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UVI Students Stage Online Dialogue on COVID Vaccine Mandate

Students and staff with opposing views on the University of the Virgin Islands’ recent COVID vaccine mandate agreed Friday night on one thing: they all want the university’s campuses, and the people on them, to be safe.

Health Department Warns Delta Variant May Be Present in the Territory

The Delta variant of COVID-19 – a mutation of SARS-CoV-2 virus that is considered by health officials to be both more contagious than the original coronavirus and more lethal – may have been identified in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Seachange Arrives on St. Thomas Featuring Totally Modern Furniture

Although “sea change” generally refers to a paradigm shift or dramatic transition, entrepreneurs Ginny and Grant Maxwell created a subtle spin to the term by giving their new furniture shop the singular name, Seachange.

Department of Tourism Announces Residents will be Able to Upload Vaccine Card in Place of Negative COVID-19 Test

Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte announced that residents who have been vaccinated in the U.S. Virgin Islands will soon be able to upload their vaccine cards to the travel portal in place of a negative COVID-19 test or positive antibody test when traveling.

Bryan Announces New Travel Rules for BVI as it Battles COVID Outbreak

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has tightened entry requirements for anyone traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands from the British Virgin Islands as that territory battles a devastating COVID-19 outbreak that has seen five deaths in less than a week and an explosion of active cases that now number more than 1,550.

Bryan McKinney’s Murals Are Popping Up Around St. John

St. John has always attracted artists to its shores, and not all of them choose to show their work in a gallery. Some prefer a bigger “canvas,” like a concrete wall or the side of a building.

Limetree Bay Refinery Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Limetree Bay Refining LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Video of St. John Girl’s Song Shows “Kids Can Make a Difference”

On Earth Day 2020, Elena Magnie, who was 10 years old at the time, felt a call to take action. “Grownups make most of our decisions, and sometimes they don’t see kids as responsible or able to make a difference,” she said. “I wanted to tell kids they can.”

USVI Public Schools Resume In-Person Operations on Aug. 9

Public schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands will resume in-person operations when the 2021-22 school year kicks off Aug. 9, the V.I. Department of Education announced.

App Allows Tourists to Experience the USVI from a Local Point of View

A tourism company called “VI Crawl” has created an app that allows tourists to experience the U.S. Virgin Islands from a local point of view.

Signs Continue to Point to Above-Average Hurricane Season

Signs continue to point to an above average 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, with the tropical meteorology team at Colorado State University, in a report update issued Thursday, increasing the number of storms it expects to develop this year.

Corrections Bureau Budget Bumped Up for Mental, Medical Health

The Bureau of Corrections anticipates a sharp bump up in its budget and hopes to hire more mental health, medical and social work professionals and make progress staffing a big backlog of vacant guard and staff positions.

Healthy Habit Sports is Headquarters for Bicycle Sales, Parts, and Repairs

It turns out bike riding for fun and exercise has become a popular pastime in paradise. In fact, some islanders have gone the extra mile to support the sport and invest in its growth.

USVI Launches Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Records for Travel, Events

Virgin Islanders who are vaccinated against COVID-19 can now apply for a digital vaccine record, Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion announced Tuesday.

Celebrity Edge Brings First Cruise Passengers to USVI in 15 Months

A water salute, moko jumbies, live band and Department of Tourism greeters were all part of the welcome passengers aboard the Celebrity Edge received as the cruise ship – the first to dock in the territory in the past 15 months – arrived on St. Thomas Tuesday.

Bryan introduces Ray Martinez as His Choice for Police Commissioner

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. on Tuesday introduced native Crucian Ray Martinez as his nominee for commissioner of the V.I. Police Department, replacing Trevor Velinor, who is retiring after two years in the position.

St. Johnian Sherman Browne Returns to Tell Youth to ‘AIM High’

“Say your name with power, give me a word that describes you, and tell me why you were born.”

V.I. Braced for Hurricane Season

If Tropical Storm Elsa had decided to track north instead of south through the island chain and into the Caribbean Sea last weekend, would the Virgin Islands have been ready to meet it head on?

31st USVI COVID-19 Death Hits St. Thomas

The Department of Health reported the 31st confirmed U.S. Virgin Islands death from COVID-19 on Monday. The person who died of the highly contagious illness was a 73-year-old woman on St. Thomas.

In Photos: Organizers Optimistic After St. John Love Fete

Tourism leaders working with the Division of Festivals welcomed hundreds of music fans from St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix to the 2021 Love Fete soca spectacular. The event was part of a mini St. John Festival, celebrating Saturday’s Emancipation Day and Sunday’s Independence Day holidays.

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