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ELLIE PERKINS: Died the day before her second birthday in a freak accident as her mother idly chatted to a day care center worker in the British Virgin Islands. ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A little girl was crushed to death by the family car a day before her second

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WASHINGTON  — Sweeping tax code changes aimed at keeping U.S. companies from shifting profits offshore to avoid taxes will not affect the battered economy of Puerto Rico, a senior White House official said on Wednesday. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has said the provisions in a new tax bill passed by

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CHRISTIANSTED — We certainly aren’t going out on a limb to call the Year 2017 the Year of the Hurricane. Not when you live here. Two Category 5 storms smacked down St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix within the space of 13 days. The Virgin Islands had gone years

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SAN JUAN –  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is rejecting a report by Refugees International criticizing local and federal hurricane response in Puerto Rico. Spokesman Daniel Llargues said Monday that FEMA has approved more than $1 billion in federal assistance and has distributed more than 120,000 tarps to people

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HAVANA — Though three months has passed since hurricanes Maria and Irma terrorized and destroyed Caribbean islands, thousands of children remain without basic necessities, clean water, social services and shelter, United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said. “Even before the hurricanes hit, UNICEF was on the ground, working with governments and local

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  By JACQUELINE N. FONT-GUZMAN SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS SAN JUAN — Hurricanes do more than destroy homes, daily routines, power lines, agriculture, communication systems and levees. Hurricanes unveil unequal power dynamics, crush souls and create narratives, such as: “Puerto Ricans are American citizens.” This is dangerous and

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By POLLY HOPPIN SPECIAL TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS As health professionals with expertise in the links between air pollution and human health, we are writing to express our grave concern about and opposition to the proposed plan to dispose of wood debris on the Virgin Islands by burning

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CHRISTIANSTED – Gov. Kenneth Mapp said that he met with all of his Cabinet members on St. Croix and that all of them are happy to report that none of them are hurting after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. “I thought the public ought to know this,” Mapp said, “because it

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Relatives and friends are advised of the passing of Rita V. Mahoney, who passed away on Dec. 3, 2017. She was preceded in death by her children, Leo C. Mahoney, Kelvin Mahoney, Elston Mahoney. Rita Mahoney is survived by her children, Delores Parker, Edna Mahoney Sanders, Adelso Mahoney, Bah Mahoney,

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) will be making a generous donation to the Virgin Islands Fire Services (VIFS) today. The donation exchange ceremony will be held at the Richmond Fire Station located on St. Croix, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. DEMA will be donating large 15-foot by 24-foot tents,

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