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People and partnership needed to keep Caribbean competitive, says CHTA head

March 29, 2017
People and partnership needed to keep Caribbean competitive, says CHTA head ST THOMAS, USVI -- The head of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has called on the region to work together to ensure the Caribbean remains one of the world's leading destinations. Delivering the keynote at the annual general meeting of the US Virgin Islands...

Hydroponic solar greenhouses promote food security in the Caribbean

March 27, 2017
Hydroponic solar greenhouses promote food security in the Caribbean WESTPORT, USA -- Connecticut-based Alquimi Renewables has formalized an exclusive long term licensing agreement with engineering firm Megalo Solutions Inc., of Phoenix, Arizona, to supply and construct off-grid hydroponic solar greenhouses, which will promote food security throughout...

US Coast Guard offloads $44.5 million of seized cocaine in USVI and Puerto Rico

March 23, 2017
US Coast Guard offloads $44.5 million of seized cocaine in USVI and Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The US Coast Guard offloaded approximately 929 kilograms of cocaine on Tuesday in St Croix, US Virgin Islands, and another 400 kilograms of cocaine on Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The offloads come after two recent at sea interdictions in international...

Suspect in custody in connection with rash of fires in USVI

March 1, 2017
Suspect in custody in connection with rash of fires in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- An FBI official has confirmed that a suspect is in custody in connection with a rash of fires overnight on St Thomas, one of which destroyed the United States Navy’s Recruitment office in Nisky Center. The Virgin Islands Fire Service reports that its personnel from...

Letter: Ensuring future prosperity for the US Virgin Islands

March 1, 2017
Letter: Ensuring future prosperity for the US Virgin Islands Without a doubt, former Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. experienced serious challenges during his administration and I profoundly respect the efforts he made to mitigate the impact the Great Recession and the loss of Hovensa had on the Virgin Islands economy.  Nevertheless, as we are now...

Newly released etiquette book for men by former USVI senator receives stellar reviews from critics

February 25, 2017
Newly released etiquette book for men by former USVI senator receives stellar reviews from critics Manly Manners: Lifestyle & Modern Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century by fashion designer and former US Virgin Islands senator Wayne James is garnering stellar reviews from the publishing industry’s most discerning critics. Besides offering comprehensive instruction on etiquette...

USVI governor issues executive order to reduce operating costs to protect essential services

February 16, 2017
USVI governor issues executive order to reduce operating costs to protect essential services ST THOMAS, USVI -- By executive order, US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp has taken major steps to reduce the cost of government operations, given that cash revenues flowing into the treasury are insufficient to meet current expenses. Noting that the 32nd Legislature continues...

USVI governor submits Timeshare Act to Senate

February 3, 2017
USVI governor submits Timeshare Act to Senate ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp has submitted to Senate President Myron Jackson a proposed bill known as the “Virgin Islands Timeshare Act.” The Bill is the product of a cooperative effort between the USVI government and the timeshare industry, and has been...

Regional specialist appointed to IAEM Latin America and Caribbean Leadership Council

January 31, 2017
Regional specialist appointed to IAEM Latin America and Caribbean Leadership Council ST CROIX, USVI -- National security and international relations specialist Dr Mutryce A. Williams, a native of St Kitts and Nevis, who resides on St Croix, USVI, has been appointed to the International Association of Emergency Managers - Latin America and Caribbean Leadership Council.

USVI governor submits proposed revenue enhancement and economic recovery legislation

January 24, 2017
USVI governor submits proposed revenue enhancement and economic recovery legislation ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor Kenneth Mapp has formally submitted to the 32nd US Virgin Islands Legislature his proposed “Virgin Islands Revenue Enhancement and Economic Recovery Act of 2017”, which he said is “designed to identify concrete proposals to close the gap in...

Commentary: Abuse of process

January 18, 2017
Commentary: Abuse of process In January of 2012, I, Collister M. Fahie along with Jade Caines-Lewis and Tamarni Huggins, became victims of the “abuse of process”. We were arrested and incarcerated, allegedly for fraud, forgery, grand larceny, aiding and abetting, and submitting fraudulent documents on a public office.

As Puerto Rico moves closer to debt restructure, the USVI may need a similar lifeline

December 28, 2016
As Puerto Rico moves closer to debt restructure, the USVI may need a similar lifeline ST THOMAS, USVI -- As Puerto Rico moves closer to restructuring its $70 billion debt after the US federal board overseeing its finances issued a framework to pull the island out of crisis and resumed talks with creditors, another US Caribbean territory, the US Virgin Islands, is grappling with...

USVI governor submits Revenue Enhancement and Economic Recovery Act to legislature

December 19, 2016
USVI governor submits Revenue Enhancement and Economic Recovery Act to legislature ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor Kenneth Mapp has submitted to the US Virgin Islands Legislature his proposed “Virgin Islands Revenue Enhancement and Economic Recovery Act of 2017”. The Act is structured “to address the financial challenges facing the government and ultimately...

Progress continues toward upgrades and renovations at USVI racetracks

December 17, 2016
Progress continues toward upgrades and renovations at USVI racetracks ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth E. Mapp has been updated on progress toward upgrades and renovations at the Clinton E. Phipps and Randall “Doc” James racetracks on St Thomas and St Croix, respectively. The government of the USVI and Virgin Islands Gaming...

Embattled former USVI senator releases 800-page, cutting-edge etiquette book

December 17, 2016
Embattled former USVI senator releases 800-page, cutting-edge etiquette book ST CROIX, USVI -- Former US Virgin Islands senator and senate liaison to the White House, Wayne James, has just released his highly anticipated etiquette book for men, Manly Manners: Lifestyle & Modern Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century. Published by the iUniverse division...

USVI students celebrate summer reading accomplishments at big celebration

December 3, 2016
USVI students celebrate summer reading accomplishments at big celebration ST CROIX, USVI -- Students who participated in the Eighth Annual Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon at US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp’s Big Celebration held Saturday, November 19, at the St Croix Central High School gymnasium.

Court rules USVI wrongly cut union members pay

November 17, 2016
Court rules USVI wrongly cut union members pay GARDENDALE, USA -- Reversing the US District Court for the Virgin Islands, a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the government of the US Virgin Islands acted illegally in passing the Virgin Islands Economic Stability Act of 2011 (VIESA) to...

Private company to invest $30 million in USVI horseracing industry

October 29, 2016
Private company to invest $30 million in USVI horseracing industry ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands will soon be home to two first class horse racetracks thanks to an unprecedented agreement with a private company that will invest more than $30 million in the expansion and modernization of local horse racing facilities. In keeping with...

St Croix electrical system is now entirely powered by lower cost propane

October 29, 2016
St Croix electrical system is now entirely powered by lower cost propane ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) has completed the commissioning for two of three generating units on St Croix, and the island district is now completely powered by propane (LPG). WAPA executive director/CEO Julio Rhymer provided the...

Cocaine at seized at San Juan Airport from passenger arriving from USVI

October 6, 2016
Cocaine at seized at San Juan Airport from passenger arriving from USVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations Officers on Sunday seized 22 pounds (9.9 Kilograms) of cocaine from a passenger arriving at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

USVI small business credit initiative helps provide advanced eye healthcare to the Caribbean

October 4, 2016
USVI small business credit initiative helps provide advanced eye healthcare to the Caribbean ST CROIX, USVI -- Plessen Eye is a state-of-the-art ophthalmic ambulatory surgical center run by Dr Jan Tawakol and Dr Tasnim Khan, a husband-and-wife team, on the island of St Croix. Although there was an increasing demand for ophthalmological services in the US Virgin Islands...

USVI to be awarded more than $4.4 million by Treasury Dept to help local small businesses

October 3, 2016
USVI to be awarded more than $4.4 million by Treasury Dept to help local small businesses CHARLOTTE AMALIE, USVI -- To continue assisting small businesses in the US Virgin Islands gain access to private funding through local banks, the USVI Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA) has announced that a request from Governor Kenneth E. Mapp has secured...

Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea

September 29, 2016
Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea 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 in several islands.

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.

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