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Brain Coral (Diploria strigosa) in Juno Beach, FL suffering from White Plague, a disease that has ravaged coral reefs in the Western Atlantic. MIAMI — A mysterious epidemic continues to sweep South Florida’s reefs, transforming corals into lifeless skeletons and threatening undersea structures that support tourism, provide hurricane protection and

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  By JACQUELINE N. FONT-GUZMAN SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS SAN JUAN — Hurricanes do more than destroy homes, daily routines, power lines, agriculture, communication systems and levees. Hurricanes unveil unequal power dynamics, crush souls and create narratives, such as: “Puerto Ricans are American citizens.” This is dangerous and

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MERRY CHRISTMAS: Gov. Kenneth Mapp is in the holiday spirit early. CHRISTIANSTED – Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced 50 jobs are available for flagmen to assist in managing traffic as the territory marches forth with power restoration efforts. At Monday’s press briefing at Government House, Mapp said those interested in the

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SAN JUAN — At least half the population of Puerto Rico was at potential risk of exposure to bacterial contamination in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, according to government test results obtained by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Some 2.3 million Puerto Rican residents were served by water systems which

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BRIDGETOWN – New social media guidelines for Caribbean journalists and media practitioners were launched here yesterday, with the United Kingdom-based Public Media Alliance (PMA) warning that social media can no longer be ignored. The PMA, which is the largest global association of public service broadcasters, launched the “Social Media guidelines”

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HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND NOT INFLUENCE PEOPLE: Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett on the attack. WASHINGTON — Forty-one days before Hurricane Irma would ravage St. Thomas and St. John, Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett attacked a radio talk show host on the floor of the U.S. Congress. The subject

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The University of the Virgin Islands’ Masters of Marine and Environmental Studies (MMES) 2015 cohort has had their capstone manuscript published in the Public Library of Science (PLOS ONE). The manuscript, altered juvenile fish communities associated with invasive Halophila Stipulacea seagrass habitats in the U.S. Virgin Islands,

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GENEVA — Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis were today certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. “This elimination is the result of our strong political commitment to public health and of making the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — In recognition of World Aids Day, the Immunization Division of the USVI Department of Health (DOH) and the Frederiksted Health Center will be hosting events today. World Aids Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people

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BRIDGETOWN — The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) has announced the launch of the fifth annual Caribbean Innovation Competition (CIC). The Caribbean Innovation Competition is an international competition and business start-up accelerator program for young entrepreneurs in the CARICOM member and associate states. The CIC believes it is different from

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