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Up To 4 Months Without Power: AEE Chief

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SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – The chief of Electric Power Authority (AEE in Spanish) said that certain areas could be without power for at least four months.

Ricardo Ramos, the head of the AEE told WIPR (government-sponsored station) that blackouts could impact certain areas in Puerto Rico for three or four months.

As the hurricane is outlined at the moment, we are talking about that there will certainly be blackouts,” said Ramos. There will certainly be areas that will spend three, four months without electricity.”

He compared Hurricane Irma to Hurricane Hugo in 1989, but said that they are not exactly the same.

 

“This hurricane is shaping up, I can not really tell it’s completely similar, but similar to Hugo,” said Ramos. “We are preparing for the worst case and begging for the best case.”

He made a veil attack on the past administration by putting the blame on the lack of investment on equipment and maintenance. He has mentioned this before on several occasions during his brief tenure.

“But our staff will be giving 100%, ” said Ramos.

Ramos added that in the past five years, they have lost about 5,000 operational employees, including, among other workers, linekeepers, line supervisors, line operators and mechanics.

For this reason, they have been in communication with the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and the United States Public Utilities Association to request materials, trucks, equipment and personnel.

Hurricane Irma is a Category 4 hurricane and Puerto Rico is in imminent danger.

Follow current Hurricane Irma updates here.

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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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