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BASSE-TERRE — Guadeloupe says it created an disease-resistant hybrid organic banana that is starting to show promise. The CIRAD 925 variety of bananas was created in the 2000s at research stations after years of hybridization and selection. It is characterized by its resistance to the Black Sigatoka disease which now

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — As travelers look to escape from the cold this winter, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is supporting the territory’s private sector partners with the relaunch of a $3 million marketing campaign to stimulate travel to St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas in the coming months. The

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Governor-Elect Albert Bryan Jr. (left) Interim Press Secretary Richard Motta (middle) and Lt. Governor-Elect Tregenza Roach held a press conference on Wednesday in Estate Richmond, St. Croix. CHRISTIANSTED — U.S. Virgin Islands Governor-Elect Albert Bryan, Jr. has named the people who will lead the ten transition assessment teams charged with

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SAN JUAN — Clayton “Mr. 340” Laurent Jr. of St. Thomas wants to continue his family’s winning ways this weekend. As the stepson of Julian “The Hawk” Jackson, the Jackson family has had its share of champions. “Boxing is what I love to do, it’s what I live for,” Laurent

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SAN JUAN — A report from Puerto Rico’s government says Hurricane Maria had a $43 billion impact on the U.S. territory’s economy, $1 billion more than originally estimated. The Puerto Rico Planning Board’s report says its calculations took into account millions of dollars received so far in federal hurricane recovery

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ARRESTED ON ST. THOMAS AND CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: GERARD “JERRY” BRUNN, 72 CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was arrested after police said he hit his female companion with his hands — and a computer. Gerard A. “Jerry” Brunn, 72, was arrested today and charged with simple assault

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CHRISTIANSTED – Four mostly elderly Guyanese men admitted in federal court that they tried to smuggle 8,300 pounds of cocaine into the Caribbean. Mohamed Hoseain, 70, and Richard La Cruz, 51, each of Georgetown, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock to possession of cocaine on

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Dominican Republic native got 1.5 months in prison for entering the United States illegally here. Juan Lorenzo Matias Peralta, 38, of Santo Domingo was sentenced today 45 days for illegal entry, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller also ordered Peralta to pay a $10

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp offered a message of condolence Saturday morning on the passing of 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush. “On behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands, Lt. Governor Potter and I send our condolences to the entire Bush family, as well as to our fellow Americans,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Musical acts aboard the Carnival Fascination hosted a variety of workshops for students from schools across the territory this week. In an effort to support its port-of-call communities, Carnival Cruise Line joined with the V.I. Department of Education to make possible a day-long workshop for local students

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