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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.

Limetree Closing Permanently Due to ‘Financial Constraints’

Limetree Bay Refinery's parent company Limetree Bay Energy announced Monday it is “suspending its plans to restart the refinery indefinitely, due to severe financial constraints.”

Disaster Recovery Office Spent $2 Billion of $8 Billion Fed Aid

The Disaster Recovery Office, set up after the devastating twin hurricanes of 2017, has spent $1.94 billion and obligated $4.45 billion, or more than 56 percent of the anticipated $8 billion in federal disaster recovery funds appropriated for the territory.

VIPD Overtime Costs Have Not Disappeared

After V.I. Police Department Commissioner Trevor Velinor testified during Thursday’s budget hearing, it was clear the struggle with employee overtime costs plaquing the department has persisted despite the prior fiscal year’s radical 42 percent drop in overtime.

Juneteenth Now a National and USVI Holiday – Government On Leave Friday

President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing Juneteenth, on June 19 as a national holiday and Gov. Albert Bryan followed suit in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Stopping at St. Thomas July 6

About 15-20 ships, almost half of the Royal Caribbean Group’s fleet, will be deployed in the Eastern Caribbean this year, starting on July 6 with a stop on St. Thomas, according to cruise line officials.

STT COVID-19 Infection Rate Surges Despite Vaccine Availability

There are 92 active COVID-19 cases as of June 15 and the numbers are rising, the Health Department said in a statement Wednesday. The territory marked its 30th death from the infectious disease on Monday.

Two-Day Fete Planned for St. John 4th of July Weekend; Vaccinations Please

An early July weekend of culture and fun, celebrating V.I. Emancipation Day and U.S. Independence Day, are in the works for the island of St. John. Vaccinations are required for in-person events.

DLCA Contends With Staff Shortages and Board Vacancies

A budget hearing on Wednesday revealed over 40 Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs vacancies stretched throughout department staff, distinct Trade Boards, and 12 other boards and commissions.

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