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Mathcounts Competition Kicks Off Feb. 14

On Feb. 14, when as the poet said, a young person's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, a cadre of middle school students from four St. Croix schools will be engaged in something that really counts – mathematics.
From left, Frank Comito of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Tourism commissioner designee Joe Boschulte, and and Matt Cooper, also of CHTA, at the Caribbean Travel Marketplace in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Photo submitted by the V.I. Department of Tourism)

USVI is Committed to Regional Collaboration, Boschulte Tells Tourism Officials

Joe Boschulte, the new head of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, signaled his department's desire to collaborate with other Caribbean destinations in promoting the region in the global marketplace.

Cultural Ed Debuts Student Arts Program

The Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education will debut its V.I. Cultural Program of the Arts, a visual arts program for junior high and high school students, the division announced Wednesday.
The governor’s finance team testifies before the Senate Tuesday. From left, acting Chief Negotiator Edward Francis, acting OMB Director Jennifer O’Neal, Finance Commissioner nominee Kirk Callwood, acting BIR Director Joel Lee and PFA Deputy Director Tom Vousakis. (Photo provided by Barry Leerdam and the V.I. Legislature)

USVI Still ‘Mired in Financial Crisis’; Annual Deficits Ranging as High as $415M

The U.S. Virgin Islands is still in a state of financial crisis, and the government's structural debt has continued to increase, Gov. Albert Bryan’s financial team told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday in remarks that echoed Bryan’s State of the Territory address.
Contractors at a St. Thomas job site wave cars along on.

$722 Million Spent on Hurricane Recovery So Far – $894 Million More on the...

In the 16 months after the 2017 hurricanes, the U.S. Virgin Islands has spent roughly $722 million in disaster funds so far, spread across various local government agencies, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated $894 million for approved projects, according to Finance Commissioner Nominee Kirk Callwood.
A photo in the V.I. Government's archive shows the missing Aline M. Kean painting of Wilmot Blyden, with the note, 'Missing since Farrelly Admin,' and of photo of a missing ancient Coptic textile vestment and the note 'Missing since Schneider Adm.' (Image provided by Julio Encarnacion)

Priceless V.I. Art, Antiquities Have Gone Missing – But Not Recently

For Virgin Islanders concerned the government's large collection of valuable and historically priceless art and artifacts may not be secure after the 2017 hurricanes, there is good news, more good news, bad news and more bad news.
Christopher Rice

Man Accused of Threatening Couple Gets 14 Days in Jail

A St. Thomas man who became the subject of a public outcry in 2018 after he told a black man to leave Water Island or face death was sentenced to a year in jail. Upon pronouncing the sentence on Monday, the judge suspended all but 14 days of the sentence.

Bryan Names Shikima Jones to St. John Administrator

Governor Albert Bryan named Shikima Jones as administrator to the island of St. John Monday, completing the administration’s team of island administrators. Sen. Sammuel Sanes is St. Croix administrator and Avery Lewis is St. Thomas - Water Island administrator.
From left, JFL CEO Dyma Williams, Schneider Chief Medical Officer Luis Amaro, and Schneider VP of Facilities Darryl Smalls testify at Monday's hearing.

Hospitals Report Both Progress and ‘Mountain of Debt’

Executives of St. Croix’s Juan F. Luis Hospital and St. Thomas’ Schneider Regional Medical Center told a panel of Senators Monday of varying degrees of progress, while also outlining what JFL Chief Executive Officer Dyma Williams called a “mountain of debt."
Participants in the 2017 8 Tuff Miles near finish line (Gary Metz photo)

8 Tuff Miles Expected to Draw 1,200 Participants to St. John

If you’ve noticed there’s recently been an increase in the number of runners and joggers on the roads, it’s probably not your imagination. Throughout the territory, runners are getting ready for the 23rd annual 8 Tuff Miles, the St. John road race scheduled this year for Feb. 23.

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