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By ACTING ASSISTANT U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION JASON BOTEL SPECIAL TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS Two trips to the U.S. Virgin Islands opened my eyes to the enormity of the challenges students, educators and families there face, and what lies ahead to reverse the impact of

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CHRISTIANSTED — In an effort to assist individuals in the territory to take charge of their health, the USVI Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the New York State Nursing Association and the Virgin Islands State Nurses Association (VISNA), will be providing a mobile medical clinic in various communities

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BOSTON — The state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation is pressing federal officials on efforts to address mental health challenges in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In a letter Friday to Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore McCance-Katz, the 11-member delegation, led by

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GIVING BACK: Oakland A’s starting pitcher Jharel Cotton of St. Thomas helps out the less fortunate at My Brother’s Table in Charlotte Amalie after Hurricane Irma. OAKLAND — Several weeks before his wedding, Oakland Athletic’s starter Jharel Cotton and his fiancee went on a trip to the Virgin Islands, but

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SAN JUAN — Maintenance operations conducted as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers temporary emergency power mission in Puerto Rico are keeping nearly 1,000 federal emergency power generators running at critical public facilities across the island. The generators help power lifesaving facilities such as fire stations and medical centers,

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WELLINGTON — A fundraiser last week in Florida brought in some big money for hurricane relief in the British Virgin Islands. The Thursday event was co-hosted by Palm Beach Travel, the British Virgin Islands Tourism Board, Lamborghini and The Moorings. At least 50 guests packed the International Polo Club Palm Beach

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ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands — Elderly homes on Tortola and Virgin Gorda will soon undergo needed emergency repairs to their structures which sustained extensive damage following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The repair works are being funded by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Health Emergency Department and

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  CRUZ BAY — The time might have passed people looking for personal disaster assistance, but FEMA programs continue in the territory.. “FEMA is going to be here for the long haul,” FEMA public information officer Eric Adams said. Late applications will still be considered if there’s a good reason

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Helwood Urbina Paris, 20, of Puerto Rico, and Hanselo Recio, 18, of the Dominican Republic, were sentenced Thursday for their roles in the armed robbery of the McDonald’s restaurant in Lockhart Shopping Center, U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert said. U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Paris to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — In a wide-ranging interview with NBC News, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that Gov. Kenneth Mapp wanted to bring down only 25 linemen after two debilitating Category 5 hurricanes struck the territory. Bloomberg said Thursday that he told Mapp that he should start out

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