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SAN JUAN — When people think of the Caribbean, it’s the turquoise seas, clean beaches, coral reefs teeming with fish, turtles and balmy breezes that come to mind. For us, this paradise is what we call home. We depend upon its riches for sustenance and, often, to make a living. It

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. and Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA) Director Daryl Griffith on Thursday pushed back against one of the subcontractors hired for the Emergency Home Repair Virgin Islands (EHRVI) program who improperly served construction liens on ten homeowners who had their hurricane-damaged homes repaired

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SANTO DOMINGO — Six men have been arrested in the brazen ambush shooting of Boston Red Sox icon David “Big Papi” Ortiz that occurred at a crowded nightclub in the Dominican Republic. Prosecutors and police said Wednesday that the suspects set out to kill the retired baseball player to collect an

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands District Office will conduct a Federal Contracting Opportunities Boot Camp on St. Thomas on June 27 as part of the SBA’s 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance program, to support socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses in

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WASHINGTON — Komal Samaroo, a leading Caribbean business personality, wants the Caribbean region to be better positioned to benefit from its trading relations with the United States through the removal of trade barriers and expanded American investment in the region. Komal Samaroo, chairman of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers

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CHRISTIANSTED — Cane Bay Films is pleased to announce that filmmaker Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz’s recent short film, Soléne won the Special Jury Award at the International Outfest Film Festival, Dominican Republic! Bermúdez-Ruiz stated, “It was truly a great honor to receive this award and we are sincerely grateful to Outfest for

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Senator Kenneth Gittens thanked his colleagues for following appropriate procedure this week when a resolution was approved by nine senators to reorganize the makeup of the 33rd Legislature. However, the St. Croix senator remains concerned about the resulting loss of both time and resources.  Senator Gittens noted that

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Bureau of Motor Vehicles plans to open at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday June 13 and the St. John Office will remain closed to accommodate training, officials said. “The Employees of the Bureau in the St. Thomas/St. John District will be engaged in training to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) said today that the bins near the old Tropical Motors site will be relocated north of their current location. “The bins will be reduced to one six-yard bin instead of the customary two six-yard bins,” according to VIWMA. The Authority

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — After a day-long Committee of the Whole hearing regarding matters concerning our territory’s hospitals, Majority Leader, Senator Marvin Blyden special ordered a measure to the floor that finalized the reorganization of the 33rd Legislature’s Majority Caucus.  The resolution was voted on favorably with nine senators in support of

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