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Death in Family Fuels Assistant Health Commissioner’s Impassioned Plea

Speaking about the loss of two family members to COVID-19, Assistant Health Commissioner Nicole Syms pleaded with residents to draw on their sense of “empathy and compassion” by wearing masks and social distancing to control the spread of the virus.
Crowds gather at Vendors Plaza on St. Thomas. (File photo by the USVI Legislature)

STT Vendors Plaza Upgrades on the Way, V.I. Officials Say

Licensing and Consumer Affairs officials met with St. Thomas' Vendors Plaza merchants at a town hall Tuesday to talk about the run-down state of the major tourism site.
DLCA Nominee Richard Evangelista takes the oath before testifying at Thursday’s Senate Rules Committee hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

DLCA Nominee Vows Ramped-Up Consumer Protection, Faster Licensing

Richard Evangelista, Gov. Albert Bryan’s nominee to lead the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, told lawmakers Thursday his appointment signaled a new day for businesses and consumers, pledging a strengthened consumer protection division, a more efficient license application process and year-round compliance monitoring.
A panel of government agency representatives testify on their departments' hurricane preparedness plans. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Senators “Frustrated” with State of Hurricane Preparedness

Already into the 2019 hurricane season, which started June 1, several senators said they were “frustrated” and “disappointed” about the lack of preparedness of V.I. government entities should another natural disaster strike.
Store shelves are getting picked clean in advance of Hurricane Maria.

Consumer Affairs Food Basket Survey Suggests St. John Has Priciest Groceries

It looks like groceries are expensive everywhere and a little more expensive on St. John, based on the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affair's territory-wide food basket findings released this week.

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