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Kamal Latham, CEO of the Economic Development Authority, testifies at Tuesday’s Finance Committee hearing. (V.I. Legislature Photo)

Skeptical Lawmakers Call EDA Projections ‘Fluff’

Lawmakers on Tuesday expressed incredulity at projections issued by the V.I. Economic Development Authority, with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Kurt Vialet (D-STX) calling agency leadership’s goal of attracting 25 new investor applications in a year “fluff.”
Archaeological technician Amelia Jansen of the National Park Service Southeast Archaeological Center talks about the excavation of what might have been a utilitarian area for holding water, perhaps for watering livestock or washing clothes. As the NPS is able to receive grants, the progress of unearthing this part of Crucian history will continue. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Ancient Footprints – Lots of Archeology Happening on St. Croix

National Park Service archaeologist Meredith Hardy and technician Amelia Jansen shared some of the most recent finds at the Christiansted National Historic Site at an open house last week.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria inflicted heavy damage on the cabins at the Virgin Islands Environmental Research Station at Lameshur Bay.

Clarification: FEMA Prepares Grant to Restore St. John Research Station

A historic St. John research station once used by deep sea adventurers in the 1960s will be brought back from the devastation of back-to-back hurricanes in 2017.
Behind the childcare facility a playground is near completion, needing only grass and foliage to be added. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

UVI Opens Childcare Center

The University of the Virgin Island’s unveiled its new childcare center, which planners hope will aid students who need help obtaining care for their little ones while attending classes. UVI President David Hall said the center was a culmination of 10 years of efforts.
RTPark Executive Director Peter Chapman introduces new programs to the public. (Susan Ellis photo)

RT Park Introduces New Programs and Staff to Community

The new staff at the V.I. Research and Technology Park introduced two new programs, Tuesday to promote budding entrepreneurs and assist young Virgin Islanders with a technology background in finding jobs in the territory.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with St. John artist Kurt Marsh, Jr. about preserving arts and culture post-hurricanes.

Continued Conversation is Key to a Resilient Caribbean, CGI Speakers Say

Two sessions that looked at small business development and climate change continued a conversation on resiliency between regional leaders and potential partners that Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said may not happen often but which he called critical to each island being able to respond better each time disaster strikes and recover more quickly.

Students Ignite Minds Through Innovations, Explorations at STEAM Day

Over 300 students from public, private and parochial schools in the St. Thomas-St. John (STSJ) District participated in STEAM Day (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics) at UVI on May 24.
Former President Bill Clinton meets with community members, including India Association president Pash Daswani, to talk about hurricane recovery issues.

New Action Plans Likely at Clinton Initiative Conference on STT

On Monday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 4, former President Bill Clinton will host the fourth meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, at the University of the Virgin Islands' St. Thomas campus.
Gov. Albert Bryan, the first elected governor to graduate from the University of the Virgin Islands, and attorney Bakari Sellers, keynote speaker for the UVI commencement.

Bakari Sellers Keynotes UVI Commencement

Commencement exercises at the University of the Virgin Islands saw 195 students on the St. Thomas campus turn towards the future Friday. The grads were hailed for their determination, as a class that persisted through hard times.

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