St. John and Virgin Islands News
International Reggae Star Beres Hammond Rocks Love City Live! Festival
By Source Staff — January 21, 2014
Get ready to “indulge in the vibe” with unmatched experiences at the annual music fest on “Love City,” St. John. The tropical rhythms and soothing sounds of international reggae crooner Beres Hammond (think: the Luther Vandross of reggae music) will command the airwaves from Jan. 22-26 on St. John, known locally as “Love City.” St. John will be abuzz with the excitement and energy that is Love City Live, an annual music and entertainment event that invites attendees to “indulge in the vibe” that is the authentic Caribbean experience in this U.S. territory.
The brainchild of businessman Glenn “Wasi” Philbert, Love City Live! enters its fourth year with an incredible line-up of renowned reggae artists and exotic events that will melt the winter blues for those battling the coldest winter in U.S. history. “Love City Live! is the perfect way to escape the frigid temperatures that have hit the U.S. mainland,” Philbert said. “What better way to kick off the New Year than with an action-packed, four-day excursion that incorporates the best of island life with an international flair.”
The event was created to deliver the euphoric essence of St. John and to serve the V.I. community by expanding the spectrum of entertainment experiences, raising the quality of entertainment productions, and highlighting the vibrancy of the region’s culture and lifestyle. Past headliners include Third Word and Morgan Heritage. Tickets, VIP packages, and merchandise are available at www.experiencelovecitylive.com.
Police ID Victim of ‘Suspicious Death’
By Source Staff — January 21, 2014
Police have identified the person who died Sunday under what are being described as suspicious circumstances.
The dead man has been identified as 41-year old James Malfetti.
Police said Malfetti was found unresponsive inside his Chocolate Hole apartment. Officers said the victim had puncture wounds on his neck. The V.I. Police Department declined to describe any other circumstances of the death, saying only that it’s part of an ongoing investigation.
Intelligence agents and detectives from the Major Crime Bureau are investigating this case. Forensic technicians are collecting and processing evidence.
Police looking into possible homicide reported on St. John
Daily News Staff
Police on St. John are investigating the suspicious death of a Boatman Road, Cruz Bay, resident a day after a burglary was reported at the same residence.
According to records maintained by the Virgin Islands Emergency Management Agency, 911 dispatchers received a call of a deceased person at 9:54 a.m. Sunday. At 10:05 a.m., the incident was reclassified as a homicide.
St. John Deputy Police Chief Maria Jones confirmed that police are investigating a suspicious death that occurred at a Boatman Road apartment, according to Police spokeswoman Melody Rames.
Police were notified of the case by 911 dispatchers, Rames said.
The man was found dead in his apartment, Jones said.
The Boatman Road area is near St. John’s south shore and includes many large homes with pools and vacation villas.
At 8:18 a.m. Saturday, VITEMA records recorded a burglary at the same address, Boatman Road 18.
Major Crime and Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives are investigating the death and forensic agents processed the scene Sunday, according to Jones.
If confirmed by police, this would be the first homicide of the year on St. John and the third homicide in the territory. There has been one homicide on St. Thomas and one on St. Croix. … read more
Fort Christian Begins Tours
By Bill Kossler — January 22, 2014
E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary students about to enter Fort Christian during Tuesday’s tour (photos courtesy of the St. Thomas Historical Trust).
E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary School students toured Fort Christian on Tuesday, marking the first school tours since the 343-year-old fort was closed to the public in 2004. Tours for the public should begin in a few weeks, according to the St. Thomas Historical Trust…. read more
V.I. seeking more Medicaid funding
By JOY BLACKBURN (Daily News Staff)
Published: January 21, 2014
ST. CROIX – The V.I. Human Services Department is working on a report that – if accepted – would result in the federal government temporarily picking up a higher share of Medicaid costs in the territory.
The proposed increase to the federal share has two different components – one a small overall increase, and the other a large increase in the federal match for a particular patient population. The more the federal government pays, the less the territory has to pay for the program.
According to a statement Human Services released last week, officials are considering the next steps so that the Medical Assistance Program – the territory’s Medicaid program – can be expanded to include low income adults who are not pregnant and who do not have children.
Last week, Human Services received news that the federal government would be picking up a higher percentage of the tab for that population, once the Medicaid program is expanded to include them.
“As Human Services planned Medicaid expansion, we always intended to add this group to the rolls of low income children, parents, seniors and persons with disabilities. With the news of the increased federal match, Human Services will try to more quickly add this group,” Human Services Commissioner Chris Finch said in the release.
Medicaid is the nation’s health care program for the poor.
Each state or territory has its own Medicaid plan and shares the costs of Medicaid with the federal government.
Under a funding formula, the federal government picks up a higher percentage of Medicaid costs for poorer states. But for the territories, the federal match was set by law at 50 percent – the lowest level. The Affordable Care Act raised the federal matching percentage for the territories to 55 percent.
Human Services was informed of these two changes recently:
– If the territory expands its Medicaid program to include the new group – childless adults who are not pregnant – the federal government will pick up 78 percent of the cost for that new group, leaving the territory with only 22 percent to pay, Finch said in an interview. That increase would be effective until the Affordable Care Act expires in 2019, he said.
The federal government will increase its matching percentage from 55 percent to 57.2 percent for all patients in the program if the territory can prove that it meets the criteria to be considered a “Medicaid Expansion State” under the Affordable Care Act, Finch said. That increase would last for two years…. Read more
St. John Live Music Schedule
Third String All Stars
St. John Flutes
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
6:30 – 9:30
Tree House Band
Shane Meade feat. Rob Masten on Sax
Hot Club of Coral Bay
5:30 – 8:30
See Weekly Schedule
St. John Weather
Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 80. East southeast wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
St. John and Virgin Islands Events
Love City Live
Schedule of Events on St. John for January 22-26? Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Reggae Roadblock Happy Hour at Motu Bar. 4:30-8:30 p.m. We kick things off with cocktails at the hottest new outdoor bar on St. John.
Thursday, Jan. 23 – Hush…The exclusive, all-Inclusive Villa Soiree. 7 p.m. to midnight. We convert a private villa into a swanky Caribbean- themed lounge.
Friday, Jan. 24 – Rockers All-White Beach Party at Cruz Bay, St. John beachfront. 7 p.m. to 1a.m. This ultra-sexy DJ beach event sets the tone for Love City Live!’s high-energy weekend. Attendees will be treated to complimentary Caribbean hors d’oeuvres, premium cash bars and an abundance of hot reggae tunes.
Saturday, Jan. 25 – Beres Hammond “Live” in Concert at Winston Wells Ball Park (Cruz Bay – St. John) …also performing D Harmani, Unity Band, Fyah Train Band, Final Faze and The Echo People. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Live performances begin at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the full line-up of performing artists and our festival-like atmosphere of arts & crafts vendors, Ital/vegan food, Caribbean food, fresh coconut and premium bars. Get there early and “indulge” in the full island-roots experience.
Sunday, Jan. 26 – The Ultimate PowerBoat Party – It’s the ever-sexy wind-down beach party of the Love City Live! weekend. All boats sail to Sandy Spit, then White Bay – Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands (BVI). It includes: your reserved space on the PowerBoat, drinks onboard, BVI customs fees, BVI departure tax, fuel charge, captain’s fee and one of the best days of your life!
ST JOHN FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS: “Fire in Babylon”
DATE: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
PLACE: Pickles in Paradise, Coral Bay
$5 suggested donation or become a 2014 SJFS Member