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CARACAS — Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa Etienne warned that 75 percent of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean has yet to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and reported that PAHO is accelerating its drive to expand vaccine access throughout the region. “Three fourths of people in

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Department of Education’s “No V.I. Child Goes Hungry” Feeding Initiative will operate in both districts beginning September 7, following the suspension of the program in the St. Thomas-St. John District on August 23, due to the rise in COVID-19 cases among the district’s food

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KINGSHILL — The Virgin Islands Department of Education, St. Croix District, is slated to resume school bus service on September13 for general education students in grades PreK-3rd and CTE students enrolled in specific career pathways. Parents of these students are asked to transport their children to and from campuses when

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The Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) condemns the abuse of children in every form and holds the safety and wellbeing of students as top priorities. With the recent arrest of one of our employees for alleged molestation of multiple minors and production of child pornography, my team and I

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The first photos of the St. Thomas track coach accused or raping or molesting at least six CAHS male students in his care at the high school have been released to social media. Many of the photos of Alfredo Bruce Smith, 50, of St. Thomas, show him

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A CAHS track coach who took nude videos of boys’ genitals at the high school and allegedly raped and molested them as well has been arrested by federal authorities. Alfredo Bruce Smith, 50, of St. Thomas, was arrested today on a criminal complaint related to his alleged

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources alerts the community that DPNR offices on St. Thomas located at the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library will be closed to the public next week from today to Wednesday, September 8th to facilitate the department’s relocation.

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KINGSHILL – In partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning (UVI Cell), the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections today celebrated its inaugural graduation of its “Transforming Lives Academy.” The ceremony was held at the John A. Bell Adult Correctional Facility today with staff and

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KINGSHILL — A St. Croix senator teamed up with a Florida-based educational foundation so that local children could get needed school supplies before the start of the school year. Senator Javan James joined with the Hope for N.E.S.T. Foundation distributing free school supplies at the La Reine Chicken Shack on

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GHENT, Belgium -— Llama antibodies could soon be playing a role in the global fight against COVID-19, if clinical trials being conducted by a Belgian biomedical start-up live up to their early promise. Researchers from the VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology in Ghent say antibodies extracted from a llama called

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