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MIAMI — Mayor Clint Johnson of DeBary, Florida, plans to sail from Cuba to Key West on a makeshift raft this month. Johnson has been preparing for his trip by making rafts and sailing shorter distances. On Friday, he sailed in the Atlantic Ocean to experience the currents and wind

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — Stashing money overseas isn’t just for criminals. Legitimate banks and law firms have entire departments devoted to moving wealth offshore. They call it “aggressive tax planning” or “tax avoidance” and it’s perfectly legal — though it costs Canada an estimated $6 billion to $7.8 billion

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 51-year-old Ghanaian native pleaded guilty in federal court on St. Thomas Friday to transporting her underage daughter for sex with an older man for money, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Jennifer Bowen-Dodoo admitted to U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez that she was guilty

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CHRISTIANSTED — Mean-hearted vandals destroyed seven toilets at two separate facilities at the Canegata Ballpark on Sunday night, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Five toilets were smashed at the northernmost restroom facility behind the concession stand — three in the ladies side and two on the men’s side.

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently met with the Steering Committee of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Climate Change Council to underscore the Obama Administration’s support to help communities prepare, plan and build capacity as they assess vulnerabilities and risks to climate change. During the meeting, Jewell also

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HAVANA — CARICOM said this weekend that it wants slave reparations from the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands. Cuba pledged its support Friday to the Caribbean Community’s quest to receive an apology and compensation from European powers for the transatlantic slave trade. The Caribbean Community or CARICOM, which has

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GEORGETOWN — Following the conclusion of the opening round in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup Qualifiers, Guyana has officially been paired in Group 3 with Curacao and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). Guyana topped Group 5 after wins over Anguilla by a 7-0 margin on local soil and

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CHRISTIANSTED – Tired of watching Anthony Bourdain jet off to exotic locations around the globe and eating food from places you’re not sure you can afford to visit? Don’t have the $1,500 it costs to fly from the 10,185 miles from St. Croix to Vietnam? Well, Bourdain’s current favorite destination

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NEW YORK — The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has announced the upcoming airing of two half-hour episodes of the popular ABC Station’s program on everything related to America’s national parks, that will feature St. Croix and St. John. Episodes of “Rock the Park,”  filmed on St. Croix and

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HAVANA — Royal Caribbean will be home-porting the refurbished Empress of the Seas in Havana, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Effective August 14, the Empress of the Seas, originally named the Nordic Empress, will be sailing 7 day cruises from Havana to Nassau Bahamas, Labadee Haiti, Falmouth Jamaica

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