News from USVI:
August 21, 2014
The St Croix Strategic Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) will submit proposed legislation to create a local Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic (CEDS) Master Plan, in order for the US Virgin Islands (USVI) to achieve long term (10-20 year plan) economic growth.
August 20, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh has informed the prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, "with great pride" that the United States Virgin Islands has endorsed the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) and is prepared to sign the CCI Leaders Declaration. The CCI was launched in 2008.
August 16, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- The VI Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) has approved 24 loan guarantee support applications in the amount of $3 million to help local small businesses through local banks that are participants of the state small business credit initiative.
August 8, 2014
It is alarming that Barbados’ Ambassador to the United States, John Beale, has publicly stated that CARICOM (the 15-nation Caribbean Community) is “inactive” and needs to take a position on the issue of Caribbean rums being wiped-out of the US market. Inactivity is not in the interest of CARICOM...
August 4, 2014
CORDOBA, Argentina -- The US Virgin Islands’ 340 Boxing champ Julius Jackson has won his title bout against Crispulo Javier Andino in Argentina. When Jackson returned to the territory on Saturday, he brought back the same World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedebol title belt...
August 2, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- The centre of Tropical Storm Bertha was passing just south of Puerto Rico on Saturday morning, moving toward the west-northwest near 22 mph. A turn toward the northwest is expected by Saturday night, with this motion continuing through Sunday night.
August 2, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- At 5:00 pm EDT on Friday, the centre of Tropical Storm Bertha was located 20 miles northwest of Fort de France, Martinique, and about 405 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the system moved into the northeastern Caribbean Sea. According to the National Hurricane Center...
August 1, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm Bertha formed in the western Atlantic on Thursday night and a tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St Vincent.
July 31, 2014
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, USVI -- The VI Economic Development Authority's (VIEDA) State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program is seeking exhibitors in the industries of food, gift and arts, beauty and wellness, music, jewelry, fashion, building and industrial materials.
July 25, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- Wayne James, fashion designer, lawyer, former US Virgin Islands senator, historian, and author of the soon-to-be released book on men's manners, Manly Manners: Lifestyle and Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century, has been invited to deliver the keynote address at...
July 24, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- On the eve of a special session of the legislature called by Governor John de Jongh to address a critically-needed major coastal permit for the US Virgin Islands, the government’s Bureau of Economic Research released results of an impact analysis conducted over the last few days.
July 19, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- USVI Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen said on Thursday her district office staff received e-mail correspondence from the US Department of State’s Miami passport agency that, effective July 11, 2014, US citizens from the US Virgin Islands who need to obtain...
July 17, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- On Tuesday, US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh joined with a bipartisan group of governors in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging swift action to reauthorize the US Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, whose charter expires in September.
July 16, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The 2,414 business establishments in the US Virgin Islands generated $6.8 billion in sales, employed 32,465 people and paid $1.1 billion in annual payroll, according to the US Census Bureau's 2012 Economic Census of Island Areas: Geographic Area Series.
July 15, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- On Monday, Governor John de Jongh called the US Virgin Islands legislature into special session on Wednesday to address critical financial needs of the government, including an infusion of working capital to the two territorial hospitals. The proposed legislation also seeks to amend...
July 14, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- The Coast Guard is investigating the grounding of the Sabre Spirit, a 190-foot Panamanian flag roll-on/roll-off cargo ship, after the vessel ran aground on Friday morning off Current Cut, between the islands of St Thomas and Great St James, in the US Virgin Islands.
July 11, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh has called on the US Congress to replenish the Highway Trust Fund to avoid significant cuts to highway and transit funding that are scheduled to be imposed in the USVI and across the country starting August 1, and to extend the...
July 8, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer has announced its annual prize winners from Volume 27, which highlights music and visual arts. Topping the list is a new annual prize: The Cecile deJongh Literary Prize ($500) awarded to an author whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean.
July 3, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- On Tuesday, Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced the Expedia 2014 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels...
June 21, 2014
ST CROIX USVI -- St Croix in the US Virgin Islands will welcome the return of Delta Air Lines this winter with nonstop air service from Atlanta. The USVI Department of Tourism announced that Delta Air Lines has strengthened its commitment to the territory.
June 20, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Charlotte Amalie Post Office in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, have discovered several pistols as part of a routine inspection of packages arriving from the continental United States.
June 20, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- A high-level team of cruise industry executives assembled this week in the US Virgin Islands to discuss the myriad opportunities that exist on St Croix for enhancing the Caribbean cruising experience for its millions of customers. The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA)...
June 18, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh on Monday submitted his administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 operating budget for the government of the US Virgin Islands. In a three-page transmittal letter that accompanied de Jongh’s financial blueprint for the operations of the government...
June 13, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- On Tuesday, the US Virgin Islands Department of Health confirmed two new cases of chikungunya virus. The first case has been confirmed as locally acquired; the second case is an imported case with the patient having recent travel history outside of the territory.
June 13, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- Expedia., Inc., one of the world's largest online travel companies, has reported that travel demand garnered via Expedia.com and Hotels.com points of sale for US Virgin Islands hotels grew 23 percent in the first quarter of 2014 when compared to the same time period in 2013.
June 11, 2014
“Move over, 'Miss Manners' -- please! Manners is a man's job. And there is now a man reporting for duty,” says Wayne James, former US Virgin Islands senator and author of Manly Manners: Lifestyle & Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century. The book is elegant and sophisticated, but edgy.
June 7, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- The governments of the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands have begun candid discussions to clarify the laws governing the musical exchange between the two territories. On Thursday morning, BVI minister for education and culture Myron Walwyn led a delegation...