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Early Voting Extended Until 8 p.m. Today

Friday, Oct. 31, is the last day for early voting, and early voting hours have been extended to 8 p.m

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Police Commissioner Rodney F. Querrard Sr. discusses the Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, homicide of Keithroy Caines at Oswald Harris Housing Court.

 
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Best Beginnings Early Childhood Conference Brings Change

The 16th annual Best Beginnings Early Childhood Conference on St. Thomas showcased a new program style, two keynote speakers, and an emphasis on continuing education and teacher certification.

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2014-10-30 22:38:35
Jewels of the Virgin Isles – One Year Later

When I decided to bring this column to life on Nov. 1, 2013, it was to raise awareness about the incredible contributions that men and women from the U.S. Virgin Islands are making to American life and on an international scale.

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2014-10-30 22:33:41
DeJongh, Atlantic Basin Official, Sign Operating Agreement for Refinery

Gov. John deJongh Jr. and principals of Atlantic Basin Refining VI signed an operating agreement Wednesday that, once approved by the Legislature, will begin the process of restarting the oil refinery on St. Croix's south shore.

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2014-10-29 20:13:06
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Cultural Education Award Presented to St. Thomas Majorettes

The V.I. Department of Education Division of Cultural Education and the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA) presented their St. Thomas Cultural Education Awareness Award to the St. Thomas Majorettes at a brief ceremony held Monday, June 14, at Lockhart Elementary School.  Glenn “Kwabena” Davis, state director of the division, presented the official certificate and Betty L. Mahoney, VICA executive director, presented a check for $3,000 to the Majorettes’ assistant director, Desha Powell. The first group to receive this joint award was the Love City Leapers at VICA’s BIG READ kick-off on Friday, Jan. 22, on St. John. The joint presentation to the Ricardo Richards School Moko Jumbies has been scheduled for later this month.

In his presentation, Davis mentioned the importance of demonstrating appreciation for the people and culture of the Virgin Islands, adding that he was satisfied with the St. Croix panel of four judges who voted unanimously for the St. Thomas Majorettes, whose depictions represented several elements of V.I. culture, including the environmental, the value of appearance in dress ways, artistic and crafts design.
Mahoney remarked that the group’s costuming, which was both very colorful and beautiful, showed a great deal of creativity and modesty that reflected Virgin Islands pride in dress. In addition, she stated that the varied components of performance during the Carnival parade clearly depicted numerous aspects of V.I. culture. She said she was, “very pleased with your commitment to ensuring positive, exemplary and culturally relevant presentations.”
in her acceptance remarks, Powell, surrounded by dozens of the majorettes, thanked both agencies, and promised to keep the standards high and to further ensure that at home and abroad, the culture of the territory is displayed and well represented. She added that next week the majorettes will travel to Washington, D.C. for participation in the Washington, D.C. Caribbean Festival.
Davis said it would be three years before any of these winners would become eligible to compete for this award.  Accordingly, he implores future competitors to keep the standards high and remain focused on the colorful and intellectual aspects of Virgin Islands culture in order to be in contention for this new and coveted prize.
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