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Saturday, May 15, 2021

UVI Awards 313 Degrees in Inspirational Virtual Ceremony

Having earned their degrees despite the disruptions of two Category 5 hurricanes and a global pandemic, University of the Virgin Islands graduates were urged in an inspirational ceremony to keep on rising.

Residents Speak out at Virtual Town Hall on Limetree Refinery

Some 300 people attending a virtual town hall Thursday had three words for officials investigating the Limetree Bay refinery – "Shut it down!" Friday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did just that.

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.

RTPark May Begin Offering Loans to Entice New Enterprise

The Senate Finance Committee advanced legislation on Thursday that, if signed into law, would allow the University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park to award and disburse loans to eligible businesses.

Police Make Three Arrests in St. Croix Murders

As projected by the Virgin Islands Police Department, three arrests have been made on St. Croix associated with a double homicide that occurred on April 19.

Virgin Islands Paving, Inc. Applies for Extension of EDA Benefits

While presenting to the Economic Development Authority’s board at a public hearing on Thursday, Virgin Islands Paving, Inc.’s owner Robert Schierloh said the company's reliance on government contracts makes EDC benefits a financial necessity.

Racist Supreme Court Rulings on U.S. Territories Receive Congressional Hearing

A House resolution co-sponsored by V.I. Delegate Stacey Plaskett received a landmark congressional hearing on Wednesday proposing that the Insular Cases be rejected.

USVI Produces 450 Tons of Garbage Every Day, Researchers Say

Napkins, food wrappers, Styrofoam, aerosol cans and coffee waste were among the top waste items listed by viewers of a University of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Green Technology Center presentation on sustainable living Wednesday afternoon.

Florida Principal Who Paddled Student Will Not Face Criminal Charges, Prosecutor Says

That repeated attempts to rid the territory of the scourge of corporal punishment in our schools has eluded the Virgin Islands so far has long been a source of pain for our children and this publication.

Limetree Bay Refinery Suspends Operations After Second Oil Release Impacts Cisterns

St. Croix residents in the Enfield Green community were told not to use their cisterns Wednesday afternoon as the result of a release of oil from Limetree Bay refinery, the second since the refinery restarted operations in February.

Beach Advisory for May 10-14

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 34 designated beaches throughout the territory during May 10 – May 14, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

Tripadvisor Gives 2021 Travelers’ Choice Award to Secret Harbour Beach Resort

Secret Harbour Beach Resort, a full-amenity condominium property for families and couples, announced today that it has been rated in the top 10 percent of hotels in the world.

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.

DOH Reminds Food Establishments, Public of Health Permit Requirements

The V.I. Department of Health’s (DOH) Division of Environmental Health (DEH) reminds food establishments and the public of the following permitting requirements:

Judicial Branch Extends Limited Continuance of In-Person Proceedings Through June 30

Administrator of Courts Regina Petersen advises the public and members of the Virgin Islands Bar Association that the limited resumption of in-person proceedings in...

Op-Ed: Peace Officers Memorial Day Honors Those Who Have Died in Line of Duty

Commissioner Trevor Velinor writes that “Police Week is a tradition that began in 1962, and this year we recognize those fallen officers of the Virgin Islands Police Department. I celebrate the commitment of these heroes, as I stand on the shoulders of their sacrifices.”

International Regatta’s First Day Brings Razor-Thin Racing

Day one of the second annual St. Thomas Yacht Club Invitational Regatta ended with two identical boats with a razor thin margin that saw the USA team edging a crew from the U.S. Virgin Islands in a tie-breaker.

Caribbean Genealogy Library to Present Panel on ‘The Body of the Virgin Islands Woman’

The virtual event will be a discussion by the V.I. Studies Collective on "The Body of the Virgin Islands Woman: Queens, Debutantes and Virgins."

Beach Advisory for May 10-14

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 34 designated beaches throughout the territory during May 10 – May 14, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

John L. Steward Dies at 91

John L. Steward of Turning Point Senior Care died on April 1.

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Napkins, food wrappers, Styrofoam, aerosol cans and coffee waste were among the top waste items listed by viewers of a University of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Green Technology Center presentation on sustainable living Wednesday afternoon. The Green Technology Center, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Waste Management Authority and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are co-hosting a series of webinars to educate community members about solid waste and sustainable materials management.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: These formerly unkempt waste sites have now been cleaned up. (Webinar screenshot)
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#visource #usvi #STT #STX #STJ #stthomas #stcroix #stjohn #carribean #virginislands #westindies #news #recycling #wastereduction #trash #epa #greentechnology #uvi
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Armani Harvey, a fourth-grader at Pearl B. Larsen PreK-8 School, has been named the U.S. Virgin Islands winner in the 13th annual Doodle for Google competition, a contest open to students from kindergarten through high school across the United States.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source staff
📸: Armani Harvey’s drawing, based on the theme, “I am strong because …” was the winner for the U.S. Virgin Islands and will compete for a spot in the finals. (Photo submitted by the V.I. Department of Education)
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While some agencies are focused on restoring and regrowing coral on land-based nurseries, others are taking the battle directly beneath the sea. Among them is Frank Cummings, a leader of the St. John Strike Team and the president of the Caribbean Oceanic Restoration and Education Foundation, commonly known as C.O.R.E.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Divers apply antibiotics to infected coral. (Frank Cummings photo)
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A lifetime of images and printing, a gift to the Caribbean Genealogy Library from the owners of St. Thomas Graphics, provides a wealth of information on the life and people of St. Thomas.

That trove of material was the subject of a presentation on Saturday introducing to the public the digitization and online availability of the St. Thomas Graphics Collection, provided by St. Thomas Graphics in 2007.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Judy and Richard Pitzl were the owners of St. Thomas Graphics. (Screenshot of CGL presentation)
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#visource #usvi #STT #STX #STJ #stthomas #stcroix #stjohn #carribean #virginislands #westindies #news #geneology #geneologyphotoaday #library #graphiclibrary #digitilization
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The Buccaneer Hotel is a 4.5-star resort, but it featured nothing but five-star dishes and drinks Friday night on the second day of Taste of St. Croix, a mini-version of the 20-year-old popular food festival.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Photo by Susan Ellis
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On what would have been one of the biggest nights of V.I. Carnival, Children’s Parade Day, Tourism officials presented “1 Night, 1 Fete,” an event they said could mark a new paradigm for public events during the pandemic.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by James Gardner
📸: Photo by James Gardner
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Visiting birders Lisa and Randy Freeman expected to see some unusual birds while in St. Thomas, but never imagined they’d stumble upon a lone, lanky Caribbean flamingo. While birding at a local salt pond with St. Thomas Audubon founder Mario Francis and local birder Don Spencer, the group discovered the bird gracefully wading in the waters.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Lisa and Randy Freeman
📸: A flamingo from Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands wades in a salt pond at Compass Point on St. Thomas. (Photo courtesy of Randy Freeman, Los Angeles, CA, 2021. All rights reserved.)
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The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority plans to offset 60 to 80 percent of generation through renewable energy resources within the next three to five years, bringing the utility in compliance with a law that mandates at least 60 percent of conventional generation be offset by renewables by 2025.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Spanish Town solar farm on St. Croix (Source photo by Bill Kossler)
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Young Virgin Islands actor Kaden Hughes is guest-starring in the CBS drama series “Bull” this Monday, May 3 at 10 p.m. Hughes has wanted to be an actor since the third grade, he said, and he works towards achieving that goal every chance he gets.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Kaden Hughes stands outside the filming door for the CBS drama series “Bull.” (Photo by Karen Nelson-Hughes)
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The University of the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service is postponing its monthly glass recovery project because discarded glass bottles were left near the former West Bay Supermarket over the past weekend.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service Coordinator Howard Forbes Jr. and Zola Roper, a fellow at Supporting Emerging Aquatic Scientists Islands Alliance Workforce, pose behind bags of sand made from glass bottles. (Photo by Howard Forbes)
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Fintrac Inc., an agriculture consulting firm with offices in St. Thomas and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday presented the Economic Development Commission its pending request to withdraw from the program, effective at the end of 2022.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Farmers in Honduras, where Fintrac has worked for 20 years. (Photo from Fintrac website)
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Victims United Inc. hosted its “Carnival Buy the Bowl Soup Sale” fundraiser on Saturday to raise funds to support families and friends who have lost loved ones to crime-related incidents.

“We thank everyone who came out and supported,” said Bernadette Gonsalves, the founder of Victims United Inc. Gonsalves has worked tirelessly to ensure the organization continues to be active in the community. Over the last few years, it has been difficult for the organization to secure funding.
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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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A dozen people, primarily electric vehicle drivers and green energy enthusiasts, enjoyed a Saturday drive, winding through the hillsides of St. Thomas in their bio-friendly autos during the annual Earth Day Electric Vehicle Rally.

Representatives of Solarize St. Thomas, Silver Sun Solar, Drive Green VI, and the Virgin Islands Energy Office were all on hand to discuss with other attendees the new programs and initiatives aimed to foster the demand for environmentally friendly, sustainable, clean energy.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo by Bethaney Lee
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Friends of the Frederiksted Community Boating came together recently to sand, patch and paint the sailing school’s wooden dinghies, readying them for the sailing program which will run from July 6 through 30.

The Caribbean Centers for Boys & Girls of the Virgin Islands will participate in the summer program again.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Calvert White sands a dinghy. (Photo submitted by Neil Canton)
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The U.S. Coast Guard recognized Virgin Islander Ronaqua Russell for her rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 by presenting her with the Air Medal. Senators on the Committee on Rules and Judiciary moved to take the recognition further on Thursday.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Don Buchanan
📸: Coast Guard Lt. Ronaqua Russell flies an HC-144 in support of Hurricane Maria response efforts. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
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Virgin Islands cyclists have started a movement that began with fitness but is now a symbol of unity across the territory. The Mango Tree Riders and the Left Lane Cyclers are groups of mostly men who have come together to exemplify what can be done for a greater cause.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: The Mango Tree Riders (Photo provided by the Mango Tree Riders)
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Nonprofit Taste of St. Croix will focus on St. Croix’s favorite culinary locations and showcase the territory’s readiness as it begins to reopen to the world. Participants will notice famous dishes from the territory, spirits, a few past winners and more. Taste of St. Croix Inc., along with the Department of Tourism and caribbeanfoodnetworktv.com, will be hosting the event, which is set to be a micro-version of the usually crowded event.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Photo by Susan Ellis
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Tune in all weekend for live coverage of the Eugene "Genix" Thomas Basketball Tournament! #visource #usvi #sports ...

What is it you need? A life preserver? A casserole dish? A bathroom sink? A travel guide to Peru?

All of these items, admittedly used – but still usable – were recently available for pennies-on-the-dollar at St. John’s ReSource Depot Thrift Store.
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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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#visource #usvi #STT #STX #STJ #stthomas #stcroix #stjohn #carribean #virginislands #westindies #news #thrift #thrifty #thriftstorefinds #resource #reuse #shopping
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