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GUAYMAS — The Virgin Islands beach volleyball team’s dreams of Olympic stardom got quashed on Thursday after being swept by Canada in the quarterfinal round at the NORCECA Continental Cup on Thursday. The Virgin Islands fielded two teams that each got beaten by their Canadian counterparts in three straight matches to take the best-of-five competition

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TRUNK BAY,  St. John — The sunscreen we slather on to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays is doing incredible damage to the world’s coral reefs. A 2015 study found that just a small amount of sunscreen containing the ingredient oxybenzone is enough to break down coral, causing it

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  V.I. AG Claude Walker FORT WORTH — A court ruling in Texas has set the stage for ExxonMobil’s legal challenge to a climate change investigation by the Virgin Islands Attorney General to proceed in federal court. Exxon and the V.I. Attorney General Claude Walker had been bickering for more than

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Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Fears of the Zika virus have a double impact in the Caribbean, where vulnerability to the mosquito-borne disease, linked to microcephaly and other fetal brain damage, challenges an economy dependent largely on tourism. Since January, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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  Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) WASHINGTON — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) co-hosted an event on Capitol Hill on “Opportunities and Challenges for the United States and Caribbean Region” recently in our nation’s capital. A highlight of this IDB-CCAA event was remarks by Representative Eliot

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             Gov. Kenneth Mapp CHRISTIANSTED —  Governor Kenneth Mapp submitted a proposed bill on Friday to the Legislature that would provide for the speedy trial of persons charged with criminal offenses in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mapp said that the measure titled the “Virgin Islands Speedy Trial Act” is intended to

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         Gov. Kenneth Mapp CHRISTIANSTED — Gov. Kenneth Mapp said he wished “all of the fathers and grandfathers of the Virgin Islands a Happy Father’s Day” on Sunday. Mapp said that “families are the cornerstone of any community and fathers play a vital role in developing healthy, happy and productive youth in our territory.”

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 V.I. AG Claude Walker WASHINGTON — The 17 attorneys general pursuing climate change dissenters for accusations of “fraud” want House Republicans to mind their own business — but that’s not going to happen. Seventeen Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee reasserted their right in a Friday letter

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  ATLANTA — In the first reporting of Zika-related birth defects in the United States, federal health officials said Thursday that three babies have been born with these birth defects while three pregnancies have been lost because of brain damage caused by the virus. Those six cases will likely not

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Martinique was perceived as the safest island. NEW YORK – Martinique has been cited once again as the “Safest Destination in the Caribbean,” according to the designation published in the 2016 Caribbean Tourism Quality Index. Meanwhile, in the same survey, the U.S. Virgin Islands has been ranked next-to-last in perceptions of safety. The

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