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A clean-power company owned by billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has taken over a Caribbean solar farm that was damaged last year by Hurricane Maria.

Virgin’s BMR Energy unit, which develops, owns and operates clean-energy projects in the Caribbean and Latin America, plans to restore the 4-megawatt farm in St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and take over a power-purchase agreement, according to a statement Tuesday. It has been running at less than 45 percent of capacity since the September storm. Terms of the acquisition from NRG Energy Inc. weren’t disclosed.
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Wyndham Reef Resort has named the award-winning, 20-year dive operator Ocean Frontiers as its new official dive operator.

The company is now offering a wide array of scuba and snorkel excursions to resort guests, specializing in signature scuba diving trips and regular two-tank boat dive trips to some of the island’s most spectacular sites, including wall, coral reef and open cave dives.

For snorkeling, there are seven trips available to explore underwater sites off East End, the North Sound and Kittiwake, just off Seven Mile Beach.

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Britain’s Foreign Office Minister for the Overseas Territories, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, visited the British Virgin Islands this week to discuss hurricane preparedness and see progress on recovery from last year’s devastation.

On his two-day visit, the minister visited a number of public sites affected by last year’s hurricanes with Premier Dr Orlando Smith. He saw how UK support is helping recovery efforts, and officially handed over the new purpose-built temporary Court House to the government, which will allow the Supreme Court and Magistrates’ Court to function fully again whilst a permanent building is constructed.

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The Cayman Islands just broke a tourism record.

The destination welcomed more than 1.3 million combined visitors in the first half of 2018, the most ever for the Cayman Islands in the first six months of the year.

That was a total increase of 19.52 percent, with a total of 214,711 visitors in the period.

Air arrivals to the destination were up 15.9 percent for the first half, officials said.

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