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Sunday, April 11, 2021

V.I. Joins Legal Fight Against Sale of Fake Vaccination Cards

U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George joined attorneys general throughout the nation calling on Twitter, eBay, and Shopify to act immediately to prevent people from selling fraudulent CDC vaccination cards on their platforms.

Local Rescue Team Does Its Best, But Can’t Save Stricken Sea Turtle

A 200-pound female endangered green sea turtle was struck by a speeding boat, causing four lacerations to her shell that would prove fatal.

St. Vincent Volcano Eruption Poses No Immediate Threat to USVI

The ash plume from the eruption Friday of the Caribbean volcano La Soufriere on the island of St. Vincent poses no immediate danger to the U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico, according to NOAA.

Georgia’s Sen. Raphael Warnock to Keynote UVI Commencement

Newly-elected U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock (D–Georgia) will be the keynote speaker at the University of the Virgin Islands' online commencement May 14, the university announced.

New Bishop Takes Post April 17, After Long Service to V.I. Catholics

A long and twisting path led a boy from Cameroon to the U.S. Virgin Islands, but once he arrived, he spent the next 30 years serving its people as a Catholic priest. Now he is about to become the leader of the Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas.

Senate Panel OKs Comprehensive WAPA Oversight Bill

Legislation to provide the Public Service Commission with regulatory powers over the Water and Power Authority has long been discussed by the Legislature. Friday the measure was approved by the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Consumer Affairs.

One Health V.I.

On the latest episode of One Health V.I., Governor Albert Bryan Jr. discusses the Healthier Horizons initiative that will improve the territory's healthcare system.

9/13/20

Park Service Seeks Community Input on Caneel Bay

The National Park Service wants to hear from you. What do you think should happen with Caneel Bay Resort? The discussion on Caneel’s future will continue at 2 p.m. Saturday during a forum that will air on WTJX Channel 12.

Community’s Input Sought for Watershed Plans

A project studying three watersheds of critical concern on St. Thomas and five on St. Croix is seeking community input to help mitigate future damage from runoff and flooding during intense rains.

Sarauw Calls V.I. Roads Deplorable, Especially in Frederiksted

Roads in the U.S. Virgin Islands are deplorable, Sen. Janelle Sarauw told Derek Gabriel the acting commissioner of the Department of Public Works, and several members of the Committee on Disaster Recovery and Infrastructure agreed.

Senators Advance Invasive Species Bounty Bill

Legislation to establish an Invasive Species Eradication Community Program – which would incentivize businesses and residents to euthanize invasive species by offering a bounty for wanted pests – was advanced by the Rules and Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

UVI Unveils Two New Varieties of Sorrel

The University of the Virgin Islands School of Agriculture unveiled two new sorrel varieties developed right on U.S. Virgin Islands soil on Thursday at the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.
Hurricane Isabel in 2003, as seen from the International Space Station. (Image by Mike Trenchard, Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center)

CSU Team Predicts Another Above-Average Hurricane Season

Hurricane researchers at the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project on Thursday predicted an above-average Atlantic hurricane season with 17 named storms in 2021, citing the likely absence of El Niño as a primary factor.

V.I. Hospitals Continue to Lose Money

Dr. Luis Amaro, interim Chief Executive Officer of Schneider Regional Medical Center, told the Territorial Hospital Board on Wednesday the projected deficit for Schneider stands at $6 million, but due to non-budgeted COVID expenses and loss of revenue, it could be twice that amount. 

World Central Kitchen Explains Process to Apply for $5,000 to $20,000 in Funding

World Central Kitchen provides financial support through grants to small- and medium-sized food producers such as farmers, fishers, processors and distributors of local food products.

ONE HEALTH V.I. EPISODES

One Health V.I. Episode 1 – Telehealth Services in the Virgin Islands

On this episode of One Health V.I., Dr. Donna Christensen, physician and former V.I. Delegate to Congress, joins Julia Sheen, Health and Human Services policy advisor to Governor Albert Bryan Jr., to discuss implementing telehealth services in the territory.

One Health V.I. Episode 2 – Reconstruction of the Territory’s Hospitals

Darryl Smalls, Vice President of Facilities for the Schneider Regional Medical Center and Juan F. Luis Hospital, provides an update on the renovations and construction of the territory's hospital facilities.

One Health V.I. Episode 3 – Association Health Plans

Julia Sheen, Health and Human Services policy advisor to Governor Albert Bryan Jr., speaks with Omar Haedo, president of Elan Insurance Group, about plans to offer health insurance options to Virgin Islands small businesses and their employees.

One Health V.I. Episode 4 – Integrating Fire and EMS Services

Lisle Evelyn, assistant director for Medical Services at the V.I. Fire Service, discusses how integrating Fire Service and the Department of Health's EMS could save lives in the territory.

One Health V.I. Episode 5 – Implementing the Health Information Exchange

The HIE will allow healthcare providers and patients to securely access and share a patient’s vital medical information via an electronic transmission – improving the speed, quality, safety, and cost of patient care.

One Health V.I. Episode 6 – The Healthier Horizons Initiative

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. discusses the Healthier Horizons initiative, which aims to expand access to healthcare, provide better services and improve the V.I.'s healthcare infrastructure.
cops

Florida Man Charged with Rape on St Thomas

Hugh D. Fuller Jr. a 67-year-old resident of Boca Raton, Florida, was arrested by the V.I. Police Department at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with first-degree rape.

Letter: Refinery Needs Effective Regulation

No one argues against a company’s right to be profitable and to get rich – even very rich. We do argue against its right to get astronomically rich when the only way it can do so is at the expense of the health of the people around it along with the sea, land and animals.

Tennis Channel Names John A. Richards III One of America’s Top Coaches

A national honor has been bestowed to a Virgin Islander by the Tennis Channel, which chose John A. Richards III as one of the 50 best tennis coaches in America.

V.I. Track and Field Athletes Compete Well

Track and Field competitions are set to begin in the territory. Clearance to proceed with practice and competitions has already been received from the Department of Health.

2021 VI Game Fishing Club’s Dolphin Derby Tournament Set for April 25

Fishing will be in U.S. Virgin Islands waters only; there is discounted early registration, no pre- or post-party, and a socially distanced weigh-in and dock-side prize-giving.

Nicholas D’Amour Continues His March for Spot at Tokyo Olympics in Men’s Recurve

D’Amour’s quest for a spot at the Tokyo Olympics is not over. He will compete at the final qualifying event in Paris at the Stage 3 of the World Cup on June 21.

Alpine Launches a Mural Contest for New Children’s Museum Exhibit, Artists Wanted

Alpine’s VI Children's Museum Mural Contest is being held to select and highlight a local artist to complement the new exhibit.

DVSAC to Host Education Fair on Sexual Assault, Child Abuse Prevention

The Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council will be partnering with several organizations on St. Croix from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 25, and it will feature information tables, membership tables and a Q&A survivor panel.

CFVI Requests Proposals for USVI Humanities Projects 2021

In the absence of a humanities council in the USVI, CFVI applied for and was awarded National Endowment for the Humanities funding that CFVI will sub-award to eligible entities throughout the USVI to support humanities programming and activities.

VI Council on the Arts Secures New Funding for Creative Aging Program

Virgin Islands Council on the Arts secured $23,000 for its project “Seniors Staying Connected.”
cops

Florida Man Charged with Rape on St Thomas

Hugh D. Fuller Jr. a 67-year-old resident of Boca Raton, Florida, was arrested by the V.I. Police Department at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with first-degree rape.

Ezekiel D. Johannes Dies at 90

Ezekiel D. Johannes, also known as “Zekie” or “Zeke,” of Bronx, N.Y., died on March 20.

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A FEMA-funded project begun in March is devising a watershed plan for the territory because heavy rainfall is not soaking into the ground in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Andres Torizzo, president of Watershed Consulting, told St. Croix businesspeople at a virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
💻: An illustration of a watershed (Screenshot image)
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The New Day Café and Workshop, a new vocational skills training program on St. John, is getting ready to open its doors in May. Applications are now being accepted for St. John residents ages 16-24 to participate in a full-year program in carpentry skills – and get paid while doing it. Applicants can send an email to newdaystjohn@gmail.com to receive an application.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Cynthia Smith, Mary Bartolucci, Cliff McArdle, Lewis Gil and Sherece Smith proudly hold up the sign for New Day’s new home. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)
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“I Am Queen Mary,” a two-story sculpture made of polystyrene, coral and bronze, standing over the Copenhagen harbor since 2018, was removed in December 2020 due to extreme weather damage. Now the artists are moving forward with a plan to replace the prototype with permanent monuments.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: “I Am Queen Mary” outside the West Indian Warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Submitted photo)
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Artist Prea Bhandari has been able to travel and live in France, Italy and England among other countries as a result of her passion for art. But the young St. Thomas artist, whose work was recently featured in the March-April issue of Porthole Cruise Magazine, had given up painting.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: “Serenity,” which was commissioned by lawyer Leigh Goldman and is a customer favorite. (Submitted photo)
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Before the pandemic, Susannaberg, the formerly quiet part of St. John, offered no more than one place to stop for food and drink.

Now five thriving outdoor venues are within a quarter-mile of each other, including two new restaurants specializing in West Indian food, something that’s getting harder to find in Cruz Bay.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Photo by Amy Roberts
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Easter camping is a long-standing tradition in the Virgin Islands, with families and friends flocking to the shore for a week of fun. But for the second year in a row, Easter camping has been called off, canceled by COVID-19. This story recounts Easter camping on St. Croix just three years ago, in 2018, republished here in the hopes that Easter 2022 finds us back on the beach.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Anne Salafia
📸: Photo by Anne Salafia
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The following is a guest article by Howard Forbes Jr., extension specialist for the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service and Elisa Lacatena, communications specialist for the Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Howard Forbes Jr.
📸: Fishing nets are one type of debris the Great Mangrove Cleanups work to tackle. (Photo by Kristin Wilson Grimes)
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Taking an idea and turning it into a tangible device or process has captured the imagination of Virgin Islanders. The government agency that registers and protects inventions across the U.S. says dozens of patents have been awarded to Virgin Islanders over more than 50 years.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Judi Shimel
📸: A French postage stamp commemorates Henri-Étienne Sainte-Claire Deville’s work with aluminium – from Science History Institute Digital Collections.
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After months of intense training, V.I. boxer Deion Pruitt put on a show in his first professional bout, earning plaudits for his potential as he turns now from his first pro win and begins preparing for the 2021 Pan American Boxing Qualifications.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Deion Pruitt exults as the referee names him the winner of Saturday’s bout. (Photo by Sandy Halliday)
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This is the fifth and final story in a series on notable Virgin Islands women in honor of Virgin Islands History Month and Women’s History Month.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by By Debra Adelita Brown DeLone
📸: Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett embraces a Virgin Islander after the territory was hit by two category five hurricanes. (Photo from Plaskett’s official website)
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The month of March is a meaningful time for the American Red Cross of the U.S. Virgin Islands. March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by Presidential Proclamation since 1943. By happy coincidence, March also is Virgin Islands History Month.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article By American Red Cross USVI Staff
📸: Joanna Carver Colcord of New York led an expedition of social workers, librarians and nurses from the American Red Cross to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the summer of 1920 to support the establishment of various social welfare programs including school nursing activities and public libraries. (Photo provided by Penobscot Marine Museum)
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The World Central Kitchen is seeking to fund another group of Virgin Islands farmers, fishers and food producers with as much as $20,000 through the Food Producers Network – a program already supporting 15 local businesses.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Strictly Roots Farm on St. Croix is a project of World Central Kitchen. (Photo submitted by WCK)
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Former Sen. Myron Jackson was on hand Monday as the large copper bust of King Christian IX was removed from Emancipation Garden to make way for the Conch Shell Blower – a statue that better reflects the name and history of the square yet has been relegated to the periphery of the park since it was erected in 1998.livestreamed event from the Oscar E. Henry Farm Preserve.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Sian Cobb
📸: Sculptor Tom Elicker, who now lives in Puerto Rico after his St. Croix studio was destroyed in Hurricane Maria, heats the copper bust of King Christian IX in preparation for a protective layer of wax on Monday in Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas. (Source photo by Sian Cobb)
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The Senepol cow and the St. Croix white hair sheep have been a part of U.S. Virgin Islands history since the 1800s, and on Thursday, veterinarian Bethany Bradford and her team discussed the legacy of the breeds during a livestreamed event from the Oscar E. Henry Farm Preserve.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Bethany Bradford and her team discuss Senepol cattle and St. Croix white hair sheep. (Livestream screen capture)
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The Caribbean Centers for Boys & Girls of the Virgin Islands “Invites You to NOT Attend” its annual Transfer Day Ball fundraiser event. Those who want to take part can attend at home, at the office, on the phone, or anywhere and at any time on March 31. This is not a virtual event. It is a do NOT attend event, organizers said.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: From left, Kerelle Harrigan, Stephanie Maxwell, Frambelys Polonco and K’Ryah Harrigan make Peach Cooler Pops. (Submitted photo)
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Opening a fine dining establishment in the midst of a pandemic may sound like a kooky idea, but the story of the genesis of Shaibu’s Garden Oasis makes it easy to understand how the restaurant owners have managed such a successful launch.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Julie Downard Abdulai and Shaibu Abdulai pose in front of an image of Sankofa, a symbol of heritage and remembrance. (Source photo by Amy H. Roberts)
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St. Thomas residents and visitors once again have access to lighted tennis courts with the reopening of the courts at Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Teddi Davis
📸: Photo by Teddi Davis
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Caning has captured the interest of community members, and caners have gathered several times throughout the month at the St. Thomas Historical Trust to perfect the cultural craft.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Photo by Adisha Penn
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently awarded as much as $4.1 million to the University of the Virgin Islands to retrofit the dormitories and library on the Orville E. Kean Campus on St. Thomas.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
📸: The South Dorm of the University of the Virgin Islands’ Orville E. Kean Campus on St. Thomas (Photo courtesy of UVI)
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