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WILLEMSTAD — An upcoming auction of historical items at Christie’s in New York includes a 1798 letter from leaders of the Jewish community of the Caribbean island of Curacao protesting the anti-Semitism of the French colonial ruler. The two-page manuscript, written by community leaders David Cohen Henriquez and Jacob de Castro, protested a

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HELPING HANDS: The U.S. Army has signed a contract with the Louis Berger Group to support temporary power to parts of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands that remain without electricity since the islands were slammed by Hurricane Maria in September. Picture, members of the Army deliver supplies to people

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Like legions of other Americans, Steven Richards headed to the market Tuesday in hopes of finding that perfect holiday turkey. There’s little else that will be traditional this Thanksgiving for Richards, his islander neighbors, or his friends in the Mormon branch over which he presides. “I hope

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BIG MESS: The street of Roseau, capital of Dominica, is littered with debris as it struggles to overcome the severe impact of Hurricane Maria which tore through the region in September 2017. Image: Roosevelt Skerrit,CC BY-SA 2.0,via Wikimedia Commons BRIDGETOWN — The international community mobilized over $1.3 billion in pledges and

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SAN JUAN – Caribbean countries need “a new and better deal” – one that includes access to concessional finance and adequate insurance – if they are to build climate resilience, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said this week at an international conference to mobilize support for the reconstruction of communities devastated by

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SAN JUAN — On a recent Friday, Jose Alvarez arose before dawn, loaded his three children into his van and drove with his wife two hours from their home in the mountainside community of Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. His wife and children boarded a plane

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SAN JUAN — A report launched at the regional parliament (Parlatino) with over 120 legislators by the U.N. Development Program (UNDP)-U.N. Women revealed that Latin America and the Caribbean were the most violent regions in the world for women. “In Latin America and the Caribbean, the number of countries with national

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TOXIC RESORT: Sirenusa Resort’s Villa Capri in St. John cost multiple thousands of dollars per day to stay there before the methyl bromide accident — now it is $150 per night. CRUZ BAY — A pest control company will pay more than $9 million in criminal fines tied to the use

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HONOLULU — It has been nearly two months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico continue to struggle to recover. At the 2017 AMA Interim Meeting in Hawaii, the House of Delegates (HOD) directed the AMA to urge the Congress to pass legislation needed to

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  By TIM DUNCAN Special to the V.I. Free Press The three islands that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands — St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas — have a combined population of 100,000 and a poverty rate of 22 percent, nearly 50 percent higher than where I live

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