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BRIDGETOWN — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said 32 countries and territories in the Americas have reported the presence of at least one of the three “variants of concern” of the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, according to a new Epidemiological Update. These variants may increase transmissibility of the

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HAMILTON — Cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd said today it would require mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all guests and crew when it restarts trips from U.S. ports in July. The company’s announcement follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest guidance last week to the cruise

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KINGSHILL — A police affidavit detailing a rape case on St. Croix includes shocking details about the alleged sexual assault, but the suspect’s defense attorney said Saturday that the case is not as clear-cut as it seems. Timothy A. Morgan, 24, of South Carolina, was arrested early Wednesday morning and

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HAVANA — Trumpeter Carlos Sanchez serenaded tourists in Old Havana for 30 years, earning handsome tips — until the coronavirus pandemic hit and Cuba closed its borders a year ago on April 1. Now the 57-year-old ekes out a living repairing fans. The global vaccination drive is sparking hopes worldwide

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HAVANA — Several Caribbean island nations have issued a plea to the United States to share its stockpile of COVID-19 vaccines with the region as it has said it would with Mexico and Canada, calling on it not to neglect its “third border.” The independent island states of the Caribbean

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CHRISTIANSTED — A food delivery business whose star rose with the COVID-19 pandemic has filed for bankruptcy protection from debts of $1.1 million owed to banks and local restaurant owners already struggling to stay in business. Incorporated in Clearwater, Florida., Island Direct filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in United States

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — People are up in arms about the maintenance of a trash bin site on St. Thomas. Residents say the dumpster site — maintained by the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority — is unsightly, unhealthy and dangerous to navigate in its current condition. People on social media begged

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There is an old saying that you wait ages for a London bus and then two — or even three — come along at once. It is not an expression, as far as I am aware, that has ever been applied to policy statements affecting U.K.-Caribbean relations. However, in the

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CHRISTIANSTED — A new report, Shadow Citizens: Confronting Federal Discrimination in the U.S. Virgin Islands, from the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands (DRCVI) reveals drastic disparities resulting from federal programs that discriminate against the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new report, available at www.drcvi.org, adds to mounting public scrutiny surrounding racial

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Attorney General Denise George has announced that anyone found submitting false COVID-19 documents or forged test results to the USVI travel screening portal will be prosecuted pursuant to V.I. Code tit. 14, § 843. AG George will also be joining a coalition of attorneys general representing states,

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