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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...

USVI department of health confirms first zika case on St Thomas

March 22, 2016
USVI department of health confirms first zika case on St Thomas ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health received confirmation over the weekend of a case positive for zika virus in a 39-year-old male on St Thomas. “The department anticipates additional cases will be confirmed as new lab results come back from the CDC...

US CBP reminds pleasure boaters of reporting requirements in the Caribbean

March 22, 2016
US CBP reminds pleasure boaters of reporting requirements in the Caribbean SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Easter weekend marks the start of a busy boating season that lasts until the very end of the summer within the islands of the Caribbean. With an increase in navigating traffic throughout the various islands, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reminded...

USVI to launch mosquito control program to reduce zika transmission

March 19, 2016
USVI to launch mosquito control program to reduce zika transmission ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded an initial 90-day emergency contract to implement the USVI vector control plan, an important part of the territory’s response to zika. Vector Disease Control International (VDCI) was selected by CDC...

USVI must capitalize on history and heritage to remain competitive, says senator

March 19, 2016
USVI must capitalize on history and heritage to remain competitive, says senator ST THOMAS, USVI -- Senator Novelle Francis said on Friday that the USVI needs to commit definitively to enhancing its tourism product, particularly on the island of St Croix. Francis says the territory must act on long discussed plans to develop cultural and heritage tourism, in order to remain...

USVI reports four new zika cases

March 16, 2016
USVI reports four new zika cases ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health has confirmed four additional cases of zika on St Croix, bringing the total to 11 cases. No new cases of dengue were reported this week; the total remains seven confirmed dengue cases. “The Department of Health also...

Economic Development Bank launches loan amnesty program in USVI

March 14, 2016
Economic Development Bank launches loan amnesty program in USVI CHARLOTTE AMALIE, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA), through its subsidiary entity the Economic Development Bank (EDB), has announced the launch of its “Loan Amnesty Program 2016” for all EDB delinquent borrowers. This program will be...

USVI and Cuba each report one new case of zika

March 10, 2016
USVI and Cuba each report one new case of zika ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health has confirmed one additional case of zika on St Croix, bringing the total to seven cases. No new cases of dengue were reported this week. In Havana, the third imported case in Cuba of a patient with the zika virus has been confirmed.

USVI prisoners transferred to Florida and Arizona

March 10, 2016
USVI prisoners transferred to Florida and Arizona ST CROIX, USVI -- In keeping with the administration’s commitment to improve conditions at the territory’s correctional facilities, 105 prisoners were transferred from the US Virgin Islands on Tuesday morning. Details of the transfer were announced by Governor Kenneth Mapp and...

St Kitts-Nevis native focuses on homeland security

March 8, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis native focuses on homeland security DALLAS, USA -- Caribbean News Now contributor, Mutryce Williams, describes herself as “mother, writer, social commentator, advocate, columnist, educator, cultural conservationist, poet, artist, former diplomat, volunteer extraordinaire, certified homeland protection professional...

Commentary: US Virgin Islands can learn much from Cuba

March 8, 2016
Commentary: US Virgin Islands can learn much from Cuba I recently traveled to Cuba with a group of Cornell University alumni. Our trip was a “people to people educational exchange” which is an exception to the travel ban for Americans to Cuba. We spent eight days there, interacting with Cubans in all segments of society, from University of Havana...

Woman arrested attempting to smuggle marijuana into USVI

March 5, 2016
Woman arrested attempting to smuggle marijuana into USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations officers arrested a woman attempting to smuggle marijuana into St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Deangelia Quintana, 30, made her initial appearance on Friday before US Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller.

USVI confirms additional cases of both zika and dengue

March 2, 2016
USVI confirms additional cases of both zika and dengue St Croix, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health has confirmed two additional cases of zika on St Croix, bringing the total to six cases. This is not unexpected, and the Department of Health expects that there will continue to be more positive cases in the future.

Bill to require DNA testing passes USVI senate

February 29, 2016
Bill to require DNA testing passes USVI senate ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Senator Novelle Francis on Friday thanked his colleagues for their support of Bill 31-0260, which would require DNA testing of persons arrested for violent felonies. The bill received unanimous support from his colleagues and will now be forwarded...

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...

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