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Sir Richard Branson calls for 'Marshall Plan' for British Virgin Islands in wake of hurricanes Maria and Irma

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Sir Richard Branson has called for a "Marshall Plan" to rebuild the British Virgin Islands in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Irma and fears of further damage by Hurricane Maria. The Virgin Group founder, who is currently in New York to push for greater action on climate change at the UN General Assembly, said that he feared Hurricane Maria would add to the "catastrophic damage" the islands had suffered earlier this month. #BVI needs the world’s attention now – helping local communities with Hurricane #Maria prep, survival recovery https://t.co/uB3B1lj1tnpic.twitter.com/dh5NPf5kRs— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) September 18, 2017 Hurricane Maria was following a similar path to Irma, and strengthened to a category five storm on Monday night. Richard Branson on Necker Island Credit: Virgin.com/Virgin.com The US National Hurricane Centre declared it had upgraded the hurricane to its highest category after recording 160mph winds and issued warnings for islands including the British Virgin Islands and Montserrat. UK International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, said the Government is under no illusion about the possible impact of Maria and said they are taking steps to prepare communities. Damage on Necker Island Credit: Virgin.com/Virgin.com Sir Richard's private Necker island, which is part of the British Virgin islands, was devastated earlier in September by Hurricane Irma. Writing on his Virgin blog on Monday, the British billionaire said that his team "are doing everything we can to help people on the ground to prepare, and aid efforts are continuing". Damage on Necker Island, British Virgin Islands Credit: Virgin.com/Virgin.com "These hurricanes are causing unimaginable destruction; in the BVI infrastructure has collapsed, but we are working hard with some incredible partners, from the Royal Marines to aid agencies, the Puerto Rican authorities to the local BVIslanders, to help get the islands back on their feet," he wrote. "My thoughts are turning to working with others to help create a long-term Marshall Plan for the BVI, and for the Caribbean to be reconstructed and rejuvenated with clean energy and new jobs. However, as they prepare for another hurricane, the BVI’s people need the world's attention now." Sir Richard has launched the BVI Community Support Appeal to raise funds for those affected by the hurricanes. Hurricane Irma batters the Caribbean, in pictures  


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Trump lawyers dish on Russia probe at steakhouse as NYT reporter listens in

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Two of President Trump’s lawyers were overheard by a New York Times reporter “loudly discussing” the Russia investigation at a Washington, D.C., steakhouse next to the newspaper’s D.C. bureau. The conversation led to a front-page story about tension within Trump’s legal team.


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Latino Democrats Arrested Protesting Trump On Immigration

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Four Latino Democratic politicians were arrested outside Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday while protesting the president’s actions on immigration and calling for legislation to protect young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.


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Nationalism Wthout Isolationism: Trump's UN Triumph

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For 50 minutes on Tuesday, President Trump dazzled, and appalled, UN denizens in a speech that was the most detailed and reasoned defense to date of his America First ideology. The nationalism wa#195;#162;?Â#166;

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7 crazy transport systems that didn’t go the distance

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New York nearly had a pneumatic subway, and the US military thought about sending their soldiers abroad on rockets. Find out why these and other quirky ideas failed

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Party pooper Del Potro has Nadal firmly in his sights

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Juan Martin del Potro is one of the most popular men in tennis. Yet he sent a wave of frustration around New York when he outplayed Roger Federer in four sets in the quarter-final. By foiling hopes of a first-ever Federer-Nadal meeting at the US Open, the party animal had turned party pooper.

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Bloomberg: Restricting immigration hurts U.S. economy

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CBS News' Anthony Mason asked former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg about his views on the importance of immigration reform. "When you look at immigrants, you really have to be an innovator and a risk taker to leave everything you know in the old country and go to a new country," Bloomberg said. He said the U.S. is hurting itself if immigration is slowed or restricted.

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Michael Bloomberg on North Korea, U.S. economy and immigration

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg sat down with CBS News' Anthony Mason in New York for a wide-ranging conversation

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