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Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea

September 29, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- As expected, Tropical Storm Matthew formed early Wednesday as the system moved through the Windward Islands into the eastern Caribbean, bringing heavy rains and high winds and forcing the closure of government offices and schools.

USVI clergy organize to combat gun violence

September 26, 2016
USVI clergy organize to combat gun violence ST CROIX, USVI -- More than 50 members of the US Virgin Islands clergy met last week to create an organized coalition to combat gun violence in the territory. The effort is being led by the Office of the Governor and its faith based programs coordinator Pastor Samuel Carrion.

USVI-BVI celebrate 43rd Friendship Day

September 19, 2016
USVI-BVI celebrate 43rd Friendship Day ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp welcomed Dr Orlando Smith, the premier of the British Virgin Islands, and the BVI delegation to St Thomas on Saturday for a full day of cultural exchange, marking the 43rd anniversary of the USVI-BVI Friendship Day.

New airlift agreement to increase BVI air access

September 17, 2016
New airlift agreement to increase BVI air access ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The government of the British Virgin Islands has welcomed the agreement between Delta Airlines and Seaborne Airlines to increase air access to the Territory and allow customers to purchase a single ticket for select flights between the US and the Caribbean.

BVI-USVI Friendship Day set for Saturday

September 14, 2016
BVI-USVI Friendship Day set for Saturday ST THOMAS, USVI -- A delegation of government officials and civic leaders from the British Virgin Islands will travel to St Thomas on Saturday to take part in activities celebrating BVI-USVI Friendship Day and the special relationship between the United States and British Virgin Islands.

BVI and USVI conclude successful seventh Inter Virgin Islands Council meeting

September 9, 2016
BVI and USVI conclude successful seventh Inter Virgin Islands Council meeting ST THOMAS, USVI -- The British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands are making progress to strengthen ties in areas of mutual interest following the seventh meeting of the Inter Virgin Islands Council (IVIC) on September 2 in St Thomas. Premier and minister of finance of the British....

Seventh Inter Virgin Island Council meeting set for Friday in St Thomas

September 1, 2016
Seventh Inter Virgin Island Council meeting set for Friday in St Thomas ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands and will continue to strengthen ties as the Governor of the USVI, Kenneth Mapp and premier and minister of finance of the BVI, Dr Orlando Smith, convene the seventh meeting of the Inter Virgin Islands Council.

Former USVI senator charged with wire fraud and embezzlement of legislative funds

August 26, 2016
Former USVI senator charged with wire fraud and embezzlement of legislative funds ST THOMAS, USVI -- A former US Virgin Islands senator was arrested on June 29, 2016, in Modena, Italy, and extradited on Wednesday for allegedly defrauding the government of the USVI of tens of thousands of dollars while he served as a senator in the territorial legislature.

Tropical storm conditions threaten Leeward Islands and Bahamas

August 25, 2016
Tropical storm conditions threaten Leeward Islands and Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- A strong tropical wave and associated broad area of low pressure was moving westward across the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico towards The Bahamas on Wednesday, bringing tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rain. According to the National Hurricane Center...

Tropical wave expected to bring heavy rains, winds to northeastern Caribbean on Wednesday

August 24, 2016
Tropical wave expected to bring heavy rains, winds to northeastern Caribbean on Wednesday MIAMI, USA -- Gusty winds, heavy rains, and possible flash floods and mud slides could occur over the northern Leeward Islands and the Greater Antilles on Wednesday as a tropical wave located a few hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized shower and...

Tropical wave approaches Lesser Antilles, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

August 23, 2016
Tropical wave approaches Lesser Antilles, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico MIAMI, USA -- A tropical wave located about 750 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. Interests in the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico should monitor the progress of this system. According to the National Hurricane Center...

Delta to expand service from Boston to key Caribbean destinations

August 16, 2016
Delta to expand service from Boston to key Caribbean destinations BOSTON, USA -- Delta Air Lines has announced today the expansion of its service from Boston to some key destinations in the Caribbean. The airline will launch a Saturday nonstop flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and a Saturday nonstop flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Two USVI police officers fatally shot

August 13, 2016
Two USVI police officers fatally shot ST CROIX, USVI -- Two off-duty police officers were found shot to death on a beach in St Croix in the US Virgin Islands on Thursday. The bodies of Officers Lesha Lammy, 30, and Kai Javoi, 28, were found at a beach on the northwest side of the island following a 911 call around 1 pm on Thursday.

Strong tropical wave prompts flash flood warnings

August 1, 2016
Strong tropical wave prompts flash flood warnings MIAMI, USA -- A strong and fast-moving tropical wave over the eastern Caribbean Sea resulted in flash flood warnings being issued for the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico though Monday night. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, as of 2 pm EDT...

Letter: Recent drowning at Coki Beach, St Thomas

July 28, 2016
Letter: Recent drowning at Coki Beach, St Thomas My family and I recently visited St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, for a wedding. On June 20, 2016, at approximately 1400 hours we were visiting Coki Beach. As we were resting on the sand we noticed a swimmer, about 50 yards out. We initially thought the man was playing. He then appeared...

USVI reports nine new zika cases

July 27, 2016
USVI reports nine new zika cases ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health (DOH) has reported nine new cases of zika in the territory. According to the weekly surveillance report, the total number of confirmed positive cases in the territory is now 65 -- 19 cases on St Croix, 45 cases on St Thomas, and...

USVI reports nine new zika cases

July 21, 2016
USVI reports nine new zika cases ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health (DOH) has reported nine new cases of zika in the territory. According to the weekly surveillance report, the total number of confirmed positive cases in the territory is now 56 -- 18 cases on St Croix and 38 cases on St Thomas.

Divers rescued from sunken vessel in USVI

July 12, 2016
Divers rescued from sunken vessel in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- Marine Interdiction Agents with US Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO), recently rescued 11 divers from a sunken vessel off the coast of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. “Our agents remain vigilant in detecting smuggling threats...

Cayman Islands confirms first two cases of zika; USVI and Grenada report additional cases

July 7, 2016
Cayman Islands confirms first two cases of zika; USVI and Grenada report additional cases GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Although the Cayman Islands managed to remain free of zika for a considerable time as the virus raged across the region, public health officials confirmed on Tuesday the first two Cayman Islands cases of the virus, imported by returning residents.

Commentary: Congrats to the University of the Virgin Islands

July 4, 2016
Commentary: Congrats to the University of the Virgin Islands The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is to be highly congratulated on offering its first PhD, and new masters programmes, as recently reported by Caribbean News Now. The university is widely known throughout the Caribbean region for its high levels of excellence, and in seeking to...

Puerto Rico authorities foil cocaine smuggling attempt by USVI passenger

June 30, 2016
Puerto Rico authorities foil cocaine smuggling attempt by USVI passenger SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers in Puerto Rico on Sunday discovered 7.9 kilograms (17.4 pounds) of cocaine concealed in a passenger’s carry-on luggage arriving from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The estimated value of...

USVI reports three new zika cases

June 29, 2016
USVI reports three new zika cases ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health (DOH) has reported three new cases of zika virus in the territory. According to the weekly surveillance report, there are 29 confirmed positive cases in the territory, 12 cases on St Thomas, 16 on St. Croix and one on St John.

USVI governor announces minimum wage increase

June 23, 2016
USVI governor announces minimum wage increase ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor Kenneth Mapp announced on Tuesday to US Virgin Islands’ businesses and employers, and to the general public within the territory that Act No. 7856 amending the minimum wage for all hourly employees took effect on June 21, 2016. According to the Fair Labor...

Nicolosi wins 24th International Optimist Regatta in USVI

June 21, 2016
Nicolosi wins 24th International Optimist Regatta in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- Mia Nicolosi is quick to tell you that her ambition in sailing isn’t earning the Top Girl prize. Instead, Nicolosi sets her sights on the overall top trophy, beating all the other girls and boys alike. The 13-year-old St Thomas Yacht Club sailor achieved her goal by winning...

USVI governor submits 'Virgin Islands Speedy Trial Act' to legislature

June 18, 2016
USVI governor submits 'Virgin Islands Speedy Trial Act' to legislature ST CROIX, USVI -- On Friday, Governor Kenneth Mapp submitted a proposed bill to implement and provide for the speedy trial of persons charged with criminal offenses in the US Virgin Islands. The measure titled the “Virgin Islands Speedy Trial Act” is intended to strike a balance...

China trade mission offers good news for USVI economy

June 16, 2016
China trade mission offers good news for USVI economy ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor Kenneth Mapp spoke at a press conference at Government House in St Thomas on Tuesday to a live and broadcast audience, offering details of his recent trip to China to explore economic opportunity for the US Virgin Islands. During the governor’s press...

USVI reports two new cases of zika; St Lucia reports eight total

June 16, 2016
USVI reports two new cases of zika; St Lucia reports eight total ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health has reported two new cases of zika in the territory. According to the weekly zika surveillance report, the total number of confirmed positive cases in the USVI is now 26: 16 cases on St Croix, nine cases on...

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