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V.I. Ports Maintaining Critical Operations

The Virgin Islands Port Authority does not foresee a shortage of critical, imported supplies over the next month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An aerial photo captures the scene as firefighters battle the blaze that has burned through the roof. (Photo provided by V.I. Fire Services Director Daryl. A. George Sr.)

Blaze Hits Wheatley Shopping Center

A major fire engulfed Wheatley Shopping Center on St. Thomas, wiping out at least one store and extensively damaging others.

Ferries Ask PSC for Cutbacks, Subsidies to Offset Losses

Representatives from the territory’s franchise ferry companies painted a dire picture of operations, which were hard hit by the hurricanes in 2017 and are now “dramatically” impacted by a reduction in travel brought on by local coronavirus response efforts.
Sen. Novelle Francis discusses the federal excise tax on fuel, which he and others think should be repaid to the USVI government. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Legislators Teleconference to Discuss COVID-19

Members of the 33rd Legislature met Wednesday via teleconference to discuss the Legislature’s ongoing response to COVID-19, a response that could include canceling all public events and implementing a territorywide sick leave policy.
The Virgin Islands National Guard greets participants to a tour of the 210th Regional Training Institute, which might be used to support the territory's efforts against the new coronavirus and COVID19. anticipates requests from the Department of Defense for the utilization of VING federal facilities to support local COVID19 requirements. (Photo by Capt. Marcia Bruno)

VING Anticipates Requests to Use Facilities in Fighting Coronavirus

Brig. Gen. Kodjo Knox-Limbacker, adjutant general of the V.I. National Guard on Monday led a staff walk-through of the 210th Regional Training Institute and dining facility at the Estate Bethlehem compound.
Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion and Territorial Epidemiologist Dr. Esther Ellis answer questions about the territory’s ability to respond to a local coronavirus outbreak. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Still No Coronavirus Cases in Territory; Tourism Worries About Cruise Traffic

Health officials said Monday no cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tourism officials also expressed concern about a statement from the U.S. State Department urging people to avoid taking cruises.

WAPA Issues 60-Day Bill, Offers Payment Plan

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority will issue bills in March that represent a sixty-day service period and will offer a payment plan. The Authority is rebuilding and restoring both its automated metering and billing systems.
Artist's conception of the COVID-19 virus. (Shutterstock image)

V.I. Health Officials Report No Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus

There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the V.I. Department of Health reported in a news release issued Thursday.

Local Sailor at Top of Racing Profession

Today, top sailors are full-time professional athletes, and Virgin Islander Taylor Canfield, 31, is at the height of his profession. Canfield holds a reputation among sailors for winning multiple world championships in multiple boats since 2013.
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin testifies during Tuesday’s Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development meeting. (V.I. Leguslature photo)

VIDE Tells Senate $5 Million in Grants Have Expired

Almost $5 million from federal grants to the V.I. Department of Education expired in 2019, Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin told the Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development Tuesday.

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