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SAN JUAN — The Trump administration victimized Puerto Ricans a second time with arbitrary red tape that delayed the disbursement of federal disaster money in the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma, hamstringing the island’s economic recovery. That’s the conclusion of experts who have read a matter-of-fact 52-page new report by the

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CULEBRA ISLAND — Coast Guard marine and facility inspectors were in Culebra, Puerto Rico on Wednesday conducting a preliminary assessment as part of a marine casualty investigation into a reported pier allision and vessel grounding involving the tug boat Don Jaime and the deck barge Marilin H. At this time,

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Last month Britain published two significant post-Brexit policy documents setting out its future thinking on foreign policy, defense, security, and development. Both referenced in general terms the importance to the U.K. of its 14 Overseas Territories located around the world. The relationship was encapsulated in the suggestion that shared interests

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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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SAN JUAN — Two competing bills trying to end Puerto Rico’s status as one of the world’s oldest territories threaten to undermine each other — damping hopes that the island might become the 51st U.S. state and a decisive power in Washington. On one side are those who want to

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan testified remotely today before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and told federal lawmakers that Virgin Islanders are well-versed in resilience and building back; however, the territories lack the financial support from the federal government that would allow them to stay abreast of the constant

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WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico’s economy will receive a jolt from billions of dollars of federal aid this year from the American Rescue Plan as the territory works its way out of bankruptcy. Highlights of that aid include $3 billion for K through 12 schools, $308 million for childcare, and $370

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WASHINGTON — The House Natural Resources Committee issued the following testimony by Jean-Pierre L. Oriol, commissioner of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources, as part of a remote hearing entitled “Discussion on the Insular Area Climate Change Act” on Thursday: Thank you Representative Grijalva for the opportunity to testify in support of the proposed

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to decide the legality of a decades-old congressional decision to exclude Puerto Rico from a federal program that provides benefits to low-income elderly, blind and disabled people. The justices took up a U.S. government appeal originally filed by Republican former President

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