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From left, Maria Colon-Clarke, Miss VI-PR Friendship 2019 Rosa-Leea Clarke, and DHS Commissioner Kimberly Causey-Gomez make a presentation to senior caregivers on Friday. (Source photo by Elisa McKay)

VIPR Friendship Committee Thanks Caregivers for ‘All the Work They Do’

Members of the Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Committee expressed gratitude to St. Croix’s senior care workers at a ceremony in the gazebo at the Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged.
In a 2012 photo, Rodney Varlack stands in front of one of his vessels, Venture Pride. (St. John Tradewinds photo)

Family and Friends Remember Rodney Varlack’s Life and Legacy

The life of an enterprising and successful Virgin Islander came to an end last week with the death of Rodney Varlack, but his legacy and the impact he had on the islands will live on. Varlack died April 27 on St. John.

Puerto Rican’s Win in Benefits Case Could Aid Territories

A ruling Friday that a Puerto Rican resident can keep $28,000 in disability benefits, rebuffing the U.S. government’s attempt to recoup the amount in a victory hailed as a win for people with disabilities living in territories like the V.I.
'We are hoping for the best, but we are preparing for the worst,' Gov. Albert Bryan said Monday in discussing the new coronavirus. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Bryan Confirms USVI’s Second Case of Coronavirus

The second case of the new coronavirus in the USVI was confirmed Monday by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. The territory’s first case, on St. Croix, was confirmed Friday. Monday’s case is from the St. Thomas/St. John District.
Fort Christiansvaern stands guard over Christiansted Harbor. (Source photo by Bill Kossler)

Plaskett Reintroducing STX National Heritage Area Bill *Update- Bill Now Reintroduced*

In 2002, then-Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen proposed to Congress that St. Croix be designated a National Heritage Area, a site designated by the United States to encourage historic preservation. Delegate Stacey Plaskett is now carrying on that fight by reintroducing the bill this week.

Group Protects V.I. Airports from Dangers Posed by Birds, and Birds from People

Spikes, loud noises and a variety of landscaping measures are among the approaches taken to prevent bird and airplane collisions at airports in the U.S. Virgin Islands, wildlife biologist Shane McKinley said at a Tuesday meeting of the Audubon Society on St. John.
U.S. Geological Survey image shows the location of Tuesday's magnitude 6.5 earthquake.

Magnitude 6.5 Quake Kills One in Puerto Rico *USVI Update*

A severe earthquake registering a 6.5 on the Richter scale, struck Puerto Rico at 3:24 a.m. Tuesday, damaging homes, blocking roads, causing landslides and causing at least one fatality. VITEMA reported there was no tsunami threat.

Plaskett Defends V.I. Cockfighting

After several past efforts, it looks like cockfighting is now banned throughout the United States, including the territories, as of December 20, but not without opposition both here in the USVI and over in neighboring Puerto Rico.
Bamboula dancers perform Friday at Sunny Isle. (Source photo by Elisa McKay)

STX Students Explore their Heritage at Culture Pop-Up Dances of the V.I.

St. Croix students filled the Sunny Isle Amphitheater on Friday, Dec. 13, learning about culture through dance. The spirit and enthusiasm of the youngsters echoed throughout the shopping mall and beckoned shoppers to stop, look and listen.
Now part of Silver Airways, Seaborne still connects the islands of the Caribbean. (Photo submitted by Silver Airways)

Silver Airways Enters Codeshare Partnership with Delta

On Wednesday, the company that a year ago purchased Seaborne Airlines, announced a codeshare partnership with Delta Airlines, creating easier travel from the U.S. mainland to the Caribbean.

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