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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A minor earthquake occurred about 14 miles southeast of St. Thomas early this morning, authorities said. The quake, measuring 3.4 on the Richter Scale, happened about 2:48 a.m. this morning at a depth of 84.5 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The USGS also recorded a

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ARRESTED AT CYRIL E. KING INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: ASHLEY WARNER OF TORTOLA, BVI CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two Tortola men were taken into federal custody at the St. Thomas airport on Thursday with 24 pounds of cocaine, authorities said. Jason Frett, 36, and Ashley Warner, 54, each of the British Virgin Islands,

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola – Acting Governor Osbert Potter has authorized the United States Virgin Islands Fire and Police departments to assist the Government of the British Virgin Islands with extinguishing a massive landfill blaze that erupted Wednesday night. Potter said his action is in response to a request from the Premier of the

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LONDON — Britain has incurred the wrath of several of its overseas territories by backing measures to force them to publish unprecedented levels of information about who owns the companies based in their jurisdictions by 2020. Territories including the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands fear that the new

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Lorna Smith, head of British Virgin Islands Finance and wife of the premier, has said that forcing a public register “smacks of colonialism.” ROAD TOWN, Tortola — Britain’s overseas territories are considering declaring independence as they revolt against the government’s threat to deploy colonial powers to change their financial systems.

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BUENOS AIRES — The numbers are sobering. When Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the Caribbean last fall, the region lost nearly one million visitors and an estimated $900 million in tourism-related spending. But as bad as those figures appear, the worst is yet to come. As hotels, restaurants, resorts and island

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola – Britain agreed on Tuesday to order its overseas territories such as the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands to make secretive company ownership information public by the end of 2020 to try to tackle corruption and tax avoidance. The move was hailed as a major victory

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Michele Paige, President of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), says the partnership with the ports of the U.S. Virgin Islands is “at an all-time high.” Her comments came after this month’s FCCA Operations Committee meeting, which allowed the USVI delegation to exchange hurricane preparedness best practices and

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SAN JUAN — Florida-based Silver Airways has bought the Caribbean’s largest regional airline — Seaborne. Officials say Puerto Rico-based Seaborne Airlines will operate as a stand-alone subsidiary until the two airlines merge next year. It will continue to serve 12 airports, including those in Puerto Rico and other nearby islands

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GOLD COAST, Australia — Kyron McMaster captured the British Virgin Islands’ first ever medal at the Commonwealth Games when he took the 400-meter hurdles title in 48.25. The 21-year-old’s victory will spark huge celebrations in Tortola, especially after his rollercoaster journey to the Games. “I can guarantee they are jumping

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