Bordeaux Vegan AgFair Jan 14 POSTPONED-Ag in Recovery Market Planned

21st Annual Bordeaux Farmers Agricultural & Cultural Vegan Food Fair HAS BEEN POSTPONED until further notice.

INSTEAD…

Jan 14 from 10am until 4pm We Grow Food, Inc. will present “Agriculture in Recovery” 2nd Sunday Market at the Bordeaux Farmers Market, St. Thomas, VI

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Postponed Fair Details:

Adults $3 Seniors/Military & Youth $2

Live Local Entertainment

Make and Take Arts & Crafts at the Family Activity Center

Follow @wegrowfoodinc on Facebook & Instagram #wegrowfoodinc

Call 340-727-6684

Convos with SBA & FEMA

BREAKING NEWS! SBA Application deadline extended to Jan 8th #IrMaria #LOAN #USVI Watch here for the latest interview Sunday afternoon

Open Conversations with SBA & FEMA @WUVI

Part 1 of Conversations with SBA at WUVIPart 2 with SBA & FEMA will be on Tuesday, Dec 5th at 11amVisit: www.sba.gov/disaster Call: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)See topics discussed below:USVI Disaster Recovery CentersSt. Thomas:1) Tutu Park Mall (near Food Court & Post Office entrance)2) Old Scotiabank at the waterfront, 81 CC&DD Kronprindsens Gade3) Bordeaux Farmers Market, 109 Estate Bordeaux4) SBDC at Nisky Center (this is a Business Recovery Center so FEMA is not there)St. John:1) Cruz Bay: VI Legislature building near the ferry dock2) Coral Bay: Town & Country Building, 8-1 Estate EmmausSt. Croix:1) St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 38-44 Castle Coakley2) Rotary Club West, 40KA-KD Estate Lagrange3) Old post office building at Church & Company Street, Christiansted4) Fire Captain Rencelliar I.Gibbs Fire Station, Parcel #1 Estate Cotton Valley, East EndTOPICS DISCUSSED:· The SBA Disaster Assistance Program is not just for Businesses.· What’s the difference between FEMA and SBA disaster assistance?· If FEMA refers me to SBA what should I do? I don’t want a loan.· If someone has already registered with FEMA do they need to register with SBA?· How many damage inspectors can I expect to contact me? · Have a good idea what your losses are. what rooms damaged; % loss;· How will SBA contact me?· I got a letter from SBA, but I’m not sure what it means?· I’ve already been to the Disaster Recovery Center and I’ve been on the phone on hold and I’m still not sure of the status of my application?· I received a notification indicating that my application has been withdrawn. What does that mean?· I received a letter indicating that my application was denied?· I haven’t filed my 2016 Tax return. Is that a problem?· I’m not sure how to answer the inspectors questions regarding the damage. Be clear about how the damage occurred. Be specific about the cause/nature of the damage—flooding–under/ wind driven rain—window doors· What if my rental property was damaged?· I have a second home that was damaged. It’s where my children live. Can I apply for SBA disaster loan to repair my property?· I haven’t heard back from my insurance company yet.· What are the eligibility criteria for SBA Disaster loans?· I live on my boat and it was damaged. Can I apply for SBA Disaster Loan?· I lost my crops in the hurricanes. My farm was destroyed. Can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?· What should I do if I suspect fraudulent activity?· How can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?· What is the deadline to apply?

Posted by WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 on Friday, December 1, 2017

Since September, our beautiful Virgin Islands has been literally flooded with people who have come to help us recover after the multi-layered devastation caused by Hurricanes #IrMaria. From linemen putting back up electricity poles and relief volunteers clearing debris or rebuilding homes to agencies like FEMA and the SBA. With support application deadlines looming, those who need the services sometimes have a hard time easily accessing the necessary information. This article is an attempt to assist with that for those wanting to learn about and apply for an SBA loan or those who need to understand how the SBA and FEMA work together.

When most people hear the word loan, they cringe, mainly because of the interest rate and the fear that you won’t be able to pay it back. In a disaster response situation, that fear is heightened even more. Sometimes seeing the people you’re speaking about who are explaining how to do things is helpful, so watch the video and listen to clear explanations from SBA Public Affairs Specialists Jeanette Williams, Sandra Lawson and Elizabeth Dwyer.

FOR MORE INFO:
Visit: www.sba.gov/disaster
Call: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)

TOPICS DISCUSSED in the Part 1 Video:
· The SBA Disaster Assistance Program is not just for Businesses.
· What’s the difference between FEMA and SBA disaster assistance?
· If FEMA refers me to SBA what should I do? I don’t want a loan.
· If someone has already registered with FEMA do they need to register with SBA?
· How many damage inspectors can I expect to contact me?
· Have a good idea what your losses are. what rooms damaged; % loss;
· How will SBA contact me?
· I got a letter from SBA, but I’m not sure what it means?
· I’ve already been to the Disaster Recovery Center and I’ve been on the phone on hold and I’m still not sure of the status of my application?
· I received a notification indicating that my application has been withdrawn. What does that mean?
· I received a letter indicating that my application was denied?
· I haven’t filed my 2016 Tax return. Is that a problem?
· I’m not sure how to answer the inspectors questions regarding the damage. Be clear about how the damage occurred. Be specific about the cause/nature of the damage—flooding–under/ wind driven rain—window doors
· What if my rental property was damaged?
· I have a second home that was damaged. It’s where my children live. Can I apply for SBA disaster loan to repair my property?
· I haven’t heard back from my insurance company yet.
· What are the eligibility criteria for SBA Disaster loans?
· I live on my boat and it was damaged. Can I apply for SBA Disaster Loan?
· I lost my crops in the hurricanes. My farm was destroyed. Can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?
· What should I do if I suspect fraudulent activity?
· How can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?
· What is the deadline to apply?

No automatic alt text available.Part 2 of “Open Conversations with SBA & FEMA” will be on Tuesday, Dec 5th at 11am via WUVI’s Facebook Live and Audio Stream on www.wuvi.am

TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED in Part 2 with FEMA:

  • Hurricane survivors have till Dec. 18 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance.
  • FEMA applicants have 60 days from the date of their ineligibility letter to appeal their cases in writing.
  • Make sure FEMA inspectors know your registration number when they visit your property.
  • FEMA’s phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Lines are open seven days a week.
  • Disaster recovery centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Survivors could also register by telephone at 1-800-621-3362, apply for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or download the FEMA application on iOS or Android.
  • Recovery centers are open on St. Thomas at Tutu Park Mall, the former Scotiabank building in Charlotte Amalie on the waterfront and at the Bordeaux Farmers Market.
  • St. John disaster recovery centers are open at the Legislature Annex in Cruz Bay and Town and Country building in Coral Bay.
  • St. Croix disaster recovery centers are at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Christiansted, Old Post Office building in Christiansted, Fire Captain Rencelliar I in Christiansted and Rotary Club West in Frederiksted.
  • Disaster unemployment assistance has been extended to Dec. 29. Unemployment is funded by FEMA but is administered by the Virgin Islands Labor Department.
  • An emergency assistance program is available for uninsured survivors. The program provides a 30-day supply of covered drugs and medical supplies. Call the assistance program at 1-855-793-7470. Enrollment runs through Jan. 31.
  • Survivors can register for FEMA assistance by going in-line to www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 for voice, 711, orVideo Relay Service.

  • Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have difficulty speaking and use a TTY, should call 800-462-7585 directly. The same number can be used for 711, VRS and other relay services.

  • FEMA Registration Deadline for Irma and Maria extended to December 18th FEMA Multi Family Repair and Lease Program email address:  FEMA-USVI-MLR@FEMA.DHS.GOV      

  •  Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been extended to December 29th  both Hurricanes Irma an Maria

    • DUA is funded by FEMA but administered by the Territory                                                                                                                                       
  • Survivors that lost their jobs as a result of the hurricanes should register with the Virgin Island Department of Labor (not with FEMA) at the following locations:

    • St. Croix: USVI Department of Labor, 4401 Sion Farm, Christiansted; Monday through Friday
    • St. John: MondayWednesday and Friday at the USVI Legislature, St. John Annex, 1D Cruz Bay; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
    • St. Thomas: USVI Department of Labor at 2353 Kronprindsens Gade, Monday through Friday

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is making the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) available for uninsured survivors to ensure they have access to medicines and medical equipment.

      • The free program provides a 30-day supply of covered drugs and medical supplies that can be renewed every 30 days for as long as the program is active.
      • People who live in the disaster area and do not have any form of prescription insurance should call the EPAP enrollment toll-free hotline at:       
  • 1-855-793-7470.

      • The current enrollment period runs through Jan. 31, 2018.

  • Visit the FEMA USVI Facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands to get trusted information with the ongoing recovery effort.

  • Visit the FEMA Region-2 Twitter page at: https://twitter.com/femaregion2 to get trusted information with the ongoing recovery effort.

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    Disaster Recovery Centers
    Island USVI St. Thomas
    Location Estate Bordeaux-Bordeaux Farmers Market
    Address 109 East Bordeaux
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Thomas
    Location Charlotte Amalie (Former ScotiaBank)
    Address 81 CC&DD Kronspindsens Gade (on the waterfront)
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Thomas
    Location Charlotte Amalie-Tutu Park Mall
    Address 4605 Tutu Park Mall, Suite 233
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. John
    Location Cruz Bay-USVI Legislature-STJ Annex
    Address 1D Cruz Bay
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. John
    Location Coral Bay-Town & Country Building
    Address 8-1 Estate Emmaus
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Croix
    Location Christiansted-St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
    Address 38-44 Castle Coakley
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Croix
    Location Fredericksted-Rotary Club West
    Address 40 KA-KD Estate LaGrange
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Croix
    Location Christiansted-Old Post Office Building
    Address Church St x Company St
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Croix
    Location Christiansted-Fire Captain Rencelliar I
    Address Gibbs Fire Station, Parcel #1, Estate Cotton Valley, East End
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Individual Assistance Summary Total*
    Registrations 35,919
    Individual Household Program Disbursed $ 27,369,337.00
    Housing Assistance $ Disbursed $ 22,596,077.00
    Other Needs Assistance $ Disbursed $   4,773,260.00
    *Totals reflect USVI both Hurricane Irma and Maria

    Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to help homeowners and renters as well as businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations to cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

    • It’s important that survivors know they do not have to accept an SBA loan, if one is offered. If they do not qualify for a loan, SBA will refer them back to FEMA and they could be considered for other FEMA grants for Other Needs Assistance (ONA).
    • Contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.Survivors who are deaf or hard of hearing may call TTY 800-877-8339.
    • SBA Business Recovery Centers can be found at:
  • St. Thomas: Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center

  • University of the Virgin Islands

  • 8000 Nisky Center, Suite 720 

  • St. Thomas, VI 00802

  • Hours are Monday –Saturday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Closed on Sundays

  • St. Croix: Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

  • 4100 Sion Farm Shopping Center, Suite 16

  • Christiansted, St. Croix USVI 00820

  • Hours are Monday –Saturday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Closed on Sundays

  • Speaking of the Small Business Administration (SBA), they just informed me:

  • As of December 1, 2017: **Home and Business loans approved for the US Virgin Islands = $77.8mil**

  • Includes both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

  • What’s the number for debris again?!?

  • The US Army Corps of Engineers wanted me to share the hotline numbers again

  • Debris Hotline number is 340-643-3296 (St. Thomas and St. John)

  • For Debris on St. Croix, contact DPW (St. Croix)


Connect with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) & FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency on Facebook.
FOR MORE SBA INFO:
Visit: www.sba.gov/disaster
Call: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)
Click the links to find up-to-date information on FEMA’s response to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dollar fo Dollar Nov 18th

Come celebrate the 12th Annual Dollar fo Dollar Culture & History Tour Saturday, Nov 18 from 9:30am from Fort Christian to Market Square #VIstrong

After the hurricane in 1916 the Coal Workers in Charlotte Amalie STILL had to go out and lift hundreds of pounds of cancerous coal on their heads every day, while organizing to get paid properly for what they worked. See you Saturday.

Muslim Origins in the Caribbean

Muslim Origins in the Caribbean Lecture at UVI

UVI Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) held it's Muslim Origins in the Caribbean lecture. WUVI aired it live and will re-air the recording 6am & 6pm on Saturday & Sunday 8/19/2017 & 8/20/2017. For more info about the CSAP lecture series email wendy.coram@live.uvi.edu visit:http://www.uvi.edu/announcements/articles/current/interfaith_lecture_series.aspx #Islam #USVI

Posted by WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 on Friday, August 18, 2017

The UVI Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) in collaboration with the Masjid Nur, held a lecture entitled “Muslim Origins in the Caribbean” with featured speaker Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick. WUVI‘s Student Radio Station aired it live on air/Facebook video and will re-air the recording 6am & 6pm on Saturday & Sunday 8/19/2017 & 8/20/2017. Listen at 6am on 1090 AM & 97.3 FM (FM only after 6pm daily).


Watch the live videos: Part 1 | Part 2  and Listen to the Interview


For more info about the CSAP lecture series email wendy.coram@live.uvi.edu visit:
http://www.uvi.edu/announcements/articles/current/interfaith_lecture_series.aspx #Islam #USVI


VI EMANCIPATION DAY 2017

VI Emancipation Day 2017 Program took place on Monday, July 3, 2017 between 10-5pm in the Emancipation Garden. Programs were also held on all three main islands of the USVI (St. Croix and St. John) as well as in the BVI (Tortola) today. Hear more from the VI Emancipation Day Coalition here during their pre-event radio interview with Kevon Browne on the Sankofa Saturdays program:

>>>Last year’s VI Emancipation Day 2016 article<<<

Photos from the set up for 2017:

VI Emancipation Day Program today 10-5pm in Emancipation Garden. Programs happening on all three main islands of the USVI and in the BVI today. Stay tuned for photos, videos & more. Hear more from the VI Emancipation Day Coalition here: http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/07/03/vi-emancipation-day-2017/ #VIemancipation #EmancipationDay

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Monday, July 3, 2017

Setting up at Emancipation Garden. VI Emancipation Day Program today 10-5pm in Emancipation Garden. Programs happening on all three main islands of the USVI and in the BVI today. Stay tuned for photos, videos & more. Hear more from the VI Emancipation Day Coalition here: http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/07/03/vi-emancipation-day-2017/ #VIemancipation #EmancipationDay

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Monday, July 3, 2017

Teaching AgCOM to AgCampers

If you know anything about me, you know that I love teaching and just to being around young people. The past few summers I’ve had the pleasure of being around students of the Agriculture Enrichment Summer Camp at the UVI Cooperative Extension Service office at the University of the Virgin Islands.

At UVICES, my job as a Communications Agent entails doing AgCommunications and in the summers I get to teach what I do while letting teenagers help me do it. This includes introducing them to communications technology that I use everyday including digital still and video cameras, mobile devices, computers, audio recorders, along with the software to edit photos, videos and audio. I show them how I use a combination of these to create media for the purpose of sharing online what we do at UVICES with the farmers and other clients we serve.
On the third day of camp, I let a couple of the students accompany me on our weekly radio program to share some of what they learned as well as to see how I use radio broadcasting to further support agriculture. Our Agriculture Enrichment Summer camp photos show you some of what else they experienced during the first week including a visit to the WUVI Student Radio Station.
Whether it ends up on Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter or a website, the basic point of what AgCommunications does is learned by them seeing first hand and doing with me all that helps to get information out to the public in support of agriculture and the related fields. As they learn by doing, I hope to spark an interest and appreciation in those who may have never been exposed to new media technology, which can really be used for anything… in addition to our focus, supporting agriculture.

Week #1 Radio Program | Camp Facebook Photo Album | Radio/Video Show Info
Live Videos & Audio: Part 1 | Part 2 | Audio Recording |

AgCamp with Disability Sensitivity Exposure @UVICES

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Me spending the time to teach students having fun learning how to use & experimenting with the Mevo by Livestream videocamera. #ExperientialLearning #AgCommunications #Agriculture #Communications

UVI Cooperative Extension Service AgCamp at WUVI's Computer Lab having fun learning how to use & experimenting with the Mevo by Livestream videocamera. #ExperientialLearning #AgCommunications #Agriculture #Communications

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Students learning about technology from Dr. Alex Randall in the WUVI Communications Class/Computer Lab

UVI Cooperative Extension Service AgCamp meets Dr. Alexander Randall V & learns about Google Glass, DIY Google Cardboard BOX 3D Virtual Reality VR Video Glasses, ViewMaster as well as other new and old technology in the University of the Virgin Islands Communications Lab at WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3.

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Thursday, June 29, 2017

VI Trees and Flowers Fair

Know the difference between native trees and exotic trees? Get questions answered as well as learn from local specialists at the 1st annual St. Thomas/St. John “V.I. NATIVE TREES AND FLOWERS FAIR” taking place on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in the Emancipation Garden.

USVI Urban and Community Forestry Council Chairman Mario A. Francis shared some details during a radio interview on June 7, on the What’s Going on @UVICES weekly radio show. The UVI Cooperative Extension Service office’s latest publication will be available for viewing as a preview to being on sale at a later date.

Below, view a little preview from pages in the Guide to Safer Trees publication by now Commissioner Carlos Robles of the VI Department of Agriculture.

Native trees are more durable and can withstand more diseases and insects as well as natural disasters. Traditionally, our trees are also used medicinally and there is a lot of history behind them. There will be different tree related professionals. It is a skill, a science and an art to know about and care for trees. 

The Fair’s objective is to build community awareness of the importance of protecting and replanting V.I. native trees; and the role of the urban and community forestry program. Also attend the fair to learn about a needed  tree law so that we can better manage our trees in the territory. For more information, contact Mario Francis  at 340-228-2848.

African Liberation Day USVI Activities

 

Listen/Watch and Learn abt African Liberation Day with the Pan African Support Group here on WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 See the permanent webpage for this video and more info on http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/05/06/african-liberation-day-usvi-activities/

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Saturday, May 6, 2017

African Liberation Day (ALD) was founded in 1958 when Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States held in Accra, Ghana and attended by eight independent African states. The 15th of April was declared “Africa Freedom Day,” to mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation. For more details visit www.africanliberationday.net.

Upcoming Events or Related Activities:
May 4 – Showing of Documentary on Dr. John Henry Clarke/Dialogue
May 25th – ALD Ceremony at VI Legislature
May 25th – 7-8pm on WSTA 1340 AM
May 28th – 10-6pm ALD Rally at the Emancipation Garden

July 3rd – Emancipation Day Celebration at the Emancipation Garden

The Virgin Islands Code Bill No 18-0147 #5473 exists to proclaim the 3rd week in May as VI African Heritage Week as well as the African Liberation Day celebration which is celebrated at the Legislature.

More to be added to this site. Connect with the Facebook event to stay updated also.

Radio interview audio link

Son of Irony Book Release

Hear directly from local author Michael Lashorn Charles on this radio interview from 5/6/2017 on Sankofa Saturdays 4pm on WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3

 

Son of Irony is an exciting re-imagined telling, about a trial which took place on April 25th, 1811. An easy read that is guaranteed to keep you on your toes. This exciting intoxicating work is filled with tones of melancholic imagery, and memorable allusions. Author Hodge, a member of His Majesty’s council of the Virgin Islands, was hanged at the gallows, for allegedly murdering his man slave named Prosper. And was also responsible for the death of two other slaves. This work of art is timeless!

USVI Sin Tax Debate

Sin Tax bill Roundtable at #UVIResearch Day with Senator Marvin A. Blyden & Tregenza A. Roach, Senator here at the University of the Virgin Islands U.V.I Sports and Fitness Center

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Friday, April 7, 2017

Sin Tax bill Roundtable at #UVIResearch Day with Senator Marvin A. Blyden & Tregenza A. Roach, Senator here at the University of the Virgin Islands U.V.I Sports and Fitness Center | Official video to be posted on http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/04/07/usvi-sin-tax-debate/

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Friday, April 7, 2017

Sin Tax bill Roundtable at #UVIResearch Day with Senator Marvin A. Blyden & Tregenza A. Roach, Senator​ here at the University of the Virgin Islands​ U.V.I Sports and Fitness Center​