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On St. Croix and Puerto Rico, a Centuries-Old Crop is New Again

Touring St. Croix’s distilleries in 2014, Apfel said he saw a tanker truck pull up with a delivery of molasses from Guatemala and wondered, why from there?

Plaskett, Fellow Reps, Call for End to Discrimination Against Territories

Stacey Plaskett planned to meet with White House officials on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the Justice Department’s continued defense of statutes that deny U.S. citizens of overseas territories equal access to federal programs.

Puerto Rican Trio Captures Top Spots at Beach 2 Beach Power Swim

Three swimmers from Puerto Rico took to the open waters along St. John’s north shore to capture the 2021 Beach 2 Beach Power Swim.

Men Detail Ordeal of Working on STT Hurricane Recovery Program

When he took a job in January 2019 that promised great pay repairing hurricane-damaged roofs on St. Thomas, Abiel Osorio Cotto could never have dreamed how badly it would end up.
The view is about all that remains of this home on St. Thomas’ Northside, post Hurricane Irma. (Kelsey Nowakowski photo)

Meteorologist: Forget Predictions, Just be Prepared for Hurricane Season

It’s that time of year again -- the impending start of hurricane season, when everyone becomes a meteorologist, and the bane of Ernesto Morales’ existence.

NOAA Report Declares Severe Drought for U.S. Virgin Islands

“There are signs of soil cracking on St. Thomas and St. Croix, and vegetation is showing distress across all islands. Precautions such as ordering hay and water deliveries are being taken to get through the dry season."
Sahara dust masks the view from the vantage point of Drake’s Seat on the north side of St. Thomas, which on a clear day would extend to the British Virgin Islands. (Kelsey Nowakowski photo)

Puerto Rico Researchers Working to Better Understand Health Effects of Sahara Dust

The largest African dust storm in 50 years – which occurred in June 2020 and coincided with the global spread of COVID-19 – has prompted new research and public health initiatives by scientists in Puerto Rico.

Profile of U.S. Territories Boosted Under Biden Administration

The White House has named Gretchen Sierra Zorita, from the territorial rights advocacy group Equally American, as the administration's point person for U.S. territories. Zorita will be deputy director for Puerto Rico and the territories.

St. Vincent Volcano Eruption Poses No Immediate Threat to USVI

The ash plume from the eruption Friday of the Caribbean volcano La Soufriere on the island of St. Vincent poses no immediate danger to the U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico, according to NOAA.

Miss World USVI Contestants Vying to Attend Miss World Pageant

In early March, the Miss World USVI Organization introduced its three 2021 contestants, who hail from the islands of St. Croix and St. Thomas. The title will be decided at a competition in August.

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