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SAN JUAN — Only a small fraction of contraceptives donated in Puerto Rico to prevent Zika-related birth defects are expected to get to the women who need them this month, public health officials told the Virgin Islands Free Press. The donations – tens of thousands of intrauterine devices and birth

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CHRISTIANSTED — The family of Creola Jones is appealing to Virgin Islanders to help in the search for the missing woman. The 41-year-old disappeared after arriving on the island of St. Croix with her husband. She did not call her mother as often as she used too and after several

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google announced today that it will no longer allow payday lenders to advertise on its systems because the loans often come with high interest rates and quick repayment requirements that push borrowers into debt. Payday lenders offer quick cash to low-income people, who are then required

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SAN JUAN — About 100 scouts and executives descended upon Puerto Rico this week to watch high school shortstop Delvin Perez, a possible top-five pick in the June draft. One of the officials texted a picture of bug spray with 30 percent DEET, accompanied by a two-word caption: “I’m prepared.”

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By DAVINA “DAYVEE” SUTTON/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS FREDERIKSTED — Like Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands are U.S. territories. Many mainland Americans are aware of this. However, they don’t know the history of the islands, especially its slavery past. Though the slaves were treated cruelly, they had numerous

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The only licensed nursing home in the territory has filed a lawsuit against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a last-ditch effort to prevent the agency from shuttering the facility and moving residents to mainland facilities. Sea View Nursing Home in St. Thomas filed the

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SAN JUAN — As Puerto Rico suffers through an ongoing financial crisis and recent credit default, and its Medicare Advantage (MA) plans receive 40% lower payment rates than those in the mainland U.S., a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine reports substantial disparities in health care quality experienced by Hispanic

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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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If you were planning on popping a Lean Cuisine or DiGiorno in the oven for dinner, you might want to check your freezer. Nestlé issued a voluntary recall for certain DiGiorno, Lean Cuisine, and Stouffer’s products in the U.S. because they could contain small pieces of glass. The company recalled

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission, chaired by Violet Anne Golden, held a public hearing today to take testimony from local and national experts about the problems associated with gambling addictions. Keith Wyte, the executive director of the National Council on Problem Gaming, said if the territory follows

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