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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.

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.

Senators Advance Invasive Species Bounty Bill

Legislation to establish an Invasive Species Eradication Community Program – which would incentivize businesses and residents to euthanize invasive species by offering a bounty for wanted pests – was advanced by the Rules and Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

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.

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.

Senate Panel Looks for Programs to Boost Homeownership in V.I.

The V.I. Senate Committee on Finance called on officials from local banks and the V.I. Housing Authority during a hearing on Tuesday to discuss what options are available to help residents seeking to purchase a home.

Temporary Queen Mary to Be Replaced with Pair in Copenhagen and STX

"I Am Queen Mary," a two-story temporary sculpture standing over the Copenhagen harbor since 2018, was removed in December 2020 due to extreme weather damage. The artists are planning to replace the prototype with copies in Copenhagen and St. Croix.

Ferries Between BVI and USVI Resume Operation April 15

International ferry service between the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands will resume on April 15, the V.I. Port Authority and BVI Ports Authority confirmed. Service stopped in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child’s Birth Highlights Territorial Need for Mental Health Services

Suffering from a longstanding neurodevelopmental disorder and homelessness, one month ago a woman gave birth to a child on the sidewalk that runs in front of the hurricane-ravaged structure once used as Addelita Cancryn Junior High School.

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