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CHRISTIANSTED — They thought they were the lucky ones. The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) connected them to electricity on St. Croix at 3:20 p.m. on Nov. 16 — one week before Thanksgiving. It was so relatively “early” in the game for people living on St. Croix, that they

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CHRISTIANSTED — We certainly aren’t going out on a limb to call the Year 2017 the Year of the Hurricane. Not when you live here. Two Category 5 storms smacked down St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix within the space of 13 days. The Virgin Islands had gone years

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Brain Coral (Diploria strigosa) in Juno Beach, FL suffering from White Plague, a disease that has ravaged coral reefs in the Western Atlantic. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] MIAMI — A mysterious epidemic continues to sweep South Florida’s reefs, transforming corals into lifeless skeletons and threatening undersea structures that support

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BRIDGETOWN — “Pretty but dangerous,” is how one Miami attorney describes our region. The greatest danger in visiting the Caribbean islands might not be the frequency of crimes against tourists but in the false sense of security the region can inspire. In bright sunshine, surrounded by a sparkling sea and

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] HAVANA — Though three months has passed since hurricanes Maria and Irma terrorized and destroyed Caribbean islands, thousands of children remain without basic necessities, clean water, social services and shelter, United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said. “Even before the hurricanes hit, UNICEF was on the ground,

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[ad name=”HTML-68″]   [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] By JACQUELINE N. FONT-GUZMAN SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS SAN JUAN — Hurricanes do more than destroy homes, daily routines, power lines, agriculture, communication systems and levees. Hurricanes unveil unequal power dynamics, crush souls and create narratives, such as: “Puerto Ricans are American

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BRIDGETOWN — The economies of the Caribbean and Latin America should experience a moderate recovery in 2018, expanding 2.2 percent next year after recording an average 1.3 percent growth this year, said the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in its preliminary report on 2017. Next year,

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  [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CRUZ BAY — The wrecks lie half-sunk in marinas, fully submerged in coves, tangled in mangrove roots, tossed akilter against trees, or piled atop one another, a jumble of punctured hulls, snapped masts and bent propellers. The hurricanes that raged through the territory in September,

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CHRISTIANSTED — The three carjacking robbers who tailed a police officer and a businesswoman on St. Croix knew they were following people with $40,000 to $100,000 cash in their vehicle — at least. And the two people shot in the incident, the off-duty Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) officer Erik

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NEITHER LEAN NOR MEAN: Territorial Police Chief Winsbut McFarlande and Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested on Thursday and charged in connection with the East End carjacking rape that happened in May. Cristobal Perez Jr. was arrested on charges that he conspired with

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