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Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Ends On Dec. 7

The VI SHIP/Medicare program has announced that Medicare beneficiaries and persons newly eligible for Medicare can make changes to their…

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With schools across the territory getting ready for a Sept. 2 opening date, V.I. Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory told the community the Education Department is focused on "putting in the framework we need to support our students, our teachers and our administrators."

 
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Documentary Examines Holes in V.I. Mental Health System

Many heart-wrenching aspects of mental health care in the Virgin Islands are examined in a new film by award-winning St. Croix documentary filmmaker, Johanna Bermudez-Ruiz.

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2014-10-23 22:46:58
WAPA Board OKs Funds for Propane Conversion

The board of the V.I. Water and Power Authority approved a $4.2 million contract for design and upgrade of the fire protection systems needed for the conversion to propane gas.

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2014-10-23 20:55:56
Educational Complex Holds Spanish Spelling Bee

Top spellers in the St. Croix Educational Complex foreign language classes competed in a Spanish spelling bee as their cheering classmates filled the school’s library last Thursday -- a culminating activity for the school’s observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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2014-10-23 00:04:54
Local government — St. Croix
DELEGATE MEETS WITH TRADE REPRESENTATIVE ON BANANA ISSUE

V.I. Delegate to Congress Donna Christian-Christensen, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and other members of Congress met Thursday with U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky to discuss solutions to the Caribbean banana controversy.
"I am very encouraged, to see how far USTR has come," Christensen said. "We were all encouraged by Ambassador Barshefsky's repeated statements of support for preferences for Caribbean bananas in the European market, and their intention to pursue its continuance as they seek to resolve the broader areas of dispute with the European Union (EU)."
The V.I. Delegate has cosponsored a bill with Waters to prevent retaliation against the European Union for protecting Caribbean banana growers and has pledged her commitment to work with the CBC to find a solution that will benefit the Caribbean region.
"On the issue of the Lome Convention and its expiration in 2003, we were also reassured in that she also voiced strong support for any effort to continue preferences if that was a part of the re-negotiated agreement," Christensen said.
Christensen Waters and Rangel will continue to be involved in negotiations between the USTR and EU on behalf of and with representatives of the involved Caribbean countries.

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