ST. THOMAS - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has terminated its provider agreement with Sea View Nursing Home on St. Thomas, and the facility has withdrawn its appeal over its closing.
The nursing home has submitted a "notice of closure" to CMS, meaning the only privately owned nursing home in the territory has agreed to shut its doors.
CMS spokeswoman Reina Becnel said in an email that the actions came "after many years of serious quality of care and safety deficiencies" at Sea View.
ST. THOMAS - Changes in the law are resulting in more domestic violence arrests across the territory.
"It's also being reported more," said V.I. Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. "We are responding, following through and making the arrests."
If a police or other law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe a person is a domestic violence victim, an arrest is made and the apprehended must go before a judge before bail is set, Richards said.
ST. THOMAS - Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter says the Division of Banking and Insurance is working with two large insurance companies - Anthem and Cigna - as the two firms iron out Anthem's $48 billion purchase of Cigna.
Cigna carries the lion's share of Virgin Island government health insurance policies.
"I have submitted to Anthem and Cigna two issues for their consideration prior to the finalization of the acquisition," he said. "The issues are: whether Anthem will submit bids in the future to provide similar or better health insurance coverage for government employees and retirees under age 65, and, secondly, will Anthem offer individual health insurance plans in the territory?"
ST. THOMAS - The new acting director of the Virgin Islands Fire Service said he had not expected to be offered the leadership position so quickly after nominee Eugene Farrell was rejected by the Senate.
"I thought it was just going to be a conversation," Captain and Fire Marshal Clifford Joseph told The Daily News. "But it is what it is."
Joseph, has been with the Fire Service for more than 20 years, rising through the ranks from firefighter to his promotion to captain and fire marshal in 2012.
TORTOLA - Premier Orlando Smith joined schoolchildren from summer camps, residents and visitors from near and far as they wined and dined at the historic Noel Lloyd Park on Wickhams Cay on Friday at the BVI August Festival Food Fair.
This year's honorees are longtime participants, Gregory Smith and his wife, Marreth, who have been vendors for 20 years.
They kicked-started the idea of a food fair when they sold with their colleagues, Avanella Welsh and Ludina Bratwaithe, among others, at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza. They then moved to the Pussers parking lot before the fair arrived at its current location.
ST. THOMAS - Following the Senate's rejection of his initial choice, Gov. Kenneth Mapp on Friday named a new acting director of the V.I. Fire Service.
Capt. Clifford Joseph, who has worked more than 20 years for the V.I. Fire Service, is the acting director "effective immediately," according to a statement issued Friday by Government House.
Joseph, who also is the V.I. fire marshal, replaces Eugene Farrell, whose nomination was rejected by the Senate on Thursday.