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Guard Back Pay Boosts Moral for Those Fighting the Pandemic

One hundred and twenty-one National Guard personnel are working full time assisting Virgin Islands residents in their fight against COVID 19. The men and women who have gone from part-time duty to full-time are helping with screenings at airports and harbors. They are assisting at testing sites and vaccination areas.

Will the Real ‘Good Samaritan’ on AA Flight 2703 Please Stand Up

The Real “Good Samaritan” who stood up on AA Flight 2703 on Jan. 10 and assisted not one…but two passengers aboard in need of medical attention was native Crucian, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Natasha Ramon.

John Jackson Denied Bid for Review of Bail Conditions

John Jackson, the onetime Olympic boxer awaiting trial on rape and child pornography charges at a detention facility in Puerto Rico, has been denied a review of his bail conditions and the return of property seized during his arrest.

Mexican Man on St. Thomas Faces Deportation For Third Time

A man was under home arrest in the Virgin Islands Friday after federal prosecutors charged him with being in the U.S. illegally — the fifth time he's been apprehended in the United States and potentially his third deportation, officials said.

Crucian Sentenced to 13.6 years for Violent Robbery

A federal judge has sentenced a St. Croix man to more than 13-and-a-half years in prison for his role in a home-invasion robbery in which he terrorized a couple for $200 and some electronics, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced Friday.

Department of Health Confirms the Ninety-Fifth Death Related to COVID-19

After further investigation and notification of next of kin, it has been confirmed that a 67-year-old male from St. Thomas has died. According to the Virgin Islands Department of Health, this is the territory's 95th death related to COVID-19.

CDC Officials Urge VI Kids to Get COVID Vaccines

Pediatric vaccines are safe and effective, officials for the Centers for Disease Control said Thursday, and a vital tool in preventing severe illness from COVD-19. As V.I. children return to in-person learning Monday, vaccines become more urgent than ever.

Kean High School Anniversary Brings About Reflection on St. John Students Access to Education

Starting in 1971 as the Nazareth Bay Secondary School, 50 years later the Government Operations and Consumer Affairs Committee has advanced a resolution commending what is now Ivanna Eudora Kean High School teachers and students.

The Tonga Eruption – A Sound Heard Round the World

In the early morning hours of January 15, 2022, an underwater volcano near the South Pacific island of Tonga erupted. The enormous explosion accompanying the eruption created an acoustic shock wave in the earth’s atmosphere analogous to the pebble in the pond.... That shock wave expanded until it encircled the earth.

This Week’s Senate Calendar January 24 – 28

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

Viya Says It Is Not Responsible for COVID-19 Test Kit Website Issues

The U.S. Postal Service is currently working on a resolution for the matter.

Department of Health Confirms the Ninety-Fifth Death Related to COVID-19

After further investigation and notification of next of kin, it has been confirmed that a 67-year-old male from St. Thomas has died. According to the Virgin Islands Department of Health, this is the territory's 95th death related to COVID-19.

This Week’s Senate Calendar January 24 – 28

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

More Details Emerge In Officer-Involved Homicide

A vehicle pulled up outside Manuel Bar in Contant late Thursday night. Someone got out with a handgun and started shooting into the building, striking four people inside. An off-duty police officer at the bar drew his service weapon and returned fire. When the chaos ended, a man outside lay dead, police said.

The Tonga Eruption – A Sound Heard Round the World

In the early morning hours of January 15, 2022, an underwater volcano near the South Pacific island of Tonga erupted. The enormous explosion accompanying the eruption created an acoustic shock wave in the earth’s atmosphere analogous to the pebble in the pond.... That shock wave expanded until it encircled the earth.

VITFF Gives Qualification Standards to Register for CARIFTA Track and Field 2022 Games

All athletes interested in qualifying for the V.I. CARIFTA Team are urged to seek qualifying competitions in the region or elsewhere and report official results accordingly.

Students Stress Inclusion, Social Justice and Tolerance as Hebrew Congregation Honors Eight at MLK Awards Ceremony

The universality of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s work was not lost on the eight students who spoke to the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas virtually on Friday night about their hopes for steering our community toward a path of tolerance, equitable communication, acceptance, and change.

Beach Advisory for January 17-21

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 28 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Jan. 17 – Jan. 21, 2022. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

Therese Frances Duval Dies at 97

Therese Frances Duval of Estate Whim died on Jan. 12.

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Officials from CREF3 USVI Hotel Owner, Inc., a company owned and managed by Fortress Investment Group, on Tuesday presented plans for the Frenchman’s Reef Marriott Resort, which the company has scheduled to reopen in November 2022, after it was devastated by the storms of 2017.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Frenchman’s Reef, St. Thomas, pictured in Fortress Investment Group’s presentation. (Screenshot from Zoom meeting)
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The bright-billed oystercatchers living in the Caribbean (Haematopus palliatus) generally stay out of sight, mostly sticking to isolated beaches and rocky offshore islands.
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📸: An American Oystercatcher on the south shore of St. John. (Photo by Gail Karlsson)
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An hour before the sun rose on Sept. 2, Sydne Didier slipped into the water from the National Park boat ramp in Cruz Bay. Twelve hours and 47 minutes later, she returned to that spot, having just swum 23 miles around St. John without stopping.

Didier is not the first person to do this, but she is the second, and the first female. In 2016, Jeff Miller, a fisheries biologist with the National Park Service, completed the first nonstop circumnavigation of St. John and still holds the record of 12 hours and 19 minutes.
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📸: A glowstick tucked into Didier’s swim cap helped kayakers in her support team to keep their eye on the swimmer. (Jeff Miller photo)
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Designer Giana Abreu-Christopher has spent the last five years working in collaboration with M.L. Scotland, local photographer and owner of Aesthete Noire, to enhance the fashion status of madras in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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📸: Designer and owner of Designs by Regal Giana Abreu-Christopher describes her clothing as “culture reinvented through fashion.” (Photo by Aesthete Noire)
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Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts invite the community to “Dualidad Antillana: Cuba & Puerto Rico,” an art exhibition opening and an evening of musical entertainment.

Patrons must RSVP and show proof of vaccination to enter the event at the museum on the Strand in downtown Frederiksted. The event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.
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📸: Curator Wilfred Labiosa near a  silkscreen created in honor of his father, Wilfred Labiosa (Source photo by Elisa McKay)
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Rembrandt Dittrich has 60 days to vacate property on Hassel Island where his father lived and worked for 60 years, V.I. District Court Chief Judge Robert Molloy ruled on Tuesday.

Dittrich, son of the late Manfred Dittrich, a beloved sailmaker who lived on the island from 1956 until his death in June 2016, said the 4.96-acre parcel where his father ran his business and raised his family was now his, claimed under the legal principle of “adverse possession,” and the property should go to his heirs, according to documents filed in the case.
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A “through investigation” by V.I. Justice Department agents has led the department to file criminal charges against Sen. Marvin Blyden for “willfully exposing the public to a contagious disease” after testing positive on Sept. 15 for COVID-19.

The charge is one count of exposure in a public place while infected with a contagious disease, which carries a fine of $200, one-year imprisonment or both.
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📸: Sen. Marvin Blyden speaks during a Senate Committee hearing in June. (Photo by the V.I. Legislature)
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In mid-August, Sean Krigger, director of the V.I. State Historic Preservation Office, got a call he was expecting sooner rather than later.

Human bones had been observed in a trench that was being excavated by contractors working for the V.I. Water and Power Authority on the western tip of the historic district of Cruz Bay on St. John.
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📸: Photo by Amy Roberts
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When you grow up as Nicci Roos did, on a 13-by-3-mile island, you learn to think small, at least in the physical sense.
Perhaps that’s why Roos is able to pack so much into her new storefront, Nicci’s Boutique, housed in an 11-foot by 11-foot by 11-foot peach-colored box on the Yacht Haven Grande waterfront promenade.

It’s overflowing, not only with women’s fashions featuring Fair Trade and local brands, but also with a community spirit offering connection, fitness and fun.
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📸: Nicci Roos positions a rack of summery boho dresses outside her new women’s boutique located in a colorful kiosk next to the Box Bar on the Yacht Haven Grande waterfront. (Source photo by Patricia Borns)
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The man who spent more than a decade helping to celebrate the contributions of outstanding Virgin Islanders through his role as chair of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas II’s Person of the Year Award Committee was himself held up over the weekend by hundreds of community members who mourned his passing and described it as a “great loss” for the territory and its continued development.
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📸: Elliott “Mac” Davis joined fellow cyclers in January 2010 for the “I ride with Mac” 50-mile ride on St. Thomas. (Photo provided by Walter ‘Wally’ Bostwick)
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News of the death of Holland Redfield, the six-time U.S. Virgin Islands senator and longtime voice of the V.I airwaves, brought words of sadness and recollections of his service to the territory.

Redfield died Saturday at the age of 78.

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. called Redfield “a dear friend, mentor and pillar of the community” in a statement issued by Government House.
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The West Indian Company welcomed the passengers and crew of the Norwegian Gem at least 30 minutes earlier than anticipated on Wednesday, according to a WICO release.
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📸: Norwegian Gem Captain Kim Karlsson with WICO President Anthony Ottley on Wednesday. (WICO photo)
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In mid-July, a team of divers from several organizations took to the murky waters of Coral Bay harbor to confirm what several local divers have quietly alleged for a long time: the existence of a partially buried ship dating back to the early 1700s that could prove to have great historical significance.
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📸: Divers found a cross at the site of the shipwreck. (Photo by Colin Hanson)
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