May 26, 2017 10:18 am Last modified: 9:57 am

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IGY Marinas’ Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run Set for May 28, July 2, July 29

The biggest nautical event in the Caribbean is comprised of three separate events; the Caribbean Triple Crown Poker run series will take place in the most beautiful destinations in the region: the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) and St. Maarten.
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Work continues on the simulation center, which is slated to open in April 2018. (Carol Buchanan photo)

Proposed UVI Med School Faces Unique Challenges, Huge Hurdles

A medical school at the University of Virgin Islands has the potential to ignite an ailing economy. Construction of the proposed school is making progress, but hurdles remain.
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Kurt Vialet chairs the Finance Committee hearing Thursday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature)

Senators Hold JFL Sewer, Medicaid Match Bills

Senators held, for now, legislation proposed by Gov. Kenneth Mapp to divert $3 million in federal rum funds to fix major sewer pipe problems at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, after a hearing Thursday.
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Students ask Officer Ecedro Lindquist questions following the demonstration during National Police Week activities on St. John.

Police Week on St. John Seeks to Engage Community

Police on St. John used National Police Week activities – with dogs, displays, snacks, a band, a parade and more – to engage the community, especially the young people.
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WAPA Has the Solution, But Can It Get the Financing?

WAPA has a plan to bring, in the words of spokesperson Jean Greaux Sr., “generation stability” to the islands, but it has a problem. It needs $85 million to do it.
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DLCA General Counsel Frederick Norford discusses tavern licenses Wednesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature)

Senate Panel OKs Bill to Change Tavern Licensing

The Division of Licensing and Consumer Affairs may get new power to determine how many tavern liquor license are allowed in the historic districts of the territory, if legislation approved in committee Wednesday becomes law.
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Sen. Positive Nelson speaks at hearing on his Emancipation Week proposal. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature)

Bill Would Mandate Time and a Half Pay on Emancipation Day

The territory may celebrate June 26-July 3 as Emancipation Week if a bill approved in committee becomes law. The bill also would require private and public employers to pay time and a half to hourly employees who work July 3.
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GERS Seeks Volunteers for New Ambassador Program

The Government Employees’ Retirement System (GERS) is now seeking volunteers to be a part of its new public education campaign.
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Zika Update: No New Cases Reported

The V.I. Department of Health reported no new cases of Zika in its weekly report, issued Tuesday. On Friday the department confirmed the territory’s first case of Zika-related microcephaly.
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Program for Hearing and Vision Impaired Will Continue at UVI

The UVI program for people with combined hearing and vision loss – iCanConnect – will become a permanent service through the UVI Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities sponsored by the Perkins School for the Blind.
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