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System Moving across Atlantic Likely Developing into Tropical Depression

Showers and thunderstorms associated with a low pressure area a few hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands continued to show signs of organization Tuesday and are given a high chance of tropical formation through the next week.

VING Members Receive COVID Vaccine Mandated by Pentagon

Previously unvaccinated members of the V.I. National Guard have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at U.S. Virgin Islands Community Vaccination Centers last week, a dose mandated by the Department of Defense.

Senators Learn of Option to Offset Employee Health Insurance Increase

The Senate Committee of the Whole on Tuesday reviewed the government’s group insurance agreement renewals during a hearing at which the lawmakers learned of an option for offsetting a portion of the $5.6 million increase.

Local Artist Competes in International ArtPrize

Local artist and educator Niarus Walker yielded to her creative and impulsive nature because, “I thought it would be fun.” Walker entered the open, independently organized international art competition.
Farmer and volunteer Royce Creque (left) of Green Ridge Guava Berry Farm in Bordeaux on St Thomas and Christina Chanes (right) who is the CGTC program coordinator of the UVI project worked together to give fruit trees to 100 farmers and 250 families across the USVI for increased food security. UVI’s Agriculture Experiment Station (AES) staff helped to support the project assisting with distribution on St. Croix.

Program Distributes 850 Fruit Trees in Bid to Boost Food Security

As Virgin Islanders mobilize to demand and act to increase their food security, the University of the Virgin Islands’ Caribbean Green Technology Center and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands teamed up to aid farmers and families by donating more than 850 fruit trees on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.

Congresswoman Plaskett Announces $8M Grant for Lutheran Social Services

Plaskett released the following statement regarding an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands.

VINGA Recognized With 100% Membership Award at Annual Conference

Army and Air National Guard officers from all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia gather to network, set their legislative agenda and hear from America’s civilian and military leaders.

VIHFA Holds Virtual Public Hearings for Development Block Grant Applications, Sept. 14, 15

VIHFA has scheduled a series of public hearings to present projects selected for funding under the Fiscal Year 2021 CDBG grant allocation.

Virgin Islands’ 66th COVID Death Was Vaccinated

The U.S. Virgin Islands is in the bottom five of U.S. states and territories in the rate of residents who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 – 52.4 percent – and recorded its first death of a fully vaccinated patient last week.

Vialet Sees a Bonus for GERS in Proposed FY 2022 Executive Budget

There may be some hope for the Government Employees' Retirement System, Sen. Kurt Vialet said Monday during a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee at which dozens of budget bills were advanced to the Rules and Judiciary Committee.