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Both Districts Report Progress Toward Building Sports Complexes

Both the U.S. Virgin Islands Olympic Committee and the V.I. Housing Finance Authority told senators on Monday about the progress on building multipurpose sports complexes that would double as storm shelters on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
Commissioner of the Department of Labor Gary Molloy testifies before an October hearing. (File photo)

Territory to Receive More Pandemic Unemployment Relief, Eventually

The Labor Department met the Sept. 10 deadline to apply for the Lost Wages Assistance Program, a stopgap measure while Congress hammers out a second pandemic relief package – but the money won’t flow anytime soon.

Plaskett Takes on COVID-19’s Impact on Hurricane Evacuation and Sheltering

Emergency response managers have never been faced with the challenge of evacuating and sheltering people during a major hurricane while simultaneously dealing with a pandemic, but this is what could happen during the next month as the 2020 hurricane season reaches its peak.

Curfew in Effect Until Noon Thursday, Residents Should Prepare and Monitor Updates

Because it lacks a clearly defined eye, meteorologists have had a hard time tracking what is now being called Potential Cycle 9, but officials say it is expected to strengthen and will begin impacting the territory late afternoon Wednesday into Thursday.
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin heralds the release of the Education Department’s new master plan for facilities during a press conference Monday. (Screen capture)

Education Building ‘Schools of the Future’ Guided by New Master Plan

The Department of Education has released its new facilities master plan, a more than 500-page document available on the department's website, and announced it will hold a virtual public forum on the plan Thursday.
Architect's drawing of a new Charlotte Amalie High School. (By the DLR Group)

Education Officials Say New Schools Territorywide Will Happen

The V.I. Department of Education wrapped up a series of virtual public meetings held on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John that aimed to garner community feedback about the master plan for the territory’s new schools.

Olympic Committee Continues Push for Sports Complex

The global COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the realization of a Virgin Islands Olympic Committee headquarters, which would serve a dual purpose as a sports complex and FEMA approved shelter.
JFL board members, from left, Christopher Finch, Dr. Anne Treasure and Faye John-Baptiste discuss the hospital rebuild.

JFL Board Discusses Rebuilding the Hospital

With the deadline for bidding on the rebuilding of the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital less than a month away, board members were eager to get started sorting through the applications to find a perfect fit.

VIHFA Disputes Findings of Mismanagement in Federal Audit

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority officials on Wednesday disputed some findings of mismanagement in a capacity audit of $233 million in FEMA grants awarded to the authority last December.
Hurricane Isabel in 2003, as seen from the International Space Station. (Image by Mike Trenchard, Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center)

FEMA: Understand the Difference Between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning

With the 2020 hurricane season in its early, quieter months, FEMA issued a preparedness tip pointing out the difference between a hurricane watch and hurricane warning, so that when the time comes, residents will have information that can help keep them safe.

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