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Sen. Steven Payne Sr., chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Justice, Public Safety, and Veterans’ Affairs, speaks during Tuesday’s committee meeting. (Photos by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Crime Stats Show No Spike During COVID-19 Crisis, AG Tells Senators

The U.S. Virgin Islands does not seem to have recorded a spike in crime during the two months since at state of emergency was declared over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rasheed Baker helps set up lunches for distribution at My Brothers Workshop and Cafe. (Photo provided by My Brothers Workshop)

World Center Kitchen Partners with My Brothers Workshop for COVID Response

Chrystie Payne of My Brothers Workshop, took a chance and reached out to the international World Center Kitchen for help feeding needy Virgin Islanders.
Haley Jennings’ first-place artwork is titled “So is this what the world has come to?” (Image from the Virgin Islands Council of the Arts)

Winner of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition Announced

Haley Jennings, a student artist at Antilles School, won two top prizes in the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. The competition honors more than 400 students from every U.S. Congressional District.
St. Thomas GERS building (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

GERS Board Recommended Benefit Cut Effective Jan. 1

The board of the Government Employees Retirement system has recommended a 42 percent reduction in practically all benefit payments. The reduction would take effect on Jan. 1.
Ira Buchion (Photo by Clay Jones)

Clay Jones Homeless Project: Ira Buchion

This is the fifth in a series of short portraits by Clay Jones, the stories of the men and women Jones has known and photographed over many years.

Op-ed: Eid al-Fitr, a Beautiful Celebration Filled with Joy for Muslims

Eid al Fitr is coming soon; this is a holiday that Muslims celebrate at the ending of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Eid al Fitr will begin the evening of Saturday, May 23.
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. updated the public Friday on the territory’s COVID-19 response efforts.

Bills for New Office of Gun Violence Prevention, Behavioral Health in...

Coming on the heels of back-to-back incidents of gun violence on St. Croix, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said that a bill setting up a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention will use a community-based approach to policing local neighborhoods, while another bill will look at proactively treating behavioral health issues that can be linked to criminal activity.

Cruise Line Offers Territory Floating Hospital and Hotel

The Virgin Islands may see its first floating hotel operation in the harbor of St. Thomas courtesy of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line CEO Oneil Khosa, who has offered to temporarily supply a ship to help boost tourism after the COVID-19 pandemic dies down.

Rotary West Distributes Hand Sanitizer on St. Croix

Around 35 members of the Rotary Club of St. Croix West have been delivering protective face masks to some of the most vulnerable residents on St. Croix.
Neat lines of produce are planted at Ridge to Reef Farm. (Photo courtesy of Ridge to Reef Farm Director Nate Olive)

Territory’s Farmers Are Skeptical of Promised Federal COVID-19 Relief

Farmers in the territory have been told that to apply for the assistance from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program they must go to their local Farm Service Agency office, but only one such office exists in the territory.

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