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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Three Reportedly Killed in Multiple Shootings on STX

Multiple shooting incidents took place Monday night on St. Croix leaving three men dead. The V.I. Police Department provided little detail Monday night, other than to call a news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Gov. Eases Beach, Restaurant Restrictions as COVID Numbers Stay Low

Citing a continued decrease in new COVID-19 cases, with 51 active cases currently being tracked, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. said Monday that he felt comfortable easing restrictions on weekend and holiday beach closings and restaurant seating.

Governor Nominates Bosede Bruce for Finance Commissioner

Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. announced Monday the appointment of Bosede Bruce as his nominee to lead the Finance Department, praising her more than two decades of experience in accounting and finance.

Senators Shocked: Companies Can Dig Up Roads for Small Fee, No Supervision

Members of the Senate Committee on Housing, Transportation, and Telecommunications expressed shock Monday to hear that large corporations have only been required to pay $25 for an excavation permit to dig up the territory's roads to repair or install utility lines.

Family’s Lawsuit May Stall Coral Bay Marina Project

The development of a marina project slated for Coral Bay, St. John has become even more complex as a result of a lawsuit filed in Superior Court by three children of Minerva Marsh Vasquez and Eglah Marsh Clendenin.

Cruise Ships Might Be Cleared to Enter U.S. Ports by Midsummer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which stopped all U.S. cruise stops in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic picked up and swept through cruise ships, is aiming for a "midsummer" resumption of cruise stops.

One Health V.I.

On the latest episode of One Health V.I., Governor Albert Bryan Jr. discusses the Healthier Horizons initiative that will improve the territory's healthcare system.

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STT Community Steps Up to Support Homicide Survivors

Volunteer supporters of Victims United Inc .on Saturday presented empty buckets at various parts of St. Thomas and urged members of the community to fill them with cash donations to support the organization that serves people whose lives have been damaged by homicide.

STJ Recovery Choir Virtual Quelbe and Reggae Concert to Feature Local Artists

The music can be heard by anyone who has a computer or a smart phone when the St. John Recovery Choir presents a virtual Quelbe and Reggae Revival Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24.
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Texas Woman Charged with Falsifying COVID-19 Test Result

Breanna K. Ward, a 34-year-old from Kingwood, Texas, who was already in the custody of the V.I. Bureau of Corrections was arrested again Friday and charged with posting a false COVID-19 test result to gain access to the USVI.
A Virgin Islands Police Department vehicle sits parked in front of the V.I.P.D. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Two Injured in Explosion Aboard Vessel Off STJ

Two men were treated at the Schneider Regional Health Center Friday for a variety of injuries they received in an explosion on a boat off St. John Friday morning.

Sargassum: Brown Tide Threatens the Caribbean

A decade after the first sargassum blooms were spotted in the South Atlantic, these massive brown mats of macro-algae represent one of the largest ecological threats to the Caribbean.

Senate Discusses Bryan Legislation to Stem Flow of Guns Into V.I.

A measure introduced by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. to stem the flow of firearms and ammunition being brought into the U.S. Virgin Islands was discussed Thursday by the Senate Committee of the Whole.

St. Thomas Man Is USVI’s 27th Confirmed COVID-19 Death

An 81-year-old St. Thomas man was confirmed Thursday as U.S. Virgin Island's 27th COVID-19 related death by the V.I. Department of Health. The name of the deceased was not released by the DOH.

SBA, VIEDA to Host ‘Wednesday Webinars’ on Restaurant Revitalization Fund

VIEDA is inviting business owners and restaurateurs to virtually attend this week's "Wednesday Webinars" titled "SBA Program Updates," from 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, April 21.,

ONE HEALTH V.I. EPISODES

One Health V.I. Episode 1 – Telehealth Services in the Virgin Islands

On this episode of One Health V.I., Dr. Donna Christensen, physician and former V.I. Delegate to Congress, joins Julia Sheen, Health and Human Services policy advisor to Governor Albert Bryan Jr., to discuss implementing telehealth services in the territory.

One Health V.I. Episode 2 – Reconstruction of the Territory’s Hospitals

Darryl Smalls, Vice President of Facilities for the Schneider Regional Medical Center and Juan F. Luis Hospital, provides an update on the renovations and construction of the territory's hospital facilities.

One Health V.I. Episode 3 – Association Health Plans

Julia Sheen, Health and Human Services policy advisor to Governor Albert Bryan Jr., speaks with Omar Haedo, president of Elan Insurance Group, about plans to offer health insurance options to Virgin Islands small businesses and their employees.

One Health V.I. Episode 4 – Integrating Fire and EMS Services

Lisle Evelyn, assistant director for Medical Services at the V.I. Fire Service, discusses how integrating Fire Service and the Department of Health's EMS could save lives in the territory.

One Health V.I. Episode 5 – Implementing the Health Information Exchange

The HIE will allow healthcare providers and patients to securely access and share a patient’s vital medical information via an electronic transmission – improving the speed, quality, safety, and cost of patient care.

One Health V.I. Episode 6 – The Healthier Horizons Initiative

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. discusses the Healthier Horizons initiative, which aims to expand access to healthcare, provide better services and improve the V.I.'s healthcare infrastructure.
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Three Reportedly Killed in Multiple Shootings on STX

Multiple shooting incidents took place Monday night on St. Croix leaving three men dead. The V.I. Police Department provided little detail Monday night, other than to call a news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Division of Sports to Host First Softball, Baseball Tournament in Honor of Eugene ‘Genix’ Thomas

Varsity and junior varsity softball and baseball student-athletes, will compete on April 15-17 and April 22-24, at the D.C. Canegata Ballpark on St. Croix. Students from St. Thomas will travel to St. Croix to participate.

Nicholas D’Amour Wins Silver Medal at European Grand Prix in Turkey

Nicholas D’Amour took home a silver medal. He competed in the men’s Olympic Recurve Division along with 107 other athletes in his division.

VICF Announces Triple Bypass Road Race Results

Although Sunday's Triple Bypass Road Race was the third event on the Virgin Islands Cycling Federation's calendar, it was the first road race since last year's cycling season came to a halt.

Eddie Lovett Working on Qualifying for Tokyo Olympic Games

Eddie Lovett opened his outdoor track and field season with 13.47 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles.

Four to Vie for 2021-2022 Miss UVI Ambassadorial Title

The UVI Student Government Association invites the public to the 41st annual Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 24.

Crucian Fashion Fest to Benefit the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix

The St. Croix Women’s Coalition is marking 40 years of service to the community. Tickets are available for purchase online for $50.

St. John Recovery Choir’s Virtual Quelbe and Reggae Revival Concert to Feature Local Musicians

Among the featured musicians is the late Mahlon “Koko” Pickering, a St. John quelbe musician who died unexpectedly last October.

VI Council on the Arts Continues ‘The Dorsch After Dark’ Series

VICA invites the community to a night of art, fashion, poetry and music, followed by a question-and-answer panel with featured artists.

Project Promise Relaunches Its Popular Salt River Bay Program Virtually

The virtual tour features five interactive videos, ranging from 5 to 10 minutes in length. Each video focuses on different aspects of the Salt River Bay.

Valina Maynard Dies at 93

Valina Maynard, also known as “Miss Tiny” or “Mums,” who last resided in Brunswick, Ga., and formerly lived in New Works, St. Croix, died on April 7.

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Volunteer supporters of Victims United Inc. on Saturday presented empty buckets at various parts of St. Thomas and urged members of the community to fill them with cash donations to support the organization that serves people whose lives have been damaged by homicide.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Photo by Adisha Penn
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When Kristen Carmichael-Bowers founded the St. John Recovery Choir several months after Hurricane Irma, her purpose was simple: bring people together to sing heartfelt music that just about everyone can relate to. That music, in the wake of the storm, was Motown.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Kristen Carmichael-Bowers teaches music to children. (Photo by William Stelzer)
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V.I. Water and Power Authority representatives and government officials broke ground on Wednesday to mark the beginning of three underground projects on St. Croix that involve burying power lines, transformers and other equipment.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Photo by Susan Ellis
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Coral Bay residents were astonished to see a waterspout develop and touch down in close proximity to dozens of boats anchored in Coral Bay harbor around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Photo by Kourtney Donohue
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People driving by the La Reine Fish Market on St. Croix Saturday may have noticed more activity than Saturdays in the recent past. More than a month after the groundbreaking, the facility is now 50 percent occupied, according to Howard Forbes Sr., director of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Photo by Diana Dias
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Manaca Allen feared the water in her mother’s apartment at the Celestino A. White Sr. Senior Citizens Residence in Sugar Estate on St. Thomas was making her sick.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Sian Cobb
📸: Photo by Sian Cobb
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When New Orleans restaurateur Barth Melius first visited the Virgin Islands in 2016 he never expected the territory would steal his heart, or that it would inspire him to establish two St. Thomas dining spots in four years. But according to Melius, that is exactly what happened.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Teddi Davis
📸: Photo by Teddi Davis
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A long and twisting path led a boy from Cameroon to the U.S. Virgin Islands, but once he arrived, he spent the next 30 years serving its people as a Catholic priest.

Now he is about to become the leader of the Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas, the religious home to an estimated 30,000 people in a territory of approximately 100,000.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bernetia Akin
📸: Bishop-elect Jerome Feudjio delivers a sermon during Lent at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. (Submitted photo)
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On the same day the Washington Post reported that the highest amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide ever recorded on Earth was measured at Mauna Loa Observatory on Hawaii, a much smaller ecologically distressing event took place halfway around the world near St. John’s Caneel Bay.

A 200-pound female endangered green sea turtle was struck by a speeding boat, causing four lacerations to her shell that would prove fatal.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Shaun Pennington
📸: An injured green sea turtle is moved to a rehabilitation area in veterinarian Erica Palmer’s car. (Submitted photo)
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A FEMA-funded project begun in March is devising a watershed plan for the territory because heavy rainfall is not soaking into the ground in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Andres Torizzo, president of Watershed Consulting, told St. Croix businesspeople at a virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
💻: An illustration of a watershed (Screenshot image)
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The New Day Café and Workshop, a new vocational skills training program on St. John, is getting ready to open its doors in May. Applications are now being accepted for St. John residents ages 16-24 to participate in a full-year program in carpentry skills – and get paid while doing it. Applicants can send an email to newdaystjohn@gmail.com to receive an application.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Cynthia Smith, Mary Bartolucci, Cliff McArdle, Lewis Gil and Sherece Smith proudly hold up the sign for New Day’s new home. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)
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“I Am Queen Mary,” a two-story sculpture made of polystyrene, coral and bronze, standing over the Copenhagen harbor since 2018, was removed in December 2020 due to extreme weather damage. Now the artists are moving forward with a plan to replace the prototype with permanent monuments.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: “I Am Queen Mary” outside the West Indian Warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Submitted photo)
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Artist Prea Bhandari has been able to travel and live in France, Italy and England among other countries as a result of her passion for art. But the young St. Thomas artist, whose work was recently featured in the March-April issue of Porthole Cruise Magazine, had given up painting.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: “Serenity,” which was commissioned by lawyer Leigh Goldman and is a customer favorite. (Submitted photo)
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Before the pandemic, Susannaberg, the formerly quiet part of St. John, offered no more than one place to stop for food and drink.

Now five thriving outdoor venues are within a quarter-mile of each other, including two new restaurants specializing in West Indian food, something that’s getting harder to find in Cruz Bay.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Photo by Amy Roberts
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Easter camping is a long-standing tradition in the Virgin Islands, with families and friends flocking to the shore for a week of fun. But for the second year in a row, Easter camping has been called off, canceled by COVID-19. This story recounts Easter camping on St. Croix just three years ago, in 2018, republished here in the hopes that Easter 2022 finds us back on the beach.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Anne Salafia
📸: Photo by Anne Salafia
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The following is a guest article by Howard Forbes Jr., extension specialist for the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service and Elisa Lacatena, communications specialist for the Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Howard Forbes Jr.
📸: Fishing nets are one type of debris the Great Mangrove Cleanups work to tackle. (Photo by Kristin Wilson Grimes)
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Taking an idea and turning it into a tangible device or process has captured the imagination of Virgin Islanders. The government agency that registers and protects inventions across the U.S. says dozens of patents have been awarded to Virgin Islanders over more than 50 years.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Judi Shimel
📸: A French postage stamp commemorates Henri-Étienne Sainte-Claire Deville’s work with aluminium – from Science History Institute Digital Collections.
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After months of intense training, V.I. boxer Deion Pruitt put on a show in his first professional bout, earning plaudits for his potential as he turns now from his first pro win and begins preparing for the 2021 Pan American Boxing Qualifications.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Deion Pruitt exults as the referee names him the winner of Saturday’s bout. (Photo by Sandy Halliday)
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This is the fifth and final story in a series on notable Virgin Islands women in honor of Virgin Islands History Month and Women’s History Month.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by By Debra Adelita Brown DeLone
📸: Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett embraces a Virgin Islander after the territory was hit by two category five hurricanes. (Photo from Plaskett’s official website)
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