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WASHINGTON — Power restoration remains the No. 1 priority in Hurricane Maria-ravaged Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Defense Department spokesman Army Lt. Col Jamie Davis said Friday. DoD is responding to the islands with about 11,400 active duty and National Guard service members, he said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is partnering with

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FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) turned 44, on Oct. 19. Noticeably the uniform of the day was white hazmat suits, gloves and surgical masks worn by Guard members who cleaned schools and public facilities on the island of St. Croix that have yet to reopen post-storm. The

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SAN JUAN — The blackout caused by Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is the United States’ largest in history, according to a new report. Economic consulting firm Rhodium Group determined in a Thursday report that Maria caused 1.25 billion hours of electricity supply disruption to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp is dead tired — exhausted — from nearly two weeks of work without stop. Friends say he’s never worked harder in his life than after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. “Ken Mapp has never worked seven days in a row in his life,” a source

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Former RE/MAX broker Rosemary Sauter-Frett, accused of embezzling millions of dollars from real estate clients in the early 2000’s, has been taken into local custody over security concerns, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Sauter-Frett has been incarcerated since late September and is one of two

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MÉRIDA, Mexico — The nearly 1,000 attendees and 100 cruise executives gathering at the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest cruise tourism conference and trade show, have a clear message—the Caribbean is open! With many of the attendees hailing from the over one million square miles throughout the Caribbean, they seek to remind

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HELPING HAND: Gov. Kenneth Mapp shakes hands with Jason Botel, the U.S. Department of Education’s Acting and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, at Government House. CHRISTIANSTED — About a third of the power on the island of St. Thomas has been restored, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Monday.

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Answers to frequently asked questions from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria survivors in the U.S. Virgin Islands: Q: Where can I get true, reliable information about FEMA’s disaster aid programs? A: Straight answers and plain facts are available from the disaster assistance program experts on FEMA’s Help Line. Call 800-621-3362

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CANE BAY CARES: Cane Bay Partners Founders David Johnson and Kirk Chewning. CHRISTIANSTED — The first phase of Operation Cane Bay Cares St. Croix Hurricane Relief Drive has kicked off successfully with 36 community groups receiving a generator and thousands of residents receiving water bottles between Oct. 11 and Oct.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Cruise giant Carnival is taking it slow when it comes to returning to hurricane-ravaged St. Thomas and St. Maarten. While Royal Caribbean is resuming stops at the still-recovering destinations next month, Carnival president Christine Duffy said on Friday that the line would wait until early 2018 to restart

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