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CARACAS — Venezuela has extended its ban on air and maritime ties with three nearby Dutch Caribbean islands, citing out of control smuggling, officials said today. Venezuela is pressing for high-level talks with leaders of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire before trading can resume, officials said. Vice President Tareck El Aissami said

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SAN JUAN – Sea Star Holdings Inc., parent company for Seaborne Puerto Rico LLC, Seaborne Virgin Islands, Inc. and affiliates (“Seaborne” or “the Company”), announced the company has commenced a voluntary reorganization proceeding under Title 11 of the U.S. Code in order to implement new financing and a sale to

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ROYAL MESS: Flooding damage to a reading room at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao. SAN JUAN — Hurricane Maria, the 10th most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, causing widespread flooding and damage to infrastructure. Three months later, 35 percent of all

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WILLEMSTAD — The government of Curacao said it has scrapped a preliminary agreement with Guangdong Zhenrong Energy to operate the island’s aging La Isla refinery, saying the Chinese firm misrepresented itself and was unable to take on such a large endeavor. The two sides signed a deal in 2016 to invest

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SAN JUAN — Sunny to partly cloudy skies and fair weather conditions are expected. Seas up to five feet and east to southeast winds up to 10 knots expected across the local waters. Moderate rip current risk is expected across the Atlantic coasts of the islands and a low risk

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GREAT WIDE OPEN: There are no houses visible where the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) was busy re-connecting utility poles to electricity on Tuesday. Today WAPA was on St. Croix’s South Shore. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) refuses to say what percentage of

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LEGAL AID: Amaris Torres is coordinator of the Hurricane Maria Emergency Legal Aid Fund which, with help from an Oxfam grant, is working to ensure Puerto Ricans can get access to assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). SAN JUAN — Amaris Torres knows as well as anyone in hard-hit

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COZUMEL ISLAND — Descending into the clear blue water of the Colombia Reef, off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, there are two ways to look at what you see. One is as a fantastic, calming world of peace and harmony, so different from our hectic lives on shore. The soft corals

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DAY OF THE IGUANA: An iguana in St. Croix takes in the view over a culvert near the Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School in Estate Peter. MIAMI — Growing up on Key Biscayne in the 1970s, Paul Zuccarini had no idea the commonplace green iguanas he loved to chase were

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SAN JUAN — Lenders to Puerto Rican homeowners have kicked foreclosures into high gear in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, skirting local and federal borrower protections. According to attorneys and experts, lenders have ignored federal moratoria on foreclosures; placed notices of default in newspapers where they’re unlikely to be seen; sent

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