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USVI seaplane terminals to get free Wi-Fi

July 29, 2015
USVI seaplane terminals to get free Wi-Fi ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) has launched a new partnership with Seaborne Airlines providing free Wi-Fi service at both terminals to all Seaborne seaplane passengers traveling between St Croix and St Thomas. Travelers can now experience the fastest...

Federal government to provide $500,000 to help USVI centennial celebrations in 2017

July 22, 2015
Federal government to provide $500,000 to help USVI centennial celebrations in 2017 WASHINGTON, USA -- Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina on Tuesday announced $500,000 in grant assistance under the Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program to the US Virgin Islands Centennial Commission as it prepares to organize events and activities...

Governor orders removal of Mississippi state flag from USVI National Guard Armories

July 16, 2015
Governor orders removal of Mississippi state flag from USVI National Guard Armories ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor Kenneth Mapp has ordered General Renaldo Rivera, Adjutant General of the US Virgin Islands National Guard, to remove the Mississippi state flag from the armories on St Croix and on St Thomas, and turn it over to the governor’s office for return to the state of Mississippi.

USVI delegate calls for inclusion in affordable healthcare programme

June 27, 2015
USVI delegate calls for inclusion in affordable healthcare programme WASHINGTON, USA -- Following Thursday’s announcement of the US Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the provision allowing the federal government, through the Affordable Care Act, to subsidize health insurance costs for low-income and middle class individuals, US Virgin Islands delegate...

USVI music fest set for St Thomas

June 27, 2015
USVI music fest set for St Thomas ST THOMAS, USVI -- Music will be in the air in the US Virgin Islands this summer. On the heels of the St John Festival carnival celebration to be held over the July 4th holiday weekend, its sister island St Thomas will take its turn to host America's Paradise USVI Music Festival, featuring top tier...

Fifteen regional jurisdictions on EU tax haven blacklist

June 19, 2015
Fifteen regional jurisdictions on EU tax haven blacklist BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A blacklist of the world’s 30 worst-offending tax havens, published on Wednesday by the European Commission, includes 15 countries and territories within the wider Caribbean. The list includes various well-known havens -- among them the Cayman Islands, British Virgin...

US Coast Guard repatriates 54 Haitian migrants

June 17, 2015
US Coast Guard repatriates 54 Haitian migrants MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Valiant repatriated 54 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitian, Haiti, on Tuesday. While on patrol, a Caribbean Air and Marine Branch aircraft reported a suspicious sailing vessel south of St John, US Virgin Islands, on Wednesday. A boatcrew from...

Banco Popular recognized as Bank of the Year in USVI

June 12, 2015
Banco Popular recognized as Bank of the Year in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- During the US Small Business Association’s (SBA) 30-year celebration in the US Virgin Islands, Banco Popular was recognized once more as Best Bank on the island of St Thomas. The financial institution has five branches in St Thomas, including its regional offices located in...

Caribbean bombs out at 2015 Scripps Spelling Bee

June 1, 2015
Caribbean bombs out at 2015 Scripps Spelling Bee WASHINGTON, USA -- This year's crop of spelling bee champions from the Caribbean did not make it to the finals as they had done typically in previous years. In a stunning upset, Makayla Todman of the US Virgin Islands spelled out in round three with T.O.R.Q.U.E.M.A.D.A. Meanwhile, Sara-Beth...

Feature: Scripps Spelling Bee unites two Caribbean sisters after 15 years

May 29, 2015
Feature: Scripps Spelling Bee unites two Caribbean sisters after 15 years WASHINGTON, USA -- In the annual pilgrimage to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee to chronicle the historic efforts of four children from the extended Caribbean, namely, US Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Jamaica, this year began as usual, calling around to the various schools.

Former executive director of USVI legislature sentenced to five years in prison for bribery and extortion

May 16, 2015
Former executive director of USVI legislature sentenced to five years in prison for bribery and extortion ST THOMAS, USVI -- The former executive director of the US Virgin Islands Legislature was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday. Louis “Lolo” Willis, 57, a resident of St Thomas, was sentenced by US District Court Judge Curtis Gomez of the District of the Virgin Islands. On November 19, 2014...

Employment and third quarter 2014 wages decline in San Juan, Puerto Rico's only large county

May 2, 2015
Employment and third quarter 2014 wages decline in San Juan, Puerto Rico's only large county SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico’s only large county, the municipio of San Juan, reported an employment decline of 1.8 percent from September 2013 to September 2014, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000...

Renewed law enforcement partnerships are a win for USVI, says senator

April 30, 2015
Renewed law enforcement partnerships are a win for USVI, says senator ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Senator Novelle Francis on Wednesday commented on what he called “a fresh start” in the relationship between federal and local law enforcement agencies. A career law enforcement professional and former police commissioner, he presently serves as...

US Virgin Islands workers earn 26 percent below US average

April 30, 2015
US Virgin Islands workers earn 26 percent below US average NEW YORK, USA -- Workers in the US Virgin Islands earned an average (mean) hourly wage of $16.81 in May 2014, about 26 percent below the nationwide average of $22.71, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Wednesday. Chief regional economist Martin Kohli noted that 20 out of 22...

USVI senator calls on former governor to reimburse balance of security costs at private residence

April 29, 2015
USVI senator calls on former governor to reimburse balance of security costs at private residence ST CROIX, USVI -- Senator Kenneth Gittens, chairman of the Committee on Rules and Judiciary, has thanked former US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh for paying back a portion of the monies used to enhance his private residence. A resolution to have de Jongh repay monies used for...

Former USVI governor reimburses government for security at personal residence

April 27, 2015
Former USVI governor reimburses government for security at personal residence ST THOMAS, USVI -- A little over four months after completing his second term in office, former Governor John de Jongh has announced that he had paid to the government of the US Virgin Islands the sum of $202,831.60 for the security measures that remain at his home after serving as the seventh elected...

USVI senator urges police to move quickly to implement crime prevention strategies

April 15, 2015
USVI senator urges police to move quickly to implement crime prevention strategies ST THOMAS, USVI -- Senator Novelle Francis has called on the US Virgin Islands Police Department to move quickly as it implements crime prevention strategies needed to curb the occurrence of violent crime across the territory. He is the chair of the USVI Legislature’s Committee on Homeland Security...

US Coast Guard stations new vessels in USVI

April 14, 2015
US Coast Guard stations new vessels in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- At a news conference on Friday, the United States Coast Guard announced the assignment of four special purpose craft law enforcement boats to the US Virgin Islands. Two of the 33-foot high speed vessels will be stationed on St Thomas, and two will be stationed on St Croix.

Former USVI senator in Europe to expand upcoming book

April 14, 2015
Former USVI senator in Europe to expand upcoming book SIENA, Italy -- Former US Virgin Islands senator Wayne James is in Europe expanding his anticipated, cutting-edge book on men's manners, Manly Manners: Lifestyle & Modern Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century, from the originally planned 800 pages to 950 pages.

BVI Spring Regatta and St Thomas International Regatta to host VX One Caribbean Cup in 2016

April 14, 2015
BVI Spring Regatta and St Thomas International Regatta to host VX One Caribbean Cup in 2016 TORTOLA, BVI -- In a joint statement, the St Thomas International Regatta and BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival announced their partnership with VX One to host the first VX One Caribbean Cup in 2016. Already plans are underway for 2016 just as the events wrap a successful 2015.

Energy leaders, partners gather in USVI for Caribbean clean energy technology symposium

April 6, 2015
Energy leaders, partners gather in USVI for Caribbean clean energy technology symposium CHARLOTTE AMALIE, USVI -- Some 270 attendees at the first Caribbean Clean Energy Technology Symposium (CCETS) gathered from March 24-27, 2015, on St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands to learn and share knowledge about clean energy efficiency and security for the Caribbean.

Fuel company to spend $1.6 million on leak detection in gas stations across Puerto Rico and USVI

March 12, 2015
Fuel company to spend $1.6 million on leak detection in gas stations across Puerto Rico and USVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A settlement announced on Monday between the US and Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. (Total Puerto Rico) resolves Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) violations alleged at 31 gas stations in Puerto Rico and four gas stations in the US Virgin Islands.

Plans for new cruise ship pier in USVI suspended

March 12, 2015
Plans for new cruise ship pier in USVI suspended ST THOMAS, USVI -- Citing a potential negative impact on the quality of life of US Virgin Islanders, the board of the West Indian Company Ltd (WICO) has suspended its plans for a new cruise ship pier in downtown St Thomas. Chairman of the WICO board, Randolph Knight, reported that...

USVI governor leads successful tourism mission to New York

March 10, 2015
USVI governor leads successful tourism mission to New York NEW YORK, USVI -- Governor Kenneth E. Mapp and the US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism have concluded a strategic mission to New York to boost interest in the territory. Led by Mapp and Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty, meeting planners and buyers...

Private lender suspends lending in the USVI

February 24, 2015
Private lender suspends lending in the USVI 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...

Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland

February 12, 2015
Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland 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.

USVI governor sends proposed legislation for $1 million for litigation against oil companies

February 6, 2015
USVI governor sends proposed legislation for $1 million for litigation against oil companies 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...

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