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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...

USVI launches juvenile curfew violation initiative

February 5, 2015
USVI launches juvenile curfew violation initiative ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Police Department has implemented a juvenile curfew violation initiative, which began on January 30, 2015. This initiative will be conducted in all areas of St Croix where there are large congregations of unsupervised juveniles. The objective of this initiative...

USVI government seeks to foreclose on St Croix refinery

February 3, 2015
USVI government seeks to foreclose on St Croix refinery ST CROIX, USVI -- In the latest twist in the ongoing saga of the mothballed HOVENSA oil refinery on St Croix, the US Virgin Islands government last week filed a six-page action in the local Superior Court to begin the process of foreclosure on the property following HOVENSA’s failure to pay $40 million...

Submissions call for The Caribbean Writer - Volume 30

January 30, 2015
Submissions call for The Caribbean Writer - Volume 30 ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer – where the Caribbean Imagination Embraces the World – has announced a submission call for its 30th Anniversary edition. The Caribbean Writer is an international, refereed, literary journal published annually by the University of the Virgin Islands.

USVI to generate power from grass

January 21, 2015
USVI to generate power from grass ST CROIX, USVI -- A new 7-megawatt anaerobic digestion biogas power plant will provide renewable electricity in the USVI. The majority feedstock is giant king grass developed by Viaspace Inc for Tibbar Energy USVI, which will sell power for 25 years with an additional five-year option to USVI Water...

USVI resolves dispute with US Customs and Border Protection over costs and revenue

January 5, 2015
USVI resolves dispute with US Customs and Border Protection over costs and revenue ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh said on Saturday that the government of the US Virgin Islands and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have executed a new memorandum of agreement to resolve a long-standing dispute over the responsibility for financing the costs of CBP’s activities.

USVI governor-elect introduces 13 new cabinet members

December 31, 2014
USVI governor-elect introduces 13 new cabinet members ST CROIX, USVI -- In a press conference on Tuesday morning, US Virgin Islands Governor-Elect Kenneth Mapp introduced 13 Cabinet members who will be part of his new administration when he is sworn into office on January 5, 2015. The new Cabinet members are:

'Surf's up' at USVI airport

December 23, 2014
'Surf's up' at USVI airport ST THOMAS, USVI -- The Cyril E. King Airport in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, is now offering free high speed Wi-Fi to departing passengers. The USVI Department of Tourism confirmed that passengers waiting for flights at the airport are now able to log onto their respective devices, free of charge.

USVI senate rejects refinery sale agreement

December 22, 2014
USVI senate rejects refinery sale agreement ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands senate on Friday rejected a proposal to sell the former HOVENSA oil refinery in St Croix in a deal that, according to a statement issued by a number of senators, they believed would not have benefited the territorial government financially.

Improved US-Cuba relations have positive implications and challenges, says USVI tourism chief

December 22, 2014
Improved US-Cuba relations have positive implications and challenges, says USVI tourism chief ST THOMAS, USVI -- US President Barack Obama's announcement of plans to normalize relations with Cuba has a number of positive implications but this change in relationship between the US and Cuba will also come with some challenges, said US Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism...

Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season

December 19, 2014
Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season NEW YORK, USA -- Elite Traveler Magazine has just reported the top ten destinations to enjoy the benefits of private jet charter flights during last year's peak winter season, which resulted in revenues of $867 million from 12,566 flights. Nassau in The Bahamas, St Maarten and Turks and Caicos...

The Caribbean Writer announces Volume 28 prizewinners

December 18, 2014
The Caribbean Writer announces Volume 28 prizewinners ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer has announced its 2014 annual prize winners for Volume 28, which highlights time, place and memories. Topping the list of prizes is The Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize ($500) for new or emerging writers. This annual prize is donated by Marvin’s widow...

Hummingbird Air links St Kitts with USVI

December 16, 2014
Hummingbird Air links St Kitts with USVI BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Hummingbird Air, a St Croix-based commuter airline, has begun a weekend service from the US Virgin Islands to St Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. According to Lionel Berridge, general manager of Kisco Travel, local agents for Hummingbird Air...

Economic impact study released on new refining agreement in USVI

December 10, 2014
Economic impact study released on new refining agreement in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Bureau of Economic Research has released its report on the economic impact of the Atlantic Basin Refinery (ABR) operating agreement on the territory's economy and employment. In a letter dated December 2, transmitting the report to Senator Shawn-Michael Malone...

Joint meeting held in USVI to discuss transition of government

December 10, 2014
Joint meeting held in USVI to discuss transition of government ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh and Governor-Elect Kenneth Mapp held a joint meeting at Government House on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing transition of the US Virgin Islands government ahead of January’s inaugural. It was the second meeting between the two men following the runoff election.

USVI to add 'living museum' attraction in St Croix

December 9, 2014
USVI to add 'living museum' attraction in St Croix ST CROIX, USVI -- As part of a commitment to keep the heritage and culture of the US Virgin Islands alive, the Department of Tourism has entered into a partnership with the St Croix Landmarks Society to present a "Living Museum" experience at Estate Whim Museum. Beginning in January...

US House passes Bill to level charter yacht playing field between USVI and BVI

December 8, 2014
US House passes Bill to level charter yacht playing field between USVI and BVI WASHINGTON, USA -- The Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, which includes the US Virgin Islands six-passenger exemption, passed the House of Representatives with an overwhelming vote of 413-3. The bill was authored by House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster and...

USVI governor-elect introduces 14 transition committees

December 6, 2014
USVI governor-elect introduces 14 transition committees ST THOMAS, USVI In a press conference on Friday afternoon, US Virgin Islands Governor-Elect Kenneth E. Mapp and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Osbert Potter announced the volunteer chairs of 14 transition committees that they recently formed to assess the government before they step into office.

USVI governor 'not surprised' by refinery announcement

December 1, 2014
USVI governor 'not surprised' by refinery announcement ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh said on Saturday that an official announcement made earlier last week by the owners of HOVENSA -- HOVIC and PDVSA VI -- that its financial condition was so dire that its owners will not invest additional monies into its St Croix refinery.

Former executive director of USVI legislature convicted of bribery and extortion

November 22, 2014
Former executive director of USVI legislature convicted of bribery and extortion ST THOMAS, USVI -- After a three-day trial, a federal jury found the former executive director of the legislature of the US Virgin Islands guilty of accepting bribes and extortion in the awarding of contracts with the legislature. Louis “Lolo” Willis, 56, of St Thomas, USVI, was convicted of two counts of...

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.

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