Judi Shimel is a journalist based in Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands, experienced in print, online and radio reporting and news production. Her career began in New York with a community weekly, the Queens Tribune, and WBAI-FM. She pursued the reporting trail through Washington, D.C. with Pacifica National News, then onto to Cape Cod, Massachusetts and later, the Caribbean. Much of the work has been done as a freelance reporter. Clients served include Associated Press, San Juan Bureau, the Virgin Islands Daily News, St. Croix Avis, St. John Tradewinds, the V.I. Business Journal, the University of the Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands Source, Conde Nast, Ottley Communications, Knight Quality Stations, Ackley Media Group and CBS-TV2.
Until Covid-19 came to the U.S. Virgin Islands, only a small group of medical professionals used telemedicine to care for their patients. Social distancing have now made web-based diagnosis and treatment a practical tool.
The Caribbean Ritual Dancers perform in Festival Village on the island of St. John on Emancipation Day amid the backdrop of destruction left by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Emancipation Day is celebrated on July 3, this year marking the 170th year since the then-Danish Governor Peter Von Schoulten declared all enslaved Virgin Islanders were free.
At a meeting of oceanographer and research scientists, a weather expert offers a data-driven glimpse of Hurricanes Irma and Maria as captured by devices deployed along the territory's coastlines. Meteorologist Jay Titlow with the group, Weatherflow, has been gathering water, wind and ocean current data in the Virgin Islands for about seven years. He said the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane marked the first time weather data from the Caribbean was incorporated in information shared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A disastrous hurricane season was quickly followed by the holiday season in the twice-stricken U.S. Virgin Islands. On the island of St. Croix the annual Crucian Christmas Festival was staged by organizers and volunteers faced with damaged venues, a smaller cast of characters and loss of power and phone service. (As featured online at St. Thomas Source) https://stthomassource.com/content/2018/01/03/dont-bet-against-the-fete-crucian-christmas-festival-recovers-to-celebrate-65/
Even an approaching storm could not dim the spirit of VI residents celebrating Labor Day in Coral Bay, St. John. Local organizers held a custom car show, featuring cars, trucks, bikes and sound syatems.