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Georgia’s Sen. Raphael Warnock to Keynote UVI Commencement

Newly-elected U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock (D–Georgia) will be the keynote speaker at the University of the Virgin Islands' online commencement May 14, the university announced.

New Bishop Takes Post April 17, After Long Service to V.I. Catholics

A long and twisting path led a boy from Cameroon to the U.S. Virgin Islands, but once he arrived, he spent the next 30 years serving its people as a Catholic priest. Now he is about to become the leader of the Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas.

Senate Panel OKs Comprehensive WAPA Oversight Bill

Legislation to provide the Public Service Commission with regulatory powers over the Water and Power Authority has long been discussed by the Legislature. Friday the measure was approved by the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Consumer Affairs.
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Park Service Seeks Community Input on Caneel Bay

The National Park Service wants to hear from you. What do you think should happen with Caneel Bay Resort? The discussion on Caneel’s future will continue at 2 p.m. Saturday during a forum that will air on WTJX Channel 12.

Sarauw Calls V.I. Roads Deplorable, Especially in Frederiksted

Roads in the U.S. Virgin Islands are deplorable, Sen. Janelle Sarauw told Derek Gabriel the acting commissioner of the Department of Public Works, and several members of the Committee on Disaster Recovery and Infrastructure agreed.

V.I. Hospitals Continue to Lose Money

Dr. Luis Amaro, interim Chief Executive Officer of Schneider Regional Medical Center, told the Territorial Hospital Board on Wednesday the projected deficit for Schneider stands at $6 million, but due to non-budgeted COVID expenses and loss of revenue, it could be twice that amount. 
A bustling Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove is on the left, while Frenchman’s Reef, on the right, is unopened and awaiting major repairs that have been delayed by the coronavirus. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

COVID Casualty: Frenchman’s Reef Renovations Paused, Hotel For Sale

Major renovations after the 2017 hurricanes are paused and Marriot Frenchman's Reef, St. Thomas' largest hotel, may be sold in the near future, as owner DiamondRock Hospitality's finances are strained by the pandemic and rise of AirBnB.

Senators Probe Education About School Consolidations, Rebuilding Progress

Senators commended Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin on a detailed presentation Wednesday, although some raised concerns about plans to consolidate USVI schools, contractors leaving jobs unfinished and the pace of rebuilding since the hurricanes of 2017.

Watershed Project Aims to Improve Water Quality in the Territory

A FEMA-funded project begun in March is devising a watershed plan for the territory because heavy rainfall is not soaking into the ground in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Andres Torizzo, president of Watershed Consulting, told St. Croix businesspeople at a virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday.

New Day Café and Workshop Set to Open in May

The New Day Café and Workshop, a new vocational skills training program on St. John, is getting ready to open its doors in May.

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