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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — 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 that all three beaches are on St. Thomas and are not considered safe to swim or

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Monday night he will give the orders to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to burn 35 percent of hurricane tree and plant debris by incineration — because it will be faster and cheaper. Mapp said native hardwood trees such as mahogany trees

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — “Devastating” was one of the words U.S. Rep. Fred Upton used to describe the hurricane damage he saw over the weekend while visiting the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. “Here we are three months after the storm and there’s still much hardship,” Upton said. “… Remember,

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SCORCHED EARTH POLICY: Debris from Hurricane Katrina burns in the background of an area damaged by the hurricane Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005 in Long Beach, Miss. CRUZ BAY – Island Green Living Association said today that it is pleased that the Legislature passed a bill on Friday that would prevent the

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BRIDGETOWN — The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) are urging health services in the Caribbean and Latin America to take “specific steps” to respond to violence against women and help prevent its future occurrences, if they are equipped with the tools and training they need.

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GENEVA — Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis were today certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. “This elimination is the result of our strong political commitment to public health and of making the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — 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 that two beaches on St. Thomas and one beach on St. Croix are not considered safe

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KINGSTON — A New York woman was found dead in Jamaica, lying on the side of the road with her throat slashed. Desiree Gibbon, 26, of Queens, was found along the roadway in Anchovy in the Parish of Saint James on Saturday. Residents stumbled across her body around 9:15 a.m.

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — The government of the British Virgin Islands was faced with housing about 300 persons in emergency shelters following the devastation left as a result of the passage of Hurricane Irma, followed by the impact of Hurricane Maria two weeks later. The Department of Disaster Management

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GEORGETOWN — The Caribbean Community trade group has agreed to raise import taxes on United States and Canadian wood because of complaints from member state Guyana. Caribbean Community Secretariat spokesman Bernard Black says a tax on imported pine would rise from 5 percent to 40 percent in January. The new tariff

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