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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Bryan Vows to Find Source of Emissions Hovering Over STX

In the wake of a flood of reports about a "rotten egg" smell hovering over parts of St. Croix, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said Friday that everything possible is being done to “find out what is this strange odor affecting our residents.”

Fortress Investment Group Buys Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef

The U.S. Virgin Islands' largest hotel, Marriott Frenchman's Reef on St. Thomas, has been sold to an affiliate of New York-based private investment firm Fortress Investment Group.

More Refinery Fumes, School Closings Raise Cries for Straight Answers

Phone calls about a powerful stench on St. Croix began flooding Hugh "Mr. P" Pemberton’s Reef radio show Wednesday morning. By Thursday morning the calls were still coming, as were calls to the Limetree Bay oil refinery, DPNR and the EPA.

Gun Violence is Not the Only Thing Disturbing the Peace in Bovoni

While gunshot wounds can be traumatizing and deadly, they are far from the only unhealthy human-caused damage community members face regularly in Bovoni.

Puerto Rico Researchers Working to Better Understand Health Effects of Sahara Dust

The largest African dust storm in 50 years – which occurred in June 2020 and coincided with the global spread of COVID-19 – has prompted new research and public health initiatives by scientists in Puerto Rico.

Government Agencies and UVI Discuss Waste and Where it Goes

On day one of a series of webinars that will be conducted in celebration of Earth Day 2021, UVI, Waste Management, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, and the EPA discussed waste and where it goes.

WAPA Crews Repairing Damaged Water Main Affecting Estate Humbug and Other Areas.

There was an incident when the main line was compromised by heavy machinery working in the area.

Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ St. Croix Office Closes Temporarily on May 7.

“We are hopeful that we can resume normal office hours at 8 a.m., Monday May 10. The public will be notified accordingly.”

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.

Hospital Board Gets Familiar with Facility Rebuilds

As the territory’s hospitals inch toward revival, Daryl Smalls, executive director of the Territorial Redevelopment Projects Task Force, is moving forward with meetings between architects and board members so they can become more familiar with the four projects.

Researchers and Volunteers Fight Lethal Coral Disease, Part I

This is the first of a two part series about the work of scientists and volunteers who are fighting a coral disease that is ravaging Virgin Islands reefs.

“Assistance Not Approved:” Iowa Woman’s FEMA Ordeal Presages Turmoil Ahead as Climate Disasters Worsen

This syndicated article offers a wider view of challenges we have faced or are currently facing relative to the federal agency which the territory relies heavily upon for disaster relief.

Several Schools Dismissed on St. Croix Due to Gaseous Odor

Early dismissals were announced for three St. Croix District schools on May 6, due to a gaseous odor affecting the air quality on the campuses. 

Limetree Bay Refinery to Reinstate Air Monitoring Program

Limetree Bay Energy announced on Wednesday it has "voluntarily agreed to reinstate the facility’s [legacy] ambient air monitoring program." This comes days after the EPA issued a notice of violation to Limetree, warning of potential civil penalties.

Gov. Bryan: St. Croix ‘Probably Will Get Cruise Ship Passengers This Year’

St. Croix will "probably get cruise ship passengers this year,” Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. told the Public Finance Authority board of directors at the board's meeting on Wednesday.

Education to Hold Hybrid Classes and Graduations

Department of Education officials announced on Wednesday that classes will continue to be held virtually and in-person – as they have been since March – with Centers for Disease Control guidelines dictating safety protocols going forward. 

Beach Advisory for May 1 – 7

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 38 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of May 1 – May 7, 2021. All beaches sampled meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

Virgin Islander Is One of the Tennis Channel’s Top 10 Coaches in America

The first round of voting occurred from March 29 to April 11. The final round of voting occurred from April 19 through May 2. The results will not be known until May 11.

VITEMA to Distribute Atlantic Hurricane Tracking Maps for 2021

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency will be distributing 6,000 free Hurricane Tracking Maps on all four islands for use by the public.

BIR and Finance Send Out $25M in $1,400 Stimulus Checks

This week’s distribution of $24.9 million in federal funds from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan is the first of a number of 10,000-check batches of stimulus funds that are being sent out.

DHS Recognizes National Foster Care Month

The public's support for children in foster care is available in a variety of ways through individual and corporate support that includes advocacy, mentoring, sponsorship, visiting and volunteering.

Coral World Ocean Park Welcomes Two New Dolphins

The dolphins, Cavello and Nola, join the four current residents – Liko, Noelani, Sonny and Ping.

Governor Bryan Requests Extension to State of Emergency

The current State of Emergency extension is set to expire on Friday, May 7, and the governor is requesting an extension.

Op-Ed: We Must Work Together to Address Crime

Trevor Velinor gives his perspective on being the police commissioner and enumerates the many ways the public and VIPD can work together to bring down crime in the territory.

The Virgin Islands Cycling Federation Hosts ‘Anything Goes Race’

On Sunday morning, cyclists were free to ride any type of bike on any preferred course to get from La Valle on St. Croix's North Shore Road to the National Guard building in Sprat Hall, Frederiksted.

WAPA Recognizes Estate Richmond Power Plant Employees for Safety

Some employees were recognized for their work in maintaining a safe and injury free workplace.

DHS to Host Zoom Launch of Personal Care Attendants Program

Two Zoom forums will launch a program to help small businesses grow and new businesses get off the ground through a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) In-home Services program.

Caribbean Travel Marketplace Offers International Buyers a Post-pandemic Look at the Region

Caribbean Travel Marketplace, which runs virtually from May 11 to 14, 2021, is offering buyers from around the world a chance to refresh their portfolios as they prepare for the post-COVID-19 revival of travel and tourism.

Limetree Bay Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Limetree Bay Energy announced Monday that Steve Tompsett has been named chief financial officer, effective May 10. Tompsett succeeds Forgan McIntosh, who has been with the company since its inception.

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.

U.S. Virgin Islands Hosts First ‘Vaccine Fete’

The Department of Tourism’s Division of Festivals has pioneered the return of in-person Carnival events while prioritizing public health safety and the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

VITEMA to Distribute Atlantic Hurricane Tracking Maps for 2021

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency will be distributing 6,000 free Hurricane Tracking Maps on all four islands for use by the public.

BIR and Finance Send Out $25M in $1,400 Stimulus Checks

This week’s distribution of $24.9 million in federal funds from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan is the first of a number of 10,000-check batches of stimulus funds that are being sent out.

STX Man Charged with Using Debit Card Illegally

Detectives from the V.I. Police Department's economic crimes unit arrested Jeffrey Jones, age 38 of Williams Delight, at about 5:51 p.m. Thursday on a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

Op-Ed: There Is No Health Without Mental Health

Moleto A. Smith Jr. advises that “Despite the current stresses that negatively impact the mental health of many of our community members, the good news is that mental illnesses are treatable.”

Op-Ed: Let’s Rally Toward Herd Immunity to Prepare the Community for Hurricane Season

Mark A. Walters gives an overview of how the U. S. Virgin Islands has and is dealing with the pandemic. He says that FEMA, VITEMA and the public are ready to get through the double threat of pandemic and hurricane season.

Open forum: The Confession

Winston Nugent has written a poem dedicated to all the young black men who died from gun violence.

Open forum: Bureau of Corrections Releases Statement on Payroll Issues

The Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections responds to the payroll issues raised by correctional officers and other employees.

Virgin Islander Is One of the Tennis Channel’s Top 10 Coaches in America

The first round of voting occurred from March 29 to April 11. The final round of voting occurred from April 19 through May 2. The results will not be known until May 11.

Soccer Coaches, Coordinators Required to Earn Certification in CPR/ First Aid

All coaches and coordinators registered with USVISA will be enrolled for training with the American Heart Association on St. Thomas and in the Rescue First Aid and CPR Certification course on St. Croix.

USVISA to Host Grassroots Soccer Festivals Beginning May 15

The weekly festivals are designed to be strictly fun for youth and their parents while they learn the game of soccer.

The Virgin Islands Cycling Federation Hosts ‘Anything Goes Race’

On Sunday morning, cyclists were free to ride any type of bike on any preferred course to get from La Valle on St. Croix's North Shore Road to the National Guard building in Sprat Hall, Frederiksted.

U.S. Virgin Islands Hosts First ‘Vaccine Fete’

The Department of Tourism’s Division of Festivals has pioneered the return of in-person Carnival events while prioritizing public health safety and the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Coral World Ocean Park Welcomes Two New Dolphins

The dolphins, Cavello and Nola, join the four current residents – Liko, Noelani, Sonny and Ping.

Poem “Dear Derek” by Sandra C. Bradley

The Source Arts & Literature section highlights the work of our creative readers.

‘The Dream of Atlantis’ Serves Up Myth and Mermaids at Café Christine

“The Dream of Atlantis” will be on exhibit during April and May at Cafe Christine, which is located in the Apothecary Courtyard in Christiansted.

Beach Advisory for May 1 – 7

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 38 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of May 1 – May 7, 2021. All beaches sampled meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

Virgin Islander Is One of the Tennis Channel’s Top 10 Coaches in America

The first round of voting occurred from March 29 to April 11. The final round of voting occurred from April 19 through May 2. The results will not be known until May 11.

Soccer Coaches, Coordinators Required to Earn Certification in CPR/ First Aid

All coaches and coordinators registered with USVISA will be enrolled for training with the American Heart Association on St. Thomas and in the Rescue First Aid and CPR Certification course on St. Croix.

Bryan Vows to Find Source of Emissions Hovering Over STX

In the wake of a flood of reports about a "rotten egg" smell hovering over parts of St. Croix, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said Friday that everything possible is being done to “find out what is this strange odor affecting our residents.”

Hamilton Ramose Dies at 60

Hamilton Ramose, also know as “DoDo Boy or Ramose,” of Estate Strawberry transitioned into eternal peace on April 14, 2021.

Wayne Anthony Thomas Dies at 76

Wayne Anthony Thomas of Estate Strawberry Hill died on April 28.

Nicasio Nico, Jr. Dies at 81

Nicasio Nico, Jr., also known as “Sonny,” of Estate La Vallee transitioned into eternal peace on April 29, 2021.

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Skeoch Dies

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Skeoch, 76, passed away at her Frederiksted home on May 2, 2021. Gwen, as she was known, was born to Carmen (Duran) and Gordon M. Skeoch on July 10, 1944, in Frederiksted, St. Croix, USVI.

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The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority plans to offset 60 to 80 percent of generation through renewable energy resources within the next three to five years, bringing the utility in compliance with a law that mandates at least 60 percent of conventional generation be offset by renewables by 2025.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Spanish Town solar farm on St. Croix (Source photo by Bill Kossler)
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Young Virgin Islands actor Kaden Hughes is guest-starring in the CBS drama series “Bull” this Monday, May 3 at 10 p.m. Hughes has wanted to be an actor since the third grade, he said, and he works towards achieving that goal every chance he gets.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Kaden Hughes stands outside the filming door for the CBS drama series “Bull.” (Photo by Karen Nelson-Hughes)
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The University of the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service is postponing its monthly glass recovery project because discarded glass bottles were left near the former West Bay Supermarket over the past weekend.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service Coordinator Howard Forbes Jr. and Zola Roper, a fellow at Supporting Emerging Aquatic Scientists Islands Alliance Workforce, pose behind bags of sand made from glass bottles. (Photo by Howard Forbes)
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Fintrac Inc., an agriculture consulting firm with offices in St. Thomas and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday presented the Economic Development Commission its pending request to withdraw from the program, effective at the end of 2022.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Farmers in Honduras, where Fintrac has worked for 20 years. (Photo from Fintrac website)
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Victims United Inc. hosted its “Carnival Buy the Bowl Soup Sale” fundraiser on Saturday to raise funds to support families and friends who have lost loved ones to crime-related incidents.

“We thank everyone who came out and supported,” said Bernadette Gonsalves, the founder of Victims United Inc. Gonsalves has worked tirelessly to ensure the organization continues to be active in the community. Over the last few years, it has been difficult for the organization to secure funding.
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A dozen people, primarily electric vehicle drivers and green energy enthusiasts, enjoyed a Saturday drive, winding through the hillsides of St. Thomas in their bio-friendly autos during the annual Earth Day Electric Vehicle Rally.

Representatives of Solarize St. Thomas, Silver Sun Solar, Drive Green VI, and the Virgin Islands Energy Office were all on hand to discuss with other attendees the new programs and initiatives aimed to foster the demand for environmentally friendly, sustainable, clean energy.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
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Friends of the Frederiksted Community Boating came together recently to sand, patch and paint the sailing school’s wooden dinghies, readying them for the sailing program which will run from July 6 through 30.

The Caribbean Centers for Boys & Girls of the Virgin Islands will participate in the summer program again.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Calvert White sands a dinghy. (Photo submitted by Neil Canton)
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The U.S. Coast Guard recognized Virgin Islander Ronaqua Russell for her rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 by presenting her with the Air Medal. Senators on the Committee on Rules and Judiciary moved to take the recognition further on Thursday.
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✏: Article by Don Buchanan
📸: Coast Guard Lt. Ronaqua Russell flies an HC-144 in support of Hurricane Maria response efforts. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
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Virgin Islands cyclists have started a movement that began with fitness but is now a symbol of unity across the territory. The Mango Tree Riders and the Left Lane Cyclers are groups of mostly men who have come together to exemplify what can be done for a greater cause.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: The Mango Tree Riders (Photo provided by the Mango Tree Riders)
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Nonprofit Taste of St. Croix will focus on St. Croix’s favorite culinary locations and showcase the territory’s readiness as it begins to reopen to the world. Participants will notice famous dishes from the territory, spirits, a few past winners and more. Taste of St. Croix Inc., along with the Department of Tourism and caribbeanfoodnetworktv.com, will be hosting the event, which is set to be a micro-version of the usually crowded event.
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📸: Photo by Susan Ellis
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Tune in all weekend for live coverage of the Eugene "Genix" Thomas Basketball Tournament! #visource #usvi #sports ...

What is it you need? A life preserver? A casserole dish? A bathroom sink? A travel guide to Peru?

All of these items, admittedly used – but still usable – were recently available for pennies-on-the-dollar at St. John’s ReSource Depot Thrift Store.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
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St. Croix residents are being invited to celebrate Earth Day with the St. Croix Environmental Association by becoming citizen scientists and participating in BioBlitz this weekend.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Experts and volunteers canvass Southgate Coastal Reserve in 2020. (Photo provided by SEA)
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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.
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✏: Article by Bill Kossler
📸: Princess Cruise ship in Crown Bay (Photo by Semele A.C. George)
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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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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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✏: 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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✏: Article 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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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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✏: Article by Diana Dias
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