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Financial aid reinstated, UPR still on probation

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SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) announced today that all federal student financial aid has been reinstated for the main campus in Rio Piedras, after U.S. Department of Education review.

Luis A. Ferrao Delgado, the interim rector of the Rio Piedras campus, sent an email informing students that all Title IV student financial aid had been reinstated at this campus, soon after his appointment yesterday.

“I take this opportunity to inform you that eligibility for all federal aid and funding has been reinstated,” said Ferrao. I know we will work together to get this campus to where it needs to be.

However, the Rio Piedras campus still has a mayor hurdle to overcome. During the 72-day strike in which the students shut down the Rio Piedras campus , the Middle States Commision on Higher Education (MSCHE) placed the campus on probation. This probation puts at risk the accreditation status granted to the campus by the MSCHE.

The MSCHE considered that the UPR did not meet their criteria for excellence in higher education.

“On May 18, 2017, the Executive Committee of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education acted to accept the institution’s Supplemental Information Report and to place the institution on probation because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Requirements of Affiliation 3 (institution is operational, with students actively pursuing its degree programs) and 8 (documented financial resources, funding base, and plans for financial development adequate to support its educational purposes and programs and to assure financial stability), and with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources),” said the MSCHE in a press release.

If the UPR fails to lift this probation, it could mean that the university has to shut down its main campus.

Here’s the text of the email Ferrao sent (in Spanish) –

21 de julio de 2017

CARTA CIRCULAR

AL CLAUSTRO, ESTUDIANTES, PERSONAL NO DOCENTE Y LA COMUNIDAD UNIVERSITARIA EN GENERAL

Luis A. Ferrao Delgado, Ph.D.

Rector Interino

En el día de ayer, tuve el privilegio de ser nombrado por el Presidente Interino Dr. Darell Hillman, Rector Interino del Recinto de Río Piedras. Éste nombramiento me llena de gran orgullo y satisfacción.

Asumo con honor la gran responsabilidad de servir a la Institución de cara a nuevos tiempos en los que dejaremos a un lado los momentos difíciles vividos en el pasado y en unión de voluntades trabajaremos con ahínco para salvaguardar nuestro Recinto.

Sé que cuento con el apoyo de todos y todas en la tarea de lograr un Campus con un presupuesto estable que atienda nuestra obligación histórica de articular los ajustes que sean necesarios y, de igual forma, trabajar junto al Comité Ejecutivo de la Middle States Commision on Higher Education (MSCHE) para lograr el levantamiento de la probatoria que nos atañe en estos momentos.

Aprovecho para comunicarles que se ha logrado la reinstalación de la elegibilidad de todas las ayudas y fondos federales,  entre las cuales se incluyen las de Título IV correspondientes a Beca PELL, SEOG, préstamos estudiantiles y Programa de Estudio y Trabajo.  Agradezco a la Decana Gloria Díaz sus admirables esfuerzos en la obtención de este gran logro para nuestro Recinto.

Estoy seguro que juntos continuaremos adelantando las labores que levantarán nuestro Recinto y lo llevará al sitial que le corresponde.

 

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Puerto Rico is Open for Tourists

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Travelocity® and Expedia Media Solutions®, in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, are ramping up efforts to help shift public perception of the situation in Puerto Rico, this week.

Puerto Rico has always been a popular destination for travelers, as well as a fantastic, long-term partner, and we jumped at the chance to work with Travelocity to support the Puerto Rico Tourism Company,” said Wendy Olson Killion, global senior director for Expedia Media Solutions. “The collaborative campaign will ensure new and repeat visitors know Puerto Rico is again open for tourism, and that tourism will positively impact the island’s economy and contribute to recovery efforts.”

Approximately 68,000 locals are employed in the tourism sector, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. With this importance to the economy, the simple and enjoyable act of visiting Puerto Rico can make a huge difference. For more information on the Island, travelers can also visit SeePuertoRico.com.

“We are thrilled to have our Travelocity and Expedia partners join in spreading the word that the Island is, in fact, open for tourism,” said Carla Campos, acting executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “It is with pride and hospitality, traits that characterize our people, that we welcome visitors with open arms, because coming to visit us is the best way to support us right now.”

The campaign, which was donated on behalf of Travelocity and Expedia Media Solutions, includes on site advertising placements, a dedicated page highlighting the hotels and resorts that are open for business in Puerto Rico, and useful content about the country on the Travelocity “Inspire” blog.

Travelocity is offering $150 off a $1500 package booking with code CARIBNOW from now until February 6th, 2018 for travel between now and September 16th, 2018. For full terms and conditions visit http://travelocity.us/PuertoRico.

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Rosselló Asks Police Officers to Return to Work

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló asked members of the Puerto Rico Police Department to return to work, Jan. 8.

The massive absenteeism of police officers has been largely attributed to the lack of overtime pay in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but some say it goes back even further.

“I ask of any partner of the uniformed force that is not attending [work]at this moment – I ask of them to return,” said Rosselló. It’s not just about giving a message about a series of initiatives, but it’s a matter of safety for our people.

Rosselló is currently evaluating how police officers that missed work, will be reprimanded.

“We’re establishing which administrative measures will take place,” said Rosselló. There’s a lot of information that needs to be gathered.

At times, approximately 8,000 police officers have missed worked, out of about 14,000 islandwide.

Police union representatives have said that police officers are using their sick and holiday time available.

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Watch Carmen Yulín Suck Up a Load of Bribe Cash

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Here we go again. Another Carmen Yulín appearance on The Simpsons.

Spoiler alert: Donald Trump tries to bribe Robert Mueller with a room full of cash. Mueller leaves.

Then Carmen Yulín walks into the room dressed as a housemaid before revealing her usual “comandante de la revolución” outfit.

Yulín then pulls out a vacuum cleaner to suck up the loads of American cold-hard-cash bribe money.

Mueller Meets Trump, Season 29

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