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WASHINGTON — Komal Samaroo, a leading Caribbean business personality, wants the Caribbean region to be better positioned to benefit from its trading relations with the United States through the removal of trade barriers and expanded American investment in the region. Komal Samaroo, chairman of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — FirstBank V.I. is warning its customers in the U.S. and British Virgin islands: “If it seems suspicious, don’t trust it!” “If you’ve received an email with the subject line regarding any type of transaction in your account, do not open it,” FirstBank V.I. said on Facebook. “Delete the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Senator Kenneth Gittens thanked his colleagues for following appropriate procedure this week when a resolution was approved by nine senators to reorganize the makeup of the 33rd Legislature. However, the St. Croix senator remains concerned about the resulting loss of both time and resources.  Senator Gittens noted that

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority admitted that one of its employees was fooled by an Internet phishing scheme that cost the quasi-government authority more than $2 million. On two occasions in 2018, WAPA said it was the victim of “a Business Email Compromise (BEC), an

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — After a day-long Committee of the Whole hearing regarding matters concerning our territory’s hospitals, Majority Leader, Senator Marvin Blyden special ordered a measure to the floor that finalized the reorganization of the 33rd Legislature’s Majority Caucus.  The resolution was voted on favorably with nine senators in support of

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Senator Kenneth Gittens took Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority officials to task Wednesday for failing to notify the appropriate local authorities and nearby residents of a major diesel fuel oil spill at the Randolph Harley Power Plant at Krum Bay on St. Thomas. The St. Croix

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CHRISTIANSTED — St. Croix native Tim Duncan returned home to help launch a new children’s education initiative called “Yes! Our Kids Can.” Duncan and his wife Vanessa will be donating $500,000 via The Tim Duncan Foundation to help kick start the program, which is designed to help create higher education opportunities

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CHRISTIANSTED — V.I. Department of Human Service Commissioner nominee Kimberly Causey-Gomez has identified the emergency shelters in the territory for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. “After careful deliberation, I am pleased to announce that shelters will be available territory-wide,” Causey-Gomez said. The shelters are as follows: ST. THOMAS — Department

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FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department Crime Prevention Bureau in collaboration with Senator-at-Large Steven Payne is scheduled to conduct a major cleanup and beautification initiative of the Police Athletic League Center located in Estate Whim. The Police Athletic League Program (PAL) serves youth within the territory with career exploration, recreational,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Small Business Administration Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton has announced the launch of the Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition. The competition seeks to address the job skills and placement gaps faced by U.S. businesses by providing funding to create or expand programs with

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