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HOVENSA asked to explain why fuel prices are not decreasing in USVI

October 24, 2014
HOVENSA asked to explain why fuel prices are not decreasing in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- Commissioner Wayne Biggs of the US Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs has requested all information regarding HOVENSA's "pricing mechanism for the sale of fuel in the Virgin Islands" by no later than November 3, expressing concern that...

USVI sues lawyers and financial advisor over IRS disallowance of $219 million bond issue

October 22, 2014
USVI sues lawyers and financial advisor over IRS disallowance of $219 million bond issue ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority and the government of the USVI on Monday filed a multi-million dollar malpractice lawsuit seeking punitive and compensatory damages for the failure of its law firm Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC, and its financial advisor...

USVI governor hosts BVI delegation at annual Friendship Day celebration

October 21, 2014
USVI governor hosts BVI delegation at annual Friendship Day celebration ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh and First Lady Cecile de Jongh welcomed a delegation of almost 100 persons from the British Virgin Islands to the annual USVI/BVI celebration, hosted on St Thomas on Saturday. The delegation, led by BVI Governor John Duncan and...

BVI-USVI Friendship Day celebrates common territorial ties

October 17, 2014
BVI-USVI Friendship Day celebrates common territorial ties ST THOMAS, USVI -- The Greater Virgin Islands are gearing up for this year’s BVI-USVI Friendship Day celebrations under the theme, “Ole Tyme Tings ~ Celebrating the Ties that Bind Us”. The event hosted by St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) from October 17-18, will seek to further strengthen...

Bermuda under hurricane warning

October 16, 2014
Bermuda under hurricane warning MIAMI, USA -- A hurricane warning was issued for Bermuda on Wednesday as Hurricane Gonzalo headed directly for the island, which is still recovering after being swiped by Tropical Storm Fay last Sunday, with some roads remaining blocked and thousands of homes still without power.

Gonzalo becomes a hurricane while moving through Leewards

October 14, 2014
Gonzalo becomes a hurricane while moving through Leewards MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Gonzalo strengthened into a hurricane on Monday as it passed through the northern Leeward Islands, with additional strengthening likely. A hurricane warning was in effect for the British Virgin Islands, St Maarten, St Martin and Anguilla.

Hurricane watch issued for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

October 13, 2014
Hurricane watch issued for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands MIAMI, USA -- A hurricane watch was issued for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, and the British and US Virgin Islands as Tropical Storm Gonzalo moved through the Leeward Islands on Monday, with rain bands already affecting Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda early Monday morning.

Fay moves away from Bermuda, as Gonzalo threatens Leewards

October 13, 2014
Fay moves away from Bermuda, as Gonzalo threatens Leewards MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Fay moved away from Bermuda into the open Atlantic on Sunday after lashing the island with heavy rain and gusting winds, knocking out power for thousands of residents. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed east of the Leeward Islands on Sunday.

The Caribbean Writer's Volume 28 book launch party

October 11, 2014
The Caribbean Writer's Volume 28 book launch party ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer invites the general public and the UVI community to the book launch of Volume 28 on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 6-9 pm in the Great Hall of the Albert Sheen Campus on St Croix. Volume 28 highlights time, place and memories. It features insightful and...

USVI governor 'frustrated' by budget process

October 10, 2014
USVI governor 'frustrated' by budget process ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh, in making several observations about the Fiscal Year 2015 operating budget approved by the legislature last week, said he was frustrated by the process after he began a detailed study of the changes made.

The Caribbean Writer publishes Volume 28 issue, dedicated to Time, Place and Memories

October 9, 2014
The Caribbean Writer publishes Volume 28 issue, dedicated to Time, Place and Memories ST THOMAS, USVI -- The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) has released Volume 28 of its international, literary journal, where the Caribbean imagination embraces the world. This volume is overflowing with brilliant, insightful, imaginative writings highlighting the concepts: Time, Place and Memories.

USVI working towards strong Ebola preparedness and response

October 8, 2014
USVI working towards strong Ebola preparedness and response ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett reported on Tuesday that the Department of Health is collaborating and communicating with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local hospital officials, healthcare partners and emergency...

USVI budget director expresses grave concern about senate budget cuts

October 7, 2014
USVI budget director expresses grave concern about senate budget cuts ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Budget Director Debra Gottlieb said on Monday that she has grave concerns about some of the provisions of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget as passed by the USVI legislature. In light of those concerns, she has called on the Senate’s Post Auditor to request the...

USVI health officials monitoring spread of respiratory virus

September 30, 2014
USVI health officials monitoring spread of respiratory virus ST THOMAS, USVI -- Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett has reported that the US Virgin Islands Department of Health is closely monitoring national reports of a virus called enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) that has been causing severe respiratory illness among children in the United States.

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

Potential buyer found for USVI oil refinery

September 17, 2014
Potential buyer found for USVI oil refinery ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh met on Sunday with 11 members of the 30th Legislature to provide an update on the HOVENSA oil refinery sales process. “Today’s meeting provided the opportunity for me to update our senators on what progress has been made...

Fogging has negligible impact on spread of chikungunya virus, says USVI health official

September 17, 2014
Fogging has negligible impact on spread of chikungunya virus, says USVI health official ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett said on Monday that there has been an outcry for the Department of Health to conduct truck mounted fogging to control adult mosquitoes and to end the spread of the chikungunya virus in the territory.

USVI to receive close to $3 million in federal grants for capital improvement projects

September 15, 2014
USVI to receive close to $3 million in federal grants for capital improvement projects ST THOMAS, USVI -- Last week, Governor John de Jongh was notified that the US Virgin Islands would receive nearly $3 million in federal grant assistance for specific capital improvement projects to hospitals and clinics, schools, and other government facilities. The notification was made by...

USVI declares war on disease-carrying mosquitoes

September 11, 2014
USVI declares war on disease-carrying mosquitoes ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Commissioner of Health, Darice Plaskett, recently concluded a multiagency task force conference call to organize and align the department’s efforts to support and protect the community against the spread of chikungunya and other harmful mosquito-borne...

Marijuana tourism debate at state of the industry conference in USVI

September 10, 2014
Marijuana tourism debate at state of the industry conference in USVI BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The notion or reality of marijuana tourism will be discussed at the upcoming State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in the US Virgin Islands next week. Expert presenters will debate issues related to the subject as part of a broader discussion on medical, health...

Delta Air Lines increases planned USVI service

September 10, 2014
Delta Air Lines increases planned USVI service ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands economy will receive a greater boost now that the new Delta Air Lines service between Atlanta and St Croix will run longer than originally planned.  The USVI Department of Tourism confirmed that the weekly service, scheduled to return to the territory on...

USVI to receive $165 million for FY 2015 rum cover-over revenue

September 9, 2014
USVI to receive $165 million for FY 2015 rum cover-over revenue ST THOMAS, USVI -- On Friday, Governor John de Jongh received notification from the Office of Insular Areas of the Department of the Interior that the government of the US Virgin Islands would shortly receive $165 million for estimated rum excise tax cover-over for fiscal year 2015.

Number of chikungunya cases increases in USVI

September 8, 2014
Number of chikungunya cases increases in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett has reported that the Department of Health is monitoring a recent uptick in the number of confirmed/probable cases of chikungunya in the US Virgin Islands. As of Friday, there have been a total of 30 confirmed/probable cases in the territory.

USVI governor pardons convicted former senator

September 5, 2014
USVI governor pardons convicted former senator ST THOMAS, USVI -- The governor of the US Virgin Islands, John de Jongh, said on Wednesday that he is pardoning a former senator, who was convicted of failure to file income tax returns, so she can again run for public office. In 2009, Alicia ‘Chucky’ Hansen received a three-year suspended sentence.

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.

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