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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. This is a very complex issue which can leave the average person very conflicted on the subject

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REMEMBERED: Kowsilla NEW YORK — As March commemorates Women’s History Month, Jahajee Sisters celebrate the legacy of our ancestors on March 31, a legacy built upon resistance and resilience. They also commemorate the Indo-Caribbean women of our time, including activists, organizers, and changemakers who continue to contribute to our legacy;

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Fort Lauderdale woman is believed to be dead after a holiday to St. Thomas ended in disaster when she and her boyfriend were swept into the sea by waves this weekend. Savannah Rae Finn, 22, a student at Florida International University, was on rocks by Peterborg

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ATLANTA — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded an initial 90-day emergency contract to implement the USVI vector control plan, an important part of the territory’s response to Zika. Vector Disease Control International (VDCI) was selected by CDC as part of a national vector control contract

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MIAMI – The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says it has arrested a number of Caribbean immigrants among 25 convicted criminals in a major immigration sweep in Central Florida. ICE said that the unidentified Caribbean nationals were from the Turks and Caicos Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and

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