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USVI elects new governor

November 20, 2014
USVI elects new governor 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...

USVI senate stalls on refinery sale agreement

November 14, 2014
USVI senate stalls on refinery sale agreement 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.

Sale of USVI refinery officially confirmed

November 11, 2014
Sale of USVI refinery officially confirmed 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.

Plans unveiled for new $487 million USVI resort

November 7, 2014
Plans unveiled for new $487 million USVI resort 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.

USVI gets set for November bridal symposium

November 4, 2014
USVI gets set for November bridal symposium 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.

Submissions call for The Caribbean Writer - Volume 29

November 4, 2014
Submissions call for The Caribbean Writer - Volume 29 ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer, an international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, is announcing a submission call for its 29th edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective.

USVI gubernatorial candidate takes court action to ensure voters' rights are protected

November 1, 2014
USVI gubernatorial candidate takes court action to ensure voters' rights are protected ST THOMAS, USVI -- Responding to what they said could only be described as an egregious violation of voters rights that had been proposed by the US Virgin Islands Board of Elections, gubernatorial candidate Kenneth Mapp and Janelle Sarauw on Thursday filed a temporary restraining order...

USVI refinery sale agreement signed amid rising concerns

October 31, 2014
USVI refinery sale agreement signed amid rising concerns ST CROIX, USVI -- On St Croix on Wednesday afternoon, Governor John de Jongh, and principals of Atlantic Basin Refining VI signed an Operating Agreement that, once approved by the US Virgin Islands legislature, will begin the process towards a restart of the HOVENSA oil refinery.

Agreement reached for sale of USVI refinery

October 29, 2014
Agreement reached for sale of USVI refinery ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh said on Monday that the owners of HOVENSA have reached a tentative agreement with a buyer to purchase the oil refinery on the south shore of St Croix that has been idle since February of 2012, and that the government of the USVI has...

The Caribbean Writer Volume 28 book launch party

October 29, 2014
The Caribbean Writer Volume 28 book launch party ST THOMAS, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer invites the general public to another book launch of Volume 28 on Sunday, November 16, 2014, from 1-4 pm in the first-floor conference room of UVI’s Administration and Conference Center (ACC) on St Thomas. Volume 28 highlights time, place and memories.

HOVENSA asked to explain why fuel prices are not decreasing in USVI

October 24, 2014
HOVENSA asked to explain why fuel prices are not decreasing in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- Commissioner Wayne Biggs of the US Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs has requested all information regarding HOVENSA's "pricing mechanism for the sale of fuel in the Virgin Islands" by no later than November 3, expressing concern that...

USVI sues lawyers and financial advisor over IRS disallowance of $219 million bond issue

October 22, 2014
USVI sues lawyers and financial advisor over IRS disallowance of $219 million bond issue ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority and the government of the USVI on Monday filed a multi-million dollar malpractice lawsuit seeking punitive and compensatory damages for the failure of its law firm Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC, and its financial advisor...

USVI governor hosts BVI delegation at annual Friendship Day celebration

October 21, 2014
USVI governor hosts BVI delegation at annual Friendship Day celebration ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh and First Lady Cecile de Jongh welcomed a delegation of almost 100 persons from the British Virgin Islands to the annual USVI/BVI celebration, hosted on St Thomas on Saturday. The delegation, led by BVI Governor John Duncan and...

BVI-USVI Friendship Day celebrates common territorial ties

October 17, 2014
BVI-USVI Friendship Day celebrates common territorial ties ST THOMAS, USVI -- The Greater Virgin Islands are gearing up for this year’s BVI-USVI Friendship Day celebrations under the theme, “Ole Tyme Tings ~ Celebrating the Ties that Bind Us”. The event hosted by St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) from October 17-18, will seek to further strengthen...

Bermuda under hurricane warning

October 16, 2014
Bermuda under hurricane warning MIAMI, USA -- A hurricane warning was issued for Bermuda on Wednesday as Hurricane Gonzalo headed directly for the island, which is still recovering after being swiped by Tropical Storm Fay last Sunday, with some roads remaining blocked and thousands of homes still without power.

Gonzalo becomes a hurricane while moving through Leewards

October 14, 2014
Gonzalo becomes a hurricane while moving through Leewards MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Gonzalo strengthened into a hurricane on Monday as it passed through the northern Leeward Islands, with additional strengthening likely. A hurricane warning was in effect for the British Virgin Islands, St Maarten, St Martin and Anguilla.

Hurricane watch issued for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

October 13, 2014
Hurricane watch issued for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands MIAMI, USA -- A hurricane watch was issued for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, and the British and US Virgin Islands as Tropical Storm Gonzalo moved through the Leeward Islands on Monday, with rain bands already affecting Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda early Monday morning.

Fay moves away from Bermuda, as Gonzalo threatens Leewards

October 13, 2014
Fay moves away from Bermuda, as Gonzalo threatens Leewards MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Fay moved away from Bermuda into the open Atlantic on Sunday after lashing the island with heavy rain and gusting winds, knocking out power for thousands of residents. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed east of the Leeward Islands on Sunday.

The Caribbean Writer's Volume 28 book launch party

October 11, 2014
The Caribbean Writer's Volume 28 book launch party ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer invites the general public and the UVI community to the book launch of Volume 28 on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 6-9 pm in the Great Hall of the Albert Sheen Campus on St Croix. Volume 28 highlights time, place and memories. It features insightful and...

USVI governor 'frustrated' by budget process

October 10, 2014
USVI governor 'frustrated' by budget process ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh, in making several observations about the Fiscal Year 2015 operating budget approved by the legislature last week, said he was frustrated by the process after he began a detailed study of the changes made.

The Caribbean Writer publishes Volume 28 issue, dedicated to Time, Place and Memories

October 9, 2014
The Caribbean Writer publishes Volume 28 issue, dedicated to Time, Place and Memories ST THOMAS, USVI -- The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) has released Volume 28 of its international, literary journal, where the Caribbean imagination embraces the world. This volume is overflowing with brilliant, insightful, imaginative writings highlighting the concepts: Time, Place and Memories.

USVI working towards strong Ebola preparedness and response

October 8, 2014
USVI working towards strong Ebola preparedness and response ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett reported on Tuesday that the Department of Health is collaborating and communicating with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local hospital officials, healthcare partners and emergency...

USVI budget director expresses grave concern about senate budget cuts

October 7, 2014
USVI budget director expresses grave concern about senate budget cuts ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Budget Director Debra Gottlieb said on Monday that she has grave concerns about some of the provisions of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget as passed by the USVI legislature. In light of those concerns, she has called on the Senate’s Post Auditor to request the...

USVI health officials monitoring spread of respiratory virus

September 30, 2014
USVI health officials monitoring spread of respiratory virus ST THOMAS, USVI -- Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett has reported that the US Virgin Islands Department of Health is closely monitoring national reports of a virus called enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) that has been causing severe respiratory illness among children in the United States.

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

Potential buyer found for USVI oil refinery

September 17, 2014
Potential buyer found for USVI oil refinery ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh met on Sunday with 11 members of the 30th Legislature to provide an update on the HOVENSA oil refinery sales process. “Today’s meeting provided the opportunity for me to update our senators on what progress has been made...

Fogging has negligible impact on spread of chikungunya virus, says USVI health official

September 17, 2014
Fogging has negligible impact on spread of chikungunya virus, says USVI health official ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett said on Monday that there has been an outcry for the Department of Health to conduct truck mounted fogging to control adult mosquitoes and to end the spread of the chikungunya virus in the territory.

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