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SMELL TEST: Experts in the field said Whitefish significantly over-inflated its fees, almost 17 times the average salary of Puerto Rico-based linemen. SAN JUAN — The Montana energy company that was awarded a contract to repair Puerto Rico’s power grid in the wake of Hurricane Maria is facing scrutiny over the amount

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WASHINGTON — WE RECENTLY LED a bipartisan congressional delegation to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys to survey the damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria and to bear witness to the suffering of families and communities that are still without the basic necessities of power,

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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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