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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Climate Change: Mother Nature Drops Hints of What’s to Come

One day, back in January or February, Gregory Guannel was on St. Croix when he got a stark reminder of why his work is important.

Unemployment Insurance Claims in the Territory Hit Record High

Unemployment in the territory is like an “invisible hurricane,” creating unprecedented amounts of unemployment benefits insurance claims in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Labor Commissioner Gary Molloy said.

Education Officials Fail to Show for Hearing on School Pandemic Closures

A Senate panel sat down on Tuesday for an update on the territory's public schools, but the officials from the Department of Education, who were expected to provide the update, did not attend.

Gonzalez-McFarlane Pleads Guilty to Transporting Women for Prostitution

Yohanna Gonzalez-McFarlane, 39, of the Dominican Republic, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller in District Court on Tuesday and entered a guilty plea to charges involving prostitution on St. Thomas.

Ferry, Coast Guard and a Good Samaritan Rescue 4; 6 Still Missing

U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews searched Tuesday for possible survivors of a boat that capsized Sunday in the Mona Passage near Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico.

Record Setting Hurricane Season Ends with No Major Damage to V.I.

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which ended on Monday, was a record-setter in many ways and caused extensive problems for the U.S. mainland, but took things relatively easy on the U.S. Virgin Islands.

V.I. Will Take Part in National Drill to Prep for COVID-19 Vaccine

A national drill to test the delivery, receipt and redistribution of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine started on Monday, officials announced.
A recent court ruling may have a serious impact on plans for sports tourism based on horse racing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Source file photo)

Horse Racing Industry Dwindles Amid Litigation

While there is still hope for the resurgence of horse racing in the U.S. Virgin Islands, though there has been word of an agreement in a court battle, the territory's two horse tracks are still closed.
The Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex in St. Thomas is a source of concern following recent allegations of corrections officers asleep on the job. (File photo)

DUI Case Has A Date With The V.I. Parole Board

A California law student who ran afoul of the law in the Virgin Islands on a traffic violation is set to appear at a parole board hearing on Dec. 8.

Reopening of Sports Will Follow Strict Pandemic Protocols, Officials Say

Calvert White, commissioner of the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation told senators on Monday that he doesn't know when sports will resume.

Donating Locally for Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that, since its inception in 2012, takes place on the first Tuesday after the American holiday of Thanksgiving.

One Dead, One Injured in STX Shooting

One man was killed and another injured early Monday when shots were fired near Estate Whim on St. Croix, the V.I. Police Department reported.

V.I. Native Carmen Samuel-Hodge Wins Award for Work in Health Care

Carmen Samuel-Hodge was recently announced as the winner of the inaugural Faculty Award for Excellence in Health Equity Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

STX Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Charge

Rakem Hendrickson, 28, of St. Croix, appeared Tuesday before Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon, Jr., in District Court on St. Thomas and entered a...

Letter to the Editor: Democracy Alone Is Not Enough

According to David Jessop, "Democracies may confer legitimacy and provide a basis for stability, but they provide no guarantee that, [once] in office, those elected will address the structural issues that continue to hold back the creation of a Caribbean fit for the 21st Century."

World Triathlon Women’s Committee Gives Award of Excellence to Virgin Islander

Virgin Islands Triathlon congratulates Theresa Harper for receiving the World Triathlon Women’s Committee Award of Excellence for her service to the V.I. community, especially its women and youth.

Dominican Republic Beats USVI in FIBA AmeriCup Qualifier

The U.S. Virgin Islands Men’s Basketball team lost to the Dominican Republic, 89-75, in Punta Cana, D.R., in its FIBA AmeriCup qualifier.

V.I. Senior Men’s National Team Is in the ‘Bubble’ at AmeriCup Qualifiers

Some of the strict protocols faced by the team are that the players, over a 10-day-period, must have three negative PCR test results and must stay in isolation in their hotel rooms, except for practice and games, throughout their stay.

Terry Top Angler, ‘Miss Lucy’ Top Boat in VI Game Fishing Club’s Wahoo Windup

Terry’s catch was 46-pounds shy of the $10,000 prize offered for the tournament angler who could catch the largest wahoo over 75-pounds.

Street Level VI, G-Clef Academy Music Scholarship Awardees Begin Their Journeys

The awardees of the Street Level VI/G-Clef Music Academy Music Education Scholarships are beginning their year-long musical journey. The four scholarship recipients were recently announced at two special performance workshops on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

UVI Presents Virtual Dance Workshops to Showcase New BFA Dance Program 

 The first two virtual workshops are offered via Zoom on Nov. 27 and Nov. 30, free of charge to the public. High school students are encouraged to participate.

Artist’s Mask Mission Project Featured in Pandemic Art New York Exhibit

St. Croix artist Danica M. David's “Mask Mission” project is presently featured at "Awareness through Conceptual Art and Photography," an online exhibition at X Gallery in New York City.

Government House on the Air in November

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. encourages residents in the community to tune in and call in with questions, ideas or comments.

John Joseph Hodge Dies at 71

John Joseph Hodge, also known as “Simon,” of Estate Cane died life on Nov. 15.

Vera Irwin Dies at 98

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Clema Lewis, executive director of the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix, encouraged residents to take part in the remaining three installments of the group’s virtual seminars on racism, scheduled for December, January and February.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Ending racism is the goal of Women’s Coalition forums. (Photo provided by Women’s Coalition of St. Croix)
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The National Association of Black Journalists welcomed its student chapter at the University of the Virgin Islands in October, opening doors to possible careers in communication, UVI students said.

The NABJ was founded by 44 men and women on Dec. 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C. It is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation and advocates on behalf of journalists and media professionals in the U.S. and worldwide.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: The executive board members of UVI’s new chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists: front row from left, Jada Roberts, Kalyna Neilsen and Lana Cuffy; back row from left, Maxiene Cabo, George Francis and Nikiyah Gerson. (Submitted photo)
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Instead of meeting for happy hour after work on Friday, a group of Virgin Islanders with a common interest tuned into the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix’s first of four forums to discuss racism.

The facilitator, Allyson Reaves of CCS Fundraising in Atlanta, has been working with the Women’s Coalition and the St. Croix Foundation to put together the Zoom event. She introduced the presenters including Clema Lewis, WCSC director.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Allyson Reaves, of CCS Fundraising in Atlanta, facilitated the forum on racism. (Photo from the CCS Fundraising website)
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Charlotte Amalie harbor, now one of the most popular tourist stops in the Caribbean, was once considered too unhealthy for a stopover in the 19th century, according to researcher Elizabeth Rezende, who presented her dissertation, “The Rise of the Harbor and the Increase in Migration to St. Thomas, Danish West Indies 1880-1901,” to the Caribbean Genealogy Library on Saturday afternoon.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
🎨: Painting from 1843 of the town and harbor of Charlotte Amalie. (Library of Congress)
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The Coral Reef Academy is celebrating the launch of its newly completed and furnished “sensory lagoon,” which will help children improve their visual, auditory, and tactical processing, as well as fine and gross motor skills.

The launch was made possible by Cane Bay Partners VI, LLLP, through its service initiative, Cane Bay Cares.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Photo provided by Andrea Shillingford
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The St. Croix ground lizard is so rare that it is no longer found on its namesake island, having been eliminated by mongoose and degraded habitats. Now, a coordinated effort is underway to preserve and grow the remaining number of reptiles where they flourish.

According to Jennifer Valiulis, acting director of the St. Croix Environmental Association, the lizards remain only on the four small islands around St. Croix – Buck Island, Protestant Cay, Ruth or Shell Island and Green Cay.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Photos provided by the St. Croix Environmental Association
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Art Thursday will kick off its season on Nov. 19 as an all-day event, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Galleries and jewelers are welcoming the return of this third-Thursday-of-the-month venue, which has been a pillar in downtown Christiansted for almost 25 years.

The event hours have been extended with the coronavirus in mind, allowing the public to attend throughout the entire day so that limited numbers of patrons can enter galleries, jewelry shops, restaurants and other establishments, and still observe social distancing. Everyone must wear masks during the Art Thursday event.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Photo submitted by Chalana Brown
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The U.S. Coast Guard reported Tuesday it began responding a week ago to oil spilling from the partially sunken and abandoned tugboat Cape Lookout in Krause Lagoon off St. Croix.

While the amount spilled so far is unknown, according to the Coast Guard, based on the size of the vessel, its tanks could contain up to 48,000 gallons of fuel and 2,000 gallons of lube oil, if the tanks were completely full.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
📸: Photos from U.S. Coast Gaurd
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From the covered entrance of the V.I. Children’s Museum on St. Thomas, visitors can see the near-empty Havensight shopping mall and the barren West Indian Company cruise ship dock, a reminder of how COVID-19 has made its presence known in the territory.

But at the top of the stairs, looking toward the mall, a colorful pinwheel spins – a sign that a children’s discovery space is alive and well, in part because the museum has adopted the concept of travel pods to deal with the pandemic.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Judi Shimel
📸: Photo submitted by V.I. Children's Museum
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St. Croix-based Leatherback Brewing Company held a “soft opening” Friday at its new St. Thomas location, bringing craft cocktails and experimental brews to Rock City.

“Building out a St. Thomas’ operation was always in our vision,” said Aaron Hutchins, the managing partner and co-founder of Leatherback Brewing.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Aiden Brewer
📸: Photos by Aiden Brewer
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The bust of King Christian IX that looms over Emancipation Garden may be removed after the Rules and Judiciary Committee advanced legislation to replace the bust with a statue of the Conch Shell Blower..
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For the 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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Last week, the Humane Society of St. Thomas announced the finalists for its Cutest Rescue Pet Calendar contest, which raised $45,857 for local animals in need of homes, medicine, spay and neutering, food and supplies.

Participants sent in photos of their rescued pets which were voted on, and the 12 highest vote-getters won slots in the Humane Society’s 2021 calendar. The top vote-getter, Kym Rapier, will receive a three-night stay at the newly refurbished Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas and an original oil painting of her pet done by Christine O’Keefe.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo submitted by Dellia Hollodenschi
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Delegate to Congress Stacey E. Plaskett met Tuesday with officials from the Department of the Interior, the National Park Service and other community players on St. John, discussing among other things the proposed trade of land for the construction of a new school on the island.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
📸: Photo submitted the Delegate to Congress office
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Virgin Islands native Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith will be one of three co-chairs of a newly created coronavirus task force, to be formally announced on Monday by President-elect Joseph Biden.achievements.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bernetia Akin
📸: Photo from Yale University School of Medicine website
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JetBlue’s inaugural direct flight from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City to Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas was met with fanfare and jubilation as it touched down Saturday morning on the island.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Aidan Brewer
📸: Photo by Aidan Brewer
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The Charlotte Amalie High School Alumni Network had planned a series of activities to highlight the school’s centennial, but due to the global health crisis, the network was forced to rethink those plans.

In lieu of the activities, the History subcommittee is taking on the task of chronicling the school’s 100 years of successes and achievements.
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For the 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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