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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Senate Panel Advances Bill to Create Multistate Nursing License

The Health, Hospitals and Human Services Committee advanced legislation on Tuesday that would establish a Nurse Licensure Compact that would create a multistate nursing license in hopes to attract more health care professionals to the territory.

Nursing Board Hasn’t Been Requiring Criminal Background Checks

V.I. Board of Nurse Licensure Territorial Executive Director Carmen Vanterpool-Romney told lawmakers on Tuesday that the board does not require a criminal background check before issuing a license.

DPNR Says La Reine Fish Market 50 Percent Occupied a Month After Opening

People driving by the La Reine Fish Market on St. Croix Saturday may have noticed more activity than Saturday’s in the recent past. More than a month after the groundbreaking, the facility is now 50 percent occupied,

Frenchman’s Reef Near Deal with New Partner to Restart Construction

The Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef Resort on St. Thomas is close to a deal with a third-party investor that could see the property reopen by the end of 2022, the Economic Development Commission board of directors heard on Tuesday.

Hazy Skies Over V.I. Are Sahara Dust, Not Volcano

While Virgin Islanders saw some hazy skies Tuesday, it was from Sahara dust, not the continuing major eruption of La Soufriere volcano in St....

STX Woman Charged with Uploading Altered COVID-19 Test Result

Shania Shervington, age 35 of Estate Whim, was arrested at 8:15 p.m. Monday by officers of the COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force,and charged her with uploading faked COVID-19 test results, the V.I. Police Department reported.

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.

Profile of U.S. Territories Boosted Under Biden Administration

The White House has named Gretchen Sierra Zorita, from the territorial rights advocacy group Equally American, as the administration's point person for the U.S. territories. Zorita will be deputy director for Puerto Rico and the territories.
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Op-Ed: What if 40 Tourists a Year Were Dying on Our Streets?

What if 40 tourists a year were being shot down in our streets?” Answer: Public officials would have wasted no time in pulling out all the stops to find a solution.

Health Reports 27 New COVID Cases; V.I. Gets More Stimulus Money

COVID-19 is still alive in the U.S. Virgin Islands, with 27 new cases recorded across the territory over the past three days.

Senior Units to get Tankless Water Heaters Due to Contamination

Manaca Allen feared the water in her mother’s apartment at the Celestino A. White Sr. Senior Citizens Residence in Sugar Estate on St. Thomas was making her sick.

Youth Ocean Explorers Help Combat Coral Disease

This summer students in the Youth Ocean Explorers program at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will continue battling the devastating Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease.

3 Palms ‘Bistro Bar Balcony’ Open in STT’s Marina Complex

When New Orleans restaurateur Barth Melius first visited the V.I. he never expected the territory would steal his heart. But according to Melius, that is exactly what happened.

Saturday Shootings Leave One Dead, Three Injured on STX

One man was killed and three injured in incidents that took place Saturday night. The dead man was identified by next of kin as Denver Charlery, age 34 of Mount Pleasant.

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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STX Woman Charged with Uploading Altered COVID-19 Test Result

Shania Shervington, age 35 of Estate Whim, was arrested at 8:15 p.m. Monday by officers of the COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force,and charged her with uploading faked COVID-19 test results, the V.I. Police Department reported.
Local Muslim men come together as one to prayat Masjid Nur. (Source photo by Nour Z. Suid)

Op Ed: The Fasting of Ramadan: A time for Muslims around the World to Heal and Cleanse their Mind, Body and Heart

I was in 1st grade when I was lucky enough to participate in the monthlong holiday of Ramadan for the first time, being able to live out a powerful tradition that I cherish with my family and friends. Since then, I have joyfully and gratefully been able to fast every year.

Nicholas D’Amour Wins Silver Medal at European Grand Prix in Turkey

Nicholas D’Amour took home a silver medal. He competed in the men’s Olympic Recurve Division along with 107 other athletes in his division.

VICF Announces Triple Bypass Road Race Results

Although Sunday's Triple Bypass Road Race was the third event on the Virgin Islands Cycling Federation's calendar, it was the first road race since last year's cycling season came to a halt.

Eddie Lovett Working on Qualifying for Tokyo Olympic Games

Eddie Lovett opened his outdoor track and field season with 13.47 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles.

Tennis Channel Names John A. Richards III One of America’s Top Coaches

A national honor has been bestowed to a Virgin Islander by the Tennis Channel, which chose John A. Richards III as one of the 50 best tennis coaches in America.

STJ School of the Arts to Present Caribbean Music Institute Mini-Orchestra

The orchestra is comprised of students of CMI, which is the educational component of United Jazz Foundation. There will be a “Mingle with the Musicians” starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 16, via Zoom. The concert link will be provided during the “mingle” and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Lucien Downes’ Painting Exhibit “Virgin Islands Contemporary” to Open Saturday at 81C

81C is honored to announce the full-scale gallery exhibition “Lucien Downes – Virgin Islands Contemporary.” A public opening party event will take place on Saturday, April 17, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Alpine Launches a Mural Contest for New Children’s Museum Exhibit, Artists Wanted

Alpine’s VI Children's Museum Mural Contest is being held to select and highlight a local artist to complement the new exhibit.

DVSAC to Host Education Fair on Sexual Assault, Child Abuse Prevention

The Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council will be partnering with several organizations on St. Croix from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 25, and it will feature information tables, membership tables and a Q&A survivor panel.

Senate Panel Advances Bill to Create Multistate Nursing License

The Health, Hospitals and Human Services Committee advanced legislation on Tuesday that would establish a Nurse Licensure Compact that would create a multistate nursing license in hopes to attract more health care professionals to the territory.

Reginald A. Scotland Dies at 78

With heavy hearts, the family would like to announce the passing of Mr. Reginald A. Scotland, age 78, who passed away on March 23.

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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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