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USVI governor welcomes US senate extension of rum cover-over for two years

April 5, 2014
USVI governor welcomes US senate extension of rum cover-over for two years ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh has hailed the action taken by the US Senate Finance Committee to extend the rum cover-over rate for two years without limitations or restrictions. The bill makes the extension retroactive to January 1 of this year.

USVI author releases new book on Christian living nationwide

March 26, 2014
USVI author releases new book on Christian living nationwide CHRISTIANSTED, USVI -- This week, US Virgin Islands author Rev. Seaton D. Wilson celebrates the nationwide release of his new book on Christian living, “Soar Like an Eagle, Reign Like a King,” where he uses analogies from the life of the golden eagle to reveal amazing truths about the human and Christian life.

Jewish communities of the Caribbean documented in pictures

March 6, 2014
Jewish communities of the Caribbean documented in pictures NEW YORK, USA -- Now facing extinction, the Sephardic Jewish communities of the Caribbean were once so strong and influential that they helped fuel the success of the American Revolution, and finance the first synagogues in the United States, located in New York City and Rhode Island.

USVI governor joins opposition to National Guard cuts

March 3, 2014
USVI governor joins opposition to National Guard cuts ST THOMAS, USVI -- In a letter addressed to the president of the United States, US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh and 49 other governors of states, territories and commonwealths expressed their strong opposition to "the potential cuts to the Army National Guard advocated by the US Army's...

USVI governor outlines critical issues for territory

February 27, 2014
USVI governor outlines critical issues for territory ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh submitted a detailed memorandum of critical issues of concern to the US Virgin Islands to Lorraine Faeth, acting assistant secretary for insular areas, in advance of Tuesday’s 2014 senior plenary meeting of the Interagency Group on Insular Areas.

USVI launches campaign to stop introduction of invasive pests

February 26, 2014
USVI launches campaign to stop introduction of invasive pests ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, joined in announcing on Tuesday the implementation of the international Travelers Don’t Pack a Pest outreach program.

USVI negotiates reconsideration of advance payment of rum cover-over revenues

February 24, 2014
USVI negotiates reconsideration of advance payment of rum cover-over revenues WASHINGTON, USA -- On Friday, US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh met with officials of the Department of the Interior to press once again for a reconsideration of a decision with regard to the advance payment of rum cover-over revenues at the $13.25 extender rate.

Federal appeals court issues stinging rebuke to IRS over USVI taxpayers

February 24, 2014
ATLANTA, USA -- In a stinging rebuke to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit this week reversed the US Tax Court in a consolidated set of tax cases involving US Virgin Islands taxpayers and ordered the Tax Court to admit the government...

Former USVI revenue chief and local businessman charged with tax evasion

February 15, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- Attorney General Vincent Frazer said on Friday that Louis Willis, former director of the US Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue, and Gerald Castor, president of Balbo Construction, Inc., had been arrested on charges of conspiracy to evade gross receipts tax.

USVI leaders working to avoid similar financial fate as Puerto Rico

February 13, 2014
USVI leaders working to avoid similar financial fate as Puerto Rico ST THOMAS, USVI -- Senator Janette Millin Young has cautioned leaders in the US Virgin Islands to pay close attention to the economic woes that Puerto Rico is now experiencing in order to avoid a similar fate in the USVI. Last week, Puerto Rico’s debt rating was downgraded to junk status.

USVI governor welcomes new farm bill passed by US Congress

February 7, 2014
USVI governor welcomes new farm bill passed by US Congress ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh has welcomed a five-year $956 billion farm bill passed by the US Congress and sent to the president on Tuesday, which extends the US Virgin Islands food stamp program and increases the territory’s share of a specialty crops program that benefits local farmers.

St Kitts native earns distinguished homeland security designation

February 5, 2014
St Kitts native earns distinguished homeland security designation BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Kitts-born Mutryce A. Williams has earned the designation of Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP) from the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition’s (NDPCI) Global Center for Threat, Risk, and Vulnerability and the National Sheriffs’ Association’s...

USVI governor highlights challenge of budget shortfall; calls for elected leaders to work together

January 29, 2014
USVI governor highlights challenge of budget shortfall; calls for elected leaders to work together ST THOMAS, USVI -- On Tuesday, US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh said he heard the varied comments from the members of the 30th Legislature with regard to the tone and content of his annual State of the Territory Address delivered on Monday night. The governor also highlighted the fact that...

CBP Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands FY2013 Review

January 29, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a summary on Tuesday of fiscal year 2013 border enforcement efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, which reflect the agency’s focus on addressing threats, optimizing resources and building partnerships.

CDC to evaluate possible norovirus outbreak during cruise ship stop in USVI

January 27, 2014
CDC to evaluate possible norovirus outbreak during cruise ship stop in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Explorer of the Seas, made a scheduled port call in St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands on Saturday and, while in port, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health officials will evaluate reported symptoms resembling norovirus.

USVI Government House calls for peace over budget

January 27, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- Government House responded on Saturday to US Virgin Islands Senator Shawn Malone's news release in which he stated that the "Senate awaits accurate financial data from the Administration" by noting that the Senate is regularly updated on the financial situation.

USVI governor leads delegation to meetings with cruise line executives in Florida

January 13, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh, Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty and the leaders of both the Virgin Islands Port Authority and The West Indian Company Limited, held meetings with cruise line executives in Miami, Florida, last week.

Letter: Reparations reloaded

January 10, 2014
In the words of Vaughn Benjamin of the St Croix based Midnite Band, “Well, I and I now get I time fi come in. Reparation is a realistic ting. Weep not, rejoice for Conqueror and conquering.” I want to very publicly thank US Virgin Islands Lieutenant Governor Gregory Francis.

USVI governor 'disappointed' with relocation of airline to Puerto Rico

December 24, 2013
USVI governor 'disappointed' with relocation of airline to Puerto Rico ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh has expressed disappointment with the decision by Seaborne Airlines to relocate its corporate offices from the USVI to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The regional airline announced the move on December 18, which will mean the loss of about 88 jobs.

Seaborne Airlines to move headquarters to Puerto Rico

December 19, 2013
Seaborne Airlines to move headquarters to Puerto Rico ST CROIX, USVI -- Seaborne Airlines has reached an agreement with Puerto Rico to relocate its corporate headquarters from St Croix in the US Virgin Islands to San Juan, Puerto Rico, as part of a multi-faceted arrangement. The move is contemplated to be complete by March, 2014.

USVI boxers go 2-1 in Argentina

December 9, 2013
ST THOMAS, USVI -- 340 Boxing's professionals will be returning to the US Virgin Islands on Monday with two more wins under their belts -- and a new world title. John Jackson, Julius Jackson and Samuel Rogers went 2-1 on Saturday night at the historic Chateau Carreras Olympic Stadium.

Commentary: Life so needs the Caribbean!

December 4, 2013
Commentary: Life so needs the Caribbean! I often look forward to my travels to the Caribbean -- a region with breathtaking scenery and with some of the most creative, not to mention caring, people on the planet. Admittedly, occasionally my mind starts drifting to warmer climes while traversing the exhibits and meeting rooms of places like the World Travel Market.

USVI jockeys return home with new look this weekend

November 30, 2013
ST CROIX, USVI -- US Virgin Islands jockeys Kerwin John and Kevin Krigger will have a brand new look when they return to St Croix to ride in the Thanksgiving Races at the Randall "Doc" James Racetrack this Sunday. During the event, the Department of Tourism will unveil newly branded...

USVI governor discusses territorial health insurance issues

November 19, 2013
USVI governor discusses territorial health insurance issues ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh on Monday discussed the territory's decision to pursue Medicaid expansion rather than a health insurance explaining that under national regulatory and policy changes made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), as modified by the Supreme Court...

USVI authorities detain 35 Cuban migrants

November 15, 2013
USVI authorities detain 35 Cuban migrants ST CROIX, USVI -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers on Wednesday evening took custody of 35 Cuban migrants that allegedly landed in Coakley Bay, in the northern coast of the island. USVI police notified CBP officers at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, and reaching Coakley Bay...

Delta adds more flights to USVI

November 14, 2013
ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands will start benefiting next month from more flights out of the New York and Atlanta gateways. USVI Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty previously announced the debut of daily flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport to...

USVI to host US coral reef task force meeting

November 11, 2013
ST CROIX, USVI -- Commissioner Alicia Barnes of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources said on Sunday that the 30th meeting of the US Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) will be held in St Croix, US Virgin Islands, from Tuesday through Friday of this week.

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