Top Local News Headlines

These are the top local news stories from News is my Business for Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Fluor: ‘Hundreds of power restoration vehicles, equipment arrive in PR’

Published 22 November 2017, 5:04 am
Fluor Corporation announced the arrival of more than 400 pieces of essential construction and specialty equipment at a shipping terminal in Puerto Rico in support of its ongoing work restoring power on the hurricane-ravaged island. Read More →

USDA provides $10M+ to help Caribbean farmers recover from hurricanes

Published 22 November 2017, 5:03 am
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing $10.9 million in technical and financial assistance to help farmers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands repair damage and rebuild following hurricanes Irma and María, the agency announced. Read More →

Op-Ed: FCC, PR Telecom Board numbers paint drastically different pictures

Published 22 November 2017, 5:02 am
A key element in government transparency is the availability of information about its work. To be able to show citizens what initiatives have been undertaken to improve the quality of life for all and periodically publishing relevant information on the sector that is being regulated. Read More →

MIDA: 2 mo.’s after Hurricane María, container backlog, product shortages persist

Published 22 November 2017, 5:01 am
More than two months after María made history as one of the most destructive hurricanes to hit Puerto Rico in 80 years, the island is still experiencing a backlog of containers at the ports that translate into shortages at grocery stores, members of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Food Marketing, Industry and Distribution (known as MIDA by its Spanish acronym) confirmed. Read More →

T-Mobile continues delivering relief, communications to PR communities

Published 22 November 2017, 5:00 am
T-Mobile Puerto Rico employees have come together on a weekly basis to deliver assistance to several communities that received the brunt of Hurricane María in September, the company confirmed. Read More →

‘Our Power PR’ campaign reps join just recovery efforts, assess Jones Act impact

Published 21 November 2017, 5:06 am
An environmental and economic justice brigade led by Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), Greenpeace USA, Organización Boricuá (Puerto Rico), Just Transition Alliance and their partners in the “Our Power Puerto Rico” campaign arrived on the island to join just recovery efforts and assess the impact of the Jones Act. Read More →

Colmena66 unveils ‘Shop & Hire PR’ to showcase local talent, online stores

Published 21 November 2017, 5:05 am
As part of its strategy to support and strengthen entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico, particularly after the landfall of Hurricane María, Colmena66, a program of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust, announced the launch of a new tool: Shop & Hire Puerto Rico. Read More →

Breaking with 28-year history, ToysRUs to start Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving

Published 21 November 2017, 5:04 am
Marking what will be a first in 28 years, retailer ToysRUs will open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day to begin its “Black Friday” sales in Puerto Rico, this media outlet learned. Read More →

Op-Ed: Inadequate federal response to María threatens PR’s long-term recovery

Published 21 November 2017, 5:03 am
Two months after the strongest storm in 80 years hit Puerto Rico, life is anything but normal for 3.4 million American citizens. Read More →

MCS Foundation hits $1M goal in fundraising campaign to help María victims

Published 21 November 2017, 5:02 am
MCS Foundation, a nonprofit entity created by Medical Card System Inc., has reached the $500,000 fundraising goal of its “Green for Puerto Rico” campaign, with that amount to be matched by MCS for a total of $1 million to help those affected by Hurricane María, the insurer announced. Read More →

DHL Express delivers lanterns, water filtration systems to Puerto Rico

Published 21 November 2017, 5:01 am
DHL Express, a logistics and express delivery firm, completed the delivery of 45 cartons of solar light, each with about 110 solar lanterns, from Japan to Puerto Rico in an effort to provide aid to the island weeks after Hurricane María devastated the Caribbean, the company confirmed. Read More →

Heineken lends a hand to PR communities devastated by hurricanes

Published 21 November 2017, 5:00 am
As part of its commitment to the reconstruction of Puerto Rico following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and María, Heineken has been active in a series of initiatives to keep the continuity of its clients' operations by supporting the rehabilitation of their businesses and their nearby communities. Read More →

Gov’t announces 200 job opportunities for Puerto Rico youth

Published 20 November 2017, 5:01 am
Aware of the importance for youth to have a first job experience, the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce will provide 200 young people the chance to get started in the workplace, through the “Juvempleo” project, which has been assigned $1 million to cover the payroll for hiring companies. Read More →

Op-Ed: An inconvenient and fragile truth

Published 20 November 2017, 5:00 am
Recently I read on Facebook a poorly researched story on Condé Nast Traveler magazine singing the praises of Chef Jose Andrés and his efforts to feed Puerto Rico. As a journalist and a communications strategist, I could tell immediately that it was a public relations effort after his heated controversy with FEMA over what was paid to his foundation. Read More →

5 PR nonprofits to split $2.1M from United for PR

Published 18 November 2017, 5:07 am
United for Puerto Rico announced the distribution of more than $2 million in funds during the second week of November to five nonprofit, non-governmental organizations that seek to aid communities in need, executives confirmed. Read More →

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