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SAN JUAN — The Caribbean on Tuesday reported a surge in tourism for 2015 that easily surpassed the global growth rate as it set new arrival and spending records , though there are concerns the mosquito-borne Zika virus could put a dent in those numbers this year. Nearly 29 million

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS Sadly, we are quickly approaching the last day of our trip, which is tomorrow. We still had today, though, and it was filled with much exploration in the beautiful and well preserved city of Trinidad on the southern cost

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HAVANA – The United States and Cuba today will sign a bilateral agreement here today that will permit U.S. airlines to operate up to 110 flights per day between the two nations. Beginning Monday, U.S. airlines will have 15 days to submit applications to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

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Soraya Diase Coffelt, JS, MJS By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS On the sixth day of our trip, we said goodbye to Havana and traveled toward the southern shore of Cuba and the city of Cienfuegos. We stopped at various sites on the way. The first site

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Soraya Diase Coffelt, JS, MJS By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS On day five of my Cuban adventure, we traveled west out of Havana to the beautiful countryside. Our excursion led us through the Sierra del Rosario mountain range. It was a scenic drive through many different

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BAYONNE – A federal agency responsible for monitoring ocean conditions says it predicted dangerous waves and harsh winds in the mid-Atlantic Ocean last week, days before before a cruise ship headed into the path of a powerful winter storm on Sunday. The Ocean Prediction Center said it had projected “hazardous

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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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