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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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WASHINGTON — The White House says President Donald Trump will meet with leaders of five Caribbean nations on Friday in an effort to strengthen cooperation on security and trade issues. The meeting at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s Florida resort, will feature the leaders of the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica

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FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Port Authority hosted two groups of students at the Henry Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix recently. VIPA’s Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighters partnered with Bohlke International Airways to provide nursery school and high school students a tour of the behind-the-scenes operations at the Henry Rohlsen Airport

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CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix man admitted in federal court today that he willfully escaped from local custody and could have five additional years tacked onto the 23 years in prison he is already serving. Nathaniel “Jahreek” Thomas, Jr., 29, of St. Croix, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge George

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MONTEGO BAY — The Sandals Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International – celebrated 10 years of “fulfilling its promise to the Caribbean community” on Monday. Sandals invests in sustainable projects that improve Caribbean schools and build capacity in the education system, restore and conserve marine wildlife and

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SAN JUAN — Last week was a bad week for somebody or several somebodies in the Dominican Republic awaiting cash from Puerto Rico. On March 11, a car being ferried by the M/V Maestro Universe from Port of San Juan to Santo Domingo had two green 55-gallon barrels in it.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — This stunning private jet made a quick visit to the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas today. The bright red jet flew in and left Charlotte Amalie West shortly after it arrived, according to the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA). The photo was posted to VIPA’s

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PHILIPSBURG — As the United States faces a shortage of an estimated 120,000 physicians by 2030, tens of thousands of medical students across the nation and abroad last week learned where and how they’ll be helping to address the problem. Match Day, as it’s known, now carries increased significance as

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) is pleased to announce the availability of a new CFVI scholarship — the Estelle Parrott Scholarship — which will be available for the first time for the 2019-2020 academic year. This scholarship will be funded annually through the Estelle

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SAN JUAN — About 4,940 pounds of ready-to-eat corned beef was recalled after a school in Puerto Rico found metal in a chub of the meat. If Procesadora La Hacienda’s not-food-in-your-food recall sounds familiar, it’s because Productos La Aguadillana recalled nearly 18 tons of breaded chicken breasts after two schools

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — My Brother’s Workshop will host “Mystery Under the Big Top” on April 6th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Under the Solar Awning at Montessori School. It will be a night of circus-themed sleuthing and fun. All proceeds from the evening’s event will go towards furthering the mission

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