ST. THOMAS - If an individual with Ebola were to step off an airplane or cruise ship in the Virgin Islands today, the territory's hospitals would be ready only in theory.
While government agencies are beginning to share information and hold discussion on how to react to a case, according to Schneider Hospital infection control coordinator Tameke Browne and Luis Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Justa Encarnacion, the hospitals do not possess basic gear needed to protect health care workers.
ST. CROIX - While there are still quite a few problems with polling places across the territory, the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands has found most voting locations rate good to excellent.
The center conducted its accessibility survey during the summer and has now released its findings on the state of polling places across the territory. The report found that the overall assessment for St. Croix was good and for the St. Thomas-St. John District it was excellent.
ST. CROIX - While it has been more than a year since Ivan Petric was sentenced in V.I. Superior Court to three consecutive life sentences plus 69 years in prison, the V.I. Supreme Court has now called his sanity into question in remanding the case back to the Superior Court for reconsideration of the convictions.
Petric appeared before then V.I. Superior Court Presiding Judge Darryl Donohue Sr. last August for sentencing after being convicted in 2012 of killing his 75-year-old father, Ivan Petric Sr.; his father's companion, 69-year-old Nancy Kuiper; Ivan Petric's younger brother, Zivko Petric, 31; and the family dog on Nov. 21, 2006. All were shot to death.
ST. CROIX - For the seventh straight week, HOVENSA left the wholesale price of gasoline at its truck racks unchanged today.
Meanwhile, nationwide, gasoline prices continue to drop.
HOVENSA each week evaluates its rack rates - the price of fuel purchased wholesale at the HOVENSA truck-loading station on St. Croix - and may adjust them.
However, with no change in the rack rate this week, independent gas station operators in the territory are still paying $3.54 per gallon for regular gasoline, $3.74 per gallon for premium gasoline, and $3.46 per gallon for diesel fuel when they buy their fuel wholesale at HOVENSA. Those prices include the 14-cents-per-gallon tax HOVENSA collects for the government.
ST. CROIX - Despite an economy that has seen better days, a number of residents are opening new businesses. This past week, the St. Croix Chamber of Commerce held ribbon cutting celebrations at two businesses in the heart of Company Street in Christiansted.
Ultra Nutrition and Art @ Top Hat gallery are located side-by-side in the middle of the Company Street block between King Cross and Queen Cross streets and the owners of both establishments said they believe in St. Croix and wanted to do what they could to invest in its future.
Services will be held Tuesday for David "Red Cap" Hodge, 77, who died Oct. 9, 2014.
The first viewing is today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Turnbull's Funeral Home. The second viewing is at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, with the service at 10 a.m. at the same location. Interment is at Western Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Florizelle Hodge; daughters, Harriet Suozzo and Alda Hodge; stepsons, Hamlet Phillip, Joshua Phillip and Albert Gumbs; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; uncle, John N. Gumbs; sisters-in-law, Monford Hodge and Celestine Daniel; brothers-in-law, Lemuel, Irvin, Joseph, Veotie and Oliver Phillip and Washington Gumbs; nephews, Fitzroy Francis, Howard Gumbs and Claudius, Ruben, Wayne, Marvin, Claude and James Moore; nieces, Stephanie Moore and Emily Jones; cousins, Olive Lake and family, Drucilla Hodge and family, the Suozzo family, the Richardson family, the Gumbs family, the Roger family; and friends, Alfred Rogers, Carlton Harvey, Joseph Ogarro, Aubrey Ogarro, Gloria Fabian, Irma Brooks, Clarence Brooks, Everette Proctor and Myrtle Phillip.