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SAN JUAN — Silver Airways will launch its newest aircraft in the region.  The Fort Lauderdale-based carrier, which has a network of flights to The Bahamas and the wider Caribbean (the latter out of its hub in Puerto Rico), is set to launch four new ATR-600 series planes in the

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CABO ROJO, Puerto Rico — Abdiel Vélez stands with perfect balance as his boat dips and sways with the sea. Such scenes are disappearing along with local fishermen like Vélez, who fear the erosion of a craft passed down for generations. As a changing climate increases ocean surface temperatures around

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CORAL GABLES, Florida — Building on the success of its 2019 training initiatives, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) is planning to expand its hospitality training programs and scholarship support in the Caribbean in 2020. The annual New York Times Travel Show fundraising drive saw strong support,

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SANTO DOMINGO — Health authorities in the Dominican Republic, St. Martin and St. Barts said today that the coronavirus is present in at least one patient in their respective countries. In Santo Domingo, a 62-year-old Italian man was transferred today to an isolation room in a military hospital near the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — St. Thomas Senator Marvin Blyden has issued a letter to Senate President Novelle Francis requesting that he schedule an immediate meeting of the Committee of the Whole to discuss issues surrounding COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus. Senator Blyden expressed his concerns about the risks the

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MIAMI — Shares of cruise line operators fell on Friday after the U.S. Department of State said Thursday that U.S. citizens should “reconsider” traveling on cruise ships to or within Asia over concerns about COVID-19, the novel coronavirus has sickened more than 76,000 people worldwide. Carnival Corp. CCL, -1.91% was down 1.5%, Norwegian

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MARIGOT — A dengue epidemic in several French Caribbean islands has claimed its second victim, officials said Wednesday. A 75-year-old French woman who traveled regularly to St. Martin died this month after contracting the mosquito-borne virus and being evacuated to Paris, according to a statement from the Regional Health Agency

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– A Mexican national and an Ecuadorian national each pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle 3,384 pounds of cocaine into the region just minutes before their jury trial was scheduled to begin in St. Thomas, authorities said. Hector Hernandez Saucedo, of Mexico City and Calixto Tumbaco of Quito

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PORT-AU-PRINCE — Fifteen children died in a fire that swept overnight through an orphanage in Haiti run by a U.S. religious group, authorities said on Friday, triggering renewed controversy over the hundreds of unlicensed orphanages in the poorest nation in the Americas. Two children were burned to death and 13

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SAN JUAN — St. Croix basketball star Rakeem Christmas has signed a professional contract in Puerto Rico’s Baloncesto Superior Nacional with the Mets de Guaynabo, the team has announced. Christmas last played professionally in Turkey, suiting up for four games earlier this year with OGM Ormanspor. He averaged four points and

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