News from USVI:
July 25, 2014
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...
July 24, 2014
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.
July 19, 2014
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...
July 17, 2014
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.
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.
July 15, 2014
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...
July 14, 2014
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.
July 11, 2014
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
June 20, 2014
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)...
June 18, 2014
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...
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.
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.
June 11, 2014
“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.
June 7, 2014
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...
May 19, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- While the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital (JFLH) in the US Virgin Islands continues to grapple with serious financial challenges, the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue took action against the hospital’s cash assets as part of an ongoing effort to collect outstanding taxes.
May 15, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett reported on Monday that US Virgin Islands health officials investigated the first confirmed imported case of chikungunya in a return traveler to St Thomas that was associated with a recent cruise to the Caribbean.
May 13, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico’s only large county, the municipio of San Juan, reported an employment loss of 2.9 percent from September 2012 to September 2013, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Monday. Chief regional economist Martin Kohli noted that...
May 10, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- The former executive director of the Legislature of the US Virgin Islands has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the USVI for accepting bribes and engaging in extortion in the award of contracts with the Legislature. The indictment charges Louis “Lolo” Willis...
May 9, 2014
ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands (BVI) and United States Virgin Islands (USVI) continued to strengthen ties as senior government officials met and reported on areas of shared interests during the sixth Inter-Virgin Islands Council (IVIC) on Thursday. Executive director in the International Affairs...
May 6, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh submitted on Friday written testimony to a US Senate Committee urging Congress to intervene in the long-simmering dispute between the government and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) over the responsibility for financing...
April 28, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh said on Friday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has notified the Department of Human Services that the US Virgin Islands is eligible to receive a 2.2 percent funding increase to further expand the...
April 24, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Attorney General Vincent Frazer and Director Claudette Watson Anderson, of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, on Wednesday announced the arrest of Jonathan Cohen, sole owner of JKC Communications (parent company of Isle 95...
April 5, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh has hailed the action taken by the US Senate Finance Committee to extend the rum cover-over rate for two years without limitations or restrictions. The bill makes the extension retroactive to January 1 of this year.