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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. said during his weekly COVID-19 update that at this point he is not planning to close the beaches for the long July 4th weekend, but he warned residents to “Mask Up” if they plan to celebrate the holiday at the beach or elsewhere. “The only

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola — The British Virgin Islands has partnered with the United Kingdom to start a Sustainable Fisheries Management program in the Virgin Islands. A grant totaling $391,000 helped facilitate the project. In the latest funding round of the U.K. government-funded Darwin Initiative and its Darwin Plus scheme provides

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BASSETERRE — As iconic as the islands’ pristine beaches and tropical forests, the 60,000-plus green monkeys of St. Kitts and Nevis are a quintessential part of the Caribbean experience for many visitors. But while these photogenic mischief-makers might charm tourists, they pose serious threats to the twin-island Federation. Likely first

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LONDON — British financial institutions that benefited from slavery such as Lloyd’s of London should go further than saying sorry for their role in the Atlantic slave trade and atone for their sins by funding Caribbean development, the region’s countries said. At least 10 million Africans were shackled into the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — An alleged St. Thomas armed robber has been arrested in Maryland and will be brought back to the territory to face charges that he stole $2,000 from a barber shop at gunpoint with an accomplice here, authorities said. Shemar Coward, 20, of Water Bay Condos, was arrested

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KINGSHILL — A St. Croix man who violated a Superior Court restraining order by texting his former girlfriend has been arrested by police, authorities said. Hasani J. Hippolyte, 25, of Bethlehem New Works, was arrested at 5:51 p.m. Saturday and charged with contempt of court-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Census 2020 U.S. Virgin Islands began a massive data collection push this weekend in neighborhoods on St. Thomas and St. Croix, according to Patrice Johnson, spokesperson for Census 2020 USVI. Johnson, in a released statement, said that as part of its census data collection process, Census 2020

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FREDERIKSTED — Department of Human Services (DHS) has released its statutory, licensing requirements, rules, and regulations regarding the re-opening of child care programs and summer camps. “It is critical, especially as we continue to evaluate the safety of group activities and settings during this COVID-19 pandemic, that anyone or any

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Office of Disaster Recovery (ODR) and the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA), in collaboration with WTJX-TV Channel 12 (WTJX) broadcast the June episode of Recovery in Focus last night. Guests for this month’s episode were Daryl Griffith, VIHFA Executive Director, Nelson Petty Jr., Commissioner of the Department

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas airport traveler who packed a gun and ammunition into his checked luggage admitted to his guilt in federal court on Wednesday, authorities said. Wayne Smith pled guilty in U.S. District Court to causing a firearm to be present in a federal facility, U.S. Attorney

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