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Homicides 2016

A chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2016 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as reported by the VIPD. Cases…

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Three events are slated for the opening of the school year – V.I. Fathers Back to School Barbecue and Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 27; the Back to School Days of Prayer on Saturday , Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4; and the V.I. Fathers March on Sept. 6, the first day of school for public schools in the territory. Organizers are encouraging fathers to take their children back to school starting on the first day.

 
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Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

The V.I. Police Department on Thursday morning arrested 56-year-old Ethelbert “Bert” C. Benjamin of Christiansted and charged him with first-degree rape.

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2016-09-30 23:17:54
Fraud Experts Advise Seniors

Ponzi and pyramid schemes, Publishers Clearing House, mystery shopper and home repair scams have all been perpetrated on Virgin Islanders, and were the subjects of a fraud watch forum Thursday.

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2016-09-29 23:29:20
Territories to Receive $126 Million-Plus for Zika fight

Congress budgeted $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus in legislation approved Wednesday to fund the government through December, with more than $126 million allocated to the territories.

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2016-09-29 23:27:21
Local government — St. Croix
This Week's Senate Calendar

29th Legislature of the Virgin Islands
Senate Calendar Week Beginning May 14
Monday, May 14
10 a.m.
Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall, St. Thomas
Committee on Education, Youth and Culture
Agenda:
The committee has scheduled a meeting to receive testimony on these various items:
 
First item:
Closure of Schools – The committee will investigate whether there are plans to close any schools in the territory and if so, the reasons for the closures and the status of discussions with various stakeholders
Financial Status of the Department of Education, including cash flow projections to the end of the fiscal year, whether there are any further dismissals planned in the department, and a discussion of the impact of budget and allotment cuts on key programs and activities of the department.
The status of school bus services, including a discussion of how funds will be identified for the continued payment for services.
Second item:
Culture, Education and the Workplace --- The committee will address the interaction between culture, the educational process and workforce development, and it will specifically address the issue of the infusion of Virgin Islands history and culture into the curriculum and the status of the department’s efforts to comply with the mandates of Title 17, section 41(c), V.I.C.
Third item:
Culture and Economic Development – The committee will elicit testimony on how we can better utilize Virgin Islands and Caribbean culture as a tool for economic development.
Fourth item:
Culture, Food and Health – the committee will receive testimony discussing the interaction between our cultural heritage and practices – particularly as it concerns diet, herbal remedies, attitudes towards medical care and exercise – and indices of community health.
Tuesday, May 15
10 a.m.
No committee meetings will be held.
Wednesday, May 16
10 a.m.
Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall, St. Thomas
Committee on Human Services, Recreation and Sports
Agenda:
The committee has scheduled a meeting to consider the following bill:
Bill No. 29-0271 – An Act amending Title 5, V.I.C., section 2550, relating to the termination of parental rights of parents
Thursday, May 17
No committee meetings will be held.
Friday, May 18
No committee meetings will be held.

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