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The Virgin Islands Attorney General’s office reached an agreement in principle for a Victims’ Compensation Program with the Epstein Estate counsel and victims’ counsel on Friday. The agreement includes safeguards that U.S. Virgin Islands’ Attorney General Denise George insisted be included, according to her office. With the agreement, Attorney General

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SANTO DOMINGO — Five Caribbean countries continued to show an uptick in coronavirus cases Sunday to reach 17,906, according to a News Americas analysis. But there is good news as well as the countries reported no new deaths Sunday. The Dominican Republic continues to show increases in confirmed cases daily

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SAN JUAN — Governor Wanda Vázquez announced on Saturday that she will hold a nonbinding referendum in November to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a U.S. state, a move that comes amid growing disillusion with the island’s U.S. territorial status. For the first time in the island’s history, the

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KINGSHILL — A temporary restraining order was issued late Friday by Superior Court Judge Kathleen Mackay at the behest of Gordon Ackley and other local Republicans after John Canegata sought to remain in office as territorial Republican chairman by canceling the Republican primary election. The order bars Canegata and Robert

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BALTIMORE — The Social Security Administration issued an update Thursday about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments (EIP) to certain groups of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries. Beneficiaries who have their regular monthly payments managed for them by another person, called a representative payee, will begin receiving their EIPs

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SANTO DOMINGO — While a large number of Caribbean countries seem to have halted the COVID-19 curve, in seven nations yesterday, the number of coronavirus cases continued a steady uptick. Here are the seven: 1: The Dominican Republic’s cases showed no slow down as the country surpassed 10,000 cases yesterday, adding

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gordon Ackley, who is running as a candidate for chairman of the territorial Republican Party, has filed a lawsuit against the Supervisor of Elections and two current VIGOP members. Ackley’s Superior Court lawsuit filed Friday, names Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes as the head of the Virgin

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CHRISTIANSTED — In his continuing efforts to lobby the federal government for help in the territory’s fight against COVID-19, Governor Albert Bryan Jr. sent a letter to congressional leaders requesting additional federal assistance for the U.S. Virgin Islands. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. and the Anderson Stewart Family Foundation announced Friday that the foundation has given a grant of $1 million to the Virgin Islands Department of Health for equipment and to provide services to residents in the department’s fight against COVID-19. The grant will be

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NEW YORK — UN Chief António Guterres said heightened solidarity is needed if the world is to defeat the crisis, which he called the “gravest test since the founding of this organization,” with governments already struggling to address rising unemployment and economic downturn. “But the pandemic also poses a significant threat

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