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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — A cross-section of 350 representatives from government, private sector, nonprofit, and civil organizations gathered at the University of Miami to explore partnerships to “build back a better” Caribbean region devastated by two horrific hurricanes last year. The upcoming storm season, just two months off the horizon,

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MIAMI — A major forecasting agency is predicting another active Atlantic hurricane season in 2018. AccuWeather.com forecasters expect a “near normal to slightly above-normal” season with between 12 to 15 tropical storms, including six to eight hurricanes and three to five major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale). 2017

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MIAMI — It’s now been more than six months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria demolished the region. Former President Bill Clinton brought his foundation to Coral Gables on Tuesday to propose ways to rebuild the Caribbean stronger. Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused $106 billion damage when they roared

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MIAMI – Former President Bill Clinton formally launched the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery at the University of Miami in Coral Gables this morning. The meeting brings together at least 350 leaders from government, business, and civil society to discuss and develop solutions that address immediate

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s governor said on Sunday he would submit a revised fiscal turnaround plan on Thursday to the island’s federally appointed oversight board, but the plan would not include labor reforms and pension cuts the board demanded. Governor Ricardo Rossello also said the government of the bankrupt

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SAN JUAN — Straddled across Ausberto Maldonado’s backyard in Bayamon, a suburb of Puerto Rico, is a nagging reminder of Hurricane Maria’s destructive power. “See, that tree broke off that branch, which is as thick as a tree — and now it’s in my yard,” said Maldonado, a 65-year-old retiree.

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CHRISTIANSTED – The Hurricane Recovery and Resiliency Task Force, created by Gov. Kenneth Mapp, met on St. Croix on Wednesday as part of the Governor’s mission to rebuild the territory in a way that prioritizes sustainability and resiliency. “Recovering from the storm is not only a priority, but a necessity”,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Four beaches in the territory failed water quality testing and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to the latest Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Beach Advisory. DPNR said that two beaches in St. Thomas and one in St. Croix are considered unsafe to swim

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested Friday on animal neglect charges after a special police unit determined that he had failed to feed or water the animal after Hurricane Maria. Eliezer E. Saldana, 35, was arrested on one charge of first-degree animal neglect after an arrest warrant was

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SAN JUAN  — Puerto Rico’s benchmark bond surged to a 25-week high on Monday, its busiest trading day since October, after the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth nearly doubled its projected five-year surplus to $6 billion as it recovers from Hurricane Maria. While the price rise is being taken as a sign

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