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Author Tiphanie Yanique Promoting Her New Novel in USVI Appearances

Yanique is scheduled to greet the public at a book signings on St. Thomas and St. John Oct. 28. Those who can’t catch either in person appearances can still meet the author in a virtual events set for Oct. 28 and for Liberty Day on Nov. 1. She will be signing and reading from her latest novel, "Monster in the Middle."

USDA Takes Aggressive Action to Protect U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico from African Swine Fever

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has temporarily stopped the movement of all live swine, swine germplasm, swine products and swine byproducts into Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from other countries and from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands into the U.S. mainland.

We Want to Hear from You About SSI Discrimination in the USVI

“Something that’s been missing at a national level are the voices of already vulnerable citizens in the territories whose lives have been made that much more difficult by the denial of federal benefits like SSI,” said Neil Weare, president of Equally American.

Boating in the V.I., Part 4: Pandemic Leads to Crowding at USVI Anchorages

A quiet bay in a remote part of St. John has become the center of a sometimes-raging battle between those who want to see it preserved as a marine sanctuary and those who want to see it developed and managed for the recreational boating industry.

Senate Panel Advances Legislation to Bar Corporal Punishment from Schools

The Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development advanced legislation of Friday, sponsored by Sen. Janelle Sarauw, to repeal the current law allowing the use of corporal punishment within U.S. Virgin Islands’ public schools.

St. John Man Charged with Attempted Murder

The V.I. Police Department on Thursday arrested Ezius M. Ashly, age 21 of Calabash Boom, on a warrant charging him in a shooting incident that took place Sept. 16 in Susannaborg on St. John.

Senate Committee Advances Bill for Fish Market, Dock on STJ

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would appropriate funds to build an “aesthetically pleasing” fish market at the Little Cruz Bay Dock and a new boat dock and slipway at Enighed Pond.

Army Corps Warns Summers End Marina Application Needs More Information

If you’re waiting for a marina to be built on St. John, don’t hold your breath. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent a letter last month to the Summers End Group, LLC. detailing a list of concerns that must be addressed before the developers can proceed with construction of a 144-slip mega-yacht marina.

Body of Missing Free Diver Recovered from Hull Bay

The body of a lone free diver was recovered Monday morning after an overnight search of the waters off Hull Bay on St. Thomas, the Coast Guard reported.

USVI Celebrates World Food Day Online

Government officials and members of the agriculture community shared thoughts and hopes for the future at a virtual event Sunday to celebrate World Food Day.

Job Training for Adults with Disabilities Available on St. Croix and St. Thomas

Island Therapy Solutions, a multi-dimensional practice that focuses on mental health wellness, started a program in August 2020 for adults with disabilities or developmental delays, preparing them for the workplace.

HUD Deputy Secretary Promises Support, Collaboration for Housing Development

When Adrianne Todman left St. Thomas for college in 1988, she narrowly missed the touchdown of Hurricane Hugo, the first in a series of what she called the more “iconic” storms that ultimately changed the trajectory of economic development in the V.I.

Boating in the USVI, Part 3: Tensions Mount in Quiet East End of St. John

St. John has been known as a destination for those seeking peace and quiet, and Round Bay, on the island’s remote East End, has been particularly treasured by boaters seeking an unspoiled anchorage. But things change.

Cruise Ship Carnival Freedom Returns to St. Thomas After More Than a Year

As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s return to guest operations, Carnival Freedom arrived in St. Thomas Wednesday, tying up at the West Indian Company dock for the first time since the industry-wide pause in operations a year and a half ago.

BMV Director Says Only Vehicle Inspections Are Waived, Not Registration

Virgin Islands Bureau of Motor Vehicles Director Barbara Jackson-McIntosh clarified the temporary suspension of vehicle inspections for private vehicles in Gov. Albert Bryan’s latest COVID-19 executive order, during a Senate hearing Tuesday.

MLB Outreach Program Sparks Passion for Baseball in the USVI

Reviving Baseball in Inner City, better known as RBI, is an outreach program created by Major League Baseball. This program pitches the love of baseball and softball to young people within a community.

Didier Becomes First Woman to Swim Non-Stop Around St. John

An hour before the sun rose on Sept. 2, Sydne Didier slipped into the water from the National Park boat ramp in Cruz Bay. Twelve hours and 47 minutes later, she returned to that spot, having just swum 23 miles around St. John without stopping.

Food Costs Rise in USVI as National Supply Chains are Disrupted

Prices at the register have been rising since the onset of the pandemic as local grocers contend with disruptions to national supply chains, reduced allocations, inflated shipping costs, and increased consumer demand.

Observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day

In observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the Source is republishing its four-part series, "Taino Today," about Taino culture and history as it relates to the Virgin Islands. And on Friday, Joe Biden became the first U.S. president to officially recognize the observance.

Boating in the USVI, Part 2: Laws to Create Restricted Areas Offer Inadequate Protection

A recent surge in the recreational boating industry has led to calls for greater enforcement of existing laws on restricted areas and in some cases further restrictions for popular marine sites.

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