Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, Trump, Independence, Is it Time for President Donald Trump and Congress to cut Loose Puerto Rico

Is it time for President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress to cut loose the unincorporated USA territory of Puerto Rico? Is it time to say goodbye and let them have their own sovereign island nation independent from the USA? Hurricane season 2018 just started and some 10,000 families in back woods Puerto Rico are still without electrical power despite 10-months of restoration efforts following...

Is the Controversy Surrounding Puerto Rico’s Relief Efforts Anything New?

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Puerto Rico office is investigating numerous complaints of fraud throughout the U.S. Territory involving the distribution and mishandling of relief supplies following the double-barrel blast from Hurricanes Irma and Maria ...

Hurricane Nate Touches Down in Mississippi With 32 Dead, Thousands Affected in Central America

Having left 11 confirmed deaths in Costa Rica, many still disappeared and cut off from aid, thousands in shelters, and dozens of roads and schools destroyed, Nate, now a Category 1 Hurricane, touched down last night on the Mississippi-Louisiana border in the southern U.S. At least 32 are reported dead throughout Central America in what is now the 9th hurricane of the relentless 2017 Atlantic hu...

Costa Rica to Repatriate Citizens Stranded in Puerto Rico Post-Hurricane Maria

The estimated 65 Costa Ricans who will be repatriated from Puerto Rico Saturday, Oct. 7 will be leaving behind destruction caused by Hurricane Maria, and entering into a Costa Rica battling the aftermath of Tropical Storm Nate. Such is life in the hurricane-hounded Caribbean basin. This is the Costa Rican government's first ever humanitarian repatriation flight held for its citizens, said th...

Puerto Rican Sisters Spar Their Way to Boxing History

BOXING PUERTO RICO Puerto Rican sisters Cindy (l) and Amanda Serrano are sparring partners as they prepare for upcoming matches, source Facebook. San Juan, Dec. 7 — Puerto Rican boxer Cindy Serrano’s hoping for an unusual gift this Christmas, said the Spanish newswire EFE. If she wins a match this Saturday, Cindy and her sibling Amanda would become the first sister duo to hold simultaneo...

Hurricane Matthew Matthew continues to strengthen and is now a Category 5 in Caribbean

Although Costa Rica has not been affected yet by Hurricane Matthew and is expected to only receive an indirect effect, Costa Rica's National Emergency Commission (CNE) declared green alert for the South Pacific and Caribbean, heavy rain is expected as of Saturday night and throughout the weekend specially in the counties of Corredores, Osa, Golfito, Coto Brus, Buenos Aires and Pérez Zeledón. If yo...

10th Anniversary – FBI Assassination of Puerto Rican Filiberto Ojeda

Interview with political analyst Juan-Manuel Garcia-Passalacqua by Democracy Now's Amy Goodman on the 10th anniversary of the FBI assassination of Puerto Rican nationalist leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios on Sept. 26, 2005 in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico. Mural of Ojeda in Puerto Rico, photo from Facebook. For the past four decades Filiberto Ojeda Rios had been a leading figure in the fight for Puer...

Puerto Rico: United Nations Will Hold Independence Hearings

Wikimedia Commons San Juan, Jun 18 (EFE).- At least 500 activists of Puerto Rico's independence movement demonstrated in Old San Juan this Saturday in anticipation of a visit by the U.N.'s Special Committee on Decolonization, to arrive next Monday in this U.S. commonwealth. Liliana Laboy, a member of the organizing committee of the demonstration, told EFE that the protest this Saturday had ...

Massive Protests and Traffic Chaos Welcome Uber to Puerto Rico

An Uber driver in Bogota. Wikimedia Commons San Juan, May 31 (EFE).- Traffic chaos prevailed in San Juan on Tuesday as taxi drivers and truckers protested the arrival in Puerto Rico of Uber, the private ride-hailing service, which links passengers and drivers via a mobile application. On Tuesday morning it was difficult to find taxis on the capital streets, while some tourist excursions had...

Puerto Rico is Broke and Can’t Afford to Host Film Festival

Wikimedia Commons San Juan, May 2 (EFE).- Cinefiesta, San Juan's prestigious international short film festival, has canceled its next edition after finding it lacked sponsors due to the economic crisis the Caribbean island is going through, its chief promoter, Luis Cruz, announced Monday. Despite the fact that 5,044 short films from 124 countries have been entered for this year's edition, C...

Puerto Rico: Police Surprised by Caiman During Apartment Raid

Source: Wikimedia Commons San Juan, Apr 26 (EFE).- Puerto Rican drug agents on Tuesday found a caiman inside an abandoned apartment in the San Juan district of Rio Piedras while they were carrying out monitoring operations in the area. The Puerto Rico police issued a statement saying that the agents also found two ammunition clips and many rounds of ammo in the apartment. The officers tu...

Another Shipwreck in the Caribbean; French Tourists Rescued

C-130. Wikimedia Commons San Juan, Jan 25 (EFE; additional context by The Costa Rica Star).- Three French citizens who were sailing on a catamaran from the Dominican Republic to the island of St. Martin were rescued by Puerto Rican authorities when their boat began to founder. In a press release, the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in San Juan said that the trio sent out a distress call at 2 a.m...

Caribbean Nations on High Alert for Zika Virus

Santo Domingo, Jan 20 (EFE).- Dominican Health Minister Altagracia Guzman Marcelino on Wednesday asked women to postpone getting pregnant this year due to the threat posed by the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects. Zika is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same insect that carries dengue fever, Chikungunya and yellow fever. During a meeting of the National Commis...

Costa Rica Crime Heated Police Argument in Puerto Rico Ends With 3 Dead Officers

Source: Flickr Commons San Juan, Dec 28 (EFE).- Three police, two of them women, were shot and killed Monday in Puerto Rico by a fellow officer during a heated argument at the Police Command in Ponce, a city on the south side of the Caribbean island. Police reported that Lieut. Luz Soto, Maj. Frank Roman and patrolwoman Rosario Hernandez were gunned down by Candelario Rivera, a fellow offic...

Pilot Lands at McDonald’s in Puerto Rico to Get Coffee

San Juan, Nov 25 (EFE).- A Puerto Rican pilot decided to land his small plane in a grassy area next to a McDonald's in northern town of Hatillo to buy himself and his passenger a coffee, island authorities confirmed Wednesday. The Puerto Rican Police said that personnel with the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action, or FURA, were dispatched to the site on Tuesday afternoon thinking that an ...