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WILLEMSTAD — The government of Curacao said it has scrapped a preliminary agreement with Guangdong Zhenrong Energy to operate the island’s aging La Isla refinery, saying the Chinese firm misrepresented itself and was unable to take on such a large endeavor. The two sides signed a deal in 2016 to invest

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LEGAL AID: Amaris Torres is coordinator of the Hurricane Maria Emergency Legal Aid Fund which, with help from an Oxfam grant, is working to ensure Puerto Ricans can get access to assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). SAN JUAN — Amaris Torres knows as well as anyone in hard-hit

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CHRISTIANSTED — It was a tale of two casino hotels. The first casino hotel ever in St. Croix — Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino on the East End — suffered “significant” damage and might not re-open until the last three months of 2018. The second casino hotel – Caravelle

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FREDERIKSTED – Between sporadic showers on Thursday, members of the Gerber family painted a colorful picket fence at Queen Louise Home for Children. The fence is one of the first of many repairs needed to the playground area after Hurricane Maria dismantled much of the play equipment. Cindy Gerber, Board

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) said that it will begin monitoring public water systems for compliance starting January 1, 2018. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, DPNR suspended the compliance monitoring required under the Safe Drinking Water Act for the territory’s public water

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DAY OF THE IGUANA: An iguana in St. Croix takes in the view over a culvert near the Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School in Estate Peter. MIAMI — Growing up on Key Biscayne in the 1970s, Paul Zuccarini had no idea the commonplace green iguanas he loved to chase were

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CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission announces that it will hold a Special Commission Meeting on Friday December 29, 2017 beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Commission will consider approving casino employee licenses, casino employee work permits, petitions for temporary casino employee licensure, casino service entity exemptions, casino service

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SAN JUAN — Lenders to Puerto Rican homeowners have kicked foreclosures into high gear in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, skirting local and federal borrower protections. According to attorneys and experts, lenders have ignored federal moratoria on foreclosures; placed notices of default in newspapers where they’re unlikely to be seen; sent

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — La Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa (SBA) ha anunciado hoy que todos los Centros de Recuperación de Negocios (BRCs por sus siglas en inglés) en St. Croix y St. Thomas cerrarán para el día de Navidad, el lunes, 25 de diciembre y el

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CHRISTIANSTED – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that the Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) on St. Croix and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands will close for Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25 and New Year’s Day, Monday, Jan. 1. SBA representatives at the Centers can provide information about disaster

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