It's Official: Juneteenth is a National Holiday; Bryan Announces Administration Leave Friday for Gov't Employees

Ernice Gilbert | June 17, 2021 52

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday afternoon signed into law a bill making Juneteenth a national h...

Bryan Open to Securing Bond for GERS Through Public Finance Authority, a Significant Development in Negotiations With Senators

Ernice Gilbert | June 17, 2021 9

Governor Albert Bryan said Tuesday that he was open to securing a bond to help fund the Gov't Employ...

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships to Make Calls to St. Croix and St. Thomas Beginning July 6, Bringing in $40 Million in Revenue and 213,000 Passengers by…

Staff Consortium | June 16, 2021 18

Gov't House announced Wednesday that Royal Caribbean's first voyage to the territory will be in early July. In a previous Consortium story, Joshua Car...

U.S. Constitution Provides No Guarantee of Citizenship For People Born in U.S. Territories, Court of Appeals Judge Rules

Staff Consortium | June 16, 2021 41

Writing for a divided panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Judge Carlos Lucero on Tuesday ruled that the U.S. Constitution provid...

Bryan Vows to Reduce WAPA Rates Before Term Ends, Defends Decision to Veto Bill Calling for Turnaround Company

Kyle Murphy | June 16, 2021 7

Governor Albert Bryan defended his record during an interview with the Consortium Tuesday evening streamed live on VIC platforms. Taking on the big to...

A Small Number of Vaccinated People in USVI Have Contracted Covid-19; 8 Patients Hospitalized at Schneider Regional as St. Thomas Surge Continues; D.O.H.…

Ernice Gilbert | June 15, 2021 9

A small number of individuals in the territory fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have contracted the disease, the territory's top infectious disease o...

Frett-Gregory Drafts Bill to Use $40 Million in Excise Tax Revenue to Secure Hundreds of Millions in Funding for G.E.R.S.

Ernice Gilbert | June 15, 2021 23

In what may be one of the most consequential legislation submissions in recent memory because it relates to the survival of the territory's pension sy...

Microsoft and UVI Establish Relationship With Big Plans in Mind

Kyle Murphy | June 15, 2021

A partnership between the University of the Virgin Islands and Microsoft, which includes an ongoing five-day tech summit with the V.I. government focu...

Community Center

V.I. Energy Office, WAPA and DPNR Looking to Address Monthslong Permitting Process for Net Energy Billing Program

Staff Consortium | June 17, 2021 5

The V.I. Energy Office and the V.I. Water and Powe...

Bryan to Take Community Questions Today During Gov't House 'Press Box' Event

Staff Consortium | June 17, 2021

Governor Albert Bryan will host an hourlong episod...

Experience the USVI

USVI Positioning Itself as Leading Caribbean Destination For Marine Tourism, Dept.…

Staff Consortium | May 22, 2021 2

The V.I. Department of Tourism said Friday it has big plans to strengthen its position as a leading ...

Boschulte Says Dept. of Tourism is Poised to Elevate Territory's Post-Pandemic Marketing Following Events in Dallas and Houston

Staff Consortium | April 05, 2021 15

The V.I. Department of Tourism said in a release t...

Dept. of Tourism Says Visitor Demand for USVI is Strong Even as Neighbors Struggle

Staff Consortium | March 19, 2021 4

The V.I. Dept. of Tourism is crediting smart, sens...

Travel Demand for the U.S. Virgin Islands Remains Strong, Dept. of Tourism Says

Staff Consortium | February 05, 2021 7

Travel demand for the U.S. Virgin Islands remains strong, said the V.I. Dept. of Tourism Thursday, c...

Frontier Airlines Announces New, Twice-Weekly Service Sundays and Thursdays Between Miami and St. Thomas

Staff Consortium | January 21, 2021 3

St. Thomas — Frontier Airlines Has Announced New Twice-weekly…

Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte Reflects on 2020, Invites Partnership for Year Ahead

Staff Consortium | January 17, 2021 1

V.i. Dept. Of Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte…

USVI Ports HUB

Watch | Carlton Dowe Talks Expansion and Modernization at Territory's Airports

Staff Consortium | May 27, 2021 1

Watch scenes of the Cyril E. King Airport here as Carlton Dowe, V.I. Port Authority's executive dire...

VIPA Receives $3.8 Million in Federal Grants Through Covid Relief Package

Staff Consortium | March 02, 2021 2

The V.I. Port Authority announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $3,8...

V.I. Port Authority Extends Airline Incentive Program, Saying Initiative Has Proven Beneficial

Staff Consortium | December 17, 2020

An Airline Incentive Program To Attract Increased…

Business

Insurance Ratings Firm Issues Stable Outlook for ELAN Insurance USVI With B+ Rating

Staff Consortium | June 14, 2021

Am Best, A U.s.-based Credit Rating Agency Headquartered In Oldwick, New Jersey That Focuses On The Insurance Industry Has Reaffirmed The Stable Outlook And Reaffirmed The Financial Strength Rating Of B+ (good) And The Long-term Issuer Credit Rating Of “bbb-” Of Elan Insurance Usvi, Inc. In A Recently Issued Release, Elan Said These Credit Ratings Reflect Its Balance Sheet Strength, Which Am Best Categorizes As Strong, As Well As Its Adequate Operating Performance, Limited Business Profile And Marginal Enterprise Risk Management (erm). The Company Said The Outlooks To Stable Reflects The Improvement In Its Level Of Risk-adjusted Capitalization…

UVI Students Awarded $47,000 in 'Shark Tank'-Like Business Launch Competition

Staff Consortium | June 11, 2021

Three University Of The Virgin Islands' Student Entrepreneurs Were Awarded $47,000 At The Annual 13d Entrepreneurship Business Launch Competition Held Virtually In May Providing Them With Valuable Start-up Funds To Pursue Their Business Ventures, The Institution Of Higher Learning Announced Friday. Uvi Said Jessica Laplace, Christina Lee And Lateefah Evans Earned $24,000, $17,000, And $6,000 Respectively Thanks To The Generous Sponsorship Of Viya And 13d Research, The Namesake Sponsor. The 13d Competition Is Designed To Eliminate The Obstacle Of Financing For Uvi Student Entrepreneurs Who Have Great Ideas For Potentially Profitable Businesses…

Bryan Submits Legislation for Use of Excise Tax Revenues to Repay 8 Percent Retro Wages to Government Employees

Staff Consortium | June 10, 2021 3

Government House Announced Thursday That Governor Albert Bryan Has Forwarded To The 34th Legislature Proposed Legislation That Would Enable The Government Of The Virgin Islands To Use Excise Tax Revenue To Repay Government Employees The 8 Percent Reduction In Salaries Effected By The Virgin Islands Economic Stability Act Of 2011 (viesa), Act No. 7621, During The Former Governor John P. De Jongh Administration. According To The Release, Governor’s Proposed Legislation, Dated June 9, 2021 Would Begin Repayment Of The 8 Percent Retro In Fiscal Year 2021 And Continue Into Fy 2022 Until Each Viesa-affected Employee Is Paid A Share Of The Funds In…

EDA to Promote USVI as Prime Destination in Caribbean to Invest During SelectUSA Summit

Staff Consortium | June 06, 2021 1

Prospective Business Investors Will Get An Inside Look Into The Benefits Of Doing Business In The U.s. Virgin Islands Along With An Invitation To Consider A United States Territory In The Caribbean As A Prime Destination For Business Development During The Virtual 2021 Selectusa Investment Summit, The V.i. Economic Development Authority Said In A Release Issued Friday. Eda Ceo Wayne Biggs Will Lead The Eda's Economic Development Team For The Authority's Participation In This Summit, Which Takes Place June 7–11, According To The Release. The Eda Is Also A Diamond Sponsor Of The Summit. The Authority Will Be Among Several U.s. Economic Development…