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Akyra Joseph Wins Bronze Medal at AAU Junior Olympics in Texas

Joseph finished 4th with a personal record for her multi-event score of 2490 earning her a Bronze Medal and All-American honors.

Virtue of the Week: Caring

Caring is giving tender attention to the people and things that matter to us. It is being a compassionate witness, listening to another wholeheartedly and without judgment. We show that we care with thoughtful acts and kind words.

Commentary: Cultural History of Buck Island is Deeper Than Sand, Sun and Fu

The cultural history of Buck Island is deeper than swimming and snorkeling in one of the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean or the world.

This Week’s Senate Calendar: August 2 – 6, 2021

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

Beach Advisory for July 26-30

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 15 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of July 26 – July 30, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

Judicial Branch Temporarily Suspends In-person Services and Proceedings in August

The order, which goes into effect on Aug. 2 and remains in effect through Aug. 31, has been issued in response to the continued public health threat posed by COVID-19.

Blue Skies Sandbag Distribution Scheduled for All Residents

Six filled sandbags will be distributed to residents from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5 and Friday, Aug. 6. Households are limited to a maximum of six filled sandbags.

V.I. Student Awarded Aviation Scholarship to Train at RedTail Flight Academy

Anthony Gilbert, VI Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (VICTAI) member, was provided with an offer to join the RedTail Flight Academy inaugural class to begin on Sept. 8. The scholarship is worth $115,000.

WAPA Elects VIEO Director Kyle Fleming As New Governing Board Chairman

The election of officers was one of several actions taken Thursday by board members meeting via Zoom.

FEMA Gives Millions of Dollars in Grants to V.I. Agencies

FEMA has granted money for numerous local government agencies, including the V.I. Water and Power Authority and the V.I. Housing Authority.

Applications Open for 3rd Cohort of ‘Accelerate VI,’ a USVI-Based Tech Startup Accelerator

Applications are now open for the 2021 cohort of Accelerate VI, a startup accelerator that supports the growth of the local tech ecosystem by helping tech entrepreneurs scale their businesses in the USVI.

DOL to Make Transition to Direct Deposit; Claimants Must Make Changes Prior to Jan. 1, 2022

To be eligible for benefit payments, all claimants must enroll in the direct deposit payment system by registering online with MyUIclaim Portal.

V.I. Medical Society Releases Statement on Requirement for Vaccination of Health Workers

All U.S. health care and long-term care workers, regardless of employer, should be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Districts Announce In-Person Orientation Schedules for School Year 2021-2022

Schools in both the St. Croix and St. Thomas-St. John districts will host in-person orientations for students and parents on Aug. 2-5 and Aug. 9 on the school campuses.

Beach Advisory for July 19-23

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 35 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of July 19 – July 23, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:

Virtue of the Week: Beauty

Beauty is a sense of wonder and reverence for the harmony, color, and loveliness of the world. Beauty opens us to the deep patterns of life that inform and delight us. It allows us to feel our connectedness with all creation.

Joseph Gomez Teacher Wins Disney Vacation in ViVid Streaming’s “Swag Call” Contest

Joseph Gomez Elementary School fifth grade teacher Roselyn Samuel-Hodge traveled to Orlando, Fla., July 18-24, with her daughter.

V.I. National Guard Association’s 2021 Scholarship Recipient Is McKayla Collins

(VINGA) presented a $1,000 scholarship award to McKayla Collins on July 15, at a ceremony held in a conference room named after the late David C. Canegata III.

Dominican Republic Man Gets 135 Months in Cocaine Case

Dany Perez-Brito, a 45-year-old Dominican Republic national, was sentenced Friday in federal court on St. Thomas to 135 months (11 years and three months) in prison for trafficking more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine.

Texan Sentenced to Probation for Marijuana in Carry-On Bag

Lequan Jaheem Pemberton, 26, a resident of Austin, Texas, was sentenced to two years’ probation for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

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