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Letter: Recent drowning at Coki Beach, St Thomas

July 28, 2016
Letter: Recent drowning at Coki Beach, St Thomas My family and I recently visited St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, for a wedding. On June 20, 2016, at approximately 1400 hours we were visiting Coki Beach. As we were resting on the sand we noticed a swimmer, about 50 yards out. We initially thought the man was playing. He then appeared...

USVI reports nine new zika cases

July 27, 2016
USVI reports nine new zika cases ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health (DOH) has reported nine new cases of zika in the territory. According to the weekly surveillance report, the total number of confirmed positive cases in the territory is now 65 -- 19 cases on St Croix, 45 cases on St Thomas, and...

USVI reports nine new zika cases

July 21, 2016
USVI reports nine new zika cases ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health (DOH) has reported nine new cases of zika in the territory. According to the weekly surveillance report, the total number of confirmed positive cases in the territory is now 56 -- 18 cases on St Croix and 38 cases on St Thomas.

Divers rescued from sunken vessel in USVI

July 12, 2016
Divers rescued from sunken vessel in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- Marine Interdiction Agents with US Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO), recently rescued 11 divers from a sunken vessel off the coast of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. “Our agents remain vigilant in detecting smuggling threats...

Cayman Islands confirms first two cases of zika; USVI and Grenada report additional cases

July 7, 2016
Cayman Islands confirms first two cases of zika; USVI and Grenada report additional cases GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Although the Cayman Islands managed to remain free of zika for a considerable time as the virus raged across the region, public health officials confirmed on Tuesday the first two Cayman Islands cases of the virus, imported by returning residents.

Commentary: Congrats to the University of the Virgin Islands

July 4, 2016
Commentary: Congrats to the University of the Virgin Islands The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is to be highly congratulated on offering its first PhD, and new masters programmes, as recently reported by Caribbean News Now. The university is widely known throughout the Caribbean region for its high levels of excellence, and in seeking to...

Puerto Rico authorities foil cocaine smuggling attempt by USVI passenger

June 30, 2016
Puerto Rico authorities foil cocaine smuggling attempt by USVI passenger SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers in Puerto Rico on Sunday discovered 7.9 kilograms (17.4 pounds) of cocaine concealed in a passenger’s carry-on luggage arriving from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The estimated value of...

USVI reports three new zika cases

June 29, 2016
USVI reports three new zika cases ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health (DOH) has reported three new cases of zika virus in the territory. According to the weekly surveillance report, there are 29 confirmed positive cases in the territory, 12 cases on St Thomas, 16 on St. Croix and one on St John.

USVI governor announces minimum wage increase

June 23, 2016
USVI governor announces minimum wage increase ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor Kenneth Mapp announced on Tuesday to US Virgin Islands’ businesses and employers, and to the general public within the territory that Act No. 7856 amending the minimum wage for all hourly employees took effect on June 21, 2016. According to the Fair Labor...

Nicolosi wins 24th International Optimist Regatta in USVI

June 21, 2016
Nicolosi wins 24th International Optimist Regatta in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- Mia Nicolosi is quick to tell you that her ambition in sailing isn’t earning the Top Girl prize. Instead, Nicolosi sets her sights on the overall top trophy, beating all the other girls and boys alike. The 13-year-old St Thomas Yacht Club sailor achieved her goal by winning...

USVI governor submits 'Virgin Islands Speedy Trial Act' to legislature

June 18, 2016
USVI governor submits 'Virgin Islands Speedy Trial Act' to legislature ST CROIX, USVI -- On Friday, Governor Kenneth Mapp submitted a proposed bill to implement and provide for the speedy trial of persons charged with criminal offenses in the US Virgin Islands. The measure titled the “Virgin Islands Speedy Trial Act” is intended to strike a balance...

China trade mission offers good news for USVI economy

June 16, 2016
China trade mission offers good news for USVI economy ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor Kenneth Mapp spoke at a press conference at Government House in St Thomas on Tuesday to a live and broadcast audience, offering details of his recent trip to China to explore economic opportunity for the US Virgin Islands. During the governor’s press...

USVI reports two new cases of zika; St Lucia reports eight total

June 16, 2016
USVI reports two new cases of zika; St Lucia reports eight total ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health has reported two new cases of zika in the territory. According to the weekly zika surveillance report, the total number of confirmed positive cases in the USVI is now 26: 16 cases on St Croix, nine cases on...

UVI's first PhD and new graduate programs to be featured in Caribbean

June 16, 2016
UVI's first PhD and new graduate programs to be featured in Caribbean ST THOMAS, USVI -- University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) alumni, political and corporate leaders, and others will get an opportunity to take advantage of career advancement opportunities offered by UVI, namely, the university’s first PhD and six master’s level programs in business and...

International Optimist Regatta kicks-off this week in USVI

June 15, 2016
International Optimist Regatta kicks-off this week in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- A near-record 115 8- to 15-year-old sailors representing seven countries set sail from June 17 to 19 in the International Optimist Regatta (IOR), presented by Electronic Merchant System (EMS) in the US Virgin Islands. Their participation will be prefaced by taking...

House passes Puerto Rico restructuring and oversight bill; removes USVI

June 11, 2016
House passes Puerto Rico restructuring and oversight bill; removes USVI ST CROIX, USVI -- The US House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday by a 297-127 vote to address Puerto Rico’s fiscal and economic crisis after several months of contentious debate. The bill, known as the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act...

US Virgin Islands unique trade environment highlighted at CBP outreach

June 8, 2016
US Virgin Islands unique trade environment highlighted at CBP outreach WASHINGTON, USA -- In an effort to inform a wide audience on the complexities of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations in the US Virgin Islands, the San Juan Field Office delivered an outreach event on Monday in Washington, DC. The event’s goal was to highlight the...

Commentary: The DC statehood issue: Why the national capital cannot be a state or a territory

June 6, 2016
Commentary: The DC statehood issue: Why the national capital cannot be a state or a territory Recently, there have been several attempts to assimilate the District of Columbia status to the one of a US territory. In the midst of a presidential election year, the DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, intends to prepare a statehood package for the District of Columbia when the new...

US Virgin Islands targets Texas travelers

June 4, 2016
US Virgin Islands targets Texas travelers DALLAS, USA -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is taking steps to ensure that the territory's tourism offerings are top of mind for Texas travelers. Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty reported that recent visits to Dallas and Houston helped generate greater...

Three new zika cases reported in US Virgin Islands

June 3, 2016
Three new zika cases reported in US Virgin Islands ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health has reported three new cases of zika virus, with none of the new cases occurring among pregnant women. According to the weekly surveillance report, there were also 15 cases of dengue in the territory.

Scripps National Spelling Bee awaits Caribbean contestants with harder words

May 24, 2016
Scripps National Spelling Bee awaits Caribbean contestants with harder words WASHINGTON, USA -- This year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, from May 22 to 27, awaits Caribbean contestants from The Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands with longer rounds and harder words. And you should see the words they have this year!

More pregnant women affected by zika virus in the US than previously reported

May 21, 2016
More pregnant women affected by zika virus in the US than previously reported ATLANTA, USA -- At least 279 pregnant women in the US and its territories have been infected with the zika virus, more than double the number most recently reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday. To gain a more complete picture of the impact...

Commentary: Statehood for US territories: A new parameter for our national policy

May 19, 2016
Commentary: Statehood for US territories: A new parameter for our national policy The current political discourse in the heated 2016 electoral year gravitates around some simple, common-sense, yet grandiose ideas like making America great again through reviving trade, by recapturing overseas jobs (lost in favour of other nations, beneficiaries of globalization), and...

US court called on to fine USVI attorney general for bad faith

May 18, 2016
US court called on to fine USVI attorney general for bad faith WASHINGTON, USA -- The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a non-profit, libertarian think tank, on Monday asked the District of Columbia Superior Court to fine US Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker for violating the organization’s First Amendment rights under the District...

Five new zika cases confirmed in USVI, including two pregnant women

May 5, 2016
Five new zika cases confirmed in USVI, including two pregnant women ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health has reported five new cases of zika virus, two of which are pregnant women. There are now a total of 21 confirmed zika cases in the USVI; with the first case being confirmed in St John, 15 cases remaining in St Croix, and...

Two new zika cases confirmed in USVI

April 27, 2016
Two new zika cases confirmed in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed one additional case of the zika virus on St Croix and one in St Thomas. The total confirmed zika cases is now 16; 14 of which are on St Croix and two on St. Thomas.  “Today’s report shows that...

Authorities move to address terrorist threat reports in Virgin Islands

April 15, 2016
Authorities move to address terrorist threat reports in Virgin Islands ST THOMAS, USVI -- Local and federal authorities moved swiftly on Thursday to address reports spreading throughout the Us Virgin Islands about a possible terrorist threat in the US or British Virgin Islands, said VI Territorial Emergency Management Agency director, Mona Barnes.

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