At a time when coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate around the world, the Virgin Islands should be proud that a non-profit organisation here is spearheading an effort to bring some of them back to life.

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Some residents have claimed that the recent flooding was a punishment from Heaven. The Creator, they suggested, was angry because the August Emancipation Festival has become a party where revellers wear skimpy costumes. I decided to interview Him to find out the truth.

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Truck noise

A Beaconite who lives on Waterfront Drive is often disturbed by the trucks that roar through Road Town at high speeds, alternately revving their engines and pumping their noisy jake breaks.

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This economics layman has learned rather late in his life that Gross Domestic Product is not the alpha and omega of a country’s prosperity. It is better to view social development measures such as quality of life and social welfare as benchmarks of national prosperity. The preceding measures are better than putting blind belief in purely economic numbers, such as income per capita and GDP.

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During last week’s account of my time living in Malawi, I wrote about how I decided to give Davison, my gardener, a matching short-sleeved jacket and short trousers I’d gone 40 miles to buy for my “smart, casual wear” in the dry, searing heat (see “Librarian recalls Malawi shopping trip” in the Aug. 24 edition).

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