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Russian intelligence jet flew over Washington, D.C., several secure locations

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SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – A Russian Air Force jet flew over several key locations in Washington, D.C. as reported by CNN, yesterday.

“The aircraft will be large and may fly directly over the US Capitol,” said an alert sent by U.S. Capitol Police. They advised the aircraft would fly between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

The alert did not offer any specifics about the origin and type of aircraft that would fly over the U.S. Capitol. An international treaty does not allow for additional information until after the mission is completed.

 
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The Russian aircraft Tupolev Tu-154 flight is allowed under the Open Skies regime, originally signed on March 24, 1992.

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The treaty allows observation aircraft to fly unarmed and equipped with “agreed sensors.” The ‘short-notice’ flights are allowed to use infra-red line-scanning devices and photographic equipment.

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Camera equipment on board a Russian An-30 aircraft used to fly over Greece, 30 October 2007, under the Open Skies Treaty. (OSCE)

Article IX, Section 1 of the 1992 Open Skies treaty states:

  1. in the case of optical panoramic and framing cameras, black and white photographic film;

  2. in the case of video cameras, magnetic tape;

  3. in the case of infra-red line-scanning devices, black and white photographic film or magnetic tape; and

  4. in the case of sideways-looking synthetic aperture radar, magnetic tape.



The Russian intelligence-gathering mission scanned highly secured national security areas such as: the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency, Trump National Golf Course in Virginia, and Andrews Air Force Base, where Air Force One resides. It was also scheduled for additional flights that included President Trump’s current vacation golf course in New Jersey.

Although, the missions are logged at upwards of 1,200 flights under the treaty, this one has gathered special attention due to the intriguing political climate between the president’s administration and Russia’s alleged meddling of the U.S. elections.

As recent as last month, the New York Times reported that investigators for the special counsel leading the Russia inquiry executed a search warrant at the home of President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul J. Manafort.

 

Images publicly available from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE.)

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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.

SOURCE Travelocity

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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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