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Senate Panel OKs Bill to Straighten Out JFL Property Funding

A V.I. Senate committee resolved an obstacle to purchasing property for the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital when they realized that the original bill identified the wrong funding source.

Black History Month Brings Opportunity to the Classroom

Years before celebrations of Black History Month became part of U.S. culture in the 1970s, a group of educators were promoting ways to teach the subject in and out of the classroom.

St. Croix Schools Plan Return to In-Person Instruction in March

After being closed for a year due to COVID-19, public schools in the St. Croix District will open for in-person instruction beginning Tuesday, March 2.

Senate Begins Reviewing Bryan’s Plan to Reform Mental Health in USVI

Members of the Senate Committee on Health, Hospitals, and Human Services on Friday began reviewing a mental health bill submitted by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.

St. Croix Man Shot to Death in Williams Delight

The V.I. Police Department is investigating a homicide that took place in the streets of Estate Williams Delight. The victim was identified as 30-year-old Kevin Jerome.

Search Continues for Missing Man; Reward Increases

The search continued Friday for 80-year-old Michael “DoDor” Emmanuel, who was reported missing Feb. 19 from the Canebrake Apartments in Frederiksted.

One Health V.I.

On the latest episode of One Health V.I., Governor Albert Bryan Jr. discusses the Healthier Horizons initiative that will improve the territory's healthcare system.

Vaccination Eligibility to Expand in March, VITEMA Head Says

Vaccine eligibility for residents over the age of 16 will begin on March 1, according to Daryl Jaschen, director of the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency.

Rules Committee OKs Six Nominations

The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee moved six nominations forward to the full Senate on Thursday. 

Can a Victim of Development Morph into Ecological Survivor?

Pity poor, long-suffering marron bacora, a.k.a. Solanum conocarpum. Today a handful can be found clinging to life in St. John's dry, eastern regions.

Organizers of Anti-Racism Forum Plan for Further Action

A soft call to action over the last four months will grow louder in the next few months as the organizers of the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix’s anti-racism series outline plans and gather advocates to help dismantle racism in the Virgin Islands.

Smoke from BVI Fire Impacting USVI *Update – BVI Fire Service Provides Details*

A major fire near the H Lavity Stoutt Community College in Paraquita Bay in the British Virgin Islands has impacted air quality on St. John and St. Thomas, USVI, with residents of both islands reporting they smell smoke.

Territorial Recreation Plan Marks Step Toward Annual Funding

The V.I. Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation is creating a Territorial Comprehensive Outdoor Recreational Plan that Commissioner Calvert White told lawmakers is the initial step to securing annual funding for recreational projects throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Panel Discusses Teen Dating, Violence, Awareness and Prevention

Teen Dating, Violence, Awareness and Prevention Month has been observed every February since 2010, highlighting a problem that is all too common.

VI SBDC Reminds Small Businesses of the PPP Deadline

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) encourages small businesses affected by COVID-19 to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) federal disaster assistance before the March 31 deadline.

ONE HEALTH V.I. EPISODES

One Health V.I. Episode 1 – Telehealth Services in the Virgin Islands

On this episode of One Health V.I., Dr. Donna Christensen, physician and former V.I. Delegate to Congress, joins Julia Sheen, Health and Human Services policy advisor to Governor Albert Bryan Jr., to discuss implementing telehealth services in the territory.

One Health V.I. Episode 2 – Reconstruction of the Territory’s Hospitals

Darryl Smalls, Vice President of Facilities for the Schneider Regional Medical Center and Juan F. Luis Hospital, provides an update on the renovations and construction of the territory's hospital facilities.

One Health V.I. Episode 3 – Association Health Plans

Julia Sheen, Health and Human Services policy advisor to Governor Albert Bryan Jr., speaks with Omar Haedo, president of Elan Insurance Group, about plans to offer health insurance options to Virgin Islands small businesses and their employees.

One Health V.I. Episode 4 – Integrating Fire and EMS Services

Lisle Evelyn, assistant director for Medical Services at the V.I. Fire Service, discusses how integrating Fire Service and the Department of Health's EMS could save lives in the territory.

One Health V.I. Episode 5 – Implementing the Health Information Exchange

The HIE will allow healthcare providers and patients to securely access and share a patient’s vital medical information via an electronic transmission – improving the speed, quality, safety, and cost of patient care.

One Health V.I. Episode 6 – The Healthier Horizons Initiative

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. discusses the Healthier Horizons initiative, which aims to expand access to healthcare, provide better services and improve the V.I.'s healthcare infrastructure.

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Op-Ed: Take Care of Your Heart and It Will Take Care of You

Moleto A. Smith Jr. gives an overview of heart disease and how to combat it. He celebrates the contributions of the many Virgin Islands medical workers who are working to improve heart health.

USVI Soccer Announces International Tournament Participation for 2021-2023

Tournament participation falls in line with the USVI Soccer Association’s (USVISA) objectives to enhance, assist, develop and promote the game of soccer constantly throughout the territory.

D’Amour Finishes 16th in World at Indoor Archery World Series

With the exception of Brady Ellison and Jack Williams of the United States, Nicholas D’Amour was the highest-ranking archer in the Western Hemisphere.

FIFA 2022 World Cup Preparations Are Underway

The USVI Soccer Association Men’s National program is preparing for the upcoming Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Group ‘A’ and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup 2022

Michelle Smith Ranks 4th in the World in High School Track and Field

Michelle Smith won second and fourth place finishes at the Southeast Showdown in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday, Feb. 15.

Tri-island Motorcades to Bring Awareness to Teen Dating Violence

The V.I. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC) is partnering with local organizations like Family Resource Center (FRC) to lead the first Tri-island Motorcade on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Virtual Memorial to Celebrate Timothy Graphenreed Planned for Feb. 28

Tony Winners Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad, George Faison, Emmy/Golden Globe Winner S. Epatha Merkerson and others will celebrate Broadway’s Timothy Graphenreed.

UVI’s Afternoon on the Green to Go Virtual on March 15

Fans of UVI’s annual “friend-raiser” will be treated to a virtual extravaganza.

Government House on the Air in February

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. encourages residents in the community to tune in and call with questions, ideas and comments.

Senate Panel OKs Bill to Straighten Out JFL Property Funding

A V.I. Senate committee resolved an obstacle to purchasing property for the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital when they realized that the original bill identified the wrong funding source.

Tyler Dawson Yannone Dies at 18

Tyler Dawson Yannone tragically passed away Monday afternoon on February 15, 2021, he went to be with his heavenly father along with his parents Daniel Yannone and Neisha Zahn at the age of 18.

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81C is honored to announce a full-scale gallery show of fine art photography, with an exhibition celebration event taking place on Sat., Feb. 20, from 7 p.m. to midnight at its downtown location on Strand Gade in historic Charlotte Amalie. The featured exhibition showcases a contemporary collection of images, printed on metal, by photographer Jared Shomo. The show is entitled “Virgin Islands Infrared – Photography by Jared Shomo."
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For event details visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Press release
📸: Infrared photography by Jared Shomo (Image courtesy of Jared Shomo)
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Louis E. Brown Villa senior residents felt the love of local businesses and volunteers at the Valentine’s Day “Love Your Neighbor Luncheon” Sunday afternoon.

Senior Villa Community Outreach Coordinator Diane Hampton developed the idea for the luncheon that brought together 40 senior residents in a masked, socially distanced afternoon of neighborly camaraderie and fun. And she organized it from afar.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Photo by Elisa McKay
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This is part 1 of a 4-part serialization of the first chapter of a book being written by Shaun A. Pennington about the historical and modern-day consequences of sugar that have plagued Virgin Islanders and Americans for 400 years. The excerpts – which have been edited for purposes of this Black history series – paint a grim picture of the ties between slavery’s horrific place in Black history in the Virgin Islands, Caribbean and United States and the nature of the substance that secured slavery as an institution and whose side effects people of color often suffer disproportionately from to this day.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Shaun Pennington
📸: Photo by Shaun Pennington
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Valentine’s Day is Sunday, Feb. 14, and at Forever Flowers proprietor Gigi Quetel, her daughter Christina and daughter-in-law Natasha have created a sparkling wonderland of themed gifts, flavorful treats and floral delights.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Teddi Davis
📸: Photo by Teddi Davis
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When visitors step into artist Katia Moltisanti’s new gallery in Cruz Bay, she wants them to feel the vibrations of the colors in her paintings.

“Each color has a vibration,” she said. “Yellow has the vibration of hope and spontaneity. Blue is for calm. Orange is for vitality and happiness. Green is for new beginnings. When we’re in a colorful place, we feel those vibrations.”
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Photo by Amy Roberts
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Eight-year-old Jadriel Yomar John has a passion for fishing and wants to inspire other children to join his YouTube channel. With over 31,000 views on one of his videos, his page, “JJ Fishing Adventures,” takes children along on his aquatic adventures.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Photo submitted by Zolymar Garcia
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The groundbreaking actress Cicely Tyson died last week at the age of 96. She became known for her acting portrayal of strong African American women. Her parents were immigrants from the island Nevis in the West Indies.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Open forum by Winston Nugent
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White-cheeked pintail ducks (Anas bahamensis) are year-round residents in the Virgin Islands. Given the climate, they can mate pretty much any time, as long as there is enough food and water. Other ducks, like blue-winged teals, are migratory – they come down for the winter season, then move north again to breed.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Gail Karlsson
📸: Photo by Gail Karlsson
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The Virgin Islands Port Authority has secured a $22 million grant from the U.S. Maritime Administration, which will be used toward several improvement projects and the expansion of the Crown Bay Cargo Terminal starting this year.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo by Bethaney Lee
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“For many, many years Maekiaphan Phillips and her husband Tesroy Phillips and their 12 children, have worked tirelessly to prove their Native American ancestry, obtain federal tribal recognition and share their culture and heritage with others,” said Suzanne Darrow Magras, an educator who has assisted Phillips in her efforts to gain tribal recognition.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Maekiaphan Phillips, surrounded by members of her family, speaks about their Taino heritage. (Screenshot from video made for the National Guard)
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Rap Artist “P-Nut Deh Real Nut,” also known as “PNDRN,” is starting the year on a high note, with more than three million streams on Sound Cloud and more than 100,000 views on YouTube. His style of rap called “Carib Drill,” a hip hop 1980s style of music, remains true to his Crucian accent.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: P-Nut poses with a young fan. (Photo provided by PNDRN)
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During the first week of January, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. vetoed six bills. Among them was Bill Number 33-0364, which sought to create a Virgin Islands Indigenous Tribe identification card for those who identify as Taino, Carib, Kalinago or any other Caribbean indigenous group.

The governor’s veto engendered little public conversation, but it was a setback for Maekiaphan Phillips, a St. Thomas woman who has been pushing for tribal recognition from the Virgin Islands government for eight years.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Taino rock carvings (petroglyphs) can be found at Reef Bay on St. John. (Photo by Ken Wild)
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As Virgin Islanders tuned in to the State of the Territory address Monday night, V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett was on a more somber mission, taking part in the delivery of an article of impeachment from the House to the U.S. Senate.

It was a solemn moment, said Plaskett, who is one of nine impeachment managers selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to preside over the Senate trial of former President Donald Trump. That trial is slated to start on Feb. 8.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Sian Cobb
📸: V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett, second from the right, joins her fellow impeachment managers as they deliver the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the U.S. Senate Monday evening in Washington, D.C. (Screenshot from C-SPAN)
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Racehorses and horse owners have become victims caught between opposing sides in a legal battle between VIGL Operations Inc. and Southland Gaming Inc., casino management companies vying for the right to exclusively operate video gaming machines in racetracks that have disintegrated since the 2017 hurricanes ravaged the territory.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo by Bethaney Lee
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The Freedom Walk was first organized eight years ago by the Ulla Muller Elementary School Bamboula Dancers and Drummers to honor King’s legacy. This year’s walk is intended to continue the tradition and to also honor those first organizers and current Bamboula dancers and drummers who are unable to participate due to safety concerns.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Raven Phillips
📸: Monday’s Freedom Walk is dedicated to the Ulla Muller Elementary School Bamboula Dancers and Drummers, shown here performing in 2019. (Source file photo by Raven Phillips)
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Considering that only 4 percent of all Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle worldwide, Troop 7227 on St. Croix achieved something unusual when six local teens were awarded the Eagle rank at the same time.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Scouts pose with Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. at a community service event. (Photo provided by Sonja Sundaram)
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Standing on the waterfront of St. Thomas, one cannot help but be amazed at the historic buildings, Danish architecture and bustling downtown. Within a few steps of sights such as Fort Christian and Emancipation Garden, there is a Virgin Islands staple that has been around since 1967, one that can be refreshing after a long day of school, shopping, a safari tour or a walk under the hot Caribbean sun. Its name: “Rudy’s Fraco.”
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Rudy Farrell stands in front of his fraco truck. (Source photo by Adisha Penn)
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“The Art Show 2021” hosted by the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts opens on Friday, Jan. 15, at the Strand Street location in Frederiksted and the museum’s online gallery. The show will feature 65 pieces of art by 16 participating Artists Guild members.

An in-person opening reception is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Frederiksted museum. Reservations are encouraged with COVID restrictions allowing 10 people at one time in the gallery wearing masks and socially distancing.

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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: “Great Pond” is an acrylic and mulberry paper collage by Cathy Booth. (Photo submitted by Cathy Booth)
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Registration is open for “Mystery in a Toga,” a virtual fundraiser for My Brother’s Workshop, scheduled to take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 30.

According to a news release issued by the charitable agency, the event is free to attend. Those who want to participate can register at the My Brothers Workshop website, then log in from any device at 7 p.m. Jan. 30.

“Once you register, the fun begins!” the news release announced. There will be silent auction items that can be bid on and meals that can be ordered for pickup from the My Brother’s Workshop Cafe and Bakery.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source staff
📸: Mystery participants in the past gathered for the events, like this Big Top theme. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event to raise money for My Brother’s Workshop will be virtual. (Submitted photo)
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