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SAN JUAN –– Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, the second-largest radio telescope in the world, is about to get a major upgrade. Nearly one year after the 55-year-old observatory was damaged by Hurricane Maria — a storm that arrived during a funding crisis that nearly shut down the observatory — astronomers at Arecibo

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola — Nearly a year after Hurricane Irma knocked out power across the British Virgin Islands, electricity boss Leroy Abraham will be among the last residents to have their homes reconnected. But Abraham, general manager of the British overseas territory’s electricity corporation (BVIEC), has barely had time to

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Securing a business loan if you have bad credit can be frustrating as lenders continue turning you down. A bad credit tells most lenders that once upon a time, you had poor management over your finances, which makes them hesitant to give out loans to small business owners. The good

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SPANISH TOWN — A clean-power company owned by billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has taken over a St. Croix solar farm that was damaged last year by Hurricane Maria. Virgin’s BMR Energy unit, which develops, owns and operates clean-energy projects in the Caribbean and Latin America, plans to restore the four-megawatt

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CHRISTIANSTED – When the electric power system in the U.S. Virgin Islands is rebuilt, it will be stronger than it has ever been. The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA), with help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), plans to harden the power grid so it can withstand hurricanes with

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MIAMI — Hurricane Beryl lost some strength overnight but is still packing maximum-sustained winds of 75 mph as it moves towards the Caribbean. In its 8 a.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said Beryl was located about 780 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and still moving west-northwest at 14 mph.

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MIAMI — Hurricane Beryl became the first hurricane of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season this morning after gaining strength overnight. The path of the relatively tiny Hurricane Beryl is currently tracking westwards through the Atlantic in the general direction of Puerto Rico. The National Hurricane Center said today that Beryl “is still

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MIAMI — A tropical depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Beryl this afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said. As of 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday, Beryl had winds of 40 mph and was moving to the west at 16 mph. It was located about 1,330 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles, a chain of islands

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MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center is watching two areas of the Atlantic Ocean, including one that is a tropical depression. There is no indication either one will form into a hurricane, much less one that will strike the Virgin Islands, according to the hurricane center. A tropical depression is a

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CHRISTIANSTED — Owners of an idled oil refinery in St. Croix, that was once among the world’s largest, plan to invest $1.4 billion to refurbish and restart a portion of the plant, they said. ArcLight Capital Partners, a private equity firm expects the former HOVENSA refinery on St. Croix to

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