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Small Agencies Work Together to Protect Environment from Ship Waste

The Virgin Islands relies on a tiny force of individuals to guard it against potential environmental damage from any of the hundreds of cruise ships and other commercial vessels that visit its shores annually – but that line is reinforced by a bulwark of international convention and U.S. controls and authority.
Edward Paul, also known as "Eggnog," was arrested Sunday and charged with homicide. (VIPD photo)

Police Arrest Suspect in STX Homicide

The V.I. Police Department on Sunday arrested Edward Paul, also known as "Eggnog," and charged him with murder in the Saturday morning death of Carlos Enrique Diaz. Paul was arrested by the Major Crime Unit Team at about 2:48 p.m. Sunday at his home in Estate Tulipan Welcome, Christiansted, without incident, the police said.
Gov. Albert Bryan responds to news media questions on his administration’s budget for Fiscal Year 2020 during a Pen and Pad conference Friday at Government House. (Wyndi Ambrose photo)

Bryan: Smaller Government Isn’t Equivalent to Less Money for GERS

Fewer government employees won’t necessarily shrink the dollars headed towards the government’s pension system, Gov. Albert Bryan said Friday during a news conference in which he also discussed openings at the top of the V.I. Port Authority and the West Indian Co., Ltd.
Cosmetic chemist Autumn Blum testifies Monday before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumers and Affairs, describing the toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Ban on Toxic Sunscreen Moves Forward

The Committee on Rules and Judiciary unanimously approved the ban of toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens on Thursday, moving bill 33-0043 forward to the full Senate. If it is enacted before January 2021 it will make the V.I. the first state or territory in the U.S. to have legislation against the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate.

PSC Leaves Fuel Surcharge Unchanged Pending More Information

The Public Services Commission voted Wednesday to keep the Levelized Energy Adjustment Clause unchanged for now. The LEAC is a fuel surcharge on Water...

VITEMA Nominee Says V.I.’s Disaster Response Warehouses Under-Stocked

In a confirmation hearing Thursday, Daryl Jaschen, nominated to direct the V. I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency, said there are deficiencies in the stocking of FEMA warehouses in the territory.
The R.H. Amphlett Leader Justice Complex, home of the Superior Court on St. Croix. (File photo)

Court Orders WICO to Follow Public Records Law

In a four-year-old case, the West Indian Company, Ltd. was ordered last week to adhere to the public records law of the Virgin Islands by Superior Court Judge Robert A Molloy.
Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove has seen a series of renovations after hurricanes Irma and Maria to bring it back to its original grandeur.

Marriott Offers Increase in Employee Mandate for Extension of Incentives

Marriott Ownership Resorts Inc., a subsidiary company of Marriott Vacation Club International, requested an extension of benefits and modifications be made to its application during a meeting with the Virgin Islands Economic Development Commission.
Budget Director Jenifer O’Neal testifies Tuesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Bryan’s Finance Team Presents Budget with Half a Billion in Cuts

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.'s administration is planning about 30 percent cuts in expenditures for Fiscal Year 2020, the governor’s finance team told lawmakers Tuesday, presenting a reduction of more than half a billion dollars compared with the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.
The four graduates from St. Croix Seventh-day Adventist School Class of 2019 share a hug. From left, Mahlana Graham, Shomari Francis, Stacy Frederick, Chanel Aubert.

Op-Ed: Sometimes Religion Gets it Right

A class of four from the St. Croix Seventh-day Adventist School received their entrance tickets to the world of higher education on Sunday with about $242,640 in scholarships. They credit their accomplishments to supernatural powers.

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