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HAVANA — Cubans in eastern Holguin province held a funeral on Sunday for an art instructor and her small child, the first of 67 Holguin residents to be brought home for burial out of 110 people who died Friday in Cuba’s worst plane crash since 1989. Distressed residents gathered at

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CHRISTIANSTED ― Governor Kenneth Mapp offered his congratulations Wednesday to the physicians behind Liberty Medical Development, which recently announced that it has successfully secured financing for a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center at Estate Diamond on St. Croix. The surgical center will offer operating and surgical procedure rooms with clinic offices for several local medical

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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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FREDERIKSTED — People are boiling hot about the high price of eggs on St. Croix, according to social media. Some people said businesses were “price gouging” while others speculated that the eggs were made of gold! A person in the Facebook group “What’s Happening St. Croix” took a before-and-after picture of

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise team advises the community and solid waste haulers that the section of the Scrap Metal yard that collects and stores vehicles will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays and closed at 4 p.m. daily. Vehicles will only be accepted

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Facebook clone of Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty is asking people in the Virgin Islands to apply for National Endowment for the Humanities grants, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The scammer uses the same profile picture that Nicholson-Doty uses on Facebook, so it is nearly

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — South African cruise company Cruiseabout announced over the weekend that they are launching “an innovative Caribbean cruise itinerary aimed at the naturist market” in that country. They say that sun-worshippers will delight in Cruiseabout’s “Privates of the Caribbean” itinerary that will take passengers to some of the world’s “most

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CHRISTIANSTED – The federal program that provides emergency prescription assistance for uninsured disaster survivors has been extended through May 15 at the territory’s request. Virgin Islanders who have no prescription insurance coverage and lost medicine or medical supplies due to hurricanes Irma and Maria may be eligible for a free 30-day

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BRUSSELS — The U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and Saint Kitts and Nevis are set to be added next week to a European Union blacklist of tax havens, raising to nine the number of jurisdictions on it, a European Union document seen by Reuters News Service shows. The decision, taken

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MIAMI — Cruise lines have never had a cleanliness problem this big. In 2017, cruise lines failed their sanitation inspections at the highest rate ever since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s Vessel Sanitation Program started holding cruise ships to its Operations Manual guidelines in 1990. Fifteen ships earned failing scores

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