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SAN JUAN — Hundreds of thousands of people across Puerto Rico were left without power today after another widespread outage, forcing the island’s main public hospital and international airport to switch to backup generators as the U.S. commonwealth struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria. The island’s Electric Power Authority said a

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SAN JUAN — A small mountain town in central Puerto Rico whose economy depended heavily on manufacturing announced today it will dismiss 200 employees in the largest layoff of its kind in the U.S. commonwealth in more than a decade. Cidra spokeswoman Eunice Castro said that it is necessary to

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SAN JUAN  — Puerto Rico will receive $18.5 billion from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help rebuild its battered housing stock and infrastructure after September’s Hurricane Maria, the island’s governor and HUD officials said on Tuesday. The funding for the U.S. commonwealth was the largest grant in the history of

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it will teach builders how to make the structures they build more resilient to extreme elements over the course of three days on St. Thomas. · FEMA is offering free training for building professionals about materials and techniques that will improve

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The United States Department of Treasury announced Wednesday that it has approved Governor Kenneth Mapp’s nomination of 14 neighborhoods on St. Thomas and St. Croix as Qualified Opportunity Zones eligible for U.S. tax breaks under the massive tax bill passed by Congress last December. Governor Mapp has said the new federal tax incentives

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FREDERIKSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp has approved contracts for four more road projects on St. Croix. The projects, which will be completed by V.I. Paving and VIAPCO, are “expected to vastly improve road conditions on the big island,” Mapp said. The plans for Melvin Evans Highway include pavement rehabilitation and safety

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CARACAS — Venezuela today reopened air and sea links to the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, three months after cutting them off in an attempt to curb smuggling. The move is a welcome relief to those in Venezuela who can afford to fly out, after Copa, one of the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Small businesses on St. Thomas will have an opportunity to learn more about best management practices and environmental compliance in an upcoming workshop. A workshop will be held to educate Air Condition & Refrigeration business owners and managers on Best Management Practices and Environmental Compliance Assistance of

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CHRISTIANSTED – While the assessment of damage and losses is still being completed for educational facilities across the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has qualified the USVI for $107 million in assistance for temporary classrooms for the 2018-19 school year, which begins on September 4, 2018.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three new members have been elected to serve on The West Indian Company, Ltd. (WICO) Board of Directors with immediate effect. Commissioner of Sports, Parks and Recreation Pedro Cruz; businessman Vivek Daswani of Royal Caribbean; and former senator and business consultant Celestino White, Sr. were elected during a

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