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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Pressure Busspipe will headline the America’s Paradise USVI Music Festival in St. Thomas next month, according to organizers of the event. Busspipe, whose real name is Delyno Brown, is the reggae recording artist son of WSTA-1340 “Lucky 13” radio personality Irvin “Brownie” Brown. Busspipe’s hit “Virgin Islands

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Caribbean tourism officials are pushing for a partnership with the U.S. government because of concerns that warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba will result in a significant loss of visitors to the rest of the region. Cuba has seen such a surge in visitors that the fragile budgets of

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The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean. From the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to Cuba to St Lucia, crops are withering, reservoirs are drying up and cattle are dying while forecasters worry that the situation could only grow worse in the coming months. Thanks to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Magens Bay property that was put up for auction on St. Thomas sold for $6 million, according to Platinum Luxury Auctions. Lee Steiner of USVI Sotheby’s International Realty, who held the real estate listing, reported that the property was placed under a non-contingent contract as a

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IRVINE, Calif. – If you’ve got bottled water in the fridge or pantry, you might want to check if it’s included in a recent recall of several brands under the Niagara umbrella, after the company issued a voluntary recall last week for all spring water products produced from its Pennsylvania

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Platinum Luxury Auctions, an elite auction firm specializing in the sale of non-distressed, multimillion-dollar properties, is offering two luxurious Caribbean estates at separate, live auctions that will be held on June 13, 2015. Platinum will first offer an oceanfront estate located in the heart of world famous

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The outlook is bleak for Virgin Islands bond bearers and bankruptcy is not an option for the government agency Gov. Kenneth Mapp used to manage before becoming governor, according to the Fitch Ratings by Berkshire Hathaway. The Fitch Ratings determined that there is $765.8 million in outstanding

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CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) secured a key permit May 20 necessary to move forward with a mid-July commissioning of a St Croix power plant conversion project that will use propane as its feedstock. WAPA said it filed for the marine work permit with the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp says he has renounced his state-funded residence on the island of St. Thomas out of economic concerns. Mapp made the announcement in a statement May 30 following public criticism of government expenditures. The government paid $14,500 a month plus $50,000 in incidental expenses to

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  Mick Jagger famously said you’ll never make a saint of him. But plenty of Caribbean islands vied for the saintly destination name. Christopher Columbus named the Virgin Islands after St. Ursula and the 10,000 virgins, but only the virgin part stuck. The New York Post did a rundown of the

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