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.
The thick brown seaweed that has cluttered the beaches of the territory and can been seen floating in large clumps out in the ocean will soon dissipate as the winds pick up and the currents shift.
Tyler Smith, associate professor at the University of the Virgin Islands Center for Marine and Environmental Studies, said the massive quantities of the seaweed should start to move out of territorial waters when the winds shift direction, usually around mid-November.
ST. CROIX - A 24-year old man with a violent past and more than three years of probation left on his last sentence, appeared in Magistrate Court on Friday morning, charged in the assault of a woman.
Odarie Massiah was advised of his rights on charges of false imprisonment; third-degree assault; second-degree assault; and destruction of property stemming from reports made to police Wednesday.
According to the police report filed by Officer Moses Francis, a woman told police that she and Massiah were at her apartment when they began to argue.