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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The people of the territory paid tribute to the “fortitude and perseverance of enslaved Africans in the former Danish West Indies on the 171st anniversary of the abolition of slavery” on Wednesday.  Emancipation Day activities will be followed by the commemoration of the Declaration of Independence of the thirteen colonies, now the United

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three South Americans and one Central American were charged in federal court today with drug smuggling in Caribbean waters patrolled by the United States, authorities said. Freddy Montano Paz, 29, Calixto Tumbaco, 41, Mariano Abregon, 42, and Hector Hernandez Saucedo, 48, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man wanted in the kidnapping of two St. Thomas teenagers Monday was recaptured by police this afternoon, authorities said. John “Cutter” Moses, 41, was apprehended in Estate Wintberg without incident about 3:30 p.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. Moses has been charged

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CHRISTIANSTED — Senator Kenneth Gittens has extended greetings to residents ahead of this week’s Emancipation Day and Independence Day commemorations. “It is my hope everyone remembers the significance of these holidays and the sacrifices made to achieve them as they enjoy attending one of this week’s special events or spending

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CHRISTIANSTED — Former St. Croix Senator Wayne James, who was found guilty by a federal jury of stealing public money, is saying in court that he wants a new trial. But prosecutors argue that he should have to serve the remainder of his 30-month prison sentence. “Former U.S. Virgin Islands

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Lawmakers approved a bill that would ban the sale of sunscreens with ingredients that environmentalists say are harming the ocean. The Virgin Islands Legislature on Monday unanimously passed bill number 33-0043, which bans the sale, distribution and import of sunscreen products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. Environmentalists welcomed the

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TORONTO — The Bank of Nova Scotia is unloading its operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico at a loss as the bank continues to shrink its sprawling global footprint. OFG Bancorp says it is acquiring the Toronto-based bank’s Puerto Rico operation for $550 million in cash, and

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. issued a condolence statement today on the death of Vashti Hewitt Mapp, mother of former Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp. She was 90. “We are saddened by the passing of Mrs. Vashti Hewitt Mapp and extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolence to the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — To promote hotel and resort development, the Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA) has launched an online database with at least 50 government and privately-owned USVI properties. Developers and investors can learn about these properties at www.investusvirginislands.com  “Hotel and resort developers need readily-accessible resources that can assist them in locating properties that

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The government is hammering out a plan to direct cash to the territory’s junk-rated power authority to prevent a fuel cutoff threatened for as early as this Sunday. The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee on Monday approved a bill that would send $22.9 million of a $39.5

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