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SAN JUAN — The disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria has set off an anguished debate across Puerto Rico, where friends, family and co-workers are arguing fiercely over the morality of leaving the blacked-out island for the U.S. mainland versus fulfilling a patriotic duty to rebuild. At least 140,000 Puerto Ricans

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — As a part of the annual Veterans Day activities throughout the Virgin Islands, this year the V.I. Office of Veterans Affairs and American Legion District 10 will honor female veterans in the territory. Maj. Kathleen Parris of the V.I. National Guard is being honored as the parade

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BRIDGETOWN — Tourists must be educated to know which are the safest times to visit the region. And also which areas are least likely to face a catastrophic storm. Dive groups are trying to assuage tourists’ fears regarding hurricanes and inclement weather to increase tourism to the region. The Caribbean

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As CARICOM trade ministers meet to discuss the future of Caribbean sugar, David Jessop (Caribbean Council) argues that successful protection of the industry will require that the four exporting countries, their fractious sugar industries, and food and drink manufacturers jointly recognize the long-term benefits that could flow from integration. GEORGETOWN — Among the

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CHRISTIANSTED — DEET OFF! Rather than Malathion fog at night. Because some people still don’t have roofs on their homes. That’s what Gov. Kenneth Mapp wants you to do so that his V.I. Department of Health won’t have to do Malathion foggings to ward off those pesky mosquitoes and sand

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HAPPY STUDENTS! The British Virgin Islands shows its public-private partnership resourcefulness by getting a private donor to give Virgin Gorda it’s own temporary school building. Two months after Hurricane Irma, its U.S. Virgin Islands counterpart is sending storm-traumatized students to damaged, decrepit and moldy buildings for classes. Gov. Kenneth Mapp

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KNOCKED OVER, BUT NOT OUT? Coral reef communities at St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, pictured here years before the recent hurricanes struck. (Credit: Howard Lasker) CRUZ BAY — A New York geologist will journey to St. John this month to study the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria on coral reefs

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CHRISTIANSTED — The electrical company that won the contract for the Virgin Islands  said that every customer on St. Croix should have electricity by April Fools day (April 1, 2018). PSEG, which stands for Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc. said some of its workers might be allowed to work only

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico has suffered such extensive devastation from Hurricane Maria that its recovery will fail unless the island gets more United States help. That’s the word from Natalie Jaresko, executive director of a federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances. Jaresko tells Congress that the U.S.

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WILLEMSTAD SKYLINE: Beautiful Curacao part of the Netherlands Antilles is virtually immune to hurricanes. WILLEMSTAD — Hurricanes Irma and Maria have seen the Caribbean revise its projected tourism growth down to just one to two percent for 2017. The Caribbean Tourism Organization revealed latest figures at the World Tourism Market

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