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Saturday, June 26, 2010

This summer the Virgin Islands Reparations Movement will be traveling to Copenhagen to embark upon a new course of activism with respect to the era of the Danish West Indies, the associated human tragedy, and the related and still lingering social ills. We envision making the most important statement ever... read more...



Thursday, June 3, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- Health Commissioner Julia Sheen on Wednesday said the Department of Health has confirmed the US Virgin Islands' first case of Dengue Fever. The case was reported in the St Thomas-St John district and follow-up testing confirmed positive for the disease caused by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. read more...



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- The annual Association of Commissioners of Police continued their day-long schedule of activities with a plenary session on Monday afternoon im the US Virgin Islands. Moderated by ACCP president Police Commissioner Darwin Dottin, panelists addressed the topic of crime and its challenges. read more...



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- Police Commissioners from the Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Guyana, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, Turks & Caicos and the US Virgin Islands, in addition to the Deputy Police Commissioners of the Bahamas and Jamaica converged on St Thomas, USVI. read more...



Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Senator Wayne James, in Amendment No. 28-763a, which altered the May 4, 2010, $250 million dollar “Borrowing Bill,” has negotiated for up to $5 million dollars to be used by the Department of Tourism to promote the Virgin Islands during the summer months. read more...



Saturday, May 8, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- As part of the Annual National Travel and Tourism Week, May 8-16, the US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has planned a number of activities in the Territory designed to build awareness of the impact of tourism on the local economy and emphasize the importance of providing the... read more...



Tuesday, April 27, 2010

ST CROIX, USVI -- Air arrivals to the US Virgin Islands are on the rise, according to data compiled by the VI Port Authority. Between January and March there was a 15.9% increase in air arrivals to St Croix and a 9% increase on St Thomas. The increase is in line with the trend the USVI has been experiencing. read more...



Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bite into a piece of fruit and think about its origin. What about tonight’s dinner? You might realize that tomatoes don’t grow wrapped in cellophane. But do you have a clue about the nature of your other vegetables, fruit, bread, fish, and especially meat? Food shouldn’t travel more than we do. read more...



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John deJongh has written to US Senator Robert Menendez regarding the senator’s criticism of two beneficial, long-term economic development agreements secured by the US Virgin Islands Government. The partnerships will keep a global company in the United States... read more...



Monday, April 12, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Senator Wayne James, sponsor of the Education Policy Improvement Bill, will seek the support of his colleagues in move to override Governor John de Jongh’s April 7, 2010 veto of the Bill at the upcoming Session scheduled for April 14 and 15. James’s Education Policy Improvement Bill... read more...



Saturday, April 10, 2010

ST CROIX, USVI -- St Croix senator-historian Wayne James has donated copies of three original Avis newspapers to local libraries and archives. Dated August 19, 23, and 26 of the year 1819, the 191-year-old, four-page newspapers, then called Dansk Vestindisk Regierings Avis,  are in excellent condition. read more...



Thursday, April 1, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh has proclaimed Thursday, April 1 as “Census Day” in the US Virgin Islands and urges all Virgin Islanders to participate in the upcoming census process. Census 2010, the 23rd United States Census, is currently underway. Information gathered from this process... read more...



Monday, March 29, 2010

WASHINGTON (AFP) -- In a tale of pirates, rum and economic warfare, the US Virgin Islands have lured Captain Morgan maker Diageo from Puerto Rico, leading to a daggers-drawn political battle in Washington. A dastardly scheme, say Puerto Rico backers who have been battling for months to block the deal. read more...



Thursday, March 25, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Lieutenant Governor Gregory Francis recently hosted a 23-member Danish delegation at Government House on St Thomas. The group consisted of members of the Danish Parliamentary Committee and representatives of the Danish Ministry of Culture. read more...



Tuesday, March 23, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA -- US Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen praised Sunday evening’s historic vote to reform the country’s health care system. “I am ecstatic over the passage of this bill,” said Christensen following the 219-212 vote to pass The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. read more...



Friday, March 12, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- With the US Virgin Islands in the midst of its high season, the Department of Tourism is proactively planning ahead for the off season by promoting summer travel with special packages, advertising programs, sales blitzes and trade shows to a key market – the Caribbean. read more...



Saturday, March 6, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh said on Thursday that Senator LeMieux of Florida has ignored almost 100 years of federal precedent and clear Congressional intent by filing an amendment that drastically alters the rum excise tax cover-over program. read more...



Saturday, March 6, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA -- The draft of the Proposed Constitution of the United States Virgin Islands was sent to the US Congress on Monday evening by President Barack Obama in keeping with the 60-day window for review and submittal established by law, said Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen. read more...



Saturday, March 6, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- Attorney General Vincent Frazer and Police Commissioner Novelle Francis, Jr, confirmed that St Thomas/ St John District Senator, Adlah “Foncie” Donastorg, Jr, turned himself in to authorities at the Virgin Islands Police Department in Frederiksted, St Croix on charges of domestic violence. read more...



Saturday, March 6, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI --  A 23-member Danish parliamentary delegation was scheduled to arrive on St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands on Friday at the invitation of Senator Wayne James and will be in the territory until Monday, March 8. The visit marks the first time that the Danish Parliament has visited the US Virgin Islands. read more...



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

NEW YORK, USA (Reuters) -- Diageo PLC accused rival Bacardi Ltd of trying to drive its Captain Morgan rum production out of the United States in order to protect its own substantial rum subsidies from the Puerto Rican government. Guy Smith, executive vice president of Diageo North America, said... read more...



Friday, February 19, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- Several legislative measures have been introduced in the US House of Representatives designed to advance political development in US territories. The first bill co-sponsored by Delegate Madeleine Bordallo of Guam, Delegate Eni Faleomavaega of American Samoa and... read more...



Monday, February 8, 2010

From the inception of public discussions on Diageo and Cruzan Rum, this writer recognized the value of supporting the efforts of our government in pursuit of the opportunities for diversifying the Virgin Islands economy through increased rum production and exportation to the United States based upon special tax legislation. read more...



Saturday, February 6, 2010

ST CROIX, USVI -- St Croix’s economy is getting an added boost this week as a record five ships call on the island bringing thousands of cruise passengers to its shores to shop, dine, and explore all St Croix has to offer. The banner week started with the arrival of the Summit on Monday followed by the Millennium. read more...



Saturday, January 30, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA -- A Congressional Research Service analysis of the rum excise tax cover over program, from which Puerto Rico receives about $400 million annually and the US Virgin Islands about $90 million annually, finds that proposed legislation by the Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner would be detrimental. read more...



Tuesday, January 26, 2010

ST CROIX, USVI -- The Twin-City delegation from Montescudaio, Italy arrived in the US Virgin Islands on Sunday, January 24, thereby officially consummating the relationship of mutual friendship between the 11th-century Tuscan town and the historic Virgin Islands towns of Charlotte Amalie, Christiansted, and Frederiksted. read more...



Wednesday, January 13, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- A twelve person jury returned a verdict of “guilty” Tuesday against a former Director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Motor Vehicles who was charged with fraud. Delvin D Duggins, a 44-year-old St Thomas native, stands convicted of one count of fraudulent claims upon the government. read more...



Tuesday, January 12, 2010

ST JOHN, USVI -- Starting in late July, the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) initiates a second inventory of the forests of US Virgin Islands. The survey begins on the island of St John and continues an effort to measure and monitor the forest lands of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. read more...



Wednesday, December 30, 2009

NEW YORK, USA (Reuters) -- Morgan Stanley has been sued by a US Virgin Islands pension fund that accused the Wall Street bank of defrauding investors by marketing $1.2 billion of risky mortgage-related notes that it expected to fail. According to the complaint, the CDO was backed by low-quality assets. read more...



Saturday, December 19, 2009

ST CROIX, USVI -- A rare collection of oil portraits of black people, painted by some of Europe’s foremost portrait artists between 1855 and 1894, is on display at historic Fort Frederik in the US Virgin Islands as an addition to “Sleeping with a Bachelor: The Antique Bedroom Furniture of Crucian Collector Wayne James”. read more...



Tuesday, December 15, 2009

You may have noticed that the Virgin Islands Reparations Movement is front and center again in the world press. Related to Bill No. 26-0089, originally introduced in the senate by Senator Shawn-Michael Malone, an Associated Press story entitled "USVI activists push for slavery-era disclosures" has been published. read more...



Friday, December 11, 2009

ST CROIX, USVI -- In recent weeks, the issue has been raised of disclosure by corporations in the US Virgin Islands that operated during the slavery era. Legislation which would “require existing and new corporations to research their history to determine if any predecessor corporation existed which used... read more...



Friday, December 11, 2009

PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Chatting happily with new friends around the bar at Boleros, the Latin music and dance spot on the Oasis of the Seas, Bonnie Simpson is having a good time. The ship is hours outside of the port of Philipsburg, St Maarten, but the party continues on the decks well into the night. read more...



Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 8, is a historical date in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, when the Oasis of The Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world is scheduled to make her maiden voyage to the Caribbean with her first stop in the US Virgin Islands.  Incidentally it is the anniversary of the conception of Mary... read more...



Monday, December 7, 2009

ST CROIX, USVI -- By the time US Virgin Islands Senator Wayne A.G. James had shaken hands for the first time with Montescudaio, Italy’s mayor Aurelio Pellegrini in front of the 12th-century town’s municipal building on the morning of November 26th, fifteen Italian newspapers had already run stories. read more...



Saturday, November 28, 2009

ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands government officials representing an inter-agency committee formed by Governor John de Jongh to prepare for the arrival of the world’s largest cruise ship on St Thomas will share plans at a press conference on Tuesday at the Crown Bay Center at 10:00 am. read more...



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

ST CROIX, USVI -- Aurelio Pellegrini, mayor of Montescudaio, Italy, has invited St Croix senator Wayne AG James to introduce a Resolution to the 28th Legislature to establish a twin city relationship between the 12th-century Tuscan town and the three historic towns of the US Virgin Islands. read more...



Monday, November 23, 2009

I write today to inquire about the status of Bill No. 26-0089. Citing the more than four years that have transpired since this legislation was introduced by Senator Shawn-Michael Malone and held in the Committee on Government Operations and Consumer Protection, there are many concerned citizens. read more...



Thursday, November 19, 2009

ST CROIX, USA -- Additional non-stop flight service to St Croix in the US Virgin Islands announced in June will begin on Thursday with the arrival of American Airlines flight #879 from Miami. To mark the occasion, the Department of Tourism has planned a special reception at the Henry E Rohlsen Airport... read more...



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

ST CROIX, USVI -- A suspect who has been wanted by police for five years was brought back to the US Virgin Islands to face charges. Khaeil Alphonso Thompson, age 27, was living in St Lucia since he fled St Croix in 2004 following a shooting in Frederiksted. VIPD detectives had information Thompson was in St Lucia. read more...



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