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Regional and global support mobilised for Dominica

August 29, 2015
Regional and global support mobilised for Dominica CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is engaging with regional and international agencies to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the effects of tropical storm Erika on Dominica as that country seeks to respond after floods devastated...

Leeward Islands brace for Tropical Storm Erika

August 27, 2015
Leeward Islands brace for Tropical Storm Erika MIAMI, USA -- The Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday prepared for the imminent arrival of Tropical Storm Erika, which was expected to move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands on Wednesday night, move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on...

Danny weakening as it approaches Leeward Islands; two follow behind

August 24, 2015
Danny weakening as it approaches Leeward Islands; two follow behind MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Danny decreased in intensity over the weekend as expected as it approached the Leeward Islands on Sunday. Maximum sustained winds decreased to near 40 mph (65 km/h), with higher gusts. Forecasters are also watching two other tropical systems emerging off the west...

Danny now major hurricane but expected to weaken

August 22, 2015
Danny now major hurricane but expected to weaken MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Danny increased in intensity on Friday as it continued west-northwest towards the Caribbean. Maximum sustained winds were near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts, which makes Danny a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.

Danny strengthens into first hurricane of 2015 season

August 21, 2015
Danny strengthens into first hurricane of 2015 season MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Danny strengthened into the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season on Thursday; however, its impact on the Caribbean remained uncertain. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Thursday...

Former USVI governor arrested on embezzlement charges

August 20, 2015
Former USVI governor arrested on embezzlement charges ST THOMAS, USVI -- The former governor of the US Virgin Islands was arrested on Tuesday morning on two felony counts of alleged financial improprieties in relation to widely publicized security improvements on his house in 2007. John deJongh was arrested by USVI authorities...

Tropical system continues to develop as it moves west towards the Caribbean

August 18, 2015
Tropical system continues to develop as it moves west towards the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with an area of low pressure designated as Invest 96 L located several hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands continues to show signs of organization. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, environmental conditions...

Money transfer services suspended in USVI

August 15, 2015
Money transfer services suspended in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- Hard on the heels of recent closures of money transfer facilities in some other Caribbean islands, notably the Cayman Islands and Curacao, MoneyGram money transfer services have been suspended at several locations in the US Virgin Islands. The suspension of services at the...

Former director of USVI public finance authority charged with conspiracy and bribery

August 7, 2015
Former director of USVI public finance authority charged with conspiracy and bribery ST THOMAS, USVI -- Three US Virgin Islands men were charged in an indictment unsealed on Thursday with various offences based on their participation in a bribery scheme involving over $17 million in construction contracts awarded by the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority (VIPFA).

USVI governor requests advance of rum cover-over funds

August 7, 2015
USVI governor requests advance of rum cover-over funds ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp has sent a formal request to the Office of Insular Affairs requesting the drawdown of $209.4 million rum cover-over funds for deposit into the Internal Revenue Matching Fund. The Fiscal Year 2016 advance is based on an estimated...

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...

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