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PALM BEACH, Florida — The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-134 to meet President Donald Trump’s demand for $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks on Monday, sending the measure on to an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Senate. But even as Democrats helped secure approval for what the Republican president sought

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan said he welcomes the federal funding coming to the U.S. Virgin Islands from Congress’ $900 billion COVID-19 relief measure that President Trump signed into law on Sunday, and he said the much-needed federal assistance will bring some level of support to Virgin Islanders and local businesses

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Office of Disaster Recovery announces the award of $17,451,154 from the FEMA Public Assistance Program to reimburse the Virgin Islands Police Department for emergency work performed territory-wide after Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. After the storms, the VIPD worked tirelessly to protect public health. Officers

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BRIDGETOWN — Barbados removed the statue of British Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson from the capital Bridgetown’s main square recently, two months after announcing plans to replace Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and move on from its colonial past. The bronze statue was unveiled in 1813 to commemorate

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SANTIAGO, Chile — A new United Nations report released here Wednesday shows the territorial inequality of malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean. The report titled “Regional Overview of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean 2020,” analyses child overweight and stunting in the countries of the

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BRIDGETOWN — Caribbean countries have demanded that the former European slaving nations pay back their debts, vowing to eliminate colonial remnants that still exist in the region. The call came during celebrations for the United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, which commemorates December 2 1949, when the

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NEW YORK — A federal judge on Wednesday handed a partial victory to U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George, who is pursuing a civil racketeering complaint against the estate of Jeffrey Epstein, partially granting her access to an ongoing civil lawsuit that involves the disgraced financier and close associates. USVI

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola — New Jersey commercial fisherman Michael Foy, who was held prisoner in a crude British Virgin Islands jail cell for more than four months, has finally returned home. Foy was imprisoned in June after being charged with “illegal entry and unlicensed fishing” after being told by the BVI customs

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SAN JUAN -— Officials in Puerto Rico announced today that it expects to receive its first COVID-19 vaccines by mid-December as the island hits a record number of daily cases and hospitalizations. Health care workers, teachers and certain public sector employees are among those who will take priority, officials said. “This will

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan welcomed a six-person delegation from Indonesia to Government House on St. Croix recently. Dr. Nana Yuliana, consul general of the Republic of Indonesia, and her five-person delegation made their inaugural trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands from their home base in Texas. Dr. Yuliana was

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