News from USVI:
February 24, 2015
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, USA -- Kennedy Funding Financial, one of the world's largest private lenders, has suspended all lending in the US Virgin Islands, encompassing St Croix and St Thomas, citing bureaucratic problems in the territory's foreclosure process. "Due to the incredible delays...
February 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.
February 6, 2015
ST THOMAS, USVI -- On Wednesday afternoon, US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp sent proposed legislation to President Neville James of the 31st Legislature. The legislation is to authorize and appropriate the sum of $1 million to retain counsel to pursue litigation against Hess Oil and...
February 5, 2015
ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Police Department has implemented a juvenile curfew violation initiative, which began on January 30, 2015. This initiative will be conducted in all areas of St Croix where there are large congregations of unsupervised juveniles. The objective of this initiative...
February 3, 2015
ST CROIX, USVI -- In the latest twist in the ongoing saga of the mothballed HOVENSA oil refinery on St Croix, the US Virgin Islands government last week filed a six-page action in the local Superior Court to begin the process of foreclosure on the property following HOVENSA’s failure to pay $40 million...
January 30, 2015
ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer – where the Caribbean Imagination Embraces the World – has announced a submission call for its 30th Anniversary edition. The Caribbean Writer is an international, refereed, literary journal published annually by the University of the Virgin Islands.
January 21, 2015
ST CROIX, USVI -- A new 7-megawatt anaerobic digestion biogas power plant will provide renewable electricity in the USVI. The majority feedstock is giant king grass developed by Viaspace Inc for Tibbar Energy USVI, which will sell power for 25 years with an additional five-year option to USVI Water...
January 5, 2015
ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh said on Saturday that the government of the US Virgin Islands and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have executed a new memorandum of agreement to resolve a long-standing dispute over the responsibility for financing the costs of CBP’s activities.
December 31, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- In a press conference on Tuesday morning, US Virgin Islands Governor-Elect Kenneth Mapp introduced 13 Cabinet members who will be part of his new administration when he is sworn into office on January 5, 2015. The new Cabinet members are:
December 23, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- The Cyril E. King Airport in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, is now offering free high speed Wi-Fi to departing passengers. The USVI Department of Tourism confirmed that passengers waiting for flights at the airport are now able to log onto their respective devices, free of charge.
December 22, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands senate on Friday rejected a proposal to sell the former HOVENSA oil refinery in St Croix in a deal that, according to a statement issued by a number of senators, they believed would not have benefited the territorial government financially.
December 22, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- US President Barack Obama's announcement of plans to normalize relations with Cuba has a number of positive implications but this change in relationship between the US and Cuba will also come with some challenges, said US Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism...
December 19, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- Elite Traveler Magazine has just reported the top ten destinations to enjoy the benefits of private jet charter flights during last year's peak winter season, which resulted in revenues of $867 million from 12,566 flights. Nassau in The Bahamas, St Maarten and Turks and Caicos...
December 18, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer has announced its 2014 annual prize winners for Volume 28, which highlights time, place and memories. Topping the list of prizes is The Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize ($500) for new or emerging writers. This annual prize is donated by Marvin’s widow...
December 16, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Hummingbird Air, a St Croix-based commuter airline, has begun a weekend service from the US Virgin Islands to St Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. According to Lionel Berridge, general manager of Kisco Travel, local agents for Hummingbird Air...
December 10, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Bureau of Economic Research has released its report on the economic impact of the Atlantic Basin Refinery (ABR) operating agreement on the territory's economy and employment. In a letter dated December 2, transmitting the report to Senator Shawn-Michael Malone...
December 10, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh and Governor-Elect Kenneth Mapp held a joint meeting at Government House on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing transition of the US Virgin Islands government ahead of January’s inaugural. It was the second meeting between the two men following the runoff election.
December 9, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- As part of a commitment to keep the heritage and culture of the US Virgin Islands alive, the Department of Tourism has entered into a partnership with the St Croix Landmarks Society to present a "Living Museum" experience at Estate Whim Museum. Beginning in January...
December 8, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, which includes the US Virgin Islands six-passenger exemption, passed the House of Representatives with an overwhelming vote of 413-3. The bill was authored by House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster and...
December 6, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI In a press conference on Friday afternoon, US Virgin Islands Governor-Elect Kenneth E. Mapp and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Osbert Potter announced the volunteer chairs of 14 transition committees that they recently formed to assess the government before they step into office.
December 1, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh said on Saturday that an official announcement made earlier last week by the owners of HOVENSA -- HOVIC and PDVSA VI -- that its financial condition was so dire that its owners will not invest additional monies into its St Croix refinery.
November 22, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- After a three-day trial, a federal jury found the former executive director of the legislature of the US Virgin Islands guilty of accepting bribes and extortion in the awarding of contracts with the legislature. Louis “Lolo” Willis, 56, of St Thomas, USVI, was convicted of two counts of...
November 20, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- On Tuesday night, Kenneth Mapp was elected to serve as the eighth elected governor of the US Virgin Islands. Tuesday’s run-off election capped a three-month electoral process to select not only the next governor and lieutenant governor, but also the fifteen senators...
November 14, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to stall consideration of a proposed agreement that would provide for the restart of the idled HOVENSA oil refinery on St Croix. The Senate sent the agreement to the Committee on Finance for additional consideration.
November 11, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- Atlantic Basin Refining, Inc. (ABR) officially confirmed on Monday that it has reached an agreement in principle to purchase Hovensa LLC, inclusive of the St Croix refinery and all related contracts and assets, from affiliates of Hess Corporation and Venezuela's state-run PDVSA.
November 7, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh and the principals of Mandahl Bay Holdings, Inc. on Thursday announced plans and signed agreements to develop Port of Mandahl, a new $487 million resort community at Mandahl Bay, located on the north side of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
November 4, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- A group of world class bridal experts, travel agents, and regional and national media will arrive in the US Virgin Islands in two weeks' time for the second annual Bridal Educational Symposium on November 18-19, 2014, on St Croix. The two-day event has attracted close to a dozen journalists.