Frozen veggies, smoothies recalled ...

Frozen veggies, smoothies recalled over listeria

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs issued an advisory Friday that Inventure Foods, a Georgia food distributor, is recalling its Fresh Frozen line of frozen vegetables and select varieties of its Jamba "At Home" smoothie ingredients. In its

Horace Inniss Jr. Services will be held today for Horace Inniss Jr. A wake was scheduled for Friday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wiseman Mortuary, 431 Cumberland Street, Fayetteville, N.C. From 10 to 11 a.m. today a viewing is being held at the Freewi

Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed a proclamation Friday giving non-essential government workers paid administrative leave for some of the events of the 2015 Carnival. According to the proclamation: - Non-essential government employees in the St. Thomas-St. John D

ST. THOMAS - The governor wasn't joking Friday night when he said the aroma of goat water was almost too tempting for him during the Carnival Village grand opening and dedication ceremony. Vendors and stage hands worked in the sun throughout the day Frid
Boat was damaged but didn't sink in...

Boat was damaged but didn't sink in collision, police say

More details have emerged about the ferry accident in the British Virgin Islands on Thursday morning that damaged a tall ship from the U.S. Virgin Islands. At about 5 a.m. Thursday, the Virgin Gorda-based barge Princess Samasiah collided with the Talofa,

ST. THOMAS - The late Cleve "Grapo" Turnbull was a young man when he took an art class in the 1970s, but his family knew he'd been drawing and sketching all his life. "He drew and painted from elementary school," said son Caleve Turnbull. "He was really


Gifft Hill School?s Energy Initiati...

Gifft Hill School?s Energy Initiative Will Save More Than $1 Million Over 20 Years


Gifft Hill School will save more than $46,000 per year on energy costs with new solar system.


GIFFT HILL ? Gifft Hill School has installed an Energy Initiative that will provide significant future savings and ultimately zero out the electric bill at the Upper Campus. A committee comprised of staff and trustees has been working hard on this project, which includes energy saving efforts, equipment retrofits, and a net-metered solar system.

For the initial phase of the Energy Initiative, ProSolar Systems installed 285 energy efficient LED bulbs at the Upper Campus over spring break. Last week, ProSolar installed three inverters and 126 solar panels and Angel Electric performed electrical work on a new 35 kW solar system.

The system, which became fully operational on April 14, supplements the school?s existing 12 kW array. The Energy Initiative will allow the school to save more than $46,000 per year, with a cumulative project value of $1.27 million over 20 years.

A monitoring system will be installed the week of April 20 and will provide the school with real-time tracking of electricity production and consumption. Data collected by the monitoring system will help inspire further energy savings and will be used for analysis and problem-solving in GHS science and math classes.

Gifft Hill School?s goal is to raise $153,000 to fully fund the project. GHS has received $91,000 in gifts and pledges to date and is continuing to fundraise to complete the final phase of the initiative, which involves further retro-fitting of the Upper Campus with more energy-efficient equipment, as well as costs associated with maintenance of the new equipment over the next 20 years.

Gifft Hill School is the only preschool through high school program on St. John, currently serving more than 160 students.

EPA Honors U.S. Virgin Islands Envi...

EPA Honors U.S. Virgin Islands Environmental Champions

New York, N.Y. ? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has honored three individuals and organizations from across the U.S. Virgin Islands with Environmental Champion Awards for their achievements in protecting public health and the environment. EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by Donovan Richards, Chair of the New York City Council's Committee on Environmental Protection, to present the awards to this year?s recipients at a ceremony at the EPA?s offices in Manhattan. 

?The EPA is thrilled to honor the work of these environmental trailblazers,? said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. ?These Virgin Islanders work tirelessly to protect human health and the environment, inspiring us all to strive for a more sustainable future.?

The Environmental Champion Award winners from the U.S. Virgin Islands (in alphabetical order) are: Caribbean Solar CompanySt. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Since its founding in 2012, Caribbean Solar Company has installed over 500,000 watts of solar energy and helped offset 576 tons of CO2. The company built a reputation as a high quality solar installer in the Virgin Islands. The Islands have one of the highest electricity rates in the world and alternatives, such as solar energy, can make the utility considerably more affordable. Caribbean Solar Company provides financing options that offer the possibility of going solar to a broad base of island residents.

Senator Justin Harrigan Sr. Recogni...

Senator Justin Harrigan Sr. Recognizes Timothy Theodore Duncan Day

ST. THOMAS ? Senator Justin Harrigan, Sr. reminds residents that Saturday, April 25 is observed as Timothy Theodore Duncan Day in the territory in recognition and appreciation of the contributions of this native son in the field of sports, particularly basketball.

"I would like to extend birthday greetings to Timothy Duncan who celebrates his birthday on April 25,? Harrigan said. ?I also commend him for his continued outstanding performances with the San Antonio Spurs.?

Harrigan said when Virgin Islanders succeed abroad they serve as ambassadors for the territory. Every time they are honored, their place of birth is mentioned, and the territory, whose main industry is tourism, gets attention, the senator continued.

In 1998, the 22nd Legislature of the Virgin Islands adopted a bill sponsored by then Senator Judy M. Gomez to declare April 25th of each year as ?Timothy Theodore Duncan Day? in recognition of the contributions that Duncan has made. It was then signed into law by former Governor Roy L. Schneider.

Harrigan encourages the Commissioners of the Department of Tourism and Sports, Parks and Recreation to publicize and organize events throughout the territory as mandated by the law.

?This is a wonderful way of showing tribute to one of our own, who has been a good role model for our youth,? Harrigan said. ?Also, by recognizing this day, we showcase the talents that can be found in these islands.?



Family Continues Recovery Vigil for...

Family Continues Recovery Vigil for Inner Visions Reggae Legend Phillip ?Grasshopper? Pickering


Phillip "Grasshopper" Pickering


SAN JUAN, PR ? The father of Inner Visions reggae artist Phillip ?Grasshopper? Pickering says his son?s condition is showing improvement since he was transferred to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Puerto Rico.

Jens Pickering says Grasshopper?s mother, Irma, is at his bedside, overseeing his recovery from a sudden illness that struck the renowned St. Johnian musician in late March.

?He?s in stable condition. He still is not talking yet. He]s doing a little bit better in Puerto Rico than he was in St. Thomas,? Jens Pickering said.

The well-known St. John musician and community activist was transferred to Puerto Rico April 5 after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Schneider Regional Medical Center in late March. Brother and Inner Visions band mate Alvin ?Jupiter? Pickering said different family members are planning to take turns at Grasshopper?s beside, keeping watch over his progress.

?Everything?s in God?s hands now,? his father said.

Several community fundraising events have taken place since Pickering was stricken.

Organizers of an event last weekend to raise funds to cover expenses for transportation and other costs say they met with success. According to Adonis Morton, one of the entertainers at the April 11 fundraiser, close to $10,000 was collected.

Morton called it a great event, produced in the spirit of a community coming together.

St. John Dial-A-Ride Program for Se...

St. John Dial-A-Ride Program for Seniors Cancelled in ?Crisis Mode? Over Funding


Seniors arrive at Adrian Senior Center with assistance of Program Manager and driver Dean Thomas.


CRUZ BAY ? The St. John Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART) and Supportive Services program of the St. John Community Foundation is being forced to cancel services until Legislative Funding is processed through the Departments of Human Services and Property and Procurement.

?It is most unfortunate that this is taking place now, just two weeks before Older Americans month, a time set aside for the nation to recognize the valuable contributions our seniors have made to all generations,? Celia Kalousek, Director of the St. John Community Foundation, told St. John Tradewinds.St. John Dial-A-Ride Transportation and Supportive Services program of the St. John Community Foundation has been in ?crisis mode for the past several months,? according to Kalousek.  

?As it stands now, our elderly, disabled and disadvantaged community members will not only be deprived of the reliable and compassionate services needed to get to vital medical appointments, congregate meal sites, social activities and shopping? Kalousek exclaimed.

?But they will also be denied the ability to be transported via the SJCF DART bus to get to the events and activities meant to honor them unless the funding that was promised last year is released,? the community activist added.

Program in ?Crisis Mode? ?Although services have been limited (much to the dismay of the seniors) we have been able to hold off on closing the program until now, because we believed the promises that the reimbursement of program expenses accumulated since October 2014 are imminent....but there seems to be one delay after another,? Kalousek wrote St. John Tradewinds on Friday, April 17.

On April 9, Kalousek attended a St. John Town Hall meeting to make a plea to the Senators present to see if they do anything to help speed up the processing of the funds that the Senate allocated to the St. John Community Foundation to provide essential St. John Dial-A-Ride Transportation and

Federal Investigation of Toxic Pest...

Federal Investigation of Toxic Pesticide Gas Confirms Island Professional?s Predictions

Methyl bromide is a pesticide gas released from pressurized canisters, above, with strictly limited uses.

CRUZ BAY ? As the Delaware family of four poisoned by their exposure to a highly toxic chemical gas on St. John in late March continues to deal with their on-going medical crisis, the government investigation into the lax controls on the toxic fumigant is confirming initial St. John Tradewinds reports on the incident.

Federal and V.I. officials have been conducting a high-profile investigation of methyl bromide usage and storage by exterminating companies in the region while withholding the names of some of the companies investigated for their use of the highly-regulated pesticide.  Authorities are investigating the handling and sales of the pesticide in Puerto Rico ?specifically sales to Virgin Islands exterminating companies ? and the storage, handling and application of the highly-toxic chemical in the USVI.

Shortly after the tragic exposure of the family to the highly toxic Methyl Bromide gas, St. John Solutions owner Todd Roskin predicted what federal investigators would find when they traced the source of the gas used in a neighboring unit of the condominium project where the family had rented.

?My guess is that it came from Puerto Rico,? the pest control professional said in late March of the highly toxic methyl bromide which is ?banned? from use in structures but has industrial and agricultural fumigation applications.

?My guess is they have a lot,? Roskin added presciently.

EPA Announces Findings?A federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigation has determined that the pesticide used in the U.S. Virgin Islands came from licensed distributors in Puerto Rico,? EPA officials announced April 17. EPA notified the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture, which has direct enforcement authority for pesticide use violations, according to an EPA press release.

?The Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture and EPA are gathering information from pesticide suppliers and applicators of methyl bromide products in Puerto Rico regarding their distribution or use of the products,? the EPA statement continued.

?That investigation has revealed evidence that methyl bromide has been used improperly in Puerto Rico,? the report added. ?Documents suggest that methyl bromide may have been improperly applied at various locations in Puerto Rico. EPA is working closely with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to follow up on any possible health effects.?

Intrigue Deepens at Republican Comm...

Intrigue Deepens at Republican Committee in Virgin Islands

The creation of Virgin Islands Republican Party PAC was news to many prominent Virgin Island Republicans. Now it seems to be a source of conflict.
A Major Addition to Virgin Islands ...

A Major Addition to Virgin Islands Park

The National Park Service recently purchased the beach at Maho Beach and its surrounding hillside for the Virgin Islands National Park.
Accommodations | A Virgin Islands G...

Accommodations | A Virgin Islands Getaway Where Richard Branson Is Your Landlord

The Virgin Group tycoon unveils his new $60,000 rental on Necker Island, which replaces the mansion that burned in a fire in 2011.
N.E.A. Grants Aim to Reach Those Wi...

N.E.A. Grants Aim to Reach Those With Limited Access to the Arts

A concerts series for veterans and an exhibition of work by artists with disabilities are among the projects awarded grants.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Vir...

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Virgin Islands

Better than boating or diving, paddle boarding is a 360-degree experience, with vistas of land and sea all around.
Rum Battle in Caribbean Leaves Tax ...

Rum Battle in Caribbean Leaves Tax Hangover

Rum has set off a dispute between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over a tax the U.S. treasury collects on it.

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