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Governor Lobbies For Section 956

Bush Wants To Cancel Referendum

Rodriguez: Legislature Lacks Power To Order Constitutional Assembly

PIP Holds Calderon Responsible For Navy's Advancement

Trinidad Beaten

National Guard To Secure Airport

Bill To Amend Section 956 Filed

Governor Lobbies For Section 956 In Washington D.C.

October 2, 2001
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Gov. Sila Calderon reopened Monday her contacts with the U.S. Congress to push forward the bill that intends to prevent U.S. corporations on the island from relocating to other international markets.

Calderon and her advisors explained in detail their proposal, which seeks to modify U.S. Internal Revenue Code Section 956, to Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D - N.M.), chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Calderon wishes to modify Section 956 to maintain incentives similar to those of the former Section 936 to promote employment on the island and to prevent U.S. companies from choosing other countries to do business.

When asked if the economic situation triggered by the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C. would take the attention away from the Puerto Rican bill in Congress, Calderon admitted that the situation is more complicated now.

Bush Wants To Cancel Referendum

October 1, 2001
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WASHINGTON (AP)--As the nation gears up for war, military training on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques remains a concern for the Bush administration, which dislikes what both the House and Senate are trying to do about it.

The administration is insisting on canceling a planned November referendum of Vieques citizens on whether the military can continue to train there past 2003, and it wants the freedom to set the standards for alternative training sites.

President George W. Bush on June 14 ordered the Navy to pull out by May 1, 2003. Even so, the White House wants to block the November vote on whether the Navy should stop training that year, or stay and pay $50 million for public works projects.

Rodriguez: Legislature Lacks Power To Order Constitutional Assembly

By Proviana Colon Diaz

October 1, 2001
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Former Senate President Charlie Rodriguez said Monday that the Puerto Rican Legislature does not have any authority to order a constitutional assembly with regards to the status of the island as it's power goes only to the extent of solving matters related to the Commonwealth Constitution.

Furthermore, the pro statehood attorney said no action without the approval of the U.S. Congress will succeed in solving the status issue.

Rodriguez made his statements Monday morning, before a Senate Judiciary Committee during a public hearing for the study of the constitutional assembly, as a possible mechanism to solve the island status.

PIP Holds Governor Responsible For Navy's Advancement

September 30, 2001
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SAN JUAN (AP) - For the leaders of the Puerto Rican Independent Party (PIP) everything now seems to show that the decision to oust the U.S. Navy from Vieques will be up to the United States.

PIP Sen. Fernando Martin, who is the party's executive president, said the change in the current circumstances is greatly due to "the weakness with which the government of Puerto Rico has been communicating by not using the results of the July 29 referendum, thus encouraging the Navy" to stay.

Martin added that "the governor will wind up in a worse position than the one she inherited" from former Gov. Pedro Rossello, who had agreed with former U.S. President Bill Clinton on a definite date for the ousting of the Navy.

Bernard Hopkins Beats Trinidad

September 30, 2001
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Felix Trinidad made a judgment of Bernard Hopkins in the first round, and it was wrong. Really wrong.

``He's nothing, I got him,'' Trinidad told his father-trainer at the end of the opening round.

But 11 rounds later, Trinidad was a beaten fighter for the first time in his career, and the 36-year-old Hopkins was the undisputed middleweight champion.

Hopkins knocked down Trinidad and stopped him at 1:22 of the final round early Sunday before a screaming but shocked crowd of 19,075 in Madison Square Garden.

It was Trinidad's first loss in 41 professional fights and the first defeat in 21 championship fights for the 28-year-old Puerto Rican, who is a former welterweight and super welterweight champion.

Calderon Orders National Guard To Secure Airport

September 28, 2001
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SAN JUAN (AP) - Gov. Sila Calderon said Thursday that she will post Puerto Rico National Guard units in the island's airports to secure the installations, as requested by President George W. Bush.

"I'm definitely in solidarity with the American nation and the president in this time of need," the governor said in a press conference.

Bush urged the governors Thursday to order National Guard units to protect the airport facilities while a long-term plan is put into effect.

Bill To Amend Section 956 Filed In Congress

September 28, 2001
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SAN JUAN (AP) - A bill aimed at amending Section 956 of the Federal Internal Revenue Code was filed Thursday in the U.S. Senate, according to Resident Commissioner Anibal Acevedo Vila.

The amendments that will grant tax incentives to companies that establish on the island is one of the main pillars of Gov. Sila Calderon's plan for economic growth.

In fact, the governor is in the U.S. mainland, where she will meet with businessmen and politicians in search of support for her proposal.

The bill was filed in the Senate Finance Committee by Sens. John Breaux (D-La.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), both high-ranking officials in the committee.

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