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  • 01:00

    The Prequel, Public Schools in the US Virgin Islands

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    The United States Virgin Islands Dept. of Education (DOE) is an executive branch of the Govt. of the US Virgin Islands mandated under Titles 3 and 17 of the Virgin Islands Code. It is the largest governmental entity in the Virgin Islands and it functions as both a Local Education Agency (LEA) and a State-level Education Agency (SEA). The DOE is headed by a Commissioner at the SEA level and a District Superintendent at the 2 LEAs.


    The DOE’s role as stipulated by Title 3, Chapter 7, Section 96, VI Code, encompasses the authority to exercise general control over the enforcement of laws relating to free public education in the Virgin Islands. Its responsibilities include the development, implementation, & monitoring of instructional programs for all K-12 students & adult learners, & provision of support services such as child nutrition, pupil transportation, library services, & the maintenance of educational facilities & offices under its purview. Services are provided at 33 buildings supporting 40 activity centers.

    In Fiscal year 2010, the DOE endeavored to address the needs of the 15,493 students enrolled in the system. 1,176 students territory wide were identified as students with disabilities and 519 as English Language Learners. Of the 1,056 students who were enrolled in 12th grade, 912 earned high school diplomas and an additional 16 graduated with certificates of completion.


    (St. Croix) 21-33 Hospital Street, Christiansted, St. Croix, 00820
    Phone: 340-773-1095 Fax: 340-778-8895 Email: ideas@doe.vi


    (St. Thomas) 1834 Kongens Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00802
    Phone: 340-774-0100 Fax: 340-779-7153 Email: ideas@doe.vi

  • 00:59

    Public Junior High Schools in the US Virgin Islands - a Reprise

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    The United States Virgin Islands Dept. of Education (DOE) is an executive branch of the Govt. of the US Virgin Islands mandated under Titles 3 and 17 of the Virgin Islands Code. It is the largest governmental entity in the Virgin Islands and it functions as both a Local Education Agency (LEA) and a State-level Education Agency (SEA). The DOE is headed by a Commissioner at the SEA level and a District Superintendent at the 2 LEAs.


    The DOE’s role as stipulated by Title 3, Chapter 7, Section 96, VI Code, encompasses the authority to exercise general control over the enforcement of laws relating to free public education in the Virgin Islands. Its responsibilities include the development, implementation, & monitoring of instructional programs for all K-12 students & adult learners, & provision of support services such as child nutrition, pupil transportation, library services, & the maintenance of educational facilities & offices under its purview. Services are provided at 33 buildings supporting 40 activity centers.

    In Fiscal year 2010, the DOE endeavored to address the needs of the 15,493 students enrolled in the system. 1,176 students territory wide were identified as students with disabilities and 519 as English Language Learners. Of the 1,056 students who were enrolled in 12th grade, 912 earned high school diplomas and an additional 16 graduated with certificates of completion.


    (St. Croix) 21-33 Hospital Street, Christiansted, St. Croix, 00820
    Phone: 340-773-1095 Fax: 340-778-8895 Email: ideas@doe.vi


    (St. Thomas) 1834 Kongens Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00802
    Phone: 340-774-0100 Fax: 340-779-7153 Email: ideas@doe.vi

  • 00:58

    Benefits and Services for Veterans of the US Virgin Islands

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    Veterans of the United States armed forces (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard) may be eligible for a broad range of benefits and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Some of these benefits may be utilized while on active duty. These benefits are codified in Title 38 of the United States Code. This booklet contains a summary of these benefits effective Jan. 1, 2013. For additional information, visit www.va.gov.


    General Eligibility: Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Active service means full-time service, other than active duty for training, as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, Environmental Science Services Administration or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or its predecessor, the Coast and Geodetic Survey.


    Dishonorable and bad conduct discharges issued by general courts-martial may bar VA benefits. Veterans in prison must contact VA to determine eligibility. VA benefits will not be provided to any Veteran or dependent wanted for an outstanding felony warrant.


    We invite Virgin Islands veterans to share their stories. Stories connect generations and help our young people learn about the past and maybe choose a military career.

  • 00:02

    The Prequel, Public Schools in the US Virgin Islands, St. Croix District

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    Congratulations to Ms Monique Motta of John H. Woodson, Jr. High, 2015 Teacher of the Year


    The United States Virgin Islands Dept. of Education (VIDE) is an executive branch of the Govt. of the US Virgin Islands mandated under Titles 3 and 17 of the Virgin Islands Code. It is the largest governmental entity in the Virgin Islands &  functions as both a Local Education Agency (LEA) and a State-level Education Agency (SEA). The VIDE is headed by a Commissioner at the SEA level & a District Superintendent at the 2 LEAs.


    The VIDE’s role encompasses the authority to exercise general control over the enforcement of laws relating to free public education in the Virgin Islands. Its responsibilities include the development, implementation, and monitoring of instructional programs for all K-12 students and adult learners, and provision of support services such as child nutrition, pupil transportation, library services, and the maintenance of educational facilities and offices under its purview. Services are provided at 33 buildings supporting 40 activity centers.


    In Fiscal year 2010, the VIDE endeavored to address the needs of the 15,493 students enrolled in the system. 1,176 students territory wide were identified as students with disabilities, 519 as English Language Learners. 


    (St. Croix) 21-33 Hospital Street, Christiansted, St. Croix, 00820 
    Phone: 340-773-1095, Fax: 340-778-8895, Email: ideas@doe.vi


    (St. Thomas) 1834 Kongens Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00802 
    Phone: 340-774-0100, Fax: 340-779-7153, Email: ideas@doe.vi

  • 00:59

    Water Island, the Back Door of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands

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    Water Island is the smallest of the main US Virgin Islands, and that’s what gives it its charm. Rather than shops and restaurants, it’s the thatched cabanas and lazy vibe of idyllic beaches like Honeymoon Beach that are its main draw. Away from the beach, you can tour the underground tunnels and watchtowers of Fort Segarra, built during WWII. Getting around the island is best by bicycle or golfcart.


    Around 160 people are fortunate enough to live on Water Island, but the volcanic island remains undeveloped.Facilities are limited to a few food outlets, dive shops and charters, a beach bar, fishing operator, & ferry dock. The US Virgin Island’s 4th island, Water Island only joined the group relatively recently, in 1996, and so far it’s kept its low-key atmosphere & local character. A 10-minute ferry ride from Charlotte Amalie, it lies southwest of the capital in the harbor, adjacent to Hassel Island.


    Virgin Islands Campground is an eco-sensitive resort with self-contained cottages set on pristine, 500-acre Water Island, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Known for its natural charm, Water Island is a secluded getaway that should be at the top of your Caribbean vacation list. Spend a quiet day looking out over the ocean from your cottage’s private terrace. 


    A leisure 5-minute walk to idyllic Honeymoon Beach will have you snorkeling & sunbathing. In need of even more adventure? Visit rugged and secluded Limestone Bay, also just a quick trek down from your cabin.


    View "Tour of Water Island" on YouTube featuring Africah Harrigan and Alex Randall.

    Visit www.viator.com/ and www.virginislandscampground.com/

  • The Beaches of the Virgin Islands: St. Thomas

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    "St. Thomas has over 40 major beaches along its sun-drenched coasts. There are strands with crystal blue water and swaying coconut trees where a beach bum can enjoy a lazy-lazy day. For the restless beach goers there are sandy coves with activities like windsurfing and kayaks. Some shores are rugged and rocky offering beauty, solitude and the opportunity to daydream about castaway fantasies. And there are widely popular bays with amenities like restaurants and chair rentals.In this St. Thomas Beach Guide you will find 20 of the island’s most popular beaches, and a few off-the-beaten-track spots; complete with description, map, photos and reviews." 


    General Beach Information



    Resort beaches are open to the public; only some however rent chairs and water sports gear to non-guests. Swimming pools and similar resort amenities are typically reserved for registered-guests only.
     
    All beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands are open to the public. Beyond a beach's tree line however is typically private property.
     
    Don’t feed marine life or sea birds. Food not naturally in their diet, like various human foods, can create health problems for these animals.
     
    Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sun block, a hat and sunglasses.
     
    Sun, rum and fun can spell dehydration; drink plenty of water.
     
    There are no clothing optional beaches; public nudity is illegal.
     
    Removing shells and sand from beaches is illegal.


    Courtesy of www.vinow.com/stthomas/beaches_stt/

  • The Beaches of the Virgin Islands: St. Croix

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    St. Croix's palm lined and sun kissed beaches call visitors to spend a couple hours and sometimes the entire day enjoying the natural beauty. The largest of the four islands in the USVI, St. Croix is sometimes referred to as the ‘big island’. The 84 square mile island is home to 53,000+ residents. The 2 main towns are Christiansted and Frederiksted. Resorts and condos are mostly on the north shore and vacation villas can be found in various areas.Take a look at the 23 beaches included in this guide and select your favorites - you are certain to find a few!


    Three National Parks: Salt River which protects a diverse ecosystem in addition to pre-historic ruins; Buck Island with stunning marine gardens; and five historic structures in Christiansted that give visitors a look into Danish colonial way of life. Additional parks and preserves include: Sandy Point notable for its beauty and for its protected sea turtles, and Jack and Isaac Bays. You can fly directly to St. Croix, it has an airport. . ~ Courtesy of VINow.com


    Order your copy of US VIRGIN ISLANDS SNORKELING GUIDE.


    Straight from the shore, no boats or air tanks required! The guide contains over 300 full color photographs that show you the underwater environments that you will experience at 20 of the best snorkeling beaches in the United States Virgin Islands. Order today at www.vinow.com/stx/stx-b/sand-castle-beach/

  • 01:00

    The Beaches of the Virgin Islands: St. John

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    Most visitors and locals will agree that when it comes to beaches on St. John a 'good to best' scale just would not do. The scale for describing St. John's beaches is 'Great', 'Greater' and 'It's a secret so I am not telling anyone'. All beaches on St. John are open to the public. Beachfront property however, in many cases is private and a few popular beaches have hotels nearby. Respect private property when accessing beaches. It is illegal to collect shells from beaches in the Virgin Islands; shells are confiscated at airport customs. There are no clothing-optional beaches in the Virgin Islands.


    General Beach Information:



    Don’t feed marine life or sea birds. Food not naturally in their diet, like various human foods, can create health problems for these animals.
     

    All beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands are open to the public. Beyond a beach's tree line however is typically private property.
     

    Resort beaches are open to the public; only some, however, rent chairs and water sports gear to non-guests.
     

    Swimming pools and similar resort amenities are typically reserved for registered-guests only.
     

    Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sun block, a hat and sunglasses.
     

    Sun, rum, and fun can spell dehydration; so drink plenty of water.
     

    There are no clothing optional beaches; public nudity is illegal.
     

    Removing shells and sand from beaches is illegal.


    Courtesy of www.VINow.com/StJohn/Beaches_stj/

  • 00:47

    Erika Romo, TV News Producer, Setting the Pace in the US Virgin Islands

    in Writing

    Erika Romo is a TV producer, reporter, and anchor at CBS 2 TV in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands since June 2014 bringing the production of the first Spanish-speaking news in the US Virgin Islands.

  • 01:00

    Emancipation of Slaves in the British Virgin Islands, Rebroadcasting

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    The British Virgin Islands, part of a volcanic archipelago in the Caribbean, is a British overseas territory comprising 4 main islands and many smaller ones. Tortola is home to the low-key capital, Road Town, and rainforested Sage Mountain National Park. On Virgin Gorda is The Baths, a labyrinth of beachside boulders.


    The abolition of slavery occurred on 1 August 1834, and to this day it is celebrated by a three day public holiday on the first Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August in the British Virgin Islands. The original emancipation proclamation hangs in the High Court. However, the abolition of slavery was not the single event that it is sometimes supposed to have been. Emancipation freed a total of 5,792 slaves in the Territory, but at the time of abolition, there were already a considerable number of free blacks in the Territory, possibly as many as 2,000.


    In January 1808, HMS Cerberus seized the American schooner, the Nancy with a cargo of enslaved Senegalese Africans in the Territory's waters; between August 1814 and February 1815 a further four ships' slave cargoes were seized from the Venus, the Manuella, the Atrevido and the Candelaria and a further 1,318 liberated slaves were deposited on Tortola's shores (of whom just over 1,000 survived).


    In 1819, a Portuguese slave ship, the Donna Paula, was wrecked upon the reef at Anegada. The ship's crew and 235 slaves were saved from the wreckage. Further Spanish ships, enroute to Puerto Rico were reported wrecked on the reef at Anegada in 1817 and 1824, and their cargos settled on Tortola.


    Although many of these former slaves died due to the appalling conditions that they were kept in during the transatlantic crossing, a large number survived, and had children. - Courtesy of wikipedia.org


    http://www.bviwelcome.com/

  • 01:06

    Deepertruth: The Virgin Mary In The Land Down Under! Journey With Mary With Us

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    "And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; yea, and on my menservants and my maidservants in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.  And I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth beneath, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;  the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and manifest day."


    The Virgin Mary giving us a sign in the Land Down Under...