Senators to Host Lighting of Legislature’s Christmas Tree

Senate President Neville James and the members of the 31st Legislature of the Virgin Islands invite the public to the…

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The Bookworm: Always Room for One More

Though this book is mainly for 4- to 8-year-olds, slightly younger children might sit still for it. One read-through and your kids will agree that “Miracle on 133rd Street” is a good story to share.

2015-12-01 22:10:56
WICO Hosts Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 9

One of the most anticipated community events on St. Thomas is the annual WICO Christmas Tree Lighting in conjunction with the Havensight Merchants Association. This year it will be held Dec. 9.

2015-12-01 21:51:52
Boschulte 6th Graders Donate Over 1,100 Cans of Food to Homeless Shelter

In the spirit of the season, sixth grade students at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School recently donated more than 1,100 cans of food and non-perishable items to Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands’ Bethlehem House Shelter for the Homeless on St. Thomas.

2015-12-01 15:52:19
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Emergency Unemployment Compensation to End Dec. 29

Payments from the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program will come to an end nationwide – including in the U.S. Virgin Islands – on Dec. 29, according to the V.I. Labor Department.

The EUC is a temporary federal program that provides additional unemployment benefits to claimants who qualify. Claimants who remain unemployed when they exhaust regular unemployment compensation may be eligible for EUC.

“The end date of the program will mean that no new EUC claims can be filed and payments will end for all claimants currently enrolled in EUC for any weeks after this date,” Labor Commissioner Albert Bryan said in Monday's statement from the department.

“This means unemployment insurance claimants must exhaust their regular unemployment benefits on or before Dec. 22, 2012, and file a EUC claim effective Dec. 23rd, 2012, or earlier and can only receive benefits through the week ending Dec. 29, 2012.”

Those currently enrolled in EUC will continue to receive benefits, and can move on to the next tier only if the tier is triggered on and if they qualify, until the Dec. 29 program end date.

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"This is indeed a trying time for the territory and the end of the EUC program would only add to the burden," Bryan said. “However, we have to look forward and prepare ourselves for the new economy.”

Bryan said a lot was happening with training funds provided by the National Emergency Grant and the broadband project, and that “the potential for renewable energy development is just the beginning.”

“Job hunting is tough," Bryan said, “but we are exploring every option for putting Virgin Islanders back to work.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, National Emergency Grants provide funding in response to large, unexpected economic events which cause significant job losses. The money temporarily expands Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker training and employment programs at the state and local levels.

Dislocated Hovensa employees will only be eligible to receive the one-time 26-week unemployment benefit allotment. However, all Hovensa workers dislocated on Feb. 20, 2012, or later are asked to contact the Labor Department's NEG representative about available training and services.

Under the new legislation there is an increased effort on work search and re-employment services, the statement said, and those currently reenrolled in the EUC program will receive notification of this change from the department. Check the department’s website at for continuous updates and information.

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