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USVI governor lays groundwork for St Croix resort project

February 8, 2016
USVI governor lays groundwork for St Croix resort project ST CROIX, USVI -- The Mapp-Potter administration in the US Virgin Islands is moving forward with plans to bring a four-star resort project to St Croix, as announced in Governor Kenneth Mapp’s State of the Territory speech last month. Next week, the governor will name the members...

CBP gauges automation of US Virgin Islands trade entry process

February 3, 2016
CBP gauges automation of US Virgin Islands trade entry process ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continues to assess a viable way to incorporate the US Virgin Islands into the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) to expedite the importation process. San Juan Field Office Assistant Director for Trade, Edward Ryan...

First case of zika virus confirmed in St Croix, USVI

January 23, 2016
First case of zika virus confirmed in St Croix, USVI ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health on Friday confirmed a case positive for zika virus in a 42-year-old woman with no history of previous travel during the incubation period of the virus. The Department of Health’s epidemiologist, Dr Esther Ellis stated...

Charges dismissed against former USVI governor

January 23, 2016
Charges dismissed against former USVI governor ST THOMAS, USVI -- Former US Virgin Islands governor John de Jongh on Friday confirmed that all charges that had been brought against him were to be dismissed with prejudice pursuant to an agreement entered into with the USVI government. The charges of embezzlement of...

Submissions call for The Caribbean Writer - Volume 31

January 23, 2016
Submissions call for The Caribbean Writer - Volume 31 ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer, an international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, is announcing a submission call for its 31st edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective.

The Caribbean Writer announces its Volume 29 Prize Winners

January 22, 2016
The Caribbean Writer announces its Volume 29 Prize Winners ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer has announced its 2015 annual prize winners for Volume 29, which highlights contradictions and ambiguities in the Caribbean space. Topping the list of prizes is The Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize ($500) for a new or emerging writer.

USVI needs to resolve Real ID Act compliance issues, says senator

January 5, 2016
USVI needs to resolve Real ID Act compliance issues, says senator ST THOMAS, USVI -- Senator Novelle Francis has urged speedy action to bring US Virgin Islands’ drivers licences into compliance with Real ID Act standards, in the light of the Department of Homeland Security’s intention to restrict the use of driver's licences for domestic air travel if the licence...

USVI authorities seize $145,000 in currency from vessel near St Thomas

January 5, 2016
USVI authorities seize $145,000 in currency from vessel near St Thomas ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents seized $145,000 from a vessel operated by three US citizens. All subjects were released pending further investigation. “Our agents remain vigilant for illegal smuggling operations...

USVI to welcome new Atlanta flights

December 22, 2015
USVI to welcome new Atlanta flights ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands is ready to welcome additional Delta Air Lines flights from Atlanta to St Croix beginning on Wednesday. Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty reported that the Department of Tourism has developed options for supporting the new Wednesday flights.

Arrest warrants issued in USVI for fraud suspects

November 21, 2015
Arrest warrants issued in USVI for fraud suspects ST THOMAS, USVI -- On Thursday, a Superior Court Magistrate on St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, issued arrest warrants for local business owners, Paul Sabers and Ed McKenzie; former chief enforcement office for the Tax Assessor, Calford O. “Cappy” Charleswell; and Sylvester Warner.

Homelessness in the USVI fell 25 percent in 2015

November 20, 2015
Homelessness in the USVI fell 25 percent in 2015 WASHINGTON, USA -- The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released the latest national estimate of homelessness, highlighting a continuing decline across the nation. HUD’s 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found an overall 11 percent decline...

US Virgin Islanders should not take safety for granted, says senator

November 18, 2015
US Virgin Islanders should not take safety for granted, says senator ST THOMAS, USVI -- Senator Novelle Francis hopes that US Virgin Islanders practice heightened awareness of their surroundings in the wake of the tragic events that took place in Paris, France, last week. Francis, a former police commissioner, is the chair of the USVI Senate Committee on Homeland...

USVI to address high consumer prices

October 29, 2015
USVI to address high consumer prices ST THOMAS, USVI -- The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs has announced an initiative with the attorney general’s office to take action to bring relief to the consumers of the US Virgin Islands. “The Department of Licensing and Consumer continues to be concerned with the high prices...

BVI-USVI Friendship Day highlights ingenuity

October 28, 2015
BVI-USVI Friendship Day highlights ingenuity ROAD TOWN, BVI -- It was a cultural journey from past Virgin Islands traditions to the present as the British Virgin Islands and United States Virgin Islands celebrated the 42nd anniversary of BVI-USVI Friendship Day on Saturday, October 24, under the theme “The Greater Virgin Islands: The Identity and Ingenuity...

JetBlue and Seaborne Airlines launch codeshare agreement throughout the Caribbean

October 22, 2015
JetBlue and Seaborne Airlines launch codeshare agreement throughout the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue and Seaborne Airlines on Wednesday began selling flights under a codeshare agreement that will offer customers increased travel options and new destinations throughout the Caribbean. Connections will be made via San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.

Venezuela asked to explain role in alleged violations of USVI law

October 20, 2015
Venezuela asked to explain role in alleged violations of USVI law ST CROIX, USVI -- A subpoena served by the attorney general of the US Virgin Islands earlier this month demands that the government-owned oil company of Venezuela explain its role in an illegally abandoned oil refinery owned and operated by the Hess Corporation. Hess has been accused of breaking the law...

USVI rallies around Julius Jackson in Tuesday match-up

October 5, 2015
USVI rallies around Julius Jackson in Tuesday match-up ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands champion fighter Julius "The Chef" Jackson will square off in a middleweight clash that headlines Jackson against Venezuela's Jose Uzcategui in a Premier Boxing Champions Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays clash on October 6 in San Antonio, Texas.

USVI utility signs agreement to reduce air pollution at two power plants

September 25, 2015
USVI utility signs agreement to reduce air pollution at two power plants ST THOMAS, USVI -- Under an agreement announced on Thursday by the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (VIWAPA) will come into compliance with the federal Clean Air Act at its Krum Bay facility on St Thomas and Cruz Bay facility...

Air passenger pilot program implemented in USVI

September 24, 2015
Air passenger pilot program implemented in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations recently announced the implementation of a local pilot program concerning the use of the Customs Declaration Form (CBP Form 6059B) before embarkation for departures from US Virgin Islands airports traveling to...

USVI refinery owner files for bankruptcy

September 18, 2015
USVI refinery owner files for bankruptcy ST CROIX, USVI -- The owner of a mothballed refinery on St Croix in the US Virgin Islands filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, apparently as part of a plan to sell its assets for $184 million to an affiliate of Boston private-equity firm. The refinery is owned by Hovensa LLC, a joint venture...

USVI government sues refinery operator for $1.5 billion

September 16, 2015
USVI government sues refinery operator for $1.5 billion ST CROIX, USVI -- A complaint filed in Superior Court in the US Virgin Islands on Monday charged the Hess Corporation with serious violations of the law after the company abandoned operations at one of the largest gas refineries in the western hemisphere nearly a decade before its legal obligations...

USVI governor denounces report in local media of private jet use

September 12, 2015
USVI governor denounces report in local media of private jet use ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp has responded to a story in local media claiming that he has racked up $87,000 so far in private jet service. The St Croix Avis on Thursday alleged that Mapp began charging private jet flights to the USVI government as of December 31, 2014.

State of emergency lifted in USVI

September 10, 2015
State of emergency lifted in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- Acting Governor Osbert Potter has issued an order terminating the state of emergency declared in the US Virgin Islands on September, 5, 2015. He has furthered ordered that all territorial peace officers, who were deputized as law enforcement officers during the state of emergency...

State of emergency declared in USVI

September 7, 2015
State of emergency declared in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- Following a spate of violence that erupted across St Croix in the US Virgin Islands on Friday, leaving one man dead and at least four people wounded, acting governor Osbert Potter signed a declaration of a state of emergency in the USVI on Saturday afternoon. On Friday, Potter...

Former USVI governor pleads not guilty to embezzlement charges

September 5, 2015
Former USVI governor pleads not guilty to embezzlement charges ST THOMAS, USVI -- Former Governor John deJongh appeared before the US Virgin Islands Superior Court on Thursday to enter a plea of “not guilty” to charges that were recently filed by the USVI Department of Justice relating to the security measures at his residence while he served as the territory’s governor.

Regional and global support mobilised for Dominica

August 29, 2015
Regional and global support mobilised for Dominica CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is engaging with regional and international agencies to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the effects of tropical storm Erika on Dominica as that country seeks to respond after floods devastated...

Leeward Islands brace for Tropical Storm Erika

August 27, 2015
Leeward Islands brace for Tropical Storm Erika MIAMI, USA -- The Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday prepared for the imminent arrival of Tropical Storm Erika, which was expected to move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands on Wednesday night, move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on...

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