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Letter: USVI needs long term master plan to achieve economic growth and sustainability

August 21, 2014
The St Croix Strategic Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) will submit proposed legislation to create a local Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic (CEDS) Master Plan, in order for the US Virgin Islands (USVI) to achieve long term (10-20 year plan) economic growth.

USVI joins Caribbean Challenge Initiative to conserve coastal areas

August 20, 2014
USVI joins Caribbean Challenge Initiative to conserve coastal areas ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh has informed the prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, "with great pride" that the United States Virgin Islands has endorsed the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) and is prepared to sign the CCI Leaders Declaration. The CCI was launched in 2008.

$3 million boost for USVI small businesses

August 16, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- The VI Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) has approved 24 loan guarantee support applications in the amount of $3 million to help local small businesses through local banks that are participants of the state small business credit initiative.

Commentary: No Caribbean appetite for a rum fight

August 8, 2014
Commentary: No Caribbean appetite for a rum fight It is alarming that Barbados’ Ambassador to the United States, John Beale, has publicly stated that CARICOM (the 15-nation Caribbean Community) is “inactive” and needs to take a position on the issue of Caribbean rums being wiped-out of the US market. Inactivity is not in the interest of CARICOM...

USVI's Julius Jackson wins title bout in Argentina

August 4, 2014
CORDOBA, Argentina -- The US Virgin Islands’ 340 Boxing champ Julius Jackson has won his title bout against Crispulo Javier Andino in Argentina. When Jackson returned to the territory on Saturday, he brought back the same World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedebol title belt...

Tropical Storm Bertha passes just south of Puerto Rico

August 2, 2014
Tropical Storm Bertha passes just south of Puerto Rico MIAMI, USA -- The centre of Tropical Storm Bertha was passing just south of Puerto Rico on Saturday morning, moving toward the west-northwest near 22 mph. A turn toward the northwest is expected by Saturday night, with this motion continuing through Sunday night.

Tropical Storm Bertha moves into northeast Caribbean

August 2, 2014
Tropical Storm Bertha moves into northeast Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- At 5:00 pm EDT on Friday, the centre of Tropical Storm Bertha was located 20 miles northwest of Fort de France, Martinique, and about 405 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the system moved into the northeastern Caribbean Sea. According to the National Hurricane Center...

Tropical Storm Bertha forms, warnings in effect for Caribbean

August 1, 2014
Tropical Storm Bertha forms, warnings in effect for Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm Bertha formed in the western Atlantic on Thursday night and a tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St Vincent.

Exhibitors sought for USVI small business expo

July 31, 2014
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, USVI -- The VI Economic Development Authority's (VIEDA) State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program is seeking exhibitors in the industries of food, gift and arts, beauty and wellness, music, jewelry, fashion, building and industrial materials.

USVI historian to deliver keynote lecture at upcoming slavery conference in Norway

July 25, 2014
USVI historian to deliver keynote lecture at upcoming slavery conference in Norway ST THOMAS, USVI -- Wayne James, fashion designer, lawyer, former US Virgin Islands senator, historian, and author of the soon-to-be released book on men's manners, Manly Manners: Lifestyle and Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century, has been invited to deliver the keynote address at...

Fewer cruise ship calls mean over $18 million in lost economic activity for USVI

July 24, 2014
Fewer cruise ship calls mean over $18 million in lost economic activity for USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- On the eve of a special session of the legislature called by Governor John de Jongh to address a critically-needed major coastal permit for the US Virgin Islands, the government’s Bureau of Economic Research released results of an impact analysis conducted over the last few days.

Emergency passports no longer available locally for USVI residents

July 19, 2014
Emergency passports no longer available locally for USVI residents WASHINGTON, USA -- USVI Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen said on Thursday her district office staff received e-mail correspondence from the US Department of State’s Miami passport agency that, effective July 11, 2014, US citizens from the US Virgin Islands who need to obtain...

USVI governor joins 30 other chief executives in urging Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank

July 17, 2014
USVI governor joins 30 other chief executives in urging Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank ST THOMAS, USVI -- On Tuesday, US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh joined with a bipartisan group of governors in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging swift action to reauthorize the US Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, whose charter expires in September.

Economic census shows USVI generated $6.8 billion in sales in 2012

July 16, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The 2,414 business establishments in the US Virgin Islands generated $6.8 billion in sales, employed 32,465 people and paid $1.1 billion in annual payroll, according to the US Census Bureau's 2012 Economic Census of Island Areas: Geographic Area Series.

USVI governor calls legislature into special session to address critical financial needs

July 15, 2014
USVI governor calls legislature into special session to address critical financial needs ST THOMAS, USVI -- On Monday, Governor John de Jongh called the US Virgin Islands legislature into special session on Wednesday to address critical financial needs of the government, including an infusion of working capital to the two territorial hospitals. The proposed legislation also seeks to amend...

Coast Guard investigates grounding of 190-foot cargo ship off USVI

July 14, 2014
Coast Guard investigates grounding of 190-foot cargo ship off USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- The Coast Guard is investigating the grounding of the Sabre Spirit, a 190-foot Panamanian flag roll-on/roll-off cargo ship, after the vessel ran aground on Friday morning off Current Cut, between the islands of St Thomas and Great St James, in the US Virgin Islands.

USVI governor urges Congress to extend federal transportation funding

July 11, 2014
USVI governor urges Congress to extend federal transportation funding ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh has called on the US Congress to replenish the Highway Trust Fund to avoid significant cuts to highway and transit funding that are scheduled to be imposed in the USVI and across the country starting August 1, and to extend the...

The Caribbean Writer announces Volume 27 prize winners

July 8, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer has announced its annual prize winners from Volume 27, which highlights music and visual arts. Topping the list is a new annual prize: The Cecile deJongh Literary Prize ($500) awarded to an author whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean.

Eighteen Caribbean hotels among the Top 100 List in 2014

July 3, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- On Tuesday, Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced the Expedia 2014 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels...

Delta Air Lines to resume St Croix USVI service

June 21, 2014
ST CROIX USVI -- St Croix in the US Virgin Islands will welcome the return of Delta Air Lines this winter with nonstop air service from Atlanta. The USVI Department of Tourism announced that Delta Air Lines has strengthened its commitment to the territory.

Weapons found in mail sent to USVI

June 20, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Charlotte Amalie Post Office in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, have discovered several pistols as part of a routine inspection of packages arriving from the continental United States.

USVI governor welcomes cruise industry executives to St Croix

June 20, 2014
USVI governor welcomes cruise industry executives to St Croix ST CROIX, USVI -- A high-level team of cruise industry executives assembled this week in the US Virgin Islands to discuss the myriad opportunities that exist on St Croix for enhancing the Caribbean cruising experience for its millions of customers. The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA)...

USVI governor submits 2015 spending plan

June 18, 2014
USVI governor submits 2015 spending plan ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh on Monday submitted his administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 operating budget for the government of the US Virgin Islands. In a three-page transmittal letter that accompanied de Jongh’s financial blueprint for the operations of the government...

USVI reports first locally acquired case of chikungunya

June 13, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- On Tuesday, the US Virgin Islands Department of Health confirmed two new cases of chikungunya virus. The first case has been confirmed as locally acquired; the second case is an imported case with the patient having recent travel history outside of the territory.

Expedia reports increase in travel demand for US Virgin Islands

June 13, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- Expedia., Inc., one of the world's largest online travel companies, has reported that travel demand garnered via Expedia.com and Hotels.com points of sale for US Virgin Islands hotels grew 23 percent in the first quarter of 2014 when compared to the same time period in 2013.

Former USVI senator to release book on 'Manly Manners'

June 11, 2014
Former USVI senator to release book on 'Manly Manners' “Move over, 'Miss Manners' -- please! Manners is a man's job. And there is now a man reporting for duty,” says Wayne James, former US Virgin Islands senator and author of Manly Manners: Lifestyle & Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century. The book is elegant and sophisticated, but edgy.

British and US Virgin Islands discuss laws regulating local bands

June 7, 2014
British and US Virgin Islands discuss laws regulating local bands ST THOMAS, USVI -- The governments of the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands have begun candid discussions to clarify the laws governing the musical exchange between the two territories. On Thursday morning, BVI minister for education and culture Myron Walwyn led a delegation...

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