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BONN — A delegation from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has arrived at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Germany. While at the event, which runs until November 17, the Bank will join other regional stakeholders in reiterating the urgent need for climate action and resilient recovery in

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The cost to rebuild the Virgin Islands’ infrastructure after last month’s devastating Category 5 hurricanes is estimated at $7.5 billion dollars, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said. In a letter forwarded to congressional leaders, the Governor outlined the costs associated with restoring the territory’s power system, rebuilding schools and hospitals, repairing

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CHRISTIANSTED — The United States Virgin Islands is preparing to access a loan of more than $400 million from the Community Disaster Loan of the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA). Speaking to reporters at Government House on St. Croix on Friday (Nov. 10th), Gov. Kenneth Mapp said that the government

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — St. Thomas has accepted its first passenger cruise ships since Hurricane Irma, a welcome milestone for the territory recovering from two major hurricanes. The Adventure of the Seas called upon the island Friday and Royal Princess will stop by today. The luxury ship Seabourn Odyssey called upon

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CHRISTIANSTED — A faulty air compressor led to a generator explosion in the powerhouse at the Limetree Bay Terminals oil storage facility on St. Croix and to this day the incident has not been reported to the appropriate federal authorities, the Virgin Islands Free Press has confirmed. Although one person

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CHRISTIANSTED — In his bi-nightly radio address (the last for two weeks) last night, Gov. Kenneth Mapp seemed to take great pleasure in announcing that the local media had missed a major news story involving President Donald Trump, China and the Limetree Bay Terminals in St. Croix. Mapp cited a

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — For those living in the storm-ravaged St. Thomas, life is far normal. Many homes remain damaged or even uninhabitable after two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, hit thirteen days apart in September. The tourist industry, which accounts for much of the local economy, is almost nonexistent right now.

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BRIDGETOWN — Tourists must be educated to know which are the safest times to visit the region. And also which areas are least likely to face a catastrophic storm. Dive groups are trying to assuage tourists’ fears regarding hurricanes and inclement weather to increase tourism to the region. The Caribbean

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As CARICOM trade ministers meet to discuss the future of Caribbean sugar, David Jessop (Caribbean Council) argues that successful protection of the industry will require that the four exporting countries, their fractious sugar industries, and food and drink manufacturers jointly recognize the long-term benefits that could flow from integration. GEORGETOWN — Among the

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TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE: Has the response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) been timely? CHARLOTTE AMALIE — More than two months after Hurricane Irma rattled St. Thomas and St. John to the core, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it wants to help YOU! People the Virgin

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