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National Airlines adds flights to Puerto Rico, Canada – Orlando Business Journal

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the Orlando-based airliner that flies out of Orlando Sanford International Airport, has added new destinations to its flight schedule that could open new markets for Orlando tourism.

The company announced this month it will begin service between Islip, N.Y., to two major Puerto Rico hubs in San Juan and Aguadilla, starting on July 1. In addition, the company will begin flight service starting now between Orlando and the Newfoundland and Labrador provinces in Canada, as well as double its regular Orlando to San Juan, Puerto Rico, flights to four days a week starting on March 13.

The reason behind the growth is due to the success of each flight — many being sold out, said Edward Davidson, National Airlines president and CEO.....

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Will Opening Cuba to Tourism Hurt Puerto Rico? | Travel + Leisure

Soon after Pope Francis landed in Cuba last weekend, he urged the U.S. and Cuban governments to further reconcile. “We have witnessed an event which filled us with hope: the process of normalizing relations between two peoples following years of estrangement,” the pontiff said.

President Obama already relaxed the 55-year-old Cuban embargo and announced last week a raft of other measures intending to strengthen economic ties between the two countries. But, the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement has some practical implications that go far beyond geopolitics.

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Puerto Rico parrots getting new home amid bid to save them – Yahoo News

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Scientists transported 25 endangered Puerto Rican parrots to one of the U.S. territory's largest forests Thursday in a bid to save the island's last native parrot species.

 The birds range from juveniles to mature adults and were placed in a large cage where they will learn survival skills for a year before being introduced into the wild at the Maricao state forest.

Natural Resources Secretary Carmen Guerrero said in a phone interview that the forest has the largest plant diversity on the island. "You can imagine how that translates into a buffet for our parrots," she said.

The arrival of the 25 parrots represents a local and federal effort to establish a third population of a bird that saw its numbers dwindle to only 13 in the early 1970s. Two other populations of the birds were earlier established in the Rio Abajo Nature Preserve in western Puerto Rico and in El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest in the

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Video: How the Green Iguana Came to Outnumber the Human Population of Puerto Rico · Global Voices

Though they are not endemic to Puerto Rico, green iguanas have flourished here due to the absence of natural predators. They were introduced to Puerto Rico through the exotic pet trade and today are considered an invasive species, so much so that in a few decades the 4 million strong population now outnumbers the entire population of Puerto Rico. It is common to see them in trees, mangroves and near the side of the roads.

Known colloquially in Puerto Rico as gallina de palo, which loosely translates to “chicken of the trees”, these herbivores can grow to about 1.5 meters in length, though they can reach lengths of up to 2 meters and can live between 10 to 15 years in the wild.

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Caribbean grapples with drought, water shortages | The Columbian

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone-dry summer.

From Puerto Rico to Cuba to the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia, crops are withering, reservoirs are drying up and cattle are dying while forecasters worry that the situation could only grow worse in the coming months.

Thanks to El Niño, a warming of the tropical Pacific that affects global weather, forecasters expect the hurricane season that began in June to be quieter than normal, with a shorter period of rains. That means less water to help refill Puerto Rico's thirsty Carraizo and La Plata reservoirs as well as the La Plata river in the central island community of Naranjito. A tropical disturbance that hit the U.S. territory on Monday did not fill up those reservoirs as officials had anticipated.

Puerto Rico is among the Caribbean islands worst hit by the water shortage, with more than 1.5 million people affected by the drought so far, the U.S. National Drought Mitigation Center

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