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SAN JUAN — Despite a financial crisis that rivals Greece’s and a murder rate that is close to the highest in the world, the people in neighboring Puerto Rico are well-satisfied. So satisfied, in fact, that they have turned been reported as the 15th happiest place to live in the

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RACINE, Wisc. — It is just the start of the U.S. mosquito season, but companies that make bug repellent are already running factories near capacity as they anticipate surging demand in response to the spread of the Zika virus. Repellent makers also are working with government agencies around the world

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MIAMI – A crew member on Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas attempted to commit suicide Saturday morning at Port Everglades, according to a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman. The man, in his late 30s, threatened to jump overboard at about 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. BSO

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By ANTON EDMUNDS/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS HAVANA — Beyond the impact of the Zika virus, the opening of Cuba to U.S. travelers and the warnings of an economic slowdown by the International Monetary Fund and others, the Caribbean faces another phenomenon that poses a challenge to the status

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  There are many international locations around the world that cater to gambling, the most commonly known being Las Vegas. However, there are many other gaming hubs that excite the crowds. One such destination that may surprise many is the Caribbean; known predominately for its favourable climate and sun kissed

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“The private port program plays into perceptions that cruises aren’t authentic travel. But that doesn’t appear to bother passengers who prefer a simpler, controlled experience.” — Jason Clampet The Dominican Republic is replete with natural beauty and island culture. But passengers disembarking from Carnival’s ships at the cruise line’s massive

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Wallilabou in St. Vincent where the German man was shot by pirates. Photo: roser gibert/Flickr Creative Commons. KINGSTOWN — The German Foreign Ministry confirmed to The Virgin Islands Free Press on Tuesday that a German man died while on the island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and that

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — JetBlue is teaming up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help Caribbean vacationers avoid contributing to the illicit trade of threatened and endangered species. The five-year customer education and awareness campaign will feature a series of videos played at every seat on the airline’s flights

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Public Health Ministry is suspicious of a new virus coming into play and hopes that samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) could give some confirmation. Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton told members of the media on Friday that a large number of

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MIAMI — The Coast Guard announced late today it has suspended the search for a man who fell overboard from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. Search-and-rescue crews searched a total area of 2,583 square nautical miles before the search was called off, the

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