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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two beaches in the territory failed to meet established water quality standards for bacteria and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to the latest Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Beach Advisory. DPNR said that Coki Point beach on St. Thomas and Johnson Bay

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advised solid waste haulers that the section of the scrap metal yard that collects and stores vehicles will be closed on Sundays. Vehicles will only be accepted at the scrap metal section during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 4:00

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By TIM CRAIG CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A major government program to rebuild the U.S. Virgin Islands after back-to-back hurricanes is unraveling as some contractors walk off the job and others threaten to use storm victims’ properties as leverage to recoup unpaid bills. In a letter outlining their grievances over chronically

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BRIDGETOWN — People in Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia were rattled by a 4.6 magnitude earthquake early this morning. The ‘quake struck about 73 miles west-southwest of Barbados and about 46 miles from St. Vincent and Grenadines, the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Committee on Housing, Transportation, Infrastructure and Telecommunications, chaired by Senator Marvin A. Blyden, received updates Tuesday from government and non-profit agencies on housing issues in the territory. Blyden in his introductory statement outlined the extreme responsibility that he holds as the Committee’s chairman.   “This committee has

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SAN JUAN — Direct Relief is equipping 89 health facilities across Puerto Rico with 164 FDA-compliant, pharmaceutical-grade refrigeration units – expanding the island’s capacity to store temperature-sensitive vaccines by six million vials. The pharmaceutical and laboratory refrigerators and freezers are scheduled to arrive over the summer of 2019 at every

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Debris removal is underway for those enrolled in the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today. FEMA and the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands have extended the STEP program until March 31, 2019; an extension for debris pickup/removal

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three beaches in the territory failed to meet established water quality standards for bacteria and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to the latest Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Beach Advisory. DPNR said that Coki Point, Lindbergh Bay and Secret Harbor beaches on St.

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By RITA DE FERRARY The multiples of repetition of “sea sanctuary” by multiple news media outlets doesn’t make it so, and is simply an untruth concocted to sway public opinion. Sanctuaries are typically habitat or living areas, that exclude human and commercial activities and or are associated with rehabilitation and

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GUSTAVIA — Climate change has fueled coral reef bleaching throughout the tropics, with negative consequences for reef ecosystems and the people who depend on them. A new study finds that in the Caribbean, independent island nations such as Cuba and Jamaica are less vulnerable to coral bleaching than island territories

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