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By VANISA SOLOMON SPECIAL TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS For many of our Virgin Islands residents, hurricanes Irma and Maria felt like an atrocious dream. Unfortunately, the sad reality is those two Category 5 hurricanes unleashed their “punishing fury” on our lovely Virgin Islands. I commend the first responders,

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s bankrupt power utility, PREPA, is close to replacing former Executive Director Ricardo Ramos, a member of the utility’s board said on Thursday during a panel discussion on the U.S. commonwealth’s storm-ravaged energy sector. PREPA’s governing board is vetting several potential hires referred by a consultant

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CHRISTIANSTED — In coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard and local officials, Limetree Bay Terminals said it had resumed commercial operations about two weeks after the passing of Hurricane Maria. Truck rack loading operations serving local and area fuel suppliers resumed within 24 hours of the hurricane, and vessels commenced shore tank

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LAYING PIPE: Brig. Gen. Diana Holland, commander of south Atlantic division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, surveys Guajataca Dam, Puerto Rico, Oct. 23, 2017, which was compromised during Hurricane Maria. U.S. military assets support FEMA as well as state assets in the wake of Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Air Force photo

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola — Researchers affiliated with the United States Geological Survey returned to Anegada this month to examine the environmental impacts of Hurricane Irma and to determine the connections to long-term storm and tsunami records. The four-member team collected further evidence and took the opportunity to meet with officials

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico‘s governor said on Monday he intends to sell off its troubled power utility to the private sector, saying the process could take roughly 18 months to complete. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has yet to recover fully from the devastation wrought by Hurricane

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ABU DHABI — During the recent events of the IRENA General Assembly, the United Arab Emirates-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, valued at $50 million, has launched its second funding cycle by establishing partnerships with seven new Caribbean countries. Timed to coincide with Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2018 it had the aim of

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WALLA WALLA, Washington – Volunteers from the Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continue to work to bring relief to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico after a brutal hurricane season left the islands in shambles. The volunteers came as a response to Federal Emergency Management Agency’s

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI – The cabinet of the British Virgin Islands has approved the expenditure of $442,000 to allow for the release of immediate funds to re-establish the National Early Warning System. Gov. Augustus Jaspert said the premier and members of his cabinet have met and received an indication of

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SAN JUAN — Maintenance operations conducted as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers temporary emergency power mission in Puerto Rico are keeping nearly 1,000 federal emergency power generators running at critical public facilities across the island. The generators help power lifesaving facilities such as fire stations and medical centers,

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