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SMOKE AND MIRRORS? The Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative building in Dulles, Virginia. When Jeffrey Prosser complained to the RTFC about it changing its accounting practices in mid-stream and costing his company $25 million over four years, the non-profit cooperative immediately moved to foreclose on $520 million in outstanding loans to

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FAWNING OVER THE ‘FOEHN EFFECT’: The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have been unseasonably warm this February according to historical statistics and meteorologists. CHRISTIANSTED — If you think that it’s been an unseasonably hot February so far — you would be right. The first half month of February has felt

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SANTIAGO, Chile – A new joint report by two United Nations agencies says  overweight and obesity is on the rise throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, affecting every country, except Haiti. The report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says overweight and obesity

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A boat captain with 25 years experience running marine businesses has added another tow boat to the options available to the marine community here. Capt. Robert Manley, a maritime jack-of-all-trades, got his sea legs as a youngster fishing off the New Jersey coast. After several years of

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WANTED: Rachid Rafaa PHILIPSBURG – Police in Sint Maarten are warning that a wanted Al-Qaeda terrorist could be traveling in the waters of the Eastern Caribbean by boat. The Korps Politie Sint Maarten (KPSM) or Sint Maarten Police Force said people living in the Eastern Caribbean such as the U.S. Virgin

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A British Virgin Islands native was sentenced on Thursday in federal court for smuggling immigrants illegally into the United States. Ashemba Frett, 22, of Tortola was given three months in prison and three years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez for encouraging and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two Dominican nationals and one St. Thomas man were arrested on federal drug smuggling charges on Monday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Miguel Rodriguez, 60, of St. Thomas, Estanislao de Jesus, 47, and Tomas Miguel Liriano Castillo, 44, both of the Dominican Republic, were arrested

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Local and federal authorities moved swiftly on Thursday to address reports spreading throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands about a possible terrorist threat in the U.S. or British Virgin Islands, said V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) director Mona Barnes. U.S. Coast Guard officials reported to VITEMA that

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MARIGOT — Thirteen countries across the Caribbean participated in this year’s Caribbean Waterbird Census (CWC) and in the cases of Anguilla, Bonaire and Jamaica, more than one count was conducted by different organizations and citizen scientists. A total of 321 checklists were submitted, and despite the ongoing drought across the region,

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By DR. JENNIFER YOUNG/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Earthquakes are contrary things. Last week I was noting the absence of any significant seismic event and within hours of the publication of the digest, what should happen but the largest tremor of the year so far? Of

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