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he Natural Resources, Environmental Affairs and Recycling Committee of the island House of Representatives, chaired by Rep. Edgardo Feliciano Sánchez, on Thursday took up House Bill (HB) 316, which seeks restrictions on the use of face masks, in addition to the use of disposable gloves on beaches and other bodies of water in Puerto Rico. HB 316, authored by Rep. Ángel Matos García, faced its first public hearing before the committee, where Alexis Oquendo Vargas, the Health Department’s infection control and prevention education project coordinator, who appeared on behalf of Health Secretary-designate Carlos Mellado López, objected to the bill. Oquendo Vargas said that instead of prohibiting the use of face masks, as they are required by the current executive order to control the coronavirus pandemic, “an educational campaign [should] be established to encourage and raise awareness among the general population about the proper disposal of all solid waste in recreational areas, such as beaches.” “An adequate number of trash receptacles must be available and accessible to visitors at beaches and/or resorts,” the education program coordinator said. “It is important that these trash receptacles are maintained in adequate condition without excessive accumulation of waste.” “We believe that, at this historic moment, establishing an absolute ban on the use of masks and disposable gloves on beaches, spas and bodies of water in Puerto Rico is primarily a public health matter,” Oquendo Vargas added. Other agency representatives summoned to the public hearing echoed the Health Department’ s declarations, such as the Department of Justice Legislation Division Director Iván Soto, who represented Justice Secretary-designate Domingo Emmanuelli. “If the legislative intent of HB 316 is not to absolutely prohibit the use of face masks or disposable gloves in all spas, beaches and bodies of water, without exception, it should be clarified to which locations and activities it is limited,” Soto said. “If, on the other hand, the application is to be extended to all types of activity, we recommend that this honorable committee seek the comments of the agencies concerned.” Meanwhile, Matos García clarified at the public hearing that HB 316 does not seek to promote the non-use of

masks on and around bodies of water, but rather the proper disposal of such items. Gov’t agencies support foam cooler ban on beaches The House Committee also took up HB 442, authored by Matos García, which seeks to ban the use of polystyrene coolers, better known as “foam” coolers, due to the current excessive accumulation of solid waste. Unlike HB 316, the bill received deference from government agencies such as the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. (PRTC) and the island Justice Department. Laura Díaz, who represented DNER Secretary Rafael Machargo, announced that the agency endorses HB 442. “The public policy that the bill intends to implement is fundamental to address the problem that disposable polystyrene or foam products represent to our natural resources,” she said. Soto added that the Justice Department “finds no legal impediment limiting the Legislative Assembly’s power to prohibit the use of foam coolers at Puerto Rico’s beach resorts.” The PRTC, meanwhile, recommended that the ban on foam coolers be extended to all bodies of water in Puerto Rico that are used recreationally. “There is no doubt that polystyrene coolers represent a problem for our environment, as they affect the landscape, wildlife, as well as the diversity of marine life,” the agency said.

HB 316, authored by Rep. Ángel Matos García, faced its first public hearing before the committee, where Alexis Oquendo Vargas, the Health Department’s infection control and prevention education project coordinator, who appeared on behalf of Health Secretary-designate Carlos Mellado López, objected to the bill.


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Committee releases principles to conduct ‘integral’ public credit audit Claims effective audit would lead gov’t to ‘not repeat the same mistakes’ By PEDRO CORREA HENRY Twitter: @pete_r_correa Special to The Star

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n the heels of a joint resolution and two bills filed in the Legislative Assembly to resume the auditing of Puerto Rico’s fiscal debt, the Citizens’ Committee for the Integral Public Credit Audit released on Thursday five principles that it says should guide the pending process and produce results in restructuring of the island’s public credit. During a press conference held at the Puerto Rico Bar Association in Miramar, the committee, which consists of members from the earlier Committee for the Integral Public Credit Audit created through Act 97-2015 and later repealed by then-Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares through the short-lived Act 22-2017, established regulatory aspects to make the procedure effective enough to resolve the island’s $72.2 billion debt crisis. Among the regulatory aspects, Citizens’ Committee for the Integral Public Credit Audit Chairman José González Taboada, a certified public accountant, said one of the principles consists of the public credit audit having enough outreach, as the audit should focus on the government’s

Eva Prados and José González Taboada, Citizens’ Committee for the Integral Public Credit Audit Chairman finances, compliance with judicial requirements and performance. He defined the latter as “why the government issues debts exempt from the U.S. Congress law and the resources provided due to it are used for the people’s benefit.” “This has been highly questioned as we see how people lack basic services,” the committee chairman said. “We see that services we have such as electricity, water and roads are deficient amid the enormous debt issued.“ “We’re more than aware that we must analyze this deeply, but mostly [we must focus on] the refinancing issued during the 21st century as they have extended the public credit’s lifeline without helping the people,” González Taboada added. He also said a public credit audit requires “substantial investigative powers” as information from

government entities, public officials, and private entities who participated in transactions “are to be examined to conduct an integral audit.” González Taboada said further that a forensic audit is also important “to see if constitutional and legal provisions were fulfilled and if offenses were committed against Puerto Rico or federal laws when the debt was issued.” The University of Puerto Rico accounting professor added that he hopes that as a result of an effective audit “the government learns to not repeat the same mistakes.” “It’s worth nothing coming out of bankruptcy court, it’s worth nothing having access to the stock exchange if the same habits return,” González Taboada said. Meanwhile, attorney Eva Prados said independence and participatory management is another principle that the public credit audit must accomplish as “any gubernatorial entity that is assigned with the responsibility must have operational, administrative and fiscal independence.” “This task must also be conducted by people who have independence of judgment and have no conflicts of interest,” Prados said. “It’s not an easy task, because we can’t forget that the earlier debt committees and many government entities are involved in the island’s debt accumulation and structure.” Moreover, she urged that all meetings and hearings in the course of the public credit audit “must

Bankruptcy process: US Court to hear arguments on Employees Retirement System bond issuances By THE STAR STAFF

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he U.S. District Court is slated to hear arguments next Thursday on an important aspect of Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy, which is whether the Employees Retirement System (ERS) was legally authorized to issue $3 billion in bonds in 2008. If the court determines ERS was not authorized, it would wipe out the entire debt and the bonds would be worthless. The ERS is one of five entities currently in bankruptcy under the federal Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act, commonly known as PROMESA. The Financial Oversight and Management Board wants to annul the payments, and for some time has been battling creditors on the issue. The dispute is over whether the ERS was authorized under its charter law to issue $3 billion in bonds in 2008. The law allows the

ERS to conduct borrowings, and creditors have contended that the bond issue was a loan. According to the bondholders, the ERS borrowed nearly $3 billion in 2008, via a sale of three series of ERS bonds to a syndicate of underwriters. The transaction was authorized by the ERS’s board of trustees and by the now-defunct Government Development Bank. The validity of the resulting debt was confirmed repeatedly by legal opinions from Puerto Rico’s secretary of Justice, from the ERS’s general counsel, and from the island law firm of Fiddler, González & Rodríguez. All three nationally recognized bond-rating firms rated the bonds investment grade and there was no mention that the bonds could be invalid, the bondholders said. Initially, between 2004 and 2006, the commonwealth itself would have issued $2 billion in bonds payable from a general fund and transferred the net proceeds to the ERS, but the island Legislature did not act on the legislation

to execute the bond issue. As a result, the ERS in 2006 and 2007 evaluated an alternative proposal under which the ERS itself, rather than the commonwealth, would issue bonds. In March 2007, the ERS received a legal opinion from Fiddler, González & Rodríguez that concluded that “the system is authorized pursuant to Section 4-105(d) of Act 447 [codified at 3 L.P.R.A. § 779(d)] to incur debt secured by the assets of the system, and the bonds are such a debt,” and that legislative approval was not needed. The federal oversight board and the Unsecured Creditors Committee have argued that while the ERS was allowed to seek a loan, it was not permitted under the language of its own statute to issue bonds. They noted that the $3 billion was in bond issuances marketed and sold by underwriting syndicates, led by UBS Financial Services Inc. The ERS did not engage in any direct negotiations with the public investors in setting

be transparent and should promote enough space for citizen participation and public discussion.” Trade unionist Roberto Pagán Rodríguez, who chaired the former Committee for the Integral Public Credit Audit, said meanwhile that having enough economic resources to “investigate at least 50 years of governmental transactions” is essential because the public credit audit “requires a full-time team of professionals with the necessary expertise for the assigned task, which requires many hours of document review, interviews, analysis, and report writing.” “In the earlier committee, $5.8 million was requested to conduct the audit; however, neither the Alejandro García Padilla nor the Ricardo Rosselló administration gave the necessary economic support,” Pagán Rodríguez said. “However, they admitted themselves that there were probable offenses to the island’s Constitution in debt issues, but we could not carry on due to lack of financial aid.” Constitutional attorney Luis José Torres Asencio said an integral public credit audit “must show an unbreakable commitment to the principles of transparency and access to information, as it is a constitutional right that governs our legal system.” Torres Asencio pointed out that “audit meetings should be public, hearings should be recorded, broadcast live and released via the internet” to allow citizens to have access to information received about the island’s fiscal debt. the terms or establishing bond prices. Instead, the ERS provided necessary documentation — its official statements, bond resolutions and other bond documentation — to UBS and the other underwriters to use in their direct discussions and negotiations with public investors. The ERS bond issuances contemplated that UBS and the underwriting syndicates would fulfill an intermediary function by buying ERS bonds for resale to public investors. The Bank of NewYork Mellon, as fiscal agent, said the ERS statute authorized the bonds as a borrowing from financial institutions and as a direct placement of debt. The bank said that under the Uniform Commercial Code, which is enforceable in Puerto Rico, the bonds are valid regardless of any defect. “Even though a security may be issued by a governmental issuer with a defect going to its validity, the security nevertheless is valid in the hands of a purchaser for value and without notice of the particular defect,” the bank has said. In 2011, the island Legislature amended the ERS Enabling Act to ensure that the ERS would not conduct another public bond issuance. In the statement of purpose for the 2011 amendment, the Legislature wrote that the issuance of the ERS bonds was illegal.


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PDP labor leader demands safe work environment for public employees By JOHN McPHAUL jpmcphaul@gmail.com

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rganization of Popular Public Servants President Juan E. Vega Quiñones demanded on Thursday that La Fortaleza Chief of Staff Noelia García Bardales ensure a safe work environment for the thousands of public employees in Puerto Rico, and that she order the heads of central government agencies to enforce strict compliance with hygiene and disinfection protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and exposure to COVID-19 in all agencies. “The public employees that make up our organization are ready to go back to their workplaces. Thousands of employees are working remotely from their homes during the pandemic,” said Vega Quiñones, who is a member of the Puerto Rico Fire Department. “It was the government itself that kept thousands of public servants in mandatory quarantine to prevent the spread and contagion of COVID. Now, the government

has to make sure that its heads of agencies will strictly comply with the hygiene and disinfection protocol to safeguard the health of our workers.” Vega Quiñones was speaking in reaction to a statement made recently by García Bardales about the return of public employees in person to their workplaces. The chief of staff said “the relaxation

is over” for public employees, a statement that Vega Quiñones described as a “lack of respect” for public servants. “Day by day, public servants continue to show with sweat and sacrifice that we are the force that moves the country. We are that talent that with determination implants and guards public policy in each government agency,” Vega Quiñones said.

“The country knows that our commitment to continue providing services to citizens is intact, but all public servants, as well as our families, must be guaranteed that we will not be at imminent risk of infection.” The president of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) labor organization stressed that several government agencies have not met the minimum requirements for avoiding infections, and thus infections within those agencies have increased. “We all know about the death of a Department of Correction [and Rehabilitation] officer due to COVID-19 in the Ponce 304 jail. A 72-year-old inmate also died, and two sergeants from the same jail were infected. Recently, outbreaks have been reported in the Ponce and Bayamón prisons,”Vega Quiñones said. “Hundreds of Puerto Rico Police officers have also spoken out about the lack of masks, hand sanitizer and patrol cars. How can we carry out our work efficiently if we are not guaranteed the minimum to work safely? This is serious; it is not a relaxation.”

Comptroller’s findings chronicle history of poor fleet management at DNER By THE STAR STAFF

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he Office of the Comptroller of Puerto Rico said Thursday that since 2013 her agency has brought attention to the deteriorated state of vehicles and vessels of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), which is now the subject of public headlines. News of the deteriorated state of DNER equipment has been brought to light recently after reports that a group of DNER rangers had been stranded for 18 days on Mona Island. The rangers were rescued this week. The commonwealth comptroller’s office said it has been

highlighting the problems for years, but agency heads have failed to act on them. Following the findings, the comptroller’s office formulated recommendations and established corrective action plans to address the lack of control and multiple deficiencies with DNER property. “On many occasions we see little attention from some entities to the recommendations of the Comptroller’s Office,” commonwealth Comptroller Yesmín Valdivieso said in a written statement. “Audit reports are a valuable tool for correcting detected situations and improving the management of property and public funds. Failure to act immediately and responsibly causes the aforementioned events to worsen over time and the remedy has a greater cost than the treasury [can cover].” Commonwealth Report DA-13-46 of 2013 had indicated that the 2002 Vehicle Fleet Management and Control Regulations had not been renewed, a situation that could increase the risk of loss and improper use of motor vehicles, and make it difficult to establish responsibility in case of irregularities. The 2015 DA-15-25 Report, in particular, contained eight findings and the opinion was adverse to the agency. The report had revealed multiple cases of lack of control in the operations of the Transportation Section attached to the DNERs General Services Division, Valdivieso said. The auditors had found that the Electronic Registry did not include the cost of 638 vehicles in the fleet, did not

indicate the region assigned to 55 vehicles and did not add to the registry eight units purchased for $177,000. In addition, 89 percent of the vehicles, boats, trailers and heavy equipment lacked a property number and two boats belonging to the Boquerón Maritime Unit were in a state of abandonment. “Since 2013, eight audit reports have been published on the operations of the Department, also on fines for violations of environmental laws, water franchise permits and public domain goods, as well as on contracts for professional services and the purchasing area,”Valdivieso said.

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Governor details agenda in DC, besides presenting admission bill By JOHN McPHAUL jpmcphaul@gmail.com

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uring his most recent visit to Washington, D.C., Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia participated in the filing of the bill introduced by Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) and Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón for the admission of Puerto Rico as a state. The governor also held meetings on the bill, whose co-sponsors now number 52 members of Congress, as well as other issues of importance to Puerto Rico, with various U.S. lawmakers and members of the White House task force. “It is time for Congress to act; we have been American citizens for over 100 years and the time has come for us to have equality,” the governor said in a press release. “Our people sent a clear message and this bill by the Resident Commissioner and Congressman Soto is the answer to that mandate. Those of us who aspire to Equality will never consent to the discrimination and inequality that we have when, despite being American citizens, just because we live in Puerto Rico we do not have the same rights

as those who reside in the states.” The meeting with members of the White House team was attended by the director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Julie Chávez Rodríguez, as well as the director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese, and Erin Pelton from the Council for Internal Policy. Also present at the meeting were Carmel Martin, deputy director of the Council for Internal Economic Affairs, and Cristóbal J. Alex, deputy secretary of the Cabinet. During the exchange, the governor spoke about the importance of equality for American citizens in Supplemental Security Income as well as inclusion in the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and matching the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Similarly, he addressed the issue of the need for a fair and permanent allocation under the Medicaid program and the transition requested by commonwealth Treasury Secretary Francisco Parés regarding Law 154 on credit to foreign companies on the island. In addition to various interviews in national media to address the issue of status on the island, the governor met with the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.),

with whom he discussed including Puerto Rico in any increase to the federal minimum wage. Pierluisi communicated to Neal that Puerto Rico should also be included in any proposal for tax relief or credits for small and midsize businesses. In addition, Puerto Rico should be included in any tax relief or credit proposal for small and midsize businesses, he said. He also discussed the issue of attracting the medical equipment and biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry to the island. The governor also met with Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) with whom, in addition to the status issue, he discussed the importance of the Senate approving the inclusion of Puerto Rico in the CTC and EITC programs.

“The inclusion of Puerto Rico in these programs is an advance in the claim of equal rights for Puerto Ricans, will promote economic growth on the island and will help our families and communities,” the governor said. Pierluisi also held meetings with Sens. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.). In the conversation with Ossoff, the governor spoke about the importance of including Puerto Rico in the American Rescue Plan and about the admission bill presented in Congress, among other issues. Similarly, with Casey he also discussed the issue of the CTC and the EITC, and Medicaid funds. The governor also held a meeting with the work team of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), with whom he discussed the issue of status, and that he does not favor cutting pensions in the Fiscal Adjustment Plan. Likewise, he advocated for a fair and recurring allocation of Medicaid funds for Puerto Rico and thanked Pelosi for the work done with the American Rescue Plan in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The governor returned to Puerto Rico on Thursday, as he indicated along with a photo on his social media accounts.

Road and bridge projects moving forward with FEMA funds By JOHN McPHAUL jpmcphaul@gmail.com

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mprovements to thousands of road and bridge projects in Puerto Rico will be accomplished with millions in funding allocations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency announced Thursday. Some of the permanent repairs have already been completed as a result of $729 million earmarked for island municipalities. In addition, in the past 60 days, the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP by its Spanish acronym) was allocated close to $37 million for those purposes. The obligations provide the basis for road reconstruction works such as asphalting, stabilizing retaining walls and replacing guardrails. “Having roads in good condition is vital for residents, transportation commerce and the safety of all,” said José Baquero Tirado, the federal disaster recovery coordinator for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “The

completed projects in our municipalities are important milestones that mark a recovery that is moving forward.” The municipality of Coamo already completed some of the repairs for its roads with the help of over $1.7 million in federal funding. Nearly 25 streets, rural roads and alleys have been repaired to the benefit of some 3,000 families. The projects include nearly $796,000 for various repairs in Callejón Bravo, Callejón Los Gandules, Urbanización Miraflores and Parque Las Flores, and over $232,300 to repair three streets in Los González Sector. About 60 of the municipality’s projects across different categories are under construction or in the bidding process. “We have focused on the rural projects, which are the ones that were damaged the most,” said Coamo Mayor Juan García Padilla. “Residents of Los Gandules received a lot of water, as well as the Callejón Bravo neighborhood, [both of] which are subject to mountain water runoff from the surrounding hills. The fourth mile was restored, and this project has

already been completed.” Likewise, the municipality of Ponce has completed construction work on 15 municipal roads through obligations of over $513,000. Among them is El Collado Sector, which is home to some 60 families. Among the 78 municipalities, Utuado is the municipality with the highest number of projects approved for permanent repairs to road infrastructure, with 256 projects approved for $53.6 million. The allocations include funds to repair Highway 140 to Jayuya and another road that leads to the Caonillas Lake. These roads provide access to seven neighborhoods that are home to nearly 7,000 families from the towns that were most damaged during Hurricane Maria: Barrio Tenuan I, II and III, Don Alonso, Caonillas, Mameyes, Limón, Paso Palmas, Las Palmas and Barrio Jaucas. Also, these roads provide access to schools, water distribution systems, Caonillas Lake, Cañón Blanco and a health center. To date, FEMA has approved nearly

$967 million for more than 2,100 road and bridge repair projects across the island that sustained damage from hurricanes Irma and Maria. DTOP Secretary Eileen M. Vélez Vega said the funds are very important for addressing the needs of Puerto Rico’s state roads. “Road safety is our priority and we will work as a team with federal agencies and mayors for the benefit of drivers who use our roads,” she said. Manuel Laboy Rivera, executive director of the Puerto Rico Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency (COR3), stated that “we are in direct communication with mayors and officials of agencies such as DTOP to ensure that permanent works projects are expedited.” “Meanwhile, we are moving forward with changes in COR3 processes to continue offering the required assistance without so much bureaucracy related to the reconstruction of the island, but always fulfilling federal requirements,” he said.


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Biden denounces states for lifting orders on masks; experts plead for vigilance By MARIA JIMENEZ MOYA, CAMPBELL ROBERTSON, ERIN COULEHAN and JAMES DOBBINS

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resident Joe Biden on Wednesday strongly criticized the decisions by the governors of Texas and Mississippi to lift statewide mask mandates, calling the plans “a big mistake” that reflected “Neanderthal thinking,” as his administration tries to manage the pandemic while state leaders set their own plans. The president said it was critical for public officials to follow the guidance of doctors and public health leaders as the coronavirus vaccination campaign gains momentum. “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine, take off your mask and forget it,” Biden told reporters at the White House. “It’s critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science.” “Wear a mask and stay socially distanced,” he added. “And I know you all know that. I wish the heck some of our elected officials knew it.” The sudden announcement Tuesday by Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas that he would lift a statewide mask requirement and allow all businesses to operate at full capacity was a surprising development in a state where vaccinations considerably trail the national average, more than 7,000 new cases are being reported a day and, in recent weeks, ominous variants of the virus have appeared. The decision by Abbott, a Republican, frustrated public health experts and a range of city officials, coming two weeks after a large winter storm collapsed the state’s power grid and left millions of Texans without power or water, potentially fueling the spread of disease. Still, the move was welcomed by some Texans, particularly those whose livelihoods and businesses have suffered over the past year. “I’m proud to be Texan and this is the first step to bring Texas back,” said Amber Rodriguez, 32, who owns an air-conditioning company in Houston. Kendall Czech, 26, a leasing agent who moved to Dallas last summer from California in part because of that state’s strict COVID-19 restrictions, agreed. “I think that the

governor just gained some guts.” But for many other Texans, the announcement, framed as long-awaited relief after an exhausting stretch of isolation and hardship, was anything but reassuring for a state that has recorded more than 44,000 deaths and nearly 2.7 million cases. If anything, some said, it would only prolong the misery. Sylvester Turner, the mayor of Houston, called the announcement a “dangerous” attempt “to deflect from the statewide failure” in handling the storm. Mayor Ron Nirenberg of San Antonio called it a “huge mistake.” Dr. Victor Treviño, the health authority of Laredo, said he feared that the decision would “eliminate all the gains that we have achieved.” “We know from the science that masks work and that social distancing works,” said Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, an epidemiologist with UTHealth School of Public Health in Dallas, who believed that the upheaval of the winter storm, the arrival of new virus strains and the governor’s planned reopening, which goes into effect March 10, would further postpone any return to normalcy. “We have a lot of things going against us right now.” Since the start of the pandemic about a year ago, states have not taken a unified approach to the coronavirus. Even within states, restrictions have varied widely from one county to the next. At the time of Abbott’s announcement, 12 other states had no statewide mask mandate — a number that grew to 13 when the mandate ended in Mississippi on Wednesday night. South Dakota never had one. But the decision to reopen Texas, with its 29 million residents, comes at a delicate time in the punishing season of the coronavirus, as public health officials plead with people to not let impatience outrun prudence. With vaccinations steadily rolling out nationwide and the worst of the pandemic appearing now to have an end date, the guidance from health experts and federal health officials has been consistent: Keep your guard up a little while longer. “Now is not the time to release all restrictions,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a White House briefing Wednesday. Federal officials have urged people to keep wearing masks,

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and to double them up. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser for COVID-19, suggested that masks may even be needed for another year. “When it goes way down, and the overwhelming majority of the people in the population are vaccinated, then I would feel comfortable in saying, ‘We need to pull back on the masks,’ ” he said in a recent interview on CNN. Neither measurement has been met in Texas. While the tallying of new virus cases and deaths was disrupted extensively by the recent storm, thousands of new cases have been reported every day and the death toll remains high. As of this week, 13% of Texans have received at least one vaccine dose, among the lowest rates in the country. And Houston recently became the first American city to record five of the COVID-19 variants circulating worldwide. “I don’t know what they’re thinking,” said Ernestine Cain, 52, a home health aide who was picking up a case of bottled water at a distribution site in San Antonio on Wednesday morning. “You still need to give it time. You can’t just cut it like that.” Continues on page 8

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From page 7 Clay Jenkins, the county judge of Dallas County, said the governor “absolutely” decided to reopen the state in order to distract residents from their sky-high electricity bills and credit card balances after the storm. “This gives people something to talk about other than the state’s failure to protect the power grid,” he said. In an interview with a Texas news station Tuesday, Abbott said he had planned to make this announcement in late February but that the weather and disruptions to the vaccine process had delayed it until this week. In a statement Tuesday, the governor had defended his decision by saying: “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100%. Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed.” But that sense of optimism was lost on local officials like Ricardo Samaniego, the county judge of El Paso County, where according to a New York Times database 1 in 7 residents is known to have had the virus. “We still have mortuaries that are saturated,” he said. “We still have bodies that have been there for two to three months.” He said the leaders of the six largest counties in the state agreed that Abbott’s decision was premature. But he said he saw no indication that their opinions were sought, which left him

frustrated and dejected. “We were doing so well,” he said. “We had worked so hard.” It remains to be seen whether Abbott’s decision will trigger a wave of similar decisions by other governors eager to lift restrictions. On the same afternoon as Abbott’s speech, the governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves, also a Republican, announced he was lifting the statewide mask mandate and rescinding capacity limits on businesses there. “We continue to suggest that you do the right thing,” said Reeves, who, like Abbott, urged people to continue to wear masks despite the lifting of the state order. The precautions remain the same, Reeves said; the difference is that “the government is no longer telling you what you can and cannot do.” In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, Reeves acknowledged Biden’s “Neanderthal” comment and pushed back: “Mississippians don’t need handlers. As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them.” Under the new orders in Texas and Mississippi, private businesses can maintain mask requirements. Many appeared Wednesday to do just that, with Target and Macy’s among the largest to say face coverings would remain mandatory in Texas stores. Masks will be optional for customers in H-E-B, a popular grocery store in Texas. Under Mississippi’s order, cities and counties can still impose local mask mandates, while in Texas, a jurisdiction can impose restrictions only if COVID-19 hospitalizations rise above

a certain level. And even then, people cannot be penalized by local governments for not wearing masks. Dr. Mary Carol Miller, a physician at Greenwood Leflore Hospital in the Mississippi Delta, said that even a lightly enforced statewide mask order was helpful, sending the message that the virus was still circulating and that masks were the best protection. Without the order, she saw weeks ahead of more sickness, hospitalizations and deaths in a part of the country where the pandemic has already been devastating. “The light’s there at the very end of the tunnel, and now we’ve made the tunnel longer,” Miller said. “It’s foolish. It’s beyond foolish.” In Texas, after an onslaught of challenges, from the brutal winter storm to widespread power failures to water outages across the state, some saw another factor at work in the reopening debate: politics. “It’s pretty obvious to people who pay attention that this is just a move to change the subject from the infrastructure failures that we just saw,” said Kaitlyn Urenda-Culpepper, an El Pasoan now living in Dallas, echoing a commonly heard sentiment across the state. But Urenda-Culpepper, whose mother died from COVID-19 in July, acknowledged that the governor had the power to make such decisions, as frustrating and enraging as they might be. And given that, there was no choice but to hope for the best. “I don’t want him to be wrong,” she said. “But obviously for the greater good of the people, I’m like, ‘Man, you better be right and not cost us tens of thousands more people.’ ”

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Cities turn to Washington to close pandemic budget gaps By VINDU GOEL

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fter months of begging and cajoling, California’s cities are poised to get billions of dollars from Washington to help them cope with falling tax revenues and the ongoing costs of the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate is expected to begin debate Thursday on the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, which has already passed the House. State and local governments are slated to get about $350 billion of those funds, with about $42 billion headed to California. California cities would get around $8 billion, and counties would get about the same, according to a spreadsheet released with the House version of the bill. “It will go a long way toward positioning our cities for being a strong partner in recovery,” said Carolyn Coleman, executive director of the League of California Cities. Republicans have objected to the money directed at state and local governments,

arguing that it amounts to an unnecessary bailout. And researchers say that many states have brought in surprisingly high tax revenue despite the pandemic. That’s true in California, where the state projects a budget surplus of $15 billion, in large part because of income taxes on the wages and capital gains of top earners, who have been able to keep working from home and have cashed in on the booming stock market. For cities, it has been a gloomier story. Sales tax revenue plunged as virus restrictions shut down restaurants and retailers. In tourist spots like Anaheim, home to Disneyland, and Napa Valley, the heart of wine country, hotel taxes evaporated along with the visitors. At the same time, cities have had to spend more on housing and feeding people left homeless and hungry by the virus and its economic ripples. “They are needing to spend more and not less,” said Mark Baldassare, chief executive of the Public Policy Institute of California, a

nonpartisan research organization. And unlike the federal government, which can spend more than it takes in, cities must balance their budgets. When revenue falls, government services and employment must drop, too. Coleman said that about 35,000 public-sector employees in California had lost their jobs since the pandemic started. Congress sent billions to California cities last spring as part of the first round of coronavirus relief, but the money was restricted to pandemic-related expenses. The proposed new funding would be much larger and would come with fewer strings attached. California mayors view the money as a lifeline that would erase budget deficits and provide seed capital for rebuilding a battered economy. For example, the city of Los Angeles would get $1.35 billion, wiping out the current $750 million budget deficit and then some. In San Francisco, the city would get $465 million, and the county would get

an additional $171 million. Sam Liccardo, the mayor of San Jose, said the money would come at an opportune time. The city, which anchors one end of Silicon Valley, is projecting a budget deficit of about $48 million in the current fiscal year, assuming widespread vaccination and a steady reopening of the economy. Liccardo said San Jose has built new housing for the homeless, provided rent assistance and millions of free meals, and extended free broadband internet access to more than 100,000 low-income residents so far during the pandemic. The federal funds would help expand those efforts — and give the city a cushion against what might be another phase of the downturn. So far, property tax revenue has held up, but a glut of empty office space is likely to shrink the tax base over the next couple of years. “The sky is not falling, but the clouds are darkening,” Liccardo said.


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Targeting state restrictions, House passes landmark voting rights expansion

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi D-Calif.) addresses an event promoting H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021, on the steps of the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. By NICHOLAS FANDOS

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ouse Democrats pushed through a sweeping expansion of federal voting rights Wednesday over unified Republican opposition, opening a new front in a raging national debate about elections aimed at countering GOP attempts to clamp down on ballot access. The bill, adopted 220-210, mostly along party lines, would constitute the most significant enhancement of federal voting protections since the 1960s if it became law. It aims to impose new national requirements weakening restrictive state voter ID laws, mandate automatic voter registration, expand early and mail-in voting, make it harder to purge voter rolls and restore voting rights to former felons — changes that studies suggest would increase voter participation, especially by racial minorities. The vote was the latest bid by Democrats to beat back Republican efforts in statehouses across the country to enact new barriers to voting that would consolidate power for the GOP amid false claims of rampant election fraud heralded by former President Donald Trump and many of his allies in Congress. But the measure, which is supported by President Joe Biden, appears to be doomed for now in the Senate, where Republican opposition would make it all but impossible to draw the 60 votes needed to advance. Democratic leaders

have vowed to put it up for a vote anyway, and progressives were already plotting to use Republican obstruction of the bill to build their case for jettisoning the legislative filibuster in the months ahead. “Everything is at stake. We must win this race, this fight,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said as Democrats rallied on the Capitol steps before the vote. “At the same time as we are gathering here to honor our democracy, across the country over 200 bills are being put together, provisions are being put forward to suppress the vote.” The 791-page bill, designated HR 1 by Democrats to reflect its importance to their agenda, would also eliminate partisan gerrymandering, impose new transparency on dark money used to finance campaigns, tighten government ethics standards and create a public financing option for congressional campaigns. The prominence of the debate demonstrated the immense stakes of the fight over election laws, both for how Americans exercise their right to vote and for how both parties aggregate political power. While Congress has worked for decades to expand access to the ballot, often with bipartisan support, the issue has become a sharply partisan one in recent years, as shifting demographics and political coalitions have led Republicans to conclude that they benefit from lower voter participation rates, particularly around cities. For now, Republicans appear to have the upper hand.

States under conservative control have succeeded in recent years in imposing new strictures that studies suggest disproportionately affect Black voters and those living in urban areas. Proponents argue that the steps are necessary to combat potential election fraud. But the effort has been turbocharged in some places since Trump’s loss in November, with states racing to strengthen voter ID laws, to make it harder to vote by mail or vote early, and to limit the role outside groups can play in helping Americans vote. And on Tuesday, the conservative-dominated Supreme Court signaled it was likely to uphold two restrictive Arizona election measures and potentially chip away further at the Voting Rights Act of 1965. A 2013 ruling by the justices struck down key enforcement provisions in the law and helped pave the way for the success of many Republican-led states in putting in place new rules. All told, state lawmakers have introduced more than 250 bills in 43 states that would tighten voting rules, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. The most prominent may be Georgia, where Republican leaders reeling from Democrats’ unexpected statewide victories have unabashedly sought to clamp down on ballot access by advancing sharp limits to voting by mail and early voting on Sundays, when many Black voters cast ballots after church services. HR 1’s voting provisions were originally drafted by Rep. John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat and civil rights icon who died last year. If the bill were to become law, states would be required to automatically register eligible voters, hold at least 15 consecutive days of early voting for federal elections and provide drop boxes for absentee ballots like the ones Trump falsely claimed led to fraud. It would make it far easier to vote by mail and far harder to purge voters from the rolls. The legislation also targets partisan gerrymandering of House seats, requiring states to use independent commissions to draw districts based on apolitical metrics rather than ones that would maximize the influence of one party over another. Both parties gerrymander, but the practice has benefited Republicans more over the past decade. With new districts set to be drawn this fall, Republicans are expected to make even greater gains. Democrats intend to hold a separate vote in the coming months on legislation to restore the enforcement provisions of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down. The challenge for Democrats is moving any of the bills through a 50-50 Senate, where 10 Republicans would have to vote yes. Under Trump’s leadership, the Republican Party adopted increasingly hard-line tactics on voting and other government overhaul initiatives, rallying around his winnertake-all political style and the outright lies on which he based his attempt to overturn his election loss. “This monster must be stopped,” Trump said of the Democratic bill last weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “It cannot be allowed to pass.”


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Increasingly healthy economy makes many investors skittish By MATT PHILLIPS

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nvestors had no trouble gliding past the death and economic devastation wrought by the pandemic last year to drive the market to record highs. An increasingly healthy economy is what is making them panic. In recent days, the S&P 500 stock index has wobbled, suffering its worst weekly performance in a month last week, before rising Monday, only to dip again Tuesday and fall 1.3% Wednesday. The bond market, too, is showing anxiety, with yields rising sharply as returns in the market for Treasury bonds have fallen roughly 3% this year. The market conniptions are a direct result of several developments that point to the brightening prospects of economic recovery. Vaccinations are rising, retail sales and industrial production have been surprisingly solid, and perhaps most important, the Biden administration is expected to push its $1.9 trillion stimulus plan through Congress in the coming days. “We haven’t seen this scale of fiscal response before, and the market is struggling with how to process that,” said Julia Coronado, founder and president of Macropolicy Perspectives, a markets and economics consulting firm. Because the United States has never before pumped so much money into the economy, Coronado said, the market is “questioning what some of the unintended consequences could be.” One clear consequence is expected to be strong growth. Wall Street economists now expect output to rise by nearly 5% in 2021. Such robust growth — it would be the best year for the economy since 1984 — would seem like a good thing for stocks. After all, a strong economy makes it easier for companies to boost sales and profits, as employment rises and consumers have more money to spend. But growth brings with it the possibility of rising inflation, which in turn could prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates — and that’s what investors are reacting to, with different consequences for the stock and bond markets.

When the pandemic started in March, causing a wide panic that led the S&P 500 to lose more than one-third of its value within weeks, the Fed moved to soothe markets and prevent the bottom from falling out completely. It cut interest rates to nearly zero and signaled it would hold them there. It also began pumping billions into the markets every month by essentially creating fresh dollars and using them to buy government bonds. Those so-called easy-money policies provided a tailwind to the S&P 500, which rose more than 70% between March 23 — when stocks scraped bottom — and Wednesday. “Part of the enthusiasm in the marketplace has been that the Fed is going to keep the cocaine going,” said Lisa Shalett, chief investment officer at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. “The better and better things are, the less and less rationale the Fed has for keeping rates at zero.” The Fed’s moves also affect the bond markets, usually through rising and falling yields. In general, yields on government bonds — which are determined partly by interest rates set by the Fed — broadly reflect investor views on how the economy will do over time. When growth is weak, government bond yields tend to be low. (Last year, when the economy tanked, they touched the lowest levels on record.) When growth is fast, those bond yields

tend to be higher. At the moment, investors are worried that the economic rebound will cause inflation. Few economists currently see a significant risk of runaway inflation, but investors say that the mere possibility of painful 1970s-style price growth might drive the Fed to raise interest rates in order to tamp down the economy. That would be bad for bond owners. If the Fed raised rates, rates around the bond market would climb. Then, the price of bonds that investors currently hold would have to fall until they produced yields that were comparable to the new, higher rates in the market. In expectation of that, investors are demanding a higher return now in the form of a higher yield on their bonds. Last week, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note, the most widely watched measure

of the government bond market, jumped to roughly 1.60% at times. The market for interest rate futures — where investors speculate on where interest rates might go in the coming years — provides a timeline for when investors think this might happen. Prices there now show a rising chance the Fed raises rates in the first quarter of 2023, earlier than the central bank has guided. And since the Fed has suggested that it planned to slow down other elements of its easy-money policy before lifting rates, investors expect the central bank to start cutting back on help for the market as soon as next year. Even though the Federal Reserve chair, Jerome Powell, and other Fed officials have recently talked down the possibility that the Fed will reduce its support for the economy anytime soon, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note continues to hover above 1.40%. That is far higher than where it ended 2020, at 0.92%. Higher rates can be a problem for the stock market’s performance. One reason is that high interest rates make owning bonds more attractive, coaxing at least some dollars out of the stock market. Higher rates can also make borrowing more expensive for companies, especially smaller ones that have potential but lack a track record of profitability. Such high-growth companies — Shopify, CrowdStrike and Zoom Video among them — have fared incredibly well during the recession because their business models benefited directly from the move to working from home. But last week, they were battered, and their stocks each tumbled more than 10% as bond yields soared.


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Reese’s new peanut butter cup is (almost) all peanut butter By JENNY GROSS and ALAN YUHAS

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wo great tastes that taste great together,” the Hershey Co. said for years, on national TV. “Still perfect,” it boasted in the new century, assuring the public that the marriage of salty peanut butter and sweet milk chocolate was unchanged. Now, Hershey is releasing a version of its Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with peanut butter alone, raising questions for consumers: Is a peanut butter cup still a Reese’s without a chocolate shell? Or is it just a wedge of peanut butter in a little paper cup? In an announcement this week, Hershey expressed no misgivings about the new version of its peanut butter cups. “Yes, that’s right,” Hershey said in a statement Monday. “We said no chocolate.” The company will produce miniature-, standard- and king-size peanut butter cups without chocolate, returning a product that had limited runs last year and the year before. The new candy’s official website goes live

Thursday. “There was healthy debate over whether we could’ve launched a cup with no chocolate,” said Margo McIlvaine, Reese’s brand manager. “Obviously, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have been around for a long time, and they’re all about chocolate and peanut butter, and people talk about the magic of Reese’s being the delicious combination of those two flavors.” The new version, on sale from April until August, will have a peanut butter-flavored shell instead of the traditional chocolate shell, and a sweeter interior with a different texture. “This is a nicer experience than eating out of a peanut butter jar,” McIlvaine said. Reese’s will still produce its classic peanut butter cup with a milk chocolate shell. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were created in 1928 by Harry Burnett Reese, a candy maker who had worked at the Hershey factory. Decades later, Hershey acquired Reese’s, adding a valuable brand to its chocolate-making empire.

A photo provided by Hershey’s shows the Reese’s Ultimate Peanut Butter Lovers Cup. After decades of touting the taste of two flavors together, Hershey’s will release a version without chocolate. What started more than 125 years ago with Milton Hershey, an entrepreneur from rural Pennsylvania, selling homemade caramels from a pushcart is today a $21 billion company and one of the largest candy makers in the world, with 80 brands, including Kit Kat and Jolly Rancher. The pandemic has only increased America’s appetite for sweet treats, even as people have scaled back or canceled holidays parties and celebrations like Halloween. In its earnings report released last month, Hershey reported higher profit and revenue in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, driven by the success of its chocolate brands in North America. Andrew Athias, a 28-year-old social media manager from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, got his hands on a box of the new peanut butteronly cups early — he has TikTok and Instagram accounts dedicated to his love of Reese’s — and described it as “really tasty.” “As someone who has been known to eat peanut butter by the spoonful — and I know there are a lot of people who do that — it tastes just like that,” he said. “It’s like eating two types of peanut butter at the same time. It’s subtle.” Companies periodically release new products to drum up publicity and sales, sometimes testing consumers’ tolerance for variety. Oreo, in the last decade, has introduced limited-edition flavors like Jelly Donut, Mississippi Mud Pie, Swedish Fish and Watermelon. Watermelon was widely seen as a flop.

Silvia Bellezza, an associate professor of marketing at Columbia Business School, said that brands, and particularly established brands that have been on the market for a long time, offer new takes on classics to see if new items will become popular and to keep up brands’ visibility. “It’s important to keep them lively, to keep the discussion going, to have something new on the shelves,” she said. “Once you have established this asset in people’s minds, which costs money and time, then you try to make the most of it.” That Hershey felt it could ditch the chocolate signals the company’s view that peanut butter is the “hero” of the product, she said. (Though it has lost chocolate, the new Reese’s still contains hydrogenated vegetable oil, corn syrup and a number of other ingredients.) Hershey has experimented before. Last month, it released organic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in milk and dark chocolate, an attempt to deflect competition from a number of smaller companies, like Trader Joe’s, which sells a dark chocolate peanut butter cup, and Justin’s, a Colorado-based company that sells organic peanut better and almond butter cups. Hershey’s chief executive, Michele Buck, underscored the need for innovation and creativity in a 2019 interview, saying Hershey’s focus was on what the customer wants. “I think what we’re seeing is that consumers want everything, right?”


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Nasdaq on track to confirm correction territory after Powell comments

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all Street’s main indexes fell on Thursday, with the Nasdaq slipping about 2.5%, as technology-related stocks remained under pressure following a rise in U.S. bond yields.Shares of Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Tesla Inc and Alphabet Inc were down between 1.1% and 2.5%, pressuring both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yields hit a one-year high of 1.48%, prompting investors to lock in profits on some high-flying growth stocks due to concerns over heightened valuations. [US/] The Treasury note yield also rose above S&P 500 dividend yield, wiping out a historically strong advantage that the stock market yield has held. Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc and Netflix Inc were down between 1.18% and 1.46%. “The higher the yield on bonds, the more we see this push to move out of stocks,” said Jeffrey Carbone, managing partner at Cornerstone Wealth, in Huntersville, North Carolina. The S&P 500 growth index has risen 2.3% in February, sharply underperforming the value index, which has gained 9% on optimism related to a post-pandemic reopening of the economy. Meanwhile, data showed fewer Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week amid falling COVID-19 infections, but the near-term outlook still remained unclear after winter storms wreaked havoc in the South region in the middle of this month. Optimism about more U.S. stimulus and a quicker pace of vaccinations at the beginning of the month have positioned the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones indexes for their best monthly gain since November. However, the lack of significant new developments around the fiscal package and the winding down of the earnings season have caused uncertainty in the market. “In the beginning of February, the stimulus news was the driving force but now that it has been priced in, there is nothing on the distant horizon for equity investors to be excited about and there is a concern that upside is limited,” said Mike Zigmont, head of trading and research at Harvest Volatility Management. At 12:27 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 341.74 points, or 1.07%, at 31,620.12, the S&P 500 was down 61.80 points, or 1.57%, at 3,863.63 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 328.82 points, or 2.42%, at 13,269.15. Tesla Inc fell 5.04% after a media report that the electriccar maker told workers it would temporarily halt some production at its car assembly plant in California. Best Buy Co Inc slid 9.66% on a weak full-year forecast after missing estimates for holiday-quarter comparable sales. Moderna Inc jumped 5.37% after the drugmaker said it was expecting to post $18.4 billion in sales from its COVID-19 vaccine this year.

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After India jabs millions, its COVID-19 vaccine shows potency By SAMEER YASIR

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ndia’s ambitious but troubled campaign to vaccinate its vast population against COVID-19 — and, in the process, to burnish its own reputation as a manufacturer and innovator — just got a big boost. An Indian drug company said late Wednesday that initial results from clinical trials involving nearly 26,000 subjects showed that a homegrown Indian vaccine was both safe and effective. The company, Bharat Biotech, said that its Covaxin vaccine had an initial efficacy rate of 81%. The results from the interim analysis have yet to be peer reviewed, the company said. It was unclear how effective Covaxin would prove to be in a final analysis. Still, the results were met with relief in India. Covaxin had been approved by government officials in January and administered to millions of people before it had been publicly proved to be safe or effective. Many people in India, including frontline health care workers, had feared Covaxin could be ineffective or worse, slowing down New Delhi’s campaign to inoculate 1.3 billion people. Officials in Brazil, where the government had bought doses of Covaxin, had recently questioned whether this vaccine actually worked. The results this week could alleviate some of those concerns, said Dr. Anant Bhan, a health researcher at Melaka Manipal Medical College in southern India. Still, he said, questions will linger over Covaxin until the research is completed. “This data will now need to be ex-

Handling the Covaxin vaccine in Pune, India, before the country’s vaccine rollout in January. amined by the regulator in India and could then have an impact on the regulatory decisions with regards to the vaccine,” Bhan said. If the results hold, they could also benefit Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, and his Hindu nationalist political party. Modi has stressed making India self-reliant, and an effective, Indian-developed vaccine could help that campaign. India’s approval of Covaxin for emergency use was announced in early January on the same day as approval of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which is known in India as Covishield. When the vaccination drive started less than two weeks later, most people were not al-

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lowed to choose which jab they got. The move came under sharp criticism from pharmaceutical bodies and top health experts, who questioned the scientific logic behind approving a vaccine that was still in trials. Indian officials often shut down critics without explaining the rush. Instead, they portrayed the endorsement of Covaxin through a lens of nationalism, saying it showed India’s emergence as a scientific power. To support the vaccine, Modi publicly took the Covaxin jab on Monday. Images of other federal ministers and heads of regional governments taking the Indian-made vaccine were posted on social media. But Gargeya Telakapalli, a public health expert, said the emergency approval of Covaxin raised suspicions among frontline workers and prompted questions about India’s regulatory process. That added uncertainty to the vaccination process in general. “I know many health care workers who were not very confident to take Covaxin and preferred Covishield,” said Telakapalli, who works in India with the People’s Health Movement, a global network of grass-roots health activists. “The rush for the approval has not helped Covaxin, although no one is saying there is any problem with the vaccine.”

In part because of the risk of getting a vaccine that hadn’t been proved safe, many people in India have declined to get jabbed, contributing to the slow rollout of the campaign. The effort to vaccinate the country’s huge population was already logistically challenging, involving transporting doses to far-flung places while controlling the environment around them. The government aimed to vaccinate about 300 million people by August. As of Wednesday, it had inoculated about 16 million. At that rate, covering the population could take years. Authorities have expanded eligibility from essential workers to include people over 60 and those above 45 with significant health risks. Last week, an advisory board for Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, India’s pharmaceutical regulator, rejected Bharat Biotech’s request for a Covaxin trial on children between the ages of 5 and 18, saying the company should first submit a report on the efficacy of its vaccine. The uncertainty could hinder Bharat Biotech’s ambitions to sell Covaxin to countries like Brazil. Last week, prosecutors there sought the immediate suspension of Covaxin purchases after the government signed a contract to buy 20 million doses. The company has been undaunted. Bharat Biotech, which developed Covaxin with the National Institute of Virology and the Indian Council of Medical Research, has already supplied 5.5 million shots of its vaccine for the Indian government’s vaccination campaign. On Wednesday, the company said the final stage of the Covaxin trial had involved 25,800 volunteers across the country. Officials at the Indian Council of Medical Research said in a statement that the eight-month effort to produce a locally made vaccine was a testament to the country’s emergence as a global vaccine superpower. “The development and deployment of Covaxin ensures that India has a powerful weapon in its arsenal in a continually evolving pandemic situation and will go a long way in helping us win the war against COVID-19,” said Dr. Samiran Panda, an official at the council.


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‘She is a hero’: In Myanmar’s protests, women are on the front lines By HANNAH BEECH

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a Kyal Sin loved taekwondo, spicy food and a good red lipstick. She adopted the English name Angel, and her father hugged her goodbye when she went out on the streets of Mandalay, in central Myanmar, to join the crowds peacefully protesting the recent seizure of power by the military. The black T-shirt that Kyal Sin wore to the protest Wednesday carried a simple message: “Everything will be OK.” In the afternoon, Kyal Sin, 18, was shot in the head by the security forces, who killed at least 30 people nationwide in the single bloodiest day since the Feb. 1 coup, according to the United Nations. “She is a hero for our country,” said Ma Cho Nwe Oo, one of Kyal Sin’s close friends, who has also taken part in the daily rallies that have electrified hundreds of cities across Myanmar. “By participating in the revolution, our generation of young women shows that we are no less brave than men.” Despite the risks, women have stood at the forefront of Myanmar’s protest movement, sending a powerful rebuke to the generals who ousted a female civilian leader and reimposed a patriarchal order that has suppressed women for half a century. By the hundreds of thousands, they have gathered for daily marches, representing striking unions of teachers, garment workers and medical workers — all sectors dominated by women. The youngest are often on the front lines, where the security forces appear to have singled them out. Two young women were shot in the head Wednesday and another near the heart, three bullets ending their lives. Earlier this week, military television networks announced that the security forces were instructed not to use live ammunition, and that in self-defense they would only shoot at the lower body. “We might lose some heroes in this revolution,” said Ma Sandar, an assistant general secretary of the Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar, who has been taking part in the protests. “Our women’s blood is red.” The violence on Wednesday, which brought the death toll since the coup to at least 54, reflected the brutality of a military accustomed to killing its most innocent people. At least three children have been gunned down over the past month, and the first death of the military’s post-coup crackdown was a 20-year-old woman shot in the head on Feb. 9. In the weeks since the protests began, groups of female medical volunteers have patrolled the streets, tending to the wounded and dying. Women have added spine to a civil disobedience movement that is crippling the functioning of the state. And they have flouted gender stereotypes in a country where tradition holds that garments covering the lower half of the bodies of the two sexes should not be washed together, lest the female spirit act as a contaminant.

Ma Kyal Sin’s funeral in Mandalay, Myanmar, on Thursday. The 18-year-old woman was one of dozens of protesters who were shot dead the previous day.

With defiant creativity, people have strung up clotheslines of women’s sarongs, called htamein, to protect protest zones, knowing that some men are loath to walk under them. Others have affixed images of Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the army chief who orchestrated the coup, to the hanging htamein, an affront to his virility. “Young women are now leading the protests because we have a maternal nature and we can’t let the next generation be destroyed,” said Dr. Yin Yin Hnoung, a 28-year-old medical doctor who has dodged bullets in Mandalay. “We don’t care about our lives. We care about our future generations.” While the military’s inhumanity extends to many of the country’s roughly 55 million people, women have the most to lose from the generals’ resumption of full authority, after five years of sharing power with a civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi. The Tatmadaw, as the military is known, is deeply conservative, opining in official communications about the importance of modest dress for proper ladies. There are no women in the Tatmadaw’s senior ranks, and its soldiers have systematically committed gang rape against women from ethnic minorities, according to investigations by the U.N. In the generals’ worldview, women are often considered weak and impure. Traditional religious hierarchies in this predominantly Buddhist nation also place women at the feet of men. The prejudices of the military and the monastery are not necessarily shared by Myanmar’s broader society. Women are educated and integral to the economy, particularly in business, manufacturing and the civil service. Increasingly, women have found their political voice. In elections last November, about 20% of candidates for the National League for Democracy, Suu Kyi’s party, were women. The party won in a landslide, trouncing the militarylinked and far more male-dominated Union Solidarity and Development Party. The Tatmadaw has dismissed the results as fraudulent.

“Women took the frontier position in the fight against dictatorship because we believe it is our cause,” said Ma Ei Thinzar Maung, a 27-year-old politician and former political prisoner who, along with another woman the same age, led the first anti-coup demonstration in Yangon five days after the putsch. Both Ei Thinzar Maung and her fellow rally leader, Esther Ze Naw, protest by day and hide by night. About 1,500 people have been arrested since the coup, according to a local monitoring group. The pair were politicized at a young age and spoke up for the rights of ethnic minorities at a time when most people in Myanmar were unwilling to acknowledge the military’s ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims. At least one-third of Myanmar’s population is made up of a constellation of ethnic minorities, some of which are in armed conflict with the military. When they led their rally on Feb. 6, the two women marched in shirts associated with the Karen ethnic group, whose villages have been overrun by Tatmadaw troops in recent days. Esther Ze Naw is from another minority, the Kachin, and as a 17-year-old she spent time in camps for the tens of thousands of civilians who were uprooted by Tatmadaw offensives. Military jets roared overhead, raining artillery on women and children, she recalled. “That was the time I committed myself to working toward abolishing the military junta,” she said. “Minorities know what it feels like, where discrimination leads. And as a woman, we are still considered as a second sex.” “That must be one of the reasons why women activists seem more committed to rights issues,” she added. While the National League for Democracy is led by Suu Kyi, its top ranks are dominated by men. And like the Tatmadaw, the party’s highest echelons have tended to be reserved for members of the country’s ethnic Bamar majority. On the streets of Myanmar, even as the security forces continue to fire at unarmed protesters, the makeup of the movement has been far more diverse. There are Muslim students, Catholic nuns, Buddhist monks, drag queens and a legion of young women. “Gen Z are a fearless generation,” said Honey Aung, whose younger sister, Kyawt Nandar Aung, was killed by a bullet to the head on Wednesday in the city of Monywa. “My sister joined the protests every day. She hated dictatorship.”

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With her job on the line, Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon hits back at critics

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ccused of lying, breaking official rules and conspiring against her predecessor, Alex Salmond, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of Scotland fought back hard Wednesday against allegations that have cast a shadow over her future and over the prospects for Scottish independence. In nearly eight tense hours of testimony before the Scottish Parliament, Sturgeon denied plotting against Salmond or breaching ministerial rules during a botched internal investigation of sexual harassment allegations against him. Opponents had called for Sturgeon’s resignation even before she spoke, but on Wednesday she appealed to lawmakers to trust her account of a bewildering sequence of events. And she rejected what she called the “absurd suggestion that anyone acted with malice or as part of a plot against Alex Salmond.” Sturgeon also went on the attack, pointedly criticizing her predecessor’s failure to acknowledge last week, in his evidence to the same committee, that he had behaved inappropriately toward women. “I know from what he told me that his behavior was not always appropriate, and yet, across six hours of testimony, there was not a single word of regret, reflection or even simple acknowledgment of that,” she said. Wednesday’s session was the culmination of an extraordinary feud between Sturgeon and Salmond, her mentor and direct predecessor as Scotland’s first minister — a dispute so bitter that it could wreck Sturgeon’s career and set back the cause of Scottish independence to which both politicians devoted their lives.

Salmond spotted Sturgeon’s talent as a student politician and made her his deputy in 2004, a position in which she served for a decade before assuming the top job when her boss quit after Scots voted against independence in a 2014 referendum. But the rupture between the two biggest figures in Scottish politics, with its almost Shakespearean claims of conspiracy and betrayal, comes just as the prospects for Scottish independence have begun to shine brightly once again because of Brexit, which is highly unpopular in Scotland. The dispute revolves around an internal investigation in 2018 of two complaints against Salmond dating from 2013. Salmond, arguing that the inquiry process was flawed, took the Scottish government to court and won, with Scottish taxpayers paying his legal fees of more than 500,000 pounds. When the police later took up a criminal case against him, Salmond was acquitted of 13 charges including one of attempted rape. Now determined to salvage his reputation, Salmond argues that those close to Sturgeon had conspired against him to prevent his return to politics after he lost his seat in the British Parliament in 2017 — and were even willing to see him jailed. Last week he also said that Scotland’s political leadership and institutions had failed under his successor, a claim that seemed to undermine the case for independence. But more dangerous for Sturgeon are allegations that she misled the Scottish Parliament over what she knew and when, and over how she handled the sexual harassment complaints. Sturgeon faces two inquiries and, if she is judged clearly to have lied, she would be expected to quit under

the nation’s strict ministerial rules. Even if she survives, as many believe she will, the timing is terrible, coming before elections to the Scottish Parliament in May. In that vote, Sturgeon hopes for gains for her party that she can use to justify holding a second referendum on Scottish independence. But instead of campaigning, Sturgeon was Wednesday battling to save her job with a fluent performance, albeit without satisfying her critics. In occasionally spiky exchanges, Sturgeon presented her actions as those of a politician torn between personal loyalty to her mentor and a stronger determination not to tolerate sexual harassment. “As first minister, I refused to follow the age-old pattern of allowing a powerful man to use his status and his connections to get what he wants,” she said. As for the claims against her, Sturgeon said that she had “searched my soul on all of this many, many, times over” but added that “in one of the most invidious personal and political situations I have ever faced, I believe I acted properly and appropriately and that overall I made the best judgments I could.” Sturgeon acknowledged mistakes in the 2018 investigation and apologized to the two complainants. But she has made errors of her own since then. Sturgeon initially said she first heard about the allegations against Salmond on April 2, 2018, during a meeting with him at her home, but later admitted that she had been given some earlier warning by his former chief of staff, Geoff Aberdein, on March 29. On Wednesday, Sturgeon said that she had gleaned only a vague understanding of what was at stake during the March 29 meeting and that learning about the accusations in detail on April 2 was “a moment in my life that I will never forget.” She also denied claims that she offered to mediate between her predecessor — a man she said she had revered since the age of 20 — and the women who complained against him. And Sturgeon rejected allegations that the names of the accusers were given to Salmond by government officials — something that would have been a serious breach of the rules. Instead, she argued that Salmond knew the identity of one of the women because he had apologized to her, and worked out the other from his own research. She also rejected a claim that, when Salmond took the government to court, she had continued to fight a losing case against the advice of lawyers. Sturgeon argued that the legal advice was ambivalent enough to justify her decision to continue battling Salmond in the courts for several weeks before the Scottish government conceded. After all was said and done, there was nothing left for Sturgeon to do or say except wait for the verdict of the two inquiries that will likely determine her fate.


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How to reach people who are wrong By NICHOLAS KRISTOFF

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he Trump years were a time of high passion, of moral certainty, of drawing lines in the sand, of despair at the ethical and intellectual vacuity of political foes. But now it’s time to recalibrate. From my liberal point of view, Democrats were largely vindicated. From the Muslim ban to the separation of families at the border, from the mishandling of the pandemic to the Capitol insurrection, Democrats’ warnings aged well. Yet one of the perils in life is being proven right. The risk is excessive admiration for one’s own brilliance, preening at one’s own righteousness, and inordinate scorn for the jerks on the other side. It was the Republicans’ hubris after the 1991 Gulf War — won in 100 hours — that led the GOP to march obliviously into the catastrophic Iraq War a dozen years later. Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at Wharton, has a smart new book out advising us to “Think Again,” in the words of his title. He explores in part what goes wrong when smart people are too righteous, and he offers a paean to intellectual humility. Research finds that the best people at making predictions (did you know that there are prediction tournaments?) aren’t those who are smartest but rather those who weigh evidence dispassionately and are willing to change their minds. Likewise, math whizzes excel at interpreting data — but

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only so long as the topic is banal, like skin rashes. A study found that when the topic was a hot one they cared about, like gun policy, they blundered. Passion swamped expertise. There are a number of biases in play, including the “I’m not biased” bias. That’s when we believe we’re more objective than others, and it particularly traps intelligent people. “These biases don’t just prevent us from applying our intelligence,” Grant writes. “They can actually contort our intelligence into a weapon against the truth. We find reasons to preach our faith more deeply, prosecute our case more passionately, and ride the tidal wave of our political party.” There’s reason to think that American men may be particularly vulnerable to this intellectual arrogance. In one study, teenagers around the world were asked to rate their mastery of 16 areas of math, including three that don’t exist: “declarative fractions,” “proper numbers” and “subjunctive scaling.” Those who boasted of their skill in nonexistent fields were disproportionately male, affluent and North American. (I sense women and overseas readers of this column nodding sagely to themselves.) I wonder if we liberals, having helped to preserve American democracy over the last four years, are getting cocky and self-righteous — and the boast in the first half of this sentence might be an example of that. Both left and right often see the world, indignantly, through a tidy moral prism, but the world is messier than that. After #MeToo, progressives embraced the slogan “believe women” but struggled when a woman accused Joe Biden of sexual harassment. Some liberals embraced the slogan “defund the police” and hurt the election prospects of Democratic candidates who actually favored alternative social spending. Moving further to the left, utopians in Seattle last year set up a six-block “no-cop zone” that would be free of police violence, but the subsequent shootings there of six people in 10 days confirmed the value of the police. A much-read New York Times article last week chronicled how Smith College rushed to apologize and suspend a white janitor whom a Black student accused of racism; an investigation found no basis for the accusation. The world is complicated, and we should all be cautious about shoehorning facts into our ideological constructs. That’s one reason for intellectual humility: The search for truth is bumpy and complicated. My favorite philosopher, Sir

Isaiah Berlin, emphasized that we’re fated to live in a world with competing and incommensurate values; that’s not terrain suitable for grandstanding. Another reason to recalibrate is that if Democrats want to get things done, they need to win over undecided voters in swing states. And there’s evidence that preaching from the moral high ground alienates those voters. Biden seems to understand all this better than some others in his party: He gets that every time Democrats brandish their wokeness and wag fingers or call people bigots, they manufacture more Republicans. “Humility is often a more effective persuasive tool,” Grant told me. Research suggests that what wins people over is listening, asking questions and appealing to their values, not your own. Grant cites evidence for “complexifying” issues so they become less binary and more nuanced, enabling someone on the other side to acknowledge areas of ambivalence. Researchers find that it is easier for people to reach agreement on difficult issues if they have been prepped to see the world as complicated and full of grays. It’s a painstaking, frustrating process of building trust, keeping people from becoming defensive, and slowly ushering them to a new place. All this is tough to do after four traumatic and polarizing years, especially when fundamental moral issues are at stake. But it’s precisely because the stakes are immense that we should try to learn from the science of persuasion and emphasize impact over performance.


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Ante justicia referido para investigar declaraciones juradas en caso alcaldía de Aguadilla Por THE STAR

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l designado secretario de Justicia, Domingo Emanuelli, tiene ante su consideración el referido para investigar a las personas que en declaraciones juradas dijeron que habían visto más de 50 papeletas municipales mixtas votadas, según ellos en contra de la ley, en las elecciones para alcalde de Aguadilla. Las declaraciones fueron la base para que el Tribunal Apelativo ordenara el recuento manual del escaño a alcalde por el mencionado municipio, informó el jueves el comisionado electoral del Partido Popular Democrático (PPD), Gerardo Cruz Maldonado. “El designado secretario de Justicia tiene en sus manos la misiva cursada por este servidor en la cual se le solicita se investigue lo ocurrido en Aguadilla. Debemos recordar que al menos cuatro personas en declaraciones juradas expresaron haber visto alrededor de 50 papeletas municipales votadas mixtas, lo cual provocó que el Tribunal Apelativo acogiera el recurso sometido por la

excandidata del PNP a la alcaldía, Yanitzia Irizarry”, informó Cruz en comunicación escrita. “Entre las personas que presentaron las declaraciones se encuentra la propia candidata quien es abogada y conoce las consecuencias de mentir bajo juramento e inducir a error a un Tribunal”, añadió. El pasado sábado, 27 de febrero, el personal de la Comisión Estatal de Elec-

ciones por orden del Tribunal Apelativo, llevó a cabo un recuento manual del Precinto 35, para validar la existencia de las presuntas papeletas municipales votadas mixtas. Desde el 9 de diciembre cuando el actual alcalde de Aguadilla, Julio Roldán, fue certificado como alcalde electo, el personal de la Oficina del Comisionado Electoral del PPD, insistió en que este tipo de voto era poco común, más aún en la papeleta mu-

nicipal y que en el caso particular de Aguadilla se carecía de información en las Actas de Incidencias de que hubiese la cantidad de papeletas que alegaba la candidata, así como otros funcionarios electorales del PNP que existían. Estos posteriormente, sometieron las declaraciones juradas lo que provocó el recuento manual. “La candidata del PNP a alcaldesa de Aguadilla, el comisionado electoral del PNP y otros funcionarios le mintieron y engañaron al Tribunal. Esta acción no puede quedar impune. Por esto el llamado al designado secretario de Justicia para que investigue lo ocurrido y haga valer el peso de la ley. Permitir este tipo de conducta, sin que tenga consecuencias, abre una puerta peligrosa para futuras contiendas cerradas”, finalizó Cruz. El resultado del recuento revalidó la victoria del alcalde Roldán quien en diciembre fue certificado por la CEE con 40 votos de ventaja. Preliminarmente, se espera que sea Certificado por aproximadamente 50 votos de ventaja.

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l director interino de la Red Sísmica de Puerto Rico (RSPR), el doctor Víctor Huérfano Moreno, dijo este jueves en entrevista radial que ya están actualizando los mapas de amenazas sísmicas y los de desalojo por tsunami en la isla. “Tanto los (mapas) sísmicos como los de tsunami. De hecho los mapas de amenaza sísmica, ya hay una compañera colega del Colegio (Universidad de Puerto Rico-UPR) de Mayagüez que tiene trabajando su investigación, en una actualización de lo que llaman ellos el mapa de atenuación. Hacer un mapa de amenaza sísmica”, explicó Huérfano Moreno en entrevista en el programa Pegaos en la Mañana en Radio Isla, con Julio Rivera Saniel. “En el caso de los de tsunamis también ya venimos trabajando con la ac-

tualización de los mapas de desalojo de tsunami. Esperamos el año entrante, en algún momento, ya tener una versión de esos mapas. Eso es un trabajo que se está haciendo”, añadió el Director interino de la RSPR. Huérfano Moreno explicó que la actualización de los mapas se hace “no solamente por los temblores (que hubo a inicios del año 2020 en el sur de Puerto Rico), la tecnología va cambiando, los mismos datos se han ido mejorando. El mismo gobierno federal ha tenido una actividad muy buena junto al Colegio de Ingenieros y la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Hemos tenido un año bastante activo en cuanto a investigación y eso se va a reflejar en los mapas”. La Red Sísmica de Puerto Rico La RSPR está adscrita al Departamento de Geología del Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez (RUM) de la Univer-

sidad de Puerto Rico. “Nuestra misión es detectar, procesar e investigar la actividad sísmica de la Región de Puerto Rico e informar opor-

tunamente los resultados para fines de seguridad pública, educación, ingeniería e investigación científica”, informa la RSPR en su página en la web.


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Teyonah Parris didn’t get ‘WandaVision’ at first, either By LEIGH-ANN JACKSON

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f you initially had a hard time wrapping your mind around “WandaVision” and its post-“Avengers” portrait of grief, which masquerades as homages to classic sitcoms, you’re not alone. Teyonah Parris, one of the breakout stars of the Marvel series, had a hard time getting a handle on it, too. In fact, she was baffled from Day 1. In the runup to her 2019 audition, she was given a series of lines to read but was provided zero context about the character or the storyline. “I found out I got the part,” Parris said, recalling her initial excitement about entering the Marvel fold. “What part? No clue.” Delivered in weekly installments on Disney+, the show — which wraps up its first season Friday — slowly unravels a mystery revolving around the witchy Wanda Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and the android Vision (Paul Bettany), a superhero couple that met a tragic end in the penultimate Avengers film. Now reunited, the pair acts out a kind of demented domestic bliss in the style of various TV comedies — from black-and-white high jinks reminiscent of “Bewitched” to fourth-wall-breaking contemporary fare such as “Modern Family.” Through all of the show’s channel changes, so to speak, it becomes increasingly clear that the idyllic suburban New Jersey setting, its residents and Parris’ character, Geraldine, are all under a spell concocted by Wanda’s grieving mind. In the world outside this figment, Geraldine is actually Monica Rambeau, an intelligence agent determined to snap Wanda back into reality. Along the way, Monica’s to-do list includes: processing the fact that she and half the population of Earth have been missing for five years; coping with the news that her mother died within that window of time; traversing a DNA-altering supernatural force field; and fending off a second, more menacing witch. “Once I read the script,” she said, “I was like: ‘OK, wow! This is crazy and amazing and, wait ... how, again, does this work?’” Parris, 33, was on set in Atlanta, taking a break from filming the forthcoming Netflix feature “They Cloned Tyrone.” During a video call last month, she tried to recount the details of her Marvel initiation but had a few stops and starts as she tried to align her thoughts. Her trick, as she explained it, was to speak very slowly so as not to accidentally let slip

any secrets of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU, as other actors have been known to do in interviews. She did, however, cop to no small amount of paranoia (for two months, she worried her casting may have been a joke because no announcements were made) and plenty of joyful tears (she broke down when she first saw her face enlarged on a poster in a Disney studio). “It’s been a dream of mine to be a Marvel superhero,” she said. “I had actually been fan-cast as Monica Rambeau years prior on Twitter, so I started doing my own research on the character then.” Those who have been keeping tabs on the MCU will recognize the character Monica Rambeau from the 2019 film “Captain Marvel,” in which Akira Akbar played the young Monica, the precocious daughter of the title hero’s best friend, Maria Rambeau (played by Lashana Lynch). Parris will carry her adult depiction into the movie’s sequel, due in November 2022. A South Carolina native, Parris attended the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities there and then went on to Juilliard, nudged along by parents who supported her desire to act. She credits her mother and father with instilling in her “a naivete — an openness and a belief that anything is possible.” “I have navigated through life with that in my heart,” she said. Her first big role was the calculating social climber Coco Conners in Justin Simien’s 2014 film “Dear White People.” Having seen that performance, Spike Lee pursued her for the lead role in his 2015 “Lysistrata” adaptation, “Chi-Raq.” Her television résumé includes roles on “Survivor’s Remorse” and “Empire.” She also had a recurring role on the AMC drama “Mad Men” — that’s where she first worked with Matt Shakman, director of “WandaVision.” “What I saw back then was what I saw every day filming ‘WandaVision,’” Shakman said, referring to Parris’ arc in the fifth season of “Mad Men.” “Teyonah brilliantly combines precision and planning with total instinct in the moment. She’s equally masterful in comedy or drama, from quiet moments to big physical performances.” She brought poise, a quick wit and a sense of inner strength to those earlier roles. As Dawn Chambers, the proud secretary to Don Draper (Jon Hamm), she blazed a trail

Teyonah Parris in Atlanta on Feb. 15, 2021. The actress was thrilled to join the Marvel series as the agent Monica Rambeau in WandaVision, after memorable roles in “Chi-Raq” and “Mad Men.” as the first Black employee in the “Mad Men” ad agency, Sterling Draper Cooper Pryce. In “Survivor’s Remorse,” she starred as the brainy (and bougie) Missy Vaughn, an outspoken sports agent’s wife. She brings a similar grit and grace to Monica, even while being flung through the air by mystical forces or delivering Wanda’s miraculous twin babies on the floor of a living room modeled after “The Brady Bunch.” Despite her initial confusion about “WandaVision,” Parris was drawn to Monica’s depth, she said, and to the fact that this secondary character is presented as “a full-fledged, nuanced human being.” “She is there, by nature, serving this larger story of Wanda and Vision,” she said. “But they have done, in my opinion, a great job of making sure that she is her own person with her own struggles and her own desires.” Parris boned up on Monica’s backstory by reading comic books in which the character had major story arcs. She already had a handle on the retro TV references, having grown up watching reruns on Nick at Nite. Likewise, she had already seen most of the Marvel films. “I’m the person who shows up because I want to see things flying, breaking and glowing,” she said about going to the movies. Now she’s the one doing the flying. After the revelatory seventh episode aired,

showcasing Monica’s newfound powers, fans flocked to Twitter to praise her first official superhero landing — a single mighty fist planted firmly on the ground, eyes forward and fierce. She became giddy just thinking about filming that scene. “I was so excited, I think I overdid it — I’m still feeling some wonkiness in my hip from doing that stunt,” she said. “I probably should’ve let the stunt double do more than I let them, but I so wanted to hit that pose.” Levitation and luminous eyes aside, it’s what Monica Rambeau embodies that most moves the woman who plays her. “For me, it’s really about that representation that I yearned for when I was younger,” Parris said, referring to the lack of women who looked like her in the sci-fi, fantasy and superhero stories she consumed growing up. “When you look at these characters who make you feel empowered, make you think that you can do things you never imagined, it’s important to see different races and genders reflected in that space.” She beamed as she remembered seeing a cast full of Black actors play superheroes on the big screen in 2018. “For my big, grown self watching ‘Black Panther,’ the level of empowerment and community and excitement that I felt ... that we all felt!” she said. “You just felt seen — I’m very honored and excited to continue that.”


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Aretha Franklin’s estate signs tentative deal over back taxes owed By BEN SISARIO

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he estate of Aretha Franklin has reached a deal with the Internal Revenue Service to pay off millions of dollars in federal income taxes that the singer owed during her life, resolving a major financial issue that has been hanging over the estate since Franklin died in 2018. Under the agreement, which must be approved by the judge overseeing Franklin’s probate case, the estate will set aside 45% of all revenue it receives from now on to pay off the tax liability that Franklin accrued from 2010-17. An initial payment of $800,000 is to be made to the IRS within five days of the deal’s approval by the judge, Jennifer S. Callaghan of Oakland County Probate Court in Michigan, according to the document submitted in court on Feb. 19. It was signed by the estate’s executor and lawyers for Franklin’s four sons, as well as by a legal officer at the IRS. The document reports the IRS’s claim against the estate as totaling $7.8 million, but that figure apparently does not reflect about $3 million that the estate already declared that it paid at the end of 2018. The deal also lays out a plan as to how the estate will handle ongoing taxes and payments to Franklin’s heirs. The agreement says 40% of the estate’s revenues — which are generated by Franklin’s music royalties and licensing, as well as from Hollywood productions like a biopic starring Jennifer Hudson — will be held in escrow. That money is being set aside to cover state and federal taxes owed by the estate, as well as estimated taxes owed by heirs. The remaining 15% of the revenues are to be used to cover the estate’s administration costs, up to $1 million — any

Aretha Franklin’s estate will set aside 45 percent of all revenue it receives to pay off the tax liability she accrued from 2010 to 2017. income beyond that point will be paid out in equal amounts to Franklin’s sons: Edward, Kecalf and Clarence Franklin, and Ted White Jr. The deal also calls for those four men to be paid $50,000 each within five days of the stipulation’s approval. If approved, the deal would remove one of the estate’s biggest hurdles and allow some income to flow regularly to Franklin’s heirs, even though a detailed plan for the distribution of her assets remains a matter of dispute. The value of Franklin’s estate has not been decided, but some estimates range as high as $80 million. Since her death, and the discovery of multiple wills she created, there has been disagreement and court fights about exactly who are her heirs, and what were the famed singer’s final wishes in providing for her family. Initially, when Franklin died in August 2018, at age 76,

her family believed she had left no will. Lawyers who represented her said they had tried in vain to get her to write one. Under the law in Michigan, Franklin’s longtime home, that meant her estate would be divided equally among her children. Franklin’s sons unanimously nominated a cousin, Sabrina Owens, a University of Michigan administrator who was close to Franklin, to be the estate’s personal representative, or executor. But nine months later, while going through Franklin’s Detroit home, Owens found handwritten documents — one of them was in a spiral notebook under the sofa cushions — that appeared to be two wills. In them, Franklin criticized various people in her life, including a lawyer, an accountant and the father of one of her sons, and specified how her assets should be split up among her children and grandchildren — in some cases, giving her descendants less money than they would have received if there was no will. That discovery immediately divided Franklin’s family, with some of her sons asking the court to favor one document or another, and led to the removal last year of Owens as the estate’s personal representative. She has been replaced by Reginald M. Turner, a Detroit lawyer who is the president-elect of the American Bar Association. Turner declined comment, saying it would not be appropriate for him to discuss estate matters. The question of whether Franklin’s wills are valid, and, if so, which of them would govern her estate, is set to be litigated at a trial scheduled to begin in August. The estate is still disputing the tax bill and the agreement with the IRS specifies that if the estate is successful in arguing that a lesser amount is owed, any overpayments would be returned for distribution to the heirs.

Britney Spears’ father says he hopes she won’t need a conservatorship By CHRISTINA MORALES

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s the legal battle and public fallout over Britney Spears’ finances and personal life continue, a lawyer for her father, Jamie Spears, has told CNN that Jamie “would love nothing more than to see Britney not need a conservatorship.” The comments came not long after “Framing Britney Spears,” a TV documentary by The New York Times, released last month, revisited the details of the conservatorship that has shaped this pop singer’s life. Since it aired, Jamie Spears’ lawyer has sought to tell her client’s side of the story on national television programs, including “Good Morning America” last week. The #FreeBritney campaign, which was also explored in the documentary, has for years campaigned to portray the conservatorship arrangement as an unjust means to control Britney Spears’ life and finances. On Tuesday night, Vivian Lee Thoreen, Jamie Spears’ lawyer, defended the singer’s conservatorship to NBC News. “Britney being safe and not being taken advantage of is his No. 1 priority,” Thoreen said about Jamie Spears as Britney Spears’ co-conservator. Spears has been in a conservatorship, or guardianship,

since 2008, after a series of public meltdowns captured by paparazzi. The complicated arrangement designates a representative to manage someone’s personal affairs and their estate if they are unable to care for themselves or if they are vulnerable to outside manipulation. Thoreen told CNN that Jamie Spears “would love nothing more than to see Britney not need a conservatorship.” “Whether or not there is an end to the conservatorship really depends on Britney,” Thoreen added. “If she wants to end her conservatorship, she can file a petition to end it.” Thoreen, who once represented Jamie Spears before the documentary, has rejoined his legal team. She did not return calls seeking comment Tuesday. In the documentary, though, she told The Times: “Of the cases I’ve been involved in, I have not seen a conservatee who has successfully terminated a conservatorship.” Jamie Spears has been one of his daughter’s conservators for more than a decade, controlling crucial aspects of her life such as her finances and her mental health care. In 2019, citing health problems, he walked back his role, and a professional conservator filled in temporarily. Britney Spears’ court-appointed lawyer, Samuel D. Ing-

ham III, made clear for the first time in a court filing in August that the singer “strongly opposed” having her father as the conservator. Spears had rarely commented on her conservatorship. Ingham, who declined to comment Tuesday, said at that hearing that Spears believed that the conservatorship “must be changed substantially in order to reflect the major changes in her current lifestyle and her stated wishes.” Then, at a hearing in November, Ingham said that Spears would not perform again as long as her father was in charge of her career. “My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” he told the judge. The judge, Brenda Penny, fulfilled a request by Spears that Bessemer Trust, a corporate fiduciary, be added as a coconservator. But Penny did not remove Jamie Spears as a conservator of Britney Spears’ estate. Britney Spears and her father were back in court Feb. 11, but the judge did not order any substantive changes. In the week after the release of The Times’ documentary, some media outlets responded with apologies for their past coverage of Spears’ mental health, mothering skills and sexuality. Spears’ former boyfriend Justin Timberlake also apologized to her after the documentary reexamined their breakup.


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So ancient, yet so new: Gorgeous red wines from Greece By ERIC ASIMOV

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t may seem paradoxical to think of Greece as an emerging wine producer, considering the ancient lineage of its grape vines and wine production. But in the global marketplace of fine wines, that is exactly how Greece should be seen. It is not a question of how long a country or region has maintained a culture of winemaking, but how recently its bottles have begun to appear in farflung parts of the planet. By that standard, it’s only in the past 20 years or so that the rest of the world has gotten an opportunity to learn firsthand about the beauty of wines from Greece, or, for that matter, about other ancient winemaking cultures, like in the Caucasus and, indeed, lesserknown parts of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. With Greece, and especially in the case of its red wines, 20 years may be an exaggeration. Finding Greek reds in New York even 15 years ago would have required a trip to Astoria, Queens, a Greek enclave where wine shops would cater as best they could to the tastes of their local clientele and recent immigrants. Often, that meant the sort of simple taverna wines that had long dominated wine production in Greece. These wines had only fairly recently found their way into individual bottles, rather than the traditional demijohns in which they had long been sold locally. A few more ambitious bottles might gather dust on the shelves for years until some curious soul popped a cork, only to find a sad, oaky, oxidized wine. So much has changed, and so quickly. This February, shopping online at a handful of Manhattan wine shops, I was able to find 12 gorgeous Greek reds without leaving my desk (though believe me, I’d give anything these days for an in-person shopping experience). What might account for this evolution? “The quest for quality rarely goes hand in hand with the quest for sur-

A variety of red wines from Greece, in New York, Feb. 25, 2021. While the country is better known for its white wines, it also produces distinctive, superb reds from a number of little-known grapes. vival,” Konstantinos Lazarakis noted in his authoritative book “The Wines of Greece” (Infinite Ideas, 2018). In other words, over the last third of the 20th century, Greece had to develop a prosperous enough economy to support both a wine industry focused on quality and consumers willing to pay for those wines. This was accomplished and continues, despite the financial crisis of the past decade that so desperately afflicted Greece. If anything, Lazarakis asserted, the financial crisis helped propel Greek wine producers to try to sell their wines internationally, as the financial meltdown shrank what had been a thriving domestic market. In a sense, Greece finds itself in a similar situation with what occurred in Italy and Spain, though trailing by a number of years. In those countries, lesser-known regions had to develop confidence in their indigenous grapes and traditions, as well as an infrastructure that would permit them to send the best examples of these bottles to faraway places. The process is not quick, and can be slowed even more by producers who try to emulate styles that seem successful in international markets. We’ve

seen that in Greece, with plantings of popular red varieties like cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah, used to make powerful, oaky wines. We saw the same in Italy and Spain. Just as those countries gained confidence in their own traditional varieties, so has Greece. Each of the 12 wines I’ve selected is made from Greek grapes like xinomavro and agiorgitiko, which the rest of the world has gotten to know, and a few like mavrodaphne, mandilaria, limniona and vlahiko, which global consumers may get to know in the coming years. Greece even has a nascent natural wine culture, motivated as much by resurrecting traditional practices as by working with fewer chemicals in the vineyard and less intervention in the cellar. Those bottles, identified by questing importers like Eklektikon and DNS Wines, among others, are some of the most interesting. But like most natural wines, they are made in small quantities and so many be difficult to find. My 12 selections are far from the only Greek reds worth seeking out. Different regions of the United States and other parts of the world will have other bottles available. If you can’t find these

wines, you can consult a previous article on Greek reds. Or, if you prefer whites, the selection from Greece is excellent and more widely distributed. If you can’t find any bottles, remember that this is the early stages for Greek reds. I’m certain the selection of good, distinctive Greek wines will only grow. Here are the 12 bottles that spoke to me, in order from low price to high. Gaia Peloponnese Monograph Agiorgitiko 2019 ($14): This juicy, inexpensive, casual wine is a great introduction to the world of Greek reds from Gaia, one of Greece’s leading producers. Gaia has two wineries, one on Santorini, which makes excellent whites, and one in Nemea in the Peloponnese, which focuses on reds and retsina. This bottle is made entirely out of the agiorgitiko grape, one of the most common varieties in Greece. It’s straightforward and goes down easily. (Winebow/Craft & Estate, New York) Stilianou Crete Great Mother Red Mandilaria 2018 ($20): Mandilaria is one of the principal indigenous grapes of Crete, where Giannis Stilianou farms outside of the city of Iraklion. The grape is known to produce wines that are

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From page 21 deeply colored and fiercely tannic, yet this wine is ruby-colored and not at all chewy or astringent. What gives? It’s macerated on the skins for just one day, almost like a rosé, before it’s fermented. Stilianou works naturally, so nothing is added to this wine beyond a tiny amount of sulfur dioxide. The result is an unmediated honest expression, lightly fruity, earthy and delicious. (Eklektikon, Wilmington, Delaware) Domaine Glinavos Ioannina Vlahiko 2018 ($22): Ioannina is in the northwest of Greece, in the Epirus region, west of Thessaly and abutting Albania. Glinavos, which made its first wines in 1960, was one of the first smaller wine producers in this region, which had been dominated by cooperatives. This wine is made of two local grapes, vlahiko and a smaller amount of bekari. It’s fresh, spicy and juicy, beautifully balanced, with plenty of peppery fruit flavors. (DNS Wines/T. Elenteny, New York) Diamantis Siatista Moschomavro 2018 ($22): Siatista is in a mountainous region in western Macedonia, where the Diamantis family have long grown grapes. They farm xinomavro and moschomavro, a lesser known red grape that was often used for making sweet wines. This one, however, is bone dry, lively and delicious; with juicy, well-focused aromas and flavors of flowers, red fruits and herbs. (DNS Wines/T. Elenteny) Sant’Or Patra Krasis 2018 ($24): This wine, from the Patra area in the Peloponnese, is made of the mavrodaphni grape, which has long been associated with sweet, fortified wines. But this bottle is bone dry, light and fruity, almost like a pinot noir. Because it is dry, though, the name of the grape is not permitted on the label. Panagiotis Dimitropoulos, the proprietor of Sant’Or, farms biodynamically and without irrigation. In the cellar, he works naturally, adding very little sulfur dioxide in the wines. (Eklektikon) Domaine Zafeirakis Tyrnavos Limniona 2017 ($25): This wine has been a favorite of mine for at least five years, and it illustrates the sometimes tenuous situation of indigenous grapes all over the world as they can easily be squeezed out by better-known varieties, particularly when the aim is to sell internationally. Christos Zafeirakis, the proprietor, almost single-handedly resurrected limniona by planting

it in the Tyrnavos area in Thessaly in 2000. Others have joined him, and it’s easy to see why. In Zafeirakis’ hands, limniona makes a spicy, juicy, agile, fine wine, with floral, herbal and spice flavors. In his book “The Wines of Greece,” Lazarakis likens limniona to mencía, the leading red grape in Ribeira Sacra, and Bierzo in northwest Spain. That’s a pretty good call. (DNS Wines/T. Elenteny) Kontozisis Vineyards Karditsa Sun Red 2015 ($25): Kontozisis is an organic grower in Karditsa, in the southern part of the Thessaly region. Sun Red is a straightforward dry red made of equal parts xinomavaro and limniona. It’s an auspicious blend, with the graceful, elegant limniona combining well with the more tannic, powerful xinomavro. This wine is rich, earthy and deeply flavored, with a pleasing grippiness that will go well with steak and other grilled meats. (Eklektikon) Kir-Yianni Naoussa Ramnista Xinomavro 2016 ($27): This exceptional xinomavro comes from KirYianni, one of Greece’s leading estates, situated in the Naoussa region of Macedonia. It’s well balanced with deep dark fruit, licorice and herbal flavors, an accent of oak and fine tannins. It’s polished and

modern, but not in the sense that its Greek identity is blurred. (Diamond Wine Importers, Chicago) Sclavos Slopes of Aenos Orgion 2017 ($29): This is a fascinating wine from the Slopes of Aenos, on the island of Cephalonia in the Ionian Sea, where the Sclavos family has been farming biodynamically since the 1980s. Like the Sant’Or, it is made of the mavrodaphne grape, which is traditionally used to make sweet red wines. This is a dry red, and so is not permitted to use the name of the grape on the label, hence the proprietary name Orgion. It could not be more different from the Sant’Or, tobacco-scented, intensely herbal and reminiscent of a Médoc. Delicious! Try it with lamb chops. (DNS Wines/T. Elenteny) Domaine Sigalas Cyclades Mandilaria/Mavrotragano 2018 ($30): Sigalas may be better known for its white wines than its reds. But it has been one of Greece’s leading advocates for the mavrotragano grape, a red grape indigenous to Santorini, which had been slowly disappearing. If it is now beginning to receive some attention, it’s because of wines like this one. In this bottle, mavrotragano makes up 60% of a blend with mandilaria. Together, they produce a fresh, lively red fragrant with wild berries, citrus and herbs. (Diamond Wine Importers) Vaimaki Family Mater Natura 4 Xinomavro 2009 ($40): Vasilis Vaimakis buys grapes in Macedonia from only organically farmed vineyards, and this wine, with no added sulfites, certainly qualifies as a natural wine. The wines in his Mater Natura series follow a quirky numbering system in which the 2010 xinomavro was released before this 2009. I’m not sure what the logic is, but this wine, the current vintage at 11 years old, is gorgeous — rich, deep and dry, with aromas of plums and licorice and fine tannins that can barely be felt. It’s made in small quantities, so it will be difficult to find. But a wine like this demonstrates the aging potential of this excellent grape. (Eklektikon) Domaine Tatsis Macedonia Xinomavro Old Roots 2016 ($40): This is another superb xinomavro, made from old-vine grapes farmed biodynamically. It’s complex and bright, with a deep licorice flavor accented by citrus and herb flavors that seem to skyrocket in all directions. It’s a wine worth thinking about, one that can be enjoyed now or aged to see where else it will go. (DNS Wines/T. Elenteny)


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A dreamy menu, inspired by Italy Consider it a clever way to prepare dinner during daylight hours, so all the work is out of the way when you’d normally be in the kitchen. And, though I always say I’m not big on dessert, I’m an utter fool for a good cookie, apt to devour at least two or three right off the bat. Chocolate chip doesn’t tempt me, but any cookie with nuts, especially almonds, does. The most delectable Sicilian almond cookies I know are made with just a few ingredients: blanched almonds, sugar and egg whites. Similar to macaroons, they are crisp on the outside, with a perfumed chewy interior. They can be baked plain, or decorated with candied fruit or whole almonds. Or they can be made into thumbprint cookies, filled with a spoonful of good jam. Another good project to accomplish in advance, these cookies keep well in an airtight tin for several days, ready to serve at a moment’s notice. To be on the safe side, however, I’d advise hiding the tin.

Mozzarella with charred radicchio and salsa verde Rigatoni al forno with cauliflower and broccoli rabe, bottom, and mozzarella with charred radicchio and salsa verde, center, in New York, Feb. 24, 2021. When the urge to get on a plane strikes, make this destination of a dinner instead. By DAVID TANIS

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ere’s a menu I can get excited about, featuring some of my favorite foods. Fresh mozzarella! Radicchio! Pasta! Crucifers! Cookies! Sometimes, that’s a very good departure point — indulging your own whims, making what you like. And, this month, I’m leaning in an Italian direction, a wistful cook’s response to the urge to get on a plane. We start with an easy antipasto. You slice some fresh mozzarella, grill some radicchio and make a green sauce. But, as they say, the devil’s in the details. You want a really good mozzarella. True mozzarella is made from water buffalo milk, and there are some U.S. producers. But, for an American mozzarella that’s excellent and more widely available, look for the cow’s milk type, known as fior di latte in Italy. Whatever you use, there are two caveats for the best experience: The mozzarella must be as fresh as possible, and it must not be served straight from the refrigerator. Allow it to come to cool room temperature, and it will taste a thousand times better. (This is true of most cheeses, by the way.) In my hemisphere, it is not yet the season to serve mozzarella with tomatoes, so this antipasto pairs it instead with charred radicchio. The contrast is quite pleasurable: Sweet,

milky mozzarella meets slightly bitter radicchio, still a bit warm, blackened and smoky from high heat. You cut the radicchio into wedges and cook it in a cast-iron pan, on the grill or under the broiler until well charred and slightly softened. All that is left to concoct is an easy salsa verde, made with extra-virgin olive oil, hand-chopped fresh green herbs, capers and lemon. Spoon that over the dish to complete it. For the main course, it’s a baked pasta with two kinds of cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower and broccoli raab. For me, that’s a thrill. You may get more oohs-and-ahs if you call it rigatoni al forno. But please humor me, and don’t call it a “pasta bake.” The vegetables may be humble, but the resulting dish is a luxurious affair, with two sauces. First, a creamy white béchamel sauce is employed to toss with the pasta and vegetables. The dish gets a generous showering of grated cheese before it heads to the oven. It emerges, bubbly and bronzed and crisp on top, and, finally, a bright, light tomato sauce adorns each serving. Putting it together is somewhat like committing to building a lasagna — a little fussy, a lot of components — but once assembled, your labor is well worth the reward. No, it’s not a 30-minute kitchen session. But you can, and should, assemble it all in advance, then pop it in the oven when you please.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 radicchio heads, outer leaves removed 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling Kosher salt and black pepper 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, leaves and tender stems 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, leaves and tender stems 2 tablespoons finely cut chives or scallion tops 1 tablespoon roughly chopped capers 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon) 1/2 teaspoon sumac (optional) 1 pound fresh mozzarella, at cool room temperature Preparation: 1. Heat oven to 475 degrees. Cut radicchio heads in half, from top to bottom. Cut each half into 2 or 3 large wedges. Drizzle each piece lightly with oil and season with salt and pepper. Lay them on a baking sheet and place on the top oven shelf. Roast until radicchio wedges are somewhat softened and charred at the edges, about 15 minutes. (Alternatively, cook the radicchio under the broiler, on the grill, or in batches on the stovetop in a cast-iron pan over high heat.) 2. As radicchio cooks, put parsley, cilantro, chives, capers and lemon zest in a small bowl. Stir in 3/4 cup oil, the lemon juice and sumac, if using. Season with salt and pepper. 3. Cut the mozzarella crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. For each serving, put 2 or 3 slices on one side of the plate. Set 2 wedges charred radicchio beside the mozzarella. Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons salsa verde in the middle.

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Rigatoni al forno with cauliflower and broccoli raab Yield: 6 servings Total time: 1 1/2 hours Ingredients: For the Béchamel: 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 cups whole milk, or use half-and-half for a richer sauce Kosher salt and black pepper 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg, or to taste 1 small bay leaf For the Tomato Sauce: 3 cups canned tomatoes, whole or crushed tomatoes (from a 28-ounce can) 1 1/2 cups chopped onion, any kind 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 bay leaf or a few basil leaves Kosher salt For the Pasta: Kosher salt 1 pound rigatoni 1 medium cauliflower, chopped (about 3 cups) 1 bunch broccoli raab, chopped (about 3 cups) 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary

1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes Black pepper 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing the pan 1 cup grated provolone (about 3 ounces), plus more for serving 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano (about 3 ounces), plus more for serving Preparation: 1. Make the béchamel: Put the olive oil and flour in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and whisk together. Let mixture sizzle without browning for 1 minute. Whisk in milk 1 cup at a time, letting it come up to a simmer and begin to thicken before adding the next cup. Repeat until all the milk has been added. 2. When the sauce has thickened to the consistency of a milkshake, turn heat to low. Add 1 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Add the nutmeg and bay leaf, and cook for 10 minutes, whisking occasionally. Check seasoning and adjust. Turn off heat and keep sauce warm. (If sauce thickens upon sitting, thin with a little more milk.) 3. Make the tomato sauce: In a small saucepan, put tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, bay leaf or basil, and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to a blender (remove bay leaf before blending but leave in basil, if using). Purée to a velvety consistency and return to the saucepan. Taste and adjust seasoning. Keep sauce warm, or let cool and reheat before serving. 4. Make the pasta: Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add the rigatoni and cook until nearly done, about 2 minutes less than package directions, leaving the pasta still quite firm. Lift pasta from the water with a spider or large strainer, and spread it out on a baking sheet to cool.

5. Add cauliflower to pot and cook until barely softened, 1 minute. Lift from the water with a spider or large strainer and spread out to cool on a baking sheet. 6. Add the broccoli raab and cook until just wilted, 1 minute, then drain in a colander. Rinse with cool water, then squeeze into a ball. 7. Put cauliflower and broccoli raab into the empty pasta pot. Add garlic, rosemary and red-pepper flakes, and stir together. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil. 8. Add the béchamel and the rigatoni. Mix well with the cauliflower and broccoli raab. Add the provolone and Pecorino Romano, and mix well again. 9. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Pile the pasta mixture into an oiled 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bake until nicely browned and crisp on top, about 40 minutes. Leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving. (Alternatively, refrigerate the assembled dish for up to 6 hours and bake later. Bring to room temperature before baking.) 10. To serve, put a large spoonful of pasta into individual bowls or plates, making sure each portion has some of the crisp top. Spoon some tomato sauce around each portion and sprinkle with more grated cheese.

Italian almond cookies Yield: 24 cookies Total time: 45 minutes, plus 1 hour’s resting Ingredients: 2 cups/290 grams blanched almonds 2/3 cup/130 grams sugar 2 egg whites 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Powdered sugar, for dusting Amarena cherries or whole unblanched almonds, for garnish (optional) Preparation: 1. Put half the almonds and half the sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Process to obtain a coarse meal. Repeat with remaining almonds and sugar. 2. Put egg whites and almond extract in a medium bowl. Using a wire whisk, beat whites until soft peaks form. Add the almond-sugar mixture to the whites and use a rubber spatula to incorporate the egg whites until you obtain a doughlike consistency. 3. Use a spoon or small ice cream scoop to make 24 little blobs weighing about 1/2 ounce/20 grams. Roll each between 2 palms to make smooth spheres, then flatten them slightly. Roll them in a bowl of powdered sugar to coat well and place 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 4. Use the end of a wooden spoon to make little round dents in each cookie. Fill dents with whole, unblanched almonds or Amarena cherries, if desired. Alternatively, leave cookies plain with smooth tops. Leave the tray of unbaked cookies at room temperature, uncovered, for 1 hour. 5. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake until lightly browned, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


The San Juan Daily Star LEGAL NOTICE IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO.

MMG I PR CR Plaintiff, vs.

EDGARDO MARTIN WESTERBAND RODRIGUEZ A/K/A EDGARDO M. WESTERBAND RODRIGUEZ AND HIS WIFE MYRAIDA DIAZ AVILES AND THE CONJUGAL PARTNERSHIP CONSTITUTED BETWEEN THEM; JODIVAN MOLINA NEGRON

Defendants CIVIL NO. 18-1475 (PAD). RE: COLLECTION OF MONIES, FORECLOSURE OF MORTGAGE. NOTICE OF SALE.

TO: EDGARDO MARTIN WESTERBAND RODRIGUEZ A/K/A EDGARDO M. WESTERBAND RODRIGUEZ AND HIS WIFE MYRAIDA DIAZ AVILES AND THE CONJUGAL PARTNERSHIP CONSTITUTED BETWEEN THEM; JODIVAN MOLINA NEGRON: AND TO THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO. SS. Judgment in favor of plaintiff for the sum of $167,956.75, plus interest from the 19th day of March, 2019, at a rate of 5.00% per annum per annum, accrued late charges and any other advance, charge, fee or disbursements made by plaintiff, on behalf of defendant, in accordance with the mortgage deed, plus costs, and 10% of mortgage note principal balance in attorney fees; Pursuant to the judgment, the undersigned Special Master was ordered to sell at public auction for United States currency in cash or certified check without appraisement or right of redemption to the highest bidder to be held on the sidewalk in front of the main gate entrance of the United States District Court, Federal Building, 350 Chardon Avenue, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico or any other place designated by said Special Master, to cover the sums adjudged to be paid to the plaintiff, the following property: URBANA: Solar radicado en

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la Urbanización Jardines de la Fuente, Sección Jardines de Casablanca, en el barrio Mucarabones del término municipal de Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, identificado en el plano de inscripción del proyecto con el número trece del bloque C, con un área superficial de trescientos cincuenta y un metros cuadrados. En lindes por el NORTE, en una distancia de trece metros con los solares C-Dos y C-Tres; por el SUR, en una distancia de trece metros con la calle número siete; por el ESTE, en una distancia de veintisiete metros con el lote C-Doce; y por el OESTE, en una distancia de veintisiete metros, con el lote C-Catorce. Contiene una casa para fines residenciales. Property number 19,948, recorded at page 51 of volume 395 of Toa Alta, Property Registry of Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Section III. Physical address: Jardines de la Fuente Kennedy, Solar 13-C, Toa Alta, Puerto Rico 00953. Potential bidders are advised to verify the extent of preferential liens with the holders thereof. It shall be understood that each bidder accepts as sufficient the title and that prior or preferential liens to the one being foreclosed upon, including but not limited to any property tax liens (express, tacit, implied or legal), or homeowner associations dues, to the extent specified under the applicable Condominium Law, shall continue in effect. It being understood that the successful bidder accepts them and is subrogated in the responsibility for the same and that the bid price shall not be applied toward their cancellation. The present property will be acquired free and clear of all junior liens. THEREFORE, the first public sale shall be held on the April 9th, 2021 at 10:25 a.m., and the minimum bid that will be accepted is the sum of $178,006.42. In the event said first public auction does not produce a bidder and the property is not adjudicated, a second public auction shall be held on the April 16th, 2021 at 10:25 a.m., and the minimum bid that will be accepted is the sum of $118,670.95, 2/3 parts of the minimum bid for the 1st public sale. If said second auction does not result in the adjudication and sale of the property, a third auction will be held on the April 23rd, 2021 at 10:25 a.m., and the minimum bid that will be accepted is the sum of $89,003.21, ½ of the minimum bid for the 1st public sale. Upon confirmation of the sale, an order shall be issued canceling all junior liens. For

Friday, March 5, 2021 further particulars, reference is made to the judgment entered by the Court in this case, which can be examined in the Office of the Clerk of the United States District Court, Federal Building, Chardon Avenue, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. In San Juan, Puerto Rico, on February 2nd, 2021. AGUEDO DE LA TORRE, Special Master.

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CONDADO 3 CFL, LLC Plaintiff, vs.

COLEGIO EL ARCO IRIS, INC.; DEPARTAMENTO DE HACIENDA

Defendants CIVIL NO. 18-1832 (PAD). RE: FORECLOSURE OF MORTGAGE IN-REM. NOTICE OF SALE.

TO: COLEGIO EL ARCO IRIS, INC.; ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO; DEPARTAMENTO DE HACIENDA; FIRST FINANCIAL SERVICES CORP.; AND THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO. SS. Judgment in favor of plaintiff for the sum of $59,133.11 in principal, accrued interest which continues to accrue until full payment of the debt at the rate of 6.98% per annum, accrued late charges and any other advance, charge, fee or disbursements made by plaintiff on behalf of defendants, in accordance with the mortgage deed, plus costs, and ten (10) percent in attorney fees; Pursuant to the judgment, the undersigned Special Master was ordered to sell at public auction for United States currency in cash or certified check without appraisement or right of redemption to the highest bidder to be held on the sidewalk in front of the main gate entrance of the United States District Court, Federal Building, 350 Chardon Avenue, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico or any other place designated by said Special Master, to cover the sums adjudged to be paid to the plaintiff, the following property: URBANA: Solar radicado en la Urbanización Lomas Verdes en el barrio Minillas de Bayamón, marcado con el número Uno (1) de la manzana Dos “A” (2A) que mide trescientos cuarenta y siete puntos cincuenta y nueve metros cuadrados (347.59). En

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lindes por el NORTE, con la calle Power, distancia de catorce puntos cero uno metros; por el SUR, con el solar número treinta y cuatro, distancia de catorce punto cero uno metros; por el ESTE, con Centro Comercial propiedad de Minillas Development Corporation, distancia de veinticuatro punto ochenta y uno metros; por el OESTE, con el solar número Dos, distancia de veinticuatro punto ochenta y uno metros. Enclava una casa de concreto reforzado y bloque de concreto. Inscrita al folio 31 del tomo 252 de Bayamón Sur, Finca número 11,030. Registro de la Propiedad, Sección I de Bayamón. Physical address: 2A-1 Laurel Ave., Lomas Verdes, Puerto Rico 00961. The property is subject to the following preferential lien: 1. MORTGAGE: Securing a mortgage note made in favor of First Financial Services Corp., or at its order, in the principal amount of $24,000.00, constituted to Deed number 66, executed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on May 12, 1978, before Notary Francisco Pedraza Algarín, recorded at page 33 (vuelto) of volume 252 of Bayamón, Property number 11,030, 3th inscription. The property is subject to the following junior lien: 2. ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO; DEPARTAMENTO DE HACIENDA: Presented against El Colegio El Arco Iris, Inc. Social Security XXX-XX-4140, for the sum of $4,468.61, recored at Book of tax garnishments 31 Page 17. Order number 1658, BAY-142752 dated June 18, 2014, in the Registry of Property, First Section of Bayamón, Property number 11,030. Potential bidders are advised to verify the extent of preferential liens with the holders thereof. It shall be understood that each bidder accepts as sufficient the title and that prior or preferential liens to the one being foreclosed upon, including but not limited to any property tax liens (express, tacit, implied or legal), or homeowner associations dues, to the extent specified under the applicable Condominium Law, shall continue in effect. It being understood that the successful bidder accepts them and is subrogated in the responsibility for the same and that the bid price shall not be applied toward their cancellation. The present property will be acquired free and clear of all junior lienes. THEREFORE, the first public sale shall be held on the April 9th, 2021 at 10:10 a.m., and the minimum bid that will be accepted

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25 is the sum of $171,000.00. In the event said first public auction does not produce a bidder and the property is not adjudicated, a second public auction shall be held on the April 16th, 2021 at 10:010 a.m., and the minimum bid that will be accepted is the sum of $114,000.00, 2/3 parts of the minimum bid for the 1st public sale. If said second auction does not result in the adjudication and sale of the property, a third auction will be held on the April 23rd, 2021 at 10:10 a.m., and the minimum bid that will be accepted is the sum of $85,500.00, ½ of the minimum bid for the 1st public sale. Upon confirmation of the sale, an order shall be issued canceling all junior liens. For further particulars, reference is made to the judgment entered by the Court in this case, which can be examined in the Office of the Clerk of the United States District Court, Federal Building, Chardon Avenue, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. In San Juan, Puerto Rico, on February 2nd , 2021. AGUEDO DE LA TORRE, Special Master.

LEGAL NOTICE IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO.

MMG I PR CR, LLC Plaintiff, vs.

GRACE MONGE LAFOSSE,

Defendant. CIVIL NO. 16-02805 (PAD). RE: COLLECTION OF MONIES, FORECLOSURE OF MORTGAGE. NOTICE OF SALE.

TO: GRACE MONGE LAFOSSE ; FIRSTBANK PUERTO RICO ; BANCO BILBAO VIZCAYA ARGENTARIA PUERTO RICO; AND TO THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO. SS. Judgment in favor of plaintiff for the sum of $378,982.75 in principal, accrued interest which continues to accrue until full payment of the debt at the rate of 7.95% per annum, accrued late charges and any other advance, charge, fee or disbursements made by plaintiff, on behalf of defendant, in accordance with the mortgage deed, plus costs and attorney fees; Pursuant to the judgment, the undersigned Special Master was ordered to sell at public auction for United States currency in cash or certified

check without appraisement or right of redemption to the highest bidder to be held on the sidewalk in front of the main gate entrance of the United States District Court, Federal Building, 350 Chardon Avenue, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico or any other place designated by said Special Master, to cover the sums adjudged to be paid to the plaintiff, the following property: URBANA: Solar marcado con el número ciento cuarenta y ocho (148) en el plano de inscripción condicionado de la Urbanización San Agustín, radicado en el barrio Sabana Llana, del sitio denominado Rio Piedras, del término municipal del Gobierno de la Capital de Puerto Rico, con una cabida superficial de trescientos treinta y uno punto doce (331.12) metros cuadrados y con las siguientes colindancias; por el NORTE, en trece punto cero cinco (13.05) metros, con los solares ciento cuarenta y seis (146) y ciento cincuenta y uno (151) del mencionado plano; SUR, en trece punto veinticinco (13.25) metros con la calle número dos (2) del mencionado plano; ESTE, en veinticinco punto cero cero (25.00) metros con el solar número ciento cuarenta y nueve (149) del mencionado plano y por el OESTE, en veinticinco punto dieciocho (25.18) metros con el solar número ciento cuarenta y siete (147) del mencionado plano. Property number 2,218, recorded at page 16 of volume 54 of Sabana Llana, Property Registry of San Juan, Fifth Section. Physical address: #403 Libran Street, Urb. San Agustín, San Juan, PR 00928: The property is subject to the following junior liens: 1. LAWSUIT ANNOTATION: Executed in the First Instance Court of San Juan, civil case #KCD2009-2190 (508), on June 5th, 2009, for rason of collection of Money and Foreclousure in favor of Firstbank Puerto Rico, by the amount of $35,685.99, plus interests, recorded on July 10, 2015 under abbreviated entry at page 35 of volume 1125 (ágora) of Sabana Llana, property number 2,218, 23th Inscription. 2. LIEN ANNOTATION: Dated September 19th, 2011, executed in the First Instance Court of San Juan, civil case #KCD2009-2922 (807), for reason of Collection of Money by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Puerto Rico, plaintiff, versus Grace Monge Lafosse, defendant, by the amount of $29,644.71, plus interests, recorded on July 10th, 2015 under abbreviated entry at page 35 of

volume 1125 of Sabana Llana, property number 2,218, annotation A. 3. MORTGAGE: In favor of Firstbank Puerto Rico, in the original principal amount of $41,134.00, with 7.95% annual interests, due on July 1st, 2020, constituted by deed 169, executed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on June 17th, 2005, before Yvannie Arroyo Casillas Notary Public, recorded on July 10th, 2015, under abbreviated entry at page 35 of volume 1125 (agora) of Sabana Llana, property #2,218, 24th Inscription. Potential bidders are advised to verify the extent of preferential liens with the holders thereof. It shall be understood that each bidder accepts as sufficient the title and that prior or preferential liens to the one being foreclosed upon, including but not limited to any property tax liens (express, tacit, implied or legal), or homeowner associations dues, to the extent specified under the applicable Condominium Law, shall continue in effect. It being understood that the successful bidder accepts them and is subrogated in the responsibility for the same and that the bid price shall not be applied toward their cancellation. The present property will be acquired free and clear of all junior liens. THEREFORE, the first public sale shall be held on the April 9th, 2021 at 10:05 a.m., and the minimum bid that will be accepted is the sum of $388,000.00. In the event said first public auction does not produce a bidder and the property is not adjudicated, a second public auction shall be held on the April 16th, 2021 at 10:05 a.m., and the minimum bid that will be accepted is the sum of $258,666.67, 2/3 parts of the minimum bid for the 1st public sale. If said second auction does not result in the adjudication and sale of the property, a third auction will be held on the April 23rd, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., and the minimum bid that will be accepted is the sum of $194,000.00, ½ of the minimum bid for the 1st public sale. Upon confirmation of the sale, an order shall be issued canceling all junior liens. For further particulars, reference is made to the judgment entered by the Court in this case, which can be examined in the Office of the Clerk of the United States District Court, Federal Building, Chardon Avenue, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. In San Juan, Puerto Rico, on February 2nd, 2021. AGUEDO DE LA TORRE, Special Master.

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APEX BANK

Demandante v.

WILFREDO JOSE ALICEA CARABALLO, TATIANA CAROLINA CARDONA FERNANDEZ y la Sociedad Legal de Bienes Gananciales compuesta entre ambos

Demandados CIVIL NÚM.: HSCI2012-00724. SOBRE: COBRO DE DINERO Y EJECUCION DE HIPOTECA. EDICTO DE SUBASTA.

AL PUBLICO EN GENERAL; A LA PARTE DEMANDADA Y A LOS TENEDORES DE GRAVÁMENES POSTERIORES

YO, MARIA DEL PILAR RIVERA RIVERA, Alguacil del Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Humacao, al público en general, POR LA PRESENTE HAGO SABER: CERTIFICO Y HAGO SABER: Cumpliendo con un Mandamiento de Ejecución de Sentencia del Secretario de este Tribunal, venderé en pública subasta al mejor postor en moneda legal de los Estados Unidos, en mi oficina, en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Humacao, el día 5 de mayo de 2021, a las 10:00 de la mañana, la siguiente propiedad: URBANA: HORIZONTAL PROPERTY: Dwelling Unit number A-101 which is a part of the Horizontal Regimen know as Haciendas de Palmas Condominium Regime Know as Hacienda de Palmas located at Candelero Abajo Ward, municipality of Humacao, Puerto Rico. It is a 3 bedroom, 2 story dwelling unit with a total construction area of 1,728 square feet equivalent to 160.59 square meters. The maximum length of this dwelling unit 32’ 6” and its maximum width id 23’9”. This Dwelling Unit is number A-101 of area AB located on the North side of the project. Its boundaries are: by the NORTH, in a distance of 23’9”, with common area; by the SOUTH, in a distance of 23’ 9”, with common area; by the EAST, in a distance of 32’ 6 “with common area; by the WEST, in a distance of 32’ 6”, with Dwelling Unit A-102. It has on exterior foyer with a balcony, which leads into an interior foyer which in turn leads to powder room, the family room, kitchen, living room and dining


26 room. The living room and the dining room into exterior balconies where the owner of the dwelling has on area reserved and included as part of the dwelling unit, where at the owner’s option and sale expense, there may be constructed an open terrace thereon, measuring 8’ by 23’ (inclusive of the area demarcated as a balcony upon obtaining the proper and corresponding authorization from either Developer an the Regime. The surface area of this open terrace has been included as a part of the “total construction area” of the Dwelling Unit, and included to establish the percentage participation of the common elements of the Dwelling Unit within the condominium the additional length formed by this optional open terrace is however not included within the “maximum length” o the dwelling unit described above. On this ground floor, there is also a stairwell which leads to a second floor onto a landing or vestibule. This upper floor contains a master bedroom with its dressing area, vanity and master bathroom and walking closet; 2 other bedrooms with their respective closet; 1 other bedroom; and laundry linen closet. The 2 other bedroom have their respective exterior balconies. This Dwelling unit has for its private use one parking space which is numbered with the same number as the dwelling unit. This Dwelling unit has a participation of 1.26% in the common elements of the condominium. Consta inscrita al folio 35 del tomo 474 de Humacao, finca 21493, Registro de la Propiedad de Humacao. La dirección física es: 101A Condominio Hacienda de Palmas, Humacao, Puerto Rico 00791. El tipo mínimo fijado para la ejecución del bien inmueble antes mencionado lo es la suma de $195,500.00. La venta se llevará a cabo para con su producto satisfacer a la parte demandante, hasta donde sea posible, el importe de la sentencia dictada el pasado 21 de diciembre de 2016 y notificada el 28 de diciembre de 2016 en el caso de epígrafe, ascendente a las siguientes cantidades: $208,240.86 de principal, más intereses al tipo pactado de 6.75% anual hasta su completo pago, más la suma de dinero para primas por seguros FHA, de aplicar, y contra riesgos, más cargos por demora, más los intereses devengados y la cantidad estipulada de $19,550.00 para costas, gastos y honorarios de abogados. En caso de que el inmueble a ser subastado no fuera adjudicado en la primera subasta, se celebrará una segunda subasta el día 12 de

mayo de 2021, a las 10:00 de la mañana, y el tipo mínimo para ésta será por $130,333.33 que son dos terceras partes del precio mínimo establecido para la primera subasta. Si tampoco hubiera remate ni adjudicación en la segunda subasta, se celebrará una tercera subasta el día 19 de mayo de 2021, a las 10:00 de la mañana, y el tipo mínimo para esta subasta será por $97,750.00 que es la mitad del precio mínimo pactado para la primera subasta. Cuando se declare desierta la tercera subasta, se adjudicará la finca a favor del acreedor por la totalidad de la cantidad adeudada si esta fuera igual o menor que el monto del tipo de la tercera subasta, si el Tribunal lo estima conveniente. Se abonará dicho monto a la cantidad adeudada si ésta fuere mayor. Todas las subastas deberán ser acordadas y celebradas según lo ordenado por el Tribunal. La subasta antes indicada se llevará a cabo en mi oficina, sita en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Humacao. Los autos y todos los documentos correspondientes al procedimiento incoado estarán de manifiesto en la Secretaría del Tribunal durante las horas laborables. El inmueble antes relacionado consta afecto al siguiente gravamen posterior: a. Aviso de Demanda de fecha 16 de diciembre del 2010, expedido en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Humacao, en el Caso Civil número HSCI-201001562, sobre Cobro de Dinero y Ejecución de Hipoteca, seguido por Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC, contra Tatiana Cardona Fernández y Wilfredo José Alicea Caraballo, por la suma de $192,995.27 más otras sumas, anotado el día 22 de marzo del 2013, al folio 148 del tomo 576 de Humacao, finca número 21,493, Anotación A. b. Aviso de Demanda de fecha 14 de febrero del 2012, expedido en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Humacao, en el Caso Civil número HSCI-201200151, sobre Cobro de Dinero y Ejecución de Hipoteca por la vía Ordinaria, seguido por Oriental Bank and Trust, contra Tatiana Cardona Fernández y Wilfredo José Alicea Caraballo, por la suma de $208,985.74 más otras sumas, anotado el día 22 de marzo del 2013, al folio 148 del tomo 574 de Humacao, finca número 21,493, Anotación B. c. Aviso de Demanda de fecha 19 de junio del 2012, expedido en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Humacao, en el Caso Civil número HSCI-2012-00724, sobre Cobro de Dinero y Ejecución de Hipoteca por la vía Ordinaria, seguido por Oriental Bank and Trust, contra Tatiana Cardona

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Fernández y Wilfredo José Alicea Caraballo, por la suma de $208,985.74 más otras sumas, anotado el día 22 de marzo del 2013, al folio 148 del tomo 574 de Humacao, finca número 21,493, Anotación C. d. Sentencia de fecha 3 de diciembre del 2013, emitida por el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Humacao, en el Caso Civil número HACI-2013-01141, sobre Cobro de Dinero seguido por Asociación de Residentes de Hacienda de Palmas, demandante versus Tatiana Cardona Fernández y Wilfredo José Alicea Caraballo, por una cuantía de $7,069.72, más intereses, anotado el día 6 de septiembre del 2016, al tomo Karibe de Humacao, finca número 21,493, Anotación D, y última. Se entenderá que todo licitador acepta como bastante la titulación y que las cargas preferentes, si alguna, continuarán subsistentes; entiéndase que el rematante los acepta y quedan subrogados en la responsabilidad del mismo sin destinarse a su extinción el precio del remate. La propiedad a ser ejecutada se adquirirá libre de cargas y gravámenes posteriores. Para la publicación de este edicto en un periódico de circulación general una vez por semana, durante dos semanas consecutivas, y para la colocación del mismo en tres sitios públicos visibles del municipio en que se celebre la subasta, libro el presente en Humacao, Puerto Rico, hoy día 25 de ENERO del 2021. MARIA DEL PILAR RIVERA RIVERA, ALGUACIL, TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA, SALA DE HUMACAO. WILNELIA RIVERA DELGADO, ALGUACIL AUXILIAR 249.

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BANCO POPULAR DE PUERTO RICO

PARTE DEMANDANTE VS.

SUCESIÓN de THIERRY PAUL DELAGE HORST t/c/c THIERRY P. DELAGE t/c/c THIERRY P. DELAGE compuesta por EDELYN DELAGE LAPORTE, JAYDON DELAGE LAPORTE representados por su madre AMY MORALES LAPORTE, FULANO y MENGANO DE TAL posibles herederos desconocidos; AMY MORALES LAPORTE en la Cuota Viudal Usufructuaria; DEPARTAMENTO de HACIENDA por

conducto de la DIVISIÓN de CAUDALES RELICTOS; CENTRO de RECAUDACIÓN de INGRESOS MUNICIPALES (CRIM)

PARTE DEMANDADA CIVIL NÚM. HU2019CV00722. SOBRE: COBRO DE DINERO Y EJECUCIÓN DE HIPOTECA POR LA VÍA ORDINARIA. ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMÉRICA EL PRESIDENTE DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS EL ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO. AVISO DE PÚBLICA SUBASTA. SS. El Alguacil que suscribe por la presente anuncia y hace constar que en cumplimiento de la Sentencia en Rebeldía dictada el 29 de octubre de 2019, la Orden de Ejecución de Sentencia del 2 de enero de 2020 y el Mandamiento de Ejecución del 13 de enero de 2020 en el caso de epígrafe, procederé a vender el día 26 DE MAYO DE 2021, a las 9:00 de la mañana, en mi oficina, localizada en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Centro Judicial de Humacao, Sala Superior, en la Avenida Nicanor Vázquez, Humacao, Puerto Rico, al mejor postor en pago de contado y en moneda de los Estados Unidos de América, cheque de gerente o giro postal, todo título, derecho o interés de la parte demandada sobre la siguiente propiedad: RÚSTICA: De siete mil setecientos once punto ciento treinta y cuatro (7,711.134) metros cuadrados, colindando con Rafael Díaz y el remanente de la finca principal. NORTE, con el señor Ventura Pomales; por el SUR, con Juan Rivera; por el ESTE, con el predio dedicado a uso público; y por el OESTE, con Ventura Pomales. Sobre dicha propiedad enclava una casa de hormigón y bloques de 26 pies de ancho por 41 pies de largo, en forma rectangular de dos (2) cuartos dormitorios, sala, comedor, cocina, baño y pozo séptico. La propiedad consta inscrita al folio 60 del tomo 157 de Naguabo, Finca Número 8847, Registro de la Propiedad de Humacao. La escritura de hipoteca consta inscrita al folio 62 vuelto del tomo 157 de Naguabo, Finca Número 8847, Registro de la Propiedad de Humacao, Inscripción quinta. DIRECCIÓN FÍSICA: SR 790 MAIZALES WARD, NAGUABO, PR 00718. El tipo mínimo para la primera subasta será de $53,936.00. De no haber adjudicación en la primera subasta se celebrará una segunda subasta, día 2 DE JUNIO DE 2021, a las 9:00 de la mañana en el mismo lugar, en la cual el tipo mínimo será de dos terceras partes del tipo mínimo fijado en la primera su-

basta, o sea, $35,957.33. De no haber adjudicación en la segunda subasta, se celebrará una tercera subasta día 9 DE JUNIO DE 2021, a las 9:00 de la mañana, en el mismo lugar, en la cual el tipo mínimo será la mitad del precio pactado, o sea, $26,968.00. Si se declarase desierta la tercera subasta, se adjudicará la finca a favor del acreedor por la totalidad de la cantidad adeudada si ésta es igual o menor que el monto del tipo de la tercera subasta, si el tribunal lo estima conveniente. Se abonará dicho monto a la cantidad adeudada si ésta es mayor. Dicho remate se llevará a cabo para con su producto satisfacer a la demandante el importe de la Sentencia en Rebeldía por la suma de $37,361.20 de principal, intereses sobre dicha suma al 8.5% anual desde el 1 de noviembre de 2018 hasta su completo pago, más $73.12 de recargos acumulados, más la cantidad estipulada de $5,393.60 para costas, gastos y honorarios de abogados, así como cualquier otra suma que contenga el contrato del préstamo. Surge del Estudio de Título Registral que sobre esta propiedad pesa el siguiente gravamen posterior a la hipoteca que por la presente se pretende ejecutar. a) Aviso de demanda: Pleito seguido por Banco Popular de Puerto Rico vs. Sucesión de Thierry Paul Delage Horst también conocido como Thierry P. Delage compuesta por Edelyn Delage Laporte, Jaydon Delage Laporte representados por su madre Amy Morales Laporte, Fulano y Mengano de Tal, Departamento de Haciendo por conducto de la División del Centro de Recaudaciones e Ingresos Municipales (CRIM), ante el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala superior de Humacao, en el caso civil número HU2019CV00722, sobre cobro de dinero y ejecución de hipoteca, en la que se reclama el pago de hipoteca, con un balance de $37,361.20 y otras cantidades, según Demanda de fecha 20 de mayo de 2019. Anotada al Tomo Karibe de Naguabo, finca número 8847, Anotación B. Se les advierte a los interesados que todos los documentos relacionados con la presente acción de ejecución de hipoteca, así como los de Subasta, estarán disponibles para ser examinados, durante horas laborables, en el expediente del caso que obra en los archivos de la Secretaría del Tribunal, bajo el número de epígrafe y para su publicación en un periódico de circulación general en Puerto Rico por espacio de dos semanas y por lo menos una vez por semana; y para su fijación en los sitios públicos

requeridos por ley. Se entenderá que todo licitador acepta como bastante la titularidad y que las cargas y gravámenes anteriores y los preferentes, si los hubiere, al crédito del ejecutante, continuarán subsistentes; entendiéndose que el rematante los acepta y queda subrogado en la responsabilidad de los mismos, sin destinarse a su extinción el precio del remate y que la propiedad a ser ejecutada se adquirirá libre de cargas y gravámenes posteriores tal como lo expresa la Ley Núm. 210-2015. Y para el conocimiento de los demandados, de los acreedores posteriores, de los licitadores, partes interesadas y público en general, EXPIDO para su publicación en los lugares públicos correspondientes, el presente Aviso de Pública Subasta en Humacao, Puerto Rico, hoy 12 de febrero de 2021. MARÍA DEL PILAR RIVERA RIVERA, ALGUACIL REGIONAL. Por: WILNELIA RIVERA DELGADO. ALGUACIL AUXILIAR, PLACA: 249, TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA SALA SUPERIOR DE HUMACAO.

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BANCO POPULAR DE PUERTO RICO

PARTE DEMANDANTE VS.

RONALD QUESTELL FIGUEROA, GLADYS TORRES TRINIDAD Y LA SOCIEDAD LEGAL DE GANANCIALES COMPUESTA POR AMBOS

PARTE DEMANDADA CIVIL NÚM. HU2019CV00114. SOBRE: COBRO DE DINERO Y EJECUCIÓN DE HIPOTECA POR LA VÍA ORDINARIA. ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMÉRICA EL PRESIDENTE DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS EL ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO. SS.. AVISO DE PÚBLICA SUBASTA. El Alguacil que suscribe por la presente anuncia y hace constar que en cumplimiento de la Sentencia en Rebeldía Enmendada dictada el 6 de septiembre de 2019, la Orden de Ejecución de Sentencia del 17 de enero de 2020 y el Mandamiento de Ejecución del 30 de enero de 2020 en el caso de epígrafe, procederé a vender el día 26 DE MAYO DE 2021, a las 11:00 de la mañana en mi oficina, localizada en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Centro Judicial de Humacao, Sala Superior, en la Avenida Nicanor Vázquez, Humacao, Puerto Rico, al mejor postor en pago de contado y en moneda

de los Estados Unidos de América cheque de gerente o giro postal todo título, derecho o interés de la parte demandada sobre la siguiente propiedad: URBANA: Solar marcado con el Número Diez (10) de la Urbanización Campo Alegre radicada en el Barrio Río Abajo del término municipal de Humacao, Puerto Rico, con una cabida superficial de 2000.00 metros cuadrados, equivalentes a 0.5088 cuerdas. En lindes por el NORTE, en 50.00 metros, con el Solar Número Nueve (9) de la Urbanización; por el SUR, en 50.00 metros, con el Solar Número Once (11) de la Urbanización; por el ESTE, en 40.00 metros, con la Calle A de la Urbanización; y por el OESTE, en 40.00 metros, con el remanente de la finca de donde se segrega propiedad de Antonio Roig Sucesores Inc. La propiedad consta inscrita al Folio 180 de Tomo 343 de Humacao, Finca Número 14612, Registro de la Propiedad de Humacao. La escritura de hipoteca consta inscrita al Folio 60 del Tomo 552 de Humacao, Finca Número 14612, Registro de la Propiedad de Humacao. Inscripción séptima. DIRECCIÓN FÍSICA: URB. CAMPO ALEGRE 10 CALLE A, BO. RÍO ABAJO HUMACAO, PR 00791. El tipo mínimo para la primera subasta será de $192,850.00. De no haber adjudicación en la primera subasta se celebrará una segunda subasta, día 2 DE JUNIO DE 2021, a las 11:00 de la mañana en el mismo lugar, en la cual el tipo mínimo será de dos terceras partes del tipo mínimo fijado en la primera subasta, o sea, $128,566.66. De no haber adjudicación en la segunda subasta, se celebrará una tercera subasta el día 9 DE JUNIO DE 2021, a las 11:00 de la mañana en el mismo lugar, en la cual el tipo mínimo será la mitad del precio pactado, o sea, $96,425.00. Si se declarase desierta la tercera subasta, se adjudicará la finca a favor del acreedor por la totalidad de la cantidad adeudada si ésta es igual o menor que el monto del tipo de la tercera subasta, si el tribunal lo estima conveniente. Se abonará dicho monto a la cantidad adeudada si ésta es mayor. Dicho remate se llevará a cabo para con su producto satisfacer a la demandante el importe de la Sentencia por la suma $143,810.77 de principal, más intereses sobre dicha suma al 6% anual desde el 1 de junio de 2017 hasta su completo pago, más $702.66 de recargos acumulados, más la cantidad estipulada de $19,285.00 para costas, gastos y honorarios de abogados, así como cualquier otra suma que contenga el contrato del prés-

tamo. Surge del Estudio de Título Registral que sobre esta propiedad pesan los siguientes gravámenes posteriores a la hipoteca que por la presente se pretende ejecutar: a. Aviso de Demanda: Pleito seguido por Banco Popular de Puerto Rico vs. Ronald Questell Figueroa y su esposa, Gladys Torres Trinidad, ante el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala Superior de Humacao, en el Caso Civil Número HU2019CV00114, sobre Cobro de Dinero y Ejecución de Hipoteca, en la que se reclama el pago de hipoteca, con un balance de $143,810.77 y otras cantidades, según Demanda de fecha 29 de enero de 2019. Anotada al Tomo Karibe de Humacao. Anotación A. Se le advierte a los interesados que todos los documentos relacionados con la presente acción de ejecución de hipoteca, así como los de Subasta, estarán disponibles para ser examinados, durante horas laborables, en el expediente del caso que obra en los archivos de la Secretaría del Tribunal, bajo el número de epígrafe y para su publicación en un periódico de circulación general en Puerto Rico por espacio de dos semanas y por lo menos una vez por semana; y para su fijación en los sitios públicos requeridos por ley. Se entenderá que todo licitador acepta como bastante la titularidad y que las cargas y gravámenes anteriores y los preferentes, si los hubiere, al crédito del ejecutante, continuarán subsistentes; entendiéndose que el rematante los acepta y queda subrogado en la responsabilidad de los mismos, sin destinarse a su extinción el precio del remate. La propiedad a ser ejecutada se adquirirá libre de cargas y gravámenes posteriores. Y para el conocimiento de los demandados, de los acreedores posteriores, de los licitadores, partes interesadas y público en general, EXPIDO para su publicación en los lugares públicos correspondientes, el presente Aviso de Pública Subasta en Humacao, Puerto Rico, hoy 12 de febrero de 2021. MARÍA DEL PILAR RIVERA RIVERA, ALGUACIL REGIONAL. Por: WILNELIA RIVERA DELGADO, ALGUACIL AUXILIAR PLACA: 249, ALGUACIL, TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA, SALA SUPERIOR DE HUMACAO.

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LIME RESIDENTIAL, LTD. Demandante V.

ROSA MARÍA RIVERA


The San Juan Daily Star

CUEBAS t/c/c MINERVA RIVERA CUEBAS Y ANTONIO JUSTINIANO RIVERA

Demandados CIVIL NÚM.: ISCI201301226 (307). SOBRE: COBRO DE DINERO Y EJECUCIÓN DE HIPOTECA POR LA VÍA ORDINARIA. AVISO DE VENTA EN PÚBLICA SUBASTA. Yo, Jose M. Crespo Nazario, Alguacil Supervisor de la División de Subastas del Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Mayagüez, a los demandados y al público en general les notifico que, cumpliendo con un Mandamiento que se ha librado en el presente caso por el Secretario del Tribunal de epígrafe con fecha 18 de febrero de 2020 y para satisfacer la cantidad adeudada de $129,293.37 de principal mediante Sentencia dictada en el caso de autos el 27 de mayo de 2016, notificada y archivada en autos el 31 de mayo de 2016, procederé a vender en pública subasta, al mejor postor en pago de contado y en moneda del curso legal de los Estados Unidos de América, mediante efectivo, giro o cheque certificado a nombre del Alguacil de este Tribunal todo derecho, título e interés que hayan tenido tengan o puedan tener los deudores demandados en cuanto a la propiedad localizada en el Municipio de Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, el bien inmueble se describe a continuación: URBANA: Solar radicado en el barrio Miradero, lugar denominado Paris del Municipio de Mayagüez, con una cabida superficial de 180 metros cuadrados que colinda por el Norte, con la calle número uno de la Urbanización Garcia Sanjurjo; al Sur y Este con más terrenos de la finca principal de Doña Isabel Garcia Castillo y al Oeste, con la calle número seis de la Urbanización García Sanjurjo- Finca # 10,147 inscrita al tomo móvil 1320 de Mayagüez, Registro de Mayagüez. Con el importe de dicha venta se habrá de satisfacer a la parte demandante las cantidades adeudadas, en el caso de epígrafe, que se desglosan de la siguiente forma: $129,293.37 de principal, 4.25% de intereses desde el 1ro de agosto de 2012 hasta su completo pago, más 5% por concepto de recargo por demora adeudados desde el 1ro de septiembre de 2012 hasta su total pago, y hasta la cantidad estipulada de $14,000.00 para costas, gastos y honorarios de abogados, así como cualquier otra suma que contenga el contrato de préstamo. El tipo mínimo para la subasta será la suma de tasación pactada, la cual es $140,000.00 según la escritura de hipoteca para

la propiedad descrita. De declararse la subasta desierta, se procederá a una segunda subasta y servirá de tipo mínimo de 2/3 del precio mínimo antes mencionado; $93,333.00. Si tampoco hubiere remate ni adjudicación en esta segunda subasta, se procederá a una tercera subasta, en la cual regirá como tipo mínimo ésta la 1/2 del precio mínimo antes mencionado; $70,000.00. La primera subasta se llevará a cabo el 7 de abril de 2021, a las 10:30 de la mañana. De no comparecer postor alguno se llevará a efecto una segunda subasta el 14 de abril de 2021, a las 10:30 de la mañana. De no comparecer postor alguno se llevará a cabo una tercera subasta el 21 de abril de 2021, a las 10:30 de la mañana. La subasta o subastas antes indicadas se llevarán a efecto en mi oficina, localizada en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Mayagüez. Del Estudio de Título realizado surge el siguiente gravamen posterior: “Observación: Al asiento 38 del diario 748 el 18 de agosto de 2011 se presentó Esc. #343 sobre Cancelación Parcial y Modificación de Hipoteca en Mayagüez el 28 de julio de 2011 ante Javier B. Sepúlveda Rivera a favor de Popular Mortgage, Inc., por $129,789.18. Este documento fue notificado el 2 de febrero de 2017 porque no compareció Antonio Justiniano Rivera en la escritura y caducó el 4 de abril de 2017. Al asiento 285 del diario 750 el 18 de abril de 2012 se presentó Esc.#9 sobre Acta Notarial de Hogar Seguro en Mayagüez el 2 de marzo de 2012 ante José R. Hernández Rivera a favor de Rosa María Rivera Cuevas. Este documento fue notificado el 2 de febrero de 2017 por previo notificado y caducó el 4 de abril de 2017”. Se advierte a los licitadores que la adjudicación se hará al mejor postor, quien deberá consignar el importe de su oferta en el mismo acto de la adjudicación en moneda de curso legal de los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica y para conocimiento de la parte demandada y de toda(s) aquella(s) persona(s) que tengan interés inscrito con posterioridad a la inscripción del gravamen que se está ejecutando, y para conocimiento de los licitadores y el público en general y para su publicación en un periódico de circulación general, una vez por semana durante el término de dos (2) semanas consecutivas con un intervalo de por lo menos siete (7) días entre ambas publicaciones, y para su fijación en tres (3) lugares públicos del municipio en que ha de celebrarse la venta, tales como, la Alcaldía, el Tribunal y la Colec-

Friday, March 5, 2021 turía y se le notificará además a la parte demandada vía correo certificado con acuse de recibo a la última dirección conocida. La propiedad a ser ejecutada se adquirirá libre de cargas y gravámenes posteriores, previa orden judicial dirigida al Registrador de la Propiedad de la sección correspondiente para la cancelación de aquellos posteriores. Se les advierte a todos los interesados que todos los documentos relacionados con la presente acción de ejecución de hipoteca, así como la de la subasta, estarán disponibles para ser examinados, durante horas laborables, en la Secretaría del Tribunal. Se entenderá que todo licitador acepta como bastante la titularidad y que las cargas y gravámenes anteriores y los preferentes, si los hubiere, al crédito del ejecutante, continuarán subsistentes; entendiéndose que el rematante los acepta y queda subrogado en la responsabilidad de los mismos, sin destinarse a su extinción el precio del remate. Y para conocimiento de los demandados, de los acreedores posteriores, de los licitadores, partes interesadas y público en general, expido el presente Aviso para su publicación en los lugares públicos correspondientes. Librado en Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, a 09 de febrero de 2021. Jose M. Crespo Nazario, ALGUACIL.

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REVERSE MORTGAGE FUNDING LLC. Demandante vs .

INES ARAUDES REXACH T/C/C INES ARANDES REXACH T/C/C INES SOFIA ARANDES REXACH T /C/C INES P. MORALES CARRION T/C/C INES S. ARANDES REXACH; ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMERICA

Demandados CIVIL NUM. CA2020CV00680. SOBRE: EJECUCION DE HI POTECA. EDICTO DE SUBASTA. ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMERICA EL PRESIDENTE DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS EL ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO. SS.

A: La Parte Demandada, al (a la) Secretario(a) de Hacienda de Puerto Rico y al Público General:

Certifico y Hago Constar : Que en cumplimiento con el Mandamiento de Ejecución de Sentencia que me ha sido dirigido por el (la) Secretario(a) del Tribunal de Primera Instancia ,

Sala Superior de CAROLINA, en el caso de epígrafe , venderé en pública subasta y al mejor postor, por separado, de contado y por moneda de curso legal de los Estados Unidos de América y/o Giro Postal y Cheque Certificado, en mi oficina ubicada en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Carolina, el 30 de abril de 2021, a las 11:15 de la mañana, todo derecho titulo, participación o interés que le corresponda a l a.parte demandada o cualquiera de ellos en el inmueble hipotecado objeto de ejecución que se describe a continuación URBAN : HORIZONTAL PROPERTY : Apartment number one thousand seven hundred seven (1,707) in Waldorf Apartment. Consists of a living-dining room, two (2) bedrooms, two (2) baths, kitchen, balcony and closets. It bounds or the NORTH, on a distance of twenty, six point fifty nine feet (26.59’), equivalents to eight point eleven rneters (8.11 m.), with common elements of the building and the one which it is erected; on the SOUTH, on a distance of twenty six point fifty nine feet (26.59’), equivalent to eight point eleven meters ( 8.11 m. ), with a common Wall which separates it from the Apartment number one thousand seven hundred eight ( 1, 708) ; on the EAST, in a distance of forty eight point fifty eight feet (48.58’), equivalent to fourteen point eighty two meters (14.82 m.), with the common elements of the building and a Wall which separates it from a common hall way through which Access to the public Street may be gained; on the WEST, in a distance of fifty point eight three feet (50. 83’) equivalent to fifteen point fifty meters ( 15. 50 m.) with the common elements of the building and the lot on which it is erected. This apartment has an area of one thousand two hundred sixty two point twenty eight point twenty seven square meters (1,262.28.27 s.m. ) A balcony with an area of ninety four point twenty eight square feet (94. 28 s. f. ) equivalent to eight point seventy six square meters (8.76 s.m.) is included. Le corresponde una participación en los elementos comunes generales de cero punto novecientos nueve porciento (0.909%) y en los elementos comunes generales del condominio. Inscrita al folio 101 del tomo 834 de Carolina , finca 39 , 211, Registro de la Propiedad de Carolina, Sección 1 . Propiedad localizada en : 4123 AVE. ISLA VERDE, WALDORF TOWERS, APT . 1707, CAROLINA, PR 00979 . Según figuran en la certificación registral, la propiedad objeto de ejecución está gravada por las siguientes cargas

anteriores o preferentes: Nombre del Titular : N/A Suma de la Carga: N/A Fe cha de Vencimiento : N/A Según figuran en la certificación registral, la propiedad objeto de ejecución está gravada por las siguientes ca r gas posteriores a la inscripción del crédito ejecutante : Nombre del Titular : SECRETARIO DE LA VIVIENDA y DESARROLLO URBANO Suma de la Carga : $636,000.00. Fecha de Vencimiento : 28 de diciembre de 2076. Se entenderá que todo licitador acepta como bastante la titularidad de la propiedad y que todas las cargas y gravámenes anteriores y los preferentes al crédito ejecutante antes descritos , si los hubiere, continuarán subsistentes . El rematante acepta dichas cargas y gravámenes anteriores , y queda subrogado en la responsabilidad de los mismos, sin destinarse a su extinción el precio del remate. Se establece como tipo de mínima subasta la suma de $636, 000.00, según acordado entre las partes en el precio pactado en la escritura de hipoteca . De ser necesaria una segunda subasta por declararse desierta la primera , la misma se celebrará en mi oficina, ubicada en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Carolina, el 7 de mayo de 2021, a las 11:15 de la mañana, y se establece como mínima para dicha segunda subasta la suma de $424, 000. 00, 2/3 partes del tipo mínima establecido originalmente. Si tampoco se produce remate ni adjudicación en la segunda subasta , se establece como mínima para la tercera subasta, la suma de $318, 000.00, la mitad (1/2) del precio pactado y dicha subasta se celebrará en mi oficina, ubicada en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Carolina , el 14 de mayo de 2021, a las 11:15 de la mañana. Dicha subasta se llevará a cabo para , con su producto satisfacer a la parte demandante, el importe de la Sentencia dictada a su favor ascendente a la suma de $431 , 259 . 55 por concepto de principal, más la suma de $49,987.18 en intereses acumulados al 8 de octubre de 2020 y los cuales continúan acumulándose a razón de 3. 493% anual hasta su total y completo pago; más la sumas de $13,449.80 en seguro hipotecario ; $4,690.00 en cargos por servicio ; $475.0 0 en seguro de la propiedad; $1,175. 00 de tasación; $280.00 de inspecciones; $ 477.00 en mantenimiento a la propiedad; $2,765.10 de adelantos pendientes; más la cantidad de 10% del pagare original en la suma de $ 63, 600.00, para gastos, costas y honorarios de abogado, esta última habrá de devengar intereses

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al máximo del tipo legal fijado por la oficina del Comisionado de Instituciones Financieras aplicable a esta fecha, desde este mismo día hasta su total y completo saldo. La venta en pública subas ta de la referida propiedad se verificará libre de toda carga o gravamen posterior que afecte la mencionada finca , a cuyo efecto se notifica y se hace saber la ·fecha, hora y sitio de la PRIMERA, SEGUNDA Y TERCERA SUBASTA, si esto fuera necesario, a los efectos de que cualquier persona o personas con algún interés puedan comparecer a la celebración de dicha subasta. Se notifica a todos los interesados que las actas y demás constancias del expediente de este caso están disponibles en la Secretaría del Tribunal durante horas laborables para ser examinadas por los (las) interesados (as) . Y para su publicación en el periódico The San Juan Daily Star , que es un diario de circulación general en la isla de Puerto Rico, por espacio de dos se manas consecutivas con un intervalo de por lo menos siete (7) días entre ambas publicaciones , así como para su publicación en los sitios públicos de Puerto Rico. Expedido en Carolina , Puerto Rico, hoy 19 de febrero de 2021. Jose Cristobal, Alguacil Regional. Manuel Villafañe Blanco, Alguacil 830.

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ROOSEVELT CAYMAN ASSET COMPANY II Demandante, Vs.

TASHMIALEE PAGAN COLON

Demandados CIVIL NUM.: FA2019CV01536. SALON 307. SOBRE: COBRO DE DINERO Y EJECUCION DE HIPOTECA . AVISO DE VENTA EN PÚBLICA SUBASTA.

A: TASHMIALEE PAGAN COLON: Y AL PUBLICO EN GENERAL:

El que suscribe, Alguacil del Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala Superior, Centro Judicial de Fajardo, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, hago saber a la parte demandada, y al PUBLICO EN GENERAL: y a todos los acreedores que tengan inscritos o anotados sus derechos sobre los bienes hipotecados con posterioridad a la inscripción del crédito del ejecutante, o de los acreedores de cargas o derechos reales que los hubiesen pospuesto a la hipoteca ejecutada y las personas interesadas en, o con derecho a exigir el cumplimiento de instrumentos negociables garan-

tizados hipotecariamente con posterioridad al crédito ejecutado, siempre que surjan de la certificación registral, para que puedan concurrir a la subasta si les convenga o satisfacer antes del remate el importe del crédito, de sus intereses, costas y honorarios de abogados asegurados, quedando entonces subrogados en los derechos del acreedor ejecutante. Que en cumplimiento del Mandamiento de Ejecución de Sentencia expedido el día 4 de enero de 2021, por la Secretaria del Tribunal, procederé a vender y venderé en pública subasta y al mejor postor la propiedad que se describe a continuación: Hacienda Las Lomas Dev., Calle 7 E-12, Ceiba, P.R. 00735: URBANA: Solar radicado en la Urbanización Hacienda Las Lomas, situada en los Barrios Chupacallo y Saco del término municipal de Ceiba, Puerto Rico, marcado con la designación letra “E” guion Doce (E-12) de la calle número siete (7), con área de trescientos (300.00) metros cuadrados. En lindes por el NORTE, con la calle número siete (7) de la urbanización, distancia de trece punto cero cero cero (13.000) metros; por el SUR, con solar número E guion Siete (E-7), trece punto cero cero cero (13.000) metros; por el ESTE, con el solar número E guion trece (E-13), distancia de veintitrés punto cero siete siete (23.077) metro; y por el OESTE, con el solar número E guión Once (E-11), distancia de veintitrés punto cero siete siete (23.077) metros. El solar contiene una casa de cemento, diseñada para una familia. Inscrita al folio 157 del tomo 173 de Ceiba, Registro de la Propiedad de Fajardo, finca número 10,830. El producto de la subasta se destinará a satisfacer al demandante hasta donde alcance, la SENTENCIA dictada a su favor, el día 10 de noviembre de 2020, notificada el 12 de noviembre de 2020, en el presente caso civil, a saber, la suma de $125,125.50 más intereses al 2.99% anual, desde el 1ro de noviembre de 2017, los cuales continúan acumulándose hasta el pago total de la obligación, cargos por demora mensuales, las cantidades adeudadas de contribuciones e impuestos, primas de seguro contra riesgos y seguro de hipoteca, hasta el pago total de la deuda, más el 10% del principal del pagaré para costas, gastos y honorarios de abogado, según pactados en la escritura de hipoteca a saber la suma de $13,260.00. Los intereses se continúan acumulando, hasta el saldo total de la deuda, para cubrir el principal adeudado, disponiéndose que si quedare algún remanente

luego de pagarse las sumas antes mencionadas el mismo deberá ser depositado en la Secretaría del Tribunal para ser entregado a los demandados previa solicitud y orden del Tribunal. La venta de la referida propiedad se verificará libre de toda carga o gravamen que afecte la mencionada finca. La adjudicación se hará al mejor postor, quien deberá consignar el importe de su oferta en el acto mismo de la adjudicación, en efectivo (moneda del curso legal de los Estados Unidos de América), giro postal o cheque certificado a nombre del alguacil del Tribunal. LA PRIMERA SUBASTA se llevará a efecto el día 8 DE ABRIL DE 2021 A LA 1:30 DE LA TARDE, en la oficina del referido Alguacil, localizada en el Centro Judicial de Fajardo, Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Que el precio mínimo fijado para la PRIMERA SUBASTA es de $132,600.00. Que de ser necesaria la celebración de una SEGUNDA SUBASTA, la misma se llevará a efecto el día el día 15 DE ABRIL DE 2021 A LA 1:30 DE LA TARDE, en la oficina antes mencionada del Alguacil que suscribe. El precio mínimo para la SEGUNDA SUBASTA será de $88,400.00, equivalentes a dos terceras (2/3) partes del tipo mínimo estipulado para la PRIMERA subasta. Que de ser necesaria la celebración de una TERCERA SUBASTA la misma se llevará a efecto el día 22 DE ABRIL DE 2021 A LA 1:30 DE LA TARDE, en la oficina antes mencionada del Alguacil que suscribe. El precio mínimo para la TERCERA SUBASTA será de $66,300.00, equivalentes a la mitad (1/2) del tipo mínimo estipulado para la PRIMERA subasta. Si se declarase desierta la tercera subasta, se adjudicará la finca a favor del acreedor por la totalidad de la cantidad adeudada si ésta es igual o menor que el monto del tipo de la tercera subasta, si el Tribunal lo estima conveniente; se abonará dicho monto a la cantidad adeudada si esta es mayor, todo ello a tenor con lo dispone el Articulo 104 de la Ley Núm. 210 del 8 de diciembre de 2015 conocida como “Ley del Registro de la Propiedad Inmueble del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico”. La propiedad a ser ejecutada se adquiere libre de toda carga y gravamen que afecte la mencionada finca según el Artículo 102, inciso 6. Una vez confirmada la venta judicial por el Honorable Tribunal, se procederá a otorgar la correspondiente escritura de venta judicial y se pondrá al comprador en posesión física del inmueble de conformidad con las disposiciones de Ley. Para conocimiento de


28 la parte demandada y de toda aquella persona o personas que tengan interés inscrito con posterioridad a la inscripción del gravamen que se está ejecutando, y para conocimiento de todos los licitadores y el público en general, el presente Edicto se publicará por espacio de dos (2) semanas consecutivas, con un intervalo de por lo menos siete días entre ambas publicaciones, en un diario de circulación general en el Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico y se fijará además en tres (3) lugares públicos del Municipio en que ha de celebrarse dicha venta, tales como la Alcaldía, el Tribunal y la Colecturía. Se les informa, por último, que: a. Que los autos y todos los documentos correspondientes al procedimiento incoado estarán de manifiesto en la secretaría del tribunal durante las horas laborables. b. Que se entenderá que todo licitador acepta como bastante la titularidad y que las cargas y gravámenes anteriores y los preferentes, si los hubiere, al crédito del ejecutante continuarán subsistentes. Se entenderá, que el rematante los acepta y queda subrogado en la responsabilidad de los mismos, sin destinarse a su extinción el precio del remate. EXPIDO, el presente EDICTO, en Fajardo, Puerto Rico, hoy día 17 de febrero de 2021. DENISE BRUNO ORTIZ, Alguacil Auxiliar 266. SHIRLEY SANCHEZ MARTINEZ, Alguacil Regional 161. División de Subastas Tribunal de Primera Instancia Sala Superior de Fajardo.

LEGAL NOTICE ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA CENTRO JUDICIAL DE HUMACAO SALA SUPERIOR.

BANCO POPULAR DE PUERTO RICO DEMANDANTE VS.

CARLOS OJEDA TAÑÓN T/C/C CARLOS ALBERTO OJEDA TAÑÓN

DEMANDADOS CIVIL NUM.: HU2019CV00387. SOBRE: EJECUCION DE HIPOTECA “IN REM” (VÍA ORDINARIA). EDICTO DE SUBASTA. El Alguacil que suscribe por la presente CERTIFICA, ANUNCIA y hace CONSTAR: Que en cumplimiento de un Mandamiento de Ejecución de Sentencia que le ha sido dirigido al Alguacil que suscribe por la Secretaría del TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA CENTRO JUDICIAL DE HUMACAO, SALA SUPERIOR, en el caso de epígrafe procederá a vender en pública subasta al mejor postor en efectivo, cheque certificado en moneda legal de los Estados Unidos

de América el 6 DE MAYO DE 2021, A LAS 11:00 DE LA MAÑANA, en su oficina sita en el local que ocupa en el edificio del TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA CENTRO JUDICIAL DE HUMACAO, SALA SUPERIOR, todo derecho, título e interés que tenga la parte demandada de epígrafe en el inmueble de su propiedad que ubica en: CC-18 CALLE ESMERALDA (2) URB. EXT. VILLAS DE BUENAVENTURA YABUCOA, PR 00767 y que se describe a continuación: URBANA: Solar radicado en la Urbanización Extensión de Villas de Buenaventura, situada en el Barrio Aguacate del término municipal de Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, con el número CC dieciocho (CC-18) de la Calle dos (2), con cabida de trescientos punto tres siete cinco (300.375) metros cuadrados. En lindes por el NORTE, en distancia de trece punto cincuenta (13.50) metros, con el solar DD cero siete (DD-07) de la Urbanización; por el SUR, en distancia de trece punto cincuenta (13.50) metros, con la Calle dos (2) de la Urbanización; por el ESTE, en distancia de veintidós punto dos cinco (22.25) metros, con el solar CC diecisiete (CC-17) de la Urbanización; y por el OESTE, en distancia de veintidós punto dos cinco (22.25) metros, con el solar CC diecinueve (CC-19) de la Urbanización. Enclava una casa de concreto diseñada para una familia. La propiedad antes relacionada consta inscrita al Tomo móvil 267 de Yabucoa, Finca número 16,733 en el Registro de la Propiedad de Humacao. El tipo mínimo para la primera subasta del inmueble antes relacionado, será el dispuesto en la Escritura de Hipoteca, es decir la suma de $83,950.00. Si no hubiere remate ni adjudicación en la primera subasta del inmueble mencionado, se celebrará una segunda subasta en las oficinas del Alguacil que suscribe el día 13 DE MAYO DE 2021, A LAS 11:00 DE LA MAÑANA. En la segunda subasta que se celebre servirá de tipo mínimo las dos terceras partes (2/3) del precio pactado en la primera subasta, o sea la suma de $55,966.66. Si tampoco hubiere remate ni adjudicación en la segunda subasta se celebrará una tercera subasta en las oficinas del Alguacil que suscribe el día 20 DE MAYO DE 2021, A LAS 11:00 DE LA MAÑANA. Para la tercera subasta servirá de tipo mínimo la mitad (1/2) del precio pactado para el caso de ejecución, o sea, la suma de $41,975.00. La hipoteca a ejecutarse en el caso de epígrafe fue constituida mediante la escritura número 65 otorgada en San Juan, Puerto Rico, el día 30

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de abril de 2016, ante el notario Francisco Arriví Silva y consta inscrita al tomo Karibe de Yabucoa, finca número 16,733, en el Registro de la Propiedad de Humacao, inscripción Décima (10ma). Dicha subasta se llevará a cabo para con su producto satisfacer al Demandante total o parcialmente según sea el caso el importe de la Sentencia que ha obtenido contra la parte demandada ascendente a la suma de $81,927.30 por concepto de principal, desde el 1ro de septiembre de 2017, más intereses al tipo pactado de 3.50% anual que continúan acumulándose hasta el pago total de la obligación. Además, la parte demandada adeuda a la parte demandante los cargos por demora equivalentes a 4.00% de la suma de aquellos pagos con atrasos en exceso de 15 días calendarios de la fecha de vencimiento; los créditos accesorios y adelantos hechos en virtud de la escritura de hipoteca; y las costas, gastos y honorarios de abogado equivalentes a $8,395.00. Además, la parte demandada se comprometió a pagar una suma equivalente a $8,395.00 para cubrir cualquier otro adelanto que se haga en virtud de la escritura de hipoteca y una suma equivalente a $8,395.00 para cubrir intereses en adición a los garantizados por ley. Que los autos y todos los documentos correspondientes al Procedimiento incoado estarán de manifiesto en la SECRETARIA DEL TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA CENTRO JUDICIAL DE HUMACAO, SALA SUPERIOR durante las horas laborables. Se entenderá que todo licitador acepta como bastante la titulación del inmueble y que las cargas y gravámenes anteriores y los preferentes, si los hubiere, al crédito del ejecutante continuarán subsistentes entendiéndose que el rematante los acepta y queda subrogado en la responsabilidad de los mismos, sin destinarse a su extinción el precio de remate. La propiedad no está sujeta a gravámenes anteriores ni preferentes según las constancias del Registro de la Propiedad. Por la presente se notifica a los acreedores conocidos y desconocidos que tengan inscritos, no inscritos, presentados y/o anotados sus derechos sobre los bienes hipotecados con posterioridad a la inscripción del crédito del ejecutante o acreedores de cargas o derechos reales que los hubiesen pospuesto a la hipoteca del actor y a los dueños, poseedores, tenedores de o interesados en títulos transmisibles por endoso o al portador garantizados hipotecariamente con posterioridad al crédito

del actor que se celebrarán las subastas en las fechas, horas y sitios señalados para que puedan concurrir a la subasta si les conviniere o se les invita a satisfacer antes del remate el importe del crédito, de sus intereses, otros cargos y las costas y honorarios de abogado asegurados quedando subrogados en los derechos del acreedor ejecutante. La propiedad objeto de ejecución y descrita anteriormente se adquirirá libre de cargas y gravámenes posteriores una vez el Honorable Tribunal expida la correspondiente Orden de Confirmación de Venta Judicial. Y para conocimiento de licitadores del público en general se publicará este Edicto de acuerdo con la ley por espacio de dos semanas en tres sitios públicos del municipio en que ha de celebrarse la venta, tales como la Alcaldía, el Tribunal y la Colecturía. Este Edicto será publicado dos veces en un diario de circulación general en el Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, por espacio de dos semanas consecutivas. Expido el presente Edicto de subasta bajo mi firma y sello de este Tribunal en Humacao, Puerto Rico, hoy día 19 de febrero de 2021. Maria del Pilar Rivera Rivera, ALGUACIL DE SUBASTAS TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA CENTRO JUDICIAL DE HUMACAO SALA SUPERIOR. Wilneliar Rivera Delgado, Alguacil Auxiliar 249.

LEGAL NOTICE ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA SALA DE SAN JUAN.

COOPERATIVA DE AHORRO Y CREDITO DE LA INDUSTRIA BIOFARMACEUTICA Demandante Vs.

CARLOS JOSE MONSERRATE MALDONADO, su esposa MARIANA ISABEL BENITEZ HILERA Y LA SOCIEDAD DE BIENES GANANCIALES

Demandados CIVIL NÚM.: SJ2019CV02314. SALON: SOBRE: EJECUCION DE HIPOTECA Y COBRO DE DINERO. AVISO DE SUBASTA.

A: CARLOS JOSE MONSERRATE MALDONADO, su esposa MARIANA ISABEL BENITEZ HILERA Y LA SOCIEDAD DE BIENES GANANCIALES

El que suscribe , Alguacil del Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de San Juan, hago saber a la parte demandada, que en cumplimiento del Mandamiento de Ejecución de Sentencia

expedido el 11 de septiembre de 2021, por la Secretaria del Tribunal , procederé a vender y venderé en pública subasta y al mejor postor la siguiente propiedad: [CONO. DA VINCI APTM. 201, SAN JUAN , PR 00907 ]; FINCA: Número 32346, inscrito al folio 201 del tomo 874 de Santurce Norte, Registro de la Propiedad de Puerto Rico , Sección I de San Juan. URBANA: Propiedad Horizontal: Apartamento número doscientos uno (201 ). Apartamento indivualizado de hormigón armado, bloques de hormigón y paredes (drywell) de uso residencial localizado en lado Sureste del segundo piso del edificio conocido como Condominio Da Vlnci, localizado en la Avenida Ashford mil ciento treinta y uno (1131) en el Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Este apartamiento tiene una cabida superficial de mil trescientos pies cuadrados (1,300 p.c.) aproximadamente y consta de sala-comedor , balcón , tres dormitorios, dos bafios, pasillo Interior, una cocina y closets. La puerta principal está localizada en el pasillo interior la cual lo comunica con el pasillo de uso común que conduce a los ascensores y escaleras. Colinda por el NORTE, con paredes exteriores del edificio y el apartamento doscientos tres (203); por el SUR, colinda con paredes exteriores del edificio y el apartamento doscientos tres (203); por el ESTE, colinda con área de ascensores y el apartamento doscientos dos (202) y pasillo exterior de uso común. Le corresponde a este apartamento en los elementos comunes generales dos punto nueve mil trescientos quince por ciento (2.9315%) y tres punto ocho mil seiscientos noventa y uno por ciento (3.8691%) en los elementos comunes limitados para el área residencial. Se le confiere a este apartamento el derecho exclusivo a estacionar en el espacio de estacionamiento que se identifica con el número 19 y.19-A en el plano del Condominio de Da Vlncl . El producto de la subasta se destinará a satisfacer al demandante hasta donde alcance, la SENTENCIA dictada a su favor , el día 26 de mayo de 2020 en el presente caso civil, a saber la suma de $362 ,873.05 de principal , más los intereses sobre dicha suma al 4% anual que al día de hoy suma $38, 180.00, hasta su completo pago, recargos por demora , más las primas de seguro hipotecario y riesgo ‘Escrow’ y cualesquiera otras cantidades pactadas en la escritura de primera hipoteca , desde la fecha antes mencionada y hasta la fecha del total pago de las mismas , más la suma de $38, 180.00 para gastos, costas y

honorarios de abogados . La venta de la referida propiedad se verificará libre de toda carga o gravamen posteriores que afecte la mencionada finca, a cuyo efecto se notifica y se hace saber la fecha, hora y sitio de la PRIMERA, SEGUNDA Y TERCERA subasta , si esto fuera necesario, a los efectos de que cualquier persona o personas con algún interés puedan comparecer a la celebración de dicha subasta. La adjudicación se hará al mejor postor, quien deberá consignar el importe de su oferta en el acto mismo de la adjudicación , en efectico (moneda de curso legal de los Estados Unidos de América) , giro postal o cheque certificado a nombre del Alguacil del Tribunal. La PRIMERA subasta se llevará a efecto el 17 de marzo de 2021, a las 11:00 de la mañana, en la oficina del referido Alguacil , localizada en el Centro Judicial de San Juan, Puerto Rico. Que el precio mínimo para la PRIMERA SUBASTA es de $381,800.00 . Que de ser necesaria la celebración de una SEGUNDA SUBASTA , la misma se llevará a efecto el día 25 de marzo de 2021, a las 11:00 de la mañana, en la oficina antes mencionada del Alguacil que suscribe . El precio mínimo para la SEGUNDA SUBASTA será de $254,533.33, equivalentes a dos terceras (2/3) partes del tipo mínimo estipulado para la PRIMERA subasta. Que de ser necesaria la celebración de una TERCERA SUBASTA , la misma se llevará a efecto el día 5 de abril de 2021, a las 11:00 de la mañana, en la oficina antes mencionada del Alguacil que suscribe . El precio mínimo para la TERCERA SUBASTA será de $190,900.00 equivalentes a la mitad (1/2) del tipo mínimo estipulado para la PRIMERA subasta. Cuando se declare desierta la tercera subasta se adjudicará la finca a favor del acreedor por la totalidad de la cantidad adeudada si ésta es igual o menor que el monto del tipo de la tercera subasta , si el tribunal lo estima conveniente. Se abonará dicho monto a la cantidad adeudada si ésta es mayor. Todas las subastas deberán ser acordadas y celebradas según lo ordenado por el Tribunal. Para conocimiento de la parte demandada y de toda aquella persona o personas que tengan interés inscrito con posterioridad a la inscripción del gravamen que se está ejecutando, y para conocimiento de todos los licitadores y el público en general , el presente Edicto se publicará por espacio de dos (2) semanas consecutivas , con un intervalo de por lo menos siete días entre ambas publicaciones, en un diario de circulación general

en el Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico y se fijará además en tres (3) lugares públicos del Municipio en que ha de celebrarse dicha venta, tales como la Alcaldía, el Tribunal y la Colecturía. Se entenderá que todo licitador acepta como bastante la titularidad y que las cargas y gravámenes anteriores . y los preferentes, si los hubiere, al crédito del ejecutante continuarán subsistentes . Se entenderá, que el remanente los acepta y queda subrogado en la responsabilidad de los mismos, sin destinarse a su extinción el precio de remate. Que la Propiedad no se encuentra afecta a gravamen anterior o posterior. Se les advierte a todos los interesados que todos los documentos relacionados con la presente acción de ejecución de hipoteca , así como de la subasta, estarán disponibles para ser examinados en la Secretaría de este Tribunal, durante las horas laborables, todo esto en virtud del artículo 102 de la Ley Número 210 del 8 de diciembre de 20.15 mejor conocida como la Ley del Registro de la Propiedad Inmobiliaria de Puerto Rico. EXPIDO, el presente EDICTO, en San Juan, Puerto Rico, hoy 23 de febrero de 2021. PEDRO HIEYE GONZÁLEZ, Alguacil, ALGUACIL SUPERIOR DIVISION DE StJBASTAS TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA SALA DE SUPERIOR DE SAN JUAN.

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LA SUBASTA se llevará a cabo el día 22 de marzo de 2021; a las 10:30 de la mañana en las oficinas del Alguacil General del Centro Judicial de Mayagüez. Dicho vehículo se encuentra disponible para inspección en las facilidades de la Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito de Cabo Rojo, localizada en el Bo. Miradero, carretera #100, Km. 7.0 en Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Si se declarase desierta la tercera subasta se dará por terminado el procedimiento y se le adjudicará al demandante la finca objeto de este procedimiento, dentro de los diez (10) días subsiguientes a dicha tercera subasta por la totalidad de la cantidad adeudada si ésta fuera mayor. Para mejor información las personas interesadas pueden examinar los autos y todos los documentos correspondientes al procedimiento incoado en la Secretaría de este Tribunal durante las horas laborables. Este edicto de subasta se publicará una vez en un diario de circulación general en Puerto Rico y en los lugares públicos correspondientes. Es la Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito de Cabo Rojo por conducto de su representación legal la Lcda. María C. Mayoral Maldonado y/o Lcdo. Rafael Fabre Colón, PO Box 277, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 00681, teléfono 787-2650334 / 787-265-0335. DADA en Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, hoy 22 de febrero de 2021. Jose M. Crespo Nazario, ALGUACIL, LEGAL NOTICE TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO TANCIA, SALA DE MAYAGÜEZ. DE PUERTO RICO TRIBULEGAL NOTICE NAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA SALA MUNICIPAL DE MAYA- ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO GÜEZ. DE PUERTO RICO TRIBU-

COOPERATIVA DE AHORRO Y CRÉDITO DE CABO ROJO Parte Demandante VS

WANDA I. VEGA TORRES

NAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA SALA SUPERIOR DE SAN JUAN.

FIRSTBANK PUERTO RICO

Demandante v. Parte Demandada CIVIL NÚM. IDCI201400214- PEDRO J. ORTIZ BLANCO 103. SOBRE: COBRO DE DIDemandado NERO (REGLA 60). AVISO DE CIVIL NÚM: KCD2016-2065. SUBASTA. SOBRE: INCUMPLIMIENTO DE CONTRATO; COBRO DE A: WANDA I. DINERO. ESTADOS UNIDOS VEGA TORRES El Alguacil que suscribe anun- DE AMERICA EL PRESIDENcia y hace constar que, en cum- TE DE LOS ESTADOS UNIplimiento de un Mandamiento DOS ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIAde Ejecución de Sentencia DO DE PUERTO RICO. SS. que me ha sido dirigido por la EDICTO DE SUBASTA. Yo Secretaría de este Tribunal, EDWIN E. LOPEZ MULERO, venderé en pública subasta y al Alguacil del Tribunal de Primera mejor postor, de contado y en Instancia, Sala Superior de San moneda del curso legal de los Juan, al público en general. Estados Unidos de América, CERTIFICO Y HAGO SABER: todo derecho, título o interés Que en cumplimiento de un que tenga la parte demandada Mandamiento de Ejecución de sobre el vehículo que a conti- Sentencia fechado el 4 de febrero de 2020 que me ha sido nuación se describe: dirigido por la Secretaría del MARCA: TOYOTA Tribunal de Primera Instancia, MODELO: ECHO Sala Superior de San Juan, en TABLILLA: GKH-873 el caso arriba indicado, venderé AÑO: 2005 en pública subasta la participaNÚM. SERIE: ción indivisa del demandado en


The San Juan Daily Star el inmueble que se describe a continuación, para responder por la cantidades adeudadas, en la fecha o fechas que más adelante se indica, en pública subasta al mejor postor, en moneda legal de los Estados Unidos de América, en efectivo, cheque certificado o giro postal, en mi oficina sita en el local que ocupa en el Centro Judicial de San Juan, Puerto Rico, todo derecho, título e interés que tenga la parte demandada, en el inmueble que se describe a continuación, propiedad de la parte demandada Pedro J. Ortiz Blanco, la cual se queda pautada para el día 29 de marzo de 2021, a las 11:30 de la mañana. Dicha propiedad consta inscrita en Pleno Dominio: Una parte a favor de Aurea Haydee Blanco Vega, estando casada con Pedro J. Ortiz, quien lo adquirió por compraventa a Ángela Salas, viuda, Melchor, Gaspar, y Pedro de apellidos Bernardini Salas por el precio de $33,000.00, mediante la escritura número 31, otorgada en Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, el día 1 de abril de 1968, ante el notario Raúl Méndez Feliciano, inscrito al folio 146 vuelto del tomo 673 de Rio Piedras Norte, finca número 912-A, inscripción 8va. Y otra parte a favor de Pedro Juan Ortiz Blanco, soltero, sujeto a la cuota viudal usufructuaria, a favor de Aurea Haydee Blanco, quienes lo adquirieron por herencia de Pedro J. Ortiz, con un valor de $75,000.00, según consta de la escritura número 38, otorgada en San Juan, Puerto Rico, el día 21 de junio de 1991, ante el notario Héctor Luis Rivera Báez, e inscrito al folio 147 vuelto, del tomo 673 de Río Piedras Norte, finca número 912-A, inscrita a la inscripción 9na. Se designa esta propiedad como Hogar Seguro de conformidad con la Ley Número 195 del 13 de septiembre del 2011, mediante la escritura número 2, otorgada en San Juan, Puerto Rico, el día 9 de marzo de 2020, ante el notario Roberto Palou Bosch, e inscrita al tomo Karibe de Río Piedras Norte, Finca número 912-A, nota marginal 8.1. Dirección Física: Calle Padre Las Casas 118, Urb. El Vedado, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918. Finca 912A, inscrita al folio 1 del tomo 170 de Rio Piedras Norte, Registro de la Propiedad de Puerto Rico, Sección Segunda de San Juan, inscripción 2da. URBANA: Solar número veintiseis de la Urbanización El Vedado, en el Barrio Hato Rey de Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, con cabida de trescientos ochenta y seis metros treinta y cuatro centímetros cuadrados con las siguientes medidas y colindancia: NORTE, en trece metros sesenta centírnetros con la

Avenida de la Victoria; SUR, en igual medida con el solar número cuarenta y cinco; ESTE, en veinti y ocho metros veinte y un centímetros, solar número veinticinco; OESTE, en veintiocho metros sesenta y dos centímetros y medio con la Calle Capitan Kelly. Enclava un edificio principal de hormigón de una planta, con frente a la Avenida de la Victoria, que mide veinte y siete pies por cincuenta y cuatro pies seis pulgadas en su cuerpo principal y dos martillos, uno de treinta pies diez pulgadas por seis pies tres pulgadas que forma parte del balcón lateral y otro de cuatro pies por quince pies en la parte posterior. Ademas del edificio principal se ha construido sobre el mismo solar un edificio accesorio de dos plantas que mide en su cuerpo principal diez pies cinco pulgadas, con frente a la Calle Kelly y veintisiete pies seis pulgadas de fondo con un maitillo que mide sicte pies ocho pulgadas por doce pies. Posee un valor de $12,000.00, med:iante la escritura núnero 6, otorgada en San Juan, Puerto Rico, el dia 14 de enero de! 1947, ante el notario Rafael Rodriguez Ema, e inscrita al folio 2 del tomo 170 de Bayamón Norte, finca número 912-A, inscripción 2da. Finca 912-A. Por su procedencia está afecta a: a. Condiciones restrictivas sobre edificación y uso. b. Servidumbre de paso en beneficio de la finca de Carlos F. Preston y del público en general. Por sí está afecta a: a. Hipoteca en garantía de un pagaré a favor de Banco Bilbao Vizcaya de Puerto Rico, por la suma principal de $20,000.00, o a su orden, con intereses al 8.75 % anual, vencedero a la presentacion, constituida mediante la escritura número 56, otorgada en San Juan, Puerto Rico, el dia 29 de octubre de 1999, ante el notario Roberto Soto Tapia, e inscrita al folio 148 vuelto del tomo 673 de Rio Piedras Norte, Finca número 912-A, inscripción 10ma. NOTA: Se aclara que las partes pactan una suma adicional de intereses equivalentes a las últimas cinco anualidades a razón del 8.75% anual a la cantidad máxima de interés permitidos por ley. b. Anotación de Embargo contra Pedro J. Ortiz Blanco, por la suma de $183,121.18, seguido por Firstbank Puerto Rico, según Mandamiento de Embargo de Participación Indivisa de Inmueble de fecha 10 de octubre de 2019 y Orden Enmendada de fecha 8 de octubre de 2019, expedidos en el Centro Judicial de San Juan, en el Caso Civil número CD2016-2065 (508), sobre Incumplimiento de Contrato y Cobro de Dinero, anotado el día 27 de abril de 2020, al tomo

Friday, March 5, 2021 Karibe de Río Piedras Norte, finca número 912-A, Anotación “A”. Los autos y todos los documentos correspondientes al procedimiento incoado estarán de manifiesto en la Secretaría del Tribunal durante las horas laborables. Se entenderá que todo licitador acepta como bastante la titulación que se transmite y que las cargas y gravámenes anteriores y las preferentes, si las hubiere, al crédito del ejecutante, continuarán subsistentes, entendiéndose que el rematante las acepta y queda subrogado en la responsabilidad de las mismas, sin destinarse a su extinción el precio del remate. Conforme a la Sentencia dictada el día 12 de junio de 2017 y archivada en los autos el 14 de junio de 2017, la anterior venta se hará para satisfacer el balance absoluto es las sumas adeudadas que se mencionan a continuación: La parte demandada viene obligada a pagar a Firstbank las siguientes cantidad es: $165,466.13 de principal, más $17,702.11, en intereses, los cuales se continúan acumulando hasta el pago total de la deuda. Se notifica por la presente a los acreedores que tengan inscritos o anotados sus derechos sobre los inmuebles a ser subastados con posterioridad a la inscripción del gravamen del ejecutante descrito anteriormente, o acreedores de cargas o derechos reales que los hubieren pospuesto al gravamen del actor y a los dueños, poseedores, tenedores de o interesados en títulos transmisibles por endoso o al portador garantizado hipotecariamente con posterioridad al gravamen del actor para que puedan concurrir a la subasta si así lo interesan o satisfacer antes del remate el importe del crédito, de sus intereses, costas y honorarios de abogado, quedando subrogados en los derechos del acreedor ejecutante. La participación indivisa de la propiedad a ser ejecutada se adquirirá libre de cargas y gravámenes posteriores. Y, para conocimiento de licitadores, del público en general, y para su publicación de acuerdo con la ley en un periódico de circulación general de la isla de Puerto Rico y en tres sitios públicos del Municipio en que ha de celebrarse la venta, tales como la Alcaldía, el Tribunal y la Colecturía y vía correo certificado con acuse de recibo a la última dirección conocida de la parte demandada, expido el presente edicto bajo mi firma y el sello de este Tribunal en San Juan, Puerto Rico, hoy día 22 de febrero de 2021. EDWIN E LOPEZ MULERO, ALGUACIL, TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA, SALA SUPERIOR DE SAN JUAN.

LEGAL NOT ICE ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA CENTRO JUDICIAL DE ARECIBO SALA SUPERIOR DE HATILLO,

MIDFIRST BANK Demandante vs.

MELVIN VAZQUEZ OSORIA, JESSICA LOPEZ COLON Y LA SOCIEDAD DE BIENES GANANCIALES COMPUESTA POR AMBOS

Demandada CIVIL NÚM: HA2020CV00164. SOBRE: COBRO DE DINERO Y EJECUCIÓN DE HIPOTECA. EDICTO DE SUBASTA.

A: MELVIN VAZQUEZ OSORIA, JESSICA LOPEZ COLON Y LA SOCIEDAD DE BIENES GANANCIALES COMPUESTA POR AMBOS y aL PUBLICO EN GENERAL:

El que suscribe, Alguacil del Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala Superior de Hatillo, Centro Judicial de Arecibo, hago constar que en cumplimiento de la Sentencia dictada con fecha de 14 de diciembre de 2020, notificada por edicto a la parte demandada el 28 de diciembre de 2020, de la Orden de Ejecución de Sentencia emitida el 2 de febrero de 2021 y el Mandamiento de Ejecución de Sentencia expedido el 8 de febrero de 2021, procederé a vender y venderé en pública subasta y al mejor postor la propiedad que se describe a continuación: RUSTICA: Parcela marcada con el número Trescientos Seis (#306), en el Plano de Parcelación de la Comunidad Rural Rafael González del Barrio Campo Alegre del término municipal de Hatillo, Puerto Rico, con una cabida de TRESCIENTOS ONCE PUNTO SETENTA METROS CUADRADOS (311.70 m/c). En lindes por el NORTE, con Parcela Numero Trescientos Siete (#307) de la Comunidad; por el SUR, con Parcela Número Trescientos Cinco (#305) de la Comunidad; por el ESTE, con la Parcela Número Trescientos Diecinueve (#319) de la Comunidad; por el OESTE, con Calle Número Nueve (#9) de la Comunidad. Enclava una casa. Se segrega de la finca #2405, folio #52 del tomo #53 de Hatillo. Esta propiedad consta inscrita al folio #120 del tomo #349 de Hatillo, finca #11905, Registro de la Propiedad de Arecibo, sección II, inscripción 5ta y última. La dirección física de la propiedad es: Comunidad Rafael González, #306 calle B, Hatillo, Puerto Rico. El producto de la

subasta se destinará a satisfacer al demandante hasta donde alcance, la suma de $32,820.88 por concepto de principal, más interés, según pactados a partir del 1 de diciembre de 2019, más aquellos que continúen acumulándose hasta su total y completo pago, las costas, gastos y desembolsos del litigio. Adeudan además la cantidad de tres pagos adicionales de $3,836.90 cada uno para cubrir intereses, costas, gastos y honorarios relacionados con este procedimiento, y 4.00% del pago mensual vencido en exceso de 15 días por concepto de cago por demora. La venta en pública subasta de la referida propiedad se verificará libre de toda carga o gravamen POSTERIOR que afecte la mencionada finca. La PRIMERA subasta se llevará a efecto el día 14 de abril de 2021 a las 10:00 de la mañana, en la sala del referido Alguacil, sita en el edificio que ocupa el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Centro Judicial de Arecibo. Que el precio mínimo fijado para la PRIMERA subasta es de $38,369.00. Que de ser necesaria la celebración de una SEGUNDA subasta la misma se llevará a efecto el día 21 de abril de 2021, a las 10:00 de la mañana, en la sala en la oficina antes mencionada del Alguacil que suscribe. El precio mínimo para la SEGUNDA subasta será de $25,579.33 equivalente a dos terceras (2/3) partes del tipo mínimo estipulado para la PRIMERA subasta. Si no se produce remate ni adjudicación en le PRIMERA ni en la SEGUNDA subasta, se celebrará una TERCERA el día 28 de abril de 2021, a las 10:00 de la mañana, en la oficina antes mencionada del alguacil que suscribe. El precio mínimo fijado para esta TERCERA subasta es la mitad de la suma pactada para la PRIMERA subasta a saber $19,184.50. Se entenderá que todo licitador acepta como bastante la titulación del inmueble y que las cargas y gravámenes anteriores y los preferentes, si los hubiere, al crédito del ejecutante continuarán subsistente. Entendiéndose que el rematante lo acepta y queda subrogado en la responsabilidad de estos, sin destinarse a su extinción el precio del remate. No constan inscrito en el Registro de la Propiedad acreedores que tengan derechos o cargas sobre el bien hipotecado con anterioridad a la inscripción del crédito del ejecutante. Se les advierte a los licitadores que la adjudicación se hará el mejor postor, quien deberá consignar el importe de su oferta en el acto mismo de la adjudicación, en moneda curso legal de los Estados Unidos de América, entiéndase en efectivo, cheque certificado o giro

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postal a nombre del Alguacil del Tribunal. Tome conocimiento la parte demandada y toda aquella persona o personas que tengan interés inscrito con posterioridad a la inscripción del gravamen que se está ejecutando; y para conocimiento de los licitadores y el público en general, se publicará dos (2) veces en un periódico de circulación diaria en la Isla de Puerto Rico y se fijará, además, en los lugares públicos correspondientes. Una vez efectuada la venta de dicha propiedad, el Alguacil procederá a poner al licitador victorioso en posesión física de la propiedad dentro del plazo de veinte (20) días contados a partir de la venta en pública Subasta. Además, el Alguacil procederá a darle posesión del material al adjudicatario, en los casos que fuere necesario, proceda el lanzamiento del demandado o terceras personas de la propiedad subastada y forzar puertas o ventanas, romper cerraduras, candados, cortar cadenas y tomar cualquier otra medida propia. De igual forma, el Alguacil sacará cualquier propiedad mueble o personal de los demandados o de terceras personas que se encuentren en la mencionada propiedad. Además, los autos y todos los documentos correspondientes al procedimiento incoado estarán de manifiesto en la secretaría del tribunal durante las horas laborables. EXPIDO, el presente EDICTO, en Arecibo, Puerto Rico, a 19 de febrero de 2021. Angel de J. Torres Perez, ALGUACIL, TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA SALA SUPERIOR DE HATILLO CENTRO JUDICIAL DE ARECIBO.

LEGAL NOTICE ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA SALA SUPERIOR DE BAYAMÓN,

BANCO POPULAR DE PUERTO RICO Parte Demandante VS.

VICTOR MANUEL GASCOT VAZQUEZ, LUZ HAYDEE SOTO SANTIAGO Y LA SOCIEDAD LEGAL DE GANANCIALES COMPUESTA POR AMBOS

Demandado CIVIL NUM.: BY2019CV04029. SALA: 505. SOBRE: EJECUCIÓN DE HIPOTECA. ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMERICA EL PRESIDENTE DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO. SS. AVISO DE SUBASTA. El que suscribe, Alguacil del Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala Superior de Bayamón, Puerto Rico, hago

saber a la parte demandada, al PÚBLICO EN GENERAL; y a todos los acreedores que tengan inscritos o anotados sus derechos sobre los bienes hipotecados con posterioridad a la inscripción del crédito del ejecutante, o de los acreedores de cargas o derechos reales que los hubiesen pospuesto a la hipoteca ejecutada y las personas interesadas en, o con derecho a exigir el cumplimiento de instrumentos negociables garantizados hipotecariamente con posterioridad al crédito ejecutado, siempre que surjan de la certificación registral, para que puedan concurrir a la subasta si les convenga o satisfacer antes del remate el importe del crédito, de sus intereses, costas y honorarios de abogados asegurados, quedando entonces subrogados en los derechos del acreedor ejecutante: Aviso de Demanda presentado el día 26 de julio de 2019, de fecha 15 de julio de 2019, expedida en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala Superior de Bayamón, Caso Civil número BY2019CV04029, por concepto de Cobro de Dinero y Ejecución de Hipoteca, por la Vía Ordinaria, seguido por Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, versus Víctor Manuel Gascot Vázquez y su esposo Luis Haydee Soto Santiago, por la suma de $109,753.77 y otras sumas. Se solicita pago y/o venta en pública subasta. Que en cumplimiento del Mandamiento de Ejecución de Sentencia expedido y notificado el día 9 de febrero de 2021, por la Secretaria del Tribunal, procederé a vender y venderé en pública subasta y al mejor postor la propiedad que se describe a continuación: URBANA: Solar #191-K en la Urbanización Los Dominicos en el Barrio Piñas del término municipal de Toa Alta, Puerto Rico; con un área superficial de 622.211 METROS CUADRADOS. En lindes por el NORTE, en 24.70 metros, con el solar #190; SUR, en 38.72 metros, con los solares 192, 193 y 194; por el ESTE, en 38.82 metros, con los solares #196, 197, 198 y 199 y OESTE, en 9.14 metros, con la calle “U-Turn”. Contiene una casa de cemento para una familia. Inscrita la hipoteca al Sistema Karibe del Registro de la Propiedad, Sección de Bayamón III, finca 5,781 de Toa Alta, inscripción séptima. El producto de la subasta se destinará a satisfacer al demandante hasta donde alcance, la SENTENCIA dictada a su favor el día 3 de enero de 2020, notificada el 14 de enero de 2020 en el presente caso civil, a saber la suma de $109,753.77 por concepto de principal; intereses al 3.75% y la suma $11,271.30 para

costas, gastos y honorarios de abogado; y demás créditos accesorios garantizados hipotecariamente. La adjudicación se hará al mejor postor, quien deberá consignar el importe de su oferta en el acto mismo de la adjudicación, en efectivo (moneda del curso legal de los Estados Unidos de América), giro postal o cheque certificado a nombre del alguacil del Tribunal. La PRIMERA SUBASTA se llevará a efecto el día 24 DE MARZO DE 2021 a las 11:30 am, en la oficina del referido Alguacil, localizada en el Centro Judicial de Bayamón, Sala 503, Quinto Piso, Bayamón, Puerto Rico. El precio mínimo fijado para la PRIMERA SUBASTA es por la cantidad de $112,713.00. Que de ser necesaria la celebración de una SEGUNDA SUBASTA, la misma se llevará a efecto el día 7 DE ABRIL DE 2021 a las 3:30 pm, en la Sala 503, Quinto Piso antes mencionada del Alguacil que suscribe. El precio mínimo para la SEGUNDA SUBASTA será de $75,715.00, equivalentes a dos terceras (2/3) partes del tipo mínimo estipulado para la PRIMERA subasta. Que de ser necesaria la celebración de una TERCERA SUBASTA, la misma se llevará a efecto el día 14 DE ABRIL DE 2021 a las 3:30 pm, en la Sala 503, Quinto Piso, antes mencionada del Alguacil que suscribe. El precio mínimo para la TERCERA SUBASTA será de $56,356.50, equivalentes a la mitad (1/2) del tipo mínimo estipulado para la PRIMERA subasta. Si se declarase desierta la tercera subasta, se adjudicará la finca a favor del acreedor por la totalidad de la cantidad adeudada si ésta es igual o menor que el monto del tipo de la tercera subasta, si el Tribunal lo estima conveniente; se abonará dicho monto a la cantidad adeudada si esta es mayor, todo ello a tenor con lo dispone el Artículo 104 de la Ley Núm. 210 del 8 de diciembre de 2015 conocida como “Ley del Registro de la Propiedad Inmueble del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico”. La propiedad a ser ejecutada se adquiere libre de toda carga y gravamen que afecte la mencionada finca según el Artículo 102, inciso 6. Una vez confirmada la venta judicial por el Honorable Tribunal, se procederá a otorgar la correspondiente escritura de venta judicial y se pondrá al comprador en posesión física del inmueble de conformidad con las disposiciones de Ley. Para conocimiento de la parte demandada y de toda aquella persona o personas que tengan interés inscrito con posterioridad a la inscripción del gravamen que se está ejecutando, y para co-


30 nocimiento de todos los licitadores y el público en general, el presente Edicto se publicará por espacio de dos (2) semanas consecutivas, con un intervalo de por lo menos siete días entre ambas publicaciones, en un diario de circulación general en el Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico y se fijará además en tres (3) lugares públicos del Municipio en que ha de celebrarse dicha venta, tales como la Alcaldía, el Tribunal y la Colecturía. Los acreedores que tengan inscritos o anotados sus derechos sobre los bienes hipotecados con posterioridad a la inscripción del crédito del ejecutante, o los acreedores de cargas o derechos reales que los hubiesen pospuesto a la hipoteca ejecutada y las personas interesadas en, o con derecho a exigir el cumplimiento de instrumentos negociables garantizados hipotecariamente con posterioridad al crédito ejecutado pueden concurrir a la subasta si les convienen o satisfacer antes del remate el importe del crédito, de sus intereses, costas y honorarios de abogados asegurados, quedando entonces subrogados en los derechos del acreedor ejecutante. Se les informa, por último, que: a. Que los autos y todos los documentos correspondientes al procedimiento incoado estarán de manifiesto en la secretaría del tribunal durante las horas laborables. b. Que se entenderá que todo licitador acepta como bastante la titularidad y que las cargas y gravámenes anteriores y los preferentes, si los hubiere, al crédito del ejecutante continuarán subsistentes. Se entenderá, que el rematante los acepta y queda subrogado en la responsabilidad de los mismos, sin destinarse a su extinción el precio del remate. EXPIDO, el presente EDICTO, en Bayamón, Puerto Rico, hoy día 23 de febrero de 2021. Maribel Lanzar Velazquez, Alguacil, División de Subastas Tribunal de Primera Instancia Sala Superior de Bayamón. ***

DEMANDADOS JOSÉ LUIS LÓPEZ RUIZ; PARTES CON INTERÉS SUCESIÓN DE LUIS EN DICHAS SUCESIONES CIVIL NÚM.: PO2020CV01747. SOBRE: COBRO DE DINERO LÓPEZ MARTINEZ T/C/C VILLAS DE CASTRO Y EJECUCIÓN DE HIPOTECA. LUIS LÓPEZ Y SUCESIÓN CALLE 2, A-16 EMPLAZAMIENTO POR EDICDE MARIA CRISTINA CAGUAS, PR 00725-4602 TO. ESTADOS UNIDOS DE RAMOS RODRIGUEZ POR LA PRESENTE se le em- AMERICA EL PRESIDENTE T/C/C CRISTINA RAMOS plaza para que presente al tri- DE LOS EE. UU. EL ESTADO bunal su alegación responsiva LIBRE ASOCIADO DE P.R ss. RODRIGUEZ T/C/C dentro de los 30 días a partir de A: SUCESIÓN DE MARIA CRISTINA la publicación de este edicto. OTHONIEL CHARDON RAMOS COMPUESTAS Usted deberá presentar su aleMASINI T/C/C OTTO POR SUS HEREDEROS gación responsiva a través del CHARDON MASINI CONOCIDOS NESTOR Sistema Unificado de Manejo y LUIS LÓPEZ RAMOS, Administración de Casos (SU- COMPUESTA POR SU VIUDA JULITA ROIZ JOSÉ ANTONIO LÓPEZ MAC), al cual puede acceder utilizando la siguiente direc- VIDAL, POR SI; FULANO RAMOS, HIRAM LÓPEZ ción electrónica: https://unired. RAMOS, HARRY LÓPEZ ramajudicial.pr, salvo que se DE TAL Y SUTANA DE RAMOS Y EVELYN LÓPEZ represente por derecho propio, TAL COMO HEREDEROS DESCONOCIDOS Y/O RAMOS; SUCESIÓN en cuyo caso deberá presentar PARTES CON INTERÉS su alegación responsiva en la DE RUBÉN LÓPEZ RAMOS COMPUESTA secretaría del tribunal. Si usted EN DICHA SUCESIÓN POR SUS HEREDEROS deja de presentar su alegación COND. EL SEÑORIAL dentro del referido 1326, CALLE SALUD, CONOCIDOS RUBÉN responsiva término, el tribunal podrá dicAPTO. 1102 DAVID LÓPEZ RIVERA tar sentencia en rebeldía en su PONCE, PR 00731 Y MARIBEL LÓPEZ contra y conceder el remedio RIVERA; FULANO DE solicitado en la demanda, o DIRECCION POSTAL: TAL Y SUTANA DE TAL cualquier otro, si el tribunal, en URB. EL BOSQUE, CALLE el ejercicio de su sana discre- CRUG, 3339, PONCE, PR COMO HEREDEROS ción, lo entiende procedente. 00717-1691 DESCONOCIDOS Se le apacible que conforme al URB. EL BOSQUE, CALLE Y/O PARTES CON artículo 959 del Código Civil, 31 INTERÉS EN DICHAS L.P.R.A. § 2787, usted tiene 30 CRUZ, 3339, PONCE, PR 00717-1691 SUCESIONES; ESTADOS días para aceptar o repudiar la UNIDOS DE AMÉRICA herencia desde la publicación POR LA PRESENTE se le

DEMANDADOS CIVIL NÚM.: CG2020CV02223. SOBRE: COBRO DE DINERO Y EJECUCIÓN DE HIPOTECA. EMPLAZAMIENTO POR EDICTO. ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMERICA EL PRESIDENTE DE LOS EE. UU. EL ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE P.R. ss.

A: SUCESIÓN DE LUIS LÓPEZ MARTINEZ T/C/C LUIS LÓPEZ COMPUESTA POR SU HEREDERO CONOCIDO JOSÉ LUIS LÓPEZ RUIZ; SUCESIÓN DE LUIS LÓPEZ MARTINEZ T/C/C LUIS LÓPEZ Y SUCESIÓN DE MARIA CRISTINA RAMOS RODRIGUEZ T/C/C CRISTINA RAMOS RODRIGUEZ T/C/C MARIA CRISTINA RAMOS COMPUESTAS LEGAL NOTICE POR SUS HEREDEROS CONOCIDOS JOSÉ ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO TRIBUANTONIO LÓPEZ NAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA RAMOS, HIRAM LÓPEZ SALA SUPERIOR DE CARAMOS, HARRY LÓPEZ GUAS. RAMOS Y EVELYN LÓPEZ BANCO POPULAR DE RAMOS; SUCESIÓN PUERTO RICO Y SUN DE RUBÉN LÓPEZ WEST MORTGAGE RAMOS COMPUESTA COMPANY, INC. COMO POR SUS HEREDEROS AGENTE DE SERVICIO CONOCIDOS RUBÉN DEMANDANTE VS. DAVID LÓPEZ RIVERA SUCESIÓN DE LUIS Y MARIBEL LÓPEZ LÓPEZ MARTINEZ RIVERA; FULANO DE T/C/C LUIS LÓPEZ TAL Y SUTANA DE TAL COMPUESTA POR SU COMO HEREDEROS HEREDERO CONOCIDO DESCONOCIDOS Y/O

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emplaza para que presente al tribunal su alegación responsiva dentro de los treinta (30) días de haber sido diligenciado este emplazamiento, excluyéndose el día del diligenciamiento. Usted deberá presentar su alegación responsiva a través del Sistema Unificado de Manejo y Administración de Casos (SUMAC), al cual puede acceder utilizando la siguiente dirección electrónica: https://unired. ramajudicial.pr, salvo que se represente por derecho propio, en cuyo caso deberá presentar su alegación responsiva en la secretaría del tribunal. Si usted deja de presentar su alegación LEGAL NOTICE responsiva dentro del referido ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO término, el tribunal podrá dicDE PUERTO RICO TRIBU- tar sentencia en rebeldía en su NAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA contra y conceder el remedio SALA SUPERIOR DE PONCE. solicitado en la demanda, o BANCO POPULAR DE cualquier otro, si el tribunal, en ejercicio de su sana discrePUERTO RICO Y SUN el ción, lo entiende procedente. WEST MORTGAGE Se le apercibe que conforme al COMPANY, INC. COMO artículo 1,578 del Código Civil, AGENTE DE SERVICIO 31 L.P.R.A. §11,021, usted tieDEMANDANTE VS. ne derecho aceptar o repudiar SUCESIÓN DE OTHONIEL la herencia. A esos efectos, CHARDON MASINI T/C/C de no rechazarla se tendrá la OTTO CHARDON MASINI herencia por aceptada. Reprea la parte demandante, COMPUESTA POR SU senta la representación legal cuyo VIUDA JULITA ROIZ nombre, dirección y teléfono se VIDAL, POR SI; FULANO consigna de inmediato: BUFETE FORTUÑO & FORTUÑO DE TAL Y SUTANA DE FAS, C.S.P. TAL COMO HEREDEROS LCDO. JUAN C. FORTUÑO FAS DESCONOCIDOS Y/O RUA NUM.: 11416 PARTES CON INTERÉS PO BOX 9300, SAN JUAN, PR 00908 TEL: 787- 751-5290, EN DICHA SUCESIÓN; FAX: 787-751-6155 ESTADOS UNIDOS DE E-MAIL: ejecuciones@fortuno-law.com Expedido bajo mi firma y sello AMÉRICA de este edicto. A esos efectos, de no rechazarla, se tendrá la herencia por aceptada. Representa a la parte demandante, la representación legal cuyo nombre, dirección y teléfono se consigna de inmediato: BUFETE FORTUÑO & FORTUÑO FAS, C.S.P. LCDO. JUAN C. FORTUÑO FAS RÚA NÚM.: 11416 PO BOX 13786, SAN JUAN, PR 00908 TEL: 787- 751-5290, FAX: 787-751-6155 E-MAIL: ejecuciones@fortuno-law.com En Caguas, Puerto Rico a 11 de enero de 2021. CARMEN ANA PEREIRA ORTIZ, Secretaria.

del Tribunal, hoy 13 de enero de 2021. LUZ MAYRA CARABALLO GARCIA, Secretaria Regional. EREINA AGRONT LEON, Sec Aux del Tribunal I.

LEGAL NOTICE Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico TRIBUNAL GENERAL DE JUSTICIA Tribunal de Primera Instancia Sala Superior de ARECIBO.

BANCO POPULAR DE PUERTO RICO Demandante Vs

CARMEN EDUARDA VANGA RODRIGUEZ

Demandado Civil Núm.: AR2019CV00815. Salón Civil: 403. Sobre: COBRO DE DINERO. NOTIFICACIÓN DE SENTENCIA POR EDICTO.

A: CARMEN EDUARDA VANGA RODRIGUEZ

(Nombre de las partes a las que se les notifica la sentencia por edicto) EL SECRETARIO(A) que suscribe le notifica a usted que 24 de ENERO de 2020, este Tribunal ha dictado Sentencia, Sentencia Parcial o Resolución en este caso, que ha sido debidamente registrada y archivada en autos donde podrá usted enterarse detalladamente de los términos de la misma. Esta notificación se publicará una sola vez en un periódico de circulación general en la Isla de Puerto Rico, dentro de los 10 días siguientes a su notificación. Y, siendo o representado usted una parte en el procedimiento sujeta a los términos de la Sentencia, Sentencia Parcial o Resolución, de la cual puede establecerse recurso de revisión o apelación dentro del término de 30 días contados a partir de la publicación por edicto de esta notificación, dirijo a usted esta notificación que se considerará hecha en la fecha de la publicación de este edicto. Copia de esta notificación ha sido archivada en los autos de este caso, con fecha de 05 de febrero de 2020. En ARECIBO, Puerto Rico, el 05 de febrero de 2020. VIVIAN Y FRESSE GONZALEZ, Secretaria. f/YANITZA IGLESIAS MALDONADO, Secretaria(a) Auxiliar.

LEGAL NOTICE Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico TRIBUNAL GENERAL DE JUSTICIA Tribunal de Primera Instancia Sala Superior de SALINAS.

BANCO POPULAR DE PUERTO RICO Y SUN WEST MORTGAGE COMPANY, INC. COMO AGENTE DE SERVICIO Demandante V.

SUCESION DE EVARISTA ORTIZ RIVERA COMPUESTA

POR SUS HEREDEROS CONOCIDOS WILBERTO ALVARADO ORTIZ Y WILMER ALVARADO ORTIZ; SUCESION DE WINSLOW ALVARADO ORTIZ; SUCESION DE WILSON ALVARADO ORTIZ; FULANO DE TAL Y SUTANA DE TAL COMO HEREDEROS DESCONOCIDOS Y/O PARTES CON INTERES EN DICHAS SUCESIONES, ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMERICA

Demandado Civil Núm.: SA2019CV00179. Sobre: COBRO DE DINERO Y EJECUCION DE HIPOTECA. NOTIFICACIÓN DE SENTENCIA POR EDICTO.

A: FULANO DE TAL Y SUTANA DE TAL COMO HEREDEROS DESCONOCIDOS Y/O PARTES CON INTERES EN LA SUCESION DE EVARISTA ORTIZ RIVERA, EN LA SUCESION DE WINSLOW ALVARADO ORTIZ Y EN LA SUCESION DE WILSON ALVARADO ORTIZ

(Nombre de las partes a las que se les notifica la sentencia por edicto) EL SECRETARIO(A) que suscribe le notifica a usted que 01 de marzo de 2021, este Tribunal ha dictado Sentencia, Sentencia Parcial o Resolución en este caso, que ha sido debidamente registrada y archivada en autos donde podrá usted enterarse detalladamente de los términos de la misma. Esta notificación se publicará una sola vez en un periódico de circulación general en la Isla de Puerto Rico, dentro de los 10 días siguientes a su notificación. Y, siendo o representado usted una parte en el procedimiento sujeta a los términos de la Sentencia, Sentencia Parcial o Resolución, de la cual puede establecerse recurso de revisión o apelación dentro del término de 30 días contados a partir de la publicación por edicto de esta notificación, dirijo a usted esta notificación que se considerará hecha en la fecha de la publicación de este edicto. Copia de esta notificación ha sido archivada en los autos de este caso, con fecha de 01 de marzo de 2021. En SALINAS, Puerto Rico, el 01 de marzo de 2021. MARISOL ROSADO RODRIGUEZ, Secretaria Regional. f/BRENDA L RAMOS POMALES, Secretaria(a) Auxiliar.

LEGAL NOTICE Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico TRIBUNAL GENERAL DE JUSTICIA Tribunal de Pri-

mera Instancia Sala Superior TA. El que suscribe, Alguacil del de HUMACAO. Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de BAYAMON, hago saber ORIENTAL BANK a la parte demandada, SUHEIL Demandante v. EDWIN OMAR DE JESUS MARIE ACEVEDO SERRANO COLON T/C/C EDWIN O. y al PÚBLICO EN GENERAL; que en cumplimiento del ManDE JESUS COLON damiento de Ejecución de SenDemandado(a) tencia expedido el 30 de sepCivil: HSCI201200154. Sobre: tiembre de 2020, por la EJECUCION DE HIPOTECA. Secretaría del Tribunal, proceNOTIFICACIÓN DE SENTENderé a vender y venderé en púCIA POR EDICTO. ENMENDAblica subasta por el precio míniDA DE ENMENDADA. mo de $174,500.00 y al mejor A: EDWIN OMAR DE postor la propiedad de la direcJESUS COLON T/C/C ción Apt. 8-404 Edificio Flamingo Apartments, Bayamón, PR EDWIN O. DE JESUS COLON; URB. CAMINO 00956 y que se describe como SERENO B-15 CALLE sigue: URBANA: Propiedad Horizontal. Apartamento 2 LAS PIEDRAS PR Penthouse número 8404. Apar00771 P/C LIC. EDDA I tamento residencial de forma RODRIGUEZ SANTIAGO irregular, localizado en el cuarto (Nombre de las partes a las que se le nivel del edificio número 8 del notifican la sentencia por edicto) Condominio Flamingo El SECRETARIO (A) que susApartments, radicado en los bacribe le notifica a usted que el rrios Pájaros y Hato Tejas del 26 de abril de 2013, este Tritérmino municipal de Bayamón, bunal ha dictado Sentencia, Puerto Rico. El área aproximaSentencia Parcial o Resolución da del apartamento es de en este caso, que ha sido debi1569.33 pies cuadrados, equidamente registrada y archivada valentes a 145.79 metros cuaen autos donde podrá usted drados, la cual está distribuida enterarse detalladamente de de la siguiente manera: 178.75 los términos de la misma. Esta pies cuadrados, equivalentes a notificación se publicará una 16.61 metros cuadrados el área sola vez en un periódico de de la terraza techada (covered circulación general en la Isla terrace), 53.63 pies cuadrados, de Puerto Rico, dentro de los equivalentes a 4.98 metros 10 días siguientes a su notificacuadrados el área de la terraza ción. Y, siendo o representando descubierta (open terrace) y usted una parte en el procedi1336.95 pies cuadrados, equimiento sujeta a los términos valente a 124.20 metros cuade la Sentencia, Sentencia drados las demás áreas del Parcial o Resolución, de la cual apartamento. Son sus linderos puede establecerse recurso de en el primer nivel, por el NORrevisión o apelación dentro del TE, en una distancia de 24’0” término de 30 días contados a con espacio común aéreo; por partir de la publicación por edicel SUR, en una distancia de to de esta notificación, dirijo a 23’4” con espacio común aéusted esta notificación que se reo; por el ESTE, en una distanconsiderará hecha en la fecha cia de 57’10” con el apartamende la publicación de este edicto número 8403, con elementos to. Copia de esta notificación comunes generales y con espaha sido archivada en los autos cio común aéreo y por el OESde este caso, con fecha de 25 TE, en una distancia de 45’7” de FEBRERO de 2021. En HUcon el apartamento número MACAO, Puerto Rico, el 25 de 9401. Son sus linderos en el FEBRERO de 2021. DOMINGA segundo nivel por el NORTE, GOMEZ FUSTER, Secretaen una distancia de 22’11” con ria. MICHELLE GUEVARA DE elementos comunes generales; LEON, Secretaria Auxiliar. por el SUR, en una distancia de 23’4” con espacio común aéreo; por el ESTE, en una distanLEGAL NOTICE cia de 33’3½” con el apartaESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO mento número 8403 y con DE PUERTO RICO TRIBUespacio común aéreo y por el NAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA OESTE, en una distancia de SALA DE BAYAMON. 33’3½” con el apartamento núORIENTAL BANK mero 9401. La puerta de entraParte Demandante v. da de este apartamento está SUHEIL MARIE situada en su lindero Este de su ACEVEDO SERRANO primer nivel. Su primer nivel Parte Demandada. consta de sala, comedor, una CIVIL NÚM.: BY2020CV00211 cocina, un balcón en el cual es(403). Sobre: Cobro de Dinero y tán localizadas las escaleras Ejecución de Hipoteca. LOS interiores del apartamento, las ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMÉ- cuales dan acceso al segundo RICA EL PRESIDENTE DE nivel del apartamento, un pasiLOS EE.UU. EL ESTADO LI- llo principal en el cual están loBRE ASOCIADO DE P.R. SS. calizados un laundry, un linen AVISO DE PÚBLICA SUBAS- closet, un baño dos cuartos con


The San Juan Daily Star closet y un dormitorio principal con closet y un baño el cual tiene un closet adicional. Su segundo nivel consta de un recibidor, el cual da acceso a las escaleras interiores del apartamento las cuales conducen al primer nivel de dicho apartamento, un family y dos terrazas, una techada y una descubierta. Le corresponden a este apartamento dos espacios de estacionamiento identificados con el mismo número del apartamento. Este apartamento tiene una participación de 0.617033139% en los elementos comunes generales del condominio. Finca 78389, inscrita al folio 135 del Tomo 1891 de Bayamón, Registro de la Propiedad de Bayamón, sección primera. La finca antes descrita se encuentra afecta a los siguientes gravámenes: i) HIPOTECA en garantía de pagaré a favor de Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Puerto Rico, o a su orden, por la suma de $174,500.00 con intereses al 3.50% anual los primeros 48 meses y 5.875% anual los próximos 432 meses y vencimiento 1 de noviembre de 2051. Constituida por la Escritura 52 otorgada en San Juan el 31 de octubre de 2011, ante la notario Mariana García García, e inscrita al folio 103 del tomo 1909 de Bayamón, finca 78389, inscripción 2ª. (1341/1//;/296) Sujeta a las disposiciones de la Ley 132 del 2 de septiembre de 2010, Ley de Estímulo al Mercado de Propiedades de Inmuebles. CANCELADA PARCIALMENTE en cuanto a la suma de $6,920.28 y MODIFICADA en cuanto a su interés y vencimiento, siendo ahora su nuevo principal por la suma de $167,579.72 con intereses a razón 3.850% anual, comenzando el 1 de enero de 2016 hasta el 1 de diciembre de 2016, luego devengará intereses a razón de 5.875% anual, comenzando el 1 de enero de 2017, hasta su vencimiento el 1 de noviembre de 2051, con un pago residual, sin intereses, de $1,672.70, según consta de la escritura 380 otorgada en Guaynabo el 7 de diciembre de 2015 ante el notario Juan A. Martínez Romero. Inscrita el 28 de mayo de 2020 al Tomo Karibe, finca 78389 de Bayamón Sur, inscripción 2ª. La hipoteca objeto de esta ejecución es la que ha quedado descrita en el inciso (i). Será celebrada la subasta para con el importe de la misma satisfacer la sentencia dictada el 19 de agosto de 2020, mediante la cual se condenó a la parte demandada pagar a la parte demandante la cantidad ascendiente a $157,950.40 de principal (más $2,762.00 debido a la modificación), más intereses acumulados, que continuarán acumu-

lándose al 5.875% anual hasta el saldo total de la deuda, $184.12 a cargos por demora, más $17,450.00 de costas, gastos y honorarios de abogado, más cualquier otro desembolso que haya efectuado o efectúe la parte demandante durante la tramitación de este caso para otros adelantos de conformidad con el Contrato Hipotecario. La PRIMERA SUBASTA será celebrada el día 25 de marzo de 2021, a las 11:00 de la mañana en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico, Piso 5, Sala 503. Servirá de tipo mínimo para la misma, la cantidad de $174,500.00 sin admitirse oferta inferior. De no haber remate ni adjudicación, celebraré SEGUNDA SUBASTA el día 8 de abril de 2021, a las 3:00 de la tarde, en el mismo lugar, en la que servirá como tipo mínimo, dos terceras (2/3) partes del precio pactado para la primera subasta, o sea, $116,333.33. Si no hubiese remate ni adjudicación en la segunda subasta, celebraré TERCERA SUBASTA el día 15 de abril de 2021, a las 3:00 de la tarde , en el mismo lugar en la que regirá como tipo mínimo, la mitad del precio pactado para la primera subasta, o sea, $87,250.00. El Alguacil que suscribe hizo constar que toda licitación deberá hacerse para pagar su importe en moneda legal de los Estados Unidos de América, de acuerdo con la Ley y de acuerdo con lo anunciado en este Aviso de Subasta. Los autos y todos los documentos correspondientes al procedimiento incoado estarán de manifiesto en la Secretaría del Tribunal durante horas laborables. Se entiende que todo licitador que comparezca a la subasta señalada en este caso acepta como bastante la titulación que da base a la misma. Se entiende que cualquier carga y/o gravamen anterior y/o preferente, si la hubiere al crédito que da base a esta ejecución continuará subsistente, entendiéndose, además, que el rematante los acepta y queda subrogado en la responsabilidad de estos, sin destinarse a su extinción cualquier parte del remanente del precio de licitación. La propiedad a ser ejecutada se adquirirá libre de cargas y gravámenes posteriores. Por la presente se notifica a los acreedores que tengan inscritos o anotados sus derechos sobre los bienes hipotecados con posterioridad a la inscripción del crédito del ejecutante o acreedores de cargas o derechos reales que los hubiesen pospuesto a la hipoteca ejecutada y las personas interesadas en, o con derecho a exigir el cumplimiento de instrumentos negociables

Friday, March 5, 2021 garantizados hipotecariamente con posterioridad al crédito ejecutado, para que puedan concurrir a la subasta si les convenga o satisfacer antes del remate el importe del crédito, de sus intereses, costas y honorarios de abogados asegurados, quedando subrogados en los derechos del acreedor ejecutante. Vendida o adjudicada la finca o derecho hipotecado y consignado el precio correspondiente, en esa misma fecha o fecha posterior, el alguacil que celebró la subasta procederá a otorgar la correspondiente escritura pública de traspaso en representación del dueño o titular de los bienes hipotecados, ante el notario que elija el adjudicatario o comprador, quien deberá abonar el importe de tal escritura. El alguacil pondrá en posesión judicial al nuevo dueño, si así se lo solicita dentro del término de veinte (20) días a partir de la confirmación de la venta o adjudicación. Si transcurren los referidos veinte (20) días, el tribunal podrá ordenar, sin necesidad de ulterior procedimiento, que se lleve a efecto el desalojo o lanzamiento del ocupante u ocupantes de la finca o de todos los que por orden o tolerancia del deudor la ocupen. Y PARA CONOCIMIENTO DE LOS LICITADORES Y DEL PUBLICO EN GENERAL y para su publicación de acuerdo con la Ley, expido el presente Edicto bajo mi firma y sello de este Tribunal. En BAYAMON Puerto Rico, hoy 3 de MARZO de 2021. MARIBEL LANZAR VELAZQUEZ, ALGUACIL, TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA SALA DE BAYAMON.

LEGAL NOTICE ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA SALA SUPERIOR DE HUMACAO.

REVERSE MORTGAGE FUNDING LLC. Demandante vs.

SUCESION IRIS MARIA ANDINO ORTIZ T/C/C IRIS MARIA ANDINO T/C/C IRIS ANDINO COMPUESTA POR JOHN DOE Y JANE DOE COMO POSIBLE HEREDEROS DESCONOCIDOS; ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMERICA; CENTRO DE RECAUDACION DE INGRESOS MUNICIPALES

Demandados CIVIL NUM. HU2020CV01196. SOBRE: EJECUCION DE HIPOTECA. EMPLAZAMIENTO POR EDICTO. ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMÉRICA EL PRESIDENTE DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS EL ESTADO LI-

BRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO. SS.

A: JOHN DOE Y JANE DOE COMO POSIBLE HEREDEROS DESCONOCIDOS de la SUCESION IRIS MPRIA ANDINO ORTIZ T/C/C IRIS MPRIA ANDINO T/C/C IRIS ANDINO

POR LA PRESENTE se le emplaza para que presente al Tribunal su alegación responsiva a la demanda dentro de los treinta (30) días a partir de la publicación de este edicto. Usted deberá presentar su alegación responsiva a través del Sistema Unificado de Manejo y Administración de Casos (SUMAC), al cual puede acceder utilizando la siguiente dirección electrónica: http://unired. ramajudicial.pr, salvo que se represente por derecho propio, en cuyo caso deberé presentar su alegación responsiva en la secretaria del tribunal. Si usted deja de presentar su alegación responsiva dentro del referido término, el tribunal podrá dictar sentencia en rebeldía en su contra y conceder el remedio solicitado en la demanda, o cualquier otro, si el tribunal, en el ejercicio de su sana discreción, lo entiende procedente. Greenspoon Marder, LLP Lcda. Frances L. Asencio-Guido R.U.A. 15,622 TRADE CENTRE SOUTH, SUITE 700 100 WEST CYPRESS CREEK ROAD FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33309 Telephone: (954) 343 6273 Frances. Asencio@gmlaw. com Expedido bajo mí firma, y sello del Tribunal, en Humacao, Puerto Rico, hoy día 24 de febrero de 2021. Dominga Gomez Fuster, Sec Regional. Marisol Davila Ortiz, Sec Auxiliar.

LEGAL NOTICE Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico TRIBUNAL GENERAL DE JUSTICIA Tribunal de Primera Instancia Sala Superior de Ponce.

ACM CDGY VI LN LLC Demandante Vs

OSVALDO NESTOR CABRAL CALVO T/C/C OSVALDO CABRAL CALVO

Demandado Civil Núm.: PO2020CV01072. Salón: 406. Sobre: COBRO DE DINERO Y EJECUCION DE HIPOTECA. NOTIFICACIÓN DE SENTENCIA POR EDICTO.

A: OSVALDO NESTOR CABRAL CALVO T/C/C OSVALDO CABRAL CALVO PARA SER NOTIFICADO POR EDICTO P/C: LIC. FRANCISCO J. FERNÁNDEZ CHIQUÉS PO BOX 9749 SAN JUAN PR 00908

(Nombre de las partes a las que se les notifica la sentencia por edicto) EL SECRETARIO(A) que suscribe le notifica a usted que 26 de febrero de 2021, este Tribunal ha dictado Sentencia, Sentencia Parcial o Resolución en este caso, que ha sido debidamente registrada y archivada en autos donde podrá usted enterarse detalladamente de los términos de la misma. Esta notificación se publicará una sola vez en un periódico de circulación general en la Isla de Puerto Rico, dentro de los 10 días siguientes a su notificación. Y, siendo o representado usted una parte en el procedimiento sujeta a los términos de la Sentencia, Sentencia Parcial o Resolución, de la cual puede establecerse recurso de revisión o apelación dentro del término de 30 días contados a partir de la publicación por edicto de esta notificación, dirijo a usted esta notificación que se considerará hecha en la fecha de la publicación de este edicto. Copia de esta notificación ha sido archivada en los autos de este caso, con fecha de 01 de marzo de 2021. En Ponce, Puerto Rico, el 01 de marzo de 2021. LUZ MA YRA CARABALLO GARCÍA, Secretaria Regional. f/EREINA AGRONT LEON, Secretaria(a) Auxiliar.

LEGAL NOTICE ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA SALA DE AGUADILLA.

WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, as trustee of FINANCE OF AMERICA STRUCTURED SECURITIES ACQUISITION TRUST 2018-HB1 DEMANDANTE VS.

Hector Luis Gonzalez Ayala t/c/c Hector L. Gonzalez Ayala t/c/c Hector Gonzalez Ayala; Daisy Hernandez t/c/c Daisy Vega Hernandez y a los Estados Unidos de América

DEMANDADOS CIVIL NUM.: AG2019CV00004. SOBRE: Cobro de Dinero y Ejecución de Hipoteca por la Vía Ordinaria. EDICTO DE SUBASTA.

Al: Público en General A: HECTOR LUIS GONZALEZ AYALA T/C/C HECTOR L. GONZALEZ AYALA T/C/C HECTOR GONZALEZ AYALA; DAISY HERNANDEZ T/C/C DAISY VEGA HERNANDEZ Y A LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMÉRICA

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Yo, CAROL CHALMERS SOTO, Alguacil del Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Aguadilla, a los demandados, acreedores y al público en general con interés sobre la propiedad que más adelante se describe, y al público en general, por la presente CERTIFICO, ANUNCIO y HAGO CONSTAR: Que el día 6 de abril de 2021, a las 10:00 de la mañana sita en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala Superior de Aguadilla, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico en el segundo piso, la oficina del Alguacil, procederé a vender en Pública Subasta, al mejor postor, la propiedad inmueble que más adelante se describe y cuya venta en pública subasta se ordenó por la vía ordinaria mediante Sentencia dictada en el caso de epígrafe, la cual se notificó y archivó en autos el día 16 de mayo de 2019. Los autos y todos los documentos correspondientes al procedimiento incoado, estarán de manifiesto en la Secretaría durante horas laborables. Que en caso de no producir remate ni adjudicación en la primera subasta a celebrarse, se celebrará una segunda subasta para la venta de la susodicha propiedad, el día 13 de abril de 2021, a las 10:00 de la mañana; y en caso de no producir remate ni adjudicación, se celebrará una tercera subasta el día 20 de abril de 2021, a las 10:00 de la mañana, en mi oficina sita en el lugar antes indicado. Que en cumplimiento de un Mandamiento de Ejecución de Sentencia que ha sido liberado por la Secretaría del Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala Superior de Aguadilla, en el caso de epígrafe con fecha de 15 de diciembre de 2020, procederé a vender en pública subasta y al mejor postor, todo derecho, título e interés que tenga la parte demandada de epígrafe en el inmueble de su propiedad ubicado en: #58 3St. Garcia Development, Aguadilla, PR 00603, y que se describe a continuación: URBANA: Solar de la Urbanización García mar cado con el número catorce (14) en el Plano de Subdivisión de dicha urbanización, radicado en el Barrio Victoria del término municipal de Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, compuesta de quinientos cuarenta (540.00) metros cuadrados, o sea dieciocho (18.00) metros al NORTE, en lindes con los solares números veinte (20) y veintiuno (21) de dicha urbanización; en dieciocho (18.0) metros al SUR, en lindes con la calle número tres (3) de la misma urbanización, en treinta (30.0) metros al ESTE, en lindes con el solar número trece (13) de José de Jesús Esteves López y treinta (30.0) metros al OESTE, en lindes con solar número quince (15) de la referida urba-

nización. Finca numero 4879 inscrita en el asiento 171, tomo 98 de Aguadilla, Registro de la Propiedad de Puerto Rico, Sección de Aguadilla. La subasta se llevará a cabo para satisfacer, hasta donde alcance, el importe de las cantidades adeudadas a la parte demandante conforme a la sentencia dictada a su favor, a saber: 91,473.01, por concepto de balance de principal, más intereses acumulados, y los cuales continúan acumulándose a razón del 5.300% por ciento anual hasta su completo pago, más la cantidad de $21,750.00, equivalente al 10% de la suma principal original pactada, estipulada para costas, gastos y honorarios de abogado; más recargos acumulados hasta la fecha en que se pague la deuda; más cualquiera suma de dinero por concepto de contribuciones, primas de seguro hipotecario y riesgo, así como cualesquiera otras sumas pactadas en la escritura de hipoteca, todas cuyas sumas están líquidas y exigibles. La hipoteca a ejecutarse en el caso de epígrafe fue constituida mediante la escritura número 57, otorgada el día 31 de marzo de 2011, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, ante el Notario Público Feranando E. Doval y consta inscrita al folio 35 del tomo 634 de Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, finca número 4879, Registro de la Propiedad de Aguadilla, Sección de Aguadilla. Que la cantidad mínima de licitación en la primera subasta del inmueble antes descrito será la suma de $217,500.00 según se establece en la escritura de hipoteca antes relacionada. En caso de que el inmueble a ser subastado no fuera adjudicado en su primera subasta se ordena la celebración de una segunda subasta de dicho inmueble, en la cual, la cantidad mínima será una equivalente a 2/3 parte de aquella, o sea la suma de $145,000.00; desierta también la segunda subasta de dicho inmueble, se ordena la celebración de una tercera subasta en la cual, la cantidad mínima será la mitad del precio pactado para la primera subasta, es decir la suma de $108,750.00. La propiedad se adjudicará al mejor postor, quien deberá satisfacer el importe de su oferta en moneda legal y corriente de los Estados Unidos de América en el momento de la adjudicación, entiéndase efectivo, giro postal o cheque certificado a nombre del Alguacil del Tribunal de Primera Instancia, y que las cargas y gravámenes preferentes, si los hubiese, al crédito del ejecutante continuarán subsistentes, entendiéndose que el rematante los acepta y queda subrogado en la responsabilidad de los mismos, sin destinar-

se a su extinción el precio del remate. La propiedad no está sujeta a gravámenes anteriores y/o preferentes según surge de las constancias del Registro de la Propiedad en un estudio de título efectuado a la finca antes descrita. Por la presente se notifica a los acreedores que tengan inscritos o anotados sus derechos sobre los bienes hipotecados con posterioridad a la inscripción del crédito del ejecutante o acreedores de cargos o derechos reales que los hubiesen pospuesto a la hipoteca del actor y a los dueños, poseedores, tenedores de o interesados en títulos transmisibles por endoso o al portador garantizados hipotecariamente con posterioridad al crédito del actor que se celebrarán las subastas en las fechas, horas y sitios señalados para que puedan concurrir a la subasta si les conviniere o se les invita a satisfacer antes del remate el importe del crédito, de sus intereses, otros cargos y las costas y honorarios de abogado asegurados quedando subrogados en los derechos del acreedor ejecutante. Entiéndase: Hipoteca Revertida en garantía de un pagaré a favor del Secretario de la Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano, o a su orden, por la suma principal de $217,500.00, con intereses al 5.300% anual, vencedero el día 13 de octubre de 2095, constituida mediante la escritura número 58, otorgada en Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, el día 3 de marzo de 2011, ante el notario Fernando E. Doval, e inscrita al folio 35 del tomo 634 de Aguadilla, finca número 4,879, inscripción 12ª. Una vez efectuada la venta de dicha propiedad, el Alguacil procederá a otorgar la escritura de traspaso al licitador victorioso en subasta, quien podrá ser la parte demandante, cuya oferta podrá aplicarse a la extinción parcial o total de la obligación reconocida por la sentencia dictada en este caso. La propiedad a ser ejecutada se adquirirá libre de cargas y gravámenes posteriores. Si el producto de la venta fuere insuficiente para satisfacer la cantidad reclamada, se procederá a la ejecución de la sentencia en contra de la parte demandada por el remanente de las sumas no satisfechas, mediante embargo y venta en ejecución de cualesquiera otros bienes propiedad de la parte demandada en cantidad suficiente para dejar cubierta y totalmente satisfecha a la parte demandante cualquier deficiencia o parte insoluta de la sentencia dictada a su favor según dispuesto en la sentencia dictada en este caso. Se dispone, conforme con la sentencia dictada en este caso que, una vez efectuada la subasta y vendido el bien inmueble, los adjudicatarios sean puestos en


32 posesión del mismo dentro del término de veinte (20) días por el Alguacil de este Honorable Tribunal y los actuales poseedores lanzados del referido inmueble. De ser ello necesario, el Alguacil podrá diligenciar el Acta de Subasta que se expida en horas laborales, de día, los 5 días de la semana y podrá romper cualquier cerradura o candado que dé acceso al inmueble objeto de este desalojo. Y para la concurrencia de licitadores y para el público en general, se publicará este Edicto de acuerdo con la ley, mediante edicto, en un periódico de circulación general en el Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, una vez por semana, por espacio de dos (2) semanas consecutivas con un intervalo de por lo menos siete (7) días entre ambas publicaciones, y para su fijación en tres (3) lugares públicos del municipio en que ha de celebrarse la venta, tales como la Alcaldía, el Tribunal y la Colecturía, y se le notificará además a la parte demandada vía correo certificado con acuse de recibo a la última dirección conocida. EN TESTIMONIO DE LO CUAL, expido el presente Edicto de Subasta para conocimiento y comparecencia de los licitadores, bajo mi firma y sello del Tribunal, en Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, a 4 de enero de 2021. CAROL CHALMERS SOTO, ALGUACIL TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA SALA DE AGUADILLA.

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BANCO POPULAR DE PUERTO RICO DEMANDANTE VS.

ALEXIS DE JESÚS GONZÁLEZ, MARGARITA MERCADO RODRÍGUEZ Y LA SOCIEDAD LEGAL DE BIENES GANANCIALES COMPUESTA POR AMBOS

DEMANDADOS CIVIL NUM.: CG2019CV01877. SOBRE: COBRO DE DINERO Y EJECUCION DE HIPOTECA (VÍA ORDINARIA). EDICTO DE SUBASTA. El Alguacil que suscribe por la presente CERTIFICA, ANUNCIA y hace CONSTAR: Que en cumplimiento de un Mandamiento de Ejecución de Sentencia que le ha sido dirigido al Alguacil que suscribe por la Secretaría del TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA CENTRO JUDICIAL DE CAGUAS, SALA SUPERIOR, en el caso de epígrafe procederá a vender en pública subasta al mejor postor en efectivo, cheque certificado en

moneda legal de los Estados Unidos de América el día 7 DE ABRIL DE 2021, A LAS 10:45 DE LA MAÑANA, en su oficina sita en el local que ocupa en el edificio del TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA CENTRO JUDICIAL DE CAGUAS. SALA SUPERIOR, todo derecho, título e interés que tenga la parte demandada de epígrafe en el inmueble de su propiedad que ubica en CARR. 761 INT. KM 2 HM 9 BARRIO BORINQUEN CAGUAS, PR 0072 y que se describe a continuación: RUSTICA: Parcela número uno: Parcela de terreno radicada en el Barrio Borinquén del término municipal de Caguas, Puerto Rico, compuesta de tres mil setecientos sesenta y seis punto sesenta y tres noventa y cinco metros cuadrados (3,766.6395 m.c). En lindes por el NORTE, con la parcela número dos; por el SUR, con Alberto Gutiérrez; por el ESTE, con el camino principal; y por el Enclava residencia de concreto y bloques, que consta básicamente de tres cuartos dormitorios, dos y medio baños, un cuarto de “family”, sala, comedor, cocina, marquesina, laundry y balcón dando fe el notario de haber visto la edificación, con un valor de $80,000.00, según escritura número 35, otorgada en Caguas, Puerto Rico, el día 3 de junio de 2006, ante el notario Raúl Muñoz González, inscrita al folio 208 del tomo 1770 de Caguas, finca número 61,667, inscripción 2da. La propiedad antes relacionada consta inscrita en el Folio 208 del Tomo 1,770 de Caguas, finca número 61,667, en el Registro de la Propiedad de Caguas, Sección Primera. El tipo mínimo para la primera subasta del inmueble antes relacionado, será el dispuesto en la Escritura de Hipoteca, es decir la suma de $145,350.00. Si no hubiere remate ni adjudicación en la primera subasta del inmueble mencionado, se celebrará una segunda subasta en las oficinas del Alguacil que suscribe el día 14 DE ABRIL DE 2021, A LAS 10:45 DE LA MAÑANA. En la segunda subasta que se celebre servirá de tipo mínimo las dos terceras partes (2/3) del precio pactado en la primera subasta, o sea la suma de $96,900.00. Si tampoco hubiere remate ni adjudicación en la segunda subasta se celebrará una tercera subasta en las oficinas del Alguacil que suscribe el día 21 DE ABRIL DE 2021, A LAS 10:45 DE LA MAÑANA. Para la tercera subasta servirá de tipo mínimo la mitad (1/2) del precio pactado para el caso de ejecución, o sea, la suma de $72,675.00. La hipoteca a ejecutarse en el caso de epígrafe fue constituida mediante la es-

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critura número 50 otorgada en San Juan, Puerto Rico, el día 31 de enero de 2007, ante el Notario Héctor L. Torres Vilá, la cual consta inscrita al Folio 108 del Tomo 1770 de Caguas, finca número 61,667, inscripción Cuarta (4ta) en el Registro de la Propiedad de Caguas, Sección Primera, Dicha subasta se llevará a cabo para con su producto satisfacer al Demandante total o parcialmente según sea el caso el importe de la Sentencia que ha obtenido ascendente a la suma de $115,412.35 por concepto de principal, desde el 1ro de julio de 2018, más intereses al tipo pactado de 5.1/2% anual que continúan acumulándose hasta el pago total de la obligación. Además, la parte demandada adeuda a la parte demandante los cargos por demora equivalentes a 5.00% de la suma de aquellos pagos con atrasos en exceso de 15 días calendarios de la fecha de vencimiento; los créditos accesorios y adelantos hechos en virtud de la escritura de hipoteca; y las costas, gastos y honorarios de abogado equivalentes a $14,535.00. Además, la parte demandada se comprometió a pagar una suma equivalente a $14,535.00 para cubrir cualquier otro adelanto que se haga en virtud de la escritura de hipoteca y una suma equivalente a $14,535.00 para cubrir intereses en adición a los garantizados por ley. Por razón de dicho incumplimiento, y al amparo del derecho que le confiere el Pagaré, el demandante ha declarado tales sumas vencidas, líquidas y exigibles en su totalidad. Que los autos y todos los documentos correspondientes al Procedimiento incoado estarán de manifiesto en la SECRETARIA DEL TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA CENTRO JUDICIAL DE CAGUAS, SALA SUPERIOR durante las horas laborables. Se entenderá que todo licitador acepta como bastante la titulación del inmueble y que las cargas y gravámenes anteriores y los preferentes, si los hubiere, al crédito del ejecutante continuarán subsistentes entendiéndose que el rematante los acepta y queda subrogado en la responsabilidad de los mismos, sin destinarse a su extinción el precio de remate. La propiedad no está sujeta a gravámenes anteriores y/o preferentes según surge de las constancias del Registro de la Propiedad en un estudio de título efectuado a la finca antes descrita. Por la presente se notifica a los acreedores desconocidos, no inscritos o presentados que sus derechos sobre los bienes hipotecados con posterioridad a la inscripción del crédito del ejecutante o acreedores de car-

gos o derechos reales que los hubiesen pospuesto a la hipoteca del actor y a los dueños, poseedores, tenedores de o interesados en títulos transmisibles por endoso o al portador garantizados hipotecariamente con posterioridad al crédito del actor que se celebrarán las subastas en las fechas, horas y sitios señalados para que puedan concurrir a la subasta si les conviniere o se les invita a satisfacer antes del remate el importe del crédito, de sus intereses, otros cargos y las costas y honorarios de abogado asegurados quedando subrogados en los derechos del acreedor ejecutante. La propiedad objeto de ejecución y descrita anteriormente se adquirirá libre de cargas y gravámenes posteriores una vez el Honorable Tribunal expida la correspondiente Orden de Confirmación de Venta Judicial. Y para conocimiento de licitadores del público en general se publicará este Edicto de acuerdo con la ley por espacio de dos semanas en tres sitios públicos del municipio en que ha de celebrarse la venta, tales como la Alcaldía, el Tribunal y la Colecturía. Este Edicto será publicado dos veces en un diario de circulación general en el Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, por espacio de dos semanas consecutivas. Expido el presente Edicto de subasta bajo mi firma y sello de este Tribunal en Caguas, Puerto Rico, hoy día 24 de febrero 2021. EDGARDO ALDEBOL MIRANDA, ALGUACIL DE SUBASTAS TRIBUNAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA CENTRO JUDICIAL DE CAGUAS SALA SUPERIOR.

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SUN WEST MORTGAGE COMPANY, INC DEMANDANTE vs.

R & G MORTGAGE CORPORATION, LUEGO SCOTIABANK DE PUERTO RICO AHORA ORIENTAL BANK; CARMEN ALICIA ZAYAS SANTIAGO; JOHN DOE; RICHARD ROE COMO POSIBLES TENEDORES DESCONOCIDOS

DEMANDADOS CIVIL NÚM.: GM2021CV00063. SOBRE: SUSTITUCIÓN DE PAGARÉ EXTRAVIADO. EMPLAZAMIENTO POR EDICTO. ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMÉRICA, El Presidente de los Estados Unidos, El Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico.

A la parte co-demandada:

EXPEDIDO bajo mi firma y con el Sello del Tribunal. DADA hoy 26 de febrero de 2021, en Guayama, Puerto Rico. MARISOL ROSADO RODRIGUEZ, Sec Se les notifica por este medio Regional. LESVIA GUZMAN que en el caso del epígrafe se CINTRON, Sec Auxiliar. solicita la SUSTITUCION DE LEGAL NOTICE UN PAGARÉ EXTRAVIADO a favor R & G MORTGAGE ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO CORPORA TION, o a su orden, DE PUERTO RICO TRIBUpor la suma de $57,464.00, NAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA devengando intereses a razón CENTRO JUDICIAL DE COAdel 7.00% por ciento anual, MO SALA SUPERIOR. vencedero el primero (lro) de SUN WEST MORTGAGE junio de 2028, garantizado con COMPANY, INC hipoteca constituida mediante DEMANDANTE VS. escritura número 319 otorgada FIRST FINANCIAL en San Juan, Puerto Rico el 18 CARIBBEAN CORP de mayo de 1998, ante el NotaH/N/C/ H F MORTGAGE rio Francisco Alonso Rivera, la cual consta inscrita al folio 112 BANKERS, DESPUÉS del tomo 152 de Santa Isabel, DORAL FINANCIAL finca número 6, 139, inscripción CORPORATION, Segunda (2da). Dicha Hipoteca DESPUÉS DORAL fue modificada según la EscriBANK AHORA tura número 374, otorgada en BANCO POPULAR DE San Juan, Puerto Rico, el día 16 de diciembre de 2002, ante PUERTO RICO; JAIME el Notario José V. Gorbea VaRAFAEL SANCHEZ rona, para un nuevo principal VILLALONGO, LIZBETH de $63,400.00, un nuevo pago GUZMAN TORRES Y LA mensual de $421.80 y con venSOCIEDAD LEGAL DE cimiento el 1 ro de enero de BIENES GANANCIALES 2033, dicha modificación consCOMPUESTA POR ta inscrita al Folio 211 del Tomo 172 de Santa Isabel, finca núAMBOS; JOHN DOE Y mero 6, 139, inscripción Tercera RICHARD ROE COMO (3ra). Modificada nuevamente POSIBLES TENEDORES según la Escritura número 249, DESCONOCIDOS otorgada en San Juan, PuerDEMANDADOS to Rico, el día 29 de mayo de CIVIL NÚM.: CO2021CV00059. 2014, ante el Notario Jaime E. SOBRE: SUSTITUCION DE Dávila Santini, para un nuevo PAGARE EXTRAVIADO. EMprincipal de $61,467.57, interePLAZAMIENTO POR EDICTO. ses al 4.50% por ciento anual, ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMÉpago mensual de $311.45 y RICA, El Presidente de los Escon vencimiento el 1 ro mayo tados Unidos, El Estado Libre de 2044, dicha modificación Asociado de Puerto Rico. consta inscrita al Folio 170 del A la parte co-demandada: Tomo 193 de Santa Isabel, finJOHN DOE Y RIChARD ca número 6, 139, inscripción ROE, demandados Quinta (5ta). Este Tribunal ha ordenado que se le(s) cite a desconocidos cuya usted(es) por edicto que se pudirección se desconoce blicará una sola vez en un pe- Se les notifica por este medio riódico de circulación general. que en el caso del epígrafe se Se le(s) emplaza y requiere que solicita la SUSTITUCION DE dentro de los treinta (30) días UN PAGARÉ EXTRAVIADO siguientes a la publicación de a favor de FIRST FINANCIAL este edicto, excluyendo el día CARIBBEAN CORP H/N/C/ de la publicación, conteste(n) H F MORTGAGE BANKERS, la demanda radicando el origi- o a su orden, por la suma de nal de la contestación en este $48,769.00, devengando inTribunal y enviando copia de la tereses a razón del 7.06% Contestación de la Demanda por ciento anual, vencedero a las oficinas de CARDONA & el primero (1ro) de mayo de MALDONADO LAW OFFICES, 2026, garantizado con hipoteca P.S.C. ATENCIÓN al Ledo. constituida mediante escritura Duncan Maldonado Ejarque, número 101 otorgada en SaliP.O. Box 366221, San Juan, nas, Puerto Rico el 16 de abril Puerto Rico 00936-6221; Tel de 1996, ante el Notario Gui(787) 622-7000, Fax (787) llermo J. Godreau Marrero, la 625-7001, Abogado de la Parte cual consta inscrita al Folio 256 Demandante. Se le(s) advierte del Tomo 230 de Coamo, finque si dejare(n) de contestar ca número 13,029, inscripción la Demanda en el período de Primera (1ra). Este Tribunal tiempo antes mencionado, po- ha ordenado que se le(s) cite a drá dictarse contra usted(es) usted(es) por edicto que se puSentencia en Rebeldía, conce- blicará una sola vez en un pediéndose el remedio solicitado riódico de circulación general. sin más citarle(s) ni oirle(s). Se le(s) emplaza y requiere que

JOHN DOE Y RICHARD ROE, demandados desconocidos cuya dirección se desconoce

dentro de los treinta (30) días siguientes a la publicación de este edicto, excluyendo el día de la publicación, conteste(n) la demanda radicando el original de la contestación en este Tribunal y enviando copia de la Contestación de la Demanda a las oficinas de CARDONA & MALDONADO LAW OFFICES, P.S.C. ATENCION al Lcdo. Duncan Maldonado Ejarque, P.O. Box 366221, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-6221; Tel (787) 622-7000, Fax (787) 625-7001, Abogado de la Parte Demandante. Se le(s) advierte que si dejare(n) de contestar la Demanda en el período de tiempo antes mencionado, podrá dictarse contra usted(es) Sentencia en Rebeldía, concediéndose el remedio solicitado sin más citarle(s) ni oirle(s). EXPEDIDO bajo mi firma y con el Sello del Tribunal. DADA hoy 26 de febrero de 2021, en Coamo, Puerto Rico. ELIZABETH GONZALEZ RIVERA, Sec Regional. VIRGEN J. HERNANDEZ HERNANDEZ, Secretaria.

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BOSCO CREDIT X, LLC, BY FRANKLIN CREDIT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION AS SERVICER Demandante vs.

JESUS OMAR JUSTINIANO VERA, ARLIN ACOSTA NUÑEZ Y LA SOCIEDAD LEGAL DE BIENES GANANCIALES COMPUESTA POR AMBOS

Demandados CIVIL NUM. L3CI2017-00118. SOBRE: COBRO DE DINERO Y EJECUCION DE PRENDA E HIPOTECA. EDICTO DE SUBASTA. ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMERICA EL PRESIDENTE DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS EL ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO. SS.

A: La Parte Demandada, al (a la) Secretario(a) de Hacienda de Puerto Rico y al Público General:

Certifico y Hago Constar: Que en cumplimiento con el Mandamiento de Ejecución de Sentencia que me ha sido dirigido por el (la) Secretario(a) del Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala Superior de LARES, en el caso de epígrafe, venderé en pública subasta y al mejor postor, por separado, de contado y por moneda de curso legal de los Estados Unidos de América y/o Giro Postal y Cheque Certificado, en mi oficina ubicada en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala

de Lares, el 9 de abril de 2021, a las 2:00 de la tarde, todo derecho título, participación o interés que le corresponda a la parte demandada o cualquiera de ellos en el inmueble hipotecado objeto de ejecución que se describe a continuación: “RUSTICA: Comunidad localizada en el barrio Callejones del Municipio de Lares. Tiene una cabida de 3.3600 cuerdas, equivalentes a 1 hectáreas, 32 áreas, 06 centiáreas. Linda: NORTE, Tito Nieves y carretera municipal; SUR, Jesús Ponce; ESTE, Tito Nieves; OESTE, Enrique Vázquez.”. Consta inscrita al folio 110 del tomo 348 de Lares, Finca 17,327, Registro de la Propiedad de Utuado. La hipoteca objeto de ejecución consta inscrita al folio 110 del tomo 348 de Lares, finca 17,327, Registro de la Propiedad de Puerto Rico, Sección Utuado, inscripción 3ª. Propiedad localizada en: CARR. 454 KM 1.4 BO CALLEJONES, LARES PUERTO RICO 00669. Según figuran en la certificación registral, la propiedad objeto de ejecución está gravada por las siguientes cargas anteriores o preferentes: Nombre del Titular: N/A. Suma de la Carga: N/A Fecha de Vencimiento: N/A Según figuran en la certificación registral, la propiedad objeto de ejecución está gravada por las siguientes cargas posteriores a la inscripción del crédito ejecutante: Nombre del Titular: N/A Suma de la Carga: N/A Fecha de Vencimiento: N/A. Se entenderá que todo licitador acepta como bastante la titularidad de la propiedad y que todas las cargas y gravámenes anteriores y los preferentes al crédito ejecutante antes descritos, si los hubiere, continuarán subsistentes. El rematante acepta dichas cargas y gravámenes anteriores, y queda subrogado en la responsabilidad de los mismos, sin destinarse a su extinción el precio del remate. Se establece como tipo de mínima subasta la suma de $55,250.00, según acordado entre las partes en el precio pactado en la escritura de hipoteca. De ser necesaria una segunda subasta por declararse desierta la primera, la misma se celebrará en mi oficina, ubicada en el Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Lares, el 16 de abril de 2021, a las 2:00 de la tarde, y se establece como mínima para dicha segunda subasta la suma de $ 36,833.33, 2/3 partes del tipo mínima establecido originalmente. Si tampoco se produce remate ni adjudicación en la segunda subasta, se establece como mínima para la tercera subasta, la suma de $27,625.00, la mitad (1/2) del precio pactado y dicha subasta se celebrará en mi oficina, ubicada en el Tribunal


The San Juan Daily Star de Primera Instancia, Sala de Lares, el 23 de abril de 2021, a las 2:00 de la tarde. Dicha subasta se llevará a cabo para, con su producto satisfacer a la parte demandante, el importe de la Sentencia dictada a su favor ascendente a la suma de $51,122.92 de principal, $1,251.45 por concepto de intereses sobre el principal; $50.22 por concepto de cargos por demora; $146.30 por concepto de inspección; $293.64 por concepto de escrow; $5,525.00 por concepto de suma estipulada como liquida, para costas, gastos y honorarios de abogado; mas cualquier otra cantidad de dinero que la parte demandante tenga que desembolsar con relación al presente litigio durante la vigencia de este caso, esta última habrá de devengar intereses al máximo del tipo legal fijado por la oficina del Comisionado de Instituciones Financieras aplicable a esta fecha, desde este mismo dia hasta su total y completo pago. La venta en pública subasta de la referida propiedad se verificará libre de toda carga o gravamen posterior que afecte la mencionada finca, a cuyo efecto se notifica y se hace saber la fecha, hora y sitio de la PRIMERA, SEGUNDA Y TERCERA SUBASTA, si esto fuera necesario, a los efectos de que cualquier persona o personas con algún interés puedan comparecer a la celebración de dicha subasta. Se notifica a todos los interesados que las actas y demás constancias del expediente de este caso están disponibles en la Secretaría del Tribunal durante horas laborables para ser examinadas por los (las) interesados (as). Y para su publicación en el periódico The San Juan Daily Star, que es un diario de circulación general en la isla de Puerto Rico, por espacio de dos semanas consecutivas con un intervalo de por lo menos siete (7) días entre ambas publicaciones, así como para su publicación en los sitios públicos de Puerto Rico. Expedido en Lares, Puerto Rico, hoy 22 de febrero de 2021. Elliot Lopez Quiles, Alguacil Confidencial 241.

LEGAL NOTICE IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO.

CONDADO 3 CFL, LLC Plaintiff, vs.

PEDRO RIVERA FEBO A/K/A PEDRO LUIS RIVERA FEBO,

Defendant. CIVIL NO. 19-1462 (PAD). RE: COLLECTION OF MONIES FORECLOSURE OF MORTGAGE. NOTICE OF SALE.

TO: PEDRO RIVERA

Friday, March 5, 2021 FEBO A/K/A PEDRO LUIS RIVERA FEBO AND TO THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO. SS. Judgment in favor of plaintiff for the sum of $235,538.69 in principal, plus interest at the rate of $39.19 per diem until full payment of the debt, accrued late charges and any additional disbursements made by plaintiff on behalf of defendants in accordance with the mortgage deed, plus costs and attorney’s fees; Pursuant to the judgment, the undersigned Special Master was ordered to sell at public auction for United States currency in cash or certified check without appraisement or right of redemption to the highest bidder to be held on the sidewalk in front of the main gate entrance of the United States District Court, Federal Building, 350 Chardon Avenue, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico or any other place designated by said Special Master, to cover the sums adjudged to be paid to the plaintiff, the following properties: PROPERTY A. URBANA: Finca compuesta de casa y solar señalada con el número cuatro (4) del Plano de la finca en la acera oeste de una calle abierta en terrenos de Antonio Salazar Arces, radicados en el caserío conocido por San Juan Moderno, sito Machuchal en la Sección Norte del Barrio de Santurce de esta ciudad de San Juan, siendo la casa de planta baja, con balcón al frente, construida con madera techada de hierro galvanizado de cinco metros de frente por doce metros de fondo con acometida de acueductos, instalación de luz eléctrica e instalación sanitaria y midiendo el solar 9 metros de frente por 18 metros de fondo, igual a 162.00 metros cuadrados. Linda a la derecha que es el SUR, con la casa número 2 perteneciente a Sabas Centeno Berrios; a la izquierda que es el NORTE, con la casa número 6, perteneciente a Modesta González Sofi; a la espalda que es el OESTE, con la casa número 70 de Felicita Estrain; al frente que es el ESTE, con la calle que radica. Segregada de esta finca una parcela de dos metros con treinta y cinco centésimas de otro (2.35m), a favor del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, quedando la misma con una cabida de 159.65 metros cuadrados. Consta inscrita al folio 77 del tomo 54 de Santurce Norte, Finca número 2,088. Registro de la Propiedad, Sección I de San Juan. • Physical address: Marginal Baldorioty De Castro Esq. Perez #188, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00923. PROPER-

TY B: URBANA: Solar con casa sito en la Sección Norte del Barrio de Santurce de esta ciudad, siendo la casa terrera de madera y cobijada de zinc de seis metros de frente por catorce de fondo y está marcada con el número seis y el solar mide nueve metros de frente por dieciocho metros de fondo, equivalentes a ciento sesenta y dos metros cuadrados, en colindancia por el frente, ESTE, con la Avenida Pérez y; por el fondo OESTE, con Felicita Estrain; por la derecha NORTE, y por la izquierda SUR, con Antonio Salazar. Contiene una casa con balcón de concreto y verja de igual material. Consta inscrita al folio 52 del tomo 56 de Santurce, Finca número 3,058. Registro de la Propiedad, Sección I de San Juan. • Physical address: Marginal Baldorioty De Castro Esq. Perez #186, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00923. Potential bidders are advised to verify the extent of preferential liens with the holders thereof. It shall be understood that each bidder accepts as sufficient the title and that prior or preferential liens to the one being foreclosed upon, including but not limited to any property tax liens (express, tacit, implied or legal), or homeowner associations dues, to the extent specified under the applicable Condominium Law, shall continue in effect. It being understood that the successful bidder accepts them and is subrogated in the responsibility for the same and that the bid price shall not be applied toward their cancellation. The present property will be acquired free and clear of all junior liens. THEREFORE, the first public sale shall be held on the April 30th, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Property A and 10:05 a.m. to Property B, and the minimum bid that will be accepted is the sum of $135,000.00 Property A and $135,000.00 Property B. In the event said first public auction does not produce a bidder and the properties is not adjudicated, a second public auction shall be held on the May 7th, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Property A and 10:05 a.m. to Property B, and the minimum bid that will be accepted is the sum of $90,000.00 Property A and $90,000.00 Property B, 2/3 parts of the minimum bid for the 1st public sale. If said second auction does not result in the adjudication and sale of the property, a third auction will be held on the May 14th, 2021, at 10:05 a.m. to Property A and 10:05 a.m. to Property B, and the minimum bid that will be accepted is the sum of $67,500.00 to Property A and $67,500.00 to Property B, ½ of the minimum bid for the 1st public sale. Upon confirmation of the sale, an order shall be issued canceling all

junior liens. For further particulars, reference is made to the judgment entered by the Court in this case, which can be examined in the Office of the Clerk of the United States District Court, Federal Building, Chardon Avenue, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. In San Juan, Puerto Rico, on February 23rd, 2021. AGUEDO DE LA TORRE, Special Master.

LEGAL NOTICE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO.

MMG I PR CR, LLC. Plaintiff v.

CLAUDINA MARÍA GARCÍA BRIZUELA AKA CLAUDIA MARÍA GARCÍA BRIZUELA AKA CLAUDIA GARCÍA BRIZUELA AKA CLAUDIA M. GARCÍA BRIZUELA

Defendants CIVIL NO. 15-2672 (CCC). Collection of Monies & Foreclosure of Mortgage. NOTICE OF SALE.

TO: CLAUDINA MARÍA GARCÍA BRIZUELA AKA CLAUDIA MARÍA GARCÍA BRIZUELA AKA CLAUDIA GARCÍA BRIZUELA AKA CLAUDIA M. GARCÍA BRIZUELA: AND TO THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO. SS. Judgment in favor of plaintiff for the sum of $152,905.20 of principal, plus interest, which as of November 30, 2016, amounts to the sum of $13,172.13 plus $6,625.67 in late charges and fees; and any other advance, charge, fee or disbursement made by plaintiff on behalf of defendant, in accordance with the mortgage deed, plus costs, and ten (10) percent attorney fees; Pursuant to the judgment, the undersigned Special Master was ordered to sell at public auction for United States currency in cash or certified check without appraisement or right of redemption to the highest bidder to be held on the sidewalk in front of the main gate entrance of the United States District Court, Federal Building, 350 Chardon Avenue, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico or any other place designated by said Special Master, to cover the sums adjudged to be paid to the plaintiff, the following property: RUSTICA: Solar marcado con el número 16 del bloque FF sita en el proyecto de vivienda de la Urbanización Hacienda Primavera, localizado en el barrio Bayamón del Municipio de Cidra, Puerto Rico, con un área de 337.500 metros cuadrados.

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En lindes por el NORTE, con la calle Solsticio; por el SUR, con lote 6 bloque FF; por el ESTE, con lote 15 bloque FF; y por el OESTE, con lote 17 bloque FF. Enclava edificación. Inscrita al folio 197 del tomo 464 de Cidra, Registro de la Propiedad de Caguas, Sección Segunda, finca número 17,009. Physical address: HACIENDA PRIMAVERA, FF-16, CIDRA, P.R. 00739. Potential bidders are advised to verify the extent of preferential liens with the holders thereof. It shall be understood that each bidder accepts as sufficient the title and that prior or preferential liens to the one being foreclosed upon, including but not limited to any property tax liens (express, tacit, implied or legal), or homeowner associations dues, to the extent specified under the applicable Condominium Law, shall continue in effect. It being understood that the successful bidder accepts them and is subrogated in the responsibility for the same and that the bid price shall not be applied toward their cancellation. The present property will be acquired free and clear of all junior liens. THEREFORE, the first public sale shall be held on the April 30th, 2021 at 10:10 a.m., and the minimum bid that will be accepted is the sum of $165,720.00. In the event said first public auction does not produce a bidder and the property is not adjudicated, a second public auction shall be held on the May 7th, 2021 at 10:10 a.m., and the minimum bid that will be accepted is the sum of $110,480.00, 2/3 parts of the minimum bid for the 1st public sale. If said second auction does not result in the adjudication and sale of the property, a third auction will be held on the May 14th, 2021 at 10:10 a.m., and the minimum bid that will be accepted is the sum of $82,860.00, ½ of the minimum bid for the 1st public sale. Upon confirmation of the sale, an order shall be issued canceling all junior liens. For further particulars, reference is made to the judgment entered by the Court in this case, which can be examined in the Office of the Clerk of the United States District Court, Federal Building, Chardon Avenue, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. In San Juan, Puerto Rico, on February 23rd, 2021. AGUEDO DE LA TORRE, Special Master.

Y ROBERT ANTONIO POTTER TORRES

SUGEILY REYES RIVERA

a la fecha de publicación de

este edicto, la parte demandante podrá solicitar que se le anote la rebeldía, y que se dicte sentencia en su contra concediendo el remedio solicitado en la demanda, sin más citarle ni oírle. Se enviará al Demandado copia del Emplazamiento y la Demanda dentro del término de diez (10) días de esta publicación a su última dirección conocida. EXPEDIDO BAJO MI FIRMA, y el sello de este Tribunal, en Bayamón, Puerto Rico, hoy día 17 de febrero del 2021. LCDA. LAURA I SANTA SANCHEZ, Sec Regional. SANDRA I CRUZ VAZQUEZ, Sec Serv a Sala.

LEGAL NOTICE

Liberty Mobile is propoDemandados sing to construct a 35CIVIL NUM. BY2020CV04106. foot overall height small SOBRE: COBRO DE DINERO cell pole telecommuniY EJECUCION DE HIPOTECA cations support strucPOR LA VIA ORDINARIA. EMture off Santa Rosa PLAZAMIENTO POR EDICTO. Road, Guaynabo, PuerESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMÉto Rico (N18° 21’ 10”; RICA EL PRESIDENTE DE W66° 7’ 50.3”). Liberty LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS EL Mobile invites comESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO ments from any interesDE PUERTO RICO. SS. ted party on the impact A: ROBERT ANTONIO the tower may have on any districts, sites, POTTER TORRES; buildings, structures or SUGEILY REYES RIVERA objects significant in Queden emplazados y notifiAmerican history, arcados que en este Tribunal se chaeology, engineering ha radicado Demanda sobre LEGAL NOT ICE or culture that are listed Cobro de Dinero y Ejecución de Hipoteca, en la que se alega Estado Libre Asociado de Puer- or determined eligible que usted(es) le adeuda(n) a to Rico TRIBUNAL GENERAL for listing in the Natiola demandante lo siguiente: La DE JUSTICIA Tribunal de Pri- nal Register of Historic suma de $115,573.28 de princi- mera Instancia Sala Superior Places. Comments may be sent to Environmenpal más los intereses sobre di- de BAYAMON. tal Corporation of Amechas sumas devengados desde BANCO POPULAR DE rica, ATTN: Annamarie el día 1 de julio de 2018, más PUERTO RICO Howell, 1375 Union Hill aquellos a devengarse hasta Demandante v. Industrial Court, Suite el pago total de la deuda a raLUIS ALBERTO A, Alpharetta, Georzón 6.95000% anual, más las TORRES TORRES gia 30004. Comments primas de seguro hipotecario y Demandado(a) must be received within riesgo, recargos por demora y Civil: BY2019CV04380. SALA 30 days. For questions cualesquiera otras cantidades 501. Sobre: COBRO DE DI- please call Annamarie pactadas en la escritura de NERO Y EJECUCIÓN DE GA- Howell 770-667-2040. hipoteca desde la fecha antes RANTÍAS. NOTIFICACIÓN DE CMJ/W4189 mencionada y hasta la fecha *** SENTENCIA POR EDICTO. del total pago de las mismas, Liberty Mobile propone A: LUIS ALBERTO más la suma estipulada de construir una estrucTORRES TORRES $9,850.00 por concepto de de telecomunicacostas, gastos y honorarios de Urb. Covadonga, 1E25, tura ciones de poste celular abogado incurridos por concepCalle Campo Amor, Toa de 35 pies de altura to de un préstamo hipotecario. Baja, PR 00949 total cerca Santa Rosa Se advierte que debe presentar (Nombre de las partes a las que se le Road, Guaynabo, Puernotifican la sentencia por edicto) al tribunal su alegación responto Rico (N18° 21’ 10”; siva a la demanda dentro de los EL SECRETARIO(A) que susW66° 7’ 50.3”). Liberty TREINTA (30) DIAS de haber cribe le notifica a usted que el Mobile invita a los cosido diligenciado este empla- 26 de febrero de 2021, este mentarios de cualquier zamiento, excluyéndose el día Tribunal ha dictado Sentencia, parte interesada sobre del diligenciamiento. Usted Sentencia Parcial o Resolución el impacto que la prodeberá presentar su alegación en este caso, que ha sido debipuesta puede tener en responsiva a través del Sistema damente registrada y archivada cualquier distrito, sitio, Unificado de Manejo y Adminis- en autos donde podrá usted edificio, estructura u tración de Casos (SUMAC), el enterarse detalladamente de objeto significativo en cual podrá acceder utilizando la los términos de la misma. Esta la historia americana, siguiente dirección electrónica: notificación se publicará una arqueología, ingeniería https://unired.ramajudicial.pr, sola vez en un periódico de o cultura que esté en la salvo que se represente por circulación general en la Isla lista o sea elegible para derecho propio, en cuyo caso de Puerto Rico, dentro de los la lista en el Registro deberá presentar su alegación 10 días siguientes a su notifica- Nacional de Lugares responsiva en la secretaría del ción. Y, siendo o representando Históricos, de confortribunal. Si usted deja de pre- usted una parte en el procedi- midad con la Sección sentar su alegación responsiva miento sujeta a los términos 106 de la Ley Nacional dentro del referido término, el de la Sentencia, Sentencia de Preservación Histótribunal podrá dictar Sentencia Parcial o Resolución, de la cual rica. Los comentarios en Rebeldía en su contra y con- puede establecerse recurso de relacionados específiceder el remedio solicitado en revisión o apelación dentro del camente con los recurla Demanda, o cualquier otro, término de 30 días contados a sos históricos pueden si el tribunal, en el ejercicio de partir de la publicación por edic- enviarse a Environmensu discreción, lo entiende pro- to de esta notificación, dirijo a tal Corporation of Amecedente. Favor de enviar alega- usted esta notificación que se rica, ATTN: Annamarie considerará hecha en la fecha Howell, 1375 Union ción responsiva a: Tromberg, Morris & Poulin, LLC de la publicación de este edic- Hill Industrial Court, Lcda. Edmy Cortijo Villock LEGAL NOTICE to. Copia de esta notificación Suite A, Alpharetta, GA R.U.A. 18,126 ha sido archivada en los autos 30004. Los comentaESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO 1515 South Federal Highway, de este caso, con fecha de 3 de rios deben recibirse Suite 100 DE PUERTO RICO TRIBUBoca Ratón, FL 33432 marzo de 2021. En BAYAMON, dentro de los 30 días NAL DE PRIMERA INSTANCIA Tel. 877-338-4101/Fax 561-338-4077 Puerto Rico, el 3 de marzo de de la fecha de este aviSALA SUPERIOR DE BAYAprservice@tmppllc.com 2021. LCDA. LAURA I. SAN- so. Para preguntas, llaMON. De no recibir su contestación a MTGLQ INVESTORS, L.P. la demanda dentro del término TA SANCHEZ, Secretaria. F/ me a Annamarie Howell EDNA ROSARIO TORRES, 770-667-2040. CMJ/ Demandante vs. de treinta (30) días siguientes Secretaria Auxiliar. W4189


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The San Juan Daily Star

March 5-7, 2021

Japan’s travel ban has American baseball players in limbo By BRAD LEFTON

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s his friends and former teammates work out at major league spring training camps across Florida and Arizona, Colin Rea trudges through the snow of eastern Iowa doing his best to prepare for the season in surroundings that don’t lend themselves to the game. After pitching in nine games for the Chicago Cubs last season, Rea signed with Japan’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks over the winter. He fully expected to be training in the warmth of their southern Japan camp when it opened Feb. 1. Instead, Rea — like more than a dozen other players who joined Japanese clubs in the offseason — is in limbo. Japan closed its borders to noncitizens and new arrivals Jan. 4 in a heightened effort to control the spread of the coronavirus. Originally in effect through Feb. 7, the current entry ban now extends through Sunday but is continually being reviewed. Until the border reopens, Rea is preparing the best he can and trying to maintain a sense of humor. “I think high school was the last time I trained with snow on the ground this late in the offseason,” Rea said in a recent telephone interview. “I have access to a weight room and indoor bullpen, so nothing outdoors yet, but it’s supposed to warm up to 30 degrees, so who knows?” Rea is in regular contact with the Hawks, getting updates on the travel situation and sharing video of his training sessions so the team can monitor his progress. Despite the unusual circumstance, it has an eerie familiarity. “It’s kind of the same feeling as last spring and summer during the quarantine and shutdown,” he said of Major League Baseball’s four-month suspension. “It was a week-to-week thing where we had to stay in shape and throw bullpens and throw live BP [batting practice] and do what we can for workouts. So, to some degree, I feel like I know what I need to do to stay in shape on my own and be ready.” Eric Thames is in the same situation. The first baseman and outfielder, who played for the Washington Nationals in 2020 after three solid seasons with the

Milwaukee Brewers, signed with Japan’s Yomiuri Giants over the winter. Instead of training with them in Okinawa, however, he is stuck at his home in Las Vegas cobbling together a training routine. “There were like 15 guys working out here, but they’re all gone to their camps now,” Thames said. “It’s down to just me and another guy who’s playing in the Mexican league this year. We’re throwing BP to each other and just doing what we can.” In a bygone era of Japanese baseball, players from abroad frequently sauntered into spring training after their Japanese teammates, believing they did not require the longer training period. Thames, however, was planning for an on-time arrival, which has become standard practice. “People don’t understand,” he said. “You need the whole time of spring training to get ready for a season. It’s important to get your timing down, to get your arm ready, to get your feet ready, to get your back ready. Besides that, it’s a time to get to know your teammates and build that camaraderie. We don’t even know our teammates yet.” Thames and Rea are among 20 players from outside Japan, a group that includes other major league veterans like Domingo Santana, Adeiny Hechavarría and Justin Smoak, who signed their first contracts with Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) teams and now are — temporarily — stranded outside the country. There are 50 more foreign-based players who are returnees to Japan. Many of them were on time to training camp, as long as they obtained a reentry permit on their way back home in the fall. For the new signees, though, the travel ban is a layered problem. Not only is entry to the country prohibited, but the issuance of new visas has been suspended since Dec. 28. That means even after the travel restrictions are relaxed, Thames, Rea and other new signees will have to wait as many as five working days before they receive the entertainment visa necessary for professional athletes to enter the country as compensated performers. That secondary delay could put them in Japan precariously close to March 26, which is opening day for the 143-game season.

Blocked from training with his Japanese team, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, Colin Rea stays ready at Dugout Sports in Fairfax, Iowa. Yet even then, another perilous obstacle may await: two weeks of quarantine. Hiroshima Toyo Carp infielder Kevin Cron has already experienced it. He was the only new foreign signee among the 12 teams of NPB to have made it into the country before the travel ban and so was able to join spring training for his team’s first workouts. The Carp announced Cron’s deal in late November, among the earliest of overseas signings. A former member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cron is a self-described “organization freak by nature” and said he obsessed about making sure his new team sent him his work papers so he could apply for his visa quickly. He received it Dec. 23, just as word started to spread of possible heightened travel restrictions prompted by the discovery of new strains of the virus. Originally scheduled to fly to Japan in mid-January, Cron said the Carp urged him — twice — to reschedule for earlier dates that month. Then, while on a Christmas holiday in North Carolina, Cron got a late-night call that a ban was imminent. He raced back to Arizona on the first flight the next morning, packed his bags and rushed to Japan. He entered the country Jan. 3, the last day that Japan accepted new arrivals. After that whirlwind trip, Cron had to

endure the two-week quarantine period that likely awaits Thames, Rea and the rest of the new signees. “I was hoping there would be some way I could get out and work out every day, but I couldn’t even leave my apartment to take the trash out,” Cron said in a telephone interview from Japan. “The team brought me some workout bands and other stuff, and I had my trainers from home send me some at-home workouts they created at the beginning of the pandemic.” A quarantine requirement will make an already unlikely goal — getting ready in time to play on opening day — impossible for the rest of the latecomers. Noting that there will be no such requirements for athletes arriving for the Tokyo Olympics in July, some in Japanese baseball are pressing to drop the requirement. Thames’ new manager with the Giants, Tatsunori Hara, made that case to Japanese reporters at the start of spring training. He also appealed to Koji Murofushi, the commissioner of the government’s Japan Sports Agency and a gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, to help loosen the rules. “There must be some way to relax the rules as they apply to athletes without disrupting society at large,” Hara said. “This isn’t just about baseball players. It concerns all athletes. Two weeks of inactive quarantine is detrimental to their craft.”


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March 5-7, 2021

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Yankees manager taking leave of absence to get pacemaker By JAMES WAGNER

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ew York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he expected to be absent from the team for a short time because of ongoing heart issues. The Yankees said Boone, 47, underwent surgery Wednesday in Tampa, Florida, where he is overseeing the team’s spring training before the 2021 season. He received a pacemaker. “My faith is strong, and my spirits are high,” Boone said in a statement issued by the team. “I’m in a great frame of mind because I know I’m in good hands with the doctors and medical staff here at St. Joseph’s Hospital.” Boone, a Yankees hero during the 2003 playoffs who has been their manager since the start of the 2018 season, underwent open-heart surgery in 2009 while with the Houston Astros to fix a problem with his aorta and aortic valve. He returned later that year to play the final 10 games of his 12-year playing career. Over the past six to eight weeks, Boone said, he experienced “mild symptoms” of lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath. He said he underwent tests and

Aaron Boone underwent open-heart surgery in 2009. He is not expected to be out for long for this operation. examinations by heart specialists in New York before spring training. While the heart checkup came back normal, he said, there were signs of a low heart rate. After more medical consultations in Tampa, Boone said, he needed a pacemaker.

Boone called his immediate medical leave of absence “short term” and said he looked forward to returning to work “in the next several days.” A married father of four children, he said his doctors were confident that the surgery would allow him to resume all of his usual professional and personal activities “and afford me a positive long-term health prognosis without having to change anything about my way of life.” He urged people dealing with heart problems to remain vigilant. “Staying on top of your health is always the first and most important thing you can do for yourself and your family,” he said. After the team’s announcement, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in a video news conference that he wasn’t aware of anything that would prevent Boone from returning to normal and handling the rigors of a 162-game regular season. Concerned at first, Cashman said that Boone put him at ease recently when explaining his medical condition and that the procedure would require only a brief visit to the hospital. Cashman said Boone

could be back in as soon as 48 to 72 hours, but that would hinge on his recovery and MLB’s health and safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic. From the hospital bed earlier on Wednesday, Boone took part in the daily video call for coaches and staff, and also recorded a video for players. He joked and smiled on the call. “That made me and all of us feel a lot better,” said Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza, who will serve as the acting manager during Boone’s absence. Mendoza added later, “We’re praying for him.” The team’s ownership is focused on Boone’s health rather than his return. “Our only priority at this time is Aaron’s health and well-being, and we will support him in every way throughout his recovery,” Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ managing general partner, said in a statement. Under Boone, the Yankees have a 236148 record and have reached the playoffs each season. He is the first major league manager to win 100 games in each of his first two seasons. Heading into the 2021 season, the Yankees were again considered a World Series contender.

Tokyo Olympics will make a decision this month on allowing international fans at the games By MOTOKO RICH and ANDREW KEH

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rganizers of the Tokyo Olympics will decide by the end of March if they will allow international spectators to attend the games this summer in Japan. The timetable was revealed at a news conference Wednesday by Seiko Hashimoto, the organizing committee president, who acknowledged the ongoing coronavirus pandemic meant a total ban on overseas fans remained a possibility. “When we think of the current situation, whether it is Japan or overseas, we are under a very difficult situation,” Hashimoto said. “That is a fact. In the end, the decision about spectators will be whether we can maintain a safe and secure games.” Officials in Japan are scrambling to find a safe way to host the Olympics, which

were postponed for one year last summer because of the pandemic. Concerns about ballooning costs and the prospect of thousands of overseas travelers entering the country have soured much of the country on the effort. The project took another hit last month when Yoshiro Mori, the previous president of the Tokyo Olympics, was forced to step down after making sexist comments at a meeting. On Wednesday, the organizing committee — at a news conference where it was represented by an all-woman group of officials — announced that 12 additional members, all of them women, would join its executive board. Out of 45 board members, 19 are now women. In an effort to alleviate concerns around safety, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, reiterated

on Wednesday that the IOC was urging all countries to find ways, within the rules of their national vaccination programs, to

have their Olympic athletes vaccinated before the start of the games. “I can inform you that a considerable number of national Olympic committees have already secured this pre-Tokyo vaccination, and a very considerable number of national Olympic committees are in good contact with their respective governments to allow for this vaccination for Tokyo after the first wave of the risk population has been vaccinated,” Bach said. The propriety of moving athletes and coaches to the front of vaccination lines has split the Olympic movement. Some countries, including Israel, Mexico and India, have said they will do so, and a few already are vaccinating their athletes. Others, including the United States, Britain and Italy, have said their athletes will wait their turn.


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NHL’s rising stars power Chicago and Minnesota By ANDREW KNOLL

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arch may bring a bit more normalcy to the NHL season, as nearly half of the league’s 31 franchises will likely have begun allowing at least some fans to attend games by the end of the month. But February brought its share of oddities and reminders of the perils of playing a hockey season through the coronavirus pandemic. Two teams played a sevengame series — unusual, if not unheard of, outside of the playoffs — because of schedule adjustments prompted by the virus. There were also postponements because of the uncommonly cold weather and power outages in Texas. In the midst of the disruptions, some teams have managed to excel. Two teams pulled off six-game winning streaks and the Central’s top contenders all closed the month strong. By the end of March, most teams will have played half the 56-game schedule and will have an idea of their place in the playoff race with the April 12 trade deadline looming. All statistics are updated through Tuesday’s games. The Islanders surge, and the Kings surprise. Kevin Lankinen, a 25-year-old rookie goalie, has continued to be an unlikely but welcome steadying presence for Chicago, which surged in February. With a 9-3-3 record, he has helped Chicago to a playoff position in the Central Division behind Florida, Tampa Bay and Carolina. All four teams earned at least 13 of their previous 20 possible points through Feb. 28. The East Division also has also been competitive, with the Washington Capitols and the Boston Bruins barely leading two rising teams, the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Islanders. The Islanders have their own rookie sensation in net and have excelled at home this season. Their 8-2-2 February record was the best in the division and they improved their record at home to 7-0-2 in their final season at Nassau Coliseum. Rookie goaltender Ilya Sorokin, 25, made just two starts in February, but both were shutouts to supplement veteran Semyon Varlamov, who has three of his own. Sorokin became the eighth goalie in NHL

The Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings both had six-game winning streaks in February. history to record shutouts in each of his first two victories. Philadelphia was so short-handed because of virus-related absences that at times it was playing defensemen as forwards. The Flyers rebounded with three straight wins and two consecutive shutouts to close February. While most of the top teams in February had rolled over success from recent seasons, two unlikely franchises equaled the Lightning’s league-best six-game win streak. First, it was the Los Angeles Kings, who finished last in the Western Conference in 2019 and needed a seven-game win streak to close last season to avoid the same fate. Their streak was snapped by the Minnesota Wild, who were on a sixgame win streak of their own before losing to the first-place Vegas Golden Knights on Monday. The Kings, one of the league’s youngest teams, have been fueled largely by the resurgence of the remaining veteran core from their Stanley Cup wins in 2012 and 2014. Center Anze Kopitar, defenseman Drew Doughty and wing Dustin Brown have rediscovered their peak form and production, while goaltending and special teams have also aided L.A.’s turnaround. Minnesota, on the other hand, has been buoyed by young forwards who have complemented their mobile, veteran defense corps brilliantly. Center Joel Eriksson Ek and wing Jordan Greenway have played their way from the third line to the

first, now teaming up with wing Kevin Fiala. And the Wild’s second line was scorching during the team’s streak. Mats Zuccarello, Kirill Kaprizov and Victor Rask accumulated nine goals and 17 assists in February. Kaprizov leads all rookies in points, assists and plus-minus rating. For scoring, look to the North. Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews are scoring at breakneck paces. McDavid posted 18 points in February, after having a league-high 22 in January. Realignment put McDavid and Matthews in the same division, but there’s plenty of scoring beyond them. Five of the top six scorers in the NHL through Feb. 28 played in the North, including Toronto’s Mitch Marner and Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl. Matthews had an NHL-best 12 goals in 11 February games. He had a goal-pergame pace through his first 18 contests. That scoring rate has been maintained only seven times in seasons with at least 49 games played. Matthews did not score a goal in his last two games against the Calgary Flames, and also suffered a wrist injury that kept him out of two games against McDavid. Behind Matthews and Marner, Toronto continues to lead the division, giving its long-suffering fans a new level of optimism. While the pivots McDavid and Matthews have been the headliners on the marquee of their generation, two wings have been the biggest names among the 30-and-over crowd this season. Chicago’s Patrick Kane, 32, closed the month with a milestone, becoming the ninth player born in the United States to score 400 goals. Kane’s leaderboard-topping 24 February points increased his total to 34 overall, tying him with Draisaitl for second in the league. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, 35, is set to rise another notch on the career goals list. His 713th goal, on Sunday against the New Jersey Devils, placed him four behind Phil Esposito for sixth, and 18 behind Marcel Dionne for fifth. Bruins right wing David Pastrnak was also among the top performers with nine goals and eight assists in February, including a hat trick in the second of two outdoor games played at Lake Tahoe. After virus-related schedule adjustments,

a playoff series came early. The pandemic upending the schedule has become familiar, but a series of shuffles because of virus-related issues within the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild pitted two of their West Division foes against each other in a manner normally reserved for the postseason. The St. Louis Blues and Arizona Coyotes’ two-game set eventually turned into seven straight games as the schedule shifted. Fittingly, had the series been in the postseason it would have gone the distance. The teams split the first six games before Arizona won the seventh, 1-0. The Dallas Stars had another set of games postponed. After being the first team this season to be affected by a virus outbreak in January’s training camp, they had four February games postponed because of power outages and extreme weather conditions in Texas. In total, a dozen games were rescheduled. Willie O’Ree featured prominently in the league’s Black History Month celebration. The NHL and its franchises recognized Black History Month with tributes to pioneers like Willie O’Ree, who became the first Black player to skate in an NHL game in 1958, and with Black people in hockey sharing their own words through essays and interviews. O’Ree was prominently featured in the festivities. Teams wore special warmups, many adorned with patches that had O’Ree’s likeness on one shoulder and Black History Month emblems on the other. The Bruins were set to retire his number, but they postponed it to next season in hopes that fans would be able to be in the stands. Kane, Florida Panthers wing Anthony Duclair and Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander were among those who sported skates with a portrait of O’Ree and the phrase, “All I needed was the opportunity.” Toronto wing Wayne Simmonds, who also wore a pair, had a hand in their design. The skates will be auctioned off to benefit the Black Girl Hockey Club. The league published essays and interviews on its website, with contributors including Grant Fuhr, the league’s first Black Vezina Trophy winner; Jarome Iginla, its first Black Art Ross Trophy winner; and Angela James, the first Black woman in the Hockey Hall of Fame.


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Sudoku How to Play: Fill in the empty fields with the numbers from 1 through 9. Sudoku Rules: Every row must contain the numbers from 1 through 9 Every column must contain the numbers from 1 through 9 Every 3x3 square must contain the numbers from 1 through 9

Crossword

Answers on page 38

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HOROSCOPE Aries

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Today’s Moon in Sagittarius and your sector of exploration, can be an opportunity to see the bigger picture, and to choose the direction that is best for you. At this time though Aries, your head may well follow wherever your heart leads. If you have a lot of ideas and information at your fingertips, then the coming days could help you gain a useful overview of what to do next.

Libra

(Sep 24-Oct 23)

You may be exposed to lots of information, and be a veritable mine of knowledge. Yet an edgy aspect could find you defending certain beliefs quite vigorously. You might feel very strongly about something to the point where you can come across as being unreasonable. In a few days, you will likely feel less concerned Libra, and may wonder why you were so bothered.

Taurus

(April 21-May 21)

Scorpio

Gemini

(May 22-June 21)

Sagittarius

(Nov 23-Dec 21)

Capricorn

(Dec 22-Jan 20)

Up and away may be your mantra Taurus, with your bold plans and major aspirations. A potent aspect puts you in high gear, and ready to take on projects you might never have attempted before. Is this what you want, or are you hoping to impress? Consider carefully what your motives are, as it could be time to focus on plans that showcase what’s different about you.

You love sampling information and discovering new things. But with fiery Mars continuing in your sign, this tendency is enhanced. It could be difficult to keep your focus, especially if you have tasks that demand concentration. The Moon in Sagittarius can see you pondering key connections and their significance to you. Need to clear the air? It may be unavoidable, Gemini.

Cancer

(June 22-July 23)

(Oct 24-Nov 22)

Bright ideas may be brewing, and with a winning combination of planets in your home zone, you might be fired up and ready to act on them. If you’re keen to give your place a complete makeover, then adding a few unique touches that chime with your interests, travels and taste in art, can give it extra sparkle. Watch spending though, as you could overextend your budget.

Have something to say? Go easy Archer, as your words could have more force than you think, even if you are trying to be helpful. With the Moon in your sign facing off with Mars in Gemini, something meant to reassure might come out wrong and cause upset, even if not intended. Whatever you want to communicate, avoid being too blunt and opt for a more tactical approach.

Peace of mind is a precious resource, which is why the focus on a spiritual sector can inspire you to learn techniques such as mindfulness or meditation, or to take up yoga. With the Moon in your lifestyle zone opposing Mars, an intuitive feeling that your time could be better managed, might encourage you to make changes. One small shift may free you up considerably, Cancer.

Knowing when to offer advice and when to keep quiet, could mean you avoid irritating someone who has already made up their mind. Co-workers, family members or anyone you see on a day-to-day basis may look pensive, but might be weighing up the pros and cons, and working things out for themselves. What advice would you give yourself? Follow that, and you can blossom.

Leo

Aquarius

(July 24-Aug 23)

(Jan 21-Feb 19)

In a tricky situation with friends or a group? Taking sides may be the last thing you want to do, but with an edgy lunar tie on the go, you might not be able to resist. If this is a matter of principle, then you could wade in and add your voice to mix. What would this achieve? Standing up for your beliefs will send a message you are no push-over, and you’ll be respected for doing so.

Your pleasure zone is zestier than ever, with feisty Mars inspiring you to explore novel interests. You could be attracted to those who are great conversationalists, and anyone deeply interesting. Is someone proving a bit of a pest though? They may have feelings for you, and might be determined to tell you about it. If you want them to go away, you’ll need to make this clear.

Virgo

Pisces

(Aug 24-Sep 23)

Mars is powering through Gemini, and acts as a catalyst for you to bring your brightest ambitions to life. But as the Moon opposes it from your home zone, you could feel the pull to lean into more domestic pursuits, which can last a couple of days. Bake a cake while you are thinking up your next strategic career or business move, or plan for your future while soaking in the bath.

(Feb 20-Mar 20)

Delightful Venus in your sign, means you may feel like linking up with someone who shares your interests. Getting further involved might deepen your friendship with them, which could be of great benefit. Ready for positive change, Pisces? A bold and lively aspect in a spiritual zone, can coincide with a meeting that inspires you and pushes you to tap into your hidden potential.

Answers to the Sudoku and Crossword on page 29


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CARTOONS

Speed Bump

Frank & Ernest

BC

Scary Gary

Wizard of Id

For Better or for Worse

Herman

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