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NASSAU — Scientists have recovered the first genetic data from an extinct bird in the Caribbean, thanks to the remarkably preserved bones of a Creighton’s caracara from a flooded sinkhole on Great Abaco Island. Studies of ancient DNA from tropical birds have faced two formidable obstacles. Organic material quickly degrades when

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FREDERIKSTED — The University of the Virgin Islands’ (UVI) Agriculture Experiment Station (AES) has been featured in the August 2019 issue of National Geographic, one of the leading magazines on science, geography, history, and world culture. AES, which features an aquaculture program, is spotlighted in the magazine’s Explore Decoder section with

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FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority Interim Executive Director Adrian Wade Taylor today took steps to mitigate road conditions inside the Anguilla landfill that were hazardous for solid waste haulers. Ongoing inclement weather caused a three-day temporary closure at the facility which adversely affected the St. Croix public.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — After the first human case of leptospirosis was reported in the territory following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the U.S. Virgin Islands arbovirus surveillance system (VIASS) was created to include leptospirosis surveillance and two more cases were identified, according to a study published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. Contaminated cistern water

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CRUZ BAY — The general public is being advised that the Government Complex on St. John will be closed until Wednesday because of an “overspill of raw sewage that affected the offices in the building.” “For us to clean and sanitize the building, we must close the building to the

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FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority said residents reported a “possible” sewer leak in the West End St. Croix town on Monday.  Wastewater crews were dispatched to Frederiksted town, but the situation was abated by the time the crews arrived at the scene. “As of Wednesday morning, conditions

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority said it wanted to advise the St. Thomas community of the Authority’s ongoing measures to mitigate the effects of the sewage flow affecting the homes and businesses in the vicinity of the Savan Gut. The Authority has performed temporary repairs, will

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FREDERIKSTED — The ongoing after effects resulting from the weekend fire at the Angullla Landfill have prompted health concerns for many St. Croix residents. In response to those worries, the Virgin Islands Department of Health is issuing the following health recommendations. Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion has expressed her concern for

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FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority said the Scrap Metal Section of the Anguilla Landfill has been on fire since 3 a.m. today. “The Virgin Islands Fire Service (VIFS), VIWMA contractors and personnel are on scene,” VIWMA said. “VIFS is currently working to contain and suppress the fire.”

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Lawmakers approved a bill that would ban the sale of sunscreens with ingredients that environmentalists say are harming the ocean. The Virgin Islands Legislature on Monday unanimously passed bill number 33-0043, which bans the sale, distribution and import of sunscreen products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. Environmentalists welcomed the

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