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Half a dozen young people, local artists and music producers have created a peace song for Carnival 2014. To read more about the song, click here.
 

 
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DOH to Host Zika Public Forums

In response to the rise in Zika cases in the territory and the recent discovery that Zika can be sexually transmitted by both men and women, the V.I. Department of Health (VIDOH) is sponsoring two Zika public forums, one in each district.

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2016-07-23 07:19:16
V.I.’s Julius Jackson Loses to Opponent Odom in Third Round

After dominating for two rounds Friday against opponent Jerry Odom, 340 Boxing champ Julius Jackson (19-2, 15 KOs) got caught with a right to the head that left him unable to continue, allowing Odom to win the bout by technical knockout 1:54 into the third round. 

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2016-07-23 00:46:43
Beach Advisory for July 18-22

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following:

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2016-07-22 23:08:05
Local news — St. Thomas
UVI SPORTS AND FITNESS CENTER UNVEILED

The University of the Virgin Islands' newly renovated Sports and Fitness Center has come a long way from its origins as an old U.S. Navy seaplane hangar. When it opens to the public next month, the center will be the biggest indoor sports venue in all the Eastern Caribbean.
A tour of what a nearly $10 million renovation, now nearly completed, can do showed what will soon be physical education locker rooms, varsity locker rooms, the green room (a room for celebrities), a weight room, an aerobics room, a VIP room and offices for athletic coaches. The new center is more than 64,000 feet square.
The facility holds two official-size basketball courts and a portable wooden floor for basketball and volleyball. There is also a dual cross-court for teaching and practices and a state-of-the-art training room for treating sports-related injuries.
The university's director of facilities, Leo Francis, said the center is also flood proofed: air-sealed locking devices prevent up to two feet of water from entering the building.
The firm of Daniels, Mendenhall, Johnson and Mann was the principal architect for the project.

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"This is a turning point in the history of the Virgin Islands," boasted UVI president Orville Kean. The facility was built in the late 1930s to house Navy seaplanes. The expansion to the old UVI Field House is 25 feet on both the east and west sides and 50 feet on the southern end. The center will be able to hold 2,500 to 3,000 for basketball games and up to 4,000 for concerts, graduations and other nonathletic events.
The center will have an official grand opening at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001. On that night, UVI will induct the first group of athletes into its Athletic Hall of Fame. The hall of fame induction ceremony will be followed by inaugural basketball games between the UVI Bucs women's and men's basketball teams against the Universidad Metropolitana de Puerto Rico.
Tickets for the grand opening will be available starting Saturday at the following outlets: on St. Thomas at Modern Music, Krystal Gift and Galore, Parrot Fish Records, Reichhold Center and UVI Bookstore on both campuses. Tickets also will be available on St. John at Connections and are free to the general public with a limit of four per person.
UVI hopes the center will become "the number one spot for holiday tournaments," according to Athletic Director Peter Sauer. It will be furnished with telescopic bleachers on all four sides of the court. The center will not be open for public purposes.
UVI currently administers five sports: basketball, volleyball, tennis, weightlifting and track and field.

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