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GERS’s Financial Woes Not Due to Bad Investments, Administrator Says

The continuing decline in assets faced by GERS is not due to poor investment choices, but to the system’s steadily increasing unfunded liability, administrator Austin Nibbs reiterated on Thursday.

Rules Approves JFL, Taxi and Real Estate Nominees

The Rules and Judiciary Committee gave a preliminary thumbs-up to three nominees Thursday, continuing action on a series of Gov. Kenneth Mapp's recent nominees to boards and commissions.

Party Quota Bill Might Let Losers Win Board of Elections Seats

One V.I. Board of Elections candidate could win a seat with as few as one vote while another candidate who received many thousands of votes would lose, if a bill sent out of committee becomes law.

St. Thomas Propane Project Gets Army Corps Permit

WAPA now has a long-awaited permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for work on the marine side of its low-pressure gas project at St. Thomas's Randolph Harley Power Plant.

Senate May Permit Cigar Factory Smoking and Drinking Lounges

V.I. public smoking restrictions may be slightly relaxed to allow a "cigar factory" to operate a smoking lounge, possibly a smoking and drinking lounge, if a bill approved in committee becomes law.

CDC Issues Zika Advisory

The Centers for the Disease Control has issued an official health advisory on recognizing, managing and reporting Zika virus infections, the V.I. Department of Health reported Tuesday.

Tourism Launches Promotion to Counter Softening Market

To counter softening demand for Caribbean travel, the Tourism Department announced a robust national television campaign on CNN and CNN's Headline News over the next six weeks.

Celebrating ‘a Dream’ in Freedom City

It was fitting that the life of Martin Luther King Jr. was commemorated Monday in Frederiksted where slavery was abolished almost 20 years before the United States outlawed it.

Undercurrents: Borrowed Time for Only V.I. Nursing Home Is About to Run Out

Six months later, there’s no visible progress in resolving the territory’s nursing home crisis.  The formal deadline for removing long-term nursing home patients from Sea View is Jan. 30.

@ Work: Philern ‘Mr. Metallic’ Davis of Metallic Muscle M2

What started out as a weight loss workout plan for Philern “Mr. Metallic” Davis and his fiancé, Mahogany Carter, has grown into an outdoor gym program joined by others to get fit.

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