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Priscilla Laurent, right, and Raevah Matthew were two of nine women in Limetree Bay Refining’s first Basic Operator Training Class. Overall, the entire group comprises of 35 trainees. They graduated Monday in a short ceremony held at the Limetree Bay cafeteria. (Source photo by Wyndi Ambrose)

Defying the Odds: Limetree Women Stand Out in STEM Field

Limetree Bay Refining celebrated 35 graduates – all Virgin Islanders – from its first Basic Operator Training Class. Nine were women. That’s about 26 percent, or a little more than a quarter, which almost mirrors the national statistics on women working in STEM fields.
Sen. Novelle Francis (D-STX) presides over Tuesday’s Senate session. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senators OK Medicaid Windfall Bill, Toxic Sunscreen Ban

The 33rd Legislature approved a host of bills Tuesday when it convened in session, including the Medicaid windfall bill, which directs some $39.5 million to pay the hospitals’ Water and Power Authority bill, and a measure that would ban the sale of sunscreens containing coral-killing chemicals.
Sen. Marvin Blyden, right, congratulates DLCA Commissioner Richard Evangelista at Tuesday’s session.

Senate Confirms VITEMA, DLCA Nominees

Two more U.S. Virgin Islands government agencies, the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, stepped closer to having a permanent chief on Tuesday when lawmakers approved Gov. Albert Bryan’s nominees to lead them.
A crowd of 100 attendees listen to presentations give about Airbnb hosting in the territory. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Airbnb Guests Stay Longer, Spend More Than USVI Cruise or Hotel Guests

Hosts of Airbnb rental properties in the territory help spur tourism in the Virgin Island's by lodging guests who stay longer and spend more, according to figures presented by Airbnb representatives.
Smoke rises from a fire at the Anguilla Landfill. (Susan Ellis photo)

After 9 Days, St. Croix Landfill Fire Finally Out

The fire burned that started burning at St. Croix's Anguilla Landfill June 17 is finally out, the Waste Management Authority reported Tuesday. It was the latest in a long history of V.I. landfill fires.
Visitors peruse the goods at the 2019 St. John Festival Food Fair. (Source photo by Raven Phillips)

STJ Food Fair Serves Culture, Honors Committee

The 2019 St. John Festival Food Fair attracted residents and visitors to Cruz Bay Sunday for the wide selection of local dishes and crafts on sale. Guests stepping off the ferry were immediately greeted with the smell of fresh fruit and Caribbean cooking, the sounds of music and revelry, and the Love City hospitality and culture.
From left, Rules Committee Chairman Janelle Sarauw confers with Sens. Steven Payne, Myron Jackson, Novelle Francis and Oakland Benta at Monday’s hearing. (Photo Courtesy of the V.I. Legislature)

Rules Panel Approves Tabled Medicaid Windfall Bill

The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee made a quick turnaround on Monday, convening in the late afternoon and approving the bill redirecting some $39 million in Medicaid payments that it held in committee on Friday.

13 Students Graduate High School Through MBW Education

The ceremony was held at the St. Thomas Reformed Church, where MBW founder Scott Bradley created the non-profit 12 years ago.
Nathan Simmonds, director of finance administration at the Public Finance Authority, testifies before the Senate Finance Committee Monday. (Photo by the V.I. Legislature)

PFA Looking into Reprogramming Unspent Capital Projects Funds

The Public Finance Authority is exploring ways to address roughly $115 million in unexpended capital projects funding, a chronic problem among local agencies. Reprogramming them for other purposes is not off the table, Nathan Simmonds, the director of finance administration at the Public Finance Authority, told lawmakers Monday.
Behind the childcare facility a playground is near completion, needing only grass and foliage to be added. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

UVI Opens Childcare Center

The University of the Virgin Island’s unveiled its new childcare center, which planners hope will aid students who need help obtaining care for their little ones while attending classes. UVI President David Hall said the center was a culmination of 10 years of efforts.

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