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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Committee Advances Bill Assembling the Sixth Constitutional Convention

Though five failed attempts precede it, the Government Operations and Consumer Affairs Committee forwarded legislation Wednesday in hopes of establishing a Sixth Constitutional Convention of the Virgin Islands for the purpose of drafting a U.S. Virgin Islands Constitution.

Election of Board Chair Stalls VIPA’s Agenda

Tensions were raised at the start of the meeting as board members argued over who should be elected as the board’s chairperson.

National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on Concepts for Caneel Bay

The National Park Service is seeking public comment on an initial set of concepts for the redevelopment of Caneel Bay, the iconic resort at Virgin Islands National Park on St. John’s renowned north shore that has been closed since the hurricanes of 2017.

Schneider Regional Medical Center Relaunches COVID-19 Testing

Schneider Regional Medical Center will relaunch its drive-up COVID-19 testing site on Wednesday.

COVID Claims 3 More Virgin Islanders

Three more Virgin Islanders died of COVID-19 in the last seven days, bringing the territory's loss to 94, government officials said Tuesday. The news comes as students and school employees prepare to return to in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 24.

Shooting Kills Two Youth, Injures Two Men

Two young men are dead and two others injured after gunmen opened fire in the Castle Coakley area of St. Croix Monday night. They are the first homicides of the year in the territory.

COVID Tests Required of Students, Staff for Return to In-Person Learning Jan. 24

All students and school-based employees will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing in advance of the return to in-person learning at the territory's public schools on Jan. 24, the V.I. Education Department announced Monday.

Police Investigating After Man Shot in Bordeaux

Police are investigating after a man was shot Monday evening near the fire station in Bordeaux on St. Thomas.

AG Says Federal Verdict in Maxwell Case Validates Accounts and Abuse on Little St. James

The attorney general of the Virgin Islands says in spite of a recent verdict against an associate of Jeffrey Epstein, it is still up to the territory's Justice Department to win their civil case in court. Attorney General Denise George recently issued a statement about the conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell in federal court on Dec. 29.

$99M in Federal Funding to Build Flood Control Projects, Ease Supply Chain Bottlenecks

Congresswoman Plaskett announces $99 million in new funding for vital V.I. projects through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Disaster Relief Law.

Viya Says It Is Not Responsible for COVID-19 Test Kit Website Issues

The U.S. Postal Service is currently working on a resolution for the matter.

$99M in Federal Funding to Build Flood Control Projects, Ease Supply Chain Bottlenecks

Congresswoman Plaskett announces $99 million in new funding for vital V.I. projects through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Disaster Relief Law.

The Virtue of the Week: Excellence

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

VITFF Gives Qualification Standards to Register for CARIFTA Track and Field 2022 Games

All athletes interested in qualifying for the V.I. CARIFTA Team are urged to seek qualifying competitions in the region or elsewhere and report official results accordingly.

The Forum Brings A Classical Music Concert to St. Thomas

This weekend, The Forum will return with its annual classical music concert, with serenades from pianist Julian Gargiulo and the Virgin Islands' own Grammy Award-winning percussionist, Dion Parson.

UVI and NASA to Host Global Outreach Program for VI and International Students

The annual, week-long outreach event will offer 17 virtual sessions to be held Jan. 24-28, featuring live presentations from NASA scientists, including Virgin Islander Simmione Fullwood.

Albert A. Harrison Sr. Dies at 84

Albert A. Harrison Sr. of Estate La Grange, Frederiksted, died on Sunday, Jan. 2.

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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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📸: 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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📸: 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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📸: 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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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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📸: 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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📸: 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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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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📸: 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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