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Author: William-Jose Velez

US Virgin Islands Governor sends letter to President Trump advocating for US aid to The Bahamas

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. (D) has sent a letter to President Donald Trump (R) urging the administration to provide United States aid to The Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The governor drew on the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and María and what Virgin Islanders experienced to empathize with Bahamian residents and their guests. “Having had these experiences, the people of the Virgin Islands understand all too well the feelings of helplessness, distress and displaced sense of purpose, safety and peace that the people of The Bahamas are currently experiencing,” Governor Bryan wrote. “As a territory of the United States,...

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Dorian directly impacts US Virgin Islands, spares most of Puerto Rico

After several unexpected turns in its path through the northeastern Caribbean Sea, what is now Hurricane Dorian ended up striking the United States Virgin Islands directly, making landfall in the island of St. Croix, while sparing most of Puerto Rico from its effects. The island municipalities of Vieques and Culebra however did get some of the storm’s winds and rain as it made its way through the region. As the storm’s forecasted path shifted, the administration of Governor Albert Bryan Jr. (D) had not issued any major declaration beyond offering sand bags to residents until a last minute press...

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Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands brace for impact of Tropical Storm Dorian

The United States territories of Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands found themselves under a tropical storm warning, bracing for the impact of what is now Tropical Storm Dorian, expected to hit their region on Wednesday. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. While initially the National Hurricane Center forecasted the storm to pass south of Puerto Rico, the latest update on Tuesday August 27 had the storm’s eye passing directly over Puerto Rico’s main island, meaning the entirety of the territory would feel the storm’s effects....

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Governor Wanda Vázquez appoints a chief of staff and liaison with the Financial Oversight and Management Board

Governor Wanda Vázquez (NPP) announced today the appointments of Zoé Laboy as Secretary of the Governorship (or chief of staff), and Elí E. Díaz Atienza as her nonvoting representative with the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico. “I am proud to have them as part of my team. They are proven professionals who, like me, want the best for Puerto Rico. We will work together to be able to direct the government, both administratively and financially,” said the Governor. Laboy has held a position as Senator by Accumulation since 2016, chairing the Committee of Social and Economic...

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