Category: Education News

UVI WORKSHOP: Pruning Trees Is of Supreme Importance Especially After A Hurricane

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] FREDERIKSTED — The University of the Virgin Islands’ Cooperative Extension Service (UVI-CES) – Agriculture and Natural Resources Program will hold a tree pruning workshop entitled, “How to Correctly and Safely Prune Trees.” The workshops will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Research and Extension Center, Room 133, on […]

UVI’s Youth Ocean Explorers Program To Expand Thanks to Donation From Tropical Shipping-Saltchuk

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] FREDERIKSTED — Each summer the Youth Ocean Explorers (YOE) Program educates middle school and high school youth about the marine ecosystems that surround the territory. Coral reefs and vital marine habitats come to life when students explore the marine environment and hear from leading experts working in eco fields. Thanks […]

SMALL POTATOES: Claude Walker Goes After Senator’s Wife For Allegedly ‘Borrowing’ Money From School’s Safe

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The wife of a sitting Virgin Islands Senator is under territorial investigation in connection with missing funds at the junior high school where she is the principal. Lisa Forde, the wife of  St. Thomas Sen. Jean Forde and principal of Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, is under investigation […]

Acting U.S. Secretary of Education Jason Botel Weighs in on State of Territory’s Schools Following Devastating Hurricanes

By ACTING ASSISTANT U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION JASON BOTEL SPECIAL TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS Two trips to the U.S. Virgin Islands opened my eyes to the enormity of the challenges students, educators and families there face, and what lies ahead to reverse the impact of two catastrophic hurricanes on the […]

HURRICANE RECOVERY: Former St. Croix Resident Jessica Joseph Starts College and Career Access Program for Virgin Islanders

BALTIMORE — Some 100 days after Hurricanes Maria and Irma devastated the territory, many students are still struggling to get back into regular school routines. Now some educators from Baltimore are trying to help. These educators have experience helping city students prepare for college, and those skills could help hundreds in the Virgin Islands and […]

BIG UP? Australian Scientists Name High-Spirited, Hairy Spider After Reggae Legend Bob Marley

STEPPIN’ RAZOR (Don’t you watch his size, he’s dangerous, dangerous.): This hairy-looking spider would give anyone the heebie jeebies. Researchers in Australia named him after Bob Marley. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] BRISBANE — Researchers from Queensland Museum have named a bizarre, scuba-diving spider who spends most of its time underwater after reggae legend Bob […]

CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY: ‘Accidental Death’ Ruled In BVI Case Where Mom’s Few Seconds Of Inattention Cost Her Beautiful Toddler Ellie Her Life

ELLIE PERKINS: Died the day before her second birthday in a freak accident as her mother idly chatted to a day care center worker in the British Virgin Islands. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A little girl was crushed to death by the family car a day before her second […]

Devastating ‘White Plague’ Smothering Coral Reefs In Southern Florida and Beyond

Brain Coral (Diploria strigosa) in Juno Beach, FL suffering from White Plague, a disease that has ravaged coral reefs in the Western Atlantic. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] MIAMI — A mysterious epidemic continues to sweep South Florida’s reefs, transforming corals into lifeless skeletons and threatening undersea structures that support tourism, provide hurricane protection and […]

OPINION: Puerto Rican Americans Can’t Be Second-Class Citizens Forever … Now’s The Time To Do The Right Thing By Its People

[ad name=”HTML-68″]   [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] By JACQUELINE N. FONT-GUZMAN SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS SAN JUAN — Hurricanes do more than destroy homes, daily routines, power lines, agriculture, communication systems and levees. Hurricanes unveil unequal power dynamics, crush souls and create narratives, such as: “Puerto Ricans are American citizens.” This is dangerous and […]

GOVERNMENT HOUSE: WAPA Needs 50 Flagmen and You Don’t Need A High School Diploma To Get The Job

MERRY CHRISTMAS: Gov. Kenneth Mapp is in the holiday spirit early. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED – Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced 50 jobs are available for flagmen to assist in managing traffic as the territory marches forth with power restoration efforts. At Monday’s press briefing at Government House, Mapp said those interested in the positions, which will […]