cannabis medicinal en Puerto Rico y cómo impacta ésta la relación obrero patronal.
La mencionada capacitación titulada Patronos, Empleados y Cannabis en el Empleo está convocada para las nueve de la mañana en el edificio de Administración de Empresas del Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez.
De acuerdo con Aldarondo Jiménez, Mayagüez se convertirá en la primera región donde se ofrecerá este seminario dirigido a abogados, patronos, comerciantes, gerenciales y personal de recursos humanos, así como a universitarios. Se espera que el mismo sea replicado en el sur, norte y este del país en fechas futuras.
El presidente de PRLM dictará la capacitación junto a su socio, Godwin Aldarondo Girald, quien abarcará los temas específicos del campo laboral.
Hemos recibido un sinnúmero de llamadas y atendido muchos de estos casos. Afortunadamente, no hemos tenido que llegar a los tribunales con ninguno de ellos. Nuestra meta es que todos se interesen más por conocer la Ley para que aun cuando la industria siga en crecimiento se pueda observar una reducción en las querellas sobre este particular, manifestó Aldarondo Jiménez.
Entre los temas a discutirse también figuran; Soy paciente de Cannabis Medicinal, ¿Tengo que informarlo en mi trabajo? y Soy patrono y los empleados de mi empresa tienen que someterse a pruebas de dopaje, ¿Tengo que modificar las políticas, reglamentos y manuales en cuanto a este aspecto?La entrada Alegan alza significativa en quejas de pacientes de cannabis medicinal contra sus patronosaparece primero en Periódico El Expresso de Puerto Rico.
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Facebook comenzó a alertar el martes a ciertos usuarios que su información quedó comprometida debido al escándalo de privacidad de Cambridge Analytica.

Al entrar a la red social, algunos usuarios vieron una notificación que les decía que “uno de sus amigos” usó Facebook para ingresar a una aplicación sobre personalidad llamada “This Is Your Digital Life“, que ahora está prohibida.

La notificación dice que la aplicación abusó de la información obtenida _incluyendo el perfil público, los “Me Gusta”, fechas de cumpleaños y ciudad de residencia_ al compartirla con la empresa de búsqueda y procesamiento de data Cambridge Analytica.

Se supone que hasta 87 millones de usuarios cuya información podría haber sido compartida de esta manera iban a recibir a partir del lunes un mensaje detallado sobre la información en su canal de noticias.

Facebook dice que más de 70 millones de los usuarios afectados están en Estados Unidos, aunque hay más de un millón tanto en Filipinas como en Indonesia y Gran Bretaña.

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Despacito, el video más visto de la historia, desapareció unas horas de YouTube la mañana del martes tras una violación de seguridad que no solo habría afectado al clip de Luis Fonsi y Daddy Yankee.

Vevo puede confirmar que varios videos en su catálogo fueron hoy objeto de una violación de seguridad que ha sido contenida. Estamos trabajando para reinstaurar todos los videos afectados y para restablecer el funcionamiento total de nuestro catálogo. Seguimos investigando la fuente de la violación, dijo un vocero de la plataforma a The Associated Press en un email.

Un vocero de YouTube, en tanto, explicó a la AP que tras ver actividad inusual de cargas en un puñado de canales de VEVO, trabajamos rápidamente con nuestro socio para deshabilitar el acceso mientras ellos investigan el asunto.

Dejó en claro que esto no fue un hack a YouTube.

Despacito, cuyo video supera las 5.000 millones de vistas en YouTube, se estrenó en enero de 2017 y puso a cantar al mundo entero. Compuesto por Fonsi, Erika Ender y Yankee, rompió récords en las listas de popularidad, donde permaneció por meses en los primeros puestos, y obtuvo reconocimientos que incluyen múltiples Latin Grammy y nominaciones al Grammy anglo en las categorías principales.

Su versión remix con Justin Bieber sigue en el No. 1 de la lista Hot Latin Songs de Billboard.

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Envían millones de dólares en reintegros y créditos a personas mayores

(CyberNews) – A una semana para que culmine el periodo de radicación de planillas, el gobernador Ricardo Rosselló Nevares anunció el martes el envío de 115 millones de dólares en reintegros correspondientes al Ciclo Contributivo 2017.
Nuestra prioridad es devolver al pueblo el dinero que le pertenece, más aún en estos momentos de retos fiscales. Hoy, el secretario de Hacienda estará remitiendo los reintegros a estos 164,500 contribuyentes, destacó el primer ejecutivo en declaraciones escritas.
Por su parte, el secretario de Hacienda, Raúl Maldonado Gautier sostuvo que hasta el momento ha sobrepasado la expectativa en cuanto a la cantidad de planillas entregadas a la agencia.
Al comenzar el periodo de radicación nos comprometimos en que todo contribuyente que radicará en o antes del 31 de marzo, recibiría su reintegro en o antes del 30 de mayo. Con este envío comenzamos a cumplir con los contribuyentes que responsablemente radicaron su planilla, sentenció Maldonado Gautier.
Por otro lado, Rosselló Nevares informó el envío de 27 millones de dólares correspondientes al Crédito para Personas de 65 años o más y Crédito Compensatorio para Pensionados de Bajos Recursos (bono senior).
Tras el paso del huracán María, se ofrecieron días adicionales para la radicación de la planilla senior y permitir a los contribuyentes que pudieran solicitar su bono. Hoy cumplimos con los más vulnerables y enviamos 108,241 cheques a la población de la edad dorada, señaló el gobernador.
Por último, el titular de Hacienda recordó que los Centros Contributivos del Departamento de Hacienda continuarán ofreciendo el servicio de radicación gratuita de Planillas hasta el 17 de abril.
Los Centros están ubicados en Plaza las Américas, Plaza del Caribe en Ponce, Plaza Carolina, The Outlet en Canóvanas, los municipios de Caguas y Guaynabo y los recintos de la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Mayagüez y Bayamón.La entrada Envían millones de dólares en reintegros y créditos a personas mayores aparece primero en Periódico El Expresso de Puerto Rico.
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El presidente Donald Trump canceló el martes su plan de viajar a Sudamérica en los próximos días y optó por permanecer en Estados Unidos para ocuparse de la respuesta a un ataque aparentemente con armas químicas en Siria.

La vocera Sarah Huckabee Sanders dijo que Trump no asistirá a la 8va Cumbre de las Américas en Lima ni viajará a Bogotá como había previsto, sino que permanecerá en Estados Unidos para supervisar la respuesta estadounidense a Siria y observar los sucesos alrededor del mundo.

Es la primera vez que un presidente estadounidense no asiste a la cumbre. El vicepresidente Mike Pence irá en su lugar.

El lunes, Trump prometió que tomaría una decisión sobre Siria en cuestión de horas, al declarar que Rusia o cualquier otra nación que tuviera responsabilidad en el aparente ataque con armas químicas a civiles el sábado pasado pagará un precio.

La Casa Blanca rechazó enérgicamente la insinuación de que las palabras del propio Trump acerca de retirar a las fuerzas estadounidenses de Siria habían allanado el camino para el ataque, que mató a más de 40 personas, incluidos varios niños.

Preguntado si el presidente ruso Vladimir Putin tenía alguna responsabilidad, Trump dijo, es posible, sí, es posible. Y si es así será muy duro, muy duro. Añadió que todos pagarán un precio. Él. Todos.

En tanto, las fuerzas armadas estadounidenses parecían colocarse en posición para cumplir una orden de ataque. Un destructor de la armada, el USS Donald Cook, cruzaba el Mediterráneo oriental en esa dirección tras una escala en Chipre. El destructor de misiles está armado con misiles crucero Tomahawk, los mismos que se usaron hace un año para atacar una base aérea en Siria luego de un presunto ataque con gas sarín a civiles.

Rusia, un aliado crucial del gobierno del presidente Bashar Assad y con fuerzas en el país, dijo que sus oficiales visitaron el lugar en un suburbio de Damasco y no encontraron rastros de gases tóxicos. El embajador ruso ante la ONU, Vassily Nebenzia, acusó a Washington de atizar deliberadamente las tensiones internacionales al amenazar a Rusia en un tono más allá del umbral de lo aceptable, incluso durante la Guerra Fría.

Trump dijo que había escasa duda de la responsabilidad de Siria a pesar de las negativas de Assad. Para mí, no hay muchas dudas, pero los generales lo averiguarán.

Prometió una decisión sobre una posible respuesta militar en 24 a 48 horas, probablemente para el final de hoy.

Trump preveía reunirse en las próximas horas con su equipo de seguridad nacional y ninguna medida estaba fuera de consideración, dijo el presidente. El lunes debutó en su puesto el nuevo asesor de seguridad nacional, John Bolton, quien anteriormente se había declarado a favor de tomar medidas militares contra Siria.

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Aunque los señalamientos contra aseguradoras por tardanzas en la atención y desembolso de reclamaciones luego de desastres no son exclusivos de Puerto Rico, abogados especializados en estos casos describieron la situación local como una anómala.
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[VIDEO] CNH divulga informe oficial del catastrófico huracán María
 

El reporte oficial del huracán María salió hoy y establece principalmente que como huracán categoría cuatro azotó a Puerto Rico. María en el 2017 fue un huracán catastrófico en dos islas del caribe: Dominica y Puerto Rico. El 18 de septiembre azotó Dominica con vientos de 165 mph y produjo 31 muertes directas, y aún hay 34 personas desaparecidas, mientras que en Puerto Rico la cifra oficial hasta el momento es de 65, aunque todavía no se ha establecido cifra final. Así lo detalla el reporte oficial que publicó hoy el Centro Nacional de Huracanes en Miami, Florida.

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