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Soraya Diase Coffelt, JD, MJS By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS HAVANA – Today is the second day of my visit to Cuba. We began with a walking tour of old Havana and observed buildings that had been newly renovated as well as buildings that were under

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       Soraya Diase Coffelt By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS “Cuba is a land of beauty and complexities.” That’s how our tour guide initially described Cuba to us, a group of 31 persons from divergent areas in the United States who made this trip to

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Global health emergencies understandably stoke fear, panic and wild claims. Exaggerations about Ebola were PolitiFact’s 2014 Lie of the Year. And now rumors about Zika, a virus linked to birth defects, are taking the Internet by storm. One of the claims goes something like this: Zika is caused by genetically

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A Royal Caribbean cruise ship with nearly 5,000 passengers was headed to Port Canaveral today after hurricane-force winds and waves battered the vessel off the South Carolina Coast. Four injuries were reported, according to the company, which said none of the injuries were “severe.” The vessel was set to arrive

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The Caribbean is one of the most tourism-dependent regions in the world. But the Zika virus outbreak is putting U.S. travelers off of visiting the Caribbean and Latin America – with 41 per cent planning to steer clear. Tour firms have yet to report dips due to the virus –

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    Fish or Foul? Fishermen don’t know ST. GEORGE’S – Fishermen are in shock after a weird-looking creature with scales, feet, toes and a human-like nose was discovered in the ocean off of Grenada. The strange hybrid is actually a red-lipped batfish. It has human-like feet allowing it to

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The U.S. Virgin Islands made the top ten list of preferred destinations among the ranks of America’s richest travelers. Surprisingly, Mexico with its risk of kidnappings of wealthy Americans, came in first among those for whom money is no object and the world is at their well-heeled, designer-clad feet. That’s

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Haitian Prime Minister Evans Paul PORT-AU-PRINCE – Local protesters in Labadee, Haiti have forced Royal Caribbean to cancel a second port of call to the cruise port. The Royal Caribbean Blog reports that Navigator of the Seas was scheduled to call at Labadee on Thursday but the cruise line decided

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SANTO DOMINGO — A new Hard Rock International hotel and casino will open in the Dominican Republic in late 2017. Developed in collaboration with All Inclusive Collection, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Santo Domingo will feature 400 hotel rooms and suites, as well as a state-of-the-art casino. It is the

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NASSAU – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) holds its annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace this week, from Jan. 21 to 23, at Atlantis, Paradise Island. Following the standard format of past Marketplace events, tourism suppliers will meet one-on-one with wholesalers in scheduled appointment slots, which in 2015 totaled 11,888

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