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Montessori Soccer Players Take to the Field in Dominican Republic

Soccer players from the V.I. Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy are headed to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, this weekend for the first tournament in a newly established inter-island soccer exchange program.

Two Sentenced for Smuggling Immigrants

Kenrick Christopher of Grenada was sentenced to 23 months in prison, and Jeard Shillingford of Dominica was sentenced to 18 months in prison for inducing immigrants to illegally enter the U.S.

Senate Takes Second Swipe at Pension Reform

A revised retirement reform bill approved during special session of the Legislature on Monday night aims to strengthen GERS by reducing some benefits. The governor vetoed the original bill.

Corals Bleaching in Territory’s Shallows

While the problem isn’t anywhere near the level it was in 2005, some coral species are bleaching in some locations in the territory, according to a USGS biologist and local divers.

Property and Procurement Cracking Down on Unauthorized Government Purchases

If any government official signs a contract for goods or services that has not been properly approved, that person will be responsible for the contract and will be subject to disciplinary action.

Walker Subpoenas Venezuelan Government in Hess Case

Acting V.I. Attorney General Claude Walker has served a subpoena on the government of Venezuela demanding that its government-owned oil company explain its role in the closing of the Hovensa refinery on St. Croix.

Mapp Establishes V.I. Climate Change Council

Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed an executive order Friday to prepare the territory for the impacts of climate change, providing for the creation of the U.S. Virgin Islands Climate Change Council.

Not for Profit: St. John Sporting Center Gives Kids Athletic Adventures

With Sports, Parks and Recreation Department programs on the skimpy side on St. John, the non-profit St. John Sporting Center many years ago stepped up to the plate to fill the gaps.

Boat Goes Aground at West Cay

A 32-foot Prowler Cat brand power catamaran went hard aground at West Cay near Botany Bay, St. Thomas, at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

VIERS Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Tektite 11’s End

It’s been 45 years since the second Tektite project ended at what is now the V.I. Environmental Resource Station at Lameshur, St. John, and VIERS celebrated Saturday with a slide show, film and remarks by four of the men who served as support divers on the project.

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