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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s education secretary says enrollment at the U.S. commonwealth’s public schools this year has dropped by 11 per cent so far compared with the previous year. Julia Keleher said Thursday that some 317,000 students have enrolled for the new school year, roughly 40,000 less than those

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ECLIPSE O’ CANE? It hasn’t happened in over 50 years but today’s total solar eclipse could coincide with a hurricane or tropical storm. Separate systems out in the Atlantic Ocean moving west or west-northwest, possibly putting at least one of them right in the path of totality of the eclipse. According to

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BIG ORDER: Gov. Kenneth Mapp (middle) and Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter (right) listen as Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum explains why the territory’s schools won’t be in “perfect order” when they open in three weeks. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The territory’s schools won’t be ready when they open in three weeks —

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Children of low-income parents will be able to apply for increased medical insurance benefits from the federal government starting on Oct. 1. The V.I. Department of Education will play a key role in helping the local government to identify children who will be eligible for federally subsidized

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GUEST OP-ED PIECE By Soraya Diase Coffelt Candidate for Governor On June 30, 2017, the V.I. Inspector General issued a 76 page written report with scathing findings entitled Audit of the Department of Education’s Inventory Controls Over the School Lunch Program. Among these findings was that $920,000 had been spent

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CREATIVE CHEF: Nandi Furet of St. Thomas showed she had the right stuff when it comes to culinary creations. Furet, a senior at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, got top honors at the 2017 Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami. MIAMI — Ivanna Eudora

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WHITE ELEPHANT: UVI’s Gillian Marcelle is in New York City trying to draw attention to the few advantages of the empty Research and Technology Park in St. Croix. NEW YORK — The University of the Virgin Islands is beating the bush in the Big Apple trying to attract attention to

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FRIENDLY FENCING: Nzingha Prescod, U.S. Olympic fencer WILL NOT be at the event this summer. But one day your son or daughter might be just as successful as she is at fencing. Prescod was the first African-American woman to win an individual medal at the Senior World Championships. Daryl Homer

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MOOT COURT COMPETITION: The questions and answers are moot (debatable) for the future attorneys who participated in the 23rd Annual Virgin Islands High School Appellate Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Virgin Islands Bar Association, Westlaw and Viya. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The 23rd Annual Virgin Islands High School Appellate Moot

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SETTING THE STAGE FOR SUCCESS: Ivanna Eudora Kean Principal Stefan Jurgen gives introductory remarks at the first Math Bowl held Monday, May 12 in the school’s library.     CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The CAHS math wizards emerged as winners in the first St. Thomas-St. John District High School Math Bowl, held Friday, May

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