HURRICANE SAM INTENSIFIES RAPIDLY, STORM TRACKING WEST NORTHWEST, BUT FUTURE PATH STILL UNCERTAIN

VI CONSORTIUM Hurricane Sam is rapidly intensifying and the National Hurricane Center is projecting that the storm — sustaining 85 mph as of 5:00 p.m. Friday — will become a major hurricane by Saturday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward to 15 miles, and tropical storm-force winds outward to 60 miles. According to Yale University’s Climate Connections, … Continued

DEMOCRATIC PARTY CALLS FOR BLYDEN TO BE SANCTIONED, SLAMS SENATOR AS ‘SELFISH AND CARELESS’

VI CONSORTIUM The Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands on Friday castigated party member Senator Marvin Blyden, condemning the Senate majority leader for putting Virgin Islanders at “deadly risk,” and for acting “selfish and careless” when he attended a function with scores of people last Saturday after testing positive for Covid-19 two days earlier. “The … Continued

PARADE AND BAKE OFF TO HEADLINE WORLD FOOD DAY ACTIVITIES

The Ministry of Health and Social Development will be launching a parade and health fair for adults and children as part of activities to observe World Food Day on October 16. The events are being organised for residents to address issues related to their overall health and well-being in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic … Continued

TROPICAL STORM SAM FORMS

ABC 25 WPBF Tropical Storm Sam formed today Thursday. It is the 18th named storm of the season. Tropical storms Peter and Rose formed over the weekend, but have been downgraded to depressions. The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor one other disturbance that could become a tropical depression in the Atlantic. None of them … Continued

USVI: 69TH COVID-RELATED DEATH IN USVI IS 51-YEAR-OLD MAN

VI Consortium The V.I. Dept. of Health Tuesday night announced the 69th Covid-19 related death in the U.S. Virgin Islands, an announcement that came just hours after the department announced the 68th death related to the virus. “After further investigating cause of death and ensuring notification of next of kin, the Virgin Islands Department of … Continued

VI REMINDED TO STAY READY DURING HURRICANE SEASON PEAK

His Excellency the Governor John Rankin continues to urge residents of the Virgin Islands to Be Ready for the possibility of a tropical storm or hurricane as the Atlantic basin remains active. “History shows us that September brings more storm activity than any other time of the year. The best way to protect lives and livelihoods from … Continued

HAITIAN MIGRANTS BEING RELEASED INTO U.S. ON A ‘VERY, VERY LARGE SCALE’ DESPITE ADMINISTRATION’S ASSURANCES

Yahoo News Thousands of Haitian migrants who were camped under a bridge in Texas have reportedly been released into the U.S., despite the Biden administration’s assurances that they would be removed from the country. A U.S. official reportedly told the Associated Press that the migrants are being released into the country on a “very, very … Continued

USVI: 61-YEAR-OLD IS 68TH PERSON TO DIE OF COVID RELATED COMPLICATIONS IN USVI

VI CONSORTIUM The V.I. Department of Health on Tuesday announced the 68th Covid-related death in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “After further investigating cause of death and ensuring notification of next of kin, the Virgin Islands Department of Health is saddened to confirm the territory’s sixty-eighth death related to Covid-19. The deceased is a 61-year-old female … Continued

SENATE PRESIDENT CALLS BLYDEN COVID SCANDAL ‘EGREGIOUS,’ CONVENES ETHICS COMMITTEE, FILES COMPLAINT

VI CONSORTIUM Senator Marvin Blyden may be stripped of his Majority Leader position in the Senate, following Mr. Blyden’s flouting of the V.I. Dept. of Health’s Covid-19 protocols after he admitted to testing positive twice the same day for Covid-19 and attending a party two days later. The Office of the Senate President Donna Frett-Gregory … Continued