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SAN JUAN — After Hurricane Irma and then Maria tore through the Caribbean islands, the United Nations swung into action with helicopters, food drops and multimillion-dollar recovery plans. But even though both Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands were decimated by the hurricanes, they couldn’t call the U.N. – an

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STANDING AROUND DOING NOTHING: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) do what they do best — absolutely nothing! (Except repair Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s generator at Coakley Bay Condominiums.) CHRISTIANSTED — Some 28 years after Hurricane Hugo struck St. Croix, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is being called a

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“I DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ FOOD STAMPS:” “And either should you, Gov. Kenneth Mapp told the people of the territory … but ultimately relented when $23 million in D-SNAP became available.   CHRISTIANSTED — An estimated $23 million has been approved for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Gov. Kenneth

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DOVER — U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons are among 35 senators demanding federal administration officials expedite and better coordinate the ongoing power restoration efforts in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The senators sent a letter to the heads of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and the

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SANTA CRUZ — The catastrophic 2017 hurricane season provided ample demonstrations of the vulnerability of populations and infrastructure in coastal areas to natural disasters. A new study by scientists at the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Cantabria, Spain, identifies hotspots of coastal risks throughout the Caribbean

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) started salvage operations for vessels displaced by the recent hurricanes in the areas of Salt River Bay and Long Reef on St. Croix on Thursday. “DPNR prioritized these areas because the displaced vessels and hazardous materials aboard are impacting these

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CONQUERING HERO: U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue instituted the disaster food stamps program (D-SNAP) over Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s strident objections. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Agriculture Department implemented USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) in the Virgin Islands, making a range of households recovering from Hurricanes Irma and

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CRUZ BAY — Friends and family of longtime St. John charter captain Richard Benson are mourning his death after his body was found in the British Virgin Islands. Linda Worthington, Benson’s ex-wife, said in an email from her home in Belize that “there has been an outpouring of compassion and

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CHRISTIANSTED — Three 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 on that Lindbergh Bay, Water Bay and Bolongo Bay beaches on St. Thomas are not considered safe

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NEW YORK — Following the devastation Hurricanes Irma and Maria wrought on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in September, Verizon announced an initial pledge of $1 million to help with recovery efforts. Shortly following Hurricane Maria, and learning of the magnitude of the damage left by the storm, Verizon pledged an additional $4 million and a commitment

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