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Virgin Islands Olympian Adriel Sanes Is Not Finished with the Olympics

The young Olympian has been a part of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Swim Team since the age of 12 and was very eager to have the opportunity to compete at the Olympics.

RTPark to Lend V.I. Government Money to Tax Break Recipients

The tax-break granting entity the University of the Virgin Islands RTPark will start lending money from the V.I. government treasury to its tax-break recipients who cannot get similar terms on the free market, if legislation approved Tuesday is signed into law.

Senate Overrides Bryan’s Veto of Bill Analysts Say May Bankrupt WAPA

The V.I. Legislature voted to override vetoes of two bills on Tuesday; one of which may make the Water and Power Authority default on loans, according to analysts from Fitch Ratings, and one adding WAPA governing board qualifications.

CDC Declares USVI High Risk; Cruise Visitors Must Be Vaccinated

As St. Thomas welcomed thousands of Celebrity Edge cruise ship passengers on Tuesday, the U.S. Virgin Islands was listed by the Centers for Disease Control as a COVID-19 “very high” risk destination to avoid.

Caneel Bay Purpose Group Founder Unlikely to Take Part in Open Bidding

Less than a week after the National Park Service announced it would put the Caneel Bay resort out for public bid, Caneel Purpose Group founder Matthew O’Hare said he doesn’t see his business joining the competitive bidding process.

Senate OKs Finance Commissioner, Some Long-Languishing Nominees

The V.I. Senate approved Bosede A. Bruce to be Finance commissioner Tuesday, along with a slate of eight nominees to the Nurse Licensure and other boards. Two of the nominees had languished for nearly a year without a vote.

Cost-U-Less Temporarily Closes STT Store After Positive COVID Tests

Cost-U-Less has temporarily closed its St. Thomas store as a precautionary measure after some of its staff members tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, the company announced in a news release issued Tuesday.

Limetree Scrapes for Cash as It Races to Find A Buyer

Limetree Bay could have a buyer for its refinery business by November, according to a bidding schedule and procedures proposed in the Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Texas – but it must find financing to stay alive long enough to get to that point.

Lovett’s Olympics End as V.I. Hurdler Finishes Out of the Running

Eddie Lovett, representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, saw his 2021 Olympic Odyssey come to an end Tuesday morning in the first round of the 110-meter hurdles when he finished outside the group that qualified to move on to the semi-finals.

V.I. Athletes Continue to Do Well at AAU Junior Olympics in Humble, Texas

The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation (VITFF) announces that Team Virgin Islands has continued with great performances in the 2021 AAU Junior Olympics in Humble, Texas.

DLCA Informs Public of Fuel Price Survey and Rack Rates as of August 2

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs notifies the public of its latest territory-wide fuel price survey findings that was conducted on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John.

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Plaskett, Kelly, Congressional Black Caucus Send Letter About Sickle Cell to HHS Secretary

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett released the following statement s regarding a letter she and other members of Congress sent to Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra regarding sickle cell disease.

FEMA Funeral Assistance Helps Ease Financial Stress Caused by COVID Deaths

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020.

Legislature Corner: V.I. Must Improve Ports, Infrastructure to Support Meaningful Economic Growth

“These are lucrative, sustainable industries, and it is up to us to take the crisis of the refinery shutdown and turn it into an opportunity for true economic diversification,” Sen. Gittens said.

V.I. Athletes Continue to Do Well at AAU Junior Olympics in Humble, Texas

The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation (VITFF) announces that Team Virgin Islands has continued with great performances in the 2021 AAU Junior Olympics in Humble, Texas.

Mango Tango Gallery Opens Heather Hodgeman’s ‘Collective Path to Paradise’

Mango Tango Art Gallery will open a spirited new exhibition from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, July 30. Heather Hodgeman presents "Collective Path to Paradise," acrylic paintings which pay homage to the nature of the islands.

UVI to Welcome New and Transfer Students; Orientation Set for Week of August 9

On Thursday, Aug. 12, on both campuses of the university, students will be introduced to their deans from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. At 11 a.m., they will receive an official welcome from President David Hall via Zoom.

Michael O. Sheen Dies at 75

Michael O. Sheen, age 75, died peacefully at his home on July 23, surrounded by his family. He was a resident of the Virgin Islands for over 50 years

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The sky’s the limit for 18-year-old Anthony Gilbert, who will attend the inaugural class for the RedTail Flight Academy this fall. After the submission of an intense and extensive scholarship application and a board interview, Gilbert was one of the six selected out of thousands of applications.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Flight Instructor Jonathan Gray, right, gives Anthony Gilbert the good news about being accepted into the RedTail Flight Academy. (Photo provided by Anthony Gilbert)
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Ospreys, great blue herons and many ducks and warblers are all regular winter residents of the Virgin Islands, but many of them go to the northern United States to breed. It is fun to see familiar birds from the islands when we are up north, especially if they have nests and babies.
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When life gives young entrepreneurs 4-year-old Juliett and 3-year-old Gracie Reid-Ventura lemons, they make lemonade to raise funds for Book ‘n Bush Tea and community members who need help.
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Perusing the St. Thomas Pirate Treasure Museum Tuesday, Texas A&M Maritime Academy student Jonathan Frank was blown away by the artifacts on display from La Marquis de Tourny, a French corsair that, according to historical archives, seized English cargo and terrorized English ships during the 18th century.
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The USVI flag flies high as a moko jumbie greets passengers disembarking from Celebrity Edge on Tuesday at the Austin “Babe” Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay on St. Thomas. The ship arrived from Nassau, Bahamas, and will call on St. Maarten on Wednesday before returning to its home port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Source photo by Sian Cobb) ...

Nicholas D’Amour will represent the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, this month, competing in the men’s recurve archery individual competition.
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Adriel Sanes will represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in the men’s 200 breaststroke this month at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Olympic Games were delayed for one year but will have the opening ceremony on July 23 at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium.
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📸: Photo submitted by Adriel Sanes
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Boxer Deion Pruitt of St. Thomas won his second professional bout Saturday at the Cosmopolitan Premier Lounge in Decatur, Georgia, for the “Sugar Bert Vegas in Atlanta.”
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📸: Photo submitted by Deion Pruitt
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Eddie Lovett will return to the Olympics this month, representing the U.S. Virgin Islands in the 110-meter hurdle event.
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On Wednesday, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. cut the ribbon of the newly renovated Ralph O. Wheatley Skill Center, officially recognizing the space as the new home for the Charlotte Amalie High School 9th Grade Academy.
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A 16-day Theater, Music and Social Justice camp taught 15 actors from age 10 to 13 years old not only performing skills but also about how to create scenes relevant to modern living.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Campers shake the shekeres/shakers percussion rattles they made at the Caribbean Museum Center. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)
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Having been told that his elementary school drama classes would have to be conducted online last school year, Crucian native Julius Petersen III, who teaches in Houston, Texas, created a children’s show called “Mr. Pete’s Playhouse,” producing dozens of episodes during the course of the pandemic.
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Photographer Chalana Brown will exhibit “Claiming Spaces: The African Story of the Sugar Mill” at the Caribbean Museum of the Arts on Strand in downtown Frederiksted. The collection opens on Emancipation Day (July 3) and boasts 30 photographs of St. Croix sugar mills and former plantations. 
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📸: Castle Coakley Sugar Mill. (Submitted photo)
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With the arrival of summer rains, residents of Pond Mouth near Cruz Bay, St. John are once again suffering from sewage spilling out from a manhole near Enighed Pond.

“Here we go again. The manhole is pouring sewage into Enighed Pond,” Pond Mouth resident Sylvia Kudirka said in a text message on June 8.
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📸: A manhole in Pond Mouth on St. John overflows with sewage. (Sylvia Kudirka photo)
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WOOFapalooza, a benefit for the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center, took place Saturday with great food, raffles and a dog costume contest. The event was hosted by Deb Smith, owner of Blues BBQ.
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📸: SCAWC medical director and shelter veterinary, Michelle Mehalick, enjoys some time with dogs and their human companions. June Auellaneda holds Eve’s leash as Dr. Mehalick talks to her. Emily Rose Ahrens keeps little Rosie close as she watches. Finally, Buddy enjoys the day with the other dogs as he stands by for some attention. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
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Cancer survivors on St. Croix are trying art therapy to help relieve depression and pain caused by the the illness and its treatment. Based on the smiles, laughter and camaraderie during Yemaya Jones’s class on Shibori – similar to tie die – it worked over the last two week for 25 breast cancer survivors and caretakers.
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📸: Several of the scarves created by breast cancer survivors hanging on a line. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)
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Grounded Cafe on St. Croix offers a fine coffee experience in three locations – growing in just a few years from one to three outlets – and owner Reginald Perry has his sights set higher.
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📸: Keandra Charles, serves the Ault family, clockwise from bottom left, Josiah, Jayla, LaToya and Solomon. (Source photo by Elisa McKay)
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An early July weekend of culture and fun, celebrating V.I. Emancipation Day and U.S. Independence Day, are in the works for the island of St. John. Even with pandemic precautions in place, organizers say they’re encouraged that an abbreviated July 4 fete is possible.
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✏: Article by Judi Shimel
📸: Spectrum Band playing at the 2020 St. John virtual 4th of July Festival Village. A few more in-person events are scheduled for this year. (Department of Tourism photo)
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