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Benefits to Human Services Cash Assistance Programs Delayed

The Department of Human Services (DHS) notifies clients of the cash assistance programs (TANF, Adult Blind and Disabled) that benefits…

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DeJongh: Delayed Stadium Could Pump $58 Million into Economy

A stalled plan to demolish and reconstruct an expanded Paul E. Joseph Stadium in Frederiksted has the potential to pump $58 million into the local economy, Government House said in a statement released Thursday.

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2014-08-01 00:43:38
Weather Cliffhanger Continues

Will the low-pressure system now heading westward toward the area make that last leap into a depression or Tropical Storm Bertha? Or will it just bring rain and gale-force winds on Saturday?

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2014-08-01 00:39:41
National Parks Provides Economic Boon

A total of 438,601 visitors to V.I. National Park on St. John during 2013 spent $64.7 million in communities near the park, a new territorywide report out from the National Park Service indicates.

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2014-08-01 00:30:41
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Fast Response Cutter Visits St. Thomas

The Webber parked alongside Crown Bay Center on St. Thomas.
The Webber parked alongside Crown Bay Center on St. Thomas.

The U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutter Bernard C. Webber made its maiden visit to St. Thomas this week, arriving in the early hours of Thursday morning and leaving for its return journey to Miami on Friday morning.

With a complement of four officers and 20 enlisted personnel, the 153-foot cutter displayed the look of speed and optimal weapons efficiency even while at dock at Crown Bay. Sporting a pair of .50-caliber machine guns both fore and aft, a 25mm canon off her bow and a turbo charged 5700-horsepower engine, the vessel seemed well equipped to live up to her “fast response” moniker.

Its crew entertained guests from the local marine enforcement and support community aboard for a very thorough and informative tour both above and below decks on Thursday afternoon.

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Engraved on a plaque leading into the common space below decks, reads the ships motto: ”Determination heeds no interference.”

The ship’s multiple missions range from fishery patrols to countering drug and migrant operations. The Webber is one of 54 fast response cutters currently being built to augment the Coast Guard’s aging fleet of 110 foot cutters. These new assets are to be home ported throughout the coastal United States.

Ship Commander Herb Eggert said, “We can expect the occasional visit by the new FRC’s out of San Juan and Miami as assignments in this area are intelligence driven.”

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