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SAN JUAN — The U.S. Small Business Administration Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands district office will conduct a free series of workshops in the U.S. Virgin Islands over the next few months as part of the SBA’s 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance program, to support socially and economically disadvantaged small

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SAN JUAN — There’s good news for employers who have not yet applied for the Employee Retention Benefit in Puerto Rico. The deadline to apply for the program has been extended to June 30th, 2019 for first time filers and July 14th, 2019 for anyone wishing to amend a previous

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MID-ISLAND, ST. CROIX — A 14-year-old boy was seriously injured after being struck by a car Monday afternoon on St. Croix. A black SUV was driving down Mon Bijou road about 3:14 p.m. and tried to make a left turn onto the Alfredo Andrews Elementary School property when it hit

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CHRISTIANSTED – A Puerto Rico man who brought 191 pounds of cocaine to St. Croix by boat got a decade in prison from a federal judge on Monday. Visiting U.S. District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson sentenced Jean Cruz-Albert, 28, of Puerto Rico, to the mandatory 10 years in prison

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico will host a qualifying round for the 3×3 basketball tournament that has become part of the FIBA World Cup. It’s actually the first-ever qualifier event for this particular subset of FIBA basketball. It will take place from May 4th to 5th. The qualifier will consist

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WASHINGTON — Legislation recently introduced in Congress would establish a grant program for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to fund development of renewable energy resources, microgrids and energy storage. The bill aims to improve the electric system on the two island territories. the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto

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SAN JUAN — U.S. sanctions on Venezuela have led the New York Federal Reserve to crack down on Puerto Rico’s $50 billion offshore banking industry, according to four sources and a document seen by Reuters. The development will prevent the island’s offshore banks, several of which are owned by citizens

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) leaders signed an agreement this month to maximize inspection and detection capabilities in order to prevent illegal and harmful products entering the U.S. through the nation’s International Mail Facilities (IMFs) and Ports of

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CHRISTIANSTED — Hurricanes Irma and Maria damaged much of the electricity transmission and distribution systems in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in 2017. This resulted in the longest blackout in U.S. history—about 11 months in Puerto Rico. Federal agencies usually support local utilities in disaster responses. In Puerto

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AGUADA, PUERTO RICO — In the mountains of the Naranjo neighborhood, a well-known song of Puerto Rican rapper Calle 13 rang from some loudspeaker: “Si quieres cambio verdadero, pues, camina distinto (If you want real change, then, walk differently)” – it was heard. The words echoed through the leafy trees, mingled

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