Bryan Orders 'Soft' 2-Week Shutdown For Government Agencies, Grants Administrative Leave Friday, and Suspends Permits for Large Gatherings

Maxiene K. Cabo | November 25, 2020 16

Governor Albert Bryan on Tuesday announced a "soft two-week" shutdown that calls for government depa...

Disaster Averted: Waste Management to Pay at Least $10 million to Waste Haulers and Landfill Operators by Dec. 4

Ernice Gilbert | November 25, 2020 6

Following the threats of a strike on the eve of Thanksgiving by waste haulers and landfill operators...

'Granny is Getting Old': Bryan Makes Case to Tax Virgin Islanders for Purchases Made Online

Ernice Gilbert | November 24, 2020 31

Governor Albert Bryan on Tuesday during his Covid-19 response update took the closing minutes of his event to make a case for why the Virgin Islands g...

Waste Haulers and Landfill Operators to Halt Garbage Collection Day Before Thanksgiving as Government Has Yet to Make Good on Promised Payments

Ernice Gilbert | November 24, 2020 14

USVI neighborhoods could become unpleasant sights to behold a day before Thanksgiving, as waste haulers and landfill operators — owed over $24 milli...

Senators Make Yet Another Effort to Regulate WAPA Through PSC After Bryan Vetoed Two Measures Aimed at Reigning in the Authority

Ernice Gilbert | November 23, 2020 7

A bill that seeks to give the Public Services Commission (PSC) more authority over the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Governing Board and ot...

Bill Seeking to Establish Authority for Maintenance and Construction of Public Schools Held in Committee

Maxiene K. Cabo | November 22, 2020 10

Senator Donna Frett-Gregory's plan to reform education in the territory began with a comprehensive measure that sought to create a school construction...

Son of Virgin Islands Inspector General Confirmed as Shooter in Incident that Left 3 Dead, including Shooter, and 2 Wounded in Texas

Staff Consortium | November 21, 2020 14

A St. Thomas man and former Virgin Islands government employee is said to be the shooter in a case of devastating apparent domestic violence in Housto...

Francis Withdraws Internet Sales Tax Bill

Ernice Gilbert | November 20, 2020 26

Senator Novelle Francis has withdrawn his online sales tax measure following swift backlash from the community, along with a stinging rebuke from the ...

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Frontier Airlines to Begin Weekly Flights to St. Thomas From Orlando International…

Staff Consortium | November 18, 2020

The U.S. Virgin Islands will welcome new Frontier Airlines service from Orlando, Florida, to St. Tho...

Jetblue Makes Inaugural Flight From JFK to St. Thomas as Holiday Season Nears

Maxiene K. Cabo | November 09, 2020 5

The Department of Tourism on Saturday gave the ina...

St. Thomas Holds Onto 'Best Caribbean Cruise Destination' Title for Second Year in Porthole Cruise Magazine

Staff Consortium | November 07, 2020 2

ST. THOMAS — St. Thomas has been named the top c...

USVI Embraces Innovation as Tourism Engine Restarts

Staff Consortium | October 22, 2020

The V.I. Department of Tourism said Thursday it is confident that its latest strategic partnerships ...

American Airlines Adding Multiple Flights to St. Thomas and St. Croix Beginning Next Month

Staff Consortium | October 09, 2020 5

The U.s. Virgin Islands Is Expecting A Major Increase…

First Week of USVI Reopening 'Extraordinarily Successful'; Tourism Commissioner Urges Strict Compliance With Covid-19 Protocols

Staff Consortium | September 24, 2020 1

While The First Week Of The Return Of Leisure Travel…

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Port Authority Committed to Meeting Deadlines in Preparation for Frontier Airlines'…

Staff Consortium | November 23, 2020 1

The Virgin Islands Port Authority said during a board meeting last week that it has been making prep...

After Over 22 Years, New Molasses Pier on St. Croix's South Shore Breaks Ground,…

Ernice Gilbert | August 03, 2020 7

ST. CROIX — It was roughly 22 years ago that Senator Alicia Hansen moved legislation to name a fac...

Port Authority Announces New Airport Safety Protocols to Blunt Spread of Covid-19

Staff Consortium | July 20, 2020 8

The Virgin Islands Port Authority (vipa) Said Sunday…

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Oriental Bank Says it Has Fixed All Major Issues Arising From Transition; V.I. Banking Board Accepts Report

Staff Consortium | November 24, 2020 3

The Virgin Islands Banking Board, Chaired By Lieutenant Governor Tregenza Roach, On Monday During A Meeting Accepted Oriental Bank’s Report That It Has Addressed All Of The Board’s Requirements Following The Bank’s Recent Conversion Challenges — Including Reimbursements To Clients Who Suffered A Financial Hardship.  After A Consortium Report Detailed A Crisis At The Bank Following Its Transition From Scotia Bank's System To Its Own, The Banking Board Ordered Oriental To Compensate Customers And Take Immediate Steps To Rectify The Matter. Those Steps Included:  Providing The Board With A Report That Identifies Customers Who Suffered A Financial…

Francis's Online Sales Tax Bill Would Raise Cost of Netflix, Prime Video, Chamber of Commerce Says, Calls Bill 'Job Killer'

Ernice Gilbert | November 20, 2020 32

The St. Croix Chamber Of Commerce On Thursday Said It "strongly Opposes" Senator Novelle Francis's Online Sales Tax Bill, And Called On All Senators To Vote Agains The Measure. Furthermore, Peradventure The Bill Were To Arrive On Governor Albert Bryan's Desk, The Chamber Also Called On The Governor To Veto It. Mr. Bryan Is In Support Of The Bill, And Is In Fact Merging His Own Online Sales Tax Legislation With Mr. Francis's. "because The Bill Would Drastically Raise The Cost Of Doing Business In The Territory And Disincentivize Out-of-territory Businesses Shipping To The Islands, All Senators Should Vote Against The Bill. If The Bill Passes,…

BVI Premier Announces 'Invest-and-Stay' Program to Boost Economy

Staff Consortium | November 16, 2020 5

Tortola, Bvi – Bvi Premier Andrew Fahie Said Last Week That His Administration Was Developing An “invest-and-stay” Program In An Effort Attract Potential Investors. During The Announcement, Mr. Fahie Said The Planned Initiative Is One That Will Positively Impact The Territory Through Several Policies Which Will Be Designed To Ensure That Locals Directly Benefit From The Opportunities Provided. “your Government Is Well Aware That Covid-19 Has Created A Lot Of Uncertainty About How Global Tourism Will Perform In The Upcoming Year. We Know That Many Of Our Local Tourism Stakeholders Are Also Trying To Imagine How Tourism Will Work Under The New…

Cruise Ships and Cargo Vessels Filling Up Scrapping Sites as Pandemic Fallout Continues

Ernice Gilbert | November 16, 2020 5

With The Covid-19 Pandemic Showing No Signs Of Slowing, The Number Of Cruise Liners And Cargo Ships Appearing At Sites To Be Scrapped In The Recycling Market This Year Has Grown. The Growth Is Owing To Cruise Liners' And Cargo Ship Operators' Need To Turn Grounded Vessels Into Cash. Leading The Way Are Iron Ore Haulers, According To The Wall Street Journal, Followed By Cruise Ships As That Industry Was Hit Hard By The Covid-19-induced Shutdowns That Took Effect In March. Though The Cdc Lifted The No-sail Order On Oct. 1, Most Vessels Are Expected To Recommence Limited Voyages In January. And The First Attempt At Cruising Had To Be Aborted After…