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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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                             Jimmy Buffett PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — There’s an alpaca farm in Idaho where baby alpacas roam about with names such as “Son of a Sailor” and “Hula Girl.” When the city of Pascagoula announced it would honor native Pascagoulan Jimmy Buffett by dedicating a bridge in his name and giving

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI – Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (SES) SYMX, +3.08% a global energy and gasification technology company enabling clean, high-value energy and chemical products from multiple feedstocks, today reported financial and operating results for its fiscal 2015 year and fourth quarter, ended June 30, 2015. “With three emerging

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MIAMI – Tropical Storm Ida remains very far away in the Central Atlantic Ocean. Tropical Depression 9, meanwhile, has dissipated to a remnant low. Ida may strengthen a bit through the next few days as it moves a little. We’re also watching a low off the coast of the Carolinas

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The temporary ban on burning for the St. Thomas-St. John district will end on Monday, according to the Virgin Islands Fire Service. The Fire Service said people who need permission to burn are urged to contact their area fire station so that fire personnel can conduct a

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                  Tim Duncan of St. Croix SAN ANTONIO – A federal judge has issued a split ruling in a lawsuit St. Croix native Tim Duncan filed against his former financial adviser.  U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez agreed with adviser Charles Banks that three funds Duncan invested in must be litigated

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                      Jarvon Stout of UVI SAN DIEGO – Twenty-three ambitious college students from across the United States spent their time in labs and in the field conducting research in earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences as part of the Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. SURF

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Powerball lottery jackpot has climbed to $208 million for Saturday night’s drawing. That’s because nobody matched the winning numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing. The winning numbers drawn on Wednesday were: 5, 7, 24, 31, 39, Powerball 7. Powerball is a combined large jackpot game which is played in 42

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MIAMI — After emerging the eastern Atlantic on Friday morning, Tropical Storm 10 grew into Tropical Storm Ida on Friday night. It poses no immediate threat to land. Ida is expected to turn west-northwest with an increase in forward speed in the next few days. Westerly shear and an upper-level trough extending

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By Conchita Caracicatriz/Special To The V.I. Free Press CARACAS – Ten years after Venezuela stopped cooperating with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2005, corruption continues to be the most important tool in U.S. and allied efforts at destabilizing Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2007, Venezuela’s then Interior

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WASHINGTON – The FCC proposed new rules that would require submarine cable operators to report outages to the regulator, an initiative that seeks to hold operators more accountable. Today, about 60 submarine cables provide connectivity between the U.S. and Alaska, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa

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