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WASHINGTON — Congress approved the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018” early Friday morning. It is a complex piece of legislation that includes important modifications to the excise tax known as the “rum cover over,” which is an important revenue source for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The temporary

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an $89.3 billion supplemental disaster recovery spending bill into law Friday morning, which includes $11 billion for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding for the governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and $142 million in additional Medicaid funding for

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FREDERIKSTED – Gov. Kenneth Mapp said that he approved a contract on Wednesday for major improvements to Route 75 on St. Croix, better known as Clifton Hill Road. The road project will begin from the Melvin Evans Highway and continue to the Queen Mary Highway at the container port intersection. “As

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PORT OF SPAIN — Days ahead of the annual Carnival celebrations on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, the Foreign Office has warned a terrorist attack on the Caribbean nation is “very likely.” In an unusual late-night announcement, the FCO said: “The Trinidad and Tobago authorities have arrested some individuals who

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CHRISTIANSTED — Reiterating his commitment to rebuilding a more resilient Virgin Islands, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said that the territory will have a stronger energy system through the continued installation and substitution of composite poles. At a cost of approximately $4,000 each, the composite poles are flexible and can withstand winds

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — The impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the strong motion and seismic network throughout the BVI is being examined this week. Director of the Puerto Rico Strong Motion Program at the Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying of the

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] By VANISA SOLOMON SPECIAL TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS For many of our Virgin Islands residents, hurricanes Irma and Maria felt like an atrocious dream. Unfortunately, the sad reality is those two Category 5 hurricanes unleashed their “punishing fury” on our lovely Virgin Islands.

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico government officials on Tuesday pushed back against a federal control board’s suggestion that they cut benefits for the U.S. commonwealth’s employees to cope with an 11-year financial crisis. Secretary of Public Affairs Ramon Rosario said the government won’t implement any

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”]   LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Good day Editor: Some residents in Lorraine Village apartments in the grove place area on St. Croix are still without electricity. The management needs to repair weather heads in order for power to be restored. I feel like I’m in

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Five months after Hurricane Irma shredded the roof of his house, Charles Caines feels like he’s “living in a tent in the jungle.” Sleeping under a FEMA blue tarp draped on the roof’s steel beams, he and his wife are fending off

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