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Lawmakers Advance ‘Life Saving’ Bill Requiring Victim Notification of Perpetrator Release

Hailed as a bill that can save lives, the Homeland Security, Justice, and Public Safety Committee advanced legislation during Friday's hearing in hopes to solve a stark reality faced by the victims of violent crimes in the U.S. Virgin Islands- being confronted by their alleged perpetrators in public.

PSC Considers Raising and/or Lowering WAPA Rates

The Public Services Commission Friday allowed the Water and Power Authority five-cent, a kilowatt-hour charge for the Vitol project to be removed, but it remains to be seen whether residents will see that drop in their WAPA bill.

Legislators Advance ‘Complete Streets’ Bill with Hope to Transform Territory’s Roadways

The Rules and Judiciary Committee advanced nine pieces of legislation on Thursday including the Complete Streets Policy bill which aims to increase the usability of the roadways in the U.S. Virgin Islands by creating designated bike lanes, connected sidewalks, and taking into consideration those with disabilities.

Panelists Discuss Racism’s Effects on Territories

The relationship between the United States and its territories is “rooted in systemic racism,” said Neil Weare, an advocate for full citizenship rights, as he opened a virtual panel discussion on the subject Wednesday night.

Stray Bullet Kills St. Croix Woman at Home – Police Vow “Punks” To Be “Cut Off At The Knees”

A St. Croix woman was standing by her bedroom window Thursday morning when people driving nearby began shooting at another car. A stray bullet came through the bedroom window and killed 46-year-old Stacie Schjang instantly.

Spotlight on “A Hidden Crime” –  Human Trafficking

Raising awareness about human trafficking, the forms it appears in, who perpetrates and who suffers was the goal of the virtual session put on by the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council.

Recreational Facilities Across the Territory Slowly Showing Signs of Improvement

Testifiers at Wednesday’s Youth, Sports, Parks, and Recreation Committee hearing said challenges surrounding material procurement have been plentiful but progress has been maintained throughout the dozens of recreational projects in the territory including the anticipated Paul E. Joseph Stadium.

Project Promise Hosts Havana Nights for Vaccinated-Only Guests

Project Promise’s fundraiser Havana Nights morphed this year to be able to hold the popular event in the era of COVID-19 – fewer guests will be allowed and they must be fully vaccinated.

Territory’s Student-Athletes are Falling Through the Cracks

Nationally, student-athletes persevering through the COVID-19 pandemic have watched their programs, leagues, and entire sports industry falter attempting to adapt to new health guidelines and mandates, causing devastating consequences for students aspiring to athletic careers.

Governor Travels to National Governors Association Meetings in Washington, D.C.

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is out of the territory for the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meetings in Washington, D.C., and he also has scheduled meetings with a number of federal agencies.

District Court to Take Bankruptcy Case Management File System Offline Temporarily

The District Court of the Virgin Islands will take down the Bankruptcy Case Management/Electronic Case File system to conduct regular maintenance.

Lawmakers Advance ‘Life Saving’ Bill Requiring Victim Notification of Perpetrator Release

Hailed as a bill that can save lives, the Homeland Security, Justice, and Public Safety Committee advanced legislation during Friday's hearing in hopes to solve a stark reality faced by the victims of violent crimes in the U.S. Virgin Islands- being confronted by their alleged perpetrators in public.

VI Board of Barbers, Beauticians Estheticians, Manicurists to Hold Practical Examinations

hose planning to take the exam are advised that they are required to notify the Office of Boards and Commissions of an interest to sit for any of the examinations by first submitting the registration form along with payment of $100.

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

It has been confirmed by the V.I. Department of Health that a 65-year-old male on St. Thomas has died. According to the VIDOH, this is the territory’s 99th death related to COVID-19

Lawmakers Advance ‘Life Saving’ Bill Requiring Victim Notification of Perpetrator Release

Hailed as a bill that can save lives, the Homeland Security, Justice, and Public Safety Committee advanced legislation during Friday's hearing in hopes to solve a stark reality faced by the victims of violent crimes in the U.S. Virgin Islands- being confronted by their alleged perpetrators in public.

District Court to Take Bankruptcy Case Management File System Offline Temporarily

The District Court of the Virgin Islands will take down the Bankruptcy Case Management/Electronic Case File system to conduct regular maintenance.

Op-Ed: Democratic Party Chairman’s Response to The State of the Territory

Cecil R. Benjamin writes that “Bryan and Roach came on board with a promise and commitment to change course, and so they did.”

UVI Athletics Cancels Playing Season for Spring 2022

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Athletics Department has made the tough decision to cancel the remainder of the 2021-22 basketball season and the Spring 2022 season for track & field, citing the resurgence of COVID-19 cases across the United States and territories. 

Senator Announces 2nd Middle School Black History Month Art Competition

Individual projects should portray and celebrate an inspirational Black Virgin Islander.

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

It has been confirmed by the V.I. Department of Health that a 65-year-old male on St. Thomas has died. According to the VIDOH, this is the territory’s 99th death related to COVID-19

Zachariah Bachelor Dies at 85

Zachariah Bachelor, also known as “Lemrick” or “Officer,” died on Dec. 28, 2021, at the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital at the age of 85.

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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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📸: 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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