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Teachers, Paraprofessionals Invited to Enroll in Free Course at UVI

Virgin Islands public school teachers and paraprofessionals may begin enrolling for a three credit course at the University of the…

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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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Best Beginnings Early Childhood Conference Brings Change

The 16th annual Best Beginnings Early Childhood Conference on St. Thomas showcased a new program style, two keynote speakers, and an emphasis on continuing education and teacher certification.

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2014-10-30 22:38:35
Jewels of the Virgin Isles – One Year Later

When I decided to bring this column to life on Nov. 1, 2013, it was to raise awareness about the incredible contributions that men and women from the U.S. Virgin Islands are making to American life and on an international scale.

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2014-10-30 22:33:41
DeJongh, Atlantic Basin Official, Sign Operating Agreement for Refinery

Gov. John deJongh Jr. and principals of Atlantic Basin Refining VI signed an operating agreement Wednesday that, once approved by the Legislature, will begin the process of restarting the oil refinery on St. Croix's south shore.

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2014-10-29 20:13:06
Local government — St. Croix
Agriculture Reminds Livestock Farmers of Harm to Animals Due to Wet Weather

 

With the recent weeks of heavy rains in the territory, Commissioner Dr. Louis Petersen reminds livestock farmers about the increased threat of disease to their animals caused by the wet weather, according to a press release issued Monday by the V.I. Department of Agriculture.
Extended periods of wet weather can be extremely difficult for livestock. Stomach worms and ticks thrive during the rainy season and can cause disease and even death in infected cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.
Animals that are confined to wet and muddy pens are at risk for many health problems. Mud can create severe foot problems like foot rot, which can potentially prevent animals from getting to feed and can lead to permanent lameness and bone infections. Wet manure gives off ammonia which can cause pneumonia, especially at the nose level of the animal.
According to Dr. Bethany Bradford, director of veterinary services for VIDOA, livestock owners should provide a dry area for all animals, especially during times of rainy weather. "Animals should be kept out of the mud using concrete flooring or pallets in pens to help minimize exposure to rainy conditions and flooding. Fixing leaky roofs is also recommended, given the potential consequences to the health of livestock animals," Dr. Bradford said.
Pallets can be obtained for free from any store and can be used safely to keep animals out of the mud. White lime is also available from any concrete supplier and can be spread on the mud to neutralize the ammonia odor. Deworming animals is also recommended.
For more information, call the Division of Veterinary Services at 778-0998 ext. 252 and 241.

 

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