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VITEMA: Commercial 911 Language Service Has Advantages Over Hiring Bilingual

The U.S. Virgin Island's 911 call centers, first put in place in 2009,  has long sought more bilingual or multilingually proficient operators to help serve the territory's large Spanish and smaller French Creole speaking populations.

Fire Service Struggling With EMS Training Hurdles, Officials Tell Senate

The Virgin Islands Fire Service is working on a decade-old goal to merge Emergency Medical Services into its operations, out from its traditional home within the Department of Health, and cross-train firefighters in Emergency Medical Response.

Grounded Cafe Offers St. Croix a Coffee Experience with Roots

Grounded Cafe on St. Croix offers a fine coffee experience in three locations – growing in just a few years from one to three outlets – and owner Reginald Perry has his sites set higher. “We would love to be the Starbucks of the Caribbean,” Perry said,
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Citizens Petitioning Federal Government to Return Tax to Territory

Randolph Thomas, a government retiree, is familiar with the financial challenges the territory faces, is circulating a petition asking the federal government to pay what he estimates as $7 billion it owes the territory in unpaid excise taxes.

Controversial St. Croix refinery ceases operations given ‘extreme financial constraints’

Monday's announcement suggests that the refinery, which now owes tens of millions of dollars to contractors and faces multiple class-action lawsuits from residents, might never restart.

Cloudiness, Passing Showers Likely on Tuesday

  Cloudiness moving in from the east may bring some passing showers to the local area on Tuesday. Daytime highs are expected to reach the upper 80s to low 90s with winds from the east at 10-20 miles per hour with higher gusts. Seas to six feet and winds to 20 knots are likely Tuesday. There is a moderate risk of rip currents across the territorial coastlines. IN THE TROPICS A tropical wave located about 650 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms. Some additional development of this disturbance will be possible during the next couple of days before upper-level winds become less conducive for further organization by Thursday. The system is expected to move westward to west-northwestward at 15-20 miles per hour. Sunrise: 5:45 a.m. Sunset: 6:59 p.m. OBSERVATIONS AT THE 3D MANDAHL WEATHER STATION Monday's high temperature: 86 degrees at 11:48 a.m. Monday's low temperature: 77 degrees at 5:38 a.m. Peak wind gust: 20 miles per hour at 10:27 a.m. 24-hour rainfall: 0.01 inches Month rain: 3.78 inches Year rain: 12.92 inches

Governor Says Limetree’s Decision to Shut Down Was Not a Surprise

At 6 a.m. Monday, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. learned that the Limetree Bay Refinery would be shut down, affecting as many as 800 jobs directly and indirectly. It did not come as a big surprise, the governor said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

PSC Approves 2.3-Cent Increase in Electric LEAC

At the bottom end of a six-hour meeting Monday, Public Services Commission members approved a 17.215-cent electric levelized energy adjustment clause rate, an increase of about 2.3-cents per kilowatt hour.

Bryan, Encarnacion Report Drop in USVI’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate

The COVID-19 positivity rate in the U.S. Virgin Islands dropped from 4 percent last week to 1.87 percent this week, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. reported Monday.

Tropical Wave Producing Disorganized Storms, Could Bring Rain to Region

A tropical wave about 750 miles east southeast of the Windward Islands that produced showers and a few thunderstorms Monday afternoon is unlikely to develop into a tropical storm, but is still likely to bring rain and rough weather across the USVI.

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