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WIPL Wants To Increase Limetree's Throughput, Decrease USVI Energy Costs
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CHRISTIANSTED — After recently winning the auction for the Limetree Bay refinery, West Indies Petroleum Limited (WIPL) says it will successfully close the sale and pursue “strategic investments” in the plant.          The auction, won by the Jamaican oil storage company with a bid of $62 million,

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Left High And Dry By National Glass Shortage, Spirit Makers Now Use Plastic
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KINGSHILL — “There is a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?” Mr. Maguire’s prophecy to Dustin Hoffman in” The Graduate” has come true in 2022. From whiskey distillers in the humble hills of Kentucky to winemakers in the sunny slopes of California to run makers in St.

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Royal Caribbean Cancels Voyages On 4 Ships Due To COVID-19
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MIAMI — Royal Caribbean International announced on Friday it has canceled voyages on four ships because of “ongoing COVID-related circumstances around the world.” “In abundance of caution, Royal Caribbean International is pausing operations” on some ships, the company said in a statement. The cruise line said it moved forward with the

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Vision of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas: Royal Caribbean’s 'Plague Ships'
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This past week, I received lots of information from both crew members and cruise guests that several Royal Caribbean cruise ships are transferring crew members, who test positive or are ill with COVID-19, to one of two idle ships in the fleet (Vision of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas) which

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Where Healthcare Meets Technology: Top 5 Trends To Watch Out For In 2022
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The healthcare industry has a history of tentative innovation and slow adoption of new technology and processes.    However, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare tech sector has been forced to adopt a quick digital transformation to innovate how they provide quality patient care.    And 2022 is expected

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Carnival Says Most Itineraries Unchanged Even As Omicron Cases Rise
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MIAMI — Carnival Corp said this week a majority of its ships’ itineraries were unchanged despite a surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, which has threatened to stall a recovery in the cruise industry. The world’s largest cruise operator, however, said a few destination ports were reviewing their protocols

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Communist Cuba Records Runaway Inflation Of Over 70%
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HAVANA — Cuba will have an inflation rate of over 70 percent by the end of 2021, Economy Minister Alejandro Gil said on Tuesday. Cuba’s economy shrank 10.9 percent in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic devastated the country’s tourism sector. This was further aggravated by harsh new sanctions imposed by the United

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St. John Named Among 50 Best Places To Vacation In 2022 By Travel Lemming
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CRUZ BAY — St. John has been named one of the world’s 50 best places to travel in 2022 by the U.S.-based online travel guide Travel Lemming, placing eighth in its annual list of the world’s emerging destinations. In describing why St. John was selected, Travel Lemming calls it a

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No Test Required For Travel From USVI To The United States Mainland
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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — As the world responds to new vaccination and testing requirements before boarding an international flight to the United States, officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands are reminding the traveling public that the new rules do not apply to direct travel from the USVI to the U.S. mainland. Commissioner clarifies

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WAPA Floats $35 Million Worth Of Bonds; Wards Off Lawsuit From Wartsila
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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority successfully closed a $35 million financing funded by fuel tax revenues pursuant to the Authority’s Twelfth Supplemental Resolution that was approved by the Governing Board on October 28, 2021. The issuance of the 2021 Electric Revenue Bond Anticipation Notes allows

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