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Friday, April 16, 2021

Volunteers to Brandish Buckets in Support of Homicide Survivors

Members and supporters of Victims United will take to the street corners with buckets around Charlotte Amalie on Saturday to raise money for the organization founded in 2009 by Bernadette Gonsolves, just months after she lost her son to gun violence.

Wind Change Bringing Volcanic Ash and Sahara Dust *Update: No USVI Impact*

While the territory has thus far escaped dust from the La Soufriere volcano on St. Vincent, the National Weather Service projects that changes in wind direction will bring ash – and more Sahara dust – on Thursday.

WAPA Ready to Begin Underground Projects on St. Croix

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. 

St. Croix Rotary Club and UVI Hold 13th Annual Entrepreneurship Seminar

The Rotary Club of St. Croix Mid-Isle, along with its partner the University of the Virgin Islands School of Business, held its 13th annual Entrepreneurship Seminar on Tuesday.

Sen. Potter Initiates Inaugural Plant a Seed Challenge

Sen. Milton Potter and Dr. Louis Petersen Jr. of the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Services are introducing an inaugural “Plant a Seed Challenge,” through which students, ages 5 to 17, can grow tomatoes and develop a love for home gardening.

Senate Panel Advances Bill to Create Multistate Nursing License

The Health, Hospitals and Human Services Committee advanced legislation on Tuesday that would establish a Nurse Licensure Compact that would create a multistate nursing license in hopes to attract more health care professionals to the territory.

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.

Nursing Board Hasn’t Been Requiring Criminal Background Checks

V.I. Board of Nurse Licensure Territorial Executive Director Carmen Vanterpool-Romney told lawmakers on Tuesday that the board does not require a criminal background check before issuing a license.

DPNR Says La Reine Fish Market 50 Percent Occupied a Month After Opening

People driving by the La Reine Fish Market on St. Croix on Saturday may have noticed more activity than Saturday’s in the recent past. More than a month after the groundbreaking, the facility is now 50 percent occupied.
A bustling Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove is on the left, while Frenchman’s Reef, on the right, is unopened and awaiting major repairs that have been delayed by the coronavirus. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Frenchman’s Reef Near Deal with New Partner to Restart Construction

The Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef Resort on St. Thomas is close to a deal with a third-party investor that could see the property reopen by the end of 2022, the Economic Development Commission board of directors heard on Tuesday.

Hazy Skies Over V.I. Are Sahara Dust, Not Volcano

While Virgin Islanders saw some hazy skies on Tuesday, it was from Sahara dust, not the continuing major eruption of La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent, almost 400 miles southeast of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A Virgin Islands Police Department vehicle sits parked in front of the V.I.P.D. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

STX Woman Charged with Uploading Altered COVID-19 Test Result

Shania Shervington, age 35 of Estate Whim, was arrested at 8:15 p.m. Monday by officers of the COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force, and charged her with uploading faked COVID-19 test results, the V.I. Police Department reported.

Profile of U.S. Territories Boosted Under Biden Administration

The White House has named Gretchen Sierra Zorita, from the territorial rights advocacy group Equally American, as the administration's point person for U.S. territories. Zorita will be deputy director for Puerto Rico and the territories.
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Op-Ed: What if 40 Tourists a Year Were Dying on Our Streets?

What if 40 tourists a year were being shot down in our streets?” Answer: Public officials would have wasted no time in pulling out all the stops to find a solution.

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.

J&J COVID Vaccine Paused For Very Rare, Possibly Unrelated Blood Clots

The Centers for Disease Control and Federal Drug Administration recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday out of an abundance of caution, due to a very small number of blood clots that may or may not be connected to the vaccine.

Volunteers to Brandish Buckets in Support of Homicide Survivors

Members and supporters of Victims United will take to the street corners with buckets around Charlotte Amalie on Saturday to raise money for the organization founded in 2009 by Bernadette Gonsolves, just months after she lost her son to gun violence.
Local Muslim men come together as one to prayat Masjid Nur. (Source photo by Nour Z. Suid)

Op Ed: The Fasting of Ramadan: A time for Muslims around the World to Heal and Cleanse their Mind, Body and Heart

I was in 1st grade when I was lucky enough to participate in the monthlong holiday of Ramadan for the first time, being able to live out a powerful tradition that I cherish with my family and friends. Since then, I have joyfully and gratefully been able to fast every year.

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.

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.

‘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.

DVSAC to Host Education Fair on Sexual Assault, Child Abuse Prevention

The Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council will be partnering with several organizations on St. Croix from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 25, and it will feature information tables, membership tables and a Q&A survivor panel.

Volunteers to Brandish Buckets in Support of Homicide Survivors

Members and supporters of Victims United will take to the street corners with buckets around Charlotte Amalie on Saturday to raise money for the organization founded in 2009 by Bernadette Gonsolves, just months after she lost her son to gun violence.

Christine Agatha Christian-Gilmore Dies at 95

Christine Agatha Christian-Gilmore, our matriarch, died on Easter Sunday morning, April 4.

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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
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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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✏: 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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✏: 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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✏: 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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✏: 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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✏: 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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✏: 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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The month of March is a meaningful time for the American Red Cross of the U.S. Virgin Islands. March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by Presidential Proclamation since 1943. By happy coincidence, March also is Virgin Islands History Month.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article By American Red Cross USVI Staff
📸: Joanna Carver Colcord of New York led an expedition of social workers, librarians and nurses from the American Red Cross to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the summer of 1920 to support the establishment of various social welfare programs including school nursing activities and public libraries. (Photo provided by Penobscot Marine Museum)
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The World Central Kitchen is seeking to fund another group of Virgin Islands farmers, fishers and food producers with as much as $20,000 through the Food Producers Network – a program already supporting 15 local businesses.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Strictly Roots Farm on St. Croix is a project of World Central Kitchen. (Photo submitted by WCK)
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