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SAN JUAN — This fall’s hurricane season has been rough on Jesús Vázquez’s family business outside the capital of Puerto Rico. Their 35-year-old ice factory and adjacent laundromat hasn’t had power since Hurricane Irma, which hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 6, thirteen days before Hurricane Maria devastated the island. And

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ADMIRAL TALKS, PEOPLE LISTEN – U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), speaks with U.S. Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway, and U.S. Ambassador Liliana Ayalde, SOUTHCOM Civilian Deputy to the Commander and Foreign Policy Advisor, prior to the start of the 2017 Caribbean Nations Security Conference

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SANTO FUGITIVE CAUGHT: Santo Yamarco Hernandez of Spring Ghut, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The Royal Virgin Islands Police force is doing a terrific job in Road Town, but what are the USVI police doing and where are they? ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A Dominican Republic native who had been

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BRIDGETOWN — Four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries were named Tuesday in a new list of global tax havens released by the European Union (EU). EU finance ministers said that the countries – Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago – were among 17 countries on the blacklist of tax

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IT’S RAINING MEN! Assistant Public Works Commissioner Roan Creque enjoys some good times with his “back” street buddies in St. Thomas. Despite the tiff between Creque and Gov. Kenneth Mapp, sources said that they are still sweet on each other. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Loose cannon Roan Creque has been sacked!

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TOURISTS POSE: If photo opportunities could restore the Virgin Islands back the way it was before the hurricanes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would have already restored the territory. Here, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, 42, shows what is most important to him — a photo of him here after

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CHRISTIANSTED — Gov. Kenneth Mapp described the official opening and dedication of Magens Bay on St. Thomas this Thursday, December 7 with Royal Caribbean International as a “great, great sign of progress.” Addressing reporters at Government House on St. Croix on Monday, the governor thanked the cruise company for being

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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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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello last month asked federal taxpayers to shell out $94 billion to pay for the commonwealth’s recovery from Hurricane Maria — then turned around and paid out about $100 million in Christmas bonuses to island government employees. The governor’s aides say the bonuses are

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HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND NOT INFLUENCE PEOPLE: Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett on the attack. WASHINGTON — Forty-one days before Hurricane Irma would ravage St. Thomas and St. John, Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett attacked a radio talk show host on the floor of the U.S. Congress. The subject

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