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D’Amour Set to Compete Thursday at Archery Ranking Round in Paris

Nicholas D’Amour, 22, of St. Thomas, is the first Virgin Islands athlete to compete at the 2024 Olympic Games as the men’s archery individual ranking round gets underway Thursday in Paris.

Emergency Management Measures in Place As Schneider Regional Wrangles with Ransomware Attack

The recent cyberattack on Schneider Regional Medical Center has brought local and federal law enforcement into the picture, according to the medical center’s chief executive officer. Some details about Sunday’s ransomware attack were shared with lawmakers during Wednesday’s hearing before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Budget and Finance.

PFA Updated on WAPA Situation

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. told members of the Public Finance Authority on Wednesday that the Water and Power Authority is stable, has had a significant obstacle removed, and “has a path, but it is painful.”

Healthcare Concerns Aired at Wednesday Senate Hearing

When administrators from the Schneider Regional Medical Center sat down before the 35th Legislature’s Committee on Appropriations, Budgets, and Finance, lawmakers listened carefully to a long list of concerns. The medical center team came to justify their request for $46.3 million for the spending year that begins Oct. 1.

Matthews Takes Plea Deal in Home Depot Murder

Justin Matthews, charged with 11 counts including first-degree murder in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend outside Home Depot on St. Thomas in 2021, has taken a plea deal that will see him spend the next 50 years in prison if the court approves.

STX Fire Goes Before CZM for the Reconstruction of the Renceliar I. Gibbs Fire Station

Representatives on behalf of the V.I. Fire and Emergency Medical Services (VIFEMS) went before the St. Croix Committee of the Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Commission (CZM) for the reconstruction of the Renceliar I. Gibbs Fire Station (CZM0012-24) and the construction of an internal safe room on Tuesday, via Microsoft Teams.

“Anna and the Goat Foot Woman”: A Crucian Children’s Book is Launched

Crucian Native Angela Golden Bryan and her daughter Erin Shae Bryan co-authored “Anna and the Goat Foot Woman.” This folktale has lived in Crucian culture for generations.

Verbal Altercation Leaves One Dead on St. Croix

The 911 Emergency Call Center received multiple calls Tuesday from concerned citizens that a man had been shot by Castle Coakley Road in the vicinity of Kiki's Auto on St. Croix, the V.I. Police Department reported. 

Port Authority Project to Dredge Charlotte Amalie Harbor Anticipated To Be Completed in 2026

On Monday, the Virgin Islands Port Authority announced that the project to dredge the Charlotte Amalie Harbor to accommodate large-sized cruise ships is closer to commencing as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the permit application for the dredging

Senate Approves Judge And Conservationist, Lt. Gov. Plans Mass Property Reappraisal

The Senate approved Magistrate Ernest E. Morris Jr. to the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands Monday, as well as Harith Wickrema to the Virgin Islands Conservation District, St. John.

Let the Games Begin: USVI Fielding Five Athletes at Paris Olympics

Five U.S. Virgin Islands athletes will take their place among competitors from around the globe on Friday at the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympics, which, in a break from tradition, will be held on the Seine River in the heart of the city, with boats for each delegation.

Alleged Child Molester Arrested Again

Maximiliano Velasquez, the St. Croix man accused but acquitted of the torture killing of a Virgin Islands police officer in 2001 and awaiting trial on attempted rape of two family members under 18 in 2020, was arrested again Tuesday for allegedly attempting to fondle the breast of a pre-teen family member, police said.

Paradise 48 Film Festival: A Night of Caribbean Cinematic Brilliance

Saturday marked a significant day for filmmakers across the Caribbean as the Paradise 48 Film Festival celebrated its fourth edition in grand style. This annual event challenges filmmakers to create a complete film in just 48 hours, pushing their creativity and resourcefulness to the limit.

V.I. Democratic Party Rallies Behind Vice President Harris in Unanimous Vote

In a high-stakes Monday night meeting, the Territorial Committee of the V.I. Democratic Party demonstrated the territory’s significant influence on the national stage by unanimously voting to support U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in her bid for the Democratic Party nomination. As states and territories nationwide consolidate their support, the V.I. delegation to convention, led by chair Carol Burke, is now moving swiftly to ensure all 13 delegates also back Harris.

Completed Generator Repairs and Fuel Delivery Help Quell St. Thomas Outages

After a week of rotational power outages driven by generator failures and fuel shortages, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority found itself on firmer footing Monday. Crucial repairs were completed, and a much-needed fuel delivery arrived, promising a reprieve for the beleaguered St. Thomas-St. John district.

Main Street Not ADA Compliant, Gov. House Confirms

It took more than five years and $15.3 million to beautify Charlotte Amalie’s busiest tourism corridor, creating a stunning visual improvement that is also in violation of federal accessibility laws, government House officials confirmed Monday.

Bryan Praises President Biden; Announces 2024 USVI Tourism Summit and Territory Infrastructure Funding

During Monday’s weekly Government House press briefing, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. praised U.S. President Joe Biden for his service to the country and his commitment to the USVI. The governor also shared details regarding territory infrastructure funding and an upcoming tourism summit.

St. John Family Faces Off in Court Against National Park in Property Dispute

A federal trial began Monday over a longstanding dispute between the Virgin Islands National Park and a St. John family claiming a parcel of land as their ancestral home. Close to a dozen members of that family filled the seats in the courtroom of Chief District Judge Robert Molloy as the bench trial began.

Health Department’s Infants and Toddlers Program Invites Parents to Info Session Showcasing Free Support Services

On Tuesday, July 30, at 11 a.m., the Infants and Toddlers Program and the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands (DRCVI) will host a “Learn and Play Parent Info Session” at the Virgin Islands Children’s Museum. Prior to the info session, children can participate in a storytime beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Critically Endangered Hawksbill Turtle Struck and Killed by Vehicle on St. Croix

On the morning of Thursday, July 11, the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rescue (STAR) team received a report about a hawksbill sea turtle that had been hit and killed by a vehicle on the west end of St. Croix, north of Rainbow Beach, the agency announced.


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