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USVI Under 17 Women’s Soccer Team Falls to St Kitts and Nevis

It was a tough day on the soccer pitch for the U.S. Virgin Islands U-17 Women’s Team as they lost 4-1 against St. Kitts and Nevis in the opening game of the Concacaf Women’s Under 17 Championship Qualifier.

Finance Committee Advances Bill Requiring Remittance of Hotel Occupancy Tax

The Finance Committee advanced legislation Tuesday to require “sharing economy” companies like VRBO to establish an agreement with the U.S. Virgin Islands to remit collected hotel occupancy taxes.

Liberty Foundation Awards $100,000 to Six V.I. Non-Profits, Unveils New Branding

With a special focus on organizations that support youth development and tackle issues of domestic violence, Liberty Mobile USVI awarded Tuesday $100,000 to six local non-profits through its philanthropic arm, the Liberty Foundation.

St. Croix VIPD Chiefs Tout Illegal Gun Haul, Warn of ‘Ghost Guns’

Virgin Islanders got a chilling demonstration Tuesday of just how easy it is to build a “ghost gun” from parts procured online and shipped in the mail. St. Croix Deputy Police Chief Uston Cornelius assembled just such a gun in less than one minute during a V.I. Police Department briefing on Tuesday.

Groundbreaking at Vincent F. Mason Sr. Coral Resort Kicks Off Reconstruction

It was all smiles Tuesday at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Vincent F. Mason Sr. Coral Resort in Frederiksted, as work gets underway to rebuild the pool and facilities destroyed four years ago by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Senate Committee Advances Bill for Fish Market, Dock on STJ

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would appropriate funds to build an “aesthetically pleasing” fish market at the Little Cruz Bay Dock and a new boat dock and slipway at Enighed Pond.

Army Corps Warns Summers End Marina Application Needs More Information

If you’re waiting for a marina to be built on St. John, don’t hold your breath. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent a letter last month to the Summers End Group, LLC. detailing a list of concerns that must be addressed before the developers can proceed with construction of a 144-slip mega-yacht marina.

St. Croix Man Pleads Guilty in Buck Island Shooting Case

U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced that a St. Croix man, Aneudis Acevedo, age 32, appeared before Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon, Jr. on Monday in District Court and pleaded guilty to resisting or impeding an officer of the United States.

Double Dipping Employees Costs GERS Millions *Update: GERS Responds*

The Inspector General concluded a report last month critical of how the government has handled the rehiring of retired government employees.

Sign Up Now for Conservation Programs to Benefit Soil, Water, Plants and Animals

USDA--NRCS offers voluntary conservation programs to help Caribbean area farmers and landowners secure cleaner water and air, healthier soil and enhanced wildlife habitat while maintaining a vibrant agricultural business.

Progress Continues on Territory-Wide Agricultural Plan Task Force

Importation of food not only leaves the territory susceptible to shortages, but it impacts freshness and nutritional value and increases transportation costs and pollution.

DOH: Special Event Approval Is Required for All Events, Including Halloween

The V.I. Department of Health also reminds the event planner that forms must be filled out entirely, and the entity that owns the property where the event is held must also sign the form. 

St. Croix Man Charged with Failure to Safely Store Firearm

According to the V.I. Police Department, police arrested 39-year-old Jahmeel R. Williams of Barren Spot on October 19, charging him with failure to safely store firearm and child abuse.

GERS Responds to Inspector General’s Report

The GERS concurred with all of the recommendations that were made in the V.I. Inspector General Report because these efforts to curb the so called “double dipping” have been in effect for many years.

USVI Women’s U-17 National Team Competes in FIFA Qualifying Tournament

The U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association sent a team of young women to compete in the first leg of the FIFA 2022 Under-17 Women’s World Cup, with their first game scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Upcoming Caribbean Magazine Launches Short Story Contest to Run Until 2022

This short story competition is open for all persons of the Caribbean and Central American diaspora. Information on eligibility will be provided this Oct. 15.

Sign Up Now for Conservation Programs to Benefit Soil, Water, Plants and Animals

USDA--NRCS offers voluntary conservation programs to help Caribbean area farmers and landowners secure cleaner water and air, healthier soil and enhanced wildlife habitat while maintaining a vibrant agricultural business.

Albert C. Simmons Dies at 93

With sadness, the family of Albert C. Simmons, 93, announces his death on Oct. 12.

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Officials from CREF3 USVI Hotel Owner, Inc., a company owned and managed by Fortress Investment Group, on Tuesday presented plans for the Frenchman’s Reef Marriott Resort, which the company has scheduled to reopen in November 2022, after it was devastated by the storms of 2017.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Frenchman’s Reef, St. Thomas, pictured in Fortress Investment Group’s presentation. (Screenshot from Zoom meeting)
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The bright-billed oystercatchers living in the Caribbean (Haematopus palliatus) generally stay out of sight, mostly sticking to isolated beaches and rocky offshore islands.
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✏: Article by Gail Karlsson
📸: An American Oystercatcher on the south shore of St. John. (Photo by Gail Karlsson)
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An hour before the sun rose on Sept. 2, Sydne Didier slipped into the water from the National Park boat ramp in Cruz Bay. Twelve hours and 47 minutes later, she returned to that spot, having just swum 23 miles around St. John without stopping.

Didier is not the first person to do this, but she is the second, and the first female. In 2016, Jeff Miller, a fisheries biologist with the National Park Service, completed the first nonstop circumnavigation of St. John and still holds the record of 12 hours and 19 minutes.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: A glowstick tucked into Didier’s swim cap helped kayakers in her support team to keep their eye on the swimmer. (Jeff Miller photo)
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#visource #usvi #STT #STX #STJ #stthomas #stcroix #stjohn #carribean #virginislands #westindies #swimmer #athlete #enduranceswimming #enduranceswimmer #womenempowerment
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Designer Giana Abreu-Christopher has spent the last five years working in collaboration with M.L. Scotland, local photographer and owner of Aesthete Noire, to enhance the fashion status of madras in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Designer and owner of Designs by Regal Giana Abreu-Christopher describes her clothing as “culture reinvented through fashion.” (Photo by Aesthete Noire)
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Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts invite the community to “Dualidad Antillana: Cuba & Puerto Rico,” an art exhibition opening and an evening of musical entertainment.

Patrons must RSVP and show proof of vaccination to enter the event at the museum on the Strand in downtown Frederiksted. The event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Curator Wilfred Labiosa near a  silkscreen created in honor of his father, Wilfred Labiosa (Source photo by Elisa McKay)
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Rembrandt Dittrich has 60 days to vacate property on Hassel Island where his father lived and worked for 60 years, V.I. District Court Chief Judge Robert Molloy ruled on Tuesday.

Dittrich, son of the late Manfred Dittrich, a beloved sailmaker who lived on the island from 1956 until his death in June 2016, said the 4.96-acre parcel where his father ran his business and raised his family was now his, claimed under the legal principle of “adverse possession,” and the property should go to his heirs, according to documents filed in the case.
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📸: Source file photo
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A “through investigation” by V.I. Justice Department agents has led the department to file criminal charges against Sen. Marvin Blyden for “willfully exposing the public to a contagious disease” after testing positive on Sept. 15 for COVID-19.

The charge is one count of exposure in a public place while infected with a contagious disease, which carries a fine of $200, one-year imprisonment or both.
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📸: Sen. Marvin Blyden speaks during a Senate Committee hearing in June. (Photo by the V.I. Legislature)
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In mid-August, Sean Krigger, director of the V.I. State Historic Preservation Office, got a call he was expecting sooner rather than later.

Human bones had been observed in a trench that was being excavated by contractors working for the V.I. Water and Power Authority on the western tip of the historic district of Cruz Bay on St. John.
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📸: Photo by Amy Roberts
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When you grow up as Nicci Roos did, on a 13-by-3-mile island, you learn to think small, at least in the physical sense.
Perhaps that’s why Roos is able to pack so much into her new storefront, Nicci’s Boutique, housed in an 11-foot by 11-foot by 11-foot peach-colored box on the Yacht Haven Grande waterfront promenade.

It’s overflowing, not only with women’s fashions featuring Fair Trade and local brands, but also with a community spirit offering connection, fitness and fun.
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✏: Article by Patricia Borns
📸: Nicci Roos positions a rack of summery boho dresses outside her new women’s boutique located in a colorful kiosk next to the Box Bar on the Yacht Haven Grande waterfront. (Source photo by Patricia Borns)
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The man who spent more than a decade helping to celebrate the contributions of outstanding Virgin Islanders through his role as chair of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas II’s Person of the Year Award Committee was himself held up over the weekend by hundreds of community members who mourned his passing and described it as a “great loss” for the territory and its continued development.
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📸: Elliott “Mac” Davis joined fellow cyclers in January 2010 for the “I ride with Mac” 50-mile ride on St. Thomas. (Photo provided by Walter ‘Wally’ Bostwick)
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News of the death of Holland Redfield, the six-time U.S. Virgin Islands senator and longtime voice of the V.I airwaves, brought words of sadness and recollections of his service to the territory.

Redfield died Saturday at the age of 78.

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. called Redfield “a dear friend, mentor and pillar of the community” in a statement issued by Government House.
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The West Indian Company welcomed the passengers and crew of the Norwegian Gem at least 30 minutes earlier than anticipated on Wednesday, according to a WICO release.
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📸: Norwegian Gem Captain Kim Karlsson with WICO President Anthony Ottley on Wednesday. (WICO photo)
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In mid-July, a team of divers from several organizations took to the murky waters of Coral Bay harbor to confirm what several local divers have quietly alleged for a long time: the existence of a partially buried ship dating back to the early 1700s that could prove to have great historical significance.
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📸: Divers found a cross at the site of the shipwreck. (Photo by Colin Hanson)
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