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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...

UVI's first PhD and new graduate programs to be featured in Caribbean

June 16, 2016
UVI's first PhD and new graduate programs to be featured in Caribbean ST THOMAS, USVI -- University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) alumni, political and corporate leaders, and others will get an opportunity to take advantage of career advancement opportunities offered by UVI, namely, the university’s first PhD and six master’s level programs in business and...

International Optimist Regatta kicks-off this week in USVI

June 15, 2016
International Optimist Regatta kicks-off this week in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- A near-record 115 8- to 15-year-old sailors representing seven countries set sail from June 17 to 19 in the International Optimist Regatta (IOR), presented by Electronic Merchant System (EMS) in the US Virgin Islands. Their participation will be prefaced by taking...

House passes Puerto Rico restructuring and oversight bill; removes USVI

June 11, 2016
House passes Puerto Rico restructuring and oversight bill; removes USVI ST CROIX, USVI -- The US House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday by a 297-127 vote to address Puerto Rico’s fiscal and economic crisis after several months of contentious debate. The bill, known as the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act...

US Virgin Islands unique trade environment highlighted at CBP outreach

June 8, 2016
US Virgin Islands unique trade environment highlighted at CBP outreach WASHINGTON, USA -- In an effort to inform a wide audience on the complexities of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations in the US Virgin Islands, the San Juan Field Office delivered an outreach event on Monday in Washington, DC. The event’s goal was to highlight the...

Commentary: The DC statehood issue: Why the national capital cannot be a state or a territory

June 6, 2016
Commentary: The DC statehood issue: Why the national capital cannot be a state or a territory Recently, there have been several attempts to assimilate the District of Columbia status to the one of a US territory. In the midst of a presidential election year, the DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, intends to prepare a statehood package for the District of Columbia when the new...

US Virgin Islands targets Texas travelers

June 4, 2016
US Virgin Islands targets Texas travelers DALLAS, USA -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is taking steps to ensure that the territory's tourism offerings are top of mind for Texas travelers. Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty reported that recent visits to Dallas and Houston helped generate greater...

Three new zika cases reported in US Virgin Islands

June 3, 2016
Three new zika cases reported in US Virgin Islands ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health has reported three new cases of zika virus, with none of the new cases occurring among pregnant women. According to the weekly surveillance report, there were also 15 cases of dengue in the territory.

Scripps National Spelling Bee awaits Caribbean contestants with harder words

May 24, 2016
Scripps National Spelling Bee awaits Caribbean contestants with harder words WASHINGTON, USA -- This year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, from May 22 to 27, awaits Caribbean contestants from The Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands with longer rounds and harder words. And you should see the words they have this year!

More pregnant women affected by zika virus in the US than previously reported

May 21, 2016
More pregnant women affected by zika virus in the US than previously reported ATLANTA, USA -- At least 279 pregnant women in the US and its territories have been infected with the zika virus, more than double the number most recently reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday. To gain a more complete picture of the impact...

Commentary: Statehood for US territories: A new parameter for our national policy

May 19, 2016
Commentary: Statehood for US territories: A new parameter for our national policy The current political discourse in the heated 2016 electoral year gravitates around some simple, common-sense, yet grandiose ideas like making America great again through reviving trade, by recapturing overseas jobs (lost in favour of other nations, beneficiaries of globalization), and...

US court called on to fine USVI attorney general for bad faith

May 18, 2016
US court called on to fine USVI attorney general for bad faith WASHINGTON, USA -- The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a non-profit, libertarian think tank, on Monday asked the District of Columbia Superior Court to fine US Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker for violating the organization’s First Amendment rights under the District...

Five new zika cases confirmed in USVI, including two pregnant women

May 5, 2016
Five new zika cases confirmed in USVI, including two pregnant women ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health has reported five new cases of zika virus, two of which are pregnant women. There are now a total of 21 confirmed zika cases in the USVI; with the first case being confirmed in St John, 15 cases remaining in St Croix, and...

Two new zika cases confirmed in USVI

April 27, 2016
Two new zika cases confirmed in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed one additional case of the zika virus on St Croix and one in St Thomas. The total confirmed zika cases is now 16; 14 of which are on St Croix and two on St. Thomas.  “Today’s report shows that...

Authorities move to address terrorist threat reports in Virgin Islands

April 15, 2016
Authorities move to address terrorist threat reports in Virgin Islands ST THOMAS, USVI -- Local and federal authorities moved swiftly on Thursday to address reports spreading throughout the Us Virgin Islands about a possible terrorist threat in the US or British Virgin Islands, said VI Territorial Emergency Management Agency director, Mona Barnes.

Minimum wage hike will have positive economic impact on USVI, say experts

April 15, 2016
Minimum wage hike will have positive economic impact on USVI, say experts ST THOMAS, USVI -- The increase to the territory’s minimum wage and recent raises authorized by the Mapp-Potter administration for thousands of government employees will have a positive “multiplier effect” on the US Virgin Islands economy as most of those higher wages will be...

BVI-USVI visa waiver scheme remains in place

April 14, 2016
BVI-USVI visa waiver scheme remains in place ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Following recent reports in the media surrounding the problems of British Virgin Islanders entering the US Virgin Islands on their British Overseas Territory passports, the Office of the Governor and Civil Registry and Passport Office has confirmed that the USVI...

'Hundreds of thousands' of zika cases possible in Puerto Rico, says CDC official

April 13, 2016
'Hundreds of thousands' of zika cases possible in Puerto Rico, says CDC official WASHINGTON, USA -- According to US public health officials, the zika virus situation for Puerto Rico and other US territories looks particularly grim, with 354 confirmed cases and 37 pregnant women affected. “We are quite concerned about Puerto Rico, where the virus is spreading...

Couple arrested attempting to smuggle marijuana into the USVI

April 12, 2016
Couple arrested attempting to smuggle marijuana into the USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers in the US Virgin Islands on Wednesday arrested a couple that attempted to bring in 30 pounds (14 kilos) of marijuana upon arrival at the Cyril E. King Airport. Sierra Wimberly, 25, and Noelle Bishop, 27...

Puerto Rico lawmakers approve moratorium on loan repayments

April 7, 2016
Puerto Rico lawmakers approve moratorium on loan repayments SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Early Wednesday morning, Puerto Rico's House of Representatives approved a bill imposing a moratorium on servicing the US territory’s massive $70 billion debt. The Senate approved the bill in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and the House passed it some...

First import safety boot camps held in Puerto Rico and USVI

April 7, 2016
First import safety boot camps held in Puerto Rico and USVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection Officers are often required to examine and hold merchandise on behalf of other government agencies that have the regulatory authority to determine the admissibility of these products. In an effort to better protect the country...

USVI confirms one new zika case on St Croix

April 6, 2016
USVI confirms one new zika case on St Croix ST CROIX, USVI -- As of Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed one new case of the zika virus on St Croix this week. The total confirmed zika cases in the US Virgin Islands have increased to 13, of which 12 are on St Croix and one on St Thomas.

Pest control companies charged with using illegal pesticides in USVI

March 31, 2016
Pest control companies charged with using illegal pesticides in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- The pest control corporation Terminix and its US Virgin Islands operation were charged on Tuesday with multiple violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act for illegally applying fumigants containing methyl bromide in multiple residential...

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