Category: Health News

Hurricane Irma Projected To Make First Landfall In The Caribbean As A Cat 5 Storm At Barbuda, Then Sint Maarten

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Hurricane Irma is expected to strengthen into a massive Category 5 storm before it passes near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Irma was 538 miles east of St. Croix at 7 a.m. today. Hurricane force winds extend out 45 miles from its center of circulation and tropical storm force […]

VITEMA Offers Sandbags … Department of Health Says That It Is Prepositioning Ambulances In Advance of Hurricane Irma

[ad name=”HTML-68″] FREDERIKSTED — With the territory likely to sustain at least tropical storm force winds from Hurricane Irma, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) said Sunday that sandbag distribution will begin territory-wide 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The agency gave a list of locations where the sandbags can be collected: St. Croix: […]

Health Commissioner Michelle Davis Does Walk-Thru Of Juan Luis Hospital And Pronounces It ‘Fit For The Living And The Dead’

ME NO SEE NOTHIN’: Dr. Michelle Davis says that she would send all of her stateside relatives to the Juan F. Luis Hospital in St. Croix if they were gravely ill … and expect that they would make a full recovery. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED —  Health Commissioner, Michelle S. Davis, PhD, met with the Acting […]

Mapp Tells Government Retirees That He Will Have To Drastically Slash Their Health Care Benefits If His Government Is To Survive Budget Shortfalls

SMOKE AND MIRRORS: Gov. Kenneth Mapp tells radio DJ Addie Ottley that he will have to drastically cut health care benefits to retirees in order to keep his government out of bankruptcy. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – In an effort to reduce much of the government’s cost of health insurance benefits, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said […]

Hull Bay Residence Catches On Fire But Firefighters’ Swift Response Saves St. Thomas House On Thursday Night

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A unit from the Echo Company Fire Station responded to a residential fire in Estate Hull about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Once on the scene, fire personnel observed flames coming from the side of the residence. Upon making entry into the home, they further observed the fire spreading from the […]

Mapp: V.I. Children Of Low-Income Parents Are Now Eligible For Increased Medical Insurance Benefits From The Federal Government

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Children of low-income parents will be able to apply for increased medical insurance benefits from the federal government starting on Oct. 1. The V.I. Department of Education will play a key role in helping the local government to identify children who will be eligible for federally subsidized healthcare coverage under […]

BREAKING NEWS: Puerto Rico Makes It Illegal To Smoke In Cars With Minors Present

SAN JUAN –  The U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico has made it a crime to smoke inside a vehicle if one of the passengers is younger than 18. The island’s Health Department said Sunday that violators will face a $250 penalty for violating the law. Officials said 10 percent of money collected from those fines […]

FOR THE BIRDS? Mapp Went To Denver Airport To Find Ways To Reduce ‘Bird Strikes’ On Aircraft Flying To To St. Thomas And St. Croix

CHARLOTTE AMALIE –  Is this for the birds? Or not? Gov. Kenneth Mapp says that he wants to improve airport operations at the Cyril E. King International and Henry E. Rohlsen airports in St. Thomas and St. Croix. Most importantly, Mapp said that he saw a “grave danger” to aircraft flying in to the territory from […]

Bulletproof 360 Collagen Protein Bars, Bites Sold In The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Are Being Recalled

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Protein bars and bites from  Bulletproof 360 are being recalled because they were made with cashew butter that may be contaminated with Listeria. The Washington state-based company said that the bars and bites were sold in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, among other places nationally and internationally. Five varieties are part […]

SPECIAL REPORT: Shunned From Bond Market, Territory Will See If It Can Float Itself Out Of Its Cash Crisis

A nurse stands next to closed toilets at the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center in Estate Diamond near the Sunny Isle Shopping Center on St Croix. (PHOTO BY: Alvin Baez/Reuters) CHRISTIANSTED — For a glimpse at the precarious financial health of St. Croix, visit its public hospital. Pipes underneath the emergency room collapsed in […]